Thursday, September 12, 2013

SUSAN TONEY LOVE IS ...

SUSAN TONEY RELEASES LOVE IS THE CURE
Two Editions: The Essential Collection And Special Edition EP
Coloring Outside The Lines In Musical Creativity Captivating Music Enthusiasts Far And Wide
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 12, 2013)—American recording artist Susan Toney celebrates the release of LOVE IS THE CURE (from Strange Child Records, L.A.) as official in two unique offerings: LOVE IS THE CURE–The Essential Collection, ** a 16-track album, and LOVE IS THE CURE–Special Edition EP, ** a six-track extended play compilation. The independent projects are slated for simultaneous release on September 24, 2013.

Displaying Toney’s singer/songwriter roots and signature sound, the dual release emulates her influences while satisfying and translating her embrace of country, pop, rock, and rhythm and blues. Catering to a canvas of music enthusiasts who crave abstract imagery, to the most eclectic listener with a palate for thought-provoking lyrics, and those music lovers who enjoy simpler deliveries cradled in acoustic guitar, fiddle and steel, Toney is a multi-talented songcrafter with multi-genre appeal. In the day and age of reaching and feeding the masses, Toney challenged herself to address and entertain listeners from all walks of life, from every corner of the country and across the globe, no matter the age, gender or genre.  
 
Toney’s LOVE IS THE CURE–Special Edition EP is Nashville-made branded by pedal steel guitar slides with fiddle intertwined flattering the singer’s raw and honest vocals, lyrics and poetic storylines. The full-length collection (LOVE IS THE CURE–The Essential Collection), showcases Toney’s imaginative abilities to “color outside the lines” extending her reach far and beyond the conventional defined borders and boundaries of established genres. The final work spotlights Toney’s vision and expression as an artist in the purest form—in emotion, sensibility and contemporary philosophy of mind.
 
“In this journey of life, I strive to grow as a person, songwriter and musician everyday; LOVE IS THE CURE is the product of a life fully lived and the constant evolution within oneself along the way,” explains Toney. “These songs encompass pieces of all of the musical influences that truly shape me as an artist. I hope to tap into listeners’ feelings and help them to get in touch with and process them—whether the emotions are raw and painful, intimate or in conflict.”
 
Under the direction of Grammy-winning, multi-platinum producer David Z (Prince/John Mayall/Etta James/Eric Clapton), Toney recorded in her native Los Angeles and ventured south toward Nashville, Tennessee to realize her artistic vision in exploration of the endless possibilities in a musical community where the imagination runs wild and musicianship bountiful. Music City afforded Toney room to grow and a door wide open to blossoming, natural and inspired expression. Surrounded by an A-list lineup of players (including Grammy-nominated Gospel artists The McCrary Sisters on background vocals), the result is an album rich in Toney’s profound songwriting of self-reflection and rediscovery in a sonic intimacy and edginess as a rare product of the “meeting of musical minds and talents.”
 
LOVE IS THE CURE is a listening experience about a complex topic–human relationships–and how fragile our hearts and spirits can become in them,” Toney introduces. “As a spiritual vessel, I am drawn to the beauty of the complexity and hope to inspire and move emotion and reflection through my music.” 
 
Toney’s talents shine within each carefully crafted song. The LOVE IS THE CURE title-track enters a bolt of rock-infused electric guitar showcasing the influences of the mid-nineties L.A. pop rock epoch while the blues-steeped piano and swanky guitar in the story-driven “Angelina” offer a haunting moment. As a reflection of her soul and spirituality, the introspective CD highlights a Sunday morning worship tune laced with hints of hymnal blues in “When The Storm Comes.”  With consistent delivery and unwavering openness, Toney’s authenticity shines in her ability to thread a range of emotions with eclectic styles into a cohesive and captivating body of work.
 
Supporting the release of LOVE IS THE CURE and the promotion to Americana and Triple A radio, Toney continues momentum to promote her debut single “The Trail Of Light And Dark” (on country radio now) with Spin Doctors Promotions-Nashville heading up the efforts in this and all formats.
 
The Susan Toney team is comprised of John Bokowski, Jr./Kings Road Group, Inc.; Music City Media--acting Nashville liaison heading up the country and Americana media and marketing campaigns while Bridge and Tunnel Communications heads up the national media campaign; Steve Baker/Visual Image Marketing will service and promote the corresponding “The Trail Of Light And Dark” music video and Ed Gertler will oversee all digital distribution and social marketing.
 
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I Won't Ask Lisa Matassa

Lisa Matassa's "I Won't Ask" Lyric Video Premieres Today On THE BOOT

New Single Rising On MusicRow Chart

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Nashville, TN (September 12, 2013) - Lisa Matassa's new "I Won't Ask" lyric video premieres today on THE BOOT.  The mood-setting piece's black and white still shots were taken in Austin, Texas and are excerpts from the Country songstress' upcoming music video.  Produced and directed by Traci Goudie, the clip debuts as Matassa's new single begins its rise on the MusicRow chart.  "I Won't Ask" currently holds the #64 spot on the chart, and Lisa's fan base is showing its full support of the track via comments and posts on her various social media sites.
 
An avid online "junkie," Matassa works hard to keep her fans "in the loop."  With nearly a half-million Twitter followers and almost 200,000 Facebook Fans, the New Yorker's "addiction" certainly keeps her connected. 

This summer the Long Island beauty made her Ryman Auditorium debut during the 2013 CMA Music Festival and entertained crowds throughout the event.  She also performed at the Taste of Country Festival and sang the National Anthem for two MLB teams: the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets.  Her previous hit song and video, "Somebody's Baby," took Lisa to the Top 40 on both the Billboard Indicator and MusicRow charts and generated over four MILLION YouTube views.  Matassa made her national television debut on the Hallmark Channel's MARIE show earlier this year.  She has opened shows for Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn and Lee Brice. 

Connect with Lisa via her website, Facebook & Twitter.

Wake Up With BRANCH & DEAN

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Wake Up With BRANCH & DEAN Tomorrow
On 650 AM WSM's Coffee, Country & Cody Show

Live Broadcast From Country Music Hall of Fame Will Feature Duo's Hit, "The Dash" 
Nashville, TN (September 12, 2013) - Fans can wake up with Country's hot new duo BRANCH & DEAN tomorrow morning when they guest on 650 AM WSM's Coffee, Country & Cody Show from 7:15 - 7:45 a.m.  Show host Bill Cody and sidekick Charlie Mattos will chat with the two Floridians, and spin the duo's hit single, "The Dash," which is #16 this week on the national MusicRow chart and gaining speed on the Billboard Indicator chart at #50.  Additionally, BRANCH & DEAN will perform two to three songs from their upcoming CD.  Broadcasting before a live studio audience from the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater, the program streams online at www.wsmonline.com.  

While Friday finds the entertainers making an unusually early start, Saturday (September 14) marks their late night debut on the world-famous Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree Radio ShowOut-of-town fans can watch the show as it streams online at ernesttubb.com


ABOUT BRANCH & DEAN
Steve Branch and Marlon Dean Scallan grew up in the small Jacksonville suburb of Macclenny, Florida, and after 15 years of friendship the twosome officially paired in 2011 as Branch & Dean.  They have headlined fairs, festivals and clubs over the past two years, toured with Andy Griggs and shared the stage with Josh Thompson.  They recently signed a management contract with George Strait's longtime manager, Erv Woolsey.   

Fans can "like" BRANCH & DEAN on FACEBOOK.

JASON ALDEAN TO RELEASE LIVE CONCERT FILM




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JASON ALDEAN TO RELEASE LIVE CONCERT FILM NIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA ON OCT. 15FROM HIS HISTORIC PERFORMANCE AT UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA’S SANFORD STADIUM
Footage Includes 18 Songs, Personal Interviews and Special Guest Performances
Aldean Nominated for Three CMA Awards Including Entertainer of the Year

Nashville, TN – Sept. 12, 2013 – CMA Entertainer of the Year Nominee Jason Aldean is giving fans the opportunity to relive one of the biggest moments in country music this year when he releases the live concert film NIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA on Oct. 15.   Filmed this past April at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium, the film captures the MULTI-PLATINUM Macon, GA native and a sold out crowd of over 66,000 fans making history with the first concert ever held “between the hedges.”  A TackleBox Films production, the piece was produced by Shaun Silva, Ivan Dudensky and Don Lepore. 
"That day in Athens will always be one of my proudest accomplishments," said Aldean.  "I've been working my whole career to get to this point where I can go into a stadium like Sanford, which I've idolized my whole life, and leave a mark.  I watch it back now to remember the details because it was all overwhelming and a pretty surreal moment for me." 
Watch a trailer for the film here:   http://bit.ly/1aukgOR
A pre-sale began today on  www.JasonAldean.com and Walmart is offering the exclusive reveal of the cover art, also beginning today, on their Twitter page.  Fans can visit   www.twitter.com/walmart and Re-Tweet to Unlock the image. 
The high-energy, state of the art show has an 18-song set list that showcases 10 of his No. one songs including "She's Country," "Big Green Tractor," "My Kinda Party" and "Take A Little Ride," and offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes from the time Aldean and his team begin the planning stages of this show right up to the moment he takes the stage.
Also featured in the 90 minute film are personal interviews from Aldean, footage from his record-breaking Fenway Park and Wrigley Field stadium shows held in Summer 2013 as well as appearances by Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan and Ludacris as each of them join Aldean on songs they've recorded together.   
TRACKLISTING FOR NIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA:
Crazy Town
Take a Little Ride
Tattoos On This Town
When She Says Baby
The Truth
Fly Over States
This Nothin' Town
Johnny Cash
Amarillo Sky
Night Train
1994
Don't You Wanna Stay (with Kelly Clarkson)
Big Green Tractor
The Only Way I Know (with Luke Bryan)
Dirt Road Anthem (with Ludacris)
She's Country
My Kinda Party
Hicktown    
Additionally, it was announced this week that Aldean earned three nominations for the Nov. 6 CMA Awardsincluding his third consecutive Entertainer of the Year nod.  He is also up for Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for "The Only Way I Know" feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church. 

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AMY ALLEN RETURNS TO SPOTLIGHT

AMY ALLEN RETURNS TO SPOTLIGHT WITH 'SOMEDAY IS TODAY' CD

Country-Pop-Americana Artist Receiving Radio Airplay Across U.S., Europe and Australia

           Amy Allen, a blues-accented country, pop and Americana singer-songwriter who has performed at venues ranging from the White House to the Ryman Auditorium, will celebrate the release of her second album in late September with a CD release party and concert near Music Row in Nashville, Tenn.

            "Someday Is Today" features 11 original songs inspired by real-life experiences. Selections from the project, including the title track, are receiving radio airplay across the U.S., Europe and Australia in advance of the CD's Sept. 24 release date. An invitation-only concert and CD release party for music industry professionals will occur on Sept. 26 near Music Row at The Row Kitchen & Pub, 110 Lyle Ave. Learn more about the artist at http://www.TheAmyAllen.com.

            The artist describes her sound as a versatile mix of blues-accented country, pop and Americana with hints of Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Elton John, and Patsy Cline. She has opened for country acts such as John Conlee, Patty Loveless, and Brooks & Dunn. A preview EP, which was released in August, was named "New and Noteworthy" on the country music page at iTunes.com.

            "Every note I sing or every note or chord I strum is given with all of the love I have for the song I am performing," the former Warner Music Nashville studio singer said. "My voice is the voice of someone who has been down many different roads."

            Recorded in Nashville, "Someday Is Today" offers heartfelt ballads, mid-tempo crowd pleasers, and rock-accented dance numbers. Allen is joined by an all-star cast of Nashville session musicians, including guitarist Scott Neubert, background vocalists Jaimee Paul and Vickie Carrico, electric guitarist Jason Roller, and keyboardist Steve Peffer. The album, which retails for $15, is distributed by Wormwood Records.

            Allen left the music industry in 2001 to raise a family in her hometown of El Dorado, Ark. She is returning to the national stage with the help of noted producer Denny Martin, the Nashville Songwriters Association International, and others. Her concert tour, which will begin in September, will include stops in Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas.  She recently performed to a sold-out crowd at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado, Ark.

            "I produce a lot of artists in my studio, and Amy is truly an original," said Denny Martin, who co-wrote her bluesy ballad, "Cryin' Time". "Her natural-given voice is stunning in its clarity and expressiveness. Her sense of humor and joyful personality come through in her writing and her singing. I consider myself extremely fortunate to know her, to write with her, and to produce her. The world is about to hear what I've been hearing for more than two years."

            Amy's songs are an emotional reflection of what's she's experienced as a singer, songwriter and mother.

            The title cut, "Someday Is Today", was written for individuals who are patiently waiting for their dreams to come true. Allen's passionate alto vocals express the joy of overcoming life's sometimes-difficult road to discover what she's always longed for -- making music to change lives. Her country/pop anthem encourages listeners to believe that anything is possible in a fast-changing world of constant doubt.

            The CD's 10th cut, the moving ballad "Putting the Music Back In Me", expresses love and appreciation to the teenaged girl who encouraged Allen to sing again. She shares a thought-provoking story when introducing the song at her concerts.

             Amy was only 20 years old when she was first "discovered" in an Arkansas honky-tonk by a music industry executive. Her rendition of Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" led her to the footsteps of Shoney's on Music Row and eventually a contract with an independent record label. With stars in her eyes, she recorded her first album with some of Nashville's top musicians.

            Then came heartbreak. At age 22, Amy experienced a mild heart attack after going on a strict diet and losing more than 100 pounds. Although Amy was her ideal weight, she was told she must have plastic surgery to keep her contract. Amy faced a hard decision. She could continue to pursue her dreams under very difficult circumstances or return home to marry and raise a family. As her car climbed the ramp onto Interstate 40, she thought her days as a songwriter and singer in Nashville were over.

            Some years later, while going through a very difficult divorce, Amy heard a 12-year-old girl singing songs from her first album, "Night Vision".

            "It was as simple as that," Amy added. "Somehow, every emotion flooded through my body at that very moment, as well as the first realization that my musical story was not over. I wrote the song as a gift for that teenager. That experience is what led me back to Nashville."

            Allen's role as a loving parent is revealed in "Josie Rae", a mid-tempo country pop song that can easily be renamed to reflect any mother's love for a daughter. The singer-songwriter writes, "You make my world such a wonderful place to stay... Thanks for making everyday for me Mother's Day."

            The artist closes her "Someday Is Today" CD with the rocky, rousing, dance-inspiring "Tailshaker". Allen shows her versatility and ability to just let loose. She feels totally comfortable taking the nightclub stage, growling to her listeners, "I'm a tailshaker, money maker... I'm a woman, I'm an entertainer... I'm in a different town every night... And I bet you think you're my first Mr. Right...."

            Allen joined the Winchesters soon after arriving in Nashville in the 1990s, appearing at tourist bars on Broadway and at festivals in Arkansas and Tennessee. The artist also served as a studio singer for Warner Music Nashville. She has taken the stage as a solo artist at the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Ryman Auditorium, Disney's Magic Kingdom, Vanderbilt University, and the Garden Hotel in Machakos, Kenya.

            The artist delighted audiences for the first time at age 4 as a singing angel in the children's choir at First Christian Church in her hometown of El Dorado, Ark. With her grandmother's encouragement, she spent her childhood years soaking in recordings by artists such as BB King and The Rolling Stones. She was only 12 when she joined the Down Home Band as a vocalist and pianist, giving her first professional performance at the American Legion Club. The band played dozens of bars across Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. She joined the Ralston Girls country duet at age 15, opening for country artists such as John Conlee, Patty Loveless and Brooks & Dunn. While attending South Arkansas Community College and the University of Arkansas, she sang and played guitar and piano for the band Spare Change.

            Since the release of her first album, "Night Vision", and return to her hometown of El Dorado, Ark., she has performed regularly at Fayrays restaurant; the South Arkansas Arts Center; hundreds of house parties and charity events; Timberlane Health and Rehab; and numerous churches.

            "I can sing the blues as well as put a tear in my beer with country music," Allen noted. "I have been blessed with diversity and the ability to touch people with different musical styles.

            Allen will take her "Someday Is Today Tour" to concert venues, arts centers, nightclubs, art galleries, hotels, casinos, festivals, assisted living centers, and churches.

            The "Someday Is Today" CD will be available beginning Sept. 24 through major online retailers such as iTunes, Sound Cloud and Amazon. An EP featuring the singles "Someday Is Today", "Cryin' Time", and "Josie Rae" is available for download at iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/someday-is-today-single/id677814938?ign-mpt=uo%3D4. A portion of the proceeds from album and concert ticket sales will benefit local non-profit charities that provide the support and resources people need to discover their dreams.

VINCE DOES NOT WALK AWAY

VINCE DOES NOT WALK AWAY
HE SPEAKS HIS MIND

My personal congratulations to Vince for letting these protesters know that there are certain people who know about forgiveness, and really know our Blessed Lord.  I comment Vince for letting them know that there are some of us who will not let someone try to make problems for those of us who are sinners, which makes us all liable, even Westboro Baptist Church.  I will bet they thought that they were going to irritate Vince Gill, and they did, but I am sure they did not expect his replies, and I must say they were perfect for the particular questions that the protesters asked Vince.  I only wish there were more people who would stand up and speak their minds about subjects that need replies to these kind of people who are the happiest when they can irritate people, but this time it backfired on them.

Vince said he was not going to talk more about this but I really wish that he would, so that more people could hear what these people do at public functions.

(c) by Marty Martell

Vince Gill Confronts Westboro Baptist Church Protesters
Controversial Church Picketed His Concert Because "Divorce Plus Remarriage Equals Adultery"

     September 9, 2013; Written by CMT.com Staff
Vince Gill showed no reluctance in confronting protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church prior to a Sunday (Sept. 8) concert appearance in Kansas City, Mo.

The church, based in Topeka, Kan., is well known for its protests against gays, Jewish institutions and other groups. The church members have picketed at funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in combat on the grounds that God is punishing the U.S. for its immorality.

In Gill's case, they were drawing attention to the fact that he is divorced and now married to singer-songwriter Amy Grant. He was married to Janis Oliver of Sweethearts of the Rodeo from 1980 until 1998. Grant was married to singer-songwriter Gary Chapman from 1982 until 1999. Gill and Grant have now been married for 13 years.

During Sunday's encounter outside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Gill talked to the protesters as he walked outside the concert venue.

"Vince Gill, what in the world are you doing out here?" a woman asked.

"I just came to see what hate looked like," he replied.

"Well, more importantly, what are you doing with another man's wife?" she said.

"I came out to see what hatred really looked like in the face," he said.

"Don't you know that divorce plus remarriage equals adultery?" she responded. "Jesus Christ said that."

"Did he?" Gill said. "You know what else he said? He said a lot of stuff about forgiveness, about grace. You guys don't have any of that."

Gill kept his composure during the exchange, although at one point, he said to one of the protesters, "I've seen you on TV, man. You're a big dip-s***. You know that, don't you?"

Westboro is not affiliated with any major Baptist denomination. The two largest Baptist denominations, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist World Alliance, have denounced Westboro's protests through the years.

Westboro is headed by Fred Phelps, prompting Gill to say at the end of the short video clip, "Are any of you guys Phelpses? Or are you guys like the C team?"

Contacted Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for Gill told CMT.com that the Country Music Hall of Fame member has no plans to comment on the encounter.

Earlier this year, Westboro announced plans to protest George Jones' lifestyle during his funeral service at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, but the demonstration never materialized. They recently protested outside a Taylor Swift concert in Kansas City.

According to the church's website, protesters also plan to picket Mumford & Sons' Sept. 20 concert in Bonner Springs, Kan. In a press release, organizers claim that "Mumford & Sons happily push the soul-damning lie that 'it's OK to be gay' for filthy lucre's sake."

LARRY WAYNE GATLIN RADIO COMES

"LARRY WAYNE GATLIN RADIO" COMES TO
650 AM WSM THIS JANUARY
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (September 11, 2013) ― Nashville’s iconic 650 AM WSM radio station announced today that GRAMMY winner and Grand Ole Opry member LARRY GATLIN will host "Larry Wayne Gatlin Radio – Only in America" on the station beginning in January of 2014.
 
The show will air each Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT on both 650 AM and  streaming online starting January 7, 2014. Shows will be archived on the station website.
 
“Larry is a legend and one of the funniest, most intuitive guys I’ve ever had the privilege to know.” said 650 AM WSM General Manager, Tom English. “When he expressed his desire to commit to a weekly show on ‘The Legend’ I knew we had to find a way to make it happen.”
 
"Larry Wayne Gatlin Radio" will be a mix of music, entertainment, life insights and pro-Nashville conversations.  
 
Gatlin added “WSM has been very good to me over the years so I hope I am good for WSM. The good folks there are giving me the chance to prove something I have wanted to prove for a long time... that you don’t have to be full of BULL to be in show business, but it REALLY helps!”
 
Along with his many hit songs as a solo artist, member of the Gatlin Brothers and as a songwriter Gatlin is also known to listeners as a frequent host of the popular Opry Country Classics series broadcast live on 650 AM WSM from the famed Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.  
 
650 AM WSM’s first official broadcast day was October 5, 1925.  The station is the radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, which has been broadcast live over the airwaves since its inception.  WSM can be picked up in 38 states on 650 AM and worldwide at www.wsmonline.com.  
 
About Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
 
The close family harmonies of Larry, Rudy and Steve Gatlin gave the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You).” The brothers won a GRAMMY Award for their 1976 breakthrough hit, “Broken Lady,” and reached #1 with “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love” two years later. Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies – Single of the Year (“All The Gold In California”), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin, also a talented songwriter who composed all of the group’s singles. To date, the brothers hold 36 Top 40 Hits to their credit.

Wales und Louisiana in Old Germany

Wales und Louisiana in Old Germany

Donnerstag, 16. Mai – auf zum Wiener Westbahnhof und mit dem Zug Richtung Saalfeld a. d. Saale (Thüringen). Bis Nürnberg wurden meine Geduld und meine Nerven überstrapaziert von einem überfürsorglichen Vater unter den Fahrgästen – man kann alles übertreiben! In Nürnberg hatte ich grad mal 10 Minuten Zeit, den Anschlußzug bzw. Bahnsteig zu finden. Hetz hetz hetz ..... und dann? Der Anschlußzug nach Saalfeld hatte 25 Minuten Verspätung wegen Stellwerkschaden . Als er endlich kam, wurde er geteilt, die Ansagen und der neue Stellplan waren jedoch verkehrt angegeben und hätte ich nicht noch einmal gefragt wäre ich im falschen Zug gelandet. Der Zug war natürlich hoffnungslos überfüllt, doch zum großen Glück hatte ich mir in Wien eine Platzreservierung gekauft, sonst hätte ich die nächsten 2 Stunden stehen müssen. Aber jede Reise hat ein positives Ende welches in diesem Fall Franz hieß. Mein Mann hatte mich am Bahnhof mit dem Taxi schon erwartet und auf ging es zum Wohnmobilstellplatz an der Feengrotte.

Nach dieser turbulenten Anreise scheinen nun die kommenden Tage wie richtige Erholung.
Freitag, 17.05., wir fuhren nach Sachsen, begleitet von endlosen knallgelben und süß duftenden Rapsfeldern links und rechts der Straße – herrlich. Unser erstes Ziel lag in der Nähe von Chemnitz und hieß Hainichen, denn in Kunos Gaststätte EigenARTig (www.Kneipe-EigenARTig.de), erwartete uns an diesem Abend ein besonderes musikalisches Zuckerl. >ROBIN HUW BOWEN< ein vielfach ausgezeichneter Meister an der walisischen Triple-Harp spielte wunderschöne traditionelle keltische Musik aus Wales, Gipsy-Walzer, irische Jigs und anderes. Im Gegensatz zur herkömmlichen Konzertharfe mit zwei Saiten ist die Triple-Harp auf drei Ebenen bespannt und entsprechend schwer zu spielen, man muß auch durchgreifen. Aber für Meister Robin – No Problem! (www.teires.com). Untermalt wurde diese Darbietung mit köstlichen regionalen Gerichten aus Kunos Küche.

Schon am nächsten Tag fuhren wir weiter zum Hauptziel dieser Reise, auf die Bluesfarm in Freiberg. Wir waren schon viele Male auf dem Louisiana Ball Festival dabei, doch dieses Gelände war für mich – nicht für Franz – neu. Wir waren wieder mal die ersten Besucher und das war gut, da der Platz nicht sehr groß ist. Aber das Ambiente ist wirklich sehr sehr ansprechend, Wiesengrund auf einem Hunde-Abrichteplatz und in der Mitte ein schöner heller Holzstadel mit Fliesenboden.

Samstag, 18.05., um 19 h begann also das >9. Internationale American Music & Dance Festival Louisiana Ball<. Zum Aufwärmen hörten wir den gebürtigen Londoner <PETE GAVIN< (www.petegavin.de)>
HILLBILLY deLUXE< aus Deutschland (www.hillbillydeluxe.de) >DES FAIS DO DO< aus Holland (www.desfaisdodo.nl). Darauf haben offenbar alle gewartet! Der Bandname ist ja nicht grad zufällig auch die Bezeichnung für ein Tanzfest. Wir hatten sie schon 14 Tage vorher in Raamsdonksveer gehört und sie spielten auch diesmal wieder >Galway Girl<, >Wagon Wheel< und natürlich >Jambalaya< und anderes.
, doch erst bei der dritten Band an diesem Abend stürmten plötzlich alle die Tanzfläche, denn da gab es die sehnlichst erwartete Cajun-Zydeco-Musik mit
.
Er hat seinem Brotberuf Physiker in den 80er-Jahren den Rücken gekehrt und wird derzeit als der beste Blues-Slidegitarrist Europas gehandelt. Er hatte als erster Künstler zwar noch nicht viel, aber dafür ein sehr aufmerksames Folkblues-Publikum. Die zweite Band ging es dann schon etwas flotter an mit Country-Rock, Rock’n Roll und New Country:

Sonntag, 19.05. – Pfingsten scheint nicht das beste Datum zu sein denn der Besucherzustrom am Pfingstsonntag war noch weniger als am Samstag. Und eigenartigerweise kaum Gäste aus der Nähe. Doch was soll’s - Laissez les bons temps rouler – Let the good times roll. Und getreu diesem Motto lief auch der Sonntag ab. Zum Einstand um 19 Uhr wieder ein Solist, diesmal aus Deutschland >BERND RINSER< (www.bernd-rinser.de).
Singer/Songwriter, Bluesman, Boots-Rock, ein guter Mann der die Länge seiner Performance gerade richtig dosiert hatte. Anschließend noch einmal >DES FAIS DO DO< mit >Doremi< (eine Polka), >Bosco Stomp< (Two Step), >Travailler, c'est trop dur< (Walzer), Cajun ohne Ende und zum Abschluß >Mardi Gras<. Irgendwie wirkten sie jedoch beim Sonntag-Auftritt etwas schaumgebremst???

Während dessen ging das schon den ganzen Tag erwartete Gewitter mit Wolkenbruch nieder. Dennoch spielte noch eine dritte Band, >BLUE WAYS< aus Freiberg (www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Ways/285656018198701), also ein Heimspiel. Ein klassisches Blues-Trio mit Akustischer- und E-Gitarre, Baß und kleinem dezenten Schlagzeug. Gespielt wurden durchwegs bekannte Blues-Nummern, z. B. von Eric Clapton, Otis Redding u. a. Und natürlich durfte die große gemeinsame Session zum Abschluß des Festivals nicht fehlen. Alle anwesenden Musiker drängten sich zu >Call me the breeze< und einem nachfolgenden schönen Blues auf der Bühne und genauso voll wurde auch wieder die Tanzfläche.

>Kuno der Große< verkündete zu guter Letzt das Datum für den nächsten Louisianaball, wieder zu Pfingsten am 07. und 08. Juni 2014. Für dieses Stehvermögen ist er zu bewundern, Laissez les bons temps rouler ist offenbar sein Leitspruch.

Text und Fotos: Elisabeth Kölbl für Country Music News International

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