HUNTER HAYES TO PERFORM AT THE 47th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS THIS SUNDAY ON CBS
New “Wanted” Music Video Released Exclusively To Fans This Week
And Will Air On E! News Tonight
NASHVILLE, TN- (March 30, 2012) – Earlier this week, Hunter re-confirmed his fan loyalty by debuting his new music video for his single “Wanted” exclusively to his fans via live video chat. He tells fans, “I’m so excited and proud of this video. We wanted to show a visual representation of the writing process of this song, and a sort of glimpse into the inspiration behind “Wanted”.” The video, directed by BirdMachineBird (Mindy Smith, Patty Griffin), features Hunter in a black and white editorial setting and uses splashes of red to accentuate its romantic story line while bringing life to the lyrics and creating an emotional experience for the viewer. The music video was released on www.HunterHayes.com and was immediately picked up by CMT and GAC, with bonus spins on CMT’s Top 20 Countdown. E! News will also be featuring his “Wanted” music video tonight at 7pm.
Hunter Hayes has also been nominated as ACM’s New Artist of the Year, which will air live from the MGM Grand this Sunday, at 8pm ET on CBS. He will be performing his smash hit “Storm Warning” and will also be presenting the ACM Lifting Lives performance of “Here’s Hope,” a song he co-penned.
For more information on Hunter Hayes, please visit www.HunterHayes.com.
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY (GAC) TO HIT THE ROAD
FOR THE SIXTH YEAR FOR COUNTRY THUNDER
Top names making appearances in Florence include Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and Big & Rich – as well as performances by Eli Young Band, Craig Morgan, Sawyer Brown, Kellie Pickler, Jake Owen, The Roys, The Farm, Neal McCoy, Joe Nichols, Thompson Square, Phil Vassar, The Band Perry and more.
Top names making appearances in Twin Lakes include Jason Aldrean, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith and Big & Rich – as well as performances by Dwight Yoakam, The McClymonts, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Casey James, Brantley Gilbert and more.
GAC will be mixing it up with fans at both festivals! Fans can step onboard the GAC Tour Bus and view samples of upcoming shows and provide feedback. They will also have the opportunity to have their pictures taken via Cybertech, which will place their image in an interview setting with GAC Host Nan Kelley in front of the GAC Tour Bus.
Of course, GAC will be on site at both festivals and broadcasting from Wisconsin bringing you all the behind-the-scene interviews and stories from Country Thunder. Air dates and programming to be announced.
“GAC is proud to be the national TV partner of Country Thunder” said Scott Durand, vice president of marketing, Great American Country. “Our ongoing partnership with Country Thunder represents our desire to be where the country fans are and give them a chance to engage with the network.”
Four-day festival passes are currently on sale $160 for Florence, Arizona ($200 at the gate). Attendees have until March 30 to reserve a Port-a-Potty, so they’ll be “sitting pretty” for the festival. Additionally, for the FIRST time ever, tickets for the 2013 festival can already be reserved. For more information, please visit www.countrythunder.com.
Four-day passes for Twin Lakes, Wisconsin are currently available for a discounted price of $120. If you are planning on attending more than one day of the festival in Wisconsin, don’t be an April Fool! Multi-day passes will go up to $140 beginning April 1, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets now for the best value. (Single-day passes will also be available for $45 for Thursday and $80 for all other days beginning April 1). Also, there are still a few campsites available on the Encore campground for $150. These fill up quickly, so don’t delay. Simply visit www.countrythunder.com today to take care of all your Country Thunder needs, including purchasing tickets, view full schedule, campsite locations and vendor information!
About Great American Country
Great American Country is the leader in country music entertainment. GAC delivers to viewers the widest variety of country music, its artists and the lifestyles they influence. GAC broadcasts original country music programming, country music performance specials, live concerts, music videos, and is the exclusive television home of the Grand Ole Opry. GAC is available in more than 62 million households and online athttp://www.GACTV.com
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NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 29, 2012 – Legendary entertainer Kenny Rogers will bring his signature soulful voice, his catalog of hits and the stories behind the music when he takes the Ford Theater stage as the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s 2012 Artist-in-Residence. Rogers will present two intimate evening performances on May 9 and 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Established in 2003, the museum’s residency program annually honors a musical master who can be credited with contributing a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. Honorees are given a blank canvas—the museum’s acoustically pristine, 213-seat Ford Theater—and are encouraged to lend their own creative brushstrokes to an up-close-and-personal musical experience. Previous honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller and Connie Smith.
“Kenny Rogers is the consummate entertainer,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “As a member of a band or duo or as a solo artist, he has conquered the jazz, folk, pop and country worlds—not to mention his success as an actor and photographer. Kenny has the gift of telling stories and making you believe he lived them. We are thrilled that he will help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Artist-in-Residence program by bringing his stories and songs to the Ford Theater for two unique shows.”
Known for instantly identifiable, sweetly raspy vocals and an ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, Kenny Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied career. He has charted a record in each of the last seven decades, including 12 #1 albums. His long list of hits includes 21 #1 songs, among them “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “Coward of the County,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream” (with Dolly Parton) and “Every Time Two Fools Collide” (with Dottie West). Two of Rogers’ albums, The Gamblerand Kenny, are featured in the About.com poll of “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever,” and his Greatest Hitsalbum has sold over 24 million copies worldwide. He is the RIAA’s eighth best-selling male artist of all time with one diamond album, 19 platinum albums and 31 gold albums. He has earned three Grammy awards, five Country Music Association awards and eight Academy of Country Music awards including Entertainer of the Year in 1978. Rogers still tours and records new music.
Born in Houston,Kenny Rogers formed his first band while in high school in 1956. The rockabilly group, the Scholars, got a record deal and released two singles. “That Crazy Feeling,” a solo record by Kenny released as Kenneth Rogers on Kix Records in 1957(and picked up by Carlton Records in 1958) led to a performance on American Bandstand. Soon afterward, Rogers joined the Bobby Doyle Three, playing stand-up bass in the jazz band, and appearing on their Columbia Records album.
In 1966 he became a member of popular folk group theNew Christy Minstrels, leaving a year later to form the First Edition with New Christy Minstrels bandmateMike Settle and Thelma Camacho, Mickey Jones and Terry Williams. The group signed with Reprise Records. Their first hit, Mickey Newbury’s psychedelic “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” went to #5 on the BillboardHot 100 chart. After a few more tries at chart success, the band billed themselves as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. They released “Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town),” written by future Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis. “Ruby” was a pop and country crossover hit and broke the Top 10 in 1969. They enjoyeddouble-genre popularityagain with “Ruben James.”
For the next couple of years, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition enjoyed mild Top 40 success. From 1971–73, the band hosted their own TV series, Rollin’ on the River. The rock, blues and folk-oriented variety show included musical guests such as Jim Croce, Bo Diddley, Ronnie Hawkins and Ike and Tina Turner. By the mid-1970s, the First Edition had run its course, and its members, ready to pursue solo careers, parted ways.
Rogers began his solo career at United Artists Records. After a string of modest hits, he struck country gold with the heartbreaking single “Lucille” from his self-titled album. The 1977 Grammy-winning song topped the country charts, reached the Top Five on the pop charts, and was named the CMA Single of the Year. “Lucille” was followed by “Daytime Friends,” “Sweet Music Man” and “Love or Something Like It.”
Rogers’ next album, named for a song about a down-and-out drifter with advice for a weary traveler, was released in 1978. “The Gambler,” written by a then-unknown songwriter named Don Schlitz, would become Rogers’ career song and spawn five TV movies starring Rogers as ‘The Gambler.’ The song spurred him to a 1979 Best Male Country Vocal Performance Grammy award and to 1979 CMA Album of the Year (The Gambler) and Male Vocalist of the Year honors.The five Gamblermini-series, which attracted over 100 million viewers nationwide, also started Rogers on a second career as an actor on television andinmovies, including aTV movie based on anotherof his #1 hit songs, “Coward of the County.”
Rogers’ run of chart smashes continued with “She Believes in Me” (1979), “Coward of the County” (1979) and the Lionel Richie ballad “Lady” (1980). “Lady” was a #1 country hit and a pop crossover sensation, spending six weeks atop the pop charts. His 1980 hit “Love the World Away” appeared on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack.
Known almost as well for his duets as his solo works, Rogers continually topped the charts in the 1970s and ’80s with his collaborations. He recorded a string of hits with frequent partner Dottie West, including “Every Time Two Fools Collide” (1978), “All I Ever Need Is You” (1979)and “What Are We Doin’ in Love” (1981). The pair won Vocal Duo of the Year at the 1978 and 1979 CMA Awards. Rogers recorded “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer” with his fellow New Christy Minstrels alum Kim Carnes in 1980. In 1983, he partnered with Dolly Parton for one of the most popular duets in music history: “Islands in the Stream” earned them ACM Single and Top Vocal Duo awards that year.
In 1985, Rogers participated in the historic recording of “We Are the World,” the multi-celebrity performance which raised millions of dollars for famine relief in Africa. A year later, he co-chaired the “Hands Across America” fund-raiser for America’s hungry.
By the end of the 1980s, pop and country music had begun to change, and Rogers’ chart success began to ebb. “Tomb of the Unknown Love” (1986) and “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine” (1987), a duet with Ronnie Milsap, were Rogers’ last chart toppers for more than a decade.
Through the late 1980s and early ’90s, Rogers revealed himself to be a man of many interests. He proved to be a gifted photographer with the publication of several photography books, andwas even invited to the White House to shoot a portrait of First Lady Hillary Clinton. He also authored several short stories, and appeared off-Broadway in his Christmas musical, The Toy Shoppe,which he subsequently toured.
After forming his own record company, Dreamcatcher Entertainment, in the late 1990s, Rogers returned to the country charts with “The Greatest,” another Schlitz-penned tune. The follow-up, “Buy Me a Rose,” went to #1 in 2000. Rogers proved he was still relevant to 21st century country music with his critically acclaimedWater & Bridges (Capitol Nashville, 2006), which included the single “I Can’t Unlove You.” Produced by Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill), the album put Rogers back on the charts and further solidifiedhis significance and long-term viability in the music world. In 2010, Rogers celebrated his 50th anniversary in music by taping the star-studded television special Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years,which aired on the Great American CountryTelevision Network(GAC).
In March 2011, Rogers released his first gospel album, The Love of God. The acclaimed release became his 21st Top 10 country album. He is beginning work on a new album and finishing his autobiography, scheduled for release later this year.
A limited number of Kenny Rogers residency event tickets can be purchased by museum members at a discounted rate of $40 per show beginning Tuesday, April 3, at 10:00 a.m. by visitingwww.countrymusichalloffame.org. (A one-year museum membership is $40.) Tickets will go on sale for $50 per show to the general public at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, and can be purchased atwww.countrymusichalloffame.org. Tickets sales, limited to four tickets per show, are available on a first come, first served basis and are non-refundable. Additionally, the Pinnacle at Symphony Place garage is offering attendees an $8 parking option on each of the performance evenings.
Museum doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. shows. In addition, the museum’s galleries will be open to all ticket holders prior to each performance, beginning at 5:30 p.m., as will the museum’s Two Twenty-Two 2Go bar, serving a variety of food and beverages.
The 2012 Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, by RJ Young. Additional support is provided by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum is available atwww.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
Jagermeister Presents Randy Houser
Jägermeister Herbal Liqueur, a brand as deeply rooted in music as it is in mythology and lore, is proud to announce the Jägermeister Presents Tour featuring country music singer/songwriter Randy Houser. The tour will kick off on April 26th in Knoxville, Tenn. and will hit 16 cities across the nation with Rick Monroeas the supporting act.
Jägermeister, the No. 1 selling imported liqueur in the United States, has a long history of supporting bands, both from a local level to national amphitheater acts. The brand has spent almost two decades developing artists and has seen many go from obscurity to the top of their fields. “We’re thrilled to be working with Randy Houser again, someone who appreciates our brand and knows how to enjoy it! He’s grown as a musician and songwriter and Jager’s been with him from the beginning,” says Rick Zeiler, Director of Strategic Marketing at Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. Read More>>>
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2012 Tin Pan South Sponsored By Regions Bank
Nashville Songwriters Association International’s 20th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival presented by Regions Bank is set for Mar. 27-31, 2012 and promises to present a slate of songwriters that range from the hottest new tunesmiths on the scene to a host of Hall-of-Famers from all genres of music. Performers already confirmed for this year’s event include MCA Records artist Josh Turner, critically acclaimed composer Jimmy Webb, Big Machine Records trio Edens Edge, and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” writer Jack Tempchin.
Tempchin and Webb bring a sense of history to this year’s event as they have both been recognized and honored as “Legendary Songwriters” in past years’ festivals. Webb’s more than 40 years of success are as remarkable as the accomplishments they honor: he is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and The National Academy of Songwriters 1993 recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. Songs like “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Up, Up and Away,” “Wichita Lineman” and countless others have been recorded by the likes of Tony Bennett, Glen Campbell, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Cocker, Shawn Colvin, Reba McEntire and Linda Ronstadt. His works have been included in blockbuster movies, hit television movies and series, and on stage. Read More >>>
Nashville Music Guide's Acoustic Performance Night Lineup For April 5th, 2012 Show Announced
Come out to be entertained and to network with veteran writers and “New Faces.“
Nashville Music Guide (NMG) is proud to once again sponsor Acoustic Performance Night on Thursday April 5th from 8pm to midnight. The event hosted by NMG founder Dan Wunsch features veteran singer-songwriters and “label ready” new faces showcasing their writing, singing and performing talents each in a 30 minute set.
The April 5th event will again be “a really big show” with performances by:
* John Capek - Internationally acclaimed and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, musician and producer with songs recorded by Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Ross, Joe Cocker to mention a few.
* Maureen Murphy and Jaime Babbit - Awesome singers accompanying John Capek.
* Rick Price - Australian pop and contemporary acoustic singer songwriter with mega credits as recording artist, producer and performer off recent tour with Tommy Emmanuel.
* Johnny Neel - Iconic Nashville recording artist, singer-songwriter, musician and Grammy award nominee recognized in the music world for his work with the Allman Brothers, Lonnie Mack and Gov't Mule to mention a few.
* Jeff Olson - Real kountry recording artist with mega-hits on independent charts.
* Jon Dakota - A true storyteller and troubadour with critical acclaim from industry professionals.
* Sasha Aaron - New Face singer-songwriter with contemporary country songs and opening act for Sister Hazel.
NMG continues to be on the forefront of media exposure for up and coming artists through live music events, the monthly print magazine, the internet site (www.nashvillemusicguide.com), the radio show (www.NMGradio.com) and their Radio Deliver Service which distributes their compilation CD both digitally and snail-mail to over 8,500 radio stations including the Music Row and Texas Chart Reporting Stations.
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Dan Wunsch, 615-242-3838
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AND HAVE LUNCH AT LARRY’S COUNTRY DINER
Proudly Serving American Music with a Side of Cornbread Since 2009
WHAT: “Larry’s Country Diner” is once again opening its doors to media who want to experience, first-hand, the LIVE down-home variety show that in just over two years has become a favorite “eatery” of country music fans everywhere.
WHY: There may only be eighteen tables at “Larry’s Country Diner,” but it services 1.4 million people each and every month as one of the top-rated shows on RFD-TV. At this diner, the cornbread and black-eyed peas only complement the heapin’ helpin’ of country music performances served up by the stars of yesterday and today.
The show is one of the last remaining vestiges of live, spontaneous variety programming featuring country music in an old-fashioned setting. The prevailing attitude is “…the cameras are always rollin’… and we don’t care.” The fact that plates are dropped or broken during a performance, a rack of knives and forks are dumped on the floor or that some of the lights go out while they were filming only adds to the show’s mystique and contributes greatly to its success.
Because of its popularity, getting a seat to see a live taping might prove more difficult than getting a reservation at one of L.A.’s most trendy posh restaurants—the waiting list extends into 2013, but there’s ALWAYS room for someone in the media to experience Larry’s Country Diner.
WHERE: NorthStar Studios (3201 Dickerson Pike, Nashville)
WHEN: Monday, April 2:
10:00 A.M. Con Hunley
11:15 A.M. Joe Stampley
1:30 P.M. Steve Hall & Shotgun Red (with guest Anita Stapleton)
3:15 P.M. Neal McCoy
Tuesday, April 3:
10:00 A.M. John Berry
11:15 A.M. Barbara Fairchild
1:30 P.M. Bobby Bare
3:15 P.M. The Oak Ridge Boys
Upcoming Taping Dates (Artists TBD)
June 4 & 5
August 6 & 7
October 8 & 9
December 3 & 4
ABOUT LARRY’S COUNTRY DINER:
Larry’s Country Diner is a unique down-home variety show which integrates entertainment, interviews and music in a weekly format, taped LIVE in front of a studio audience in a country diner setting. The show features regular characters including Larry Black, Keith Bilbrey, Sheriff Jimmy Capps, Waitress Renae and avid church lady, Nadine along with special guest appearances by country music artists of yesterday and today. Since its initial airing on August 3, 2009, Larry’s Country Diner has produced nearly 100 episodes and has become one of the most popular shows on RFD-TV, garnering 1.4 million viewers monthly. For more information, please visitwww.larryscountrydiner.com.
Larry’s Country Diner is another product of Gabriel Communications, started in 1996. Owned and operated by long-time disc jockey, Larry Black, the company specializes in “Reunion Videos.” The success of this series spurred the creation of more than a dozen more projects featuring hundreds of songs and stories as well as Country’s Family Reunion News, a monthly newspaper which highlights the music of yesteryear. For more information on Country Family Reunion products, please visit: www.cfrvideos.com. You can find all of our music reunion products under the Country’s Family Reunion portion of this Web site.
RECORD BREAKING SINGLE “WHY YA WANNA” CONTINUES TO BUILD AT COUNTRY RADIO
SINGER-SONGWRITER TO MAKE GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT APRIL 13TH
Nashville, TN – March 28, 2012; Nashville’s newest breakout singer/songwriter, Jana Kramer, will release her self-titled debut album on June 5th, 2012, which she is currently finishing with award-winning producer Scott Hendricks (Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn). With an audience over 10.6 million in only 10 weeks since it’s country radio debut, “Why Ya Wanna” continues to climb the chart at a record setting pace, already moving to the Top 25 on the charts.
Kramer has sold almost 250,000 digital singles to date, including “Why Ya Wanna” which racked up an impressive 55 radio adds upon release and solidified her as the most added debut artist in the history of Country Aircheck. Along with being the biggest debut artist since the chart’s inception, Kramer’s adds were nearly triple the previous record for any debut female artist. Kramer, who starred as Alex Dupre on the CW hit One Tree Hill, was also named CMT’s inaugural artist for their newly revamped “Listen Up” program, featured across the channel and online network during the entire month of February.
The country newcomer will make her Grand Ole Opry debut when she takes the legendary stage for the first time on April 13th.
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NEW SINGLE “ENDLESS SUMMER” SPINNING AT COUNTRY RADIO NOW
Coming off his 2011 debut solo EP Town Line--which entered the Billboard Country Albums chart at #1 and produced the ACM-nominated, gold-selling single “Country Boy”--AARON LEWIS will release a much-anticipated full length album titled THE ROAD, June 26 on R&J Records.
Once again produced by James Stroud (Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Chris Young) and LEWIS, THE ROAD features 10 brand new songs including the uptempo feel-good first single “Endless Summer,” check out the live video for the song here.
LEWIS--who also fronts the multi-million-selling hard rock group STAIND--had originally planned to record five new songs to be paired with the songs from Town Line, but decided to record a full album as more song ideas blossomed while recording in Nashville. LEWIS wrote all of the songs on the album except "Grandaddy's Gun,"penned by hit Nashville songwriters Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Bobby Pinson, marking the first time LEWIS has ever recorded another artist’s music for an album. LEWIS heard the song when on a hunting trip with Stroud and Akins and identified with the lyrics so much that he asked Akins for permission to cut it.
Meanwhile, LEWIS wants his fans to have an early taste of the upcoming album and is offering a free download of "Red, White & Blue.” Click here to check it out.
LEWIS has earned two nominations in the “Vocal Event Of The Year” category at the upcoming ACM Awards for his work as artist and as co-producer on his debut solo single “Country Boy,” which was certified gold in September for sales in excess of 500,000 units. The singer, songwriter and guitarist was nominated in the category along with his guest artists, George Jones and Charlie Daniels. The video for the song has been viewed over 15 million times online (http://youtu.be/vsQzw_Ax8Cw) alone. Last year, the single and video also earned LEWIS his first two CMT Music Award nominations: “Collaborative Video of the Year” and “USAWeekend Breakthrough Video of the Year.”
Town Line--which also entered at #7 on the Top 200 Albums Chart--drew critical praise from a wide variety of writers, including PEOPLE’s Chuck Arnold,who said "He proves to be a natural on nostalgic ballads like 'The Story Never Ends,’ (3/14/11)," while the ASSOCIATED PRESS’ Michael McCall wrote, “He injects a flavor of his own into a polished, commercial country sound in a way that could win over country fans who've never heard of Staind (2/28/11).”
Here’s the track listing for THE ROAD:
“Red, White & Blue”
“Anywhere But Here”
“Party In Hell”
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National Tour Kicks Off This Week
Fairfax, VA (March 27, 2012) --- The buzz surrounding Joan Osborne’s newest album, Bring It On Home, keeps growing as critics and her fellow musicians rave about the singer’s powerful interpretations of blues and classic rhythm & blues songs. Osborne recently previewedBring It On Home on CBS This Morning (http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7403118n), whose hosts noted that “with her strong, sultry voice, she certainly knows how to bring it home.” Bring It On Home is available today at all major retailers including select Whole Foods locations just as Joan kicks off a North American tour with a pair of concerts at New York’s City Winery.
The New York Daily News named the album to its “Top Ten” in music list, noting that “she recasts the blues with her own grind and shout” and the New Yorker delighted in her “voice containing a rich mixture of colors….now she’s come back to the blues.” American Songwriter magazine added, "...Osborne injects tremendous passion into sides originally recorded by Ray Charles, Sonny Boy Williamson, Al Green, Otis Redding and others. When she digs into John Mayall’s slow blues ‘Broken Wings,’ the emotional torrent obscured in the original is brought to the surface through her fiery vocals." And No Depression marveled, “Joan Osborne has a real hot record here. She has given the Blues a shot this time and, boy, it really works for her.” Even London’s Daily Express newspaper weighed in, describing, “Her voice is beautifully bluesy and wonderfully expressive while the music is soulful, sophisticated and slightly retro sounding, meaning the package reeks class as it moves between rowdy versions of songs such as ‘Shoorah! Shoorah!’ to deep soul versions of ‘The Same Love That Made Me Laugh.’”
Bring It On Home has also struck a chord with the artists who know these songs better than anyone else. Betty Wright, who hit big with the original version of “Shoorah! Shoorah!,” remarked, “It’s truly time for the song again...(Joan has) sweetly read the guy in the song his bill of rights!” After hearing Joan’s take on his “Broken Wings,” John Mayall enthused, “I’m very impressed with the track and particularly Joan’s vocals; very heartfelt.”
Joan Osborne has sold millions of albums and garnered multiple Grammy nominations throughout her critically and commercially acclaimed career. In addition to her own headlining tours, she has sung lead vocals for The Dead (formerly the Grateful Dead) and won a Grammy for her performance in the award-winning film Standing In The Shadows of Motown.
For more information, please go to www.joanosborne.com or view video footage for BRING IT ON HOME athttp://www.saguaroroad.com/2012/02/29/joan-osboren-discusses-her-new-album/.
The first leg of Joan Osborne’s North American tour includes the following performances, with more dates to be added:
March 27 New York, NY City Winery
March 28 New York, NY City Winery
March 30 Norfolk, CT Infinity Hall
March 31 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
April 1 Albany, NY The Egg
April 4 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
April 5 Annapolis, MD Ramshead
April 6 Philadelphia World Cafe
April 7 Tarrytown, NY Music Hall
April 9 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
April 10 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theater
April 12 Knoxville, TN Blue Plate Special
April 13 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
April 14 Louisville, KY Headliners
April 15 Morgantown, WV Mountain Stage
Fox News Channel’s Huckabee, The Better Show,
Dr. Steve, The Price Is Right, TNA Impact Wrestling
Nashville, TN (March 26, 2012) – In support of their Top 10 radio smash "Where I Come From," and their recent Academy of Country Music Nomination for "Top Vocal Duo of The Year", the platinum-selling country duo Montgomery Gentry will embark on a frenzy of national television appearances taking place over the next week.
Starting this Thursday, March 29,Montgomery Gentry join Drew Careyfor a special ACM episode of The Price is Right. On Saturday, March 31, just a day before the ACM Awards broadcast on CBS,Montgomery Gentry perform their Top 10 smash “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, Troy and Eddie will also be interviewed and perform for nationally syndicated The Better Show, airing April 5, as well as an intimate and personal interview with the syndicated health and lifestyle program, Dr. Steve. After their return from NYC, Montgomery Gentry will be joining their friend "Cowboy" James Storm on TNA Impact Wrestling on Spike TV.
“Where I Come From,” written by Rodney Clawson and Dallas Davidson, is the first single off their seventh studio album, Rebels On The Run, produced byMichael Knox and released October 2011. This is the first album released on powerhouse Indie label Average Joe’s Entertainment.
Schedule of National Television Appearances:
Thursday, March 29/ 11 AM ET
The Price Is Right, CBS
Saturday, March 31/ Time TBA
CBS Early Show, CBS
Saturday, March 31 / 8 PM ET
Fox News Channel Huckabee, FOX
Thursday, April 5/ Time TBA
The Better Show, Syndicated (check your local listings)
Thursday, April 5/ 9 PM ET
TNA Impact Wrestling, Spike
TBA: Dr. Steve Show, Syndicated (check your local listings)
For 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
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Lebanon, Tenn. (March 26, 2012) – Now fans can spot Josh Turner riding into town more easily than ever as the multi-platinum country artist’s equipment tractor trailer sports the familiar Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® logo. From Arkansas to Virginia, New York to Florida and all the highways and byways traveled in between, Cracker Barrel is sponsoring Josh Turner’s tour through December 2012.
“We sponsored Josh’s tour and released the CDJosh Turner Live at the Ryman in 2007, and we’re very pleased to be traveling down the road with him a second time,” said Julie Craig, Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager. “He’s an indelible part of country music and we are proud to continue our association with such a talented, grounded, and genuine artist. We’re looking forward to working on another new project with Josh later this year, but we’re not quite ready to share the details on that just yet.”
About Josh Turner
One of the format's most recognizable hit-makers earning numerous CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominations since the release of his debut album, Long Black Train, Josh Turner has sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits (including three multi-week chart-toppers): "Your Man," "Would You Go With Me," and "Why Don't We Just Dance" (a four-week No. 1 that was named the most-played song of the year in 2010 by MediaBase). His song, "All Over Me," from current album, Haywire, also reached the top spot on the charts, making him one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010. A Hannah, S.C. native, he has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts/music. As a high school student, he had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts in the schools. Celebrating the release of one of his fastest-rising singles to-date, "Time Is Love," Turner will soon release his fifth studio album, Punching Bag, this summer. For more information on Josh Turner including a list of his upcoming headlining tour dates, visit www.JoshTurner.com.
About Cracker Barrel’s Exclusive Music Program
An Evening With… Dolly is the latest in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program; it will be released on April 2. This past January, Cracker Barrel released the Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent CD. In September of 2011, The Oak Ridge Boys’ CD It’s Only Natural was released through Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program. In July, Cracker Barrel released Jason Michael Carroll’s all-country Numbers with 11 new songs and one previous hit. In May, Cracker Barrel released Teddy Gentry’s Best New Nashville with original music from 12 talented new artists and Randy Travis’ self-titled album Randy Travis. In March of this year, 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. In January, Cracker Barrel released The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, 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, Bill Gaither, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, 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 612 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.