Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tim McGraw Shifts Gears on Two Lanes of Freedom

Tim McGraw Shifts Gears on Two Lanes of Freedom
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

For more than two decades , Tim McGraw has been one of the Country format’s most consistent hitmakers. Yet with his latest album, Two Lanes of Freedom, the veteran artist feels as though he’s just getting started.
“After the past 20 years of doing this, it’s interesting when you really feel like you are a brand-new artist but you’re not,” said McGraw. “The best part about it is I feel the freshness and the attitude that you have when you cut your first record, but I’ve got a vast well of experience behind me. The place I’m at in my career is a good place. It’s a good dichotomy. It’s all fresh and new and exciting, and the music reflects all of that. But it comes with everything that I’ve done throughout my career.
“I felt like Two Lanes of Freedom was another sort of Everywhere album for me in a lot of ways,” he added, referencing his fourth disc, which has been certified Quadruple Platinum. “Everywhere was an album where I really felt like I could understand what I was doing and had more and more input on the making of the record and the sounds that I wanted to have. I’ve always been that way, but Everywhere was when I got my confidence in making records.
Two Lanes of Freedom, to me, is another turning point in my life and career,” he added. “It’s an Everywhere moment, making this record. It reflects that. It was like turning a corner.”
Though he’s long enjoyed a happy home life with wife Faith Hill and their three daughters, McGraw’s business relationships have undergone many changes during the past few years, as he has acquired new management, a new publicist and a new label.
“Change is always a good thing,” he reflected. “I’ve been fortunate that I’ve had good people around me throughout my career. I’ve been able to sort of sit in a great train and drive and find my artistic tracks, so to speak. Now it feels like I’m at a place where I can take that to a bigger and better experience.”
That place includes Big Machine Records, which became his label after a very public departure from Curb Records. McGraw is especially happy about being able to work with Scott Borchetta, President/CEO of the Big Machine Label Group. “There are lots of things that make him successful,” he said. “His energy, for one: He has a tremendous amount of energy. It reflects off of him and energizes everyone around him. When you have that sort of positive energy, it can’t help but elevate the situation you’re in and elevate everybody around you.
“More than that,” McGraw continued, “he recognizes artists and lets them be artists. He appreciates what they do and figures out a way to make it work in a marketing and commercial sense. He understands that the art has to be driven by the art. And then you figure out how to make it work for the business side of things. If you try to do it vice versa, it’s not going to work.”
One relationship that remains constant in his business career is with his longtime producer, Byron Gallimore. “I wouldn’t even think about going into the studio without Byron,” he said. “He allows me to be an artist and allows me to be creative. I have this freedom to not have to think about any borders when I’m recording, because I know he’s not going to let it get crazy or let it go where it gets bad. There’s a fine line between creating really good, fresh, instinctual stuff that you love and just making bad stuff. Sometimes artists don’t know when they’ve crossed it. Byron is my musical consciousness in a lot of ways.”
“Tim and I have always complemented each other,” Gallimore said. “We see songs the same. We like a lot of the same songs and agree on the songs we think are hits. It never feels like there’s a rub or anything where we totally disagree. We have a mutual respect and anything I’ve wanted to try or do in the studio, he’s been wonderful to try it. And that goes both ways.”
Their history as a hit-making team is long and illustrious. McGraw burst on the scene in 1992 with his debut single, “Welcome to the Club” (written by Andre Pessis and Steve Jay Seskin). He has since lofted 68 tunes onto the Billboard Country Singles chart, including 33 No. 1 hits, as charted on Billboard and Mediabase. Two Lanes of Freedom is the 18th album he’s placed on Billboard’s Top Country Albums listings and his 14th to debut at No. 1.
To what does he attribute his longevity? “If I could answer that, I probably wouldn’t tell anybody,” he replied, laughing. “I don’t know! I just try to know who I am as an artist and try to stay true to who I am as an artist. I don’t try to reinvent myself. I just try to go in and make records that make me feel like I’m doing what I want to do. I make the kind of music that I want to make.”
Gallimore attributes his friend’s ongoing success to “his excellent song taste. He’s not one to pass on many hits. Another thing is the emotion in Tim’s voice, the way he’s able to connect with a song, especially on ballads. He has a way of touching people that’s just hard to describe.”
“I’ve changed a lot of things in my life,” McGraw summed up. “I quit drinking five years ago. I have a different perspective on what my future is and what I want to get out of it. I didn’t think that I was anywhere close to done and didn’t just want to ride it out. There’s a lot more of my career ahead of me than behind me. I just want to shift gears. I want to go from third to fourth — and I still have fifth left.”
On the Web: www.TimMcGraw.com
On Twitter: @TheTimMcGraw

The Band Perry on the 48th Annual ACM Awards

The Band Perry Gives Electrifying Performance on the 48th Annual ACM Awards
And Signs 22,222 Copies of PIONEER for Target®Corp Customers!  
Nashville, TN (April 9, 2013)- Republic recording stars, The Band Perry, rocked the 48th Annual ACM Awards stage Sunday night with an electrifying performance of their latest hit single “DONE.,” just one of the stellar tracks from The Band Perry’s new CD PIONEER, which was released on April 2nd.
Target®Corp. (NYSE: TGT) and superstar-sibling trio, The Band Perry, recently announced the release of an exclusive deluxe edition of the band’s highly-anticipated sophomore album.  The exclusive version of the album features four original, unreleased songs. The bonus songs on Target’s deluxe exclusive edition of the album include four new, original tracks – “Gonna Be OK,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Lucky Ones,” and “Peaches and Caroline.” 
While supplies last, a limited quantity of CDs signed by the sibling trio, are available for purchase. The magic number is 22,222 to be exact, all personally signed by The Band Perry themselves!  
Why 22,222? For several reasons! It’s the band’s 2nd CD, it would be released on April 2nd, The Band Perry’s single “Better Dig Two” was at No. 1 for TWO weeks and well… because two is always better than one!
“It was very important to us to sign all of the CDs ourselves. We figure if our fans are going to purchase a special CD then we owe them the courtesy of signing them personally,” says Reid Perry.
“We devised a plan among ourselves and came up with a good system on how to get through all of the CD inserts in the limited amount of time we had to get them all signed.  Anytime we were not onstage or sleeping we were signing CDs!” says Neil Perry.
“We hope to inspire pioneers everywhere with our new music and we decided to embrace that pioneering spirit by doing something different with our deluxe edition for Target®,” says Kimberly Perry.
Visit www.thebandperry.com or www.thefansperry.com  for the latest news and tour dates. 
About The Band Perry
Siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry quickly catapulted into the mainstream with the success of their Quadruple-Platinum, breakout hit “If I Die Young.” In 2011, the tune took the #1 position on both Country and AC charts as well as earned 2011 CMA Single and Song of the Year. Their success continued with platinum-certified “You Lie” and the gold-certified, #1 smash “All Your Life.” The Band Perry has previously won multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Music Awards and garnered GRAMMY, TEEN CHOICE, AMA, ACA and Billboard Music Award nominations.  


New Rochelle, NY (April 9, 2013) — Jägermeister, a brand as deeply rooted in music as it is in mythology and lore, is proud to announce their 2013 Country Tour with music star Aaron Lewis.  The tour kicks off May 1st with each show featuring special guest support acts including Jägermeister artist and emcee, Rick Monroe.

Jägermeister, the 7th largest selling premium spirit in the world and #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States, has a long history of supporting musicians of all genres, from local bands to national acts. The brand has spent almost two decades developing artists and has seen many go from obscurity to the top of their fields. Now in its fourth year, the Jägermeister Country Music Tour has featured some of the finest in country music including Pat Green, Eric Church and Dierks Bentley. “This tour is a great opportunity to work with Aaron and we are very excited to be a part of this new chapter of his career,” says Cliff Rigano, Director of Music Marketing for Jägermeister.

Aaron Lewis made his journey to the country scene in 2011 with the release of his debut EP, Town Line, and the success of the gold-selling single “Country Boy,” featuring the legendary George Jones and Charlie Daniels. The seven-song EP reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200. Lewis finished the year with nominations from the Academy of Country Music for “Vocal Event of the Year,” as well as two CMT nominations for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” and “Collaborative Video of the Year.”  Building upon the demand from his fans for a full-length solo album, Aaron Lewis proudly shares his country roots with the release of The Road, which hit stores on November 13, 2012, debuting in the Top 10 on Billboard Country Albums chart. His current single, “Forever” has broken into the Top 40 at radio, reaching #39 and still climbing. With seven studio albums released totaling sales over 15 million units throughout his 17 plus year career, country listeners will find a true work of art as Lewis honors traditional country, a genre the singer/songwriter was raised on as a child.

"Jägermeister has grown to be one of the most respected brands within the music world, and I am happy to be a part of the family,” states Aaron Lewis.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) or directly through the venue website.  The 2013 Jägermeister Country Tour will feature Jägermeister custom tour prizes from Schecter Guitars and Vypyr Amps by Peavey.  For more information on Jägermeister, visit www.facebook.com/jagerusa. For additional information on Aaron Lewis, visit www.aaronlewismusic.com or  www.facebook.com/aaronlewismusic.

Tour dates are as follows: 
5/1 – Glen Allen, VA – Innsbrook Pavilion
5/3 – Greenville, SC – Blind Horse Saloon
5/8 – Hattiesburg, MS – Brewsky’s
5/10 – San Antonio, TX – Cowboys
5/11 – Tatum, TX – Gator Run Offroad Park
5/16 – Springfield, IL - Boondocks
5/17 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
5/21 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre
5/22 – South Bend, IN – Club Fever
5/30 – Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
5/31 – Augusta, GA – Country Club Saloon
6/1 – Charlotte, NC – Coyote Joe’s
6/5 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
6/6 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
6/8 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
6/9 – Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Performing Arts Center
6/10 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre
6/11 – Washington, DC – Fillmore Theatre
6/12 – E. Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
6/13 – Patchogue, NY - Emporium
6/18 – Wilmington, DE – Opera House
6/20 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
6/22 – St. Louis, MO - Pageant
6/23 – Evansville, IN – Victory Theatre


                                    2-MISTY.RAY STEVENS
                                    3-ALWAYS ON MY MIND.WILLIE NELSON.
                                    4-WICHITA LINEMAN.GLEN CAMPBELL.
                                    5-DUELING BANJOS.ERIC WEISSBERG.
                                    6-TRACK OF MY TEARS-LINDA RONSTADT.
                                    7-DON'T IT MAKE MY BROWN EYES BLUE-CRISTAL GAYLE.
                                    8-ROSE GARDEN-LYNN ANDERSON.
                                    9-LET YOUR LOVE FLOW.BELLAMY BROTHERS.
                                   10-SUHSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS.JOHN DENVER.
                                   11-BAD BAD LEROY BROWN.JIM CROCE.
                                   12-9 TO 5-DOLLY PARTON.
It's a CD that all that loves Country need to have.You made it rigth is the beggining ,open with a happy music,the true and tipic Country.Put us inside the road of the Country Style that we like.Ray Stevens gives to Misty a new interpretacion of a old music and we don't fell anything that dont remember country...he has a wonderfull idea and do it with his style!We -Regina,my wife and me-Ronaldo,both have the same impression of Sun shine on my Shoulders,John Denver dont let doubt,he is the guy in this music!!You see,listen him and understand really what is necessary to be a country singer...What a music,what a voice....perfect!!!Only enjoy!!!Glen Campbell is a particular one ,with Wichita Lineman,to me  is a melody that reminds me my first years of youth-good times!!!!Today ,so many years ago...I return in time and one more time ...Wichita Lineman...very good!!!!!!!!!!!Dueling Banjos,is a classical!!!is a music that teach us ,how we can with seven notes-do!!!No necessary comments,is Dueling Banjos...dot!!Track of my tears has good sounds,we like it.Rose Garden,let your love flown.Bad Bad Leroy Brown all good musics.9TO 5 ends this CD with a golden key,Parton is a name that shines in Country Space,he is The Singer,the Voice,very good and we enjoy it ever!!!!
To put a dot in all our review ,we want to tell one more thing....The top of the top of this CD is really John Denver...his guitar ,the voice ,that he makes continuous,the soul that he put inside the musical notes is wonderfull....very good to ears!!!!Regina and Ronaldo(RR)....we agree that is wonderfull...and dot!!!
Well, is that to this time and we want to say that Iand my wife,we are very proud to write to Country News International.To my friend Christian,warm regards and till the next time.Thanks to all. 
  RR(Regina and Ronaldo)-Brasil-Campos dos Goytacazes-RJ.


Church Garners Two 2013 ACM Awards During Sunday Night’s Awards Show For Album of The Year and Vocal Event of the Year
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 9, 2013) – Multi Award-winning superstar Eric Church is not only celebrating winning the coveted Album of The Year award (CHIEF) and Vocal Event Of The Year award (“The Only Way I Know,” J. Aldean, L. Bryan, E. Church) during Sunday night’s 48th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards show, but also the release of his first live album to stores nationwide and digital retailers today. Caught In The Act: Live, a 17-track live concert recorded over the course of two nights at Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre in October 2012 features songs from Sinners Like Me, Carolina and his award-winning 2011 release, CHIEF. A double gatefold vinyl version of the record will be made available on National Record Store Day, Saturday, April 20. The package will include four additional tracks and a special whiskey-infused 7-inch.
The release of Caught In The Act: Live is fans’ first chance to take home a copy of Church’s live show - the only of the country genre to be named "Best Concerts Of 2012" by The New York Times who calls it, “a mean show,” and adds, “Mr. Church has clawed his way into the country mainstream with a series of post-outlaw anthems, and delivered them with verve and tension.” AP praises, "Church constantly encourages his rowdy audience, exhorting them to bellow the chorus of 'Drink in My Hand' and 'Jack Daniels.' Even when he plays a solo acoustic version of 'Sinners Like Me,' he tells everyone, 'It's just going to be us, so sing loud.'"
The Salt Lake Tribune writes, “With sterling musicianship, a voice with the right balance of grit and twang, and songs of conviction that shine with improvisation ('Springsteen,' for one, opens with an elegiac piano and ends with an echo of 'Born to Run'), this live album is alive.”
View EPK footage from the recording of Caught In The Act: Live here.
Earning recognition from Pollstar in 2012 as one of the highest-attended tours, Church sold nearly a million tickets on his first-ever headlining tour, The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour. Fans can catch him performing select dates on Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Nation tour, and he will continue The Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour this summer through fall which will include a stop at Lollapalooza on August 2 in Chicago, Ill.
For a full list of tour dates and more information on Eric Church, please visit www.ericchurch.com.

Curb Records celebrates at Academy of Country Music Awards

Curb Records celebrates at Academy of Country Music Awards

Lee Brice’s back-to-back-to-back number one hits
coincide with country music award shows

Hot new duo American Young performs
at ACM Songwriter Show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 9, 2013) – A toast was made in Las Vegas at the stroke of midnight Sunday night to celebrate award-winning singer/songwriter Lee Brice’s new #1 single, “I Drive Your Truck”.  The poignant ballad joins his previous 2 number one songs as singles that also happened to peak the same week as major country award shows.  “A Woman Like You” went #1 the week of the 2012 ACM Awards.  The follow up single “Hard To Love” hit the top spot later that year during the week of the CMA Awards, and following suit, “I Drive Your Truck” reached the pinnacle during ACM Awards week this year. Curb Records is gearing up for the 4th single, “Parking Lot Party”, off the current album.

Although a prolific songwriter himself, Brice did not write “I Drive Your Truck”; however, he knew he had to cut it as soon as he heard it.  “Every now and then I hear a song that just blows me away,” he said. “And that song just put me on the floor the first time I heard it”. Brice’s powerfully raw and emotional offering is the fastest moving single of his career and is his 3rd #1 single in a row from his latest album, Hard 2 Love, which includes several songs co-written and co-produced by label mate, Jon Stone of new duo American Young, which also includes Kristy Osmunson.

Jon and Kristy joined hosts Dallas Davidson and Don Schlitz and gave the crowd a taste of their new music at the ACM Songwriters Show.  Before attending the awards, the duo walked the red carpet where Jon spoke about his Song of the Year nomination for Brice’s “A Woman Like You” and they both fielded questions about their highly anticipated new album, which will be co-produced by Lee Brice and Justin Neibank. The duo, who have a list of songwriting and producer credits among them, will release their debut single “Love Is War” to radio this summer.

About Lee Brice:
South Carolina native, Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” is his third consecutive number one single off his sophomore album, HARD 2 LOVE on Curb Records.  It follows the platinum certified single “Hard To Love”. Its lead single “A Woman Like You” set the pace, earning platinum certification and chart-topping status. Brice’s previous studio album LOVE LIKE CRAZY’s title track spawned Billboard’s most played country song of 2010 and it still holds the record for the longest-charting song in the history of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Billboard again recognized Brice as a songwriter for the most played country song of 2011, “Crazy Girl,” which also earned him a 2012 ACM Award for "Song Of The Year." Brice’s name can be found in the writing credits for additional hits recorded by country stars including Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton and more. Garth Brooks' "More Than A Memory," which Brice co-wrote, became the first song on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart to debut at number one.

About American Young:
The name conjures up something big, something that stands for something.  No doubt, it’s creators - songsmiths, producers and entertainers, Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson declare it this way.  It’s more than a name.  It’s a movement.  Jon and Kristy both exude an unparalleled passion for music and more importantly it’s meaning.  They are seasoned veterans on how music can inherently affect emotion and even culture.  The collaborative fresh new duo already claim songwriting credits for hit makers Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and more.  Recording and writing comes from a deep, poignant place with a desire to affect global audiences with songs featuring tight harmonies and storytelling.  “American Young represents a sound with no boundaries.  We are squarely focused on delivering our own brand of music and hope that folks will find ours songs everything from haunting to dramatic and intense to fresh”, says Jon.  American Young’s genre bending music is set to launch its debut single in 2013.

For more information on Lee Brice, visit www.leebrice.com




Toronto, ON - PEI singer-songwriter Trinity Bradshaw is set to release her self-titled debut EP on May 7, 2013. Her first single, "Big Town," is currently in rotation at Canadian Country radio. This new release comes hot on the heels of winning the 90.3 AMP Radio's AMP Radio Rock Star contest in January 2013, voted on by top music executives and critics from around the country.

"The feeling is overwhelming, exciting and gratifying all at the same time," says Bradshaw. "I have been waiting a while to have these songs heard by others, but I don't feel any different - other than the excitement and butterflies of course. I am thrilled that the public, fans, friends and supporters will finally be able to hear my music." 

Bradshaw's debut shows off her eclectic nature as a country artist and versatility as a songwriter. From the catchy, big sound of "Big Town" to the mellow, guitar ballad "Never Giving Up," she explores the reach of her creativity and voice. Produced by Canadian producer Trey Mills (Melanie Fiona, X-Quisite, Canadian Brass), the release features musical contributions from acclaimed musicians Kevin Breit (Norah Jones, Celine Dion, K.D. Lang) and Marc Rogers (Nelly Furtado, Jesse J., Norah Jones).

Bradshaw made the move to Calgary from PEI in 2011 she has co-written with over 20 Alberta-based writers and has garnered over 225,000 views on her YouTube channel. In December 2011, she was declared the winner of Sugar Crisp's The First 15, a Canadian national songwriting contest.

Trinity Bradshaw - Track Listing:

1. Boy Crazy
2. Big Town
3. Coming Home
4. Never Giving Up
5. Boy Crazy - pop remix
6. Fast Car

Trinity Bradshaw Performance Dates:

April 9, 2013             The Billy Block Show, Mercy Lounge           Nashville, TN 
April 12, 2013           Jeffrey's Café                                                    Edmonton, AB
April 24, 2013           Rivoli (Private Showcase)                              Toronto, ON 
May 7, 2013              Musexpo Official Showcase                           Los Angeles, CA 
May 9, 2013              Viper Room                                                       Los Angeles, CA 

Watershed Festival Sells Out Four Months In Advance

Second Annual Watershed Festival Sells Out Four Months In Advance
Limited Number Of Standard Camping Passes Still Available
Nashville, TN- April 9, 2013-  Three-Day festival passes for the Watershed Music Festival August 2-4 at the picturesque Gorge Amphitheatre have sold-out four months in advance.  Terrace, premier, family and big rig camping are also sold-out and the remaining standard camping passes will be sold on a first come, first served basis and only to those who have already purchased festival tickets.   
Watershed Music Festival features a versatile lineup of artists, late night sets, outrageous camping sites, collaborations and more.  The line-up for the second annual event includes Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Lee Brice, Terri Clark, Kip Moore, Thompson Square, Chris Young and more with late night sets at the "World Famous Late Night Honky Tonk" by Shooter Jennings and Blackberry Smoke.  The Gorge Amphitheatre, located in George, Wash., is undoubtedly one of the most scenic concert venues in the world and offers sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge.  
For more information, visit WatershedFest.com or twitter @watershedfest. 
About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with a database of over 119 million fans who visit our sites.  Live Nation Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally.  Artist Nation is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 200 artists.  These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 250 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms.  For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.


Clinton Gregory Debuts ROOTS OF MY RAISING Album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 9, 2013)— Melody Roundup Music recording artist and fiddle extraordinaire Clinton Gregory unveils The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band and its debut release entitled
ROOTS OF MY RAISING** “as official” in America’s famed pickin’ genre on May 14, 2013.

A fifth-generation fiddle player, Clinton Gregory organically comes full circle to take the stage in the Bluegrass arena. Produced by Jamie Creasy and IBMA multi-award-winning banjoist/producer Scott Vestal (who has worked alongside Sam Bush, Tim O'Brien, Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs,
Jerry Douglas and many others), ROOTS OF MY RAISING is a “life-like” reflection of the sounds and songs that were both the foundation and the springboard to launch Clinton Gregory as a multi-talented career entertainer as a vocalist, musician, instrumentalist and performer.

The handpicked collection of 12 acoustic tunes are a personalized translation of some of Bluegrass and country music’s classics with Gregory’s vocals, distinct in character, blending seamlessly in timeless arrangements such as “Sittin’ On Top Of The World,” “How Mountain Girls Can Love” and
Somehow Tonight.

As an honorable nod to the forefathers, Gregory tips his hat to Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs while the band showcases “newgrass” interpretations of Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis and Lefty Frizzell favorites. In the company of traditional standards, Gregory displays his fiddle wizardry in the age-old rosin and bow tune “Katy Hill.” The conclusion of the project presents one of the most exceptional moments--with just four and a-half minutes remaining, Gregory performs the faithful and passionate original composition “Crucifixion,” penned by the bandleader himself.

This Bluegrass album has been 40 years in the making,” said Clinton Gregory. “The project came to life when we spent a weekend up at a cabin; we played until our fingers couldn’t play anymore. Something really rare happened and we knew we needed to get into the studio. In fact, the songs on the record are the very same songs from those inspiring evenings at the cabin.”

The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band is comprised of accomplished players who have lent their talents to number of famed projects: Shannon Mays/banjo and baritone (Jimmy Martin, Jerry Douglas and Ricky Skaggs tapped Mays for his finger-pickin’ and vocals); Doug Flowers/mandolin and tenor (has appeared with Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs, Little Roy Lewis and Betty Fisher); Scott Terry/bass and harmonica (offered his music expertise to Heartland, The Lewis Family and more) and fronted by Clinton Gregory (on fiddle and lead vocals). In a time-honored recording and production style, Scott Vestal captured the sound “live” as each musician called and answered to one another’s instrumentation in real time.

Complementing the introduction of ROOTS OF MY RAISING, Gregory continues his momentum to promote the title-track single “Too Much Ain’t Enough” on country radio and celebrates the release of the corresponding video to online and television platforms. Named as one of the Top 15 Albums of 2012 (Roughstock.com), Gregory’s TOO MUCH AIN’T ENOUGH (produced by Gregory and Jamie Creasy) showcases an assortment of personal memoirs, humorous caricatures, and signifies Gregory as a country music storyteller whose return to the forefront has been acknowledged with open arms and welcoming ears by radio and country music fans alike.

For more information on Clinton Gregory, visit: www.melodyroundupmusic.com.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers Release "Some Kind Of War"

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers Release 
"Some Kind Of War" To Radio
Band Also Releases Performance Video with Alternative Strings

April 9, 2013 (Xenia, OH)—Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are proud to announce the single release of "Some Kind Of War" from their highly successful project They're Playing My Song on Rebel Records. In addition, the band featured the song in a performance with Alternative Strings, a youth orchestra from Centerville, Ohio, and are releasing the performance video simultaneously through their YouTube and Vimeo channels. 

Written just over a year ago by Country Music Hall Of Fame member Bill Anderson, "Some Kind of War" speaks of the very relative topic that everyone is fighting some kind of personal battle. During their performances, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers began to see that this particular song was effecting people in a very positive way and together with Mark Freeman of Rebel Records, decided it should be the next single from They're Playing My Song. Soon after, Doug Eyink, the director of Alternative Strings, asked Mullins and the band to perform for the program's annual fundraiser and suggested they come up with a song for the youth orchestra to perform with the band. "Some Kind Of War" was a natural fit, turning an already poignant song into a beautiful work of art by combining bluegrass instrumentation and vocals with the 45-piece youth orchestra. During the video production, Joe Mullins sat down with Eyink to discuss the process of song selection and arrangement of "Some Kind Of War."

Joe Mullins Interviews Doug Eyink of Alternative Strings

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers with Alternative Strings
"Some Kind Of War"

"It is so exciting to see audiences respond to 'Some Kind of War,'" states Joe Mullins. "Bill Anderson's memorable lyrics allow the listener to get inside the song, immediately. We are grateful that his words and our music remind us all to remember the Golden Rule. And what a thrill to have such a talented orchestra of young people present an arrangement that takes this song where it needs to go - right to the heart! The positive energy in the auditorium when we performed with Alternative Strings was surreal. It's our hope the Some Kind of War video of our performance will hit home for everyone. "

"Some Kind Of War" is being released to radio programmers today via AirplayDirect and is the second single from They're Playing My Song. The CD has already reached #1 on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart (3/13) and is currently #7 on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 Albums chart. For more information on Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers including upcoming performances, visit www.radioramblers.com

About Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Voted the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year in 2012, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers offer quality bluegrass and gospel music, a professional presentation, inventive instrumental work, a good variety of vocal arrangements including a capella quartets, and tasteful, down-home humor. Their professionalism and successful, heavily played recordings have kept them in demand with national audiences resulting in a heavy touring schedule that includes perfomances at such national events as the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, Red White & Bluegrass, Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ, Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, Bluegrass Nights At The Ryman, and the IBMA’s Fan Fest. A contributing factor to the band's success is their active marketing capabilities, due to Mullins’ network of radio stations in the Midwest, including a 24/7 webcast available at myclassiccountry.com and the new “Classic Country Radio” app for Android and iPhone.




Greer, SC (April 9, 2013) – Buffets, Inc.® is proud to announce its latest tie-in with country music, this time with the singer/songwriter/actor Billy Ray Cyrus and his 13th studio album, Change My Mind.  Beginning today, guests can pick up Cyrus’ latest CD at Ryan’s®, Country Buffet®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet® and Fire Mountain® for a special $8.99 price, while supplies last.  Proceeds from the CDs will support the Armed Services YMCA® (ASYMCA) for Operation Outdoors, a camp program that assists the children of military personnel during deployment.

“Our restaurants are all about providing an inviting environment for families to connect over a delicious meal.  It’s fitting to be partnering with one of America’s most famous fathers and military supporters while aligning with the ASYMCA and its mission of helping military families reconnect,” said Alice Crowder, Vice President of Marketing for Buffets, Inc.

Produced by GRAMMY nominated, multi award-winning producer Brandon Friesen, Change My Mind is a stellar 10-song collection, which harkens back to Cyrus’ roots in bluegrass, Southern rock, gospel, and country music. The Flatwoods, KY native wrote or co-wrote every song on the CD including the title track and lead single, “Change My Mind.” The tune is already a fan-favorite with the music video nearing the Top 10 on Great American Country’s (GAC) Top 20 Country Countdown.

Billy Ray Cyrus struck it big in June 1992 with his debut album, Some Gave All.   This debut eventually became a 9x-platinum selling No. 1 album, fueled by the best-selling single “Achy Breaky Heart,” which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Country chart.  Some Gave All (which held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart for 17 weeks in a row and became the best-selling debut album of all time by a male solo artist).  This success launched Cyrus’ colorful 20-year career in the spotlight — during which he has sold millions of albums worldwide, charted nearly 30 singles (including three No. 1 country hits), and racked up multiple film and television credits. Cyrus also made his debut in the Broadway play CHICAGO late last year.  Throughout all of his success, Billy Ray has remained devoted to the military cause and he is overjoyed to partner with Buffets, Inc. on this project.

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Tune In Alert
The Back Forty: Marty Raybon & Full Circle
Sirius XM Radio's Bluegrass Junction will air a
Track by Track with host Kyle Cantrell for the new album
"The Back Forty: Marty Raybon & Full Circle." 
Wednesday, April 10 at 11:00 am EST
Thursday, April 11 at 9:00 pm EST
Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 am EST
Sunday, April 14 at 11:00 am EST
Purchase your copy at Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay and many more outlets

1. That Janie Baker 2. She’s Just An Old Love Turned Memory
3. The Late Night Cry Of The Whippoorwill 4. Slowly(I’m Falling)
5. Look For Me(For I Will Be There Too) 6. The Big Burnsville Jail 7. A Little More Sawdust On The Floor 8. Only You, Only You
9. Hurt Me All The Time 10. Mountain Love

Lady Antebellum - Neues Album "Golden" erscheint am 10. Mai

Lady Antebellum - Neues Album "Golden" erscheint am 10. Mai ++ Erste Single "Downtown" ab sofort erhältlich
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Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum - Neues Album "Golden" erscheint am 10. Mai ++ Erste Single "Downtown" ab sofort erhältlich
Mit sieben Grammy-Awards, über 11 Millionen verkauften Alben und über 1 Million Besuchern bei ihrer letzten Live-Tournee gehören LADY ANTEBELLUM zu den derzeit erfolgreichsten und einflussreichsten Country-Bands. Am 10. Mai erscheint ihr viertes Album "Golden", der erste Vorgeschmack "Downtown" ist ab sofort als Download erhältlich.

Der Sommer wird "Golden", denn Lady Antebellum präsentieren ihr neues Album, zu dem das Trio bei ihrer letzten US-Tour inspiriert wurde. Die siebenfachen Grammy-Gewinner, darunter in der wichtigsten Kategorien "Record / Song of the Year" für "Need You Now", melden sich am 10. Mai mit neuen Songs zurück. Um die Wartezeit zu verkürzen, gibt es ab sofort die Single "Downtown" zu kaufen und als Video zu bewundern.

Für Lady Antebellum, die auf der letzten US-Tour mit der Arbeit an den neuen Songs begannen, ist "Golden" das nächste Kapitel, das den Sound der Band neu definiert und dabei noch packender und ansteckender klingt als die Vorgänger. „Ja, wir wollten unbedingt das eine oder andere Risiko eingehen“, sagte Hillary Scott über die Aufnahmen.

Produziert wurde "Golden" abermals von Lady Antebellum selbst und dem Producer-Veteran Paul Worley. Mit der Single „Downtown“ zeigen Lady Antebellum in welche Richtung die Reise dieses Mal gehen wird. Sie klingen energiegeladener, verspielter und lässiger. Das Songwriting und immer neue Kombinationen der eigenen Talente stehen dieses Mal im Vordergrund. Lady Antebellum kombinieren die Erfahrungen der letzten Tour mit Songideen und legen ein Album vor, das schon deshalb „Golden“ heißen musste, weil sie ein glänzendes Country-Highlight nach dem nächsten präsentieren.

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