Saturday, June 30, 2012

MUSTANG SALLY IN OHIO STORM


MUSTANG SALLY BAND MEMBERS
INJURED IN OHIO STORM

Bass Player and Bus Driver Hospitalized When High Winds Blew Through Stage Area

 Mustang Sally Group Promo Shot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 30, 2012) -Two members of international touring band Mustang Sally were taken to the hospital following a storm of high winds and rain that blew through Celina, Ohio, on Friday, June 29, as the band was preparing for its concert at the Freedom Days 2012 Festival. Mustang Sally was on the bill to headline opening night of the popular outdoors event at Lakeshore Park.

Mandy Holbert, bass player, and Bill Strange, who is in charge of the band's transportation, were taken to a local hospital, and later released, for non-life-threatening injuries that occurred when winds brought down parts of the stage. Two crew members with the Freedom Days Festival also sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital.

"It all happened so fast, with the wind and things blowing around the stage," says Mustang Sally lead singer Tobi Lee, about the storm and events that followed. "Equipment and instruments can be replaced. We're just thankful everyone is alright."

Damage was widespead throughout a two-county area, with winds estimated at 80 mph, according to The Daily Standard, the Celina newspaper. Freedom Days organizers canceled all activities for the remainder of Friday. 

"Most of the big tents are down," said Junior Donovan, one of the festival's organizers, immediately following the storm Friday. "There's no power in Celina and trees are down all over the town. There isn't going to be a show tonight."

The festival is set to resume activites at noon Saturday, with Mustang Sally rescheduled to take the main stage at 6 p.m.


For more information about Mustang Sally, go to www.mustangsallyband.com, like on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mustang-Sally) or follow on Twitter (@mustangsallyfun).
 


About Mustang Sally:
In demand worldwide for its high energy performances, Mustang Sally headlines fairs and festivals and plays to sold out crowds on average of 250 dates per year throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. The band's next single, "L Bomb," is due out this summer. For more information, go to mustangsallyband.com.

NETHERLAND'S 'GODFATHER' OF COUNTRY MUSIC

NETHERLAND'S 'GODFATHER' OF COUNTRY MUSIC COMES TO IOWA
 

     LeMars, Iowa.....It is considered by many traditional country music fans as 'The Last Outpost' of 'real' country music.  Going for 37 years, the name of the event... 'National Old Time Country-Bluegrass-Folk Music Festival, Contest, and Pioneer Exposition of Arts, Crafts, and Rural Lifestyle'... is nearly as long as it lasts.  This particular acoustic music event goes a full week from 9am to midnight every day.  According to their proclamation, 'it's seven days and ten stages of over 650 performers.'  How can that be?  We went directly to the Director, Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Country Music Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit group dedicated to the preservation of America's rural musical art forms.  Everhart said, "We started this event in 1976 as a means to provide a venue for our local and regional musicians who pursued this particular musical genre.  It was, and still is, a celebration of America's freedom, and a celebration of America's rural music, the very 'root' of all country music.  That's what the word 'country' stood for back then, and still does for us. We're actually 'in' the country, perhaps the most rural-country state in America.  Over the 37 years that we've been doing this living museum of music, it has grown, not only in attendance and musician participation, but in prestige and respect. Last year we were so privileged to have the legendary Patti Page come out of retirement to honor us with her presence and support, as she was inducted into 'America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame' another facet of the National Traditional Country Music Association.  Her works, such as "The Tennessee Waltz" has many ramifications.  Not only did she sell millions and millions of records doing that song, she shares induction in the same Hall of Fame that also inducted Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, who wrote the song.  We have a very strong honest approach to music.  America has an incredible past, we're still a 'young' country compared to the rest of the world, and those of us who have a rural background still consider the music of rural America a priceless contribution to world music."
     Besides all the hoop-la of the festival itself, over the years it has attracted international attention.  One of the regular participants is known as the "Godfather of Country Music" in the country of Holland.  Ben Steneker, a well known, successful, and very popular recording artist of country music in Europe, is celebrating his 35th year as a participant in this amazing gathering of what he calls "true country music fans."
     Steneker has an envious record of country music sales in Europe as well as other parts of the world.  Working with Dutch country song-writer Dick VanAltena, together they have created a very 'real' world of country music reminiscent of America's own developing musical art form.  According to Steneker, "Bob Everhart records for the Smithsonian Institution, and has made many many tours performing his 'style' of country music in Europe.  The first time he came to Holland, I owned a performance center, and we had him.  He completely sold out every seat we could possibly make available on every trip after that.  It was amazing.  In the United States he shares his love of this music he is so devoted to, and it is my extreme pleasure to be able to be part of what he is doing in LeMars, Iowa."
     According to Everhart, "It's kind of a mutual respect we have for each other when it comes to Ben Steneker.  He has an incredible voice, and his strong desire to do American country music makes him special in America as well as in Europe.  He's also a very good performer with stage presence that is somewhat lacking in some of today's country music stars.  That's what makes 'returning to the roots' such an important project for us.  We have well over 650 performers on ten stages all week long (August 27-September 2, 2012), but it is these gifted international stars that make it 'happen.'  Much like the presence of Patti Page, Whisperin' Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, all in just the last couple of years, demonstrates the importance of our work as music preservationists.  That doesn't mean we simply live in the past.  We have country music songwriting competitions as well as shows at this event, and we hear some of the best 'original' country music with direct root connections happening today."
     Ben Steneker added one footnote to his fond memories of performing on Bob Everhart's national old-time music festival.  "Last year, a great fan of mine here in Holland, Jaap van Aalst went with me to America.  He was suffering from severe cancer and could not be healed anymore. His last wish in life was to go with me to the USA, and see for himself the festival that Bob Everhart directs.  I am thankful that so many people gave him the "best" last days of his life.  The local hospital provided a wheel chair for him for fee, strangers provided a small camper for him to sleep in free, Bob Everhart made every stage and every performer availble to him without charge, he even received free food at the event, and every American he met at this festival made him feel at home.  He passed away a week after the event was over.  He died a happy Dutch man."
     More information about this festival is available at http://www.ntcma.net

Susanna Clark Dead, Legendary Songwriter and Painter Was 73

Susanna Clark Dead, Legendary Songwriter and Painter Was 73


Susanna Clark, a former art teacher who penned songs including "Easy From Now On," which was recorded by Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert and Carlene Carter, and also wrote tunes ...
for Terri Clark, Rosanne Cash, and husband Guy Clark, died in her sleep Wednesday (June 27) in Nashville after a prolonged illness. She was 73.

A close friend of such songwriters as Townes Van Zandt and Rodney Crowell, she was also a painter whose work graced the covers of albums by Willie Nelson (Stardust), Emmylou Harris (Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town), Guy Clark (Old No. 1) and Nanci Griffith (Dust Bowl Symphony), among others.

Born in Atlanta, Texas, Susanna met Guy Clark in Oklahoma in 1969 and the couple moved to Nashville two years later.

"I just asked him what he wanted to do and he said, 'Music,'" she said of the future member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (quote via the Tennessean) "I said, 'Well, let's do it.' And he said, 'That's the first time a woman has ever asked me to quit a job.'"

The couple were married on songwriter Mickey Newbury's houseboat in 1972 and their household soon became a hub of creative activity, with songwriters gathering there on a regular basis. She was first of those songwriters to score a hit single -- with the first song she ever wrote. "I'll Be Your San Antone Rose" was a Top 15 hit for Dottsy in 1975, the song was later covered by Emmylou Harris.

In 1978, Clark wrote "Easy From Now On" with Carlene Carter. A line from the song became the title of Emmylou's Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town album, and inspired the now-iconic cover art painted by Clark.

"That's the 10 cent town," she told the Tennessean. "Since I wrote 'Easy From Now On' and she chose a line out of the song to use for the album cover, I got to paint my own song.'"

She also painted the cover art of Willie Nelson's legendary Stardust album, among others, and would go on to co-write (with Richard Leigh) Kathy Mattea's 1989 No. 1 country hit, "Come From the Heart."

CMT reports Susanna Clark did not want a funeral or memorial service and that her wishes will be respected

Country Music News International June 30. 2012


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