Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Today FREE FOOD from some of the finest FOOD TRUCKS in Nashville!

Who likes FREE FOOD, especially from some of the finest FOOD TRUCKS in Nashville? Today from, 12-1pm, the 1st 500 had the chance to get some.  It was served from 3 of the finest Food Trucks in Nashville. Riffs Fine Street Food, Biscuit Love, & Delta Bound Food. This is all part of 'Southern Ground Music & Food Festival' by the Zac Brown Band that is coming later this month, on the 21st/22nd, down on the Lawn @Riverfront.

All three trucks have a Facebook page, for you to check out, and LIKE. For more information on the upcoming Southern Ground Festival and the acts playing the two days, click on the link. http://www.southerngroundfestival.com/

Debbie Dean

Corey Wagar’s Single Take Ya Back Strikes a Chord with Country Radio

Corey Wagar’s Single Take Ya Back Strikes a Chord with Country Radio
 
Whether it is visiting her family on the beach of the Jersey shore or out promoting her honeysuckle hit, Take Ya Back, country music’s latest rockin’ phenomenon Corey Wagar is in it for the long haul.
 
This sweet and sassy song is soaring up in the Top 50 of the Music Row CountryBreakout Chart and currently #11 on the Renegade Radio Nashville/Nashville.com Hot 40 Countdown. Penned by Corey and established songwriters Beau Fuller and Cece DuBois, this tune showcases Corey’s true dedication to country music and is guaranteed to get toes tapping with the fiddles and steel guitar.
 
“This song takes me back to my childhood days listening to country music and singing along with a hairbrush microphone,” grins Corey. “I can’t thank you all enough for the amazing support. I am doing what I love and loving what I do!”

In between Corey’s performances, industry appearances and songwriting sessions,
she recently joined the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) Muscle Team and is flexing in the fight against neuromuscular disease. These PSA muscle ads have been appearing in video, radio and national print publications including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, Newsweek, Martha Stewart Living, PARADE Magazine, etc.

With her commanding vocals, infectious spirit and passionate songwriting, Corey has
teamed up with some of country music’s best-known songwriters and already
opened for the Charlie Daniels Band, Dierks Bentley, LeAnn Rimes,  Lee Brice, among others.  Her previous hit, I Hate My Boyfriend was a fiery girl-power anthem that reached #32 on the MusicRow charts. With her career accelerating rapidly at every turn, she made her way to Hollywood this past season of American Idol and with a rapidly growing fan base, killer talent, and crowd-stopping vocal ability, country music’s latest spitfire is bound to have wildfire success.

For more information on Corey and to view the music video to this honeysuckle hit, please visit www.CoreyWagar.com.

TICKETS FOR “THE 46TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” AND “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS” GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC SEPT. 29


TICKETS FOR “THE 46TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” AND “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS” GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC SEPT. 29

NASHVILLE - Tickets for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” and “CMA Country Christmas” will go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 29 (10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville).
Exclusive pre-sale access for both events is available to subscribers of CMA's free email newsletter CMA EXCLUSIVE, plus fans who like CMA on Facebook (Facebook.com/CMA), and follow CMA's @CountryMusic official account on Twitter (Twitter.com/CountryMusic). Fans can connect with CMA by visiting CMAawards.com.
Ticket prices for the CMA Awards start at $110 for Upper Level seating and tickets for “CMA Country Christmas” are $50 for Club Level and $100 for Lower Level reserved seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees.
“The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the fifth consecutive year and broadcast live on Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET; 7:00-10:00 PM/CT) on the ABC Television Network. “CMA Country Christmas” will tape Saturday, Nov. 3, for an ABC Television Network special with an airdate to be announced at a later date.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 11,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest-running annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005. In 2006, the Awards moved to ABC which will be the network home of the CMA Awards through 2021.
“CMA Country Christmas,” which debuted in 2010, is a celebration of the season featuring Country’s top stars performing their favorite holiday songs and sharing their personal holiday traditions and memories.
“The 46th Annual CMA Awards” and “CMA Country Christmas” are productions of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Awards.

KELLIE PICKLER BUZZES FOR BREAST CANCER

KELLIE PICKLER BUZZES FOR BREAST CANCER
 
Idol Star Alongside Sister and Cancer Survivor Summer Holt Miller Rock New Buzz Haircut for American Cancer Society
 
Athena® Water supports Kellie Pickler, her friend Summer Miller and the Cause
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012) – Kellie Pickler has stood beside her best friend—a childhood friend who Pickler refers to as her “sister”—Summer Holt Miller throughout her breast cancer prognosis and subsequent treatment since receiving word of the diagnosis in June of this year, but yesterday in Nashville, Tenn., the inseparable duo took their stance against cancer one step further when they both buzzed their hair to bring awareness to the importance of early detection.  As revealed on ABC’s Good Morning America exclusively, Pickler and Miller shared their story as Miller was just 36 years old when she received word of her diagnosis. 
 
“Cancer does not discriminate,” an emphatic Pickler shared with viewers. “If this compels even one person to change their mentality toward waiting until the age of 40 for their mammogram, then it will be worth it,” Miller echoed. 
 
Miller, aware of her family’s history of breast cancer, had always been super cautious with her self-examinations, but had the mother of two not been diligent with her doctor and requested a mammogram, the tumor detected in its early stage could have turned fatal.  Miller recently underwent a double mastectomy and will begin chemotherapy this Thursday. 
 
A behind-the-scenes video capturing the ladies’ cuts and truthful candor about Miller’s diagnosis and treatment will be shared on Athena® Water’s website, www.athenawater.com, and Athena® will make a monetary donation to the American Cancer Society in Miller’s honor.  Athena® will contribute a minimum of $2 million to support breast cancer awareness, care, education and research by 2014. 
 
"So many people feel helpless when a loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer," says Athena® CEO Dillon Schickli. "Athena gives everyone the chance to make a difference, with every bottle of water, 365 days of the year." For every bottle of water purchased, a portion of the proceeds benefits breast cancer awareness.

Kellie Pickler verabschiedet sich von ihrer Haarpracht

Kellie Pickler verabschiedet sich von ihrer Haarpracht

Eine der wichtigsten Dinge im Leben ist es Freunde an seiner Seite zu haben, die einem auch in schweren Zeiten den Rücken stärken. Kellie Pickler hat genau aus diesem Grund ihre Haare komplett abrasiert. Bei ihrer Freundin, Summer Holt Miller, wurde im Juni Brustkrebs diagnostiziert und muss sich ab dem 6. September einer Chemotherapie unterziehen. Um ihrer „Schwester“, wie Pickler Miller bezeichnet, beizustehen, gehen die beiden gemeinsam den Weg mit einer Kurzhaarfrisur und beweisen damit gleichzeitig, dass man auch ohne Haare wunderschön sein kann.

ERIC CHURCH TOPS LIST OF NOMINEES FOR “THE 46th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”

ERIC CHURCH TOPS LIST OF NOMINEES FOR “THE 46th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” WITH FIVE NOMINATIONS FOLLOWED BY BLAKE SHELTON AND MIRANDA LAMBERT WITH FOUR EACH; JASON ALDEAN, DIERKS BENTLEY, KENNY CHESNEY, LITTLE BIG TOWN, AND TAYLOR SWIFT EACH RECEIVE THREE NOMINATIONS FOR COUNTRY MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT™
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the Fifth Year, the 2012 CMA Awards Airs Live From the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Thursday, Nov. 1 on the ABC Television Network

NASHVILLE – Eric Church tops the list of final nominees for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” with five nominations. The reigning CMA Female and Male Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton each received four nominations. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, and Taylor Swift each received three nominations for Country Music’s Biggest Night™.
“The depth and variety of talent represented by this year’s nominees is outstanding,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “From Country Music legends, to cross-format favorites, to current superstars, and an exciting crop of artists who have jumped to that next level – the 2012 CMA Awards are going to be an exciting evening of entertainment for any fan of great music and memorable performances.”
“The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
For the seventh year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with Aldean and Luke Bryan delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. They then dashed to nearby B.B. King Blues Club and Grill to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories during a press conference that was made available across the world via live stream at CMAworld.com.
“It was terrific to be able to announce our nominees for Country Music’s top honor on the world’s biggest stage and be able to share it with the industry and fans,” Moore said.
Church received his first CMA Awards nomination last year for New Artist of the Year. A year later, he tops the list of nominees with five including Male Vocalist; Album for Chief, which was produced by Jay Joyce; Single of the Year for “Springsteen,” also produced by Joyce; Song of the Year for “Springsteen,” written by Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde, a member of Church’s band; and Music Video of the Year for “Springsteen,” directed by Peter Zavadil
Lambert and Shelton were close behind with four nominations each, including a shared nomination for Song of the Year for “Over You.” Only a handful of married couples have penned Song of the Year nominees including “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” by Ed and Patsy Bruce (1978), and two songs by Sanger D. “Whitey” Shafer: “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” with his third wife Darlene Shafer in 1985, and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” with his fourth wife Lyndia Shafer in 1987. Tammy Wynette and George Richey wrote “’Til I Can Make It On My Own” with Billy Sherrill, which was nominated for Song of the Year in 1976, but they did not marry until 1978.
Lambert, the reigning CMA Female Vocalist was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year for Four The Record, produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf; and Music Video of the Year for “Over You,” directed by Trey Fanjoy.
In addition to Song of the Year, Shelton, the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, picked up nominations for Entertainer of the Year; Male Vocalist of the Year; and Single of the Year for “God Gave Me You,” produced by Scott Hendricks. Popular singer/songwriter Dave Barnes received a Song of the Year nomination for writing “God Gave Me You.”
Aldean holds the current title for CMA Album of the Year for My Kinda Party and Musical Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson. This year, he picked up nominations for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Single of the Year for “Dirt Road Anthem,” produced by Michael Knox.
There was no place like Home for Bentley. He received three nominations for Album of the Year for Home, produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart; Single of the Year for “Home,” produced by Beavers and Wooten; and Song of the Year for “Home,” written by Bentley, Beavers, and Dan Wilson, lead singer of Semisonic. 
Chesney, who is the reigning CMA Award winner for Music Video of the Year for “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter, picked up three nominations in 2012 for Entertainer of the Year; Musical Event of the Year for “Feel Like A Rock Star” a duet with Tim McGraw; and Music Video of the Year for “Come Over,” directed by Shaun Silva. If Chesney wins Entertainer of the Year, he’ll take the record for the most wins in the category. Chesney is currently tied with Garth Brooks winning the trophy four times in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Little Big Town made a splash with “Pontoon” in 2012. The popular group was nominated for Vocal Group of the Year in addition to capturing nominations for Music Video and Single of the Year for “Pontoon,” directed by Declan Whitebloom and produced by Jay Joyce respectively. Joyce has produced albums by a diverse roster of artists including Audio Adrenaline, Cage the Elephant, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, The Wallflowers, and The Whigs. 
Swift, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, was nominated in the top category again in 2012 in addition to nominations for Female Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year for “Safe & Sound” featuring The Civil Wars. Swift won her first of seven CMA trophies in 2007 with the Horizon Award.
Paisley rounds out the Entertainer of the Year category. Paisley’s nominations keep him third on the list of artists with the most career nominations in CMA Awards history. He has been nominated every year since 2000 and has now amassed an incredible 58 nominations.
Clarkson, who shares the current CMA trophy for Musical Event of the Year with Aldean, makes her debut in the Female Vocalist of the Year category in 2012. Clarkson has a previous nomination for Musical Event of the Year with Reba McEntire for “Because of You” in 2007.
CMA Awards co-host Underwood received her seventh nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. Underwood won Female Vocalist in 2006, 2007, and 2008. If Underwood wins the Female Vocalist of the Year trophy again, it will tie her with Martina McBride (1999, 2002-2004) and Reba McEntire (1984-1987) for most wins in this category. McBride is nominated in the category again in 2012, with Clarkson, Lambert, Swift, and Underwood.
Church was not the only artist making his debut in the Male Vocalist category. Bryan enters the elite list for the first time in 2012. Bryan also picked up a second nomination for Album of the Year for tailgates & tanlines, produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright.
Keith Urban, completes the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Urban won the trophy three times (2004, 2005, and 2006).
New to the Vocal Group of the Year category with their first CMA Awards nomination is the Eli Young Band. Rounding out the list of nominees are The Band Perry, who received their first CMA Awards in 2011 for New Artist of the Year and Single and Song of the Year for “If I Die Young,” written by Kimberly Perry; Little Big Town; Zac Brown Band; and Lady Antebellum, the reigning Vocal Group of the Year for the past three consecutive years.
Lady Antebellum is also nominated for Album of the Year for Own The Night, which the group produced with Paul Worley making them eligible to receive a second trophy for producing the nominated record.
Ten-time CMA Awards nominees Big & Rich are back in the Vocal Duo of the Year Category in 2012. Joining them on the list are first-time nominee Love and Theft, who are also nominated in the New Artist of the Year category; Sugarland, who have claimed the trophy five times (2007-2011); The Civil Wars, and Thompson Square, who each debuted in the category in 2011.
Thompson Square is also nominated for New Artist of the Year. They received their first nomination in the category in 2011. In addition to Love and Theft there are several new faces in the category including Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, and Lee Brice, who announced the CMA Broadcast Award finalists at a CMA membership breakfast today in Nashville. Artists can only be included in this category two times.
Receiving his 28th career nomination in 2012 was Toby Keith for the Music Video of the Year for the party anthem “Red Solo Cup,” which was directed by Michael Saloman.
The Song of the Year trophy is presented to and celebrates the songwriters. Nominees in addition to those previously mentioned include “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay (recorded by Eli Young Band). The song was the first No. 1 for Hoge, who is a solo artist in his own right. Paslay also has a blossoming solo career and has penned songs for Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, and Love and Theft. This is their first CMA Awards nomination.
The Musical Event of the Year category always provides an eclectic mix of talent and unique collaborations and 2012 was no exception. In addition to the nominations for Chesney and Swift, Alan Jackson and Zac Brown were nominated for “Dixie Highway”; Willie Nelson, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg), Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson received a nomination for “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die”; and Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker were nominated for “Stuck On You.”
Jackson’s nomination ties him with George Strait for the most career CMA Awards nominations with 81 each.  
These were the first nominations for Snoop Lion and Richie. Kristofferson was last nominated in 1991 for Vocal Event of the Year for “Highwaymen” with Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. Nelson now has a career total of 45 CMA Awards nominations. His most recent was in 2005 for Vocal Event of the Year with Lee Ann Womack for “I’ll Never Be Free.”
The Musician of the Year category included Sam Bush (mandolin), who was nominated in the category for the first time in 2011, along with Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Dann Huff (guitar), Brent Mason (guitar), and the current title holder Mac McAnally (guitar).
The 2011 CMA Awards was the No. 1 entertainment show for the week among the key advertising Adults 18-49 sales demographic. The special beat its nearest competition by 5.6 million viewers and by 26 percent in Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.
Held during November Sweeps (Nov. 9), “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” on ABC dominated the night winning all six of its half-hours in total viewers and Adults 18-49.
With a primetime sweep, ABC finished No. 1 on Wednesday in Viewers across all key demos including Adult, Men, and Women (18-34/18-49/25-54), as well as finishing as the top broadcaster with Teens (12-17). In Total Viewers (16.4 million; 17.49 Live+7) and Adults 18-49 (4.8/13; 5.2/14 Live+7) it was ABC’s strongest Wednesday in two years with an estimated 35 million viewers watching at least some portion of the three-hour live gala.  
Winners of “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 4. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 22 (5:00 PM/CT).
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 11,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest-running annual music awards program on network television. The Awards aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain through 2021.
A video highlights package including footage of the nominee announcements, interviews, music video clips, and more will be serviced today, Sept. 5 (3:00-3:30 PM/ET).
The video highlights  package will be available via satellite at Galaxy 17 (KU) Digital - Transponder 19 – ChA - 9 MHz - Downlink Frequency: 12066.5 (H)- FEC:  ¾ - Symbol Rate:  6.1113. In addition, the video highlights package will be available via FTP download at ftp.magnosound.com; USERNAME: cmaawards; PASSWORD: nominations.
If you have difficulty picking up the video highlights package or have questions about the feed, please contact Scott Sklarin with Sklarin Communications at (917) 992-0920 or (917) 929-5564; or Dawn Copley at CMA (615) 664-1628, or by e-mail at dcopley@CMAworld.com. For questions regarding the FTP download, please call (212) 302-2505, ext. 0.
Tickets for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 29 (10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets; by calling (800) 745-3000; or at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). Ticket prices for the CMA Awards start at $110 for Upper Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees. Purchase tickets early for the best available seats. The CMA Awards have sold out in advance the past three years.
 “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
The Final Nominees for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” (by ballot category order):
Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Single of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

“Dirt Road Anthem”
Jason Aldean
Produced by Michael Knox
Broken Bow Records

“God Gave Me You”
Blake Shelton
Produced by Scott Hendricks
Warner Bros. Records

“Home”
Dierks Bentley
Produced by Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten
Capitol Records Nashville

“Pontoon”
Little Big Town
Produced by Jay Joyce
Capitol Records Nashville

“Springsteen”
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce
EMI Records Nashville

Album of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

Chief
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce
EMI Records Nashville

Four The Record
Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf
RCA Nashville

Home
Dierks Bentley
Produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart
Capitol Records Nashville

Own The Night
Lady Antebellum
Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum
Capitol Records Nashville

tailgates & tanlines
Luke Bryan
Produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright
Capitol Records Nashville

Song of the Year
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))

“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
Will Hoge and Eric Paslay

“God Gave Me You”
Dave Barnes

“Home”
Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers, and Dierks Bentley

“Over You”
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton

“Springsteen”
Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Love and Theft
Sugarland
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

Musical Event of the Year
(Award goes to each Artist)

“Dixie Highway”
Alan Jackson featuring Zac Brown
ACR/EMI Records Nashville

“Feel Like A Rock Star”
Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw)
Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”
Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson
Legacy Recordings

“Safe & Sound”
Taylor Swift (featuring The Civil Wars)
Big Machine Records/Universal Republic Records

“Stuck On You”
Lionel Richie (with Darius Rucker)
Mercury Records Nashville

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush – Mandolin
Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar
Dann Huff – Guitar
Brent Mason – Guitar
Mac McAnally – Guitar

Music Video of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Director)

“Come Over”
Kenny Chesney
Directed by Shaun Silva

“Over You”
Miranda Lambert
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“Pontoon”
Little Big Town
Directed by Declan Whitebloom

“Red Solo Cup”
Toby Keith
Directed by Michael Salomon

“Springsteen”
Eric Church
Directed by Peter Zavadil

New Artist of the Year
Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Awards.

THE ROYS' NEW DAY DAWNING Debuts On Billboard At Number 2

THE ROYS' NEW DAY DAWNING Debuts On Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart At Number 2


 The Roys - New Day Dawning 
  

Nashville, TN (September 5, 2012) - THE ROYS' sophomore Rural Rhythm Records' disc, NEW DAY DAWNING, debuts at Number 2 on Billboard's Bluegrass Albums Chart.

NEW DAY DAWNING is a seven-song EP (a first for a Bluegrass artist) that finds the siblings in fine form.  Their impressive traditional-style vocals ride high over progressive musicianship, keeping the duo's sound fresh and energizing. Their songwriting talents are truly remarkable, and the disc's first single release, "Still Standing," written by Lee and Elaine is already proving to be another "winner."  Other highlights include the live-show favorite "Grandpa's Barn," the heartbreaking "Daddy To Me," the moving "Windin' Roads" and the hypnotic "Fast As We Roll."

Reviewers are hailing NEW DAY DAWNING, saying:

"The album showcases Lee and Elaine's smooth, enjoyable brand of modern, Country-influenced Bluegrass." - BLUEGRASS TODAY

"If you are new to the magic of family harmony in Bluegrass, start with THE ROYS.  If, on the other hand, you are steeped in the Louvins, the Stanleys and the Osbornes ... when you first hear NEW DAY DAWNING your reaction will be 'Yeah man, that's it right there! Don't change that channel.'" - WORLDWIDE BLUEGRASS

"On their new studio album, NEW DAY DAWNING, the brother/sister duo continues to blend an uplifting message with a traditional sound and sibling harmonies as they take time to reflect on their own roots." - GAC

"There's not a weak song on the album." - BLUEGRASS NOTES

In case you missed these features and reviews, click on BILLBOARD, GAC, ROUGHSTOCK, Examiner.com, ParcBench and NO DEPRESSION.
  
In addition to glowing reviews, the EP is drawing high numbers in the Social Media world.  During a Twitter chat on August 28 with Jessica Northey of #CMChat, over 25 million impressions and a reach of 1 million were tallied. "Great numbers for a special Tuesday chat with THE ROYS," notes Northey.  "It was wonderful to have Elaine and Lee as guests on #CMchat!  They are both so talented.  I loved hearing their personal stories and delving deeper into the Bluegrass genre."  Lee and Elaine's Facebook pages and Twitter accounts have also enjoyed high levels of activity since the EP's release was announced.

The brother/sister duo's first Rural Rhythm release, LONESOME WHISTLE, debuted at Number 7 on the same chart and ended up with a spot on BILLBOARD Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 chart.  That CD also generated two hit singles: "Coal Minin' Man" and "Trailblazer."

Fans can follow THE ROYS online at www.THEROYSonline.com, Facebook and on Twitter @theroysonline.

Interview with Kenneth from the band Clutter Billies


Interview with Kenneth from the band Clutter Billies

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?

Kenneth:  We started this band 2003. Some of us have been playing together in different bands before. This time we started the band, ClutterBillies, just to get together having a good time, have a cup coffee, and to play some music. In the beginning we didn’t have any plans or goals, about writing our own music, or playing concerts. But, after playing together for a year, we decided to do a local consort at „Slåttøya“. Summer 2005. It was a huge success, and we’ve been doing this every year since and it is always the last Friday in June . So, this was beginning of the history. We’ve now started to write our own music. It’s country rock/pop. We like calling it „Banjo-rock“. Cause we’re very found of using the sounds of acoustic instruments. We’ve now made two albums: Living‘ life in 2007, and feelin’ good 2012.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Kenneth:  This last year has been a great year. We started the recording of our last album autumn 2011, and finished it spring 2012. It’s been a great process. We also had a little mini-tour with the Country legend Jan Howard. That was a great experience with an amazing Lady. This summer, 2012, we‘ve played on two of the largest country-festivals in Scandinavia; Vinstra Country-festival, and Seljord Country-festival. So, it’s been an incredible year for the band.

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Kenneth:  The latest CD was released in June this year. The title is feelin‘ good. It contains twelve tracks, which is written on our own. It also contains a bonus track that we recorded last year. We have our own studio and label, so we record and produce everything yourself. This time we’re very satisfied with the album. Nice sounding, and good solid production. That’s also how the feedback has been so far on this album.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Kenneth:  The song and title „Feelin‘ good“ was an easy choice for the album title. It’s a positive title that describes the production very well. And it sounds very close to the previous album „Living’ life“.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc.).

Kenneth:  We pretty much write and play what ever we like. Our guitar player, Bent Halvard Tveit, is our main writer. He writes a lot of great melodies. Then the songs are getting ‘clutterfied” by the band, and have so far been a good recipe for us.

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Kenneth:  We’ve learned a lot from the previous album. This time we spend more time pre-recording the songs. In that way the songs became „stronger“ and well produced. We also spend more time „sound-engineering“. All in all we’ve been taking this production to a higher level.

Lamitschka:  You did a duet with Kristin Håkerud. How did that happen to come about?

Kenneth:  Last year we had a recording with Kristin in our studio. She had never done any recordings or live performances before. She recorded two songs, cause she was persuaded by her friends to do it, and she just blew our minds. She had a fantastic voice and personality. Then we asked her to do this duet, and the result is fantastic. It’s a lovely song.

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Kenneth:  Since I’ve been trusted to answer these questions, I’ll answer this personally. It’s an easy choice for me. I’ve been an Elvis fan since I was seven years old. On this latest album we’ve recorded a song called „The King“. That’s a song I’ve written about how my first impression of Elvis was, how I started to sing and play because of that „meeting“, and about much I’d loved to meet him. It felt great recording that song. Bent, our guitar player, made the melody. It’s a song that has a true „Elvis-spirit“.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Kenneth:  I started to play accordion when I was five. That was what my dad played, and it was a kind of family tradition. Elvis Presley was the one who inspired me to start singing. I think he was really special. Today, I can be inspired by a lot of artists and genres. If I had to pick one of today’s artists, I would say Keith Urban.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Kenneth:  Good question... But I sure hope there will be live music, and that people will keep on learning how to sing and play.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Kenneth:  We’re definitely a live band. I think we agree on that. But, I think it’s great to have the opportunity to write and record songs for a while. And then go touring. It’s a great feeling to go on stage performing our latest work.

Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Kenneth:  You gave me a Mountain (Elvis Presley) One of the most powerful songs in the world!

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Kenneth:  Thank you for your support, buying and listening to our music. And we’re humbled by their commitment!!!

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )









Bluegrass on the Green

“Bluegrass on the Green” Concert Announced Celebrating Release of Mark Houser
& Bluegrass Drive’s Album UNEVEN ROAD
 
Special Guests Include:
Carrie Hassler, Arlo Gilliam, Jim Bowman, Delnora Reed, and Wilder Mountain
 
Nashville, TN (September 5, 2012) --  Acclaimed singer-songwriter, MARK HOUSER announced details for the upcoming “Bluegrass on the Green” Concert celebrating the upcoming album release of UNEVEN ROAD by MARK HOUSER & BLUEGRASS DRIVE. The event takes place Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11:00 am (CT) just off the square at 303 West Main Street in Livingston, Tennessee, “The Home of Americana Music.” 
 
The “Bluegrass on the Green” concert will be hosted by Philip Gibbons of COUNTRY GIANT 94.7 Radio.  Houser will be a Gibbon’s guest on the station Thursday, September 6th at 11:00 a.m. This free family friendly event includes FREE BBQ, cupcakes and drinks. 
 
Fans will certainly be thrilled with performances by:
 
11:00 am - Jim Bowman - Mark Houser’s first co-writer and the first artist to cut one of his songs. Jim wrote the hit “Cowboy's Dream” by Mel Tillis in early 80's.)
 
11:30 am -  Delnora Reed - Bluegrass/ Americana artist
 
12:00 pm -  Arlo Gilliam - Bass player with Travis Tritt.  He is the co-writer of the current single, “River of Regret” from Mark Houser & Bluegrass Drive’s upcoming album UNEVEN ROAD and “My Kind of Crazy” by Emerson Drive.
 
12:30 pm -  Wilder Mountain
 
1:00 pm -    Carrie Hassler - Rural Rhythm Recording artist. Long friend of Houser.  She has recorded three Mark Houser songs including the chart topping “Seven Miles From Wichita.”  Carrie is also the co-writer of Mark's current single “River of Regret.
 
1:30 pm -    Mark Houser
 
UNEVEN ROAD by MARK HOUSER & BLUEGRASS DRIVE releases on Rural Rhythm Records, September 11, 2012.  The label recently released the first single, “River of Regret” written by Mark Houser, Arlo Gilliam, and Carrie Hassler. This exciting new album features the talents of: Rhonda Vincent, Andy Leftwich, Cody Kilby, Barry Bales, Cory Walker, Scotty Sanders, Paul Brewster, Dawn Sears, and more. The album was co-produced by Mark Houser and Little River Band guitarist, Rich Herring.
 
For more information on Mark Houser, and to pre-order your copy of UNEVEN ROAD, please visit MarkHouserbluegrass.com.  For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com.

PA’S FIDDLE – THE MUSIC OF AMERICA


PA’S FIDDLE – THE MUSIC OF AMERICA

1.CALIFORNIA 3:35 2. GUM TREE CANOE 3:46 3. THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND 2:28 4.ROLL THE OLD CHARIOT DOWN 3:49 5.THE SWEET BY AND BY 2:42 6. THE ARKANSAS TRAVELER-DEVILS DREAM 2:33 7. OFT IN THE STILLY NIGHT 2:57 8.BUFFALO GALS 2:20 9.DIXIE 1:49 10. BATTLE HYMM OF THE REPUBLIC 2:02 11. MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME 4:23 12. SOLIDERS JOY 2:41 13. ROCK OF AGES 2:36 14. THERE IS A FOUNDATION 3:56 15. THE 
 BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM 3:55 16. OL DAN TRUCKER 3:06

THIS CD WAS RECORDED BY VARIOUS ARTISTS LIVE AT THE FAMOUS LOVELESS CAFÉ HERE IN THE NASHVILLE AREA, BRINGING TRADITIONAL OLD MUSIC TO THE PUBLIC. THESE WERE SOME OF PA INGALLS FAVORITE TUNES HE WOULD PLAY ON THE FIDDLE. HE WAS KNOWN AS A VERY GOOD FIDDLE PLAYER IN HIS TIME.LAURA MENTIONED IN HER BOOKS, THE 127 SONGS SHE REMEMBERED HER PA PLAYING ON HIS FIDDLE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS . THE CD ONLY HAS 16. BUT WELL WORTH THE LISTEN, (PA INGALLS WAS LAURA INGALLS WILDER FATHER, OF LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PARIRIE FAME.) THIS WAS PRESENTED ON PBS STATION AND IS STILL BEING SHOWN ON VARIOUS PUBLIC ACESS TV STATIONS THROUGH OUT THE FALL. THE CONCERT FEATURES RANDY TRAVIS,RODNEY AKINS,RONNIE MILSAP,ASHTON SHEPHERD,THE ROYS,NATALIE GRANT, AND COMMITTED (NBC SING OFF CHAMPIONS ACCOMPANIED BY AN A TEAM BAND LEAD BY GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAIN AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR RANDY SCRUGGS.

IN JULY THE DVD WAS RELEASED AND HAS 14 SONGS ON IT ALONG WITH COMMENTARY ON CHARLES “PA” INGALLS MUSIC THAT INFLUENCED HIM, AND SOME OF THE SONGS THAT ARE MENTIONED IN LAURA INGLES BOOKS THAT SHE WROTE, ABOUT GROWING UP ON THE FRONTIER IN THE MID TO LATE 1800’S.
YOU CAN FIND THIS ON THE WEB http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/

DEBBIE DEAN

JANA KRAMER - JANA KRAMER


JANA KRAMER - JANA KRAMER

1.GOOD TIME COMIN ON 3:25 2. I HOPE IT RAINS 3:07 3.WHY YA WANNA 3:42 4.GOODBYE CALIFORNIA 3:58 5. WHISKEY 3:36 6.OVER YOU BY NOW 3:59 7. ONE OF THE BOYS 2:49 8.WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOUR LOVE 2:58 9. WHEN YOUR LONELY 3:31 10. KING OF APOLOGY 2:50 11. GOOD AS YOU WERE BAD 3:37

THIS SINGER/ACTRESS HAS ALREADY HAD SUCCESS WITH THREE SONGS BEING FEATURED ON THE TV SHOW “ONE TREE HILL” AND ANOTHER ON THE UPCOMING 4TH SEASON. SHE HAS ALWAYS SAID HER HEART AND SOUL IS IN SINGING. SHE SAYS COUNTRY MUSIC TELLS A STORY AND SHE HAS A LOT OF STORIES TO TELL.THIS CD HAS A GREAT MIX OF POP COUNTRY , COUNTRY SONGS WHICH WERE WRITTEN BY JANA HERSELF.IN THIS CD YOU CAN SEE HER HEART AND SOUL IS IN EACH SONG SHE SINGS. WHY YA WANNA IS HER LASTEST RELEASE OFF THE CD,AND IN THE TOP 10,IT TELLS A STORY ABOUT A GUY SHE CANT GET OUT OF HER HEAD, GOOD TOE TAPPING CHORUS , THAT KINDA STAYS IN YOUR HEAD, AFTER THE SONG IS DONE… WHY YA WANNA, WHY YA WANNA… SEE . JANA HAS THAT CRISP SWEET SOUTHERN VOICE (EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS RAISED IN MICHAGAN)THAT’S EASY ON THE EARS. THIS IS A NICE CD WITH GREAT SONGS TO CHOOSE FROM. GO AHEAD GET IT.GO TO HER WEBSITE, WHERE SHE HAS EVERYTHING FROM SHIRTS TO CD TO SINGLEShttp://www.janakramer.com/

DEBBIE DEAN

ALAN JACKSON - 30 MILES WEST


ALAN JACKSON - 30 MILES WEST 

1. GONNA COME BACK AS A COUNTRY SONG 3:02 2.YOU GO YOURE WAY 3:18 3.EVERYTHING BUT WINGS 4:44 4.TALK IS CHEAP 3:48 5. SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOVE ME ANYMORE 3:42 6.LOOK HER IN THE EYE AND LIE 3:48 7. DIXIE HIGHWAY 7:24 8. SHE DON’T GET HIGH 4:13 9. HER LIFES A SONG 4:25 10. NOTHIN FANCY 3:13 11. LONG WAY TO GO 3:33 12. LIFE KEEPS BRINGING ME DOWN 3:04 13. WHEN I SAW HER LEAVING (FOR NISEY ) 4:05

IF YOU LIKE ALAN JACKSON YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED IN THIS CD. THIS IS HIS FIRST ALBUM, WITH HIS NEW LABEL, EMI. THIS 13 SONG CD JACKSON GETS EMOTIONAL AND PERSONAL WITH A LOT OF THE SONGS, JACKSON WROTE SIX OF THE SONGS ON THE CD. HE WROTE “HER LIFES A SONG” ABOUT HIS THREE DAUGHTERS, AND THEN THERES THE ONE ABOUT HIS WIFE,” WHEN I SAW HER LEAVING”.

”DIXIE HIGHWAY” IS LOADED WITH ALL KINDS OF CHILDHOOD MEMORIES FOR ALAN. THIS ALSO HAS ZAC BROWN STEPPING IN ON THIS SONG. RETURNING THE FAVOR WHEN ALAN SANG ON ZACS AWARD WINNING 2010 HIT “AS SHES WALKING AWAY”.

THIS IS ALANS 14TH ALBUM IN HIS 20 YEAR CAREER, AND HE JUST GETS BETTER WITH AGE. WHAT MORE CAN BE SAID ABOUT ALAN JACKSON, HIS SONGWRITING, AND STORYTELLING THAT HES DONE SO WELL FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS… http://www.alanjackson.com/ GO OUT GET THIS CD IF YOU HAVENT ALREADY…AND ENJOY!

DEBBIE DEAN

Keith Urban & David Nail new Brooks & Dunn?




Brand New Band? OK, Keith Urban and David Nail aren't exactly forming their own Brooks & Dunn-esque duo, but they sure do sound fantastic singing together. The country stars partnered for a cover of Brooks & Dunn's "Brand New Man" during a show in New Hampshire on Sunday (Sept. 2). Watch their performance below.
After a slight technical problem, Keith starts the song off, then swaps lines with the "Sound of a Million Dreams" singer, as each pick along. At one point, they even get some help from the audience, who know the lyrics by heart.
Keith is getting more and more experimental these days with his live shows, especially when it comes to cover songs. Last month, he tackled Miranda Lambert's "Fastest Girl in Town," and before that he even put a country spin on Carly Rae Jepsen's smash pop hit, "Call Me Maybe."

Taylor Swift at MTV Video Music Awards


Over the last year Taylor Swift has professionally been flying under the radar . Other than the recent PDA pictures surfacing and a few romps around town with her new boyfriend Taylor has been trying to stay out of the media. It’s probably because she is getting ready to go into over drive with her upcoming album release. Taylor Swift fans can expect TONS of media coverage as we get closer to the release.

2012 Winners - British Country Music Awards

2012 Winners - British Country Music Awards held on Sunday 2 September at the Concorde Club, Heathrow

The evening was hosted by the BCMAwards committee of Lee Williams, MT Allan, Jim Duncan, Rob Davis, Bob Thomas, Les Evans, and Roger Wild.

Compere’s for the evening were Nicky Campbell (BBC Radio 5, Watchdog etc) and Charlie Landsborough (Last year’s Hall Of Fame Inductee)

The overall Sponsor was Ascot Lawyers with individual award sponsorship by CMR Nashville, Hotdisc, Hunt Roche, Copper Kettle Promotions, Maverick Magazine, Country Music People, CMDS Magazine, Rural Property Watch, Travelling Time Travel, The CMA, Digital Rodeo, Red Lipstick Productions, Double H Promotions, Quick Draw Festival, Phil Mack TV Show, KEMC Records, Sylvan Entertainments, and Country Music.org.

A Sold Out Show with live performances from Ashley Robertson (Canada), Nicky Campbell, Kate Robbins, Gary Curtis. The Band C’est La Vie then backed Glenn Rogers, Travellin Rose, Henry Smith, Brian Hughes, Nancy Ann Lee, Sammy Sadler (USA), Darren Busby, and Gary Curtis. Special guest from the USA Sonia Leigh presented the UK Album of the Year. Toby Keith sent in two video acceptance messages, with Lady Antebellum sending over a thank you.

Entertainer of the Year: Henry Smith Band
People's Choice: Thrillbillies
Band of the Year: C'est La Vie
Female Vocalist: Nancy Ann Lee
Male Vocalist: Gary Perkins
Solo Act of the Year: Darren Busby
Duo of the Year: Spur
Line Dance Act of the Year: Glenn Rogers
Musician of the Year: Derek Thurlby
Horizon Act of the Year: Travellin Rose
Event of the Year: Americana International
International Act of the Year: Toby Keith
International Album: Clancy's Tavern (Toby Keith)
International Song of the Year: We Owned The Night (Lady Antebellum)
UK Song: Damascus Road (Brian Hughes)
UK Album: Nashville Sessions Vol 1 (Pete Kennedy)
Irish Act of the Year: Big Tom
Hot Disc of the Year: Life Is For The Living (Gary Curtis)
Americana Music Artist of the Year: My Darling Clementine


British Country Music Hall of Fame inductees. Take a look at www.BCMHoF.co.uk
26 - Jon Derek
27 - Bob Harris
28 - Tony Byworth
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