Monday, December 16, 2013

Country Music News International December 16. 2013

Country Music News International December 16. 2013

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CD: MICHAEL J THOMA - Christmas In The Heartland


MICHAEL J THOMA
Christmas In The Heartland
 
I Love The Way That It Feels - A Horse Named Molly - I Have No Gift - A Note On The Door (We Have All Gone) - Little Toy Trains - Christmas In The Heartland - A Star In The East - I'll Make It Home - Christmas Dream - A Lullaby For All
 
     Wow, I can't begin to tell you what a delightful CHRISTmas treat this is.  If you are anything like me, growing up on the prairies and great plains of America, Christmas was (and is) a very very special time of the year.  Snow, carols, gifts, trees, decorations, great food, and for sure great LOVE and SHARING.  That's what Mike Thoma's incredible Christmas album is all about.  All of these songs are written by him, and they are all about the adventures of Christmas as told from someone who grew up in the Heartland.  This is very different, because in the past there's been all kinds of great Christmas songs available to us, classical and traditional, but never have I heard the 'stories' of Christmas so well told as Michael Thoma tells it.  We have all kinds of great Christmas music, like Mannheim Steamroller, etc., but the production work on Michael's CD is stupendous. This is not a total 'country' album, but the stories are.  The singing is.  The writing is.  It's kind of like me, I have no gift to give you for Christmas, but I give my song to you.  Isn't that precious.  Isn't that priceless. Michael's voice is in perfect unison with the tremendous words he puts on paper, and then so diligently transfers into music, and further, bringing it to life in the studio.  Tom Tatman was the producer, and his ear is exceptional, he knew exactly what he was looking for from Michael Thoma, and it's there. There's a tremendous number of participating musicians, way to many to list, just let me say that each song is very very different, and very very good.  To anyone who has never had the opportunity to hear 'new' Christmas music, this is the one you should listen to.  Not to late to add this to your Christmas list.  We (Sheila, Bobbie Lhea and I) will listen to this complete album on Christmas Eve while we are celebrating the birth day of our Lord Jesus Christ, from which the name CHRISTmas comes from.  You too, should let the love of Michael Thoma shine through to you.  319-232-8184 will reach him.  It was recorded in Cedar Falls, Iowa, at the Catamount Studios, such a wonderful production you will be astonished by.  Get this one, you will use it many more times than once.  Christmas in the heartland, just like it was, and still is.  Review by Bob Everhart, www.ntcma.net National Traditional Country Music Assn.  Merry Christmas in the Heartlands, everybody.

Bailes Brothers passed away


HOMER BAILES age 90, the last of the famous Bailes Brothers passed away.  In 1944 the Bailes Brothers had the distinction of being the first act from West Virginia to become regulars on the Grand Ole Opry.  Homer was the last living Bailes Brothers who we inducted several years ago into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  He played fiddle in the group and in 1946 they moved to Louisiana, and along with Hank Williams Sr., became performers on the Louisiana Hayride.  A good friend of the Bailes Brothers, Dave Wilburn, also from West Virginia, said "The Bailes Brothers kept good company with other West Virginia artists who also went to the Grand Ole Opry: Red Sovine, Molly O'Day, Little Jimmy Dickens, and many more.

TRADITION BULLETIN DECEMBER 16. 2013


TRADITION BULLETIN
 
Lots of things going on in the country music world of 'real' country, not so much in the 'plastic' country, well yes there is lots of it, of course, but not so interesting.  Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton have received their 3rd Grammy nomination for "You Can't Make Old Friends," for Best Duo Performance.  We'd like both of them in America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, but getting through the plastic-face-factory on both of them is pretty hard to do at least getting in communication is what I mean.
 
Don't have all the details yet, but the results are in for the "Goldner Country Star 2013" - "Best Of" list has been announced.  This is an incredibly prestigious event that covers all of Europe, usually emanating from Germany, and is sort of a competition with participants performing for judges.  This is a 'professional' competition, so you won't hear very many first-timers in it.  It's also an International Competition, which means the participants come from all over the world.  It creates incredible 'press' all over Europe, especially when the final 'winners' are announced.  That just happened, and lo and behold, many of you have met this man and his daughter from Holland, Ben & Carmen Steneker who won the competition for 2013.  This is a remarkable feat, and a most deserved one.  Ben of course is an incredible performer, a beautiful vocalist and yodeler, and very good on stage.  His daughter Carmen is also a gifted vocalist, and together they make a pretty good package.  Ben's beautiful wife, Irene, is the 'power behind the throne' constantly promoting, constantly keeping the music alive, and constantly supporting Ben's career as a very successful country singer in Holland, where he is known as "Holland's Godfather of Country Music."  What a nice surprise, and so deserved.
 
Willie Nelson has canceled his appearance at Sea World in Orlando, Florida, apparently over a flap concerning a recent documentary that raises questions about the effects of captivity on killer whales. Other news from Willie concerns the song he wrote, and sold for $50 to Claude Gray, I'm wondering if he eventually got it back.  "The Family Bible" is going to be featured in a new family friendly film "Angels Sing."  Willie, now only 80, stars in the movie alongside Connie Briton, Lyle Lovett, and Kris Kristofferson.  The sound track is already out early, and will be available beginning December 17th.  The movie comes later.
 
If you live in Nebraska, the Cass County Tourism Committee is looking for an outgoing people-oriented individual for a part time Tourism Director position in Plattsmouth, Nebr.  Estimated 20-25 hours a week. Have a Marketing degree and/or background required as well as experience in facilitating social media efforts.  Strong computer, communication and budgeting skills needed.  Occasional daytime travel.  Salary dependent on experience.  E-mail a cover letter and resume (PDF) to committee chair nphome@windstream.net by December 30th.
 
     I love the great Dave Van Ronk story about Greenwich Village....way back when.  He said, "The Village, located in New York City, had lots of coffee houses which had long lines of people around the street waiting to hear the 'beat poets.'  So the coffee houses were trying to figure out how to turn over the crowd, to get more in, so what they did, was to hire folk singers to sing three songs between poets.  If they didn't empty the house after three songs they got fired."  Hmmmm I hadn't thought of that.
     There's a new movie coming out about Van Ronk "Inside Llewn Davis" that looks pretty good.  Van Ronk goes on to tell another story about his arrangement of a song he did called "The House Of The Rising Sun." Bob Dylan went to him and told him he wanted to borrow Van Ronk's arrangement of the song.  Van Ronk said, "No, I'm going to record it on my next album."  Bob Dylan said, "Ooops," meaning he had already recorded it.  (I've heard this original version by Dylan, and if you've ever thought he wasn't such a really good singer, this song will justify that opinion).  Anyway, after Dylan's version came out, everybody started accusing Van Ronk of stealing it from Dylan, so he finally quit playing it.  Then, later, Eric Burdon and the Animals released their version of it, and the same thing happened to Dylan, so he quit playing it.
 
Billy Dunbar, DJ, movie star, Emcee, bluegrass promoter, etc., has agreed to be with us in LeMars on Monday to help us with the Bluegrass Show that will feature David Davis and the Warrior River Boys from Alabama.  It's going to be a fantastic Monday, several other, not quite confirmed, activities planned as well.
 
A bit early, but never stopped me from promoting 'real' country music.  A big show is coming to the new Performing Arts Center in Central City, Nebraska.  I don't have all the details, but it's promoted by Elton and Connie Flodman, so it's going to be good.  Takes place April 13 at 2pm.  Don't know the participants, but  watch for it.
 
As you already know, John Carter Cash has agreed to be with us in LeMars next year.  He just let us know that he's going to release an album of his dad's (Johnny Cash) that was recorded for Columbia but was never released.  It's called "Out Among The Stars," and was recorded over a period from 1981-1984 along with Waylon Jennings and Marty Stuart.  It's already been ten years since Johnny Cash's death (what, ten years already), and John Carter Cash said, "We found the original tape stashed among mom and dad's vast archives of recordings and random souvenirs from their lives.  We were like, my goodness this is a beautiful recording that nobody has ever heard.  Johnny Cash is in the very prime of his voice for his lifetime.  He's pitch perfect."
 
Ray Price was back in the hospital in Texas with his problems stemming from pancreatic cancer.  This past week was pretty rough for him, but he decided to opt out of the hospital, stop the treatments and return to his home in East Texas, with the knowledge that stopping the cancer treatments means sure death.  He said, "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."
 
I could go into a great story about how Sheila and I opened for Ray Price on Midwest Country TV show for RFD-TV, but there's nothing left to say.
 
The girl WE (you and I) labeled the "Queen of Bluegrass Music" diamond studded tiara and all when we were still at Missouri Valley, will have a new album out in late January, next year.  Rhonda Vincent will put out a double-disc that includes some traditional country as well as bluegrass.  Willie Nelson is helping out on the title track with acoustic guitar and vocals.  Willie said "Rhonda's voice is beautiful.  I am thankful for her letting me be a part of it all."  Tim Crouch is playing some fiddle on it, which means it's gotta be good.
 
Charlie Daniels, the devil who came down from Georgia, is off on a new twist by "reading" the historical children's poem about a man who hears Santa Claus on his rooftop on Christmas Eve.  Just in time for this year's Christmas, Blue Hat Records will release "Twas The Night Before Christmas" read by Charlie.  It's digitally on iTunes, Amazon, and other outlets.  This reminds me that in LeMars next year we're also going to do some 'readings.'  Should be fun, it will be at the Tipi Village stage, and is for those who don't sing or play.  We'd like to have you 'read' from the works of Carl Sandburg, our great upper Midwest poet and storyteller that left behind such a massive amount of work about living on the prairie.  Give it a try, you might be surprised.
 
Ralph Stanley and Ralph Stanley II are about to launch a project that combines the ancient and the modern in a new album called "Side By Side." with fourteen new and traditional songs which will be released February 18.  Expect to hear Ralph the elder do some clawhammer banjo.  Interesting to note that Ralph Sr., will turn 87 a week after the release.
 
Christian Scholl is known as the "Irish Cowboy" from South Dakota, is going to appear on "America's Got Talent," on January 25th.  I think he has to go through an audition first, then a panel of judges, and then the competition.  Good luck Irish Cowboy.
 
Ricky Skaggs is going to Washington DC next week to address the National Press Club, sharing memories of his 50-year career in country and bluegrass music.
 
Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebr, just won a decision in the Nebraska Supreme Court to keep their 501(c)3 tax exempt status.  The exemption isn't on the museum however, it's on the restaurant, motel, and RV park attached to the museum.  The State of Nebr. argued they weren't included in the reason for the existence of the non-profit, which is mainly an educational institution.  Harold G. Warp, son of the founder Harold Warp, of Chicago, who owns Pioneer Village, said the museum probably couldn't stay open without the exemption status for the motel and RV park.  He went on to say the Village has been in decline the last few years and has lost money the last two years.  It opened in 1953 under his father's guidance and has attracted over 6-million visitors since then with over 50,000 artifacts and a collection of historical buildings that tell the story of American progress.  Sheila and Bobbie Lhea and I have visited the Pioneer Village, and it is without a doubt the 'largest' display of historical progress in America, except for the Smithsonian, which has much of it's artifices in storage.
 
Kris Kristofferson will be honored with the Recording Academy's "Lifetime Achievement" award during the Grammy Week Ceremonies January 25th.  The award recognizes performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance, similar reasons why he is on the list to go into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame next year.

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