Thursday, 23 January 2014

Country Bites News snippets January 13 - January 19, 2014

Country Bites News snippets January 13 – January 19, 2014

SOURCES / LINKS shown in RED

UK & IRISH News

Garth Brooks recently visited Dublin, Ireland to make a special announcement in person. Standing in Croke Park, the location of his sell out concerts in 1997, the legendary entertainer announced that he will return to that same venue in July 2014 for two performances, before the start of his worldwide tour, which is slated to begin later this year.

Before we go back on tour in the Fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band, and crew,” Brooks said. “In ’97, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park, and the stadium was under construction. 130,000+ of some of the greatest fans in the world [joined us]. I was quoted then as saying, ‘When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again…this time to the brink.’…and we’re back to do just that.” (Source: garthbrooks.com )
WHEN:  The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event takes place on Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Croke Park, presented by Aiken Promotions.
WHERE: Croke Park is located in north Dublin between Drumcondra and Ballybough - www.crokepark.ie/getting-here
Tickets: Priced at E65.45 they go on sale on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m. from ticketmaster.com and all usual ticket outlets Nationwide. Credit Card Bookings 0818 719 300 (ROI) / 0844 277 4455 (NI) online at www.ticketmaster.ie
For more concert Information check - www.aikenpromotions.com
>> Listen to Garth Brooks press conference at Croke Park on Soundcloud

Garth told ABC News Radio to expect many more concerts outside North America on his upcoming tour. Garth explains, "I think this is gonna have more of an international flavor than any of our tours have had so far." He adds that a lot of festivals have popped up in the years since he last toured, making it more cost-effective for him to play overseas. "What this allows us to do is it allows us to go from festival to festival without hauling all of our gear there," Garth says, "which kind of limited you on where you could go on the world tour and how much things cost and stuff. I think it's actually going to open up a window to where maybe we can play a lot more outside North America than we ever have."

Martina McBride announced a date at Manchester Academy for Sunday, 16 March 2014 and then subsequently scrapped it 2 days later. A statement read: “Unfortunately due to a change in Martina McBride's schedule the Manchester show cannot happen in March. It will be rescheduled to a later date”

Celtic Connections artists Beth Nielsen Chapman and Rab Noakes joined Ricky Ross on BBC Radio Scotland on his Another Country show to share their love of country music and play a session.

Kathryn Anderson a fairly new on the scene British artist hooked up with Paul Braithwaite on BBC Radio Cumbria on Sunday Jan 19th 2014 with a live phone radio interview. 

















She spoke about her 6 track EP THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED which was the featured album on the programme with 5 tracks played (BBC Cumbria Showpage).
Listen to the edited interview here:


The EP, all original songs, was self released on Dec 29, 2013 and it’s available to purchase digitally on Amazon UK MP3 and UK iTunes . You can hear/ download samples of all the tracks on soundcloud.com, reverbnation.com
Regarding the title track BBC Radio Norfolk’s Keith Greentree said on his Saturday Jan 18th Rodeo Norfolk show – “Is that good or what, I think that’s absolutely brilliant”
The now Uckfield, Sussex based 23 year old singer-songwriter a graduate in Popular Music Performance from Southampton Solent University first took an interest in country music via Taylor Swift’s early works then exploring other types of country music (Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Dixie Chicks). Soaking up the culture she has come to love the traditional classic sounds from the likes of Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Merle Haggard.

Kathryn introduced her music with a terrific single “Write A Letter” which appeared on the promotional Hotdisc (#168 Dec 2012) which picked up airplay on regional, independent and internet radio stations. It spent 8 weeks on the top 20 of the Hotdisc Chart peaking at #3 on the Hotdisc Top 40 and #2 on the British & Irish Hotdisc Top 10 in February 2013. It drew praise on the local BBC Country programmes: ”Write A Letter’ it comes highly recommended by me, I think it’s wonderful” - Joe Fish BBC Radio Lancashire (28 Oct 2012)
This is a lovely track I think she's got a lot of potential, very nice indeed, so nice to hear her own song recorded professionally” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire (24 Aug 2012)
Kathryn’s songs are autobiographical (life experiences) and her aim is to write songs that her audience can relate to, with melodic patterns that are memorable. Promoting the EP she recently had a short facet on BBC South East Today which spotlighted her recent 3-month stay in Nashville, TN where she wrote, performed and recorded even landing an extras part on the Nashville TV drama and met the cast! >> YouTube On Jan 17th her local Press ran a “Hits The iTunes Chart” feature - Image
Find and follow Kathy via her WEBSITE - FACEBOOK - TWITTER  

BBC Radio 2 Playlist - Kacey Musgraves with her now 4th Radio 2 track “Step Off” remains on the “B” list (first added the week commencing Dec 26, 2013. Sheryl Crow with “Easy” stays on the “A” Playlist (first added the week commencing Jan 4, 2014).  Beth Nielsen Chapman with “Simple Things” leaves the “B” playlist, it first entered the “C” list on Dec 14, 2013.

UK CHART NEWS

Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week Ending January 25, 2014)
Taylor Swift’s RED fell off the chart from the previous weeks #75 slot.

Official UK Country Album Chart  (Week Ending January 25, 2014)
Billie Joe (Armstrong) + Norah (Jones) with their 12 track FOREVERLY (Warner Bros) remained at No.1 in their 8th week making it seven non-consecutive weeks at the summit. Kacey Musgraves’ SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK (Decca) held at #2 in her 40th week. Keith Urban with FUSE returned to the Top 20 at #3
Derek Ryan was up one place 11-10 with COUNTRY SOUL (Sharp Music) in his 12th chart week. Nathan Carter posts 2 albums sets with WHERE I WANNA BE at #16 as the 64-week WAGON WHEEL rolls back 2 spokes (16-18).  

On the Hotdisc Chart (January 19, 2014 Chart) 

In the third chart of 2014 Ray Scott with his new self penned single  "My Kind Of Music", which appeared on the December #180 Hotdisc, secured a seventh week at No.1 on Hotdisc Top 40. Other December singles saw David Shelby with “Stealing Honey” hold at #2 for a sixth week and The Phoenix Stone BandWhen The Whiskey Doesn’t Work” moved up one slot to #3 at the expense of Toby Keith’sShut Up And Hold On” which has ran out of steam with a 3-8 fall.
Last week’s Hot Shot Debut Jessie Lee Cates with “Scotland” (from the Hotdisc 181 January 2014 disc) moved up one place to #4.
Other new tracks to make an advance on the Top 40 were:
Andy Griggs cover of the Hank Williams song “Ramblin’ Man” moved 7-5. America’s Donny Richmond with “I Wonder Where They Sleep” climbed two slots (8-6) making it his most successful Hotdisc track of all time. The collaboration from Charlie Boston & Carolyn Martin with their song “What’s Good For You” was up one (10-9). Bart Connell with “What A Way To Go” (written by David Hobby and James A Rushing) jumped into the top tier with a five place leap (15-10)
Outside the Top 10 saw US acts James Robert Webb’sLong Hot Winter” move up two (14-12), Monongator Joe’s single “No Turnin’ Back” made a seven place stride (20-13), Avrio with “When I Get Over Today” crept up one notch (17-16) and Amy Ames made good progress gaining five rankings with a 22-17 hop. 

Up and coming British singer/songwriter Sam Hollyman with “Where I Wanna Be” moved up 3 places in his second week (18-15) and so lands a #1 wish topping the Hotdisc British & Irish Chart. Sam’s track, available on Amazon UK and iTunes, overtook British band The Diablos and their December single “Bad Chrome Job” which saw the rust begin to bite with a 16-20 dip.

UK COUNTRY ALBUM RELEASES

(2 Jan 2014) Dave Sheriff - Best of Dave Sheriff Vol. 4 (Stomp Music and Publishing)
19 Tracks / Time: 1:10:31 CD - UK iTunes 

(13 Jan 2014) Rosanne Cash - The River & The Thread ( Blue Note Records) (Decca UMO)
14 Tracks/ Time: 47:14 CD [Deluxe Edition] (10 Feb) - MP3 - US iTunes - Amazon.com
 She began to embrace her father's influence on the 2009 album The List -- a collection of Johnny's favorite songs -- and now Rosanne digs even deeper into her Southern musical heritage with a new project, The River & the Thread.

(19 Jan 2014) Beth Nielsen Chapman - UnCovered (BNC Records)
12 Tracks/ Time: 46:34 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com (Jan 28)
On Beth Nielsen Chapman's new release, "Uncovered" she rolls out a batch of premium songs she's written but never recorded that have already been hits or covers by other artists. Most were top ten hits, seven of which topped the charts at #1. This record could have been called "Recovered" except that the idea for this collection sprung out of her digging up songs for her pending boxed set called "Box of Songs". The title, "Uncovered" was suggested by none other than Bob Harris. "Once I heard that name I knew exactly what this record needed to be."

(20 Jan 2014) Mary Chapin Carpenter - Songs From The Movie  (Decca (UMO))
10 Tracks/ Time: 51:50 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com  >> Watch the background to the recording
Recorded at Air Studios in London, the album was arranged and conducted by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza (Sting, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, Elvis Costello, Björk, Joni Mitchell) and was produced by Carpenter and Mendoza along with Matt Rollings (Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett). Featured on the album are new interpretations of ten beloved songs by Carpenter, including “Between Here and Gone” and “Come On Come On. In celebration of the album, Carpenter is set to embark on her first tour with a live orchestral backing. The tour will run throughout 2014 and includes a special debut performance at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on January 24 as well as a date at L.A.’s Disney Concert Hall with L.A. Philharmonic on February 8.

(20 Jan 2014)  Lucinda Williams - Lucinda Williams (Thirty Tigers)
Deluxe Edition 32 Tracks / Time:  1:50:38 CD - MP3 - Amazon.com 
Lucinda Williams reissues critically acclaimed 1988 Rough Trade album. Out-of-print for 10 years and 25 years since its original release, the remastered two-disc, 25th anniversary release of Lucinda Williams Rough Trade album contains new photos, liner notes, an unreleased live concert from 1989 in addition to previously released bonus material.

AUSSIE NEWS
Tamworth is controversy country in run-up to music awards + The Australian list their 20 best Australian country albums of all time as the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival kicked off. As the official special events radio station, Toyota Festival FM is broadcasting 24 hours a day on the FM frequency 106.1 and will broadcast a number of live concerts and is featuring a number of celebrity announcers.

McAlister Kemp have released their latest country/rock album, HARDER TO TAME. It follows the successful Country Proud, including its "anthemic" title track and earned the duo their first ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) number one country album, mainstream ARIA chart success, a CMC (Country Music Channel) Music Award plus numerous other nominations. Harder To Tame has 10 track, described as "all tied together with songs that touch on real issues and core blue
collar values – the cornerstone of McAlister Kemp's loyal fan connection".

Sydney based trio Georgia Fall (Mellissa Baker, Paul Bain and James Bernauer) have released their debut album titled LOVE THE HARD WAY. The album, out Jan 20 on iTunes.au produced by Golden Guitar nominee Sean Rudd and also featuring songs co-written by Lyn Bowtell, has been two years in the making.

CANADIAN NEWS
  • Shania Twain will give her first concert outside of Las Vegas in more than 10 years this summer in Canada. She's set to perform Wednesday, July 9 at the Scotiabank Saddeldome in Calgary as part of the Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series at the Calgary Stampede. This will be Shania's only date in Canada for 2014. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 24 through Ticketmaster.
  • One More Girl’s EP "The Hard Way" will be available February 4th on iTunes. For more news on them, Tim Hicks, Emerson Drive, The Road Hammers and High Valley read the Open Road Recordings Newsletter for January 2014
NEWS
  • Snapshot News: Country Aircheck's Insider News: January 17, 2014  - January 21, 2014
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ passing on Taylor Swift’s “Sweeter Than Fiction” (from the film One Chance) is easily one of the most high-profile snubs from the  Oscar nominations announcement. The song was nominated for a Golden Globe and seemed like an obvious pick for an invite on Oscar night, if only because people love giving Taylor Swift gold trophies (and also because it would have brought some much-needed youth to the Oscar party). Instead, the contenders in the Best Original Song category includee U2's “Ordinary Love” (from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), Karen O’s “The Moon Song” and the song “Let It Go” from the Disney blockbuster Frozen.
  • Hee Haw’ is bound for Broadway. The show is being put together by Steve Buchanan, head of Opry Entertainment Group, which owns Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. He’s assembled a first-rate team: The script is by Robert Horn, who wrote the underrated “13” musical with Jason Robert Brown. And music and lyrics are by Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark.... There are several “tear-your-heart-out country ballads,” one source says, “as well as some hilarious songs in the style of those wonderful and terrible ‘Hee Haw’ jokes in the cornfield. Read more at NY Post
  • The Grand Ole Opry will return to Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville next month with performances from members Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts. Thompson Square, Eric Paslay, Love and Theft and Brandy Clark are also on the show, set for February 19 at the Nashville Convention Center.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum broke its attendance record for the third-straight year, continuing its momentum in advance of the expected completion of its expansion project in the coming months. The Hall of Fame brought in 668,577 visitors in 2013, representing an 18.4 percent increase over the previous record of 564,777 in 2012.....Read more
  • Four people including Luke Bryan’s stage hands and arena staff were rushed to the hospital last Thursday (Jan 16th) night after part of his stage collapsed when a forklift crashed into it after the show was over.
TOURS
  • Tracy Lawrence will take to the road for the first leg of a 28-city North American Headlights, Taillights and Radios Tour ..Read Press Release
  • Brandy Clark announced she will be joining Jennifer Nettles on tour starting in February
  • Lady Antebellum Heats Up Summer with more dates added to The North American Leg of their Take Me Downtown Tour. Billy Currington, David Nail and Joe Nichols Added to the Lineup On Select Summer Shows… Read more
BABY NEWS
  • Justin Moore who’s going to be a daddy again! His wife Kate’s expecting baby #3 this summer. He has two daughters, Kennedy 2, and Ella who’s almost 4.
  • In light of all her sickness that has come with being pregnant, Kelly Clarkson is a beaming mother-to-be this week, as she found out her little bundle of joy will be a little girl. “We just found out we’re having a girl officially!" Clarkson posted on her official Twitter page Monday (Jan. 20). "I knew it! Only a girl could cause this much drama with all this vomiting ha!”
MUSIC NEWS
At No.3 for four straight weeks on the Official UK Singles Chart for week ending January 25th is Avicii‘s latest song “Hey Brother”. 
The song features uncredited vocals from Dan Tyminski, better known as being the singing voice of George Clooney in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou, the bluegrass singer in Alison Krauss and Union Station and appearances on Transatlantic Sessions series! The single, currently on the BBC Radio 1 "A" Playlist, sold another 38,664 copies sales with a UK tally to date of 377,889. This country-electronica mix is a Dan collaboration with the Swedish DJ and they have performed it live at the Ultra Music Festival in March 2013. “Hey Brother” is featured on Avicii‘s latest album TRUE and was written by Avicii, Ash Pournouri, Salem Al Fakir, and Vincent Pontare.
>> Watch the [Lyric Video] Avicii ft. Dan Tyminski "Hey Brother" and Official Video  
It’s available to buy on Amazon UK and UK iTunes                      

Falling 23-41 (7,428 sales), 2013 X Factor champ Sam Bailey's debut hit Skyscraper spent only four weeks in the UK Top 40 - fewer than any of the nine previous X Factor winner's coronation singles. The one that survived longest in the Top 40 - perhaps surprisingly - was Bailey predecessor James Arthur's Impossible, which racked up 13 straight weeks on the Top 40 before checking out. The rest: Little Mix (five weeks), Leon Jackson and Joe McElderry (six weeks), Steve Brookstein and Matt Cardle (eight weeks), Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke (nine weeks) and Shayne Ward (11 weeks).
Music/ Album sales to further decline in 2014?
  • Amazon - Only music purchases over £10 qualify for free delivery, This means a £9.99 - £3.99 CD from them is no longer so much of a bargain if you have to pay £1.26 delivery.
  • Sainsburys are removing all physical products from their website in February and concentrating on downloads only. Sainsbury’s Entertainment have announced that they are to stop selling physical music product online. In a statement the supermarket chain said: “Due to the rise in demand for downloading and streaming films and music, from March 2014 Sainsbury’s Entertainment will become a completely entertainment on demand site. From 28 February 2014 we will no longer accept online orders for physical products.”
  • Tesco have/ are removing the Top 10 music charts in their 'Metro' stores and reducing space given to physicals in larger stores.
SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS
  • Jo Dee Messina’s Kickstarter-funded album, “Me”, will finally see the light of day, out March 18.
  • Sara Evans has revealed the album cover and track listing for her seventh studio album, Slow Me Down, slated for release on March 11, 2014. The album will feature collaborations with Vince Gill, Gavin DeGraw and The Fray’s Isaac Slade.
  • Carlene Carter comes full circle with her new CD, CARTER GIRL, produced by Don Was and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, scheduled for release March 25 on Rounder Records. As the daughter of June Carter Cash and Carl Smith, and granddaughter of Maybelle Carter, Carlene says it has been her lifelong goal to make this record.  "The songs on the album cover three generations of Carter Family music," she explains. Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, and Elizabeth Cook are among the guest stars
  • Irene Kelley has a new full-length Bluegrass album titled PENNSYLVANIA COAL produced by Grammy Award-winner Mark Fain is due out February 11, 2014. The new collection features Carl Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Trisha Yearwood, Jerry Salley, Dale Ann Bradley, Darren Vincent, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan, Adam Steffey, Steve Gulley and other friends. It is a tribute to her coal-mining grandfather and a recording Irene has had on her bucket-list for some time - Read the Press Release  >> Preview Vid
  • “Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne,” a two-CD homage featuring versions of Browne’s songs by artists including Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Eliza Gilkyson and the Indigo Girls. “Looking Into You” is due April 1 on Music Road Records. Listen to the terrific opening track and check out the track listing on Wall Street Journal
  • Travis Tritt welcomed Marty Stuart to the stage with an exciting announcement during the second of a two-night acoustic stint at the Franklin Theater (Jan. 13-14) celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tritt’s rise to fame. Tritt shared news that the honky-tonk outlaws have already co-produced four sides for a forthcoming album, which may be available by the end of the year. “The new project is real close to unplugged – getting back to the root of things,” he said.
  • Jamie O’Neal will release her first new album in five years on March 18. ETERNAL will feature Jamie’s spin on 11 classic hits by the likes of Patsy Cline, Bruce Cockburn, Deborah Allen, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Juice Newton, Connie Smith and others. The album also features “Wide Awake,” the only original song on the project. It was co-written by Jamie and her father/manager, Jimmy Murphy. 
PRESS RELEASES        
  • Dire Straits' Alan Clark and Chris White with five hand-picked, world class musicians - Terence Reis, Steve Ferrone from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mickey Féat, Adam Phillips and Jamie Squire – are set to perform at venues in the United States starting in late February.
  • Nu-Blu one of bluegrass music’s rising groups, is hitting the road in support of their latest album TEN
  • George Strait kicks-off Final Leg Of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. Jason Aldean special guest January 9 & 10; joined Strait for 2 songs. Strait breaks his own previous two record-setting shows marking CenturyLink Center’s Highest Grossing Show of all time. See setlist and Tour dates
  • New music from Chuck Wicks is coming to country fans as Wicks’ new single “Us Again” has just shipped to radio for a Jan. 27 impact date.  The song will also be available for download via iTunes and all other major digital outlets on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin performed on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” in support of their album Bakersfield: Deluxe Edition, available exclusively From Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on Jan. 27
  • Phil Everly will be remembered by The Americana Music Association with a tribute to the Everly Brothers during a celebration of American Roots Music. The event will take place at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, Saturday, January 25. Phil Everly, half of the legendary duo, was a generous supporter of the not-for-profit music association.  In 2009, during America’s turbulent recession, Everly scribed the lyrics of “When Will I Be Loved” on parchment paper and donated the work for auction, raising thousands of dollars for the Americana Music Association.
  • Eric Church unveils Mysterious Music Video for new single, “Give Me Back My Hometown”. Watch It on Vevo.Com
  • Darius Rucker starts 2014 with Grammy Nod ("Wagon Wheel") and Sold- Out Tour Dates (Jan - March, 2014)
  • Lucinda Williams will headline the 4th annual Americana Spring Celebration, to be held March 21-22, 2014 at Blackberry Farm, a world-class luxury resort breathtakingly situated in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.
  • Billboard Magazine unveils Best Of 2013 - Russell Moore & Iiird Tyme Out rank among Top 5
REVIEWS
INTERVIEWS
In this CMR Nashville interview, first broadcast on Jan 17th, Lee Williams spoke to Rhonda Vincent on the phone to chat about her new album ONLY ME (Upper Management Music) which is due to drop January 28, 2014.
Listen to the interview below:


This two-disc set offers a selection of both styles, with six bluegrass songs on disc 1, and six country ones on number 2. 
In an interesting twist, high-profile guest country vocalists Willie Nelson and Daryle Singletary both appear on the bluegrass side of the project. The bluegrass disc was recorded with Rhonda’s road band, The Rage. Read more at bluegrasstoday The 12 track 2-CD album (Time: 40:21) album is available on Amazon UK and Amazon.com

The Country Site: Jamie Lynn Spears –Exclusive Interview
Rollingstone: Jennifer Nettles on Virginity, Solo LP, Living Her Best Twitter Life ...'I like to be drawn in intimately and then punched in the face'

LISTEN
Released on January 21st Susan Cattaneo has a new album titled HAUNTED HEART (Jersey Girl Music). Available on Amazon.com the CD version of Haunted Heart comes in a beautiful matte digipak. Includes sixteen page booklet with lyrics and credits. Listen to the whole album at susancattaneo.bandcamp.com

Erica Nicole a Southern girl, Atlanta, Georgia native and Nashville based artist has sent her single “I Listen To My Bad Girl” to radio (impact date Feb 3, 2014) which will be included on an upcoming album. You can hear the track on soundcloud.com

SPOTIFY COUNTRY
For users of this online music streaming service here are some of the more recent additions and recommendations.
When its free and easy on Spotify who needs music piracy? You might get the party started at the White House

Beth Nielsen Chapman – UnCovered - Released Jan 19, 2014
Brit Country:
Kathryn Anderson – The Road Less Travelled – New EP released Dec 29, 2013
Aussie Country:
McAlister Kemp – Harder to Tame - 10 tracks out Jan 16, 2014
Georgia Fall – Love The Hard Way - 10 tracks out Jan 16, 2014

WATCH
From her new album release, "THAT GIRL," Jennifer Nettles performs "Falling" on The David Letterman Show. The singer was incredibly leggy, flaunting her gams in a semi-sheer, black, belted shorts ensemble. She donned a Givenchy shirt, Pucci shorts, Saint Laurent shoes with jewels by Jennifer Fisher. She also rocked a shaggy ‘do, complete with messy bangs — which are incredibly “in” right now.

Autumn HillFire” (Official Video), this duo were Canadian Country Music Association Award nominees in 2013. The song is from their album “Favourite Mistake” on iTunes.ca - Press Release

COUNTRY FASHION

Taylor Swift was spotted out & about in LA heading to lunch on Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA on January 16, 2014. She was wearing Frye ‘Courtney’ boots available from Nordstrom.com - Fashion Pic Worn with: Free People hat, Ray-Ban wayfarers, MiH Jeans ‘Long Sportswear Cardigan’ us.mih-jeans.com  Urban Outfitters ‘Cooperative High Waisted Denim Shortie’s and held a  Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 bag - Image

Taylor Swift left a dance studio in Los Angeles (Jan 18) wearing a Wildfox Bad Kitty Buchanan Dress (revolveclothing
$138.00), a pair of Capezio Daisy Flats ($18.80) carried a Dolce & Gabbana Sara Pebbled Frame Shoulder Bag ($2,295.00) and wore her fav Ray-Ban Wayfarers ($150.00) - Image

COUNTRY GOSSIP
  • Jason Aldean is currently working on his next studio album, but he's not sure how big a role his recent split from his wife of 12 years, Jessica, will play in his song selection. Jason tells the Quad City Times, "The music may reflect it a little bit, but to me, stuff happens. It's a done deal and I don't dwell on those things. I'm all right. I don't think about that." While he knows fans will try to read meaning into whatever he records on this next album, Jason isn't looking to unload his personal troubles on this next album. "People can think whatever they want," Jason explains. "My feeling is that I'm going to go record an album and I'm going to find the best songs I can find."
  • As far as babies go, Carrie Underwood’s given her husband the green light but he says it’s going to be a decision they make a year from now when his contract with the Predators ends.
  • When Lee Brice heads off to The Grammys he wants to meet P!nk as he’s working on his new album and he wants her raspy voice to sing on a ballad. The song’s writers know her and Lee knows her publicist.
TWEETS
Taylor Swift doesn't spend a lot of time on Twitter, but when she does tweet, she usually makes her tweets funny or memorable.  And while she has more than 30 million Twitter followers, Taylor says that's because when it comes to social media, she's careful not to over-share -- mostly, she claims, because her actual life, well, isn't all that interesting. Speaking to Teen Vogue, Taylor explains, "I'll tweet maybe once every two weeks. I don't want to seem like I always have my phone out looking for the next thing to upload. One of the most important things about social media is knowing when to put the phone down and experience your life."  She adds, "If I were to tweet what I'm doing every minute, all you'd get would be pictures of me watching TV with my cat, and you'd be depressed for me!"

PHOTO
Taylor Swift meets Julia Roberts at the Golden Globes - Image

Hayden Panettiere is all smiles while attending The Highway presents The Music of Nashville at the SiriusXM Music City Theatre in the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (December 11) in Nashville, Tenn. 




















The 24-year-old actress was joined by her co-stars Sam Palladio, Charles Esten, Will Chase, Jonathan Jackson, and Chaley Rose as they discussed recording music for their hit ABC show.
Read Alan Cackett’s 4 STAR review for Nashville: The Music Of Nashville Original Soundtrack Season 2, Volume 1: Here
It’s available on Amazon UK on 17 Feb 2014 (Pre-Order £9.99)
It can be purchased now on Smart Choice Music and they also stock the Deluxe edition (Target stores version) for £17.99

BIRTHDAYS
January 20: John Michael Montgomery (1965), the late Slim Whitman (Jan 20, 1924 – Died June 19, 2013; aged 90)
January 22: Teddy Gentry (Alabama) (1952), Regina Nicks (Regina Regina),
January 23: The late Johnny Russell (1940 – Died July 3, 2001, aged 61), Harley Allen (1956)
January 24: Becky Hobbs (1950), Ray Stevens (1939), Aaron Neville (1941), Glen Worf (1954)
January 25: The late Speedy West (Steel Guitarist) (Jan 25, 1924 – Died Nov 15, 2003; aged 79) >> Steel Guitar Rag
January 26: Lucinda Williams (1953)

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