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Country Music News International November 10. 2012

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Interview with Doug Bell of Bellevue Cadillac

Interview with Doug Bell of Bellevue Cadillac

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?

Doug Bell: The music I write and perform ranges from American Roots, Jazz, Acoustic and Americana.


~ Nominated for 11 Grammy Awards (NOTE: make that 13 after December 6, 2012)
~ The Band has been Performing Together for over 20 Years
~ Released 20 CDs and Compilation Albums
~ Released Sound Tracks for 3 Motion Pictures
~ Released Sound Tracks for 30 TV Shows
~ In 2010 performed 13 SOLDOUT Shows in Greece
~ Were asked to be JFK Jr's Secret Wedding Band
~ Have been on the Covers of Rolling Stone, Jazziz and Swing Time Magazines

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

Doug Bell: The last year for me has been great, I have played with some fantastic musicians in All-Star Band lineups which included Robin Zander (singer/guitarist for Cheap Trick), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (guitarist for Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan), members of Bon Jovi, the band Boston, The Cars, J. Geils, Rick Derringer, The Wailers, members of Aerosmith, Jonathan Edwards, Dionne Warwick, great American bluesmen like Dave "Honey Boy" Edwards, James Cotton, James Montgomery, and Jazz greats like Fred Lipsius (Blood Sweat and Tears) and Harry Allen (Jazz Saxaphone).

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

Doug Bell: My latest CD is "Once in a Blue Moon" (Recorded Live in Athens, Greece). We were on the Grammy nominations ballot in several categories, and it has been well reviewed and received. I have released 2 digital singles, they were placed in the country category by the Grammy nomination committee and distributed to all the voting members of the Grammy awards for this year's Grammy ballot (2012).

Lamitschka: Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Doug Bell: I do write the songs I record. Songs come to me in many different ways. Usually they are character driven, and when I think about the characters and the circumstances, the songs begin to write themselves. They take on the complexities, strengths and weaknesses all human beings possess, and you let them play out various actions and reactions that life may lead them, or certain situations dictate.

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

Doug Bell: The two digital singles, "Whiskey and Water", and "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained" are quite different. "Whiskey and Water" is about an inner storm colliding with an outer storm ( Katrina) taking place during the onset of a hurricane, the internal emotions are out of control as the girl in the story is trying to escape the powerful control of her father who is the chief of police in New Orleans. "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained" is about someone looking back at their life, realizing that they missed the important opportunities to love and be loved because they didn't put enough effort in, while looking for that next possibility and wasted a life in the process. And, never really learned the lesson.

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

Doug Bell: The "Once in a Blue Moon" CD was live on New Year's Eve in Athens, Greece, with my Bellevue Cadillac horn band, so the songs spanned from Lyle Lovett big band style of ironic songs with a more blues/jazz edge combined with American Roots songwriting. Lots of energy, fun and great performances from a solid band. Everything from island influences to New Orleans, surf/spy to ukulele!

Lamitschka: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Doug Bell: My song "Whiskey and Water" has a real American vibe, the guitars have a Tom Petty, Dylan, The Band, Dire Straits, straight ahead rockin' back beat while the vocals have an Eagles, The Byrds and Elvis Costello thing going on.

Lamitschka: What will your next single be?

Doug Bell: I have a new one called "Summerset" I'm quite proud of. I have always been a fan of Hank Williams, Dan Penn, John Hyatt and Willie Nelson, I love the song writing, but sometimes I take a left turn when the subject matter moves me, and in this case, I went for Beach Boys and Beatles. I just love a well written song, it doesn't matter if the character wears worn out jeans and a t-shirt, or a tuxedo, just so long as it's true to the character, and you believe the emotion and character is pure, and you believe the emotions are true.

Lamitschka: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Doug Bell: I enjoy writing the song and then experimenting to see what best fits the situation, sometimes I like to twist the meaning and make a sad song happy and visa versa. I also like to use humor with very serious topics. I try very hard to say things in simple language to try and put across very complex situations. For example, I might do a song with agnostic concepts and make it a gospel song, or do a light Carribbean feel about a deposed Nigerian King like "Ja Ja Opobo" (Doug Bell Song) or banana republics like "Blow Wind Blow" (Doug Bell Song).

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

Doug Bell: I really like summerset. I wanted to tell the story of Americas summer of love from the Monterey pop festival to Altamont festival with the rolling stones. Woodstock was in the middle so I used this as a metaphor for lost of innocence. It was a very short time, but so much happened. The Vietnam war ran like a river underneath it all, and from the beautiful promise to the death at Altamont speedway, it all ended so sadly, Sgt Pepper was the summer of love soundtrack for that year, and the beach boys had influenced the Beatles and by the end of that summer we lost Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Jim Morrison and Beatles broke up. I wanted to try and capture that moment. Another song comes to mind... my song “Havana Moon”. I tried to portray Havana as a mistress for 3 suitors, the soviets, the mafia and the American president all during the bay of pigs and the missile crisis, using the moon shot and the assassination as a backdrop, and Havana as the mistress besting all 3 of her suitors.

Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Doug Bell: I am fortunate to own and control all of my masters and my music publishing, I have no record company, and no one to force me into a niche that is for the sole purpose of making money, I get to do what my heart tells me is right for every song. I am blessed!

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

Doug Bell: I started with Elvis, have played with Ray Charles, James Brown. I love Gershwin, Harry Belafonte, Marley, Louis Prima, I've been on CDs with artists like Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Joe Jackson, Louis Prima, Mel Torme, played with Tito Puente, the list is very long. I love an artist, a true, no bullshit, one hundred percent, artist, from Louis Armstrong's hot 7 to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan.

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

Doug Bell: I believe the playing field I the most level it has ever been, and the ONLY way to develop a fan base is to be truly great. Why do the Avert Bros and Mumford and Sons out sell Justin Bieber, it's a new world, in a biz that is usually drought with special effects, side shows and the like, out walks Adele!

Lamitschka: What inspired you to become an artist?

Doug Bell: Dylan, Ray Charles and Gershwin.

Lamitschka: What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Doug Bell: The above plus The Beach Boys, Beatles, Bacharac, Louis Jordan, Dan Penn, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Laura Nyro, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Carole King, Van Morisson, Marvin Gaye, Harry Belafonte and more...

Lamitschka: Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Doug Bell: You can "Friend" and "Like" us on these web sites:

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

Doug Bell: Thank you for digging deeper than most American fans do.

Lamitschka: Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

Doug Bell: When I get a great idea for a song, 2 cappuccinos, an afternoon recording session and a live show that night.



Jason Aldean
Aldean to Perform on The Voice, The Ellen DeGeneres Show
and Jimmy Kimmel Live! 

Nashville, TN – Nov. 9, 2012 – MULTI-PLATINUM entertainer Jason Aldean will head to Los Angeles next week to make multiple national television appearances in support of his No. one album NIGHT TRAIN.  First, on Tues., Nov. 13, Aldean will play his new single “The Only Way I Know” live on The Voice, then on Thurs., Nov. 15, he will announce nominees in a handful of categories for the People’s Choice Awards and play the Outdoor Concert Series on Jimmy Kimmel Live! before performing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Fri., Nov. 16. 

Selling an impressive 409,000 units its first week, NIGHT TRAIN already has a GOLD certified, three-week No. one single with “Take A Little Ride.”  It is the longest running chart-topper of 2012.  The second single, “The Only Way I Know” featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church, was debuted on last week’s CMA Awards broadcast and opened at No. 31 on the Billboard Country Songs chart this week.

The CMA and ACM Award winner recently announced that he will kick off the first leg of his 2013 Night Train Tour in Bossier City, LA on Feb. 21 and roll on to 23 cities through May.  Next year’s first announced stadium dates sold out in just minutes at the on sale, with Aldean set to play to sold out crowds at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA (4/13) and a two-night stand at Boston’s Fenway Park (7/12 and 7/13) before heading to Wrigley Field in Chicago (7/20). Special guests Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett will jump on the 'Train' with Aldean in 2013.

For a full list of appearances and more information on NIGHT TRAIN, please visit

Dottie West: Country Sunshine

Dottie West: Country Sunshine

(Nashville, TN-11.9.12) A new spotlight exhibit will be opening today (Friday, November 9th) at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to honor singer and songwriter Dottie West.  The display, titled Dottie West: Country Sunshine, will be located within the Museum’s permanent exhibit on the second floor.  It will run through May 2, 2013.

Dottie West: Country Sunshine traces the singer’s journey from humble beginnings and an abusive father to her zenith as an award-winning member of the Grand Ole Opry to her untimely death in 1991 at the age of 58.  Dottie placed over 60 records on the Billboard country singles chart, five of which went to No. 1.  She was the first female to win a Grammy Award in country music, and she helped artists such as Larry Gatlin, Jeannie Seely and Steve Wariner begin or boost their careers.

Dorothy Marie Marsh was born October 11, 1932, in Frog Pond—near McMinnville, Tennessee.  (Dottie would have turned 80 last month.)  The oldest of 10 children, she grew up playing guitar and even fronted a band with her fellow high school students.

Dottie married steel guitarist Bill West in 1952.  The couple, with their children, moved to Nashville in 1961.  In the mid-1960s, RCA’s Chet Atkins signed her to a record deal and produced her self-penned “Here Comes My Baby.”  The song launched her career and earned her the Grammy for Best Country & Western Performance, Female.  Among other accolades that Dottie received throughout her career were BMI Awards, CMA Awards, Billboard Awards, and a CLIO Award.

Dottie co-wrote “Country Sunshine” in 1973 and although it was a jingle for Coca-Cola, the tune became a huge country hit and Dottie’s signature song.  Dottie is also known for her hit duets. Kenny Rogers and Dottie met in 1977 and recorded “Every Time Two Fools Collide.”  The song went to #1 and sparked a string of hits for the duo.   Among others with whom Dottie recorded duets with were Hall of Fame members Jim Reeves, Don Gibson, and Jimmy Dean.

By the late 1970s, Dottie had become known for a signature style of glamorous, custom-designed ensembles. Most notable were her stage costumes created by Hollywood–based designer Bob Mackie, and some of those outfits will be included in the museum exhibit.

In 1991, while en route to A Grand Ole Opry performance, Dottie sustained serious injuries in an automobile accident.  She died a few days later, on September 4, 1991.

Today, there is a strong push for Dottie's induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  That campaign includes a new Facebook Page titled “DOTTIE WEST Needs Inducted Into the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME” which is dedicated to preserving Dottie’s legacy, with special emphasis on encouraging the Country Music Association (CMA) to induct Dottie next year. 

You can access the Facebook Page and “LIKE” it via this link:   



The velvet voice of Ray Price will never be copied, imitated, or be mistaken for today’s bubble gum artists who cannot reach the same level as the one and only voice in country music that is unmistakably distinguishable with the first notes of any songs that he sings. He is the Master of soulful ballads, honky tonk barroom songs, and any song that he wants to put his stamp of approval on. Ray has raised the bar so high for singers of today that they no doubt will never reach the heights of Ray Price in his younger days, and the ironic part of this, is that there is no one that I know who can replicate his vocals in today’s country music. When Ray Price sings, everyone listens, because his vocals are so mesmerizing to those that have been privileged to hear him sing, no matter if it is at one of his personal appearances or on his records. What you see is exactly what you expect, and I have been around Ray long enough to know that he treasures his God-given talent that he has nurtured through his life. Even now when I hear him sing I am caught up in the presence of watching his fans listen to him touch their hearts as he continues his journey through each song he chooses to put his platinum touch upon.

Ray Price is responsible for the four-four shuffle that originated in Texas, and probably is responsible for the famed two-step dance. Ray is responsible in many ways for the dress code of country artists and their bands back in the early days of country music, because he believed that an artist is special to his fans, and they should always look as good on stage as the expectations of their fans. Take a look at today’s country artists and their bands, and tell me what you see. The next time you see Ray at one of his shows, you will see his band all dressed alike, and you will hear what bands should sound like-just like their records. You will hear him sing his many hits songs exactly as they were recorded. He is the real leader of his Cherokee Cowboys Band, and he has been the reason that Willie Nelson, Johnny PayCheck, Roger Miller, and Johnny Bush have went on to have super careers in country music. Ray Price was their mentor. He is the conductor of his music and a troubadour for country music.

He is not happy with a lot of today’s country music. I remember when “For The Good Times,” was released, and one of the first people who wanted Ray on their show, was Johnny Carson, who became one of Ray’s great friends. Ray made several appearances on the tonight show. Ray opened the doors to what traditional country music and honky tonk music meant to all of us who love fiddles and steel guitars, and Ray keeps that sound alive with his great band.

A born & bred Texan who served his country as a member of Marine Corps in World War II, many fans do not realize that Ray is a great animal activist. Ray told me that he will not bypass an animal in distress not matter where or when. At one time he had at his personal kennel, 26 stray dogs that he was taking care of. Ray Price is a great horse lover also. But when he steps on one of his two tour buses, his life is his singing that he loves so much.
Price was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2002 Ray released the studio album, “Time,” and I was very fortunate to be a part of the “Time” CD which in my mind is the best grouping of songs that Ray Price ever released in his years of recording. Sadly, today’s radio would not play the songs because Ray was not of one of today’s new artists and the songs had too much fiddle and steel guitar on the tracks, but I can tell you Ray was thrilled.
There were four songs on the project that I brought to Ray which he included on the CD, and I promise you that once you hear “Time” it will be your choice of Ray Price music that you will listen to many, many times, as I do. If you have not been able to get a copy of the CD, write or email the Ernest Tubb Record Shops and you will be able to purchase a copy of the best country music CD you will ever hear, by the best voice in country music that you will ever hear. Time will always have a special place in my life. The song “Time” was brought to the studio for Ray, from his writer friend Max D. Barnes, in the afternoon of the last day of the recording session, and Ray liked it so much, he went back into the studio and recorded the song in two takes.

Ray, who was diagnosed with cancer this year, is now in complete remission, and is already on schedule to perform close to 100 days in 2013. He has been honored with the biggest and best awards of the music industry during his music career, but the one award that has become the most important one of his life, has been his acceptance that he has cancer and has won the battle by believing he would win.

Ray now 86 years old will be recording this month, a new project of only love songs, dedicated to his loyal fans. And who better to sing love songs then Ray Price. The project will be completed within the next few weeks, and I will keep everyone posted on the progress of the when the CD will be released.

Ray Price is still the most prestigious voice in country music, and is revered by his peers from all music genres who have placed him on a pedestal of perfection. HE IS ALSO MY FRIEND.

Marty Martel©

Travel Channel’s “Extreme RVs” Features The Band Perry On Sunday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Travel Channel’s “Extreme RVs” Features The Band Perry
On Sunday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Nashville, TN (November 9, 2012) – Country sensation The Band Perry is slated to appear on Travel Channel’s “Extreme  RVs” on Sunday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  In the season opener, this all-new episode gives viewers a look at the sibling trio's one-of-a-kind tour bus…complete with a rolling mobile studio!
For decades, the Hemphill Brothers have been building custom coaches.  The family met with Trent and Joey Hemphill at their facility just outside of Nashville for the unique experience, where The Band Perry helped design their new custom ride.
“We love our new bus!  It’s our home away from home.  Our friends at Hemphill Brothers were so wonderful to work with,” said Kimberly Perry.
“Having our custom tour bus makes life on the road a lot better,” added Reid Perry.
“The ability to write songs and demo them just got easier with the mobile studio,” said Neil Perry.
“Extreme RVs” features rolling mega homes with incredible-themed designs and luxurious interiors that put most real homes to shame.  Some are cutting-edge futuristic designs. Others are multi-million dollar restorations of vintage and classic RVs with incredible old-world craftsmanship.  Still others are just plain extreme!  There are a handful of designers and craftsmen around the U.S. responsible for these unique machines – big, small or crazy.  From design drawings and computer renderings to fabrication and interior build outs, Travel Channel viewers will follow every piece of metal cut, every bolt turned and every gallon of paint sprayed as these outrageous rolling mansions, vintage restorations and crazy camping vehicles come to life.  As with every custom vehicle build, the drama will be in keeping the budget in line and finishing the project on time.  And viewers will be right in the middle of each stressful moment with the builders as they race to the finish line!
The Band Perry’s new single, “Better Dig Two,” is already making a big impact.  Check it out now on iTunes.    &

David Ball; Grammy Winner and Icon Music Legend Promotes Christmas CD

David Ball; Grammy Winner and Icon
Music Legend Promotes Christmas CD

David Ball.jpgNashville, TN – David Ball solidified his spot in music history early in his career. As a founding member of the legendary Uncle Walt’s Band (with Walter Hyatt and Champ Hood), Ball cut his chops as a musician, writer and performer.

“We’d come home from school every afternoon and play music in Walter’s basement ‘til it was time to go home,” Ball says of his childhood pal, Hyatt.

The award winning singer/songwriter has enjoyed enormous commercial success in Country Music with top charting hits like “Thinkin’ Problem,” “Look What Followed me Home” and “Riding With Private Malone,” has performed at the Kennedy Center Honors, on the Grand Ole Opry and has a Grammy Award on a shelf at home.

Not one to rest on his many laurels, Ball continues to tour with his band, The Pioneer Playboys, and has planned several concerts featuring music from his Christmas CD, THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS.

Ball considers himself a “melody guy” who believes, as John Lennon did, that a memorable melody trumps lyrics every time. “Great songs have great lyrics AND a great melody,” Ball says. “People come in the door with a melody, they may sit down awhile for a lyric, but there aren’t any rules. That’s what makes it interesting.”
Not bound or beholden to genre, Ball’s recent album, SPARKLE CITY, is a mix of flavors; Americana, Jazz, Tex-Mex as well as Country. His brand of Country is rooted in the 1950’s with elements of Folk. The big Texas dancehalls of past decades were clearly a great inspiration to Ball’s music, and he has a repertoire of songs longer than a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado.
Ball has played with Bob Dylan and counts among his friends Lyle Lovett, who has recorded David’s music and was a longtime fan of Uncle Walt’s Band. The humble music man, however, is not one to name drop. A prolific songwriter, he prefers to simply write, perform and work out new arrangements with the band that both tours and records with him, unlike most contemporary artists who use studio musicians for their recorded projects.

“The sound you get on our records,” Ball says, “is the same sound you get when you come to a show. I just like it that way. These guys know the tunes inside and out. If we hit on a nice musical riff and want to play it over and over before getting to the next verse, well, we do that.”

In an age when just a handful of artists are filling arenas and music sales are up and down, Ball actually prefers the intimacy of playing smaller venues and especially, performing arts theaters. “I love the theaters and smaller venues,” he says. “The shows aren’t regimented, I can wander off and tell stories as they come to me, and share songs that might’ve just popped into my head.”

David supports and is a celebrity spokesman for Operation Troop Aid, an organization, founded by Navy veteran Mark Woods, that sends care packages to deployed US Troops.

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