Friday, February 17, 2012


Jason Aldean
Aldean Nominated for Six ACM Awards
Nashville, TN – Feb. 17, 2012 – It took just four minutes for ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean to sell out his May 19 show at Atlanta, GA’s Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood this morning.  A second show has been announced at Lakewood on Fri., May 18 that will go on sale next Fri., Feb. 24 at 10am ET. Tickets for this and all 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR dates can be purchased online at and Ticketmaster charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.  
“It feels like 2011 was sort of my coming out year, but this is a milestone I’ve been working toward for over a decade,” said Aldean.  “From the days when my mom used to drive me all over Georgia and I was playing clubs for 20 people my dream was always to play for 20,000.  Big shout out to all my peeps in Georgia for throwing me such a big coming home party!”
Aldean is nominated for six ACM Awards, including his second consecutive nods for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for MY KINDA PARTY, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay" feat. Kelly Clarkson and Video of the Year for "Tattoos on this Town."  The April 1 show will air live from Las Vegas on CBS.
A Macon, GA native, Aldean has sold more than six million copies of his four studio albums and topped the charts with eight No. one songs.  His current single, “Fly Over States,” is climbing up the Top 25 at country radio and follows in the footsteps of four consecutive No. one singles off his DOUBLE PLATINUM album MY KINDA PARTY.  The reigning CMA Album of the Year, MY KINDA PARTY was the top-selling country album of 2011 and the No. five best-seller in all genres.
For a full list of appearances and upcoming tour dates, visit

Interview with Country Manny

Interview with Country Manny 

Ch.L.: Would you please introduce yourself to the readers and tell us something about your history.

Country Manny: My artist name is Country Manny. I am over 20 years Singer, Songwriter & One one Country volume and comes from a small village into francs, in the heart of Bavaria into Germany.

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in Europe who may be learning about you for the first time.  How would you describe the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you before?

Country Manny: Since I actually take all Countrymusic direction off, an allocation is badly possible. Best, my concerts visit, or on my web page

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself, and if not, how do you go about finding songs for your albums?

Country Manny: Song of my CD `I wrote to s, some I got from a well-known Songschreiber from the USA, which lives for many years in Bavaria. The remainder I cover.

Ch.L.: Please tell us about the songs on your album.

Country Manny: There is stories from my life. And there is stories from the good, old Country and Western time as well as thoughts and narrations from the Truckerlive and their everyday life.

Ch.L.: What is the difference between your last and your current album?

Country Manny: On my first album only more unknown ones of song were represented, partly from me and from an American Songschreiber for many years in Germany completely in my proximity partly live. On my second album are admitted and own of song in different speeds. Particularly for LINE Dancer, since I was active in this time as LINE Dancer. My third album is a pure Christmas album with well-known and also own songs. My 4. CD only in German.

Ch.L.:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Country Manny: I love all kinds of the Country Music.

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song among all the songs you've recorded, and what's the story behind it?

Country Manny: The song „ My Dearest One “ of my 1st album which I wrote as my wife after an apoplexy in the hospital lay.

Ch.L.: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Country Manny: Since I make very gladly Live music, powere I each song differently, depending upon desire and mood. It can be with each meeting different.

Ch.L.: How do you go about choosing songs for a project?

Country Manny: It depends on the current trend. Song are to please the people and also me. That is important to s also for the sale of the CD `.

Ch.L.: How much do your songs influence your audience?

Country Manny: That arrives on the kind of the meeting. With the Candle Light Dinner is Background in demand, with Dancemeetings of the correct drive. That is sometimes also a thing of the volume with the Live meetings.

Ch.L.: The internet is playing a bigger and bigger part in the world of music.  Has the internet hurt or helped you and how would you like to see it evolve?

Country Manny: Without Internet goes today in music industry nothing at all more. I had to also only get accustomed to it. But white the world like well the Countrymusic in Germany being also played now can.

Ch.L.: Who do you look up to musically and where do your musical roots come from?

Country Manny: My large model is still George Strait. A Countrymusiker without corners and edges. With him I would stand very gladly times on the stage. My musical roots lie in my childhood, since I sang always gladly. My first instrument was a harmonica with 8 years, and with 12 years a Ukulele. With 27 years I could fulfill my largest music desire and began myself 6.5 year old music training on an organ.

Ch.L.: What do you think about today’s Country Music versus its roots, and where do you see it going in the future?

Country Manny: The modern Countrymusic is not so my thing, but the development continues. Me Honky Tonk e.g. pleases Mark of Chessnutt and naturally quick and also slower of song of George Strait best. If possible with Fiddle, banjo and Steel Guitar.

Ch.L.: In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between "traditional" and "new" country music?

Country Manny: The largest difference in my opinion lies in the interpretation the song by the artist. That can be also very different and should.

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

Country Manny: Completely clearly, the Countrymusic would have to be much more strongly put out in the media such as radio and television, otherwise it becomes still heavier for us musicians.

Ch.L.: Are you doing anything to take country music beyond its current borders, or are you happy where it is?

Country Manny: I do not play also on other meetings those than pure Country meeting defined am, again and again Country of song. I think of also with Internet radio transmitters, which are not pure Countrystations. Those are also always glad, to play which other one. The Countrymusic must live on, but goes only even if one new ways goes.

 Ch.L.: What's unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?

Country Manny: Completely clearly, my instruments, key board and harmonica and naturally singing in the Jonny cash voting situation., as soloist. I do not know a musician in the Countryszene with this instrumenting in Germany.

Ch.L.: What has been your greatest challenge in the music business?

Country Manny: With mine as above mentioned instrumenting to exist which was always very difficult, and/or still is.

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

Country Manny: My appearances in the radio and television and naturally productions of my 4 CD `for S. the praise resulting from it makes already somewhat proud me. And not to my good hit parade placements forget recently also in the USA

Ch.L.: What private hopes, dreams and desires do you have?

Country Manny: My largest musical dream would be to be stood with George Strait together on the stage and sung. To remain naturally healthy and try my largest personal dream to play with my kind from Countrymusic to of pleasing humans and me further.

Ch.L.: What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

Country Manny: Due to my atypical instrumenting to be smiled at again and again and for full partly also not be taken.

Ch.L.: Is there any place you haven’t played that you would like to?

Country Manny: Naturally in Nashville in the Grand old Opry or with the fan fair. That might be largest for each Country musicians.

Ch.L.: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Country Manny: The love for the Countrymusic which I to my fans close to bring would like.

Ch.L.: Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet.  Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Country Manny: Under my web page one can actually experience everything over me. However at present only into German. Is English in work.

Ch.L.: What message would you like to send your  fans?

Country Manny: Repeatedly looks and comes to my appearances on my web page. I will not disappoint you. Also times nice email writes me. answer comes guaranteed back. But only if it which nice written is. And my CD buy you `S.

Ch.L.: Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans that we haven’t covered?

Country Manny: God protects you and our Music. Visits Live Country Music meetings and buys our CD `to s and DVD `S. only like that is further lebensfähig the Country Music. We Country musician are gladly for you there. Power completely simply advertisement for the Countrymusic..Excuses my bad English

Christian Lamitschka ( )

Miranda Lambert Is "On Fire" In 2012

Miranda Lambert Is "On Fire" In 2012

NASHVILLE, TN – Miranda Lambert returns to the stage of her “On Fire” Tour tonight, after two weeks away that included a performance of “America The Beautiful” at the Super Bowl with her husband Blake Shelton, a Grammy filled weekend where she presented Country Album of the Year and performed at Clive Davis’ party, one of the most prestigious events of the year, and she made her acting debut on her favorite show, Law & Order: SVU.
Her “On Fire” Tour is hot and one of the most sought after tickets this year. Miranda takes the stage this weekend with near capacity crowds in Amherst, MA and Hershey, PA and a sold out show in Youngstown, OH, which sold out the day tickets went on sale. The tour kicked off on January 12 with back to back sold out performances in Rockford, IL and La Crosse, WI. Other sell-outs included Baltimore, MD and Charlottesville, VA and Huntsville, AL.
Miranda’s new single, “Over You,” written by Miranda and Blake about his brother who died in a car accident when Blake was a teenager, is one of the fastest rising singles of her career. The song has taken on even deeper meaning with the recent passing of her father-in-law and her longtime friend Mark "Tex" Adams. “Over You” is currently Top 20 and climbing on the country airplay charts.
Four The Record was certified Gold just before the New Year and Miranda made history by becoming the first country artist in the 47 year history of the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart to have each of her first four albums debut at # 1.

The Band Perry’s First Grammy Awards Experience

L to R: Neil Perry, Glen Campbell, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry.
The Band Perry’s First Grammy Awards Experience
 Marks Yet another Career Milestone for the Young Group
               Nashville, TN (Feb. 17, 2012) -- The Band Perry received a flurry of press following their performance with Glen Campbell at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards this past Sunday night but perhaps the real story for them happened off- stage.   It was their very first Grammy nomination and performance. That performance inspired an intersection of two generations, that of Campbell’s and the new fans that The Band Perry is bringing to the country music format.
The group garnered a nomination in the “Best New Artist” category and was asked to join the historic tribute to Campbell, which also included country star Blake Shelton and Campbell himself.  Campbell, who recently revealed he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, just released his final studio album and will also complete his final live tour this year. The performance on the CBS broadcast of the Grammy Awards was also quite possibly the legend’s final television appearance as well.
“We are so honored to have been a part of the tribute to Glen Campbell,” says Kimberly Perry. “It was special in so many ways. Our parents have always been big fans and they introduced us to his music in our early years. Our performance with him was such an amazing crossroads between our parent’s generation and ours. His timeless songs and talent have truly left a legacy that will continue to inspire new artists and new fans alike.”
“Performing in such a historical moment is something that we will remember forever. We grew up listening to songs like “Gentle on My Mind” and then to be able to perform it as a tribute to the man himself was just incredible,” says Reid Perry.
“It was not only special to perform with Glen Campbell but also with his band. We are a family band and his family is also in his band, his children are part of the group. We really felt like everything had come full circle for us. They made us feel so comfortable and part of the family,” comments Neil Perry. 
The Band Perry’s appeal far reaches that of the usual country music format. Their roots-inspired contemporary sound has garnered fans from all over the world.  They are bringing a younger demographic to the country music format and they are doing it with pride. 
The Band Perry’s current single “All Your Life” tops the country radio charts for a second week in the coveted #1 spot and also recently garnered RIAA GOLD sales status.
“We’re The Band Perry and we play Country Music!”

Corrine West im „Acoustic Cafe“

Corrine West im „Acoustic Cafe“

Die aus Kalifornien stammende Singer/Songwriterin Corrine West ( hatte Ende 2011 zusammen mit Kelly Joe Phelps eine Tournee absolviert, die sie auch nach Österreich führte. Das Land hat sie derart beeindruckt, daß sie sich zu einem längeren Aufenthalt entschlossen hat. Es soll hier nicht nur ein neues Album entstehen, sondern sie will auch Konzerte veranstalten. Einmal monatlich wird sie als Gastgeberin im Soundtheatre Wels, OÖ ( das „Acoustic Cafe“ moderieren. Wie der Name bereits sagt, handelt es sich um eine akustisch gehaltene Konzertveranstaltung, bei denen Corrine West jeweils einige Gäste präsentiert und auch gemeinsam mit ihnen musiziert. Die erste dieser Veranstaltungsreihe fand am 16. Februar statt.

Das Sound Theatre ist ein kleiner Club mit einer angenehmen Atmosphäre und auch akustisch optimal für Musikveranstaltungen geeignet. Der erste Gast des ersten „Acoustic Cafe“ ist der oberösterreichische Liedermacher Harald Baumgartner. Er stellt Lieder seines Anfang März erscheinenden Albums vor. Es sind großteils sozialkritische Texte in Mundart vorgetragen. Der aus Detroit, aus der Motown Szene stammende Künstler Leroy Emmanuel war der Stargast des Abends. Auch er bot selbst komponiertes Liedmaterial dar. Mit samtweicher Stimme spielte und sang er sich ins Herz des Publikums, vor allem des weiblichen. Er widmet sich in erster Linie dem unerschöpflichen Thema Liebe, aber im „CNN Blues“ ist auch bei ihm Zeitkritisches zu hören.

Die Gastgeberin selbst stellte zehn ihrer Lieder vor. Begleitet wurde sie von zwei lokalen Musikern am Bass und am Schlagzeug. In dieser Formation trat die Combo das erste Mal auf. Die Lieder wurden für diese Besetzung umarrangiert. Mitunter bemerkte man, daß noch nicht jeder Übergang hundertprozentig saß. Das tat aber dem Musikgenuß keinen Abbruch. Den Musikern merkte man auch die Spielfreude an. Musikalisch geprägt wurde die Sängerin vom West-Coast Sound. Einflüsse kommen auch von den Rolling Stones oder den Beatles. Gekonnt vermischen sich bei ihr Elemente von Folk, Jazz, Rock und Country. Mit ihrer ausdrucksstarken Stimme verleiht sie den Texten eine unglaubliche Tiefe. Vor allem Balladen, wie „Lily Ann“ aus ihrer letzten Solo-CD „The Promise“ erzeugen Gänsehaut. Der Abend wurde in zwei Sets aufgeteilt, die mit einer „Jam-Session“ endeten. Alle Musiker interpretierten den Klassiker „Stand By Me“. Lautstark verlangte das Publikum nach einer Zugabe, das die Musiker fast in Bedrängnis brachte, da sie kein einstudiertes Material mehr vorbereitet hatten. Ob improvisiert oder nicht, die folgende jazzige Version von „Summertime“ war ein krönender Abschluß eines gelungenen Abends.

Das nächste „Acoustic Cafe“ findet am 14. März statt. Gaststar ist Slavek Hanzlik. Ein Pflichttermin aller Freunde von akustischer Musik.

Siegfried Schneeweiß

Mark Collie & His Reckless Companions Hard Rock Preview

Muscle Shoals To Music Row Webcast To Feature
Mark Collie & His  Reckless Companions
Hard Rock Preview  Of Alive At Brushy Mountain

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — When Mark Collie & His Reckless Companions takes the stage at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, fans unable to physically attend the show will be able to hear songs from his forthcoming Alive At Brushy Mountain.

Muscle Shoals to Music Row LIVE!, a 2-hour radio broadcast / webcast that features hit songwriters and artists, will carry the show on their site,

Collie recorded Alive At Brushy Mountain in 2001 at Tennessee’s most notorious prison. The never-before-released album (street date is May 1 on Wilbanks Entertainment) was born out of Collie’s close friendship with the late legend Johnny Cash, who encouraged Collie to use music as a type of “ministry.”   It was Cash’s celebrated live albums recorded at California’s Folsom and San Quentin penitentiaries — and the impact an earlier San Quentin performance had on a young inmate named Merle Haggard — that spurred Collie to contemplate a prison recording of his own.

Produced with Tony Brown & David Z, the album features an all-star lineup of acclaimed musicians, including multi-instrumentalist / songwriter / performer Shawn Camp, Austin favorite Kelly Willis, guitarist David Grissom (Joe Ely, John Mellencamp), keyboardist Mike Utley (Jimmy Buffett, the Dixie Flyers), guitarist / mandolinist Tommy Burroughs (Memphis’ Riverbluff Clan), bassist Willie Weeks (The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, B.B. King), and drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler). Additionally, blues legend Clarence Gatemouth Brown makes a special guest appearance.

Since it began many of Country Music's hit songwriters and aritsts have appeared on Muscle Shoals To Music Row.   In addition to watching the live webcast here, the show can also be heard on 96.1 KIX96 in the Tennessee Valley, 106.5 KIX106 in Southern Middle Tennessee, and worldwide on

To date over 1 million streams have been provided for the live webcast and archived videos. The show is a product of the Sam Phillips Music Corporation.

Tuesday’s show is sponsored by Wilbanks Entertainment, Muscle Shoals To Music Row Show and The Hard Rock Cafe.  Lee Roy Parnell will be Collie’s special guest.


BAMAJAM 2012 -- JUNE 14 – 16

Festival Spokesman Darryl Worley to Host and Kick-off Festival

Tickets Go on Sale Friday, March 2, 2012

Tim McGraw
Zac Brown Band
Kid Rock
Darryl Worley
Enterprise, AL – Event organizers announced today that Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock will headline BamaJam 2012, a three-day entertainment music festival to be held in Enterprise, Ala., June 14-16. Fans of all music genres will experience non-stop entertainment by today’s most popular acts from dual headline stages set at BamaJam Farms, a 1600-acre farm which includes such amenities as ATV trails, camping/RV sites and even a waterpark. Country star and BamaJam 2012 spokesman Darryl Worley will perform and host the opening night of what promises to be one of the grandest outdoor entertainment extravaganzas. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 2, 2012, and will feature a special three-day $99.00 price, available for a very limited time only. For more information or to purchase tickets as they become available, please visit

Country superstar and actor Tim McGraw will close out the first day of BamaJam 2012 on June 14. McGraw’s most recent studio album, Emotional Traffic, was released on January 24 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The first single, “Felt Good on My Lips,” hit #1 and remained there for three consecutive weeks. His recent single, Better than I Used to Be,” is currently at #20 on the Billboard Country chart and climbing. McGraw’s accolades include three GRAMMY© awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), 11 Country Music Association Awards (CMA) and three People’s Choice Awards. He has starred in such blockbuster movies as “Blind Side,” “Country Strong” and “Friday Night Lights.

The Atlanta-based, award-winning group Zac Brown Band will take the stage to headline Friday’s BamaJam2012 performances. Exploding onto the country music scene in 2008 with the release of their double-platinum project The Foundation, Zac Brown Band has since become one of the most-sought-after groups on the touring market. The CD was the first major-label debut album in 18 years to spawn five #1 singles including “Chicken Fried” and “Free. The band recently earned four GRAMMY© nominations including "Best Country Album" for their sophomore release, You Get What You Give, and five CMA award nominations including "Entertainer of the Year." Previous awards include the 2010 GRAMMY© award for "Best New Artist," 2010 CMA award for "New Artist of the Year," 2009 ACM win for "Top New Vocal Group" and the 2009 "USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year" award from CMT for their video "Chicken Fried."

Kid Rock, the adopted “Son of the South, is set to close out the final day of performances at BamaJam 2012. Racking up sales of almost 25 million units from eight studio albums since 1998, Rock is one of the biggest concert draws in the touring industry. Released in 2007, Rock ‘N Roll Jesus was the biggest-selling rock album of 2008 and not only debuted at #1 but stayed on the charts for 100 weeks. In November 2010, Atlantic Records released the platinum-selling Born Free, which was inspired by events taking place in Rock’s hometown of Detroit, Mich. A five-time GRAMMY© nominee, Kid Rock has received numerous awards including American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards (which he also hosted in 2010 and 2011) and People’s Choice Awards, among others.

“I’m looking forward to coming to ‘Sweet Home’ and playing with my friends, Zac Brown Band and Tim McGraw,” said Rock.  “Turn it up!  We’re gonna’ set this place on fire!!”

Darryl Worley will perform and host the opening night of BamaJam 2012. Worley has hit the country charts more than 20 times over the past decade. His chart-toppers include “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful, Beautiful Life” and the iconic “Have You Forgotten.” Darryl’s latest album, One Time Around, will be released in June 2012, and the first single, “You Still Got It,” will begin hitting radio March 19, 2012.

BamaJam 2012 Executive Producer, Rendy Lovelady preparing for the festival says, “This is going to be the biggest festival ever!  BamaJam 2012 is expected to bring in fans to the Enterprise, Ala., community from almost every state across the nation and deliver them an uncompromised musical experience.”  BamaJam 2012 is a production of Bama Jam Entertainment, LLC.

For more information about BamaJam 2012 artists, tickets, camping, directions, parking and vendors, please visit

UNHEILIG - Der Countdown beginnt - Jetzt das Video zur Single SO WIE DU WARST anschauen

UNHEILIG - Der Countdown beginnt - Jetzt das Video zur Single SO WIE DU WARST anschauen
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UNHEILIG – Der Countdown beginnt – Jetzt das Video zur Single SO WIE DU WARST anschauen
Erste Single „So wie du warst“ am 24.02. - neues Album „Lichter der Stadt“ am 16.03. – Show-Premiere bei Schlag den Raab am 17.03. – exklusive Autorgrammstunden und Shows für Fans.

Endlich geht es los und das Warten hat ein Ende! Schlag auf Schlag beginnen sie nun zu strahlen - die „Lichter der Stadt“! So heißt das neue und achte Studioalbum von UNHEILIG, das am 16.03. veröffentlicht wird. Die erste Single-Auskopplung trägt den Titel „So wie du warst“ und erscheint am 24.02. Heute feiert das Video Premiere! Auf sowie auf vielen TV Sendern kann man den gefühlvollen Song und das bewegende Video ab sofort erleben. Ab nächster Woche wird die Single dann auch bundesweit im Radio zu hören sein, die große Show-Premiere im Fernsehen feiert „So wie du warst“ am 17.03. bei Schlag den Raab auf ProSieben.

Mit der für UNHEILIG unnachahmlichen Strahlkraft weist die Single den Weg zum neuen Meisterwerk „Lichter der Stadt“. Mit Leichtigkeit nimmt Der GRAF mit seinen neuen Liedern die hohe Messlatte, die er sich künstlerisch selbst mit dem Erfolgsalbum „Große Freiheit“ gelegt hat. Wieder sind Songs voller Tiefe, Wärme und Nachvollziehbarkeit entstanden, in denen er seine Erlebnisse und Gedanken eingefangen und in Musik und Texte hat strömen lassen.

Erstmals bei „Lichter der Stadt“ auch mit anderen Künstlern gemeinsam, und hier mit keinen geringeren als dem beseelten Xavier Naidoo und dem wohl hoffnungsvollsten Talent der deutschen Popmusik, Andreas Bourani, der Unheilig im nächsten Jahr auch als Support auf den bereits jetzt schon heiß begehrten Terminen der großen „Lichter der Stadt“-Tour im Sommer 2012 begleiten wird.

Ein Album, das mit neuen Songs und neuen persönlichen Geschichten den Fans die Liebe zurückgeben soll, die Der GRAF und UNHEILIG in den letzten fast zwei Jahren überall erfahren haben. Und die er nicht nur in seinen neuen Songs mit den Menschen teilen möchte.

Begleitet wird die Wartezeit bis zur Veröffentlichung des Albums mit zahlreichen Autogrammstunden und exklusiven Fankonzerten, die natürlich bereits fast restlos ausverkauft sind. Die einzelnen Termine hier:

23.02. – exklusives Geheimkonzert in Kooperation mit Radio NRW
23.03. – Düsseldorf, Stahlwerk (ausverkauft)
24.03. – Bremen, Pier 2 (Restkarten) präsentiert vom Zillo
25.03. – Dresden, Alter Schlachthof (ausverkauft) präsentiert vom Orkus

Autogrammstunden, jeweils von 15.00 bis 20.00 Uhr:
24.02. – Saturn Fürth, Würzburger Str. 6
25.02. – Saturn Leipzig, Hauptbahnhof
27.02. – Saturn Köln Weiden, Aachenerstr. 1253

Selten hat die deutsche Musiklandschaft in den letzten Jahrzehnten eine solche Erfolgsgeschichte erlebt wie die von UNHEILIG. Selten ist in den letzten Jahrzehnten einem Künstler auf einen Schlag so viel Liebe, Aufmerksamkeit und Wertschätzung zuteil geworden wie 2010 dem GRAF von UNHEILIG und seiner Musik. Mit dem siebten Studioalbum „Große Freiheit“ und dem Über-Hit „Geboren um zu Leben“ gelang das, wovon er viele Jahre lang nur zu träumen gewagt hatte: Der GRAF begeistert heute mit seinen Songs ein Millionenpublikum!

1,6 Millionen verkaufte Alben, über 680.000 verkaufte Singles von „Geboren um zu Leben“, GOLD für die Single „Winter“. 2010 war DAS Jahr von UNHEILIG. Aber mehr noch als die vielen Erfolge und Auszeichnungen, wie u.a. drei ECHOs, den Bambi, den Bundesvision Song Contest oder den Viva Cometen sammelte Der GRAF in diesen unglaublichen Monaten vor allem eines ein: die Herzen der Menschen!

Große "Lichter der Stadt"-Tour im Sommer 2012
Wer einmal persönlich ein UNHEILIG Konzert miterlebt hat, der weiß, dass gerade hier die besondere Beziehung, die Der GRAF zu seinen Fans hat, spürbar wird und sprichwörtlich tief unter die Haut geht. Mit seinem Charme und Charisma zieht Der GRAF tausende Menschen in seinen unvergleichlichen Bann. Fans, vom Enkelkind bis zur Großmutter, strömen zu den UNHEILIG Konzerten und verleben einen einzigartigen Abend. Ein wahres Familienereignis erster Güte.

Mehr als 770.000 Menschen haben 2010/11 den GRAFen und UNHEILIG live erlebt und die Energie von UNHEILIG gespürt. Diese "emotionale Achterbahnfahrt mit toller musikalischer Untermalung" geht auch im nächsten Jahr auf einer ausgedehnten Tournee weiter. Mit allen bislang geliebten Hits und natürlich auch den ganz frischen - vom neuen Album „Lichter der Stadt“.

UNHEILIG - Lichter der Stadt Tour 2012
präsentiert von RTL und Musix
30.06.2012        Meppen - Vivaris Arena
06.07.2012        Magdeburg - Rothehorn Park
07.07.2012        Flensburg - Campushalle
13.07.2012        Leipzig - Völkerschlachtdenkmal
14.07.2012        Nürnberg – Zeppelinfeld
15.07.2012        Locarno CH – Moon & Stars Festival
20.07.2012        Stuttgart - Cannstatter Wasen
21.07.2012        Köln - RheinEnergieStadion
27.07.2012        Hannover - EXPO Plaza
28.07.2012        Rostock - IGA Park
05.08.2012        Passau - Messeplatz
04.08.2012        Zwickau- Flugplatz
10.08.2012        Saarbrücken - Messegelände Saarbrücken
11.08.2012        Hemer - Sauerlandpark Hemer
18.08.2012        Weilburg - Festplatz
24.08.2012        A – Graz - Messe
25.08.2012        A – Linz – Stadion
26.08.2012        A – Wien- Stadthalle
01.09.2012        Berlin - Wuhlheide Kindl Bühne
08.09.2012        München - Reitstadion Riem

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Interview with Martin Stephens

Interview with Martin Stephens

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?

Martin Stephens:  I basically look at myself as a composer. I look for a challenge then tackle it with all my skills. Sometimes it takes me to strange places. In my years of studying music I have done most things from rock, jazz, blues, dance, soul and even retro. I find that all styles of music have something to offer. It’s just aquestion of finding it and giving other styles a chance.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Martin Stephens:  Lat yea was good. I am relatively unknown and managed to get on the the Official 53rd Grammy Ballot for two songs from my 60’s styled project album ‚Eastward bound‘ Available on ITUNES, AMAZON ETC worldwide.

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

Martin Stephens:  My latest album is called ‚Just me‘ Its doing quite well. It’s a rock based country/pop album with 15 songs. It has received alot of airplay in the States in L.A and Newyork. My latest single is ‚‘Don’t you whisper‘ It’s too soon to tell with this song, but it’s a fun rock ssong based on Aliens attacking the earth :O). Both are available on Itunes and Amazon etc worldwide.

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

Martin Stephens:  Eastwadr bound was a difficult one. I basically was looking for something that reflected a 60’s vibe, with an American feel. Even though I’m British. I basically imagine driving from L.A to NEWYORK, hence the name ‚‘Eastward Bound‘. The album ‚‘JUST ME‘ was so called as to highlight the fact that in all my workd, there is only me from start to finish. Music, intruments, vocals, artwork, lyrics, production, recording and engineering. Just me!
The single ‚Don’t you whisper‘, the idea being that there are aliens close so you have to be still and silent.

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

Martin Stephens:  ‚Eastward bound, influences are based around the Platters, Drifters, Elvis etc. Just me is based around more modern sounds that just take my fancy as I switch on my recording gear. My new single Don’t you Whisper influence would be the film War of the World!

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Martin Stephens:  last one awas 60’s based, this new album is modern rock pop, with a bit of country!

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?

Martin Stephens:  I just think it seems to appeal to the listener. It always surprises me what song the audience goes for. It’s never my own choice!

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Martin Stephens:  Working on a single pop/rock Bruce Springstein style songs

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

Martin Stephens:  Heavy guitar, large backing vocal rock songs! Not forgetting the 90’s‘80’s style solo.

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

Martin Stephens:  Two hearts beating just as one. It’s so authentic 1950’s/1960’s. T

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

Martin Stephens:  My first real music experience was Jimi Hendrix. I WAS MEMORISED BY Little wing and Voodoo chile. I then moved to bands such as Van Halen, Lynch Mob, Yngwie Malmsteen. American guitar starts really.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Martin Stephens:  I am upset in someways by the change in the business. Spotify in someways has made it virtually impossible to make a decnt living from record sales alone. I only hope things sort themselves out. I here a lot of famous starts are refusing to make albums until things change.

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

Martin Stephens:  Get rid of x-factor and reality shows, spotify etc. Reality shows mean people dont have to work any more. So the talentless jump the que so to speak without paying their dues.

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

Martin Stephens:  I do oads of crazy things. My guitar instructor years ago Steve Makin from Slade 2 used to call me crazy :O). My wife tells me when I go to crazy, so I reign it in.

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

Martin Stephens:  as below. Albums for sale are here

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Americanafest at SXSW: Little Willies, Punch Brothers, Jonny Corndawg, the Gourds, HoneyHoney and Chuck Mead Thursday March 15, 2012

The Little Willies
(Lee Alexander, Jim Campilongo, Norah Jones, Richard Julian, Dan Reiser),
and Punch Brothers
To Headline Annual Americana Antone's Showcase at SXSW
Also Featured to Perform Include: Jonny Corndawg, the Gourds, HoneyHoney and Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys 
February 15, 2012, Nashville, TN.  The Americana Music Association is proud to announce the lineup for its annual SXSW showcase, scheduled for Thursday March 15, 2012 at the historic Antone's club in Austin, TX.   The event will feature performances by the Little Willies, featuring Lee Alexander, Jim Campilongo, Norah Jones, Richard Julian and Dan Reiser, Punch Brothers, Jonny Corndawg, the Gourds, HoneyHoney and Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys. 
Since its inception, the SESAC sponsored Americana Showcase at Antone’s during SXSW has become both a tradition at the Austin music confab and one of the festivals premier and critically acclaimed events.  Featured performances in the past have included legendary acts like Emmylou Harris, the original Texas Tornados, Dave Alvin, Jimmy Vaughan, Jim Lauderdale with Patty Griffin, Raul Malo, Buddy Miller, James McMurtry, Joe Ely, Hank Williams III, Marcia Ball, The Courtyard Hounds with Jakob Dylan and Ray Wylie Hubbard.  A robust list of emerging artists have also been featured like Hayes Carl, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Abigail Washburn, Tift Merritt, Ryan Bingham, Elizabeth Cook the Band of Heathens and many more, who have supported the scrappy not for profit music association. 
This event in Austin, TX is produced by the Americana Music Association for SXSW.  Badge and wristband holders will have priority admission to the event.  For more information on SXSW Festival and Conference Registrations contact
About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit trade organization whose mission is to promote awareness, provide a forum, and advocate for the creative and economic vitality of the Americana music genre. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, which will take place September 12-15, 2012 in Nashville, TN.  Americana Music Festival and Conference Registrations are now available through the store at 
Described by Southern Living Magazine as Nashville's "Best Music Festival," the Americana Music Association is offering, for a limited time, a SUPER registration rate, available at $300 for AMA members and $400 for non-members.  Offer Expires April 30.

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