Thursday, June 20, 2013

BOB BROZMAN – „König der National Guitar“ - verstorben!

BOB BROZMAN – „König der National Guitar“ - verstorben am Dienstag, 23.04.2013

Am 05.09.1996 hatte ich die Freude, ihn persönlich in Wien kennen zu lernen. Ich erinnere mich noch sehr gut, wie er schon damals das Publikum im vollbesetzten „Bluesman“ zu Begeisterungsstürmen hinriß und wie die Menschen mit Stößen von LP’s und Büchern anstanden zur Autogrammstunde.

Der 1954 in New York geborene Musiker und Musikwissenschafter galt als Wegbereiter der glänzenden Blechgitarre, er war ein Meister des Slide mit einem gläsernen „Bottleneck“ und perkussivem Fingerstyle. Zu seinem Repertoire gehörte Gypsy, Jazz, Calypso, Blues, Ragtime, Hawaiian und karibische Musik.

Obwohl er schon 1996 auf Grund von Spätfolgen eines Autounfalls 1980 nur mit Schmerzen Gitarre spielen konnte hat man ihm das damals nicht angemerkt. Einen seiner letzten Auftritte in Österreich durften die Country-Westernfreunde-Haag am Hausruck am 23.03.2013 erleben.
Am 27.03.2013 spielte er wieder in Wien, im REIGEN und kurz vorher gab er noch 2 Konzerte in Tirol.

Ob er das wohl schon als Abschiedstournee plante? Denn er schied in seinem Haus in Kalifornien mit nur 59 Jahren am 23.04.2013 freiwillig aus dem Leben. Er war und bleibt eine Legende in der Welt des Blues und der Rootsmusik.

Eine ungeheuerliche Nachricht, die mich zutiefst getroffen hat!

Eliza, Wien


First Music Video from Young Singer Who is Opening 16 Stadium Shows for Taylor Swift This Summer
NASHVILLE – June 19, 2013 – Show Dog Universal Music recording artist Joel Crouse will debut his first music video, “If You Want Some,” on tomorrow, Thursday, June 20. The video, directed by Chris Hicky, features Crouse and his band setting up to perform and party with friends outside a convenience market after their tour van breaks down.  Check out the worldwide video premiere teaser here. Pick up a copy of Crouse’s new single "If You Want Some" on iTunes here.
“I can’t really describe how exciting this is for me,” said Crouse, who recently turned 21 on June 14.  “First, I have a record deal and I’m working on my album, which is the fulfillment of a dream I’ve had since I was a kid.  Then, I’m touring stadiums with Taylor Swift, which is awesome. And now, I’ve filmed a music video and is playing it first!  It just doesn’t get much better than that.”
“If You Want Some” was written by Luke Laird, Jamie Houston and Crouse and will appear on his forthcoming debut album. PEOPLE Country calls Crouse’s debut a “beer-drinking anthem” and Taste of Country proclaims the record is “just different enough from everything else on the radio hoping to engage younger audiences, but not so different that the traditionalists will be turned off.” Billboard adds, “‘If You Want Some’ has an inviting groove that perfectly frames Crouse’s soulful country vocals, and his vibrant personality on the mic will make country fans want to hear more.”
Crouse, who recently made his Grand Ole Opry debut, will continue performing with Taylor Swift on her Red Tour” through the end of July. Each week, Crouse hosts #DressingRoomSessions on his website, where he posts a new video offering fans a glimpse of his pre-show warm-up on the tour. 
Fans can see Crouse on the road at these upcoming dates:
JUNE 22 – Investors Group Field – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada *
JUNE 25 – Rexall Place – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada*
JUNE 26 – Rexall Place – Edmonton , Alberta, Canada*
JUNE 29 – BC Place Stadium – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada *
JULY 5 – Hollywood Casino – Toledo, Ohio **
JULY 6 – Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania *
JULY 13 – Met Life Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey*
JULY 19 – Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania*
JULY 20 – Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
JULY 26 – Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Massachusetts *
JULY 27 – Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Massachusetts*
AUGUST 2 – Civitan Park – Belpre, Ohio
AUGUST 4 – Headwaters Park – Fort Wayne, Indiana **
AUGUST 31 – Kearney Amphitheatre – Kearney, Missouri**
SEPTEMBER 14 – Sierra View Music Fest – Oakdale, California
OCTOBER 4 – Red Dirt Dance Hall and Saloon – Tulsa, Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 1 – Alliant Energy Center – Madison, Wisconsin**

*denotes opening for Taylor Swift
** denotes opening for LeAnn Rimes, The Charlie Daniels Band, Craig Campbell, or The Band Perry


Nashville, TN – Country music superstars Rascal Flatts will head to Europe over America’s Independence holiday to headline seven shows in Norway, Sweden, England and Ireland.  The European concerts will occur during a two-week break from their U.S. Farmers Insurance Presents Rascal Flatts “LIVE & LOUD TOUR.”  The performances will be the second time the band has played in London but a first in all the other countries.  Due to fan demand for the London date, the quick sell out resulted in a second concert being added to the schedule.
European Dates:
7-5       Vinstra, Norway          Country Music Festival Vinstra
7-6       Gothenburg, Sweden   Tradgarn
7-7       Stockholm, Sweden     Cirkus
7-10     London, England         Shepherd’s Bush Empire
7-11     London, England         Shepherd’s Bush Empire
7-13     Killarney, Ireland         INEC
7-14     Dublin, Ireland             Olympia Theatre
Rascal Flatts are the best-selling country vocal group of the past decade and with the #1 debut of their album,CHANGED, they have the distinction of being one of only four acts to have seven consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart during the Soundscan era.  Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold over 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and delivered 14 #1 singles to the top of the charts.  Rascal Flatts is the most awarded country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more. 

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Interview with Bryce Pallister

Interview with Bryce Pallister

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Bryce Pallister:  My Music is traditional country with a bent of bluegrass, blues and southern rock music; which are all my greatest influences.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Bryce Pallister:  Busy getting this album recorded, finished up university in Manitoba (where I’m from), and got engaged (to my girlfriend)

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Bryce Pallister:  Latest CD is Called Down Dusty Roads. I have been busy promoting it in Canada and will be playing a bunch of shows here throughout the summer.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Bryce Pallister:  It’s named after one of the tracks of the album. Definately relates to me as I’m a farmer and enjoy travelling down dusty roads

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Bryce Pallister:  I wrote some songs on the album, some were written by people I’ve worked with, and there are a couple of cover songs on the record as well. I try to find songs that capture the sound that I'm looking for, the song definately has to tell a story and move me personally 

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Bryce Pallister:  I think I’ve moved a bit more away from a complete mainstream sound in my music. Just trying to make music I can be proud of

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Bryce Pallister:  My current single is a tunes called One Of These Days it’s a great summer song about a guy trying to get the girl of his dreams.

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Bryce Pallister:  Not sure but probably a tune called Good Enough For My Girl

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Bryce Pallister:  I’m partial to a tune called BOURBON as it’s an interesting story about a guy who has killed his cheating wife and friend and is on the run, with nothing left but the taste of bourbon to console him as he faces death row. 

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

Bryce Pallister:  Quite a bit I’d say, one of the nice things about being an independent artist

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Bryce Pallister:  I certainly enjoy hearing about how my fans have came accross my music. It’s crazy how far it’s reached over my career

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Bryce Pallister:  a number of artists. KD Lang, George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, The Allman Brothers.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Bryce Pallister:  I dunno, mainstream country isn’t quite as inspiring as it used to be. Alot of songs that are pretty shallow lyric and melody wise. At the same time if you dig a little deeper there are alot of really cool country artists on the fringe doing some really cool things. So I think the future is bright for country. As it seems country music goes from being mainstream (now is quite like the „urban Cowboy“ days of the early 80’s where pop country was the rage). To era’s where it isn’t as mainstream (think 70’s and the highwaymen, and 90’s with artists like dwight yoakum and clint black) In my opinion country makes way better quality music when it isn’t so mainstream.

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Bryce Pallister:  Well I think the industry is changing for the better. In certain areas it’s very concentrated (think mainstream radio) but thanks to the internet theres lots of oppurtunity for artists who don’t fit into the mainstream box.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Bryce Pallister:  Touring I’d say, meeting new people

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Bryce Pallister:  A show where everyone on stage is genuine. Very raw performance. Not very staged

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Bryce Pallister: info on upcoming shows and pictures and videos

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Mike Aiken's "Save The Whales" Video Is Pure Americana

Mike Aiken's "Save The Whales" Video Is Pure Americana

Country Joe McDonald's Classic Tune Morphs Into 1880s Sea Chantey, Puts Focus On Extinction Issues

Nashville, TN (June 19, 2013) -- Mike Aiken's "Save The Whales" video offers compelling vintage film clips and photos interspersed with more modern images to drive home the deadly-serious issue of whale extinction.  Aiken's taunting, spirit-filled vocal is riveting on this classic Country Joe McDonald song which morphs into an 1880s sea chantey.
mike aiken whale tail

"This is an issue that's really close to my heart," says the Virginia-based singer/songwriter. "I've spent a good part of my life on the sea - sailing the waters from New Bedford to Halifax and the Azores and watching these gentle giants," he recalls.  "To see them so close to extinction because of man's folly is just criminal to me."

A vocal supporter of sound ecological principles, Aiken thought this song might be "cool" enough to draw attention to the plight of these glorious creatures.  "It captures a subtle mix of the romance of the sea and the reality of modern-day slaughter," Mike says.  A "hippy, gypsy-feeling" track reels us back in time to the days when whales were plentiful and there was some honor in the difficult days at sea and the danger of the harvest.

Mike has felt an affinity for the creatures for many years, and oh, the tales he can tell.  One night in particular draws his memory these days, though, and it takes us back to 1994:

"We were two days out of Nova Scotia, making an ESE course heading for the Azores.  I was on a night watch, we were sailing along comfortably in thick fog watching for ships and icebergs as best we could.  My wife Amy was asleep below and I was harnessed in, sitting on the starboard side of the cockpit, leaning against the coaming, soaking in the sounds and watching the instruments for changes when right behind me I heard a whale breach.  I turned to see his back going under not a yard from the boat, aiming for us.  I was startled and grabbed hold of the handrail and waited for the impact.  Surely this giant was going to collide with our keel.  But no.  A couple of minutes later, the same thing happened and I jumped again but this time more intrigued.  We continued on together like this for probably a mile when way off in the distance through the fog I heard a tail slapping the water like a child being called home from the playground.  'My' whale surfaced one more time and then was off.  We'd been enjoying the company of these giants since we arrived off the New England coast and the sightings continued to Nova Scotia and on to the Azores.  When they catch your eye, man, they look right through you."
Mike and his wife live aboard their 42' sailboat based out of southern Virginia and so they see man's impact on the environment in a way many of us can only imagine.  "It's going down daily," Aiken notes.  "Between the decimation of this planet's creatures and the cartin' off of coal, we are destroying our air, our land, our waters and our futures.   If we don't start turning this around, who will?"

It's a question that deserves an answer and Mike is hoping that his thought-provoking video will draw attention to the issues impacting our planet - and lead us to a solution.  The clip, produced and directed by Andrew Piland for Hawksilver Productions, broke last week on and it's now garnering attention on Mike's YouTube site as well.  Mike hopes the number of views continues to increase - not to help further his career - but so that more people will become involved in this cause and a change can be effected.

Aiken cover "Save The Whales" is from Aiken's sixth CD, CAPTAINS & COWBOYS, on Northwind Records.  The track features the outstanding musicianship of Mike Grando/drums, Dan Baird/bass & electric guitar, Mike Aiken/acoustic & electric guitars and vocals, Tammy Rogers/fiddle, Michael Webb/accordion, Amy Aiken/percussion & background vocals and Ben Strano/background vocals.  The CD was produced by Baird, Strano and Aiken.

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