Monday, November 19, 2012


New Single from Forthcoming 2013 Album Available Exclusively in Walmart Stores and Digitally on iTunes
The Cowboy Rides Away Tour VIP Charity Auction II to Launch on Friday, November 23, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Monday, November 19, 2012) – George Strait’s new single, “Give It All We Got Tonight,” from his 2013 forthcoming album was most-added at country radio release week and now fans can purchase the track exclusively online on iTunes and in stores at Walmart beginning today, Monday, Nov. 19.  The Walmart exclusive will also feature Strait’s 1985 No. 1 hit, “The Cowboy Rides Away,” in celebration of his upcoming The Cowboy Rides Away Tour with special guest Martina McBride commencing on January 18, 2013 in Lubbock, Texas.
In recognition of the single’s availability and due to the overwhelming response to the first online auction, CID Entertainment is again opening up bidding for two exclusive VIP packages at each stop on the tour which will include two front row tickets, private pre-show access, admission to a private exhibition of Strait’s memorabilia, and more.  The auction package is available HERE beginning Friday, November 23, 2013 with proceeds benefitting The Jenifer Strait Foundation.
JAN 18  |  Lubbock, Texas  | United Spirit Arena
JAN 19  |  Oklahoma City, Okla.  | Chesapeake Energy Arena
JAN 25  |  Salt Lake City, Utah  |  Energy Solutions Arena
JAN 26  |  Nampa, Idaho  |  Idaho Center
JAN 31  |  Sacramento, Calif.  |  Power Balance Pavilion
FEB 1  |  Fresno, Calif.  |  Save Mart Center
FEB 2  |  Las Vegas, Nev.  |  MGM Grand Garden Arena
FEB 15  |  St. Paul, Minn.  |  Xcel Energy Center
FEB 16  |  Grand Forks, N.D.  |  The Alerus Center
FEB 22  |  Buffalo, N.Y.  |  First Niagara Center
FEB 23  |  Hartford, Conn.  |  XL Center
MAR 1  |  Knoxville, Tenn.  |  Thompson-Boling Arena
MAR 2  |  Lexington, Ky.  |  Rupp Arena
MAR 17  |  Houston, Texas  |  Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
MAR 22  |  Greenville, S.C.  |  Bi-Lo Center
MAR 23  |  Greensboro, N.C.  |  Greensboro Coliseum Complex
APR 5  |  Albuquerque, N.M.  | The Pit
APR 6  |  Las Cruces, N.M.  |  Pan American Center
APR 12  |  N. Little Rock, Ark.  |  Verizon Arena+
APR 13  |  New Orleans, La.  |  New Orleans Arena
JUN 1  |  San Antonio, Texas  |  Alamodome++
+ On-Sale date Dec. 14, 2012
++ On-Sale date Mar. 9, 2013
For more information on Strait and The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, please visit

Steel Guitar News November 19. 2012

Bobby Lee asked me via email when I was going to write a newsletter. I thought never would be an appropriate timeframe. However, a chance encounter last evening after leaving work triggered some memories. I stopped at Publix grocery store to pick up a few things and saw Bill Anderson pushing a cart past the seafood section. I said, “Excuse me sir, but I just want to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your music through the decades.” He stuck out his hand to shake mine and said, “Thank you.” Then he grinned, leaned in and whispered, “Just don’t tell anybody how many decades.” If I see a star and don’t know them personally, I generally don’t say anything because I respect their time off and their right to privacy so I went about my shopping. As I walked away an old memory came back to me. I was 16 years old and had my first part-time job at G.C. Murphy in the Harandale Mall in Glen Burnie, Maryland. It was a Saturday and during my lunch break I treated myself to a meal at the restaurant right outside the mall. For those old enough to remember those fifties diners, every booth had its own little jukebox about the size of two cigar boxes taped together. I put the first nickel I ever put in a jukebox and played the first song I ever played on a jukebox. “Still”. I loved that song so much I put a quarter in and played it five more times. Then that memory brought back the memory of the girl I was madly in love with at the time. She was something, endowed with all the beauty that God bestows on a sixteen year old girl. That started me musing about the power of music and how it makes me feel when I listen to a song. I’m coming from the perspective of a non-player, non-performer. I’m a listener. I’m part of your audience. This is a perspective that you guys can never have simply because you are players. You are no longer on my side of the fence. The power of your music is in the emotion you draw out of me. Do you make me want to jump up and dance? Do you make me laugh? Do you make me sad? Or make me think? Do you fascinate me with your technique? Do you bore me and make me wish you’d get off the stage? I came to Nashville hoping to become a successful songwriter. Didn’t happen. Oh well, at least I gave it a shot. I’ll never have to wonder what might have been. That question has been answered. So let me tell you about an experience I had knowing that many of you will be insulted by what I have to say. I spent two days in a studio with six musicians with the intention of demoing a dozen of my songs. I had worked out the exact tempos I wanted, charted out every song and came to the session as prepared as I knew how to be. The musicians had absolutely no interest in what the songs were about. Someone asked me, “Who do you want it to sound like?” I said, “I don’t want to sound like anybody. I want the music to say the same thing the lyrics say.” This confused them. When I passed out lyric sheets someone said, “We don’t need the words. We just need the chord changes.” One of the musicians said, “Let’s do that Dwight Yoakam thing.” Another said, “Let’s pick up the tempo.” It became clear to me that the musicians were there to get the demo done as quickly as possible and get on to the next session. They were there to take money but not earn it. At the end of two days I had a dozen tracks that sounded absolutely fantastic. The musicians were very pleased and congratulated themselves on how well they had done. However, I didn’t have even one track that would fit the lyrics I’d written. Several months later the producer asked me when I was coming back to finish the demos. I simply told him I was fine tuning the lyrics. So here is what I’d like to say to you guys. When you approach a song, listen to what the song is saying and at least try to get a feel for the emotion of the song. There is power in music, but only if you put the power in your performance and you can’t do that if all you do is play mechanically. Jimmy Day put power in his performances. When I hear him I’m compelled to listen. It’s not the way he plays the notes on the beat, it’s the way he wraps the notes around the beat that makes me feel the emotion of the song. I don’t know how many of you will understand that subtle difference. Terry Crisp is another one who can move me. I told Terry one day while he was out in the showroom, “Terry, I hope you don’t take this wrong, but you’re not a steel guitar player, you’re a musician.” He looked at me real serious for a minute as he thought that over and then said, “Thank you.” If you guys would approach a song as musicians first and steel guitar players second and put as much energy into the emotion of the song as you do the mechanics of playing, I think your audience would appreciate you more. To me, I’d rather hear you play with passion than play with precision. Stir my emotions if you want my attention. All this came out of me because of a chance encounter with Bill Anderson at the grocery store. I guess he’ll never know how much he influenced me, then and now. Check out our monthly specials at Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

LiveWire Sparks

"Sparks" Fly as Country Group LiveWire Tours Music City to Promote Debut Album on Way Out West Records

Independent Act Impresses the Industry with Ozark Mountain-Influenced Country Rock Music and Fresh Original Songwriting
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NASHVILLE, TN (November 19, 2012) - Creative "sparks" flew when members of Country band LiveWire toured Nashville last week to promote their debut Way Out West Records' album, LIVIN' and new single, "Lies."  In a 3-day trip packed with interviews and acoustic performances for some of Nashville's top movers-and-shakers, the Joplin, Missouri-based musicians impressed with their refreshing Ozark Mountain firebrand Country Rock sound and top-notch songwriting skills.

After LiveWire lead singer/acoustic guitarist Andy Eutsler, rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Danny Bell and bassist Landon Rolfe performed on Bill Cody's morning show on WSM-AM, the legendary radio and television personality stated: "It's often said in Nashville, 'It all starts with a song.'  That's what had me hooked the first time I heard LiveWire's LIVIN' CD.  The songs, many of them originals, immediately set them apart.  "Lies," "History," "Livin'," "Better" time through and I just had to hear them again.  They've worked hard to hone their craft; it's obvious they've succeeded.  This is one strong debut!"

In another career highlight, the assembled members performed for radio industry heavyweight Lon Helton and his staff at Country Aircheck.

Following a morning interview with the band members, Matt Bjorke of Roughstock issued a 4-star review of LIVIN' where he observed that the album "finds LiveWire showcasing a unique modern Country sound that also feels timeless.  The lyrics are original and not just same-ol, same-ol Nashville stuff.  LIVIN' is one of the year's better, most-complete albums."

During the press junket, the group (which also includes lead guitarist and group founder Bobby DeGonia and fiddle man Cory Shultz who were unable to make the trip due to personal obligations) was interviewed by a number of popular television and Internet outlets, including Inside Music Row, Entertainment Circle Network,, Nashville Country Club, Cyber Country and StageShottz Magazine.

Principal songwriters Eutsler and Bell -- both singled as top-shelf songwriters in almost every review of LiveWire's music to date -- also met with several top-level music publishing and songwriting professionals from the Nashville creative community.  The experience was capped when they had an evening writing session with their long-time friend 2012 MusicRow "Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year," Johnny Bulford ("A Woman Like You" by Lee Brice). LiveWire's relationship with the singer/songwriter dates from when Bulford won the top prize over LiveWire and a field of other hopefuls at the 2009 "Colgate Country Showdown" held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. In the ensuing years, the band and the singer/songwriter have become friends and supporters; LiveWire included three of Bulford's compositions on LIVIN'.  

LiveWire is currently performing shows in their region and preparing for a Midwest radio tour.

  Click here to view a PHOTO GALLERY of LiveWire's Nashville promotional trip.

About LiveWire:
Since forming in the mid-'90s, LiveWire has forged a reputation as one of the top-draw live acts in the Midwest by regularly packing venues in the band's home state of Missouri and in the surrounding states of Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.  Along the way, this homegrown talent has taken the members of the sextet across America opening for Country superstars including Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Diamond Rio and Kix Brooks.  The group experienced a brush with the "big time" as finalists in the 2009 Colgate Country Showdown.  LiveWire released a self-titled EP in 2011 which included its debut radio single, "Tater Fed," a stirring backwoods rocker that quickly became the band's anthem.  After signing with Way Out West Records in late 2011, LiveWire released a video for "Tater Fed" and a benefit single and video of "Miracle Of The Human Spirit," which benefited the group's tornado-ravaged hometown of Joplin, Mo.  LiveWire's music has found success at Country radio, both in the U.S. and in Europe, and its videos have received airplay on CMT Pure, The Country Network, Yallwire and other outlets.  
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Chantal Kuegle Never Alone

Chantal Kuegle Debuts Her Dazzling Vocals as “Never Alone” Hits Country Radio

(NASHVILLE, TN) Youthful and spirited Canadian Country vocalist Chantal Kuegle is ready to inspire listeners with her debut single, “Never Alone,” hitting radio stations on November 19th, 2012. The song was produced by Grammy nominated legend Kent Wells (Dolly Parton) and was self-penned by Kuegle.
"Chantal's smooth, rich voice coupled with her honest songwriting is why she is one of my favorite artists,” said Kent. “Her waters run deep and her music is a reflection of that!  I'm grateful to be a part of her musical journey."
“Never Alone” is an inspirational ballad that calls into reminiscence the sounds of musical greats such as Faith Hill, Sara Evans, and Celine Dion. The timeless message is sure to appeal to fans of all ages, and Chantal’s striking vocals are sure to stand out among the crowd.
A talented songstress and college student studying music and performance at the University of Manitoba, this ingénue is leading a satisfyingly busy life. Staggering her time between her classes, her home in Oakbank, Manitoba, and the recording studios of Nashville hasn’t been easy, but has definitely been worth it for Chantal Kuegle.  Always the go-getter, she has spent her life dreaming up ways that she could turn her varied musical talents into a successful career. And with the promise of her debut single and a planned tour in the works, it looks like she is well on her way.
For more information on Chantal Kuegle, visit

THE ROYS want to cruise with you!

THE ROYS Sound "Last Call" For January 20-24 Cruise On Carnival's Sensation

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Sign Up Today To Secure Your Spot On Danny Stewart's Bluegrass CruiseFour-Night Bahamas Sailing

Nashville, TN  -- THE ROYS are sounding "last call" for Danny Stewart's Bluegrass Cruise on Carnival Cruise Line's spectacular ship, Sensation, January 20-24.  Brother/sister Lee and Elaine Roy are thrilled to be a part of this grand adventure and are urging their fans to sign up now to reserve their cabins.  The cost ($499) includes luxurious shipboard accommodations for two and all food and beverages except for carbonated and alcoholic drinks.  The vessel departs from Port Canaveral, Florida, and ports of call include the exciting islands of Freeport and Nassau.

Fans can reserve their spot HERE.  The process is easy: just go to THE ROYS' site, click on the CRUISE tab, complete the form and submit with your deposit.  Bluegrass lovers won't want to miss this seafaring festival which includes jam sessions, workshops and fun for the whole family.  Joining Lee and Elaine will be Bluegrass favorites Dave Nichols Band, The Spinney Brothers, Nu-Blu and Ernie Evans & The Florida Bluegrass Band.

THE ROYS will be ready to kick back, sun, socialize and entertain.  The duo has enjoyed a successful 2012, performing at Fairs and Festivals across the U.S. sharing the stage with George Jones, Ricky Skaggs, Dailey & Vincent, John Rich, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson, Neal McCoy, Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lonesome River Band and Chris Young.

Their debut CD for Rural Rhythm Records, LONESOME WHISTLE, earned them a spot on BILLBOARD'S Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 Chart and gave them two hit singles: "Coal Minin' Man" and "Trailblazer."  Their current disc, NEW DAY DAWNING, debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart in early September and two weeks later had risen toNumber 1 on Amazon's Bluegrass Best Sellers list.  In October, Lee and Elaine were named Inspirational Country Music's Bluegrass Artist of the Year (2012).  THE ROYS were previously honored with that award in 2011 and dubbed the organization's Duo of the Year in 2010 and 2009.  The duo's popularity has led to recent television appearances on CBS, FOX, RFD-TV, TCN and PBS and a strategic partnership with Team RealTree™ Outdoor Energy Drink.

All the latest on Lee and Elaine can be found online at



Nashville, Tenn. (November 19th, 2012) - Country recording artist Lindsay Lawler will be on-hand to perform her latest single (and the Capitol Christmas Tree's 2012 anthem) Standing Tall tonight at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena in a ceremony welcoming this year's Capitol Christmas Tree to Music City. Bridgestone Arena is just one of the tree's many whistle stops on its way from Meeker, Colorado to the Capitol lawn in Washington D.C. The acoustic performance, which begins at 6pm in the Nashville Visitor Information Center at Bridgestone, will also feature performances by Matt Stillwell, Diamond Rio, Marcus Hummon, and Chris Roberts.

Not only will the event provide a unique opportunity for the public to view and take photos with the 73-foot Capitol Christmas Tree, but will also include speeches from former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, driver of the truck hauling the tree, and President Chris Burruss of the Truckload Carriers Association, sponsor of the tree’s Nashville visit, as well as a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause. Festivities begin at 4pm and conclude 8pm.

This is the third time Colorado has provided the Capitol Christmas Tree, whose 'Celebrating Our Great Outdoors' theme is depicted through more than 5,000 ornaments handmade by Coloradoans.

Standing Tall was co-written by Chris Roberts and was also featured at the cutting down of the tree in Meeker, Colorado on November 2nd, at Dallas's House of Blues whistle stop on November 15th, and will be performed by Lawler at the tree lighting ceremony on the Capitol lawn and the Congressional Reception in early December.

About Lindsay Lawler:
Born and raised in Texas, Lindsay Lawler spent several years performing in Los Angeles before making her way to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. After performing at the 2010 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, she formed a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association and has since been named the official spokeswoman of their Highway Angels program. Her single, Highway Angel, has given her exposure as an artist and become an anthem for truck drivers everywhere. She also wrote and recorded Long Haul, a salute to female truck drivers. Lawler continues to support the truck driving community through her performances around the country and her radio show, On The Road To Nashville. For more information on Lindsay Lawler, visit
About the Capitol Christmas Tree:
The Capitol Christmas Tree tradition began with House Speaker John W. McCormack placing a live tree on the Capitol lawn in 1964. Each year, a different National Forest is chosen to provide The People's Tree, which makes it way to Washington D.C. with the help of the Truckload Carrier's Association. For more information about the Capitol Christmas Tree, visit




Music Icon Celebrates 31st Anniversary of
Christmas & Hits Tour
NASHVILLE, TN (Nov. 19, 2012) – Grammy Award-winning music legend Kenny Rogers will celebrate the 31st Anniversary of his Christmas & Hits Tour in 2012 with a festive show featuring live performances of holiday classics and his biggest hits.  The one-of-a-kind vocalist and entertainer will perform at venues across America, once again joined by special guest Billy Dean, beginning on November 23rd in Catoosa, Oklahoma and wrapping December 23rd in Westbury, New York.

Rogers is known for creating an inviting atmosphere with his Christmas & Hits Tour, which consistently receives rave reviews and has become a holiday tradition in its own right since its start 31 years ago.  The “Christmas” portion of this year’s inviting set will include heartfelt performances of traditional and original songs such as “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Joy To The World,” and “Mary, Did You Know.”  Local choirs and children will have an opportunity to showcase their talents, having once again been chosen to perform with Rogers in each city of the tour.  Rogers will sing many of his timeless classics in the “Hits” segment of the show, including “Lady,” “The Gambler,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Daytime Friends,” “Lucille,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” “She Believes In Me,” “Coward Of The County,” “Through The Years,” and several more.

For more than half a century, Kenny Rogers, with his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, has thrived as a singer, musician and showman on the international music scene.  A beloved, universally known icon of American entertainment, Rogers has recorded some of the most revered music around the world.  He has more than 65 albums to his credit and has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, ranking him #8 on the R.I.A.A.’s list of Top Selling Male Artists of All Time. Rogers is the only artist to chart a record within each of the last seven decades.  He has received countless honors, including three Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, eighteen American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and eleven People’s Choice Awards.

Rogers’ recently released his first autobiography titled Luck Or Something Like It which immediately became a New York Times Best Seller.  In addition, Gaither Music Group has recently released two albums by Rogers in time for the holidays:  Amazing Grace and Christmas Live! – the latter featuring performances captured on his Christmas and Hits Tour.

Rogers’ performances on his 2012 World Tour have generated rave reviews, including his hit-packed sets to overflowing crowds at the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival, Stagecoach, and CMA Music Festival, as well a successful sweep through New Zealand, Australia, and Asia.  Named the 2012 Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Artist-in-Residence, Rogers is currently working on a new album for Warner Bros. Records, which is due out in 2013.

With Special Guest Billy Dean

Nov. 23 – Catoosa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
Nov. 24 – Grand Island, NE – Heartland Events Center
Nov. 25 – Sioux Falls, SD – Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
Nov. 26 – Des Moines, IA – Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Nov. 29 – Loveland, CO – Budweiser Event Center
Nov. 30 – Mescalero, NM – Inn Of The Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
Dec. 1 – Albuquerque, NM – Route 66 Casino Hotel – Legends Theater
Dec. 2 – Salina, KS – Stiefel Theatre For The Performing Arts
Dec. 4 – Richmond, KY – EKU Center For The Arts
Dec. 5 – Springfield, MO – O’Reilly Family Event Center
Dec. 7 – Baton Rouge, LA – L’Auberge Baton Rouge Casino Resort – Event Center
Dec. 8 – Baton Rouge, LA – L’Auberge Baton Rouge Casino Resort – Event Center
Dec. 10 – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre
Dec. 12 – Green Bay, WI – Weidner Center For The Performing Arts
Dec. 13 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
Dec. 14 – Springfield, OH – Clark State Performing Arts Center
Dec. 15 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center
Dec. 16 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino – Mystic Showroom
Dec. 19 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
Dec. 20 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino – Event Center
Dec. 21 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino – MGM Grand Theater
Dec. 22 – Lynn, MA – Lynn Memorial Auditorium
Dec. 23 – Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury

For the latest news and tour updates, please visit Kenny Rogers’ official website:

Randy Travis & The Avett Brothers Team for All-New Episode of CMT Crossroads

Country Superstar Randy Travis & The Avett Brothers
Team for All-New Episode of CMT Crossroads

Critically Acclaimed Network Show Premieres on November 23

Nashville, TN (November 19, 2012) – Be sure to tune in as country superstar Randy Travis shares the spotlight with folk artists The Avett Brothers when CMT presents an all-new episode of CMT Crossroads. Meeting and collaborating for the first time on the CMT Crossroads stage in Nashville, Randy Travis and The Avett Brothers will perform some of Travis’ most famous hits along with some of The Avett Brothers’ most memorable tunes, including some from their current album, The Carpenter.  CMT Crossroads: The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis is set to premiere on Friday, November 23 at 11:00 p.m. (Eastern). Warner Bros. Records has been home to Randy Travis for the majority of his recording career, and together they have accumulated lifetime sales of his music in excess of 20 million units to date.  Travis is one of the biggest record sellers in music industry history, with 18 No. 1 singles, 29 Top 10 chartings, certification of the rare quintuple platinum album (Always and Forever, released in 1987), one triple platinum album (Storms of Life, released in 1986), two double platinum’s (Old 8x10, released in 1988, and No Holding Back, released in 1989), eight platinum albums, and 10 gold albums. Randy Travis' Anniversary Celebration CD is his latest release.  It marks his phenomenal silver milestone in the music industry, and includes a star-studded cast of collaborators.   Major industry career awards include seven GRAMMY Awards, five Country Music Association Awards (CMA), 10 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), 10 American Music Awards (AMA), two People’s Choice Awards, and eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association.  He is a three-time recipient of CMA Award’s “Song of the Year’’ honors (“On The Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever Amen,” and “Three Wooden Crosses”).  Randy Travis has appearances in more than 40 feature film productions and major television projects to his credit.  In 2004, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  In the midst of every major career award and accolade, he considers his honored induction as a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, in 1986, as a shining highlight of his first 25 years of legendary accomplishments.       
In 2001, banjoist Scott Avett and guitarist Seth Avett formed The Avett Brothers with standup bass player Bob Crawford. Growing up in Concord, NC, the boys immersed themselves in their musician dad's record collection, falling in love with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Since then, they've become genre stalwarts over the course of six albums, including 2007's acclaimed Emotionalism and their 2009 major label debut on American Recordings, I and Love and You. Most recently, their seventh full-length album and first for the joint venture between American and Republic Records, The Carpenter, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 with first-week sales of 98,000. It also hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Rock chart and iTunes Rock chart. Critical acclaim has poured in for the record from the likes of Rolling Stone, People, USA Today, and more. Produced by the legendary Rick Rubin and recorded in North Carolina and Malibu, The Carpenter is an artful distillation of classic homegrown folk, rock energy, bluegrass soul and pop charm.

CMT Crossroads is produced by Tom Forrest and Kathryn Russ.  John Hamlin, Margaret Comeaux and Bill Flanagan serve as executive producers.

Broadcast Schedule

CMT Crossroads: The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis

Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 11:00 p.m. (ET)

Encore Broadcasts:

Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 2:00 a.m. (ET)

Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m. (ET)

Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m. (ET)


 Help My Brother
Help My Brother - Walkin' West To Memphis - Dixie - Frozen In Time - He Can Be Found - Singing As We Rise - Want Vs. Need - I'll Love Nobody But You - Just Lovin' You - Talk To Me - One Car Funeral - Safe Passage
     I received "Help My Brother" by the Gibson Brothers, from Keith Levy of New Frontier Touring down Nashville way.  I've already heard a lot about these New York brothers, especially in our area when they took the SPBGMA 2012 "song of the year"  down Missouri way.  This is their 10th recorded project.  To my way of thinking, bluegrass music is the 'real' country music of America.  So called 'country' music today has turned into bubble-gum pop with no strings attached.  There are plenty of 'strings attached' with the Gibson Brothers.  They might be from New York, but they're from farm country.  They grew up doing exactly what their title song describes.... helping their brothers.  They grew up in a Christian atmosphere, well endowed on them from loving parents and grand parents. Old time country music was always 'story' songs, helpful hints, history, love won, love lost, and certainly a good-time beat with a little yodel throwed in for helpful memory.  Sure the Gibson's yodel, especially when they are walking west to Memphis.
     Vocally the brothers have that little 'touch' that makes their sincerity stand out, just like it should.  Not over done, just natural honest to goodness 'gift' of voice.  Add to that their very pleasant ability to put words to music and call it their own.  Some of these original songs are incredibly valid as snippets of life from the past to life of tomorrow. Add a dallop of harmony, no make that a whole ton of 'brother' harmony and you have the main line.  Reminds me of how well the Everly Brothers sang in their early years in Iowa.  Being an old friend of Charlie Louvin, I hear him and Ira in what these Gibson boys are doing.  Eric Gibson is a solid Deering banjo picker, and Leigh Gibson is a solid very old Martin guitar picker, sweet clean old young pretty.
     Much like the Roys, from Massachusetts, with similar music patterns and helpers, the Gibson Brothers added the 'just right' accompanists to create this absolutely delightful bluegrass acoustic sound.  Joe Walsh on mandolin, Mike Barber on bass, and the just right 'touch' of Clayton Campbell's fiddle.  And a fiddler 'touch' he is!
     They added a few other 'touchs' to this project too, Ricky Skaggs on "Singing As We Rise", Claire Lynch and Allison Brown on "Talk To Me." How refreshing that is.
     No wonder they took the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association "Entertainers of the Year" award. 

Bob Everhart

The Producer's Chair presents RORY FEEK

 The Producer's Chair presents RORY FEEK

When Rory Feek moved to Music City in 1995 to pursue his songwriting career, he methodically searched out Harlan Howard and introduced himself one day, at the Sunset Grill. Talk about having great instincts … Howard signed Feek to his first publishing deal but, the last thing that Rory ever expected, when he moved to Nashville was that, he would become an award-winning artist, a record producer, a TV producer, a hit songwriter and that he would meet the love of his life, at The Bluebird Café, Miss Joey Martin. Four months after they started dating, they were married and 4 albums later Joey+Rory have quickly become America’s favorite husband & wife duo, as a result of THE JOEY+RORY SHOW on the RFD Network.

Before they met, Feek’s career as a songwriter had already taken off and Martin was signed to Sony as a solo artist but as they say, GOD had other plans. Martin and Sony had difficulty agreeing on her direction so in 2005, Joey left Sony and around the same time Rory and his friend and co-writer Tim Johnson formed their own imprint Giantslayer Records and began producing project, including two albums on Blaine Larsen, which they co-ventured with BNA Records and had the top 12 country radio hit “How Do You Get That Lonely” that Rory co-wrote.

One day in late 2007, a friend of Joey and Rory’s suggested that they team up as a duo and audition for a new show on CMT called CAN YOU DUET. Although Rory had his reservations about being an artist, he agreed to give it a try. So he bought a video camera, shot an audition tape at their farm south of Nashville and Joey dropped it off to the producers, along with a roll of Pecan Sticky Buns that she baked.

“I never, ever in a million years thought that I would be singing with Joey, be a part of producing projects with her or doing television. But now, they kind of make sense because all of those things where you step out on a limb become amazing training ground for what you learn down the road.”

In 2008, Joey+Rory placed 3rd on CMTs “Can You Duet” which led them to a record deal with Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records. Their first album THE LIFE OF A SONG was produced by multi-Grammy winner Carl Jackson and it debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and sold 300,000 copies. Carl also produced their first holiday single that year, "It's Christmas Time", which was done in partnership with CMT One Country, who donated a portion of proceeds from the single to various charities including The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. In 2009 they were nominated for both CMA Vocal Duo of the year and ACM Top Vocal Duo of the Year and the following year, Joey+Rory released ALBUM NUMBER TWO and won 2010 ACM Top New Vocal Duo of the Year. The lead-off single, "This Song's for You", was released to radio in July 2010; The music video was directed by Darren Doane and was released in August 2010 and "That's Important to Me" was released as the album's second single in October 2010. The following year, they released their first Christmas album, A FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS and that same year, they took home 2011 Vocal duo of the Year from the ICMA Awards. Their third studio album, HIS AND HERS, was released in July, 2012. "When I'm Gone" and "Josephine" served as the album's first two “his and hers” singles and were simultaneously released to radio before the album. The duo has also appeared in many national television commercials for the online retailer

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DSC_0603(Nashville, TN-11-18-12)  BOBBY G. RICE has signed an exclusive contract with Century II Records, with #1 written all over this first single “Down in Texas.” The song was co-penned by Bobby G, Robbie Wittkowski, and Little Jimmy Dickens.  He hopes that “country radio” will continue to embrace his music with this great traditional country song.  You will enjoy a large menu of steel guitar and fiddles, and most of all you will hear the super smooth vocal performance of Bobby G., as great as the day he recorded his #1 song, “You Lay So Easy on My Mind,” and all of his great career songs which have made him a household name. 

The definition of the word survival is “Outlast/Continue to Exist,” which is exactly what Bobby G. Rice has done.  He continues to enjoy a successful career as a recording and touring artist.  Now with a new record label, and this new super single “Down in Texas,” he is two-stepping up to the next plateau of his career.  If you want to hear traditional country music by an artist who has been a mainstay in the country music industry, then this song is just for you.  Bobby G. Rice is again heading for that special number #1 that he has enjoyed many times during his ongoing career.  I promise you that when the first notes of this song begin to play, you will be looking for a partner to go dancing “Down in Texas.”

Click on the following link to listen and review Bobby’s new single, and you can download it and hopefully add it to your playlist.

As I have said many times before, without your playing our indie country artists music, where would our country music industry be.  You have been our mainstays for many years, and we appreciate all that you do, and I know that Bobby G. wants your support once again for this great country song that he has selected for his new single on Century II Records from his new CD with the same title, “Down In Texas.”  Please send us your input we hope you will add the song to your playlist.  Thank you from Bobby G. Rice and Century II Records.


 Self Titled

Whispering Pines is a five piece cosmic California boogie band that sounds as though it was lifted straight  out of the Laurel Canyon music scene that overtook  the City of Angels in the late 1960’s… with a little Allman-style  southern soul tossed in for good measure. If the musical homage to the sounds of the past isn’t clue enough to where this band is coming from, their name is lifted straight from a classic track by The Band.

After nearly a year in production, Whispering Pines' Self Titled album is completed.  The band brings a new confidence derived from their performing experiences as well as a more focused sense of identity and purpose.  Sounding comfortable in their own skins, they continue to stretch out stylistically and embrace their idiosyncrasies.  Songs reveal concise arrangements, ragged-but-right vocals, and mastery of vintage-inspired style. The albums song sequence is designed with an ebb and flow that adds further cohesion to the material and weaves the four singers and their songs together in a naturally appealing way.  Again, in keeping with the bands analog and tape recording preferences, the album was tracked and mixed by Mark Rains at his Station House studio in Echo Park as well as with Jason Soda at New Monkey. Additionally, the private recording studio of Soda's band Everest was employed for some overdubs.  Whispering Pines are grateful for all of the support and enthusiasm they're received thus far,  are eager to carry on in style, and are gearing up to make sure their new creation is heard.  

Debbie Dean


 Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

This CD has most of the biggest hits from the 1987 to 1990 period of the Bellamy's career. This CD has all of their late 1980's country hits like "Kids Of The Baby Boom", "Crazy From The Heart", "Santa Fe" and "Big Love". The duo's 1982 top 10 country hit "You're My Favorite Star" is included in this collection. Which was not included on Greatest Hits Volume One. "Hillbilly Hell", "You'll Never Be Sorry" and "The Center of My Universe" are new songs recorded for this collection.

With the first song on the tape being "Rebels Without a Clue." I loved that song. Every song on this album is killer. Some of the best country music I've ever heard. Besides "Rebels Without a Clue," highlights for me are "Hillbilly Hell," "Kids of the Baby Boom," and "Santa Fe." If you want a fun country CD full of good music, this is it

For some's a rare find! It was surprisingly awesome...some songs I had never heard of like, "Santa Fe"'ll have you singing along with a smile on your face. I'm so glad the Bellamy Brothers still love to tour and make new music!

Once you get this CD, you should also get Greatest Hits Volume One and Greatest Hits Volume Two. This CD is however out-of-print and hard to find. You can still find copies of Greatest Hits Volume Three at Ebay and Amazon Marketplace

Debbie Dean


 The Given
1.‘Saturday Night’ 3:29
2. ‘All That’s Left’ 3:45
3. ‘A Battle Won’ 3:39
4. ‘Patch of Bad Weather’ 3:40
5. ‘On My Way to Wonderful’ 4:16
6. ‘Say Anything’ 3:48
7. ‘You Ain’t Got Me’ 4:19
8. ‘Beat Me Down’ 3:43
9. ‘To Live is to Fly’ (featuring Guy Clark) 3:55
10. ‘Before These Walls Were Blue’ 3:34
Bowen first gained popularity as a Texas regional artist, releasing four albums under independent labels before partnering with Sea Gayle/BNA Records. Making the jump from an independent to mainstream artist is a sometimes scary task, but the songwriter knows a successful transition depends entirely on the team involved.
Bowen penned all but one of the 10 album tracks, opting to include a cover of the Townes Van Zandt classic ‘To Live is to Fly,’ which features legendary songwriter  Guy Clark The project’s first single, ‘Saturday Night,’ was the singer’s first charting tune, quickly becoming a Top 40 hit. Bowen previously scored No. 1 singles on the Texas music chart.

His voice truly jumps out of these tracks. Wades baritone is dense and concentrated, with traces of whisky and smoke and an true warmth. Bowen takes command of his songs cutting over the top producer Justin Niebanks sculpted guitar sounds. .The sound is one hundred percent country, mixed with pedal steel and vivid emotion, but it’s also music that could easily find a home with fans of Bowen’s rock idols. Folks like Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne. Take a few passes through this project and you’ll be hearing a singer’s singer and focused songwriter who’s adding layers to his music all the time.

Debbie Dean


    Somewhere in Tennessee....."We've really been following the "Lincoln Trail," said Bobbie Lhea Everhart, the 16-year old daughter of Bob & Sheila.  We've already visited Lincoln's home in Springfield, Ill. That's where the tour guide told dad to stay off the carpeting or get hit with a wet noodle.  It was Lincoln's Presidential Library & Museum, his tomb, and then the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, where his mother is buried, next.  I thought it was all very exciting, and it even got better when we reached Clayville, where mom and dad performed."
     "The Clayville Historical Site, is the restoration of the 1834 Broadwell Inn & Tavern, the first stagecoach stop on this important road just west of Springfield," added Bob.  "The restoration is complete, and it's a beautiful old Inn and Tavern. It was built in 1834 by John Broadwell, a wealthy man from New Jersey.  The two-story Inn was built to resemble a two-story country Inn in England.  Downstairs was a kitchen, a commons area, and a bar.  Upstairs were rooms for travelers to rest.  The Broadwell's attorney was none other than Abraham Lincoln, who helped arrange all the necessarys to build the beautiful structure.  The Inn thrived until stagecoach usage diverted to railroad and then to highway, and fell into great decline.  The Historical Society that formed to restore the structure, hired Sheila and I to perform for their catered roasted chicken and grilled pork chop dinner.  We had a great time, the 'feel' of this place is extraordinary, and the food was fantastic.  Once again Sheila sold a lot of CD's, mostly our Smithsonian ones this time, which is always a great treat for us."
     "We skipped over to Kentucky for some sight seeing," Sheila added, "before we got lost in Tennessee.  There's a General Patton Museum there that we found extremely interesting, but right next door is Fort Knox, where all of America's gold is supposed to be stored.  We talked to a Staff Sgt., at Fort Knox, who told us he didn't think ALL of the gold was there, a lot of it has been moved away.  We drove in to take a picture, but we sure didn't get very far.  So off we went to Old Stone Fort campground, and much to our surprise found five white-tail deer sleeping right outside our camper the next morning.  What a very pleasant experience and picture taking opportunity."
     "Mom wanted some southern style catfish for lunch," Bobbie Lhea added, "so dad stopped at the first seafood restaurant he could find, Captain D's.  And yes, they had some really good catfish.  I had some too, and dad was proud to say we managed a budget lunch.  He decided to take-out three portions of gumbo, for later, but when we ate it I think they put too much okra in it, it was kind of slimy, and dad wouldn't eat his."

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