Friday, 2 May 2014

Country Bites News snippets April 21 – April 27, 2014

Country Bites News snippets April 21 – April 27, 2014

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UK & IRISH News

Cassadee Pope (UMG/ Republic Nashville/ Big Machine) the lovely 24-year old The Voice Season 3 winner and ""Wasting All These Tears" hit-maker is due to come to the UK in May on a promotional visit. The news was relayed by CMR Nashville CEO Lee Williams who plans to interview her in London for "Europe's #1 Country Music Radio Station"

Win tickets to see Della Mae on tour they play London on April 29th at The Borderline.

Kelly Lee has some new dates Sun July 6 (Guildford Fringe Festival Mini Record Fair @ The Keep Pub , 29 Castle Street, Surrey, Guildford, GU13UW) and Sun Sept 14, 2014 (Flying Pig Festival @ Sandhill Farm Airfield, Oxon, Shrivenham, SN68BH)
Check out all her gig dates at Bandsintown/KellyLee
The Kelly Lee Band
According to the Guildford Dragon newspaper the local Kelly Lee Band bluegrass group who squeezed in and were the third band to play to Ben’s Collectors Records shop in Tunsgate to play live and to celebrate Record Store Day 2014. A five piece, with sweet vocal harmonies, dobro, banjo, stand-up bass and guitar, their mellow songs were a perfect way to finish off the day of live music.
 Soon a large crowd gathered in and out of the shop to enjoy the mixture of original and cover versions of classic country songs.

Kellys pal Talia Smith (from their now shelved duo Travellin Rose) also has new 2014 dates. The Voice UK 2014 contestant will play: June 7 (Home Farm Fest, Somerset), July 12 (Under The Sky Festival, Wokingham), July 26 (Chilli Farm Fest, Dover), Aug 23rd (Country Music Trade Fair, Bristol) and Aug 24th at   Wokingham Festival, Wokingham. For all of Talia’s dates go to Bandsintown/TaliaSmithMusic

Ward Thomas, twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward-Thomas departed the “B” BBC Radio 2 Playlist after four weeks. Their new single “The Good And The Right” (>> Official Video) taken from their "Footnotes" EP was released on iTunes & Amazon on April 6, 2014. The EP currently has slipped 22-67 and the single “The Good and the Right” (Radio Edit) has nose dived 94-896 on the respective UK iTunes Top 1500 charts. The EP ranking has dropped #218-708 on Amazon UK all genre MP3 Albums.
Click to ENLARGE the Ward Thomas Wallpaper Graphic
"What did you think to that, yeah, quite liked it, Ward Thomas! Anneka Rice (April 19) BBC Playlist Page



SUPPORT UK Country Music
"That's "Ward Thomas and The Good and the Right, Ward Thomas great name, sounds like a bloke who used to be in Dr. Kildare as the senior doctor,  that would be the actors name" Steve Wright (April 25) BBC Playlist Page

UK CHART NEWS

Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending May 3, 2014)
Johnny Cash with OUT AMONG THE STARS (Columbia) falls 9-12 with sales of over 4,000 copies (Last week’s sales were 7,292; 4-week total of 41,000) in its fourth week at retail.
Overall album sales took a dive falling 17.42% week-on-week at 1,230,957. It is the lowest since sales week ending 19 August 1995 (chart dated 26 August 1995) when just 1,214,941 albums were sold.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending May 3, 2014)
Johnny Cash with OUT AMONG THE STARS (Columbia) stays at No.1 for a fourth week
Charlie Worsham with RUBBERBAND (first released in Aug 2013) blew in at No.2 an album has suddenly started picking up Top 5 sales on UK iTunes Country. This appears to be the result of Charlie having been bitten by the acting bug. The singer appeared in an episode of the hit Fox TV show, ‘Bones,’ playing, not surprisingly, a country singer. Worsham was in Season 9 Episode 13 titled “Big in the Philippines” which was originally broadcast on Jan 17, 2014 and was transmitted on SKY TV on April 23rd on the Sky Living channel (Sky On Demand)
Emmylou Harris with the remastered expanded update of WRECKING BALL fell 2-4.
Rodney Crowell with TARPAPER SKY (New West) dived 3-15 in its second week.
Martina McBride with EVERLASTING (Vinyl Recordings) fell 6-11 in her third week.

On the Hotdisc Chart (April 27, 2014 Chart)  

Jamie O'Neal held at #1 for a second week with her cover of the Juice Newton hit "The Sweetest Thing" to top the Hotdisc Top 40.
Ray Scott with his witty "Gotta Quit Drinkin'" was a non-mover at No.2
The Hayley Oliver Band with “Bright Side Of Life” climbed 5-3 to hold onto the No1 on the British and Irish Hotdisc chart listing for a third straight week.
D K Davis with “Waitin’ On The Weekend” made a 8-4 surge.


Surprisingly Billy Yates with his self penned “As I Kiss My World Goodbye” slipped 3-5.
The former No.1 Bertie Higgins’ "Just Another Day In Paradise" fell 4-6.
British artist Gary Curtis continued to make progress in the Top tier with “Crazy Love” as it moved 9-7.
Markus Fox entered the Top tier as I’m Still Coming Home” (written by Mike Lane and Joe Lickteig) moved 12-8.
David Starr with “Underneath The Clear Blue Skies” rounded out the Top 10 with a 11-10 hop.
Canada’s Domino with “All We Need Tonight” rose 14-12. Moore & Moore with “Show Me Your Country” climbed another 3 rungs 17-14 and fellow US act Joe Allen with “Can’t Take These Things” made a 19-15 leap.
UK artist John Hinshelwood with “What’s Left (Is What’s Right”), co-written with Ginny Philips, advanced 21-17 with his song taken from his album LOWERING THE TONE.
US act Brandon Alan with his self-penned “Different Way” made the Top 20 with a five slot 25-20 shift.

UK COUNTRY ALBUM RELEASES

(1 April 2014) Charlie Daniels Band - Off the Grid- Doin' It Dylan (Blue Hat Records)

(1 April 2014) Jessi Alexander - Down Home (Lonesome Vinyl)
9 Tracks/ Time: 32:58 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 

(7 April 2014) Linda Ronstadt – Duets (Rhino Entertainment)
15 Tracks/ Time: 50:09 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes  a compilation that includes collaborations with Dolly Parton (“I Will Never Marry”) and Emmylou Harris (“I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)”

(18 April 2014) Jessie James Decker - Comin Home (19 Recordings)
6 Tracks/ Time: 19:09 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.comThe Hot Shot #5 Debut on last weeks Billboard Country Chart

(21 April 2014) Black Prairie - Fortune (Caroline International US)
13 Tracks/ Time: 46:40 Sugar Hill Records will release ‘A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart…’ the second album by Black Prairie, the exploratory, back-porch ensemble founded by the Decemberists’ Chris Funk, Nate Query and Jenny Conlee.
CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com  >> Watch video "Let It Out"

(22 April 2014) Trinity River Band - Better Than Blue (Orange Blossom Records)
12 Tracks/ Time: 45:10 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(22 April 2014) Rachele Lynae - Rachele Lynae  (Momentum Label Group)
12 Tracks/ Time: 41:45 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com - >> Watch "Party til the Cows Come Home" >> EPK New Album
Top Tracks: Get Clean **, Old Fashioned Love *, Done Is Done *, Sometimes You Fly, Sticky Summer Lovin, Party til the Cows Come Home, , Two For One Special (OK)

(29 April 2014) Bryan Sutton - Into My Own (Sugar Hill Records)
12 Tracks/ Time: 48:42 CD - MP3 - Amazon.com More details at Sugar Hill Records

(April 29, 2014) James House - Broken Glass Twisted Steel (Victor House Records)
11 Tracks/ Time: 38:35 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 


BLUEGRASS NEWS
Bluegrass phenom Rhonda Vincent, a seven-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, was admitted to a hospital with scurvy today after apparently subsisting solely on biscuits since 2000. When she signed a sponsorship deal with the Martha White flour company at the turn of the millennium, Vincent reportedly did not understand that the company intended to pay her only in free product for the duration of her professional life. But the singer’s Midwestern ethos of letting nothing go to waste kicked in, and the rest is history.
Rhonda Vincent also caught a crook with hidden camera. A convicted thief, who once worked for a premier tour bus company, admitted to the Channel 4 I-Team that he "made mistakes" when he stole money from a safe in the tour bus of bluegrass music star Rhonda Vincent. 

AUSSIE NEWS
Roo Arcus with “Out On The Farm” moved 4-1 to top the National Country Tracks Top 30 . Christie Lamb's "All She Wrote" fell 1-2.

CANADIAN NEWS

Sherry Kennedy Graphic CLICK to ENLARGE
The latest International Mainstream Country Music Chart was updated for April 2014.  
“OK, this is me being crazy excited. I just found out that my song IF ONLY is #3 on the Top 200 Country chart in Europe and #1 on the Top 40 single chart” shared Sherry Kennedy!

International Mainstream Top 40 Chart
1. Sherry Kennedy - If Only (written by Nashville songwriter Tom Paden) (graphic)
2. Graeme Clark & Heather Johnson - Someone's Looking For Someone Like You (Hillcrest) written by Gail Davies
3. Darnell Miller - World’s Best Better Half
4. Danny June Smith - Just To Leave Me Be
5. Ann J Morton - Willie I Will

About Sherry Kennedy: Based in Calgary, Alberta, she hails from Fort Macleod (west of the larger community of Lethbridge) is a singer, single mother to 2 children, a highly accomplished recording artist, entertainer (Image) and vocal coach (graphic), extending her talents beyond the ordinary.
She writes: "I am addicted to acrylic abstract. Whenever I put on music, I let myself go and all of a sudden a life begins to take form on canvas. I love it!!" Check out her Facebook Gallery Photos
Kennedy, whose first music teacher was Daisy Young of Fort Macleod, is comfortable in a range of genres, from gospel to blues, rock to jazz and country to musical theatre.
According to her website: From rave reviews for her early recordings, to hitting the European Charts in 2010, Sherry has enjoyed a successful 15 year recording career. Her most recent efforts are being heard on international radio and in the CD collections of music lovers in more than a dozen countries including Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, England, the U.S. and Japan. Her songs have found success time and time again, including the songs "Rockies in the Rain", #1 on the "European Country Music Association" charts and "My My My" hitting #4 respectively for more than 40 weeks. The "Ordinary Woman" release was chosen in the ECMA top 100 albums of the year.

Congrats Sherry!   
The “long-awaited” new album LITTLE SECRET was recorded in Nashville in fall 2012 and the tracks immediately got attention upon release in more than a dozen countries world wide. The 12 song CD includes 5 of Sherry's own material Think of Me, >> “Don't Touch Me Please”, “The Legend of Rainbow Powers”, “Little Secret” and “Do You Love Him”. There are also some great cover tunes and a couple of tunes written by Nashville songwriters, Tom Paden and Richard Fagin.
This a high energy Country Pop album. The vocal and music production are excellent. This album goes from sweet to tender with a few traditional influences and then onto edgy power to powerhouse.
“Little Secret" (originally released 5 Nov 2012; Label: Sheaken Records) was recorded in Nashville and produced by “Magic Man”  Mark Moseley (Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson). The album production includes a stellar band of session musicians including: multiple award winner and Grammy winning Brent Mason (electric guitar),  five time Grammy winner Gordon Mote (piano), Tommy Wells (drums and percussion), Duncan Mullins (bass guitar), Larry Beaird (acoustic guitar), Wanda Vick (fiddle and mandolin), Rodger Morris (keyboards) and Leanne Steinhauer, Melissa Duvall and Billy Davis provided background vocals for the title cut.
The collaboration took 10 days in the studio in Nashville. Kennedy was thrilled with the creative process - “The process was amazing,” Kennedy said. Kennedy also took part in a photo shoot that took place in an abandoned car wash owned by a woman who turned the building into a studio for graffiti artists. The resulting photos (image) are seen on the attractive CD cover.

We decided we were going to pick five of my songs, and then we would pick some of my favourite cover songs.”
Kennedy’s songs on the CD are the title track "Little Secret", "Think of Me", "Don’t Touch Me Please", "Do You Love Him" and "The Legend of Rainbow Powers". The latter is tied to Kennedy’s youth in Fort Macleod. Rainbow Powers was a woman from Granum who was well-known in Fort Macleod for her colourful appearance and the candy she would hand out to children.
The first single from the release titled "Think Of Me" received air play across Canada in 20 plus markets on "commercial country radio". Kennedy and Moseley worked together for three months in preparation for recording the songs.

Sherry and friends delivered “captivating and electric performances” on February 7 and 8, 2013 at the Engineered Air Theatre in the EPCOR Centre for Performing Arts. The event was her CD Release Party which marked Kennedy’s tenth and her first country album to be released in Canada.
I think the songs I’ve written are more rootsy country, or blues,” Kennedy said. “That’s kind of my roots as well.”
The CD Release Party also featured Calgary musicians Derek Stoll (bass/musical director), Dave Hamilton (electric guitar/acoustic guitar), Keith Day (keyboards), Gavin Sorochan (drums), Denis Dufresne (acoustic guitar/mandolin) and Barbara Olorenshaw (fiddle). Lisa Ryan, Gemira McClary, Maureen MacDonald and Chris Herard lent their talents as back up vocalists, while Artists Elite lit up the stage with some fancy footwork....Read Full Review
Current single >> "If Only" is being promoted by executive producer Ross Allen from the promotional Hillcrest Music company based in Cambridge, Ontario.
According to the website the promo disc is "supported on over 600 country music radio stations in 26 countries around the world" at $499.00 Canadian (Per Track) 

>> Watch this 2012 Interview (Little Secret CD promo) where Sherry talks about her recording experience in Nashville
>> Watch Sherry Kennedy Showcase Video Demo (Published on Feb 4, 2014)
>> "Don’t Touch Me Please" was shown on The Phil Mack Show in April 2013 directed by Las Vegas based Brandon Christensen. It was shot in Turner Valley at Planet Auto and on Steve Dunham's Ranch along with Calgary actors.
>> Listen to Sherry on speaking with Russell Bowers on the CBC Radio "Daybreak" show (first broadcast Feb 2013) about her writing and other art projects: cbc.ca/player/Daybreak
>> Listen to "If Only" in full on her Facebook Music Store Page 

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NEWS

  • Snapshot Country Aircheck's Insider Artist News - April 25, 2014 - April 29, 2014
  • Rising star Lindsay Ell (the opening act for The Band Perry’s UK & Euro dates) realized a life-long dream recently when she stepped into Country music’s hallowed circle, marking the 25-year-old Calgary native’s Grand Ole Opry debut. The Stoney Creek Records artist performed her critically-lauded debut single “Trippin’ On Us” in front of a sold-out crowd and on a bill that also included Country stars Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer and Nashville’s Sam Palladio, among others. Ell performed three songs total, showing off her musical prowess with performances on both electric and acoustic guitar.
  • Carrie Underwood made Time magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People list. It recognizes people for activism, innovation and achievement.
  • Country’s Most Voracious Youth Market? You Might Be Surprised….As country music’s audience skews younger than at any time in its history, what city has the genre’s most fervent 20-something fans? The obvious choices might include Nashville, recognized as country’s business center; Dallas, a stronghold in the center of cowboy proud Texas; or Los Angeles, where KKGO — and KZLA before it — has frequently billed itself as “America’s most-listened-to country station.” Per capita, however, the title actually belongs to Evansville, Indiana, according to a study conducted by Vocativ.com, an online news site that caters to what it terms “the digital generation.” The Vocativ Music Index examined location-based data from MusicMetric.com — including BitTorrent illegal downloads and social-media activity. Read more
  • Blake Shelton since he started as a coach on The Voice, has recorded duets with his co-stars Shakira and Christina Aguilera. That's something that would have never happened prior to Blake taking the gig on The Voice. Back then, Blake only listened to country music. "Working at The Voice, I've heard and been exposed to so much music," Blake says. "So many different genres. So many sounds. So many things that I don't like. So many things that I found out that I do like, and it's just been a discovery for me."
AWARDS
The 6th Annual Lone Star Music Awards (Presented By Rebecca Creek Distillery) Sunday April 27th, 2014 The Marc - San Marcos, TX 
Album Of The Year: Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Dark & Dirty Mile
Country Album Of The Year: Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – Cheater’s Game
Americana/Roots-Rock Album Of The Year: Reckless Kelly – Long Night Moon
Male Vocalist Of The Year: Cody Canada   Female Vocalist Of The Year: Kacey Musgraves
Songwriter Of The Year: Jason Isbell
Full Listing of Winners at lonestarmusic.com

TV
Could 'Nashville' production be leaving for Austin? Executives from the ABC television series "Nashville" have explored moving the production to other states, amid ongoing talks with local officials about an economic incentive package for a third season. There's little doubt that if ABC picks up "Nashville" for a third season, the combined economic incentives from state and local government will be less lucrative than the show received for the first two seasons. Read More at The Tennessean

BABY NEWS
Ever since Kelly Clarkson announced she was expecting, glimpses of her baby bump have been rare.  But this past weekend, she was out and about with her pregnant belly definitely on display. US Weekly has photos of Kelly on a boating outing with her husband Brandon Blackstock and his family, including his stepmother, country superstar Reba McEntire. She was wearing black leggings, flip-flops and a long salmon-colored tunic with a black and white bow printed on the belly. Later, she wore a white top which showed off her belly even more.

Joe Nichols and his wife, Heather, are expecting their second daughter together on May 20. Joe has a 15-year-old daughter named Ashelyn from a previous relationship, and his first daughter with Heather, Dylan, is now two years old.
Joe tells People, "I'm so outnumbered -- I'm toast." Joe plans to be on hand for the new baby's birth.

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS
Sunny Sweeney's album funded through PledgeMusic (109% of goal reached) is confirmed for an August 5 release date teaming up with Thirty Tigers. The first single, "Bad Girl Phase," was unveiled on Sirius/XM Radio.

A fourth Volume of music from ABC's Nashville is on its way, according to Big Machine Records, which revealed the new collection’s track list (April 25). An 11-track standard version of The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 2 will be released to all digital retailers Tuesday, May 6, while a 21-track deluxe version will be available exclusively at Target. See track list for the Target version at Country Weekly. The announcement comes on the heels of ABC-TV’s Nashville: On the Record, which aired Wednesday night (April 23). Immediately following the special, a flurry of sales propelled the three previously released Nashville soundtracks into the Top 15 on iTunes’ country albums chart.

"This close." That's how close Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman said the harmony-driven vocal group is to being finished with its much anticipated new album. The collection is the follow-up to the group's platinum-selling TORNADO.
"I am so excited I can hardly stand it," she said. "It's going to be great, I think — if you ask me."
The band worked on the project with producer Jay Joyce,who also produced "Tornado." Schlapman said the music sounds similar but is "a little bit of an evolution into what could possibly happen next."

PRESS RELEASES
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are to honour Kenny Rogers with a Biographical Exhibit which opens in the museum’s East Gallery on August 15, 2014, and runs through June 14, 2015.
  • Eric Church puts scalpers on notice in Minneapolis: “A lot of acts just want to sell as many tickets as they can and they don't care who they sell them to,”said Church, a long-time foe of ticket scalping. “I want my fans to be the ones who buy tickets to my shows, and I want scalpers to back off. I can't stop ticket scalpers completely, but I can definitely make it harder for them.”
  • Sherry Lynn's Rip-Roarin' Good Time Video "Girls Will Be Girls" premiered on CMT
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will debut a spotlight exhibit devoted to iconic crossover star Crystal Gayle on May 2, 2014. Crystal Gayle: When I Dream will feature fashion, awards, letters, family photos and more from her groundbreaking career. The exhibition will run through November 3, 2014.
  • Tobi Lee, lead singer of the Mustang Sally Band, was honored with the 2014 Fundraiser of the Year Award by the United Way of Sumner County (UWSC).
  • Dolly Parton is set for a whirlwind media blitz in support of her new album Blue Smoke which will be released by Sony Music Masterworks and Dolly Records on May 13, 2014.
  • Back by Popular Demand for the Month of MayCountry’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass on the RFD-TV network.
ARTICLES
The Examiner announces its 'Top 5 Female Country Newcomers' of 2014: Rachele Lynae, Joanna Mosca, Jessie James Decker, Sherry Lynn and Lizzie Sider are spotlighted.

REVIEWS
Daily Bulletin Stagecoach 2014: Wind thins out crowd, frustrates Eric Church

INTERVIEWS

  • Premier Guitar.com Bryan Sutton: Bluegrass and Beyond: In the hills of Western North Carolina bluegrass music is a religion. A religion that is adhered to by legions of musicians who want to gracefully walk the border between gospel, country, blues, and soul. Guitarist Bryan Sutton grew up in the heart of this culturally rich region surrounded by a musically inclined family—a perfect storm for developing his virtuosic skills.......
  • Bluegrass Situation.com: Artist Of The Month: Bryan Sutton Moves Into His Own + Album Listen Party.....Bryan Sutton might not be a household name to casual bluegrass or country music listeners, but in the music community, he is an undeniable star. He has been on the road and in the studio with everybody from Tim McGraw to Tim O’Brien; Harry Connick, Jr. to Dolly Parton; Vince Gill to Chris Thile. His fierce style of flat-pick acoustic guitar playing is uniquely his own, while still remaining vaguely reminiscent of his heroes, Doc Watson and Tony Rice....
  • For The Country Record : Shane McAnally On Songwriting, Kacey Musgraves, Country Radio And Gay Country Artists
BOOKS


One year after Country Music lost the legendary George Jones, Charlene and Earl “Peanutt” Montgomery remember their best friend of thirty years with “The Legend of George Jones: His Life and Death” (Heritage Builders Publishing) – a new, tell-all biography and companion album. Released earlier this month, the book is selling out nationwide and is now in its second printing. It’s available on Hardcover and Kindle versions at Amazon UK

Josh Turner, who has sold more than five million albums and entertained fans with sold-out shows across the nation, will release his first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood on April 29.


MAGAZINES























Country Weekly (May 5, 2014 Issue) Who Is Carrie Underwood?
The all-American girl from Oklahoma is ever-evolving, branching out into movies, television and even activism. Carrie has developed a recognizable brand that stands for quality and integrity, and of course, wonderful music. This special cover section looks at all aspects of Carrie’s persona, nearly a decade after her win on American Idol.
Cover - Cover Pic – It was originally the cover pic which appeared in the Carrie Blown Away Tour book (Dress possibly Oscar de la Renta?)
>> Run a Slideshow -
P51 - P53  

LISTEN

NPR: Harmony-Loving Sisters Keep It Retro...The Secret Sisters' new album(US iTunes) , backed by Jack White and produced by T-Bone Burnett, is called PUT YOUR NEEDLE DOWN. >> Listen/ Watch "Lonely Island"


NPR First Listen: Dolly Parton, 'Blue Smoke'

NPR: Brandy Clark On 'Song Travels': On this episode of Song Travels, Clark joins host Michael Feinstein to share stories of the people, real and imagined, who inspired her writing. She also performs a set of her original songs, including "Pray to Jesus" and "Hold My Hand," live in the studio.

Rosanne Cash joined Jools Holland and the gang in the BBC Radio 2 studio first Broadcast: 28 Apr 2014
A Feather's Not A Bird lays out the swampy landscape of the whole record ..the journey starts

SPOTIFY COUNTRY
For users of this online music streaming service here are some of the more recent additions and recommendations.
When it's free and easy on Spotify who needs music piracy?

Bobby Bare Jr – Undefeated - 10 Tracks released April 15, 2014
Bryan Sutton – Into My Own - 12 tracks, released April 29, 2014 (Sugar Hill)
Black Prairie – Fortune - Pop/Rock/Alt Country 13 Tracks, released 21 April 2014 (Sugar Hill)
Rachele Lynae – Rachele Lynae - 12 Tracks, released April 22

WATCH
  • Erin Enderlin – “I Let Her Talk” 
  • Erin Enderlin - "Ain't It Just Like A Cowboy" (Published on May 14, 2013)  
  • Lee Brice has just recently released the music video for his new song ‘I Don’t Dance’. The song (the lead single from his upcoming third studio album) is a tribute to his beautiful wife, Sara Reeveley, and features scenes from their wedding. -
  • Check out the new video for “Why Don't You Stay by #C2C2014 pop-up artist & German Singer & Songwriter Ann DOKA. Ann premièred the track at The O2 London back in March.
  • Taylor Faith the New York-based country pop/rock "powerhouse" has debuted her brand new video "See What You Did"
  • Watch the latest Kitchen Session by Ashton Lane, "From This Valley" (a cover from The Civil Wars)
COUNTRY FASHION

Carrie Underwood attended the 2014 Time 100 Gala held at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday (April 29) in New York City alongside Amy Adams (honouree). Politicians, actors, musicians, business leaders and others gather in New York to celebrate the TIME 100.
The 31-year-old Blown Away country singer donned a Ultra feminine look by Claire Pettibone, who is widely known for her bridal gowns. This silver sequin gown featured a black tulle overlay skirt embroidered with pink and red roses. The artfully layered skirt formed a romantic silhouette without being too princess-like – Fashion Pic
Carrie was joined at the gala by her hockey player husband Mike Fisher – Getty Images. Every year TIME Magazine selects one hundred people that they feel are the most influential, and Miss Carrie Underwood made the list for 2014!
This comes as no surprise, as Carrie is the true example of the American dream. If you go back in time to 2005, Carrie had just competed on “American Idol” and won the competition, and then had her first number one song. “So many young girls want to be just like her. In that sense, I see hope for the world. If I had a daughter, nothing would make me happier than to hear her say she wanted to grow up to be like Carrie Underwood,” fellow country singer Brad Paisley wrote for her piece in the Time 100 issue.

Laura Bell Bundy attended The New York Pops Gala wearing a Black Halo dress carrying a Doloris Petunia clutch -

Taylor Swift left the gym in New York City recently wearing a Modcloth One Floral, All For One Dress ($139.99), an Elie Saab S/S 2014 Black Calfskin Leather Medium Satchel with Chain Shoulder Strap and Colored Welt - Fashion Image
She was also spotted in NYC:
a) Wearing a Michael Kors Belted Silk Georgette Shirt Dress ($275.00), a pair of Sam Edelman Sawyer Oxfords in Black, her Dolce & Gabbana Agagta Shoulder Bag ($1,677.00) and her new favorite Ray-Ban Wayfarer Lightforce Sunglasses ($185.00) - Fashion Pic
b) Leaving her apartment wearing a Rails Dana Elbow Patch Button Down Shirt ($36.88, wrong color), a Free People Wine Patton Porkpie Hat ($58.00, wrong color), a Dolce & Gabanna Large ‘Agagta’ Shoulder Bag ($1,677.00), a pair of MiH Jeans The Scallop Shorts in Beige ($135.46) - Fashion Pic

Jessie James Decker who recently scored a Billboard #5 Country debut album with COMIN’ HOME shared >> Highlight Hair Tutorial and Sex Kitten Makeup Tutorial (2011) and her Beauty Must Haves - Pinterest.com/thejessicajames

Celebrity Hair & Make Up stylist Afshan Islam from beautybeneathsalon.co.uk shared >> Behind The Scenes footage with the gorgeous Carolynne Poole of Fame Academy and X Factor 2012 fame who played the C2C2014 Pop Up stages

Cowgirls In Style Spring/ Summer 2014 - Check out Aussie country singer Shea Fisher and Tyson Durfey Wedding, What's In Style Now, Cowgirl Scoop Weddings Keeping It Country, Cowgirl Bridal Guide, Rodeo Runway Spring/ Summer 2014 Fashion.

TWEETS


PHOTO
Jana Kramer shared her Second Tattoo on Instagram —and With Maggie Rose. In one, she’s clutching the hand of friend and fellow singer Maggie Rose: “What a good friend!!!@iammaggierose #tattoo holding my hand!” Jana posted.
“You were taking it like a straight boss,” tweeted Maggie in reply. Jana’s first tattoo is of the word “Believe” on her left arm.

BIRTHDAYS

April 29: Karen Brooks (1954), James Bonamy (1972), Stephanie Bentley (1963), Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys) (1943)
April 30: Johnny Horton (1925), Robert Reynolds (Mavericks) (1962), Willie Nelson (1933), Carolyn Dawn Johnson (1971), Tyler Wilkinson (WIlkinsons) (1984)
May 1: Tim McGraw (1967), Rita Coolidge (1945), Wayne Hancock (1965)
May 2: Ty Herndon (1962), Larry Gatlin (1948)
May 3: Scott 'Cactus' Moser (Highway 101) (1957), Eric Church (1977) 
May 4: Stella Parton (1949), Randy Travis (1959)

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