Monday, May 13, 2013

Joel Crouse to Join Taylor Swift

Joel Crouse ©2013 Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Chris Hollo

Single, "If You Want Some," at Radio Now; Crouse to Join Taylor Swift on Tour Beginning May 28

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Massachusetts-born singer/songwriter Joel Crouse grew up listening to all genres of music, but it wasn't until years later that he realized his favorites all had one similarity--the stories. It was at that moment, at the ripe age of 14, that Crouse first discovered his passion for country music. He immersed himself with the lyrics with one goal in mind: to be heard on the same country radio he grew up listening to. Little did he know someday one radio program in particular that he loved, Grand Ole Opry on 650 WSM AM, would feature his voice. Fast-forward to Saturday, May 11, 2013--one move to Nashville and a record deal later--the now-20 year old country crooner is well on his way having made his debut on the hallowed Grand Ole Opry stage. 

"I was overwhelmed with emotions that I don't even know how to describe," a demure Crouse reflects. "There's something about the moment you step on its stage...for me, it was the first time I've truly felt like a part of the country music community. I'll never forget that moment."

Crouse was joined by his mother, father, sister, grandmother and friends as he waited side-stage for his name to be called by Opry member Jeannie Seely. Crouse then performed his self-penned "If You Want Some," his current Top 40 single on Show Dog-Universal Music, and "That's Why God Made Love Songs." 

"I actually received some great advice from Darius [Rucker]," Crouse shares. "He said, 'It'll be surreal' and to take it all in cause you won't get another first time, and I really took that to heart."

Crouse will step from the Opry stage to a Red stage as he joins Taylor Swift's Red Tour beginning May 28 in Glendale, Ariz. at Jobing Arena.
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Nashville Salutes Lee Greenwood

APA Nashville Salutes Lee Greenwood’s
Contributions To Country Music

Greenwood celebrates Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum spotlight exhibit,
30th Anniversary of "God Bless The USA" and 2013 CMA Music Festival performance

Nashville, Tenn. (May 13, 2013) -- APA Nashville salutes Lee Greenwood upon the opening of the country music legend’s spotlight exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, the 30th anniversary of his iconic heartfelt anthem, "God Bless The USA," and his return to CMA Music Festival with a performance in June.  The Lee Greenwood: American Patriot spotlight exhibit, which opened last Friday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and will run through April 25, 2014, is housed within the museum's permanent third floor exhibit and will feature Greenwood’s personal costumes and memorabilia spanning the 50 years of his extraordinary career.

Greenwood's work with the armed forces includes more than 30 USO tours, which resulted in his being honored with the prestigious National Patriot’s Award presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.  In November 2008, President George W. Bush appointed Lee to a six-year term as a council member on the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Lee is an American musical icon," commented APA Nashville’s Steve Lassiter.  "His talents, integrity and unwavering commitment to our military, both active and retired, is nothing less than stellar."

Greenwood is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of his signature song, "God Bless The USA," which became a Top 10 Country hit in 1984, earning him the CMA Song of the Year Award in 1985.  Produced by Jerry Crutchfield, this American tribute to patriotism remains one of our country's most popular and recognizable anthems.

As he continues to tour on a regular basis, Greenwood will return to the CMA Music Festival next month with a performance on Sunday evening, June 9, at LP Field.

Greenwood has enjoyed numerous other hits, and he scored 20 Top Ten hits between 1983 and 1990.  Among them were the chart-toppers “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going, Going, Gone” and “Dixie Road.”  He has earned numerous industry awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year (Academy of Country Music, 1983), Male Vocalist of the Year (Country Music Association, 1983 and 1984) and a Grammy award for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.”  His current EP, I WANT TO BE IN YOUR WORLD, was released in 2011.  In 2012, Lee released his book, DOES GOD STILL BLESS THE USA.  He devotes much of his free time to various charitable organizations.

Catch up on the latest Lee Greenwood news HERE and follow Lee on Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates.

Lee Ann Womack, Will Hoge and many more LET US IN AMERICANA

JUNE 25, 2013


On June 25, 2013 Reviver Records will release Let Us In Americana,its second album from the Let Us In series, which follows the success of 2011's Let Us In Nashville.

Let Us In Americana features prolific Americana artists including Steve Earle, The Wood Brothers, Buddy Miller, Lee Ann Womack, Will Hoge and many more delving into a rich selection of songs written by Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Each artist chose a composition to record and the proceeds will go to the Women And Cancer Fund, established in the memory of Linda McCartney.  
June 25th, the release day of
Let Us In Americana, is a significant day in Beatles history. On that day in 1967, The Beatles performed "live" thanks to the BBC on the first global TV music special entitled, "Our World". It was viewed by over 400 million people spanning 26 countries and special guests during The Beatles performance included: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Graham Nash.

Fast forward to 2013, now 46 years later, with the release of Let Us In Americana. The 16 track album is distributed by BDG via RED Distribution and was primarily produced by Phil Madeira in Nashville. 

Let Us In Americana Tracklisting:
The Wood Brothers - Come And Get It

Buddy Miller - Yellow Submarine
Will Hoge - Band On The Run
Jim Lauderdale - I'm Looking Through You
Holly Williams - My Love
Teddy Thompson - Let Me Roll It***
Bruce Cockburn - Fool On The Hill**
Ollabelle - Get Back**
Lee Ann Womack - Let 'Em In
Steve Earle & Allison Moorer - I Will***
Rodney Crowell - Every Night*
Matraca Berg - Yesterday
Ketch Secor - Give Ireland Back To The Irish
Sam Bush - I've Just Seen A Face
Ed Snodderly - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
The McCrary Sisters (Amy Helm, Fiona McBain & Allison Moorer) - Let It Be

* track produced Rodney Crowell
** tracks recorded in San Francisco
*** tracks recorded in New York


Dierks Bentley

Dynamic Vocal Performance And Depth Of Material
Mark The ‘Defining’ New Project
Nashville, TN – May 13, 2012 – Seven albums into one of country music’s most-respected and most-unpredictable careers, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley continues to grow. His latest evolution comes in the form of RISER, a project due this fall that stands as his most personal to date.

Written and recorded in the year following his father’s death, the album draws its title from “I’m A Riser,” a song about resilience and determination. “I’m A Riser” works as a commentary on spiritual, personal and societal recommitment, but it also applies to the competitive battlefield of the music industry. It’s particularly appropriate for an album about rejuvenation delivered by Bentley.

“Life in general has a way of knocking you down,” Bentley says. “It’s different reasons for different folks – could be personal reasons, could be family reasons, your job, drugs, alcohol. That song really applies to anybody that’s lived. There have always been those moments when we have to get back up and get on our feet.  They are defining moments…breakthrough moments.”

Accepting change – and growing from it – is a key theme in RISER, and it’s reflected by the tone of the album, which demonstrates a new artistic depth and an extralevel of intensity for Bentley. It evolves from track to track, exuding a range of emotions, all the while impressing upon the listener that Bentley’s instinct for a hit is stronger than ever. Bentley made significant reconfigurations in his creative team to shake up his sonic texture without sacrificing his commercial drive. He re-enlisted executive producer Arturo Buenahora Jr., who worked on Bentley’s first two albums; and utilized producer Ross Copperman, who co-wrote “Tip It On Back” for Bentley’s current album Home.

The new atmosphere yielded the most focused and intense vocals of Bentley’s career. Some were recorded live with the band as the musicians laid down the tracks, but others were captured in less-than-obvious locales. One track’s vocal was recorded on Bentley’s tour bus. Still others were cut at Copperman’s house with the producer literally at Bentley’s side, pushing him to some of his most emotional, and seasoned, performances.

“It’s not even really a studio,” Bentley says of Copperman’s set-up. “It’s just kind of a corner of the house he’s taken over, so there was a kind of intimacy to the vocal process. It was important to get out of the studio and sing in different places, and to do it with other people in the room. That way, you have an audience and you get a sense of what’s working, what’s not working, when it’s feeling good, not feeling good. It brings a little more emotion and energy out of your voice.”

Since making a life-altering drive with his father from Phoenix to Nashville when he was 19 years old, Bentley has forged his own path in an industry built predominantly on formula.  He has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His album Home debuted at No. 1 and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. 1 songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, garnered 11 GRAMMY nominations and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley is currently out on the road playing sold out arenas and amphitheaters on the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley: Locked & Reloaded Tour through October.

For a short trailer on RISER and updates on when the first single will be revealed, check

Country Music News International “Pick Song of The Week” May 13. 2013

Country Music News International “Pick Song of The Week” is from California based band The Nickel Slots. The Song Devil’s Chaingang is a great almost hypnotic foot tapping sing-a-long you can’t resist turning up. 

Fresh off of the release of their music video for “The Devil’s Chain Gang,” which is being accepted into film festivals, The Nickel Slots are channeling that excitement into new creative projects. The band has previously won two consecutive Sammie Awards for Outstanding Americana/Alt-Country, and in 2012 wowed audiences in venues both large and small on a European tour. Their second album “Five Miles Gone” prompted SubMerge Magazine to say that it “…will make a serious bid to be the soundtrack of your summer.” They are currently focused on developing new songs for their next studio album, which they will begin recording later this year.
The Nickel Slots take you on a journey through hard times and desperation that always carries hope that better things are just around the corner. With influence from early roots Americana music as well as a touch of rebellious ’70s punk, The Nickel Slots draw the line that connects Johnny Cash to The Clash. From the sentimental folk tune to the foot-stomping, raucous sing-along, their alt-country rock songs bring you back to a long-lost memory or shared experience of pain, joy, heartache, love, hope, and redemption. Performing together since November 2008, the band has built a devoted following in their home base of Sacramento. They gained notoriety as a song from their debut album spent a month in rotation on KWOD 106.5 FM’s Sounds of Sacramento series before that station’s demise in May 2009.
Lead singer and acoustic guitarist Tony Brusca writes songs that tell unique stories and has a knack for connecting with audiences. Bassist and mandolin player Paul Zinn’s backing vocals add an extra dimension to Tony’s melodies, and his bass lines just can’t sit still. Christopher Amaral, The Nickel Slots’ versatile drummer, lays down train beats and adds distinctive power to the band’s sound. His brother, individual Sammie Award winner electric guitarist Steve Amaral, throws down tasteful licks that dance across the line between rock and country.

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To appear in Nashville at 3rd & Lindsley Sunday, May 12th
and at the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday, May 14th

Nashville, Tenn. (May 13, 2013) – One of the great voices of our time, multi-platinum recording artist Collin Raye, who has charted 23 Top-10 singles and 15 No. 1 hits, and sold twenty million albums worldwide, has recently signed with BEA Entertainment and is ready to embark on his national “That’s My Story” tour.  Fans from across the nation, who remember such hits as “Love, Me,” “Little Rock,” “In This Life,” “My Kind of Girl,” “I Can Still Feel You,” and “On the Verge” are filling venues to hear the hits that dominated the charts and earned Collin five ACM Awards and nominations and six CMA nominations.  As one of the greatest voices and most celebrated male country artists, Collin begins his national tour.  For more information on Collin Raye or to purchase tickets for his upcoming tour, please visit:

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 18: Wagon Wheel Theatre- Warsaw, IN
May 23: Larry’s Country Diner, Starlight Theatre- Branson, MO
May 24: Larry’s Country Diner, Starlight Theatre- Branson, MO
June 14: Kick’n Up Kountry Music Festival- Karlstad, MN
June 15: Porterfield WI Country Music Fest- Marinette, WI
June 21: Austin City Saloon- Lexington, KY
June 22: Lewisport Heritage Festival Chapman Park- Lewisport, KY
July 11: Monteith River Park- Albany, OR
July 17: Mesa Country Fair- Grand Junction, CO
July 20: Lundgren Theatre- Gypsum, CO
Aug 17: Hopkins Country Civic Center- Sulphur Springs, TX
Aug 31: Cruising Alaska with Collin Raye- Seattle, WA
Sep 14: Sevier Valley Center Theatre- Richfield, UT
Nov 16: Wild Rose Casino- Emmetsburg, IA
Nov 17: Eastern Caribbean Cruise with Collin Raye- Cape Canaveral, FL
Nov 22: George Jones’ Tribute Concert- Nashville, TN
Nov 23: Mesquite Arena- Mesquite, TX
Nov 30: Cottonwood High School Auditorium- Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 6: Franciscan Center Theatre- Sylvania, OH

Collin Raye took country music by storm. The mega-hit maker and ACM Award winner began his career in the early 1990’s when he released his debut album All I Can Be, which catapulted his first #1 hit, “Love, Me.” In 1992, the widely-recognized single earned Collin several prestigious nominations across the country scene including Song of the Year as well as Single of the Year. All I Can Be was the first of five of his albums to skyrocket to platinum status. Collin was instantly a household name and a country fan favorite.

Charting 15 No. 1 hits and his 23 Top-10 hits, Collin claimed his stake in country stardom. Throughout his prolific career thus far, Collin has released 11 studio albums including a greatest hits complication, a Christmas record and a live album. Collin has received five nominations for CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and three nominations for ACM Male Vocalist of the Year. In addition, he received a CMA nomination for Best Video, two CMA nominations for Song of the Year and two nominations for single of the Year. In 1997, Raye took home the ACM Award for Music Video of the Year for “I Think about You.”

Three years ago, following the death of his granddaughter Haley, Collin founded a charity in her memory which aims to help families in need of wheelchairs for their children. The Haley Bell Blessed Chair Foundation is dear to his heart and he holds an event annually in her honor.

Recently, Collin has embarked on a new chapter in his life, signing with Brand Entertainment Agency for the launch of his 2013 “That’s My Story” tour.

Kenny Chesney Rocks 45,000

Kenny Chesney Rocks 45,000 at Cowboys Stadium Sports Luminaries Show Up & Join The Party

With his Life On A Rock becoming his seventh all-genre Top 200 Albums #1 debut, Kenny Chesney hit Dallas wide open. With a crowd of 45,026 reaching to the rafters at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Chesney played a two hour show that included old hits, recent hits and the Top 5 with a bullet “Pirate Flag.”
“We started this tour two months ago in Tampa, Florida, and I’ve been waiting all that time to get here,” Chesney told the assembled music fans who danced in the end zone, waved No Shoes Nation pirate flags in the second tier and sang every word to the songs they know by heart, as he pointed at the very highest point in the far section. “Last night, I sat right up there for nearly two hours, anticipating this moment. I think music is the most important force in life, and I’m glad to be sharing it with all of you.”
Chesney also shared the night with some of football’s most elite figures. Legendary Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was on hand with this family, as well as Cowboys All Pro Defensive End DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys Tight End Jason Witten, University of Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp, University of Arkansas Brett Bielema and New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton.
“I was joking it was almost like the ESPIES backstage,” Chesney said with a laugh. “To have so many great athletes in one place, just hanging out and enjoying the night… It’s not just cool, it reminds me of the level of work, heart and commitment that the men who play sports in this stadium bring. It kind of sets a whole other bar for me.”
Kenny Greenberg strode down the T, taking a particularly burning solo on “Somewhere With You,” while Wyatt Beard provided some shimmering piano on otherwise vocal only intimate take on “There Goes My Life” at Cowboys Stadium. As the band extended its vamp on “The Boys of Fall,” Chesney singled out a boy who’d been near the front all evening – and presented him with an official Cowboys helmet. Later, he presented a young girl with a guitar, which he’d signed to mark the moment.
With well-received sets from native Texans Kacey Musgraves and the Eli Young Band, as well as Eric Church, it was indeed a night of what music can hold. For Chesney, whose 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour will hit 19 NFL Stadiums before it wraps August 23-24 at Foxboro, MA’s Gillette Stadium, he’s already put summer into overdrive in early May.
With major features in Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal and People, Chesney’s most intimate record to date has garnered several strong reviews. The Boston Globe proclaimed, “Chesney returns to that reflective, often acoustic place for Life On A Rock, and again hits a high-water mark,” Billboard offered, “Kenny Chesney’s Life On A Rock is surely the most personal work he’s ever done, and time will likely prove it to be among his best-loved by fans” and The Chicago Tribune opined, “the country superstar turns down the volume to offer a quieter and more contemplative meditation on sand and sea.”

The Voice with Lady Antebellum

Trio to Make Appearances This Week on Chelsea Lately, 
The Voice and CBS’ ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s
Superstar Summer All-Star Special

Nashville, TN – May 13, 2013 – GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum is set to premiere their new music video for “Goodbye Town” today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and on The video was shot in Nashville and directed by Peter Zavadil. “Goodbye Town” is the second single off the trio’s new album GOLDEN, released last week.  Since it’s release, the track continues to be highlighted as a standout with Rolling Stone calling it "gripping."

“Quite possibly, the best vocal that Charles Kelley has put down yet. The lyrics strike a nostalgic tone – at least at first – but the chorus tends to suggest that the past is not somewhere he wants to be.”  - Billboard

“’Goodbye Town’…pulls you in a direction both surprising and urgent…”  - New York Daily News

“’Goodbye Town’ offers a tart flip side to the “Hey, remember when?” strain of songs currently running rampant in contemporary country as the memories encroach with more darkness than light.”  - Boston Globe

Lady A visits the west coast this week for appearances on Chelsea Lately (today), The Voice (5/14) and ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer All-Star Special on CBS Sun., May 19. Since its 2006 inception, Lady A has risen quickly to become Country Music’s most influential current group. The group has won the “Vocal Group of the Year” honor from both the CMA and from the ACM’s three times in a row, earned seven GRAMMY awards and sold 11 million albums worldwide. Nine of the band’s singles are certified Gold, with four surpassing the Platinum mark. For a full list of upcoming performances and for more info on new music, visit

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     Hampton, Iowa....."We just got back from the "Hampton's Country-Fest," Bob Everhart said, "which ispromoted  by Gladys Strein.  She lives in California, and made the trip back by car this year.  She got caught in a snowstorm in Oklahoma, making this 'spring' even stranger than ever.  The attendance was down a bit this year, mostly because she forgot to send out her invitations, but there was still a large crowd, especially for the Saturday afternoon and Saturday night shows.  Great artists too, Terry Smith, Red Johnson, Dale Eichor, Bobby Awe, Annie & Teri Avery, Bill Hedren, and Bob & Sheila.  We had a great time, though we thought the 'food' was a little down in quality, but we eat in the camper anyway, so it wasn't all that important.  Lots of humor this year, nearly every act had the audience in good spirits with lots of laughter all the way through.  Great time, even though it was cool in the evening."
     "Mother's day was also pretty neat for me," Sheila added.  "We went shopping at Barnes & Noble on the way home in Des Moines, to get some books.  Bobby Lhea is such an avid reader, we've all sort of taken up 'reading' as a hobby.  This particular bookstore always has some  books on sale, so that's where we look first.  When we get done reading a good book, we either pass it along to friends, or give them to the Goodwill Store.  Sometimes we give them to the library if they don't have the latest copy of a good book and they don't have it.  At any rate, it sure is a nice experience, especially when we're on the road."
     "Dad took us to mom's favorite restaurant for lunch," Bobbie Lhea added.  "It wasn't a budget lunch, but it was very good.  At Jordan Creek Mall, in Des Moines, is a restaurant called Mimi's French Cafe.  There's one in California that dad took us to, and we all liked it, so this is the one mom picked for Mother's Day.  I had pot roast and really good mashed potatoes with brown gravy, dad had that too, and really good French onion soup.  Mom had some kind of crepes with a special French chicken dish.  I can't say the name anyway, so there's not point in trying to write it."
     "We all had a very nice time in Hampton," Bob added, "and we're also getting ready for the terrific Pat Boilesen show at the Oak Tree Opry here in Anita on May 17.  Ms. Boilesen is a super performer, and performing with her is a champion banjo player, John O'Brien from Omaha.  We're looking forward to a real good time, show starts at 7pm."

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