It was windy, so these aren’t as crystal clear as I was hoping for, but it is still so cool to see the lights illuminate the ice coated trees.
Monthly Archives: December 2013
Historic Unveiling at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Wednesday, Dec. 11
Source: Webster PR
Music City’s legendary honky-tonk Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge will make a surprise historic unveiling that will forever change Downtown Nashville. Unveiling is at 10 AM on December 11, 2013. The announcement will be made by Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge owner Steve Smith with a few surprise celebrity guests.
About Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge:
Today, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is a must-see Music City destination for tourists and is frequented by locals, including some of the biggest names in country music, who often drop in and surprise patrons with impromptu performances. Kenny Chesney with classic rock icon Steve Miller, Keith Urban, Kix Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley and Hank Williams, Jr. are among the artists who have recently performed there.
SHERRY LYNN Brings Seasonal Sparkle To “Christmas On My Mind”
Source: So Much Moore Media
Single & New Video Available Now
The video was produced by Tom Frkovich (Kennedy Center, Amazon, United Way), directed by Nicole Agostino (Silver Linings Playbook) and filmed at several New Jersey locations. Settings include the Almonesson Fire Hall in Deptford and Exley’s Garden Center & Christmas Tree Farm in Sewell. The garland-festooned log cabin seen throughout is the Franklinville home of Sherry’s friends Donna and Joe Kennedy, who also portray a merry mother and father.
“Christmas On My Mind” kicks off with Lynn’s crystal clear Country vocal, a bouncy melody, tinkling sleigh bells, chimes and more. It’s a song Sherry has been searching years to find. “I have always wanted to record a Christmas song,” Sherry notes. “And while I love the traditional classics, I wanted to find something new so I could make it my own. When Sandy brought this tune to me I believed I had finally found the perfect fit. It was a blast to record and my whole family really got into the holiday spirit during the shoot.”
Fans can sample “Christmas On My Mind” HERE via Lynn’s streaming music website, and follow her online at these social media sites:
Radio programmers can access the track via Play MPE and AirPlay Direct, and fans can purchase at iTunes.
Born in Woodberry, New Jersey and now splitting her time between Sewell, NJ and Nashville, TN, Sherry began her career in 2006 when she opened for Sammy Kershaw at Pitman, New Jersey’s historic Broadway Theatre. She has gone on to share the stage with Miranda Lambert, the Oak Ridge Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Gene Watson, John Rich and Chris Young. Sherry performed The Star Spangled Bannerbefore a crowd of 45,000 baseball fans at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia and entertained at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Most recently Lynn enjoyed a Top 40 Country hit duet with the legendary Crystal Gayle, “Beautiful Life.”
THE CHARLIE DANIELS & FRIENDS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS 4 KIDS BENEFIT CONCERT RAISED FUNDS FOR UPCOMING KIDS SHOPPING DAY, DEC 17TH
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GARTH BROOKS MADE SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
IN HONOR OF HIS LATE BUS DRIVER JIM PAYNE
Watch video announcement here: Watch | Download
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 5, 2013) – Award-winning music Icon Charlie Daniels, who hosts the annual Charlie Daniels & Friends benefit concert for Christmas for Kids, was thrilled to help raise more than enough funds for the upcoming kids shopping day, December 17th. The money generated by the concert is used to give over 400 Nashville area children from 29 different schools, a day-long shopping excursion at the Hendersonville Wal-Mart.
Fellow artists Justin Moore, Sawyer Brown, Phil Vassar, and Rodney Atkins joined Daniels for his annual concert, which takes place at the Ryman Auditorium and was SOLD OUT. During that show, Garth Brooks made a special video announcement [ watch | download ] in support of his longtime friend and bus driver Jim Payne, how passed away earlier this year. Jim and his wife Carla have served on the Board of Directors of Christmas for Kids for many years.
“For me, especially, Christmas for Kids is always about Jim Payne. Jim and Carla are just so sweet people that believe in this effort so so much, so tonight we would like to announce that we are starting the Jim and Carla Payne Foundation for Christmas for Kids,” says Garth Brooks. “We are going to make sure these kids have a Christmas long after, well unfortunately Jim, we are going make sure that this thing lives forever. It’s gonna live past me and it’s gonna live past all of you. We are going to make sure of it. Christmas for Kids can’t thank you guys enough. Thanks for what you are doing for the kids because the true meaning of Christmas is making sure every kid has enough.”
Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 25 years providing many children, each year, with their very own shopping spree.
“Big hats off and a big thanks to Charlie Daniels, I love you pal. Can’t thank you enough for doing this for the kids,” adds Brooks.
The special day for those children that participate in Christmas for Kids consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer’s luxury tour bus, dinner, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Hendersonville Expo Center. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville, Tennessee, Wal-Mart, where the kids receive a brand new winter coat, and $150.00 to spend on anything they want!
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DEANA MARTIN RELEASES NEW ALBUM DESTINATION MOON
Source: Webster PR
LOS ANGELES, Ca. (December 3, 2013) – Deana Martin is flying high as the release of her fourth studio album, Destination Moon, continues to garner rave reviews. This latest musical endeavor is more than an album … it’s a musical rocket ride featuring 14 seminal performances including 10 classics along with 4 new songs, each interpreted with her trademark elegance and charm. In addition, music lovers will be thrilled with the special duet, “True Love,” featuring Deana and her father Dean Martin.
“Deana sounds absolutely great on her new CD Destination Moon. She sang and sold all of these great songs beautifully. Her dad and I are very proud of her,” says longtime friend Regis Philbin.
Deana chose each of these songs for their personal meaning, including those made famous by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin and other legends.
Each selection is a glimpse into Deana Martin’s unique window to the world of pop music and The Great American Songbook. Of the 14 tunes presented here, four are making their world debut: “Where Did You Learn To Love Like That,” “Stuck In A Dream With Me,” “Read Between The Lines,” and “Paradise.”
“Your new CD Destination Moon is TERRIFIC! ‘True Love’ is beautiful,” says Carol Burnett.
“Listening to Deana Martin’s new album, Destination Moon is like being wrapped in a cashmere blanket of nostalgia. I enjoyed every track. You can hear Deana’s love in each song, and feel the connection and spirit of her father,” adds actor/writer/television host Bonnie Hunt.
A one-way trip to the moon takes about four days – Deana Martin pulls it off in about 45 minutes. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
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RACHAEL LAMPA TO HEADLINE THE 5TH ANNUAL HARVEST HANDS BENEFIT CONCERT
Source: Webster PR
LINE-UP INCLUDES RACHAEL LAMPA, NATIVE RUN, THE COLLECTIVE, MATT GIRAUD, JASON ESKRIDGE, & BROOKS RITTER
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 3, 2013) – Rachael Lampa, platinum recording artist and winner of multiple ASCAP and DOVE awards, will headline the 5th Annual Harvest Hands Benefit Concert on Saturday, December 14th at 7:00 PM. Harvest Hands is a non-profit 501(c)(3), faith-based organization in inner-city South Nashville.
The concert will be held at The Cannery Ballroom with special guests Native Run, The Collective from NBC’s The Sing Off, American Idol finalist Matt Giraud, Jason Eskridge, and Brooks Ritter. Lampa will perform Christmas music as well as many of her multiple hits including her break-out number one single “I Live For You”. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, with all proceeds benefitting Harvest Hands. Tickets are available online at www.mercylounge.com and locally at Grimey’s and The Groove.
The mission of Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation is to be a catalyst for Christ-centered, wholistic community development working alongside our neighbors to further healthy living, education, spiritual formation and economic development in South Nashville.
For more information about Harvest Hands, please visit http://www.harvesthandscdc.
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MIDNIGHT RΞD, SET TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED NEW EP DECEMBER 10th
Source: Webster PR
Always ones to put their fans, dubbed the ‘Redheads’, first the band rolled out their EP announcement by asking fans to go to their site to get the big news, when they arrived they were met with a “share to unlock” prompt. The fans shared the news socially and were rewarded with exclusive access to snippets track listing, and artwork from the forthcoming EP.
Joey, Thomas, Eric, Colton, and Anthony form the new group of exciting performers from across the country. They bring outstanding harmonies and electrifying dance moves to the pop landscape. No matter where they perform, it’s always their goal to make people want to get up and feel the beat.
“We are so excited to be releasing our new EP,” says Eric. “Making this music for the fans is what we all have lived for. Now to see that it will be available for our fans in just a week, is awesome,” adds Colton.
The digital and video releases of “Take Me Home,” (produced by RedOne) drew further attention to Midnight Red as the featured nationwide commercial for Coca Cola/iHeart Radio. The feel-good video for “Take Me Home,” has calculated over 3 million views on YouTube and brings a good time with friends on a lake to life while showing off dance moves that are among the best in today’s highly competitive world of pop music. In addition, their cover of the infamous NSYNC classic “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” has nearly 5K views in just a few short days and Seventeen.com named them one of ‘4 Boy Bands You Should Know’.
MIDNIGHT RΞD EP Track Listing:
1. Take Me Home
2. Take Me Home (remix) Wild Boyz
3. Where Did U Go
4. Miss Firestarter
5. Nothing Last Forever
CATCH MIDNIGHT RΞD IN A TOWN NEAR YOU:
12/06 – WRVQ event – 4:15 pm – Richmond, VA
12/07 – KHTS event – San Diego, CA
12/08 – KLJT event – Tyler, TX
12/09 – Good Day Dallas – Dallas, TX
12/11 – WERO event – 7:45 pm – Greenville, SC
12/12 – WKSE event – Buffalo, NY
12/13 – WKSZ event – 8 pm – Green Bay, WI
12/14 – B-96 event – Chicago, IL
12/15 – WDZH event – Detroit, MI
12/16 – WJHM event – Orlando, FL
12/17 – WAEZ event – 7:25 pm – Johnson City, TN
12/19 – KKHH event – Houston, TX
About MIDNIGHT RΞD:
United by their intensely pure talent and passion for music of all kinds,Midnight Red’s members hail from all over the U.S. As the second signing to the partnership between Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter RedOne’s 2101 Records and Capitol Music Group, Midnight Red is now teaming up with RedOne (Lady Gaga, U2, J.Lo, Pitbull) to create a debut EP that showcases their powerhouse vocals and harnesses the combustible energy of their live show.
Near-lifelong singers and dancers hailing from wildly different backgrounds,Midnight Red saw its inception when Anthony and Eric met through their mutual vocal coach. A star dancer for Monsters of HipHop, Anthony had tried out as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson at age 12, then made it to the final round of auditions only to find he was too young to go on tour. After Anthony connected with Eric (through a vocal coach), the two reached out to Thomas, who soon relocated to L.A. from his rural Texas hometown to join the group. A self-described music obsessive “raised by MTV,” Thomas devoted his high school years to scouting out any opportunity to sing onstage, and had crossed paths with Eric through a singing competition when he was 15. Next, the group tracked down Colton after stumbling across a YouTube video of the aspiring singer/school-chorus star covering Jesse McCartney’s “Leavin.’” To round out the lineup, Midnight Red’s then-manager tapped Joey, another aspiring singer who was attending California State University, Northridge (and whose singer/songwriter father, Joey Diggs Sr., had recorded vocals with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, and Rod Stewart).
About MIDNIGHT RΞD Members:
Joey Diggs Jr. age 24, from Los Angeles, CA says his father, a singer who is best known as the voice behind Coca-Cola’s “Always” campaign jingle, taught him everything he knows. After hearing Michael Jackson for the first time in his childhood, Joey’s life as a musician was forever transformed. Jackson’s music continues to inspire him to reach new levels as a performer overall musician. Says Joey: “I’m ready to show the world what it means to chase a dream and work hard to make that dream become reality.”
Thomas Augusto, age 22, from Arlington, TX, was called the “little entertainer“ because “my parents could never shut me up,” he says. Thomas, occasional dubbed “Tom-O,” grew up a child of ‘90s, and was influenced from early on by MTV and other outlets of pop-culture. A fan of Beyonce, Radiohead, and No Doubt, he has spent years dreaming about being on a huge stage doing what he loves to do. “There were always pyrotechnics in my daydreams, so I know I am on the right track!” he says.
Eric Secharia, age 21, from Burbank, CA, describes himself as a “hipster” whom you’ll never catch not smiling. Eric, who has been singing since age 6, and dancing since age 12, plays guitar and cites Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson as his main musical influences. Though he claims he fell in to music “accidentally,” at a young age, it is very clear that he was born to perform. “They are two people who truly stood out as performers that mastered their craft and used it to change the world,” he says.
Colton Rudloff, age 24 from Buffalo, NY, was selected as Midnight Red’s fifth member after being discovered through videos he had posted on YouTube. Colton grew up an avid fan of American Idol and he credits the show not only with exposing him to multiple genres of music, but with encouraging him to follow his passion for music and becoming a professional singer and performer. “I lean toward artists who have a passion for pure singing,” he says. “There’s no need for all the smoke and mirrors if you have a great voice.”
Anthony Ladao, age 20, from Seattle, WA, is the “baby” of the group, and has been dancing since the age of 6 and singing since the age of 12. He describes his own style as an artist as drawing influence from the worlds of pop and rock. Though he comes from a musical family and has always loved music, the turning point for him was seeing Usher perform at the MTV Video Music Awards. For Anthony, this sparked an interest in dance and “from there it became my passion,” he says.
Creatively Musical Featured Artist for 12/4/2013 – Jamey Johnson
Jamey Johnson is a country singer/songwriter who’s written songs recorded by George Strait and Trace Adkins, among others.
Jamey is old country, outlaw country and far from pop country. In my eyes, it was his award winning song “Give It Away” (recorded by George Strait) that brought Jamey to the forefront of the country scene. His acceptance speech thanking his ex-wife garnered him a lot of attention.
His albums High Lonesome and Guitar Song are two of the best country records to come out of the 2000’s in my opinion. They are as stone cold country as today’s country can get.
The song “In Color” is one of my favorite Jamey Johnson songs and Guitar Song is my favorite Jamey Johnson album.
Below are a few links to songs to check out, but I recommend checking out all of his music, including the songs he’s written that were recorded by other artists.
Check out JameyJohnson.com for more information about Jamey and his music.
HANK WILLIAMS JR. SONG “ANGELS ARE HARD TO FIND” FEATURED IN GEORGE CLOONEY & SANDRA BULLOCK MOVIE GRAVITY
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“There are a couple of parts in the movie where the grizzled man astronaut, played by the devastatingly charming George Clooney, is floating around listening to music in his suit. He’s listening to Hank Williams Jr.’s “Angels Are Hard To Find” which ostensibly is about a woman but can be applied to basically anything else. It was just a tiny part of a gigantic movie, but it was entirely moving. It was so peaceful and terrifying. I loved it.” – Shea Serrano, LA Weekly
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 2, 2013) – Will Hank Williams Jr. be headed to the stage of the Academy Awards?? Having won three Emmy Awards for his composition of the ever-popular theme song to Monday Night Football for 21 years, Williams is garnering rave reviews for his musical contribution “Angels Are Hard To Find,” to the current Warner Bros. Picture Gravity.
“This song was on both my 1974 album Living Proof and the 1991 album Pure Hank. It just proves good songs resurface at the appropriate time,” says Hank Williams Jr. “I like both Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in their roles. Then hearing my song in the movie, for me, already made it a winner.”
“Angels Are Hard To Find,” is included twice within the movie where Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into… More the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Download “Angels Are Hard To Find” on iTunes:
Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert set to headline Country Thunder Wisconsin in 2014!
Source: Webster PR
“We feel it’s important to get the right mix of talent every year,” said Troy Vollhoffer, executive producer. “We think we’ve gotten it right yet again. Our headliners are incredibly strong and we’ve backed them up with a good mix of hot, young talent, and classic artists who appeal to our entire demographic. We know that our fans are going to have a blast this summer!”
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