Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Country Bites News snippets October 14 - October 20, 2013

Country Bites News snippets October 14 – October 20, 2013



Dolly Parton announced (Oct 22) the 'Blue Smoke World Tour' will travel across the pond in 2014 for June and July concerts in Europe hitting England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark,
Germany, Norway, as well as a return to the O2 Arena in London, the venue where Dolly recorded and filmed 'An Evening With…Dolly' (Dolly Records), her widely praised DVD/CD set that was certified GOLD by the RIAA. 
The UK dates begin on June 8th (Liverpool, Echo Arena) finishing on July 2nd (Nottingham, Arena)
Tickets are available from Ticketmaster UK (Pre sale begins Wed 23 Oct 09:00) and Live Nation. For Full details on the CountryRoutesNews Tour Dates

UK stunner Jeannine Barry performs "What I Long For" live at the Fort San Antone Birchwood Country Festival. Coming up in London on Friday night Oct 25th she'll be perfoming an acoustic set at the Black Bull in Fulham (£3 Entry, 358 Fulham Rd London SW10 9UU) and will perform songs from her upcoming EP 'Give Me something' (Release date: 31st October).

Haile, Cumbria artist Andrea Glass has a new album 11 track coming out on November 11th titled "Party of One", produced by Boo Hewerdine. The track "Water's Edge" was played by Bob Harris on Oct 19th decribing it quite rightly as "beautiful".
Pre-order Amazon UK or UK iTunes

Amy Wadge and Pete Riley will be playing their last duo show in Wales for this year this Thursday Oct 24th at the Muni Arts Centre.  Tickets are selling fast so please phone 01443 485934 or go to muni.rct-arts
Getting together a little over three years ago, Amy and Pete have been touring, writing and recording together ever since. A critically acclaimed debut album Rivers Apart and a successful UK tour has now led to a follow up album titled Afterglow (released Nov 2012) . Pontypridd’s very own Amy is widely regarded as one of the country's most successful female singer/songwriters.

Lynne Butler, bluegrass artist/songwriter/emcee and now former UKCountryRadio.com presenter (Bultlers Bluegrass Radio Show) by "popular demand" is running two yodelling workshops in the Henley area. 
She has been asked for two years to run them so I has set two up. Lynne has been yodelling since the age of 10, when her auntie played the record 'Taught Me to Yodel' by Frank Ifield. Upon hearing this bizarre sound she decided that I wanted to learn how to do it. So, self taught she will pass on some of her knowledge and experience. The workshops are on Saturday 9th and Saturday 23rd of November at Nettlebed Village Hall, from 1-4pm. The workshops cost £25 or £40 for two, Alpine snacks and a apres-ski bar will be available. Details at www.yodellynne.com and visit her website

Billy Yates has signed Henry Smith to his label and will possibly be in studio by the end of the year to start recording a new project. It is slated it will maintain Henry's style whilst sonically it will have a Nashville sound. Billy who will be appearing at the British Country Music Awards on November 24th has already sung on one of Henry's songs. Billy will join Irish singer-songwriter Pete Kennedy at Berkott Performing Arts Centre in Alton, Hants on the evening of Saturday Nov 23rd.

60-year old Edinburgh based pop/rock musician Colin Chisholm announced he will be special guest for Don Williams May 2014 tour. He was a BBC The Voice UK 2013 Team Tom contestant. Watch the 'trailer' for The Colin Chisholm show and find him on Facebook. The tour starts May 9th  (Manchester, Bridgewater Hall) to May 24th (Belfast,Waterfront Hall)

Gerry Guthrie, singer and guitarist and Ballina Co. Mayo raised artist has 3 dates in Scotland followed by 3 English dates in November Fri 15th November (Assembly Rooms, Sinclaire Terrace, Wick), Sat 16th Nov (Invergordon Social Club), Sun 17th Nov (New Inn, Ellon) and English dates : Thurs 21st Nov (Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury,Shropshire SY3 8HQ), Fri 22nd Nov (Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool - Nathan Carter Weekend), and Sat 23rd (Conway's 3, Holmstall Parade, Edgeware Rd, Harrow). Visit gerryguthrie.ie for Telephone details.

Bob Harris Country was joined by Aoife O'Donovan, chatting and playing two songs from her debut solo album "Fossils", including "Lay My Burden Down" (as recorded by Alison Krauss) - BBC Session - Show Page She plays one UK gig in London at The Slaughtered Lamb (34-35 Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell EC1V 0DX) on Monday November 4th - Tickets
Bob Harris recorded a session with Cornish boy Sam Palladio (aka Gunnar in the TV series "Nashville") that will be going out early in the New Year. See photo with Actor/Director Hugh Laurie.

Kacey Musgraves, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire - Standard UK music review (4 STARS) ..Musgraves made it easy to embrace country thanks to sharp lyrics and confident, lilting vocals. From certain angles, Kacey Musgraves resembled P Middy in cowboy boots, though the singer’s Southern charm was all her own. Her choice of covers, ranging from Weezer and Bob Marley to Screamin' Jay Hawkins, pointed to a musical hinterland beyond the sound she’s honed in Nashville….
Kacey Musgraves video review of her Manchester gig and check out a review of Kacey's new single ‘Follow Your Arrow’
And reviews of her London and Manchester, Oct dates.
Finding a country artist who can connect with a British audience in a genuine and authentic way has always been a challenge,” said BBC Radio 2’s Al Booth. “The fact that Kacey Musgraves has done this, not just with the loyal UK country fan base, but also with a mainstream audience is a testimony to her exceptional talents. The maturity and depth of her songwriting has huge cross-generational and international appeal, and her abilities as a performer and vocalist transcend any musical categorization.”
Members of The Hayley Oliver Band were live guests on Dave Cash's country hour on BBC Radio Kent (Showpage) on Sunday Oct 20th. Joining Hayley Oliver was Wayne Lee (keys), Lee Ellis (lead guitar) and Scott Gladman (acoustic guitar). They performed "Labour Of Love" and "Just Once More" live in the studio. They spoke about their new album ABINGER GROVE and the special guests who played on it and about their "World Record" with their ninth #1 on the promotional Hotdisc. Abinger Grove has been nominated for the British Country Music Awards (BCMAwards) Best Album category. The album does not currently appear on the iTunes Top 1500 UK Country Album chart and is currently ranked on Amazon UK Bestsellers (MP3 Albums) at #40,334. 
According to their website their next gig is Saturday 25th January 2014 at The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Lord Street Southport, PR8 1JS.  >> Take a Listen:


Official UK Singles Top 100 (Week Ending October 26, 2013)
Faith Hill’sThere You’ll Be” re-enters the Top 100 at No.86
Don’t Have Faith! Country Trivia - What is the song that both first round contestants in UK X Factor’s 2013 and 2012 series have sung in the sing-off only been voted off. Answer: Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be !
On Sunday Oct 13th 2013 Lorna Simpson (video) became the first contestant to be voted off The X Factor after the judges chose to send her home after she faced a sing-off with fellow over 25s contestant Shelley Smith.
Back on Sunday night Oct 7, 2012 the gorgeous country/pop singer Carolynne Poole found herself in bottom two of the public vote along with contestant Rylan Clark. Carolynne wearing a figure hugging black mini dress and dark smoky eye make-up also opted for Hill’s ‘There You’ll Be’ >>  YouTube  as a last ditch attempt to repair the damage and remain in the competition. It was a competent and strong performance and she did it justice but sadly went home too. This was not the first time this song had been sung on X Factor. Ireland's Mary Byrne, the Tesco checkout lady- turned-singer covered the song on X Factor live show 6 November 2010. Also back in 2008, 18-year old Amy Connolly's audition reduced judge Cheryl Cole to tears.
Written by Diane Warren the song was originally released by Warner Bros and featured on the PEARL HARBOR soundtrack. The song was also featured on Faith Hill's Greatest Hits albums: THERE YOU'LL BE AND THE HITS.

Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week Ending October 26, 2013)
  • Willie Nelson’s TO ALL THE GIRLS (Sony Music) made a debut at No.72 (1,452 sales) on his first retail week. Yes at the age of 80, the country living legend second album this year, arrived just six months after his standards covers set Let's Face The Music reached number No.188. Nelson isn't the only elderly legend to have chart success with collaborative albums - Frank Sinatra was 77 when he charted with Duets in 1993 and 78 when he charted with Duets II in 1994. His great pal Tony Bennett - who appeared on Duets - took the idea and even the titles for himself, and was 80 when he charted with Duets in 2006 and 85 when he charted with Duets II in 2011.
  • 23-year young Taylor Swift’s RED dropped 78-89 on her 52nd chart week.
  • Of note, 66 year old folk legend Linda Thompson - who recorded a series of albums with former husband Richard before starting her solo recording career in 1985 just missed making her first ever appearance in the Top 75, with Won't Be Long Now with a bow at No.76 (1,416 sales which was just seven fewer than Adele’s 21 at number 75). It Won’t Be Long Now is very much a family affair with the aforementioned Richard, the couple’s children Kami and Teddy and grandson Zak appearing. Thompson's last album, Versatile Heart, reached number 188 in 2007. Recorded in the UK and America with a rich array of contributing musicians including appearances by British stars John Kirkpatrick, Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy and his daughter Eliza, as well as American violinist/mandolin player David Mansfield, singer/songwriter Sam Amidon, cellist Garo Yelin and organist Glenn Patscha, among others.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending October 26, 2013)
Willie Nelson’s TO ALL THE GIRLS makes a No.1 bow
Kacey Musgraves with SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARKHOODOO (Decca) moved 1-2 in her 27th week.
Tony Joe White with HOODOO (Yec Rock) remained at No.3 in his 5th chart week.
Alan Jackson with THE BLUEGRASS ALBUM fell 2-6 in his 2nd week. It arrived at #153 last week on the Top 200 all genre Official chart.

On the Hotdisc Chart (October 20, 2013 Chart)

Ray Scott held at No.1 with “Still Screamin’ My Name” for a second week which follows in the wake of his 4-week #1 with “Those Jeans” back in March.
Canadian star Michelle Wright moved up 3-2 with her empowering title cut single “Strong” switching places with former #1 Chris Higbee with “Living The Dream” which dropped 2-3.
Pete Kennedy
Pete Kennedy with “Love Like That”, co-written with Beau Fuller and Jan Buckinghham, shuffles up two notches (6-4) to remain at No.1 single on the Hotdisc British & Irish Chart. Last week the Irish heartthrob shared: My FIRST NUMBER ONE!!! Delighted to announce "Love Like That" has gone straight in at number six as a new entry on the European Hotdisc Top 40 just two spaces behind Toby Keith this week!! And I get my first NUMBER 1 straight in at No.1 in The British & Irish Hotdisc chart! Thanks to everyone at Radio who score this chart! Pretty happy with this news :)
Stu Stevens’Remember Me At Sunrise” made a 8-5 hop (#2 British & Irish Chart) and Chip Taylor with his self penned “Ukrainian Girls” edged up two slots 10-8.
Moving into the Hotdisc Top 10 saw Andy Griggs make a 11-9 move with the Waylon Jennings penned tune “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” and The Stickers track “Separate Lives” (written by Joe Wodarek) moved up 3 places to round out the top 10.
British acts Ally Harron with “Marian’s Rose” (#3 British & Irish Chart) and the Tennessee Country Orchestra’sHooked On Country” (#4 British & Irish Chart) both made progress moving up the Top 20 to #12 and #14 respectively.


(15 Oct 2013) Will Hoge - Never Give In CD - Amazon.com -
(15 Oct 2013) Donna Ulisse - Showin' My Roots (Hadley Music Group) 13 Tracks/ Time: 43:07
(14 Oct 2013) Linda Thompson - Won’t Be Long Now
11 Tracks/ Time: 41:34 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes
(21 Oct 2013) Willie Nelson - To All The Girls... (Gatefold Sleeve) [Vinyl]
18 tracks on a 2 LP set on 180 gram vinyl - Amazon.com

(22 Oct 2013) Brandy Clark - 12 Stories (Slate Creek Records)
12 Tracks / Time: 42:14 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com - Smart Choice Music 
(22 Oct 2013) Ty Herndon - Lies I Told Myself  (FUNL Music, Inc.)
10 Tracks/ Time: 34:11 MP3 - UK iTunes (Single) Amazon.com
(21 Oct 2013) Various Artists - High Cotton: A Tribute To Alabama (Lightning Rod Records)
14 Tracks/ Time: 54:19 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes 
Lightening Rod Records assembled a wide variety of artists to record covers of country music supergroup Alabama's hits and lesser-know album cuts. The result is "High Cotton" and it's not your everyday cookie cutter, Music Row tribute album. Artists ranging from legendary gospel blues group Blind Boys Of Alabama to gritty Memphis rockers Lucero to country soul shouter JD McPherson put their unique spin on the Alabama repertoire.

(21 Oct 2013) The Stray Birds - The Stray Birds (Proper)
11 Tracks/ Time: 41:26 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes
"The writing is stellar, the musical discipline undoubtedly galvanized by a great love for this music….that captures the pure essence of down-home country….carried off with a quiet unassuming authority". – Maverick (June 2013)
"Is it too soon to be talking about album of the year? Well this stunning self-titled debut from the trio The Stray Birds is certain to appear on my list....The varied and adeptly written songs are performed in delicious acoustic arrangements with a combination of guitar, banjo and fiddle with Muench supplying a firm foundation on double bass." - Country Music People August 2013

(15 Oct 2013) Joey+Rory Inspired [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [NTSC]
18 tracks / 100 minutes (US and Canada DVD formats) * Requires an all region coded DVD Player for the UK Amazon.com
Award-winning, husband-and-wife duo Joey+Rory share songs of faith that are dear to their hearts on this all-new, gospel LIVE DVD collection. Known for their hit tv series, 'The Joey+Rory Show' on RFD-TV, the singer/songwriter couple has combined tried-and-true fan favorites with brand new tunes. Hosted in the studio by Bill Gaither and filmed before an intimate audience at the rustic, historic West Barn just south of Nashville, Inspired, Songs of Faith and Family captures the honest country sounds

(21 Oct 2013) Various - One Chance Soundtrack  (Sony Music CMG) contains track 15 "Sweeter Than Fiction" by Taylor Swift
Inlay Artwork - Buy the single on UK iTunes - Facebook One Chance Movie (tagged soundtrack/country) >> LISTEN 
Notes: From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, One Chance is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for Britain's Got Talent.
EW: Whip out your pink tux and pierce your left ear — Taylor Swift wants to take you to a 1980s prom.
The pop-country star (and future The Giver actress) teamed up with fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff to pen 80s bubblegum “Sweeter Than Fiction,” a New Wavey track for the upcoming British biopic One Chance, which tells the story of Paul Potts, the down-on-his-luck store clerk who became an opera-singing sensation after winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2007. Swift sings from the point of view of a longtime fan who believed in a performer’s talent long before anyone else did .. The track, which will play over the end-credits of One Chance, is uplifting without being hokey and sweet without being cloying. It’s as light and airy as cotton candy — and just as addictive, too. “So…. “Sweeter Than Fiction” will be available at iTunes TONIGHT at midnight! @onechancemovie,” Taylor wrote on Twitter.


  • Dolly Parton announces the Australian tour dates as part of the 'Blue Smoke World Tour' starting in February 2014. Parton returns to Australia after a widely successful 2011 tour. Dolly’s latest studio album of all new material “Blue Smoke” will be released worldwide on Dolly Records with a release date to be announced soon. Feb 11th 2014 (Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena), Feb 15th (Hunter Valley, Hope Estate Winery), Feb 18th (Sydney, Entertainment Centre), Feb 21st (Brisbane, Entertainment Centre), Feb 25th (Adelaide, Entertainment Centre) and Feb 27th (Perth, Perth Arena). read the FULL press release
  • Keith Urban and Taylor Swift are both nominated at the ARIA Awards, Australia's answer to the Grammy Awards.  Keith is mentioned in two categories, Best Male Artist and Best Australian Live Act for The Story So Far tour. Taylor got a nod in the Best International Artist category for her album, Red. The ARIA Awards will be handed out December 1 in Sydney.
  • On the Country Tracks Top 30 chart (Australia's leading chart compiled by radio airplay of tracks released in Australia) dated Saturday, 26 October 13 saw Jasmine Rae move 3-1 to top the chart with “If I Want To”, Keith Urban’s “Little Bit Of Everything” holds at #2 and the 2-week #1 Sara Storer drops 1-3 with “Lovegrass”.
  • Congratulations to Gord Bamford! His single "When Your Lips Are So Close" is the #1 airplay single and his album Country Junkie debuts as the #1 Country Album in Canada this week! His new single also debuted at #26 on the German Country Music Airplay Chart this week!
  • Shania Twain has announced 15 additional performances of her Shania: Still the One show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas January 22 through February 15. Tickets wenton sale at ShaniainVegas.com

Taylor Swift, announced that she will be painting Berlin RED in February 2014 with a date at Berlin’s O2 World.
Berlin’s O2 World will host Taylor Swift’s blockbuster THE RED TOUR on 7th February 2014. Tickets will be priced from € 40. Tickets will be available to purchase from 9am CEST on Friday 25th October 2013 via www.eventim.de and by phone on 01806 570 000. Exclusive VIP Experiences and packages are also available Newsletter


Snapshot news:

  • Taylor Swift's only been releasing music since 2006, but she's been so successful at it that she's now racked up more top-40 hits than The Rolling Stones. According to Billboard, "Everything Has Changed," Taylor's duet with Ed Sheeran, has become her 42nd top-40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.  In their 50-year career, the Stones managed 41, as did Jay-Z, who's been on the scene since the mid-90s, and the late R&B legend Marvin Gaye. Of course, Taylor has been able to score so many hits because she usually releases multiple cuts from her new albums in advance, and they all end up selling hundreds of thousands of downloads, which rockets them up the chart.  Back in the day, before digital downloads, this never happened.
  • When Taylor Swift played four sold-out shows in Los Angeles last August, she simply wanted to give her crowds the best concert possible. She had no idea her performance would lead to her latest movie role in The Giver. Taylor tells ABC News Radio, "When I played my shows in L.A., I was unaware that people from this movie were in the audience, and I had a role offered to me the next week." She says, "I think my show tends to be very emotional and moody and they saw something that they needed in the role. So, I'm very honored and lucky to get to be a part of it." Taylor is now in South Africa filming her part in The Giver opposite Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. She'll launch the next leg of her Red Tour next month in New Zealand.
  • Dolly Parton graced the stage of The Queen Latifah Show on October 21st. Parton performed “Miss You Miss Me” from the upcoming movie “A Country Christmas Story” set to air on Lifetime on November 9th.
  • Country star Dolly Parton made her rapping debut during the episode which airs Mon Oct 21st. The Queen of Dollywood wears an afro, is blinged out, raps and pokes fun at Miley Cyrus (her goddaughter) all in the same 90-second clip - After referencing twerking (which Dolly didn’t do, unfortunately), she said, “Hey, Miley–I’ve got your ‘Wrecking Balls’ right here” and cupped her nether regions!
  • Dolly Parton sustained minor injuries in a car accident Monday Oct 2st in NASHVILLE. Dolly was the passenger in a vehicle struck by an SUV that failed to yield. She and the driver, JUDY OGLE were transported to VANDERBILT MEDICAL CENTER where they were both treated and released. According to the Nashville Tennessean, Parton later Tweeted, “I was in a fender bender this morning here in NASHVILLE, but I am all good ... Just a little tired and sore. Resting at home now!”
  • Wynonna is kicking up her heels this holiday season with a brand new footwear line, Got Soul, and a new tour, A Simpler Christmas, which kicks off Dec. 3 in Bakersfield, Calif. The new collection of bedazzled sneakers, wedges, and flats will be available at Fred Segal L.A. and boutiques across the country. Inspiration for the new line came to the entertainer after fans clamored for the shoes during her road stops.
  • Carrie Underwood is featured on the soundtrack to NBC's live production of The Sound of Music, due out December 3.  She plays Maria Von Trapp in the TV broadcast, which airs December 5. The full cast, including True Blood's Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp, joins Carrie on the soundtrack singing classic songs from the musical like "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." The soundtrack (out Dec 3) is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com.
  • CMT will celebrate a remarkable year in country music by honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw (Yes not a female in sight!) as 2013’s country music artists of the year in the 90-minute special, “CMT Artists of the Year,” premiering LIVE for the first time Tuesday, December 3.
  • Rosanne Cash, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dierks Bentley and Bobby Bare were among the friends and family who gathered Monday afternoon (Oct. 14) at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville to celebrate the life of CMT editorial director Chet Flippo. Flippo, who first gained recognition during the early 1970s as a writer and editor for Rolling Stone magazine, died June 19 at age 69.
  • Appsolutely: Brad Paisley has invited fans to create their own music videos for "I Can't Change The World" using video-editing app Magisto
  • Luke Bryan welcomed special guests and received a Platinum Plaque at Nashville Shows. Luke was presented with a platinum plaque for his latest album, Crash My Party. The project has sold a million copies in just six weeks.
  • Shania Twain will be featured on Robin Roberts' annual country music special on ABC November 5, the night before the CMA Awards.
  • Hunter Hayes welcomed Ronnie Milsap onstage to sing "Stranger in My House" Friday night (Oct 18) during his sold-out concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
  • Carrie Underwood teamed up with Willie Nelson on a duet version of his classic song "Always on My Mind," but they didn't sing it together in the studio. That means Carrie had to adapt to Willie's unique vocal phrasing -"Going in to record, Willie had kind of already laid down his part," Carrie explains, "and I go in and I'm thinking, how am I going to harmonize with his Willie timing? He has these Willie-isms, right?" Underwood got her part down in a few takes, though. She says, "In the end we got it, and I can't wait to get the album to hear it surrounded by other incredibly talented artists and Willie.
  • Garth Brooks sent out a cryptic e-mail message to fans Friday: "The sevens have aligned. It has begun… Thank you for believing…love, g." Over at GarthBrooks.com, the mystery continues with a virtual storm overtaking Garth's signature "g" on the homepage. The sound of thunder accompanies the graphic with an opportunity for website visitors to join the "circle of friends" by submitting their e-mail addresses. So, what does it all mean? It could have something to do with Garth's rumored concert film from his shows at the Wynn in Las Vegas.
  • If you pre-order Kelly Clarkson's album Wrapped In Red (out Oct 29) on iTunes, you get an instant download of her version of "White Christmas.  There are holiday merchandise bundles available as well: the most expensive will set you back £65.49 (about a hundred dollars) and gets you the album on CD and vinyl, as well as an exclusive Kelly Clarkson scarf, holiday ornament and snow globe.
Frankie Ballard, the rising guitarist-vocalist will join Rodney Atkins’ The Most Hits For Your Money Us Tour this Autumn. Kicking off earlier this month, the nationwide run includes stops in Florida, New Jersey, Michigan, New York, Ohio and North Carolina.
Spoilers: ‘Nashville’ Recap: The Rayna James Family Drama Continues (episode 3, Season 2) and CMIL


The 44th Annual GMA Doves Awards, hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, were handed out Oct 16 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in celebration of Gospel and Christian music’s biggest night.
Of note in the 42 award presentations:
Country SONG (Category 16): "From My Rags To His Riches"; Devin McGlamery with Dailey & Vincent; (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
Bluegrass ALBUM (Category 26): The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent; Dailey & Vincent; (producers) Darrin Vincent, Jamie Dailey
Country ALBUM (Category 27): Eyes Wide Open; Jeff & Sheri Easter; (producers) Jeff & Sheri Easter, Greg Cole, Madison Easter. For a full list of winners - doveawards.com          

Reba McEntire and CMA Awards nominees The Band Perry surprised radio stations and personalities around the country today with news of their 2013 CMA Broadcast Awards wins.
The Band Perry kicked off the morning, Monday Oct 21st, by calling the Radio Station and Major (WXTU, Philadelphia, Pa.), Large (WQDR, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.), Medium (WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.), and Small Market Broadcast Personality of the Year winners (“The Good Morning Guys” (Brian Gary, Todd Harding, and Susan Moore) – KUAD, Ft. Collins-Greeley, Colo.), with Reba delivering the good news to the National Broadcast Personality of the Year winner (Kix Brooks, “American Country Countdown” – Cumulus Media Networks). CMA Broadcast Award winners are not eligible to enter in consecutive years; therefore, those who received trophies in 2012 were not eligible in 2013. Winners will be recognized at “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” to be held Wednesday, Nov. 6 . See Listing for the winners of the 2013 CMA Broadcast & Radio Station Awards 

Superstar Collaborations announced for "The 47th Annual CMA Awards": Throughout its history, the CMA Awards has been known for showcasing unique collaborations between some of the biggest superstars in music. In 2013, the tradition continues as Zac Brown Band teams up with Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, and Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz.
Taylor Swift has assembled an A-Team of country talent for her appearance on the Nov. 6 show. She'll be joined by Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer and percussionist Eric Darken for a special version of her hit song "Red."

Country is the musical jewel in the BBC Radio 2 crown this November. To mark the biggest night in the country music calendar, the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards, Radio 2 is live from Nashville and presents a week of related programming including Bob Harris specials plus documentaries that delve deeper into the stories behind the music:
In a three hour show, Patrick Kielty is live from Nashville previewing the CMAs in a star-studded show of celebrity guests and live music. He also goes out and about in Nashville to discover the food, fashion and fame of America’s Music City (Wednesday 6 November, 2pm). Bob Harris gives his round-up of the awards in a show which will also feature his interviews with the artists backstage (Saturday 9 November, 6pm). A Bob Harris Country special showcases two multi-CMA award winning artists, Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, featuring highlights from two concerts recorded for Radio 2 in 2011 (Thursday 7 November, 7pm) - Facebook Radio2Country


Kelly Clarkson is set to release her first Christmas album, Wrapped In Red on October 29th. 
The album is available for pre-order at iTunes, Amazon.com and Target.com now. She is also set to air her very first Christmas special, Kelly Clarkson’s (Cautionary) Christmas Tale on NBC with a special taping on October 30th at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The album will feature brand new instant classics such as the first single, “Underneath The Tree,” and title track, “Wrapped In Red” as well as Christmas favorites, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “Blue Christmas”, “Run Run Rudolph,” “Please Come Home For Christmas” and many more. The album’s first single, “Underneath The Tree,” was written by Kelly and hit songwriter/producer Greg Kurstin as well as produced by Kurstin. Kelly enlisted Kurstin who was one of her partner’s on the Grammy Award winning album Stronger. HI RES Cover Art 

Kellie Pickler has hung up her dancing shoes and is back to the business of making music with her upcoming fourth CD, The Woman I Am, due out Nov. 11. The CD will be her first for her new label, Black River Entertainment, and features her current single, “Little Bit Gypsy.” The collection also includes three tracks co-penned by Pickler herself, including the title track which she co-wrote with husband/songwriter Kyle Jacobs.

Grits & Glamour (Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan), the royal women of country, celebrate the revealing and poignant sophomoric single release of “I Am A Woman” to radio Oct 17, 2013 from their critically acclaimed collaborative album entitled DOS DIVAS. Co-written by Grits & Glamour band member, and close personal friend,
Mary Sue England alongside hit writer Thom Shephard, “I Am A Woman” is a true-to-life heart song that paints the perfect picture of the “every day woman” as an anthem of strength, endurance and resilience for women of all ages and all walks of life… Read the Press Release

  • Dolly Parton announces UK & European Dates for 2014 'Blue Smoke World Tour'
  • Chase Rice’s highly anticipated, six-song EP Ready Set Roll is out. Rice is a co-writer on each of the compilation’s six songs, including lead single “Ready Set Roll,” which peaked at No. 2 on the iTunes Country Songs chart in the U.S. and No. 1 in Canada. Watch the official "Ready Set Roll" Lyric Video = A country cliche list set to music...
  • Country's Family Reunion (CFR), which celebrates "the greatest performances, stories and songs of Country music", will premiere its newest series, "Lookin' Back AGAIN," Friday, October 18 on the RFD-TV network (Rural Family Reunion is a 24-hour television channel dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America, production  based out of Nashville). See the October 18 - December 13 line up.
  • Sammy Kershaw will release BIG HITS: VOLUME 1 (Big Hit Records) On November 11.  The album contains ten of his biggest career hits in addition to two brand new songs.  Newly rerecorded songs on the album include "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "Cadillac Style," "Queen of My Doublewide Trailer," and "Third Rate Romance," among others.
  • Dynamic new talent Natalie Stovall and The Drive are giving fans the first taste of their music in the form of a brand-new EP available for purchase from October 22nd at US iTunes. The project is releasing on HitShop Records, distributed by Warner Music Nashville, and helmed by veteran producer Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry).  The EP features 6 tracks that showcase Stovall’s breathtaking vocals and captures the energy of her larger-than-life stage presence, and her band’s turbo-charged, take-no prisoners live shows. >> Introducing Video
  • Craig Campbell raised over $15,000 for the TJ Martell Foundation’s colon cancer in June.  In addition Campbell also auctioned off a private “Backyard BBQ” performance to its highest bidder.
  • Sarah Darling and Guy Penrod set to perform "Knowing What I Know About Heaven" together as a duet for the very first time at the 2013 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards on October 24, 2013. Penrod is nominated in the "Entertainer" category at the awards.
  • The Band Perry To Pioneer European Tour! Superstar sibling trio set to conquer the globe with first worldwide headlining tour!
  • Billy Dean, Andy Griggs, Jamie O’Neal and Trick Pony (Keith Burns/Ira Dean/Heidi Newfield) stepped up in a collaborative effort to champion a Denver community event in support of local flood victims (photos)

  • Billboard Size Matters: See How Your Favorite Stars Measure Up
  • CMA CLOSE UP : Vince Gill: Surprising thoughts On CMA’s Entertainer Of The Year Award…Extract What makes the CMA Entertainer of the Year a unique honor? Well, it seems to be a culmination of all things, of doing some business out there and showing great growth as an artist and a lot of things like that. But I’m going to probably be the only guy you talk to who will say this – I probably shouldn’t but I’m gonna (laughs). It’s the truth. Song of the Year was a bigger deal to me, only because what I value in this town is the songs. The word “Entertainer” almost conjures up shuck and jive..: “Hey, I’m going to entertain you!” You think of Wayne Newton, who does exactly that: He entertains people. To me, entertainment was always somebody who just stood there, sang great and played their ass off. That was entertainment to me. That’s how I saw myself. But when I saw that I’d won that Award, I went, “I don’t know if I see myself as that, because other people do that far better than I, with more bells and whistles and everything.” I was prouder of accomplishing the Song of the Year category four different times, because the songs have more longevity. They’ll remember the songs forever, as opposed to, “You were really popular and one of the hottest things going for a year.” The song is forever. I’m probably the only idiot that will make that statement in your interview (laughs). To the business side of things, to have that moniker Entertainer of the Year, everybody looks at it as the biggest Award, even though I’m a little quirky and I don’t. But that’s just me – and I realize what a minority I am (laughs).
  • Rollingstone: Avett Brothers' New Album: 'There's Some Sparkly-Eyed Wonderment'....Extract: What are your thoughts on the whole world of commercial Americana that's emerged in the last few years? Scott: At the end of the day, it's terrific. The changing form of somewhere between rock and country and folk is really beautiful, and it's been happening way longer than us or Mumford & Sons..... 
  • Entertainment Weekly Taylor Swift will co-star in long-awaited adaptation of 'The Giver'...
  • Toby Keith on Hip-Hop Country: “Is That What We Gotta Do Now?” Toby Keith’s new album, Drinks After Work, features some stellar old-school country, including the swinging “Last Living Cowboy.” But Toby knows it’s difficult to get such traditional-sounding songs played on country radio. “There are a lot of those types of songs . . . but you play that for [the label’s radio promotion staff], and they’re like, ‘Eh, it doesn’t sound like what’s going on the radio today,’” he tells Country Weekly. “Well, OK.”......“You hear the hip-hop thing start kicking in, and you start going, ‘Is that what we gotta do now to have a hit?’ I don’t know how to do that,” he says. “Is that what I need every one of my songs to sound like now? But . . . I’m not going to change much. And when it quits working, I’ve got other stuff to do.” 
  • Billboard: Country Music’s Dearth of Females Extends Well Beyond the Artists…Lately, much ado has been made in the consumer press about country music’s female troubles. While format insiders know this is an issue that pops up -- to varying degrees -- about every five years or so, critics have been wound up over the fact that country radio is so light on women right now, and particularly female solo acts. But the lack of females goes well beyond artist rosters........
  • austinot.com The Great Willie Bake Off - Sideserf Cake Studio Transforms Cakes into Lifelike Art...“My whole life was art, art, art,” Natalie Sideserf of Sideserf Cake Studio told
    Austinot.come recently during a happy hour meeting downtown. Not surprisingly, her interests led her to study art at Ohio State. But Natalie didn’t choose to apply her training to clay or plaster. Instead, in a turn of events that may have seemed odd to onlookers, she decided on an unconventional artistic medium: cake...Continuing to hone her skills, Natalie decided to enter Capital Confectioners’ Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition. She wanted to sculpt her cake in the form of a lifesize older male’s head, so her mom suggested Willie Nelson. That’s when things got a little wild. After approximately thirty hours of work, this was the result! Her success at the actual competition was the icing on the cake (pun intended). Natalie won Best of Division at the Intermediate level, as well as multiple other awards.
  • Who Is Country Music’s Most Beautiful Woman of 2013? Cast your vote, Poll ends Oct. 27.

Joey + Rory ‘Made To Last’ – Album Review available on:

Mallory Hope ‘Black Widow’ (Single Review) Mallary Hope – aka one of Nashville’s “best kept secrets”  – has penned tunes for the likes of Faith Hill and Jana Kramer, recently had one of her co-writes featured on the hit ABC television series “Nashville”, and appears in a duet on Darius Rucker’s latest album. ....The great news for those of us who have been patient in waiting for officially “released” music from Hope is that she’s just sent one of her best songs, “Black Widow”, to iTunes (Released Oct 9), Find her songs on soundcloud.com

Country girl keeps it real: Kacey Musgraves interview …..The latest songs from new Nashville darling Kacey Musgraves are about casual sex, smoking joints and kissing girls — 'I don’t like music that’s been fancied up,' she tells David Smyth

Rollingstone Brandy Clark's High Hopes Shine on '12 Stories'….Veteran songwriter finally comes out of the shadows Clark does admit hope that country radio will prove her wrong and give some of her explosive songs a shot, too. And perhaps she should prepare to be pleasantly surprised. One of the most insubordinate tunes she has ever penned has recently been released to radio as fellow country daredevil Kacey Musgraves’ latest single, “Follow Your Arrow,” co-written with Musgraves and McAnally. The song not only advocates marijuana use but also premarital sex and homosexuality. "When we wrote that, I never thought in a million years that it would be a single," Clark reflects. "It's a huge dream come true and tells me that you never know!"

Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta is featured in a new book called "Blockbusters: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, And The Big Business Of Entertainment" by ANITA ELBERSE. The book focuses on the future of pop culture, while examining the strategies of successful executives in film, television, music, publishing, sports, and digital technologies. Borchetta is featured in a section of the book that discusses the launch of TAYLOR SWIFT’s fourth studio album, "Red."

UK’s “Country Music Magazine” is the Mag We’ve Been Waiting for says savingcountrymusic.com


Lee Williams from CMR Nashville ("Europe's #1 Country Music Radio Station") caught up with George Ducas in Nashville to talk about his new album "4340" due out Oct 29th. 

According to Reverbnation: Seventeen-year-old Karli Chayne is ready to take Nashville by storm. Following in the footsteps of Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert, Karli uses her songwriting to tell stories that inspire her fans: Listen to "Invisible" Hit or Miss? Just another Taylor Swift Wannabee?

Listen to Willie Nelson's latest album, To All The Girls...in FULL at Telegraph.co.uk or CMC
It is a collection of newly recorded duets between the American musical legend and a dream list of contemporary pop-country women singers.

"The Water" by Laura James (BBC Introducing) - I think its gorgeous (Bob Harris BBc Radio 2), more music at laurajamesmusic.bandcamp - soundcloud  "Cumbria born Laura James, golden haired nymph with guitar, hummingbird spinning fragile tales of life and love" Liverpool-based band, an eclectic mix of acoustic guitar, piano, strings and folk harp.

The newly recorded single "Black And White" is a duet featuring Pistol Annie and award-winning songwriter Angaleena Presley
The song was recently recorded in this new duet form in Nashville. The orignal version of "Black And White" can be heard on JB and the Moonshine Band's Beer For Breakfast album (March 6, 2012 Average Joes). The single hit country radio today (October 21, 2013) listen on soundcloud , available on US iTunes  UK iTunes

Brandy Clark
NPR First Listen: Brandy Clark, '12 Stories'…Brandy Clark had been at the Music Row writing thing for a decade before her name started popping up on ballsy album cuts, chart-toppers and Kacey Musgraves’ pro-weed-and-same-sex-love ditty. 
Somewhere along the way, a music bizzer with a budget recognized that Clark’s got the sumptuous singing to go with her witty, gritty real-talk. So here she is, halfway through her 30s, reintroducing herself with PR muscle, a jailhouse music video and an absolute knockout of an album. - nashvillescene

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? 
New albums (October releases):


  • Julie Roberts "He Made A Woman Out Of Me", the first new music on Sun Records in decades! Julie's Kickstarter funded album "Good Wine and Bad Decisions" drops October 29th 
  • Ty Herndon's latest single "Lies I Told Myself"
  • Jason Blaine "Feels Like That"
  • The YouTube mash-up of "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me" by Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz.
  • Meredith Andrews "Pieces" , the new single from the new album "Worth It All".
  • Joey+Rory "Amazing Grace" (Live)
  • Logan Brill "Scars" -  Brill says she and co-writer Jordan Dean approached the song with a break-up in mind. "Jordan came in with the line 'love is a loaded gun’ and it really struck a chord with me at the time. I had just gotten out of a long-term relationship, so I was in the right place to write a song about the hindsight that comes at the end of a relationship." Brill is a Knoxville, TN resident who is wiser than her 22 years would indicate as she cites fantastic influences like Patty Griffin and has been compared to everyone from Martina McBride to Sheryl Crow to P!nk - UK ITunes
  • Sent your letter to Santa yet? Young UK country artist Charlotte Howard is already in the Christmas spirit performing “Rocking Little Christmas” to the passers by in Chichester.
  • Canadian Elyse Saunders covers The Band Perry's "Chainsaw" in this Autumnal video.
  • Baylou (Barb Baillie and Victoria Baillie) "These Lips" performance at the CMA Music Festival Global Artist Party plus Craig Campbell's celebrity Cornhole event
  • Lady Antebellum finds its “Compass” Lyric Video
  • warbyparker.com Here's a snippet from Nikki Lane's stay at The Standard, Miami, where she recorded two exclusive tracks.

Ever demure Taylor Swift had the deep plunging neckline of this amazing couture Valentino Fall 2013 Couture, gown sewn up in the InStyle magazine November 2013 - Fashion Pic
Watch InStyle's Behind-the-Scenes Video from Taylor’s InStyle Cover Shoot. While she may have paired her signature red lip with green Burberry Prorsum separates for their November cover, inside the issue, she showcases high-fashion runway pieces from Lanvin, Marchesa, and more. “It’s just incredible to see how much effort is put into these designer clothes, and getting to wear them is an honor, actually!” said the star, who credits Grace Kelly and Francoise Hardy as a few of her personal style icons
On her style: I like to have things that remind me of my fashion icons, like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Françoise Hardy. My favorite look these days is a good riding pant, those jodhpur things with the little knee pads, paired with a nice white oxford shirt.
What designers she is loving right now in InStyle US 2013?: Elie Saab is really dreamy, and Ralph Lauren. I like Ralph Lauren cashmere cable-knit fitted sweaters. I shop at a lot of vintage stores, and I love places like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. I feel like they really get it right in terms of staples to wear every day.
What look makes her feel best in InStyle US 2013? I feel more confident when I have a red lip on. Right now I’m using Aqua Rouge No. 8 by Make Up For Ever. It has two sides to it- one side is a gloss, and one side is a lip stain.
Tweet: Taylor Swift @taylorswift13 Got home to find these flowers from @InStyle and a copy of my new cover! That was really thoughtful of them! pic.twitter.com/R0RmxioWaa

Taylor Swift did an interview with Nash FM 94.7 wearing a Free People Penny Lane Chiffon Dress ($128.00) - which she also owns in Red - Fashion Pic

GIRLFRIEND.COM.AU Magazine have Taylor Swift as their cover star for October 2013. She gives them the scoop on what's been going on in her world lately. She looks sweet as ever as she graces the cover wearing a floral, 50’s-inspired, ModclothHide in the Hydrangeas Dress’.
The sweet violet hues of this hydrangea-covered A-line by Bernie Dexter are to keep you in the comfort zone of that first date memory. (Girlfriend is described as "Australia's best teen girls magazine. It is independent, smart, a little bit naughty and pretty damn cool" - It is digitally available online at au.zinio.com)

Under Cover:  "Comfy sweaters, jeans and boots," those are a few of Carrie Underwood's favorite things, as revealed during her Women's Health cover shoot.
Underwood talks about singing "My Favorite Things" on the NBC-TV's live broadcast of The Sound Of Music Dec. 5, coconut oil and more in the November issue. 
Watch the behind-the-scenes footage here
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Get Carrie’s glam-girl look (Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky)
7 For All Mankind, crinkle knit racer tank, $128, 7ForAllMankind.com
Sydney Evan Gold & Pavé “live” necklace, $860 - SydneyEvan.com
Foreign Exchange gold sequin disco shorts, $24. These 100% Polyester highwaisted shorts feature gold sequin embellishment all over with two front slanted pockets with gold zippers for closure and a black elastic waistband. - TheFE.com
Iosselliani set 3 brass rings bamboo-shaped, fused stone, $250, 212-686-2211 at Iosselliani
Carrie Hoffman Jewelry, 14k gold triangle studs, available in yellow, rose and white gold for $228,at carriehoffmanjewelry

Julianne Hough made a guest appearance on ‘Extra’ (Oct 15) in Universal City, California to promote her new movie, ‘Paradise’ which she stars in alongside funnyman Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer, based around a young woman who survives a plane crash and suffers a crisis of faith as a result. The “Footloose”/DWTS actress/dancer/singer wore a sexy Bibhu Mohapatra Resort 2013 ethnic-inspired fez-print dress with sculpted shoulders, solid inserts at the sides, and an asymmetrical layered skirt. Signature wavy blonde tresses and a pretty pink lip shade completed her look - Fashion Pic
Julianne looked breathtaking that showed off her enviably toned figure showing off her moves with Extra host Mario Lopez  - Photo

Go behind the scenes with Reba McEntire at her 2013 Fall photo shoot for the Reba Style brand. Visit rebastyle.com


Nashville Lifestyles has released its list of the city’s 25 Most Beautiful People. The 2013 lineup includes Warner Bros. Records’ Sheryl Crow, Universal Music Group Nashville’s Luke Bryan and Kip Moore, and ABC-TV Nashville actor Charles Esten.

Miley Cyrus has bought a car for her dogs. The 'Wrecking Ball' singer splashed out on £250,000 on a new set of pet-friendly wheels for her five pampered pooches Happy, Bean, Floyd, Mary Jane and Penny Lane to ride around in.
A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Last week she bought a white Maserati Quattroporte and a red Porsche Cayenne for herself. "But she also splashed out £100k on a Range Rover Sport. The dogs are banned from her cars, but they basically own the Range Rover.

Leann Rimes' ex-husband was blindsided by her affair with Eddie Cibrian.

There have been a lot of changes in Kelly Clarkson’s life lately in relation to her wedding to Brandon Blackstock, who is Blake Shelton‘s manager and Reba McEntire‘s stepson. E! reports that the duo secured their marriage license in the Nashville area on Tuesday (Oct. 15). Clarkson and Blackstock showed up in person to obtain the document, as required by law.
The license is only valid for 30 days from the date it’s issued, so it wouldn’t shock us if the couple’s big day turned out to be this weekend?! The singer is said to be wearing a Temperley dress when she and Blackstock wed.
In fact, Kelly and Brandon may be married by the time her new album Wrapped In Red arrives on October 29.
Kelly Clarkson "Ties It Up"
On Friday, she released the first single, >> "Underneath the Tree,"
Kelly's been telling everyone about how she can't wait to start a family with her fiance, who already has two children from his previous marriage (a boy and a girl, aged 12 and six, respectively).  But speaking to In Touch Weekly magazine, Kelly says she wants to double that number.  "I did not ever want kids but my priorities are changing because now I want a baby real bad -- a big, chunky baby. I want a girl!" Kelly says, adding, "We’re thinking maybe two.” "I’m not patient, so I already have names picked out for a boy or a girl, and what kind of diapers they’ll wear. It’s crazy! We’re very excited,” Kelly adds.
Stop Press: Wedding Belle:  "I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock," Kelly Clarkson tweeted, adding a picture of herself and Reba's stepson/Blake Shelton's manager Brandon Blackstock. "We got married yesterday (Sunday Oct 20th) at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!" - Photo

Being in the woods remains a must-do for Luke Bryan in those rare occasions where he can slip away. While in Colorado recently, Bryan did get the opportunity to go on a hunt, and came out a winner, bagging his very first Elk. “I went to Colorado, Elk hunting, and I got my first Elk ever," Bryan beams. "I had the opportunity to do it with a bow, which was fun.” Unfortulately for Bryan, touring season and hunting season run side-by-side, so he cherishes those days where he can find himself in the woods. "My hunting season is so busy right now," he says. "It’s just kind of whenever I can get out in the woods, I’ll try to get out there

While many veteran artists slammed Miley Cyrus for her scandalous MTV Video Music Awards performance, no less a music legend than Paul McCartney recently told Britain's Sky News that he wasn't offended by it at all.  Now, in a new interview, he claims that not only does he think that the young pop star's performance was good, but he boasts that he, too, can do Cyrus' signature dance move. Following a live performance on BBC Radio 2, host Jo Whiley asked Sir Paul to give his thoughts on Miley. "Disgusting!" he cried, and then, as the audience laughed, he added, "Of course I don't mean it.  I think it's ridiculous the way that everyone is [saying], 'Oh dear me, she shouldn't do that!'  I mean, it's not like we haven't seen it before!" The former Beatle then pointed out that Miley is simply doing what it takes to stand out in the very crowded pop music world.

Count Perry: Neil Perry from The Band Perry shows how eating too much Halloween candy can damage your teeth.

October 21: Owen Bradley (1915)
October 22: Shelby Lynne (1968)
October 23: Dwight Yoakam (1956)
October 24: Heather Rankin (Rankins) - (1967)
October 25: Minnie Pearl (1912), Chely Wright (1970),
October 26: Charlie Landsborough (1941), Keith Urban (1967)
October 27: Dallas Frazier (1939), Lee Greenwood (1942)

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