Tuesday, April 23, 2013

PISTOL ANNIES LAUNCH ANNIE UP ON TODAY SHOW MAY 7

PISTOL ANNIES LAUNCH ANNIE UP ON TODAY SHOW MAY 7

Pistol Annies know “Being Pretty Ain’t Pretty,” but are packing up their make-up, heels and outfits for the launch of their sophomore album, Annie Up. They will debut their single, "Hush Hush" on the Today Show Tuesday, May 7. “We are so excited to release the new album,” said Miranda. “It's been like waiting for Christmas morning to come,” she laughed.
Although the stakes are higher for Annie Up, the trio has a sense of peace about their second record, which comes out May 7. “I’m not nervous about it,” said Ashley. “I have such a calm feeling. I have great faith in this record and I really think that people are going to understand it. We’re all super proud of it and ready for it to be out!”
Annie Up features 12 new tracks all written by the sassy trio of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. The album opens with “I Feel A Sin Comin’ On,” an old fashioned cabaret style song. “We love this song and hope people blush when they hear it,” said Ashley. “We wrote it with no instruments because none of us could play the chords,” she continued. “So we snapped our fingers while we sang it on the work tapes and when we played it for our producer, he said he wanted us to snap on the album too,” said Angaleena. “Fingers are considered an instrument so we got paid to snap our fingers,” snapped Miranda.
Pistol Annies have the ability to speak to and for their audience, especially their female fans. Those fans are bound to make a sing-along anthem out of “Girls Like Us,” a song the Annies wrote for all the women in their lives. Says Miranda, “We’re three girls with three different lives and three different points-of-view, but really, if you get a group of women in a room and you talk about problems, everybody’s gonna yell out ‘amens’ and have stories to tell.”
Their uniquely county, yet contemporary viewpoints connect them with country’s tradition of truth-telling. “But, I mean, we’re not doing anything new. Loretta Lynn did it way before we did,” said Angaleena. “We’re just doing it for our generation, bringing it back home,” said Miranda. Pistol Annies style!

RESTLESS HEART STILL BEATING STRONG

RESTLESS HEART STILL BEATING STRONG 
AFTER THREE DECADES

Country Music Hitmakers to Release 'Playlist: The Very Best of Restless Heart'
on May 21

14-Track Album Includes Never-Before-Heard Songs

Nashville, Tenn. (April 23, 2013) - In celebration of 30 years, country music hitmakers RESTLESS HEART are returning home to their first label to release music, old and new, in commemoration of the three decades.  On May 21, 2013, RCA / Legacy will unveil the latest addition to its artist compilations with the release of Playlist: The Very Best of Restless Heart.  The 14-track album includes 12 of the group's biggest hits, and two new songs, previously unreleased.

Boasting a cargo of four gold-certified albums, six No. 1 hits and nine Top 10s released within a 7-year period (with a career total of 27 charting country singles), Restless Heart was for a time the “fast movin’ train” described in the band’s 1989 Top 5 single of that same name. Formed in 1983 in Nashville, Restless Heart soon gained a head of steam, delivering half a dozen consecutive country chart-toppers between 1986 and 1988. With that string of successes, the band briefly derailed superstar group Alabama, then enjoying an unprecedented run of No. 1 hits that continued uninterrupted from 1980 through 1987. Restless Heart was the first country band to successfully challenge Alabama’s revolutionary 1980s reign, and 1987 saw the release of three No. 1 RH singles compared to only one from Alabama, whose seven-year No. 1 streak was broken that year.

But Restless Heart was no copycat band. The group’s sound was refreshingly different, drawing as much from pop and rock as from the country well. “That Rock Won’t Roll” and “Wheels” showcased clean, supple lead guitar from Greg Jennings, while Dave Innis brought a contemporary flair with tastefully employed electronic keyboards, also adding expressive, country-styled piano to key tracks like “Big Dreams In A Small Town” and “Say What’s In Your Heart.”

Whether upbeat or bittersweet—the group did both equally well—Restless Heart’s true fingerprint was in its rich, soaring harmony vocals. All five members contributed to the shimmering choruses heard on Restless Heart classics like “Fast Movin’ Train” and “A Tender Lie.” Even after the departure of lead vocalist Larry Stewart after 1990’s Fast Movin’ Train album—a loss that would cripple a lesser band—Restless Heart’s combined vocal prowess kept the band going strong, with lead vocals traded by Innis, bassist Paul Gregg and drummer John Dittrich.  Dittrich’s lightly-sanded, Don Henley- like vocals highlighted the band’s Eagles influence after Restless Heart proceeded as a four-piece unit. He sang lead on the pop/country crossover smash “When She Cries” (featuring memorable, tear-streaked fretwork from guitarist Jennings) as well as the affecting “Big Iron Horses.” Ironically, the band’s musical identity had solidified and its material was perhaps its strongest ever just as changing trends and fortunes led to Restless Heart’s waning performance on the country charts. The group disbanded in 1994 (notably, the year that several Restless Heart-inspired bands invaded the country scene).

Restless Heart reformed in 2002 and is, as of this release, together in its original line-up. The band has been busy preparing new material, as evidenced by the two previously unreleased cuts included here. “Memphis Rain,” a driving, mid-tempo lover’s lament in classic Restless Heart style, is easily worthy of its opening slot on this greatest-hits-plus collection, while “Home” is a delicate and touching tribute to the determination of America’s military men and women. Recently road-tested on stages across the U.S., both songs have already proven to be crowd- pleasers. Now, as the five original members celebrate their 30th anniversary, it’s an encouragement to new and old fans alike to see this band still restless—and still singing with plenty of heart.

Also in support of their three decades, Restless Heart has hit the road for their "30 Years & Still Restless" tour, bringing their signature harmonies and hits to more than 100 cities by the year's end.  For the full tour schedule, visit www.restlessheartband.com.

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JASON ALDEAN SCORES TOP NOMINATIONS FOR BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

JASON ALDEAN SCORES TOP NOMINATIONS FOR
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS AND REACTS TO
ALL-GENRE CATEGORY
 Jason Aldean
Nashville, TN – April 22, 2013 – 2013 ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean swept up three 2013 Billboard Music Awards nominations this morning highlighted by the all-genre Top Male Artist alongside Justin Bieber, Drake, Bruno Mars and Flo Rida.  Aldean is also a finalist for Top Country Album, a category he won last year with his Double Platinum album MY KINDA PARTY, as well as Top Country Artist.
 
"I'm really proud to be the guy that gets to represent our genre in that 'Top Male' category and wave that flag for country music," said Aldean.  "Our genre is bigger and more diverse than ever, and it's just cool to be part of this movement that's happening right now.  I've been so focused on getting the tour going this year and just making certain our first run of stadiums is everything the fans expect it to be, that this totally caught me be surprise.  Thanks to everyone who has bought a ticket or downloaded an album…I'll do my best to represent and make y'all proud! "
 
Nominations are based on album and single sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social media interactions with data tracked by Billboard, Nielsen and Next Big Sound.  The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 19 at 7pm CT on ABC.
 
Aldean is currently on the road for his 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR which has sold out every show so far including his Madison Square Garden debut and the first ever show at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium where he played to 66,000 fans.  More stadium dates on the books this year include two nights at Boston's Fenway Park (July 12 and 13) and Chicago's Wrigley Field (July 20).
 
For more information, visit www.jasonaldean.com

APA NASHVILLE SIGNS PIANO MAN PHIL VASSAR


APA NASHVILLE SIGNS PIANO MAN PHIL VASSAR

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Phil Vassar



Nashville, TN (April 22, 2013) -- APA Nashville has signed chart-topping, multi award-winning singer/songwriter and "piano man" Phil Vassar to its talent roster, it was announced today by APA's Jeff Howard.  Vassar's current single "Love Is Alive" earned BILLBOARD's coveted "Hot Shot Debut" designation, launching with nearly 900,000 audience impressions at the 30-plus stations monitored by Nielsen BDS.  The tune is impacting BILLBOARD'S Country Airplay chart, holding the #48 spot this week.  The Lyric Video for "Love is Alive" has just been released and can be seen HERE.

"Phil is an accomplished musician and writer, a true artist with one of the most engaging live shows out there," commented Howard.  "We are beyond excited about his joining the APA team."

A multiple award-winning artist (ASCAP Songwriter of the Year x 2, BILLBOARD Country Songwriter of the Year), Vassar has earned Top 5 placement seven times with songs "Carlene," "Last Day of My Life," "American Child" and others.  He also topped the charts with "In A Real Love" and the perennial favorite, "Just Another Day in Paradise."  Known as one of Nashville's top tunesmiths, Vassar has been recognized by his peers.  Numerous other artists including Tim McGraw ("My Next Thirty Years,") Alan Jackson ("She's Right On The Money") and Jo Dee Messina ("Bye, Bye" and "I'm Alright") have taken Vassar's tunes to #1 positions.

Recently, the Virginia native hosted special guest Charlie Daniels and other artists at his fifth annual benefit for The Miller Home For Girls in Lynchburg, VA. Established in 1875, The Miller Home provides care and guidance to non-delinquent girls ages 4-21 who cannot live with their own families.  Fans can read more about Phil's music, his charitable endeavors and more at www.philvassar.com.

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