Monday, March 4, 2013

No Shoes Nation Captures The Conch Republic

No Shoes Nation Captures The Conch Republic

Kenny Chesney Plays Keg In The Keys Gig @ Hog’s Breath Saloon
Key West, FL: They were hanging in the trees, crouching on roofs, standing on the far side of Duval when Kenny Chesney took over the Hog’s Breath for a stripped down, 3 hour Keg In The Keys show this afternoon. The 4-time Academy of Country Music and 4 time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year brought three players, some best loved hits, obscure album tracks, a few well-chosen covers and special surprise guest, songwriter Keith Gattis, who helped perform “El Cerrito Place” and “I Am A Small Town” for the freewheeling acoustic show.
“When it gets to be about time to get back out there, I really like to do these surprise shows,“ Chesney says. “It’s a low impact way to ease back into the songs, to find the curve in what we do – and have a whole lotta fun doing it.”
Low impact for the man slated to play 19 stadiums on this summer’s No Shoes Nation Tour which kicks off March 16 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, means about 5000 people crammed onto the patio, in the streets, belly-to-belly inside the bar and on the sidewalks around the iconic Key West watering hole on Front Street.
After laughingly announcing, “We’re gonna play some old songs, some new songs and a whole lotta songs,” the Luttrell, Tennessean launched into “Welcome To the Fishbowl,” the ironic song about our obsession with fame. With a few churchy piano rolls from Wyatt Beard and a burning lead from guitarist Kenny Greenberg, it was obvious Chesney had come to play. The fans, some of whom had waited outside overnight, were thrilled.
Joking that he’d not had a beer since the first of the year, Chesney apologized to the crowd for “needing to be a good boy, and this is the worst place in the world to do that.” Instead he gave them an industrial strength helping of classics including “Summertime,” “You & Tequila” and “The Boys of Fall,” as well as obscure gems like Guy Clark’s “Hemingway’s Whiskey” and “On The Coast of Somewhere Beautiful,” which Chesney admitted was a true story “and she lives up in Jupiter, Florida.”
Talking to the crowd about where they’re from and even inviting two sisters – and their Mom! -- onstage to sing with him, it was a loose afternoon swapping songs and stories with people who felt more like friends than fans. In keeping with the ad hoc feel, guitarist Clayton Mitchell took lead vocals on Steve Ray Vaughan’s “Pride & Joy” and Van Halen’s “Ice Cream Man,” while No Shoes Radio’s Mark Tamburino romped through Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun,” as well as Chesney good-timing through George Strait’s “Ocean Front Property” and Merle Haggard’s “Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink.”
“I opened my very first real headlining show in West Palm, so Florida’s become a part of my soul,” Chesney explains. “When we were trying to figure where to do this year’s Keg show, nowhere in the continental United States has the spirit of what Life On A Rock (his upcoming April 30 release) embodies quite like Key West. Starting another year, it seemed like the only place to do this show was the Hog’s Breath.”
Introducing “Pirate Flag,” the insurrection anthem that marked his 8th Top 25 debut, Chesney proclaimed, “This is a song a little bit about rebelling, about rebelling against anything that’s mundane in your life.” Fans raised their glasses and No Shoes Nation skull and cross bones in the crowd, and sang along like it was the declaration of their life.


Millions of MoonPie Boxes Feature Darling and Instant Win Game
NASHVILLE, TN…(March 4, 2013)Sarah Darling continues to become a household name as her partnership with MoonPie expands to include 2,500 Walmart supercenters coast to coast and is available chain-wide in Save-A-Lot stores. 
The newly available Banana Single Decker 6 ct box featuring Sarah introduces consumers to the instant win game offering daily and monthly winners in addition to the Grand Prize. 
 “Our consumer has really responded to our first sweepstakes promotion with Sarah, as have our retailers,” states Tory Johnston, VP of Marketing at Chattanooga Bakery. “Adding the new instant win game to the Single Decker 6 ct. items further capitalizes on Sarah’s momentum and creates DAILY chances for our shared fans to win.”
Featured twice on ABC’s hit romantic reality series The Bachelor in February, Sarah will again be the focus of millions tonight as she makes her late night performance debut.  Performing her hit single, “Home To Me,” Sarah’s performance on CONAN airs at 10p.m. CT on TBS.
In addition to Walmart and Save-A-Lot, both the chocolate and banana MoonPies featuring Sarah are available at all four MoonPie General Stores, and nationally at grocery outlets including Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, Ingles, Food Lion, Food City and Piggly Wiggly.  For additional information on the sweepstakes please visit
Written by Caitlyn Smith & Bobby Hamrick, “Home To Me” is a breezy, mid-tempo track that takes the listener on a lyrical journey comparing her love interest to the beauty of America’s landscape as she finds “home” in that person.  With over 88, 000 units sold, fans can purchase the song and video on iTunes and view the music video on Vevo.
Touted by the New York Times as a “sophisticated songwriter” with a “crisp, powerful voice,” Sarah Darling has found success with three consecutive #1 videos ("Something To Do With Your Hands," "Blackbird," and her current single, "Home To Me") and as a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry.  Available now, the Home To Me EP includes both the album and an acoustic version of the title track performed on The Bachelor.  On Valentine's Day, Sarah Darling joined Season 10 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery as they kicked off the Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013.  Sarah is currently recording her forthcoming album with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts) and confidently making her mark on the country music scene as one to watch in 2013.  For more information and tour dates, follow Sarah Darling on Twitter and visit www.

CRS 2013 Photo Highlights

CRS 2013 Photo Highlights
(Nashville, Tenn. - Mar. 4, 2013) Country Radio Seminar 2013 was held Feb. 27-Mar. 1 in Nashville, Tenn. at the Nashville Convention Center.
This year’s event included more than 20 panels, exhibits and educational presentations, as well as featured speakers and panelists from all areas of the radio and records industry.
Known as the biggest Country radio event in the world, the seminar continued to grow with a cutting edge agenda, with a number of networking opportunities and performances from some of the biggest stars in the format. Included below are selected photo highlights from CRS 2013.
Photo Credit: Bev Moser, courtesy of Country Radio Seminar

Pictured here, the 2013 class of the Country Radio Hall of Fame (L to R):  (back) Crook & Chase (Charlie Chase and Lorianne Crook); CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne; Eddie Edwards; ACM Executive Director, Bob Romeo; Bill “Dex” Poindexter; CRS President Mike Culotta. (front) Gaylon Christie |  Not pictured: Dr. Don Carpenter

CRS 2012 Artist Humanitarian of the Year award winners Rascal Flatts presented the the CRS 2013 Artist Humanitarian of the Year award on Wednesday, Feb. 27 to Big & Rich (John Rich and Kenny Alphin).  Pictured here L to R: Rascal Flatts’
Gary Levox and Jay Demarcus, Warner Music Group’s John Esposito, Kenny Alphin (Big & Rich), CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne, John Rich (Big & Rich), Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flatts), CRS Board Member Tim Roberts (WCYD).

Team UMG at the Ryman, hosted by SVP promotion Royce Risser, featured performances by artists including Billy Currington, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Drake White, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, George Strait, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Kelleigh Bannen, Lady Antebellum, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Randy Montana, Scotty McCreery and Vince Gill.
UMG Nashville promotion staffers and artists take a photo on the steps of the historic Ryman Auditorium after the show. Photo Credit: Peyton Hoge 

Thursday's Capitol and MCA Records luncheon featured MCA’s Gary Allan headlining and Capitol’s Jon Pardi as the opener. Pictured here L to R are: (back row) Capitol Sr. VP of Promotion, Steve Hodges; Van Haze, National Promotion, MCA Records; and UMG Nashville SVP/Head of Promotion, Royce Risser. (front row) Jon Pardi, Gary Allan, and Mike Dungan.

Friday's Black River Entertainment luncheon featured performances by Sarah Darling, Craig Morgan, and Kellie Pickler.  Pictured here L to R are: Gordon Kerr (Black River Entertainment CEO), Kellie Pickler, Craig Morgan, and Sarah Darling.

The “Grand Ole Opry at CRS” show included appearances by Grand Ole Opry members Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Vince Gill along with Clare Bowen, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery, Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves, Josh Turner and Greg Bates.  Pictured here L to R: (front) Grand Ole Opry's Pete Fisher; Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook; Ashley Monroe; Nashville Actress and singer Clare Bowen; and CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne.  (back) CRS President Mike Culotta, Vince Gill, Greg Bates, Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner, Dustin Lynch, and Steve Buchanan (Ryman Hospitality Properties). Performers not pictured: Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker

The New Faces of Country Music Show closed out CRS 2013 on Friday, Mar. 1 at the Nashville Convention Center.  The show was co-sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and Country Aircheck and featured performances by Easton Corbin, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Kip Moore. Pictured L to R are: CRS President Mike Culotta, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, and CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne. Photo courtesy of Country Radio Seminar

The New Faces of Country Music Show featured a surprise appearance by Taylor Swift, who took the stage to lend her support to Florida Georgia Line, who will open select dates on her RED Tour, which kicks off March 13th.  Pictured L to R: Big Machine Executive Vice President Jimmy Harnen, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, Taylor Swift, Big Machine President and CEO Scott Borchetta, CRS President Mike Culotta, and CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne

T-Bone Steak meets Allgäuer Kässpatzen

T-Bone Steak meets Allgäuer Kässpatzen

So außergewöhnlich der Titel ist, so war auch die Veranstaltung im Gaißstadl in Kranzegg
Die Countryband The Colorados aus Kempten traf sich an diesem Abend in besonderen Ambiente mit der jungen Volksmusikgruppe „ Schwarzenberg Musikanten“ zu einem gemeinsamen Musik- und Tanzabend. Der urig eingerichtete Gaißstadl war Schauplatz eines besonderen Events. So einen Kontrast gab es im Allgäu noch nie. Der ganze Abend wurde live von E.P.T.O.Radio übertragen und das Radioteam hatte genauso viel Spaß wie die zahlreichen Gäste.
Mal original Allgäuer Volksmusik mit Gitarre, Bass, Akkordeon und Gesang, dann wieder Countrymusik from the Heart, ein Wechsel wie er gegensätzlicher nicht sein konnte.
Ob zu Polka und Walzer oder traditionellem Country und Bluegrass die Gäste tanzten was das Zeug hielt. Nicht nur Linedancer auch Paartänzer kamen so voll auf Ihre Kosten und man sah, dass es allen riesen Spaß gemacht hat. Als dann die Tanzfläche doch etwas zu voll war, wurde kurzerhand von ein paar Linedancern ein 2. Dancefloor auf der Empore eröffnet.
Wie sagte ein Gast so schön? „Musik verbindet“ da war dieser Abend wieder einmal der beste Beweis dafür. Leider ging auch dieser Abend wieder viel zu schnell vorüber aber die Fans brauchen nicht allzu lange warten, denn das nächste Fest mit den Colorados findet schon am 23.3.2013 statt wenn es heißt "Country Music Bockbiertime" im "Schmelztiegelsaal"

See you and keep it Country Eure Angie

Dreharbeiten zur Sendung „Gesundheit“ des Bayrischen Rundfunks am 5.3.3013 19 Uhr

Dreharbeiten zur Sendung „Gesundheit“ des Bayrischen Rundfunks am 5.3.3013 19 Uhr

Das Thema war diesmal etwas außergewöhnlich. Was hat Countrymusik mit Gesundheit zu tun?
Das Zauberwort heißt Linedance. Der Tanzstil, den Mary Clapp von den Kemptener Linedancern vor fast 20 Jahren ins Allgäu brachte, ist bei jung und alt beliebt wie nie zuvor. Verschiedene Schwierigkeitsgrade der Schrittfolge ermöglichen es, Anfängern genauso wie Fortgeschrittenen, bei den zahlreichen Countrymusikveranstaltungen im Allgäu jederzeit bei einer Gruppe mitzutanzen.
Das erlebte auch Jim Sampson, der bei den Dreharbeiten neben Mary Clapp und Nadja von Thaden die Hauptrolle spielt. In Kempten, im Haus der Senioren gibt Mary ihre Linedancekurse. Jim stattete dort einen Besuch ab um die hohe Kunst des Linedances zu erlernen. Mary und Nadja ließen sich auch nicht lange bitten und nahmen den Schüler in ihre Mitte und nach sage und schreibe 20 Minuten konnte er seinen ersten Linedance, in Reih und Glied mit Marys Tanzgruppe und den Green Hill Billies. Das gesamte Fernsehteam und alle Linedancer fuhren dann auf den Pferdehof Heinzelberg, dem Trainingsdomizil der Green Hill Billies, wo man in stilechter Saloonatmosphäre einen gemütlichen „Tanzabend“ verbrachte. Jim lernte dort noch 2 weitere Tänze, und das Team von BR staunte nicht schlecht, als sie dort die ganzen „Gäste“ im passenden Outfit bestaunen konnten. Hier sieht man auch, dass verschiedene Altersgruppen zusammen am Linedance einen riesen Spaß haben.
Auf dem Bild zu sehen Angie, Nadja, Biggi und Melli, die mit ihren 23 Jahren das Durchschnittsalter der Green Hill Billies enorm beeinflußt und als Vorzeigetänzerin bei Auftritten in der ersten Reihe tanzt.
Countrymusik und Linedance erlebt derzeit einen Aufschwung nicht nur im Allgäu, wo Bands wie „The Colorados“ es schaffen, Ihr Publikum seit 25 Jahren mit Ihrer Countrymusic from the Heart immer wieder aufs Neue zu begeistern. Auch ursprüngliche Tanzbands, wie Take-off stellen Ihr Programm auf Country und Linedance um da die Fangemeinde dieser Musik- und Tanzrichtung immer mehr Anhänger findet.
Allen Beteiligten wird dieser Drehtag noch sehr lange in guter Erinnerung bleiben und das Ergebnis kann man am Dienstag, 5.März um 19h in der Sendung „GESUNDHEIT“ des Bayrischen Fernsehens erleben.
Weitere Infos zu Lindedance gibt es auch unter; oder speziell über Auftritte der Colorados unter und natürlich auch auf Facebook:
Keep it Country Eure Angie

Steel Guitar News March 4. 2013

Today’s newsletter is from Ron “Snake” Reynolds. Snake is one of the most successful behind-the-scenes people who make the Nashville music business work so you’re going to get a very unique perspective. We’re going to let Snake take it over here to explain who he is and what he does. My name is Ron Reynolds but everybody calls me “Snake”. I got that nickname in 1980 from an engineer friend of mine named Ken Laxton who was engineering a project on myself as an artist. I played guitar in Rock n Roll bands from 1963 until about 1980 and I was so thin and limber I looked like a snake going across the stage. Let’s face it, “Snake” is much sexier than Ron. So any of my album credits before 1980 are listed as Ronnie Reynolds, that is when they gave album credits. Back in those days, they sometimes didn’t give musicians and engineers credit. In 1965, I signed an artist development deal and writer’s contract with Fred Carter Jr’s label Nugget Records. Fred was a well-known Nashville guitar player who also played on a lot of the early Simon and Garfunkel hits. It was Fred playing the gut string guitar on “The Boxer” which was one of their biggest hits. Nugget Records had their own recording studio. After signing the deal and hanging around the studio so long doing my projects, I fell in love with the recording end of the business and was given the opportunity to engineer full-time for Fred. In my early years at Nugget, I had the privilege of working with some of the greatest songwriters of the time like Harlan Howard and Bobby Bare. I also recorded some of the big country music artists of the time as well as rocker J.J. Cale. In 1972 I got a job offer from Columbia Recording Studios to become a staff engineer and immediately jumped at the chance. In the first year or two at Columbia, I started working with legendary record producer Billy Sherrill and artists like George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Charlie Rich, Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Rodriguez and many more. I remained with Columbia Records as a full time recording engineer until 1982 when they closed their recording studios. In that time period, I recorded almost every country music star in the business and some pop artists as well such as Dave Loggins Please Come To Boston and Elvis Costello. I also recorded a ton of jingles, television specials, a couple of movies like “Take This Job and Shove It”, one of the great movies of all time LOL. I also worked with Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, David Allan Coe and lots more. When Columbia closed in 1982 I became a free-lance engineer where I continued to work with Billy Sherrill until he retired. I also worked with legendary record producers Randy Scruggs, Nelson Larkin, Ray Baker and many others. Some of my favorite projects were done in this time period. For instance, Tanya Tucker’s album that Jerry Crutchfield produced which contained the hit single “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane”, Ray Baker’s production of Merle Haggard’s album “That’s The Way Love Goes” which won a Grammy. Also Randy Scruggs’ productions of many of the early Sawyer Brown hits and the Grammy winning “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” volumes two and three and Nelson Larkin’s productions on Earl Thomas Conley. During the period from 1980 to 1990, Earl had more number one singles a row, 18 in total, than any other artist in any genre of music. Earl was also the first artist of any genre of music to have four consecutive number one singles off of a single album. Also during the eighties and nineties, I had the privilege to do three albums on Ray Charles, who was the most soulful, truly musical genius that I’ve ever worked with. I can’t list everyone here, but I should mention Shania Twain’s “The Woman In Me” album which has sold over 16 million copies world-wide. I should also mention Toby Keith. I engineered his first several albums as well as co-wrote four songs with him. I did several cuts on Keith Urban’s first album “The Ranch”. I worked with Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and so on. So you can see I’ve had an extremely exciting career, and still doing it. Some of the most fun has been working with some of the greatest producers, musicians, singers and songwriters in the world. I’ve recorded over 600 Billboard Top 40 chart records including 60 number ones, 9 Grammy winners and been Engineer of the Year twice. How lucky can one man be? One of the questions I’m always asked is about how the music business has changed. Obviously, the technology has changed. But the technology is just a tool. Songs are still pretty much written the same. All the melodies and chord structures have been written because there are only so many notes and there is only so much musical range that a singer can sing in. A singer can only sing two octaves if they’re lucky. The biggest change is in the number of major recording labels which has decreased, the number of records released which has decreased, the number of major recording artists which has decreased, and therefore the number of songs needed and the number of musicians needed and the amount of studio time needed has severely diminished. Most singers today write their own material or at least part of it whereas twenty years ago, most artists did not write their own material. So the need for songs from independent writers was tremendous then. Also, twenty or thirty years ago, each artist recorded two albums a year, sometimes three if they did a Christmas album. During Nashville’s peak time of the eighties and nineties, there were almost 200 commercial studios in Nashville and most of them were booked three or four sessions a day. So the studio musician could barely keep up with the amount of sessions. Also the speed of the business today is much slower than it was twenty years ago. Now it takes two years to get a record out once it’s recorded whereas twenty or thirty years ago, I would cut a record at 10 AM in the morning on George Jones and Billy Sherrill would say, “That song is the single. Mix that.” I would mix it on the 2 PM session. They would send it down and have a dub cut on the mastering lathe, send it over to WSIX radio station and that night, I would hear what I had cut that morning played on the radio while driving home. Also, songwriter’s demos back then were mostly just guitar/vocals or piano/vocals and would be brought to the session at the last minute whereas now, songwriter’s demos have to sound like a finished record. It was a much more fast paced, exciting time in the business. I still enjoy the process, especially working with the musicians and songwriters and helping new artists achieve their goals which is why I started my new website at As difficult as it was, the way you used to break into the music business in Nashville was to go around to the different record labels and drop off recordings of things that you had recorded and hope that the A&R people would listen to your project. Now, since the openings are fewer at the major labels, you’re better off as, an aspiring artist, to play the local venues such as the Bluebird Café and do showcases on yourself as well as approach publishers who have now become what the A&R people at record labels used to be in hopes of getting a publisher to develop you as a writer/artist. With modern technology, you can actually put out a record on yourself and sell it on the internet and at your shows, sometimes with great success. You have to work hard at it. It takes a lot of dedication but it’s being done by more and more people. Independent labels are popping up daily because the internet has leveled the playing field to give all artists a chance that has been, until now, limited to a select few. With the inception of ProTools and home studios, the cost of recording a project has come down and has made the recording of a project much more affordable to a larger range of people. The bottom line is still talent. To give yourself the best chance of success, study the history of the profession, perfect your talent, seek of advice of professionals who have a track record you admire and surround yourself with the best people you can find. You have to believe in yourself. The great car manufacturer Henry Ford once said, “No matter if you think you can, or if you think you can’t, either way you’re right.” The main thing is, don’t give up. P.S. If you have any questions you’d like to ask Snake, reply to this newsletter and if we get enough questions, we’ll have him back again. This will be our last Monday newsletter. Henceforth, there will only be a newsletter on Thursday until Bobbe is able to come back and write the newsletters again. Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

Free Nashville Concert Series

Free Concert Series is Back for a Third Time in Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis, and Lexington Featuring the Adam Craig Band and Carly Pearce
NASHVILLE, TN. – March 4, 2013 – The “Nashville Guitars and Bars” tour will return to the Tin Roofs in Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis, and Lexington in late March and early April with the Adam Craig Band and Carly Pearce. This on-going artist development initiative created and produced by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville offers both a free concert and an after-show meet-and-greet with the artists. Music fans in these four cities will enjoy a unique Nashville experience of hearing tomorrow's hit songs today, performed by the artists who wrote the tunes.
Tour stops will include:
March 26, 2013 – Cincinnati, OH – The Tin Roof
(160 Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH, 45202), 7:00–9:00 PM

March 27, 2013 – Louisville, KY – The Tin Roof
(3921 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY  40207), 7:00-9:00 PM

April 2,2013
– Indianapolis, IN – The Tin Roof
(36 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204),7:00-9:00PM

April 3,2013 
- Lexington, KY - The Tin Roof
(303 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508), 8:30-10:30 PM

Subsequent events in this music series will follow the same pattern each month with two artists travelling between the four cities (two cities per week), followed the next month by a new pair of artists.

“The 'Nashville Guitars and Bars' concert series is a unique way for SONY/ATV to develop artists from our roster of gifted songwriters," said Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s President/CEO, Nashville. "We look forward to bringing more of our talented singer/songwriters to the fans in Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis in the coming months. If you are a music fan who lives in these four cities and wants to discover new artists who will one day be on the top of the charts, this is the opportunity you've been looking for."

Fans can visit “Nashville Guitars and Bars” online at, on Facebook at, and follow the
tour on Twitter @GuitarsandBars. Additional dates will be announced soon.

More information on March and April's featured singer/songwriters Carly Pearce and  the Adam Craig Band can be found by visiting or

Country Music News International March 4. 2013

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     "We left the beautiful Florida Lion Safari KOA RV park where we heard lions roaring all night, to go to the Thompson RV Park (built in an old avocado orchard) in Miami, to get ready for the big show there."  Bob, Sheila, and Bobbie Lhea Everhart are on the road in Florida, getting ready for a big benefit show for 'Horse Country' in Miami.  "We checked into the Thompson Park," Bob continued, "which is right next to the Miami Zoo.  We woke up every morning to the loud yowlings of Gibbons.  Hey, what's going on here?"
     "Dad didn't like waking up so early every morning," daughter Bobbie Lhea added, "but I loved it.  We could hear all kinds of jungle sounds, but mostly in the early hours.  Dad was so brilliant about a budget lunch too.  He stopped at a Wendys, and believe it or not we had a budget lunch for $12 that fed all three of us.  We ordered off the dollar menu.  Dad had a baked potato, a bowl of chili and some southern tea.  I had chicken nuggets, fries, and a soft drink, and mom had a Jr Bacon Cheese burger, fries and drink.  I'm so proud of dad cause I like this kind of budget lunch.  While we were there, they were installing a fire place in the Wendy's.  I guess they are going to put fireplaces in all of them.  How neat is that?  According to the sign they had up, "The hearth at home is a gathering place.  It's warm, it's comfortable, it says stay and relax."  According to dad, that's what old-time country music is all about."
     "We were all ready for the benefit show," Sheila added, "and it was a terrific experience for us. Completely sold out at the German-American Club, we were so distressed at the absence of Jackie Shewey.  She went to the hospital with severe health problems.  We carried on, but we missed her.  This was a terrific show with intermission.  There was 'schnitzel and red cabbage' for the diners, old style German beer, and some terrific audience members who bought lots of cd's during intermission.  The Mescher Bones received the most rousing applause.  They are so unique, three people doing bones in both hands.  Bernie Worrell is in this group, and she is also part of the 'Horse Country' folks that were there for the dinner, so they knew her, and they really let Bernie know how much they liked what she and her brother Jerry, and sister-in-law Sharon were doing.  Lee Muller was also on, and did a surprisingly good job.  Rick & Harriette Andersen also did a rousing job.  Bobbie Lhea was so surprised when a little oriental lady stopped at the CD table and told her she thought Harriette was the funniest lady she had ever seen, and wanted to buy every CD Harriette had ever made.  Bob Keim on piano was a super backer, and the star of the show Terry Smith had the audience in the palm of his hand."
     "The 'Horse Country' folks treated us so nice," Bob added.  "They gave us all a huge free breakfast the next morning at the Chuckwagon Restaurant, and they took us all down to see the Florida Keys too.  What a tremendously wonderful time we had performing and raising some money for them."
     "Watch for a brand new video of one of Bob's songs "Dear Grand Ole Opry" Sheila added, it's on the you-tube now.  Just go there and type in Bob's name, you'll be able to find this great song."

The Mavericks Release ‘In Time’ (just in time)

The Mavericks Release ‘In Time’ (just in time)
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By Philip Crabtree
After more than a decade, The Mavericks released their first new studio album on March 26 on The Valory Music Company label (Big Machine Label Group). They stopped playing and touring together in 2003 after decent showings in the UK but missed any lasting chart success in the U.S. following a string of successes, which included:
  • 3 Academy of Country Music Awards (Top New Vocal Group 1994 and Top Vocal Group 1994 and 1995),
  • 2 Country Music Association Awards (Vocal Group of the Year 1995 and 1996), and
  • a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal (1995)

If you recall how unique their album ‘What a Crying Shame’ was in 1994, you may have the same sentiment about their career. It was a shame that they broke up in 2003, and it was a shame that more effort and resources were not put behind them to promote their music in the late 90s in America. What you might be missing if you came late to the party, though, is that their successes in the UK drove them to platinum record selling status and broadened their fan base internationally. For a country band, they have never been easy to pigeonhole, and this album does not make it any easier.
I first saw The Mavericks perform at a party in one of the suites at the Opryland Hotel following a day of exhibits and seminars at Country Radio Seminar in 1994. That performance was a watershed moment for me, because I had just started delving into the country genre several months before. At the time, I was a young college student, pursuing a degree in the music business at nearby MTSU, and didn’t know my “Indian Outlaws” from my “Boot Scootin’ Boogies”. But in the living room of that suite, I witnessed THE band that would make me a country fan for life—The Mavericks.
The Mavericks bring to country music what Will Ferrell brought to SNL—a little more cowbell. In an industry full of creative peaks and valleys, it takes a band like The Mavericks to remind music fans and country music itself that the genre is not the same across the board. ‘In Time’ and 2013 will prove to be critical to country music following years of artists singing about Mexico and beer as if they represent the Dos Equis and Republic of Mexico Tourism Board. We’ve got it already! We should all kick our shoes off and head to Mexico for some longnecks. We don’t need the message to be reinforced anymore.
If you want something different, if you want something creative, if you want something that reminds you that being an American is about more than making an international beer run, ‘In Time’ by The Mavericks is for you. Just as we appreciate diversity in the U.S., The Mavericks incorporate it into their music. ‘In Time” is kind of a paradox when it comes to country music and to those who do not call themselves fans of the genre. Take “Born to be Blue”, for example.
“Born to be Blue” is the third cut on the album and tells the story about a heartbroken lover. What makes it a paradox is that the tempo comes in at about 92 beats per minute. That’s not exactly a somber, heart-wrenching tale that drives a cowboy into a drinking binge. On the contrary, the song is bright and seems almost celebratory in the fact that the lover’s heart may be broken but how lucky he was to have been touched by such a woman.
“Come Unto Me” immediately follows at cut number four and is repeated in a Spanish language version entitled “Ven Haci Mi” at the end of the album. The opening guitar riff is not what you expect to find in country music unless you ever thought of putting Elvis, Quentin Tarantino, and a rose-biting bullfighter into a cocktail shaker to mix a concoction called The Mavericks. As the percussion joins in the second bar, smooth is exactly what you get. Mix in horns and a Cuban music feel, and the music transports you to your own scene of “Pulp Fiction” proportions with a seductive melody that compels you to tango.
These two cuts are only scratching the surface of what ‘In Time’ has to offer. The album is a combination of music styles blended with country. Have you ever heard ska and country together? You’ll hear it here on “All Over Again”. There’s also jazz, salsa, big band, and rockabilly. Eddie Perez’s penetrating guitar combined with Paul Deakin’s driving backbeat on drums, Jerry Dale McFadden’s keyboard musicianship, and Robert Reynolds’ versatility set the stage for what will undoubtedly be 2013’s “greatest show on earth”.
The Mavericks are back, and their sound is as strong as ever. This is definitely not a repeat performance of past albums although they bring back something familiar and missed. So, grab your martini shakers, your wayfarers and your lounge shirts, because The Mavericks just brought style back to country music.

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