Wednesday, July 10, 2013



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 9th, 2013) - Country recording artist, radio host, and spokesperson Lindsay Lawler is set to headline alongside fellow artist Blackberry Smoke at this week's Trucker's Jamboree, performing on the main stage at the World's Largest Truckstop - TA Iowa 80 - in Walcott, Iowa on Thursday, July 11th at 7pm CST. And while the performance may be just that for other artists, it holds a significant meaning for Lawler.

A long-time spokesperson for the Truckload Carrier's Association's Highway Angel program and supporter of the trucking industry, Lawler will soon officially announce a 26-city truck stop tour to begin later this month in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.

"When I originally booked this show, I had no idea what was to come," said Lawler. "Since then, I've booked my first truck stop tour - hopefully the first of many - in an effort to rekindle the relationship between the trucking and country music industries and expose the trucking industry for what it truly is - one of the most relevant, hard-working industries in existence. I'm so looking forward to continuing my work with both the trucking and country music industries in such a unique way."

But the tour is just the beginning of a "rebirth" for the artist. Along with the tour comes the launch of a brand new website and a new line of artist merchandise.

"I can't wait to share with fans all my new merchandise line has to offer. T-shirts (men's and women's), coosies, key chains, tumblers, photos... You name it! There's something for everyone."

Despite her busy schedule, Lawler will head back into the studio this summer to record her new, yet-to-be-titled album - a follow-up to her EP The Long Haul and album Train Wreck - both currently available on iTunes.

To learn more about the Truckers Jamboree, visit

Darius Rucker TV Alert

Darius Rucker Debuts New Single “Radio” in NYC with Performances on NBC’s “Today Show” and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the heels of his RIAA Platinum-selling, two-week No. 1 smash single, “Wagon Wheel,” Capitol recording artist Darius Rucker heads to New York City, N.Y. to debut “Radio,” the second release off his latest album TRUE BELIEVERS, which debuted at No. 1 in May.  In preparation for the “Radio” release, Rucker will make appearances and perform the single on NBC’s “Today Show” and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” airing this Thursday, July 11. (Check local listings for times.) 
“Radio” officially hits country airwaves Monday, July 22
Rucker recently wrapped the first leg of his TRUE BELIEVERS TOUR, his first-ever as a solo headliner.  Joining him on the road were Rodney Atkins, Jana Kramer and Justin Moore.  Additional tour dates are available on with fall TRUE BELIEVERS TOUR dates and details to be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Upon Rucker’s return to Nashville next week, he’ll be stopping by his home-away-from-home with a five-song set at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16.  Rucker fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last October.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame member and MCA Nashville recording artist George Strait has released “I Believe” as the new single from his current album Love Is Everything and the follow-up to his 60th No. 1 “Give It All We Got Tonight” which named Strait the first musician in music history to achieve the milestone. The May 2013 release is his 40th studio album, produced by Strait and Tony Brown
Strait co-wrote the new single with his son, Bubba Strait, and legendary songwriter Dean Dillon after watching the news coverage of the tragic school massacre in Newtown, Conn. last December.  Having lost his daughter at a young age, George felt as if it was a song he needed to write.  Yet, when he was working on the album, he didn’t initially record the song.  After listening to the playback of the album, Strait's wife Norma insisted that he record the song so at the end of the session he asked the band to record one more.  
“Like everybody, I was watching the coverage on TV,” said Strait in an interview that can be viewed HERE. “I know what these parents are going through. It’s the worst thing that can happen to you in your life. To lose a child….there’s nothing worse than that. So I started thinking about saying something about it.” He continues, “It’s a statement of faith, is really what it is. It turned out beautiful.”
The critics agree:
• “Carefully rendered and unabashed in optimism, ‘I Believe’ is as personal as anything Strait has ever recorded.”  Los Angeles Times 
• “'I Believe’…puts his faith on display as never before. On this album, Strait shows a few different moods, and it’s kind of rare to hear him at such a despondent place. At the same time, that fear is lifted by his faith in a higher power – which helps get him through the rough waters.” – Billboard
• “‘I Believe’ is a strong ballad about faith – a rare moment of variety – and the message will leave many with goosebumps.”  - Taste of Country
Earlier this year Strait kicked off in high gear during the first leg of his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The tour earned Strait the title as the highest ranked country act on Pollstar's 2013 Worldwide Tickets Chart, and he is expected to announce details and dates for the 2014 leg of his tour, kicking off early next year, later this fall.
For more information on Strait, Love Is Everything, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour and more, visit

LiveWire, Roy Clark and Boulder Creek Guitars Raise Money for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

LiveWire, Roy Clark and Boulder Creek Guitars Raise Money for Oklahoma Tornado Victims at July 4 
OilPatch Festival 

LiveWire and Roy Clark 
NASHVILLE, TN (July 10, 2013) - Members of Way Out West Records' group LiveWire grab a few moments with Country Music Hall of Fame entertainer, Roy Clark, before their performances at the July 4 OilPatch Festival in Drumright, OK.  They are holding several Boulder Creek Guitars that were signed by all of the artists who performed at the festival, including Shawna Russell, Bo Phillips, the Red Dirt Rangers and Rick Reiley of the Tuesday Night Music Club and the Dust Bowl Brothers. The guitars were later auctioned with proceeds going to the Red Cross to benefit the victims of recent Oklahoma tornadoes.  
LiveWire is sponsored by Boulder Creek and is currently promoting the single "Whiskey Sunday."  
Photo (L-R):  LW's Brad Allen; Scott Kwapiszeski and Cory Shultz; Roy Clark; LW's Bobby DeGonia; Danny Bell; Andy Eutsler and Landon Rolfe.

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WHAT: The CMA Songwriters Series, featuring Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Brett James, and Bob DiPiero, who will also serve as the evening's host, will be streamed live on from the Royale Boston Nightclub in Boston, Mass.
WHEN: Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT
BACKGROUND: The CMA Songwriters Series, now celebrating nine remarkable years, showcases some of Country Music's top songwriters telling the stories behind their biggest hits while performing them in a unique, acoustic setting. For more information, visit

Dave Adkins & Republik Steele Chosen as an Official IBMA Showcase Artist

Dave Adkins  & Republik Steele
Chosen as an Official IBMA Showcase Artist
To IBMA voting members, we appreciate your consideration when casting your
2013 IBMA Award Ballot
Male Vocalist of the Year - Dave Adkins
"Dave Adkins' name needs to be placed right up next to all of the great vocalists in the hall of honor."
Brian McNeal, Prescription Bluegrass Media
The River Man warps time to the olden days, in a
tough, Steeldrivers-like reading by Dave Adkins."
From the review of God Didn't Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories About Real People
Rural Rhythm Records
“In an album of uniformly excellent performances, the most intense, heated one comes from the impressive Dave Adkins (whose first album with his band Republik Steel, That’s Just the Way I Roll, was a Deep Roots Album of the Week honoree).. The River Man, the apex of the Breedlove-Brinkman collaboration on this outing. Singing with his usual bluesy grittiness and striking sense of texture, Adkins wrings every ounce of drama out of the story of John P. Parker......"
From review of God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories About Real People.
Emerging Artist of the Year
Dave Adkins & Republik Steele
Watch Dave Adkins & Republik Steele performing "Please Come to Boston" at RudyFest
“After seeing Republik Steele live a few times I can honestly tell you that these boys have a ton of heart for the music. They put 100% effort into what they do. I look forward to seeing how far they go and what they do next. It will be a fun ride!”
Don Rigsby
“I have been around Bluegrass music in one way or another for some time.  I have to say that Republik Steele is not only a great band but they are also a great bunch of guys.  If you are looking for a soulful, energetic and entertaining band look no further than Republik Steele.”
Michelle Wallace (Morehead State Public Radio)
"When they strap on their instruments you are going to hear bluegrass with all the hair left on it.  The music is going to reach down deep and touch your soul because it is real.  Being from Elkhorn City, KY these boys have lived it….and you can tell.  So, if you have the chance to hear Republik Steele strap yourself in and buckle your chinstrap.  This is the “real deal”!!!!
Brink Brinkman (Songwriter Publisher)
"Instrumentally speaking, the band is equally tight, with O’Quinn’s mandolin work, Cruby’s skills on the five string, and Denny Ray Stilner’s thumping bass sounds all combining with the guitar playing of Wolfe and Adkins to make for a sonic delight.”
Dave Adkins & Republik Steele made their debut last month at
#7 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart
with THAT’S JUST THE WAY I ROLL (Rural Rhythm)
“This release isn’t HOT – it’s EXTREMELY HOT!  Wow this is one of the finest new sounds I’ve heard in quite a while” and PARCBENCH stating Adkins “voice finds just the right nuance for each song, treating each as a unique musical portrait. His trustworthy vocals frame each with warmth and authenticity.”

Randy Travis’ Physicians Speak from Baylor

Randy Travis’ Physicians Speak from Baylor
Plano, TX (July 10, 2013) – Video released from Randy Travis' physicians.



((Dr. William Gray))

I’m Dr. William Gray, the Director of cardiovascular services at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas.

Mr. Randy Travis was admitted through an emergency department to Baylor Medical Center at McKinney on Sunday, July 7.  He had been in previously excellent health until three weeks prior when he developed a viral upper respiratory illness.

He was admitted at Baylor McKinney with a presumptive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure.

At McKinney, he was stabilized and subsequently sent to THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano for a higher level of specialized care in the care of Dr. Michael Mack.

((Dr. Michael Mack))

My name is Michael Mack, the director of cardiovascular disease at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas.  Early in the morning of Monday, July 8th, I received a phone call from Dr. Gray apprising me that Mr. Travis had been hospitalized in Mckinney, Texas and what his condition was at that time.

We determined together in a joint decision, that a higher level of specialized care was appropriate and therefore we transferred him to THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano.  Since his transfer, his condition has stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement.

On behalf of his Mr. Travis’ family, friends and associates, we would like to express our extreme gratitude for the overwhelming affection and support that Mr. Travis has received.

We will be giving further updates as his condition changes.

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Interview with Mike Aiken

Interview with Mike Aiken, Nashville 05.06.2013

Tell me about yourself, you did a lot of sailing?

Yes, I live on a 42 foot, about 12 meter sailboat for the last 20 years. We left from the US and sailed to the Canadian Maritimes, way up north in the ice. The music scene was very, very good, sort of a Celtic, Irish music scene. Then we sailed to the Azores and from there to Europe. We based out of Spain for about three years, that started a lot of my playing in Europe. Then we sort of drifted along towards the Canary Islands and the Caribbean and we based out of Antigua for another three, four years. We played the Tiki Bar Scene up and down the Caribbean Chain.

Was this all for the music or did you have another job during this time as well?

It was just sailing and music.

Now you live in Virginia?

Yes, we sailed back to the States and live on the Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk, Virginia. What happened was, before we went sailing, I played with bands, I quit the bands and during the sailing, I started writing a lot of music. When we came back, we set up a studio in a 81 foot 1941 old tugboat. The engines and the tanks on the boat were removed. We set up a studio below the water and recorded 3 CD’s there. From that I got signed to a Nashville label and then, all my business came to Nashville.

Are you planning to start living here in Nashville?

No, we are here a lot though. I don’t want to leave the saltwater and the ocean, so we still live on the boat but we come here a lot. Nashville is a great spot for music and business.

Do you write all your own songs?

Not always, I co-write with quite a few people and I write for others. And usually on every CD there are a couple of songs that I really like, that somebody else wrote, I cover those.

How many CDs do you have out?

I have 6 CDs out on the Northwind Records label. They have done well in Europe. I had the song called „No Fishing Pole“ that went to Nr. 1 and was picked up by Universal Records France and distributed there about three years ago. The current record is „Captains & Cowboys“, which was released April this year.

Can you tell us more about the current album?

This is a little different than my other CD projects. It’s much more personal and probably much more about me. I spent the early part of my life pretty much rural on a farm. I used to raise Quarter horses and Appaloosa horses and for a while, for a living I was also shoeing horses. I spent a lot of time around the rodeo, that was a big part of my life. Some of the people that influenced me, not musically but on how to be as a person, were some old Cowboys, guys that were just tough, but honest and fair and really good people. When I left that and started living on small boats, I found the same rugged individual as a small boat captain. So there is a similarity between the ocean and the Cowboy and I wanted to write about that and put it on a CD. That’s what came out on this album.

Can you tell us something about the different songs on that album?

One of the things that is different on this CD is, I had a producer. I looked for a long time for the right producer, and I ended up going with Dan Baird. If you don’t know Dan Baird, look up the Georgia Satellites, Dan was the lead vocal and guitar player with the Georgie Satellites. Dan was a different kind of person, he did not let you do things the easy way. He worked you real hard, which is what I wanted. So I think, Dan’s influence is pretty strong here. This CD is more Americana, Roots, Country, which I like more than pop country, so it goes not towards a traditional country, but a Roots Country feeling. You may also get a feeling of Maritime with the song „Save The Whales“, there may be a touch of Irish – Bluegrass feel. Then there may be a song where you get almost a Caribbean feel. I mix it up.

Which is your favorite song on this album?

Oh that’s a real tough question, it depends on what mood I’m in, there are some love songs and when I’m in that mood, then they are my favorite. Probably, at the moment my favorite is „Virginia“.

What is this song all about?

It started with the drive from Nashville to Norfolk, it’s beautiful. You go through the Smokey Mountains and the Shenandoah Mountains and then you go down to the ocean. It is about an 11 to 12 hour drive to our boat and it is gorgeous. But when you start looking at the history of the Civil War and the history of slavery, you will see another side to what Virginia was. I try to capture all that in that song.

What part of the States are you originally from?

Originally I’m from about 30 miles east of Buffalo, New York, up in the Great Lakes, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. That’s where I grew up and I learned to sail on the Great Lakes. I met one of my fathers friends, which was an elderly gentleman from Norway. Both his grandfather and his father built boats in Norway and he came here and built a boat to sail back, then he met an American wife who didn’t like boats. He didn’t get much of a chance to go sailing, so he took me. That’s what started my love for the water.

When did you realize that you wanted to sing and write Country music?

As long as I can remember, as a kid I wrote little Rock ’n Roll Tunes. I moved out of my parents house and was on the street pretty much from age 16. I played Rock’n Roll to support myself. When I turned about 20, I was tired of big amplifiers and loud guitars so I sold all my electric equipment. I bought an acoustic guitar, a dobro, a fiddle and a mandoline and started to learn Bluegrass. I did that for a couple of years and that brought me back to Country Rock and Southern Rock. But what I always loved, was a Roots Country base. I found out through the years, that my writing always came out through that style. I don’t think you can make yourself have a style, music finds you and somewhere you’re comfortable, you can hear when you try something here and there that it doesn’t sound as true as the one style that suits you. I found my style, it feels good. For years I was on the road playing blues, but all I ever wrote, was happy blues. People used to say, blues is not supposed to be so happy, but I’m not an unhappy person, so that wasn’t my style.

Do you have an experience, that specially stands out for you?

Yes, it is something that goes back to Virginia, Amy and I have a music festival called Aiken and Friends Fest, it is a Roots – Americana festival. It’s in a very small town in Virginia. At one point, the Town Board asked us to come to town, the Mayor of the town came and gave us a paper and made us honorary citizens of Smithfield, for bringing the music to to their town. That felt really good, we have been so long on a sailboat with not really one home, so that was very special.

Are you working or planning a project right now?

The big one is Captains & Cowboys, that just got released. You know, the writing and the making of a CD is the small part, the bigger part of it is the promoting and going out on the road and playing the tunes.

What are you hoping for in the future?

For music hopes, it is to just keep writing better and better. For me, music is my living and my passion, but I still see some writers, and I wish I could write as good as they do.
So my hope is, that I can put into words those stories that a good songwriter can do, like Guy Clark. My hope is to always get better, especially in songwriting. There are a lot of good players. You come to Nashville and in any street corner, there are great players, but it’s not so easy to find good songwriters.

Anything else that you would like to tell the public?

I would like for people to know that we played Europe a few times, different tours and we are looking forward to coming back. I have family in France and it is always nice to go and visit with them in and out of being on the road. I would also like for people to know where they can find me,, go there, the music is on and all the public media sides are there, so come in and say hello, the door is always open.

Heidi und Marco Duss for Country Music News International



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Dallas, TX (July 9, 2013) – Contrary to reports, Randy Travis has not undergone heart surgery.  Travis is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy.  Travis was admitted into a Texas hospital on Sunday and underwent placement of an IMPELLA peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals.   

The Grammy winner remains in critical condition.

“We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time,” says Randy Travis.

Cards and well wishes can be sent to:
Randy Travis
266 Blanks Road
Tioga, Texas 76271

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



Country Legend Welcomes Gospel Greats to Hurricane Mills, TN


Nashville, TN – The hills will ring with the glorious sounds of Gospel music as Loretta Lynn welcomes fans to the inaugural “Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Music Festival” to be held at her Hurricane Mills, TN ranch September 28-29, 2013.

The Country music icon has a well-documented love of Gospel music and has consistently shared music of faith in her concerts and recordings. Now, for the first time, she welcomes the music to her home as the top acts in Gospel music plan to perform during the two-day inspirational event.
“Its kind of like an old-time “all-day singing and dinner on the ground,” says Ms. Lynn. “I got to thinking. I have a big ranch where I live so I decided to throw a good ole Gospel weekend here! I want family and friends to bring a blanket, set up a picnic and then enjoy some of my favorite Gospel music singers! I may even come down and sing a song myself! I hope it will be something we can keep going every year. I already have a big campground and cabins where people can stay. We also have a big stage - we have concerts all summer and have done so since 1974.”
Scheduled to appear during the two-day event are Mark Lowry, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Gold City, Rambo-McGuire, The Singing Cookes, The Freemans, Brian Free & Assurance, Michael Combs, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, and The Sneed Family.
For those arriving early on Friday night, September 27, 2013, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM.
"I should have started this years ago," comments Lynn. "But, it's never too late - I am inviting everyone to my ranch to have a great ole Gospel time!"
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN is the perfect destination for this amazing weekend of Gospel music. The full service RV park features primitive camping, pools, canoeing, paddle boats and more. Guests can also tour Loretta’s plantation home, the Butcher Holler Home Place, and her brand-new 18,000 square foot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” museum.
Tickets are on sale now and more information can be found online at or by calling the ranch at 931-296-7700.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 9, 2013) – Black River Entertainment recording artist and country music superstar Craig Morgan is releasing his acclaimed new single, “Wake Up Lovin’ You,” today, everywhere digital music is sold.  Impacting radio this week, “Wake Up Lovin’ You” is the lead single from an upcoming album due this September.
Produced by Craig Morgan and Phil O’Donnell, the robust new single exemplifies Craig’s trademark vocal abilities and is one of Craig’s edgiest singles to-date.  “Wake Up Lovin’ You” is digitally available on iTunes and Amazon now.  A heart-wrenching tale of indulgence and distraction, “Wake Up Lovin’ You” demonstrates the power love has to hold on, even when desperately trying to let it go.
“The new Craig Morgan single feels like a game changer,” explains Michael Bryan OM/PD at WSIX in Nashville. “I’m obsessed with the song.”
Co-written by Black River Publishing’s Josh Osborne (Kenny Chesney “Come Over,” Kacey Musgraves “Merry Go ‘Round”), Matt Ramsey (The Band Perry “Chainsaw”) and Trevor Rosen (The Band Perry “Better Dig Two,” Chris Young “Neon”), “Wake Up Lovin’ You” is grabbing immediate attention for Craig’s “electrifying performance” (Music Row) and being called “one of the best of his career” (Roughstock).  
“The response has been incredibly positive,” said Bill Macky, VP of Promotions at Black River Entertainment. “I’m so excited to be able to bring this amazing performance and song from Craig Morgan to country radio.”
On Friday, July 12, the “Wake Up Lovin’ You” lyric video will make its exclusive debut on Artists.CMT, the recently launched CMT Artist Platform, and can be viewed at
One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “International Harvester” and "This Ole Boy," the title track to his latest album. The project boasted a Top 5 album debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. “Wake Up Lovin’ You” is the lead single from Craig’s upcoming album, which is slated for release in September. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors," currently in its fourth season airing on the Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, visit and engage with him on Facebook, Twitter @CMorganMusic and on Instagram.

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