Monday, September 30, 2013

Chuck Schultz Drunk Last Night With Eli Young Band

Chuck Schultz Drunk Last Night With Eli Young Band

“Drunk Last Night,” is the new song from ACM Award winning CMA Nominated and Republic Nashville recording artist, Eli Young Band. The band discusses the new song, touring, songwriting and Texas.

“The song was so different than anything we’ve done before, we gravitate to different types of songs either with time signature, melody, lyrics. We’ve never done a straight up drinking song and after hearing the opening guitar riff to this song really got us to cut it. In doing a drinking song we didn’t want it to sound forced and we tried to keep it as close to the original and we really like what we came up with.”

“With “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” we’d always wanted to cut the song and were totally surprised that nobody had recorded it yet. Just so happy and surprised at what happened to the song, it gains a bit of traction then goes #1, I mean great. We’re so happy that it’s helped Will (Hoge) and Eric (Paslay) out, you’ve never met two better guys.”

“We’ve been lucky enough to tour with Flatts and Chesney the past two summers and what that has done has made us change up our set lists on the fly. It used to be we could close with “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” or “Crazy Girl,” but now man, one week “Drunk Last Night,” comes out and the next week the crowd goes crazy and is singing it word for word. It’s great to be in that place that people know ALL of our songs not just the one’s on the charts.”

“Our plan from day one were to be successful and Texas was part of it. Our goal was always to go out and take over the world. Texas was/is that foundation. We’re getting a chance to go back to some of those places on this tour and it’s an honor to do that.”

Keep an eye out for a new album for the Eli Young Bound in the early part of 2014. In the meantime check out their website,

Chuck Schultz for Country Music News International



Previously Announced Guests For Nov. 3 Event Include
Jake Owen and Easton Corbin

Nashville, TN – Sept. 30, 2013 – Award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has added Luke Bryan and Brett Eldredge to the all-star lineup of artists at his 8th annual “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert on Sun., Nov. 3 in Nashville, TN. Tickets for the family-friendly event are available now through
Benefiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, this year’s event kicks off CMA week and includes previously announced special guests Jake Owen and Easton Corbin. Riders will begin the day with Bentley at the Harley-Davidson of Columbia for a scenic hour-long motorcycle ride ending at downtown Nashville’s Riverfront Park for a music-filled afternoon.
Fans can purchase a combo ticket for the ride and concert for $50 or individual concert tickets for $30. Special VIP packages are also available. All proceeds from the event will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital

Country Music News International September 30. 2013

Country Music News International September 30. 2013

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 Have you noticed, the sun is sinking earlier and earlier in the evening.  Fall is in the air, the apple tree is on overload, and music fills the soul.  We are getting ready for the big show at the Christensen Field House in Fremont, Nebraska, three great days of terrific solid traditional and classic country music.  October 4-5-6, beginning at noon on that Friday.  We really have some great artists this year, more than 60 of them, topping the list John Rex Reeves (nephew of the country super star Jim Reeves).  John does his uncle's music to a tee.  Terry Smith who has a huge following in the upper Midwest. Curt Shoemaker the incredible steel player from Kansas.  The Kenastons who will head up the evening dances.  Dale Eichor from KWMT Fort Dodge Radio.  Bobby Awe one of the upper Midwest's best country singers.  Betty Rydell, probably the best classic female country singer, and add on another 50 or so and you have the gist of the festival.  This is always a sort of the end of the season for us, but not quite.  We have John Rex Reeves with us at the Oak Tree in Anita on October 11th, then at the Rec Center in Carroll on Saturday the 12th 7pm, and then at the Wieting Theater in Toledo for a Sunday 2pm matinee, so we are staying busy before the cold weather sets in.  One more show at the Oak Tree before we head south, and that features Dale Eichor and Bobby Awe on October 25th.
     We have some help volunteering to fix the façade brick on the front of the Pioneer Music Museum.  Arlyn Lund and his son Rance are helping us get that done.  We expect the new sidewalk in front of the theatre soon, and then it's a determined effort to get the leaky roofs fixed.  We had two interesting visitors to the museum this last week, Andy Glandt and his friend Rudi, both from Jena, Germany stopped by.  Jena is located in what used to be the other side of the Iron Curtain.  Andy is an accomplished banjo player and Rudi plays guitar and sings country music quite well. We've asked them to do a show at the Oak Tree next year, so we hope they will be able to make it.
     There was a big turn-out for the benefit show for Jackie Shewey in her home town of Cortland, Nebraska.  Bill Wood was the mover and shaker behind this gala day.  I'd say a full house for sure.  Lots of talented artists showed up to put on a heck of a show to help raise money for Jackie's personal expenses as she goes through this waiting period for a liver transplant.  She looked good, and will also be at the Fremont Festival. 
     "Not much of a budget lunch," Bobbie Lhea said.  "All we got was a half a croissant of tuna salad from the Casey's.  Dad said it would have to do.  I can't wait to get to the Fremont Festival where Culver's Restaurant will have special breakfasts, lunches, and dinners other than their regular menu." 
Bob Everhart for Country Music News International


Super terrific festival coming up in Fremont, Nebraska, USA.  This is the Rural Roots Music Gathering, and features well over 60 great performers over three days commencing October 4th at noon.  Goes all day on Oct. 5th, and again on Oct. 6th.  Headliners include Terry Smith the fantastic writer of "Far Side Banks of Jordan" for Johnny and June Carter Cash; John Rex Reeves the incredible nephew of Jim Reeves, carrying on the Reeves tradition of classic country music; Betty Rydell the flamboyant and glittering country singer from Minneapolis; Bob & Sheila Everhart great Smithsonian Institution recording artists; Curt Shoemaker that fantastic steel player that does the recordings with Martina McBride; Dale Eichor the DJ Hall of Famer from KWMT Radio Fort Dodge; The Kenaston Family super terrific dance band as well as unplugged; Bobby Awe the Midwest's best classic country singer, and at least 60 more great performers making it an incredibly fun 'end of the season' festival.  The Culver Restaurant will be on hand with their regular menu, along with special breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.  There's ample RV hook-ups with electricity and water hook-ups, and some arts and crafts too.  The 'jamming' room is always well attended, and the all around good feel of the venue is super nice.  All indoors in climate controlled beautiful room.  Come early and stay late, it's going to be a special time together.
A larger than life bronze statue of John Denver is being relocated.  It's being moved from a property the singer donated for a foundation near Aspen to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in the city of Denver.  The foundation is selling the land, so the statue had to go.  Denver was the first person inducted into the Colorado Hall of Fame when it was formed in 2011.
Loretta Lynn is adding another date to her fall tour, October 29th at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer.  Bart Hansen (former resident of Remsen, Iowa) is her opening act, and has been for some time now. He will be only a short ways from home when Loretta performs in Spencer.  We still need to get Loretta into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  She is so deserving, and somehow there must be a way to get her to come be with us in LeMars for an opportunity to get this done.  Those close to her need to help, I haven't been too successful so far, so maybe we need some extra oomph.
You must surely remember Mickey Gilley's appearance at the LeMars Festival this year.  He had a full house, and put on one wallop of a show.  He gets tired very easily and went to the bus to lay down right after the show was done, but we thought he did a terrific job considering all the suffering he has gone through with his paralysis.  He appeared more recently on September 21st at the casino near Tama, Iowa.  Storm Seymour lives there, another of our very gifted entertainers, reported that the Gilley show was a complete sell-out.  That's really good news.  Storm went on to say that he had done shows with Johnny Lee when he was in Los Angeles, and also in Nashville, but his first time doing a show with Gilley was at the LeMars Festival.  I say go Storm go!
I told you last week about the town of Okemah, Oklahoma, rebuilding Woody Guthrie's house there.  It bothered me a little, that they practically ran Woody out of town, calling him a Communist (which he wasn't) and a worthless folk singer.  Woody left all right, but the boyhood home pretty much deteriorated.  The city gained control and/or ownership of it, and immediately tore it down.  One of the wrecking crew members managed to save most of the timbers, so now thirty years later, the city wants to rebuild the house and make some money off of the guy they ran out of town. That doesn't sit all that well with me.  Anyway, I'm glad to report that my recording company "Smithsonian Folkways" had a press release out about the 3,200 albums in their collection (and growing), with detailed liner notes, all of them contain vast knowledge about human expression around the world.  What you might not know is that Smithsonian Folkways is not federally funded.  The collection (that would include my six projects) is only made available as a result of member support through the purchase of recordings, grants, and donations.  So, you can make a donation. Several ways.  You can buy some of my recordings and that in turn gives the Smithsonian additional income.  Or, you can make a donation (all tax deductible) and if you give $100 or more you get a neat poster of Woody Guthrie from the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives.  It includes Guthrie's iconic guitar inscribed with "This Machine Kills Fascists" and features his famous quote "left wing, right wing, chicken wing, it's all the same to me."
I found this fascinating in our world of 'real' classic and traditional country music which is so unlike the ummmm country music called country today.  Former CBS evening news anchor Dan Rather, visited Franklin, North Carolina, recently to interview and 'introduce' legendary country music singer Merle Haggard.  It's part of a piece Rather is working on for his new show "Dan Rather Reports," Rather interviewed Haggard before his performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.  Rather, who was an anchor for the CBS Evening News for 24 years, as well as the face of CBS's 60-Minutes, posted on his website "I'm off to North Carolina, working a story and an interview to talk with the great Merle Haggard, among others.  I have long listened to much Haqggard, one of the all time country music greats.  Among my favourites of his, "Mama Tried" "The Fighting Side of Me" "Okie From Muskogee" and of course "Sing Me Back Home."  However I like almost everything Merle has recorded.  I think country music is still (always has been) an underestimated reflection of American culture and society, and our nation's people.  Elites tend to dismiss it, if not outright ridicule it, but I've said it before and say it again, if you want to know what's really on a lot of American minds (and in many ways in their hearts) listen to country music." Rather surprised the sold out crowd when he took center stage to introduce Haggard....."A legend, and iconic poet of the common man, champion of the American underdog, and when it comes to standing up for country music and being true to his roots, the last outlaw, ladies and gentlemen, the one, the only, the great...Merle Haggard."  Wow, super terrific, huh?
Willie Nelson put out an S.O.S. hoping fans can help him catch the thief who stole a band member's toy armadillo from a stage in Westchester, where he was performing at.  The stuffed critter, nicknamed Ol' Dillo, was snatched as Nelson's roadies packed the band's equipment after a show at the Capital Theatre. A grainy surveillance video shows the suspect, a woman wearing a tank top- boldly walking on the stage and grabbing the toy animal before casually stepping away.  The theatre's manager said the armadillo is a treasured travel companion of the band's monitor engineer.  Now there's good news and there's bad news.  Well the good news just came in, the toy armadillo has been returned to it's proper owner.  The bad news is that Willie has been forced to pull out of the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville, as well as three other shows.  Willie is under a doctor's orders to rest his shoulder for a week, meaning he will miss shows in Carmel, Indiana, Charlotte, Michigan, and Springfield, Illinois.  Whew, I wish Willie would put out the same S.O.S. for our missing Patsy Montana guitar and Johnny Cash harmonicas which low life thieves took from our Pioneer Music Museum.  Sounds like the same person?
Interesting story out from the Pasadena Star News in California....."TV and the music scene must have been crazy good and crazy bad all at the same time in the 60's.  Country and western music was jumping, and TV in combination with the country music of the day must have been a nice combination if you wanted to sell cars.  Cal Worthington did exactly that on KTLA from 1959 to 1972.  The 3-hour concert called "Cal's Corral" ran on Sundays.  Not only did it help Worthington move cars, the program was also a prime showcase for country acts in the era before Hee Haw but at a time when country performers dominated the networks.  The story goes on to talk some about Jerry Lee Lewis, and then Spade Cooley.  We have a guitar in our museum that apparently belonged to the rhythm guitar player in Cooley's band.  Back in those days, western swing was very popular, and that's exactly what Cooley played, extremely well.  Cooley was convicted of murder in 1961 for killing his wife, and sentenced to life in prison.  At trial, his teen daughter told a jury, "she watched in terror as her father beat her mother's head against the floor, stomped on her stomach, then crushed a lighted cigarette against her skin to see whether she was dead."  It's an amazing story, Cooley had his own show on KTLA called the "Hoffman Hayride."  That same program apparently changed ultimately to "Cal's Corral," which became a show-case for artists like Buck Owens, Glen Campell, Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, and a ton of other great country acts.
Next act up at the Folk House in Omaha is Barnaby Bright & Liz Longley from the east coast.  Lots of travelling folk artists at this venue, so locals need not apply. 
If you'd like to perform at the Canadian Music Week in front of thousands of industry worldwide leaders, here's another of those invitations I'm not so sure about.  At any rate this all takes place in Toronto, May 6-10, 2014.  They expect to fill at least 100 slots of auditioning artists at this event called Canada's Largest New Music Festival.  It costs $25 as a submission fee to see if you will be selected, and if you are that is applied to a complimentary pass to attend the entire festival a value of $799 Canadian dollars?  You get a chance to appear on the 'Artist Spotlight" with lots of other stuff.  You have to be over age 19.  More information at
Super big show at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita on October 11th.  John Rex Reeves (nephew of Jim Reeves) performs a very personal and intimate concert, show begins at 7pm.  On October 12th he will be at the Rec. Center Theater in Carroll, Iowa for a 7pm show; and on October 13th he's at the Wieting Theater in Toledo for a 2pm matinee.  Try to catch one of them at least, he's a super tremendous performer, and Bob & Sheila Everhart will be opening the show for him.  Great fun with super terrific classic country music.
Bob Everhart for Country Music News International

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