Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Adam Gregory To Release New Single and Album on Feb. 28

Country Artist Adam Gregory To Release
New Single and Album on Feb. 28

“Different Places” features new Gregory single, “High On You”  
 
(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb 28, 2012)  Country artist Adam Gregory is set to release his new single and six-song album, Different Places, in the U.S. and Canada on Feb. 28.
 
The first single, “High On You,” ships to Country radio the same day Different Places is released on Feb. 28.  Gregory co-wrote four of the six songs on the album, including the “High On You” single.  Chart-topping songwriters Victoria Shaw, Frank Myers, James Dean Hicks, Steve Bogard and Clay Mills also contribute co-writes on the project.  Gregory, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, and a Nashville resident since 2006, had been writing and recording new material for Different Places over the last 12 months.
 
“I’m really excited for my new music to finally come out and give people a taste of what I’ve been working on for the last year or so,” says Gregory.  “I had considerable input in terms of the songwriting and song selection for this project, and I think the writing is a little more mature, a little more personal than my last project.”
 
Internationally acclaimed producer Mark Moffatt produced Different Places at Funhouse Studios and Big Dog Studios in Nashville.
 
“Adam is a great young artist who defies the trends and lives one hundred percent for his music, a quality that comes across very strongly on this record,” says Moffatt.  “His voice is unique and instantly recognizable, and his ability to convey pure emotion in his music draws the listener in from the very first word of every song.  Working with him on this project has been a distinct pleasure.”
 
A Gold-selling recording artist in Canada, Gregory first made a name for himself in the U.S. with his 2008 Top 40 debut single, “Crazy Days.”  He released a follow-up single, “What It Takes,” through Big Machine Records and subsequently went on to star in the motion picture, “WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?)” in 2009.  The film was released in 2010.
 
Different Places is a joint release through Calusa Entertainment/GMV Nashville.  It will be available at GMVNashville.com, iTunes, Amazon.com and all major online digital retailers on Feb. 28.  Visit www.AdamGregory.com for more information.

CRAIG MORGAN’S THIS OLE BOY ALBUM IN STORES TODAY

CRAIG MORGAN’S THIS OLE BOY ALBUM IN STORES TODAY
EARLY REVIEWS TREMENDOUSLY POSITIVE


Nashville, TN…(February 28, 2012)… Craig Morgan’s 6th studio album THIS OLE BOY hits stores today and is already garnering rave reviews.

Here’s what some of the nation’s toughest critics are saying about THIS OLE BOY:

Associated Press:
“Morgan exemplifies why country music continues to offer a distinctly likeable worldview.”      

GAC:
“...solid collection that feels like a warm conversation. Craig’s music and voice have always been engaging and accessible, and it’s no different here.”

Country Weekly:
★★★½
“ The singer’s standard good ole boy fare has served him well, mounting a string of Top 10 hits; this style clearly finds Craig at his most confident and comfortable.”

Cowboys & Indians:
“Morgan’s voice sounds strong, confident and, most importantly, country to the bone on the new material.”

The remainder of the jam-packed album launch week will include live and autograph appearances at tonight's FREE SHOW at Wild Bills in Atlanta/Duluth, GA (2/28), Wal-Mart at 1451 Woodruff Road in Greenville, SC (2/29), Wal-Mart on 2101 Younts Road in Charlotte, NC (3/3), and Wal-Mart at 6777 Clinton Highway in Knoxville, TN (3/4). On Friday, Morgan will perform his hit single “This Ole Boy” on Fox & Friends (6-9am ET).

The project is co-produced with his longtime creative partner Phil O’Donnell.  Morgan co-wrote 7 of the 12 songs on the new record.

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 sixth studio CD, out now. 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.
 

Sandra Piller Fan Video is 'Easy to Love'

New Sandra Piller
Fan Video is
'Easy to Love'


Dateline:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – March 1, 2012

The Sandra Piller fan club has created a new music video to her song "Easy to Love" using images that are surprising and delighting viewers.

Now available on YouTube, the video showcases photography of animals happily nuzzling and cuddling with each other, including dogs, cats, birds, and horses, but also displays such unlikely couples as cats with dogs and birds with cats. "The reaction from people who see the video is almost always 'awwwwww!'" says Piller. "It just makes me smile every time I see it."

Calling themselves The Wild Bunch, the gathering of Sandra Piller fans worked together in completing the video to showcase one of the twelve songs on Piller's "Days Like These" album which was released by Shady Hill Records (www.shadyhillrecords.com). This is the second fan-produced video for Piller and joins two official videos for songs from that album.

"Days Like These" is Sandra Piller's third collection of what some people are calling "new country classic music." Creating songs with some of Nashville's most-respected writers, Piller's material delves into many positive aspects of life: from joys and passions to wry observations on life and triumphs over adversity.

The album was produced by Jane Bach and "Cowboy" Jack Clement. Bach is a noted songwriter who has written hits for Reba McIntire, Jo Dee Messina and others. Clement's credits include Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Sandra Piller is honoring the roots of country music while forging her own way with tunes and turns of phrase that have caused some people to say "she's not your father's country singer." Mixing a country soul with an urban sensibility, she moves through her life and her music with unrelenting optimism that is contagious.

The video is here:


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Willie Nelson Honors Unforgettable Music on “Remember Me Vol. 1”

Willie Nelson Honors Unforgettable Music on “Remember Me Vol. 1”
By Robert K. Oermann
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
For Willie Nelson, the difficult part about recording an album of Country classics wasn’t deciding what to record — it was deciding what not to record.
“I probably know two or three thousand songs,” said the member of CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame, “everything from Jimmie Rodgers’ ‘Blue Yodel No. 1’ to the songs of today. There’s not enough room on one record for all of my favorites. There aren’t enough records, either — not in one lifetime.”
Fourteen of Nelson’s favorite oldies can be found on his latest album, Remember Me Vol. 1, released on R&J Records. As its title suggests, he has recorded more than can fit on one album. “Eventually, we got it down to 32 songs,” Nelson said. “The biggest problem was cutting it down.”
He and producer James Stroud both contributed to selecting the repertoire. “Me and James got together and chose the songs and chose the keys I would sing them in,” Nelson said. “I came up with a few. James came up with a few. James went into the studio with the Nashville musicians and cut the tracks. Then he brought those down to Austin and I put my vocals on them.”
“We started out with about 75 songs,” Stroud remembered. “It was sort of a combination of music that we loved and music that we could apply to Willie’s style.”
Stroud’s production credits include new hitmaker Chris Young, superstars Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Randy Travis and Wynonna, living legends Charlie Daniels, Neil Diamond and Hank Williams Jr., plus Country Music Hall of Fame members Merle Haggard and Barbara Mandrell. As a session drummer years before he began producing, Stroud worked with hundreds of others as well.
His association with Nelson goes back a long way, but neither man can remember exactly how they met. “I played on one of his records that Chips Moman produced (in the 1980s) but Willie wasn’t there,” Stroud recalled. “Then, sometime in the early to mid ‘90s, a mutual friend introduced us and we played golf in Nashville. The first music I produced for Willie was for a TV special, maybe 11 years ago. I was working with one of my heroes, so it was a combination of feeling intimidated, excited and thrilled. I’m on a small list of producers who have worked with him, one of the top three or four Country artists in history. Honored is not the word, because I was beyond honored. And I still feel that way. But he never makes you feel that way.
“Willie is about as easy to work with as anybody I’ve been around,” Stroud added. “Working with Willie is like pouring water. It’s just that easy. He’s very knowledgeable. He certainly understands everything that he can do — his inflections, the way he sings, the way he plays, the way he ties his (vocal) phrasing in around the way he plays his guitar. Everything that he does, he’s an expert at being Willie Nelson.”
Nelson’s vocal performances on Remember Me Vol. 1 sound astoundingly strong for a man who will celebrate his 79th birthday on April 30. What is his secret?
“If I knew, I’d bottle it up,” he answered, with a chuckle. “I do an hour-and- a-half show every night, and that’s the best (vocal) exercise you can do. When other singers ask me, that’s what I tell them: Sing all the time. If you don’t use it, you lose it.”
“Willie has an awesome range today,” Stroud confirmed. “If he sang a song more than three or four times, it was rare. I mean, he had each vocal on that record done perfectly by three or four, every one of them.
“He’s very spontaneous as far as the way he records,” the producer continued. “He would sit and play his guitar and have fun. He’d sing a song, and then we might go out to eat or go hit a golf ball, because his studio is on his own golf course. I remember one day we did a couple of vocals and then he said, ‘Let’s go play golf.’ So we went outside and got in his Mercedes. He popped the trunk, we put our golf clubs in the back and he drove it onto the course. We played golf in his Mercedes! He said, ‘I like to play golf with it being air conditioned.’ That’s how we worked. We take our time. He doesn’t stress out.”
The oldest song on the album is “Roly Poly,” a Western Swing tune by Fred Rose that was popularized by Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys in 1946. Nelson had a particular connection to Wills, so he and Stroud gave it an especially swinging treatment. “I grew up on Bob Wills’ music,” the singer explained. “And I got to know him personally. Very early in my career, I did some concert promoting, and I hired him for some shows. He was such a great guy.”
From 1947 comes “Smoke That Cigarette,” a hit for Tex Williams, who co-wrote it with Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Travis. Phil Harris took it up the pop charts that same year. It was this song that actually jump-started the album.
“One day we were talking about ‘Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette),’” Stroud recalled. “I remembered my mother hearing that song on the radio and then seeing her actually smoking a cigarette. So Willie and I were laughing at that. He said, ‘You know what we should do? We should look at all of our favorite songs.’”
Singer/songwriter Stuart Hamblen created the original version of “(Remember Me) I’m the One Who Loves You” in 1950. During that same year, Ernest Tubb also had a big hit with the song. Hamblen is represented on the album as well by Nelson’s revival of his “This Ole House,” from 1954.
Also dating from 1950 is “I’m Movin’ On,” the signature song of Hank Snow, a previous Nelson collaborator. During the 1980s, Nelson sought out many of his musical heroes to record duet albums, including Snow. The first of these was San Antonio Rose with Ray Price in 1980. “Release Me,” written by Eddie Miller, Dub Williams and Robert Yount and introduced by both Price and Kitty Wells in 1954, is revived on Remember Me Vol. 1.
In 1982 came Nelson album collaborations with Roger Miller (Old Friends) and Webb Pierce (In the Jailhouse Now). Nelson revives Pierce’s 1954 smash “Slowly” (written by Pierce and Tommy Hill) on the new album. Also in 1982 were the first of four Nelson duet albums with Waylon Jennings (WWII) and the first of three with Merle Haggard (Pancho & Lefty).
In 1985, Nelson reacquainted audiences with the songs of Faron Young (Funny How Time Slips Away) and Hank Snow (Brand on My Heart), including “I’m Movin’ On.” All seven of these classic duet partners are members of CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame, and all except Haggard and Price have since passed away. Were these projects a way for Nelson to get to know his boyhood favorites while he still could?
“I’ve done a lot of duet projects,” Nelson reflected. “I did an album of Lefty Frizzell songs (To Lefty from Willie). And then I did whole albums with Ray Price and Roger Miller (Old Friends). It’s just that I loved their music. It’s just that I loved the sound of people like Webb and Hank. Those two were guys I just really liked the unique styles of what they do.”
Three big hits from 1955 “made the cut” after Nelson and Stroud trimmed their song list. “Sixteen Tons” was written by Merle Travis and popularized by Tennessee Ernie Ford. George Jones broke through to stardom with “Why Baby Why,” which he’d written with Darrell Edwards. “Satisfied Mind” (Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes) was a 1955 hit for three future members of CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame: Red Foley, Jean Shepard and Porter Wagoner.
Though songs from the 1940s and 1950s dominate on Remember Me Vol. 1, other eras are represented too. The 1960s gave us “Today I Started Loving You Again,” introduced by songwriters Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens in 1968. And Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” a massive hit for Johnny Cash in 1969, was named CMA Song of the year in 1970. Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kristofferson and Nelson were billed on albums they recorded in 1985 (Highwayman), 1990 (Highwayman 2) and 1995 (The Road Goes On Forever).
“I had the best seat in the house,” said Nelson, fondly recalling his tours with the group. “I was at the right of the stage, Kris was on the left, with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings between us. I felt like I had a front-row seat at the best concert in the world, every night. I consider those records and those tours with The Highwaymen as a major highlight of my life.”
A rocking remake of Haggard’s 1977 hit “Ramblin’ Fever” represents the 1970s. Haggard, Hamblen and Travis are the only songwriters featured twice on the album. “James and the musicians in Nashville had the idea to crank it up on ‘Ramblin’ Fever’ and make it rock,” Nelson said. “I thought it turned out great.”
The late Vern Gosdin had a 1989 hit with “That Just About Does It.” Nelson becomes the first artist to revive this mournful ballad, written by Gosdin with Max D. Barnes. “That’s the most recent song on there,” Nelson commented. “I just love Vern Gosdin. He’s the best. Again, a real stylist.”
In assessing Nelson’s perspective throughout Remember Me Vol. 1, Stroud ventured, “I think his state of mind right now is grateful. He’s lost some friends over the years, and I think he looks back and is grateful that he knew them. He’s grateful that he’s still able to play well and perform at a real high level. But we always talk about what’s next. He’s always looking forward. He’s as excited about his music right now as ever.”
On the Web: www.WillieNelson.com

Codie Prevost on CTV

The Kinsmen Foundation Presents Telemiracle 36 Telethon, on CTV; Featuring Country Music Artist Codie Prevost
SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN - - (Feb 27, 2012) – Starting at 9pm on Saturday March 3rd, until 5pm on Sunday March 4th; the Kinsmen Telemiracle Telethon will once again be raising funds, and collecting donations to “Help People Everyday.” The Kinsmen Foundation provides special needs equipment and access to medical assistance for Saskatchewan residents, groups, and health foundations to improve quality of life and independence. The funds raised through the annual Telemiracle Telethon make it possible to follow through on this commitment.
This year, Telemiracle will be held live at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina and will feature talented performers from across the province, including country music star Codie Prevost. Prevost was nominated for the “Rising Star Award” at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards and is honoured to join the line up at Telemiracle which also includes Honeymoon Suite, Beverley Mahood, and Victoria Banks. Prevost says “Over the years I’ve seen a lot of great things that Telemiracle has done for people across our province. As a Saskatchewan resident/artist I’m excited to be a part of the national cast for the first time. Being able to contribute and give back to my home province through music is an honour”.
Anyone interested in donating to Telemiracle can; make a direct donation through a phone call during the telethon, mail in a cheque, or visit the website to donate on line. The Kinsmen Foundation also encourages residents of Saskatchewan to take part in fundraising initiatives throughout the year. Without the generous support of Telethon viewers it would be impossible to provide daily support to those who need it most. For people outside Saskatchewan you can watch Telemiracle 36 online at www.CTV.ca.

JOHNNY CASH TO BE CELEBRATED WITH “WE WALK THE LINE"

JOHNNY CASH TO BE CELEBRATED WITH “WE WALK THE LINE: A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH” IN HONOR OF HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY

Concert Will Feature a Star-Studded Lineup Including Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, John Hiatt, Amy Lee, Shooter Jennings, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne, and Jamey Johnson with more Legendary Surprise Guests to be Announced

LOS ANGELES (February 28, 2012) – On April 20, 2012, music stars and friends will join together to celebrate the life of Johnny Cash in Austin, TX at “We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash.” In the year that would mark his 80th birthday, the concert, which will take place at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre, will not only pay tribute to Cash and his music, but also to his roots and his heritage. Performances will include GRAMMY-winning and GRAMMY- nominated musicians Carolina Chocolate Drops, Kenny Chesney, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Ray LaMontagne, Amy Lee and Lucinda Williams, as well as performances by Brandi Carlile, Andy Grammer, John Hiatt, Shooter Jennings and Rhett Miller with more performers to be announced shortly. Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

“Our family is honored to know that this amazing line-up of artists will gather together on one stage to pay tribute to the music and history of my father,” said John Carter Cash. “There is no doubt in my mind that, although he is no longer with us in body, his spirit will shine true on this night thanks to these inspired artists.”

“Having been a fan of Johnny Cash and his music for as long as I can remember I could not be more excited to produce an event that honors such a musical legend,” noted Keith Wortman. “His iconic voice, style and authenticity has inspired musicians for generations and we are proud to be able to celebrate his artistic legacy with some of today’s greatest entertainers while also benefitting such an amazing children’s cause ‘Charley’s Fund’.”

An all-star band led by GRAMMY Award-winning Don Was – which includes Buddy Miller, Kenny Aronoff, Ian McLagen, and Greg Leisz– will back these once-in-a-lifetime performances. The concert event will be produced by Keith Wortman. Was, who worked with Cash on an album for The Highwaymen, will serve as musical director. Tisha Fein and Chantel Sausedo will serve as talent producers. A percentage of the net proceeds will be donated to Charley’s Fund, to help in the fight to find a cure for the fatal children’s disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

“We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” will be produced and distributed in conjunction with Legacy Recordings, the division of Sony Music Entertainment that serves as the home of Johnny Cash’s music catalog.

Cash’s 80th Birthday celebration kicks off on February 26, 2012, the day which would have been his 80th birthday, with the ground-breaking of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project in Dyess, Arkansas. The house that Cash grew up in will become a permanent tribute to him and his family’s early life, as well as reflecting a historical slice of American life during the 1930s’ Great Depression. In addition, Legacy Recordings is set to celebrate this landmark year with a full slate of projects to be released throughout the next 12 months. First up is “Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth,” a 2-CD, 51-track collection which comprises gospel and spiritual recordings made by Cash in the 1970s and ‘80s, to be released on April 3, 2012.

Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10 a.m. CST and are available at http://www.acl-live.com/, at Waterloo Records or charge by phone 877-4-FLYTIX.

For more information about “We Walk The Line” please visit www.johnnycash80.com.

For more information about Charley’s Fund, please visit http://charleysfund.org/

BILLY DEAN SIGNS WITH BEVERLY HILLS-BASED RON RAINEY MANAGEMENT

BILLY DEAN SIGNS WITH BEVERLY HILLS-BASED
RON RAINEY MANAGEMENT

Dean Signs Exclusive Management Contract with Industry Veteran Ron Rainey

Nashville, Tenn. (February 28, 2012) – Today, GRAMMY Award-winning country music crooner Billy Dean announced that he’s signed an exclusive artist management contract with Beverly Hills-based Ron Rainey Management.

“Ron’s company has a firm grasp on my work as well as a clear vision and plan for the next chapter in my career,” says Dean. “We’ve got some exciting news on the way and I appreciate Ron’s dedication and determination to take my career to the next level.”

“A true artist like Billy Dean doesn’t come around very often,” notes Rainey. “His songwriting and vocal talents are truly unique as proven by the many awards he has received thus far in his career.  I am excited and proud to be involved in the next chapter of Billy’s career going forward.”

Rainey established Ron Rainey Management in 1981 after selling his highly successful Magna Artist Corporation booking agency.  The management company’s longtime clients include The Marshall Tucker Band, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Alvin Lee, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts, among others.

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.”

For additional information on Billy Dean, visit www.billydean.com. Interview with Billy Dean

HANK III PROJECT ‘LONG GONE DADDY’

CURB RECORDS SET TO RELEASE NEW HANK III PROJECT ‘LONG GONE DADDY’ ON APRIL 17TH

Hank III - Long Gone DaddyNashville, TN (February 28, 2012) – “Tidy” is not a word often associated with the against-the-grain work of Hank III, but it’s a fitting way to describe the way “Long Gone Daddy” packages up a full-bodied sampling of his career, style and influences.
Due April 17 on Curb Records, this 10-song collection could have been titled “Long Gone Granddaddy” for the shuffling country blues flavor of not just the Hank Williams covers but of much of the batch.

Grandpa’s contributions, title track “I’m A Long Gone Daddy” and “Neath A Cold Gray Tomb of Stone,” are complemented by fiddle and steel-drenched songs written by  generations he influenced, including   Merle Haggard (“The Bottle Let Me Down”),  Johnny Cash (“Wreck of the Old 97”) and Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson (“Good Hearted Woman”).

The singer-songwriter Hank Williams influenced most – on this record, at least – is Hank III, whose remarkable vocal, including yodeling sendoff on the title track, would have been  just right on a circa 1950 Grand Ole Opry or Louisiana Hayride stage.

A collection of six previously unreleased recordings and four resurrected from prior releases, the album is an exclamation point on the style and mood of Hank III’s 1999 “Risin’ Outlaw” breakthrough and   acclaimed follow-up “Lovesick Broke & Driftin’.”

As “This Ain’t Montgomery,” a lament of the state of modern country, states: “Hank Williams is dead and he ain’t comin’ back here again.”

True, of course. But he’d be proud of his grandson.

Track Listing:
1) I'm A Long Gone Daddy
2) Sun Comes Up
3) The Bottle Let Me Down
4) Wreck Of The Old '97
5) Neath A Cold Gray Tomb Of Stone
6) The Wind Blew Cold
7) Good Hearted Woman
8) This Ain't Montgomery (with Joey Allcorn)
9) What They Want Me To Be
10) If The Shoe Fits (Shuffle Mix)

Sweet Potato Pie Brand New Day

Mountain Fever Records Releases New CD From
Sweet Potato Pie

February 28, 2012 (Willis, VA) —  Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of Brand New Day, the latest CD from North Carolina-based Sweet Potato Pie.

Sweet Potato Pie has been entertaining audiences for over a decade with their classy blend of bluegrass, country and gospel music mixed together in a style called “sweetgrass”. Comprised of Sonya Stead on guitar; Chrystal Richardson on banjo; Katie Springer on fiddle; and Sandy Whitley on bass; this all female band has carved out a place for themselves among the bluegrass community with their own toe-tapping original tunes, driving instrumentals and classic songs from Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe, the Judds and many more. Their unique sound revolves around their sparkling three-part harmony and infectious personalities that resonate with audiences everywhere they go. Sponsored by the North Carolina Sweet Potato Association, this band takes their music and their message seriously; promoting local farmers, good health and great music throughout the country. 

Brand New Day is the sixth release from the group and while their music is presented with the typical instruments found in a 4-piece bluegrass ensemble, Sweet Potato Pie has elected to include a few more country-tinged songs for this project. "Quite honestly, we are all fans of the older country music," explained Sonya Stead. "We started realizing that our kids had never heard of some of the music that we grew up listening to such as Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis and even Ernest Tubb, so we thought it was about time we introduce them to the great songs that we've loved for so long and maybe put our own 'sweet-grass' style to it." As a result, Brand New Day offers several songs that were first made popular by artists such as Tanya Tucker ("Delta Dawn"), The Judds ("Rockin' With The Rhythm Of The Rain") and Ernest Tubb ("Walking The Floor"). Even so, no Sweet Potato Pie record would be complete without a generous helping of new music and this project offers six original songs; three from the pen of Sonya Stead, one from Crystal Richardson and two written by former Pie band member, Missy Payne. Mountain Fever Records executive Mark Hodges could not be more pleased with the project. "When the ladies arrived at our studios to start recording this project, they were motivated, prepared, and just shined when the red light came on. We are thrilled to present Brand New Day to bluegrass and traditional country music fans alike."

Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the official release of Sweet Potato Pie's Brand New Day to radio and consumers worldwide. Radio programmers may download the new project via AirplayDirect or directly from Mountain Fever Records by emailing radio@mountainfever.com. For more information on Sweet Potato Pie, visit www.sweet-potato-pie.com or www.MountainFever.com

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Tracks:
1.  Sweet Blue Eyed Darling Listen Now!
2.  Rockin' With The Rhythm Of The Rain Listen Now!
3.  Brain Cloudy Blues Listen Now!
4.  Gonna Run Listen Now!
5.  Deeper Than The Holler Listen Now!
6.  Redeeming Love Listen Now!
7.  Delta Dawn Listen Now!
8.  Will You Listen Now!
9.  Roly Poly Listen Now!
10. Walking The Floor Listen Now!
11. Ripe For The Pickin' Listen Now!
12. Crinkle Listen Now!
13. Tell Me Why Listen Now!

Lonesome River Band Chronology Volume One

New Album, Chronology, Volume One
by Lonesome River Band
 
First of Three Albums Commemorating Band’s 30th Anniversary
 
 
February 28, 2012 (Nashville, TN) --  Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce today's new album release, CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME ONE by the award-winning LONESOME RIVER BAND.  The album is the first of three 8 song EPS releasing this year commemorating the band’s thirty year milestone.   “Lonesome River Band has done what few bands have done, continuously reinvented itself through the years, staying both popular and relevant,” said Keith Lawrence (Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer and Bluegrass Notes Reviewer).
 
The CHRONOLOGY series features updated versions of many of the Lonesome River Band’s most popular songs during each decade with the talents of Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and four-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Sammy Shelor (Banjo); Brandon Rickman (Harmony Vocal, Guitar); Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle); Barry Reed (Harmony Vocal, Bass); and Randy Jones (Lead Vocal, Mandolin). CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME ONE was produced by Lonesome River Band and includes the tracks:
 
1.       Close the Door Lightly When You Go (E. Anderson) – first single release
2.       The Old Man In the Shanty (John Michael Green)
3.       Laura Jean (Jim Burns)
4.       The Game Is Over (David Carroll)
5.       Mary Ann (Johnny Stills, Lonnie Treat)
6.       I’m Afraid To Love You Anymore (Jimmie Skinner)
7.       Hobo Blues (Billy Smith)
8.       Angeline The Baker (instrumental)
 
Fans can tune into WSM Radio today at 9:00 AM (Central) when host Bill Cody welcomes Sammy Shelor and Brandon Rickman to the show. On Wednesday Shelor will be appear on WorldwideBluegrass.com with host Terry Poirier at 10:30 AM (Eastern) and later in the day with live in-studio interview with hosts Jay Allen and Sherry Boyd on WBRF Radio in Galax, Virginia at 8:00 PM.
 
Lonesome River Band has two previous #1 albums on Rural Rhythm, STILL LEARNING and NO TURNING BACK, that topped album and single charts such as Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine, Cashbox Magazine, Power Source Magazine, Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass, SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks and Most Played Artists, and many more. They were also involved in two live album projects for the label including: the recently released A BILL MONROE 100TH YEAR CELEBRATION – LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM, produced by Sammy Shelor; plus THE ALL-STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN, produced by Mark Newton, that received four 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award nominations including one for ALBUM OF THE YEAR.
 
In November 2011, the Lonesome River Band with special guest, Steve Martin performed on The Late Show with David Letterman in celebration of Sammy Shelor’s award for The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.  Martin and Shelor sat down with the late night host who proudly displayed the award followed by an incredible performance of “Molly” (NO TURNING BACK) by band members, Brandon Rickman (lead vocals and guitar), Mike Hartgrove (fiddle), Barry Reed (bass and harmony vocals), Randy Jones (mandolin and harmony vocals) along with Steve Martin and Sammy Shelor on banjo. 
 
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding CHRONOLOGY Volumes Two and Three including details on a big event celebration scheduled for later this year. For more information on the Lonesome River Band including upcoming tour dates, please visit LonesomeRiverBand.com.

KENNY CHESNEY FEATURED AS LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON

KENNY CHESNEY FEATURED AS LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON" HONORS BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN WITH A WEEK OF MUSICAL TRIBUTES FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 2

LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON” HONORS BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN WITH A WEEK OF MUSICAL TRIBUTES FEBRUARY 27 – MARCH 2
FEATURING TWO NIGHTS OF PERFORMANCES BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND
Kenny Chesney and Elvis Costello Also Set To Perform
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band to Appear as Fallon’s Only Guest on “Late Night’s” Third Anniversary Show March 2
New York -- February 24, 2012 – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” will honor Bruce Springsteen with a weeklong musical tribute February 27 – March 2 (12:35 a.m. on NBC) to celebrate the launch of his new album, “Wrecking Ball,” which will be released on Columbia Records March 6. Each night, the show’s featured musical guest will perform selected songs from his extensive catalog.
Fallon welcomes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to studio 6B on Monday, February 27 to open the week with two performances. Then, returning on Friday, March 2, which also marks “Late Night’s” third anniversary, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will appear as the only guest for that episode. Springsteen will chat with Fallon for an interview segment before taking the “Late Night” stage again for multiple performances with the band. Springsteen’s “Late Night” appearances are his only currently scheduled American television stops prior to a massive world tour beginning March 18 in Atlanta.
One of “Late Night’s” most memorable moments included a 70s dressed Springsteen and Fallon dressed as Neil Young performing a parody of pop hit “Whip My Hair” together during the musician’s November 16, 2010 debut on the talk show. The video of the comedy bit garnered instant viral success.
Tuesday night, Kenny Chesney makes his first appearance on “Late Night” when he performs “I’m on Fire,” from Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A” album, a song which Chesney previously released as part of the bonus tracks from his 2004 album “When the Sun Goes Down.”
Elvis Costello backed by Fallon’s house band the Roots is set to perform “Brilliant Disguise” from Springsteen’s album “Tunnel of Love” on Thursday, March 1.
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" is produced by Universal Television and Broadway Video. Lorne Michaels is the executive producer. Michael Shoemaker produces. Gavin Purcell is the supervising producer.

Jerrod Niemann To Release New Single “Shinin’On Me”

Jerrod Niemann To Release New Single “Shinin’On Me” From Forthcoming Album Jerrod Niemann To Release New Single “Shinin’On Me” From Forthcoming Album


Nashville, TN – Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville singer/songwriter Jerrod Niemann will release his new single “Shinin’ On Me” today. The lead single from Niemann’s yet-to-be-titled sophomore album was co-written by Jerrod, Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Lance Miller. Jerrod teamed up again with co-producer Dave Brainard for his newest project.
“I am so excited to release "Shinin' On Me" as the first single from my second album,” shares Jerrod. “Not only does it represent some of the unconventional instrumentation on this record, it's also intended to just make you wanna roll down the window on a bad day and smile with someone ya love.”
Jerrod’s major label debut album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, debuted at No. 1 and produced the No. 1 smash and RIAA-certified Platinum Digital single, “Lover, Lover,” and the Top Five and RIAA-certified Gold Digital single, “What Do You Want.”
Fans can catch Niemann live out on the road on Miranda Lambert’s “On Fire” tour. For a complete list of Jerrod’s upcoming tour dates, visit www.JerrodNiemannOfficial.com

Country Music News International February 28. 2012

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The Lost Trailers single “Underdog” jumped into the Mediabase Top 40

Underdog Breaks Down Industry Walls 
New U.S. Company Reaches Top 40

cid:fc13bcae-41c1-6ddd-cddb-e8ed8a55ecc1@me.comNashville, TN --- This week, the Nashville-based company Stokes Tunes breaks down industry barriers as the only wholly artist-owned American-distributed firm in the United States to achieve Top 40 status in either the Country or Pop Top 40 Radio play charts in 2012. 

Fueled by a promotional partnership between Stokes Tunes and songwriter Harrison Tobin, The Lost Trailers’ single “Underdog” jumped into the Mediabase Top 40 on the strength of across-the-board support from large and small country stations throughout the United States. The song was co-written by label owner Stokes Nielson, Tobin, Jason Sever and country hit-maker David Lee Murphy.

“I believe that if you champion your listeners, they will champion you,” Cites KAJA San Antonio Program Director Travis Moon, who has seen his station climb to the #1 rated station slot in the market while heavily supporting the new tune. “Underdog speaks directly to the lives of our listeners, we’re in for the long haul on this record.”  

In a time when the majority of the Top 40 Country Music Chart is populated by foreign companies like Tokyo-based Sony Music, Paris-based Universal-Vivendi, and Russian oil tycoon Len Blavatnik-controlled Warner Music Group; the entry of music by a US-owned and distributed company to the chart is indeed a significant “underdog” tale.

“We’re brave enough to believe in the power of great music that is shared from the ground up, because it embodies the spirit of the everyday country fan.” Nielson says, “Between working closely with country radio, constant live touring, and keeping our online audience fed with new content, we feel like we can impact the industry in a positive way.”

“Underdog” marks The Lost Trailers’ fourth Top 40 song in four years, joining the previously charting tunes “Holler Back,” “How ‘Bout You Don’t,” and “Country Folks Livin’ Loud.” Nielson and his collaborator in The Lost Trailers, Jason Wyatt, continue taking their Underdog story on the road as they gear up for supporting slots for The Band Perry, Thompson Square and Little Big Town in the next coming weeks.

For more on The Lost Trailers, www.thelosttrailers.com

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