Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Grascals Join Charlie Daniels

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The Grascals join music legend, Charlie Daniels, in support of the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event at Nashville’s Lipscomb University. Pictured (L-R) Jamie Johnson, Jeremy Abshire, Danny Roberts, Charlie Daniels, Terry Eldredge and Aaron McDaris (of Rhonda Vincent’s The Rage, filling in for Kristin Scott Benson.) PHOTO BY GORDY COLLINS

The Grascals Join Charlie Daniels in Support of US Military

Nashville, TN  – This week, the legendary Charlie Daniels hosted the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event; a special free concert to support Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program. Daniels was joined by a chart-topping lineup of entertainment industry friends including Jason Aldean, Lee Greenwood, Chris Young and the multi-award winning Bluegrass band, The Grascals, making their fourth consecutive appearance at the annual event.

“We’re always ready to step up and support our active military and veterans,” explained Jamie Johnson of The Grascals. “We’re so proud to call Charlie Daniels a friend and to join him in support of the people who serve far away so that we can all pursue our lives in security here at home.”

Daniels, an avid supporter of the military, expressed pleasure with the evening and the community support.

“We have so many heroes whose needs fly below our radar,” said Daniels. “This shouldn’t be happening and this event is helping to make sure it doesn’t.”

Terry Eldredge is even more effusive, saying of his friend, “I believe Charlie Daniels is Santa Claus, I really do. He is always giving.”

Also appearing, military veteran and country music artist, Keni Thomas, and the Christian Rock band, Bleach, whose members lost a brother in Iraq. The event included a presentation by Mary Byers, President of Gold Star Mothers, Inc., an organization of mothers who have lost sons or daughters who were in military service.


For veterans who qualify for 100 percent of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, Lipscomb University has committed to allocate the necessary funds to allow them to earn a tuition-free undergraduate degree through the Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program. The university also offers qualifying student veterans a variety of graduate degrees tuition-free or at a greatly reduced tuition rate. Lipscomb University officials believe strongly in helping open doors for student veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Since its inception in fall 2009, Lipscomb’s Yellow Ribbon Program has grown from 20 original participants to more than 150 veterans enrolled this spring. Students have performed well academically with 71 percent of currently enrolled student veterans maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA, with 13 percent of those maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.  “Our veterans know that freedom isn’t free, but we think their education should be. At Lipscomb we have a very unique opportunity to help open doors for our veterans through higher education,” said Jim Humphrey, Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Director of Veterans Services at Lipscomb.

Steel Guitar News March 7. 2013

This is Bob Hempker. I remember when I was a kid taking steel lessons and the Wilburn Brothers came to town with a show. Sonny Burnette was playing steel for them at the time. I watched from the audience and I tried to figure out what kind of guitar he was playing. It sort of looked like a Bigsby and I knew right off it wasn’t a Fender. It had a cluster of hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs on the front. I’d never seen any guitar like this before and it’s tone was magical. I was in awe. After the show, the singers and musicians were up onstage signing autographs like they used to do. I went up to Sonny, introduced myself and asked him about his guitar. He said it was Sho-Bud and told me that Shot Jackson and Buddy Emmons had gone together to build it. Sonny said that it stayed in tune better than his Bigsby because the necks were solid wood and weren’t near as sensitive to temperature change. Not long after that, we started hearing about Sho-Buds. They were building only custom guitars at that time and they had a waiting list as long as your arm. People would drive a couple of hundred miles just to see and hear one that they’d heard about. In the late sixties, they started building the Fingertip Universal. They built that for a couple of years and then Baldwin started distributing Sho-Buds and they built the double neck six pedal guitar with a cast frame around it. It had a cross-over switch that would switch the pedals over to the other neck so the same six pedals would work both necks. After a few years of building that guitar, they went back to building the original Permanent setup custom guitars. Then they started building the Pro I, Pro II and Pro III. By this time Sho-Bud was very much a prominent name in steel guitar. Around the late seventies or early eighties, they started building the Super Pro which had a smaller cabinet. To my knowledge, that was the last model guitar they built. Sho-Buds have always had a special place in my heart. I remember the store so well and the people that worked in the store on Broadway. They had the factory over on Second Avenue. I just have a ton of memories. I love Sho-Buds for their warm tone. Sho-Buds have a character and personality about them. They have an aura that can’t be denied. We have a classic Super Pro and a classic Pro III on the floor and I know they’re going to make their future owners very happy. If you’ve never owned a Sho-Bud, you should. Every pedal steel guitar player should own at least one Sho-Bud in their lifetime. Mike Daly’s CD “Rock of Ages” keeps getting more kudos, this time from writer Kent Burnside who reviewed Mike’s CD for the magazine “The Nashville Musician”. We thank the Nashville Musicians Union and Kent Burnside for allowing us to reprint the article for you. Mike Daly Rock Of Ages At some point in your life you heard “Layla” and probably thought, “That’s cool, but what it really needs is a pedal steel. And a reggae groove.” No? You didn’t think that? Okay, neither did I. But Mike Daly did. And that’s just one of ten rock classics to receive a steel guitar makeover in this new collection. Daly is a longtime sideman to artists such as Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless, and Hank Williams, Jr. Throughout Rock Of Ages he also plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, and percussion. Steve Holland is on drums, while bass duties are shared by Dow Tomlin and Doug Kahan. All are members of Local 257. Jeff Beck’s “Freeway Jam” maintains the loping shuffle of the original, even incorporating a few of Beck’s trademark licks. Ricky Chancey solos first on blues harp, followed by Daly. His solo is nicely capped by some pick-and-thumbnail harmonics, making his steel sound remarkably Telecaster-like. Beatles songs provide some of the high points of this set. Daly’s acoustic guitar and steel double the well-known segues into the dreamlike verse of “Sun King.” The overdubbed layers of pedal steel create a hauntingly beautiful chorus, and Kahan really captures the McCartney bass tone and vibe. “Let It Be” features Daly on Weissenborn guitar; it’s an inspired combination of thumping fingerstyle and slide, Muhlenberg County meets County Lancashire. The Allman Brothers Band’s “Hot ‘Lanta” features excellent solos from Chancey and Jimmy Hall (on tenor sax) before Daly enters, pulling out all the stops; his virtuosic playing here calls to mind Buddy Emmons’s legendary Redneck Jazz Explosion. Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” keeps the monster riffs of the original, but sets it to a hoedown two-beat. Only in Nashville. It’s a tribute to Daly’s musical ingenuity that he can breathe new life into that 1970s senior prom staple, “Colour My World.” The arpeggiated opening is performed on clean-toned steel, with the verse melody heavily overdriven for a smooth vocal quality. Intonation on the layered melody lines is flawless, no small feat for a slide instrument. All in all a highly imaginative and fresh take on some well-loved music. – Kent Burnside Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday


Nashville, TN (March 7, 2013) – With the SOLD OUT final concert already hosting top names in all genres of music including Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Kenny Rogers, and Randy Travis among others, George Jones is excited to announce his dear friends and fellow Grand Ole Opry members Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt and other performers from his hit song “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” will join him onstage.  Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea, Tracy Lawrence, Patty Loveless, Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt, and T. Graham Brown latest additions to concert lineup.  The event, which will soon be dubbed the Country Music Event of the Year, has already announced Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Shelby Lynne, Sam Moore, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner and Gene Watson as participating in the evening of music.

In addition, Brenda Lee, John Conlee, Lee Greenwood, Eddy Raven, The Roys, Janie Fricke, T.G. Sheppard, Dailey & Vincent, Gary Morris, Jessi Colter, Bobby Bare, Jim Ed Brown, Little Jimmy Dickens, Stonewall Jackson and more will all take the stage during the finale performance.

More stars are expected to be announced as performers gear up to pay tribute to one of the world’s most accomplished recording artists.

“Alan and Denise Jackson have been friends of Nancy and I for years, so this show wouldn’t be the same without him,” says George Jones.  “I am also so grateful that my dear friend Garth Brooks is going to be on stage with me.  I am not sure who will be crying more, me or him.”

George Jones, often referred to as the "the greatest living country singer" will mark the end of an era with 2013’s farewell tour titled "The Grand Tour". The tour is expected to make approximately 44 stops this year. The  icon’s hits, "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair", "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes", "White Lightning" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" will surely be part of each night’s set list, along with plenty of guests and surprises.
About George Jones
George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s.  The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts medallion.

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Country Music News International March 7. 2013

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Charleston Bluegrass Festival Announces Line-up

Charleston Bluegrass Festival Announces Line-up
Festival presented by Awendaw Green, The Southern Bar & Grill
and Sewee Outpost
Charleston, SC (March 5, 2013) --   Awendaw Green, The Southern Bar & Grill and Sewee Outpost are proud to announce the line-up for the 2013 Charleston Bluegrass Festival - a showcase of traditional Bluegrass music. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Awendaw Community Outreach Center.
The festival takes place Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 at Sewee Outpost located at 4853 U.S. 17 in Awendaw, SC 29429. Town Mountain with special guest Jim Lauderdale will headline the event.
Tickets are $20 per day in advance for Friday and Saturday or $25 the day of show. Two day tickets can be purchased for $30 in advance or or $35 the day of show.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at  Doors open at 11:00 am daily.
The complete line-up includes:

Island Girls

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Billy Dean – A Man of Good Fortune

Billy Dean – A Man of Good Fortune
1.) I can’t Leave a Good Thing 3:20 2.)A Seed 3:15
3.) Middle of Nowhere 2:44 4.) Dear John 3:10
5.) All The Difference in the World 3:19 6.)I Don’t Need As Much Hell to Raise 3:09 7.)Crazy Beautiful 4:08
8.) Imagine What I’d Do for You 3:37 9.)Made for you and I 3:28
10.) Laura Nadine 4:18

The album opens up I Can’t Leave a Good Thing which has a deep country sound. It’s almost the cliché of what a Nashville spun, big label artist should be. The song is about how the singer has to call in sick to work because he can’t leave his girl. The singer has a good deep voice and a certain power behind it, that complimented by guitar picking and strumming.
The album then takes an unexpected turn onto a different highway completely.
The vocals are completely different, more soothing. The lyrics are much deeper, a great deal different visually. A Seed is a very well written well sung, and the acoustic guitar is incredible. The Middle of Nowhere and Dear John kind of change the pace of the album but lyrically seem to stay better.
All the Difference in the World goes back to a slower pace adding a piano. I can really picture a high school dance; one of those awkward moments when a boy first asks a girl to dance slowly for the very first time. His palms are sweaty. His heartbeat is racing. This song really has that effect.
I Don’t Need as much Hell to Raise is a very different kind of song. Its lyrics show the age of the singer. Maybe, in his younger years he was able to have that ‘rock-star’ style life, but those days are long gone. Starting with Crazy Beautiful and going on through the end of the album the songs almost seem to sound redundant. It’s just one love song after the other.
This just seems to be an album specifically written to grab a top ten hit. It lacks in feeling, the lyrics seem to be no different than what a large label would be seeking to make some money. The only song that is different. The only song that I believe actually has good lyrics, as well as, the music to go along with it is A Seed. I wish that Billy Dean stayed on the path that he was carving with that song. The Album as a whole I would suggest to no one. My advice is to listen to it if a friend has it, and purchase tracks of this album as singles, or you’re buying an album that just keeps repeating the same song.


Legendary Group to Announce "DRIVERS... Start Your Engines!" at
Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Saturday, March 9 at NASCAR Nationwide Series Race  

Sam's Town 300 Race to Air Nationally on ESPN2 at 4 PM EST

Nashville, Tenn. (March 6, 2013) - "DRIVERS... start your engines!"  Iconic southern rockers The Marshall Tucker Band (MTB), will utter those four words on national television this weekend.  The MTB has been tapped to grand marshal this weekend's NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 race takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada this Saturday, March 9 and will air live nationally on ESPN2 at 4 PM EST.

"We are so excited to be associated with this Nationwide Series NASCAR race," notes MTB lead singer Doug Gray.  "We've always been big supporters of NASCAR so this opportunity came as a welcome surprise."

The MTB will give the official order for drivers to start their engines, followed by John Sou, General Manager of the Sam’s Town 300, dropping the green flag to start the race.

With millions watching from home, the Sam's Town 300 is one of ESPN2's most popular races in the Nationwide Series.  Average attendance usually tops 70,000 each year.  Sam’s Town is one of the longest-running title sponsors in the Nationwide Series.

Following the race, the MTB will perform live at The Orleans Hotel and Casino.  The concert begins at 8 PM.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting

About the Marshall Tucker Band
Forty-one years ago, The Marshall Tucker Band was founded in Spartanburg, SC.  Thanks to hits like “Can’t You See,” “Heard It In A Love Song” and “Fire On The Mountain,” the 5x Gold, 3x Platinum-selling southern rock group has sold more than 15 million albums to date. MTB songs have been featured in major motion picture films and television series including BlowThe BoxSwing Vote, Half Nelson, My Name Is EarlCold Case and Good Guys. CMT (Country Music Television) named the MTB’s “Can’t You See” the #4 Greatest Southern Rock Song . The MTB’s debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, reigns as Gibson Guitar’s #5 Greatest Southern Rock Album.  Recently, crowned the MTB's "Can't You See" the #1 Greatest Southern Rock song ever recorded.

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