Monday, January 28, 2013

Steel Guitar News January 28. 2013

This is Bob Hempker with today’s newsletter. Something we haven’t really touched on much is studying other players copedent. This can really help us in figuring out how different people play different things. We have the two common pedal setups, the Jimmy Day setup and the Buddy Emmons setup. But people set their knee levers up differently. Some people have some changes that wouldn’t be considered standard. Basically all it takes is for someone to use a particular pedal change on somebody’s hit record then the popularity of that pedal change takes off and the next thing you know it’s being used by a lot of different players. One example would be the E to F knee lever. Lloyd Green was the first to use it that I can recall. He played it on the Tammy Wynette song “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.” Hal Rugg used it on Loretta Lynn’s “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ With Lovin’ On Your Mind.” Those were some early recordings the change was used on. The F knee lever is pretty much a standard knee lever now. I really can’t imagine playing without it. Another change that’s pretty much a standard thing now is lowering the sixth string a whole tone. Many players, myself included have split tuners on their guitar which enable us to use it with the pedal that raises the third and the sixth to get a dominant seventh with the pedals down or an Em with the knee lever activated and your second pedal down. Some guys have changes on their guitar that are somewhat unique to them. Ralph Mooney lowered his third string a half step and some guys are doing that. Many guys have picked up on the idea of raising the first string a whole tone. A lot of guys today are using what they call the Franklin pedal which lowers five, six and ten each a whole tone. I’ve got it split to where I lower five and ten a whole step with my fourth floor pedal and I lower six with my left, left knee lever. That way I can use them together if I need to, but then there are other things I can play splitting them up. I was looking at somebody’s copedent the other day and I noticed them raising their fifth string up a step and a half. I can see the uses for this change, but personally I don’t know where I would put it. My guitar is loaded up pretty good the way it is. I have a good friend that started raising his ninth string up a half step on the same knee lever he lowers his sixth string a whole step with. There are some nice things that can be done with that. I know another player that instead of lowering his fourth and eighth strings together, he raises the seventh string a half step on the knee lever that he lowers the fourth string a half step with. It’s also interesting even if we play a D-10 to study some of the changes that guys do with a single neck 12 or single 14. We can get all sorts of ideas by studying other people’s copedent. Don’t be closed minded about doing things a certain way. There is always something you can learn from anyone if you watch what they do. Let’s talk about steel guitar wives for a bit. I’d like to hear from you guys about your experiences with steel guitar and wives or girlfriends, if they are supportive, unsupportive, encouraging, discouraging, can’t wait to hear you play or scream, moan and groan when you do. Let me hear your stories. Again, I’d like to thank everyone who let us list them as a teacher and encourage new players who might be interested in lessons to check out our list at www.steelguitar.net/teachers.html www.steelguitar.net sales@steelguitar.net www.youtube.com/bobbeseymour Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

BILLY RAY CYRUS HILLBILLY HEART

BILLY RAY CYRUS RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE “HILLBILLY HEART” TO COUNTRY RADIO TODAY, JANUARY 28

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NASHVILLE, TN - (January 28, 2013) – Fresh off the 20th anniversary celebration of his record-breaking debut album, Some Gave All, multi-platinum recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus is keepin’ it country with the release of his new song, “Hillbilly Heart,” to country radio today, Monday (1/28). The singer, songwriter and actor will be making a special appearance during Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar and visiting radio in support of the new single.
 
Written by Cyrus, "Hillbilly Heart," is a smoldering, swaggering anthem that highlights the Flatwoods, KY, native’s country roots.

"Let's get this party started!" says Cyrus. "I'm so excited about 'Hillbilly Heart.' I wrote this song as a tip of the hat to my pure love of country music ... past, present and future. It's a blend of my early musical roots; Outlaw Country (Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Jr.) mixed with my Southern rock heroes (Lynyrd Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels), all fusing together for a feel-good anthem that I can't wait to share with radio and fans!"
 
"Hillbilly Heart" is from Cyrus’ thirteenth studio album titled Change My Mind, which Country Weekly cites as "his best album in years." Produced by the award-winning Brandon Friesen, the album was released via Blue Cadillac Music and is available now. 

Currently, Cyrus is putting the finishing touches on his memoir aptly tiled HILLBILLY HEART that will be releasing this April and is planning for a worldwide tour later this year.
 
Billy Ray Cyrus struck it big in June 1992 with his debut album, the eventual 9x-platinum-selling No. 1 Some Gave All, fueled by the best-selling single “Achy Breaky Heart,” which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Country chart.  Some Gave All (which held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart for 17 weeks in a row and became the best-selling debut album of all time by a male solo artist) launched Cyrus’ colorful 20-year career in the spotlight — during which he has sold millions of albums worldwide, charted nearly 30 singles (including three No. 1 country hits), and racked up multiple film and television credits.
 
Billy Ray Cyrus’ Change My Mind is available now via these links

Keep up with Billy Ray Ray Cyrus via billyraycyrus.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/billyraycyrus or follow on Twitter @BillyRayCyrus
 
ABOUT BLUE CADILLAC MUSIC: Blue Cadillac Music is a record label founded by country music sensation/songwriter/actor Billy Ray Cyrus and award winning music/television producer Brandon Friesen in 2012. The label is headquartered in Los Angeles and Nashville.

TIM MCGRAW Super Bowl in New Orleans

 
TIM MCGRAW REVS UP FOR THE RELEASE OF
TWO LANES OF FREEDOM ON FEB. 5
 
Coast-to-Coast Performances Include Stops at the Super Bowl in New Orleans and the USS Midway in San Diego

 
Nashville, TN- Jan. 28, 2013--Country music super star Tim McGraw is set to release his highly anticipated Big Machine Records debut, TWO LANES OF FREEDOM, on Feb. 5 with performances kicking off on location at the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Good Morning America this Friday (Feb. 1). 
 
From New Orleans, fans can catch McGraw over the weekend on Austin City Limits (Feb. 2) and CBS Sunday Morning (Feb. 3).  He heads to the West Coast for The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Feb. 5) and a special live stream Ram Country on Yahoo! performance later that night aboard the USS Midway in San Diego at
7:30 p.m. ET.   He will guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Feb. 6) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Feb. 7), pay tribute to friend and MusiCares Person of the Year Bruce Springsteen (Feb. 8) and wrap up with a visit to Chelsea Lately (Feb. 11). 
 
Billboard comments "…freedom—and acceleration—are prevailing themes on a set that finds McGraw and longtime producer Byron Gallimore delivering a sonically ambitious collection of songs that is equal parts fun, romance and big-picture vignettes."  
 
In his record-shattering career, Tim McGraw has sold over 40 million albums and dominated the charts with 32 No. one singles.  Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three GRAMMY’s, 14 ACM Awards, 12 CMA Awards and 10 AMA’s, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as the Oscar nominated The Blind SideCountry Strong, and Friday Night Lights—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live, a rare honor for a singer in any genre.  Nielsen-BDS recently certified McGraw as the most-played Country artist of the past 20 years (1992-2012) with more than 10 million spins detected and Mediabase recognized him as the most-played Country artist in the history of their tracking service.  
 
On Monday, April 8, McGraw will tape an all-star concert special, ACM PRESENTS: TIM McGRAW'S SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network.  He is handpicking the hottest music of summer and calling on his friends to help kick off the 2013 touring season.   He'll launch his own TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 TOUR, presented by Pennzoil, in Birmingham, AL on May 2 and continue on to 30 cities through July.  The U.S. trek will also feature emerging artists Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft. 
 
For more information and a full list of tour dates, please visit www.timmcgraw.com. 

Saisonstart von The Colorados im Hirschsaal in Betzigau am 26.1.2013

Saisonstart von The Colorados im Hirschsaal in Betzigau am 26.1.2013


Nach der Winterpause versammelten sich schon vor 19h die ersten Fans am Hirschsaal um die erste Country and Linedancenight mit den Colorados zu erleben. In kürzester Zeit war der Saal bis auf den letzten Platz belegt, Glück für diejenigen, die bereits vorher ihre Plätze reserviert hatten.
Pünktlich um halb neun begannen die 3 Jungs mit ihrem Programm und schon nach den ersten Klängen war die Tanzfläche gefüllt mit den zahlreichen Linedancegruppen aus der Region, aber auch bis aus dem Chiemgau waren die Fans extra angereist, um diesen ersten Auftritt mitzuerleben.
Nach der ersten Tanzpause zeigten die Colorados, was sie in der kurzen Winterpause an neuen Songs einstudiert hatten. Insgesamt 9 neue Songs, darunter ein Stück aus der Feder von Don Vigo „ Dance with the Colorados“ hatten die Jungs als Überraschung für ihre Gäste im Gepäck. Für zusätzlich große Augen sorgte die Linedancegruppe „Hot Heel Dancer“ aus Mindelheim, die zu diesem Song einen neuen Tanz präsentierten, choreographiert und in 2 Wochen einstudiert von ihrer Trainerin Inge Bolte.
Zu dem Song „ hill billy shoes konnte“ die Linedancegruppe „Green Hill Billies“ ihren eigenen von Mike Buchweitz geschaffenen Tanz zeigen.
Bei dem Linedanceklassiker „ Halleluja“ kannte die Begeisterung der Gäste keine Grenzen mehr, tosender Applaus war der Lohn für die 3 Countryboys aus dem Allgäu.
Für diesen Abend hatte der Internetradiosender „E.P.T.O. Radio extra am 12.1.13 eine Livesendung mit The Colorados übertragen und 10 Eintrittskarten verlost. Die Gewinner saßen gemeinsam mit den Verantwortlichen von E.P.T.O. Radio am Gewinnertisch und genossen den Abend bei super Countrymusic und toller Stimmung.

Dass es den Gästen gefallen hat, zeigt die Resonanz im Gästebuch auf der Homepage der Colorados und die Kommentare auf der Fanseite in Facebook. Nach diesem ersten, sehr erfolgreichen Abend freuen sich die Fans natürlich schon auf den nächsten Termin, der am 16.2.13 im Gasthaus Klecks stattfindet und sind schon sehr gespannt auf noch weitere neue Songs der 3 Jungs, die im Lauf der nächsten Zeit mit ins Programm kommen.

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Tate Stevens To Debut Music Video At Grammys

Tate Stevens To Debut Music Video At Grammys

Pepsi Elevates The “Best New Artist” Category
Returns as Official Beverage Partner of The GRAMMY® Awards
PURCHASE, N.Y., January 24, 2013 – Pepsi will elevate “Best New Artist” category providing fans exclusive unparalleled access through a strategic partnership with VEVO, Pandora, and the GRAMMY®s.
In addition to serving as the presenter of the “Best New Artist” category during the live telecast of the award show, Pepsi, in partnership with The Recording Academy® and VEVO, has unveiled an exclusive "Best New Artist" video series, featuring a behind the scenes in depth look at this year’s nominees.
Also returning this year is Pepsi’s Best New Artist Pandora mixtape, which includes current and past Best New Artist GRAMMY® nominees. The Pepsi GRAMMY® genre stations are also available on Pandora and feature stations based on official GRAMMY® categories, ranging from pop to country to comedy.
"Pepsi has a long history of discovering and nurturing musical talent,” said Angelique Krembs, VP of Marketing, Pepsi. "Our partnerships truly showcase our efforts to introduce and deliver new and exciting fan experiences by utilizing our best-in-class assets and multiple platforms all while delivering great content to music fans around the world."
Pepsi’s multi-faceted partnership with The Recording Academy® includes a "5 Questions With" series set to be featured exclusively on GRAMMY.com and across VEVO’s web, mobile/tablet and connected TV platforms that will give fans the opportunity to discover GRAMMY® nominees and potential winners. Also, the brand partnered with the GRAMMY®s for their live telecast which will introduce this season’s THE X FACTOR®s winner, Tate Stevens. Part of Pepsi’s aspirational prize, a :30 portion of Stevens’ first-ever music video which features his first single, “Holler if You are With Me,” is set to air during the award show on February 10, 2013 on CBS.
"We were very encouraged by the tremendous amount of fan engagement around last year’s Best New Artist video series," said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer of The Recording Academy®. "This exclusive, forward-looking content program helps further connect music fans with some of today’s most exciting, relevant artists"
“The GRAMMY® Awards is one of the year’s biggest events for VEVO and we’re thrilled to partner with Pepsi and the GRAMMY®s to make it even more special this year,” said David Kohl, Executive Vice President, Sales and Customer Operations, VEVO. “It is part of VEVO’s ongoing mission to support emerging talent and, with the Best New Artist category always a hotly anticipated contest, it’s exciting for us to play a part in further introducing the recording stars of tomorrow to music fans.”
This program is an extension of Pepsi’s “Live For Now” campaign, which invites and inspires consumers to live life fully in the moment. For more ways to participate in the Live for Now mindset, please visit www.pepsi.com

Kenny Chesney Be A Pirate

Kenny Chesney Lets His Freak Flag Fly “Forget Everything! Be A Pirate….”

Come Aboard at 11 PM Central on Jan 31
Somewhere on the Water: Maybe it’s the time of the year, the sluggish economy, the boring job or the brutal cold, but sometimes, as members of the No Shoes Nation know, you just have to let your freak flag fly. No one understands better than Kenny Chesney that need to jettison the mundane and push back against the inertia of life.
And so now in the dead of winter, the 4-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year rolls out an anthem of everyday insurrection and rebellion on one’s own terms. With “Pirate Flag,” written by David Lee Murphy (“Livin’ In Fast Forward,” “Dust on the Bottle”) and new-to-town Ross Cooperman, Chesney offers an anthem for everyman that says, “Where I am may be great, but don’t think I’ll ever  surrender to the 9-to-5.”
          
“No matter where you are, no matter how you live,” says Chesney, “there is that part of you that yearns to be free, to say, ‘What the hell…’ and just do what you want to do! That’s what this song is all about. The freedom and the idea that you can just say, “Enough,’ even if it’s only in your mind, while you’re watching your boss’s mouth move and are dreaming of whatever gets you off.
“That’s the beauty of this song: You can fly your pirate flag in your head, tack it up behind your computer at work, tattoo it under your skin – and no one has to know. Except you and your friends, the people who really matter!”
The song, which will ship digitally to radio on Jan 31, is a thrusting piece of power country that brings tempo to a boil without ever missing a beat. Emblematic of the songwriter/artist’s own will to sail his own course and to rock country his way, “Pirate Flag” also serves as a wake-up call for adventures to come.
“Even me and the band can’t just run off and pitch a tent on some island, as much as we love doing it,” admits the man whose sold last ten tours have done in excess of a million tickets. “I think that’s why when we hit the stage, we hit it so hard – and the fans, those people from the No Shoes Nation, throw it back at us even harder. Because for us, that mutiny against real life happens in the music, happens at the shows, happens when all get together.”
With his No Shoes Nation tour kicking off Mach 16 in Tampa, Fl, Chesney is ready to hoist the flag and shiver some timbers. And with “Pirate Flag,” he’s got just the song to do it. Though nothing like rest of the April 30 album it comes from, it’s the perfect song to launch a summer full of good times, great friends and awesome music.

BLAKE SHELTON RE-OPENS HIS BIG MOUTH ROUND #3

BLAKE SHELTON RE-OPENS HIS BIG MOUTH
ROUND #3

REMEMBER SOMETHING SHELTON, “WE DON’T FORGET AND WE WON’T FORGET.”

If Shelton can continue to voice his opinion for his remarks regarding fans and artists as old farts and jackasses, then it is open season for everyone to be able to comment also, and you can bet I am going to have my say whether his fans or  friends like it or not.  Here is some advice for Shelton from a person who knows the true meaning of leadership and knowledge in country music industry or any genre, and sent it to me this morning.  There are schools that teach leadership rules, but the problem is that Shelton, would not be able to drink or cuss during class, so that leaves him out of this school.  His school is more like a reform school.

Mr. BS ... "Crude words from an ignorant man should remind one to never miss a good chance to shut up."

In all of the years that there has been awards for “Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year,’ those that were winners led by example, not by making remarks towards the industry as Shelton has done.  Shelton does not fit into this category and never has or never will.  Entertainer of the Year is a voted award, and if drinking on stage, cussing, and being one of the guys makes someone Entertainer of the Year, then Shelton does fit that mold.  What he is doing now is showing his immaturity by continuing to debate what he said.  He knows he is wrong and the best thing for him to do is step down from his self-made high perch and graciously come forward with a sincere apology, which his sincerity will be in question for many years, to all of the fans and artists that he has designated without reason.  He has no excuse for what he said-none whatsoever. 

I don’t give a damn what Chris Young said to support his “ole buddy” or what McBride said about knowing where his heart is.  If all of those who support him know him so well, then they should come forward and let him know that he has breached his promise of how much he loves country music, by what he said in his remark on the GAC interview.  People like Martina and Reba and his older artists “buddies” need to go behind closed doors with this idiot and set him down and explain to him that what he said was not the proper comment from one who believes he is a leader because of certain awards.  So far I guess they do not want to get into this ring of debate, or evidently they support him.  There is not happy medium with this issue.  How can anyone insult the older artist and the fans?  It might be time for George Jones to come forward and have a talk with Shelton. It would also be nice for other pure traditionalists such as Alan Jackson and George Strait to come forward and let Shelton know that mistakes can be corrected, but not by saying that he stands by his statement and that he “meant every word he said.”  It is obvious that Mr. Crude Mouth is looking for confrontation for more media attention, and he is going to get it no doubt, but I hope it takes a large bite out of his career.  The TV show Voice is only good for so long.   Shelton must be getting incorrect management guidance, and no doubt he believes everything they are telling him just like his fans.  He seems as though he cannot accept the fact that he has said something wrong, or does he really give a damn.  I THINK NOT.

Shelton reminds me of our President, who “tell us what ‘he’ is GOING TO DO, NOT WHAT HE SHOULD DO.”  And if Shelton thinks that because of his awards, he is going to lead country music to the promised land, he needs to rethink.  The only promised land that Shelton will ever know is the one that was in a song.  There is no doubt in my mind that Shelton is trying to smash a wedge between the past and the future.  And old saying from Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart, which I wonder if he knows these two old farts and jackasses, surely holds true in this case.  “Sometimes for the sake of the future, we need to look at the past.”  Shelton is afraid of the past because he never knew it.

Country Music has been up and down several times in past years, just like any other genre, but Blake Shelton is not going to be the one who will make country music go forward.  The last one to make an impact on our music was GARTH BROOKS, and he certainly done it by example, something Shelton would do well to study about. 

The following are some of Shelton’s latest quotes, and also quotes from some of his friends: 

Ø  “Whoa!!! I heard I offended one of my all time favorite artists Ray Price by my statement “Nobody wants to listen to their grandpas music.” And probably some other things from that same interview on GAC Backstory. I hate that I upset him. The truth is my statement was and STILL is about how we as the new generation of country artists have to keep re-inventing country music to keep it popular. Just EXACTLY the way Mr. Price did along hid [sic] journey as a main stream country artist. Pushing the boundaries with his records. “For The Good Times” is a perfect example with the introduction of a bigger orchestrated sound in country music. It was new and awesome!!! I absolutely have no doubt I could have worded it better(as always ha!) and I apologize to Mr. Price and any other heroes of mine that it may offended. I meant every word I said. Country music is my life and it’s [sic] future AND past is important to me. I’ll put my [love] and respect and knowledge about it up against anybody out there. ANYBODY!!!
Ø  "What an interesting day," he wrote. "Turns out I have a lot of friends in this industry that refuse to jump on any band wagon and turn their back on me. And a handful that have no problem doing it...Publicity can make people do and say anything I guess... Oh well. Good news for me is... I don't forget and won't forget."

Ø  "I absolutely have no doubt I could have worded it better (as always ha!), and I apologize to Mr. Price and any other heroes of mine that it may offended. I meant every word I said."

Ø  "Love what you meant by your quote buddy,"Chris Young wrote. "Know how much you love country music history. Love your music brother and who you are."

Ø  Shelton also shared words of support he'd received from friends on Twitter, including Martina McBride, who wrote, "Just catching up on this. We all know where your heart is Blake. Love you.”

Ø  And here is another quote from one of the greatest songwriters country music will ever have, Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock.  Braddock was instrumental in the success that Shelton has enjoyed up to this point, but I have put in bold letters my disagreement with Bobby’s assessment in part of Shelton’s comment which was on facebook:  The following is part of Bobby’s comment:

Ø  I think his point recently was that to be viable, country music has to keep reinventing itself.   It’s clear from his statements that he’s terribly sorry that he’s offended his heroes like Ray PriceI think what’s controversial is not what he said but the way he said it. That was just Blake being Blake, going for the outrageous and trying to get a rise out of people.

Ø  I agree with Bobby that country music must reinvent itself, but that happens with leadership that can lead the music into a successful future. I disagree with Bobby, that Shelton is “terribly sorry”, because Shelton has made it clear that he meant every word of it, and that is a quote from BS himself.  You are correct Bobby in your thinking that it is the way he said it, and he would have better off if he had kept his mouth shut about being that controversial.  It did nothing to move country music forward, just caused a lot of dissention and hard feelings with older fans and artists.  His remark is not going to sell him anymore CD’s, and if trying to get a rise out of people is what he wanted, how in the world can this man believe he could be a leader.  He couldn’t lead a camel to water.

And the following are some of the quotes from those who disagree and were hurt by what Shelton said, and there will be more as this debate continues:

Jean Shepard, member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame had a comment on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry this past Friday night as follows:  “We’ve got a young man in country music who has made some pretty dumb statements lately. What did he say?  That traditional country music is for old farts and jack-you-know-whats? Well, I guess that makes me an old fart.  I love country music. I won’t tell you what his name is….but his initials is BS….and he’s full of it!”

The following letter was sent to me from Leona Williams and she has given me permission to include it in my editorial.  I do not think I can put into words what Leona has written in her letter.  Blake Shelton has tarnished his star and damaged his relationship with many artists.  The people that know Leona Williams know how much she loves country music, and she never comes forward to speak out against anything or anyone.  If she has something to say controversial, she says it to those that are close to her, where I spit it out to all those who need to hear.  Leona has come forward because she was hurt by Shelton’s comments. 

I wonder why all of those artists who were included in Shelton’s remarks who labeled them Ole F---ts and J----sses have not come forward with their views. 

If anyone traces Shelton’s past career you will find that he has caused himself several other problems because of his controversial comments, his trashy mouth, his arrogance, and compiled with his enormous ego, have brought him to his period of his career where he has made it difficult to want to like him for any reason, except for those who don’t care what he says.  I don’t think he understand that putting bouquets on one’s own shoulders is something that is not conducive toward having a group of people endorse him as a leader.

My last comment in Round #3, and no doubt there will be a Round #4, is my question to him as follows:  When you were asked to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry, which you accepted, that induction as a new member, came with a responsibility to uphold the music that you stated and I am quoting you,  I’ll put my [love] and respect and knowledge about it up against anybody out there. ANYBODY!!!”  And isn’t it true that you have failed to make one appearance on the Opry.  Oh I forgot, you are now a major TV star, and making six figures on your personal appearances, so you cannot find time to join your fans, old buddies, old farts and jackasses, at the Opry with an appearance.  So Blake, just how much do you love country music???? The Opry uses your name to add to its roster as a promotional tool, and you use them for whatever reason I do not know-I guess as a status symbol (?), but you both deserve each other.
I realize my editorial is long, but there is no way to shorten this issue because BS cannot look into a mirror for fear of what he will see, and he cannot handle people that tell him he is wrong, so he is going to fight because he cannot handle being wrong.  No one wants to be a winner in something that should never have brought this gotten to this point, but there does not need to be a winner, just the fact that Blake Shelton has not done anything to help country music by his remark or example, should be enough that music has to find common ground to make things better, but not with Shelton as one of its leaders.
I sincerely hope that after you read this editorial that you will add your comments on facebook, twitter, or just come forward and speak your mind, but to let Shelton off of the hook will give him the added assurance that he can say what he wants, when he wants, and to who he wants.  AND THAT IS WRONG.  Give him enough rope and you know the rest of that line…..
Marty Martel©

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Country Music News International Newsletter February 24. 2017

Country Music News International Newsletter February 24. 2017 Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News In...

Country Music News International Newsletter February 22. 2017

Country Music News International Newsletter February 22. 2017 Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News In...

Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Lauren Alaina, Big & Rich, Lee Brice, Kane Brown, Brothers Osborne, Josh Abbott Band, Maren Morris, Jake Owen, Michael Ray, High Valley, Brett Young And More

JASON ALDEAN, ERIC CHURCH AND SAM HUNT LEAD THE WAY TO VEGAS' FOURTH ANNUAL ROUTE 91 HARVEST FESTIVAL   Lauren Alaina, Big &am...

Country Music News International Newsletter February 23. 2017

Country Music News International Newsletter February 23. 2017 Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News I...

CD Review: Stephanie Grace – Life Is Okay

Stephanie Grace – Life Is Okay The album consists of 6 songs: Too Young, Life Is Okay, How’s That Working For Ya, Wait a Minute...

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