Thursday, March 28, 2013



Mt. Juliet, TN (March 28, 2013) – Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Daniels is recovering after having a pacemaker implanted today (3-28), at a Nashville area hospital.

During a doctor visit on Monday (3-25), Charlie was diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia and admitted to the hospital for a series of routine tests.  The tests revealed that a pacemaker was needed to regulate his heart rate.

He plans to be released from the hospital on Friday (3-29).  The family asks for your thoughts and prayers for Charlie as he recovers.  He will spend the next two weeks at his home.

Charlie recently celebrated 5 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, where he is a regular performer.

“I just had not been feeling well and wanted to get checked out,” says Daniels.  “I am thankful the doctors found the problem and were able to implant a pacemaker to get my heart rate regulated.  I am feeling so much better and looking forward to spending Easter with my family.”

Charlie’s performance at MTSU’s Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, TN, as part of the World Outreach Church Easter service,  has been cancelled.

Two CDB concert dates, Englewood, NJ (4-5), and Newark, OH (4-6) have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled.  Charlie will resume his touring schedule with an appearance in Lynchburg, VA on April 11th and continue his tour schedule with the following dates:
Verona, NY (4-12), Chester, WV (4-13), Opry (4-18), Vidalia, GA (4-20), Wilkesboro, NC (4-25), Florence, SC (4-26), Priceville, AL (4-27), Indio, CA (4-28)

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Steel Guitar News March 28. 2013

This is Bob Hempker. We’ve been talking about how modern electronics have changed music and steel guitar in particular. Things we now take for granted didn’t exist a few short years ago. Take electronic tuners for instance. Years ago you had to spend several hundred dollars for a strobe tuner that was way too big to be carried to a gig. Now we have Peterson strobe tuners barely larger than a pack of cigarettes and they are becoming a de facto item in almost everybody’s pack-a-seat. All I had to work with back in the day was a tuning fork and my ear. We didn’t have the luxury we have today. We’ve also got the incredible Tascam GB-10 which a lot of players consider to be about the best self-teaching tool you can find anywhere. You can slow a song down to half speed without changing the key or you can change the key without slowing it down or any combination of the two. This was impossible a decade ago. We never dreamed such a device could exist. Electronic drum machines and metronomes have tightened up the timing of bands all over the world. Play with a metronome ticking away and your playing will get tighter and tighter. One tip to help improve your timing is while you’re driving, start counting the beat to a song on the radio, then turn the volume down for about 15 seconds. When you turn the volume back up, see if you’re right on the beat or if you’re dragging or pushing the beat. This is something you can do every time you’re behind the wheel. Consider how the internet has changed so many things and how it’s helped steel players. We can communicate in ways never before possible from newsletters like this one, to instant messaging to sharing videos on YouTube. We can exchange ideas and learn from each other even though we may live thousands of miles apart and have never met each other face to face. Think of how modern electronics have changed the gear we use. Amps have become smaller, lighter, cleaner sounding and more reliable than ever before. Rack mount gear and stomp boxes have given us every imaginable combination of effects. Electronic reverb has given us steady dependable sound. With the old spring reverbs, if the drummer had a heavy foot or if the singer started jumping up and down, it could trigger the reverb unit. It’s hard trying to play something pretty with a spring reverb going in and out. Cell phones mean we can be anywhere and get a call for a gig. You don’t have to miss a job because you weren’t home sitting by the phone when the call came. We can also check our tour itinerary, check messages and always be up to date with what’s happening when and where. Thanks to cell phones, we no longer get important information after the fact. We want to wish everyone a Happy Easter and since we’ve been seeing everyone else’s Easter Sale, we came up with one of our own. From now through Monday, every Bobbe Seymour video or CD is buy one, get another one free. In order to work around the limitations of our shopping cart, after you place your order, email and tells us that you ordered a video or CD and also tell us which video or CD you want for your free one. Happy Easter guys. Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday


Hot Country Newcomer To Perform The Buzzed-About Single At The ACM Weekend Fremont Street Concert On 4/6

Chris Janson video photo

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bigger Picture
Nashville, TN – (March 28, 2013) – Hot country newcomer and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Chris Janson will world premiere his brand new music video for “Better I Don’t” today (3/28) on CMT Pure, CMT Mobile and The exclusive debut was directed by Wes Edwards and shot in the popular Nashville music venue 12th & Porter. The video vividly captures Janson’s exhilarating live performance and innate sense of humor when he shows off what would happen if he did rather than if he don’t. “Better I Don’t” will be featured on his debut full-length album produced by Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band), which is expected for release later this year via Bigger Picture Group.
Watch the video for “Better I Don’t” now via:
When asked about making the video, Janson shared, “It was an unbelievable day and I was thrilled that my family, friends and fans all came out to join in the fun and help me get into a little trouble!”
Janson will perform the catchy song and more during his April 6 full-band performance at the popular Academy of Country Music’s Fremont Street Concert at the Las Vegas strip with Randy Houser, Jana Kramer and headliner Jake Owen. He will take the stage at 9:00pm.
Since releasing “Better I Don’t,” Janson is already garnering nationwide buzz from media and fans alike. With undeniable charisma, Janson brings a blue-collar, working-class, boot-stomping hillbilly redneck attitude to bear on every live performance, earning him opening slots for music legends Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr. The talented songwriter co-wrote Tim McGraw’s fastest rising single of his career with “Truck Yeah” and began writing at just 18 with an impressive group of musicians from the likes of Guns N' Roses to Bill Anderson. The Perryville, Missouri, native first broke onto the Nashville music scene when he landed a year long, four show a day gig at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.
Keep up with Chris Janson at, on Facebook at or follow him on Twitter: @Janson_Chris


Announces Inaugural Celebrity Cornhole Challenge
Benefitting TJ Martell’s Colon Cancer Research

Nashville, TN…(March 28, 2013)…After selling more than a half-million tracks from his debut effort, Bigger Picture artist Craig Campbell today revealed on his Facebook page the street date and cover artwork for his highly anticipated sophomore album, NEVER REGRET. The twelve-song project, which features the evocative lead single “Outta My Head,” will join the ranks of country music hit-makers Lady Antebellum and Pistol Annies to release on May 7, 2013. On this second record, Campbell continues to work with Grammy Award winning producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) and CCMA Album of The Year producer, Matt Rovey.

Shortly after the release of his sophomore record and in honor of his late father, Craig will host the inaugural Celebrity Cornhole Challenge to benefit the TJ Martell Foundation’s colon cancer research efforts. The announcement of June’s event comes at a timely moment as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is coming to a close. “This tournament will benefit colon cancer awareness and research, which I am very passionate about,” states Campbell. With a smile in his eyes, he continues, “my father passed away at the age of 36 from the disease, and what better event to benefit colon cancer care than a ‘Cornhole’ tournament.” Just last week, Craig joined Alan Jackson to perform at the Stars Go Blue concert in Nashville to benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance.

The Craig Campbell Cornhole Challenge will take place on June 4th from 2pm-7pm at the Public Square in Downtown Nashville as the unofficial kickoff to 2013’s CMA Music Festival week. Craig will be joined by fellow country artists and celebrity friends including Chase Rice, THE FARM, Gloriana, Greg Bates, Jerrod Niemann, LoCash Cowboys, Love and Theft, Rachel Bradshaw, Australian duo Baylou, GAC’s Suzanne Alexander, Titans Kicker Rob Bironas, and more to be announced. In addition to playing cornhole with Craig and his celebrity friends, participants and attendees will be entertained by live music and great local food and drinks. Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE.

ABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL: After moving from his hometown of Lyons, Georgia to Nashville in 2002 to pursue his country music dreams, American Country Awards nominee Craig Campbell quickly picked up work as a keyboardist in Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd’s bands and was later discovered playing a regular gig at legendary Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage. Since signing with Bigger Picture, he has entertained crowds across the U.S., Australia and Switzerland, performed for national TV audiences on Fox & Friends, Huckabee and Marie and has been profiled in HLN’s series Road Warriors. The singer-songwriter has earned well-deserved praise from the country’s toughest critics for his 2011 self-titled debut album, which has sold more than a half-million tracks. Campbell’s autobiographical lead single, “Family Man” was a top 15 hit followed by fan-favorite “Fish.” His current smash "Outta My Head" is the title track to his 5-song digital EP and the lead single from his sophomore album, set to release on Tuesday, May 7. To learn more about Craig, visit and follow him on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.


Brian Duckworth, Wendy Duckworth-Williams, and Greg Duckworth of
Taylor Made with Grafton High School principal Dr. Joseph Findley. 

The Country Trio Returns To Grafton High School for Friends of McKinney Field Benefit

GRAFTON, W. Va. (March 28th, 2013) - Recent recipients of the MusicRow Independent Artist of the Year Award and West Virginia natives, country recording trio Taylor Made headed back to their hometown of Grafton to perform at the Friends of McKinney Field Benefit on Wednesday, March 27th at the Grafton High School Auditorium. The fundraiser, organized to raise money for the McKinney Field Turf Project, also included a performance by band Shadrach.

"It's always wonderful to come home and perform to raise money for our home high school - a place largely responsible for making us who we are," said Wendy Duckworth-Williams of Taylor Made. "As artists, we get to play a lot of really great venues... But at the end of the day, there's no place like home."

Taylor Made's single That's What Life Is is currently #40 on the Billboard Indicator chart and #29 on the MusicRow chart. To learn more about Taylor Made, or to purchase their latest album Good Love, visit

About Taylor Made:
Born and raised in Taylor County, West Virginia, sibling trio Taylor Made has been performing together since childhood. With a background in church and back porch singing, the trio reformed as I-79 for the Colgate Country Showdown. It was only a matter of time before their sibling harmonies caught the attention of Little General Stores owner Greg Darby, who signed them to his West Virginia-based Little General Records under the new name Taylor Made (after their Taylor County upbringing). In 2011, they released single Good Love off of their EP of the same title, which topped off at #42 on the Billboard Indicator chart and #28 on the MusicRow chart. Their next single, Things You Don't Grow Out Of, took them into the top 40 on Billboard Indicator (#37) and the top 20 on Music Row (#19). For more information on Taylor Made, visit

Country Music News International March 28. 2013

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Andrew Heller - Broadway Love / My Beloved

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Broadway Love
Mariah 3:42 Some Enchanted Evening 3:40
If Ever I would Leave You 4:23

My Beloved
When I Fall In Love 3:52 What Kind of Fool am I 2:46
The Impossible Dream 4:05

These albums were both fairly difficult for me to review. Just when the vocals start, you get a sense, at least I did, that this is not normally something I’d review. This is a classically trained singer with a powerful, almost beautiful voice (In a manly way). As the song Mariah began I had to do a little research on him. The song itself seemed to make me picture a desert, a horse, a campfire, and a big full moon. The harmonica and piano blow the tumbleweeds right in front of you. The sense of loneliness comes in as a few coyotes scatter and wolves howl off the red rock silhouette in the distance.
Wait a minute. This album is named Broadway Love, of course. This song is from Paint the Wagon.. It’s one of those Broadway shows. Then, Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific is next. It has a slow drumbeat to it and some piano. Finally, If ever I would Leave You from Camelot comes on. It also has a nice melodic beat, and some piano.
The rest of the songs were somewhat similar. The songs from My Beloved were easily recognizable. They just had a little different twist to them. From what I found out, the singer has many awards and plays a lot with symphonies and shows. I also found out that he was an executive for IBM most of his life. I always think it’s kind of a shame that when someone is very talented and is winning all sorts of awards, not to mention is professionally trained, that they leave that track at an early age only to chase money. When they finally return to their passion it is almost too late for them to succeed the way they could have.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Broadway show. Okay, maybe the ones I went to see were off Broadway. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, they were really off Broadway. They were so far off Broadway that they were in my living room with a fast forward button pressed firmly on the remote control, and trust me I never pushed pause to go get some food, go to the bathroom, run to the store for some smokes, or drive out to the beach.
If you like Broadway shows, operas, and symphony orchestras than this album is for you. Andrew Heller puts his own unique twist on the songs that you probably already have heard. It’s listed as Easy Listening, but I like to call it elevator music. I don’t see myself rushing out to buy it or to buy tickets to see him. But, I could picture a lot of others doing it. The ‘Baby Boomers’ are almost that age where they’d really appreciate it. Who knows, they may even try to pawn their wheelchairs, or flaunt a little bit of their retirement cash in order to become loyal fans and groupies. I bet they’ll even start blasting it through the bullhorns at the church BINGO. On second thought, maybe that’s a bad idea. I probably shouldn’t have even suggested that. There may be subliminal messages hidden in the songs. They may get so addicted to gambling from listening to it as they play that they’ll lose their funeral plots. 

 Jeremy Frost



 Watch the Official Music Video HERE
Nashville, Tenn. (March 27, 2013) - Last week, GAC exclusively premiered "All In The Same Boat," the new music video featuring country music hitmakers stars Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin.

The video is now available for online viewing by visiting Vevo.  The Country Network (TCN) will begin airing the video in light rotation starting next week.

Additional details for the trio's upcoming collaborative album, including an official street date, will be released in coming weeks.



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The Marshall Tucker Band Invites Slone On-stage for Encore
Opry Performance - Joins Group to Sing Classic Hit, "Can't You See"    

Nashville, Tenn. (March 27, 2013) – This past weekend on the stage of the historic Grand Ole Opry, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND performed and welcomed a very special guest on-stage for a little help singing the group's classic hit, "Can't You See."  That special guest was 21-year-old singing Walmart cashier sensation, KAYLA SLONE.

"I had seen this girl on the news and when I found out she would be performing on the Opry with us, I knew we had to invite her back out after her set to help us sing 'Can't You See,'" says MTB lead singer and founding member Doug Gray.

Slone recently made national headlines after a customer recorded her singing while on-duty as a cashier at a Walmart in her home state of West Virginia.  The video recording was uploaded to the Internet and soon attracted the attention of the national media (click HERE for more).  One of Slone's dreams was to perform on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.  She was given that opportunity after the Opry contacted her with a personal invite.

"It was a real honor to sing on the Grand Ole Opry stage and be a part of a great tradition," says Slone.  "It was also a special treat to sing with The Marshall Tucker Band and it goes to show you that dreams really do come true!" 

Gray notes, "We had so much fun singing with Kayla.  She was a real pro and I know she will go far in this business.  I had chills up and down my spine after hearing her sing!"

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.

For additional information on The Marshall Tucker Band, visit

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