Thursday, 14 August 2014

Country Bites News snippets August 4 - August 10, 2014

Country Bites News snippets August 4 – August 10, 2014

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UK & IRISH News

More artists to be announced for UKCountryRadio.com's Birthday Party, Introducing Mr.Plow, New album from Emma Jane, introducing Grand Prairie, Americana Festival Success, Introducing Love Street, the artists featuring each weekend during August are: Aug 1-3: The Dirty Beggars; Aug 8-10: My Darling Clementine; Aug 15-17: Glenn Williams; Aug 22-24: The Annie Duggan Band and Aug 29-31: Tim Howard, Read more in the UKCountryRadio.com August Newsletter

Raintown (Paul Bain and Claire McArthur) the current BCMAward Duo of the Year are to perform at UKCountryRadio.com's Seventh Birthday Party and Awards. Paul Bain and Claire of the Glasgow-based band will be joined by two fellow musicians to perform an acoustic set at the event at the Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth, Derby, on Saturday 13th September. The evening will see the launch of a brand new acoustic trio fronted by popular UK country music artist Paul Martin. Paul is joined by season guitarist Richard Freemand and UKCountryRadio.com's CEO Allan Watkiss on keyboards.
It brings to nine the total number of artists performing on the night. Gary Quinn and Thorne Hill with Arizona Storm, each nominated alongside Raintown for their UK Country Artist of the Year Award, will also perform. The Award will be presented on the night. Read the Newsletter Update

UKCountryRadio.com Flashback: On Saturday September 17, 2011 Raintown were finalists at UKCountryRadio.com’s Listeners Awards 4th Party. Station CEO Allan Watkiss has
Raintown at UKCR 4
4th Party in 2011
referred to the Glasgow duo as “
the UK’s answer to US super group Lady Antebellum” on both BBC Radio Sheffield and UKCountryRadio.com. They are one of the few UK artists whose music can be played seamlessly alongside the big Nashville-produced country hits of today.” said Watkiss (CMA International Broadcaster 2010; BBC Radio Sheffield). “I would put Paul and Claire, Raintown on a par with Sugarland. They are absolutely brilliant and an absolute credit to Scotland. They can mix it with the best; Nashville eat your heart out.” Phil Mack – The Phil Mack International Country Show. >> Listen to Raintown’s 2011 UKCountryRadio.com set and interview on soundcloud.com
Country Trivia: Raintown have referred to themselves as “Bluegrass”, “Traditional Folk”, “Americana” and “Contemporary country”
Original went under the name of "OMNI" as a POP act making a living at weekends. They covered songs such as "It Takes Two", “Suspicious Minds” and "Warwick Avenue. However their Myspace music and website page (“myspace.com/omnimusiconline/music/songs”) has been pulled no longer exists. They then moved onto “OMNI COUNTRY” via EMKAY Entertainments
Kacey Musgraves the 24 year old Grammy winning Texan native championed by Bob Harris and Simon Mayo has become a Radio 2 playlist favourite and played live with Lady Antebellum and Willie Nelson. She is play the main stage at the BBC Radio 2 Live in  Hyde Park event on Sept 14. NEWSFLASH Terry Wogan announced on BBC Radio 2 that UK duo Ward Thomas as headliners for the BBC Introducing stage at BBC Radio2 Live in Hyde Park event!  The Shires are also slated to appear. Check out the Full Line up

Play It Again Sam: Someone in Nashville has put up the Michael Buble >> footage with the UK's Sam Hollyman (when aged 15) filmed at the Birmingham, UK concert and it has had over 200,000 shares on Facebook resulting in a 7-million reach. 












Sam's record company asked Sam for a 2014 recording of the Buble classic "Feeling Good". It will be released on iTunes on Aug 19th. On August 8th Lee Williams had a world exclusive playing the single on CMR Nashville "Europe's #1 Country Music Radio Station" .
Sam is a client of KEMC Global Music Marketing in Nashville, TN with representation in the UK by Django Promotions an Artist Development/PR/Promotion company owned by Lee Williams.
Listen to Sam Hollyman's new single "Feeling Good"




Related post: Michael Bublé updates 95.5 WPLJ presenter Race Taylor on 15 Year-Old Sam who sang with him on Stage (first published April 28, 2013) >> Watch the YouTube Video
Listen to Staffordshire's very own 18-year old Sam Hollyman on BBC Radio Stoke (Liz Ellis sits in for James Watt) on August 13th (Listen back from 2 hours 30mins on the BBC Radio Stoke Page) Sam talks about the Michael Bublé experience, he performs his new single "Feeling Good" and "If Ever There Were A Time" live, chats about X Factor and appearing on The Voice UK and songwriting. >>
Click to listen to Sam Hollyman's BBC Radio Stoke Interview Session


Sam tweets @SamHollyman And the #countdown begins for the release of my single :D

The Shires had a little feature in The Mail On Sunday: Trending: meet Brit country music duo The Shires (by Victoria Woodhall)

Sarah Lucy Dole thanked everyone who has made it possible for them to get to Texas for the Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards, Jefferson, Texas, July 25 through Aug 17.
The festival are bringing top Country Music performers from Australia, Canada, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and more! Sarah Lacy Dole & Star Lane described as “The UK’s fastest rising country star”, has shared the stage with Chip Taylor (Angel in the Morning), Al Perkins (The Band, The Eagles, Bob Dylan), Gail Davies (the first female record producer in Country Music), and many more. On Sat Aug 16th Sarah Lucy Dole will join the >> East Texas a four piece Rockabilly band from Adelaide, Australia on the Festival Bill. Read More at easttexasperformingarts.org

On the BBC Radio 2 Playlist for the week commencing August 9, 2014 saw Ward Thomas with their single "Push for the Stride" removed from the “A” playlist. Emma Stevens with "Make My Day" remained on the "B" playlist for a second week as The Shires with "Tonight" are added to "B" playlist with their second single following on from their May single “Nashville Grey Skies”.

When Emma Stevens got the ”amazing news” that her brand new single “Make My Day”  had made the BBC Radio 2 playlist with an album shortly on the way, she really felt she needed to celebrate some how.  So obviously…flying over her home town in a plane seemed like a good alternative! 
She thought it would be really cool to get some of her amazing friends/fans to lay down and spell out (using their bodies) the words “MAKE MY DAY” and then fly over, serenading them with her new song! She actually managed to get 60 willing people on board to be a part of this crazy idea! >> Watch the video
 “Make My Day” (Rising Tide Music/Emma Stevens Music), which has very much the feel of  Taylor Swift's "22", received its first ever play on the Wogan show on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday 20th July. Without being signed to a major label. BBC Radio 2 have supported her 100% with three singles (“Riptide” and “Once” and “A Place Called You”) she has put out from from the 14 track Oct 13, 2013 album ENCHANTED 
Pete Woodroffe and Emma record her songs in the attic of his family home – “When we wrote “Make my Day” I just knew it had to be the first single off my new album (which, by the way, is due to be released early October) she shares.
Album Two, a Pledge Music project has logged 193% of its goal with 35 days left.
Pop/Singer/Songwriter/Modern Folk Emma, who plays guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin and piano “with a twist and lots of sparkle” will release her new single digitally on 24th Aug 2014 available on Amazon UK MP3 and UK iTunes . >> Watch the Lyric video
Emma planned a series of 4 EPs, each one with a unique and beautiful artwork designed by her Mum. Emma’s Mum made the designs as a gift to Emma, and completed them just two weeks before she died. When all 4 are collected they fit together like a puzzle to make a larger beautiful painting. This combination of art and music typifies Emma’s unique approach to her work.
>>  Watch the video to "Once" which has been aired on a local BBC country show.
BUY Emma’s music on: AMAZON UK - UK iTunes
CONNECT with Emma: - WEBSITE - FACEBOOK - TWITTER

UK CHART NEWS

Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending August 16, 2014)

Dolly Parton with BLUE SMOKE/THE BEST OF (Masterworks) remained at No.2 (16,665 sales; up 11% on previous week 14,998 copies; 9-week total 156,316). Parton's pair has been in the Top 7 throughout its nine week chart frame!

Ward Thomas the 20 year old twins Catherine and Lizzy saw their full length debut album, FROM WHERE WE STAND (WTW MUSIC) fall one rung 93-94 selling probably around 900 - 1,000 copies (based on #75 Elvis Presley’s That's The Way It Is selling 1,287) to add to their debut sales week of 2,473.
On The Independent Albums chart FROM WHERE WE STAND held at No.11 whilst their BBC Radio 2 playlisted single “Push For The Stride” moved upthe Independent Singles Top 40 (chart week 16th August 2014) in their 5th chart frame with a 27-20 jump.
Their two official videos >> “The Good And The Right” published on Apr 8, 2014 has received 24,409 views and >> “Push For The Stride” published on July 9, 2014 has to date received 36,371 views.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending August 16, 2014)
The UK’s Ward Thomas with FROM WHERE WE STAND (WTW Music) stays at No.1 for a third week
Johnny Cash with OUT AMONG THE STARS (Columbia) held at No.2 in its 19th chart frame.
Kacey Musgraves with SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK (Decca) was a non mover at No.3 in her 69th chart frame.
Puss N Boots with NO FOOL NO FUN (Blue Note) made a debut at No.4.
Billy Joe Shaver with LONG IN THE TOOTH (Lightning Rod) made a bow at No.9.

UK iTunes Top 1500 Country Albums  (Last updated August 12, 2014)

Dolly Parton’s album BLUE SMOKE/ THE BEST OF remains at the top with UK country duo Ward Thomas new debut album FROM WHERE WE STAND unrooted at No2. The new Sony compilation American Heartland: Legends of Country moved 5-7. Pre-orders for Brad Paisley’s new album due out Aug 25th send it into the top 10 at #9

1 Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke / The Best Of 
2 Ward Thomas - From Where We Stand 
3 Dolly Parton - The Very Best of Dolly Parton 
4 Various Artists Country - 101 All Time Greats 
5 Johnny Cash - The Essential Johnny Cash 
6 Lady Antebellum - Need You Now 
7 Various Artists - American Heartland: Legends of Country 
8 Various Artists - The No.1 Country Hits Collection – 100 Greatest Country Hits 
9 Brad Paisley - Moonshine in the Trunk 
10 Taylor Swift - Red

UK iTunes Top 1500 Country Singles  (Last updated August 12, 2014)

Brad Paisley with his preview track “Crushin' It” heads the chart from his soon to be released album.    
Dolly Parton now posts 4 songs in the Top 10 headed by her signature tune “Jolene” .
Ward Thomas who have now left the BBC Radio 2  “A” playlist with “Push For the Stride” fell 1-4.
Young rookie US female duo Maddie & Tae are now at No.11 with “Girl In a Country Song”    
The Shires with their now Radio 2 playlisted single “Tonight” (Decca released on July 11, 2014 on UK iTunes.) rockets up 64-16.

1 Brad Paisley - Crushin' It    
2 Dolly Parton - Jolene    
3 Lady Antebellum - Need You Now    
4 Ward Thomas - Push For the Stride    
5 Dolly Parton - 9 To 5    
6 Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers - Islands In the Stream    
7 Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble.    
8 Taylor Swift - Love Story    
9 Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers - Islands in the Stream    
10 Taylor Swift -  22    
11 Maddie & Tae -  Girl In a Country Song    
16 The Shires - Tonight

On the Hotdisc Chart (August 10, 2014 Chart)
The Hotdisc chart is compiled from DJs and industry professionals' ratings of songs currently being promoted on the Rush Released CD.
They are not airplay charts, as airplay charts cannot work in Europe because there are no terrestrial country stations. As of September 2013 it was reliably disclosed that 650 physical Hotdiscs are sent out with 350 digital versions for people to download.

This week saw new tracks from the new August 2014 Hotdisc #188 (rush Released) promotional disc impact on the chart.
Jim Reeves’ duet with Barbi Franklin re-make of "How's The World Treating You" (written by Chet Atkins, Boudleaux Bryant) blew straight in at No.1 on the Hotdisc Top 40 chart to bag
the Hotshot Debut honours. Yes it's hard to believe that Jim Reeves who died 50 years ago still witness his music widely embraced and alive thanks to the quality of his work which still attracts airplay all over the world. And the new 8 CD collection of re-workings of his songs by Larry Jordan has been responsible for his latest chart appearances, including "Distant Drums" which peaked at No.2 on the Hotdisc Top 40 and moved 3-5 this chart week. The tracks are both drawn from the The Great Jim Reeves 8-CD set (H&H Records) which comes in a handsome, unique, silver-trimmed and high-gloss durable case which opens like a book. The track listings are displayed on two panels which then fold open to reveal all 8 CDs in convenient storage pockets. There is also a separate 48-page booklet inside called “Songs & Recordings” (running about 18,000 words!) in which Larry Jordan (author of the award-winning, 672-page book, “Jim Reeves: His Untold Story”), provides fascinating and detailed notes on each song. For more information visit www.jim-reeves.com/greatjimreeves , see the track listings here and order from www.jim-reeves.com $60.95 USD (incl postage) or from Smart Choice Music (£29.99)

Jim Reeves No.1 bow pushed Bertie Higgins’Cowboys Of The Caribbean” down 1-2 while a 1980s re-issue from David Frizzell titled "Maybe There's Love After You After All" (Bastian / Shaw) made the second highest new entry with a debut at No.3. taken from the March 17, 2014 released 2 on 1 set The Familys Fine, But This Ones All Mine / On My Own Again (Morello Records)
David Wood returned to chart with a follow up to his Hotdisc #185 Single “My Side Of The Fence” as “Who Left The Door To Heaven Open” (wriiten by Betty Duke) arrived at No.6 with the track taken from his 2010 album THE EARLY YEAR.


Joe Stampley's son Tony Stampley a writer himself who co-wrote and recorded "It Ain't All Good But It Ain't Half Bad" (Tony Stampley/ John Swat/ Philip Douglas) makes his debut at No.7. Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley (Mo & Joe) in the 1980's had a great cover/ satirical cut of Karma Chameleon called >> "Where's The Dress" (written by Tony Stampley with Bucky
Tony Stampley
Lindsey and George Cummings) that reached No.8 on the Hot Country Songs
chart. The good-natured send-up actually won a Best Country Video award. However it got them into a bit of trouble, Boy George was not impressed with the way his song was covered and brought about a court injunction (copyright infringement for using the opening melody) meaning they had to change it completely to satisfy the judges but won a lot of fans. Youngsters who normally bought Culture Club records brought in Boy George pictures to autograph which Stampley signed "Boy Joe"! Their country hit was about 2 truckers who saw the pop group Culture Club and its lead singer (known for his sexually ambivalent garb, long tresses and feminine makeup) as a gimmmick to pay their debts!

On their 5th week on the charts Brian Collins’ Never Really Left” remained in the top 10 falling 5-9, Texas native SaraBeth with her single "That's The Sound" slipped back 8-11 and Owen Howell held his own rounding out the top 10 with "Let's Start A Party" (written by Steve Ballard and Charlie Pennachio)

Outside the Top 10:
Kaylee Rutland an 18 year old soon to turn 19 contemporary country singer/songwriter from Texas made her Hotdisc debut at No.18 with title cut “Good Day To Get Gone” written by notable Canadian Jason Blaine along with Noah A Gordan and Willie Mack.
Kaylee was named as one of 10 Country Artists to Watch in 2014 by Billboard 615 who wrote: “Typically, teenage acts don't necessarily blow us away, but this native Texan is a little different. Her debut single is called "Into The Circle," and is a tribute to the world famous Grand Ole Opry, and she shows plenty of promise on the track. She's contemporary – but has one ear planted towards the heritage of the format!. Kaylee is currently attending college in Nashville studying music business. On July 29, 2014 she released a new 5 track EP titled GOOD DAY TO GET GONE (KRM Records).  

Charlie Boston followed up on his Hotdisc #184 single “Why Can’t You Love Me” (peak at No.22) with his self penned “How I Only Wish I Could Fly” taken from his November 2013 album WHITE CREEK PIKE. It made an entry at No.19 on the top 40 to land No.1 on the British & Irish Hotdisc chart replacing Tony Clarke’s Put That Country Song On” which fell 15-21 in his 5th chart frame.
Just behind Charlie at No.20 is a new entry from Hotdisc newbie Mike Ward with his brand new self penned single "Welcome Home" to secure the No.2 slot on the British standings. The track features players: Simon Goluding (Bass), Luke Thomas (Acoustic), Scott Poley (Electric & Steel), Chris Howard (Piano & B3) , Naomi Sarah (Backing vocals) and Justin Johnson (Drums & backing vocals)
Fans for the BBC 1 show The Voice UK will recall Mike (the cousin of British The X Factor series 2 winner Shayne Ward) who made the final of Season 2. Mike has recently been working with producer Justin Johnson and session guys in Liverpool at the Studio2 Parr Street Studios (www.parrstreetstudios.co.uk) where some major pop albums have been recorded such as John Mayer and Coldplay. 

Mike has recorded other tracks for a forthcoming EP due out in October which is already available for pre-order at www.mikeward.co.uk
It will feature >> 'Don't Close Your Eyes' (a cover of Keith Whitley's song) performed on his Series 2 Blind Audition. "Welcome Home" is being promoted by Lee Williams CEO of CMR Nashville/ Django Promotions who has signed Mike to management. Ward has seen praise in the past from David Allan the Country Music People columinist and former BBC Radio 2 presenter of the Country Club show in the 90’s. Follow & Like Mike Ward on Facebook


Outside the Hotdisc Top 20:
There new entries fron US acts Cody Riley with “Something I Wrote” (co-written with Mando Saenz) at No.22 taken from his Feb 21, 2014 album DOZEN RED ROSES. Sonia Leigh with her June 24, 2014 released single “Put It In Your Pocket” (co-written with Bobby Huff) arrived at No.23. David Shelby with his Aug 19, 2014 released single “Southern Drawl” (writers Chip Davis/ Damon Carrol) landed at No.24. The track is from an forthcoming EP slated to be called OH YEAH.

Scotland’s Janey Kirk saw her title track “Streets of Loneliness” (Watch the video at Yahoo.com/vevo-new-releases) just make the Top 40 at No.39 (#6 British & Irish Hotdisc). The lead guitars are Jerry Donahue, with Alan Thomson (bass), Jim Drummond (drums) and Iain Richard Johnson on banjo. The video was shot in her hometown in Central Hotel East Wemyss in central hotel and on the shore.
>> Take a listen to the week’s Top 20 countdown and hear producer Larry Jordan talk about the story behind the Jim Reeves & Barbi Franklin No.1 track!: 




>> Enjoy the SPOTIFY 9 track/ 30 minute Hotdisc 188 August Playlist using this ONLINE Web Player Link:
Note: The Playlist below requires you to already have your SPOTIFY application installed, and OPEN, and is ONLY for users of the online music streaming service



UK COUNTRY ALBUM / SINGLE RELEASES

(21 Feb 2014) Cody Riley Band - Dozen Dead Roses EP (TP Creative Group)
5 Tracks/ Time: 17:47 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(14 April 2014) Dexeter - Brighter Skies (Self release)
8 tracks UK iTunes

(17 June 2014) Brushville - Brushville (Brushville)
11 Tracks/ Time: 34:51 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 

(29 July 2014) Kaylee Rutland - Good Day to Get Gone (KRM Records)
5 Tracks/ Time: 17:06 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(20 June 2014) Jared Blake - Stomp (Skiddco Records) MP3 - UK iTunes
(24 June 2014) Sonia Leigh - Put It in Your Pocket ( Willing To Fly) MP3 - UK iTunes
(19 Aug 2014)  David Shelby - Southern Drawl (Highway South Records) MP3 


(4 Aug 2014) Puss N Boots - No Fools, No Fun (Decca / UMO)
12 Tracks/ Time: 42:00 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com Jazz and pop star Norah Jones has a new country trio. After playing live together since 2008, Puss n Boots, jazz singer Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and alt-rock singer Catherine Popper have at last taken their collaboration into the studio.. Digital formats exclusively on Amazon.com include two bonus tracks: Puss n Boots' takes on "Cry Cry Cry", Johnny Cash's 1955 breakthrough hit, and the pop standard "In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town."
It's a mix of country, pop, folk and rock and consist in the regular edition of twelve tracks: five original and seven covers, of
which three were recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY on June 27, 2013. The album's title "No Fools, No Fun" is taken from a Johnny Cash song called "Bull Rider", which is also among the covers on this record.
The covers are, in order of appearance: "Leaving London" (Tom Paxton), "Bull Rider" (Johnny Cash), "Twilight" (The Band), "Down By The River" (Neil Young),  "Tarnished Angel" (Roger Miller), "Jesus, Etc." (Wilco) and "GTO" (Jeb Loy Nichols).
Watch the top song >> "Don't Know What It Means" (Lambkini Exclusive) tracked, mixed and mastered by Joel Hamilton at Studio G Brooklyn

CANADIAN NEWS

August 5, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced that Dean Brody, Tim Hicks and Dallas Smith will perform on the 2014 CCMA Awards Show; as will special guests, Little Big Town. These are the first artists announced to perform as part of the 2014 CCMA Awards, which will broadcast on CBC-TV at 8:00 p.m. local time (8:30 NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 7. Also just announced: Gord Bamford, Paul Brandt, Terri Clark, Kira Isabella & Dierks Bentley to perform and a special appearance by Lennon and Maisy from The Stars of Nashville ABC drama.

NEWS

Country Aircheck's Insider Artist News:
August 8, 2014: Taylor Swift (Boston Children's Hospital), Garth Brooks (Chicago record), CMA Awards (Trivia), Lady Antebellum (Georgia Music Hall of Fame), Jon Pardi

August 12, 2014: Tim McGraw (Nacho Average Diet), Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell (Just Chillin' It), Taylor Swift big reveal (Island's In The Stream), Trisha Yearwood (Woman's Day magazine)

Mindy Smith's very first album, ONE MOMENT MORE marks its 10th  Anniversary in 2014! To celebrate she will perform a very special 10th Anniversary show in Nashville on October 25th singing every song from the record and with a FULL band.

Lady Antebellum are to be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Its congratulations to Brian Collins for winning the DISCovery Award from MusicRow magazine for his soon-to-be released album, "Healing Highway." He received a great review from Nashville's well respected music critic, Robert Oermann: "This Georgia boy has a confident, ultra-youthful, splendidly airy, superbly listenable country-rock approach that is just about irresistible. Dynamic and driving."

Taylor Swift tweeted out a picture of a screenshot from her phone. The image showed her cat, the time 5:00, and a drawing of the Statue of Liberty/New York City. Another photo, released, was a screengrab of the Yahoo! homepage, and the search bar contained the message "this is clue number 3." She first posted an Instagram video of her pushing an elevator button numbered "18." Best guess? New music is arriving Aug. 18, and Taylor Swift will appear at a Yahoo!-sponsored concert in New York City at 5:00 p.m. to debut it. But what role is her cat, Olivia Benson, playing in the announcement.
No official word yet on what she'll say, but the last time she held a similar Ustream event was August 2012, during which she revealed the new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Togethere”, the RED album and The Red Tour.

WE Fest 2014, featuring headliners Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean, took a turn for the ugly on Thursday (Aug. 8), when a man stabbed three concertgoers. The accused stabber, Aaron Williams, 32, was intoxicated when the incident occurred, according to the Becky County Sheriff’s Department. The stabbing took place early in the morning at a campground across the street from WE Fest, and thankfully, the wounds were not life-threatening. Read More at Taste Of Country / Have Country Fans Really Gone Wild? >> Encore video from Taste of Country's Billy Dukes

Brad Paisley used his time very wisely while flying to Afghanistan with President Obama on Air Force One earlier this year. Instead of just grabbing some shut-eye on his way to entertain U.S. troops, Brad opted to put the finishing touches on a new song, "Me and Jesus," while in the air over the Black Sea. "It was 13 hours over and 16 back, plenty of time to mix the record," Brad tells Billboard, "I had all the files and opened up the computer and thought, 'I'll get to work on this.' It didn't take too long. It's only my voice a guitar." Brad also picked up several souvenirs from Air Force One, including shot glasses, matches, luggage tags and towels.

TOURS
Carrie Underwood Joins All-Star Lineup ay the Opry Aug 19th with Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan, Sam Hunt, Joel Crouse, Mark Chesnutt, Del McCoury Band, and more.

Two-time GRAMMY award-winner Kacey Musgraves will be launching her headlining tour entitled ‘Same Tour Different Trailer’ September 25, 2014 in Tulsa, OK at Cain’s Ballroom. ‘Same Tour Different Trailer’  will hit 13 cities in the United States ending in Las Vegas, NV on October 26th at the Life is Beautiful Festival. All tour dates except the Life is Beautiful Festival will feature openers John & Jacob, who also joined Musgraves on her recently wrapped European tour.

The night before Gretchen Peters Oct 5, 2014 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame she will be playing the Grand Ole Opry! - Event Detail

AWARDS
Taylor Swift was signed on as a presenter on the Teen Choice 2014 awards Sunday, August 10. She's not only up for a few awards -- the appearance marked a return to the spotlight for Taylor as she gears up to release her new album this fall.
Taylor  won the surfboard for Female Country Artist. Other winners included Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan's "This Is How We Roll" for Country Song, Hunter Hayes for Male Country Artist and Lady Antebellum for Country Group – See all the Winners at teenchoiceawards

(August 6, 2014 CMA World ) Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" live from Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 5 on ABC to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” for the seventh consecutive time in 2014.
“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The popular pair used “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” to make the announcement when the concert special aired last night on ABC. In the segment, Paisley and Underwood answered >> CMA Awards Trivia questions posed by Little Big Town (spoiler alert: Underwood wins).
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The eligibility period for the 2014 CMA Awards is July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Voting for the second ballot closes Friday, Aug. 22 (5:00 PM/CT).
The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).

TV
The season premiere of ABC’s hit show ‘Nashville‘ was already expected to be big, apparently it’s going to make history. The show is going to attempt to kick off with live musical performances! ‘Nashville’ will be the very first scripted drama to attempt live music during the show. The Season 3 kickoff episode will feature two performances from actors that are truly live. Will Lexington, played by Chris Carmack, and Deacon Claybourne, played by Charles Esten, will be two giving live performances from the show’s own Bluebird Cafe set in Music City. It’s also finally been decided that ‘Nashville’ will remain in its namesake city of Nashville. An $8 million incentive package helped make that decision final. The third season of ‘Nashville’ debuts on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 10PM ET on ABC.
Look for Luke Bryan's cameo on ABC's Nashville to air October 1. He filmed his part with Connie Britton last Friday at ABC's Good Morning America.

BABY NEWS
Congratulations to Vince Gill, whose daughter, Jenny (photo ) gave birth to Vinny’s first grandchild—a son named Wyatt Gill Van Valkenburg—on Aug. 4 in Nashville. Jenny is married to music industry executive Josh Van Valkenburg and is also the daughter of Janis Oliver, formerly of the country duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo, as well as the stepdaughter of Amy Grant.

MUSIC NEWS
Singer-songwriter Nell Bryden is to host her own show on BBC Radio 2 later this month. The New Yorker will make her debut on the network on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August, with an hour long show from 10pm till 11pm. In her first show, Nell Bryden’s New York Hour, she will be celebrating and talking about the music she loves from both sides of the Atlantic.
Nell is also a guest of Terry Wogan on Weekend Wogan on Sunday 17th August when she’ll perform two songs from her album Wayfarer.

Authorised Nick Drake biography coming soon…..Numerous books have been published regarding the life and work of Nick Drake, the folky UK singer-songwriter who died of an overdose of prescription medicine in 1974. These include Nick Drake: The Biography by Patrick Humprhies, Nick Drake: The Pink Moon Files by Jason Creed and Darker Than The Deepest Sea by Trevor Dann. However, there has never been an official, authorised biography… until now. Drake’s sister, TV and theatre actress Gabrielle Drake, has spent the past six years compiling and editing Nick Drake: Remembered For A While, which will be published by John Murray on 6 November – just a couple of weeks before the 40th anniversary of Drake’s tragic death in 1974. It is said to include a selection of handwritten lyrics and letters, as well as contributions from friends, family and music industry colleagues and collaborators.

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS

Texas native SaraBeth is making her mark in Nashville as the sweetly southern artist with an edge. Now she is bringing her music to another level with the release of her brand new EP, OBSESSIVE, out Aug 5th on UK iTunes - Artwork The sophomore project features 4 new tracks, including her current single, “Nowhere With You.” The lead-off single, released to country radio (impact date February 6, 2014), quickly became one of the most streamed and downloaded tracks on Play MPE. The song features a mid-tempo groove, strong lyrics about just being with the one you love and the need to not go anywhere.
Obsessive follows the release of her highly praised debut album ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, which produced SaraBeth’s first Top 40 record, “That’s The Sound.” The track promote across Europe via the Hotdisc 187 promo disc has thus far reached #8 on the Hotdisc Top 40. “Nowhere With You” can be heard on soundcloud and is available on UK iTunes.
The lovely SaraBeth will be joined by fellow Nashville artist Glen Mitchell and supported by other UK artists at 5 Grand Union Songwriters Series dates in the UK from late October - seetickets.com

Aug 15th Sunny Sweeney will sign copies of her new album, PROVOKED, in the Opry Shop immediately following the Opry.

Jennifer Nettles released the Deluxe Edition of her album, THAT GIRL to all streaming partners and US iTunes Tuesday, August 12th

Rhymetown Entertainment duo North 40 (Paige Logan & Heather Looney) made a significant splash at Country radio with their first two singles, “Hey Girl Hey” and “Tell Me Something Good,” and country fans from coast to coast identified with their message and delightful delivery. 
The newest single from their Sing Your Own Song CD, the rowdy “Whole Lot Of Livin’,” shipped to radio, and early feedback has been extraordinary. It was included on the CDX Volume 601 (CDX service country music singles to 2,200+ radio stations across the U.S. and around the world, See Press Release ) and Grass Roots Promotion (who service country music singles to 2,200+ radio stations across the U.S. and around the world)
“Whole Lot Of Livin" can be found on their album Sing Your Own Song which dropped 28 Jan 2014 via Rhymetown Entertainment available on Amazon UK
North 40 appeared in a recent copy of the Country Weekly magazine. Two of country's hottest ladies mixed it with one of Nashville's hottest shops the Two Old Hippies boutique (401 12th Avenue South, Nashville - Facebook Images )

Luke Laird who produced Kacey Musgraves‘ Grammy-winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, has set about working with another Nashville singer-songwriter on the rise: Maggie Chapman. The 17-year old released a singer/songwriter/rock six-track, self-titled EP (UK iTunes) in Feb 17, 2014 containing catchy country-pop tunes like “Golden Girl” and “Pickin’ Petals.”
Idolator is announcing her follow-up release, debut album Vignette (out September 16). Maggie co-wrote all 10 tracks on the LP, and you can listen to new song “It Should’ve Been You,” a true story about two of the singer’s high school sweetheart friends who ran into each other years later at a funeral. Instagram/maggiechapman - Press Release Watch her brand new lyric video for my song, >> "Wonder Woman."

Hope River Entertainment tweeted: New album release Aug 26 by singer-songwriter Donna Hughes called FROM THE HEART

Brad Paisley hosted a MOONSHINE IN THE TRUNK album listening party at his Yellow House on Thursday (Aug. 7). After a serving of songs from his Aug. 25 release accompanied by “song-appropriate shots of alcoholic beverages,” the crowd of radio VIPs, Arista Nashville promo folks and Sony Music Nashville execs posed for a group photo - Image

Luke Bryan will release a Deluxe Edition of his double-platinum album, CRASH MY PARTY, on Tuesday, August 12th. The deluxe version was originally a Target exclusive and is now being made available to other retailers, including digital outlets. The album will include four new songs, including “Your Mama Should’ve Named You Whiskey.” Bryan says the title reveals a lot about the song. “We all know how rough whiskey can be on you, and obviously this guy is getting pretty burned by her,” he said. “It’s a cool, really cool song. I love the style. It’s kinda got that classic verse, and then when the chorus kicks in, it’s just big ole in your face rock, then it drops down to that cool, loping, kinda chilled-out dancing cheek-to-cheek thing. I love it top to bottom.”

PRESS RELEASES

  • Sunny Sweeney’s New Album, Provoked, available now
  • Lincoln Center to Stream Americanafest NYC Concerts (Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Cassandra Wilson & Rosanne Cash)
  • Charlie Daniels has been an avid supporter of America’s military and now the Journey Home Project
  • Jake Owen debuts >> “What We Ain’t Got” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday, Aug. 5
  • Ward Thomas November co-headline tour with The Shires now on sale!! + Get your tickets for 'Homegrown Tour' + new videos, albums and Spotify playlists! Universal Music Press Release
  • Eric Church debuts “Cold One” Music Video Exclusively for Fan Club Members on EricChurch.com on Aug. 8 .
  • Ray Stevens is set to release an all-new Gospel album on August 19.  The new recordings titled Gospel Collection, Volume One, mark Stevens' first project as part of the Gaither Gospel Series.
  • Richie Sambora the celebrated American rock icon, who played the LP Field CMA Festival stage and joined Dolly Parton as special guest on her Blue Smoke Uk dates (best known throughout his remarkable 30-year career for his raw vocals, indelible songwriting and world-class guitar playing), braved the heavy rain and lightning to take the Citybreak Festival stage in Seoul, South Korea.
  • The Roys wrap the long Labor Day weekend with SiriusXM as the media giant hosts a special-format release party on its Bluegrass Junction channel for the duo’s new CD, THE VIEW.
  • Charlie Daniels, Darius Rucker, Ashley Judd, Melissa Joan Hart, Emmitt Smith, among others to be part of four SEC Storied documentaries that will help kick off the new SEC Network, a 24/7 sports network launching August 14.
  • Chase Rice is ready to rock fans with "Ignite the Night Tour," US dates launch Sept. 5
  • Jerrod Niemann to launch Headlining Fall US Tour on October 24
  • Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa Live Musical destination concert event was announced for January 23-27, 2015 in Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Donna Hughes announces Release Party for two new albums and Music Video premiere on August 23, 2014.
  • Kenny Chesney releases "Flora-Bama" as an instant Grat track on BIG REVIVAL (due Sept 23) pre-orders
  • Randy Travis, Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am is available for download on iTunes starting today
ARTICLES

  • Billboard The Civil Wars Break Up: Hear Farewell Song & Read Their Goodbye Messages + Free Download  (31.8MB)
  • Taste Of Country Sammy Kershaw on Country Music: ‘It’s the Only Genre That Hates Itself’
  • Rollingstone.com How Sunny Sweeney Got So 'Provoked': Inside Her Badass New Album…Country spitfire tells the real-life inspirations behind her new album ...
  • Rollingstone.com Raul Malo Talks New Mavericks Album….Genre-melding band has finished follow-up to 2013 comeback album 'In Time'
  • Rollingstone.com Cassadee Pope on Going Country: 'I'm Just Being Me'….Pope isn't kidding about her background: The 24-year-old confidently lists her resume of modern country influences, which eventually grew to include time-tested genre standouts as well….
  • Country Weekly On the Edge: Kelsey Waldon …Singer/songwriter recalls the eye-opening, skin-thickening experience she had when she briefly moved to Nashville at the age of 19. …..
Ones To Watch: Jess and the Bandits
Though somewhat atypical for a group rooted in country to find success in the UK, it is par for the course when it comes to the unlikely group Jess and the Bandits. The Bandits met BBC Radio 2 favourite Jessica Clemmons (who played the C2C Country To Country 2014 Pop Up stages), the opening act, during a 2012 tour while playing with The Overtones and instantly bonded over their mutual love of Country Music.  As they began to play together more and more, it became painstakingly clear that their chemistry was flawless. Thus, Jess and the Bandits were born. - See more and listen to the new single ‘My My Name Is Trouble’ 
out 15th September at: renownedforsound

Wall Street Journal (August 11, 2014 1:22 PM) Europe Tunes In to Its Own Country Music Scene…..After years of importing country artists from the U.S., Europe is finally listening to home-grown music. The Common Linnets were the surprise hit of this year's Eurovision song contest, a competition usually swept by pop tunes. With viewers from all over Europe texting and phoning to cast their vote, Dutch country artists Ilse DeLange and Waylon brought the house down and came in second with "Calm After the Storm."










Their duet, with its slide guitars and heart-tugging harmonies, has since become a top-10 hit across the continent, and the band is in negotiations with a major U.S. country-music label. "In Europe, when you say you do country music, it used to not be cool," says Ms. DeLange, who sports very Dolly Parton-like dimples, "but it is becoming much more mainstream."...."We are finding there is a steady increase in the numbers of European and British talent," says Rob Fielder, a DJ and co-founder of British internet-radio station 2Country.net. "With European talent, the quality has really picked up over the last few years."....One sign European country music has reached critical mass is a splintering of opinion within the movement about what the style is and why it is gaining traction. "You are starting to see a shift in [local artists'] being willing to spend money on production, and ultimately that is having a great effect on the marketability of their music," says Mr. Fielder, the Britain-based DJ. "It sounds as good as anything coming out of Nashville."
Ms. DeLange notes that as a judge on the Dutch version of "The Voice" she is seeing more singer-songwriters infusing their music with the storytelling genre. But unlike Mr. Fielder, she believes the European version is unique. "There is not that pristine and polished sound that is on country radio a lot of times in Nashville," she says. "It is a bit more gritty in its production, and I think Europeans are more interested in that kind of sound."...Whether it's slick or rough around the edges, locally produced country music is starting to take off. "Country to Country felt like a zeitgeist," says Ben Earle, one half of The Shires duo, who played on a pop-up stage at the festival. "I think five years ago, Europe was not ready as a continent for this kind of homegrown music. I think we are just now ready for it to take hold.".....Read the Full article with music/ photos at Wall Street Journal

Referring to the article above:
  • The Shires new album called “Brave” is due for release in the UK on Oct 20, 2014 not in 2015.
  • The C2C Country To Country Festival was NOT a sell out, Billboard reported that 27,797 tickets were sold from a possible 30,349 capacity.
  • On the Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending May 17, 2014) The Common Linnets (Ilse DeLange and Waylon) made their debut at No.95 selling 1,932 copies. The following week it catapulted 95-9, climbing 86 places (21,018 sale). The last time a non winning, non UK entry made it to the top 10 was in 1974!
  • The Common Linnets' eponymous first album landed at No.40 (2,004 sales) on the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart. In Holland the album went GOLD and has since attained 3X PLATINUM status.
  • So how is home-grown UK country artists faring? English duos The Shires and Ward Thomas (Catherine and Lizzy) have both had 2 singles play listed by BBC Radio 2, have both reached #1 on the UK iTunes Country Singles chart and appeared on the Wogan show and Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2 performing live sessions. Ward Thomas’ first full length album, FROM WHERE WE STAND, made a debut at No.41 on the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart selling 2,473 copies. They have so far spent 3 weeks on the Top 100 (3-week sales around 4,500) and have had the Official UK #1 Country album.  
  • On the UK iTunes Top 1500 Country albums:  Apart from Irish artists these are the current standings for UK artists: At #2 is Ward Thomas (From Where We Stand), Singer-songwriter Philippa Hanna (#255), Scotland’s Lisa McHugh (Old Fashioned Girl) is at #504,  Charlie Landsborough (Greatest Hits) at #552, The British Country Award winning duo Scotland’s Raintown (Hope In Troubled Times) is at #570,  Singer-songwriter Amy Wadge (Bump) is at #744, Jeannine Barry (Give Me Something – EP) is at  #819 with Sara Crockett (Better Be Gone – EP) at #1114. That’s all!
  • Pete Kennedy, the Birr, County Offaly, Republic of Ireland native has for the past 2 years won the BRITISH Country Music Award for  Album of the Year. His EP’s “The Nashville Sessions Vol.1 & Vol. 2” which gained back-to-back honours have never troubled the chart. They are currently ranked at #441,348 and #514,835 in Music on Amazon UK reflecting negligible sales at retail.
REVIEWS
A golden year as the Cambridge Folk Festival celebrates in style: The Cambridge Folk Festival celebrated in style this weekend with a line-up and atmosphere that truly befitted its 50th anniversary year. The event, which had sold out in advance for several months, saw headline sets from Van Morrison, Sinead O’ Connor, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Richard Thompson, Rosanne Cash and Newton Faulkner. From the minute the gates opened on Thursday lunchtime, to the closing strains of Sunday’s final acts, the event had a celebratory atmosphere from performers and audience alike....Read more in this News release from 3 August 2014

INTERVIEWS

Terri Clark gives you a rare glimpse into the recording process as she takes you inside a Nashville recording studio, putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming new album, Some Songs. Country Weekly joins Terri in the studio to talk about several of the selections from the album and the challenges of making the new record.
CMC Interview with newbie duo Maddie & Tae

MAGAZINES
Womansday.com Trisha Yearwood’s Family Meal Survival Guide…Get through hectic weeknights with these easy recipes and shortcut

Maverick Magazine (Sept/ Oct 2014 issue; Kacey Musgraves cover feature)
Coffee & Cover  - Image
Maverick Magazine's editor Laura meeting Kacey Musgraves this issue's cover artist - Image
John & Jacob "New To You" (Maverick Sept/Oct) - Image
Preview the Sept/Oct Issue at magzter.com to see a sample of the Kacey Musgraves feature and to read the review for Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke/ Best of No.2 Official UK album. Use the "+" and "-" selections to zoom in and out and view the individual pages.
Preview the Sept/Issue at Yudu.com use the Options tab on the top left hand tool bar, from the drop down select "Single Page Mode" and use the "Zoom feature/ slider" to enlarge the text.
Check out details of the contents and features in the latest issue of Maverick at maverick-country.com


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SPOTIFY COUNTRY
The Shires Inspirations – The Decca Records UK coutry duo select tracks from Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, The Civil Wars, Brad Paisley, Gary Allen, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell etc
Puss N Boots – No Fools, No FunReleased 4 August 2014 12 Tracks

WATCH

  • Ashton Lane cover the country/gospel "Leaning on You" (written by Phil Madeira / Cindy Morgan) from Phil Madeira's Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us project. As one of roots music's biggest songwriters and producers (Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks, Keb' Mo'), the multi-instrumentalist gathered eleven-like minded artists to combat the righteousness of religion with a dozen acoustic-based tracks presenting the type of heart-based faith that influenced his own musical and spiritual upbringing. Note: Ashton Lane have some of their brand bespoke songs out on iTunes! Click here to check em out!
  • For The Record with Stephanie Quayle - Episode 1 a new and unique web series that follows the country music singer on her journey to find interesting people and lifestyles to fuel her songwriting (via Press Release)
  • Stephanie Quayle "Sugar High" (Official Lyric Video)
  • Dexeter play fresh contemporary country with a rock and roll twist from deep within the folds of Leicestershire watch their new
  • Country/ Pop video “Slow It Down”, released 23 July 2014 the track is available on UK iTunes
  • Brad Paisley ft Colt Ford ”River Bank
  • Native Run's new Single "Good On You" is out watch the lyric video on vevo.com
  • RaeLynn gives us a brand new music and now a video to boot "God Made Girls"
  • "Superhero" is the first single from Aussie Amber Lawrence's forth coming album 'Superheroes' due 19 Sep, 2014.
  • Traditional Folk, Music, Singer/Songwriter Stephanie Lynn "Two Ships" from her Three Words EP released: 07 January 2014
  • Christie Lamb "Wish You Were A Cowboy"
  • Stoney Creek Records star Lindsay Ell is already turning heads with the release of her scorching, guitar-driven new single “Shut Me Up,” which debuted as the #2 Most Added Country Song in the U.S. with 31 first week stations. The song has been hand-picked by Townsquare Media editors for its multi-genre “Hot Releases” campaign, sponsored by McDonalds. The “Hot Releases” playlist will be featured across syndicated tastemaker sites including Taste of Country, Popcrush, Loudwire, Just Jared, The Boot, Consequence of Sound and more beginning Friday, August 15th. Additionally, “Shut Me Up” will be featured prominently on-air all week as part of SiriusXM The Highway’s “Fresh Female Voices” campaign. Lindsay‘s ‘Shut Me Up’ lyric video, premiers exclusively for Taste of Country readers, is a written warning for any guy who thinks they can cross this sassy singer. Shot completely in black and white, the clip begins with a high-heeled foot stomping to the beat of the music, and soon a profile of Ell appears. Throughout the video, the country songstress yells into a megaphone, jams on her guitar and tosses her hair in fury as she sings about her ex-boyfriend who cheated on her.
COUNTRY FASHION

Tamworth's Rockabilly Sweetheart and Aussie Pin Up Singer/ Songwriter Shelley Minson has a cover feature in Belle vie. Here's the link

Exclusive Video: Jessie James Decker's Flawless Girls' Night Out Makeup How-To. Jessie’s latest EP "Comin' Home" includes the single "Girls Night," which obviously makes her the perfect person to create a girls' night out makeup look!
In the video tutorial below, Jessie starts with a makeup base, then adds a sexy shimmery winged eye and gorgeous red lips watch it at Cosmopolitan.com

2014 Teen Choice Awards





















Taylor Swift attended the 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday (August 10) in Los Angeles, California.
Showcasing that gym-toned body of hers, the “Love Story” Pop/Country songstress wore a Novis Spring 2014 green and black tweed two-piece outfit. EFFY gold hooped earrings (image) and an IVY ring accessorized her look along with a pair of Charlotte Olympia ‘Admiral’ knotted sandals ($895; Product Detail - image - image ) which were the perfect way to put a lady-like spin on this youthful, fun, summery look. Tay’s pink lippie contrasted nicely with her green outfit - Fashion Pic - Fashion Pic
Taylor’s exact skirt isn’t available to buy online. The Daily Mail selected a few fav green skirts from the web to choose from, including Tibi’s jaw-dropping jacquard skirt in light green (£359), as well as Lipsy’s textured leather version (£22.50) Style with a white crop top and minimal strappy sandals for your next night on the town? Read more: dailymail.co.uk
Aside from the covetable surfboards, the other major item trending among the crop of PYTs at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday (August 10) was undoubtedly the crop top. The midriff continued to have “a moment” at the event, where two-piece ensembles showed up at every turn. From Nina Dobrev’s colour-splashed statement to Taylor Swift’s charming ensemble and Kylie Jenner’s edgier entrance, along with Shay Mitchell’s sweet-and-sultry white lace look, the unspoken consensus among the flock of starlets was in full favour of the flaunted and toned midsection! - Image

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Lucy Hale attended the 2014 Teen Choice Awards with the pop/country singer/ actress wearing a Dior fit-and-flare dress sculpted from vibrant red duchess satin with a lustrous sheen and a plunging neckline (image ). She complemented the sweet offering donning Brian Atwood ‘Abell’ sandals (image ) which was also accessorized with a Michael Kors clutch (image), and a selection of jewels from EF Collection, Dana Rebecca Designs, Graziela Gems and Melinda Maria. A braided ponytail with face-framing tendrils completed her fiery look - Image - Getty Images

Cher Lloyd was there to perform at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. Representing the UK the Malvern, Worcestershire, English "Swagger Jagger" musician and former X Factor star went with a fun look, sexy, and on trend due to the sheerness wearing an Amen Embellished Stretch Tulle Bodysuit ($770.00), a pair of Theory shorts and pointy Jimmy Choo pumps. Sleek wavy tresses and a XIV Karats ring rounded out her red carpet all-black look! - Image

In her Yahoo Live Chat Promotional photo (August 11, 2014) Taylor Swift wore a sporty, minimalist Elizabeth & James ‘Upton Crop Top’ ($225.00  Product Detail  ) along with Stella McCartney ‘Corbin Striped Cotton Shorts’ ($628.00 $251.00; Product Detail ) and the adorable and familiar black and white bunny/ “cats eye” shoes came from Minna Parikka for ModCloth ‘Hop Couture Loafer’ ( $439.99;  Product Detail - Fashion Pic ) - Fashion Pic Tay hosts her live chat by Yahoo taking place on August 18 at 5PM (EST).





















Taylor Swift was snapped heading to the gym in New York City on  Aug 8, 2014 wearing an Aqua ‘Rose Print Top’ ($48.00 $36.00 Product) with an Aqua ‘Rose Print Skater’ ($68.00; Product ) and carried an Prada ‘Saffiano Lux Tote’ bag ($2240.00; Product Details ) - Fashion Pic
Swift work as she crisscrossed coasts in the span of 24 hours, after impressing on Sunday nights Teen Choice Awards she swept onto the scene in New York for the premiere ofThe Giver,’ held at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday (August 11). The “Begin Again“ the starlet turned up the volume of sophistication in a gown, perfectly coordinated to the red carpet. Her dress was plucked from Monique Lhuillier’s Resort 2015 collection, the colour-blocked design featured an architectural silhouette and full draped skirt. Taylor’s nude suede pointed-toe pumps for the evening were provided by Casadei Poise Suede Pumps’ ($594.00). She wore Brumani ‘Looping Shine Quartz, Diamond and Gold Earrings’ ( Image)and with understated accessories and perfect hair and makeup it allowed the quietly elegant gown to speak on its own. Her model-esque height helped to pull off a gown of these proportions and she coaxed her long bob into a deep side-parted wave and wore a sizzling shade of crimson lip lacquer to echo the boldness of that cat-eye - Fashion Pic - Fashion Pic
Watch her a clip from the upcoming film adaptation of The Giver at nashvillegab.com

Taylor seen Leaving The Giver Press Conference in New York City on August 12, 2014 wore a intriguing and fascinating H&M ‘Floral and Sheer Stripe Crop Top & Skater Skirt’ with Elie Saab ‘Metallic Cap Toe and PVC Heels’

COUNTRY GOSSIP

Jason Aldean Defends Relationship with Brittany Kerr, Tells Haters To ‘Move On’ (by: Lauren Laffer)  Aldean is finally putting his relationship with girlfriend Brittany Kerr into the public eye.
Brittany Kerr
The “Burnin’ It Down” singer took to Instagram (Aug 10th to post a picture of a surprise he set up for Kerr, however, he wasn’t prepared for what would happen next. A little surprise for my girl @brittanylkerr tonight,” he posted along with the photo below. “Her favorite pooch @manny_the_frenchie came to my show in 
Chi-Town tonite. #loveubaby #surprise”

Once the image hit the web, it was clear that fans were not pleased with the post. After a number of comments were made condemning the couple for how their relationship started, Aldean followed up with another Instagram post…“So sick of people judging me and @brittanylkerr over things they know nothing about,” he wrote. “I have made mistakes but i am a better person because of it, and wouldnt change a thing. Im happier than i have ever been, so thank u to all the people who support us. We are happy and life goes on. Its time to move on people. #aldeanarmy #oldnews #timetomoveon”

TWEETS
Onslot Creative tweeted @onslot_creative Behind-the-scenes with the beautiful @taylorswift13 shooting promo for the upcoming @iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014!

On Monday, August 18th, Taylor will hold a worldwide live stream on Yahoo from New York City! You’ll be able to watch the announcement at  https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/taylor-swift  at 5:00pm EST / 2:00pm PST on Monday, August 18th (That's 22:00 GMT in the UK) The Countdown is on at http://www.taylorswift.com/splash

PHOTO
Shelley Minson Tamworth's Rockabilly Sweetheart Aussie Pin Up and the Singer/ Songwriter and wife of Lawrie Minson (multi instrumentalist and 4 times Golden Guitar winner) was one two winners of the Pin Up America Magazine World Wide Photo Contest with a pic taken by Andrew Pearson Photography, Tamworth: Top 2 Winners & 8 Runners Up of the Sept/Oct 2014 Pin Up America Magazine Photo Contest

BIRTHDAYS
August 11: John Conlee (1946), Rachel Proctor (1974) 
August 12: the late Buck Owens (1929; died March 25, 2006 (aged 76)), the late Porter Wagoner (1927; died October 28, 2007 (aged 80))
August 13: Andy Griggs (1973), the late Dan Fogelberg (1951; died December 16, 2007 (aged 56)) 
August 14: Connie Smith (1941) 
August 15: Paul Jefferson, the late Rose Maddox (1925; died April 15, 1998 (aged 72)),
August 16: Billy Joe Shaver (1939), Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) (1972), Ashton Shepherd (1986) 
August 17:  Kevin Welch (1955)

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