Monday, January 14, 2013

LISA MATASSA Brings Vibrant

LISA MATASSA Brings Vibrant Country/Pop Sound To
Patchogue Theatre For The Performing Arts
On January 30

Entertainer Who Enchants Millions Via YouTube & Country Radio
To Open For Lee Brice

Nashville, TN (January 14, 2013) - Long Island Country Songstress Lisa Matassa relishes performing live.  She has been entertaining fans since she was in her teens, first as a Dance Music artist and now as an in-demand Country vocalist with hit videos and a new EP, SOMEBODY’S BABY.  On Wednesday, January 30, the stage-savvy performer will bring her vibrant Country/Pop sound and her dynamic band to Patchogue Theatre For The Performing Arts (71 E. Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772) stage as opener for Lee Brice at 8 p.m.  For more information about the AEG Live / WJVC presented show, call (631)207-1300 or log on to

Operatically trained as a child with a resonantly pop voice, Lisa recorded two Top-10 Dance singles before she was 20.  The songs were hits in the U.S. and abroad, earning her slots on the marquee with acts Taylor Dayne, Brenda K. Starr, TKA and others.  Her years of stage experience show; she's a natural performer who over the last few years has opened shows for Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn, Lee Brice and Thompson Square.  Lisa’s peerless vocals and unique perspective create music that incorporates traditional Country values backed by rockin’ contemporary productions that she calls “Long Island Country.”  Matassa's previous two Country albums generated hit singles (“Me Time," “Wouldn’t You Like To Know”), and her “Me Time” video soared to # 1 on  Her newest EP, SOMEBODY'S BABY, is receiving rave reviews, and the disc's title track (and current single) is now moving up the Billboard/BDS Indicator Chart.

“Lisa has a vivacious spirit that comes across on her new EP.  Whether it be the up tempo sheen of the title cut or the warmth exuded on ballads like her cover of ‘Heaven’ and the stirring ‘Learning As You Grow.’ She is a star on the rise.”  -  Chuck Dauphin,

"Lisa has a sexy, gritty approach to the material that infuses it with an energy that is infectious. When she sings, she has complete command of the song.”  -  Greg Victor,

“Lisa Matassa has a voice that can croon a classic or belt out a rock and roll anthem. She's like a female Garth Brooks, part Country star and part rock’ n’ roll queen.  SOMEBODY'S BABY has it all: Bombast, sweetness, grit and heart."  -  Wildy Haskell, Wildy’s World

Lisa's current video, "Somebody's Baby," has already logged over 3 million YouTube views.  Produced by Traci Goudie (Hunter Hayes, Merle Haggard, Patty Griffin), it was filmed in Tennessee and tells the story of Lisa's life from childhood to marriage to motherhood via archival family footage and photographs.  The video is included on this enhanced EP, which also features highlights like the self-penned sassy girls'-night-out song, "Wouldn't You Like To Know," and her rich interpretation of the holiday classic, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)."  Recorded with the Broadway Youth Ensemble, the music video of "Chestnuts" shot to Number 1 on CMT during 2011 (with over 600,000 views) and was featured prominently during the 2012 holidays on GAC and TCN.  Collectively, Matassa has garnered an impressive 6.9 million YouTube video views.
Lisa's appeared on many other networks and high-profile television shows, including Fox News, The Daily Buzz, Good Day New York, Young Country TV, Inside Music Row and Entertainment Circle.  Other recent media coverage includes:  Newsday,, AOL The Boot, CMA Close Up, MusicRow, Roughstock,,, Guitarist Magazine, Maverick and Country Music People.

Fans can connect with Lisa online at the following social media outlets: - 211,000 fans  - 545,000 followers - Local Rank #2- National Rank #2 - Global Rank #4 - 6.9 million video views

New CDs by Bonnie Guitar and Eddie Noack

Bonnie Guitar’s earliest singles
Eddie Noack’s 1950s recordings (3 cd set)

BONNIE GUITAR   Only The Moon Man Knows  (Bear Family  BCD 16744 AH)
Hello, Hello, Please Answer The Phone • If You See My Love Dancing • Two Loves Have I • Clinging Vine (& LEE GOTCH) • Dream Dreamers • Lover Oh Lover • Open The Door To Your Heart • My Heart Turned Gypsy • In The Heart Of A Song If You Don't Care TOM TALL) • Only The Moon Man Knows • I Feel A Heartache Comin' On Fool Around • Lover Oh Lover Heart's Desire • Shanty Boat • Please, My Love • Frantic Party • You Gave Her Your Kisses • Where Are The Words • Heart's Desire • Innocent Lies • Everybody Knew But Me • Don't Keep Me Waitin’ • Don't Bring Me Roses Red • I Couldn't Believe It Was True • Ain't You 'Shamed • Midget Auto Blues • Robin In The Pine • The Cherry Tree Cowboy Serenade • Sailing Thru' The Sunny San Juan Isles • I Lost My Turkey (In The Depot In Albuquerque) • Bronco Buster's Rag (instrumental)
After two cds spotlighting previously unreleased, easy listening recordings from 1959 and 1961 – available as part of Bear Family’s Velvet Lounge series – now here’s the chance to gather Bonnie Guitar’s earliest singles, the material that led on to a Dot Records deal and chart debut Dark Moon, the title for which she’s best known. But success didn’t come easy for the Ashburn, Washington singer who was born into a musical family, worked the round of talent contests (winning her first with a version of Jimmie Rodgers’ Mississippi Moon), local clubs and concerts, leading on to performing with her husband Paul Tutmarc as the K-6 Wrangers on radio and at country music venues. She commenced writing songs and recording on the local Morrison label as Bonnie Tutmarc in 1951, followed by a handful of sides for Rainer where she was credited as the vocalist with Paul Tutmarc & The Wranglers. Based in Seattle she also worked as a radio dj and recorded demos, one coming to the attention of Fabor Robinson who signed her up as a session player and recording artist as well as convincing to adopt the name ‘Guitar’ (as she played guitar so much).

Her first release on the Fabor label, recorded in late 1956, was Hello, Hello, Please Answer The Phone c/w If You See My Love Dancing, the production emphasizing her distinctive mellow voice which bridged pop and country realms. Subsequent releases included a couple of duets – Clinging Vine (with Lee Gotch) and If You Don’t Care (with Tom Tall) – while this cd also includes several hitherto unreleased items. It was while with Fabor that she recorded Dark Moon, the song eventually being released on Dot Records and commenced a run 0f a dozen hits on the label. Todd Everett provides the notes, combined with interviews, in the accompanying 50 page booklet which also features photographs, record label displays and discography. 
EDDIE NOACK   Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Bear Family BCD 17142 CH)
DISC ONE: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes • Triflin’ Mama Blues • Pyramid Club • Simulated Diamonds • Hungry But Happy • Raindrops in The River Frown On The Moon  Unlucky Me • Green Back  Dollar Tragic Love • I Can't Run Away I'd Still Want You Music Makin' Mama From Memphis • Please Mr. Postman • There's A Place In My Heart I'm Going To See My Baby • Too Hot To Handle • How Does It Feel To Be A Winner Nothing • First And Last Thing • (As The Band Played) Paul Jones Pride • Spoken Message to Don Pierce Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby As Long As You Call • Forlorn, Forgotten, and Forsaken • Walking The Street Simulated  Diamonds Moonlight On The Water Hungry But Happy • Raindrops In The River Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Un­lucky Me

DISC TWO:  Fair Today, Cold Tomorrow Gentlemen Prefer Blondes      Take It Away Lucky • Don't-Trade Left Over Lovin’ Don't Worry ‘Bout Me Baby It’ll Be so good to You Think Of Her Now Wind Me Up If It Ain't On The Menu Me And My New Baby • The Life you Lived • You Done Got Me • The Life you Lived • If Hearts Could Talk • When The Bright Lights Grow Dim •  Think of Her Now • It Ain’t Much But It’s Home • For You I Weep • You Done Got Me • The Worm Has Turned • She Can’t stand The Light Of Day • Think Of Her Now • Scarecrow • Dust On The River • What's The Matter Joe Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (alt) • For You I Weep (alt) • Can You answer To God? • Lucky In Cards • Mr. Nice Guy • Six Feet Down • Relief Is Just A Swallow Away • Are You Really Here • It’s Hard To Tell an Old Love Goodbye • That Certain You Know What

DISC THREE: Can’t Play Hookey • My Steady Dream • Have Blues – Will Travel • The Price of Love •  Relief Is Just A Swallow Away • It’s Hard to Tell An Old Love Goodbye • Love’s Other Face • Don’t Live There Anymore • Walk ‘Em Off • The Man On The Wall • Shake Hands With The Blues (1) • A Million Friends But No Sweetheart • Don’t Look Behind • A Think’ Man’s Woman (A Lovin’ Man’s Gift) • Shake Hands With The Blues (2) • Sunflower Song • To Weak To Go • Firewater Luke The Price Of Love (alt) • The Same Old Mistake • Invisible Stripes • So Funny I Could Cry • Shotgun House • I Slipped Out Of Heaven • Firewater Luke • Invisible Stripes • The Same Old Mistakes • Shotgun House • Where Do You Go (When You say Goodnight) • Love Is For Fools • The Life You Lived • I Speak Your Name • The Same Old Mistakes • You Got A Woman

To country music fans a few decades back, Eddie Noack enjoyed a very dedicated following. In fact the opening notes that accompany this three cd set confirms the fact by reflecting upon his UK tour in 1976, a tour in which a very ill artist hardly gave his best but, nevertheless, attracted the crowds. Two years later he was dead.

Now Bear Family Records commences its retrospective of the Noack career with the first of two releases, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes spotlighting the years 1948-61 with recordings that appeared on the Gold Star, 4-Star, TNT, Starday, Faith, D, Dixie and Mercury labels, together with a mass of material that never previously saw the commercial light of day.

A native of Houston, Texas, Eddie Noack grew up with sounds of string bands and hillbilly music surrounding him and, by the late 1940s, the city had become a haven for country music. He made his first step up the entertainment ladder in 1945 when he won an amateur talent contest and worked for a week in a vaudeville show at  five dollars a day. Around the same time he started writing songs and, a couple of years later, made his radio debut on radio station KREL.

With his celebrity status established locally, he made contact with Bill Quinn’s Gold Star label, suggested that he cut some tracks and walked away with a recording contract and a single, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes b/w Trifflin’ Mama Blues. Although this, and subsequent singles, hardly stood out from a surfeit of records originating out of the Houston area, the releases enabled him to move on to better paid gigs – among them playing as member of the Western Jamboree Cowboys, although it meant putting up with the argumentative band leader and club owner, R. D. Hendon who lacked any musical or singing ability. But it did lead to recording I Can’t Run Away which brought Noack in contact with Harold W. (“Pappy”) Daily, the largest jukebox owner in Texas and a link to 4-Star Records. Daily, who was soon to become actively involved in George Jones' career, with was the man who would have the biggest impact on Noack's life and produced the remainder of his material in this collection as well as having ownership interests in most of the labels.

Unlike many other artists who briefly recorded rockabilly, Noack firmly resisted the temptation stating that he was “pure country” and proved the point with his original songs, among them here with the re-recorded Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (4 versions). Too Hot To Handle and Blues – Will Travel, all helping to build his country music fan base. Another original song, These Hands, wound up a Top 5 hit for Hank Snow, causing him to be remembered more as a songwriter than singer in later years. Among other artists who recorded one of his songs were George Jones (No Blues Is Good News and For Better Or For Worse), Curtis Gordon and Ernest Tubb (Don’t Trade) and Hawkshaw Hawkins (If It Ain’t On The Menu).

Comprising all of his 1950s singles, plus 13 unissued masters and alternative takes, along with 27 acoustic demos, this 104 track set gives the fullest overview ever fir an artist completely overlooked by any major label reissues.

The 102 page booklet accompanying Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - penned by Andrew Brown and drawing upon interviews Eddie Noack gave to Bill Millar and Ray Topping at the time of the ill fated 1976 UK tour - provides a revealing insight into the artist’s career and music, alongside equally informative notes on the Houston country music scene, “Pappy” Daily, the various record labels (in particular, Starday, and its subsequent development) and Noack’s time in the US military serving in Germany. Besides photographs and reproduction of record labels, there’s the extensive discography that’s always a part of any Bear Family release.

Scarletta Goes Gaga for Jake Owen

Billboard’s “615 Top 10 Artists to Watch for 2013” Scarletta Goes Gaga for Jake Owen
With the recent birth of Jake Owen’s baby girl Olive, feisty new trio Scarletta wanted to send a personal gift of song to Jake.
“Jake always seems to have such a great time with his fans and tour mates, especially with the run of pranks on the latest CMT Tour,” says Benji Harris. “Aubrey, Nathan and I thought he’d get a good laugh out of our latest YouTube video.”
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After a hot debut on “CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown” and breaking the Top 20 on Music Row with Right Here, Right Now, this group is ready to take the stage and spread the Scarletta fever in 2013. The trio was the “Spotlight on the 615” artist of the week for the week of January 9th on and was honored to be chosen as a Billboard “615 Top 10 Artists to Watch” in 2013.”  They also received a very similar acknowledgement from CMA as the organization chose them as a CMA Close Up “Artist to Watch for 2013” and will be profiled in the February/March issue of CMA Closeup.  Fans can catch Scarletta hitting stages around the nation and the Nashville area can see a free live showcase on Wednesday, January 23rd at 6 PM on the Third and Lindsley stage.
Scarletta found its roots in Nashville when the violin/vocal talents of Nathan Stoops and guitar slinging vocalist Benji Harris met in a recording session.  When the fierce vocals of Aubrey Collins were added to the mix, it proved to be the perfect concoction for this rising trio. To stay updated on Scarletta, visit or follow them on the following networks: Facebook - or Twitter - @Scarletta3.

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All Photo’s courtesy of Jerry Overcast/LeeAnn Lallone
(Nashville, TN-1.13.13)  I was fortunate enough to be invited to Jack Greene’s 83rd birthday bash which took place this past Wednesday, January 9th,  and it was a great party for the man they call the Jolly Green Giant.  He was surrounded with family and his friends in attendance at John A’s restaurant on Music Valley Drive. 

A special thank you to LeeAnn Lallone who brought all of this together.  LeeAnn has been with Jack for some time and all of us in the country music industry owe her a great vote of gratitude and thanks for the great job she has done and continues to do for Jack and her support of his music..  In the picture Jack is with his sister Ruth Humdley. 

This picture is LeeAnn and Jack with his beautiful cake.  LeeAnn really has taken care of Jack through all of his health issues which now includes Jack being in the later stages of Alzheimer's disease and to have Jack sing at his birthday party was not on the agenda, but he wanted to perform his two greatest songs, and perform he did.  LeeAnn has been Jack’s eye’s and his spokeswoman and has been a blessing through all of Jack’s health issues.  No one at the party had any idea that Jack is going through these problems because LeeAnn has worked so hard to make his career continue on with no incident.  She has been a God Send to Jack and he has responded with so many good things, but he proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jack Greene is one of the great singers of all time in country music.  E.T. would be so proud of his drummer boy.

Those in attendance that I recall were Jan Howard and Jeannie Seely, Grand Ole Opry members, Dianne Sherrill, Don Ellis, Helen Cornelius, David Frizzell, Johnny Counterfit, Becky Hobbs, Eddie Bayer’s (12 time ACM Musician of the Year), Dallas Frazier (songwriter who wrote Jack’s #1 super song “There Goes My Everything), Steve Hall  of Shotgun Red fame, John A. Hobbs, Karen Wheeler, Tracey Houston, Ron Elliott steel guitarist in the Jolly Green Giant Band, Dan Schafer who entertained superbly with his electronic genius equipment, and what a great job he did.  Also in attendance were two of the guitar players who played on the Opry spots for Jack, Penn Pennington and Jimmy Capps.  I know there are no doubt others that I have missed and my apologies go out to them .  It was not done intentionally. 

Sometimes when you attend an event you go because you are invited, but at some of those functions you are witness to something that is extra special, and this past Wednesday, those who attended witnessed the super awesome performance given by Jack with vocal background by Jeannie Seely (Jack’s former duet partner), and Dallas Frazier writer of “There Goes My Everything,” and Penn Pennington his guitar player, and Dan Schafer.  Jack sang two of the most awesome songs ever written and recorded in the country music industry by one of its most awesome  voices, Jack Greene singing There Goes My Everything and Statue of a Fool.  Unless you were there to hear Jack singing you would not believe how great his voice still resonates at the age of 83 years young.  It was chiseled to the note of each song. What a super birthday party for Jack Greene, and thank to LeeAnn Lallone for making it possible.  I am thrilled that I was in attendance on this special day in country music.

Now that all being said about how great of an evening it was for Jack, it was a great evening for those of us who were in attendance to be part of his celebration, but I was hoping that I would see more Grand Ole Opry members at his birthday party.  I spoke with Jack for several minutes, Jerry Overcast took a couple of pictures of us and I amazed at how great Jack looked and sounded, and we are all looking forward to his 84th, 85th, and more birthday celebrations, so LeeAnn, get ready for 2014 and hopefully you will invite me again.

LeeAnn wishes to thank Ginny Foley and her staff for the wonderful decorations for Jack’s birthday party.

Marty Martel©


     "It's always kind of fun," said Bob Everhart, who plays guitar and harmonica for the Bob & Sheila Smithsonian Duo.  "To talk about our travels, our gigs, our ups, our downs, our in betweens.  Fellow performers immediately relate to our 'gig from hell' cause most of us have experienced them.  Our travels have been sensible in Florida, and contrary to our musician friend Charley Groth in Largo, every day is not a sunny day.  We've experienced a lot of cloudiness and even rain.  That leads me to a gig we thought would just be something to pass the time, collect the money, and travel on.  Didn't turn out that way at all.  We had arranged quite a long time in advance to perform our 'Traveling Museum of Music" for the Moccasin Lake Nature Park in Clearwater, which is about five miles from our musician friend Charley Groth's house in Largo.  Did he show up for the performance, no, and was it a gig from hell.  NO!"
     "This wasn't our biggest paying gig," Sheila added, "but it was well worth our time and trouble.  First off, the Moccasin Lake Nature Park is an exceptional learning center.  Bobbie Lhea loved it.  We got there early to make sure we had a place to park our camper, and then we went on the tour.  It's a magnificent 'learning experience,' especially about the wildlife of Florida.  Had a nice afternoon rest, and then set up for the evening concert.  The staff that we talked to wasn't all that enthusiastic about attendance, could be six could be sixty.  So we sort of toned down our enthusiasm.  We set up in their very lovely wood-decor nature center, seats were set up for sixty.  Showtime 7pm. By 6:30 we were already sure we'd have maybe the six they predicted.  Then about ten minutes before seven, a whole slew of people came in, enough to fill all 60 chairs, and then some.  Bob and I were so impressed when the nature center director introduced us, and then asked the audience how many were there for the first time, and about 40 hands went up, which astounded him, and made us feel absolute."
     "I couldn't hardly keep up with CD sales," Bobbie Lhea added.  "It was so surprising to see so many people interested in old time music.  I think it's the way Mom and Dad do 'Down In The Valley.'  So many folks said they hadn't heard the songs Mom and Dad did for a very very long time.  some even said they remember their mother singing the same songs to them when they were just children."
     "After we were done," Bob added, "the Director wanted to know when we could come back.  We aren't really planning another trip back to Florida for awhile, since we are already booking California for this year, but I told him we would contact him at our earliest decision.  It sure was a nice concert, and we had a great time.  We're going right back to Frog Creek now, we were just there a few weeks ago, but we don't mind, they like our music too, and we will be doing our old-time back-porch Gospel show for them on Sunday."
     "Dad stopped at the Chick-Fil-A for lunch, and we sure got a bargain." Bobbie added.   "They have lots of items with coupons to get lower prices, and of course dad had a fist full of them.  Anyway, their new item is char-broiled chicken breast, which we all had, and I have to say it is delicious.  And I must have had an entire potato with my meal it was so huge.  The cost of eating there is so low, we even had drinks, so I was happy, so was Mom, and Dad was ecstatic."




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 13, 2013) – Nashville’s own The WannaBeatles honor the beloved comedian-actress with “Betty White’s 91st Birthday Bash & Contest” at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley (818 Third Ave. South, 37210) on Thursday, January 17th beginning at 7:00 pm. The plucky quartet will perform its recent release “Oh Betty! (The Betty White Song)” as well as a set list of Beatles’ classics for which they’re known. Tickets are $10.00 at the door or available online here with proceeds benefiting the American Humane Association, an organization that includes White among its celebrity supporters. The first twenty guests through the door will receive a free Betty White fan as seen in the latest video from The WannaBeatles. The event includes special appearances from The Betty White Dancers and Betty look-alike, Evelyn Ford.

Fans of Betty White can send in special video birthday greetings to the star via The WannaBeatles Facebook page and be entered to win a personalized autographed photo of Betty White plus dinner at The WannaBeatles’ show at Puckett’s Grocery in Franklin on Friday, January 18. There is a $12.00 cover charge for the 8:30 pm show. Dinner Reservations can be made here or by calling (615) 794-5527.

The Nashville band's new song and video, “Oh Betty! (The Betty White Song),” honors the ever-popular, 90-year-old actress (who beat them out for a GRAMMY in the "Best Spoken Word Album" category in 2012; The WannaBeatles’ Fab Fan Memories -- The Beatles Bond was also nominated in the category).  The video, which features The WannaBeatles as a '60s-styled singing quartet and Evelyn Ford as a Betty White imposter, is available for viewing on YouTube. The song is available on iTunes.

The WannaBeatles worked hard to craft a tune that exudes the true spirit of what Betty White is all about.  The toe-tapping, hook-driven number is reminiscent of clever, sing-along hits from the 1950s and '60s.  The star said she was "very flattered" after listening to the song.

The video was taped at the historic Palace Theater in Gallatin, Tenn.  The "Oh Betty!" team included The WannaBeatles, director Vince Pinkerton, videographer Tom Terry, stage manager Larry Gregory, choreographer Brooke Bryant, and production assistant Lucy Hart. Evelyn Ford portrayed "Betty", while Brooke Bryant and Susannah Smith White served as silver-haired Betty White dancers. Costumes and props were provided by Halloween Inc., Kim & Kit Vintage, and Get it Guru. Chuck Whiting served as project publicist, and meals were catered by The Pizza Machine.

"The Beatles are well known for putting their anecdotes into songs," said WannaBeatles keyboardist Nathan Burbank.  "We are following the sample of our mentors by telling our tale in the best way we know how.  The Betty White video could be the beginning of a reality-based WannaBeatles TV show."  

The WannaBeatles is a high energy group of four professional musicians with a passion for the songs of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - the Beatles. These are the songs we all grew up listening to. Kids today have rediscovered the music of the Beatles which proves that great music will stand the test of time. The WannaBeatles consists of Grammy award winning and talented music producers, arrangers, studio players, and singers who have "Come Together" to play the music they grew up with. Ever since their first all Beatles gig together, it was love at the first note! Since then, the WannaBeatles have developed a following of regulars who look forward to the band's own special version of the British Invasion.

The WannaBeatles (Bryan Cumming, Nathan Burbank, Dennis Scott and David Toledo) received their first Grammy nomination in December 2011 as the producers of "Fab Fan Memories - The Beatles Bond", a CD featuring songs, stories, recollections and fond thoughts about The Beatles from celebrities and everyday fans.  The project was nominated in the "Best Spoken Word Album" category.  The other nominees included Tina Fey, Betty White, and Val Kilmer. The audio book features narration by George Harrison's older sister, Louise Harrison, with performances by The Liverpool Legends of Branson, Mo., and The WannaBeatles in Music City.

To learn more about The WannaBeatles or "Oh Betty! (The Betty White Song)", visit or send an email inquiry to

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