Misty shouted, “Jack, come here right now and listen to this!”
It was the sound of water rushing against the back of her bathroom wall.
We thought the hot water heater had burst,
so I ran out to the shed. Nothing. Silence.
Nick, our neighbor came over and thought it was a burst water pipe
behind a wall with no access, meaning the wall would have to be torn out.
I said, “I’ll have to get a plumber”, and Misty started filling water jugs.
Then I went out and shut the water off.
The wall still kept roaring! That can’t be!
I started moving things out of the bathroom closet
to see if there was a trapdoor or something.
The roaring water STOPPED!
It was Misty’s electric toothbrush spinning against the hollow board wall!
We all swear it sounded like water shooting out of a broken pipe.
After a moment of silent relief we all broke out laughing.
A BUG ROMANCE.
It’s Spring and we have wasps here. Some are bigger than I am.
Wasps like nooks and crannies.
They prefer nooks, but will settle for a cranny.
I came outside and was going to get into the car
and noticed two wasps, a large one and another more petite.
The large one, the boy, was looking for nooks on the car door,
trying the cracks around the edges,
and the space at the bottom of the window glass.
He only wanted the very best nook we had to offer.
I took a stick and started blocking him at every turn.
This didn’t make him happy. It made him more determined.
Meanwhile, the girl wasp was hovering patiently a few inches away,
while he was checking in.
He ran and dodged like a quarterback making an end run.
Then he flew about a yard away to get some air,
and to tell his sweetheart not to worry.
I quickly got into the car and slammed the door. Ha!
I forgot where I was planning to go.
I slid over, got out the other side, and escaped into the house.
The next day I came out and found them inside the car,
and still on their honeymoon.
I opened the door wide and waved them out like a hotel door man.
They gave me a dirty look and flew out, still hand in hand.
FROM MARCH 20th, 2014…
Today we woke up to the sound of our new next-door neighbor, Nick, cleaning our roof,
a good three hour job. What nice people! Then our friends Bill & Suzie came over
and hung up the vertical blinds on our double glass door and window. While they
were here a family of friends from our old neighborhood dropped in. They have
moved to this same town. Old home week. Misty and Suzie went and got some
Bo Jangles’ Chicken dinners. We couldn’t ask for a better day, or better friends.
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan…
© Jack Blanchard,© 2007, 2012, 2019
Advertised foods rarely look exactly like the real food they’re selling. The truth is, the delicious-looking culinary concoctions we see in print ads and television commercials would be anything but appetising if they were on your plate.
1: That Milk, is actually Glue.
Cereal quickly soaks in milk and sinks to the bottom. If you want to photograph it, replace the milk with white glue. The cereal will remain on the surface and keep its original form.
2: Pancakes & Breakfast.
A nice big stack of flapjacks can be a thing of beauty. The only problem is those breakfast staples are quite porous – so the syrup just seeps right in. Photographers solve that issue by coating them with a healthy layer of aerosol fabric protector. Maple syrup doesn’t always look great on camera, they might turn to motor oil as a stand-in.
To add height to the flabjacks, cardboard is often used. Using the Cardboard method is a common technique even for spacing between cakes and burgers.
3: Long Lasting Foam.
To take a picture of milk, coffee, or beer, photographers add liquid soap. It creates a stable foam that looks natural and attractive.
Whole Foods Honest commercial.
Through authentic, documentary-style television spots and print and digital advertisements, the campaign carries the theme “Values Matter” to explain where Whole Foods Market’s products come from and the values behind them. The creative focuses on Whole Foods Market’s sustainable seafood standards, animal welfare ratings and our new “Responsibly Grown” ratings program for produce. The TV commercials feature farmers, ranchers and fishermen who supply us with products, along with Whole Foods Market team members.
– Ante Agency.
Full of twangy, distorted guitars, foot-stomping drums and the Mississippi native’s down-and-dirty vocal drawl, the country rock anthem is all about about establishing his “county-line cred” – so don’t bother arguing over who’s “rednecker” than who. Hardy’s pretty much guaranteed to win.
“I’ve killed catfish with shotguns,” he says with a wry laugh, speaking with Sounds Like Nashville while hopping airports on a promotional tour of radio stations. “We used to trap wild hogs and take ‘em up to this guy who would keep ‘em to train his dogs with, and I’ve got the arm band that gets you into the county fair in my hometown tattooed on my wrist. There are so many things …”
Hardy – the stage name of singer-songwriter Michael Hardy – got his start as a Music Row tunesmith, honing his tightly-coiled brand of backwoods badassery with platinum-certified No.1s like Morgan Wallen’s “Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line (he can even been seen in the beginning of Wallen’s “Up Down” video) and FGL’s “Simple.” But with “Rednecker” and two new EPs – This Ole Boy and Where to Find Me – he’s forging his own path.
“It’s where I came from and the language I know to speak,” he says about of single’s middle-of-nowhere grit. “I feel like that, more than any other way of writing, is what I know to do the best. I’ve never gotten heavy into writing love songs, and the truest thing I can say is what I come from. I’m from the country. I’m just a good ole boy.”
“Rednecker” was written a little over a year ago with Jordan Schmidt and Andy Albert while the buddies were visiting Colorado. One of them, he’s not sure who, said “I’m rednecker than you,” and all three busted out laughing. That’s where the song got its start.
“We were in Colorado, so you can take a guess [about why we were laughing] from that,” he says. “It’s always this thing like ‘Is that a song? You think we can pull that off?’ So we walked upstairs and wrote the whole song. It started off just being funny, but we also knew it was good.”
A few weeks later the trio met up in Schmidt’s studio and fleshed out the song’s hard-driving sound, and the rest is history. “It just took on this cool vibe like ‘Man, this is funny, and it’s tough. But I bet it can appeal to a lot of people,’” Hardy says.
“My town’s smaller than your town, and I got a bigger buck and bass on my wall,” goes the chorus. “I’ve got a little more kick in my drawl, y’all, I’ve got a little more spit in my chaw.”
Soon enough Hardy signed a record deal with Big Loud Records and “Rednecker” became his first radio single. He’s been taking it out on the road with Wallen’s If I Know Me Tour – playing to rowdy, sold-out crowds all across the country – and Hardy says one thing’s for sure. He finds proud rednecks everywhere he goes.
“I’m not gonna lie, I think there might be just as many rednecks – if not more – up north than there are in the south,” he admits. “One time I drove from Buffalo, New York, to Albany, and I had no idea it was like Texas. There are signs on the road saying ‘Next gas station 40 miles.’ There’s a whole lot of nothing up there.”
Hardy’s certainly drawing attention with his own tunes, but he’s also still collaborating with his superstar pals. He’s featured as an artist and a co-writer on Florida Georgia Line’s “Y’all Boys” from their new album Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, and says part of the reason they work so well together is the duo’s willingness to stand out from the crowd
“I’m all about just really going for it, and being fearless about what you’re going to say,” he says about his songwriting approach. “Weird lines will always stand out over time, but I feel like country has gotten away from being ‘not safe,’ and I just don’t understand why somebody wouldn’t want to go for it and say something cool. There’s a lane that’s wide open for that.”
With more tracks like “Rednecker” on his This Ole Boy and Where to Find Me EPs – which are out now – Hardy will do his best to keep filling that lane. Fans can check him out on Florida Georgia Line’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour this summer.
Raymond Greenberg has been inducted into the Independent Superstars “Disc Jockey” Hall of Fame. Frans Maritz (Wildhorse Entertainment) signed the official certificate placing Raymond into this prestigious organization located in South Africa. Raymond has the distinct honor of being inducted into the IDSS Hall of Fame for his life-time contribution to the Independent Music Industry as a Disk Jockey.
“ I am humbled and honored by the award, I was totally surprised when mine arrived, thank you, en baie dankie….” Raymond Greenberg
Raymond Greenberg is a South African song writer, singer, radio presenter and was a manager for various South African artists. Of his works recorded by other artists, including songs like the Boererap , Platberg is nie Plat Nie, and Drome van Mense. Raymond owns an Internet radio station called “Uitsaaines”. Raymond has been in the music industry most of his life and for the past 20 years been a successful radio announcer for various radio stations in South Africa. He is also credited for having created the first Afrikaans Internet radio station in Africa, namely Uitsaaines. During the years he has done a lot for upcoming artists and is a firm believer in independent music artists and producers. He says “The commercialized recording companies of today feeds the public with utter rubbish that boosts sales, and that is all the general public hears and believe to be good music, but there are numerous independent artists out there with real music and art in them, that never gets any opportunity, or airtime, and therefore unknown to the majority of the public, and those are the guys and gals that should be heard” Ray is living on the East Coast of South Africa today, with his wife, as he calls it, on his dune by the sea.
Country music royalty will take the stage at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards as George Strait is slated to perform. The King of Country is one of a round of can’t miss performances scheduled for Country Music’s Party of the Year. In addition to Strait’s live performance, artists including Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton will all take the stage. More performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
This year’s ACM Awards is already scheduled to be one of the best yet. The Academy will present Jason Aldean with the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award. The “Girl Like You” singer will also perform live on the show. Tickets for the 2019 ACM Awards are available at axs.com. For more information about the big show and all ACM events, including ACM Party for A Cause, visit acmcountry.com. Hosted by Reba McEntire, this year’s ACM Awards will air live on CBS from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena April 7.
Some of country’s biggest hitmakers are outraged and taking a stand against Spotify and Amazon Music. Songwriters like Ross Copperman, busbee, Chris Destefano and more are speaking out about controversy which impacts all your favorite country tunes
The fight surrounds the newly approved Music Modernization Act, a bill which was signed into law in October of 2018. Because the previous law was written long before digital technology existed, it sought to increase payments to songwriters from digital streaming services like Spotify and Amazon.
Fees were set to rise from a paltry .003 cents per play to the still-tiny rate of .004 cents per play – but that was apparently too much for Spotify and Amazon. Last week the tech giants (along with Pandora and Google, but notably without Apple music) filed an appeal to prevent the rate hike, a move the National Music Publishers Association saysis effectively like “suing songwriters.”
As you can imagine, the songwriters are not happy. It’s a years-long fight which most assumed they had already won. And now they’re asking fans to help out by canceling subscriptions to Spotify and Amazon.
Busbee, the producer and writer behind hits by Maren Morris (“My Church,” “’80s Mercedes”), Keith Urban (“The Fighter”) and more, summed up the feelings of many of his colleagues. Posting on Instagram, he wrote simply “This is maddening. It’s time to battle again, sadly. Here we go.”
Likewise, Chris DeStefano – the Grammy winner whose credits include Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break,” Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up” and more – expressed his disbelief at the move. “I’m beyond disappointed in Amazon and Spotify for continuing their efforts in destroying the record business and the career of songwriting,” he wrote. “Just making music more easily accessible does NOT mean it will be sustainable. They have destroyed our mechanical royalties and record sales. This will not stand. We must fight with everything and all resources possible.”
Tunesmiths from every genre have joined in the call, hoping to pressure the streaming services into withdrawing their appeal. But in the meantime, country songwriter/producer Ross Copperman (Dierks Bentley’s “Woman, Amen,” Kenny Chesney’s “Get Along” and more) may have best captured the mood of many in Nashville. All he had to say about the situation was “Bye.”
ACM nominated trio Runaway June offer an empowering, can-do message in the video for “Buy My Own Drinks.” The feisty clip highlights each band members’ self-made spirit and how all three are unique. Using adorable flashbacks to their childhood, three pint-sized actresses wait for no one to chase their dreams. Lead singer Naomi Cooke was a musical junkie, busking on street corners. Vocalist/guitarist Jennifer Wayne loved animals and sets up shop grooming dogs. And vocalist/mandolin player Hannah Mulholland couldn’t get enough of her paint brush. “The ‘Little Junes’ were the perfect way to capture that carefree feeling of returning to your inner child and getting a little wild,” said Cooke in a press release.”In doing that we can find true liberation.”
It all comes together in the upbeat track’s chorus, set up as a barroom kiss-off but actually telling a smiling story of self reliance. “I can buy my own drinks / I can pay my own tab / And at the end of the night, when they cut on the lights / I can call my own cab,” the Junes croon. “Buy My Own Drinks” appears on Runaway June’s self-titled 2018 EP. The trio are nominated for New Duo or Group of the Year at the April 7 ACM Awards. And they’ll support Carrie Underwood on her Cry Pretty Tour 360 starting in May.
The highly anticipated 17th season of ABC’s American Idol made its big debut on March 3, and it seems that the only people more excited than the viewers are judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie, and host Ryan Seacrest.
They grow them big in Florien, Louisiana, and it seems that they might grow them talented, too. It was hard not to be intimidated by 26-year-old Tyler Mitchell’s 6’4” frame, but whenever as he sang Vince Gill’s tender ballad, “Whenever You Come Around,” he seemed less imposing or more like a gentle giant. Although he admitted he hadn’t performed much before because of fear, his performance was solid enough to earn the humble country boy a shot in Hollywood.
Not everyone went through, but unlike the early seasons of the shows when those rougher auditions became fodder for the internet, most of those who didn’t make it through to Hollywood weren’t shown.
Leave it to a Texas girl to whip out some hardcore country, which is what Laci Kaye Booth did. Hailing from Livingston, Texas, the 23-year-old sang “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard, but it was her Tammy Wynette-esque tone that won the judges over. “I think you’re the first voice we’ve heard that is really a diamond in the rough,” Katy told the beauty. “I don’t know if you believe that about yourself, but you really have something different.” Luke continued, “You have a timbre in your voice that we didn’t seen from any girl in your lane last year. I think you are very, very close to being a world class.” Lionel also had some sound advice for the young lady: “If you understand how to hone in on your thing and don’t get psyched out by everybody else’s thing, you’re going to be OK.”
In his introductory package, we learned that 25-year-old Nick Townsend was one of four children in his very close Nebraska family. However, in a relatively short amount of both his older and younger brothers committed suicide. As heartbreaking as his story was for anyone to hear, it hit Luke the hardest. The country superstar’s brother passed away before Luke had originally planned to move to Nashville, and his sister died unexpectedly after he made his Opry debut. “The simplicity of how you are able to sell your voice is very understated and nice,” Luke said before also telling him, “I’ve lost both of my siblings and I applaud you.”
It seemed especially poignant that as American Idol was rolling closing credits, they also shared the Suicide Prevention Hotline number.
Auditions for season 17 of American Idol continue on March 6.
Twenty Five years ago the writer of American Heritage, Tony Scherman declared traditional country music dead and done with, asking, “How far from its social origins can an art form grow before it loses meaning?” It is now 2019 and it seems Traditional Country is dead on the Terrestrial FM/AM air waves and now only lives on Internet kept alive by an army of Online DJ’s. After listening to fans of Traditional Country Music complain for years about the slow disappearance of Traditional Country music, AirplayExpress has decided to try and do something about the situation.
Starting this weekend a dedicated Top 20 chart will be send out which will include only the latest Traditional country songs recorded by Independent Artists who have allowed AirplayExpress to promote them to Radio Worldwide. This new chart has been supported so well by new and current AirplayExpress artists that they can safely say that all 20 entries will be performed by Traditional AirplayExpress artists who care and support the survival and the future of Traditional Country Music. If this will help support or perhaps even save Traditional Country music amongst the Independent Country artists is not known but time will surely tell as the first Chart goes out this weekend. AirplayExpress hopes to send the chart out weekly and if the interest continues to grow the Top 20 will grow to a Top 40.
Ironically enough, critics who focus on how far country music has moved away from what it was when first recorded nearly a century ago are in a real sense simply affirming how remarkably attuned it has remained to its ever-evolving base, yet to day there seems to be no place for Traditional Country in the so called ever evolving musical sound of New Country.
In protest, fed-up neo-traditionalists Alan Jackson and George Strait took center stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards Ceremony in 1999 for a duet be moaning the “murder” of real country music down on Nashville’s “Music Row.” Alan and George tried but music row still ignored the musical protest and still buried the tradition.
AirplayExpress would like to thank the following artists and songwriters for supporting Traditional Country on AirplayExpress : Bobby G Rice, Allen Karl, Donna Cunningham, Keith Bradford, Larry M Clark, Mike Contoni, Luanne Hunt, Barbara Blevins, Steve Hunt, Todd Souhrada, Eddie Cunningham, Tammy Kendrick, Rita Faye, Kent Gill and Terry Crabtree
The forth compilation is almost ready to be sent out which also includes Terry Crabtree plus extra songs by Keith Bradford, Eddie Cunningham and Larry M Clark.
“AirplayExpress would be proud to be called “The Home Of Traditional Country Music’ from this day on forever and ever, but then I know there are more deserving people than me. But then maybe just one of the homes.” Frans Maritz
AirplayExpress will do its best to keep Traditional Country Music alive no matter how small their contribution may seem to be, look or sound.