Monday, January 30, 2012

CRAIG MORGAN “THIS OLE BOY” PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

CRAIG MORGAN “THIS OLE BOY” PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW
Track Listing and CD Cover Artwork Revealed


Nashville, TN...(January 30, 2012)...CRAIG MORGAN’S upcoming sixth studio album, his first new music in three years, is set for release on February 28 but eager fans can pre-order the new music now! Available at www.ThisOleBoy.com, the THIS OLE BOY album pre-order presents three-tiered offerings with additional value for the country music fan:

  • Pre-Order #1:  Autographed This Ole Boy CD delivered on release day, February 28, 2012!

  • Pre-Order #2:  Upgrade your autographed CD order to include "A ticket to Craig Morgan's online StageIt "Streek Week" concert LIVE from the road!"
  • Pre-Order #3:  Upgrade your autographed CD order to include a ticket to the online StageIt "Street Week" concert plus a DVD copy of the first season of Craig’s award-winning TV show, Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors.

Co-produced with his longtime creative partner Phil O’Donnell, Morgan co-wrote 7of the 12 songs from his latest offering, This Ole Boy.  The feel good, sing-along title track love song is climbing the charts and the new music video, featuring Hollywood actress Angie Harmon, can be viewed on web and TV outlets after its recent premiere on ETOnline.

"This is my sixth studio record and I'm just as excited about writing and recording this one as I was with my very first," shares Morgan. "Every one of the songs here, from 'More Trucks Than Cars' to 'Being Alive and Livin'' to 'Better Stories' reflect my real life.  I'm proud of the music we've created and excited to be sharing it with the fans."

OFFICIAL THIS OLE BOY TRACK LISTING:

  1. "This Ole Boy" (Ben Hayslip/Dallas Davidson/Rhett Akins)
  2. "More Trucks Than Cars" (Craig Morgan/Phil O’Donnell/Craig Wiseman)
  3. "The Whole World Needs A Kitchen" (Craig Morgan/Shane Minor/Phil O’Donnell)
  4. "Country Boys Like Me" (Monty Criswell/Tim Menzies)
  5. "Show Me Your Tattoo" (Ben Daniel/Skip Black)
  6. "Love Loves A Long Night" (Craig Morgan/ Phillip Lammonds/Phil O’Donnell)
  7. "Being Alive and Livin’" (Craig Morgan/Chris Wallin)
  8. "Fish Weren’t Bitin’" (Jimmy Yeary/Marty Dodson)
  9. "Better Stories" (Monty Criswell/Michael White/Lee Thomas Miller)
  10. "I Didn’t Drink" (Craig Morgan/Kyle Jacobs/Phil O’Donnell)
  11. "Corn Star" (Craig Morgan/Shane Minor/Jeffrey Steele)
  12. "Summer Moon" (Craig Morgan/Chris Wallin)


ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN:  One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “International Harvester". His newest single “This Ole Boy,” currently climbing the country radio charts, is the title track to his upcoming sixth studio CD, releasing February 28, 2012. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” every Saturday on The Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit www.craigmorgan.com or follow him on Twitter @cmorganmusic.

Kraftklub - Debütalbum MIT K stürmt Platz 1 der Albumcharts

Kraftklub - Debütalbum MIT K stürmt Platz 1 der Albumcharts
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Kraftklub
Kraftklub – Debütalbum MIT K stürmt Platz 1 der Albumcharts
Eine einstmals getrennte Nation ist endlich zusammengewachsen! In Ost und West stürmte das Volk die Tonträger-Verkaufsstellen und kaufte Kraftklub, die Söhne Chemnitz’ (aka Karl-Marx-Stadt) in dieser Woche mit ihrem Debut-Album „Mit K“ auf Platz Eins in die deutschen Albumcharts!

Bereits ohne eine Albumveröffentlichung gab es schon einige Highlights in der jungen Bandkarriere von Kraftklub. 2010 haben sie den „New Music Award“gewonnen, sie supporteten die Beatsteaks, Fettes Brot und Casper, wurden 2011 Fünfte beim Bundesvision Song Contest, haben letzten Sommer 32 umjubelte Festivalshows gespielt, darunter u.a. bei Rock am Ring, dem Juicy Beats und dem Splash, waren im letzten Jahr für die 1Live Krone als „bester Plan B Act“ nominiertabsoliverten eine nahezu komplett ausverkaufte eigene Headliner-Tour im Herbst und Winter. Nichts war ihnen dabei heilig, nicht einmal Weihnachten. Und irgendwie haben die fünf Sachsen es in diesem Wahn auch noch geschafft, ihr erstes Album fertigzumachen, das – hoch gelobt landauf landab – nun den Charts-Olymp erklimmt.

Mit K“ vereint alles, was Kraftklub so anders und so aufregend macht: sie mischen zwei sich selbst zu Tode langweilende zeitgenössische Musikstile – IndieRock und DeutschRap – zu einem neuen, aufregenden Genre, das jedoch bitte nicht mit Crossover oder ähnlichen Ärgernissen zu verwechseln ist. Textlich stellen Kraftklub so etwas wie das Sprachrohr einer ganzen Generation dar. Denn nicht nur der Osten Deutschlands, das ganze Land ist voll von Verlierern, die Sinnsuche, Mittellosigkeit und hedonistische Entgleisung in Lebensentwürfe übersetzen. Diese Band zeichnet Generationenportraits zwischen historischer Dekontextualisierung und Analfixierung, zwischen Über-Ironisierung und schonungslosem Realismus. Und sprechen damit allen Zuspätgeborenen und Zujunggebliebenen aus den müden Herzen.

Und schon jetzt freut sich die Nation auch auf die nächsten Tourdaten:

"Autobahn zur Hölle" Tour 2012
präsentiert von unclesally*s, tape.tv, Visions, Juice & Piranha

11.04.2012 München, Ampere
12.04.2012 A-Graz, PPC
13.04.2012 A-Innsbruck, Weekender
14.04.2012 Dresden, Reithalle
17.04.2012 Hamburg, Markthalle
18.04.2012 FFM, Batschkapp
19.04.2012 CH-Zürich, Abart
20.04.2012 Karlsruhe, Substage
21.04.2012 Köln, Live Music Hall
05.05.2012 Berlin, Astra

Festivals
04.02.2012 20 Jahre Intro + 200 Ausgabe Intro, Osnabrück, Kleine Freiheit
22-24.06.2012 Southside Festival, Neuhausen ob Eck
22-24.06.2012 Hurricane Festival, Scheeßel
17.-19.08.2012 Highfield Festival, Großpönsa/Leipzig
20.07.2012 Serengeti Festival, Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock
17.–19.08.2012 Highfield Festival, Großpösna/Leipzig

Michel Teló: Platz 1 der Single-Charts und Goldstatus für "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" und neues Album "Na Balada"

Michel Teló: Platz 1 der Single-Charts und Goldstatus für "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" und neues Album "Na Balada"
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Michel Teló
Michel Teló: Platz 1 der Single-Charts und Goldstatus für „Ai Se Eu Te Pego“ und neues Album „Na Balada“
Ai Se Eu Te Pego“ ist der erste ganz große Sommerhit, mitten im Winter des noch jungen Jahres, gesungen von Michel Teló. Nachdem der Song, dessen Tanzchoreographie dank diverser Fussballstars wie Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Marco Reus und vieler anderer zurzeit um die Welt geht, zunächst Südamerika im Sturm eroberte, kommt jetzt auch in Europa niemand mehr an der Hymne des brasilianischen Megastars vorbei!

Ai Se Eu Te Pego“ hat nun nach Italien, Frankreich, Spanien, Portugal, der Schweiz und fast allen südamerikanischen Ländern, auch den deutschen Chartgipfel erklommen und Platz 1 der Single-Charts erobert. Und als ob das noch nicht genug wäre, konnte die Single innerhalb kürzester Zeit bereits vergoldet werden. Was für ein Lauf!

Der weltbekannte Fußballspieler Ronaldo tanzte nach einem Tor die Choreographie zu „Ai Se Eu Te Pego“ und zog damit die Aufmerksamkeit der internationalen Sportpresse und der YouTube-Zuschauer auf sich (Video). Das Originalvideo zu „Ai Se Eu Te Pego“ konnte daraufhin bisher über 117 Millionen Klicks auf YouTube verzeichnen. Ein weiterer Ausnahmefußballer, Neymar, ließ es sich wiederum nicht nehmen, gemeinsam mit Michel Teló auf die Bühne zu gehen, um gemeinsam dessen Hit live zu performen (Video). Und auch Ailton trällerte und tanzte im Dschungelcamp regelmäßig dem Superhit!

Der im brasilianischen Paraná geborene Sänger Michel Teló ist schon früh mit Musik in Berührung gekommen. Seine Bühnenpräsenz, sein Charisma und sein außergewöhnlicher Bezug zum Publikum, konnte er bei unzähligen Auftritten, Veranstaltungen und Festivals unter Beweis stellen.

Michel Telós Album, „Na Balada“, welches weitere feurig-leidenschaftliche Hymnen enthält, wird am 10.02.2012 auch in Deutschland erscheinen.

DIERKS BENTLEY ANNOUNCES U.S. DATES FOR HIS 2012 COUNTRY & COLD CANS TOUR

 
DIERKS BENTLEY ANNOUNCES U.S. DATES FOR HIS
2012 COUNTRY & COLD CANS TOUR
 
20-City Tour Kicks Off April 13 In Los Angeles
with Special Guest Eli Young Band and Will Hoge
and The Cadillac Black in Select Markets 
 
 
Nashville, TN – Jan. 30, 2012 – Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley announced today that he will bring his Country & Cold Cans Tour back to the U.S. this spring with 20 cities to be announced in the coming weeks.  Republic Nashville's Eli Young Band will rejoin Bentley for the run, along with a combination of Will Hoge and The Cadillac Black in the opening slot. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live with tickets for the first show going on sale Fri., Feb 10.  Other dates and on-sales will roll out by market over the coming weeks.

"Country & Cold Cans was such a great tour last fall...it's just way too much fun to stop and we knew we had to continue it into the spring and make another run across the U.S. when we get home from Canada and Australia.  We're even going to Alaska...giving new meaning to COLD cans," laughed Bentley.   "I'm excited that EYB is coming out with us again...great dudes and they put on a killer show.  I'm also a big fan of both The Cadillac Black and Will Hoge, so I'm looking forward to watching their sets every night."

Bentley is currently gearing up for the release of his sixth studio album HOME on Feb. 7. The new album’s anthemic second single and title track received an ACM nomination for Song Of The Year last week and is pushing its way up the Top 10 of the radio charts.  Billboard noted that the song is "Maybe his strongest lyrical statement to date, the single reminds us of a late 70s Haggard track -- the ultimate compliment.  The past few years have seen some of the best work of his career, and this is another example."  The lead single “Am I The Only One” already peaked in the No. one spot and has been certified GOLD.  Bentley’s earlier albums have earned him eight No. one hits, over five million total album sales and 10 GRAMMY nominations.

Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl,” has been certified PLATINUM with sales of over 1.4 million downloads and was named Billboard’s No. one Country Song of The Year. The band has performed the hit on Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and the ACA Awards. LIFE AT BEST made its debut at No. three on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and No. six on the Billboard 200.  It came in at No. one on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and No. two on the iTunes All Genre chart.

Critically acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge’s seventh studio album, aptly titled NUMBER SEVEN, explores the struggles of the heart that are Hoge’s songwriting stock in trade while revealing enticing range and freshness on the sonic front. The Philadelphia Inquirer noted its “raw, impassioned power,” while the Chicago Sun-Times called it “a rich, textured album.” For the past 10 years, Hoge has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, building his fan base by playing hundreds of shows a year.  Hoge recently made his late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Cadillac Black like to refer to their sound as "Country Fuzz." It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll and a whole lot of whiskey soaked fun. On stage TCB bring a high energy show that will make your feet stomp, your beers pop and your heart skip a beat. Their debut album will be out in the spring of 2012, but has already had six songs featured in TV shows prior to its release including FOX’s “House,” CW’s “Hart of Dixie” and “Vampire Diaries.”

For more info on the new album and for a full list of "Country & Cold Cans" dates as they roll out, visit www.dierks.com.

Steel Guitar News January 30th 2012

Hello fellow players,

To all my wonderful readers, I thank you for all the comments I have gotten recently on my steel guitar subjects. It’s pretty hard coming up with new and fresh ideas to write about, but with your ideas that I get from emails back to me of things you want to hear and know about, you are helping to make my job easier.

I have a few things this week I want to mention. One of the things is the history of the pack-a-seat which is very unique to steel guitar. However, there are even some members of the Nashville Symphony that don’t even play steel guitar that have pack-a-seats. For instance, the harpist in this organization plays on a pack-a-seat.

I remember back when the early seventies after meeting Duane Marrs, him telling me he was going to invent a custom fold-up seat just to use to play steel guitar with. I told him the only way I’d be interested in even seeing one would be if he would build in some space to carry volume pedals, picks, strings, cords etc.

I said, “We have enough things to carry around anyway so I don’t know how feasible it would be to have to carry our own chair.”

Then one day Smiley Roberts shows up with a new chair that he and Duane built to my specs called a pack-a-seat. I congratulated them but still hung on to my belief that I was already carrying enough stuff and didn’t need any more to carry around.

About five years later, a girlfriend bought me one as a Christmas present. I took it to my job at the Opry, then took it to the club I was working and on the way back home that evening, I was totally sold on the idea.

Soon after, I opened my steel guitar store. I just could not keep enough of them in stock. The perfect height, strong and not wiggly and it held two volume pedals and all my accessories. It made my regular steel guitar case enough lighter that it was worth making an extra trip to the car every night after the job.

I congratulated Duane on the fine job he was doing building these things and when I found out I was about the last guy in Nashville to get one, I kind of felt stupid for not getting one in the beginning. Definitely it helped my playing because every time I sat down to play, I was in the same wonderful position to the steel guitar and felt the same amount of comfort every time I worked.

Over the years I have sold hundreds and hundreds of these units. In the beginning the price was $25 to $50 for just a plain one with no back, but that was when I could buy a brand new Sho-Bud double neck for $750 too.

Now days the pack-a-seat is just as important a piece of equipment to the steel player as his amps or guitar are. I have sold many of them to players only to have them come back a week later and buy another one. It seems as though the wives liked to kidnap them and use them as seats for their sewing machines, keeping thread, bobbins and needles in the little compartment. It’s quite the deal for the serious seamstress.

Now days things have gotten modern to the point of optional features such as extra wide compartments, extra compartments on the side, seat backs that can be very handy for those steel players that have any kind of a back problem like myself.

Personally I like the built in power strip because as we all know, there are many things we have to plug in and about all we can do is go to work early in a club to try to and beat some of the other instruments to the power plugs. By the way, naturally we still stock all kinds of steel guitar pack-a-seats.

Update on close restaurants when you’re visiting me in the Hendersonville area. As you may remember, I blasted the Blue Goose restaurant last time we talked about restaurants. This restaurant is now gone. It seems as though many other people agreed with me and quit going there.

We have a meat and three restaurant named Fast Freddy’s that is doing very well after about four months of being in operation. It’s a meat and three that serves a pretty decent breakfast also. My favorite in the whole town of Hendersonville, out of at least fifty restaurants, is the Chop House. Very inexpensive lunches and extremely high quality food.

Do any of you remember the steel guitar player Lou Houston? Lou was the first steel guitarist to work with Conway Twitty. Actually I think he knew Conway before he even got the job, which he worked about three years before getting off the road and passing the job on to John Hughey.

Lou has also left us, however he was a pretty unique player along the lines of Sneaky Pete from the California boys. I think he did a wonderful job with Conway. And don’t forget Buddy Emmons birthday was Friday. We all need a birthday and the more we have, the better. I mention Buddy because he is a legend in steel guitar that knows no equal. On this everyone seems to agree.

Don’t forget we have free shipping in the continental United States on all guitars from now until the end of February.

Check out our monthly specials at http://www.steelguitar.net/monthlyspecials.html and we’ll try to save you a lot of money.

Your buddy,
Bobbe
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MENU OF STARS AT “LARRY’S COUNTRY DINER”

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ON FEBRUARY’S MENU OF STARS
AT “LARRY’S COUNTRY DINER”
Larry's Country Diner
Lip-Smackin’, Toe-Tappin’ Spontaneous Good Times
at one of 
RFD’s Top-Rated Shows
Billy Dean and Daughter Hannah
The Cleverlys
The Bellamy Brothers
Moe Bandy
Nashville, TN (January 30, 2012) – There may only be eighteen tables at Larry’s Country Diner,” but it serves 1.4 million people each and every month as one of the top-rated shows on the RFD-TV network.  The diner is not your ordinary restaurant, but rather a unique down-home variety show that in just over two short years has become a favorite “eatery” of country fans everywhere.  Cornbread and black-eyed peas only complement the heapin’ helpin’ of country music performances served up by the stars of yesterday and today.
A new episode of “Larry’s Country Diner” will air each week in February on the RFD-TV network.  February’s line-up offers a little something to satisfy every musical “taste” for country music fans: 
Week of         Feb. 2:             Billy Dean with daughter, Hannah
                        Feb. 9:             The Cleverlys
                        Feb. 16:           The Bellamy Brothers
                        Feb 23:            Moe Bandy
Air times for “Larry’s Country Diner” are Thursday night at 7 P.M. CST/8 P.M EST, Friday morning at 9 A.M. CST/10 A.M. EST, or Saturday evening at 10 P.M. CST/11 P.M. EST.  For more information on “Larry’s Country Diner,” please visit larryscountrydiner.com
Taped bi-monthly in front of a live studio/diner audience at NorthStar Studios (3201 Dickerson Pike, Nashville), the show’s spontaneity is part of the mystique of “Larry’s Country Diner” which contributes greatly to its success.  “The prevailing attitude at the diner is ‘…the cameras are always rollin’… and we don’t care,’” explains Larry Black, host and creator of “Larry’s Country Diner.” 
The fact that plates are dropped or broken during a performance, a rack of knives and forks are dumped on the floor or that some of the lights go out while they were filming makes the show all that more exciting in a day where even reality shows are produced within strict script guidelines.  “It’s the kind of television you just don’t see too much anymore and both the artists and fans love it,” states Black who adds, “We even tell our artists that once the tape starts rolling, it does not stop.  If you get yourself in trouble, get yourself out ‘cause we’re not stoppin’.” 
Because of its popularity, getting a seat to see a live taping might prove more difficult than getting a reservation at one of L.A.’s most trendy posh restaurants—the first tables available are currently for the June 2012 taping, so you’ll want to plan way in advance.  For reservations, please call 615-673-2846 or email paula@gabrielcommunications.com
ABOUT LARRY’S COUNTRY DINER:
Larry’s Country Diner is a unique down-home variety show which integrates entertainment, interviews and music in a weekly format, taped LIVE in front of a studio audience in a country diner setting.  The show features regular characters including Black, Keith Bilbrey, Sheriff Jimmy Capps, waitress Renae and avid church lady Nadine, along with special guest appearances by country music artists of yesterday and today.  Since its initial airing on August 3, 2009, Larry’s Country Diner has produced nearly 100 episodes and has become one of the most popular shows on RFD-TV, garnering 1.4 million viewers monthly.  For more information, please visit www.larryscountrydiner.com
Larry’s Country Diner is another product of Gabriel Communications, started in 1996. Owned and operated by long-time disc jockey, Larry Black, the company specializes in “Reunion Videos.” The success of this series spurred the creation of more than a dozen more projects featuring hundreds of songs and stories as well as Country’s Family Reunion News, a monthly newspaper which highlights the music of yesteryear.  For more information on Country Family Reunion products, please visit:  www.cfrvideos.com.

MADONNA - Neues Album "MDNA" am 26. März, neue Single "Give Me All Your Luvin" ab Freitag 03. Februar

MADONNA - Neues Album "MDNA" am 26. März, neue Single "Give Me All Your Luvin" ab Freitag 03. Februar
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Madonna
MADONNA - Neues Album "MDNA" erscheint am 26. März ++ Neue Single "Give Me All Your Luvin" feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. ab Freitag 03. Februar
THE MATERIAL GIRL IS BACK ON THE DANCE FLOOR!  MADONNAs erste Single "GIVE ME ALL YOUR LUVIN’” featuring NICKI MINAJ & M.I.A. erscheint am 03. Februar. Am gleichen Tag feiert das Video zu ersten Single "GIVE ME ALL YOU LUVIN" Premiere! Das neue Studioalbum "MDNA" wird am 26. März als Standard- und Deluxe Version bei Interscope Records/ Universal Music veröffentlicht.
Die Sensation ist perfekt! Bevor Madonna am kommenden Sonntag beim Super Bowl die mit Spannung erwartete Halbzeit-Show bestreiten wird (Sat.1 überträgt live ab 00:00 Uhr), legt die Queen of Pop ihre brandneue Single "Give Me All Your Luvin" feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. vor! Die Single ist ab Freitag, 03. Februar als Download erhältlich, der Video-Clip, bei dem das französische Kollektiv Megaforce Regie führte und in dem Football ebenfalls eine Rolle spielt, feiert am gleichen Tag Premiere! Der Song wurde von Madonna, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A und Martin Solveig geschrieben. Letzterer hat den Track zusammen mit Madonna auch produziert. Hier kann man sich eine Webisode zur Single auf Madonnas YouTube-Kanal ansehen.

"Give Me All Your Luvin" feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. ist Madonnas erste Single aus ihrem 12. Studioalbum "MDNA". Es ist der Nachfolger des 2008 veröffentlichten Albums "Hard Candy", das in 37 Ländern direkt auf Platz 1 der Charts einstieg. "MDNA" wurde in New York und Los Angeles aufgenommen und vereint Madonna erneut mit William Orbit (“Ray of Light”), der einige Songs auf dem neuen Album mitgeschrieben und mitproduziert hat. Zu den weiteren Produzenten an Madonnas Seite gehören Martin Solveig, The Demolition Crew, Marco “Benny” Benassi und Alessandro “Alle” Benassi, Hardy “Indiigo” Muanza und Michael Malih. Der Song "Masterpiece", für den Madonna mit einem Golden Globe Award 2012 ausgezeichnet wurde, ist auf dem Soundtrack zum Kinofilm "W.E." vertreten (VÖ: 10.02.) und wird ebenfalls auf "MDNA" zu hören sein.

Niall Toner New Single “Tomorrow”

 
New Single,“Tomorrow” by
Irish Songwriter and
Bluegrass Artist, Niall Toner is
Now Available to Radio
Award-winning Irish songwriter and bluegrass artist, Niall Toner, is pleased to announce the new single, “Tomorrow,” is now available to radio stations on Airplay Direct.  The song is from his upcoming album, ONWARDS AND UPWARDS, set for release on Pinecastle Records in the fall of 2012 in conjunction with The Niall Toner Band’s U.S. tour.
 
"I admire the way Niall's deep affinity for bluegrass and American country music blends seamlessly with his Irish sensibilities. It makes him a uniquely appealing artist, and Pinecastle is lucky to have him," said Pete Wernick (Dr. Banjo).
 
The Niall Toner Band is an acoustic Irish bluegrass band with Celtic influences that have three albums to their credit.  The perform at festivals and venues in Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.  Their diverse repertoire ranges from contemporary up-tempo songs, to inspirational gospel-style numbers, as well as tributes to Bill Monroe like "The Master's Resting Place" and "Bill Monroe's Mandolin."
 
Niall's most recent U.S. album release was THE SOUNDS OF THE BLACKSTAIRS MOUNTAINS, features his tribute song to the Father of Bluegrass, “William Smith Monroe,” that is still receiving extensive airplay on bluegrass radio.
 
Niall's composition credits include songs recorded by artists like Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Albert Lee, Special Consensus, Keith Sewell, The Swanson Family and more. In 2003, Niall was nominated for a Global Artist Award by the Country Music Association.
 
For more information on The Niall Toner Band please visits NiallTonerBand.com

Country Music News International January 30th 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 

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Interview with Ray Bertram of BCC Global http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-ray-bertram-of-bcc-globa.html

Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series Announces 2012 Season Line Up! http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/historic-jonesborough-bluegrass-series.html

19. Bluesfest in Laubach/Oberhessen http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/19-bluesfest-in-laubachoberhessen.html

ON THE ROAD WITH BOB & SHEILA EVERHART January 30th 2012 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/on-road-with-bob-sheila-everhart_30.html

J.C. Hyke released “The Tip Jar Song” http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/jc-hyke-released-tip-jar-song.html

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Interview with Ray Bertram of BCC Global


Interview with Ray Bertram of BCC Global: The Back Country Connection

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?

Ray Bertram:  Describe our music?   ...we‘re everything – and we’re having the time of our lives    When it comes to genre, themes, and content,  regardless of whatever you like and whatever you’re into, if you look into our growing roster of songs, sites, and projects, then the odds are good that you’ll find something that’s just right for you.  And if you jump on board and start following us, then you’ll probably also end up having a pretty good time, too.

Describing ourselves...   BCC Global: The Back Country Connection IS Country - and a whole lot more.  In many ways, we‘re a new animal to the music industry world and a true creation of the Internet age.   Consider us a growing on-line based production house with an international membership of highly talented writers, musicians, singers, vocalists, and other various music industry-related personnel...all working together cooperatively, moving forward as one, and having a lot of fun in the process.  And as an international online creative platform, our goal is not only to work together toward creating and marketing world-class songs and productions, but to also continually seek out and explore new ways and avenues through which we might direct our combined creative forces, network/market our work, and make new friends and entertain the world around us as we go.  By using the tools that have been made possible by modern technology and today’s Internet-based culture, we’re also working together to make a total end-run around the road blocks and obstacles that have traditionally held back lesser-funded and geographically isolated artists, too.   In many ways, BCC Global, what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, represents the future of music and the shape of things to come in the music industry.  But we’re not waiting for the traditional music industry to notice us, though - we’re simply doing our thing, moving full speed ahead, and  having a good time...and we‘ll let the music industry catch up to us as it’s able.
  
One of the really cool things about how our platform is set up and engineered is that, whenever one of our artists and creative partnerships does well, all of the others shine that much more brightly as a result – we really do stand the tallest when we stand together.  That’s why one of our core BCC Global mottos will always be „One for all...and all for music!“  And what you see happening on the surface with us is just the tip of the iceberg – we have just as much going on behind the scenes as we do in front of them.  Our various members frequently submit our numerous works to publishers around the world...we’re also always seeking and networking toward individual artists (either established or with break-out potential) to work with us in the songs that we create and produce – but as our higher-level creative partnerships are now being signed and becoming involved with established production houses, much of our work is now being agressively marketed on a global scale toward major artists and things are picking up even more.  Unfortunately, our songs and productions that are falling under contract can no longer be publically marketed on any of our core sites – which is a shame, too, because those are some of our best pieces.
  
And it doesn’t matter if your an artist, a fan, or somebody who just wants to keep track of what BCC Global: The Back Country Connection is doing...one of our primary goals will always be to entertain the world around us and to be fun to follow.


Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Ray Bertram:   I am one of the co-founders of BCC Global: The Back Country Connection, but it‘s NOT the story of just me, W. Ray Bertram – it’s the story of  A LOT of people...but in order for it to really make sense, I have to start from the beginning. 
     I first started seriously writing in high school, back in the early 1980’s.  I’ve written in a variety of ways and formats over the years since ranging from short stories, to poetry, to memoirs, and more.  In 2001 I met and married my wife, Theresa, and she had a strong musical background that included 6 years of experience as a disc jockey/radio broadcast engineer.  Working together, we began shaping my writing into marketable lyrics...but what to do with those lyrics proved to be very challenging.  We had absolutely no investment capital, no musical associations, and we live hundreds of miles from the nearest musical center.  To make matters even more challenging – I’m a pretty odd animal per music industry terms: I can’t sing, I can’t play a single instrument, and I can’t really generate melodies – I’m simply a straight-up writer.  However, working with my wife, I was able to learn how to write in ways that are easily produced and around themes and content that have strong market appeal. 
     The next step was to begin utilizing the public/free songwriting websites designed specifically for songwriters seeking to strengthen and network their various works and talents (my personal favorite was always Songwriter101.com).  As I spent my time on these websites, I quickly began making friends and developing creative partnerships with people that were musically talented in all of the ways that I wasn’t...they just needed a writer.  Things clicked in a special way when I met songwriter/musician John Surbaugh (U.S.A.).  We produced some songs together around my writing and, by that time, I had also seen production of songs with a few other creative partners around the world, as well.  Thinking and working together, John and I decided that we needed some type of online platform from which to network and market the work that was taking place.  In the summer of 2008 we came up with the concept of using a combination of common free Internet sites in a collective multi-collumn approach and The Back Country Connection platform was born...and what happened next was an unexpected explosion that nobody saw coming. 
     Within just two months our little online creative platform quickly expanded to become global in scope, we changed the name to BCC Global: The Back Country Connection, and we started down the road that’s lead us to where we are today.  To date we have either worked with or are working with artists, singers, songwriters, and producers from The United States (Tennessee, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, New York...), Ireland, Germany, England, South Africa, Sweden, Austria, The Netherlands...and several places in between.  As of this writing (January 2012) we currently have multiple productions in progress in Germany, Ireland, and here at home in the United States.  And while our creative partners and BCC platform members almost always become good friends and we strive to maintain a very open family-type atmosphere, for the most part, they never actually meet in person and communications tend to take place in the forms of email and instant messaging.  I’ll write lyrics here in Arkansas, vocal and instrumental tracks are frequently recorded from various locations around the world, they‘re sent via Internet to a central producer (who is usually also a songwriter involved in the creation of the production) who will then go to work building the production that will become our next song.  It’s not unusual for a single song to have multiple producers, too, each working from separate studios in different countries.
     The names include Anders Larson (Sweden), John Surbaugh (U.S.A./Ohio), Robert Baitinger (Germany), Glenn Spayth (U.S.A./Tennessee), Charlie Hamilton (South Africa), Donovan Plant (U.S.A./California), Martin Gotz (Austria), Antony Woflson (England), LeeAndrew Bray (U.S.A./Georgia), Johnny Hoeve (The Netherlands/Amsterdam), Wallace Anderson (U.S.A./Kansas), Cathy Wilson (U.S.A./Connecticut), Chantal Schramm (Germany)...and many more.  We are songwriters, singers, musicians, producers, promoters - you name it...all working together cooperatively and collectively on mutual projects and in common directions. BCC Global IS a success story, and while every song that you see on our sites has either been built around or touched by my writing, I’m just one component in the story of that success.  As I said above, the story of BCC Global isn’t just the story of W. Ray Bertram – I just happen to be the writer in the middle of it all...this is the story of ALL of us.

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

Ray Bertram:  The music industry has always existed in a state of flux and that’s probably more true today than at any other time in history.  And today, there are more great and readily abundant opportunities for everybody – especially the average person – to approach the music industry establishment...and we owe it all to the Internet.  The Internet is easily the single-most significant invention to hit the world of music since the creation of sound and it has become the great equalizer of the music world.  I also strongly believe that the world in general (and the music industry in particular) has yet to fully come to terms with all that the Internet has made possible within the music world.  I mean, consider me/us as an example: Just four short years ago I was nothing more than a musically declined writer with zero investment capital and no musical associations what-so-ever...and now, thanks largely in part to creative Internet usage,  look at where we are today, everything that we have going on, and all that we’ve accomplished.  Given the right mentality, I honestly believe that anybody could go out and do what we’ve done and succeed in the ways that we have...and this is one of the reasons why I’m so excited about this interview with Country Music News International – I think that it’s time people knew.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Ray Bertram:  I’m a „compulsive writer“...and I always have been.  One of my earliest memories is winning a writing contest in the 3rd grade (back around 1975) for a report that I wrote on the musical legend, Ray Charles.  I’ve been writing for years and years and years and, whenever somebody asks me how it is that I’m still writing after all of this time, I always have to just smile and say, „Because I haven’t figured out how to stop yet.“  I give my wife, Theresa, credit for guiding me in transitioning my writing into lyrical form, though, and for being very patient with me while she did so.  Theresa has a very strong musical talent that works well with my writing and I thoroughly enjoy the team that we have become together.  She is my wife, my best friend, the mother of my children, my primary creative partner...and very easily the best part of me.

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

Ray Bertram:  We’re always looking for new directions and new projects...and we simply know no boundaries in our pursuit of them.  Right now one of our big new projects is the online independent music artist showcases that Theresa Bertram has created and is now producing and hosting.  The Mountain Top Country Show spotlights and showcases independent Country artists and Pop Goes The Mountain seeks to highlight and entertain by showcasing today’s independent Pop artists in all of the Pop-related genres.  And Theresa has six years of experience as a disc jockey/radio broad engineer in Arkansas‘ #1 Country music market, so she really knows what she’s doing...and she’s having a good time doing it, too.  The shows are getting bigger as they go along, they’re really picking up a lot of momentum, and we’re just having a lot of fun with them.
     Also, as BCC Global’s primary writer, I‘m very versatile in how I’m able to apply my writing talents.  I write lyrics, I network/market us and our work, I establish new contacts and creative partners, I communicate with all of the connections that we’re able to make, I assist in the writing of our independent online artist showcases...  And as I write lyrics, Country is one of my primary targets, but my lyrical work is very versatile by design and I’m frequently surprised by all of the genres that it’s produced into by different artists.  As I’ve all ready said...I’m a compulsive writer.

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Ray Bertram:  In the past 4 years I’ve seen well over a hundred songs produced around my writing and I’ve enjoyed all of them...but out of all of our productions, I think that my own personal favorite would probably have to be „Snowflakes On The Mountain.“  There’s such a cool story behind that song.  We live in Central Arkansas, way out in the country, up on top of a mountain, about 20 miles from the nearest town, and when it snows up here it really snows lol  I was sitting by the window during one particularly heavy snow storm a few years ago, just watching the snow fall, and I was really hit by the beauty of it all. The mountain was being transformed into a total winter wonderland all around us by the falling snow and I didn’t have anything pressing to do (we were all ready snowed in at that point lol), so I started tossing lines together about it as I sat there by the window, taking in the beauty of it.  The lyric I wrote that evening was quickly picked up for production by Martin Gotz (Austria). Robert Baitinger (Germany) jumped in to help with the production and from there Donovan Plant (U.S.A./California) stepped in as an associate producer...and the resulting song ended up being a true platform-wide production/collaboration.  We had so much fun with it!  The song ended up featuring the vocals of eleven different singers from six different countries.  One of my favorite parts of the song comes at the end as everybody involved in the productio offers up their own holiday greetings.  But having that many artists coming together on one project, the friendly way in which everybody worked together, how the entire project ended up coming together and sounding – it all made for a very good example of who we are, how we work, and what we’re all about.  You can find the song on both our MySpace and SoundClick sites...below is the SoundClick link:
Snowflakes On The Mountain
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=8435934

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

Ray Bertram:  This is an interesting question to me because, as a „musically declined“ writer, I have to rely more heavily on my more musically-oriented creative partners in all areas related to musical production.  Toward this end, one of the key components of my own personal success has been in finding creative partners that I can work well with and that I can trust to take productions in the highest marketable directions.  And as a writer, if you want to be worked with, then after you’ve found the right people to work with, I strongly believe that it then becomes very important to sit back and let them do what they’re good at.  I do think it’s critical to find people to work with that respect you and seek out your opinion...but I also think that a lot of writers drop the ball when they try to micro-manage projects and dictate the work of others that they themselves don’t really know that much about.  If a lyric isn’t flowing well into a given melody then I can always go in and fix or adjust it...or if a producer feels that the best route toward marketability lies in directions that require a lyric to be changed up or expanded, I can always write into or around it.  As for me and my writing on a personal level, I have a lot of different goals and one of the themes that runs through most of them is marketability...for me, a significant part of the art of music is the art of the sell – I want for what I do to have the potential to travel and go places.  So while my work is shaped by what I personally think, see, experience, and feel...its also controlled by all of the factors commonly associated with the highest levels of mainstream marketability.  And when I think in terms of marketability, I generally look at it from a global perspective:  I like projects and songs that have the power to cross geographical and cultural boundaries and travel around the world...I also like to write lyrics that have the potential of becoming genre-crossing songs and productions.  So to a significant degree the market plays a very dominant control over my writing – but I honestly don’t mind...for me that’s just another part of the fun behind it all.

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Ray Bertram:  There’s so much that I could mention here - my writing has litterally travelled around the world... I’ve become part of songwriting teams that have been signed by houses in Europe...our work has gone before and been requested by international artists...I’ve enjoyed watching our various creative partners become more successful in their own work as we’ve all worked together...I loved getting to watch Glenn Spayth perform a song in Nashville that we wrote together  – but for me,  just the simple fact that all of this has happened is so amazing...I never expected any of it – not even in my wildest dreams.  When I started writting lyrics, it never occured to me that one day I would end up having so many songs being produced by artists all over the world around my writing...it certainly never occured to me that I might end up co-founding an online international creative platform of artists.  I’m the story of the average guy that rose up out of nowhere and travelled the world with his work – all without ever having left the comforts of his own home.  And all of my children have also learned the value of using their talents creatively and chasing their own dreams by watching us work within our platform and by joining in as opportunity has allowed, too.  What’s more, now whenever our family is driving down the road, our children don’t want to listen to the radio anymore – they all want to listen to „dad’s songs,“ instead...now THERE’S a high compliment.

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?

Ray Bertram:  I would like to see our songs signed at the highest levels and making money for everybody that has been involved in the production/creation process.  I would like for the BCC Global online creative platform to continuing growing and to become successfull to the point that I’m able to then reach back and help all of the various people and artists that have worked with us toward getting us to where we currently are today.  And I definitely love the idea of growing BCC Global into a financial success to the point that it not only allows me to „quit my day job,“ but also to where my family and all of my children are able to enter into its workings and to make their livings there, as well.  I also like the idea of writing a book that details how we have achieved what we have through BCC Global for those who might desire to follow our lead and succeed in similar ways, because there is a world of lessons and information to be shared there.   As it is, though, I have seven kids and I would be more than happy if we simply make enough money to help out with college expenses lol  Still, our dreams are big, our talents are strong, we’re still just getting started, we’re having the time of our lives...and you just never know what you’re going to find around the next corner.


Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
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Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series Announces 2012 Season Line Up!

2012 Season Line Up!
February 25, 2012

JD Crowe and the New South
Brandon Rickman
Cane Creek
May 19, 2012

The Gibson Brothers
Mark Newton's Stillhouse Band
Blue Edition
July 21, 2012

The Roys
The Larry Stephenson Band
and other guests!

October 20, 2012


The Boxcars
Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road
The Moore Brothers
Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice


Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series Announces 2012 Season

Bluegrass greats JD Crowe and The New South,  Brandon Rickman, The Gibson Brothers, Mark Newton's Stillhouse Band, The Roys, Larry Stephenson Band, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, and The Boxcars headline the events at the Historic Jonesborough Visitor Center. A portion of the proceeds in 2012 will benefit The Lyric Frizzell Foundation.
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The Historic Jonesborough Visitor Center (Jonesborough, TN)  will once again host a the bluegrass series in 2012. The shows are scheduled February 25, May 19, July 21, and October 20 and will feature top bluegrass touring artists for each show including Grammy Award winning JD Crowe and the New South and International Bluegrass Music Association award winners The Gibson Brothers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Lyric Frizzel Foundation to help fight childhood cancer. Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice have been named the "Official Ambassadors" for the Bluegrass Series in 2012.

Tickets available now on-line at www.jonesboroughtn.org , by phone at 866-401-4223, or  in person at the Historic Jonesborough Visitor Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

All shows start at 7pm. Doors at 630pm. Tickets $20 for adults.

Historic Jonesborough Visitor Center
117 Boone Street  
Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659




Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice
Official Ambassadors of the
Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series for 2012


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Nestled in Northeast Tennessee's mountains is a town with more firsts than you can count.  The beauty and the history is abundant and add to that BLUEGRASS MUSIC!  Yes, some of the finest musicians that bluegrass has to offer. Combine the history of Jonesborough and bluegrass music and it is a natural match! 
Come and make history with us at the Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series.  Four major events spread out over the season; February, May, July and October.  Each event with its own unjique line-up of fantastic bluegrass and acoustic performers.
Have you ever been to the State of Franklin?  Have you ever heard of it before now?  How about visiting what was once the State of Franklin and listen to JD Crowe and the New South at the same time or how about visiting the First Town in Tennessee and hearing The Boxcars? 
Did you ever think that you could sit surrounded by beautiful mountains and experience Brandon Rickman along with bands such as The Gibson Brothers, The Roys, or Mark Newton's Stillhouse Band?  You can do all this in one place, Jonesborough Tennessee.  Come  join us in 2012!
 
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