Saturday, 3 March 2012


Country Bites News snippets Feb 27 - March 2, 2012

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UK NEWS

Marie Moloney with CMA CEO Steve Moore
Wesley Rose International Media Award
1 Mar 2012
 Last week, CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore surprised Marie Moloney, Senior Press Officer with Richard Wootton Publicity, with the 2011 Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award. The award was presented during a BMI-hosted dinner honoring Country Music Hall of Fame member and three-time CMA Award winner Bill Anderson, four-time CMA Award winner Clint Black, and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Bob DiPiero, who were performing in the United Kingdom and Ireland for “The BMI and CMA Presents the CMA Songwriter Series.” This was the first international session of the CMA Songwriter Series. The Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the media, which contribute to the development of Country Music outside the United States. Radio, TV, print journalists, authors, editors, television writers, producers, and PR companies who reside outside the United States are eligible to win this award.

The London-based Moloney has extensive experience within the Country Music industry. While working at CMA in London in the late ’90s, she developed strong ties within the UK music industry. Since joining Richard Wootton Publicity in 1999, she has used her knowledge of the genre to publicize Country artists and events in the UK media. She is an invaluable source of support for the specialist Country Music community in the UK. As Senior Press Officer, Moloney has been involved with media campaigns for artists including Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Dixie Chicks, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Lonestar, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, and Gretchen Wilson, as well as the CMA’s New from Nashville campaigns aimed at raising the profile of newer Country artists in the UK.

"The start of my love of Country Music dates back to the days of my dad blaring the likes of ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’, ‘Big Bad John,’ and ‘El Paso’ from the car’s cassette player,” said Moloney. “Now, decades later, to be able to work in the genre and be awarded and recognized for what I do means more to me than I can ever put into words.
I want to thank CMA, particularly Bobbi Boyce for taking a chance on me all those years ago, Richard and Claire at RWP, and all the artists, managements, and associated companies I have had the pleasure to work with and on, over the years – long may it continue. To everyone who took the time to vote and thus award me this ultimate honour, I truly and wholeheartedly give my thanks

The CMA International Awards are voted on by a confidential panel of industry executives from USA and around the world.
Past UK recipients include
•1990 Mark Cooper, BBC Television, London
•1991 Richard Wootton, Byworth/Wootton Public Relations, London
•1992 Wally Whyton, BBC Radio 2, London
•1993 Tony Byworth, Byworth/Wootton Public Relations, London
•1994 Avril MacRory, BBC TV, London
•1996 Mark Hagen, VH-1, London
•1997 BBC Radio 2, London
•1999 Trevor Dann, Head of BBC Music Entertainment
•2003 Country Music People, UK
•2004 Terry Wogan and Paul Walters, BBC Radio 2, UK
•2007 Alan Cackett, Maverick Magazine
•2009 Al Booth, BBC Radio 2, UK

SOURCE: www.cmaworld.com (Country Music Association)
Photo: CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore and Marie Moloney, Senior Press Officer with Richard Wootton Publicity – by Katura Jensen – Provided by Country Music Association.

Hank Williams III aka Hank 3 will be touring the UK. The grandson of the legendary Hank Williams playing a broad range of music that bridges more than one head-thumping genre – a familiar theme that true Hank3 fans have embraced for years.

Last week Gretchen Peters announced that she will be appearing at the Isle of Wight Festival at the Garden stage on Friday, June 22nd. Now she shares see will also be appearing at Cambridge Folk Festival (UK) on July 27-28 (Fri/Sat)

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Carolina Chocolate Drops : 21st-century banjo revivalists…..Carolina Chocolate Drops are America’s new bluegrass pioneers says Andrew Perry - Review

Lionel Richie’s TUSKEGGE is BBC Radio 2’s album of the Week (March 5) . His duet partners on Tuskegee include Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and Little Big Town not really one to please hard core country fans.
The tempos, sentiments and story-telling centres of these songs are perfectly country – Read and listen to snippets - BBC Review
The lead off single “Endless Love”,  Lionel Richie feat. Shania Twain is on the BBC Radio 2 “A” playlist

The Band Perry’s de-countrified (minus mandolin and fiddle!) “If I Die Young” joins Lady Antebellum on the BBC Radio 2 “B” playlist

CMA Songwriters Series Wednesday Feb 22, 2012 @ Islington Assembly Hall, Islington Town Hall London
CMA Award Winner Clint Black “Killing Time” - YouTube  - Watch More Videos HERE
James Hodder (Soundcheck, Resonance FM) and journalist Michael Hingston (Country Music People, fRoots) join Trevor Dann to discuss recent releases by Gretchen Peters, Nanci Griffith and Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers, featuring tracks from each album. Propermusic.com Podcast Episode 24

NEWS

Dierks Bentley wrapped the Canadian leg of his 2012 Country & Cold Cans Tour in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shortly after crossing the border on his return ‘home’ to the U.S., Bentley’s tour bus “Old Goldie” marked its one millionth mile.Goldie has been my home on the road since I put out my very first single,” said Bentley. “A lot of memories have been made traveling across the country in Goldie, and I’ve been able to see every city and town three or four times.  If you look at my guitar or my boots or my truck, you know that I love old things.  I hope she makes it another million!

Gretchen Peters: Refusing To Go Gently
The title says it all: The opening track from the album of the same name, "Hello Cruel World" is a song about embracing whatever fate has to throw at you. Coming off a year of tremendous ups and downs — from her own marriage to the suicide of a longtime friend — Gretchen Peters says she felt compelled to shed the illusions and little lies we tell ourselves, in the hopes that she could arrive at the raw, bare truth.

The Band Perry
#1 Party

The siblings-turned-bandmates who make up the wildly popular The Band Perry are the cat's meow these days, and as evidence, the trio's record label and song publisher gave the players a No. 1 party this week.
Specifically, BMI and Republic Nashville hosted a Feb. 28 shindig to celebrate and commemorate the outfit's two-week No. 1 single, "All Your Life," and the player's self-titled debut CD, which has now sold more than 1 million units. 
As for the group's current hit, the “All Your Life” ballad penned by tunesmiths Brian and Clara Henningsen has not only hit the top spot on the nation's country charts but also yielded gold certification, meaning sales of 500,000 and counting.
Lead-vocalist Kimberly Perry, in a Feb. 28 email communication, said, “Brian and Clara wrote a great song and we are so happy that they pitched it to us! We get such a great reaction from it live and the fact that it stayed in the No. 1 position for two consecutive weeks proves what a well-crafted song it is.

During The Band Perry's local party, Clay Bradley, who serves as BMI's assistant vice president of writer/publisher relations, introduced the group and songwriters to a SRO crowd in the lobby, then presented them with the symbolic silver cups for the No. 1 achievement. Then, BMLG President and CEO Scott Borchetta and Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen took a turn, presenting the band with their platinum plaque.

MERCURY NASHVILLE artist Scotty McCreery’s second single, “The Trouble With Girls,” has been certified Gold for reaching sales of 500,000 units, becoming his third consecutive release to receive a Gold or higher certification by the RIAA. “The Trouble With Girls” is his second consecutive Gold single, following his debut single, “I Love You This Big.” “Having the first single go Gold was crazy, but having the second single go Gold and to see the response it is getting in our shows is incredible,” SCOTTY said. “I wish I could come up with better words than ‘wild’ and ‘incredible,’ because this is really special. It’s a huge honor. I’m glad the single is doing well and I’m looking forward to keep singing it on the road.”

(29 Feb, 2012) Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye: The Monkees’ Davy Jones, 1945-2012

Sad day for Monkees‘ fans – TMZ reports that singer Davy Jones has passed away from a heart attack today at age 66. The heart attack that killed Monkees heartthrob Davy Jones came while the singer was in his stable surrounded by his beloved horses He is survived by his wife Jessica and his four daughters.
The Monkees formed in 1965 when producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, inspired by The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night, decided to launch a TV series about a rock band. They cast Jones along with Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Mike Nesmith to “play” the band, which was presented as a real group. The Monkees took a lot of heat for not writing or, for the most part, recording the music, but Jones and Dolenz were always the lead vocalists, even when the music had been created by session musicians.
Jones’ part in the appeal of the band was huge. His Brit accent, good looks, comic timing, self-deprecation, and his cool and affable demeanor appealed to all ages, and was a constant even after the group split in 1970. Jones went on to other projects, including memorable TV and film appearances. Both with and without the other members of The Monkees, he created some timeless pop songs, and his voice will never be forgotten. He was a great entertainer.

One of the Monkees #1 hits in America in 1967, was "Daydream Believer" is a song composed by John Stewart shortly before he left the Kingston Trio. The song was originally recorded by The Monkees, with Davy Jones singing lead vocals. It peaked at number five in the UK Singles Chart. It was The Monkees' last number one hit in the U.S. It was recorded by Canadian country star Anne Murray in 1979, whose version reached #3 on the U.S. country singles chart and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Tributes:
Micky Dolenz tweeted: "I am in a state of shock and disbelief right now... My heart and prayers go out to Davy's family."
Mike Nesmith posted a tribute on Facebook saying: "So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don't know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings."
He added: "David's spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels."
Trace Adkins issued a tweet about watching the Monkees’ TV show on Saturday mornings — “I remember watching The Monkees on Saturday mornings when I was a kid,” he said. “DAYDREAM BELIEVER…Rest in peace.”
Chuck Wicks, on the other hand, shared a more personal and firsthand experience with Jones, revealing that he actually made the late singer’s acquaintance at an awards show a few years ago. He tweeted: “Sat next to Davy Jones at an award show couple years back. Such a great guy.. RIP Davy Jones.”

Billy Dean with Ron Rainey

Billy Dean announced that he’s signed an exclusive artist management contract with Beverly Hills-based Ron Rainey Management.
Ron’s company has a firm grasp on my work as well as a clear vision and plan for the next chapter in my career,” says Dean. “We’ve got some exciting news on the way and I appreciate Ron’s dedication and determination to take my career to the next level.”
A true artist like Billy Dean doesn’t come around very often,” notes Rainey. “His songwriting and vocal talents are truly unique as proven by the many awards he has received thus far in his career.  I am excited and proud to be involved in the next chapter of Billy’s career going forward


Officials in the resort city of Branson, Missouri, were relieved an EF2 tornado, which damaged some of its marquee musical theaters, struck before the prime tourist season began – (Storm damage Picture). They said Wednesday (Feb 29, 2012) the town was still open for business, although tourists might have to change some of their entertainment plans.
"We are getting through it," Mayor Raeanne Presley said of the storm that moved through early Wednesday.
The tornado had winds of 120 to 130 mph, was 400 yards wide and was on the ground for about 20 miles, according to a preliminary report from the National Weather Service.
The storm smashed at least seven miles of the city's commercial strip. Although tourists were in town, the numbers would likely have been much higher in about two weeks, when entertainment moves into full gear through Christmas, officials said. For those traveling through the southern entertainment capital they were in for a very bumpy ride. 
Country artist Denny Strickland, and his band were on their way to St. Louis, MO., where they had a performance scheduled at the 2012 March To The Arch horse show that evening. Unfortunately, Strickland and his band were in Branson when the tornado hit. The tornado picked up their tour bus, carried it 80 feet in the air, and slammed it down on its side. There were only minor injuries, consisting of a few stitches and bruises.

SUGARLAND 2012 American Tour! - Odd one this, earlier this year it was reported that Sugarland announced that Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will spend 2012 apart professionally, saying they’d be taking it easy in 2012 and rumblings of new solo projects. Well they are back! Sugarland excitedly announced on Feb 29, 2012 their upcoming interactive "In the Hands of Fans" Tour! which launchs their sixth consecutive headlining tour starting April 5th.
Currently showing 25+ dates, it will feature openers Lauren Alaina and Canaan Smith (in select cities) The tour will rely solely on fans requests to determine the set list played in each city. “This year's tour is based around the concept of putting the show into the hands of the fans,” said Jennifer. “THEY will make the requests that will help form the set list and guide the show. Through texts, handwritten signs, the Internet (Twitter, Facebook, etc) phone calls made during the show and selections directly from the stage, the fans will become the conductors as well as the audience. If it's on one of our records or if we've played it on a stage it is fair game.”

Carrie Underwood’s new single “Good Girl” has made its debuts at No. 1 on the Digital Country Songs selling 108,000 downloads after only 3 days. It’s the lead- off single to her forthcoming album produced by MARK BRIGHT was written by Carrie with Chris Destefano and Ashley Gorley.

Trisha Yearwood will perform along with Josh Groban and Paul Simon at an event to support Paul Newman’s programs for children facing serious illnesses. It’s billed as Paul Neuman’s Dream, which is scheduled to take place April 2, 2012 at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.

The Las Vegas Sun has reported that Shania Twain confirmed that she’s in Vegas from her Bahamas home with husband Frederic Thiebaud, looking for a house while she’s performing there and has been in production for “Shania: Still The One,” meetings at the Colosseum with her producing partners at AEG/Concerts West. An insider told the newspaper that Shania got an unexpected chance to “walk, dance and sing onstage” last week, when illness forced Celine Dion to cancel a show. The insider explains that Shania “wanted to get the feel of the building” and “know where her band and the crew would be hanging out.

Crystal Shawanda has a brand new single called “Closer” to country radio and it’s climbing the Canadian country charts. She performs it on her "Under the Influence: The Acoustic Sessions" ->  YouTube 

Mary Chapin Carpenter has announced via her management on her official Facebook page, that her new album, ASHES AND ROSES will be released on June 12, 2012. The album, according to her management, will have more than a dozen songs

Kenny Chesney will release a new album on June 19, his label Sony Music Nashville announced on Thursday (March 1). The currently-untitled disc will be Chesney's first since 2010's HEMINGWAY'S WHISKEY, which topped the Billboard 200 and spent 66 weeks on the chart.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Feb 28, 2012 (AP) - A diverse all-star line-up will celebrate the 80th birthday of Johnny Cash with an April concert. Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne and Jamey Johnson are among the performers scheduled to appear in We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash on April 20 at the Austin City Limits Live venue in Austin, Texas. Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Amy Lee and Shooter Jennings also will perform.

Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope artist Lauren Alaina will return to the Fox hit show American Idol to perform her current single “Georgia Peaches” on March 8. Lauren, who began her career as a recording artist on American Idol, is delighted to return. "I think it's gonna be such a great feeling to go back to Idol and be on the other side. It will be great to perform without the stress of the competition on my mind! I am excited to show the Idol viewers what I have been doing since last appearing on the show. It's going to be like a homecoming,” says Lauren
However, Lauren Alaina in mourning as her Pomeranian, Bella, has died. The 17-year-old singer tweeted. tweeted the sad news Thursday afternoon. “Not having the best day. My dog Bella passed away. I just wanted to tell y’all because I know some of y’all love my dogs as much as I do,” she tweeted.

Lipton, the largest tea brand in the U.S., today kicks off the brand's most comprehensive marketing initiative to-date with the announcement of an exciting partnership with Grammy Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum. Lipton and Lady A together will bring inspiring music, refreshing tea and entertaining content to fans across the country in support of new Lipton Tea & Honey iced tea mixes and Lipton 100% Natural ready-to-drink bottled iced tea.

Ronnie Dunn became a grandpa for the first time on Feb 26 – on Johnny Cash‘s birthday. Huxton Wayne Dunn was born to Ronnie’s son Jesse. They’ll call him ‘Huck.’

Lady A are hard at work on tunes for their next record. Hilary says, "We're going to take our time and just write and write. We may go in the studio this year, but not until we're ready

Miranda Lambert confirms she’s working on a TV series that’s loosely based on her childhood in Texas. It’s about a boy and girl who help their private investigator parents solve crimes. Miranda says it’ll be happening next year on ABC Family & she, her manager and her mom will all serve as executive producers.

Taylor Swift "looked like a little puppy dog" during her dinner date with Tim TeBow.
The 22-year-old country singer was seen at Los Angeles eatery Toscanova Italian on Monday with the Denver Broncos quarterback.
It is rumoured that Taylor is crushing hard on Tim.
The songstress was starry-eyed over their meal. "[Taylor looked] like a little puppy dog," an eyewitness told Us Weekly magazine. "There were no public displays of affection between Taylor and Tim, but she surely looked happy to be there!"
Although Taylor's sentiments were palpable, it is not clear whether the romantic attraction is requited.
"Yes, she has a crush on him," a second source explained. "She is a massive fan, but I don't think he sees her that way."
Tim is a devout Christian and lives his life through the guidance of biblical scripture. During their two-hour repast, Taylor and Tim spoke more about God than romance.

Recent Tornado in the Midwest

By Tim Ghianni  NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 2 (Reuters) - Tornadoes, high winds and hail battered the U.S. midsection on Friday, with reports of nearly three dozen tornadoes causing damage across five states and prompting urgent warnings to take cover across the region.No deaths were reported, but seven people were hurt by suspected tornadoes in northern Alabama. Additional tornado sightings were reported to the National Weather Service in southeastern Tennessee, and along the Ohio River Valley in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.
The Weather Service issued a stream of tornado warnings urging residents in the path of the fast-moving storms to take cover and get off roads. Earlier in the week, tornadoes killed 13 people in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee.

Storms dropped golf ball- to baseball-sized hail on Missouri on Friday. St. Louis and Nashville also were pummeled by hail storms. Hail-producing storms also struck in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina, meteorologists said.
Photos of devastation across the U.S. -  Telegraph.co.uk  photo   -  www.huffingtonpost.com
In Indiana, Gov Daniels said that workers were desperately searching through rubble in search of anyone trapped, adding, "our people are racing the nightfall". The town of Marysville, home to 2,000 people, was reported to be nearly flattened.
Sky News reports att least 28 people have been killed in the US after dozens of tornadoes tore through several states.

Country Stars tweeting about the dangerous weather:
Martina McBride (@martinamcbride): Any of my friends in Nashville who don't have a safe place or a basement are welcome to come to my house. For real.
Chely Wright (@chelywright): Are all my friends in Nashville okay? Let me hear from you or I'll worry. #tornadoweatherstinks xoxo
ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic): Damn tornados…getting started early this year. Everybody stay safe.
Jimmy Wayne (@JimmyWayne): Tornado horn sounding off in TN. Taking cover !
John Rich (@johnrich): Big ass storm approaching Nashville…glad I live in a concrete house. Ya'll be CAREFUL if you're in this part of the country. No joke.
Jake Owen (@jakeowen): Tho storm is NO Joke… Getting hammered now here in West Nashville… Unreal winds and golf ball hail crushing my truck
Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley): big hail storm in nashville. my truck BIG WHITE really didn't need anymore cosmetic damage!

Maybe you're wondering what Vince Gill is up to today?
Gill has said he'd be spending some time with Birmingham native Emmylou Harris.
She and Rodney Crowell are recording an album of duets; Gill will make a guest appearance on the record, singing harmonies.
"I'm going to work with her today," Gill said. "I met her and Rodney when I was 19. I don't have two better friends in the world."
NASHVILLE - March 1, 2012 - Vince is especially busy these days, speeding from picking to performing to producing records for other people. Here are just a few projects for 2012 that carry his musical imprint!
  • Will perform on Keith Urban’s We’re All For The Hall concert April 10 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
  • Will tour Europe in July. Tour dates to be announced.
  • Is currently producing albums on The Time Jumpers, Ashley Monroe and Jenny Gill.
PRESS RELEASES
Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce today's new album release, CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME ONE by the award-winning LONESOME RIVER BAND.  The album is the first of three 8 song EPS releasing this year commemorating the band’s thirty year milestone.

There may only be eighteen tables at Larry’s Country Diner,” but it services 1.4 million people each and every month as one of the top-rated shows on the RFD-TV network.  The diner is not your ordinary restaurant, but rather a unique down-home variety show that in just over two short years has become a favorite “eatery” of country fans everywhere.  Cornbread and black-eyed peas only complement the heapin’ helpin’ of country music performances served up by the stars of yesterday and today.
A new episode of “Larry’s Country Diner" will air each week in March on the RFD-TV network. 
 March’s line-up offers a little something to satisfy every musical “taste” for country music fans:
Week of March 1: Bill Anderson, March 8: Ray Stevens, March 15: Red Steagall with special guest Russ Varnell, March 22: Mark Chesnutt and March 29: Gene Watson.

Traditional country music fans have the opportunity to enjoy a very talented line-up this March at the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, which broadcasts LIVE from the landmark Texas Troubadour Theatre (2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville) every Saturday night beginning at midnight. March’s hosts will include Ronnie Milsap, Stonewall Jackson, Bobby Lewis and Jim Ed Brown. AM-650 WSM listeners will also have the opportunity to enjoy a two-hour special broadcast of the Heart of Texas Country Music Association Anniversary Celebration.
Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville singer/songwriter Jerrod Niemann will release his new single “Shinin’ On Me” today. The lead single from Niemann’s yet-to-be-titled sophomore album was co-written by Jerrod, Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Lance Miller. Jerrod teamed up again with co-producer Dave Brainard for his newest project.
I am so excited to release "Shinin' On Me" as the first single from my second album,” shares Jerrod. “Not only does it represent some of the unconventional instrumentation on this record, it's also intended to just make you wanna roll down the window on a bad day and smile with someone ya love.”
Jerrod’s major label debut album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, debuted at No. 1 and produced the No. 1 smash and RIAA-certified Platinum Digital single, “Lover, Lover,” and the Top Five and RIAA-certified Gold Digital single, “What Do You Want.”

INTERVIEWS
CMC (Country Music Channel) speak to  The Band Perry about their crazy, rapid rise to success; playing with the legendary Glen Campbell at the Grammy Awards ceremony; and possibilities of seeing them perform “down under”

Ourstage have an exclusive Q & A with Lee Ann Womack in which she talks about her new album.
The new album is sort of the brainchild of my husband (Producer Frank Liddell, who is well known for his work with Miranda Lambert). He, too, was one of the people that wanted me to put (an acoustic) show together so it all kinds of goes hand in hand.
When he sat down with the co producers and musicians that will be playing on this record, he talked about the way music is made these days. [Heavily produced] music is all we get these days. We don’t get the grittier, real stuff. So that’s what we will do.....

WATCH
URBAN MARCHING BAND ! When 'You Gonna Fly' went #1 - Keith Urban decided to say thanks to the staff at Capitol Records by sending Nashville’s Father Ryan High School Marching Band into the office to play the hit without anyone knowing they were coming.
YouTube

Canadian country star Johnny Reid has a new video out called “Fire It Up.”

Canuck Dean Brody has a new video “Canadian Girls” on Open Road Recordings (2012) to help promote his new album 'DIRT' coming April 24, 2012.  YouTube

'Country Is' - The First Single from Troy Cassar-Daley's new and eighth studio album 'HOME' recorded at Starstruck studios in Nashville in October 2011. The album drops in Australia on March 2, 2012.  
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My farm has been a huge part of my writing since we've owned it. After the floods went through in Jan 2011 we thought it would never be the same but we were wrong. Even with a bad flushing dunny, no carpet and mud stains still on the kitchen floor, Col Buchanan and I wrote some tunes we are really proud of. This song is about what Country is to us and what it does for your heart to have warm loving people who would give you the shirt off their back......That's what Country is to me" – TCD   YouTube

The Lady Gaga influence is rubbing off, after Miranda Lambert sat next to her at The Grammy Awards she decided to go Gaga in Greensboro, NC covering Lady G’s “You and I” >  YouTube

Miranda Lambert has a superb new video “Over You” -   YouTube  or   www.vevo.com

Lady Antebellums’s black & white video for “Dancin' Away With My Heart” is now on   YouTube

CMA Songwriters Series "You and Tequila" performed by Kenny Chesney and co-writer Matraca Berg


Go "Walkin' After Midnight" with country singer Terri Clark as she covers this Patsy Cline classic!   - music.yahoo.com/programs/ram-country/

LISTEN
Kix Brooks has released the first solo single “New To This Town” off of his upcoming album.

PHOTO

Happy 80th Birthday, Johnny Cash: Rare and Unpublished Photos of the Country Music Icon, Read more: lightbox.time.com


Carrie Underwood thrilled the audience at the Nordstrom Symphony Fashion Show in Nashville, Tuesday night (Feb. 28), with both her powerful voice and a gorgeous outfit from designer Oscar de la Renta. The show, held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and benefiting the symphony's outreach programs, previewed the pre-fall selection from Oscar de la Renta and featured a runway fashion show, followed by a performance from Carrie.

Carrie was decked out in fashions from the famed designer on the pre-show red carpet and for her performance. It was Carrie's first time to wear Oscar de la Renta and she told CountryWeekly.com, "I feel really glamorous tonight. I have always wanted to wear something by Oscar de la Renta."

Carrie made a very stylish entrance on the printed carpet The “Good Girl” singer wore a navy gossamer deep v gown and black faille jewel buckle belt from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection by Oscar de la Renta. She wore a pair of matching open toe platform pumps and accessorized with sapphire and diamond jewelry as well as a Oscar de la Renta cobalt and black sequin Cara vanity case is from the same collection as her gown.

(Cindy Watts @ The Tennessean) -  If Brad Paisley can dish out the pranks – like transposing Scotty McCreery’s head on a picture of a naked old man riding a bike on the massive screen behind the stage - he should be ready for some retaliation!
Last weekend, McCreery, who opens the show nightly for Paisley, struck back. American Idol alum found out that Paisley keeps a spare hat backstage to wear after he gives the one he wore during the show to an audience member. McCreery thought about making his move then, but opted to wait until later in the tour so Paisley wouldn’t have as much time to pull another prank.
On Saturday, McCreery swiped Paisley’s spare hat, put on an extra-small Paisley tour t-shirt, used eye-liner to paint on a goatee, borrowed his guitar player’s guitar and went out on stage during Paisley’s performance of “Celebrity. (Twitter Pic)

Kimberly Perry shows she’s been singing all her life – Twitter pic

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