Monday, March 5, 2012

TEXAS TROUBADOUR STEPHANIE URBINA JONES FROM SONGS TO STAGE TO SCREEN

TEXAS TROUBADOUR
STEPHANIE URBINA JONES
FROM SONGS TO STAGE TO SCREEN
 

Nashville, TN (March 5, 2012)-Its been a winding road for singer/songwriter turned actress Stephanie Urbina Jones as she moves from stage to screen as one of the featured artists on the national TV docu-drama Troubadour, TX.  This unique television series follows the lives of various singers and songwriters as they pursue their dreams across the Lonestar State, a legendary hotbed of American music. Storyteller, filmmaker and singer-songwriter, Stacy Dean Campbell takes you behind the scenes to follow the music, the passion and the journey. Jones auditioned in her hometown of San Antonio, TX and soon stepped in front of the camera not only out on the road and in the intimate Studio 41 Cafe in Dallas, TX, but also as the female lead in a Texas Western called "Courage." Troubadour, TX caught it all on film and will tell that story this weekend in more than 40 million households in 140 U.S. markets across the country.  Catch Jones’ segment on Sunday, March 11th on the CW Network at 10:00 PM.
 
Having moved to Nashville from Texas, Jones was signed as the first and only writer for hit songwriter Jim McBride who penned such hits as "Chattahoochie,” “Neon Rainbow” and “Who Says You Can't Have It All" (to name a few) in his co-venture with Sony/ ATV / Tree. Jones was a successful writer, but her heart was called back to the road and to her passion to celebrate her Hispanic roots in Country music. Jones released her self-titled debut album and hit the road on a six week radio tour.  Within a year she was the first independent Hispanic female to go #1 on the Texas Music Chart for five weeks in a row and performed on some of the most prestigious stages including a duet with legend Willie Nelson at his Fourth of July Picnic.

Soon Nashville came calling and Jones was signed to Equity Records, Clint Black’s independent label that launched Little Big Town. As the story goes, just as she was about to get her shot the label folded and Jones did what any troubadour does, she hit the road to heal her heart. She found refuge in her music and was gratefully embraced by Texas radio with her song "Como Se Llama, Mama" (What’s Your Name Girl), a duet with Texas legend Augie Meyers. Within in a short period of time, Jones was being sponsored by Houston based Arriba! Salsa, and started filming her first movie along with a video for her single "I’m Not A Pinata" at the world famous Honky Tonk Billy Bob’s Texas in Ft. Worth.  "This road has taught me to be grateful for what I have in each moment." Jones said. “I keep on dreaming and believing but I keep my focus in the present;  in the joy of writing songs, in the moments of magic and divine connection between me, my band and the fans, and in the simple pleasures of time with family, friends and those I hold near and dear to my heart.

Stephanie Urbina Jones has exciting new things on the horizon so stay tuned and be sure to catch this week’s episode and see the story behind this rising Texas troubadour. Visit www.troubadourtx.com for channels and air times.

STEPHANIE URBINA JONES WEBSITE
www.stephanieurbinajones.com

SUJ TROUBADOUR TEXAS INTRO VIDEO
www.troubadourtx.com/video/1092989517001

I'M NOT A PINATA VIDEO
www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&list=PL9E01A461BFB78C10&v=PNx2J_m-nu8

MOVIE TRAILER FOR "COURAGE"
www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&list=PL9E01A461BFB78C10&v=x0lTOk7oxk0

VIDEO FOR "I AM HOME"
www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&list=PL9E01A461BFB78C10&v=wIFe-GFvQuM

STEPHANIE URBINA JONES FACEBOOK
www.facebook.com/StephanieUrbinaJones

Mark Collie & His Reckless Companions: Alive At Brushy Mountain

Mark Collie & His Reckless Companions: Alive At Brushy Mountain
Set For Release May 1 on Wilbanks Entertainment
 
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Ten years after it was recorded at one of the state’s most notorious prisons,  Mark Collie & His Reckless Companions: Alive at Brushy Mountain, will be released by Wilbanks Entertainment on May 1, 2012.

Produced by Collie with Tony Brown & David Z, a group of stellar musicians was assembled on Oct. 17, 2001 to record a sheaf of new original songs about crime and punishment before an enthusiastic audience of inmates at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, the forbidding Eastern Tennessee facility that had numbered James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King, among its hardcore prisoners.

Collie’s Reckless Companions included Austin-based critics’ darling Kelly Willis, acclaimed writer / artist Shawn Camp, guitarist David Grissom, keyboardist Mike Utley, guitarist-mandolinist Tommy Burroughs, bassist Willie Weeks, accordionist Hassel Tekkle and drummer Chad Cromwell. Late blues legend Clarence Gatemouth Brown also showed up as Collie’s special guest.

Inspired by his close relationship with country icon Johnny Cash - whose prison recordings at Folsom prison and San Quentin were pivotal live albums — Collie saw this project as one that might make a difference for the inmates at Brushy Mountain.

“God gave me the opportunity to get in there and share something that might make a difference,” Collie said. “I believed the songs could matter.  I thought they could be important, and I wanted to share ‘em. I wanted to make something that people could find hope in, or redemption, or restoration, or forgiveness.”

After the album was recorded, changes in MCA Records leadership halted plans to release Alive At Brushy Mountain.  But Collie believed the album to be important, and after ten years found support in Tim Wilbanks, an Alabama entrepreneur, who formed Wilbanks Entertainment and cleared the way for the album’s release.

YOUR “TICKET” TO AN EVENING WITH … DOLLY

YOUR “TICKET” TO AN EVENING WITH … DOLLY
AVAILABLE SOON AT CRACKER BARREL


DVD and CD Two-Disc Set captures 15 hits
from Dolly’s dazzling London concert

An Evening With... DollyLebanon, Tenn. (March 5, 2012) – Mark April 2 on your calendar for An Evening With… Dolly, then be sure to stop by your nearest Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® location to pick up your copy of this first-ever Cracker Barrel exclusive two-disc DVD and CD set retailing for only $11.99.   The DVD and CD transport you to a front row seat in London as Dolly performs some of her most popular songs “Coat of Many Colors,” “9 to 5,” and “Jolene,” live in front of her sold-out O2 arena concert.

Classics like Dolly’s very first million seller, “Here You Come Again” and “I Will Always Love You,” along with previously unreleased live bonus tracks “Shattered Image” and “My Tennessee Mountain Home,” combine in a memorable collection.  The DVD captures Dolly interacting with the audience, sharing stories about growing up in Tennessee, and in the “Soundcheck” feature, fans get to take a peek backstage and see the inner workings of the show.  An Evening With…Dolly will be available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at crackerbarrel.com/music.

“In 2008, we released Dolly’s Backwoods Barbie -  Collector’s Edition CD and we are delighted to work with her on a second project,” said Julie Craig, Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager.  “Dolly connects with her audiences and our guests in a genuine, down-home way that fits with the Cracker Barrel brand as naturally as the rockers on our front porch.  And this new An Evening With… Dolly DVD and CD showcase not only her amazing musical and songwriting skills, but also her ability to entertain audiences with her heartwarming personality.”

“Cracker Barrel and Dolly Parton are a great collaboration,” says Dolly Parton’s manager Danny Nozell. “We are excited to continue our successful venture together, and thrilled to offer this live concert experience with some of Dolly’s biggest hits.”

An Evening With... Dolly CD Track Listing:
1.  Two Doors Down
2.  Jolene
3.  Coat of Many Colors
4.  Only Dreaming
5.  Little Sparrow
6.  The Grass is Blue
7.  Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
8.  Here You Come Again
9.  Islands in the Stream
10.  9 to 5
11.  I Will Always Love You
12.  Shattered Image* - previously unreleased live bonus track
13.  My Tennessee Mountain Home* - previously unreleased live bonus track

An Evening With... Dolly DVD Track Listing:
1.  Two Doors Down
2.  Jolene
3.  Backwoods Barbie
4.  Coat of Many Colors
5.  Only Dreamin’
6.  Better Get to Livin’
7.  Shinola
8.  Little Sparrow
9.  The Grass is Blue
10.  Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
11.  Here You Come Again
12.  Islandsin the Stream
13.  9 to 5
14.  I Will Always Love You
15.  Jesus and Gravity

An Evening With… Dolly is the latest in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program.  In January, Cracker Barrel released the Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent CD. In September of 2011, The Oak Ridge Boys’ CD It’s Only Natural was released through Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program. In July, Cracker Barrel released Jason Michael Carroll’s all-country Numbers with 11 new songs and one previous hit.  In May, Cracker Barrel released Teddy Gentry’s Best New Nashville with original music from 12 talented new artists and Randy Travis’ self-titled album Randy Travis.  In March of this year, Cracker Barrel released Kenny Rogers’ The Love of God, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the Top Christian Albums chart.  In January, Cracker Barrel released The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, which debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Bluegrass Albums chart and at #26 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  In November 2010, Cracker Barrel released Smokey Robinson’s Now & Then, which debuted at #19 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart and was nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD.  September saw the release of the self-titled Rodney Atkins, which included four #1 hits, and Mandy Barnett’s Winter Wonderland.  Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Craig Morgan, Wynonna, Dailey & Vincent, Alan Jackson, the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Dolly Parton, Bill Gaither, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Sara Evans and Charlie Daniels.


About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants.  Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price.  The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made from scratch biscuits using an old family recipe.  The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 612 company-owned locations in 42 states.  Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.  For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.

Steel Guitar News March 5. 2012

Hello fellow players,

This is an email I got from Mac McCarthy. Read it and I’ll answer his questions below the message.

Hello Bobbe,

Thanks again for "Bobbe's Tips"! It's the one email I really look forward to getting each week.

A few months ago, I received my Bobro and nylon bar from Steel Guitar Nashville. Bobbe, this thing makes my Mullen sound more like a dobro than a dobro! (if that's possible) The dobro sound can be most authentic sounding on a standard E9th pedal steel if you can force yourself to stay off the pedals and use a few more slants than you would normally use. That being said, I love just a touch of the pedal effects with the Bobro ... which I guess gives you the "pedalbro" sound that you hear so much on recordings these days.

Thanks for the innovation! Now I've got a "three-in-one" guitar for just a very small additional investment!

If you can, tell us a little bit about how the Bobro came into being. Did you engineer it? How long has the Bobro been around? Do you know of any steel players working in Bluegrass bands using a PSG and Bobro? Being an acoustic bass player, I can appreciate the non-electric aspect of traditional Bluegrass, but many bands are using electric bass these days. Seems to me a PSG/Bobro would fit right in!

I used to blame the heavy stainless Emmons bar I'm using for my inability to play fast. Your nylon bar I use with the Bobro disproves my theory! ha I don't wear shoes when playing, so it can't be the heavy shoes slowing the pedal action. Maybe it's the heavy picks.

I hope your health is good these days!

Mac McCarthy
Roswell, Ga.

Thank you Mac McCarthy for your questions. As far as the Bobro goes, I experimented around with a Boss pedal and kept experimenting until I found a combination that worked. All the parts come from Boss. I just assemble them differently.

I thank all you guys for your replies and things that you have to say about my newsletters and communications. I am learning something about myself and how the human mind works by having been forced into a wheel chair recently. It seems like a fall that I had in my garage last Christmas time damaged more than I thought. It’s kind of hard to play steel guitar from a wheel chair but then again it may be more the humiliation of me trying to act big and tough when I know I’m not.

If I didn’t have you guys out there to talk with, read my newsletters and talk with, I’d be way down the totem pole in mood. Actually, my attitude is great. I’m still at the store everyday although my hours have been cut back. I’ve had to sell one of my airplanes, the Piper PA28. I still have my PA2220. It’s hard to fly in a wheel chair being a tail wheel airplane, but I would if the FAA would let me.

I am doing technical things at the store like wiring steel guitar pickups. As a matter of fact, Mr. Duke Durham just sent me a question that several of you have recently. Could you please tell me what the original pickups in the D-10 Professional Sho-Bud? Is there a wiring diagram for the two pickups and the neck selector switch? The answer is not that I know of. I can get someone to send you something to get you going.

Here is an email I got from Stephen Patt from the west coast steel guitar community.

Bobbe, thanks for the wisdom and the laughter--and yes, I agree with you about the lapse in taste that can lead to a diarrhea of notes....mostly, sadly, from a lack of confidence. Jimi Hendrix painted himself into a similar corner with the theatrics--playing the guitar behind his back, burning the guitar. And yes, he was insecure--told me he wanted to just sit and play a set, see what the music did for the crowd. Reminds me of Eric Clapton at the first Crossroads Festival, listening to young Eric Johnson's amazing set...he turned to his stage manager, and whispered--"He's quite good...but why does he play so many bloody notes?"
Yup, in full agreement....Stephen "doc' Patt

Doc, I try to write my newsletters with humor because that’s the way I normally communicate with people, and yes I agree with you about the lack of taste that results in a diarrhea of notes. I personally would rather hear too few notes than too many. The things that impress me about other players is how well they can play just a few notes tastefully.

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

Your buddy,
Bobbe
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