Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DALE WILLIAMS "The Eighth Wonder"

DALE WILLIAMS "The Eighth Wonder"
Here I Go Again - I'll Try To Smile - I Like You A Little - Mardis Gras - I Will Survive - Words Unspoken - Right On The Money - The Eighth Wonder - A Woman's Touch - Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way - Best Man - Mama's Prayer - A Little Torn - Hangin' High - Livin' Proof - Somewhere Between Tequila And Mexico
     My taste in country music usually finds its way back to a traditional and/or rural sound.  Kind of hard to find that these days, but sometimes a young artist will pop up with some of the most important of those ingredients.  And, Dale Williams used two of my favorite upper Midwest musicians on his recording session; Curt Shoemaker from Kansas on steel.  This guy has what I call a very 'sweet' sound on the pedal steel, fits very well with the love, lost love, love again, style of writing that Dale Williams does.  All of these songs are his originals.  Shoemaker adds just the right touch to make it a little 'more' country.  The other musician I've known since he was just a small boy beginning to play fiddle.  Jason Shaw is from Lincoln, Nebraska, and has taken just about every 'win' possible from the Winfield, Kansas, competitions.  His 'touch' as they say in fiddle circles, is unsurpassable.  Add to this a fine combination of various electric guitar stylists, a good infusion of 'honky-tonk' some sincere country lyrics, along with a poetic singer with a voice that means what it says.  Whew, in one short sentence I have spoken what is so lacking in what we hear in country music these days. Not sure where Dale did the session, but the engineer also has a 'sweet' touch.  Nothing is over done (so prevalent today), and nothing is buried in the mix.  I was totally enthralled to listen to a young guy from Columbus, Nebraska, as he sings songs he wrote, and found the way to have it recorded as good, and in some cases certainly better, than anything we hear on country radio these days.
     A little bit about Dale Williams.  He's a country boy, grew up in Columbus, Nebraska, at the edge of the famous sand hills, home to dinosaurs and hidden bones. The great upper Midwest home of hidden talented beauty. The words of a poet who grew up reading Carl Sandburg and Laura Ingells Wilder.  Living life on the edge of 'real' country, but spending a major portion of his time traveling and singing in Germany and other points north and south in Europe.  He's been on tour to Germany twice, spending a lot of time in Bavaria, headquartering out of Lauter.  Austria has also taken a liking to his songs, his music, his persona, and his wonderful ability to keep his head on his shoulders and face the world with an honest face and heart.  I would put this particular recording up against any major label product coming out today.  It's only a matter of time before Dale Williams surfaces in major radio air play.  He's too good for even the most jaded disc jockey (if such a creature exists) to not listen.
     I have a couple of favorites, "I Like You A Little" because it includes the Dobro and banjo of Mike McCraken.  Well, yes, that's the 'base' of good country music, and Dale includes it with some incredibly good honky-tonk.  Actually I didn't hear a 'bad' song on this recording.  They're all good, well spaced, adequately changed to keep interest, and certainly full of love, lost love, and love again.  Good going Dale Williams, come be with us on the Rural Music Gathering in Fremont, Nebraska, again, October 5-6-7, 2013, and bring some of those great musicians with you.
 Bob Everhart


Country Traditionalist Releases Holiday Single 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 14, 2012)— Melody Roundup Records’ American country recording artist and songwriter Clinton Gregory embraces the holiday season with the resounding sounds of traditional country he is noted for in his latest festive single “Peace On Earth Again.” ** A personal and reflective sentiment from a gentlemen who has endured the humility of the highs and lows life can bring, Gregory delivers a realistic and simplistic request as part of his Christmas wish “for peace on earth, again.”

A composition in Gregory’s own words, the vocalist reminds us one and all to share in the ultimate gift of kindness not solely during the holidays but with the encouraging message to extend the season’s giving nature beyond the winter months. A tune steeped in Gregory’s signature vocal style and instrumentation (featuring fiddle, acoustic guitar and pedal steel), he seamlessly transports the listener back to an era of familiar traditionalism while simultaneously providing hope for the future. Unlike holiday jingles decorated with the merry sounds of drummer boys, brass horns and bells, “Peace On Earth Again” (written and recorded by Gregory in Nashville, Tenn.) is a meaningful tune poised to not only become a seasonal standard but also provoke reflection and emotion.

When I wrote this song, I wanted to touch on the real ‘reason for the season’,” 
Clinton Gregory said. “Celebrating the birth of Jesus is serious to me, because with his birth, came the hope of peace and it is in that spirit, this tune was intended.”

One of Nashville’s most highly-praised fiddle players, Clinton Gregory returned to the spotlight in September with the release of his latest album TOO MUCH AIN’T ENOUGH and a mission to revive traditional country music “one song at a time.” After Gregory’s early success in the 1990’s, he nearly disappeared from the music scene; his most recent projects and the corresponding accolades are proof that Clinton Gregory has been missed, but he has not missed a beat. He re-enters the country music format wiser and more skillful with stories to be told and songs to be heard and the holiday single, “Peace On Earth Again,” is no exception offering a traditional country sound for families across the globe to add to their favorite holiday music collections.

Peace On Earth Again” was released to radio via CDX-Christmas 2012 (November 2012/Track 10) and is available on iTunes. For more information on Clinton Gregory and his new music, please visit

Craig Morrison Releases Rockin’ Christmas Single “Santa Claus Boogie”

Craig Morrison Releases Rockin’ Christmas Single, “Santa Claus Boogie,” to Country Radio
(Nashville, Tenn. – Nov. 14, 2012)  Lucky 53s/GMV Nashville artist Craig Morrison has released an energetic new version of the popular Country holiday single, “Santa Claus Boogie.”
Morrison’s rendition faithfully captures the spirit of the original recording, which was first released in 1995 by Country/Rock band The Tractors.  The entertaining holiday track was a natural fit for the Australian-born singer-songwriter, who also happens to be a gifted guitar player. 

“I wanted to record a song that was full of dancing, fun and energy while still keeping the true meaning of Christmas at heart,” says Morrison.  “What we ended up with is a rockin’ version of ‘Santa Claus Boogie’ - Craig Morrison Country style!”

Morrison released his first U.S. single, “Fences,” to Country radio earlier this year, posting a solid debut on the national MusicRow Country Breakout chart.  Both “Fences” and  “Santa Claus Boogie” were produced by Grammy-nominated Nashville producer and fellow Aussie Mark Moffatt.  Moffatt also produced Morrison’s self-titled 2012 U.S. debut album, now available at iTunes, and
To date, Morrison has balanced successful careers in both the U.S. and his native Australia, where his “Just Another Sundown” single peaked at No. 4 earlier this year on the Australian charts.  In 2011, “Hot Kinda Love” took home Country Song of the Year at the Australian Songwriter’s Awards, and in 2012, Morrison was chosen as Male Artist of the Year at the Central Coast Country Music Festival.

The Sydney native is preparing to kick off 2013 with a new single release and U.S. radio tour, followed by a three-week run of shows and festival appearances in Australia.  Morrison will continue his overseas tour in April with a handful of performances in France.  Visit for music, videos and the most current list of tour dates as they are added. 



Four-Day Weekend Passes Available at $99 for a Limited Time

Twin Lakes, WI (November 14, 2012) – Country Thunder is pleased to reveal their star-packed line-up for 2013 that features some of today’s biggest country stars including Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and many, many more (complete list below). These superstars will join previously announced multi-platinum group, Lady Antebellum in Twin, Lakes, Wis., July 18-21, 2013. And don’t forget, in order to enter the campgrounds a 4-day admission wristband is required. If you missed the action in 2012 because tickets were SOLD OUT, don’t delay and get your four-day passes for the discounted rate of $99, available until 11:59pm CST on December 31, 2012. For more on tickets for 2013 or for any of your Country Thunder needs, please visit or call (866) 802-6418.

In addition to the award-winning music selection, Country Thunder will offer a full-fan experience with activities ranging from Electric Thunder, featuring electric music nightly, to the Great American Country Thunder side-stage. This year will also feature a Bluegrass Tent, thrill rides, more food vendors than ever before and much more!

5:30-6:30pm Chris Janson
7:00-8:30pm Justin Moore
9:00-10:30pm Dierks Bentley

1:00-2:00pm TBA
2:30-3:30pm Morgan Frazier
4:00-5:00pm Parmalee
5:30-6:30pm Dustin Lynch
7:00-8:30pm Little Big Town
9:00-10:30pm Keith Urban

1:00-2:00pm TBA
2:30-3:30pm Sweetwater Rain
4:00-5:00pm Phil Vassar
5:30-6:30pm Lee Brice
7:00-8:30pm Chris Young
9:00-10:30pm Brad Paisley

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2:30-3:30pm Edens Edge
4:00-5:00pm TBA
5:30-6:30pm Joe Nichols
7:00-8:30pm TBA
9:00-10:30pm Lady Antebellum

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Kelleigh Bannen never made the trek to Nashville — she was already there. Born and raised in Music City, she was singing and writing songs when she was 2 years old. Well, actually, as she notes in her self-written bio, “it was a little song with two lines that I would sing to myself inspired by the ‘word of the day’ from ‘Sesame Street.’”
Safe to say, at least, that her ears were wide open at an early age, taking in music beyond the Country playlist and kiddie show themes to include Frank Sinatra, Patty Griffin and other eclectic performers. However, Country proved to be her true calling, so after graduating from college in Virginia, she hastened back home to develop her writing and discover her own sound as a singer.
That sound shines on her upcoming debut album, produced by Paul Worley and Jerry Smith and set to release on EMI Records Nashville. Written by Bannen and Troy Johnson, its first single, “Sorry on the Rocks,” recounts a relationship melting down, like ice in an untended glass past last call. Bannen’s strong, assertive vocals underscore the clever metaphor that flows through each verse and chorus.
Similarly, the words on another Bannen/Johnson tune, “Rose Colored Glasses,” balance playfully between the prosaic poetry of getting up in the morning and more elevated appreciations of how love can add color to “the whole world covered in ashes.” The music, strutting at medium tempo over a guitar riff that might recall “American Woman,” underscores Bannen’s ability to animate a sunny tale as handily as a lost-love lament. Her confidence and her Country soul make it sound like she never left Nashville at all.
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Aaron Lewis’ The Road, Hits Stores

Aaron Lewis’ The Road, Hits Stores Today, Nov 13

Nashville, Tenn. (November 13, 2012) — The highly anticipated full-length solo album, The Road, from Blaster Records’ multi-platinum selling artist Aaron Lewis hits stores today, November 13. Co-produced by Lewis and Nashville hit-maker James Stroud, The Road, follows Lewis’ debut solo EP, Town Line, which bowed at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart last year.

The Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and guitarist tells one story after another on The Road. Echoing traditional country, some of those tales are hilarious and heartwarming, while others are pensive and personal. Nevertheless, they're all equally powerful, vibrant, and unforgettable.  For Lewis, The Road continues to wind and surprise like it always has.

Featuring ten songs, with all but one (“Granddaddy’s Gun”) written by the Lewis, The Road unfolds with a classic grit and an invigorating energy all directly from Lewis's heart and soul.  The new album has resonated with the Boston Herald, who went as far as proclaiming Lewis “the state’s first country king.”  The Chicago Tribune says, “The Road is one of the best and most cohesive country releases of the year," while GAC notes Aaron Lewis and The Road “creates a work that honors country tradition while injecting his own soul and experience." Country Weekly declares “The Road is just getting smoother for the country music version of Aaron,” and the popular country blog,, concludes, "The Road is positive proof that Aaron Lewis has the musical goods and can most certainly deliver.”

"Forever," the current single just released to radio November 12, is a true product of the road itself. The new song captures the longing and loneliness of life on the tour bus, while reflecting the immortality of true love. It's touching and thought-provoking all at once.  A live acoustic version of "Forever" is available as part of an iTunes-exclusive deluxe version of the album along with four other live acoustic tracks.

Fans can visit AOL’s The Boot to view exclusive behind-the-scenes video with Lewis explaining much of his inspiration while writing for the new album. Visit,

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