Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Evansville Entertainer Delivers
Alternate Perspective In Music & Lyrics
Introduces Keys To The Format
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 6, 2013)—A&M Production and SMG Nashville recording artist and ivory-tickling stylist Tim Ash releases his debut single “Broke”** from his national CD recording entitled UP ON BLOCKS (produced by Gary Sadker and Tim Ash/anticipated in early Fall, 2013).
Showcasing Ash’s “pop sensibility” in vocal range and ability, as well as musical composition, the tune “Broke” (released as official on July 29, 2013/ available on PlayMpE), reveals Ash’s “roughneck” good ol’ boy roots with countrified rap-like verses, special effects and an infectious melodic chorus. Written by powerhouse hitmaker collaborators Ashley Gorley (“Crash My Party”/ Luke Bryan, “Good Girl”/ Carrie Underwood) and Bryan Simpson (“Better Than I Used To Be”/ Tim McGraw), the storyline equates the humorous and metaphoric “relationship” between a broken heart, an egg, a window, an empty wallet and a car up on blocks—all in a “no-fix” situation. The rocking guitar licks intensify the bitter sting of a heartache realized.
Prevalent in Ash’s delivery, his influences (Garth Brooks/David Lee Roth/Jon Bon Jovi/New Grass Revival /The Eagles) contour his “less is more” sound and knack to produce impressionable imagery and energy. Setting the bar to align with the elite circle of 2013 newcomers in the format, Ash’s natural talents to incorporate the keys, elevating piano as a country music instrumental standard, set him apart, far and above from the pack.
“The Ash family name is synonymous with music in our hometown; I come from a long line of musicians. I was born into it,” Ash introduced. “I am proud to return to Music City with a new lease on life, renewed insight into the entertainment business and the sole ambition to truly inspire listeners to trust and follow their hearts to live and dream big!”
Courted by Nashville major record labels in early 2000, Ash returns with a maturity that suits and he is defined by his faith, family, music and vitality. (Tim is married to his soul mate and a proud father of five). Much of his insight and spirit for life are the result of a treacherous near death pipefitting accident where Ash found himself pinned beneath a half-ton of steel. He endured and overcame an uncertain “touch-and-go” 30-month recovery. The injuries sustained included loss of memory and faculty coordination forcing Ash to relearn much of what seemed to come naturally in his youth from riding a bicycle, driving a vehicle and playing the instruments he originally learned by ear (guitar, piano, bass and drums).
Perseverance prevailed. Ash forged forward and has since shared stages with award-winning, headlining acts including Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts; he toured with Travis Tritt (Grill For The Thrill Tour) playing nearly 20 dates.
“I believe I’m back in the music circle for a reason. God, my family and my music got me through what was, and could have been, a life changing experience. Because of it, I want to help change people’s lives with my music; my goal is to champion a ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ kind of moxie.”
Ash is scheduled to shoot the corresponding “Broke” music video beginning this Friday (August 9, 2013) in Evansville, IN. The “Ash to ashes” film (produced by Skydive Films-Nashville) will burn the midnight oil from start to finish (concluding Sunday afternoon, August 11) and feature a smokin’ hot junkyard party, a piano in flames and fiery lake performance.
Spin Doctors Promotions-Nashville is spearheading the single radio promotion; “Broke” is available via all major Internet outlets. Ash’s UP ON BLOCKS will be available October 15, 2013.
For more information on Tim Ash, visit: www.timash.net.



Nashville, TN...(AUGUST 6, 2013)...Bigger Picture recording artist Craig Campbell, who released his sophomore album Never Regret earlier this year, has set back-to-back appearances in Nashville later this week. Campbell will headline “Hot Nights At The Hall” at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Friday, August 9. The following evening, he’ll take to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry to perform his latest hit single, “Outta My Head.” The rising country star is looking forward to the weekend at home in Tennessee in the midst of a busy touring schedule.

The Country Music Hall of Fame’s Summer Concert Series, “Hot Nights At The Hall,” kicked off June 4th and will wrap its season with Craig Campbell’s full band acoustic show in the museum’s Curb Conservatory. “Hot Nights At The Hall” is free to Museum members and offers after-hours access to the Museum’s exhibition and gallery space, sneak peek of upcoming Carrie Underwood and Reba exhibits, along with food and cash bar.

Pray For Sweetwater Rain

Sweetwater Rain Digitally Releases Sophomore Single


“Pray For Me” Set to Impact Positive Radio in Fall of 2013

(Nashville, TN) After peaking Billboard Top 50 with their debut single “Starshine” and playing to a sold out crowd at CMA Music Festival, Curb recording group Sweetwater Rain digitally releases their sophomore single “Pray For Me.” 
The trio introduced the inspirational single to fans with a lyric video in the summer of 2013 and will be sending it to radio in the fall. With a hope to inspire and captivate their fans, “Pray For Me” showcases their powerhouse harmonies with lyrics that have deep emotional impacts.

“We’ve been doing the song ["Pray For Me"] in our live shows for quite a while,” said lead singer Danny Rivera. “There is never a show that goes by that somebody doesn’t come up after, talking about how moved they were by the song, how it touched them or reminded them of something or made them feel this or that,” Danny continues. “Pray For Me” is the perfect reflection of everything that we are.”

Sweetwater Rain is made-up of lead vocalist and guitarist Danny, lead guitarist and vocalist Fred Stallcup, and Thomas Hewlett, who completes the trio on bass guitar and vocals. Together they have opened for musical legacies such as ZZ Top, Kenny Chesney, The Band Perry, Little Big Town and many others. With a social platform that totals over 200,000, Sweetwater Rain is swiftly raising awareness in the country music world.  The lyric video for “Pray For Me” can be viewed here and the single can be downloaded via iTunes.

For more information on the rising country music group and to stay up to date with tour dates, visit www.SweetwaterRain.com


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Nashville, TN (August 6, 2013) – This week promises to be a golden one for Jake Owen as he debuts his brand new single “Days of Gold” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (8/8), airing on NBC at 12:35P ET/ 11:35P CT. The vivacious, dynamic song will impact Country radio next week and is available beginning today (8/6) at all digital retailers.
“The Days of Gold are the good times… The times we remember. The times we reflect on,” shares Jake Owen. “I’ll always look back on my life and remember these days. For me, these times in my life right now really are the days of gold!”
“Days of Gold” is the lead single from his highly anticipated forthcoming full-length studio album produced by Joey Moi, expected for release later this year. For an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Jake’s photo shoot for the album, watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3IXTvs_AVs
Since releasing his chart-topping album, BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT, Jake has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The RCA Nashville project has delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles, including the multi-week chart-toppers; the DOUBLE PLATINUM title track and PLATINUM “Alone with You,” in addition to the first #1 he co-wrote with the GOLD-certified “The One That Got Away” and the GOLD-certified “Anywhere with You.” 
His energetic live show and captivating songs have landed him coveted opening slots with Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and his first headlining tour, CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012, which made CMT history for the most sold-out shows in a row for the annual nationwide tour. The American Country Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year is currently touring with Jason Aldean's NIGHT TRAIN TOUR with upcoming shows in Hershey, PA (8/10), Saratoga Springs, NY (8/11), and Cincinnati, OH (8/15).
The Vero Beach, FL, native first captured the national spotlight with his hits “Startin’ with Me,” “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” and “Eight Second Ride.” The 2009 ACM Top New Male Vocalist’s revival of “Life in a Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him Grammy and CMA Award nominations.
Jake’s “Days of Gold” is available now via this link: http://smarturl.it/itunesdaysofgold
Keep up with Jake at www.jakeowen.net, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jakeowen, and follow him on Twitter @jakeowen.

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Interview with Doug Briney

Interview with Doug Briney

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?

Doug Briney:  I tell folks I sing country music, Positive Country. My style is a blend of traditional country sound and a little edgy. As a person, I am very upbeat most of the time and love to perform and have fun.

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

Doug Briney:  This past year has really been amazing! I released my first project, “It’s All Country” in March of 2012 and since that time things just keep getting better and better. I would say a highlight for me was being able to sing the National Anthem at the start of the 2013 Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Anchorage. Another highlight has just taken place as my family and I have moved to Nashville Tennessee after living the last 21 years in Alaska.

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

Doug Briney:  Right now the only project that is out and available to folks is “It’s All Country.” It is doing great but I’m super excited to share that I have a new project getting ready to release in October called, “Super Country Cowboy.” That project I think will really take off and I think the fans are going to love it.
Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Doug Briney:  My first project was completely self produced. From the photo’s to the art layout, song selection and everything that goes into making a project. “Super Country Cowboy” is being produced by Tate Music Group and my manager sifted through hundreds of songs to send me only those he thought would be best for me before I narrowed those down to the ones that will be on this project. So I think the difference will be a much more “polished” product and one that will really showcase who I am as an artist not producer.
Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Doug Briney:  You know, right now I’m sitting in a coffee shop that is playing some older Eagles music and I’d say that even as I’m typing I’m listening to what they did and thinking, “that’s cool, I could do that.” So for me, my inspiration really does come from everything I hear. My biggest musical influences however are folks like Toby Keith, Ronnie Dunn, Chris Young, Trace Adkins and Vince Gill. My musical roots go way back, I sang my first song in church when I was only two years old. I grew up singing in church, went to college as a music major. So music has truthfully always been a huge part of my life.

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

Doug Briney:  I think the music scene is really changing fast. With social media and programs like “America’s Got Talent”, “American Idol” and “The Voice.” It seems there are several folks making big before they are really ready to do so. They are thrust very quickly into the limelight and aren’t really ready for all that entails. I still think folks should have to learn how to really perform in front of small groups, learn their craft well before they make it big. However, I don’t think things will change back to how they used to be. If anything I think the process will become even more streamlined and what I think will happen is we will see a lot more artists who make it big with one or two songs and then fade never to be heard from again.

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

Doug Briney:  For me perfoming in front of folks is my favorite. I love the instand feedback and interaction. I enjoy being on the road and meeting new people as well.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Doug Briney:  My borders are constantly being stretched and pushed. My sound, songs, even my stage presence is constantly evolving. I want each and every show to be better then the last. All the while staying true to who I am as an artist. I like to try new things and when I hear or see something I think is really cool, I like to see if I can incorporate that into my shows.

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?

Doug Briney:  Without a doubt, I am. I am very hard on myself, yet I do allow myself to say, “Hey, that worked and it was good.” So, for me being a critic is simply being honest with myself. What can I do to make what I’m doing better.

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

Doug Briney:  My dream is to one day perform at the Grand Ole Opry. That would be an incredible honor and dream come true.

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

Doug Briney:  I sure do, www.dougbriney.com they can find my music there, a store with t-shirts and other fun merchandise, links to my facebook and twitter feeds as well as a brand new page that I just put up explaining some of the charity work I do for our military

Christian Lamitschka ( CountryMusicNewsInternational@googlemail.com )

Kenny Chesney Rocks the Georgia Dome

Kenny Chesney Rocks the Georgia Dome

49,302 Fans, plus Family, Friends + Surprise Jam

Atlanta, Georgia: On the heels of announcing he would not tour in 2014 to concentrate on making his next album, Kenny Chesney rolled into Atlanta strong – rocking 49,302 fans and having the time of his life at the Georgia Dome stop on his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour. In addition to sets by tourmates Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves, Zac Brown came out – after a killer set by his own band – to join Chesney for a jam on Steve Miller’s classic “The Joker” and Bob Marley & the Wailers’ “Three Little Birds”
“We didn’t burn Atlanta down,” Chesney said, following a high-energy nearly two hour set, “but they sure set us on fire. Man, the energy in the Georgia Dome hit us so hard, and it never let up. It was the kind of night artists dream of. And then I came off stage so ramped up, I picked bluegrass with some buddies from college (members of Blue Highway) ‘til almost two a.m.”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution concurred, writing, “…every molecule was dedicated to entertaining his faithful flock, which Chesney and his seven-piece band achieved by unleashing a torrent of singalongs and hard-working showmanship.”
With 19 stadiums on this years “stripped-back” No Shoes Nation Tour, including Anaheim’s Angels Stadium, Dallas’ Texas Stadium, Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, the 4-time Country Music Association and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year is rolling into E. Rutherford, NJ’s MetLife Stadium this weekend, Detroit’s Ford Field next weekend and closing his tour-out with a two night stand at Boston’s Gillette Stadium on August 23-24.
“I didn’t know when we put this tour together, I’d want to spend as much time making the next record as I do,” allows the man who’s sold over a million tickets on every tour since 2002 – and hit his millionth ticket mark for 2013 in early June. “So, to be able to close out the No Shoes Nation Tour with four major stadium shows in three incredible cities, well, that looks like great planning, but it’s really just some incredible luck.”
Chesney will also be playing “Good Morning America”’s Summer Concert Series August 9, live from Central Park. The three song teaser will be just enough to whet people’s appetites for the upcoming shows. Chesney will also be the subject of a CBS “Sunday Morning” profile, celebrating his Spread the Love Fund and his deeply reflective Life on A Rock, the mostly self-penned song cycle that marked his seventh all-genre #1 Billboard Top 200 Albums debut.
The introspective Life On A Rock has been called “a bold move” by The Washington Post, “a contemplative meditation” by The Chicago Tribune and “the most personal work he’s ever done” by Billboard, who also noted, “time will likely prove it to be among his best-loved by fans.” For the man The Wall Street Journal headlined “The King of the Road” in a massive two page feature earlier this year, the road remains the place he comes alive, but it is the music that brought him here; next year, that will be his focus, but right now, he’s playing every sold-out stadium show for all its worth.

Jesse McReynolds taking it easy

Jesse McReynolds taking it easy

(Nashville, TN-8.5.13) Jesse McReynolds, Grand Ole Opry Legend and a member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Master mandolin pioneer and bluegrass songwriter par excellence, is at home and wearing a heart monitor after being diagnosed recently with an irregular heartbeat. He still maintains a touring schedule, after celebrating his 84th birthday in July.  His doctors have asked him to keep a low profile while they determine whether he needs to have a pacemaker installed.  Jesse’s wife Joy tells us that he is feeling well.

“He is up and about, but trying not to overdo it until we get a handle on this. The hardest part for an active guy like him is taking it easy.  But he’s playing his mandolin and taking advantage of this time to practice and write new songs.

We appreciate everyone’s prayers!”

Cards and words of encouragement can be sent to:
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PO Box 1385
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Herrick Announces Endorsement

Herrick Announces Endorsement with DR Strings
Award-winning band inks an endorsement deal with New Jersey-based string manufacturer, DR Strings.

1HerrickHR2013.jpgNASHVILLE, TN --- HERRICK, one of the most active touring bands on the road, is proud to announce their endorsement of New Jersey based string company DR Strings.
“Herrick is a band of true road warriors,” says Anthony Corona of DR Strings. “We are pleased to count these truly dynamic performers among the gifted artists who endorse our brand.” 
HERRICK continues to grip music fans and industry professionals alike with a vibrant live show combined with compelling songwriting and comprehensive instrumentation, posing a musical triple threat that soundly established the band on the touring circuit. With an average of 125 shows every year, Herrick’s fan base grows exponentially. Their recent single, “Do You Love Me” has garnered more that 250,000 views on You Tube for its award-winning music video. 
“Our high energy performances really give strings a workout,” says Donna Herrick, who provides lead vocals and plays mandolin. “DR Strings work just as hard as we do on the guitar, mandolin, and bass.”
HERRICK is currently in the middle of their annual summer West Coast tour and are prepping for a stint through Alaska that includes stops at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer as well as the Kenai Peninsula Fair and dates in Ninilchik and Seldovia. The Seldovia date includes a workshop for aspiring songwriters.
Nashville based HERRICK recently pocketed the Bronze Award in the 34th Annual Telly Awards for the music video “Do You Love Me.” The tune has broken into the Top 85 Country Singles and continues to climb the charts. HERRICK also garnered the Best Country Song Award in the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMA) for “Cry Memphis.” Both songs are cuts from the band’s first full album, NEW DANCE. While the band members have been road warriors since HERRICK’s conception, it was the winning of Jim Beam’s Battle of the Bands in 2010 that really heightened awareness of this powerhouse band.
HERRICK is comprised of Donna Herrick (mandolin/lead vocals), Kerry Herrick (bass/vocals), Jeff Bradshaw (drums/percussion), and Jefferson Rogers (lead guitar/lap steel/acoustic guitar).
Check out www.HERRICKLive.com for show dates and ticket information.

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