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‘Nashville’ Star Clare Bowen Announces Debut Record

‘Nashville’ Star Clare Bowen Announces Debut Record

Clare Bowen sets release date and headlining tour for much-anticipated debut record

Nashville-based Australian singer-songwriter Clare Bowen has announced her debut self-titled record, slated for release on July 12th. Affectionately remembered by many as Scarlett O’Connor from Nashville, this marks Bowen’s first and much-anticipated full album release. Produced and partially co-written by Josh Kaufman (Bob Weir, The National, The Hold Steady), Clare Bowen will include songs penned by husband Brandon Robert Young, as well as household and award-winning songwriters including Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Camilia Cabello), Wyatt Durrette (Zac Brown Band), Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift) and Lori McKenna (Tim McGraw, Little Big Town).

The album is said to be true to Bowen’s life— one that has seen numerous struggles, such as the doctor-presumed deadly cancer diagnosis at 4-years-old, frequent panic attacks growing up, and her brother Timothy beating cancer in 2015. With this project, the 35-year-old shows what triumph over tragedy looks like– all in the form of very personal songs that come from a place of vulnerability.

One highlight on the upcoming release is the gut-wrenching ballad “Warrior.”

“I grew up in a children’s hospital. A ways into writing the album, I realized I’d never written a song about the children that I lived with, most of whom didn’t get to grow up because we were in a terminal ward,” shares Bowen about the song’s inspiration. “One of us passed away every single day. I watched a lot of children fight through hardships that no person should ever have to endure, and yet they were so incredibly brave. No matter what your troubles are, I want the ones who are still here to know they are not alone, and the ones that had to go on the next adventure early, that they will never, ever be forgotten.” Album opener, “Let It Rain,” a victorious anthem about life’s hardships and liberation from fear, drops May 23, with the album available for pre-order the following day. Bowen will embark on her own headlining tour this summer, including stops in NYC and Chicago, in addition to a special hometown show at Nashville’s City Winery.

Willie Nelson Looking Back Through The Years

Willie Nelson Looking Back Through The Years

Willie Nelson didn’t exactly start at the bottom and work his way up as an actor.

The country icon made his film debut alongside two legends in a film that was directed by an Academy Award-winning director when he appeared in The Electric Horseman in 1979.

The Electric Horseman starred Robert Redford as Norman “Sonny” Steele, a washed-up former championship rodeo rider who’s been reduced to earning a living by making public appearances to sell cereal. When he’s in Las Vegas to ride a $12 million champion thoroughbred racehorse named Rising Star at an appearance, he finds out the horse is injured and has been drugged, so he decides to steal the horse and travel across the country to release Rising Star in a canyon full of wild horses to live out its life.

Nelson was also deeply involved with the soundtrack to the film, recording “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”, “Midnight Rider,” “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” “So You Think You’re a Cowboy” and “Hands on the Wheel” for the movie’s score.

Released on Dec. 21, 1979, The Electric Horseman was well-received, earning $68.1 million at the box office against a budget of $12.5 million. Reviews were somewhat mixed but leaned toward the positive, and Pollack was so impressed with Nelson that he would go on to produce the country legend in his first starring vehicle, Honeysuckle Rose, in 1980. Nelson would go on to act in many other films, including SongwriterRed Headed StrangerAustin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and The Dukes of Hazzard, but the multi-talented entertainer is openly dismissive of his own acting ability.

“I’m the worst actor ever,” Nelson said in 2013. “Somebody asked Slim Pickens about my acting one time, and Slim said, ‘He plays Willie Nelson better than anybody.’ I have to agree with him on that one, I guess. I usually pretty much play myself, whoever I’m supposed to be. And that doesn’t require a lot of acting.”

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Willie Nelson, 1957

In 1957, Willie Nelson released his debut recording while working as a DJ in Vancouver, Washington. The recording was unsuccessful but Nelson kept trying

Willie Nelson, 1960

Liberty Records

Willie Nelson, 1962

Liberty Records was the lucky record company to snatch Willie Nelson up! He released …And Then I Wrote for them in 1962 after releasing the first single from it in ’61. 1961 was also the year Patsy Cline released “Crazy,” written by Nelson.

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Willie Nelson, 1964
After a little taste of success, Willie got another big break. In 1964, he signed with RCA Records (pictured).
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Willie Nelson, 1965
The Grand Ole Opry welcomed Willie Nelson in 1965 and he released his first album on RCA Records. Nelson released Country Willie – His Own Songs, which was his third album. This one was produced by Chet Akins, who was largely responsible for Nelson signing with RCA.
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Willie Nelson, 1966
Willie Nelson started climbing the charts in 1966 when he received his first Top 25 hit. The first was “One in a Row,” which peaked at No. 19. He had a string of hits following this one and was becoming a household name.

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Willie Nelson, 1967
In 1967, Willie Nelson charted an extremely successful single in “The Party’s Over.” The party wasn’t over — it was just beginning. The track stayed in the Top 25 for an amazing 16 weeks!
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Willie Nelson, 1969
1969 brought another big hit for Willie Nelson, but this time it was his recording of a cover. His version of “Bring Me Sunshine” was a Top 20 hit.
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Willie Nelson, 1971

RCA Records

Willie Nelson, 1972
Willie Nelson decided to “retire” from music in ’72 and moved to Austin, Texas. It didn’t last long though and he got right back into the music scene.
Atlantic

Willie Nelson, 1973
Willie Nelson gained a lot of success in 1973 when he released his album Shotgun Willie on Atlantic. This was the turning point for Nelson who turned to outlaw country and was well-received by critics.
Atlantic

Willie Nelson, 1974
Phases and Stages was Nelson’s 1974 album. The record tells the story of divorce from both the man and the woman’s perspective. “Bloody Mary Morning” was his biggest hit on the record. This same year, Nelson was arrested for the first time for possession of marijuana in Dallas.

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Willie Nelson, 1975
In 1975 Willie Nelson switched to Columbia Records, where he released his Red Headed Stranger record. The contract he signed with Columbia left him very much in control of his music — including this well-received record. This same year he embarked on a tour with some proceeds benefiting Austin City Limits.
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Willie Nelson, 1976
Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings’ similar outlaw country style was front and center in ’76 when they released Wanted! The Outlaws with Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser. The album did so well it was the very first platinum record in country music. This same year he also earned a No. 1 hit with “If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time.”
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Willie Nelson, 1978
1978 meant two platinum albums for Willie Nelson. He collaborated with Jennings on Waylon and Willie which had the hit “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” as well as Stardust, another important Nelson record.
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Willie Nelson, 1979
Willie Nelson made his first appearance in a movie in ’79 — but it wouldn’t be his last. He played Wendell in the Sydney Pollack directed The Electric Horsemen.
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Willie Nelson, 1980
In 1980, the braided singer had the opportunity to perform on the lawn of the White House. Jimmy Carter was in office at the time and Nelson performed a duet of “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother” with first lady Rosalyn Carter.
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Willie Nelson, 1981
Somewhere Over the Rainbow was one of two albums Nelson released in 1981. The year wasn’t all rainbows for the legend, though, whose lung collapsed that same year while he was in Hawaii.
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Willie Nelson 1982
1982 was a really important year for Willie Nelson! He released Always on My Mind on Capitol Records. He released the single of the same name in ’82, which was a No. 1 hit on the country charts and a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100. It’s still one of his signature songs.
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Willie Nelson, 1983
The year ’83 meant another collaboration with Nelson’s good pal Waylon Jennings titled Take It to the Limit. Nelson proved to be extra supportive of his friend Jennings when he cut off his signature braids and gave them to him to celebrate his sobriety.
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Willie Nelson, 1985
Willie Nelson released Half Nelson in 1985. The record was a compilation of duets with other artists including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Ray Charles, Hank Williams and several other big names. That same year, he helped to create Farm Aid with John Mellencamp and Neil Young — a benefit concert for family farmers.

Columbia

Willie Nelson, 1986
1986 was a fun year full of success for Willie Nelson. His album Promiseland was released this year and topped the Billboard charts. His first gospel album, which was released many years prior, was certified gold this year and he starred as the lead in the film version of his album Red Headed Stranger.
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Willie Nelson, 1988
Willie: An Autobiography, Nelson’s first book was published in 1988. The autobiographical book was written by Nelson and Bud Shrake and received good critical reviews. He also divorced Connie Koepke this year.
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Willie Nelson, 1990
In 1990, Willie Nelson had a difficult year regarding the IRS. They seized a lot of his assets claiming that the singer owed roughly $32 million.
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Willie Nelson, 1991
Clean Shirt, a split album between Nelson and Jennings was released in ’91. It was the least successful of their collaboration albums and only one single even charted. He was still in battles with the IRS at this point and worried that his beloved guitar, “Trigger,” could potentially be taken from him.
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Willie Nelson, 1992
The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories was released in 1992 as a way for Willie Nelson to pay off his substantial debt to the IRS.
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Willie Nelson, 1993
By 1993, Nelson’s debt was finally paid off, but that wasn’t his only victory this year. He was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in ’93 — a huge honor!

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Willie Nelson, 1996
Spirit was Willie Nelson’s 1996 album released on Island, an album that was different than his previous records.
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Willie Nelson, 1998
In 1998, Willie Nelson released Teatro, a successful record that peaked at No. 17 on the Top Country Albums chart. He also received the Kennedy Center Honors this year.
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Willie Nelson, 2001
2001 was a devastating year for America, with the Sept. 11 attacks. Following them, Nelson was a part of America: A Tribute to Heroes, a telethon. He led “America the Beautiful.”
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Willie Nelson, 2002
Willie Nelson proclaimed his love for meat in 2002 when he became the spokesperson for Texas Roadhouse. Some of their locations even included a Willie’s Corner, dedicated to the singer. “Mendocino County Line” was also one of his singles this year — a duet with Lee Ann Womack.
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Willie Nelson, 2003
Nelson released his memoir in 2003 titled The Facts of Life: And Other Dirty Jokes. This year was also the year Toby Keith released his successful single with Nelson titled “Beer For My Horses.” He was also on Ringo Starr’s album this year.
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Willie Nelson, 2004
Willie Nelson shared an ACM Award win with Toby Keith in 2004 when they took home best video for “Beer for My Horses.” He did have a little down time in 2004 when he had surgery for carpal tunnel, due to his guitar playing.

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Willie Nelson, 2005
Willie Nelson had a jam-packed 2005. He headlined the Tsunami Relief Austin to Asia concert and him and his family hosted the inaugural Willie Nelson & NORML Benefit Golf Tournament. Nelson had worked with NORML for years to fight for marijuana legalization.
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Willie Nelson, 2006
2006 brought more legal trouble for Nelson. He was arrested in Louisiana for marijuana possession yet again as well as the possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms. He also published his third book, The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart.
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Willie Nelson, 2008
Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 — a huge honor for the track. He also published another book this year titled, A Tale Out of Luck, as well as reopened his truck stop, Willie’s Place. The truck stop is located in Texas.
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Willie Nelson, 2010
2010 brought Country Music and it went into the Top 5 Billboard Country Albums. He was once again arrested for marijuana this year, which prompted him to create the TeaPot party, which strives to legalize pot and tax it. Austin, Texas also honored Nelson this year by naming a street after him.
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Willie Nelson, 2011
In 2011 Willie Nelson was granted several honors. He was nominated for a Grammy this year for his album Country Music, and he was also inducted into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame for his work with Farm AId.
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Willie Nelson, 2012
Nelson signed with Legacy Records in 2012. He also released a new autobiography titled Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From the Road. Austin also unveiled their statue of Nelson this year.
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Willie Nelson, 2013
To All the Girls was released in 2013 on Legacy. It was a record full of duets with important female singers, including Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn and several others. This same year he got an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.
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Willie Nelson, 2014
2014 brought Band of Brothers, which topped the charts. This year also marked the 20th anniversary of him practicing Korean martial arts, so he earned his fifth-degree black belt. He also sold his braids in 2014 for over $30,000.
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Willie Nelson, 2015
Nelson released another autobiography in 2015. In this photo, he’s at a signing for It’s a Long Story: My Life. He also underwent a stem cell procedure this year in hopes that it would improve his lungs. Most importantly this year, though, he was awarded the Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress.

 – TasteOfCountry

 

Jack Blanchard’s Column: The Optimist

Jack Blanchard’s Column: The Optimist

Denver Omlit was an optimist through and through.
He and his neighbor Ed were admiring Ed’s new Corvette convertible.
“I knew you could do it”, said Denver,
“because you set your goal, pictured it, believed it, and went after it.”
Ed said, “I won it in a lottery.”
Not to be dismissed so easily, Denver said,
“You believed in your heart that you had the winning ticket.”

Ed was a pessimist.
He said, “With all the crime in this city, I’m scared something will happen to it.
I never owned anything this expensive before.”
“Think only positive thoughts”, Denver said,
“and nothing bad can happen to your car.

Ed said, “You think you can do anything if you believe it?”
Omlit said, “You’re reality is a product of your thoughts.”
Ed was thinking a violent thought about Denver right then.
“OK. Let’s see you fly”, said Ed.
“I don’t want to fly”, said Denver.
“But you could, if you set your mind to it, right?”
“Yes, definitely. You are what you think”, said Denver.
“Then prove it, bigmouth!” said Ed.

The optimist wasn’t around for several days,
and then he was seen on the roof of their seventeen story building,
carrying out several large items toward the 47th Street side.
The items were: two light-weight balsa surfboards,
a large cardboard carton,
and a garbage bag with something lumpy in it.

He took a can of quick drying spray glue from the bag,
and sprayed both sides of the boards.
Then he dipped the boards into the box one-by-one,
and brought them out covered with feathers.

He leaned the boards on the foot high wall at the roof’s edge,
and while they dried
he got some other equipment from the box…
a football helmet, goggles, and two rolls of industrial duct tape.
He put on the helmet and goggles first,
because according to his plan it would be difficult later.
A crowd was gathering down on the street.

He turned back toward the roof entrance door and clapped his hands twice.
Three musicians came out,
carrying a bass drum, an accordion, and a police whistle.
They gave a raggedy fanfare as a young lady in a bathing suit twirled out,
did a circus curtsy like a magician’s assistant,
and began duct taping the feathery wings to Denver’s arms.
The bass drum beat slowly to raise the suspense.

From the garbage bag, the assistant retrieved a bullhorn,
and held it to Denver Omlit’s mouth as he spoke to the crowd below.
“If a bird can do it with a brain the size of a pea,
I can do it with my wonderful walnut of a brain.
I believe with all my heart that I can fly.”
He spread his wings with a flourish and stepped off the roof.

As he fell straight down he pep-talked himself.
“I can do it! I can soar like a mink!”
He looked down and saw the flagpole on the 14th floor.
It was coming at him right between the legs.
He hit it like a wishbone and the flag staff broke off
and started falling with him.
“Embrace the pain”, he shouted! “The pain is our friend!”

At the tenth floor his pants caught on a window air conditioner,
ripped off, and flew away.
“Ah, that breeze feels good”, he yelled!
The flagpole and the air conditioner had slowed his descent slightly,
and he imagined he had planned it that way.

At the fifth floor, the optimist said “So far, so good.”
The updraft was gathering under his football helmet,
causing a slight parachute effect.
He hit a small window awning on the third floor,
and then the big awning at the street entrance to the building.
It became a trampoline that bounced him toward the street,
where Ed’s Corvette convertible was parked… with the top up.
The convertible top crushed nicely,
affording Denver a comfortable landing in the red leather upholstery.

The above account is reported here
as it was presented at Ed’s trial for attacking the optimist.
When Denver testified from his wheelchair
that he was thankful because he would soon walk better than ever,
Ed had to be restrained.

Jack Blanchard.

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A Superstar Is Born On 2019 American Idol

A Superstar Is Born On American Idol

It was a nice of suspense, drama, tears, and wall-to-wall music

The finale of season 17 was as epic and awe-inspiring as was the entire season

In a night bursting with great music, ABC’s American Idol host Ryan Seacrest didn’t waste a milli-second opening the show with a simple, “Ladies and gentlemen, Lionel Richie.” Belting out “Dancing on the Ceiling” with Bobby Bones hot on his heels, Lionel was joined by Idol’s season 17 Top 10, many we haven’t seen in weeks, but who would also be showcased in performances throughout the night. Last season’s winner, Maddie Poppe, also returned to the Idol stage for a catch-up visit with Ryan and announcing that she had just released her album. Of course, the focus was on the Top 3 contestants: Laine Hardy, Madison VanDenburg, and Alejandro Aranda. Each of the finalists performed two solo songs of their choosing. Between rounds, viewers got a look into the lives of the rising stars as they returned to their hometowns and visited with friends and family. While each visit showed incredible local support for their contestants, it also revealed overwhelming emotions that the aspiring young stars were feeling.

LAINE HARDY (18) – Livingston, Louisiana

“Home” by Marc Broussard

KATY PERRY: “If you apply yourself like you’ve applied yourself for the next five years, every single week and don’t get lazy, you’re going to be one of the biggest stars on this planet.”

“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” by Hank Williams Sr.

LIONEL: “Let me tell you what’s a big deal—when the governor of the state says ‘party with the Hardy.’ You’re on your way.”

MADISON VANDENBURG (17) – Cohoes, New York

“Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

LUKE: “You know what’s so exciting is your growth, and we have been pushing you the whole time to dig in and show the world what kind of next level voice you have. It’s been so amazing to watch and you have the twinkle in your eyes that is so beautiful to see.”

“Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson

KATY: “Madison, you have come so far and I think you just have to continue to nurture and grow this gift you’ve been given because it’s amazing to see this growth. This is just like a master class, it’s a condensed version of what the real world is. And you’re about to spread your wings in the real world, but just keep this work ethic and you’re going to fly so far.”

ALEJANDRO ARANDA (25) – Pomona, California

“Millennial Love” – original

LUKE BRYAN: “I think in life you have those moments where you remember the first time you met somebody or saw somebody, and back in October I’ll never forget the first time I met Alejandro. We have been spoiled by you, week after week, and I want to thank you for that. We love you, we love you from the bottom of our hearts.”

“Tonight” – original

LIONEL: “Throughout this entire process, we’ve watched you try to identify with a place called ‘home.’ And after watching you return back to your hometown, welcome home to the business and welcome home to your heart, my friend.”

After their solo performances, the first elimination took place leaving just two to compete for the win. And the first artist sent home was Madison VanDenburg. Before the winner was announced, both Laine and Alejandro got one final performance.

LAINE – “Bring It On Home” by Sam Cooke

LUKE: “Laine, congrats man. From when I heard you last year, the tone in your voice is just something special and you can’t teach that. Always remember that you’ve just got that tone that is so identifiable. Congratulations. This is the last time I will ever get to comment on you and I love you, bud.”

ALEJANDRO – “Out Loud” original

KATY: “It’s just such an incredible honor to be given this opportunity to be able to give you a little boost for you to find your wings. I think I can speak for all of us, we love what we do and we love when we see a person like yourself shine.”

AND THE WINNER IS: Laine Hardy!

Longtime fans of American Idol will remember that Laine originally auditioned for season 16 of the show, and as much as the judges loved him, he didn’t advance past the Top 50. Then, for season 17, he arrived at the auditions as an accompanist for a friend with no intention of auditioning himself. After he was recognized by Luke and Katy, he gave an impromptu performance and earned a golden ticket to Hollywood. Congratulations to Laine, Alejandro, Madison, and all of these talented young people who have the potential for stardom.

Additional Performances:

Carrie Underwood – “Southbound”

Montell Jordan with Margie Mays, Austin Michael Robinson and VoKillz with – “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan

Katy Perry and Daddy Yankee – “Con Calma” by Daddy Yankee

Alejandro Aranda with backing orchestra – “10 Years” – original

Adam Lambert – “New Eyes”

Adam Lambert with Dimitrius Graham – “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

Dan + Shay – “All To Myself”

Dan + Shay with Madison VanDenburg – “Speechless” and “All To Myself” by Dan + Shay

Luke Bryan – “Knockin’ Boots”

Luke Bryan with Laci Kaye Booth – “Every Breath You Take” by the Police

Jon Pardi with Laine Hardy – “Dirt On My Boots” and “Night Shift” both by Jon Pardi

Katy Perry with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon – “Unconditionally” by Katy Perry

Weezer with Wade Cota and Walker Burroughs – “Africa” by Toto, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Tears for Fears, “Take On Me” by A-ha medley

Morgan Evans New Music “Things That We Drink To”

Morgan Evans’ Things That We Drink To

There’s a youthful, vibrant spirit that runs throughout album that feels celebratory

Morgan Evans was already a star in his native Australia when he crossed two oceans to bring his talents to America. He begins a new life chapter by taking his life experience and turning it into 11 personal songs on his new album, Things That We Drink To.

There’s a youthful, vibrant spirit that runs throughout album in a way that feels celebratory. You feel this on the opening track “American,” a song that turns his coast-to-coast exploration of the place he calls his new home into lyrics, from the red sunset in California to the streets of New Orleans, all expressed over a sunny pop-country melody. This same energy is present on “We Dream” where Evans calls on a chorus of singers to help him share the message that no matter what corner of the world you live in, we all use our dreams to break out of the constrictions placed upon us. “When we look at the world and we don’t like what we see, we close our eyes and we dream,” he chants.

On the title track, “Things That We Drink To,” Evans digs deeper, co-penning a reflective track that was inspired in part by the sudden death of his friend and manager Rob Potts, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2017. Evans uses the song as a way to raise a tall glass to his friend, the memories he’s looking back on and all the life he’s lived in between, offering enough conviction to drive home the emotion. Another pristine track comes in the form of “Dance With Me,” which features gentle background vocals from his wife, Kelsea Ballerini and feels like the most personal moment on the album. Evans doesn’t add any flash to the sweet song, letting the honesty in their voices tell the story. “Feel my heart beat through your body to your feet, if you dance with me, hold me in the dark now until both your eyes can see,” they sing beautifully in harmony.

He rounds out the album with the equally romantic “I Do”

and career-establishing hit single, “Kiss Somebody.”

Though Evans constructs Things That We Drink To with common topics frequently used in country songs, he does a sound job of taking these notions and making them feel like his own. From the earnest title track to the thoughtfulness of “Dance With Me,” Evans uses the project as a way to show his growing fanbase what he’s capable of achieving – and they’re bound to want to continue growing alongside him.

S. African Legend, Buddy Vaughn Dies May 11, 2019 

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Buddy Vaughn Dies May 11, 2019 

Our Sincere Heartfelt Condolences To The Family

Rest in Peace Buddy

Buddy Vaughn who was born in Johannesburg on May 20, a good couple of years ago,

Living in and around the Johannesburg area for most of his life has affectionately become known as Mr. Entertainment

Buddy Vaughn On The Road With The Rodeo Girls

Buddy Vaughn On The Road With The Rodeo Girls

Buddy Vaughn is and has always been, an entertainer, singer, songwriter, comedian and compére, so the title fits like a glove. Buddy was practically guaranteed to be a success from the first time he put his foot on a stage.

Having been involved in the SA music industry for so many years Buddy has developed a superb combination of music and sing along presentations for a host of social events throughout South Africa, requiring fun and audience inter-action that only Buddy Vaughn can deliver.

Frans & Cathy with Buddy round 1999

Frans & Cathy with Buddy round 1999

In recent years Buddy has been forced to work with his own backtracks due to the huge cost of travelling around with a 5 piece band in South Africa, yet Buddy easily manages to capture and retain the mood throughout his shows with his professional tracks and his professionalism.

Visvang Tunes Gold Disc

Visvang Tunes Gold Disc

Known throughout South Africa for his ‘Visvang Tunes’ [Fishing Tunes] range of CD’s, Buddy’s hits include ‘Hartebeespoort Dam’, ‘Hey Sharp Shoot’, ‘Ag nee ou Vissie’, Woemba 4×4, Ag Pleez Daddy and Braaivleis [Barbarcue] Party Tunes.

Buddy’s fans new and old are crazy about his humourous songs and love to attend his concerts just to hear his one of a kind comedy show. 

Buddy’s music can also be serious and feels just as comfortable imitating Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin or Neil Diamond as he is with his own very humorous Visvang [Fishing] Tunes.

Above article from the WHISNews21 archive

Buddy Vaughn a true South African Living Legend.

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19 Insanely Cool Gadgets Going To Sell Out Soon

19 Insanely Cool Gadgets That Are Going To Sell Out Soon

Theses Products Are Going To Be Selling Like Hot Cakes Well Into The New Year

We’ve been keeping track of gadget sales through all 2018, and the following 19 products are going to be selling like hot cakes well into the new year (each with at least an average user rating of 4.5 stars). Before the offers run out, snag one of these as a gift or save it for another occasion while the price is right! Now here’s the catch with these sweet, sweet gadgets… they’re only available ONLINE. You won’t find these in-stores. It’s expensive to sell retail, so the most innovative gadget-makers are now going straight-to-online. And as a thank you to Prime readers, we’ve negotiated with these gadget-makers to get special deals for first time buyers! Most of our finds are under $60. They make perfect gifts and are perfect for those that want to splurge a little on themselves. Come back often because we’re always updating the list!

19. FIXD – Diagnose Your Own Car

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Fixd was one of the biggest Kickstarter campaigns ever. It’s a revolutionary device that allows YOU to know what’s wrong with your car before taking it in to a mechanic so they can’t take advantage of you ever again. Just plug it into your car, pair the Fixd device with your smart phone, and viola! It tells you EXACTLY what’s wrong with your car, no mechanic needed! It’s one of our favorite devices we’ve seen and all of us here at the office got one for our cars.

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18. Photostick – World’s Only Instant Photo Organizer

     (3,345 ratings)

If you store your photos and videos on your computer or ‘the cloud’ then you know the risks that come with it: Computer crashes, viruses, and power surges that could wipe out 1,000’s of your digital memories in seconds. And that’s why The Photostick is one of the most in-demand gadgets of 2018, selling over 1,000 units per day. The Photostick is a clever new device designed to protect your photo and video memories and be super easy to use.

Using the Photosick is easy, just connect this small thumb-sized drive to your PC or Mac, press ‘Go’ and it will automatically sync your pictures and videos into the stick. It even finds and removes duplicates so you don’t spend hours deleting them manually.

No technical knowledge or computer expertise is required and all your photos are stored safely offline where only you have access to them. The PhotoStick is perfect for anyone who wants to safeguard their digital memories and doesn’t trust “the cloud”.

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17. Photostick Mobile – #1 Way To Protect Your iPhone and Android Photos

     (5,662 ratings)

Like Photostick, Photostick Mobile can be used to back everything up very easily, except it’s for mobile devices. This is also a perfect and thoughtful gift for a person who cherishes their memories. With the push of a button, it instantly finds, organizes, and secures all photos on any mobile device so you will never lose any of your memories. It’s the best way to “organize your life” for anyone who has hundreds or thousands of scattered photos on their phones they want to save will love this.

16. Bluewire Antenna – Gift Free TV!

     (4,215 ratings)

Is there anyone on your gift list who likes movies, sports, and TV? There is? Great, because we’ve got the best gift ever! The Bluewire Antenna allows for an awesome selection of movies, TV, and sports programming, without monthly subscriptions.

The Bluewire Antenna is simple to install (it can go right on a window near the tv), and can receive up to 100 High Definition stations for free. No other devices needed –no USB sticks or smart TV’s or converters or anything else. Just the Bluewire TV Antenna and some free time to watch all of the awesome TV it delivers (an estimated 85% of the most popular stations are here for free–all of your favorites.)

This is a unique and gadget that can save you a ton of money, plus it also makes for a great gift.

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15. Peeps™ – The Ultimate Glasses Cleaner

     (1,238 ratings)

Do you or someone you know wear glasses? If so, chances are you’re tired of how often they get smudged, and having to use your shirt to try and rub off the smudges, which only ends up rubbing them around and not truly clearing your lenses. That’s why we love Peeps! They are one of the best designed glasses cleaners in the world and use NASA carbon lens cleaning technology to give you the most crystal clear view through your lenses. They’re small and portable and on sale now through our exclusive link!

14. Dodow – Give The Gift Of Awesome Sleep!

     (5,520 ratings)

Unlike other sleep remedies that provide temporary solutions, Dodow light metronome actually RETRAINS YOUR BRAIN to fall asleep – while it mesmerizes you to sleep! Dodow’s slow rhythmic light is scientifically designed to quickly quiet your busy mind, slow your breathing, and relax your body – swiftly lulling you into a deep, peaceful slumber.

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13. Pocket Guardian – Priceless Protection At An Affordable Cost

     (6,344 ratings)

This simple keychain can save your life. Fitting in the size of your palm, this extra layer of security roars an ear-splitting alarm (130 dB) that scares off attackers and calls for help. Even if you’re walking to your car in an empty dimly lit parking lot, you’re never really alone. Stop fearing for your personal safety and experience why 93,000+ women are calling this simple device their “invisible bodyguard.” Order today and get up to 75% off while supplies last.

12. Neck Hammock – Better Than a Chiropractor

     (1,807 ratings)

Say goodbye to neck pain! Neck Hammock quickly relieves neck pain from the comfort of your own home. It’s patented technology combines resistance bands and gravity to give you a controlled stretch, helping with improved posture, increased circulation, and fewer pinched nerves. It pulls the tension out of those tight, inflamed muscles in your neck while you rest! Dr. Oz calls it “one of the best health finds of 2018!”

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11. Vizr – Heads Up Driving

     (1,127 ratings)

Inspired by fighter jet technology, Vizr is truly the GPS of the 21st century. It’s the first GPS of it’s kind that allows you to drive without having to take your eyes off the road, utilizing Air Force heads up display technology. Because of this, you’re much more likely to avoid dangerous and potentially fatal car accidents because you had to glance down at your phone and take your eyes off the road. This is our editor’s pick for coolest gift this year, not only because it’s awesome, but because it will help you avoid more accidents on the road.

10. NightGuide HD – The #1 Solution for Night Time Driving

     (1,105 ratings)

According to the National Safety Council, nighttime driving is 3x more dangerous than driving during the daylight hours. Reduced vision, bright lights, and glare from oncoming traffic affect millions of drivers each night. Wearing NightGuide HD glasses dramatically reduces the risk involved in driving under low light or foggy conditions.

In fact, NightGuide was voted the #1 solution for safe driving at night. The specialized yellow tint provides 100% UV protection while enhancing contrast and clarity. This leads to less strain on your eyes which can cause drowsiness and migraines. NightGuide HD glasses are also lightweight and designed to fit easily over prescription glasses.

Try these high-definition lenses today and you will notice an increase in your vision the second you put them on.

9. Xtra PC – For Those Who Just Need Something That Just Works

     (2,391 ratings)

Whenever you buy a new computer, everything feels fast and it is fun to use. A few months later, the computer starts slowing down, and eventually, you wonder how was this the same computer you bought when it was brand new? This new Gadget called Xtra PC works with any computer (Mac or Windows) made after 2004, and it is FAST (and will never slow down).

You can plug this little USB device into your computer, restart your computer and start using Xtra PC immediately. This will bypass your older/slow computer and operating system while STILL having access to all of your files and it comes with the programs you need to browse the web, send/receieve emails, listen to music, etc.

Get this amazing brand new computer on a memory stick now–before special offers run out!

8. Super Boost WiFi – Stay Connected In Any Corner Of Your Home

     (988 ratings)

Imagine getting home after an 8-hour shift and you’ve been looking forward to your favorite time of the day. Post-work bathroom break in the comforts of your home. Just you, your phone, and the internet. Nothing is more annoying when you’re finally comfortable on your porcelain throne and the WiFi doesn’t quite reach your upstairs bathroom.

Why We Love Super Boost WiFi: With the Wi-Fi booster, you can make sure your home is covered from corner to corner. Don’t let this simple problem get in the way if your ‘Me-time’. You’ll thank me later. Click Here To Learn More About Super Boost WiFi »

7. Glow Bowl – Never Miss The Toilet Again

     (2,444 ratings)

This incredibly useful and fun toilet gadget makes your toilet safer, cleaner and a much better time!

Glow Bowl was invented to address safety, hygiene and our never-ending desire to have fun and unique stuff. It’s the coolest way to safely navigate the bathroom at night, while eliminating those messy toilet misses…forever. Plus, it comes with a replacable air freshener! Glow Bowl will make your toilet the coolest, cleanest and freshest smelling toilet around. Let’s be clear. Glow Bowl is no joke. Millions have sold, and it’s been featured on NBC news and received rave reviews from Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington. So what are you waiting for? Make potty time, party time!

6. Energix Charger – Fix Your Phone’s Battery Life

     (2,214 ratings)

If you’re like me and don’t upgrade your phone every year, this charger has been my saving grace. Before I would charge my phone the entire night only for it to drain back to 0% after a few hours. Without getting the latest ($1100) iPhone; I purchased this thin adapter that turned my phone into a wireless charging device. It feels like I got a new phone with the way that I’m watching Netflix on the train Today! Try this first before committing to a new phone.

5. XY FindIt – Never Lose Anything Again

     (4,431 ratings)

You want to give the ultimate James Bond, 007 spy device to someone? This is it. It’s a portable tracker that you can put on anything from your keys to your dog to your luggage to your bike. It allows you to see EXACTLY where things are on a map so you never lose anything ever again. A lot of people are putting them on their keychains and purses so they don’t lose their keys or purses. It’s just an overall cool device. It’s also just a beautiful design, and we love things that are designed well.

4. KeySmart – The Future of Keychains

     (6,192 ratings)

This is a gift for anyone in your life who likes practical, space-saving items. KeySmart eliminates the need for a bulky keyring. The patented “S” design allows you to organize up to 14 keys and a car key fob, and fits just about every size, shape, and type of key. KeySmart protects your keys, and also protects other items in your purse or pocket from getting scratched by your keys. In less than a minute, you can attach your keys and any accessories. KeySmart also comes with a handy clip so you can easily attach it to a bag or belt loop. Make KeySmart the perfect gift by customizing it: KeySmart comes in a variety of colors, and a variety of attachments like a USB stick or bottle opener can be added on at checkout.

3. BreatheGreen – All-Natural Charcoal Activated Air Freshener That Eliminates Odors For Good

     (873 ratings)

The magic of activated charcoal continues to amaze even scientists. Discover new ways to use its already-proven purifying power. Imagine never having to spray a bottle again. New Charcoal bags are a simple trick to remove foul smells around your apartment or house. BreatheGreen is now having a package deal: the more you get, the more you can save.

2. Vivian Lou – Patented High Heel Cushion

     (255 ratings)

When you’re in high heels all day, whether it’s at work or at the club it’s eventually going to take it’s toll on your feet. It’s going to show in the form of blisters, sore muscles, or just overall aching, and when you’re trying to look hot, or doing your job the last thing you want is to display your discomfort to the world. That’s why we’re so excited about a new product made just for women who wear high heels. It actually makes wearing high heels so incredibly comfortable that it becomes much easier for you to look and walk gracefully through your day! They’re called Vivian Lou.

1. Bondic – Fix Anything!

     (1,638 ratings)

Bondic has gained an incredible 1500+ 5-star reviews because it’s just that much better than super glue. If there’s anything around the house that you need to fix, from glasses to door hinges Bondic can fix it. It’s really an incredible technology that you can now have in the palm of your hand to not only get things fixed fast, but fixed STRONG. It’s the perfect gift for a college student, a homeowner, dad, or someone who just likes to be able to fix things and feel like James Bond doing it. We love this one.

Inspirational Short Story For Mothers Day This Day

crying girlAn Inspirational Short Story For Mothers Day

A man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived two hundred miles away. As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing. He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother. But I only have seventy-five cents, and a rose costs two dollars.”

The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.” He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers. As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home. She said, “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother.” She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave.

The man returned to the flower shop, canceled the wire order, picked up a bouquet and drove the two hundred miles to his mother’s house.

– TheHolidaySpot

Kacey Musgraves Childhood Dreams Just Came True

Kacey Musgraves Signs Modelling Deal With IMG Models

Someone’s Childhood Dreams Just Came True

Grammy-winning Golden Hour star Kacey Musgraves is branching out with a new side-gig that highlights her eclectic sense of style. She’s signed a modeling contract with IMG Models, confirming the news via Twitter on Tuesday (May 7th) while making a splash at the glitzy 2019 Met Gala in New York City. IMG is a modeling agency based in New York which represents some of the biggest names on the runway, including influential tastemakers like Karlie Kloss and Bella and Gigi Hadid.

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Musgraves’ Barbie look doesn’t seem so strange anymore, does it! The newly-minted model is currently on the road for her Oh, What a World Tour, with dates in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, the Dominican Republic and Mexico on the schedule through November.

Old Dominion Celebrate Sold Out Nashville Show

Old Dominion Celebrate The Journey At Sold Out Nashville Show

For Old Dominion, all roads led to Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville on Friday

For Old Dominion, all roads led to Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville on Friday (May 3). The five-member band used their hometown show to not only treat the crowd to a vast range of hits, but convey the gravity of what it meant to perform a sold-out show after years wondering if they could transition from successful songwriters to celebrated artists. Opening the show with the upbeat “Be With Me,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey saw it as an opportunity to interact with the crowd, high-fiving as many hands as possible that were gathered in the pit around the stage. This led into the energetic “Snapback” that ended with an electrifying guitar medley between Ramsey and Brad Tursi as Ramsey shouted into the crowd “are you ready?!” signifying that this wasn’t just the beginning of the show, but rather a high-energy prelude of what’s to come.

Before sending several of their own hits to to the top of the charts, the beloved group were individually working as songwriters in Nashville, penning hits for the likes of Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt and Kenny Chesney. “You’re going to hear a lot about songwriting, it’s very near and dear to our hearts,” Ramsey confessed, immediately delivering on that promise by revealing how they wrote “Still Writing Songs About You” about that one person whose memory you can’t escape before launching into the reflective number and jamming to “Hotel Key” as retro neon graphics of palm trees and a hotel pool created an eclectic aesthetic in the background. They stayed in this songwriter vein with a new track, “One Man Band,” as Ramsey and Tursi made the song a moment of musicianship by sharing a single spotlight and microphone as they sang about a man who took pride in living life solo, but felt appreciation in finding someone to live harmoniously with. But the show’s most poignant moment culminated in an intimate guitar pull where Ramsey, Tursi and Trevor Rosen sat front of stage, passing stories between them of their early days in Nashville. Ramsey revealed the band has been in Music City for 17 years, “It took us that long to get here,” he noted, looking out into crowd of more than 6,000 people.

The three singers shared of their humble beginnings, reflecting on the amount of hard work it took to be successful songwriters, all while facing rejection from record labels. In between stories, they traded performances of acoustic selections of hits they’d written like Shelton’s “Sangria” (Rosen), “Make You Miss Me” by Hunt (Ramsey) and Luke Bryan’s “Light it Up” (Tursi). Ramsey acknowledged how songwriting kept them motivated to pursue their dreams of being the main act, and after years of proving themselves as songwriters, they found a label that believed in them as artists, making their first album with 2015’s Meat and Candy.

“Before you guys ever really realized it, you were listening to our music,” Ramsey observed. “Here we are tonight.” The reflective moment was the kind that makes Nashville special, their journey resonating as they concluded the story by launching into fan favorite “Song For Another Time,” the audience loyally singing along as the band paused the music to let their voices fill the amphitheater.

One of the aspects that make Old Dominion so distinct is the uplifting element to their catalogue of songs and their ability to turn a negative situation into positive music. “We discovered that the more people sing this song, the better we all feel,” Ramsey remarkedthe crowd proving him right as they sang along to “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” singing the words back to them so serenely that it captured the compassionate nature of the song’s message of finding the light in the midst of struggle.

As the evening came to a close with performances of “Written in the Sand,” a cover of Chesney’s hit “Save it For a Rainy Day,” co-penned by Ramsey and Tursi, and an encore of “Nowhere Fast” and “Wrong Turns,” the show felt like an expression of gratitude from Old Dominion for their journey to success and the loyal fans who helped them get there, proving they reached the goal they’ve always been striving for.

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