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Country Music News International January 16. 2014

Country Music News International January 16. 2014

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Reigning Dove Awards’ “New Artist of the Year” to Join
Casting Crowns’ “Thrive Tour” on February 20 

Photo (c) Sally Parks
Reigning Dove Awards’ “New Artist of the Year,” for KING & COUNTRY, just received an additional honor Down Under as they garnered the “Artist of the Year” title from Australia’s national Christian music airplay chart, The Rock Across Australia (TRAA). In 2013, for KING & COUNTRY generated the highest airplay by a Christian act spending 51 of 52 weeks on the chart and multiple weeks in the Top 10 with songs “Middle of Your Heart” and “Hope Is What We CRAVE” from their critically-acclaimed debut albumCrave.  

The Australian-born duo is currently gearing up to head out on Casting Crowns’ “Thrive Tour” on February 20 for 33 dates through May 3.

Casting Crown’s “Thrive Tour” Dates:
2/20    Lexington, KY           Rupp Arena
2/21    Fort Wayne, IN         Memorial Coliseum
2/22    Getzville, NY             The Chapel At Crosspoint
2/27    Salisbury, MD           Wilcomico Youth and Civic Center
2/28    Portland, ME             Cumberland County Civic Center
3/1      Amherst, MA             Mullins Center
3/2      Philadelphia, PA      The Liacouras Center
3/4      Salem, VA                 Salem Civic Center
3/6      Johnson City, TN     Freedom Hall
3/7      Charlotte, NC            Bojangles’ Coliseum
3/8      Raleigh, NC              PNC Arena
3/13    Plymouth, MI             Northridge Church
3/14    Hoffman Estates, IL Sears Center Arena
3/15    Carbondale, IL          SIU Arena
3/20    Hershey, PA             GIANT Center
3/21    Newark, NJ               Prudential Center
3/22    Baltimore, MD           Baltimore Arena
3/27    Gainesville, FL         O’Connell Center
3/28    Tampa, FL                 USF Sun Dome
3/29    Winter Park, FL        Calvary Assemble of God
4/3      Independence, MO  Independence Event Center
4/4      Sioux Falls, SD        Sioux Falls Arena
4/5      Minneapolis, MN      Target Center
4/6      Duluth, MN               DECC Amsoil Arena
4/8      Fargo, ND                  Fargo Dome
4/10    Cedar Rapids, IA      US Cellular Center
4/11    Milwaukee, WI          Milwaukee Theatre
4/12    St. Charles, MO        Family Arena
4/17    Knoxville, TN            Knoxville Civic Auditorium And Coliseum
4/18    Tupelo, MS                BancorpSouth Arena
4/20    Albuquerque, NM    Calvary of Albuquerque (Easter Services)
5/1      Grand Rapids, MI     Van Andel Arena
5/2      Columbus, OH         Schottenstein Center
5/3      Charleston, WV        Charleston Civic Center

For further information and a complete listing of dates visit

Martina McBride Dream Come True

Martina McBride Enlists Don Was for a “Dream Come True”

Soulful Classics Revealed on Track Listing for ‘Everlasting’
Martina McBride had a specific vision for ‘Everlasting’ (out March 4), a collection of iconic soul and R&B songs, and knew Grammy-winning producer Don Was had just the experience and insight to lead her on this journey. The legendary producer guided McBride through songs as diverse as Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and Van Morrison’s “Wild Night,” and yielded a new sound and a departure for the country icon and four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.
“I love soulful music and it just made sense to me to stretch a bit at this time and do something that fills my heart and allows me to explore a little bit,” said Martina on her upcoming album. “I have worked hard to choose some of the best and most loved classics, much like I did with ‘Timeless,’ and interpret them in a way that is faithful to the original, but still has my own artistic spin to make it mine.”
“Working with Don was a dream come true,” continued Martina. “He is so musical and really helped me focus on how to do these songs in a way that not only features the vocal, but also connects this music with what I’ve done in the past in a really honest and organic way. Putting out new music is one of the most exciting things we can do as performers, and I can’t wait to take this music on tour.”
‘Everlasting’ will be released on McBride’s own Vinyl Records through Kobalt label services.
Track Listing
1. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man/ Original Artist: Aretha Franklin
2. If You Don’t Know Me By Now/ Original Artist: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
3. Suspicious Minds/ Original Artist: Elvis Presley
4. Little Bit Of Rain/ Original Artist: Fred Neil
5. Bring It On Home To Me (duet with Gavin DeGraw)/ Original Artist: Sam Cooke
6. Come See About Me/ Original Artist: The Supremes
7. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted/ Original Artist: Jimmy Ruffin
8. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long/ Original Artist: Otis Redding
9. Wild Night/ Original Artist: Van Morrison
10. In The Basement (duet with Kelly Clarkson)/ Original Artist: Etta James and Sugar   Pie DeSanto
11. My Babe/ Original Artist: Little Walter
12. To Know Him Is To Love Him/ Original Artist: The Teddy Bears



NASHVILLE, TN (January 15, 2014) – Average Joes Entertainment’s country-crunkin’ duo, Redneck Social Club, is thrilled to announce their song, “Naked Wasted,” off their debut album “We’ve Got Friends…We’ve Got Ammo…We’ve Got Plans!” has been named the theme song for CMT’s brand new series “Party Down South” premiering Thursday, January 16 at 10 PM ET/PT on CMT.  “Naked Wasted,” an uber-party anthem, fits perfectly with “Party Down South,” an outrageous, one-hour, 10-episode series from the producers of “Jersey Shore” that follows eight young, southern, brazen adults for one wild summer of extreme fun.  
Redneck Social Club is currently in the studio recording their follow up release to “We’ve Got Friends…We’ve Got Ammo…We’ve Got Plans!” which debuted last year on Billboard’s Country Albums chart via Average Joes Entertainment.  They’ve recently collaborated with label-mates, hit country duo The LACS, on “Country Swag,” a song that encapsulates the southern-swag attitude that Redneck Social Club has become known for. 

Moonshine Bandits and The LACS Team Up For 20-City Tour

Moonshine Bandits and The LACS Team Up
For 20-City Tour Throwdown
2014 “Country Gone Wild” Tour Kicks Off March 20 

Moonshine Bandits
Moonshine Bandits

Nashville, TN, January 15, 2014….West Coast outlaw rebels, the Moonshine Bandits, and Southern Georgia’s chart-topping duo, The LACS, will hit the road starting this spring on a 20-city “Country Gone Wild” national tour. Signed to Average Joes Entertainment, the tour collaboration unites these two highly successful touring bands and brings together their common fan base to experience similar musical styles.
The first leg of the tour travels West of the Mississippi where the Moonshine Bandits’ “Shiner Nation,” and scores of new fans will be introduced to The LACS, whose new album, “Keep it Redneck,” has remained on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart for 18 consecutive weeks since its release. The second half of the tour routes from the Deep South to the Northeast introducing the Moonshine Bandits’ “Calicountry” sound to legions of diehard LACS fans East of the Mississippi.
Commenting on the tour, Moonshine Bandits’ said, “We are very pumped up to get out on the road with our good friends, The LACS.   We are excited to meet new “shiners” and see some familiar faces, as well.  There's a reason why this tour is called the "Country Gone Wild" Tour -- it's guaranteed to be one big wild party that you won't wanna miss. We look forward to performing some of our new songs as well as raising a little hell with The LACS boys.”  Hear “Burn,” a taste of new music from the Moonshine Bandits’ new album, “Calicountry,” premiering tomorrow, Thursday, June 16, on 
"Very excited about teaming up with our West Coast family, Moonshine Bandits, for the ‘Country Gone Wild Tour,’" commented The LACS. “It's gonna be a helleva good time."
“Country Gone Wild Tour” Dates:
March 20, Scottsdale, AZ
March 21, Flagstaff, AZ
March 22, Ventura, CA
March 23, Ridgecrest, CA
March 24, Fullerton, CA
March 26, Sacramento, CA
March 27, Medford, OR
March 28, Springfield, OR
March 29, Portland, OR
March 30, Seattle, WA
April 4, Denver, CO
April 5, Omaha, NE
April 11, Richmond, TX
May 23, Tampa, FL
May 24, Carrabelle, FL
June 5, Flint, MI
June 6, Wheeling, VW
June 7, Copemish, MI
June 20, Indianapolis, IN
June 21, Turtle Lake, WI

About The LACS
The LACS first received national attention with their Top 15 Billboard Country Album, “190 Proof,” released in 2012 and remained on the chart for over 73 consecutive weeks. The album featured Colt Ford, Bubba Sparxxx and the song, “Shake It,” with Big & Rich. Their debut album, “Country Boy’s Paradise,” has sold nearly 90,000 units to date.  Since then, the duo, comprised of Brian King and Clay Sharpe, has sold over 400,000 digital tracks, collectively earned more than 20 million YouTube views and were most recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.  Their third studio album, “Keep It Redneck,” a #3 debut on Billboard’s "Top Country Albums" chart, is available in stores now. 
About Moonshine Bandits
The Moonshine Bandits are signed to Suburban Noize Records/Average Joes Entertainment. Since the release of their genre-blending album, “Whiskey & Women,” the California-based band have taken the world of outlaw music by storm. The group’s blue-collar work ethic and unwavering persistence has led to over 10 million views on the ShinerTV YouTube channel – collectively over 15 million views on YouTube - while their video for “My Kind of Country” peaked at #1 on CMT Pure.  Connecting with fans on all levels, Moonshine Bandits have built a solid “Shiner Nation” of loyal fans, developed their own brand of Shiner Barbeque Seasoning, Beef Jerky and legal Moonshine (sold up and down the West Coast). They also host “Shinerfest” an annual outdoor festival in Central California. 



Rare Historic Texas Shows now released on Bear Family
Magnificent 8 CD + Book Box Set

While Nashville‘s Grand Ole Opry is regarded as country music’s foremost “live“ radio show (established in 1925 and still going strong), many other U.S. regions, in the pre- and post-war years, staged their own shows, the biggest being the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport  and the Big D Jamboree in Dallas. Now Bear Family Records turns the spotlight on the latter, creating another superlative box set containing eight cds and a hardcover book.

(Bear Family BCD 16086 HK)

The Big D Jamboree was housed in the Sportatorium – a vast metal building located on the “wrong side of the tracks“ in South Dallas. Built in 1935,  the Sportatorium had a checkered history over the years, with dance marathons and alcohol problems incurring the wrath of the local inhabitants while also presenting more wholesome forms of entertainment. The first hillbilly event was a two day festival staged in 1937, headlined by the Sons Of The Pioneers with support from such as the Chuck Wagon Gang, the Saddle Tramps and Roy Newman and his Boys. The building could house over 6,000 and the artists performed on a stage erected in the centre of the building.

When the Sportatorium came under the management of Ed McLemore, the venue was the home of weekly wrestling matches and, as it was empty for six days, McLemore looked around for other events to attract audiences to the building. So, in February 1947, country music came to the Sportatorium on a weekly basis with Dallas hosting its own hillbilly dance show, initially called the Texas State Barn Dance but soon changed to the Lone Star Barn Dance and, in early 1949, renamed the Big D Jamboree. Roughly coinciding with the name changes, the show moved from different radio stations, eventually being heard on KRLD.

When the show first took to the air there was about 20 performers but, six years later, around early 1953, it had nearly 50 performers putting on a show for four hours every Saturday night. KRLD was a part of the CBS network and, via its 30 segment titled Saturday Night Country Style, attracted a vast audience in nearly 40 states.

The Big D Jamboree, emceed first by local dj Al Turner (who had brokered the network radio deal), then by artist Johnny Hicks, spotlighted local talent first and foremost with an occasional appearance by a guest from further afield. The first regulars included Riley Crabtree, Buddy Walker and western swing artist Dewey Groom, who had a recording deal with Mercury before launching his Longhorn Records. Around the same time a new label, TALENT, was launched by record store owner Jesse Ericson, with Buddy Miller’s Bordertown Fiesta being its first release while Crabtree was to become its most successful artist. Other artists included Johnny Mathis (soon to be prefixed “Country“), Gene O’Quiin and the aforementioned Hicks. Another of the show’s stars, Stoney Carlisle, was heard on a rival label, Blue Bonnet, owned by Herb Rippa.

Dallas, in the late 1940s, was a hotbed of country music, both venues and musicians, with Jim Beck’s Bullett Records sent to be - but failing - to be a major contender in the recording stakes and Don Law (following in Art Satherely’s footsteps) at Columbia Records using the city as a studio base. Even Hank Snow moved there from Canada as a stepping stone in launching his American career.

The Big D Jamboree played its part in encouraging new artists to its stage with its “Search For Talent“ contests – with ten wins ensuring the artist a regular place on the show. Among the discoveries were Ronnie Dawson, The Belew Twins (Benny and Bobby), Oakie Jones, Pat Smith, Jimmy Lee and Gene O'Quin. In addition to the local artists, occasional guests would come from further afield, among them Hank Thompson, Jerry Reed (more than a decade before stardom), Hank Locklin, Johnny Cash, Cowboy Copas, Ferlin Husky, Wanda Jackson and Leon Payne.

Unlike the Grand Ole Opry, and other regional radio barn dances, the Jamboree reflected music’s changes and while it may have been launched as a country show, it was ready to embrace in rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly artists. Hence the appearances of Carl Perkins, after recovering from the near fatal car wreck; rockabilly legends Warren Smith, Mac Curtis and Johnny Carroll; Charlene Arthur, “a Janis Joplin before her time”; Dallas’ own rising rock ‘n’ roll act, Sid King & The Five Strings; Ronnie Dawson, later to enjoy an English revival; and Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps, then managed by McLemore and having considerable international success.


This invaluable insight into the Dallas music scene of the post-war years almost never happened. As Big D Jamboree aficionado David Dennard explains in the opening pages of the immensely detailed book, for many years it was thought the Jamboree shows were never recorded but only seen at the by the crowds that packed the Sportatorium or heard them on the radio. Dallas based Dennard had never witnessed the shows – “it wasn’t part of my own personal culture“  - but became aware of it, then later intrigued, through building a friendship with Ronnie Dawson. But when he started searching for tapes of the show, he was told none ever existed. But as he continued on his odyssey he eventually learnt that some transcriptions had been made for the Armed Forces Radio Network, taken from the CBS network’s Saturday Night Country Style transmissions.  He tracked them down, first in Nashville’s Country Music Foundation, then the complete set in Washington’s Library of Congress.

Dennard wanted to release the recordings on his Dragon Street Records and, after further discussions at the Library of Congress, he made contact with the heirs of Ed McLemore (who owned the rights) and the recordings eventually became commercially available. Now Bear Family has repackaged the recordings – and added much more! The first five cds (and part of the sixth) spotlight the shows, while the remaining discs feature rare recordings and alternative takes by artists associated with the Jamboree. Plus there’s some beer adverts and other announcements, adding more flavour to the shows and making up to a total of 284 tracks.

19 shows are featured on the discs that, slotting known artists such as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Leon Payne, Ferlin Husky (not forgetting Simon Crum), Hank Locklin and Darrell Glenn performing alongside the unfamiliar Helen Hall, Sid Erwin, Texas Stompers, Betty Lou Lobb, Tommy Mitchell, Eddie McDuff and Ferrell Brothers among others. The recordings well conjure up the atmosphere of those Sportatorium, with the crowds going wild for favourites like Sid King & the Five Strings and The Belew Twins.

Then, the book. While Bear Family has given buyers many superlative books over the years, there’s few that can match this 168 page, full colour glossy work, finely detailing the history of this historic show, its artists and the people behind the scenes, drawing information from many interviews and complimenting the words with numerous photographs, recording information and discographies.

Following on from Dennard‘s trail to the holy grail, Jay Brakefield and Stanley Oberst present a history of the Jamboree, providing an insight into the music’s changing sounds, barn dances and connections with Sun Records, with more detailed accounts of Charlene Arthur and Ronnie Dawson’s careers.

A 16 page Timeline listing reveals show dates and artists, followed by Music Notes, penned by Kevin Coffey, taking up virtually the rest of the book and comprises details of the shows, the songs and biographical information on the artists. Concluding with track listings, artist and song indexes, the book provides one of the most comprehensive insights into the Texas music scene from late 1940s to early 1960s.

Big D Jamboree is another magnificent box set from Bear Family Records and is given YouTube coverage on

Rachel Dampier Strong Heart


(Nashville, Tennessee) - January 15, 2014- Rachel Dampier's single, "Strong Heart" took the #1 spot for Inspirational Country Music in the Power Source Magazine charts this month. The song lived up to its comeback message after sliding slightly from #5 in November to #15 during the December Christmas season. The single was released last year and has been an ICM industry favorite. Rachel was also named a Top 5 Finalist for ICM Faith, Family & Country™ New Artist of the Year in August. The Inspirational Country Music Association format consists of radio stations across the United States with Christian and Country music formats.

Rachel finished over 30 stops on The Resilient Tour in December, choosing to focus for now on local church volunteering and heart advocacy. She will chair the Orlando, Florida Go Red for Women Passion Committee to help promote National Wear Red Day®, February 7, 2014. Go Red for Women is a program through American Heart Association, the organization that inspired Rachel to write her single, "Strong Heart." National Wear Red Day will encourage Americans across the United States to wear red in unison to call attention to women's heart health and heart disease, the #1 killer of women.

Since childhood, Rachel (Saunders) Dampier has written and performed music in churches, colleges and other venues throughout the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia.


Special Guests Chris Young, Chase Rice and Jon Pardi Stack the Testosterone Fueled LIneup

Nashville, TN – January 15, 2014 – Award winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley is amping up his 2014 tour schedule with the announcement today he will headline the 2014 RISER TOUR.  The first leg will kick off May 9 in Charlotte, NC and continue through the summer with special guests Chris Young, Chase Rice and Jon Pardi. .
“This tour is the culmination of everything I've been working on for the past two years, both out on the road and in the studio recording RISER,” said Bentley. "I know what my fans want: a kick ass show, an affordable ticket and a good parking lot scene to get the pre-gaming going! The guys opening the show and getting the party started all know how to put on a great live show, and when it comes time for my set, I can promise that we are going big! I have never been more excited about a tour.”

First Announced Cities on the 2014 RISER TOUR First Leg:
Charlotte, NC
Raleigh, NC*
Virginia Beach, VA
Washington, DC
Holmdel, NJ
Bossier City, LA*
Robinsville, MS*
Detroit, MI
Philadelphia, PA
Scranton, PA
Hunter Mountain, NY*
Thornville, OH*
Craven, SK*
Eau Claire, WI*
St. Louis, MO
Morrison, CO
Los Angeles, CA
Phoenix, AZ
San Diego, CA
Mt. View, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Sixes, OR*
Havelock, ON*
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Indianapolis, IN

*Opening acts may vary, check concert listings for more details 

Bentley lifted the tour name from his upcoming studio album RISER due out Feb. 25.  Its title track is a song about resilience and determination and sets the tone of the album demonstrating a new artistic depth and an extra level of intensity for Bentley. Throughout his unpredictable career, Bentley has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound.  His last album HOME debuted at No. one on the Billboard Country Album Charts and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. one songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies and earned 11 GRAMMY nominations, countless CMA, ACM and CMT nominations and membership at the Grand Ole Opry.
Declared “one of country music’s most reliable hitmakers” by USA Today, Chris Young continues to deliver with five No. one singles, four highly acclaimed albums and Grammy, CMA, ACM and CMT nominations to his credit. The 28-year old is lighting up audiences across the country in 2014 with his latest single, “Who I Am With You.”
Within a few short years of moving to Nashville, Chase Rice has established himself as a rising star with sold-out shows across the country and the chart-topping success of his new EP Ready Set Roll and single of the same name.
California native and Capitol Records Nashville rising country star Jon Pardi just released his debut album, Write You A Song this week.  The release features current Top 15 and climbing single, “Up All Night.”

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