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Country Music News International March 18. 2014

Country Music News International March 18. 2014

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The Final Sessions of Country Music Hall of Fame Icon Ray Price http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2014/03/the-final-sessions-of-country-music.html
Ken Mellons to Celebrate 20 Years of Hit Song, Jukebox Junkie, With New Project http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2014/03/ken-mellons-to-celebrate-20-years-of.html
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The Final Sessions of Country Music Hall of Fame Icon Ray Price

The Final Sessions of Country Music Hall of Fame Icon Ray Price

 

b eauty is ray priceProduced by Grammy award winning hit maker and friend Fred Foster, Ray Price’s final sessions, Beauty Is…, will hit shelves on April 15th via AmeriMonte Records. Available at Wal-Mart, Cracker Barrel and online retailers, the album highlights the timeless, signature string and shuffle sound of Ray Price featuring duets with Vince Gill and Martina McBride.

“He called me in 2012 and said, ‘I think I have one album left in me; I’m not well, you know,’” Foster recounts. “He said, ‘I want to do one last one, and I want you to do it with me.’ The whole time we were working together, his state of mind was always really good. You would never know how sick he was to talk to him. What a classy guy.”

The full length album will be released on April 15th, but a three song EP taken from the album will be available digitally on March 16th featuring Beauty Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder (with Vince Gill), This Thing of Ours and I Wish I Was 18 Again. Beginning on March 18th, fans can preorder the full album on iTunes.

“We are extremely delighted and honored to announce the release of Beauty Is… the final sessions from Ray Price on AmeriMonte,” says AmeriMonte Records President Steve Popovich, Jr. “His fans are going to be amazed as this album falls nothing short of a true masterpiece and you'll understand why he believed this to be of his best work. He captured true perfection and left a huge void not only in Country music, but in music in general. There will only be one Ray Price and through Beauty Is.. his legacy will live on forever.”

The music industry is already showing their enthusiastic support for Ray and his legacy.
“After one listen of this remarkable album, you will note that Price’s flawless phrasing, vocal resonance and burnished warmth of tone create a glow that lingers long after the final notes have sounded,” says Music Row’s Robert K. Oermann.

“In the 1950s, Ray Price gave new drive to country music,” says The Tennessean’s Peter Cooper. “In the 1960s, he offered elegance and sophistication. For his final act, he gave us reflection. Beauty Is… is the sound of a man in full, looking back on the life and love that fulfilled him. It is the most graceful of exits.”
“A fitting encore for those of us who want "MORE" from the Tony Bennett of Country Music,” says Grammy award winning icon Lynn Anderson. “Sensitively produced by Fred Foster, timeless songs sung by the best.  Among the beautiful string-laden ballads is an old-timey shuffle with a steel guitar, a fiddle and perfectly understated harmony.  Classic Country. Thanks For The Good Times, Ray.”

“Over the past year, while making this album, Ray's excitement about this project was infectious” says SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse on-air talent Dallas Wayne. “He would call and play the mixes over the phone and let me tell you, Ray Price singing over a cell phone, sounds better than anything heard on radio today! You just knew this album was gonna be something special. And it is. He left us with a singing lesson, just like always. Beauty Is… is not only the name of this brilliant recording, Beauty is Ray Price.”

Foster brought in the album’s new songs and suggested the inspirational I Believe. Price selected songs from two fellow Texas treasures and Country Music Hall of Fame members Cindy Walker (Until Then) and Willie Nelson (It Will Always Be). He also wished to sing Stephen Foster’s timeless Beautiful Dreamer. Both men agreed on Among My Souvenirs and I Wish I Was 18 Again. Janie Price, wife, chose the 1957 Vic Damone pop hit An Affair to Remember, the theme song from the Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr film.
“Offstage, he was just the guy I love,” says Janie Price. “When that red light went on in the studio, or when he stepped onto the stage and they handed him that microphone, something happened. It was a higher power. This transformation took place in him. He turned into RAY PRICE.”
Beauty Is… – Track Listing
1.      Beauty Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder (with Vince Gill)
2.      This Thing of Ours
3.      I Can See You
4.      It Will Always Be
5.      No More Songs to Sing
6.      An Affair to Remember (with Martina McBride)
7.      Senses
8.      Until Then (with Vince Gill)
9.      Beautiful Dreamer
10.  I Wish I Was 18 Again
11.  Among My Souvenirs
12.  I Believe

A Night for Tony Rice

 
Newton & Thomas to Perform March 25 at
A Night for Tony Rice
Featuring Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder & Friends, Ry Cooder,
Tim O'Brien, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan, and many more
 
Nashville, TN (March 17, 2014) --  Mark Newton & Steve Thomas are proud to announce they will perform at A NIGHT FOR TONY RICE to be held at 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill, 818 3rd Ave. S. in Nashville on Tuesday, March 25. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the concert will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.  This can’t miss event will feature Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder & Friends, Newton & Thomas, Rambling Rooks, Dailey & Vincent, Ry & Joachim Cooder, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan, Luke Bulla Trio, Forest O’Conner.
 
Richard King, Sr. and his son Richard, Jr. are promoting the concert and all of the artists are donating their talent to their longtime hero.  The owner of 3rd & Lindsley is donating the space and all proceeds will go to Tony Rice.
 
Jeff and Terry Pinkham, who started the Tony Rice Foundation, are raising money to help with Tony’s living expenses. He has been trying to recover his voice and is also receiving treatment for arthritis. Anyone wishing to donate pay via PayPal or send a check or money order made out to directly to “Tony Rice”, P. O. Box 914, Odessa, FL 33556.  Additional information can be found at the Tony Rice Foundation’s facebook page.
 
“Tony Rice is not only a good friend and inspiration to mine and Steve’s music, but he is someone who has inspired so many people - not only in the bluegrass community, but also crossing so many other genres. We want to recognize and pay tribute to his tremendous talent. Tony has truly influenced us with his acoustic guitar and his musical boundaries are unlimited. After all the artists that have come down the pike, he is the first guitarist in my opinion, to truly inspire and move the music forward.  If you think of guitar – you think of Tony Rice.  He has been a true visionary and took the instrument to heights that no one had ever thought of,” explained Mark Newton.
 
For more information on 3rd & Lindsley and to purchase advance tickets, please visit 3rdandlindsley.com/mar.html or call 615-259-9891.

Jess Moskaluke Launches New Single And New Album

Award Winning Country Songstress Jess Moskaluke Launches…
  • New Single; “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes” (March 18, 2014)
  • New Album; Light Up The Night (April 15, 2014)
  • New Limited Edition 6 Colour Lip Gloss Line (April 15, 2014)
Toronto, ON; March 17, 2014 – With millions of followers online, and rocking the country radio charts (her last single “Good Lovin’ ” hit #17 on the Canadian country BDS charts), 2013 Saskatchewan Country Music Award (SCMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc./Universal Music Canada) will release her new single "Cheap Wine and Cigarettes" available on iTunes tomorrow, March 18, 2014. Produced by Corey Crowder (Jamie Lynne Spears) and mixed by Scott Cooke (Dallas Smith, Florida Georgia Line), the track is the second single to be released off her forthcoming album Light Up The Night, which will be available at Canadian retail and online on April 15, 2014.  In celebration of the new album release Jess has partnered with Sexton In The City, and will be launching (on the day of the album release for $18+ applicable taxes and/or shipping, available online and at Canadian retail) a limited edition lip gloss collection aptly named Light Up The Night, featuring six colours including the “Oh Jessie”.

Raw emotion is conveyed through her vocals, followed by entrancing guitar solos... "you're no good for me babe, but I still give into you anyway… like cheap wine and cigarettes".  Jess is nominated once again for the 2014 SCMA Female Vocalist of the Year award, as well as Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year (for “Good Lovin’ ”).  She will be touring throughout Canada this summer, including a performance at Boots and Hearts.

Exclaims Jess, “The first time I heard Cheap Wine and Cigarettes I knew it had to be a part of the record. It has a really cool sound that I feel is a new vibe to country radio.  It certainly has been a busy few months finishing the new album and creating the lip gloss line. I am ecstatic to be working with Natalie Sexton and her team; her style and products are a perfect fit to my own!”


Track Listing:
  1. Good Lovin’
  2. Cheap Wine and Cigarettes
  3. Used
  4. Light Up The Night
  5. Strong As It's Ever Been
  6. Show You Crazy
  7. Night We Won't Forget
  8. Never Better
  9. No Show
  10. When He's Drunk

JOE BACHMAN IS ‘KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY

JOE BACHMAN IS ‘KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY’ WITH NEW SINGLE “LOOKATCHU”

Catchy Tune Impacts Radio On March 17 and Is Now Available at
Digital Retailers 








Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rock Ridge Music
 
NASHVILLE, TN - (March 17, 2014) – Up and comer Joe Bachman is ‘keepin’ it country' with the release of his new single “Lookatchu” to country radio today (3/17). Impacting just in time for Spring, the catchy song was recently featured as New & Noteworthy on iTunes and is now available at all digital retailers.
 
Written by GRAMMY Award-winning songwriters Josh Kear, Ed Hill and David Frasier, “Lookatchu” highlights Bachman’s fun and playful personality. With a distinct banjo intro, engaging chorus and smooth vocal, the light-hearted song is poised to follow in the success of “Small Town Rock Stars,” which landed inside the Hot 30 LIVE on SiriusXM’s The Highway.
 
“I’m so excited for all of my amazing fans to hear the new tune. I fell in love with “Lookatchu” the first time I heard it and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do,” says Bachman.
 
The Philadelphia, PA native, who performs nearly 250 shows a year, is currently on radio tour promoting “Lookatchu” and just wrapped up production for the music video, to be released soon. In between tour dates, Bachman is in the studio working on a brand new album to be released via Rock Ridge Music.

Ken Mellons to Celebrate 20 Years of Hit Song, Jukebox Junkie, With New Project

Nashville, TN – Country Star, Ken Mellons, is celebrating 20 years since the release of his hit song, “Jukebox Junkie,” with a 20th Anniversary Project, including a live CD/ DVD performance to be recorded in the summer of 2014.

The Ken Mellons Jukebox Junkie 20th Anniversary Project allows the fans to be a part of the celebration by investing in the project and earning exclusive incentives, including but not limited to autographed items by Mellons, tickets to the live DVD filming, fine art Ken Mellons prints (Ken Mellons owns original portrait) created by Nashville’s Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell, custom Jukebox Junkie music note boots with your name on them and private shows with the Jukebox Junkie, Ken Mellons. Check out the project website at the following link:  http://www.kenmellonsjukeboxjunkie20thanniversaryproject.com

Mellons is also counting down to the live summer anniversary show with monthly online StageIt shows. These are intimate interactive online shows viewed from any computer at the following link: http://stageit.com/kenmellons. 

Please also follow Ken and the project at the following sites:

Born in the mountains of Kingsport, Tennessee on July 10, 1965, Ken Mellons and his family soon packed up and moved to Music City USA where he grew up on the standard honky tonk heroes. Those heroes included: Keith Whitley, Vern Gosdin, George Jones,  Merle Haggard and Lefty Frizzell.  Ken played guitar, sang at school talent shows and made his way in the clubs after his high school graduation. 

Ken was a featured performer at Opryland USA where he caught the eye of impresarios Hal Durham and Bud Wendall.  This led him to a prized Friday night spot on the Grand Ole Opry.  Impressed by one single performance, the general manager of the Grand Ole Opry invited Ken to make an appearance.  Not only was he invited back once, but numerous times from 1989-1992.  While most young people Ken’s age were away studying at college, Ken was honing his craft as a singer, songwriter and entertainer.

Music producer Jerry Cupit took notice and a deal with Epic Records was sealed in 1992.  Ken’s self-titled debut album was released one year later.  The single, “Jukebox Junkie,” was a smashing hit and continued to receive airplay for the remainder of the decade. 

In 1995, “Where Forever Begins,” followed up his debut success.  Ken signed his second major label deal with Curb records in 1997 where he issued the “Best of Ken Mellons” in 2001.  A couple of years later, the successful single, “Mr. DJ” was issued.  In 2004, he released “Sweet” on the Home Records label which featured the single, “Paint Me a Birmingham.” 

Ken then decided in 2005 to concentrate on one of his best projects ever, his son Kade.  He left the road to be home with his family and continued to pen songs for such artists as George Strait, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams, Jr. and Mark Chesnutt just to name a few.  In October of 2010 he released his debut bluegrass album entitled, “Rural Route” on his own label, Jukebox Junkie Records to much acclaim in the Bluegrass world.  Ken and his wife, fiddle player Kristy Jo have since added another Mellons to their patch, a son by the name of Kash Whitley, born in February of 2012. Ken is currently touring in the US and abroad as part of the “Keepin’ It County Tour” and is performing songs off his latest country album “Just What I’m Wantin’ To Do” as well as all his other hits.ille, TN – Country Star, Ken Mellons, is celebrating 20 years since the release of his hit song, “Jukebox Junkie,” with a 20th Anniversary Project, including a live CD/ DVD performance to be recorded in the summer of 2014.

The Ken Mellons Jukebox Junkie 20th Anniversary Project allows the fans to be a part of the celebration by investing in the project and earning exclusive incentives, including but not limited to autographed items by Mellons, tickets to the live DVD filming, fine art Ken Mellons prints (Ken Mellons owns original portrait) created by Nashville’s Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell, custom Jukebox Junkie music note boots with your name on them and private shows with the Jukebox Junkie, Ken Mellons. Check out the project website at the following link:  http://www.kenmellonsjukeboxjunkie20thanniversaryproject.com

Mellons is also counting down to the live summer anniversary show with monthly online StageIt shows. These are intimate interactive online shows viewed from any computer at the following link: http://stageit.com/kenmellons. 

Please also follow Ken and the project at the following sites:

Born in the mountains of Kingsport, Tennessee on July 10, 1965, Ken Mellons and his family soon packed up and moved to Music City USA where he grew up on the standard honky tonk heroes. Those heroes included: Keith Whitley, Vern Gosdin, George Jones,  Merle Haggard and Lefty Frizzell.  Ken played guitar, sang at school talent shows and made his way in the clubs after his high school graduation. 

Ken was a featured performer at Opryland USA where he caught the eye of impresarios Hal Durham and Bud Wendall.  This led him to a prized Friday night spot on the Grand Ole Opry.  Impressed by one single performance, the general manager of the Grand Ole Opry invited Ken to make an appearance.  Not only was he invited back once, but numerous times from 1989-1992.  While most young people Ken’s age were away studying at college, Ken was honing his craft as a singer, songwriter and entertainer.

Music producer Jerry Cupit took notice and a deal with Epic Records was sealed in 1992.  Ken’s self-titled debut album was released one year later.  The single, “Jukebox Junkie,” was a smashing hit and continued to receive airplay for the remainder of the decade. 

In 1995, “Where Forever Begins,” followed up his debut success.  Ken signed his second major label deal with Curb records in 1997 where he issued the “Best of Ken Mellons” in 2001.  A couple of years later, the successful single, “Mr. DJ” was issued.  In 2004, he released “Sweet” on the Home Records label which featured the single, “Paint Me a Birmingham.” 

Ken then decided in 2005 to concentrate on one of his best projects ever, his son Kade.  He left the road to be home with his family and continued to pen songs for such artists as George Strait, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams, Jr. and Mark Chesnutt just to name a few.  In October of 2010 he released his debut bluegrass album entitled, “Rural Route” on his own label, Jukebox Junkie Records to much acclaim in the Bluegrass world.  Ken and his wife, fiddle player Kristy Jo have since added another Mellons to their patch, a son by the name of Kash Whitley, born in February of 2012. Ken is currently touring in the US and abroad as part of the “Keepin’ It County Tour” and is performing songs off his latest country album “Just What I’m Wantin’ To Do” as well as all his other hits.

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