Monday, April 29, 2013

MARTY RAYBON Wins 4 CGM (Christian Gospel Music) Fan Awards

MARTY RAYBON Wins 4 CGM (Christian Gospel Music) Fan Awards
 
Favorite Song, Male Vocalist, Musician & Crossover Artist
 
Nashville, TN (April 29, 2013) Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce that Marty Raybon has won 4 Christian Gospel Music (CGM) Fan Awards including “Favorite Song” for “I’ve Seen What He Can Do”, “Favorite Male Vocalist”, “Favorite Musician” and “Favorite Crossover Artist” at the 4th annual CGM Fan Awards show presented by Christian Voice Magazine.  The Awards were announced during the 2013 CGM Fan Award show at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN on April 27th.
 
“I've been so blessed this year starting out with a new CD 'The Back Forty'. One of the four awards at the CGM Christian Voice Awards Show Saturday night, Song of the Year, "I've Seen What He Can Do", going back to back 2012 and 2013…the Male Vocalist, Crossover Artist and Musician of the Year.  A person could not ask for a better way of celebrating 40 years in music, God's goodness, priceless...”, says Marty Raybon.
 
This makes back-to-back wins in the CGM “Favorite Song” category.  Marty won the 2012 “Favorite Song” award for “I’m Working On A Building” which also featured Jimmy Fortune, Trace Adkins and T. Graham Brown.  Both the 2012 and 2013 “Favorite Songs” are from Marty’s 2012 Rural Rhythm Christian release “HAND TO THE PLOW” produced by Mark Carman. Also in 2012, Marty won the CGM Fan Award for “Favorite Soloist”.  A third song, “You Get Me” also, from the “HAND TO THE PLOW” album, is currently at #2 on the Christian Voice Magazine Country Gospel Chart for April 2013.
Marty has received numerous Grammy, CMA, ACM & IBMA awards and nominations during his impressive 40 year career.
 
For more about Marty Raybon visit his website at MartyRaybon.com or visit RuralRhythm.com to learn more about his previous Rural Rhythm albums “SOUTHERN ROOTS & BRANCHES” , “HAND TO THE PLOW” and “THE BACK FORTY”.
 
Marty Raybon is now on tour with his group FULL CIRCLE in support of his new Rural Rhythm Records album “THE BACK FORTY”.  Watch for upcoming plans to commemorate Marty’s 40 years as an entertainer.

LADY ANTEBELLUM TELEVISION APPEARANCES

 
LADY ANTEBELLUM CELEBRATES RELEASE OF FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM GOLDEN WITH COAST TO COAST RUN OF NATIONAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES

Upcoming TV Stops Include The Voice, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Multiple Nights on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Chelsea Lately   
 
Nashville, TN – April 29, 2013 – Seven-time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum will light up national TV over the next two weeks with performances spotlighting tracks from their upcoming fourth studio album GOLDEN out May 7.

Release day will begin with appearances on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and end with an exclusive and intimate release show at New York City's newest hot spot The McKittrick Hotel for the Lady Antebellum GOLDEN Release Show presented by Citi.  The VIP event will give a select number of fans the first preview of songs off the new album and a donation will be made to Musicians on Call On behalf of the group’s charity initiative LadyAID™. The next day, Lady A will begin their take-over on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and set up residency at 30 Rock with interviews and performances on both Wednesday (5/8) and Thursday (5/9) nights’ shows.  The following week, Lady A will jet to the West Coast for an appearance on Chelsea Lately (5/13) and a performance on NBC’s The Voice (5/14) before continuing on to Toronto for more media appearances and events.

Fans will find the new album familiar but simultaneously unlike any of its predecessors. It focuses on songwriting and fresh uses of their talents, which was at the heart of what drew Lady A together in the first place. In the end, the mix of their road experiences, songwriting and challenging outside songs adds a brightness to the album that’s reflected in the GOLDEN title. GOLDEN’s playful lead single “Downtown” set the pace ahead of its release, quickly becoming the trio’s fastest charting No. one single, holding at No. one for two weeks and earning GOLD certification by the RIAA. 

Since its 2006 inception, Lady A had risen quickly to become Country Music’s most influential current group. The group won the “Vocal Group of the Year” honor from both the CMA and from the ACM’s three times in a row and sold 11 million albums worldwide. Nine of the band’s singles went Gold, with four surpassing the Platinum mark. “Need You Now” went on to sell over seven million downloads and claimed five of the trio’s seven career GRAMMY wins, including the all-genre “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”

For more information on the new album and upcoming appearances, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
 
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TRACE ADKINS LOVE WILL…

TRACE ADKINS JOINED BY COLBIE CAILLAT, HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR AND EXILE ON
HIS 11TH STUDIO ALBUM LOVE WILL… SET FOR MAY 14 RELEASE
First Single: “Watch The World End” featuring Colbie Caillat

(Nashville, TN) - Trace Adkins’ 11th studio album, Love Will... is set for May 14, 2013 release on Show Dog-Universal Music. The album is all about the world’s greatest emotion and features collaborations with two-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Colbie Caillat, the esteemed Harlem Gospel Choir and Rock/Country veterans, Exile. Like any labor of love, Love Will… benefits from relationships built over time with an impressive list of producers like Tony Brown, Mark Wright, Frank Rogers, Kenny Beard and Mickey Cones.

The collection of sexy grooves, heart-wrenching ballads and up-tempo anthems are worthy additions to Adkins’ long list of career hits. The first single, “Watch The World End” featuring Colbie Caillat, speaks of the undying commitment between two people who wouldn’t be anywhere else, under any circumstances. The Harlem Gospel Choir backs Trace on the title track, “Love Will” in the Gospel tradition of spreading love and inspiration. Exile joined Trace on a new version of one of the biggest radio hits of all time, “Kiss You All Over.” Adkins’ rich baritone is well-matched with the suggestive lyrics and supported note for note by these power players.

Trace is known as a man of deep integrity with a deeply irreverent sense of humor. He’s made a career keeping fans on their toes, making them laugh (“Honky Tonk Badonkadonk), making their hearts swell (“Til The Last Shot’s Fired”), and making them weep (“You’re Gonna Miss This”, “Every Light In The House”).
“Now hold on one second!” says Trace. “This is an album of love songs but in my book, ‘Hot Mama’ and ‘Badonkadonk’ are love songs! So don’t start thinking these are all ‘I’ll love you til the end of time’ ballads…but yeah, we’ve got those too.”
As Trace points out, the variety on Love Will…is layered. The album title itself is an open-ended question - love will build a bridge? love will move mountains? love will tear us apart? Any Country song can tell you that all of the above are true.
Leading up to album release, fans have been able to “get in on the love” at www.TraceAdkins.com by hearing weekly previews of new songs and complete online tasks related to the new album, NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and the American Red Cross. Fans have been entered to win prizes, including a trip to the live finale of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice in New York City or an all-paid cruise aboard Country Cruising 2014.

Love Will… Full Track Listing:1. When I Stop Loving You*
2. So What If I Do**
3. Come See Me***
4. Right Now**
5. Every One Of You**
6. The Altar Of Your Love***
7. Kiss You All Over (Featuring Exile)***
8. If The Sun Comes Up***
9. Say No To A Woman
10. Watch The World End (Featuring Colbie Caillat)
11. Love Will (Featuring Harlem Gospel Choir)
Produced by Frank Rogers
*Produced by Tony Brown & Mickey Jack Cones
**Produced by Mark Wright, Kenny Beard & Mickey Jack Cones
***Produced by Kenny Beard & Mickey Jack Cones

ABOUT TRACE ADKINS: Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and turned albums into Platinum plaques, selling over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a television personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program, the American Red Cross and has performed seven USO Tours.
In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, the 6'6" oil-rigger recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death and battles with personal demons. He also explains just how the world’s biggest alpha-male handles fatherhood with five daughters. In 2008, Trace’s integrity and wry humor served him well as a finalist on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice and prepared him for his return - on behalf of the American Red Cross – to NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (Sundays, 9PM EST/PT).
Trace has played a tough as nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), he developed and hosted GAC’s “Great American Heroes” honoring every-day Americans doing great things and he has hosted the American Country Awards on FOX for three consecutive years.

In 2011, Trace album, Proud To Be Here debuted atop the Billboard Country Chart with the Top Ten hit, “Just Fishin’.” His eleventh studio album, Love Will… will debut May 14, 2013.

ABOUT COLBIE CAILLAT: Two-time Grammy winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat’s first single “Bubbly” became one of the best-selling digital tracks of all time, prompting Billboard to name her its Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Her first album COCO debuted at No. 5 and went multi-Platinum. Her second album BREAKTHROUGH broke at No. 1, earning two Grammy nominations; that same year, Colbie won two Grammys for collaborations with Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift.

Her most recent studio album ALL OF YOU netted Caillat her sixth platinum single in “Brighter Than the Sun.” Last year, Caillat released her first holiday album, CHRISTMAS IN THE SAND, performing on CMA’s A Country Christmas and other prime time shows. Produced by her Grammy-award winning father, Ken Caillat, the album featured duets with Gavin DeGraw, Brad Paisley and others.

ABOUT HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR: The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is America's premier gospel choir and has traveled the globe for 26 years, sharing its joy of faith and raising funds for children's charities. The Choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who was inspired to form the Choir while attending a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem. The Choir presents the finest singers and musicians from Harlem's Black Churches & the New York/Tri-State area.

ABOUT EXILE: After having distinguished itself as a pop band its first 20 years -- a period crowned by its 1978 international pop hit, “Kiss You All Over”-- Exile moved effortlessly into country music in the early 1980s. There it proceeded to command the charts with 10 No. 1 singles, including “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory,” “She’s A Miracle,” “Hang On To Your Heart,” “I Could Get Used To You,” “It’ll Be Me” and “She’s Too Good To Be True.” BMI awarded Exile songs for having racked up more than 15 million plays on radio. Worldwide, the band has sold more than 8 million albums and 5 million singles. Exile’s music has been featured in movies including Happy Gilmore, Thunder Heart, Man on the Moon, Employee of the Month, Wild Hogs, Zookeeper, and Big Momma’s House. In 2010, on Billboard’s list of “100 Sexiest Songs Of All Time,” “Kiss You All Over” earned the No. 9 spot. Exile is J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny Lamaire, Steve Goetzman and Marlon Hargis.

Pistol Annies Fans Stolen The Great Annies

Pistol Annies Fans Recovering Stolen Merchandise As Part Of The Great Annies Adventure

Sophomore Album Annie Up Out May 7

NASHVILLE, TN – Pistol Annies are all about great music and great fun and thought a caper, would be a great way to celebrate the release of their sophomore album, Annie Up which comes out May 7. The adventure began April 17 when the Pistol Annies realized their gear, merchandise and new music had been stolen by Cassius Banks, the mysterious CEO of Vanilla Records, and his band The One Tones. Fans were invited to join the adventure at PistolAnnies.com by following the story of The Case Of The Stolen Gear as it unfolded.
Now, halfway through the journey, fans have recovered a custom Gibson guitar in Louisville, signed lyrics found in Austin, and a one-of-a-kind logo emblazoned leather jacket in Atlanta, among other things. As items are found, exclusive merch items and new content are unlocked, including never before seen photos, video, acoustic tracks, lyrics and more. The fan that finds each of the items in the adventure, wins a trip to a Pistol Annies Secret Show.
Fans across the country can enter to win the same flyaway trip by connecting via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail at http://smarturl.it/AnniesAdventure for the chance at one of three flyaway trips to the secret show. Daily recaps are available at pistolannies.com/news and the exclusive, some one-of-a-kind, merch offers can be found at http://smarturl.it/PAmerch. Annie Up and join the adventure today.
Fans can pre-order Annie Up now on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/annieup.

2013 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL LP FIELD TICKETS SOLD OUT!


2013 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL LP FIELD TICKETS SOLD OUT!

Nine Other Stages, Free Concerts, and New Entertainment Destination Fan Fair X At the Music City Center Provides Fans More Ways Than Ever Before to Experience Nashville’s Signature Event
NASHVILLE – Tickets for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field are sold out a record-setting six weeks in advance of the 2013 CMA Music Festival! Demand for four-day ticket packages means single night tickets will not be available for LP Field concerts, CMA announced today.
“Tickets to LP Field sold faster than ever, but the good news for our fans is if you didn’t get a ticket for LP Field there are nine other entertainment and music stages, plus special events, and activities throughout downtown Nashville to enjoy,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “And with the expansion of our autograph signings, concerts, and family events into the new Music City Center – which we have dubbed Fan Fair X – local and regional residents have affordable, easy access to great entertainment with hundreds of our most popular artists.”
Attendees can find free music throughout downtown Nashville with non-stop performances. Lineups for the stages, including the Chevrolet™ Riverfront Park Stage, the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza, Transitions Performance Park, The Buckle Stage on Broadway, BMI Tailgate Party, and more will be announced soon through CMA’s social networks!
CMA Music Festival’s newest attraction is the AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X (FFX) at the Music City Center featuring three live entertainment stages with performances, celebrity Q&A sessions, and more. Fans can play paparazzi and snap photos of the stars on the Red Carpet, shop the Fan Fair X Marketplace, and discover Country memorabilia on display.
It all kicks off Thursday, June 6 with "Lady A Day at FFX" featuring Lady Antebellum performing, signing autographs, and cutting the ribbon when Fan Fair X officially opens to fans. 
FFX tickets are $10 a day or $25 for four days Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or the CMA Music Festival Box Office by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) (price includes handling fees). Visit CMAfest.com for details.  
“Fan Fair X is triple the size of what we had in the past and we are filling the space with more entertainment, shopping, lifestyle exhibits, and a new area that is being programmed just for children and families,” Moore said. “And we are still offering all of our free events and concerts – from our kick off parade to our Daily Concerts on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage.”
The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the legendary festival has become the city’s signature event. In 2012, CMA Music Festival attracted more than 71,000 daily visitors from every state and two dozen foreign countries.
The benefits for Nashville are clear. Direct visitor spending for the event totals more than $31 million annually according to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and proceeds from the event are donated to support music education in public schools on behalf of the artists who make appearances and perform at the Festival for free. Since 2006, more than $7.6 million has been donated through CMA's "Keep the Music Playing" campaign.
In 2012, Kip Moore performed an acoustic set at LP Field and a full performance on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. This year, he has been added to the sold-out, star-packed lineup at LP Field. Several legacy performers have been added as well including Lee Greenwood, Tracy Lawrence,  The Oak Ridge Boys, and Randy Travis. Brett Eldredge; Gloriana; Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis; and The Oak Ridge Boys are scheduled to perform the national anthem.
Artists previously announced for LP Field include Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.
Now is the time to experience CMA Music Festival. According to Budget Travel Magazine, Nashville is one of the Top 10 Best Budget Destinations and CMA Music Festival is “the” time to visit. And Conde Nast Traveler selected Nashville as one of the Best Places to Go in 2013 citing easy access to “incredible live music.” 
Fans can stay in the loop by visiting CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, where they can sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news. Fans can also connect with CMA at Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, Pinterest.com/CMAworld, and Instagram.com/CMA_Country_Music_Association.
CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 10th consecutive year that the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton. 

No Borders by The Spinney Brothers


WAMU's Bluegrass Country Features Official Debut of
No Borders by The Spinney Brothers
April 29, 2013 (Nova Scotia, Canada) — WAMU's Bluegrass Country will feature an Official Debut of No Borders, the brand new CD from The Spinney Brothers on Mountain Fever Records, on Tuesday, April 30th. The band will be in studio with radio programmer Lee Michael Demsey who will not only play a few tracks from the CD, but will also have The Spinney Brothers perform some of their new songs live, all beginning at 11:00am ET. 

Comprised of Allan SpinneyRick SpinneyGary Dalrymple, and Adam Pye, The Spinney Brothers are originally from the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia and debuted in 1992, showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for its energetic and distinctive sound. The cornerstone of their musical identity is their thorough understanding of traditional, southern-flavored bluegrass music. The first generation bluegrass legends have been an important musical influence, yet the Brother’s music is equally shaped by their personal lives and rural heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, the Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present. Their debut CD on Mountain Fever Records, Memories, garnered a #1 spot on the National Bluegrass Music Survey in February 2013 with the title cut and continues to stay at the top of the charts even after being released over a year ago. The band is featured on the April cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and has a very active touring schedule in support of the international release of No Borders, due for release May 7th

Music enthusiasts may listen to The Spinney Brothers on WAMU's Bluegrass Country with Lee Michael Demsey worldwide on www.bluegrasscountry.org, locally within the DC area via 105.5 FM in Washington, DC, on 93.5 FM in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD or through the station's iPhone application. The show will air on Tuesday, April 30th at 11:00am ET

For more information on The Spinney Brothers including tour dates and news, please visit www.SpinneyBrothers.com or www.MountainFever.com.

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GEORGE JONES FUNERAL SERVICE TO BE OPEN TO PUBLIC

GEORGE JONES FUNERAL SERVICE
TO BE OPEN TO PUBLIC

 
Nashville, Tenn. (April 28, 2013) – George Jones’ funeral will take place on Thursday, May 2nd at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, starting at 10 am and will be open to the public.

"George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," said publicist Kirt Webster.

"Thanks to George’s friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time," said Nancy Jones. "I love you all."

A private visitation for family, friends, and fellow performers will take place on Wednesday evening.  Since this is private, please call 615-777-6995 x230 for time and location.

“The Voice” of Country Music fell silent with the passing of the iconic legend, George Jones in Nashville at the age of 81.   Long recognized as country music’s most indescribable voice by not only the fans, but critics in all genres, the music world continues to mourn the loss  of its’ finest stylist, who was considered the greatest living country singer.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956, George Jones achieved perhaps his greatest personal honor when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

More than 35 years ago, as noted in his discography, George Jones recorded “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?”, a song that posed the question of whether music newcomers would come along that could possibly walk in the steps of the progenitors and giants of country music.  In light of the loss of this legendary voice, the question has never seemed more poignant.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund:


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Seger Brings Motown Soul & Rock n Roll To Buffalo N.Y.

Seger Brings Motown Soul & Rock n Roll To Buffalo N.Y.


Music that comes from Detroit bears a mark of distinction. The working-class, rough-and-tumble world that grew around the automobile industry produced an interesting cultural byproduct. The timeless R&B of Motown met and mingled with urban rhythm and blues, partied with rock ’n’ roll and emerged on the other side as a new fusion of all of these styles.
 
Bob Seger’s music is the epitome of Detroit-style rock ’n’ roll, and before what appeared to be a mostly full house in First Niagara Center on Thursday, he offered up two-plus hours of the stuff. The man is 68 years old. But he partied like he was still waiting for his 30th birthday to roll around. The whole vibe was soooo Detroit.
 
Flanked by a large band – which included Grand Funk Railroad’s Don Brewer on drums and harmony vocals, as well as original Silver Bullet Band members Alto Reed on sax and Chris Campbell on bass – Seger gave everything he had to his meat-and-potatoes rock and soul. The assembled partied like it was 1975, or 1985. Opening with “Long Twin Silver Line,” from 1980’s “Against the Wind” album, Seger appeared energetic, relatively trim and in much stronger voice than he was when he played the then-HSBC Arena. The large band, beautifully mixed by the touring soundman, presented an earthy blend of Motown, soul and primal rock ’n’ roll from the get-go, and if Seger couldn’t hit the highest of his high notes from days gone by, he gave it everything he had, as he stalked the stage like a grizzled rocker who had come to pay a visit to some old friends.
Arena shows can be cold, and lonely affairs, the vastness of the room acting as a buffer between performer and audience, as if we had all gathered to watch a legend perform via satellite from some other locale. Thursday’s show revealed Seger’s greatest strength to be his ability to make a hockey arena feel like a living room – his living room. The vibe was intimate, the sound was well above average for an arena show, and the set list proved to be impeccably paced.
The Fire Down Below,” “Main Street,” “Old Time Rock ’n’ Roll” – to refer to these tunes as classics is to utter a cliché. There’s no way around it. These songs are classics, no-frills singer-songwriter fare that was oiled and lubed in the Detroit factory. Which is to suggest that the shadow of Motown music never left the stage Thursday.
Seger played “Like A Rock” for the first time in a quarter century, while seated and strumming an acoustic guitar. He delivered the song with passion and almost made us forget that the paean to personal fortitude had been made into a commercial of Chevrolet trucks in the early ’90s.
Seger fans came to hear their man give it all he had, and he did that, tearing through “Live Bullet” classics like “Beautiful Loser” and “Travelin’ Man” with considerable vigor, and offering a taste of his forthcoming album in the form of a cover of Billy Bragg & Wilco’s “California Stars” (a high point of the show) before taking a seat at the piano and leading the band through the fairly cheesy ballad “We’ve Got Tonight” (a low point, but not so low as to be unforgivable).
What can be said about Bob Seger in 2013? His tours are essentially victory laps, with a few new numbers thrown in to keep things somewhat vital. And guess what? That’s just what the doctor ordered.
 
by Chuck Schultz photos Kelly E Schultz



ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS APRIL 29.04.2013


ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS
     Anita, Iowa....."Wow, the 'Roys' put on one incredibly good show at the Oak Tree."  Bob & Sheila Everhart of Anita, Iowa, have become good friends with very probably the most popular bluegrass/traditional-country/gospel acoustic music group traveling today.  "The Roy's don't just travel the highways and byways of America," Sheila said, "they are leaving for a tour of Europe, first stop Denmark.  They just simply did a wonderful job to a full house at our little Oak Tree Performance Center in Anita.  Next show is another house filler, Dale Eichor (KWMT Ft Dodge disc jockey) and legendary Iowa country singer Bobby Awe.  Both of these wonderful performers are lamenting the loss of America's most popular living classic country singer, George Jones.  It was difficult to say the least to learn that there are so few left that really do country music.  Just about everything we hear today labeled country music is anything  but."
     "We were never able to get George Jones into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame," Bob added, "maybe we will do that on May 3rd, and have Dale and Bobby accept the induction on behalf of George.  If that be the case, I'm sure we'll hear a good Jones song or two.  He did so many incredibly well written country songs, it's just hard to imagine that he won't be out there making it work like it should.  No pretender in George Jones, he was the real deal, very unlike what we hear today called country music."
     "A lot of people ask me if we ever have a nice dinner," Bobbie Lhea, the Everhart's daughter added.  "I always talk about a budget lunch when dad asks me what I want to say, but this time I'm going to brag on dad a little.  He took me and mom to the Holland Center in Omaha to hear the Omaha Symphony perform the music, as we watched the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, which dad knows I really liked.  The Symphony was really really good, and to have the music so right next to you as you watched the film was an amazing experience.  Anyway, dad took mom and me to the Saigon Surface, a Vietnamese restaurant in downtown Omaha.  I was amazed, but dad had new rules.  If we were not going to do a budget lunch, then it had to be a budget dinner, and the limit for the three of us was $50.  I didn't think that would work, but it did. Both dad and I had prawns and pork in a clay pot, and mom had Vietnamese shaken beef.  At $15 each, we had enough left over to have some calamari.  No drinks of course, we had to have iced water, but they brought it with a slice of cucumber in it.  What a delight, the food was so good, and now maybe we'll get to have a nice dinner once in awhile.  I'd really like to go back to this restaurant, next time I'd try curry duck in a clay pot, mom wants ginger chicken in a clay pot and dad wants to try bo kho which is braised black angus.  Yes, it all works for three 'nice' dinners for under $50.  Thanks to the lady that asked me about a 'nice' dinner once in awhile."
     "We're sure going to have a nice time at the Oak Tree May 3rd," Bob added, "Dale Eichor and Bobby Awe are super performers and the theater will fill up, so reservations are highly recommended at 712-762-4363.  Bobby Lhea is wondering if we can get a 'nice' dinner at the Redwood Steakhouse here in Anita.  I don't know yet, I'll have to check the menu."

Breelan Angel - It’s My Turn

Breelan Angel
It’s My Turn
Breelan Angel - It’s My Turn 2:51

Before even listening to this single, that is the first being released from her debut album, I was interested in checking this artist out. It seems that she has had extensive training throughout her youth. Also, she is trained in piano, and she has a lot of connections that are helping her get a start. To you, this may not mean much but to me it’s a hint that this may at very least be a well produced album. I am pretty impressed that she is very well educated Texas woman. So let me see.
            The song starts off very hard, it’s almost a blend of heavy metal and country. It is just a single but I seriously can foresee that she’ll bring a very large following. The guitar solos and the strong drumbeat will create a following of guys, while the angry ‘girl-power’ ROAR… will surely grab the attention of women who feel that they’re not being respected by their men. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing what the rest of the album is like. I’m not saying I like it, and I’m not saying I don’t. I’m simply saying that I can see her creating a strong fan base.
Jeremy Frost

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