Monday, 5 August 2013

Country Bites News snippets July 29 - August 4, 2013

Country Bites News snippets July 29 – August 4, 2013



Callaghan’s Noisetrade EP 40 States and Counting is still available online which blends tracks from her debut album “Life in Full Colour” and her new record “Callaghan Live in America” to offer a unique introduction to her music.
For an email share you can download 6 tracks (192kbps MP3's) -

Country and Western Festival takes place at Harlow Town Park on Sunday 11th August 2013. Artistes appearing include Gary Perkins and The Breeze, Next of Kin, Blake and Brazil, The Thrillbillies, Kevin Barry, Nancy Ann Lee, Russell Kemp, plus activities in the Oxford Playhouse Theatre Tea Time Tent Next to Pets' Corner in the Showground. 
There will also be trade stands, hot and cold food and a licensed bar. Time Sunday, 11 August, 2013 - 11:30 to 18:30 (Note: Its a Free Event)

Winnipeg, Manitoba raised and Nashville based singer-songwriter Ashley Robertson will be's special guest performer. 
The event includes a three-course dinner, and at their Sixth Birthday Party on Saturday 7th September. 

She joins special guests The Annie Duggan Band and The Kerr Donnelly for the final of the Listeners' Club Award, with performances from finalists Wayne Jacobs, Thorne Hill and Chris Green Project.

On Thursday August 8th in a special recording for BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris Country, Bob is joined by Kristian Bush, Bob DiPiero, Brett James and Chris Young in a CMA Songwriters special - for an insider's view of country songwriting, complete with intimate acoustic performances of their greatest hits -

BBC Radio 2 are broadcasting live music coverage of the CMA Music Festival Highlights in 4 one hour parts (10pm on August 12th, 14th, 19th & 20th). Hosted by Peter Cooper and Kristian Bush the first programme on Monday August 12th features Taylor Swift, Eric Church and Zac Brown -

Zac Brown Band with "Jump Right In" is pulled from the BBC Radio 2’s "A" playlist after 6 weeks.
Taylor Swift's "Everything Has Changed" which has been playlisted for 7 weeks stays on the “B” list for a second week .
Kacey Musgraves with "Silver Lining" also enjoys a second week on the “B” playlist
The Mavericks with "Come Unto Me" remains on the “C” list as Glen Campbell’sPostcard From Paris” is pulled.

Florida Georgia Line's US 22-week No.1 smash "Cruise" feat. rapper Nelly is 
BBC Radio 2's Record Of The Week from the #1 Billboard album HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES (Universal Island) . The single gets an official UK release on 30th August - MP3 . September 2nd is the UK focus date when the label want radio to play it! 

Gretchen Peters has announced dates in October for an Autumn Irish tour. Barry Walsh and Gretchen will be joined on the first four shows by Ben Glover, who'll be doing a support set.
In the past month Gretchen has been writing songs with Mary Gauthier, Ben Glover, Angel Snow.

For all concert/ gig dates check out the UK Tour Page

The ABC of British Country Music Live listings for Artists, Bands & Clubs -

On the Official UK Singles Top 100 Chart (Week Ending August 10, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s Everything Has Changed” (Mercury) feat. Ed Sheeran, was down 12-19 in its 11th retail week. Taylor’s “22” was down three slots 65-68 in its 24th chart week.

On the Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week Ending August 10, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s RED was down six slots 21-27 in its 41st chart week.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending August 10, 2013)
Lady Antebellum stay at No.1 with GOLDEN (Decca) in its 13th week as their smash release NEED YOU NOW re-appears at #2 after 88 weeks . The Maverick’s moved 2-3 with IN TIME.

On the Hotdisc Chart (August 4, 2013 Chart)

Duo Branch & Dean, holds at No.1 on the Hotdisc Top 40 with "The Dash".
Chris Higbee with “Fiddles Rock” moved up 2 slots (4-2). Tracks from the latest August Hotdisc promo release #175 start to impact on the chart with Billy Yates’She Ain’t Got Nobody” debuting at #3, Drew Gregory with “Truck.Beer.Girl” at #6, Stephanie Jansen’sRunning From The Blues” enters at #9 and Rachele Lynae nets the next highest debut at #13 with “Fishin’ For Something”.

Lana Gibson holds onto the top of the British & Irish Top 10 for a third week with “I’m Movin’ On”, a cover of the Hank Snow song. Stu Edwards & Gone Country come in at #2 (#12 Top 40) with their first single on Hotdisc, a cover of Ray Scott's "My Kind Of Music."
Charlotte Howard’s release “Together” (A Song For The Royal Baby) delivered a No.9 bow (#27 on Top 40). 


(15 March 2013 ) Jolie Holliday - Somebody Who Can  12 Tracks / Time: 41:46 MP3
 Single "Waffle House" now at country radio
(23 July 2013) Grits & Glamour - Dos Divas [Import] 14 tracks/ Time: 48:37 CD
(15 July 2013) Marty Robbins - (By The Time I Get To Phoenix / Tonight Carmen) (Morello Records) 2-On-1 CD
930 July 2013) Vince Gill & Paul Franklin - Bakersfield (MCA Nashville) [Import] CD - Vinyl 
(29 July 2013) Heather Myles - Live on Trucountry (CD & DVD) [NTSC] (Floating World) CD/DVD - MP3
Heather Myles has her own TV show in the USA, "TRU COUNTRY" where as well as performing she introduces new and up and coming singers and bands.This 2 disc set, 1 audio and 1 DVD (NTSC region everywhere) shows the best of her performances over four seasons of the show.

(9 Sept 2013) Nathan Carter - Where I Wanna Be CD ("Ho Hey" Video)
Nathan Carter is Irelands biggest Country artist. His previous album 'Wagon Wheel' was an outstanding seller this one is set to be even bigger. It features three hit singles, will be promoted on Irish TV and Showcase / Sky Country Channels. Nathan is one of the few current artists who can boast of a fan base of both young and old, the good looking lad from Liverpool now based in Ireland has developed into a Country Music phenomena.


Jasmine Rae: The Time Is Now: Ahead of her album launch she talks about her latest project.....In many ways, If I Want To, signifies a new starting point for the young Victorian, who up to this point has been better known for her amazing vocal talents and not necessarily her songwriting ability. On album three that is destined to change. Jasmine has her stamp on 12 of the 13 new songs, and it's a fact she's keen to boast...Jasmine has released a special Lyric Video for the album's final track 'First Song' penned with fellow Victorian Briana Lee.

Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey's acclaimed collaborative album, The Great Country Songbook, has reached the impressive feat of achieving gold status in Australia after selling 35,000 copies. The record, which debuted at #1 on the Country Album Charts and #2 on the Australian Album charts, took just five weeks to reach the impressive status.

Country Tracks Top 30 Australia's leading songs compiled by radio airplay of tracks released in Australia.


Pick Jo Dee Messina's next single, "Woman's Rant" or "Peace Sign"

Gretchen Peters annual benefit for Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee takes place at the Rutledge Nashville, TN on November 7th when her special guest will be K.T. Oslin.

Urban Renewal: "It's confirmed," tweeted FOX-TV's American Idol this afternoon (8/1). "Keith Urban will be back at the judges table for American Idol XIII. We love you KU! #IdolKU." Urban is the first judge hired back for the upcoming season. He tweeted, "Thrilled to be back on American Idol with my pal Ryan Seacrest and dying to know who the other judges will be!" We know Randy Jackson won't be back and there are rumors that, Pharrell Williams, Grace Potter, Kimberly Perry from The Band Perry and a Jennifer (Lopez or Hudson) are all in the mix.

Brad Paisley appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Live Tuesday (7/30) to discuss "the touchiest subject there is" [Ref:"Accidential Racist"] then stopped by to perform the BP protest song "Balls In Your Mouth"  on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Watch here. On Wednesday (7/31), Brad made a difference with "I Can't Change The World" on America's Got Talent (watch  = Standing O and some Pink Floyd Dave Gilmour riffs?)

Brantley Gilbert’s live shows are pretty intense and energetic so before he goes on stage he usually has a routine to get himself ready. He takes a quiet moment to pray either by himself or with his band, but after that he says, “I’m jumping around like I’m about to go into a boxing ring or something. The whole band, the whole crew….we’re all giving fist bumps and just getting pumped up, like we’re fixin’ to play a Friday night football game.” The “More Than Miles” singer says,

Oliver Twist: Oliver Hudson from Rules of Engagement will join the cast of ABC-TV's Nashville this fall. After character Rayna James (Connie Britton) nearly died in a car accident last season, her album sales skyrocketed. Hudson plays the label exec that gives his hottest act all the attention she needs. The new season begins in America Sept. 25.

MUSIC NEWS - U.S. album sales have hit new historic lows over the last five weeks marking the longest consecutive stretch in the SoundScan era that the industry has gone without scanning more than 5 million units. And, over the last two weeks, album sales hit consecutive record lows. Which begs the question, is it all due to the summer doldrums, streaming's rise, dwindling catalog sales or all three?...For the week ending July 28, U.S. album sales totaled 4.68 million the lowest weekly total since the inception of Nielsen SoundScan in May 1991. The previous record low was only the prior week when sales were 4.71 million units....This year already, there are nine weeks under the 5 million units album sales mark, with the last five weeks marking the longest consecutive period the industry has gone without scanning more than 5 million units..."This is the year that CD sales bottom is falling out" at Newbury Comics, says the retail chain's CEO Mike Dreese. So far this year, CD sales are down 14.1% to 88.8 million from the 103.3 million scanned in the same time period in the corresponding period last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But digital album sales aren't faring too well lately either. In the first four weeks of the second quarter, the digital album growth slowed to a 1.9% increase after growing at a 10.4% pace in the first quarter. 


  • Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart (“Before the World Was Made”) and humor (“Breaking Up And Making Up Again”). Evidence: BEFORE THE WORLD due out September 17th . The Austin-based songwriters’ debut collaboration spotlights the celebrated troubadours in peak form (“Before We Come to Our Senses”). “These are modern day country duets à la George Jones and Melba Montgomery,” producer Gurf Morlix says, “but with very  sophisticated songwriting”.
  • Ronnie Dunn's second solo CD release is scheduled for Nov. First single "Kiss You There" has been sent to radio.
  • George Ducas celebrates the release of 4340 (from Loud Ranch), his first full-length release since his critically acclaimed Capitol Records releases. The 12-song CD is scheduled for an October 29, 2013 release. With co-writes alongside Keifer Thompson (Thompson Square), Jim Beavers (“Red Solo Cup”/Toby Keith, “5150”/Dierks Bentley), Radney Foster, Jon Henderson and Jason Matthews, the album is stocked with radio worthy tracks and lined with carefully painted musical canvasses featuring song titles such as “CowTown” (at country radio now), “Ain’t That Crazy,” “Love Struck,” “Amnesia,” “Give Me Back My Honky Tonk,” “White Lines And Road Signs” and “I Need To Love You.”
  • Angie Johnson (Sony Music Nashville) is set to ship debut single, "Swagger," from her Sing For You EP.
  • The Henningsens impacts country radio with an impressive 51 total first-week Billboard and Country Aircheck adds for their new single, “I Miss You.”
  • Willie Nelson’s  next album is for the girls. For his next record, TO ALL THE GIRLS, Willie Nelson teamed up with an array of top female singers – from Loretta Lynn and Mavis Staples to Miranda Lambert and Norah Jones – for 18 country duets; they will see release on September 24th. "It's been a good one!" Nelson tells Rolling Stone. Now you can take an exclusive first listen to Nelson's collaboration with Dolly Parton on "From Here to the Moon and Back." Parton initially wrote the cut for the soundtrack for her 2012 film Joyful Noise. 
  • The king of hellbilly, Mr. HANK3 himself, is pleased to announce a triple-threat of new releases, hitting stores October 1, 2013.  
    HANK3 will release a brand new DOUBLE country album, entitled
    Brothers of the 4x4, and a single punk album, entitled A Fiendish Threat, with his new project “3”.  Brothers of the 4x4 will also be available as a single LP vinyl version, and A Fiendish Threat will be available as a double LP vinyl version (Adrenaline PR)
  • Ross Coppley, descibed as "one of country music’s fastest rising talents", is answering the call of his fans with the release of his EP. FEELS GOOD TO ME (iTunes)features demo tracks written or co-written (except the title track) by the 27 year old "country sensation" as well as the first single shipped to radio, the title track, “Feels Good To Me” which has already found a welcome home on country radio.
  • Clint Black hasn’t released an album of new material since 2005, but he’s been busy, acting, writing songs, competing on Celebrity Apprentice and touring the country. He’ll release WHEN I SAID I DO exclusively at Cracker Barrel stores on August 5, featuring three new songs and re-recordings of 11 of his favorite songs. (See Press Release for details)
  • Julie Roberts’ fan funded Pledge Music upcoming Sun Records release will feature guests Mickey Raphael, Buddy Miller, and Vince Gill.


  • Bandit Records will proudly release GEORGE JONES – AMAZING GRACE on September 10th, two days before what would have been Jones’ 82nd birthday. Jones, a partner in Bandit Records, recorded the gospel songs with producer Billy Sherrill in 2002 with the exception of one track, “Great Judgment Morning,” which was produced by Brian Ahern in 1994.
  • Americana Unveils First Wave of Performers and Presenters for Honors & Awards: Stephen Stills, Ken Burns, Dr. John, 2013 nominees Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, plus multi-nominee duo Shovels and Rope, make up the first wave of performers and presenters set for the Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards show, Wed., Sept. 18 at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium.
  • (July 31, 2013) Randy Travis has been discharged from Baylor Heart in Plano, Texas. Mr. Travis has been relocated to a physical therapy facility. “Thanks to all the fans and friends for your continued prayers and support as Randy continues on the road to recovery,” says Travis’ fiancée Mary Davis.
  • Morgan Frazier, Sidewalk/Curb Recording artist, has partnered with Stand for the Silent (SFTS) to bring global awareness to the disturbing issue of bullying in today’s society.
  • Singer-songwriter Darden Smith releases his Compass Records debut LOVE CALLING and will tour the UK tour this October.
  • "Larry's Country Diner" the Perfect End to Summer
  • Vocalist and Songwriter Rachel Dampier is a top-ten nominee for New Artist of the Year by the 21st Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Association.
  • CMA Close Up by Bob Doerschuk: New Artist Spotlight: Breelan Angel
  • Templeton ThompsonNew and Noteworthy
  • Rolling Stone Music: Backstage With Taylor Swift on Her Huge Summer Stadium Tour....The show gets pretty dark. During "Red," there's a moment where what looks like blood is spilling across the video screens. Is that somebody's blood? Actually, no. I've never been into shock value and gory and scaring people. It's actually paint, so it's actually just supposed to be the general concept of something red and something flowing – just red things. Like, there's red fabric, red paint being thrown against a wall. It's not blood. "God, we went to Taylor's show – it was really violent!"
  • The Tennessean - Peter Cooper On Music: Restless Heart toasts 30 years
  • Country Weekly Shania Twain: Country Music Is Still the One (1999)
  • The Meaningless Florida-Georgia Line Billboard Country Songs Record: Who Really Has The Biggest Country Hit? (ANALYSIS)
The Rip Roaring Success at the Americana Festival in Liverpool, (July 2013)
Read the Review

  • Hear Ron Block's new album WALKING SONG on Rounder Records - Listen - Press Release - iTunes
  • "Slip On By" the new single by Austin Webb now at country radio, impacts Aug 5th -
  • Roughstock - Exclusive Album Listening Party: Darden Smith  “Love Calling” …one of Americana/Roots Music's most iconic singer/songwriters -- new album Love Calling. The album was recorded and produced in Nashville with Gary Paczosa and Jon Radnall Stewart.
  • Stream Amanda Shires’ DOWN FELL THE DOVES album at The Wall Street Journal (May 28, 2013) ..When Amanda Shires began working on her new album, “Down Fell the Doves” she was having a rough time of it: the singer, songwriter and violinist had a fiddle accident onstage, had a relationship fall apart and broke a finger on her bowing hand, which still has pins in it. Shires was channeling her misery into songwriting when she came up against another unforeseen situation: she fell in love, with singer and guitarist Jason Isbell, whom she married earlier this year....
  • Violinist Amanda Shires Picks Up The Pieces: Shires could have used a little protection during the run-up to her latest album, Down Fell The Doves. In the months before starting work on the record, she had broken a finger, ended a long-term relationship and watched as a cherished instrument — her 150-year-old fiddle, with which she had toured for 15 years — was destroyed in an onstage accident. Shires discusses her challenging year and the dark, frank music that came out of it.
  • Related Post: Wall Street Journal Is Amanda Shires the Sexiest Violinist Since Thomas Jefferson?...
    Not only is “Devastate” the title of a song on Amanda Shires’ new album, it’s an apt description of what Shires does with her music. The Texas-born singer, songwriter and violin player writes searing lyrics that she sings with a little catch in her voice, as if she’s willing her heart not to break mid-song.“Devastate,” a gritty fiddle-laced rocker that comes from Shires’ fourth solo album, “Down Fell the Doves.” It’s a lovely collection of 11 new songs, most of which feature her husband Jason Isbell on guitar, that include a soulful love letter to Leonard Cohen and a fierce meditation on invincibility. Though Shires is happily married (she and Isbell exchanged vows in February, and their Twitter conversations are a reason to follow both), she said “Devastate” comes from a place of insecurity.

For users of this online music streaming service here are some of the more recent additions and recommendations.
When its free and easy on Spotify who needs music piracy?
Billboard Country Songs (weeks most popular tracks) 
Erin Thomas – You Don't Know Me - Nashville-based singer-songwriter with a collection of songs that tell universal stories of life’s challenges and accomplishments, includes a duet with Vince Gill.
Ali Isabella – Taking My Own Sweet Time (Single) – The Wembley 2012 Country Festival sweethearts brand new single

Michelle Wright - Strong – The Canadian Country icon, returned with the release of her highly anticipated new album, Strong, on July 9, 2013. 
Recorded in Ontario and Nashville, the album was produced by Jason Barry (Dean Brody, Terri Clark, Jason Blaine), Eric Silver (Neal McCoy, Ricochet) and Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive). Her passion for songwriting has grown with her newest project, for which she co-wrote 10 of its 11 songs.
Key Tracks: Strong, She's A Keeper, Another Good Day, Back To You, I'll Cry Too


Gretchen Peters August free download is "Little World", recorded live at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA on February 6, 2012. It's a solo piano/vocal performance; if you listen very closely you can hear Barry Walsh closing the dressing room door as he leaves the stage!
When you register on Gretchen Peters' Mailing List you will be able to download the free monthly MP3. 


Miley Cyrus Goes the Extra Mile: The young icon shows the world her true colors with a brand new sound. Miley in Chanel. Photographed by Mario Testino. Styled by Charlyne Cerf de Dudzeele - Read Summer's Issue 83 of V Magazine online

Taylor Swift was spotted paddleboarding with Ed Sheeran on July 28th. She wore the Navy Push Up Bikini Top and High Waisted Bikini Pants from Topshop - Image

Cassadee Pope has made Nashville Lifestyles HOT LISTThe newcomer graces the cover donning an edgy, bright white Willow dress. 
Shot in the Germantown neighborhood, Cassadee spent a scorching summer day posing, smiling and chatting with writer Lily Hansen. 
She shares her fave Nashville hot spots, as well as what’s on her Spotify list. A country girl at heart, the 23-year-old is putting out a new album this fall with famed producer Dann Huff

Jana Kramer says Marrying Brantley Gilbert Makes Her "The Luckiest Girl Ever"..."Brantley is a fantastic man," Kramer beams to Roughstock. "The planning is going really well, and he's been helpingtremendously with the planning! He talks to the wedding planner more than I do! ... he's been fantastic. He's just so sweet, and he always has my back on things. I feel like I'm the luckiest girl ever."

Taylor Swift chipped a tooth onstage recently and didn’t even stop the show. While performing at the Heinz Field Arena in Pittsburgh on July 6, Swift whacked herself in the mouth with her microphone. Taylor says: "So I’m not standing there just waiting to sing with my mic right next to my face, so I really quickly pulled my mic up to sing and basically uppercut punched myself in the tooth”.

Taylor Swift's childhood home in Pennsylvania is on the market, but fans looking to "Begin Again" in Pennsylvania may be too late. Century 21 Gold agent Lisa Tiger says the six-bedroom home in Wyomissing, near Reading, is in contract and expected to close this month. Swift's parents had rented the home for many years before moving to Nashville when the singer was 14.
The Classical revival home boasts a grand staircase and a sun-filled study where Swift played guitar, according to the $799,500 listing.

Kenny Chesney says he loves touring more than anyone in the world but he’s also telling fans today that he’s taking 2014 off from the road. Pittsburghers will be delighted by the news! Why? check out -

Martina McBride serenaded a couple live on the ACM’s while they got married in 2012 and now they’re pregnant, expecting a girl and they plan to name her Martina.

Kellie Pickler made a guest appearance on CMT’s first animated comedy series (Aug 3), BOUNTY HUNTERS which stars Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy as they track down fugitives for their own two-bit bounty hunting business. 
The team will do their best to chase down fugitives while trying to please the tough-as-nails bondswoman who throws them cases, voiced by Lisa Lampanelli. Pickler will be a part of Episode 104 “Squeal of Love” where Bill is swept up in a whirlwind romance when he’s picked up by a beautiful, mysterious woman named Daisy (Kellie Pickler).

With the July 30th release of Vince Gill and Paul Franklin’s album BAKERSFIELD, fans are transported to one of the most glorious periods in country music history.  And to heighten their listening experience, an interactive website has been specially designed to immerse fans personally in the sights and styles of those turbulent times.
Bakersfield is Gill and steel-guitarist Franklin’s tribute to the early music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, both of whom fashioned their distinctive sounds while playing the clubs and honky tonks of Bakersfield, California.  
Unlike the more sedate sounds then spinning out of Nashville, West Coast country music tended to be raw, urgent, amplified and unfiltered.
Choose If You’re A Stranger Or A Buckaroo To Create Your Own Bakersfield Country Inspired Photo and view exclusive content.

August 5: Vern Gosdin 1934), Terri Clark (1968), Bobby Braddock (1940),
August 7: Rodney Crowell (1950), B J Thomas (1942), Alison Brown (1962), Michael Peterson (1959), Raul Malo (Mavericks) (1965) 
August 8: Webb Pierce (1926), Mark Wills (1973), Michael Johnson (1944), Mel Tillis (1932), Jamie O'Hara (1950)
August 10: Jennifer Hanson (1973) 
August 11: John Conlee (1946), Rachel Proctor (1974) 

Singer-songwriter Nick Nixon passed away on July 30th Tuesday afternoon from a lung disease.
Born in Poplar Bluff, he later moved to the St. Louis area and burst on the country music scene in the 1960's.
He signed with Mercury Records in the 70's and scored more than a dozen top 100 hits.
As a 70's performer he played all over the United States at top fairs, entertainment parks, rodeos, concerts and nightclubs. Nick’s voice had been described as a cross between Charlie Pride, David Wills, and a little Moe Bandy on the side (Nick Nixon sings "One In A Million" during taping a TV show). He co-wrote “The Teddy Bear Song,” with Don Earl. It was first million-seller for another St. Louis native, Barbara Fairchild (Live video). The single was from her 1972 album, "A Sweeter Love". It was released on Columbia and was produced by Jerry Crutchfield and topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart as well as reaching #1 on the Canadian Country Singles Chart. "The Teddy Bear Song" was nominated for the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female. It was also recorded by Tanya Tucker on her 1973 album What's Your Mama's Name.

Nixon leaves behind his wife, Kim and five children. He was 74.

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