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Daily Music Update for February 5, 2014

While I won’t promise daily updates, life gets busy sometimes. I will try to post as regularly as I can about the music stories I see throughout the day. Most are discovered through my Facebook news feed, some are press releases and others are just me adding my notes about various music topics. Here’s today’s updates courtesy of my Facebook news feed:

KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY Exclusive Review: Jo Dee Messina’s “Me” on Monday – Jo Dee Messina is set to release her new album on March 18, 2014

Charlie Daniels releases OFF THE GRID – DOIN’ IT DYLAN – Bob Dylan tribute album on April 1, 2014

Lynyrd Skynyrd is performing in New Zealand and Australia over the next several days. Rickey Medlocke’s interview with Auckland Now is available online.  This is the first time in the band’s history that they have performed in these countries.

Rolling Stone has released a Reader’s Poll with the 10 Greatest Hair Metal Songs.

Johnny Colt (bass for Lynyrd Skynyrd) is part of a series created for the Weather Channel titled “Mountain Strong” about Jamestown, Colorado, which has been airing this week. Check out the links below for both the interview with Johnny Colt and the segments that have already aired.

Black Stone Cherry is releasing a new album on May 6 entitled “Magic Mountain”.

Peter Keys has released “Autopsy-Turvy” via CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes. Be sure and pick up a copy today.

Stay tuned for the next update from my Facebook news feed and around the web. 🙂

KENNY ROGERS & DOLLY PARTON STAR IN VIDEO FOR “YOU CAN’T MAKE OLD FRIENDS”

Source: Webster PR
KENNY ROGERS & DOLLY PARTON STAR IN VIDEO FOR “YOU CAN’T MAKE OLD FRIENDS”VIDEO DEBUTED ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH
NEW ALBUM OUT OCTOBER 8TH DUET AVAILABLE ON ITUNES NOW
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The world premiere of the video for “You Can’t Make Old Friends” – the new duet by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton – was broadcast on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday, September 16th.KennyRogers_DollyParton_medRogers and Parton shot the clip, directed by Trey Fanjoy and produced by Trent Hardville, together earlier this year in Nashville, Tennessee.  The song, written by Ryan Hanna King, Caitlyn Smith and Don Schlitz, is the title track from Rogers’ highly anticipated new album, You Can’t Make Old Friends, which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on October 8th..It was thirty years ago almost to the day when Rogers and Parton released the multiple-chart No. 1 hit, “Islands In The Stream,” which went on to become an instant classic and one of the most successful singles by a duo in history.

“I can’t think of a more perfect song for the two of us to sing together,” Rogers said of “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”  “Out of everyone in the business, Dolly is my best friend, so naturally it has special meaning for the both of us. It was so good to be back in the studio with her.  I’m thrilled to have our relationship documented this way.”

Parton added, “There is just something about our chemistry with each other – our friendship – that people really sense what we really feel.  To do a song that fits so many people, and certainly us, was an honor.  It’s been a wonderful journey, and I’m so glad I’ve been able to walk this road with Kenny.”

The duet “You Can’t Make Old Friends” is available now on iTunes and is being offered as a instant download for those who pre-order the You Can’t Make Old Friends album on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/kennyrogers.  The video will be available for purchase this week at digital retailers.

You Can’t Make Old Friends is Rogers’ first country album since the release of Water & Bridges in 2006.  The album showcases a certain familiarity that can be expected from Rogers, along with fresh twists of creativity that see the versatile Grammy Award-winner stretching his artistry into new musical territory.  In addition to the great story songs and love songs Rogers has become well known for, flavors of rock and roll, soul, gospel, southern rock, zydeco, and sounds of the Southwest are embraced in this bold recording.

Rogers will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall.  His extraordinary 2013 has included a main-stage performance at Glastonbury Festival to a colossal audience on the grounds and around the UK as it was televised on BBC as well as Through The Years World Tour stops in Morocco, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.  In addition, a novel Rogers co-wrote with Mike Blakely, What Are The Chances, was released September 3rd and Rogers’ New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, will be released in paperback on September 27th.  This fall and winter, Rogers’ tour will roll on with additional U.S. and Canadian dates, including the Christmas & Hits Through The Years Tour, his annual holiday performances, in late November and December.

A trailblazing recording artist, vocalist, and entertainer, Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his illustrious 56 years in show business. Rogers has charted a record within each of the last seven decades and scored a hit single in the past six. He was the first country artist to consistently sell out arenas and quickly became a pop superstar as well – his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10’s is fourth-best all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley.  Rogers has recorded 12 No. 1 albums and 24 No. 1 hits – “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream (with Dolly Parton),” and “Lucille,” among them. His Greatest Hits album has sold over 24 million copies worldwide to date.  He is the RIAA’s 8th best-selling male artist of all time with one Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums.

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Kenny Rogers – You Can’t Make Old Friends – Track Listing
1.    You Can’t Make Old Friends (Duet With Dolly Parton)
2.    All I Need Is One
3.    You Had To Be There
4.    ’Merica
5.    Turn This World Around
6.    Dreams Of The San Joaquin
7.    Don’t Leave Me In The Night Time (Featuring Buckwheat Zydeco)
8.    Look At You
9.    Neon Horses
10.  When You Love Someone
11.  It’s Gonna Be Easy Now

Randy Travis Debuts Moving Tribute in Honor of George Jones

Source: Webster PR

Randy Travis Debuts Moving Tribute in Honor of George Jones

“Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” Now Featured on iTunes

RandyTravis_TonightIm_PlayinPossum_vbranded403Nashville, Tenn. (June 12, 2013) – Randy Travis has delivered a hit with the surprise debut of the George Jones tribute song, “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum.”  The heartfelt single is now available on iTunes.  “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” was recently recorded by the country icon and singer Joe Nichols. This is the first song from Randy’s new album that’s set to be released this fall.

“It was an honor when I received a request to record this tribute to George Jones, and after I heard how well Keith Gattis had written “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum,” I was excited to record it.  Thanks to Joe Nichols for coming in and helping on this project,” says Randy Travis.

The Grammy winner provided fans with the first public hearing of “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” at the CMA Music Festival.  It happened during the Remembering George Jones panel session on Friday which included the legendary singer’s widow, Nancy Jones, longtime drummer Bobby Birkhead, John Rich, Jamey Johnson and host Joseph Hudak of Country Weekly.  The moving tribute generated a standing ovation among hundreds of fans. It was written by Keith Gattis.

“Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” was part of Randy’s performance that night at LP Field.  He invited fans to take another listen at RandyTravis.com, where the single is now being streamed in its entirety.

To download “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum,” on iTunes, please visit: www.smarturl.it/possum

About Randy Travis
Warner Bros. Records has been home to Randy Travis for the majority of his recording career; and together they have accumulated lifetime sales of his music in excess of 20 million units to date.  Travis is one of the biggest record sellers in music industry history, with 18 No. 1 singles, 29 Top 10 chartings, certification of the rare quintuple platinum album (Always and Forever, released in 1987), one triple platinum album (Storms of Life, released in 1986), two double platinum’s (Old 8×10, released in 1988, and No Holding Back, released in 1989), eight platinum albums, and 10 gold albums. Randy Travis’ Anniversary Celebration CD is his latest release.  It marks his phenomenal silver milestone in the music industry, and includes a star-studded cast of collaborators.   Major industry career awards include seven GRAMMY Awards, five Country Music Association Awards (CMA), 10 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), 10 American Music Awards (AMA), two People’s Choice Awards, and eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association.  He is a three-time recipient of CMA Award’s “Song of the Year’’ honors (“On The Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever Amen,” and “Three Wooden Crosses”).  Randy Travis has appearances in more than 40 feature film productions and major television projects to his credit.  In 2004, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  In the midst of every major career award and accolade, he considers his honored induction as a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, in 1986, as a shining highlight of his first 25 years of legendary accomplishments.

About Joe Nichols
In his young career, Nichols has received four Grammy nominations, won every conceivable “best new artist” award and had the New York Times name his CD Real Things one of the best recordings of the year in all musical genres. The Rogers, Arkansas native literally burst onto the country music scene with two back to back #1 hit singles, “The Impossible” and Brokenheartsville,” and from that point began loading his trophy case with awards, honors and accolades. The hits kept coming as well with songs like “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” “Gimmie That Girl,” “If Nobody Believed In You,” “What’s A Guy Gotta Do,” “Size Matters,” and “I’ll Wait For You” cracking the upper echelons of the country music charts. Nichols’ body of work maintains an impressive quality and standard. While paying tribute to those influences that came before him, like George Jones, the music has always had a fresh and modern feel.  “Sunny and 75,” his debut single for new imprint Red Bow Records, carries on that tradition.

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CreativelyMusical.com Artist of the Week March 17, 2013: Freddie Kaydahzinne

Artist of the Week, March 17, 2103: Freddie Kaydahzinne

Mescalero Apache (Descendant of Cochise)

I was first introduced to Freddie Kaydahzinne through the Homeland Nation documentary. He was interviewed and played traditional songs. The songs in particular stuck with me and I went out a got a few CDs of his as well.

Check out Freddie’s music you can get it on iTunes, Rhapsody and can buy his records through Reality Records as well.

Here couple a few YouTube clips as well:

http://youtu.be/h2_btDXuBM8

http://youtu.be/9jSDSSSaxqs

To learn more about the Homeland Nation series and the episode featuring Freddie, visit homelandnation.com

ANDY GRIGGS LATEST PROJECT, NAKED, FEATURED AS “NEW & NOTEWORTHY” ON iTunes

ANDY GRIGGS LATEST PROJECT, NAKED, FEATURED AS “NEW & NOTEWORTHY” ON iTunes

AndyGriggs_NAKED_cvr_lrgNashville, Tenn. (March 7, 2013) – Andy Griggs often says, “there is no defining a style of song. As long as there’s soul, it has a place in music.”  Griggs took these words to heart when he set out to record and produce his latest album,NAKED, which is all acoustic.

Country Weekly says “most listeners latch onto a song because of a melody, a voice or a lyric. So Andy Griggs did something really clever. He stripped away the high-tech production on his new album, Naked, and presents the things you love—a melody, a voice and an amazing stack of songs.”  Armed with just his guitar and accompanied by his earthy soul-filled vocals, Griggs penned original tunes for his new offering, as well as covered songs from artists that influenced him like Waylon’s “Old Timer” and Willie’s “Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground.”Country Weekly bestowed it with 4 stars, the highest rating Griggs has had on any album.

iTunes, the largest distributor of digital music puts it’s stamp of approval on the albums they believe to be significant additions to the musical landscape.  Griggs’ 13-song album is one such project that iTunes has deemed “New and Noteworthy” on their country page.

NAKED is available digitally on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/naked/id598987879

NAKED Track Listing
1.    Old Timer
2.    Understanding Hank
3.    Heart Hush
4.    You and Cocaine
5.    Superman
6.    I Wonder Do You Think of Me?
7.    De’m Boyz
8.    Thrown Away
9.    Long Time Coming
10.  Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
11.  Between an Old Memory And Me
12.  Blue Train
13.  Me On His Mind

“Witnessing this recording session solidified all of my beliefs about Andy’s undeniable talent and the sheer, transcendent power of music and fulfilled all my expectations,” says Griggs’ manager, Cathy Nakos. “One track, one singer/musician, raw, no frills, totally vulnerable, one engineer, no punching…it was magical and incredible to behold. How could one person/artist put himself out there for all to see, totally exposed, mistakes and all, but totally willing to sacrifice for the authenticity and soul-baring honesty and pure emotion of the songs. How could we title this album anything but NAKED?”

Griggs states, “I’m addicted to pure and raw feelings that’s as still and quiet as the wind. Throwing your heart out whether it’s healthy or broken! Exposing a hurting soul! Bearing and giving it all with that ol’ piece of wood and 6 strings! It’s underwear on the couch, singing until daylight! It’s vulnerability to yourself! It’s vulnerability to your friends! It’s vulnerability to a crowd of strangers! In short, it’s all about bein’ NAKED!”

For more information about Andy Griggs, visit andygriggs.com