Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Country Bites News snippets Oct 13 – Oct 19, 2014

Country Bites News snippets October 13 – October 19, 2014


For a full listing of 2014 and beyond UK Tour dates PLEASE check out our Tour Dates Page

On the BBC Radio 2 Playlist for the week commencing 18th October 2014. Ward Thomas with “Way Back When” remained on A-List, Lady Antebellum with “Lie With Me” stayed on the B-List and Sheryl Crow with “Callin' Me When I'm Lonely” was added to C-List playlist.

Multi Grammy Award winning band Lady Antebellum performed live and signed copies of their new album '747' at the Fopp store in Covent Garden on Monday 13th October at 7:47pm. 
Wristbands were available with copies of the new album purchased in store, on a first come first served basis.

On Tuesday October 14th Lady A performed “Lie With Me” on This Morning on ITV - ITV Page 

Watch their >> ITV interview  

This Morning tweeted ‏@itvthismorning Thanks to @ladyantebellum for a taste of award-winning country music in the middle of London! 

Later Lady A played  live on Tuesday night (Oct 14) to a sell out crowd at the Brooklyn Bowl London (Image) after the C2C Country to Country launch and Monday announcement on Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 Drivetime show that the trio would be one of the headliners of next year's event.
PHOTO: Lady Antebellum @ London's Brooklyn Bowl Facebook Gallery Frography (by Flex)

Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum were announced as the headliners for the 2015 C2C Country to Country Festival, slated to take place in several venues across Europe early next year. Accodring to their press blurb in 2014, the festival drew more than 50,000 fans to see acts like the Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley at London’s O2 Arena and Dublin’s 3Arena.
O2 Arena London dates during the weekend of March 15-16, 2014
Gross Sales: $2,565,780   Attend: 27,797/ 30,349 (2,552 tickets UNSOLD) 
Promoters: SJM Concerts
Next year’s event adds concerts at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on Feb. 28 and Oslo’s Spektrum Arena on March 1, and returns to London on March 7 and Dublin on March 8
Legendary BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Bob Harris is once again hosting and said in a press release -  “I am excited and honoured to be a part of C2C once more. It is a wonderful experience to walk out onto the stage of the O2 and see the arena absolutely packed with enthusiastic fans. There will be major coverage of C2C 2015 on BBC Radio 2 and I am very proud that ‘Bob Harris Country’ has played a part in the spectacular popularity of country music in the U.K.”
Bob Harris (OBE) centre alongside Ward Thomas

The C2C2015 Line up so far announced is:

Saturday March 7, 2015 (London) / Sunday March 8, 2015 (Dublin)
Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Ann Womack, Brandy Clark

Saturday March 7, 2015  (Dublin, 3Arena) / Sunday March 8, 2015  (London)
Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore
More Details in our Tour Dates Page

How Country Music fans C2C fans reacted to the line up:

On the C2C Facebook to the Line up (830 Messages)
24/7 Internet radio station UKCountryRadio.com C2C2015 Reaction: See Facebook Post and Here
UK country magazine Country Music People (Magazine) Facebook comments

Alan Cackett the former long-time editor of Maverick Magazine in a newsletter wrote: “Already lots of country music fans who purchased their tickets in March for next year's Festival have put their tickets up for sale because they are so disappointed by the line-up - read what I have to say about the line-up on my website 
Extract: I was at the O2’s Brooklyn Bowl for the announcement of the line-up for the 2015 Country to Country Festival and have to say, that as the names were revealed, I was extremely disappointed. Too many of the acts fall into the ‘Bro-country’ genre, which has become very popular and commercially successful across America in recent years. 
I have no problem with ‘Bro-country’, though readily admit it doesn’t exactly rock my boat. My criticism of the line-up is that out of the seven acts announced so far, five of them— Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line—loosely fall into that genre.....Country to Country Festival could showcase that diversity, a lot more, alongside its goal of attracting a younger audience. Also, the line-up has a dearth of female acts, and it’s the female acts that are currently producing the most adventuresome and exciting country music … music that explores and questions today’s issues.. that most of the male acts seem to be avoiding....I’m a big supporter of Country to Country. I have been from the very outset, but this year I believe that the promoters and their advisers might have made a significant mis-step. Firstly, I don’t think that ‘Bro-country’ will ever appeal to the wider British general public. I firmly believe that by concentrating almost exclusively on the ‘Bro-country’ acts for 2015’s Country to Country that the progress of country music in gaining a much larger and wider audience in the UK might have been set back several notches....

Erica Fielder from UK Internet station 2Country.net talked Bro-Country, C2C ticket prices & took a look at each #C2C2015 artist.
I was at the C2C launch party eager to hear who would be appearing at C2C 2015. I had a few names in my head that had been banded around but you never quite know until you get the official nod. As the names scrolled across the screens in the O2’s Brooklyn Bowl people cheered and clapped with excitement. Myself…I quickly tweeted the news and said “WOW”
I was then asked what I thought of the line-up. My initial thoughts were “I love it but boy is there going be a backlash from the Trad/Non Bro-Country fans”. ….

Doncaster country singer and C2C2014 Pop Up Stage artist Emma Jade Garbutt tweeted @EmmaJadeMusic Oh LORD @LukeBryanOnline at @C2Cfestival I don't even know how I'm still alive. Am I still breathing?
Photographers Flex @xthefrog tweeted A #MASSIVE THANK U to the organisers of @C2Cfestival 2015 for their efforts in bringing together a brilliant lineup!

TV Alert - Beth Nielsen Chapman's house concert will be on the BBC red button channel from 11.30pm (14th November) then looped through the night. It's part of Bob Harris' Radio 2 Country Nights. With Beth Nielsen Chapman, Suzy Bogguss, Kim Carnes, Gretchen Peters, Kim Richey, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Kimmie Rhodes and the UK's very own singer-songwriter Callaghan.
Spooked - Callaghan recently playing a few ticketed dates and private House Concert events in the UK posted - "One of the most interesting venues I've played...Dode Church in Kent, over 900 years old, it fell out of use in 1349 when the village it served was wiped out by the Plague. A very atmospheric and spooky place to play a show! - Photo

Steve Cherelle
According to a recent Cross Country radio show (presented by Jeanne Jordan on CMR Nashville) UK country artist and BBC Radio Essex Radio presenter Steve Cherelle has approached the BBC Radio 2 bosses to try and get a traditional country music show broadcast playing more UK country artists. Steve has presented for 12 years on BBC Radio Essex and is tri-cast to BBC Radio Norfolk/ Cambridge & Suffolk on Sunday afternoons (after the BBC scrapped Helen West and Brian Mann’s programmes a few years back). Apparently Steve has "a huge following" and is the "biggest on BBC local radio" and hopes to take it to a National level! (>> listen back at 30 minutes)

Early Bird Ticket Sales are now live for Americana International 2015. It will be held over July 9-12th 2015 at the Prestwold Airfield Near Loughborough, (Leicestershire, LE12 5SH) Book in before the end of 2014 here

Spotlight on UK Country Singer Mike Ward
Remember Mike Ward (the cousin of British The X Factor series 2 winner Shayne Ward) who made the final of Season 2 The Voice UK in 2013? No? Well join the country club I didn’t watch any of that series either and first read about him was in Country Music People Magazine.
Apparently his performances were credited for introducing country music to a new audience. Mike shared - “Before The Voice I had only ever performed on karaoke once or twice.  “My love of country music started when I was looking online and I stumbled across a singer called Randy Travis.

The Series 2 of the Voice UK was broadcast from 30 March 2013 – 22 June 2013. In the final runner-up Ward performed "Suspicious Minds" "Green, Green Grass of Home", "Don't Close Your Eyes". The eventually winner was the partially sighted singer from Ulster Andrea Begley. Her introductory album, THE MESSAGE, debuted at No.7 (9,482 sales) on the Official UK Chart then dropping to #31 (4,331 sales; 2 week total 13,813) after appearing on BBC Breakfast and the Strictly Come Dancing results show performing “Dancing In The Dark” . This was massively more successful than Season 1 (2012) winner Leanne Mitchell's eponymous debut album, which didn't come out until 11 months after she won the contest, peaking at No.134. It sold 895 copies on its first week, a total which grew to exactly 2,000 in 20 weeks.
Hopeful Ward  told The Sun how he was left broke and battling crippling anxiety after being made redundant in 2012. The then unemployed joiner (see BBC Profile), nailed it, wowing the coaches on the BBC1 show when he auditioned, who we’re surprised he actually sung country music. Coach Jessie  J said "He's not what you expect" >> Video (viewed more than 2.5 million times on YouTube). The 95-minute >> first blind audition episode, broadcast on 30 March 2013 BBC Page. Tom Jones, Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue hit the "I WANT YOU" button
The streetwise Salford 23 year old country singer (born 14th Dec 1990) became part of Tom Jones' team singing mostly country and western music and progressed as a finalist in the last Final 4.  He auditioned with the song "Don't Close Your Eyes" from Keith Whitley, with three of the four judges, Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue and Sir Tom Jones turning their chairs.

In the competition he sung "Suspicious Minds" solo and "Green Green Grass of Home" with Jones and was eventually eliminated at the final.
Battling his shyness some were tipping him to be UK’s first big country artist. He wanted to get country music noticed in the UK and bring it into the 21st century.

Country Music People’s David Allan (the former BBC Radio 2 Country Club presenter) started championing his cause and really praised his performances on The Voice making comparisons to George Jones and Keith Whitley. He spoke of his raw emotion and his connection with people putting over the lyrics with his vocal delivery. Mike released "When I Was Your Man" (Bruno Mars cover) on 22 June 2013 which briefly appeared at #60 and “Picking Up the Pieces" (Paloma Faith ) on 29 June 2013 which reached #72 on the Official UK chart. After that he did some local pub gigs and shared a few low budget videos with fans. In the January 2014 issue of CMP Allan shared his disappointment on his page as to why the media have seemingly ignored Ward.

Well fear not, Mike earlier in 2014  was excited to be in the studio recording a album. He was joined by some great country musicians (Luke Thomas halve of the 2013 BCMAaward Winning Duo and Simon Goulding) and USA producer/drummer Justin Johnson in Liverpool at the Studio2 Parr Street Studios where some major pop albums have been recorded (The Spice Girls, Take That, Echo and the Bunnymen, Oasis and former owner Phil Collins).
Mike Ward's Digipac EP
CLICK to Enlarge

The “talented” 23-year-old from Higher Broughton recorded five self-penned country songs and also recorded a cover of his audition song for The Voice “Don’t Close Your Eyes”. He told the Salford Advertiser: “People all the over the world have seen my audition. “Another song on the EP is a song I wrote on the train coming home after The Voice, called “Welcome Home” [promoted on the August Hotdisc] which is the first single off the EP. “I also revisited a country song I was writing before The Voice called ‘Waiting For You To Come Home’.”

Mike tweeted @MIKEWARDUK In the studio today recording my album can't wait until it's all done wish me luck #keepingitcountry
Then Django Promotions Lee Williams (CEO of CMR Nashville/ CMR Hot "Europe's #1 Country Music Radio Station") who was the CMA International Award Broadcaster in 2013 signed Mike to management. On Friday 25th July there was a World exclusive first play of his lead off single "Welcome Home" promoted by Williams at UK internet station CMR Nashville. The track was promoted on August 2014 Hotdisc and reached the No.7 slot on the Hotdisc Top 40 and secured a 2-week No.1 British Hotdisc track overhauling a 3-week #1 from Charlie Boston which slipped back.
On Sept 5, 2014 Sir Tom Jones lent his “voice” via Twitter in support of the debut single:

As we previously reported over the course of the weekend 6th & 7th September 2014 we were actively engaged on a Twitter buzz and the single made big strides from a lowly No.19 on the UK iTunes Country Chart to No.3 by Sunday evening as his fans really got behind him (Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” POP singles blocked his path to Nos 1 & 2) . 
“Welcome Home” peaked at #392 on the overall UK iTunes singles chart, a long way short of Miss Swifts rankings at #4 & #162. Shortly after Ward’s single sank to No.118.

On Sept 12th 2014 his EP arrived ( See Image) which could be ordered from his website

No Show Ward:
A prestigious gig set for Sat 2nd August at The Royal Oak, High Street, Barlborough, Chesterfield S43 4EU  (£35, incl 3 course meal) was cancelled by the promoter due to small ticket sales who said – “ONLY a handful of people had booked to go to the event”!

Following that disappointment Ward planned 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 - see flyer) with special guests from big hitters 2013 BCMAward winning acts Raintown & Gary Quinn along with The Voice UK 2013 contestants Laura Oakes (Photo) and Emma Jade Garbutt. Mike and  Emma Jade together performed a rendition of Stevie Nicks' Landslide in a battle round.
Oct 9th MIKE WARD pinned a tweet @MIKEWARDUK Ok guys, who's coming to this, it's going to be amazing!!! Laura Oakes (who was also on The Voice UK) is amazing!!!
The 22 year old from Liverpool was on Team Danny (Danny O'Donoghue) . Her mum was a local celebrity playing in clubs and pubs throughout the 70’s and 80’s, but fell ill 15 years ago so it’ was Lauras turn to step into the spotlight Watch her perform >> “SpectrumShe was later eliminated in the battle rounds on Series 2

Emma Jade tweeted So me and @MIKEWARDUK have over 1million views on our 'landslide' performance. We'll sing it Oct 26th one time only at his EP release!
Their Voice UK 2013 Mike Ward Vs Emma Jade Garbutt Battle Rounds 3 >> performance had reached 1,267,481 million views.
Of Note: Asking for support Sheffield based Emma launched a Kickstarter Campaign (Funding period Aug 15 2014 - Sept 4 2014). Just 12 backers pledged £345 of a £5,000 goal resulting in an unsuccessful funded project to record her debut EP.

So what was effectively a “hometown” gig for Ward was also cancelled by the promoter with apoligies to anyone who had already bought tickets. The ticket sales were so low that a decision was made to cancel than rack up more losses.
Ticketline tweeted @Ticketline @MIKEWARDUK's show at @TheRitzHQ on Oct 26th has been cancelled. Refunds available from point of purchase. #sadface
Mike Ward tweeted @MIKEWARDUK Sorry everyone, the powers that be have pulled the plug on this one.

Emergency – Ward 10: 
On FacebookBig things too come this year thank you all for your support” – Mike Ward
His ultimate dream he said “would be to record in Nashville, the home of country music, and to make it big in America”!

Columnist David Allan in September wrote: "I'm assured that like Mike - it's about to "take off". Then following up in the October 2014 issue of Country Music People penned “He’s on his way, signed up to a leading entertainment agency. He is a special talent and has a great country
voice and style (shades of a young George Strait ?) whose appeal was proved beyond doubt on The Voice……Do you him your support and consider adding him to your collection”.
Question: So what exactly will Mr. Allan make of the cancelled CD launch in next next update!

Why is there such a disconnect with the large TV audiences who watch the “Talent” shows and then don’t buy the music when an artist releases music or buy tickets to go watch them live?
Are such shows merely “Entertainment Factor” and something to watch on a Saturday night? I don’t think I can put a single name to the faces who were on the live stages of X Factor 2013. The only artists I knew on this years The Voice UK were Talia Smith whose music I had followed in the country BCMAward winning duo Travellin Rose and Folk artist Sally Barker whose music I’d previously purchased in the early 2000s.   

In 2013 The final of The Voice UK attracted 7.24 million (34.8%) viewers from 7.15pm on Saturday night (June 22), overnight data suggests. All those people watched Mike Ward on that one programme alone on his journey.
He has since bagged 32.9K Tweeter Followers along with 11,319 likes on Facebook
The 23-year old recently announced his brand new shiny website.
Copies of his new 6 track EP are available for purchase from his website via PayPal – See Digipac EP Artwork [JPG] – Signed Inlay

Mike Ward tweeted I Give Up! on Oct 16, 2014 but this has since been removed.

Listen to Mike’s “Welcome Home” (released Aug 29, 2014) on SPOTIFY which is available to purchase on Amazon UK (currently ranked #58,729 in MP3 Albums) and UK iTunes NOTE - The single no longer shows on the UK Country Top 1300 iTunes singles having peaked at No.3.
Photos: Mike Ward Young & Stupid
He has invested in an entainment agency and management, Hotdisc single promotion and the recording of an studio produced EP.  Where does Mike Ward go from here, ANY idea’s?!!!


Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending October 25, 2014)

Taylor Swift's with her pop single “Shake It Off” scored a hard-earned third UK No.2 hit of her career as it jumped 4-2 (56,687 sales, 9-week total 422,894). The first single from upcoming fifth album 1989, the track previously peaked at #3 and has actually been in the top six continuously since its release. It is just one week away from equalling Swift's longest running Top 10 hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”.

Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending October 25, 2014)

Rose Ave. the debut album of You+Me, a pop/folk duo made up of Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green who had two very minor chart albums as a member of the group Alexisonfire, and the formidable Pink, who has placed eight solo studio albums and compilations in the Top 15 since 2000. Rose Ave. made a bow at No.10 (7,948 sales). Of note Jessie J who was on X Factor Sunday results show landed at #5 (16,733 sales)
Lady Antebellum with 747 fell 12-21 (sales around 4,000, 2-week total 10,000)
Dolly Parton with BLUE SMOKE/THE BEST OF (Masterworks) fell 34-35 in her 19th chart frame  (2,400 estimated sales, 19-week total 223,400).
Perennially popular Irish folk duo Foster & Allen were down 28-40 in their second week. The previous week they racked up their 31st chart entry since 1983 with GOLD & SILVER DAYS which made a bow at No.28 (3,241 sales). Together for almost 40 years, Mick Foster is 67, and Tony Allen is 62.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending October 25, 2014)
Lady Antebellum with 747 stayed at No.1 for a second week as their archive album NEED YOU NOW moved 4-2 in its 151st chart frame.
Tim McGraw with SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN (Big Machine) was down 2-3 in his fourth week.
The UK’s Ward Thomas with FROM WHERE WE STAND (WTW Music) fell 3-4 in their 13th week.
Blake Shelton with BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE (Warner Bros) fell 5-6 in his third week.
Brandy Clark with 12 STORIES  returned to the chart for a second chart frame after a year gap at No.16 with interest from C2C festival fans.
Fellow Country To Country 2015 Festival artist Lee Ann Womack with THE WAY I'M LIVIN' fell 12-17 in her 4th week.

On the Hotdisc Chart (October 19, 2014 Chart)  
Ray Scott held onto No.1 on the Top 40 for a sixth straight week with "Drinkin' Beer" holding off the late Ray Price feat. Martina McBride with “An Affair To Remember” which was a non-mover at No.2.
David Frizzell's re-issued "I'm Gonna Hire A Wino" held at No.3 in his second week..
Ian Highland and Frank Jennings lifted 8-4 and secured the No.1 slot on the British & Irish Chart for a 2nd frame
Dave Sheriff with his 6-week “Highway Number Nine” rebound 10-9 (3-2 British) as former No.1 Tony Clarke’s "I Am What I Am" slipped (9-11; 2-3 British).
US act Michael Scott with "Radio Song" improved 7-5.
US based singer-singwriter Kenny Butterill with his self penned “Gaia Blues” rounded out the Top 10 with a 13-10 climb.
Outside the Top 10

Atlanta native Brian Collins with “Enjoy The Ride” rose 17-15. Katie Armiger  with her new single “One Night Between Friends” lifted 19-16. Fellow US acts Stevie Lee Woods with “California Girls Have Gone Country” made a 20-18 hop as female duo North 40 nudged up one rung 21-20.
Outside the Top 20
Tim Cadiere with “Hop In My Truck” moved up 4 slots 25-21 as USA singer songwriter James Robert Webb with “Party in The Barn” climbed one place 23-22.

For a full listing of 2014 Country/Alt/ Americana albums and future releases PLEASE check out our Country Music Store Page

(11 Feb 2014) Caddy Cooper – Snapshot 13 Tracks/ Time: 50:16 Blues/ Country MP3

(29 Sept 2014) Jon Weisberger - I've Been Mostly Awake (feat. the Lonesome Heirs) (Wise Kings)
13 Tracks/ Time: 42:35 Bluegrass/ Americana / Acoustic Country MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
 13 bluegrass and related singers/songwriters singing songs they've co-written with IBMA Songwriter of the Year Jon Weisberger, backed by The Lonesome Heirs, an "all star" band featuring Jesse Brock (The Gibson Brothers), Andy Falco & Jeremy Garrett (Infamous Stringdusters), and Ned Luberecki & Weisberger (Chris Jones & The Night Drivers).

(9 Oct 2014) Trinity River Band - On a Morning Like This (Orange Blossom Records)
10 Tracks/ Time: 30:29 MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 

(13 Oct 2014) You+Me - rose ave. (RCA Records Label)
10 Tracks/ Time: 37:00 Pop/ Country/ R&B and Soul CD - MP3  * Gently, ** >> You & Me  
Debut album from folk duo Dallas Green of City and Colour fame and Alecia Moore (better known as Pink). Entering the UK Albums Chart at #10 the album features brand new material. pink and green can clash horribly so the use of her real name was probably wise on this their first album together. One song on the album includes vocals from Sade Adu of “whatever happened to Sade” fame.

(13 Oct 2014) Guy Clark - An American Dream: 4 Classic Albums 1978-1992
2-CD - 4 Classic Albums 1978-1992 presents four essential albums by the Grammy Award-winning and alt-country legend Guy Clark. Recorded for Warner Bros and Asylum, Guy Clark (1978), The South Coast of Texas (1981), Better Days (1983) and Boats to Build (1992)

(14 Oct 2014) Mac Powell – Southpaw (Independent)
12 Tracks/Time: 38:14 Country/Rock MP3 - Amazon.com

(14 Oct 2014) The Dirty River Boys - The Dirty River Boys (DRB Music)
13 Tracks/ Time: 45:02 Rock/Country  MP3 - Amazon.com 

(20 Oct 2014) Shelby Lynne - I Am Shelby Lynne CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition (Commercial Marketing/ Rounder)
Rounder celebrates the 15th anniversary of Lynne's landmark breakthrough album I Am Shelby Lynne with a special deluxe reissue of the now classic recording. The 2-disc (1CD/1DVD) I Am Shelby Lynne Deluxe Edition features the re-mastered full-length album plus six previously unreleased bonus tracks from the original sessions, as well as  Shelby Lynne: Live at the House of Blues  a newly unearthed, never before-released, 16-song, 90-minute concert performance captured at Los Angeles' House of Blues on April 28th, 2000.

(20 Oct 2014)  Various Artists - The Best Of Me Soundtrack (Decca)
14 Tracks/ Time: 50:58 CD - Amazon.com (out Oct 7) - US iTunes
The soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks’ movie includes a host of country stars contributing – Read the FULL Press Release

(20 Oct 2014) Little Big Town - PAINKILLER (Liberty Records)
13 Tracks/ Time: 46:19 CD - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com 

(21 Oct 2014) Becky Buller - 'Tween Earth and Sky (Dark Shadow Recording)
12 Tracks/ Time: 41:44 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(21 Oct 2014) The Stray Birds - Best Medicine (Yep Roc Records)
12 Tracks/ Time: 46:10 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com  

(21 Oct 2014) Twang and Round - Pour Another Round (Backroad Records/Average Joes)
5 Tracks/ Time: 16:27 Country/Hip-Hop/Rap MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 

(21 Oct 2014) Reed Foehl – Lost In The West (NeverFoehl Records)
7 Tracks/ Time: 33:21 Folk MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

(21 Oct 2014) Jawga Boyz (feat. DEZ) -  Tailgate Music (Thrash Productions)
16 Tracks/ Time: 55:51 CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - US iTunes - Amazon.com - Walmart

(24 Oct 2014) Lisa McHugh - A Life That's Good (Sharpe Music)
16 Tracks CD - UK iTunes - Amazon.com 
Her band new album features 15 newly recorded songs including her single Apple Jack which was a massive Radio hit. Continuing with the promotion of the new album this week, Lisa has released her brand new single, "Hillbilly Girl" .

Canadian singer-songwriter Tia McGraff announced a UK date on Fri 17 Apr 2015 - The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU Price:£10 in advance, £12 on the door - Event Page

Elyse Sanders thanked @ebiznews for the coverage on the 3rd Annual "Warm Coats Warm Hearts" Coat Drive & Concert, the video turned out awesome!! Bonnie Crombie and Lake Affect made special appearances too >> Video

Twenty-seven years ago on Oct. 16, 1987, Anne Murray made history in country music. It was on that day that her ‘Greatest Hits’ album, released in 1980, earned triple platinum status, signifying sales in excess of three million units and making Murray the first female artist to achieve that sales record. The album was certified gold and platinum only two months after its release, and it earned Murray a Canadian Juno Award in 1981 for Best Album.


Country Aircheck's Insider Artist News
October 17, 2014: Brad Paisley (Moonshine In The Barn), Toby Keith (In The Spirit), Tanya Tucker (Tucker's Time), Wynonna Judd (Tell Me, Wy), Angaleena Presley (TV),

This year the No Shave November for St. Jude Kids Chairman of the Beard is Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood. Lady A have created a parody of Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" to get you ready to embrace the beard! Team Lady Antebellum does St. Jude's No Shave November! >> Video
Brantley Gilbert, who revealed Tuesday (10/21) he's engaged to the woman he's written a lot of his songs about, including "More Than Miles" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." Brantley says the two have been on again – off again in the 10 years since they met, but they're back together and he couldn't be happier.

Florida Georgia Line: Anything Goes and how folks should "turn it up or turn it off." Watch their interview on TODAY.com-

FGL performed a Late Night web exclusive of "Anything Goes" Watch it on nbc.com
Suggested Tweet: “Turn it up or Turn it off" say #C2C2015 @FLAGALine see how much you can stand of "Anything Goes" Live http://bit.ly/1o96oEH

Capitol Nashville's Little Big Town (LBT) was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Friday (Oct 17th) by OPRY members Jimmy Dickens and Vince Gill. The group had been invited to join the OPRY on Fri, Oct 3rd by Reba McEntire.
Backstage prior to the event LBT's Karen Fairchild said, "I'm so excited about sharing this moment with the band. We've been through the highest of highs together, and this is sure to be the highest. This is as good as it gets." The group opened its set with a performance of its hit “Bring it On Home,” hearkening back to its OPRY debut. On that night, as the members recalled
backstage, they had been accompanied by only a borrowed guitar. After the group’s performance of “Boondocks,” DICKENS and GILL took the stage along with OPRY VP/GM Pete Fisher to present the group with its Opry Member Award. “The word ‘family’ really means something out here. It really does,” GILL said to the group. “You’ll make friends like I have with this man right here,” he continued, nodding to Dickens. “You’ll be so be blessed by the friends you’ll make out here, and they’ll last your entire life. Welcome to the family, and remember to come here as often as you can.”

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will be honored at the fifth annual CMT Artists of the Year.

American music icon Wynonna has announced dates for her “Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song” tour - www.wynonna.com/the-road  . Launching Wednesday, January 14 in Durham, NC, with a stop in her Ashland, KY hometown, the special run of shows will visit intimate venues only. WYNONNA has been working with husband/producer/drummer Cactus Moser on solo material for her 8th studio album due out 2015 on Curb Records. She recently opened up to Rolling Stone Country about the direction the new music is taking, describing it as “vintage yet modern.” (7/9/14) The full interview can be read here.

Alan Jackson ringsin 2015 with the continuation of the multi-faceted 25th anniversary celebration and the launch of his 25th Anniversary Keepin’ It Country Tour. Sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, the tour kicks off in Fort Myers (Estero), FL on January 8 and will culminate at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver (Morrison), CO on May 17, 2015. Joining Jackson on his KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR will be Capitol Records Nashville’s rising new artist Jon Pardi and Grammy/CMA/ACM nominated hit singer/songwriter Brandy Clark.

Jake Owen warmed up well over 15K fans by bringing the beach, palm trees and sunshine to back-to-back sold-out shows on his nationwide DAYS OF GOLD headline tour at the weekend in Mankato, MN (Oct 17) and Lincoln, NE (Oct 18).


  • Billboard: 4 Reasons Taylor Swift's 'Out of the Woods' Is About Harry Styles
  • Billboard: Taylor Swift's New Diet Coke Commercial features New '1989' Song (And Tons of Cats) >> Video
  • Billboard: Swiftober is continuing along nicely…Taylor Swift >> announced Monday morning (Oct. 20) that the song "Welcome to New York," off 1989, will be available for download on iTunes Tuesday (Oct. 21). "Welcome to New York" follows last week's "Out of the Woods" as well as the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Shake It Off." 
  • Taylor Swift reveals '1989' Tracklist (and We Guess Who Each Song Is About)
  • Billboard: Annie Lennox: 'Twerking Is Not Feminism'…."Listen," said Lennox, "Twerking is not feminism. Thats what I'm referring to. It's not -- it's not liberating, it's not empowering. It's a sexual thing that you're doing on a stage; it doesn't empower you. That's my feeling about it.
  • Billboard: SoundCloud Posts $29 Million Loss in 2013 on $14 Million Revenues……As SoundCloud is amidst focused efforts to build a profitable business from its 175 million users a month, the popular online music streaming and sharing platform has posted a loss almost twice that of its revenues in the past year. As SoundCloud's annual report points out, the market for music streaming services is looking highly competitive today. That makes another hurdle as the company works to get its monetization efforts off the ground, as well was the necessity for strategic focus as they continue to move forward.

  • Jeff Bates to release tribute to Conway Twitty ME AND CONWAY (Sony RED / Red River Entertainment) on November 11, 2014 - Amazon.com
  • New Album Release: TURN ON A DIME by Lonesome River Band
  • Rhonda Towns (Dawn Records) Country music recording artist and inspirational talk radio show host, is pleased to announce her upcoming adventure. In the coming weeks, her itinerary takes her to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
  • Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Martina McBride & others praise RAY PRICE's Performance On BEAUTY IS… the final sessions Hall of Famer's Last Studio Project Continues To Generate Admiration & Enthusiasm
  • With the holiday season fast approaching, Kent Wells Productions artist Macy Martin officially launched her 2014 Winter Wonderland - Gift of Hope Toy Drive today
  • Keni Thomas releases new “Hold The Line” Music Video
  • Brian Collins album release show 3rd And Lindsley 6th Nov 2014
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the career of superstar Tanya Tucker with the exhibition Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend, which opens November 14, 2014, and runs through May 2015.
  • The Inspirational Country Music Association is gearing up for its annual ICM Faith, Family & CountryTM Week & Awards to be held in Music City on Nov. 9-13,  2014.
  • Dave Adkins continues to dominate Charts with “Nothing To Lose” reaching the coveted #1 spot this month on Sirius XM Radio Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks
  • Lester Flatt the Bluegrass and Country music legend was honored in his hometown of Sparta, Tennessee recently when city and county officials joined forces to unveil an historical marker in his honor.
  • CMA World -CMA Country Christmas airs Dec.1 on the ABC Television Network: Artists already announced include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, and Carrie Underwood.
  • Kentucky Headhunters celebrate 25 Years of Pickin' On Nashville


Rollingstone: Brandy Clark Opens Up About Writing Toby Keith's new single

American Songwriter Larkin Poe: Family Ties…..There’s no mythology quite like a family one. With both stories and traits handed down over generations, those who came before us, more often than not, lay the groundwork for who we become. For the sisters of Larkin Poe, that mythology has shaped their musical identity more than any other force.

The AristoMedia Group has released the Fall 2014 Aristo International Report 12 page Webpage or PDF (Abobe) Download
Highlights in this issue include:
  • An update on the UK Country Music scene including the lineup for the C2C Festival in March of 2015
  • An overview of activities at the recent Canadian Country Music Week
  • The CMAA Lifetime Achievement Award winner
  • The latest news from Down Under, plus some insight into the recent APRA SongHubs event in Nashville
  • Tony Byworth writes a fond remembrance of George Hamilton IV
  • Photo highlights of the Gstaad Country Nights Festival in Switzerland
  • Sounds Australia at the Americana Festival
  • Americana President Mark Moffatt discusses the global growth of the Americana Music Festival
  • Canada’s Gord Bamford receives the CMA Global Artist Award

2country.net Lady Antebellum – Brooklyn Bowl, London 14.10.2014 
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For The Country Record James Robert Webb ‘Party In The Barn’ (Single)

For The Country Record Toby Keith ‘Drunk Americans’ (Single Review)


Julianne Hough attended Samsung Electronics’ #DITCHtheDSLR event held at Hollywood & Highland Center on Tuesday (October 14) in Hollywood, California. She oozes pure feminine appeal in a delicate lace Self-Portrait ‘Fantasia’ dress from the Spring 2015 collection. Cut to a classic silhouette with a nipped-in waist and a midi-length skirt, the design fuses contemporary and ladylike styling with an on-trend pointy collar and a semi-sheerness which allows the design to hold true. - Fashion Pic

Julianne Hough paid a visit to the SiriusXM Studios on Thursday (October 16) in New York City to promote ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Still working a wardrobe with a distinct summery vibe, the dancer/actress selected a look from DKNY’s Spring 2015 collection. The top, which is intricately embellished and cropped at the midriff, is balanced with a white high-waist A-line skirt which exudes dreamy romanticism and feminine flair. Her ‘Nudist’ sandals are the perfect complement to this well-balanced look - Image

ARISTA's Brad Paisley has partnered with BOOT BARN to develop an exclusive line of boots, jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts, and woven shirts. The line will be called Moonshine Spirit By
Brad Paisley, and will blend Boot Barn's WESTERN heritage with a modern, Country music edge. "We specifically chose Brad Paisley to create this line because his values align beautifully with those of our customers and employees," said BOOT BARN CEO Jim Conroy. "He is authentic, and that's the essence of every BOOT BARN customer."
The Moonshine Spirit By Brad Paisley collection will debut at the grand opening of the Nashville Boot Barn store on Fri, Oct 24th and will be online and in all BOOT BARN stores on Mon, Dec 1st.
"Boot Barn and I have created what I think is an authentic and very wearable line of country clothing," said Paisley. "It's hip, modern, progressive, rugged and country -- ready for the stage and ready to go out on the town. It's a great time to launch Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. It embodies the enthusiasm of my new album, 'Moonshine in the Trunk.'"
About Boot Barn Boot Barn is the nation's leading lifestyle retailer of western and work-related footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The company's 155 stores in 24 states (as of June 6, 2014) feature a comprehensive assortment of approximately 200 brands and more than 1,500 styles on average. Read the FULL Press Release 
HI RES Images: Image - Image - Image  Images courtesey of Jeff Lipsky

October 20: Philomena Begley (1954), the late Grandpa Jones (1913; died Feb 19, 1998 (aged 84)) , Wanda Jackson (1937) , Jimi Westbrook (Little Big Town)
October 21: Owen Bradley (1915), the late Mel Street (1935; died Oct 21, 1978 (aged 43))
October 22: Shelby Lynne (1968)
October 23: Dwight Yoakam (1956),
October 24: Heather Rankin (Rankins) (1967)
October 25: the late Sarah Cannon Minnie Pearl  (1912), Chely Wright (1970)
October 26: Charlie Landsborough - (1941), Wes McGhee (1948), Keith Urban (1967), Kristen Hall (ex Sugarland) (1962) 


Paul Craft (August 12, 1938 – October 18, 2014)
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Song Craft: Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Paul Craft who passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 18, in Nashville at age 76 after suffering from deteriorating health for several years. Craft moved to Nashville in 1975 and within the year had two country songs nominated for Grammy Awards: "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life," and ''Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)", the world's only Christian-football waltz, and a 1976 Grammy nominee. Throughout his career Craft penned songs for artists including Ray Stevens ("It's Me Again, Margaret"), Mark Chesnutt ("Brother Jukebox";#1 in 1991) and John Anderson ("His and Hers"), Trisha Yearwood ("Too Bad You’re No Good"; album Real Live Woman), Bobby Bare (>> Drop Kick Me Jesus"; #17 in 1976) and Gail Davies ("Blue Heartache"; 1980 Top 10 hit; album The Game).
The Eagles recorded Mr. Craft's "Midnight Flyer" for their 1974 "On The Border" album and Linda Ronstadt memorably performed his "Keep Me From Blowing Away" on her "Heart Like A Wheel" album.
Others who recorded Paul Craft songs include Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty, Del Reeves & Billie Jo Spears, Charlie McCoy, Don Everly, Keith Whitley, Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, David Ball, Jack Greene, Cledus T. Judd and J.J. Cale.
Most of Craft’s songs were solo written, rather than collaborations with others. He was distinctive among Nashville songwriters in that he was always self-published rather then being on the songwriting staff of a major company.

“This year’s Hall of Fame induction was going to be a dream night for Paul,” said NaSHOF
Board Chair and fellow Hall of Fame member Pat Alger.  “Membership in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame is the highest honor that our songwriting community can bestow – and it was no secret that one of Paul’s career goals was to be included in this group.  Like all our inductees, Paul was excited to be part of the big night and it is heartbreaking that he came so close without being able to fully participate in his moment in the spotlight when he was officially inducted along with John Anderson, Gretchen Peters and Tom Douglas. We’re very grateful that he was able to enjoy the past few months knowing that his long and prolific career was going to be honored by his friends, family and fellow songwriters. We will miss him dearly and remember him always through his legacy of brilliant songwriting.”  A memorial service was due to be held in Nashville on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at West End United Methodist Church (2200 West End Ave.) with visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and the funeral at 1:00 p.m.

Born in Memphis and raised in Arkansas, Mr. Craft taught himself to play various instruments as a kid. In his early 20s, he paused his studies at the University of Virginia and went on the road playing banjo with Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys. He also served six years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, graduated from UVA, attended law school, recorded with Martin for Decca Records, managed a Memphis music store, played in a band and, at age 28, began writing songs. On Oct. 5, Mr. Craft arrived at the Music City Center for his Hall of Fame induction. He had his photo taken with his fellow inductees, then
was rushed to Saint Thomas Midtown after falling ill. He died 13 days later...Read More obituaries from Peter Cooper at
The Tennessean Robert K. Oermann’s at musicrow.com and Alan Cackett at www.alancackett.com and his archived article first published in Country Music People, December 1980 .

Paul Craft's advice to new writers?
Probably find somebody who is a friendly ear who you won’t drive crazy and make a lifelong enemy out of-and who will help you go in the right direction. People talk about [songwriting like] it’s a lot of work and determination.  Hell, it wasn’t work, it was play. You couldn’t hold me back.  I had to do it … like a squirrel climbing a tree...Read Mr. Craft's 2007 interview with American Songwriter.com
Paul Craft, It goes a little somethin' like this....Mr. Craft >> talked about a few of the songs in 2012
NAMM Oral History Interview on July 17, 2009

Paul Craft
Listen/ Buy
>> "I've Got You On My Conscience (But At Least You're Off My Back)" from Paul's 1986 "Warnings" album Amazon UK - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/paulcraft5/from/livewire
>> "A Look Of Leaving"  from Paul's 2002 "Raised By The Rail Road Line" album - cdbaby.com
Paul Craft's amusing tune >> "It's Me Again, Margaret" recorded by Ray Stevens and Paul's version made it to #55 in 1974.
>> Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life) by Bobby Bare 1976 (The world's only Christian football walz). Words and music by Paul Craft.

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