Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Subversive Country Artistry of Kacey Musgraves


The Subversive Country Artistry of Kacey Musgraves
By Bob Doerschuk
Kacey Musgraves
Photo credit: Kelly Christine Musgraves
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It was one of those nights at the Grand Ole Opry that promised satisfaction for Country traditionalists. One after the other, Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs and Dailey & Vincent filed out and fired up some sizzling bluegrass.
Yet it was an idiosyncratic new artist that brought the audience to its feet. Wrapped in a tight, blazing-red outfit, Kacey Musgraves teetered out in heels. Smiling a little shyly, she spoke two words — “Hello, Opry!” — and then drifted into “It Is What It Is” (written by Musgraves, Luke Laird and Brandy Clark), surely one of the most wistful and resigned songs ever to open a set on that stage. As she finished, cameras flashed all over the main floor and balcony as Musgraves allowed herself a short rumination.
“No matter what side of the coin you’re on, gay or straight, black or white, somebody is gonna have a problem with it,” she said. “So I think everybody should just do what they do.”
That, and the bouncy beat of “Follow Your Arrow” (Musgraves, Clark and Shane McAnally), both from her debut album Same Trailer Different Park, set off the crowd again. The same folks who clapped to Skaggs’ “You Can’t Hurt Ham” now sang along to a song that suggested kissing lots of boys — or girls — and maybe lighting up a joint now and then won’t bring the Republic to its knees.
The success of Kacey Musgraves may signify a sea change in what mainstream Country is ready to accommodate.
“I love conversational music,” she explained. “I hate when I feel like someone is singing at me. The message of the song is the most important thing.”
Plenty of people have seen potential in this young East Texan, ever since she left Austin at 18 to join other hopefuls in the 2007 season of “Nashville Star.” After settling in Nashville a few years later, she took a few day jobs, including a gig that involved wearing costumes and entertaining kids at birthday parties. But singing demos provided steadier income and helped point her toward a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell.
In that position, Musgraves wrote a number of songs that were picked up by major Country artists. “My first was by Lee Ann Womack,” she recalled. “It was a song I wrote with a guy named Travis Meadows, called ‘There’s a Person There.’ It’s about this older lady who lived in the apartment above me when I moved to town. Unfortunately, it never saw the light of day. But when I figured out that I could make a living by putting things that came out of my brain onto a piece of paper, I really fell in love with that.
She wanted to perform too. Offers came in from folks who misidentified her as a candidate for stardom according to the prevailing industry model. Wisely, she opted to wait for an opportunity she could fully embrace.
“It wasn’t that people were trying to push me into anything,” Musgraves said. “It was more that the material was OK but it didn’t really come from a different point of view. It was like, ‘Oh, this could be a hit. Let’s do this.’ I had the sense to be patient with all that, because I thought that if I’ve got one shot to say something, it better mean something.”
After a promising moment with Lost Highway before the label was shuttered, Musgraves found someone who could give her that shot. “Kacey doesn’t project the typical, middle-of-the-road image that we expect from our female artists,” said Mike Dungan, who began working with the newly signed artist when he became Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Nashville. “Our radio format is crying for something different. This was a new perspective and fresh delivery that was so high-quality that we were confident it would work, given the right plan.
“Her presentation is a bit understated when you compare her to some of the arena artists. So we made sure she was presented in intimate settings. But mainly, we took our lead from the press. The minute they heard her music, the response from all areas was phenomenal.”
Much of that had to do with the overlay of acoustic timbres, accessible tunes, ironic humor and songs that tell narrative stories, in the often touted but rarely practiced Country tradition. Musgraves explained, “I just wanted to create an album with concise character, not just, ‘Here’s a song! This could be a hit! Look what I can do!’ A lot of records nowadays are like that.
“My favorite songs are simple,” Musgraves added. “It’s not that sometimes a song can’t be really intricate, but I never wanted the production to smack you in the face. There has to be space because that makes the idea stronger than loading it up with too many things. It’s never about how many licks somebody can play or solos they can shred. I just want it to feel good. I do love having songs that people can sing along to. I love that pop sensibility as much as a Radiohead song. If you can walk the line between having both, then you’ve nailed it.”
If that means testing Country audiences a little by playing on words like “whore” in “Follow Your Arrow,” or embracing the ennui of a listless affair in “It Is What It Is,” so be it. “Times have changed,” Dungan insisted. “If people give it a shot, they’ll hear that she’s not saying, ‘Go out and do this.’ She’s saying, ‘Just live your life and be happy.’”
On the Web: www.KaceyMusgraves.com
On Twitter: @KaceyMusgraves

WILL HOGE NEVER GIVE IN

WILL HOGE ANNOUNCES FALL HEADLINING TOUR IN SUPPORT OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM NEVER GIVE IN

NEVER GIVE IN TOUR 2013 Launches In October

Critically Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Unveils Album Cover For
NEVER GIVE IN Set For October 15 Release

Will Hoge Never Give In album cover







Photo Credit: Courtesy of Thirty Tigers
 
Nashville, TN (August 13, 2013) – This fall GRAMMY-nominated artist Will Hoge will set out on his first major headlining run – NEVER GIVE IN TOUR 2013. Kicking off on October 11 in Dallas, Texas, the 27-city nationwide tour will go through December. Supporting Hoge on the majority of the dates will be veteran rockers Red Wanting Blue and label mate Sunny Sweeney will team up with him for stops in Brooklyn, Chicago, Indianapolis and Milwaukee.
 
Hoge will be touring in support of the release of his ninth studio album titled NEVER GIVE IN on October 15 via Thirty Tigers. Today (8/13), the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter gives fans a sneak peek by unveiling the forthcoming album’s cover.
 
“I'm so excited about this new album. I can't wait to get out on the road and play these new songs for folks,” shares Will Hoge. “There's gonna be a lot of different things happening live on this tour and I'm thrilled for everyone to get to see it. Couple all these incredible cities with such great support acts as Red Wanting Blue and Sunny Sweeney, it is going to be one fun tour!“
 
NEVER GIVE IN is a life motto for the Nashville native who catapulted into the national spotlight in 2012. Spending the early part of the year supporting Dierks Bentley's arena headlining tour, Hoge was introduced to his first dose of mainstream country. The release of the Eli Young Band Platinum smash “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” which he co-wrote with Eric Paslay, garnered an enormous amount of buzz at Country radio, earning Hoge nominations for the 2013 GRAMMY Country Song of the Year, 2013 ACM Song of the Year and 2012 CMA Song of the Year. While raising Hoge's profile as a hit songwriter, the song also introduced his music and records to the Country music audience; a decade removed from major label release on Atlantic Records, CAROUSEL. Currently, his song “Strong” is featured as the musical backdrop for General Motor’s 2014 Chevy Silverado nationwide ad campaign.
 
NEVER GIVE IN TOUR
10/11 - Dallas, TX - All-New Silverado Mainstage at State Fair Of Texas
10/16 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House (w/ Sunny Sweeney)
10/18 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
10/19 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
10/24 - Lexington, KY - Busters
10/25 - Charlotte, NC - Visualite Theater (w/ RWB)
10/26 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle (w/ RWB)
11/1 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West (w/ RWB)
11/2 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm (w/ RWB)
11/7 - Indianapolis, IN - Grand Kellersaal Ballroom (w/ Sunny Sweeney)
11/8 - Chicago, IL - Joe's Bar (w/ Sunny Sweeney)
11/9 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave (w/ Sunny Sweeney)
11/15 - Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard (w/ RWB)
11/21 - San Marcos, TX - Cheatham Street Warehouse (w/ RWB)
11/22 - Corpus Christi, TX - House Of Rock (w/ RWB)
11/23 - Houston, TX - House of Blues (w/ RWB)
11/30 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works (w/ RWB)
12/5 - San Diego, CA - The Griffin (w/ RWB)
12/6 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour (w/ RWB)
12/7 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing Company
12/8 - Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall (w/ RWB)
12/11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios (w/ RWB)
12/12 - Seattle, WA - Barboza (w/ RWB)
12/13 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory (w/ RWB)
12/15 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory (w/ RWB)
12/17 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room (w/ RWB)
12/19 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater (w/ RWB)
 
For on sale dates and more, visit WillHoge.com

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CMA AWARDS LIVE FROM NASHVILLE

BRAD PAISLEY AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD RETURN TO HOST “THE 47th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS" LIVE FROM NASHVILLE ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK NOV. 6

NASHVILLE – Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be returning to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” for the sixth consecutive time in 2013. “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The popular hosts used “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” to make the announcement when the concert special aired tonight on ABC.
“Carrie and Brad are the consummate hosts,” said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors. “They have the respect of our industry, artistic credibility, critical acclaim, and a quick-witted, genuine rapport that makes them popular with our audience and the viewers at home. We are delighted to have them back as hosts for the sixth year.”
Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards since receiving the Horizon Award (now the New Artist Award) in 2000, including Entertainer of the Year (2010), Male Vocalist (2007, 2008, 2009) and Album (2006 for Time Well Wasted). He won Musical Event of the Year three times, first in 2004 with Alison Krauss for “Whiskey Lullaby,” second in 2006 for “When I Get Where I’m Going” with Dolly Parton, and a third time in 2009 for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban. He claimed the Vocal Event of the Year trophy in 2001 for “Too Country” with Bill Anderson, George Jones, and Buck Owens; and won Music Video of the Year four times, first in 2002 for “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” second in 2004 for “Whiskey Lullaby” (with Krauss), third in 2007 for “Online,” and fourth in 2008 for "Waitin' on a Woman" (featuring Andy Griffith). He is No. 5 on the list of top CMA Awards winners of all time.
Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, who has earned numerous awards and accolades, as well as being a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry. Since his first No. 1 single in 1999 he has placed 22 singles at the top of the charts, his most recent from his acclaimed new album, Wheelhouse, which features his new single, “I Can’t Change the World,” as well as the back-to-back No. 1 hits, “Southern Comfort Zone” and “Beat This Summer.” This is Paisley’s first self-produced project and he wrote or co-wrote all tracks on the album. Paisley’s 2012 “Virtual Reality World Tour” played to more than one million fans in the U.S. and Europe. Paisley’s 2013 tour, “Beat This Summer Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®,” has played to more than 423,000 fans to date.
Underwood has received five CMA Awards in her career – only six other female solo artists have received more including Dolly Parton (nine), Loretta Lynn (eight), and Allison Krauss (eight). Like Tammy Wynette (1968-1970), Underwood has won three consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophies (2006-2008), as well as Single of the Year (2007 for “Before He Cheats”), and the Horizon Award (2006). Her 15 career CMA Awards nominations include two for Album of the Year for Carnival Ride (2008) and Play On (2010); two nominations for Music Video of the Year for “Jesus Take the Wheel” (2006) and “Before He Cheats” (2007); and Musical Event of the Year for “I Told You So” featuring Randy Travis (2009). She has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year every year since winning in 2006 (2006-2012).
Since releasing her debut album in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums and placed 17 No. 1 singles on the charts, eight of which she co-wrote. Her current album, Blown Away, made history by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, making Underwood only the second Country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1. The Platinum-selling Blown Away also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making her only the second Country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. Underwood’s recently wrapped “Blown Away Tour” launched in the spring of 2012 and continued through May 2013, for a total of 112 dates in 110 cities, 6 countries, and 3 continents, playing for more than 1 million fans and selling out every concert this year.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958.
Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The eligibility period for the 2013 CMA Awards is July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members Tuesday, Aug. 20. Voting for the second ballot closes at Friday, Aug. 30 (5:00 PM/CT). The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in September.
Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed on Thursday, Oct. 10. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 28 (5:00 PM/CT).
Ticket information for the CMA Awards will be announced later this summer with information available at CMAawards.com. Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.
“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.

Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival

39th Annual
Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival
September 18 – 21, 2013
 
George Shuffler Set For Induction into Bluegrass Hall of Fame
 
 
Indianapolis, IN -  The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be held September 18-21, 2013 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 30 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and fellowship. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at www.beanblossom.US
 
On Saturday, September 21, George Shuffler will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. George grew up in Burke County, NC where he taught himself to play on a mail-order guitar. He made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 17 performing with The Bailey Brothers. George toured 20 years with the Stanley Brothers where he developed his unique cross picking guitar style that has been a big influence to many musicians. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and was a recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award in 2007. For more information on George Shuffler, please visit Blueridgeheritage.com.
Another highlight of the festival will be the CD Release Party by the James King Band to be held on Saturday, September 21. The band will be providing free biscuits and gravy for the fans. 
 
The complete line-up for the 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival includes the talents of: 
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
The Boxcars
Kody Norris & Watauga Mountain Boys
Spinney Brothers
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Darrell Webb Band
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain
 
Thursday, September 19, 2013
The Grascals
Marty Raybon & Full Circle

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Grasstowne
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain
Feller & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos
Spinney Brothers
Tommy Brown & County Line Grass
 
Friday, September 20, 2013
Wildwood Valley Boys
Cumberland Highlanders
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Larry Stephenson Band
Tim Graves & Cherokee
American Drive
Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show
Tommy Brown & County Line Grass
Ralph Stanley II
 
Saturday, September 21, 2013
George Shuffler
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Audie Blaylock & Redline
Kenny & Amanda Smith
James King Band

Emcees for The 39th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival are the Legendary Tommy Lamb and George Riddle. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller Sound.
 
Each festival ticket includes admission to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Country Star Museum and Uncle Pen’s cabin tour, plus all music and instrument workshops. There will be plenty of food concessions and merchants. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun. Shows take place rain or shine.
 
For more information or to charge by phone, please call 800-414-4677 or 812-988-6422. The 39th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Days is sponsored by:  Martin Guitar, Dillman Furniture, and Hope River Entertainment.

DIERKS BENTLEY - The Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Video From The Studio



DIERKS BENTLEY GRIPS 'FAITH, LOVE AND FREEDOM' IN NEW SINGLE “I HOLD ON”
FROM THE UPCOMING ALBUM RISER 
USA TODAY Has The Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes
Video From The Studio
Nashville, TN – August 12, 2013 – Award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley released the driving new single “I Hold On” to country radio today in advance of his upcoming seventh studio album RISER.  Written by Bentley and Brett James, the song deftly pins spiritual questions to material symbols and is delivered with a building vocal intensity that reassures the listener that each lyric is more personal than the last.
"If you asked me to sum myself up in three minutes, I'd play 'I Hold On' for you.  At first listen, you might think it's about my truck or my guitar, but it's really about why I do some of the things I do and the kind of guy I am," explains Bentley. "The chorus is really universal…it's about faith, love and freedom…I don't think there's a country fan out there who doesn't live with those as big priorities.  I hope through this song I'm able to let the fans into my heart and my mind a little more, and that they can also relate it back to themselves and their own lives."
USA Today is offering fans a behind the scenes look at the making of “I Hold On.” To watch, click here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/08/12/dierks-bentley-i-hold-on-video/2633665/ 
Seven albums into one of country music’s most respected and most unpredictable careers, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley continues to grow. His latest evolution comes in the form of RISER, a project that stands as his most personal to date. Written and recorded in the year following his father’s death, the album draws its title from “I’m A Riser,” a song about resilience and determination. The tone of the album demonstrates a new artistic depth and an extra level of intensity for Bentley. It evolves from track to track, exuding a range of emotions, all the while impressing upon the listener that Bentley’s instinct for a hit is stronger than ever.    
Before the release of the anticipated new project, Bentley will finish out the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley: Locked & Reloaded Tour through October. For ongoing updates on new music and tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES MAKES ITS FIRST TRIP TO AUSTIN


CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES MAKES ITS FIRST TRIP TO AUSTIN, TEXAS ON SEPT. 11


Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann and Host Bob DiPiero Share the Stories Behind Their Hit Songs at Antone’s
NASHVILLE –The CMA Songwriters Series makes its debut in Texas Wednesday, Sept. 11 (8:00 PM/CT) at Antone’s in Austin for a special night of storytelling and song. Celebrating its ninth remarkable year, the CMA Songwriters Series will feature special guests Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, and Bob DiPiero, who will also serve as the evening’s host. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.
Houser, a two-time CMA Awards nominee, has charted 2 No. 1 songs, the title track from his 2013 release “How Country Feels” and his current single “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.” Houser has also written songs for Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, and Chris Young.
“Lee, Jerrod, and I have been writing together for a long time – way before any of us had hits,” shares Houser. “So it’s really cool to be able to come together and each have a No. 1 to play and share the stories behind a lot of the songs, too.”
Niemann, a 2010 CMA New Artist of the Year nominee, has penned songs for Country Music heavyweights like Garth Brooks (“Good Ride Cowboy”) and Jamey Johnson (“My Saving Grace”). Niemann has also recorded hits of his own including the Top 15 “Shinin’ On Me,” the Top 5 “What Do You Want,” and his Platinum No. 1 single “Lover, Lover.”
“I’m in the process of writing and recording for a new album, so to have the opportunity to play an event as intimate as the CMA Songwriters Series is special,” said Niemann. “Randy, Lee and I cut our teeth in this industry together and Bob is one of our heroes, so we’re all excited to come together for this night to celebrate the music.”
Brice made history when Brooks recorded his song “More Than a Memory,” which became the first song to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The title track off of his own album, Love Like Crazy, was named Billboard's most played Country song of 2010; and it still holds the record for the longest-charting song in the history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Additionally, he has had three other singles top the charts, “A Woman Like You,” “Hard To Love,” and “I Drive Your Truck.” Other artists that have recorded his songs include Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and Blake Shelton.
CMA Songwriters Series host and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame DiPiero (“Southern Voice,” recorded by Tim McGraw, “Blue Clear Sky,” recorded by George Strait, and “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” recorded by Easton Corbin) will also return to the stage, sharing the entertaining stories behind some of his most popular hit songs. DiPiero has had more than 1,200 songs recorded by other artists, countless hit singles, and an astounding 15 No. 1 hits.
Tickets for the Sept. 11 CMA Songwriters Series at Antone’s are on sale tomorrow and are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. VIP tickets are available for $150. To order tickets visit CMASongwritersSeries.com or ticketfly.com. Antone’s is located at 2015 East Riverside Dr., Austin.
For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.  
ASCAP, BMI, GAC, and SESAC are the official partners of the CMA Songwriters Series.

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