Tuesday, January 24, 2012

KELLIE PICKLER HELPS DESIGN SWEATER

 
 Photo Credit: Russ Harrington
 
CAT-LOVING CROONER KELLIE PICKLER HELPS DESIGN SWEATER THAT WILL HAVE FELINE FASHIONISTAS SAYING “ME-WOW”  
 
Pickler and the Makers of Fresh Step® Litter Encourage Others to Wear Their Cat Pride this February to Help the ASPCA
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 24, 2012) – Dog lovers are never shy about publicly parading their pooch pride. But too often cat affection is locked behind closed doors.  No more, says the makers of Fresh Step® litter.
 
In honor of Cat Appreciation Month this February, the makers of Fresh Step litter have teamed up with cat-loving country star Kellie Pickler to ask cat lovers to flood Facebook with images of them wearing their favorite cat-centric clothing.
 
 Photo Credit: Russ Harrington
 
Don’t have any kitty couture? No problem. The Fresh Step brand has partnered with Pickler and fashion designer Geren Ford to design a must-have limited-edition cat sweater.  The sweater will be available for purchase online at www.aspcaonlinestore.com, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the ASPCA® (The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).  Cat lovers who aren’t in the market for a new sweater can get in on the fun, too.  The Fresh Step Facebook page houses an online application that lets people digitally place the Pickler sweater onto a photo of themselves on Facebook.  The Fresh Step litter team will donate $1 to the ASPCA for every photo posted, through March 15, 2012, up to $100,000.
 
“It’s time for cat lovers to truly display their cat pride,” said Pickler, whose new album 100 Proof launches this week. “I collaborated with fellow cat lover and designer Geren Ford to create a sweater that we hope any cat parent would wear to show their kitty pride and that all animal lovers can wear in support of the ASPCA.”
 
The oatmeal heather-colored tunic “Kitty Crooner” sweater with green sequin embellishments celebrates Pickler’s country roots and gives wearers a modern vintage look.  The sweater will be available for purchase at www.aspcaonlinestore.com for $35 while supplies last.
 
Public Displays of Online Cat-fection Ignite “Purrs” Nationwide
 
In addition to the limited-edition sweater, Fresh Step will offer four digital sweater options for cat lovers to dress up their social media self at www.facebook.com/freshstep.  On top of the ”Kitty Crooner” design, fashion designer Geren Ford created three other fun digital cat sweaters – a fashion-forward piece, a kitschy sweater and one that’s just plain cute.  Facebook visitors can place the sweaters over their uploaded pictures and resize all elements of the sweater to get that catwalk-ready fit.  Once done, it is easy to share the photo with friends or to make it a profile picture.  Simply “trying on” these digital sweaters will activate the $1 donation to the ASPCA, up to $100,000.
 
“Cats are pretty much the coolest animals alive. They’re mysterious, finicky and funny,” said David Kargas, a spokesperson for the Fresh Step litter brand and owner of two cats.  “Rather than keeping that love behind closed doors or in the anonymity of YouTube channels, we want to bring it out into the open and invite people to show just how much they love cats.  And while they do it, they can do some good too, as Fresh Step will support the ASPCA’s programs in their honor.”
 
Animal lovers will also have the opportunity to win Pickler’s very own “Kitty Crooner” sweater.  After launching the sweater during a series of media interviews, Pickler will autograph the sweater, which will then be sold in an auction at www.charitybuzz.com/aspca through Feb. 14. Included in the auction package are two tickets to an upcoming Pickler concert, a meet-and-greet with Pickler at that concert, and an autographed copy of her new CD 100 Proof. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the ASPCA.
 
“We cannot think of a better time to show your affection for cats than the month of February, when love is already in the air,” said Elysia Howard, vice president of marketing and licensing for the ASPCA. “But on a more serious note, it’s fun and creative programs like these that help the ASPCA step in and provide assistance to animal welfare groups across the country when they are in need. We are excited to see all of the amazing examples of cat pride roll in during the campaign, and we are thankful for the generous contributions that help us continue our life-saving work.”
 
The makers of Fresh Step litter are committed to helping cats and, since 2001, have donated more than $2.5 million to the ASPCA. 
 
About Fresh Step® Litter
Fresh Step® Litter is a product of The Clorox Pet Products Company, a subsidiary of The Clorox Company, headquartered in Oakland, Calif.  The Clorox Company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products with 8,100 employees and fiscal year 2011 revenues of $5.2 billion. Clorox markets some of consumers' most trusted and recognized brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products, Green Works® naturally derived home care products, Pine-Sol® cleaners, Poett® home care products, Fresh Step® cat litter, Kingsford®charcoal, Hidden Valley® and K C Masterpiece® dressings and sauces, Brita® water-filtration products, Glad® bags, wraps and containers, and Burt’s Bees® natural personal care products. Follow Fresh Step on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freshstep or on Twitter at @freshsteplitter.
 
About Kellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina with the words of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton shaping her musical footing.   At the age of 19, she gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol where it was evident to all that she was a star.  In 2006, she signed to 19 Recordings and BNA Records to release her debut, Small Town Girl, which has gone on to sell over 800,000 copies worldwide and produce three singles, “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.”  In 2008, Pickler released her self-titled sophomore record featuring country radio hits “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” (co-written with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10), and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.”  Having established herself as not only a powerful vocalist but also a songwriter, Pickler recently wrapped up in the studio with famed producer Frank Liddell (known for his work with Miranda Lambert) and Luke Wooten to record her January 24, 2012 release,100 Proof.  Pickler has co-written six of the 11 tracks on the album with the lead single, “Tough,” serving as the lead single.  For more information, please visit www.kelliepickler.com.
 
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.

Montgomery Gentry’s Music Video “Where I Come From,” Garners Over A Million Views

Montgomery Gentry’s Music Video
For Their Latest Single, “Where I Come From,”
Garners Over A Million Views 

Rebels on the RunNashville, TN (January 24, 2012) — Montgomery Gentry’s music video for their latest single, which is #17 this week, is hitting the hearts of Americans with over 1.3 million views of “Where I Come From” and thousands of comments on the award-winning duo’s YouTube page. The powerful music video, shot from a deployed soldier’s viewpoint, is one of the most intense, influential videos ever done by the duo.

Directed by Potsy Ponciroli and produced by Chris Conner from Team Genius Productions, the video was shot in a California desert and a rock quarry in Nashville, TN.  Working closely with the video treatment, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry wanted to honor the troops and the towns “where they come from.”  The video opens with a battlefield scene with a wounded soldier laying on the ground.  While his fellow soldiers try to rescue him, he is having flashbacks and memories of his beloved hometown.

“We’ve met many of our American Heroes along the way and they have always talked about how thinking of ‘where they come from’ is what motivates them in difficult times,” explains Eddie Montgomery. “It was important for us to make this video as close to real as we could.”

Troy Gentry adds, “We are really proud of this song and the music video. Just as our music is always about things we have seen or lived, the depth of this single is real.  We’re happy our friends are responding to it.”

“Where I Come From” is the lead single from Montgomery Gentry's new album, Rebels On The Run, released on their new label home, Average Joe’s Entertainment.
 
To View the Music Video Click on the image:
Montgomery Gentry - "Where I Come From"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iDwzIB6Pn0

For more information, visit www.montgomerygentry.com

GEOFFREY ANDREWS: BREAKING NEW ARTIST WITH WORLDCLASS APPEAL

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GEOFFREY ANDREWS: BREAKING NEW ARTIST WITH WORLDCLASS APPEAL

"A Miracle" Launches Across Multiple Radio Formats February 8

Rising young artist Geoffrey Andrews knows more than a little about "miracles."
He's had a brush with one or two.

Breaking now onto the 2012 music scene with his self-penned debut single, "A Miracle," set for February release, Geoffrey brings a unique prospective to his music career. Still in his twenties, the Texas born singer/songwriter has already overcome a pocketful of life's challenges on the road to finding his own personal pocketful of miracles.

Geoffrey brings a fresh new twist to the 'classic' story of being discovered in Nashville. He emerged as the 2011 winner the annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Week talent competition-an event that annually draws several hundred artist hopefuls. Performing "A Miracle," amidst the sea of new faces, Geoffrey's rich, classically trained voice and smooth Josh Groban-esque style delivery left judges and listeners alike immediately spellbound with the degree of vocal talent and professionalism coming from the strappingly handsome young man from Lubbock.

"A Miracle" will be released as a single by HMG Nashville on February 8. Because of the uniqueness of his voice and the strength of the song, "A Miracle" will be serviced across multiple formats to Contemporary Christian, Southern Gospel, AC, Inspirational, and Praise & Worship.

Notes Gene Higgins, President of the ICM Faith, Family and Country Association:
"This is an amazing new artist who is virtually limitless. With "A Miracle," we feel that we're presenting a powerful new artist with a song that has the production and vocal quality that gives it the potential to connect with listeners and touch lives across several radio formats."  

To further add to his debut reach with audiences, Geoffrey's self-written "If God Said This Was Heaven," was released to Inspirational Country radio earlier this month.

A video production of "A Miracle" shot on location in Nashville is now in post production and will be released nationally in support of both the single releases and his forthcoming debut album, Geoffrey Andrews.

Although he was inspired towards a career in music by his love of the theater-"Phantom of the Opera" in particular --like any good Texan, Geoffrey, who holds a second degree black belt in karate, readily admits to "kicking back" and enjoying his share of country music-Brad Paisley and Reba are particular favorites.

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Photo by Drew Maynard
With a talent that's undeniably world-class in caliber, Nashville has become his creative home of choice. He recently signed as a writer with BMI in Nashville and expects to spend more time there as a creative center. Pictured are Andrews and BMI's Thomas Cain.   

And those personal "miracles?" Stay tuned to learn more about this amazing young man. The story is unfolding at www.geoffreyandrews.com 

Geoffrey will be available for interviews and to meet media next month at CRS-The Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, February 22-24.

Kellie Pickler: Tough and True on “100 Proof”



 Photo credit: Kristin Barlowe

Kellie Pickler: Tough and True on “100 Proof”
By Bob Doerschuk
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
“I was born in the wrong generation,” said Kellie Pickler, looking through the windows at Sony Music Nashville’s offices toward somewhere far south of town. “I wish I would have been in the generation before Twitter and cell phones, when there was that mysteriousness about being an artist. I wish I could have been a part of that generation where you’d go to the Ryman and sing and then walk out the back door and go honky-tonkin’. Well, we do that anyway, but because it’s on YouTube the next day, you can’t really completely cut loose.”

 Photo credit: Kristin Barlowe

It’s not just the life that beckons toward Pickler. As she demonstrates on 100 Proof, her latest album on 19 Recordings Limited/BNA Records, it’s the music too. Maybe it’s the music most of all. In the opening seconds of the very first track, “Where’s Tammy Wynette” (written by Jimmy Ritchey, Don Poythress and Leslie Satcher), she kicks back and sings passionately, mashing anger and pain together in just a few notes: “I stay torn between killin’ him and lovin’ him. He stays torn between neon lights and home.” And just like that, we’re in a world lit by jukeboxes and perfumed by worn leather and spilled beer.
Where is Tammy Wynette? Maybe she lives somewhere in Pickler’s soul, nurtured by the young singer’s Southern roots and difficult early years. “Based on some of the things that I’ve recorded in the past, you wouldn’t know that the biggest reason why I fell in love with Country Music is because of Kitty Wells and Tammy Wynette and Loretta and Dolly,” she said. “I know that music has changed so much; the music today is so different than the music I listened to. And I guess everyone’s definition of Country Music is different. But I’m excited about the sound that we have.”
That sound is traditional, all the way down to mixing spoons into the rhythm track on the album’s first single, “Tough” (written by Leslie Satcher). For fans drawn by the infectious pop flavor of her Platinum single “Best Days of your Life” (Pickler and Taylor Swift) or the Gold-charting “Red High Heels” (Pickler, Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo and Karyn Rochelle) and “Small Town Girl” (Pickler, Lindsey and Mayo), the new direction is unmistakable.
“I really want people to take me seriously as an artist, which has been a little difficult coming off of ‘American Idol’ since there’s such a stereotype. I was 19 and green when I did that show and you only got to know about this much of me,” said Pickler, pinching thumb and finger together. “You don’t really get to pick what you do. I mean, why would I sing a Queen song? You don’t get to develop so much as an artist. You just become a star.”
Pickler’s finish among the final six of the show’s 2005 season lofted her into unfamiliar territory. Her ascension was so quick that she had to record the vocals of her debut album, Small Town Girl, while on the road, singing to backing tracks sent from Nashville. The results broadened her appeal, but the working method and several aspects of its sound left her feeling somewhat off balance.
“I can’t say I didn’t have fun with songs like ‘Red High Heels,’ and ‘I Wonder’ (Pickler, Lindsey, Mayo and Rochelle) is my life,” she added. “But I’ve done the ‘Best Days of Your Life’ kind of songs. To me, that’s not a Country production at all. Anything I sing kind of sounds Country just because of the way I talk. But for this record, I worked with a whole different group of people. I’ve been able to just go in the studio and play and have fun and figure out what cord plugs into what instrument and what this button does. I skipped all that developing because I just became ‘American Idol Kellie Pickler,’ so it’s been a slow and long process of trying to get to the point where I am now.”
Pickler is quick to credit co-producers Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten as indispensible in helping achieve her goals for 100 Proof. The fact that she had never worked with them previously encouraged her to break from her earlier routine and start fresh. Much of what drew her to Liddell was his productions for singers with high Country credibility, including Miranda Lambert and Liddell’s wife Lee Ann Womack. Once onboard, he persuaded her to bring Wooten in as well, partly because of his extensive hands-on engineering background.
“With Kellie, part of our goal was, ‘How do we start over? How can we do some work that she hasn’t done?’” Liddell explained. “I’d heard a handful of her singles before. A couple of them were actually brilliant. But she felt they were not her. At that point, you just want to get her in the right situation and the right room where she felt real comfortable. Then we went with our gut.”
They also encouraged Pickler to dig down and write some new material that expressed what she wanted to say. “You don’t think, ‘Somebody’s going to bring me 10 songs that sound like hits. I’ll show up at the studio and sing them.’ That’s karaoke. She wanted to become more invested in what she was singing, and that entailed sitting down and writing with some people. Kellie would say, ‘Well, I’m not much of a writer,’ and she might see it as a wasted day if she didn’t come out with a No. 1 hit. But I disagreed with her. She’s learning that she is a writer and she’s getting invested in a career in a way that other people had done from the beginning.”
Liddell stayed just as involved in the tracking as in the album’s early creative stages. “Frank pushed me, he pushed Kellie and the band,” said Wooten. “There are things on this record I would never have thought of doing. One of my favorite things was a track called ‘Arm Candy’ (Pickler and Natalie Hemby, available exclusively on iTunes). We were cutting the track. It was feeling good. And Frank runs into the tracking room in the middle of the take and yells, ‘Stop! Everyone out except for bass and drums!’ Everyone was kind of shocked. But then, as we were listening back, we heard this amazing beat and bass part being laid down, which totally changed the sentiment of the song in a way I don’t think any guy in the room would have come up with. The rest of the band didn’t even play on it; they actually ended up singing kind of a doo-wop background part, with upright bass, drums and some percussion. It wouldn't have happened if Frank hadn’t felt that we could get something better.”
“To be completely honest with you, I didn’t know the artist in me until I met Frank and Luke,” Pickler said. “They pointed out things in me I didn’t know I had. They saw it, but I didn’t.”
What they saw, and what 100 Proof uncovers, is the core of Kellie Pickler’s creative identity. The producers encouraged her self-discovery, whether by setting up and lighting candles around her as she recorded or bringing the musicians into a circle in the studio to track with her. “We cut in the old RCA Studio A, which is now Ben Folds’ studio,” Wooten said. “They don’t have isolation for each guy. Kellie was literally about 25 feet in front of the drums. I’d never cut that way, but once again that was something Frank wanted to try. It turned out for the best.”
“We were in a big circle in the big room,” Pickler remembered. “And before we started, I’d go, ‘All right, everyone, close your eyes. I want you to think about, if this was the last place you would ever be playing, what stage would it be on? Would you be at the Opry? Would you be at the Ryman? Would it be a bar in your hometown? Would it be the backyard at your grandma’s? Whatever it is, just close your eyes and let’s all go to that place and play.’”
Pickler’s eyes were closed as she spoke, perhaps herself going to wherever she was when they cut “Unlock That Honky Tonk” (Pickler and Satcher), declaiming over a stomping, banjo-studded beat, “Don’t tell me Country’s gone, ’cause I’m ’bout to tie some on.” She might have been revisiting “Stop Cheatin’ on Me” (Morgane Hayes, Liz Rose and Chris Stapleton), where her performance, especially in the artfully shaped two- and three-part harmonies, might have been laid down decades ago. One place she knows especially well comes to view in “The Letter (to Daddy)” (Pickler, Dean Dillon and Dale Dodson), a guitar-and-voice rumination on her father’s hard but successful rise from self-destruction to standing on his own, strong enough at last to give and accept love.
“I want to sell records,” she said, eyes now open, her voice self-assured. “But if I’m going to sell anything at this point, I don’t want them to be one-hit wonders, you know? Not just a fad for this generation because it’s hip and cool and right now. I want for somebody to sing one of my songs in the honky-tonks on Broadway in 50 years, like they do Loretta Lynn.
“We’re in a time today where you can’t afford to not be played on the radio,” she continued. “So most people go into the studio and the first thing is, ‘OK, how are we going to get this on the radio?’ Right there, you’re not making your record. You’re making somebody else’s record. That’s not why I’m here. I mean, ultimately I want to be on the radio, of course, but this record, these songs and the production come from a real place. And regardless if it sells a million copies or one copy, I’m happy with how this album turned out. Because my music is my life.”
On the Web: www.KelliePickler.com

Sons Of Midnight - Australiens Top Rockpop-Export kommt nach Deutschland

Sons Of Midnight - Australiens Top Rockpop-Export kommt nach Deutschland
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Sons of Midnight
Sons Of Midnight - Australiens Top Rockpop-Export kommt nach Deutschland - Showcases in Berlin und Köln - Interviewmöglichkeit
Bereits im letzten Herbst zogen Frontmann Conrad Sewell, die Gitarristen Matt Copley und Peter Tep, Bassist Mitchell Lewis sowie Drummer Maui Manu von Sons of Midnight während ausgesuchter Clubshows als gefeierter Support von Größen wie Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne und The Gipsy & The Cat mit ihrem Sound massivst die Aufmerksamkeit auf sich. Großartige Songschreiberqualitäten waren auszumachen und Songs zu hören, bei denen einem sofort das Wort HIT durch den Kopf schoss. Auf ihrem selbstbetitelten Debüt-Album packen Sons of Midnight nun ihre Songperlen geballt auf einen Silberling. Das Album wird Mitte März veröffentlicht und die Zeichen stehen auf Erfolg, wie zum Beispiel auf der ersten Single „The Fire“, die am 24. Februar erscheint. In dieser Woche sind Sons of Midnight in Deutschland auf zwei exklusiven Showcases zu hören. In Berlin (26.01.) und Köln (02.02.) geben die Jungs eine Kostprobe ihres Könnens.

Magie im Spannungsfeld zwischen Rock und Pop. Fast zweieinhalb Jahre lang begaben sich die eigentlich in Brisbane beheimateten Sons Of Midnight auf einen kreativen Trip rund um die Welt, Einflüsse und Bonusmeilen sammeln für das, was nun unter dem Titel „Sons Of Midnight“ formvollendet wurde. Immer auf der Suche nach dem richtigen Sound, den richtigen Worten, den richtigenSongs, die man schließlich zusammen mit Producer und Co-Composer Martin Hansen (The Rasmus, Stanfour, Scorpions) fand. Mit Einflüssen, so vielfältig wie die fünf Sons Of Midnight -Members selbst. Angefangen bei The Killes über Coldplay,die Kings Of Leon bis hin zu Led Zeppelin. Conrad Sewell wurde als Kind regelmäßig von seiner Mutter mit R’n’B- und Soulplatten von Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway oder den allmächtigen Landsmännern von INXS beschallt, deren Sänger Michael Hutchence auch eineinhalb Dekaden nach seinem Tod noch ein großes Vorbild für den charismatischen Sons Of Midnight-Frontmann darstellt. Ebenso wie die Popikonen von Crowded House, deren Manager Gary Stamler das Quintett schon bald unter seine Fittiche nahm. Das Ergebnis ist ein Debut, das es in sich hat.

Live kann man Sons Of Midnight an folgenden Terminen erleben:

Donnerstag, 26. Januar Berlin, Comet Club

Donnerstag, 02. Februar Köln, Blue Shell
Die Einladung sowie eine erste Kostprobe des Debut-Albums gibt es hier:

Berlin


Köln

Momentan ist die Band für Interview-Termine durch ganz Deutschland unterwegs (u.a. Berlin, Magdeburg, Hamburg, Köln, Mannheim).

The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show

The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show Signs with Pinecastle Records
Columbus, NC January 24, 2012 - Pinecastle Records is pleased to announce that it has signed The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show. Their upcoming album Take Me Back will be released summer 2012.

"I am excited about our recent signing with one of the most legendary record labels in bluegrass music. As I look forward to our first release I consider it a honor to be a part the Pinecastle artist roster which includes some of the most influential artists known to the genre." - Karl Shiflett

"Take Me Back is primarily a collection of tunes I heard and learned while growing up in Texas in the mid sixties (about 45 years ago)," explains Karl. The material covers songs by Don Gibson, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Bob Wills, Faron Young, Willie Nelson and Floyd Tillman. There are a couple of new tunes, "Song on the Jukebox" written by Monroe Fields and a gospel song called "Open up your Heart (and let Jesus In)" written by Karl Shiflett.

During their "retro" performances The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show take the audience on a journey back in time when live radio broadcasts were a mix of music and good humor. Hailing from Texas, KSBC brings their unique blend of classic country and bluegrass music to the stage. The band's single mic technique (an art in itself), where band members weave in and out of the path of the microphone during vocal and instrumental leads, creates a distinctive musical chorography.

The band's effort to entertain and preserve a classic music art form has not gone un-noticed. They have been recognized with various awards and nominations, including the 2001 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) "Emerging Artist of the Year" award and a nomination for "Entertainer of the Year" the same year. In 2006, they were recipients of the IBMA "Album of the Year" award for their participation in the Celebration of Life album on the Skaggs Family Records label.

KSBC has recorded three previous projects and garnered chart recognition from steady radio airplay. Since 2003 the band has received nationwide exposure on RFD TV as featured guest performers on The Cumberland Highlander Show filmed at Bill Monroe's Homeplace high on Jerusalem Ridge near Rosine, KY.  In 2008 and 2009 the group appeared on the The Song Of The Mountains television program which is filmed for PBS and aired on 900 stations across the U.S.

Karl Shiflett also carries the distinguished title of "Ambassador of Bean Blossom" at Bill Monroe's Memorial Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana, the largest and longest-running bluegrass festival in the world (since 1966). The group promotes and spreads the word about this legendary music park and its events throughout their travels.

The current line-up for The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show includes: Karl Shiflett (lead vocals/rhythm guitar). Kris Shiflett (acoustic upright bass), Chris Hill (banjo/harmony vocals), C.J. Lewandowski (mandolin/harmony vocals) and Billy Hurt (fiddle).

Visit the website at www.karlshiflett.com
Karl Shiflett at www.pinecastlemusic.com

JANIE FRICKE’S ALBUM, COUNTRY SIDE OF BLUEGRASS

JANIE FRICKE’S ALBUM,
COUNTRY SIDE OF BLUEGRASS, AVAILABLE NOW
Bluegrass versions of her country hits receive great praise
Janie Fricke - Country Side of BluegrassNashville, TN – (January 24, 2012) – Janie Fricke, known to many in the country world for her hits in the ‘80s, is taking a spin at bluegrass with some fresh interpretations of many of her beloved tunes. Her release, Country Side of Bluegrass, is in stores today amid glowing reviews.  In partnership with New Music Deals, the album is available on iTunes, Amazon.com MP3, Amazon.com CD, www.janiefricke.com and at Ernest Tubb Record Shops.
The 13-track collection is produced by Bil VornDick, whose credits also include Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, and Marty Robbins, and features some of the finest pickers in the industry. VornDick had this to say about the project, “Janie's voice and presentation are among the best, ever! The album will make you smile with enjoyment.”
Reviews of the bluegrass release share VornDick’s positive comments:
No Depression states, “This mix has a real refreshing sound…This is definitely a CD to buy, if you are a fan of country and bluegrass, Splendid!”
Scripps rates the album an “A” and says, “the earthy string music sure brings out a rich new country character even fans of her original sound should enjoy.”
Bluegrass Notes declares, “If you’re discovering her for the first time, you’re in for a treat.”
The Tennessean buzzes, “Bluegrass fans will find little to quarrel with… If you liked Fricke’s country songs, there’s no reason you won’t like the bluegrass versions.”
Music News Nashville also sings Fricke’s praises, “This album is a great reminder of how timeless her talent remains after all this time – just like a fine wine!”
Fricke had a wonderful time recording this album and is looking forward to the year ahead promoting it and touring with 2011 ICM “Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year,” The Roys. “This is an amazingly fun journey, redoing my country hits bluegrass-style, and the response is great!” said Fricke. “I look forward to working shows with The Roys backing me up on many concerts as we tour this year!”
The singer’s upcoming engagements include visits to Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour live on February 6, WSM’s Station Inn Sessions live from Nashville with Mike Terry on February 9, and PBS’s Song of the Mountains (airdate TBD.) The Roys will be joining Fricke on these appearances in addition to her tour dates scheduled throughout 2012. For a list of tour dates and for further information on Janie Fricke, please visit www.janiefricke.com.
Track List:
  1. “You Don’t Know Love”
  2. “Goodbye Broken Heart”
  3. “Do Me With Love”
  4. “Faithless Love”
  5. “He’s A Heartache”
  6. “Please Help Me, I’m Falling (In Love With You)”
  7. “She’s Single Again”
  8. “I’ll Need Someone To Hold Me (When I Cry)"
  9. “Down To My Last Broken Heart”
  10. “Tell Me A Lie”
  11. “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy”
  12. “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby”
  13. “Ring of Fire” (Bonus Track)

Country Music News International January 24th 2012

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Interview with Darin Warner http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-darin-warner.html

DICKEY LEE  TO UNDERGOE KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/dickey-lee-to-undergoe-knee-replacement.html

JASON ALDEAN MY KINDA PARTY TOUR 2012 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/jason-aldean-my-kinda-party-tour-2012.html

McGRAW STRIKES GOLD http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/mcgraw-strikes-gold.html

Steel Guitar News January 23. 2012 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/steel-guitar-news-january-23-2012.html

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Interview with Darin Warner


Interview with Darin Warner

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Darin Warner:  For anyone who feels the country spirit, or about to discover it through my music, here is the adventure into the soul that country music was meant to be. Through talent and craftsmanship, my melodies evoke emotion and mere words are elevated to poetry. Here, in music and lyrics, I expose the heart of a man.

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Darin Warner: CD:No Regrets The CD has several singles that have been released & made impressive chart positions. Some of the chart recent chart positions include: The year 2011 titled him: #1 ‘HOT’ Country Artist / #1-NATIONAL Country Artist / Top #10-GLOBAL Country Artist (Reverbnation)/ #1-GLOBAL Americana Chart (Reverbnation) & his fan base is exploding as the Globe hears his music! Darin Warner has held the position of : *#1-NATIONAL Country Charts for AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, IRELAND & The Netherlands. His song, BOTTOM OF A GLASS has held the title of "MOST PLAYED SONG" on Europe's Top #100 Radio Airplay. So far-Janurary 2012 Chart Positions have been:

*Jan 1- Reverbnation (Americana Chart)
#1-GLOBAL / #1-NATIONAL / #1-LOCAL

*January 1, 2012:
ECMA-Top #100: #35-Bottom of a Glass / #85-Crossroads
#1-Crossroads (Denmark)

Available at the following:
My current CD's & Downloads are available at-
Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/darin-warner/id277396860
CD Universe: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8232465 -OR-
CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DarinWarner
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/No-Regrets-Darin-Warner/dp/B003VST63K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1312988508&sr=8-3

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Darin Warner: The title track is NO REGRETS.  As I sat with my Grandfather, when he faced his last days of life, he looked at me & told me to 'live my life with No Regrets.'  I went home, wrote the song & it became the foundation for the CD.

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Darin Warner: "I won't sing it, if I ain't lived it" – It is my 'motto!' People like to listen to it because they can relate to it.  We all can relate to things we wish we had done...or hadn't done.  We all know someone who has passed & we all have sat around with friends talking about how things have been in our past that brought us to where we are.  We have all had those moments in life when we have wondered if we 'should or shouldn't' do something.  The thing that makes us take the chance is the voice from someone in our life who is whispering in our mind-Do it with No Regrets.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Darin Warner:  Songs that have a message.  Songs that the first time someone hears them, they can 'sing along' with because they feel familiar.  Songs that make people want to dance in front of the stage or stand there & sing along with me.  Songs that people listen to on the cd that they hit 'replay.'  Nothing is greater than having fans sing along with my songs at a show.

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

Darin Warner:  I try to stay 100% involved in  all of my music. Most of the time, the first draft becomes a bunch of scribbles & arrows & scrached out phrases on a piece of paper until the end is what I want it to say.  Not a day goes by that a new song isn't running around in my mind.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Darin Warner:  Despite living in the country, not many shared my passion for all things Country, but it was a young man's search for expression, and I would come to know two things: I was born to sing and play, and I had found a vehicle in country music where a man could express his emotions. It was the singular, inevitable outcome: I set my soul to words and music. It's been said of me that "Merle Haggard and George Jones couldn't have asked for a better student". And like any good student, I learned from the best, then set my own unique path.

Having paid my dues and achieved success in my own backyard, my focus is now on a broader world stage, and set on expanding my audience within the Country music industry.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Darin Warner:  Definitely performing...having my guitar in my hand, singing my songs & meeting people.  Sharing life through my music.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Darin Warner:  Currently building my 2012 NO REGRETS International Tour which will hopefully take me around the United States, into Canda & across Europe! It may take 2013 to get to all of the places I hope to get to-but, with things going the right way it will all come to be.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Darin Warner:  I  lived a life that reads like one of the many country songs he has written and performed. From my modest beginnings amidst a bleak Australian landscape, I soon learned that Life had even harsher realities to offer: acceptance did not come easy, when roaming from town to town in attempt at a living; farming offered backbreaking work, but no promise of reward; feeling abandoned was easy, when times are hard, and a family dynamic becomes even harder.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Darin Warner:  Fortunately,  Music was the only thing that didn't cost anything", and I was immersed in it from a young age. My memories from that time are of sitting with his ear glued to the record player as I listened to Merle Haggard and George Jones, and of standing at the front of a stage watching my dad, himself a struggling country musician, perform the classics. Music would be my escape from the realization that I came from a world where men were men, and boys were not invited. It was a hardened emotional landscape, as well, and giving voice to tender thoughts was not welcome there.

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Darin Warner:  A life-long Australian who continues to have a strong music career in my 'homeland,' I am incredibly comfortable taking my Country music around the world.  I can talk with anyone about anything. 

Lamitschka:  What has been your greatest challenge in music business?

Darin Warner: Getting a 'break' & building a support team of people that I can trust are in sync with me.  We are all traveling in the same direction, with the same goals & balance each other's strengths as well as weaknesses.  We mesh together to create the best end product.

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Darin Warner:  Play my guitar, write new songs, FISH & cook.  I enjoy cooking, especially on the Barby & enjoy time on the boat.

Lamitschka:  Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?

Darin Warner:  I sure hope so!  I'm trying to get booked in as many as I can around the US.  I will post shows all over my pages on reverbnation & facebook.

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Darin Warner:  A show that will have them on their feet.  A professional, polished reflection of traditional Country Music.  Hopefully, they will see a show that they want to bring their friends to next time & tell everyone they know.

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Darin Warner:  Reverbnation.com/darinwarner , Video is on Youtube:   youtube.com/preciouspromotions , Myspace.com/darinwarner , Facebook.com/darinwarner
I'm also on a wide assortment of other sites like: SoundClick, SoundCloud & many Internet Radio Stations. 

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Darin Warner:  I look forward to bring my Country Music to all of you. The charts tell me you love my music & want me there.  I'm looking forward to it...invite me! :)

Christian Lamitschka ( CountryMusicNewsInternational@googlemail.com )
www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.com

DICKEY LEE TO UNDERGOE KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY

SONGWRITER DICKEY LEE
TO UNDERGOE KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY
Please keep Dickey Lee in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery from his upcoming surgery for knee replacement.

(Nashville, TN) Dickey Lee, one of the music industry’s most prolific songwriters, will undergo knee replacement surgery Wednesday morning, January 25, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, TN. 

Dickey has penned #1 songs for Reba, George Strait, George Jones, Tracy Byrd, and a long list of great artists who have recorded his songs.  He is also a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, inducted in 1995.  He is still writing hit songs.

Dickey will be in rehab for 4-6 weeks, and if you wish to send him get well wishes, the address is as follows, and I am sure that he will appreciate your thoughts and prayers:

Dickey Lee     517 S. Goodlett St.     Memphis, TN  38116

JASON ALDEAN MY KINDA PARTY TOUR 2012

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean & Luke Bryan


JASON ALDEAN KICKS OFF THE YEAR BY BREAKING ATTENDANCE RECORDS ON THE FIRST THREE DATES OF THE 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR

New Single “Fly Over States” Hits Radio on Wed., Jan 25

Nashville, TN – Jan. 23, 2012 – Multiple GRAMMY nominee Jason Aldean kicked off the 2012 leg of his MY KINDA PARTY TOUR with a sold-out first run in Greenville, SC, Fayetteville, NC and Orlando, FL this weekend.  Each of those shows set new attendance records for the arenas.  Fellow Georgia natives Luke Bryan and Lauren Alaina joined Aldean, with DeeJay Silver returning to the tour to keep the party going between sets with his signature rock and country mixes.

Due to overwhelming demand for this final leg of the MY KINDA PARTY TOUR, the new production features a 360-degree configuration that allows fans who couldn't get tickets before to purchase a view from the rear of the stage.  The 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR is an extension of the record-breaking 2011 leg that sold one million tickets across the country last year.

"I'm not gonna lie…its a big challenge to try and entertain people who are on all sides of you.   I have to work a lot harder, and I come off the stage absolutely drenched.  The opening weekend was unbelievable, and I had a blast pulling Luke and Lauren up on stage during different parts of the show. It's fun to keep the fans guessing and surprised.  Sometimes, I even get surprised…we had a few stage jumpers, so that kept it interesting for all of us!   The fans were out of their minds this weekend!."

Additionally, Aldean is releasing “Fly Over States” to radio this week.  The fifth single off his DOUBLE PLATINUM album MY KINDA PARTY, the song is an ode to the beauty and hardworking spirit of our country’s heartland.  Entertainment Weekly said, "The song has the kind of soaring chorus that makes you want to press ‘repeat’ as soon as it ends.

To stream “Fly Over States,” click here: http://www.thegreenroompr.com/jasonaldean.html

Aldean’s DOUBLE PLATINUM fourth record MY KINDA PARTY was the top-selling country album of 2011 and the No. five best-seller in all genres.  The CMA Album of the Year was also named iTunes’ “Country Album of the Year” and came in at No. four on Billboard’s all-genre Year End Top 200 Albums chart.

For a full list of appearances and upcoming tour dates, visit www.jasonaldean.com.

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