Tuesday, May 22, 2012

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM READIES FOR CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL


COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
 READIES FOR CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH PACKED LINEUP
OF AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS AND ARTIST PERFORMANCES
 
Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT,
Features Appearances by Lee Brice, Lee Greenwood, Casey James, Tracy Lawrence, Love and Theft, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Joanna Smith and Josh Thompson
 
Singer-Songwriter Kellie Pickler Performs Songwriter Session and Steve Wariner, c.g.p. Performs Tribute to Chet Atkins
 
            NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 22, 2012 – As thousands of country music fans prepare to converge on Nashville in June for the CMA Music Festival, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum stands ready to greet them with special programs and events.  During June 5-9, museum visitors will be able to attend autograph signings and/or performances featuring both new and legendary artists.
 
            Foremost among the museum’s Music Fest-week events is the return of its series Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT, which will include autograph signings with Lee Brice, Lee Greenwood, the Oak Ridge Boys and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride and performances and autograph signings with Casey James, Tracy Lawrence, Love and Theft, Joanna Smith and Josh Thompson. The museum will also present a special Songwriter Session with Kellie Pickler and a tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame member Chet Atkins by Steve Wariner, c.g.p.  Museum admission is not required for Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT events; however, a purchase of artists’ merchandise from the Museum Store is necessary to participate in the autograph signings.  The Songwriter Session and Chet Atkins tribute are included with museum admission and are free to museum members.
 
            Visitors who present their official CMA Music Festival badge at the door and those who participate in autograph signings will receive $3 off adult general admission to the museum. Music Fest week will also be a chance for visitors to see the new major exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country, which opened on March 23.
 
            A schedule of Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT events, other museum programming and special museum hours for CMA Music Festival week is below:
 
 
Monday, June 4, 2012
Museum hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Museum hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
6:00-9:00 p.m. Hot Nights at the Hall with David Nail
This museum members-only event includes live music, food, autograph signings and exclusive access to the museum.  Visitors who wish to attend may purchase a museum membership in advance or at the event. A free event pass will also be required for admittance; see the museum’s website for details on how to obtain one.
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Museum hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.       Josh Thompson: Performance and Signing                      Plaza, Museum Store
Thompson will sign his product purchased from the Museum Store.
 
3:00 p.m.         Oak Ridge Boys: Signing                                                    Museum Store            
The Oak Ridge Boys will sign their book American Journey, their CDs The Boys Are Back, The Definitive Collection, and Oak Ridge Boys Gold, as well as Joe Bonsall's books G.I. Joe and Lillie and From My Perspective.
 
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Museum hours 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m.       Tracy Lawrence: Performance and Signing                     Plaza, Museum Store
 Lawrence will sign his CD Tracy Lawrence – The Singer.
 
1:00 p.m.         Joanna Smith: Performance and Signing                         Plaza, Museum Store
Smith will sign her product purchased from the Museum Store.
 
3:00 p.m.         Lee Greenwood: Signing                                                    Museum Store
Greenwood will sign his book Does God Still Bless the USA?: A Plea for a Better America.
 
5:00 p.m.         Lee Brice: Signing                                                              Museum Store
Brice will sign his CD Hard 2 Love.
 
Friday, June 8, 2012
Museum hours 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.       Charley Pride: Signing                                                        Museum Store
Pride will sign his CDs Did You Think to Pray, Choices, Pride & Joy and The Ultimate Hits.
 
12:30 p.m.       Casey James: Performance and Signing                           Plaza, Museum Store
James will sign his CD Casey James.
 
3:00 p.m.         Love and Theft: Performance and Signing                      Plaza, Curb Courtyard
Love and Theft will be doing a signing following their performance.
 
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Museum hours 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 11:30 a.m.      Kellie Pickler: Songwriter Session and Signing                Ford Theater, Museum Store
A top-ten finalist on the fifth season of American Idol, Pickler co-wrote her hits “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “The Best Days of Your Life.” She also co-wrote most of the songs on her latest album, 100 Proof. Following the program, Pickler will sign copies of her CD 100 Proof in the Museum Store. 
 
2:00 p.m.         Steve Wariner: Intimate Performance and                       Ford Theater
                        Tribute to Chet Atkins                                                        
Wariner has recorded dozens of hits, including the chart toppers “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “Two Teardrops” and “I'm Already Taken.” He has earned Grammy and CMA awards for his singing, songwriting, instrumental work, and diverse musical collaborations. Chet Atkins, an inspiration and advocate for Wariner, signed him to RCA, produced his first recording session, and later dubbed him a c.g.p. (certified guitar player)—one of only five guitarists to receive this distinction. In 2009, Wariner released the album c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins. This concert, presented in support of the exhibit Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, Made Possible by the Gretsch Company, will be streamed live at www.countrymusichalloffame.org. Following the program, Wariner will sign copies of his CDs.  
  
             The Songwriter Session and Wariner’s concert are included with museum admission ($20 for adults, $12 for children ages 6 to 17, and free for children under 6). Seating for the programs is limited, and program passes are required for admittance. (Visit the museum’s website for complete admission and signing details.)
 
             Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT performances do not require admission.  Please note: signing passes are required for all autograph signings and will be included with transaction at time of purchase of artists’ product.  Most signing passes can be obtained on the museum’s website now. They can also be obtained in the Museum Store beginning on June 1 at 9:30 a.m. CDT. List of confirmed artists is subject to change.   Please visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org to view an up-to-date schedule and signing guidelines.
 
             The museum offers discounted admission ($18) to seniors (60 and older), the military and students (with valid IDs).  Group rates are available for tours of 15 or more.  There is no charge to visit the Curb Conservatory or the Museum Store. 
 
             Museum programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. 
 
             Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum's mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum's Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
 
            More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.

George Jones Hospitalized Again




George Jones is in the hospital again with a respiratory infection. A spokesman says the 80-year-old singer will undergo testing and evaluation for a lingering upper respiratory infection at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. His concert dates through June will be rescheduled where possible.
Jones spent about a week in the hospital in March and hasn't returned to the stage since. He was to perform this weekend at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Jones will miss seven more shows in Georgia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arizona and Nevada.

Award Winning Band HERRICK Returns to BAMAJAM

Award Winning Band HERRICK Returns to BAMAJAM


Herrick2012.jpgNashville, TN --- Herrick, has been added to the roster of stellar performers for the 2012 edition of BamaJam, arguably the South’s most spectacular outdoor entertainment extravaganza. The Nashville based band recently pocketed the prestigious Country Song Award in the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMA) for “Cry Memphis” from the band’s 2012 debut album NEW DANCE.

Herrick makes a triumphant return to BamaJam with the dynamic musicianship and intricate harmonies that proved to be a winning combination in the 2010 Jim Beam Battle of the Bands at the famed Alabama music festival.

Fresh off their IMA win, the band returns to BamaJam 2012 joining a star-studded roster that includes Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Eric Church and Gov’t Mule, to name a few. Herrick is set to perform on June 14th at the fest.

From the BamaJam Music Festival to the Grand Ole Opry, Herrick continues to grip music fans and industry professionals alike with a dynamic live show combined with compelling songwriting and comprehensive instrumentation, posing a triple threat affair that has established the band with a stronghold on the touring circuit with an average 125 shows a year.

NEW DANCE is produced by Herrick with Buddy Cannon and Michael Bonagura and released on Breakaway Entertainment. The forthcoming single “Do You Love Me” will hit radio this summer. Herrick is comprised of Donna Herrick (mandolin/lead vocals), Kerry Herrick (bass/vocals), Zach Ballard (drums/percussion), and Jefferson Rogers (lead guitar/lap steel/acoustic guitar).

Check out www.herricklive.com for show dates and ticket information.            

BamaJam 2012 is a production of BamaJam Productions, LLC. For more information about BamaJam, please visit www.bamajam2012.com

NO PART OF NOTHIN’ Album by Alan Tompkins Releasing June 5, 2012

NO PART OF NOTHIN’ Album by Alan Tompkins
Releasing June 5, 2012
 
Includes: Sam Bush, Randy Kohrs, Ron Stewart,
Kenny & Amanda Smith & more!
 

 
Bluegrass multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, ALAN TOMPKINS is proud to announce the June 5, 2012 album release, NO PART OF NOTHIN.  The album features a lineup of incredibly talented musicians and singers, many of whom are Grammy® or IBMA award winners or nominees.  The list includes Sam Bush, Deryl Dodd, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Ron Stewart, Stephen Mougin, Gerald Jones, Greg Cahill, Ned Luberecki, Mike Bub, Randy Kohrs, Brad Davis, Nate Lee, Bobby Davis, and Steve Rhian.  
 
"Amanda and I had a great time working on this project with Alan and all the great players, and we are really pleased with how it turned out,” said Kenny Smith.
 
The first single release, “This World Is Not My Home,” includes Alan on vocals with Deryl Dodd singing harmony, as well as Randy Kohrs on resophonic guitar, Ned Luberecki on banjo, Stephen Mougin on guitar, Gerald Jones on mandolin, and Mike Bub slapping the upright bass. 
 
BLUEGRASS TODAY calls Alan Tompkins “a true Renaissance man” and the title certainly fits.  A native of the farming and coal mining country of western Kentucky, Alan grew up steeped in the sounds of classic country, gospel, and bluegrass music.  He performed in several bands in his home town of Madisonville, Kentucky before moving to Texas in 1983, where he would earn MBA and law degrees at SMU.  Alan is the founder and President of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, a non-profit charitable organiza­tion dedicated to the preservation and promotion of bluegrass music in America.  The Foundation produced and distributed Fanning the Fire, an award-winning short documentary film that has screened in more than 20 film festivals across the United States, in 2011.
 
Please visit AlanTompkins.com where you can purchase the new single available as a digital download or order your copy of the album NO PART OF NOTHIN’ releasing June 5, 2012.  The album is now available free to radio at airplaydirect.com/alantompkins.
 
For more information about the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Fanning the Fire is available at BluegrassHeritage.org.

Joey + Rory Choose Honesty as a Success Strategy


Joey + Rory Choose Honesty as a Success Strategy
By Randy Rudder
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
One morning at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, the meat-and-three restaurant owned by Rory Feek's wife Joey Martin and Rory’s sister Marcy Gary in unincorporated Pottsville, Tenn., Joey was running late because she was trying to rescue a neighbor’s calf who had wandered onto their farm.
“I saw Joey go out this morning, and I came outside about 15 minutes later and I couldn’t see her anywhere. Then way over the ridge, I see her head pop up every few seconds and she was stripping,” Rory said, with a laugh. “When I went out to see what was going on, she was there with her jacket wrapped around a 6-hour-old baby calf that was freezing, trying to warm it up. So I tweeted about it this morning. I wrote, ‘My wife: the artist and cow whisperer. Another reason I love her.’”
Rory is, of course, known for his trademark blue bib overalls and blond pompadour. He owns a ’52 Oldsmobile and loves Country Music. When Joey is not on the road with him, she helps Marcy cook and serve fried chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and chocolate Coca-Cola cakes at the Mealhouse, a onetime 19th-century general store that had been used as a seasonal fruit stand until it was abandoned. After the trio purchased it, Joey and Rory did most of the renovations to it as well as to the home that sits on their 8-acre farm, where they raise Rory’s bull, Shooter. Every June, the Feeks host more than a thousand of their closest friends and fans at their annual ”Bib and Buckle Fest,” with barbecue and music in their own backyard. Seriously, can you get any more Country than that?
Embracing who they are was central to establishing them as one of Country Music’s top new vocal duos during Season One of CMT’s “Can You Duet.” “The PR and label people that we work with are fine with it, but Nashville, in particular the music business, has worked very hard over the past couple of decades to distance itself from the ‘Hee Haw’ stereotype,” Feek said. “Some people are actually a little embarrassed by our heritage, and overalls reinforce that image they are trying to shed. They want to shed the Country image from Country Music, and apparently I cause some problems with that. But I wore these for years before I started performing, so it wasn’t like I was just trying to create something that wasn’t me.”
“Rory has a very unique look — and I don’t just say that because I cut his hair,” Martin said, smiling. “I think it’s a timeless look. It’s just his persona and his profile. Even when you take him out of the overalls, he still has an image. We were in California one time and somebody came over to the table where we were sitting. This guy had a surfboard in his hand and he said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m a huge fan of your songwriting. I love what you guys do.”
“After ‘Can You Duet’ was over, it wasn’t long before we would be walking down the street, and somebody would pass us and then turn around and drive all the way back to talk to us because they recognized us from a block away,” he added. “That’s when we realized that, wow, maybe they’re right. This thing might be a pretty strong branding thing visually, even though it wasn’t something we consciously planned. And Joey is usually dressed like a cowgirl, so those two elements have worked well together. We have made all of our music videos at our home too, or at the restaurant and around our lives, using nothing but the people in our lives — no actors and no sets. That has helped us to keep it authentic.”
“A lot of very talented artists who come to town don’t have a very definable image, whether it’s through their music or the way they look or the way they dress,” said Joey + Rory’s publicist, Craig Campbell, President, Campbell Entertainment Group. “So you try to dig into who they are, their background or hobbies — something that can give you a little direction to go. It’s got to be something that is already there that you build on. It can’t be just fabricated out of nothing or fans will be able to tell.”
“Country Music is a great big world,” Feek concluded. “Instead of having to market to the fringe all the time to make it extremely hip and cool, we can also spend a lot of our efforts marketing to people right here in Middle America. Those people matter too. They don’t live on the coasts, but it’s a huge segment of our audience, and those people are not embarrassed by our heritage. I know the industry people are just trying to appeal to a broader audience, but we can’t please everybody. If we are not careful, we can end up losing our core audience by trying to be all things to all people.”
On the Web: www.JoeyAndRory.com

LMFAO knacken die 1 Millionen-Grenze bei Downloads + Live beim Greenville Festival im Juli

LMFAO knacken die 1 Millionen-Grenze bei Downloads + Live beim Greenville Festival im Juli
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LMFAO knacken die 1 Millionen-Grenze bei Downloads + Live beim Greenville Festival im Juli
Auch 2012 bleiben LMFAO auf Erfolgskurs und haben am vergangenen Sonntag bei den Billboard Awards sechs Preise abgeräumt, darunter den Award für "Top Duo/Group", "Top Hot 100 Song" und "Top Digital Song"! Nachdem sie im Februar den Ritterschlag von Madonna erhalten und mit ihr gemeinsam beim Super Bowl performt haben, folgt nun ein Award-Preisregen und besonderes Edelmetall: LMFAO haben hierzulande die 1 Millionen-Grenze in digitalen Verkäufen durchbrochen! Den Digital Award wird das Duo Ende Juli beim Greenville Festival in Empfang nehmen.

Nachdem sie im vergangenen Jahr mit ihrem Mega-Hit "Party Rock Anthem" den internationalen Durchbruch gefeiert haben, gab es für LMFAO kein Halten mehr: Platz 1 in den deutschen Charts, Platin-Auszeichnung und weitere Hits im Köcher, die die Charts aufgemischt haben. "Champagne Showers", "Sexy And I Know It" und der Titeltrack sowie das Album "Sorry For Party Rocking" setzten sich rund um den Globus auf den Top-Positionen der Charts fest. Für LMFAO gab es reichlich Edelmetall, doch jetzt folgt ein ganz besonderer Award aus Deutschland: LMFAO werden ausgezeichnet für über 1 Million digitale Verkäufe! Den Digital Award werden Redfoo (Stefan Kendal Gordy) und SkyBlue (Skyler Husten Gordy) im Juli in Empfang nehmen, wenn sie für das Greenville Festival nach Deutschland kommen.

Das Greenville Festival feiert vom 27. bis 29. Juli Premiere. In Paaren/Glien, ca. 30km westlich von Berlin gelegen, werden die innovativsten und interessantesten Acts der nationalen und internationalen Musikszene live zu sehen sein. Aufgeschlossenheit und Toleranz gegenüber neuen Entwicklungen gehören dabei zu einer der prägenden Charaktereigenschaften des Festivals, die sich auch im Line-Up widerspiegeln: Neben LMFAO werden The Roots, Iggy & The Stooges, The Flaming Lips, Donots, Dizzee Rascal, Kyla La Grange, Noah and the Whale, The Airborne Toxic Event, Triggerfinger und viele viele andere auf der Festival-Bühne stehen. Alle weiteren Infos gibt es unter www.greenvillefestival.com.

Hank Williams, Jr.’s New Album “Old School, New Rules” set for July 10th release

Hank Williams, Jr.’s New Album “Old School, New Rules”
set for July 10th release


New single “That Ain’t Good” going to radio

Duet tracks with Brad Paisley & Merle Haggard highlights of album
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 22, 2012) – Blaster Records, in association with Warner Music Nashville, announces the details of the upcoming Hank Williams, Jr. album set for release on July 10, 2012.  The twelve-song package, available for pre-sale now at www.hankjr.com, will include a duet with Brad Paisley on “I’m Gonna Get Drunk And Play Hank Williams” as well as a new duet with the legendary Merle Haggard on his classic “I Think I’ll Just Sit Here and Drink.” Williams’ first single in several years, “That Ain’t Good”, has just been shipped to radio with a companion video being produced in coming weeks.

“I’m excited about this new album,” Hank said.  “I’m definitely ‘Old School’, and I am making music with ‘New Rules’.  People know I’m gonna say exactly what I think and this album is exactly that.”

“Old School, New Rules” is the first album on Hank Williams, Jr.’s new label imprint, Bocephus Records, with a licensing deal with Blaster Records under a Warner Music Nashville distribution deal.

With more than 70 albums to his credit, sales of 55 million records, countless awards including 5-time Entertainer of the Year awards (ACM & CMA), BMI Icon Award, a Grammy, and most recently in 2009 the Academy of Country Music “Pioneer Award,” Williams is a living legend. His discography chronicles a bold profile of growth from adored offspring of a legendary father, to titan of the modern country rock movement in his own right. For two decades, America came to its collective feet each fall Monday night when this larger than life superman of a musician looked into the camera and unleashed the national anthem for viewers of Monday Night Football – ‘Are You Ready for Some Football?’ Those simple words have won Williams an entirely new generation of fans and given him the distinction of being the first country performer to ever win an Emmy.

Track Listing:
1.     Takin’ Back The Country
2.     I’m Gonna Get Drunk And Play Hank Williams (with Brad Paisley)
3.     Three Day Trip
4.     Old School
5.     We Don’t Apologize for America
6.     You Win Again
7.     Cow Turd Blues
8.     Who’s Takin’ Care of Number One
9.     That Ain’t Good
10.  Keep The Change
11.  Stock Market Blues
12.  I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink (with Merle Haggard)

THE ROYS Host An Intimate Hour Of Music And Talk On 650 AM WSM Radio's Guest Artist Series Tomorrow At 2 p.m. CDT

THE ROYS Host An Intimate Hour Of Music And Talk On 650 AM WSM Radio's Guest Artist Series Tomorrow At 2 p.m. CDT 


  Award-Winning Bluegrass Brother/Sister Duo Booked For Two Shows, Tuesday, May 22 and Tuesday, June 26


  Roys closeup w instruments  Anthony Ladd 

 
Nashville, TN (May 21, 2012) -- Award-winning Bluegrass brother/sister duo THE ROYS host 650 AM WSM Radio's Guest Artist Series tomorrow from 2 - 3 p.m. The show, unique to radio, gives the guest artists a chance to play some of their own hits, along with some of their all-time favorite tracks by other entertainers. Listeners will hear "stories behind the songs" and what makes certain records meaningful to the hosts. With their current single, Trailblazer, moving to the #4 spot on June's Power Source Bluegrass Top 35 Chart, it is obvious that Lee and Elaine know a good song when they hear one. Listeners can expect a broad range of genres and an eclectic mix of artists from these "temporary" deejays.

"We believe it all begins with a song," notes Lee Roy. "So for us, this is a really cool format for a show." For Elaine Roy, the opportunity is one they've worked hard to fit into their busy schedule of touring, TV appearances and recording. "We've wanted to do this show for a very long time," she says. "The stars finally lined up for us, and we plan to make the most of it."

The duo's upcoming schedule is jam-packed; CMA Music Festival week will find them riding in the event's opening day Parade and performing songs from their current CD, LONESOME WHISTLE, on the Chevy Acoustic, Durango Acoustic Corner and Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau stages. THE ROYS will also entertain fans and sign autographs at one of their favorite venues, the world-famous Ernest Tubb Record Shop in downtown Nashville.

For Joe Limardi, 650 AM WSM's Operations Manager, THE ROYS bring a special spark to all their engagements. "I'm looking forward to the chemistry that Elaine and Lee have on stage to come through the speakers during their upcoming guest hour," he states. "Better not blink, it'll go quickly and most definitely be fun!" THE ROYS will return for a second Guest Artist Series appearance on Tuesday, June 26.

Fans can listen to both shows online at 650 AM WSM and can catch up with Lee and Elaine on www.theroysonline.com.

ORBO & THE LONGSHOTS ARRIVE IN AMERICA WITH PRAIRIE SUN

ORBO & THE LONGSHOTS ARRIVE IN AMERICA WITH PRAIRIE SUN 

 Rootsy rock band's new album features guest appearance from Delbert McClinton

Album currently streaming on AOL Music.
Orbo & The Longshots Album CoverNorwegian Grammy winners ORBO and the Longshots are ready to make their mark on America with their debut U.S. release, Prairie Sun. The album has garnered advance praise from the music press as well as from radio programmers, who have taken to songs like "Magic" and "Highway Tears." Prairie Sun is currently streaming on AOL Music.

 "Highway Tears" | Video (approved for posting)

Prairie Sun was recorded in Cotati, California at Prairie Sun Studios, which has hosted artists such as Paul McCartney, Neko Case, and Tom Waits, provided the perfect mix of vintage gear and a rural setting that added to the organic feel of the new record. The band was so pleased with their experience there that they named both a song-and then the entire album-after the studio.The record was produced by ORBO and Erick Jaskowiak (Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley and Del McCoury) and features special guests Delbert McClinton, Fats Kaplan (Buddy Miller, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks) and John Jorgenson (Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs).
  
Says ORBO, "We play rock 'n' roll with a rootsy American twist-some gospel, some country, blues and more-and this time out, we found a way to blend the way we sound live and the way we sound in the studio on one album."

Advance press reviews for Prairie Sun have been stellar, with Chuck Dauphin of Nashville's Music City News calling ORBO and the Longshots"One of the best international acts I have heard in a long, long time!" and OA.NO in Norway proclaiming that "Prairie Sun is rock solid and magnificent...A shining masterpiece."

The quintet takes its names from the initials of the group's charismatic founder, guitarist and frontman, Ole Reinert Berg-Olsen, and he is joined by Longshots Ine Tumyr (vocals, percussion), Reidar Opdal (piano, vocals) Paul Inge Vikingstad (bass) and Stian Tumyr (drums).
  
A late summer/early fall tour will be announced soon.

Country Music News International May 22. 2012


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Hunting Lady Kate, Allen Karl, Donna Cunnigham im Vienna Country Western Club


Ein Überraschungsabend

Am 14. April 2012 besuchten Franz und ich nach längerer Abstinenz eine Veranstaltung im Vienna Country Western Club im 10. Bezirk, Neilreichgasse 72. Angesagt war ein Abend mit >Hunting Lady Kate< , www.huntingladykate.com, die ich zwar schon seit vielen Jahren kenne aber noch nie live gehört hatte. Die Neugier war daher entsprechend groß.

Vor voll besetztem Haus bot >Hunting Lady Kate< mit raumfüllender, da klassisch ausgebildeter Stimme und halbplayback ein facettenreiches Programm mit sowohl traditionellen als auch den allerneuesten modernen Countrysongs . Eine Ausnahme davon bildete ein mit dem Gast Kurt auf deutsch gesungene Lied >Der alte Sünder<, dieses Lied wurde zwei anderen Gästen gewidmet – doch davon später.

>Hunting Lady Kate< ist in Pennsylvania unter den Top 50 mit ihrem Song >Wave on Wave< auf Platz 2. Ihre Liebe zur Countrymusic hat sie im Laufe der Jahre sehr oft in die USA geführt und dazu, daß sie eine eigene Radiosendung moderiert. Eine dieser Sendungen hieß >Men I love to hear< und das hatte weitreichende Folgen. Davon erfuhren wir nun nach der Pause.

Im Publikum befanden sich zwei Ausnahmekünstler aus den USA, derzeit unterwegs auf Europa-Tournee. Doch obwohl Österreich nicht auf dem Tour-Plan stand waren sie privat von Irland nach Wien geflogen, um >Hunting Lady Kate< persönlich kennen zu lernen. Das nennt man eine Ehre! Beim Kennnenlernen blieb es jedoch nicht, denn beide Künstler ließen es sich nicht nehmen, den weiteren Abend zu bestreiten.

Den Anfang machte >ALLEN KARL< aus Pennsylvania, www.allenkarlproductionsllc.com, Countrysänger, Entertainer, mit internationalen Auszeichnungen, der seit seinem 12 Lebensjahr sich mit Country- und Western-Musik identifiziert und sie am Leben erhält. Er hatte natürlich eine Menge verschiedener CD’s dabei, unter anderem die Award-Gewinnerin >My Final Rose< oder >Your Name Is On My Lips Again<, ein wunderschönes Duett das er hier mit >DONNA CUNNINGHAM< live zum besten gab. Auch >Donna Cunningham< www.donnacmusic.com ist Entertainerin und vielfach ausgezeichnete Countrysängerin seit ihrer Kindheit und von ihr erhielt ich die neue CD >Out of The Blue<.

Somit hatte der Abend im VCWC eine total überraschende und erbauliche Wendung genommen. Danke an >Hunting Lady Kate< und Norbert Girsa.
Text und Fotos: Eliza 










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