Monday, November 26, 2012


The Four-Time American Country Awards Nominee To Perform This Chart-Topper On The Awards Show On Monday, December 10

Jake Owen

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NASHVILLE, TN – (November 26, 2012) – RCA Nashville’s Jake Owen is celebrating his third consecutive No. 1 single – and first that he co-penned – to date with “The One That Got Away,” which landed in the top spot on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck country radio airplay charts this week. The song also hit No. 1 on the MusicRow Country Breakout chart. Just a few days before learning the good news, Jake and his wife Lacey welcomed their first daughter, Olive Pearl Owen.
With infectious lyrics and an irresistible driving energy, “The One That Got Away” is a true story written by Jake along with Jimmy Ritchey and Dallas Davidson. The song is from his chart-topping album Barefoot Blue Jean Night that has launched back-to-back, multi-week No. 1 hits with the PLATINUM-selling title track and the GOLD-certified “Alone with You.”
The four-time American Country Awards nominee will make the television debut performance of “The One That Got Away” on the fan-voted awards show airing on FOX on Monday, December 10.
Currently, Jake is on the road with his first headlining tour “CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012” and he continues to make CMT history with the most consecutive sold-out shows for the annual nationwide tour since its inception eleven years ago. In 2013, Jake will join Jason Aldean’s NIGHT TRAIN TOUR.
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Nashville, TN (November 26, 2012) Skyville Artist Development is in celebration mode after a  month full of accomplishments.  Skyville's 22 year old Texas singer/songwriter Hudson Moore released his debut single “Fireworks” to Texas radio earlier this summer and it is #1 on this week’s Texas Music Chart.  The single, produced by Skyville's Wally Wilson, was included in iTunes “New & Noteworthy” section the day it was released.  Moore has been touring Texas and Oklahoma and opening for the likes of  Alan Jackson, Pat Green, ZZ Top and many others. 
In addition to the exciting news for Moore, Skyville's Jon Stone scored the Song of the Year award recently at the SESAC Awards for “A Woman Like You,” performed by Lee Brice.  Stone is also nominated for “Song of the Year” on the upcoming ACAs (American Country Awards) airing on Fox Television on December 10th.  Sony Music Nashville’s The Henningsens, developed by Skyville, scored two BMI awards for “You Lie” and “All Your Life,” performed by The Band Perry.  Their debut album was produced by Skyville's Paul Worley with the single due in December and the LP slated for release in 2013.
Paul Worley is also currently producing his fourth Capitol Records album for worldwide hit makers Lady Antebellum.  In addition to Hudson Moore, Skyville Artist Development  is working with several other young talents including Kelsey Matthews, Sara Haze, and Jacob Lyda.
About Hudson Moore 
Hudson Moore's current single, "Fireworks" is currently at #1 on the Texas Music Chart and it was released to iTunes in September. It was included in iTunes' "New & Noteworthy" section the day is was released.  The young musical career of rising Texas star, Hudson Moore, has already been a virtual whirlwind.  The 22-year-old Ft. Worth native has headlined Billy Bob’s Texas and has performed for thousands of fans at both the famed Austin City Limits Music Festival and South By Southwest (SXSW).  Hudson has played the historic Gruene Hall, and has opened for the likes of legends Alan Jackson and Michael Martin Murphey, along with such Texas/Red Dirt luminaries as Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen, Josh Abbott, Kevin Fowler, Stoney LaRue, Casey Donahew Band, and Reckless Kelly.  For more information, visit,, or @HudsonMoore on Twitter.  

Tim McGraw want You!

New Single "One Of Those Nights" Climbing Up The Radio Charts Now
Nashville, TN- Nov. 26, 2012- In a web-first, country superstar Tim McGraw is inviting fans to watch the making of his music video as it happens for his brand new single, "One Of Those Nights."  On Tues., Nov. 27 starting at 3:30 PM CST, McGraw will offer a live feed with the help of Ustream from the filming of the music video at its location in Nashville.   McGraw will be able to interact with fans and chat with them periodically throughout the shoot while giving them the chance to see how the video process works.  Tune in at and follow on Twitter @TheTimMcGraw. 
"It's crazy that 25 years into my career, this single and this album represent a lot of firsts for me," explains McGraw. "There's a renewed feeling of creativity and excitement, and I want the fans to be part of it every step of the way. The technology that's out there today provides some cool new ways to connect with music fans, so it'll be fun to give everyone a real look at what happens on the video shoot.  I hope we can do more stuff like this as things get even busier with TWO LANES OF FREEDOM."
"One of Those Nights" is McGraw's second single from his upcoming Big Machine Records debut TWO LANES OF FREEDOM.   The album will be released Feb. 5, 2013, and covers McGraw's broadest emotional range yet, with a set of songs that looks forward and back, gets deep and gets loose, and reveals that even the biggest stars can continue to grow with consistency and maturity.   In his record-shattering career, McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, and dominated the charts with 32 No. one singles and 50 Top 10 singles.  Nielsen-BDS recently certified McGraw as the most-played Country artist of the past 20 years (1992-2012) with more than 10 million spins detected and Mediabase recognized him as the most-played Country artist in the history of their tracking service.
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Steel Guitar News November 26. 2012

This is Bob Hempker with today’s newsletter. I know many road players and guys who work the same show day in and day out can relate to this. I’ve fought the boredom thing on stage for years. We play the same old songs over and over. I’ve sometimes forgotten that we even played a certain song. How do we keep our mind fresh, and our enthusiasm up? When we would go out on the road, sometimes we’d do 40 plus one-nighters in a row. That meant playing without much rest, and sometimes driving all night to get to the next gig. A lot of my road work back then was in a station wagon with 5 of us, and pulling a U-Haul trailer. Needless to say, things have gotten a lot better for the road players in the last 30 years or so. For 24 years, I worked and traveled the road with Loretta Lynn. When I first went to work for her, she hadn’t had that many hits, so as a result to fill time, she would do other peoples’ hits or what many refer to as “cover tunes.” That kept us on our toes. As the years went by, she compiled more and more hits of her own. We would have a different audience every show, so the songs were fresh to the folks in the crowd. It could really get to be a grind to those of us on the stage, including Loretta. Sometimes I would really yearn just to play something different than the same old intros and turn-arounds that were required to be played on her show. Most C/W music artists want their intros and turn-arounds played pretty much like the recordings. Signature licks have to be there, also. That leaves your fills pretty much to your own taste and discretion. I fought the same thing the eight years I worked for Roy Clark. Sometimes I would say to myself, “If I have to play that darn ‘Thank God and Greyhound You’re Gone’ one more time, I’m going to scream.” One year, I worked 400 plus shows with “Country Tonite” in Branson. I also did a morning show with Jim Owen. We did the same songs each and every show, over and over. Again, the fighting the boredom, and trying to keep your head in your work. I have found little tricks down through the years I play on myself to keep from getting bored, and my mind wandering in the middle of a song. Sometimes, I will zero in on my tone, and try to really make it big and fat. Not just with amp settings and such, but with my own technique. I’ll place my hands in different spots comparing the difference in the sound of the notes. I may use different fingers or my thumb for a lick I usually use another finger, or my thumb for. I’ll swap bars around . I have a 7/8” bar and a 15/16” bar. I’ll compare the tone and the way they feel. Sometimes I’ll pick block a passage instead of my usual palm blocking. One of my favorite things to do to keep enthused in playing on a set show, is to think about my heroes. I can remember playing “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and thinking about how Buddy Emmons would have played it. Again the intro had to be like the recording, which Hal Rugg played on, but the fills were of my own discretion. I always would fill every other verse. There is no actual chorus to the song. I might try to fill the first verse the way I would imagine Lloyd Green would have played it. The second verse, maybe I’d try to imagine John Hughey or Jimmy Day playing it. The third verse, maybe Weldon Myrick. It was all according to which one of my heroes would pop into my head. I would sometimes play almost the whole show like that. I did this on Roy’s show, also. I can imagine so many of my favorite players’ styles on “Tips of My Fingers.” There was no steel guitar solo on “Yesterday When I Was Young,” but Roy said he always wanted one on it, and asked me to play something on it. I thought for a while, and I concluded that Jerry Byrd should have played on that song. I played a solo the way I imagined maybe Jerry would have played it. I’m nowhere near in the league with Jerry or any of these other great players, but it is fun to imagine. I’ve done it a lot down through the years. I don’t know if any of the rest of you have tried this or not, but it is a good mental trick to keep from me getting bored and fighting fatigue on the stage. I know it’s a condition we all fight from time to time, but we all have our own ways of dealing with it. I’d like to hear from some of you, and hear your ideas about how you deal with this. Check out our Christmas specials at Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Jimmy Roggers - STEEP AND DEEP

Jimmy Roggers - STEEP AND DEEP

Best. Nr. Fun 2325007, Prod. 2010

Around sometimes, Moonlight romance, Steep and deep, Standing in the rain,Johnny the player, Cold, Two of us my dear, Sunny blues, Strong enough, Let your love, set you free, Midnight train

11 Tracks befinden sich hierauf, professionell eingespielt von Jimmy Roggers mit seiner Band:
Jimmy Roggers (vocal and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars)
Franz Trattner (Drums)
Andy Mayerl (Baß & Contrabaß)
Daniel Schroeckenfuchs (Keyboards)
Axl Scheutz (Percussion)

Jimmy wurde am 14.02.1962, also am Valentinstag, in Skopje geboren. Offenbar hatte dieser Tag Einfluß auf seine musikalische Entwicklung. Schon in der Kindheit spielte er Mandoline, später Gitarre in verschiedenen Bandformationen. Mit 16 Jahren bereits on Tour in Europa als Busker und Pubmusiker waren seine internationalen Auftritte in den 70er-Jahren durch Woodstock und Flower Power beeinflusst.
Inspiriert wurde er im Laufe seines Lebens von Cat Stevens, Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Bruce Springsteen und vielen anderen Blues- und Country-Musik-Künstlern. Und das lässt sich auch auf dieser CD nicht verleugnen, die ausschließlich Eigenkompositionen (Blues, Swing, etc.) enthält. Empfehlenswert!

Mehr über diesen ausgezeichneten Musiker, der seit 1991 in Salzburg lebt, könnt ihr hier nachlesen: (ebenso auf Facebook, You Tube und My Space).

Text: Eliza 
Quelle: Jimmy Roggers

Mit ROUGHROAD durch den Sommer

Mit ROUGHROAD durch den Sommer

Nachdem wir also im Mai unser Debüt mit der neuen Besetzung erfolgreich absolviert hatten folgten noch einige sehr schöne Auftritte in Wien und Niederösterreich mit unserer Band.

Es gab größere und kleinere Veranstaltungsorte, aber nun der Reihe nach.
Am 16.06. spielten wir zum ersten Mal im Cafe Amadeus im 15. Bezirk in Wien. Das Lokal selbst wäre ja recht gemütlich, aber der Besucherzustrom ließ zu wünschen übrig. Des Rätsels Lösung? Nebenan in der Stadthalle gaben >Die Ärzte< ein Konzert und DAGEGEN hatten wir mit akustischer Countrymusic und Bluegrass leider keine Chance. Erst gegen Mitternacht, als unser Programm schon beendet war, strömten die Stadthallenbesucher in Scharen herein – zu spät.

Nach der Sommerpause folgten im September knapp hintereinander drei Auftritte. Am 21.09. auf dem Dornerplatz im 17. Bezirk – dieses Konzert ist einen eigenen Bericht wert! Dann am 22.09. zum ersten Mal im Cafe Concerto, 16. Bezirk, und am 28.09. in der Bierkanzlei, 8. Bezirk. Das Cafe Concerto war überraschend gut besucht, auch die Stimmung konnten wir erfolgreich aufbauen. Unter den Gästen weilte auch Peter Zeman von den >Thorncreek Village Ramblers<, der ja als anspruchsvoller Kritiker bekannt ist. Umso mehr wissen wir sein Lob für unsere musikalische Darbietung zu schätzen.

In der Bierkanzlei drängten wir uns zu sechst auf der Mini-Bühne, doch gerade diese Tuchfühlung brachte uns so richtig in Schwung. Drei Sets verflogen wie im Nu und zu guter Letzt spielten wir mit Manfred Hofmann die Zugabe: >The speed of the sound of loneliness<.
Manfred sang den deutschen Text (>Ka Idee< von Ostbahn-Kurti) und unser Richie dazu das englische Original (von John Prine).... das war ganz einfach SUPER und das ohne vorherige Absprache oder Probe.

Vom 01. – 4.11. begaben sich die sechs Bandmitglieder von ROUGHROAD in Klausur, d. h. wir machten einen Band-Workshop auf einer Hütte in der Steiermark. So etwas kann ich nur jeder Band einmal empfehlen, denn da wird nicht nur intensivst gearbeitet sondern auch der Spaß kommt nicht zu kurz und schweißt die Band zusammen.

Bestens gerüstet bespielten wir danach am 09.11. das Irish Pub im Stadthotel in Deutsch Wagram. Und wir freuen uns bereits auf die nächsten Gigs im Jänner und Februar. Schaut doch öfter mal auf unsere Homepage oder besucht unsere Seite im Facebook.

Text: Eliza 

Bayou Alligators in Österreich

Bayou Alligators in Österreich

Im Herbst dieses Jahres hatte ich wieder das Vergnügen, diese tolle Band aus Deutschland einige Tage in Österreich zu erleben.

Den Auftakt machte das Headquarter der Vienna Globetrampers im 15. Bezirk ( Obwohl dieser Termin am Donnerstag, 6.9. zusätzlich eingeschoben worden ist war das Clublokal gut besucht und die vier Musiker machten gehörig Stimmung mit fetziger Zydeco- und Cajun-Music. Diesmal mit von der Partie: Frank (Akkordeon, Washboard, Git., Voc., Orgel) aus Thüringen, Steffen (E.-Git., Voc.) aus Göttingen, Hardy (Drums, Voc.) aus Forst bei Cottbus, Bruno (Bass, Voc.) aus Monte Casino, Italien ( Der Saxofonist war leider aus Krankheitsgründen nicht auf die Tour mitgekommen doch tat dies der Musikqualität absolut keinen Abbruch. Bei >Girl without dancing shoes<, >Down in Louisiana<, >Zydeco Dance<, >Walking to New Orleans<, >Baby, I need you< u. a. begannen die Beine von selber zu tanzen. Zum krönenden Abschluss spielte Frank als Zugabe ein Stück auf der Orgel. Leider vergaß ich, mir den Titel aufzuschreiben.

Freitag, den 7.9. fuhr die Band weiter in die Steiermark, in die Bluegarage Frauental. Dorthin konnte ich sie leider nicht begleiten, kann daher auch nichts darüber berichten. Doch am Samstag, 8.9. hatte ich sie wieder in Wien. Diesmal im 10. Bezirk im Vienna Country & Western Club ( Randvoll besetztes Haus und ebenfalls eine Bombenstimmung. Zu meiner großen Überraschung war Brigitte Heybey (Vizepräsidentin der ACMF) aus Salzburg angereist und ich lernte an diesem Abend auch die Webmasterin Giovanna kennen. Sogar Fans aus Cottbus und Thüringen waren anwesend. Es wurde auch hier fleißig getanzt und bei der Zugabe trat wieder die Orgel in Aktion. Das letzte Lied hieß >Way out here<, das war wunderschön und klingt mir immer noch in den Ohren.

Die Band und auch ich freuen uns bereits auf die nächste Österreich-Tour und sind sicher wieder bei dem einen oder anderen Club zu Gast. Ihr doch auch?!

Foto + Text: Eliza 


     Georgia...."2,700 feet up on a narrow curving steep road with no way to turn around.  Not exactly the easiest way to find an inexpensive state park campground in Georgia."  Bob & Sheila are on the road for a performance tour in Florida, and are meandering through Georgia. "I would never have gone up that mountain," Bob said, "but there was no way to turn around.  It's called Fort Mountain Campground, and it's cheap, only $18 a night, but I didn't think we'd make it to the top.  Even more was the fear instilled in me of coming back down it. What if the brakes gave out, got hot, burned out, how would I keep this heavy rig on the road or prevent it from hurtling over the side thousands of feet straight down.  Needless to say I had a not-so-good sleep night.  We decided to try to go back down early in the morning while it was still cool out, hoping it would help prevent the brakes from getting hot.  As it turned out, I managed to keep the rig in low gear, and after what seemed an eternity of braking and not braking, we managed to get back to the bottom.  From now on we will definitely refer to the Woodalls RV guide instead of just reading stuff of the internet.  Wow, what an experience."
     "It was very high," Sheila added, "and on top of that, the warmer nights had prompted the Rangers to post notices everywhere that black bear was all over the place.  All kinds of warnings, how to deal with garbage, etc.  We heard all kinds of snuffling and grumping and sticks breaking through the night all around our campsite.  Our little dog just about went crazy with all this going on, but we managed to get back down, the brakes didn't burn up, and we didn't get gobbled by hungry bears."
     "I kind of enjoyed the mountain trip," Bobbie Lhea the Everhart's daughter said.  "Nothing happened except dad got real nervous, and then he took us for a tour through the Jack Daniels Distillery.  Maybe that helped settle him down.  Can you imagine 80-million gallons of Jack Daniels whiskey aging in oaken barrels in huge 7-story buildings, all around where the main distillery is?  It was a very interesting tour.  The county where the distillery is located is a dry county, so you can't buy any whiskey there even if you wanted to.  Be that as it may, dad drove to Lynchburg where they were having some kind of weekend celebration with lots of folks dressed up in old colonial style costumes.  We found a neat bar-b-que to have lunch, and believe it or not, we managed to eat sparingly and can legally call it a budget lunch, even though I was still a little hungry when we left."
     "We have a national park passport book," Bob added, "so we took a side-road to Alabama, and finally located the Russell Cave National Mounument.  This is not a 'huge' cavern, but it is an important one to the survival of early natives in the area.  It was named a 'national' park by John F. Kennedy, so we got the correct stamp for our passport book, and then visited the cave.  Not huge, like I said, but it offered fresh water, climate controlled protection in the winter months, and all around quite a lot of natural food available, not the least being nuts, grains, even a rice-like plant, which the natives collected. We're getting close to our next gig, so we'll camp at the Lake Alatoona Landing private campground near Atlanta.  They are having a 30% fall discount, so we'll stay three nights, and then it's off to Decatur for our next gig."

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