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The Voice with a Heart Mac Wiseman Dies

The Voice with a Heart Mac Wiseman Dies

He was truly loved by his fans his fellow entertainers and people in the music industry

The great Mac Wiseman, known widely as The Voice with a Heart, died this yesterday morning in an Antioch, TN rehab facility. He was 93 years of age, and had been experiencing kidney failure these past few weeks.

One could argue that there was no more distinctive singing voice in the history of bluegrass or country music than Mac’s. Never was it unclear who it was when he was singing, a quality he retained into his old age. Though his singing days were behind him, that signature tone was still evident in his speaking voice right up to the end.

Wiseman’s life in music began with the appearance of bluegrass, working with Molly O’Day before joining Flatt & Scruggs after they had left Bill Monroe. Before long, Mac also did a stint with Monroe, before launching his own career as a headliner. He found great success in his native Virginia on the Old Dominion Barn Dance in Richmond, which he worked for many years.

He recorded dozens of albums during his career, and often enjoyed sharing that he had cut more than 200 songs in his day. Early hits included Jimmy Brown The Newsboy and ‘Tis Sweet To Be Remembered in the late 1950s. A number of memorable compilation projects were made in the ’60s and ’70s with Lester Flatt and The Osborne Brothers. Later in the ’80s Mac toured and recorded with Chubby Wise, and those live shows were like a lesson in bluegrass history.

Mac was famous for arriving in town with no supporting musicians, and assembling a band from whomever was jamming or picking in the vicinity. Everyone knew his music, so he would lead a band full of strangers to the stage with confidence anywhere he went.

He was instrumental in the founding of both the Country Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association, and has received Hall of Fame status from both organizations.

Perhaps the highest honor he can claim is that, despite nearly 70 years in the music business, one never hears a word spoken against Mac Wiseman. He was widely and truly loved by his fans, his fellow entertainers, and people in the music industry alike.

Just prior to his passing, he had accepted an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Glenville State College in West Virginia. No information about services has been announced. We will publish a more detailed career overview in the near future. R.I.P., Mac Wiseman.

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Easton Corbin Kicks Off His 2019 Spring Tour

Easton Corbin Kicks Off 2019 Spring Tour

Easton kicks things off on the West Coast where he will finish out the tour in Florida

Singer-songwriter Easton Corbin will kick off his busy touring schedule in support of his latest single “Somebody’s Gotta Be Country” on Thursday. He will start out by performing on the West Coast with shows in California and Arizona. The tour will then take Corbin all over the United States to play in states like Texas, Florida, Nevada and Illinois. The Florida native will finish out the trek in his home state, making stops in Jupiter, Cocoa Beach, Tampa and Jacksonville in April. Corbin dropped “Somebody’s Gotta Be Country” in January, and it is his first single since the release of his hit “A Girl Like You” in 2017.

Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Can’t Say I Ain’t Country’

Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Can’t Say I Ain’t Country’ Is Ambitious, If Overwhelming

There should be a whiplash warning on Florida Georgia Line’s new Can’t Say I Ain’t Country album. Between the guest artists, sonic variances, skits, emotions and impulses the new project keeps your head on a swivel. So we’ll parse this project, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley’s fourth since debuting with “Cruise” in 2012. Once organized the album becomes (as promised) their most country. It’s arguably their best, but like good whiskey, songs need time to age before being distilled.

Musically three of the album’s first five songs are progressively organic, honest country songs with no filter. Paul Franklin adds steel guitar to “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country,” a song that could have been born in any era. Banjo and mandolin dominate “Simple” and for what it’s worth, you’ll find ganjo on “Talk You Out of It,” the odd duck in this opening chapter. “Speed of Love” is a two-and-a-half minute long twanger with rapid-fire lyrics that’d make Garth Brooks and John Michael Montgomery proud. It’s all good stuff shug.

From there the album adheres to the provocative, cross-genre formula this duo created with Joey Moi a half-decade ago. Florida Georgia Line call in all their contemporary influences, at times recalling the Backstreet Boys (“Told You”) Luke Bryan (“People Are Different”) and Jason Aldean. The country-rocker actually opens with “Can’t Hide Red,” the better of two sister songs to “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” (the other being “Small Town”). Hubbard, Kelley, Rob Hatch, James McNair and Ben Stennis find a new way to package a country boy’s code. “The way we walk, the way we talk / It’s the down-home way we raised / Don’t ever wanna, ain’t ever gonna change / You can’t hide red,” they sing at the chorus. If it’s not a single sometime, it’s a missed opportunity.

Big Machine Records

With four skits Can’t Say I Ain’t Country checks in at 19 tracks, far too many to ensure no single consumer avoids skipping through one or two. This is the nature of variety. However, Florida Georgia Line don’t build albums in the traditional sense. They stack songs and aim those at specific audiences. This explains how Jason Derulo can appear on a sentimental R&B track called “Women” immediately after Hubbard finishes doing his best Big & Rich. And it explains how a tender ballad called “Blessings,” the most biographical song on the album, can follow “Swerve,” a song that warns “Yeah, I’mma two-step up to you with that booty in them pants.” 

It’s whiplash, but whiplash is en vogue if you haven’t noticed. What Florida Georgia Line continue to do better than any other modern country artist is create art for the Twitter and Instagram economy. They’re not your granddad’s brand of country music because they don’t live in your granddad’s society. That is an innovator’s secret.

 – TasteOfCountry

“Love Is A Beautiful Song” Passes Away

Terry Dempsey “Love Is A Beautiful Song” Passes Away

Dempsey a true Renaissance man of the local and international music industry dies

TimesLive reported on Sunday,  that he was “struck by a gyrocopter blade as it apparently made an emergency landing at Vaal Marina, a village on the shoreline of the Vaal Dam, on Sunday morning.” Police are conducting an investigation.

Dempsey’s career spanned more than 50 years and saw him as a professional songwriter, record producer, musician, music publisher, manager, agent, digital artist, film and television producer and painter.

Amongst numerous other achievements, he owned a high-tech music recording studio where he has written and produced many themes for television programmes, including TopsportMillion Dollar GolfThe History of South Africa RugbyCricket, World Cup GolfWorld Cup SoccerThe Blue Train SeriesComradesTwist Grip and Drive Time, as well as the television series The Power of Persuasion and Wings Over Africa.

In 1999 Dempsey produced the feature film Heel Against the Head, for which he wrote the film score and many songs contained in the movie, which made it to number two on the SA box office.

Funeral arrangements will be communicated in the days to come.

Funeral arrangements will be communicated in the days to come.

 – Biz Community News

Best Live Music Venues honky-tonks in Music City

Best Live Music Venues Honky-Tonks in Music City

Songwriter Crystal Chandler live in a songwriter music-round downtown Nashville

Where to find the Best Live Music Venues, bars, honky-tonks and restaurants in Music City and all of middle Tennessee. You won’t find a city with more live music than Nashville. Every place you go in Nashville has the ability to have live music sometime during the day. From pizza places to game rooms and many eating establishments in between all have live music in Nashville.

Open mic nights can be seen and heard in dozens of clubs every evening in Music City.  Entertainer and songwriter Crystal Chandler in picture above and left, playing live in a songwriter music-round for a crowd in downtown Nashville Tennessee.

Every evening as the sun goes down in Nashville there is a music buzz starting in hundreds of clubs and gatherings all around town. There are clubs and rooms just for listening to our local songwriters without the background sounds associated with normal club venues. Hearing the lyrics of a song is important to tell the story and paint the picture in the mind. The Nashville “Listening Room” and the world famous “Bluebird Cafe” are two clubs that respect the songwriters and performers. They will actually escort you out the door for not showing proper respect to our songwriters “no talking during a performance” Nashville takes their music serious.

Jack Blanchard’s Column: Transitions

Jack Blanchard’s Column: Transitions

(Written February 28th, 2015.)

It’s a cool gray rainy day here in Hickory Hollow,
a transitional day, with the remnants of Winter
and early signs of Spring.

Standing under the edge of our carport
I can see almost a mile of tan fields and lines of trees,
until the landscape gets lost in the mist.

The trees and Spanish moss are moving with the breeze,
as are the flags on our street.
These are mostly World War Two people
and that kind of patriotism doesn’t go away,
even though the nation has changed over their lifetime.

I didn’t like Florida for a long time after I landed here.
The palms annoyed me.
They were foreign and reminded me that I wasn’t home;
that this was all temporary and I didn’t belong here.

I could go to almost anywhere up north and not feel like an outsider,
but Florida felt unreal… like a movie.

As I stood just out of the rain today and took in the palms,
the giant oaks in rainy-day colors,
and the Spanish Moss like graceful fringe on a gown,
it occurred to me that I like it.
When did that happen?

I still love Buffalo with it’s four seasons
and the energy in the air,
but it’s mostly the Buffalo in my memory.
The last time we visited there,
I enjoyed it, but I had a sense of being outside looking in.

The world has changed so much
that maybe we all feel a little like strangers at times,
but this subtropical place has sneaked up on me
and it’s started to look right.

Maybe I’m home…
or as close as I’ll ever get.

Jack Blanchard.


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Brooks & Dunn ‘Reboot’ Biggest Hits For Album

Brooks & Dunn ‘Reboot’ Biggest Hits For Duets Album

Luke Combs, Kane Brown and Kacey Musgraves just three of the artists featured on the new duets album

12 years after their last studio album, Brooks & Dunn are gearing up to revisit the hits with their forthcoming collaboration album, Reboot.

Set for release on April 5, the album will feature 12 timeless Brooks & Dunn songs to new arrangements with some of country music’s best rising talent. Lending their voices to the updated songs will be Kacey Musgraves, Jon Pardi, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Midland, Ashley McBryde, Cody Johnson, Brothers Osborne and Tyler Booth.

“This whole experience has been humbling to say the least. What a cool rush to hear somebody do one of your tunes in a unique way, and it still holds up,” said the duo’s Ronnie Dunn in a press release. “That’s the greatest compliment you can get as an artist. People used to ask us all the time about the legacy we wanted to leave, and it’s honestly just that – you hope the music stands up over time. This is the first opportunity we’ve had to run it up a new flagpole…and it really flies.”

“They’re making their own music,” added B&D’s other half, Kix Brooks. “But just like we did, they still remember and respect the music they grew up with. It makes you feel good that these acts were inspired by us in some small way.”

The project was partly inspired by a cover video Luke Combs posted several years back singing the hit “Brand New Man.” After seeing his cover, along with several others, Brooks & Dunn realized it might make for a good excuse to get back in the studio with the best Nashville has to offer.

On Friday, Feb. 8, the duo revealed the first two tracks from Reboot, Luke Combs’ cover of “Brand New Man” and Kane Brown’s cover of “Believe.” Getting into the studio with their biggest inspirations was a milestone moment for both of the rising superstars.

“Brooks & Dunn’s music absolutely had a tremendous impact on me,” said Combs. “To me, they invented that foot stomping, driving sound. And it’s so cool that this has turned into such an awesome album, with artists that actually grew up listening to Brooks & Dunn. Their music was so influential to us that having the chance to come in and bounce ideas off the guys and sing with them in the studio was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“I’ve never really sung in the studio with someone else, especially not with someone whose voice is as good as Ronnie’s,” shared Brown. “For him to be looking at me on the other side of the glass, and both of us singing, it was just awesome. It felt like we just got comfortable around each other, so we were really able to kill it.”

Brooks & Dunn’s new album Reboot will be available beginning April 5. Take a behind-the-scenes look at their time in the studio with Combs and Brown in the videos above.


10 Songs You May Want To Listen To Now

10 Songs You Should Be Listening To Right Now – February 2019

February playlist features songs from country hitmakers Eric Church & Chris Young, plus the debut from Caylee Hammack

At Sounds Like Nashville, we pride ourselves on bringing our readers updates about the latest and greatest songs coming out of Music City. Whether it’s a new single from the biggest superstar or the debut track from a new artist, we hope to bring fans a wide range of what’s hot in country music.

At the top of each month, our staff selects their personal favorite new songs and updates SLN’s ongoing 10 Songs You Should Be Listening To playlist. This month, Sounds Like Nashville has a slew of new tunes from some of Nashville’s best and brightest acts. While our list includes country music hitmakers Eric Church, Toby Keith and Chris Young, the list also features several new acts hoping to cement themselves among the stars. One of those new performers includes the sassy and spirited Caylee Hammack and her debut release “Family Tree.” Caylee isn’t the only female appearing on our February list, as songs from RaeLynn, Maren Morris and Cassadee Pope also landed among the tunes.

Take a listen to this month’s 10 Songs You Should Be Listening To playlist below (in no particular order) and subscribe HERE for monthly updates.

Aaron Watson – “Kiss That Girl Goodbye”

Maren Morris – “Girl”

Chris Young – “Raised On Country”

RaeLynn – “Rowdy”

Toby Keith – “Don’t Let The Old Man In”

George Strait – ” Codigo”

Russell Dickerson – “Every Little Thing”

Caylee Hammack – “Family Tree”

Eric Church – “Some Of It”

Cassadee Pope – “If My Heart Had A Heart”

– Based on SoundsLikeNashville Article

George Strait Plots Release For 30th Studio Album

George Strait to Release 30th Album ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine’

Singer George Strait is ready to release a slew of new music on his 30th studio album

With nearly four decades of music under his belt, George Strait shows no signs of slowing down as the singer has announced a brand-new album. Comprised of 13 songs, Honky Tonk Time Machine marks the legendary singer’s 30th release.

The project is filled with original songs written by the Texas native himself, alongside his longtime collaborators Dean Dillon, Bubba Strait and Jeff Hyde. Honky Tonk Time Machine also holds two special collaborations: one with Strait and fellow icon Willie Nelson and another with Strait’s grandson Harvey.

Fans can get their hands on Honky Tonk Time Machine, featuring Strait’s latest single “Código,” beginning Friday, March 29. “I’m really excited to have some new music coming out,” shares Strait. “It’s been about two years since I’ve released a record.

It was great writing with Bubba and Dean again and creating such a beautiful song with Bubba and Jeff Hyde. Also, it was a very special thing for me to be able to write and sing one with the legend Willie Nelson. I hope everyone enjoys listening to Honky Tonk Time Machine as much as I enjoyed making it.”

Honky Tonk Time Machine track listing:

1. “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
2. “Two More Wishes”
Written by Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon
3. “Some Nights”
Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Phillip White
4. “God and Country Music” (with Harvey Strait)
Written by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna
5. “Blue Water”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
6. “Sometimes Love”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
7. “Código”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
8. “Old Violin”
Written by Johnny Paycheck
9. “Take Me Away”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
10. “The Weight of the Badge”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
11. “Honky Tonk Time Machine”
Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Bart Butler
12. “What Goes Up”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Jeff Hyde
13. “Sing One with Willie” (featuring Willie Nelson)
Written by George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bubba Strait and Buddy Cannon

Robert Earl Keen Inducted Into Texas Cowboy HOF

Robert Earl Keen Inducted Into The Texas Cowboy Hall Of Fame

Joining Willie Nelson, George Strait, and more in the Lone Star State institution

Congratulation to Robert Earl Keen, who was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame recently. Robert Earl Keen now joins Willie Nelson, George Strait, Lyle Lovett and many more Legends in the Lone Star State institution.

Singer, songwriter, and entertainer Robert Earl Keen has recorded 19 albums and performed thousands of shows, first as a folk singer and now as a country star. He is an avid reader who majored in English at Texas A&M University. His first album was No Kinda Dancer (1984) and most recent is Live Dinner Reunion (2016). His work ranges from country to bluegrass to rock. His songs have been recorded by artists including: George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Joe Ely, Montgomery Gentry, Dixie Chicks, The Highwaymen, Gillian Welch, Todd Snider and Shawn Colvin.

In 2012, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame along with his college friend, Lyle Lovett and the late Townes Van Zandt. In March 2015, BMI honored him as the first recipient of the Troubadour Award. Keen is currently on tour performing shows in 2019 with George Strait, and Lyle Lovett, and will embark on his annual Christmas tour in December. Keen’s signature song is “The Road Goes On Forever.”

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