Saturday, 11 May 2013

Country Bites News snippets April 15 - April 21, 2013

Country Bites News snippets April 15 – April 21, 2013

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UK & IRISH News

Gig Review: Kacey Musgraves at Slipped Discs’, Billericay (in the Basildon borough of Essex) on April 20th 2012 as part of Record Store Day.
Her band were Misa Arriaga and Adam Ollendorff >> YouTube
Kasey’s youngest UK fan, Lucas Awww - Photo

Singer-songwriter Kim Richey has 15 dates in the UK May 1st (Wimborne) to 23 May Leicester. Her brand new album THORN IN MY HEART got a fantastic write up from Alan Cackett at Maverick Magazine - 5 stars, "a work of art". See Review and Country Music People gave it 4 STARS - Review

Duncan Warwick the editor of Country Music People recently joined presenter Keith Greentree in the BBC Radio Norfolk studio to talk about the C2C Country To Country March Festival (Darius Rucker, Little Big Town and Tim McGraw) and the Northern Caithness Festival.
Keith asked Duncan if he had a wonderful time at the O2 "Ummmmm... pretty much" on Little Big Town he shared "They're pretty good, actually they were great at the O2". On what sort of guy Tim McGraw is – Sighs “He's alright Tim McGraw...I'm not a great fan of his records and his music..when you see him live he's absolutely got it!
Asked about the Northern Caithness Festival Duncan spilled  "Absolutely wonderful..closest to a biggish Texas honky tonk dance hall that I've witnessed in the UK..completely different to the O2"  on Bobby Flores "I had serious man love going on" , on Connie Smith "absolutelutely wonderful..every inch the star and still sounds wonderful"..on Rance Norton "absolutely lovely"
Listen to the edited interview >> Audio Link

UK CHART NEWS
On the Official UK Singles Top 100 Chart (Week April 27, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s new UK single “22” moved 9-16 in its 9th week. Swift’sI Knew You Were Trouble” (Mercury) which peaked at #2, dropped 28-39 on its 28th chart week.  

On the Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week April 27, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s RED was up one place 21-20 in its 26th chart week.
More than 25 years after his chart debut, country/roots singer Steve Earle accompanied by The Dukes (& Duchesses) made its bow at No.30 (3,229 sales) with his latest album, THE LOW HIGHWAY. It can’t quite set a new benchmark for the 58 year old, who has hitherto charted eight albums in the UK, with a best placing of No.28 (3,916 sales) for the last of those, 2011's I'LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE.
Congrats to Kacey Musgraves as her new album SAME TRAILER, DIFFERENT PARK (Decca) made is debut at No.39 with sales of 2,634 sales for her first UK chart album.
Brad Paisley with WHEELHOUSE which debuted the previous week at No.69 (1,582 sales) fell off the Top 100 in its second week at retail.
Canadian crooner Michael Buble stormed to his first ever number one debut, with new album TO BE LOVED taking pole position on sales of 121,415 copies.
It is noted that UK album sales continue to fall Here's Willy Moon by Willy Moon which recently landed a No.75 chart slot with 1,388 sales marked the third lowest total for a number 75 album in the 693 weeks that have elapsed so far this century.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week April 27, 2013)
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) debut at No.1 with Kacey Musgraves’ SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK at No.2.
Lady Antebellum in their 86th chart drop 2-3 with NEED YOU NOW.
Willie Nelson with LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE (Legacy Records) is new on the chart at #4
Tim McGraw with TWO LANES OF FREEDOM (Big Machine) drops 3-5 in his 6th retail week.
Brad Paisley with WHEELHOUSE, fell 1- 6 in his 2nd retail week.
New on the chart is LeAnn Rimes with new brand new album SPITFIRE (Curb) which landed a #7 slot. This equated to No.142. in the best album sellers list.

On the Hotdisc Chart (April 21, 2013 Chart)

Billy Yates was a comfortable leader at the top of the Hotdisc charts for another week with his tribute to George Jones, while Ray Scott's "Those Jeans," is still at number 2.
The Hayley Oliver Band climbed from No.9 to No.8 with their first single in over a year, "Right Person At The Right Time."
That slight movement takes them ahead of Lana's Gibson's "Crazy Arms" which puts them into the No.1 position in the British & Irish Top 10, giving them their seventh UK chart topper.
This gives Hayley and her band their 7th British No.1 following on from:
“Another Lonely Night”  (6 week run from Jan 14, 2010); “Tell Me Why” (5 week run from April 15, 2010);
“I'm A Little Bluer Than” (7 week run from July 8, 2010); “98.6 Degrees And Falling” (3 week run from Oct 10, 2010); 
Tulsa Queen (4 week rum from Jan 9, 2011) and “Heartless” (2 week run from May 29, 2011) 

UK COUNTRY ALBUM RELEASES
(16 April 2013) Nora Jane Struthers – Carnival (Blue Pig Music)
 Time: 52:58 / 14 tracks - Amazon  UK MP3 
(16 April 2013) Lindsay Brandt - Call Me Red (self release) Time 23:36  / 7 tracks
Swingin', sassy, rockabilly redhead who sings what most won't say. With influences like Elvis Presley, Wanda Jackson, The Beatles, and Dolly Parton, she's a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll.
Amazon UK MP3 - CD Baby - Free Download "Call Me Red" (160kbps MP3) - soundcloud.com
(16 April 2013) Granger Smith - Dirt Road Driveway Time: 41:07 12 Tracks

(22 April 2013) Tate Stevens - Tate Stevens (Sony Music CMG)

(April 30, 2013) Jessica Campbell - THE ANCHOR & THE SAIL (Little London Records) Time: 38:55
Amazon UK MP3   (See below for Frre Downloads)

(6 May 2013) American Heartland (Sony Music CMG) 3 CD [Box set] 47 tracks
American Heartland brings together 47 beautiful songs that capture the spirit of America, on one stunning, contemporary album.
It includes: Kelly Clarkson "Mr Know It All" (country version), Tim McGraw & Gwyneth Paltrow "Me & Tennessee" (from “Country Strong OST”), Sheryl Crow "Home", The Band Perry "If I Die Young", Brad Paisley feat. Alabama "Old Alabama", Hunter Hayes "Wanted", Wonderland "Need You Now", Scotty McCreery  "I Love You This Big", Tate Stevens "Holler If You’re With Me", Little Big Town "Pontoon", The Secret Sisters "Tomorrow Will Be Kinder (from"The Hunger Games OST"), Jessica Simpson "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", Lauren Alaina "Like My Mother Does", Blake Shelton "Honey Bee", Mindy McCready
"Oh Romeo" & The Henningsens "American Beautiful" and many more!  Amazon UK

BLUEGRASS NEWS
Compass Records (Press) expands its bluegrass and Americana offerings with 3 CDs releasing on May 28th: Bluegrass/Americana singer and songwriter Claire Lynch’s Compass debut DEAR SISTER, the long awaited solo debut WHEN WE FALL from bluegrass vocalist/guitarist Rebecca Frazier and the reissue of Looking Forward from rising bluegrassers The Bankesters.

Lee Roy’s not so wonderful weekend. Lee Roy, the mandolin playing half of The Roys, had a weekend to forget, spending much of Friday in the hospital trying to pass a kidney stone.
Anyone who has experienced this condition knows that it can be very painful, and not to be wished on your worst enemy. It turns out that the stone was too large to pass, so they sent him home Friday afternoon, to return today for a visit with a urologist. The minor surgery required to remove the stone was expected some time later this week.

NEWS
The Pistol Annies embarked on an adventure that will take them across the country, and fans were able to help them and  unlock exclusive content and special rewards along the way!
Alter Annies: Pistol Annies have introduced cartoon versions of themselves via Twitter (HollerAnniePA,  LoneStarAnniePA,  HippieAnniePA)The scoop saw the girls tweeting at each other about forgetting song lyrics and some worry about a mysterious character going by the handle @CassiusBanks. Their new album Annie Up is available May 7 - annieup.pistolannies.com

"Downtown,” the lead single off of Lady Antebellum’s forthcoming album, GOLDEN, became their seventh career #1, topping both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts and selling over half a million copies in the process.  The song is a bit of a departure for the band, that was looking to step outside their comfort zone on their new album. Hillary Scott who sings the lead admitted she was worried whether or not she could pull off the sass of the song.

Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Trisha Yearwood will appear on the upcoming tribute album ALABAMA & FRIENDS. Covers, duets and two new songs from Alabama will be included on the release scheduled for the Autumn.

Sugarland's Kristian Bush launched Music Mondays on his website. Bush will introduce a different song and the story behind it every Monday starting with Billy Pilgrim's "Call It Even", read the story - kristianbush.com

Brad Paisley has joined George Strait’s 60 For 60 campaign with a new interview video about George’s influence on his career. Paisley joins stars like Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church and more in support of George’s pending 60th #1 single of his career before his 61st Birthday (May 18, 1952).
George’s current single, “Give It All We Got Tonight,” is climbing the top 10 country radio charts, and will appear on his upcoming 40th studio album, LOVE IS EVERYTHING, due May 14th on MCA Nashville.

Taking her career to the next level, 17-year old singer/songwriter Bonner Black has signed exclusively at ASCAP. Bonner has been rapidly building her song catalog and is excited to find a PRO home.
Bonner Black

I am very excited to be working with LeAnn Phelan at ASCAP,” said Bonner. “The friendly staff and atmosphere makes me confident that ASCAP will make a perfect home for my songs.”
Currently touring throughout the southeast and Texas, Bonner Black is well on her way to accomplishing more at her young age than most do in a lifetime.
Bonner has played at legendary venues such as The Bluebird Café and has collaborated with hit songwriters including Will Rambeaux (Faith Hill, John Michael Montgomery, Patty Loveless), Kirsti Manna (Blake Shelton, Big & Rich) and many more.
Very active in the crusade to end online piracy, Bonner has traveled to Washington D.C. with NSAI’s CEO Bart Herbison and met with congressman and senators to preserve the rights of hardworking songwriters in Nashville and beyond several times. She’s currently recording a new EP with hit producer and industry vet  Phoenix Stone (Backstreet Boys, Art Garfunkel, The Monkees) .

The 2013 Americana Honors & Awards NOMINATION Ceremony will take place on May 14, 2013 live from The Grammy Museum's Clive Davis Theatre 800 West Olympic Boulevard, LA.

Hall's Haul: Keith Urban collaborated with Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brantley Gilbert, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, McGraw, Willie Nelson and more, Why? Keith teamed up with Vince Gill to host We’re All For The Hall at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Tuesday (April 16) and they stayed true to the benefit’s title, Rebels And Renegades: The Outlaws Are In.
Individual performances from Urban doing the Rolling Stones' "Tumblin' Dice" and Gill doing his version of "Can't You See" by The Marshall Tucker Band preceded The Band's "Ophelia" with Church, David Allen Coe's "Long Haired Redneck" with Gilbert and a solo acoustic performance from Hank Williams, Jr. The night ended with Urban's promise of a fifth year, and a performer/crowd sing-along to Williams' "Family Tradition." The event, now in it's fouth year, has raised approximately $2 million to date for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Toby Keith will host the 10th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic May 10-11. The event will feature performances, auctions and golf at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, OK to benefit OK Kids Korral for pediatric cancer patients

Lucas Hoge, Nashville singer / songwriter, performer and country recording artist announced his signing with Artist Events Nashville (AEN) for booking representation An all-around entertainer (who is no stranger to large audiences on the big screen and center stage, in print, and over radio airwaves), Hoge’s reputation as a motion-moving performer, clever lyricist and stand-out vocalist precede him as he transcends borders into the acting arena.

Several generations of “Dukes of Hazzard” fans will gather in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, June 8th to celebrate “Dukes of Hazzard Fan Fair” with the entire cast of the show. The event, which coincides with the CMA Music Festival, will be centered at Cooter’s Place on McGavock Pike, across from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
It’s not often that we can all get together like this,” says Ben Jones, who played the sidekick mechanic “Cooter” on the ever popular international hit. “But it is a thrill for us and a big kick for the fans when we do!”
John Schneider (Bo), Tom Wopat (Luke), Catherine Bach (Daisy), James Best (Rosco), Sonny Shroyer (Enos) and Rick Hurst (Cletus) will join Jones for the day’s events, which will culminate with a Hazzard Hoedown concert at the Nashville Palace featuring the whole cast onstage with Cooter’s Garage Band.
It’s hard to imagine that Catherine Bachman is now aged 59. She's suffered more than her fair share of unhappiness over the years. But it looks like things are at last going well for Dukes of Hazzard star when she was spotted after enjoying a romantic dinner with a mystery man. As they walked hand-in-hand to Madeo restaurant in Hollywood, California, Catherine looked delighted to be seen with her new man.
The actress was tragically widowed in 2010 when her husband, Peter Lopez (photo 2010) of 19 years took his own life. She has since remained single.
But three years on the mother-of-two appears ready to return to the dating scene.

Willie Nelson has a personal connection to the community of West, Texas, where a Wednesday night (April 17) explosion at a fertilizer plant killed several people and injured dozens more. The community is approximately six miles south of Abbott, Texas, where the Country Music Hall of Fame member was born and raised.
"West is like our backyard," Nelson said Thursday morning (April 18) in Nashville during an interview with CMT Hot 20 Countdown's Terry Bumgarner. "It's where I grew up. I road my bike from Abbott to West and back all the time on that road where all this stuff happened. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those folks there in West."
Nelson, who turns 80 on April 30, was planning to celebrate with an April 28 show at the Backyard at Bee Cave, a concert venue near Austin. He's turning the show into a benefit for the West Fire Department.

Country music icon George Jones was admitted to a local Nashville hospital for observation.  During a routine checkup, Mr. Jones was running a slight fever with irregular blood pressure. Friday’s (April 19th) concert at the Fox Theatre was rescheduled to Friday, May 10. [Update, Mr. Jones died on Fri April 26th – See Blog Post]

BABY NEWS
Jessica Simpson’s expecting the pitter patter of little (boy) feet and admits she’s crossing her fingers baby No. 2 will take after this fashionable mama. “Maxwell is definitely a daddy’s girl… so I hope my son will be a mama’s boy,” she told People in the mag’s exclusive sneak peek inside the Fashion Star mentor’s Tom Sawyer-themed baby shower April 14 at Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.  I’ve been less about the fashion and more about the comfort,” she told the mag. “With Maxwell, I tried to wear heels the whole time, but it hurt my knees.
She also learned a few foodie lessons from her first pregnancy, when she gained a headline-making 60 pounds.
“Now I’m working out three times a week. I’ve only gained half of what I did during my first pregnancy,” she told People.

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Susan Ashton has just released her new single “Love is Alive” to country radio, her first single in years. Love is Alive” is from her new EP Thief which is available on iTunes.  “Love is Alive” is a remake of the Gary Wright (“Dreamweaver”), penned tune. ”I’ve always wanted to do a cover and Wayne (producer) had a really cool idea on how to rework the production and so there’s a whacked out banjo part and acoustic guitar with a funky, swampy sound.  I’m really excited how this one turned out.  It’s really fun,” Ashton said.
Having had the biggest selling debut in the history of Sparrow/EMI Records, winning numerous Dove Awards, Grammy nominations and #1 singles,  Ashton stepped away from making music she loved after her marriage ended.  She has a renewed spirit to sing and perform and has a new record deal with BE MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. Ashton co-wrote 5 of the 6 songs on her Thief EP and is promoting her new single and EP on an extensive country radio tour.

MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU, the first studio album in four years from Guy Clark, is due July 23 on Dualtone Records. Co-writer of 10 of the disc's 11 tracks, Guy penned the title tune for his wife of 40 years, Susanna Clark, a hit songwriter in her own right, who passed away in 2012. The album cover features a photo of Guy, holding up an old photo of Susanna from the 1970s. The Polaroid snapshot was taken when his wife stormed out of their house after finding Guy and his friend, the late Townes Van Zandt, drunk ... again.

Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis have a 14 track summer album release coming out in the summer titled GRITS & GLAMOUR

THE ROYS latest full-length release, GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN, puts the award- winning sibling duo on the fast track.  Due in stores on June 4, their third outing for Rural Rhythm Records contains six Roys’ originals and some of the sibling duos’ all-time favorite Bluegrass and Country classics.
Blurb: Hot vocals, steamin’ pickin’, unbridled enthusiasm and passion make this 13-track wonder a celebration of the Roots genre.  Says Elaine Roy, “There was a real sense of freedom surrounding this whole project. The album strips away all pretenses and gives the listener a glimpse of both the highs and lows of life.” Press Release

Mark Chesnutt is due to introduce his latest single entitled “When The Lights Go Out (Tracie’s Song)”** written and recorded as a loving autobiographic dedication to his devoted wife, Tracie, and validating once again Chesnutt’s foothold as a mainstay in the country music format.
Trademarked by Chesnutt’s vocal performance, the single (scheduled for a May 15, 2013 release, his wifes birthday) is simplistic in lyric and delivery, authentic in presentation and quintessential in time. Written alongside long-time friend and producer Jimmy Ritchey and “Chesnutt hitmaker” Roger Springer (“It’s A Little Too Late” / ”Thank God For Believers”), the ballad is a true-to-life short story illustrative of Chesnutt’s life as a career performer and road warrior, and his enduring lifetime love, Tracie Chesnutt.
I guess this song has been in the works for the last twenty some-odd years,” Chesnutt introduced. “I’m blessed to have a woman who understands me and this crazy music business. When we sat down to write, this song was already written; it wrote itself thanks to Tracie.
The first single from Mark’s own independent label, Nada Dinero Records, the vocals were recorded in casual comfort at the home of producer Jimmy Ritchey (who produced Chesnutt’s last three albums SAVIN’ THE HONKY TONK, HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG and ROLLIN’ WITH THE FLOW). This Chesnutt original has been in the making since Mr. and Mrs. Mark Chesnutt married in 1992.

Lonestar will release LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, the band's first album since the return of lead singer Richie McDonald, on June 4. Released by the band's 4 Star Records imprint in partnership with the Orchard, it also marks Lonestar's first album release in more than three years.

Any Day Is A Good Day” is the title track off Amber Hayes' new album, ANY DAY IS A GOOD DAY. The single is the first release off the album, which is produced by Nashville-based producer Paul Compton. The song was co-written by Hayes, Bill DiLuigi and JP Williams. You can listen to it in full on soundcloud.com and it’s available on UK iTunes
“I was excited about this song from the moment we wrote it,” said Hayes. “It has such an encouraging message and people have been very responsive to the song’s optimism and brightness. Its uplifting in all the right ways.”
Robert Oermann (MusicRow Magazine) commented about the track, “Simply lovely. Her sweetly wistful singing voice is perfectly framed by an airy production and pristinely placed harmony vocals. Plus, it has a message to warm your soul. I could definitely get used to listening to this wafting through the radio speakers.”
2013 has already proven to be a busy one for the Oklahoma native. Billboard’s ‘The 615’ named Hayes as “One To Watch in 2013.” Her song, “Right As Rain,” is featured in the documentary film, “Music City USA” (view trailer here) and she recently opened up for one of her biggest musical influences, Reba McEntire, in Durant, Oklahoma. This past month, she entered into an exclusive booking agreement with Nashville-based talent agency and marketing firm Conway Entertainment Group.

PRESS RELEASES

Annies Are You Okay? Wanna help catch a bad guy on Twitter? Pistol Annies, starring as cartoon versions of themselves, have released Pistol Annies and the Case of the Stolen Gear. Fans are invited to participate in the interactive online graphic novel via social media outlets. Sony Press

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil a special spotlight exhibit dedicated to singer Lee Greenwood on May 10. Lee Greenwood: American Patriot, which will be located within the museum's permanent exhibit on the third floor, will incorporate costumes and other artifacts spanning Greenwood’s 50 years of musical activity. The exhibition will run through April 25, 2014 - Webster & Associates

Rural Rhythm Records is saluting the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865) with an instrumental album titled HOME SWEET HOME, release date May 21, which contains 14 songs that were popular during the Civil War Era.
Mike Scott (producer & performer) has assembled an all star group of musicians to pay tribute to the popular parlor songs, minstrel songs and marching songs from this era, which are now known as traditional standards.  Joining Scott on this album are awarding winning players Adam Steffey, Rob Ickes, Bryan Sutton, Aubrey Haynie, Tim Stafford, Mike Compton, Ben Isaacs, Jeff Taylor and Scott Miller. Rural Rhythm Records

Syco/RCA Nashville recording artist Tate Stevens who had a first place finish on 2012’s FOX's The X Factor, landed a $5-million deal, released a new single "Power of a Love Song" to country radio with a April 23 self-titled debut album release. 

Stevens claimed a new "first" as his hometown honors him with an impressive 160' City of Belton water tower, freshly painted with "Home of Tate Stevens, Live the Dream!" EB Media PR  See Video - http://vimeo.com/63172329

The Americana Music Association announced that critically acclaimed Americana stalwart artist, Mary Gauthier, will carry the Americana torch across the Atlantic on her forthcoming European tour.
Gauthier, who sits on the Americana Music Association's Board of Directors, embarks on a 17 city tour through Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and the UK with the first date in Malmo, Sweden on April 17.  During the tour, she will carry the banner of the Americana Music Association to each venue to not only share her music with her faithful fan base, but also to spread the mission of the not for profit music association, which is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world.

ARTICLES

The Guardian Kacey Musgraves – Live review Bush Hall, London  4 STARS
Extract: It's hard to find a review of Kacey Musgraves's new album that doesn't liken the young, country-singing Texan to Taylor Swift, but from the first moments of this show, Musgraves reveals that she's a whole different kettle of funny, forthright fish. Tonight, she informs the audience, is "my first Bush experience".......


CMA Close UP by Bob Doerschuk: NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Carrie Zaruba

CMA Close UP - Holly Williams stopped by CMA recently for an intimate, acoustic Live@CMA performance on the release of her new album, The Highway.

LISTEN
Lady Antebellum Golden samples - Amazon.com
Key tracks: Ballads: Nothin' Like The First Time ", "It Ain't Pretty", "Golden" ** / Uptempos: “Can't Stand The Rain “
On “Goodbye Town” there are vibes of U2 in the melody and riffs and close resemblance to Sugarlands "Incredible Machine"

FREE DOWNLOADS
For an email share NoiseTrade is offering music from an ATO Records sampler, which features tracks from Caitlin Rose (I Was Cruel"), Old Crow Medicine Show ("Ain't It Enough"), Brandi Carlile with Emmylou Harris ("Take Me Home, Country Roads"), and more - noisetrade.com

Jessica Campbell, in anticipation of the release of 2nd full length album THE ANCHOR & THE SAIL on April 30th, the Sunnyside Sampler includes 2 tracks from the new album  ("Sunnyside" & "Doors"), 2 tracks ( "My Blue Sky" & "Me Without You" from her current album August 2011's "Great Escape", a live recording and an unreleased demo.

"The Anchor & The Sail" was produced by Cason Cooley and features Dave Barnes, as well as several musicians from the band Leagues. - www.noisetrade.com


WATCH
Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line have released a first music video from their new album, CARNIVAL.It’s for the title cut, written by Ms. Struthers, featuring her and her merry band: Aaron Lewis on fiddle, Joe Overton on banjo, P.J. George on bass, and Drew Lawhorn on drums.
The song, the arrangement and the performance place Jane and her boys right square in the intersection of a venn diagram describing bluegrass, old time, singer/songwriter and Americana music today >> YouTube

Joey & Rory "That's Important to Me"[Live] >> YouTube

Catherine BrittTroubled Man” feat. Tim Rogers >> YouTube

New at No.57 On Billboard Country Airplay its’s a cover of the recent hit "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers as done by Lennon and Maisy Stella, who recently performed this in their roles on the Nashville TV Drama >> YouTube

Ashley Monroe recently recorded a handful of songs off her album with Nashville Time Machine. Everything was recorded through an old 1940s tape recorder (Trailer)
 >> YouTube
"Like A Rose" has gotten the vinyl treatment and was available in US local record stores just in time for record store day on April 20th. The stars of ABC Nashville TV drama series will be singing 2 of Ashley's songs. One is her with Blake Shelton "You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)" and the other is an unheard song she wrote with Trent Dabbs called "Shine". 

CMC New Oz Artist of the Year Morgan Evans has released a brand-new film clip for the song “Carry On”, the single is lifted from his current, WHILE WE'RE YOUNG EP

Carolynne Poole "Too Good For Me" (Original) - Ont' Sofa Prime Studios Sessions this is the second video, an original track >> YouTube
The UK 2012 X Factor finalist tweets: RT @CarolynnePoole: Soooo exited about things that are happening over the next few months! Can't wait!! #impatientcazzy !!

Beautiful Kacey Musgraves was interviewed by Charlie Stayt and Louise Minchin on BBC Breakfast on Saturday 20th April 2013 >> YouTube

COUNTRY FASHION

ELLE magazine honoured 12 of the top women in the recording industry in their May issue, including Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift. The women got glammed up for photo shoots along with other influential women like Adele, Pat Benetar and Alicia Keys, and they share some of their thoughts and insights on not only the music business, but life in general.
Taylor Swift: "All these emotions, everything that's said and all your experience, that's what inspires the first flicker of a song. It's hard being a human being."
Taylor Swift wears a beaded cape, price on request, hat, $995, both, Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane.
Miranda - "My message is to be your own person, always—whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a superstar… We all bring something different."
Miranda Lambert wears her own Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci knit dress from Barneys New York.
Click here to check out some of the photos - www.elle.com

PHOTO
Clare Bowen who is most recognized for her role as Scarlett O'Connor on ABC's primetime TV show Nashville joined a few other celebrities (Jennifer Morrison, Naya Rivera, and Christa Miller) and bared it all in a new annual nude issue of Allure which hit newstands on April 22nd.
"If nudity is for a shock factor, it takes away from what makes it beautiful," Nashville's Clare Bowen tells Allure in their Look Better Naked issue.
"I was always that kid who always refused to wear clothes and shoes at home when I was little, I moved out into the country its actually quite nice to be outside with nothing on" she tells Allure in this video http://bcove.me/sr22ygz7
Asked how often are you naked? Clare replies: "Sometimes I sleep naked. Everyone does sometimes, don't they? I hope."
Clare Bowen
Allure Photoshoot cropped !

What makes you most excited about seeing these pictures?
"My body isn't going to look like this forever. I think it's lovely to have that preservation."
What does this shoot mean to you?
"I said they could photograph my scars. This isn't a rite-of-passage thing or a risqué thing. It's about body image and making other people feel good." The scars were due to multiple cancer-related surgeries when she was young.
Aside from the robes that one fashion intern very studiously steamed, the actresses didn't wear so much as an earring for photographer Patrick Demarchelier. Inspired by Marilyn Monroe's flirty skinny-dipping in Something's Got to Give, the unfinished 1962 film, hair and makeup was set up on the pool deck of a Beverly Hills home, where makeup artist Fulvia Farolfi rubbed a few drops of Clinique Deep Comfort Body Moisture on each woman and hairstylist Teddy Charles created looks for strategic placement. In fact, even though the shoot took place in February, many of the women were just excited to be outside on a warm California day. "When I left Nashville, my truck door was frozen shut," says Bowen. "To be here in the sun and by the water...I've missed it."

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