Thursday, May 24, 2012
Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” Named to the National Recording Registry by Library of Congress Dolly Parton
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Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” Named to the National Recording Registry by Library of Congress
Nashville, TN (May 24, 2012) – Dolly Parton’s self-penned song “Coat of Many Colors” added to The Library of Congress National Recording Registry. Each year the Library of Congress selects 25 recordings that are “historically”, “culturally”, or “aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old to be added to the National Recording Registry, with selections that are being added to the registry now bringing the total number of recordings to 350.
The autobiographical song, "Coat of Many Colors," affectionately recounts an impoverished childhood in the hills of Tennessee that was made rich by the love of her family. The song was instrumental in establishing Parton’s credibility as a songwriter. Her voice uplifts the song with emotion and tender remembrances of her close-knit musical family. Parton has called "Coat of Many Colors" the favorite of her compositions because of the attitude and philosophy it reflects. Parton's prolific songwriting career has embraced many different musical styles, including pop, jazz and bluegrass, as well as country. Dolly Parton was voted the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year for 1975 and 1976, and the its Entertainer of the Year in 1978. She also was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
The goal is for this nation to continue to invest in the preservation of the selections on the National Recording Registry so they will forever be preserved for future generations to know. This is part of the Library’s mission that has been Congressionally mandated. Nominations for inclusion are gathered from online submissions from the public and from the National Recording Preservation Board, which comprises leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.
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Hello fellow players, Lets discuss the heart of steel guitars today. The heart is not the pickup because most pickups are the same technically. The heart is the mechanism that actually raises and lowers the strings. They are pretty similar on most guitars in this day and time. Steel guitars have got about the same style of raise and lower parts. Things that are different in the mechanism are the ratios between the pulls. The method of raising and lowering the string is done with a raise finger and a lowering finger that are both connected to a cam that pivots on a cross bar just behind the pickup. The Sho-Bud Professional uses a two-finger mechanism that works by pivoting right behind the pickup. Right behind the bridge it uses a system that pivots and does not rub against anything. It just uses rivets to pivot on to operate the raise and lower cam. The advantage of this is that there is no finger rubbing against the cam to wear it out. The advantage of this method is that it works very well because of the method it uses to transfer vibration into the body into the pivot cam. However the new Mullen guitars are pretty astounding in being as precise as they are, even their newest steel guitars are pretty well on top of this situation. Both Mullen and GFI use extremely hard material for the raise-lower cam. Most steel guitars today have a cam that is pivoting on the lowering finger itself. Although this works very well, the life that it has to pivot is sort of short because the pivot itself cuts into the cam. Steel guitars like the Sho-Bud SuperPros can have a shorter life because of the soft material used in the finger cam. The lowering finger will actually cut into the cam itself in very little time because of the softness of this zinc material. The tuning stays quite precise in these old Sho-Bud methods, however there is a problem with ratios and wear. The standard method that most manufacturers use today uses three fingers. Quite easy to understand and build, but they dont really stay in tune the way you would expect a newer guitar to. Great methods to use have a three-piece finger with the cam being made of a very hard material or a roller installed on the end of the cam finger on the shank of the roller cam assembly itself. New ways of doing these things that work extremely well are like the new Jackson method. It raises and lowers from both ends. This is very easy to see because youre not putting all the wear at the same place to raise and lower the string. Youre actually wearing the string at one end and not wearing it at the other end. This method has some very positive quirks. The older original Sho-Bud mechanism that uses a two-piece finger actually does not wear and sounds very good, but has trouble in getting the correct ratios to raise and lower the string. Almost all the steel guitars being built today are using the three-piece finger method to raise and lower the string. Not real bad, but there has to be something better out there. David Jackson of Jackson Guitars is obviously working hard to try to develop something along these lines. The guitars that pull from both ends that he builds and the Jackson single neck with the new broken finger style mechanism are both very inventive guitars and his work on the new cable guitar is showing great promise also. As we all know, light aircraft of all kinds use cables to control the aerodynamic control surfaces. This has worked very good for many years in aircraft because it is light, very strong and only makes noise in some aircraft when you are nearing stall and getting into a buffet stage when aerodynamics slap the cable around inside the wings and fuselage. Weight and ease of maintenance are both good reasons to look into cable for carrying the steel guitar design into the next level of evolution. Saying that steel guitar has reached its peak in design is a long way from fact, however if built correctly with the right material, methods today do a very good job of delivering you much precision as most people require regardless of level of playing quality. Steel guitar has come so far, but yet looks like it hasnt even moved in the last twenty years. Methods of steel guitar manufacturing, types of silk screen, automatic machine work and builders using better materials for the wearing surfaces has taken us many steps ahead of where we started. When I started out with steel guitar in the early fifties there were no mechanisms to raise strings. When this style of steel was invented and deemed feasible to play so much more on any neck or tuning, things moved forward quickly with Paul Bigsby taking the first little tiny step and then the great Wright Custom steel guitar raising and lowering any string and still building a guitar with good tone. And then the next big step forward was the Fender 1000, a guitar that anybody could buy without waiting from your local music store. Then we had the Sho-Bud that everybody clamored for and things have branched out beautifully from this point. We will be closed Monday for Memorial Day but there will be a newsletter and Ill come up with a special. Check out our monthly specials at http://www.steelguitar.net/monthlyspecials.html and well try to save you a lot of money. Your buddy, Bobbe www.steelguitar.net firstname.lastname@example.org www.youtube.com/bobbeseymour Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM 4PM Monday Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday
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TIM MCGRAW PARTNERS WITH CHASE TO AWARD 25 HOMES TO VETERANS DURING HIS SUMMER TOUR
Memorial Day Concert For Military Members During Fleet Week In New York City Launches Nationwide Home Award Program, LIVE Broadcast on
YouTube and The Pentagon Channel
YouTube and The Pentagon Channel
Nashville, TN- May 24, 2012- Country music superstar Tim McGraw is launching a nationwide program called HomeFront in partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront to award mortgage-free homes to wounded warriors and servicemembers in need at each concert of his summer tour.
Additionally, both ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, and The Premier Group on behalf of the North Carolina Furniture Manufacturers, have made substantial contributions to support the program throughout the summer.
McGraw has a long history and deep interest in supporting veterans and military families and wanted to find another way to honor our vets and give back to them for their commitment and service to our country. To kick-start the HomeFront program, McGraw will perform a special Memorial Day concert of remembrance and gratitude for servicemembers at New York City's Beacon Theatre during Fleet Week in partnership with Chase and the United Service Organizations (USO). The show will be streamed live via YouTube and to military bases around the world on The Pentagon Channel. (http://www.livefromthehomefront.com; http://www.youtube.com/countrynow; http://www.pentagonchannel.mil).
“My sister’s a veteran of the first Gulf War. My uncle was a Vietnam veteran and my grandfather was a World War II veteran. I've always felt a deep sense of respect and obligation to our troops,” says McGraw. "Being able to reward them for their dedicated work with a new home will be even more rewarding for us. It feels so good to give back to them, and to have the opportunity to entertain them on Memorial Day is something I'm honored to do."
“We are grateful to our servicemembers, veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices,” said Frank Bisignano, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Mortgage Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co. “We are honored to partner with Tim McGraw and Operation Homefront to award mortgage-free homes. It’s a small way to say thank you to people who have done so much to protect our nation and our freedom.”
On June 2 in Tampa, McGraw will begin what is anticipated to be the biggest stadium tour in country music history. The Brothers of the Sun Tour with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will hit the nation's biggest stadiums through August.
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 50 million consumers and small businesses through more than 5,500 bank branches, 17,500 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com.
About Operation Homefront:
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 22 Chapters and has met more than 590,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.
About the USO:
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.
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