Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Grand Opening of Lucy's Country Cafe & Catering

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Grand Opening of Lucy's Country Cafe & Catering
 
Nashville Singer/Songwriter Bobby Pinson and his wife Lucy are proud to present Lucy's Country Cafe located in The Blue Bar in the Heart of Mid-Town in Nashville TN.  Lucy's Southern style "all you can eat" country cookin features a variety of homemade family recipes passed down over three generations.  From Chicken and Dumplins,Pot Roast, Fried Chicken,Home style Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy to Fried Spare Ribs,Country Fried Steak and Copperhead Chicken Pasta,Lucy's Country Cafe is sure to have something for everyone. 
 
The Grand Opening will be Monday, January 30th from 11AM to 3PM. All You Can Eat for $12.99 
 
Nashville Music Guide will also be sponsoring a songwriters' night at Lucy's Cafe on Wednesday nights called "Sing for Your Supper."
 
For more information visit: Lucyscountrycafe.com  

JOSH THOMPSON LAUNCHES CHANGE IS COMIN’ TOUR

 
JOSH THOMPSON LAUNCHES
CHANGE IS COMIN’
TOUR


Nashville, TN- Jan. 25, 2012- RCA singer/songwriter Josh Thompson’s CHANGE IS COMIN’ Tour will kick off on Feb. 3 in Charlotte, NC.  The relentless road warrior will roll into 2012 with a slew of club dates to share new music from his upcoming sophomore release, CHANGE.

“The road definitely feels like home to me,” says Thompson.  “I tour as much as I possible can.  If I have a day off, I feel guilty.  I’m so excited to share this new music with my fans...I hope they love it as much as I do.  Come out and party with us!”

CHANGE IS COMIN’ TOUR DATES

2/3 Charlotte, NC – Coyote Joe’s
2/4 Greenville, SC – Blind Horse Saloon
2/8 Foxborough, MA – Showcase Live
2/9 Uncasville, CT – Wolf Den
2/10 Bethleham, PA – Musikfest Café
2/11 Portland, ME – Asylum
2/16 Columbia, SC – Jillian’s
2/17 Milledgeville, GA – Cowboy Bills
2/18 Sebring, FL - Highlands
3/10 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
3/16 Jacksonville, FL - Landing
3/17 Lakeland, FL – Boots N Buckles Saloon
3/24 Quincy, IL – Morrison Theatre
3/29 Flagstaff, AZ – Museum Club
3/30 Mesa, AZ – Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
3/31 San Miguel, CA – The Ranch
4/4 San Jose, CA - Graduate
4/5 Davis, CA – Davis Graduate
4/6 Ridgecrest, CA – Tommy T’s
4/13 Chicago, IL – Joe’s Bar
4/14 Detroit, MI – McMorran Auditorium
4/21 Dixon, IL – Dixon Theatre
 
Thompson recently released “Comin’ Around” as the lead single from his second studio album, due out this summer.  Thompson teamed up with Kendell Marvel and Rodney Clawson to pen the song, which offers an introspective look at how growing up can sometimes draw people back to the places and things they once turned away from.

For more information, visit: www.joshthompsonofficial.com.

Country tours: Dale Watson Zoe Muth

YEP: so far it has been a blast and very successful for both bands. DALE WATSON and his Texas Two have nailed it in Croatia and Italy and are now doing their thing in Scandinavia. Holland is Next to finish up in France.  And lovely ZOE MUTH and her Lost High Rollers have taken Scotland in a storm and are now moving on to the rest of UK, Holland and Scandivia. Watch out for BBC coverage this weekend of
Celtic Connections Highlights!
Together with the SWEETBACK SISTERS who are just about to start their European streak we think that we have done our upmost-CRS-best to get you all the True Country you need to get the year started. Special attention for a last minute date for Zoe Muth in Oss, Holland. But here are the remaining tour dates for you, together with some links to get acquainted with the music you don’t want to miss:

ZOE MUTH AND THE LOST HIGH ROLLERS:

EXTRA SHOW: MUSIC CLUB OSS SUNDAY Febr. 12

(for info: bertp@continental.nl)

 


January 26 The Brewery  Kendal – UK    www.breweryarts.co.uk
January 27 Anvil Arts  Basingstoke – UK  www.anvilarts.org.uk
January 28 Whitstable  Kent – UK   www.whitstablefolk.co.uk
January 29 Green Note@Underbelly London   www.greennote.co.uk
January 30 The Prince Albert  Brighton – UK   www.notnowfrank.com
January 31  St Bonaventure’s Bristol – UK                                                                                                                                                                            February 2 Raheen House Hotel Clonmel, Co Tipperary – IRELAND  http://clonmelworldmusic.blogspot.com/
February 3 Cleere’s  Kilkenny – IRELAND  http://cleeres.com/
February 4 Whelans  Dublin – IRELAND  www.whelanslive.com/                                                                                                                                  February 6 Mijnheer Frits  Eindhoven – NL www.muziekgebouweindhoven.nl                                                                                                                  February 7 Qbus   Leiden, NL  www.muziekhuis.nl                                                                                                                                                         February 10 Cowboy Up   Waardamme – BE  http://cowboyup.be/
February 11 De Schalm Westwoud - NL  http://www.deschalmwestwoud.nl/weggie.html                                                                                                          February 12 EXTRA SHOW MUSIC CLUB OSS  (for info: bertp@continental.nl)                                                                                                                                                     February 17 ’t Keerpunt  Spijkerboor,NL  www.rootsontheroad.nl                                                                                                                                      February 18 Music Star Nordersted – DE  www.harksheide.nl                                                                                                                                      February 20 Folk & Rock  Malmo SE                                                                                                                                                                                  February 21S/S Marieholm  Göteborg, SE                                                                                                                                                                           February 22 Buckleys Oslo, NO
February 23 Siste Reis Halden, NO
February 24 Mastadont  Örebro,SE
February 25 Ruby Red Falkenburg, SE
February 27 Big Ben Stockholm,SE                                                                                                                                                                                   March 2       Mariannes  Falun, SE

DALE WATSON AND THE TEXAS TWO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUi-bppYI30

Fri. Jan 27        Lichtenvoorde – NL – Stone Valley Country Club   www.stonevalley.nl                                                                                                                   Sat. Jan 28       Klaaswaal – NL – Newland                                www.newland.nl                                                                                                                         Sun. Jan 29      Oss – NL – Het Oude Theater                           Bertp@continental.nl                                                                                                                                         Tue. Jan 31       Delft – NL – Cafe Waldi’s                                                                                                                                                                                    Wed. Feb. 1      Tilburg – NL – 013                                            www.013.nl                                                                                                                                                               Thu. Feb. 2       Haarlem – NL – Patronaat                                 www.patronaat.nl                                                                                                                         Sa. Feb. 4        Nantes – FR – Salle Festive Erdre   http://www.westerncountryfriends.asso.fr/


The Sweetback Sisters UK Jan/Febr

                                                                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2XW5kMUTdc

                                                                                  

Wed, Jan 25. The Windmill Brixton   London, UK
with The High Class Family Butchers + The Kilcawley Family
Thurs, Jan 26. Live Theatre  Newcastle, UK
with Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orc
Fri, Jan 27 Celtic Connections  Late night @ the Festival Club  Glasgow Scotland
Sat, Jan 28  Celtic Connections  @ The Arches   Glasgow, Scotland
Sun, Jan 29  Greystones  Sheffield, UK
Tues, Jan 31  The Puzzle Hall Inn  Sowerby Bridge, UK
Wed, Feb 1. What's Cookin'   London, UK
Thurs, Feb 2. 7:30 pm  Elephant & Castle   presented by Union Music Store  Lewes, UK
with Hatful of Rain

Florida tour, The Remember Song, and 50 Years!

A Note from Tom Rush: Florida tour, The Remember Song, and 50 Years!
January 25, 2012
The Fish Story Song and Other Stories Gang,
Our landlady recently told me that the bed in our guestroom is the same bed used by Queen Elizabeth and Mick Jagger! Well - I can tell you I was stunned, and more than a bit thrilled to think that I'd been occasionally napping on hallowed, if somewhat sullied, grounds.
I inspected the bed and it seems to have sustained minimal damage. One of the slats is cracked and the bolts need tightening, but other than that it looks like it made it through the ordeal in good shape. I've been keeping the place picked up for a while now in case they might return for another go, but so far ... nothing. I suspect she might have had enough and frankly I can't say I blame her. If she's come to her senses God may have in this instance, in fact, saved the Queen.
What Liz and Mick (I feel so close to them now) were doing at our house - other than the obvious - remains a mystery. Still, I'm thinking of putting a velvet rope across the door and charging $5 for the public to come have a gawk. "Pandering" is such an ugly word – but a fellow's got to make a living.
Speaking of which, I'm off to Florida in a couple of days to play some shows. Orlando on Thursday, Clearwater on Friday, if it's Saturday it must be Ft. Lauderdale, and then Sunday in Stuart. If you know anybody in any of those neighborhoods give them a heads-up. Come by yourself, of course, if you're around.
In other news:
  • The Remember Song clip on YouTube has roared back to life and sailed past the 5 million mark last night. (It had been lumbering along for quite a while at a mere 500-or-so views per day, now it's doing about 30,000. I have no idea why.)
  • The documentary project has also come back to the front burner, now with one Tod Kwait as the Head Chef. (He was also the force behind the Fish Story Song kids' video.) We will be hitting you all up for memorabilia in the near future - posters, video clips, clandestine recordings, stuff like that. I already have all the albums, most of the 8-track tapes.
  • This is the kick-off for my 50th year of actually getting paid for making music (something that still astounds me), and I want to thank all of you for making this possible. I started writing a song for the fans once, but never got past "You're heaven sent / You pay my rent." Anyway, thank you very, very much, and here's to the next 50!
Sincerely,
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Tom Rush

COUNTRY THUNDER MUSIC FESTIVALS NEWS

Country Thunder
COUNTRY THUNDER MUSIC FESTIVALS RENEW CONTRACT WITH
PREMIER GLOBAL PRODUCTION FOR STAGING AND LIGHTING

Nashville, TN (January 25, 2012) – Troy Vollhoffer, President of Premier Global Production, has, once again, been tapped to provide production, including staging and lighting, for Country Thunder Music Festivals through 2015.  Premier Global Production has been the production vendor of the festival for over 16 years.  
 “A reputation takes time, sweat, trust, hard work, persistence, dedication and the unwillingness to quit at the first site of risk,” says April Harbour, director of operations for Country Thunder.  “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Troy Vollhoffer and Premier Global Production for both Country Thunder festivals.”
The management team of Country Thunder consists of a group with years of experience in the festival industry and deep ties to the Nashville entertainment community. These two assets alone ensure an organized and efficient event that offers A-list talent every year. The philosophy of the group is to provide the best talent available to fans, to build a positive festival experience and to provide the best value for that elusive entertainment dollar. Organizers strive to be good corporate citizens, supporting many non-profit and charitable organizations in the surrounding areas, as well. 
Over the past four years, Country Thunder has seen an increase in patronage amounting to over double its original size. 
Country Thunder Ticketing Information:
For full access to the festival, you can purchase a 4-day pass for only $120, and new this year, the festival is offering the opportunity to purchase seats closer to the stage with (GA) RSVD seating with prices ranging from $200-$375. Another great addition this year is the new hotel + transportation packages offered through Country Thunder, so be sure to visit www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418 for further information or to purchase all things Country Thunder!

Country Music News International January 25th 2012

Here is your Country Music News of the day. Your Country Music News is supported by Lucy Angel, http://www.LucyAngel.com , Steel Guitar Nashville, http://www.SteelGuitar.net , HelpCharity, http://www.MySpace.com/HelpCharity , Bobbe Seymour, http://www.MySpace.com/BobbeSeymour , Radio4Humans, http://www.Radio4Humans.de , Katsy Redstar http://www.myspace.com/KatsyRedstar  , International Festival of Country Music http://www.bb-promotion.com/de/veranstaltungen/international-festival-of-country-music 

You can publish the Newsletter to your websites or forward to your friends. If you want to publish some of the interviews, please contact me.

Hier sind jetzt Eure Country Music News des Tages. Eure Country Music News werden unterstützt von Lucy Angel, http://www.LucyAngel.com , Steel Guitar Nashville, http://www.SteelGuitar.net , HelpCharity, http://www.MySpace.com/HelpCharity , Bobbe Seymour,    www.MySpace.com/BobbeSeymour , Radio4Humans, http://www.Radio4Humans.de , Katsy Redstar http://www.myspace.com/KatsyRedstar , International Festival of Country Music http://www.bb-promotion.com/de/veranstaltungen/international-festival-of-country-music

Der Newsletter darf veröffentlicht werden auf Euren Internetseiten und an Eure Freunde weiter geleitet werden. Solltet Ihr gerne einige der Interviews veröffentlichen wollen, kurze Rückmeldung an mich.

Interview with Jesse Bryant http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-jesse-bryant.html

Rick Monroe Inks Exclusive Recording Contract http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/rick-monroe-inks-exclusive-recording.html

BLUEGRASS MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/bluegrass-music-awards-nominees.html

“Dirt Road Heartache” by  Marty Raybon http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/dirt-road-heartache-by-marty-raybon.html

TIM MCGRAW’S EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC DRAWS http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/tim-mcgraws-emotional-traffic-draws.html

GENE WATSON in concert January 29th http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/gene-watson-in-concert-january-29th.html

KELLIE PICKLER HELPS DESIGN SWEATER http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/kellie-pickler-helps-design-sweater.html

Montgomery Gentry’s Music Video “Where I Come From,” Garners Over A Million Views http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/montgomery-gentrys-music-video-where-i.html

GEOFFREY ANDREWS: BREAKING NEW ARTIST WITH WORLDCLASS APPEAL http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/geoffrey-andrews-breaking-new-artist.html

Kellie Pickler: Tough and True on “100 Proof” http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/kellie-pickler-tough-and-true-on-100.html

The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/karl-shiflett-big-country-show.html

JANIE FRICKE’S ALBUM, COUNTRY SIDE OF BLUEGRASS http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/janie-frickes-album-country-side-of.html

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Rick Monroe Inks Exclusive Recording Contract


Country Music Singer/Songwriter Rick Monroe Inks Exclusive Recording Contract with
L.A./Nashville Based Render Records As Label's First Country Artist
 
Nashville, TN (January 25, 2012) - Country Music Singer/Songwriter Rick Monroe (www.rickmonroe.com) has inked an exclusive recording deal with Nashville based Render Records (www.renderrecords.com), it was announced today by Render's Steve Freeman.
 
All combined, the Render Records team is responsible for more than 10 Billboard #1 records, countless Top-40 singles and over 10 million units sold to date. Render currently works or has worked with some of the largest companies and most influential people in television, music and film. Render Records Artists represent a span of the globe from South Alabama to South Africa and include a diverse variety of musical genres from Country to Rock to Christian Contemporary to Hip Hop.
 
Of the new agreement, Steve Freeman said, "When it came time for us to sign an act that we could send to the country audience, I didn't have to look far, I knew exactly who I wanted to associate our brand with, Rick Monroe. We are very excited that Rick is joining the Render family. We are currently in the studio recording Rick's debut project for the label and are set to release his first single (Crazy Not To) to country radio in late February."
 
Rick Monroe added, "I am absolutely thrilled to be working with a forward thinking company like Render Records. With the rapid speed at which the music business is changing and evolving these days, being signed to a label that really 'gets it' from every angle is invaluable. And having talented, entrepreneurs, writers/musicians at the helm certainly allows for the perfect creative and open environment where artistry comes first and hard work is rewarded."
 
Monroe comes to Render hot off the heel of four successful tours with Dierks Bentley, Josh Thompson, Eric Church and Randy Houser. Rick's most recent single release, GET UR COUNTRY ON spawned the Jagermeister club tour of the same name which wrapped a 30 date swing at the conclusion of 2011. His hugely popular single and video, "Honky-Tonk Road Trip" (co-written with songwriter and celebrated journalist, Larry Holden) continues to be a fan favorite. No stranger to success Rick's album, 'Against the Grain' spawned the hit single 'Midnight Rider'. Having received rave reviews in print and accolades on television shows such as EXTRA, E! and ET, Rick's gritty Midnight Rider video is still a much requested fan favorite. A true ambassador of the genre, Monroe was among the first country artists to perform in Russia and China. His extensive touring history includes performances throughout Russia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Hungary, Honduras, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Bahamas, Germany, England, Netherlands and Switzerland, sharing the stage with a who's who of musical greats.

Monroe's also opened for the likes of Charlie Daniels, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry, Marshall Tucker, Darryl Worley, Craig Morgan, Eric Church, Emerson Drive, Patty Loveless, Little Texas, Ricochet, The Birds, Black Hawk, Trick Pony, Chely Wright, Sammy Kershaw and Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus. He's toured Europe for the last three years and performed an average of 100 dates a year for the last two years.
 
Steve Freeman added, "As a label, you are constantly looking for the perfect mix of hard work and talent in an artist. I have known Rick for a couple years now and have watched him consistently work harder on his own behalf than most artist with a big time record deal. I have written with him and even cut some of his songs on other artists leading me to become a huge fan of his writing and performing. I am looking forward to writing and cutting great records with him and watching his career move forward with the support of a label that believes in their artists from a creative standpoint, not just from a financial point of view. Rick Monroe, the writer and artist, has some things to say that people need to hear and I am glad that we get the opportunity to be the launching pad for him and the great music to come. 2012 will be a great year for this partnership, Rick Monroe fans and music fans as a whole."
The creative and ownership team is comprised of hit songwriters and award winning producers Steve Freeman, Rich Redmond, Tully Kennedy, Kurt Allison, David Fanning, serial entrepreneur Randy Adams. Adams is a graduate of MIT and former member of the board of directors of Yahoo, where he secured Yahoo's initial financing through his partners at Sequoia Capital and oversaw their transition to a public company. He is also credited with creating Adobe Acrobat and the PDF file format as Director of Engineering for Adobe. In addition to his role with Render Records and Render Filmz, Randy is currently the Director and Co-Founder of actor Will Ferrell's company Funny or Die, funnyordie.com, the webs most popular comedy website, as well as, Director and Co-Founder of Celebrity Apps, the premier mobile app publisher for celebrities and celebrity brands. He frequently lectures at Stanford University on becoming an entrepreneur and has been called one of the brightest minds in technology in the past 25 years.

Steve Freeman is a hit songwriter and award-winning producer from Nashville who currently writes professionally for Colton Entertainment Group. He has had over 30 songs cut by artists in various formats including Country, Rock, Christian and Adult Contemporary. His production credits can be found on over 5 million records sold.

A part of the Render family, Rich, Kurt and Tully, also known worldwide as The Three Kings, along with artist/producer David Fanning, make up New Voice Entertainment. Together they produce country music’s hottest new duo Thompson Square, who just celebrated their first #1 hit single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” as well as other acts Kristy Lee Cook, Blake Wise and Parmalee. When not behind the console, Rich, Kurt and Tully can be found in the studio and on the road creating the sound that made them famous with one of music’s most popular and best selling acts, Jason Aldean.

Interview with Jesse Bryant


Interview with Jesse Bryant

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?

Jesse Bryant:  Im just a country boy my music is a mix of Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash rolled up in one package

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

Jesse Bryant:  The latest is The Last Real Outlaw CD and its doing very well

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Jesse Bryant:  I do write my songs and from time to time I also write with a couple friends of mine

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Jesse Bryant:  Its all just Outlaw Country Music with alot of Waylon and Johnny influence rolled into it

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?

Jesse Bryant:  Poorma Blues is doing well I thank people releate to because it tells how hard it is out there right now as far as jobs goes

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

Jesse Bryant:  Good story tunes

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

Jesse Bryant:  I have my hands in my music from start to finish I would say at 95%

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music industry?

Jesse Bryant:  Not very much I think the big labels are killing Country Music What has happened to the drinking songs The somebody done somebody wrong songs they just dont exist anymore

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Jesse Bryant:  I like to put the Country back into Country Music

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

Jesse Bryant:  Meeting the fans thats the best part to me sure I love to write and record but meeting the people that listen to your music is the best part to me

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Jesse Bryant:  I dont really know Ive just always loved to write and play guitar

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

Jesse Bryant:  I like to spend time with my wife and daughters maybe do some fishing or just staying at home is ok with me

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

Jesse Bryant:  Just a straight forward country show with alot of engry packed in there

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BLUEGRASS MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

Congratulations to the
38th Annual
SPBGMA
BLUEGRASS MUSIC AWARDS
NOMINEES

including the following Rural Rhythm Records artists:
 
 
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out nominated for:
Vocal Group of the Year
Bluegrass Band of the Year
Entertaining Group of the Year
Entertainer of the Year - Russell Moore
Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) - Russell Moore

Carolina Road nominated for:
Gospel Group of the Year (Traditional)
Instrumental Group of the Year
Entertainer of the Year - Lorraine Jordan
Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) - Lorraine Jordan
Banjo Performer of the Year  - Ben Green
 
Banjo Performer of the Year nominee:
Sammy Shelor
 
Song of the Year nominee:
"Coal Minin' Man" by The Roys


GRASSTOWNE nominated for:
Album of the Year - (KICKIN' UP DUST by Grasstowne)
Song of the Year  - ("Kickin' Up Dust") by Grasstowne)
Mandolin Performer of Year - Alan Bibey
 
 
Lou Reid & Carolina nominated for:
Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary)
Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) - Christy Reid
 
Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) nominee:
Steve Gulley
 
Dobro Performer of the Year nominee:
Randy Kohrs
 

Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary) nominee:
The Marksmen
 
For a full list of nominees,  click here.

SPBGMA BLUEGRASS MUSIC AWARDS
& 29th NATIONAL CONVENTION

February 2-5, 2012
Held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel - Nashville, Tennessee

“Dirt Road Heartache” by Marty Raybon

Another Hot New Single Release:
“Dirt Road Heartache” by
Grammy® Award Winning Artist, Marty Raybon
Listen to clip

 
First Single From Upcoming Album
SOUTHERN ROOTS & BRANCHES Set For Release April 10, 2012
 
Nashville, TN (1.24.12)  Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce another new single release, “Dirt Road Heartache” by Grammy® award winning artist, Marty Raybon. This bluegrass barn burner was written by Melissa Pierce and Jerry Salley and is the first single from the upcoming album, SOUTHERN ROOTS & BRANCHES releasing April 10, 2012 on Rural Rhythm Records.  "Marty Raybon on his game and at his best," said Terry Herd (Bluegrass Today & Bluegrass Radio Network). 
 
“Dirt Road Heartache” includes the talents of Marty Raybon (Lead Vocal); Tim Raybon (Harmony Vocal); Justin Moses (Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro); Kenny Smith (Guitar); Mark Fain (Bass), and was produced by Marty Raybon.
 
Earlier this month, the label announced Raybon’s new Country Christian single release, “I’ve Seen What He Can Do” from his highly anticipated new album, HAND TO THE PLOW set for release March 27, 2012 on Rural Rhythm Christian.  This beautiful new song is now available for digital purchase via iTunes, Amazon and other major sites and available to radio stations via AirplayDirect.com.
 
For more information on Marty Raybon including upcoming tour dates and news, please MartyRaybon.com

TIM MCGRAW’S EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC DRAWS

 
TIM MCGRAW’S EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC DRAWS STELLAR REVIEWS FROM TOP MUSIC CRITICS

Prep Begins for “Brothers of the Sun” Stadium Tour
 
 
Nashville, TN- Jan. 24, 2012-  Country music superstar and "Artist of the Decade" Tim McGraw’s 11th studio album EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC is being praised by music critics and fans across the country.  With Rolling Stone saying, “His 11th LP is his most assured, with a dozen sharp songs about middle-American struggles."  

“With a voice that can go from earthy to angelic in a single phrase and a back catalog that shows serious growth over two decades, McGraw is a star with substance...” NPR

“McGraw continues to expand country music's boundaries. That's why, 20 years into his career, his music still sounds so fresh...” Associated Press

“a solid outing from a solid singer in his prime...” Washington Post

“McGraw sounds more relevant than he has in years.” Toronto Star

“McGraw’s 44, but he’s pushing 50 singles on the country chart. The songs on ‘Emotional Traffic’ are professionally programmed with GPS precision toward that destination.” Chicago Sun-Times

“a celebration of his rich history to date and an optimistic step toward the future.” GAC

“worth the wait...”  Cleveland Plain Dealer

"I'm profoundly proud of this album, and I'm extremely happy to finally be able to share this with the fans, especially the ones who came out to see us on the Emotional Traffic tour last summer," said McGraw. "We're getting ready for the Brothers of The Sun tour, and I can't wait to share some new music and create some truly memorable nights together this year."

This June, McGraw will kick off what is anticipated to be the biggest stadium tour in country music history with old friend Kenny Chesney.  The 'Brothers of the Sun' Tour will reunite McGraw and Chesney for the first time in 10 years.  The 20-city tour kicks off on June 2 in Tampa and will hit the nation's biggest stadiums through August.

Tim McGraw has sold over 40 million albums and dominated the charts with 32 No. one singles. He's won three GRAMMY® Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, three People's Choice Awards and numerous other honors. With 7.8 million spins at radio, McGraw was deemed “Artist of the Decade” (2000-2010) by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.  His current single, “Better Than I Used To Be,” continues to steadily climb the charts.  

Next up on McGraw's schedule is an Australian arena tour with wife Faith Hill.  For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit http://www.timmcgraw.com.

GENE WATSON in concert January 29th

http://www.musicnewsnashville.com/gene-watson-re-records-his-hits-for-best-of-the-best-25-greatest-hits
GENE WATSON in concert at 3rd & Lindsley this Sunday, January 29th!  Celebrating 50 YEARS in Country Music!  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Opening act, Jimbo Mathus & the Tri State Coalition, at 8:00 p.m.        GENE WATSON at 9:00 p.m.  This is a WRLT sponsored show, so tickets are ONLY $10.00 to see a LIVING COUNTRY LEGEND!
Come hear why they call him the "Singer's Singer".
We hope you can be there!  Please feel free to forward this to friends who love some hard-core country.
Click HERE for tickets! 
“Just when I think Country Music is a lost art form, something by Gene Watson catches my ear and I can breathe again.”  -Rodney Crowell
   “One of Country Music’s finest, most underrated singers” – USA Today
"What can you say about the most burnished and sensitive male voice on the planet except 'Listen'?" - CMT.com

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