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Country Music News International October 26. 2013

Country Music News International October 26. 2013

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CD: GEORGE DUCAS - 4340

GEORGE DUCAS - 4340


CD Review by Preshias

George Ducas is back with a new album and on a new label (Loud Ranch), his first album release since 1997’s WHERE I STAND. Ducas’ fans are going to believe that it was worth the wait.

The new album kicks off in fine style with the thumping, fist-pumping “Cow Town” co-written by Ducas and Jim Beavers, rooted in the raucous honky tonks and roadhouses of Ducas’ native Texas. Sure to be a dancehall crowd pleaser, “Cow Town” is the first single from 4340 and became an immediate hit in the Lone Star State, quickly climbing into the Top Ten on the Texas Music Charts. The full album is scheduled for release October 29, 2013.

In a similar vein is “Gimme Back My Honky Tonk”, in which Ducas praises the benefits of places that still offer two-for-one cold beers and a bucket of peanuts. Instead of tablecloths and fru-fru drinks, he wants a honky tonk with “a jukebox and a country song.” Yeah!

4340 also includes “Love Struck,” a song that Ducas has been performing at live shows for a couple of years before finally including it as a track on a recorded project. True Ducas fans will recognize the song and happily sing along with lyrics such as: “Short skirt, tank top, Tony Lamas/ Oh man, I better call my mama…”

But there are ballads here, too, including “This One’s Gonna Hurt,” a song that Ducas admits is a “heartbreaker.” And he describes “Your Song,” the final cut on the album, as: “pretty personal in that it is an introspective look at who I am and my desire to be better (or to have been better) than who I am.”

Ducas’ songwriting chops are evident on this album, with solo or co-write credits on all 12 tracks. And his co-writing partners are no slouches either, including the likes of Radney Foster, Jason Matthews, Keifer Thompson and Jon Henderson.

In fact, he may have been away from a recording studio for a while, but he has kept busy as a songwriter with several major country hits, such as Sara Evans’ No. 1 “Real Fine Place to Start,” Josh Thompsons’s “Won’t Be Lonely Long,” The Eli Young Band’s “Always the Love Songs,” and more.

With 4340, Ducas and some of his best buds present his fans with 12 tracks that were definitely worth waiting for.

Standout cuts: “Cowtown,” “Amnesia,” “Breaking Stuff,” “Gimme Back My Honky Tonk.”

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JASON ALDEAN RAISES OVER $575,000 FOR SUSAN G. KOMEN

Jason Aldean Jason Aldean Jason Aldean

JASON ALDEAN’S 8th “CONCERT FOR THE CURE” RAISES OVER $575,000
FOR SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE TONIGHT  
Nashville, TN – Oct. 25, 2013 – CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean held his eighth annual benefit show, “Concert for the Cure,” tonight, raising more than $575,000 for the fight against breast cancer.  A sold out crowd at the New Orleans Arena filled the room with pink in support of the cause and Aldean presented a check to the local Susan G. Komen Affiliate.  All funds will directly support Komen New Orleans grants for breast cancer screening, treatment and education programs.  
“New Orleans needs this money as badly as anyone right now,” said Aldean from the stage. “I can’t tell you how happy I am to give them this check!  Like pretty much everyone I know, I've lost someone I love to breast cancer and I don't want anyone else to have to go through that.  For all you ladies out there - we love the rack... save 'em, alright!"
Aldean is heading into the final stretch of what has been a career-defining year, wrapping up his 2013 tour dates tomorrow in Dallas, recently notching his 12th No. one single, "Night Train," earning three CMA Award nominations including his third consecutive Entertainer of the Year nod and being selected as one of five CMT Artists of the Year honorees. 
For more information about Susan G. Komen, breast health or breast cancer, visit  www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. 
Photo Credit: Erika Goldring, Getty Images
Photo 1:  Aldean with survivors and volunteers from Susan G. Komen New Orleans
Photo 2:  
Aldean on stage in New Orleans
Photo 3:  Aldean, Komen New Orleans Executive Director Lisa Plunkett and Rashford & Kruse's Stephanie Alderman present a check to Komen New Orleans

Will Hoge Never Gives In by Chuck Schultz

Will Hoge Never Gives In by Chuck Schultz




When you stare death in the face, fit in in the Texas Music scene, write a song that Taylor Swift never sees, have a Number 1 song on the Country charts, have a major automaker from Detroit want your song, and are about to release a new album(Never Give In/Thirty Tigers) you are not only busy but also also a breath of fresh air in the singer/songwriter world. That’s Will Hoge.

“Strong,” written by Will, Zach Crowell and Ashley Gorley speaks to the hard working salt of the earth types who get up everyday, work their tails off and don’t expect anything in return. Chevrolet found the song for it’s new Silverado campaign and the song found yet another meaning.

“Zach and Ashley and I wrote “Strong,” and a couple days later GM was in Nashville sniffing around for a song. Everybody in town was trying to write and sing for it. All I try to do is write a great song. We cut a scratch demo of it. Chevy said they wanted the song. So a bunch of big time singers sang it, But Chevy goes “we want who sang it,” well that was the demo, so we sold the song solely on the demo and that really is amazing feeling.”

Breaking into the Texas music scene when you are from Nashville isn’t the easiest, nor the most efficient way to get your music heard. But when you treat Texas as it’s own country, buy into it fully, you find out that you can do things nobody thinks you should be doing.

“It’s a truly unique thing. I really wanted to approach Texas like another country. They’ve got their own music stores, radio stations, music charts. Though most people from Texas think what we do in Nashville sucks but they’ve bought into what we do. We released a single “Another Song Nobody Will Hear,” only to Texas and it went Number 1. So to treat Texas as it’s own country, musically was the one stroke of genius I’ve had in my career(laughs).”

Going back into 12 years worth of music you find progressions in sound, lyrics, melodies. Hoge’s new album Never Give In (out October 15th on Thirty Tigers) shows such richness in it’s songs, equal parts Detroit Soul and Southern Rock n Roll.

“There is a fortunate thing and an unfortunate thing when it came to writing the songs on this record and the two weeks leading up to recording them. “This Time Around” I wrote with Dylan
Altman who I’ve written with quite a bit. We’ve been in bands together, and writing with him isn’t like a co-write where you go in trying to write a hit song, Dylan and I get together to write ‘a song.’ With “This Time Around,” I told Dylan I wanted to write something simple as I had half the song written already. I had just gotten the Ray Charles box-set The Complete Country & Western Recordings. Dylan being from Jersey hadn’t a clue what country music was and me being from Nashville realized that an Otis Redding song and a Hank Williams song are the same song other than melody or chord progression. Dylan’s dad had this piano which we used on this song and it was just out of tune enough to be funky and threw the song down in short order and it’s one of my favorites.”

”Thirty Tigers felt like the right fit for Never Give In, they were willing to take a song to country radio if it was a country type song and to rock radio if it was more of a greasy rockin’ song. I am a country artist, a rock artist a soul artist and I’m unapologetic about it. The people at Thirty Tigers were with me on that.”

Each story of how a Number 1 song comes to be are different and funny. “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” co-written with Eric Paslay is just that song story.

“We got put together by another friend of mine. I’d just come off of some downtime and had never really done a co-write so I’m like ok cool. We we went in and wrote a song called “Highway Wings,” which made it on the Wreckage album and the song was great and the next time we got together we got together was for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” We wrote the song in 25 minutes. For the first 10 minutes we were just talking about growing up. I was talking about a transistor radio that my folks used to put me to sleep with. Eric comes up with way back on the radio dial.. We played the first chords and it was done 15 minutes later. We argued a little. Eric is a very positive guy, he comes up with keep on dreaming.. Then I came in with even if it breaks your heart. He says “man that is so sad,” it was awesome dealing with that me being the sad guy and Eric being the happy guy. I really am happy we’ll always be connected because of that song, Eric is one of my favorite people.”

When a new artist is looking for songs, all the songwriters get pitched or asked to write a song for said artist. But when it’s for a 16 year old girl’s debut album, well that is just strange.

“CAA contacted me looking for some songs for this girl’s debut album. I had written “Silver & Gold, wasn’t sure it was for this girl or not. Well thing is she never got the song, but it seems she (Taylor Swift), has done pretty good for herself(laughs).”

Chuck Schulz for Country Music News International


Will Hoge has come through the other side after his scooter accident in 2008 and his new release Never Give In shows all those scars, all the triumphs and all the ways life is one surprise after another.









CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY DEC. 4 AND 5


CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY FOR A SPECIAL TWO-NIGHT ENGAGEMENT AT JOE'S PUB ON DEC. 4 AND 5

Deana Carter, Rory Feek, James Slater, and Host Bob DiPiero Share the Stories Behind Their Hits
NASHVILLE - The CMA Songwriters Series returns to the acclaimed Joe's Pub in New York City for a special two-night event on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 5. Celebrating nine remarkable years, the CMA Songwriters Series features special guests Deana Carter, Rory Feek, James Slater, and host Bob DiPiero. Tickets go on sale today and show times for both nights will be 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM/ET. 
Carter is best known for her No. 1 smash, “Strawberry Wine,” which won CMA Song of the Year in 1997. In addition, she penned the Kenny Chesney hit “You and Tequila,” which was nominated last year for CMA Song of the Year.
Feek is one half of the duo Joey + Rory. He wrote or co-wrote much of the duo’s current album, His and Hers, and has logged multiple No. 1’s including “A Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin and “Some Beach” recorded by Blake Shelton.
Slater is a singer/songwriter who has penned songs including “In My Daughters Eyes” recorded by Martina McBride, “Unstoppable” recorded by Rascal Flatts, and “The High Cost of Living” recorded by Jamey Johnson.
CMA Songwriters Series host DiPiero (“Southern Voice” recorded by Tim McGraw, “Blue Clear Sky” recorded by George Strait, and “Lovin’ You Is Fun” recorded by Easton Corbin) will join Carter, Feek and Slater, sharing the entertaining stories behind some of his most popular hit songs.
Tickets for the Dec. 4 and 5 CMA Songwriters Series at Joe’s Pub are $40 and $35 each and are on sale today. For information about Joe’s Pub or to order tickets, visit joespub.com or call (212) 967-7555 between the hours of 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM/ET. Joe’s Pub is located at 425 Lafayette St. in New York City.

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