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Country Music News International Newsletter October 12. 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter

October 12. 2014

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Interview with Jerry J. Thomas

Interview with Jerry J. Thomas

Jerry thank you for giving that interview…. Please tell me when you first started with music. When was that and where? What did inspire you?

You're welcome. I first started playing music around 12 years old. I had grown up with music because all of my family members on my mother's side were musical. My Uncle Jerry and Uncle Charlie had both played in the U.S.Army Band and had Country Music Bands while oversea's in Germany and Japan. So I guess the answer would be it all started in Ironton,Ohio for me at an early age. My first paying gig was playing guitar in a Gospel Music Band at 12 years old for $ 8.00 a show. I started out playing drums very early and one of my good friends I went to school with a boy named Kenny Williams (who was a cousin to James Taylor) traded an old Guild 12 string guitar to me for my set of drums.That old guitar once belonged to Sweet Baby James Taylor himself I was told.Watching the Ernest Tubb Show and Buddy Starcher Show on T.V. inspired me more than anything else

You grew up in Jacksonville Florida home of Lynyrd Skynrd and Molly Hatchet – Tell me a little bit about growing up around those guys.

Yes my parents moved the family to Jacksonville,Florida when I started 3rd grade in school. I went to Ruth N.Upson Elementery in Murray Hill on the Westside of Jacksonville.We lived right beside Murray Hill Park at 1154 Scotten Rd. Down the street 3 or 4 house's was some boy's I became friends with by the name Robyn and Runt Nix. Runt still lives in the same house today. Anyway they had a brother Robert Nix who was older that played in a group called The Classics IV. That group had a huge hit out about that time called "Spooky". Well of course when Robert or Bob as we called him came home I was of course introduced to him. He had written a huge hit called "Cherry Hill Park" for Billie Jo Royal as well as had been the drummer for Roy Orbison's Candymen. We just gravitated toward each other because all of the Nix boy's and myself just had a Natural Love of Music. Bob went on to become a founding member of The Atlanta Rhytum Section as well as did some drum tracks with a band that came from just across Cassat Ave in the Lake Shore Section of the Westside which went by the name One Percent which would later become Lynyrd Skynyrd. That was how I got to know the Van Zant Brothers and Sisters. I was playing in a band called Kid Gloves at the Classic's lounge 6 nights a week. In a 5 mile square radius of the Westside of Jacksonville,Florida we had The Classics IV,Lynyrd Skynrd,Blackfoot,Molly Hatchett,38-Special,The Austin Nichols Band,The Crossover Band,Billy Pickett and Livewyre,The Allman Brothers Band,Cornillius Brothers & Sister Rose and so many other hot bands at the time such as Kings Ransom,Phil Driscoll,etc. So I grew up and became friends with a mighty big mixed bag of music. Everything from soul to rock -n- roll to Country. My earliest influence being country I naturally migrated to that music but then most every band I named where into country music. As well as Bad Company,Stones,Three Dog Night,etc. Ronnie Van Zant lead singer of Skynyrd loved Merle Haggard probably more than any recording artist of the day,had all his albums. man it was just unreal. Well all of us being from the same neighborhood and all of us into music we just all kind of navigated toward each other. Later on I had the chance to work with the Van Zant's on the road driving equitment trucks and tour buses. I would not have changed it for the world. Lacy Van Zant would always tell me that I should get a recording contract as well because he liked my singing so much. But I was secure in touring with Hatchett,38 - Special,The Johnny Van Zant Band,Blackfoot and etc. Man I was content with the money I made. It was not until 10 or 15 years later that I seriously considered a record deal for myself.

You’re singing Traditional Country – Have you always been traditional or did you also play other styles?

I have Always loved traditional country music.There was never a time I did not love the Real Country Music. Growing up and playing in the lounges and barrooms I had to play all types of music or you would not be playing very long. But my first love was always traditional country music.

How many professional CDs have you released? Where and how did it go? Biggest success?

I,ve had 2 released CD's to date. The first was titled "My Favorite Country" which was all songs I had done over the years by different country music artist that influneced me such as Ray Price,Vern Gosdin,etc. And the second Cd was titled "From Tennessee to Texas". I came up with that title because at the time I was living in Amarillo,Texas and spending a lot of time burning up interstate 40 between Amarillo and Nashville. Both were released in 2012. Tennessee to Texas has done pretty well for me. It has given me 2 number 1 chart records so far in Austrailia as well as parts of Europe. My biggest success so far has been a song that I wrote titled "That's the way that I Love You". So far it has went to the # 1 spot on four different occassions in the worldwide independent music charts for the traditional country genre'. It has also opened the door to so many co - writing oppertunities with so many wonderful and talented songwriters out of Nashville.

You co-wrote with several big names like T Graham Brown and Diane McCall. You are personal friends of both. Tell me something about their contribution on your next album.

Getting the chance to write with T.Graham Brown as well as Little David Wilkins,Diane McCall,Hawkshaw Hawkins Jr. has given me such a great chance to grow as an writer. I have admired their work for so many years it is truely amazing. I mean what can I say about getting the chace to create a song with some of your musical influences? And to become close personal friends with them..Wow..It is truely a blessing from God and I treasure their talent and friendship so much. T.Graham and I are going to probably reach deep into the old blues well and record a duet together for my next project. We have already written two songs together for the project. Diane whom my wife Jaye and I just love dearly well we are getting together soon to write a tune I may use on the project. And she is also going to do a duet on the project with me. As for Little David Wilkins we wrote a song together on my last CD titled "Johnny sang a Country Song" about a mutual friend of ours Country Music Pioneer Johnny Moore whom also happens to be Jeannie C. Riley (Of Harper Valley P.T.A.) fames uncle. He was also so gracious to let me record a huge hit he wrote and had out "Whoever turns you On"..I just love him to death. And they have all had such an impact on me musically and personally.

You wrote a song about country music legend Johnny Moore with your co-writing buddy Little David Wilkens. You will perform that at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. How do you feel about being invited to sing there.

Being invited to sing "Johnny sang a Country Song" for The Country Music Associations Hall of Fame Awards Show is such an honor for me. I have seen so many of our great pioneers in the Country Music Business just get passed over or swept under the rug so to speak and never get recognized for their contributions to country music. That is what made me and Little David write the song in the first place. To draw attention to these artist. yes the song is about Johnny Moore yet at the same time it is also about the Frankie Millers,Joe Carsons,Bobby Lewis's,etc. I hold each one dear to my heart for what they all have done to make music a little bit easier for myself. I kept nagging Mary Mintor down in Texas about how Johnny kept getting overlooked and I asked her to not make the same mistake Nashville keeps making year after year..Over looking the TRUE COUNTRY ARTIST..

You are performing in Ireland and the United Kingdom in January! That’s incredible! Tell more more behind the story!

Yes I am so thrilled about getting to perform overseas in England,Ireland,Europe. This will be my first European Tour and I know a lot is on the line. If I may another great country music artist that is from Middleburg,Florida that I knew very well made a great career just in Europe alone. His name was Slim Whitman. He used to tell me about how the fans in Europe just love traditional country music. How they just went crazy over it. And now to be able to go and share just a small bit of my world with the fans of Europe man I am beyond excited. I want to give them a great show and would love to come back a lot. Where ever they are hungry for Jerry J. Thomas traditional country music well what can I say? That is where I need and want to be. And my wife Jaye is just so thrilled.I was stationed in Germany in the U.S.Army in 1975 but this will be her first trip abroad. We both can hardly wait.

Special thanks and thoughts?

First a foremost I want to thank my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for blessing me beyond all imaginations. I would also want to thank the fans and the disc jockeys that play and buy and attend the concerts because without them none of this would happen. I want to thank my manager T.M.Garret for keeping Jerry J.Thomas out there.His professionalism and friendship are so magical.Jaye and I love him dearly for everything he doe's for us.And last but not least to everyone one I've mentioned in this interview that has ever influenced me or that I worked with or wrote with I could not have done it without you. Jaye and I love you dearly and will forever be thankful and endebted to you..Ireland,England,Scotland we're coming in January to meet new friends and to share love and music with you.We hope to meet a lot of you.God Bless.

In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between „traditional“ and „new“ country music?

My opinion the biggest difference between today's country music and traditional country music is the sincerity and integrity of the MUSIC itself. Today's artist have all forgotten who brought them to the dance so to speak. It is now just a big almighty dollar game. It is not about the music anymore but the dollar. Today the music is more of a rejected rock-n-roll. Artist don't cater to the fans anymore they seem to put themselves above the fan. I am so glad that I come from a era that an artist and their fans were more of a big family. That is how I was taught. The fans make you. I owe it to them to sign autographs and take pictures and talk to them. Without them I would not be able to do what I love doing and that is make music and perform.

If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

I would bring back just one thing RESPECT!! Put the great artist like Mel Street,Cowboy Copas,Hawkshaw Hawkins,Dottie West,Slim Whitman,etc in the Country Music Hall of Fame where they rightfully deserve to be. Take the politics out of the music.Prove that Hank Williams Sr. music can still be played right beside a Montgomery/Gentry record etc.There is room for all of it..And folks if we forget where we came from how are we going to know where we are going? Let's quit turning our backs on our pioneers in this business and give the their long overdue just do.

What do you think about today's Country Music versus its roots and where do you see it going in the future?

I see a revival of traditional country music returning.There is still a demand for it.We as traditional artist and managers,record companies,booking agents just all have to work TOGETHER and provide a way to get this genre' out to the people.It can be done.And I hope that all the folks in the business and all the fans allow me the chance to be one of the artist to help keep this genre" alive. I feel in my heart that is what I am meant to do and I love doing.I thank my beautiful wife Jaye for putting up with this crazy business of music and standing beside me through it all. I owe it to the Streets, Tubbs, Tillmans, Moores, Millers, McCall family,Jones,Haggard,Wilkins and the fans to preserve with honor and respect this genre' called traditional country music.And with God's help as well as all of you out there I pray you let me keep the flames of tradition burning bright.God Bless all of you and we hope to see you in a town nearby soon.

Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine

Craig Wiseman, Bob DiPiero, Kelley Lovelace, Scotty Emerick

Craig Wiseman, Bob DiPiero, Kelley Lovelace, Scotty Emerick And Other NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS Celebrate Book Release At 3rd & Lindsley

Some of Music Row's biggest hit-writers of the past 30 years came out to 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill to celebrate the release of Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits, featuring those writers' life stories and how they inspired the tens-of-dozens of hits between them that followed. 

L to R seated are Jeff Silbar, Craig Wiseman, author Jake Brown with arm around Freddy Powers and Catherine Powers.  Standing L to R are Neil Thrasher, Sonny Curtis, Bob DiPiero and Kelley Lovelace   PHOTOGRAPHER credit  Kindell Moore   
L-R seated: Jeff Silbar, Craig Wiseman, author Jake Brown with arm around Freddy Powers and Catherine Powers.

L-R standing: Neil Thrasher, Sonny Curtis, Bob DiPiero and Kelley Lovelace  

Photographer credit: Kindell Moore

Hosting a who's-who of country music's biggest hitmakers, including CRAIG WISEMAN, BOB DIPIERO, KELLEY LOVELACE, SCOTTY EMERICK, SONNY CURTIS, JEFF SILBAR, NEIL THRASHER, and FREDDY POWERS (all featured together in the photo above), following a private meet-and-greet among the songwriters and media, fans were treated to a live event featuring performances of songs from each writer's catalog of hits.  The legendary Sonny Curtis kicked things off with a 4-song set that included arguably his most famous hit, "I Fought the Law (and the Law Won)."  Jeff Silbar then performed "Wind Beneath My Wings" among other crowd-pleasing hits.

The third act of the night's live show was a moving tribute to longtime Merle Haggard co-writer Freddy Powers, who made it out to be part of the night in spite of his battling the advance stages of Parkinson's Disease.  Introduced by his longtime manager/wife Catherine Powers, Freddy's catalog was saluted by a 3-song tribute from hit songwriter Scotty Emerick, best known for Toby Keith # 1s including "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight," "Beer For My Horses," "I Love This Bar," and "As Good As I Once Was," kicking off with the Powers-and-Haggard-penned George Jones # 1 hit "I Always Get Lucky With You," before diving into a deeper Haggard-Powers co-write "Jimmy the Broom," and closing with another Haggard # 1, "Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star." 

Powers' protégé, rising country star Mary Sarah-who Rolling Stone Country called "a prodigy" and currently has a duets album out featuring Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, etc -shined with her stirring rendition of "I Just Want to Sing My Song," before hit writer Neil Thrasher closed out the live event with his performances of the Rascal Flatts' monster # 1 hit, "Fast Cars and Freedom" and Kenny Chesney's "There Goes My Life."  

Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits, the 36th book from music biographer Jake Brown, is available on store shelves nationwide and at all online retailers from BenBella Books.

Sarah McQuaid UK Tour Dates - Fri 31st October to Fri 5th December 2014

Sarah McQuaid

UK Tour Dates - Fri 31st October to Fri 5th December 2014

October 2014

Fri 31. Edge Village Hall, The Green, Edge, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 6PA
Tel: 01452 814139 Tickets £10.00 -- From 7:00 p.m.
November 2014

Sat 1. Whalley Village Hall, Accrington Road, Whalley BB7 9TD
Tel: 01254 822350 Tickets £6.00 -- From 7:00 p.m.

Thurs 6. Holybourne Theatre London Road, Holybourne, Alton, Hampshire GU34 4EL
Tel: 01420 562471 Tickets £10.00 -- From 7:30 p.m. 
(Green Man Folk Club Presents Sarah McQuaid + Steve Donnelly)

Fri 7. Roots Music Club Doncaster, The Ukrainian Centre, 48 Beckett Road, Doncaster DN2 4AD
Tel: 07939 148603 Tickets £10.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Sat 8. The Witham, 3 Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY
Tel: 01833 631107 Tickets £10.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Mon 10. The Bicycle Shop, 17 St Benedicts Street, Norwich NR2 4PE
Tel: 01603 625777 Tickets £10.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Thurs 13. Bromsgrove Folk Club, Catshill Club, 13 Meadow Road, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 0JJ
Tel: 0121 476 5938 Tickets £8.00 -- From 7:45 p.m.
Fri 14. The Village Pump @The Lamb Inn, Mortimer Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8BN
Tel: 01225 865107 Tickets £5.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Sat 15. The Globe, 144 High Street West Glossop, Derbyshire SK13 8HJ
Tel: 07512214668 Tickets £8.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Mon 17. Real Music Live, Stormy Monday Club @ Bulls Head, 373 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9PY
Tel: 0208 761 9078 Tickets £10.00 -- From 8:30 p.m.
Tues 18. The Roses, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 5NX
Tel: 01684 295074 Tickets £10.00 -- From 8:00 p.m.

Thurs 20. Loosely Folk, The Golden Fleece Hotel, Market Place, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1LL
Tel: 01845 523767 -- Tickets £9.00 -- From  7:30 p.m.
Fri 21. Henry Travers Studio, The Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1AJ
Tel: 01289 330999 Tickets £13.00 -- From 8.00 p.m.

Sat 22. Transclyde Music, St Paul's Church Hall, Deanhood Place, Rothesay, Isle Of Bute PA20 0AP
Tel: 07720 744205 Tickets £10.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Sun 23. Howden Park Centre, Howden, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6AE
Tel: 01506 777666 Tickets £13.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Mon 24. Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County RFC, Bridgehaugh Pk, Causewayhead Rd, Stirling, Scotland FK9 5AP
Tel: 01786 811627 Tickets £9.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.
Tues 25. The Royal Oak, 1 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1LT
Tel: 0131 557 2976 Tickets £10.00 -- From 7:00 p.m.

Thurs 27. Clydesdale Folk Club, The Elphinstone Hotel, 145 High Street, Biggar, South Lanarkshire ML12 6DL
Tel: 01555 811641 Tickets £8.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Fri 28. Atlantic Islands Centre, Cullipool, Isle of Luing, Oban, Argyll, Scotland PA34 4UB
Tel: 01852 314322 Tickets £6.00 -- From 7:15 p.m.
Sun 29.  St John's Church St. John's Street, Farncombe, Surrey GU7 3EJ
Tel: 01483 421520 Tickets £5.00 -- From 2.00 p.m.

December 2014

Thurs 4. Philleigh Folk Club, The Roseland Inn, Philleigh-in-Roseland, Truro TR2 5NB
Tel: 01326 270379 Tickets £8.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

Fri 5. The Acorn Penzance, Parade Street, Penzance TR18 4BU
Tel: 01736 363545 Tickets £12.00 -- From 7:30 p.m.

About Sarah McQuaid
Renowned for her warm, engaging stage presence, Sarah McQuaid is a versatile and beguiling performer. Her unique voice delivers a powerful emotional punch that's matched by her distinctive, eloquent guitar style. In addition to her own elegantly crafted originals, she interprets traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan Ballads, 1930s jazz numbers, surprise covers and lively guitar instrumentals. Her earthy voice delivers a powerful emotional punch that's matched by her distinctive, eloquent guitar style. Sarah is also the author of The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, described by The Irish Times as "a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists," and has presented workshops on the DADGAD tuning at festivals and venues around the globe.

Sarah's most recent album The Plum Tree and The Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: The UK’s fRoots called it “impeccable,” Ireland’s Hot Press said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs,” and Germany’s Folker wrote “Diese Frau hat Stil” (“This lady’s got style”). In the US, Seattle’s Victory Review hailed it as “truly profound and deeply emotive .... This is one for the keeping,” while Midwest Record described it as “low key but glorious and incendiary.” The album was No. 3 on the Folk-DJ Chart for March 2012, and by April was No. 5 on the Euro Americana Chart; in June, it was No. 6 on the Roots Music Report Folk Top 50.

Produced by Gerry O’Beirne (Midnight Well, Patrick Street, Sharon Shannon Band) and engineered by Trevor Hutchinson (Waterboys, Lúnasa), The Plum Tree and The Rose represents a departure from Sarah’s previous albums in that nine of its thirteen tracks are originals. 
Although a thread of personal experience is woven into the material, Sarah truly shines as a teller of parables. Whether she’s recounting the life of 16th century businesswoman Bess of Hardwick or standing in Derby Cathedral and pondering the immortality of the soul, the specific detail subtly manifests a universal truth. These are songs that linger in the listener’s imagination.

New Album Coming Soon!
Earlier this year, Sarah travelled from her adopted home in Cornwall, England, to the small town of Cornwall, New York, USA, where she spent three weeks recording the new album.  Due for release on the US-based Waterbug label on 2nd February 2015 and entitled Walking Into White, the album was co-produced by Jeremy Backofen (Frightened Rabbit, Felice Brothers, Simone Felice, Andrea Tomasi) and Sarah’s cousin Adam Pierce (Mice Parade, Tom Brosseau, Múm, Ólöf Arnalds, Gregory and the Hawk). Guest musicians include Adam and Jeremy as well as Dan Lippel on classical guitar, Gareth Flowers on trumpet, Kivie Cahn-Lipman on cello and pianist Rob King. Martin Stansbury, Sarah’s manager and touring sound engineer, also contributed guest vocals, air organ and percussion.


Nashville, TN (October 09, 2014) -- Trailblazing musician Dr. Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow in the humanities and arts category of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class that also includes actor and director Al Pacino, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard, among others.

In May, Stanley was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree from Yale University.  It was his second such distinction, the first having been conferred in 1976 by Lincoln Memorial University.

This week, Stanley will be inducted formally into the Academy at its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Oct. 11.  The Academy was founded in 1780 to recognize America's foremost "thinkers and doers."   Among its past members are George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Martin Luther King Jr.  Current members include more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize-winners.

Recognized as the leading exponent of traditional Appalachian music and a founding father of bluegrass, Stanley has spread his sound around the world during his 68 years of touring and recording.  He began his career in 1946 as the younger half of the Stanley Brothers, a group then headed by singer-songwriter Carter Stanley.  The Stanley Brothers performed, recorded and appeared on television together until Carter's death in 1966. 

In the years following, Stanley built and led a band that at various times featured such rising talents as Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks and Charlie Sizemore.  So significant was the Stanley sound in the 2000 movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" that rocketed Ralph from icon to superstar.  He was profiled by novelist David Gates in The New Yorker and went on to earn a Grammy as Top Male Country Vocalist, edging out Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw and Lyle Lovett.  To date, he has won three Grammy awards.

Stanley's high, forlorn vocals are featured in the seven-million-selling "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.  In addition, he was the first performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st Century.  He is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.


“This record has been a truly ‘Monumental’ labor of love for Larry, that has been 11 years in the making.  AirPlay Direct is absolutely honored to deliver this record to the APD global radio community and their listeners.  This particular body of work, has artistic value and substance beyond the recording, something truly memorable…!” 
                                                                         Lynda Weingartz, CEO – AirPlay Direct                
Larry Cordle would like to extend an “Extra Special Thanks” to all the super-star artists who made guest appearances on this CD: Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark, Kevin Denny, Diamond Rio, Alison Krauss, Kathy Mattea, Daryle Singletary, Travis Tritt, Del McCoury, Rick Skaggs and Trisha Yearwood. Thank you for all you have meant to my career and my family. And not to be overlooked the great guest musicians, who came to my assistance and without whose time and talent this project would not be what it is: Andy Leftwitch, Randy Kohrs, Bryan Sutton, Jerry Douglas, Ron Block, Tim Crouch, Stuart Duncan, Dave Pomeroy, Jack Pearson, Jay Weaver and Jenee Fleenor.
"I am so excited to once again be working with the professionals at AirPlay Direct on the release of my new album All-Star Duets. They are the best at promoting music to global radio. NO one does it better."   Larry Cordle

In addition to his songwriting and role as a bandleader, Cordle is sometimes featured as a lead and/or background vocalist on some of Nashville’s most awarded and popular music. He’s provided harmony vocals for artists such as Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Bradley Walker, Billy Yates, Rebecca Lynn Howard and co-writing pal, Jerry Salley. His lead & harmony singing is featured on Livin, Lovin, Losin: A Tribute to the Louvin Brothers, which won a GRAMMY for Best Country Album in 2003 and was named recorded event of the year by IBMA in 2004. He’s also featured on two tracks of Moody Bluegrass, alongside artists such as Tim O’Brien, Alison Krauss, John Cowan, Harley Allen et al and is recently featured as lead vocalist again on Moody Bluegrass II.
Larry Cordle was born and raised on a small family farm in eastern Kentucky. While a young child he was introduced to bluegrass, country, and gospel music, by his great grandfather Harry Bryant, an old time claw hammer banjo stylist, fiddle player and dancer. He recounts, “mom said I could sing “I’ll Fly Away”, all the way through when I was 2”! Cordle fondly remembers this early influence by pointing out, “we lived so far away from everything, that we had to make our own entertainment. Papaw would get the fiddle out in the evenings sometimes and play and dance for us. Just as soon as I was old enough to try to learn to play I did so & kinda seconded after him on the guitar. He ran an old country store and I spent many happy hours in there with him playing, talking about and listening to music. It was our escape into another world, something we grew up with and looked so forward to. I was always happiest when we were in a jam session”.

Brian Collins Releases Debut Album “Healing Highway”

Brian Collins Releases Debut Album “Healing Highway”  

Currently on a Nationwide Radio Tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Rising singer/songwriter Brian Collins’ debut album Healing Highway has been released worldwide today. The 13-track project was produced by Mills Logan (Toby Keith, Alabama, Luke Bryan, Eric Paslay), Kenny Greenberg (Toby Keith, Pam Tillis, Edwin McCain) and Brian.

Not only did Brian design and co-produce the album, but he also co-wrote every track.

"It's not often that I think 'star' when listening to an artist for the first time, but that's exactly how I felt when listening to Brian Collin's Healing Highway." -Matthew Bjorke, Editor at

Currently on a nationwide radio tour, Brian has visited over 30 radio stations and is looking forward to continue sharing his album with radio and fans everywhere.

Lead-off single from the album, “Never Really Left” has been met with praise from radio and industry alike, garnering the No. 3 most downloaded and No. 2 most streamed song via Play MPE the week of it’s release.

Currently playing over 150 dates a year, Brian’s hard working nature and undeniable talent have led him to share the stage with KISS, Will Hoge, Sister Hazel, James Otto, Colin Hay (of Men At Work), Zac Brown Band, The Smithereens, Marshall Tucker Band, Georgia Satellites, Edwin McCain, Blackberry Smoke, Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Brian was honored with the MUSICROW MAGAZINE DisCovery Award for “Never Really Left” from well-known music critic Robert K. Oermann who said, “This Georgia boy has a confident, ultra-youthful, splendidly airy, superbly listenable country-rock approach that is just about irresistible. Dynamic and driving."

Hailing from the music hotbed of West Georgia, Brian radiates a true southern soul. Humbled by his modest upbringing as the son of two truck-driving parents, He exudes passion and love in every corner of his career. Brian recently he had the privilege of playing on the Alabama & Friends Cruise and is on the bill for The Rock Boat 2015 cruise with Sister Hazel, The Bare Naked Ladies and Michael Franti & the Spearhead.

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