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Country Music News International Newsletter June 9. 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter June 9. 2014

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Junior Gordon Video Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International

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CD: JANET McBRIDE Here I Am


JANET McBRIDE
Here I Am
 
Thanks For Askin' - A Cold Day in December - you've Got Me Mixed Up - Who is this Jesus Person? - Cheaters - Wrong Enough - Guilty - Harmful if Swallowed - I'm Glad I Didn't Lose - A Little at a Time - I'm Leaving this Time - Happy Ever After - Along Again - He's Right, That's What's Wrong - The Call - Like You Did - The Lottery Song - No Strings Attached - When - Have A Nice Day - We Don't Lover Here Anymore - Truck Driver - Mom, Can I Come Home - The Suitcase - Looking for Jeannie - Wyoming Rose - Texas Bluebonnet Waltz
 
This is a remarkable adventure into the musical life of Janet McBride one of the most highly respected female country singers - songwriters in Texas, if not the entire United States.  Sheila and I were in our first year of marriage 22 years ago when we performed on the Mesquite Opry in Mesquite, Texas, just a short distance east of Fort Worth.  It was a thrill to be able to do our old-time country on such a sophisticated stage.  Janet McBride and her husband John had already been running the Opry for some time, at least since 1985, and Janet had a formula that worked. She had good musicians.  She sat on a stool the entire show and 'directed' the affairs of music, comedy, good times, and certainly good country music.  All of the songs on this particular CD was written by Janet, and some of them I have never heard.  All of them are super good renditions of music from all of that time frame, the golden days of 'real' country music, so very different from today's 'rap country' music.  Janet turned 80 years old just prior to putting this finished album out, and she's still as active and energetic as she has always been.  By the way she's one astounding yodeler, and has taught dozens if not hundreds of young girls how to yodel.  This album however is more in the classic and traditional country music style.  A lot of the songs that I have never heard were done when she was so active with the Mesquite Opry, and then a smaller number from her days after the Mesquite Opry.  Super musician Tex Schutz and his Red Dog Studio, also in Texas, is the mover, shaker, listener, engineer, picker, and just about everything that has to be done to create a good 'sound-alike' all the way through without going through high and lows in volume and quality.  What a nicely done job.  Mary Schutz, his wife, also helped with the inserts, photos, and story lines.  I find this to be a delightful CD to listen to, it's a trip down memory lane when crying-hurting songs were so popular, and this held true for male listeners just the same as it did for female listeners.  She closes this massive collection of songs (27 of them) with the "Texas Bluebonnet Waltz" a newer song that Janet has written, and the poignant images are true to the true artist.  I really like the fiddle on "The Suitcase" and I also like "Texas Bluebonnet Waltz," but I didn't hear no yodeling?  Off this goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission.
 
Bob Everhart for Country Music News International

CD: JOHN REX REEVES Remembering Jim Reeves 50th Anniversary of his Death


JOHN REX REEVES
Remembering Jim Reeves 50th Anniversary of his Death
 
Remembering Jim Reeves - I Missed Me - Guilty - I'm Gonna Change Everything - Adios Amigo - I'm Getting' Better - The Blue Side of Lonesome - The Blizzard - The Day The World Stood Still - I Won't Forget You - Welcome To My World
 
The most amazing thing about John Rex Reeves is his uncanny ability to sound just like his Uncle Jim Reeves.  This album, recorded in Nashville, is a real memory adventure.  It's Jim Reeves simplicity and spirituality that John Rex Reeves not only keeps alive on this album, but does it so very much like Jim Reeves, it's a bit of a spiritual journey the listener takes with John Rex as he takes us on a voyage back to the golden days of country music, from the very beginning song "Remembering Jim Reeves" as song John Rex wrote for his Uncle.  What a delicious musical treat.  Sheila and I are so very fortunate to be opening for John Rex on a tour this fall in Iowa, and we already know from being with him previously, we are going to find not only the fans of Jim Reeves in the audience cheering John Rex on, we are going to find fans of John Rex Reeves, just for being John Rex Reeves, because his own talent is so amazing.  If you ever heard Jim Reeves sing, or were impressed with his gentleman's voice singing so pleasantly, so brilliantly, so gently, you will hear it all 'live' in the voice of John Rex, and it's all on this wonderful 'real country' CD.  John Rex has been doing a tribute show to his Uncle for 30 years now, and of course there are other Jim Reeves 'sound-alike' performers out there, but they don't come anywhere close to what John Rex is doing with the music that Jim Reeves made so famous.  Sheila and I have watched John Rex as he greets Jim Reeves fans, treating them with the same humbleness and gentleness that his Uncle was so well known for.  And guess what, all those fans leave so completely satisfied, they are more than Jim Reeves fans.  They are John Rex Reeves fans too.  This album should be in every library of anyone who appreciates the more sophisticated side of country music.  It's all here, not only excellent backing, but in the voice of John Rex, which is in it's prime.  He obviously had a very good time recording this project, but he has a very good time every time he sings Jim Reeves songs.  And watch for John Rex on tour in the upper Midwest, in Fremont, Nebraska, October 3-4-5, at the Oak Tree Performance Center in Anita, Iowa, Oct. 10; the Leonard Good Center in Ogden, Iowa, Oct. 11; and the Opera House in Toledo, Iowa, Oct. 12.  Join us in remembering the music of the greatest country music singer of all times.
John Rex Reeves, P O Box 2014, Humble, TX 77347 - 281-852-8308
 
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, NTCMA, www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International

CD: ED & BETTY RYDELL (BEARSE) We Could


ED & BETTY RYDELL (BEARSE)
We Could
 
We Could - Till A Tear Becomes A Rose - In The Sweet Bye and Bye - The Gift - Bye Bye Love - Let It Be Me - I Still Miss Someone - I Will Meet You In The Morning - Dream - When I Stop Dreaming - More And More - My Isle Of Golden Dreams - I Just Wanna Dance With You - Rallin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms - I'll Fly Away - Our Wedding Day
 
One of the things I like about professionals when they do their recordings, they also keep their album covers in mind when they begin the marketing and production chores.  In this case, the name of the album is "We Could" and then when you turn the album over it says "We Did."  How cool is that.  The cover has this very young couple on their wedding day (super good photo), and then on the rear is a lovely photo of them today.  Remarkable and totally cool. The music is cool too.  This is 'country' music. The real-deal, with simply fantastic backing.  Both voices are extremely good, and harmony is a number one attraction on this project.  This particular album is much like the real country music we used to listen to with a passion, it brings tears to my eyes.  It's been awhile since I've heard these old songs done so well.  Betty is not only a super suburb vocalist, she's a tremendous instrumentalist as well.  She plays a really nice sounding Martin rhythm guitar, but we also get to hear her delightful mandolin on "In The Sweet Bye and Bye," among others.  The participating musicians were obviously having a delightful time too.  Joe Savage on steel guitar (exceptional) and harmonica (again exceptional); Greg Dopp on Lead Guitar; Larry Peterson on piano, bass, and drums.  Some of the sessions were done in Chandler, Arizona, and some of them were done in Mora, Minnesota, but it doesn't make any difference, the smooth dulcimer tones of Betty and Ed's voices glue it together, just as it should.  I really like their Everly Brothers "Bye Bye Love" and wasn't "Let It Be Me" also an Everly song? Their 'Dream Dream Dream" is also on this delightful CD.  You actually get an extra song on this CD, "I Saw The Light" is just between "Let It Be Me" and "I Still Miss Someone," but it's not listed on the credits.  Great banjo on "Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms" but we don't know who's doing this incredible bluegrass pickin' but somehow it fits the entire scope of this delightful CD.  This one goes direct to the Rural Roots Music Commission.  Thanks for a nice listen Ed & Betty Rydell (Bearse).
Ed & Betty Rydell Bearse, 712 Jefferson St., Anoka, MN 55303  -  bettyed@usfamily.net
 
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, NTCMA - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International

T-Bone Burnett versus Pandora and Serious XM


 
Many of you know who T-Bone Burnett is, especially if you have enjoyed some of his work.  There was an article in the News Tribune I would like to repeat in total because of what T-Bone is saying, and because I agree with so much of what he believes and tells us....."Music opened my life to an array of experiences.  I remember New York's Washington Square Park in the 1960's as a laboratory alive with musicians playing folk, old-time country, jazz and everything in between.  The creativity in that one small space was vibrant and passionate.  The artists there changed us, just as Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbinson did from Memphis, Tenn., a decade earlier.  A circle of talented innovators with the courage to explore new things - be they topics or techniques - reshaped our culture and the world.  Melodies, the accompanying lyrics and the way artists and musicians bring them together have the ability to break down barriers, cross borders, educate and inspire.  Music is uniquely durable and, as a result, has for centuries been the medium through which knowledge and insights are passed from generation to generation.  Fans can still hear the work of America's musical pioneers, thanks to online and mobile services.  Through downloads and streams and services such as Pandora and Sirius XM Radio, these giants' recordings continue to captivate and influence young musicians, singers, songwriters, and producers.  Yet some of these same companies have made the decision to devalue the music of these artists for their own profit by not paying for it.  In doing this, they devalue the substance of their own medium.  For the last 20 years we've witnessed an assault on the arts by the technology community - especially when it comes to music.  This devaluation is troubling because music is not only the creation of people who make this art for us; it is how they earn a living.  Music is how they feed their kids and provide for their futures.  I have been blessed with successes beyond anything I could have dreamed.  but I am also acutely aware that for too many artists, the music business has become unstable and financially unrewarding.  At some point record sales wither, or touring - an expensive and arduous enterprise to begin with - becomes too hard, and then a great many of our artists find themselves in a fix.  Several lawsuits have been filed over the last year on behalf of artists and copyright owners against Pandora or Sirius XM to rectify this disregard for what legacy artists created.  It turns out that recordings made before 1972 are protected by state law, and newer recordings are protected by federal law.  It's a distinction that matters to lawyers but not to those who make music for a living - or their fans.  And why should it?  But digital music services such as Pandora and Serious XM read the legal idiosyncrasy as a hook to withhold from artists and right holders any payment for recordings made before 1972.  It is quite obvious that without the music there are no music services.  And it shouldn't take a lawsuit, or a bipartisan bill introduced in Congress last week, to make it clear that businesses that include pre-1972 recordings in the play lists they deliver to their customers should pay the creators who brought those recordings to life.  A band's artistry is the culmination of years of work and decades of collective knowledge.  It is wrong to laud the know-how behind a technology, or shower executives with stock options, but disregard the genius captured in a recording.  I hope all those who are part of the 21st-century music marketplace will honor the fundamental rights of artist and rights holders so that services, creators and music fans can reap the benefits the Internet has to offer."
T-Bone Burnett is a 13-time Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter and soundtrack and record producer.  He wrote this for the Los Angeles Times..... I hold with all he says, and I would like to add to this barbaric greed mongering by Pandora and Serius XM radio.  When the very first recordings came out, way back in Edison wax cylinder and then 78rpm records days, the only licensing agency was ASCAP.  This organization held so much power, they refused to license mountain music for radio airplay because they felt it was unfit for humans to listen too.  Talk about discrimination.  This practice has not stopped for this licensing agency.  About 9 years ago they went on a rampage across American suing every small venue, household living room, coffee house they could find music being played, and either managed to force these extremely small enterprises to pay huge sums of money or close up shop.  Many of them could not, under any circumstances pay the fees ASCAP demanded, so they went out of business.  Can you imagine the number of 'live' music performers they put out of business, these very same musicians that T-Bone is talking about who were feeding their families from the performances they gave in these small venues.  Somehow this has to stop, somehow this 'greed' among the powerful must stop....permanently....stop.
 
Bob Everhart for Country Music News International

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