Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MIRANDA LAMBERT MATCHES PERSONAL


MIRANDA LAMBERT MATCHES PERSONAL RECORD FOR MOST NOMINATIONS FOR “THE 48th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” WITH NINE NODS 

Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the Seventh Year, the 2014 CMA Awards Airs Live From the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 5 on ABC
NASHVILLE – Miranda Lambert tops the list of final nominees for “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” with nine nominations, matching the record she set in 2010 – the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. Alan Jackson received 10 nominations in 2002. Prior to that, Merle Haggard held the record with nine in 1970.
Dierks Bentley received five nominations. Eric Church and Keith Urban collected four nominations each, and Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood each received three nominations for trophies that will be handed out on “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” CMA industry voters also gave their support to Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and George Strait, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.
“This is a great slate of nominees with established superstars, industry icons, and breakthrough acts all represented,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “The 2014 CMA Awards are destined to be the best yet.”
“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the seventh time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
For the ninth year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with Little Big Town and Darius Rucker delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. They then went to the Best Buy Theater to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories during a press conference that was made available across the world via live stream at CMAawards.com.  
“It is great for the industry to be able to announce our nominees for Country Music’s top honors on the world’s biggest stage and still be able to share it with the industry in Nashville and fans around the world,” added Trahern.   
Lambert’s nominations include Entertainer (she received her first nomination in this category in 2010); Female Vocalist; Album for Platinum, which was produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf; two nominations for Musical Event for “Somethin’ Bad” with  Underwood and “We Were Us” with Urban; and two nominations for Music Video of the Year for “Automatic” and “Somethin’ Bad” with Underwood, which were both directed by Trey Fanjoy. In addition, “Automatic” picked up nominations for Single (produced by Liddell, Ainlay, and Worf) and Song of the Year for songwriters Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Lambert. This brings Lambert’s career CMA Awards nominations to 34. Reba holds the record for female artist nominations with 49, followed by Parton (44), and Loretta Lynn (39), which places Lambert fourth on the list.
Bentley collected five nominations including Male Vocalist; Album for Riser, which was produced by Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.; Song for “I Hold On” which Bentley wrote with Brett James; and Single and Music Video of the Year for “Drunk On A Plane,” which was produced by Copperman, Johnston, and Buenahora, and directed by Wes Edwards.
Church doubled his 2013 nominations in 2014 with four including Male Vocalist; Album for The Outsiders, produced by Jay Joyce and Buenahora; Single for “Give Me Back My Hometown” produced by Joyce and Buenahora; and Song of the Year for “Give Me Back My Hometown,” which Church wrote with Luke Laird.
Urban also collected four nominations including Entertainer of the Year, which he won in 2005; Male Vocalist, which he has won three times (2004-2006); Album for Fuse, which was produced by Benny Blanco, Nathan Chapman, Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Joyce, Stargate, Butch Walker, and Urban (Urban only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer); and Musical Event with Lambert for “We Were Us.”
Bryan, who received his first Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2013, is back in the top category in 2014. He also collected nominations for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Crash My Party, which was produced by Jeff Stevens.
Musgraves, who won New Artist of the Year in 2013, came back with three nominations this year including Female Vocalist; Song for “Follow Your Arrow,” which she wrote with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally; and Music Video of the Year for “Follow Your Arrow,” which Musgraves directed with Honey (Musgraves only receives one nomination in the category, but can receive a second trophy as video director).
Shelton, who is the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, was nominated three times including Entertainer; Male Vocalist; and Single of the Year for “Mine Would Be You,” which was produced by Scott Hendricks.
CMA Awards co-host Underwood will be busy during the three-hour broadcast on ABC. She has three nominations including Female Vocalist; and Music Video and Musical Event of the Year with Lambert for “Somethin’ Bad.”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill collected two nominations each for “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” which was nominated for Musical Event and Single of the Year, and was produced by Byron Gallimore and McGraw (McGraw only receives one nomination in the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer).
Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Strait enters the coveted field again in 2014 and retains his status as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83. Strait has a total of 19 nominations and three trophies for Entertainer of the Year (1989, 1990, 2013).
Strait, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, joins several other members of this prestigious group on the list of nominees in 2014.
Gill, who hosted the CMA Awards a record 12 times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, was nominated for Musical Event of the Year with Paul Franklin for Bakersfield.
Rogers, who received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Hall in 2013, was nominated for his duet with Parton (1999 Hall of Fame inductee) for “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” Parton won her last CMA Award in this category in 2006 for “When I Get Where I’m Going” with Paisley. Rogers and Parton received their last nomination together in 1986 for Vocal Duo of the Year.
Lee Brice’s hit “I Drive Your Truck” won Song of the Year in 2013 for the songwriters. This year, Brice is collecting a songwriter nomination of his own for “I Don’t Dance” with songwriters Rob Hatch and Dallas Davidson.
The Female Vocalist of the Year category is an interesting one to watch in 2014 with several records on the line. In addition to Lambert, Musgraves, and Underwood, Martina McBride and Taylor Swift are nominated. Three women have won this Award four times including Lambert (2010-2013), McBride (1999, 2002-2004), and Reba (1984-1987). With a win, Lambert or McBride could set a new record; if Underwood wins, there would be a four-way tie in the category for most wins to date. Swift last won the Female Vocalist trophy in 2009.
Two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town (2012, 2013) has been nominated in the category every year since 2006 and this year they are joined by Eli Young Band; Lady Antebellum, who have won three times (2009-2011); The Band Perry; and Zac Brown Band.
Lady Antebellum has a second nomination for Music Video of the Year for “Bartender” directed by Shane Drake.
Two first-time nominees enter the category for the Vocal Duo of the Year – Dan + Shay and The Swon Brothers. They join reigning CMA Vocal Duo winners Florida Georgia Line; Love and Theft, who have been nominated three times in the category; and Thompson Square, who won the trophy in 2012.
Three acts debut in the New Artist of the Year category in 2014 including Clark (who was also nominated for Song of the Year), Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell. Returning to the category a second time are Brett Eldredge and Kip Moore. Artists can only be included in this category twice.
The Musician of the Year category includes Sam Bush (mandolin); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Franklin (steel guitar), who was also nominated for Musical Event of the Year; Huff (guitar), who was also nominated for Album of the Year (producer); and Mac McAnally (guitar), the current title holder. 
Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).
Tickets for “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” 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). CMA Awards information is available at CMAawards.com. Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.

RW Hampton Preps For Release Of This Cowboy

RW Hampton Visits Historic Military Sites
As He Preps For Release Of This Cowboy

 
CIMARRON, NEW MEXICO — When RW Hampton began work on his forthcoming new album, This Cowboy, he felt a strong urge to see a few key military landmarks and battlefields.  A self-professed history buff, Hampton — who is also a multi-award winning singer / songwriter of American Cowboy music —  set out on a journey, spending time in Gettysburg, PA earlier this year, and, more recently, Normandy, France.

“I have always enjoyed visiting places like the Alamo and The Little Big Horn Battlefield,” Hampton explains.   “Once I started writing ‘My Country’s Not For Sale’ I got a strong desire to visit the various battlefields I mentioned in the song, as we pulled the rest of the songs in this album together it just seemed like it was something that needed done.”

Hampton’s This Cowboy is being prepared for release early this fall, and includes such songs as “My Country’s Not For Sale” and “Hell in a Helmet,” both of which lean heavily on his love for his country and its Veterans.

“Visiting those important battlefields over the past few months just seemed to complete some things,” Hampton said.  “Seeing those battlefields and headstones were so important to me in order to at least TRY to understand the sheer depth and width of what really happened there.  It helped me realize that the price of freedom has always been the same, and always will be.  It takes everything.”

In Normandy this summer, Hampton was struck by the fact that Omaha Beach was filled with sunbathers and swimmers.  “It surprised me,”  he said.  “It seems too holy a place to be used for such a trivial thing.  But then I remembered that was exactly what the fighting was for.

“I have heard about them all my life, but the beaches became real, it was emotional to stand in that same sand; we even brought some home,” he continued.  “But what was even more real, were the over 9,000 graves of American men who will forever remain there, silently standing guard across the Atlantic because of what they were willing to fight and die for. ”

Hampton expects to continue visiting historic military sites in the near future, and is hoping to visit Viet Nam and the Pacific “where I want to climb Mt. Suribachi on Iwo-Jima where Joe Rosenthal’s iconic photograph of the Marines raising the flag was taken.”

R.W. Hampton is one of the leading Western Entertainers in America today. His fans come from all walks of life.  Recently named among the "Top 50 Country and Western Singers of All Time" by no less than American Cowboy Magazine, he’s loved by cowboys, cowgirls, ranch hands and rodeo stars, as well as by people who have never seen a cow up close — or cared to.  A singer, songwriter, actor and entertainer, Hampton is known for his patriotism, his family values and Christian beliefs. Blessed with a wonderfully rich  baritone voice, his songs and genuineness resonate with audiences worldwide.

Clare Dunn Achieves More Milestones

Clare Dunn Achieves More Milestones With New Single, “Cowboy Side Of You,” While On An Unconventional Career Path
 
“Cowboy Side of You” Hits #16 On Sirius XM’s Hot 45 Countdown, Single Available on iTunes
(Nashville, Tenn. – September 3, 2014) – Country music newcomer Clare Dunn continues to garner new achievements to add to her credentials list. In its third week of release, Dunn’s new single “Cowboy Side of You” occupies the #16 position on Sirius XM’s Hot 45 countdown; a major feat for an independent artist without the support of a major label or national promotion team. 
Sirius XM’s The Highway (Ch. 56) debuted “Cowboy Side of You” on Aug. 12, immediately after Dunn was featured cover of USA Today. The article, “Country Lassos ‘Fresh Voices’,” discussed her inclusion as one of Sirius XM’s Fresh Female Voices and announced inclusion of the song on their playlist. The song is already experiencing strong sales through iTunes and other major digital retailers.
As previously announced, Dunn has also been named the highest charting independent female artist on the Music Row Country Breakout chart in 10 years.  Her previous single, “Get Out,” was heavily worked to secondary radio and charted at #15 on the Music Row chart with over 80% of the Music Row panel supporting the record. In addition, “Get Out” reached #38 on Billboard Indicator and #43 on Aircheck Activator.  
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. The young performer paid her way through Belmont University by driving trucks for harvest through Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska during every academic break she could.  During this time she also picked up a guitar for the first time determined to master both acoustic and electric guitars.  Her hard work paid off and 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.  Concert industry trade, Pollstar recently featured Dunn and discussed her forthcoming appearances.  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 and signed an exclusive booking agreement with William Morris Endeavor’s Kevin Neal.  

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Country Music News International September 03. 2014

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CD: MARK NEWTON & STEVE THOMAS - Reborn

MARK NEWTON & STEVE THOMAS - Reborn


Pinecastle Records, 09.04.2013
Genre: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Americana

  • OLD MCDONALD
  • THE KEY
  • PAINTED LADY
  • BLUE RAILROAD TRAIN
  • PINEYWOOD HILLS
  • FAR FAR CRY
  • ARE YOU MISSING ME
  • COUNTRY SONG
  • THE GIRL I LEFT IN SUNNY TENNESSEE
  • IF IT AIN'T LOVE
  • KENTUCKY WALTZ
  • NOBODY'S BUSINESS
Dieses Album ist ein Debüt von zwei exzellenten Musikern, Mark Newton und Steve Thomas, beide aus Virginia, unterstützt von ebensolchen Profis am Bass (Matt Wallace) sowie Special Guests Ricky Skaggs (Clawhammer Banjo) und Scott Vestal (Banjo).

Mark Newton begann seine Bluegrass-Laufbahn bereits mit 6 Jahren in der Familie, gründete eigene Bands und spielte u. a. mit Tony Rice Unit und Bill Emerson, produzierte einige CDs und war 2007 für einen IBMA-Award nominiert.
Steve Thomas begann ebenfalls in jungen Jahren in der Gospelband seines Vaters. Er gewann einige Awards als bester Fiddler. Er spielte u. a. mit Jim & Jesse, Osborne Brothers, Brooks and Dunn.
Auf vorliegender CD teilen sich Mark und Steve die Gesangparts, Mark spielt die Gitarre, Steve sowohl Gitarre als auch Fiddle, Mandoline und Dobro. Die Stücke sind alle Covers, lediglich Track 6 (Far Far Cry) ist eine Komposition von Thomas und wird auch von ihm gesungen. Der erste Titel (Old McDonald) ist an das Kinderlied angelehnt, sehr flott und es klingt das irische Erbe durch. Track 2 – ein schönes Duett. Nummer 3 würde ich als Newgrass einstufen. Bei Nummer 4 wird es dann bluesig (Blue Railroad Train). In Pineywood Hills gedenkt man sehr getragen und akustisch der alten Heimat. Track 7 und 8 sehr traditionell und flott und bluegrassig. The Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee klingt sehr einschmeichelnd und hat echtes Old-Time-Feeling. In Track 10 schrillt die Fiddle „wenn es keine Liebe gibt, dann laß ihn gehen“ – Newgrass. Kentucky Waltz, ebenfalls sehr Fiddle-lastig. Und mit dem letzten Stück Nobody’s Business steigert sich das Tempo ins unglaubliche, ein traditionelles Tanzstück, rasend schnelles Banjo und die Füße tanzen von selber unter dem Tisch mit.

Die CD ist eine geschickte Mischung von traditionellem Bluegrass, Blues, Newgrass, Americana und Old-Time-Country. Für jeden Geschmack was dabei.

Text: Elisabeth Kölbl für Country Music News International

CD: Infamous Stringdusters - Let it Go

Infamous Stringdusters
Let it Go

I’ll Get Away 4:09 Where the River Runs Cold 3:16Winds of Change 4:50 Rainbows 2:58
Summer Camp 3:32 Middle Fork 3:51By My Side 3:31Colorado 3:29Peace of Mind 3:32
Light & Love 3:57 Let it Go 2:25

Sorry, I haven’t had much time lately. I wound up in the mix of releasing a book, doing some readings, trying to figure out what I am going to teach for a writing fellowship, critiquing short stories, getting prepped for an important conference, publishing some things for the Florida State Poets Association and attempting to build a publishing company. And, I don’t even really work.
This one I completely chose by the name. I looked down my list and this band sounded like the mellowest Americana band that could help me sink into my bed and catch some shut eye to. I’ll Get Away, catches my mood exactly. The nice acoustic free flowing jam really sets that feeling down deep in your soul. It reaches inside you and pulls out those trappings of the daily grind.
Where the River Runs Cold, comes up next; the area where this band originates from I know all too well, so maybe I can picture the lyrics to this one better than most. Even if I didn’t I could picture myself seeing this band live. Winds of Change, really introduces the dobro. It keeps the strength and speed of the album but the dobro really stands out and drives this tune.
All of a sudden, the album slows to almost a pure country. Rainbows, take the vocals deeper and add the dreamer. It brings the album deep into the Americana poetry of songwriting. That skill that draw so many of us to follow this genre, or style of music because seriously it has spread worldwide with great international artists as well.
Normally, I never look up a band until I’ve at least listened to them and come up with a question I needed answered. But, this one I cheated on and that is where I came across the video for, Summer Camp. I really suggest everyone does. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. In the lyrics the singer reminisces on his fond memories of youth.
Middlefork, is another great display of the dobro. It’s an instrumental that pulls the term into an entirely different class. It takes you into peaks and canyons, tapering peacefully off into that valley.
Light & Love, is a mix of styles unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It’s jam band/country/bluegrass/Americana. I really think if you wanted to give it a term for a genre you would have to make your own one up.
Let it Go, is the title track. Maybe it was chosen for the fiddle or the harmonizing, I thought there were other songs on the album that probably would have held the name of title track better. But, I didn’t write the album, sing the songs, put it together or produce it.
To me this is a must get album. I would love to get to catch a live show of these guys. The mix of banjo, dobro, fiddle and stand up bass must be a sight to overpower the senses. Add that to the rhythm and harmony, and one must feel like they’ve stepped into the pages of a story that has yet to be fully told. 

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Lara Landon Finds that ‘There Is Grace’ with New Album

Lara Landon Finds that ‘There Is Grace’ with New Album

Three weeks after the unexpected death of her father, Lara Landon is moving forward with plans to release her new album on September 9th as a tribute to the man that helped inspire it.


(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Singer-songwriter Lara Landon will release her new album, There is Grace, on September 9th via The Fuel Music. But while the weeks prior to the album’s release were to be filled with endless album publicity and promotion, Lara is instead finding comfort in the arms of her family, following the unexpected death of her father on August 12th.

Lara is taking a break from pre-release promotion to tend to family obligations in California, but quickly made it clear to her Nashville-based team that she wanted to go ahead with the album release as scheduled. “I want to go ahead with the release because he was and is my biggest fan and supporter and he would want me to.”

While there are already fan favorites and the lead single, “There is Grace,” is already headed to radio stations, one song in particular has special significance to Lara. She wrote “I Want to Know You” for her father, and was able to share it with him before he passed. Explains Lara, “He’s shown me God and that’s what the song I wrote about him was about. I want to know and love God as much as my dad.”

Lara teamed up with producers Otto Price, Michael Farren and Evan Sieling to begin recording her new, fan-funded eleven-song project which will be released and distributed by The Fuel Music (Gungor, John Mark McMillan, TFK, Bethel Music). Stylistically, There is Grace runs the gamut of folk-inspired singer-songwriter tracks integrating acoustic guitar and cello to cinematic beat-driven pop. What gives the album coherence is Lara’s heartfelt, raw and vulnerable lyrics.

"I've been working on this album for two years with my own hopes, reasons and expectations for it, but I had no idea the very songs I wrote would be what I needed to hear myself right now,” says Lara. "The message of Grace is going to be more powerful than ever because it's so real to me now, more real than I ever imagined it would be when I wrote this album.”

The album’s main theme is the promise that there is Grace enough to fill any loss, which resonates with Lara in her own life more than she could have ever anticipated. Says Lara, “These songs give me purpose even though it's a scary time and even more faith than ever that God is good and merciful. I'm blessed to have known God through my dad, and I’m not bitter that he was taken away so soon. I can truly say God's grace is sufficient.”

Born and raised in Southern California, Lara landed in Nashville at the age of nineteen without knowing a single person or having any idea how to pursue a career as a musician. But within a year, she had made coveted connections with many of the city’s musical veterans, and she began writing with award-winning songwriters like Jason Ingram, Christa Wells and Tiffany Lee of Plumb. Much in the vein of Sarah McLachlan and Tracy Chapman, Lara writes from the darker shades of her personality. "I believe that its better to feel something strong than nothing at all. And in those places where I doubt, I am most reminded to reach out to God. When I work through my thoughts in my songs, it helps me to sort through the feeling and come back to the truth.''

Lara’s debut album, Beloved, was produced by GRAMMY® award-winning talent Michael Omartian (Amy Grant, Christopher Cross, Rod Stewart). The album resonated with fans as they, too, discovered how they could become His beloved thanks, in part, to successful radio single “Closer,” which stayed on the charts for most of 2010. Her second full length project, Overcome, was named “one of the top Christian albums of 2012” by iTunes.

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