Monday, March 31, 2014

State of Mississippi Honors Country Music Artist Jeff Bates

State of Mississippi Honors Country Music Artist Jeff Bates

Bates' career, struggles and life accomplishments commended with House Resolution
  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 31, 2014) – Recently, Country Music artist, Jeff Bates was recognized with a Resolution put forth by the State of Mississippi’s House of Representatives.  The resolution commended Jeffery Wayne "Jeff" Bates for his contributions and success in Country Music, for having confronted and overcome adversity, and for his dedication to his family, wife Kelly Vaughn and daughter Brianna.

“Whereas, a man with a life’s story that seemingly chronicles a classic country song,” listed the Resolution, “…Jeff rebounded with an undeniable affirmation of self and a renewed awareness of purpose to once again seize the reins of destiny which were innately embedded in the core of his musicality.”

The resolution went on to recognize Bates’ ongoing charity work and upcoming endeavors and concluded “Mr. Bates’ stature and incredible success, whose talent, life’s story and benevolences have bestowed great pride and integrity upon the great State of Mississippi.”

Bates was raised in Bunker Hill, Miss., adopted as the eldest of nine children by sharecropping parents. After moving to Nashville to chase his dreams, he landed a publishing deal with Warner-Chappell. However, in 2001, Bates’ battle with drugs and his addiction landed him in jail putting an end, if only for a while, to his music career.

After being released, Bates co-wrote Tracy Lawrence’s 2002 single, “What a Memory,” putting him well on the path to success.  In 2003, Bates inked his first record deal with RCA Records and released his debut album Rainbow Man that produced a top-ten single, “The Love Song.” Three more albums would follow, including Leave the Light On (RCA), his self-titled project and One Day Closer (Black River), culminating in seven top-40 singles and a No. 1 Christian country single.  

“I am honored and humbled by this award,” stated Bates. “I wish my Mama and Daddy were still here to physically see and share in this occasion. However I trust that they are with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven, smiling down with the pride only Parents can feel!” Bates continued “I would like to personally extend thanks to Aaron Williams; Rep. Charles Busby; District 111, Phillip Gunn; Speaker of The House, Rep. C. Scott Bounds; District 44, Senator Giles K. Ward; District 18, Senator Lydia Chassaniol; District 14, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves; and last but definitely not least my friend, brother, and mentor Fred Robinson and his wife Dianne for your selfless efforts on my behalf in making this momentous event in my life happen!”

Bates currently celebrates 13 years of sobriety. He continues the outreach of Jeff Bates Ministries and dedicates his life to what he considers “the most important and ultimate accomplishment,” the job of being a full-time father. Additionally, Bates is back in the studio working on a variety of projects, including the highly-anticipated album Me & Conway (which will feature Twitty classics as well as a mix of original tunes) and The Songwriter Series, both due out later this year. Bates is also assisting up-and-coming artists as a manager and has recently built Bates Shop Studios

Luftküsse von Dolly Parton

Luftküsse von Dolly Parton


Dolly Parton führt am 2. Mai eine große Parade durch die Bergstadt Pigeon Forge an. Mehr als 50 000 Fans werden zum „Homecoming“ erwartet. Nirgendwo kommen sie der Country-Music-Ikone näher als in deren Heimatregion im Osten des amerikanischen Südstaats Tennessee.

Am 19. Januar 1946 als viertes von zwölf Kindern in einfachste Verhältnisse hineingeboren, hat sich Dolly Parton nach ihrem ersten Auftritt im zehnten Lebensjahr schnell zum Weltstar emporgesungen – ohne dabei ihre Wurzeln in den Smoky Mountains zu verlieren. So beschreibt sie in ihrem Hit „Coat of Many Colors“, wie stolz sie auf den Mantel aus Stoffflicken war, den ihr die Mutter genäht hatte. Im Jahr 1986 kaufte sie zusammen mit Geschäftsfreunden den Themenpark „Silver Dollar City“ in Pigeon Forge und machte ihn unter dem Namen „Dollywood“ zur meistbesuchten Urlaubsattraktion von Tennessee: mit einer Mischung von Achterbahnen, viel Country-Musik und alten Handwerken aus den Appalachen. Da sieht man Schmiede, Wagenbauer und Seifenkocher bei der Arbeit. Mit Dollywood kam der einstmals bettelarme Landkreis Sevier zu Wohlstand. Jährlich kommen mehr als zwei Millionen Besucher. Und jedes Frühjahr kehrt Dolly in ihre Heimat zurück. Dieses „Homecoming“ ist heute eines der größten Volksfeste im Bundesstaat Tennessee.
Die Parade am 2. Mai, einem Freitag, beginnt um 18.00 Uhr an der River Road nahe der Verkehrsampel Nummer 7 – tatsächlich orientiert man sich so am besten in Pigeon Forge – und endet an der Ampel Nummer 3. Der Zutritt ist kostenlos. Dolly führt den Umzug stets selbst an, meist in einem schrillen Kostüm hoch auf einem Wagen sitzend, mächtig geschminkt und die mehr als 50 000 Schaulustigen mit Luftküssen grüßend. So nahe kommt man der Sängerin nicht einmal auf den beiden deutschen Konzerten ihrer bevorstehenden Europatournee am 5. Juli in Köln und 6. Juli in Berlin – den ersten in Deutschland seit vier Jahrzehnten.

 Pigeon Forge liegt nur wenige Meilen vom Nationalpark Great Smoky Mountains entfernt, dem meistbesuchten der USA mit seinen fast 2000 Meter hohen Bergketten, mehr als tausend Kilometern Wanderwegen und wilden Bären. Die Parade fällt zeitlich mit dem Blütenmeer des Frühlings zusammen.
Rund um Dollywood haben sich viele andere Attraktionen angesiedelt, so auch der Nachbau der Titanic im Maßstab Eins-zu-Zwei und mehrere Dinner-Theater mit jeder Menge Country Music und Comedy. Die Stadt und Dolly Partons angrenzender Heimatort Sevierville sowie das nahe Gatlinburg entsprechen mit ihren vielen Neonschildern überhaupt nicht dem, was sich Europäer gemeinhin unter einem Gebirgsort vorstellen. Hier finden sie stattdessen authentisches Amerika – an einem Ort, an dem Amerikaner Urlaub machen. Es gibt viele günstige Hotels und als Alternative hübsche Blockhäuser mit hohem Komfort in stillen Seitentälern, die als „Chalets“ oder „Cabins“ angeboten werden, oder in Lodges. Wer es ganz naturnah und still mag, wohnt gut in Townsend, dem vierten Ort am Nationalpark.
Kostenlose Reiseinfos: Tennessee Tourism, Horstheider Weg 106a, 33613 Bielefeld, Telefon (0521) 986-0415, www.tennessee.de. Infos Dollywood: www.dollywood.com

Country Music News International March 31. 2014

Country Music News International March 31. 2014

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DEAN BRODY WINS JUNO AWARD FOR COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

DEAN BRODY WINS JUNO AWARD FOR COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

PERFORMS #1 GOLD SINGLE "BOUNTY" ON JUNO AWARDS BROADCAST TONIGHT

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WINNIPEG, MB - Canadian Country star Dean Brody earns his first JUNO Award for Country Album of the Year at last night's JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony in Winnipeg. Nominated for the third time in his career, Brody's fourth album, Crop Circles (Open Road Recordings / Universal Music Canada) soared to the top of the charts upon release this past November. 
 
"I'm so proud of the team around me, its been a long journey and I feel like this win is for all of us," says Dean Brody. "Years from now I'll look back on this as one of the greatest honours given to me. Thank you all for your part in making this happen. What a night!"

Receiving critical acclaim for his songwriting, Brody made history in 2013 becoming the first male Canadian artist to earn two #1 songs at Country radio on the BDS and Mediabase charts for Crop Circles first single "Bounty" featuring Lindi Ortega and 2012's Platinum-selling anthem "Canadian Girls."
   
To date, Brody's career has spawned 12 Top 10 singles at radio becoming the #1 Most Played Canadian Artist for the past three years; seven Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMA) including his current reign as Male Artist of the Year and multiple sold out tours across Canada including his most recent headlining arena tour Crop Circles and Tractor Beams.

Dean Brody will perform his #1 Gold-selling hit "Bounty" on the 2014 JUNO Awards Broadcast this evening, Sunday, March 30, 2014 on CTV from Winnipeg's MTS Centre at 8 p.m. CT/ 9 p.m. ET.

CD: DARRELL - McCall Country From The Heart


DARRELL McCall
Country From The Heart
 
Cold Long Neck Beer - Invitation To The Blues - Florence Jean - Jug - For A Minute There - Hurry Up - The Marionette - Get er' Back On The Road - Take Me As I Am - She'll Unwine Me - Stone Heart - The Best Of Our Good Times - Just Ask Me
 
Wow, what a treat to hear 'real' country music from the country & honky-tonk Texas-dance influenced heart of Texas.  You might remember Darrel McCall.  He had a hit with "A Stranger Was Here" on Phillips Records a few years ago.  Here he is back again on Heart of Texas Records, sounding better than ever.  There are a couple of really well done songs on this project, including six terrific originals from Darrell himself.  His daughter Guyanne also contributed an original "Cold Long Neck Beer," which I found fascinating.  She also adds some delightful harmony (and lead vocals) to the bonus track "Just Ask Me." That particular song also has some really neat honky-tonk piano in it.  Sounds as close to the old upright as you can get.  The whole project is simply full of delightful and incredibly entertaining songs that many of us who really like 'true' country music, especially with the Texas influence, enjoy.  I also got a kick out of "Jug" which is a song about one of Darrell's old friends.  Nice up-tempo piece.  Bobby Flores plays fiddle throughout, with an especially tasty intro on "Get er' Back On The Road."  I got to meet Mr. Flores last year at the Wahoo, Nebraska, festival, and he was in remarkably good spirits and ability there.  He also adds some viola to Darrell's great CD, but it's his fiddle that really stands out.  Add T. Bonta on piano; Jake Hooker on bass; Don Brewer on bass guitar; Dave Biller on guitar; Randy Reinhard & Jim Loessberg on steel; Jim Loessberg on drums; and Darrell's son Cody McCall on additional harmony, and it's starting to sound like productions of the past when Darrell McCall recorded for such recording giants as Atlantic, Columbia, and RCA Victor.  He had a nice hit with the Columbia release "Pins & Needles In My Heart," and "Long Line of Empties" he recorded for RCA did well too.  Extremely nice experience to hear this step back in time to hear the 'real deal.'  It is so unlike so-called country music today, and here it is, in person, in the great country voice of Darrell McCall.  This CD will go to the Rural Roots Music Commission for possible "CD of the Year" consideration, and if I had my way, Darrell McCall would be in America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame with ceremonies in LeMars Iowa this year, Aug 25-31.  We'll see if Heart of Texas Records responds to that suggestion.  Heart of Texas Records, 1701 S. Bridge, Brady, TX 76825 - tracy@hillbillyhits.com
 
Review by Bob Everhart, Pres., NTCMA www.ntcma.net 
for Country Music News International

CD: WEST 'N' ROSE - Life's Highway


WEST 'N' ROSE
Life's Highway
 
Life's Highway - He Saved Me - You Won't Be The Same - Take Time - Thank you Lord - Walking With the Lord - Living Your Life In Jesus' Name - He's The Rock - He'll Never, Never Leave You - God My Maker Gives Songs in the Night - Heading for Tamworth
 
This amazing Australian songwriter, Rose Alexander, is also a distinguished and very pretty vocalist.  Her voice is very young sounding.  She is joined on this project by mandolinist and harmony singer Liz West.  Together these lovely females put together an amazing assortment of typical country players to make this recording.  Allison How on piano and harmonies; Miriam Sadler on flute; John Sophios on lead guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonies, mandolin, and keyboard; and Doolie Zantis on keyboard.   I would have liked to hear the lead vocals a little further above the instrument mix, but it's just fine as is.  Rose Alexander has a great fan in a Newfoundlander, Michael T Wall, who spends a lot of time in Australia these days.  He has even nominated for Rose to be inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, and I believe that can be accomplished if Rose can find her way to the ceremonies to make it happen.  This CD by Rose and Liz has a lot of appreciative Jesus songs, as well as a few written from experiences, most notably "Heading for Tamworth" which is the largest country music gathering in Australia.  Recorded at the Axcess Studios in Brisbane, I'd have to give this one four great big beautiful golden stars.  Submitted by Michael T Wall, P O Box 715 Stn Main, Pickering, ON L1V 3T3
 
Review by Bob Everhart, Pres. NTCMA  www.ntcma.net
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CD: CURTIS POTTER - Songs of the Cherokee Cowboy


CURTIS POTTER
Songs of the Cherokee Cowboy
 
The Songs of the Cherokee Cowboy (duet with Willie Nelson) - Danny Boy - If She Could See Me Now - I Love You So Much It Hurts Me - Sittin' and Thinkin' - I Won't Mention It Again - Walk Me To The Door - I'm Still Not Over You - It Should Be Easier Now - Soft Rain - Healing Hands of Time - Night Life
 
I'm not very familiar with the works of Curtis Potter, but I was a long-time fan of Ray Price, even got to open for him on the Midwest Country, RFD-TV show.  Price was a 'standard' on his own, and although there are many 'imitators' in country music, I don't believe I could put Mr. Potter in that category.  He's a 'natural' Ray Price singer.  He can't help it if his voice sounds like Ray Price, BUT he don't care, he's a Ray Price fan too, and this remarkable CD is proof of the pudding.  Mr. Price had to go through the ordeal of being told he's an old fart and a jackass because he didn't particularly like the very un-country music of Blake Shelton.  Well all that has disappeared, as has Ray Price, but here we have the music right back with us again.  As long as there is a Curtis Potter there will be the lovely and remarkable sounds of Ray Price....alive all over again.  Terrific.  Willie Nelson drops in to sing on "The Songs of the Cherokee Cowboy" as well as contributing a number of original songs he originally did for Price: "I'm Still Not Over You" "It Should Be Easier Now" "Healing Hands of Time" and "Night Life."  What's neat about Curtis Potter is that he is not only keeping Ray Price's music alive, he's keeping this style of country dance alive.  It's not possible to 'cowboy-western dance' without this kind of music, and here it is, in all it's glory.  The musicians on this project, much like Price's original Cherokee Cowboys, speak for themselves.  They play it like it should be played.  they don't need to 'switch' to automation, the 'box,' electronic interference, or anything else.  What you hear is what you get, and it's the 'real deal' an honest and truly astonishing approach to cowboy and western swing music.  Randy Reinhard on steel; Reggie Rueffer on fiddle; Justin Trevino on rhythm guitar, harmony vocals (who also produced and engineered); Jake Hooker on bass; T. Bonta on piano; Charlie Walton on lead guitar; Jim Loessberg on drums; and add Bobby Flores on violin and guitar on "The Songs of the Cherokee Cowboy." Extremely well done CD, this one should be taking awards, wherever there are awards for this wonderful music.  Heart of Texas Records, 1701 S. Bridge, Brady, TX 76825 -  tracy@hillbillyhits.com -
 
Review by Bob Everhart, Pres., NTCMA www.ntcma.net
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TRADITION BULLETIN MARCH 31. 2014

TRADITION BULLETIN
 
I'm back in the saddle again, back where a friend is a friend, where the long horned cattle grow, where the....forgot the words.  Remember Gene Autry and those great old-time cowboy songs he used to sing?  The 'let's pretend we're country' recording artists today just don't have it today.  They just don't get it.  What's so remarkable about remembering a few words that Gene Autry used to sing fifty years ago, isn't really about being, or becoming, old, it's about harboring in your breast some beautiful memories of those kinds of songs.  Does anything called 'country' today do that for you.  I don't care how old you are, is there anything on the so-called top-ten country songs that will be so incredibly meaningful that you will remember anything about them at all fifty years later?  Or forty, or twenty, or ten, or tomorrow?  And the money interests just never cease, keep on keepin' on, even though it's an insult to every rural person in America.
 
One new development that has really blew me away, is a little 9-year old girl, Emi Sunshine, that I saw on FaceBook, who sings and yodels Jimmie Rodger's songs.  She plays the ukulele really well, and she sings and yodels with such force, integrity, and honesty, it's impossible not to like what she is doing.  I started trying to track her down, I believe she is from somewhere like North Carolina, not sure about that I only have an e-mail address.  Anyway I fired off an invite to be at LeMars, and lo and behold, the little girl made an appearance last week on the national "Today Show" singing up a storm.  By then my e-mail had made it to her, or at least to someone who takes care of her.  I promised to award her with a "Rising Legend" award if she could get to LeMars.  Can you imagine how much it would cost to get a national televised act to come, and in our case 'on the cheap?'  Well, here's the gist of it all, she's coming.  At least that's what her mentors say.  She will absolutely blow you away when she does her show.  She is still in school, so Saturday is her only 'best' day, so plan on seeing this happen, you will be stunned by what she can do with a Jimmie Rodgers song.  She also writes some of her own songs, and I can truthfully say to you right out, they are better than the 'make believe country' songs we hear on radio today.  I just got a short piece on the Today Show Emi did.  When asked who her favorite artists were, she said, "I've been singing since I was four, and I've been playing about a year and a half.  Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris are my idols, but I also like Buddy Miller."  She did the show with her band, family members dad, uncle, and brother.  They're called 'Rain.'
 
April 18 in Iowa - Fans of country legend George Strait won't want to miss this final opportunity to see him perform his live show, featuring many of his 60 No. 1 hits on his "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour."  7:30pm at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St., Des Moines .  $71.50 and $91.50 more info at www.iowaeventscenter.com   OR, you can come to the Oak Tree in Anita, April 11-12-13 and look at a picture of George Strait and myself in concert together, and I'll tell you the strange tale of how that happened.
 
April 19 in Iowa - It's the first night of the thoroughbred racing season at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Des Moines.  Post time for the first race is 6:30pm, so catch a few races before heading to the Meadows Event Center to see the 8pm live show by the Charlie Daniels Band.  Charlie is promoting his newest album, a tribute to another legendary artist, Bob Dylan.  $35-$55 on the ticket prices, more info at www.prairiemeadows.com  You'll be seeing Charlie on a lot of 'media' coverage as he promotes his new album
 
Bob Dylan, he just seems to stay in the news.  I never ever thought he was much of a singer, BUT he stayed on tune and walloped us with some incredible songwriting.  All this time he's been doing his 'thing' he's not changed much in his vocal abilities, and his writing is still some of the best we've ever seen or heard.  A trove of two dozen unfinished Dylan songs written around 1967 (whew, that is a long time ago), during his 'Basement Tapes' period are being completed by an all-star band assembled by none other than producer T Bone Burnett (he did Johnny Cash's last sessions).  Burnett said... "These are not B-level Dylan lyrics, they're lyrics he just never got around to finishing.  Among Dylan's songs, we've never had a chance to hear, are "Florida Key," "Card Shark" and "Hi-De-Ho."  A spokesman for Dylan said he has offered no explanation of why he decided to offer the unfinished songs to T Bone Burnett to complete.  It's hard not to speculate that the decision is at least partially driven by his experience helping to bring lyrics left unfinished by Hank Williams at his death in 1953 to life by having a variety of artists set them to music and record them for that 2011 album "The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams."
 
This from former Wyoming senator Alan Simpson.  "Do you know the difference between naked and nekkid?  If you're naked, you don't have any clothes on, but if you're nekkid, you don't have any clothes on, but you're up to something."  It's amazing in America how the discrimination against our very own 'rural' music is still in tact, all the way back to when ASCAP refused to license it for radio air play.  Amazing, isn't it?
 
KSIB-FM Radio in Creston, Iowa, can't take anymore of the 'let's pretend we're country' recording artists.  Chad Rieck, the general manager, reported they are dropping their modern country music format in favor of a news talk format. 
 
Maybe if you watch the 'Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon, you got to see actor Russell Crowe visiting Thursday night.  The two of them took to the stage, performing an old Australian folk song (that Johnny Cash once did), with Fallon on harmonica and Crowe on guitar and vocals.  Pretty good stuff to be on national television.  Don't forget Susan Crowe (Russell's step-mother) is planning on being at LeMars this year.  She doesn't like to talk much about how that all happened, but she's a good country singer, though a little demanding at times, but still a good one.
 
I missed it, but apparently this weekend Ricky Skaggs, Larry Gatlin, and former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, discussed their recent visit to Israel on the Fox News Channel.  Last month, Skaggs and Gatlin ventured to the Holy Land, traveling alongside Governor Huckabee for a weeklong tour of the region.  Governor Huckabee travels to Israel each year to guide a tour of the region and provide historical commentary.  The bluegrass and country legends accompanied him as personal friends and to perform in many historic locations along the way. If you got to see it (I believe it aired on Saturday), give us a review.
 
I had pronounced the Rathbun Country Music Theater a 'done deal' last fall as the owners decided to close up shop after many many years.  If you are from the Rathbun Lake area, you should be excited to know that the theater has new owners. John Bain, Sr., and his son John Jr., will operate the musical landmark.  The Bain's are a musical family, and they hope to keep the traditional country music intact. John Sr. plays guitar, banjo, piano, and pipe organ; his wife Karen and two young daughters Sylvia and Sophia will also be performing.  John Jr. is an electronics repair man, and will be manning the sound board.  Should all fall into place, if you are from the area, or nearby, go see a show.
 
SPBGMA (The Society for preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) is celebrating it's 40th year this year.  I can't begin to tell you how fortunate I've been (and Sheila too) to be able to play for Chuck and Diane Stearman who have manned this organization through all 40 years.  I even wrote a song about Chuck in my early days, when he wouldn't let me sing on one of his bluegrass festivals because I didn't have a bluegrass band.  It was called simply "Bluegrass Blues" and ended with "Rank Strangers." He eventually relented, and I teamed up with several bluegrass bands to do his festivals, including trips to Ireland and Czechoslovakia in the deal. Unlike some bluegrass clubs/associations today, Chuck created a 'policy' that he has retained since the very beginning, and has done more to keep bluegrass as a specific musical genre than just about anyone else I know.  The original goals, as they are today, consisted of: Preserving the spirit and art form of bluegrass; offer management service to any community desiring to hold a bluegrass festival; organize and conduct bluegrass band competitions; keeping traditional acoustic instruments (no electric permitted, not even bass); encourage professionalism in appearance and showmanship by SPBGMA performers; encourage the support of bluegrass publications and associations.  I believe Chuck and Diane Stearman have done more for bluegrass music in Mid-America, if not the entire USA, than anyone else in the business.  I remember so well when the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) rolled it's carpet out, almost in defiance of Chuck's already ongoing enterprise.  The IBMA immediately set about 'capturing' a whole new participatory audience creating new opportunities, new enterprises, new sponsors, etc etc.  They called themselves "international' but did extremely little in that respect.  I joined them in their first year, and Eddy Adcock (banjo player from Washington DC) suggested to them that I assume the post of 'international representative' especially since I had been traveling Europe for some 25 years, working with every bluegrass band of any notoriety of any kind, in just about every country that had a bluegrass base from which to work.  IBMA said 'nix' we're appointing Dick Kimmel, from Minnesota, our international rep, even though he has never been out of the USA. Doesn't matter, I'm still a member.  I believe I even joined IBMA before Kimmel did.
 
A man who is claiming he is married to Taylor Swift (you know the one that started out being pretty country and then switched to everything but country), and threatening her family was ordered to stay away from Swift for three years.  Timothy Sweet was given the order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas.  Swift said in court filings that Sweet threatened anyone who interfered with his perceived relationship with her.  Swift swore in court documents that she feared for her safety in public and at home.  It's so interesting to see this information come out on the Internet...immediately following this story, is a complete list of Taylor Swift CD's for sale?
 
New 'news' from John Carter Cash who has said he will be with us in LeMars this year.  He recently said there are 4 or 5 more albums of his dad, Johnny Cash's, unreleased songs.  Johnny Cash passed away in 2003, but his music continues to live on.  A new album of lost songs, "Out Among the Stars" was released earlier this week, and now his son says there are several more albums of previously unheard tunes still in the archives.  "There are a few things that are in the works right now, probably four or five albums if we wanted to release everything," John Carter said.  "There may be three or four albums worth of American Recordings stuff, but some of it may never see the light of day.  My mom and dad never threw anything away either, they kept everything in their lives.  They had an archive that had everything in it from the original audio tapes from 'The Johnny Cash Show" to random things like a camel saddle, a gift from the Prince of Saudi Arabia." 
 
May 13th is going to be special for Dolly Parton.  It's the day she will release her latest album "Blue Smoke" in the USA.  It's also the day she will be performing as part of the Today Show 'outdoor concert series.'  Dolly's career has spanned nearly five decades, and is showing no signs of slowing down.  She is the most honored female country singer of all time, recently topping the New Zealand all-genre album with an advance release of "Blue Smoke."  If we had our way, we'd like to see her come and help us give a "Rising Legend" award to little Emi Sunshine, and at the same time, We'd put Dolly in the Hall of Fame???
 
The Oak Ridge Boys are celebrating their 41st anniversary, and who better to celebrate it with, none other than the 41st president of the USA, H.W. Bush.  The Oak Ridge Boys have been favorites of President Bush, and over the years they have performed for him many many times, including special concerts at the White House.  More recently they performed for him and wife Barbara just a few weeks ago in Galveston, Texas. 
 
I keep talking about Curt Shoemaker, the steel player for Martina McBride (at least in the studio) who is going to be doing a special concert at the Oak Tree in Anita on April 12th, 7pm.  Well, Martina is joining the likes of the Roys (they've played at the Oak Tree too), Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Aaron Tippen, Asleep At The Wheel, and a ton of other pro country artists on a 7-day cruise Jan 18-25, 2015, from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and a private island, Half Moon Cay.  Lorraine Crook (of Crook & Chase) will be doing the hosting.  Sounds like a fun cruise.  More info at www.countrymusiccrusie.com
 
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Country Music News International Newsletter February 25. 2017

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CD Review: LUANNE HUNT - The Heart Of It All / Songs From The Valley

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