Monday, January 27, 2014

AMY ALLEN TO PERFORM IN NASHVILLE ON FEB. 7

AMY ALLEN TO PERFORM IN NASHVILLE ON FEB. 7

Concert at CoCreators Coffeehouse to Feature All-Star Band of Nashville Musicians



           NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 2014) – Blues-accented country/pop/Americana singer-songwriter Amy Allen will take the stage for a special "Someday Is Today" concert from 8:30-10 p.m. Feb. 7 (Friday) at the CoCreators Coffeehouse at the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, 6705 Charlotte Pike in Nashville.

            Opening for Allen from 7:30-8:15 p.m. will be singer-songwriters Taylor Giese, Chris 'Freight Train' Floyd, and Denny Martin. The artist will be joined onstage at 8:30 p.m. by an all-star cast of Nashville musicians, including Joel Atkins, Lance Hoppen, Max Niederle, Sean O'Shea, Rick Perry, J.Karen Thomas, Jody Lopez-Robinson, Susan Shann, and Mike Wagel. Admission is free; donations support the non-profit Global Village Education Foundation through the Just Give Movement.

            Allen is celebrating the recent release of her second album, "Someday Is Today". The title track from the project recently hit number 15 on the STS Main Country Chart.  "Josie Rae", a mid-tempo country/pop song about motherhood, was released to radio nationally on Jan. 6.

            Hoppen is the co-founder of the legendary rock/pop band Orleans, and Thomas has starred in movies and TV shows, including ABC-TV's "Nashville". O'Shea serves as the music director for the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville. Other musicians on the bill have performed extensively at venues and recording studios across the country.

            "It's an honor to perform with some of Nashville's most successful musicians," said Allen, who will perform in various cities during 2014, including a Blue Ridge Mountains tour in late September. "Every note I sing or every note or chord I strum is given with all of the love I have for the song I am performing. My voice is the voice of someone who has been down many different roads."

            Allen's surprising success follows a long break from the music industry. In the late 1990s, she landed a recording contract and opened for acts such as John Conlee, Patty Loveless, and Brooks & Dunn -- even performing at The White House and the Ryman Auditorium. Health-related issues and the decision to become a mother prompted her to leave Nashville for her hometown of El Dorado, Ark. Her family recently encouraged her to write, sing and record again.

DIERKS BENTLEY DIVULGES MORE DETAILS ABOUT RISER

Dierks Bentley

DIERKS BENTLEY DIVULGES MORE DETAILS ABOUT RISER – IN STORES FEB. 25
Bentley Taps Rising Country Artists For Seventh Studio Disc
RISER Available for Pre-Order Beginning Tomorrow

Nashville, TN - January 27, 2014 – The thunderbird symbolism of Dierks Bentley’s upcoming seventh studio album RISER, available in stores Feb. 25, speaks volumes about the complex ball of emotions locked within. It’s a symbol of strength, resilience and renewal and one that appropriately reflects Bentley’s first album since the death of his father and the birth of his first son.  Produced by Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora Jr, it's a project full of sonic power that has a strong sense of family and community.

The community of songwriters, musicians and artists that Bentley moved to Nashville with dreams of joining is ingrained in the texture of RISER.   The now 11 time GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter co-wrote six of the album's 12 tracks with some of the city’s most acclaimed writers and his friends.  He also called on rising artists Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston and Charlie Worsham to sing and play on the project.

“It’s important to really know the writers and musicians you work with, to hang out with them and live in the same world," Bentley explains.  “I have such a romance with Nashville and this community. I drove across the country when I was 19 years old with a dream of just being invited to the party. It’s still wild to me that I get to work with and call so many incredibly talented people my friends.”


If the songs narrate the personal story of Bentley's previous two years, then it's the heightened depth and increased vulnerability in the lead vocals that make you truly feel its intense highs and lows.  It comes in part from recording those performances in the Red Room, Copperman’s cozy home studio. Copperman was literally an arm’s length away, and Bentley got immediate feedback from a supportive-but-critical audience even as he breathed the words. It’s the closest Bentley has ever gotten to an elusive sonic attitude he’s sought from the outset.

“It’s the sound in my head that I hear when I’m playing a live show,” said Bentley. “You have one ear monitor in, one ear out, and the crowd’s there and your voice feels really great. There’s a certain amount of gravel to it because you’re tired, but you’re all jacked up on whatever you're drinking and adrenaline, and the crowds and the fans are there and there’s this feeling, fists in the air—it’s that thing that’s hard to transfer into a studio environment. There’s a rawness.”

RISER Track List:


1. Bourbon In Kentucky  (Hlilary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, Ryan Tyndell)
 ** Background vocals by Kacey Musgraves
2. Say You Do  (Shane McAnally, Matt Ramsey, Trever Rosen)
3. I Hold On  (Brett James, Dierks Bentley)
4. Pretty Girls  (Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, Dierks Bentley)
5. Here On Earth  (Ross Copperman, Ryan Tyndell, Dierks Bentley)
6. Drunk On A Plane  (Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins, Dierks Bentley)
7. Five  (Ross Copperman, Ryan Tyndell, Dierks Bentley)
8. Riser  (Travis Meadows, Steve Moakler)
9. Sounds of Summer  (Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins, Adam Sanders)
10. Damn These Dreams  (Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, Dierks Bentley)
11. Back Porch  (Cary Barlowe, Jaren Johnston, Hillary Lindsey)
12. Hurt Somebody  (Matt Fleener, Shane McAnally, Mark Nesler)
 ** Background vocals by Chris Stapleton

Bobby Wills Wins Big At The ACMA’s


Canadian Country Artist Bobby Wills Wins Big At The ACMA’s
- Three-time ACMA Award Winner Including Male Artist of the Year! -

Toronto, ON; January 27, 2014 - As he drops the first single “Crazy Enough” from his forthcoming album to Canadian country music radio today, singer/songwriter Bobby Wills (MDM Recordings Inc.) is enjoying the afterglow of an exciting weekend, having received multiple honours during the 3rd annual Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) awards.  Throughout the dinner and awards show held this past weekend in Red Deer, Alberta, Wills received three 2013 ACMA awards including:
  • Male Artist of the Year
  • Song of the Year ** for the track “Somebody Will” from his 2012 album If It Was That Easy
  • Album of the Year
Exclaims Wills, “As artists we join this business to create music, however it remains to be an incredible honour to receive such accolades from my peers and I sincerely thank the ACMA and all of the voters for their support!  These awards are a shared success with my entire team, especially my producer and co-writer on the recording, Mike Pyle and Walt Aldridge. What a magical transition to kick off the release of my new single, from one album to the next; 2014 is going to be epic!”

Wills performed during the Golden Globes weekend earlier this month as part of the OH CANADA COCKTAIL PARTY in Los Angeles, in support of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Shoah Foundation.  He will release his new album Crazy Enough in the summer of 2014, followed by national summer tour dates (still to be announced).

LIZZIE SIDER FLORIDA SCHOOL TOUR

LIZZIE SIDER CONTINUES ANTI-BULLYING MESSAGE WITH "NO ONE HAS THE POWER TO RUIN YOUR DAY" FLORIDA SCHOOL TOUR

Florida native lends her voice and message to students across state during school assemblies

Boca Raton, FL (January 27, 2014) -- LIZZIE SIDER, 15-year old emerging Country artist, is continuing her tour of elementary and middle schools, by conducting her Bully Prevention Assembly at over 100 schools during January, February and March of 2014, throughout the entire State of Florida.  The tour continues after a successful weekend in Nashville, where Sider performed the national anthem at the Nashville Predators game before taking the stage at the historic Bluebird Café.

"Bullying doesn't just happen in October during Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, it happens all year," says Lizzie Sider.  "As someone who understands what it is like to be bullied, I am on a mission to help anyone who doesn't think anyone will listen."
Lizzie signs autographs at Bayview Elementary School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

During the 30 to 40-minute assembly, Sider will encourage kids to help prevent bullying as she recounts her own personal journey as a young student being teased and ridiculed in elementary school, what it felt like, and how she tried to deal with it.  In addition, Lizzie discusses the importance of everyone standing up to stop bullying.  She will also perform her original song "Butterfly," which Sider co-wrote about her experience and how she overcame the teasing.  Her goal is to help kids as a positive role model, having risen above her own ridicule, to pursue a career in music. 

As a spokesperson for PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, which was launched by PACER in 2006, Sider has already visited over 80 schools in California before starting her school tour in Florida.

Sider appeared on The Queen Latifah Show, has been interviewed by Access Hollywood, Billboard, Hallmark's Home & Family show, TIME for Kids, Nashville's Crook & Chase, and was named by the Country Music Association as an "Artist to Watch in 2013."  Lizzie, who splits her time between Boca Raton, FL and Nashville, TN, recently participated in her first CMA Music Fest week with her own booth and with a live performance at the famed country music venue, the Wildhorse Saloon.  Both "Butterfly" and her follow-up single, "I Love You That Much," charted in the Top 40 on MusicRow.  The video for "I Love You That Much" was directed by award-winning Steven Goldmann, whose past credits include Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Shania Twain.  Sider is currently working on her first full-length studio album for release in 2014.

Lizzie's Upcoming Assembly Tour Dates
1/27 Seawind Elementary (2 assemblies) - Hobe Sound, FL
1/27 Pinewood Elementary - Stuart, FL
1/27 Hidden Oaks Middle - Palm City, FL
1/28 Pivot Charter School - Tamarac, FL
1/28 Rise Academy - Lauderhill, FL
1/29 Citrus Grove Elementary - Stuart, FL
1/29 Verde Elementary School - Boca Raton, FL
1/30 Imagine Charter - Plantation, FL
1/30 Florida Intercultural - Davie, FL
1/30 Florida Intercultural Academy of Hollywood - Hollywood, FL
2/3 South Daytona (2 Assemblies) - Deland, FL
2/3 Manatee Cove Elementary - Orange City, FL
2/4 Citrus Grove Elementary - Deland, FL
2/4 Blue Lake Elementary - Lake Helen, FL
2/5 Volusia Pines - Lake Helen, FL
2/5 Woodward Elementary - Deland, FL
2/5 Umatilla Elementary - Umatilla, FL
2/6 George Marks Elementary (2 assemblies) - Deland, FL
2/6 Southwestern Middle - Deland, FL
2/11 Lake Okeechobee Girls Academy - Okeechobee, FL 
2/11 Country Oaks Elementary School- La Belle, FL
2/12 Pinecrest Elementary School - Immokalee, FL
2/12 Highland Elementary School -Immokalee, FL
2/12 LaBelle Middle School - LaBelle, FL
2/13 Miami Childrens Museum Charter School - Miami, FL
2/13 Plantation Key School - Tavernier, FL
2/13 Key Largo School - Key Largo, FL
2/14 Stanley Switlik Elementary - Marathon, FL
2/14 Sugarloaf School Sugar Loaf -- Key, FL
2/14 Horace O'Bryant School - Key West, FL
2/18 Dixon School of the Arts - Pensacola, FL
2/18 Liza Jackson Preparatory - Ft. Walton, FL
2/19 Franklin County School - Eastpoint, FL
2/19 Apalachicola Bay Charter School - Apalachicola, FL
2/19 Altha Public School - Altha, FL
2/20 Emma Love Hardee Elementary - Nassau, FL
2/20 Yulee Middle School - Yulee, FL
2/20 Callahan Middle School - Callahan, FL
2/20 Nassau City Homeless - Nassau, FL
2/21 Shadowlawn Elementary School - Green Cove Springs, FL
2/21 Lakeside Junior High - Jacksonville, FL
2/21 Mandarin Middle School - Jacksonville, FL
2/25 Parkway Magnet Middle School - Lauderhill, FL
2/25 Deerfield Park Elementary School - Deerfield Beach, FL
2/25 North Broward Preparatory - Coconut Creek, FL
2/26 Tavares Elementary - Tavares, FL
2/27 Sorrento Elementary - Sorrento, FL
2/27 Seminole Springs Elementary - Eustis, FL
2/27 Windy Hill Middle School (2 assemblies) - Clermont, FL
2/28 Challenger 7 Elementary - Port St. John, FL
2/28 Enterprise Elementary - Cocoa, FL
2/28 Discovery Intermediate - Kissimmee, FL
3/3 Kingsway Elementary School - Port Charlotte, FL
3/3 Port Charlotte County School to be scheduled
3/3 Vineland Elementary - Rotonda, FL
3/4 Myakka River Elementary School - Port Charlotte, FL
3/4 Port Charlotte County School to be scheduled
3/4 Peace River Elementary School - Port Charlotte, FL
3/5 Liberty Elementary School - Port Charlotte, FL
3/5 Neil Armstrong Elementary - Port Charlotte, FL
3/5 Deep Creek Elementary School - Punta Gorda, FL
3/6 Meadows Park Elementary - Port Charlotte, FL
3/6 Port Charlotte Middle School - Port Charlotte, FL
3/11 Wesley Chapel Elementary School - Wesley Chapel, FL
3/11 Cypress Elementary - New Port Richey, FL
3/11 Woodland Elementary - Zephyrillis, FL
3/12 Fuguitt Elementary - Largo, FL
3/12 Eisenhower Elementary -- Clearwater, FL
3/12 Melrose Elementary - St. Petersburg, FL
3/13 Laurel Oak Elementary - Naples, FL
3/13 Naples Park Elementary - Naples, FL
3/13 Palmetto Elementary - Naples, FL
3/14 Tommie Barfield Elementary - Marco Island, FL
3/14 Gulf Coast Academy Charter South - Naples, FL 
3/18 Hobe Sound Elementary (2 assemblies) - Hobe Sound, FL
3/18 Pine Crest - Boca Raton, FL
3/24 Wildwood Middle School - Wildwood, FL
3/24 Lake Panasoffkee Elementary - Lake Panasoffkee, FL
3/25 Webster Elementary School -- Webster, FL
3/25 South Sumter Middle School -- Webster, FL
3/26 Forest City Elementary School - Altamonte Springs, FL
3/27 Roundlake Elementary School - Mt. Dora, FL
3/27 Bushnell Elementary - Bushnell, FL
3/28 Pine Crest School - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

For complete Assembly Tour details, please visit www.LizzieSider.com

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CD: PATSY AND THE COUNTRY CLASSICS Now Appearing


PATSY AND THE COUNTRY CLASSICS
Now Appearing
 
Walkin' After Midnight - Today I Start Loving You Again - Midnight Angel - Sweet Dreams of You - Heartaches By The Number - Change Her Mind - Crazy Arms - Satisfied - Peace Amidst Your Storm - Blueberry Hill - Til A Tear Becomes A Rose - Pick Me Up On Your Way Down - Leavin' On Your Mind - High On The Lord
 
Here's another CD with a song list that tells you what it is before you even put it on the turntable.  This one is dedicated to Patsy Godley's mom who adored good country music.  This CD and the story about it's adventure is a classic country music story.  Patsy sent this to me last fall while I was directing the LeMars Festival in August.  When I got back from that 'very busy' time, I reviewed it, and found it to be so well done I sent it on to the Rural Roots Music Commission, because my vote for Traditional Country CD of the Year was already cast, and this CD is it.  Then the RRMC guys said much the same back to me.  Then I left Iowa for warmer climes in California, leaving my original CD review in my office in Iowa.  Well, I'm baaaaaack and it's 2014.  Patsy sent me another so I could share this with you.  So now I think we are at square one, and let me just say, if you've been wondering where 'really good 'real' traditional country music has been hiding, it's been in Fredricksburg, Virginia.  This is a full recording band that you hear, the same musicians that go on the road with Patsy.  When I told her she would get the traditional CD of the year award this year, she got excited and told the band, and the band told her "we're coming too."  First problem we don't have the drums and the electric instruments at LeMars.  What to do?  Would she, could she, come to Fremont, 'Nebraska Festival' for the award ceremony.  Sure, we can do that.  Well there you have it.  I'm going to tell you, when you hear Patsy Godley sing "Midnight Angel" you're going to say the same thing I say....THIS is a COUNTRY SINGER.  A 'REAL' COUNTRY SINGER.  The backing band, the harmony on this song, the complete 'togetherness' of this one song is better than anything I hear on top-40 country music charts today anywhere anytime.  This entire CD is so well done it should be on the country charts wherever the word 'country' is used to describe this kind of music, I don't care where....everywhere.  What the folks are in for at the Fremont 'Nebraska Festival' is a couple of sets by some of the best country musicians you are likely to hear anywhere in the USA.  Donald Hockaday on bass; Michael Hockaday on drums; Billy Rupprecht on keyboard; Bobby Edenton on steel; Tim Handy on Lead and Acoustic guitar; Stephanie Randall on saxophone on one song "Blueberry Hill."  The harmony singing (also extremely well done) is by Patsy, Michael, Bobby, and Donald, with the addition of Callis Godley.  Super well done.  All of the musicians take a turn at lead vocals, all of them terrific.  My best take on harmony is on "Satisfied" an old Martha Carson song.  Recorded at the Wally Cleaver Studios (Pretty sure that's not Leave It To Beaver) this CD is as good as anything coming out of Texas these days, which is far better than anything coming out of Nashville these days. Jeff Covert did the engineering and mix, and he did a super job.  My 'country' ear has been listening to this kind of music ever since it first became popular, and my 'country' ear says super-star quality.  Chris Taylor is the creator of their website at www.patsycountryclassics.com well worth a visit.  Patsy, and this entire band are very thankful for this opportunity to record a terrific CD.  They also thank their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Isn't this what 'Traditional Country Music CD of the Year' is all about?  Yes, of course it is. Get to Patsy and the Country Classics through their website. 
 
Review by Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net for Country Music News International

CD: DON RAY Old Favorites


DON RAY
Old Favorites
 
Heartaches By The Number - Crazy Arms - My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You - Invitation To The Blues - City Lights - If You Got the Money -  I Love You A Thousand Ways - Let Ol' Mother Nature Have Her Way - Are You Teasing Me - Mr. Moon - She Thinks I Still Care - Back In Platte County
 
WOW, just look at the names of the songs on this CD.  This is not only a step back in time with some incredibly good classic country songs, I'll tell you what, when you hear Don Ray sing them, you will think he too is stepping back in time.  His voice is that good, he's one of those secrets we find once in awhile that has the 'real' country music 'gift.'  I met Don at the Fremont 'Nebraska Festival' last year (he'll be there again this year) and he passed this CD along to me, and here it is January and I'm just getting to one of the best classic country CD's I have heard this year, or any other year for that matter.  Don Ray's voice is definitely a step back to the past.  It's a genuine classic country voice, like any of the great singers of that time.  You're going to get a chance to hear Don Ray, acoustically, at LeMars this year.  You'll also be enchanted with his ability to carve tree trunks into guitars.  Well more about that later....this CD is without a doubt one of the best classic country ones I've heard in a long time.  Sharon Kenaston are you listening.  Don Ray should be at Wahoo, he's that good.  He lives in Columbus, Nebraska, and his dance songs are incredibly good, and his country voice is a diamond already faceted and ready to go.  This CD is definitely going to the Rural Roots Music Commission, I hear 'classic' all over this disc.  Don recorded it at Sound Stage Recording Studio in Vidor, Texas, and thanks Huey Buxton for the fiddle on this CD....and 'YES' it's tremendously good fiddle swapping leads with a great steel player.  Sometimes I hear a little Bill Anderson in Don's voice, that's how good he is, and you will too once you hear this really good classic country singer.  Just for the followers of International Country Music, if you in Europe are looking for a 'typically good' classic country singer to perform with your incredibly good country bands, this is the guy for you.  Tall, slender,  good looking, picks a Martin guitar, and dresses elegantly, this is the guy you've been looking for.   I'm very impressed with Don Ray, he's a real-deal.  I also like his own song called "Back in Platte County" which is a well written song about life back on the farm back in Platte County.  Don Ray is at countryitisforme@aol.com  
 
Review by Bob Everhart, www.ntcma.net for Country Music News International

CD: ALLEN & NANCY JENSEN Truest Love


ALLEN & NANCY JENSEN
Truest Love
 
Banks of the Ohio - Dancing In The Kitchen - Only Yesterday - I'd Do It All Again - Truest Love - Matching Baggage - Like An Old Shoe - Ken Witt Park - Rancher's Lullaby
 
I knew I would like this album from the very first song.  "Banks of the Ohio" is one of my favorite old-time folk ballads about a love gone awry.  Well, the 'story' isn't so romantic at the end, but the rest of this album is chock full of great 'love realized' songs, not the least of them being Jack Langley's great song "Like an Old Shoe."  You might remember Nancy Jensen as the beautiful flute player accompanying Jack Langley when he is doing a 'folk' set.  Pure entertainment of the number one sort.  This magical combination just can't be beaten in my book.  This song is a creative original direct from the upper Midwest that not only tells it like it is, sung by Jack with Nancy's flute playing along is an incredible listening treat.  So is it on this album with Allen doing the lead vocalist job.  He's an authentic 'country' singer.  He doesn't 'flash' his talent, he lets it ride slowly and gently on the melody lines he rides on.  Home is where the heart is, and this album is exactly that.  Nancy has a beautiful voice too, and adds tremendously not only with harmony, but also lead lines.  Extremely well done.  It's also interesting to see a Charley Groth song pop up on this CD, so far from his home in Largo, Florida.  Charley is a good songwriter as this song so adequately demonstrates, and in the down-home voices and style of Allen and Nancy, it's just right.  Jack Langley's son Mike did most of the guitar backing with acoustic lead and bass, and recorded in his studio in Sioux City.  Nice job well done.  Allen & Nancy Jensen at 89133 380th Ave., Heron Lake, MN 56137  
 
Review by Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net for Country Music News International

TRADITION BULLETIN JANUARY 27. 2014



 TRADITION BULLETIN
 
Looking back on my heroes in country music, it's almost a weird miracle that Johnny Cash and his awesome twosome brother backers with Luther Perkins setting the thump-a-thump rhythm for Cash, remains even today, way more vital, way more moving, way more transcendental, and way way way more 'real' country, than the so-called country chart artists.  There's a new documentary out called 'My Father and the Man In Black." about Cash's relationship with his manager Saul Holiff.  The film is put together by Holiff's son, after he found a treasure trove of Johnny Cash stuff in his father's personal files.  His dad committed suicide in 2005.  Not sure when this is coming out, or if it is already out, but watch for it, should be good.
 
Twenty two years ago, Bob Dylan (a big hit on Johnny Cash's television show) teamed up in Madison Square Gardens with Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Kris Kristofferson, Lou Reed, Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Booker T & The MG's, and many other music super stars to sing Dylan's songs and share the stage with him.  Hosted by Columbia Records, it was broadcast on Pay-Per-View television, however come March 4th, if you missed the bash and would like to see it, 22 years older, copies of the CD and DVD-BlueRay will be on the store shelves.
 
The Americana Music Association announced it will remember Phil Everly with a tribute to the Everly Brothers during a celebration of American 'roots' music.  all takes place at the Troubadour in Los Angeles January 25th.
 
Paul Williams, one of the most dynamic bluegrass performers (guitar, mandolin, high lonesome tenor voice) to ever perform bluegrass music, after 60 years on the road is retiring.  Well not entirely, mostly the toll taking road gigs.  He will still do an occasional gig with J D Crowe and Doyle Lawson, an unbeatable trio in bluegrass music.
 
If you like your Martin Guitar, you may be interested to know this entire year, there will be an exhibition of Martin Guitars at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  35 rare and special guitars will be on display, from the company itself as well as a number of collectors.  A pair of special programs including "How Did They Do That?" Early American Guitars" for all ages on March 8 and 9 and a special "Sunday at the Met" on March 16.
 
This is pretty fantastic news I picked up here in California.  Remember Ken Burns?  Sure you do, he's the guy that did such a spectacular job with the PBS television show "The Civil War.'  I know you remember "Ashokan Farewell' the song from that series written by Jay Ungar (who I had on my television show, and also performed with).  It's amazing what Ken Burns next project is.  It's simply called "Country Music," but it won't be out until 2018.  It will chronicle the history of what I have always described as a unique American musical art form.  His TV show will present the music rising from the experiences of remarkable people in distinctive regions of the USA.  From Appalachian songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith, to incredible Texas swing.  From California honky-tonk to the Grand Ole Opry.  It will be a series and will follow the evolution of country music over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America's very own music.  The show will review the origins of country music, in minstrel music, ballads, hymns, and the blues, even chronicling the music when it was known as 'hillbilly music.'  The series will focus on the biographies of fascinating singers and songwriters who created it, from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, even EmmyLou Harris and many many more.  "Country Music" will tell unforgettable stories of the hardships and joys shared by everyday people.  Burns also intends to include the  bluegrass music of Bill Monroe, the forming of rock from rock-abilly, and how Nashville became 'Music City USA.'
 
Happy Birthday to You!   Wow!  Did you know this song is still under copyright, now owned by Warner Music Group, and they want $1,500 every time you use it.  It wasn't even 'Happy Birthday' when sisters Mildred and Patty Hill wrote it in 1893.  It was 'Good Morning To You' and re-written by folk artists as a birthday song.  Warner is collecting $2-million a year by their wickedness, and you will rarely hear the song on any TV, radio, internet, movie, or cable show, but rather a substitute of sorts.  Warner claims rights to the song until 2030.  Where does the legitimacy of demanded payment for singing the sing end?  The sisters have been dead for a very very long time, and the song itself is actually used in nearly every household in  America at one time or another.  WHY should Warner Music be able to retain the copyright to the song in perpetuity.  What ever happened to 'public domain?'
 
Some of you know that Larry Long from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is going to be at LeMars this year.  Larry records for the Smithsonian Folkways label, where he created "The Elder Wisdom" facet of his artistic endeavors.  He is coming to LeMars to be inducted into our Hall of Fame, and recently (according to a story in Sing-Out Magazine) has created a musical 'Mother's Day" card in memory of his recently passed mother.  All of the lyrics were inspired by his mom, and the first and last verses to the song are on the card he simply calls "Mother's Song."  Robert Robinson, "Minnesota Master Male Vocalist" sings the verses on the card, a gift to all mothers.  Might be hard to find one, but certainly worth the effort if you've been lax in letting your mom know you love her.  First off try Larry's website at www.larrylong.org or Soderbergs Floral for wholesale orders 612-724-3606....AND if you are looking for that 'special
' Mother's Day' treat, please don't forget Mike Johnson's great "Have You Hugged Your Mom Today" song and songbook and special Mother's Day gift.  I think you can get to Mike by simply typing in his name on the internet.
 
Our buddies that performed at the Oak Tree Opry, the Okee Dokee Boys (Grammy winners for best children's album) will be performing at the opera house in Pella on Saturday, March 1 at 11am.  This is a great kid's show, and it's also great for anybody who ever was a kid.
 
Thank God, Blake Shelton WILL NOT be on the Kicker Country Stampede in Manhattan, Kansas, June 26-29 at Turtle Creek State Park.  They call the performers that are on 'super-stars' of country music.  I would call them simply 'super non-country' twinkles.  WOW! get this, Sheila just showed me the ad.  You can get Blake Shelton's Deluxe Edition Album CD at the Wal-Mart for $5.  Whaaaaat $5?   Yeessssss $5!  Rick & Harriette Andersen charge more than that.
 
Another legend's house nearly lost to the wrecking ball.  Bob Wills, probably our best and best known Western Swing artist had a house located in Fresno, Calif.  It was on the Triple B Ranch, where Wills had his California travel home.  this was in the 40's of course, and today the house was scheduled for demolition, except for the Central California Music Association who has made plans to move it forty miles Northeast to Prather, California, where they hope to create the Bob Wills Ranch House Museum.  Wills sold over a million records in 1940 alone with his great song "San Antonio Rose."
 
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