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Country Music News International April 6. 2013

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Phil Vassar, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Host Bob DiPiero Share the Stories Behind Their Hits
NASHVILLE - The CMA Songwriters Series returns to the acclaimed Joe's Pub in New York City for a special two-night event on May 7 and 8. Celebrating nine remarkable years, the CMA Songwriters Series features special guests Phil Vassar, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and host Bob DiPiero. Tickets go on sale today and show times for both nights will be 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM/ET. 
“Nashville’s songwriters are the best in the world and CMA is excited to showcase them again in New York City at the famed Joe's Pub,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It’s great to see how this series has grown since it began in 2005. What started at Joe’s Pub in New York has expanded to other cities over the years. We have even taken the series overseas with shows in the U.K., Ireland, and Paris.”
Country singer and celebrated songwriter Vassar will headline a night of Country Music favorites and the stories behind the hit songs. As a singer/songwriter, Vassar has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs like “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life,” and “American Child,” and topped the charts with “In a Real Love” and fan favorite “Just Another Day in Paradise.” As a songwriter Vassar's has seen numerous No. 1s with hits including “My Next Thirty Years” recorded by Tim McGraw, “Right On The Money” recorded by Alan Jackson, and Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright.” New artist David Nail had a hit with Vassar’s “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” which Billboard named the No. 1 song in their Top 10 Country Songs of 2012. Vassar’s career has seen the release of eight albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, countless hits as a singer and songwriter, and a mantle full of awards. 
“Songs should evoke something, whether it makes you happy and puts you in a good mood, or makes you cry and feel desperation…you know, whether you’re going through a marriage, or a divorce, or you’re in love, or you hate somebody, or whatever it is… songs should evoke something,” said Vassar." 
Joining Vassar will be McAnally ("Last Call" recorded by Lee Ann Womack and "Come Over" recorded by Kenny Chesney) who recently produced artist Kacey Musgraves' debut album and co-wrote nine of the album's 12 tracks including the first two singles, "Merry Go Round" and "Blowin' Smoke,” Clark ("Better Dig Two" recorded by The Band Perry, "The Day She Got Divorced" recorded by Reba McEntire, and "Mama's Broken Heart" recorded by Miranda Lambert), and the evening’s host, Bob DiPiero (“Southern Voice” recorded by Tim McGraw, “Blue Clear Sky” recorded by George Strait, and “Lovin’ You Is Fun” recorded by Easton Corbin).
Tickets for the May 7 and 8 CMA Songwriters Series at Joe’s Pub are $40 and $35 each and are on sale today. For information about Joe’s Pub or to order tickets, visit or call (212) 967-7555 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM/ET. Joe’s Pub is located at 425 Lafayette St. in New York City.
The CMA Songwriters Series will also play in Boston, Chicago, Austin, and Nashville with talent to be announced at a later date. For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit  
ASCAP, BMI, GAC, and SESAC are the official partners of the CMA Songwriters Series.


Heart Of Texas Artists at Halkirk Country Music Festival

Halkirk, in the northeast tip of Scotland, might well be the most unlikely place you’d expect to hear the sound of Texas music yet it’s now become part of the area’s Easter weekend tradition.

Once again the Northern Nashville Country Music Club Festival bridged the 5000 mile gap between the two locations. The festival, now in its tenth year and run by committee of dedicated country music enthusiasts headed up by Christine Gray, is an extension of the NNCMC’s monthly meetings ( It took place at the Halkirk Indoor Riding Centre (March 29-31) and, for the third consecutive year, welcomed artists from the Heart of Texas record label.

This time around the highly enthusiastic audience – gathered from local towns, the islands, Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK – saw the debut British appearances of Kimberly Murray & Bob Manning and Rance Norton, backed by a five piece hot country swing band led by veteran singer/guitarist Tommy Hooker.

“It’s now part of our annual schedule to play for the festival” said Tracy Pitcox, founder of the Brady, Texas based record label. “We get to spend a few, very enjoyable days here and love to bring our music to new audiences. The folks really seem to enjoy it as well, whether sitting down or letting loose out on the dance floor”.  

This year’s artists presented a broad spectrum of Texas music,  ranging from the traditional sounds of Tommy Hooker with a extensive repertoire of western swing material; Bob Manning and Kimberly Murray whose music merges the Bakersfield Sound with Texas shuffle, giving a performance that combined country classics with original material; and the label’s newest signing, Rance Norton, already predicted to follow in the footsteps of such Lone Star legends as Ray Price, Willie Nelson and Johnny Bush.

Each of these artists have albums currently available, details listed below.

Although he didn’t appear at the Festival, another Heart of Texas artist George Hamilton IV is currently touring the UK with Ireland’s Sandy Kelly. His new album, which also features George Hamilton V, comprises many well-loved country gospel titles and was produced by Justin Trevino.   

TOMMY HOOKER   Texas Honky Tonk Favourites 
Deep Water; Take Back Your old Love Letters; My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You; Lily Dale; Pride; Pick Me Uop On you Way Down (with JUSTIN TREVINO); Faded Love; Heart Over Mind; Invitation To The Blues; Fraulein; Bubbles In My Beer; One More Time
(Heart Of Texas Records HOTR 4667)

Good Mornin’ Darlin’; Blame This Mess On You; From Where I Came; Same Battle Fought Yesterday; Last First Date; Lovin’ In Three Quarter Time; Cheatin’ Side Of Life; Three Chords Away; When I’m Drunk; Loves Me Right; I Can’t Imagine; Bunkhouse Breakdown; Devil Makes No Change
(Bourbon Haze Records BH-412)

RANCE NORTON  Here We Go Again
This Time I Won’t Cheat On Her Again; When It’s Midnight In Dallas; Different Kind Of Flower; Slide Off Your Satin Sheets; Texas Dance Hall Girl;  Nashville Drunkard (with FRANKIE MILLER); Here We Go Again; Right Side Of The Wrong Bed; Right Back In Your Arms Again; There’s Nothing To Hold Me Anymore; Love Comes From the Other Side Of Town; I Never Miss A Day (Missing You)
(Heart of Texas Records HOTR 4700)

Turn Your Radio On; Satisfied Mind; Great Speckled Bird; Falling Leaves; Preachin’ Prayin’ Singin’; Wings Of A Dove; We Will Meet Again; Somewhere Down The Road; It Was Love and not The Nails; Heartaches No Longer; Cattle On A Thousand Hills; The Gift; Bargain Basement Preacher; Abilene (Epilogue with GEORGE V and GEORGE VI)
(Heart of Texas Records HOTR 4697)



Series to Document the Songs and Stories of Country Music’s Family Acts

Nashville, TN (April 5, 2013) – When it comes to country music, it is hard to find a show that does a better job of documenting the songs and stories of country music than Country’s Family Reunion. “Kinfolk,” the show’s latest offering, brings together the family duos, trios and quartets of country music. RFD-TV will air a new episode of “Kinfolk” each week in April featuring appearances by the The Whites, The Roys, The Forester Sisters, The Lennon Sisters, Wilson Fairchild, The Gatlin Brothers, The Church Sisters, The Bellamy Brothers and more.

“For so many years, Country’s Family Reunion has documented the songs and stories of the legends, but we’ve never had the families of country music together to perform,” said Larry Black, creator of Country’s Family Reunion. “The ‘Kinfolk’ series is a special gathering of brothers, sisters, cousins, moms and dads sharing their country roots.”

Catch a new set of performances, each week in April on the RFD network.

Week of:
April 5: The Whites, The Roys, The Forester Sisters, The Lennon Sisters, Wilson Fairchild and The Gatlin Brothers

April 12: The Church Sisters, The Lennon Sisters, Rhonda, Darrin and Carolyn Vincent, The Forester Sisters and The Bellamy Brothers

April 19: The Gatlin Brothers, The Forester Sisters, Rhonda, Darrin and Carolyn Vincent, The Roys, The Bellamy Brothers and The Whites

April 26: The Lennon Sisters, The Forester Sisters, The Bellamy Brothers and The Gatlin Brothers

Air times for Country’s Family Reunion are Friday at 8 PM CT / 9 PM ET and Saturday at 6 AM CT / 7 AM ET. For more information on Country’s Family Reunion, “Kinfolk” or to purchase the entire series, please visit or call 1-800-820-5405.

Since 1996, Gabriel Communications has been bringing artists together into one room to reunite and reminisce about their careers, perform signature songs and share stories while the cameras roll. The result has been pure magic, leading to popular TV airings and successful DVD sales, leaving country fans clamouring for more.

Hailing from Darby, Fl., The Bellamy Brothers were one of the few country artists that found success in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, starting with the release of their crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow” in 1976.  Consisting of siblings David and Howard Bellamy, the duo’s hits include the “You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie,” “Sugar Daddy,” “I Need More of You” and “Kids of the Baby Boom.” The Bellamy Brothers’ commitment to country music is proven by their 2002 CMA “International Artist Achievement” nod, the 1980 Grammy nomination for “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me” and their record-setting duo nominations from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

Relative newcomers on the country music scene, The Church Sisters consist of Sarah and Savannah Church and are supported by their brother Seth (guitar). The duo began their musical career in March of 2007 after winning WAKG’s “Rising Stars” talent competition. The Church Sisters have performed alongside Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson and Joey + Rory and have been featured on The Joey + Rory Show and Larry’s Country Diner. The sisters’ song “I Wandered by a Brookside” was recently featured on the album Mark Twain Words and Music, produced by Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Carl Jackson.

Kathy, June, Kim and Christy Forester make up the The Forester Sisters. The sibling quartet found commercial success in the 1980s, charting fifteen Top Ten singles on the Billboard Hot Country Chart. In 1986, the group was named “Top Vocal Group” by the Academy of Country Music. Some of their most memorable hits include “I Fell in Love Again Last Night,” “Just in Case,” “Mama’s Never Seen Those Eyes,” “Too Much is Not Enough” and “You Again.”

The close family harmonies of Larry, Rudy and Steve Gatlin gave the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You).” The brothers won a GRAMMY Award for their 1976 breakthrough hit, “Broken Lady,” and reached #1 with “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love” two years later. Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies – Single of the Year (“All The Gold In California”), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin, also a talented songwriter who composed all of the group’s singles. To date, the brothers hold 36 Top 40 Hits to their credit.
Three siblings from a family of 12 children, The Lennon Sisters consist of Mimi, Janet and Kathy Lennon. The group has been active since 1955, achieving their first hit “Tonight, You Belong to Me” in 1956 and reaching No. 1 in 1961 with “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry).” The sibling trio has their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was recently inducted in to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. The sisters continue to perform to standing room only crowds several times a year across the United States and host a successful series of Christmas shows at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater in Branson, MO.

The Roys are a bluegrass duo and have twice won the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) “Bluegrass Artist of The Year” (2011 and 2012), been named two-time ICM “Duo of the Year” (2009 and 2010) and were awarded the Inspirational Country Music Single by Power Source Magazine (2012). The Roys consist of siblings Elaine (vocals, guitar) and Lee Roy (vocals, mandolin). The band’s sophomore album, New Day Dawning, topped its predecessor, Lonesome Whistle, by debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart and by achieving Top Ten album sales on in three categories.

One of Country music’s finest and most beloved family harmony groups, The Whites, have enjoyed a prolific music career which has spanned across the past four decades. Buck White (vocals, piano, mandolin), Sharon (vocals, guitar) and Cheryl (vocals, bass) officially comprise the group which originally started out at a Bluegrass group, but the family trio became well known for their string of Country hits in the 1980s culminating in their induction as Opry members in 1984. They were involved in the 2001 hit movie and soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and have gone on to win multiple awards, including GRAMMY, CMA and Dove Awards, among others.

Wilson Fairchild is a country music duo made up of Wil and Langdon Reid. The cousins hail from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and are highly acclaimed songwriters, writing songs for Ricky Skaggs’s Grammy nominated album MOSAIC, The Statler Brothers and Dailey & Vincent. Wilson Fairchild’s clever lyrics and their perfectly delivered ballads were inherited from their fathers, Harold Reid and Don Reid of Statler Brothers fame. Currently, the cousins are opening for George Jones on “The Grand Tour” and will be performing at “The Possum’s” final Nashville concert in November.

Started in 1996 as the idea of long-time disc jockey, Larry Black, Gabriel Communications specializes in “Reunion Videos.” The success of this television and DVD series spurred the creation of more than a dozen more projects featuring hundreds of songs and stories as well as Country’s Family Reunion News, a monthly newspaper which highlights the music of yesteryear, as well as a weekly format spin-off television show on RFD-TV called “Larry’s Country Diner.”  Gabrielle Communications has additionally applied the Reunion concept to sports and created videos involving the legends of stock car racing and collegiate football teams. For more information on Country’s Family Reunion products, please visit:

Blue Ridge Music Festival Ticket Price Increases on April 16

Blue Ridge Music Festival Ticket Price Increases on April 16

See Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes and more
for only $35 for a limited time

Nashville, Tenn. (April 4, 2013) –With only a couple of months left to go, the highly-anticipated Blue Ridge Music Festival will see an increase in ticket price starting April 16. The one-day festival, to be held at Salem Stadium in Salem, Va., on June 1, will feature performances by Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on ABC’s hit show “Nashville,” Gloriana, Colt Ford, Greg Bates, Will Hoge and Virginia’s own legendary party group, The Skip Castro Band. Tickets are currently on sale at the Salem Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

The early-bird ticket price will end at 11:59pm ET on April 15, when reserved and general admission field tickets will increase to $40 (plus additional fees).  In addition, a very limited number of VIP tickets are being made available.  VIP ticket holders will receive preferred reserved seating, preferred parking, VIP express entry, an invitation to the exclusive festival after-party, private bathrooms, private cash bar (beer & wine only), complimentary boxed lunch and a commemorative Blue Ridge Music Festival poster. VIP Experience tickets are $99.50 (plus additional fees).

“Because of today’s economy, we wanted to offer up the chance to see all of these great artists for a low price to music fans,” says Festival Producer Carey Harveycutter.  “We are excited with the response we’ve gotten about the talent line-up and can’t wait until June 1 for our inaugural event to take place.”

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