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Who Passed On Alan’s ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’

Remember Who Passed On ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’

Country beach king Kenny Chesney also passed on the song, wanting to not do so much beachy stuff anymore

Alan Jackson scored one of the biggest hits of his entire career when he recorded “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” with Jimmy Buffett in 2003, but he was not the artist the songwriters had in mind when they wrote the song. In fact, the song didn’t come to him until several other artists had passed on it. Jim “Moose” Brown and Don Rollins co-wrote “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” and Rollins tells the Boot that their original demo was “very island-ly,” framed by acoustic guitars and punctuated by steel drums. “It was definitely that ‘Margaritaville’ feel.”

The song was inspired by an old phrase Rollins used to hear from a colleague when he was a band teacher, and Brown signed on immediately when he floated the idea. They wrote the song quickly, Rollins recalls, and the name-check of Jimmy Buffett was there from the beginning, long before Buffett became involved in the recording. “It was me being sarcastic, poking a little fun at the ‘What would Jesus do?’ bumper stickers,” Rollins relates. “It happened to be exactly the right thing for that situation.

That was the way they brought Buffett into the song, it turned out to be the thing to make the song work for that situation.”

Brown and Rollins had intended the song for a newly signed artist named Colt Prather. Brown was playing piano on an album he was cutting for Sony at the time, and the label had specifically requested beach-y material with a Buffett vibe, but they passed on “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” immediately after it was completed and pitched.

Country beach king Kenny Chesney also passed on the song. “I think they wanted to not do so much beachy stuff anymore,” Brown revealed in an interview in 2010. “If we had gotten it to him three years earlier, he probably would have jumped on it, but the timing wasn’t right.”

When the songwriters got the word that Jackson had placed the song on hold, they were initially surprised. “The idea that someone as country as Alan Jackson might be interested in that song never even occurred to me,” Rollins admits. “Then I got wind that he was wanting to do a duet with Buffett, and it made a little bit more sense at that point.”

Released on June 2, 2003, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” ended up topping Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart for eight weeks, and it crossed over to the mainstream Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 17. The song went on to win a CMA Award for Vocal Event of the Year.

– TasteOfCountry

Classic Country Singer Freddie Hart, Dead at 91

Freddie Hart, Classic Country Singer and Songwriter, Dead at 91

Freddie won the Country Music Association Song of the Year award in 1971 and 1972

Freddie Hart, who rose to national stardom on the heels of the classic “Easy Loving,” passed away Saturday morning (Oct. 27) in Burbank, Calif. His publicist, Scott Wikle, confirmed his death on Hart’s Facebook page. He was 91.

Born Frederick Segrest on December 21, 1926 in Loachapoka, Ala., he learned the guitar at age five and quit school at 12. By the age of 15, he was old enough to successfully lie to the United States Marine Corps, and served his country in World War II. After he returned to the States, he moved to Los Angeles, where he taught classes in self-defense at the Los Angeles Police Academy.

Hart’s initial success in the industry came as a tunesmith, crafting songs for Carl Smith (“Loose Talk”), Patsy Cline (“Lovin’ In Vain”) and Porter Wagoner (“Skid Row Joe”).

Hart took a job in the backing band for Lefty Frizzell, and obtained a contract with Capitol as a recording artist, but no hits came from the deal. He fared better during a brief stint with Columbia, charting Top-20 singles with “Chain Gang” and “The Key’s In The Mailbox.” In the mid 1960s he moved to Kapp Records, but success for the better part continued to elude Hart as a recording artist.

In 1969, Hart resigned with Capitol, and soon signed with Buck Owens’ publishing company. Alas, it was with his pen that he made his initial impact for the label, writing Owens’ duet with Susan Raye, “Togetherness.” Hart was in danger of being dropped from the label when an Atlanta disc jockey began playing the B-side of a Hart single, “Easy Loving” — and the rest was history.

The song rapidly began to take flight, hitting the top of the Country Songs chart, and No. 17 on the Hot 100. The tune won Song of the Year from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, as well as a Grammy Award. Other hits followed, “My Hang-Up Is You,” “Trip To Heaven” and ‘Bless Your Heart” among his other chart-toppers.

He remained a radio presence into the 1980s, with 1981’s “You Were There” being his final Top-40 hit, registering a No. 38 peak.

Hart continued to tour and record, with much of his later years spent focusing on gospel music. He had just finished a new record, God Bless You, which will be released soon on Nashville America Records, and was produced by David Frizzell.

The entertainer was one to diversify his earnings over the years, not totally relying on record sales. He owned a songwriting company, a school for the blind, a trucking company, and a chain of martial arts studios, where he got a chance to indulge his love of karate.

Freddie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ginger and sons Freddie Jr., Andy, Joe and Victor. Funeral arrangements are pending.

 – Billboard by Chuck Dauphin

Dillon Carmichael Keeps it Classic in New Video

Dillon Carmichael Keeps it Classic in New Video for ‘What Would Hank Do’

Shooting it straight. Dillon Carmichael would make Hank Williams proud with his new track “What Would Hank Do.”

The single’s minimal chords get a dramatic left hook from Carmichael’s powerful vocals, which are showcased in the pared down clip, which features Carmichael and a backing musician playing the song in the studio.

“I wrote this song only a couple of weeks before my album was recorded with a couple great songwriters and friends of mine. I was telling them that throughout my whole career, I would ask myself “In this situation, ‘What would Hank do?’ And there it was. We did like writers do and wrote that bad boy!” said Carmichael.

This ‘out with the new, in with the old’ attitude is what influenced the creation of Carmichael’s new Dave Cobb-produced LP Hell on An Angel. Each song is rich with lyrical and vocal power, Williams-style soul and truth. And it wasn’t just one Hank Williams that inspired the song and LP, Carmichael and a team of writers, Jordan Rager and Houston Phillips, told stories and took notes from the influence of Hank Sr and Jr.

Williams’s signature country-rock, straight shooter, don’t-take-no-shit attitude is how he carried country into the modern era and created a legacy that is still influencing young country stars today. His distinguishable drawn singing voice can be heard in Carmichael’s execution of “What Would Hank Do,” giving Williams more credit than just helping Carmichael write his songs from the hereafter.

Check out our exclusive video premiere for “What Would Hank Do” below.

Nashville Hot Chicken That’ll Leave You Feeling Spicy

5 Nashville Hot Chicken Places That’ll Leave You Feeling Spicy

Nashville hot chicken has become more and more popular over the past few years. With that rise in popularity, you may be wondering where to go for the best options. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, these are five hot chicken places you definitely need to check out!

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken: Probably Nashville’s most well-known spot for hot chicken is Hattie B’s – and for a good reason. They have three different locations around town, so no matter where you are, there’s hot chicken to be had. Their spice levels range from “Southern” (no heat) all the way to “Shut the Cluck Up” (burn notice!) and you’ll want to be sure to try their pimento mac and cheese while you’re there too.
112 19th Ave S /

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack: Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack is the OG when it comes to Nashville hot chicken. You can get your chicken plain or go all out and get the XXX Hot – which sounds like it might ACTUALLY burn your taste buds off. If you’re going to Prince’s, make sure you have a little bit of time because everything on their menu is made to order – but it’s totally worth the wait!
123 Ewing Dr. /

Party Fowl: If you want a lil party with your hot chicken, Party Fowl is the place to go! From hot chicken tacos and nachos to hot chicken poutine, Party Fowl has just about everything you could want. You can finish your meal off with their bourbon glazed beignets or go for one of their famous boozy slushies – either way, you can’t go wrong!
719 8th Ave S /

Pepperfire Hot Chicken: Whether you want your chicken southernfied with no heat or you want to go all out with the XX Hot, Pepperfire has something for everyone. You can go classic with just a hot chicken platter OR you can get hot chicken and waffles.
1000 Gallatin Ave. Suite C /

Scoreboard Smokehouse Bar & Grill: Scoreboard has quite a few different things to offer, but they’re probably most known for their hot chicken – they were even featured on Food Network’s “Heat Seekers.” Their heat level ranges from sissy to Hiroshima (which sounds like it maybe be too hot for even the bravest of hot chicken lovers) and they have several different ways you can eat your hot chicken as well. Whether you want a hot chicken salad or hot chicken and waffles, Scoreboard has it for ya! 2408 Music Valley Dr /

AE Presents Gold Disc Awards to Top Charted Artists

AirplayExpress Recently Awarded Gold Disc Awards To Qualifying Artists in the Country Music Genre 2018 

More of the prestigious Gold Disc Awards have been awarded to artists who have recently broken into the Top 5 positions of the AirplayExpress Country/Gospel Top 20/40 International download charts.

Billy Mac, Jackson Nickels, Mercy Shine and Rosalind  have all accomplished the task. We at AirplayExpress congratulate them and thank radio and Disc Jockeys worldwide for supporting these artists and in so doing helping them to reach a much sought after Top5 position on the AirplayExpress Charts. Thank you all.

Disc Jockeys and Radio Stations if you are not already doing so, please post your playlists on our AirplayExpress Playlist site, it just helps us to compile our charts. We know many are airing our releases but not all are posting their playlists. We also know that time is a factor so we are just appealing to y’all if you have the time, you can be assured that we will appreciate it very much.

To post your playlist click this link thank you

 – WHISNews21 / AirplayExpress

Jake Owen Gets Rowdy in Down to the Honkytonk

Jake Owen Gets Rowdy in ‘Down to the Honkytonk’ Music Video

There’s nothing like having a good time down on Broadway so Jake Owen decided to raise a ruckus when it came time to film his new music video for “Down To The Honkytonk.” The rowdy video follows the singer as he struts around the honky tonk-filled street in Music City, with fans joining him in some of the city’s most famous venues. Prominent throughout the clip are some of Nashville’s most iconic staples, like a Pedal Tavern, the back alley of Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge and bachelor and bachelorette parties aplenty!

“I love going down to the Honkytonks in Nashville and around the country. It’s all about a place to have beers with friends, a place to listen to good country music and catch up on great stories. The video was so much fun to make and why not have fun, right?” said Owen of the video directed by Justin Clough and Ben Skipworth.

Owen’s release of “Down To The Honkytonk” highlights another catchy tune to hit country radio, following his fastest-rising No.1 to date, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane).” The songs were featured on the singer’s self-titled EP. For the tracks, Owen has teamed up with Joey Moi, who produced some of Owen’s biggest hits, including “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Alone with You” and “Beachin.”

In addition to bringing the party down to Nashville’s Lower Broadway, Owen is busy sharing his hits with fans during the second leg of his Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour. The trek runs through September and October, before wrapping on November 3 in Pensacola, FL. Owen will also soon star in the USA Network’s new show, Real Country, which is on the search for country music’s next breakout star. The Florida native will appear alongside Shania Twain and Travis Tritt when the series debuts this fall.

Garth Brooks Announces Multi-Year Stadium Tour

Garth Brooks Announces Multi-Year Stadium Tour

When Garth Brooks Does Something, He Does It Big

Fresh off his 3 year USA tour Garth already mapped out plans for another major tour


During a press conference on Wednesday morning (10/17) at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the singer revealed his plans to visit approximately 30 stadiums across the U.S., with 10 to 12 stops a year. The first two stops of the tour will take place in St. Louis, Mo., and Glendale, Ariz., though no official details were released.

“I wanted to call it the ‘big ass stadium tour’, but they voted me down on that one,” joked the iconic singer. “This is the most time I’ve ever put into anything … All the logistics of it is a step up for me.”

While specifics weren’t given during the press conference, Brooks did say that the first five dates of the tour would be announced before Christmas (Sounds Like Nashville will update with the dates as they become available). The tour announcement comes just days before Brooks is slated to take the stage for the first-ever concert inside of Notre Dame Stadium, scheduled for Oct. 20. The concert, Brooks revealed, will be part of a television special airing on CBS on December 2 (8:00PM-10:00PM, ET/PT) .

“After the sellout, I thought it could not get any more exciting than this,” said Brooks in a press release. “Then, CBS calls and in an instant, the show becomes bigger. This changes everything.” “We have an amazing history with Garth….we’ve partnered with him at some extraordinary venues: from the enormity of an aircraft carrier, to the intimacy of his one-man show in Las Vegas,” added Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Music, Specials & Live Events. “Now, we are joining forces to bring viewers Garth at his best – a full blown stadium-sized event for television from renowned Notre Dame Stadium. Garth Brooks. Notre Dame. Two icons. One night. It will be a television event to remember.”

The unprecedented show is just one of the major milestones “The Thunder Rolls” singer has accomplished during his superstardom. Brooks is the first artist in history to receive seven Diamond Awards for seven albums selling more than 10 million copies each. More recently, the singer announced plans to release Part III of his five-part Anthology series, which encompasses his vastly accomplished career.

Maddie & Tae look 4 advice in Die From a Broken Heart

Maddie and Tae Look for Advice in ‘Die From a Broken Heart’

I remember when writing this song, it’s about calling your parents & asking for advice

You’re never too old to ask your parents for advice, right? Well, Maddie and Tae are leaning on their folks when it comes to recovering from heartbreak in the duo’s new song, “Die From a Broken Heart.” The song was co-written with Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan during a time when the women were unsure about where their careers were headed.

Their record label had just shut down and both Maddie and Tae were trying to find their place in the country music landscape. “I remember when we wrote this song and it’s obviously about calling your parents and asking for advice. I was scared to call my parents about telling them that the label had shut down and I was scared because you want your parents to think that you’re doing good,” explained Taylor Dye during a recent media day.

“For me, I know if I call my parents and I tell them something that I’m going through they’re going to feel all of that pain with me and I want to save them from that. I wanted to save them from that so the day we wrote that song it kicked me in gear to be like, okay I can call my parents. They may not know what to say but at least they’re going to be there for me.”

Added Maddie Marlow, “When we play it out and I think back to that day and what a rough time that was… Oh my gosh, I wish I could have shown myself we’re going to be sitting in a room with wonderful people talking about this song. How you’ve overcome the trial. I get choked up a little bit when I talk about this song.”

The track is the second taste of new music from  the duo’s upcoming concept album, which follows a story of love, heartache and redemption. Maddie & Tae previewed the project with their first single, “Friends Don’t,” which is currently climbing the charts at country radio.

Girl gang Raped, Stabbed & Head Crushed With Rock

A Young Innocent White Girl kidnapped gang-raped & Murdered

In South Africa By Four Black Men Armed With Knives

The straight-A student Hannah Cornelius, 21 was dragged into bushes and assaulted by several black attackers who then murdered her by crushing her skull with a large rock and stabbing her in the neck.  One of the gang is said to have held a screwdriver to her chest through the open window. The suspects then allegedly drove to a drug dealer’s home to buy drugs and smoked crystal meth.

Hannah the daughter of a  Magistrate was wedged between two of the four men in the back seat of the VW Golf. They then drove out of the upmarket wine producing town of Stellenbosch near Cape Town. Hannah’s body was later found several miles away dumped by the roadside.

The accused: Vernon Witbooi, 33, Geraldo Parsons, 27, Nashville Julius, 29, and Eben Van Nieberk, 28

Hannah had been dragged into bushes at a vineyard and gang-raped by three of the suspects, it is alleged. Her skull was then crushed with a large rock and she was stabbed in the neck, the court heard.

She was described as a “brilliant student” and the daughter of magistrate Willem Cornelius and lawyer wife Anna, 56, who tragically drowned 10 months after her murder.

Hannah was a straight-A student in her second year at Stellenbosch University, studying for a BA in Humanities.

Vernon Witbooi, 33, Geraldo Parsons, 27, Nashville Julius, 29, and Eben Van Nieberk, 28, face a string of charges including murder, kidnap, robbery and rape.

 – From an Article The Sun by By Patrick Knox and Jamie Pyatt 15th October 2018, 9:56 am Updated: 15th October 2018, 3:46 pm

Remember When Alan Jackson Was Just ‘Al’?

Remember When Alan Jackson Was Just ‘Al’?

In 1986, an almost clean-cut Alan Jackson gripped a gold microphone and sang a cover of George Jones’ “He Stopped Lovin’ Her Today” for the live audience and viewers of TNN’s You Can Be a Star.

Keith Stegall the man who would go on to produce and write many of Jackson’s songs — was on stage as a judge for the televised singing competition, which was a precursor to shows like Nashville Star. It was the first time Stegall heard the future star.

Perhaps more entertaining than Jackson’s schoolboy haircut is that the host introduces him only as “Al.” Within three years of this clip, he would release his debut album, Here in the Real World, as Alan Jackson. A few years later, the name ‘Alan’ would become a one-name moniker, much like Garth, Kenny and Shania. Jackson has gone on to one of the biggest careers in country music history — and he’s done it all without compromising the traditional country roots that established his sound in the first place.

With that buttery voice, it’s hard to believe that Al Jackson wouldn’t have been just as successful.

– TasteOfCountry

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