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Country Music News International Newsletter October 19. 2016

Country Music News International Newsletter October 19. 2016

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Sierra Black on Country Music News International Radio Show interviewed by Christian Lamitschka – October 19. + 20. + 21. + 23. + 24. 2016

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CD Review: The LACS + Hard Target = RACKET COUNTY


I must confess, it has been a rough time trying to get this RACKET COUNTY music review done. I've been very busy with a plate full of hard knocks served at the daily buffet lately. There's been too much RACKET going on around here: too many doctors, lawyers, businesses, record labels, travel plans, meetings, musicians, artists, Snakes In the Grass, bottom feeders, another hurricane, catfish, cheese grits, politics, boiled peanuts, the Truth about Life On The Road, and people always wanting something for nothing, or wanting to take credit for absolutely nothing of their own. You know, it's called “my LIFE in the world of music”. But, I have had the absolute best time listening to this CD and the local Radio stations while dealing with all of life's mysteries! Every beat, every chord, every lyric, every word of this entire album hits home for me. Welcome To Dodge City, RACKET COUNTY'S title song and second track on this CD, is the latest musical score from the combined talents of The LACS and HARD TARGET. These two awesome bands comprised of Clay Sharpe and Brian King, of The LACS, and members of the band, HARD TARGET's Ryan Fleming, Dustin Bennett, and Wes Breit formed RATCHET COUNTY, and I am here to say...I LOVE IT! The 14 song compilation is the absolute best combination and mix of music, guitar riffs, words and lyrics that I have heard in quite a long time. I expected a mix of rap, hick hop, and country, but I never expected this! WELCOME TO DODGE CITY is a musical masterpiece chocked full of potential #1 hits on several Billboard charts, and at least half or more of the 14 songs have top 10 Billboard potential! This album is an amazing blend of what RACKET COUNTY has now coined as a “DIRT ROCK” music/genre, instead of a hick hop country music mix like with previous LACS albums.

Back around the turn of the century, two mudslingin' rednecks from Baxley, Georgia, aka Brian and Clay from The LACS, were told by Nashville and others that their music would never make it in the music world; that their southern country rap songs did not “fit” into the country music scheme of things. Being from Georgia myself I can tell you this: Don't ever tell one of us that we can't do something, because we will move heaven and earth to prove you wrong and make it happen. It's our way; it's the southern way. You learn that hard work by the sweat of your brow with perseverance and determination will get you everywhere! We know what it's like to earn a dollar; to be true blue-collar. When you're from a small town and have big dreams, sometimes that is your only way “out”, out of there and away from the norm, so you put everything you've got into your dream. Many times you get short changed signing your life away, go busted and broke, get lied to and cheated on, and all while singing your songs on the road in every honkytonk or dive you can find. You don't do it for the money, you do it because you love it....WELCOME TO DOGE CITY. If any of us just starting out did it for the money, we would all be doomed our first show. I am of the mind that The LACS just found the yang to their ying when they combined their talents with the southern rock guitar riffs, rhythm, and melodies of HARD TARGET. RACKET COUNTY is the perfect blend of several music genre's all wrapped into one nice package; adorned with a huge bow and a mason jar of apple pie moonshine for sweetness. 10,000,000 million viewers and fans, along with Billboard Rap and Country Charts agree, “Nowhere took me somewhere!”.

This Is Racket County, the first track on the CD, opens with guitar riffs reminiscent of Ozzie, and the scratchy record sounds from a favorite DJ that meets up with Kid Rock, creating not only a wonderful surprise, but also the perfect music blend introducing and identifying the new band as RACKET COUNTY.
Moonlight, the third tract song, is one of my favorites! The opening musical score reminds me of James Taylor meeting southern rock for a ride on a moonlit country dirt road and howling at the moon. It's another perfect blend of music and lyrics created by both bands! “Holla at the Moonlight....” and yes, I throw my hands in the air every time I hear this song! Just sayin'....
And just when I was getting used to the “Dirt Rock-genre” the band and fans coined, I hear this morsel of goodness! James Brown is track number four and one of the funkiest, upbeat songs I have heard in a long time! I love this song! It's a blend of 70's funky disco era-ish with an outlaw rap twist. With lyrics like Tonight I'm gettin' down like James Brownaddressing social issues such as politics, big government, blue collar worker views, morals, land of the free, and down tolookin' confused like Bruce Jenner in the freeway”. Ha! I had to laugh at that one! “Bow-wow wow-wow wow-wow wow-wowwwww....
Reminiscent of a DJ Glow party and it's hip-hop rap dance music, Nowhere, the fifth track, hits home with their new “dirt rock” music. “Hell I was born and raised in the middle of NowhereGeorgia myself, so I can honestly say you learn that hard work and determination will get you somewhere; anywhere and out of there. You dream big and you work hard to make those dreams come true. “Ain't nobody ever gave me shit”, “you have to earn your way in the world”, and learn that sometimes being from Nowhere Georgia will actually get you somewhere on this road called life. We don't take too kindly to crooked dealings and hinky people, and we dang sure don't talk just to hear ourselves speak. We may be nobodies from the middle of Nowhere Georgia, but “Nowhere got us somewhere” by being honest, good folk.
Sunday, the sixth track of the album, is another favorite of mine as they change music styles once again! This song is more a Bob Marley raggae island man meets a redneck fisherman who can't seem to hold a job down for his bad habit of laying out of work and going fishing every Monday! A funny and witty tale that transports me away from life's reality. It makes me want to sip on coconut juice or an ice cold beer with my toes planted in the sand on a beach or river sandbar somewhere. How Sunday is always spent at home, and skipping work on Monday just so you can go fishing seems about right for a country boy/girls's paradise, don't you think? I think I feel a sickness coming on.....(cough, cough).
Radio, track seven, is the perfect song about riding around and getting lost in nothing but me and my own thoughts. Climb in the truck, ride around with “got no place to go so I turn on the Radio.... set my cruise on 75.... and just ride”. Getting lost with the Radio on and getting lost in your own soul. Turn the cell phone off, crank the Radio up to some “Bob Segar and Night Moves but zeroing in on the dial to some “They call me the Breeze” and “Racket County on the Radio”. Gotta forget the world, shut it out, and “hope to God nobody finds you”. The Radio and driving is an escape from the real world and all of life's complex hard knocks. It's a time to think and breathe, to be free; to be You. So go ahead, crank it up and sing along! Get lost; just be You and take a listen to Radio!
Life On The Road, track eight, is a song about life on the road as a musician and artist. It's not a glamorous life chocked full of money and fame as most think, but more a reality of hectic schedules, demanding managers, promoters, record labels, producers, timing, booking, rushing for this, rushing around for that, every night is a late night, lots of practice and hard work, miles and miles on a bus with the same people day in and day out, venue after venue, and show after show, the bus tires roll. Roll away from family and loved ones, roll away into the unknown, and roll on to the next show, and on, and on, and on, and on to another show.That's Life On The Road every single day.
Track nine, The Truth, is another favorite with it's opening intro! There's a lot of truth on the Radio and in the songs that actually make it to the airwaves. Songs; good songs and great songs come from the heart. They come from experience; they come from deep in your soul. It is a way of expressing your feelings, your hurts, your accomplishments, your sorrows. If the song, your truth that you have personally lived through, reaches out to hit home with it's mark and tugs on those heartstrings of recognition with just one other person's heart, that is a good song, but to reach out to millions and strike that chord among the masses? Well, I would have to say The Truth and RACKET COUNTY won the prize on this one! I even heard a banjo playing with Johnny Cash and “Elvis wearing Blue Suede Shoes” mentioned. I thought it a funky hillbilly diddy, kinda mixed with southern “dirt rock”. I really loved the music, the hooks, the references to Creedance, Otis Redding, Joe Walsh, Tina Turner and Garth Brook's. I loved it all.... and that's The Truth!

I am growing short on space so suffice it to say, the entire album is a masterpiece! Nothing, Snakes In The Grass, Keep Walking, DOA, and DOA-Mix, track eleven through fourteen, respectfully, are all just as awesome as the others on the CD. Through all the hard knocks and Snakes In The Grass you encounter in this business and in daily life; you learn to pick yourself up, hike your big girl/big boy britches up, and you Keep Walking with your head held high. Why? Because you did it, you did it your way! You're not DOA, you're RACKET COUNTY and you did it the DIRT ROCK way! Congratulations guys, the middle of somewhere took y'all somewhere”! HUGS:)

Cc: pdh/Penney Holley, Country Music News International, 17 October 2016.



CMA Awards "Vocal Group Of The Year" Nominee Gear Up For The Release Of Their First-Ever Christmas Album Available On Friday

Nashville, TN - Oct. 18, 2016 - CMA Awards "Vocal Group of the Year" Nominee Rascal Flatts revealed today that they will perform an intimate "One Night Only" Concert presented by Budweiser at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 14.  The show will offer fans the chance to experience the superstar group's music in an exclusive setting, lending itself to one of a kind moments for both the trio and the audience.

The unique performance will also be a chance for fans to enjoy special performances for the first time of highlights from the trio's highly-anticipated Christmas album, THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL, available this Friday (10/21). The festive 10-track collection was produced by Rascal Flatts and features moving and powerhouse performances that the trio is known for, while offering personal touches to some fan-favorite staples of the festive season. The album is available for pre-order now at

Currently nominated for CMA Awards "Vocal Group of the Year", the group added to their many accolades this summer, earning their 16th No. One, with the infectious hit-single "I Like The Sound Of That," that was also recently certified PLATINUM by The RIAA.  To date, Rascal Flatts has sold over 23.1 million albums,  32 million digital downloads worldwide, as well as earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more, making them the most awarded country group of the past decade.

Ali Morgan record deal with Siverado Records


Independent country music record label, Silverado Records, is excited to announce the addition of Ali Morgan, a 13-year old country music singer/songwriter and performer to their roster. The young artist is joined on the rising label’s elite client list by Melissa Mickelson, HISH and Zack Dyer. “There are some artists, when you meet them, you know right away that they’re someone you want to work with,” said Silverado Founder and CEO, Scott Thomas. “She’s a special girl, she’s extremely talented, and we’re over the moon about working with her to build her career, and share her talent with the world.”
Signed to a multi-project, long-term deal, Ali is working on developing new material, and will begin working in studio on her debut single soon. Though barely a teenager, the talented lyricist has already performed for thousands of fans in her hometown of Chicago, and has brought her passion for music and the stage to Nashville, where she’s performed at the Bluebird Café, and in a songwriter’s round at Belcourt Taps. 
“Becoming part of the Silverado Records family is a dream come true!” said Ali. “I haven’t stopped smiling and I can’t wait to get started. They are building quite a team, and I’m so thankful they’ve given me a chance to be a part of it.”
About Ali Morgan
This rising star and natural performer has been drawn to the spotlight since age seven, when she first hit the stage and began her career in a musical production of The King and I at Paramount Theatre. After drawing larger roles and working with the Fox Valley Repertory theater, Ali’s attention shifted to country music, after the genre’s stories and melodies filled her home. She picked up a guitar at a mere nine years old, and hasn’t put it down since. She begged her parents to make the move to Music City where she could pursue her passion full-time, and made a bargain with her mother to make her dreams a reality: the family would move when Ali could perform 40 covers on her guitar, and was performing steadily. A year later, the songwriter had landed more than 30 gigs and played to crowds of thousands, including showcases at Douglas Corner Café, Belcourt Taps and the Bluebird Café. Drawing inspiration from some of country music’s leading ladies and songwriting seamstresses, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie and Tae and Kacey Musgraves, Ali is hard at work to build her catalogue and shine a light on her talent in Nashville. Driven by her authentic love for writing and making music, this passionate performer dreams of the day that she takes the stage to find her fans singing her own lyrics back to her. “I hope someday that my music can affect people the way music has always affected me,” said Ali. “I can’t imagine my life without it.” Keep up with Ali at, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @AliMorganMusic.

About Silverado Records
Launched earlier this year, Silverado Records hosts offices in Nashville and Las Vegas and has become a haven for established and rising country artists hoping to carve their own path in the music industry. Founder and CEO Scott Thomas, a serial entrepreneur and entertainment industry veteran, is also the CEO of Silverado’s parent company, Exegan Music Group, which owns or controls more than a dozen other record label catalogs. The first half of his career was rooted in the radio business, as a radio DJ, production manager, and program director before co-founding Zeo Radio Networks in Denver. Thomas moved to the record side in 2008 with the launch of Jake Records. Thomas is joined on the Silverado Records team by accomplished industry professionals with storied careers at landmark labels and organizations. A&R Director Aaron Chesling formerly served as Logistics Coordinator for Big Machine Records and Heather Cramsie serves as the Marketing Director after a successful run as the Director of Southeast Promotion at Sidewalk Records. Social Media Director Tim Stewart hails from Las Vegas where he did freelance social media seminars for tech startups in Silicon Valley, now working out of the Exegan Music headquarters.

Emeli Sandé präsentiert neues Album "Long Live The Angels": Umjubeltes Live-Konzert in Berlin

Emeli Sandé, Emeli Sandé präsentiert neues Album Long Live The Angels: Umjubeltes Live-Konzert in Berlin
Emeli Sandé, Emeli Sandé präsentiert neues Album Long Live The Angels: Umjubeltes Live-Konzert in Berlin
Emeli Sandé, Emeli Sandé präsentiert neues Album Long Live The Angels: Umjubeltes Live-Konzert in Berlin

Emeli Sandé in Berlin! Gestern Abend durften sich die deutschen Fans von Emeli Sandé über ein ganz besonderes Highlight freuen: Die Sängerin präsentierte ihr neues Album „Long Live The Angels“ (VÖ: 11.11.) als deutsche Live-Premiere in intimer Atmosphäre vor 550 Zuschauern im restlos ausverkauften Lido in Berlin. Nachdem Emeli Sandé die erste Single „Hurts“ im September zum ersten Mal der Weltöffentlichkeit im Rahmen der Universal Music Tagung „Universal Inside 2016“ live vorgestellt hatte, kehrte die Ausnahmesängerin gestern in die Hauptstadt zurück. Sie präsentierte neben ihren Hits wie „Heaven“ und „My Kind Of Love“ auch Songs aus ihrem kommenden Album „Long Live The Angels“. Ihre aktuelle Single „Hurts“ wurde von dem Publikum ebenso gefeiert wie die gefühlvolle Performance von ihrem Song „Clown“, bei dem sie sich selbst am Piano begleitete. Mit einer grandiosen Zugabe von „Read All About It“, die das aus ganz Deutschland und Europa angereiste Publikum lautstark mitsang, krönte Emeli Sandé ihre Show vor Fans, Medienpartnern und Gästen und hinterließ einen bleibenden Eindruck.

„Long Live The Angels“ ist das zweite Album der schottischen Soul- und R&B-Sängerin. Mit ihrem Debütalbum „Our Version Of Events“ gelang Emeli Sandé 2012 der internationale Durchbruch. "Our Version Of Events" war 2012 das meistverkaufte Album in Großbritannien und landete auch 2013 auf Platz 2 der Bestenliste. In Deutschland wurde das Album mit Platin ausgezeichnet. Zudem gewann sie drei BRIT Awards. Weltweit verkaufte sich „Our Version Of Events“ über 4,6 Millionen Mal und brach sogar einen fast fünf Jahrzehnte bestehenden Chartrekord der Beatles, mit 63 Wochen am Stück in den UK-Top-10.

Das Album "Long Live The Angels" wurde in New York City, L.A., London und Oxford aufgenommen. Es erscheint als Standard- (15 Tracks) und Deluxe-Version (18 Tracks) und kann bereits vorbestellt werden.

Das Video zu ihrer aktuellen Single „Hurts“gibt es hier zu sehen!

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