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Country Music News International September 1. 2013

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Just in case you are not a fan of MTV Video Music Awards Show, which aired last Sunday, and Miley Cyrus was given free rein to perform a dance that has caused a lot of pro’s and con’s for those who watched the show.  It looks like the media blitz that she caused has done what her management team felt it would do for her career.  These types of publicity are mostly done those artists who are breathing the last breath of their careers.  I have had this editorial written or a week now and there is no way I am going to not have comments on this brutal example of what was deemed a dance.  I realize the MTV show is not country, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke are not country, but I feel compelled to write about this scandal that was televised nationwide. Politics in music has no equal when it comes to buying whatever you want, when you know the right people.  You do not need to be a country music fan to watch something as pitiful as M. Cyrus dance and not have some kind of comments.

The media has had a circus with Miley Cyrus and her so-called dance, but there are still many in the media who use this type of negative promotion for their bosses, and then there are those in the media who do not want to comment on this story, but I am going to speak out as I normally do.  I am sick and tired of these type of artists promoting sex instead of music.  There was nothing musical about her performance this past Sunday night, so I am ready for all Pro’s and Con’s.  I am not going to add a picture to my comments, because I would not give Miley Cryrus the satisfaction of a picture to exploit her slowly dying career. The following is a quote from her father Billy Ray Cyrus, that was in an article written by Cindy Watts in the (8.28.13) issue of The Tennessean.  Miley Cyrus is seemingly in the crosshairs of parents everywhere for her racy and provocative performance with Robin Thicke on MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday, but dad Billy Ray Cyrus is still squarely in the former Disney star’s corner.  “Of course I’ll always be here for Miley,” Billy Ray Cyrus told Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell. “Can’t wait [to] see her when she gets home. She’s still my little girl and I’m still her dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change.” 

I will grant Billy Ray’s comments on show business being a circus exactly right, but a circus is filled with entertaining professionals and not with some kind of perverted dance with sexual content.  At least that is what I have seen at the last circus I attended with my children.

Cindy Watts was very kind in her article regarding Miley Cyrus’s performance on the MTV’s Video Music Awards this past Sunday, but I am not going to be so kind.  Racy and provocative, but what I saw was nasty and trashy.  First of all she should stick to her singing which will never get any better, but her dancing stunk up the stage, and if MTV was looking for ratings, I rated this show as the best of the garbage dumpsters.  From her father’s Achy Breaky Heart dance, which by the way at least started a new dance trend, to this exposure of a no talented artist trying to draw attention to her body, and having Robin Thicke enjoying the publicity he never could get on his own, but he was getting from Miley Cyrus gyrations.  If I were the producer or director of MTV, she would have never got in front of the camera’s with the dance.  To think of all of the young people who think she is so great, what a rude awakening many will have, but I am sure there are those who saw no wrong with her dance.  I guess the producers and directors needed the ratings so desperately that they threw caution to the wind.  No doubt she will get a large amount of publicity for exposing herself with her sexually suggested moves, but evidently that is what her and her team were wanting.  Television people when it comes to these awards shows, do not seem to care anymore about what goes in front of the camera’s, or behind the camera’s, just the ratings.  Country Music Awards at least have the decency of not allowing such trash to take place.  No wonder this country is having a tough time trying to find its way back to our days of integrity. 

I am not a prude by no stretch of the imagination, but Miley Cyrus is not a gifted singer or entertainer, and surely not a sex symbol, and her partner Robin Thicke was worthless as Miley’s dummy.  She has no respect for herself, her parents, or the music business. 

For Billy Ray Cyrus to say he loves his daughter unconditionally, and that will never change,  I accept that as the way it should be, because I have children of my own, but it seems evident that his daughter needs help-professional help.  Billy Ray and his wife have had their own personal problems of late, so it looks like Miley is going to do whatever she wants to do.  This is not the first negative incident in Miley Cyrus’s life.  She can smell out trouble and if it means publicity for her career, she will jump at the chance to be in the limelight.  Maybe Billy Ray and his wife need to have a heart to heart talk with their daughter, and possibly bring a sledge hammer along to make sure she listens and understands what people say about her.  Billy Ray Cyrus is a mega star, so he needs to step up publicly and help his daughter get rid of the management team that are steering her in the wrong direction.  If Billy Ray really wants to support his daughters way of expressing herself with filthy and indecent dance moves, then that tells me something of how he defines the meaning of support.

At this time everyone is talking about her segment of the show, but she will never be a superstar in any music genre, and probably not even get a job in any strip joint.  Every music genre has its famous ladies and some music genre’s have female artists who are not ladies, but Miley Cyrus gets the award for the trashiest, most indecent, nasty, and dirtiest promotional gimmick that I have ever seen.  Her Dad needs someone find someone to write a script for answers to questions that he is going to be bombarded with when he gives his first interview regarding his daughter’s actions on television this past Sunday. It does not take much talent to show one’s b—t, but no doubt Miley needs professional help from a licensed psychiatrist, a dance instructor, and a dress designer, because there are those who evidently approve of her actions.  What happened to Hannah WHO????  Some people do not know how to handle success, but when you are young and successful, guidance by management teams can sometimes take a young and fledging artist down the wrong road, and I believe that M. Cyrus is traveling on that road, where she will end up by herself, if she does not change her ways.

I say to Miley.  You were not sexy, not provocative, not racy, but you were embarrassing to the general public, and some of the television audience.  How about learning how to do a good Texas Two Step on your next show, whenever that may be.”

I could add so much more to this article, but it seems like some of the children of major stars are making life miserable for their parents.  How many of you remember that old saying, “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”  Miley Cyrus has no doubt been spared the rod. 

I realize that there are those who will totally disagree with my comments, so please please note that I am open to receive your thoughts, whether they be pro or con, and if you have followed my editorials in the past, you know that I always accept comments from those who disagree with me.

Marty Martel©

Elvis Presley Leaving Country Music Hall of Fame

Elvis Presley's gold-leaf piano leaving Country Music Hall of Fame

Unloading a $3.5 million piece of rock 'n' roll history ain’t easy.
Terri Fenn has tried Craigslist. EBay. Mailers to record labels that include Disney, BMI and Sony. Phone calls and emails to the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland and wealthy private investors.
And still Elvis Presley’s famed 24-carat-gold-painted grand piano, a first-anniversary gift from Priscilla, sits in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum — for now.
Fenn, a Smyrna Middle School family and consumer science teacher, has until Sept. 3 to fulfill her contract to sell it, one she landed by being the friend of a friend and enjoying ties to Nashville’s music and real estate industries.
After that, it goes to a major auction house and, presumably, someplace other than the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“It could go to a Japanese investor. They love Elvis,” Fenn said. “Japanese are the number one collectors of Elvis stuff. I obviously have to sell it to whomever. But I think we could all agree that it should be at the Country Music Hall of Fame.”
She’s already been contacted by a producer from A&E “Shipping Wars,” wanting a heads-up when it leaves the hall.
The family of Russ Kemppel, an Akron, Ohio, businessman who died in January 2012, owns the piano. Kemppel bought the piano for $2 million. He moved it out of Graceland, Presley’s Memphis estate, 22 years ago and leased it to the hall for $1, said Scott Ferrell, Kemppel Industries’ CEO and executor of the estate.
Now the family would like to sell. Ferrell said he connected with Fenn in an effort to keep the piano in Nashville, but he's given the required 90-day notice to end the hall's lease. 

Museum director Kyle Young issued a statement this morning:
“Though it wasn’t considered a key piece in the collection from an historical perspective —along the lines of Bill Monroe’s Loar, Maybelle Carter’s L-5, Earl Scruggs’ Granada or countless other instruments we display — nevertheless it is a marvelous piece of popular culture and our visitors enjoyed seeing it.
“We are grateful to the piano’s owners for loaning it to the museum for so many years and, if it does indeed sell, we will be sorry to see it go.”
(c) by Heidi Hall
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A Salute To Steel Guitar Pioneer Buddy Emmons

A salute to steel guitar pioneer Buddy Emmons

Award-winning musician Buddy Emmons sits at the 1957 Sho-Bud steel guitar he donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame Nov. of 1983. A co-founder of Sho-Bud with Shot Jackson, Emmons originally came to Nashville with Little Jimmy Dickens, and has recorded with Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, John Anderson, Linda Ronstadt and John Conlee, to name but a few.

In June of 1955, the best band in country music belonged to one James Cecil Dickens, better known then and now as Little Jimmy Dickens.

On the first day of July 1955, that band got better, thanks to the addition of an 18-year-old, Midwest-reared hotshot pedal steel guitar player named Buddy Emmons. Dickens found Emmons while on tour in Detroit, and quickly hired him to replace another outstanding steeler, Walter Haynes, who had given notice that he wanted to get off the road.

Dickens sent a telegram to Emmons in Detroit with travel arrangements, flew the kid to Nashville, picked him up at the airport and took him out to WSM’s Studio C for the “Friday Night Frolics.” By the time Dickens played the “Grand Ole Opry” that Saturday night, word was out.

“It was like a lightning bolt struck,” says Steve Fishell, the steel guitarist who has just produced a multi-artist tribute album called “The Big E: A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons.” “You can see photos from that day with Dickens onstage and other steel players like Jimmy Day waiting in the wings, watching Buddy. His execution was flawless, and his ideas were brilliant. It was like nothing ever heard before on the ‘Opry’ stage. Buddy was dropped into the hottest band in country music, and it was an incredible launching pad for him.”
Already, Dickens’ Country Boys ensemble was known for its fleshed-out sound, its rhythmic presence and its virtuoso flights. But the addition of Emmons kicked things into another gear.
Emmons and guitarists Howard Rhoton and Spider Wilson created sophisticated, triple harmony instrumental arrangements of the likes that wouldn’t be approached until The Allman Brothers Band came along in 1969.
And if Emmons’ only contribution to music was elevating Dickens’ Country Boys into the stratosphere, that contribution would be of significant value and import. But, as “The Big E” makes clear in its performances and in Fishell’s extensive liner notes, Emmons was, and is, so much more.

Steel guitar pioneer

One major contribution benefits all steel players: Emmons re-imagined the pedal steel itself, and his name is on the patent for the complex, groundbreaking, “guitar tone changing device” that remains a staple for pedal steel design. And Emmons co-founded the now-famed Sho-Bud Guitar Company in 1956 and the Emmons Guitar Company in 1964.
Most of Emmons’ other triumphs came on stages and in the recording studio.
He recorded the first serious steel guitar jazz album in 1963, he toured and recorded as a key member of Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours and Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys.
In the late 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles and recorded with Ray Charles, Judy Collins (including her smash, “Someday Soon”), Gram Parsons, the Everly Brothers, Linda Ronstadt and many more.
Emmons and wife Peggy returned to Nashville in 1974, and in Music City he recorded with George Strait, Willie Nelson, J.J. Cale, John Hartford, k.d. lang, Trisha Yearwood and dozens of others. He also toured with the Everly Brothers for 12 years.
“If I were in charge of things, I would have a huge statue of Buddy Emmons carved in the finest granite and placed in a prominent place along Music Row in Nashville,” slide guitar great Mike Auldridge once said. “I don’t even have to mention his tone or taste or the fact that he’s an actual musical genius. ... All steel players know this is true, almost beyond belief.”

An inspiration

Perhaps Fishell’s “The Big E” is a more fitting tribute than a statue: Granite is impressive, but it makes for lousy listening.
Made possible by contributions to a Kickstarter campaign, the album features instrumental wizardry from steelers Fishell, Doug Jernigan, Greg Leisz, JayDee Maness, Paul White, Tommy Franklin, Roosevelt Collier, Mike Johnson, Randle Currie, Norm Hamlett, Gary Carter and Dan Dugmore, as well as electric guitar from Duane Eddy and Albert Lee and vocal turns from singers including Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, Raul Malo, Chris Stapleton and Joanie Keller.
Oh, and 58 years after their fabled first meeting, James Cecil Dickens. Little Jimmy sings “When Your House Is Not a Home,” a song Emmons used to perform with Price, and one that reminds the steel player of his late and beloved wife, Peggy. (Proceeds from “The Big E” will go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the name of Peggy Emmons.)
“Buddy refers to ‘When Your House Is Not a Home’ as his sentimental favorite,” Fishell says. “He admitted to me that he became misty when he heard the track. It brought back a flood of memories.”
One Kickstarter pledge came from Warner Music Nashville president John Esposito, who eventually set up national distribution through Warner. Esposito is, at heart, a music fan, and as such he’s well aware of Emmons’ indelible mark on American music.
Emmons, who was not involved in the creation or promotion of the tribute album, by all accounts remains thankful to James Cecil Dickens for bringing him into the big time. And the big time remains thankful to Emmons.
“He’s always been poignant and heartfelt on ballads, and devastating when it’s time to play those hot licks,” Fishell says. “Buddy Emmons is someone we all look towards as inspiration, to be better at what we do.”
(c) by Peter Cooper 
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Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson’s Disease

Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's disease has left Linda Ronstadt unable to sing.

The 67-year-old singer, who will publish her memoir, "Simple Dreams," next month, revealed her condition Friday in an interview with AARP.
The singer of such '70s and '80s hits as "You're No Good," "Hurt So Bad" and "Don't Know Much" now uses poles to assist her when walking on uneven ground and travels with a wheelchair. She says she was diagnosed with the neurological disorder eight months ago, though she began experiencing symptoms, including hand tremors and trouble controlling the muscles that let her sing, several years ago. She says she initially attributed her problems to the residual effects of a tick bite and shoulder surgery.

"I think I've had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I've had," the 11-time Grammy winner tells interviewer Alanna Nash. Ronstadt's last album was 2006's "Adieu False Heart" with Cajun musician Ann Savoy
"No one can sing with Parkinson's disease," she says. "No matter how hard you try."
--Brian Mansfield, Special for USA TODAY
The following is one of the best stories that Peter Cooper has ever written, in my estimation, and it is about time that the country music industry and the world knew a more about the Big “E”.  I know the word pioneer covers the definition of who Buddy was to the musicians world, but if you did not know Buddy personally, then you missed knowing first the student, then the teacher, the master, and the pioneer of the STEEL GUITAR.  He is responsible for many to try and copies but only one “MASTER,” THE BIG “E” could be the king and he wears his crown proudly, and well he should.

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Dolly Parton Plans New Album And Tour

Dolly Parton Plans New Album And Tour
Dolly Parton, 67, may be a senior citizen - but there’s nothing retired about her upcoming work schedule.

In addition to her announcement regarding her 10-year, $300 million expansion plan for her Dollywood theme park, Parton says she’s also planning an international tour and new music in the coming months.

Parton says her new album will be out in late fall or early winter and that she’ll start touring in January. She says her current itinerary includes concerts in the United States in January and May and she plans to visit Australia in February and Europe in June.

“I’ve been busy,” she says. “You know what, I guess if I had good sense I would get tired. I don’t even know what I’m doing. I just love to work, and it seems to all fall into place. I get it all done, and I love what I do. I brought this mess on myself. If I’m going to dream it, I’m going to have to do it.”

Posted on August 23, 2013 by Cindy Watts
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