Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Golden Times for Jake Owen

Golden Times for Jake Owen



Jake Owen couldn’t have picked a better single to announce his upcoming fourth album than its title track, “Days of Gold.” Not only is its fast-paced arrangement and Jake’s acrobatic vocal entirely different than anything currently getting spins on country radio, the song, and its glimmering title, defines exactly where the Florida native is in his career.
For Jake, these truly are golden times.
Since the release of his 2011 watershed album Barefoot Blue Jean Night—which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and delivered four consecutive No. 1 singles: the double platinum title track, the platinum “Alone with You,” and the gold-certified “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You”—Jake has been riding high, and he’s channeled that energy into “Days of Gold.”
Far from simply a summer song, the single is about living to the fullest. “‘Days of Gold’ is definitive of all seasons, of the good times we all remember, the times with our friends,” says Jake. “But it’s more than that. It’s not just a song about getting out on the riverside with your buddies. There’s so many instances that people can pinpoint in their own lives as days of gold.”
Jake—ever the daredevil—acknowledges the ambitious song is a creative risk for him as an artist. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. “When you take risks you get great rewards and that’s how I’ve always approached life,” he says.
The forthcoming album furthers that carpe diem mindset through both empowering anthems and introspective ballads. As such, Days of Gold is set to be a milestone for Jake.
“An artist’s career is defined by their catalog of songs and that’s really what I want to put together on Days of Gold, a solid collection of great songs,” Jake says, citing the versatile work of heroes like Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and, especially, Alan Jackson. “Alan wrote songs that were fun-loving, but he also had ‘Remember When.’ That’s what I want in my own career, to record the best songs I can and give them to people.”
Jake has already come into his own as a live performer. His concerts—including the epic free summer block party he hosted for 20,000 fans in Nashville this summer—are thrilling affairs, and he’s also at the forefront of fan engagement in country music. He frequently organizes hangouts with surprised fans via Twitter. “I have the ability to reach out to people and give them more than just music—I can give them my personality,” he says.
With a new album on the way, Jake is ramping up to give listeners more of both, sharing with them his own “Days of Gold.”
“I want people to feel more than they did with my past albums, and I think they will,” he says. “Days of Gold is going to be a step forward.”
Or more fittingly for risk-taker Jake, a leap ahead—without a net.

50 Years Back And Today Country Music

50 Years Back And Today Country Music

Having been in Nashville over 50 years now, I have seen a complete change in the country music business and in country music itself.  The business of playing steel guitar is also totally different.  When I first came to Nashville in the 60’s you could walk into any office anywhere and see anybody.  You could work with any star simply by talking to him in his office or backstage at the Opry.

Traveling was almost entirely in a four door sedan and a trailer.  Six guys in a car with a trailer was not an interesting way to travel, not to mention it was not very comfortable.  At least, the price of gasoline was only 25 cents a gallon or less.  Hotel rooms were $4 pr $5.  I’ll never forget the first $25 a night hotel room.  It was in Washington, D.C.  Nowadays, you wouldn’t be caught dead in a room that cheap.  

I remember what a beautiful city Detroit was and Newark, New Jersey too.  Things sure are different today.  Being a musician working on the road was a wonderful to keep your finger on the pulse of the nation.  I still know people that I met during this time period.  Getting to know the musicians themselves in Nashville, road and studio, was very good also.  However, most of them now are gone.  I remember them all and think of them often.

This kind of covers what went on in the old days.  What’s happening today is totally different, in some ways better and in some ways not.  The traffic in all big cities is much heavier, however the roads are much better to get around it.

When I first came to town I subbed on a TV show for Stu Basore and Curly Chalker.  As I remember driving to north Madison to the TV station going right through the middle of town.  Nowadays, there are three interstates and I can get to the station in less than half the time and less than half the stress.  But gasoline being $3.50 a gallon sure is an unpleasant reminder of the way things are.

I think the main differences in Nashville are the music itself, what it takes to get a job and the way business it run, like recording sessions.  Recording used to be a fun thing.  Sessions used to be four 3 hour sessions a day with an hour in between to get to the next one.  The union used to have power and enforce this ruling.  Today that just isn’t true.

Automation in the control room in the studio is a substitute for talent in some cases.  If the singer sounds a note slightly flat while the steel player played a note slightly sharp, the engineer can fix it faster with auto-tune than the artist or musician can redo it.

Another thing are the malls in Nashville.  There must be ten or twelve big ones but there was only one when I came to town.  The town has grown faster than the music business, but I’m sure this is the same all over the United States.

Club work that used to keep so many musicians busy has now been replaced with karaoke, deejays standing with two turn tables in front of them and sometimes even internet streaming of playlists.  Yes sir, friends and neighbors, things were different.

I spent a good part of my youth in Dallas, Texas.  Work was never hard to get there, however over $15 a night was.  I remember the big western swing bands working monster clubs.  Sometimes you could make as much as $80 a week.  This was good pay at the time.  This is what made me want to come to Nashville.  I’m still glad I did, but it’s not easy for a new musician to come to this town and support a house and a wife full of kids.  To quote, this is a quote that Gene O’Neal used to say.

Our Christmas sale is in full swing.  Be sure to check it and have your family check it for things you may need for Christmas.  Since you used to be able to hear steel guitar on radio 24 hours a day and see it on TV much more often than today, it might be a good time to start a good collection of CDs and DVDs.  

There is still a lot of steel guitar available from retailers like me, artists like Doug Jernigan and finding CDs at steel guitar shows.  There are several of you that have been playing steel guitar all your life and it’s not something you’re going to put down.  You can still enjoy your lifelong passion and know that there are new players starting to learn.  We are seeing them come to Nashville all the time and most of them are great players.

Let us help you maintain your love for steel guitar and keeping your needs met.  And remember, please get by and see me anytime you’re in this town.
 
B.S. for Country Music News International 


Country Music News International December 3. 2013

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HANK WILLIAMS JR. ANGELS ARE HARD TO FIND

HANK WILLIAMS JR. SONG "ANGELS ARE HARD TO FIND" FEATURED IN GEORGE CLOONEY & SANDRA BULLOCK MOVIE GRAVITY
 
"There are a couple of parts in the movie where the grizzled man astronaut, played by the devastatingly charming George Clooney, is floating around listening to music in his suit. He's listening to Hank Williams Jr.'s "Angels Are Hard To Find" which ostensibly is about a woman but can be applied to basically anything else. It was just a tiny part of a gigantic movie, but it was entirely moving. It was so peaceful and terrifying. I loved it." – Shea Serrano, LA Weekly
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 2, 2013) – Will Hank Williams Jr. be headed to the stage of the Academy Awards?? Having won three Emmy Awards for his composition of the ever-popular theme song to Monday Night Football for 21 years, Williams is garnering rave reviews for his musical contribution “Angels Are Hard To Find,” to the current Warner Bros. Picture Gravity

“This song was on both my 1974 album Living Proof and the 1991 album Pure Hank.  It just proves good songs resurface at the appropriate time,” says Hank Williams Jr.  “I like both Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in their roles.  Then hearing my song in the movie, for me, already made it a winner.”

“Angels Are Hard To Find,” is included twice within the movie where Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into… More the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

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