Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Jaida Dreyer To Release Debut Album, I Am Jaida Dreyer, Feb. 26

Country Artist Jaida Dreyer To Release Debut Album, I Am Jaida Dreyer, Feb. 26
Debut album produced by Grammy-winning producer Byron Gallimore
(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 5, 2013) Streamsound Records recording artist Jaida Dreyer is set to release her debut album, I Am Jaida Dreyer, on Feb. 26.  The album will be available on all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.
The breakout release features 10 original songs written or co-written by the singer and is produced by Grammy award-winning record producer Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sugarland).  The album features a special guest appearance by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush on the track “Boy Who Cried Love,” who co-wrote the song with her. 
“Jaida’s music is so personal and authentic,” said Gallimore. “Not only is Jaida a great performer, but she is also a gifted writer and musician. Her charisma and soul completely shine right through on this album.”
Dreyer added, "I'm overwhelmed by the love and space I've been given to make my art. This record is a collection of different moments in my life.  I hope people connect with the songs and recognize moments of their own life in them."
The Canaadian-born songstress has been writing for Gallimore’s publishing division for almost 5 years.  Her current single “Half Broke Horses” is at country radio now and scheduled for impact Feb. 19.  The song, a very personal autobiographical flashback from Dreyer’s childhood, explores loss and change with a heartfelt equestrian metaphor, one which the talented horse rider turned musician is well acquainted with. The single was co-written with Brad and Brett Warren and Lance Miller.
The rising star broke onto the Hot Country charts last year, which lead to her first appearance on the historic Grand Ole Opry.  The singer-songwriter also embarked on an extended radio promotion tour that stretched as far north as Canada
Dreyer was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and raised in Latimer, Iowa, where the population sign still reads 303. Before she turned 18, She had lived in seven states, with the bulk of her time spent between Texas and Georgia. From an early age, she embraced an on-the-go lifestyle, donning her “gypsy boots” and setting out with her mother across the country wherever equine work took them, eventually, living in a car before being taken in by a rock band. This single event would reignite her creative fire to pursue guitar. “The lead singer taught me to play 3 chords. From there, I was hooked.”
She credits her eclectic taste in music to her mother, who introduced her to classic artists like Kitty Wells and Hank Williams, Sr., as well as then-current hitmakers like Tanya Tucker, Keith Whitley, and Patty Loveless. As a pre-teen, Dreyer also found herself drawn to a variety of singer-songwriters like Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, and Steve Earle.
For more information, please visit www.JaidaDreyer.com.

Kenny Chesney Flies His Flag at all Digital Retailers Today

Kenny Chesney Flies His Flag at all Digital Retailers Today

Video to Debut Exclusively on AOL & The Huffington Post Platforms Feb 7
CMT, GAC + VEVO Hit 2/8
Nashville, TN: Having launched hard and still building, Kenny Chesney’s “Pirate Flag,” the swaggering anthem of every day rebellion under the radar will be in fans hands shortly. Given the anticipation, which saw No Shoes Radio slow, but never falter and unprecedented internet response for a song debut, the lead track from April 30’s Life On a Rock, is available here http://smarturl.it/pirateflag and at all digital retailers today. A pre-order for the album is available at Amazon.
“We were watching the fans blog and post and tweet about it,” Chesney marvels, “and they may like ‘Pirate Flag’ even more than I do. And that’s saying something, cause when I heard it, I knew this was the kind of song the No Shoes Nation can rally around.”
Written by David Lee Murphy (“Living In Fast Forward,” “Dust On The Bottle”) and Russ Copperman, the song about an East Tennessee kid who jumps a bus on a whim one night and rides it to the edge of the country is all about jettisoning what’s expected in order to embrace what can be. That spirit informs the CMA/CMT Award winning director Shaun Silva’s clip, which debuts exclusively on AOL’s Music and The Boot, as well as The Huffington Post on Feb. 7.
A high saturation mix of Chesney the rock star, hot babes, gorgeous beaches, cold beverages and killer boats, “Pirate Flag” is also marked by footage of the 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music and 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year “unguarded.” Sail-boarding, underwater, kicking back with friends, he even takes his “Old Blue Chair” into the Caribbean with Poncho and The Old Man & the Sea.
“What people might not realize about a lot of the ‘babes’ in this video… is those are my friends, girls I know from the island who did the very thing this song is about – and that freedom from what’s expected just makes them shine,” Chesney says. “I think there’s a little bit of ‘Ferris Bueller’ in all of us, and this song is all about who we’d be on a perfect day where we just said, ‘Forget about it!’ So, that’s what we tried to capture.”
Once the Internet debut hits, CMT will start broadcasting the clip on Feb 8, as well as CMT.com and the entire VEVO platform. Also on Feb 8, GAC begins airing the video at 6am eastern and will continue airing throughout the day at the top of every music video hour.
Beyond the fans – including Chad Armel’s blog post “Raise the Jolly Roger,” http://chesneyonline.com/2013/01/raise-the-jolly-roger/?fb_source=pubv1 and several hundred No Shoes Nation pirate flags sold from his website – USA Today has already weighed in, deeming it “Song of the Week” in their Grammy edition of Listen Up! And this is no doubt just the beginning of a summer where no shoes, no shirt will definitely be no problem.


String quartet to showcase at SXSW
AUSTIN, TX — Austin’s own Wood & Wire releases its self-titled debut album today. Recorded in Nashville and produced by award-winning engineer Erick Jaskowiack, WOOD & WIRE showcases more than a dozen original bluegrass and Americana compositions written by the group.
Hailed by CMT.com as “an enthusiastic quartet,” the band includes Tony Kamel on guitar, Matt Slusher on mandolin, Dom Fisher on bass and Trevor Smith on banjo. The new album also features special guest Brittany Haas of Crooked Still on fiddle.
WOOD & WIRE serves up a huge helping of homespun tradition and dazzling musicality, with fast and furious picking on tunes like “Bet the World” and “Ramblers.” It also slips into more somber moods with songs like “Nowhere and Gone” and the delicate waltz “Fool Outta Me.” Earnest three-part harmonies take the listener from the coal mines of Kentucky to the badlands of Mexico and all toe-tapping points in between.
Wood & Wire was originally founded in 2010 by Kamel and Slusher, with Fisher and Smith later rounding out the quartet. After playing with a smattering of local bands, the group’s members coalesced last spring and began to hone their tight-knit arrangements, foot-stomping instrumentation and songwriting talents, all of which are captured on the new album.
“These gentlemen are on fire!” says Laurie Gallardo of KUTX radio in Austin, and that fire is spreading rapidly. Wood & Wire has been performing select shows with Yonder Mountain String Band and will showcase at SXSW in March. The band’s spring tour will take them from one end of Texas to the other before returning them to Austin for the Old Settler’s Music Festival in April.
To celebrate the release of its debut album, Wood & Wire will make an in-store appearance at Waterloo Records in Austin on Feb. 7. The band’s CD release show will be held at the Cactus Café in Austin on Feb. 8.
For more information, visit: www.woodandwireband.com
For hi-res album art, images, links and more, visit: mcguckinpr.com
Upcoming tour dates include:
Feb. 7, Waterloo In-Store, Austin
Feb. 8, Cactus Café, Austin
Feb. 9, Old Quarter Acoustic Café, Galveston
Feb. 15, The White Horse, Austin
Feb. 16, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, Houston
Feb. 21, Blue Light Live, Lubbock
Feb. 23, Hops & Grains, Austin
Mar. 1, Granada Theater, Dallas
Mar. 2, Stubb’s, Austin 
Mar. 8, Poor David's Pub, Dallas
Apr. 18, Old Settler's Music Festival, Austin


Credit: Jim Wright
“If You Want Some” Now Available for Purchase on iTunes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013) – Born and raised in Holland, Mass., Show Dog-Universal Music recording artist, Joel Crouse, penned his first song at the ripe age of 14, formed a band by age 15, graduated from high school by age 16, and signed a record deal by age 19. Now, at age 20, he is poised to release his first single, “If You Want Some,” to country radio and iTunes on February 5. Crouse co-wrote the up-tempo party anthem alongside acclaimed songwriter Luke Laird (No. 1 Billboard singles include Blake Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone,” Rodney Atkins’ “Take a Back Road,” Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand” and Little Big Town's "Pontoon”) and his producer Jamie Houston (High School Musical, Christina Aguilera).
“My life has definitely changed in the past couple years,” states Crouse.  “I’ve been on the road the last few months visiting country radio, and that’s just been incredible. I’m very thankful.”
Crouse grew up performing in his father’s church, but credits his grandfather for introducing him to country music. “We called him ‘Big Guy,’ and he lived with us while I was growing up. I guess I was 12 years old when he first took me down to the music store, bought me a guitar and set me up with lessons,” shares Crouse. 
Crouse was introduced to Houston through a mutual friend, Brandon Creed (Manager for Bruno Mars) shortly after Crouse graduated high school.  “We began working on music immediately and knew we both wanted to make a really cool sounding record,” Crouse reflects. “Jamie blows me away every time we’re in the studio because his ear is so unbelievable.”
Houston notes, “I think what was most unique about Joel -- especially being the age that he is -- was how hard of a worker he was in the studio. When we would write a song, he would sing in the room as we were writing it but then come back a few days later and he would have it all worked out -- all  the lifts, peaks and valleys -- and he nailed it. I think he has a lot to contribute to country music stylistically.”
“For someone that young to know who they are as an artist is really impressive,” says Laird. “He’s just one of those that has a natural gift for the songwriting process, and just knows who he is as an artist.”
Crouse spent 2012 road testing his music for the fans, opening for Rodney Atkins, Sara Evans, the Goo Goo Dolls, Toby Keith, and Darius Rucker and will perform several shows with The Band Perry in 2013.

Suggested Twitter Copy: “New @JoelCrouse single “If You Want Some” avail @iTunes today http://smarturl.it/IFYSiTunes #epic”

Two Days of Music Featuring Country, Cajun & Texas/Red Dirt Talent

A-Blake Entertainment Announces Dates for Crawfish & Cowboys Music Festival
Two Days of Music Featuring Country, Cajun & Texas/Red Dirt Talent

Deer Park, TX - A-Blake Entertainment announces the Crawfish & Cowboys Music Festival ("C&C") will take place March 22-23, 2013  at The Waterfront Lodge, Marina & RV Park (located at 371 Navaho Trail, in Onalaska, Texas). A favorite time of year along the Gulf Coast and in Texas, "C&C" livens up the tradition of a crawfish boil by bringing in two days of live music to spice things up.To kick-off festivities on Friday night in style is Cajun-artist Wayne Toups while Saturday will feature an all-star lineup of talent of Stoney LaRue, Jason Cassidy, Ashley Ray and Backseat Molly.

Situated on scenic Lake Livingston, a "water wonderland" for residents and visitors who enjoy a variety of activities such as swimming, fishing and boating, "C&C" is a kid-friendly music event that provides the opportunity to gather and enjoy friends, family and crawfish at The Waterfront Lodge. Crawfish is available all day and night at only $3.99 per pound and a special 2-DAY PASS for only $20 that includes 2lbs of FREE CRAWFISH is available at Brookshire Brothers, Baskins Western & Work Wear, and Polk Pick-It-Up locations.

An icon on the Red Dirt scene, Stoney LaRue will headline the "C&C" festivities Saturday night, March 23. A popular touring artist, LaRue has used his concerts to record several live albums, including a popular Live at Billy Bob's compilation. Using this as a platform for success, LaRue positioned himself as one of the pioneers of the Texas/Red Dirt movement in 2005 when he released the studio recording THE RED DIRT ALBUM. LaRue released VELVET in 2011 to critical acclaim and it landed on the Billboard Top 100 chart at #53. Hailed as one of contemporary country music's best songwriter's, LaRue will entertain the crowd with his classic tunes as well as newer songs like "Travelin' Kind" and "Velvet."

Jason Cassidy (A-Blake Records), who just released "Blame It On Waylon," the first single from his forthcoming album KEEP IT COUNTRY, to country radio stations across the country shares the bill with LaRue on Saturday. Achieving his first #1 Texas single last fall with "Honky Tonk Heaven,
" Cassidy followed that effort with the national release of "What If," which became a Top 10 single on the Texas charts. The video for the song reached the #1 spot on the CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown and his next single, "Ride of Your Life," was a Top 5 song on the Texas charts this winter.

Dubbed as "The Cajun Springsteen" or "Le Boss," Grammy-nominated Wayne Toups takes the stage on Friday, March 22 with his band Zydecajun. Drawing on French-language traditional material of his Cajun ancestors, blending the unmistakable R&B textures of Zydeco music and adding to that an undeniable charisma as a rocker and you begin to understand why
Toups is one of the most successful American Cajun singer/songwriters of all time.

"C&C" runs from 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m on Friday, March 22 and from 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m on Saturday, March 23.  Individual General Admission tickets for Friday are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12; Saturday ticket prices are $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 5-12. Tickets are available through Outhouse Tickets at www.OuthouseTickets.com.

Crawfish & Cowboys Music Festival is a Mark Taylor Productions event and is sponsored by Brookshire Brothers, Baskins Western & Work Wear, Commercial Global Insurance, Polk Pick-It-Up
and KICKS 105 Radio.

For more information, and to stay up to date on the latest news and performances, please visit the
Crawfish & Cowboys Music Festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CrawfishAndCowboys and online at www.crawfishandcowboys.com.



The furor raised by Nashville country music superstar, Blake Shelton, when he complained that fans of older and more traditional sounding country music were not attending his concerts or buying his CD's, has a response.  He publicly called them 'old farts and jackasses.'  There has been a response all right, in Miami, Florida, of all places.
     "We took immediate offense," said Bob Everhart, president of the National Traditional Country Music Association since 1976.  "There's a tremendous difference in the 'country' music of today, compared with 'country' music of the past.  These are two very distinctly different genres of music.  Neither are related to the other.  For Mr. Shelton to call me, and all of us who genuinely care for country music of the past 'old farts and jackasses' because we don't care for his music, is an insult mightly hard to ignore.  America has always been a 'free' country where opinion, values, likes and dislikes are freely spouted, ignored or paid attention to.  We are paying very close attention to Mr. Shelton's insults."
     "Tom & Bernie Worrell started planning a benefit concert for "Horse Country" in Miami, last year.  It was originally called a "Tribute to Ed Sullivan," in an effort to raise money for the legal defense of "Horse Country," to stop condos, high-rises, huge shopping malls, and other huge construction efforts to deprive them of their 'grandfather- claused' property in Miami.  The entire area is set aside to raise families and horses, not cement urban sprawl.  So far the area has maintained its existence, but every year more and more intruders appear on the scene.  Legal defense costs continue to rise.  The concert set for February 23rd at the German-American Club in Miami, has had a name change, honoring Mr. Shelton.  It is now called "A Tribute to Classic Country Music," and Tom & Bernie have arranged a huge program featuring some of the best old-time country artists living today."
     Tom & Bernie have lived in "Horse Country" for over 35 years.  "It's why we invested our savings in this Miami neighborhood." said Bernie, a Delta Airline employee.  "We wanted to raise horses, and we still do.  My husband Tom is a computer specialist, and together we quickly changed the name of our upcoming all-day music festival fundraiser to one more in keeping with what we stand for.  A "Tribute to Classic Country Music" is exactly what it means, and we are happy to say, Blake Shelton has not been invited."
     "We've gone to a lot of extra work, expense, and time, to find some of the very best 'classic' country artists available," Tom added.  "Terry Smith is sort of our headliner.  He's from Nashville, and one of their most prolific 'real' country music songwriters and performers.  He wrote "The Far Side Banks of Jordan" for Johnny and June Carter Cash, which was their signature song before they passed away.  It's such a meaningful song, with words that reflect exactly how long-time married couples feel toward each other.  I've never heard anything recorded by Blake Shelton that can come anywhere close to this.  Terry Smith songs have been recorded by a massive number of country music stars, starting with Roy Acuff, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kitty Wells, Allison Krauss, The Cox Family, Chris LeDoux, The Statler Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Patty Loveless, George Hamilton IV, The Lewis Family, and many many more.  We are very pleased he will be in Miami to help us with this benefit show."
     "We were also very fortunate to get one of the most highly travelled Smithsonian Institution recording artists," Bernie added.  "Bob & Sheila Everhart travel the world performing, promoting, and preserving America's great traditional country music.  They were just in New Zealand, performing with the New Zealand Symphony.  Their songs, and the stories of their songs, inspired the Smithsonian to have them take their show on the road, calling it a 'Traveling Museum of Music.'  Bob is president of the National Traditional Country Music Assn., http://www.ntcma.net/ and is very disturbed at the slander of Blake Shelton.  What a crude and cruel man Mr. Shelton is."
     "It's going to be an all-day double-whammy classic country show," Tom added.  "Jackie Shewey, known as the 'Pride of the Prairie' will be with us from Nebraska; Rick & Harriette Andersen, noted musicians from Iowa; Lee Muller known as the Kansas Tornado for his strong stand on keeping traditional country music soft, tender, and real.  Bob Keim is also coming from the sand-hills of Nebraska to make it a perfect 'old-time' gathering.  I think perhaps the one act I am most excited about is one my wife performs with.  They are called the Mescher Bones.  Bernie, her brother Jerry, and Jerry's wife Sharon, all play two-handed bones.  So capable is their work preserving this oldest form of percussion sound, they were written up as a PHD thesis by a professor from Ireland.  Jerry Mescher was on the Ted Mack show, a winner, performing with his father Albert."
     The German-American Club in Miami is located at 11919 SW 56th St.  10-person tables can be reserved by calling Bernie Worrell directly at 305-342-6795.  The program will begin shortly after noon on February 23rd, with two shows offered.  Food and beverages are available at the club.
 Bob Phillips

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