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Country Music News International Newsletter November 21. 2016

Country Music News International Newsletter November 21. 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, Brian Lee Robinson, Jaehl, Coreopsis Publications LLC, Gestüt St. Georg, Versicherungsmakler Jacob, Sir Waldo Weathers, Il Sorriso Lounge & Bar, Pyramid Sun Sonnenstudio, Kriz Rogers, Stella Tabelon ...

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Colene Walters on Country Music News International Radio Show interviewed by Christian Lamitschka – November 21. 2016 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/11/colene-walters-on-country-music-news.html

Ryan Laird Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/11/ryan-laird-interview-by-christian.html

Dianna Corcoran on Country Music News International Radio Show interviewed by Christian Lamitschka – November 23. + 24. + 25. + 27. + 28. 2016 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/11/dianna-corcoran-on-country-music-news.html



CD Review: ALLEN KARL & DONNA CUNNINGHAM - Doin' Those Country Covers http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/11/cd-review-allen-karl-donna-cunningham.html

CD Review: TRADITIONAL FIDDLE MUSIC OF THE OZARKS - Along The Eastern Crescent http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/11/cd-review-traditional-fiddle-music-of.html

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Pyramid Sun Eschborn Sonnenstudio to cooperate with Country Music News International http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/11/pyramid-sun-sonnenstudio-to-cooperate.html

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Music Video: Sir Waldo Weathers Cold Sweat with The Soul of James Brown http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/11/sir-waldo-weathers-cold-sweat-with-soul.html

Music Video: Sir Waldo Weathers - The Soul of James Brown @ The Hofmeister Festival 2016 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/11/waldo-weathers-soul-of-james-brown.html

Music Video: Jaehl • Where are you now (Alan Walker - Faded Bootleg) http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/06/jaehl-where-are-you-now-alan-walker.html





Eileen Carey Releases Her Ode to “Love Being Stronger Than Hate” http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2016/07/eileen-carey-releases-her-ode-to-love.html



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Ryan Laird Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine

Ryan Laird Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine 


CD Review: Chris Young - I’m Comin’ Over

Chris Young
I’m Comin’ Over

Track Listing:
Heartbeat, I’m Comin’ Over, Think of You, You Do the Talking’, I Know a Guy, Alone Tonight, Sunshine Overtime, Sober Saturday Night, Underdogs, Callin’ My Name, What If I Stay.

 “I’m Comin’ Over” marked Chris Young’s fifth album.  He was definitely walking on a new territory on this one because it was his first time to co-produce the track and co-write with Corey Crowder.  He also wrote the songs in collaboration with Josh Hoge, Liz Rose, Cary Barlowe, Benjy Davis, Brett Tyler, Jeremy Stover, Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Jonathan Singleton and Johnny Bulford .  Chris Young is supported by Vince Gil in this album.  “I’m Comin’ Over” has a vivid, cinematic style.  I can imagine it like a movie in my mind’s eye while listening to it.  I hear a mixture of  romantic ballad, a bit of rock, pop, country and a bite of R&B.  Chris sings winsome melodies with nice drum loops and steel guitar in the background.  The songs are perfect fit for his classic barritone voice. 

The album kicks into gear with “Heartbeat”.  It sends us signals about being in love and how the heart starts racing when you catch sight or get so close to the person you love and the magic persist.  The twist starts when Chris starts singing the upsetting “Think of You”.  The lyrics are laced with small details of a break up.  Both look back on the good times they shared.   It’s a song a lot of couples can relate.   Cassadee Pope’s light, charming and clear voice combined with Chris’ ravishing tone in this single give a full-bodied melody that draws listeners to reminisce with them.   It never fails to get stuck in my head as soon as I hear it.  “Sober Saturday Night” is a heartbreaking song about sharing something profound with someone and losing that person.  The wailing of the electric and steel guitar together with the drums makes the pain more pronounced.  “Sunshine Overtime” brings a light mood in the atmosphere with sunshine here and there.   “You Do the Talkin’’” and “Alone Tonight” are dreamy and soulful songs with great tunes.  The only letdown for me are the inclusion of swear words in a couple of songs.  All in all, “I’m Comin’ Over” album tells about love, hurt, love lost and loneliness.  It is epic in pulling emotions.  Chris Young is never going to let you down.  The melodies definitely have the power to lift your mood even on the darkest of days.
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music Journalist, Country Music News International 


 


CD Review: LeAnn Rimes - All Time Greatest Hits Album

LeAnn Rimes
 All Time Greatest Hits Album

Track Listing:  Blue, One Way Ticket, Unchained Melody, The Light In Your Eyes, How Do I Live, You Light Up My Life, Amazing Grace, On the Side of Angels, Commitment, Nothin’ New Under the Moon, Big Deal, I Need You, Can’t Fight the Moonlight, But I Do Love You, The Right Kind of Wrong, Life Goes On, Nothin’ Bout Love Makes Sense, Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way, Something’s Gotta Give, Nothing’ Better To Do

LeAnn Rimes is most popular for her rich, flawless and powerful vocals.  She began singing as a child, performing at local talent contests.  Bill Mack, a record promoter discovered her.  He was so captivated by the gifted vocalist.  Since her breakthrough in the country music, she has managed to build a strong career with her undeniable talents. LeAnn Rimes has won many awards including two Grammys, a CMA, three ACMs, American Music award and 12 Billboard Music Awards.  She is one of the most recognized recording artists in the music industry. 

“All-Time Greatest Hits “ album features LeAnn’s biggest hits from her career.  It opens up with Blue and it runs down the hits in chronological order.  The first stanza of “One Way Ticket (Because I Can) says, “Standing on the border, looking out into the great unknown. I can feel my heart beating faster as I step out on my own.  There’s a new horizon and the promise of favorable wind.”  I feel I’m connected to this song in a way.  It reminds me of the book I wrote, “Stepping Outside the Line Into Your Promise Dream”.  When we have a dream, we will be called to something new.  Doing the uncomfortable things and challenging our fears are never easy.   As the song goes, “I won't let fear clip my wings and tell me how high I can fly”  “The Light In Your Eyes” encourages us to keep on shining, keep on smiling and never lose faith nor lose heart in pursuing our dreams.    The power ballad “How Do I Live” was LeAnn’s first attempt at pop music.  “Big Deal” has a distinct country flavor while “I Need You” and “Can’t Fight the Moonlight have a pop-making American style.   The catchy “But I Do Love You”, “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” and “The Right Kind of Wrong” are included in the Coyote Ugly soundtrack.  “Commitment” is having the right perspective when praying for a life partner.    It’s great to see LeAnn Rimes make her foray into Christian music in this album like “You Light Up My Life,” “Amazing Grace” and “On the Side of Angels.  “Amazing Grace” stands out on her collection, the acappella version is so powerful, it gave me goose bumps.  The song reminds us to keep our faith intact no matter what situations we’re in.  We make mistakes sometimes, but the great news is, we have a merciful and forgiving God.  Indeed, “All-Time Hits” album is a great collection of retrospective hits. 
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music Journalist, Country Music News International 

CD Review: ALLEN KARL & DONNA CUNNINGHAM - Doin' Those Country Covers

ALLEN KARL & DONNA CUNNINGHAM
Doin' Those Country Covers
Storms Never Last - Your Name Is On My Lips - Almost Like A Song - Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends - The Middle Of A Heartache - If That's The Way You Want It - Sweet Thang - Let It Be Me - Never Knew Lonely - Are You Teasing Me - It Really Doesn't Matter Anymore - You Needed Me
 
It's always been a real pleasure for me to listen to some 'real' country artists like Donna Cunningham and Allen Karl.  Donna is from Ohio and Allen is from Maryland.  They teamed up in Nashville, a number of years ago, forming a whole new concept on how to get 'real' country music out to the listeners that really like it, and this CD is one of those ways.  It's on Century II Records in Nashville under the direction of Allen.  They have covered a lot of ground making all this happen, with a majority of their success being on the many charts of country music in Europe, which is far different than the bought and paid for charts of America.  Both of these artists have been at the top of those European charts for the last ten or twelve years.  No wonder, all you have to do is listen to their voices on the very first track, know and feel what 'real' country music is all about.  They are both incredible vocalists, each on their own merit, but together they are even better.  The recorded backing by excellent 'real' country music makers just makes one who really appreciates country music as it has traditionally been written, created, vocalized, and recorded, wonder what in the world happened to 'country' music in general to abandon the entire 'roots' system of what country music has been to so many people for such a long time.  Newer, younger, much more money and certainly a penchant to 'cheat' the system is what has happened much to the distress of those who have no affiliation with 'modern' country music at all.  And worse, every time a fan speaks out on behalf of the tradition and classic style of the music they are accused of being an old fart and jackass because they will not allow the music to 'change.'  That seems such a rough charge, the music has changed ever since it began but it always stayed true to the roots and therefore kept the music inside its own genre of understanding.  Today it's merely a 'rap-pop' presentation without  even using the traditional country music instrumentalization.  Fiddle and steel guitar have been abandoned in todays country music, but not so in the presentations of Allen Karl and Donna Cunningham who simply keep on keepin' on keeping country music country. The selection of their material is also very keen.  The very first song, "Storms Never Last" is an excellent way to represent what they are doing. Being a harmonica player myself, I surely appreciated that very instrument in song number two "Your Name Is On My Lips."  Another of my favorites is "Are You Teasing Me," a very traditional country song pulled right out of the very cradle of country music. The Allen Karl/Donna Cunningham version of this old song is incredibly well done.  I can't wait to hear what they are going to do next in their duet presentations.  A tip of the hat and a five-star note of appreciation for this continued 'real' presentation of 'real' country music.
MUSIC REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International

CD Review: TRADITIONAL FIDDLE MUSIC OF THE OZARKS - Along The Eastern Crescent

TRADITIONAL FIDDLE MUSIC OF THE OZARKS
Along The Eastern Crescent
Big Taters In The Sandy Land - Darkies' Dream - Boatin' Down The River - Uncle Henry - Rose Nell - Wabash Foxtrot - White River - Plantation Medley - Sourwood Mountain - On The Rock - Old Leather Bonnet With A Hole In The Crown - Jawbone - New Five Cents - Oklahoma Run - Bear Creek Sally Goodin - Mason's March - Nine Mile - Nine Mile - Ragged Bill - Sam Taylor's Tune - Newhouse - Drowning Creek Blues - Old Joe Redbird -  Nubbin - Sam Moore Waltz - Wang Wang Blues - Jenny Nettles - Hamilton Ironworks - Everything - Cluckin' Hen - Blue Mule - Wolves A-Howlin' - Bay Rooster - Arkansas Hop - Mate To The Hog Waltz - Jericho - Saddle Old Spike - Rocky Road To Denver - Pretty Little Girl With A Blue Dress On - Sourdough Mountain
 
As we approach the Thanksgiving season in America, and as I get ready to head on south for the winter, I thought I'd put on one of the great Ozark Mountain old-time fiddler's CD to listen to. I'm glad I did for it brought back mountains of memories working with old-time fiddlers and their co-horts. On my PBS television show "Old Time Country Music" (it ran for seven years), one of America's finest fiddlers, Kenny Baker (fiddler for Bill Monroe) backed me on one of the songs I sang on the show, "Down In The Valley."  It was quite an experience for me, especially since I've been entranced with old time fiddlers all my life.  One of the first thing a novice notices about these old songs are their titles.  Where in the world did they come from and what do they mean since all the music is instrumental in style.  This particular "Ozark" style of fiddling represented on this CD is especially good since it also contains several songs by a very close and dear friend I have worked with for years at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.  Violet Hensley, who is celebrating her 100th birthday this year contributes six great old-time fiddle songs to this project.  Violet has a vice-grip mind when it comes to old melody lines and she remembers them well.  We have to remember that old-time fiddlers learn songs by ear.  Very few actually 'read' music, therefore it is an oral tradition of the first order, and some of these great old melody lines would certainly be lost if it were not for great memory minds like Violet's that keeps them alive.  Of course the melody lines can change with each passage to another fiddler.  In the song "Wang Wang Blues" which Violet plays an interesting version of, according to other fiddlers the melody line has changed somewhat in her learning process.  Be that as it may, old-time fiddle tunes are hard to come by in this day of internet robot music.  Rural America however has put a change in political office, namely the president, so it's rural America these old-time fiddlers represent.  There's a ton of great fiddlers on this particular CD, all of it related to what they call the Eastern Crescent in Missouri.  Much of America's early rural traditions and musical likes were heavily discriminated against in the early days of recording music.  ASCAP the only licensing agency for original music at that time complained that this kind of music was unfit for human beings to listen to and therefore would not license it for radio airplay.  That very disturbing discrimination set the stage for a huge amount of unequal and unfair treatment to incredibly gifted artists at their hands.  So it goes, however this particular CD is determined to keep the old melodies alive.  Some of the fiddlers are handsome players, some are hard old-time.  Whatever the case, there are melody lines kept alive simply the playing of them, and this recording keeps those efforts alive and well.  The rural communities of the United States posses a rich a varied heritage of spirited forms of social music including square dance fiddling, old songs and banjo tunes.  All of that is well preserved in this wonderful effort produced by Gordon McCaan and Mark Wilson for their North Ameridan Tradition Series.  It's a wonderful thing to listen to, especially if you appreciate the music of our rural past.  The surprise was the wonderful opportuinity to hear old friend Violet Hensley playing so well, and still at it even though she's 100 years old.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President National Traditional Country Music Assn. for Country Music News International

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