Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Keith Urban wird Lehrer

Keith Urban wird Lehrer

Unterricht bei einem Countrystar: so macht Lernen Spaß. In diesen Genuss kommen 190 Schülerinnen und Schüler von vier öffentlichen Schulen in Nashville. Urban wird den musikbegeisterten Jugendlichen alles über das Schreiben von Songs verraten, was ihn selbst inspiriert, wer ihn beeinflusst hat und wie sein Job tatsächlich aussieht. Außerdem beantwortet er alle Fragen der Schüler und mit Sicherheit wird er die ein oder andere Kostprobe geben. Das alles ist Teil des Bildungsprogrammes der Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum und findet am 6. September statt. Die Öffentlichkeit wird weitestgehend ausgeschlossen, allerdings kann man auf der Internetseite der County Music Hall of Fame durch einen Livestream mit dabei sein.

Wynonna Judd nach Unfall ihres Mannes wieder auf Tour

Wynonna Judd nach Unfall ihres Mannes wieder auf Tour

Am 18. August hatte Wynonna Judds Mann Michael Scott Moser (ehemaliges Mitglied der Band Highway 101) einen schweren Motorradunfall, bei dem er sein linkes Bein verlor. Sein Zustand verbessert sich mittlerweile stetig und somit möchte Judd ihre Fans nicht länger warten lassen und ihre Tour bis Ende September fortsetzen. Moser ist Schlagzeuger der Band und Judd kann es kaum erwarten, dass sie wieder gemeinsam auf der Bühne stehen. Bis dahin wird sie aber auch ohne ihn von Auftritt zu Auftritt fahren und ihre Fans glücklich machen.

LiveWire Lies

LiveWire Proves There Are Two Sides To Every Story With New Single, "Lies"
Fan Favorite Available to Radio Today Via All Access and iTunes 
LiveWire  Lies single cover 

"LiveWire lead vocalist Andy Eutsler showcases a strong, pliable voice capable of running toe-to-toe with some of the best vocalists to come out of Nashville." - Matt Bjorke, Roughstock

NASHVILLE, TN (August 29, 2012) - Country Rockers LiveWire has released its latest single "Lies" via All Access DownloadsThe song is going for immediate airplay and is available for download by radio programmers here.  "Lies," also for sale on iTunes, is from LiveWire's forthcoming full-length debut album on Way Out West Records, slated for release later this fall.  

Written by the band's lead singer Andy Eutsler, the track has been a fan favorite in live concerts since the group first started performing it last year.  Eutsler recounts the inspiration for the song:"Through the mindless rhythm of laying brick on my house one day, a melody started to form.  During that time it seemed as though all of my 'friends' on Facebook were breaking up and putting it out there for the world to see.  I knew the truth of some of those stories, so as the melody rattled around in my brain, the words started coming naturally . . . 'make it all done between you and I, but don't make it lies.'"

"Lies" was produced by Justin Woods and features the studio musical talents of the six members of LiveWire along with guest musicians Todd Gummerman on keyboards (from alt-rock band MUTEMATH) and Mike Johnson on steel guitar.  The track was mixed at LOUD Studios in Nashville by award-winning engineer Julian King (Chris Young, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw).

A six-piece band based in Joplin, Missouri, LiveWire features lead vocalist Eutsler, lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia, drummer Adam Hagerman, fiddle player Cory Shultz, rhythm guitarist Danny Bell and bassist Landon Rolfe.  Since the release of the band's well-received debut single "Tater Fed," a self-titled EP and two music videos last year, LiveWire's music has drawn a strong following.  Word of the group's powerful live performances has spread among fans and helped to grow an already impressive touring schedule to include more fairs, festivals and concert appearances.

LiveWire's music has found success at Country radio both in the U.S. and in Europe.  The video "Miracle Of The Human Spirit," which benefitted the group's tornado-ravaged hometown, received airplay on CMT Pure, The Country Network and Yallwire, among other outlets.  In addition, LiveWire's song "What Makes You A Man" was nominated Country Song of the Year by the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards in March; the band won the fan-voted award earlier this month.

The group's unique musical sound is edgy, honest and passionate--blending elements of working man's Country with rootsy Southern Rock.  Chuck Dauphin with Music News Nashville says the band has "some sounds of Marshall Tucker, some of Rascal Flatts and some of Montgomery Gentry--and it all works."

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Since forming in the mid-'90s, LiveWire has forged a reputation as one of the top-draw live acts in the Midwest by regularly packing venues in the band's home state of Missouri and in the surrounding states of Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.  Along the way, this homegrown talent has taken the members of the sextet across America opening for Country superstars including Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Diamond Rio and Kix Brooks.  The group experienced a brush with the "big time" as finalists in the 2009 Colgate Country Showdown when it performed on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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Eric Church's band hosts "Put A Club In My Hand" Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 25, 2012.
Nashville Industry Invited to Participate in Sept. 25 Benefit at Gaylord Springs Golf Links
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Tuesday, August 28, 2012) – The musicians behind platinum-selling country music artist Eric Church are banding together to benefit GRAMMY’s MusiCares® and calling on other industry professionals to do the same. On Sept. 25, 2012 they will host the inaugural “Put A Club In My Hand” charity golf tournament at Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, TN commencing with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Industry professionals and musicians are invited to compete for the championship, plus have access to complimentary food, prizes, contests and more.
Spearheading the tournament is Church's bass player, Lee Hendricks, who came up with the idea alongside Church's other band members: Jeff Cease, Jeff Hyde, Driver Williams and Craig Wright, along with Michael Todd Stembridge, Church's set carpenter. They are hosting the event in an effort to give back to MusiCares®, a non-profit GRAMMY organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance for music professionals in times of need.
“I lost a lot of equipment in the Nashville flood, but MusicCares® came in immediately and helped me recover from those financial losses. We, as a band, would love to see Music City step up and repay them for helping to alleviate so much hardship within our community in such a dire time of need, and also acknowledge what they do on a daily basis to make sure all of us are taken care of," says Hendricks. "They've done so much for us...we want to give back.”
The 18-hole tournament will include a long-drive competition, a closest-to-the-pin contest and a putting contest. Thirty-six teams will compete for the championship in a four-man scramble format.
Reflecting on his band's involvement, Eric Church says, "I could not be more proud to have my guys step up and decide to do something on their own to give to an organization that helps so many musicians in need. They realized how much they had been helped and wanted to ensure other people would have that opportunity in the future. I certainly will be supporting their efforts and want everyone else to join me." 
Cost of registration is $150 per person. Registration includes tournament entry, a $50 credit in TaylorMade/Adidas mobile pro shop and complimentary food and beverages.
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For more information on the “Put A Club In Your Hand” charity golf tournament, visit

“Martha & Mary” by Nu-Blu Now Out to Radio

“Martha & Mary” by Nu-Blu Now Out to Radio
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NAIL BY NAIL Get Instant Download of "Martha and Mary"
Nashville, TN  (August 28, 2012) -- Pinecastle Records is pleased to announce today’s new single, “Martha and Mary” by Nu-Blu. The song was written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell and appears on Nu-Blu's first gospel album, NAIL BY NAIL set for release October 30, 2012. The single has been serviced to bluegrass radio stations and is also available at
"The story of Martha and Mary is one of the great Gospel stories of the Bible. Nu-Blu's latest single, ‘Martha and Mary’ reminds us that there is a little bit of Martha and a little bit of Mary in each of us. Talk about getting a listener – any listener - to relate to the song's message, Nu-Blu has a sure-fire winner in this song, destined to be a favorite among fans and radio programmers alike,” said Brian McNeal, Prescription Bluegrass.
Fans can listen to the new single “Martha and Mary” plus pre-order a copy of NAIL BY NAIL at  and get an instant download of the track, "Martha and Mary."
The label released Nu-Blu’s THE BLU-DISC last year that included the impressive single “Other Woman’s Blues” that was also released as a music video. Pinecastle also released a holiday single, “Christmas in Dixie,” late last year as well. Just a few short weeks later, that holiday favorite reached the #1 spot on the Airplay Direct’s Top Bluegrass Album Chart. 
This energetic bluegrass band, consisting of Daniel Routh, Carolyn, Routh, Levi Austin and Austin Koerner, has certainly proven to have crossover success in a variety of genres.  They have been featured in numerous Bluegrass publications including the April 2012 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. Their single, “Spin On A Red Brick Floorfrom their NIGHTS album debuted at #10 on the Euro Americana Chart and spent five weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 chart.  Nu-Blu were the winners of the Country Band of the Year Award by the Carolina Music Awards in 2010 and were nominated by the organization again last year as the Country/Bluegrass/Americana Group of the Year.
For more information on Nu-Blu and to receive upcoming announcements on NAIL BY NAIL, please For more information on Pinecastle Records, please visit


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Video to Debut on Friday, Aug. 31 During CMT’s "Top 20 Countdownat 11 a.m. EDT / 10 a.m. CDT and Repeat All Weekend
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Tuesday, August 29, 2012) – On Friday, August 31, CMT will host the 72-hour exclusive world premiere of Randy Houser’s new music video, “How Country Feels.” Fans can tune in during CMT’s Top 20 Countdown at 11 a.m. EDT / 10 a.m. CDT to watch. The video will repeat all weekend through Sunday, Sept. 2 and be cross-promoted all this week on, CMT’s social networks, CMT Radio's Live with Cody Alan, CMT Radio Networks, and CMT mobile platforms and webtools. View the video teaser here:
Wes Edwards of Ruckus Film directed the new video, and it was filmed at Glenn Leven Farm in Nashville, Tenn.
"Wes took the story in the song and delivered a concept video that we both envisioned," Houser shares. "I think he captured it in a way that will hopefully allow viewers to experience that much more of  'How Country Feels.'"
“How Country Feels” is Houser’s current Top 30 and climbing Billboard Country single, and the coinciding video paints a picture of a girl who has never experienced anything other than urban life. This song animates her to step into the country and experience things from a new perspective. The single is Houser’s first release on Stoney Creek Records and is the follow-up to his No. 2 Billboard Country hit, “Boots On,” and hits, “Anything Goes" and “Whistlin’ Dixie.”
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Robert Hale's New Solo Album, Pure & Simple, Available Now

Robert Hale's New Solo Album, Pure & Simple, Available Now
Columbus, NC - August 28, 2012 - Wildfire frontman Robert Hale has released his first solo album, Pure and Simple, on Pinecastle Records. For the recording sessions, Hale called on his old bandmates from Livewire, Scott Vestal on banjo, Wayne Benson on mandolin, and Ernie Sykes on bass. Joining them are Steve Thomas on fiddle, Randy Kohrs on dobro, along with Shawn Lane and Alecia Nugent on harmony vocals. Hale's song selection is a direct reflection of the music that has influenced him most through the years. The group pays homage to Lynyrd Skynard with “Pure and Simple” and turn right around and knock out Reno and Smiley's “There's Another Baby Waiting For Me Down The Line”. The result is an exciting mix of bluegrass and country featuring four Robert Hale originals including the blazing instrumental, “Dirt Poor” and the country ballad, “You're Wrong”. Hale concludes the project with a grassed up version of Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" showcasing the instrumental prowess and versatility of the band.
Robert Hale was a longtime member of JD Crowe and The New South before teaming up with Curt Chapman and Phil Leadbetter in 2000 to form the band Wildfire, which has recorded three albums for Pinecastle Records. Hale has also recorded with Dolly Parton on Halos and Horns and For God and Country.
"The new album out by Robert Hale, Pure & Simple is exciting and fresh bluegrass music that reaches into traditional country and beyond. From the folk favorite "Did She Mention My Name?" to "Sir Duke", the listener is in for good time listening to Hale's latest project." - Bob Cherry, Cybergrass
"Pure & Simple from Robert Hale is not bluegrass, but bluegrass fans will love it...not country, but country fans will love it...kinda like folks have always been about his old boss, J.D. Crowe. Taking on Sir Duke is brave, and cool!" - John Roten, WPEK/WMXF Mountain Music Time
"I was particularly excited to hear the latest release from Robert Hale--I've been a fan of his since Livewire and Wildfire, and his CD is fantastic!" - Jennifer Ramm, WUIS
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About Pinecastle Records:
Pinecastle Records was created nearly 22 years ago as a favor to a friend and has since grown into a legendary label with nearly 250 releases in its catalog including titles from some of the most influential musicians in the bluegrass genre such as Eddie Adcock, The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse and Charlie Waller & The Country Gentlemen. Pinecastle has always placed an emphasis on fostering the talents of bluegrass up and comers and has helped with the growth of the careers of Terry Eldredge, Jesse Brock, Josh Williams, and Kristin Scott Benson, among others. Today, Pinecastle is situated in the mountains of southwestern North Carolina owned by businessman and medical doctor, Lonnie Lassiter.



First Single From Forthcoming Album, The Road, Enters The Top 40

Nashville, Tenn. (August 28, 2012) - You can forget what your calendar says as country radio stations and music fans alike are keeping the onset of Autumn at bay with the ongoing success of “Endless Summer,” the first single from Aaron Lewis’ forthcoming album, The Road.

Country radio programmers have been steady in their praise of “Endless Summer.” “It’s been our top testing song through all of July and August,” says Bob Walker, Program Director of WCTK/Providence of the single, which has climbed to 39* on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

“I think this truly is a hit single and Aaron deserves that shot,” add KBEQ Program Director Mike Kennedy.  “He came in here, grabbed a guitar and mesmerized the crowd for 30 minutes.  You could really feel his star power in that moment!”

The song is also a reflection of where Lewis is now as a songwriter.  Known for more melancholic hits like “It’s Been a While” and “Outside,” “Endless Summer” is decidedly upbeat and infectious.  “This proves I can write a happy song,” says Lewis, with a laugh.  “It’s just the story of the weekend trips I take with my wife and my daughters to our little beach cottage.  It’s hard not to be happy when I think about that.”

The Road, co-produced by Lewis and Nashville legend James Stroud (Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Chris Young), was originally scheduled for release in early September via Stroud’s R&J Records label but is now planned for a November 13 release on Blaster Records through Warner Music Nashville.

“I really hate that we’ve had to move the record back,” says Lewis.  “We’ve been playing these songs live on tour all summer and I know there are people who are frustrated they can’t get the album yet.  I’m frustrated, too, but there have been a bunch of positive changes in my world and in the long run, the delay is really for the best.”

The Road features ten new songs, including “Granddaddy’s Gun,” written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Bobby Pinson.  It marks the first time in his career that Lewis has ever recorded a song he didn’t write.  “Rhett is a friend of mine and played the song for me when we were on a hunting trip,” says Lewis.  “The lyrics really tell my story.  It’s a song that I could have written.”

"I hope people hear the record and realize it’s a total reflection of me," Lewis says of the songs on The Road.  "I'm writing songs about who I am and where I am, just like I've done my whole career.  The setting for the songs might be different but they're as honest as anything I've ever done."

The complete track listing for the album is:

1.  75
2.  The Road
3.  Endless Summer
4.  Red, White & Blue
5.  Lessons Learned
6.  Forever
7.  Grandaddy’s Gun
8.  State Lines
9.  Anywhere But Here
10.  Party In Hell

Lewis’s debut solo release, Town Line, bowed at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #7 on the Top US Albums chart in March of 2011.  The first single from that EP, “Country Boy,” has been certified Gold and its video has received over 15,000,000 online views to date, reaching #1 on  The song, which features guest appearances from George Jones and Charlie Daniels, also earned Lewis nominations from the Academy Of Country Music for “Vocal Event of the Year” as well as two CMT Music Awards nominations for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” and “Collaborative Video of the Year.”

Lewis will resume his tour in support of The Road in November.  Information on ticket on-sale dates and special fan club opportunities will be available at as dates are confirmed.


Nashville, Tenn. (August 28, 2012) – Little General Records recording trio Taylor Made released their first ever music video featuring their current single, Things You Don’t Grow Out Of. The video officially released Thursday, August 23rd to networks, blogs, and radio amidst a nationwide radio tour to promote the single, which is currently #48 on the Billboard Indicator chart and #35 on the Music Row chart.

“Altough this is our third official release with Little General Record, this was our first opportunity to make a video,” said Greg Duckworth, member of Taylor Made and lead vocals on the single. “Given the strength of the song’s message, we felt a video would only help drive that message home. We couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out."

Film Credits:
Sodium Films
Director: Adrian David Payne
Producer/AD: Shawn Worlow
Director of Photography Unit 1: David Ogle
Director of Photography Unit 2: Will Holland
3rd Camera: Paul Breeding
Production Assistants: Happy Payne, Esseri Holmes, Erik Garcia
Gaffer: Matt Satterfield
Grip: Jake Foster
Best Boy: Read Riley
Makeup: Kenzie Gregg, Ashley Eisnlohr
Actors: Kaylee Andrews, Mason Bailor, Hudson Haining, Sarah Shoemaker, Steve Alberts, Alex Hopkins
Coloring: Storyville Post/John Buchanon
Editing: Jeremy Stanley

To check out Taylor Made's music video for Things You Don't Grow Out Of, visit and search 'Things You Don't Grow Out Of'.

About Taylor Made:
Born and raised in Grafton, West Virginia, sibling trio Taylor Made has been performing together since childhood. With a background in church and back-porch singing, the trio reformed as I-79 for the Colgate Country Showdown. It was only a matter of time before their sibling harmonies caught the attention of Little General Stores owner Greg Darby, who signed them to his West Virginia-based Little General Records under the new name Taylor Made (after their Taylor County upbringing). In 2011, they released single Good Love, which topped off at #42 on the Billboard Indicator chart and #28 on the Music Row chart. Their current single, Things You Don’t Grow Out Of, released to radio in May 2012 and stands at #51 on the Billboard Indicator Chart and #35 on the Music Row chart. For more information regarding Taylor Made, visit

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