Thursday, August 9, 2012



After reading both of the following articles, I cannot hold my comments inside any longer.  First of all, the picture below of Randy Travis is the picture of a man who is lost and has no idea where he is going or where he wants to go, but the best place for him would be in jail, not to sleep it off, but to get control of his life.  If he is needing publicity, this type is what we call negative publicity and it never helps, only hurts.  You would think a man that has had so much success in life would at least know enough to keep his clothes on. 

I wonder if he has read any news on a certain young lady whose continued negative lifestyle devastated her career forever.  Travis is a walking example of somebody who has become a nobody, by his own lifestyle.  He would do well to change his way of living to retain whatever career he has left. This is not the days of 1982 or On The Other Hand.  This is 2012, and if he continues on the path he is walking on, all of his past will be forgotten quicker than he can blink his eyes.  Seems he thinks he is beyond the law with his abusive threats, something that would jail others with no bond until a judge had the opportunity to make a decision on their crime.

His status in the country music industry is grinding Travis into the ground.  Maybe the town of Sherman gave him a break because of who he thinks he is, but he needs some guidance, which he has never had when he was single.  Naked, drunk, abusive to the law officers, crashing his “1998” Pontiac Trans Am, is a sign of rebellion, thinking you are above the law.  I would not be writing this, but back in February he was in trouble once again, and he is still going through issues with his ex-wife Elizabeth Travis.  Somebody needs to tell Travis that he is on the downside of his life and by the looks of it, it is only going to get worse for him, unless he changes his ways.  Also trouble in Canada, and an anger tirade in the green room of the David Letterman Show.  There is a higher judge he needs to ask for help.

The mug shot makes him looks angry with the world, and his mouth continues to get in trouble, but driving a car naked.  I am wondering if the weather was just too hot out there in Texas and he needed to cool down.  Where did he come from and where was he going, or does he know the answer to either of these questions.  There are more details coming out today regarding this new incident in the life of Randy Travis, which would serve no purpose for me to add them to my comments.  Travis has made his own bed, and now he will have to sleep in it.

Keep going the way you are Mr. Travis and you will end up 6 foot under and no one will give a damn.  At least when Johnny PayCheck stopped to smell the roses, he found that there was a sweet smell of the good life, and he changed his ways.  It is time to grow up Randy, get some professional help, and try smelling the flowers, and get your life in order.  Look and sounds like Travis wants to let his career go down the drain, and if he continues the time is getting shorter.  People have a tendency to forgive and forget a couple of times, but….

I am getting sick and tired of certain artists who think they can do whatever they wish, when they wish, and if it is wrong, they believe there will be no recourse, and by the look of Travis’s picture, it shows no remorse.  Money cannot and will not make his problems go away.

Marty Martel©

My comments on the Gibson Guitar Scandal are as follows.  First of all, please read both of the articles below regarding
Randy Travis and Gibson Guitar. 

I remember when the first problem began back in 2009 when Gibson Guitar factories were raided by agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service .  At that time I chastised our government for sticking their noses into our music industry business, believing everything that Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz was telling the media, was the truth.  I backed Gibson Guitar to the max.  Now I find out that Mr. Juszkiewicz was not telling the truth, and all they get for their lies and scandal is a slap on the wrist, and a $350,000 penalty.  Are you kidding me??

And everyone that I knew especially the musicians were up in arms because our government was accusing our wonderful Gibson Guitar Company of importing ebony wood illegally from Madagascar in violation of a federal law protecting endangered species.  Yes I believed every word Gibson was saying, continually denying all charges and getting all of us in the music industry and around the world, up in arms with our government.  Now we come to find out that Gibson was not telling the truth, and finally the government had them by the seat of their pants and the only thing they could do was finally come forward by admitting that what they had been accused of, was true, and now all they get is a slap on the wrist and a fine for being a liar.

The one other thing that bothers me and I do not understand, are those musicians who bought these instruments made with ebony illegally imported from Madagascar, did they not know that the guitars were being made illegally by Gibson Guitar, and they still purchased the instruments.  No one will ever be able to prove it, but there are certain guitarists who are owners of these precious guitars, and I am wondering what the price of this guitar with illegal wood, costs these artists.

I along with many others, stood behind Gibson Guitar company throughout this ordeal-until now.  Gibson has been in existence for many, many years, and now we come to find out that they were hiding the truth, and the cookie jar that they had their hands in, is still filled with cookies for them.  All I can say is, “Mr Juszkiewicz, you got away a crime that makes Nashville and puts the music industry in a bad light.”  I wonder how Gibson Guitar Company lost so little, but caused so much harm with the loss of integrity for their company. 

Marty Martel© 


Randy Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated and threatening law officers after the country singer crashed his car and was found naked and combative at the scene, officials said.

A mug shot released by the Grayson County Sheriff's Office shows a battered-looking Travis in a gray T-shirt, with a black eye and dried blood on his face. He later walked out of the county jail wearing scrubs, a University of Texas ball cap and no shoes.
It was the second Texas arrest this year for Travis, who was cited in February for public intoxication.
The sheriff's office in Grayson County, located in far North Texas along the border with Oklahoma, received a 911 call at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday about a man seen lying in a road west of Tioga, where the entertainer lives.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responding to the scene said a Pontiac Trans Am registered to Travis, 53, had been driven off the road and struck several barricades in a construction road.
Travis was not wearing clothes at the time of his arrest and made threats against the Texas troopers, said Tom Vinger, a DPS spokesman. He said the singer refused sobriety tests, so a blood specimen was taken.
Travis was released on $21,500 bond Wednesday morning from the jail in Sherman, about 60 miles north of Dallas. Blood test results are pending.
Grayson County Sheriff's Sgt. Rickey Wheeler said Travis faces charges of retaliation or obstruction in addition to driving under the influence.
"Travis had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and several signs of intoxication," according to a statement from the sheriff's office. "While Travis was being transported, Travis made threats to shoot and kill the troopers working the case."
A Travis representative said there would be no immediate comment on the arrest.
A message left Wednesday afternoon with the Grayson County district attorney's office was not immediately returned.
In February, Travis was charged with public intoxication after being spotted in a vehicle parked in front of a church in Sanger, about 20 miles from Tioga.
He also has been involved in messy court proceedings with his ex-wife. Travis was divorced from Elizabeth Travis in 2010 after 19 years of marriage.
Earlier this year, Elizabeth Travis, who had been his manager for more than three decades, filed a lawsuit claiming that Randy Travis made it impossible for her to do her job and terminated her management contract without proper notice. She said her ex-husband sent several men, including an armed guard, to clean out her offices.
Randy Travis countersued in May, accusing his ex-wife of divulging confidential information about him in order to damage his reputation and career. The court documents don't say what information Elizabeth Travis is alleged to have betrayed.
Diana Heidgerd, Associated Press
Gibson to pay $350,000 in penalties over illegal wood
Nashville guitar maker was accused of importing banned ebony, rosewood
Written by The Tennessean

Nashville-based Gibson Guitar Corp. will pay a $300,000 fine and make a $50,000 community-service payment for conservation in response to federal allegations that the company used illegally obtained ebony wood in the manufacture of its products.
The U.S. Justice Department issued the following news release about the settlement this morning:
WASHINGTON – Gibson Guitar Corp. entered into a criminal enforcement agreement with the United States today resolving a criminal investigation into allegations that the company violated the Lacey Act by illegally purchasing and importing ebony wood from Madagascar and rosewood and ebony from India.
The agreement was announced today by Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, Jerry Martin, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee and Dan Ashe, Director of the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
The criminal enforcement agreement defers prosecution for criminal violations of the Lacey Act and requires Gibson to pay a penalty amount of $300,000. The agreement further provides for a community service payment of $50,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to be used to promote the conservation, identification and propagation of protected tree species used in the musical instrument industry and the forests where those species are found. Gibson will also implement a compliance program designed to strengthen its compliance controls and procedures. In related civil forfeiture actions, Gibson will withdraw its claims to the wood seized in the course of the criminal investigation, including Madagascar ebony from shipments with a total invoice value of $261,844.
In light of Gibson’s acknowledgement of its conduct, its duties under the Lacey Act and its promised cooperation and remedial actions, the government will decline charging Gibson criminally in connection with Gibson’s order, purchase or importation of ebony from Madagascar and ebony and rosewood from India, provided that Gibson fully carries out its obligations under the agreement, and commits no future violations of law, including Lacey Act violations.
“As a result of this investigation and criminal enforcement agreement, Gibson has acknowledged that it failed to act on information that the Madagascar ebony it was purchasing may have violated laws intended to limit overharvesting and conserve valuable wood species from Madagascar, a country which has been severely impacted by deforestation,” said Assistant Attorney General Moreno. “Gibson has ceased acquisitions of wood species from Madagascar and recognizes its duty under the U.S. Lacey Act to guard against the acquisition of wood of illegal origin by verifying the circumstances of its harvest and export, which is good for American business and American consumers.”
“The Department of Justice is committed to enforcing the laws enacted by Congress,” said U.S. Attorney Martin. “Failure to do so harms those who play by the rules and follow the law. This criminal enforcement agreement goes a long way in demonstrating the government’s commitment to protecting the world’s natural resources. The agreement is fair and just in that it assesses serious penalties for Gibson’s behavior while allowing Gibson to continue to focus on the business of making guitars.”
“The Lacey Act’s illegal logging provisions were enacted with bipartisan support in Congress to protect vanishing foreign species and forest ecosystems, while ensuring a level playing field for America’s forest products industry and the people and communities who depend on it,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Ashe. “We’re pleased that Gibson Guitar Corp. has recognized its duties under the Lacey Act to guard against the acquisition of wood of illegal origin from threatened forests and has taken responsibility for actions that may have contributed to the unlawful export and exploitation of wood from some of the world’s most threatened forests.”
Since May 2008, it has been illegal under the Lacey Act to import into the United States plants and plant products (including wood) that have been harvested and exported in violation of the laws of another country. Congress extended the protections of the Lacey Act, the nation’s oldest resource protection law, to these products in an effort to address the environmental and economic impact of illegal logging around the world.
The criminal enforcement agreement includes a detailed statement of facts describing the conduct for which Gibson accepts and acknowledges responsibility. The facts establish the following:
Madagascar Ebony is a slow-growing tree species and supplies are considered threatened in its native environment due to over-exploitation. Both legal and illegal logging of Madagascar Ebony and other tree species have significantly reduced Madagascar’s forest cover. Madagascar’s forests are home to many rare endemic species of plants and animals. The harvest of ebony in and export of unfinished ebony from Madagascar has been banned since 2006.
Gibson purchased “fingerboard blanks,” consisting of sawn boards of Madagascar ebony, for use in manufacturing guitars. The Madagascar ebony fingerboard blanks were ordered from a supplier who obtained them from an exporter in Madagascar. Gibson’s supplier continued to receive Madagascar ebony fingerboard blanks from its Madagascar exporter after the 2006 ban. The Madagascar exporter did not have authority to export ebony fingerboard blanks after the law issued in Madagascar in 2006.
In 2008, an employee of Gibson participated in a trip to Madagascar, sponsored by a non-profit organization. Participants on the trip, including the Gibson employee, were told that a law passed in 2006 in Madagascar banned the harvest of ebony and the export of any ebony products that were not in finished form. They were further told by trip organizers that instrument parts, such as fingerboard blanks, would be considered unfinished and therefore illegal to export under the 2006 law. Participants also visited the facility of the exporter in Madagascar, from which Gibson’s supplier sourced its Madagascar ebony, and were informed that the wood at the facility was under seizure at that time and could not be moved.
After the Gibson employee returned from Madagascar with this information, he conveyed the information to superiors and others at Gibson. The information received by the Gibson employee during the June 2008 trip, and sent to company management by the employee and others following the June 2008 trip, was not further investigated or acted upon prior to Gibson continuing to place orders with its supplier. Gibson received four shipments of Madagascar ebony fingerboard blanks from its supplier between October 2008 and September 2009.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case was handled by the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.

I Draw Slow Takes Aim on America with Fellow Irishman Niall toner

I Draw Slow Takes Aim on America with Fellow Irishman Niall toner
acoustic roots sensations Travel Across the pond this Fall
The artists are set to tour the United States in September and October in support of
new releases on world famous Pinecastle Records

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (August 9, 2012) –I Draw Slow and Niall Toner, both musical acts from Ireland, bring their music to America this Fall for a two week tour. Call it the “Irish Acoustic Music Invasion” if you would like to label it or simply call it good music from Ireland teaming up with some of the best acoustic artists in the United States. Each of the Irish acts bring their respective talents in songwriting and musicianship to a Fall Tour that will place them with many great artists in some of America’s top venues over a several weeks outing that kicks off during the International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass and culminates for each at different points with I Draw Slow wrapping up at a festival in South Carolina sharing the stage with some of the best in Americana.  Niall Toner ends his tour performing at the award winning Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series with some of the best in Bluegrass Music. For I Draw Slow this will be their first time performing in the United States. Toner, a seasoned veteran, makes his return for the second time in 2012.  The Tour is supported by and Pinecastle Records and Mountain Music Entertainment. Pinecastle is the record label that has signed each band and will be promoting their respective new releases this Fall.

I Draw Slow is a five-piece outfit comprising vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo and double bass. Holden siblings Dave (guitar) and Louise (vocals) have been writing together for two decades. In 2008 the pair teamed up with Violinist Adrian Hart, Claw hammer banjo player Colin Derham, Double bassist Konrad Liddy to form I Draw Slow. Their sound has been described as Alt-country, folk, roots, old-time, Americana, and bluegrass.  The five have created their own sound, rooted in the old time style of the Appalachian Mountains, drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana. However, this band offers a whole new songbook of stories and melodies. These are dark tales of debauchery and trouble swinging from the kind of well-crafted melodies that survive.  Due in large part to the success of their YouTube video hit with Goldmine the band has become a popular in the USA without the benefit of ever touring the country.

The Dublin based acoustic roots band I Draw Slow has been drumming up enthusiastic reviews in Ireland since the release of their top 10 selling second album, Redhills. Irish national broadcaster RTE made Redhills album of the week and Redhills has been welcomed to the playlists of stations across the United States in anticipation of the group’s visit this Fall.  Their impact abroad is redrawing the map for Irish/Americana songwriters.

They have been described in the United Kingdom press as “American top league equivalents” destined “to blow the opposition away”, drawing favorable comparisons with Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss. The band has played to audiences in the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark and Belgium and started 2012 with a performance with the Legendary Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and an appearance at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow Scotland. They are now bringing their talent to USA soil and will work alongside artists like The Steeldrivers, The Steelwheels, and Darrell Scott to name a few during their Fall Tour. The band tours in support of Redhills which is their first release on North Carolina based Pinecastle Records.

“It is our hope that folks enjoy the music we perform during our shows in the States,” said Niall Toner. “We are extremely excited that we now have the opportunity to bring our music from Ireland to a larger audience worldwide and hope this may bring about additional touring to the United States and elsewhere as we release new songs this year. It’s going to be a great tour and we are excited to share a 2 day run with The Lonesome River Band. That is a true honor!”

Niall Toner Band is an Irish roots country/bluegrass artist from the Blackstairs Mountain region of Ireland. Toner performs a set of all-original songs and instrumentals, and his unique sound is a rich blend of Traditional Acoustic Country Music and Bluegrass, with a distinctive Celtic twist. Toner has performed live on a regular basis at Festivals, Venues and Arts Centers in Ireland, the United Kingdom and, Europe. He has also toured previously in the USA to incredible acclaim. Niall Toner is widely regarded as one of Ireland's leading experts on Bluegrass and American Country Music and Niall's songs have been recorded by many artistes, including Bill Wyman [ Rolling Stones ], The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Albert Lee, Special Consensus, Keith Sewell, The Swanson Family, The Fleadh Cowboys, and more. Toner was recognized by the Country Music Association in 2003 for his efforts.

Niall was born in Dublin, Ireland and nurtured an early interest in music by tuning in to Radio Luxemburg and the AFN radio service from Germany. The Saturday night re-broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry from Nashville was his first exposure to Country music, and when a local school-friend showed up with a collection that included the music of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, The Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers, Niall's musical fate was sealed. Niall Toner brings this knowledge of music to a wide audience, both through his live performances with The Niall Toner Band  and various workshops, as well as through his radio show, Roots Freeway, which is broadcast on Ireland's national radio station, RTE Radio One. Toner shares the stage with artists like The Boxcars, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, and No Strings Attached while away from I Draw Slow on his portion of the USA Tour. Toner is touring in support of his upcoming Pinecastle release titled Onwards and Upwards.

The band shares two dates with the world famous Lonesome River Band during the Fall Tour . The trio of The Lonesome River Band, Niall Toner, and I Draw Slow take stage on October 2nd in Jonesborough, TN and October 3rd in Asheville, NC. Additional details will be available on each band’s website in the near future.

Additional details on Niall Toner are available at . Additional details on I Draw Slow are available at

Miranda Lambert Interactive Fastest Girl In Town

Miranda Lambert Launches Interactive Version Of "Fastest Girl In Town" Video & Mobile App

Teams With Sonic Notify For 1st Of Its Kind Music Video to Mobile Experience
NASHVILLE, TN – Driving into new territory with her “Fastest Girl In Town” video, Miranda Lambert teams with cutting edge technology companies Interlude, Sonic Notify, Mobile Roadie and Halo Media to create a multi-layered, digital campaign that can be experienced through an interactive version of the video and her new mobile App which is out now.
The interactive version, available at, gives fans the groundbreaking opportunity to customize the music video experience. The technology of interactive video company Interlude allows the viewer to seamlessly switch between multiple camera angles throughout the extensive car-chase scene, creating an endless number of custom experiences. Fans can also discover and click-on bonus content hidden throughout the interactive video, unlocking secret contest opportunities to win items featured in the video and gain access to additional exclusive behind-the-scenes video content.
Miranda also introduces her mobile App today which is available for free on Apple iOS at iTunes and Android mobile devices on Google Play Created by Mobile Roadie, the App features fan-friendly mobile content including Miranda PhotoCards with scenes from the “Fastest Girl In Town” video and images from her latest album Four The Record. Fans can also keep up with the latest news, listen to music, watch music videos, view exclusive photos and much more.
With the app open, fans can stream the “Fastest Girl In Town” video on VEVO at for a first of its kind second-screen experience from Sony Music. Powered by Sonic Notify, a company with a unique technology that enables content delivery to mobile devices using an imperceptible audio signal, fans can receive exclusive behind-the-scenes clips and photos, interviews and contests to win items and more to their mobile device.
Additionally, fans can visit Miranda’s Facebook Page to customize and share the movie poster featured in “Fastest Girl In Town.” Halo Media’s Facebook Connect technology allows fans to choose pictures from their personal Facebook library and create a film-inspired poster to share on Facebook and Twitter. A visual wall on Miranda Lambert’s Official Website will aggregate fan art, Tweets, and Intsagram images containing the hashtag #fastestgirlintown. Each day, Miranda’s Facebook Page will feature a “picture of the day” selected from the hashtags collected on the visual wall at .

DONNA CUNNINGHAM “Don’t Tell Me That Your Gone”


Donna’s new single, “Don’t Tell Me That Your Gone,” is by far the best record that she has ever recorded.  As you listen to her sing her heart out about the man she loves, begging him not to leave, she will make you a believer in every word and thought she sings. They say there is a song for every singer and that when they find that song, it is a lifelong marriage for both, and it will be their signature song forever.  Donna has found that song.  She will make every man wish he were that man, and every woman know exactly what she is singing about. 

Donna Cunningham has given her heart and soul to this song, and I promise you that when you are through listening, you will know why every artist tries to find that one song that will forever associate their name with that one song. 

“Don’t Tell Me That Your Gone” has found its’ home, in the heart of Donna Cunningham, and there it will live for eternity.  Now you the DJ’s will hopefully give life to this song with your airplay.

Steel Guitar News August 9. 2012

Hello fellow players, This is Vic Lawson subbing for Bobbe Seymour. I want to talk about the differences between pot and potless volume pedals. First of all, I’m not an electronics whiz but I do know the basics. Pot driven pedals have resistance measured in ohms that can affect the tone in some way during the travel of the pedal, whereas the Hilton pedal is more like a true bypass circuit which has no tone change through the travel of the volume pedal. Essentially, using the Hilton pedal is like plugging your guitar directly into the amp because it doesn’t affect or color the tone in any way. This is very desirable in a recording situation. It does take a little getting used to not hearing the coloring that a pot pedal adds to the tone, but it’s very clean. I just plug straight from the guitar into the amp, set the tone the way I like it and then put the pedal in the chain and I’m ready to go. Also, you don’t have to replace pots that wear out since the Hilton is a potless pedal. I’d also like to talk about what order you should place effects units in when hooking everything up. If you’re using a reverb pedal, always put it last in the chain before the input to the amp. The reason for this is that way, everything in your chain has reverb on it. If you happen to use a delay as well, if you put it last, it’s going to delay the reverb and that’s going to sound like a train wreck. Ideally, if your amp has a post EQ effects loop like the Nashville 112 has, you should run the reverb through that and the way you hook that up is to take a patch cable from the send of the effects loop on the front of the amp to the input of the reverb pedal. From the output of the reverb pedal, run a patch cable to the return of the effects loop on the front of the amp if your amp is a Peavey Nashville 112. Many amps have effects loops built in, but not all are post EQ. The reason I like to run the unit through the post EQ is because none of your EQ knobs affect the sound of the reverb as nothing is patched in after that point. If the EQ were to affect the reverb, it would obviously change the effect of the reverb and could give you undesirable results. If I do use an overdrive, I like to make it second in my chain of effects. I like to run my delay first, straight from my guitar into my delay pedal. Then I run out of my delay pedal to the input of the overdrive unit on those rare occasions that an overdrive unit is required. I then run out of the overdrive pedal to the volume pedal and then from the volume pedal to the amp. If I’m using an amp that doesn’t have an effects loop, then I run out of the volume pedal to the input of the reverb and from the output of the reverb to the input of the amp. If your amp has two inputs, one low gain and the other high gain, use the high gain. There are no set rules. Feel free to experiment to suit your own personal tastes. This is the way I do it and most everybody I know does it. Since tone is a very personal thing, play with different settings until you find what suits you. Typically your delay doesn’t need to be heard, but it needs to be there. You need to set your delay where it’s not overpowering. I feel that the need for delay is just to fatten up your tone versus actually hearing your delay I just like to know that it’s there. As with setting any effects pedal, it’s as much an art as it is a technique, at least when it comes to steel guitar. Guitar players can get away with a lot more especially because they can change instruments with each song if they wish. The difference in sound between a Les Paul and a Telecaster can require different effects. So guitar players rely more on their effects than we steel players do. Furthermore, steel players aren’t going to change guitars with every song. We play one guitar all night long, we don’t switch between two or three. Something that a lot of steel players don’t give a lot of thought to are the cables that connect everything. Cheap cables can affect your tone in a noticeable way. I like the George L cables for several reasons. First of all, you can make them to custom lengths so that you don’t have excess cable running all over the place to trip on. It keeps things nice and neat. They’re a reasonably priced cable and well worth the price. In the rare instance I have a problem with a cable, it’s a solderless design so I can fix the problem in two minutes with a small screwdriver and a pair of wire cutters which everyone should carry in their pack-a-seat. Finally, George L cables won’t color the tone like less expensive cables will do. When you’re striving for a clean, clear, consistent tone which you always should strive to get, don’t neglect your cables. It’s a small item that can make a big difference. The tone you put out with your hands has to go through all these components and ultimately you want the tone coming out of your amp to be as good as the tone your hands are putting in. To that end, you want to have the best gear your budget allows and keep it in the best condition. That’s why Bobbe has hand picked what we stock for steel guitar players. If he won’t use it, he won’t sell it. Check out our monthly specials at and we’ll try to save you a lot of money. Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

Texas Country Music Meet Nashville Country Music August 17. 2012


The Heart of Texas Roadshow will be staged at the Texas Troubadour Theater in Nashville on Friday, August 17.  The show begins at 7:30 PM and admission is $15.00 per person.  Tickets are available at the Ernest Tubb Record Shops and can be reserved by calling (615) 889-2474. 

If you are visiting Nashville or live close by, make it a point to go and see this show on Friday, August 17th.  I promise you that if you love traditional country music as it once was, The Heart of Texas Roadshow will give you an evening you won’t forget. 

Country Music at its very best.  A night of pure country music for all.  Take time to come and see this show and you will know that Texas still harbors some of the greatest country singers in the industry.  Texas has not forgotten the history of country music, because it is alive and well there.  I have already made my plans to go and see all of my friends, and sit back and listen to what I have been missing for so long.  My personal thanks to Tracy Pitcox for bringing this great show to the E. T. Theatre on Music Valley Drive.  I HOPE YOU WILL BE THERE.

The Heart of Texas Roadshow is highlighted by Heart of Texas Recording artists including Georgette Jones, Darrell McCall, Mona McCall, George Hamilton V, Tony Booth, Curtis Potter, Bobby Lewis, Kimberly Murray, Bobby G. Rice, Johnny Moore and  Trey Wilson. 

Georgette Jones is the daughter of George Jones and Tammy Wynette.  She has two albums on Heart of Texas Records including “Slightly Used Woman” and “Strong Enough To Cry.”  She is now working on a tribute album to her mom and will soon embark on a Tammy Wynette Tribute Tour with shows already scheduled in Las Vegas.

Darrell McCall is a legendary Texas dance hall entertainer with many hits to his credit including “Dreams of A Dreamer” “It’s The Water” “There’s Still A Lot of Love In San Antone” and his duet with Willie Nelson on “Lily Dale.”  Darrell has been a consistent recording artist with his latest “Keeping With Tradition” receiving outstanding reviews.  Darrell’s wife Mona will also join him on stage.  Mona released her first album “Memories Love A Melody” three years ago.

George Hamilton V has followed in the footsteps of his legendary father, fifty year Grand Ole Opry member George Hamilton IV.  George V has most recently completed a duet project with his dad for Heart of Texas Records.  It will be released in October.

Tony Booth gained fame by working for Buck Owens as a front man and bass player.  He branched out on his own with major hits including “Cinderella” “Keys In The Mailbox” “Close Up The Honkytonks” and “Lonesome 7-7203.”  His latest project is titled “The Other Side of Love

Curtis Potter traveled all over the world beginning in 1959 as a member of Hank Thompson’s Brazos Valley Boys.  He has enjoyed some great success with songs including “Texas Proud” “You Comb Her Hair Every Morning” and his latest project “The Potter’s Touch” allowed him to make his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. 

Bobby Lewis
is our latest artist on Heart of Texas Records.  Recording for United Artists throughout the 1960’s, Lewis garnered chart records with “How Long Has It Been?” “From Heaven To Heartache” and “Hello Mary Lou.”
Kimberly Murray has just released her second project “Another Day Of Lonely” and is a regular opry performer.  Tony Booth and Bob Manning join her on the project.  

Bobby G. Rice hit paydirt with the song “You Lay So Easy On My Mind.”  The million seller, written by Rice, was also recorded by Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and a host of others.  His latest project is titled “Down In Texas.”

Although Trey Wilson and Johnny Moore are not actually Heart of Texas Recording Artists, they are both from Texas and have been frequent guests on various roadshows throughout the Lone Star State.   Wilson, a Uvalde native, is currently living in Nashville after graduating from Belmont University.  Moore has been involved in the music industry for over fifty years.  He brought his niece, Jeannie C. Riley, to Nashville and is still very active in the industry.

Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.

"We are so excited to be bringing our roadshow to Nashville and the Texas Troubadour Theater" Pitcox said.  "We have a tremendous amount of talent and are looking forward to their performances."

For more information about the Heart of Texas Country Music Association, log on to

Country Music News International August 9. 2012

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Reba McEntire Thinks She's Too Soft for an 'American Idol' Judge Spot

What do Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Reba McEntire have in common? Aside from being some of country’s biggest names, the threesome have each recently been questioned about taking up a spot on the ‘American Idol’ judge’s panel. McEntire is the latest name to pop up in headlines, but she says — rather emphatically — that we won’t see her on ‘American Idol’ this fall.
“No, no, no!” the singer assured during an interview on CMT radio. “I like to play somebody else’s character like on ‘Malibu Country’ and the ‘Reba’ show.”
As for why she wouldn’t be a good fit for a show like ‘Idol,’ McEntire says, “I don’t think I’d be able to critique somebody. I don’t speak too hard — that’s against my nature.”


The inaugural Watershed Festival took place at the scenic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash. this past weekend.  The festival spanned three nights, featured a-list country artists and attracted over 50,000 fans

Fans lit up the night while Dierks Bentley played his No. one song, "Home."  "It's a really cool thing to
be able to headline the first night of a new festival and help get things kicked off," said Bentley.  "The Gorge is such a beautiful location, and the country fans in the Northwest came ready for a party weekend.
I can't wait to play it again!"

Dwight Yoakam performed for an enthusiastic crowd on Friday, Aug. 3 at Watershed Festival.  The Seattle Times commented that "… the music rocked. Fans were already talking about next year."  Other performers throughout the weekend included Blake Shelton, Kix Brooks, Thompson Square, Brantley Gilbert,
Tracy Lawrence and many more. 

"This is what I pictured when I grew up wanting to be a country star," said Miranda Lambert on stage at Watershed Festival as she performed on Aug. 4. 

 Sara Evans commanded the stage on Aug. 4 at Watershed.  Live Nation already has plans in motion, with Watershed 2013 scheduled for Aug. 2-4.  "I set out to make Watershed an epic festival for the Pacific Northwest and the great country music fans in that region," said Brian O'Connell of Live Nation.  "I feel like we are off to an amazing start and I'm blown away by the support from the fans.  We designed this festival with the artists in mind too and are fortunate to have had the caliber of performers join us for this first year, and thank them for sharing in our vision.  We can't wait for 2013!"

FLYNNVILLE TRAIN Has Thousands Of Music Fans On Their Feet At 31st Piknik Country Festival In Mragowo, Poland

FLYNNVILLE TRAIN Has Thousands Of Music Fans On Their Feet At 31st Piknik Country Festival In Mragowo, Poland

New Single - "The One You Love" - Getting Rave Reviews Worldwide

Flynnville Train perf Polish Fest
Flynnville Train is joined on stage by Polish Country Legend Lonstar at 31st Piknik Country Festival in Mragowo, Poland

Nashville, TN (August 8, 2012) -FLYNNVILLE TRAIN kept over 5000 music fans on their feet for the duration of their high-energy, 75-minute set at the 31st Piknik Country Festival in Mragowo, Poland.  The Southern Rockers from Indiana put on their usual power show, which included "Nowhere Than Somewhere," "Home" the fiery instrumental "Blackgrass" (a hot-lick showcase for Brent Flynn's screaming lead guitar), as well as their newest single, "The One You Love."  Polish Country Music superstar Lonstar joined them on stage for the rompin' "Last Good Time," and also interviewed the group for Polish National Television.

Flynnville Train Polish Nat'l TV int 2012
Flynnville Train does Polish National TV interview
L- R: Joseph Shreve, Brian Flynn, Brent Flynn, Tommy Bales and Lonstar
According to lead vocalist Brian Flynn, "It was the best LIVE show Flynnville Train has ever played and the interaction with the crowd was amazing given that only a few speak English."  Severe weather was forecast for the Festival, and one storm actually brought the band's sound check to a halt.  But skies were clear for the band's show later that night when, despite the language barrier, FLYNNVILLE TRAIN whipped the crowd into a frenzy.  Fans were so enamored with the group that it took three hours to accommodate everyone in line for autographs.
"The One You Love" (Whiskey Bent Records), which can be purchased at CD Baby, is already generating strong positive reviews both here and abroad. Recent comments include:

"The Flynnville boys' performance of the dreamy ballad is appropriately languid and lovely.  The slightly bluesy melody is another plus.  Highly programmable."
Robert K. Oermann, Music Row

"What an absolutely beautiful song! I love it!! The lyrics, the wonderful melody of super chords!  Awesome!!"
Ann Pascoe, TLC Radio, New Zealand

"'The One You Love' is a blast from the past in the sense that it is the kind of real sturdy power ballad with some bluesy, minor-key changes backing up strong vocal band harmonies.  This is the kind of monster hit ballad that used to dominate all sorts of radio playlists, and it's certainly strong enough to become the biggest hit of Flynnville Train's career.  Really, really solid stuff here, y'all."
Matt Bjorke, Roughstock

"Thanks for the heads-up on Flynnville Train, that is just one terrific single!  If ever looks are deceiving these guys surely are, a brilliant song."
Keith Greentree, BBC East, England

"Had me singing along after the first verse!  Catchy relatable lyrics."
JD Cannon, WLHK - Indianapolis, IN

"Loved it, that's my kind of country. It will get plenty of air play from me."
Sam Harris, CVFM, England

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