Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TRIPLE PLAY AWARDS AT ANNUAL SONGWRITERS LUNCHEON


CMA PRESENTS TRIPLE PLAY AWARDS AT ANNUAL SONGWRITERS LUNCHEON

During the Luncheon, CMA Chairman Troy Tomlinson Announces $250,000 CMA Foundation Donation to Help Construct the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the new Music City Center
NASHVILLE – Third time’s the charm at the annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon with the presentation of the CMA Triple Play Awards, which honor songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12-month period. During the event held today at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, a dozen songwriters received the three-peat trophy from CMA Board Chairman Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville.
“People from all over the world recognize that Nashville is not only Music City, but the epicenter of the songwriting community,” said Tomlinson. “CMA celebrates this important membership group. The presentation of the Triple Play Awards is just another example of CMA’s commitment to honoring the creators of song.”
“Nashville is legendary for its songwriters and CMA is proud to recognize this important segment of our industry,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It is an honor to present these songwriters and songwriting artists with the Triple Play Award and acknowledge this incredible accomplishment and their significant contributions to our format.”
Attending today’s luncheon were Dierks Bentley, Rodney Clawson, Brantley Gilbert, Ben Hayslip, Josh Kear, Shane McAnally, Eric Paslay, Neil Thrasher, and Chris Young. Also in attendance were hit tunesmiths from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, as well as songwriter members of CMA and representatives of some of the most successful publishers in Music City.
Recognizing excellence is central to CMA’s mission and the Association recognizes songwriters throughout the year with the CMA Award for Song of the Year, which is presented on the annual broadcast to the winning songwriters, and the creation of a rotating category for songwriters in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.
In addition, the CMA Board of Directors created and launched the CMA Songwriter Series in 2005 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, which has grown to include shows in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. In 2012, the series expanded to the U.K. and Ireland and will be going back for a second time in February. On March 1, the Songwriter Series will take place in Paris for the first time as part of the CMA International Marketing Summit.
In alphabetical order, the recipients of CMA’s Triple Play Award:
  • Dierks Bentley: “Am I The Only One,” “Home,” “5-1-5-0”
  • Rodney Clawson: “Drink On It,” “Drunk On You,” “Take A Little Ride”
  • Eric Church: “Drink In My Hand,” “Springsteen,” “Creepin’”
  • Brantley Gilbert: “Dirt Road Anthem,” “Country Must Be Country Wide” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”
  • Ben Hayslip: “Honey Bee,” “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”
  • Dave Haywood: “Just A Kiss,” “We Owned The Night,” “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”
  • Josh Kear: “Dancin’ Away With My Heart,” “Drunk On You,” “Blown Away”
  • Charles Kelley: “Just A Kiss,” “We Owned The Night.” “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”
  • Shane McAnally: “Alone With You,” “Come Over,” “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
  • Eric Paslay: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” “Angel Eyes”
  • Neil Thrasher: “Tattoos On This Town,” “Banjo,” “Fly Over States”
  • Chris Young: “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “You”
“I'm so grateful to be a part of the Nashville family,” said Paslay. “One of my biggest dreams was to have a song on Country radio. Getting a No. 1 was sugar on top. Being honored by the CMA with a Triple Play Award has made 2012 the sweetest year of my life so far!”  
“Considering my love for Country Music and my lifelong dream to have songs on the radio, I am blown away by the idea that I would have a No. 1 at all, much less three in one year,” said McAnally.  
During the luncheon, Tomlinson also presented a $250,000 donation from the CMA Foundation to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation to help construct the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the new Music City Center and “Songwriters Square,” an exterior plaza and walkway leading into the state-of-the-art Center, which will be engraved with the names of Songwriters Hall of Fame members and the titles of their most beloved compositions.
About CMA
More than 11,000 industry professionals and companies around the globe are members of the Country Music Association. Formed in 1958 as the first trade association for a single genre of music, the organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry while advancing the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core events – CMA Music Festival and the CMA Music Festival television special, “CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock”; the annual CMA Awards, which are recognized as Country Music’s Biggest Night™; and CMA’s newest TV property, “CMA Country Christmas.” All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television Network through 2021. For more information about CMA visit www.CMAworld.com.

Pirate Flag USA TODAY

Chesney’s “Pirate Flag” Flies at USA TODAY

Rebel Anthem’s Their Song of the Week FIVE Days Before Release>/strong>
Nashville: When Kenny Chesney heard “Pirate Flag,” he knew it was an anthem for his No Shoes Nation. With its driving beat, the David Lee Murphy/Ross Copperman song of eschewing it all struck a chord with the 4 consecutive Academy of Country Music and 4 time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year who’s made a career out of coloring outside the obvious – and his instincts have been validated by USA Today five days before “Pirate Flag” even hits the airwaves.
Crowning this week’s Grammy walk-up Playlist from critic Elysa Gardner is the designation of “Pirate Flag” as USA Today’s Song of the Week. Critic at large Brian Mansfield writes, “Country's island boy hoists his Jolly Roger on his new single, which hits radio Friday, hopping an ocean-bound bus out of a Smoky Mountain small town and transforming himself into a rum-soaked renegade. With its mandolin, tin-whistle sound and classic-rock guitar riffs, this pseudo-shanty is the first volley from Chesney's next album, out April 30.”
“Every now and then, you come upon a song that says everything you feel,” Chesney admits with a laugh. “For me, when I heard it, I just went, ‘Yeah…’ Because it captures the way freedom feels, that pumping in your blood when you know you’ve got two days and nobody to answer to.
“I’m glad to know USA Today hears what I felt… It’s easy to just shrug stuff off, act like ‘Been there, done that.’ But sometimes you’ve got something, and it won’t let go. I guess they sense that hold (this song has), too.”
With its big beats, slithering electric guitar solo and insistent down-stroke on the mandolin, this is industrial country with enough bluegrass tempering the Tom Petty-esque arrangement to add heft to the swaggering song of escape and freedom from the daily grind.
“There are so many expectations, so much responsibility. Sometimes you just wanna say, ‘Forget it…’ and run hard at whatever makes you happy. That’s what this song is all about. Even the beat is this driving thing that moves you to where you wanna be. I think everybody’s been there. Even if you’re trapped in a 9-to-5 that drags on ‘til 8 or 9, ‘Pirate Flag’ can be as much a state of mind as being out on the high seas.”
Hard at work putting the finishing touches on his largely self-penned April 30th Blue Chair/Columbia release, the songwriter/entertainer is gearing up for another summer of stadiums, sheds and arenas. Look for the “Pirate Flag” to fly March 16 at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the No Shoes Nation Tour kicks off for what promises to be a long chill summer…

THOUGHTS ON BLAKE SHELTON

MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS ON BLAKE SHELTON’S
CONTROVERSIAL REMARKS

What bothers me the most about Shelton’s remarks in his GAC interview, is that the older artists and fans realize that time changes all things in life, at least most all things, and the older artists realize that changes are going to take place whether they like it or not, but for Shelton to blatantly throw it right in their face was inconsiderate, cruel, and unkind, coming from the Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist.  These artists know that the changes in country music have not been done to make the music better, but it sure has made the newer artists more money than they have ever seen, and with success it has made some of them build an ego that is almost disrespectful to the country music industry.  Ego’s are part of being in the entertainment business, but in the case of Shelton, it has caused a breach in the past, present, and no doubt the future. 

Shelton is a grown adult as most of the newer artists are, so there is no reason for any of them to think that they will make the country music industry a better place for the artists of this time and of the future, by making statements such as Shelton that can only injure the country music industry and there is no place for these remarks in our industry.  I am not sure if Shelton will recover totally from his negative comments.

The one artist who I thought would come forward is Brad Paisley because of his love of country music and the legends who have made it so good for him.  I have always praised him for the way that he treats Little Jimmy Dickens and they are special friends, but Brad has always been loyal to his roots of country music and respectful to what the legends have done during their careers, and many of the legends are still having remarkable careers.   

It has come to my attention that Shelton has personally apologized to Ray Price, and Ray has accepted his apologies and wishes Shelton the best of luck in his career.  Ray said he hopes that his statements will not hurt Shelton’s career.

Shelton is a great artist when he uses his mouth to sing his songs, and I hope that he will have learned a very valuable lesson to be cautious of what he feels he must say in public.  To take away from his singing would be wrong for anyone, as long as he just sings.  We will see how much of a fallout will affect him personally.

I truly hope there will not be a Round #4.

Marty Martel©

JACKSON DELANEY RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM

FROM A FIELD OF DREAMS TO A DREAM CAREER
JACKSON DELANEY RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM
Delaney Makes Introductions Official At 
Country Radio With “Shotgun Wedding”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 29, 2013) – June Bug Records’ Jackson Delaney revitalizes the Outlaw Country movement, an art form of days gone by, in his self-titled, six-track LP scheduled for official release April 9, 2013. Produced by Gary Hannan, and featuring tracks written by Eddie Montgomery, Troy Gentry, Dave Gibson, Ray Scott and more, JACKSON DELANEY** is complete with love stories, tongue-and-cheek tunes and deep, provoking compositions, and showcases his radio debut single entitled “Shotgun Wedding.”

A baseball pitcher hailing from the small town of Southington, Ohio with a “field of dreams” before him, Jackson Delaney suffered a shoulder injury that closed the door to a promising professional baseball career. He hung his cleats, picked up the guitar and turned toward an alternate passion to shine under a different spotlight--to become a career-recording artist.

“The power and influence of music is undeniable; I didn’t choose music, music chose me,” Jackson Delaney introduced. “I was blessed to be able to walk right into another passion that just seemed to be waiting for me. When I arrived in Nashville, I stopped to have a beer; I’ve been playing that pub now for four years!”

Delaney’s distinctive voice reveals the rare ability to authenticate and translate music into stories with every resonating lyric and note. Delaney is a “story guy” who “moves” emotion…to break a heart, swoon in love or chug a beer. Dubbed the "epitome of the real deal," his music is steeped in the foundation laid before him by Waylon, Cash and Haggard—sounds from a distant past that country fans long to hear.

The hurler’s premiere album showcases the diverse range of talent that resides within this all-star caliber artist and beams from the singer’s good ole boy, baritone chops. The Outlaw rock anthem, “Shotgun Wedding,” (written by Gary Hannan, Eddie Montgomery and Phil O’Donnell and set to hit radio airwaves in April--PlayMPE/February 18 • CDX/March 4) tells the story of a fearful young groom as he steps to the altar with judgment and scorn upon his cold feet. The up-tempo banjo pulls the trigger to set the stage for “love and a baby carriage” while co-writer Eddie Montgomery’s signature screaming guitar licks hit the target and the percussion heartbeat elevate the anticipation of the chorus to surmise the fearful lad’s final decision: “Will the father-to-be turn and run or enter eternal marital bliss?”

With steady rhythms, infectious riffs and poignant lyrics penned in cuts like “Ugly, Lucky And Me,” “Long Black Cadillac,” “Good Drugs” and “You Make Me Wanna,” Delaney is in the running to join the circles occupied by our modern-day “outlaws” (Jamey Johnson, Eric Lee Beddingfield and
Levi Lowrey). Surrounded by some of Nashville’s most respected songwriters (Dave Gibson,
Gary Hannan, Eddie Montgomery, Phil O’Donnell and Chris Wallin), Delaney’s self-titled release is on deck to be an out-of-the-park, homerun in the country music format.

JACKSON DELANEY will be available via all major Internet outlets. Radio Promotion (“Shotgun Wedding”) will be headed by Grassroots Promotion, Nashville. For more information on Jackson Delaney, visit jacksondelaney.com.

Bucky Covington Blazes a Path toward Fire Safety


Bucky Covington Blazes a Path toward Fire Safety
By Bob Doerschuk
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Spectacular entrances are traditional at the CMA Awards along the Macy’s Walk of Stars, but it’s safe to say no one will soon top the 2012 arrival of Bucky Covington, who showed up aboard a vintage Nashville Fire Department truck as red flashers whirled.
Aside from fulfilling every kid’s fantasy, Covington chose this vehicle to inspire support for firefighters who lost their lives or suffered debilitating injuries while on the job.
This story begins about a year ago, when the young singer got involved with Help the Good Guys, which supports the families of firefighters and police officers killed or injured in the line of duty. “The first guy I met through them was Brad Dean, a carpenter who volunteered with the fire department in Birmingham, Ala.,” he recalled. “Fifty percent of his body from the waist down had been burned in a fire, which made it impossible for him to work.”
Covington gets emotional when he talks about these people — these “heroes,” as he calls them. So it was only natural that he would connect with Kidde, the world’s largest manufacturer of residential fire safety products. His reasoning, that effective alarm systems could help prevent further death and injuries, dovetailed with Kidde’s philosophy.
“We want to raise awareness that not only do families need to replace the batteries in the smoke alarms they have, but that there are also technologies out there that make it possible for families to not worry about it,” said Heather Caldwell, Communications Manager, Kidde. “We launched a new line of sealed lithium battery smoke alarms on Nov. 1 — conveniently, CMA Awards day — whose batteries last for a full 10 years.”
With Covington signed on as spokesperson in conjunction with nonprofit organizations the National Firefighters Foundation and Help the Good Guys, Kidde launched the “Be a Hero/Save a Hero” campaign. Through television spots and PSAs produced by ABC, aired in select markets during CMA Awards week in November, and continuing on select ABC stations, CMT, Facebook and Twitter through December, viewers were encouraged to visit AlarmPledge.com and promise to install, regularly test and eventually replace smoke alarms at home. For every pledge ”shared” and ”liked,” Kidde donated up to $10,000 to each partner nonprofit.
“This is a truly collaborative campaign, with CMA and ABC putting this together,” said Debra O’Connell, Senior VP, Advertising Sales, ABC National TV Sales. “We certainly feel that the presence and excitement around the Macy’s Walk of Stars is the best way to kick off this program.”
“It takes money to run every charity out there,” Covington said. “But first you’ve got to get the awareness out there. I’m a Country Music singer, so I can bring that awareness and that will help bring immediate financial relief for firefighters and their families. That’s a lot better than strapping on a guitar, singing 12 songs, saying’ Thank you! Good night!’ and then you’re on the bus to the next town.”
On the Web: BuckyCovington.com; HelpTheGoodGuys.com; Kidde.com

Big Joe Turner – Rocks

Big Joe Turner – Rocks

1. Jump for Joy 2:08 2.) Well All Right 2:29 3.) Flip Flop and Fly 2:47 4.) Love Roller Coaster 1:57 5.) Honey Hush 2:40 6.) I Need a Girl 1:59 7.) Lipstick Powder and Paint 2:31 8.) TV Mamma 2:48 9.) Hide & Seek 2:43 10.)Adam Bit the Apple 2:48 11.)My Gal’s a Jockey 3:13 12. )Feelin’ Happy 2:14 13.) Jumpin’ Tonight 2:23 14.) Shake Rattle and Roll 3:00 15.) Boogie Woogie Country Girl 2:39 16.)Teenage Letter 2:29 17.)Corrine Corrina 2:55 18.)Midnight Cannonball 2:39 19.)Bump Miss Suzie 2:23 20.) Crawdad Hole 2:36 21.)Morning Noon and Night 2:41 22.) Rock a While 2:02 23.)Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop 2:47 24.)The Chicken and the Hawk 2:39 25.)Roll ‘em Pete 2:56 26.)Rebecca 2:46 27.)Around the Clock – Part 1 1:51
28.)Part 2 1:43

It’s the early 1930’s, the Kansas City Jazz scene is becoming legendary as the sidewalks flash with nightclub acts and the bulbs dazzle with dames beneath. The pianos don’t ring differently in this “separate but equal” scene, nor do the silver and gold horns notice any other color as they blare their way through the swinging doors and push onto the streets.
Being a ‘jazz tourist’ new to this town, you want to feel it out and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. You’ve heard of a place called ‘The Sunset’ run by a fella named Piney Brown. After meandering down the street looking for it, you find it. As the door swings open you don’t miss a step. It’s dark and has that low-down jazz and blues smell to it. The patrons inside kinda glare at you like you’re the new kid in school, like it’s about time that you learned this lesson, like you better prepare yourself for a serious beating.
You make your way to the bar, pull up a barstool, and order a drink. The snare taps a beat, the bass enters, then a saxophone creates a lonely red shadow. You peer through the smoke as it breathes to the crawling rhythm. You can make out the instruments, the musicians as they toil with them, and an abandoned microphone. “That’s kinda odd.” You think to yourself.
Here ya go mister,” The bartender says as he slides over the drink. He’s polite enough, gotta real deep voice, “Neva seen ya in here before.”
He’s almost chuckling as he says it, “like there’s some-in’ funny about a guy staring at a singerless band in this town.” Now your lips are movin’ as you’re thinkin’ out loud.
All of a sudden he jumps up, pushes his forearms forcefully against the bar rail and leaps across it. He scurries around the tables, almost knocking a few candles over on the way, climbs onto the stage, grabs the microphone, and begins to place words on the snare beat. He’s known as The Singing Barman. His name is Joseph Vernon Turner, or what the world will forever know him as ‘Big Joe Turner.’
Big Joe Turner Rocks is a collection of his hits that spanned six decades. Over that time Big Joe Turner had 19 songs that were hits on the R&B charts in the U.S. He also had two songs that made it onto the pop charts. Most musicians agree that without his music there would probably never be rock and roll. He shared the stage with Fats Domino, Bo Didley, Dizzy Gilespie, Count Bassie, and Roy Eldridge(just to name a few). Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley, and Elvis Presley performed covers of his music. He was even credited with inspiring The Beatles, and Bob Dylan. He combined Boogie Woogie and R&B to create a style called ‘Jump Blues.’ Pete Johnson was the pianist for much of his work during his career. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1987.
The album begins with the song Jump for Joy. The moment the song started, I recognized the sound just like I had heard it before. Well All Right, the second song on the album is where the stand- up bass, the tenor saxophone, and the snare drum really make their presence known.
Flip Flop and Fly is a song that’ll bring any music lover back home to the land of swing and big band performances. Love Roller Coaster, Honey Hush, Lipstick Powder and Pain, keep that feeling alive.
Even though it was Big Joe Turner who created the song Shake, Rattle, and Roll his lyrics were a bit too risky for the time to propel him into the fame that Bill Haley and Elvis enjoyed with their covers of it. A lot of the lyrics have very sexual connotations to them, as well as their titles. This album has a very wide variety to choose from. It has your New Orleans Jazz. It has that 1950’s ‘Bobby-Soxer sound’, it has Boogie Woogie, and it has Jump Blues which he was a main pioneer in.
Big Joe Turner Rocks is an essential album for any collection. The lyrics are original and truly poetic. When first sitting down to start listening and taking notes for this review, I quickly realized how so many of the songs that I grew up listening to, had been influenced by this man. It was not only a run down memory lane, but also a much needed music history 101 class. 

 Jeremy Frost

SARAH DARLING next BACHELOR of ABC’s HIT ROMANCE REALITY SERIES?

SARAH DARLING TO BE FEATURED IN
UPCOMING EPISODE OF ABC’s HIT ROMANCE REALITY SERIES THE BACHELOR
Home To Me EP Is Digitally Available Now

 
            Nashville, TN…(January 29, 2013)…Rising star Sarah Darling is the surprise musical guest for a one on one date on an upcoming episode of The Bachelor. The episode will feature a special “one-on-one date” where country music artist Sarah Darling performs a concert in Whitefish, Montana with the newest Bachelor, Sean Lowe. The episode is scheduled to air Monday, FEBRUARY 4, 2013, on ABC.
 
This season on The Bachelor, Sean, 29, the successful Dallas businessman and entrepreneur who charmed fans while wooing Bachelorette Emily Maynard, meets 26 potential soul mates and gets another shot at love as the Bachelor.  Sean was blindsided in the Caribbean island of Curaçao when Emily rejected him, and viewers saw the devastated Sean wrestling to make sense of her decision. Thankfully, Sean did not give up on his dream of love and he now knows with certainty that the time is right for him to risk it all again to try to find the right woman.  The Bachelor airs Mondays (8:00–10:01 p.m., ET/PT), on ABC.
 
ABOUT SARAH DARLING

Touted by the New York Times as a “sophisticated songwriter” with a “crisp, powerful voice,” Sarah Darling has found success with three consecutive #1 videos ("Something To Do With Your Hands," "Blackbird," and her current single, "Home To Me") and as a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry.  Available today, the Home To Me EP includes both the album and an acoustic version of the title track performed on The Bachelor.  This Valentine's Day, Sarah Darling joins Season 10 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery as they kick off the Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013.  Sarah is currently recording her forthcoming album with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts) and confidently making her mark on the country music scene as one to watch in 2013.  For more information and tour dates, follow Sarah Darling on Twitter @_SarahDarlingfacebook.com/OfficialSarahDarling and visit www. sarahdarling.com
The 17th season of The Bachelor, from Warner Horizon Television, airs Mondays 8/7c on ABC. For more information on The Bachelor, visit http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor.
 
ABOUT THE BACHELOR

On ABC’s hit primetime reality series The Bachelor, one lucky man is offered the chance to find true love. A single and eligible Bachelor embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know a bevy of beautiful bachelorettes, gradually narrowing the field to the one woman to whom he may propose marriage in the dramatic season finale. Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Closed Circuit Viewing Site Added For CRS 2013 New Faces of Country Music Show

Closed Circuit Viewing Site Added For
CRS 2013 New Faces of Country Music Show
 
Convention Center Event Created To Accommodate Overflow Crowd
 
(Nashville, TN - Jan 29th, 2013) Officials at the Country Radio Seminar have announced the addition of a closed circuit viewing site within the Nashville Convention Center to accommodate the overflow crowd resulting from the previously announced sold out New Faces of Country Music® Show.
 
All registrants who do not receive an assigned seat to the New Faces of Country Music® Show will receive a ticket to the viewing event, which will be held in room 204 and 205 of the Convention Center on Friday, March 1st, at 6:30 p.m.
 
As previously announced, the CRS 2013 New Faces performers are Easton Corbin, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Kip Moore.
 
According to CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne, “The creation of this viewing event will give every registrant a chance to see the New Faces Show. We have made arrangements for a large video wall, cash bar and seating.”
 
The New Faces Show sold out late last year and accommodations were made for a special after dinner seating section. This too, quickly filled up and necessitated the need for the creation of the closed circuit area.
 
Mayne further adds, “We are thrilled to be able to give everyone a chance to be part of our closing CRS event.”
 
All future registrations will receive a ticket to the viewing area.  The $499 Regular Rate registration expires Feb. 15.  On-Site registration increases to $599 effective Feb. 16. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com to register today.
 
For a full agenda and information on panels, speakers and performers at CRS 2013, visit www.CRB.org or contact 615-327-4487

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Love and Theft's Stephen Barker 29th Birthday

Love and Theft's Stephen Barker Liles Enjoys A Music And Fun-Filled 29th Birthday


(Nashville, TN – January 28, 2013) – Stephen Barker Liles, one half of hot Country duo Love and Theft, enjoyed an extended 29th Birthday celebration last week filled with music and friends.
On Wednesday, Stephen and Eric joined an "in the round" evening at the Bluebird Café, revered as a hallowed haunt for Nashville's best songwriters. Love and Theft played their #1 hit "Angel Eyes," current single, "Runnin' Out of Air," and revealed some new songs. Later, the group dined at a local hibachi grill.
Thursday was Stephen's actual birthday. First, he and Eric spent the day writing with The Warren Brothers, another dynamic duo who collaborated with Love and Theft on their current album. Later, Stephen was surprised by friends when he arrived home to find a house full of balloons with handwritten messages on each one. The party then moved to a karaoke club, where Stephen selected The Eagles “Seven Bridges Road" to sing.
"I like to find a reason to celebrate every day and since it was my birthday, I had extra incentive!" says Stephen with a grin. "But I gotta say, it was really special to spend time in town writing songs, resting and then getting such an awesome surprise from my friends. They put so much thought into showing me how much they care and it was incredible! We've been lucky enough to be able to travel and tour all over but times like this remind me of what a blessed life I have here in Nashville."
ABOUT RCA Nashville duo LOVE AND THEFT (Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson) are an ACM, ACA, CMA and CMT-nominated duo who released their self-titled album on RCA Nashville in July 2012. A true duo, Eric and Stephen share lead vocals throughout their album, which was produced by Josh Leo (Alabama, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). The LOVE AND THEFT album includes the Gold-Certified, #1 hit “Angel Eyes,” and current single, “Runnin’ Out of Air.” They have toured with Brad Paisley, Jake Owen and will join Tim McGraw on his "Two Lanes of Freedom" Tour In May 2013.
Love and Theft is currently nominated for “New Vocal Duo or Group,” one of three fan-voted newcomer awards. Fans can vote daily at VoteACM.com until Monday, February 4th (3:00pm EST). The winners will then compete for New Artist of the Year at the 48thAnnual Academy of Country Music Awards (Broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, April 7th, 2013).
Their latest single, “RUNNIN’ OUT OF AIR” is the second from the album Love and Theft (RCA Nashville). The song is a slinky Country rocker that describes the breathtaking intoxication of desire when the person you want is so good…and so bad. Penned by Matt Jenkins, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne, it has inspired industry insiders to call it a country hit flavored by The Eagles and Maroon 5.
Visit: www.LoveandTheft.com
Follow: @loveandtheft

Kenny Chesney Goes Heavy Metal

Kenny Chesney Goes Heavy Metal

“Come Over,” “The Good Stuff,” “No Shoes,” GH II Certified
Nashville: Music comes, music goes, only the most empowering endures. For Kenny Chesney, that means the new year is starting not just with the platinum certification for his surging entreaty for the inevitable post-break-up hook-up “Come Over,” but platinum recognition for his Greatest Hits II and golden certifications for “The Good Stuff” and “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” from his quadruple platinum No Shoes project.
“You hope when you record a song, it’s something the fans can live inside,” explains the four consecutive Academy of Country Music and four-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, “I’ve always tried to pick songs that felt true to who I am, how I’ve lived… or the people around me, and I think that since where I come from isn’t so different from anywhere else, it’s a safe bet other people have lived this stuff, too.
“If people can see themselves in these songs… especially ones like ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems’ and ‘The Good Stuff’… then I can feel good about it not just being a moment, but a truth. As a songwriter, that’s what you’re reaching for, and as a fan, it’s everything about what the songs that have marked my life meant to me.”
Starting with October’s gold certification of Welcome To The Fishbowl and the CMA Vocal Event of the Year “Feel Like A Rock Star” with good friend Tim McGraw, Chesney’s watched Greatest Hits II and “Come Over” mine platinum, while the new year saw “The Good Stuff “ and “No Shoes” both reach gold status. For a man who’s sold in excess of 30 million records, the notion that the music is still connecting is what really matters.
“I’ve always tried to speak for the people who don’t make the news, who don’t freak out or stand out,” Chesney says. “You know, there are a lot more people like us in the world, and I think that’s where life’s sweet spot really is. When I look at songs, I’m trying to figure what hasn’t been said, or needs to be said for people like us. Doing it like that, it’s never been ‘Is this a song for the ages?’ or ‘Is this a big ole hit?,’ but more, ‘Do I know somebody who’s been here?’ I think people can tell the difference. Maybe that’s why Greatest Hits II and ‘The Good Stuff’ are still selling.”
With a trip to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on March 12 as warm-up, Chesney kicks off his No Shoes Nation Tour of stadiums, amphitheaters and arenas March 16 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers. And listen for “Pirate Flag,” Chesney’s pulsing anthem of real life insurrection, to hit radio Jan. 31.

Lady Antebellum Career Downtown

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum's Lead Single "Downtown"
Marks Highest Career Chart Debut

Grammy Winning Trio to Debut "Downtown"
On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 
 
Nashville, TN – Jan. 28, 2013Capitol Nashville's Lady Antebellum claim the highest chart debut in their seven year career today with the release of "Downtown" from their upcoming fourth studio album.  With 109 radio stations adding the song to their playlists today, Lady A storms the charts at No. 25 on Billboard and No. 34 on Mediabase.  

"We really wanted to come out of the box on this album with some tempo and something with a little attitude," said Lady A's Charles Kelley.  "There are a lot of really driving sounds on the new record, and we're excited for everyone to hear what we've been working on…we are calling it our roll down the windows record.  All the support we're getting from our friends at radio is firing us up!   A huge thanks to them and to Dungan and the kickass promo team at Capitol Nashville!  Whiskey is on us!"

"Everyone at the label is as excited as our friends at country radio are about 'Downtown' and brand new music from Lady A," said SVP/Promotion Steve Hodges. "As we go into CRS, the ACM Awards and other events this Spring, we will be putting together some really special plans to introduce this incredible new music to the world."

Lady A will debut "Downtown" today on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on NBC and tape CMT Crossroads with iconic vocalist Stevie Nicks tomorrow in Los Angeles.

For more information, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

Gatlin Utilizes Video Smartphone App

LARRY GATLIN JOINS VIDDY
TO SHARE LIFE MOMENTS WITH FANS

Gatlin Utilizes Video Smartphone App to Give Fans Instant Peak into Daily Life,
15-seconds at a Time 

Nashville, Tenn. (January 28, 2013) – "First the earth cooled, then came the dinosaurs, then Twitter and Facebook and now Viddy... I'm in!" says Country music legend LARRY GATLIN upon posting his first VIDDY.  Gatlin is the latest country music star to join Viddy, the booming "video-Twitter" smartphone app that allows users to share intimate moments of their day-to-day lives, 15-seconds at a time.  Click here to view Gatlin's Viddy account.

Since recently joining, Gatlin has shared several video moments including a recent visit to Washington DC for the "Black Tie & Boots" Inaugural Ball, a sneak peak of the Gatlin Brothers in-studio teasing a new album, and... a haircut... yes, a haircut.

"Viddy is cool!" notes Gatlin.  "Even Papa Gatlin can do it... stay tuned!"

Viddy is available for free download on iPhone and Android smartphones.  Since debuting in 2011, the app has attracted some of the world's biggest celebrities including Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Usher, Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg and Jessica Alba.

About Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
The close family harmonies of Larry, Rudy and Steve Gatlin gave the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You).” The brothers won a GRAMMY Award for their 1976 breakthrough hit, “Broken Lady,” and reached #1 with “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love” two years later. Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies – Single of the Year (“All The Gold In California”), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin, also a talented songwriter who composed all of the group’s singles. To date, the brothers hold 36 Top 40 Hits to their credit.

For more information on Viddy, visit www.viddy.com.

For more information on Larry Gatlin, visit www.gatlinbrothers.com.

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