Thursday, May 31, 2012

DWIGHT YOAKAM AND CAA MUSIC DEPARTMENT HEAD ROB LIGHT TO PARTICIPATE AT THIRD ANNUAL BILLBOARD COUNTRY MUSIC


GRAMMY-WINNING COUNTRY SUPERSTAR DWIGHT YOAKAM AND CAA MUSIC DEPARTMENT HEAD ROB LIGHT TO PARTICIPATE AT THIRD ANNUAL BILLBOARD COUNTRY MUSIC SUMMIT IN ASSOCIATION WITH CMA

Yoakam and Light to Join Willie Nelson and Luke Bryan at the High-Profile, Two-Day Event on June 4-5 in Nashville
NEW YORK, NY – May 31, 2012 - Billboard, the world’s premier music brand, today announced that Grammy-winning Country superstar Dwight Yoakam will participate in a Superstar Q&A and the head of CAA’s music department, Rob Light, will participate in an executive keynote at the Third Annual Billboard Country Music Summit in association with the Country Music Association (CMA). Yoakam and Light will be joining Country Music legend Willie Nelson and rising star Luke Bryan at the two-day conference, set to take place in Nashville on June 4-5 at the Cannery Ballroom. The event will gather today’s top players in Country Music to network and discuss all aspects of the Country Music business.
Dwight Yoakam, an artist who has transcended the Country Music genre to become an innovator and entrepreneur, will participate in the Superstar Keynote Q&A session titled, “Guitars, Cadillacs, and Innovation: A Conversation about the Future with Dwight Yoakam.” The Singer/songwriter/actor/writer/director redefined Country Music from his debut album in 1986, the neo-traditional honky-tonk epic, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. One of the most respected singer-songwriters in any genre, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums, and has charted more than 30 singles, with 22 going Top 20, and received eight CMA Award nominations. Beyond the music genre, Yoakam is a critically-acclaimed actor, with star turns in such successful films as “Sling Blade,” “Panic Room,” “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” and “Four Christmases”; and Yoakam co-wrote, starred in, produced and wrote the soundtrack for “South of Heaven, West of Hell.” Yoakam, a walking music encyclopedia, is set to release his first studio album in seven years on Warner Bros. Records this fall, and conference attendees will get the rare opportunity to hear what else is in store for Dwight Yoakam, as well as his insightful take on where music is headed.
Rob Light, head of the Music Department, a partner, and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), will participate in an in-depth discussion about areas where Country Music is outperforming other genres, what the genre could do better, and a “big picture” view of the music business and the evolving role of the agency and how things might look 10 years from now. Under Light’s leadership, CAA’s Music department represents many of the world’s most popular and talented musical artists and comedians, and CAA Nashville’s team of agents represents a large and diverse range of artists including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Shania Twain, Alan Jackson, Amy Grant, Shooter Jennings, John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Martina McBride, and Willie Nelson. Respected throughout the industry for his innovative deal structures and ability to foresee and adapt to changes in the business environment, Light has led CAA’s Music Department to new heights by implementing an integrated services model that leverages CAA’s resources within the department and across the agency. In the session, titled “Country Music From An Aerial View: A Conversation with Rob Light,” he will share specific examples of strategies that have helped build or sustain artists’ careers.
“The Country Music Summit unites the leaders of all aspects of the business from the genre’s biggest and most dynamic artists to those responsible for propelling their careers,” says Billboard’s editorial director, Bill Werde. “Both Dwight Yoakam and Rob Light are innovators in their fields, and their participation will give attendees the chance to hear from trailblazers in talent as well as the talent management worlds.”
The Third Annual Country Summit will explore multiple segments of the business, including radio, touring, recording, publishing, and digital technologies. Previous keynote guests and panelists have included Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, and Martina McBride. Featuring two days of panel sessions, roundtable discussions and keynote interviews, the key stakeholders in Country Music will once again break down the most challenging issues and exciting opportunities in recording, radio, touring, sponsorships/branding, digital/mobile, and other areas. Like past years, the Billboard Country Music Summit program will kick off the activities leading up to the annual CMA Music Festival, which will be held June 7-10 in Nashville.
Additional speakers include John Hogan, Chairman/CEO, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment; J sider, Founder, RootMusic; Clint Higham, President, Morris Management Group; Ali  Harnell, senior VP, TMG/AEG Live; Clarence Spalding, President, Spalding Entertainment; Brock Jones, VP, Booking, Global Spectrum; Brian O’Connell, president, Live Nation Country Music; Tony Conway, CEO, Conway Entertainment Group; David Robkin, CEO, Bigger Picture Group; Phil Caruso, National Promotions Manager, Chevrolet; Rob Beckham, Agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; Curt Motley, Agent, Paradigm Talent; Kevin Neal, President, Buddy Lee Attractions; Marc Dennis, Agent, Creative Artists Agency; Ted Ellis, CMT Canada & President of the Canadian Country Music Association Board; John Lomax, President, Roots Music Exporters; Jonathan Leone, Co-Founder, Thrillcall; and Heather McBee, VP, Artist Development/Marketing & Web Initiatives, Sony Music Nashville. For a full list of speakers, please visit:  http://www.billboardevents.com/country/speakers
The Billboard Country Music Summit will be geared toward managers, artists, agents, radio programmers, label executives, mobile/digital executives, sponsorship professionals, business managers, promoters, the copyright community, publishers, songwriters, music supervisors, producers, and others closely associated with the Country Music business.   

Florida Georgia Line Is Cruisin’ Up

Florida Georgia Line Is Cruisin’ Up The Country Radio Charts As Their Debut Single Hits Top 50
On The Country Breakout Chart
 
County Rock Duo’s Single “Cruise” Is Going In To Overdrive With Over 20,000 Sold In Seven Weeks
 
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - (May 31, 2012) – Big Loud Mountain’s up and coming country rock duo Florida Georgia Line (FGL) is cruisin’ up the country radio charts with the impressive debut of their lead off single “Cruise.” The fun, summertime anthem has already landed inside the Top 50 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart and sold over 20,000 copies in just seven weeks. “Cruise” is featured on their new EP It’z Just What We Do produced by Joey Moi (Jake Owen, Nickelback). Debuting at No. 35 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart, the EP is available at all digital retailers.
 
Written by FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley along with Joey Moi, Chase Rice and Jesse Rice, “Cruise” is quickly becoming a fan favorite live and garnering rave reviews from country radio and critics alike. SiriusXM recently named “Cruise” a Highway Find. Music Row Magazine awarded the track the Discovery Award and writes After an a cappella intro, this takes off like a speedboat on a glassy lake. The track is rushing and wooshing, and the voices are sprightly. What more do you want? Get on board” while Roughstock says “…clean, crisp and rocking in all of the right places.” American Songwriter notes, “…it’s likely already attached itself into the heads of everyone who’s listened to it…”  
 
This electrifying duo will be cruising across the country this summer with the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour with Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, and Justin Moore.
 
The full-throttle excitement that Florida Georgia Line has carried to packed houses throughout the Southeast is now going nationwide. The duo - comprised of Tyler Hubbard from Monroe, Georgia and Brian Kelley from Ormond Beach, Florida - have turned their highly engaging brand of showmanship into opening slots for artists like Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford, and into a coveted spot on the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour. Florida Georgia Line has combined electrifying, hard-driving rock with honest, expressive lyrics into one of the most exciting sounds in all of country music. They’ve come a long way since their days as students at Nashville’s Belmont University, where they played local clubs and wrote songs between classes.
 
For more information on Florida Georgia Line and tour dates, visit www.FloridaGeorgiaLine.com

CHRIS CAGLE INTRODUCES LIFESTYLE ALBUM BACK IN THE SADDLE

CHRIS CAGLE INTRODUCES LIFESTYLE ALBUM
BACK IN THE SADDLE

New Album From Bigger Picture A Career Defining Record

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 31, 2012)–Bigger Picture Group hit-maker Chris Cagle will officially introduce his highly anticipated fifth in-studio album entitled
BACK IN THE SADDLE** set for a June 26, 2012 release date. The project is 100% Cagle proof, soaked in country rock, steeped in rural living and locked and loaded with hits.

Cagle’s introductory single “Got My Country On” makes it evident his imprint on the country music format is interminable. The single rocketed into the top 15 on the Billboard Country Charts and has garnered more than 420 million impressions to date. These are just the first impressions BACK IN THE SADDLE will make on radio, satisfying Cagleheads and new fans young and old.

The self proclaimed “redneck rock ‘n roller” proudly revealed he remains serious about his music and
BACK IN THE SADDLE highlights Cagle’s commitment to making music that sticks. Produced alongside ACM and CMA award winner Keith Stegall, the 11-song compilation indeed includes stories about women and whiskey, but this time with a different inference, intention and inflection. BACK IN THE SADDLE exposes and embraces reflection, resolve and a lifestyle that’s true to self. The album is his homecoming – a rekindling of his creative flame and a roaring reminder of his rock-infused country roots.  

The experience I've had making this record has rekindled the passion I had for music when I recorded my first record,” Cagle introduces. BACK IN THE SADDLE is MY life!  I wouldn't change anything about it; it is a record that I can live or die by and be content.  I have given the fans my heart and soul, if it’s not good enough, I can live with it. If it is good enough, well then, I can't wait to see what happens!”

Cagle penned five of the tracks (“Southern Girl,” “Something That Wild,” “Dance Baby, Dance,” “Now I Know What Mama Meant” and his next single release “Let There Be Cowgirls”); he collaborated with and tapped some of Nashville’s finest to create a “must hear” and ”must have” musical work of art. Cuts from tunesmiths Kelly Archer, Justin Weaver and Danny Myrick (Jason Aldean/Jo Dee Messina/Craig Morgan), Kim Tribble (Journey/Montgomery Gentry/Shania Twain), the Warren Bros. (Dierks Bentley/Toby Keith/Martina McBride/Tim McGraw) and more round out this career-defining project.

In celebration, Chris will make a pit stop in Music City, in-between an aggressive radio tour and scheduled show dates in Eagle Mountain, UT and Davis, OK, for a special appearance at CMA Fest-2012 in Nashville, TN. He will host his 2nd Annual Unbridled Concert on Friday evening, June 8, 2012 at the Wildhorse Saloon; the event will benefit Saddle-Up! a renowned therapeutic horseback-riding program that allows physically and mentally challenged children the opportunity to experience the joy of riding.

Cagle’s professional credits include two gold albums, two No. 1 albums and 12 charted singles. From 2000 -2008, Cagle released an impressive string of hits that launched a scorching hot career. Chris has graced the country singles charts with numerous hits--including five Top Tens. Earlier chart-toppers include “Laredo,” “Miss Me Baby,” “Country By The Grace Of God,” “What A Beautiful Day,”Chicks Dig It” and “What Kind Of Gone.” His first number one smash, “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” remains a fan favorite.  The “Got My Country On” single, ring tone and Cagle’s musical catalog is available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/n67Fj5

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Date                 City                                       Venue
June 1:             Temecula, CA                         Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
June 2:             Eagle Mountain, UT                 Pony Express Parkway
June 9:             Davis, OK                               The Cliff at Cedarvale
June 15:           Marinette, WI                          Porterfield Country Fest
June 16:           Anaheim, CA                           Angel Stadium of Anaheim
June 22:           Cadott, WI                              Country Fest 2012
June 23:           Walker, MN                             Moondance Jammin’ Country Fest

To learn more about Chris Cagle, visit http://chriscagle.com/.

BLUEBIRD CAFÉ KICKING OFF 30TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

FAMED BLUEBIRD CAFÉ KICKING OFF 30TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Full Week of Concerts Scheduled Beginning June 4, 2012
(Nashville, Tennessee...) - The famed Bluebird Café is turning 30, and an extended celebration will kickoff with a week of special daily performances from some of music's biggest artists and songwriters beginning Monday, June 4, 2012. Numerous homecoming shows, special concerts, guest appearances and events are planned each day that week and throughout the coming year.

"The entire Birthday week features a multitude of old and new friends coming together to celebrate the impact of The Bluebird Café," said GM Erika Wollam Nichols. "We appreciate our partner organizations, ASCAP, BMI, IBMA, NSAI, the Nashville Songwriters Foundation and SESAC helping us celebrate 30 years of songs at The Bluebird Café!"

Nichols also said that there is no way that one week could represent the famed venue's 30 year history, so they plan to celebrate all year long with returning friends and special performances.

The 30th Anniversary Kickoff Week includes:
Monday, June 4, 2012
-      Early Show: Open Mic Night
-      Late Show: A Songwriter's Tribute to Garth Brooks with Pat Alger, Tony
Arata, Kent Blazy, Victoria Shaw and Kim Williams - all writers who have written with, and for, Bluebird discovery, Garth Brooks.

Tuesday, June 5
-      Early Show: SESCAC Presents: Jon Stone, Brian White, Jim Lauderdale and
Brice Long - in Honor of The Bluebird
-      Late Show: Bluebird 30th Birthday Party starring Kathy Mattea, Crystal
Gayle and others.

Wednesday, June 6
-      Early Show: ASCAP Presents: Walt Aldridge, Dave Berg, Eric Paslay and
Carly Pearce - in Honor of The Bluebird
-       Late Show: Writers at the Bar with Vince Gill, J. Fred Knobloch and Don
Schlitz and others. Instead of the traditional round on the stage or in the middle of the club, the writers will be sitting at the bar!

Thursday, June 7
-      Early Show: BMI Presents: Sammy Arriaga, Neal Carpenter, Adam James
and Haily Steele - in Honor of The Bluebird
-      Late Show: Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame show hosted by Pat Alger,
Richard Leigh, Wayland Holyfield and friends. 

Friday, June 8
-      Early Show: IBMA Presents: Marty Raybon, Pam Gadd, Chris Henry and
Becky Schlegel - in Honor of The Bluebird
-      Late Show: 9:30 ITR Founders Celebrate 30 Years: Thom Schuyler, Fred
Knobloch, Tony Arata and Jelly Roll Johnson with Don Schlitz

Saturday, June 9
-      Early Show: NSAI Presents: Lance Carpenter, Bonner Black, John Milstead,
Carolina Story
-      Late Show: Walt Wilkins, Jimmy Davis, Bill Small & friends

Sunday, June 10
-       Sunday Spotlight with Jonathan Singleton and friends
-       Sunday Writers Night with Bluebird Favorites including Bluebird alumnus Liz
Hengber, Mark Irwin and special guest Tony Arata

Reservations are available online at www.bluebirdcafe.com. Shows go on sale at 8:00am online and stay on sale until 4:15pm the day of the show (with the exception of Saturday's shows, which go off sale on Fridays at 4:15pm).To make a weekday reservation, you can go on online one week in advance of the show date (Tuesday for next Tuesday's show, Wednesday for next Wednesday, etc.). For Friday and Saturday reservations, go online beginning at 8:00 am Monday of the week of the shows. Sunday and Monday shows (with the exception of June 4) are first come, first served. Please have your credit card number ready, as you will need it to confirm your reservation! There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $2.00 per person.

Each seat at a table or the bar has a $7.00 per person food and/or drink minimum. Early shows have no cover. All late shows, with the exception of Sunday night, have a cover charge, which goes directly to the performers. A varied menu of appetizers, hot & cold sandwiches, salads & daily hot specials, is available until 10pm weeknights and 11PM weekends. Doors open at 5:00pm Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30pm Friday - Monday.

About the Bluebird Café:
The Bluebird Café was originally opened in June of 1982 by Amy Kurland as a restaurant in a small strip center in the Nashville suburb of Green Hills. A fan of songwriters, she quickly began inviting local tunesmiths to perform on a small stage in the restaurant. A year later Kathy Mattea, who would go on to score numerous hit singles, awards and accolades, began performing regularly at the venue.

In 1984, Kurland added the first official "writer's night," and one year later the songwriter in-the-round format was started with Thom Schuyler ("16th Avenue" and "Old Yellow Car"), Fred Knobloch ("Used to Blue" and "Meanwhile"), Don Schlitz (he would collect his second Grammy a few years later for "Forever and Ever, Amen"), and Paul Overstreet (future co-writer of "Forever and Ever, Amen" as well as a slew of other hit songs.)

In the ensuing years, the small stage would play host to a who's who of songwriters and artists, many of whom credit the Bluebird Café for providing a safe-haven for them to perfect their craft or try out new material. Sweethearts of the Rodeo were offered a deal with Columbia Records after execs saw the duo perform in the club in 1985. A year later, a talent agent brought a group of singer/songwriters from Atlanta, which included The Indigo Girls. Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Radney Foster, Deana Carter, and numerous others passed Bluebird auditions early in their careers.

On a fateful night in 1987, a new artist named Garth Brooks was scheduled to perform at The Bluebird. Due to a cancellation, his performance was moved up in the program, and an executive from Capitol Records happened to be in the audience. The executive took Garth into the kitchen and asked him to come by the label the next day to offer him a deal. Years later, Garth says, "The Bluebird is the beginning and the mecca, the end."

In 2004 Dreamworks Records' executive Scott Borchetta saw 15-year-old Taylor Swift perform for the first time and invited her to be a part of his new venture - a label to be called Big Machine Label Group.

Over 65,000 people now visit The Bluebird Café annually, many of them as a result of seeing the venue on television or reading about the club in publications such as Southwest Spirit, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times and elsewhere.

The small venue has also been the setting for many television and movie scenes, including 1993'sThe Thing Called Love starring River Phoenix, K.T. Oslin, Samantha and Sandra Bullock. Amy Kurland is quoted several times by Oslin's character. The Bluebird is also central to many scenes in ABC Television's new series, "Nashville," starring Jason K. Allen, Connie Britton, Ed Amatrudo and Powers Boothe. The trailer for the new show can be viewed here.

On January 1, 2008, original owner and founder Amy Kurland transferred ownership of the legendary venue to the Nashville Songwriters Association International, (NSAI). More of a donation than a corporate sale, Kurland saw NSAI's mission to "educate, elevate and celebrate songwriters" as a way to continue the Bluebird's relationship to songwriters and to the community.

Though times have changed, and the business of music continues in its state of flux, The Bluebird Café has changed little in appearance, character and purpose over the last 30 years. The small stage still offers the opportunity for budding singers and songwriters to be heard, the Bluebird Café is guaranteed to always provide musical "moments," and in most cases, only 100 lucky listeners will be in the room to let the rest of the world know what it missed.

For additional information about the Bluebird Café, schedules, reservations and more, visit www.BluebirdCafe.com.

The Band Perry Heats Up



TUNE IN 
The Band Perry Heats Up The TODAY Toyota
Concert Series Tomorrow, June 1
 
     Nashville, TN -- (May 31, 2012) --Republic Nashville's The Band Perry will perform on the TODAY Toyota Concert Series tomorrow, June 1. The show airs on NBC in all time zones at 7:00a.m. TBP will take the stage in the 8a.m. hour to entertain the plaza crowd with their Quadruple-Platinum, #1 smash, "If I Die Young;" the Gold-certified, 2-week #1 hit "All Your Life" and their current Top 15 single, "Postcard From Paris." 
 
“Postcard from Paris,” the new video from the award-winning sibling trio, will also make its exclusive world premiere tomorrow, June 1 at 7:00 a.m., ET/PT, on CMT (repeats at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT).  A 15-minute special, CMT PREMIERES: THE BAND PERRY – POSTCARD FROM PARIS, will give fans a taste of the video shoot with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.
 
The Band Perry is currently nominated for Group of the Year at the upcoming CMT Music Awards for their music video "All Your Life."  Fans can vote by logging on to www.cmt.com  until June 4. They are also vying for Choice Country Group at this year's TEEN CHOICE Awards and will spend the summer touring with Brad Paisley.
 

Countdown To Music's Biggest Night

55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®
WILL ROCK LOS ANGELES' STAPLES CENTER
AND AIR LIVE ON CBS SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2013

"The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®"
To Take Place on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, Live On CBS

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 31, 2012) — Music's Biggest Night®, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, returns to Los Angeles' STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and will air live on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The eligibility year for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards is Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012. Additionally, "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®" — which officially kicks off GRAMMY season by revealing nominations in several categories while featuring unique performances with past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will air live on CBS Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

GRAMMY Week — a weeklong series of cultural events culminating in Music's Biggest Night — will again feature celebrations of music, education and philanthropy, including GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training, the Entertainment Law Initiative® luncheon, the Producers & Engineers Wing® event, the GRAMMY Foundation®'s Music Preservation Event, the annual MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute, the Special Merit Awards Ceremony, and Clive Davis and The Recording Academy's Pre-GRAMMY Gala, among others.

The GRAMMY Awards telecast is one of television's major broadcast events, ranking as one of the highest-rated and most-watched specials. Ratings for the GRAMMY Awards have continued to soar over the last several years, with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards attracting 39.9 million viewers, the largest GRAMMY audience since 1984 and the second largest in history. The telecast was the highest-rated awards show of the season, and the biggest social event in the history of television. The awards drew 13 million social media comments with the conversation on Twitter reaching a record high at 160,341 tweets per minute during the live telecast.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

Steel Guitar News May 31. 2012

Hello fellow players, Here we are, Memorial Day is over and the beginning of the heavy playing schedule should be in full swing. Do any of you live in a military town where you get to work pretty continuously around the clock for soldiers, sailors, airmen and anyone military? I remember living in Norfolk, Virginia where there were many military bases all of which were busy all the time and there was more than enough work for everybody in sight. I hope this is the way things are now in cities like Philadelphia, Norfolk-Portsmouth, San Diego and Bridgeport, Connecticut. These were wonderful places to work. They treated the bands that worked for them very wonderfully. Nashville does not have this. This is one of the things I miss about Norfolk. However, many cities around the US have a lot of military like Fort Knox in North Carolina, Fort Campbell northwest of Nashville and Fort Hood in Texas along with many other military bases in Texas and Oklahoma. Anyway, there are many bases all over the United States that offer lots of opportunity for playing. Check out these as many of the good venues for playing any kind of music, especially the real country we love, can be found on or near these bases. I have found these bases to be a tremendous amount of fun to work because military personnel really appreciate the shows and you guys that are in the military that are on our mailing list need to help by talking to the people that do the booking on your base and let them know that there’s a lot of good, live talent to be had for good prices. Music is music no matter how far the musicians have to drive to get there. I’m saying this partially because Memorial Day has reminded me this and partially because for any local talent you have playing any of your clubs at the base, I’d appreciate it if you’d please be sure to let the base club masters know how much you appreciate it. Some of the greatest western swing bands in music I have ever heard I have heard and seen playing these clubs. For any steel players stationed on any of these bases, just let me know and I will give you added percentages off retail price on anything you would like. Thank you very dearly for the services you have rendered to all of us in the United States that owe you so much. In closing I need to mention I accidentally deleted all the emails I received in the last couple of days, so if you sent me an email and I didn’t reply to it, I’d appreciate it if you’d please send it again. 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 www.steelguitar.net sales@steelguitar.net 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

DARIUS RUCKER ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR THIRD ANNUAL "DARIUS AND FRIENDS"

DARIUS RUCKER ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR THIRD ANNUAL "DARIUS AND FRIENDS" AT THE WILDHORSE SALOON IN NASHVILLE ON MONDAY, JUNE 4
 
Rodney Atkins, Clint Black, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks and special surprise guests to join Darius Rucker for music event benefiting St. Jude
 
Nashville, Tenn. (Thursday, May 31, 2012) –Third Annual "Darius and Friends" concert and golf tournament has been announced for Monday, June 4, and Darius Rucker is pleased to announce friends Rodney Atkins, Clint Black, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks and special surprise guests will join him at the concert event benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  The Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville is once again hosting the evening with doors opening at 6:00 pm and the concert beginning at 7:30 pm.  
 
"We’ve had so much fun the last two years with friends jamming on stage for a great cause," says Rucker.  “I’m excited to continue that tradition with this year’s event.”
 
Rucker is currently in the studio with producer Frank Rogers working on his follow-up to his 2010 release Charleston, SC 1966 and his now-platinum debut, Learn To Live (2008).
 
Event posters and t-shirts will be available on-site with all sales, along with all ticket sales from the night, going directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to support their continued success and mission to find cures and save children struggling against deadly diseases.  A limited number of tickets remain and may be purchased at the Wildhorse Saloon (615.902.8200) and on www.ticketmaster.com.
 
For additional information, please visit www.dariusrucker.com.

TIM MCGRAW LAUNCHES SUMMER TOUR WITH KENNY CHESNEY

TIM MCGRAW LAUNCHES SUMMER TOUR WITH KENNY CHESNEY ARMED WITH BRAND NEW MUSIC
 
The First HomeFront Give Away Is Set for Tampa


Nashville, TN- May 31, 2012- Country music icon Tim McGraw will kick off THE BROTHERS OF THE SUN TOUR WITH KENNY CHESNEY AND TIM MCGRAW armed with new music to share with fans in stadiums all summer.  The tour starts this Saturday, June 2 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.  
"I've got a new record label and a full tour schedule, and I'm coming in loaded with some brand new songs," said McGraw.  "I definitely feel a sense of renewed energy. Everyone has been asking me about new music, but I've been pretty tight lipped up until now.  Saturday night in Tampa, the cat will be out of the bag."

With 32 No. one singles over the course of his career and his current "Better Than I used To be" tracking on the same course, McGraw’s set will be also be jam packed with hits and fan favorites, including "Felt Good On My Lips," "Southern Voice," "Live Like You Were Dying, "Real Good Man" and many more.  
McGraw recently launched HomeFront, in partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront, to award mortgage-free homes to wounded warriors and servicemembers in need at each of his summer tour dates.  The first home will be given away in Tampa with 24 others to follow throughout the summer.

VIVA: Movie Awards Night

VIVA: Movie Awards Night

Dieses Wochenende finden die MTV Movie Awards statt! Wer dieses Event gebührend mitfeiern will, sollte zur VIVA Movie Night am 4. Juni einschalten. Ab 20.15 Uhr läuft 'GAME ONE' zum Thema Computerspiele nach Filmvorlage. Um 20.30 Uhr zeigt VIVA die exklusive Pre- und Countdown-Show mit VJ Palina Rojinski. Ab 21.15 Uhr strahlt VIVA dann die komplette Award Show in der deutschen Free-TV Premiere aus. 'My Super Psycho Sweet 16' bildet ab 23.15 Uhr den filmischen Abschluss des Abends.

GLASPERLENSPIEL mag Volvic

GLASPERLENSPIEL mag Volvic
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Glasperlenspiel
GLASPERLENSPIEL mag Volvic
Die Newcomerband komponiert einen brandneuen Song für die neue große Volvic leichtperlig Kampagne.

Wunderbar verspielte Melodien gepaart mit einem tanzbaren, treibenden Beat, lässig und elegant. Mit diesen Worten beschreiben Musikexperten den Stil der aufstrebenden Newcomerband Glasperlenspiel, die gerade den deutschen Pop-Olymp erklimmt. Passend zur Einführung von Volvic leichtperlig hat Glasperlenspiel für die Marke einen erfrischenden und unbeschwerten Song geschrieben, der genau dieses Lebensgefühl transportiert – ein perfekter Sommerhit.

Warum ausgerechnet Glasperlenspiel und Volvic so gut zusammenpassen? In den Songs des Pop-Duos aus Stockach am Bodensee geht es um unverfälschte Werte wie Freude, Natürlichkeit und Authentizität. Diese Lebenshaltung entspricht genau der Philosophie von Volvic, so dass Glasperlenspiel nicht nur aufgrund des Bandnamens der perfekte Partner für Volvic leichtperlig ist. „Wir freuen uns sehr mit einer Band zusammenzuarbeiten, die gerade eine ganz große Karriere startet“, so Juana Jepp, Marketingmanagerin bei Volvic. „Mit Glasperlenspiel haben wir genau den richtigen Partner für Volvic leichtperlig gefunden. Unser gemeinsamer Song „Tanzen im Regen“ vermittelt mit viel Lebensfreude und Kraft genau die leichtperlige Frische unseres Produkts.“

Der Volvic-Song „Tanzen im Regen“ zeichnet sich durch die für Glasperlenspiel typische leichte und eingängige Melodie aus, die mit einem kantigen Beat unterlegt ist. Im Sommer wird am Bodensee das Video zum Volvic-Song gedreht. Bis dahin sucht Volvic noch Fans, die Lust haben, Teil des neuen Videos von Glasperlenspiel zu werden. Die Gewinner erhalten dank Volvic die einmalige Gelegenheit, einen Blick hinter die Kulissen zu werfen und ihre Idole einmal hautnah zu erleben. Ab Juni 2012 startet auf der Volvic Facebook Fanpage der Aufruf an alle Musikbegeisterten, sich für die Teilnahme am Videodreh zu bewerben. Doch damit nicht genug: Volvic verlost unter allen Teilnehmern 1.000 Downloads des Songs „Tanzen im Regen“.

Außerdem werden im Aktionszeitraum Tickets für die Konzerttour 2012 von Glasperlenspiel verlost. Einige besonders glückliche Fans haben die Chance auf ein Meet & Greet mit der Band. Ab August gibt es beim Kauf von zwei Kisten Volvic leichtperlig eine CD mit einem Medley der Songs von Glasperlenspiel sowie „Tanzen im Regen“ bei 4.000 Händlern gratis dazu.

Über Glasperlenspiel:
Mit ihrer ersten Single „Echt“ (Gold Status) schafft es die Band mit dem lyrischen Namen bis in die TOP 10 der Verkaufscharts. Es folgten ein umjubelter vierter Platz beim Bundesvision Song Contest und das Debütalbum „Beweg Dich mit mir“, das sich einen Platz in den Top 15 sicherte. GLASPERLENSPIEL - das sind Carolin Niemczyk und Daniel Grunenberg. Schon seit acht Jahren musizieren die beiden zusammen. Der künstlerische Ansatz ist klar umrissen: Popmusik mit elektronischen Einflüssen und einer klaren Message: Werte, Freude, Natürlichkeit und Authentizität. Dass diese Themen den Zeitgeist berühren, demonstrierten bereits die ersten beiden Singles „Echt“ und „Ich bin ich“ mit großem Erfolg.

Weitere Infos unter www.glasperlenspiel.com

Jürgen Drews erhält Gold-Auszeichnung für "Ich bau Dir ein Schloss"

Jürgen Drews erhält Gold-Auszeichnung für "Ich bau Dir ein Schloss"
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Jürgen Drews erhält Gold-Auszeichnung für seine Hit-Single "Ich bau Dir ein Schloss"
Am Freitag (01. Juni) erscheint sein großer Hit "Ich bau Dir ein Schloss" neu aufgelegt in einer brandneuen Version, die Jürgen Drews der Fußball-Europameisterschaft 2012 widmet. Zudem darf sich der Kultsänger und "König von Mallorca" über ein ganz besonderes Edelmetall freuen: Über ein Jahrzehnt nach seiner letzten Auszeichnung erhält Jürgen Drews den Gold-Award für seine Hit-Single "Ich bau Dir ein Schloss".

Mit seinen Veröffentlichungen begeistert er Generationen von Fans, er ist ein absoluter Party-Garant und zweifellos einer der leidenschaftlichsten deutschen Entertainer: Jürgen Drews hat in seiner über 30 Jahre währenden Musikkarriere für etliche Ohrwürmer und Hits gesorgt, die zu echten Klassikern geworden sind. Ob "Ein Bett im Kornfeld", "Irgendwann, Irgendwo, Irgendwie" oder "Wieder alles im Griff" - der König von Mallorca fasziniert mit seinen Songs und seinen energiegeladenen Live-Auftritten!

Für seine Single "Ich bau Dir ein Schloss", aus dem aktuellen Album "Schlagerpirat", erhält Jürgen Drews nun die Gold-Auszeichnung! Ein ganz besonderer Moment für den Sänger, der über ein Jahrzehnt nach seinem letzten Edelmetall wieder mit Gold ausgezeichnet wird. Jürgen Drews dankt vor allem seinen Fans für diesen Erfolg, die ihm nun diesen wunderbaren weiteren Meilenstein in seiner Musikkarriere ermöglicht haben.

In den nächsten Wochen warten einige Highlights auf die Fans von Jürgen Drews! Den Anfang macht die Neuauflage von "Ich bau Dir ein Schloss", die ab Freitag (01. Juni) als Download erhältlich sein wird. Der Song erscheint in einer EM-Version, die der am 08. Juni startenden Fußball-Europameisterschaft 2012 gewidmet ist. Am 15. Juni folgt dann Jürgen Drews' neue Single "Für einen Tag".

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