Saturday, 1 September 2012

Country Bites News snippets August 27 – August 31, 2012

Country Bites News snippets August 27 – August 31, 2012

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UK & IRISH News
Robert Mizzell has given his fans a taster of what's to come on his next album - a personal tribute to the King of Country, Garth Brooks.The Louisiana USA native has made Ireland his home, has released a promotional single featuring “Papa Loved Mama” and “She's Every Woman”. "Garth Brooks has been a huge influence on me as a singer," Robert reveals.
"It was actually in Ireland that I first got the opportunity to see him perform. I had already been living here for a few years and was planning my future in music, having worked on the building sites”.

Fans of THE HOT COUNTRY Irish programme on Showcase TV kick off their Roadshow concerts kicks on Tuesday (Aug 28) at the Ashdown Park Hotel, in Gorey, Co. Wexford, with Declan Nerney, Derek Ryan, TR Dallas, Trudi Lalor, Pam Jackson and Simon Peters.

Newcomer Amie Stone was a big hit at the recent annual Billy Mac & Friends Mega Concert in Mullingar. Limerick native Amie has been making a big impact on the Irish music scene in recent times, having shot to prominence on the Australian X Factor.
When Amie Stone got up to sing at a small gig in McCarthy’s pub in Westport, little did she know that her performance would result in her supporting Barry Manilow in a Las Vegas show. Amie was performing with her band Sweet Sensation – led by showbiz impresario and musician Desi Egan – in Westport.
Amie Stone

By chance American music promoter Colin Lewis, was in the pub and heard Amie play. He was bowled over by her singing and invited herself and the band to go to Las Vegas to do some work at the International Hotel, in the entertainment capital of the world.
After the show, he offered her a special guest spot on the upcoming Barry Manilow Vegas shows – not an offer many artists could refuse.
Amie, who is from Adare, Co Limerick, has been singing since she was six years old. Two years ago she was a finalist in the Australian version of the X-Factor TV show, reaching third place. Amie, who writes most of her own material, also performs some great songs by artists like Adele, Katie Perry, Norah Jones and Diana Ross.
Desi Egan, Amie’s musical director, has played with some of the best-known singers at home and abroad, including Cliff Richard, Roger Whittaker, Ray Lynam, Mike Denver and Paul Brady. He said they were stunned by the offer to go to Stateside.
Sweet Sensation are a new band formed in July 2012. They cover a range of genres and generations as well as an extensive set of originals. www.mayonews.ie

Teea Goans is the cover feature in the September issue of UK magazine Country Music People

Elderly residents of a Kerry nursing home had their prayers answered when Daniel O’Donnell made a surprise visit, performing a private gig and singing a blessing to residents.
The Donegal crooner took time out from his recent week-long sold-out residency in Killarney to call into two of the town’s nursing homes and three day care centres. The 50-year-old, who made the visits privately, thrilled residents by posing for photographs with them, chatting at length and then singing a number of his most famous hits.

UK COUNTRY ALBUM RELEASES
(28 Aug 2012) The Roys New Day Dawning [Import] (Rural Rhythm) - Amazon UK CD Format

(27 Aug 2012) Caroline Herring - Camilla (Signature Sounds) - Amazon UK CD Format - Amazon UK MP3 Downloads
 
(3 Sep 2012) The Flatlanders - The Odessa Tapes (New West) Amazon UK CD Format - Amazon UK MP3 Downloads

AUSSIE NEWS
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson have been posting up new songs from their album, WRECK & RUIN, to be released in  Australia on  September 7. Check them out here at soundcloud.com

Catherine Britt's brand new CD 'Always Never Enough'is out
This is Catherine's fifth studio release. It was recorded in Austin, Texas and contains 13 new tracks - including collaborations with Guy Clarke and You Am I frontman Tim Rogers.
Catherine has written a song about her childhood home on Charlestown Road
£36.83 Import ! - Amazon UK

CANADIAN NEWS
Fan Madelyn Victoria Vallejo she has sang her way to Shania's Caesars Palace show. Over the past two months, Shania Twain fans have had the opportunity to sing their way to Las Vegas to see the multi-platinum artist‘s new show, SHANIA: STILL THE ONE, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. After reviewing more than 100 auditions and video entries Caesars Entertainment chose 21-year-old Madelyn as the winner. A resident of San Benito, Texas, Vallejo chose to audition with the song “You’re Still the One” because her father dedicated the song to her mother for one of their anniversaries, and reminds Vallejo of the love her parents still have for each other. (Nashville Country Club)

BLUEGRASS NEWS
Compass Records have announced they have signed Claire Lynch to their reputable roster of artists. With the addition of award-winning singer, songwriter and bluegrass all-star Claire joins fellow International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, as well as labelmates Colin Hay, The Gibson Brothers, Peter Rowan, Larry Stephenson, Special Consensus among others. Claire will release her as yet untitled Compass debut in early 2013.

NEWS
Eric Church got a seal of approval in writing from Bruce Spingsteen. Church, whose most recent #1 song "Springsteen" told Billboard that Bruce's assistant and road manager, Wayne LeBeaux, came to his August concert in New Hampshire with gifts in tow.
The offering was a three hour and 37 minutes set list from one of Springsteen’s recent concerts with a personal note on the back.
Bruce wrote he was a fan of the song, how his family was a fan of the song. He signed it and said, ‘I hope we cross paths somewhere’ and told (LeBeaux), ‘Make sure you deliver this to Eric.’ Church said the note was “pretty incredible” and said it was the first time he had heard from the rock royalty.

The ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour, with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, ended its historic run this weekend with two sold-out shows at Foxboro, MA’s Gillette Stadium – a triumphant encore for the biggest stadium tour of the year and the highest-grossing tour of the summer, according to Pollstar. The 111,209 tickets sold for the shows were what Dan Murphy, Gillette Stadium’s Vice President of External Affairs, called “a record for the biggest country music event in New England history.” Touring authorities agree that Chesney and McGraw’s 22-city/23-stadium jaunt ruled the road this summer, with no other tours coming close to the number of stadiums hit by the duo. Fans were also able to enjoy Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and check out rising star Jake Owen. (Sony Press Release )

Related news:
It was a busy weekend for police at the 2-Day New England Country Music Festival at Gillette Stadium (home of the New England Patriots) in Foxboro, MA. Country stars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw headlined the festival, which drew approximately 103,000 people. One-hundred-one people were arrested Friday and Saturday and 467 more were taken into protective custody.
From the holding pens we sent them to the hospital because they started to present medical conditions,” Foxborough Police Chief Edward T. O’Leary said.
For a small suburban police department, it’s a major problem,’’ he said in a phone interview “We’re getting letters of complaints from normal fans that went and had their fun evening, expensive fun evening, interrupted by drunken louts.”
Charges included under-age drinking, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault, and assault and battery on a police officer.
Those arrested ranged in age from their teens to their 50's. (Boston Globe) - Concert-goers Court Scene Photo

Oklahoma native Vince Gill will receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 6, his publicist has confirmed. Gill’s wife, singer-songwriter Amy Grant, already has a star on the Walk of Fame, and Gill has asked for his star to be placed next to hers.

Wynonna Judd has released a new statement on her website thanking country music fans for showing their support following her husband’s (Cactus Moser) bad motorcycle accident on Aug 18 resulting in doctors deciding to amputate his left leg.
Judd will resume her tour this Thursday (Aug. 30) at Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown, Michigan

Rascal Flatts are taking a page out of Toby Keith’s menu getting into the restaurant business. The Rascal Flatts Restaurant Group formed by Philip Lama, CEO, and Eric Soe, president, have partnered  with Rascal Flatts to create and develop themed restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada, accordin got a news release. The first location is being developed in Phoenix, Ariz. Philip Lama, CEO of Broken Road Productions, is the exclusive licensee.

American Idol have not themselves confirmed but 2 media sources via The Hollywood Reporter are saying that in January, Keith Urban has reached a deal and will be a judge on ‘American Idol’ along with Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and maybe Enrique Iglesias. Randy Jackson’s probably moving into a mentor role.
Keith Urban was a front-runner for a judge's chair, it's being reported (August 26, 2012), that Urban has indeed signed a contract deal with the popular star search show. The country chair was between Brad Paisley and Keith Urban; however, Paisley was asking for close to $8 million, reportedly what Idol is offering Nicki Minaj. Urban's deal is said to be in the $3 - $4 million range.
As for Keith himself, he told a New Zealand radio station last week that American Idol has in fact contacted him.
"But they've been reaching out to a lot of people, so I think they're still figuring out which way they are going to go," he said.

MTV is kicking off the week on Thursday (August 30) leading up to the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards” with previously announced VMA performer and six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift taking to the airwaves LIVE at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV and CMT to premiere the highly anticipated music video for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Here IT IS !!! ! >>  YouTube
On “MTV First: Taylor Swift,” Taylor will personally introduce her new music video then one week later, she will perform live on at the 2012 Awards on Thursday, September 6 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Taylor Swift "Never" Video screenshot

 Taylor Swift will bring her new beau Conor Kennedy to the MTV Video Music Awards. A source told HollywoodLife.com: "Conor probably won't walk the red carpet, but he'll be there to support her performance at the show!"
The couple are also planning to spend time with Conor's cousin Patrick Schwarzenegger, who is attending the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.
On Sept. 4 "WANEGBT" will be available as a physical CD single exclusively at Wal-Mart in America.
Taylor shot her new video,  with five different costumes -- but without edits. She and her band rehearsed the video four times on a Los Angeles soundstage before they attempted to shoot it without stopping. And by the 18th time through, they finally captured it.
"This was a one-camera, one-shot, no-editing-involved video," Swift told CMT.com. "So literally the minute we wrapped the final take, we watched it back -- and we knew what the video looked like! It was surreal”.

Related:
Ed Sheeran’s "Moments," a pop ballad, made its way to onto UK boy band One Direction's platinum-selling debut album, "Up All Night," released in March, as a bonus track. He's teaming up again with One Direction for the group's sophomore album, and recently wrote and recorded songs with Taylor Swift for her upcoming fourth album, "Red." He was tight-lipped about the collaboration, but said the experience was a "breath of fresh air" because of Swift's colossal success.
"As a person, Taylor's such a sweetheart," he said in a recent interview. "(She's) the perfect example of what musicians should be and how they should work and react. She just loves music and she's not in it for anything else."

Soles4Souls®, the international shoe charity, announced today a complete line-up of a-list celebrities who decided to take off their shoes for a good cause, including shoes from Taylor Swift (Photo), Ryan Seacrest, Jimmy Fallon, Chase Crawford, and more

Check out The Time Jumpers Media Kit to view an EPK video, Bio’s, Photos and more
"Undoubtedly the best album in its idiom you'll hear this year." [5 stars] Country Music People (UK)

Carrie Underwood celebrated her #1 song, “Good Girl,” with a party at the CMA building in Nashville.  Before the party she talked about her upcoming BLOWN AWAY TOUR and how she is just as excited as the fans to see what it’s all going to look like when it’s set up and ready to go.
Carrie has said in the past that the tour would probably involve drama and some big production and she told The Country Vibe -  We definitely tried really hard to just make everything a really great story and there’s a lot of toys to play with.  That’s some great technology out there now and we’re able to utilize that and make a really big show.”
Of course, costume changes will be a big part of Carrie’s show and they’re also what will help keep things fresh for fans who may be planning to see it more than once.   Carrie says the Blown Away Tour will involve “a lot of very dramatic costumes and no two shows will be exactly the same as far as what I wear and when I wear it.  I like to have options.”
Hunter Hayes will open for Carrie on The Blown Away Tour and she says they definitely have plans to sing something together during each show but they haven’t quite worked out the details of that yet. 

The Grand Ole Opry® is to honour Loretta Lynn, one its most beloved members with a Sept. 25th show celebrating her 50th Opry Anniversary. Among the artists scheduled to participate in the celebration are Lynn, her sister Crystal Gayle, plus friends Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins, and Pistol Annies, who will be making their Opry debut.
Loretta Lynn
Opry Image


Lynn joined the Opry family on Sept. 25, 1962.
There is no one at the Opry, in country music, or on Earth quite like Loretta Lynn,” said Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager. “Her influence as a recording artist and songwriter reaches across musical genres, cultures, and generations. She’s earned her place among America’s musical icons, and we look forward to celebrating 50 years of Opry membership with her next month.”
 Lynn’s rag-to-riches life story received the world’s attention when her autobiographical hit Coal Miner’s Daughter became a movie in 1980.  The film traced Lynn’s life from her teenage marriage, early career, and the role the Grand Ole Opry played in exposing the young singer to a national audience. Sissy Spacek won an Academy Award for her role as Lynn in the motion picture.  (Opry News)

A pair of Elvis Presley's stained underpants are set to go up for auction in Manchester next month.
The light blue briefs, which were worn by Presley underneath one of his jumpsuits during a performance in 1977, haven't been washed since Elvis took them off, and feature a suspicious yellow stain on the front of the crotch.

BBC News reports that the pants are expected to make around £10,000 when they go under the hammer on September 8 at the auction of Elvis memorabilia in Stockport.The underwear was obtained from the estate of Vernon Presley, the star's father.
The underwear was worn beneath one of Elvis's famous white jumpsuits during a performance in 1977

This week (Aug. 28), Keith Urban got back to his country roots—he played a cover of Miranda Lambert's “Fastest Girl in Town.”
at a Niagara Falls show and Keith had the fastest fingers in town: He ripped through several guitar parts toward the end of the song. >>  YouTube

Gretchen Peters will make an official Americana Festival (AMA) showcase on September 12 at the Rutledge in Nashville. The AMA showcases are free to conference attendees with wristbands. On September 22 she be playing “in the round” at the Bluebird Cafe with Jason Isbell, Kim Richey & Matraca Berg.

Travis Tritt, classic rock band Grand Funk Railroad and pop punk band Bowling for Soup are performing at the 19th Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival that starts this weekend in Martin. The Labor Day tradition is a free event that includes a circus, a street fair, a barbecue cook off, a car show and a parade.

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS
Josh Turner’s 12-track album  LIVE ACROSS AMERICA has become available exclusively in all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations in America with TV appearances in support of its release. Downloads only on US iTunes and Amazon.com to date.
More details see Essential Broadcast Media Press - Tracklisting at www.crackerbarrel.com

Members of The Band Perry are happy to report that they are “85 to 90 percent done” with their second album.
Fingers crossed,” says Reid Perry. “We’re getting really close to letting people hear new music.”
It’s a nail-biter,” Kimberly says.“The sophomore jitters are coming out a little bit,” Neil adds.

Craig Campbell is releasing a brand new song “Outta My Head” which has been delivered to country radio via PlayMPE with an official impact date of September 17th
"The first time I heard this song I knew it was a big ole hit,” declares Campbell. “I listened to it once and I was singing the lyrics ‘YEAH! YEAH!’ all day long.  It's so true! Everyone has that someone they can't forget”
Press Blurb: “Outta My Head” is a high-octane up-tempo track with an evocative lyric that describes the struggle of lost love. Produced by Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) and Matt Rovey and written by Brandon Kinney, Michael Carter, and Cole Swindell, the mesmerizing track showcases Campbell’s rich, warm baritone and expansive range. (Monarch Publicity + Artwork)
TWEET: Yeah! Yeah! @CraigCampbellTV is releasing new music! #outtamyhead >>  Promo video + good snippet taster 

Toby Keith will release a new album, HOPE ON THE ROCKS, on Nov. 13. The project's first single, "I Like Girls That Drink Beer," was released five weeks ago and has already climbed to No. 27 on Billboard's country songs chart. It’ll have 11 tunes but the deluxe edition will have 14. (CMT news)

Nine North Records Country new duo, Lucky Ned Pepper may be new to the music scene, but their roots in country music stem as far back as 1992 when the duo’s Rick Russell and Josh Graham led the way for the country band Smokin’ Armadillos. 

Lucky Ned Pepper’s debut single with, “I Remember the Music” (penned by Ashley Gorley and Wade Kirby), has shipped to country radio and [according to the Press release] already has the industry buzzing about what’s to come from the loved voices and entertainers who have quietly been working on new tunes since the Smokin’ Armadillos put an end to their 13 year long career in 2005. “We’re not traditional country, but we’re country,” Graham says of Lucky Ned Pepper’s music.
To make your mind up, Listen to the single  >>  Play Link  

The August 21st digital release of Sarah Darling’s upcoming single, “Home To Me,” marks the top selling digital single by a new female artist since American Idol season ten runner-up Lauren Alaina and her debut single, “Like My Mother Does,” in May of 2011.
Selling over 8,000 units in the first week, “Home To Me” was written by Caitlyn Smith & Bobby Hamrick and will be released to radio this fall. Home To Me” is the lead single from Sarah’s upcoming album scheduled for release in 2013, “with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts). 

Proper Records are thrilled to announce the UK release of the new Matraca Berg album, ‘LOVE’S TRUCK STOP’ on October 22.
Listen to the title cut at -  soundcloud.com

PRESS RELEASES
Country radio stations and music fans alike are keeping the onset of Autumn at bay with the ongoing success of “Endless Summer,” the first single from Aaron Lewis’ forthcoming album, THE ROAD. The album, co-produced by Lewis and Nashville legend James Stroud (Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Chris Young), was originally scheduled for release in early September via Stroud’s R&J Records label but is now planned for a November 13 release on Blaster Records through Warner Music Nashville.
THE ROAD features ten new songs, including “Granddaddy’s Gun,” written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Bobby Pinson. 

Last week, Martina McBride shared her time and musical talents at Nashville’s Hymns, Hams & Jams concert from Loveless Barn in support of The Shalom Foundation. The event was a huge success, raising much-needed funds in support of its medical program in Guatemala. The August 21 concert, headlined by Martina, also featured a performance and live auction with legendary songwriter Bob DiPiero. GAC and Sirius XM personality Storme Warren hosted the event. ( More and photos - Monarch Publicity Press

Way Out West Records LiveWire, the six-piece country-rock, band based in Joplin, Missouri have released its latest single "Lies" to radio programmers and for sale on iTunes. The track, a fan favorite at live shows is written by the band's lead singer Andy Eutsler and will appear on their forthcoming full-length debut album due later this fall.
Press Blurb: LiveWire features lead vocalist Eutsler, lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia, drummer Adam Hagerman, fiddle player Cory Shultz, rhythm guitarist Danny Bell and bassist Landon Rolfe.  (Hi RES Photo)
Since the release of the band's well-received debut single "Tater Fed," a self-titled EP and two music videos last year, LiveWire's music has drawn a strong following. Stream the single >>    Audio
The group's unique musical sound is edgy, honest and passionate--blending elements of working man's Country with rootsy Southern Rock.  Chuck Dauphin with Music News Nashville says the band has "some sounds of Marshall Tucker, some of Rascal Flatts and some of Montgomery Gentry--and it all works."
"LiveWire lead vocalist Andy Eutsler showcases a strong, pliable voice capable of running toe-to-toe with some of the best vocalists to come out of Nashville." - Matt Bjorke, Roughstock
The group's unique musical sound is edgy, honest and passionate--blending elements of working man's Country with rootsy Southern Rock.  Chuck Dauphin with Music News Nashville says the band has "some sounds of Marshall Tucker, some of Rascal Flatts and some of Montgomery Gentry--and it all works."

ARTICLES
Reba's Guide to Life: The country music superstar shares the life secrets she learned from her role model and namesake (her grandma, Reba Estelle Brassfield)  at www.guideposts.org

Sometimes people ask me for advice. “Reba, which song should I record?” “How do I get started in the music business?” “Do you think my teenager is ever going to lose that attitude?” (The answer to that last one, by the way, is yes, so hang in there.) If I could summarize my best advice in one word it would be: Listen.
My grandma, my mama’s mother, Reba Estelle Brassfield, taught me a lot about listening. I’m her namesake and I adored her.

Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927” is Lyric of the Week at the American Songwriter  
Extract: This week marks the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in the United States. In the aftermath of that tragedy, many songwriters stepped up to try to sum up all of the various emotions that the affected people were feeling. While many did an honorable job, the one song that seemed to be the most on-the-money was one that was written over three decades before.
It wasn’t a case of a songwriter having some case of ESP. “Louisiana 1927” was written by Randy Newman and included on Good Old Boys, his landmark 1974 album. Newman’s source material was the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, which to this day is the most devastating flood to ever hit the US.

Taylor Swift tells Rolling Stone Magazine about “Her Bold New Direction” and how the pop superstar is turning bad romance into chart gold with her latest album, 'Red'
Extract: I went through a few roller coasters," says Taylor Swift, reflecting on her relationships over the past two years. She channeled the turmoil into her fourth studio LP, Red, out October 22nd
Swift joined her writing partners in L.A. and Nashville. "I felt like an apprentice," Swift says. "They taught me so much about melodic sense, and they let me do what I love, which is the lyrics."
The result is Swift's most eclectic set ever, ranging from "State of Grace," a howling, U2-style epic with reverb-drenched guitars, to a sweet acoustic duet with U.K. singer Ed Sheeran. Another key track even features a dubstep-inspired bass breakdown

Jason Aldean in this Billboard 615 Column says the hit "takes some pressure" off his forthcoming album NIGHT TRAIN which comes out Oct. 16 and was produced by his longtime cohort Michael Knox. But Aldean adds that he wasn't necessarily feeling a greater deal of pressure while making the album, even for a task as formidable as following up "My Kinda Party."
Extract: "Honestly, I tried to just not even worry about it," he explains. "To go in with the mindset of trying to top ('My Kinda Party') or make an album that sells more than the last -- you can't really do that. If you start to think that way, you're gonna set yourself up for failure. I'm obviously a lot more confident and more sure of myself than when I started out, and (success) has made me even more confident. So I just went in to make the best record we could, and what happens after is out of your control, so I don't worry too much about it."

INTERVIEWS
Listen to BBC Radio Shropshire’s lovely country presenter Marie Crichton talk to husband and wife duo Joey + Rory about their latest album His & Hers on Sugar Hill Records – BBC iPlayer (Available tiil 3 Sept)

LISTEN
Stream The Roys new 7-track EP Release, NEW DAY DAWNING in Full at the AOL Listening Party

The Avett Brothers' style of alternately frenetic and swoony, frequently bluegrass-infused folk-rock has penetrated the public consciousness to the point where Seth and Scott Avett appear to be on the brink of superstardom. If you like truly heartfelt folk-rock, Listen in FULL in their new album
THE CARPENTER which is due out Sept. 11 at NPR.org

WATCH
Florida Georgia Line debuts ‘Cruise’ Music Video 

Lauren Alaina keeps things simple but effective in new ‘Eighteen Inches’ Lyric Video  >>   YouTube
Lauren Alaina just dropped the simple-but-satisfactory (and effective) lyric video for her new single, the Carrie Underwood co-penned ‘Eighteen Inches.’ The teen’s pretty voice leads the lyrics as they unfold on screen in lean, clean, capital letters.
Since the song appears on the ‘Idol’ runner-up’s debut album, ‘Wildflower,’ it’s appropriate that flowers burst at the end of the ‘Eighteen Inches’ lyric video.
As far as man-made clips go, this one is quite tranquil. The visuals won’t even come anywhere close to blowing you away, but perhaps that’s the point. Since the words are so weighty and the song’s lyrics message is poignant, they need to be the focus, as opposed to excessive visual bells and whistles which might distract from the point it’s trying to make.

Casey James isn’t just singing in his new video for “Crying On A Suitcase.” He’s also showing off his acting skills! Filmed in Nashville, Casey takes on the dramatic role of a man desperate to save his relationship in the emotionally-charged video.
This is the first opportunity I’ve had to ‘play a character’ in a video,” Casey said. “My focus is always the music, but it was a lot of fun working outside my comfort zone. I wanted to make sure that the small amount of acting would be believable, and I feel like it is. I’m very proud of the video, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”  >>   YouTube 

Born and raised in Grafton, West Virginia, Little General Records sibling trio Taylor Made released their first ever music video featuring their current single, “Things You Don’t Grow Out Of”. The video officially released Thursday, August 23rd to networks, blogs, and radio amidst a nationwide radio tour to promote the single, which is currently #48 on the Billboard Indicator chart and #35 on the Music Row chart.
Although this is our third official release with Little General Record, this was our first opportunity to make a video,” said Greg Duckworth, member of Taylor Made and lead vocals on the single. “Given the strength of the song’s message, we felt a video would only help drive that message home. We couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out." ( Source - Nashville Music Media Press)
Check out the video and see what you think >>   YouTube 
   
FREE DOWNLOADS
For fans of Lyle Lovett, The Civil Wars, Daniel Lanois and T Bone Burnett sample Charlie Peacock's music as he offers sneak
peeks of 2 tracks from his new release NO MAN'S LAND + 3 live acoustic exclusives (Andy Leftwich on mandolin, Bryan Sutton on Guitar) available for an email share from - www.noisetrade.com
Adventurous resume makes him a difficult musician to categorize. The Grammy Award-winning, performer, songwriter and producer has excelled in pop, gospel, country, Folk-Americana, and jazz. Peacock began his iconoclastic career in the 1980s with recordings for A&M, Island, and Sparrow/EMI. Alongside his own career as a performer, Peacock has played a lead role in creating major hits over the last two decades—most notably Amy Grant's "Every Heartbeat" (1991), Switchfoot's "Dare You to Move" (2002) and The Civil Wars' Gold debut album Barton Hollow (2011)—earning Grammys for Best Folk Album and Country Duo. Named by Billboard's Encyclopedia of Record Producers as one of the 500

COUNTRY GOSSIP
Taylor Swift is so smitten with Conor Kennedy that, after leaving him in Massachusetts to head back to Nashville, she missed him so desperately she sent a jet to pick him up from the Kennedy home.
Sources exclusively told the New York Post Page Six that country superstar Swift left the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port alone just over a week ago to go to Nashville to work and promote her new single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
But one source said, “Taylor missed Conor so much, she sent a plane for him a few days later. He’s been with her ever since, and his family doesn’t know when he will be back. Things have become so serious between them so fast that no one in Hyannis Port would be surprised if they eloped.” 
Tay and Conor


A Kennedy source told Page Six that despite their still-brief romance, which they say started in July, Swift seems “totally in love with Conor. They are inseparable and are all over each other all the time”. Another source added to the New York Post newspaper: "She always falls very hard and becomes very intense very quickly, and this time is no exception. In fact she seems to have fallen even harder.
"While his relatives really like Taylor, some feel their lovey-dovey behavior is cute while it has made others in the family feel a little uncomfortable.
Awwwwww, Ask not,...what your country singer can do for you,....ask what you can do for your country singer. (I wish!)


Lady Antebellum have a new addition to the family in the form of a baby… a FUR baby!
The lady of Lady A, Hillary Scott, has been posting adorable pictures of her and husband Chris Tyrrell’s newest pup, Baker.
Hobbs, the couple’s other dog, highjacked the singer’s Twitter to announce the arrival of his new baby sister. “Dear Lady A’ers, I would like to introduce you to my new baby sister, Baker! Love, Hobbs =)”
Baker is currently in the studio with Lady Antebellum as they begin the recording process for their fourth album. “Our good luck charm for Day 1 of recording album 4! #baker,” Hillary Tweeted.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin and his wife “Country Strong” singer and actress Gwyneth Paltrow are moving to Los Angeles.
The couple usually reside in London but have splashed out on a $10.45 million mansion in Brentwood's Mandeville Canyon and decided to make it their permanent base for the immediate future because Gwyneth wants to spend more time with her mother Blythe Danner. A source told RadarOnline: "Chris and Gwyneth have wanted to move to Los Angeles for a while," a source said.
"Gwyneth spends a lot time between the UK and the U.S. and she's exhausted. The purpose of buying the lavish home in Brentwood was to make that a semi-permanent base."Gwyneth spends a lot of time away from her mom, Blythe and wants to be closer to her as she gets older

Randy Travis is in the news again ! This time, a Chevrolet truck registered to Travis was found tipped over, wrecked and abandoned in a field behind a Walmart in Frisco, Texas  (Photo). The singer's lawyer, Larry Friedman, says Travis was not driving the vehicle nor was he responsible for its condition. According to the Dallas Morning News, on Saturday evening (Aug. 25), local police were investigating just how the truck ended up in the field. They’d yet to make contact with Travis as of press time. While Friedman was not aware of exactly who left the truck in its current state, he is sure it wasn’t Travis. A ranch hand had apparently been using the vehicle recently. “He hasn’t been in that truck or seen that truck in about three months,” Friedman said of Travis. “This has nothing to do with Randy whatsoever.”  (Dallas News)

30th Birthday follwed by 30 days of rehab! LeAnn Rimes is seeking help to address emotional issues. "LeAnn has voluntarily entered a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress," her rep Marcel Pariseau tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "While there will be speculation regarding her treatment, she is simply there to learn and develop coping mechanisms. While privacy isn't expected, it's certainly appreciated."
Rimes – who checked in on Wednesday, the day after her 30th birthday – tells PEOPLE she hopes to emerge from treatment with better tools to deal with the life she'll be returning to.

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A woman being sued by LeAnn Rimes plans to take her own legal action against the singer.
The 30-year-old star - who checked into a rehab facility to receive treatment for stress and anxiety earlier this week - is suing teacher Kimberly Smiley for invasion of privacy and accused her of bullying her on twitter, but the Californian mother-of-four insists she hasn't done anything wrong and needs to "stand up" to the 'How Do I Live?' hitmaker.
Kimberly said:
"I plan to take my own action against her. This could impact my family and business. Somebody needs to stand up or LeAnn will continue doing this for the rest of her life."I have a right to my opinion. I have never bullied her. She blocked me on Twitter and then I took my account private, so how can I bully her if I'm blocked and have a private account? It makes no sense.
"People who don't like her have a right to their opinion. She's a public figure. But I have never bullied her.
LeAnn

One of her people said I was sending derogatory tweets to her for years. That's false."
Kimberly's daughter Lexi, 19, was also named in the lawsuit and is devastated by the action.
Kimberly added to RadarOnline.com: "My daughter was in tears over the lawsuit. This could affect her future employment."
LeAnn is suing Kimberly and Lexi because she claims a call she made to discuss the alleged comments on twitter was recorded and made public.
According to Kimberly, the singer called her "rude" and "berated" her on the phone.

 
With the Autumn season fast approaching Reba Style showcases the first fall arrivals in both clothing and footwear. In 2005, Reba McEntire the TV actress and Broadway star, partnered with Dillard’s to launch her first clothing line, REBA. Reba began the line with the hope of developing a sophisticated and versatile collection for the active woman, much like Reba herself!


RECIPE
Sara Evans Brenner Salad Dish: What You’ll Need: Salad dressing — T-lish dressing or sesame vinaigrette
Feta cheese, Spring mix lettuce, Red pepper, Toasted pecan pieces, Bacon (microwave), Red onion (optional because Jay hates them). How to Make the Brenner Salad: Toss all the ingredients together and enjoy!

TWEETS
Blake Shelton &  Maroon 5 front man and guitarist Adam Levine embrace provocatively in this "photoshopped" twitter photo.  Bromance forever!
Whew!!! So exhausted from our latest @NBCTheVoice photo shoot... pic.twitter.com/1SiwrRSj    (Blake Shelton)

Reba Reba: Narvel and I have a new hobby now!!! Fly fishing!!! And we love Blackberry Farms in TN!!!  - Photo

PHOTO
LeAnn Rimes turned 30 on Tuesday August 28th - Make a wish! Rimes takes a deep breath as she blows out the candles on her personalized cake from Sweet & Saucy – featuring a look-alike topper, designed by a friend, stomping on a coffin! "We laugh so hard all the time because people have this obsession with me in a bikini," she tells PEOPLE. "I've always said, 'I'm on the beach, what am I supposed to wear?'"  Photo 

"Die, 20s, die!" was the theme of the country star's birthday party, which she celebrated with 20 friends and family members at a private Laguna Beach, Calif., home on Aug. 18.
"I've been ready to leave my 20s behind," she tells PEOPLE. "I had so many amazing things happen in my 20s, and I also had a lot of hard lessons to learn."
In addition to the sweet smooch from husband, Eddie Cibrian, he gave his wife another early birthday present: a rose gold and diamond Cartier "Love" bracelet.
Rimes is gearing up for the upcoming release of her latest studio album, SPITFIRE and a fall tour. It is slated to be the last contractually-obligated album under Rimes' contract with Curb Records.
On her special day LeAnn shared some special news : “There has been much speculation as to what the first single off my new album "Spitfire" will be. Well, here you go..... "What Have I Done" will be released to radio and on iTunes Dec. 10th. I'm so thrilled to share the new single and new album with you all. "Spitfire" is a special record to me and I feel like with each single we'll be rolling out a story, not just singles. I hope we created and wrote a story of your life, something to hold dear to your heart. I hold each and every song deep in my soul”. 

Terri Clark and Reba McEntire in the studio no doubt cutting "How Blue" for Terri's forthcoming classics album - PhotoPhoto 2
29 August 2012: “One hour ago in Nashville ..... One of the best moments of my career so far” said Terri

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