Monday, April 8, 2013

LEE BRICE EARNS THIRD CONSECUTIVE NO. ONE

Lee Brice
 
LEE BRICE EARNS THIRD CONSECUTIVE
NO. ONE HIT THIS WEEK WITH POWERFUL
SINGLE “I DRIVE YOUR TRUCK”
 
Brice Set for Brad Paisley’s Beat This Summer Tour
 
Nashville, TN – April 8, 2013 – Award-winning singer/songwriter Lee Brice takes the top position on both the Billboard and Mediabase charts this week with his moving “I Drive Your Truck.” The hit song is Brice’s third consecutive single off his sophomore release HARD 2 LOVE on Curb Records and has resonated with fans since first hitting the airwaves.
 
“I was immediately drawn to this song, so I’m not surprised that fans have connected to it like they have,” said Brice. “Since we put it out as a single, fans from across the country have shared their own ‘truck’ stories through just about any way they can – calling into the radio, on tour at meet and greet, Twitter, Facebook, emails and texts. I’m just glad I got to be a part of this special song and want to thank Country Radio for helping me share it.”
 
Brice recently announced that he will be joining Brad Paisley this summer on his Beat This Summer Tour. The first leg of the tour kicks off on May 9 in St. Louis, MO and will hit over 29 cities in the US and Canada through the summer months. For a full list of tour dates, visit www.leebrice.com.

Taylor Made Entertains At Spring Fling


Taylor Made's Brian Duckworth, Wendy Duckworth-Williams, and Greg
Duckworth with Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (photo by Beni Holley)

WEST VIRGINIA TRIO BRINGS IN SPRING WITH PERFORMANCE
Little General Records Artist Taylor Made Entertains At Spring Fling


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 8th, 2013) - Despite the recent winter weather conditions in their home state of West Virginia, Little General Records recording trio Taylor Made celebrated the coming of spring in a big way - performing at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium's Spring Fling Concert on Saturday evening, April 6th. The concert, which also featured a performance by Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (winner, America's Got Talent season six), raised money for both the Community Music Association and Junior Achievement of West Virginia.

"The Charleston Municipal Auditorium has always been one of our favorite venues to perform at... To do so with another accomplished West Virginia recording artist for the sake of two incredible organizations was such an honor," said Greg Duckworth of Taylor Made.

Finishing work on their latest, yet-to-be-titled album with Little General Records, MusicRow's Independent Artist of the Year is also gearing up for a nationwide summer tour. Their current single, "That's What Life Is", is still climbing the charts, with positions at #27 on the Music Row chart and #40 on the Billboard Indicator chart.

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 www.taylormadecountry.com.

About the Community Music Association: 
Since its establishment in 1933, the Community Music Association has been responsible for making available nearly 400, world-class performances at affordable prices to the community of Charleston, West Virginia. The non-profit, all-volunteer organization was responsible for the construction of the Municipal Auditorium during the Great Depression, at which the majority of the association's events are still held. Operating on a year-to-year basis, the association continues to enrich Charleston's culture through musical performances and events. To learn more about the Community Music Association, visit www.communitymusicassociation.com.

About Junior Achievement of West Virginia:
Junior Achievement of West Virginia offers students in the states of West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky a fundamental understanding of business and economics, engaging them in discovering and developing their talents and skills. Because all 350,000+ kids in the region will get involved in business at some point in their lives, the program enlists the aid of business professionals to help prepare kids for business experiences they may encounter in the future. To learn more about Junior Achievement of West Virginia, visit www.jaadvantage.com

Miranda Lambert takes home 4 ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert takes home 4 ACM Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 7, 2013) – Winners have been announced for the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE tonight on the CBS Television Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fans named Luke Bryan, Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor and his first win in that category. This year marked a record breaking year with 1.1 million fans casting their vote for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories, combined.
Bryan co-hosted the ACM Awards for the first time ever tonight with Blake Shelton. Prior to the telecast, Bryan won for Vocal Event of the Year with Jason Aldean and Eric Church, for “The Only Way I Know,” a trophy he accepted on the GAC live red carpet pre-show. The Entertainer of the Year Award and Vocal Event of the Year mark his fourth ACM Award wins. He previously won in 2009 for both New Solo Vocalist of the Year and for New Artist of the Year.
Miranda Lambert won for the fourth consecutive year as Female Vocalist of the Year and she also took the prize for Single Record of the Year as artist, and Song of the Year, as artist and composer, for “Over You,” an award she shares with husband and co-composer Blake Shelton. She is the leading winner of the night, with a total of four trophies in three categories. She joins Reba and Loretta Lynn as the only other artists to win Female Vocalist of the Year four or more times.
Jason Aldean won Male Vocalist of the Year, his first win in the category. Aldean also won for Vocal Event of the Year, with Luke Bryan and Eric Church, for “The Only Way I Know.” This is his second consecutive win in that category; he won last year with Kelly Clarkson for “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” In 2005, he won for New Male Vocalist of the Year.
Little Big Town won Vocal Group of the Year and, prior to the telecast, they were also awarded the trophy for Video of the Year for “Tornado.” This is their first win in both categories. In 2006, they won for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year.
Thompson Square won Vocal Duo of the Year, their second consecutive ACM Award win in that category.
Eric Church won Album of the Year for Chief. He also won for Vocal Event of the Year, with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, for “The Only Way I Know.” This is his first win in both categories, and his third ACM Award overall. He won for New Solo Vocalist of the Year in 2010.
Artists Florida Georgia Line received their first time Academy of Country Music Award tonight for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s Department Stores, a fan-voted category. They previously won in the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year category, giving them a total of two wins for this year.
Tonight, the Academy of Country Music sold-out two of the largest arenas in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, and the Orleans Arena for the 3nd Annual ACM Fan Jam, headlined by Brad Paisley.
Following is the list of winners in the 11 categories voted on by the membership (excluding the Entertainer of the Year and New Artist categories, which were voted on by a combination of professional ACM members and fans):
Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Male Vocalist of the year
Jason Aldean
Female Vocalist of the year
Miranda Lambert
Vocal Duo of the year *(Off Camera Award)
Thompson Square
Vocal Group OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S
Florida Georgia Line
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
Produced by: Jay Joyce
Single Record of the Year [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
Over You – Miranda Lambert (RCA)
Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Song of the Year [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
Over You – Miranda Lambert
Composers: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton
Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)
Video of the Year [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)
Tornado – Little Big Town
Producer: Iris Baker
Director: Shane Drake
Vocal Event of the Year [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] *(Off Camera Award)
The Only Way I Know – Jason Aldean With Luke Bryan & Eric Church (Broken Bow)
Produced by: Michael Knox
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (previously announced)
Brantley Gilbert
NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (previously announced)
Jana Kramer
NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR(previously announced)
Florida Georgia Line
For a complete list of past and present wins and nominations, please visit www.acmcountry.com and search the ACM Awards Database located on the Homepage.
Getty Images is the official photographer for the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and photos can be accessed at www.gettyimages.com.
About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

George Hamilton IV: Onstage and Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry


George Hamilton IV: Onstage and Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry

While George Hamilton IV has had a home at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years, he has also travelled the world several times over, earning the title of “International Ambassador of Country Music" from Billboard magazine. As of Spring 2013, the Opry member has committed to spending more time than ever at his musical home, welcoming guests on two new Opry House tours — an Opry House Backstage Pass Post-Show Tour and the Opry’s VIP Behind The Opry Curtain Tour. Throughout Opry show nights, Hamilton will share stories of backstage happenings as well as those of his global country career. Of course the Opry member will still take to the Opry stage from time to time for performances of classics including "Abilene", "Break My Mind" and "Truck Driving Man".

“We’re pleased to have George with us so often to offer guests his brand of Opry hospitality,” said Pete Fisher, Opry Vice President and General Manager. “Talking with George is to learn more about what happens backstage at the Opry, what it was like to tour with the country greats of the past including the legendary Patsy Cline, how it felt to be the first American country singer to have his own British television series, to tour behind the Iron Curtain, and more.”
                                                                                              
Prior to his new role at the Opry, George Hamilton IV continues to entertain British audiences with his latest visit – a month long tour with Ireland’s Sandy Kelly celebrating the 50th anniversary of Patsy Cline’s final concert. Previously the two artists had co-starred in “Patsy Cline: The Musical” which enjoyed performances in London’s West End as well as long running provincial tours in Britain and Ireland.

Looking ahead, Hamilton notes the Grand Ole Opry as his musical home place, having first taken trips there from his native North Carolina as a child. “I’m very proud to be a member of the Opry family and feel very comfortable as a backstage host in addition to performing” he says. “I’m really looking forward to meeting and greeting the folks from all over the world who come to visit with us”.  

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B.J. Thomas - The Living Room Sessions

B.J. Thomas
The Living Room Sessions
 Product Details
Don’t Worry Baby 3:51 I Just Can’t Help Believing 3:47 Most of All 3:46 Eyes of a New York Woman 3:13
(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song 3:20 I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry 3:22 Rock and Roll Lullaby 4:27
New Looks From an Old Lover 3:27
What Ever Happened to Old Fashioned Love 3:47 Hooked on a Feeling 3:00 Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head 3:00 Everybody’s Out of Town 3:35

This album starts off with a really soft easy listening song. So far it is a nice welcome change. B.J. Thomas has a great voice that really goes well with the acoustic guitar, some background singers, and a soft melody. A lot of these albums I don’t know what to expect, what I’m about to get myself into, and then it happens. Everything I was dreading comes alive and I’m pissing myself, hiding under the covers, and crunching down on my fingernails so fiercely that my knuckles are showing bone. Don’t Worry Baby has got my attention. Finally, I can start an album just relaxing, sinking into the pillows and smoothly tapping out some nice easy keystrokes.
I Just Can’t Help Believing keeps it up. The sweet, splashing acoustic guitar drapes the listener with pouring sunlight and can’t help bring out a smile. The comforts of the living room are truly brought out in this song. Well hey, so far so good, let’s move on to the third track.
Most of All (with Keb Mo) reminds me a lot of James Taylor. Wait a minute. I’ve definitely heard this song before. Hold on. Let me look down the playlist really quick. Now, I remember.
I was just cleaning up the bar getting ready to open. It was the summer of 2001, and I was working on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The DJ always played a few songs I liked before the street got busy. I got to work on this review. I’ll get back to my story later. Deep in the Eyes of a New York Woman keeps the album moving along nicely. The more songs I listen to now, the more I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before. Especially with (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. The further we get into the album the more you’ll understand why I wrote that. Just listen to the vocals carefully. Pay attention to his pitch, closely follow the tone.
I’m So Lonesome I could Cry is the first real downer I have encountered so far. It kind of seems out of place. Then, Rock and Roll Lullaby comes on, this is another song that most people will recognize. If you didn’t hear the original, I’m sure you’ve heard a cover. The next two songs are more like ‘love songs’ than anything on the album. I guess they’re more for the couples.
So now it’s time to get back to my story. I’m getting the bar ready, wiping it down, cleaning out the ashtrays, etc. etc. The DJ is up in the booth on a second floor above me, but I can see him and he can hear me as I yell. He’s playing “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. I’m dancing around the bar as I’m cleaning and he yells out. “What do you want to hear next?”
I yell back, “Play that other song by him…You know… Hooked on a Feeling”
He yells, “He doesn’t sing that.”
And I, young and cocky as ever, laugh, pull out two hundred dollar bills, slap them on the bar, and say, “I’ll bet you right now.”
He comes down, and almost simultaneously, tosses the vinyl on the counter slaps his hand over my money and has it tucked deep inside his pocket before I can pick up the record and read it. B.J. Thomas I read, and the only thought that came to mind was, “Wow. I lost. There goes my two hundred bucks.”
I truly feel honored to even get the chance to review this album. This is B.J. Thomas’ first ‘unplugged’ album. It celebrates his fifty years in the music industry. During his career he has sold over 70 million records, has had eleven gold records, has had multiple top 40 hits, the list just goes on and on. This album is a must have for any country music fan, or better yet, any fan of music. Whether you are a die-hard pickup driving, beer guzzling, trailer park tenant, or an evangelical missionary bible toting preacher; hell why not even a monk locked behind the bricks of some castle tower in some faraway distant world, or a twisted death metal music fan banging his head so hard that the day to day grind of his shirt and tie seem to evaporate with each strike of the stage, this album is a must have for EVERYONE!

Jeremy Frost for Country Music News International

Morgan Frazier - YELLOW BRICK ROAD

Morgan Frazier - YELLOW BRICK ROAD
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Sidewalk Records

Morgan Frazier hat ihre Liebe zur Musik, speziell zum Singen, im zarten Alter von 5 Jahren entdeckt. Sie wurde von ihren Eltern sehr gefördert und hat durch sie auch die verschiedensten Genres (Funk, CCR, Country) kennen gelernt. Schon mit 7 Jahren schrieb sie ihren ersten Song, hatte später eine gute Schulung durch Dean Dillon u. a. berühmte Songwriter.

Entgegen anderen Sängerinnen bleibt sie ihrer eigenen Stimme und ihrem Stil treu und so hören wir auf dieser CD 5 Titel aus ihrer Feder, vorgetragen mit junger, temperamentvoller und manchmal etwas rauchiger Stimme.

  1. Yellow Brick Road (Weg ohne Wiederkehr?)
  2. Cowboys Ride, mit sehr guten Gitarrensolis
  3. Love Letters, wie schon der Titel verspricht, eine ruhigere Nummer
  4. Halo ....... es war nur ein Lichtschein ...
  5. Part Of My Show. Dieses Stück, ein langsamer, etwas wehmütiger Walzer, gefällt mir persönlich am besten. Verleitet sofort zum mitsingen.

Text: Eliza, eliza.music@gmx.at

ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS APRIL 8. 2013


ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS
     To say the Everhart's are 'on the road' is an understatement.  They just returned from a 4-month tour of Florida, and last week we found them in St. Paul, Minnesota, invited to see a concert by Michael Nesmith.
     "You might not remember who Michael Nesmith is," Bob said, "he was the young guy in the green stocking cap on a television show called the Monkees.  It was supposed to be a humorous television program making fun of the Beatles, and it did that, but more importantly it was an opportunity for a young Texan to take his 12-string guitar, his wit, and his uncanny ability to write beautiful love songs to another level.  Sheila was a fan of the Monkees long before I was, but I've been a long-time fan of Nesmith, especially when he had his 'First National Band' and did so much really good country music with steel player Red Rhodes, after the Monkees.  And yes, when he did his show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul (this is where Prairie Home Companion is taped), he had a steel player with him.  (Red Rhodes passed away several years ago).  He even did a song using a tape of Rhodes, so they could still do it together....live.  It was incredibly well done, as was the entire two-hour concert.  A really remarkable concert that we see so little of these days, with really good musicians playing really good music, and better 'country' music than anything on the charts anywhere."
     "When we got back home, we got an e-mail asking us to tell them how we liked the concert," Sheila said.  "Bob immediately told them that they needed to move Garrison and the Companion to Des Moines or Omaha or North Platte, because Michael Nesmith 'rules' St. Paul.  Well, I don't think they will do that, but to say Nesmith's concert was incredible, is an understatement.  He was that and much much more.  He did the songs he wrote over the years, and introduced each song with a short story about why he wrote it.  It was an absolutely thrilling way to see and hear a remarkable concert."
     "Dad finally found a close-to-home place to get a budget lunch," Bobbie Lhea, the Everhart's daughter piped up. "We had a grand time in St. Paul, but there certainly wasn't any budget lunch on that trip, but our Casey's store just remodeled and reopened in Anita, and they have added a great 'sub' restaurant to their great pizzas, so that's what we had.  I can give you the breakdown because dad gave me the receipt.  Mom and I each had an Italian beef sub, and dad had a roast beef.  We had three Lipton Sweet Teas, and the total was $14.90.  Dad had a big smile on his face when he handed me the receipt, but I know it was also because these subs are really good, and make a very nice filling lunch.  I can't wait for our next big adventure and that's the SpringFest at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita.  Dad says there are over 30 performers coming, I can't wait.  April 19-20-21, can't wait."

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