Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Brand New Strings announces CD Release Party!!

Brand New Strings announces.....
CD Release Party Details
SIRIUS-XM Track by Track Air Dates

National touring bluegrass band, BRAND NEW STRINGS have announced details of their upcoming CD Release Party for their new Rural Rhythm Records album, NO STRINGS ATTACHED. The Knoxville area event begins at 7:00 pm on April 23, 2010 at the Carter High School Auditorium, 210 North Carter School Road, Strawberry Plains, TN. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or the band’s website. Proceeds will benefit the Carter Elementary P.T.O. The party will feature Brand New Strings members, Randall Massengill, Mike Ramsey, Tim Tipton, Stuart Wyrick, Matt Leadbetter and Preston Schmidt with special guests: Steve Gulley (Grasstowne and the band’s CD producer); Keith Garrett (The Boxcars); Chris West and Brandon Bostic (Blue Moon Rising); Jim Millsaps (Knoxville Grass); Mike Bentley (Cumberland Gap Connection) and many more surprises throughout the evening.

"Brand New Strings plays hardcore bluegrass for the hardcore fan. These are exciting, fresh, songs played and sung by superbly talented musicians and singers in a take-no-prisoners, no apologies, strictly bluegrass style. This is bluegrass the way it ought to be!” says SIRIUS-XM Radio Host, Kyle Cantrell who will host the band on his upcoming Track by Track. The show debuts April 14 at 11:00 AM EST with rebroadcasts on the April 15 (9:00 PM EST) and April 18 (11:00 AM EST).

The CD Release Party is sponsored by D’Addario, Ciderville Music, Lakota Leathers, On Board Research Corporation, Rural Rhythm Records, Hope River Entertainment, Chota Outfitters with numerous door prizes being given away during the evening. The band is currently on tour promoting their new album including tonight’s sold out performance at Tennessee Shines: Live from the Bijou in Knoxville, TN.

For more information on BRAND NEW STRINGS, their new CD and tour information, please visit, or

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Crying' Heart Blues" by Audie Blaylock and Redline

"Cryin' Heart Blues" by Audie Blaylock & Redline

“Audie Blaylock plays and sings powerful traditional bluegrass the way it's supposed to be done!”
Arthur Berman (Pacific Pickin' CITR)

"It is just a brilliant album: genuine, true bluegrass music from first note to last and one which the late Jimmy Martin would be very proud of. Congratulations to all concerned.”
Geoff Morris

“High energy that's what I like and Audie puts on a great high energy show and it shows in his recording!”
Jerry Eicher (‘Ol Hippie Bluegrass Hour)

“No matter what type of bluegrass you like you WILL like Audie’s Cryin’ Heart Blues. There’s something on this album for EVERYBODY! This CD is now my latest favorite!”
Roger Randolph

“Audie Blaylock's new album Cryin" Heart Blues is one of those special albums that brings down home bluegrass to a new level. The title track, Cryin Heart Blues, is pure listening pleasure. The excellent four part harmony vocals on the Jimmy Martin/Paul Williams song He is Near will definitely move your soul, along with the sweet traditional sound of the Bill Monroe tune Stay Away from Me... this album will surely keep your attention and take its place as one of the Down Home top ten recordings of 2010.”
Jim Fisher (Down Home" Bluegrass and Folk Music - WGCS 91.1 FM - Goshen, IN)

“When anyone asks what hard-driving traditional bluegrass is supposed to sound like, I recommend Audie Blaylock and Redline. The band's latest CD, Cryin' Heart Blues, picks up where the previous album ended, and just keeps getting better. There is plenty to love here starting with the driving straight-ahead banjo of Evan Ward to the astonishing fiddling of Patrick McAvinue (Rummie's Run is amazing). The gospel a cappella song He Is Near will have you rejoicing in the perfection of its harmony. Audie has done it again, and bluegrass is better as a result.” - Jim Beaver (WHUS Bluegrass CafĂ©)

“Audie Blaylock was born and bred into bluegrass music and readied for the stage much like the racing thoroughbred is bred and destined for the track. You talk about pedigree, well Audie has it and it shows in his music. If you liked the maiden Audie Blaylock and Redline release, you're gonna love their new
Cryin' Heart Blues.” - Jadon Gibson- Syndicator


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Television Special : Kenny Rodgers , The First Fifty Years

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Nashville – Smokey Robinson, Tim McGraw, Chris Isaak, Darius Rucker, Billy Currington & Sheena Easton have all now signed on to perform on the television special Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years, joining previously announced guests Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Wynonna Judd and The Oak Ridge Boys. The array of all-star artists will perform, along with Kenny, and a few will host different segments of the show travelling through his six decades of hits at the special taping on April 10th at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Ledyard, CT.

Parton, Richie, Krauss, Robinson, Isaak, Judd, The Oak Ridge Boys, Easton, original members of The First Edition and Rogers will perform live at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. McGraw, Rucker and Currington will be performing for the show from remote locations.

Far more than just a music special, Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years, will celebrate the career of a beloved, universally known icon of American entertainment and 50 years of making music. The event will be as star studded as any award show, filled with music and comedy from some of the biggest stars in the entertainment world performing, appearing and sharing stories about Kenny Rogers and his music.

Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years will be produced by Dreamcatcher Artist Management and Locomotive Entertainment Group. Shot in pristine hi-definition, this multi-camera, up-close-and-personal special will find the viewer “visually surrounded and fully immersed" in the concert. Mark Lucas, who recently directed the concert films for Dave Matthews and Kings of Leon, will direct, and Monty Powell, 2009 SESAC Songwriter of the Year and producer, will serve as Musical Director.

Tickets are on sale now online at, by calling the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Box Office at 1-866-646-0609, by calling Ticketmaster, or in person at the MGM Grand Box Office.

“When this was first proposed to me as a 50-year celebration, something about that sounded final, and I didn’t want that, so I suggested we call it ‘The First 50 Years,’” Rogers said. “I will tell you this, the first 50 years TV show is gonna be awesome – the next 50 years TV show is gonna be a bitch.”

The red carpet for this event will certainly have to roll for a long way, as there are so many superstars from music, movies, and sports that Kenny has touched over the course of his 50 years in entertainment. It will certainly be an unforgettable night for everyone involved.

Kenny is one of a handful of artists to sell over 125 million albums. He also holds the very rare distinction of having a hit single in each of the last six decades. His television movie “The Gambler” is one of the highest rated TV movies of all time. His duet with Dolly Parton, “Islands In The Stream,” is the #1-selling duet of all time. His extensive history of success also includes 20 platinum, 27 gold records and a Diamond-certified Greatest Hits album that has sold more than 24 million copies worldwide. He has won three Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and 11 People’s Choice Awards. He has recorded 65 albums and is ranked #8 on the R.I.A.A.’s list of Top Selling Male Artists of all time.

With his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, Kenny has continued his amazing run into the 21st century with a critically acclaimed album (Water and Bridges) and a recent gold certification (21 Number Ones). Whether it’s his classic or current hits, or his recent appearance on “American Idol,” his relevance in the world of music and pop culture has never been stronger.

Kenny Rogers is the singer, the photographer, the producer, the actor, the songwriter, and of course… the Gambler.

Details on the network airing the special, even more guest stars and other surprises will be announced leading up to the event.

About Dreamcatcher Artist Management
Dreamcatcher Artist Management is based in Nashville, Tennessee. The company, specializing in artist management and film and television production, was founded in 1998 by former Capitol Records/EMI America President, Jim Mazza, and legendary entertainer, Kenny Rogers. Kelly Junkermann, Senior Vice President of Film & Television for Dreamcatcher Artist Management, will produce Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years. Junkermann has worked with Kenny Rogers for over 25 years as a writer, producer and director of award-winning television movies, specials, and live events.

About Locomotive Entertainment Group
Locomotive Entertainment Group was founded in 2009 by entertainment industry veterans Gabriel Gornell and Colleen Seldin. The company develops and produces films, television programming and live television events in a multitude of genres with a slate for the first half of 2010 that will include Tyrannosaurus Sex which is set to air on Discovery Channel this month and Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years. Gornell directed the former and will act in a producing capacity on the latter. Locomotive Entertainment Group is also a worldwide distributor of award winning films, television and new media. For more information:

About Foxwoods Resort Casino
North America’s largest casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino®, is located in the rolling hills of southeastern Connecticutand is easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartfordand Providence. Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Foxwoods features six casinos with 7,200 slots, 380 table games, the only WPT World Poker Room in New England, High Stakes Bingo and Ultimate Race Book. There are 1,416 guest rooms and suites in three hotels, more than 30 restaurants, a luxurious spa, more than 50,000 square feet of premium meeting and event space, 24 retail shops and five entertainment venues, including the 1,400-seat Fox Theatre. Conveniently located adjacent to Foxwoods is Lake of Isles, featuring two, 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Rees Jones and a state-of-the-art Golf Academy. In spring 2008, the highly anticipated MGM Grand at Foxwoods® opened, adding 825 luxurious guest rooms, 115,000 square feet of meeting space, a 4,000-seat Performing Arts Theater, 21,000-square-foot spa as well as more dining, retail and gaming facilities, bolstering Foxwoods' preeminence as the East Coast's ultimate casino resort destination. Foxwoods supports responsible gaming, and plays a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Problem Gambling, of which it was a founding entity. For more information, call 1-800-FOXWOODS or visit

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lonestar on QVC, Party Heard Round The World

New Album, Party Heard Around The World, Available to Viewers with Bonus Acoustic CD

WEST CHESTER, Pa – Lonestar, one of the hardest working and most popular bands in both country and pop music, is scheduled to perform during the QVC Presents Q Sessions Live broadcast on March 31 at 6:00pm ET / 5:00pm CT / 4:00pm MT/ 3:00pm PT. The special live performance will include several of the group’s greatest hits such as “Amazed” and “I’m Already There” as well as selections from Lonestar’s forthcoming album, Party Heard Around The World (Saguaro Road Records). During the broadcast, QVC viewers will have the chance to pre-order the album – nearly a month before street date – along with a special bonus disc, created especially for QVC featuring 6 of the band’s #1 country single hits. Party Heard Around The World will be released widely on April 27.

Party Heard Around The World marks the group’s 10th album and reflects the band’s creative evolution. For the first time in their career, the band produced the entire album, with eight of the ten tracks written by the foursome. Known both for strong country roots as well as multi-genre crossover appeal that has led to a history of success on the pop/rock charts, Lonestar has sold over 10 million album units since its 1995 debut. The Texas bred band has had an impressive list of hit singles on the country charts, including 10 #1s, and 9 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their 1999 album release, Lonely Grill, produced Lonestar’s biggest crossover smash to date, the ballad “Amazed,” which spent eight weeks at the #1 spot on the country charts as well as reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The dual win made Lonestar the first country act since Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton’s “Islands In the Stream” in 1983 to accomplish this career milestone. With the release of the I’m Already There album (2001) the title track lead-off single spent six weeks at #1 on the country chart. Lonestar consists of original members Dean Sams, Keech Rainwater, and Michael Britt, as well as lead vocalist Cody Collins who joined the group in 2007.

About Saguaro Road Records and Direct Holdings:
Saguaro Road is an imprint launched by Direct Holdings Americas Inc, the company that markets and sells audio and video entertainment products under the Time Life brand, using it under license from Time Warner Inc. The label focuses on artists that have a uniquely American roots oriented sound and has recently released albums from Patty Loveless, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Tanya Tucker, Joan Osborne and Edwin McCain.

Time Life and the Time Life logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies, used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc. Headquartered in Fairfax VA, Direct Holdings Americas Inc.'s history began in 1961 as a direct marketing division of Time Incorporated specializing in music and books. The business has been operated as a separate company since the mid-1970s when it relocated to Virginia, and has since grown to become one of the world’s largest direct marketers of audio and video products throughout North America, Europe and Australia. The Company has set the standard in the direct response industry by pioneering direct marketing techniques and building one of the most trusted and recognized brands in commerce. The Company now also sells its products through major traditional and non-traditional retailers around the world as well as via the Internet. The Company was sold in 2003 to private investors. Saguaro Road Records is a trademark of Direct Holdings Americas Inc.

For further information, please contact:

Jolyn Matsumuro
The Brookes Company
(310) 558-3000 x202

Kirt Webster
Webster & Associates
(615) 777-6995 x230

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

JW Marriot San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa

SAN ANTONIO – March 23, 2010 — The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa held its special Grand Opening Salute Gala this past weekend to commemorate the launch of the world’s largest JW Marriott Resort. The San Antonio property hosted a fundraising gala honoring America’s military service men and women who have been injured in the line of duty. More than 25 Wounded Warriors and their families attended the weekend festivities.

The star-studded gala culminated in a once-in-a-lifetime concert featuring three generations of country music legends. John Rich was joined by Wynonna and Kenny Rogers for a special performance. Celebrity support of the event reaches all aspects of news, armed forces and entertainment.

All proceeds from the event weekend will be donated to the national Fisher House Foundation, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

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For Wynonna and Kenny Rogers
media inquiries, please contact:

Webster & Associates Public Relations
Kirt Webster /
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Kings Of Southern Rock Lynyrd Skynyrd join with Bret Michaels, 38 Special for 2010 Concert Tour! ! !

Kings of Southern Rock Lynyrd Skynyrd join with King of Reality TV Bret Michaels for 2010 Concert Tour!!!

Tickets go on sale beginning March 26th at

NASHVILLE, TN – Yes, you read it right…two extraordinary acts… one stage! The Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida will be the first stop on a multi-city tour with legendary artists Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bret Michaels with guests 38 Special. Starting June 2010, the sparks fly and the amps go to 11! Produced by Live Nation, a collaboration of this scale is definitely going to be a powerful live experience for fans.

Speaking about the tour, Johnny said,” The band and I have been friends with Bret for years and are looking forward to finally getting to tour with him. It's going to be a kick-ass show complete with new music plus all the fan favorites. Skynyrd will definitely be pulling for Bret to become the next Celebrity Apprentice!"

“There is no doubt that Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of my all time favorite rock and roll bands. I have been friends with them a long time, so I am honored that Skynyrd has asked me to join them on their tour this summer” says Bret Michaels. “I will have a chance to play all the Poison greatest hits, plus all the new solo hits including "Nothing to Lose" (featuring Miley Cyrus), songs from "Rock of Love," "Celebrity Apprentice" and the new solo CD "Custom Built." The Lynyrd Skynyrd / Bret Michaels tour will be a summer concert celebration of awesome music, amazing fans and most important a kick ass night of rock and roll. To sum it up Lynyrd Skynyrd / Bret Michaels is a nothing but a good time summer party that will rock your world.”

Confirmed tour dates include:

Thu Jun 10 West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
Sun Jun 13 Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu Jun 17 Birmingham, AL - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Fri Jun 18 Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Sat Jun 19 Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sun Jun 20 Virginia Beach, VA - Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Thu Jun 24 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri Jun 25 Chicago, IL* - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sat Jun 26 St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun Jun 27 Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Thu Jul 01 Boston, MA - Comcast Center
Fri Jul 02 Holmdel, NJ - P.N.C Bank Arts Centre
Sat Jul 03 Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Thu Jul 08 Cleveland - Blossom Music Center
Fri Jul 09 Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live
Sat Jul 10 Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
Sun Jul 11 Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion

About Lynyrd Skynyrd: The band has enjoyed continued success and visibility in the past few years including a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. Their American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” has passed the 2 million mark in downloaded ringtones. With the release of their God & Guns cd last fall, the band once again climbed the Rock Charts with the single "Still Unbroken". High profile appearances, including the show closer at VH1 Fashion Rocks helped to expose the band to a younger audience. With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million, Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a major cultural icon that appeals to all generations.

About Bret Michaels: Bret Michaels, front man of the legendary rock band Poison and hit reality shows , Nashville Star, Rock of Love, and now Celebrity Apprentice is currently promoting his new hit single “Nothing to Lose”, featuring Miley Cyrus. Bret has sold over 25 million records and has scored an amazing 15 chartbusting Top 40 singles including "Talk Dirty to Me," “Nothing But a Good Time” and the timeless #1 smash "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Rock of Love with Bret Michaels has been an enormous ratings winner for VH1. The series has became the highest rated show on VH1 and has consistently won its time slot when aired, including multiple airings. He also is working on his autobiography with Simon and Shuster called “Roses and Thorns.”

About 38 Special: Formed by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant in 1975 in Jacksonville, Florida. By the early 1980s, 38 Special began amalgamating southern rock and arena rock in their music, thereby kicking off a string of successful albums and singles. Their first high-charting song was "Hold On Loosely" (1981); "Caught Up In You" (1982) and "If I'd Been The One" (1983) both hit #1 on Billboard magazine's Album Rock Tracks chart. "Back Where You Belong" (1984) continued the annual sequence of radio favorites, and "Second Chance" (1989), a #1 hit on Billboard's adult contemporary chart, was sung by former Specialist Max Carl. The current lineup consists of Barnes, Van Zant, guitarist Danny Chauncey, bassist Larry Junstrom, keyboardist Bobby Capps and drummer Gary Moffatt.

"This Song's For You" - Joey and Rorey with Zac Brown

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame and Museum Announces 2011 Inductees



Lexington, KY – Robert Lawson, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Executive Director along with Connie Hunt, event ceremony executive producer, announced today, March 17, 2010, Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, Molly O’Day and, Larnelle Harris as the newest inductees into the prestigious Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

“This year’s inductees include some of the most recognizable music artists in the world,” says Lawson of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. “The ceremony taking place in April 2011 will feature performances by this year’s class as well as some of this state’s greatest music achievers.”

The 2011 Induction Ceremony will be held in the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom in Lexington, Kentucky on April 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Hall of Fame. For more information about the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum call 1-877-356-3263 or visit

The 2011 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony is sponsored by RockCastle Regional Hospital and UK Health Care.

About Patty Loveless:
To date, Patty Loveless has issued eight Gold Record albums, four of which have gone on to Platinum status. The singer is also noted for such chart-topping hits as “Timber I’m Falling in Love,” “Chains,” “Blame it on Your Heart,” “You Can Feel Bad” and “Lonely Too Long,” as well as such enduring fan favorites as “I Try to Think About Elvis,” “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye,” “I’m That Kind of Girl” and “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am.” Her 2008 album, Sleepless Nights, was nominated for a Grammy award and she most recently released Mountain Soul II, both on Saguaro Road Records.

About John Michael Montgomery:
With a musical career that spans twelve albums and a greatest hits package, John Michael Montgomery’s overwhelming contribution to the country music format includes hits such as “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “I Can Love You Like That,” “Sold (the Grundy County Auction Incident)” and “Life’s A Dance,” among many others. He’s earned 15 number one singles, sold over 15 million albums and received numerous industry and fan-voted awards, three CMA Awards, five ACM Awards and an American Music Award.

About Steve Wariner:
Award-winning recording artist, songwriter and guitarist Steve Wariner has charted over 30 top-10 singles, including 14 #1 hits, since beginning his recording career in 1977. In January he won the Grammy® Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance with “Producer’s Medley” from Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins. This is the fourth Grammy Award Wariner has received, and his first as a solo performer and producer. He won in 1992 for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, and in 2000 and 2009 for Best Country Instrumental Performance. In 1998 Wariner won the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year awards for his #1 hit, “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” which was also the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year in 1999. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1996. As a songwriter he has earned 16 BMI Country Awards and 15 BMI Million-Air Awards (for songs receiving over one million on-air plays). He was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in 2008 and the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in 2009. He started his own label, SelecTone Records, in 2003.

Produced by Wariner and released on SelecTone Records label, Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins honors the legendary guitarist and producer who was also his friend, mentor, producer and former employer. The abbreviation “c.g.p.” stands for “Certified Guitar Player,” a title that Atkins himself bestowed on only four guitar pickers: Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, the late Jerry Reed, and Wariner.

About Keith Whitley:
Whitley's brief career in mainstream country music lasted from 1984 till his death in 1989, but he continues to influence an entire generation of singers and songwriters. He charted nineteen singles on the Billboard country charts, including five consecutive Number Ones: "Don't Close Your Eyes", "When You Say Nothing at All", "I'm No Stranger to the Rain", "I Wonder Do You Think of Me" and "It Ain't Nothin'" (the last two posthumously).

About The Goins Brothers:
After the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers disbanded in 1963, Ray and Melvin performed together as The Goins Brothers until Ray’s heart attack in 1994 slowed him down. Ray retired in 1997, while Melvin continued as Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain. Ray would share the stage with his brother on occasion, mostly close to home in eastern Kentucky Melvin Goins and Ray Goins, The Goins Brothers, have been playing mountain string music for 50 years. The music became known as "bluegrass" about the time they started playing professionally. Ray passed away in 2007.

About Molly O’Day:
O’Day was an American country music vocalist who had some degree of fame and commercial success in the late 1940s. Despite her short recording career, 5 years, she became a legend in her own lifetime.

About Larnelle Harris:
Larnelle Harris was born in 1947 and hailed from Danville, Kentucky, where his 30-plus years of ministry, garnered 18 albums, won five Grammy Awards and 18 Dove Awards. His career as a Gospel singer, songwriter, and recording artist has landed several number one songs on the Inspirational Music charts.

Previous Inductees include:
2008 Class: Crystal Gayle, Dwight Yoakam, Florence Henderson, Norro Wilson, Les McCann

Craig Morgan To Appear ON Hannity, CBS Early Show and Better TV !


NASHVILLE, TN – Country music hitmaker Craig Morgan is ready to take New York by storm; appearing on Fox News Channel’s Hannity on March 17th (9 pm (EST), the CBS Early Show on March 20th (7 – 9 am), and syndicated daytime show Better TV on March 24th.

Craig will visit and talk about his new album and upcoming projects

ABOUT Craig Morgan:
Craig’s new album, That’s Why, was released last fall, and was his first new music since 2006. The current single from the new project, "This Ain’t Nothin’," is currently climbing the charts and is one of the most rapidly growing songs of Craig’s career.

In 2009, Craig received one of country music’s highest honors – he was inducted as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Craig received his official Opry invitation while performing for the troops at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, by country star John Conlee.

Craig is best known for the massive radio airplay of his hits, including: “Bonfire,” "Almost Home," "Redneck Yacht Club," "That's What I Love About Sunday" (Billboard's most-played country song of the year in 2005), "International Harvester," "Little Bit of Life," and "Tough."

For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit

Media Contacts:

For media inquiries, please contact:
Webster & Associates Public Relations
Kirt Webster /
(615) 777-6995 x 30

Monday, March 15, 2010

More News From George Strait


Nashville, TN (March 12, 2010) – At the opening festivities of the 28th Annual George Strait Team Roping Classic finals in San Antonio today, George Strait announced to the hometown crowd that he is bringing his superstar tour to the Alamodome. The stadium show is scheduled for May 1st and includes the King of Country Music along with Reba and special guests Lee Ann Womack and the Randy Rogers Band. Tickets go on sale March 27th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster.

Earlier this week, Strait announced plans to perform a full concert in Nashville, for the first time since 2004 when he broke the house record for most attendance. The Music City date is set for April 28th at the Bridgestone Arena and will also include 2010 tour mates Reba and Lee Ann Womack. Tickets for the Nashville show go on sale March 20 at 10:00am at , charge by phone at 800-745-5300 and at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office.

Tickets can be charged by phone at Ticketmaster Express 800-745-3000 or online at .

George Strait has sold out and broken numerous attendance records on his tour again this year including Phoenix, AZ, Wichita, KS, Tulsa, OK, New Orleans, LA, Kansas City, MO, Omaha, NE, Orlando, Fl and Des Moines, IA. Among those, he set a house attendance record of 18,000 at the Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa, OK.

Strait, named Artist of the Decade last year, is nominated this year for ACM Entertainer of the Year for the 12th time and Top Male Vocalist for the 20th time, bringing the ACM Artist of the Decade’s all-time record to 81 ACM nominations. The ACMS will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18 at 8:00 PM live EST on CBS.

With a career spanning more than 25 years, George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 To Date). He has sold more than 67 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Strait’s CD Twang debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. This is the fourth time in Strait's career that a new release has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the 13th time debuting at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. The current single, “I Gotta Get To You,” is Number 20 on Billboard and Media Base singles charts.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Superstar George Strait Announces Big News For San Antonio and Nashville


Nashville, TN (March 12, 2010) – At the opening festivities of the 28th Annual George Strait Team Roping Classic finals in San Antonio today, George Strait announced to the hometown crowd that he is bringing his superstar tour to the Alamodome. The stadium show is scheduled for May 1st and includes the King of Country Music along with Reba and special guests Lee Ann Womack and the Randy Rogers Band. Tickets go on sale March 27th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster.

Earlier this week, Strait announced plans to perform a full concert in Nashville, for the first time since 2004 when he broke the house record for most attendance. The Music City date is set for April 28th at the Bridgestone Arena and will also include 2010 tour mates Reba and Lee Ann Womack. Tickets for the Nashville show go on sale March 20 at 10:00am at, charge by phone at 800-745-5300 and at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office.

Tickets can be charged by phone at Ticketmaster Express 800-745-3000 or online at

George Strait has sold out and broken numerous attendance records on his tour again this year including Phoenix, AZ, Wichita, KS, Tulsa, OK, New Orleans, LA, Kansas City, MO, Omaha, NE, Orlando, Fl and Des Moines, IA. Among those, he set a house attendance record of 18,000 at the Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa, OK.

Strait, named Artist of the Decade last year, is nominated this year for ACM Entertainer of the Year for the 12th time and Top Male Vocalist for the 20th time, bringing the ACM Artist of the Decade’s all-time record to 81 ACM nominations. The ACMS will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18 at 8:00 PM live EST on CBS.

With a career spanning more than 25 years, George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 To Date). He has sold more than 67 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Strait’s CD Twang debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. This is the fourth time in Strait's career that a new release has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the 13th time debuting at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. The current single, “I Gotta Get To You,” is Number 20 on Billboard and Media Base singles charts.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Miranda Lambert's "Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars" Tour

Nashville, TN (March 11, 2010) -- With her sharp-tongued, no-holds barred attitude, incendiary stage performances, and gun-toting anthems, platinum recording artist Miranda Lambert is a force to be reckoned with -- a woman most men would think twice about double-crossing. Her recent number one hit “White Liar” along with hits like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Gunpowder & Lead” and “Kerosene” leave no question that the gal can hold her own. But there’s a new breed of rough & rowdy country artists who think they are man enough to keep up with the 6x ACM nominated star.

Miranda embarks on her “Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars” headlining tour next week and for all but a handful of dates, she’s enlisted some of the hottest male talents in country music - James Otto, David Nail, Randy Houser, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Wade Bowen, Luke Bryan and Chris Young. Each will join Miranda for select dates through out the tour.

“I like pink guitars and puppies so how scary can I be?” laughs Miranda. "Seriously, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’ve been on tour with some great male headliners so I thought it’s only natural that I invite some talented guys on my first official headlining tour!”

"We're excited to join Miranda for a few dates on her upcoming tour," exlaims Cross Canadian Ragweed's guitarist Grady Cross. "It's been about 5 years since we've performed with her and we're proud to be back. Miranda is a great entertainer and its guaranteed to be a good time!"

“Miranda is one of the most talented singer/songwriters out there,” says Chris Young. “I have always loved her music and her live shows, and I’m very excited about being on the road with her.”

“I can’t wait to get out on the road with Miranda,” says an enthusiastic Jake Owen. “She and her band know how to rock and our show is a perfect fit with that. Her fans are always ready to have a good time and we’re ready to show them a party.”

"Miranda has always been one of the most confident women I've been around. It seems she always has her head in the game and ready for the next step before she even knows what that might be," says fellow Texan Wade Bowen. "Her music is original and unique without sticking herself under the radar and with every album release, I find myself anxious to see what she is going to do next. Not many artists have that effect on people anymore!"

"Miranda and I both have a lot of respect for each other musically," says Eric Church. "I consider her a badass and she considers me one. Put us both together and it should be unsafe at best. Everybody better rest up for this one cause we're gonna blow it up."

Miranda’s newest single “The House that Built Me,” a song that showcases her softer, sentimental side, became the #1 most added song this week at over 100 country radio stations. With six 2010 ACM nominations under her belt, a newly celebrated Gold certification of both her first #1 single, "White Liar," and her critically acclaimed third studio album, Revolution, and her first headlining tour, Miranda Lambert has laid a strong foundation in becoming country music's next big superstar.

Platinum and three-time Grammy nominated recording artist Miranda Lambert recently scored six Academy of Country Music nominations, including Album of the Year for Revolution, and both Song and Single of the Year nods for her first #1 hit "White Liar." Her critically-acclaimed third album, Revolution, debuted at #1 and joins her previous two releases that debuted at the very top of Billboard’s Country Album Charts, making her one of four artists in country music history whose first three albums landed the #1 spot out of the box. Lambert received rare perfect reviews from countless publications including 4 stars from Rolling Stone and USA Today, an ‘A’ from Entertainment Weekly and exuberant praise from SPIN, NY Times, Washington Post and more. Many have claimed Revolution the “Best Album of the Year” in any genre including Houston Chronicle and NPR’s All Things Considered. She won the coveted ACM Album of the Year in 2008 and ACM Best New Female Award in 2007. Her string of nominations include CMA’s Horizon Award (2005, 2006), ACM’s Top Female Vocalist Award (2008, 2009) and Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance (2006, 2007). With this much artillery under her belt, it’s no surprise the fiery Texas bombshell packs a pretty hard punch - her live shows no exception.

Missouri native David Nail’s debut record I’m About To Come Alive was released on MCA Nashville August ‘09 and became the 3rd highest new artist debut on the country charts for the year. Single “Red Light” peaked at #6 and holds the record for the longest charted single in Mediabase history at 42 weeks. The track also just earned an Academy of Country Music Award nomination for “Single of the Year”. Nail wrote five of the eleven tracks for Alive, which boasts many notable names. Lambert lends her vocals to the moody “Strangers On A Train” and both Rascal Flatts lead Gary LeVox (“Summer Job Days”) and Kenny Chesney (“Turning Home”) appear in the songwriting credits. People magazine boasts Nail as “One of Nashville’s Hottest New Stars” and praises the album saying it’s "a rewarding set that showcases his soulful, nuanced vocals" and awarded it three out of four stars. He has also been featured by Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Ladies Home Journal and on iTunes, AOL and ESPN 2. He’s performed at Kenny Chesney’s pre-show tailgating parties, opened for Sugarland and on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Nail’s new single is “Turning Home”. Visit to hear it or to purchase it.

Los Angeles Times wrote that Randy Houser adds “grit to the genre” with his debut album ANYTHING GOES, which has positioned the Mississippi-born, soul-drenched country singer and songwriter to become one of the next big artists to emerge in the genre. Houser, was ranked No. 1 in Country Aircheck's 2009 Airplay Stats list in the New Artist category and was named one of this year's New Faces, receiving a great response from both fans and radio programmers with his first single “Anything Goes,” which catapulted into the Top 20 after an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. His most recent hit single, “Boots On,” reached Top 5 on Billboard and Mediabase charts, and spent 2 weeks at #1 on Music Row charts. A viral video for the song, featuring a talented toddler rocking out and lip synching with his toy guitar, became a YouTube phenomenon tallying over 1 million views and garnered attention from CNN, The Early Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fox & Friends: Weekend, and Perez Hilton, among others. Incorporated into the official music video, it has earned Houser Video of the Year nominations for both the 2009 CMA and 2010 ACM Awards. Houser co-headlined his first tour with longtime pal Jamey Johnson on CMT ON TOUR 09 and completed his first USO tour overseas with Johnson and Kellie Pickler in January 2010. His new single, “All About It,” will hit radio airwaves soon and will appear on his forthcoming album, THEY CALL ME CADILLAC, which he is currently recording.

With one million albums sold to date, Cross Canadian Ragweed has successfully blended the best of what Country and Southern Rock has to offer. Critically acclaimed, they've earned praise in New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Associated Press, People, Country Weekly, Billboard, Pollstar and others. With a massive fanbase, the band of brothers draws nearly 60,000 fans each year at their perennial Red Dirt Round Up and Family Jam Music Festivals. With recent sold out dates up and down the West Coast, an upcoming tour in Japan and a performance at Bonaroo the band will play over 200 dates in 2010.

The path Wade Bowen is following continues to be well decorated with media acclaim, radio airplay, and an ever growing fan base that has attracted a ceaseless tour schedule totaling 200 plus dates a year. The essence of Wade Bowen has been perfectly captured on the Live at Billy Bob’s Texas CD/DVD as he solidifies his brand as a true, authentic artist. Bowen will release the next installment of the Live at Billy Bob’s Texas music series in the spring of 2010. Bowen’s release, If We Ever Make It Home debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Chart, #29 on the Top Current Country Albums and #176 in the Top 200 Albums. It was the #3 most downloaded country album on ITunes in its first week. If We Ever Make It Home has produced four number one singles on the Texas Music Chart and Texas Regional Radio Charts. The Texas Music Chart deemed the title track and “Nobody’s Fool,” as two of the Top 30 songs of 2009. Bowen’s current music video, “Trouble” debuted at #1 and is presently aired on CMT’s Pure 12 Pack.

RCA Nashville recording artist Chris Young recently scored his first #1 smash with “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” and the Tennessee native is on the charts now with “The Man I Want to Be,” the title track to his acclaimed sophomore album. Young’s talents have earned him a nomination as Top New Solo Vocalist for the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards. Visit Chris online at .

Capitol Nashville recording artist, Eric Church recently released his widely praised sophomore effort Carolina. The album debuted at #4 on the country charts and yielded the Top 10 single “Love Your Love the Most” and the current single,“Hell on the Heart,” which is Top 20 and climbing. Rolling Stone praised the album’s “surging guitars bolstering good-ol’-boy narratives,” and The New York Times declared, “His music puts rock muscle behind honky-tonk and turns ballads into intimate close-ups.” Carolina follows the breakthrough success of Church’s critically acclaimed first effort Sinners Like Me, which claimed three Top 20 singles and a #1 video. The album earned Church widespread praise from Associated Press, Rolling Stone, People Magazine and The New York Times.

Capitol Records Nashville singer/songwriter Luke Bryan’s sophomore album, Doin’ My Thing, landed at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and #6 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 album chart selling over 57,000 albums in its first week of release, more than doubling the first week sales of his debut album I’ll Stay Me in 2007. Bryan recently celebrated his first #1 song “Do I” which he co-wrote with Lady Antebellum members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. His current single “Rain Is A Good Thing” has become Bryan’s fastest rising single to date, it’s currently inside the Top 30 on the charts and climbing.

Since releasing his debut album, Startin' With Me, RCA Nashville recording artist Jake Owen has celebrated five consecutive Top 15 singles. In the last two years, Owen made his national TV debut on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and has toured non-stop with the biggest names in Country Music. Jake has received nominations for Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, a GRAMMY Award, and was named “Top New Male Vocalist” at the Academy of Country Music Awards this past April. His sophomore album, Easy Does It, hit stores on February 24, 2009.

Warner Bros. Records and GRAMMY nominated Artist James Otto spawned Billboard’s No. 1 Hot Country Song with “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” the lead single off of his debut album, Sunset Man, in 2008. Sunset Man, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, scored three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and remained in the Top 5 Country Albums chart for six weeks after its release in April 2008. Otto won an ACM and CMA Award winner in the Song of the Year category as a co-writer for “In Color” (a track that also earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song). He will release his new single, “Groovy Little Summer Song” to radio on March 8, from his forthcoming new album due from Warner Bros. Records later this year.

Jamey Johnson To Be Honored At Alabama Music Hall Of Fame


Blind Boys of Alabama, Mac McAnally, Mac Davis to receive awards

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – The Alabama Music Hall of Fame Board has announced the selection of seven people to be inducted during the 13th Induction Banquet and Awards Show to be held in the Convention Center in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, March 25, 2010.

David Johnson, executive director of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, said, “We are proud to be returning to Montgomery for this celebrated event honoring our state’s great music achievers and unmatched musical heritage. During this event, the audience will be entertained by some of the most successful and talented Alabamians in the music industry as well as witness seven achievers being awarded with our most prestigious honor – induction into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.”

The inductees and their categories are:

Performing artist/group category
The Blind Boys of Alabama and Eddie Levert, (the lead singer of the O’Jays.)
The Blind Boys of Alabama trace their heritage to 1939 at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega. The Grammy-winning a capella vocalists continue to influence the music world. Just last fall, they released a duets album with several major acts including Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bonnie Raitt and Solomon Burke and others. Clarence Fountain is the only original member still living, but he has retired from the road, while other members carry on the tradition. They went 58 years before winning their first Grammy, but then picked up the award every year between 2002 and 2005. They have been inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame.

Alabama’s Rising Star Award - Singer Jamey Johnson, of Enterprise.
Jamey Johnson, who was born in Enterprise and grew up in Montgomery, has been on a hot streak in recent years. He co-wrote the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music 2007 Song of the Year “Give It Away,” recorded by George Strait. The Grammy-nominated artist won the ACM’s and CMA's Song of the Year for his single “In Color.”

Jerry Wexler Award - Former Muscle Shoals recording artist Mac Davis, of Los Angeles, California.
Mac Davis is a songwriter who found success as a recording artist with Rick Hall as his producer at Fame in Muscle Shoals. Among their hits were “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” “Stop And Smell The Roses,” Texas In My Rear View Mirror" and "Hooked on Music.” In 1974, Davis was named the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year.

Arthur Alexander songwriter’s award - Singer/songwriter Mac McAnally, of Sheffield.
Mac McAnally, a Red Bay native who grew up in Belmont, Mississippi, has won numerous awards for his songwriting. He writes and tours with Jimmy Buffett, whom he also produces. He will know January 31 if he wins a Grammy Award for the best country collaboration with vocals for his duet with Kenny Chesney on “Down The Road.”

Music creator
Dothan songwriter/record producer Buddy Buie and Florence session musician Jerry Carrigan

Entertainment industry
Elba Native, record producer/musician Paul Hornsby

John Herbert Orr Pioneer Award
The late Muscle Shoals musician Terry Thompson and singer/Colbert-Lauderdale County State Senator Bobby Denton.

Governor’s award
B. A. Nugent, of Point Clear.

Music industry award
Integrity, Inc. chief executive officer Michael Coleman, of Mobile.

Sam Phillips innovator’s award
Concert promoter Tony Ruffino, of Birmingham.

Media award
Original MTV veejay Alan Hunter, of Birmingham.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SunnyD and Country Music Songstress Martina Mcbride Encourage moms to share Stories of Children's Shining Moments

SunnyD And Country Music Songstress Martina McBride Encourage Moms To Share Stories Of Their Children’s Shining Moments For The Chance To Win $10,000 And A VIP Trip To Meet Martina At A Performance in Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (March 10, 2010) --- SunnyD partners with Martina McBride – Superstar and Mom – to encourage the shining moments of children in a national marketing campaign. This marks SunnyD’s first music and entertainment partnership. The partnership is a fun and exciting way for SunnyD to connect with Martina’s fans who share an optimistic and youthful outlook with the brand. The campaign includes a national TV, print and retail campaign, national consumer promotion, and concert tour sponsorship.

"SunnyD is delighted to be partnering with Martina McBride for the Time to Shine promotion. This partnership is a great fit as it brings together two enduring, spirited brands that encourage children to achieve their best,” said Mark Ozimek, Assistant Brand Manager for SunnyD. "Martina's music is all about optimism. And since 1964, SunnyD has been bringing out the best in kids."

"Every child has their own unique qualities and interests and as a mom I know how important it is to help nurture those attributes," said Martina. "I love that SunnyD is celebrating and encouraging the spirits of kids nationwide and am honored they asked me to help. I can't think of anything more important to champion than our children's future."

Both Martina and SunnyD believe that every child shines at something and they are celebrating kids’ bright spirits through the “Time to Shine” promotion. Consumers are encouraged to pick up a bottle of SunnyD, go to and share a brief story about how their child shines. The grand prize winner receives $10,000 and a VIP trip to meet Martina at a performance in Nashville! Monthly winners are also chosen to receive gifts which are scholarships and/or other prizes to encourage them to continue achieving excellent results (for example, a soccer player may receive a scholarship to a soccer camp). No one goes home empty handed because each entrant receives a free three-month Martina McBride fan club membership and access to exclusive behind the scenes footage from the SunnyD Shine All Night Tour.

As part of the campaign, Martina is featured in SunnyD television commercials which feature shadows of children celebrating in every day moments. Martina also recorded the “Shine On” jingle for the commercial campaign. In magazines such as People and Better Homes & Gardens, SunnyD print ads feature Martina and drive consumers to to enter the “Time to Shine” promotion.

A new website, featuring video and audio of Martina, was also developed for the “Time to Shine” promotion. Consumers can either enter the contest, or scroll through the numerous entries that are posted on the site.

Fans will also find Martina and the “Time to Shine” promotion featured on select SunnyD bottles and on retail merchandising materials.

SunnyD’s mobile tour, including the brand’s signature VW van, will be visiting select concerts to offer fans fun and interactive experiences. Text to Screen Promotions allow fans to send messages to Martina and enter to win a new ipod fully loaded with Martina McBride music along with other SunnyD prizes. Playing into the party atmosphere of the SHINE ALL NIGHT TOUR, SunnyD will be tossing T-shirts, Beach balls, and distributing other items to the crowd during the concert. Fans receive a free bottle of SunnyD on the way out the door allowing fans to “Shine On” long after the concert experience.

About Martina McBride
One of the most spectacular voices in any genre of music, Martina McBride is a four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and GRAMMY winning recording artist with more than 18 million in album sales and 23 Top 10 singles, including six that hit #1.

The breadth of her talents - as recording artist, producer, songwriter, and concert entertainer - has made her an in-demand performer and personality, appearing on such high-profile programs as VH1 Divas (singing with Jordin Sparks), Dancing with the Stars, the Today Show's "Today Throws a Wedding," American Idol, The Bachelorette, Private Sessions, a 20/20 special, and much more.

Celebrated for her beauty and sense of fashion, as well as her everywoman perspective in life and music, Martina is a wife and mother of three who has been featured on the covers of publications like Redbook and Shape.

Among her hits are such anthemic and empowering songs as "Independence Day," "This One's for the Girls," "Anyway" and "Ride," all of which have underscored her incredible popularity as one of music's preeminent female vocalists. Her latest album is the chart-topping Shine, which includes her beautiful current single, "I Just Call You Mine."

About the Sunny Delight Beverages Co.

Sunny Delight Beverages Co., based in Cincinnati, OH, is a leading producer of juice-based drinks in North America and Western Europe. The company is dedicated to helping Moms improve the vitality of their families by creating and marketing more wholesome beverages. Privately held, the company's brands include SunnyD citrus punch, Elations, FruitSimple fruit smoothies, Fruit F2O flavored waters, VeryFine 100% juices and juice drinks, and Bossa Nova "superfruit" beverages.

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Friday, March 05, 2010

"Cowboy" Jack Clement Marks Milestone With Apples's iTunes

"Cowboy" Jack Clement Marks Milestone With Apple's iTunes And Johnny Cash
"Guess Things Happen That Way" Is Site's 10 BILLIONTH Download

Nashville, TN (March 4, 2010) -- Legendary songwriter "Cowboy" Jack Clement celebrated yet another milestone on February 26 when Apple's iTunes store announced their 10 billionth download: Guess Things Happen That Way, a song penned by Clement and sung by Johnny Cash.
When Cash's hit was released in the 1950s, Clement was launching his musical adventure at Sun Records, a career that would grow to encompass songwriting, arranging, recording and producing - and flourish for nearly six decades. A "jack of all trades," Cowboy continues to be active on the musical scene, currently hosting the Cowboy Jack Show on Sirius Satellite Radio's Outlaw Country Channel 63, XM 13 which airs on Saturdays (2-6 p.m. ET) and Sundays (6 - 10 p.m. ET), writing songs and philosophizing. Upcoming projects include the development of a television series and preparations for a live event to benefit the National Health Care for the Homeless Council with The Old Crow Medicine Show, Marley's Ghost and special guests at Nashville's historic Belcourt Theatre on April 29.

A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jack has written hits for countless stars of multiple genres. Among the songs he's most famous for are: Ballad of a Teenage Queen, I Know One, Got Leavin' on Her Mind, Just A Girl I Used to Know, Let's All Help the Cowboy Sing the Blues and Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog. A visionary producer who helped launch the careers of Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride and George Jones, Clement has produced Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison, Townes Van Zandt, Carl Perkins and U2.

Fans can see photos from the legendary Cowboy Arms Hotel & Recording Spa, read Jack's unique philosophies and songwriting tips, hear audio clips and enjoy videos. You can also sign up for the Cowboy Jack Clement monthly email newsletter at
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The Grascals Release New CD "The Famous Lefty Flynn's"

Celebrated Bluegrass Group The Grascals Release
The Famous Lefty Flynn’s March 30th on Rounder Records

Band to Tour with Hank Williams Jr.’s Rowdy Friends Tour in April

NASHVILLE, TN - The Grascals, one of bluegrass music’s most highly awarded and acclaimed bands, will release their brand new CD, The Famous Lefty Flynn’s, on Rounder Records March 30, just a few days before the band hits the road as a part of Hank Williams Jr.’s Rowdy Friends Tour, an opportunity that will showcase bluegrass music to tens of thousands of music fans. As a guest on the CD, Williams also joins the band for a quintessential country/bluegrass version of “I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome,” written by his dad, Hank Williams, and the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe.

Known for their seamless harmonies, soaring trios and stellar instrumental talents, The Grascals rose to critical acclaim in 2005 when they won Emerging Artist of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. This was only the beginning as they catapulted to the top of their genre, being named 2006 and 2007 Entertainers of the Year the following two years. The Boston Globe said, “DJs rhapsodize about The Grascals as though they were the second coming of Bill Monroe. The hype machine is at full throttle, but the Grascals justify every scrap of it… astonishing instrumentalists.”

This Grammy nominated, Dove nominated group takes another stride forward on this, their 4th album. Vocally, the trio of Terry Eldredge, Jamie Johnson and Terry Smith are tighter than ever, cutting loose on driving solo vocals and soaring trios with equal fire and passion.

The Grascals have never sounded sharper as an instrumental unit, with mandolin ace Danny Roberts, fiddler Jeremy Abshire and new banjo player Kristin Scott Benson leading the charge. As a result, The Famous Lefty Flynn’s features cutting-edge modern bluegrass delivered with a deep knowledge of and admiration for the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned two of their previous releases, The Grascals (2005) and Long List of Heartaches (2006) Grammy® nominations for Best Bluegrass Album.

The Famous Lefty Flynn’s kicks off with start-to-finish three-part harmonies featured in a rousing cover of “Last Train to Clarksville.” The energy doesn’t let up as Terry Eldredge takes the lead in the infectious, fast-paced “Son of a Sawmill Man” – a straight-ahead bluegrass tune with room for solos by Kristin Scott Benson (banjo), Danny Roberts (mandolin), and Jeremy Abshire (fiddle). The ballad “Satan and Grandma” follows, a powerful testimony to the strength of a righteous grandmother conveyed with perfect emotion by Jamie Johnson.

The life-affirming “Everytime” features Terry Eldridge, and reminds us of new possibilities and adventures that could be just ahead. Like an old-time folk song, “Out Comes the Sun” paints a mysterious, foreboding picture of a lover. Terry Eldredge, with the help of a bass interlude by Terry Smith, sets just the right chilling mood with this one. The instrumental “Blue Rock Slide” keeps that old-time bluegrass spirit front and center – in a more upbeat way – with solos and instrumental interplay in abundance.

The title track, written by Jamie Johnson and Morry Trent, is a story song, an outlaw’s tale, delivered convincingly by Terry Eldridge. Another Grascals original, “My Baby’s Waiting on the Other Side” (Johnson, Smith, Roberts) with Jamie Johnson singing lead, is a barn-burner, fueled by precise three-part harmony and solos on fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin. Steve Earle’s “My Old Friend the Blues” follows with its easy-going irony. The bluesy spirit continues with the two Terrys joining Jamie for the choruses of the wistful but sprightly “Up This Hill and Down.” To close out the album, Jamie Johnson sings lead in the uplifting “Give Me Jesus.”

Song Titles from The Famous Lefty Flynn’s
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1. Last Train to Clarksville 2:58
2. Son of a Sawmill Man 2:33
3. Satan and Grandma 3:34
4. Everytime 2:32
5. Out Comes the Sun 3:09
6. Blue Rock Slide 4:17
7. The Famous Lefty Flynn’s 2:52
8. My Baby’s Waiting on the Other Side 2:37
9. My Old Friend the Blues 2:20
10. Up This Hill and Down 2:41
11. I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome - with Hank Williams Jr. 2:54
12. Give Me Jesus 2:46

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Chelsea Field Wraps Up First Country Radio Seminar Experience

Chelsea Field Wraps Up First Country Radio Seminar Experience, Announces Debut Single

(Nashville, TN – March 4, 2010) Moxy Records recording artist Chelsea Field has wrapped up her first Country Radio Seminar and will release her debut single, “Things I Should’ve Said,” in the coming weeks to Country radio.

Field attended CRS 2010 in Nashville last week (Feb. 24-26), where she spent several days doing interviews, networking and preparing for the release of her first single, “Things I Should’ve Said.” She also helped to close out this year’s CRS with a performance at Digital Rodeo’s “Guilty Pleasures” show on Friday night alongside acts like Emily West, Love & Theft, Mark Wills, Steve Azar, Julie Roberts, Buddy Jewell, Mallary Hope, Bomshel and Laura Bell Bundy.

“The whole CRS experience for me was just amazing,” says Field. “There is so much you can learn about the Country radio business at CRS, and the timing of it couldn’t have been better for me, personally. We got feedback from so many people at the seminar, and I know it’s going to help us when we release ‘Things I Should’ve Said’ in the coming weeks.”

Award-winning songwriter and producer Trey Bruce (Trace Adkins, Chris Ledoux, Rebecca Lynn Howard) produced Field’s debut album and single. In February, Field became the first artist to sign with new Nashville-based independent label, Moxy Records.

A video is currently being planned for “Things I Should’ve Said.” Field’s debut album is scheduled for release in summer 2010.

For more information about Chelsea Field, visit

Moxy Records recording artist Chelsea Field (r) poses with fellow Country newcomer Laura Bell Bundy after the Digital Rodeo “Guilty Pleasures” show. The event closed out CRS 2010 in downtown Nashville on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. Photo: Randi Radcliff

Thursday, March 04, 2010

The Country Music Hall OF Fame AND Museum Presents Sunday In The Country




Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban Among the Artists Featured in New CD Collection Benefiting Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

Nashville, TN – Themes of family and faith run deep in country music, as evidenced by the explosion of inspiring hits topping the mainstream radio and sales charts.

New Haven Records in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will release the CD Sunday in the Country: 12 Inspiring Hits From Today’s Top Country Artists this month. The project is set for a March launch at Christian retail through Provident-Integrity Distribution, and will be released to mainstream outlets through SONY Distribution.

The landmark new release includes a virtual “Who’s Who” of Grammy, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music award-winning artists. Artists featured include Trace Adkins, Alabama, Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Tracy Lawrence, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Steve Wariner and Lee Ann Womack.

Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records, comments, “For more than 20 years, our company has focused on the uniquely American genres of country, southern gospel, and black gospel music. Sunday in the Country, the third project in our outstanding partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, has the potential to be our most successful release in the series.”

“Inspirational songs have always had an important place in the country music canon,” adds Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Director Kyle Young. “The songs that comprise Sunday in the Country uphold this rich tradition, offering hope, fellowship, solace and gratitude. New Haven Records has been releasing meaningful country and gospel recordings for two decades, and we’re pleased to be partners with them on this project.”

Joining successful collections such as Three Wooden Crosses, Amazing Grace, Country’s Salute to Gospel and Songs for Worship—Country, this newest, unparalleled compilation of today’s favorite inspirational country songs represents the top-voted selections in a survey sent to hundreds of country radio programmers. The list was then reviewed by historians at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum who developed the final artist/track selection for the project in association with New Haven Records President, Ken Harding.

The twelve tracks presented in Sunday in the Country are songs that have individually sold millions of units—they are songs that have become modern country-gospel classics and touched the lives of countless listeners with the message of faith.

Executive producers for the album are Ken Harding, LeAnn Bennett and the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The package includes photos and extensive liner notes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization.

Sunday in the Country will be the subject of a major media/promotional campaign in both the mainstream and Christian retail markets.

Track listing:

Long Black Train
Josh Turner

I Believe
Diamond Rio

But for the Grace of God
Keith Urban

Martina McBride

Drugs or Jesus
Tim McGraw

Muddy Water
Trace Adkins

Go Rest High on That Mountain
Vince Gill

Holes in the Floor of Heaven
Steve Wariner

Up to Him
Tracy Lawrence

Angels Among Us

Get Up in Jesus’ Name
Lee Ann Womack

I Found Jesus on the Jailhouse Floor
George Strait

About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at or by calling (615) 416-2001.

About New Haven Records
Founded in 1990 by veteran label executive Ken Harding, New Haven Records is an independently owned Nashville-based music corporation that includes label, publishing, and film companies focusing on the uniquely American genres of Country, Gospel, and Black Gospel. Today, over twenty years later, New Haven continues to produce and promote life transforming music and artistry with integrity and excellence. Resource online:

Media Contacts:

For New Haven Records:
Jackie Monaghan
Morningstar PR
(615) 646-5990—Direct

For country media/radio opportunities:
Kirt Webster
Webster PR
(615) 777-6995

Monday, March 01, 2010

Gatlin Borothers Raid Fox News and Fox Business Channels This Week with National Appearances


Nashville, TN – March 1, 2010 - The national television bookings for Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers continue to roll in as the boys from Texas sweep the Fox News and Fox Business Channels this week with appearances on Hannity, Imus in the Morning and America’s Nightly Scoreboard.

This Tuesday evening, Larry stops by the Fox Studios for several panel discussions including a reserved seat on Sean Hannity’s Great American Panel and Dave Asman’s America’s Nightly Scoreboard. Brothers Rudy and Steve join Larry Wednesday morning for a chat with legendary talk radio host Don Imus and will later burn up the set with a performance from the country music trio.

The GRAMMY Award winning brothers have returned to the country music scene with the recent release of their first country album in 17 years, Pilgrimage.


Fox News Channel – Hannity
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 9 PM EST

Fox Business Channel – America’s Nightly Scoreboard – Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 7 PM EST

Fox Business Channel – Imus in the Morning – Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 6 AM EST

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Rural Rhythm To ReIssue Two Rediscovered Treasures on March 23, 2010

Rural Rhythm to Issue Two Rediscovered Treasures on March 23, 2010
Reno & Smiley with Special Guests Carter and Ralph Stanley “Bluegrass 1963”Mac Wiseman with special guest, Lester Flatt & Chubby Wise “Bluegrass 1971”

Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce the upcoming March 23, 2010 album releases of two first generation bluegrass legends: “BLUEGRASS 1963” by Reno & Smiley with special guests Carter and Ralph Stanley, and “BLUEGRASS 1971” by Mac Wiseman with special guest, Lester Flatt & Chubby Wise. These are the first two album projects by a new and exciting joint venture between Rural Rhythm Records and Ronnie Reno. These historic albums will be available for purchase wherever bluegrass music is sold including; Walmart, Amazon, Borders, iTunes, Rhapsody, e-music, County Sales, Music Shed, plus the Rural Rhythm website.

Produced by Ronnie Reno, “BLUEGRASS 1963,”, is a welcomed treasure for those lucky enough to have seen and heard Reno & Smiley perform on their legendary “Top O’ the Morning” daily TV show in Roanoke, Virginia during the early 1960’s. This 18 song collection features their long time sideman, The Tennessee Cut-Ups, Mac Magaha on fiddle, John Palmer on bass, guitarist Steve Chapman, plus a young Ronnie Reno on mandolin. There are fine renditions of their classics like “I Know You’re Married,” “I’m the Talk of the Town,” “Love Please Come Home,” “I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could,” and “I’m Using My Bible for a Roadmap.”

Also featured on the album are guest spots from none other than The Stanley Brothers (Ralph and Carter) performing the classic “In the Pines,” “Nine Pound Hammer,” and Ralph joining Don Reno for a twin banjo workout on “Home Sweet Home.” A special album highlight is the four-part harmony performance of “Over in the Gloryland” with Ralph & Carter Stanley joined by Reno & Smiley and their full band. ‘As I look back some 47 years ago when we recorded this, I can’t help but think of my feelings on the music we were playing. I was 16, playing mandolin in a great band on TV and recording hit records. I guess I thought all bands sounded and played like Reno & Smiley. Little did I know I was playing in one of the greatest bluegrass bands of all time.” said album producer, Ronnie Reno.

“BLUEGRASS 1971,” features Mac Wiseman with special guests Lester Flatt & Chubby Wise. Mac Wiseman has been a very important part of the Country and Bluegrass music scene for many decades recording a tremendous amount of successful albums that have contained a long list of big hits in both genres. Towards the end of 1970, Mac Wiseman and Lester Flatt talked about teaming up for an album that would re-create the mood and spirit of the late 1940s. Lester had split acrimoniously from Earl Scruggs, so Lester and Mac began touring and recording together. During this period, their albums were musically and commercially successful including their album, “Lester ‘N Mac” reaching #42 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart.

This star-studded bluegrass album was recorded in 1971 at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance in Kentucky during this historic collaborative period between the two. “BLUEGRASS 1971” gives us a historic treat as these bluegrass legends perform three classic songs together with Lester’s Nashville Grass Band, which included Paul Warren, Josh Graves, Roland White, Haskel McCormick and Johnny Johnson, special guest, Howdy Forrester, and nine classic songs performed with Mac and his band, The Shenandoah Valley Cut-Ups that included: Billy Edwards, Hershel Sizemore, John Palmer, Tater Tate, with special guest Chubby Wise. Another highlight includes a fiery three fiddle instrumental version of the classic tune, “Liberty,” with Tater Tate, Joe Greene and Chubby Wise.

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