Monday, August 19, 2013

THE ROYS Two Inspirational Country Music Awards

THE ROYS Nominated For Two Inspirational Country Music Awards
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Duo Up For Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year And Vocal Duo & Performance of the Year

Nashville, TN (August 19, 2013) - Bluegrass brother/sister duo THE ROYS are nominated for two 2013 Inspirational Country Music AwardsInspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year and Vocal Duo & Performance of the Year"Once again we are humbled by the support and appreciation of our music by the ICM voting body," states Lee Roy, who along with his sister Elaine, has received five previous honors from the organization.  "Win or lose we are truly blessed," Elaine Roy adds.  "It is an honor to be included with such great artists and to be a part of this wonderful genre." 

The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will be held at Two Rivers Fellowship at Opryland in Nashville Oct 20-24.  The 19th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards show, hosted by Megan Alexander, will take place on Thursday, October 24.

2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards Finalists Announced

2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards
Finalists Announced


Finalists Include Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood,
Vince Gill, Darius Rucker and more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 19, 2013) – The Inspirational Country Music Association is excited to announce the finalists for the 2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards. Voted on by members, the categories include entertainer, artist, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo,  musician, radio, radio station, film and television honors, as well as newly-added categories Mainstream Country Male, Mainstream Country Female and Mainstream Country Group/Duo. This year’s finalists feature country music superstars, Bluegrass favorites and Inspirational Country music staples alike, including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Chuck Day, Alan Jackson, The Roys and more. The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will take place at Two Rivers at Opryland in Music City on Oct 20-24, 2013; with the 19th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards taking place on October 24, 2013, at Two Rivers.

The 2013 ICM Faith, Family week includes the annual ICM Faith, Family and Country Talent Show, The Power Source #1 Party and Media Appreciation Luncheon, the annual membership breakfast, seminars, incredible live music and much more.  The Inn at Opryland will serve as this year’s host hotel and is centrally located to great food, shopping and downtown Nashville.Every year, this week draws music fans, media and the industry’s top artists to Nashville where they showcase music and discuss industry related issues. The Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Week is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational and Christian Country music which is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country ™.

2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards Finalists

ENTERTAINER:
Chuck Day
Dennis Agajanian
Guy Penrod
Jeff Bates
Kali Rose
Steve Richard

MALE VOCALIST:
Chuck Day
Chuck Hancock
Daniel Alan
Lucas Hoge
Tommy Brandt

FEMALE VOCALIST:
Aubree Bullock
Kali Rose
Larissa
Laura Dodd
Mary James

VOCAL DUO:
Aaron & Amanda Crabb
Branded
Randy-Paul
Steve Richard & Laura Dodd
The Roys

VOCAL GROUP OR BAND:
CrossCountry the Band
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Jayc Harold Band
Kristina Craig Band
Sunday Drive

MAINSTREAM INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY SONG:
“Changed” - Rascal Flatts
“I Drive Your Truck”- Lee Brice
“Old King James” - Scotty McCreery
“See You Again” - Carrie Underwood
“Touchdown Jesus”- Tim McGraw

MAINSTREAM COUNTRY MALE ARTIST:
Alan Jackson
Andy Griggs
John Berry
Scotty McCreery
Vince Gill

MAINSTREAM COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST:
Carrie Underwood
Dolly Parton
Lauren Alaina
Martina McBride
Reba McEntire

MAINSTREAM COUNTRY DUO or GROUP:
Diamond Rio
Joey + Rory
Oak Ridge Boys
Rascal Flatts
Thompson Square

INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY SONG:
“Hey Do You Know Me” - Kali Rose
“Meanwhile Back At the Cross” - Tommy Brandt
“They Don’t Stay Little Long Enough” - Chuck Hancock
“Unknown Soldiers” - Russ Murphy
“You Can Always Come Back Home” - Chuck Day

SONGWRITER:
Chuck Hancock
Greg McDougal
Paul Staggs of Branded
Russ Murphy
Tommy Brandt

LIVING LEGEND / PIONEER AWARD:
This award has already been determined.

VIDEO:
Changed - Rascal Flatts; Directed by Carl Diebold
See You Again - Carrie Underwood; Directed by Eric Welch
Time is Love - Josh Turner; Directed by Peter Zavadil
Toothbrush - Steve Richard; Directed by Shawn Foster
True Believers - Darius Rucker; Directed by Jim Wright

MUSICIAN:
Dennis Agajanian
Greg McDougal
Jayc Harold
Ricky Skaggs
Vince Gill

COMEDIAN:
Aaron Wilburn
Bruce Mullen
Chonda Pierce
Johnny Lee Cook
Tim Hawkins

RADIO STATION of the YEAR:
HLE Radio
Inspirational Country Radio Network
WEKC AM 710 – Corbin, KY
WSM AM 650
WTYS 94.1 FM

NEW ARTIST:
Adrienne Haupt
Charee White
Hunter Cook
Jennifer Nickerson
Rachel Dampier

YOUTH IN MUSIC AWARD:
Emily Faith
Hunter Cook
Isaac Cole
McDougal Kids
Tommy Brandt Jr.

FAITH, FAMILY, & COUNTRY MOVIE:
42 – Warner Bros. Pictures
Home Run – Hero Productions
Last Ounce of Courage – Veritas Entertainment
Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn Story – Film It Productions
Unconditional – Harbinger Media Partners

RADIO PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR:
Hunter Logan
JR Pitsenbarger
Marty Smith
Mona Faith
Rich Miller

INSPIRATIONAL BLUEGRASS ARTIST:
Bruce & Betsy Mullen
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Rhonda Vincent
Ricky Skaggs
The Roys

MUSIC EVANGELIST OF THE YEAR:
Chuck Day
Greg McDougal
Mary James
Russ Murphy
Tommy Brandt

TELEVISION NETWORK:
Gospel Music Channel (Now UP TV)
Great American Country
Hallmark Channel
RFD TV
TCT Networks

For more information on the ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards, visit www.faithfamilycountry.com or like them at www.facebook.com/faithfamilycountry to stay updated.

RICKY SKAGGS IBMA AWARD

MUSIC ICON RICKY SKAGGS NOMINATED
FOR IBMA AWARD
 
Skaggs Along with Band Kentucky Thunder Nominated in the
"Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year" Category
 
Nashville, Tenn. (August 19, 2013) - The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)  finalists were announced last week with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder securing a nomination in the "Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year" category for “New Jerusalem.”  The song is a brand new instrumental from the 2012 album Music To My Ears by Skaggs, who also wrote the tune.
 
"I am very grateful for the nomination," says Skaggs upon learning of the IBMA Award nod.
 
The 24th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, North Carolina.
 
Skaggs has been honored with the following IBMA Awards:  "Album of the Year" (for Bluegrass Rules!) – 1998; "Instrumental Group of the Year" (with Kentucky Thunder) - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; "Recorded Event of the Year" (for Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza) – 2000 and "Instrumental Album of the Year" (for Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza) – 2000.
 
About Ricky Skaggs
With 12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, eleven IBMA Awards, eight ACM Awards and eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot, performing more than 80 live dates each year.  Skaggs started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. 
 
On August 13, Skaggs released his first autobiography, "KENTUCKY TRAVELER," which details the life and times of the music icon and also the history of Bluegrass music.  In addition, Skaggs has again teamed with music legend BRUCE HORNSBY, this time for a live album titled, CLUCK OL' HEN.  The album is scheduled for release tomorrow (August 20).

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ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS AUGUST 19. 2013


ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS
     Not exactly 'on the road' but definitely 'on the radio' with a neat interview on KMA Radio in Shenandoah, Iowa.  Great town Shenandoah, this is where the competing radio stations KFNF (founded by Frank Field a seed salesman) and KMA (founded by Earl May a seed salesman) who married sisters.  What a wonderful time it was for 'live' music shows featuring some of the best musicians in America back then.  Why is that so hard to do today?  So many incredibly gifted entertainers with no place to perform.  "Live" radio was an automatic ear grabber.  What with the lame television shows that we now have an over abundance of, 'live' radio would undoubtedly attract a very nice large audience, no matter what the genre of music.  We'd however like to see some good 'old-time' country music back on the air.  The supposition that there are no players of it, is entirely false.  There's so many fellow musicians so fed up with 'media' today, none of us listen to what they program anymore.
     We've been busy on the home front too, the LeMars Festival is just around the corner, starting August 26.  It's really loaded with incredible talent this year, all week long.  One of the feature attractions is Roger Tibbs from New Zealand. He just did a show for us at the Oak Tree in Anita, and his performance was incredible.  What he does with his voice is astonishing, to say the least.  Having Tex and Mary Schutz on with him was also a treat, and then when they come together as a trio, once again it's unbelievable what remarkable talent this is.  They will all be at LeMars, all week I think, except perhaps Sunday.  Sunday won't be so bad though, that's September 1, the birthday of Boxcar Willie, and his son Marty Martin Jr., who is carrying on his dad's lifelong work of keeping traditional and old-time country music alive will be with us on his dad's birthday to induct him into America's Country Music Hall of Fame.
     Sheila and I had a nice performance at the Gristmill Theater in Macedonia Saturday night.  They were celebrating their 'Donia Days' and even though it's a small rural Iowa town, they have converted an old implement store into a remarkable theater called the Gristmill.  We had a nice audience (though not full) in to see our 'Traveling Museum of Music' and it went quite well for us.  We really like the theater, the seats are out of the old Omaha Fine Arts Theater, which the folks in Macedonia got for free.  What a lovely experience.
     "Dad said he didn't have time to manage a budget lunch," daughter Bobbie Lhea remarked.  "So after their performance Saturday night, mom and dad took me to Cox's Bar-B-Que in Council Bluffs, only a short distance away.  I can remember how we used to stop at Joe Cotton's down by Corpus Christi, Texas, for delicious brisket and Texas sausage, and believe it or not that's what we had at Cox's.  They are located in the expanding shopping center down by Lake Manawa, and we really enjoyed our meal.  So no budget lunch this week, and dad will probably complain all of next week because the BBQ was a little expensive.  See you in LeMars, stop and say Hi, I will be helping out in the information booth."

The Last Page


The Last Page
 
Tompall Glaser a country music singer, publisher, and studio owner migrated from Spaulding, Nebraska, to Nashville, Tennessee, along with his two brothers to find fame and fortune in country music, and they did.  Tompall was best known perhaps for his association with the outlaw movement against record labels.   He passed away August 13th, he was 79 years old.  He had been undergoing a long illness.  Tompall (actually his name was Thomas Paul) began performing with his brothers, Jim and Chuck, as the Glaser Brothers in the 1950's and eventually moved to Nashville after meeting Marty Robbins, who tapped them to sing backup.  Famed producer Jack Clement claimed to be their 'discoverer.'  Glaser and his brothers immediately chafed under the label system in place in the 60's and 70's, just like their contemporaries Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.  Though he would never achieve the success of those friends, he was nonetheless a key player in the rebellion they started against Music Row in the 70's that would come to be known as the outlaw movement.  He circumvented the label system by opening with his brothers their own music publishing company and recording studio, soon to become known as 'Hillbilly Central."  The rebellious spirit that helped begin the Outlaw movement at Glaser's Hillbilly Central may have made relationships difficult.  Glaser would break away from his brothers in 1973 and later fell out with Waylon Jennings.  Glaser appeared on "Wanted! The Outlaws," a 1976 compilation that included Nelson and Jennings. The album, which included his version of Shel Silverstein's "Put Another Log on the Fire," became country music's first platinum selling album and served as a Rosetta Stone for those looking for something raw and original out of the genre.  Glaser also was known as a co-writer on the standard "The Streets of Baltimore," which Bobby Bare took to No. 1, and famously feuded with The Byrds and Gram Parsons during their one performance on the Grand Ole Opry.
 
Cowboy Jack Clement a virtual jack of all trades in country music, passed away August 8 after a lengthy illness.  He was to be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.  He was a record producer, a songwriter, a performing and recording artist, a studio engineer, a dance instructor, and always a first-rate raconteur.  He produced records for an amazing number of super stars including Johnny Cash (Clement produced Cash's Ring of Fire), Waylon Jennings, Eddy Arnold, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbinson, Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, John Hartford, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, and Tompall & The Glaser Brothers.  He moved around the music business from Memphis to Beaumont, from Washington DC to Nashville.  He was a mover and shaker in country music, and his awards and honors are manifold.
 
Jody Payne better known as Willie Nelson's guitar player for over 30 years, passed away August 10.  Payne's wife says he woke up at their home in Stapleton, Alabama feeling ill, so she called an amubulance.  He died or cardiac problems at age 77.

Pioneer Music Museum


Pioneer Music Museum
 
Still haven't heard anything back from the roofer who looked at the roof of the museum.  Fortunately we haven't had any rain to speak of so there's no 'new' damage, but we sure have a lot of 'fixing up' to do.  Jerry and Maggie Hughes were at our Saturday night show at the Oak Tree featuring Tex & Mary and Roger Tibbs (which they both enjoyed very much), but more importantly they believe they might be able to find some financial help fixing the museum roof.  We sure hope so, we can't seem to do it on our own anymore, and there are so many magnificent memories in that museum, it's just simply remarkable.  We had some visitors up from Missouri in the past week to look at the museum, and like many who have seen it for the first time, they said it was 'unbelievable,' the huge number of items we have on display.  So we're constantly looking for ways to not only raise money for the project, but finding someone to help with the actual work.  Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated.

Oak Tree Opry


Oak Tree Opry
 
We just had a super good show at the Oak Tree in Anita, Saturday night.  Roger Tibbs from New Zealand was our special guest to a 'standing room only' crowd.  We'd like to say he out-drew Terry Smith, but we are now doing two shows on Terry because he fills his Friday night show, and nearly fills Saturday night too.  Be that as it may, Roger Tibbs, along with Tex & Mary Schutz was a remarkably good program.  It's absolutely amazing what Roger does with his voice. He did a 'tribute' to Slim Whitman.  I don't know if you are familiar with Whitman's music (he passed away not very long ago), but he was able to use his falsetto voice amazingly well, just like Roger Tibbs.  Both of these remarkable singers move their voice in and out of falsetto incredibly easy, and in a yodel that is absolutely astonishing.  Tex & Mary, along with Roger, will be at LeMars (Tuesday through Saturday).  It will be a grand time to hear some absolutely beautiful country music, yodel and all.  We also have another act coming from New Zealand, Annette Hawkins and Kim Copedo, again some remarkable country singers, especially in the 'real-deal' acoustic style with amazing vocal abilities. We won't be having any shows at the Oak Tree now until after the LeMars Festival, and the first one will be on September 6th.  We are holding over the 'Queen of Country Music' from Ireland, Greta Elkin. This lady too, is one of those amazing talents that has a great respect and love for traditional and classic country music.  It's really remarkable how Roger Tibbs and Greta Elkin both do a really nice version of "Danny Boy."  ONLY AT LEMARS will you see this kind of entertainment, so pack up the rig and let's 'git er' done.'  Reserved seats for Greta might be advisable since we won't be in the office to take care of business for awhile.

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