Tuesday, January 8, 2013

JACK LANGLEY - Portraits

JACK LANGLEY - Portraits
Blue Tattoo - The Truest Love - All The Blues I Can Use - I Wanna Wander Free - Snowbanks Of Home - Hurt With The Best - Blue Mood - A Gentle Wind - Along The Way - Some Sweet Tomorrow
I'm a Jack Langley fan, I have been from the very first time I heard him.  If there was ever a real pretty red-headed girl in Sioux City, Iowa, I know she would love Jack Langley too.  He makes his home in Sioux City, and hopefully he's happy there, cause he certainly has paid his dues, all the way to Ireland's Restaurant in Nashville.  That in itself is pretty amazing.  Roger Miller started the 'live' music shows at that popular eatery in the 50's.  They kept it going as long as they possibly could, and Jack has the somewhat 'sorrowful' title of being the last one to perform there.  Does he have memories of that time in his life? Of course he does.  Listen to "All The Blues I Can Use" on this remarkable original song CD, and you can instantly understand why Waylon and Willie dropped in at the Ireland to play the pinball machine, or Jimmy Buffet stopped by for dinner.  Why?  They probably had all the blues they could use for that day at least.  Think there was more country celebrities stopping by to hear Jack Langley?  Of course there were.
Jack is the really good acoustic rhythm guitar player doing his chords on this CD, and his sometimes unusual chords, exactly the way he wants them to sound on this Orange Carpet Studio production.  His son Mike lays down a mean electric guitar lead.  I like the way they mesh it together on "All The Blues I Can Use."  It's sometimes soft and sincere, and other times hard and sad. Lots of 'good' blues energy in this song. The electric bass is a little loud, but not that much.
Like all good songwriters, Jack writes about his own experiences.  He reminds me of another Iowa writer, Max Barnes.  Wow, would they have created sparks if they could have ever gotten together.  This CD by Jack was issued in 1999, and though the 'rules' are not solidly set with the Rural Roots Music Commission, I think I might be able to get them to listen to it.  All the rules say is they have to be submitted within a year before the awards. 
The final word on this remarkable piece of music is, if you like thoughts and dreams told in words you can understand, if you like a story with the melody, if you like something a little different, if you like classic country, but also classic folk, and classic blues, and classic music, you will certainly like classic Jack Langley.
Bob Everhart, Reviewer

Jason Aldean Rides His Night Train

Jason Aldean Rides His Night Train
By Tom Roland
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party won CMA’s Album of the Year Award in 2011, amassing more sales than any other Country album in that calendar year. And if anyone still harbored doubts about his stature, the 2012 nominations list pretty much put them to rest. Aldean nabbed three nominations, including his second straight for Entertainer of the Year. But he also had a hand in the successes of some other acts that populated the finalists list.
Eric Church, whose five nominations led the field, is one of Aldean’s former opening acts. Double-nominee Luke Bryan, who announced 2012’s nominees with Aldean on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” is one of Aldean’s best friends as well as an opener at his shows. Double-nominee Thompson Square claims several of Aldean’s band members among its production team. Kelly Clarkson shared the 2011 Vocal Event Award with Aldean for “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” New Artist nominee Brantley Gilbert wrote two Aldean hits, “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem,” before he started scaling the singles charts as an artist in 2011.
Aldean downplays his role in their careers. “I’m not going to sit there and take credit for those things,” he said. “I think those guys were great artists before.”
Even so, these artists and many others as well have benefited from Aldean’s efforts. He helped to change the sound of Country Music by opening a stylistic door. When “Hicktown” (written by Big Kenny, Vicky McGehee and John Rich) debuted on the national charts in April 2005, Toby Keith and Montgomery Gentry arguably led the Country pack with edgy, testosterone-driven energy. But “Hicktown” took it further by melding a decidedly Country, small-town theme with the crunchy guitar chords and sonic assault of hard rock.
“When we shipped that first single,” remembered Jon Loba, EVP, Broken Bow Music Group, “the initial resistance out there was that ‘this isn’t Country, this is rock,’ ‘this is too hard,’ ‘this is not something that P1s (core Country listeners) can relate to.’ It was a daily battle. I can’t remember how many times we almost lost that record, so to go from that to mass acceptance and influence is definitely very gratifying to see.”
In the process, Aldean became a central figure in the “baseball cap Country crowd,” as described by Don Gosselin, Operations Manager, Clear Channel/New Orleans and Program Director, WNOE-FM/New Orleans.
Gosselin singles out Aldean, Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert, all of whom employ baseball caps extensively in their imaging, as acts that draw large numbers of 20-something male fans to their concerts. It’s similar to the impact of the Outlaw movement in the late 1970s, when a core Country audience found commonality with non-Country fans who related to the blue-collar rebellion signified by those artists’ music.
“Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were the outlaws of the day,” Hart observed. “They had a similar image and drew those (mixed) crowds. Jason Aldean has appeal to a lot of people outside of our format, particularly males, because of the attitude he brings to his music. People want to raise hell, drink or whatever.”
“There’s more of a harder edge, more attitude-driven sort of stuff,” Aldean agreed, comparing his music, and that of Church and Gilbert, with Country’s mainstream. “If you listen to all of our records, they sound completely different. But I think it’s pretty obvious that we grew up probably listening to a lot of the same music.”
While that grittier side of Aldean’s art played a big role in carving a space for him in Country’s sonic landscape, a key to his rise lies in his insistence on counter-balancing his rock edge. He followed “Hicktown” with “Why” (Rodney Clawson, McGehee and Rich), a power ballad that appealed to female fans. Over time, he’s widened his creative circle by trying other types of material that defied his history, particularly by rapping in “Dirt Road Anthem” (Colt Ford and Gilbert) and with the power ballad “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (Andy Gibson, Paul Jenkins and Jason Sellers), which crossed onto the Adult Contemporary charts and attracted a whole new segment of non-Country female fans.
“As an artist, that’s what you want,” Aldean reflected. “You don’t want to back yourself up into a corner and play to one demographic or the other. We want everybody listening. We can go out and do one of those big tempos, but if you start putting four or five of those on every record, that’ll get boring. Just be able to change it up with a ballad here or there, or something off the wall now and then. That’s really the thing that makes it work.”
“We hear that all the time from the female consumers and core fans. They love Jason because he rocks but he also sings songs that a lot of rockers resist,” said Rick Shedd, Senior VP/GM, Broken Bow Label Group. “He allows himself to be vulnerable.”
Aldean does all of those things on his current album, Night Train. “Take a Little Ride” (Dylan Altman, Clawson and Jim McCormick), “Wheels Rollin’” (Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley and Hillary Lindsey) and “This Nothin’ Town” (Thrasher, Mobley and busbee) embrace his energetic, rockin’ edge. “Talk” (Thrasher and Mobley), “Walking Away” (David Lee Murphy and Clawson) and “Black Tears” (Canaan Smith and Tyler Hubbard) employ sounds and storylines that show a balladeer’s sensitivity.
Then there’s “1994” (Thomas Rhett, Luke Laird and Barry Dean), the album’s off-the-wall entry that picks through hit titles from Joe Diffie’s singles discography while holding Diffie up in a rapping, nostalgic ride down memory lane.
Night Train was clearly made with an eye toward reaching out to the disparate demographics of Aldean’s audience. Still, his strategy didn’t involve cloning his previous work. The sales and CMA Album of the Year recognition for My Kinda Party created a new and somewhat unfamiliar context for Night Train, so Aldean did his best to forget about past successes as he rolled up his sleeves to tackle the present.
“I knew there were going to be a lot of people that have high expectations of this album and that there would probably be a lot of people that want to compare records,” he said. “But it’s a completely different album. I’m a couple of years older now, so it’s going to reflect a different point of view of where you are. I don’t think it’s fair to compare them. But I will say this: I think Night Train is an unbelievable record. I’m very proud of it. Do I hope Night Train tops Party? Of course I do! Was that the mindset when I went in and cut it? No, not at all.”
One aspect that’s consistent on all of Aldean’s albums is the makeup of the studio team. Each one was recorded under the guidance of producer Michael Knox and the aid of the singer’s road band, including guitarist Kurt Allison, bass player Tully Kennedy and drummer Rich Redmond. Using the touring band was a bit unusual when Aldean did it on his debut album, though it’s since become more commonplace. In fact, three of the five finalists for CMA’s Single of the Year in 2012 — Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem,” Church’s “Springsteen” and Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” — featured at least two members of the artist’s road band.
Historically, Nashville has used a handful of musicians to handle much of Country’s session work, believing that the skills required to get a good sound in the technical confines of a studio are different than those required to support an artist onstage. Jennings and Nelson got much of their outlaw reputations by fighting that assumption. Aldean, by contrast, faced little resistance at Broken Bow when he decided to use his own players.
As Aldean remembered it, “I went in and basically said, ‘This is what you guys signed me for. You signed me because you liked these demos that I cut and you liked the way that my record sounds. So if that’s what you like, then let me keep doing it the way I’ve done it. If you don’t, it’s not going to sound like that.’ It was actually never a really big deal.”
Maybe not. But by building an audience that blends core Country fans with new, young and non-traditional converts, Aldean has become a bona fide big deal. All of his shows in 2012 were sellouts, many within minutes or hours of tickets going on sale. He headlined a stadium for the first time in August and, in true Country fashion, was determined to make hay while the sun shines. Aldean packed his schedule so tight that in one stretch he was at home in Tennessee for only a couple of nights over a couple of months.
This hard-driving pace echoes the relentless “full-throttle, wide-open” theme of Aldean’s single, “The Only Way I Know” (Murphy and Ben Hayslip), which teams him with two of his former opening acts, Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Its energetic stance certainly connects to the 20-something guys who are a key part of his audience.
“The bottom line is I love what I do,” Aldean insisted. “I’m living out a dream that most people would never get to experience. That would be crazy not to want to take advantage of that and take it in as much as I could while it’s here. At some point, you know it’s going to kind of level off. Every artist’s career does at some point. And I figure I can rest when that happens.”
On the Web: JasonAldean.com


Blue Jay Plant A Flower In Your Backyard For Me - Go Down Fisherman - Morning Makes The Lovers Weep - Diagonal Dancing - Do You Love Me & The Blue Eyed Ramblers Plea - Goodbye To The City - Fisher's Hornpipe - A Penny For Adeline - Under The Double Eagle - Late Last Night Stolen Oranges
I've known Shadric for quite a long time now, and am always impressed with his experimental music explorations. He's an excellent musician, and here he is doubling up on mandolin, the only instrument on the CD.  Does this make sense?  Well, yes it does when you hear Shadric do it.  It took the second song "Go Down Fisherman" for me to really understand what he was doing two-tracking his mandolin.  Then it became very clear.  This is the kind of original road I love to hear from gifted musicians, and Shadric certainly is that.  All the songs are originals, except of course for "Under The Double Eagle" and "Fisher's Hornpipe."  That tends to lend credence to the overall project, which can be very old-timey in spots, and very modern experimental in others.  To me this means a serious attempt at 'creation' and even though that can be difficult at times, Shadric does do that here.
He used a Yamaha hard disc recorder at Big Blue Sound, and mixed it himself, and accomplished that, extremely well done.  He lives in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and has been at the forefront of original music in that town ever since I've known him.  He succeeds remarkably well in moving from some of his earlier 'down-home frontier style' music to something very interesting and very well done.  "Diagonal Dancing" has no vocals, but the mandolin pickin' is incredibly interesting, and I'd have to say probably very hard to do.
Another selection I found very entertaining is "The Blue Eyed Rambler's Plea" about a lost love a gained love, a love lost again, well you know, that's what some early American music is all about.  Great energy coming from Shadric's mandolins.'  Don't be surprised Shadric.  I will be sending this along to the Rural Roots Music Commission for possible mandolin picking of the year award?  Never know. I've often wondered if a Blue Jay can actually plant a flower?  I'll bet he can.
Bob Everhart, Reviewer

MICHAEL PINCOTT - My Boondooma Home

MICHAEL PINCOTT - My Boondooma Home
My Boondooma Home - The Love That I Can See In Sally's Eyes - The Blue Velvet Band - Don't Say Good Bye If You Love Me - Stock Camps Of The West - Up Where The Brighter Stars Shine - The Lagoon - The Flying Doctor - Back To Those Rolling Plains - She Will Always Bare The Scars - The Monto Yodeller - The Golden Trail - Special Lady - Dry Weather - The Bushman's Song - Old Homes By The Roadside - Wonder Valley - Lovin' Flames
Wow, 18 great songs from Australia, all on one CD, and all of them originals.  Michael Pincott is the major songwriting contributor and recording artist.  Add to that originals by Jack Pincott and Pat Pincott, and I'll bet we have the whole family involved.  There's even some originals by other Australian writers, including Slim Dusty.  What's particularly intriguing about this 'original' treasure is the 'life style story' of Australia so very plainly written, for all of us to understand.
 Michael reveals to us that Jack and Pat is his mum and dad.  They add some terrific old-timey backing and harmony to his rural and sincere voice.  This is a step back in time for me, and I suspect it might be for Australia as well.  These are songs written from the heart, about true experiences and true locations.  Really good lead acoustic guitar throughout.
Nice photos of Mike's farm.  Some absolutely delicious looking corn growing as tall as Iowa's, and the white gate leading into the homestead.  What a nice place this would be to visit.  If Sheila and I ever get the opportunity to take our Smithsonian "Traveling Museum of Music" to Australia, this would be one of our number one stops.
Mike and his parents combine that good old-timey feel to every song.  Mum sings a right proper song, and dad doesn't do bad either.  Think back to a step better than the Carter Family, if that is possible.  Yes it is, here on this CD by Michael Pincott and his parents is the proof.  This is one of those CD's that makes you want to just sit back and relax, maybe in a comfortable lawn chair, have a coffee or a cup a' tea, and just take it easy, just like the music wants you to.  
There's a long list of excellent musicians participating.  There's an occasional very well played steel, fiddle, and harmonica popping up now and then.  Excellent old-time.  Add to that mandolin, banjo, keyboard, Dobro, bass, but not all playing on every song.  That's what makes the session interesting.  The mix is similar to how Rick Andersen would do it at R&H Studios in Underwood, Iowa.  He understands 'rural' music, and this is a good example of that.  I am going to forward this CD to the Rural Roots Music Commission for traditional CD of the year.  Pack your bags MIchael, that may very well happen.
Bob Everhart, Reviewer

ROGER TIBBS - The Place Where I Worship

ROGER TIBBS - The Place Where I Worship

Just A Closer Walk With Thee - The Old Rugged Cross - Put Your Hand In The Hand - The Place Where I Worship - Where Could I Go - In The Garden - Help Me - Peace In The Valley - Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Where No One Stands Alone - I'll Fly Away - Why Me, Lord? - The Far Side Banks of Jordan - How Great Thou Art
     It simply amazes me to see what happens when good musicians and a terrific vocalist get together in the recording studio.  This one is really amazing.  New Zealand's most popular country singer, Roger Tibbs joins forces with some of the best American 'real' country musicians in Texas to do this recording.  When I saw 'Red Dog Studio' on the label, I knew I was in for a treat before I even opened the CD.  Roger Tibbs has been to America, a featured performer on a number of prestigious venues.  Teaming up with Kansas steel player Curt Shoemaker, and Dobro/mandolin/lead guitar & the electric bass of Tex Schutz, I was prepared for an absolutely wonderful experience of listening to some of the best Gospel music ever recorded, and I was not disappointed.
Roger has a remarkable voice.  It's one of those classic country voices that you like immediately, just as soon as you hear him blossom forth.  He's been very successful in New Zealand and Australia, and his visits to America has restored what traditional country music lovers call a true 'superstar.'  This particular CD, as you can see from the list of songs is about as traditional, and as classical, as you can get in country music, add Roger's remarkable acoustic rhythm guitar, and Tex's lead guitar, acoustic and otherwise, and the stage is set for a really really good time, not only making the recording, but listening to it.  Tex has a remarkable ear in the studio, and he definitely knows how to 'mix' a session.  I've never heard him miss, ever.  A touch of his nice 'bass' voice just adds frosting to the cake.  Add to this Tex's wife Mary on acoustic bass and her lovely female harmony, and Curt Shoemaker on steel and it's the Grand Ole Opry, the Louisiana Hayride, Renfro Valley, Big D Jamboree, Town Hall Party all rolled into one.
 If you like good old-time Gospel music, this is the one for you, and you can even get it directly from Roger.  He's making another tour to America this summer climaxing with two huge upper-Midwest festivals, the National Old Time Country Fest in LeMars, Iowa, Aug 26-Sept 1, and the Miles of Memories Country Fest in Hastings, Nebraska, Sept. 5-6-7 at the fairgrounds there.  This is an act that would normally require reserved seats, but in both festivals it's first come first served, get there early.  For anyone hearing about Roger Tibbs for the first time, this certainly won't be the last.  I'd even recommend an air-trip vacation to America to catch both shows, both of which are pretty spectacular. Come visit the great prairie lands and sandhills of middle America, where pioneers still live.
Both festivals also feature other 'name' artists.  It's this CD however that will catch the attention of country music fans, dj's, producers, promoters, and certainly the 'particular' country music fan.  Roger Tibbs.  You'll get used to it. My favorite number "Help Me."  The vocal is terrific, but it's also the interplay between Tex's acoustic guitar and Curt's steel that makes it incredibly special.  Well, if I was Red Foley, I'd pick "Peace In The Valley."  Yodeling, yes!
Bob Everhart, Reviewer

Marty Raybon That Janie Baker

Rural Rhythm Records Releases
New Bluegrass Single by Marty Raybon
“That Janie Baker” Now Out To Radio
Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new Bluegrass single, “That Janie Baker” by Marty Raybon & Full Circle released this week to radio via the label’s Fresh Cut & Key Tracks CD and at AirplayDirect.com.The song appears on Marty’s straight-up new Bluegrass album, THE BACK FORTY, releasing in March celebrating his 40 years entertaining audiences around the world.
Radio stations will certainly be excited to hear the first single release from the album. Terry Herd of Bluegrass Today and Bluegrass Radio Network just heard the tune and commented, “That Janie Baker’ is one of those songs you find yourself singing along with, even before you know the words.”
“My love for hard driving Bluegrass Music was fired up in the early 70’s when my Dad put in an old 8-track tape of Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys on," said Marty.  The excitement in the music seemed to leap out of the speakers. While writing ‘That Janie Baker,’ John Fountain and I were not trying to reinvent the wheel; we were trying to recreate the excitement I felt over 40 years ago. ‘That Janie Baker’ is really something else!"
This new album comes on the heels of Marty’s two previous albums releases on the label including SOUTHERN ROOTS & BRANCHES that includes the bluegrass chart single, “Dirt Road Heartache.”  The song hit #1 on both the Bluegrass Today weekly chart and the Bluegrass Today Monthly chart last year and is the #3 song on Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 of 2012“Dirt Road Heartache” is also at #8 this month on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs chart. Marty’s HAND TO THE PLOW (Rural Rhythm Christian) debuted at #16 last year on Billboard’s Country Christian Album Chart, and hit numerous Country, Southern Gospel, Christian and Bluegrass Charts on New Music Weekly, Christian Voice Magazine, Power Source Magazine, Cashbox Magazine, Christian Music Weekly, and many more.
Marty has certainly crossed so many genres of music in his 40 year career as evidenced by him leading the way with seven CGM Fan Award nominations by Christian Voice Magazine.  His categories include: Favorite Soloist, Favorite Male Vocalist, Favorite Crossover Artist, Favorite Musician, Favorite Song (I’ve Seen What He Can Do), Favorite Album (HAND TO THE PLOW), and Living Legend.  Fans can view the complete list of top ten nominees and CAST THEIR VOTE at Christian Voice Magazine.
For more information on Marty Raybon & Full Circle, please visit www.martyraybon.com

Run Secretariat Run By Dale Pyatt

First Single Release, “Run Secretariat Run" By Dale Pyatt Now Out To Radio

DALE PYATT Digital Album Now Released
January 8, 2013 (Nashville, TN) – Award-winning singer-songwriter, Dale Pyatt has released the first single, “Run Secretariat Run” to radio. The song was written by Dale Pyatt and Charlie Hall and is now available to radio stations at AirplayDirect.com. DALE PYATT, the album, is now available for digital purchase at CD Baby and the physical version is set for release on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
Dale Pyatt, who is a longtime supporter for the Secretariat Foundation, performed “Run Secretariat Run” during the 2011 Secretariat Festival. Due to overwhelming response from the festival attendees, this original toe-tapping tune honoring the Big Red champion is also available for purchase at Secretariat.com.
The new album, DALE PYATT features original Americana, Bluegrass and Country music by Dale Pyatt who collaborates with several acclaimed songwriters including Bill Castle, Mark “Brink” Brinkman, and Steve Thomas. Dale is joined on the album by the talents of:  Jenee Fleenor, Steve Thomas, Aaron McDaris, Randy Kohrs, Tommy White, Shaun Apple, Randy Brown, Nathan Thomas, and Daniel Grindstaff.
Dale Pyatt and Steve Thomas are the writers of the song, “Life Goes On” winner of the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR award. The song appears on the LIFE GOES ON album by the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer released last year on Rural Rhythm Records. This beautiful song was also released as a music video that includes the talents of Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Randy Kohrs, Rickey Wasson and more. It can be viewed at youtube, DalePyatt.com and many more sites. Proceeds of the album benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. For more information on the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, please visit www.bluegrassclassic.com
Dale Pyatt and The Chicken Grease Band are now on tour and are set for a performance at the Woodsongs Music Coffeehouse hosted by Kentucky Green Art Studio, 5751 Lexington Rd (US68), on January 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door but reservations are encouraged by calling 859-265-0445. The concert will be family friendly.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children.
For more information on Dale Pyatt, please visit www.dalepyatt.com and facebook.

Mark Newton and Steve Thomas Sign with Pinecastle Records

Columbus, NC January 8th, 2012 - Pinecastle Records is proud to announce that it has signed Mark Newton and Steve Thomas to its roster. Their debut album is titled Reborn and will be released on April 9, 2013. With the two banded together, the "sideman" becomes a "frontman," and the "frontman" becomes a "partner." Both men are native Virginians who both struck out seperately in the music business decades ago, with both having completely different experiences. Now that both of their paths have converged, they are eager to blend their various musical flavors together to share with bluegrass and Americana fans everywhere. They are joined by bass player Matt Wallace who rounds out the trio that will be touring the country.
Mark Newton was born into a musical family and he became interested in bluegrass and county music at the early age of six after his family moved to Fredricksburg, VA. In 1983 Newton teamed up with Rickie and Ronnie Simpkins and Sammy Shelor to form the Virginia Squires, a band which would go on to record five albums. Newton then went on to perform with the Tony Rice Unit and The Seldom Scene. In 1997 Newton teamed up with Bill Emerson and recorded A Foot in the Past, A Foot in the Future for Pinecastle Records, solidifying his Pinecastle pedigree. Newton is especially proud of his project, Follow Me Back to the Fold, which is a tribute to women in bluegrass that won IBMA's "Recorded Event of the Year" in 2001. His most recent album, Hillbilly Hemingway, was nominated for an IBMA award in 2007.
At an early age Steve Thomas started playing in his father's Gospel band with members of their church. That early experience and an influential championship fiddle player propelled him on to play with the Roanoke Youth Symphony, after which he cut his chops with Roanoke area bands East Virginia Grass and The New Grass Revue. Thomas has won best fiddler awards at numerous championships as well as being an award winning mandolin player. Thomas teamed up with Tim Austin to form the Lonesome River Band as well as stints playing with Del McCoury, Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys, The Whites, The Osborne Brothers, not to mention country stars like Aaron Tippin, Brooks and Dunn, LeeAnn Womack, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Bowman, and Lorrie Morgan.
So it is that sideman Steve Thomas and frontman Mark Newton have now become partners and are poised to serve up their bluegrass and country inspired music to the masses. When the two men got together and heard the results, they couldn't resist teaming up together.



Album, Available Digitally and in Stores Jan. 22, 2013;
Gives Music Fans Two Chances to Attend Music's Biggest Night®

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2013)Capitol Records and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY Recordings® will release the 2013 GRAMMY® Nominees album on Jan. 22, 2013 and provide lucky music and GRAMMY fans two chances to attend the 55th or the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. The album features 22 critically acclaimed smash hits from a myriad of chart-topping artists from various genres.
The 19th edition of the best-selling collection includes many of the most widely recognized GRAMMY categories representing nominees for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The album is made possible by a special arrangement with all of the major music distribution companies and rotates labels from year to year. A portion of the proceeds from the album benefit the MusiCares Foundation® and the GRAMMY Foundation®— two charitable organizations established by The Recording Academy.
In conjunction with the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album, Capitol Records and The Recording Academy will offer two opportunities to attend the annual GRAMMY Awards. First, when pre-ordering the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album at www.grammy.com/2013grammyalbum by Jan. 21, music fans can enter to win a trip to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10, 2013. Additionally, providing another chance to win tickets to Music's Biggest Night®, each 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album purchased in stores will include a special game piece featuring a unique entry code for the GRAMMY Ticket Game. To participate, the code must be entered at www.grammy.com/2013grammyalbum for the opportunity to win a trip for two to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2014. The second-place winner will receive other official GRAMMY Awards merchandise.

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

2013 GRAMMY Nominees Album Tracklist:

"Lonely Boy"
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Best Rock Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
Record Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Vocal Album

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Record Of The Year

"Somebody That I Used To Know”
(feat. Kimbra)
Record Of The Year

"Wide Awake"
Best Pop Solo Performance

"We Are Young"
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best New Artist
Best Pop Vocal Album

"Shake It Out"
Best Pop Vocal Album

8. P!NK
Best Pop Vocal Album

Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

"Call Me Maybe"
Song Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance

Song Of The Year

"The A Team"
Song Of The Year

Best New Artist

"Ho Hey"
Best New Artist

"Hold On"
Best New Artist
Best Rock Performance

"I Will Wait"
Album Of The Year
Best Rock Performance
Best Rock Song

Album Of The Year
Best New Artist

"We Take Care Of Our Own"
Best Rock Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

"Freedom At 21"
Album Of The Year
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

20. MUSE
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

"Charlie Brown"

Best Rock Performance
Best Rock Album

"Set Fire To The Rain"
(Live At The Royal Albert Hall)
Best Pop Solo Performance

About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit GRAMMY.com . For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

Country Music News International January 8. 2013

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100% of Song's Proceeds Go to Families of Mass Shooting Victims

Nashville, Tenn. (January 7, 2013) - Country music star Andy Griggs and hit songwriter Bobby Pinson have penned a song dedicated to the families of those affected by the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT.  Proceeds from the song, “20 Little Angels” will be donated to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund managed by the United Way of Western Connecticut.

"United Way says there will be no fees for the administration of this project," says Griggs.  "Even credit card companies have waived their fees for credit transactions benefiting this cause."

Griggs and Pinson were grief stricken over the incident. Griggs wrote on his Facebook account, "My eyes have been raining all afternoon. 'Twenty Little Angels' tells of the tragedy and asks questions we all have asked and want to know.  How did these sweet, pure, innocent children get 'caught up in someone else’s hell?' We do believe these little angels are in heaven now so we tried to put things in perspective by sharing our personal feelings to calm our anger and soothe our grief by writing a song that would bring comfort to us and to all affected by this tragedy."

“20 Little Angels” will be available for download, via iTunes, this week.

Griggs notes, "There's not enough that can be done for this cause but by downloading this song, everyone's small contribution can make a big difference to the families of these 'Twenty Little Angels.'"

About Andy Griggs & Bobby Pinson
Andy Griggs and Bobby Pinson met while signed with RCA Records. Pinson's "Man Like Me" packed a punch that landed him a highly coveted slot in Blender Magazine's year end list as one of the Top 50 Albums in all genres.  After his label deal, over 40 of Pinson's songs found their way onto major albums and six were #1 hits by Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Jason Aldean.  In 2009, Pinson's success earned him the coveted BMI Songwriter of the Year Award.  Griggs signed with RCA in 1998 and his first album and single by the same name "You Won't Ever Be Lonely" went #1 and both were given the status of "forever" Gold. "She's More" also went to #1.  Additionally, Griggs has had ten Top 10 hits including: "She Thinks She Needs Me," "If Heaven," "Tonight I Wanna Be Your Man," "How Cool is That," and also performed duets with his dear friend and "hero" Waylon Jennings, as well as Martina McBride and Cinderellas' Tom Keiffer.  He had three albums on RCA, and one on Montage before taking the leap to start his own label, Little Hannel Records.  The label allows Griggs to bring more definition to his music style, his producing abilities and his brand.

Lethal Injection of Venom with Jordan Anderson’s Sophomore Release

Country Radio Is About To Get a Lethal Injection of Venom with Jordan Anderson’s Sophomore Release
“You’re like poison from the dark, venom straight to my heart…no way to stop it…b-b-b-boy your toxic!”
After winning the hearts of country music fans and critics with her catchy lyrics and captivating melody in her debut single, “Key To My Heart,” country sweetheart Jordan Anderson is back with an infectious sound and venomous lyrics to her new release, “Toxic.”
The deep string guitar with a heart pounding beat creates a chemical reaction which will shoot straight through your veins to the top of the country chart. Music Programmers can now find the single on Play MPE and on the latest CDX #561, which was shipped January 7th.

“I am so excited about this single,” smiles Jordan. “It talks about the intense connection when you first meet someone and how it makes you feel things you’ve never felt before. This is a great song to play live and I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks.”
This song, which was co-written by Jordan along with Lonnie Wilson (Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, etc) and former Blackhawk member/successful songwriter Dave Robbins, is off her debut album, Key to My Heart, which is available online at iTunesCDBaby and Amazon.
Born in the farm town of Loveland, Colorado, where she lived for ten years before moving to Florida with her family, this songstress was born with the desire to perform.  Staying involved with all things music throughout her childhood, Jordan knew from an early age that loving country music was much more than just a hobby.  Her previous release, Key To My Heart, was released last summer and wrapped up a full-fledged radio tour in support of the hit single. Currently residing in Nashville, this twenty year-old songbird is poised to take the country world by storm, showing what a lot of hard work, determination and faith can do. For more information on Jordan Anderson, please visit http://jordanandersoncountry.com/

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