Thursday, January 31, 2013


Photo Courtesy: Syco Music/RCA Nashville
Pepsi to Debut Stevens’ New Music Video for “Holler If You’re With Me” During Awards Show; Song Available for Download Beginning February 5 on iTunes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belton, Missouri native Tate Stevens captivated viewers worldwide on FOX’s The X Factor Season 2 with his emotive and powerful country vocal performances—never placing less than second throughout the entire competition. Now, from appearances on one star-studded stage to the next, Stevens will unveil a first look of his debut music video for the song “Holler If You’re With Me,” at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 10 on CBS at 8 p.m. EST/PST. The new music video will debut during the GRAMMY broadcast complements of The X Factor sponsor Pepsi, as part of the grand prize awarded to Stevens in addition to his $5 million recording contract with Syco Music/RCA Nashville. Additionally, the song, “Holler If You’re With Me,” will be available for download on iTunes beginning Tuesday, February 5.
Starting out the competition as a 37-year-old blue collar construction worker with humble roots and a seemingly far-fetched dream of becoming a country music superstar, Stevens’ recent win on The X Factor proved to the world that in fact, dreams do come true. “Things are moving very fast since the finale of X Factor, and we’re already laying down tracks for my new album that will be out this spring. I truly feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity,” Stevens says.
Viewers of the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards can expect the new video “Holler If You’re With Me” to be what Stevens calls “a feel good anthem song,” and the accompanying video to encompass the picturesque scenery of Simi Valley, Calif. “Having chased this dream for nearly a decade, I was certainly familiar with the concept of a music video, but I had no idea what to expect. In spite of the 50 mph winds, everyone on the set had a great time. It’s a party song and so it was only fitting that we threw a party! I’m sure more than a few folks watching the GRAMMYs at home can relate,” Stevens says beaming.
As spring approaches, Stevens is gearing up for the release of his debut country album, which he says will have an overall upbeat, feel-good tone. A true singer’s singer and songwriter, he plans to write many of the songs on the record, teaming up with Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Shane Minor and David Lee Murphy. Renowned Nashville producer, Blake Chancey, will produce the record.
Included in his co-writes for the album, Stevens recently collaborated with his long-time idol, country singer/songwriter Joe Diffie. “The moment I sat down in that room with Joe it hit me – this is my life now, this is my chance to follow in the path of my heroes and make my own unique mark on the genre – and that’s exactly what I plan to do.”
Stay tuned for updates and the latest career happenings by visiting or follow him on Twitter @tatestevensctry.
Syco Entertainment is a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music and is one of the world’s leading global music and television production companies responsible for some of the world’s most successful global TV and music franchises.  Syco Entertainment is also the world most successful producer of international talent with Syco Music being the record label home for such diverse international recording artists as Labrinth, One Direction, Cher Lloyd, Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Little Mix, and Il Divo as well as other artists discovered through Syco TV series’ including Melanie Amaro, Jackie Evancho, JLS, Olly Murs, Diana Vickers, Alexandra Burke, Jonathan and Charlotte, Chris Rene, Loveable Rogues and Rebecca Ferguson. Syco’s television assets include the global franchises The X Factor and Got Talent. The X Factor was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia. Local versions of The X Factor are produced in more than 41 territories and the US version of The X Factor airs in over 166 countries. Artists discovered by The X Factor format have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 number ones, 270 top 10, and 501 top 50 releases. During 2012 Got Talent became the world’s biggest selling TV format and is now commissioned in 52 countries as a local format.  The US version, America’s Got Talent, is NBC’s leading summer entertainment format and additionally airs in 152 countries.
Artists discovered by The X Factor format have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 No. 1, 270 Top 10 and 501 Top 50 releases. Local versions of The X Factor are now produced in more than 40 territories and the series has won numerous accolades worldwide, including three BAFTA’s, numerous NTA’s, as well as the coveted Rose d’Or.  The X Factor USA airs in 166 countries. In the U.S., Season 1 of The X Factor was FOX’s No. 1 new series launch for four years in total viewers and was FOX’s highest-rated Wednesday night premiere in 13 years among adults 18-49. The show averaged a 4.3/12 among Adults 18-49, with an average 12.6 million viewers. Season 1 of The X Factor received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or a Special, and Season 2 won a People’s Choice Award for Best TV Competition Show.
The X Factor was also the most social television show of 2011, achieving more than three billion digital impressions .X FACTOR won a 2012 Cannes Digital Lion for Branded Content and swept the Social TV awards, winning Best TV Show Specific Social TV Award, Best Social TV Integration of Twitter and Best of Show Social TV Award for overall excellence in Social TV.  Season 2 of The X Factor was the #1 most social TV show of 2012, with the season premier having 1.4MM social comments, making it the most talked about premier for a TV series ever. The X Factor-Wednesday ranks #1 among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Teens, Women 18-49/18-34, Female Teens and Men 18-49/18-34. The X Factor-Thursday ranks #1 among Teens and Women 18-34. The X Factor USA official YouTube channel has over half a billion views, and The X Factor continues to break social TV records with the most fan engagement of any series on television with five times the social activity of its competitors. Each episode consistently achieved more Twitter trending topics than the competition averaging 87 per show.



Larry Serves up a Pan-Full of Homemade Goodness
at RFD’s Top-Rated Show

Nashville, Tenn. (January 31, 2013) – As one of the top-rated shows on the RFD television network, Larry’s Country Diner reaches  1.4 million people each and every month.  A unique down-home variety show, “Larry’s Country Diner” in just over three short years has become a favorite “eatery” of country fans everywhere. This month’s shows feature country music performances served up by the stars of yesterday and today, which will melt hearts across the country.  With the addition of “Larry’s Country Diner” to the FamilyNet channel line-up, even more families will fall in love with “Larry’s Country Diner” and its cast of characters.

You can catch a new show every week in February on the RFD network:

Week of
Feb.   7:   Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Feb. 14:   Charlie Daniels
Feb. 21:   The Church Sisters with Carl Jackson
Feb. 28:   The Texas Tenors
Air times for “Larry’s Country Diner” are Thursday night at 7 PM CT/8 PM ET, Friday morning at 9 AM CT/10 AM ET, or Saturday evening from 10 PM CT/11 PM ET.  For more information on “Larry’s Country Diner,” please visit

Taped in front of a live studio/diner audience at NorthStar Studios (3201 Dickerson Pike, Nashville), the show’s spontaneity is part of the mystique of “Larry’s Country Diner” which contributes greatly to its success.  “Love” is a main ingredient in each and every episode and the stars “love” appearing on the shows. The fans “love” watching the wholesome programming.

Larry’s Country Diner is a unique down-home variety show which integrates entertainment, interviews and music in a weekly format, taped LIVE in front of a studio audience in a country diner setting.  The show features regular characters including Black, Keith Bilbrey, Sheriff Jimmy Capps, Waitress Renae and avid church lady, Nadine along with special guest appearances by country music artists of yesterday and today.  Since its initial airing on August 3, 2009, Larry’s Country Diner has produced over 100 episodes and has become one of the most popular shows on RFD television, garnering 1.4 million viewers monthly.  The show can also be seen on FamilyNet, check your local listings. For more information, please visit

Larry’s Country Diner is a product of Gabriel Communications.  Owned and operated by longtime disc jockey Larry Black, Gabriel Communications was created in 1996 and specialized in “Reunion” videos. The success of these videos spurred the creation of more than a dozen more projects featuring hundreds of songs and stories as well as Country’s Family Reunion News, a monthly newspaper which highlights the music of yesteryear.  For more information on Country Family Reunion products, please visit:

Kenny Chesney Releases Life On A Rock April 30

Kenny Chesney Releases Life On A Rock April 30

For Kenny Chesney, It’s All About Life On A Rock
Luttrell, Tennessean Wrote 8 of 10 Songs for the 4/30 Release
Nashville, TN: With “Pirate Flag” beaming out at the stroke of midnight, Kenny Chesney figured the time was right to release the title of his much anticipated April 30 Blue Chair/Columbia release. Life On A Rock, co-produced with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, captures the thematic core of the 10 song set that’s been recorded and mixed in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Jamaica, Key West, London and Nashville, Tennessee.
“It all depends on what kind of rock you’re looking at,” Chesney says of the title. “Just living here on this planet, we’re all living life on a rock; but for me, and for this record, it’s about the way life is when you live on an island. Everywhere you go, there’s everyone you know; you know everything about them, and they know everything about you… and well, that’s just a whole other way to be.
“And coming from Luttrell, Tennessee, I can tell you, ‘life on a rock’ isn’t all that different from life in a real small town. It’s slower, it’s easier, it’s more invested and it’s also more about really enjoying the moments as they are, when they are.”
While the driving “Pirate Flag,” an anthem of rebelling against the day-in, day-out, has already been singled out by USA Today as their Song of the Week atop their Grammy-based Listen Up! column, Life On A Rock is a varied platter of music, ranging from introspective ballads to staccato shuffles, a duet with Willie Nelson and a bit of reggae. It also celebrates a way of life most people live without ever realizing.
“At the end of the day, what defines life for most people, certainly for me, are the people you share it with,” Chesney explains. “When you live in close proximity, you share the highs and lows of every day life and become close in ways you can’t even explain. Years go by… People move on… But that time, those friends remain with you no matter where you go. That’s where the treasures of being alive are found.
“When I first went to the islands, I met a lot of people who were making a life beyond anything any of them knew… They were boatmen, bartenders, waitresses, real estate folks. They were all loving life, living a dream and coloring outside the lines with this real sense of freedom; they took a country singer from East Tennessee into their tribe at a time when having friends outside everything I knew was important. Time passes, life moves on, but those friends lasted, and this album in a lot of ways is about the power of that kind of friendship to endure.”
Endurance is something Chesney understands. Kicking off his No Shoes Nation Tour March 16 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year will bring summer alive for fans across 46 concerts at a mix of football stadiums, arenas and amphitheaters. Life On A Rock, indeed.

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Announces New Album

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Announces New Album

“The best Cajun band in the world” presents
From Bamako to Carencro (out Feb 26),
with tour dates to support

(Nashville, TN) Jan 31, 2013 – Esteemed Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has announced their new album, From Bamako to Carencro (available Feb 26), and will tour the US this spring to support their Compass Records debut. The band, praised by Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion as “the best Cajun band in the world,” has recorded an engaging set of inventive originals and creatively reimagined classics, including a Creole cover of James Brown’s “I’ll Go Crazy” and John Coltrane’s swing tune “Bessie’s Blues.” Stream the complete album here.

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet for the past 37 years.  Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet.  BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleands jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England.

For their first studio release in four years, and the 25th in their 37-year career, BeauSoleil teamed up with Nashville-based roots music label Compass Records. The band named the new album From Bamako to Carencro, a title that alludes to the cultural and migratory connection between Bamako, in Mali, West Africa, and Louisiana (symbolized in name by the Lafayette, LA. suburb of Carencro), a connection that draws a sonic bloodline back to BeauSoleil’s roots. On the album’s 11 tracks, the band performs with a resounding authenticity all the while bringing a refreshed playfulness to the genre—the fiddle, flat-picked guitar and accordion carry driving melodies over the two-step and waltz dance beats characteristic of their Cajun and Zydeco music, but not without the country, jazz and blues leanings that informed the genre in the 1920s. They channel the godfathers of other music as well by including a Cajun/La La-style reimagining of James Brown’s classic 1962 Live at the Apollo version of “I’ll Go Crazy” and a swing version of John Coltrane’s tune-de-force “Bessie’s Blues.” Guitarist David Doucet even tucks an occasional Lester Flatt-style bluegrass G-run into his highly melodic guitar solos.

Since becoming the first Cajun band to win a GRAMMY with L’amour Ou La Folie (Traditional Folk Album – 1998) and then a second Grammy in 2010, Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, BeauSoleil has garnered many accolades, including twelve GRAMMY nominations, the latest being their 2009 release Alligator Purse. They are regular guests on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion, where Keillor has dubbed them as “the best Cajun band in the world,” and their music is so integral to the Cajun culture that they have been featured on the New Orleans–based hit HBO program Treme. (Look for an on-camera performance from the band this year during the final season of the show). Critics unanimously agree that it is “bon temps, every time they play,” (New York Times).

 “We’ve recorded a lot of albums, yet we always seem to come up with new songs saying things that haven’t been said,” comments bandleader Michael Doucet, “The diversity is really what excites me about this record – it’s nothing like we’ve done before and the songs are played only as we could play them. And it’s not just your smiling ‘let’s go eat some crawfish,’ Cajun album. We’re getting deeper into the layers in the psyche of the culture. It’s maturation.” The tracks taken from the album title, “Bamako,” a track contributed by the esteemed trombonist Roswell Rudd as a tribute to the people of Mali, and “Carencro,” a story about two French Louisiana lovers with bad timing and murderous intentions, again support Doucet’s message that “it takes all kinds to make a culture’s history survive.”

The Boston Globe brilliantly noted that, “the remarkable thing about Cajun revivalists BeauSoleil is that they are still inviting us to ask what’s new. BeauSoleil isn’t neo-anything. This ensemble finds freshness not by infusing vintage styles with contemporary sonics, but with vibrant, thoughtful fusions.” Indeed their presentation of newness and reverence of tradition is the heart of the band. “People know Cajun music being from Southwest Louisiana and because of the longitude and the latitude but it has influences from all over: Nova Scotia, France, delta blues, the islands, and the traditional improvisational aspects of New Orleans. We’re always pushing that envelope,” comments Doucet, “All the songs are different – there aren’t two songs that sound remotely alike though they are played with the same set of instruments. That comes from these rebellious hearts that we always had. We’ve always taken chances. To attempt to create great music of any kind, one has to take chances.”

Though fascinated by music of all kinds, Michael Doucet is defined by his deep connection with, and dedication to, the music of the sacred French-Cajun culture. A Folk Arts Apprenticeship from the National Endowment of the Arts spurred Doucet to seek out every surviving Cajun musician and learn from them in person; he studied genre fathers Dewey Balfa, Dennis McGee, Sady Courville, Luderin Darbone, Varise Connor, Canaray Fontenot and many others, even inspiring some to return to publicly performing. In 2005 the National Endowment of the Arts again recognized Doucet’s integral involvement with the Cajun world, awarding him the esteemed National Heritage Fellowship as well as the United States Artists Fellowship in 2007.

Doucet has gained acclaim by developing his own flavor of Cajun music and he and his band represent many ‘firsts’ for the genre.  Early on they focused on the lead and twin fiddle styles of the originals of Acadian folk music over the more popular 1920s adoption of the German diatonic accordion. They performed with the communal integrity characteristic of early Cajun music, choosing to perform unplugged like a group of friends playing together in a Louisiana living room, rather than plugging in. They broke ground as the first band to feature an acoustic guitar as the lead instrument, replacing the lead accordion or steel guitar. They were the first to include the frottoir, the rub board borrowed from Cajun music’s Zydeco cousin, and they were the first to feature a female vocalist.  All of these innovations were fueled by Doucet’s determination to rejuvenate Cajun and zydeco music, breathing into it a new relevance.

Indeed the band has achieved that goal and more, furthering the legacy and understanding of this unique American sub culture, performing in every state of the Union and in 33 countries. “When we first started, we were fortunate to have these great master musicians like Dennis McGee still living. We were able to play with them and hang out with them. Some of them were born before 1900. Now we’re the elders and that’s scary, as you can imagine,” reflects Doucet, “However we’re pretty proud of the voice that we’ve produced on this record as far as the watermark. You do what you feel and what you believe in. We pushed the envelope just for the hell of it and that’s just who we are. And you can dance to it at the same time.”

Upcoming Tour Dates

2/7 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago IL
2/9 Hooligans Mankato MN
2/10 River Music Experience Davenport IA
2/12 Northern Lights Theatre Milwaukee WI
2/22 Weber State Cultrural Affairs Ogden UT
2/23 Kirkham Auditorium Rexburg ID
2/24 Ellen Theater Bozeman MT
2/26 Alberta Bair Theater Billings MT
3/1 American Theatre Hampton VA
3/2 Center For the Arts Fairfax VA
3/9 Bluegrass Underground McMinnville TN
3/10 McCabe’s Santa Monica CA
3/12 Ashkenaz-40th Anniversary Celebration Berkeley CA
3/14 Palms Playhouse Winters CA
3/15 Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Sebastopol CA
3/19 Melody Ballroom Portland OR
3/22 Hering Auditorium Fairbanks AK
3/23 Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Anchorage AK
3/25 Valdez Convention and Civic Center Valdez AK
3/27 Cordova Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium Cordova AK
3/29 Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds Ninilchik AK


Randy Houser
Courtesy: David McClister
Song Has Sold Over Half a Million Downloads; New Album Hailed By Critics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country star Randy Houser may sing about getting “some of this slow-down fast” in “How Country Feels,” but right now his career begs to differ as the song, his first-ever No. 1 hit, also becomes his first RIAA® Gold® certified single, selling over half a million downloads and climbing. "How Country Feels" is the title track off of his new album which hit stores last week and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album has also received praise from AP, CBS New York, The Washington Post, Billboard and many more.
In the midst of the barreling momentum, Houser performed for the nation last week on FOX News Channel's Fox & Friends, Walmart Soundcheck, AOL Sessions, Yahoo! Ram Country and  Better TV, and interviewed on GAC’s Headline Country, and CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown where he was challenged to see how country feels truly feels by hilariously having to identify different obscure "country" objects while blindfolded.
Chris Talbott of the Associated Press writes How Country Feels is “stuffed with country soul-inflected mid-tempo arrangements that highlight Houser’s rich voice, there’s likely a few more hits among its 15 tracks." Rhapsody’s Linda Ryan adds, “How County Feels is a polished collection whose other gems include feel-good ‘Growin' Younger’ and frivolous charmer ‘Absolutely Nothing.’ But Houser's soulful voice shines brightest on the straight and sincere songs, like ‘The Singer,’ ‘Power of a Song’ and ‘Route 3 Box 250 D.’"
Annie Reuter, online reviewer for CBS New York, who attended his sold-out show in New York City at Mercury Lounge which was broadcast live on Sirius XM's "The Highway" notes, “Randy segued effortlessly from the high energy numbers to the slower ones but just because he got quieter didn’t mean the crowd ever would. No doubt excited for his show, fans screamed requests and compliments throughout his set. ‘You play like there’s 18,000 of us. We love it!’ one fan screamed.’”
Houser will make yet another national appearance on CONAN on Tuesday, February 5 at 11 p.m. EST / 10 p.m. CST, where he will perform "How Country Feels." Tune in to TBS to watch.
With a relentless tour schedule this year across the U.S., Houser will appear with Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley on the Locked and Reloaded Tour, A full list of tour dates can be found at . Follow Houser on Facebook and Twitter @RandyHouser.


Brings "Nashville" To Life
On RFD-TV And Family Net In 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 31, 2013)—The producers of “Behind The Scene With Kenny & Friends” (BTS), celebrate a two-fold expansion to reach a larger audience of country music enthusiasts in 2013. BTS-Season 2, the easy-does-it, “from-the-couch to center-stage” country music entertainment talk show, will air on both Rural TV (RFD-TV) and FamilyNet networks before an anticipated audience of 61 million households and all major satellite and cable providers.

Airing weekly, “Behind The Scene With Kenny & Friends” is a 30-minute laidback, “front porch” style interview program highlighting up-close and personal discussions with music producers, recording artists, renowned and “up ‘n coming” songwriters along with a variety of special VIP guests that offer viewers an inside look at the entertainment industry.

Host Kenny Dean is a husband, father and grandfather whose ole boy persona and wholesome honesty is as welcoming at first introduction as it is show after show. In addition to being a TV personality on various stations over the course of his 17-year broadcast career, Dean hosted the two-hour live television morning show “The Front Porch” for more than 15 years. Named the North American Country Music Association International (NACMAI)
TV Personality Of The Year” in 2006, Dean has covered political and entertainment sectors—conducting interviews with governors, congressmen, senators and state officials along with the all-time country music greats.

From an inside-out perspective, "BTS with Kenny & Friends" explores and reveals the inner workings of “Nashville” (specifically the “talent behind the talent,” the “story behind the song,” and the “mechanics behind the music machine”) to offer viewers a true-to-life sneak peek into the business like never seen before. From up-and-coming hitmakers to award-winning, trendsetting veteran entertainers, such as The Grascals, Tracy Lawrence, Ronnie Milsap, The Roys, Aaron Tippin and "The Man Of Steel" Robby Turner, the best-of-the-best have made the scene with Kenny Dean!

“We’ve been filming this show for some time now and my trips to and from Nashville are always an educational experience,” said Kenny Dean. “Even though I’ve been in front of the camera for years, the stories from entertainers, musicians, studio crews and road warriors, and how they’ve paved or made their way, continue to be exciting and enlightening. I always want to hear more and I’m hoping the topics continue to invite BTS viewers to come back for more!”

For weekly show, guest and air-time information, visit:

LiveWire Electrified Audiences

LiveWire Electrified Audiences, Radio,
Reviewers & Fans Throughout 2012;
Set To Kick A** In 2013
High Amp Media Coverage Includes CMA Close Up Debut Spotlight & CMA's Who New To Watch 2013
Bookings Sizzle: Band Set For Casino Concert Series, Fairs, Festivals & Numerous Club Dates This Year
Nashville, TN (January 31, 2013) -- LiveWire jump-started its career in 2012 with a heavy touring schedule, a very successful debut disc for Way Out West Records (LIVIN'), a hit single with "Lies" and signed a booking agreement with William Morris Endeavor (WME) in Nashville. The group electrified audiences, Country radio, reviewers and fans with their Ozark Mountain firebrand sound and explodes into the New Year with a CMA Close Up Debut Spotlight and inclusion in CMA's Who New To Watch 2013 feature next month. Bookings are sizzling hot as LiveWire is set for a Casino Concert Series and numerous fairs, festivals and club dates over the upcoming months. The group's lead guitarist and founder Bobby DeGonia notes,"Things have just exploded for us since we signed with Way Out West and we couldn't be happier!" The Joplin, Missouri-based group will also attend its first CRS in February.
LiveWire LIVIN' CD coverWith its talent, the backing of WME and able industry veteran Clif Doyal in the manager's seat, the group's success was easy to predict. Many tastemakers agree, noting the band members' songwriting skills, chops and vocal strengths:
"LiveWire continues to impress." - Robert K. Oermann, MusicRow

"The songs, many of them originals, immediately set them apart. They've worked hard to hone their craft. It's obvious they've succeeded. This is one strong debut!" - Bill Cody, 650 AM WSM Radio

"LIVIN' has such a strong heart about it that it's safe to say this band is going to be hard to stop." - David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine

"This disc should raise their career to a new level, as the songs and the production are there." - Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville

"'LIVIN' is the band's debut . . . and one of the year's better, most-complete albums."- Matt Bjorke, Roughstock

Andy Eutsler and Danny Bell, principal songwriters for the group, have been making the most of any "down time" available, trekking to Music City to write with hitmakers Jerry Vandiver (Tim McGraw, Phil Vassar, Lee Greenwood), Johnny Bulford (MusicRow's 2012 Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year) and others.
LiveWire members include Andy Eutsler on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Bobby DeGonia on lead guitar and harmony vocals, Danny Bell on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals, Cory Shultz on fiddle and harmony vocals and Landon Rolfe on bass guitar.  LiveWire wrapped its first radio tour of the Midwest in December with visits to hometown station KIXQ/Joplin, MO, as well as KTCS/Ft. Smith, AR; KVOO/Tulsa, OK; KTTS/Springfield, MO; KVWF/Wichita, KS; KREK/Bristow, OK; KUSH/Cushing, OK and KKOW/Pittsburg, KS.
The powerhouse sextet has recently been featured in the following: Rock 'n' Reel Magazine (UK), Country Music + Dance Scotland, Roughstock, Strictly Country Magazine, Power Source Magazine, Le Cri du Coyote (France), Country Music Treehouse and on Inside Music Row.  Look for upcoming coverage on the band in: Maverick Magazine, Country Routes Magazine (UK), Nashville Music Guide, DreamWest Magazine (France), Americana Gazette and on Entertainment Circle TV.
For more information about LiveWire visit:
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About LiveWire
Since forming in the mid-'90s, LiveWire has forged a reputation as one of the top-draw live acts in the Midwest by regularly packing venues in the band's home state of Missouri and in the surrounding states of Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.  Along the way, this homegrown talent has taken the members of the sextet across America to open for Country superstars including Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Diamond Rio and Kix Brooks.  The group honky-tonked The Ryman as finalists in the 2009 Colgate Country Showdown.  LiveWire released a self-titled EP in 2011 which included its debut radio single, "Tater Fed," a stirring backwoods rocker that quickly became the band's anthem.  After signing with Way Out West Records in late 2011, LiveWire released a video for "Tater Fed" and a benefit single and video of "Miracle Of The Human Spirit," which benefited the group's tornado-ravaged hometown of Joplin, Missouri.  LiveWire's music has found success at Country radio, both in the U.S. and in Europe, and its videos have received airplay on CMT Pure, The Country Network, Yallwire and other outlets.

Steel Guitar News January 31. 2013

This is Vic Lawson. We’ve had such a busy week around here so we thought we’d share some of the replies we got when we asked about steel guitar wife stories. We print them just the way we receive them. Hope you enjoy. Hey Bob, another great newsletter, thank you - it's always inspiring to read about what other steelers are doing with their copedents. There's nothing too unusual about mine - it's the Emmons setup, and I have four knee levers, the E-F (RKL) being a favourite of mine for that Lloyd Green vibe - almost as indispensable as learning LG's classic Third Pedal licks. As for steel guitar wives, my wife Nicky is one of the most supportive people I know. She keeps my gig diary at hand and reminds me when I'm playing - because my short-term memory is pretty bad, thanks to a car accident when I was a kid. I don't get any negative crap at home! She also loves hearing me practice my licks, and rather than being banished to the garage or the bedroom, I can set up in the lounge room and pick away for hours. The kids love it too. I guess I'm lucky! Thanks again, Bob, for your input. It's always good to read. Jason Walker Australia - - - - - - - - - - - I am convinced musician wives are rare. I have been married 26 years, the living room is the studio, and there are guitars and banjos all about in easy reach and now my new pet, a GFI ultra live in harmony. She has handled the late nights, occasional tours, offering nothing but encouragement when I get back. I consider myself a lucky person to have her understanding and appreciation of what we are up to. Although a good folk guitar picker her self she not a fan of show biz and does not suffer fools. She does; however, have a great natural ear and loves playing informally with friends. She is also a barometer of quality music and people and when I am working on a project I look forward to her assessment. Practically a musical historian, I know I have done good if she says she likes it. Oh, she likes the steel, for I was a banjo player when we met so she was able to live with that! Thanks for this great news letter you all, it's been a great reference for a steel newbie. Bruce Mitchell, Austin, Texas - - - - - - - - - - - How about steel guitar husbands when the wife is the guitarist. My husband says I just keep him around so he can tote my equipment. Kay Whitesides - - - - - - - - - - - Bob, Thank you so much for your letter today, I really enjoy others sharing the thoughts on this great instrument. Been playing longer than I would like to admit and still enjoy learning more everyday. I also teach students pedal steel and Dobro and they seem to enjoy my methods of teaching, mostly by ear and tabs.........I play a Lloyd Green with 3 and 4 and am thinking about changing a couple of my knee levers and am wondering what you might have to offer. I play the Emmons set up and do have the E to F change and want to keep it and I do have the E's lowered the 4 and 8 down a half step. So I have two pedals open to use that are not being used that much and wondering how Paul make some of his newer sounds with is knee levers. I have not had the time to call him and talk about those but will during the March Convention. I will most likely let Bud make the changes for me if he is still up to it? I use strings 5 and 6 a lot and 5 and 8 and 5 and 8 bumping the 10th string at the same time which gives me a fuller tone.....I also teach my students to do some of the same but I really try to keep the ABC pedals busy for them and let them move on to other pedals after learning the basics. So my question is for you, do you have any ideas on using or changing the two pedals that I rarely use is the inside left which raises the 7th string a 1/2 tone and my outside right lowers the 2 and 9 string a 1/2 step. As I said I don't find very many songs to use those changes on . It would be much appreciated if you have any ideas on what I could do with the these two to pick up on Paul's world? You also ask about our wives and I am here to tell you that mine has never once shut the door or complained about my playing. I do try to keep the level down , not to vibrate the pictures off the wall but she has always supported my music and think is because playing most all of the good old stuff. We went out to see Ray Price again a couple of months ago and she always enjoys listening to him and Bush, and Willie and Merle and any of the older music. We are both is our 60's but I do play some of the newer Jamie Johnson songs and Vince and all of that hits the list. So I do have one that really enjoys listening to me play and she has always put me up there with Emmons and Franklin and Reece and I have tried to tell her for years that she is missing a few marbles? I also like playing more of the slower songs of Hughey's and try not to over play as I once did. Jeff taught me how to play the phrases and stay out of the vocals lines and play pretty and that's what I teach my students........Of course half of my students are in the 50's range and up so they all seem to understand slow?????? I have been asked to add my name to the list of teachers in Texas and you may do so if you like. I do have room for a few more students and now that I have added Skype I can take on more. I would love to have more young guns to add to the list so that we can renew the steel players of the future and with you tube there seems to be more coming along playing this beautiful instrument. Thank you for your input and keep these letter coming. They are as good as the steel magazines that we once had. Sincerely, J Eddie Bates - - - - - - - - - - - in 1968, i was dating my wife. i was playing guitar at the time. i paid off a bill then i told her, i can either buy a new car or buy a steel guitar & learn to play it. she said why don't you buy the steel guitar, so i bought the guitar & married her & have been happy ever since. 44 years. i visited some friends in nashville a while back & sat in with them at the stage down town. the guys in the band asked me to move to nashville & work with them all the time. my wife said, "you can go to nashville & pick if you want to. but i'm through moving. it's hard to blame her after all these years of playing & moving around the country. she's a great musicians wife. she minds her own business & there's never any drama. how great is that? i hereby nominate her as the world's greatest non singing musician's wife. - - - - - - - - - - - Hi Bob, My wife is very supportive. In 35 and a half years, she has only missed 3 gigs with me. She is my driver, roadie, string changer when they break, in other words she is my rock. If you'd like to see me in action, check out, ray ward and friendship band , on you tube. Tony - - - - - - - - - - - Bob, The BEST kind of wife to have when you play steel is: one who plays Keyboards/Bass, sings, uses a harmonizer, has a music degree and tells you when you are not playing something right (wrong voicing, chord or whatever). This has been working for us for 51 years now. Yes, a TRUE KEEPER! Barbara Jean Lang. Thanks, Neil Lang Albert Lea MN - - - - - - - - - - - I had two wives that said they can't compete with my love of the steel guitar so they divorced me. - - - - - - - - - - - Wife story.......I've been playing for about 3 years now, so I'm not a great player by any means of the word. But when I bought my first steel (sho-bud maverick) I'd work at it for a while. When I'd come out of the "music" room. She asked me one time if it was dead? I said "Is what dead?" She said the cat or dog or whatever poor creature was in there. I just laughed...... and purchased a Mullen. I could tell I was improving when she went back to reading and not using her headphones. Earl - - - - - - - - - - - Of course we can’t print them all but we had fun reading them. It seems music has both the power to hold a couple together as well as the power to break them up. Vic Lawson Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Darling Parade Releases Ghost

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“Ghost” Now Available on iTunes
Album Launches April 2, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. (January 30, 2013) – Nashville-based alternative buzz band Darling Parade has released “Ghost,” the first single from their upcoming full-length album Battle Scars & Broken Hearts. Darling Parade was featured on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart, MTVu, VH1 and their music has been showcased on ABC Family’s “The Lying Game,” the CW’s “Flygirls,” Syfy’s “Stargate Universe” and Showtime’s “Shameless,” just to name a few.  Battle Scars & Broken Hearts is the band’s first full-length album, following a campaign to raise money for the project on the popular funding platform Kickstarter. “Ghost” can be purchased on iTunes here:

Formed in early 2007 against the humble backdrop of fields and farmhouses, Darling Parade came to fruition after lead vocalist Kristin Kearns asked Nate McCoy and his previous group to play a local show in southern Illinois.  She was only 15 at the time, but even then, had a way of captivating an audience.  After adding drummer Casey Conrad via Craigslist and bassist Dustin McCoy, the group was complete.

After a self-titled EP, and 2010's What You Want, 2011 brought the release of the band's 3rd EP, Until We Say It’s Over, and landed the band the #8 spot on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart.  The first single “Never Wrong” received airplay on both MTVu and VH1.  It also included, “Remember,” featuring guest vocals by Anberlin frontman, Stephen Christian.

Riding on the success of Until We Say It’s Over in the spring of 2012, Darling Parade landed their first national tour with NBC’s “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope (Hey Monday) and set out to make their mark across the country.  The band quickly followed up with a national headlining tour, and then headed home to regroup.

Shortly after returning home, they knew it was time to do something they had not yet attempted—record a full-length album. Lacking the funds to embark on such an endeavor, the fans stepped up in a huge way, fully backing a Kickstarter effort to raise $16,000 to fund the recording of the new album.

Darling Parade went through several life-changing situations throughout the course of a few years, as bands do from time to time. The group, along with their long-time producer and friend, Jon King (Augustana, Throwing Gravity, 3 Pill Morning), retreated to a remote cabin in Western Ky., to clear their minds and make sense of the chaos.  Out of that adversity, Battle Scars & Broken Hearts was born.  Written entirely over a period of only a few weeks, it represents a snapshot in time of the band coming to terms with some of their weakest moments and finding the will to rise above them.

“The whole album has a common theme of overcoming struggle,” says Kearns.

“It’s really about realizing that no one has control over your life but you, and moving past negativity.”

The next four months were spent working day in and day out in the studio.  “We really took a different approach with this album, we took the time to explore every tone, and took a lot of chances” says McCoy.

The band made huge strides forward musically as well, melding all of their influences to create a sound that’s infectious, refreshing and all their own.   In-your-face guitars and relentless drumming dominate the album, while Kristin’s thunder in a bottle voice can only be described as a beautifully controlled chaos.

Partnering with King’s Nashville based label, Page 2 Music, Battle Scars & Broken Hearts will be released world-wide April 2, 2013.

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