Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kenny Chesney Goes Mobile With App Release

Kenny Chesney Goes Mobile With App Release

Kenny Chesney has unveiled a package of apps designed to bring the experience of his albums and live shows directly to the user, with a variety of interactive and social media-friendly features. The apps, which are available now for iPhones, iPads, Androids, and Apple computers, are the first of its kind in mobile artist platforms, combining Chesney's signature radio station, web store, and social media channels into one user-friendly experience.
Click here to download the apps: http://kennychesney.com/apps/
Chesney was personally involved with designing the apps, applying the same attention to detail that he does with his live performance and recording sessions. "I wanted these apps to be an extension of my albums and shows," Chesney said. "Even in the middle of the winter, fans can open up the app wherever they are, listen to a little No Shoes Radio, take a photo that looks like it came straight out of my music video, and feel like they're back at the party all year long."
"The evolution of radio continues to put more power into the hands of the consumer, and these apps allow No Shoes Radio fans to listen wherever they are -- in the car, on their boat, on the beach -- and on even more of their devices," No Shoes Radio Program Director Jon Anthony said.
To develop the latest set of feature-rich apps, Chesney continued his partnership with Nashville-based company Aloompa, developers for iconic festival brands like Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, and Electric Zoo Festival. "Our ongoing experience with iconic festivals lent itself perfectly to working with Kenny Chesney, one of the biggest touring acts in music." said Drew Burchfield, founder of Aloompa.
Here are a few of the apps' key features:
• Listen to songs hand-picked by Chesney through No Shoes Radio. Not only can users keep their friends updated with what they're listening to through Facebook and Twitter (with hashtags and other Twitter symbols built-in), but they can also request songs to be played on the station. On the mobile version, a variety of skins are available so that fans can choose the ideal backdrop for their own customized No Shoes Radio listening experience.
• While listening to No Shoes Radio, users can purchase tickets to concerts and view a countdown to the show they're attending, which can be shared through social media. Fans can even access a map that will provide driving directions to a show. If a fan would like to avoid lines at the concert, merchandise can be bought directly through the app, arriving at the user's doorstep days later.
• Various photo-based features, including a set of vintage and distressed filters that imbue fan photos with the same style and coloring as Chesney's album covers or music videos, for example. On the mobile versions of the app, there is a "photo of the day" feature, pulled from Chesney's site, that appears when a user tilts the phone to its side.
• Fans can preview and purchase Chesney's albums on iTunes/Amazon, and enjoy them without leaving the app.
• Other features include compatibility with Apple AirPlay for easy wireless streaming and an "On the Road" section that highlights fans' social media posts and photos.
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Steel Guitar News September 27. 2012

Hello fellow players,

This is Vic Lawson with today’s newsletter.

I’d like to talk about the reality of playing in Nashville.  You’ve got to live here and experience it to be able to separate the fact from the fiction.  Just like watching someone eat a steak dinner is a different experience from actually eating a steak dinner, if you’ve never done it, you don’t really know what it tastes like.

I moved to Nashville in 2001.  I’ve been playing steel since 1975.  After trying my hand in Branson in the early eighties and playing with Texas bands in the nineties, I moved to Nashville from Oklahoma in 2001.  I was a contractor and came home from work one day and told my wife I’d quit.  She asked me, “What are we going to do?”

I told her I’d like to move to Nashville and spend the last half of my life doing something I enjoy.  Luckily she was very supportive.  

Fortunately through the years prior to my move I knew a lot of session players and that was about all I knew, I didn’t know any road players at the time.  Through the help of one of my friends I had a road job within three months with an artist named Brad Martin on Curb Records.

At the time I thought it was pretty easy, then reality set in and I found out you can’t really make a total living by just playing the road unless you’re extremely lucky, but George Strait’s steel player is not likely to give up his job.

So I was introduced to Broadway.  Like a lot of newcomers or somebody not familiar with Broadway, I had my doubts and reservations.  For those not familiar with Nashville, Broadway is the major thoroughfare through downtown Nashville, specially referring to the first five blocks on the east side.  This is where all the honky tonks are along with the Ryman.

I started playing  four hour shifts doing live music from 2:00 PM until 2:00 AM and soon found that there were great players and not so great players.  You have these ideas Nashville is full of great players and that’s all there is.  Like anyplace else, there’s a mixture.

At that time, I discovered a lot of road musicians do play on Lower Broad to supplement their income.  I may get a call at 5:00 in the evening to play a six o’clock job.  It’s very fast paced when you’re just filling in and you have to be well versed.

Regardless of what the myths are about Broadway, in reality it’s about the only place to play regularly.  John Hughey once told me he loved playing down there and he’d never quit.  He enjoyed seeing new players and young players and the enthusiasm they brought.  He in no way saw it as beneath him to play down there.

If you come to Nashville and go down to lower Broadway you may see Doug Jernigan playing there.  Bruce Bouton subbed for me the other day.  You never know who you’ll see.  Granted the money isn’t great, but the experience is worth more than the money you get on the gig.

As a new player you have to go down there and network so the established players get to know you because road jobs are usually filled by referrals or recommendations and never get advertised otherwise.

Most of the players down there have already made it.  We’re down there because we’re musicians and we want to play.  It was kind of humorous when an lady tourist was leaving and putting money in the tip jar and told us, “Good luck.  You guys sound really good.  If you just hang in there, you’ll make it.”

She didn’t realize if she listened to country radio at all, she’d already heard the guitar player, James Mitchell who is an “A” Team session player, playing guitar on Jamie Johnson’s song “In Color” and Easton Corbin’s song “A Little More Country Than That”.  The drummer was Cotton Payne who plays drums for Bill Anderson on the Opry.

All I did was smile and say, “Thank you, ma’am.”

This is not typical, but this is how hectic it can be.  One night I had a gig at Legend’s from 6 – 10 PM.  I also had a 10 PM – 2 AM slot down the street and to top it off, I had two Opry slots with Joe Diffie.

I had taken one of my Emmons guitars to the Ryman, left it in the dressing room, then went and played my job at Legend’s until Opry time, then took a 20 minute break and ran down the back alley to the Ryman, quickly played my two song with Diffie, then ran back down the alley to Legend’s and finished my gig.

I finished at 10:15, packed my gear and rushed down the street to the next job.  Then I had to take another break, run back to the Ryman, play my next two songs with Diffie, pack up my gear and take it back to the truck, then hurry to finish my gig.  That was a crazy night, but we live for nights like that.

This is exactly why every steel player should have two complete rigs.

Granted I’m not at all among the greatest of players, but I’m still professional and I’ve learned to play for the song and I stay fairly busy by doing that and playing lower Broad is definitely a part of making a living as a musician in Nashville.

Also if you just enjoy playing and want to play with other pros as well, lower Broad is the only place to do it around here.  Obviously as with any profession, the more you do it the better you get.  So on your next visit to Nashville, don’t forget to visit lower Broad.  That’s where you’re going to find the most music in one place.  I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed. 

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GENE WATSON DAY

The State of Texas Proclaims GENE WATSON DAY
Country Legend, Gene Watson, Gets “Gene Watson Boulevard” in Hometown of Paris, TX
and his own Gene Watson Day sanctioned by the Texas State Senate

 (September 26, 2012/Nashville, TN)   As a tribute to country legend, Gene Watson, in honor of his 50 years in the country music business, the state of Texas declared September 25th to be GENE WATSON DAY

Furthermore, Watson’s hometown of Paris, Texas named a street in his honor. Early on the 25th, workers with the city of Paris placed three signs proclaiming the main thoroughfare of the Red River Valley Fairgrounds as “Gene Watson Boulevard.”

The street sign was officially given to Gene Watson by the Paris mayor, Dr. AJ Hashmi at the start of Gene’s annual Red River Valley Fair performance.  David Millsap, a longtime fan of Gene’s, initiated the idea and it was quickly passed by the Paris city council. 

Texas Governor, Rick Perry, sent a proclamation which reads “The Lone Star State is world –renowned for its wealth of music talent and unique styles of music. Of the many artists who have helped shape Texas country into what it is today, Gene Watson is a favorite among many.  As you celebrate The Red River Valley Fair, I commend you for recognizing this important figure in country music history.”  Watson was also lauded by Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, well known radio announcer, Keith Bilbrey and others who sent letters of tribute to the humble Texas entertainer.

Watson, known as “the singer’s singer” and often referred to as one of country music’s finest singers, holds six #1’s, 23 Top Tens and over 75 charted songs including his most requested “Farewell Party”. In 2012, Gene Watson released 25 newly re-recorded hits, the Best of the Best to critical acclaim.  Asked what the day meant to him, Watson replied, “Growing up on a dirt road on the outskirts of Paris, Texas, it never in my wildest dreams occurred to me that one day I’d have a street named for me in my own hometown. I am deeply grateful to the people of Paris, Texas for this great honor. I owe many thanks to David Millsap for initiating the idea and to the entire state of Texas for giving me my own special day.”
For more information on Gene Watson, go to www.GeneWatsonMusic.com

Photo:  Gene Watson, Robbie Gunn of InParisTexas.com and David Millsap.

THE BAND PERRY TAKES A "SWEET" SURPRISE TOUR OF MUSIC ROW

L-R- Steve Moore (CEO/CMA), Reid Perry, Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry,
Sheri Warnke (SVP of Marketing & Communications/CMA),
Betsy Walker (Senior Coordinator of Member Relations & Services/CMA), Brandi Simms (Senior Manager of Membership & Balloting/CMA) and Aaron Hartley (Senior Manager of Administrative Services/CMA)
 
 
THE BAND PERRY TAKES A "SWEET" SURPRISE TOUR OF MUSIC ROW
 
     Nashville, TN --(Sept. 27, 2012) -- Amid a hefty schedule of touring and working on a new album,  Republic Nashville recording artists, The Band Perry, made time to visit with friends around The Row this week. The sibling trio brought some delicious Gigi's cupcakes and enjoyed meeting with staff at the CMA office, among others. Tonight  they head further south, playing for fans in Jacksonville, Tampa and West Palm Beach, FL on Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality World Tour.

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