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Country Music News International Newsletter May 18. 2016

Country Music News International Newsletter May 18. 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, Tennessee Tourism, Eileen Carey, Coreopsis Publications LLC

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John Conlee on Country Music News International Radio Show interviewed by Christian Lamitschka – May 18. + 19. + 20. + 22. + 23. 2016 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/05/john-conlee-on-country-music-news.html

Denny Strickland Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/05/denny-strickland-interview-by-christian.html
ROBBY JOHNSON BREAKS INTO TOP 30 WITH CURRENT SINGLE, "HATE ME TONIGHT" http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/05/robby-johnson-breaks-into-top-30-with.html



MIRANDA LAMBERT BRINGS THE HEAT ON OPENING WEEKEND OF “KEEPER OF THE FLAME TOUR” http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/05/miranda-lambert-brings-heat-on-opening.html


Hank Williams Jr. To Appear On NBC's TODAY Show Wednesday, May 18 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/05/hank-williams-jr-to-appear-on-nbcs.html


CD: KENTUCKY OLD-TIME BANJO - North American Traditions Series http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/05/cd-kentucky-old-time-banjo-north.html


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ROBBY JOHNSON BREAKS INTO TOP 30 WITH CURRENT SINGLE, "HATE ME TONIGHT"

SINGER-SONGWRITER ROBBY JOHNSON
BREAKS INTO TOP 30 WITH CURRENT SINGLE,
"HATE ME TONIGHT"


Currently on the road promoting his debut album, 'Don't Look Back'
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 17, 2016) – CMR recording artist Robby Johnson has a big reason to celebrate these days. The singer-songwriter is watching as his current single, “Hate Me Tonight,” moves into the Top-30 on the MUSIC ROW Country Breakout chart this week.

“Radio has been so supportive of my music – going back to my first single,” said Johnson. “I have made so many unforgettable memories and friendships with the many Program and Music Directors throughout the United States since going out on my first radio tour. I am so humbled and thankful for their support.”

Johnson’s previous single, “South Of Me,” helped net him exposure on a wide variety of television programs – including Huckabee and a much-coveted performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as mentions in magazines such as TV Guide, USA Today, and The Tennessean.

The critically acclaimed country artist, which serves as a commercial spokesperson for McDonalds Canada has been in Nashville since 2012 and is currently on the road promoting his debut album, Don’t Look Back, which was released in January 2016. Critics have raved about the set, with People describing it as "refreshing and as seductive as ... his brooding good looks," while Billboard lauded his "neighborly tone" and Music Connection praised his "rugged good looks, appealing tenor and top-notch material."

For more information on Johnson, visit his website at www.Robby-Johnson.com.

CRAIG CAMPBELL FOR COLORECTAL CANCER ON JUNE 7th

CRAIG CAMPBELL TO HOST 4th ANNUAL CELEBRITY CORNHOLE CHALLENGE TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR COLORECTAL CANCER ON JUNE 7th 


The RED BOW Records’ Artist, in Partnership With Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC), Invites Friends to Help Support The Cause




NASHVILLE, TN (May 17, 2016) RED BOW Records’ artist Craig Campbell will host the “4th Annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge” in honor of his late father who lost his battle with the disease at age 36. Fellow country stars Michael Ray, Canaan Smith and more to be announced will appear at this year’s event on Tuesday, June 7th from 1-3pm near 5th Avenue and Demonbreun Street in downtown Nashville, TN. As a national spokesperson for the cause, Campbell strives to raise awareness and funds for colorectal cancer education, research and prevention.

“We’ve been so blessed over the past three years with the success of my celebrity cornhole tournaments, that we’re gonna do another!” shared Campbell.  “The event gets bigger and better every year. It makes me smile to know that we are raising so much money for research and awareness of this terrible disease.”

During the “4th Annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge,” artists will be paired with fans that bid online for the chance to play with them. The game is conducted in a bracket style with the non-celebrity winner receiving a commemorative cornhole board at the end. The “4th Annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge” is open to the public with all proceeds benefitting Fight CRC. Visit smarturl.it/Cornhole2016 for a chance to play in the competition and to participate in the online auction featuring items donated by artists and sponsors. Additional information regarding tickets and VIP opportunities will be announced soon. Following the tournament, Campbell will take the stage to perform for the annual “Music City Gives Back” concert.

Campbell is currently climbing the country radio charts with new single “Outskirts of Heaven” that he co-wrote with Dave Turnbull (Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton) and Rolling Stone Country describes as “a ballad with a sweeping, Nineties-style twang.” Following 2015’s “Tomorrow Tonight,” he has been in the studio with producer Mickey Jack Cones working on his RED BOW Records debut album. Having shared the stage with Randy Houser, Alan Jackson, The Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann and Justin Moore, he is currently touring across the U.S. and will be playing major fairs and festivals throughout the summer.

ABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL:
Campbell launched on to the country music scene with the release of his self-titled debut album (2011) delivering the hits “Family Man,” “Fish,” and “When I Get It.” To date, he has logged five consecutive charted hits with over a billion radio airplay audience impressions and over a half million downloads. Acclaimed as one of the genre's most neo-traditionalist singers, his Top 15 breakout debut “Family Man” was featured on HBO’s True Blood and fan-favorite “Fish” has tallied nearly 400,000 digital copies sold. Campbell earned his first Top 10 smash with the infectious “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” from his sophomore album NEVER REGRET (2013). The gifted songwriter co-wrote Garth Brooks "All American Kid" off of MAN AGAINST THE MACHINE. Prior to landing his first record deal, the Lyons, GA native spent time on the road playing keyboard for both Tracy Byrd and Luke Bryan - shows that inspired him nightly. He was soon discovered while playing a regular gig at the downtown Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage.

ABOUT FIGHT COLORECTAL CANCER:
Fight Colorectal Cancer is a leading colorectal cancer nonprofit in Washington, D.C. Through patient education, advocacy and research funding, the group spreads awareness and demands a cure for the second-leading killer in the United States. As the leading advocacy group, the organization serves as a resource for colorectal cancer patients, grassroots advocates, policy makers, medical professionals and health care providers. Learn more at http://www.FightColorectalCancer.org.

For more information on Craig Campbell visit www.craigcampbell.tv
 
  Photo Credit: Jason Myers

Guy Charles Clark November 6, 1941 – Tuesday May 17, 2016

Guy Charles Clark
November 6, 1941 – Tuesday May 17, 2016
Grammy-winner, Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member, Academy of Country Music Poet’s Award honoree, and fearless raconteur Guy Charles Clark died Tuesday after a long illness. 
He was born in the dusty west Texas town of Monahans on November 6, 1941. The family lived at his grandmother’s 13-room shotgun hotel; home to bomber pilots, drifters, oilmen and a wildcatter named Jack Prigg, the subject of Clark’s famous song “Desperados Waiting For A Train.” When Guy’s father returned from WWII and graduated from law school, the Clarks moved to the Gulf coast town of Rockport, Texas. Guy came of age in the pretty little beach town. As captain and center, Guy led the football team. He played guard in basketball, ran the 100-yard dash and threw discus in track and field. He won science fairs, joined the Explorer’s club, presided over the junior class as president, acted in school plays, excelled on the debate team, illustrated the yearbook, and fell in love with Mexican folk songs and the Flamenco guitar.
After a couple of false starts at university, Guy joined the Peace Corps in 1963. He trained in Rio Abajo, Puerto Rico, practicing water survival, rock climbing and trekking, followed by a month of book learning at the University of Minnesota. After turning down an assignment in Punjab, India, Guy moved to Houston, where he opened a guitar repair shop with his friend Minor Wilson. He played guitar and sang folk songs at the Houston Folklore Society, Sand Mountain coffee shop and the Jester Lounge, where he began life long friendships with fellow struggling songwriters and musicians Mickey Newbury, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kay Oslin, Frank Davis, Gary White and Crow Johnson. He married his first wife, folksinger Susan Spaw, and they had a son Travis in 1966.
In 1969, after splitting with Susan, Guy moved to San Francisco and again joined Minor Wilson in a guitar repair shop. Within a year, he moved back to Houston, met and fell in love with a beautiful dark haired painter named Susanna Talley. Susanna moved from Oklahoma City to Houston to be with Guy and after a few months, she sold a painting to fund the couple’s move to Los Angeles. Guy landed a job building Dobros at the Dopyera Brothers Original Musical Instruments Company. He played with a bluegrass band on the weekends and pitched his songs to publishing companies in between. 
He signed a publishing deal with Sunbury Dunbar and moved to Nashville in the fall of 1971. He and Susanna crashed on songwriter Mickey Newbury’s houseboat for a few weeks and then moved into a small rental house at 1307 Chapel Avenue in East Nashville.  Guy and Susanna returned to Newbury’s houseboat on January 14, 1972 along with Mickey and Susan Newbury and Townes Van Zandt as best man; the five friends sailed up the Cumberland River to the Sumner County Courthouse where Guy Clark and Susanna Talley married.
In that first year in East Nashville Susanna and Townes wrote “Heavenly Houseboat Blues,” while Guy turned out “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” “L.A. Freeway,” and “That Old Time Feeling.” By the time Guy released Old No. 1, his debut critically acclaimed album for RCA Records in 1975, he had written several soon-to-be classic songs including “She Ain’t Going Nowhere,” “Let Him Roll,” “Rita Ballou,” and “Texas 1947.”
He jumped from RCA to Warner Brothers in 1978, scoring a number one song with Ricky Skaggs’s take on “Heartbroke” in 1982 and breaking into the Billboard country chart with “Homegrown Tomatoes” in 1983. Clark hit his stride when he signed with Sugar Hill Records in 1989, and then released a string of significant folk and Americana albums with Sugar Hill, Asylum Records and Dualtone Music Group during the next two-and-a-half decades: Old Friends, Boats to Build, Dublin Blues, Keepers, Cold Dog Soup, The Dark, Workbench Songs, Somedays the Song Writes You and his final 2013 Grammy-winning Best Folk Album, My Favorite Picture of You.
For more than forty years, the Clark home was a gathering place for songwriters, folk singers, artists and misfits; many who sat at the feet of the master songwriter in his element, willing Guy’s essence into their own pens. Throughout his long and extraordinary career, Guy Clark blazed a trail for original and groundbreaking artists and troubadours including his good friends Rodney Crowell, Jim McGuire, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, and Vince Gill.
His beloved Susanna died from complications of lung cancer in 2012. Due to ongoing health problems, Guy stopped touring and recording shortly thereafter. He is survived by his son Travis and daughter-in-law Krista McMurtry Clark; grandchildren Dylan and Ellie Clark; sisters Caroline Clark Dugan and Jan Clark; manager and friend Keith Case; caretaker and sweetheart Joy Brogdon; nieces, nephews and many, many dear friends, colleagues and fans.
Funeral arrangements are pending

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