Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter April 22. 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter April 22. 2014

Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News International Magazine http://www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.com . Your Country Music News is supported by, Courtyard Nashville Downtown http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnadt-courtyard-nashville-downtown , Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitmusiccity.com , Tennessee Tourism, http://www.Tennessee.de , Lucy Malheur http://www.lucy-malheur.info/

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Interview with J. K. Coltrain

J.K Coltrain was born in Columbus Ohio; he has lived exactly in two states, because his parents had a few different shops in West Virginia, so they went up and down the country. He grew up between music and musicians and that’s no wonder he fall into country music.
 

His first appearance in a professional way was with 14 years with The Pleasant Hill Quartet, a Gospel group. By the age of 20 years he went back to his first love the country music, he played at that time in a band called The Southern Express. They got a lot of regional success and opened for a lot off popular groups as Pure Prairie League, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Poco & the Marshall Tucker Band. In 1983 he left The Southern Express, because he wanted to start a solo career in traditional country. In 1097 he was in the charts with his own song called “West Virginia you’re still my home”. He was in the top 40 in Europe for 41 weeks and was in a lot of radio and TV shows. J.K toured worldwide and worked with a few of the greatest stars in country music, like for example Loretta Lynn, Jerry Reed, The Bellamy Brothers, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buck Owens and many more. He is still recording and performing, but he helps now young artists, as president of Colt Records Nashville, Chairman of the Traditional Country Opry and he is hosting, The Country Star Showcases.



Interview with J. K. Coltrain

Gaby:
Music has many new fans throughout Europe, they may hear about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you make, to someone who has never seen, or heard about you?

J. K.:
Well I am known as a traditional country music singer & songwriter. I still like songs that tell a story and have real meaning.
 
Gaby:
How has been the last year for you? What are the highlights?

J. K.:
Well a very good year from me as well as many of the other Colt Records artists. I have had a Number 1 on The European Chart with my duet partner Nikki Nelson with 'You Never Know' and my song “Two Cigarettes Out of Memphis” remained on a number of charts for over 28 weeks.
 
Gaby:
What is the name of your latest CD and how does it sell?
 
J. K.:
The latest one is called Outlaws, “Heroes & Friends” and it is available on my website at; www.jkcoltrain.com as well as the labels site at; www.coltrecords.com and all of the online stores such as iTunes, Amazon, Google, Pandora & etc.
 
Gaby:
What made you choose that title for the CD? Is there a story behind it?

J. K.:
Yes the reason for the title is, it is dedicated to my friends, who are gone now that influenced and helped me throughout my career, like Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Ernest Tubb & George Jones.
 
Gaby:
Do you write the songs by yourself? If not, how do you manage to find the perfect songs for your CD?
 
J. K.:
Both actually, I write a large part of my songs, but every once in a while I will get a great song from another writer that I just have to record.
 
Gaby:
How much creative control do you have about your music?

J. K.:
The nice part about owning a record label and also being a producer is that I have complete control over everything :)

Gaby:
Who inspires you in music and how deep are your musical roots?

J. K.:
Real deep I grew up in a very musical family. My folks sang gospel and had me singing by the time I was about 10 or 11 and I was on the road with a gospel quartet by the time I was 14.
 
Gaby:
As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like most, what is your favorite activity?

J. K.:
That's a tough question because I love the recording process and being in the studio. However, nothing beats performing to a crowd.
 
Gaby:
What was your big break that brought you into music business?

J. K.:
My big break was when I went on “The Midnite Jamboree” and Ernest Tubb took a liking to me and my music. He allowed me to perform on the show on a regular basis and also made some phone calls to help me get my first record deal.
 
Gaby:
Before you became a star, did your friends and family support you or was it a never ending struggle?
 
J. K.:
The answer is yes and no lol. My family loved for me to sing but they always wanted me to have a regular job and sing as a hobby. Of course when I did have some success they were happy for me.
 
Gaby:
What moments in your career, stay in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

J. K.:
There have been quite a few but I have been around since a teenager. I won The “Star of Tomorrow Award” in 1991 and that was very nice and then I was inducted into “The Country Legends Association” by none other than Willie Nelson in 2004 and “The Traditional Country Hall of Fame” in 2007. I am also proud of receiving “The Texas CMA Entertainer” as well as “Album of the Year” back in 2009.
 
Gaby:
Any thought of retirement ahead?

J. K.:
Not really, I might someday no longer be able to perform but if I am still kicking I will still be writing songs & producing.
 
Gaby:
Many European fans travel to the United States to attend several music festivals for the opportunity, to see as many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities as they can. If you would be one of these favorite artists, where in the United States could the fans find you?

J. K.:
I don't usually stray too far from Nashville and when I do it's usually out and back the next day.

Gaby:
Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what would your fans see there?

J. K.:
Yes as mentioned my personal site is at; http://www.jkcoltrain.com and for non-English speaking fans go to: http://www.jkcoltrain.net and you will find out all about me as well as lots of pictures, music & videos.

Gaby:
Most careers don't last as long as yours. What gives you the power of endurance?

J. K.:
My answer quite simply is my love of music. It has never been about the fame or money as fame is fleeting and I could have found better ways to make money :) So it is my love of music that has kept me going.

Gaby:
I thank you very much for the time you spend to answer this question. Good Luck for the future!


You can find some of his music under you tube




And also his friends


And the official web site



Gaby Agrikola for Country Music News International

Kevin Sharp dies at 43

Kevin Sharp dies at 43


Peter Cooper 10 a.m. CDT April 21, 2014

(Photo: Acey Harper, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image)

Singer Kevin Sharp, a country music hit-maker who became an unwearying advocate for children with chronic diseases, died Saturday, April 19 at age 43.
According to the artist's website, Mr. Sharp died of complications from "ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues."
Born in Redding, California, Mr. Sharp grew up obsessed with sports and music. A high school football and
Mr. Sharp's follow-up recordings did not perform as well as his initial offerings, and he struggled with health issues, undergoing emergency surgeries in 1998 and 2008. But his time in the country music spotlight made him a role model for sick children, and he shared his life story in a book called "Tragedy's Gift," at concerts, at public speaking engagements and during numerous visits with cancer patients. His 2005 album for Cupit Records was entitled "Make a Wish."
Mr. Sharp's health worsened in 2011, and he endured numerous surgeries for leg infections. Still, he worked to spread his hopeful message whenever possible.
"My life is performing and speaking, so not only does it keep a roof over my head, it keeps me going emotionally," he told Phyllis Stark of "Country Weekly" magazine in 2012. "If I didn't believe what I try to express and tell others, I wouldn't be here. Luckily, I believe in what I preach."
According to Mr. Sharp's website, a Nashville memorial service is being planned, but no details have yet been announced.
Reach Peter Cooper at pcooper@tennessean.com or on Twitter @tnmusicnews

DIERKS BENTLEY DRUNK ON A PLANE




DIERKS BENTLEY LAUNCHES
"DRUNK ON A PLANE" INTERACTIVE
PHOTO BOOTH WITH NEW SINGLE
 
Nashville, TN – April 21, 2014 – Chart-topping singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley is taking the mile-high party viral today with the release of a “Drunk On A Plane” interactive photo booth, where fans can upload their own picture and customize it with aviation and party themed stickers. To join the party visit www.dierks.com/drunkonaplane, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dierksbentley and through Urturn in the AppStore. 
 
“Nashville’s Freshest, Funniest Party Song” (Star Tribune) is the second single off Bentley’s No. one album RISER and follows its chart-topping lead single “I Hold On.” Fans can catch Bentley out on his headlining 2104 RISER tour beginning May 9 in Charlotte, NC.

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