REUNION MAKES WAVES IN THE CARIBBEAN!!
Show Cruise Sold Out for Second Year in a Row!
Nashville, TN (July 30, 2012) – Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion is pleased to announce that their Caribbean show cruise, scheduled for January 19-24 2013 on the Royal Caribbean’sLiberty of the Seas has sold out, proving that America is “hungry” for nostalgic programming and great music! Based upon the success of the 2012 inaugural cruise, organizers doubled the capacity for this year to 650 double-occupancy cabins, which were quickly gobbled up by fans of the Larry’s Country Diner andCountry’s Family Reunion shows. For more information on these shows, please visitwww.larryscountrydiner.com and www.cfrvideos.com.
Larry chats it
up with Nadine during the sold-out 2012 Larry’s Country
Diner / Country’s Family Reunion cruise. The painted set
and the duck shaped floatation device are just part of the
fun as the diner adjusts to the high seas.
Photo Credit: Phil Johnson
Fans who were lucky enough to snag a ticket for this year’s cruise will enjoy entertainment featuringBill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, T. Graham Brown, Johnny Lee, Joey + Rory, Ronny Robbins and Rhonda Vincent. Of course, there will be a special onboard Larry’s Country Dinershow, featuring the entire cast, and very special stand-up performances by the ever-popularNadine. The Liberty of the Seas, which will dock at ports of call including Cozumel and Belize, boasts amenities such as a 9-hole golf course, waterpark, full-sized sports courts, fitness center, day spa and unlimited onboard activities.
Because of the success of these cruises, plans for a 2014 cruise are already firmly in the works. Fans that “missed the boat” for the 2013 cruise are encouraged to get on the waiting list by calling 1-800-820-5405.
In just two short years, “Larry’s Country Diner,” has become one of country music consumers’ favorite “eateries.” One of the top-rated shows on the RFD-TV network, this “down home” variety show serves up a heapin’ helpin’ of spontaneous country music performances by the stars of yesterday and today, with a generous portion of laughs. Set in a rural, small-town diner, the show’s spontaneity and impromptu nature only add to its charm and unique appeal, pulling an estimated audience 1.4 million people each and every month to the upstart network. During the cruise, fans will get to be a part of the “Larry’s Country Diner”studio audience, get up close and personal with their favorite diner cast members and enjoy stellar performance by iconic country artists. On dry land, fans would have to wait over a year to get a seat at the diner given the current waiting list.
Passengers will also enjoy special shows from “Country’s Family Reunion.” Since 1997, Gabriel Communications has been reunited artists from the country music “family” to reminisce about their careers, perform signature songs and share stories while the cameras roll. The result has been pure magic, leading to the highly-popular show airings on the RFD-TV network and successful DVD sales.
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 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 visit www.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.
ABOUT GABRIEL COMMUNICATIONS & REUNION VIDEO PRODUCTS:
Started in 1996 as the idea of long-time disc jockey, Larry Black, Gabriel Communications specializes in “Reunion Videos.” The success of this television and DVD series spurred the creation of more than a dozen more projects featuring hundreds of songs and stories, Country’s Family Reunion News (a monthly newspaper which highlights the music of yesteryear), as well as a weekly format spin-off television show onRFD-TV called “Larry’s Country Diner.” Gabrielle Communications has additionally applied the Reunion concept to sports and created videos involving the legends of stock car racing and collegiate football teams. For more information on Country’s Family Reunion products, please visit: www.cfrvideos.com. You can find all music reunion products under the Country’s Family Reunion portion of this web site.
Jessica Northey’s #CMchat Trending on Twitter
To say that Jessica Northey of Tucson-based Finger Candy Media’s #CMchat Twitter launch has succeeded in its first year would be a massive understatement.
“Country Music Chat, also known as #CMChat,” her Web site states, “has generated over 1.5 Billion impressions since its beginning in May 2011 on Twitter, and reached over 50 Million according to Hashtracking.com.” ((I was wrong about the numbers, spoke to Charlie from Hashtracking and it is 1.5 BILLION IPRESSION (with a B–WOW)
A Washington Times feature on Northey in July said that “Twitter chats work because they provide access to celebrities/influencers, centralize discussion and keep people regularly engaged with a topic. They are almost an untapped resource for promoting to a targeted and engaged group of people.”
In a mid-July phone conversation from her office in Arizona, Northey said that #CMChat “is a Hashtag community that brings together people all speaking about this same subject.” *Hashtags are words or phrases prefixed with the symbol #, a form of metadata tag used to group and isolate these when clicked upon.* READ MORE >>>
Craig Moritz Releases new Single to Canadian Country Radio
Canada's own, Craig Moritz, recently released the fourth single from his hit CD, 'Only When You're Lonely,' to Canadian country radio. The new single, 'You Shoulda Seen Her This Morning,' is an album fan-favourite - especially with the ladies.
It's being dubbed by fans as the 'Pink Fuzzy Slippers Song' and portrays a man being enamoured with his best gal while she is in her most natural state - brushing her teeth in the morning, getting ready for her day, wearing his t-shirt with curlers in her hair and with her pink fuzzy slippers on.
The song can be previewed and downloaded on iTunes in Canada (http://bit.ly/p2ktaS), or CD Baby in the U.S. or internationally (http://bit.ly/vFRFaY).
The radio release of the song will be followed by the official video release on YouTube in late July. The video will be the final instalment in a video trilogy that tells the story of a love-struck guy meeting the girl of his dreams only to lose her to another guy, but then finally getting to happily settle down with her. The first two videos for 'With You' and 'Better Than That' can be found on Craig's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/CraigWMoritz
Craig recently wrapped up a multi-province tour to support his last radio release for 'Better Than That.' For the first time in his music career, Craig was able to visit radio stations and fans in Ontario, Canada during his two-week tour.
Craig is currently working on new material in Nashville to be released in 2013 while actively touring to promote the current album, 'Only When You're Lonely,' in Canada and overseas.
The title track of the album was recently released to the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, and is receiving great acclaim in the international markets; being added to nearly 100 playlists in several countries in only a few weeks.
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Craig Moritz on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CraigMoritz
Craig Moritz on YouTube: www.youtube.com/CraigWMoritz
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New York, NY (July 26, 2012) – Aaron Lewis will be performing live from New York City as part of the FOX & Friends “All American Concert Series” on Friday, July 27th during the 8am (EDT) hour debuting music from his highly anticipated solo album, The Road. The concert is open to the public (corner of 48th St and 6th Avenue) with free food offered all morning from Famous Dave’s BBQ.
This free live performance by Lewis is the 10th of the 14-week outdoor concert series held in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, directly outside the FOX News studios (48th & 6th). Fans will be able to see the award-winning songwriter backed by his new country band performing his Blaster Records / Warner Music Nashville album, The Road.
Viewers will also be able to visit the FOX & Friends website atwww.foxandfriends.com, which will feature post-performance coverage of Lewis’s appearance.
About Aaron Lewis:
Aaron Lewis’s 2011 debut solo release, Town Line, shot to #1 on Billboard’s Country Album Chart. His first solo single, “Country Boy” was certified Gold, earning him multiple CMA, ACM and CMT Music Award nominations; the video has been streamed over 15 million times to date. Lewis has recently been on the road – for the first time as a solo artist with a backing band – premiering songs from his forthcoming album, The Road, scheduled for release this Fall on Blaster Records via Warner Music Nashville. As the frontman for the multi-Platinum selling band Staind, Lewis is the songwriting and voice behind the most-played rock song of the past decade, “It’s Been Awhile,” in addition to three #1 hits and eight Top Ten singles. Lewis’s new single, “Endless Summer,” is currently climbing the country music charts.
For up-to-date information on Aaron Lewis, visit www.aaronlewismusic.com
33,268 FANS RUMBLE TO MAKE
COUNTRY THUNDER WISCONSIN
THE BIGGEST FESTIVAL EVENT TO DATE
Reserve Your 2013 Tickets Today
Twin Lakes, WI (July 24, 2012) – This past weekend, Twin Lakes, Wis., became the premiere destination for country music fans, as Country Thunder music festival took place with a stellar line-up including Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Big & Rich, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert, along with 15 additional acts. Now with the dust settling from the capacity crowd of 33,268 people onsite, plans for 2013 are already underway.
In addition to the award-winning music selection, Country Thunder offered a full-fan experience with activities ranging from helicopter rides to mechanical bull riding and the human slingshot to an array of food and specialty item vendors. Three stages kept music flowing from noon to 2 am daily, including the Great American Country Thunder stage where local bands and bluegrass favorites The Roys jammed out daily and the after-hours Electric Thunder stage where Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Big Kenny of Big & Rich, Two Foot Fred and GAC’s Storme Warren either spun records, body surfed or just had an overall good time.
Country Thunder information is also available via the Country Thunder smart phone app. This app will be your guide to all things Country Thunder and includes access to site maps, pictures, schedules, artists’ information and more.
Download the Country app here for all Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/country-thunder-2012/id516135151?mt=8 and download here for all Android devices:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seedlabs.countrythunder
COUNTRY THUNDER WEEKEND FUN FACTS:
1.3 Million Kernels of Popcorn Popped
8,467 Country Thunder T-Shirts Sold
10,963 Lemonades Sold
18,868 Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs Eaten
12,970 Pictures Taken at the GAC (Great American Country) Television Bus
23,756 People Danced Under the Electric Thunder Tent
5,439 Cowboy Hats Sold
7,902 Funnel Cakes Eaten
48,074 Bags of Ice Used
73,971 Rolls of Toilet Paper
68 Tons of Garbage
17,759 Hamburgers Served
18,033 Hot Dogs Served
Thank you for all your support.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HUNTER HAYES WINS TEEN CHOICE’S “CHOICE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST” AWARD MARKING HIS FIRST EVER AWARD WIN
TOP 20 SINGLE “WANTED” RECENTLY CERTIFIED GOLD BY RIAA
HAYES WILL PERFORM ON THE TALK TOMORROW ON CBS
NASHVILLE, TN – (July 23, 2012) – Atlantic recording artist Hunter Hayes was awarded the “Choice Male Country Artist” Award last night at the Teen Choice Awards, marking his first ever award win for his self-titled debut album. “This is unbelievable,” said Hayes. He added, “So stoked to win my first award and to know it was FAN voted makes it so much more awesome!! The fans are awesome. Thank you guys! Thank you so much! WE DID IT!!!”
Hayes’ Top 20 Hit “Wanted,” the latest single off of his debut album Hunter Hayes, was recently certified Gold by the RIAA. Hayes will perform “Wanted” tomorrow on The Talk on CBS at 2 PM ET / 1 PM PT/CT.
Hunter Hayes is a multi-talented writer, musician, producer, and performer. As 2012 ACM New Artist of the Year nominee, Hunter has been touring and performing live for decades, currently selling out venues across the US and Canada on his MOST WANTED headline tour. The Louisiana native has also shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, and Hank Williams, Jr. He recently announced plans to tour with Carrie Underwood this fall on her 2012 "Blown Away" tour. This multi-instrumentalist continues to garner praise from fans and critics alike as he made his world-premiere national television debut on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman and also performed with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on Good Morning America. His current hit "Wanted" is quickly climbing the radio charts and holds the unprecedented #1 slot for three weeks in a row on GAC's Top 20 Countdown. For more information on Hunter Hayes, please visit www.HunterHayes.com.
For more information and a complete rundown of Hunter Hayes' CMA Festival activities, please visit www.HunterHayes.com.
Featured on Cover of Country Music People
“Telephone, TX is more me than any other record I’ve ever done,” said Kilgore. “I’m excited for fans in the states to hear it.”
In April 2012, Jerry performed a string of concerts across Britain with country legend Johnny Rodriguez and has just returned from England after performing at the massive annual Americana International Festival near Nottingham. On the heels of his current UK success, Jerry Kilgore follows Carrie Underwood as the July cover artist for Britain’s prestigious Country Music People Magazine, who called Kilgore’s new album "a prime example of the sort of record they should be making in Music City more often."
Growing up in the rural working class community of Tillamook, Ore., with Merle Haggard fans for parents, perhaps it was inevitable that Jerry Kilgore would hear the call of country music early on. Kilgore’s grandmother gave him his first guitar when he was just twelve years old, but it was an experience when he was eighteen that changed the course of his life.
“Back in 1986, I went to see George Strait at a huge honky tonk called the Flower Drum,” Jerry recalls. “I was underage, but my parents got me in, and I was mesmerized by him. Not long after that, I was fronting a five-piece band I had put together. We soon became the house band at the Flower Drum, where George had played."
Kilgore’s course was set. He spent the next several years working the club scene playing classic country, first in Oregon, then in Phoenix, where a romantic breakup first inspired him to try his hand at writing his own songs. Soon Kilgore’s original songs were getting more requests at his shows than his covers. Jerry then spent two more years honing his chops in North Carolina before deciding to take a shot at Nashville. The young musician dragged his possessions into the yard and put a “For Sale” sign out, and the next day he loaded whatever hadn’t sold into his pickup truck and headed out for Music City.
Within a few short years, Kilgore began to have success as a songwriter, penning “Love Lessons” for Tracy Byrd, “Leavin’ Comin’ On” for Mark Wills, “Cover You in Kisses” for John Michael Montgomery and “If A Man Ain’t Thinking About His Woman” for Clay Walker. Kilgore’s songs caught the attention of powerhouse country producer Scott Hendricks, who had produced Alan Jackson, Faith Hill and Brooks and Dunn among many others. Hendricks was president of Virgin Records’ new Nashville office at that time.
“He came out to a club and saw me play,” Kilgore says. “A week later he offered me a record deal on Virgin Records as the first male artist that they were signing.”
The result was 1999’s Love Trip, which brought together Kilgore’s classic influences like Haggard, Buck Owens, Gene Watson, George Strait and Ricky Skaggs in a contemporary country album that critics and fans alike hailed as the debut of a major new traditionalist. Kilgore got to live out many of his dreams, including playing the Grand Ole Opry and going on tour with George Strait, who had inspired him in the first place.
“It was kinda full circle,” Kilgore recalls. “I got to go on his tour as an opening act. It was great. It was a lot of fun.”
Though Love Trip’s title song was a Top 40 hit, Virgin Nashville was struggling financially, and the label soon folded, leaving Kilgore out on tour and with records in stores, but no label support.
“Things were rolling, but the label wasn’t,” Kilgore says. “So that was that.”
Jerry Kilgore spent the next several years re-grouping, playing, writing new songs and recording, figuring out his next move. In 2007 he formed his own label and released his second album Loaded and Empty, which he co-produced with Matt Rollings. Songs like “What’s It Take To Get A Drink In Here”, “Down On My Luck”, “Loaded and Empty” and “Both Be On Our Way” continued in the Kilgore tradition of classic-yet-contemporary country.
Telephone, TX is Jerry Kilgore’s strongest work to date, and the word of mouth has been tremendous. After one listen to Jerry Kilgore’s new album Telephone, TX,you’ll know why Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Famer Bill Cody (WSM Radio, GAC-TV) says:“When Jerry Kilgore opens that Oregon, country & western mouth and sings, the future of traditional country music gets brighter with every note!”
HIGHEST PEAK POSITION IN CAREER HISTORY
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 19, 2012) -- Hank Williams, Jr. has the top selling independent album in the country with his new CD, Old School, New Rules. The new CD debuts at #4 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and #12 on Billboard’s Top U.S. Albums chart. This gives the country music legend the highest peak position of his career on the overall chart, surpassing his previous high of #16 achieved by 1964’s “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and the 2006 compilation, “That’s How They Do It In Dixie: The Essential Collection.”
“Old School, New Rules” is the first album on Hank Williams, Jr.’s new label imprint, Bocephus Records, licensed to Blaster Records with distribution by Warner Music Nashville.
“Bocephus delivered a musically brilliant album,” says Tom Porter, CEO of Blaster Entertainment, “Our team worked really hard to build awareness and the audience responded. All the pieces came together for us and we couldn’t be more pleased to celebrate this with Hank.”
“I’ve got some of the best, most loyal fans out there,” say Hank Williams, Jr. “This album was for them; it was their voices that encouraged the writing process for me.”
School, New Rules:
The 12-song package, available for sale now, includes a duet with Brad Paisley on “I’m Gonna Get Drunk And Play Hank Williams” as well as a new duet with the legendary Merle Haggard on his classic “I Think I’ll Just Sit Here and Drink.” Williams’ first single in several years, “That Ain’t Good”, has been shipped to radio with a companion video that recently debuted at #1 on CMT.com.
1. Takin’ Back The Country
2. I’m Gonna Get Drunk And Play Hank Williams (with Brad Paisley)
3. Three Day Trip
4. Old School
5. We Don’t Apologize for America
6. You Win Again
7. Cow Turd Blues
8. Who’s Takin’ Care of Number One
9. That Ain’t Good
10. Keep The Change
11. Stock Market Blues
12. I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink (with Merle Haggard)
About Hank Williams, Jr.:
With more than 70 albums to his credit, sales of 55 million records, countless awards including 5-time Entertainer of the Year awards (ACM & CMA), BMI Icon Award, a Grammy, and most recently in 2009 the Academy of Country Music “Pioneer Award,” Williams is a living legend. His discography chronicles a bold profile of growth from adored offspring of a legendary father, to titan of the modern country rock movement in his own right. For two decades, America came to its collective feet each fall Monday night when this larger than life superman of a musician looked into the camera and unleashed the national anthem for viewers of Monday Night Football – ‘Are You Ready for Some Football?’ Those simple words have won Williams an entirely new generation of fans and given him the distinction of being the first country performer to ever win an Emmy.
DWIGHT YOAKAM TO RELEASE FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS 3 PEARS - ON WARNER BROS. RECORDS - SEPTEMBER 18, 2012By My Country Space
DWIGHT YOAKAM TO RELEASE FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS
3 PEARS - ON WARNER BROS. RECORDS - SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
NASHVILLE, TN – (July 19, 2012) – On September 18th, 2012, Grammy-Award winner Dwight Yoakam will release his first all new studio album in seven years, 3 Pears (Warner Bros. Records). The 12-track release, his 26th, is produced by Yoakam, along with two songs co-produced with Beck; “A Heart Like Mine” and “Missing Heart” (full track listing below). Fans can hear a teaser of the track, “Trying,” now on Yoakam’s newly launched website www.DwightYoakam.com.
3 Pears exemplifies Yoakam’s ability to incorporate multiple, competing influences into a piece of cohesive art. It balances his country core with a fiercely independent embrace of rock, Americana, pop and soul and builds on his trademark edginess with a notable, growing positivity. 3 Pears contains heartfelt love songs, which showcase Yoakam’s authentic country vocals while maintaining his unmistakable classic sound.
One of the most respected singer-songwriters in music, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums, has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum “This Time”. Five of his albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another fourteen landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 Top 20 hits, which include “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” Yoakam has won two GRAMMY Awards and earned an impressive 21 nominations.
Yoakam will be honored by the Academy of Country Music with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award at the 6th Annual ACM Honors event on September 24th in Nashville. The prestigious Award honors individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre. Past recipients include Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr. Yoakam also recently narrated the current exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum; The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California County, showing through the end of next year. The exhibit explores the roots, heyday and impact of the Bakersfield Sound, the loud, stripped-down and radio-ready music most closely identified with the careers of Country Music Hall of Fame members Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
For more official Dwight Yoakam information go to www.dwightyoakam.com.
Dwight Yoakam’s 3 Pears Track Listing:
1. Take Hold Of My Hand
3. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
5. Nothing But Love
6. It’s Never Alright
7. A Heart Like Mine
8. Long Way To Go
9. Missing Heart
10. 3 Pears
11. Rock It All Away
12. Long Way To Go (Reprise)
PROCLAMATION ANNOUNCED DURING GRAND OLE OPRY
BY WSM’S EDDIE STUBBS
Nashville, Tenn. (July 18, 2012) – The prestigious National Music Council has appointed The Oak Ridge Boys as the official leading singers of America’s National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” The proclamation recognizes the iconic group’s contribution to the preservation of patriotic American music, their longstanding advancement of musical culture and their commitment to celebrating the global diversity of music traditions. It’s also in celebration of the Oaks’ continued service as ambassadors of American culture. Last night, WSM’s Eddie Stubbs made the announcement while introducing the group at the world renowned Grand Ole Opry.
“The Oak Ridge Boys have been global ambassadors of American music and culture for decades,” states NMC Director Dr. David Sanders. “Cultural diplomacy is more important now than ever before, and this designation is a way for us to highlight the role that musicians, creators, and artists play in bettering our nation’s relationship with the world. The singing of the Star Spangled Banner is emblematic not only of the pride we all take in our own country, but also of the appreciation and respect we have for other cultures and musical genres that have played such an important role in shaping America's own, distinctive musical voice."
Oak Ridge Boys member Duane Allen describes the appointment as a reflection of the group’s patriotic pride. “Just reading the proclamation gives me chills. The National Music Council represents all of the major music organizations in America. The Oak Ridge Boys enjoy the privilege of leading in the singing of our National Anthem. We love to hear an entire football stadium singing it with gusto with us. Being designated is a huge honor, and we are humbled to be selected by the NMC.”
For more information, please visit: www.oakridgeboys.com.