Friday, May 16, 2014

CD: Richard Lynch - The Last of a Dying Breed

Richard Lynch
The Last of a Dying Breed

1.) Last of a Dying Breed 3:36 2.) We Drink a lot Alike 3:38
3.) Beyond the Golden Years 3:51 4.) Boys Making Noise 3:09
5.) The More I Like My Dog 3:34 6.) Walk On By 3:02 7.) You’re Not What I Need 2:59
8.) Too Many Horses 3:19 9.) I Ain’t Missing Nothing Here 3:16
10.) I Stood There and Lied 4:03

            What a great beautiful day down here in Florida. The rains come in bursts all afternoon, about 80 degrees and the winds a blowin’. I don’t believe I could’ve asked for better weather to sit out on the back porch and write this. Last of a Dying Breed starts playing. It’s a mellow patriotic song about an older guy who’s done his time in the military and lived his old glory days but morphs into an older couples song. They’ve both lived through the chaos and disorder of life but have stuck it out through thick and thin.  Richard Lynch has a melodic tone that seems to wander through the leaves of the old oak tree in my backyard. It’s not a changing wind just constant and steady.
            Now, I know I’m going to like the second song on the album just by the title. We Drink a lot Alike, is a blue collar anthem that picks up the pace, has a keyboard and explains the common denominator between cultures. The singer/songwriter, the factory worker and the executive may live in different daytime worlds but when the neon’s come on, they are somewhat the same. Beyond the Golden Years celebrates fifty years of marriage between two. Its message is that the strength of marriage vows should reflect your honor because they are your promise to be kept throughout your lifetime.
So far, I’ve found that Richard Lynch puts a lot of thought into the songs and the messages he wants to portray. I want to keep writing this review without finding anything about him except what each song conveys. So far he’s hitting a honky tonk home run.
Boys Making Noise is next.  It begins with a homesteading wagon-train sound. It is somewhat of an explanation to his girl about what happens when he is out and about, or any country man for that matter. This song is somewhat of a ballad, or love song proclaiming his faithfulness.  The message in this one is a country boy loves his freedom yet at the same time never strays. The More I Like My Dog, now with a title like that how could I pass this one up? I can see the lightning coming and the thunder is beginning to roar but I have a few minutes left out here. This song I just can’t give the message away, but anyone who listens will feel the same way. Walk on By is a great tune about some girl he sees. He’s married and they shouldn’t meet. The song has a must faster pace, almost driven by the keyboard.
You’re not What I Need, reveals a motto a man should live by. If you can’t accept me for me, than you are not what I need. Too Many Horses at the simple level seems a song about a horse race, when it’s actually a message about life lessons.
You know, art/music/writing all seem to develop through life’s lessons and the ability to wear those lessons in a manner that others can take ownership of themselves. Richard Lynch has seemed to bare his soul, while having that medal pinned to his lapel or that patch sewn upon his sleeve. Without any outside information on him besides these songs from this album I can only hope that my realization of him is based upon the heartfelt roads of life he has traveled and he truly is the last of a dying breed.

Jeremy Frost for Country Music News International

Brantley Gilbert Bulls-eye Debut!

Bulls-eye Debut!

If Brantley Gilbert isn't a household name yet, he soon will be, if he keeps pumping out rocking country tunes like his current 'My Baby's Guns and Roses' which is debuting on the Billboard's Hot Country chart for the week of May 17, 2014 at number 18. The   song, My Baby's Guns and Roses, is an original, and is one of the songs on his new album, “Just As I Am” This isn't Brantley's first ever debut, mind you. The 29 year old singer/songwriter has had success on the charts before, with his second album, “Halfway to Heaven” two singles 'Country Must Be Country Wide' and 'You Don't Know Her Like I Do' went to number one on the HotCountry Chart. Gilbert won the ACM New Male Artist award in 2013.

         Born and raised in Jefferson, Georgia, Brantley got to live and experience the benefits that a small town upbringing and influence can give, and it helped him hone his skills to create his unique sound. His taste in music was always bent towards a southern country rock kind of feel, but his life experiences of heartache, triumph and trials found him a comfortable home in country music.
         He began on stage and played acoustic shows in many venues. Though these shows were often intimate, they didn't give his audiences quite what they were looking for, which was rocking country music. The evolution of his shows moved from the softer          acoustic sound to a high energy, flat out, country rock show.

         The past five years have found Gilbert out on the road with a dynamic road show and engaging lyrics that has built the kind of brand that is now his own. He has a following of passionate fans, who enthusiastically support Brantley’s life and music, and his life in music.
         Signed by Valory Music Co., a division of Big Machine Label in February 2011. He shares a label that is home to country super-star Reba, and to Jewel, and Justin Moore. This was another big step forward for Brantley.

         Brantley's abilities as a great songwriter haven't gone without notice either. A song from his first album entitled 'The Best of Me' was recorded by Jason Aldean. In August 2010 Brantley's song 'My Kind of Party' also recorded by Aldean, became a big hit and the title track to Jason Aldean's platinum selling album. Honored that another Georgia boy would record his songs, Gilbert has said, “It's a real honor that someone like Jason would want to record one of my songs.”

         Speaking of honor, tied to his website is a page where he supports Folds of Honor, a foundation that honors and provides support to fallen or wounded soldiers and their families.
What a wonderful and generous thing to be a part of, in fact, a portion of the sales and merchandise on Brantley's new album 'Just As I Am' (which can be pre-ordered now) will go to the Folds of Honor Foundation. Just one more reason to want to have a copy of his album!
         Brantley Gilbert is a talented young man, with a big heart. We can expect many big things and much success for to come for him.

         Brantley Gilbert's new song, My Baby's Guns and Roses' can be heard on YouTube

       Debby Smith for Country Music News International

Country Music News International Radio Show + Playlist May 14. 2014

Country Music News International Radio Show + Playlist May 14. 2014 Country Music News International Radio Show on Countrykanalen Sweden 14/5 2014 1 A Little Bit Stronger-Sara Evans 2 Country To The Bone-darrin morris band 3 When i see you smile-Jack and the Daniels 4 Wasting All These Tears-Cassadee Pope 5 Calm After The Storm-The Common Linnets 6 Make Each Moment Last -Ryan Broshear S 7In Daddy's Head-Bibbi & Snif 8 Last Of A Dying Breed-Richard Lynch 9 Who Do You Think About-Stephanie Grace 10 Think Again-Big B 11 Young Love-Kip Moore 12 Beat This Summer-Brad Paisley 13 Inside Of You-Miners Outfit 14 Chainsaw-The Band Perry 15 Trippin On Us-Lindsay Ell 16 My Kinda Love-Uncle Shine 17 Real Life Hero-Arvid Nielsen 18 who needs a broken heart-haywireband 19 Boys Making Noise-Richard Lynch 20 The Ballad Of My Brother And Me-J.Tex & the volunteers 21 My House-Kacey Musgraves 22 Old House by the Sea-CS Nielsen 23 Unrechable Dream-Hicks 24 Doug Seegers ,Jill Jonson,Magnus Karlsson - Going Down To The River 25 Feel Like a Man-PeTE 26 Chicken on a-Chain M Callahan 27 My Home Town Girl-Miss Anderson 28 Even Now-Dixie Still 29 High on livin TJ Leonard

JEREMY PHIFER Gears Up For CMA Music Fest Week Performances

JEREMY PHIFER Gears Up For CMA Music Fest Week Performances

Debut Single, "Take The L Out Of Lover," Continues To Rise On
MusicRow Chart

Track Available To Radio Now Via Play MPE
Nashville, TN (May 14, 2014) - Singer/songwriter JEREMY PHIFER is gearing up for his first Nashville performances with several CMA Music Fest week shows as his debut single, "Take The L Out Of Lover," continues its rise on the MusicRow Chart (#52).   Radio stations can download the track via Play MPE and fans can find it on iTunes.

Thurs., June 5             4 p.m.  - 6 p.m.   Performance @ Tootsie's  
Friday, June 6             11 a.m.-1 p.m.    Performance @ Rippy's Bar + Grill
Friday, June 6             2 p.m. - 4 p.m.    Signing @ Tootsie's booth, Music City Center
Saturday, June 7         4 p.m. - 5 p.m.    Performance @ Honky Tonk Central



It has come to my attention that a Tribute CD recorded by Ray Sanders, “Ray To Ray,” could not be played because Ray Sanders was not on a major label.  That makes me believe that for whatever reason, all of the time and effort put into this project goes for nothing, if the music will not being able to be played on one of the biggest radio stations in the world.  I listened to all songs on the CD, and the performance and production was super.  I was told that  could not play this CD because it was not on a major record label.  The financial expense that was put into this project by Ray Sanders, hopefully did not go for naught, only to be told that he has to be on a major record label for airplay.  I hope this is wrong, but I am afraid that it is correct, and that is a travesty. 

To turn down an artist who in the past has had many records on a major label, especially now when he is paying tribute to Ray Price, does not seem to fit into our country music industry as something good.  Why do artists go into a recording studio, spend their money to record music, if they cannot get it played on the stations that are important for their career, plus it is not like Ray Sanders is someone who just started in country music.  I would say that he has paid his dues.

If the product and performance of an artist is not radio friendly, then I agree it should not get played, but I have listened to Ray Sanders 10 song CD, and I was impressed, and it is radio friendly. I know that Ray Price would have been happy with this tribute from Ray Sanders. 

Marty Martel for Country Music News International

Pre-CMA Fest "Mud Digger 5" Album Release Party

Pre-CMA Fest
"Mud Digger 5" Album Release Party
Sarah Ross, Twang and Round and Lenny Cooper
To Play Free Show at The Second Fiddle on June 3

Lenny Cooper Sarah Ross Twang and Round

(Nashville, Tenn. - May 15, 2014) - Average Joes recording artists Sarah Ross, Twang and Round and Lenny Cooper will unofficially kick off the week that Nashville goes Country on Tuesday, June 3 at The Second Fiddle in downtown Nashville. The show, presented by Average Joes Entertainment with Marco Club Connection and AristoMedia Group, is free to the public and will feature the three acts on back-to-back sets from 3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fans can expect to hear a generous sampling of Average Joes' cutting edge sound that fuses country lyrics with hip-hop beats. Opening the show is singer/rapper/songwriter and former "American Idol" contestant, Sarah Ross; the first female to make waves in this new, infused country sound. Kentucky’s 4-wheeling pioneers, country duo, Twang and Round, will follow and heat things up even more with their loud personalities and comedic stage presence. Lenny Cooper, affectionately known at the "Mud Digger King," will close the show with his high energy, roaring, fan-favorite songs which have become very popular in clubs throughout the southeast. 

"This event is something we're very enthusiastic to be involved with. Average Joes has been extremely forward thinking in their outreach to the community of fans who frequent our dance clubs and venues. Our goal is to bring our popular album release/club events to Nashville and celebrate the exciting and groundbreaking music that Average Joes is releasing," said AristoMedia’s Vice President of Marketing and Company Operations, Matt Watkins.
Each of the acts will be showcased on the upcoming fifth edition of the top-selling Mud Digger compilation series, which is set for release on May 19. Following the show, a special meet and greet and autograph signing will take place where fans can mingle and take photos with the artists.
About Marco Club Connection: A division of Nashville-based radio promotion company Marco Promotions, Marco Club Connection specializes in marketing dance club singles and country lifestyle products to nightclubs and dance venues across the country. The company maintains relationships and a national database of more than 250 venues and world-renowned dance instructor contacts, reaching more than 200,000 club patrons each weekend.

Detour Offers Free Download

Detour Offers Free Download of New Single
“Too Blue To Have the Blues”

May 14 2014 (Nashville, TN) –For a limited time only, DETOUR is offering a free download of their new single, "Too Blue To Have The Blues" from their new album, GOING NOWHERE FAST. Just a few weeks ago, this hot new tune, made its debut at #6 on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart. Fans can download the new song at Mountain Fever Records' drop box here.
Female Vocalist Missy Armstrong"Too Blue To Have The Blues" was written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd. The song is highlighted by the beautiful lead vocals of Melissa Armstrong with Peter Knupfer (Violin), Scott Zystra (Guitar & Vocals), Jeff Rose (Mandolin & Vocals), Lloyd Douglas (Banjo), and Jeremy Darrow (Bass).

GOING NOWHERE FAST is now available on iTunes, and dozens of other outlets. 
DETOUR is now on tour including upcoming performance at the Bluegrass on the Plains Festival in Auburn, AL May 31-June 1; the Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY on June 25; the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom, IN and many other large and notable events.

Doug Briney "Unknown Soldier" campaign for veterans

Award-winning country music artist and veteran supporter, Doug Briney will guest on WNKY TV's "Bowling Green Today," on Memorial Day, May 26th. He is promoting his "Unknown Soldier" donation campaign for veterans' charities.
May 14, 2014 - Bowling Green, KY. -- MTS Management Group is proud to announce Doug Briney will appear on "Bowling Green Today," to promote his "Unknown Soldier" donation campaign, which benefits veterans charities. Doug will tape the interview on Friday, May 23rd, 2014, and it is scheduled to air on Monday, May 26th, 2014, Memorial Day, at 9am on WNKY TV in Bowling Green, KY. Check local listings for station information.
The airing of the interview will coincide with the release of Doug's new single and video, "Uknown Soldier," which will be released on Memorial Day.  “Unknown Soldier” is taken from Doug’s Tate Music Group release, Super Country Cowboy. Written by Tedd French and Bob Dellaposta, the track tells the story of the selfless men and women who have given their lives in service of their country.  Sales of the single, through Doug’s website at, will be donated to veterans’ charities. The donation campaign will begin with the release, on Memorial Day, and run through Labor Day, September 1, 2014. A “Download And Support Our Veterans” button will be placed on Doug’s website, to redirect fans to the mp3 download.
Doug Briney is a 2013 Independent Country Music Association Award Winner and a 2014 Nashville Universe Award Nominee. His debut album, It’s All Country spent 8 consecutive months on the roots music report airplay charts, and it reached #11 on the itunes New Country Releases chart. Super Country Cowboy reached #58 on the itunes Inspirational chart. Based in Nashville, he has performed at venues throughout the midwest. Doug is also a Bright Star International artist.


'THE BIG INTERVIEW' Airs at 9pm ET, Leading in to the Live "Volunteer Jam" Featuring Performances By Daniels, Blackhawk, and The Outlaws
LOS ANGELES – May 15, 2014 – Southern style comes to AXS TV this Memorial Day weekend, as the home of live music events presents a special evening with country icon Charlie Daniels. The night begins with an all-new episode of THE BIG INTERVIEW, hosted by legendary newsman Dan Rather, at 9pE, discussing Daniels’ legendary life and career. Then, immediately after, tune in at 10pE for the annual “Volunteer Jam Featuring The Charlie Daniels Band,” a benefit concert for America’s soldiers and first- responders.

During THE BIG INTERVIEW Daniels sits down with Rather for an intimate and in-depth interview at Daniels’ recording studio in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. In the candid discussion, Daniels opens up about his youth in the Civil Rights Era south; breaking into the competitive Nashville scene; his signature hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”; life on the road; and the inspiration behind his latest album Off The Grid – Doin’ It Dylan, a tribute piece that finds the Charlie Daniels Band putting a southern twist on a collection of Bob Dylan’s most classic songs. The episode also includes a tour of Daniels’ tour bus, and a three-song set at the Grand Ole Opry. The episode will air again that night at 12:30aE.

Following THE BIG INTERVIEW, it’s a very special presentation of “Volunteer Jam Featuring The Charlie Daniels Band,” as the southern rock hero gives back to America’s heroes with this one-of-a-kind concert. Held at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village, CO, the live broadcast will feature performances from acclaimed country acts Blackhawk and The Outlaws, before The Charlie Daniels Band takes the stage for what is sure to be a raucous performance of career-spanning favorites. Since 1974, the Volunteer Jam has strived to benefit the hardworking service men and women of America—as a token of appreciation, complimentary tickets have been made available to members of the armed forces, Red Cross, and first-responders.

“Charlie Daniels is a true class act, with a heart as big as his legacy,” said Mark Cuban, AXS TV founder. “AXS TV is proud to be part of the live Volunteer Jam, paying tribute to America’s true heroes on Memorial Day weekend. With over 60 years in the music business, Charlie’s got some incredible stories to tell, and I’m excited to see what Dan Rather is able to do with such rich subject matter.”

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