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Dolly Parton has a new video for the title track to her latest CD, "Backwoods Barbie." The clip, mixes images of a young Dolly in the East Tennessee hills dreaming of a glamorous life as a star with shots of Parton in Hollywood. Dolly notes the song, quote, "pretty much says it all." She explains, quote, "It’s true that the way I look is just a country girl's idea of glamour. I've always been a bit of a cartoon character, but that comes from an honest place. I'm always getting too dolled up. My real name is Dolly, so I'm just a backwoods Dolly asking for a chance." The song will also be featured in the new stage adaptation of "9 to 5: The Musical," which will open on Broadway on April 30th.

Willie Nelson is contributing to a new book about the late Ray Charles.  "Ray Charles: The Photographs Of Joe Adams," which covers a variety of facets of both Charles' life and work.. All royalties from book sales will go to The Ray Charles Robinson Foundation, an organization that helps hearing impaired children. 

Loretta Lynn is re-recording many of her No. 1 hits for an upcoming album produced by John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. She is also working on an album of new material that could be in stores by the spring. The new music may also feature members of her family. Lynn's previous album, 2004's “Van Lear Rose,” earned two Grammy awards.

Marty Stuart will re-release his photo history book, “Country Music: The Masters” on November 11th 2008. The 342-page collection includes the singer's personal photos of friends including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Ray Charles.

Vince Gill, Roseanne Cash, and Ricky Skaggs will be featured on an upcoming album by jazz bassist Charlie Haden. "Oceans of Diamonds" is to be released inhj October 2008.  

Toby Keith and Willie Nelson will be a part of  “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!”  airing November 23rd on Comedy Central.  A DVD of the special will be released on Nov. 25, 2008 with proceeds benefiting Feed America.

Patty Loveless is set for a tour of theaters to promote her new album, “Sleepless Nights,” to be released on September 9th 2008 by Saguaro Roads Records. The tour, her first in three years, begins September 26th in State College, Pa., and initially includes 12 cities through early November. The shows include performances October 1-2 at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va. “Sleepless Nights” features her interpretations of classic country songs popularized by George Jones, Ray Price, Hank Williams and Webb Pierce, among others.
Willie Nelson has written another book. “A Tale Out of Luck,” is co-written with Mike Blakely, and is a classic western tale that brings to life characters and themes central to any great Wild West novel — Texas Rangers, cattle rustling, Indians warriors, women of ill repute, saloons, shootouts, and more. It's the back story for his false-front western town, Luck, which he built outside of Austin. Luck has been the location of several events and productions including commercials and Willie's video with Toby Keith, “Beer for My Horses.” “A Tale Out of Luck” will be available September 3rd. 2008
Elvis Presley Christmas Duets - 2008
Martina McBride, Sara Evans and LeAnn Rimes are part of a new Christmas album in which the ladies sing with the late Elvis Presley. “Elvis Presley Christmas Duets” marks he first time that any Presley duet album has been marketed. The duets are made possible through the use of technology that permits the country stars to harmonize with The King. Gretchen Wilson, Carrie Underwood, and Wynonna Judd are also on the disc, along with Amy Grant, Anne Murray, and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman. The women cut their vocals in Studio B in Nashville, the same place Presley’s original recordings were done. Songs on the disc include “I'll Be Home For Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “Merry Christmas Baby,” and “Silver Bells.” “Elvis Presley Christmas Duets” will be in stores on October 14th
Glen Campbell will perform at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, to help launch his CD, “Meet Glen Campbell.” on August 19th -- the day "Meet Glen Campbell" hits stores. Read the full story on website at www.countrymusicclassics.com   
Loretta Lynn has been in the studio with John Carter Cash,  re-recording some of her older hits. Loretta is also working on an album of new classics with her sisters, Peggy Sue and Crystal Gayle.
Time Life will release the first set of recordings from Hank Williams' 1951 “Mother's Best” radio show over the next three years, with the initial release set for this fall.
Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs are featured
on an upcoming “Oceans of Diamond” album by jazz bassist, Charlie Haden, to be released on September 23rd 2008 on Decca.
Dolly Parton wrote the title track especially for
Jessica Simpson’s “Do You Know?” CD which is scheduled for September 9th 2008 release.
George Strait‘s upcoming ten track “Classic Christmas”
CD will feature "We Three Kings," "Up on the Housetop," "Hark, The
Herald Angels Sing," "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." George says he wanted to put together a collection of traditional Christmas songs he listened to when he grew up, and admits it was hard to narrow the selection down to just ten cuts. "Classic Christmas" will be in stores on October 7th 2008.
ANSWER: Willie Nelson and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis are releasing
the album "Two Men with the Blues" featurering Marsalis and his quartet with Nelson and his harmonica player, Mickey Raphael, recorded during a two-night stand recorded last January in New York City.
Ricky Skaggs and Doc Watson will be the subject of the Sugar
Hill Records' Americana Master Series with new compilation albums.
Watson's releases span from 1960 through 2006. Selections on the collection include solo work, as well as duets with Marty Stuart, Bryan Sutton and son Merle Watson. Skaggs' collection includes early recordings like "I'll Stay Around" and "Little Cabin Home on the Hill."
Dobro master Jerry Douglas will perform four nights at
the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater as their 2008 artist-in-residence. The shows are set for Aug. 19 and 27 and Sept. 16 and 30. Douglas' 12th solo album, “Glide,” will be released on Aug.
19th 2008.
 George and Dolly’s duet on “Rockin’ Years” is in his
new “GEORGE JONES - BURN YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN” album, to be released on Bandit Records in August 2008.
Ricky Skaggs has recorded bluegrass versions
of his best-known country hits for “The High Notes,” a new album to be sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Country Stores. The 12 tracks on The High Notes include 10 of the No. 1 hits he first recorded for Epic Records.
Among the titles are "Crying My Heart Out Over You," "Heartbroke,"
"Highway 40 Blues," "I Wouldn't Change You If I Could," "Cajun Moon" and "Country Boy." The new CD will be available on July 1.
“George Jones – Burn Your Playhouse Down” is a new album of
duets of unreleased collaborations George made with a variety of stars over the years. The oldest recording dates back to the mid-‘70s and features George's ex-wife, the late Tammy Wynette. The most recent Jones' duet with Tammy’s daughter, Georgette, which was recorded in 2007. Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Mark Chesnutt, and Dolly Parton are also on the project. “George Jones – Burn Your Playhouse Down” is scheduled for release on August 19th 2008.
Patty Loveless and Marty Stuart are featured on the
upcoming album “Moneyland,” which is scheduled for a July 8th 2008 release.
Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and the Del McCoury Band are also on the disc. “Moneyland” presents a look at today’s economic injustice through a selection of six new songs and eight classics including “We’ll Never Leave Harlin Alive,” “Mama’s Hungry Eyes,” and “Breadline Blues.”
Willie Nelson’s new five-CD box set begins and ends with his song “When I’ve Sang My Last Hillbilly Song.” It was one of the first songs he ever wrote and recorded back in 1954. Nelson recorded it again in 2007.  “One Hell of a Ride” includes  100 of Willie’s favorite tunes, and  is a virtual history of recording over the past five decades, spanning the various technologies of the studios and the different phases that Nelson’s music went through.
The Derailers and Dwight Yoakam Remember Buck Owens
By Deborah Evans Price
© 2008 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then inspiration is the highest form of creativity. Both elements come to play in two recent albums that achieve their excellence through celebrating the late County Music Hall of Fame member Buck Owens .

On Dwight Sings Buck, released by New West Records, Dwight Yoakam, a longtime Owens friend and collaborator, offers 15 songs that include such classics as "Act Naturally," "Together Again" and "My Heart Skips a Beat." And Palo Duro Records has issued Under the Influence of Buck by The Derailers, the Austin-based band forged on its founders' appreciation for Owens. "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail," "Cryin' Time" and "Love's Gonna Live Here" are among the 13 tracks featured on that album.

The son of a Texas sharecropper, Owens was the most prominent proponent of the "Bakersfield Sound," whose crisply picked Fender guitars, honky-tonk beat and rugged but tuneful vocals were transported from California's Central Valley to the world in large part by the success of Buck Owens and his Buckaroos.

On Yoakam's second album, Hillbilly Deluxe, released on Warner Bros./Reprise Records in 1987, he honored that sound with the single "Little Ways." "It started with a very deliberate reference to Buck in the phrasing of the opening line when I pushed the time," he said. "I had dedicated the song to him and he was aware of that. The label knew I was playing the Kern County Fair, and Warner Bros. set up a meeting at Buck's radio station. We hit it off, and he agreed to come out to see us at the fair. We got him to get up onstage with us. That was the first time he had done that in a long, long time."

Before long Yoakam and Owens recorded a hit duet, "The Streets of Bakersfield," which helped establish a friendship that lasted until Owens' death on March 25, 2006 - just four days after the two had shared a four-hour phone conversation. "He was talking about writing his memoirs," Yoakam recalled. "He was also talking about wanting to do more bronze statues for the Crystal Palace [Owens' concert venue in Bakersfield]. He literally was talking the future, for the most part. I could never imagine four days later he would not be here."

Up to that point, out of respect, Yoakam had never played his mentor's songs, except when playing "Streets of Bakersfield" as an encore or backing Owens onstage. "After he died, we were in Orlando, Fla., to perform," Yoakam said. "And I said, 'We should probably do two or three songs in memory of Buck for a couple of weeks.' For my audience and those members of my audience that were fans of Buck's, we allowed them the opportunity to say goodbye with us."

Those performances led toward recording Dwight Sings Buck. "The band and I were in a rehearsal studio," Yoakam said. "We would begin each song by hearing Buck's original arrangements, and then I would listen to a work tape that we had of what we just did and think through ideas, variations and things. The most distinct arrangement is probably 'Only You.' I hope I captured an underlying spirit in what that song was. And, of course, the first single, 'Close Up the Honky Tonks,' is a very distinct arrangement. This album was a happy experience, every moment of doing this record."

Yoakam and New West Records will donate a portion of the proceeds from Dwight Sings Buck to the Buck Owens American Music Foundation, a charity dedicated to preserving the Bakersfield Sound and the legacy of Owens.

That legacy impacted, among many other artists, The Beatles, whose cover of "Act Naturally" caught the young Brian Hofeldt's attention. "I was about 7 years old," the future Derailers singer and lead guitarist remembered. "I'd sit down at the piano and try to bang out 'Act Naturally,' and my folks said, 'You know, that's actually a Buck Owens song.' And I went, 'Buck Owens? The guy from "Hee Haw"?' I didn't know, but I thought if The Beatles liked him, I'm going to listen to as much as I can. Buck Owens really stuck with me. I just loved his delivery and his songs. That guitar sound was just so stunning and sparkling and clear. It really spoke to me."

The Derailers met Owens in 1995. "Our friend Casper Rawls had a Buck Owens birthday bash every year in Austin at the Continental Club," Hofeldt related. "In 1995, he finally talked Buck into coming down to visit. Buck stood back in the corner, and when we got up onstage to do our Buck songs in the show, he came up and stood right in front of us. He was visibly touched because we had paid such direct homage to his music and even [by] the way we dressed and presented ourselves."

Four years later, Owens invited The Derailers to be the house band for his 70th birthday bash at the Crystal Palace. The back cover of Under the Influence of Buck shows him standing in front of the stage that night, watching The Derailers and smiling. Later he joined them in the studio to record "Play Me the Waltz of the Angels," which appears on their 1999 album Full Western Dress.

Remembering that session, Hofeldt recalled Owens telling them, "'It's interesting you guys picked this song to involve me with. I'd actually played guitar on the original Wynn Stewart version.' It was a real full-circle thing for him. Of course, it was just an amazing, wonderful experience for us to be involved in a recording with Buck Owens. I can't say enough nice things about how supportive he was to us over the years."

In recording Under the Influence of Buck, Hofeldt said, "we did adhere pretty close to the arrangements that Buck and his Buckaroos and Ken Nelson, Buck's producer, laid out for those songs. For so many years, we've been playing those songs like that, and another thing is that the sound is so specific and so unique and such a part of what we've taken as a part of our sound that we really wanted to, in tribute to Buck, play that sound the way it was. We felt we were approaching what we were doing in a way that Buck would be proud of. We had him on our minds the whole time."

Both Yoakam and Hofeldt have benefited from their friend's advice. "One thing I really remember is he said, 'Don't be afraid to entertain the idea of doing an outside song from another songwriter,'" Hofeldt recalled. "He said, 'I have my own publishing company and I'm doing well with it. I wrote most of my own songs. But I never would have gotten my first No. 1 if I hadn't gotten "Act Naturally,"' which was written by Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison.

As for Yoakam, the most valuable lesson imparted by Owens was "to cherish the opportunity that I've had to make a living performing music. Watching him enjoy what he was doing to the very end of his life, that makes it a great lesson."

Owens actually performed at the Crystal Palace on the night he died. Shortly after ending his show, he encountered some late arrivals who had just made it down from Oregon and without hesitation went back to sing some more for them. "He played a short set and ended with 'Big in Vegas,'" Hofeldt said, noting the song that closes The Derailers tribute album. "That was the last song that Buck ever performed. To the end, he was the ultimate entertainer."

On the Web:
buckowens.com; derailers.com; dwightyoakam.com
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been in the studio with producer George Massenburg.  Singer-songwriter Jon Randall is co-producing the new project. The Dirt Band will hit the road with close friends Poco and that band’s founder, Jim Messina, in 2008. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.
Willie Nelson’s new  “Moment of Forever” is due in stores in January, and is co-produced by Kenny Chesney and Buddy Cannon.
The Last Stand,” is available  exclusively at Cracker Barrel stores and the company's Web site. The 12-song album includes previously unreleased recordings from Alabama's 2003 farewell tour, including live versions of "The Closer You Get," "Old Flame," "Forty Hour Week," "Feels So Right" and "The Fans."
Ronnie Milsap says he has been gathering new material and plans to start recording a new album early next year. Ronnie says he’s been playing songs around the house to see how they feel and that the next step will be to go in studio with the band to demo the new material. Milsap says the new project has not yet been named.
Two country compilations will be released on January 8th as part of the Ultimate Grammy Collection CD series. The contemporary country CD will feature Vince Gill, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Judds, as well as George Jones' "Choices" and June Carter Cash's "Keep on the Sunny Side." The classic country CD will offer songs by Roger Miller, Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been in Nashville recording new material with producer Jon Randall. Band member John McEuen, who plays banjo, mandolin and guitar, says they're working on a few old songs and finding some new tunes as well.
Willie Nelson says it's about time his sister, Bobbie, made her solo recording debut. Bobbie's album "Audiobiography," is a collection of 12 of her favorite songs. Willie is featured on two of the cuts, and he also plays guitar on the album. In turn, Bobbie performs some of her songs in a segment during Willie's live shows.
Merle Haggard’s “The  Bluegrass Sessions”  racked up his highest first-week sales for a new release since 2000.  Hag’s first bluegrass album features a duet with Alison Krauss on his classic “Mama’s Hungry Eyes.”
George Jones and Mel Tillis  are among the 13 artists featured on the  compilation CD “The Greatest Country Love Songs.”  Other artists include Pam Tillis, Tammy Cochran,  Aaron Tippin, Gene Watson, and Rhonda Vincent
...in stores today...
John Mellencamp, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Martha Wainwright, The Black Crowes, Andrew Bird, Devendra Banhart, Tim O'Brien, Bettye LaVette and many others contribute tracks to this unique 50-song, three-CD set compiled by former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Grammy-nominated producer David Macias and producer/musician Ed Pettersen. Song of America traces the history of our country through new versions of culturally significant songs- we are very proud of the results.

All proceeds will benefit National History Day, Folk Alliance, The Center for American Music, and The Americana Music Association
Intrigued? Sample tracks and learn more about the project by visiting www.myspace.com/songofamerica 
-or-  Go straight to Amazon or iTunes
Dolly Parton's new single "Better Get To Livin"' is available exclusively for download on iTunes and will  be shipped to country radio stations on September 28th. It's the first single from "Backwoods Barbie,” which should be available early next year. "Better Get To Livin"' is also one of the songs from the forthcoming Broadway musical "9 to 5 The Musical," for which Dolly wrote all the words and music. It's expected to open in  New York City in the Spring of 2009.
September Music Releases
These and more titles are hitting store shelves this month!

Suzy Bogguss / Sweet Danger / Loyal Dutchess
Cowboy Jack Clement / Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan / Shout Factory (DVD)
Heavy Trash / Going Way Out with Heavy Trash / Yep Roc

Kenny Chesney / Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates / BNA
Julie Ingram / Keep on Believin' / Long Shot
Billy Joe Shaver / Storyteller, Live at the Bluebird 1992 / Sugar Hill

Emmylou Harris / Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems / Rhino
Jim Lauderdale / The Bluegrass Diaries / Yep Roc
Reba McEntire / Reba Duets / MCA
Red Steagall / Here We Go Again / Wildcatter

Johnny Cash / The Gospel Music of Johnny Cash / Gaither Music Group (DVD)
Rascal Flatts / Still Feels Good / Lyric Street
Ricky Skaggs and The Whites / Salt of the Earth / Skaggs Family
The two-disc DVD set, "The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show” features 66 performances from the series, which ran from June 1969 through March 1971. George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Charley Pride are some of the other artists showcased on the DVD. "The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show" will be released on September 18th.
Waylon’s son Shooter Jennings’ new CD, “The Wolf, ”will be released October 23rd.  The Oak Ridge Boys are heard on a track titled “Slow Train.”
"Legends of American Music: Merle Haggard" is a three-CD collection of  60 of Haggards’ biggest hits and will be available  November 6th.
Elvis Presley is logging yet another chart-topper in the UK. The two-disc collection "The King," which was issued overseas in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of his death, is debuting at number one on the British album chart. But the reissue of Presley's 1968 hit "Suspicious Minds" didn't fare quite as well on the singles chart, entering the list at number eleven. However, the song was just rereleased on the exact date  -- 30 years to the day that Presley passed away -- and only three days of sales could be considered for the tally, so the track could still climb the chart. "The King" is Presley's eleventh album to reach number one on the British chart, and arrives on the list nearly 51 years after his first UK album chart-topper, "Rock 'n' Roll," captured the number one spot in November 1956.
Time Life is developing a series titled “Legends of the Opry” and Porter  Wagoner will be the first artist to be featured. Material for the series is coming from live performances from Grand Ole Opry shows. “Legends of the Grand Ole Opry: Porter Wagoner Sings His Hits” will include songs spanning 1963 through 1967. It's the first time these live performances have ever been issued, and the first live album from Porter in over 40 years.  Later this year, Grand Ole Opry performances by Willie Nelson and Marty Robbins will be available as part of the new series. “Legends of the Grand Ole Opry: Porter Wagoner Sings His Hits” will arrive in stores on September 25th.
New Music Releases...
These and more titles are hitting store shelves this month August 2007!
Luke Bryan / I'll Stay Me / Capitol
Sam Bush / On the Road / Sugar Hill
Halfway To Hazard / Halfway to Hazard / Stylesonic/Mercury
Lori McKenna / Unglamorous / Warner Bros./StyleSonic
Carmen Rasmusen / Nothin' Like the Summer / Lofton Creek
John Berry / Those Were the Days / Clear Sky
Ronnie McCoury / Little Mo'McCoury / McCoury Music
Joe Nichols / Real Things / Universal South
Travis Tritt / The Storm / Category 5
Stephen Cochran / Stephen Cochran / Aria
Flynnville Train / Flynnville Train / Show Dog Nashville
Crystal Gayle / Greatest Hits / Capitol/EMI
Sarah Johns / Big Love in a Small Town / BNA
Cledus T. Judd / Boogity, Boogity / Curb
Lyle Lovett / It's Not Big It's Large / Lost Highway
Various Artists / Classic Bluegrass Collection / Time Life
A new video of Lisa Marie Presley singing "In the Ghetto," accompanied by her late father, is going to be posted on the AOL Internet site Spinner.com. It'll mark the 30th anniversary of her father's death. Lisa Marie's voice was added to the original version of her father's hit song from 1969. The video duet features Presley and images of her late father. 
Music by Brooks & Dunn, Travis Tritt, and Alabama are  featured on the soundtrack CD for “Dale,”  the feature film that is the only authorized biography of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. Set for release August 28th as a venture by CMT Films and NASCAR Images, the soundtrack CD will be sold exclusively at all Wal-Mart stores and Walmart.com.
Two more volumes of “The Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show” will be released on October 9th. These volumes -- the third and fourth in the series -- offer shows from 1961 and 1962, when the bluegrass duo was in peak form. One of the new volumes features two performances by 7-year-old prodigy Ricky Skaggs.
Dolly Parton will record on her own label, Dolly Records and  will be the only artist signed to the record company.  She plans to have a new album out in February, whihc will be her  first mainstream country record  in 17 years. 
Merle Haggard’s  “The Bluegrass Sessions,” will be released October 2nd. The CD is produced by Ronnie Reno,  and guests  include Alison Krauss, who duets on “Mama’s Hungry Eyes.” Marty Stuart plays guitar and mandolin and wrote the liner notes.
Dwight’s  new CD, “Dwight Sings Buck,”  contains fifteen songs and will be released  October 23rd  Click here for more info
Waylon Jennings’ “Never Say Die: The Final Concert Film” is a three disc DVD set of his last concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and features his wife Jessie Colter, John Anderson, Montgomery Gentry and Travis Tritt.  In addition to the two-hour concert, the package includes rehearsal footage and interviews with Waylon, Jessie, Bobby Bare, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and others. The two audio CDs include the full-length concert as well as eight previously unreleased songs.
Vince Gill and Fruit of the Loom have created a unique video, Vince Gill performs onstage with the various Fruit of the Loom characters
Reba McEntire is singing with Red Steagall on his upcoming album “Here We Go Again,” which contains duet versions of his hits. McEntire joins him on the title cut while Toby Keith vocalizes on “Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music.” Charley Pride sings on “Party Dolls and Wine” and Neal McCoy performs with Steagall on “Early Mornin’ Kind of Love.” 
John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is releasing his album “The Music of the Wild West.” The songs on the album are taken from his score for the ten-hour epic Warner Bros. television mini-series "The Wild West," an Emmy-nominated documentary that chronicles the Old West from 1866 to 1896.
Crystal Gayle will celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" with a 25-song Greatest Hits collection, due August  28th. Released by Capitol Nashville and EMI, the album includes material from several record labels and will feature 13 of her No. 1 hits, including "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," "Talking in Your Sleep," "Why Have You Left the One You Left Me For," "'Til I Gain Control Again" and a duet with Eddie Rabbitt, "You and I."
The Derailers will release “Under the Influence of Buck,”
an album of Buck Owens songs, on July 31 on Palo Duro Records. The Austin-based honky-tonk band was formed in the '90s after the musicians realized they were all big fans of Owens. In turn, Owens invited the band to perform at his 70th birthday party in Bakersfield, Calif., in 1999. Selections on the 13-track project include "Love's Gonna Live Here," "Together Again," "My Heart Skips a Beat" and "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail.”
Charlie Daniels is recording a duets album that includes  Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton. The album will be released on October 9th.
Joe Nichols sang harmony with Gene Watson on  the CD “In a Perfect World,” which  is in Watson’s newest CD project, set for September release
The Charlie Daniels Band  new  “Live From Iraq” features a bonus DVD of never-before-seen documentary footage.
Bobbie Nelson’s “Autobiography,” album, due for  September release, features 12-songs, including two written by brother Willie,  who joins her on guitar and vocals.
Billboard’s Top Twenty Current Country Albums
(for the sales week ending 6/24/07)
1. Brad Paisley, 5th Gear
2. Toby Keith, Big Dog Daddy
3. Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift
4. Big & Rich, Between Raising Hell & Amazing
5. Carrie Underwood, Some Hearts
6. Jason Aldean, Relentless
7. Tim McGraw, Let It Go
8. Rascal Flatts, Me And My Gang
9. Sugarland, Enjoy The Ride
10. Alison Krauss, A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection
11. Bucky Covington, Bucky Covington
12. Keith Urban, Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing
13. Martina McBride, Waking Up Laughing
14. Tracy Lawrence, For The Love
15. Gretchen Wilson, One Of The Boys
16. Miranda Lambert, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
17. Rodney Atkins, If You're Going Through Hell
18. Brad Paisley, Time Well Wasted
19. Billy Currington, Doin' Somethin' Right
20. Josh Turner, Your Man
(Source: Nielsen SoundScan)
New Artist Spotlight:
By Kristen Scherer
© 2007 CMA Close Up News Service /
Country Music Association, Inc.
With the out-of-the-box success of their debut single, "I Loved Her First," Heartland seems to be one of those overnight success stories. But it's not that simple. In reality the band worked for years to develop the song and stagecraft that brought them to the attention of veteran Music Row executive Mike Borchetta, who signed Heartland to his Lofton Creek Records label. And with that leadoff song already established as a bona-fide wedding standard, these guys are off to a great start.

The members of Heartland - guitarists Craig Anderson and Mike Myerson, bassist Keith West, lead singer Jason Albert, fiddler Chuck Crawford and drummer Todd Anderson - are Alabama-based in more ways than one, having been strongly influenced from day one by a certain superstar Country band from their home state. Back in1997 the band got their first shot at stardom performing at the June Jam, Alabama's annual concert event in Fort Payne, Ala. For Heartland, playing the June Jam was a defining moment.

Lately, Heartland has been busy on the road in support of their debut album, I Loved Her First, which was produced by "I Loved Her First" co-writer Walt Aldridge and released in October.

Who is your musical hero?
ALBERT: "Sam Cooke."
WEST: "Elvis."

What CD is on your stereo?
ALBERT: "Los Lonely Boys."
MYERSON: "Conway Twitty."
WEST: "Merle Haggard."

What song do you wish you had written?
ANDERSON: "'What Becomes of the Broken Hearted.'"

Do you prefer planes, trains or automobiles?
WEST: "Fast cars."

Which song would you like to cover?
Band: "'Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution' by AC/DC."

What song do you sing in the shower?
ANDERSON: "'Dirt,' by Motley Crue."
MYERSON: "'Fruit Salad,' by The Wiggles."

On the Web:
In Stores Tuesday:
Ryan Adams Easy Tiger
Don't miss Ryan & The Cardinals Performing Live on
The Late Show with David Letterman
Wednesday, June 27!

Nashville, Tennessee
Nominations for the Americana Music Association's 2007 Honors and Awards were announced today reflecting a year in which established artists were nominated along side up and comers and women carried just as much artistic weight as their male counterparts.

The event was held in the beautiful atrium of BMI Nashville during a special reception for Association members. Artists and Industry executives of the Americana World gathered to hear Singer/Songwriter Elizabeth Cook and Webb Wilder announce the list of nominees.

The Avett Brothers received three nominations including Album of the Year, New and Emerging Artist and Duo Group of the Year. Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin also received three nominations for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

"The nominations reflect the diversity and ever growing popularity of Americana Music," says AMA Executive Director Jed Hilly. "Today's nominees are responsible for some of the finest music being made and I am confident the awards show in November will be a musical night to remember."

Chosen by members of the Americana Music Association eligibility is based on work released during a 12 month time period from June 1, 2006 through May 31, 2007. The nominees include:
Album of the Year
* Emotionalism-The Avett Brothers (Ramseur)
* Modern Times- Bob Dylan (Columbia)
* West- Lucinda Williams (Lost Highway)
* Children Running Through- Patty Griffin (ATO)

Artist of the Year
* Joe Ely
* Lucinda Williams
* Patty Griffin
* Todd Snider
* Buddy Miller
* Gurf Morlix

* Sam Bush
* Will Kimbrough

New and Emerging Artist
* Amy LaVere
* The Avett Brothers
* Sunny Sweeney
* Uncle Earl

Song of the Year
* Hank Williams' Ghost by Darrell Scott; appears on Invisible Man
(Full Light Records) Publishers: Chuck Wagon Gourmet Music, Famous Music Corp
* Sometimes It Takes Balls to be a Woman by Elizabeth Cook and
Melinda Schneider; appears on Balls (31 Tigers) Publishers: Elizabeth Cook Music, Royal Notes Music, NewMel Music
* Are You Alright? by Lucinda Williams; appears on West written
(Lost Highway) Publishers: Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp., Lucy Jones Music
* Heavenly Day by Patty Griffin; appears on Children Running
Through (ATO) Publishers: ALMO Music Corp, One Big Love Music

Duo Group of the Year
* The Avett Brothers
* The Duhks
* The Hacienda Brothers
* Old Crow Medicine Show
* Son Volt

The winners will be announced on November 1st at the historic Ryman Auditorium during the 6th Annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards Show. In addition to the categories listed above, the association will present multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards to deserving individuals. These honorees and the artists slated to perform and present at the event will be announced at a later date.

"We anticipate another great conference and awards show," says Hilly.
"Our association is still growing and now has more than 1200 members.
Considering we're still a young organization (less than a decade old) I think that speaks loud and clear to the popularity and staying power of the incredible artists we represent. Our goal is to continue to educate the community and the next generation of music lovers to the breadth and scope of the genre known as Americana"

The Americana Music Festival and Conference, in its eighth year runs Wednesday October 31st 2007-Saturday November 3rd. It kicks off on the evening of October 31st with a night of incredible music showcases at venues throughout Nashville. From Thursday November 1st-Saturday November 3rd the AMA Conference will feature daytime seminars, panels and activities at the Nashville Convention Center. At night the festival features music showcases and parties in area clubs.

Tickets to the showcases will be available to the general public and
will go on sale closer to the event. People can get more information
on becoming a member and attending the conference at www.americanamusic.org  < http://www.americanamusic.org/  >

Presenters Webb Wilder and Elizabeth Cook and Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly
For interviews, high res photos, and press information contact: Jayne Rogovin
The Jayne Gang PR Associates, jrogovin@bellsouth.net  or 615-403-2393
New Tunes to Check Out...
JUNE 12 2007
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles / Diamond in the Dark / Sugar Hill
Little Texas / Missing Years / Montage
Toby Keith / Big Dog Daddy / Show Dog
JUNE 19  2007
Bon Jovi / Lost Highway / Mercury
Hackensaw Boys / Look Out / Nettwerk
Marshall Tucker Band / The Next Adventure / Shout! Factory
Brad Paisley / 5th Gear / Arista Nashville
Josh Turner / Live at the Ryman / July 3
Cole Deggs & The Lonesome / Cole Deggs & The Lonesome / July 10
Luke Bryan / I'll Stay Me / August 14
Lori McKenna / Unglamorous / August 14
Reba McEntire / Reba Duets / September 18
Rascal Flatts / TBD / September 25
Pre-order Easy Tiger via iTunes and receive the following exclusives...
1. Download Ryan's new song "Two" instantly.

2. On June 26th, as an iTunes pre-order bonus, you get the audio version of "What Sin Replaces Love" live from The
The Henry Rollins Show & an exclusive live video of Ryan & The Cardinals performing "Two".

3. After July 9th, get access to purchase advance tickets (before the general public) to see Ryan & The Cardinals in concert. Click here to visit
Click here to visit Ticketmaster for details
Out June 26
Reba McEntire
“Reba Duets,” will be released September 18th and includes duets with Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks & Dunn), Vince Gill, Don Henley, Faith Hill, Carole King, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake and Trisha Yearwood.

Cledus T. Judd’s  new album, “Boogity, Boogity -- A Tribute to the Comedic Genius of Ray Stevens,” will be released  this summer on Curb    Records.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Minnie Pearl Foundation for childhood cancer. Guests on the album include Trace Adkins, Charlie Daniels, Joe Diffie, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley, Wynonna and many more. The project also includes a collaboration with Stevens himself on "The Streak."

You're just a Country Boy
Jacobs Dream
Away Down the River
Sawing on the Strings
Down the River to Pray
Baby Mine
Molly Ban (Bawn)
How's the world Treating You
The Scarlet Tide
Whiskey lullaby
You will be my ain True Love
I give you to his Heart
Get me Through December
Missing You
Lay down beside me
"50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong" continues Follow That Dream Records' series of reissues of classic Elvis albums that are no longer part of the RCA Records mainstream Elvis catalog. These reissues feature original album cover art and great additional recordings not included on the original release.  The reissue of 50,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong (Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 2) is expanded into a 2-disc set. Follow That Dream Records chose to include the entire June 10, 1958 sessions, plus three Elvis interview recordings.
Catch Ryan Adams & The Cardinals performing
"What Sin Replaces Love"
"Goodnight Rose"
(from the upcoming album, Easy Tiger)
on IFC's The Henry Rollins Show on 4/20 @ 11pm (EST)
Easy Tiger will be in stores on June 26th

The two DVD set, “Foxworthy's Big Night Out,”  includes appearances from Hank Williams Jr.,  Trace Adkins, Billy Currington, Sara Evans, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, Kenny Rogers, Blake Shelton, and the Warren Brothers.
John Prine and  Mac Wiseman will release an album of duets on April 24 on Oh Boy Records.
Reba McEntire’s duet album partners include Kenny Chesney, Ronnie Dunn, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Carole King, Don Henley, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Rimes and Rascal Flatts. The first single will be released next month and the album is scheduled to be out this fall.
“Last of the Breed,” the new CD from Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price, made its entrance at No. 7 on the country albums chart.
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-People Magazine
“If country music were baseball, listening to the album Last of the Breed would be the equivalent of watching Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider play in the same outfield.”
-New York Post
"As they revisit the songs of the Lefty Frizzells, the Leon Paynes and the Gene Autrys who inspired them, they gently remind younger generations to appreciate the great ones before they're gone"
-USA Today


650 AM WSM is proud to offer an exclusive preview of the new 2-CD release "Last of the Breed" featuring Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price. The album hits stores on Tuesday, March 20th, but you can hear two-minute clips from each song now at WSMOnline.com. Be sure to tune in on Monday, March 19th at 5 PM CST to hear Willie, Merle & Ray in studio with Keith Bilbrey.
will  again debut a gospel album on QVC, with an appearance on the shopping network on March 15th, to debut songs from their newest album, "Songs of Inspiration Vol. 2." The CD will be released to retail stores in late March or early April.  
Jerry Lee Lewis’s  new DVD "Last Man Standing Live" is a companion video to the duets CD, "Last Man Standing." The DVD features Lewis teaming up with  Eric Clapton and The Eagles' Don Henley,  Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and  Kid Rock. It was taped in New York City and Los Angeles at a series of private shows for family members and friends.
Dolly Parton has recorded 24 songs, most of which she wrote, for a new album to be released later this year. The album does not have a title as yet.
Vince Gill picked up his 18th Grammy for best male country vocal performance for the song "The Reason Why,” and had now won more Grammys than any other male country artist in history. The song was the first single from Gill's four CD album,"These Days."
Joanne Cash upcoming album
Cash wrote “Meet Me in Heaven,” “When He Comes” and “Welcome Back Jesus,” for his sister Joanne’s upcoming album “Gospel.” He also did the spoken word introduction on “When He Comes,” relaying how he wrote the song while he was in Jerusalem. He also sings on several of the songs.
“Lucky You” movie
The “Lucky You” soundtrack contains includes Jones’   “I Always Get Lucky with You” and “Choices.”  The soundtrack album is due to be released to stores on March 6th. The film will be in theatres March 16th. The movie stars Barrymore, Eric Bana, Debra Messing, Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr.
A new Johnny Cash gospel album is titled “Here Was A Man: The Ultimate Gospel Collection,” and will include “I See Men As Trees Waling,” “My Ship Will Sail” and “Daddy Sang Bass.”
Ronan Keating's
Country Soul

By Peter Cronin
Photographer: Simon Emmett
© 2007 CMA Close Up News Service / Country
Music Association, Inc.
Looking at Ronan Keating's career trajectory - from boy band heartthrob to multi-Platinum selling solo artist - "Country" may not be the first word that comes to mind. But a look (and a listen) below the surface of this Irish-born singer's prodigious output reveals a serious and multi-faceted artist who, through his songwriting and song choices and his massive popular appeal, has emerged as a major international voice for Country Music.

"There's a great relationship between Irish music and Country Music, and I grew up listening to Country," Keating said. "All the TV shows showed American Country artists, and my parents loved the music, so I was engrossed in it as a child and it just stuck with me. There is a part of my soul that is Country Music, and that's why it comes out in what I do."

Keating was 14 years old and working in a Dublin shoe store when he beat out 300 auditioning hopefuls to become a member of Boyzone. The band, cast in the mold of the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, experienced phenomenal success in the '90s. Each of their four albums shot to the top of the UK charts, and they landed all of their 16 singles in the Top 3. While Boyzone occasionally hinted at Country, covering songs such as Anne Murray's "You Needed Me," for example, Keating's stylistic leanings became clear from his first solo single in 1999, a cover of the Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss classic, "When You Say Nothing at All." His self-titled debut sold more than 4 million copies, establishing Keating as a star. In 2002, he released his sophomore album, Destination, leading with "If Tomorrow Never Comes," a chart-topping cover of the Garth Brooks smash from 1989.

"My version is not as Country as Garth's," Keating said. "Even 'When You Say Nothing at All,' I turn it into more of a contemporary pop song. But those roots are there, and you feel them. You don't have to be a Country fan to appreciate those songs."

Through his carefully considered, artfully rendered covers, audiences from London to Lisbon to Paris have come to appreciate the lyrical and melodic virtues of contemporary Country Music, and his songwriting has even taught America's Country artists a thing or two about what constitutes a hit. Back in 2001, Keating pitched one of his compositions, "The Long Goodbye," to Brooks & Dunn, who subsequently took the song to No. 1.

"That was a brilliant feeling," Keating said. "It was great for me as a songwriter to be recognized in that part of the world."

If his stardom hasn't yet caught on in the U.S., Keating seems to have the rest of the globe pretty well covered. "All Over Again," the first single from his latest album was a duet with acclaimed British folksinger Kate Rusby, and Keating recently recorded new versions of the song in Italian, French, German, Portuguese and Chinese. Keating partnered with American Country star LeAnn Rimes for another hit duet and video, 2004's "Last Thing on My Mind."

"Ronan is one of my favorite people in the world," Rimes said. "He is such a genuine, kind hearted man. I absolutely loved working with him. He has a very smooth, passionate voice that makes you believe everything he sings."

With the video of their duet in heavy international rotation, Rimes was invited to Switzerland to headline Country Night Gstaad Festival in 2004. Keating joined her to perform their hit song and was invited back to headline this year's event in September.
On the Web: www.ronankeating.com 
Photographer: Simon Emmett
Raul Malo Opens A New Musical Chapter With 'You're Only Lonely'
By Wendy Newcomer
© 2007 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.
Photographer: Kristin Barlowe
Photography courtesy of Sanctuary Records

For more than 15 years, Raul Malo fronted The Mavericks, a Country band that garnered multiple awards - including CMA Awards for Vocal Group of the Year in 1995 and 1996 - and enjoyed mainstream success in both the U.S. and Europe. Their recipe, equal parts Roy Orbison and Hank Williams, tested the boundaries of Country Music. Malo, the son of Cuban émigré parents, further widened those boundaries with his 2001 Latin solo album, Today, and his work with super group Los Super Seven in 2005. He also produced other artists, including K.T. Oslin and Rick Trevino. One project that has long languished on Malo's to-do list is what he described as a "singer's record," an album that showcased its vocalist with songs of integrity, range and emotion.

"This is a record that I've always wanted to make, because I'm just a singer on it," explained Malo of his new CD, You're Only Lonely, on Sanctuary Records. "For me, as a vocalist, it's just paying tribute to some of my favorite songwriters and artists. It was the first time in my life that I had ever done that."

For inspiration, he didn't have to look any further than the Linda Ronstadt albums in his collection.

"To me, those records are so special," he recalled. "They are an important part of our music history. Linda covered a lot of people's material, because she wasn't a writer, per se. But there was an enormous wealth of talent around her, and all these songs were just tailor-made for her. Those records were fantastic, not only hers, but James Taylor's and of course the J.D. Souther stuff."

Enter legendary producer Peter Asher - the man at the helm of many of the Ronstadt, Souther and Taylor albums that Malo held dear. Malo and Asher met backstage last year in London at a Mavericks show, and the seeds of You're Only Lonely were sown.

"I knew of The Mavericks records because in England they had a couple of huge hits," Asher said. "So I knew who they were, and liked them. I loved the show, went backstage and met Raul. We ended up having a long conversation, and we talked about the possibility of working together at some point."

As with Ronstadt, Asher saw in Malo an opportunity to record with a singer's singer.

"Raul has an extraordinary voice," Asher praised. "It's one of those huge voices that can do anything. So what we tried to do was pick his favorite songs - songs that he enjoyed singing, in such a way that it would frame his voice. It's a vocal-based album. We tried for the singer and the song to be the center of attention, and the center of the arrangement, because his voice is unlike anybody else's. It's so beautiful."

Asher points out similarities between Ronstadt and Malo. "They both have quite amazing voices, but they also both have a very strong sense of what songs will suit them," he said. "Each track was structured, arranged and produced in such a way as best I could, to reflect the brilliance of her singing - and in this case, his singing."

If the critics have their way, You're Only Lonely will be joining Ronstadt's classic records at the top of the charts. Released on July 25, the album has generated reams of critical praise. People magazine selected the album as their "Critics Choice," describing the music as "intensely romantic." The Los Angeles Times credited Malo with "resurrecting the kind of romantic pop music that Frank Sinatra long personified." And the singer was recently invited to appear on NPR's "All Things Considered."

The list of songs on You're Only Lonely runs the gamut of musical styles and decades. Malo soars with classic standards including "Remember," "So Sad" and "Games That Lovers Play;" knowingly interprets Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground;" puts a male perspective on the oft-covered Etta James ode to romance, "At Last;" and makes the title cut - written by Souther - his own. Nestled seamlessly among these and other classics is the Malo-penned original, "For You," a joyous Latin-flavored composition.

"We listened to the original tracks as if they were demos being sent to us, not as the hit records that they were," he revealed. "It was like we were in the studio, and somebody sent us a demo and we'd just heard it. So we'd go, 'Okay, let's do this. Let's break it down and forget what orchestrations there are on the record.' And that's how we went at it."

Martina McBride joins Malo on the Randy Newman ballad "Feels Like Home." Malo jokes that he was able to get McBride's participation with "a lot of begging. Martina's a friend. George Massenburg (who mixed and mastered You're Only Lonely) had just finished working with her on something. We were looking for a duet partner for that song, and it just seemed right. I certainly knew she could sing it. It's difficult to get somebody on a record, because everybody's so busy - and she's no exception. So it just aligned. It was good timing, thankfully."

Malo toured last summer, introducing the songs on You're Only Lonely to U.S. and Canadian audiences. "The reaction was great," he said. "People know these songs, and are thrilled to hear them again in this context. I don't think they've heard them in awhile, and they're such great songs. I'm thrilled to be singing them."

But a Malo show isn't the only place you're likely to see him. Last year he was the Musical Director for several CMT productions, including the "Crossroads" episode that featured Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers and "100 Greatest Duets." "Honestly, I don't know how they came about - but I'm glad they did," he said of the musical director jobs. "I think they felt comfortable that there was an artist in the band to work with the singers.

"And I get to be a musician, which is fun for me, because I don't even read charts," he added. "It's great. I get to stand there and pretend. I mean, I've got them all there on my music stand, with a light. People go, 'Wow, look at him - man, he's bad, he can read charts.' And I can't. But I pretend like I do, and it's a lot of fun."

There's no pretending when it comes to Malo's voice. When asked how he feels to have Peter Asher describing him one of the best singers in the world, he's silent for a moment. "I mean, come on, what am I supposed to think about that?" he said humbly. "That's amazing, with the singers that he's worked with."

Asher has the final word on Malo. "There are two hallmarks of a great singer - a great voice and an ability to use it to create further greatness in the song," he said. "Raul is a huge fan of all the balladeers - Sinatra, Dean Martin. And the Country Music influence is in there, but people expect that already from a Mavericks person. So in a way, you're seeing all the other influences in Raul's musical upbringing. He may live in Nashville, but his soul is all over the place."
On the Web: www.raulmalo.com 

"Intensely romantic."
***** Critic's Choice - People
Ralph Novak

"[An album] dedicated to resurrecting the kind of romantic pop music that Frank Sinatra long personified. This is all about setting the mood for candlelight, champagne and a cozy evening with the one you love - or wish to."
***1/2 - The Los Angeles Times
Randy Lewis

"Anyone in search of sophisticated make-out music should snag Malo's album, posthaste: You're Only Lonely is a perfect disc to break out (along with a bottle of red wine) once the kids are tucked into bed and fast asleep."
- The Washington Post
Shannon Zimmerman

Photographer: Kristin Barlowe
Photography courtesy of Sanctuary Records.
Johnny Cash came in at No. 14 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the Top 50 albums of 2006 with “American V: A Hundred Highways”.  Willie Nelson's You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker”  is at No. 46.
Billy Joe Shaver
An 18-track Billy Joe Shaver album will be released January 23rd on Compadre Records and will include "Georgia on a Fast Train," "Live Forever" and "Freedom's Child," as well as two previously unreleased songs, "Light a Candle for Me" and "Melody." Shaver's song "Old Chunk of Coal" is featured in the new Ashley Judd movie, “Come Early Morning.”
Country Music's Biggest Day On iWebRadio.com with Tracy Byrd
iWebRadio.com the new home of Country Music each Saturday has a place in the heart of country music fans. To honor the listeners of iWebRadio.com they will do a special show for country music fans on December 30th, 2006.

International country music journalist Christian Lamitschka, who did interviews with the big stars from Nashville like Hank Williams Jr., Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bently and co-moderater with DJ Lutz Adam (L.A.), the show "Country Time“, each Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (North America) will present a special show for all iWebRadio.com listeners and country music fans.

The show will be on December 30th , 2006 and start at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (North America). They will present Tracy Byrd and more stars in an interview together with Christian Lamitschka.

This special show, December 30th, 2006 on www.iWebRadio.com  will be from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time US.

Amaze your friends, Annoy your family,Tell'em you listen to iWebRadio! Tune us in on our homepage located at http://www.iwebradio.com  Radio the way it shoulda been before Big FM Put a dress on it!
Reba McEntire, Josh Gracin, Trisha Yearwood and Little Big Town are all on the soundtrack to the Disney DVD “The Fox And The Hound 2.” 
Alabama's All-American Soundtrack
By Deborah Evans Price
© 2006 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.
Few artists have created a more consistent soundtrack for the lives of America's Country Music fans than Alabama . From working class anthems including "Forty Hour Week (For A Livin')" to smoldering love songs such as "Feels So Right" to the celebration of Southern life in "Dixieland Delight," Alabama's catalog of hits has reflected Country life and values.

Alabama's musical legacy is celebrated on Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin,' a three-CD box set that includes 51 songs, including eight previously unreleased tracks. Among those tracks are live performances, alternate versions of classic hits and an acoustic demo that lead singer Randy Owen recorded in 1973. The set also features a 52-page booklet, which includes a chronological timeline, rare photos, and liner notes written by Nashville journalist/historian Robert K. Oermann .

One of Owen's favorite tracks on the album is a medley that features "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine," "Suppertime," "Teach Your Children" and "Don't it Make You Want to Go Home," recorded at a Georgia music park in 1982.

"That was the only time in my memory that we sat down with acoustic guitars and played those songs that way, and it was actually on tape," Owen said. "I didn't want to mess with it. It was just pretty raw and to the point. Rather than making a big production out of it, we did the best we could with it so we didn't lose the authenticity of the moment. It was a unique find."

The box set also includes live performances of "My Home's in Alabama," "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)," "Tennessee River," "Vacation" and "Gonna Have a Party," among others. Owen is particularly pleased with the live tracks and the glimpse into Alabama's history they provide.

"I wanted kids to hear what Alabama sounded like in concert," he said of young fans that weren't around to hear the band in its heyday. "Some of those tracks were taken straight out of the board."

Another rare track is a demo recorded by Owen in 1973. "Ripperly O'Tucke" is based on a man in Owen's hometown.

"They told me they wanted to hear something that nobody had heard before," Owen said of the label's request for rare cuts. "So I went back and found something I recorded a long time ago, just me and my guitar. It was about an old guy I knew. He was a character. The word was - when I was a little kid - that his wife left him. I remember people talking."

Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin' spotlights the music that has made Alabama more than the name of a Southern state. Owen, Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Mark Herndon have come a long way, traveling many roads from their Fort Payne, Ala., home to their days as a Myrtle Beach, S.C., bar band to their arena-filling years touring the country for more than two decades. Life on the road came to an end for the band when they performed the last show of their "American Farewell Tour" in Bismarck, N.D., on Oct. 16, 2004.

"We wanted to go out and do good shows, and we did that," Owen said. When asked was it hard to walk off the stage that final time? "No, I was so ready to," he admitted. "I didn't sleep until the next morning because I was so excited to not have that load on my shoulders. I told myself, when I get through this, I'm taking a year off. I don't care what kind of money is offered, I'm not going to do anything."

Owen spent the year relaxing, enjoying his family and pursuing things he never had time for during all those years on the road. Now, however, he's ready to re-enter the music business at his own pace. "We never said we were retired," he said.

In fact, he's been pretty busy writing and recording demos of new songs. He recently recorded a tune with RCA newcomer Jake Owen and contributed a song to the recently released She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool: A Tribute to Barbara Mandrell on BNA Records. Owen was pleased to record Mandrell's hit "Years," because the song has always reminded him of his mother.

"My father passed away in 1980, and she never remarried," Owen said. "She said she never saw anyone as good looking as he was. She had the best and she didn't want to settle for the rest of her life with second best. It was such an emotional song for me to do. I know it isn't really about that, but that's the way it hung on my heart."

Owen begins gently singing the lyric. "'Years of hanging onto dreams already one, years of wishing you were here. After all this time you think I wouldn't cry, but I still love you after all these years.'

"It's such a simple song, but those are the best kind. I played the rough for my wife Kelly and she said, 'Wow, let's get out and dance here on the dirt road.' We were riding around on one of these old dirt roads and she said, 'You know if there was ever a man who made love to a microphone, you do.' That's a compliment coming from her because she's heard every demo, every song, everything I've done for a long time."

Next on Owen's agenda is Songs of Inspiration , a gospel album with his Alabama pals that was released on Oct. 24. Relating compelling stories through music is something Alabama has always done, and it's a talent that provided a vehicle for Cook, Gentry, Herndon and Owen to enter the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Owen recalls manager Dale Morris calling him to give him the news. He said he immediately teared up. Once home in Alabama, he got the rest of the guys together for breakfast and surprised them by saying he'd always wanted to have breakfast with the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"Nobody said anything at first and then there were some words I can't print," he recalled with a laugh. "Everyone was genuinely surprised. I'll always be so grateful. It's a big deal for me that we get to share that while we are alive and not walking around on canes."

The music on Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin' showcases the musical ride that landed Alabama in the Hall of Fame. Owen is hoping the fans will enjoy the collection.

"Hopefully it will mean a lot to the people who are like family to us, people who have been fans for all these years," he said. "I feel they are a part of the history of this wonderful success story."
On The Web: www.thealabamaband.com
Some of the “Johnny Cash Show” highlights will become available on DVD next year 2007.
Willie Nelson’s “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?” will be released at online digital stores  November 21st with  proceeds  going to benefit the National Veterans Foundation.



Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will release their first-ever instrumental album on August 1st  on Skaggs Family Records.
Four-disc box set covering Waylon Jennings’ career
Nashville Rebel,” is a four-disc box set covering Waylon Jennings’ career, set for September 26th release.  The set includes “The Greatest Cowboy of Them All,” a duet with Johnny Cash that has never been released, as well as two other new songs, “It’s Sure Been Fun” and “People In Dallas Got Hair.”
Vince Gill's next album will be a four-CD boxed set
Vince Gill's next album will be a four-CD boxed set featuring 43 new songs that include bluegrass, traditional country, rock and jazz. “These Days,” also includes his wife, Amy Grant, and daughter, Jenny Gill, plus performances by Rodney Crowell, Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, Lee Ann Womack, Gretchen Wilson, John Anderson, LeAnn Rimes, the Del McCoury Band, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Diana Krall. The set is due for October 17th release.
Vince’s first charted song was “Victim of Life Circumstances,” which peaked at # 40 in `1984.

George Jones guests on the new Grascals 
George Jones guests on the new Grascals  “ Long List of Heartaches,” album, to be released on August on  29 on Rounder Records. Other guests include Dierks Bentley, the Jordanaires, Steve Wariner and two legendary session musicians -- steel guitarist Lloyd Green and pianist Hargus "Pig" Robbins.
The Final Recordings of Johnny Cash
Produced by Rick Rubin
In Stores Now
Currently the #1 best seller at both iTunes and Amazon.com
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Help Me
God’s Gonna Cut You Down
 Real or Windows Media
Like the 309
If You Could Read My Mind
Further On Up the Road
On The Evening Train
I Came to Believe
Love's Been Good To Me
A Legend In My Time
Rose Of My Heart
Four Strong Winds
I'm Free From The Chain Gang Now
Hank Williams Jr.s’ seventy-third album “That’s How They Do It In Dixie; The Essential Collection” will be released on June 27th.
Kris Kristofferson just celebrated his 70th birthday. The CD "The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson" features  Gretchen Wilson, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell.
Bear Family Records is releasing a nine-CD set of Gene Autry classics, including “Hobo Bill’s Last Ride,” “I’ll Be Thinking of You Little Gal,” “Pistol Packin’ Papa,” “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine,” “There’s An Empty Cot in the Bunkhouse Tonight.” The 225-song collection came from recordings made between 1929-1933.
Dobro super picker Jerry Douglas will open for pop artist Paul Simon’s summer tour,  including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY and PNC Bank Arts Center.
New Release from FRED EAGLESMITH
Fred Eaglesmith  Click here for more info

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New songs from Johnny Cash
New songs from Johnny Cash's forthcoming album AMERICAN V: A HUNDRED HIGHWAYS (In Stores on the 4th of July) are now available on Myspace!
Check 'em out, tell your friends, and add Mr. Cash to your myspace friend list.

Also, click the following link to hear the NPR show, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED which features a story on AMERICAN V (it's about 8 minutes in from the beginning). The whole show is great with new music clips from Johnny, Thom Yorke, and M. Ward.
According to Ray Price, he plans to record a new album with Willie Nelson and he and Merle Haggard are recording an album together. Ray also says the three plan to tour together this fall.
George Jones and Merle Haggard are recording a new album together called “Kickin' Out the Footlights Again.” Merle will do five George songs and visa versa. The two also will record some duets, including "Footlights." The project will be released in October.
Jake Owens’ album, “Startin’ With Me,” features Alabama’s Randy Owens (the two are not related) singing with him on the track, “You Can Thank Dixie.” The album is set for July 25th release.
Lost Highway Records and American Recordings is proud to announce the release of
American V:
A Hundred Highways
4th of July, 2006
In the months leading up to his passing on September 12, 2003, JOHNNY CASH had been recording new material with producer Rick Rubin. On July 4, 2006, American V: A Hundred Highways, the all-new Johnny Cash album taken from those sessions, will be released on the American Recordings label through Lost Highway. It will include the last song Cash ever wrote, "Like the 309".
Help Me
God’s Gonna Cut You Down
Like the 309 (the last song written by Johnny Cash)
If You Could Read My Mind
Further On Up the Road
The Evening Train
I Came to Believe
Love's Been Good To Me
A Legend In My Time
Rose of My Heart
Four Strong Winds
I’m Free From the Chain Gang Now
"These songs are Johnny's final statement. They are the truest reflection of the music that was central to his life at the time. This is the music that Johnny wanted us to hear."
- Rick Rubin
Please check out the Cash auction below
Proceeds will benefit SOS Children’s Village, which was Johnny Cash's favorite charity.
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Chris Young, Nashville Star 2006, at CountryHome
Chris Young from a little town just outside Nashville, TN.. He’ve lived in Tennessee all his life, which is kind of rare for being a country artist. Most people move to Nashville, and he just kind of drive to it; it’s about thirty minutes away from home. He got into country music because of his grandfather. He got him listening to Marty Robbins, Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams and people like that. It spurred him on to start listening to country music and create his own little niche for myself.
Check out interview Chris Young gave me:
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Van Morrison: One Night In Nashville
Airing exclusively on CMT
FRIDAY, MAY 5TH at 10:00pm ET/PT
www.vanmorrison.co.uk VAN MORRISON: ONE NIGHT IN NASHVILLE marks Morrison's first television performance in over 20 years and his first live performance in Nashville. Filmed in black and white by acclaimed photographer, videographer, cinematographer, and Lost Highway favorite, Danny Clinch, Morrison sings songs off of his current release, Pay the Devil, and delves into country music's rich repertoire. The legendary star also sits down for an exclusive interview with CMT's Chet Flippo.
For more information, please click here

The video for "Playhouse" featuring footage from his Ryman performance is currently in rotation on CMT
For more information, please click here

Win an AUTOGRAPHED Van Morrison Hatch Show Print
Declaring March 7th Van Morrison Day for Nashville, TN
signed by Van Morrison and Nashville Mayor, Bill Purcell
The first three people to answer the following question correctly will win!
20 runners up will receive Van Morrison playing cards or shotglasses.

Q: What was the historic Ryman Auditorium BEFORE it became a music venue?
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Cash's "American V: A Hundred Highways,"
to be released July 4th
LOS ANGELES, CA -- MONDAY, May 1, 2006 -- In the months leading up to his passing on September 12, 2003, JOHNNY CASH had been recording new material with producer Rick Rubin.  On July 4, 2006, "American V:  A Hundred Highways," the all-new Johnny Cash album taken from those sessions, will be released on the American Recordings label through Lost Highway.  It will include the last song Cash ever wrote.

The songs that comprise "American V:  A Hundred Highways" are as eclectic an assortment as any on the previous albums in the American series:  "Help Me," a poignant plea to God, the hauntingly beautiful ballad "If You Could Read My Mind," "God's Gonna Cut You Down," a traditional spiritual, the touching "Love's Been Good To Me," the heartrending "On The Evening Train," and "Further On (Up the Road)" are among the tracks on the new album.  Songwriters for the tracks run the gamut from Hank Williams to Rod McKuen to Bruce Springsteen.

In addition, two original Cash compositions are featured, "Like the 309" and "I Came to Believe."  "Like the 309" is the last song Cash wrote and, like his first recorded single, 1955's "Hey Porter," is a song that incorporates one of his favorite settings, trains:  "Everybody take a look/See I'm doin' fine/Then load my box/On the 309."  "I Came to Believe" is a song he wrote and originally recorded earlier in his career, and addresses the pain of addiction and connecting to a higher power.

"I think that 'American V' may be my favorite of all of the albums in the American series," said Rubin.  "It's different from the others, it has a much different character.  I think that this is as strong an album as Johnny ever made."

The months following the May, 2004 passing of his wife June Carter Cash, were among the most physically and emotionally painful times in Cash's life, but keeping focused on the recording of "American V:  A Hundred Highways" proved to be his salvation.  Rubin remembers, "Johnny said that recording was his main reason for being alive, and I think it was the only thing that kept him going, the only thing he had to look forward to."

Cash and Rubin began recording the songs that would find their way onto "American V:  A Hundred Highways" in 2002, specifically on the day after they finished "American IV:  The Man Comes Around" which was released that November.  Johnny feared that "American IV" might be his last release, so Rubin suggested that he immediately begin writing and recording new material.  Over the next eight months, songs were cut at Rubin's Los Angeles studio and in Nashville at Johnny's main home and at his fabled cabin located across the road.  Due to Cash's frail health, Rubin arranged for an engineer and guitar players to always be on call for the days that Cash felt strong enough to work.

"He always wanted to work," said Rubin.  "Every morning when he'd wake up, he would call the engineer and tell him if he was physically up to working that day.  Our main concern was to get a great vocal performance.  Johnny would record a song, send it to me and I would build a new track up under it.  In the past, at the end of this process, he'd come to L.A. And we'd go through everything together, he would re-record any vocal bits that needed re-recording.  But this time, we didn't have that opportunity."

Last year, Rubin began going through these final recordings.  He admitted, "I kind of dreaded doing it, after Johnny passed, going back and listening to it...it was difficult.

"With all of the albums Johnny and I made together, our goal was for each one to be the best it could possibly be, and that remained the case with 'American V,'" Rick explained.  Eventually, Cash's long-time engineer David "Fergie" Ferguson, Heartbreakers Mike Campbell (guitars) and Benmont Tench (keyboards), and Smokey Hormel (guitars), all of whom had worked on previous albums in the American series, along with Matt Sweeney (guitars) and Johnny Polonsky (guitars) went into the studio.

"We felt Johnny's presence during the whole process through to the end," said Rubin.  "It felt like he was directing the proceedings, and I know that the musicians all felt that as well.  Almost all of the songs were cut solely to Johnny's original vocal tracks, the musicians all keyed off his voice and were playing to him, supporting the emotion of his performance.  More than once, Fergie and I would look at each other and say 'Johnny would love this,' because it was so good and so different from anything we'd done before, we knew he would be excited by what was happening."

It was decided to wait to release "American V:  A Hundred Highways" until the recent Cash hubbub had run its course.  What separates this album from the re-packages, compilations, movie soundtracks and everything else that has surfaced since Johnny's passing is, according to Rubin, "These songs are Johnny's final statement.  They are the truest reflection of the music that was central to his life at the time.  This is the music that Johnny wanted us to hear."

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“Celebration of Life,”  a Skaggs Family Records bluegrass concert album, will benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The two-disc project will include performances from the annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival near Columbus, Ohio and features Blue Highway, Cherryholmes, J.D. Crowe & the New South, the Grascals, the James King Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Alecia Nugent, Tony Rice, the Seldom Scene, Dan Tyminski and Rhonda Vincent & the Rage.
“Voice Of The Spirit: The Gospel Of The South,” produced by John Carter Cash, will be in stores April 4th and includes music by Vince Gill, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Marty Stuart and Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell, Earl and Randy Scruggs, and Johnny Cash.  A portion of the proceeds from each record sold will go to the American Red Cross in memory of the hurricane victims.
 Willie Nelson’s newest album is “You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker.”
“The Gambler,” Kenny Rogers television mini-series, will be available on DVD May 2nd
Van Preston
Van Preston's song, "What Goes Around, Comes Around",
written when she was just eighteen, is in the top 15
songs in the 2006 CMT/NSAI Songwriting Competition,
out of over 6,000 entries. Van's song and bio will be
featured on cmt.com until April 23. The song is
included on her 2005 debut album.
Van's first single, "Absolutely Broken" was just
released in February to over 2,000 secondary radio
stations, and has been receiving great feedback to
date. The video for her song,"Toy", is currently
airing on Music video shows as well as airing on
Sprint video phones in New York, LA, Miami, and Virgin
phones in London and Dublin.
Lee Roy Parnell
 Lee Roy Parnell’s new album, Back to the Well. Lee Roy is considered a master of the slide guitar and has established a respectable fan base through hits like “On the Road,” “I’m Holding My Own,” “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” and his acclaimed 2001 release, Tell the Truth.
Back to the Well (release date: March 7) is the album Lee Roy “has always wanted to make.” He has crafted a record that is not only true to his roots, but also filled with strong lyrics and vocals, great hooks and most of all – amazing guitar playing. You can hear the album in its entirety here:
You can listen to the entire album here: http://www.viawerkmedia.com/lpreview
Van Morrison
Pay The Devil
is comprised of 15 tracks; three are originals and 12 are covers of some of
Van Morrison's favorite classic country songs, including:
There Stands The Glass
Half As Much
Things Have Gone To Pieces
Big Blue Diamonds
Your Cheatin' Heart
Don't You Make Me High
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
Back Street Affair
Pay The Devil
What Am I Living For?
This Has Got To Stop
Once A Day
More And More
Till I Gain Control Again
The November “Grand Ole Opry at Carnegie Hall” concert which featured Opry members Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, and others, will be released April 11th on DVD.
Tift Merritt Fans,
Tift thought ya'll might enjoy the new Tres Chicas' album, Bloom, Red, & The Ordinary Girl.
It hits stores on March 7th, but you can pre-order below.
Tres Chicas' Bloom, Red & The Ordinary Girl Now Available for Pre-Order from Yep Roc Records
Click here to buy it now and your copy will be signed by Caitlin, Tonya and Lynn!
A message from Tres Chicas:
Dear friends old and new,
We are thrilled to announce the March 7 release of our second album,
Bloom, Red & The Ordinary Girl on Yep Roc Records.
Please follow this link to read lots more about the project and to hear the first track from the record.
Check in often as we'll be adding new streaming audio in the coming weeks and months,
and we'll put up our tour dates--we 're looking forward to singing for you!
All best and 3 Kisses,
Tres Chicas Pre-order your copy from Yep Roc and not only will it arrive on your doorstep
on or before the March 7 streetdate, but your copy will be signed by the band!
More about Bloom, Red & The Ordinary Girl
"When Caitlin Cary (ex-Whiskeytown), Tonya Lamm (ex-Hazeldine) and Lynn Blakey
(Glory Fountain) bring their voices together, they convey sweet heartache and the world-weary
acceptance that comes to insightful gals on the tall side of thirty," raves Rolling Stone.
The sophomore effort from Tres Chicas was recorded in London and features the
production work of Neil Brockbank and Robert Trehern and guest appearances by
Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins. The broadened instrumentation and musical range
found on the new record serves to better highlight the impeccable interplay between
their voices and the passionately romantic, soulfully earthbound stories of love
contained within their lyrics. Says No Depression, "It's tempting to focus on the
beauty resulting from the harmony of these three voices, but the truest strength is the songwriting."
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George Johnson
Happy Valley Stables/country Songs
Willie Nelson's album is exclusive to iTunes and features Willie and his band running through some of his most well-known classics, as well as his amazing new song "Superman". -Download the entire album to get exclusive Willie interviews. Check out the track listing HERE www.willienelson.com 
Jessi Colter, the wife of Waylon Jennings and mother of Shooter Jennings, will release her first album in 20 years, "Out of the Ashes," on February 21st.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's first RCA recording session, the U.S. version of the "Elvis #1 Singles" box set will released on January 24th. Additionally, a re-issue of "Heartbreak Hotel," The King's first single for RCA, will hit stores on the same day in limited edition. The box set collection will feature all 21 #1 U.S. hits and their flip sides on 20 individual CD singles. Each single will be individually packaged in a sleeve that replicates the original single artwork, while the discs will be pressed on black plastic with grooves to mimic the vinyl 45 rpm singles. Elvis recorded "Heartbreak Hotel" on January 10th & 11th in 1956 and RCA released it as his first single for the label a few week's later. The single stayed at #1 for eight weeks on Billboard's Best Sellers In Stores chart, the precursor to the Hot 100. On January 10, 2006, a CD version with artwork emulating an April 1956 Presley EP and the single's original generic RCA paper sleeve will be released.
American Music Online
from Belgium
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Mary Gauthier
This powerful 5-song EP is complete with live tracks and demo recordings as well as an interview with Mary.
This piece is ONLY available with your purchase of Mercy Now at the stores listed at
Track Listing
1. Interview Introduction
2. I Ain't Got No Home (with interview dialogue over outro)
3. Thanksgiving At The Prison (demo)
4. Christmas in Paradise (From the Mary Gauthier 2002 release, Filth & Fire)
4. Wheel Inside The Wheel (Live at the Caimbridge Folk Festival, July 2005)

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Call your travel agent or 1-800-OUTPOST; 00800-688 76781
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Carrie Underwood
“American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood’s new CD, due in stores November 15th, features a song titled, “"Take the Wheel,” which was written by Danielle Peck, Barbara Orbison (Roy's widow) and Randy Scruggs.
4th Annual Americana Music Association
Honors and Awards
Nashville September 9 2005
Hosted by singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale
performances by Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and Arlo Guthrie. The evening's finale, led by Guthrie, and featuring Allison Brown on banjo, was Steve Goodman's song "City of New Orleans," a tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Universal United House of Prayer - Buddy Miller
John Prine
Sonny Landreth
Mary Gauthier
Mark Heard - "Worry Too Much"
Buddy Miller's recording
Ken Irwin

Marty Stuart

Guy Clark
Judy Collins
President’s Award
John Hartford

"With two acceptance speeches tonight, I think Buddy Miller has said more tonight onstage, than in the 10 years we've worked
together," Emmylou Harris said.
Mary Gauthier. - 2005 New/Emerging Artist of the Year. (Mary Gauthier, who ran away from home as a teenager and spent years battling alcohol abuse, pointed out that her mother was in the audience).
"I need to thank my mama, who made it up from south Louisiana," she said. "And she's crying. I made my mama cry for a long time. I hope that's a different kind of tears now!"
Music legends Fats Domino and Irma Thomas were among the missing in the early days of the New Orleans tragedy. Both have now been found alive and in good shape. Some of Domino's relatives (including his daughter) recognized him from a photo taken while he was being transferred from a boat to the Superdome. Thomas apparently left The Crescent City during the early warning period and was located at the home of her aunt in Baton Rouge. 
According to news reports, Mickey Gilley attempted to convince Fats Domino to leave his  New Orleans home, but Fats wouldn't go. Gilley spoke with Domino for a few minutes on the phone, but Domino said he didn't want to leave, because of concerns for his wife. Fats was later rescued from his home and helicoptered to a safe place.
Haggard’s next album,“Chicago Wind,” is set for Oct. 25th release on Capitol Nashville. It includes an updated version of Haggard's 1973 song, "White Man Singing the Blues," and new originals plus other songs written by Roger Miller and Willie Nelson.
Lost Highway
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Click HERE for a list of some of our favorite record shops in America that will be offering the DVD of the short film by Danny Clinch, September, free with purchase of the new album, Jacksonville City Nights. September is a 20 minute documentary of the writing & recording of the album which hits stores 9/27.  The DVD also contains 2 bonus audio tracks, “A Kiss Before I Go (Demonstration Recording)”, and “What Sin Replaces Love (Demonstration Recording)”.

Quantities are limited to 15,000 in the US & when they’re gone, they’re gone.  Many of the retailers listed here are offering September as a pre-order premium, so reach out to your local store to reserve your copy today.

Also, many of these locations will be carrying the vinyl version of Jacksonville City Nights (lovingly pressed in Nashville, TN on 180 gram vinyl).  The LP version features 4 tracks not available on CD: “A Kiss Before I Go (Demonstration Recording)”, “Jeane”, “I Still Miss Someone”, and “Always On My Mind”.
Reba McEntire’s new album, "Number Ones," will arrive in stores November 22nd. And the new single from the album  is "You're Gonna Be (Always Loved By Me)."
Tift Merrit                             Mary Gauthier
The Follow-up to the Grammy-winning collection Night Train To Nashville includes more classic recordings from Music City’s heyday as a hotbed of rhythm & blues activity.
Gathered from more than twenty-five record labels, this collection offers a one-of–a-kind, soultastic listening experience, coming straight to you from Music City USA!
New Highwaymen CD
Capitol Nashville/EMI Music will release a remastered and expanded 10th Anniversary Edition of the 1995 “The Road Goes On Forever” on CD, adding six previously unreleased tracks and new  essays by Nelson, Kristofferson and author Chet Flippo.
 A deluxe, limited edition CD/DVD package will follow on October 25, including the expanded 17-track CD as well as a previously unreleased behind-the-scenes documentary.
4th Annual Americana Music Honors & Awards
A Network First For The AMA; GAC Plans Multiple Airings
Great American Country (GAC) will telecast the Americana Music Association’s 4th Annual Americana Music Honors & Awards on Monday, September 26, 2005, at 8 pm and 11pm ET/PT.
Hosted by two-time Americana Honors & Awards recipient Jim Lauderdale, the evening's performances and presentations will take place at the storied Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Friday, September 9, 2005 at 7pm. The two-hour event will premiere on GAC in 37 million homes via cable and satellite in September as part of "Americana Music Month." GAC is planning several encore presentations of the event as well.
Tift Merritt and Mary Gauthier are nominated for several awards:
Album Of The Year:
Mary Gauthier – Mercy Now (Lost Highway)
Tift Merritt – Tambourine (Lost Highway)
Artist Of The Year:
Tift Merritt
New/Emerging Artist Of The Year:
Mary Gauthier
Song Of The Year (presented to songwriter):
Mary Gauthier – “Mercy Now” (Lost Highway)
Tift Merritt – “Good Hearted Man” (Lost Highway)
During the evening, the AMA will also present five additional awards during the Honors & Awards on September 9: Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriter, Performer and Executive; the President’s Award; and the First Amendment Center Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award.
Dr. Ralph Stanley is recuperating nicely after coronary bypass surgery. The bluegrass legend is now 78 years old and has just released a superlative new CD, "Shine On," through the long-time bluegrass label Rebel Records.
It seems like yesterday, but there have been a lot of two-steps since George Strait showed up on the country music scene. Strait's 33rd album is locked and loaded for release on June 28th. It'll be called "Somewhere Down In Texas."
Looks like Willie Nelson's long awaited reggae album is about to hit the market. Willie recorded the bulk of it nearly a decade ago, but it stayed on the shelf due to record label shuffling. Now polished up, packaged and ready, "Countryman" is set for a July 12th release. Videos have just been completed in Jamaica for covers of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come" and Johnny and June Carter Cash's "I'm A Worried Man."
Dwight Yoakam returns with new album, movies

You've got to hand it to Dwight Yoakam. Over his 20-year career he's borrowed from rock, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and even punk to keep his country songs interesting.
But the tune "I'll Pretend" from his new album "Blame the Vain" seems contorted even for him.
"It's me interpreting the Beatles interpreting country music," said the 48-year-old singer and actor from his Los Angeles home.

Yoakam wrote all 12 songs on the album, a collection of lonesome ballads and raw rockers that some critics are calling his most inspired work in a while.
The record, which comes out Tuesday, marks a couple of firsts for him. He produced it himself, and he recorded it without longtime guitarist/producer Pete Anderson after the two split on less than amicable terms.
Yoakam won't discuss his falling out with Anderson except to say, "We made a lot of great records together, and I'm very proud of the work we did."
As for self-producing, he said, "The largest and most critical difference would be that I almost entirely let the music lead me."
And it led him to some unusual places. On "Intentional Heartache," a rocker with loud, jangly guitars, he breaks into a redneck rant at Connie, his soon-to-be ex-wife who's trashing his boots with a can of spray paint and dancing on his Dale Earnhardt Jr. poster. He slips in a playful time change on "Watch Out," then feigns a quirky British accent on "She'll Remember."
"There's a simplistic, reckless joy to this album," Yoakam said. "There's probably more of me on this album than on previous albums."
Since his 1986 debut, Yoakam has sold 23 million albums with a sound rooted in the twangy Bakersfield, Calif., country of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. He even teamed with Owens on a remake of Owens' hit "Streets of Bakersfield."
Along with Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and Nanci Griffith, Yoakam was part of a wave of alternative artists who cracked the charts in the 1980s. But unlike his contemporaries, he became a consistent hitmaker well into the 1990s with a style that was traditional yet edgy. His hits include "Guitars, Cadillacs," "Little Sister," "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere" and "Fast as You."
"I'm grateful to still be able to make a living playing music. It's something I did for free until I was fortunate enough to have a record deal," he said.
Yoakam also has a long-standing interest in acting. He won the lead in a 1978 adaptation of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" staged at the Long Beach Playhouse in California. In 1994 he made his film debut with Nicholas Cage and Dennis Hopper in "Red Rock West," and he's continued with roles in "Slingblade," "The Newton Boys," "Panic Room" and others.
This year he's in three movies: "Bandidas" with Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek, "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" with Tommy Lee Jones and a cameo in "The Wedding Crashers" with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan.
While he enjoys making movies, Yoakam says it's a creative outlet that depends on many other people - unlike music.

"I don't need involvement by anyone else to do my music. I can pick up my guitar and sing alone in a room," he said.
~ 11 LIZ MEYER originals + the traditional fiddle tune “Katy Hill” ~
(Release date June 20 2005) Available online ONLY at
Loretta's Lynn's CD
Van Lear Rose is the new album from Loretta Lynn & was produced by Jack White.
Click the link below to listen to songs from the album:
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash boxed sets
The Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash boxed sets will still be released—but just a little later that was originally announced. Release dates for "Johnny Cash - The Legend" and "June Carter Cash - Keep On the Sunny Side: Her Life In Music" have been rescheduled for August 2nd. "Johnny Cash - The Legend" celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Man In Black's recording career with 107 tracks on four CD's. June’s "Sunny Side" two-CD set offers the first-ever comprehensive overview of her 64-year career span. The 40 tracks include rare 78's, 45's and album cuts.
Willie Nelson
- Willie's first-ever reggae album. Countryman, featuring country classics and reggae standards including:
”The Harder They Come”
”Sitting In Limbo” &
the Johnny Cash rarity “I’m A Worried Man” with Toots Hibbert. In stores this summer.
- Willie will be on tour with Bob Dylan throughout the summer,
click here  for dates.
- Willie will be in Jamaica next week filming 2 new videos for the Countryman release. More information to come.
- Willie's iTunes Originals Session will be available 6/14 featuring an interview about his recording career, several Willie classics and 2 new tracks including a rare cover of the Ned Sublette song "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond Of Each Other". A studio version of this song will also appear on a forthcoming Willie release. All songs are with a stripped down version of the family band. iTunes downloadable cover will also be available for this release.
- Songs For Tsunami Relief CD & DVD in stores now. For more information, visit 
Texas Roadhouse..
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Cold Roses
- The track "Friends" off Ryan Adams & The Cardinals new release Cold Roses will be featured in the season 2 finale of The O.C. tonight, May 19th. - Ryan & The Cardinals will perform "Let It Ride" on The Late Show with David Letterman on May 25th. Be sure to tune in!
Click here to view Ryan Adams & The Cardinals new website! Be sure to look for the secret garden.
- Ryan Adams & The Cardinals on tour,
click here for dates.
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
new single "Let It Ride" from their forthcoming release
Cold Roses available exclusively at iTunes.
Click here to download
Visit www.ryan-adams.com  for tour dates
Cold Roses in stores May 3rd
Stream Cold Roses in it's entirety at www.ryan-adams.com
Cold Roses International Release 5/2
Cold Roses States Release 5/3
Upcoming Lost Highway Releases
* Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Cold Roses 5/3
* Lucinda Williams, Live @ The Fillmore 5/10
* Willie Nelson, Reggae Album
* Golden Smog
* Sam Roberts
* Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, September
* Ryan Adams, 29
* Johnny Cash, American V
Lucinda Williams
Live @ The Fillmore
- Lucinda's first ever live album, Live @ The Fillmore, in stores May 10th. This album was recorded over Lucinda's 3 night appearance at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore Auditorium. All 22 tracks were hand selected by Lucinda.
- Pick up a copy of the latest issue of Tracks Magazine with Lucinda on the cover.
- New West Records is releasing a Lucinda "Live From Austin, TX" DVD, in stores May 10th. The footage is from her Austin City Limits performance.
- Look for tour starting in June.
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Cold Roses
- Cold Roses double CD & LP deluxe embossed package sets in stores 5/3.
- 1st single "Let It Ride" at radio now, click here to listen.
- Ryan Adams & The Cardinals tour dates posted at www.ryan-adams.com
Mary Gauthier
Mercy Now
Click here  to view Mary's new media player.
- Mary Gauthier has been named ‘Best About-to-Hit Country Star’ by Readers Digest in their ‘Best of America’ edition.
Click here to read more!
- Listen for Mary's new single "Wheel Inside The Wheel" on your local radio.
- Mary is opening a few dates for John Prine and then heading out on a solo tour. Visit: www.marygauthier.com  for dates.
Mary Gauthier
Mary is currently opening for Willie Nelson on several UK dates and then will return to the states to open a few dates for Kathleen Edwards. Click here to view tour schedule.
- Click here to listen to Mary's "Mercy Now" NPR Fresh Air review.
- World Cafe will be broadcasting Mary Gauthier’s live session with interview on Tuesday, April 19th. Find your local station by going to their website: www.worldcafe.org  or you can listen online Monday to Friday at 2pm est or 1am est by going to www.xpn.org/listen.php 
- Mary Gauthier brings dark past to Mercy Now, click here to listen to Mary's interview from March 20th on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday.
- XM 'X Country' concert series is running a 45 minute performance by Mary on XM “X Country” channel 12. Air times are Wednesday, April 13th at 8pm est and then repeats Friday, April 15th at 11:00am est and Sunday, April 17th at 12:00pm est.
- Watch Mary's video "Mercy Now"
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A new look for the new season. That's the promise of "Nashville Star" when it debuts on March 1st on the USA Network. LeAnn Rimes will host this round with Phil Vassar joining as celebrity judge. Anastasia Brown - wife of Universal South honcho Tony Brown - will also serve as a judge. Bret Michaels of the rock group Poison will serve to round out the tastemaker panel for the new country hopefuls.

How would you like to go to college and study Martina McBride? All you have to do is head over to Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. English professor Dr. Ron DePeter is teaching "Happy Girl/Broken Wing: Martina McBride as Text" this term. The class is studying McBride's performances on albums and in videos.
In case you're wondering, you won't find any 235 pound linebackers signed up for an easy A. Salem is the second oldest women's college in the U.S.A.

Lee Ann Womack's much anticipated 7th album is set for a February 8th release. The title is expected to be "There's More Where That Came From."
Learn To Play: Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, Mandolin, Drums, Bass Guitar, Steel Guitar, Dulcimer, and many more instruments. Visit Learn-To-Play.com
Elvis Presley's 1957 "Jailhouse Rock" movie has been added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry.  Presley's first three albums for RCA, are scheduled for January release, along with a new anthology, "Love, Elvis," to commemorate what would have been the King's 70th birthday in 2005.
“Live Still” is the title of Jerry Reed’s new live album, which is set for April 19th release. The album was recorded last year during a Parsons, Kansas concert  and includes  "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)," "When You're Hot, You're Hot," "East Bound and Down" and "Amos Moses." The album also includes two new songs, "Father Time and Gravity" and "A Brand New Me.”
Loretta Lynn’s “Van Lear Rose” album has been nominated for a   Grammy. The 47th annual GRAMMY Awards awards will air live on CBS-TV and Westwood One radio on Sunday, Feb. 13 from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
ChartCountry 2004
Cactus Awards Winners
5th January 2005
Single of the Year : Live Like You Were Dying
Male Artist of the Year : Toby Keith
Female Artist of the Year : Reba McEntire
Group or Duo of the Year :  Brooks and Dunn
Canadian Artist of the Year : Shania Twain
Australian Artist of the Year :  Keith Urban
Album of the Year : Shock'n Y'all - Toby Keith
Email Voting Award :  Keith Urban
"Brand New Strings"
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
"Brand new Strings" features some of the best new songs and musical performances of Skaggs talented
Ryan Adams
- Just announced new dates, visit www.ryan-adams.com
Purchase Now That You're Gone 7" featuring 2 new Ryan songs on PAXAMERICAN LIMITED
next week at www.ryan-adams.com 
In stores now!
New tour dates, visit www.ryan-adams.com
Look for Ryan selling Now That You're Gone 7" featuring 2 new Ryan songs on PAXAMERICAN LIMITED on the road.
Look for Willie singing "It Was A Very Good Year" with Ray Charles on his new album Genius Loves Company .
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson new studio album It Always Will Be in stores 10/26, featuring duets with Lucinda Williams, Paula Nelson and Norah Jones.
- Visit, the jukebox at www.losthighwayrecords.com to hear the entire It Always Will Be album.
- Willie Nelson & Friends, Outlaws and Angels in stores now!  Willie will be playing the role of Uncle Jesse in the upcoming movie The Dukes of Hazard.
In stores now!
Tift Merritt
Tambourine - Click here for more info
Chris Cook
from North Carolina
Click here Chris Cook Artist Report page
"Small Town Gone" Sound Clip
“Why Baby Why”  George Jones’
“Why Baby Why” is a track in George Jones’ "50 Years Of Hits," which is set for release on November 9th. Beginning with "Why Baby Why" from 1955 and running all the way through a 2004 version of "Amazing Grace," the three-disc set will feature one song for each of those 50 years. In addition to such classics as "I Always Get Lucky With You," "The Grand Tour" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today," it also features a number of duets he’s recorded over the years, with Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Waylon Jennings, Melba Montgomery, Randy Travis and Tammy Wynette.
Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley was honored at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, for selling 5-million albums with his first three releases. One of the mementos he was given was a guitar from the private collection of the late Chet Atkins.
According to Audrey Williams, Hank started writing his 1952 number one hit, “Jambalaya,” while the two of them were vacationing in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Audrey commented, “We were down there just sort of fooling around and Hank started writing that song. I think he got the idea for the song from the Creole dishes like Jambalaya that we ate while we were there. Jambalaya was a native Cajun dish made of seafood or meat stewed with tomatoes. Hank would usually finish a song once he started working on it but he didn’t finish “Jambalaya” right away. He carried it around with him for quite a while and he would work on it now and then. It took him some time to finish it. Sometime later, we were on tour in Florida and one of Hank’s friends who owned a restaurant there, told Hank that he was going to cook him a Jambalaya because of that song. I think “Jambalaya” was one of Hank’s favorite songs.”
“Jambalaya” entered the country music charts August 16th, 1952 and made it to number one where it stuck for 14 weeks.
It was Hanks’ 309th chart single and was on the country charts for 29 weeks.
The record also scored a # 20 on the pop music charts.

Legend Johnny Cash
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By clicking on the link below you will have access to exclusive interviews, register to win an autographed Gibson guitar from Great American Country, downloads such as wallpaper, buddy icons, screensaver, and more.
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THE KINGPUP RADIO SHOW is a fast paced "opry style" showcase
recorded **live** featuring local and regional Acoustic **Americana**,
Bluegrass and Old-Time Country Music artists.
The program is hosted by  Phil & Gaye Johnson.
We are delighted to tell you that our inaugural season of 26 programs is
available for syndication on CD Masters as a full barter offering to
interested radio stations.
The programs are 15 and 30  minutes in length  and are designed to
either supplement programs in any existing folk/Bluegrass/Americana
time slots or broadcast without restrictions as a stand alone program. A
three minute music bed is available for local avails. (30 minute version)
Programs are also available in the mp3 format suitable for web
More information can be found at:
We are pleased to announce that The KingPup Radio Show is now
being aired on the following radio stations:

WPEK 880 Asheville, NC (Sat. 10-1 PM)
WMFX Waynesville, NC (Sat. 10-1 PM)
WNCW - Spindale (Sun. 9AM)
WGWG - Boiling Springs NC (Fri. 1 PM)
WADA 1390 - Shelby, NC (Sat. noon)
WDSL - Mocksville, NC (various)
KEOS - College Station TX (Thurs. nights)
WGKY - Wickliffe KY
WJJC - Commerce Ga
WLCT - LaFayette, TN
WKGX - Lenoir, NC
WPTL- Canton, NC
WSGE - Dallas NC
WDCV FM - Carlisle PA
KUGS - Bellingham WA
Catamount Radio Network - Rutledge VT
Town & Country Radio  783knz - NZ
Radio Southland 96.4FM New Zealand
Music Box - France
630 CFCY - Prince Edward Island, Canada
CHMA Radio 106.9FM,Sackville, NB Canada
Peelstar Country Club - The Netherlaands
Tehiku 94 FM / Sunshine 96.8 FM / Tai 92 FM - New Zealand
internet streaming radio programs:
Tiger Radio Online

The KingPup Radio Show is supplied on CD masters in a 15 minute or
30 minute format to selected radio outlets. Programs are also available
in the MP3 format suitable for online streaming.

The KingPup Radio Show  is  dedicated to showcasing the finest in
regional **Americana ** Country Music artists.
Each radio affiliate is given the opportunity to showcase their finest
talent by hosting a live taping of two or more annual KingPup concert
events in their community.

Here is a list of recent concert performances:
Phil & Gaye Johnson (hosts)
Doc Watson with Richard Watson and Charles Welch
The Darrin Aldridge Band
Bid Daddy Bluegrass Band
Bryan Sutton Band
Donna Hughes Band
The Cockman Family
Tommy Edwards & Friends
Bob Sinclair & Victrola club
Buncombe Turnpike
Alternate Roots
The Carburetors
Sawbilly Rooster
Steep Canyon Rangers
Hazel Creek with Bobby Hicks
Biscuit Burners
Jack Lawrence
Sons of Ralph
More information is at:
Glen Campbell
"Love Is the Answer: 24 Songs of Faith, Hope and Love," is a new Campbell two-CD set, which was released on June 8th2004. The Universal South release contains one disc of pop standards and one of gospel songs.
Release of 20 Classic Gospel Songs
The Country Music Hall of Fame will release Country's 20 Classic Gospel Songs of the Century on New Haven Records on May 4th. The album includes previously released tracks from Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs as well as the trio of Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, plus material from Hall of Fame members The Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Hank Williams and Tammy Wynette.
Loretta Lynn New CD
Van Lear Rose is the new album from Loretta Lynn & was produced by Jack White.   Click the link below to listen to songs from the album:
Willie Nelson
Willie’s new "Nacogdoches" project is a limited-release CD collection of jazz instrumentals that he recorded five years ago. According to Willie, the idea for the CD came from his good friend and mandolin player Paul Buskirk. And Willie says, "This is a labor of love that a label probably wouldn't be willing to release." That’s why you’ll only be able to get it two ways: online at www.WillieNelson.com  and at Texas Roadhouse restaurants, a chain sponsoring Willie’s current tour as part of their longtime partnership. The project will be released on April 29th.
Kenny Rogers: 42 Ultimate Hits," will be on the market on June 1st 2004. The collection is his 62nd album release and contains all of Kenny's top songs from his early days with the First Edition, to contemporary hits like "Buy Me A Rose" and "The Greatest."
Merle Haggard mentioned that he’s currently working on a Christmas 2004 album and that he hopes to make a movie of his life in the near future – possibly filming in Arkansas. 
Ryan Adams
Visit iTunes to get the Ryan Adams exclusive
Moroccan Role EP featuring:
"Ah, Life"
"I'm Coming Over"
"Don't Even Know Her Name"
Available only at iTunes
To download iTunes, visit

"For God And Country" on Vanguard Records is Dolly's new CD. It includes
"The Star Spangled Banner," "God Bless The USA," and "Red White And
Canadian Danny Mack
Danny Mack (The Cement City Cowboy)
Dakotamack Inc.
Phone: 604-687-5217
Fax: 604-687-7185
Alabama has released "Alabama: The American Farewell Tour"
A Nashville, Tennessee court has ruled that ownership of some 150 Hank
Williams recordings-including some 40 songs never commercially released--
belong to Hank Williams Jr. and Jett Williams. The unreleased recordings
were included in "Mother's Best Flour Show," which were recorded in
connection with the radio show of the same name that aired on WSM Radio in
the 1950's.
The album include 21 songs from Kelli Lidell

Merle Haggard's new record label is called Hag Records and his new album,
"Haggard Like Never Before," will be the label's first release and is set
for September 30th 2003 release.
"So rudely interrupted" is available in Australian record stores via MGM
Distribution, and will be released Sept. 16 2003 in Canada on True North Records
Brenda Biseau at True North
Tel: 416.596.8696 Ext 225 Email brenda.biseau@truenorthrecords.com
Email for a copy of
Corb Lund Band's
Barry Swayn
145 Weeroona Street
Rye 3941
phone : 03 59855991
fax: 03 59855529
email: bswayn@satlink.com.au   
Paul McCartney purchased the rights to the Carl Perkins tunes...but did not buy
the songs outright. The songs still belong to the Perkins family. McCartney
hopes to give the songs more exposure on television and in the movies.
Earl Scruggs
Earl Scruggs is heard on the Chieftains’ “Down The Old Plank Road: The
Nashville Sessions In Concert,” on RCA Victor. The album was recorded live
at The  Ryman Auditorium last year and also features Emmylou Harris, Alison
Krauss,  Ricky Skaggs and several other artists.
The soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," the highest grossing Coen Brothers movie ever, has been certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of over 1,000,000 copies. The Mercury Nashville/Lost Highway CD was released on December 5, 2000 and has been the Number One selling release on Billboard's "Country Album" chart for the past seven weeks. It also is the Number One selling soundtrack and is 14 on the "The Billboard 200" chart.
   The music plays a pivotal role in the plot of the film and was personally selected by Joel and Ethan Coen and T Bone Burnett. Burnett served as musical producer for both the film and soundtrack. The Coens and Burnett did substantial research into music of the 1930s (the era in which the film is set) and came to Nashville in the spring of '99 to listen to various musicians and cast them for the film. For "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," music was central to the plot, and in an unusual move in movie making, was recorded prior to filming.
  "O Brother" has garnered a tremendous amount of praise from the media, with raves from Rolling Stone, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, People, The New York
Times, the Los Angeles Times among others. Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and The Soggy Bottom Boys (featuring Dan Tyminski) performed recently on "Late Night With David Letterman."
     In addition to the successful album Mercury and the Coens staged a sold out live concert in Nashville last May featuring music from the film that was captured by famed music documentarian D.A. Pennebaker and his partner Chris Hedgedus. The documentary of the concert, "Down From The Mountain," recently screened at the South By Southwest Film Festival and will also be included in the Nashville Independent Film Festival in June.
A video for "Man Of Constant Sorrow," the feature song from the film, can currently be seen on CMT, GAC and VH1 Country.
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