Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Country Bites News snippets Sept 22 – Sept 28, 2014

Country Bites News snippets September 22 – September 28, 2014

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UK & IRISH News

Taylor Swift's POP single “Shake If Off” remained on the BBC Radio 2 "A" Playlist for week commencing Saturday 27th September. She also remains on Radio 1 "A" playlist (for week commencing Sept 29th).
Lady Antebellum with “Lie With Me” climb from the “C” to the “B” list.
UK duo Ward Thomas with their third Radio 2 single “Way Back Then” was added to the “B” list. The third single (second from their debut album) from Ward Thomas "Way Back When" will be released on Monday 20 October ahead of their co-headline UK tour with The Shires. Stream "Way Back When" (Radio Version) on soundcloud

Lady Antebellum set a new record for Brooklyn Bowl London… Their show sold out in 23 minutes!
By 9:15am on Friday the corporate organisations had got the tickets and put the prices up to £275. Daylight robbery as these tickets should always be available for the fans and not be ripped off!
The Seven-time Grammy winning Nashville trio announced their fifth studio album 747 will land in the UK on Oct 6, 2014. Nathan Chapman co-produced the 11-song disc with Lady A for the Capitol Records/Decca release which includes the first UK single, ‘Lie With Me’, that has already been added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist.
They will head back to Brooklyn Bowl London, The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX on Tues, October 14th. Tickets were sold or over 18s only STANDING £30.25 (£27.50) - gigsandtours

Mike Ward will have a big release party for his new EP at The Ritz in Manchester on 26 October 2014 presented by J Room 3 productions (Justin Johnson; Producer for Mike Ward, Raintown, Sam Hollyman) with special guests Raintown & Gary Quinn - see flyer Tickets are available from Ticketmaster UK

MTS Management Group is proud to announce country singer/songwriter, Hicks (Miqael Persson) has been nominated for a 2014 British Country Music Award for European Country Act of the Year. This is Hicks’ second consecutive nomination in that category. He won the 2013 BCMA Award.  The “Hayride” singer will also perform at the ceremony, being held on Sunday, November 23, 2014 in London, UK. Other artists performing include headliner Steve Wariner, Katie Armiger, Holly May, Raintown, and more.

Tickets are now available for the 2014 British Country Music Awards (BCMAwards) which will be held on Sunday 23rd November 2014 (Concorde Suite, Crane Lodge Road, Heathrow, TW5 9PQ - Doors open 6.30pm)
For information and tickets visit www.bcmawards.co.uk

Further nominees have been announced firstly in the UP Country Magazine and also on the BCMAward website with another 13 categories to an already previously announced noms for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Line Dance Act of the Year, Horizon Act of the Year, Duo of the Year, Solo Act of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year:

The awards panel writes: “Although there are the usual names in a lot of cases, there are one or two new ones joining the mix. The ultimate decision rests on industry people who will get the chance to vote on the nominees in many of the categories”.

BBC Radio 2 favourites Ward Thomas who had very surprisingly received no nominations from the self appointed BCMAward panel now pleasingly find themselves named in the UK Song of the Year, UK Album of the Year and Song Writer of the Year categories.
Newly weds Country music two-piece Raintown who comprise Paul Bain and 28 year old Claire McArthur (now Mrs Claire Bain) also get a Band of the Year nomination despite according to their Facebook page not crediting the musicians who are drafted in to form their band format and are NOT permanent members.
Quite what the remit is for Radio Act of the Year who knows? The 4 country/pop UK acts who have been “A” and “B” playlisted by BBC Radio 2 in 2014 are strangely absent?!

International Act of the Year:
Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Eric Church

International Album of the Year:
WHEEL HOUSE Brad Paisley, OUTSIDERS Eric Church, SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK Kacey Musgraves,
AM Chris Young, RISER Dierks Bentley

UK Song of the Year:
Hannah Jane Lewis – “17 Again”
Ward Thomas - “Footnotes” (Happy Ending)
Luke & Mel – “Don’t Cry Because It’s Over”
The Shires – “Nashville Grey Skies”
Gary Quinn – “The Power Of Me And You” (Gary Quinn & David C Banning)

Band of the Year:
John Taylor Band, Henry Smith Band, Diablos, Gary Quinn Band, Raintown

Irish Act of the Year:
Nathan Carter, Derek Ryan, Lisa Stanley, Robert Mizzell, Daniel O’Donnell

Radio Act of the Year:
Sam Hollyman, Hicksville Band, Alan West, Jess Roberts, Gary Quinn

UK Album of the Year:
Gary Quinn - GARY QUINN, Emma Jane - WORKHORSE, Ward Thomas - FROM WHERE WE STAND
Samy Hollyman - THE RED REEL SESSIONS, Sara Crockett - BETTER BE GONE

Musician of the Year:
John Pettifer, Lee Guyer, John Permenter, Jon J Paul, Ian Bradshaw

International Song of the Year:
“Mona Lisa” Brad Paisley, “Cruise” Florida Georgia Line, “Follow Your Arrow” Kacey Musgraves
“I Hold On”Dierks Bentley, “Sweet Annie” Zac Brown Band

European Act of the Year:
Hicks, Jill Johnson, Rodrigo Haddad, Crash ‘n’ Recovery, Pete Kennedy

Song Writer of the Year: Shires, Ward Thomas, Brian Hughes, Gary  Quinn, Steve  Black

Festival Event of the Year:
Quickdraw, Kelso, Northern Nashville (Caithness), Rock Ridge, Copper Kettle

Hall of Fame inductees: Stu Stevens, Vic Woodhouse, Alf Roberts

Full List of nominations and Ticket Details : www.bcmawards.co.uk

The Shires have been interviewed by Coffee House Sessions. They will be going around the UK giving intimate performances for people who prefer drinking coffee or any of their drinking choice! 
They were interviewed by Ally McCrae, where they revealed musical influences and more interestingly what hot beverage they would compare their music to. Everything from hot chocolate to peppermint tea. The Shires are  first artistes to head out on the coffee house tour a two week campaign which began on Monday 29th September at Bournemouth University then onto Southampton University ( 2:00pm) and Winchester University (4:00pm). On
September 30th 2014 they visited Bedfordshire University, Queen Mary’s University and Essex University and on October 1st 2014 looked up University Of London.
Other dates: October 3rd 2014 Bath University (1:00pm),  Bath Spa University (2:30pm)
October 6th 2014 Keele University (12:00pm),  Manchester Metropolitan University (2:30pm)
The Edge susu.co.uk Review (by Hannah Mylrea Sept 29): The Bridge, Southampton Student’s Union’s bar...Their short set was harmonious and full of brilliant, belting choruses; however it was a shame that they hadn’t played an hour earlier as they just missed the lunch rush, and as a result, the venue wasn’t as packed as it could have been. That being said, the select audience seemed to be enjoying the duo’s dulcet tones whilst they grazed on their chip butties.....You rarely hear country done properly in the UK, but The Shires aced it, and put on a superb start to the Coffee House sessions.

Hereford’s Sasha McVeigh has a Kickstarter to try and fund her debut album. 19 backers have so far pledged £2,179 of a £6,000 goal with 26 Days left. The album will be like my musical, rhyming diary with different stories/songs as the entries.
Hereford Times: Related Post Hereford singer on a country mission……But while country
music in America remains very popular, it is less so in the UK. “I do think that, because of the country music festival at the O2, it’s starting to re-emerge. I think the fans are here but the problem is that they’re dispersed across the country,” said Sasha.“I desperately want to bring country music back in the UK.”
The former Fairfield High School student is currently completing a UK tour, having opened Rock the Farm Festival at Chase Distillery in Herefordshire last month, and in November she’ll be heading back to Nashville to record a full album, funded through Kickstarter. “That’s the only thing that’s sad – it’s very money-driven and people who have money tend to get where they are going faster that people who don’t,” she added. “But it’s genuinely the music that makes me happy. If you are enjoying yourself then you never have to work.”

Ward Thomas posted on Facebook Who out there is free on Thursday evening (Oct 2) and wants to be in our music video for #waybackwhen ??!

Aston Lane are gigging at Chapel A House Concert in Leeds on 13th of December. This is an open gig and tickets available online Chapelahouseconcerts.co.uk

Experience Jeannine Barry at her best at her headlining show at The Barfly in London. With a unique blend of Country & Pop which appeals to a wide variety of music tastes, Jeannine has performed at many shows to a ever increasing fan base and now will take to the stage in her own Headlining show not to be missed (Jeannine Barry + Dexeter + Jess Roberts, Thursday 20th November 2014, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm curfew Tickets £5 - Event Detail)

Americana International have confirmed their dates for next year. The big show's back at Prestwold Park in Leicestershire between July 9th and 12th 2015

UKCountryRadio.com's next Live Music Night takes place at Kenny's Fish & Chip Restaurant, Conisborough, Doncaster on Sunday 19th October with Americana songwriter duo Dave McGraw & Mandy Ferr. Tickets cost £11 in advance, or £13 on the door on the night - Event Detail
Raintown named UK Country Artist Of The Year, Wayne Jacobs wins a third Listeners' Club Song Award; Introducing Cameron Troy; 8th Birthday Party (penciled in for Saturday 5th September 2015); Mavericks Winning Weekend; Introducing Beau + Luci; Introducing J.J.Barrie; Apptastic; Introducing The Rising; UKCountryRadio.com's Greatest Stars; Mike Ward EP Launch; UKCountryRadio.com spotlight artists during October:
Oct 3-5: Skerryvore, Oct 10-12: Tony Wall, Oct 17-19: Curtis Magee, Oct 24-26: Kacey Wild, Oct 31-Nov 2: Gary Roberts. Read the FULL UKCountryRadio.com October Newsletter

UK CHART NEWS

Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending October 4, 2014)
On its sixth week in the Top 10, Taylor Swift’sShake It Off” enjoyed its best week yet, in terms of both sales and position. Previously moving 4-4-6-4-5 (sales 37,595 / 40,589 / 38,325 / 42,092 / 45,294), the track climbed to No.3 on sales of 56,486.  Shake It Off has become the sixth single by Tay to sell upwards of a quarter of a million copies, with a to-date tally of 260,381 copies putting it behind “I Knew You Were Trouble” (817,656), “Love Song” (648,370), “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (615,751), “Everything Has Changed” (feat. Ed Sheeran, 350,874) and “22” (301,102).

Carrie-Okie - Carrie Underwood appeared on the Top 100 at No.94 with “I Know You Wont” (RCA; from the album Carnival Ride written by Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher, McEwan) for what is believed to be her first time having failed previously to go higher than No.120. The single "Blown Away" for instance reached a #155 peak.
The reason for this chart place was however due to X-Factor hopeful Kerrianne Covell whose >> performance of the song reduced Wembley’s audience to tears and sent her on her way to boot camp.

The 23-year-old Teesside shoe shop assistant got four thumbs up from judges on the ITV show during the second round of auditions in front of thousands when the former Stockton Riverside student who stands at just 5ft and half an inch, belted out  Underwood’s song. 
Before she performed it Simon Cowell told her that he “discovered” Carrie Underwood during her American Idol fourth series days
Kerrianne’s flawless performance received a standing ovation and celebrity following from the American country-rock singer herself who tweeted her approval.
Country isn’t that big in the UK so I knew it was a risk singing Carrie’s song,” said Kerrianne who lives on Keithlands Avenue, in Norton. “I’ve followed Carrie for years and it was my mam who said I needed to sing it at X-Factor.
Carrie tweeted: "Saw a girl named Kerrianne Covell singing 'I Know You Won't' on X Factor. Not easy to sing but she made it look like it was! Well done!" Wow!
Kerrianne now jets off to a secret location where she will audition again in front of mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in a bid to reach the live shows.

Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending October 4, 2014)
Dolly Parton with BLUE SMOKE/THE BEST OF (Masterworks) fell 14-16  (6,000 estimated sales + 16-week total 214,000).
Tim McGraw with SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN (BIG MACHINE) made a No.72 debut (1,383 sales). The C2C Country to Country 2013 Festival superstar headliner last charted with TWO LANES OF FREEDOM making a debut No.43 (2,500+ copies sold) and was on the chart for 3 weeks.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending October 4, 2014)
Tim McGraw with SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN (Big Machine) debuts at No.1
Kenny Chesney with his new album THE BIG REVIVAL (Blue Chair)  arrived at No.2
Kacey Musgraves with SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK (Decca) fell 1-3 in her 76th chart frame
The UK’s Ward Thomas with FROM WHERE WE STAND (WTW Music) slipped 2-4 in their tenth week.
Lee Ann Womack with her comeback album THE WAY I'M LIVIN' (Welk) made a No.5 debut
Big & Rich with their new set GRAVITY (BSR) made their debut at No.14

On the Hotdisc Chart (September 28, 2014 Chart)  

Ray Scott held onto No.1 on the Top 40 for a third straight week with "Drinkin' Beer".
Barry P.Foley & Doug Adkins were a non-mover at No.2 with “Pretty Girls” .
Tony Clarke’s self-penned "I Am What I Am" climbed 4-3 and held No.1 on the British & Irish Chart for a third week.
His nearest challenger is now UK singer songwriter Mim Grey whose “Travelling Star” advanced 9-7 (3-2 British Chart) whilst Dave Sheriff entered the top 10 with a 11-9 move (4-3 British Chart) with “Highway Number Nine” whilst The Diablos retreated 8-10 (2-4 British Chart) with "Right By Your Side".
Former No.1 “It Ain't All Good But It Ain't Half Bad” from Tony Stampley slipped back 3-6 in his eighth week.
Newbie USA act Bruce Larson, climbed 5-4 with "Fishin' Pole Dancin'" whilst duo Native Run climbed one place (6-5) with "Good On You".

Outside of the Top 10:
Germany’s Mandy Strobel with “Corner Café” climbed another 2 slots 16-14.
New USA Hotdisc act Beau + Luci made a 18-14 jump with their single “Fire”.
Philip Claypool’s title cut single “Come On Back Home” rounded out the Top 20 with a 23-20 hop.
Outside of the Top 20:
There were new peaks for US singer Sarabeth with Nowhere With You” (27-23) , Luanne Hunt with If I Love You” (32-28) , Ashliegh Lisset made minor move with “Target On My Heart” (34-33) and duo Cameron Troy with “Just Kiss Me” rose (37-35)

UK COUNTRY ALBUM RELEASES

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 (11 July 2014) Jess Klein - Learning Faith
10 Tracks/ Time: 40:58 MP3 - UK iTunes 

(25 July 2014) Polly Barrett - Probably Me (Jawdropper)
10 Tracks/ Time: 38:28 Folk/ Indie & Alternative MP3 - UK iTunes

(15 Sep 2014) WestWend (Wendy Crowe & Jonathan Maness) - Linger for a While (Anteflow Records) 15 Tracks/ Time: 56:29 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(26 Sep 2014) Sally Barker - Maid in England (Hypertension)
13 Tracks/ Time: 1:04:16 CD

(29 Sept 2014) Lucinda Williams - Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (Highway 20 Records)

(30 Sept 2014) Blake Shelton - Bringing Back The Sunshine (Warner Bros.)

(30 Sept 2014) Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives - Saturday Night / Sunday Morning [2xCD] (Superlatone Records) 23 tracks/ Time: 44:43 CD - MP3 - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com 

(30 Sept 2014) Guy Penrod - Christmas (Holiday album, Import)
15 Tracks  CD - Amazon.com  Gospel music mainstay and award-winning vocalist Guy Penrod celebrates the season of Christmas with this all-new release featuring the warm, powerhouse vocals that have made him a fan favorite around the world. From the soothing sounds of 'The Christmas Song' and 'White Christmas' to the soaring arrangement of 'O Holy Night,' Guy has created signature renditions of some of the most popular songs of the holiday season. The recording showcases his country-tinged style and includes a special recording of 'Tennessee Christmas' with guest vocals by Amy Grant and Vince Gill.

AUSSIE NEWS

Gary Allan performed to a sold out crowd at Enmore Theatre in Sydney, Australia. It was the first of a string of sold out shows he will perform while visiting the country, including a stop Friday night at The CMC Rocks North Queensland Festival in Townsville, the Brisbane Convention Center in Brisbane, the Palais Theatre in Melbourne and the Deni Ute Muster festival in Denilquin.

Aleyce Simmonds returned from a tour of the UK where she was a headliner at the YeeHawUK Country Music Festival.
Following the festival, Aleyce played sold-out shows in The Cotswolds, Basildon and Gloucester and four, multi-artist showcase shows in London including the iconic Troubadour. The Troubadour has been played in the past by artists such as Bob Dylan and Elton John. Whilst in England, Aleyce met a promoter, taken by her heartfelt songs and powerful voice and stage presence. He immediately requested Aleyce to join a co-headlining tour with UK singer/songwriters, Jack Henderson and Sam Grimley through Norway in October and Australia in January and February 2015. Jack and Sam (ever heard of them?) have been making waves in their own territories and are quickly becoming known as two of the UK's most promising Singer/Songwriters, drawing references to Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello.
Aleyce headed to the Mildura Country Music Festival where she is a finalist in Best Album, Best Single and Female Artist Of The Year categories at the Independent Country Music Awards of Australia.

Country Tracks Top 30 Australia's (27th September 2014)            
#1 BROKE DOWN HEART - Doug Bruce
#2 SUPERHERO - Amber Lawrence
#3 THAT KINDA NIGHT - Wolfe Brothers
#4 THE SHED - The Sunny Cowgirls
#5 SHE DON'T KNOW SHE'S BEAUTIFUL - Adam Harvey
#6 FIGHT ME - McAlister Kemp
#7 THESE HANDS - Jasmine Rae
#8 GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG - Maddie & Tae
#9 WISH YOU WERE A COWBOY - Christie Lamb
#10 MY COUNTRY, MY LAND - Dean Perrett & Troy Cassar-Daley

CANADIAN NEWS
Codie Provost's October is going to be jammed packed with performances! He gets getting back from the East Coast radio tour in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on Friday October 3rd. He finally got to meet his radio tracker Paul Kennedy after working together for 4 years. Codie will join the band and fellow artist Samara Yung again to continue a brand new tour with Ducks Unlimited called "The Community Concert Series". He heads to Winnipeg on Sunday October 5th for the Western Canadian Music Awards where his album "All Kinds Of Crazy" is nominated for "Country Recording Of The Year"! This year the Awards are held at the Regiment Casino in Winnipeg! Between all this touring and travelling his wife Ashley is also preparing for the arrival of their first baby this November.

NEWS

Country Aircheck's Insider Artist News:

September 26, 2014: Dierks Bentley (Smooth Landing); Florida Georgia Line & Jason Aldean (Engage Meants); Trisha Yearwood (Mixed Marital Arts), Lady Antebellum (Lucky Number Sevens)

September 30, 2014: The Academy Of Country Music Awards (Open Book), Eric Church (Church Confession), Dierks Bentley (Can Harley Wait), Lady Antebellum (Pilot's License), Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood (Band of Others), Hunter Hayes (Card Trick) 

Maddie & Tae made their Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night (Sept 23) performing their hit single, "Girl in a Country Song." The night doubled as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids. Maddie says, "This moment is a dream … to be on the Opry stage where so many of our musical idols like Lee Ann Womack and Vince Gill have stood is just unreal.” Tae adds, "And don’t forget the great duos like The Judds or Brooks & Dunn. As songwriters, this truly is an awesome and gratifying experience for the Grand Ole Opry to invite us to perform.” Maddie & Tae met Brad Paisley backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, too. Their debut EP comes out November 4.

Burnt Out Cook: David Macias, from Elizabeth Cook's management team wrote: After coming off a stretch of Elizabeth losing both parents, recently going through a divorce, touring constantly and doing her radio show every day, the pressure of keeping up with everything has left her feeling beyond burnt out. Although it's not in her nature to want to do so, she is reluctantly agreeing to hit the pause button and recalibrate in order to deal with the pressures of all that she does in the healthiest way possible.

AWARDS
The Country Music Association Of Australia (CMAA) has presented industry vet Jeff Walker with its first-ever LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. The award recognizes outstanding and sustained promotion of Country music and, in particular, 30+ years of support, encouragement and mentoring of Australian artists, writers and business practitioners in the North American marketplace. Walker was presented the award by CMAA Pres. Dobe Newton during the Australian Music Festival And Conference

TV
Proud CMA Member and UK country journo Vickye Fisher called into Broadway’s Electric Barnyard radio show on Hartford, CT’s Country 92.5 to discuss Nashville spoilers, from premiere info, cast additions, cast departures, and sneak peeks at upcoming storylines for the characters.



The Joey+Rory Show seasons 1-4 are showing on RFD-TV! Wednesday's @ 6 pm (Eastern) w repeats on Saturday @ 7 am, Sunday @ 9:30 pm and Monday @ 12 am. They are all available on DVD via their online store http://joeyrory.richardsandsouthern.com/joey-rory.html

BABY NEWS
Country singer and former WWE Divas and TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James and partner former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis aka "Magnus" announced the arrival of their baby: Thank you all for the well wishes... It truly means the world to us. September 25th 2014 marks the single greatest accomplishment in all of my life. Nick & I welcomed our son, Donovan Patrick Aldis, into the world at 2:50am. All our lives we search for the meaning, that feeling, of true everlasting love.... And the moment I looked into those eyes I knew I'd found mine. Xoxo ~ MJ - Image

Congratulations to Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, who are expecting their second child. Eric slyly announced the pregnancy by changing the lyrics to his song, "Sinners Like Me," during his Thursday night show in Louisville. Instead of singing "Give my dad a grandson," he sang "Give my dad another grandson." The baby's gender hasn't been confirmed, though. Eric and Katherine's son, Boone McCoy, was born in 2011.

Crib Notes: Congratulations to Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney and wife Tiffany Fallon, who welcomed their third child, daughter Devon Olivia, Sept. 29th

MUSIC NEWS

Taylor Swift is bulking up corporate sponsorships ahead of the debut of her first pop album, 1989, on Oct. 27.
Subway will team for a #MeetTaylor campaign through October, providing 31 fans (one for each day of the month) the opportunity to see the superstar on her yet-to-be-announced 2015 concert tour. The grand prize includes airfare for two, hotel, transportation, $500, concert tickets and meet-and-greet passes. Beginning Oct. 1, fans will be eligible with a purchase of a Swift-branded Diet Coke cup, featuring a code for entry on subway.com, or through the subway Freshbuzz app. The world’s largest restaurant chain will promote the campaign through TV, radio, social media and in-store advertising.

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS

Garth Brooks confirmed at his tour press conference in Atlanta that his highly-anticipated new album will be available on Nov. 11.  The comeback album will be released on Pearl/RCA Nashville and will feature his current hit (?) on country radio, “People Loving People.”

Darius Rucker will release his first Christmas album, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS , Oct. 27. The Frank Rogers produced the 12-track album features standards as well as two Rucker originals, "Candy Cane Christmas" and "What God Wants For Christmas." Sheryl Crow joins Rucker on "Baby It's Cold Outside." - www.walmart.com

Alan Jackson will re-release his 2002 holiday album  LET IT BE CHRISTMAS  Oct. 27. The project includes classics "Winter Wonderland," "Silent Night" and "Away In A Manger.

Not a GHOST of a chance!: Trisha Yearwood announced the track list for her November upcoming album PrizeFighter with RCA Nashville. The album will feature 16 tracks, seven new tunes (?) and nine of her biggest hits (re-recorded).
Fans of Gwen Sebastian will recognize “She Met Him In A Motel Room” while Matraca Berg fans will recognize “Your Husband’s Cheating On Us.” Other new tracks include “Victim Of The Game,” “I Remember You” and, of the poor new lead single “PrizeFighter,” the title track which features Kelly Clarkson.
Classics include the single version of “How Do I Live,” charming “XXXs and OOOs” and well-known ballads “Walkaway Joe” and “The Song Remembers When”. Her duet with Garth Brooks, “In Another’s Eyes” is also included.
Fans who wish to pre-order the album can ONLY do so via  GhostTunes. The pre-order includes both digital and physical copy options. The Digital pre-order includes instant downloads of the title track, “She’s In Love With The Boy” and “How Do I Live,” which was recorded like the radio version previously unavailable to fans.
** You must be located in the US or Canada to purchase the album !! ** = NO THANKS !!!

Crowd Funding
Singer songwriter Amy Speace is raising funds via Pledge Music for the release of her new album, That Kind of Girl.
So far 36% of the goal has been reached with 57 days left. She shares: I’ve just recorded what I really feel like is the best record of my career and I’m asking you guys to partner with me to raise at least $25,000 to release it to the world in March 2015!

PRESS RELEASES
  • Andy Schneider will release his new EP, EPIC FAIL, on October 3rd. The single, “Tuned Up,” is now playing on dozens of Americana stations nationwide while the music video is available at cmt.com Self-described as a road veteran, songsmith and country boy, Schneider has spent his life touring America, playing many of our nation’s classic music rooms: from farm town taverns to legendary big city venues.
  • Big & Rich headed to West Coast to appear on E! News Live, TMZ Live, The Queen Latifah Show, The Better Show & Larry King Now
  • Chris Young fires up fans and critics On The Road.
  • UK Singer-songwriter Lucy Zirins - eNews (September/ October 2014)
  • Additional performers announced for “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” airing Wednesday, Nov. 5 on the ABC Television Network. Strike up the bands, because joining the superstar lineup are three of the hottest groups in County Music – Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and The Band Perry. Previously announced performers include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban.
  • MTS Management Group would like to congratulate Hicks (Miqael Persson) and Marshall Dane on their wins at the 2014 Independent Country Music Association ICoMA) Awards.  The winners were announced on Saturday, September 27, 2014, during an episode of “Country Dreams,” broadcasting on Renegade Radio Nashville. Listen to the two-hour award announcement shows and see all the results at icmanet.com
  • Kenny Rogers will be performing holiday favorites and his classic hits across the U.S. and Canada when his 33rd Christmas tour – Christmas & Hits Through The Years with Special Guest Linda Davis - launches this November.
  • John King made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday and was welcomed on to the stage by Opry member Steve Wariner.
  • NC Native Donna Hughes heads to Raleigh with #1 Album 
  • Toby Keith surprises Colt Ford on stage with Gold Plaque
  • Country recording Macy Martin, artist steps in to help friend (Caleb Benner) meet fundraising goal.
  • Larry Gatlin and Billy Dean take on Terrorists in new song, "American With A Remington"
  • Celebrate The Holiday with CMA Country Christmas hosted by Jennifer Nettles
  • No. 1 Party: Thomas Rhett’s “Get Me Some of That”
ARTICLES

Texas Monthly (2 Page Article) Lee Ann Womack gushes on her song choices for her album The Way I’m Livin.... One Of Country Music’s Biggest Stars Walks Away From The Nashville Machine To Sing The Kind Of Songs She Heard Growing Up In East Texas. It’s not lost on Lee Ann Womack that you probably just rolled your eyes a little. But she isn’t trying to sell her current situation as a woe-is-me story. In fact, she corrects her friends when they use words like “bold” or “brave” to describe her departure from the Nashville hit-making machine and her embrace of the world of independent labels and self-promotion….

CMA Up Close News (By Bob Doerschuk) Lee Ann Womack shares The Way I'm Livin'

BOOKS

This Is Country: A Backstage Pass To The Academy Of Country Music Awards, which was recently released as the ACM prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. The book is packed with personal stories from country's biggest stars and historical photographs. With contributions by Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alabama s Randy Owen, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Marty Stuart, and many more, this book is a trove of history and celebrity, and a must-have for fans of country music.
Free Delivery in the UK; Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions, Div of Palace Publishing Group, LP (9 Oct 2014)
ISBN-10: 1608873153 / ISBN-13: 978-1608873159


Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia [Kindle Edition With Audio/Video] (384 pages) by Fiona Ritchie  (Author), Doug Orr  (Author) forward by Dolly Parton.
Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and eventually onward across the Atlantic to resettle in the United States. Many of these Scots-Irish immigrants made their way into the mountains of the southern Appalachian region. They brought with them a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes from the British Isles and Ireland, a carrying stream that merged with sounds and songs of English, German, Welsh, African American, French, and Cherokee origin. Their enduring legacy of music flows today from Appalachia back to Ireland and Scotland and around the globe. In
Wayfaring Strangers, Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr guide readers on a musical voyage across oceans, linking people and songs through centuries of adaptation and change. *** includes a CD featuring 20 songs by musicians profiled in the book, including Dolly Parton, Dougie MacLean, Cara Dillon, John Doyle, Pete Seeger, Sheila Kay Adams, Jean Ritchie, Doc Watson, David Holt, Anais Mitchell, Al Petteway, and Amy White.

MAGAZINES




LISTEN
Listen to Angaleena Presley's new single >> "Knocked Up" at People.com the Pistol Annie talks on going solo, missing Miranda Lambert and getting knocked Up!

SPOTIFY COUNTRY
For users of this online music streaming service here are some of the more recent additions and recommendations.
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Test Drive these latest country singles set to radio

Greg Hanna – Gimme More Money – New Single GIMME GIMME GIMME more MONEY!!! (Sept 26, 2014)
Carrie Underwood – Something in the Water - Impact Date: October 6, 2014
Chris Chitsey – Lonely in Tucson – new Single Impact Date: October 16, 2014
Mike Ryan – Dancing All Around It  - From 2014 released 10 track album Bad Reputation (Impact Date: Septr 29, 2014)

David Aldo – Got It All Right Here – First released 2011 from the 14 track album Halfway To Memphis (Impact Date: October 13, 2014) Although David Aldo has enjoyed tremendous success worldwide, scoring 7 #1 singles and touring with some of the biggest acts in music like Rod Stewart, Natasha Bedingfield, Lionel Richie and Crosby Stills & Nash, he has never officially released a single in the United States, until now!
Joanna Mosca – He Ain't You from her 2014 5 Track EP Have A Little Mercy (Sept 29, 2014)

WATCH
"Pieces" the stunning duet by Australia's Toyota Star Maker 2013/ 2014 Winners: Jared Porter & Kaylee Bell.  It’s the second single from Porter’s debut album East To West and is a duet with Kaylee Bell, 2013 Toyota Star Maker. Pieces was written by Porter and Bell and produced by Andrew Cochrane at his Brisbane studio.

The UK’s very own Mike Ward (from The Voice UK) recording >> 'I Do' at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool  written by Hollie May Beeston, Justin Johnson and Mike Ward.

Loving Mary >>  promo video This rock-country powerhouse of a band (which includes singer-songwriter Rebecca Lynn Howard) will get you singing along! Watch and discover how Loving Mary was created.

Lady Antebellum #7FOR7 MIAMI - Our first stop on the 7 For 7 campaign brought us to Miami this morning to surprise one of our biggest Florida fans, Vivian Gonzalez, and her music students at the South Miami K-8 Center – Facebook Video

Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” Outtakes
Video #1 - The Cheerleaders Video #2 - The Ballerinas Video #3 - The Modern Dancers Video #4 The Animators  
Video #5 The Twerkers and Finger Tutting  Video #6 - The Ribbon Dancers  http://vevo.ly/IYNOgU

FASHION
Taylor Swift:
She took to the red carpet for the iHeart Radio Music Festival held at MGM Grand Resort and Casino on Friday (September 19) in Las Vegas, Nevada prior to her performance. The singer wore a Calvin Klein Resort 2015 white strapless top with a red skirt which showed off more than a slice of skin. Her sexy two-piece was styled with tri-colour Louboutins and her signature red pout. - Image
Tay was snapped wearing an Alice + Olivia ‘Cerra’ crop top and Alice + Olivia ‘Vernon’ miniskirt (Product Detail  - Fashion Pic )
The “Shake It Off” singer songwriter was seen on set of a photoshoot in New York City wearing an ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Purple Floral Cut Out Detail Crop Top ($64.75) and a matching pair of ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Purple Floral Shorts ($64.75) with a pair of Brian Atwood Suede Hidden-Platform Pumps ($447.00). - Image

COUNTRY GOSSIP

The recent Billboard cover star and “country music sensation” Jason Aldean proposed to his girlfriend, former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr, on Tuesday at the San Diego Zoo.
Aldean kisses Kerr
Aldean ended his previous marriage to start a relationship with Kerr, which earned the singer some negative attention. He complained recently to Billboard about the media attention his relationship with Kerr has caused: “It has been two years of this shit — get over it, already!” Aldean says. “And then when I finally do get enough of it and say something, every newspaper grabs it. And I’m not trying to get in the headlines — I’m just trying to get people to stop running their mouths.”..Read  Editor’s Note

Kerr posted a photo on her Instagram page from the zoo, saying "My man did it again. Today was amazing. #sandiegozoo #myeverything" - Image - Image
Yes Aldean is letting his fans into his personal life like never before via Instagram, and it's all thanks to his new fianceé, Brittany Kerr. Before they started dating, Jason would never have dreamed of posting photos of himself having a beer with Kenny Chesney or fishing with one of his daughters on the Internet. Jason told ABC News Radio, " Used to, I would have been like, 'Man, I'm not putting that on Instagram. Are you crazy?" Now, I'm like. "I don't care, man. Just whatever." Make fun of myself. Like, whatever." In some ways, Jason and Brittany were forced into the public eye when photographs of them together surfaced on TMZ while Jason was still married to his former wife. At that point, Jason wasn't comfortable sharing his personal life with the public at all. "I've always been very private," Jason admits. "You know, I want people to see what I want them to see, and all of the sudden, going through what we've gone through, it's like, we didn't have a choice. People got let into things that were crazy."

An 18-year-old man who had been accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at a Keith Urban concert in the Boston area in July is no longer facing charges. Massachusetts' The Sun Chronicle reports Assistant District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack told a judge the case against Sean Murphy was dropped following "extensive" conversations with the accuser, noting that the girl agreed with the decision. A lawyer for Murphy described the encounter as a "consensual act." The concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, made news when 46 people had to be treated for alcohol-related illnesses, and several alcohol-related arrests were made.

Carrie Underwood: I Still Can’t Believe I’m Having a Baby (People Magazine) ..“Sometimes I’ll be with my husband, and it’s like, ‘I’m gonna be a mom. You’re gonna be a dad. Is this real life?’ But we’re really excited.” As far as what kind of mom she’ll be, Underwood hopes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. “I have a wonderful mother,” she said. “If I can be even a little bit like that, I think we’ll be good.”

Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN created a huge corn maze designed in the shape of Luke Bryan's face.
Tyler and Brian from Florida Georgia Line also had their faces made into a corn maze that opened this weekend in Loganville, Georgia.

TWEETS
Taylor Swift tweeted Fun fact: the amount of days left until #1989 comes out is the same number of years I've been alive.
Hint: it's 24

PHOTO
Taylor Swift News tweeted @TSwiftDailyNews Here are some adorable polaroids of Taylor with Swifties at #1989SECRETSESSIONS in Nashville!!

Crissie Rhodes tweeted The Shires @theshiresuk Love love my new hair. Thank you Georgie @2bbows for making me over. What do y'all think? Visit  www.bowshairandbeauty.co.uk
Where: Baldock, Hertfordshire (2b Mansfield roads, Baldock, Herts SG7 6EB)
About: Bows hair and beauty is a Boutique salon in Baldock which is opening by Laura Cooper and Georgina Fensom, we are highly qualified hairdressers with a combined experience of over 21 years within the industry.

BIRTHDAYS

29 September: the late Gene Autry (Sept 29, 1907; died October 2, 1998 (aged 91) Jerry Lee Lewis  (1935)   
30 September: Crystal Bernard (1963), Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) (1963), Marty Stuart (1958), Deborah Allen (1953)  
1 October: Kelly Willis (1968), the late Bonnie Owens (Oct 1, 1932; died April 24, 2006 (aged 76))
2 October: Joy Lynn White (1961), Gillian Welch (1967), Jo-El Sonnier (1946), the late Chris LeDoux (Oct 2 1948; died March 9, 2005 (aged 56))
3 October: Cherrill Green (Edens Edge).
4 October: Heidi Newfield (1970), Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three), Sarah Darling (1982)
5 October: the late Johnny Duncan (Oct 5, 1938; died August 14, 2006 (aged 67)), Becky Haley

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