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Raymond Greenberg Inducted In IDSS HOF S.Africa

Rest In Peace Raymond Greenberg We Will Never Forget You

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 seen holding his award, confirming his induction into the HALL OF FAME

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Biography of 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.

RAYMOND GREENBERG HALL OF FAME AWARD

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Are you ready for Country Music’s Party of the Year?

George Strait Among First Round Of Performers Announced For 2019 ACM Awards

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.

Country Songwriters Revolt Against Spotify & Amazon

Country Songwriters Revolt Against Spotify And Amazon

Hit makers speaking out about controversy impacting all your favorite country tunes

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

Who cares about songwriters? Not Spotify or Amazon

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.

Come on your song only needs to play 4 times to earn a penny how much more do you want?

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.”

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

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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

Runaway June’s Feisty ‘Buy My Own Drinks’ Video

Watch Runaway June’s Feisty ‘Buy My Own Drinks’ Video

Country trio offer a feisty message full of can-do spirit in the cute new video

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.

American Idol made its big debut March 2019

American Idol Big Debut March 2019

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.

AirplayExpress Launches Traditional Country Chart

AirplayExpress Launches New Traditional Country Chart

Traditional Country Lives on as AirplayExpress keeps rolling on the Traditional Tracks

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.

 

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.

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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

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