Sunday, April 22, 2012

On This Week in Country Music April 23 - April 29

On This Week in Country Music April 23 - April 29

23 APRIL - On This Day in Country Music

1981 - Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins reunited in Stuttgart, Germany and recorded "The Survivors."

1994 - Lari White marries Chuck Cannon, a co-writer on John Michael Montgomery's "I Love The Way You Love Me
2009 - Evansville declares Taylor Swift Day as the singer kicks off her first headlining tour at Roberts Stadium with Kellie Pickler opening.

24 APRIL - On This Day in Country Music
1976 - Emmylou Harris' remake of Buck Owens' "Together Again" becomes her first #1 country single in Billboard

1991 - At the 26th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks Wins Entertainer of the Year
1993 - Sammy Kershaw picks up a #1 single in Billboard with "She Don't Know She's Beautiful". Penned by y Paul Harrison and Bob McDill, it was released in February 93’ as the first single from his album, HAUNTED HEART and became Kershaw's only #1 hit in Canada and the United States.

Kelly Clarkson (1982), Pop singer born in Fort Worth, Texas. The winner of the first season of "American Idol," she earns country hits and awards by joining Reba McEntire on "Because Of You" and Jason Aldean on "Don't You Wanna Stay"

Rebecca Lynn Howard (1979), Salyersville, Kentucky. Is an American country singer-songwriter . She has charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Her highest-charting single, "Forgive", the title cut, peaked at #12 on the country music charts in 2002 and the album made #5 on the Billboard Country Chart. Her songs were recorded by Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Lila McCann, and John Michael Montgomery. She co-wrote “I Don't Paint Myself into Corners” for Trisha Yearwood (Album -Inside Out), “The Life of a Song” for Joey + Rory and “Whatcha Gonna Do” recorded by Martina McBride (Album – Eleven)

25 APRIL - On This Day in Country Music

1990 - Clint Black claims four trophies at the 25th annual Academy Of Country Music awards on NBC from Hollywood's Pantages Theatre: Top Male and New Male Vocalist; Album of the Year, for "Killin' Time"; and Single Record of the Year, for "A Better Man"

1986 - The Judds receive their first platinum album, for WHY NOT ME.
Released on RCA Records it includes the duo's first Billboard #1 single on the Country music charts, "Mama He's Crazy". Three more singles from the album reached number 1 on the country charts: "Why Not Me", "Girls Night Out", and "Love Is Alive". >> YouTube “Mama He’s Crazy”

Rory Lee Feek (1965) born in Atchison, Kansas. He forms the duo Joey+Rory with his wife, Joey Martin, and pens Blake Shelton's "Some Beach" and Easton Corbin's "A Little More Country Than That”

26 APRIL - On This Day in Country Music

1971 - Sammi Smith picks up the only gold single of her career, for selling a million copies of "Help Me Make It Through The Night" >> YouTube

1980 - Dottie West's "A Lesson In Leavin'" goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart. It was the very first time she had a #1 in her own right. The song was written by Randy Goodrum and Brent Maher. In 1999, it was re-recorded by Jo Dee Messina, whose version spent seven weeks at #2 on the Billboard Country Chart.

1997 - George Strait begins a five-week stay at the top of the Billboard country chart with "One Night At A Time" The song was written by Roger Cook, Eddie Kilgallon and Earl Bud Lee. It was released in March as the first single from his album, CARRYING YOUR LOVE WITH ME. >> YouTube

Duane Eddy (1938), Phoenix, Az, country singer (Peter Gunn, Cannonball) A Grammy Award-winning American guitarist. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he had a string of hit records, produced by Lee Hazlewood, which were noted for their characteristically "twangy" sound, including "Rebel Rouser", "Peter Gunn", and "Because They're Young". He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. October 2010 witnessed a return to the UK at a sold out Royal Festival Hall, London at which he was given a 10 minute standing ovation before he had played a note or spoken a word. .
He appeared at the world famous Glastonbury Festival on 26 June 2011.

Jay DeMarcus (1971), Columbus, Ohio, is the bass guitarist, harmony vocalist, pianist and songwriter in country trio Rascal Flatts. He is a second cousin of the band's lead singer Gary LeVox, as well as brother-in-law of country singer James Otto.

27 APRIL - On This Day in Country Music

1991 - Bonnie Raitt and Michael O'Keefe were married.

2004 - Epic releases Gretchen Wilson's debut single, "Redneck Woman," to retail

2008 - Emmylou Harris and Ernest "Pop" Stoneman are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a medallion ceremony in Nashville

Donna Ulisse ,Hampton, Virginia, American country music and bluegrass singer-songwriter

28 APRIL - On This Day in Country Music
2000 - Rascal Flatts made their Grand Ole Opry debut

2001 - Brooks & Dunn begin a six-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You" . Written by Rivers Rutherford and Tom Shapiro it was the first single from their 2001 album STEERS & STRIPES, and was nominated by the CMA for Single of the Year. >> YouTube
2004 - The iTunes Music Store marked its first anniversary with over 70 million songs sold.

2006 - Carrie Underwood's debut album, "SOME HEARTS," goes triple-platinum

29 APRIL - On This Day in Country Music

1982 - At the 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama Win Entertainer of the Year

1992 - Country singer Doug Stone, 35, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery

1992 - Billy Dean is one of seven double-winners at the 27th annual Academy Of Country Music awards, aired by NBC from Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre. He's named Top New Male Vocalist and claims Song of the Year for "Somewhere In My Broken Heart"

2002 - Alison Krauss + Union Station begin a two-night stand (April 29–30, 2002) at the Palace Theater in Louisville, Kentucky. The shows are recorded for a concert album, "ALISON KRAUSS + UNION STATION - LIVE" . The album was released on November 5, 2002.


Marty Raybon – Hand To The Plow

Marty Raybon – Hand To The Plow

Rural Rhythm

1. I've Seen What He Can Do 3:58 2. I'm Working On A Building 4:29 3. He's Still Doing Miracles Today 3:57 4. Walking With God At A Guilty Distance 4:31 5. When He Reigns, It Pours 3:12 6. What Have I Done To Deserve This 2:44 7. You Get Me 3:31 8. He's Still My Little Man (Matty's Song) 3:06 9. Bright New Morning 4:00 10. You've Got To Move 2:51

CMA, ACM, Grammy Awards und noch einige mehr Auszeichnungen hat er in seinem Leben erhalten. Es ist nicht überliefert ob er einen eigenen Raum hat wo alle Ehrungen, die er in seinem Leben bisher erhalten, verstaut sind, aber mit Sicherheit kann gesagt werden, dass er wieder einmal ein Album „Hand To The Plow“ veröffentlicht hat, dass wie sollte es auch anders sein, sein Bestes ist, dass er jemals zu den Fans gebracht hat. Gefühlvoll, ausdrucksstark und so auf den Punkt gebracht, dass das Album an sich 24 Stunden am Tag im CD Player gespielt werden kann.

Lyle Lovett – Release Me

Lyle Lovett – Release Me


1. Garfield's Blackberry Blossom 3:06 2. Release Me 2:44 3. White Boy Lost In The Blues 3:32 4. Baby, It's Cold Outside 3:17 5. Isn't That So 4:49 6. Understand You 3:42 7. Brown Eyed Handsome Man 3:36 8. Keep It Clean 2:36 9. One Way Gal 2:59 10. Dress Of Laces 6:13 11. The Girl With The Holiday Smile 3:56 12. Night's Lullaby 3:24 13. White Freightliner Blues 5:06 14. Keep Us Steadfast 2:44

Lyle Lovett hat jetzt sein letztes Album auf Curb Records veröffentlicht, mit welchem er seit 1985 zusammen gearbeitet hat. Das Album trägt den Titel „Release Me“. Das Album beinhaltet eine feine Übersicht von Cover-Songs die die Größe der Stimme von Lyle Lovett zeigt. Ach ja, bei den 14 Songs handelt es sich um eine Mischung aus Country über Southern Rock bis Blues.

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Interview with Sam Bush

Interview with Sam Bush
©2012 by Bronson Herrmuth

3 time Grammy winner and multi instrumentalist, Sam Bush, has been writing songs, playing music, and releasing albums for more than 40 years. He's played live and/or recorded with a who's who list of great artists in multiple genres, and he's referred to world wide as the "King of Newgrass" music. Released on Sugar Hill Records, his latest album is called, Circles Around Me, and in 2009, Sam received a Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist Award from the Americana Music Association. The following is taken from a phone interview in May, 2011. Meet Sam Bush:

Bronson: The first time I heard your music Sam, I was up in Iowa and I was just a teenager, and it was 1971, and it was "Poor Richards Almanac", and you changed my life.
Sam Bush: "Poor Richards Almanac", wow. Were we just traveling through or something?

Bronson: No, I didn't hear the band, I heard the record.
Sam Bush: Oh I see. Well I guess that record came out in 1970, so it would have been recorded somewhere around the Easter weekend of 1969, I think. Yeah, just some joyful noise. Alan Munde and I, (& Wayne Stuart) trying to play some fiddle tunes on bluegrass instruments. We were greatly influenced by Texas fiddle styles, but of course obviously as well you know, bluegrass.

Bronson: Then you roll the clock up a little bit and I joined the Navy, and I was on an aircraft carrier, and I got a cassette tape sent to me of a band called New Grass Revival.
Sam Bush: There you go. Well, New Grass, when you first heard "Poor Richards Almanac", later in that year, in 1971, New Grass Revival was formed out of the band called Bluegrass Alliance. So the 4 of us, Courtney Johnson on banjo, Curtis Burch, with a u, on guitar and dobro, Ebo Walker was our bass player, and of course, I played the mandolin and the fiddle. Really, when we were starting New Grass Revival, we had discovered, of course we loved bluegrass, but we were always influenced by people like The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jessie, and The Dillards, and the Country Gentleman. We had discovered through listening to various rock 'n roll and jazz, what have you, the fun of long extended jamming so we tried to start doing that when we were first going. So we recorded our first album in 1972, and I guess it came out in very early 1973 or late '72, on StarDay Records from here in Nashville.

Bronson: So now we're sitting here in 2011, 42 years later Sam.
Sam Bush: It's hard to believe isn't it? (laughing)

Bronson: You've had such an incredible career. I've known of you, like I said, pretty much my whole musical life. I've actually played a lot of your songs with my band (The Ozone Ramblers) and it's an honor to talk to you. I've always wondered, you started playing music at such an early age. Your parents must have really been supportive?
Sam Bush: They were. We grew up on basically a cattle and tobacco farm outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and yeah my dad was very much a music fan as was my mother, so my mom played the guitar and my dad played the fiddle some, so music was always encouraged around our house and played. If you see the old movie, Coal Miner's Daughter, the way they're sitting around listening to the radio to the Grand Ole Opry every Friday and Saturday night, that's what we did. My dad and mom were really instrumental in creating a love for music in my sisters and I, so I started playing the mandolin when I was about 11, and I started playing fiddle at about age 13. Before I started playing mandolin, my 2 sisters, Clara and Janet, had already started singing folk music. You know, learning Peter, Paul and Mary songs, stuff like that, New Christie Minstrel songs, so I started playing with my sisters when I first started going and then by age 13, I started playing fiddle in the first bluegrass band I was in, called The Grayson County Boys. Of course I was way younger than everyone else, everyone else was my dads age. (laughing) Then somewhere along the line I started playing electric guitar in high school and so I was always doing a variety of things. I would play electric guitar in the high school rock band, sometimes bass, but usually guitar, and then I would be playing mandolin and fiddle in bluegrass bands, so I would literally be the only guy old enough to drive in the rock band, but then in the bluegrass bands, I would be by far the youngest guy in the band all the time. That's all changed now (laughing). I'm never the youngest guy in the band anymore.

Bronson: (laughing) You know I've always loved your songwriting. One of my favorite songs of all time is "Like A Child In The Rain". That song just rolls all over me. You're known as such a great instrumentalist and music guy but your songwriting. I just love your songwriting. How old were you when you first discovered songwriting?
Sam Bush: I'm not really sure, lets see. I was co-writing with a guy named Steven Brines back then and Steven was from up in Lexington, and we would literally write by mail. In other words, he would send me the lyrics and then I would put music to his lyrics, and then I'd make a copy of a tape in my kitchen and send it back to him, and that's how we wrote songs together. Sometimes we sat down and collaborated, but I was collaborating with Steven Brines back then so probably at about age 19. I was making up instrumentals before songs, and still tend to do that maybe a little more, but with Steven I started to learning to love to try to fit lyrics in, and how do you do that. Steven was a big Kris Kristofferson fan so a lot of our songs kinda had that slant to them. Then over the years I've learned to really enjoy collaborating. John Pennell, I've collaborated with. The most I've collaborated with is Jeff Black, who I think is just one of the greatest songwriters I've ever met, and a guy from Louisville, Alan Rhody, I've collaborated with him. I've always been writing, but yes, I guess I tend to think of myself first as an instrumentalist and singer, but I've learned to enjoy the process, especially of collaboration.

Bronson: You've played with so many huge stars and in lots of genres. You can play with anybody, anything they want to play, no doubt in my mind. So how did you come to hook up with Leon Russell?
Sam Bush: Well that all occurred back in early 1973. New Grass Revival, we'd just completed our first road trip from a couple of weeks with John Hartford, and we were thrilled about that. I got home and my old friend Butch Robbins, Butch was living in Nashville, Butch is a great banjo player, and he had gotten the job of playing 5 string dobro on the first Hank Wilson's Back record with Leon, making his country records. So there was discussion about Leon was looking for a country band to back him, and he was like the worlds Billboard certified number one earner that year in rock n' roll. Twenty six thousand a night, it was insane. So Leon was discussing maybe getting a Nashville country band to back him, and to open for himself as Hank Wilson, and then of course to come out later with the great Leon Russell and the Shelter People rock 'n roll show. So Butch suggested us. Butch and I were pals and we'd played together on a Kenny Baker record a few years before that and become friends, and Butch suggested New Grass Revival. We literally got home at like 4:00am off the road, from being out in Nebraska and South Dakota and Iowa and Minneapolis and places like that, with John Hartford, and later that day we found ourselves in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at Leon Russell's house, and that was just really an amazing thing to go through (laughing).

Bronson: Wowww.
Sam Bush: Because he was such a musical hero of ours already, we did one of his songs on our first album, "Prince Of Peace", so at any rate, there weren't really good pick up systems on instruments back then so Leon decided he didn't want to go out and open for himself after all, standing there with just an acoustic guitar, but he asked us if we wanted to open the show, so we found ourselves opening for the world's biggest rock show in America for 2 and 1/2 months.

Bronson: Mannn.
Sam Bush: It was just an amazing time, an amazing ride. So we did that, but of course as soon as the tour was over we went back to our normal lives, where we played 2 weeks at 6 nights a week at Arnie's Pizza King in Lafayette, IN. (laughing) So we were well aware of what was going on, but years later, somewhere around August of '79, we were playing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with John Hartford as a matter of fact, opening for John Hartford, and Leon rode by and saw our name on the theatre. He stopped and came in the soundcheck and sat in with us that night, and then we immediately started doing some recording with him and we jammed all the time. It ended up with us, New Grass Revival, being his band for 2 years. It was a wonderful time. It was like being in the greatest 50's rock band with bluegrass instruments. It was just really fun and we learned an awful lot from Leon.

Bronson: Emmylou Harris, you two have been friends a long time.
Sam Bush: Well we would have met in Washington, DC, gosh, this was before Emmylou had her first record deal. She was playing around DC and everybody was aware of how wonderful this person sang, and then once again that led to years later, New Grass Revival would sometimes open shows for Emmylou and the Hot Band, and then when Emmylou heard that New Grass Revival was breaking up, at the suggestion of John Starling, she called me up and asked if I was interested in playing in an acoustic band with her. That led to 5 years in the Nash Ramblers, and those were 5 very joyful years and I learned an awful lot from Emmy. She's a great band leader and obviously a wonderful musician. People tend to overlook what a great rhythm guitar player she is and that's not always an easy thing to be. She's got great timing and I'm fortunate to know her and to have played with her.

Bronson: So you're known as the King of Telluride. What was your first year going to Telluride?
Sam Bush: Our first year, being New Grass Revival, we first went in 1975, which was the second festival. Some of the promoters, which was originally a band called the Fall Creek Band, they had seen us at the Winfield, Kansas festival the fall before that, then they wanted to hire us. They had their festival in '74, but we were the first band that they hired that wasn't from Colorado, that wasn't local, just around Telluride and the mountains community. Yeah, we went out there and we immediately made friends with the promoters and people in the town. Of course it was a very, very, small town back then. There wasn't a paved road then, but as soon as we started playing there we realized we had found an audience. We'd been looking for this kind of audience that was really open to any kind of music and maybe, I've always wondered, if it didn't have to do with the wide open spaces, just the open attitude that people had. Now of course that festival has grown so much over the years. This year it's the 38th festival and it will be my 37th consecutive.

Bronson: Is that where Strength In Numbers came together was around Telluride?
Sam Bush: Well, in a way. Telluride is definitely a part of Strength In Numbers history, but we really got started here in Nashville because Edgar Meyer had hired the other 4 guys in Strength In Numbers, to play on, well I guess his first record, and back then there was the festival that went on here in Nashville. It was a wonderful festival called the Summer Lights Festival with different stages and what have you, and so Edgar put us together to play a set with him, so we were originally called Edgar Meyer and Friends. We did it more than once on Legislative Plaza Stage and then we started doing it. We told the promoter at Telluride about it, so we started doing it out there and for a while they called us The Telluride Allstars, and then we realized the 5 of us wanted to make a record together for MCA Masters Series. We actually had planned on calling ourselves Telluride, but we found out another group already had that name so we thought Strength In Numbers was appropriate for us.

Bronson: So you've been on Sugar Hill Records now quite a while. You've done 8 solo albums if I'm not mistaken, and 6 of them on Sugar Hill Records?
Sam Bush: (laughing) Bronson, you got me. I haven't counted them. Yeah, they're all on Sugar Hill except for the very first one that was called, Late As Usual, and that one was on Rounder Records, but that was done way back when I was still in New Grass Revival. Yeah, I've been very happy with Sugar Hill, they've treated me very well.

Bronson: Circles Around Me was your last album, right?
Sam Bush: Yes.

Bronson: You know the fact that you did that track where you were able to reunite with Courtney Johnson, that must have been quite a thrill?
Sam Bush: Well it really was and that's thanks to Garth Fundis, who was one of the producers of New Grass Revival and we're very good pals. Garth owns the Sound Emporium, and yeah I knew I wanted a fiddle and banjo duet, but then Garth and I were talking and he said, "You know what? I found some old tapes downstairs of a couple of fiddle and banjo duets with you and Courtney." Man I got so excited, and then of course we had to go through, for lack of a better term, what I call the "tape baking" process, to make sure the tape could be played without disintegrating, 'cause you know, it hadn't been played since 1976 which is when we cut that duet, so we went through the tape restoration process and transferred it to digital. Much to my delight, well there were two tunes, one that I thought I played pretty poorly on, and then the other one sounded good, brought a smile to my face. It was really nice, hearing the nice little hop Courtney had to his playing, getting to hear that again. It was like playing a tune that you'd never heard before, only that many years later, since 1976, so yeah, I was thrilled about that.

Bronson: In 2009, you were awarded the Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist Award from the Americana Music Association. What an honor.
Sam Bush: Well it really is 'cause I feel like I'm still learning (laughing). Hopefully that doesn't mean I'm over. Always thanks to Jed Hilly and for all the work he does for americana music. Americana gives us all a market to be in and americana encompasses so my different styles, thats what I love about it. It's not limited to one style of music or songs. It can include instrumentalists, it can include bluegrass or folk music, rock n' roll. Certain people have called Bruce Springsteen americana, I just think it's great for the music world to have americana music.

Bronson: You've recorded so many records and played on so many sessions with other artists, and then you've played so much live. Do you have a preference for playing live or playing in the studio?
Sam Bush: I guess the most fun is to play live and to get the immediate, to hear the audience reaction 'cause that sort of feeds us on, but we're entertainers through music. In other words, it isn't a dance show or a large production, and that's the story really, of americana style music. We entertain through our music, but really, I kinda like playing live more just 'cause it's spontaneous and if you make a mistake it's already gone by (laughing). You don't have to go in the control room and edit out mistakes, but basically I love getting to play. I love making music more than not making music, so they're both fun for me because the studio is it's own reward too. All in all, live music, and it excites me of course to be at a show, to be sitting in the audience as well, more then anything.

Bronson: I had a friend that told me one time Sam, "If you make a mistake Bronson, just play the same thing exactly like that again and they'll think it's part of the song."
Sam Bush: Yeah (laughing). I might of done it on purpose. Some of my most exciting moments as a listener of music perhaps, when I'm listening for instance, to old Allman Brothers jams, and Duane is exploring. Sometimes you wonder if he aimed to hit that note but then he makes more out of it and makes it a whole new phrase of something he might not have ever played before.

Bronson: With all these great musicians you've been blessed to play with, is there anybody you always wanted to play with that you haven't yet?
Sam Bush: Oh there's lots of people. Yeah, I have been fortunate to play with a lot of my heros. Sure, I'd love to play with Eric Clapton sometime. I was sitting in the audience watching Jeff Beck recently at the Ryman. One of the greatest shows I've ever seen, ever, and I'd love to play with Jeff Beck. You know we play electric in our band also, so I play the Fender electric mandolin sometimes and I would give anything to stand there and hear it come right off his amp. Just recently, Sonny Lambreth sat in with our band and he's a real guitar hero to me. As you can tell I'm a fan of guitar players as well.

Bronson: Do you have any advice for any musicians out there? You know, you've done it, you came to Nashville. Do you have an advise for somebody that's trying to do something with their career as a musician?
Sam Bush: Well you just have to be consistent and remember why you started playing music, and hopefully you started playing music for the simple reason that you love the sound of music. I think it's realistic, as you progress as a musician, to just remember that you're trying to improve as a player and singer, and if notoriety comes from that fine, but keep your eye on your goal which is to improve as a player and singer.

Bronson: March of 2010, legislation was passed in the state of Kentucky, naming your home town, Bowling Green, Kentucky, as the "Birthplace of Newgrass" and you, Sam Bush, as the "Father of Newgrass".
Sam Bush: Well that's a nice honor from the state of Kentucky. You know it's interesting, I can't think of myself that way because I have heros that I believe were already playing progressive style bluegrass, that had already deviated from the style of Bill Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers. Such as, that I may have mentioned earlier, The Country Gentleman and especially The Ozborne Brothers, and the Dillards. But John Duffey, with The Country Gentleman, I always thought he was the father of new bluegrass (laughing), so it's a nice honor and one that I really appreciate the Kentucky legislature doing.

Bronson: Do you have anything coming up? Any events, any recordings, anything you want to talk about and get out there to the folks?
Sam Bush: Actually I'm in the process of looking through some past musical performances, because we've recorded a lot of them. That's one thing I'm doing, I just want to look at sort of a catalog of things to see what could also be released. In the meantime I'm still writing along, hoping to get some writing done this week with some friends and really, once I get more tunes assembled, then I'll know which direction we're going to record in next time.

Bronson: Sam, I really appreciate it. I know you are busy and it's an honor to talk to you. Like I said man, for over 40 years I've been one of your biggest fans, flying your flag. It's funny 'cause I know you've played all over the world and I have too, and everywhere I go they know Sam Bush.
Sam Bush: Well I'm fortunate in that way. Maybe it's the kind of thing where if you just keep at it, (laughing) keep doing it long enough, everybody knows you're serious and you're gonna hang around.

Bronson: Well I think you're secure, I believe that. Sam, I appreciate it so much.
Sam Bush: Hey, thank you.

You can find out much more about Sam Bush on his web site at

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