Monday, October 29, 2012

Bryan White Christmas Tour

A Bryan White Christmas Has the Midwest Merry and Bright This Holiday Season
 
Grammy award-winning country music singer/songwriter Bryan White is heading home for the holidays for his third annual “A Bryan White Christmas” tour.
 
The Oklahoma native’s performance will  give the audience members a festive cheer this season as he combines his yuletide favorites and his greatest hits including Rebecca Lynn, So Much For Pretending, Someone Else’s Star, Sittin’ On Go, as well as songs from his current album Dustbowl Dreams.
 
It’s time to deck the halls and enjoy the magic of the holiday. The tour kicks off December 8, 2012 in Garland and will make stops in Lawton, Woodward and Fredrick. “Holiday music is one of my favorites to sing,” says Bryan. “It reminds me of the memories I had growing up that I am now sharing with my boys. I have compiled my favorite holiday songs and will package them together in a fun concert for all. I want to make sure the audience leaves in the Christmas spirit!”
 
The production is sure to kindle spirits and delight the young and young-at-heart. Tickets for “A Bryan White Christmas” are available at: www.ticketstorm.com.
 
With six #1 singles under his belt, this platinum selling artist will be heading into the studio soon to work on his 9th studio album, with the help of his fans through his 1st Kickstarter project. Throughout Bryan’s career, he also charted eight Top 40 singles, two platinum records, one gold record, joined forces with Shania Twain and together they took From This Moment On all the way to #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. He was signed to Asylum Records when he was only 20 years old and garnered several awards, including a Grammy, a CMA Horizon Award, and an ACM New Male Vocalist award. For more information, please visit www.bryanwhite.com.
 
2012 “A Bryan White Christmas” Tour
(Dates, markets and venues are subject to change without notice)

Saturday, Dec. 8th (GARLAND, OK)
Plaza Theater @ 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9th (LAWTON, OK)
Cameron University Fine Arts Center Theatre @ 4 p.m.
 
Friday, Dec. 14th (WOODWARD, OK)
Woodward Arts Theatre @ 7 p.m.
 
Saturday, Dec. 15th (FREDRICK, OK)
Ramona Theatre @ 7 p.m.
(with special guest Mikayla Jo & the Fredrick Public School Choir)
 
Saturday, Dec. 29th (WOODSTOCK, IL)
The Woodstock Opera House @ 7 p.m.
(with special guest The Anna Johnson Band)

LEE BRICE TOPS BILLBOARD

Lee Brice
 
CMA NOMINEE LEE BRICE TOPS BILLBOARD
AND MEDIABASE RADIO CHARTS
THIS WEEK WITH “HARD TO LOVE”
 
Brice Partners with American Songwriter to Offer “Dream Co-write” for 2013 Lyric Contest Winner
 
Nashville, TN – Oct. 29, 2012 – CMA “New Artist of the Year” nominee Lee Brice earns a second consecutive No. one hit off his current HARD 2 LOVE album today as its title track takes the top spot on both the Billboard and Mediabase charts. The GOLD certified single follows Brice’s “A Woman Like You,” which set the pace earlier this year with PLATINUM certification and chart-topping status.
 
“I think guys like us on the road can certainly relate to being hard to love a lot of times...or just guys in general,” laughed Brice. “I loved this song before it was even finished being written and am blown away that my fans and country radio supported it all the way to No. one.”
 
The hitmaker recently announced that he has teamed up with American Songwriter for their annual Lyric Contest as the 2013 Grand Prize “dream co-write.” The winning aspiring songwriter will win a trip to Nashville where they’ll spend the day writing with Brice. Over the contest’s more nearly thirty-year history, the magazine has offered Grand Prize co-writes with Rodney Crowell, Bobby Braddock and Chris Stapleton among other notable songwriters.
 
In addition to his “New Artist of the Year” CMA nomination, Brice is also currently nominated for three ACA’s for “Artist of the Year: Breakthrough” and “Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist” and “Song of the Year” for “A Woman Like You.”
 
Brice’s previous studio album LOVE LIKE CRAZY’s title track spawned Billboard’s most played country song of 2010. Billboard recognized Brice again this year as a songwriter for the most played country song of 2011, “Crazy Girl,” which also earned him a 2012 ACM Award for "Song Of The Year." Brice’s name can be found in the writing credits for additional hits recorded by country stars including Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton and more. For more information and for a full list of upcoming appearances, visit www.leebrice.com.

Kenny Chesney Kick-Off Dallas Cowboys

Kenny Chesney to Kick-Off 122nd Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with LIVE Performance at Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

“Boys of Fall” Online Video Contest at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org/BoysofFall Gives Fans a Chance to Win a Trip to Dallas for Game
Arlington, TX (October 28, 2012) The Salvation Army and the Dallas Cowboys announced today that music superstar and football enthusiast Kenny Chesney will rock Cowboys Stadium on Thanksgiving Day to kick-off The Salvation Army’s 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign. Kenny’s performance will be televised LIVE nationally on FOX during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins on November 22, 2012 at 3:15PM (CT). The concert marks the 16th year of the Thanksgiving Day partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army, in which time the Red Kettle Campaign has raised more than $1.5 billion.
And now through November 11th, fans of the Cowboys and Kenny Chesney can visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org/BoysofFall for a chance to win a trip for four to Dallas to see the Thanksgiving Day game -- including on-field passes for the halftime show performance and a meet-and-greet with Kenny. To enter, just submit a short (60-seconds or less) video featuring youth (pre-collegiate) football highlights. Selected videos may be featured during the Dallas Cowboys halftime show on Thanksgiving Day. One lucky Grand Prize winner will also win a trip for four to see the game live and in-person. Complete contest rules and details are available at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org/BoysofFall.
“There are great traditions in America -- especially Thanksgiving, family and football. For 16 years the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army have been an American tradition and I’m happy to be a part of it,” said Kenny Chesney. “I’m calling on all of my fans to not only give back this year but also send in their best football highlights videos for a chance to see me live in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.”
As one of the most exciting performers in country music, Kenny has sold more than 10 million concert tickets over the past 10 years. Kenny’s performance comes on the heels of his most recent studio album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and has yielded the hit singles "Feel Like a Rock Star", "Come Over” and the current hit “El Cerrito Place.” Kenny has sold more than 27 million albums and had 24 number 1 singles. He is a four-time Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year and is nominated again this year for the award. He also has four Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Awards.
Kenny’s live halftime performance will mark the 16th year of the musical tradition during the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game to launch The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. Over the previous 15 years, the American public has generously given more than $1.5 billion to Salvation Army red kettles to help 30 million people a year in 5,000 communities each year. Now in its 122nd year, the Red Kettle Campaign is one of the largest and longest-running charitable fundraisers, raising $147.6 million last year alone. Previous halftime performers who brought awareness to the campaign include Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gillman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.
“Without a doubt, Kenny will electrify Cowboys Stadium on Thanksgiving Day. His performance will not only kick-off The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, but also get everyone singing along to his great music,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President of Brand Management and Chairperson of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board. “The longstanding partnership between the Cowboys and The Salvation Army is deeply meaningful especially for those in need. We know Kenny and his commitment to the Army will make this a year to remember.”
In addition to giving to traditional kettles, supporters can also give online through the Army’s Online Red Kettles or the Army’s text-to-give program. Through www.OnlineRedKettle.org, supporters can create a virtual red kettle to raise donations from friends and family. Last year, more than $1.7 million was raised through Online Red Kettles to support the Christmas campaign. In addition, through December 24, donors can text the word “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Red Kettle Campaign.
“Since the Red Kettle Campaign began more than a century ago, The Salvation Army has been providing food, clothing, shelter, toys and other assistance to families and individuals during Christmas thanks to the American donor. Without the public’s support, our services would not be possible,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Between Kenny Chesney and the Dallas Cowboys highlighting the kick-off event, we know that this year will be special and that we’ll be able to continue providing critical services to millions of people in need.”
From its humble origin as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers. In 2011, the campaign raised more than $147.6 million nationwide, a new record supported by the public’s nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars, credit cards (and the occasional diamond ring or gold tooth) all collected and used to help people in the communities in which the funds were raised. Last year, money raised helped The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, toys and other assistance to 30 million Americans in need.
For more information on The Salvation Army and the Red Kettle Kickoff, please visit http://blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org/, www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA or www.Twitter.com/SalvationArmyUS.

Interview with Toby Keith

What's the story behind “Get Got” You just did your 10th USO tour this past year. Why do you do that every year and what does it mean to those that you go see? I wanted to talk about your new single “I Like Girls that Drink Beer” – I love the story about your friend at the country club and how she inspired the song. You’ve had some promising new acts out on tour with you. Brantley Gilbert & Thomas Rhett. What kind of advice could you give them for the longevity of their career? Because they said that being on the road with you was kind of like getting an education. I wanna talk a little bit about the ‘Deluxe’ version of the album. How many ways can you re-mix a Red Solo Cup? It seems endless (laughter) It was widely reported that you were one of the original ones that American Idol offered or talked to about being a judge on the show. Can you talk about why you turned down that position and what you think about having a Country act on that panel? Tell me about the song (& album title) “Hope on the Rocks”. To me, Hope on the Rocks could be about the Hope on the Rocks at the bar, but also about your ‘hope’ is on the rocks, it’s gone. Did you mean for that to happen? Did you do that on purpose? Your bars, the ‘ Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill’s” keep expanding. What was your idea to make this a place for your fans, what’s your contribution? You’ve had tremendous success with your videos. Red Solo Cup, obviously. Incredible song, incredible video. Tell me about your current video “I Like Girls That Drink Beer” and why you wanted to shoot it on location at one of your shows and the things you brought to that video that made it a little different? With all that you have going on, independent of your music career, how do you stay so connected to your fans?

Steel Guitar News October 29. 2012

Bob Hempker here. Here’s part of an email Bobbe got from Tommy White last week that he wanted to share on the newsletter. Hi Bobbe, Hope you’re doing well my dear ol’ friend. I’ve had a very busy year playing the Grand ole Opry, touring with Vince Gill, TV and a few records. Just finished Willie Nelson’s new record and was fortunate to play on Jamey Johnsons latest record which was released today, and it’s country, featuring me on every cut. Jamey’s record is a tribute to the great Hank Cochran. Really all great songs with tons of pedal steel guitar! I’m writing to say thank you for your youtube video on how and why to use the Boss RV-5 reverb pedal. The video was so helpful to me. I’ve had the Boss RV-5 purchased from you years ago and now I’m finally getting to use it! That’s all I got for now. Again, thank you! Always my best, Tommy White Bobbe wanted to publicly thank Tommy for the plug and Bobbe honestly has the utmost respect for Tommy and treasures their friendship. Of course, Bobbe is not alone in his respect for Tommy. Tommy is one of the most respected, admired and loved steel players in all of the world of steel guitar. I can’t remember the first time I ever met Tommy. I know he was a kid, maybe fifteen or sixteen years old and his playing and talent got the attention of all the musicians who heard him. When I worked the road for Roy Clark and Loretta Lynn and we would play the Grand Ole Opry, Tommy was so nice and hospitable to the players of the guest artists doing the Opry. I never got a chance to thank you Tommy but sincerely want to thank you for being so gracious and helpful. I have just about worn my copy of Tommy’s CD “By Request” out. He should stand as an inspiration to every steel player. If you’re not paying attention to Tommy White, you need to. I’ve been asked what the most exciting event in my career was and I can say that being part of the movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter” if it’s not the biggest highlight, it’s real close. Sissy Spacek went out on the road with us several times and performed on stage with Loretta. She went on the Opry with us too. She was just a sweetheart to be around. The entire cast was just super top notch people and were great to all of us and I’m not using great as a cliché but using it in the truest sense of its meaning. We had a wonderful rapport with Tommy Lee Jones and Levon Helm who played Loretta’s dad. Unfortunately we lost Levon a short few months ago. He was a heck of a talent. It was interesting to watch Tommy Lee Jones getting a handle on playing the part of Loretta’s husband Mooney. He didn’t look a lot like Mooney, but he stood back and watched Mooney and learned to copy the way he walked, talked and most of his mannerisms. Tommy Lee did such a good job that you can get a sense of what Mooney was like by watching the movie. Beverly D’Angelo did an extraordinary job playing Patsy Cline and she proved to be a classy lady through and through. The closest place they could find that looked like Butcher Holler was Wise, Virginia. They had to use an alternate location because they couldn’t get the filming equipment up the mountain. In case any of you were wondering, Loretta’s road band performed the sound track for the movie. None of us knew how big the movie would be. It won Best Picture and Sissy won Best Actress at the Oscars that year. Not to sound like a cliché but it was more than a thrill to be a part of this. We went to four or five different sites to record different parts of the movie. Another highlight of my career was the honor of getting to play in Washington, D.C. for Presidents Nixon, Carter and George H. W. Bush. We did just about every big network television show that was going back at that time. Doing the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson several times really sticks out in my mind. Johnny Carson still is the real host of the Tonight Show as far as I’m concerned. Being a steel guitar player on the road with a name artist is not boring. Looking back I feel I spent the best years of my life back then. In the future I will try and share some of my memories and experiences with you. I can look at the young steel guitar players who are on the road today with name artists and have an idea of what they’re experiencing. Being a professional steel guitar player has been a wonderful and rewarding life. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Check out our monthly specials at http://www.steelguitar.net/monthlyspecials.html www.steelguitar.net sales@steelguitar.net www.youtube.com/bobbeseymour Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

TAYLOR SWIFT AND THE GRAMMY

TAYLOR SWIFT TO CO-HOST
"THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!! —
COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT®" ON DEC. 5

LUKE BRYAN TO PERFORM ON THE ONE-HOUR TELECAST

CBS Entertainment Special — Airing at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT — Will Announce
Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live for the First Time Ever from
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2012) —Six-time GRAMMY® winner Taylor Swift will co-host "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®," along with two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J. Additionally, country singer/songwriter Luke Bryan has been added to the lineup for the one-hour special, joining previously announced three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5. The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will take place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. Central). Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will experience a one-hour exclusive concert by one of the evening's performers. (Artist to be announced shortly.) Tickets for "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" are on sale now and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at 800.745.3000.
                                                            
This concert special marks the fifth time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards® will be announced live on primetime television. Last year's airing of the nominations special helped lead to increased ratings for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which attracted 39.9 million viewers, the largest GRAMMY audience since 1984 and the second largest in history. The telecast was also the biggest social event in the history of television at that time, drawing 13 million social media comments with the conversation on Twitter reaching a record high at 160,341 tweets per minute during the live telecast.

LL COOL J has hosted "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" since its inception, and also hosted the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast for the first time earlier this year. Swift co-hosted the first GRAMMY nominations special with LL COOL J in December 2008.

The road to Music's Biggest Night begins with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" and culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT

"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer. LL COOL J is producer.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

Josh Turner – Live Across America

Josh Turner – Live Across America

Live Across America

1. All Over Me 3:33 2. Firecracker 3:48 3. Everything is Fine 3:54 4. So Not My Baby 3:37 5. Would You Go With Me 3:49 6. Long Black Train 5:28 7. I Wouldn't Be A Man 3:40 8. Me And God 3:18 9. Another Try 3:52 10. Your Man 3:40 11. America 3:34 12. Why Don't We Just Dance 4:00

“Live Across America” klingt spannend, abwechslungsreich und weckt unsere Neugierde – genau wie das gleichnamige Live-Album von Josh Turner. Der 3-fache Vater hat in diesem Album 12 Live-Songs, die er in verschiedenen Staaten der USA performt hat, vereint, unter anderem seine insgesamt vier Nummer-1-Hits „All Over Me“, „Your Man“, „Would You Go With Me“ and „Why Don't We Just Dance“. Wie es sich für Auftritte gehört, ist auch Geschrei und Applaus von den Fans zu hören, was aber keineswegs stört. Deutlich hörbar sind sie meistens nur zu Beginn und zu Ende eines jeden Songs. Es gibt einem das Gefühl selbst mit dabei zu sein, besonders dann, wenn Turner etwas zu seinen Fans sagt oder er das Mikrofon in die Menge hält und man die vielen Stimmen des Publikums hört. In dem Moment singt man selbst laut mit und springt womöglich vom Sofa auf, wenn man die Aufforderung „Everybody stand up and clap your hands“ (Steht alle auf und klatscht mit) hört. Die Fähigkeit unheimlich tiefe Töne sauber zu treffen, von denen man gar nicht glaubte, dass sie eine menschliche Stimme singen könnte, macht Turner nicht nur zu einem unverkennbaren, sondern auch zu einem einzigartig guten Sänger. Die tiefen Töne singt er besonders gefühlvoll und bei langsamen Songs wie „So Not My Baby“, „Would You Go With Me“, „I Wouldn't Be A Man“ und „Another Try“ geht einem seine Stimme besonders unter die Haut. Interessant ist auch, dass zwei Lieder, „Long Black Train“ und „Me and God“, dem Glauben gewidmet aber so geschrieben sind, dass sich auch nicht gläubige Menschen mit ihnen identifizieren können. Seine anderen Songs können insgesamt als unbeschwert und ausgelassen beschrieben werden. Besonders gut gefallen mir in dem Zusammenhang „Why Don't We Just Dance“ und „Everything Is Fine“, weil sie keine bestimmte Problematik behandeln und man sich einfach über das Leben freuen kann. „America“ gehört auch in diese Kategorie und übermittelt dazu noch eine tolle Message. Amerika wird als eine große Familie beschrieben und jeder einzelne, egal welcher Beruf, welcher Glaube, welche Hautfarbe, als unverzichtbar für das Land, damit es zu dem wurde und wird, was es ist.


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