Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Country Bites News snippets February 24 - March 2, 2014

Country Bites News snippets February 24 – March 2, 2014

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Updated March 5, 2014
UK & IRISH News

Kata Hay heading for the UK – Born in 1987, Kata Hay (pronounced KAY-tuh) the 26-year old Skiatook, Oklahoma native and Knoxville, Tennessee based Country/ Rock/ Pop singer-songwriter is embarking on her first tour of the UK in March! 
The stunning Kata Hay
Thanks to the help of a successful Kickstarter fan funded project (28 backers pledged $2,161 of a $2,000 goal) it has secured money for tour travel, merchandise and marketing expenses.
"I really feel like this tour could greatly impact my career, and I ain't no chick anymore ;). lol Time to seize the moment, as they say" she shares.
Her dates indicate she will begin her tour on Weds 19th March 2014 with a Phoenix FM Interview finishing up on Sun 30th March  at the Colchester Arts Centre in Essex.

Kata (back then Kata Huddleston) made Skiatook a household name for weeks in 1993 when she not only appeared on but became the youngest person to ever win "Star Search with Ed McMahon". She was only five years old when she won and she didn't stop there. Over the years Kata has: Held the #1 spot on the Western Music Charts and won five International Yodeling Championships.
At age 18, Kata made the move to Tennessee, and met Robbie Helton, who became her bass player, co-writer, and eventually 2 years later, her husband. They formed the band Kata & The Blaze (Image) in 2006 and opened for legends such as Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson and played for over a million people in 2008 alone. The stunning Okie songstress stays busy writing and recording new music, and is working on her first solo album in over 7 years. She also tours with the bluegrass/rock fusion band The Grassabillies, and performs nightly at the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Fued Show in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Kata is the reigning Dolly Parton Mountain Soul Vocal Champion (photo) winning 1st Place in the 13+ Category when she sang “I Will Always Love You”
Kata and Robbie Helton will take their entertainment across the pond for 9 performances in different UK cities each night over 12 days. A grueling travel and performance schedule but one they look forward too with excitement. Hay said "It's been a dream of mine just to visit the UK for a long time and now to actually get the honor of entertaining in some of the historic cites and venues we are is more than I can ask for."

Kata and Robbie will be bringing the UK to the US as well. They will be filming "Hatfields Loose in London" video segments in which they ask random UK residents what they know of The Great Smoky Mountains. To see how random UK folks react to their antics, tune into the Hatfield McCoy Facebook page (March 20th - 30th) for the daily video uploads.
Over the past 9 years Kata has performed in front of over 5 million people in The Smoky Mountains, performing up to 500 shows per year.
Kata has two supporting acts for the tour both fronted by females one from Israel (Lilac Sheer) & one from The Netherlands (Meryl and A bit Of Yellow) making this truly a International melting pot of a tour. "I can't wait to get over there and entertain the people of the United Kingdom!" Helton said, "I have always loved the music that came out of the UK. In my partnership with INNOVATION strings (a UK based musical instrument string maker) over the last eight years I really wanted to tour there."












Kata has also partnered with Washburn Guitars to giveaway a guitar to one lucky UK fan. When Kata gets off the plane in London, Washburn will give her the guitar and she will play it on all nine dates as well radio and media appearances.
At the end of the Colchester Arts Centre show Kata will select the winner over a live internet stream. "I know it would mean a little more to me knowing it's the one someone actually played on the tour and not just some random guitar." Hay said. (Via Press Release)
Her UK set list will consist of mostly originals off a new CD and a few previous single releases such as "Cannibals" (2011), "Smoke when I Drink" (Aug 2012) and "Drives Me Crazy" recently released on Feb  2, 2014.
Kata will also be doing some covers, such as some Johnny Cash, Rolling Stones, and even throw in some yodeling before the night is through!
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A brand new single title "RE-RUN" (>> sample on soundcloud) has just dropped on Feb 27, 2014 its now available on cd baby - Amazon UK - Amazon.com
The 13 track album “Cowboys, Guitars, And A Lil Bit Of Swing” which was released December 2005 is available on UK iTunes and on Amazon as MP3 for £4.99 and the hard copy CD is in the collectors item class priced at a mere £722!

Get the Look: Her curve-hugging bodycon Mini dress was sourced from rue21 off the bargain rack for just $5! The Super hot Rhinestone Swirl Platform stiletto Heels were $25 (www.rue21.com) Yes this drop -dead look was just a $30 outfit! Kata exclusively shares "I'm a deal finder, LOVE second hand stores. But Rue21 is a GREAT place to find NEW FASHIONS at reasonable prices. As a working musician gotta take a deal when you can get it!

Recently UKCountryRadio.com were featuring music by Kata and they have announced an exclusive Listeners' Club Newsletter Competition, when they are giving away a pair of tickets to see her live in concert, and a copy of her album.

>> Listen to presenter Simon Large playing one of her songs:


Watch "Cannibals" by Kata Hay (Original Song) published March 2011 (5000 views) and "Drives Me Crazy" her single (released Feb 2, 2014) available on iTunes
BUY: UK iTunes
CONNECT with Kata: WEBSITE - FACEBOOK - TWITTER

UKCountryRadio.com's Live Music Nights launch in March month at Ye Olde Anchor Inn in Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire. 
Join them on the third Saturday of each month for some great music in keeping with their Live Music Nights values - ie all-live music, in quality environments, with no interruptions for bingo or raffles and no musical boundaries.
First up will be Merseyside trio The Good Intentions on Saturday 22nd March - fresh from their sell-out show at UKCR's Live Music Night at Ambience Cafe Bistro in York in February.
March sees UKCR's next Live Music Night at Kenny's Fish & Chip Restaurant, Conisborough, Doncaster. Their artiste on Sunday 30th March will be Henley's very own The Lynne Butler Band (country/ Bluegrass, blues, rock 'n' roll)

UKCountryRadio.com's Spotlight UK Artists to be featuring each weekend during March:
March 7-9: The Proposition / March 14-16: Adrian Duffy / March 21-23: Lynnette Marie /March 28-30: Derek Ryan
Read more in UKCountryRadio.com's Listeners' Club Newsletter for March 2014 - http://eepurl.com/PtAGj

Irish star Derek Ryan releases his first country single in the UK, "100 Numbers". It's a self-penned track, about being popular and busy, having 100 numbers in your phone, but still feeling lonely and isolated. The song is one of 14 tracks on Derek's Top 10 Official UK Country album chart album titled "Country Soul"

For the week commencing Saturday 1st March 2014 on the BBC Radio 2 Playlist C2C headliners Zac Brown Band's "All Alright" from The GROHL SESSIONS EP has been added to the Radio 2 "B" playlist

Carolynne Poole has announced her C2C stage slots: Sat 15th March 13:35 - 14:05 (O2 Phone Shop) and Sun 16th March (Brooklyn Bowl Stage) 15:30 - 16:00

Lisa Redford: Country to Country Festival Pop Up Stages - March 15th. The O2, London.
Saturday March 15th: 13:45 – 14:15 O2 Phone Shop stage & 15:40 – 16:10 Town Square stage
Sunday March 16th: 15:30 - 16:00 the Armadillo stage

C2C Event - In addition, panels for aspiring singers and songwriters presented by CMA on Saturday, March 15 (14:00 -15:00) featuring Striking Matches (Sunday 14:30 – 15:30) and music executives at the British Music Experience at The O2. Attendees (250 people each day) will hear about what it takes to be a successful songwriter and panelists will explore the steps to hit-making (Note: This is a ticketed Event). The price also includes entry into the BME and Taylor Swift exhibition.

C2C presents CMA Songwriter Series Indigo2, Greenwich, Fri 14 Mar 2014, 19:00 with Martina McBride, Brett James, Striking Matches and series host Bob DiPiero! Tickets still available on Ticketmaster UK http://tidd.ly/40505f4b

The Standard London-based band Curran say music lovers should forget all the stereotypes as they prepare to play at Britain’s biggest country music festival. Frontman and founder Mark Curran said the group were thrilled to be performing at the Country to Country festival, which is at the O2 on March 15 and 16. “People tend to think of 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots with country but it’s not that way any more,” he said. Curran, 30, an Irish-American who lives at London Bridge, said: “I’m primarily a rock artist but my view is that today’s country music fans and rock fans are the same audience. Today’s country sounds like rock and roll in the Seventies.

Brad Paisley and Friends Presented by Bob Harris: An opportunity to see country superstar Brad Paisley in an intimate acoustic setting, playing and talking about his hits with the people who wrote them with him, all recorded exclusively for BBC Radio 2. The ticket giveaway (25 pairs of FREE tickets) is open from now until Thursday 6 March at 11.55pm.
Where & When: Monday 17th March at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London  W1A 1AA

Eric Church Looking to Conquer Europe from the Ground Up: Eric Church has the #1 album in America right now with The Outsiders, so why is he spending the next few weeks playing small clubs in Europe? After testing the waters with a well-attended show in London awhile back, Eric grew excited at the prospect of building a European fan base using the same grassroots methods that led him to superstardom in the U.S. Eric explains, "I'm doing it the way acts over there are doing it. We're going to go play their club, their rock club, wherever those acts play, that's where we're gonna play. And we're gonna do it the way we used to do it. So, I'm excited about it. A little nervous, but I'm excited about it."
Eric recalls sometimes playing for just about eight people a night, so he's not concerned with performing for small crowds. He is a little worried about playing in non-English speaking territories like Germany and Norway.

Dolly Parton will play this year's Glastonbury Festival, organiser Emily Eavis has confirmed that country star.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music at Wednesday night's NME Awards, Eavis said the singer had confirmed the "amazing news" earlier that day. "We're really, really excited because it's been something we've been wanting to happen for a long time. And she finally said yes," said Eavis. Parton later told her three million followers the news via Twitter.
"I'm incredibly excited to FINALLY announce that the #BlueSmokeWorldTour is coming to @GlastoFest on June 29th! ;) Stay tuned for more info…" she wrote.
Parton will perform in Sunday afternoon's renowned "legend slot" on the Pyramid Stage, which last year featured fellow country star Kenny Rogers.

UK CHART NEWS
Official UK Singles Top 100 (Weeks Ending March 8, 2014)
Avicii‘sHey Brother” which features uncredited vocals from Dan Tyminski fell 14-21 in 23rd chart week

Official UK Albums Top 100 (Weeks Ending March 8, 2014)
Rosanne Cash’s THE RIVER & THE THREAD (Decca) slipped back 47-69 in her third week.  
Eric Church made a debut with THE OUTSIDERS at No.70 (1,272 sales). It has been rated as 2 STARS by Country Music People editor Duncan Warwick. Yes 1,200 copies are now enough to reach the Top 75 these days.
US country rock band Blackberry Smoke with the Deluxe album THE WHIPPOORWILL (Earache) fell 55 places 30-85 in their second week on the chart.
Sheryl Crowe’s FEELS LIKE HOME fell off the chart from No.79 after enjoying a 4-week run. 

Official UK Country Album Chart  (Week Ending March 8, 2014)
Rosanne Cash new album THE RIVER & THE THREAD moved back to the top 2-1 in her third replacing Blackberry Smoke with the Deluxe album THE WHIPPOORWILL which made a No.1 debut and strangely no longer appears on the chart.
Eric Church made with THE OUTSIDERS enters at No.2
Sheryl Crowe with FEELS LIKE HOME (Warner Brothers) hold at No.3 on her 10th chart week.
Suzy Bogguss with her $75,000 Kickstarter fan funded album of Merle Haggard songs LUCKY (Proper) fell back 6-11 in her second week.

On the Hotdisc Chart (March 2, 2014 Chart) 
Billy Yates retained the No.1 spot on the Hotdisc Top 40 for a fourth week with his self penned “The Man I Used To Be"
Branch & Dean held at No.2 with "Glad She's Not An Angel “and are creeping closer with their 4th Hotdisc single.
Fergal Flaherty made a one place move 4-3 with "Hey Son" and secured the British & Irish Chart No.1 for a fourth week by some distance. His nearest challenger now lies with The Hicksville Band and “She Don’t Know” (written by Billy Mills) which moved 20-17 on The Top 40.
David Wood with his cover of an old Dean Martin song, "Memories Are Made Of This" climbed 5-4.
Andy Griggs cover of the Hank Williams song “Ramblin’ Man” fell 3-5.
Female duo Moore & Moore with “Mississippi Missing You” moved inside the Top 10 with a 3 slot hop 11-8.
Lost Hollow have reached the upper tier as their excellent single “Water And Oil” made a 5 place leap 15-10.
Hot act Justine Blazer continued to burn an upward path with “On The Edge With You” (co-written with Brando Henegar), taken from her album GASOLINE, which climbed 18-16.    
Breelan Angel made further progress with a 4 place rise (24-20) with her self released co-write “Halfway To Wasted”.

UK COUNTRY ALBUM RELEASES

(14 Jan 2014) Lone Justice - The Vaught Tapes 1983 CD - Amazon.com
Archive recording from the L.A.-based Roots Rock band fronted by Maria McKee. Recorded direct to 2-track tape in December, 1983 by engineer David Vaught and with no overdubs, those twelve tracks can finally be heard in their entirety as This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983.

(28 Jan 2014) North 40 - Sing Your Own Song (Rhymetown Entertainment)
13 Tracks/ Time: 47:23 CD - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(11 Feb 2014) Steve Holy - Best Of (Curb) 
10 Tracks/ Time:36:52 CD - MP3UK iTunes 

(18 Feb 2014) Clayton Anderson - Right Where I Belong (No Hassle Love Castle Records) 7 Tracks/ Time: 24:08 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(18 Feb 2014) Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else (Bloodshot Records)
10 Tracks/ Time: 42:17 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(3 March 2014) Deana Carter - Southern Way of Life (Red River Entertainment)
10 Tracks/ Time: 37:08 CD - MP3 - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com (First released 2nd Dec 2013 in America)

(3 Mar 2014) Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans (ATO Records) 
AAA/ Americana / Rock 13 Trks/ Time: 1:00:22 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 

(3 March 2014) Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes - Frettening Behaviour (Heroic Records)
14 Tracks/ Time: 54:16 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes

(4 March 2014) Kevin Fowler - How Country Are Ya? (Kevin Fowler Records-Thirty Tigers)
15 Tracks/ Time: 44:42 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes (single) Amazon.com 

(4 March 2014) Sundy Best - Bring Up The Sun (eOne)
15 Tracks/ Time: 55:34  CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 

(4 March 2014) Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie - Dancin' Annie (Rural Rhythm)
12 Tracks CD - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 

BLUEGRASS NEWS
Irene Kelley: February was the month of Love. In The Round at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Americana Airplay chart, album release day , Fox 17 TV appearance, The Station Inn CD release show and Folk Alliance International. Read her latest Fan Newsletter
"Irene’s discography is MOST IMPRESSIVE but this newest album is one that seems to have struck a chord with those inside and outside the music industry. PENNSYLVANIA COAL is RIVITING. Its organic homegrown feel beckons the listener to listen….to REALLY LISTEN." -  Kathy Sands-Boehmer, NoDepression.com

AUSSIE NEWS
If the journey to making an album was measured in distance, Christie Lamb has circumnavigated the planet a couple of times over. Since releasing her debut EP late in 2011, the Sydney singer-songwriter has made multiple trips to the home of country music in Nashville, to work on and hone her performing and writing skills.
Now those long trips and hundreds of man hours have culminated in the release of her debut album, ALL SHE WROTE, which she'll releasing unto the world with a launch party at Rooty Hill RSL. Read her CMC interview

Huge news for duo O'Shea: In addition to performing in The Hideout at this year's Houston Rodeo, they are going to be hosting a Youtube video series for RODEOHOUSTON called Rodeo Unplugged! The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest Rodeo in the world with an annual attendance of more than 2 Million & this year's performers include Maroon 5, Usher, Keith Urban, Robin Thicke, Luke Bryan just to name a few!

NEWS

  • Snapshot Country Aircheck's Insider News: February 25, 2014 - February 28, 2014 - March 4, 2014
  • The fire department was called to Loretta Lynn‘s ranch in Humphreys County, Tennessee on the morning of Feb 25th morning to battle a fire at her home, according to Nashville’s News Channel 5. The report indicates that the fire broke out around 9:30 am local time and that everyone inside the home was able to escape the flames without injury. Update: According to WKRN, Lynn, 81, was at home during the fire and suffered minor burns to her hands. The fire was caused by an overturned candle that ignited a chair at her home. She reportedly heard a crackling noise and used a pillow to put out the flames.
  • David Nail celebrated his latest #1 hit, "Whatever She's Got," at a party in Nashville Wednesday, and this time his lifelong battle with depression didn't keep him from getting in on the fun. During an interview prior to the event, David said he decided to get help shortly after his song, "Let It Rain," hit the top of the charts a few years back. Fast forward to 2014 and David's new outlook on life is reflected on his new album, I'm a Fire, due out next week. The second single from that project, "Kiss You Tonight," will hit the airwaves soon.
  • Talk about paying your dues. Before moving to Nashville, Randy Houser cut his teeth playing rough clubs and bars near his home in Lake, MS. The brawls in those spots sometimes turned deadly while Randy was on stage. "I've seen a lot of crazy stuff over the years," Randy told ABC News Radio. "I've seen people shot. I've seen people's throats cut." The throat-cutting incident took place one night when a guy named Rocky was hanging out at the bar watching Randy sing. Says Randy, "Wasn't really doing nothing wrong. He was just a little drunk. And this one guy from another town came up and busted a beer bottle and slit his throat right there in front of us." At that point, Randy jumped off the stage and threw the guy with the beer bottle up against the wall. "He could have easily, probably cut my throat, too," Randy says. "We all had to grab Rocky and put something around him. Keep him from bleeding to death."
TOURS
Blake Shelton will set off on his Ten Times Crazier tour June 20 in Austin, Texas. The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and new duo Dan + Shay will be his special guests.

BABY NEWS
Inside Music Row presenter Bailey is taking some time after the birth of her first child. Rhodes Eli McNeely was born February 17, 2014 at 12:21 am.  He weighed in at 8 pounds even, and measured 20 inches long - Photo

MUSIC NEWS
Background to Avicii and Dan Tyminski’s collaboration on electronic dance music hit “Hey Brother.” :
It all started with a phone call from an associate of 24-year-old Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer Tim Bergling. The caller said that Avicii, as Bergling is known as to his many millions of fans, wanted Tyminski as lead vocalist on an upcoming track.“I’m always flattered when someone wants to work with me,” said Tyminski. “But my first reaction was ‘great, but this may be a little too far out of my genre.’” But the basic track was done, so Tyminski listened to it. “It was in the perfect key for me,” said Tyminski, whose second reaction was, “Am I crazy, or is this something that seems like it would work?”
After texting his daughter Kathryn, 20, to see if she knew of Avicii, Tyminski was in. “She just went crazy. Her level of excitement raised my interest dramatically.”
Hey Brother was released as a single in October 2013 and has since hit number one on the pop charts in Europe as well as topping the dance charts in the United Kingdom.....Tyminski’s pleased to once again be one to give worldwide music listeners a drop of the pure stuff for the first time. “I think it really breaks new ground, merging EDM with bluegrass,” he said. “There’s nothing out of place, all the pieces fit perfectly.”

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS

Early Winters sophomore album 'Vanishing Act' is out NOW at UK iTunes !  
The new band from acclaimed UK singer Carina Round (Puscifer/Tears for Fears), three time Juno nominated Justin Rutledge, Grammy Nominated L.A. producer/musician Dan Burns and highly acclaimed musician Zac Rae (Lana Del Ray, Gotye) had their first single off the album "Love Won't Leave Me Alone" premiered at Spin Magazine, who proclaimed it "lush with well-placed harmonies...", their compilation EP with songs off the new album was featured on Noisetrade, and American Songwriter is streaming the entire album, listen
Early Winters 'Vanishing Act' Trailer (1min Version) which shows one of the band members swallowing a scorpion. Yikes.
"Round and Rutledge evoke a mellow Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks harmonious vibe and the songs tie together sumptuous dream pop, Hotel Cafe melodies and vintage Laurel Canyon folk/rock..." - Direct Current Music
Variables which follow the already costly recording of an (amazing) album, such as radio, PR, ads, video’s etc. Without these factors, self releasing a record can be akin to “releasing a single baby sea turtle in a meadow in Ohio” (As our friend Peter Mulvey so eloquently puts it) – Check out their  Pledge Music Project

Four-time Grammy winning band the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald are teaming up with country’s biggest stars including Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Love and Theft, and more to be announced for an album of all-new recordings of the Doobie Brothers’ biggest hits. Releasing later this year on Sony Music Nashville, the album was announced during last week’s Country Radio Seminar at Sony Music Nashville’s annual, invitation-only show aboard the General Jackson Showboat, which treated radio, media, and industry VIPs to a surprise performance by the Doobie Brothers collaborating with album stars Paisley, Evans, and Young.

British Columbia native Dallas Smith released his brand new EP TIPPIN’ POINT (March 3rd) across the U.S. and Canada. Produced by Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen), the six-song project features the top-selling single “Tippin’ Point.” Co-written by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard along with The Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston, the title track has already sold nearly 100,000 digital copies. It follows his breakout Canadian country debut (604 Records/Universal Music Canada), JUMPED RIGHT IN, which produced the GOLD single “Jumped Right In” and netted five 2013 CCMA award nominations plus a 2013 JUNO Award nomination for Country Album of the Year.

PRESS RELEASES
  • March Line-Up Offers Bluegrass, Traditional Country and Lots of Laughs at Larry's Country Diner.
  • Rural Rhythm Records (March 4th New Releases) Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie - DANCIN' ANNIE his fourth album (12 songs featuring two new original songs) and Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys (celebrating 50 Years as members of the Grand Ole Opry this year) release RADIO SHOWS (First recorded in 1962 it contains 24 songs on one compact disc re-mastered from the original master tapes)
ARTICLES
CMA Close Up - New Artist Spotlight: Charlie Farley It’s official: Rap has crossed over to Country. What was a novelty just a few years ago is now a subgenre, whose ties to hip-hop are as fascinating as they are controversial. Charlie Farley gets both forms of music. Stylistically, this native of De Queen, Ark., vocalizes with complete authenticity, from the rhythm of his rhymes to the hints of melody that emphasize key words and cadences...............

REVIEWS

For The Country Record The Music of Nashville – Season 2, Volume 1 – Album Review

Tampa Bay.com Review: Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles goes solo, gets soulful at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Yahoo.com Queen of country dazzles Down Under - Dolly Parton played the madam of the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, so it was little surprise the Smoky Mountains Songbird was prepared to work blue at the final performance of her Australian tour. Introducing her country cover of Bob Dylan's Don't Think Twice, It's All Right to 11,000 fans at the Perth Arena, Parton joked that she was thinking about a full album of the Minnesota Minstrel's tunes - Dolly Does Dylan.
Parton, 68, but parts of her are younger, thought twice about the titillating tribute, but cackled: "I might shake my pompoms at him."...the hardest working little lady in showbiz left us with the towering ballad I Will Always Love You. She also left us with no doubt that, once again, Parton did Perth.

When Travis Kitchens got the assignment from City Paper to write about Jason Aldean’s February 1 performance at the Baltimore Arena, the country music writer and filmmaker was hoping he would be pleasantly surprised by the mainstream C&W superstar. “If I liked it, I thought, it would make my traditional folkie friends go crazy,” said Kitchens. But instead he found the evening a disaster, with musicians “who play like the American Idol house band” and Aldean making “a horrifyingly awful attempt at rapping.” “A lot like watching a two-hour beer commercial. . . a mindless dopamine rush as precise in its effects as methamphetamine,” Kitchens wrote. “He struts around the stage with his prop guitar like a rockstar android wiggling his ass in a manner so contrived it makes Madonna look like Miles Davis in comparison.” Those observations come from Kitchens’ scathing review, published on February 4 on City Paper’s website, but taken down after a week – under pressure, CP editor-in-chief Evan Serpick and others say, from “two big advertisers.” LiveNationDC (who promoted the concert) and Under Armour (a sponsor of
Aldean)...Read more baltimorebrew.com

INTERVIEWS

Rising country artist Maggie Rose left Potamac, Maryland — where she was singing in a Bruce Springsteen cover band — for Nashville on the advice of music mogul Tommy Mottola, an early supporter. There, she cut her debut album Cut To Impress, with the help of veteran producers Blake Chancey and James Stroud. Rose chatted with American Songwriter about songwriting, Calvin and Hobbes, her early material and more.

Jessie Lee Cates, born and raised in the hill country of Hamblen County, Tennessee, was determined to use her God-given vocal talents to enrich others’ lives with her music. She took second place at Kelly Pickler’s Kellioke Contest in Knoxville, and sang her songs at well-known Tennessee festivals such as the Foothills Fall Festival, where she opened for Jason Aldean, and at the East Tennessee Farm Relief concert, sharing the stage with Aaron Tippin. While performing in a local pub, she was discovered by Mike Hammond of Knoxville’s Q100 radio station
The Nashville TN recording artist has been promoting her single “Scotland” to Europe via Hotdisc with a Hot Shot debut at No.5 and a #4 peak, taken from her Nov 28, 2013 released 6 track EP titled LET YOUR COUNTRY OUT.
>> Listen  to her interview conducted during Country Radio Seminar (CRS) week in Nashville with Lee Williams (photo) first broadcast on CMR Nashville (Europe's #1 Country Music Radio Station) on Feb 28, 2014.


BUY: “Let You Country Out” CD Import - MP3 - Amazon.com - CD BABY
CONNECT with Jessie Lee - WEBSITE - FACEBOOK - TWITTER

Justine Blazer a Detroit, MI native Country/Rock artist is a statuesque 5-foot-10 twenty something stunner and former model who has been preparing for super stardom in the entertainment business virtually since day one. Raised in Canton, Mich., outside Detroit, her mother, Cynthia, was a onetime Ford model and dancer who operated her own dance studio. Justine started writing songs at 8, playing piano at 10, studying opera at 12.
Her family moved to Nashville when she was two. “That’s probably where the country roots started”
Justine is a national recording artist, BMI songwriter, guitarist, entertainer and musician performing at high-end venues, festivals and concerts. She has opened for numerous national acts such as Lonestar, Josh Gracin, Terri Clark, Jason Aldean, Bucky Covington and Lee Roy Parnell.
She is currently promoting her single "On the Edge With You" to Europe from her self released 11 track album Gasoline which dropped March 6, 2013. It has continued to climb the Hotdisc Top 40 chart and is now at #16 in its 4th week.
>> Listen to her CRS interview in Nashville with Lee Williams first broadcast on CMR Nashville on Feb 28, 2014.

BUY: UK iTunes Amazon.com
CONNECT with Justine: WEBSITE - FACEBOOK - TWITTER  

Cumbernauld Glasgow Pop/Country duo Raintown (28 year old Claire McArthur and husband
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to be 34 year old Paul Bain) the current 2013 BCMAwards Duo of the Year spoke live on the phone (Sunday March 2nd) from London
with Graham Dryburgh on East Coast FM Community Radio Station in East Lothian, Scotland on the My Kinda’ Country Sunday Evening show (10 – Midnight).
They spoke about their plans to:
 a) Selective tour dates in Canada in late June, early July including playing a July 1st Canada Day Festival.
 b) To bring the beautiful Aussie artist Aleyce Simmonds - PHOTO - and 2014 CMAA Female Artist Of The Year nominee over to the UK to play some dates together
 c) Exclusive news of a new single to be released very soon titled  “If This Was A Love Song”, which they have been playing and working up >> live , known to the band members as The Daffodil song. They plan to release their second album in 2014.
>> Listen to the Phone interview:


#ThrowbackThursday Our cover for our very first single "Just One Kiss" back in 2010.
Hope you like it. Love Claire/Paul Image
>> Stream/ Download << their 2010 single “Just One Kiss” (Radio Edit) if it passed you by on Valentines!
Listen to other East Coast FM interviews at Soundcloud.com

BOOKS
Martina McBride has captured her passion for cooking and entertaining in a new cookbook called Around the Table. The book comes out October 7 featuring Martina's recipes and tips for recreating a Red, White and Blue Backyard Cookout or Retro Valentine's Day Supper Club. Martina says, "I have a passion for food and entertaining, and I'm so excited to be putting everything I love onto the pages of my new book”.

Josh Turner will release his first book, man stuff: thoughts on faith, family, and fatherhood, on April 29. Jase Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty pens the forward - Press Release

FREE DOWNLOADS
Americana Singer/Songwriter Mary Gauthier is offering up, for an email share via Noisetrade, the whole of her “Live At Blue Rock” album first released on ITunes on February 5, 2013. Check out more music in this Noisetrade Newsletter  

WATCH

  • Zac Brown Band "All Alright" (Official Lyric Video) from ZBB's latest album 'The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1' produced by Dave Grohl.
  • Cassadee Pope performing "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart" (Republic Nashville)
  • Aussie duo, O'Shea's "It Never Goes Away" is the 4th single from husband and wife second album, One + One
  • "Spinning" by 17 year old Ashley Leone, filmed in Philadelphia.
  • Kevin Fowler's official music video new single, "Love Song"! From the new album, "How Country Are Ya?," in stores March 4. Fowler wants you to know what he thinks about when he thinks ‘love’  a pretty girl in Daisy Dukes, drinking beer and getting wild. The video, shows a bartender who falls in love with a “beer-drinking, hell-raising, heart-breaking, butt-shaking” wild, smoking hot girl in cowboy boots and Daisy Dukes!
  • Country fans have become familiar with the bluesy tones of Joshua Scott Jones' voice through his work as part of the duo Steel Magnolia. Together with Meghan Linsey, the duo enjoyed success with "Keep On Lovin' You." Now, Jones (who previously went into rehab) is putting his solo foot forward with the release of his debut single, "Honk (If You're Tonky)." - Billboard Exclusive
  • Stella Parton has released
    her first ever dance album, "Resurrection". This video was filmed live at the album release party in Atlanta. Dance remixes to past hits as well as new, never recorded songs. Mixed by legends Gomi, Thomas CW, M.Mor and Puffdog. Stella like you have never heard her before! Its available at CD BABY and UK iTunes. Meanwhile her self-penned song, “Tell It Sister, Tell It” has climbed to No.2 on the Power Source Magazine Inspirational Country charts. The title cut song first released in 2011 (available on CD BABY) shares the title of her inspirational memoir and is an uplifting, hand-clappin’, anthem that touches the heart much like her book (Tell It Sister Tell It, Audiobook (6 Disc).
  • Tuesday 11am GMT and it means its time to pop the Kettle on and time for another Ashton Lane Kitchen Session, watch "All Of Me" (a John Legend cover taken his fourth R&B studio album Love in the Future (2013) which was #1 in Australia, #9 on Official UK Singles Chart and a #4 US Billboard Hot 100 hit). After leaping 72-28, Legend's All Of Me slipped to No.29 but now resumes its dynamic growth, spurting to No.9 (25,445 sales). It is the introductory hit from his latest album and has finally surpassed the #28 slot in which it debuted 25 weeks ago, and becomes the third Top 20 album of his career, jumping 29-15 on sales of 5,536 copies.
  • Josh Thompson‘sCold Beer With Your Name on It isn’t your typical tale of lost love. The singer is reaching out for a woman he’s lost, but he’s not asking for forever — he just wants to spend the night enjoying a cold beer (and maybe a dance) with her. Looking at the model/ actress in the vid who can blame him! The single was promoted to Europe on the Hotdisc #177 September 2013 disc and peaked at No.4 on the Top 40.
Sizzling hot Lindsay Ell’s debut video for her first single, “Trippin’ on Us currently #46 on Billboard Country Airplay.
I’m a guitar player, so it has a lot of guitar in it,” she told Country Weekly.And I’ve always been told I’m this happy, smiley girl, so having a song that was positive and happy was really important to me.”.
The 24-year-old Calgary native and Stoney Creek Records’ artist opened for The Band Perry on their UK, European and North America "We Are Pioneers" World Tour (20 shows, 9 countries, 30 days during Nov/ Dec 2013).
Can a talented, guitar-slinging, songwriting, attractive ball of fire from Canada bust through the existing brick wall for female artists in Country music? The guys at Stoney Creek answered that question with a resounding, "Ell Yeah!" What struck us immediately was that thing you can't quantify or explain; that thing that separates talented artists from superstar acts, the 'It Factor' we're all looking for in this business," remembers Broken Bow Records Music Group
EVP Jon Loba. "Lindsay has that in spades and it jumped out at us instantly. We invited her to come and play for the entire label and they had the same reaction. We offered Lindsay a deal that day."

COUNTRY GOSSIP
According to Life & Style (and a “friend” they use as a source) Carrie Underwood and her hockey husband Mike are hoping for baby to make three in 2014. “During the holidays, they told friends and family that 2014 was going to be the year they had a baby!” a pal reveals to Life & Style.

Trisha Yearwood was asked why more female artists aren't at the top of the charts right now and she said, "I don't understand and I don't have an answer.” Carrie Underwood was only a child when Trisha had her first hit and Carrie says, “I’d really love to see more females doing really well. The ones who are out there, myself, Miranda, Reba, Taylor, are doing really well but I’d love to see more! It makes me a little sad when I look at the charts and only see one female in the Top 20.”

Unlike most artists, Kacey Musgraves rarely has to say goodbye to her boyfriend since he's also a member of her band. Kacey and her beau, Misa Arragia, came together as musical partners before things turned romantic.
Kacey told ABC News Radio, "We were friends for a couple years at least before seeing each other in that kind of light. It just so happens that we are really inspired by the same things."

How Taylor Swift Made "Downton Abbey" Star Cry: Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey, tells People magazine that the last time she cried was at one of Taylor's shows.  Why?  She explains, "My godchildren went to see [her] in concert and got to meet her.  They literally ran toward her and hugged her, and it was amazing."
"I got big bonus points for that," Dockery adds. "I'll remind them when they are teenagers."

TWEETS

Earlier this month, Blake Shelton tweet expressed his frustration over not being able to download Garth Brooks’ music online.  “I thought, man, I want to buy, I don't remember what it was. 'Shameless' or something,” he shares. “I got on iTunes and it's like tribute bands, and it's like, ‘What?’  So, then I got on Spotify, and it's not there. It's not on YouTube. It's not anywhere.”
Bringing Garth’s music into the digital age is especially important to Blake, since he consider the superstar his inspiration.
I don't even have a CD player anymore. I don't even own one, I don't think. If I do, it's broke.”
My ultimate fear is, and I've had friends tell me that their kids didn't know who Garth Brooks was, and that upsets me. I don't like that. I think it's because kids are walking around with their iPhones and their iPods, and if they can't get it on there, then they probably don't know it exists.”
Blake goes on to say he understands how the superstar feels about making his music available digitally, but he believes there could be some compromise.
I know Garth's stance on it, which is he wants people to go buy the album and have the album experience. I still don't know why you can't do that on iTunes too.”

According to a tweet sent Feb. 27th by her label Big Machine, Taylor Swift is indeed “in the studio.” This is the second hint that Taylor is working on her follow-up to Red. On Valentine’s Day, she posted a photo to Instagram of her drinking champagne and eating sweets with Max Martin and Johan Schuster, better known as Shellback, with the caption “It’s a studio Valentine’s Day.” Both those guys helped her go a little more pop on Red with the songs “22,” “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
  
PHOTO
Dolly Parton on the cover of Playboy Magazine for #ThrowbackThursday circa 1978! - Image

Ashton Shepherd with Bob Doerschuk (CMA Close Up) and Stephanie Webb (image) (Mrs. Williamson County crowned Mrs. Tennessee America 2014) at The Johnny Cash Museum for the "Seventeen Again" single launch during CRS week on Tues Feb 18, 2014 - PHOTO
Stephanie surprised her crowning her Prom Queen and Ashton's husband Prom King - PHOTO
The tables - image were themed "17" at the special Candlelit Dinner Event. Thank you country radio and media for a great single launch party for my new single "Seventeen Again." I hope I took ya'll back to when you were 17" shares Ashton see all the Facebook gallery photos (Bev J Moser , Moments By Moser Photograph/ Lee Smoot Photography)
Yallwire host Stephanie Langston caught up with Ashton before the special evening kicked off to talk about bringing back her authentic country southern sound, her CD "This is America," and country cooking. >> Watch the "I'm A Real Lady" interview. 

Joey Martin (Joey + Rory) …. hello Indy, I'm your mommy...PHOTO

BIRTHDAYS
March 3: Royal Wade Kimes (1951)
March 6: Skip Ewing (1964), Kimmie Rhodes (1954), the late Bob Wills (1905; died May 13, 1975 (aged 70))
March 7: Kathy Chiavola (1952), Townes Van Zandt (1944)
March 8:  Randy Meisner (1947, member of  The Eagles, Poco),
March 9: Marty Martel (1939), Mickey Gilley  (1936)

R.I.P
Country singer Penny DeHaven died Sunday, Feb. 23, at the age of 65 (According to publicist Vernell Hackett, Penny died of cancer) . Best known for a series of singles recorded for United Artists and Mercury Records in the 1970s, DeHaven had her biggest hit in 1970 as the duet partner of the late Del Reeves (1933-2007) on “Land Mark Tavern.”

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