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Are You Ready For Some Rowdy Country Friends?

Country Icon Proves Again Why He’s A Pop Culture Giant: February 20, 2012 – Fans of Hank Jr. can kick the wintertime blues with the announcement from Curb Records of the March 27 release of a retrospective collection of signature hits from the iconic superstar. The package will feature 22 of Hank Jr.’s best songs that span decades of his high octane music making career, that includes high points such as Family Tradition, A Country Boy Can Survive, All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin’ Over Tonight, and Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound.

In the history of recorded music, perhaps no ‘second generation’ heir to a musical dynasty has surpassed superstar status to become a true American icon as boldly as Hank Williams, Jr. With stacks of gold and platinum lining his walls amid Grammys and Emmys and the reflection of the nearby crowns of Entertainer of the Year resting comfortably on his mantle, Jr. has carved a giant niche in the annals of the record industry. Stepping from the shadows of the greatness of Hank Sr. the current incarnation of family greatness is unique in Hank Jr’s relevance and the amazing influence of his music and image as part of America’s pop culture. He is by any definition a 21st century pop culture force to be reckoned with. Along the way, as witnessed by the new Curb package, Hank Jr.’s music has become rooted as a unique creative barometer consistently reflecting both our nation’s challenges and the resilience of human nature in general—and Hank’s creative finger on the pulse of culture in particular. From the familiar shout of “Are You Ready For Some Football” to the brooding country patriotism of “A Country Boy Can Survive,” Hank is seemingly permanently woven in the midst of America’s daily soundtrack of life–from football, to politics, to his latest reincarnation of the Williams family’s traditional way with a song.

Tracks include:
“Family Tradition”
“Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound”
“Women I’ve Never Had”
“Outlaw Women”
“Old Habits”
“The Blues Man”
“Texas Women”
“Dixie On My Mind”
“All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)”
“A Country Boy Can Survive”
“If Heaven Ain’t A Lot Like Dixie”
“The Conversation”
“All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight”
“Country State Of Mind”
“Born To Boogie”
“If The South Woulda Won”
“There’s A Tear In My Beer” (with Hank Williams)
“Red, White, & Pink-Slip Blues”
“Bartender Song (Sittin’ At The Bar)” (with Rehab)
“All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming For Monday Night Football”

Whether old or new friend or fan of Hank’s, the March 27 release from Curb offer a singular reminder across the span of all 22 tracks: Now in a sixth decade of making music, Hank’s totally ‘done it his way’.

Is 18 Year Old Rachel Holder Up To The Challenge ?

In a town full of attractive Country stars, it takes a lot for a young female singer to stand out and catch the attention of Nashville’s music industry crowd. Eighteen -year-old Rachel Holder is up to the challenge.

“I’ve already learned that it takes more than a few good songs to make it in Nashville,” says Holder. “These days, I don’t think that there’s any one formula for success, necessarily, but I know you have to have faith in yourself, passion for the music and a serious will to succeed. And great songs!” she emphasizes.

Though still in her teens, Rachel’s talent as an artist matured fairly quickly. As a child performer, Rachel split time between attending school in Chattanooga and performing theater shows in Pigeon Forge, one of Tennessee’s most popular tourist destinations. By the time she was old enough to drive, she had added more than 800 Broadway-style shows to her resume, often performing two or three shows a day to packed houses. With the experience she gained on the small stages of Pigeon Forge, the teen singer-songwriter decided it was time to make the jump to the big stages of Music City. With a new single out and a debut album in the works, Rachel is poised to be a star in Country music, and perhaps beyond.

If there’s one thing that Rachel Holder conveys almost immediately in person, it’s her unflappable sense of confidence. She was simply born to be a performer, and it shows. One story in particular illustrates that point, and her demeanor, perfectly.

When she was only 15, Rachel attended an intimate Vince Gill concert in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with her parents. In between songs, the aspiring singer raised her hand and boldly (yet politely) asked to join the superstar on stage to sing a duet. Vince, surprised and somewhat amused, agreed, and only moments later the two were bringing down the house with a version of “Oklahoma Swing.” (Search for it on YouTube and see for yourself). Then there’s the story of Rachel successfully booking herself to sing the national anthem at a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game at only 14-years-old. Rachel Holder is, in a word, fearless.

Of course, Rachel’s debut single, “Chocolate,” proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that this engaging young lady has a thirst for originality and a creative streak a mile wide. “Chocolate” is pure pop-Country brilliance, but it also belies Rachel’s intensity and seriousness as a true artist. Look no further than her a cappella version of the Roy Orbison classic, “Crying,” – sung in Spanish, no less – to understand the depth of her talent (also on YouTube). However, it was Rachel who wisely recognized the light-hearted appeal of a song like “Chocolate” to release as her first single.

“I chose that song because I could really relate to the lyrics, and I think that a lot of other women will, too,” she laughs. “I’m excited about the way the song has come together, and I really think that the video for it is such a unique concept that people will definitely stop and take notice,” she continues.

Working with renowned Nashville industry veterans such as acclaimed producer and publisher Chuck Howard, film and television producers Marvin Baker and Ann Gillis and songwriter Bill Luther, Holder has set herself up for success. Naturally, in Rachel’s mind, failure is not an option.

Still only 18-years-old, this blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty has come a long way from the stages of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, but the path she’s on in Music City should take Rachel Holder much, much further.

All Aboard! Destination…Rhon’s Inspiration Station

Start your day on a high note
I hope you will take a few minutes each week and visit with me
Dear Readers….. found the information below very inspiring, and uplifting hope you do too!!!!!!!

I hope you will take a few minutes each week and visit with me ! 

INSPIRATION goes hand in hand with FAITH 

***** FAITH IS *****

….. Drawing from the knowledge that when I weep, God weeps with me.
…..Trusting that God is doing His work, in me when I feel inwardly cold, hollow, lifeless, deserted, and I long for reassuring feelings.
….. The handle by which I take God’s promises and apply them to my particular problems.
…..Confidence in God when money is running out, not rolling in.
…..Feel inspiration and know that it is coming from God.
…..Chose to follow a dream by giving it over to God.
…..Confidence that God is acting for my highest good
when he answers “NO” to my prayers.
…..Staying inspired on a project when it is not going well, but
trusting in God he will bring it all together at HIS timing
not mine.
I have always felt our loving God has a “sense of humor” and
felt others would enjoy the below:
To make it possible for everyone to attend church next Sunday, we are going to have a special “No Excuse Sunday” 
Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say “Sunday is my only day to sleep in”. There will ber a special section with lounge chairs for those who feel that our peers are too hard. Eyedrops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV late Saturday night. We will have steel helmets for those who say, “The roof would cave in if I ever came to church”. Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold and fans for those who say it is too hot. Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list who will be in attendance for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner, too. We will supply blanket on the lawn after service with picnic lunch. We will distribute “Stamp Out Stewardship” buttons for those who feel that the church is always asking for money. One section will be devoted to trees and grass who like to seek God in nature. Doctors and nurses will be in attendance for those who plan to be sick on Sunday. The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who never have seen the church without them. We will provide hearing aids for those who can’t hear the preacher and cotton for those who can.
Now my question to you readers is:
GOD has given you lots to be thankful for and YOU can achieve what you want…pray and believe… Life is beautiful, look for the sun, not the clouds ! ….Rhon

 My times are in thy hand…Psalm 31:15

Please come back , each week you will find inspirational messages here….. God is faithful! Rhon
Please leave your valued comments !

Pistol Annies Reach Gold Stutus 500,000 downloads

The Pistol Annies’ “Hell on Heels” and David Nail’s “Let It Rain” have reached gold status in February, signifying 500,000 digital downloads. The Pistol Annies (a trio of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angeleena Presley) released their single on RCA Nashville in June. Nail’s “Let It Rain” was issued by MCA Nashville in November. As previously announced, Chris Young’s “You” and “Voices” also reached gold status this month, while Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s “You and Tequila” earned platinum.

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