Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers Grand Ole Opry Debut

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers Set To Make
Grand Ole Opry Debut
"Some Kind Of War" Hits Charts 


July 9, 2013 (Xenia, OH)—The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) reigning Emerging Artist of Year, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are set to reach a career milestone when they make their Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville, Tennessee later this month. 

With a successful, chart-making CD, They're Playing My Song, and a busy touring schedule that will find them covering Ohio, Tennessee, and Montana this month alone, it was only a matter of time before the band caught the attention of management of the famed Grand Ole Opry. "Like most bands on the road, we've dreamed of a chance to bring our music to the historical stage of the Grand Ole Opry for years," states Joe Mullins. "With the help of the legendary Bill Anderson who co-wrote our latest single, "Some Kind Of War," the management listened to our music and extended the invitation. We are so very grateful for the opportunity!"

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will perform on the Grand Ole Opry on July 27th and are in fact, guests on Bill Anderson's portion of the show. Other performances that night will include Vince Gill, Paul Franklin and Ronnie Milsap.

They're Playing My Song has spent 7 months on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 Albums chart and is currently #10 for the month of July. Also this month, "Some Kind Of War" made it's debut on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Songs chart at #9. Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will also make a television appearance on RFD TV as part of Reno's Old Time Music Hour on Saturday, July 13th at 7:00pm EDT with re-broadcasts on July 14th at 2:30am EDT and July 16th at 5:00pm EDT.

For more information on Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers including a complete tour schedule, please visit www.radioramblers.com. For more information on the Grand Ole Opry including how to purchase tickets for the band's July 27th performance, visit www.opry.com

Jim Foglesong Passes

Jim Foglesong Passes: Country Music Hall of Famer Jim Foglesong passed away this morning. He was 90. No further details are available; arrangements are pending. A West Virginia native, Foglesong served as President of Nashville labels including MCA, ABC/Dot and Capitol. He's credited with the signings of both George Strait and Garth Brooks, and worked closely with Donna Fargo, Freddy Fender, Roy Clark, Don Williams, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, the Oak Ridge Boys and many more. Retired from the music business since the early '90s, he most recently served as a professor and administrator for Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music and Trevecca Nazarene's music industry programs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

Country Artists Take a New Spin on Vinyl

Country Artists Take a New Spin on Vinyl
By Randy Rudder
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Not since the early 1990s has the acronym “LP” had currency in the recording world. Yet it’s creeping back into the nomenclature among some Millennials and members of Generation Y as they discover the wonders of vinyl albums.
This trend isn’t just about nostalgia or even the music itself. It’s about the market. “There are several potential consumer demographics that we are targeting with the vinyl release of the Pistol Annies album Annie Up,” said Gary Overton, Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Nashville. “Obviously, there are the audiophiles, who will love the sound of this album on vinyl. We are also targeting the Baby Boomers that are going back to listening to vinyl albums. And we are targeting the Millennials who are hearing vinyl for the first time and are loving the whole experience.
“We did a limited vinyl release on the first Annies album (Hell On Heels),” Overton added. “It sounded so good and was so well received that after hearing the new songs on their second album, it was a no-brainer to release it on vinyl.”
It’s not just new Country albums that are being released on vinyl. “We’ve been actively reviewing and determining iconic albums to reissue on vinyl over the past several years,” said Jason Boyd, VP, Sales and Marketing, Universal Music Enterprises. “Our focus has been heavily on rock, jazz, alternative, metal and select soundtracks. We felt we should begin releasing some of the iconic and influential Country albums from our rich catalogue.”
Their initial selections for vinyl reissue were Glen Campbell’s By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Merle Haggard and The Strangers’ Swinging Doors and the Bottle Let Me Down, Wanda Jackson’s Rockin’ With Wanda!, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle be Unbroken and Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler.
“We’re going after both the newer vinyl music fan who is discovering the many different types of music on LP, and core fans of these artists,” Boyd said. “Many new consumers to the vinyl format are experiencing and developing new types of music. We’ve been introducing them to various jazz and rock albums. Why not expose them to legendary Country albums, provide them with (a) new pristine pressing versus used versions? On the other side, we have our core fan who loves Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Wanda Jackson and the Dirt Band. We feel they would enjoy having a new version of a classic favorite in their collection.”
According to Boyd, the LP format’s appeal goes way beyond even these considerations. Look, for example, is nearly as important as sound. “Each (vinyl album) has a very distinctive appeal,” he noted. “The Kenny Rogers album is such a big hit, with an amazing cover. It looks really good on LP. Album art is critical to the decision process of reissuing vinyl. Having a 12”-by-12” piece of art representing the album is essential to the experience. We go to great lengths to faithfully reproduce the album jackets, sleeves, inserts and so on, exactly as they were when initially released. Vinyl fans spend time reviewing and looking at the covers. Many fans display them in their personal space as a reflection of who they are. Having a Merle Haggard album carefully positioned in your living room provides a representation of your musical taste and makes a statement about you.
“There’s an experience in listening to vinyl and a process to actually playing the LP,” Boyd added. “You have to follow very specific steps to place the album on the turntable, flip to side B and go through dropping the needle in the groove if you want a specific song. All of this is part of the experience. Digital is about convenience and quality. Music fans should have their favorite album in the formats they want. Vinyl, digital, CD, stream — it’s all about choice.”
Vinyl will never threaten the dominance of digital downloads or CDs, but the uptick in demand is undeniable. Nielsen SoundScan tallied 4.6 million LP sales in 2012, up by 19 percent over the number of sales in 2011 and the greatest amount since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. More recently, during the week ending April 21, which included Record Store Day on April 20, another Nielsen SoundScan record was broken with a one-week total of 244,000 LPs sold.
Ashley Monroe was one of many artists commemorating Record Store Day, marking the occasion by releasing a vinyl edition of her acclaimed solo debut album, Like A Rose. Another celebrant was Eric Church, who released a double-LP version of his live album, Caught In The Act: Live, on that same day.
“Vinyl sounds the best, particularly if you are cognizant of compression and frequencies that lie above and below those that are typically assigned to what the human ear can hear,” said John Peets, founder of Q Prime South and Church’s manager. “Vinyl can reproduce a very wide spectrum of frequencies, some of which are simply felt. Also, most evident on the high end, analog representation is one of the actual sound wave, rather than a digital sampling of a couple of points and the computer ‘guessing’ the curve. The more the entire recording stays in the analog space, the more these attributes come into play.”
Sound quality, physical interaction with the album and turntable, cover art and a growing market of young and aficionado listeners all come into play as artists decide to explore the new/old format. But Overton also finds something more ephemeral behind the vinyl mini-revival.
“What I think is significant is the fact that young people are buying turntables for the first time and listening to vinyl albums together with their friends,” he said. “Music was meant to be a shared experience, not a shared file.”

DIERKS BENTLEY TO HEADLINE EVENT ON JULY 22

COUNTRY CARES CONCERT TO BENEFIT
THE FAMILIES OF THE GRANITE MOUNTAIN
HOTSHOTS RECRUITS PHOENIX'S OWN 
DIERKS BENTLEY TO HEADLINE EVENT ON JULY 22
Country Cares Concert Tickets Set To Go On Sale This Friday
 
 
Nashville, TN – July 9, 2013 – Multi-Platinum selling singer/songwriter and Arizona native Dierks Bentley will make a special trip to his home state this month to headline the Country Cares Concert, benefiting The Granite Mountain Hotshots on July 22 at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, AZ. The New KMLE Country @ 107.9 and 92.9 KAFF Country have organized the concert to raise money for the families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in last week’s wildfires. Tickets will go on sale this Fri., July 12 at 12:00P CT at KMLE1079.com and at Tim’s Toyota Center box office.
 
“I want to help honor the memory of these 19 brave firefighters, to be part of the healing process for the community and to raise money for the families left behind,” said Bentley. “I was and still am devastated by this tragic event in my home state. I certainly can't imagine what these families are enduring, but I do believe in the healing power of music and hope as many Arizonans as possible can come out and be part of this event.”
 
“We hope this benefit concert gives everyone affected by this tragedy the opportunity to come together and heal,” said KMLE Country @ 107.9 Program Director Tim Richards.  “We want to raise as much money as possible to help the families of these amazing heroes.”
 
Fans and community members will have the chance to purchase tickets to the concert and special VIP packages with all proceeds going to the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities who will distribute directly to the families of the 19 fallen firefighters. Fifty-one children were left without fathers in the wake of this tragedy.
 
Arizona native Dierks Bentley has forged his own artistic 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 in the studio working on his upcoming album RISER due out this fall and will pick back up later this month on the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley: Locked & Reloaded Tour through October.
 
Additional artist announcements and more information can be found on dierks.com and KMLE1079.com.

CLINT BLACK EXCLUSIVE ALBUM, WHEN I SAID I DO

CLINT BLACK AND CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE® ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE ALBUM, WHEN I SAID I DO, AVAILABLE AUGUST 5
LEBANON, Tenn. - (July 9, 2013) – Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and Clint Black announce the release of When I Said I Do, Black’s newest CD, which will be available on August 5 at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com and select digital retailers. The release will feature 11 of Black’s heartfelt favorites as well as three new recordings exclusively created for this album.

“It’s truly an honor to join the Cracker Barrel family,” said Black. “It’s exciting to have new music available for the fans. I hope listeners love the new songs and enjoy rediscovering the ones we’ve previously released.”   

Black wrote or co-wrote all 14 songs on the album, and produced all the tracks except for “She Won’t Let Go,” which he co-produced with the song’s co-writer, Frank Rogers. Other songwriters that co-wrote with Black on this project are Michael Dulaney, Skip Ewing, Kostas, Michael McDonald, Hayden Nicholas, Matt Rollings, Shake Russell, Neil Thrasher and Steve Wariner. Black’s wife of almost 22 years, singer/actress Lisa Hartman-Black, performed two songs with him: the title track, which was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Country Singles chart, and “Easy for Me to Say.” Black also performed a duet with Carolyn Dawn Johnson on “Our Kind of Love.”

“Clint Black is one of the most successful country music artists of all time, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store musical family,” said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “Clint is well-known for writing and recording songs that make a special connection with his country music fans. We think his authenticity is a natural connection with our brand and will really be enjoyed by our guests.”

The 14 songs featured on When I Said I Do are:
 
1.   “When I Said I Do” (duet with Lisa Hartman Black) – written by Black
 
2.   “Our Kind of Love” (duet with Carolyn Dawn Johnson) – written by Black and Shake Russell

3.   “Something That We Do” – written by Black and Skip Ewing

4.   “You Made Me Feel” – written by Black and Michael McDonald

5.   “Like the Rain” – written by Black and Hayden Nicholas
 
6.   “One Emotion” – written by Black and Nicholas

7.   “My Imagination” – written by Black and Matt Rollings 
 
8.   “Easy for Me to Say” (duet with Lisa Hartman Black) – written by Black and Nicholas 

9.   “You Know It All” – written by Black and Steve Wariner 

10. “That Something in My Life” – written by Black and Kostas 

11. “Half the Man – written by Black and Nicholas

12. “Samantha” – written by Black - a new recording exclusive to this album

13. “Only a Woman” – written by Black, Neil Thrasher and Michael Dulaney - a new recording exclusive to this album

14. “She Won’t Let Go” – written by Black and Frank Rogers – a new recording exclusive to this album
 
Black is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, musician, actor and entertainer who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. He has earned five ACM Awards, two CMA Awards, one American Music Award, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry® and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  CMT listed Black’s debut album, Killin' Time, as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Country Music.  Visit his website at www.ClintBlack.com, his Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ClintBlack, and on Twitter @Clint_Black.

Lisa Matassa Makes MLB Debut

Lisa Matassa Makes MLB Debut With National Anthem At Tomorrow's Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Game

New Single, "I Won't Ask," Now At Country Radio 
Lisa Matassa head shot
Nashville, TN (July 9, 2013) - Rising Country star Lisa Matassa is marking another item off her 'bucket list' with her Major League Baseball debut tomorrow.  Lisa will sing the National Anthem at the Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers game which begins at 9:40 p.m. EDT.  The match will be televised on MLB.com and Fox Sports Arizona.
"I'm experiencing so many new opportunities," notes the songstress, dubbed the Queen of Long Island Country.  "I performed at The Ryman in June during 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, and now I'll sing before the crowd at a National League game in Phoenix.  My life is amazing."
The talented singer/songwriter's newest single, the dynamic "I Won't Ask," is on Country radio programmers' desks now via Play MPE.  Power-punching vocals grip the listener as the up-tempo track twangs and rocks.  Lisa co-wrote the song with her guitarist Colin Smith and Tony Bruno, the producer of her SOMEBODY'S BABY CD.  "It's a song I think a lot of people will relate to," observes Matassa.  "When you're insecure in a relationship, there are things you're willing to overlook.  These lyrics address that territory of self-protecting emotion."
"Cause' I won't ask you where you've been
I won't try if that's the way you want it
I can't make you understand how it feels when I need you there
Sometimes I feel like you would rather walk away then do what it takes to make me stay
But I won't ask you where you've been" - Bruno/Matassa/Smith

Lisa just wrapped filming on a video for the new single.  The clip reunited Matassa with Director Traci Goudie (Hunter Hayes, Merle Haggard, Patty Loveless) who helmed Lisa's popular "Somebody's Baby" video.
Lisa's fans aren't surprised by her success.  Her social media numbers are impressive with nearly 500,000 Twitter followers and over 200,000 Facebook friends.  The "Somebody's Baby" video has logged over FOUR MILLION YouTube views, and the single has gone Top 40 on both the Billboard Indicator and MusicRow charts.  Fans - and industry insiders - are predicting a similar future for "I Won't Ask."

RONNIE DUNN KISS YOU

ACTIVE NEW SMASH “KISS YOU THERE” FROM RONNIE DUNN
Artist: Ronnie Dunn
Courtesy: Jim Arndt

Lead Single from Iconic Male Country Vocalist’s Forthcoming 2013 Album
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One of the most adorned country music entertainers, Ronnie Dunn, has a fresh contemporary single, “Kiss You There,” already leaping onto the sales charts due to early online exposure and a push from Sirius XM’s The Highway.  Having received over 60 BMI Million Airplay Awards for songs he has written and performed that have attained one million or more radio airplay status, Dunn is one of Country music’s most recognizable voices.  “Kiss You There” will be released by Little Will-E/HitShop Records and is impacting country radio on July 29. The lead single shipped to radio July 8 via Play MPE. 
 
"This partnership is a slam dunk, natural evolution of our belief in Ronnie's unmatched talent,” shares Skip Bishop, President of HitShop Records. “He is undoubtedly the most recognizable voice in Country music and has raised the bar with new remarkable, cutting-edge material and production!  Ronnie's contemporary musical brilliance is a perfect match for HitShop's new model.” 
 
“Kiss You There” was written by Don Schlitz and Josh Kear and produced by Dunn and Jeff Balding, Executive Vice President of Little Will-E Records. 
 
Dunn recently revealed the new single for fans in downtown Nashville during CMA Music Festival in an ambush of the famed Lower Broadway—taking over the rooftop patio of Rippy’s Bar and Grill for an impromptu performance. The show happened as fans were departing the Bridgestone Arena after watching the CMT Awards. Dunn debuted four new songs:  “Country This,” “Kiss You There,” “Cowgirls Rock ‘N’ Roll” and “Peace, Love and Country Music.”  
 
During “Kiss You There,” a flash mob took over Broadway for an impromptu dance to the delight of the crowd.  Both “Country This” and “Kiss You There” can be downloaded exclusively on iTunes.

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Interview with Michelle Wright

Interview with Michelle Wright 

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

Michelle Wright: My newest cd is "STRONG".  It was just released. I co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs so I'm excited to have it out there. Looking forward to seeing how people respond to the songs.

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

Michelle Wright:  The CD is called Strong. I love that word and its my current single along with a video. The song was written as a result of the many encounters I've had with strong women who inspire me.

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

Michelle Wright: Yes, I write many of the songs that I record but I will also record songs by other writers.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Michelle Wright: This album comes from a place of hope and inspiration. There is a little humor on the CD as well as just honest emotion from sadness to joy.

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

Michelle Wright: I'm inspired everyday by many different Artists from Taylor Swift to Bruno Mars. Different Artists inspire me for different reasons. It may be the songwriting, the singing or just how they handle themselves. I listen to all kinds of music... Country, Pop, Soul.

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

Michelle Wright: I love all of it, it's a privilege. That doesn't mean it's easy because sometimes it can be very challenging but it's something that I'm driven to do. Picking up a guitar and singing a song comforts me.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Michelle Wright: I'm an observer of life, of people and how we respond to things. Human beings fascinate me. I'm also very tuned into people and their emotions and certainly my own and I have a desire to express that. There is a very strong connection that happens between words and music and the heart and to be able to make that connection with myself and other people as a writer is powerful and I feel that it's important.

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Michelle Wright: At home with my husband and our five dogs or anyplace by the beach. I also like to garden and I'm growing a little orchard with peaches, pears, plumbs, apples and cherries.

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?

Michelle Wright: I have travelled around the world doing shows and have been to so many amazing places. I would love to play in Japan.

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

Michelle Wright: I love social networking. I think it's great that we can have direct contact with the fans, after all it's their support that allows an artist to do what we do. My website is www.michelle-wright.com and that site will tell you everything you need to know about what I'm up to and will also give you the links to my Facebook and my Twitter page for a more day to day connection.

SEARCH FOR CMA EXECUTIVE LEADER


SEARCH FOR CMA EXECUTIVE LEADER TO COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY; CMA BOARD PRESIDENT ED HARDY TO OVERSEE CMA’S DAY-TO-DAY OPERATION DURING THE SEARCH FOR A SUCCESSOR 

NASHVILLE – The search to replace former CMA CEO Steve Moore, who resigned from the organization on June 30, will begin in earnest, Troy Tomlinson, Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors, announced today.
“CMA Board leadership and the CMA Executive Committee have a comprehensive plan during this transition,” Tomlinson said. “Effective today, CMA Board President Ed Hardy will oversee the day-to-day operations of CMA and will be the Board’s transitional liaison with the CMA management team while the search for Steve’s successor takes place. Ed is respected in the industry and I am confident that his experience and leadership will be of tremendous value to the staff at CMA.”
Hardy has been a member of the CMA Board of Directors for eight years, serving on every committee. He was named President-Elect in 2012 and assumed the role of President on Jan. 1.
A graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism, Hardy was President of Scripps Network Interactive/Great American Country (GAC) Television Network from 2004 until 2012, where he led the successful integration of GAC into Scripps Networks. The move marked his return to Scripps, after having spent nine years as Vice President of the Scripps-owned Country–formatted radio properties, KUPL AM/FM in Portland, Ore.
Hardy broke into the radio business in 1968 at WJW Radio, Cleveland. His management career began at KERE Denver in 1974, first as General Sales Manager, then General Manager. Later he became VP/General Manager of WCII, Louisville. By 1994 he employed his innovative management skills as founder, President and CEO of Deschutes River Broadcasting in Portland, Ore. Hardy later merged his company into Citadel Broadcasting and served as President – West Region for Citadel. He then became CEO and President of MeasureCast, Inc. (now SelectMetrics, Inc.). For 20 years, following his active duty service with the United States Army, he was an active member of the U.S. Army Reserves, rising to the rank of Major. Hardy currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Tomlinson said a search committee will be named and will be charged with identifying the most qualified candidates for the position. A process for submitting applicants will be announced at a later date. Until a process is announced, no applications are being accepted.
About CMA: Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,000 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; the CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour TV special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics for broadcast during the holiday season.  All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.

LOCUST RIDGE SHINES WITH “SILVER AND GOLD”

LOCUST RIDGE SHINES WITH “SILVER AND GOLD”
Album Releasing On July 30th
 
 
Nashville, TN (July 8, 2013) – Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the release of the new Locust Ridge album Healed coming out on Rural Rhythm Christian, July 30th.  Deep in the mountains of East Tennessee, you will find the small rural community of Locust Ridge.  You will also find a very popular mountain gospel group in this area appropriately named after the community Locust Ridge.  
 
If you were to visit this area, there is a good chance if you stopped to talk with anyone, their last name would be Allen. The center of the community is a small church, Evan’s Chapel Baptist Church. It is more than just a white building on top of a hill; it is the place where the lives of Russell, Josh, Larry and Andy were molded and their desire to serve the Lord was fostered. Russell, Josh and Larry are all brothers and Andy is a longtime friend that is as close as family who make up Locust Ridge.
 
Acclaimed artist and producer Steve Gulley discovered Locust Ridge and produced Healed.  “If I had to describe their music, I’d call it ‘heartfelt, spirit-filled, anointed, Church house singin’! Great singers, songwriters and musicians who truly are Godly men. I am so excited for everyone to hear the new project, ‘Healed’ ”. It’s a wonderful culmination of a blessed ministry where The Lord always comes first,” said Gulley.
 
Locust Ridge and their new album Healed also caught the attention of Country Legend Dolly Parton who commented, "I am so very proud of my Locust Ridge neighbors. They are so talented and such wonderful people. I am very excited about their project "Healed"… Go Gang!"
 
Russell Allen of Locust Ridge explains, “As this album began to take shape we started seeing a theme develop. That theme is redemption and healing. I almost see this as “first aid for the soul”.  Special guests on the album include; Dale Ann Bradley, Larry Riddle and Mike Riddle of Primitive Quartet and Archie Watkins.  “Silver And Gold” is the first single from the album Healed and the comments from key radio personalities have been very strong:
 
“Locust Ridge ('dem Allen boys) were meticulous in their song search, vocal preparation and musical presentation. That meticulous effort has manifested itself in this stellar Bluegrass Gospel release! "HEALED," will be getting lots of airplay on Front Porch Fellowship!” -
Les Butler, Publisher Singing News Magazine, Solid Gospel and Front Porch Fellowship: Radio Host
 
“‘Silver and Gold’ is a hit… That’s powerful stuff.  What a great sound and a great song. These guys are going to be a big force in Bluegrass Gospel Music” - Dennis Jones, WNCW - The Gospel Truth
 
“Power-tastic songs!  Excellent harmonies and instrumentation. Wholesome and powerful…”David Bissell, PowerGrass.com .
 
"With a gospel song like, "Silver And Gold", the lyrics are well crafted and the spirit and
inspiration are guiding this up and coming gospel group, LOCUST RIDGE.  Their first radio single
will receive deserving airplay on "Stained Glass Bluegrass".
- Gary Henderson, WAMU-FM's BluegrassCountry, Washington, D. C.

STEVE WARINER WILL PERFORM AT FRANKLIN THEATER FRIDAY, SEPT. 20

GRAMMY AND CMA AWARD WINNER STEVE WARINER WILL PERFORM AT FRANKLIN THEATER FRIDAY, SEPT. 20
 
NASHVILLE, TENN. – July 8, 2013 – Four-time GRAMMY and CMA Award-winning country music singer/songwriter Steve Wariner will perform at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn. on Friday, Sept. 20 at 8:00 PM/CDT.  Tickets, which range in prices from $39-55, will go on sale on this Thursday, July 11 at 10:00 AM/CDT at www.franklintheatre.com.
 
Wariner will release It Ain’t All Bad, his first non-instrumental album in more than eight years on Sept.10. Wariner produced the album and wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs. 

Wariner has won four GRAMMY Awards, four CMA Awards, and one ACM Award, among other awards. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and has been inducted into the Music City Walkway of Stars, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, and the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame.
 
Wariner has placed 14 songs at No. 1 on the country charts: “Holes in the Floor of Heaven” (which won both the CMA Single and Song of the Year Awards and the ACM Song of the Year Award), “Tips of My Fingers,” “The Weekend,” “Life’s Highway,” “I Got Dreams,” “The Domino Theory,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “You Can Dream of Me,” “Small Town Girl,” “Lynda,” “Where Did I Go Wrong,” “All Roads Lead to You,”  “I Should Be with You,” and “What If I Said” (Duet with Anita Cochran). Wariner is also well-known for such hits as “Two Teardrops,” “I’m Already Taken,” “Kansas City Lights,” “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers,” “Leave Him Out of This,” “Burnin’ the Road House Down,” “Hold On (A Little Longer),” and more.
 
In addition to writing many of his own songs, Wariner has written hits for other artists including Garth Brooks (“Longneck Bottle”), Keith Urban (“Where the Blacktop Ends”), Clint Black (“Nothin’ But the Taillights”), Bryan White (“One Small Miracle”), and more. Fifteen of his compositions have been given BMI Million-Air Awards for being broadcast on radio in excess of one million times.
 
Wariner is an acclaimed guitarist who has released three successful instrumental albums: Guitar Christmas, Steve Wariner c.g.p….My Tribute to Chet Atkins (which includes the song “Producer’s Medley” which won the 2010 GRAMMY Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance), and Guitar Laboratory.

Randy Travis Hospitalized

Randy Travis Hospitalized
 
Dallas, Tx. (July 8, 2013) – Country singer Randy Travis has been admitted to a Texas hospital and is listed in critical condition.  The Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.  Travis was admitted into the medical facility yesterday. 

Randy Travis is best known for "Three Wooden Crosses," "Forever and Ever, Amen," "Diggin' Up Bones," and "Deeper Than the Holler”.

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