Wednesday, November 21, 2012

BILLY DEAN JOINS KENNY ROGERS ON 31st ANNUAL CHRISTMAS & HITS TOUR

BILLY DEAN JOINS KENNY ROGERS ON 31st ANNUAL
CHRISTMAS & HITS TOUR

22-City Tour Kicks off Friday, November 23

Nashville, Tenn. (November 21, 2012) - This holiday season, GRAMMY Award-winning country music star Billy Dean once again joins country legend Kenny Rogers on his annual Christmas & Hits Tour.  The 22-city tour kicks off this Friday, November 23 in Catoosa, Oklahoma and wraps December 23 in Westbury, New York.  

Rogers' annual holiday tour makes every concert a unique experience for each city by inviting local children’s choirs to accompany the duo on stage for the show.  Dean believes this is a heartwarming aspect of the tour and the part that he enjoys most.  “A big highlight is getting to rehearse each day with the local kids who join the show,” he says. “To use Kenny's words, ‘it's not Christmas until the choir sings.'"

"I look forward to Kenny's Christmas and Hits Tour because of the personal gift it gives me each year," says Dean.  "It puts a lot of smiles on faces and it brings folks together in the spirit of the season and those are things I love being a part of.  The audience gives us something special back every night and those of us on tour become family."

This holiday season marks Dean's third year joining Rogers on the road for his annual Christmas tour.

About Billy Dean
Billy Dean is an American country music artist who, to date, has snagged thirteen Top 10 hits and holds four RIAA-certified Gold studio albums. Dean’s biggest hits include “Only Here For A Little While,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” “Billy The Kid” and “Let Them Be Little.” Dean also sang harmony (along with Alison Krauss) on Kenny Rogers’ number one hit, “Buy Me A Rose." In September of this year Dean released A Man Of Good Fortune, his first studio album in nearly four years.

For additional information on Billy Dean, visit www.billydean.com.

2012 KENNY ROGERS CHRISTMAS & HITS TOUR DATES: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

KENNY CHESNEY KICKS OFF THE SALVATION ARMY

KENNY CHESNEY KICKS OFF THE SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN WITH HALFTIME PERFORMANCE AT DALLAS COWBOYS THANKSGIVING DAY GAME

Nation’s Longest Running Fundraiser Celebrates 122nd Year and Seeks to Raise Donations for Communities Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy
While many people across the country are making final preparations for their Thanksgiving meal, four time CMA and four time ACM Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney is adding last minute touches for his halftime performance during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins at 3:15PM (CT) on FOX. With his final rehearsal today at Cowboy's Stadium in Arlington, TX, Chesney is excited to a part of the kick-off of The Salvation Army’s 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign. “This is a time of year when many people are in need of a helping hand. I’m excited to partner with The Salvation Army and the Dallas Cowboys to encourage the American people to help the less fortunate,” said Kenny Chesney. “I hope my music will elevate awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign, and in the end, help provide a warm meal, clothing or a bed for someone this holiday season.”
The nationally televised show marks the 16th year the Dallas Cowboys have helped The Salvation Army launch the campaign, which began on a San Francisco pier in 1891. Kenny’s performance will help raise awareness and millions of dollars for the Red Kettle Campaign, which collected a record $147.6 million last year. Funds will support people in need, including those still experiencing the lasting impact of Hurricane Sandy this Christmas season.
Kenny will perform a number of his top hits from past albums, as well as his most recent studio album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Since its release in June 2012, Welcome to the Fishbowl has been certified gold and includes the hit singles "Feel Like a Rock Star," "Come Over,” and current hit “El Cerrito Place.” Throughout his nearly 20-year career, Kenny has sold more than 27 million albums and had 24 #1 singles.
Since the partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army began in 1997, the Red Kettle Campaign has raised more than $1.5 billion with the help of multiple top-tier musical acts spanning the past 15 years. Previous halftime performers have included: 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.
“Something special happens when the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army come together for the Red Kettle Campaign on Thanksgiving Day – people are driven to give and help their neighbors,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President of Brand Management for the Dallas Cowboys and National Advisory Chairperson for The Salvation Army. “A marquee performance by a star like Kenny Chesney will reach millions of people and hopefully encourage giving this Christmas. We know from experience that The Salvation Army will stretch donations as far as possible to help as many people as possible.”
The Salvation Army continues to provide disaster relief services to families and individuals who are rebuilding from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. Since late October, The Salvation Army has provided food, hydration, clothing, financial assistance, and other supplies to hundreds of thousands of people. These services and others by The Salvation Army will continue throughout the holiday season and into the New Year until all the need created by Hurricane Sandy is met. Donations made to the Red Kettle Campaign stay in the local community, and any donations made in the impacted areas of New York and New Jersey will help benefit the recovering communities.
“The Red Kettle Campaign this year will help not only those who need The Salvation Army’s assistance day-to-day, but also those who are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy,” said Commissioner William Roberts, National Commander for The Salvation Army. “This is the time of year we need to lend a helping hand to our neighbors, and help them up in His name. We extend a big thanks to the Jones Family and the Dallas Cowboys, as well as Kenny Chesney for helping make this Thanksgiving so special.”
The 2012 Red Kettle Campaign will bring The Salvation Army’s iconic kettles and 25,000 bell ringers to street corners and storefronts nationwide through December 24. Notably, national corporate partners hosting Salvation Army red kettles at their stores through Christmas Eve include Walmart, Macy’s, jcpenney, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Bloomingdales, Walgreens and Big Lots.
Supporters of The Salvation Army can also ring a virtual Red Kettle bell online at www.onlineredkettle.org , donate by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text the word “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Red Kettle Campaign. More information on the Red Kettle Campaign is available online at www.salvationarmyusa.org .

Steel Guitar News November 21. 2012

Today’s newsletter comes to you a day earlier because of Thanksgiving. Here’s hoping you have plenty to be thankful for. We are lucky enough to have Mike Daly once again write a newsletter for us. It’s great getting the insights from a great steel player with a high profile job such as Mike has with Hank Jr. Mike will also be out on a short Christmas tour with Travis Tritt starting the weekend after Thanksgiving. So from here on out, it’s Mike Daly. Here it is closing in on the Christmas season. Time to dust off your favorite Yuletide steel guitar licks, or is it? Some players have a difficult time injecting their own thoughts and licks into preconceived music on the steel, the question being, when do you copy completely somebody’s approach and style to a song as to do the song and the original player justice and when to interject your own preferences and playing style into the mix. The holidays bring a special opportunity for you, the steel player, to experiment and expand your own voicing’s and style to a whole genre of music. The Christmas season has inspired some of the most beautiful and enduring music ever written. For centuries, some of these songs have continued to uplift and inspire people of all walks of life and musical heritage. The songs themselves are etched in most folks consciousness. The beauty of trying to work up a Christmas tune is that they have been recorded in so many different styles and approaches that there is no definitive way to play these songs. From choral groups to Mannheim Steamroller to symphony orchestras, these songs remain vibrant and uplifting no matter how they are arranged. So the challenge for you as a steel player is to find some tunes you enjoy and work at it until you find the arrangement that fits the song and showcases your individual approach and strengths on the steel. For some that might be a jazz approach to “Silent Night”. To others it might be a West Coast Bakersfield arrangement of “Joy To The World”. Whatever you work on, the payoff is that when you are done with your arrangement it is truly yours, a one of a kind piece of music that you can share with others for years to come and help spread the good cheer of Christmas. I think more players should be thinking in these terms, advancing their own style. I think that’s the reason six string guitar playing has had such an impact is that so many players allowed themselves to stretch their imagination, players like Chet Atkins, Jimmy Page, Wes Montgomery and Angus Young. I’ve enjoyed experimenting with Christmas tunes and put out a CD called “Peace On Earth” in which I took great liberties to make the songs my own. You can order a copy from Bobbe. It’s at the bottom of the page: www.steelguitar.net/cds.html Many thanks to Mike Daly for this newsletter. We will be closed Friday, so we’ve put the Christmas Specials out early at http://www.steelguitar.net/christmasspecials.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

SAMMY KERSHAW GUESTS ON THE MIKE HUCKABEE SHOW THIS THANKSGIVING

SAMMY KERSHAW GUESTS ON
THE MIKE HUCKABEE SHOW THIS THANKSGIVING

Kerhaw Talks 'A Sammy Klaus Christmas' this Thanksgiving Day on
Former Arkansas Governor's Nationally Syndicated Radio Show 
  
Nashville, Tenn. (November 21, 2012) – This Thanksgiving Day country music crooner Sammy Kershaw joins former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on his nationally syndicated radio program, The Mike Huckabee Show.  Kershaw joins Governor Huckabee at 2:30 PM EST for a chat about his new holiday album, A Sammy Klaus Christmas.

The Governor's new radio show, syndicated through Cumulus Media, can be heard on more than 200 stations throughout the nation (visit www.mikehuckabee.com for local listings).

A Sammy Klaus Christmas is chock full of Kershaw's signature style and unmistakable vocals and includes classic sing-along holiday standards like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” as well as traditionals like “Silent Night,” “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” and the bluesy “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.” 

The album also includes two versions of the classic Christmas tale, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."  Kershaw reads the traditional story on one track and flavors a second version with his rich Cajun heritage.

A Sammy Klaus Christmas is available in stores now as well as online through digital retailers.

About Sammy Kershaw

Since his debut on the music scene in the early ‘90s, Sammy Kershaw has remained one of the most consistent power hitters in country music with a chain of major hit records and sell out tours. His focus is reclaiming the roots of country music and recapturing the spirit that made it great. Often referred to as the heir apparent to the legendary George Jones, Kershaw's platinum albums have included such classics as “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore,” “National Working Woman’s Holiday” and “Love of My Life.”  Kershaw is a multi-platinum selling artist whose history includes six gold and five platinum albums that have scanned in excess of five million records.

For additional information on Sammy Kershaw, visit www.sammykershaw.com.

Country Music News International November 21. 2012


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Phoenix Stone Honky Tonk Superstar

Phoenix Stone Releases EP
Honky Tonk Superstar
 
Lead-Off Single Lands On Billboard Charts

 
 
 
 (Nashville, TN)--- Continuing the momentum of his smash debut country single, ‘100 Proof Moonshine,’ hit producer and songwriter, Phoenix Stone, releases digitally today his EP Honky Tonk Superstar. Produced and written by Stone, this EP features 4 original tracks that embrace his southern rock upbringing. It is available on iTunes now and included in their New & Noteworthy section.
 
This year has already brought him national recognition, including a Billboard magazine online feature, a performance on the nationally syndicated television show, Daytime, and inclusion in the Nashville Lifestyle Magazine’s “25 Most Beautiful People of Nashville 2012,” alongside Lisa Marie Presley and CMT’s Cody Alan.
 
This project has been a long time coming for Stone, an industry vet that has worked alongside everyone from Art Garfunkel to newcomer, Liana Conway, to the platinum-selling boy band, Backstreet Boys. After landing deals with Warner/Chappell Nashville and Universal Records as a teenager, Stone opted to put his own solo career on the back burner but never lost sight of eventually making an album on his own terms.
 
The EP’s lead-off single, ‘100 Proof Moonshine,’ has already caught the eye of industry and fans alike. Acclaimed MusicRow reporter, Robert K. Oermann awarded the single his DisCovery Award and called it: “Very nicely produced, with a crashing drum sound, banjo grace notes, a ringing electric guitar and some hearty shouting chorus boys. Stone sings with southern gusto, and the song has loads of memorable hooks. Play it.” While KUPL Portland’s Scott Mahalick declares: “100 Proof…100% Hit!”
 
As part of the single promotion, Stone set out on a nationwide radio tour with Ole Smoky® Moonshine, Tennessee's First Legal Moonshine, and the success
of that tour has landed the single at #59 on the Billboard/BDS Indicator charts and steadily rising.
 
The accompanying music video, which was shot at Malibu’s One Gun Ranch, a sprawling  estate originally owned by a member of Guns N’ Roses, debuted today on AOL’s The Boot and can be seen here: CLICK HERE!
 
 
In addition, the video will debut on The Country Network this Friday.


Track Listing:
1. 100 Proof Moonshine
2. Honky Tonk Superstar
3. Radio On
4. Cowboys

Phoenix Stone is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, founding member of the Backstreet Boys, and Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of STONEHALL Entertainment, a full-service entertainment firm represented by Creative Artists Agency. STONEHALL includes a record label, a publishing company (a joint venture with Rondor/Universal), a management company that represents record producers and a television division, which has created shows for Disney’s Touchstone and a pair of pilots for MTV Networks. Stone is also President of his own joint venture label with Columbia Records. Through this label, he has created and produced the teen rock band the Valli Girls as well as developed the band Varsity Fanclub for Stonehall Records/EMI’s Virgin Records and the EastWest Boys, which he signed to Stonehall Records/Sony Japan.

Fans seem to be catching on quickly as his YouTube channel has garnered nearly 3 million hits in this year alone. Stay connected with Phoenix Stone and his Facebook community of over 60,000 fans: https://www.facebook.com/#!/PhoenixStoneFans or his twitter community of over 80,000 fans: https://www.twitter.com/phoenixstone1.
 

SARAH DARLING DISHES WITH HAZEL SMITH ON CMT’S SOUTHERN FRIED FLICKS

SARAH DARLING DISHES WITH HAZEL SMITH ON CMT’S SOUTHERN FRIED FLICKS
 
Episode Airs This Sunday at 6PM CST

 
NASHVILLE, TN…(November 20, 2012)Black River Entertainment's Sarah Darling is in her element as the special guest on CMT's Southern Fried Flicks With Hazel Smith.  Known for her love of baking in addition to music, the episode featuring Sarah premieres Sunday, November 25th at 6PM CST and showcases the film Fireproof.
 
Tune in to watch Hazel and Sarah dish over delicious southern favorites as they discuss the film, her new single and Sarah’s upcoming album with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts).
 
The new single, "Home To Me," is at radio now and catching the attention of country music superstars and fans alike.  The massively relatable song has found a home with thousands of country listeners with more than 30,000 units purchased since the digital release on August 21.
 
"Home To Me," written by Caitlyn Smith & Bobby Hamrick, is a breezy mid-tempo track that takes the listener on a lyrical journey comparing her love interest to the beauty of America's landscape as she finds "home" in that person.
 
Recently featured on CMT's "Big New Music Weekend," Sarah’s music video for "Home To Me" is playing on CMT and GAC.  Fans of Sarah Darling can purchase "Home To Me" on iTunes and view the music video on Vevo.

 
ABOUT SARAH DARLING:
Sarah Darling made a decision back in Iowa to take a leap of faith and chase her dreams.  Once she decided to go for it, Sarah worked day and night to save $5,000 and then moved from small town Iowa to Nashville.  Upon arriving in Music City, Sarah worked diligently to hone her performing and songwriting, even appearing in several music videos.  Since then, Sarah has released two #1 videos with "Something To Do With Your Hands" from her sophomore album Angels & Devils and "Blackbird," from the charity-based compilation album, Let Us In Nashville.  Sarah made her Grand Ole Opry debut in February 2011 and, on August 18, 2012, Sarah performed on the legendary stage for the twentieth time.  Today, affectionately called "Music City's Newest Darling" by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau and touted by the New York Times as a "sophisticated songwriter" with a "crisp, powerful voice," Sarah Darling is confidently making her mark on the country music scene.  For more information, visit www.sarahdarling.com or Facebook.com/OfficialSarahDarling.

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