Tuesday, June 18, 2013

28 ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATED GEORGE JONES

28 ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES LIFE RIGHTS TO
CELEBRATED COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND GEORGE JONES
Los Angeles, CA (June 18, 2013) - 28 Entertainment announced today the acquisition of the story rights to George Jones and his wife Nancy for a feature film project about the incredible life and career of the iconic country singer.  The project, written by Dennis L. Baxter and produced by Baxter and 28 Entertainment’s Jay Hoffman and Brian A. Hoffman, depicts George's life as a country music legend while battling his personal demons.

“Over the years we have been approached to make George’s life into a feature film, but it was not until Dennis Baxter became involved that we were confident the story could be told accurately.  George and I started working with Dennis six years ago in crafting the life-long story.  Knowing George had input in this film and that it will be told the way he wanted it told, I feel we are in good hands to collaborate with 28 Entertainment as we move forward with production,” said Nancy Jones.

Nancy Jones will Executive Produce and consult on the project. Baxter worked closely with Nancy and George on the story before George passed away on April 26th in Nashville at the age of 81.

“George had hoped to see the movie before he passed and worked with me to make sure the story was complete.” said Dennis Baxter

Jones' story is one of legendary talent, fame and success, while showing the dark side of alcoholism and drug abuse to levels that few people could survive. It is also a story of healing, renewed faith and the unconditional love that ultimately pulled him through the turbulent times. The script portrays a life that was torn apart by addiction in a very public way, and was saved by the incredible love story of Nancy and George.

“George’s career is one of the most celebrated of country music legends, and we feel it is important to tell his story for fans and music lovers around the world. We are huge fans of George and his music and look forward to working closely with Nancy as we bring his life to the big screen,” said Jay Hoffman of 28 Entertainment.

George Jones had 14 number one country hits and more than 150 songs on the charts, including his award winning single "He Stopped Loving Her Today" which is considered the greatest country music song of all time.

Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, named a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2008 and in 2012 was presented with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.  Along with his induction into the Country Music Hall Of Fame he received countless other awards and accolades from ACM, CMA, Country Music Television, and of course, The Grand Ole Opry.

The deal was represented by Chris Corabi on behalf of 28 Entertainment’s Jay Hoffman, Brian A. Hoffman, and Dennis L. Baxter, and by Jess Rosen of Greenberg Traurig on behalf of George and Nancy Jones.

Thompson Square Downplays Duets on Just Feels Good


Thompson Square Downplays Duets on Just Feels Good                                   
By Sarah Skates
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Keifer and Shawna Thompson explore new avenues and share stories of their personal and professional voyage on Just Feels Good, the second album they’ve released as Thompson Square.
“We wanted to really open up our lives to everybody on this album,” Keifer explained. “It’s literally a soundtrack to our lives over the last 13 or 15 years.”
“I’m so proud of this album because they did what is so tough to do: They stayed true to their brand but really pushed themselves creatively,” added Jon Loba, Executive VP, The BBR Music Group, which includes the group’s label, Stoney Creek Records. “It’s a journey of where they’ve been content-wise, but production-wise it is a roller coaster. They had to come with a next-level project and they did. One listen to this album and Thompson Square elevates.”
The married twosome experienced the rush of success with their breakout No. 1, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” Written by Jim Collins and David Lee Murphy, the single achieved double Platinum for digital downloads and became the most played song at Country radio in 2011, according to Mediabase. In 2012, Thompson Square earned numerous distinctions, including CMA’s Vocal Duo of the Year Award, and a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance of the Year.
The duo averages 250 dates a year on the road. As guests on tours with Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum, they played to more than a million fans. This demanding itinerary taught them some important lessons. For example, Keifer notes that performing onstage night after night helped them understand the importance of building a varied set list, from ballads to feel-good uptempos, in preparation for their future as headliners. Also, opportunities arose for them to explore new outlets, including co-writing a novel, Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not, based on the hit song and released on June 4.
The commercial success, enriched by years of working together before their breakthrough single, informed Thompson Square’s confidence as songwriters and artists. Armed with plenty of creative ammunition, they were ready to start on the follow-up to their self-titled debut, but they could barely find time to begin work on the project.
“They are such hard-working artists that the challenge was to find available days for everyone to sit down and go over songs,” said Loba. “The success of the first album created endless promotion and media opportunities, and they didn’t want to pass on any of them. Consequently, it took nearly a year to record the album, but the end result was a much stronger project. They had a wider array of songs to choose from and were able to dial in even more precisely what they wanted their music to represent.”
In fact, songs that seemed like obvious choices for singles in the early process didn’t even make the final cut, as the quality of the material steadily increased. Keifer and Shawna invited co-writers to join them on the road and took songwriting retreats, including a productive junket to Breckenridge, Colo., with hit tunesmiths Brett James and David Lee Murphy. The Thompsons composed six tracks on Just Feels Good, including the lead single, “If I Didn’t Have You,” with Paul Jenkins and Jason Sellers.
“The project runs the whole gamut that we’ve gone through over the years,” Keifer said, “beginning from the time we met with ‘That’s So Me and You’ (Keifer Thompson, Vicky McGehee and Kyle Jacobs) to the song on the Walmart exclusive album, called ‘What Am I Gonna Do’ (Keifer Thompson, Shawna Thompson, Jacobs and McGehee), about Shawna’s dad passing last year.”
Thompson Square co-produced Just Feels Good with New Voice, the production team made up of Kurt Allison, David Fanning, Tully Kennedy and Rich Redmond. “The major advantage of working with those guys is that they are musicians and they play on the project,” Keifer explained. “They all come to the studio at the same time, and they aren’t just acting as producers. They are physically producing something as well as mentally producing something. They are friends of ours and we get along really well, so working on an album together is really enjoyable.”
Maintaining Thompson Square’s track record at Country radio was key to their process in making Just Feels Good. “You’re crazy if you don’t think about radio,” Keifer stated. “Radio is the lifeblood of what we do. It’s changed our lives forever. I can’t tell you how much gratitude we have toward our friends at radio. You have to keep them in mind because they’ve got to play it and get it to the fans. They know what works and what doesn’t work. It’s not the only thing that goes into the equation, but it’s a big component. What we normally do is pretty radio-friendly. You want to push the envelope a little bit, but not so far down the road that no one can see where you’re going. You’ve always got to think about what radio might like, but not to the point where you sacrifice your creativity. You still have to be an artist.”
For the most part, Thompson Square avoids maudlin love songs. “In the past, we’ve been pitched very lovey-dovey stuff, and that’s not what we want,” Keifer said. “That’s not what we write. We tell everybody we don’t want to record duets. Instead, we prefer songs that could be sung by an individual, and then we make them our own. We don’t want to get pigeonholed into duets, because they can be so predictable.”
That same focus drives their approach onstage, including their current run on Luke Bryan’s “Dirt Road Diaries Tour.” “I think people come to our shows expecting a love story the whole show, and then they’re pleasantly surprised by the rockin’ out aspect of what we do,” Keifer said. “We’re not really a stereotypical, boring old married couple. We were both raised out in the country, hunting, fishing and riding 4x4s. We take our motorcycle on the road. We’re a married couple that likes to rock out, and hopefully that’s what we exude onstage.”

Girl Ridin’ with Joe Diffie


Joe Diffie Cruises with “Girl Ridin’ Shotgun”
Nashville, TN (June 18, 2013) – The brand new video for country legend Joe Diffie’s answer song to Jason Aldean’s “1994,” is generating quite a buzz YouTube with more than 300 thousand views in just 48 hours! See the new video for “Girl Ridin’ Shotgun” here.
The new single, co-written by Diffie, Phil O’Donnell and Derek Thrasher of The Jawga Boyz is a fun up-tempo song just in time for summer. The performance features D. Thrash (Derek Thrasher) of The Jawga Boyz complementing Diffie’s signature vocals.
The clip, directed by Blake Judd and produced by Judd and Cory B. Clay of JuddFilms (@JuddFilms) and Bigger Picture Group, was shot in Greensburg, KY and features scenes depicting summertime fun with the best of them. Joe is even driving a sporty orange convertible with his wife and daughters, who are along for the ride.
“We had a good time writing and recording this song and now making this video. I’ve been writing with a lot of new artists and I never thought that collaboration with one of them would lead to this, but I’m really glad that it has. It’s a different sound for me and I’m having so much fun with,” says Diffie.
The new video will be added to “CMT Pure” and begins airing today, Tuesday June 18th.

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JIMMY WAYNE LAUNCHES ONLINE PET TREAT STORE FOR A GOOD CAUSE

COUNTRY STAR JIMMY WAYNE LAUNCHES ONLINE PET TREAT STORE FOR A GOOD CAUSE
 "Do You Believe Me Now" No. 1 Hit-Maker Opens Ruby's Pet Treats to Raise Funds For Underprivileged Youth and Pets
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Monday, June 17, 2013) - Country music star Jimmy Wayne's rescued chihuahua is making headlines for a good cause. In honor of his furry friend, Ruby, whom he adopted in 2010, Wayne celebrates the launch of Ruby's Pet Treats  -- an online pet treat store which gives dog owners the opportunity to make a positive impact while stocking up on their pet's favorite snacks, treats and toys. A percentage of each item sold through Ruby's Pet Treats benefits both The Humane Society of Genesee County in Michigan (a no-kill animal shelter) and Wayne's Project Meet Me Halfway, which helps care for teens in foster care programs who are at risk for homelessness.
Though many know him for his No. 1 Country Billboard hit, "Do You Believe Me Now," and Top Tens "Stay Gone," and "I Love You This Much," success didn't come easy for Wayne. A victim of childhood abuse, abandonment and extreme poverty, he has used his success to launch programs like Project Meet Me Halfway and Ruby's Pet Treats to help improve the lives of the underprivileged. 
It was while walking halfway across the U.S., (from Nashville, Tenn. to Phoenix, Ariz.), as part of his Project Meet Me Halfway to raise awareness of the importance of improving the foster care system, that Wayne came across a different kind of foster child -- a little chihuahua who had been rescued from a kill shelter. Wayne adopted her from her rescue family on April 1, 2010 and gave her the name Ruby. Today, with the launch of Ruby's Pet Treats, he hopes to ensure both pets and youth are properly cared for and eventually find loving homes. 
Ruby's Pet Treats is in partnership with Cost Less Pet Treats, offering healthy, high-quality products at a competitive price. The store's premiere product, and Ruby's favorite savory snack, are the three-inch Peanut Butter Biscuits which come in a five-pack for $1.49. 
Other products offered include those made exclusively in the U.S.A, rawhides, natural treats, gourmet treats, healthy choice treats, designer and stainless steel bowls, dog toys, among other items. Continental U.S. customers can enjoy free shipping on all orders. 
To view the full list of products, visit RubysPetTreats.com
For more information on Jimmy Wayne and Project Meet Me Halfway, visit JimmyWayne.com or projectmmh.org.

PATTY LOVELESS CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY AS GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER

PATTY LOVELESS CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY
AS GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER  

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 17, 2013) -- The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® honored Patty Loveless on her 25th anniversary as an Opry member this past weekend with memorable performances by Loveless, fellow Opry members Vince Gill and Loretta Lynn, and more.  Loveless was inducted as an Opry member on June 11, 1988.

Following an hour of Loveless solo hits, vocal collaborations, and performances by good friends of the guest of honor in front of a sold-out Opry House Saturday night, Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher honored the 25-year member with a commemorative print and words about her career. “This has been an absolutely magical night at the Grand Ole Opry. I think we have heard everything that makes country music great,” Fisher said. “If I was to describe what makes country music great, I would use the name Patty Loveless,” he continued, describing Loveless as doing everything with “grace, humility, and excellence.”

Loveless responded, saying, “It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years. I know my family is listening in tonight, and I’m sure they are very, very proud of this moment for me. My dreams were their dreams as well.”

The night concluded with Loveless and Gill collaborating on their beloved 1995 release “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” The two were joined by a number of other artists who had appeared on stage earlier in the evening.

Since debuting her self-titled album in 1986, Loveless has enjoyed a string of Top 10 and No. 1 hit singles as well as ACM Awards as Top Female Vocalist in 1996 and 1997, CMA Vocalist of the Year honors in 1996, and the CMA Album of the Year trophy in 1995 forWhen Fallen Angels Fly.  In 2001, Loveless released Mountain Soul, paying homage to her Kentucky upbringing, and in 2003 releasedOn Your Way Home, another fine effort that merged the acoustic country of Mountain Soul with the honky-tonk sounds of her earlier years. Loveless has appeared on recent projects from Bob Seger, George Strait, and Vince Gill, as well as her own recently released Mountain Soul II.

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