Friday, December 13, 2013

A SIGN OF TRADITION

A SIGN OF TRADITION
by S. Parks

As Nashville continues to grow in leaps and bounds, to the north and south and especially up, it never forgets the value of tradition and the memories that built it.  One of it’s most important pieces of history has now been permanently preserved.  

When the original country music stars, including Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff and all those who performed decades ago at the Ryman in the Grand Ole Opry, had a break during the show, they would cross the alley from the Ryman backstage entrance into Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.  To this day, the unique two-story venue, untouched by time, welcomes local artists and major superstars daily, playing favorite songs and surrounded by hundreds of original signed 8” x 10” glossies of stars since the sixties.  A musician stands outside the door on lower Broadway in the honky tonk district to invite you in.  One might even catch a regular such as the amazing John Stone or even Keith Urban and Steven Tyler playing a set on the tiny stage in the famous painted window.

The alley between these two strongholds of country music has been known as Tootsie’s Alley and it is now official with the installation of the refurbished original neon sign claiming it as “Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Alley“.   The Roys, TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang, David Ball and Terri Clark were on hand for the lighting of the sign that had the same excitement as the official lighting of the city and state’s Christmas trees, which occurred only days before.   Jett Williams spoke about the memories of her father, Hank Williams, visiting Tootsies and walking through the famous alley, adding his footprints to those who built this city on country music.  Walking in those footprints will continue to be an honor and a tradition for country music lovers and performers for generations to come as they capture a photo underneath the bright orchid neon sign.
by S. Parks

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE'S HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES 2014 TOUR

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE'S HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES 2014 TOUR COMES TO CANADA APRIL 2014 WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DALLAS SMITH AND CHRIS LANE

TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY AT 10 A.M. LOCAL TIME 

   
Toronto, ON - Florida Georgia Line announce a second round of tour dates for Canada this week, bringing their headlining Here's To The Good Times 2014 Tour to eight cities next April. Awarded six ACA awards on December 10, Florida Georgia Line continue their winning streak with the announcement of their debut album Here's To The Good Times earning Platinum sales status in Canada.
 
Newly crowned the #1 Most Played Country Artist at radio in 2013, the duo has launched three consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes including the Gold-certified "Round Here," Platinum-selling "Get Your Shine On" and 6X Platinum "Cruise." This year, they have made history breaking the record for the longest #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart with their single "Cruise," which has sold over 6.1 million downloads in the US alone and is the second best-selling Country single ever (SoundScan). To date, Florida Georgia Line is the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in having their first three singles hit #1 for multiple weeks each. 

Comprised of Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida), FGL is currently on their first headline run, Here's To The Good Times Tour 2013, breaking venue sales records nationwide with sold-out shows on all stops to date. FGL has appeared on Chelsea Lately, Good Morning America, ConanTODAYThe Voice, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, LIVE with Kelly & Michael, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and FOX & Friends as well as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In addition to radio, sales and touring success, the talented twosome has been racking up several awards' show nominations, including nods in the New Artist of the Year category. The hot newcomers have previously taken home AMA, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Awards and garnered multiple TEEN CHOICE nominations.
 
Here Comes The Good Times 2014 Tour - Canadian Dates 
*On-sale begins at 10 a.m. local time Friday, December 13.  

April 9, 2013                   Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre        Abbotsford, BC
April 10, 2013                 Okanagan Events Centre                                   Penticton, BC
April 11, 2013                 Interior Savings Centre                                       Kamloops, BC
April 12, 2013                 CN Centre                                                           Prince George, BC
April 15, 2013                 Rexall Place                                                        Edmonton, AB
April 16, 2013                 Scotiabank Saddledome                                     Calgary, AB
April 17, 2013                 Enmax                                                                 Lethbridge, AB
April 19, 2013                 Brandt Centre                                                      Regina, SK

Jason Aldean's Night Train Tour with Florida Georgia Line - Canadian Dates

February 6, 2013             GM Centre                                                        Oshawa, ON
February 7, 2013             Copps Coliseum                                                Hamilton, ON
February 8, 2013             Budweiser Gardens                                           London, ON
February 9, 2013             Canadian Tire Centre                                        Ottawa, ON

Country Music News International December 13. 2013

Country Music News International December 13. 2013

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CD: The Drifters – Rock

The Drifters – Rock



Drip Drop – Let The Boogie Woogie Roll – Money Honey – No Sweet Lovin’ – Such a night – Bip Bam – What’cha Gonna Do – There You Go – Hot Ziggity – Ruby Baby – Three Thirty Three – Sadie My Lady – Try Try Baby – Yodee Yakee – Let The Boogie Woogie Roll [first version] – I Gotta Get Myself A Woman – Hypnotized – Baltimore – Hey Senorita – I feel Good All Over – On Bended Knee [by The Flyers] – After the Hop [By Bill Pinkney] – Honky Tonky – Sally’s Got A Sister [By Bill Pinkney] - Bip Bam (Take 13) – Such A Night (Take 5) – Drip Drop [Alternate Take] – If You Don’t Come Back – Itchy Twitchy Feeling [By Bobby Hendricks] – Suddenly There’s A Valley -

Raise and shine, here come the Drifters!
Hard to tell about any precise line-up with the legendary Rn’B band formed in 1953, as more than 60 musicians took part in it. And if the 60-year-old band still tours today with young musicians, we have to say that it sounds very different than the Drifters from the early times.
So let’s rather talk about their music and what made them sound unique, with “Rock” an ideal LP to dance Rock n’Roll all night long, as its name suggests. A digest of the Drifters’ most convincing hits and, here and there, versions by some of the Drifters’ splinter bands (Bobby Hendricks and the Flyers, Bill Pinkney), along with previously unreleased versions to please the fans.
All of what the Drifters do is filled with energy and guttural excitation (“Bip Bam”, “Drip Drop”, “Yodee Yakee”) and this means women of course, but often expressed humorously (“I Feel Good All Over”; “Sally’s Got A Sister”). Above all, what makes their songs recognizable within a wink lies in their typical Doo-Wop style interspersed with bouncy sax solos.
Their music fits very well into the 50’s and 60’s era under the influence of Caribbean music, for example if you take a song like “Hey Senorita”; another way to add sexual innuendos to their music.
Enjoy the Drifters!
Antoine Betbèze, for Country Music News International

Country music legend Ray Price leaving hospital

Country music legend Ray Price leaving hospital 

Country Music Hall of Fame member and American country music singer Ray Price, 87, plans to leave East Texas Medical Center in Tyler today to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care.

Price was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer, and despite aggressive treatment, the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs. He has been in and out of hospital care for the past few months and was recently readmitted with complications. Price and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have decided to not pursue any further aggressive treatment.

"Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions," said Janie. "With God's blessing he has not had extreme pain. But it's with great sadness that I announce to you today that my beloved husband has entered the final stages of his cancer that he has battled for 25 months. Anyone who knows Ray is aware that he has strong convictions and great faith in God. It's his decision to leave the hospital and return home to spend his final days on his beloved ranch surrounded by the comfort of his home, family and friends."

Price wanted to give a final message to his fans. "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day."

Janie thanks the fans for all of their love and messages and wanted to let the fans know the best way to send them a note is on their Facebook page or you can mail a card to:

Ray Price, P.O. Box 1986, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.

Price performed his last show this year in May. He has a new CD coming out and several tribute shows were already being planned to celebrate his career. One is set for Feb. 12 in Nashville.

Please keep Ray in your thoughts and prayers.

(c)  East Texas Medical Center

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