Monday, December 8, 2014

CHARLIE DANIELS BRING HOLIDAY TO THE TROOPS

CHARLIE DANIELS AND GARY SINISE
BRING HOLIDAY HONORS TO THE TROOPS

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 8, 2014) – Charlie Daniels made a special guest appearance Monday, December 1st at the 2014 Christmas Concert for the Troops at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Daniels and his manager David Corlew are board members and co-founders of The Journey Home Project, which exists to assist other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Hosted by Gary Sinise and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, the Christmas concert also featured appearances from Kristin Chenoweth, Marlee Matlin, John Ondrasik, John Lloyd Young and Medal of Honor Recipient SFC Sammy Davis.  Musical support was provided by Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band, The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Alyson Cambridge, Lexi Walker, Jenny and the Mexicats, Morris Robinson.

Bringing honor to the troops, the concert, presented by The Gary Sinise Foundation and Suzy and Bob Pence and Friends benefitted The USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore.

About Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels throughout his 50 plus years of creating his own new definitions of music, has scored hits on rock, country, pop and Christian charts. Skilled on guitar, fiddle, and mandolin, his contributions to country and southern rock are legendary on the path of platinum that’s carried him to virtually every music industry award and accolade presented across multi-genres.

He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in Jan. 2008 and has appeared in commercials for UPS and GEICO auto insurance, where he was featured playing fiddle in the television commercial. His volunteer spirit, support of American troops and down-to-earth philosophy has solidified his reputation as a true American patriot and Christian.

Rhonda Vincent Grammy Award



Rhonda Vincent Nominated for Grammy Award

Number One Smash Album 'Only Me', Nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year
  Nashville, Tenn. (December 8, 2014) - The nominations for the upcoming 57th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and Rhonda Vincent is nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year. Her 2014 release Only Me was received with high critical acclaim following its release, and now serves as a final contender for the highest prize in the music industry – garnering Vincent her sixth Grammy nomination. After debuting at #1, where it spent its first two weeks on the chart, the album has proved to have legs. Only Me continues the long line of history-making success that Vincent has enjoyed. Each of her past eight discs hit either No. 1 or No. 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album chart.

The half country/half bluegrass album features duets with both Willie Nelson and Daryle Singletary. Vincent reached #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited National airplay chart for the months of November and December with her songs “Busy City” and the Willie Nelson duet title-track “Only Me.” Vincent also tips the covers hat to acts such as George Jones & Melba Montgomery (“We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds”), Jack Greene (“I Need Somebody Bad”), Connie Smith (“Once A Day”), and Bill Anderson (“Bright Lights and Country Music”)

Only Me contains the cream of the crop of musicians – including her Rage band members Hunter Berry (fiddle), Brent Burke (dobro), Mickey Harris (upright bass), Aaron McDaris (banjo), and Josh Williams (acoustic guitar). Guest musicians include Tim Crouch, Kevin Grantt, Catherine Marx, James Mitchell, Michael Rojas, Lonnie Wilson, Grammy-winning musician and producer Carl Jackson, and ACM Steel Player of the Year Mike Johnson. In addition to the afore-mentioned performances from Nelson and Singletary, the disc also includes guest vocal appearances from Gene Johnson and Dana Williams of Diamond Rio.

Rhonda Vincent has been one of the most consistent recording artists in the world of Bluegrass Music, winning the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year award a remarkable seven consecutive times, and walked away with the top honor of IBMA Entertainer of the Year in 2001. With her band, The Rage – they are the Most Award Winning Band in Bluegrass Music History with over 80 awards. They maintain one of the busiest schedules in the music business today, recently hitting a personal record number of bookings for 2015.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards are set to take place on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. You can learn more about the upcoming awards and nominees at grammy.com.

JASON ALDEAN PLATINUM CERTIFICATION


JASON ALDEAN'S OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT
SHINES WITH 
PLATINUM CERTIFICATION
FROM THE RIAA

Aldean Scores Only PLATINUM Certification For A
Country Album Released In 2014
  
Nashville, TN – Dec. 8, 2014 – Less than eight weeks after debuting at No. one on Billboard’s Top 200 chart with over 280,000 copies, two-time ACM “Male Vocalist of the Year” Jason Aldean continues to conquer unchartered territory as OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT becomes the only country album released this year to be certified PLATINUM, for sales of over one million units, by the RIAA. Additionally, Aldean is one of only
three artists in all genres to release an album and see it earn PLATINUM certification in 2014.
 
“We put so much time and passion into choosing the best songs for this album, and this brings a lot of hard work full circle for me,” said Aldean. "It’s like Christmas came early! I couldn’t do it without the best country music fans in the world, who never stop believing in what I do and always follow me, even if I may take a creative left turn every now and then."
 
Each of Aldean’s previous five studio albums have been certified at least Platinum, tallying over 10 million career album sales. OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT has already produced the multi-week No. one smash hit “Burnin’ It Down” as well as the current chart-climber “Just Gettin’ Started.” Aldean will perform the new track on the upcoming American Country Countdown Awards airing Dec. 14 on FOX where he is also nominated for four awards including “Artist of the Year.” 

Country Music News International Newsletter December 8. 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter

December 8. 2014

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CD: TANNER YOUNG - The Master's Call

TANNER YOUNG
The Master's Call
Great Speckled Bird - I'll Fly Away - The Master's Call - Old Country Church - Using My Bible For A Roadmap - Satan's Jewel Crown - I Saw The Light - Far Side Banks of Jordan - He Took Your Place - Wings Of A Dove - Kneeling Drunkard's Plea - Keep On The Sunny Side
 
I usually review CD's during my 'easy' time, usually on Sunday afternoon.  What a nice Sunday I am having today listening to this incredibly talented young man from Oklahoma, sing some of my favorite old-time gospel tunes.  Tanner Young came to our festival in LeMars, Iowa, last year, and just about brought the house down, I mean literally.  Our main stage is in a huge 2,000 seater tornado-proof building, and the roar from the audience just about made it shake.  Maybe it did a little bit, that's how good this young man is.  He is not just a great vocalist, he is an incredibly gifted guitar picker.  Joining him on this session at the Rick Roach Studios in Kingston, Oklahoma, is Archie Shearer on rhythm guitar, and Dale Anderson on bass.  Both of these instrumentalists are right in line with what Tanner is doing.  It just blows me away that a trio like this can produce such really really good 'classic country' music, and in this case 'classic' gospel music.  Tanner not only has good vibes on his recordings, he is able to carry that over to his stage performances.  Sometimes I hear what I think might be overdubbed lead guitar picking, especially on "Using My Bible For A Roadmap."  Whatever is happening on the leads, it sure is good.  It's an acoustic guitar, so that doubles my enjoyment.  Without a doubt my favorite gospel song of all time is Terry Smith's "Far Side Banks of Jordan" which gets special treatment from Tanner.  He uses some excellent vocal transitions that emphasizes the message of the song.  Tanner closes his fine CD with the classic Carter Family "Keep On The Sunny Side" and means every word of it.  What a wonderful old-time gospel listening experience.  Here's hoping Tanner will be back at the LeMars festival in 2015, I would if I were him!
 
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine 

CD: TRINTY RIVER BAND - Better Than Blue

TRINTY RIVER BAND
Better Than Blue
Better Than Blue - A Sinner's Prayer - Jacob's Ladder - My Heart Will Find It's Way To You - Willie and Mary - Barefoot Breakdown - Pure Poison - Faithless Heart - Daddy's Hands - Steel and Blood - I'll Love You Just The Same - Mystery Train
 
We just had Larry Cordle at our annual festival in 2014, a magnificent writer, and certainly an incredibly good entertainer.  He really knocked our audience out at LeMars, Iowa, where the festival is held.  Lo and behold, first song on this Trinity River Band CD is a Cordle song.... "Better Than Blue." There are three lovely ladies singing lead in the Harris family, and they are not 'named' individually on each song, but they all sing tremendously well.  Making their home in Florida, this wonderful bluegrass-traditional-country band does bluegrass music.  Yes they do, but they don't try to see how 'fast' it can be.  Rather, they have given their lives over to our Lord Jesus Christ, and have let Him show them the way.   This allows them to approach and present a very very high quality kind of acoustic music that includes bluegrass, but much much more.  In my opinion, if 'country' music had not taken the turn it did, 'for sale to the highest bidder,' and rather stayed in the hands and hearts of 'real' country folks, popular country music would sound a lot like what the Harris's are doing today.  Their passion for what they are doing, playing really good acoustic music, realizing that they do it well, and sometimes in awe at where their road has taken them, is the very epitome of what really good music is all about, no matter what little label-box it happens to be in.  That's why we don't have 'boxes' to describe good music today.  It's also why we have so many good artists coming to the corn fields of Iowa to be honored by our Association, and the Rural Roots Music Commission.  Those on the Commission know good music when they hear it, and this CD is definitely going to them for next year's CD of the Year awards.  What's so nice about the Harris Family is their devotion to a really good bluegrass sound....BUT....they are not locked in there.  A penny whistle, sure why not.  We hear it so delightfully quiet and wonderfully on "Willie and Mary."  The fiddle and whistle play the lead together....wow, that's simply fantastic.  We also hear that terrific 'country' sound on "Daddy's Hands," a song written by Holly Dunn who lives in Santa Fe, NM, where we visit occasionally.  Let me tell you who does what on this CD:  Susan is on mandolin and Irish Whistle; Joshua is on banjo, Dobro, and Octave mandolin; Brianna is on fiddle; Lisa is on upright bass; and Mike is on guitar.  It's all acoustic, and all very very well done, best one I've heard of this style, love it dearly.  Watch your calendar Harris's, try to find a route that leads you to Iowa next fall, there's no doubt in my mind about this CD.
 
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

Danny June Smith Goldener Countrystar 2014


Langenselbold/Linz (Österreich). Spannung pur herrschte am Samstagabend bei allen Fans der Countrymusik in Europa: Aus Linz an der Donau wurde von WO-TV live die Öffnung der Umschläge zur Abstimmung der Auszeichnung „Goldener Countrystar 2014“ übertragen. Danny June Smith ist beliebteste Country Interpretin Europas.

Im Wohnzimmer der Langenselbolder Countrysängerin Danny June Smith verfolgten treue Fans und lokale Medienvertreter die Galanight im Hotel „Schwarzer Bär“ aus der Donaustadt nahezu drei Stunden live im Internet.

Für den Goldenen Countrystar 2014 gab es 62 Nominierungen Die von Countryfans aus ganz Europa vorgeschlagen und von der Jury bestätigt wurden. Bis zum 15. Februar 2014 wurden aus 224 Vorschläge 62 Nominierungen ausgewählt. Das online-Voting begann am 1. März, es zählte jeweils nur eine Stimme eines Absenders. Am 20. Juni endete die Abstimmungsperiode und es blieben 5 Finalisten über. Diese waren im Finale um den „Goldenen Countrystar 2014“. Wie viele Stimmen auf sie entfielen, und wer nun auf welchem Platz landete, wurde am Samstagabend bei der Galanight 2014 von dem Moderatorenteam Petra Borchers (Köln) und dem Österreicher Walter Witzany zelebriert.

Bis das erste Kuvert mit der Endplatzierung geöffnet wurde, fand eine live-Schaltung zu den 5 Finalisten statt. Heiter beobachtete Danny June Smith das Treiben in Linz vor den TV- Geräten – während ihre Fans immer ungeduldiger wurden… Wann ist es denn endlich soweit?
Erst weit nach 22 Uhr wurden die Umschläge geöffnet. Platz 5 wurde zuerst gezogen. Railroad Company hatte 1.811 Stimmen erhalten. Es folgte TCU, mit 2.778 Stimmen erreichte die Truppe aus NRW Platz 2. Die Spannung stieg und auch die sympathische Selbolderin gestand, dass sie nun feuchte Hände habe. Auf Platz 3 landete Marina Jay, die Nummer 1 von Österreich mit 2114 Stimmen. Jubel der Fans, ihres Lebensgefährten Markus Wolff und der Medienvertreter brandete auf, als das vorletzte Kuvert mit dem 4. Sieger geöffnet wurde: Auf C.C. Tennissen entfielen 1.978 Stimmen. Die Korken knallten, Küsschen wurden verteilt und Danny June Smith musste Freudentränen aus den Augen wischen. Aus dem letzten Kuvert ging hervor, dass stolze 3024 Fans für sie gevotet hatten.

Ich bin überwältigt und danke all’ meinen treuen Fans für ein sagenhaftes Ergebnis des Voting zum Goldenen Country Star 2014. Es ist nicht nur mein Preis es ist Eurer. Ihr seid die besten Fans auf der ganzen Welt. Danke, dass Ihr die Countrymusic unterstützt“! Mit diesen Worten bedankte sich Danny June Smith, die nunmehr 35- fache Preisträgerin, bereits in der live-Übertragung bei ihren Fans.

Im kommenden Jahr gibt es, organisiert vom Veranstalter des Goldenen Country Star 2014, eine große Country-Night mit den Finalisten. Die Siegerin hat das Vorschlagsrecht, wo sie stattfinden soll. Danny Junes spontaner erster Vorschlag: Natürlich in meiner Heimatstadt… ihre Fans sind gespannt, ob es dazu in Langenselbold kommen wird.

Am kommenden Wochenende ist Danny June Smith auf dem historischen und beliebten Weihnachtsmarkt in der Lutherstadt Eisleben live zu erleben, im kommenden Jahr sind bereits jetzt schon mehr große Events verbucht als jemals in den Jahren zuvor, z. B. wird man die Künstlerin mit ihrer Band zum 30. Jubiläum des Truck Grand Prix, gemeinam mit Truck Stop und Tom Astor auf dem Nürburgring sehen können, mit Gunter Gabriel auf dem Truckerfestival in Geiselwind und auf vielen weiteren großen Events. 

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