Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SPARKLEDRIVE – ein neuer Name

SPARKLEDRIVE – ein neuer Name

Schon auf dem Wackelsteinfestival Mitte Juli war diese Band zu hören. Leider hatte ich damals keine Gelegenheit, also auf und am 30. Juli 2014 ins WUK, 1090 Wien, Alserstraße 59. Im Rahmen der Sommerkonzerte finden hier im sehr schön restaurierten Innenhof Konzerte bei freiem Eintritt statt.

Der kurz vor Konzertbeginn einsetzende Starkregen mit schwerem Gewitter verlegte das Konzert dann ins Foyer. Dort war es aber genauso gemütlich, alle Besucher in Liegestühlen wie sich das halt im Sommer so gehört. Und dazu ein Superkonzert von ca. 1 Stunde mit der Band SPARKLEDRIVE (www.facebook.com/sparkledrive.at).

Besetzung: Andreas Neumeister (Voc., acoust. Guit.), Markus Mayerhofer (Pedal Steel, Banjo), Alex Gantz (E-Guit.), Wolfgang Schöbitz (Bass), Helmut Schiefer (Drum).

Ihre Musik spannt einen Bogen von Old Country, Country-Rock, Tex-Mex, Americana zu Bluegrass und Honky Tonk, also sehr facettenreich. U. a. hörte ich >Oklahoma Borderline> (Vince Gill), >Rock, Salt and Nails< (eine oftmals gecoverte Bluegrass-Nummer von Bruce "Utah" Phillips), auch Hank Williams war vertreten und eigene Titel. Alle fünf Musiker sind erfolgreich auch mit anderen Bands unterwegs, z. B. The Prophets, Harlequin’s Glance.

Vom 18.09. bis 20.09.2014 findet das >Americana Fest Wien< statt, ebenfalls im WUK (www.americanafestwien.blogspot.com), dort hat man Gelegenheit, u. a. SPARKLEDRIVE wieder zu erleben. Ich kann es jedem wärmstens empfehlen.

Text und Fotos: Elisabeth Kölbl für Country Music News International

COOL WATER …

COOL WATER …

. wurde am 1. August 2014 beim Sommerkonzert im WUK, 1090 Wien, Währingerstr. 59, serviert. Christian MASSER (www.facebook.com/christian.masser.3) aus Graz, seit über 20 Jahren musikalisch unterwegs, brachte uns Songs aus seiner neuesten CD >Cool Water< (B. Nolan) und sehr viele Lieder von Johnny Cash, z. B. >Folsom Prison Blues<, >I Walk The Line<, >Cry< Cry< Cry<<, >Ring Of Fire<, etc.

Doch nicht nur Cash-Songs, auch ähnliches aus den 1950-1960er-Jahren kam zu Gehör. > That’s when I see the blues in your pretty brown eyes< (Dean Martin), >25 Minutes To Go< (S. Silverstein), und andere schöne Balladen.

Beim Song >I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry< (Hank Williams) und >Green Green Grass Of Home< (Tom Jones) wurde er von Othmar Loschy mit der Harp begleitet. Gut gemacht!

Christian ist seit seinem 15. Lebensjahr Johnny-Cash-Fan und ich finde, er hat auch die richtige Stimme, genau diese Lieder vorzutragen. Auch seine optische Erscheinung passt dazu. Die sechs eingeforderten Zugaben hat Christian Masser offensichtlich gerne gespielt, aber dann musste leider aus Anrainer-Gründen pünktlich Schluss sein mit dem Sommerkonzert im Liegestuhl.

Text und Fotos: Elisabeth Kölbl für Country Music News International

TICKETS FOR “THE 48TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” AND “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS”

TICKETS FOR “THE 48TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” AND “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS” GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC SEPT. 6


NASHVILLE - Tickets for “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” and “CMA Country Christmas” will go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 6 (10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville).
Exclusive pre-sale access for both events is available to subscribers of CMA's free email newsletter CMA EXCLUSIVE, plus fans who like CMA on Facebook (Facebook.com/CMA), and follow CMA's @CountryMusic official account on Twitter (Twitter.com/CountryMusic). Fans can connect with CMA by visiting CMAawards.com.
Tickets for the CMA Awards start at $110 for Upper Level seating. Tickets for “CMA Country Christmas” are $25 for Upper Level seating and $50 for Lower and Club Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees.
“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the seventh consecutive year and broadcast live on Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET; 7:00-10:00 PM/CT) on the ABC Television Network. “CMA Country Christmas” will tape Friday, Nov. 7 (7:00 PM/CT), for an ABC Television Network special, which will air during the holiday season.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest-running annual music awards program on network television. In 2006, the Awards aired on ABC for the first time. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards, “CMA Country Christmas,” and “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” through 2021.
“CMA Country Christmas,” which debuted in 2010, is a celebration of the season featuring Country’s top stars performing their favorite holiday songs and sharing their personal holiday traditions and memories.
“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” and “CMA Country Christmas” are productions of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Country Music News International Newsletter August 12. 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter August 12. 2014

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Clare Dunn Becomes Highest Charting Independent Female Artist In 10 Years http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2014/08/clare-dunn-becomes-highest-charting.html
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DIERKS BENTLEY ANNOUNCES 2ND LEG OF 2014 RISER TOUR




DIERKS BENTLEY ANNOUNCES 2ND LEG OF 2014 RISER TOUR AMID CAPACITY AMPHITHEATER CROWDS AND GLOWING REVIEWS
 
Randy Houser, Eric Paslay And Rising Canadian Artist Tim Hicks Join Select Dates
On The North American Run

Nashville, TN - August 11, 2014 – PLATINUM selling singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley announced that a second leg has been added to his 2014 RISER TOUR.  The 20 city run begins Oct. 2 in Stockton, CA and runs through the  end of the year with special guests Randy Houser and Eric Paslay on the US dates and Houser and rising Canadian artist Tim Hicks on the stops north of the border. Fans can now purchase tickets for the first announced dates at www.dierks.com with more details to be revealed over the next few weeks.
 
“It’s going to be tough to top this summer, but every night I get more excited and don't want this run to end.  I'm just living in the moment as much as I can and taking it all in…it really has been the best summer of my life," said Bentley.  “I'm looking forward to having Randy, Eric and Tim out on the road for the next leg…all three of them are crazy talented."
 
While capacity crowds have filled amphitheaters across the country, Bentley’s tour has also caught the attention of critics who note headlining is “what the man was born to do” (Arizona Republic).
  
First Announced Cities on the 2014 RISER TOUR’s Second Leg:
Stockton, CA
Fresno, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Boise, ID
Missoula, MT
Edmonton, AB
Saskatoon, SK
Calgary, AB
Winnipeg, MT
Fargo, ND
Bismark, ND
Brookings, SD
Hershey, PA
Bethlehem, PA
Uncasville, CT
Utica, NY
Huntington, WV
Roanoke, VA
Baltimore, MD
Ottawa, ON
Hamilton, ON
Oshawa, ON
London, ON
 
Bentley’s smash hit of the summer, “Drunk On A Plane,” continues to gain momentum as it closes in on the No. one position, selling an average of over 65,000 singles a week.  The single is off his critically acclaimed and No. one selling new album, RISER, which has tallied more than 1.5 million digital track sales to date and has already claimed a chart topping hit with the deeply personal "I Hold On."  His six previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, notched 11 chart-topping singles and earned 11 GRAMMY nominations, countless CMA, ACM and CMT nominations and membership at the Grand Ole Opry.
 
Randy Houser took country fans and industry insiders by storm with the 2013 release of his Stoney Creek Records album How Country Feels. Scoring three consecutive No. one hits with the title track, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss,” Houser also earned the American Country Award for Most Played Radio Track: Male (“How Country Feels”) and his first No. one as a songwriter (“Goodnight Kiss”). His new single, “Like A Cowboy,” is the fourth release from How Country Feels and was written by Houser and Brice Long. 
 
EMI recording artist Eric Paslay released his self-titled debut album February 2014 featuring his No. one hit single “Friday Night” and current Top 15 single “Song About A Girl.” A GRAMMY, ACM and CMA nominated artist, Eric has co-penned five No. one hits including “Friday Night,” “Rewind,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Angel Eyes.”
 
Multiple 2014 CCMA Award nominee Tim Hicks has already achieved four Top 10 singles in Canada, two JUNO Award nominations and his third GOLD-certified single. His sophomore album, 5:01, shot to No. one on the Canadian iTunes Country chart, and the lead single “Here Comes The Thunder” has been added to rotation at SiriusXM’s The Highway.  In 2013, Hicks became the No. one highest selling digital Canadian Country Artist of the Year, as well as the Most Played Debut Artist overall at Canadian Country radio.

Donna Hughes Announces Release Party for Two New Albums and Music Video Premiere

Donna Hughes Announces Release Party for Two New Albums and Music Video Premiere
 
 
Two Albums Including 33 Tracks - 27 Original Songs by Donna Hughes
 

Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes will celebrate two new albums, FROM THE HEART and FLY, and the music video premiere for the song, “The Red Oak Tree” on August 23, 2014. This highly anticipated event will take place at the Sunset Theatre located at 234 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro, NC beginning at 7:30 PM.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 for Adults and free for children 10 & under.

Hughes certainly showcases her tremendous songwriting talents on both projects with an amazing 21 tracks (19 original songs plus 2 covers) on her Bluegrass album, FROM THE HEART and 12 tracks (8 original songs plus 4 covers) on the piano album, FLY.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of getting some amazing musicians together to interpret brand new songs from my heart. I find there is no greater high than watching them assemble the notes together for the first time. I so admire and respect their patience with the long sessions.  It's rather addictive, and as long as I am alive there is someone willing to listen, I'll continue to write more and seek the hands that bring the songs to life,” said Donna.

Musicians joining Donna on FROM THE HEART include: Tim Stafford (Lead Guitar), Scott Vestal (Banjo), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle & Harmony Vocals), Cory Piatt (Mandolin), Zak McLamb (Bass), Lucas White (Rhythm Guitar), and special guest Andy Kearns as Auctioneer on her original song “Gone.”  The album was mastered by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground Studios, Greenbrier, TN and Recorded at Hilltop Studios, Nashville, TN with Engineers Steve Chandler & John Nicholson.  Tracks 3, 7 & 10 were recorded at Riverside Audio, Mount Gilead, NC with Engineer Greg Luck.
 
On FLY, musicians include: Donna Hughes (Lead Vocals & Piano), Jenee Fleenor (Violin & Harmony Vocals), John Catchings (Cello), Mark Fain (Bass Violin), Andy Kearns (Auctioneer on “Gone”), and Melody Williamson (Harmony Vocals on “All You Need Is A Dream”). The album was mastered by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground Studios, Greenbrier, TN and Recorded at Hilltop Studios, Nashville, TN with Engineers Steve Chandler and John Nicholson.

“The Red Oak Tree” song appears on both albums providing listeners with both an acoustic and a piano version of the haunting tune. The music video will premiere at the release party on August 23rd. The three day video shoot was filmed last month by Videographer, Anthony Ladd of Pikeville, TN. Over 100 of Donna’s friends and family appear in the video shot at the Asheboro City Cemetery. Other locations include the home of Chad & Barbara Hall (otherwise known as the "John Hughes” home), Loraye Hughes’ home (Donna’s mother), and the Denton Farm Park. More details on the video will be announced following the premiere.

Clare Dunn Becomes Highest Charting Independent Female Artist In 10 Years




Clare Dunn Becomes Highest Charting Independent Female Artist In 10 Years With Debut Single, “Get Out"


(Nashville, Tenn. – August 11, 2014) – Country music newcomer Clare Dunn recently became the highest charting independent female artist on the Music Row Country Breakout chart in 10 years.  Her debut single, “Get Out,” currently sits at #15 on the Music Row chart. Over 80% of the Music Row panel supported the record, which has accumulated over 30,000 spins on the chart to date.  In addition, “Get Out” has reached #41 on Billboard Indicator and #43 on Aircheck Activator. 
In response to the news, Dunn commented, "I am so blown away and so honored. I want to thank everyone at radio for all of the support and belief in me. Thanks for getting this music out there to the people, and to all the peeps out there rockin’ with us, thank you so very, very much! Y'all are makin’ a farm girl's dream come true, for that I can't thank you enough." 
Dunn co-wrote “Get Out” with writer-producer Ben West, whose writer credits include Pink’s #1 “Try,” Cassadee Pope’s “Champagne,” and more.  Dunn played all the guitar parts on the infectious mid-tempo track, which is the first single from her forthcoming EP release.
“Get Out” is available on iTunes and other major digital music retailers.  To listen to “Get Out,” view the official lyric video on YouTube.
The young performer is in today’s USA Today. The article, “Country Lassos ‘Fresh Voices’,” discusses her inclusion as one of SiriusXM’s Fresh Female Voices on The Highway (Ch. 56) and announces the release of a new single, “Cowboy Side of You,” which will be airing on the satellite radio station. 
Dunn is a fearless performer and guitar player whose music possesses a unique blend of country and rock. Born on a farm in Southeast Colorado, she grew up driving silage trucks, combines, eighteen-wheelers and spent countless hours behind the wheel of a John Deere tractor. Now her time is spent on a stage performing shows all across the country.
She has already opened up for some of the format’s biggest stars, including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Jr., Jamey Johnson, and many others.  This coming November, Dunn will join Florida Georgia Line on the “This Is How We Cruise” cruise.  For a full list of upcoming shows and appearances, visit www.ClareDunn.com
In addition to establishing herself as a performer, Dunn is also earning a name within the songwriting community.  She has written with some of the most highly regarded songwriters in Nashville and LA, including Hillary Lindsey, Blair Daly, David Hodges, Troy Verges, busbee, Liz Rose, Angelo, Terry McBride, Brice Long, Will Hoge, Chris Lindsey, Tommy Lee James, Dylan Altman, Marshall Altman and more. She’s also contributed background vocals to some of Nashville’s finest, including Luke Bryan’s smash “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” Most recently, a song she co-wrote called “Farm Life” was recorded by Colt Ford featuring Justin Moore and is on Ford’s new album, Thanks For Listening.  Dunn is signed to a world wide publishing agreement with BMG/Chrysalis
 
 Photo Credit: Gregg Roth

TIM MCGRAW'S 30 DATE


LAST WEEKEND SHINES AS TIM MCGRAW'S 30 DATE SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN TOUR WRAPS

McGraw Awards 100th Home To A Veteran And His Family With His HomeFront Program

Nashville, TN – Aug. 11, 2014 - Country music icon Tim McGraw wrapped his SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN 2014 Tour Saturday night with a packed house in Houston, TX, marking the end of another blazing summer tour with capacity crowds drawing rave reviews from critics throughout the summer.

“Country superstar Tim McGraw wasn’t messing around… the hits that have defined his nearly 25-year career rolled out one after the other.” OC Register

"McGraw is the epitome of a show man when it comes to commanding the stage." Albuquerque Journal

“One of those artists who just makes you feel good being in the same room with him, even if there are 18,999 other people sharing the space.” Cleveland Plain Dealer

“[McGraw] gave the screaming crowd exactly what they wanted.” Cincinnati Enquirer

The final run featured a surprise appearance by McGraw's wife and country superstar Faith Hill as she stunned the crowds in Dallas and Houston by joining him onstage for a performance of "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" (featuring Faith Hill) which is quickly moving up the Top 5 of the country radio charts.

Additionally, as the tour wrapped this weekend McGraw awarded the record 100th mortgage-free home to a military veteran and their family as part of his HomeFront program.  McGraw partnered with Chase and Operation Homefront to award mortgage-free homes to veterans in need at each tour stop and over the course of three years they have now awarded 100 homes in total.

McGraw's upcoming Big Machine Record's album, SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN, will be available everywhere on Sept. 16.   Tomorrow, another track, "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools, "  will be available for download, building further anticipation for the full album release.

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