Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Country Bites News snippets September 7 - September 15, 2013

Country Bites News snippets September 7 - September 15, 2013

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UK & IRISH News

The lovely 25 year old Glaswegian star Lisa McHugh has a brand new single, release Sept 6, 2013 title "Hey I'm a Woman". 
It's one of her latest compositions alongside her great friend and No.1 songwriter – Don Mescall. “Don and I met last year at a function in Ireland and I must say his songs are incredible! He has such a gift and I am deeply honored to be working and writing with him throughout this record” she shares. 
“Hey I’m A Woman” is the title of the new track and when asked to comment on the story Lisa said ” It says it all in the title, (she laughs) I’m forever surrounded by men in this business that don’t necessarily
take me or my true feelings seriously which I guess happens to a lot of Woman in life and in general, so this one is for the girls! We’ve got to stick together!
The Single is available to download on UK iTunes - & Amazon UK >> Hear a sample

Lisa has some mainland UK dates in October: 
Fisher Theatre (Bungay, Suffolk; Thurs 3rd Oct), 
Conways 3 (Edgware, Fri 4th Oct), 
St Kentergans Club (Fallowfield, Manchester; Sat 5th Oct), Irish Centre (Deritend, Birmingham; Sun 6th Oct) and Lazyacre CM Club (The Lord Hill Hotel, Abbey Forgate, Shrewsbury; Mon 7th Oct) -
Did you see her video on the Lawrence John Show on Showcase TV (Tues)? Watch "Lets Pretend We Never Met"

LeAnn Rimes took a trip to the emergency room in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday (Sept. 12), following a coughing fit that wouldn’t quit. The result: 100 percent vocal rest and a canceled show. Instead of playing Vicar Street Leann was in a Dublin ER ward.
Leann first tweeted “Coughing can’t deal!” Followed by: “Never thought I’d see the ER in Dublin. I have coughed myself into pain. The spasm is intense. Being human sucks sometimes.” And late last night she tweeted: “So nice to meet all my loyal fans who tweeted me about the Dublin show. I didn’t get to sing or talk to you, but I got to give you all a hug
LeAnn Rimes live in
Birmingham, UK
LeAnn Rimes Cibrian  @leannrimes Got a massive shot in my ass OMG it freaking hurts I'm limping down the streets of Dublin This could sound really bad on so many levels lol. Recent interview
As a result of her emergency room visit, the singer was put on full vocal rest.
The Birmingham Symphony Hall confirmed that Leanne' concert was going ahead as planned on Sept 14th
The star thrilled fans at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Tuesday Sept 10th. Despite seemingly suffering from a cold, the Texan country favourite charmed the pants off a capacity crowd as she kicked off her latest European tour.
Returning to Belfast for the first time in a decade, the beaming star declared how happy she was to be back in the city. ..Read the review

Logan Mize opening for Leann Rimes on the UK Tour. Logan Mize is a Country music artist/songwriter from Clearwater, Kansas. In April of 2009, Logan signed a publishing/record deal with Big Yellow Dog Music and a booking deal with William Morris Endeavor followed in August of 2010. In 2012, Logan’s second album, NOBODY IN NASHVILLE (released on Big Yellow Dog Music), charted to No. 49 on Billboard Country Albums and No. 15 on Billboard Heatseekers Albums. Mize has opened for multiple headlining acts including Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band, Blake Shelton (on the Blake Shelton Country Cruise), Stoney LaRue, Hank Williams and a special tribute with Merle Haggard. Logan has also experienced success as a songwriter, notably when country music singer Bucky Covington recorded his song “Mexicoma” on his album Good Guys, which charted to No. 30 on Billboard Country Albums and No.43 on Billboard Independent Albums.

TV Alert: Tune into BBC ALBA for the Ceol Country programme who are broadcasting highlights from the 2013 Festival. 
Evelyn Coull and Kevin Walker present highlights from the 10th Northern Nashville Caithness Country Music Festival, stating; "Bringing you the finest music from Britain, Europe and the States". 
CEOL COUNTRY Click to ENLARGE
The festival attracts 15,000 people over the weekend and festival director Bob De Jong has expanded the festival since its conception 18 years ago which he calls the "Peoples Festival". 
In 2004 the Northern Nashville Country Music Club took the gamble and ran their first ever Northern Nashville Caithness Country Music Festival (NNCCMF). Country music fans converge on Caithness over the Easter Weekend to be part of a 3-day 5-show extravaganza.
The first programme of Series 6 features Will Banister, Ireland's John McNicholl, Scotland's The Chicken Picker's, Netherland's The Music Road Pilots, Bobby Flores & The Yellow Rose Band and line dance favourite Scooter Lee who said: "line dancing is the 3rd most popular extra curricular activity in the world, I mean it is huge, everywhere, were bringing more and more people into line dancing and here we will have 10,000 line dancers and 4,000 or 5,000 will be under the age of 35"
Ceol Country - Series 6 (Episodes 1 - 4)  Where/When: BBC ALBA, 9:00PM
Tues, 17 Sept 2013 (repeated Sun, 22 Sept 2013 - Available on the BBC iPlayer till Sun 20 Oct 2013), Tues 24 Sept (repeated Sun 29 Sept), Tues 1 Oct (repeated Sun, 6 Oct) &
Tues 8 Oct (repeated Sun 13 Oct)
Northern Nashville Country Music Club:

Clannad's long awaited new album, Nádúr (Nature), their first album in 15 years comes out on Sept 20th (EPK).
They made an appearance on Ireland's Late Late Show. Their performance of the new track Brave Enough begins at 1:31:08. They were joined by Duke Special. www.rte.ie/player

Florida Georgia Line's  "Cruise" feat. rapper Nelly has been pulled from the BBC Radio 2 “B” playlist for the the week commencing September 14th. They first appeared on the B” list Playlist back on the week commencing Saturday 10th August.

  • Two HogsHead Round-Up CM Festivals coming to Wales in 2014 - Image
  • The 34th Americana International 2014 takes place July 10 - 13 at Prestwold Park Nr. Loughborough Leicestershire Line Up Confirmed So Far….Joe Brown, Si Cranstoun, George Hamilton Iv (USA) & Friends, Toni Wille (Nl), Chas'n'dave, The Country Sisters (CZ), The Mod All Stars, Bo Walton, T.Rextasy, Quill, Sierra Cecil (USA) and many more See Faceboo Event - Flyer
  • Fort Santone Country Music Festival 18th - 20th October 2013 have added session prices -
  • UK Tour Page updates
  • The ABC of British Country Music Live listings for Artists, Bands & Clubs
  • Scottish Country gigs - Blog Link
UK CHART NEWS
On the Official UK Singles Top 100 Chart (Week Ending September 21, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s Everything Has Changed” (Mercury) feat. Ed Sheeran, falls down 24 slots (58-82) in its 17th retail week.

On the Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week Ending September 21, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s RED was down 18 slots 57-75 in its 47th chart week.
The Civil Wars, the alt/Rock/Country duo fell off the Top 100 from No.84 in their 6th week at retail.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending September 21, 2013)
Kacey Musgraves with SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK stays at No.1 its 22nd chart week
Lady Antebellum rebounds 5-2 with NEED YOU NOW (94 chart weeks)as their new set GOLDEN (Decca) stays at No.3 its 19th week. Glen Campbell’s SEE YOU THERE drops 2-4 in its fifth week. and Nathan Carter with WHERE I WANNA BE (Sharpe Music) fell one slot (4-5) in his sixth week.

On the Hotdisc Chart (September 15, 2013 Chart)

Toby Keith with his latest offering, "Drinks After Work" (written by Natalie Hemby/Luke Laird/Barry Dean) stepped 3-1 to top  the Hotdisc Top 40. The Lawrence John Project moved up 2 places 4-2 with his self penned “We’re On Our Way To Heaven”. Chris Higbee’sLiving The Dream” co-written with Tommy Hardin and Doug Stokes hops up 5-3.
After 2 weeks at the summit Drew Gregory with “Truck.Beer.Girl” falls 1-4.
Josh Thompson climbed 2 slots (8-6) with “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” while Lost Hollow’s “Drifting” makes a deserved Top 10 jumping up 4 places from #11 to #7.
Also entering the Top 10 are Fergal Flaherty’sI Won’t Let You Down” (12-8) which tops the British & Irish Chart followed by  the Hayley Oliver Band with “Good Old Days” which hops 13-9 (#2 British & Irish Chart).

Making positive strides are Allan Craig Miller (“Let’s Get Gone” #14-#12), Denae Gardner (“Sound Of A Woman Saying Goodbye”, #15-#13), and Australia’s Nicki Gillis with Bob Howe (“Slipping Away” jumps up 5,  #19-#14)

Top 20 Irish Chart Indie Individual Artist Albums
LW TW TITLE ARTIST
NE 01 Am Arctic Monkeys Domino 1
01 02 Where I Wanna Be Nathan Carter (Sharpe Music) 6 weeks on the chart
04 06 Wagon Wheel Nathan Carter (Sharpe Music) 48 weeks on the chart

UK COUNTRY ALBUM RELEASES
(16 Sep 2013) Chris Young -  A.M.  Audio CD 11 tracks (Sony Music) CD 
(17 Sept 2013) Billy Currington - We Are Tonight (import) 10 tracks CD 

BLUEGRASS NEWS
Donna Ulisse's new CD titled SHOWIN' MY ROOTS is available through her online store. It officially drop on Oct 15, 2013

AUSSIE NEWS
Lee Kernaghan has taken over the number one position on this week's national Country Tracks Top 30 singles chart with his latest hit “Flying With The King”. Brad Paisley is at #2 with “Beat This Summer”, Graeme Connors' Flesh And Blood is at #3 and Morgan Evans' Carry On is at #4. Kaylee Bell's “Heart First” edged up one to #5. Doug Bruce's “Thank God I'm A Cowboy” moved up two #6 and Beccy Cole's “The Clown” is also up two to #7.

CANADIAN NEWS
Top Country Charts in Canada (August 7)

NEWS

  • Just A Girl,” singer Adrianna Freeman’s single caught the attention of the Christian Broadcasting Network.
  • Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert raised the spirits of more than 60,000 fans and in total raised approximately $2 million for the United Way Of Central Oklahoma's May Tornadoes Relief Fund. The eight-hour concert took place July 6 in Norman and featured performances from Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn,Krystal Keith, Kellie Coffey, Wade Hayes and Carrie Underwood (via Satellite from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville) among others.
  • Americana Music Festival 2013 showcase lineup revealed for September 18th - 22nd.
  • With the SOLD OUT George Jones tribute concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Nov 22 already hosting top names in all genres of music, Nancy Jones announced the addition of George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama to the all-star lineup. – Press Release
  • Has Trace Adkins lost his record deal at Toby Keith's Show Dog-Universal record label? Adkins is no longer listed as a Show Dog artist on label's website.
  • The United States Postal Service will honor Ray Charles with his own postage stamp later this month as part of its Music Icons Forever series. The limited-edition stamp will be available starting on September 23, which would have been the late music legend’s 83rd birthday. In conjunction with the stamp’s debut, a retrospective CD/DVD set titled Ray Charles Forever will be released on September 24.
  • Tim McGraw heads to Vancouver next week to begin filming his part in the new Disney film, Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney. Details on the script and other production elements are being kept under wraps for now.
  • Paisley Pictures:
    "Usually a song is sort of a product of a movie," Brad Paisley says of the project spawned by his latest single. "When we finished recording 'I Can’t Change the World,' I remember thinking, 'Boy, that feels cinematic. That feels like a score.' It feels like something that goes underneath of a film." A movie based on the tune is in the works and the songwriter took on the role of screenwriter to bring it to life. "I really do feel like I have a knack for writing [movies]," he says. "I say that humbly knowing I’ve got a long way to go, but it’s fun to think about the ways that music can be served by crossing into a few of these things.” Kind of ironic, considering his first album was titled Who Needs Pictures.

COUNTRY  AWARDS

Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to host the 2014 ACM Awards. No date has been set yet.

When Kacey Musgraves collected six nominations from the CMA, on Sept. 10, she and cowriter Shane McAnally accomplished something that’s only happened once before in the ceremony’s 47-year history. They were both nominated twice for Song of the Year: for “Merry Go Round” and “Mama’s Broken Heart.” The only other songwriting pair who shared double nominations the same year was Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet in 1987 for “On the Other Hand” and “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

The Nashville music community turned out at the Ryman Auditorium Tuesday night (9/10) for the 7th Annual ACM Honors, hosted by Dierks Bentley. Special Awards recipients including Jason Aldean (Crystal Milestone Award >> (Watch video), Blake Shelton (Gene Weed Special Achievement Award - Video), the late Keith Whitley (Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award), Lady Antebellum (Jim Reeves International Award- Video) and The Judds (Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award) were celebrated as musical performances were delivered by Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, Thompson Square, Chris Young, Kree Harrison, Bentley and more. See the full list of honorees
Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood paid tribute to Dallas Davidson by performing “We Own the Night,” which he co-wrote, along with Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” another Dallas composition. The night’s host, Dierks Bentley, played his new single, “I Hold On,” Vince Gill and steel player Paul Franklin performed Buck Owens’ “Together Again,” and Jamey Johnson and Holly Williams honored Holly’s legendary grandfather with “I Saw the Light.” According to Country weekly Chris Young arguably stole the show with a tribute to George Jones. Chris’ nuanced voice lit up a medley of “The Window Up Above,” “The Race Is On” and George’s signature song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” on a week that would have been the Possum’s 82nd birthday.
Billboard: Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum Embrace ACM Honors

How important are the CMAs? Blake Shelton owed last year’s victory and last week’s Gene Weed Special Achievement Award in great part to his role on NBC’s “The Voice,” which allowed him to showcase his wit, charm and savvy before a national audience. Yet when the network rolled out its fall schedule, Shelton had the audacity to call and complain to the NBC brass that it had booked an episode of “The Voice” the same night as the CMAs, Warner Music Nashville president John Esposito told the crowd at a Bridgestone after-party. Shelton, according to Esposito, essentially told the network that he had to be at the CMAs, meaning he would miss an episode of “The Voice”  on Nov. 6. NBC supposedly rejiggered the schedule just to accommodate him! Who will with the CMA 2013 Entertainer of the Year?:
Taylor Swift - The high-production cheerleader for young women.
Blake Shelton - The chatty TV personality, with comedic usage of four-letter words and a playful affinity for alcohol.
Luke Bryan - The party boy
Jason Aldean - The  rebel spirit, a country singer who fronts a rock band.
George Strait - The no-frills veteran who oozes class and lets the music do the talking.

TV
Nashville Bartender Rachel Potter tested her vocal skills with an audition on The X Factor USA
The 29-year-old has been in Music City trying to pursue her dream of becoming a country singer, but after seeing girls younger than her continue to get signed, she became discouraged. As a final ‘hail mary,’ Potter figured the show was a great opportunity to show what she’s got.
Covering a country-infused version of Queen’s “Somebody To Love,” Potter wowed both the live and at home audiences, as well as the judges. New judge Paulina Rubio was amazed, saying “Wow, amazing, powerful future.” Judge Kelly Rowland added to Rubio, exclaiming “You are a beast!” Simon Cowell, who is notorious for his criticisms, said “You sounded like you’ve been waiting for that performance to prove a point. And you proved it.” Demi Lovato added, “You have the look. You have the best voice I’ve heard. This industry is ready for you.” Potter received four yes’s and will move on to the next round in the competition. >> Reaction – In May 2012 Rachel released a great 6 Track Digi-pac Titled “Live the Dream” - Amazon UK

Sound Effects: Carrie Underwood's Maria will be joined by HBO's True Blood star Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp in NBC's The Sound Of Music. Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle have also joined the cast. The three-hour production, from Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, will air Dec. 5 on NBC-TV. The official one-sheet for the upcoming holiday telecast is reminiscent of one of the most memorable moments in the 1965 film adaptation starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away Tour: Live DVD enjoyed 3 weeks at #1 on Billboard Top Music Videos. It marked the first time that a video by a female country artist has logged three weeks at #1 since this chart originated (as Top Music Videocassettes) in March 1985. Shania Twain’s "The Woman In Me", Martina McBride’s "CMT Crossroads" (a collabo with Train) and Taylor Swift’s "Journey To Fearless" all spent two weeks at #1. 
In addition, a female country group, Dixie Chicks, spent two weeks on top with An Evening With The Dixie Chicks. In her four week on the chart Carrie sits at #2 after "Up All Night: The Live Tour" from One Direction returned to the top. GAC DVD Review: Carrie Underwood’s The Blown Away Tour: LIVE - Buy on Amazon UK
Carrie Underwood full chart history (Updated 12 Sept 2013 PDF)

MUSIC NEWS
Independent record labels are to receive grants worth millions of pounds to help boost their overseas sales, thanks to a new Government initiative. Prime Minister David Cameron met record executives at Downing Street to finalise the Music Export Growth scheme. The scheme will make £3 million available over three years to labels who are attempting to promote their acts internationally at the start of their careers.

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS

  • Julie Roberts has revealed the track list and cover art for her fan funded (PledgeMusic) upcoming Sun Records release "Good Wine And Bad Decisions", which drops October 29. The album features guest vocal from Buddy Miller and Vince Gill on the tracks, "Gasoline And Matches" and "Old Strings," respectively. Listen to the title cut at soundcloud. Julie and her producer wrote it 3 years ago. "I loved the title so much because I love good red wine and yes, I have definitely called or sent texts to old boyfriends after drinking wine!!!" she spills. The "Break Down Here" singer continues "it became the track that defined the direction and sound of the entire record" . An album release part takes place November 19th at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville.
  • Deana Carter has formed her own record label, Little Nugget Records, and plans to release her first new studio album since 2007 in November. SOUTHERN WAY OF LIFE is expected to be released the week of Thanksgiving. Today, as she readies her latest bundle of uniquely crafted tunes for upcoming release on Southern Way of Life , Carter explores many subjects commonly shared over a quaint dinner, afternoon coffee or a sunny day hike with a good friend.
  • Lindi Ortega will be releasing her new album TIN STAR on Oct 8th, 2013.  The album was recorded by Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb in Nashville.
  • Jason Aldean's Sanford Stadium show will get a full-set encore on DVD as "Night Train To Georgia" hits stores Oct. 15. " Watch the trailer here.
  • Gretchen Wilson will return to the famous St. Louis nightclub The Pageant where she celebrated the 2004 release of her debut album, Here For The Party, on October 15. Gretchen and her band will perform the album in its entirety for the first time. The event will be recorded for a live STILL Here For The Party CD and DVD which will be released in May 2014 to celebrate the album’s 10-year anniversary.
  • There's a new Jim Lauderdale bluegrass album coming out Sept 24th.

PRESS RELEASES

  • Florida Georgia Line earns third Consecutive #1 with Gold-Certified “Round Here”
  • Larry Wayne Gatlin comes to Nashville’s iconic 650 AM WSM radio station to host "Only in America" beginning in January of 2014.
  • Chris Young’s highly anticipated fourth album, A.M., drops Sept 17 and the 28-years young RCA Records singer-songwriter is gearing up for a stacked week of media appearances (ABC’S GMA etc) and concert dates.
  • The Americana Music Association will honor the staggering accomplishments of Dr. John, Duane Eddy, Robert Hunter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Stephen Stills, Chris Strachwitz and Hank Williams by presenting them with lifetime and special achievement awards at the Association’s Honors & Awards show Wednesday, Sept 18, 2013, at the Ryman Auditorium.
  • Special Parties at AmericanaFest September 18-22: Pre Honors & Awards Happy Hour at the Hard Rock Cafe
  • The National Rifle Association (NRA Country) has teamed up with country star
    Justin Moore to release a series of behind-the-scenes video clips that fans can see first only at www.NRACountry.com  in anticipation of his brand new album, OFF THE BEATEN PATH, which hits stores on September 17th. * This year more American's have been killed by toddlers with guns than by terrorists. Are you aghast at the state of gun control in the country? The NRA keep on saying that the solution to mass shootings in schools is to arm teachers.
  • Lisa Matassa's new "I Won't Ask" lyric video premiered on THE BOOT. The mood-setting piece's black and white still shots were taken in Austin, Texas and are excerpts from the Country songstress' upcoming music video
  • Randy Travis 21st studio album titled Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am to release a day early on Mon, September 30th. Exclusive Pre-Order Bundle now available for preorder.
  • Pre-order Tyler Farr's debut album, Redneck Crazy, available Sept. 30th, for only $7.99 on US iTunes (£7.99 UK iTunes)  and get the hit song, ''Redneck Crazy'. Listen to his song "Hello Goodbye" on Spotify
  • Open Road Recordings celebrated 10 Years Press ReleaseVideo - PDF File (10 pages) Country newcomer Chase Rice has been on the road building a fan base show-by-show, city-by-city since 2012, and now, with the release of his new single “Ready Set Roll,” all his years of hard work are paying off. "Ready Set Roll," which was written by Rice, Rhett Akins and Chris DeStefano, is the debut release and title track of Rice’s forthcoming EP recorded with producer/engineer Scott Cooke (Jake Owen, Nickelback), DeStefano, and Chad Carlson.
  • Sarah Darling whips up one of her Signature Desserts at The Loveless Café.
  • Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce that it will be the exclusive distributor of the Old Dominion masters which are owned by Bluegrass legends Jim & Jesse McReynolds.  Rural Rhythm will have both physical and digital rights.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys announce 2013 Christmas Time's-A-Comin' Us Tour, the hit-making group celebrate 24th Anniversary of Christmas Tour.
  • Amy Allen , a blues-accented country, pop and Americana singer-songwriter to release 'Someday Is Today' CD (Sept. 24) with Nashville Party and Concert.
  • Big Machine Label Group Newsletter
  • Steve Wariner will be part of three exhibits at the Tennessee State Museum centered around a musical theme. The exhibition, entitled "Wariner’s Watercolors: Paintings by Steve Wariner," will feature approximately 21 of Wariner’s favorite paintings. It opens on October 11.
  • Mike Scott busy with Civil War performances and as an International Ambassador (dates in Japan)
ARTICLES

  • Billboard 615 Spotlight: Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves Visit the Cash Cabin
  • The Examiner: Gary Allan blasts Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift for not being country....Extract: Gary Allan finds himself in hot water after his recent comments to Larry King claiming superstar hit-makers Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are not country singers. With the recent move to more mainstream appeal, country music as a whole has come under fire this year for its genre-bending rules and pop leanings as demonstrated on both targeted artists' most recent records "Blown Away" and "Red," respectively....He continues, "I feel like I don't make music for a genre anymore. I did 10, 15 years ago. But since the Clear
  • Channels and the Cumulus and all the big companies bought up all the chains, now it's about a demographic."
  • Rolling Stone: Kellie Pickler Branches Out on New Album 'The Woman I Am'
  • Billboard 615:  Kacey Musgraves Loves That She's Turning You On to Country Music...."Merry Go 'Round" singer talks about her whirlwind year, which includes six nominations for the CMA Awards...Extract: What has been the highlight for Musgraves this year? "It would be seeing the music grow, and more and more people singing along with the lyrics," she said. "It's a grass-roots feeling to see it spread, and people get so excited, and relate to it in their own way." She also appreciates the fact that fans of other genres are accepting of her traditional style. "Seeing people outside of country music, and those that are into different kinds of music really enjoy it. That's something that is really cool for me
  • Nashvillescene.com: A Breakdown of the Lyrical Content of Billboard's Top 20 Country Songs:
  • CMA Close Up:Taylor Swift Sees Red and Stays Country by Kip Kirby
vulture.com Rosen: Does Country Music Have a Problem With Women?
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There’s the girl in the current country No. 1, Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kinda Night”: “You got that suntan skirt and boots / Waiting on you to look my way and scoot / Your little hot self over here / Girl, hand me another beer.” Bryan’s hottie bears some resemblance to the girl in the Nos. 2 and 3 songs, “Cruise” and “Round Here,” both by bro-country tyros Florida Georgia Line. (In “Cruise,” she wears a “bikini top on her” and boasts “them long tanned legs”; in “Round Here,” she has “Wild Cherry on her lips” and “the jeans with a tear that her mama never fixed.”) 

There’s the girl in the song at No. 4, “Night Train,” whom Jason Aldean takes to the edge of town to snuggle under a blanket and sip Southern Comfort, and there’s the girl who’s serenaded by Thomas Rhett’s gallant — “Hey, girl, you make me wanna write a song / Sit you down, I'll sing it to you all night long” — in the No. 5 hit, “It Goes Like This.” 
In the song at No. 6, Keith Urban’s “Little Bit of Everything,” there’s a dream girl, who evidently was born prior to the publication of The Feminine Mystique: “I want a cool chick that'll cook for me / But'll dance on the bar in her tan bare feet / And do what I want when I want.” I’m a bit concerned about the girl in Tyler Farr’s No. 7 hit, “Redneck Crazy,” who by the sound of things could use a restraining order. (“You know you broke the wrong heart baby, and drove me redneck crazy,” Farr sings, promising, “I'm about to get my pissed off on … I'm gonna aim my headlights into your bedroom windows / Throw empty beer cans at both of your shadows.”) The girl in Brett Eldrige’s “Don’t Ya” (No. 8), like the one in “Round Here,” has a pair of surgically altered dungarees (“Girl, you cut those jeans just right”); and Bryan also has fashion on his mind in his No. 9 hit, “Crash My Party”: “Girl, I don’t care / Oh, I just gotta see what you’re wearing.” The top ten is rounded out by Billy Currington’s new single, whose title says it all: “Hey Girl.” …… What’s missing here, besides any trace of post-1960 sexual politics, are actual girls — or, as they’re sometimes called, women.……As it happens, this is shaping up as an outstanding year for country women.   It’s refreshing to see the CMA's getting behind Musgraves [Kacey], whose album balanced commercial appeal with an uncompromising artistic vision. It would be better if radio programmers followed suit. “To look at the list of nominations … you'd think female singers actually got played on country radio,” quipped Brian Mansfield in USA Today. “The girls” deserve more than a whistle — or an award. A little airplay would be nice, too.

REVIEWS

ForTheCountryRecord: Keith Urban’s ‘Fuse’ ignites, but does little to fan flames – Album Review
threechordsandthetruthuk (Live Review) Carrie Rodriguez - Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury Sunday 25th August 2013
Shout4Music - Caitlin Rose at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (Sept 12, 2013)

INTERVIEWS

Radio.com: Clint Black Talks Songwriting, love songs & revisiting past successes on new album ‘When I Said I Do’
"I am a songwriter first. I start with the song."

CountryMusicNation.com: Zac Brown expresses distaste for Contemporary Country  Music.. “If I hear one more tailgate in the moonlight, daisy duke song, I’m gonna throw up. There’s songs out there on the radio right now that make me be ashamed to be even in the same format as some other artists.”  
However, Brown’s comments about country music’s most popular songwriters weren’t so forgiving. “You can look and see some of the same songwriters [*Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip (Peach Pickers), Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley?]  on every one of the songs. There’s been like 10 number one songs in the last two or three years that were written by the same people and it’s the exact same words, just arranged different ways.” ….So how does he feel about Luke Bryan‘s latest single? “I love Luke Bryan and he’s had some great songs, but this new song is the worst song I’ve ever heard. I know Luke, he’s a friend. ['That's] My Kinda Night’ is one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard.
Listen from 3 mins on soundcloud.com - Premiere: Luke Bryan's "Hot Video" (?) for “That's My Kind of Night”  
Luke Bryan's tour performance video for "That's My Kind of Night
Last week in Nashville, Dallas Davidson was honoured with the ACM’s Songwriter of the Year prize!!! *Davidson is the cowriter of "Honky-Tonk Badonkadonk," "That's My Kinda Night," "Boys Round Here," and "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)"

MAGAZINES
Carl Jackson, Darden Smith and Helo Strangers feature in the Direct Buzz September Issue

LISTEN
Granger Smith's new radio single "Miles And Mud Tires" (Thirty Tigers) is now at radio released from the album Dirt Road Driveway. Blurb: With Over 13 Million YouTube views, 200K tracks sold, 200 tour dates NATION wide,  and a social following of 514K+ and growing each day, Granger Smith is a MUST watch artist. Granger’s last single "Silverado Bench Seat" scored the #1 spot on TX radio and held the top position for 3 consecutive weeks. Stats: Social media: Granger Twitter: 65,612 followers, Granger Facebook: 47,517 likes, YouTube: over 13 MILLION unique views. Over 200,000 Tracks SOLD in last 4.5 months from New Album Dirt Road Driveway

Listen to Striking Matches "Trouble Is As Trouble Does" their new single impacted radio on September 9th. Since releasing their debut EP one year ago, Striking Matches have been popping up all over the place. On ABC’s ‘Nashville,’ ( Two songs featured on ABC’s "Nashville" in Season 1. (More to come in Season 2) the Grand Ole Opry (15 appearances in 2013) , on stage with Charles Kelley’s bawdy side project … it’s almost hard to get away from them! They have opened for Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe, Kip Moore, Martina McBride, Huey Lewis & the News, John Hiatt, Billy Currington, Scotty McCreery, The Fray, Love & Theft & more. 

Rodney Atkin's new single "Doin'It Right" (Soundcloud Link) will impact radio October 14th. The lead-off single from his upcoming album from Curb Records. Blurb: This inspirational tune, written by Award-winning songwriter Jay Knowles, is sure to hit home for many listeners as the track showcases the star's ability to connect with audiences on a level most other artists can only fathom doing.

SPOTIFY COUNTRY
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? 
You might get the party started at the White House? 

Steve Wariner – It Ain't All Bad - Sept 10, 2013 release
Reckless Kelly - Long Night Moon - Sept 3, 2013 release
Drew Kennedy - Wide Listener - Sept 10, 2013 release
Peter Cooper Opening Day -  Sept 10, 2013 release
Rawley Taylor "The Country Rap" (Single) - UKCountryRadio.com's current  most played track!
Hotdisc #177 (Rush Released) Sept 2013 cuts:
Premier Cut from Self Titled album
Premier Cut from Self Titled album
Premier Cut from the album ABINGER GROVE
David Shelby “Moonshine” from 7 Track mini album RUST BELT COWBOY

James Morris “Pieces Of Your Heart” from forthcoming album WAIT FOR THE SUNSHINE - Single
Ace Diamond “Rock Me Baby Doll” from the album ROCKABILLY MAN (Bad-Ass Hillbilly Band) - heavily promoted artist on CMR Nashville.

Tune into the Hotdisc Chart Show with Stuart Cameron every Sunday at 12 Noon in the UK on CMR Nashville Radio ("Europe's #1 Country Music Radio Station") or the British & Irish Hotdisc Show with Phil Butler every Monday at 8pm in the UK exclusively on UKCountryRadio.com (“Playing the Hottest Country Music for the UK, 24 hours a day”)
You can contact Stuart c/o Hotdisc Studios:
Hotdisc Ltd, The Old Manse, Hallidays Park, Selkirk TD7 4LA, Scotland
Tele: +44 (0)1750 720014 / Email: sturadio@hotmail.com / Website: www.hotdisc.co.uk

FREE DOWNLOADS

The Howlin' Brothers are a "country-blues" string band have 6 free noisetrade songs for an email share  THE SUN STUDIO SESSION. Recommended for fans of The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show and Carloina Chocolate Drops.

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Carly Ritter’s rich, burnished, folk-rooted sound of her self-titled debut album came out on 23rd August 2013 on Vanguard Records - makes it seem that this music was unearthed from a time capsule buried during the late ’60s. She’s the granddaughter of early country & western star Tex Ritter
Download 5 songs from the album here for an email share.
Listen to "Storms Of The Ocean" at soundcloud - Album Artwork - UK iTunes - ** "It Don't Come Easy" video  & "Oh Farmer" previews - Facebook-


WATCH

  • Yallwire have footage of Phil Vassar, Bob DiPiero, Shane McAnally, & Brandy Clark from CMA Songwriters Series in the Big Apple.
  • Clare Bowen (Scarlett O'Conner) from ABC's NASHVILLE performs a Season 1 favorite "When The Right One Comes Along" at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
  • Keith Urban Live At Tootsie's Nashville with special guest Steven Tyler. On September 6th, 2013 the Keith Urban "Tour" of Nashville's Lower Broadway (aka The Pub Crawl three stop) included Legends Corner, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, and The Stage.
  • Sarah Jarosz "Build Me Up From Bones"
  • Dean Brody "Bounty"
  • For fans of Taylor Swift check out the new video by young Albertan Livy Jeanne performing "Any Other Way" (Black Box Recordings) or Lyric Vid - Website - Available on iTunes.ca and Amazon UK
  • The official music video for Canadian duo Autumn Hill's newest single "Fire
  • Tawmorth based artist Ashleigh Dallas a singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist has a debut record "Dancing With A Ghost" releasing September 27th with Warner Music Australia. Watch her video for single "Me" (release Sept 6). Pre-order on iTunes AU - Website - Facebook 
  • Drinkin' Problem: Kendall Beard 
    raised in a small East Texas town on a diet of Muscle Shoals and Louisiana sounds has a new vid "Drinkin'" co-written with producer AJ Vallejo.Her brand new CD "All Around Girl" (VMG) drops Tuesday, September 17th. The 10 songs are described as "crossed with Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert" preview - Website
  • Drinkin' Problem #2 - Eli Young Band Have a Crazy Night Out in ‘Drunk Last Night’ video which recounts what happens when you drink too much and reach for the phone. Hint: It doesn’t usually end well.The opening shot of the video starts out with a surefire way to get intoxicated — a Jagerbomb. Then, we get a close-up of a glass of beer with a shot of whiskey sinking to the bottom. But this isn’t your typical party-heavy country music video. ‘Drunk Last Night’ is about the mistakes you make after you have a crazy night at the bar.
COUNTRY FASHION

Reba McEntire is loving the spring collection of Reba Style boots and shoes!!! Just saw them today! Woohooo!
Taylor Swift met fans at Club RED in Charlottesville wearing a Free People Floral Mesh Lace Dress ($128.00) in Antique. She also wore this dress in Black a few months ago – Fashion Pic.

Cassadee
Cassadee Pope was dressed by Alice + Olivia for their New York Fashion Week show. She wore a Shandy Leather Bow Jacket ($596.00), Elana Metallic tweed mini skirt ($198.00), and Tamara suede cutaway pumps ($325.00); all from Alice + Olivia - Fashion Pic

Laura Bell Bundy is the host of the YouTube series OMC: Oh My Country. The bi-weekly web original features Laura Bell and some of her friends offering fashion tips, discussing trends and critiquing fashions on the red carpet and beyond - “I always really love like vintage stuff,” she says. “Like taking a vintage piece and then a brand new type of jacket—you know, I like to mix.”
More than anything, Laura Bell says what’s important is to wear things that are appropriate for your body type. “I’m a bigger proponent of women wearing things that look good on their bodies than wearing things that are in Vogue. I just think that when a woman feels good about what they’re wearing, and wears a smile on their face, they look the best.” 
Laura Bell does admit that one of her fashion weaknesses are short shorts, like she wears in the video for her latest single, “Two Step”!

COUNTRY GOSSIP
  • Kacey Musgraves clinched an astonishing six 2013 CMA Award nominees, tying with mega superstar Taylor Swift. But Musgraves wasn’t glued to the television with the volume up high … because she was in bed. The ‘Merry Go ‘Round’ singer was a little, uh, under the weather after partying with friends the night before, so she slept through the reveal. So when her producer, Shane McAnally, called her with the big news, Musgraves didn’t exactly jump up and down. “I was like, ‘Hello?’ I was really hungover,” Kacey tells reporters with a laugh (quote via Country Weekly). Even if she wasn’t nursing a hangover, the songstress — known for her cool and collected attitude — probably wouldn’t have waited on the edge of her seat (or bed) waiting for the nominations to drop.
  • Florida Georgia Line nabbed four CMA noms last week and members Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley explain the excitement that comes from "getting out of the box a bit." "I think we get excited about making fresh music," says Hubbard. "People come up and tell us they weren't a country music fan or didn't like country music until they heard us... that's the biggest compliment we can get, to know people from other genres are digging country music now, and the new sound." .... So, what artist FGL will team up with next? "We'd love to collaborate with Lil Wayne or Rihanna or something like that," Hubbard laughs. "Who knows, you never know what's going to happen!"
  • Billy Currington's new album, We Are Tonight, is in stores Tuesday featuring his latest hit, "Hey Girl."  The song is all about simply saying "hey girl" to a woman as a pickup line.  Billy admits he and his friend relied on that straightforward approach quite a few times while trying to meet girls back home in Georgia.
  • Recent reports claimed that Taylor Swift and actor Brenton Thwaites had some sort of relationship going, because the two of them were seen hanging out together at an after-party during the Toronto Film Festival on Monday night.  But now, witnesses tell Life & Style Weekly magazine that Thwaites vehemently denies the two are involved, and is dismayed at the implication. "He was with a group of about eight people at Bar Masa in NYC on Wednesday night," a source tells the magazine. "At one point, after dinner, I heard someone ask him about hanging out with Taylor...two nights ago in Toronto and he said, 'I took one photo with the girl! I mean, we were hanging out all night, but now suddenly she's my girlfriend!'"
  • Grace Potter & The Nocturnals had a show in Vermont Saturday night and Kenny Chesney was there to sing a tune. He shocked fans by sporting his first ever beard.
  • Florida Georgia Line are considering ways to expand their empire and they say they’re not afraid to go out of the box so they’re talking about maybe a men’s underwear line.
  • Keith Urban’s wife Nicole Kidman was knocked off her 4-inch heels by an out of control bicycle-riding paparazzi in New York recently. He was illegally riding on the sidewalk and she hit the ground pretty hard.
  • Sheryl Crow says Lance Armstrong has "zero relevance" to her life. The singer was briefly engaged to the now disgraced pro cyclist - who was banned from cycling and stripped of his seven gold medals after admitting to doping - before they called things off in 2006, but she insists she has put the memories of their relationship firmly behind her. Speaking on CNN's 'Piers Morgan Live', Sheryl said: "It has such little relevance to my life right now - in fact, zero relevance. I watch it kind of like everybody else is watching it. I watched a little bit of the first interview [with Oprah Winfrey] and I have such a big detachment from it that I probably feel the same as everyone else. "I haven't seen him in years. It feels like a lifetime ago, honestly." The country musician - who has adoptive sons Wyatt, six, and Levi, three - is irked by her reputation as one of the 'most dumped' celebrities and believes her focus on her career is what has made it hard to hold down a relationship.
  • ACM Honors Recap: Charles Kelley on Blake Shelton: “He’s an A**hole” Lady A’s Front Man Rips On His Buddy Blake.
PHOTO

Brandy Clark: Was a great night celebrating "Mama's Broken Heart" [Miranda Lambert] the #1 party with Shane and Kacey!
That Tuxedo Keepin’ You Warm Enough? Lauren Alaina chats with a resident of SeaWorld Orlando's newest attraction

BIRTHDAYS
Sept 14: A belated Happy birthday to Danielle Peck
Sept 16: David Bellamy (1950) ; Sept 17: Hank Williams (1923) ; Sept 19: Trisha Yearwood (1964)
Sept 20: Garth Fundis (1949) 
Sept 21: Faith Hill (1967) Mark Wright (1957) Ronna Reeves (1966), Don Felder (Eagles) 
Sept 22: June Forester (Forester Sisters)

R.I.P
Ray Dolby, who invented some of the technologies that revolutionized film and sound recording, died at age 80 (Sept 12) in San Francisco.
Even if Ray Dolby (photo) doesn't ring a bell, you have undoubtably come upon his name in the movie theater or along the edge of a cassette tape
You've also heard his work: He pioneered a noise reduction format called Dolby SR and his company was instrumental in developing surround sound technology. He came to Britain to study for a PhD at Cambridge and founded Dolby Laboratories in London in 1965 which he then moved to California in 1976.
Dolby had been living with Alzheimer's and was diagnosed with leukemia this summer. His company published a video that encapsulates his life.

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