Saturday, August 11, 2012

Herman De Geyter new writer for Country Music News International

First of all, le me give you a short introduction of myself.
I was active promoting country music on a nationwide station (RADIO 2) in Belgium and had listeners all over the country; plus some parts of Holland, France and Germany. All this is a pre-internet period.

It has always been a veryhard struggle, fighting for recognition of what I consider a very beautiful music. Fans of country music bought what they were looking for in import stores, thus beauting the official labels who were always late on releasing new stuff.
A vicious circle with the only result that few country albums were released in Belgium.
Trying to keep my programming up to date I was forced to import hundreds of albums from the U.S.

In the 60’s til the 80’s I got my music mostly from music publishing firms (mostly promo 45’s), so were were always up to date .

We got lots of reactions from our audiences, did some shows at amusement parks and quite a few shows at our Radio 2 studio (always packed) People still remember those beautiful shows with mostly Canadian artists provded to us by Kees de Haan, another country pioneer.

The 90’s and joining the Country Music Association made our future brighter. I visited Nashville in 1999 and got to know some executives at record firms.

But 2004 really made it happen for me, I was able to visit the Opry backstage and met a lot of great artists, had talks with them etc… My most memorable was in 2007 when I met Porter Wagoner just a month before he passed away.

It was also my last year for Radio 2 and for country music. Just like everywhere, they changed format and there was no time left for country music.

Neverhtless in those days country music stays a green restplace for music.

2007 I had to quit, just a few months after I got an Award from the CMA for 40 years of service to country music.

Later on, some tow years of making programs (for free) for local station and during that time not receiving ONE single reaction, it was time for me to quit.
See you later…

Country Music News International August 11. 2012

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Josh Macumber Interview

Interview with Josh Macumber

Lamitschka: Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Josh Macumber: I tend to write songs about what I’ve gone through and continue to go through in life, and relate those songs to the listener. I wear my heart on my sleeve and it comes through in my music. As an ex trucker turned song writer I would say that mostly my voice and songs are genuine, impactful and real.
Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Josh Macumber: Highlights over the last year have been the release of my first CD, written and recorded in Nashville Tenn, My first single hitting the charts in my home country and my showcase and shows at the Canadian Country Music Awards. I would add to that my first video being added to CMT (Canada) and watching my fan base grow from coast to coast
Lamitschka: What is your latest CD and how's it doing?
Josh Macumber: My latest CD is “Josh Macumber was here" and it‘s doing great with sales and downloads are holding their own. The project has enabled me to grow as an artist and also to get recognized within the industry. Distribution is growing and it’s all one more step forward on my way to success
Lamitschka: How did you choose the title for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?
Josh Macumber: Great question, I was a trucker for ten years, starting out on the road before I was 20 years old allowed me to put some serious miles under my belt before changing careers. Now I apply that travel bone and hard work to the music industry. So as I criss cross through my country in the name of my music it’s a fitting title, as in something I would write on the wall of all the places I’ll be and have been.
Lamitschka: Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?
Josh Macumber: I do write the songs myself. However, I insist on co-writing, even if I have, what I think, is a great song. I like bringing a second mind into the situation to try and improve. Although I realize not all writers feel this way, for me it takes more than one creative mind to achieve a successful song.

Lamitschka: What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?
Josh Macumber: My favorite song is a song called “ WHY“ It’s a song about change and more importantly how we go about finding the right kind of help to change for the better. Before we react to some of the unfair realities life throws at us, I believe we have to ask “WHY" before we can find a solution or change a situation. The song really speaks to what we can all do to make this world a better place.
Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over your music?
Josh Macumber: I fortunately am very hands on with my music. Creation and production are two of my favorite aspects of the process, so I enjoy remaining in control on my material.
Lamitschka: As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?
Josh Macumber: Performing Live is my favorite activity; it’s the part where I can feel what I do all come together. When fans are singing along to my songs and paying money or just coming to see me it really means a lot. So I connect with them on a music level and a personal one.
Lamitschka: What drives you?
Josh Macumber: The fact that I get a chance to do what others may not. I also want to use my talents to help and do good in this world and I’m very fortunate to be given the opportunities that I have been given, thinking back to when I would only be staring out a windshield dreaming about this and believing I could do it, and realizing now I‘m on my way, keeps me going.
Lamitschka: Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?
Josh Macumber: I do have a web site, I like to keep it very up to date and sometimes I’ll live stream shows as well, so fans will find out all they need to know about Josh Macumber when they visit my site
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Caption: Charley Pride Joins Mel Tillis Onstage at Honky Tonk Central in Nashville, Tennessee 
(Photo Credit:  DOUG ALLARD / high resolution photos available upon request) 

Nashville, Tenn. (August 10, 2012) – This past Wednesday, August 8, marked a lifetime milestone for Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis, as he celebrated his 80th birthday.

Tillis celebrated his 8th decade of life with a private party held at Honky Tonk Central, located on Broadway in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee.

About 400 of Tillis' closest friends packed the party including daughter Pam Tillis, Charley Pride, Lorrie Morgan, Bobby Bare, Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Alabama's Jeff Cook, Eddie Raven, Jimmy C. Newman, Ira Dean, Meghan Linsey of Steel Magnolia, Bobby Goldsboro, Williams & Ree, Scotty Emerick, comedian Lonnie Shorr, former Dallas Cowboys football coach Barry Switzer, producers Buddy Cannon and Harold Shedd, GAC Headline Country host Storme Warren and many more.

Tillis and his band, the Statesiders, treated partygoers to a live performance, prompting Pam Tillis, Charley Pride, Jeff Cook and others to join the country music legend onstage.

For additional information on Mel Tillis, visit

About Mel Tillis 
Throughout his monstrous career, Mel Tillis has recorded more than 60 albums, has had 35 Top Ten singles, was named the Country Music Association's coveted Entertainer of the Year, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and holds country music's highest honor as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.  He has written over 1,000 songs600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town”), George Strait (“Thoughts Of A Fool”), and Ricky Skaggs (“Honey, Open That Door”). Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades.  In February of 2012 President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.



An Evening With… Dolly continues to glitter on and off the stage

Nashville, TN (August 10, 2012) The first-ever Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® two-disc set, An Evening With… Dolly, has earned a Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold award and today Dolly got to celebrate!  The DVD/CD was RIAA certified just four weeks after its April 2 release date and its debut at #2 on Billboard’s Top DVD Music Videos Chart.

“In true Dolly fashion and always on the cutting edge, Dolly was the first to be Sound Scanned in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program, and now their first gold record,” said Dolly’s Manager/President of Dolly Records Danny Nozell.

The RIAA gold award marks a first for Cracker Barrel and the first for Dolly Records in the U.S., with previous Gold certifications in Australia and the United Kingdom.

“I’m thrilled that so many fans are listening to my songs and taking a look behind-the-scenes of my European tour,” said Dolly.  “I had a wonderful time performing in London and I think the audience did too.  It’s exciting to be able to share my experiences with Cracker Barrel fans.  And I have to tell you, I’m even more excited that An Evening With… Dolly earned the first Gold in the Cracker Barrel exclusive music program.  That’s just icing on the cake.”
The first-ever Cracker Barrel two-disc set was the second project with Dolly Parton and is available for $11.99 exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations and online at
Cracker Barrel's John Jankowich, Danny Nozell, Dolly Parton, Cracker Barrel's Julie Craig
Dolly Records publicists Jeremy Westby, Kirt Webster, Dolly Parton, Dolly's Manager Danny Nozell
An Evening With... Dolly CD Track Listing:
1.   Two Doors Down
2.   Jolene
3.   Coat of Many Colors
4.   Only Dreaming
5.   Little Sparrow
6.   The Grass is Blue
7.   Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
8.   Here You Come Again
9.   Islands in the Stream
10.  9 to 5
11.  I Will Always Love You
12.  Shattered Image*
       - previously unreleased live bonus track
13.  My Tennessee Mountain Home*
       - previously unreleased live bonus track

An Evening With... Dolly DVD Track Listing:
1.   Two Doors Down
2.   Jolene
3.   Backwoods Barbie
4.   Coat of Many Colors
5.   Only Dreamin’
6.   Better Get to Livin’
7.   Shinola
8.   Little Sparrow
9.   The Grass is Blue
10.  Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
11.  Here You Come Again
12.  Islands in the Stream
13.  9 to 5
14.  I Will Always Love You
15.  Jesus and Gravity


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The album cover for Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville recording artist Jerrod Niemann’s October album release Free The Music is no longer on lockdown. The art was revealed this morning online by USA Today, where Jerrod shares, “This album is my interpretation of how I feel about country right now,” and that means horns, fiddles and steel guitars. Read the full story for more. Free The Music is available for pre-order now on and will be available in stores and online October 2, 2012.
Aside from co-producing and co-writing the record, Jerrod formulated the idea for the cover design. The illustration shows Jerrod opening a set of doors, which he says symbolizes letting the music out and inviting the music lovers in. "We've done our best to try and make room for everyone," he says. Also, many of the instruments featured in the art were taken from actual photographs of the instruments used when recording.
Jerrod’s vision when creating Free The Music was to mix the old with the new. “The pedal steel guitar has come to define country music, but there were years and years of country being made before that instrument was even invented. Horns have been in country going back to the 1920s, and fiddles and other string instruments date back even further. I took all those things and put them on Free The Music," he says.
"I made this record in an effort to try and mix 1927 with 2027, but I didn’t want to disregard 100 years of what people have already done musically. Instead, I wanted to take that and do it in a way that is also representative of the future.”
Name: Jerrod Niemann
Album Release Date: Tues., Oct. 2, 2012
Album name: Free The Music
Single: “Shinin’ On Me”
Label: Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville
Track Listing, Song Title, Songwriters:
01-“Free The Music” (Jerrod Niemann)
02-“Whiskey Kind of Way
(Jerrod Niemann, Randy Boudreaux)
03-“Get On Up
(Jerrod Niemann, J.R. McCoy, Jesse Clingan)
04-“I’ll Have to Kill the Pain
(Jerrod Niemann, J.R. McCoy, Arlos Smith)
05-“Only God Can Love You More
(Jerrod Niemann, Jon Stone, Lee Brice)
06-“Shinin’ on Me
(Jerrod Niemann, Rob Hatch, Lee Brice, Lance Miller)
07-“Honky Tonk Fever” (Jerrod Niemann)
08-“Guessing Games” (Jerrod Niemann, J.R. McCoy)
09-“It Won’t Matter Anymore
(Jerrod Niemann, Rob Hatch, Lance Miller)
10-“I’m All About You” [featuring Colbie Caillat]
(Jerrod Niemann, Richie Brown)
11-“Real Women Drink Beer
(Jerrod Niemann, Houston Phillips)
12-“Fraction of a Man” (Jerrod Niemann)
For more information on Jerrod Niemann visit or follow him on Twitter and Facebook at @jrodfromoz and

"The Colorados im Green House

Am 10.8.12 war die Country Band "The Colorados"aus Kempten zum 2. Mal zu Gast im Green House im Golfclub Scheidegg. Gleich zu Beginn heizten die Jungs den Gästen mit "We`re from the country" kräftig ein. Da hielt es die Linedancer natürlich nicht lange auf Ihren Plätzen. Auch die anderen Gäste ließen sich mitreißen und tanzten und zu dem reichhaltigen Programm der drei Country-Boys. Ein besonderes Highlight war ein spontaner Auftritt von Don Vigo zusammen mit den Colorados. Der Song "Help Me Make It Through The Night " verschaffte so manchem Gast Gänsehaut und bei "me and Bobby McGee" kannte die Begeisterung keine Grenzen mehr. Country Music from the heart, das ist das Markenzeichen von "the Colorados" mit dem sie immer wieder aufs Neue Ihre Fans begeistern. Durch Ihre Herzlichkeit und offene Art gewinnen die 3 Musiker die Sympathie der Gäste, die immer wieder gerne zu einem Country Abend mit der Band kommen. Leider war auch dieser Abend viel zu schnell vorbei, aber gerne erfüllten sie den Wunsch der Gäste nach Zugabe. Als Abschluss sang Andy noch "Teddy bear" von Elvis und die Jungs wurden mit viel Applaus von den Gästen in Ihren wohlverdienten Urlaub verabschiedet.

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