Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Country Bites News snippets September 14 - September 22, 2013

Country Bites News snippets September 14 - September 22, 2013



A group called "Cowboys For Country Music" (dressed as cowboys and cowgirls) line-danced outside a number of London radio stations to stage a protest in favour of more country music being played on UK radio. They demonstrated outside the BBC's Broadcasting House last week (Sept 10) as well as the headquarters of Global Radio in London - the company who own Capital FM (photo - photo). The group line-danced in front of the venues in an effort to make UK radio stations play more mainstream American country music, by artists such as the Grammy Award nominated The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. The group (picture ), were holding placards and wearing chaps and cowboy boots and danced to 'Cruise' (Remix) by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly (photo).
Cowboys4CountryMusic Protest Montage
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A spokesperson for the group explained (>> video) that they had around "100 cowboys" protesting. He added of country music: "It makes up such a big percentage of the music industry, it's extremely popular, obviously, Stateside, and there's a lot of demand for it here in the UK but because the radio stations don't play enough of it, that's why we want to try and promote that."
On their Facebook Page the group state: "Despite combined youtube hits totalling over 50 million and the anthemic single selling over 5 million copies in the US alone, UK mainstream radio has so far largely ignored the song" - We campaign for Country Music to be played responsibly and loudly across the UK!

Watch the Cowboys for Country Music London stunt, in which they describe the "Cruise"(Remix) by FGL feat Nelly as "fantastic" >> Video
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Note: Florida Georgia Line's now 24-week US No.1 smash "Cruise" feat. rapper Nelly enjoyed five weeks on the BBC Radio 2 “A & B” playlists for the week commencing August 10th - Sept 7th 2013. Commencing April 27th 2013 Lady Antebellum enjoyed around 10 spins/week on BBC Radio 2 for their single “Downtown”. Joining them on the “B” Playlist, week commencing May 18th, were The Band Perry with their single “Done” a song they performed on BBC Breakfast.

Ummm But does dressing as cowboys and linedancing in London re-enforce the stereo-typical YEEHAW reputation and image?
Comment: Tim Carter ...Thing is, getting people to like country music in the UK, is like getting kids to eat vegetables; They're conditioned not to like it in the first place....
Join them on Twitter? Cowboys4CountryMusic @Cowboys4Country Hope you enjoyed our Florida Georgia Line #Cruise Line Dance @CapitalOfficial @thisisglobal!
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In mid August LCM Promos is thrilled to launch the latest single ‘Blue Mandolin’ from Maria Butterly, who stands poised to be “the new jewel in the crown” in Ireland’s rich crop of musical talent. 
Maria Butterfly
Lauded on TV3's Ireland AM as “One of Ireland’s most talented Singer/Songwriters” Maria soon delivered on such promise with the much-prized ‘Songwriter of the Year’ accolade at the 2013 Leinster Entertainment Awards. Her first single ‘Angel’ launched her into the spotlight as a contestant on this year’s Glor Tire on TG4. Maria’s original style draws on influences from both the Celtic/Irish Folk genre and the American Country genre, as can be heard on >> ‘Blue Mandolin’. (Recently aired on The Phil Mack Country Show)
Originally from Laytown, Co Meath, Maria lived & toured in Nashville & LA, USA, for a number of years, perfecting her repertoire performing at hit venues such as Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, The House of Blues (LA), and New York’s world famous Mercury Lounge having played alongside such icons as Bob Wooten (Johnny Cash’s Band), Raul Malo (The Mavericks), Hal Ketchum, Damien Rice, Eleanor McEvoy, and Mundy. Headlined the ‘Angelica Huston Gala Event’ at Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles & won previous awards at the ‘New York International Film & Music Festival’. She recently performed her song ‘Quiet Man’ to Hollywood Star Maureen O’hara on her 90th Birthday. Furthermore, Maria is now showcasing her talent as a co-writer on the new upcoming album (self titled Blue Mandolin, produced by Bill Shanley) with Nashville No.1 hit writers Kostas Lasarides (who penned ‘What a Cryin Shame’ for the Mavericks) and Charles Quarto (songwriter for Crosby, Stills & Nash; Garth Brooks), as well as Ireland’s very own Charlie McGettigan. Maria says: ‘I have a specific style and sound that I wanted to create and not just blend in with the other genres but to create a new one, my own as Maria Butterly.” - Maria Butterly Website
One of the strongest contestants ever on Glor Tire, particularly smooth – in fact utterly butterly” – John Creedon, RTE
“This album is the best local production to come out of Ireland since A Womans Heart” – Peter Bardon, Bardis Music Publishing

Lucy Zirins, 21-year old singer-songwriter hails from the small town of Burnley, Lancashire. She combines a mix of original material with blues, soul, folk and gospel numbers in her set with influences drawn from country and jazz. She cites artists such as Eva Cassidy, Carol King, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones and Muddy Waters as her favourites (Blues Matters)
Lucy is fast making a name for herself as a performer and songwriter on the live music scene.
Her family roots lie in Cumbria and Latvia, Lucy Zirins born in 1992, made her stage debut in school as a 9-year-old singer and actress with the lead role in Lynn Brittney’s nativity play ‘Babooshka’. She picked up the guitar aged 12 after inheriting one from her late uncle and began songwriting early on.
With visits to Italy and France under her belt by the time she was 18 years old, Lucy began gigging solo at just 16.
In 2010 Lucy was chosen as one of the “Class of 2010” singer-songwriters by PRS for Music and featured in a high profile event in London set up to recognise and support the UK’s most promising young talent.
Lucy Zirins (Photo montage)
Kelsey Pie @ PieCandy Photography
 (with Lucy Zirins at Gawthorpe Hall)

Having recorded her first EP at 16, and following with another soon after, Lucy’s debut albumChasing Clocks” is the result of a long period of hard work.
The album’s 12 tracks were all written and arranged by Lucy herself, including the cello parts for 4 of the tracks on the album, which she wrote and scored. The majority of the album was recorded live with some of the country's finest musicians including B.J.Cole (Pedal Steel) and Richard Causon (keyboards; Tom Jones, Ryan Adams).
The album was produced by long time mentor and friend Michael Messer, who Lucy met at the tender age of 15 when chosen by the European Blues Association to receive the Sam Mitchell Scholarship for slide guitar, receiving a week’s tuition under his watchful eye. She returned the following year on the John Jackson Scholarship. They made the bold decision together to record the album in an analogue environment at Liam Watson’s (co-producer) Toe Rag Studios, recording the majority of the album live with minimal overdubbing.
Embraced by many musical scenes, reflecting the mix of genres within her songwriting and performance, in 2013 Lucy was nominated for 3 awards at the British Blues Awards and won ‘Young Artist of the Year’.
In 2012 Lucy was the runner-up in the ‘British Young Artist’ category at the BBA’s and was winner of the ‘Best Newcomer’ category in the ‘Blues Matters’ Writers' Poll (as well as coming runner-up to in the Best Solo Artist category too).
Lucy continues to work hard, gigging across Britain and writing the songs she loves to create.

Radio airplay includes: The Sally Naden Show Image & Sean McGinty Image BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Introducing Tom Robinson Music Introducing Mixtape, UK CountryRadio.com , Trent Sound Radio Image (Nottingham), West Craven Community Radio, Radio Phoenix 96.7 FM - Image
Visit Lucy's: Website - Facebook - Twitter - Check her GIG list - Press Media - EPK [PDF]
Official Video "Home"
Music: "Chasing Clocks" self released (Gingersnap Music) on March 25, 2013 is available Digitally at:
UK iTunes - Amazon UK - Listen in Full/Lyrics at Bandcamp.com or Spotify - Available as a Physical Copy at lucyzirins.com
Reviews: “A beautifully produced debut album... Modern folk-tinged country that perfectly suits the singer’s voice...In Zirins’ voice there’s a delicacy mixed with strength and an authentic country twang. Her delivery is impeccable and well judged for one so young” - R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel Magazine 3/5 stars)
“Lucy’s songwriting displays an astonishing maturity and confidence which belie her youth... this is an album of considerable maturity from a young artist who is clearly going places” - FATEA Magazine
Press article Lancashire Telegraph Sept 14, 2013 - (Note: Her Mum is called Elaine not Linda)
"We Love Lucy" Classic Rock Presents The Blues Magazine - Image -
("A bunch of pensoners in a working men's club heckled me, then went perfectly silent for bingo" - Blues Matters issue 72

  • UKCountryRadio.com are launching a new series of Live Music Nights at Kenny's Fish Restaurant, Conisbrough, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Join them on Sunday 13th October for our Launch Night with the Voodoo Katz. Click here to book your place.
  • The Phil Mack International Country Show Sky 191 asked to be friends on MUZU TV so you can watch their favourite music videos and follow their every musical move. All the Phil Mack International Country Shows are now available 24/7 on MUZU TV. The currently 23 archived shows start with the Sept 23rd 2013 show and date back to March 18th 2013. View The Phil Mack International Country Show Sky 191s Channel at
  • Tennessean Baylen Leonard presents a new show "The Front Porch" join him live (Sat 18:00 - 20:00) or listen back to the podcast shows as he discovers the best in new country, folk, rhythm and roots, bluegrass, and country rock. Baylen hails from the Birthplace of country music, a small town in the foothills of  the Great Smokey and Appalachian Mountains. Now living in London he still describes himself as “a real hillbilly with the checked shirts and trucker hats to prove it” and he’s desperate to find the best in new country, folk, rhythm and roots, bluegrass, and country rock just for you. - Show Page - Facebook
  • Amazing Radio is a new kind of radio, dedicated to playing 100% new and emerging music. You can listen online at amazingradio.com, via their apps for iPhone and Android, and also on DAB digital radio in London, the South East and Dublin. They have contact addresses in Gateshead and London.  
  • Glasgow Americana takes place 2-6 October 2013 see website and See flyer
  • The ABC of British Country Music Live listings
  • Scottish Country gigs
On the Official UK Singles Top 100 Chart (Week Ending September 28, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s Everything Has Changed” (Mercury) feat. Ed Sheeran, falls down 18 slots (82-100) in its 18th retail week.

On the Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week Ending September 28, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s RED was down 16 slots 75-91 in its 48th chart week.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending September 28, 2013)
There were 5 brand new entries on the Top 20:
Tony Joe White with HOODOO (Yec Rock) debuts at No.1. Chris Young with A.M (RCA Nashville) bowed at No.2, Keith Urban’s FUSE (Capitol) landed at No.3,  Sheryl Crow with FEELS LIKE HOME entered at No.6 and Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott’s new set MEMORIES & MOMENTS (Full Skies) made a No.11 debut.
Last weeks #1 Kacey Musgraves with SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK slid down 1-8.
Lady Antebellum fell 2-5 with NEED YOU NOW (95 chart weeks) as their new set GOLDEN (Decca) dropped 3-4 in its 20th week. Glen Campbell’s SEE YOU THERE was down 4-7 in its sixth week and Nathan Carter with WHERE I WANNA BE (Sharpe Music) fell 4 slots (5-9) in his seventh week.

On the Hotdisc Chart (September 22, 2013 Chart)

Toby Keith with his latest offering, "Drinks After Work" (written by Natalie Hemby/Luke Laird/Barry Dean) remains at No.1 for a second week on the Hotdisc Top 40. Chris Higbee’sLiving The Dream” co-written with Tommy Hardin and Doug Stokes hops up 3-2 switching slots with The Lawrence John Project (2-3) with his self penned “We’re On Our Way To Heaven”.
Former #1 Drew Gregory with “Truck.Beer.Girl” stays parked at No.4.
Josh Thompson climbed 1 slot (6-5) with “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” while Lost Hollow’s “Drifting” moving up 1 place 7-6.
Fergal Flaherty’sI Won’t Let You Down” was up one notch (8-7) which tops the British & Irish Chart for a second week with  the Hayley Oliver Band with “Good Old Days” hot on his heels at No.8 (#2 British & Irish Chart).
Karen Lynne raced five spots into the Top 20 for the first time as “Walk Slow” moved 24-19.


(16 Sep 2013) Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott – Memories and Moments (Full Skies Records) 14 Tracks CD - UK iTunes
(17 Sep 2013) Del McCoury Band – The Streets of Baltimore 
(McCoury Music/RED) 13 Tracks / Time: 43:43 MP3 - UK iTunes
(17 Sep 2013) Justin Moore – Off the Beaten Path (Import) CD
(17 Sep 2013) Kendall Beard - All Around Girl (Vmg)
10 Tracks/ Time: 33:59 MP3 - CD Baby - UK iTunes
(23 Sep 2013) Audrey Auld - Tonk (Reckless Records) 
14 Tracks/ Time: 39:59  CD - MP3 - UK iTunes 


  • Joey+Rory ("Made To Last") and Heidi Feek ("The Only") have a Double-Feature album release on Oct 2. With the release of two albums on one night they are bringing
    the Double Feature back to the Historic Belcourt Theater. For the price of one ticket $10 you will receive admission and both albums. Heidi Feek’s 2010 EP, ‘Eden,’ was a mix of angsty lyrics and pop and Americana melodies. On her debut full-length album, ‘The Only,’ Feek is sticking to her roots.“I found myself being drawn back to the music my dad would play for me growing up: a mixture of Elvis, Steve Earle, Chris Isaak and Dwight Yoakam,” she says. “That’s when I stumbled upon Chris Isaak’s ‘Forever Blue’ and it really rocked my world.” ‘The Only’ is set for release on Oct. 8th from Western Pin-Up Records.
  • Miranda Lambert‘s having another baby — but not in human form. She's "birthing" another Pink Pistol store, this time, in her home area of east Texas.
  • The Grand Ole Opry welcomed The Old Crow Medicine Show to the Opry family! The band is scheduled to play the Ryman December 30-31. - Photo
  • T Bone Burnett will receive the Maestro Award at the 2013 Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Burnett will be honored for his work in film and television music, most recently as executive music producer of “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the CBS Films release that opens in theaters Dec. 6.
  • Hunter Hayes may only be 22, but he’s caught the eye of Elton John, and has finished up on the title track for the legend’s forthcoming "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" tribute album - according to Billboard. “Hunter Hayes has done ‘Yellow Brick Road,’ played all the instruments and he blew my mind,” John enthused.
  • Tim McGraw is already begun work on the next record. "I've actually been in the studio over the last couple weeks," McGraw told Billboard. Wife Faith Hill, whose birthday fell on Saturday night, has been hard at work prepping her long-awaited follow-up to 2005's "Fireflies." "She’s workin' on stuff," McGraw says. "She’s writing songs and she‘s just in a great place. She's really enjoying life and enjoying the process of finding the right songs for her"
  • 650 AM WSM General Manager Tom English (appointed in 2012) has resigned. English’s last day with the historic radio station will be Friday, Sept. 27. He has accepted a currently undisclosed opportunity outside of radio.
Americana Music Association’s 12th Annual Honors 2013: Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Shovels & Rope win big
Americana Music Association’s 12th Annual Honors 2013 Winners & Report

Trace Adkins and NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick will co-host the fourth annual American Country Awards, airing live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday, Dec. 10 on FOX. This is Adkins’ fourth time serving as a host of the annual awards show.

BMI will honor songwriter Dean Dillon with its Icon award at the 61st annual BMI Country Awards Nov. 5 in Nashville. The presentation will recognize Dillon's "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." BMI promises an "all-star musical tribute" to the songwriter who also charted eight songs as a recording artist and wrote hundreds more for other artists, including 54 songs recorded by George Strait.

Holler Back Girls:  Lifetime has ordered nine episodes of the docu-series Chasing Nashville to begin airing Oct. 22. Produced by Superfine Films (Psychic Detectives) and Thinkfactory (R&B Divas: Atlanta) the docu-series will follow Autumn Blair, Helena Hunt, Lauren Marie Presley and Savannah Little from the "hollers of Appalachia" as they pursue recording contracts in Nashville. Grammy-winning producer Keith Thomas and songwriter/producer Deanna Walker have been cast to help mentor the girls along the way.

In Case You Missed It:  "A little Conway, a little T-Pain" got Howard Stern dancing as Luke Bryan performed "That's My Kinda Night" on the season finale of America's Got Talent (9/19). >> Watch here.


  • Mindy Smith will self-release her second holiday effort, SNOWED IN, October 29 on Giant Leap/TVX Records. Available at online digital outlets, limited edition CDs will be available at her website. Co-produced with Steve Buckingham, who co-produced Smith’s first three critically acclaimed efforts, the five-song EP offers two original compositions, “Tomorrow Is Christmas Day” and “Snowed In” along with three standards, “What Child Is This,” “Silent Night,” and “Auld Lang Syne.”
  • Rosanne Cash is making the rounds during this week’s Americana Music Festival in promotion of her first album in more than four years, THE RIVER & THE THREAD. The John Leventhal-produced recordings will be released on Jan. 14, 2014 by Blue Note Records. Cash, who wrote the album’s 11 original tracks with husband Leventhal, was joined in the studio by Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell (who also co-wrote one song), Amy Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, John Paul White, Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher (The Punch Brothers). Read more + Track listing
  • Toby Keith’s limited edition 'ZinePak version of DRINKS AFTER WORK will be available exclusively at Walmart beginning Oct. 29.  Three additional songs, a 64-page fan magazine and two custom drink coasters are included.
  • Martina McBride has been holed up in the studio working on a new album, expected out in early 2014, but at this point, the project is essentially top secret. Although details are scarce, McBride told CBSNews.com, "It's gonna be awesome," adding, "We're feverishly working on it and getting it done. I'm really really excited to be back in the studio making new music." Details about the project are expected to be unveiled soon.The upcoming album comes on the heels of "Eleven," the country star's most recent studio album, which surfaced in 2011. It's been a couple of years, and McBride says she's eager to get new music out to fans. "I just love to make music," said the 47-year-old singer, who released her debut album in 1992.
  • Colt Ford, five years after he released his debut album, updates the project with RIDE THROUGH THE COUNTRY REVISITED, due Oct. 1. The original version featured John Michael Montgomery, Jamey Johnson and Brantley Gilbert. The revision brings in Ronnie Dunn, Wynonna, Charlie Daniels, Joe Diffie, the Lacs and John Anderson.
  • Restless Heart will release their first Christmas album this holiday season. A RESTLESS HEART CHRISTMAS is set for release on Oct. 29 and will feature eight classic holiday songs, as well as two previously unreleased tracks. “In addition to new arrangements of classic Christmas standards, we also included a couple of brand new songs,” says Restless Heart’s Dave Innis. “‘Season of Harmony’ sets the tone for the album, and ‘Santa’s Prayer’ is about the true meaning of Christmas being overshadowed by commerciality.”  

  • Morgan Frazier and anti-bullying organization Stand for the Silent are taking their message on the road.
  • Tift Merritt's Traveling Alone CD/LP Deluxe Edition is now available now via Yep Roc Records. One year after its initial release, the ultra special package comes with a hardbound lyric book, illustrated by Diana Sudyka
  • The Time has come for Chris Young’s new album ‘A.M.’
  • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out appearances during the conference IBMA's World of Bluegrass Conference
  • Deric Ruttan is set to release his fourth studio album TAKE THE WEEK OFF (Black T Records / Universal Music Canada) on October 15. This news follows a milestone in Ruttan's career, as he recently co-wrote "Mine Would Be You," the current Top 10 hit single for Blake Shelton.
  • Bonnie Raitt combines her GRAMMY Award-winning 2012 album 'Slipstream' with her first career-spanning retrospective in the two-disc package 'Now & Then,' out on October 1 on Redwing Records.
  • Grand Ole Opry update -  “Ready for the Boys of Fall”!
  • Jake Owen adds teams up with Saint Thomas Health for the annual ROCK THE CRADLE charity event.
  • Sounds Australia [Australia’s music market development initiative] kicked off the Americana Music Week this year by hosting the Tamworth Presents “Australiana At Americana” showcase at the Bluebird Café.  Over 4 segments and 2 shows, seventeen acts representing the Land Down Under performed to a packed house of industry and fans.
  • Craig Morgan had a hugely successful weekend at his 7th Annual Charity event (Sat Sept 14th)
  • Toby Keith releases Drinks After Work album with exclusive 'ZinePak (* only at Walmart *)
  • The coastal Virginia town of Smithfield is readying its "red carpet" for the entertainers slated to perform during its 8th Annual Smithfield Music's Aiken & Friends Fest.
  • Brandy Clark the "Vivid, Witty Storyteller" earns CMA nod in Song Of The Year Category

Wall Street Journal The Americana Music Association's annual awards: When a Shelter Becomes a Home..Extract: Association Executive Director Jed Hilly notes "There's been a passing of the torch" ...."Family continuity is marked in Americana, We have, yes, Rosanne, daughter of Johnny Cash, and Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams; Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis; and Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings, all with us and performing this year.More often, of course, younger artists step into the field having immersed themselves in American roots music by choice rather than by birthright".


Billboard: Kacey Musgraves Opens Same Trailer, Different Tour In NYC: Live Review + Setlist

Springfield (MA) Republican:  Hunter Hayes delivers "epic two-hour show." – Hunter Hayes seemed taken aback by the crowd that confronted him in the Xfinity Arena at the Big E on Friday night, 7,000 strong, screaming along to every song he sang, and swooning at every move he made. Hayes responded with an epic two hour show, offering all of his hits and few covers as well, culminating in a two-song encore that had some who had jumped the gun for the exits scurrying back to their seat...

Tampa Tribune: Miranda Lambert showed tampa just what little girls are made of when her locked and reloaded tour stopped at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater Friday night. A montage set to "Who Runs the World:Girls" featuring graphics of myriad famous gun toting women set the stage for Lambert's opening "Fastest Girl in Town." Clad in a sequined mini skirt, Lambert had a pink mic and a "hankering for gettin into somethin." Her angel-is- a-devil smile endears her to fans as much as her saucy lyrics and perfect twang. "A Heart Like Mine" got the beers in the air --breakup anthem "Baggage Claim" kept them there....

The Mimi Geerges Show: Ashley Monroe's childhood was going just great until, at the age of 13, her dad died of cancer. Her mom "went crazy for a while" and left her and her 18 year old brother. But through it all, Ashley held on to her guitar. She said she wrote songs that helped get her sadness out. Through it all, Ashley Monroe came out Like A Rose, the title of her new album.

NPR In Memoir, Linda Ronstadt describes her 'Simple Dreams'..Song reflections and she offers her frank insights on sex, drugs, why "competition" was for horse races", and on why she never got married.

CMC Interview: McAlister Kemp - 2014 looks like it will be a massive year for McAlister Kemp. With the release of their third album, Harder To Tame, scheduled for January, their recent experiences performing with Big and Rich in the US has led many to speculate that the Aussie duo have the goods to perhaps crack the American market...."Harder To Tame" video  


  • Rollingstone: Nelson meets a Little Willie - On October 15th, Willie Nelson will release TO ALL THE GIRLS. . ., an album of 18 duets with female country and pop singers. First, take a listen to "Walkin'," his breezy duet with jazz-pop siren Norah Jones. On the track, Nelson's signature drawl blends seamlessly with Jones' smoky croon over a bed of brushed drums, steel guitar and piano.
  • Listen to Julie Roberts, He Made a Woman Out of Me’ . Julie is getting ready to launch a new album, her first for the legendary Sun Records. Now she’s letting fans hear a track early with this exclusive song premiere. With the release of ‘Good Wine & Bad Decisions,’ Roberts will become the first artist to release new music on Sun Records in nearly 30 years -  “This song is a special addition to my album because it is from the Sun Records catalog!” Roberts says.
  • Caitlin Rose swung by, whilst she was on her UK tour, and amazingradio got her to record a 3 song session for them. 
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.

News: Spotify has launched in four new markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America.The streaming service is now available in Taiwan, Turkey, Greece and Argentina, expanding its reach to 32 markets worldwide. Spotify has more than 24 million active users and over 6 million paying subscribers globally, as of March 2013.

George Jones – Amazing Grace – New Gospel collection Sept 10th release, #34 Billboard Country Albums
Billy Currington – We Are Tonight - Sept 16, 2013 release (Standout: * “23 Degrees and South” , “Another Day Without You” , “Banana Pancakes”
Chris Young – A.M. - Sept 16, 2013 release  (Standouts: ** “Goodbye”, “Who I Am With You”, “Text Me Texas” , ** “Forgiveness”, Lighters In The Air”)
Jimmy Webb – Still Within the Sound of My Voice - Sept 10, 2013 release. The guest list includes Lyle Lovett, Keith Urban and Amy Grant, Rumer, while top-shelf pickers like Paul Franklin and Jerry Douglas handle the instrumental parts.
Amanda Shires – Down Fell the Doves - Sept 16, 2013 release

Radio Singles: 
Aaron & Amanda Crabb – Mercy – Single “If I’m Guilty” sent to radio Sept 20 (Standouts: “Take Him To The Place”, “I’m Learning”, * “God Loves the Broken”, * “Without You”, “Reaching Out”,  “If I’m Guilty”) They are a Christian San Antonio, Texas based duo. Co-produced by Aaron and Ben Issacs (Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs), the album’s title comes from the song “If I’m Guilty.” Penned by award-winning songwriters Tony Wood, Don Poythress and Aaron’s father, Gerald Crabb, the song is a challenge to extend compassion.
Justine Blazer – Gasoline - March 6, 2013 / 11 Track release, title track and fourth single “Gasoline” to impact radio Sept 20 (Standouts: **“Not Over You”, “He Don’t Have To”,  “Something To Believe In”, “Amen For The Weekend” - Official Video)

Brooke Hyland – I Hurt - 10 track released Aug 17, 2013 - Single to impact radio September 24, 2013.

Payton Taylor – Small Town Paradise –  The nearly sixteen year old Southern New Jersey native has a new single "Small Town Paradise" (live vid) to impact radio Sept 16, 2013. On Sat Sept 14th she opened for Colt Ford at the Lincoln County Fair in Fayetteville, TN. and was a recent VIP Special guest at the Taylor Swift RED Tour concert in Nashville!
Payton has been opening for acts like Merle Haggard, Lorrie Morgan and Charlie Daniels, and was also featured as an “Emerging Artist” at the 2013 CMA Festival, and has performed at Summerfest and CMA Fest.
With this single from her upcoming second CD, this just about is firmly making her presence known with a homegrown hoe-down about her small town upbringing. The tune has a youthful exuberance without the hackneyed pop-style that has been all the rage lately. – 4 STARS Got Country Online - Facebook


  • An Opry Message from Little Jimmy Dickens on 650 AM WSM
  • Deric Ruttan "Take The Week Off"
  • Kenny Rogers new album "You Can't Make Old Friends" will be released on October 8th, 2013 watch the title cut and backgrond info a duet with Dolly Parton.
  • The BankestersCups (When I’m Gone)” -
  • Lindi Ortega performs live in the Tin Star Orange Lounge
  • Heidi Feek  “Someday Somebody
  • Gord Bamford "When Your Lips Are so Close" * 
  • Brandy Clark "Mama's Broken Heart" Circle Sessions at live Black Label & Joe's Bar (co-written with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves)
  • Travellin Rose, UK Country Music duo shared a short taster and watch "Count to Ten" live at ziegfields Hoxton
  • Taylor Swift decided to close the US leg of her RED tour with three shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena (Sept 19 -21). "On the [Speak Now Tour] we had
    the last shows in New York, and Nashville was sort of in the middle of the tour,
    " Swift says. "I realized that not only is this my hometown, but this is one of the craziest crowds that we play to over the course of a tour, so it just made sense." Swift was able to pull some friends in to give the shows a different musical guest each night.
    a) Thursday (Sept 19) She invited Luke Bryan to join her onstage at the first night of her Nashville run on Thursday night (Sept. 19) to perform "I Don't Want This Night To Endb) Friday (Sept 20) She did a "What Hurts The Most" duet, chilling out with Rascal Flatts (Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus) on night two. "Nashville is all about remembering where you came from," Swift said from the stage before introducing Flatts, with whom she toured in 2008. "Remembering the people who helped you out in the very beginning and took you on their arena tour, their sold out tour … when nobody knew your name."  c) Saturday (Sept 21) She surprised the crowd with a Hunter Hayes'  "I Want Crazy" collaboration. 
Does Country Music Have a Problem With Women? (Part 2)

Jake Owen premiered his brand new video for “Days of Gold” across VEVO, CMT and GAC
Namechecking: "truck", "baby", "southern", "summer", "Beers", "lady", "dirt road" and "wild"!
Jake Owen-Vidcaps "Days Of Gold"  Montage

 Beers ice cold and got a pretty little lady to hold

Women turn up on country radio, they’re usually fantasy figures, collaged together from back issues of Maxim and Field and Stream: 
hot chicks, in jeans strategically shredded for "His Pleasure", doing modified sexy gyrating bikini top pole dances in a pasture, behind a barn or in this case on a pickup truck.

They’re not doing any singing themselves they’re ornamental: pretty scenery at a beer, whisky fuelled, sun kissed, dogs on the burner summer party.
Jake Owen
Pin Interest ? !
  • Dumb-dude monotony of Nashville’s macho clichés? Objectification of women/lust/lack of imagination?
  • Women are worth more than the tank tops they just squeeze into?
  • Are 'Boys club' record and radio station execs the taste makers manipulating their majority market of women into making 'anti-feminist' songs popular?
  • Do female country music fans not find the "macho cliche's" sexist when an male country singer is creating his art (?)
  • They are sung from a man's point of view? So men like women's bodies and to talk about their long sun tanned legs and badonkadonks.
  • On the other hand women who like a specific male artist like to talk about his physical assets?
  • Is that sexist or is it just human?
  • Not all women want to just be some man's pretty accessory, some would rather be their own person?
  • You can't please and not offend all of the people all of the time.
  • Jake Owen Pin Interest Ladies?
Move over,  Country boys like big butts, they cannot lie, and Justin Moore has just proved it by recording the best ode to the female booty since 1992's, rapper and songwriter Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back." (Nashville-style, of course)!
Moore's new tune, "I'd Want It To Be Yours," discusses in hysterical detail the delights of a particular young woman's badonkadonk. "If there's anybody's a** I'd kiss, I'd want it to be yours," he confirms, making some fun comparisons along the way to other famous rear ends...including those belonging to J. Lo and Kim Kardashian.
"It’s big, it ain’t tiny, I’m diggin’ that hiney" — sing it! Moore's rump-shaking tribute parallels to Sir Mix-A-Lot's famous line "36-24-36? Only if she's 5 foot 3." Country boys go big or go home, so Moore's gal is, by his "water melon" measurements, "36-24-39." Get out those Daisy Dukes, ladies!
Moore will be releasing his latest album, OFF THE BEATEN PATH, which includes "I'd Want It To Be Yours", on September 17.
>> Listen to it at music.yahoo.com


Go behind the scenes of the Country Weekly Fall Fashion week at Fontanel, in White’s Creek, Tenn.

Josh Thompson, Kelleigh Bannen (IRO dress and Unconditional vest from Traffic in L.A. and cheetah Dingos), RaeLynn (custom corset and skirt from Nashville’s own Ani & Ari and Durango Crush boots), Ashton Shepherd (who likes to bling it up once in a while in her Rock & Roll Cowgirl shirt and jeans and Shyanne boots), Eric Paslay, Angie Johnson (studded Roper top,Wrangler Rock 47 skinny jean, Dan Post Sidewinder boots) and Ashley Gearing (Roper dress, Rock & Roll Cowgirl vest, Durango Crush boots) share featured fashions from Roper, Wrangler, Durango, Dan Post Boots, Dingo, Rock & Roll Cowgirl, Boot Barn and Cowgirl Tuff Co.

Julianne Hough, Pop-Country singer/ “Footloose” actress/  “Dancing With The Stars star was among the celebrity set who kicked off the Emmys weekend at The Hollywood Reporter’s Nominees Night party, hosted at SoHo House in Los Angeles, California.
The entertainer showed off her dancer’s legs in a pair of gold jacquard shorts from ASOS, one of the evening’s sponsors.
She dressed the shorts with a black halter top, barely-there sandals and a black clutch for an effortless-chic vibe. Her shorter blonde locks were coaxed into a breezy updo, whilst a bronzed complexion and nude lip completed the look - Fashion Pic

The Band Perry lead singer Kimberly Perry  went for racy red in a strapless mini-dress and matching pout, while her brothers, Reid and Neil, looked smart in suits and made a dazzling impression on the red carpet whilst attending the Heifer International's 2nd Annual 'Beyond Hunger: A Place At The Table' event in LA on Thursday (Sept 19, 2013).
The award-winning country music trio were the evening's entertainment, ensuring the festivities got off to a rocking start. The Band Perry cosied up to some furry fans at the event (image) held at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel.
The event was co-hosted by Diane Lane, Nina Jacobson, Jane Fonda, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Tracey Ullman. Kimberly tweeted @TheBandPerry is tonight's musical guest at #BeyondHunger to help empower women. Us and the real life Cherry! #imakeeper
The lovely Diane Lane (Image ) played Cherry Valance in The Outsiders and cut a dazzling figure in her stunning ruby red silk dress. “I always wanted 2 be her” shared  Kimberly. Read more about the charity gala at dailymail.co.uk

Flawless: Nashville star Connie Britton (Rayna Jaymes) wowed in a full length navy number and left her signature red locks loose around her shoulders at Variety's pre-Emmys bash on Sept 20 , 2013 Image (Daily Mail)

Carrie Underwood attended the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on Sunday evening (Sept 22nd, 2013) honouring the best in primetime television programming from June 1, 2012 until May 31, 2013. Breaking Bad took home the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Drama Series as Downton Abbey was snubbed in ten of its 11 categories.
Carrie Underwood at the Emmy Awards 2013
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Carrie who was performing took to the red carpet wearing a voluminous iridescent purple Romona Keveza Fall 2013 strapless amethyst silk shantung taffeta gown featuring a sculpted bodice and ballgown skirt that she accented with a black waistband.
With a dramatic “very old Hollywood” vibe she styled her look with Johnathon Arndt diamond jewels, wore Jimmy Choo shoes and opted for side-swept tresses without a hint of pageant queen - Fashion Pic  

It's been just about 50 years since the Beatles touched down on American soil, and the awards paid tribute to the game-changing moment in music history with a tribute by Carrie who sang "Yesterday." On February 9th, 1964, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing for 73 million viewers and changing the musical landscape forever.
 “The coolest thing about singing “Yesterday” on the #Emmys is the sweet letter I got from @PaulMcCartney giving me his blessing to sing it!” the 30-year-old country singer tweeted after the performance.
For her blast from the past performance she changed into a Randi Rahm gown.

Connie Britton looked elegant as she walked the red carpet of the 2013 Emmy Awards.
Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes on Nashville (Episode: "Pilot") (ABC) was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. 
Julianne Hough (L) & Connie Britton (R) at the
65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
During the show, the Nashville actress presented an award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, which was won by Anna Gunn for her work on Breaking Bad. 
Connie also gave an Emmy to Henry Bromell‘s wife Sarah after he won Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his work on Homeland. 
Henry died earlier this year from a heart attack.

The ‘Nashville’ star and nominee wore a velvet column Naeem Khan gown that stood out from the pack with it’s texture and colour. Connie’s signature hair again showed that those locks are flawless! 
Tan skin, subtle makeup and perfectly coordinated carrying a Stuart Weitzman ‘Isis’ clutch (nordstrom.com) , Cathy Waterman jewelry and Jimmy Choo shoes completed her ensemble for a winning look - Fashion Pic - Fashion Pic

Julianne Hough took a major fashion risk when she hit the red carpet of the 2013 Emmy Awards.
The singer/actress and former DWTS professional dancer wore a ethereal Jenny Packham Spring 2014 gown which showed off her stunning figure in the mint green dress which featured a see-through skirt. Julianne's dress by the British designer is a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, although we can't really new mummy Kate popping this frock on royal duties. This super sheer, embellished dress is from Packham's SS/14 collection was only just seen on the catwalk at London Fashion Week, so Julianne has got in there nice and early. The embellishment on this dress is pure Packham as is the extremely pretty pastel blue shade but the see through element is not usually associated with the designer, who's creations, while show stopping and beautiful, are rarely so raunchy!
Julianne complemented her look wearing Jimmy Choo shoes,  David Yurman jewelry carried a Daniel Swarovski vintage crystal and pearl ‘Opus’ clutch. She wore her fair hair in a curled bob and soft waves and added glossy pink lips Fashion Pic 
Awkward! You're in a super sheer bottom dress that literally shows off your underwear and your brother turns up (Photo). 
Derek Hough didn't run onto the red carpet with a coat to put over his sister Julianne, but hey its LA and it’s fashion. Sis, If you've got it, flaunt it?
Derek Hough won the Emmy for Outstanding Choreography for Dancing with the Stars (Routines: "Hey Pachuco" / "Para Los Rumberos" / "Walking on Air") (ABC)
Full List Best & Worst Dressed at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards
Artcle: With their array of ornate pastel coloured gowns, the leading lights of the red carpet beat out the brighter hues at Sunday night's Emmy Awards. + Winners lists at dailymail.co.uk

Amazon.co.uk to have our biggest selection of clothes and shoes for the 2013 Autumn/Winter season, including, among others, new arrivals from French Connection. Check out their Clothes and Shoes store.


Ed Sheeran at Nashville Concert
wearing a Cat Hat (aka Meredith?)
Ed Sheeran has spent several months hanging out with Taylor Swift on her 2013 Red Tour, and the British pop star has gotten to know country music’s sweetheart pretty well.
His conclusion? She’s a lot like the TV series ‘The Office’ — and that’s a good thing!  “She’s got the most English sense of humor out of any American that I’ve ever met,” Sheeran answers when asked by E! News to dish a little-known fact about Swift. “She’s just dry. She has a very dry sense of humour and Americans are usually like slapstick comedy, that’s the big thing, but she’s very English.

Jason Aldean has Luke Bryan‘s back. While the ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ singer himself hasn’t responded publicly to comments made by Zac Brown about his song, Aldean had some strong words for people “runnin’ their mouths.” Aldean took to Instagram to voice his opinion on the hot story. “I hear some other artist are bashing my boy Luke Bryan’s new song, sayin’ it’s the worst song they have ever heard,” he writes. “To those people runnin’ their mouths, trust me when I tell you that nobody gives a s— what you think. It’s a big ol’ hit, so apparently the fans love it which is what matters. Keep doin’ your thing LB!!!” -
Jason Aldean had a very different reaction, "I thought it was great," he tells Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton. "I wanted it. I wanted to cut it." Aldean says he realizes, as an artist, not everyone is going to love every decision you make. "I've figured that out over my career. When we put out 'Dirt Road Anthem,' there's gonna be people that are gonna bash you for it. 'Rap has no place in country,' whatever. People either like it or they don't. Hopefully there's a market for it. So I think ['That's My Kinda Night' is] a hit, and I was hoping Luke wouldn't cut it so I could have it."

Roughstock: Hit songwriter Dallas Davidson reacts to Zac Brown's comments about "That's My Kind of Night" – “calling it “the worst song I’ve ever heard ... When songs make me wanna throw up, it makes me ashamed to even be in the same genre as those songs.”
Dallas & Luke
Davidson:. “We write about what we know about. What I know about is sitting on a tailgate drinking a beer. Hell I live on the river. …… Fortunately, there’s a lot of people in this country who do what I do. To say that that kind of song doesn’t fit in our genre is mind boggling because it absolutely does.”… I think social media – Facebook and Twitter and Instragram – has really changed this whole generation where it’s okay to be mean, and it’s okay to talk bad about people. When I grew up, you didn’t do that. It’s a shame that that’s the way it is. This time I was on the wrong end of a comment, and I’m not real happy about it. But I’m in my pickup truck, and I’m heading into work. If that song makes him want to throw up, I hope I write one today that gives him the flu because that means I'm doing my job right.
Some of Davidson’s other writing credits include “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” (Justin Moore), “Gimme That Girl” (Joe Nichols), “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night” (Lady Antebellum), “All About Tonight” and “Boys Round Here” (Blake Shelton), “All Over Me” (Josh Turner), “Put a Girl In It” (Brooks & Dunn), “This Ole Boy” (Craig Morgan), “I Don’t Want This Night to End” (Luke Bryan), “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” (Randy Houser), “Where I Come From” (Montgomery Gentry) and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” (Trace Adkins).

Victoria Banks So proud of my girlfriend, background singer extraordinaire Tania Hancheroff, who you can hear singing like a bird with Sheryl [Crow] on this record. Check out the amazing song "Waterproof Mascara"!!


Holly Williams and Kree Harrison backstage at the 7th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on September 10, 2013 in Nashville - Photo
September 19: Taylor Swift is honored by Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta for her multi-platinum album RED at a special event during the final 3 nights of her sold-out North American tour in Nashville, Tennessee.- Photo
LeAnn Rimes at the Country Night Festival in Gstaad - Photo
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Hairy Potter: Taking a break from touring, Kenny Chesney shows off his new beard while on stage with Grace Potter and The Nocturnals in Burlington, VT. Watch them perform Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire"

Sept 25: Ian Tyson (1932), Joe Sun (1943), Royce Kendall  (1933) 
Sept 26: Carlene Carter (1955), David Frizzell (1941), Lynn Anderson (1947) Marty Robbins (1925), Olivia Newton John (1948)
Sept 28: Mandy Barnett (1975)
Sept 29: Gene Autry (1907), Jerry Lee Lewis (1935) 


Texas rockabilly singer Mac Curtis passed away on September 16, 2013.
The Rock and Roll of Fame inductee was born Erwin Curtis Jr. on January 16, 1939 in Fort Worth, Texas. He began playing guitar while in his early teens. Between 1956 and 1958, King Records released a string of 45s.
After joining the US military, Curtis became a deejay in Korea. He continued to work as a deejay after his return, and recorded several albums for various record companies. With the growing popularity of rockabilly during the 1970s, he recorded for Rollin’ Rock Records and appeared on festivals. His 1968 release, "The Sunshine Man", hit No.35 on the U.S. Country albums chart. Singles included "Early In The Morning" (1970/ #   35 Country) , "Honey, Don't" (1970, #43 Country), "Don't Make Love" (1969 / #60 Country),"Happiness Lives In This House" (1969/ #63 Country),"The Quiet Kind" (1968/ #64 Country), "The Sunshine Man" (1968/ #54 Country). He was later elected to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Mac Curtis died on September 16, following injuries received in a car accident. Listen to Mac Curtis "Turn Away From Me" from the 1978 album Mac Curtis: Rock Me!(Rollin´ Rock)

Marvin Rainwater, who hit the country top ten and pop top twenty in 1957 with "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird", died on Tuesday (Sept 17, 2013) after a short illness. He was 88.

He was born Marvin Karlton Rainwater on July 2, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas. Rainwater's early life took a very different path as he studied classical piano until losing part of his thumb as a teenager in a work accident. He then began studies to be a veterinarian before spending time in the Navy.
  • After his time in the service, Rainwater took up the guitar and became fascinated in country music, especially that of Roy Acuff. Publicists later said he was part Native American and 1/4 Cherokee (which Marvin alledgely denied), Marvin began wearing a buckskin jacket and headband while performing at local venues.
  • In 1957, Rainwater scored his biggest hit with the self-penned "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird" which sold more than one million copies, followed by a duet with Connie Francis, “The Majesty Of Love”, another million-selling hit record. "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird" went Top 5 on the Country Singles and #18 on the Pop Singles and was followed by the No. 1 U.K. hit "Whole Lotta Woman" (1958/ #15 Country/ #60 Pop), "Nothin' Needs Nothin'(Like I Need You)" (1958 / #11 Country) and "Half Breed" (1959/ #16 Country/ #66 Pop). 
  • Marvin was also one of the first to record John D. Loudermilk's "The Pale Faced Indian" which would eventually become the hit Indian Reservation for both Don Fardon and Paul Revere & the Raiders.
  • Rainwater's voice gave out in 1960 and he and MGM parted ways. After a couple of years of vocal rehab, Marvin returned to record for a series of labels (sporadically for Warwick Records in the UK), but without a hit. In the late-70's, he developed throat cancer which he beat.Doctors in Nashville told him he'd lose his voice but after seeking a second opinion at a clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, instead of removing his vocal cords they healed him.
  • Marvin Rainwater was the 73rd Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee 
  • He played the Wembley International Festival of Country on 30th March 1975 in London (Producer: Mervyn Conn)
  • Marvin move to Aitkin, Minnesota during his time recovering from cancer where he remained for the rest of his life. He is survived by three daughters (Judi who lives in Wenatchee Washington; Lora who lives in Columbia Hieghts, Minnesota; and Barbara who lives in Coon Rapids, Minnesota) and two sons (Wade who lives in Minnesota, and Jimmy who lives in Alabama).
  • Sessions and Discography Listing  -  Find Marvin Rainwater’s music on Spotify
This four-CD Classic Recordings [Box Set, Live]- Whole Lotta Woman 26 track [Import] - CD

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