Lauren Alaina Scores First Top 5 Hit With “Road Less Traveled”
Lauren Alaina has scored the first Top 5 hit of her career with her current single, “Road Less Traveled,” which is currently No. 4 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The anthemic tune, which was penned by Lauren, Jesse Frasure and Meghan Trainor, was released in June and explores topics of self-acceptance—a message that’s especially personal to Lauren, 22, who has been in the spotlight since her teen years on American Idol and has dealt with bulimia, the divorce of her parents and online bullying.
Lauren spoke to Nash Country Daily about her sixth career single and why she won’t be bullied on social media ever again: “I’ve had quite the journey with insecurities and self-worth and self-acceptance,” said Lauren to NCD. “I think a lot of people have the same problem. I wanted to write a song that addresses that, because it’s a real thing. It can be really horrible if it’s severe. I struggled with an eating disorder for about five years, and so I was really sick. I had to get a lot of help and get better.”
As a teenager on American Idol in 2011, Lauren was thrust into the spotlight during a formative period in her life. An unfortunates side effect of her Idol notoriety came in the form of online bullying. “I am obsessed with social media,” said Lauren. “I love it. I will never bash it, but it was one of the biggest things that affected my health at that time [I had bulimia], because people are not always nice. They’re just not. Usually, that stems from their own insecurities and their own issues that they’re dealing with. Yeah, and they can say things, and they think you don’t read them. I think that honestly some of the things that are said aren’t meant to hurt your feelings. I think people put things on my pages, and they don’t think that I actually run those pages. I run all of my social media. Occasionally, my team will post for me, but they put on there that they’ve posted for me. That is really, really rare. I do all of it myself, so I see all the comments. When I was a 16-year-old girl, someone saying that ‘She looks fat in that dress’ as just a statement, they weren’t saying, ‘Lauren, you’re fat and ugly,’ but that’s what I heard when I saw that.
“Girls in high school and guys in high school who are being bullied online, and it’s just so easy for people to have access to that now. Social media is a beautiful thing if it’s used correctly, and it’s not always. I love it. I love the direct connection I have with my fans and how I get to share what I want to share of my life with them. They get to share with me as well. It’s a really cool thing, but it can be a bad thing as well. It’s like everything.” “Any kind of small comment, when you’re insecure about something, it’s a direct hit to that. I think that we all need to be more aware of that. I’ve learned to ignore it. I laugh at those things now, or I just delete them and move on.”
Brandon Lay Opens Up About His Biggest Influences + More
Brandon Lay’s hometown of Jackson, Tennessee, falls halfway between Memphis and Nashville, and musically so does he. His influences include artists that revolutionized country music in the ’90s, and Elvis Presley.
The 2017 Taste of Country RISER reaches further than that when he needs inspiration for a song, but for him it all begins right there, at home. His father is a pastor at a Baptist church, so hymns and congregations play a role. But it was his mother’s love of the King that stuck.
“Yeah, we’ve got a few of those,” Lay says, smiling when asked if home video of him impersonating Presley exists. “I’ve got one, in particular, doing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ by Elvis. That was pretty much my childhood, was mimicking whatever I saw. It wasn’t just music. If I saw a Pistol Pete basketball movie I’d be out shooting hoops, or if I saw Indiana Jones I’d be cracking a whip, so music was no different in that regard.”
The “Back on the Wagon” singer will kick a hole in any box you try to put him in. Hip-hop mix tapes out of Memphis left a mark. So did Guns N’ Roses for a few years, and later stories of life on the road with Carl Perkins from a local guitar picker named Charlie Baker. That’s who first encouraged him to try Nashville. Until that point a career singing songs was just a hobby.
“My very first live performance was an open mic night at a Tennessee River bar, a Highway 412 block building bar where I sang three songs,” Lay recalls, a smile on his face. “There were eight people there, two of them were bartenders. But I just remember the feeling on the way home. I felt like it was something I wanted to keep doing.”
Now married and signed to UMG Nashville, Lay is preparing to release his debut single this spring or summer. He paid his dues in a self-financed RV, playing colleges across the Southeast. Characters from both home and the road populate his songs.
“My most personal song is one called ‘You Don’t Want Me Loving You,’” Lay says. “I wrote that after a pretty rough label showcase a few years ago. The highs and lows of music can pull out some pretty good stuff. That’s where that song came from. Luckily for me my wife does love me, but that song for me is the most personal.”
Look for Lay on the road playing fairs and festivals this spring and summer, including a stop at Tortuga Music Festival in April
Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman
Rejoce always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances
For this is God’s will for, Christ Jesus 1 Thessalonians 5″16-18
Author Tricia Goyer: It’s taken me a while to feel what that I understand prayer and to consider myself a praying person. Maybe it’s because of a misconception that prayer was an event. I felt it was something I needed to remember to tack on at the end of my day, just like brushing my teeth before bed. It was a time when I needed to be still and come before Jesus. There are times when I do that. I love quiet mornings on my couch. Sometimes I even get on my knees before Him, but Is grown to discover prayer is not an event, its a continual conversation.
In the last week I prayed when I started home schooling sever children at one time. (I prayer we’d all learn and get along.) This morning I prayed as I watched my son drive away in the rain. (I prayed for his protection and for a bubble to surround his car from crazy drivers.) Last night I prayed for a friend when she shared a need on Facebook I didn’t want until the next morning’ quiet time to pray. As I sat in front of my computer, I closed my eyes for a moment and I asked Jesus to be with her and to give her peace.
We don’t need to wait for a certain time of day to pray, instead we can go to Jesus anytime. Longer prayer times are important–so listen well as to make requests- but Jesus’s ear is always attuned to even our small requests.
Each of us can be a praying person, and today is a wonderful day to start.
Brothers Osborne, Cadillac Three, and Raelynn
Joins Jamboree in the Hills Festival Lineup
Ten more artists have been added to the action-packed 2017 Jamboree in the Hills festival lineup, bringing some of the biggest names in country music to Belmont County, Ohio, from July 13 – 16. Representing a huge range of modern country styles, the new additions are led by rowdy hitmakers Brothers Osborne and The Cadillac Three, plus rising star Raelynn. Also included in the still-growing show bill are newcomers Kane Brown, Brett Young and the duo High Valley, plus ‘90s legend Aaron Tippin, Waterloo Revival and Dee Jay Silver.
They’ll join previously announced superstar headliners Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum, plus featured performers Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Young and more.
Back this summer for the 41st time, this year’s Jamboree In The Hills festival will kick off in welcoming style, with Jambo veteran Neal McCoy and local favorites Township Road performing a FREE Wednesday evening (July 12) concert, sponsored by Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration. The rest of the 2017 lineup will be revealed soon.
One of the longest-running and best-loved country festivals in the world, more than 100,000 diehard fans are expected to soak in four days of incredible music at Jamboree In The Hills, along with all the camaraderie and traditions they have come to know and enjoy – the famed “Redneck Run” each morning, opportunities for up close and personal photos and weekend-capping fireworks included. As always, fans are welcome to bring in their own coolers and beverages, with the same rules of entry applying as in the past (no liquor or glass containers).
Multi-day camping, VIP passes and single-day tickets are still available via www.jamboreeinthehills.com, onsite at the Belmont venue or by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX.
Marcg 20, 2017 [Monday] Issue #1600
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
MARV ALBERT’S LONG TIME CO-HOST ENDS CAREER On Monday night, March 13, 2017 the voice of basketball Marv Albert learns that John Andariese, his longtime broadcast partner both on television and radio, passes away in his home in Florida after a long battle with dementia. Marv remembers: He was one of the nicest people I have ever been fortunate enough to know. John Andariese, for 12 years MSG Networks television analyst alongside Albert. Also, the NY Knicks analyst for nearly 35 years, passes away at 78.
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MEREDITH & DOUG MAKE MAGIC IN ALBUQUERQUE Cumulus Media announces two programming changes on KMGA FM (99.5 Magic FM) in Albuquerque, NM. Doug Durocher joins KMGA FM as Morning Co-Host with Meredith Dunkel after 10 years as Morning Host on KCXX FM in Riverside, CA. Bryan Simmons’ radio career spans many years in Los Angeles, CA; most recently, CBS Radio KTWV FM and prior to that, longtime PM Drive Host on iHeart Media KOST FM Los Angeles also joins KMGA FM as Program Director and PM Drive Host.
NEWS TALK RADIO IS TOPS Nielsen: News/Talk grabs highest millennial ratings in five years. Radio ratings giant Nielsen Audio January 2017 PPM survey indicates the News/Talk radio format registers its best numbers in the 18-39 demographic since November 2012. Nielsen reports that AQH share in the demo is 4.9% in the January 2017 survey. That beats January 2016’s 4.1% share. The Nielsen News/Talk format in the PPM markets also includes about 50 public radio NPR affiliates.
CLASSIC ROCKER REDUCES POWER Classic Rock WERV FM (95.9 The River) Aurora, IL listeners may notice a little static and a weaker signal for the time being. Due to some issues with its transmitter, Classic Rock WERV FM has to cut back approximately 30% of its normal power that weakens its signal. Station owner Alpha Media informs the FCC about its reduced power, plus the reasons behind it. WERV FM engineers hope to fix WERV FM’s signal problems and have its transmitter back to full power as soon as possible.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who does world’s first play-by-play broadcast of a professional hockey game? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Billy Thorman March 6th. Tammie S. Webb March 23, 2017. •WLUP FM (97.9 The Loop) Chicago, IL celebrates its 40th anniversary on March 14, 2017. •STEVE GRANATO joins Renda Broadcasting as PD of its four-station cluster in Ft. Myers-Naples-Marco Island, FL •DREW OLSON Brew City Sports media personality takes over the midday show on iHeartMedia Sports Talk WOKY-920 (The Big 920) Milwaukee, WI effective Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 TUNISIA gains independence from France on March 20th. •1963 JOHNNY CASH records Merle Kilgore’s Ring Of Fire on March 25th at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, TN. •1977 PREMIER INDIRA GANDHI loses election in India on March 20th. •1981 WILLIE NELSON’s Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground nabs #1 in Billboard Country on March 21st. •1993 MORTON DOWNEY, JR. weds Lori Krebs on March 20th. •2002 ALISON KRAUSS + Union Station’s album New Favorite goes Gold on March 20th.
EMAILS YES WE HAVE EMAIL
JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-Memphis DJ and PD] (Memphis, TN) We came to Memphis, I at WHBQ, in 1958. I was offered a job shortly before WHBQ, in Chattanooga, but turned it down. I do know where Pulaski, TN is; in the early 60s, Shirley had a brother who was assistant headmaster of a military academy on a mountain just southwest of Pulaski. We usually would drive from here to hwy 64, then take it to the Sewanee Military Academy, which also had a college there. Enjoyable trips. We’d go through some of the caves between there and Chattanooga. I’m sure Interstate 40 hadn’t been built yet…by the time I-40 was built, he and his family had moved to just below Nashville, and he had become headmaster of a military academy there. We also had friends later with whom I’d worked at WDXI in Jackson, TN. back in 1957 and early 58…George and Dot Wyatt…he looked like Rock Hudson and sang like Bing Crosby…really!. His wife was a Liz Taylor lookalike. At one time George became a big big name in country radio as “George Lewis Wyatt The Third”, on the bit country station in Birmingham. Shortly after that, they moved to Chattanooga and he worked in radio there for awhile, then bought a radio station in Pulaski. He died a couple of years ago where he had retired on a ranch he owned between Chattanooga and Knoxville. JP
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JAY WEAVER [KLBK–1360 Lubbock, KPCN-730, KBUY–1540, Fort Worth] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Yes, Sir, Jim – My interview with him (Tex Ritter) may well have been in 1967. I really don’t know. Tried to see if I could find out then he was Grand Marshal of the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show and Rodeo, but research turned up nothing. By the way, Mike Marshall contributed a nice piece in the last newsletter mentioning when was at KULF – 790 in Houston doing an all night show. He mentioned his “all night newsman” Sam Putney. Well, Sam is now here in Dallas/Fort Worth doing news on WBAP (820) and KLIF (570). Still doing News and sounds good! Jay
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 14, 1923 Pete Parker of CKCK-620 in Regina, Saskatchewan does world’s first play-by-play broadcast of a professional hockey game where Edmonton beats Regina 1-0.
MIKE MARSHALL [ex WFAA-570, KQUE FM] (Houston, TX) Subject: My name. Jim, I just have to comment on two of the messages you published in the March 17 JRRR. Jim Shannon commented on my post about KULF in the 70’s and spelled my name with one “l”. An official or law enforcement officer like a federal marshal or Marshal Dillon or a fire marshal is always spelled with one “l”. The name, like mine or Chief Justice John Marshall, is always spelled with two “l”s. Jay Weaver made a very common mistake, of which I am understandably sensitive, by saying that Tex Ritter was the Grand Marshall of the Fort Worth Rodeo parade. It happens all the time. I was recently sent some photos of my high school in Fort Worth’s homecoming parade with a big sign on one of the car doors that read, “Grand Marshall”. Mike (Two Ls) Marshall
MARK TWAIN (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910) Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman
Easter Is Approaching Are We Ready ?
I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God;
For He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness – Isaih 61:10
For You are my lamp, O Lord;
The Lord shall enlighten my darkness. – 2 Samuel 22:29
Lindsay Ell Reveals Debut EP “Worth the Wait”
Currently performing nationally on superstar and fellow guitar shredder Brad Paisley’s Life Amplified World Tour
The ‘wait’ is almost over as rising star Lindsay Ell revealed today her highly-anticipated debut EP WORTH THE WAIT will be released on Friday, March 24 via Stoney Creek Records.Produced by celebrated GRAMMY-winning musician Kristian Bush (of Sugarland), fans and critics alike are buzzing over the budding star’s debut project.
The six-song compilation is stacked with vulnerability and is deliberate in its sequence, giving listeners a front row seat to a deeply personal narrative. Opening with the flirtatious “Waiting on You,” Ell breezily croons, “I’m a July sky / You’re a bottle rocket / I’m waiting on you…”
“Criminal” then marks a cascading mood shift in an undefined relationship, capturing Ell’s tantalizing vocals over punchy guitar lines. “Space” and “Standing Here” are instantly relatable emotional stand-outs, featuring contributions from heavy-hitting songwriters including Caitlyn Smith and Ryan Hurd, respectively.
The EP’s title track “Worth The Wait” begins to break down walls and sees a relationship come full-circle with its heartfelt lyrics and sweeping melody. Finally, Ell digs into John Mayer’s “Stop This Train,” which not only concludes the project thematically, but also reconfirms the young talent’s capacity for guitar riffs knows no boundaries.
Ell, who PerezHilton.com praised as having “all the makings to be a superstar” and The Calgary Herald lauded as “the complete package” thrives in a lane of her own as the youngest female lead guitar player in the mainstream Country music landscape. The Stoney Creek Records artist is currently performing nationally on superstar and fellow guitar shredder Brad Paisley’s Life Amplified World Tour.
WORTH THE WAIT TRACK LISTING:
1) “Waiting on You” (Lindsay Ell, Adam Hambrick, Andrew DeRoberts)
2) “Criminal” (Lindsay Ell, Chris Stevens, Fred Wilhelm)
3) “Space” (Caitlyn Smith, Heather Morgan, Maggie Chapman)
4) “Standing Here” (Melissa Peirce, Ryan Hurd, Chase McGill)
5) “Worth The Wait” (Lindsay Ell, Travis Meadows)
6) “Stop This Train” (John Mayer, Pino Palladion)
Swon Brothers Release New EP “Pretty Cool Scars”
Zach and Colton, deliver their new EP Pretty Cool Scars today. Tonight they will celebrate the new release with a Free show for fans at Nashville’s ACME Feed and Seed. The brothers spent the majority of 2016 on Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller Tour and had the opportunity to showcase new music to fans all over the United States, before going into the studio to record their new EP with producer Brad Hill. (Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne).
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Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Inspiration Station For All In Need This Morning
“God Is Real” Author: Judy Kaden
“I’ve been cramming, everything we own into boxes for weeks , and I was just about at my wit’s end. When my job relocated me to Georgia, I accepted it as God’s will….but it didn’t mean I liked it. “As my nine year old son began sorting through his things, I noticed a huge collection of Happy Mel toys in the “throw away pile’. He’d outgrown most of them, but for some reason It just So didn’t feel right to just trash them . So I just put them in a trash bag, and tossed them in the corner to deal with later.”That afternoon, I glanced out the window and saw my new neighbor coming home with a little boy. Suddenly I knew exactly what to do with plastic toys.
“As I grabbed the bag and walked toward their door, it was as if a strong wind had my back . I knocked and when she answered and looked at the garage sack, I felt slightly foolish. “We have a bunch of Happy Meals toys, “I muttered, I thought your boy may like to have them.””Her eyes glistened with tears as she took the bag. “I’m his aunt and just prayed that Jay could have some kind of special memory of his mother who recently passed away,” she uttered . Every Wednesday she took him to McDonald’s. These will mean so much to us both. How can I possibly thank you”
In that moment,
all my frustration about moving lifted from my heart I hugged her and whispered,
not me you need to thank, this was all God!”
Dolly Parton Struts Her Feathers as Animated Singing Chicken
Dolly’s always been very Animated but in March 13 she gave new meaning to the word
On today’s episode of Lily’s Driftwood Bay, Dolly voiced an animated chicken named Nolene, a famous country music-singing fowl who becomes stranded on Driftwood Bay.
Lily’s Driftwood Bay is a preschool mixed-media animated show on Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network. It stars 5-year-old Lily who lives in a beach hut with her dad. Every day, the sea washes up a curious new treasure that sparks Lily’s imagination about what might be happening across the way on Driftwood Bay.
“Nolene is a very famous chicken, probably one of the most famous chickens ever there was,” says Dolly in a promo video. “And Nolene gets kinda boat-wrecked, if you will, and she washes up on Driftwood Bay. And so she’s trying to get Salty [dog] to go with her on the road on tour. Now, whether he does, or whether he doesn’t, you’re just going to have to watch and see.”
You can watch a clip of the episode below, and check out sproutsonline.com for the full episode when they post it.