Tough as it may be to pin a definition on “Americana,” Willie Nelson is its godfather. He’s spent the past six decades blending traditions from all across the spectrum of American music with results that are rich, complex and an absolute joy to hear. Almost every song in his catalog could be fodder for an extensive essay, from early classics like “Hello Walls” — a song that’s as R&B as it is country, and is simultaneously one of the funniest and most heartbreaking songs ever written about loneliness — to the title track from his 2014 LP Band of Brothers, a waltz with a snarling rock edge about making a living in today’s music industry. All three times Nelson has played Nashville in the past two years — including a stop at Third Man for a star-studded taping of CMT Crossroads to celebrate his 80th birthday — he was at the top of his game, as genteel host and leader of a hot band that borrows as much from Memphis soul and Chicago blues as it does from Bakersfield country. Just make sure you’re ready to sing along when he asks you to; otherwise, it’s as awkward as yuppies asking if you’re holding. STEPHEN TRAGESER
– Nashville Scene
Blake Shelton has continued his historic run atop the charts, this time bringing a friend along for the ride.
Shelton’s duet with Warner Bros. Records label mate and close friend Ashley Monroe hit No. 1 this week on both the Billboard and Mediabase country charts. It’s Shelton’s 14th consecutive chart-topper in both polls, a genre record in the monitored airplay era and Monroe’s first No. 1. Shelton now has 19 total No. 1 hits to date.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable to have my 19th # 1 song and 14th in a row — I’m blown away,” said Shelton. “But what I’m most excited about with this particular song is that it’s the launch of Ashley Monroe’s solo career and she’s so talented and deserves this opportunity. That’s really the highlight of this one for me is to see her finally getting the credit she’s deserved for a long time.”
“Thanks to Blake from the bottom of my heart for inviting me to be a part of this special song,” said Monroe. “It’s so incredible to see my name aside his at the #1 spot on the charts. Since I was a little girl it’s been my dream to be a part of country radio and this is truly a dream come true for me.”
The Academy of Country Music Awards-nominated song is the second No. 1 single from his new album BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE for “The Voice” coach, Country Music Association Awards Entertainer of the Year and reigning five-time Male Vocalist of the Year. Shelton started the eighth season of “The Voice” earlier this month with popular coach pursuing Team Blake’s fifth win.
Shelton is also preparing to co-host the 50th ACM Awards with Luke Bryan at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas where he is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year. The performer will play a selection of major festival dates through this summer.
– Posted by TawnyTucker CMTT
Bob Ryan and Heather will be tearing up the stage once again with her killer French band and awesome steel player Mr Lionel Wendling.
Heather admits that she is already starting to get the butterflies from all the excitment! Old West Country Concerts welcome’s Heather Myles in Concert on the 28th of March 2015.
Also appearing on the night is Craig Morrison from Australia.
Forgive me Father, but I am not overly fond of winter and sometimes wonder why You made it. I need warm weather to do the things I love: gardening…biking…fishing. Even my prayers are better, offered under a starry, summer sky. In winter, You take away my toys and send me to my room, like I am being punished.
And yet, Lord I can see Your wisdom in winter. It’s kind of Sabbath, isn’t i? You force me to slow down so that I will last longer. In summer I work and play so hard that my joints are throbbing by October, and my skin is leathery from the hot sun. But by spring, my joints are flexible and my face is smooth. In the summer my brain gets lazy from disuse, but in the wintertime I rediscover books and conversation.
I hate to admit it, Lord but winter can be useful. The cold air forces me indoors where I can enjoy cozy fellowship with my family, around the fireplace. The white snow reminds me of Your grace, which cleanses me of my sins. Your stars are glorious on a cold, December night, and the darkest time of the year is the perfect time for a huge party, like Christmas.
And so, Lord, reluctantly, grudgingly, I thank You for winter. But please, God couldn’t you make it just a little bit shorter? …….Daniel
Author : DANIAL SCHANTZ