Monday, August 13, 2012




Nashville, Tenn. – August 13, 2012 – Country music star and award-winning TV host Craig Morgan will release his latest single “More Trucks Than Cars” from his recent album This Ole Boy.  Written by Morgan with Phil O’Donnell and Craig Wiseman, the song is an anthem for the southern lifestyle, depicted in stars that light the night sky, biscuits, grits and gravy, ‘Ole Glory’ flying high and a landscape where you’ll sooner spot a truck before you see a car. And Morgan can wholeheartedly relate to his lyric “meanwhile back in Tennessee we’re raising our babies and our own green beans.” Craig Morgan’s “More Trucks Than Cars” is available today via PlayMPE for airplay on country radio with an August 27 impact date.

The song is equally relatable to metropolitan areas of the U.S. where there is no shortage of hard-working Americans ad a touch of the southern lifestyle is a hot commodity.  While in New York earlier this year, Morgan was surprised at the number of trucks he spotted amongst the sea of yellow cabs in Manhattan.

The new album This Ole Boy, his first new music in three years and debut release on Black River Entertainment, is co-produced with his longtime creative partner Phil O’Donnell.  Morgan co-wrote 6 of the 12 songs on the new record including this latest single release, “More Trucks Than Cars.”

News of this release comes on the heels of his Sixth Annual Craig Morgan Charity Weekend. The event, which includes a motocross ride, concert and sporting clays shoot, raises funds to support local foster children in Dickson County, Tennessee and to eventually build and maintain a home for temporarily displaced children. In addition, viewers can catch his TV show, “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” every Sunday night at 11pm (EST) on Outdoor Channel. Check local listings or log on to to find out how to get the network in your area.

ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN: One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “International Harvester” and his latest hit, the title track to his new record This Ole Boy. The new album, his first release on Black River Entertainment, boasted a Top 5 debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart when it released on February 28, 2012. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” currently in its third season on Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit or follow him on Twitter @CMorganmusic.

Rodney Atkins, Luke Laird, and Host Bob DiPiero at CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES


Rodney Atkins, Luke Laird, and Host Bob DiPiero Perform Sept. 12
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series makes its Pittsburgh debut bringing some of Nashville’s best tunesmiths to Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Sept. 12 (8:00 PM show time, doors open at 7:00 PM). Rodney Atkins and Luke Laird will join host Bob DiPiero for a night of music and storytelling.
A two-time CMA Award nominee, Atkins has landed six No. 1 hits, including the recent Platinum-selling chart-topper, "Take A Back Road," and has sold more than five million singles in the past five years. His current album, Take A Back Road, produced the out-of-the-box smash, "Take A Back Road," and latest single, "Just Wanna Rock ‘n Roll.” Atkins garnered back-to-back recognition with Billboard's Most Played Song of the Year Award for "If You're Going Through Hell" (2006) and "Watching You" (2007).
“The CMA Songwriters Series events are a great way to let the audience hear the story behind the song,” shared Atkins. “Luke and Bob are some of the best writers in the business, and I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with the fans in Pittsburgh.”
Rounding out the lineup is Laird (“Temporary Home” recorded by Carrie Underwood, “Baggage Claim” recorded by Miranda Lambert, and “A Little Bit Stronger” recorded by Sara Evans); and a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the host for each evening, DiPiero (“Southern Voice” recorded by Tim McGraw, “Blue Clear Sky” recorded by George Strait, and “Loving You Is Fun” recorded by Easton Corbin).
Tickets for the Sept. 12 CMA Songwriters Series at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh are $40 and $27 each and are on sale now. To order tickets, visit
For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit
ASCAP, BMI, GAC and SESAC are the official partners of the CMA Songwriters Series.
About Hard Rock International
With a total of 179 venues in 54 countries, including 140 cafes and 18 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya, Bali, Macau, Penang, Singapore, Punta Cana, Panama, Cancun and Vallarta.  Additional hotel and casino projects planned to open include Riviera Maya in 2013 and Abu Dhabi in 2014.  Additional announced hotel and casino projects include Aruba, Hungary and Northfield Park.  Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit  For more information on Hard Rock International, visit

Lonesome River Band Set To Thrill Fans with Three Nashville Performances This Week

Lonesome River Band Set To Thrill Fans with Three Nashville Performances This Week
Award-Winning Group Continues Celebration of CHRONOLOGY Album Series Commemorating 30th Anniversary
August 13, 2012 (Nashville, TN) — The award-winning LONESOME RIVER BAND fresh off a Hollywood, CA performance this past weekend, will head back to Nashville today for three Nashville concerts this week.  The group will no doubt thrill fans with performances at MUSIC CITY ROOTS Live from the Loveless Barn, SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction STUDIO SPECIAL taping (live audience), and WSM Radio’s STATION INN SESSIONS
Following the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Press Conference this Wednesday at the Loveless Barn where the organization will announce the final nominees for the 2012 IBMA Awards, LONESOME RIVER BAND will perform at the venue for the popular MUSIC CITY ROOTS. The concert kicks off at 7:00 pm and also includes performances by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Isaacs and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.  Tickets are $10, $5 ages 6-18, $5 for students 19 and older that show a valid student ID, and free for children five and under.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. The Loveless Café Barn is located at 8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN.
Fans are invited to attend a SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction STUDIO SPECIAL taping on Thursday, August 16 at 12:00 noon.  This special concert event by LONESOME RIVER BAND will take place in the theater at SiriusXM located at 509 Broadway, Nashville, TN.
Also on Thursday, August 16, LONESOME RIVER BAND will be featured on the WSM Radio’s Station Inn Sessions. The show will kick off at 5:00 pm when host, Mike Terry will interview the band followed by a concert that will air on WSM Radio and stream live at  The event is free and fans are invited to be part of this live audience for the interview and live concert.  The Station Inn is located at 402 12th Avenue, Nashville, TN.
Rural Rhythm Records has released Volumes One and Two of the band’s CHRONOLOGY album series.  Volume Three is scheduled for release on September 25, 2012.  Moonstruck Management will present an ANNIVERSARY EVENING concert celebrating Lonesome River Band's 30th Anniversary along with label-mate Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme's Out 20th Anniversary on September 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville located at 322 Broadway, Nashville, TN  37201.  Only a few seats remain for this event.  Tickets are $15 (seated) and $10 (standing) and can be purchased at
LONESOME RIVER BAND includes the talents of BRANDON RICKMAN (Guitar, Lead/Harmony Vocals); MIKE HARGROVE (fiddle); BARRY REED (Upright Bass, Harmony Vocals); RANDY JONES (Mandolin, Lead/Harmony Vocals), and led by Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and multi-award winning IBMA Banjo Player of the Year winner, SAMMY SHELOR.  Last November, Shelor earned yet another honor winning The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
After this week's busy Nashville appearances, LONESOME RIVER BAND will head back to California performing August 18-19 at the Summergrass Festival in San Diego before heading to Canada at the end of the month.  For a complete tour schedule and more information on LONESOME RIVER BAND, please visit

Chesney, McGraw Show at MetLife Stadium

Chesney, McGraw Show at MetLife Stadium Sets All-Time Record for NYC/NJ Country Event

Saturday night's sold-out 'Brothers of the Sun' show, with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, at NJ's MetLife Stadium set the record as the largest ticketed country event in NYC/NJ history, with 56,285 tickets sold. The concert broke the record Chesney set last year with his sold-out 'Goin' Coastal' date on August 13, 2011. Not only is the 'Brothers of the Sun' Tour the biggest tour of 2012 according to Pollstar, but this week it broke the million ticket mark and became the 9th time in 10 years that Chesney's touring resulted in ticket sales of one million or more.
"The excitement and buzz for this show was through the roof since the day it was announced," said Interim MetLife Stadium President Ron VanDeVeen. "We couldn't imagine how last year's 'Goin' Coastal' show could be topped, but this truly was the biggest country show we've ever seen."
Opening with the one-two punch of his #1 single "Beer in Mexico" and "Keg in the Closet," Chesney captivated the audience with a non-stop performance that featured a guest appearance from Grace Potter on "You & Tequila," which Chesney said has grown into one of his favorite songs, and his current single "Come Over," which is #1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart for the second consecutive week. Chesney conveyed his gratitude to the history-making crowd throughout the show, saying how much he had missed NYC and speaking about the commonality between people from all areas.
"I want to thank you for having us back, and thank you for letting us be a part of your summer," Chesney told the crowd. "After tonight we only have four shows left, and we're gonna take this night with us all winter."
With the NFL season just weeks away, Chesney acknowledged the area's deep pigskin divide by holding up a Giants helmet in one hand and a Jets helmet in the other before presenting them to two awe-struck fans pulled onstage from the pit. After a joint encore with Chesney and McGraw that featured all acts joining in on Jackson's Browne's "Running on Empty," everyone in the stadium, whether Jets or Giants fans, left having witnessed a piece of NJ/ NY history.
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Kristen Kelly Ex-Old Man

Kristen Kelly Releases “Ex-Old Man” Video Today

Video Debuts on VEVO, GAC & CMT Pure
Nashville, TN – Arista Nashville’s Kristen Kelly releases the video for her debut single “Ex-Old Man” today. Fans can watch the video on VEVO at as well as GAC and CMT Pure. Filmed in Nashville, the video takes a lighthearted look at a relationship gone awry.
"I had a great time working with Anna Mastro on this video,” shares Kristen. “I feel like she ‘got me’ and the true message behind the song. When life brings you a lemon...make some lemonade and add some vodka.”
Earlier this summer Kristen made history when her debut single, “Ex-Old Man,” became the most added song on Country Aircheck making it the first time in Country Aircheck history a new female artist’s debut single tops the most added list.
Kristen has had a busy summer out on the road with Brad Paisley on his Virtual Reality World Tour. For a list of Kristen’s upcoming shows go to
Fans can purchase the single “Ex-Old Man” on iTunes at



TUNE IN: Lynyrd Skynyrd on FOX & Friends
“All American Concert Series” – August 17

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 13, 2011) – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members Lynyrd Skynyrd are set to perform during events outside of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida  on Sunday, August 26 as part of the fundraising event Citizens Helping Heroes presents Southern Tribute IV Honoring America’s Heroes. The concert takes place at The American Action Network Pavilion at Liberty Plaza (corner of South Morgan & East Whiting Streets next to the Tampa Times Forum) and is open to paid sponsors and their guests. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s show launches the four-day event which also includes performances by Trace Adkins (8/28) and Kid Rock (8/29).

Tune In for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s performance live from New York City as part of the FOX & Friends “All American Concert Series” on Friday, August 17th during the 8am (ET) hour.  The concert is open to the public (corner of 48th St and 6th Avenue) with free food offered all morning from Famous Dave’s BBQ.

This free live performance is the 13th of the 14-week outdoor concert series held in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, directly outside the FOX News studios (48th & 6th).   Lynyrd Skynyrd, known for their Southern rock anthems, will perform several new songs from their forthcoming album Last of a Dyin’ Breed due in stores on August 21st on Loud & Proud / Roadrunner Records as well as some of their notable anthems including “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Viewers will also be able to visit the FOX & Friends website at, which will feature post-performance coverage of the group's appearance.

About Lynyrd Skynyrd:
With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.  Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlock (guitar), Lynyrd Skynyrd continues the tremendous legacy that began over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida with their August 21, 2012 release, Last Of A Dyin’ Breed, a legacy that was halted for a decade after the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band tragically lost Billy Powell, Ean Evans, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Huey Thomasson, yet they continue to forge ahead. Rounding out the line-up is bass player Johnny Colt, an original member of the Black Crowes who recently joined the band, Mark “Sparky” Matejka on guitar, Peter Keys on keyboards, and Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase as the Honkettes backing vocalists.

Shawna Russell Sounds Like A Party

Oklahoma Singer/Songwriter Shawna Russell Releases "Sounds Like A Party" to Texas/Red Dirt Radio Today via CD Tex 

Retro and Rockin' Single Touches Fans Around the Region 
and Around the World

Shawna Russell-Sounds Like A Party

Nashville, TN (August 13, 2012) - Way Out West Records' singer/songwriter Shawna Russell releases her latest single "Sounds Like A Party" to Texas/Red Dirt radio today via CD Tex. The song can be streamed and radio programmers may download a broadcast quality copy here.

"Sounds Like A Party" was co-written by Russell and is from her critically acclaimed self-titled sophomore album. With a sassy vocal and a snappy backbeat, the retro and rockin' track also showcases the "Okie Songbird's" considerable prowess on the electric slide guitar.

Already gaining traction with "early believers" at radio, "Sounds Like A Party" marks a welcome return to the Texas/Red Dirt scene for Russell.  Her previous singles, "Should've Been Born With Wheels" and "Fire In The Desert," were respectively in the Top 30 and Top 40 of the Texas Music and Texas Regional Radio Report charts in 2009.

In addition to the radio release, "Sounds Like A Party" is currently the focus of a dance club promotion and is gaining rave reviews from venues including Billy Bob's Texas in Ft. Worth. The venerable Texas landmark is also featured in the video for the song which can be viewed here. Russell was interviewed recently just before taking the stage there by Golf Channel host, Lauren Thompson, and parts of her performance, including "Sounds Like A Party," were filmed for a future episode of the network's popular travel documentary series, "Golf Now."

"Sounds Like A Party" is receiving strong airplay in other parts of the country as well and is currently at #52 the MusicRow chart. A song that resounds with listeners of all stripes, "Sounds Like A Party" has been a fan favorite since it was first released in Europe last year and rose to #3 on the Hotdisc chart in three weeks. Closer to home, it was recently chosen as the "Official" song of this year's July 4 "Summer Oil Patch Festival" in Drumright, Oklahoma, where Russell was the special guest star and opened for Kix Brooks (formerly of Brooks & Dunn) to an estimated crowd of over 13,000 people on a bill that included Red Dirt favorites Bo Phillips and the Red Dirt Rangers. 

 Radio promotion of "Sounds Like A Party" to the Texas charts is being headed up by Dorothea Ivey of Cabin Creek Promotions.

Russell, who resides in Okemah, Oklahoma, has taken a different path than many artists have in her quest to establish herself as a contender in today's crowded music market; She has retained Oklahoma as her home base and partnered with a veteran music business executive and an Oklahoma oil and gas magnate to establish her own record label where she has released two albums, numerous singles and videos. Her music  - which combines elements of Country, Rock, Red Dirt, Folk and Americana  - receives airplay around the world, and all the while she retains control over her image, the marketing of her music, and her sound. And she tours constantly, performing over 100 dates a year with her band traveling in a bus formerly owned by music icon, Willie Nelson.

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Steel Guitar News August 13. 2012

Hello fellow players, This is Bob Hempker subbing today. In this newsletter I want to talk about a few people who have made an impression on me over the years and possibly have made an impression on some other steel players. I’m not talking about the famous names that you’ve all heard of. Instead these are people that never gained fame, but nevertheless, have contributed tremendously to steel guitar because you never know what famous players have picked up from these people. I’m sure every player out there has had people like this in their lives at one time or another. One example that comes to mind is Don West. People from the Washington D.C. area know who he was, but many people have never heard of him. Don influenced people such as Buddy Charleton and Buddy Emmons. All of the greats have talked about Don West. I don’t know of any recordings in existence. Don passed away a few years back and we really lost a great one. I was taught as a kid by Ron Dearth in Lima, Ohio. Ron was said to have influenced Jerry Byrd a lot. Ron was a die-hard Hawaiian player. I learned an awful lot from him. I was also influenced highly by a man named Bill Pulford. Bill introduced me to the E9th tuning and the Nashville style of playing. He had such a great touch. I learned most of the basics on E9th tuning from him. We lost Bill a couple years ago. I remember coming home from school one afternoon. I was about eleven years old. My older brother Dave and a few of his friends were playing music out in our garage. This was nothing new and I didn’t think much about it. All of a sudden I heard this sound that I had never really heard before. It immediately caught my attention. I had to go out there and look and see where it was coming from. A new neighbor who had just moved in across the street from us had heard my brother and his friends playing music in the garage and asked if he could join them. He was playing an Oahu Diana six string lapsteel with a string tone tuning changer on it that had a lever which you could switch from E to A to C#m tuning. The lever was worked with your right hand. He was playing a lot of the Bud Isaacs things with that little lap guitar using the string tone tuner changer. He would pick the string and while it was sustaining, he would work the lever to change the note from A to E and back. I was absolutely hooked immediately. This man’s name was Bill Pulford and the sound of him playing his steel guitar completely changed the course of my life. There are numerous players that I’ve encountered down through the years that were greats at what they did, but unfortunately they never were well-known. However the impact that they made on me and other players lives on and is testament to their skills and talents. Down through the years I have encountered many players who were not that well-known but were phenomenal steel guitar artists. I remember a guy from New Mexico named Wayne Galey (I’m not sure of the spelling). He was one super player. Many of you may remember Dick Miller as a guitar builder, but Dick could play with the best of them. Dick and Terry Bethel were in a band together in Las Vegas back in the seventies. When I was working with Loretta in Vegas, I would leave my gig and go directly to where they were playing and listen to them and hang out with them. Dick and Terry were both real impressive. If you ever get in the Cincinnati area, by all means make a trip to Bobby Mackey’s club. Chuck Rich has played there for several years and is another one of my very favorite players. There are really too many great unsung heroes for me to mention all of them. They may not have played on hit recordings nor have they starred at Scotty’s convention, but they have influenced so many of us. They have all rubbed off on me and probably in many ways that I’m not even aware of. I felt compelled to address this particular topic because I feel that there are so many players that have been in the trenches and helped a lot of known players. I wanted to give these guys some positive ink and thank them for all they’ve done for me. I had a question from a reader about how to practice harmonized scales. It’s easier to show than to explain so here is a video: 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



First Announced Special Guests Include Sheryl Crow,
Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, The Cadillac Black and Craig Campbell

Nashville, TN – Aug. 13, 2012 – Since first hitting the pavement in 2006, Multi-Platinum country music star Dierks Bentley’s “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert has held 12 events in seven US cities to raise over $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. Bentley announced today that he is revving up for the seventh annual “Miles & Music for Kids” on Sun., Oct. 14 in Nashville, TN with tickets going on sale this Fri., Aug.17 at 10:00A CT through TicketMaster.

The event begins at Harley-Davidson of Columbia (1616 Harley Davidson Blvd., Columbia, TN) for a scenic hour-long motorcycle ride ending at downtown Nashville’s Riverfront Park. Following the ride, Bentley will host a family-friendly jam-style concert with special guests Sheryl Crow, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, The Cadillac Black and Craig Campbell all joining him on the ACM Lifting Lives main stage.  More artist announcements will be made in the upcoming weeks.

"I really want to blow Miles & Music out this year and make it bigger than ever," said Bentley.  "We've had the chance to help a lot of communities across the country, but the heart and soul of this event is in downtown Nashville with Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the artists and friends who come out and help us raise money. It's my favorite thing we do all year."

Fans can purchase tickets for the ride, concert and commemorative T-shirt for $50, or those looking to attend the concert only can purchase tickets for $20.  Special VIP packages are also available. All proceeds from the event will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. For more ticket info, visit  

About Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt:
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a freestanding hospital dedicated to serving only children, is nationally recognized as a leading provider of pediatric health care services. Expertstreat and work to prevent all health issues ranging from common childhood conditions to serious, advanced diseases. Featuring Centers of Excellence for the treatment of diabetes and congenital heart disorders, Children’s Hospital also operates the region’s only level 1 pediatric trauma unit and a neonatal intensive care unit with the highest designated level of care. In addition, Children’s Hospital is a top-level teaching and research facility. No child is denied care on basis of limited ability to pay.


THE ROYS Ramp Up Launch Of New CD With Prescription Bluegrass & SiriusXM Promo Exclusives

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS Offers Premiere of Lyric Video August 13-19 & Duo Goes Track-By-Track With BLUEGRASS JUNCTION, SiriusXM 61 August 22-26

 The Roys - New Day Dawning  

Nashville, TN (August 13, 2012) -- THE ROYS ramp up to the August 28 launch of their new Rural Rhythm Records' CD, NEW DAY DAWNING, with exclusive promotions on PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS and BLUEGRASS JUNCTION, SiriusXM 61 Track-By-Track

Starting today, fans can catch a first for Bluegrass artists as PB debuts a Lyric Video for the duo's current single, "Still Standing."  According to the site's Brian McNeal, "Lyric videos aren't a new thing, but with some sleuthing we've discovered that they are new to Bluegrass.  We've been in this trend-setting duo's fan-camp since their first album, so we're extremely proud to help them launch this CD with this first-of-its-kind for Bluegrass lyric video." The catchy piece can be seen HERE.

Beginning August 22, SiriusXM will take an in-depth look at THE ROYS' new project during their popular Track-By-Track program.  Lee and Elaine offer insights into their songs and discuss their musical influences in the intimate interview with show host Kyle Cantrell.  Cantrell urges fans to tune in, saying, "Elaine and Lee have such a gift for finding great songs, and singing wonderful harmony, and they're fun to talk to as well.  We had such a good time chatting with them about their new release, NEW DAY DAWNING.  Don't miss this show!"  Music fans can catch the BLUEGRASS JUNCTION, SiriusXM 61 broadcast on the following dates/times (EASTERN):

Wednesday, 8/22, 11:00  a.m.
Thursday, 8/23, 9:00  p.m.
Saturday, 8/25, 8:00  a.m.
Sunday, 8/26, 11:00  a.m.

Fans can pre-order their copy of NEW DAY DAWNING now from AMAZON or from

One of the fastest-rising acts in the business, THE ROYS are heralded for a vibrant and progressive instrumental attitude that complements their vocal style.  Their distinctive Roots sound has enchanted fans since the duo arrived in Nashville six years ago.  With over 150 dates booked so far this year, Lee and Elaine have shared the stage with George Jones, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, John Rich, Darryl Worley, Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys and Chris Young.  Additionally, they have enjoyed high-profile TV gigs, including performances on Fox & Friends, Daytime, The Daily Buzz, ABC's What's The Buzz, GAC's Headline Country, RFD's Campfire Café and Larry's Country Diner and more. They were recently featured in the PBS television special Pa's Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler and have hosted seven episodes of the Bluegrass Mountains television show.  THE ROYS' first Rural Rhythm Records' CD, LONESOME WHISTLE, earned them a spot on BILLBOARD'S Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 Chart and gave them two hit singles: "Coal Minin' Man" and "Trailblazer."  In addition to chart success, the duo is also receiving the accolades of their peers, winning the coveted 2011 Inspirational Country Music's Bluegrass Artist of the Year.  The siblings were previously honored with the ICM's Duo of the Year award in 2010 and 2009.

Todd Fritsch – Up Here In The Saddle

Todd Fritsch – Up Here In The Saddle

1. My Kind Of Crowd 3:22 2. Calls I Haven't Made 3:40 3. That Ain't Gonna Fly 3:00 4. In A Crowd 3:21 5. Love Never Goes Out Of Style 2:55 6. Texas Girls 3:23 7. Horses He Can't Ride Anymore 3:42 8. Top Of My List 2:48 9. It Don't Hurt To Ask 3:31 10. Up Here In The Saddle 2:47 11. Like I Wasn't Even There 3:22 12. That Girl's Got A Cowboy Heart 3:40

Schon alleine der Albumtitel „Up Here in The Sadde“ verspricht viel Westernfeeling und man wird nicht enttäuscht. Todd Fritsch arbeitet täglich auf seiner Rinder-Ranch in Texas und verbringt viel Zeit im Sattel. Dort entstehen auch viele Texte, die er dann in seiner „freien“ Zeit zu wunderschönen Countrysongs verwandelt. Fritsch sagt selbst, dass ihm dieses Album das Liebste seiner bisherigen drei Veröffentlichungen sei und ich muss ihm Recht geben. Seine Texte sind vielseitig und mit vielen Inhalten kann man sich identifizieren. Mit dem ruhigen Song Calls I Haven't Made spricht er das allgemeine Problem an, dass wir nicht immer das loswerden, was uns auf dem Herzen liegt oder uns erst viel zu spät klar wird, dass wir es verpasst haben Menschen in unserem Leben etwas zu sagen, obwohl wir die Zeit und die Möglichkeiten gehabt hätten. Texas Girls und My Kind of Crowd sind dagegen schneller und etwas rockig. Die Texte beinhalten weniger ernste Themen und sind wunderbar dafür geeignet einfach nur die Musik zu genießen. Ein tolles Countryalbum, das man sich auch gerne öfter anhört.

Aylin Landzettel

Country Music News International August 13. 2012

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     Kearney, Nebraska....."It was a weekend full of adventure."  Bob & Sheila went out to Western Nebraska for several performances of old-time country music.  "We really don't call it old-time music anymore," Bob said.  "Country music is a very old musical genre in America, one of this country's oldest.  So that makes country music today very old.  What Sheila and I do is play country music when it was young.  This is exactly what the World Theater in Kearney wanted. This recently restored and renovated theater is a marvel.  It was built by the Masons in the 'twenties' as a vaudeville house.  This weekend it became that once again.  Sheila and I opened for the movie "Walk The Line" the recent, very successful film about Johnny Cash's life.  What the World Theater wanted was a performance of the music, the songs, the styles of songs that Johnny Cash would have listened to when he was a boy growing up on a cotton farm in Arkansas.  That was easy for us, and an incredible adventure into a room of over 500 seats where the acoustics was phenomenal.  This is a tremendous music hall, with amazingly comfortable seats and beautiful decor, and though we certainly didn't fill the theater, we certainly did well with our program and our CD sales as well as our pay which was based on the number of seats sold.  We did a 7pm show on Friday and a 2pm matinee on Sunday.  Both of them did well for us."
     "On Saturday we were on the Burton Bend Music Festival in Holbrook," Sheila added.  "It was fun for us too.  Mary Schutz is the director, but the festival is put on by the Whipple Family.  Maybe some of you remember Alexa Whipple. Bob had her open for Bill Anderson at the LeMars festival a couple of years ago.  When the Fire Marshall said no more people could come into the Main Stage building, we asked Mr. Anderson if he would do another show in the Dance Hall which was right next door.  After one look at the 2,000 in the Main Stage, he said "Sure, why not?"  So, while Anderson was performing on the Main Stage, Bob got Alexa Whipple to keep the stage humming right next door, and keep performing until Bill Anderson came in." 
     "She did an excellent job," Bob added, "Alexa is a 'natural' talent.  Her parents are doing the right thing by establishing a festival that features her talent.  It was a wonderful trip for us to Holbrook, where the festival took place in a restored and refurbished school building.  The staging area was super.  I was asked to do some MC work, and at one point I told the audience that I thought perhaps we were experiencing the innocence of America in this small prairie town.  The talent and the audience was remarkable acceptable of the  old-time style of country music."
     "We sure had a good time on the road," Bobbie Lhea, the Everhart's daughter added. "I got kind of 'funkey' if you know what I mean.  Well, we went through a small town on the way to Holbrook.  The name of the town was "Funk."  So I guess that's why I was 'funkey.'  I sure got Dad to get us a neat budget lunch.  When we were in Arapahoe, where we stayed both Friday and Saturday night at the Hunter's Lodge "Nebraska Hunt" whew, what a neat place to stay.  They have all kinds of stuffed animals in the main lobby room, including a huge cougar.  Anyway, not too far away was a small restaurant with a great big sign out front.  It said, "Free Napkin With The Purchase of A Sandwich." Sure enough, that's where Dad took us, and yes, we did get a free napkin with a super good sandwich."
     "We're getting ready for the big show at the Oak Tree Opry," Sheila added.  "It's going to be fun as our whole gang celebrates the 100th birthdays of Bill Monroe, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Minnie Pearl, Woody Guthrie, and Jay Silverheels.  We also have some special guests coming to help make it more fun, Mark & Sue Jenkins (super country music performers), Michael Murphy (he's part Native American and will do some Indian flute music to honor Jay Silverheels who played the part of Tonto on the Lone Ranger), and Lee Muller will do some obscure Woody Guthrie songs.  It's going to be fun to watch Rick & Harriette do Minnie Pearl and Tonto.  Wow, can't wait."

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