TY STONE’S DEBUT ALBUM - AMERICAN STYLE – TO BE RELEASED MARCH 6th
AS PHYSICAL EXCLUSIVE THROUGH MEIJER RETAILER
DETROIT NATIVE BEGINS TOUR MARCH 2012 WITH UNCLE KRACKER; NEW SINGLE VIDEO FOR “ANYWHERE’S BETTER” AVAILABLE NOW
Nashville, TN – (February 16, 2012) – Atlantic/Top Dog Records soulful, southern rocker Ty Stone is gearing up for the release of his debut album, American Style, to coincide with his upcoming spring 2012 tour. The 11-track album, which includes his new single “Anywhere’s Better,” will be released exclusively through Detroit-based retailer Meijer on March 6th in the physical format, while the digital version will be available via all major online retailers the same day. Executive produced by Kid Rock and released on Atlantic / Top Dog Records, American Style, will be available in stores nationwide summer 2012. The Detroit native, who is already known for his distinctive vocals, kicks off a 26-date tour March 1st with Uncle Kracker. Album track listing and full list of tour dates below.
Stone also recently released the video for his new single “Anywhere’s Better” on CMT.com to a white-hot reception--racking up almost 50,000 views in just 48 hours, making it the No. 1 most viewed video of the day. The video features CMT's Sweet Home Alabama star Ashley Ann Vickers, along with cameo appearances by Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker.
Originally from Lincoln Park, MI, Ty Stone was flipping burgers before being discovered by future label mate and music superstar Kid Rock. Stone had spent 2011 touring, most recently wrapping up an opening run with Kid Rock on his charity club tour in November.
TY STONE’S AMERICAN STYLE track listing:
1. American Style
2. Down River
4. Anywhere’s Better
5. Real Thing
6. Bob Seger
7. American Dream
8. Faith In Love
10. Line Of Blood
11. Blessed St. Anthony
Upcoming tour dates with TY STONE are as follows:
1 - Macomb, IL - Forum Live
2 - Minneapolis, MN - Toby Keith’s
3 - Lincoln, NE - Uncle Ron’s
8 - Columbus, OH - Bluestone
9 - Indianapolis, IN - 8 Seconds
10 - Rootstown, OH - Dusty Armadillo
14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
15 - Foxboro, MA - Toby Keith’s
16 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
17 - Mt. Laurel, NJ – Prospectors
21 - Flint, MI – Machine Shop
22 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
23 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection
24 - Chicago, IL - Joe’s
25 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
29 - San Miguel, CA - The Ranch
30 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
4 - Davis, CA - The Davis Graduate
5 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
6 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
7 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Westerner
13 - Cheyenne, WY - Outlaw Saloon
14 - Denver, CO - Toby Keith’s
17 - Flagstaff, AZ - Museum Club
19 - Mesa, AZ - Toby Keith’s
20 - Bakersfield, CA - Crystal Palace
Delivers First Checks to Eastern KY Schools
Road to Fame Developer, Bernard Porter, theCountry Music Highway Committee, Field Representative of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, Pat Wooton, Paintsville, Ky. Mayor, Bob Porter, and tourism officials and area dignitaries revealed the details of the upcoming competition designed to discover and assist the next generation of talent along the famed Country Music Highway (U.S. Route 23), which has given rise to such famed talent as Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, The Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless and many more. For more information about the Country Music Highway and the competition, please visitwww.cmhRoadToFame.com.
Kentucky-raised Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of the duo Montgomery Gentry, whose hometown-proud hit “Where I Come From” is currently headed to the top of the music charts, showed support for the Road to Fame competition through an exclusive video message supporting the competition (Click Here to View Video Message).
“That guy that we went to see at the local honky tonks…Man! That was your hero!…local celebrities like Greg Austin, Larry Redmon, Patty Loveless, Bill Monroe, Opry member John Connolly, Keith Whitley and Billy Ray Cyrus.” reminisced Montgomery Gentry. “Charlie Crow that played with Brooks & Dunn, a couple of our buddies that played with the Oak Ridge Boys…there were a lot of musicians as well (not just entertainers, as far as the singing aspect of it) around the Kentucky area that came down here and were able to pick up jobs playing with other artists in Nashville,” stated Eddie Montgomery. “We had a lot of entertainment and a lot of people to go see that we looked up to and chased down to see if we can get up on stage,” added Troy Gentry. “Now, going back home and driving around, it seems like a lot of those opportunities aren’t there anymore. A lot of those clubs moved to line dancing which pushed a lot of those musicians and entertainers and bands out. “ “We support (sic) The Country Music Highway Road to Fame and you should too,” added the duo.
Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall, who was born and began his career as a singer and songwriter along the Country Music Highway, also showed support through a written message and prerecorded video after previously helping to launch both the Country Music Highway “Road to Fame”competition and “Arts Education Fund” with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Tour SEKYand committee members from the state capitol on January 31—both initiatives created to increase interest and provide support for aspiring talent and country music heritage in Eastern Kentucky.
Representatives from the Allen Central Middle School and South Floyd Middle School music programs were each presented with checks of $500, marking the first of four Road to Fame Arts Education Funddonations to be made to provide monetary support to struggling music and arts programs in Eastern Kentucky schools.
“The fact that the Road to Fame Arts Education Fund is already supporting music programs in Eastern Kentucky schools, prior to the beginning of the Road to Fame competition, which will generate additional funds, shows great promise for both initiatives,” said Bernard Porter, Road to Fame Developer. “I look forward to seeing what opportunities in the area will arise because both of these programs are being put into place.”
After two weeks of waiting, aspiring artists and country fans were advised that the competition will be open to contestants ages 13-35 who grew up in the 15 counties surrounding U.S. Route 23 (Letcher, Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence, Boyd, Greenup, Harlan, Perry, Knott, Magoffin, Morgan, Elliott, Carter and Lewis). Contestants will begin their journey down the Road to Fame competition by entering one of four qualifying rounds (dates, times, and venues listed below):
***Registration will begin two hours prior to the start of each audition.
The grand prize winner will receive a ‘scholarship’ to participate in a course of career development and coaching under the direction of PCG Nashville, valued at $25,000.00, will act as an ambassador representing the “Country Music Highway” at various events throughout the year and will help promote the2013 Road to Fame competition. Contestants will be judged by Music Row executives Bernard Porter, Molly Smith and Mike Harris with over 50 years collective entertainment experience in career development, creative consulting, and vocal consulting.
Details of the competition and registration information are available online at www.cmhRoadToFame.com.
in Sunshine State for U.S. Launch
Nashville, TN (February 15, 2012) - Critically-acclaimed Kevin Costner & Modern West will take center stage with a concert tour that’s scheduled to launch this spring in Lakeland, Florida. Academy Award-winning Costner co-founded the rock/country band after being encouraged by his wife, Christine, to reconnect with his music passion. In 2005, he teamed with songwriter John Coinman and bassistBlair Forward, band mates of their original group, Roving Boy, from the late 80’s. Other members of Modern West include Larry Cobb (drums), Park Chisolm (vocals & guitar), Teddy Morgan (lead guitar & producer). Bobby Yang, Roddy Chong and Luke Bulla will rotate fiddle performances. For the past 6 years, the band has been electrifying audiences across the globe with shows in Europe, Asia, Canada, South America, and the U.S.
When it comes to pursuing music, Costner describes it as a journey taken with a personal and purposeful approach. “I always thought that music could build a stronger, more personal moment with people. It could create an opportunity for genuine exchange much greater than a movie, TV interview or magazine. It would be real, full of mistakes and without apology. But most of all, there would be a chance to have some fun.”
Kevin Costner & Modern West released their first CD, Untold Truths, on Universal Records in 2008. The following year, Turn It On was launched in Europe on Edel Records. The band toured Europe during that period, playing 38 shows in 6 weeks. In 2011, it released From Where I Stand on Edel Records and kicked off another extensive tour.
In the midst of hectic schedules and a steady stream of CDs, Kevin Costner & Modern West have continued with its commitment of giving back and lending a helping hand. Over the years, the group has performed at various benefit events and USO concerts for military troops serving abroad. The band has appeared at premiere music events such as Country Thunder, Stagecoach, Grand Ole Opry and Ottawa Blues Festival, to name a few. It was also featured in an hour-long CMT special. The group plays all original material written by its band members.
The Kevin Costner & Modern West 2012 concert tour is scheduled to launch in March. For show information and additional details, please visit: www.kevincostnermodernwest.com.
Kevin Costner & Modern West Concert Tour Schedule
03/28/2012 Lakeland, FL @ Lakeland Center
03/31/2012 Fort Pierce, FL @ Sunrise Theatre
04/01/2012 Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
04/03/2012 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage
04/04/2012 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage
04/05/2012 North Bethesda, MD @ Strathmore
04/06/2012 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
04/07/2012 Cranston, RI @ Park Theatre
04/09/2012 New York, NY @ City Winery
04/10/2012 Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
04/11/2012 Norfolk, CT @ Infinity Music Hall & Bistro
04/13/2012 Windsor, Ontario, Canada @ Caesars Windsor
04/14/2012 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
06/30/2012 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada @ Casino Regina
07/01/2012 Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada @ Bud Country Fever
The Man In Black Finds a Permanent Home in Music City with The Johnny Cash Museum
Mayor Karl Dean, the Cash family and friends and founders Bill and Shannon Miller welcomed press and industry executives to the future home of The Johnny Cash Museum on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Located at 119 Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway, the museum will be en route between the tourist circulated Broadway strip and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to showcase Johnny Cash’s life and career in a world-class exhibit for all his fans from around the world to enjoy,” says founder Bill Miller. “Today we take the first step in making that dream a reality by announcing the birth of the Johnny Cash Museum, a world-class attraction opening in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. This venue will feature the world’s largest, most comprehensive and important collection of Cash artifacts and memorabilia anywhere in the world. I am honored that Johnny’s children and family have joined us in enthusiastically supporting our project by sharing Read More>>>
Lucy's Country Cafe and Bobby Pinson Present "Sing For Your Supper" Wednesday Writers Night Sponsored By the Nashville Music Guide Begins Tomorrow February 8th
Opened by hit singer/songwriter Bobby Pinson and his wife Lucy, the restaurant is located at the Blue Bar in the heart of Nashville's Midtown right off Music Row.
"Sing for Your Supper" will kick-off tomorrow evening inside the Blue Bar on Division St. from 7-to close. Friends and colleagues of Bobby Pinson will be performing and the food will be plated and served at tables.
The lineup for this week's "Sing For Your Supper" includes Clayton Anderson, Buddy Owen, Ruth Collins, Wynn Varble, JT Hodges, Brett Jones, Dave Pahanish and Bobby Pinson.
For more information check out and like Lucy's County Cafe on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter@lunchatlucys
2012 Grammy Winners: Country and More
Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, and Alison Krauss and Union Station’s Paper Airplane earned two awards each last night in Los Angeles. Lady Antebellum won Best Country Album for the second year in a row.
Adele dominated the overall categories. She was honored with six Grammys, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year, tying the record held by Beyoncé for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in a single year.
During the live telecast from the Staples Center, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson sang their hit duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” and Swift offered her Grammy winning smash, “Mean.” Other Country acts who took the stage included Carrie Underwood with Tony Bennett, andGlen Campbell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton. Read More >>>
German Journalist Helps Spread Nashville Message Overseas
Even though Germany’s Christian Lamitschka lives more than 4,500 miles from Music Row and English is his second language, his first love is country music.
With more than 15 years of work writing for music magazines and Web sites in Europe and with his own new Country Music News International online magazine, Lamitschka has done remarkable work spreading the word and the joy of country music to European fans.
In an e-mail conversation from Germany, Christian tells us that in Germany, things are very different from here.
In Europe, he tells us, country “is independent. They don’t call it ‘country music.’ As an example, Keith Urban released his album in Germany, and EMI introduced him as a ‘Rock/Pop artist.’ ”
We asked him what country artists were the most popular in Europe. Read More >>>
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ACM Nominated “Top Vocal Duo of the Year”
Gear Up for National Television Appearances on CBS This
FOX News Channel’s Huckabee and The Better Show
Nashville, TN (February 14, 2012) — Award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry are back and more powerful than ever as they celebrate their current Top 15 radio single, “Where I Come From,” snatching the #13spot on Billboard and #14 onMediaBase. The Academy of Country Music “top Vocal Duo of the Year” nominees are set to make several national television appearances in support of their nomination, as well as their current radio single.
Tune in on Saturday, March 31, just a day before the ACM Awards broadcast on CBS, as Montgomery Gentry perform “Where I Come From,” as well as their featured track, "Good Ol' Boys (Dukes of Hazzard Theme Song,)" from the newly released tribute album,Waylon: The Music Inside Volume II, on CBS This Morning, and again later that evening on FOX News Channel’s Huckabee. While in NYC, the powerful duo will also tape a performance for the nationally syndicated The Better Show (airdate to be announced at a later time).
“Where I Come From,” written by Rodney Clawson and Dallas Davidson, is the first single off their seventh studio album, Rebels On The Run, released October 2011 and the first album released on powerhouse Indie label Average Joe’s Entertainment.
For a more information on Montgomery Gentry, visit www.montgomerygentry.com
More About Montgomery Gentry:
Montgomery Gentry has been on a steady journey on their road to gold and platinum albums, CMA and ACM awards, and Grammy nomination. The journey has been paved both with musical integrity and with an abiding respect for the people and the genre they represent. They have released more than 20 charted singles, with anthems like "My Town" and "Hell Yeah" becoming indelible parts of the honky-tonk landscape. They have hit the top of the singles charts five times, with "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," "Something To Be Proud Of," "Lucky Man," "Back When I Knew It All" and "Roll With Me." www.montgomerygentry.com
What: The BIG 98 WSIX’s
“THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE” – Free Concert
When: Thursday, Feb 16, 2012
at 7:30 P.M CST
Where: Dave & Busters - Opry Mills Mall
540 Opry Mills Drive
Why: Join The BIG 98 WSIX at Dave & Busters at the Opry Bills Mall for “THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE” this Thursday for a free concert featuring hot country artist Lee Brice. Brice is both the 2010 and 2011Billboard most popular country songs artist/writer recipient for his single “Love Like Crazy” and Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl.” “A Woman Like You,” the first single off of his sophomore album, is currently in the Top 20 on the country charts.
MARVIN ETZIONI: Returns with 'MARVIN COUNTRY!' Fourth Studio Album Due April 17 on Nine Mile Records; SXSW Show on Tap for MarchBy My Country Space
FOURTH SOLO STUDIO ALBUM DUE APRIL 17 ON NINE MILE RECORDS
A CONVERSATION WITH
THE GROUNDBREAKING SINGER-SONGWRITER, RECORD PRODUCER,
MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST AND CO-FOUNDER OF LONE JUSTICE
SXSW SHOW ON TAP FOR MARCH 15, 2012
AT SKINNY’S BALLROOM, 115 SAN JACINTO BLVD., AUSTIN, TX (9:00PM)
"For me the real country writers are Leonard Cohen and Dylan, or
Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder or Charles Aznavour and Jacques Brel.”
— Marvin Etzioni
This spring, groundbreaking singer-songwriter and record producer Marvin Etzioni, co-founder and a principal songwriter for the pioneering Los Angeles roots rock bandLone Justice, will release his fourth solo studio album MARVIN COUNTRY! (Nine Mile Records). Streeting April 17, it is being issued as a two-CD set, a double album (Audiophile 180-Gram Vinyl) and digitally.
Look for Marvin to make a special appearance at SXSW on March 15 at Skinny’s Ballroom as part of the Nine Mile Records/Davis McLarty Agency official showcase.Marvin will take the stage at 9pm. Skinny’s is located at 115 San Jacinto Blvd. in Austin.
MARVIN COUNTRY! features a distinguished cast of iconic guests and includes duets with Lucinda Williams (“Lay It On The Table”), Maria McKee (“You Possess Me”),Steve Earle (“Ain't No Work In Mississippi”), Richard Thompson (“It Don't Cost Much”), Buddy Miller (“Living Like A Hobo”) and John Doe (“The Grapes Of Wrath”).The Dixie Hummingbirds add their gospel harmonies to “You Are The Light,” a reprise of the Etzioni original that closed the debut album by Lone Justice.
MARVIN COUNTRY! is a diverse mix of back porch country, barroom weepers, clapboard church gospel, haunting folk and dusty blues. A multi-instrumentalist, Marvinplays mandolin, mandocello, guitar, bass, Mellotron, porchboard, casio, piano and drums. Of course, he had a little help from his friends. Don Heffington on drums, Greg Leisz on pedal steel and Tammy Rogers on fiddle, to name a few. Marvin goes it alone on “Man Without a Country,” “Miss This World” and “God’s Little Mansion.”
Marvin was born in Brooklyn and raised in Los Angeles. He went to solo performances by Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and was front row center for Fairport Convention (with Sandy Denny) at the Troubadour. He got to see the first shows by the New York Dolls, Cheap Trick, and witnessed Iggy Pop and the Stooges’ Raw Power shows at the Whisky A-Go-Go. Marvin also never missed a show by the Kinks. In 1976 he formed his first band, The Model, who recorded with Bruce Springsteen's producer Chuck Plotkin and engineer Toby Scott. The Model played the first month Madame Wong’s was opened. They co-billed shows around the city with The Motels, Translator, The Plimsouls and other up-and-coming bands. The album was never released and the band broke up. Marvin took another direction, becoming a solo, acoustic singer-songwriter in 1980, when everyone seemed to be playing synth-pop or heavy metal.
Within a couple of years, he co-founded Lone Justice. They released their first album, headlined a European tour, and returned to the states supporting U2 and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Prior to their second album, Marvin again set off on his own path, producing acts including Toad the Wet Sprocket, Peter Case, Counting Crows and Grammy-winner Grey DeLisle.
One of Marvin’s most recorded songs, “Can’t Cry Hard Enough,” co-written with David Williams, became a Top 20 hit for the Williams Brothers. “Are You Beautiful,” co-written with Chris Pierce (who appears on the closing track of MARVIN COUNTRY!), was chosen for a Banana Republic television commercial, appears in the film Phat Girlz, and on the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Crash. Marvin also co-wrote the song “Miracle” on The Latest by Cheap Trick.
Marvin played mandolin on the multi-platinum/multi-Grammy-winning album Taking the Long Way by the Dixie Chicks and with T-Bone Burnett on The Larry Sanders Show. He also appears on the Gram Parsons Tribute DVD playing mandolin in the backing band with a star-studded cast that includes Keith Richards, Norah Jonesand Jay Farrar.
Marvin released three solo albums to critical acclaim, The Mandolin Man (1991), Bone (1992) and Weapons Of The Spirit (1994), which were lavished with praise by the press. And now at last he's back with MARVIN COUNTRY! The album is full of ghosts and full of life, with songs inspired by faith, love, hope, the Great Depression, Dylan, Kurt Vonnegut and Marvin’s grandfather, who gave him a mandolin at age eight, changing the course of The Mandolin Man forever.
Here’s a brief Q&A with Marvin.
How do you feel the musical legacy of Lone Justice has influenced the scene today?
MARVIN ETZIONI: If Lone Justice was playing a show like it was playing in ‘83 or ‘84 right now, it would be completely contemporary. It was about the songs. I don’t care if it’s going to be a ballad or if it’s going to have punk energy. I don’t care, that was all just the frame. It’s a matter of the songs. The songs have stood the test of time. I’ll still stand by that group with Ryan, Maria, Heffington and myself. It was kind of a crystallized moment in time. If Lone Justice was doing a tour with Lucinda Williams or the Dixie Chicks or The Cranberries, who are getting back together, no one would go, “Why is that happening?” It would be a timeless event. There are some new artists discovering LJ for the first time. They go to the first album or YouTube and find raw footage from the Palomino [a pivotal and now-defunct club in North Hollywood, California] when we were first starting out. The center of what makes a band timeless is the songwriting.
On the first single, “Grapes of Wrath” you teamed-up with John Doe of X, how did that come about?
MARVIN ETZIONI: Lone Justice used to play the song live before our first album. The song was influenced by Merle Haggard, but we were all big fans of X. When I cut the song for MARVIN COUNTRY!, I immediately thought of John. He was great to work with. John immediately got the essence of the song.
On “Lay It On The Table” you brought in Lucinda Williams.
MARVIN ETZIONI: The song is a true story about divorce. I started it on my own and went as far as I could go. I was introduced to a guy name Red Lane, who lived in a grounded airplane in Nashville. He’s a great songwriter. We finished the song and had some moonshine. Then with song in hand, I went back to L.A. I was doing a gig withLucinda and I called her up on stage to sing with me. When Donald “The Clock” Lindley and I cut it, we both looked at each other and went, ‘We gotta get Lucinda on this.’ That song took a long time to get it the way I heard it in my head. I flew back to Nashville to record her vocal. Lu tried to sing along with the pre-recorded vocal with headphones. It felt too divided and separate. I look for good timing in vocals, like a dialogue. So I said, ‘Let’s stop this. Let’s put the mic’s in the control room, turn the monitors on. You stand here and face me. I’ll stand here and face you. Let’s sing it live.” I love those George Jones and Tammy Wynette duet records. I loved working with Lu. I did the pre-production tapes for her West album, recording song after song with her on my four-track cassette machine. I respect her because she’s followed her dream for as long as I’ve known her and I’ve known her since the mid-‘80s. There’s roots music and then there’s roots with people. I have to have roots with people and I have roots with her. The thing about MARVIN COUNTRY! is, every single person on this record I have roots with.
You team up with Maria McKee on “You Possess Me.” What did she bring to the song?
MARVIN ETZIONI: Maria and I will always be connected. She’s family to me. If I saw her every day or if I didn’t see her for five years, she’ll always be in my heart. That’s just how it is. We reconnected after I hadn’t worked with her for about eight years, after the first Lone Justice album. Then we started writing songs for her second solo albumYou Gottta Sin to Get Saved. When I told her I was recording “You Possess Me” I asked if she would do a vocal on it. She was there in a heartbeat for me. I’m very thankful for that.
Where was the album recorded?
MARVIN ETZIONI: It started in Nashville. Duane Jarvis, Donald Lindley and I were just going to start this album on our own and call friends in Nashville to show up. We went to a studio, had it all booked and not one piece of equipment worked right. We quickly moved to House of David and I remember they showed me a trapdoor they’d made for Elvis Presley. If people showed up and he wanted to make a getaway, he could jump down to his convertible and drive away. It was a chute, like Batman. Good enough for Elvis, good enough for MARVIN COUNTRY!. We set up shop, Donald on drums, Steve Fishell on pedal steel, Gurf Morlix on bass, Tammy Rogers on fiddle, Buddy Miller and Duane on guitars. We would just all get together every day or whenever everybody could show up and I’d bring in songs and we just knocked them out. Other songs were recorded in L.A. and the album was mixed in Thousand Oaks. I also went to New York to cut Steve Earle’s vocal.
MARVIN COUNTRY! is a double-album, a mix of Americana, a little country and electronic touches. Also, the varied array of guests…. What inspired you this time to keep musically expanding?
MARVIN ETZIONI: It was a challenge, I had never done a double album before. My reference point for a double album is The White Album, my favorite album of all time. You can’t classify that album. It was everything under the sun and everything that they had to give. Even Blonde on Blonde--which was a fantastic double album--is more cohesive as a work. Exile on Main St is another fantastic double album. With The White Album, The Beatles took the Revolver concept to the stratosphere. I was working with my engineer/mixer/co-producer, David Vaught, and my Holy Brother/A&R man, Willie Aron, who encouraged me to go for the double disc. It’s not a rock opera, but there’s a personal story on the record, a thread. Thematically, it’s about love, loss, divorce, my dad, my mom, my son and my connection to God.
What were the pivotal albums in your life growing up?
MARVIN ETZIONI: Well I was a real singles kid. I had 45s by The Dave Clark Five, The Beatles and The Kinks. To me, an album had to have ten or twelve really good songs on it. I loved singles by The Animals, Herman’s Hermits and Donovan as well--anything produced by Mickie Most. In elementary school, I won a prize and could pick any record I wanted. I chose High Tide and Green Grass by the Rolling Stones, the first greatest hits album they made. I remember my grandfather getting me Meet The Beatles! He originally got me Beatlerama, a spin off on The Beatles. I had a weekly ritual with my family (grandparents included). We’d go to Sears and I’d buy a single for like 58 cents--thanks to the dollar a week I got from my folks. One day Herman’s Hermits’ There’s a Kind Of Hush album came out and my parents got it for me. I started crying in the record store. I said, “Are you sure? You’re going to get me this entire album? So many great songs are on it.” As much as I loved all those albums as an eight year old, they were will filled with songs, but not concepts. The first album that really changed everything for me was Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon. Other life changing albums include Exodus by Bob Marley, What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye and Hunky Dory by David Bowie. Favorite producers include George Martin and Dr. Dre. But as a kid, I just loved 45s. And I still love ‘em. If I can hear a great song I don’t care who it’s by. That’s all you need in the world is that one song.
Catch Marvin Etzioni and his full band on the road, more select dates TBA:
(115 San Jacinto Blvd., 9PM)
MARVIN COUNTRY! album cover.
Pictured above, the debut album from Lone Justice.
2010 & 2011 Billboard Song of the Year artist/writer
Nominated for 2012 ACM Song of the Year (as the songwriter)
#5 most purchased song this week “A Woman Like
You” on iTunes
selling over 30,000 singles a week …
Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Awards Show
Lebanon, Tenn. (February 9, 2012) – Rounder Records recording group Dailey & Vincent were honored with multiple awards during the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) awards show on February 5, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn. Together they won Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary), Vocal Group of the Year, and Overall Bluegrass Band of the Year. Separately, Jamie Dailey earned Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Male Vocalist, and Darrin Vincent earned Bass Performer of the Year.
“We are delighted that Jamie Dailey, Darrin Vincent, and their group have been recognized by their fans and members of SPBGMA in such an exciting way,” said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “Since they released The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent on January 9, their second CD in the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program, Jamie and Darrin have connected with our guests in Cracker Barrel stores throughout their travels. Their talent and spirit shines through whether they are performing on stage or visiting at one of our tables and we’re very proud of them.”
The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent, the latest CD in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart (week ending January 15, 2012) and has remained #1 for four weeks. 2011 Cracker Barrel releases include The Oak Ridge Boys’ CD It’s Only Natural in September;Jason Michael Carroll’s all-country Numbers with 11 new songs and one previous hit in July; the May release of Teddy Gentry’s Best New Nashville with original music from 12 talented new artists and Randy Travis’ self-titled album Randy Travis. In March 2011 Cracker Barrel released Kenny Rogers’ The Love of God, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the Top Christian Albums chart; The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin in January, which debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Bluegrass Albums chart and at #26 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In November 2010, Cracker Barrel released Smokey Robinson’s Now & Then, which debuted at #19 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart and was nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD. September saw the release of the self-titled Rodney Atkins, which included four #1 hits, and Mandy Barnett’s Winter Wonderland. Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Craig Morgan, Wynonna, Alan Jackson, the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Dolly Parton, Bill Gaither, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Sara Evans and Charlie Daniels.
About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made from scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 610 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.
How would you feel if that same person presents themselves as an artist and is featured as an artist of the week or month ect. on many internet websites and radio stations?
How would you feel about some one being charted on Reverb Nation and other places as an artist/preformer when they had nothing to do with the vocals or preformace of an album or cd?
If someone wants to present a work of songs written to others to "Shop" those songs to others that is one thing but to Misrepresent yourself falsely and accept the credit for the preformance is wrong and an insult and injury to all honest artist/and true preformers!
When you work hard at your craft not only as a songwriter and also as a preformer or using your true talent as a musician and vocalist then give credit where credit is due !! However to allow someone to be played on radio or anywhere else as something they are not should not be acceptable to any honest person in the music business!!!