Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Montgomery Gentry “Where I Come From” Breaks Into Top 15

Montgomery Gentry “Where I Come From”
Breaks Into Top 15

ACM Nominated “Top Vocal Duo of the Year”
Gear Up for National Television Appearances on CBS This Morning,
FOX News Channel’s Huckabee and The Better Show


Montgomery GentryNashville, TN (February 14, 2012) — Award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry are back and more powerful than ever as they celebrate their current Top 15 radio single, “Where I Come From,” snatching the #13 spot on Billboard and #14 on MediaBase.  The Academy of Country Music “top Vocal Duo of the Year” nominees are set to make several national television appearances in support of their nomination, as well as their current radio single.

Tune in on Saturday, March 31, just a day before the ACM Awards broadcast on CBS, as Montgomery Gentry perform “Where I Come From,” as well as their featured track, "Good Ol' Boys (Dukes of Hazzard Theme Song,)" from the newly released tribute album, Waylon: The Music Inside Volume II, on CBS This Morning, and again later that evening on FOX News Channel’s Huckabee.   While in NYC, the powerful duo will also tape a performance for the nationally syndicated The Better Show (airdate to be announced at a later time).

“Where I Come From,” written by Rodney Clawson and Dallas Davidson, is the first single off their seventh studio album, Rebels On The Run, released October 2011 and the first album released on powerhouse Indie label Average Joe’s Entertainment.

For a more information on Montgomery Gentry, visit www.montgomerygentry.com

More About Montgomery Gentry:
Montgomery Gentry has been on a steady journey on their road to gold and platinum albums, CMA and ACM awards, and Grammy nomination. The journey has been paved both with musical integrity and with an abiding respect for the people and the genre they represent. They have released more than 20 charted singles, with anthems like "My Town" and "Hell Yeah" becoming indelible parts of the honky-tonk landscape. They have hit the top of the singles charts five times, with "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," "Something To Be Proud Of," "Lucky Man," "Back When I Knew It All" and "Roll With Me." www.montgomerygentry.com

Montgomery Gentry Brings It Home with "Rebels on the Run"

Montgomery Gentry Brings It Home with "Rebels on the Run"
By Tim Ghianni
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Eddie Montgomery is quick to correct the use of the “f” word.
“We call them friends, not fans,” says Montgomery, describing the basic, party-hearty, not-primped-for-media approach that he and Troy Gentry employ when dealing with die-hard enthusiasts.
“Me and T-Roy, we come up through the nightclubs. We didn’t have media training or choreography,” said the hatted half of the rowdy duo, which has embarked on a new endeavor that capitalizes on the attitude and music that ignited Montgomery Gentry’s initial explosion.
The duo’s no-frills approach to delivering the musical truth to their fan base … oops, friend base … has their new label chief, Average Joes President Tom Baldrica, comparing them to the Grateful Dead. He first worked with the honky-tonk homeboys from Kentucky when he was VP of Marketing at Sony; today, he sees Average Joes as a place to nurture the explosive sound that cultivated all those “friends” early in the Sony BMG Nashville days.
Baldrica’s enthusiasm for Montgomery Gentry’s gifts opened the door for them to land squarely on their feet at Average Joes after their Sony deal expired in 2010. The motives were simple: He appreciated and embraced the bar-next-door flavor of their music from the Tattoos & Scars era and its appeal to hardcore fans. He knew the label and duo were teaming at the right place and time for an amped-up plunge into the hearts of a legion of loyal concertgoers, downloaders and CD buyers.
Of course, that plunge had plenty of momentum behind it, established over the duo’s 13-year track record. They’ve released more than 20 charted singles, 14 of them making it into the Top 10, including five that peaked at No. 1: “Back When I Knew It All” (written by Gary Hannan, Phil O’Donnell and Trent Willmon), “If You Ever Stop Loving Me” (Bob DiPiero, Rivers Rutherford and Tom Shapiro), “Lucky Man” (David Cory Lee and Dave Turnbull), “Roll with Me” (Clint Daniels and Tommy Karlas) and “Something to Be Proud Of” (Jeffrey Steele and Chris Wallin).
An array of awards and honors complement these impressive stats. Winner of the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Award in 2000, the duo was welcomed as members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2009. They’ve also contributed their time and talent to the T.J. Martell Foundation, Camp Horsin’ Around and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, among many other charities.
The key to success for Montgomery Gentry and their Average Joes debut Rebels on the Run is their keen sense of “fishing where the fish are,” according to Baldrica, while using their songbook’s old familiars and rowdy newcomers as bait. “It’s this notion that everything has to be authentic and radiate from what comes from the stage,” he added, explaining why the new album’s raw-edged sound is truer to the sawdust-and-longnecks ethos of this duo than some of their more recent efforts.”
This music does evoke the world that Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry knew back in Lancaster and Lexington, Ky., respectively. The opening lines of “Damn Right I Am” (Michael Dulaney, Neil Thrasher and Jimmy Yeary), set over a pulsing root note that suggests a storm about to break, proclaim the patriotism, pride and defiance that are fundamental to the duo and their audience. The same values animate “Where I Come From” (Rodney Clawson and Dallas Davidson), an affirmation of small-town living — and a jab at those who are too quick to judge it. The fine art of partying full speed and all night long is celebrated on “Ain’t No Law Against That” (Ira Dean, Eddie Montgomery and David Lee Murphy) with a foot-stomp beat that harks back to their earlier catalog; the same theme surfaces with a political spin and a shout-along chorus on “Work Hard, Play Harder” (Jim Collins, Troy Gentry and Rivers Rutherford).
All of these qualities are fundamental to Montgomery Gentry’s live shows. “If you are legitimate and authentic on the stage, people will come back and be your friends,” Baldrica insisted. “They will buy the records. They will post them on Facebook. We felt that this was where the world is going, for both the good and the bad.”
And here we zoom in on Baldrica’s Grateful Dead reference. The rapid-fire communications of our time, the online word of mouth that draws “friends” to repeated shows and to purchase whole albums rather than just single downloads owes a huge debt to the model pioneered by the psychedelic icons and their “Deadhead” following. From a marketing perspective, he pointed out, “if you think about it, they’re doing it like the Grateful Dead. Remember, the Grateful Dead went from town to town, meeting people. They wanted people to record their concerts. It’s like file-sharing now, and there’s a lot of that going on.”
The comparison “applies to Montgomery Gentry in the sense that they go out and play for the people,” Baldrica continued. “The Dead found those towns, built their own groove. They were close with those folks. Those fans were friends. I think the idea of having that direct relationship with fans who knew you and knew your point of view helped, because those people were able to tell other people.”
Montgomery emphasizes the importance of that relationship with the folks who have loyally followed them down the sometimes long and lonesome highway. “We’ll be sitting in a nightclub and hear one of our songs cranking up (on the sound system), and we’ll look over and we’ll get a wave from friends — we don’t call them fans,” he said. “It’s the coolest thing in the world, you know. It’s working-class people living life — living the American Dream.”
Both members of the duo note that Rebels on the Run is much closer to the Montgomery Gentry flavor of their breakthrough hit “Hillbilly Shoes” (written by Mike Geiger, Woody Mullis and Bobby Lynn Taylor) than to the later albums issued by Sony. Neither harbors ill will toward their former label. “There are a lot of geniuses there and at other mainstream labels on Music Row,” Montgomery said.
“We can’t say enough good things about Sony and what they have done for the career of Montgomery Gentry over the years,” added Gentry. “We were lucky enough to survive four different presidents over there.”
Still, they admit to feeling liberated by the lower profile and small-label feel at Average Joes. “I’m not afraid to say it: I didn’t like some of the later music we did. It wasn’t us. It wasn’t the kind of songs me and T grew up on,” said Montgomery, who went so far as to describe much of their mid-career music as “politically correct. If I’d played that music to a friend, he’d listen to it and whup my ass” because it wasn’t true to who they are.
“The more hands that got in the pot twisted the sound of Montgomery Gentry a little bit in the last few years,” Gentry elaborated. “We had been around long enough that we had established the Montgomery Gentry name, our brand, our sound. We were getting lost in the shuffle.”
The “mutual parting of the ways,” as Gentry put it, opened the door for the boys to go back to “our brand.” “Average Joes told us to go in there and make a Montgomery Gentry record,” said Gentry.

That’s just what they did. “Average Joes is like the record business used to be,” Montgomery said. “They aren’t scared. They aren’t reading no trend — they’re setting it. It’s more of a feeling that we’re all in this together.”
“They said that the company is all about artists being themselves, letting everybody do their own thing,” Gentry observed.
Baldrica confirms that the label asked for the real deal, the stuff Montgomery Gentry honed on the honky-tonk circuit long before launching into the big time. “I think from a musical standpoint, Montgomery Gentry is very much what Average Joes is: a little bit of a hell-raising rebel,” he mused.
“They’ve come out on the other side with a renewed energy. That energy reflects in the music. Nobody does what they do. There is nobody in this format that takes the space they have: Hell-raising, proud of where you come from.”
Baldrica expects “great things” to happen as “Eddie and T-Roy” take their new satchel of tunes to stages large and small. “We believe they can draw their fans,” he insisted. “And if they draw fans, we can sell music, the club can sell beer and the band can sell merchandise.”
The cash registers are already ringing, as they hit the road in January in a novel tour that features Montgomery Gentry onstage and an all-star lineup of bull riders and huge, angry bulls, courtesy of The Professional Championship Bullriders.
“It’s like a rebirth of Montgomery Gentry,” said Gentry.
“Welcome back, boys,” said Baldrica. “It’s good to have Montgomery Gentry back.”
On the Web: www.MontgomeryGentry.com

BILLY DEAN TO CELEBRATE 50th BIRTHDAY AT HOME

BILLY DEAN TO CELEBRATE 50th BIRTHDAY AT HOME, KICKING OFF 'DEAN ACRES' FARM CONCERT SERIES

(Photo Caption:  Billy and Stephanie Dean at 'Dean Acres' Farm)

 Dean Launches ‘Live From Our Living Room’ Concert Series on March 31

Nashville, Tenn. (February XX, 2012) – Today, GRAMMY Award-winning country music star Billy Dean announced the official kickoff date for his at-home “Live From Our Living Room” concert series.  On March 31, in celebration of his 50th birthday, the country star launches the first official live date of the on-going series that will take place at his farm, ‘Dean Acres’ located just outside of Nashville in Liberty, TN.

“When I said the ‘Dean Acres’ concert events were going to be a barnburner, I didn’t mean it literally,” says Dean.  “Despite the loss of our onsite barn and guesthouse, we’re going to kick this thing off at the end of March.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 50th birthday.”

This past holiday season while Dean was touring with Kenny Rogers, the ‘Dean Acres’ barn (which would have doubled as a guesthouse for concertgoers) burned to the ground.  The barn was a total loss with Dean losing thousands of dollars in farm equipment in addition to career memorabilia from his early years as a recording artist.

Ticket holders for the “Live From Our Living Room” concerts will be welcomed to Dean’s family farm where they will be served a hot country-style meal and treated to live acoustic performances by the country music star and special guests.  Tickets for the event are on-sale now through Dean’s website, www.billydean.com.

Additional “Live From Our Living Room” concert dates will be announced on Dean’s website in the coming weeks.

Billy Dean is an American country music artist who, to date, has snagged thirteen Top 10 hits and holds four RIAA-certified Gold studio albums. Dean’s biggest hits include “Only Here For A Little While,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” “Billy The Kid” and “Let Them Be Little.” Dean also sang harmony (along with Alison Krauss) on Kenny Rogers’ number one hit, “Buy Me A Rose.”

JULIA SHEER SIGNS WITH UPWARD MANAGEMENT

 
NEW ARTIST JULIA SHEER SIGNS WITH
UPWARD MANAGEMENT

February 14, 2012 – 19 year old Julia Sheer has signed to Upward Management in Nashville, TN to be managed by Liesl Menning Haynie and Jason Greene. Julia began to grab the attention of music fans around the world two years ago when she started posting videos on YouTube of her performing covers of hits from some of today’s biggest artists including Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, The Band Perry, among others. She has since accumulated over 42 million views of her videos, including over 3 million views of her original song “You Will Never Be,” that she co-wrote. Julia, a Colorado native, has begun work on her debut album writing with several well-known Nashville songwriters.

Julia is a cornerstone in the new generation of artists who understand the power of the internet and the rewards of an unlimited fan base not only in the United States but worldwide. Her charisma overflows on camera and with her inviting smile and angelic vocals it’s easy to see why she is already loved by so many. To get more information on Julia and watch her popular videos please go to http://www.youtube.com/user/JuliaSheer.  

Julia will join multi-platinum selling country artist Clay Walker and rising country artist Sarah Marince on the Upward Management roster.

Carrie Underwood at the GRAMMYs

Carrie Underwood at the GRAMMYs



19 Recordings / Arista Nashville superstar Carrie Underwood was among the artists in attendance at last night’s 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Underwood, who was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for “Mama’s Song,” performed “It Had To Be You” with Tony Bennett and together they presented the Best New Artist award, which Carrie won herself in 2007.
Later this month, Underwood will release her new single, “Good Girl,” from her forthcoming album to be released May 1.
Pictured (l-r) at Sony Music Entertainment’s GRAMMY Post Party held at Cecconis: Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris, Underwood, and Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton.
Photo Credit - Lester Cohen /Getty Images

MORTEN HARKET: Neue Single "Scared Of Heights", neues Album "Out Of My Hands" und große Europa-Tour im Frühling!

MORTEN HARKET: Neue Single "Scared Of Heights", neues Album "Out Of My Hands" und große Europa-Tour im Frühling!
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Morten Harket
MORTEN HARKET: Neue Single „Scared Of Heights“, neues Album „Out Of My Hands“ und große Europa-Tour im Frühling!
Es ist das nächste Kapitel einer großen Bandgeschichte. Der Neustart nach dem triumphalen Abschied. Tief in seinem Inneren hat Morten Harket gespürt, dass eine Idee noch nicht zu Ende erzählt ist: Die Story von a-ha mit ihren einzigartigen Songs.

„Ich wollte auf keinen Fall etwas Halbherziges beginnen. Doch ich spürte, dass es weitergehen konnte“, blickt er zurück auf den Dezember 2010. Damals in Oslo hatten sich a-ha nach 25 Jahren endgültig aufgelöst. Eine Trennung ohne Groll, die alle Möglichkeiten offen ließ...

Mit dem luftigen Uptempo-Arrangement „Scared Of Heights“ liegt nun der erste Song der „Post-a-ha-Ära“ vor, welcher bereits sehr bald im bundesweiten Radio-Airplay für Furore sorgen dürfte, denn schon nach den ersten Akkorden wird klar: Morten Harket hat auf seine Gefühle gehört. Er führt die ganz spezielle Aura der Band auf seine Art in die Zukunft. Anders als bei seinen bisherigen Soloalben setzt er dabei nicht auf Genre-Experimente, sondern widmet sich klar der Kunst des großen Popsongs. Das wird nur zu deutlich, wenn seine unvergleichliche Stimme über die Komposition aus der Feder des norwegischen Songwriters Espen Lind, der 2009 ebenfalls an dem Hit „Hey Soul Sister“ von Train beteiligt war, schwebt. Dann vereinigt sich der Geist von a-ha mit der Innovationsfreude von Harket.

„Scared Of Heights“ ist damit Kostprobe und Ausblick zugleich auf das kommende Album „Out Of My Hands“, welches im April 2012 das Licht der Welt erblicken wird. Nach ersten Skizzen im heimischen Studio am Oslofjord hat Harket dafür ein vielschichtiges Kreativteam um sich versammelt. Sein langjähriger Freund und Textdichter Ole Sverre Olsen stand ihm dabei ebenso zur Seite wie der schwedische Produzent Peter Kvint, der britische Studiocrack Steve Osborne oder Keyboarder Erik Ljunggren. „Es war Pingpong-Spiel der gegenseitigen Inspiration“, erinnert sich Harket an die intensiven Arbeitsphasen zu „Out Of My Hands“.

„Scared Of Heights“ erscheint bei WE LOVE MUSIC, dem gemeinsamen Label von Universal und Starwatch Entertainment.


MORTEN HARKET
Tourdates 2012

16. April – Krasnoiarsk – Palace Of Sport
18. April – Novosibirsk – State Circus
19. April – Tomsk – tbc
22. April – Ekaterinburg – Concert Hall
24. April – Moskau – Crocus Hall
25. April – Minsk – Palace of Sport
26. April – St. Petersburg – Little Ice Palace
29. April – Hamburg – CCH1
30. April – München – Kesselhaus
02. Mai – Zürich – Volkshaus
03. Mai – Frankfurt – Jahrhunderthalle
04. Mai – Dusseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
06. Mai – Berlin – Tempodrom
08. Mai – Brüssel – Ancienne Belgique
09. Mai – Paris – La Cigale
11. Mai – Manchester – Bridgewater Hall
13. Mai – London – Indigo 2
14. Mai – Birmingham – Symphony Hall

Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter www.mortenharket.com

Mary Black "Stories from The Steeples"

Mary Black "Stories from The Steeples"
VÖ: 20. April 2012
Blix Street Records / Rough Trade 
                                 

               
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MARY BLACK
“Stories from The Steeples”
www.mary-black.net

Die legendäre, preisgekrönte irische Musikerin, Mary Black, veröffentlicht nach 6 Jahren Ihr neues Album „Stories from The Steeples“
 
Seit über 25 Jahren ist Mary Black in und außerhalb von Irland eine dominante Präsenz in der irischen Musikszene. Sie wurde bereits mit 11 Platin-Alben ausgezeichnet und produzierte zahlreiche internationale Hits. Mary durfte gemeinsam mit den berühmtesten Performern ihrer Zeit die Bühne teilen, Fernsehsendungen besuchen und in Tonstudios aufnehmen. Sie wird daher weithin als eine der wichtigsten Sängerinnen ihrer Generation angesehen. In der Rolle der Pionierin verschaffte sie der traditionellen und aktuellen irischen Musik ein zunehmend anerkennendes und stets anwachsendes globales Publikum. Mit ihrem lange erwarteten neuen Album Stories from The Steeples baut Mary auf diesem Ruf auf.
Marys einstige große Hingabe für traditionelle Lieder von Irland-stämmigen Songschreibern setzt sich auch auf Stories from The Steeples fort. Das Album enthält drei Songs von dem aufstrebenden Songschreiber Danny O’Reilly sowie Interpretationen der Songs von Eric Bogle (den Antikriegssong All The Fine Young Men) und den Song Lighthouse Light von Ry Cavanaugh, den Mary mit ihrer langjährigen Freundin Janis Ian singt. Schon früher sang Mary mit Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter und Van Morrison – und auch ihr neues Album enthält drei Gemeinschaftsprojekte mit aktuellen Interpreten. Zusätzlich zu Lighthouse Light mit Janis Ian ist auf dem Album auch der ausgelassene Song Mountains To The Sea zu hören. (Mary war „begeistert, dass sie mit einer ihrer Lieblingssängerinnen, Imelda May, singen durfte“.) Ihr gemeinsames Projekt mit Finbar Furey für Walking With My Love ergab „einen Song, bei dem ich immer lächeln muss“. Er wurde für eine spezielle EP für die Alzheimer-Café-Initiative gestiftet.
In einer Branche, die für ihre Wankelmütigkeit und einen unstillbaren Bedarf an stets frischen Neuheiten bekannt ist, stellt Marys anhaltender Erfolg den Beweis dar, dass ihr großes Talent und ihre Liebe für den Gesang wahrhaft über Generationen sowie nationale und musikalische Grenzen hinweg bestehen kann.

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