Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of The Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians? The other three all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the God of scripture, and His personal intervention.
It is the same congress that formed the American Bible Society. Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence , the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.
Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words, ‘Give me liberty or give me death. But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted. Here is what he said: “An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”
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“I moved to Nashville nine years ago,” Dustin, now 27, tells The Boot. “I’m literally a nine-year overnight success. I dreamed of doing music my whole life. Garth Brooks was my hero, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, the whole class of ’89. Garth was always the frontrunner. He was just like a superhero to me growing up. He’s the reason I sing country music and I told him that when I met him. Singing country music, even though I was a little over an hour away in Tullahoma, growing up, it was still a very sacred, untouchable and unfathomable career. I know people who move across the world to come here but an hour drive is long ways, too. It’s been a lifelong dream but now with the success of ‘Cowboys and Angels,’ it’s been life-changing.”
When Dustin Lynch was released shortly after midnight last Tuesday (Aug. 21), the collection stormed the iTunes Country Albums chart and stayed at the top for four days straight. But it’s a safe bet that if he had to buy the album himself, the singer would have gone the more traditional brick-and-mortar route.
“I’m a country music fan first and foremost,” says Dustin. “There’s something I love about going to Wal-Mart or Target, anywhere that sells actual CDs. I love going into stores and buying the actual album because I’m a fan. I live for looking at album artwork and who played on what song, where it was recorded. All that stuff is very important to me.”
Loretta Lynn celebrates her 50th Grand Ole Opry anniversary with a Sept. 25 show with sister Crystal Gayle, plus friends Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins and Pistol Annies, which will be making their Opry debut.
Lynn joined the Opry family on Sept. 25, 1962. “There is no one at the Opry, in country music or on earth quite like Loretta Lynn,” said Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager. “Her influence as a recording artist and songwriter reaches across musical genres, cultures, and generations. She’s earned her place among America’s musical icons, and we look forward to celebrating 50 years of Opry membership with her next month.”
Lynn credits Ernest Tubb and the Wilburn Brothers for her first appearance on the Opry stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium. She sang her debut single I’m A Honky Tonk Girl that night, but says all she can remember about that first performance is tapping her foot. As she exited the building, her husband “Doolittle” was said to have remembered her exclaiming, “I’ve sung on the Grand Ole Opry. I’ve sung on the Grand Ole Opry.”
The latest Nashville Seen hosted by Keith Bradford out of Nashville is now available to view on Wildhorse Entertainment for a few days only starting right now. This week features some of the latest Country video’s from Nashville Tennessee including a special guest performance by Jodie Dilmore an Independent Country SuperStar. Click here Wildhorse Entertainment to view Nashville Seen right now.
Details about this show can be found below:
This Weeks Special Guest – Jodie Dilmore
Plus Videos Listed Below
Herrick – Do You Love Me
Lizzie Sider – Butterfly
Reggie Shaw – Someone I Can’t Live Without
Nashville Seen Run for App. 30 Minutes
You may not realize it, but there are many artists in the music industry who think that all a publicists has to do is make a call to any of the TV networks, major trade magazines, and get them a guest appearance and interviews, even though they do not have a record in the charts, have not had a record in several years, or they are still thinking that they are in the major loop of the music industry. Sorry, but that is not living in the real world. Publicists pride themselves on having access to all media, and a good publicist is only as good as what an artist’s gives him to work with. The indie artists are the ones that I really feel for, because it is a tough assignment to take someone that no one knows, and get those media and radio attention. No one knows but the publicists, the job that they take on with an indie artist, veteran artists whose career is not where it once was, or an artists who is over 40 years old who does not realize that their chances of becoming a superstar are not good, and then are those artists who even though they are older, singing great, looking great, great songwriters, and have vocals as good as any young artists who might be celebrating a record in the radio charts, these artists are still going to have a difficult time being successful. Most of the time it is better to be a regional successful artist then to jump into the deep waters of the country music industry.
I am not trying to discourage veteran artists, older artists, or indie artists from pursuing their dreams, but I want them to realize up front, the job that a publicists is up against to further the career of any artist. Publicists need information to send out, maybe a new single release, a new CD project, special personal appearances, any awards received, etc. A publicists is not a booking agent, he is someone who works for the artists’ benefit to access the media in a specific genre, not just country music, AND THAT IS HIS JOB – IT IS CALLED CAREER GUIDANCE. He helps push the artists who have had hit records, for guest appearances on TV shows, especially talk shows. But the one factor that stands above everything else that a publicist does, is when a new artist signs with a PR company, no CD, no track record, and is totally unknown to the music industry, the artist should know that before he needs a publicist, he needs a record that is getting good airplay that will produce personal appearances, AND THEN HE NEEDS A PUBLICIST, A PUBLICISTS WHO CAN AND WILL HELP HIM.A known publicist is not inexpensive, so get ready to pay the price of getting your name out there to the media and the general public if you are new. If you are a veteran or a new artist who has a successful record being played on radio, or already on the charts, then it is time to find good publicists. Experienced publicists can do wonders for an artist’s ‘career, and the money is normally worth every penny. Then there are those who take the money, give the promises, and nothing happens to enhance the artists’ career. A good publicist has a database built around the entire media of the artist they represent in the field of music the artist is working in.
You cannot and should not sign with a PR firm if you think that all good things are going to happen overnight, because that is not the case. It takes a publicist time to acquaint the media to new artists, or to re-establish a veteran artist or a legend. Time takes its toll on an aging industry, which makes it difficult for veteran artists, because new PR firms many times have younger publicists who do not know who the legend or veteran artist is. Still there are those artists who believe in what they are doing and want as much success as time will allow them, and if the publicists is honest, he will meet with the artists and explain the facts of life of the music industry, so there is no possibility that the artist will come back and say, “You promised me this and that, and it never happened.” Good publicists will lay the cards on the table and make sure the artists know the reality of what the publicists can do and cannot do. I guess we can call that laying down the ground rules between artist and publicist. Just as long as everyone is on the same page, that is the honest way. And a publicist is not someone that you call every hour to find out what is happening in your career. Let the publicists get back to you as he makes headway, or if he is having a tough time moving things forward for you, and then maybe you and the publicists should have a meeting to talk about why things are difficult in getting PR for you. That meeting should never take place after you have a contract for representation with a PR firm, that conversation should take place before you sign.
Remember, the artist must provide all of the news for his publicists to make things happen. If the artist just sits home and waits for the phone to ring to tell him that he is going to make a guest appearance on the David Letterman Show, (we hope that happens), but you shouldn’t hold your breath. Stay in touch with your publicists, give him news of your special personal appearances, benefits you might be involved in, name artists you are on the same show with, and how your record is doing. No artist needs publicists until they have a CD completed for the publicists to listen to. Make sure you have a first-class promotion package for the publicists to review. Have your career in order to make the publicist’s job easier when he presents you to a booking agency, a promoter, a major record label, TV guest appearances, and interviews, etc. And please, please do not record your CD in someone’s basement or apartment thinking the sound is going to be as good as a well-produced recording session here in Nashville where the musicians make their living playing on recording sessions. Yes it costs more money to record in top grade “A” studio’s, who hire only studio musicians who are the best. What I am trying to get across is for an artist not to record in their bathroom with a tape recorder. Do it the right way or do not do it at all.
Stay a big fish in a little pond until you are ready to show your talents to the people that can promote your talents, and then maybe you might be ready to be a big fish in this large pond we call country music. The radio stations of today can hear a home cut session quicker than you can blink your eye, and 90% of the time they will not play any cuts off of your CD. It’s your choice-so make the right choice. There are very few artists who have been successful doing things the cheapest way possible. Find yourself an investor to help you financially. Don’t rob your piggy bank; don’t take money from your children’s college, or DON’T TAKE A SECOND MORTGAGE!!!! Give the publicist something to work with. Publicists cannot promote without having the tools to work with, but even if you give the publicists the tools he needs to work for you, that does not mean that you are going to be another Alan Jackson or Carrie Underwood, it just means that you are serious about your career, and if you do your job to help your career, then possibly you might have a chance of getting noticed in this short area of successful country artists.
Yes publicists can be so important in your career, but do not think that you can just sign with a publicists and the whole world is going to come knocking at your door. If you have perseverance and the passion for the music to have a successful career, then you have climbed a couple of hills instead of mountains, and oh yes, it does not hurt to be financially able to pursue your career. It does take money and I am sure you have heard the stories of artists who have spent enormous amounts of money with no great results. Many come to Nashville with their pockets lined with money and leave with their dreams shattered, and they are broke. Money allows you to present your talents in a first-class way, but does not mean you will be the next superstar. YOU MUST HAVE TALENT. I turn down 3-4 artists a week, because I would be doing more harm to them in signing them, knowing that there is no chance the artist will ever climb the mountain of success that they hoped for. Sometimes these types of artists do not like what I tell them, and they think I am crazy to turn their money down, but in the long run, I know what the right way is.
Please know that there are some great publicists in Nashville, who really know their business and they will want to interview you to see if it is worth your time and their time to work together. Good Luck and if you have talent, then never give up.
A dazzling tribute to Las Vegas extravaganzas, What Happens in Vegas, opens at Carnival City’s Show Bar on Friday 14th September. What Happens in Vegas tells a story that will pay tribute to some of the best known Las Vegas extravaganzas and specialities.
Briefly: The morning after our hero Kurt Herman (Popstars 101) arrives in Las Vegas, he wakes up in his hotel room with no recollection of what happened the night before. He tries to uncover the truth with the help of the Las Vegas Mafia bosses daughters (Tia Herman and Amy Lombard).
Their crazy night down the Las Vegas strip provides the inspiration for What Happens in Las Vegas. Expect hot showgirls, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Elvis Presley combined with great music, spectacular choreography, and performers so talented that they’ll make you believe you are in Vegas. What Happens in Las Vegas runs on Friday and Saturday nights at the Show Bar at Carnival City. Las Vegas is right on your doorstep!
Date: Friday 14 September 2012 – Saturday 26 January 2013
Every Friday and Saturday night
Venue: Show Bar, Carnival City
Tickets: At the door to the Show Bar
East London, South Africa – A man was arrested on Wednesday after being linked to two farm attacks in Brakfontein, outside East London, Eastern Cape police said. The 24-year-old black man was arrested when items stolen during the robberies on Monday and Wednesday were recovered, Captain Stephen Marais said. A search was under way for his accomplice. Two men shot and wounded a 58-year-old white farmer on his farm at about 01:30 on Wednesday morning. They stole four firearms and fled. Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape MPL Bobby Stevenson named the farmer as Gary Rudy, and said he was shot three times.The police said he drove to a neighbour, from where he was taken to hospital. His family had told the police he was having a bullet removed from his lower abdomen, Marais said. Investigations led police to a man appearing in the East London Magistrate’s Court on a housebreaking charge.
He was questioned and arrested when the firearms were found. Police would not disclose where the items were recovered. Six stolen firearms, one of which was used in the attack on Rudy, and laptops, were among the items recovered. Marais said it had been established that some of the items were stolen in an attack on a white woman, who was tied up and robbed at a farm in same area on Monday. The man would appear in the East London Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of attempted murder, robbery, housebreaking, theft and possession of stolen property. Stevenson said Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa had not done enough to respond to the DA’s calls for the establishment of rural safety units.
“We believe that it is imperative that a specialised rural safety division of the [SA Police Service] be established,” he said.
Calling all a cappella groups! Lady Antebellum wants you to be a part of special event with them in Nashville this December. That’s right, your a cappella group could have the chance to be flown to Nashville and perform with Lady Antebellum. Start your vocal warm ups, grab a video camera and get your group together for an a cappella version of any Lady A song. Submit your video and YOUR a cappella group could be performing with Lady Antebellum! Click here for more information!