Monday, December 9, 2013

John Oates Added To CRS 2014 Agenda

“BMI Legends Session” Featuring John Oates
Added To CRS 2014 Agenda
Panel to be held Feb. 21, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.

(Nashville, Tenn. – December 9, 2013)Country Radio Seminar officials have announced music legend John Oates as the featured artist for the “BMI Legends Session,” which will take place during CRS 2014 at the Nashville Convention Center.
Scheduled for Feb. 21, the session will provide attendees the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the true musical legend. Oates, one-half of the award-winning duo Hall & Oates, will discuss his career, including dialogue of current projects, living in Nashville and his songwriting. In addition, he will perform a couple of his songs acoustically. John Esposito, President of Warner Music Nashville, will moderate the engaging interview.
Michael Steinberg, Senior Vice President of Licensing at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) commented, "BMI has presented the ‘BMI Legends Session’ at a number of radio conferences over the years. This unique session features a musical legend on stage telling the stories behind their songs in an intimate unplugged setting. It is a truly engaging hour that allows the audience members the opportunity to interact with legends of the music industry."  Mr. Steinberg continued, "BMI felt that CRS 2014 was the perfect opportunity to share this popular series with conference attendees and we are proud to feature John Oates as the first BMI Legend we present at CRS. Oates follows past series performers such as, Graham Nash, Isaac Hayes, Willie Nelson, Randy Bachman, Paul Rodgers and David Crosby."
The “BMI Legends Session” was inspired by an ongoing event that BMI sponsors every year at The Conclave conference. The event is a story telling and Q&A panel with a BMI legend spotlighted. With the event’s success at The Conclave conference, BMI decided to share the series with CRS attendees as well.
The iconic singer/songwriter, John Oates, has won multiple music awards and has sold more than 80 million units during his career in the legendary rock duo Hall & Oates. A member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Oates began his solo career in 1999. In October, he released his fifth single, “Close,” from his cross-genre project “Good Road to Follow.” He currently splits his time between Nashville and his Colorado ranch.
CRS 2014 will be held February 19-21 at the Nashville Convention Center. To register for CRS at the regular rate of $499 visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.
About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. CRS 2014 will be held Feb. 19-21, 2014, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center. The regular rate of $499 is now in effect. The on site registration rate will be announced closer to the event. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2014).
About BMI: Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music.  BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year.

DOLLY PARTON ALBUM "BLUE SMOKE" WILL BE RELEASED INTERNATIONALLY

SONY MASTERWORKS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BY
COUNTRY MUSIC ICON DOLLY PARTON

BLUE SMOKE WILL BE RELEASED INTERNATIONALLY
IN CONJUNCTION WITH WORLDWIDE TOUR
  NEW YORK, NY (December 9, 2013) – Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is proud to announce her latest recording endeavor, a partnership between her own label Dolly Records and Sony Masterworks.  The label deal will launch her new album Blue Smoke in New Zealand/Australia on January 31, 2014, to coincide with her international Blue Smoke World Tour which will hit New Zealand, Australia in February.  In addition, Blue Smoke will be released in the United States and Europe in May 2014, in advance of the Blue Smoke World Tour hitting England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden.

“We at Masterworks think that Blue Smoke sits with Dolly Parton’s very best recorded work, as global audiences will discover when she begins her world tour in January 2014. We're very happy to be associated with this great American music artist,” says Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Masterworks.

Dolly is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award.

As a zenith crown to the dreams of country music that originally brought her to Nashville, Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.  And the litany goes on.

Dolly’s career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down.  An internationally-renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of music, film and television.  Some of her hit films have included Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Rhinestone.  Parton received two Oscar® nominations – one for writing the title tune to Nine to Five and the other for Travelin’ Thru from the film Transamerica

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Die Nacht der Nächte – ACMF-Award Gala

Die Nacht der Nächte – ACMF-Award Gala

Nachdem man aus vereinsinternen bekannten Gründen im Jahr 2012 mit der Gala pausieren musste, fand diese zum Glück heuer wieder statt. Am 26. Oktober traf sich die österreichische Countryszene in Linz, im Neuen Rathaus und harrte der Dinge.

Vieles wurde ja von der ACMF neu konstruiert, im Ablauf, in den Regeln, in den Statuten etc. und nicht alles findet natürlich die allgemeine Zustimmung. Ich denke, daran wird man noch arbeiten müssen. Es ist daher jeder aufgerufen, konstruktive Kritik und Vorschläge gerne an den Vorstand www.acmf.at zu richten.

Eine der Neuerungen war, dass am gleichen Tag um 15 h, also vor der Gala, der Newcomer-Bewerb über die Bühne ging. 25 Minuten hatte jede der vier angemeldeten Bands Zeit, sich vorzustellen. Zu deren Leidwesen hatten sie beinahe kein Publikum, sie spielten quasi in den leeren Raum, was natürlich nicht motivationsfördernd ist. Meiner Meinung nach wäre es besser, so wie früher den Newcomerbewerb an einen anderen Tag und auch an einen anderen Ort zu verlegen.

Der Saal wurde dann für eine Stunde zwecks Umbau geschlossen und um 20 h begann die eigentliche Gala-Night. Nik Raspotnik, seines Zeichens Sänger und Intendant des Linzer Theaters in der Innenstadt, eroberte die Bühne mit der Gesangseinlage >Delilah< von Tom Jones (Missverständnis?). Ohne politische Prominenz geht es natürlich auch nicht, aber dann konnten New West mit ihrem neuen Gitarristen und Sänger Alex Langenhagen zum ersten Akt, leider etwas zu laut, starten.

Die Spannung stieg und nach anfänglichen technischen Handicaps wurden die ersten Awards durch Brigitte Heybey (neue Präsidentin der ACMF), Andrea Wiesinger und dem Moderator Nik Raspotnik übergeben:

  1. Newcomer des Jahres: Midlife Special (OÖ)

  2. Internationaler Award: Music Road Pilots (NL)
  3. Song auf Tonträger: >Was mia ois ham< (John T C)

  4. Young Country Award: Das ist neu und lobenswert. Es wurden 2 Line Dance Clubs geehrt, die den Country-Nachwuchs fördern: Paradise of Horses und Dancing Wolves

  5. Musiker des Jahres: Mathias Stein (Fiddler bei The Pyromantics, Vlbg.)


Das zweite musikalische Set übernahmen John T C & The Troubleshooters. Sie holten als Special-Guests Ty Tender und auch Bernie Pride für einige Songs auf die Bühne, beides altgediente Musiker. 

Es ging weiter mit den Awards:

  1. Download des Jahres (wieder was Neues): >Old Country Song< (Maddow Hill Band)
  2. Bluegrass/Oldtime-Band: Nugget. Hier fragte sich so mancher im Saal, wie das möglich ist, weil diese Band doch schon lange auf eigenen Wunsch nicht mehr nominierbar ist. Was war da schief gelaufen?
  3. Special Award (eine Umbenennung des Extra Award): Peter Soder (Bandmitglied bei Lewis Niderman, der den Preis in dessen Vertretung übernahm).

Kurze Einblendung einer Live-Nachricht von Radio Arabella, die Glückwünsche an alle Nominierten und Gewinner überbrachte.

  1. Album des Jahres: >Country Christmas< (Andy Lee Lang, der leider abwesend war)
  2. Sänger des Jahres: John T C (große Überraschung)
  3. Sängerin des Jahres: Maud Lerch (Noch größere Überraschung, da ich diese Sängerin noch nie gehört noch gesehen oder von ihr gelesen habe. Es hatte auch ihr selbst die Rede verschlagen)
  4. Hall of Fame: Gleich drei langgediente Country-Haudegen wurden hier aufgenommen: Walter Schabl (St. Georgen/Gusen) , Roger Kaktus und Lewis Niderman
  5. Band des Jahres: John T C & The Troubleshooters. Und damit steht der Abräumer dieser Gala fest mit 3 Awards.

Zum Ausklang spielte die Siegerband von 2011, Doc Tom & The Bandits, bei einigen Songs von Lewis Niderman unterstützt. Ende gut – aber nach Meinung vieler nicht alles gut.

Die Nachfeier im >Hasenstall< war jedenfalls stimmig und unterhaltsam und entwickelte sich zu einer spontanen Session mit Lewis Niderman, Mathias Stein, Marina, Rock’n Rodeo u. a.
Die nächste Gala findet wieder in Linz, Neues Rathaus, statt, und zwar am 25.10.2014. Man darf gespannt sein, wie sich das >Public Voting< in nächster Zukunft entwickeln wird. Denn dabei sein, also nominiert sein, ist eigentlich wichtiger als letztendlich ein Sieg.

Text und Fotos: Eliza für Country Music News International


CD: SHERMAN LEE DILLON - State of the Blues

SHERMAN LEE DILLON
State of the Blues
 
Stack O Lee - Way Cool - Little Red Rooster - Maybelline - Rock Me Baby - Spoonful - Trouble In Mind - Ashtray Taxi - Crazy Little Girl - Mississippi Highway 3 - Devil With The Blue Dress On - Good Mornin' Little School Girl - On The Road Again - Jackson Stomp
 
I've listened to a lot of 'blues' singers and players, even worked with John Hammond on one very memorable occasion opening for the Byrds in Chicago.  It's been awhile since I've heard creative blues in the style of Sherman Dillon.  Originally from Mississippi, maybe still is, this guy sounds black.  So does John Hammond, both are white.  Does that make a difference.  No it does not, it's the music that speaks for itself, just the way Sherman Dillon wants it to.  He plays a National resonator slide guitar, and adds some nice harmonica to it.  I'd prefer a little singular cross-harp on the harmonica, but that's only a personal preference cause that's how I play it.  I like the opening number, though I remember it best entitled Stagolee, but it's the same, oh my no, not the same at all, this is a song taken over by Mr. Dillon.  Actually Mr Dillon 'takes over' songs all the way from Chuck Berry to true blues like Willie Dixon.  Recognizable, sure, the entire project is the inspiration and talent of one man.  He changes it just enough to make it totally interesting, and by simply adding  the tenor saxophone and clarinet of Art Manchester he easily changes the entire variety offering. Try 'Spoonful' and see what he cleverly does underneath the electric pickin' of Mike Paolucci.  Other interesting 'changes' includes mandolin by Greg Lee, the hand percussion (I believe we call that clapping in Iowa) and piano of Jack Radcliffe makes for another entrance both interesting and entrancing.  Thoroughly enjoyable throughout, a super mix of these very prevalent blues instruments.  Thought I heard a false start on "Trouble In Mind" that should have been taken out before the print. What a super total listening experience this is, especially for someone who really likes the blues...nay nay nay  for anybody who needs an introduction to creative blues, a project in the making.  Sherman Lee Dillon is definitely going to the Rural Roots Music Commission. That group has not had the opportunity to listen to blues of this nature, so we're sure going to be interested in how they qualify this.  Obviously this is an ongoing experience, stay tuned.  Dillon is on the Wepecket Island label easily found at www.wepecket.com.  Review is by www.ntcma.net reviewer Bob Everhart

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