Monday, January 19, 2015

THOMAS RHETT GOES FULL


THOMAS RHETT GOES FULL TILT ON OPENING
WEEKEND AS DIRECT SUPPORT OF THE
ANYTHING GOES TOUR 2015
 

Nashville, TN – Jan. 19, 2015 – ACM New Artist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett’s swagger had fans on their feet and caught critics’ attention this weekend for the opening run of Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes Tour 2015. As direct support, he stormed the stage where “the high energy never slowed” (Toldedo Blade) and had critics proclaiming, “2015 is going to be a very big year for Thomas Rhett” (Dayton Daily News).
"It was definitely a weekend for the record books," said Thomas Rhett. "From the crowds' energy, to playing with my buddies in FGL... it was an awesome way to kick off the New Year."
The Multi-Platinum singer/songwriters’ current single “Make Me Wanna” was recently crowned Billboard’s Best Country Song of 2014 and is scaling the Top 10 at country radio. The track follows two consecutive Platinum certified No. one hits off his debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS (The Valory Music Co.).

JAMES CAROTHERS Signs With THIRD COAST TALENT

Country Newcomer JAMES CAROTHERS Signs With THIRD COAST TALENT

Performs On DRX Showcase, Streaming Live January 20

Pictured at BMI offices in Nashville are L-R 
 Seated: Debbie Moore, James Carothers, Carrie Moore-Reed
Standing: JoAnn Berry (Manager) and Perry Howard 
(BMI Director,Writer/Publisher Relations)

Nashville, TN (January 19, 2015) - Country newcomer JAMES CAROTHERS has signed an exclusive worldwide booking agreement with Nashville-based THIRD COAST TALENT.  The deal comes just prior to Carothers' performance from the DRX Artist Showcase stage at 3rd and Lindsley, tomorrow at 6 p.m. CTHosted by beloved singer/songwriter and SiriusXM "Prime Country" personality Deborah Allen, the event will stream live HERE; Facebook fans can learn more at FB Events

Hailed for his "gut-bucket baritone," compelling songwriting and commanding stage presence, Carothers honed his chops on the Southwest touring circuit prior to his recent move to Nashville.  "It was important to me to get back to my roots," observes the native Tennessean.  "And this is still where the rubber meets the road on the business end of things."

The entertainer is easily winning over even the most-jaded of the City's movers and shakers, including MusicRow magazine's Robert K. Oermann, who recently reviewed "I Must Be Alive."  Oermann observes: "This moaning ode to a lost love has a super deep resonance and burning passion.  As a song, it's quite well crafted, with admirably dynamic melodic range as well as sturdy lyrics."  The single continues to gain support with radio programmers and is "On Deck" - soon to be charting on MusicRow.
Carothers, who has been compared to Waylon Jennings and Jamey Johnson, produced his current CD, HONKY TONK LAND (Renegade Mountain Records).  An eight-track tour-de-force of true Country music, the disc features seven Carothers' originals, and takes the listener back to a time when songs of life's triumphs and struggles filled the Country airwaves.  The album is available for purchase now at iTunes, Amazon, Amazon UK and GooglePlay.

The team promoting Carothers and HONKY TONK LAND is finding a receptive audience for the young vocalist.  Recent media coverage includes: Country Music People, Guitarist Magazine, Scene Magazine, Country Music & Dance Scotland, Smalands Country Magazine, Country Jukebox, FAME, Country Music Matters, Roughstock, Music News Los Angeles, One Stop Country and more.

ABOUT JAMES CAROTHERS
A native of McNairy County, Tennessee, James spent his boyhood leading the a cappella choir at the local Church of Christ before the family moved out west.  After 20 years as a resident of New Mexico, Carothers has returned to his Southern roots, bringing his young family to Nashville this year.  Considered a star in-the-making by some of the music industry's top pundits, he comes by his Country style honestly, counting Waylon, Willie, Merle and Johnny Cash as major overall influences, while naming Keith Whitley and George Jones as inspirations for his distinctive phrasing and singing.  As a writer, he admires the talents of Billy Joe Shaver and Hank Williams.  An adept lead guitar player ala Vince Gill, James is an engaging entertainer who leaves his audiences clamoring for more after every show.

Country Music News International Newsletter January 19. 2015

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January 19. 2015

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CD: ROY KING - It's About Time

ROY KING
It's About Time
Choo Choo Train - Old Rock - Silver Train - Wild Prairie Fire - White Shirt - Poor Man - On My Mind - This Dream - In Days To Come - The Guitar
 
It simply amazes me that songwriters, 'real' songwriters of country music continue to step up to the plate to bat, even though Music City, Nashville, Tennessee, has slammed the doors, and removed the plate, on nearly every songwriter that ever had the inspiration and desire to put into words the 'feelings' of everyday people.  The music we hear today called 'country' is a very trashy pale imitation of the 'real deal.'  I never get tired of saying that, I've been involved with country music all my life, and even though no one listens to me, I do indeed listen to these songwriters that put their heart and their soul into the words they write down on a piece of paper, and then ultimately, they find a way to get it recorded.  Mr. King went to the North 40 Studios to do this session, with Dave Russell engineering.  I don't know where that is at, nor do I know very much about Roy King, or even how I came to be in possession of this CD, but one thing is for sure.  Mr. King knows what he wants to accomplish in the studio. His original songs run the gamut from true-blue country, to a Charlie Daniels sounding "Wild Prairie Fire" with a fiddle on it that just blows me away. Lots of interesting interpretations of the various sounds Roy is capturing.Dave Russell, the engineer, also plays lead guitar, bass, steel, sax, accordion and background vocals.  Mike Nepodal is on piano, sax, special effects and musical arrangements, so you can see it's quite a conglomeration of sounds, but in the final mix, it all seems to come together to create a very interesting, very well done, very versatile, and very original recording.  The album is dedicated to Roy's family, and I suspect the first track "Choo Choo Train" might very well have been written for a younger member of the family.  "White Shirt" drifts quite a long way away from country, but it's still a remarkable 'story'  song.  I really like the old-timey sound of the accordion on "This Dream" is fascinating.  It's a waltz tempo creation, and a love song that is really 'legitimate' even the steel guitar is terrific. I also like the voice of Roy King, many times songwriters don't have the ability to 'sell' their own works and must rely on someone else to do the demos for them.  Not so with Roy King, his voice is as good as his songs. Terrific.
 
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine
 

CD: HOWARD VOKES - Down In Nashville

HOWARD VOKES
Down In Nashville
Down In Nashville Tennessee - If I Should Come Back My Darling - New Kensington Waltz - Too Late - Heart Of A Clown - I Talk To Myself About You - We Could - There's A Dream In My Heart - Me Any My Broken Heart - I Can't Get You Off My Mind
 
These days, there is such an uproar about the lousy music coming out of Nashville called 'country.'  Most listeners, especially those that have followed country music over the years, are especially disappointed at the short-cut electronically and digitally produced imitation of the real-deal.  Even young singers like Corey Smith (from Georgia), a great traditional country artist with a new record out called "Fast Track," is totally aware of the direction the music has taken.  His work is very similar to what I am listening to in the works of Pennsylvania's King of Country Music, Howard Vokes.  Young Corey had this to say, "The reality is that country music has swung too far into this fake plastic place that is the antithesis of what country music is." I don't believe it can be said any better, but as I listen to this new CD by Howard Vokes, I can understand where young Corey is coming from.  Howard Vokes has been in country music for over 60 years, and he's still singing and recording the real-deal.  This particular CD shows a little rust in the voice, but that makes it all the more believable to me.  Take away that 1% and the remaining 99% is terrific real country music, at its very best. Howard has a very sensitive voice for country music, and this selection of songs, typical lost love country style, he's singing it with all his heart.   He gathered together some excellent musicians for this session, Skeets Martin on lead guitar (exactly as I remember the leads and licks being in the past on these kind of love songs); Howard Vokes Jr (Howard's son of course) is on the bass; and Howard is on rhythm guitar.  This is a really 'take me back in time' kind of country music.  A little sad of course with the lost loves all around him, it's still the easiest, the simplest, and certainly the most heart-felt method of creating and then sharing the 'real' feeling of 'real' country music.  Thanks for the listen Howard, it was great!
 
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

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Fresh off their successful effort to prevent the demolition of a Nashville Studio that once recorded the likes of Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and a host of other country superstars, advocates want to now include all of the city's "Music Row" area in their preservation efforts.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that it is placing Music Row on it's 'National Treasure' list of historically significant sites threatened by development.  The Washington DC based non-profit is joining the Music Industry Coalition, Mayor Karl Dean's office, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Center, as well as state and city historical preservation groups to draw attention to Music Row's cultural heritage.
 
Back in 1941, a young man in Iowa bought an acoustic guitar for $30, but forgot about it for 50 years.  Now it is worth over $25,000, a Gibson J-35 which the company began making in 1936 during the depression.  The young guy in 1941, whose name has not been released, bought it shortly before shipping off to fight in WWII in the Pacific.  He left the nearly mint-condition instrument at home, and put it away so his young children wouldn't damage it.  Those same children (now grandparents themselves) found the guitar when the were helping their father clean house in 2012.  They searched the Internet to find a shop that specialized in refurbishing vintage instruments, and found Folkway Music in Ontario, Canada, owned by Mark Stutman, who purchased the guitar for $25,000.  According to Stutman, "The guitar was introduced during the Depression.  They didn't get treated as something that was bought with an entire month's salary, and most of them were well used.  I certainly paid what needed to be paid for the guitar.  It's nice in this day and age to make these kinds of finds.  Most collectible things have been found already.  For all intents and purposes the guitar has been sold to us for $25,000, but we're still hammering out the paperwork.  Still, even if the deal falls through, its certain to fly off the shelf pretty quick."  Stutman said he didn't feel comfortable identifying the man or his family without their permission.
 
Bob Dylan is certainly not known for being the best vocalist in the world, but he is threatening to mumble and bumble his way through a new album of tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra.  Entitled "Shadows In The Night" Dylan cut 23 songs, with 10 of them making the final album.  The engineer behind the session, Al Schmitt who recorded the album at Capitol Record's historic Studio B, said, "Dylan picked some obscure Sinatra songs that are great songs.  People who have heard it broke down crying, listening to the record.  It's like nothing you've ever heard Dylan do."  Once the session was in play back, Dylan told Schmitt, "I never heard my voice sound this good before."
 
If you like old-time rag-time music, the Great Plains Ragtime Society meeting will take place on Sunday, January 25th at 2pm at Durham Booth Manor, 923 N 38th St. in Omaha.  It's even better if you 'play' rag-time.  Call Jim Boston at 402-556-3340 if you need more information.
 
The Bristol, Virginia, City Council has voted to give the Birthplace of Country Music Museum a break on its taxes.  The Council passed an ordinance giving the museum an exemption from real estate property taxes.  Councilman Jim Steele says it was a way of thanking the museum for all it has done to help the downtown business area and keep Bristol's downtown economy thriving.  "We are helping the museum all we can and downtown is thriving and we want it to keep thriving."
 
The museum dedicated to George Jones, in Nashville, will open almost two years to the day since his death, says his widow, Nancy.  The museum will open April 24th in downtown Nashville.  That weekend will also mark the launch of "White Lightning Moonshine" developed in a partnership between Jone's estate and Silver Trail Distillery.  "White Lightning" was Jone's first number one country hit in 1959.
 
Internet reception is not always the best here in California, sometimes it takes forever for anything to download, however Al Hixson one of our NTCMA folks, sent me  a most entertaining and interesting you-tube video of the Cheese Festival in Monroe, Wisconsin.  Some yodeling, which was great, but I was impressed with the 137 accordion players that showed up.  Pee Wee King was always one of my favorite accordion players, so if you're not busy, you might enjoy this.  And don't forget the incredible Las Vegas act Johnny Ray Gomez and his accordion will be at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita on May 29th, 7pm  http://youtu.be/7FTCJohm54U
 
Dolly Parton is teaming up with NBC as a producer of a slate of 2-hour movies.  Dolly says she wants it to be fun, inspirational with a family audience in mind.  The movies will apparently be based on the songs, stories, and inspiring life of Dolly herself.
 
A singer-songwriter, Corey Smith, a former social-studies teacher has made Rolling Stone Magazine, mostly for a song he wrote called "Fast Track."  He's pretty outspoken about the state of country music today....."For a guy like me (he's been playing for ten years), it's tough to be a critic because people automatically label me as a hater.  That I'm just jealous because I don't have a hit song on the radio or I've never won any awards.  That's not the case.  The reality is that country music has swung too far into this fake plastic place that is the antithesis of what country music is.  I've known this stuff first hand.  I've been out there slugging it for awhile and have had many artists, without naming names, tell me, "We're going to do it like you, the slow methodical way and earn one fan at a time." and then 3 months later they're on the top of the charts and they are everywhere....shortcuts?"
 
During his 30-year career as Director of Folklife for the Tennessee Arts Commission, Robert Cogsville always found time to carry a camera around with him.  Beginning in 1984, photography was his passion, and throughout his career he documented scores of craftsmen, artists, and musicians who keep Tennessee's folk traditions alive.  Some 22,000 photos including those of fiddler Clyde Davenport, and blues singer Jessie Mae Hemphill and a host of other old-time country artists.  January 16 through March 13, they will be on display, or at least 4,000 of them in the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery in Nashville.  Sure would be interesting to look into.  My, how I wish Iowa would take more interest in the music the pioneers, settlers, and homesteaders played in our state.  I don't like the loneliness of being the only one trying to do anything about saving it.
 
Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine

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