Monday, April 22, 2013


Tate Stevens performs to a sold out Kansas City, Mo. show at The Midland by AMC on April 21, 2013.
Photo Credit: Ken Smithers
Tate Stevens Hits Shelves Tuesday, April 23; Performance on ABC's Good Morning America Friday, April 26 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Monday, April 22, 2013) -- Country music powerhouse Tate Stevens took the stage in Kansas City, Mo. last night to perform for a sold out crowd at Midland by AMC just two days before his major label self-titled debut hits shelves. The 3,000 capacity crowd raucously welcomed their hometown hero who dominated headlines after winning FOX's The X Factor last December.  Backed by his five-piece band, Stevens' 75-minute set included his current single, "Power Of A Love Song," "Can't Get Nothin' Done," as well as "I Got This" from Tate Stevens.
Tate Stevens greets the audience during his Kansas City, Mo.
Photo Credit: Ken Smithers
In an emotionally charged moment, Stevens invited his wife, Ashlie, and his two children, son Hayden and daughter Rylie, to the stage to acknowledge how much his life has changed since they signed him up to audition for The X Factor just over one year ago. Stevens thanked them profusely before presenting Ashlie with flowers.
FOX's Eric Burke proclaimed, "I knew he was good, but this is the best concert I've been to."
The Kansas City Star's Timothy Finn observed, "Stevens advised the crowd that he would be singing a lot of material no one had heard yet, but most of the songs from his album were well-received — and for good reason. The album is a collection of radio-friendly ballads, country-rock anthems, country-pop tunes and honky-tonk songs that evokes the sounds and styles of several established country stars: Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean." Finn added, "Stevens may be a newcomer in the country-music big leagues, but he is a seasoned performer, having played with several country bands for years before auditioning for The X Factor in May 2012. He and his five-piece band kept the energy levels high all night."
In an emotional moment, Stevens thanks his family for their support during his show at The Midland by AMC on April 21, 2013.
Photo Credit: Ken Smithers 
KBEQ's Mike Kennedy also raved, "Tate is seasoned, he’s got an authentic delivery and personality and he can sing for real.”
Following the concert, Stevens stayed over two hours to personally greet and sign autographs for over a thousand fans. The Midland by AMC general manager, Larry Hovick, shared, "That was the longest autograph line for any show we've ever had at The Midland and that's in almost five years of operating. It went very well and the fans were very happy."
It's been a whirlwind for Stevens since winning The X Factor title and later today the City of Belton will honor Stevens with the appropriate "Living the Dream" water tower dedication. Stevens will attend the dedication before heading to New York for performances in support of the album release. Additionally, Stevens will perform "Power Of A Love Song" on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, April 26 before a tour stop that evening in Atlanta, Ga. with Alan Jackson. 
For more information, please visit or follow him on Twitter @tatestevensctry
April 21, 2013 Tate Stevens Kansas City, Mo. Set List:
"Last Thing I Do"
"That's How You Get The Girl"
"Can't Get Nothin' Done"
Medley: "Anything Goes" (Randy Houser); "Bonfire" (Craig Morgan); "Wanted Dead or Alive" (Bon Jovi)
"Power Of A Love Song"
"Ride It Out"
"Callin' Baton Rouge" (Garth Brooks)
"Ordinary Angels"
"El Camino"
Alabama Medley: "Dixieland Delight," "Song Of The South," Mountain Music," and "If You're Gonna Play In Texas" 
"I Got This"
"That's Where We Live"
"Holler If You're With Me"
"Ships That Don't Come In" (Joe Diffie)
"Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (Journey) 
Tate Stevens Band:
Tate Stevens - vocals/guitar
Colt Prather - lead guitar/background vocals 
Eric Frampton - piano/background vocals 
Mike Rogers - drums/background vocals
Jeremy Worden - bass
Daron Tapscott - fiddle/banjo/background vocals

Grace Potter “Surprises” Kenny Chesney

Grace Potter “Surprises” Kenny Chesney

Joins Him Onstage for The Joint at the Hard Rock Las Vegas’ 4th Birthday
When Kenny Chesney rolled into Las Vegas to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state of the art concert room The Joint – which Chesney had joined legendary Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi and the Killers for their opening run of shows – he wanted to do something special to mark the event. Beyond scaling his stadium-sized show to fit in the most intimate room his tour will play, one with site lines being no more than 300 feet from the stage, the high energy performer knew it was going to take a little something more to dazzle the crowd used to having the best of everything.
Enter Grace Potter, the soul-roots-rocker who joined him for the Grammy nominated Vocal Duet “You & Tequila.” With a rare break in her vigorous touring schedule, the “Paris (Oooh La La)” singer and VH-1 Diva popped into Vegas for the second night of Chesney’s sold-out two night stand April 19-20 and performed a sultry “Wild Horses,” a hard-hitting take on “Legs,” as well as “Stars,” a song Chesney produced on the Nocturnals’ The Lion The Beast the Beat.
“When Grace said she could come, I was fired up,” Chesney says. “I try to have an open door policy for my friends who play to come and sit in. But Grace is such a powerful musician and singer, to be able to have her do more than just our duet is a treat. In a place like the Joint, especially, what she does really shines – and I love being able to turn people onto that kind of playing.”
Chesney was marking his sixth and seventh appearance at the Joint, a venue he regards “as one of the best concert-going experiences you can have.” For the man who’s played many of America’s most legendary rooms, biggest stadiums and various beaches, to be able to find an intimate club that allows him to do what he does is the ultimate treat in a summer tour that includes 19 stadiums, several arenas and a few open air amphitheaters.
With Potter having already popped up at his Orange Beach, Alabama show – along with Sammy Hagar and Emeril Lagasse – and Mac McAnally joining Chesney onstage at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale to sneak debut “Must Be Something I Missed,” a track from Chesney’s 4/30 release Life On A Rock, you never know who may walk out on that stage.
“That’s the thing about music,” Chesney explains. ”You want to keep it vital, to play different kinds of places and with all sorts of players. Music should bring people together, it should remind you what’s great about being alive – and when I can make music with friends like Grace or Steve Miller or the Wailers, that’s what keeps my music so alive…”
With the No Shoes Nation Tour on the road through the end of August, when it hits Gillette Stadium in Foxboro for a two night stand August 23-24, a new album coming and “Pirate Flag” riding high, it looks like a big summer.

Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas to Perform and Host Americana's Cross County Lines

Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas to Perform and Host
Americana's Cross County Lines
Saturday June 1, 2013
At The Factory in Franklin, TN
(NASHVILLE, Tenn) April 22, 2013 - The Americana Music Association announced today plans to produce “Cross County Lines,” a one day festival/celebration of Roots inspired music to take place in Middle Tennessee during the early summer of 2014.  A kickoff event has been planned, hosted by Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas, to raise awareness and funds to support the not for profit music association’s mission and will take place Saturday June 1, 2013 at Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee.
Legendary artists Krauss and Douglas will host and perform at the premiere event and have invited special guests Shawn Colvin, Amos Lee, Sarah Jarosz, Angel Snow and Teddy Thompson to join in what will be a memorable night of music.
The format of the performance is inspired by the Transatlantic Sessions, a series based in Scotland, co-conceived and musical directed by Jerry Douglas   The event brings together enormously talented musicians who collaborate under the direction of Douglas and promises to be a once in a lifetime evening.  In addition to the aforementioned artists, a triple scale house band of Gabe Dixon, Shannon Forrest, Viktor Krauss, Andy Leftwich and Bryan Sutton will perform throughout the evening with all of the artists.
The event will takeplace in Franklin, Tennessee’s landmark Factory in Franklin building, which originally was built as a wood burning stove factory in 1929.  The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
All proceeds will go to the benefit the Americana Music Association.  Tickets will go on sale Friday April 26 at with seating at $65 per ticket and General Admission at $45.  Guests also have a premier seating option to purchase Patron tables. 
About the Americana Music Association
Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world.  The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, Presented by Nissan, which will take place September 18-22, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. Conference registrations include tickets to its premier capstone event, The Americana Honors & Awards, takes place at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday September 18.  Registration for the Festival and Conference is now available at discounted early bird rates through the store at

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I hate Love     2:51 What’s That Cowgirl See In Me    3:26 Take it Back   3:08
The L Bomb   2:55 How Long      2:49 Not Over Yet 4:22

Never heard of him, but for some reason thought I’d check this one out. Maybe it was the lack of some crazy Wild West sounding name (like Bradon ‘ knock your head in the’ Stover, or B. Stove-Driver) , maybe it was the self-titled album containing only six songs, anyhow it seemed a bit more down-to-Earth than some of the albums I had to choose from.
        I Hate Love is a good title for a country song, that’s a good start. I can say it’s definitely country music, just by the sound of the guitar and drumbeat without hearing anything else. He has a good voice, but writing wise the lyrics need some practice and at very least a few years unless he plans on playing to high school or freshman college crowds forever.
        What’s That Cowgirl See in Me seems completely different. He must’ve taken a few writing classes between the first song and this. The guitar and fiddle really add a lot to this song. I was completely about to discredit this singer, and I don’t know who suggested recording the first song, but whoever it was needs to get fired, dumped, or disowned. If I didn’t have to listen, trust me after the first song I wouldn’t.
        Take it Back has a piano/keyboard that’s added and it seems more appropriate for the album. I’m actually glad I gave him another chance. The L Bomb is alright musically I guess you would fit this song as pop/country. It has a good sound and with his voice it fits, but it’s almost, yet nowhere near as bad as the first song. Songs like this really show off the singer’s age. How Long switches back to almost those thoughts of it’s pretty good. And Not Over Yet, stays along the same track as the few others that are decent.
        I’d have to say that whoever produced this album should really be taken to jail, or at least a civil suit should be brought against them when he gets older. Because, the way it was set up was driven to sell to a high school market without any regard for how this album is going to follow him throughout his career.
        The album could have been done to a much better standard, and it’s really a shame it wasn’t. A few of the songs had good vocals, lyrics, melody, and rhythm. It is definitely a singer who has a lot of years ahead of him and I wouldn’t completely discredit him. As a matter of fact, I’d suggest that people watch him as he progresses.  

Jeremy Frost for Country Music News International


Matt Snook (center) sings the Star Spangled Banner with Cars 4 Heroes founder
Terry Franz (directly left of Snook) and participating golfers.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 19th, 2013) - Always eager to serve those that serve our country, recording artist Matt Snook lent his voice to the 6th Annual Cars 4 Heroes Golf Tournament at Dub's Dread Golf Club on Thursday, April 18th. The event, which raised money for veterans and their families, also gifted eight cars to needy military families. Snook kicked off the event by performing the Star Spangled Banner and, later, gave a post-tournament performance of new song I've Got Your Back.

"The idea that those that have so selflessly served our country could come home to hardship blows my mind," said Snook. "I'm always eager to help out both active military and our veterans any chance I get. What Cars 4 Heroes has done today is an incredible thing and I'm so proud to have been a part of it."

Snook recently released his latest studio album Forget, which is available for purchase on iTunes.

For more on the event, view video of KMBC Channel 9's coverage here.

About Cars 4 Heroes:
Established in 1996 by Terry Franz, Cars4Christmas is a not-for-profit that provides free basic transportation to disadvantaged individuals. Since its inception, Cars4Christmas has added a second program - Cars4Heroes - designated to specifically help provide transportation to veterans and their families. With the belief that most people aren't looking for someone to take care of them, the organization makes it possible for people to take care of themselves by providing a way from point A to point B. To learn more about Cars4Christmas and Cars4Heroes, visit

About Matt Snook:
An Edgerton, Missouri-native, Matt Snook tapped into his musical talents at a young age, winning his first talent competition at age six. His childhood consisted of trips across the United States to perform at Oprys and country theaters. As an adult, he performed regularly in several bands in the Kansas City area before relocating with his wife Stephanie and two sons to Nashville. Despite a rigorous tour schedule, Snook spends much of his time working with Feherty's Troops First Foundation - participating in five over seas tours over the past five years. With these platforms and a heart to serve, Snook continues his plight as a recording artist with the hopes of shining light on those that serve our country. To learn more about Matt Snook, visit


     Anita, Iowa....."What a wonderful weekend we had in Anita at the Oak Tree Opry," says Bob Everhart the mover and shaker behind the little performance center in Anita, Iowa.  "We had full houses both Friday and Saturday night for our SpringFest, and our Saturday matinee and Sunday gospel show were well attended too.  The publisher of the Anita Tribune even came on Friday night, so that was an extra treat.  The shows were just magnificent, good old-timey entertainment like it used to be. Not loud, very good players and singers, and we even give young people a chance to perform for an appreciative audience.  Calvin Duhacek the 13-year old rag-time piano player and Riley Jensen the  pretty 12-year old lass who played guitar and ukulele were super.  What a special treat.  All of our performers, over 25 of them including the little French singing dog LeMar, performed really well.  We noticed that the Anita Tribune publisher was very pleased with the singing dog, even humming along."
     "I think we raised enough money to get some materials to fix the roofs on both the Oak Tree and the Pioneer Music Museum," Sheila added, "we just need to find some 'muscle' to help us get it properly installed.  Bob has a plan, we'll see if it works.  We were so impressed to receive two dozen beautiful red roses from Bob Duff who used to live in Anita.  He lives in California now, and he's a tremendously busy guy, but he took time out of his schedule to send us some beautiful flowers and best wishes on our first show of the season.  He knows we have a great time at the Oak Tree, and this year's season is a real treat.  Some of the new folks in the audience that came this past weekend marveled that we are able to do these kind of shows for $7.  We do, but we have several coming up that are so high on the 'pro' list we have to charge $10.  The Roys from Nashville are going to be with us on Friday, April 26, for a special show before they go to Denmark for some concerts.  It will cost $10 to see them, show starts at 7pm, but they are one of the best acoustic traditional country and bluegrass bands working out of Nashville.  It's a brother and sister, and that kind of vocal harmony just can't be beaten.  We know, because the Everly Brothers grew up learning how to do that sibling harmony right here in Iowa."
     "I don't know about dad," Bobbie Lhea, the Everhart's daughter added.  "Just because he pays for something around 2pm and then lets us eat it later doesn't exactly make a budget lunch.  He says it does because that's when he pays for it, but I have to admit, it's a pretty good lunch no matter when you eat it.  Mom has one of those old time hot-dog & polish sausage roasters at the Oak Tree.  She sells out all the time, so of course dad had to pay for ours, but they are so good, and there's a steamer on the roaster too so the buns are always steamy fresh, and I really like them. I like to put mustard and a little sweet pickle relish on mine, and I like the polish sausages more than the hot-dogs, but dad eats both of them.  We can do that and have some popcorn and some soft drinks and a great big Snickers candy bar and still have three meals for less than $20.  Yep, I'd have to say that's a great budget lunch."

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