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Tri-Son New biggest Little News Sheet In Country Music (Since 1963) • March 2012 Issue
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Award-winning Country Music star Gary Morris will debut his second single this year, Another You”, off his latest CD March 9 (7:00pm) at the Country Music Hall Fame and Museum in Nashville. This follows his much-lauded performance at The Grand Old Opry last month, where he shared “If You Were Mine,” the first single, with his fans. Gary has begun rolling out his new album by releasing a newly written song every month, available on iTunes and CD Baby, with the complete CD available at the close of 2012. The sound on the album is pared down, with Gary’s incomparable voice and the acoustic guitar – a sound described as pure, open and airy. Of his album, Morris said it’s a personal and romantic one. “It will resonate with my fans, no matter what stage of life or love they’re in. There’s been a great deal of turmoil and emotion in the last year or so of my life, and that often gets me to bring out the old pen and paper. Not all love songs work, but I hope this works for somebody.” Morris has also announced a partnership with the Breedlove Guitar Company. These are the guitars he takes into the studio, on stage, and to songwriting sessions. “A Breedlove guitar is like a great song, get out of the way and it almost plays itself. In my career, I’ve played many great guitars, but none matched me like the Breedlove.” Guitars can be purchased online or in Nashville at Two Old Hippies.
 
Carrie Underwood’s new single, “Good Girl,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Country Songs chart with sales of 108,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Just three short days after release, it ranked as the top selling song. “Good Girl”, the lead single from her forthcoming album, was written by Carrie, Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley, and produced by Mark Bright, is available at all digital providers.
 
News Briefs: Miranda Lambert brings her On Fire tour to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena May 19. Special Guests are Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann. ••• Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Steve Holy, Easton Corbin, Hunter Hayes, Wade Bowen and The Farm will appear at Country Thunder 2012, Twin Lakes, WI, July 19-22! ••• Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock will appear as headliners of the 2012 BamaJam in Enterprise, AL this summer. The annual event will take place June 14th, and tickets offer a special three-day $99.00 price, available for a very limited time only. ••• Victoria Shaw, Keb’ Mo’, Desmond Child and more will perform at The Red Rooster in downtown Nashville on March 24 (7 P.M.). Proceeds from the auction and show benefit Abintra Montessori School/Abintra.org.
 
The Academy of Country Music is hosting two days of free concerts at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas March 30-31, during The Week Vegas Goes Country leading up to the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. These concerts will be hosted by Blair Garner, host of After MidNite with Blair Garner. Performing on the 30th: Headliner-Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery and Love and Theft. On the 31st: headliner-Eric Church, Laura Bell Bundy, Craig Campbell, Eli Young Band, and Jana Kramer.
A new museum in Music City dedicated to the life and music career of the late Johnny Cash will feature 18,000 square feet of memorabilia, interactive exhibits and a 250-seat auditorium, organizers of the new Johnny Cash Museum announced recently in their formal unveiling of its permanent home. The museum, located in a former upholstery store on Third Avenue South, will open this summer, said founder Bill Miller, a lifelong friend of Cash. Miller estimates it will cost him and other unnamed private investors behind the effort an estimated $7 million. Miller, along with three generations of the Cash family that included son, John Carter Cash, brother Tommy and granddaughter, Chelsea, announced the plans at a midday news conference last month in Nashville.
 
Country artists are stepping up to support the fight against autism March 13, at the Nashville benefit concert Autism Speaks Presents Autism Sings! Ty Herndon, Bucky Covington, Bo Bice, Carter’s Chord and Mockingbird Sun will each perform acoustic sets at the event, as will 13-year-old Katie Chance, who was diagnosed on the autism spectrum when she was two years old. An accomplished singer and performer, Chance also serves as the Junior Ambassador for Autism Speaks Tennessee Community. CMT Top 20 Countdown host Evan Farmer will emcee the event, which benefits research efforts at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Autism Research. “Autism Sings!” Show 6p.m. -10 p.m. in the upstairs room at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Nashville. Minimum $5 donation at the door. Advance tickets are available: Kathy Streng at (615) 238-1625.
 
The Country Vibe music interview show, hosted by Chuck Long and Becca Walls, is now airing on RFD’s new Rural Television Channel (Dish Network, Channel 232). “The Country Vibe is about getting fans closer to the stars, both the superstars and the ones who are up-and-coming,” Becca says. Chuck believes the crew brings passion and energy to each segment. “You can’t fake passion. The artists pick up on it and so do the fans. We have so much fun but we also work incredibly hard to turn out our best show every week.” Brian Seeliger, the show’s Executive Producer, points out, “The show is all things country, where we dig a little deeper to give more inside information from the artists. Country music fans will enjoy the fresh hip format that brings them closer to their favorite stars. In addition to interviews, news with Becca’s Country Snippets and video segments, the 30-minute show features many fun and entertaining artist driven games including 5 on the Vibe, where artists answer left-of-center questions; Discovery Cool, which features up-and-coming artists who are on the brink of stardom; and Direct Line, which has the stars answering questions from their fans.
 
News Briefs: Mark April 2 on your calendar for An Evening With… Dolly, then be sure to stop by your nearest Cracker Barrel Old Country Store location to pick up your copy of this first-ever Cracker Barrel exclusive two-disc DVD and CD set retailing for only $11.99. The DVD and CD transport you to a front row seat in London as Dolly performs some of her most popular songs Coat of Many Colors,” “9 to 5,” and “Jolene,” live in front of a sold-out O2 Arena concert. ••• Average Joes Entertainment’s Colt Ford will kick off the first leg of his 2012 Declaration of Independence Tour beginning, April 6 in Albany, GA. Label mates The Lacs, JB and the Moonshine Band, Rehab and Lenny Cooper will open for Ford on the 20-city tour wrapping in Belvin, AR on June 9. ••• CMA Songwriters Series will return to the venue where it all began, New York City’s Joe’s Pub, on March 22 (6:30 and 9:00 PM/ET). This will be the eighth year for the popular series that continues to play to sellout crowds. Participating songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Jim Photoglo, and Victoria Shaw. Bob DiPiero will serve as host for the evening. ••• Billy Ray Cyrus plans to release his memoir, Hillbilly Heart (Amazon publishing) in hardcover and ebook formats in the Spring 2013. “This is my chance to set the record straight,” said Cyrus. “I realized that over the years that there have been untruths and misconceptions about me, my music, my life, my family and our dreams. I’m going to lay out the facts starting from August 25th, 1961 and work my way to the present, even if it stings a little.” Cyrus will reportedly open up about the life-changing success of his first album, the toll that fame has taken on his personal life and family and the challenges of parenting his superstar daughter Miley Cyrus. ••• Mercury Nashville artist Easton Corbin has released his new single, ”Lovin’ You Is Fun” written by Bob DiPiro and Jim Beavers. The song will be available exclusively at iTunes on March 13. ••• Mercury Nashville artist Easton Corbin has released his new single, ”Lovin’ You Is Fun” written by Bob DiPiro and Jim Beavers. The song will be available exclusively at iTunes March 13. ••• The Country Music Association will reveal the three 2012 Inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a private event on March 6 at 9:30AM/CT. Watch this live announcement online at www.livestream.com/CMA.
 
Hank Williams Jr.’s Taking Back The Country tour kicked off March 3 in St. Augustine, FL with 16 date announced and more to be added. Jamey Johnson, Chris Young, Josh Thompson, George Thorogood and 38 Special will join him on select dates. Curb Records will release Best of Hank Williams Jr, a retrospective collection of signature hits on March 27. The package will feature 22 of Hank Jr.’s best songs that span decades of his high octane music making career, including Family Tradition, A Country Boy Can Survive, All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin’ Over Tonight, and Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound.
 
Grammy Award winning music artist, Brad Davis, will be touring Performing Arts Centers this Fall and again in Spring of 2013 in support of his new album Iron Giant. Nicknamed “The Shredder” for his industry wide reputation as a guitar master, Brad has worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Earl Scruggs, David Lee Roth, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yokam, Tommy Shaw, Travis Tritt, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Steve Earl, Billy Bob Thornton and more. Davis is also a member of the Boxmasters, the critically acclaimed band led by Billy Bob Thornton. Davis recently produced Tommy Shaw’s solo record and Thornton’s, “Beautiful Door. In addition he has written songs for Tim McGraw, Jo-El Sonnier, Tony Trischka, Shaw, and Thornton. While spending 11 years touring and playing with Marty Stuart, Brad quickly became one of the most sought after studio musicians in Nashville. Now a full time member of The Boxmasters featuring Billy Bob Thornton and a solo project of his own Davis hits the road to bring his unique “shredding” style to PACs around the country. Media Requests: PLA Media, 615.327.0100.
 
Neal McCoy celebrates the release of his new album, XII March 6, as GAC’s Fan Focus Artist of the Month for March. XII, produced by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Brent Rowan, is McCoy’s first album in five years. Early widespread media coverage and reviews surrounding the long-awaited release includes an exclusive live performance on Yahoo! Music Ram Country’s,Music with a View,” an intimate interview on GAC’s “On the Streets,” a spread in Country Weekly, People Country, Entertainment Weekly, Dallas Morning News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, American Songwriter, Nashville Music Guide’s March Cover Story, and more. McCoy will be in New York during street week conducting satellite radio and television tours.
 
Having first made inroads with his debut album Turned Her On To Country, Clovis, NM based newcomer Will Banister performed at the International Festival Country of Music at London’s Wembley Arena, Feb. 26, presenting a six song that brought the crowd to its feet and ensured that he would not leave the stage without an encore. Word from the UK is that Bannister will follow in the footsteps of Dolly Parton, Don Williams and Boxcar Willie, all of whom launched their successful British careers after similar rapturous festival debuts.
 
EVENTS Calendar 2012:
 
• Mar 23-24 – Heart of Texas Country Music Assn. Celebration, Brady, TX
• Mar 30-31 – Heart of Texas Country Music Assn. Celebration, Brady, TX
• Apr. 1 – ACM Awards, Las Vegas, NV
• Apr. 26 – 29 – MerleFest 25, Wilkesboro, NC
• June 7-10 – CMA Music Festival – Nashville, TN
• July 13-15 – Craven Country Jamboree – Craven, Sask, Canada
• July 20-29 – Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY
• Sept. 12-15 – Americana Music Assn. Fest & Conference, Nashville, TN
 
Events and more are listed on our LINKS page! www.ifco.org/

Without A Hit For Awhile Kathy Mattea Stays True

Kathy Mattea could be taking the easy way out these days and just rest on her considerable laurels: After all, she hasn’t been on the charts – let alone have a hit – since 2000 when the cute BFDhit the lower depths of the charts.

Mattea was one of those singers who did not quite fit in as she aged. The albums may have kept coming, but the hits didn’t, and soon she was on her own label-wise. A lot of folks in her shoes would have then opted to play the casinos, where there’s a lot of money to be made for musicians, play the hits and move on.

Mattea apparently decided she’s not going to travel that road. Her career resuscitated with the 2008 release of “Coal,” a disc focused on the coal industry. Mattea, 53, is from West Virginia. Some in her family even worked in the coal mines but that was not really part and parcel of Mattea’s knowledge base since that was before she was born.

But with the help of the songs on “Coal,” Mattea educated herself about the past and drew closer to her home state. She garnered deservedly excellent reviews for “Coal” and has toured behind it since, including an excellent show Saturday in Cambridge, Mass.

Let’s hope that there is some more genie magic in the bottle because she is recording another album due out this summer. Mattea, who continues to have a wonderful smoky alto, played a few songs from it at the show – Calling Me Home by Alice Gerrard and Jean Ritchie’s West Virginia Mine Disaster. It sounds like Mattea is going to continue exploring her native state.

Mattea deserves a major shout out for doing what she wants and doing it her way. In a story in the Boston Globe over the weekend, Mattea talked on just that. She said – without knocking her – that she could have gone the Reba McEntire route, but that wasn’t her thing.

If Mattea continues making music as excellent as “Coal,” we will all benefit. Thank you Kathy Mattea for having the wherewithal and inner strength to continue pursuing your muse.

Article written by Jeffrey Remz supplied by Country Standard Time

Fans Can Own Lady Antebellum For One Night Only

Fans can own Lady A for one night at high school prom: High schools can own the night of Lady Antebellum at their prom because the band will give a private concert to one school at prom this spring. The trio is asking fans to submit videos beginning today explaining why their prom should receive this special concert with Lady A. The winner will be announced on March 20 and will receive a concert at their prom, two meet and greets with the band and free admission to the concert for all prom guests.

Dancin’ Away With My Heart“is one of those nostalgic songs that takes you back to a certain place or moment in time,” said Lady A’s Dave Haywood. “The lyrics paint a pretty clear picture…you can picture the disco ball and remember back the last slow dance! We wanted to make someone’s prom extra special this year…we may even dress up. You just never know…” The band will chose the winner based on creativity, originality and hometown pride. Participants should check the official rulesand to submit a video entry.

Dancin’ Away With My Heart is the current single off Lady A’s “Own the Night.” The album has already spawned two number one hits Just A Kiss andWe Owned The Night. Fans can catch the tour this weekend in New Orleans tonight and Columbus, Ga. on March 3.

Article supplied by Country Standard Time

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