Monday, February 20, 2012

The Roys' Musical Voyage Continues

The Roys' Musical Voyage Continues

Hot New Single, High-Profile Performances & Heavy Media Exposure Keeps Spotlight On Duo 
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Lee and Elaine Roy(Credit: Anthony Ladd)
Nashville, TN (February 20, 2012) -- The Roys' musical voyage continues as they enjoy a hot, new single; several high-profile performances and multiple TV and radio opportunities keep the spotlight focused on the popular, award-winning Bluegrass brother/sister duo.

The siblings recently returned from dates in Australia and Canada to find that their hot new single, Trailblazer, hit the Top 10 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly chart during their absence. Fans can enjoy the video by clicking HERE.

The duo is featured in the upcoming PBS Television show, Music Voyager: Tennessee, which premieres worldwide on February 24. The episode is part of the Music Voyager international music and travel series, and takes viewers to various destinations around the world.  Lee and Elaine appear in EPISODE 1, Eastern Tennessee: Cradle of Country Music.  Host Jacob Edgar caught up with The Roys at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop where they chatted aboard Tubb's touring bus and performed their previous hit single, Coal Minin' Man. That track rocketed up the Bluegrass charts, landing at #1 on Power Source's Bluegrass Top 35 Chart, #1 on HotDisc International Top 40 Chart, #3 on Bluegrass Unlimited's National Bluegrass Survey and #4 on Bluegrass Music Profiles' Top 30 Hot Singles Chart. Coal Minin' Man (SPBGMA-nominated Song of the Year 2011) and Trailblazer are both from The Roys' critically-acclaimed Rural Rhythm Records' disc, LONESOME WHISTLE, one of BILLBOARD'S Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011. Music Voyager: Tennessee, put together in part by the support of the Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development, will make its way into 170 million homes in 140 countries and broadcast in 33 languages, upping The Roys' exposure exponentially. To learn more about the popular series, go to musicvoyager.com.
   
Additionally, Country Music USA Radio Network will air an exclusive interview with Lee and Elaine this week. The show is Europe's most-listened to syndicated Country FM radio program, reaching 10 million listeners in 74 countries and territories around the world, including: France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco, West Indies, Mayotte and Reunion Island. The show streams live and will be archived for 30 days at http://spotfm.free.fr.

After this week's Country Radio Seminar, the duo hits the road for upcoming shows:

02.23-24          Memphis, TN - 2012 Folk Alliance Convention (four showcases)
02.24               Waldo, FL - Dixieland Spring Bluegrass Festival
02.26               North Miami Beach, FL - Everglades Bluegrass Festival
03.03               Argyle, TX - Argyle Bluegrass Festival
03.07               Nashville, TN - Music City Roots
03.09               Mountain View, AR - Mountain View Spring Bluegrass Festival
03.23               Shelby, NC - The Don Gibson Theater (w/ Janie Fricke)
03.24               Wheeling, WV - Wheeling Jamboree (w/ Janie Fricke)
03.30-31          Brooksville, FL - Sertoma Spring Bluegrass Festival
04.05-06          Perry, FL - Florida State Bluegrass Festival
04.07               Nashville, TN - Midnight Jamboree / Ernest Tubb Record Shop (w/ Janie Fricke)
04.12-15           Florence, AZ - Country Thunder
04.14                Florence, AZ - Country Thunder - Main Stage Performance
05.01                Woodlands, TX - Real Life, Real Music (w/ Janie Fricke)
05.05                Green Island, IA - Mooney Hollow Barn (w/ Janie Fricke)
05.12                Denton, NC - Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival - Denton Farm Park
05.25                Hesston, KS - Prairie Window Concert Series - Dyck Arboretum of the Plains
05.26-28           Branson, MO - BG & BBQ Festival - Silver Dollar City - Riverfront Theater
05.30-31           Pigeon Forge, TN - Dollywood's Show Street Theatre
06.02                Marion, VA - Song of the Mountains - The Lincoln Theatre - PBS TV Taping
06.09                Lexington, KY - Festival of the Bluegrass - Kentucky Horse Park Campground
06.16                Lanexa, VA - Rockahock Bluegrass Festival - Rockahock Campground
06.23                Charlotte, MI - Wilder Bluegrass Festival - Eaton County Fairgrounds
06.28-29           Benton, PA - OATS Bluegrass Festival - Benton Rodeo Grounds
07.03                Morganton, NC - Red, White & Bluegrass - Catawba Meadows Park
07.05                Nashville, TN - Bluegrass Night at the Ryman - Ryman Auditorium
07.10                St. Cloud, MN - Paramount Theatre (w/ Janie Fricke)
07.12-15           Craven, Saskatchewan CANADA - The Craven Country Jamboree Festival
07.17                Anita, IA - Oak Tree Opry
07.19-21           Twin Lakes, WI - Country Thunder
07.22                Twin Lakes, WI - Country Thunder - Main Stage Performance @ 1 PM
07.23                Hiawassee, GA - GA Mountain Fair - Anderson Music Hall (w/ Janie Fricke)

Catch up with Lee and Elaine at www.theroysonline.com . 

HANK WILLIAMS JR. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME COUNTRY?

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME COUNTRY?
BEST OF HANK WILLIAMS JR. (ALL MY ROWDY FRIENDS)
LAUNCHES FROM CURB RECORDS MARCH 27TH

Country Icon Proves Again Why He’s A Pop Culture Giant
Album available exclusively at Walmart

Hank Williams Jr - All My Rowdy Friends(Nashville, Tennessee) — February 20, 2012 – Fans of Hank Jr. can kick the wintertime blues with the announcement from Curb Records of the March 27 release of a retrospective collection of signature hits from the iconic superstar. The package will feature 22 of Hank Jr.’s best songs that span decades of his high octane music making career, that includes high points such as Family Tradition, A Country Boy Can Survive, All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin’ Over Tonight, and Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound.
In the history of recorded music, perhaps no ‘second generation’ heir to a musical dynasty has surpassed superstar status to become a true American icon as boldly as Hank Williams, Jr.  With stacks of gold and platinum lining his walls amid Grammys and Emmys and the reflection of the nearby crowns of Entertainer of the Year resting comfortably on his mantle, Jr. has carved a giant niche in the annals of the record industry.  Stepping from the shadows of the greatness of Hank Sr. the current incarnation of family greatness is unique in Hank Jr’s relevance and the amazing influence of his music and image as part of America’s pop culture.   He is by any definition a 21st century pop culture force to be reckoned with.
 
Along the way, as witnessed by the new Curb package, Hank Jr.’s music has become rooted as a unique creative barometer consistently reflecting both our nation’s challenges and the resilience of human nature in general—and Hank’s creative finger on the pulse of culture in particular. From the familiar shout of "Are You Ready For Some Football" to the brooding country patriotism of "A Country Boy Can Survive,"  Hank is seemingly permanently woven in the midst of America’s daily soundtrack of life--from football, to politics, to his latest reincarnation of the Williams family’s traditional way with a song.
 
 Tracks include:
"Family Tradition"           
"Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound"
"Women I've Never Had"                       
"Outlaw Women"
"Kaw-Liga"
"Old Habits"           
"Dinosaur"
"The Blues Man"
"Texas Women"
"Dixie On My Mind"
"All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)"
"A Country Boy Can Survive"
"If Heaven Ain't A Lot Like Dixie"
"The Conversation"
"All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight"
"Country State Of Mind"
"Born To Boogie"
"If The South Woulda Won"
"There's A Tear In My Beer" (with Hank Williams)
"Red, White, & Pink-Slip Blues"
"Bartender Song (Sittin’ At The Bar)" (with Rehab)
"All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming For Monday Night Football"
 
Whether old or new friend or fan of Hank’s, the March 27 release from Curb offer a singular reminder across the span of all 22 tracks:  Now in a sixth decade of making music, Hank’s totally ‘done it his way’.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE stürmt mit CEREMONIALS die Top10 der deutschen Albumcharts

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE stürmt mit CEREMONIALS die Top10 der deutschen Albumcharts
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Florence + The Machine
Florence + The Machine stürmt mit "Ceremonials" auf Platz 7 in die Albumcharts ++ Tour im März ausverkauft
Mit ihrer Performance beim Finale von „The Voice of Germany“ feierte FLORENCE + THE MACHINE ihre deutsche TV-Premiere und begeisterte mit der Single „Shake It Out“. Der Song schoss direkt in die Top10 der Download-Charts und auch das dazugehörige zweite Album der neuen britischen Pop-Ikone ist auf Erfolgskurs: In dieser Woche klettert „Ceremonials“  auf Platz 7 der Media Control Charts und beschert FLORENCE + THE MACHINE die höchste deutsche Chartplatzierung bisher! Im März ist FLORENCE + THE MACHINE auf Tour und kehrt im Festival-Sommer zurück.

Ihr Debütalbum „Lungs“ (2009) verkaufte sich weltweit über 3 Millionen Mal, sie gewann zwei Brit Awards, wurde für den Grammy nominiert und trat bei der Oscar-Verleihung auf. Frontfrau Florence Welch ist die neue britische Fashion-Ikone, wird von Designerhäusern wie Chanel, Gucci und Yves Saint Laurent hofiert und trat auf Wunsch von Karl Lagerfeld bei der letzten Chanel-Fashionshow auf. 

Ihre deutsche TV-Premiere feierte Florence + The Machine mit einem Auftritt bei „The Voice Of Germany“ gemeinsam mit der Finalistin und späteren Siegerin Ivy Quainoo. Die beiden sangen zusammen „Shake It Out“ und sorgten für einen der emotionalsten und beeindruckendsten Höhepunkte der Finalshow am 10. Februar. Im Anschluss schoss die Single „Shake It Out“ aus Florence‘ zweiten Album „Ceremonials“ direkt in die Top10 der Downloadcharts.

In dieser Woche bleibt Florence + The Machine weiterhin auf Erfolgskurs. „Ceremonials“ klettert in den deutschen Albumcharts auf Platz 7 und beschert Florence hierzulande die höchste Chartplatzierung ihrer bisherigen Karriere! Im März wird Florence + The Machine wieder in Deutschland sein, jedoch ist die Tour bereits seit Wochen ausverkauft. Im Sommer dürfen sich die Fans auf das Hurricane / Southside Festival freuen, wo Florence + The Machine live auf der Bühne stehen werden.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE live:
23.03.2012 München, Tonhalle (Ausverkauft)
24.03.2012 Berlin, Columbiahalle (Ausverkauft)
25.03.2012 Hamburg, Große Freiheit 36 (Ausverkauft)
30.03.2012 Köln, E-Werk (Ausverkauft)
22. - 24.06.2012 Scheeßel, Hurricane Festival
22. - 24.06.2012 Neuhausen ob Eck, Southside Festival

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Steel Guitar News February 20. 2012

Hello fellow players,

I just got word that one of my first groups that I went to school with and worked with some is going into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Dickie “Bebop” Harrell just sent me an email stating that he had just gotten word from the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame that the old band that we were in together, The Blue Caps is going in and will be getting overdue accolades.

Dickie was the drummer, Gene Vincent was the singer, Cliff Gallup was the guitar holder and player that has gained much respect and recognition over the past many years and we went through two or three bass players of which I was one for a few seconds.

The promoter that put us all together and made us famous and wrote our first hit tune was the father of Mike Douchette who later gained his own fame working with Tammy Wynette. His daddy’s name was Sheriff Tex Davis. Mike of course, is a very well known steel guitarist in Nashville. Anyway this story could go on forever.

Back in the days of Rockabilly, it was all accepted as country music. All the country radio stations played the Rockabilly artists right along beside Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold, George Jones, Faron Young and the like. It was only later that this style branched off into Rock N Roll.

Now Rock N Roll has run off and left Rockabilly by the side of the road. As bad as a condition that old country is in, it’s still about equal to Rockabilly. Just think about it. If Whitney Houston had been popular 55 years ago, she would only be played on black stations.

Music is something that is continually changing and thank goodness we all seem to remember the old artists that paved the road for the new. Let’s never forget any kind of music or develop a dislike for any kind of music, possibly with the exception of rap.

I’ve been asked about the beginning of Western Swing and how it got started. First of all, there was light and then later God created Earth and on the seventh day he rested. Western Swing was invented not long after that. It’s been pretty well there since the beginning of time, however it was an outgrowth from big band pop stuff of the day.

Around the twenties, big bands with big brass sections were born because of movie sound tracks and any music job where big volume was needed. Remember, there were no PA sets in those days that could make you run for cover like they have today. Big had to do with volume and excitement.

Bands like Sammy Kaye, Glen Gray, Jack Teagarden, Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Glenn Miller, Harry James, Gene Krupa, but the reason these bands were built big was to have volume that could be obtained no other way at the time.

The country boys that had a little fifty watt PA set with one microphone and had to share it amongst everyone in the band during solos, had a rough time being heard, but yet many people loved this kind of music. So along comes this funny guy named Bob Wills. Bob loved to make noises and comments in the middle of his band solos and he also realized that he needed to hire many pieces which included a horn section and at times a violin section in order to get those great big country jobs like backing up cowboy movie stars on film.

Rex Allen, Rocky Lane, Roy Rogers and several others that had Bob Wills as a guest in their movie shorts. I suppose this irons out the fact that Bob Wills was the beginner leader in Western Swing music and Western Swing music was a combination of big band pop and country quartet.

Big band music required written arrangements and music stands. Most music stands had the name of the band on them. Remember, I’m sure most of you have seen pictures of the Dorsey Brothers and Glenn Miller sitting down and reading their arrangements from those nice music stands.

The beginning of Western Swing and later big country music, we can credit the players that were working in these big bands and the big bands themselves, Tex Williams, Hank Thompson, The Miller Brothers, Luke Wills and another one of Bob’s famous brothers named Billy Jack, that worked the west coast. Vance Terry was the steel player with Billy Jack Wills.

I think many of you will remember the fact that I’m offering you a minimal trade-in on your film camera that are technically worth less and less everyday because of the digital format cameras. They are becoming more and more prevalent in closets the world over. Here’s your last chance to get money out of them rather than letting them hibernate in your closet. I’m taking the trade-ins on any steel guitar purchase.

We’re getting near the end of the free shipping which is a good way for you guys to save money up until the beginning of next month.

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

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NEAL MCCOY RETURNS WITH NEW CD

COUNTRY STAR NEAL MCCOY RETURNS WITH NEW CD, XII, MARCH 6

Produced by reigning CMA Male and Female Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton
and Miranda Lambert, and Guitar Slinger, Brent Rowan

Nashville, TN (February 20, 2012) - Returning to country music after a five year-hiatus multi-platinum recording artist Neal McCoy’s highly anticipated new album, XII, will be released March 6, 2012. Produced by CMA’s reigning Male and Female Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and renowned guitar-slinger, Brent Rowan, this Blaster Records’ debut is McCoy’s 12th studio album. Already creating a buzz amongst top media outlets, McCoy’s upcoming television appearances include a satellite media tour in New York, and segments on “Hannity,” “Huckabee,”  “411 Live,” and “Better TV,” to name a few. Plus, McCoy returns to host GAC’s highly-rated, Top 50 Videos of the 2000s, debuting February 20, 2012.

 “Neal is not only a friend of mine, but my hero,” commented Blake Shelton about working with McCoy on XII. “Our first priority with this album was that Neal only cut songs that he truly loved and was excited about. That was very important to us.” Miranda Lambert added, “It was a blast seeing Neal and Blake together…had the place laughing all the time. I think fans will hear three different artists coming together on this album with their individual takes on the music.”

Some of Nashville’s best writers—including Tom Douglas, Rivers Rutherford, Jamey Johnson, Allen Shamblin, Rhett Akins, and newcomers Luke Laird, Brett Eldredge, Geroge Terren and Barry Dean, came forward to contribute their very best songs. The end result from the ‘consummate live performer’ is a new collection that offers a little something for every listener. From the bouncy, bright, feel good single, “A-OK,” (featuring Lambert and Shelton on background vocals), to the infectious bar-room, toe-tapper, “Shotgun Rider,” to the engaging ballad, “Judge a Man by the Woman,” and classic, “Van Gogh,”   the project is chock full of good music.

“It’s like my shows, a little bit of everything that makes music special,” said McCoy. “XII has a little bit of church, a little bit of bar-room, a couple ballads that’ll encourage, and a real Texas thing about finding your groove in the midst of heartbreak with a cold beer and a good jukebox.” Blake and Miranda had definite ideas about what this should be – you almost couldn’t hold ‘em back.”

Recently listed as one of the Top 10 USO Tour Entertainers since the organization’s inception in 1941 (at number eight, between John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe), it has been 21 years since McCoy released his first single. Since that time,  he  has released 11 albums, had five #1 singles, over 25 charted singles, had a string of top ten radio hits, sold over 6 million albums all while completing over 15 USO tours and supporting the East Texas Angels Network, his charity for children with life-threatening illnesses.

For more information on the life and musical career of Neal McCoy, please visit www.nealmccoy.com!
To view Neal McCoy’s new video, “A-OK,” visit http://youtu.be/EUiF3O_WIs4
Neal McCoy is on the Blaster Records label, a division of Blaster Entertainment, with distribution and marketing through Warner Music Nashville.

Neal McCoy - XIITrack List:

1.      A-OK
2.      Real Good Feel Good
3.      Judge A Man By The Woman
4.      Mouth
5.      Shotgun Rider
6.      That’s You
7.      Crazy Women
8.      Lucky Enough
9.      Every Fire
10.    That’s Just How She Gets
11.    Borderline Crazy
12.    Van Gogh

CHUCK HANCOCK’S NEW SINGLE FROM “FROM THE HEART” CD

CHUCK HANCOCK’S NEW SINGLE
FROM “FROM THE HEART” CD
“HEART OVER MIND”

(Nashville, TN)  Chuck Hancock delivers another great song for your radio play.  This time he has selected a Ray Price/Mel Tillis song “Heart Over Mind” from the past, to be his new country single.  If you are a true country music lover, and you long to hear more steel guitar and fiddles, then this is just for you.  The performance and production on this song will take you back to when country music was COUNTRY MUSIC. 

Chuck is now finishing up his first new country project and we are excited about the great songs that he has written for this CD.  Besides touring, and his passion for horses and rodeo’s, his plate is filled with great success.  He just topped the Country Gospel Charts with his First #1 single, “That’s Where I Was, in Country Gospel Music

Chuck Hancock has his sights on his first #1 Country single, and with your help, his talent as a great vocalist and songwriter, we feel he will attain this goal. He has been successful because of his perseverance in all that he does. 

The picture we have attached is Chuck working at his love of rodeo team roping, and like everything else he does, he does it so well.

Your input on Chuck’s new single is important to Chuck and to me.  We want to know what you and your listeners think about his music, and hopefully you will continue to play his upcoming songs. 

Chuck’s new website will be up and running in the next couple of weeks, and you will have the opportunity to get to know more about Chuck Hancock, The Real Deal.

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