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Country Music News International Newsletter March 19. 2016

Country Music News International Newsletter March 19. 2016

Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News International Magazine www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.com . Your Country Music News is supported by Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitmusiccity.com , Tennessee Tourism, www.Tennessee.de , Scott Brantley http://studiogoldnashville.com/scott-brantley , Eileen Carey www.reverbnation.com/eileencarey , Coreopsis Publications LLC www.coreopsis.gs , Willi www.1willi.com

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Clinton Gregory, Collin Raye, Crystal Shawanda and Craig Morrison on Country Music News International Radio Show interviewed by Christian Lamitschka – March 20. 21. 2016 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/03/clinton-gregory-collin-raye-crystal.html





Country Music News International Radio Show Playlist March 16. 2016 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/03/country-music-news-international-radio_18.html



GENE WATSON'S 33RD STUDIO ALBUM CHARTS ON BILLBOARD TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/03/gene-watsons-33rd-studio-album-charts.html

KELLY LANG WITH SPECIAL GUESTS OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, PAUL SHAFFER AND LEE GREENWOOD http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/03/kelly-lang-with-special-guests-olivia.html

Trailer Choir’s New Single, “Ice Cold Summer,” Ships to Radio http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/03/trailer-choirs-new-single-ice-cold.html




Montgomery Gentry Headlines Hits For The Homeless Local Benefit Show http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/03/montgomery-gentry-headlines-hits-for.html




NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND REIGNITES FAN BASE WITH PBS STAR-STUDDED SPECIAL http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/03/nitty-gritty-dirt-band-reignites-fan.html
John Conlee Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/03/john-conlee-interview-by-christian.html



DOLLY PARTON, LINDA RONSTADT, AND EMMYLOU HARRIS: THE COMPLETE TRIO COLLECTION http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/03/dolly-parton-linda-ronstadt-and-emmylou.html



THOMAS RHETT LAUNCHES FIRST EUROPEAN HEADLINING TOUR THIS NOVEMBER http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/03/thomas-rhett-launches-first-european.html





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CD: Michelle Poe - Just One of the Boys

 
Just One of the Boys”
But Michelle Poe Ain't No Ordinary Girl!

Recently, I Was Approached by Country Music News International Magazine about doing an album review for Michelle Poe's CD, Just One of the Boys. At first I was reluctant to commit to the project for the simple reason that there are just not very many female artists from any genre that I am “into.” In fact, I could count them all without having to take my damn boots off and using my toes. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way being overly critical of anyone just because of their gender in general. I'm simply stating that I more readily identify with music from a male perspective and that's what I mostly listen to.

Yet Michelle Poe grabbed me for multiple reasons. I mean, here's a drop-dead gorgeous young lady in a cowboy hat, playing a guitar, who is currently on tour with Hank Williams, Jr. Ouch!! What could be sexier? She is just way too hot to handle because she is without a doubt, the epitome of what every country boy dreams of—beautiful, sexy and talented. So I accepted the challenge because I was intrigued.

I met Miss Michelle out on the road while she was on tour as bass guitarist for the iconic Bocephus, who just happens to be my biggest musical hero. In person, I found Miss Poe to be very warm with a gentle disposition, and a great sense of humor. Immediately, I felt like we clicked and was very relieved to find a friend that I could easily laugh and talk with as we got to know each other. I soon discovered that Michelle is an awe-inspiring, breathtaking presence who is so sweet that I don't think sugar could melt in her mouth.

But my job was about the music not the person, and although I was already hooked I had to remain objective and stay focused despite the instant rapport that came so easily. I could not wait to listen to her songs in order to learn more about her.

The first thing I noticed about Just One of the Boys is that it is a DreamWorks Nashville release produced by James Stroud and Don Cook. From that bit of information I knew right away that I was in for a high quality entertainment experience. The cliché certainly fits that Michelle Poe is the perfect “girl next door,” but can it be that she can actually sing, too, which would make her the ultimate, “total package?” I could not wait to find out. I ripped off the cellophane and slammed that disc into the player with high hopes that what I was starting to suspect was actually true. Maybe, just maybe, I had found the perfect female artist to add to my collection of favorites.

Brother, let me tell you, Michelle Poe could sing the freaking phone book and have the Tin Man's heart skipping beats somewhere over the damn rainbow. Wait for it...wait for it...is she gonna hit that next note? Hell yea, she nailed it on time and right on key. Man, this girl can sing! What a refreshing experience it was to be totally rocked by such an angelic alto voice. I never would have dreamed that I would have been taken so quickly. Imagine that. I guess you really can teach an old salty dawg new tricks after all. I sure learned that my kind of Country doesn't always have to be a rough and rowdy outlaw sound for it to crank me up. The self-penned songs of Michelle Poe opened up a whole new world of music for me.

One of my favorite cuts from the album is entitled That's Not Me. It is a masterfully written ballad that reminds us that sometimes what we do for “true love” is not always what is true for our hearts. Love may be a powerful force that can change your life but you just can't change your life for love.—not for very long anyway. At least that's what I got from the powerful lyrics of that song.

Over the course of quite a few of the tracks I could envision myself curled up by the fireplace with my lady, a glass of wine in hand, while enjoying the expressive and relaxing sound of Michelle's music about life and love. However the title track, Just One of the Boys, makes me want to grab a beer and kick my heels up around a campfire for a honky-stomping good time. Speaking of the title track, is that Dierks Bentley making a cameo appearance on the YouTube video for Just One of the Boys? Yes sir, I believe it is! Miss Michelle played bass for a Dierks' tour as well.

Come to find out, Michelle Poe is one of the best kept secrets of Nashville and has been for many years. She is a very well established and connected artist who is usually found performing behind other major acts. With Just One of the Boys, she stepped up to center stage and shined liked the star that she is. She’s not going to be a secret much longer. Look out, boys! Michelle Poe is here to stay! As a matter of fact her sophomore EP that is yet to be titled is due for release sometime early in 2016. I had the pleasure of hearing one of the new tracks, Honey Do from her upcoming album and if it ain't a hit I will kiss your ass in the middle of Music Row in front of a sold out crowd. As good as her first album is, Miss Poe has taken her talents to a whole new level. I wouldn't have thought that her voice could be any stronger, but what I just heard is a confident, highly professional artist at her very best. If the rest of the new album is like Honey Do then Michelle has moved on to a more rockin', outlaw sound that is among the best I have ever heard. I will be anxiously awaiting the new CD since I am now a huge fan. Give me a Michelle Poe and a campfire and I will be the last to go home, just like one of the boys because she is not just an average girl.

If you are like I was when I started this project—not very interested in love songs or chick singers—then you, too, may have overlooked this incredible talent on this jewel of an album. Should that be the case, from one hard head to another, I highly recommend that you expand your horizons and order Michelle Poe's album, Just One of the Boys today. It is in extremely short supply and can only be ordered by sending her a private message on Facebook, www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008818964844&fref=ts Grab your copy while you can and look for the next album at www.michellepoe.com. If she don't get your blood to pumping and your feet to moving then you had better check your damn pulse and dial 9-1-1.

Great job Michelle Poe, I will see you at the top of the charts!!

-Captain Joe Kent-





CD: Pete Berwick - The Legend Of Tyler Doohan

 
The Proof Is in The Whiskey

The New Release From Pete Berwick's Album, The Legend Of Tyler Doohan


I may not be rich and famous, but a life well-lived is the best revenge.”
-Pete Berwick

Bob Dylan meets David Allan Coe down at the old crossroads and beat the hell out of the devil himself. That is what you will find when you fire up Pete Berwick's new CD. Do you want me to prove it? Well, I don't have to, the proof is in the whiskey and if that ain't Outlaw Country then I'll kiss your rebel ass.

I had the pleasure of talking by phone with the rambunctious and outspoken Pete Berwick about his new album, The Legend of Tyler Doohan and the first single release from the EP, The Proof Is in The Whiskey.

"After thirty-five years and five albums I had pretty much had it with writing songs and putting out records and touring," Berwick confessed. "Then one day, two winters ago, I read a news story about a little kid in upstate New York who saved six family members in a trailer fire, went back in and tried to get his disabled grandfather out, but didn't make it. This story of bravery and the courage of this brave little boy touched my heart. I figured if he didn't quit under pressure, why should I, so I wrote a song about it, resurrected some other songs, old and new that I had yet to record, signed a record deal with Little Class Records in Kansas City, and here it is, my sixth album, and what I can honestly say, is my best writing."

Considering Pete's albums have all been critically acclaimed, that is saying an awful lot. His 2007 release Ain't No Train Outta Nashville, actually recorded on Music Row in Nashville in 1992 but shelved and forgotten, peaked at #5 on Cross Country Radio (now Outlaw Radio) on XM Satellite, and at least a couple of his albums made the top ten releases of the year in several national newspapers. Over a dozen of Pete's songs have been placed in movies and television.

Berwick's history is long and complex. "I have also written four novels, my first one, The Bar Singer, pretty much tells it all, and though fiction, my life story is all there,” Berwick recalls. “My very first 'band' was around 1975 in Florida. Me and this drummer friend would go into the high school locker room shower and he would bang on the wall with his sticks and I would pound on my cheap guitar and the acoustics in the shower stall would make us sound electric. That was the official start of it all."


After moving back to Illinois from Florida, and investing fifteen years of trying to build a name performing original songs in the culturally-challenged sports bars of Chicago, Berwick made the move to Nashville in 1990, where he wasted little time. He signed a record deal with Bitter Creek Records, and recorded his most successful album Ain't No Train Outta Nashville, then assembled his band, The Nashville Underground and hit the road, garnering opening slots for Charlie Daniels and other Nashville legends.

"I'd say one of the greatest inspirations in my life was the advice Charlie Daniels gave me backstage after a show," Berwick said. "He told me to just be myself and to hell with what anyone thought, and that is the life I have been living ever since," Berwick says.

After Berwick's album deal ran its course, he and his wife Denise purchased seven acres in Dixon County and Pete took some time to reflect on where he had been and his next move.

"That was around 1995, and after pushing this horse uphill for almost twenty years I had pretty much had it. I knew I had a lot more in me, but I was tired of the politics on Music Row, and the music I was writing wasn't exactly welcomed with open arms in most places. My music had been labeled "cowpunk," and to this day my critics give me credit for being one of the pioneers of this style, along with Jason and the Scorchers and others, but there is so much more to my music than any one genre."

Berwick soon moved back to Northern Illinois, where he has been based since—touring, recording and penning his novels. He is also an amateur boxer. "People ask me how I can stand getting hit in the face," Berwick laughs, "but I actually enjoy it. It makes me feel alive. At 57years-old I am not supposed to be boxing. But this is how I have lived my life, doing the exact opposite of what others tell me I am not supposed to do. You know, you're not supposed to do anything but have a real job, and you have to have something realistic to fall back on, and all of that crap. I may not be rich and famous, but a life well-lived is the best revenge. And I have proved my naysayers wrong time and time again. There are those who can't deal at all with the fact that I am still standing after almost four decades in the trenches, and this pleases me very much."

In 2009, Berwick managed to gain the attention of ABC, and appeared on the reality show Wife Swap. “They wanted to do something different after so many episodes of the clean wife versus the dirty wife, and feature a family in the entertainment business. I gave them what they wanted, but it was sort of hard, getting my gigs done with the replacement wife locking away my guitars. The money from the show helped finance my next two albums, and brought me some new fans, but it's truly not my favorite subject. People will come up to me now and then all excited because they recognize me from the show, which to my chagrin continues to be re-run. I'll tell them, ‘Hey, I have six albums and four novels out, you know,’ and all they will want to know is how real the show actually is. Fifteen minutes of fame is about as cheap as it sounds."

Berwick's newest album is a hard-hitting introspective collection of his best songwriting to date. Victory and defeat, love and hate, hope and futility, damnation and redemption, life and death—it's all there, in all of its ragged and bloody heart-felt glory, all to the backdrop of a musical tapestry and roller coaster ride in his typical genre-defying style of country meets punk meets rock n' roll meets rockabilly meets folk meets anthemic ballads.
"You can hear Neil Diamond as well as The Clash on this thing," Berwick
says. "I never give much thought to how it all comes out in the end. I leave that for the reviewers and critics whose job it is to explain it all and define it. I just write them as they come. In the end, I'm just a song and dance man."

The Proof is in the Whiskey is currently being released to radio as the single, and is fast becoming the stand-out cut on the album.

"I am really proud of that song," says Berwick. "Hard-working songwriter, Joe Kent had been after me for a while to do some co-writing. I had only co-written about one other song on my records, and that guy went on and got himself a George Jones cut shortly after. Joe (Kent) and I wrote The Proof is in the Whiskey, and dammit if Joe didn't land a Hank Williams Jr. cut, titled The Party's On almost the same week. My co-writers tend to have themselves a bit of luck, and I am more than glad to spread what I can. That's all we songwriters are, Johnny Appleseeds. We plant songs and emotions, and hope to see something grow from it all."

And Pete has certainly planted a lot of seeds in his nearly four decades of picking out a living on his old guitar. He has his entire life's work available at www.peteberwick.net including his latest effort with Little Class Records, The Legend Of Tyler Doohan. I became a fan of this renegade artist over a year ago and purchased a box set that includes five albums and four novels. I was thoroughly entertained for months for less than $50. So naturally I was one of the first people to order The Legend Of Tyler Doohan and received it as soon as it was released. My favorite novel by Berwick is The Bar Singer which is a literary ride down a lost highway through Hell with the devil riding shotgun. It's a helluva ride so fasten your seat belts. When it comes to Pete's music, I had always favored the song Only Bleeding until this new album when I heard The Proof Is InThe Whiskey. Berwick really outdid himself with that one and it is now locked and loaded into my CD player for speed queuing whenever the notion strikes me, which is quite often.

Pete Berwick is proving that his future is in another round, and the proof is in the whiskey. 

Joe Kent for Country Music News International Magazine 

WINDY CITY LAKESHAKE FESTIVAL STAGE LINEUP

WINDY CITY LAKESHAKE SURGES TOWARDS SECOND YEAR
REVEALING OFFICIAL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE AND
"NEXT FROM NASHVILLE" STAGE LINEUP
Superstar Duo Brooks & Dunn Set To Play Two Consecutive Nights 
Limited Quantities Of Single Day Passes Will Be Made Available On 3/25
Nashville, TN - March 18, 2016 - Chicago's second-annual Windy City LakeShake announced the official artist schedule for the three-day, two-stage country music festival today that includes a heavy-hitting lineup led by Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw as well as Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett and more. Taking place on the scenic FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 17-19, it was also revealed that superstar duo Brooks & Dunn will play two consecutive nights over the weekend for what will be the group's only dates in the US this year outside of their upcoming Vegas residency. Fans will be able to purchase limited quantities of single day passes beginning March 25 at 10AM CT at lakeshakefestival.com.  
Full lineup and ticket information is available at: www.lakeshakefestival.com.
With an unrivaled backdrop of the iconic Chicago skyline, Windy City LakeShake further increased fan-anticipation by sharing the lineup for the festival’s second stage: "Next From Nashville” today.  Kelleigh Bannen, Brooke Eden, Haley Georgia, Ryan Hurd, LANco, Jon Langston, Aaron Lewis, William Michael Morgan, Mo Pitney, Jameson Rodgers, Royal Bliss, Aubrie Sellers, Tara Thompson, Brett Young and more will take the stage that has a history of showcasing country music’s brightest stars.  Country music remixer Dee Jay Silver will also keep the festivities flowing between sets on the Main Stage.

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