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Country Music News International December 15. 2012


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Country Gospel Singer's New Release Slated for Early 2013!


Country Gospel Singer's New Release Slated for Early 2013!
 
Los Angeles, CA 12/14/12 - Country Gospel singer, Joyce Shaffer, is about to release a much-anticipated song which she holds very dear and close to her heart. In the grand tradition of country artists, Joyce has written a song about her past and more specifically about her beloved mother and the lessons she taught her and others through her deep faith in God. The song's title tells you some of the story, "Mamma Was A Warrior" (With a Bible in Her Hand.)
 
Shaffer is not new to pulling from her past to make a point about life with her music. "Farmer's Pride" was about the hardships of life endured by her father and family as he toiled the earth as a sharecropper of dry land beans.  Then there was her hit song, "Loretta's Shoes", about country great Loretta Lynn which Loretta loved. Joyce and Loretta Lynn have much in common and both write and sing about what they know best.
 
Over the last few years, Shaffer has graced the country charts time after time with her heartfelt music and is making a mark with each of her well-crafted songs that she hopes will help people remember the true importance and value of life. All you have to do is listen to one of her songs to know its undoubted truth. They reach down inside you and touches your heart to what life is truly all about. 2013 will open the doors to Joyce Shaffer's country gospel rise.
 
For more on Joyce Shaffer, and her music please visit her site at www.JoyceUSA.net

AMERICANA ANNOUNCES TOP 10/TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2012

JD McPherson’s seductively kickass debut album, Signs & Signifiers, ranks No. 1 most played album for 2012 on the Americana Airplay chart. 
 
(Nashville, Tenn.) December 14 2012 - The Americana Music Association has announced its year-end Top 10 & Top 100 Albums of the Year.  The Top 100 albums are based on those records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of November 15, 2011 through November 17, 2012.
 
This year’s Top Ten most played albums are:
 
1) JD McPherson, Signs And Signifiers / Rounder
2) Darrell Scott, Long Ride Home / Full Light
3) Rodney Crowell, KIN: Songs By Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell /Vanguard
4) Justin Townes Earle, Nothing's Gonna Change The Way... /Bloodshot
5) Little Willies, For The Good Times  / Milking Bull/EMI
6) Willie Nelson, Heroes / Legacy
7) Lyle Lovett, Release Me / Lost Highway
8) Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Grifter's Hymnal /Bordello Records
9) Old Crow Medicine Show, Carry Me Back /ATO
10) Ryan Adams, Ashes & Fire / PAX-AM/Capitol
 
To view the full 2011-2012 Top 100 Albums, visit americanamusic.org and click the Top 100 Albums link in the right hand column on our home page.

HannaClaus is Back in Town with Two New Christmas Songs!


 
HannaClaus is Back in Town with Two New Christmas Songs!
 
Nashville, TN (December 14, 2012)- After taking a year off to write new music set for release in 2013, Greg Hanna is back with two new Christmas songs for fans; one re-recorded Christmas staple and one tongue-in-cheek, rockin' tune! 
 
Hanna's remake of the Canadian Christmas classic, "Christmas in the Valley," features vocals from Wayne Rostad, who originally recorded the holiday favorite. Rostad commented on the remake, "Greg Hanna has released a beautiful version of my song and in so doing, has given all of us a wonderful Christmas present. I love what he and his talented Nashville musicians have delivered."
 
The second song from Hanna's Christmas musical offering is the rock 'n' roll flavored original, "Nekked As A Reindeer," on which Emerson Drive's Brad Mates lends his vocals. The upbeat, humorous song will have fans smiling from ear to ear in seconds!
 
"I have gone Christmas Crazy this year!"  says Hanna. "Christmas is by far my favorite time of year and this season, I decided to cut both a traditional Christmas song for the folks back in Canada and an original for Hannamaniacs on both sides of the border, as a way to say "thanks" for the great year we have had. I am thrilled to share more new music with everyone in 2013!"
 
Both "Christmas in the Valley" and "Nekked As A Reindeer" are available on iTunes and via www.greghanna.com.

THE VOICE OF GERMANY-Gewinner Staffel 2 ist Nick Howard


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THE VOICE OF GERMANY-Gewinner Staffel 2 ist Nick Howard
Seit dem Start der zweiten Staffel von “The Voice Of Germany” am 18.10.12 fieberte wieder eine riesige Fangemeinde Woche um Woche mit den Talenten. Und auch die Coaches Nena, Rea Garvey, The BossHoss und Xavier Naidoo zeigten wie schon bei der ersten Staffel große Emotionen und begleiteten ihre Teams bis zum heutigen Finale.

Jetzt steht endlich der Gewinner und damit zum zweiten Male fest: „The Voice Of Germany“ ist Nick Howard aus dem Team Rea. In einem atemberaubenden, spannenden Finale setzte er sich gegen seine Mitstreiter Michael Lane mit „Mrs. Lawless“, James Borges mit dem Song „Lonely“ und Isabell Schmidt mit ihrem Titel „Heimweh“ durch. Der Siegersong „Unbreakable“ behauptete sich mit Hilfe des Zuschauer-Votings und den Download-Verkäufen. Alle vier Finalisten-Songs waren seit dem Halbfinale in der letzten Woche als digitaler Download erhältlich und hatten somit auch wieder direkten Einfluss auf das Endergebnis.

Neben der wohl wichtigsten Entscheidung des Abends sorgten vor allem auch die hochkarätigen internationalen Showgäste wie Nelly Furtado oder auch Robbie Williams für einen rundum gelungenen Abend. Bereits die Opening Performance setzte einen hohen Maßstab für den Rest der Show: Robbie Williams performte mit allen Talenten zusammen seinen Airplay & Verkaufs-Chart No-1-Hit „Candy“ aus dem Album „Take The Crown“ (Charts #1). Im Anschluss daran präsentierte er seine zweite Single „Different“ zum ersten Mal im Deutschen Fernsehen.

Vor allem waren es auch die Duette mit den vier Finalisten, die eindrucksvoll unterstrichen, auf welch hohem Niveau sich „The Voice Of Germany“ musikalisch befindet. Angefangen bei dem Duett von Nelly Furtado und James Borges und dem Song „Waiting For The Night” über Birdy und Isabell Schmidt, die den Titel „People Help The People” präsentierten, Emeli Sandé und Nick Howard und ihrer Interpretation von „Read All About It“ bis hin zu Leona Lewis, die mit Michael Lane den Song „Trouble“ performte. Alle Auftritte sorgten für eine tolle Stimmung im Studio und stürmischem Publikumsapplaus.

Die mit Spannung erwarteten Coach-Duette bildeten weitere Highlights der Show: The BossHoss & James Borges lieferten eine heiße Version des Klassikers „It’s Not Unusual“ (im Original von Tom Jones), Rea Garvey und Nick Howard performten den Song „One Day Like This” (im Original von Elbow), Nena und ihr Schützling Isabell Schmidt zeigten mit dem Titel „Finderlohn“ (im Original von Herr Sorge) absolute Frauenpower und last but not least Xavier Naidoo, der mit Michael Lane den Song “Cruisin‘“ (im Original von D’Angelo) darboten.

Für den „The Voice Of Germany“- Gewinner bringt der Titel nun weitere Stationen mit sich: Nach dem Videodreh zum Sieger-Song „Unbreakable“ (VÖ: digital 7.12.2012/ physisch 18.12.2012) steht Nick Howard ab sofort für Interviews zur Verfügung. Am Montag, den 17.12. wird Nick Howard am Abend bei ProSieben in der Show TV Total von Stefan Raab zu Gast sein.

Bereits am 21.12. erscheint mit "My Voice Story" ein Album, das alle Songs und bisherigen Highlights von Nick Howard inklusive der Single "Unbreakable" sowie den besten Tracks aus der großartigen Musikshow enthält. Es ist das ideale Weihnachtsgeschenk für alle „The Voice Of Germany“-Fans. Im Januar wird das Debüt-Album von Nick Howard folgen.

Außerdem wird der Sieger zusammen mit den anderen sieben Finalisten ab 27.12.12 auf Deutschland-Tournee gehen. Hier die Daten:

27.12.12  HAMBURG, o2 World Hamburg                     
28.12.12  OBERHAUSEN König-Pilsener-ARENA          
29.12.12  BERLIN, o2 World Berlin                                    
04.01.13  FRANKFURT, Festhalle Frankfurt                   
05.01.13  NÜRNBERG, ARENA NÜRNBERGER             
06.01.13  STUTTGART, Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle      
07.01.13  MANNHEIM, SAP Arena                                
08.01.13  HANNOVER, AWD-Hall                                 
09.01.13  MÜNCHEN, Olympiahalle München  
              
Jochen Schuster, General Manager UNIVERSAL MUSIC Domestic Pop:
„Zuerst einmal gratuliere ich Nick Howard zu diesem Riesenerfolg. „The Voice Of Germany“ hat wieder einen würdigen Sieger gefunden. Ich bedanke mich natürlich auch bei allen tollen Talenten und den großartigen Coaches. Es hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht und gezeigt, dass es da draußen noch viele große Talente gibt.“
Tom Bohne, Senior Vice President UNIVERSAL MUSIC GmbH:
„Die diesjährige Staffel hat wieder gezeigt, dass es in Deutschland immer noch viele echte Künstler und viel echte Musik gibt. Die Coaches Alec, Sascha, Nena, Rea und Xavier haben ihre Rollen abermals mit Respekt und Sachverstand ausgefüllt und die Kandidaten dazu motiviert, ihr Bestes zu geben. Am Ende hat das Publikum entschieden. Herzlichen Glückwunsch Nick Howard! Der Sieg bei ‚The Voice of Germany‘ ist erst der Anfang. Mit Nick Howard haben wir noch viel vor. Die Zusammenarbeit mit allen Beteiligten war wieder hervorragend, und ich freue mich schon jetzt auf das nächste Mal.“


Frank Briegmann, President UNIVERSAL MUSIC Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz und Deutsche Grammophon:
Zunächst einmal Gratulation an Nick Howard! Er besitzt eine wahrhaft tolle  Stimme und darf sich nun zu Recht ‚Voice of Germany‘ nennen. Auch die Show selbst war wieder ein TV-Großevent. Für die gute Zusammenarbeit danken wir allen Beteiligten: angefangen bei Mastermind John de Mol über ProSiebenSat.1 und unseren langjährigen Kooperationspartner WE LOVE MUSIC bis zu den Teams von Talpa Media und Schwartzkopff TV. Wir freuen uns sehr, wieder mit dabei gewesen zu sein, und werden jetzt gemeinsam mit Nick Howard die nächsten Schritte in Angriff nehmen.“

HOWARD VOKES - Tears At The Grand Ole Opry

HOWARD VOKES - Tears At The Grand Ole Opry
 
Mountain Guitar - Tears At The Grand Ole Opry - Down In The Hollow - It's All Right Now - This Prison I'm In - Ghost Of A Honky Tonk Slave - The Love I Once Knew - The Polka From Outer Space - Forever - Willie Roy The Crippled Boy - If This World Wants Peace Pray The Rosary
 
Freedom Inn A 'Live" country music show DVD recorded by Howard Vokes and the Country Boys

 
     This is a 'double' whammy of country music.  Howard Vokes is known as the best promoter of country music in the Northeast United States.  He headquarters out of Pennsylvania, and when you see a song with a title like "The Polka From Outer Space" maybe this might be the legendary 'needle in the haystack' kind of CD that could be a lot of fun.  There is actually one CD and one DVD, the first one is a compilation of the many songs Howard Vokes recorded at the peak of his career in country music, and the second one is a 'live' video-recording of what he is doing today.
     The CD was recorded quite a long time ago, over a long period of time, but it adequately demonstrates Howard Vokes singing ability as well as his songwriting abilities.  No digital recording equipment, but what we hear of the instruments, the 'mix' is pretty good.  Think early Roy Acuff and you'd have a pretty good picture of what Howard's early country music sounded like.  But, he also used quite a bit of steel guitar as opposed to resonator guitar.
     This is definitely not the 'Nashville' sound, it's down-home, traditional, and certainly done with a lot of heart and soul.  Howard does not name his musicians in the CD, I believe because this is a sort of compilation using songs from several different early recording sessions.  The photo of him on the cover of the first CD is a very young man, curly dark haired, and dressed to the "T" in cowboy attire, neckerchief and all.  The DVD photo is of the same man, white hair, same acoustic guitar, and a bolo tie instead of a neckerchief, and rest assured some of the same songs.
     We're dealing with a 'super-star' from the past with both of these projects.  Everything we listen to here, is like one of his early songs, very likely a 'ghost of a honky tonk slave,' only in this case, it's the real-deal.  It's Howard Vokes.  The very nice part of listening to Howard Vokes is his terrific country music voice, so full of soul, and heartache. This is true on both the CD and the DVD.  I was quite impressed to notice that his voice as a white-haired man is as good, or better, than it was when he was much much younger.
     Howard has been inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, and is still a music master to be reckoned with in Pennsylvania.  If you like adventure, then you will enjoy, not only a trip back in time, but hearing the same master at the microphone, doing what he did 50 years ago, just as well today.  The "Polka From Outer Space" didn't exactly turn out the way I expected.  It's really a good story about a guy who is totally happy dancing with the most beautiful girl in the world....or make that 'space.'
BOB EVERHART

Jake Owen Added to Country Thunder Wisconsin’s Star-Studded Roster

 

Jake Owen, ACA Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Added to Country Thunder Wisconsin’s Star-Studded Roster; Aaron Lewis and Greg Bates Join Country Thunder Arizona Line-Up

Country Thunder Adds New Online Merchandise Store
Dec. 31 is Last Day to Purchase $99 4-Day Weekend Passes in Wisconsin;
Dec. 31 is Last Day to Purchase 
$120 4-Day Weekend Passes in Arizona

Nashville, TN (December 14, 2012) – Fresh off of scoring his third consecutive No. 1 single, Jake Owen has been added to the list of country stars set to take the Country Thunder stage in Twin Lakes, Wis., July 18-21, 2013. Additionally, Sarah Darling and Dean Alexander join the line-up, which includes previously-announced performers Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and more. Lady Antebellum’s previously-announced performance at Country Thunder on July 21st has been cancelled, as Hillary Scott is expecting her first baby and will not be able to travel and perform through the summer.

For those looking to purchase passes December 31, 2012 is the last day to take advantage of the $99 early bird rate in Wisconsin, so don’t delay! Visit online at www.countrythunder.com or call 866.802.6418 to purchase today.

Also, due to overwhelming response, Country Thunder Wisconsin has announced the release of a limited number of new campsites available for purchase beginning Friday, Dec. 14 at 9:00am CT.

Country Thunder Arizona is excited to reveal the latest additions to their already star-filled line-up. Aaron Lewis and Greg Bates will join previously-announced country stars Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Brice, Kip Moore and many more in Florence, Ariz., April 11-14, 2013.

Four-day, weekend passes are available for Country Thunder Arizona until 12/31/12 at 11:59pm CT for the discounted rate of $120.  For more information on tickets for 2013 or for any of your Country Thunder needs, please visit www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418.

For campsite owners, all amenities are now available including Port-O-Potty Rentals and Extra Vehicle Passes, so reserve yours today to complete your campsite!

Wondering what to get the country music fan on your holiday shopping list for Christmas? The Country Thunder online store has great stocking stuffers available. And of course, who wouldn’t want passes to see the hottest names in country from Santa?

Country Thunder Wisconsin Line-Up

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

Friday:
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

Saturday:
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

Sunday:
1:00-2:00pm Dean Alexander
2:30-3:30pm Sarah Darling
4:00-5:00pm Edens Edge
5:30-6:30pm Joe Nichols
7:00-8:00pm TBA
8:30-10:00pm  Jake Owen


Country Thunder Arizona Line-Up:

Thursday:
4:00-5:00pm Chris Janson
5:30-6:30pm Sweetwater Rain
7:00-8:30pm Kip Moore
9:00-10:30pm Brantley Gilbert

Friday:
1:00-2:00pm TBA
2:30-3:30pm Greg Bates
4:00-5:00pm Jana Kramer
5:30-6:30pm Love & Theft
7:00-8:30pm Tracy Lawrence
9:00-10:30pm  Eric Church

Saturday:
1:00-2:00pm TBA
2:30-3:30pm Morgan Frazier
4:00-5:00pm Parmalee
5:30-6:30pm Diamond Rio
7:00-8:30pm Lee Brice
9:00-10:30pm  Toby Keith

Sunday:
1:00-2:00pm TBA
2:30-3:30pm Edens Edge
4:00-5:00pm Aaron Lewis
5:30-6:30pm Jerrod Niemann
7:00-8:30pm Justin Moore
9:00-10:30pm  Lady Antebellum

Austin Webb Releases Debut Single “It’s All Good”

Austin Webb Releases Debut Single “It’s All Good”
 
(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 14, 2013)  Streamsound Records recording artist Austin Webb will release his debut single, “It’s All Good,” to Country radio Dec. 17.
 
The track is a rhythmic and soulful nod to “relaxing, lovin’ the girl you’re with and treating her right,” notes Webb, whose laid-back sound incorporates the two musical genres he grew up listening to most: Country and Soul.

Webb co-wrote “It’s All Good” with friend and frequent collaborator Jake Mitchell.  The track is Webb’s first single from his upcoming 2013 full-length album release, produced by Streamsound’s Byron Gallimore.  The Grammy-winning producer has worked with and produced No. 1 hits for acts including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Sugarland and Lauren Alaina, among others.
 
“‘It’s All Good’ really captures good love and good times in a lighthearted and groovy manner,” says Webb.  “It’s about waking up beside a good looking woman and just forgetting the problems of daily life.  It only took about a half a pack of cigarettes to write!”
 
A Greenville, S.C., native, Webb cites iconic artists and songwriters like Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt as major influences.  He currently lives in Nashville and has been visiting radio stations for the past two months on a national radio tour.
 
“It’s All Good” will be available on iTunes and most other major digital music retailers.  For more information or to listen to the new track, visit www.AustinWebbMusic.com
 


"It's All Good" Single Cover

Photo Credit: Juan Pont Lezica

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