Thursday, January 10, 2013


Lead Single, “Better Dig Two,” Lays Strong Foundation For Upcoming Project With
Over 650,000 Downloads Sold
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Nashville, TN – Hot sibling trio, The Band Perry, will release their sophomore album (title TBA) on April 2. If the lead single, “Better Dig Two,” is any indication, the family band’s upcoming project on Republic Nashville is poised for success. In a mere two months, the Top 10-and-climbing tune has become their fastest-rising single to date and has already sold over 650,000 downloads.
As special guests on Rascal Flatts' CHANGED TOUR, The Band Perry will take a break from recording this weekend and head to Green Bay, WI tonight (1/10); Moline, IL on 1/11 and Springfield, MO on 1/12 where they will unveil their new show, complete with stellar production and a sneak preview of new music from their forthcoming release. 
On Friday January 4th, the band announced, exclusively via social media, the launch of a brand new site,, created for and dedicated to their fans.  Last fall The Band Perry ran a contest on social media asking their fans to submit names to be considered for the new site and the fans answered with The Fans Perry.  The free community is the hub for all things Perry, including exclusive The Fans Perry news, meet and greet opportunities, pre-sale ticketing, photos, events and more! Fans have unlimited access to the site and are able to post photos, videos and comments.
ABOUT THE BAND PERRYThe Band Perry – comprised of siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry – combines classic Country with an eclectic infusion of Rock, Gospel and Soul that is rounded out by perfect three-part harmonies. The sibling trio’s latest offering, the Top 10-and-climbing “Better Dig Two,” has sold over 650,000 downloads and is the fastest-rising single of their career. On April 2, the band will release their sophomore album on Republic Nashville. The Band Perry is currently on the road as special guests of the Rascal Flatts’ Changed Tour.
Since signing to Republic Nashville in 2009, The Band Perry has quickly catapulted into the mainstream, in part, due to the success of their platinum, self-titled debut album. Now approaching sales of 1.5 million, the project produced two Gold-certified hits – #1 “All Your Life” and “You Lie” – as well as the Quadruple-Platinum, “If I Die Young,” which took the #1 position on both Country and AC charts. The milestones helped establish TBP in 2011 as both ACM and CMA New Artist of the Year and CMT Music Award Breakthrough Video of the Year as well as the "Best New Live Act" in category sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. They also took home the CMA Single of the Year and Kimberly Perry was honored with Song of the Year, for penning “If I Die Young.” TBP has previously garnered GRAMMY, TEEN CHOICE, AMA, ACA and Billboard Music Award nominations.
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Fans & Celebrities to Honor Cowboy Copas, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes

Fans & Celebrities to Honor Cowboy Copas, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes
Events are planned honoring 50th anniversary
of tragic plane crash in Camden, Tennessee

Nashville, TN --- A steering committee has been established in the city of Camden and Benton County, Tennessee to plan the 50th anniversary memorial honoring the victims of a tragic plane crash that took the lives of Grand Ole Opry stars Cowboy Copas, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and pilot, Randy Hughes on March 5th, 1963.

A worldwide call has gone out for memorabilia to be donated or loaned to the city of Camden in order to create a museum quality exhibit as part of the memorial event, slated for Feb. 28 – March 2, 2013. Organizers are seeking records, photographs, newspaper and magazine articles and other memorabilia to place on display.

At the time of their deaths, Copas, Cline and Hawkins were all revered as Country Music icons. On what remains one of the darkest days in country music history, the private plane carrying the stars, as well as Cline’s manager Randy Hughes, crashed near Camden, Tennessee, killing all on board. The four were returning from Kansas City, where they had taken part in a benefit concert for the family of Cactus Jack Call who had been killed in an automobile accident. At the time of the crash, Hawkshaw Hawkins was married to Jean Shepard who is still a regular Grand Ole Opry performer.

Committee members include Ron Lane, manager of WRJB/WFWL, Bill Randall Kee, director of the Benton County/Camden Chamber of Commerce, and Terry Hudson, former Benton County Circuit Court Clerk and former radio personality. Others interested in serving on the committee are invited to contact any committee member.

Tentatively named GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, the memorial event will be held February 28 - March 2, 2013 in Benton County and will honor the legacy of all four of the lives lost.

Bill Anderson, Jan Howard, The Grascals and Mandy Barnett are slated to appear with other stars expected to be added. Live performances, panel discussions, memorabilia displays and other events will culminate with a candlelight vigil at the crash site on Saturday evening. A special appearance by vocal group, The American Three is part of the vigil.

GEMINI - Let's Do It

GEMINI - Let's Do It
Travelin' Man - Walk Through This World - Love Me - That's Life - Amarillo - Fame And Fortune - Once Upon A Lifetime - Eighteen Yellow Roses - Gave Me A Mountain - I Believe - Can't Help Falling In Love
There's no description notes of any kind with this CD.  I suspect it is a 'band-in-a-box' kind of recording.  The male lead singer (have no idea what his name is) isn't bad, but it sounds suspiciously like a 'put together' thing to audition for RV parks and senior citizen centers.
The cover photo is of an elderly man (probably the singer), and an elderly lady....dancing.  Well yes, I suppose one could do some 'dancing' to this CD, but it's pretty much samey-samey all the way through.  The vocalist sounds like he might have taken up singing at a later time in life, and he's definitely out to convince the lady-friends he still has that he can still produce.
Without any pertinent information there's very little I can tell you about this project.  Not on my number one list.
Bob Everhart, Reviewer

MOUNTAIN HEART - Road That Never Ends

MOUNTAIN HEART - Road That Never Ends
Road That Never Ends - I'm Just Here To Ride The Train - While The Getting's Good - Who's The Fool Now - God And Everybody - Devil's Courthouse - The Gospel Train - Done It A Thousand Times - It Works Both Ways - Heart Like A Road Sign - Whipping Post - Mountain Man - #6 Barn Dance
This is a 'live' recording of one of America's most gifted bluegrass bands, Mountain Heart.  Performing for a huge crowd at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2007, this remarkably well engineered 'live' recording is incredibly good.  "Live" always has many and difficult problems to overcome to make it a listenable product, but the engineers and producer Jim VanCleve managed to overcome all of it with ease.  This group is a powerful group, some would call it progressive bluegrass, I however would say it's a conglomeration of some of the best music instrumentalists in the business, with one very very powerful lead singer, Josh Shilling, who also contributes his talents to songwriting as well as playing guitar and piano.  Impeccable.
From the very go-git, this performance in Michigan before this huge crowd, Mountain Heart completely has them in the palm of their hands. This is without a doubt one of the most gifted acoustic music groups playing in America these days, and is a good indication of where 'gifted' music is headed in our country.  "Country."  Ah, yes, 'country' has failed miserably with their bought and paid for stagnant three minutes.  Bluegrass, and acoustic music in general, on the other hand, especially performed by gifted artists like Mountain Heart, proves once again that 'talent' and 'gift' will prevail, no matter how hard the 'business' of music tries to deny it.  "Who's The Fool Now?"  I don't care how much hype we get pounded into our poor simple minds, God has a way to shine through all that crap.  God has a way to bring our 'gifted' ones forward.  God has a way to remind all of us that He makes the final decisions, and He will prevail.  Isn't it amazing the 'message' these young guys carry to their manifold fans...."God And Everybody" WILL prevail.
Keith Levy at New Frontier Touring sent me Mountain Heart's CD, and I'm glad he did.  "The Gospel Train" took this remarkable group to the stage at the Ark, one of the top music clubs in the world.  The Ark is kind of like us, a non-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment of the human spirit through the presentation, preservation, and encouragement of folk, roots, and ethnic music and related arts. It might also very well take them to the largest old-time acoustic music festival in upper Midwest America.  Ten stages and 600 performers, might very well be on their 'stop' list, to pick up "Bluegrass CD of the Year."  This would be a definite opportunity to see if these wonderful musicians can 'move' an over-50 audience as easily as they do that Michigan crowd. It all takes time, but God will have His way.
Bob Everhart, Reviewer

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Buddy And Jim

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
Album: Buddy And Jim
VÖ: 11.01.2013
Jeder für sich ist bereits eine Ikone und gilt als Godfather des Americana. In ihren jeweiligen Karrieren haben ihre Kompositionen Maßstäbe in der Country und Roots Szene gesetzt. Buddy Miller alleine hat sich als Produzent eines mit einem GRAMMY ausgezeichneten Americana-Albums und durch sein Mitwirken bei Musikern wie Robert Plant, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams unsterblich gemacht.
Und nun haben sich diese beiden Pioniere für ein gemeinsames Album zusammengetan. Eine echte Kollaboration, sensationelle Songs, voller Enthusiasmus, Verve, Witz, Spielfreude und Klasse!
!!Auch als 180gr-Vinyl erhältlich!!

Lizzie Sider’s Debut Hit Butterfly

Lizzie Sider’s Debut Hit Butterfly
Fourteen-year-old, country-pop singer/songwriter Lizzie Sider is hard at work visiting radio stations in support of her smashing, autobiographical debut, Butterfly.
While balancing high school classes, homework and extra curriculum activities, this multi-talented artist finds the time to focus on her career by visiting radio stations, writing new songs, performing at various venues and working in the studio on her full-length, upcoming album which will be released later this year.
Critics and fans alike are giving Butterfly rave reviews as it climbs the Music Row charts, praising Lizzie for her luminescent lyrics and infectious spirit.
“Wildly upbeat and catchy as all get out. The pulsing production rings with repeated guitar riffs and notes of steel. She sings with confidence and volume, riding atop the sonic excitement like a pro.” -  Music Row’s Robert K Oermann.
Penned by Lizzie and 2x #1 singer/songwriter Jamie O’Neal, Jimmy Murphy and Lisa Drew (There Is No Arizona), Butterfly is a track that parallels Lizzie’s current journey to country music as songwriting served as her escape from being teased and humiliated in elementary school. The video is also currently in rotation on TCN (The Country Network) and is available on and
Proving that she can find a home among a variety of audiences, this Sunshine State native is performing around the states at malls, rodeos, corporate conventions, charities, hospitals, county fairs and has even headlined showcases during NYC fashion week. She has also hosted two episodes of Breaking Out, TCN’s show highlighting up-and-coming country artists.
Kicking off the New Year, Lizzie has been selected by CMA as one of the “Artists to Watch” in 2013 and will be featured in their February/March issue of CMA Close Up. Her forthcoming debut album is produced by Joe Vulpis (Lady Gaga) and is being mastered by Tom Coyne (Red-Taylor Swift).
To stay updated on Lizzie, visit or connect with her online at the following: Facebook: LizzieSiderMusic, Twitter: LizzieSider1 and YouTube: LizzieSider.

HOWARD STEELE - In The Shadow of the Rim

HOWARD STEELE - In The Shadow of the Rim
In The Shadow of the Rim - Waltz Of The Ocean - My Blue Mountain Home - It's Such a Good Picture Of Us  - Going There Alone - If I Could Open The Door - Down Home Music - If You Were Here - Thirty Thousand Feet Over You - Good Bye Foggy Valley - One Wore Blue One Wore Gray - The Greatest Mission
As a music preservationist working for the Smithsonian Institution, I was just blown away by the first song on this CD, a remarkably written "In The Shadow Of The Rim" written by Joe Martz.  I've heard lots and lots of songs pushing the history limit, especially trying to re-capture our past in America.  This particular creation is one of the best written, and certainly one of the best vocalizing, I've heard in a very very long time.
Howard Steele makes his home in Oregon, but somehow he gathered together some incredibly good musicians for this project.  The mandolin and fiddle on "My Blue Mountain Home" is spectacular.  Wow, I take all that back.  There's really only 'one' musician on this CD... Roger Breggren who plays guitar, steel, Dobro, bass, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin.  Whaaat?  Yes, I suspect the over-dubbing took a considerable amount of time, but once Howard's voice is added to the mix (it's a super good mix too by Gordon Kuryluk) it turned into a completely wonderful listening experience.
Howard also has a knack for picking the songs that fit his fine baritone voice, and he knows how to 'sell' a brand new original song and story.  My favorite is the first one which is not only so incredibly historical, it's also just a plain good down home pickin' story and good vocal. So, my favorite would have to be "My Blue Mountain Home."
Howard has a kind of 'cowboy' voice, but he's a super strong 'country' singer too.  The patterns of the music, and the 'setting' he brings to each and every song presents a wonderful blend of original song, original planning, original story, and certainly original creativity.
What a beautiful way to start the day in sunny Florida as I review this lovely CD.  This one is definitely going to the Rural Roots Music Commission, and I can tell you Mr. Steele, there will be a positive response from them on CD of the year, and I wouldn't doubt that 'instrumentalist of the year' could very well go to Roger Berggren.  The calculations and voting doesn't happen until later this year, but I sit as one of the 'counters.'  What a wonderful experience listening to your CD, we wish you well in all that you do.
Bob Everhart, Reviewer

Steel Guitar News January 10. 2013

This is Bob Hempker. Here it is time to come up with another newsletter and we’re scratching around for new ideas. I have to tell you it’s not easy being brilliant. I say that jokingly because hard working is more like it. Usually, it’s hard enough just finding the time to sit down to write about something, then we’ve got to come up with something to write about. We apologize if sometimes we don’t mention everybody that you expect us to mention, but we try to present a general concept and illustrate it with a few examples, not every possible example. We are sorry if we overlook your favorite player, favorite song, favorite steel intro or whatever. It’s not our intention to insult you with an omission. We’re trying to pass along information in a casual way and not trying to write a doctorate thesis so please excuse our loose use of grammar and punctuation. We are trying to reach out to each and every one of you regardless of age, experience, musical background and preferences in genres of music. We encourage people to ask us about things they are curious about because it gives us something to write about. We thoroughly appreciate all your encouragement and support for these newsletters. We write these newsletters pretty much spontaneously, oftentimes as a result of what someone says, does or asks when they come in to the shop. We try to be as helpful as we can while at the same time making sure that all the guitars are in tiptop shape and ready to go. I’m glad to see more and more manufacturers making products specifically designed for steel guitar usage and not redesigned guitar equipment. This is great news for steel players. Companies like Peavey have shown their support for our instrument by building amps from the ground up with the steel guitar player solely in mind. A product that originated as a steel guitar accessory that has found a market with guitar players are the George L cables. I’m happy to see expanding markets for these products. Another steel guitar product that I’ve seen catch on with guitar and fiddle players is the Goodrich volume pedal. The Hilton is also showing up more and more. I remember when my dear friend Keith Hilton was first designing the Hilton pedal. When he formally came out with it, it was a really, really hot item. It continues to be one of the most sought after accessories for steel guitar players. I personally have two of Keith’s pedals. I’ve had them for ten years or so and have not had one iota of problems with either of them. Keith is a great guy and I’m really happy for all his success. I lived near Keith when I lived in Branson. During the fifteen years I lived there, we became very good friends. These are the kind of people I try to support because they really have the steel guitar players interests at heart. Another company that is responding to steel guitar players is the Little Walter company. We are very fortunate to have the builder coming in this Sunday to give us a hands-on workshop and answer all the questions we can throw at him. We want as many of you as possible to show up for this event, however if you are unable to attend, we will be videoing parts of the workshop and will put them up on YouTube. We received so many replies to Vic’s last newsletter, I wish I could print them all, but there was one that particularly inspired all of us. It’s from Ike Anderson, a steel player in Switzerland. The English is broken, but the message is clear. Here’s what Ike had to say. Hi Vick Lawson I'm born once in US but lived in Switzerland since long, my name is.. Ike Anderson..60.....I had some different brands of Ped.Steels for long... Was never happy with the sound, Came in contact with Bobbe, according my problem. He recommended me a Emmons p/p... found one for me, sold it to me. And Wow!!.... He was right, I needed some time to figure out the new diff. way of tuning etc as he also said.... I play today also, in some symphonies Orchestra here in C-Europe. Yea! You read right.... the Ped. Steel has now become requested , also in some bigger of them! I played Classic music for the first time on my p/p in Italy (Rom) about a year ago... and it became standing applauds for at least 5 min. Afterwards, plenty of the audience asked if they could come up on stage and see this... "Hm.New" instrument with this "Himmelskt sound" that they NEVER heard or seen before.. I was hired then for 6 hours! I got paid for 9 hours... The Steel are on its way into a new line of use, that's for sure...And with only an old "Stereo" Emmons p/p D-10.. Twin Peavey 112...mixed into their stage sound device, Hilton volume ped.. some old music theory and off course... Nashville Number system in my head. The Number system are a absolute, Classic music are based on fixed tunes on "Papers" and can't be read at the same time as playing.... But it's simple with the system in the head The Steel Guitar did turn critic classic music audience into a new "Haven"... They just loved it... Today I play Classic at least 2 weekends a month in different Countries I'm a Country music loving man...But today I found also a new line that gives perspective on music.... And as all you who write news on "Steel Guitar Nashville" news, said before... Oh Yea...There aint NO limits on a ped Steel...There are a "Hooooole" universe to discover The only limits there is?....Our own feeling and fantasies.. Dear Steel players out there?... listen to this great players who give from them self, to us out there. Bye their theory/practical DVDs etc...They help much, to shorter the way to learn more and make it more interesting way to "Grow" our playing. No matter music stile I did once, even thought then!... I don't need that...Wrong!. It would taken me two life times to figure out all they tell/Show, by my self... Thank you so much....Best to Bobbe and All of you.. Ike "Capt." Anderson Switzerland Ob..Sorry for my English but I've bee gone from US to long... Back when I was playing with Loretta and also when I was with Roy Clark, we played numerous things with symphonies. Many of the musicians would come down and be curious about the steel guitar. They’d want to know how it’s tuned, what the pedals do and all that stuff. When we worked the Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe circuit, we’d always use the house orchestra but we had our own conductor. I spent many hours with the conductor showing him the copedant to the steel and the range of the instrument so he could write and arrange for it. If you listen to Bach much, Bach would’ve loved steel guitar. The next time you’re looking for a fresh way to look at steel, try some classical. 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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