Monday, February 18, 2013

Interview with Jetset Getset

Interview with Jetset Getset
 Jetset Getset in concert at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Left to right: Sadie Loveland, Tori Little, Avery Eliason. (Photo by Chuck Madden)

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Sadie Loveland:
Jetset Getset is a harmonizing trio backed up by five wonderful musicians. We have a country-pop sound that leaves people refreshed and full of joy. We are young and we love to have fun, performing and dancing. Our stage show consists of many different styles of music that everyone can relate to and enjoy.

Tori Little:
I think the music on our album is different from our stage show. The songs on our album are easygoing with some high-energy songs. Our stage show is very energetic, upbeat and fun. Our stage show has a variety of different kinds of songs such as country, rock, and pop. Our band is made of very talented teenagers. We are so proud and lucky to have them be a part of our group and show.
Avery Eliason:
I would describe Jetset Getset as a fun, country-pop group with a little bit of classic rock and bluesy Motown mixed in. We have a nice variety of three-part harmony, as well as some solos. We love to dance on stage and put on exciting shows for our fans!
Jetset Getset in concert at Hard Rock Cafe Nashville. Left to right: Sadie Loveland, Tori Little, Avery Eliason. Far right: Justen Jette. (

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Avery Eliason
I have so many great memories from 2012. We performed at amazing venues, including the Kentucky Speedway (a popular racecar track), Kentucky State Fair, the Great American Ballpark (a professional baseball stadiun in Cincinnati, Ohio), and the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. We also recorded our first Nashville-produced CD, “Saturday Night,” on the label Playback Records label. We met so many incredible people and gained so much knowledge from that experience. It was really a dream-come-true for all of us.

Tori Little
This past year we performed at many different kinds of venues. We sang the U.S. national anthem at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, we performed at the Kentucky Speedway, the Kentucky State Fair, and the Hard Rock cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. We also signed a contract with Playback Records and recorded our album “Saturday Night.” One of the highlights was also getting to perform on WSM-AM, the world’s most famous country-music radio station, in Nashville.

Sadie Loveland
Last year was so much fun. We played at many exciting places and for so many great people. We performed at the Kentucky Speedway, the Kentucky State Fair, the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, Great American Ballpark, and many other interesting places.
Jetset Getset appeared recently on WSM-AM, the world's most famous country-music radio station, in Nashville, Tennessee. Left to right: Bill Cody (WSM), Avery Eliason, Tori Little, Sadie Loveland. (Photo by Fred Anderson)

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Sadie Loveland
Our latest album is called “Saturday Night.” It is our first Nashville-produced CD, which is very exciting. It has a total of 10 new songs. Most of them are fast and fun, although one is a slow, beautiful song that I think many people will find inspiring. I think all of our music puts people in a good mood.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Avery Eliason
When we were recording the songs for our CD, our producers Jack Gale and Jim Pierce were considering using the songs Mile a Minute” or “Saturday Night” as the title track. Both songs are upbeat and fun, but the producers decided on “Saturday Night” because we all thought it would make a better music video. Since we were planning to release a music video, we thought it made sense to have the video be the same title as the album.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Tori Little
The producers liked Jennifer Eliason’s songs, and wanted to use two of them on our album.The rest of the songs on our album were written mostly by songwriters in Nashville, including Tom Paden, who has written a lot of hit songs for some very famous artists, like Reba McEntire and Kenny Rogers. Our producers sent us about 30 orr 40 songs to choose from. They were all great songs, but some of them just jumped out at us, and we thought they would suit our harmonic style.

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Tori Little
Our voices have matured a lot since our first album. We were 12 and 13 years old when we recorded the first one. The first CD was recorded in a local studio that didn’t have all oft he advantages of a Nashville recording studio. Our latest album, “Saturday Night,” has a more modern country sound than our first one. Recording our latest album in Nashville with some of the best musicians in the industry was such an honor. The musicians were so humble and nice and they played amazingly. We got to work with Mark Mosely, our sound engineer. He was such a nice guy and he really pushed us to get the best sound. By the end of the recording session, we were calling him Uncle Mark. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget.

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Sadie Loveland
We are thrilled that “Saturday Night” is being played on the radio. It really is a blessing. “Saturday Night” was already a very catchy song, but we added some cool little things in it that make it interesting and different. For example, in part of the song, we sort of whisper some of the lines, before the music picks up and becomes loud again. The song was not written that way, but we were experimenting in the studio with different interpretations. Our manager, Kelli Jette, came up with the whispering idea, and it worked!

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Avery Eliason
I like recording songs that I can relate to. For example, one of the songs on our album is titled “Gone For Good.” It is about a woman singing about how she is glad that a lazy, no-good guy is out of her life. When we recorded that song, I was still trying to get over a certain guy. I just channeled all of my emotional angst into my delivery of that song. It was very cathartic, and made my delivery of the song that much better.

Tori Little
I like some songs that are just plain fun, but I also like songs that mean something personally. One of the more beautiful songs on our album is “Stronger.” It is an uplifting song about overcoming negative feelings. It actually helped me to cope with losing a family member to an illness. People tend to like songs they can relate to.

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

Avery Eliason
I feel like we have a lot of creative control when it comes to our music and our stage show. We help choose what songs go in our set or on our album. Everything is really a group effort with our parents, our manager, and the band. Someone might have an idea to change a harmony or a dance step, and then we all talk about it and decide what’s best for the group.

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Tori Little
A lot of our fans are moved by the song “Stronger,” which was written by Avery’s mother. The song talks about struggling with something, or just about life in general. It is about how something might hurt right now, but in the end it is the hard times that make you stronger. It can really help someone with a difficult time in their life. For me, personally, I lost a baby cousin to leukemia and it helped me get through that hard time. “Stronger” also helped me get through being bullied in school and not having a lot of friends. After I heard “Stronger” for the first time, I knew that everything was going to be all right. I love Jennifer Eliason for writing that song.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Avery Eliason
I really admire the way Natalie Maines interprets the songs she sings. I like what she does with her vowels and I really love the tone of her voice. I also adore the way Taylor Swift writes songs that are so relatable to people. I hope that someday I can write songs that move people. My favorite songs are the ones that put my own feelings and thoughts into words, and when the instrumentation is exactly parallel to my emotions at the time. Those are the songs that really just give me chills. Another artist who is one of my biggest idols is Beyonce. I just love her fiercness on stage. Every move she makes is so full of power and confidence when she’s performing. With her, everything is about putting on a good show for her adoring fans. I don’t see any selfish tendencies when I watch her perform. And even though she is dancing and performing, that doesn’t effect her singing. I hope that someday I will be able to perform like Beyonce! My family is also very musical. My dad is always watching opera and is a brilliant pianist. My mom contributes a ton of her musical talent to figuring out our harmonies, and she has actually written two songs on our album. My two older brothers are in a fantastic band called There She Goes and my little brother and sister are very talented classical singers. The diversity of my family’s musical talents is really a blessing because I can always learn something new from each of them. I’ve had voice lessons from opera singers for a lot of my life, so I think that’s really influenced my sound and my ability to do different things with my voice. My family got me started singing, and I love them so much for that!

Tori Little
My family has influenced me a lot musically. Both of my parents sing, and my sisters and aunts, uncles, and cousins as well. My mamaw (grandmother) and papaw (grandfather) used to be in a country band years ago, and my papaw said to me, “I feel like you’re carrying on the family tradition.” My parents sing in church, and music has been a part of my life since I was born and it will be forever.

Sadie Loveland
Many artists of different genres inspire me, and they inspire me for different reasons. Beyonce is an amazing performer and she inspires me to be the best performer I can be. I grew up singing Aretha Franklin’s songs, and I just love her style and attitude. Taylor Swift is also a good example. I like how she writes her own music and how she was able to make it into the industry at such a young age, which really gives me hope. My mom is a piano player and went to school for music. She has been putting music into my life since I was born.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Tori Little
I love doing all the things that I do as an aritist, but my favorite thing to do is perform for our fans. Performing gives me a chance to forget about everything else that is going on and just let go and have fun.

Avery Eliason
Performing. There is nothing I love more than being up on stage and seeing all our work pay off. It doesn’t matter if it’s a crowd of 5,000 or just 5. I just love the rush I get from performing. All of the other activities are amazing as well, and I love this whole journey, but before the recording and the touring and the interviews, all we did was practice and perform. I was very happy doing just that. Everything else we get to do now is such a blessing and really a dream come true. I seriously wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?
Avery Eliason
A lot of country music performers have a singer/songwriter style on stage. We would like to bring a little Destiny’s Child to the country music scene. Last year during the CMA Awards, Luke Bryant had some very fierce back-up dancers. We were mesmerized. I love when women performers have that much power and strength on stage. We would like to do that as headliners.

Lamitschka:  Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?
Avery Eliason
We have several performances scheduled in the Midwest, and we are hoping to add more. One concert that some European fans might especially be interested in is Strassenfest, a German festival in the city of Jasper, Indiana. The festival will take place August 1-4. We are scheduled to perform on Saturday, August 3. We understand that some teenagers from Germany are also going to perform at Strassenfest. We hope to meet them! You can learn more about Strassenfest at by visiting

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Avery Eliason
-Je t’aime! Te amo! Jeg elsker dig! Ich liebe dich! Miluji te! S’agapo! Mina rakastan sinua! Ya tebya liubliu! We love you!

Lamitschka:  Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?

Avery Eliason
Last summer we played at the Kentucky Speedway, a professional race car track, in August. It was 120 degrees on the tarmac. Halfway through the show I was suddenly light-headed. After a few songs I told my mom off stage that I didn’t know if I could finish the whole hour. She told me to just keep going, so I did. Well, during the song Indiana BabyI started feeling more light-headed and when it was over I told our manager, Kelli, that I was going to pass out. She got up on stage and grabbed my hand, and said “Say goodbye, Avery!” so I said “Bye Avery!” (I don’t remember that part). So Kelli said I was tripping as she took me off stage and she sat me down and started pouring water bottles over my head. I was a bit loopy. I remember waking up and wondering why my feet were in the ice cooler. Meanwhile, Tori and Sadie finished the concert in the 120 degree heat. The show must go on!

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Lonesome River Band Heads West with Performances in California and Arizona

Lonesome River Band Heads West with Performances in California and Arizona
February 18, 2013 — LONESOME RIVER BAND heads west this weekend with performances in California and Arizona over the next several weeks. Their first show of the tour will be held at the Palms Playhouse in Winters, CA this Friday followed by “A Night at the Grange” concert in Morgan Hill, CA on Saturday. The band will be live in the studio with ‘Sleepy John” on KPIG Radio 107.5 FM on Sunday before traveling to Durham, CA for a concert Tuesday, February 26.
On Thursday, February 28, LONESOME RIVER BAND returns to the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, CA followed a performance at Boulevard Music in Culver City, CA on March 1. On March 2 and 3, fans can see the band perform in Lake Havasu City, AZ at the Bluegrass on the Beach Festival. For more details and ticket information for each event, please visit
Rural Rhythm Records recently released CHRONOLOGY VOLUMES ONE – THREE album series celebrating LONESOME RIVER BAND’S 30th Anniversary. The band also has a song, “The Legend of Jennie Wade” on the new brand album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories About Real People.” 
LONESOME RIVER BAND received several 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association awards including the IBMA “Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year” Award for their song “Angeline the Baker” and band leader, Sammy Shelor won his fifth award as the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year.  Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Shelor is also a previous winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
Fans will want to check out this month’s debut issue of the new music magazine, LargoUmbra, where LONESOME RIVER BAND credits their loyal fans with their continued success. “I am constantly amazed and humbled by the support of the LRB fans. Not only have new fans jumped on board, but we’ve had people supporting us for thirty years. We are truly grateful and extremely appreciative,” said Shelor in the interview.
LONESOME RIVER BAND includes the incredible talents of Sammy Shelor (Banjo, Harmony Vocals); Brandon Rickman (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Mike Hartgrove (Fiddle); Barry Reed (Bass, Harmony Vocals); and Randy Jones (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals). For more information on the Lonesome River Band, please visit, Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

2. Country Night im Klecks beim Horvarth

2. Country Night im Klecks beim Horvarth

Am 16.2.13 veranstaltete die Countryband „The Colorados“ aus dem Allgäu ihre 2. Countrynight im „Klecks“ in Kempten. Auch dieses mal waren schon im Vorverkauf alle Karten verkauft und wer erst an der Abendkasse sein Ticket löste, nahm gerne einen Platz an den Stehtischen in Kauf, nur um wieder dabei zu sein, wenn es heißt „dancing with the Colorados!
Wie auch nicht anders erwartet, kamen die Fans wieder voll auf Ihre Kosten. Wieder neue Songs, einen Bluegrassblock vom Feinsten, Filmtitel…. Das Programm ist so abwechslungsreich wie nie zuvor. Die Atmosphäre lässt sich gar nicht mit Worten beschreiben. Am besten trifft es ein Gästebucheintrag auf der Homepage der Colorados den ich hier mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Verfassers zitieren darf:
Colorados im Klecks und die Post geht ab.
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Josef Böck
17.02.2013 02.26
Hallo Colorados, ich muss mich beschweren ;-), jetzt sind wir schon so oft bei Euren tollen Veranstaltungen dabei gewesen und hatten immer einen super Abend.
Nur weil wir EINMAL nicht dabei sein konnten wird das gleich schamlos ausgenutzt. Ihr macht soooo ein klasse neues Programm, einen Bluegrass Block, eine neue Gitarre, einen eigenen Song, einen eigenen Tanz.... ich komm gar nicht mehr mit, ich war doch nur EINMAL weg. Da sehe ich nur eine Chance, auch wenn es sich wie eine Drohung anhört. Das nächste Mal sind wir wieder dabei, IHR wart wieder spitzenmäßig.
LG Elfie und Josef

Als Überraschungsgast war diesmal Chris Sue R. Graf anwesend und hat natürlich gerne einer spontanen Einlage mit Ihrer Countryfidel zugestimmt. Die Begeisterung des Publikums war auf Ihrer Seite und wir als Fans hoffen, dass es vielleicht irgendwann eine Wiederholung gibt.
Ein ganz neues Bild gab es, als die Jungs den Song „Cooperheadroad“ von Steve Earle spielten. Was war denn das? Der Sänger, Andy, mit Gitarre? Ja, er hat die kurze Winterpause genutzt, um mal eben Gitarre zu lernen und bereichert so, nicht nur mit seiner Stimme sondern jetzt auch mit Gitarrenbegleitung, das Programm der 3 Countryboys.
Das nächste außergewöhnliche Event findet am 2.3.13 in Kranzegg im Gaißstadl statt. Da heißt es dann „T-Bone Steak meets Allgäuer Kässpätzle“. Die „Colorados“ im Wechsel mit der Volksmusikgruppe „ Schwarzenbergmusikanten“ sorgen für einen stimmungsvollen Abend bei Country- und Allgäuer Volksmusik. Wir freuen uns über euer Kommen. See you and keep it country, eure Angie

Steel Guitar News February 18. 2013

This is Bob Hempker. People often ask me what it was like being on the road all those years. The reality of it is, believe it or not, thirty plus years flew by me so fast that it’s tough to describe. There were good times, bad times, wonderful times, terrible times, fun times, exciting times and boring times. The road is definitely a unique experience all on its own and many ways, each day is the same as any other before and yet any day can be totally different than any day you’ve ever lived in your life. Surprises were innumerable. One thing that’s really rewarding is getting respect from your audiences when working for a big star as opposed to playing some honky-tonk full of nothing but loud, obnoxious drunks. One of the things that does wear on you on the road is playing the same 60 to 90 minute show every day with the same songs and never getting to play anything else. You wind up being really great at playing those few songs, but forget a lot of other things which you could play before and you can stagnate and get lazy and fail to learn new things. That’s something you have to fight within yourself. The road can be a big continuous party for some from the moment they leave home until the moment they get back. But if you’re really serious about being a quality musician you’ve got to get a handle on this and remember it’s a profession that we have to hold standards for ourselves higher sometimes than a lot of the other people around us have for us. I’ll be honest and say that I’ve done my share of partying like any other musician has and maybe even a little more than my share. However, if you don’t keep yourself grounded, you’re career could be over quickly. You don’t have to be a professional road musician for this to happen, it can also happen to weekend warriors. I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world but often times the schedule has been so tight that I didn’t get the chance to see where I was. For instance, we were within about seven miles of the Valley of the Kings in Egypt and we didn’t get a chance to go the seven miles to see the pyramids. So close but so far away. Sometimes you get stuck with no transportation and even though you’ve got the day off, you can’t get to see something that’s within driving distance. Sometimes, you do. One time I was on the road and we had a day off in Virginia and I found out that we were thirty or forty miles from Appomattox Courthouse. So I rented a car and drove to it and saw where Lee had surrendered to Grant thus ending the Civil War. Had we not had the day off and had I not gone and rented a car, I would never have got to see that historic site. I got myself an education that day in a piece of American history. Another time, five of us rented a car together and we drove to the Grand Canyon. That’s the most breath-taking thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on. This is something I likely would never have been able to see if not for being a musician on the road. Many times we’ve driven within thirty miles of Mount Rushmore and never have had the chance to see it. That can be really disappointing when things like that happen due to always rushing from one show to another. A few times, we talked the boss into taking the bus to see something. I remember us all piling on the bus and driving to Yellowstone National Park. I got to see Old Faithful and see some truly spectacular countryside. It’s memories like these that made much of the road worthwhile. I’ve been to London probably a dozen times. I had never got to see Buckingham Palace or the London Tower until I was over there for about the fifth or sixth time. A British musician friend of mine told me to jump in his car and he gave me a quick tour of all the London sights. I’m extremely thankful for things like this. I always used to love to go to New York City and hopefully get a couple days off. I would not go to bed during those few days. I would head directly to Greenwich Village. Usually myself and a couple other musicians in the band would stay down in there and soak up all the great jazz we could soak up. Many of the Julliard students would hang out in the jazz clubs and just jam some of the best music I’ve ever heard in my life would come from people who I didn’t even know the name of. Then on the other hand, sometimes we would go to the Village Vanguard Club and there would be name jazz artists headlining there. I remember seeing jazz greats like Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Maynard Ferguson, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and other great jazz legends there. We were like kids in a candy store. Don’t misunderstand me, I am a country musician, always have, always was and always will be. But I still maintain to this day that it’s important to listen to all genres of music that are performed well. I try not to be closed-minded and have found that there are several ideas in all kinds of music than can be incorporated into other styles. A “C” note is a “C” note no matter what kind of music it’s being played in. Where, when, how and why we play that “C” note helps to define your musical “ideas” you’re trying to convey to your listeners. I’ve stressed this before and I’ll say it again, the main basic two elements of music are the performer and the listener and the music is the communication. I hope some of this information is helpful, entertaining, insightful. I’m blessed with this opportunity to share these wonderful memories with you. Thank you for listening. Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday


Newest Release from Five-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Available Exclusively in Cracker Barrel® locations and at on March 11, 2013
LEBANON, Tenn. – (February 18, 2013) – Five-time GRAMMY® award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman brings his inspirational sound back home to his rural Kentucky origins on Deep Roots, the latest exclusive album release from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®. The new 12-track CD will feature stand-out collaborations with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and some of Nashville’s finest players, as well as three generations of Chapman family members including: Chapman’s father, Herb Chapman Sr., brother, Herb Chapman Jr., son, Caleb Chapman, and daughter-in-law, Jillian Edwards Chapman. The uniquely personal album will be available for purchase in all Cracker Barrel locations,, iTunes and beginning March 11, 2013.
“Our team at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is excited to announce we will be working with highly-regarded recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman for the exclusive release of Deep Roots,” says Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “Chapman’s stand-out talent and devotion to making a positive impact make him a natural partner with Cracker Barrel, and the distinctive sound of his music makes for a wonderful collection of songs -- both known and new we think audiences will enjoy.”
Having achieved 47 No. 1 hits on Christian radio, five GRAMMY® awards, and an unprecedented 57 Dove Awards while aiding orphans internationally and in the U.S. through his own non-profit organization, Show Hope, it’s no secret Chapman is deeply devoted to his music and philanthropy. But on Deep Roots, he reveals his musical talent runs deep in his veins on songs “Life is Like a Mountain Railroad (Life’s Railway to Heaven),” featuring Herb Chapman Sr. and Herb Chapman, Jr., “Be Still and Know,” featuring Caleb Chapman, and the gospel classic, “How Great Thou Art,” featuring Jillian Edwards Chapman. The album includes a compilation of both fan-favorite hits and timeless hymns, all newly recorded.
Deep Roots Track Listing:
1.“’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”
2.“How Great Thou Art” (featuring Jillian Edwards Chapman)
3.“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (featuring Ricky Skaggs)
4.“Blessed Assurance”
5.“Life is Like a Mountain Railroad (Life’s Railway to Heaven)” (featuring Herb Chapman Sr. and Herb Chapman Jr.)
6.“He Touched Me” (featuring Herb Chapman Sr. and Herb Chapman Jr.)
7.“Hiding Place”
8. “Rock of Ages”
9.“Be Still and Know” (featuring Caleb Chapman)
10.“His Eyes”
11.“My Redeemer is Faithful and True”


"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses"
--Henry Ford
Three Day Camping Event To Take Place July 19, 20, 21 In Brooklyn, MI
Nashville, TN--February 18, 2013--Live Nation and ACM Promoter of the Year Brian O’Connell announced more details about the upcoming Faster Horses Festival today.  The inaugural event will feature top acts including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kix Brooks, Chris Young, Colt Ford, Thompson Square, Jerrod Niemann and more July 19, 20, 21 in Brooklyn, MI.  Three day festival passes start at $170 and go on sale Monday, February 25 at
Following the success of the inaugural Watershed Festival at the famed Gorge Amphitheatre last year, O'Connell selected a wide-open field in the secluded Irish Hills in Michigan for his next country camping festival.  Surrounded by lakes and rolling hills, this area of Michigan is a summer hot spot, attracting vacationers far and wide.  The Faster Horses Festival is set to be a prime summer event featuring 2 stages, 9 campgrounds, late night jam sessions, food trucks, bonfires and more to highlight the unique summer lifestyle experience in the area. 
"Anyone who has ever been to this part of Michigan gets how special this place is,” said O'Connell.   "There is so much activity happening in the summer around those parts that it only made sense to drop a huge country music festival right in the middle of it.  We are definitely continuing the theme of Watershed with the caliber of talent and laid back country vibe, but the locations of these two events make each one unique and different. We have a lot of work to do before July to transform the now empty field into a huge country event, but it's gonna be killer."
For a full line-up and more information, visit, twitter @faster_horses, and join the conversation on Twitter, #FasterHorses

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Kent based record label boasts over 400 cd releases

As the years pass, and country music becomes more a pop-rock hybrid, it’s hard than ever before to seek out re-issued material, with only the major names being afforded such releases. Fortunately there are the exceptions to the rule and BACM Records (an offshoot of the British Archives of Country Music) is among a handful of much welcomed specialist outlets.

Originally known for its old-timey and traditional releases, BACM has broadened its releases in recent years to include recordings from vintage hillbilly to the early years of the Nashville Sound, from cajun to western swing, cowboy songs to gospel – and a lot more that makes up the diverse realms of country music.

"We are always try to be selective with our releases, yet hopefully appealing to both mainstream country music enthusiast as well as the diehard collector seeking out rare product" explains David Barnes, the founder of BACM and a dedicated collector virtually all his life. “The realms of country music are truly vast and we try to cover all areas. At the same time we try to keep an eye on other specialist labels and avoid duplicating recordings that might appear elsewhere”. 

In a catalogue that now lists over 400 cd releases, and covering the period from the 1920s to the early ‘60s, the Kent based record label can boast a listing that none others can match – not only in its music diversity but also in its choice of artists, bands and musicians.

A quick glance through the BACM catalogue reveals such known genre artists:
Australian – Slim Dusty, Reg Lindsay, Tex Morton;
Bluegrass/Cajun – Don Reno & Red Smiley, Jimmy C. Newman;
Gospel – Martha Carson, Red Foley, Wally Fowler, Stuart Hamblen, Ernest Martin, James Roberts;
Humour – Hoosier Hot Shots, Homer & Jethro, Grandpa Jones, Lonzo & Oscar;
Modern & Nashville Sound – Carl Belew, Jimmy Dean, “Little” Jimmy Dickens, Roy Drusky, Billy Grammar, Goldie Hill, Johnny & Jack, George Morgan, Marvin Rainwater, Margie Singleton, Carl Smith, Mel Tillis, Porter Wagoner, Billy Walker, Kitty Wells;
Musicians – Tommy Jackson, Grady Martin, Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, Merle Travis;
Vintage/Classic – Roy Acuff, Bill Carlisle, Carter Sisters, Vernon Dalhart, Clayton McMichen, Riley Puckett, Wayne Raney, Carson Robison, Ernest Tubb;
Post WWII – Rosalie Allen, Cowboy Copas, Jenny Lou Carson, Jimmie Davis, Al Dexter, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Pee Wee King, Bonnie Lou, Lulu Belle & Scotty, Moon Mullican;
Singing Cowboys/Cowboy Songs – Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Eddie Dean, Patsy Montana, Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers, Tune Wranglers, Jimmy Wakely, Cindy Walker;
Songwriters – Ted Daffin, Terry Fell, Don Gibson, Leon Payne, Cindy Walker;
West Coast – Jeanne Black, Tommy Collins, Ferlin Husky, Rose Maddox, Jean Shepard;
Western Swing – Bill Boyd, Lightcrust Doughboys, Roy Newman, Tune Wranglers, Tex Williams, Bob Wills.

Away from the famous, add the names of many who might not warrant an encyclopaedia entry but nevertheless made they own distinctive contributions to the music – Claude Casey (yodeller), Art Dickson (cowboy), Cousin Herb Henson (West Coast/Bakersfield), Kenneth Houchins (old-timey), Judy Martin (vintage), Tim McNamara (Australia), Dickie McBride (western swing), Mel Price (post WWII country), Rita Robbins (pop-country), Carl Shrum (cowboy), Tennessee Ramblers (cowboy/western swing), Bill Wimberly (western swing) and Skeets Yaney (country yodeller) among the plethora of names to be found in the BACM catalogue.

Many of these artists have not had recordings available since the days of 78s and, were it not for the BACM, would now be long forgotten.

In addition, there’s also various artists compilations, whether featuring specific genres or recordings from different labels (4-Star, Capitol, Dot, Edison, Mercury, MGM, Panachoro and Savannah among others). And anyone wanting a taster of the music, the BACM has issued regular sampler cds. Currently there’s twelve volumes available.

Appropriately the first cd issued by BACM featured recordings by Big Bill Campbell (aka Zeke Winters), the Canadian who moved to Britain and gave many BBC Light Programme listeners their first taste of country music back in the 1940s.

All cds have at least two dozen tracks and come with booklets featuring detailed biography information penned by much respected country music historians, journalists and writers. They are available from the British Archive of Country Music, post free, and each cost £10.00 (UK), $16.00 (USA) or €14.00 (Europe). A half-price deal is available for regular buyers thanks to a special subscribers scheme – please contact the British Archive of Country Music for details. 

BACM Records was created by collector/archivist David Barnes and stalwart country musician Brian Golbey, and is an offshoot of Barnes’ British Archive of Country Music, a vast museum of recordings and artefacts that matured out of his exhaustive 60 year personal collection. The Archive has over 500,000 recordings and everything, including artists and songs, is listed on its extensive database. The Archive is available for use (by appointment) by the media, record, TV & film producers, serious collectors and university students.

Now into the second month of 2013. BACM has already a further six cds to its’ credit:
EDDIE ZACK & His Dude Ranchers (30 tracks) – BACM CD D400
SHELLY LEE ALLEY & His Alley Cats (27 tracks) – BACM CD D401
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Custom Made Gospel (30 tracks) – BACM CD D402
CONNIE HALLHeartache Avenue (28 tracks) – BACM CD D403
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Colorado Country (28 tracks) – BACM CD D404
THE JONES BOYS (Neal Jones & Oakie Jones) (26 tracks) – BACM CD D405

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Interview with TRAVELLIN ROSE

Interview with TRAVELLIN ROSE

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

we are two young women from the UK committed to raising the awareness of country music within the uk and we hope to make our own stamp on country music ourselves. We wrote our debut album ourselves, and it was recorded in Nashville 2012. Our sound is very traditional, with a twist, the album has been compared to Loretta lynn and Miranda a bit of a mixture

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

we have had an amazing year!! We finished recording our debut album ‚Cinderella Dreaming‘ in nashville, performed at the brilliant wolvestock festival, were nominated for 2 awards at the BCMA Awards, won a BCMA horizon award, we asked by CMA to represent the uk at their global artisit show in Nashville, and featured twice in the british national newspaper The Daily Star!! And now we have the album released we have been nonstop trying to we have had a busy, but fun year!!!

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

We have just released our debut album CINDERELLA DREAMING it has recieved some great reviews, and all feedback we have recieved has been positive, we feel the album has a good mix of different styles of country so there should be a song that would suit every type of country fan.....well we hope : )

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

yes we wrote the album ourselves x

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

TRAVELLIN ROSE:  COUNTRY, doesnt matter what kind, we love all the sub genres that originate from country as long as its country we will love it
Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

TRAVELLIN ROSE:  Cinderella Dreaming is our baby, and we did have a big say in what we wanted, and i think the album varies so grately, so we could appeal to most country fans....but the producers and record label had to pull the reins in a bit as we do both have quite alternative tastes in our music

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Alot of artists inspire us in day to day life as well as our music
Hank williams (snr, jnr and 3) Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Loretta Lynn, Patsy cline.....the list is endless

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

TRAVELLIN ROSE:  i think country music on the whole is doing just fine! There are alot of people doing lots of different things and bringing country to a wider audiance. Which is always good. If we all stick together and we all have the same aim (to make country music grow) then i hope we will see country music get the appreciation it deserves world wide x
Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

TRAVELLIN ROSE:  i think we love it all, from writing your music and seeing it grow into a song, and then a finished product is an amazing experiance in itself, but it is a great joy to then bring those songs to an audiance and see them interpreting you song and enjoying it the way you dreamed they would x
Lamitschka:  Before you became a star, were your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

TRAVELLIN ROSE:  family has been whats helped us get where we are, our families are so supportive and we are eternally grateful for them

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

TRAVELLIN ROSE:  our love of country music

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

TRAVELLIN ROSE:  it just happened, froma child i have always made up song and poems, and it just felt right to put pen to paper

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

TRAVELLIN ROSE:  we both live in caravans on Trailer Parks, and our songs pretty much some us up, we may get rowdyand like having a good time, but we are sincere in our music and work hard to do what we are doing x

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

TRAVELLIN ROSE:  we both like to spend time with our families, and do more writing, not very rock and roll hey!!

Lamitschka:  Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

TRAVELLIN ROSE: we are both true;y blessed and there is nothing we would want to change, as life is a lesson, and even things that have happened that have not been planned but they have been lessons learned which has put us where we are today
Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?


Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?


Lamitschka:  What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

‚whilst in Nashville a very lovely lady said
“girls you are so amusing i could watch you all day, you should have your own show or something.....omg and you can sing“

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

TRAVELLIN ROSE:  our album Cinderella Dreaming is now available to but from our website,, amazon and itunes and please come to visit us on twitter and facebook xx

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