Saturday, April 26, 2014

Michael Lonstar - solid as a rock!

 Michael Lonstar - solid as a rock! 


This is a story about a man from Poland, which is moving around for quite a long time, in the country music scene, all over the world. This man that deeply moved and captivate me, when I met him for the first time in April of this year. Captivate by his kind of charisma and the wise and impressive words that he said. A man that has seen a lot. He met celebrities and can count a few of them to his best friends, celebrities of long time ago in country music. He knew people that have been an ideal for all of you, that made you to the person, you are today and the person you want to be in the future! A man, that leave a mark to remember with his appearances and the things he has to say. Impressions that stay, marks which I never will forget, because I met this amazing man. There are some people, you maybe only face once in your lifetime, but you never forget them, because of the important things they said. Words, that touched you and their presence and charisma, have been so special and extraordinary. One of those kind of people is „Michael Lonstar“, he is down to earth, a very pleasant conversational partner, that has to say a lot. When he is talking, you listen to what he has to tell, he speaks wise words and one of his stories that touched him, I would like to share with you today, in the same way, he shared it with me. I will cite him, word by word, so that nothing will get lost, what he told me. Michael Lonestar told me, during an interview, after I asked him, if he had a special kind of story about his life, the following story, Michael Lonstar said, quote, “Well there are a lot of them, but I think, I might quote one, which is connected to Grand Ole Opry and Nashville. That was one my first times ever; when I suppose to appear on stage on Grand ole Opry, as George Hamilton’s guest, and I didn´t feel any stage fright, because everybody was so nice to me and in the band and everything. The sound check and the rehearsal was perfectly all right and it was so supportive, but when I sang my part, only one song, I run of stage, crying out loud, out of emotion. It is not that I had tears in my eyes, I was crying out loud like a baby, and I was so ashamed of my reaction, that I hide deep inside, on the darkest corner of the backstage. And all of the sudden, I feel somebody touching my arm in the darkness and I hear the voice, known elsewhere, a very well known voice saying in a low baritone “Son, don´t you be ashamed of your tears, because everyone reacts here this way, first time around, me included!” So I looked around to see, who that was, and that was no other one than Hank Snow. That was in the year of 1989, so he was an older gentleman, but he was still singing, and imagine me, a perfectly nobody, I was just a kid from behind the iron curtain, and he was a iconic, a super monumental star, and yet he obviously noticed my reaction and he bother to follow me backstage, and say those encouraging words. Not only that, he also admitted, “me included”, which means, maybe 40 years earlier, he as a young boy, reacted that way with tears and crying. So I said oh my god, if that guy reacted that way, many, many years earlier so there is nothing wrong with me. And it was so encouraging and I never will forget that and that was, still is one of the motors in my life, that no matter of the people work ahead of me, people I look up to, because Hank Snow was one of my idols, as a little boy, I was looking up at Ernest Tubb and Hank Snow, there are my idols. And all of the sudden that idol, that I idolized for so many years for a decade, says these words to me, that he also cried, stepping of stage for stand around, so that is one of the most incredible stories that happened to me!”,unquote. I think I don´t have to say anything else, you will understand, why I posted this story!

Review by Gaby Agrikola

Scott Sharp - Europe is ready for you!

Scott Sharp - Europe is ready for you!

Scott Sharp is a brilliant American country singer, he writes and sings his own songs and beside that, he is a very nice person to deal with.
He had to struggle a lot in his life, went through a lot of changes and lost more than a human can take. But he went on, with what his heart told him to do and that is to make people happy, make them feel good. With his own words, he writes wonderful country songs and with his real strong and recognizable voice, he is singing those songs.
Without his knowledge, a lot of people followed him in secret, because they are so fascinated by his music. I know one guy that would love to meet him in person…!!!
I also know that he is working on a new album and we are really, really excited, when it will be released and what kind of songs Scott created for this album. I have to tell you, we are curious about that….
Scott´s genre is from waltz, through rock into rockabilly, everybody would find something in his music, a little bit for the heart or you feel like dancing. All his songs have a story to tell and the music takes you into his world, with a lot of emotions and passion and love.
Sometimes you have CD´s from very big stars and they all sound the same – you get bored - but this would not happen, if you listen to the songs of Scott Sharp. Here you feel the real life and the concentrated passion to bring his music into our hearts.
He is a guy with his heart at the right spot, a hard working man, a perfect husband, and an amazing country singer.
The songs of Scott have been played in radio stations in Spain, Ireland and Italy and let me tell you this, here in Germany, we like him too.
Scott Sharp will sing and write his songs until his last breath, because the music and Scott are one of a kind.
On You Tube you can find one of his songs called “Between The Lies”. It is a very, very good song.
Article by Gaby Agrikola for Country Music News International

George Jones Lives On with New Book and Album

The Legend of George Jones Lives On with New Book and Album

One year after the world said goodbye to Country Music icon George Jones, Charlene and Peanutt Montgomery remember their best friend in a new tell-all biography and tribute album from Heritage Builders.



(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- One year after Country Music lost the legendary George Jones, Charlene and Earl “Peanutt” Montgomery remember their best friend of thirty years with “The Legend of George Jones: His Life and Death” (Heritage Builders Publishing) – a new, tell-all biography and companion album. Released earlier this month, the book is selling out nationwide and is now in its second printing.

With “The Legend of George Jones,” Charlene and Peanutt wanted to set the record straight about their friend who died on April 26, 2013. Throughout Jones’ life, the tabloids chronicled his struggle with personal demons and often painted a less-than-flattering picture. In the book, which is endorsed by all of George Jones’ children, Charlene and Peanutt tell it like it is and make no excuses, but they document the real heart and soul of George Jones.

Charlene and Peanutt are in the midst of a national media tour, with stops from coast to coast, including Bill Martinez Live, Life Lessons Radio, Drew Marshall Show, Glen Biegel Show, Marybeth Conley Show, Coastal Daybreak, Sirius/XM’s Elvis Radio, Dispatch Radio, The Curtis Report, Live at 9 (Memphis), More at Midday (Nashville) and many more.

From humble beginnings playing the guitar and singing on the streets of Beaumont, Texas, George Jones became one of the most important and influential singers in music history. The Grammy Award-winning Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member was the voice behind many of Country music’s most enduring hits, such as “White Lightning,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “The Door,” “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which is widely regarded as one of the greatest country music singles of all time.

Peanutt wrote seventy-three songs for George Jones including some of his best-loved number one hits. Charlene, Peanutt’s wife and partner, is a prolific songwriter in her own right, and she had a personal relationship with Jones that spanned decades, and she remains today a revered and beloved friend of all the Jones children.

Among the book’s highlights:
  • The attempted murder of Peanutt by George Jones
  • The culprits who brought Jones to bankruptcy, and his knees, are revealed.
  • Unexplained mysteries concerning Jones’ fifth wife Nancy, and the way that his children were treated at his funeral.

The book also includes a CD of nine popular Peanutt Montgomery/George Jones hits plus two previously unreleased songs, newly recorded by some of country music’s top players.

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