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Country Music News International Newsletter June 12. 2015

Country Music News International Newsletter June 12. 2015


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A Night with Legends at the Wildhorse Saloon

 

A Night with Legends at the Wildhorse Saloon


Where can you attend a concert where there are country legends galore and the performers have had well over a hundred number one hits altogether?  Let's say it together now: in Nashville.

 The Wildhorse Saloon was the venue for this very special occasion, where true legends of country music were celebrated  as well as their hit songs.  To say that magic was in the air is an understatement.  On the line up were Johnny Lee, T. Graham Brown, Tim Rushlow , Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Eddy Raven, Larry Stewart, Marty Raybon, Exile, Lee Greenwood, David Frizzell, Mickey Gilley, Bellamy Brothers and The Oak Ridge Boys.  The "Queen of Long Island Country" Lisa Matassa was singing duets with the legends and the songs have also been recorded for her upcoming album "Why I'm Here - Legendary Duets" that will be released in two volumes.  Proceeds from the event benefitted Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Country Music News International Magazine had the privilege of talking to some of the artists before the star packed show started.  The Long Island country singer Lisa Matassa was one, and she stated that this concert truly was the highlight of her career: "It's a wonderful, wonderful experience for me and I'm just trying to sink in, all of it".

With T. Graham Brown she is singing his big hit "Tell It Like It Use To Be" and they are doing a very soulful version.  They met at the George Jones tribute concert - T. Graham and his wife were good friend's of George and still is with Nancy, and Matassa asked him if he wanted to sing the song with her on this project.  About the concert Brown said:  "Vanderbilt Children's Hospital is a good place and I get to hang out with some of my old friends, it's all good, all positive."  He is currently working on his next project which is going to be a Christmas album. He said it's easy to be in the right spirit for that, since "I'm such a kid I'm into Christmas spirit all year long every year anyway".  When we asked him to tell us about any significant events and what he is most proud over in his career, he told us "I'm most proud of this song I wrote 'Wine Into Water', it's helped so many people get sober, 'cause that's what I'm about these days, trying to do what God wants me to and help people in their sobriety."

Speaking of God doing things in your life and Christmas, we also sat down to speak with in gospel/bluegrass/country thoroughly skilled Marty Raybon,  who has - in addition to his solo bookings - 23 concerts booked for the year with reunited Shenandoah. In November Raybon and the group released their first project together in 17 years which was a Christmas EP. About the process of getting back together he is saying "Time has a way of fixing things for you"; "The guys that I'm working with [in Shenandoah] we all have a deeper relationship with the Lord, because time has allowed that to happen. We talked about getting back together on several, several occasions, but you know, I did always get a check in my spirit, I'd always think, nah, it's not time for this". When they started talking about getting back together a year and a half ago, Marty said he didn't get a check in his spirit that time like he had in the past and he also asked his wife to pray about it and she felt good about it too. "After that, we [the Shenandoah members] started talking about how we would work this out and everything, and again, I've seen God start moving and doing things and start shaping and molding things and making this happen and having this fall in place." Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts has started producing five tunes for Shenandoah and a record label is ready to listen once they are finished.
When he spoke about the show, he said "I'm tickled to death to be a part of it" and "what an absolutely wonderful thing to do - I know everybody's got a place in their heart for children and to be able to, you know to be a part of something that's going to be a part of saving a life, changing a childhood illness, whatever it may be, you know, to be a part of that is really a good thing." The conversation ended with Raybon referencing the Bible: "Prove [your faith] to God and God will prove Himself to you."

This was a show of mostly duets, and one of the collaborations was on the hit song "You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma" originally recorded by David Frizzell and Shelly West. He is very energetic, creative and fast paced. We asked him what still motivates him to keep going and his answer was "Music".  He continued: "I love to make music, I love to write it, actually play it. I love the whole idea of playing music". He considers himself to be lucky to be a part of it.  This summer he is going to Ireland for the first time to play some shows; he's heard they like country music over there.  David has recently finished a Buddy Holly tribute project with some friends of his like Merle Haggard, Jimmy Fortune and Helen Cornelius among others.  This is an artist that always has something going on; once he has finished one project, he's on to the next, always asking himself "What else can I do know?" even as he was in the middle of writing his book about his legendary brother Lefty Frizzell, so he wrote a screenplay based on the book that will become a movie.  Next up is a concert and trail ride in Montana that will be filmed for RFD-TV.


The Wildhorse Saloon was a perfect fit for this type of show and it was also being taped for a future TV broadcast and from what we experienced this night with legends singing hit song after hit song and Lisa Matassa coming out and joining them dressed in different and very stylish outfits every time, it is going to be spectacular. According to the reactions and actions of the audience, it already was.



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Grand Ole Opry Member Jim Ed Brown Has Died

Grand Ole Opry Member Jim Ed Brown Has Died
Jim Ed Brown
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 11, 2015) – Jim Ed Brown, a star of the Grand Ole Opry for more than fifty years and a newly elected member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died Thursday, June 11th at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, TN after battling cancer.

Mr. Brown scored major country hits as a solo artist, as a duet singer, and as a member of The Browns with sisters Maxine and Bonnie. The Browns’ 1959 crossover smash “The Three Bells” topped Billboard’s country chart for ten consecutive weeks, and it spent four weeks atop Billboard’s all-genre singles chart.

“If you listen to The Browns, it’s a very pretty sound,” Mr. Brown said earlier this year, in an interview with Peter Cooper of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “It was sibling harmony, a sound that was very pleasing. I’ve never heard anybody that could come close to that particular sound. It couldn’t be imitated.”

James Edward Brown was born April 1, 1934, in Sparkman, Arkansas. He spent the first decade of his life on a farm, without electricity or running water. On Saturday nights, the family would tune a battery operated radio to WSM-AM (650) and listen to the Grand Ole Opry. As a teenager, Jim Ed would mimic the vocal styles of Opry stars - his Hank Snow impersonation was particularly effective - and in 1952 Maxine entered him into a talent competition at KLRA radio in Little Rock.

He didn’t win the contest, but was asked back to appear on the station’s Barnyard Frolic show. Soon, he invited Maxine to sing with him on the Frolic, and their harmonies impressed touring musician Wayne Raney, who championed Jim Ed and Maxine to record labels. In 1954, they signed with Abbott Records and recorded their first Top 10 country hit, the Jim Ed-and Maxine-penned “Looking Back to See.” Bonnie Brown soon joined her siblings, and the duo became a trio.

As The Browns, Jim Ed, Maxine, and Bonnie notched Top Twenty country hits with “Here Today and Gone Tomorrow,” “I Take the Chance,” “Just As Long As You Love Me,” “Money,” “I Heard the Bluebirds Sing,” “Would You Care,” and “Beyond the Shadow.” But in 1959 the trio was pondering retirement. Mr. Brown’s service in the U.S. Army and the sisters’ family lives had distracted musical attentions, and Mr. Brown was running his father’s sawmill. The Browns—who by then were signed to RCA Records—told producer Chet Atkins that they were thinking of quitting the music business, but Atkins asked them to come to Nashville and record again.

“Chet asked if there was anything we wanted to do that we hadn’t recorded,” Mr. Brown said. “We told him about a song called ‘The Three Bells’ that we sang coming from Pine Bluff to Nashville. We recorded it, and after the session Chet said, ‘You kids may think you’re about to retire, but I think you’ve just recorded the biggest song we’ve ever done.’”

Mr. Brown was driving a truck in Arkansas in 1959 when he parked, walked into a drive-in to buy a Coca-Cola, and heard “The Three Bells” playing on the radio. The song resonated with country and pop audiences, impressed and inspired the Beatles, and ensured that Mr. Brown need not spend his life at the sawmill. The Browns joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1963, on the strength of “The Three Bells” and follow-ups including “Scarlet Ribbons (for Her Hair),” “The Old Lamplighter” and “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On.” But in 1967, Maxine and Bonnie decided to retire. Mr. Brown stayed in Nashville as a solo artist on RCA, and he recorded his signature solo song in 1967 with “Pop a Top,” a No. 3 country single that was later revived by Alan Jackson on Jackson’s Under the Influence album.

From 1967 through 1974, Mr. Brown also reached the Top Ten of the country charts with singles “Morning,” “Southern Loving,” “Sometime Sunshine” and “It’s That Time of Night.” In 1976, he began recording duets with Helen Cornelius, logging a No. 1 country hit with “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You.” With Cornelius, Mr. Brown won a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award and reached country’s Top 10 with “Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye,” “If the World Ran Out of Love Tonight,” “Lying in Love with You,” Fools,” and “Morning Comes Too Early.”

Mr. Brown’s easygoing manner made him an effective host on the Opry and on numerous television programs. He helmed shows including the syndicated Nashville on the Road and The Country Place and The Nashville Network’s You Can Be a Star and Going Our Way. In 2003, he began hosting syndicated radio program, Country Music Greats Radio Show.

In September 2014, Mr. Brown was diagnosed with lung cancer. While he was undergoing treatments, Plowboy Records released In Style Again, Mr. Brown’s first solo effort in 40 years. Fellow Opry stars Vince Gill and Sharon and Cheryl White joined him on the critically acclaimed album. In March 2015, Mr. Brown and The Browns were elected along with Grady Martin and The Oak Ridge Boys as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“Fame is fleeting, hit records change every week, award show winners and nominees change every year, but being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame will be forever,” Mr. Brown said, in response to receiving country music’s highest honor. The Browns’ official induction will come in October, but CMA CEO Sarah Trahern, Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young visited Mr. Brown in the hospital on June 4 to present him with a medallion commemorating his Hall of Fame membership.

Mr. Brown died at peace with himself and with his place in country music.

“I’ve always loved to sing,” he said. “My grandmother nicknamed me ‘Jaybird,’ because I’d go around singing all the time. I’ve gone through some hard times, but some good times, too. If push comes to shove, I’ll do it again.”

DARIUS RUCKER AND FRIENDS RAISE $220K FOR ST. JUDE

 
DARIUS RUCKER AND FRIENDS RAISE $220K FOR ST. JUDE

Concert Featuring Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge and Golf Tourney Draw Record Gift

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 10, 2015) – Darius Rucker has a lot of friends. Put them all together and they can do amazing things. Like raise more than $220,000 for childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Rucker and a handful of today’s top country music stars spent Monday night putting on the sold-out sixth annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, then hit the course Tuesday for the Celebrity Tee-Off sponsored by State Water Heaters. The two-day total is almost two times as much as the record $120,000 Rucker earned last year and brings the annual benefit’s total contribution to St. Jude to $660,000.

Rucker was an active master of ceremonies at the Wildhorse, performing his own set of hits and joining every invited star – the lineup included Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Scotty McCreery and Steve Wariner - on stage at some point. He stretched his instantly recognizable baritone voice in every direction through a night that included – but was not limited to - a set heavy with songs from his latest No. 1 album, Southern Style. He also brought out a horn section so he and new friend Eldredge could explore their mutual love of Frank Sinatra with covers of “Come Fly With Me” and “That’s Life.”

The South Carolina singer started to show off when he joined A Thousand Horses for a cover of the Black Crowes’ “Hard to Handle” and joined Wariner on the Beatles’ “Get Back.” Rucker finished the night with his now-standard cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain,” a song written for a club just like the Wildhorse.

Eldredge and the guys in A Thousand Horses – both opening on Rucker’s Southern Style Tour – and McCreery woke up early Tuesday for their tee times, joining Vince Gill, Eric Paslay, JT Hodges, Jon Pardi, Joe Nichols, Cole Swindell, David Nail, Dustin Lynch, James Otto and Jana Kramer on the links.

"Darius and Friends" is sponsored by State Water Heaters, Intel, CDW, Two Bits and Humdingers.




Photo Credit: Jeremy Polzel

TANYA TUCKER, LEE GREENWOOD, PHIL VASSAR, LEE ROY PARNELL, DAVID LEE MURPHY AND MORE!

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH TANYA TUCKER, LEE GREENWOOD, PHIL VASSAR, LEE ROY PARNELL, DAVID LEE MURPHY AND MORE!!


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 11, 2015) – From the Bud Light Plaza Stage to LP Field, APA Nashville’s diverse concert roster of talented and iconic artists will be taking center stages during the CMA Music Festival from June 11 through 14 in Nashville.  Lee Greenwood will be performing at LP Field, while Tanya Tucker, Phil Vassar, Big Smo, Maggie Rose, and Corey Smith hit the Riverfront Stage.  Appearing on the Bud Light Bridgestone Stage are David Lee Murphy and Keith Anderson, while Lee Roy Parnell, Michaelis, Mike Ryan, Hailey Whitters, Jacob Powell, and Jessie James Decker will be highlighted on other prominent stages around town.  
 
“The CMA Music Festival is a hugely exciting and important part of the year for our business,” says Steve Lassiter, SVP/Partner of APA Nashville.  “Every year gets even larger, with thousands of country music fans from around the world making their way to Music City for a week of world-class entertainment and our signature Southern hospitality.  And we're ready to show them a good time!”

APA Nashville’s CMA Music Fest Line-Up includes:

  FRIDAY, JUNE 12:
JACOB POWELL / Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe
12:45 – 1:10 PM

JESSIE JAMES DECKER / AT&T U-Verse Showcase Stage
4:30 – 5:00 PM

SATURDAY, JUNE 13:
MAGGIE ROSE / Chevrolet Riverfront Stage
11:15 – 11:45 AM

COREY SMITH / Chevrolet Riverfront Stage
3:45 – 4:15 PM
 

TANYA TUCKER / Chevrolet Riverfront Stage
4:30 – 5:30 PM

SUNDAY, JUNE 14:
MICHAELIS / Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe
10:45 – 11:15 AM

KEITH ANDERSON / Bud Light Plaza Stage (at Bridgestone Arena)
11:25 – 11:50 AM

BIG SMO / Chevrolet Riverfront Stage
12:00 – 12:30 PM

MIKE RYAN / Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe
1:25 – 1:50 PM
 

HAILEY WHITTERS / Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage
2:00 – 2:20 PM
 

PHIL VASSAR / Chevrolet Riverfront Stage
3:45 – 4:15 PM
 

LEE GREENWOOD / LP Field Stage
7:45 PM

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