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Is Laura Dodd The Next Classic Country Voice?

It only takes a few notes of Laura Dodd’s singing to recognize that you’re hearing the next classic Country voice. A native of Gadsden, AL, Laura acquired her passion for music early, hearing the a capella voices in the Church of Christ. With that as a foundation, as well as experience with various live ensembles and vocal coaches, Laura has entered the Country market with a spare, unique and highly original sound that blends traditional front-porch Country with Blues, Bluegrass, and even hints of Jazz. Laura has shared stages with the likes of Rascal Flatts, Patty Loveless, Bruce Hornsby, Josh Turner, and Ben Vereen. Her rendition of Sam Gay and Scott and Carolyn Parker’s “WOW” reached 54 on Music Row’s Country Music Breakout chart, without the benefit of a major label promotion. Laura’s most recent release, “Songbird,” stands alone in the market, using only the barest of acoustic guitar or piano-driven arrangements. Laura’s voice harkens back to the great crooners of old. Dodd now performs with her own live band of professional hometown musicians called “Southern Mercy”. Richard Baker- Band Leader,Bass, and Backing Vocals,Josh Thurman-Drums,Percussion,and Backing Vocals,Butch Dixon-Steel Guitar,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro, Johnny Adams-Lead Guitar,Backing Vocals. She has been awarded “2010 New Artist of the Year” at the ICM Awards and was an ICM Awards Top 5 Nominee for “Female Vocalist of 2011” . Laura performed her upcoming single “I Am Pretty” for the ICM Awards Show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and received a standing ovation for her performance.Stay tuned for her 2012 album release. You can hear and see Laura live on her website, www.lauradodd.com, www.digitalcafetour.com’s viral Internet video network,and on www.nashvillebroadcastingnetwork.tv where she hosts a weekly music video show!

This Year Vegas Goes Country Like Never Before

Grab your boots and hat, Vegas is going Country! Four amazing days you won’t experience anywhere else. Non-stop events with country music’s top stars, free concerts, sports events and a one-of-a-kind country music lifestyle event, THE ACM EXPERIENCE! If it’s country, it’s happening in Vegas this weekend.

Yeehaw! Strap on those cowboy boots and get ready for a honky-tonk time, Vegas style!

Vegas is home to several down-home bars, including one by country legend Toby Keith. Named after Toby’s hit single, “I Love This Bar,” this joint at Harrah’s Hotel includes more than 100 pieces of the singer’s memorabilia including signed guitars, platinum records and clothing worn by the man himself. Snuggle in with your sweetie in one of the “Redneck Loveseats” and get ready to kick up your heels with a live band!

After you’ve fueled up, it’s time to tip your hat and take some Western dance classes at Revolver Saloon and Dance Hall at Sante Fe Station and Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, just minutes away from Mandalay Bay on Las Vegas Boulevard. Revolver features rockin’ country music, along with a bit of rock and pop hits mixed in. Stoney’s offers line dancing classes four nights a week, so grab your partner and a couple of beers and get swingin’.

Now that you’ve learned from the best, you’re ready to show off your moves on the Strip. Throw on your sexiest Western wear and head over to Gilley’s at Treasure Island for a thigh-slappin’ good time with bikini bull riding and the sexiest cowgirls this side of Texas. Take a break from shopping in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and head over to PBR Rock Bar and Grill for bites and bee’r, or reserve a table for VIP bottle service for the PBR Rock Bar version of the Las Vegas clubbing experience, Western-style.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Vegas in December, be sure to catch National Finals Rodeo at Thomas & Mack Center – where the best cowboys in the country compete for the national title! Get on the bandwagon and skedaddle to Vegas!

Well where will I be in December, probably nowhere near Vegas, Unless some “LASVEGIAN” really appreciate’s me publishing this article free for a city who has more money than all of us Independent Artists together, sends me airline tickets plus hotel accommodation, then I could be on Vegas soon (lol). Well maybe I should just go and make myself another cup of coffee and carry on working…….oh just ignore this last paragraph it had nothing to do with the main story.(lol, again)

The Daily Guidepost Stops At The Inspiration Station

I love to start my days with reading Daily Guideposts and the Bible. It always reminds me why I am here, and to give glory to Jesus for all he does and the many blessings and people in my life . I am sharing today’s message, as it truly touched me and I hope it will bless & touch you today as you are very welcome here, visiting the Inspiration Station with me, Rhon

 
Article below written by Debbie Macomber for the
DAILY GUIDEPOSTS Sunday March 18 ,2012
 and added to The Inspiration Station By Rhon Scheuerman
 
Colossians 3:23…….
Work willingly at whatever you do,
as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people..
 
I’ve never had a lot of exposure to classical music and I tend to listen to it without much appreciation. But , I read a true story about a composer the other day that made me sit up and take notice. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote each note as though God Himself was scrutinizing every musical bar and phrase. One of his most aclaimed works is “The Passion According to St. Matthew ” , which as been called one of the greatest choral works ever written. Now here’s what really got my attention: The Passion was performed only once while Bach as alive and wasn’t all that well received. Just one performance. ONLY ONE.
 
Then a hundred years later, in 1829, Felix Mendelsohn obtained a copy from his teacher, who allegedly bought the original score from a merchant who was using it to wrap cheese. Mendelsohn’s performnce of the score was met with an appreciation and love that has never ebbed. This story certainly has God’s fingerprints all over it.
 
What struck me particularly in the article, though was this: At the beginning of almost all of his compositions, Bach wrote the abbreviation JJ for the Latin phrase
Jesu juva, which means “Jesus help,” and ended with SDG (Soli Deo Gloria), which is Latin for “To God Alone the Glory.” This is just the reminder I need as I forge ahead in my life. All I do, every word I write, every action I take, everything belongs to God . To Him be the glory, always and forever.
 
Father, to You be the glory in all that I say and do.
 
Debbie Macomber

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