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Nashville, TN (March 4, 2014) – APA has signed the sister trio MICHAELIS.  The Michaelis sisters – Meagan (25), Mallory (21) and Madeline (18) have been winning over audiences with their soulful, sultry harmonies for more than a decade throughout their native Texas.  Meagan sings lead vocals, with Mallory providing the low harmony and rhythm guitar, while Madeline offers high harmony and multi-instrumental talents.  The trio is currently featured in Season 3 of the popular national syndicated documentary series, “Troubadour, TX,” where they appear along with Kris Kristofferson, Wade Bowen, Roger Creager, Randy Rogers and others.


“These young ladies are a breath of fresh air,” notes their agent Cass Scripps at APA Nashville.  “Incredible harmonies, stand-out songwriting and a vibrant stage presence are the trio’s calling cards, and we’re excited to be on board so early in their career.”


“We’re in a good place right now,” notes Meagan Michaelis.  “We’re thrilled to be partnered with APANashville and excited to get back out on the road.”


Over the past two years the trio collaborated with visionary producer Dave Brainard (Jerrod Niemann, Brandy Clark) before releasing their well-received single, “Shoot Straight,” last July.  The single was featured as a Highway Find track on SiriusXM Radio’s The Highway Channel, which inspired the video that aired on CMT, MTV and VH1.


The Michaelis sisters are managed by Artist Management Partners (AMP), headed by Tim DuBois in Nashville, TN.  Pete Olson handles day-to-day management for the siblings, who join a roster that boasts Charlie Worsham, Wade Bowen, Neal McCoy and Roger Creager.


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SHERRY LYNN Brings Seasonal Sparkle To “Christmas On My Mind”

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Single & New Video Available Now 


Nashville, TN (December 4, 2013) – Country songstress Sherry Lynn brings a special sparkle to her latest single/video, “Christmas On My Mind.”  The up-tempo holiday offering (written by Nashville hitmakers Sandy Ramos and Carmen Logan) features everything that makes the season memorable:  family, friends, snow, icicles and Santa.


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.”



Country Entertainer Lisa Matassa Sings National Anthem LIVE On The Golf Channel, October 30

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Country Entertainer Lisa Matassa Sings National Anthem LIVE On The Golf Channel, October 30

 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Final To Reach 120 Million Homes

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Nashville, TN (October 29, 2013) -Country entertainer LISA MATASSA will sing the National Anthem live from Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the opening ceremony of the 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Final onWednesday, October 30 at 9 p.m. ET.  The LIVE UNDER THE LIGHTS event broadcasts globally on-air and online to over 120 million homes and celebrates the new partnership between Long Drivers of America and Golf Channel/NBC.  North American broadcast dates include:Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9 p.m.,Thursday, Oct. 31, 4 a.m.,Monday, Nov. 4, 12:30 a.m.,Sunday, Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m. andMonday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m.  The international schedule can be found at http://www.longdrivers.com/remax-wldc/television-schedule.

While Matassa isn’t a golfer herself, she does admire the sport since her husband Frank competed in Long Drive events in 2009.  “I’ve been lucky enough to sing our anthem at two Major League Baseball games this summer,” Lisa notes.  “I’m thinking the golf crowd might be a bit quieter than the ballparks,” she jokes.  “But it’s Vegas – so who knows!”

Lisa’s current single, the attitude-infused “I Won’t Ask,” is moving up the Country charts, landing at #44 this week.  The track is also spinning on Aol Radio’s “New Country First,” Slacker Radio’s “New Country First” Channel, “Ladies Of Country” Channel and Radio.com’s“Big Country” Channel.  The companion video, shot in Austin, Texas, is currently in rotation on GACTV.comCMT.com, CMT Pure!, ZUUS Country, ClubCom Network’s Country Reel, VideoDetective.com/IVA, Sidewalks TV, and additional outlets.

Matassa’s whirlwind summer kicked off with her CMA Music Festivaldebut, her Grand Ole Opry debut (during the celebration of the U.S. Postal Service’s limited-edition Johnny Cash Forever stamp), and an appearance at the inaugural Taste of Country Festival in New York. This summer alone, Lisa has shared the stage with Lady Antebellum,Carlene Carter, Jamey Johnson, her “tweet buddies” The Oak Ridge Boys and Randy Travis.  She continues with tour dates throughout the fall, including the “Playin’ Possum! The Final NO Show” November 22 in Nashville.  She’ll wrap the year at home in New York with family and close friends.

Lisa’s social circle keeps on growing with nearly a half-million Twitter followers and almost 200,000 Facebook friends.  Fans can learn more about Lisa on her website.

About Long Drivers of America:  Long Drivers of America is a dynamic golf event company that specializes in producing events for long drive professionals.  The company is owned and operated by long drive pioneer Art Sellinger.  Founded in 1995 and based in Roanoke, Texas, LDA is best known for staging the annual RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, the premier event in power golf.  For more information visit www.longdrivers.com.

About Golf Channel:  As the fastest-growing network on television, Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla.  The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies.  As part of the NBC Sports Group, professional golf coverage on NBC is branded “Golf Channel on NBC,” further extending the Golf Channel brand to NBC’s broadcast audiences.  Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original shows.  Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, a leading golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.

THREE-PEAT For THE ROYS: Duo Wins Third Consecutive Inspirational Country Music’s Bluegrass Artist of the Year Award

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Nashville, TN (October 25, 2013) – Brother/sister duo THE ROYS pulled off a “three-peat” at last night’s 19th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards, winning the organization’s coveted Bluegrass Artist of the Year Award for the third consecutive year.

“Speechless,” is how Elaine Roy describes her feelings upon the announcement.  “It’s hard to put into words just how much this means to us,” adds her brother Lee.  “We are humbled once again.”  THE ROYS were previously honored with the following ICM Awards: 2012No. 1 Inspirational Country Single (“I Wonder What God’s Thinking”),2012 & 2011 Bluegrass Artist of the Year and the 2010 & 2009 Duo of the Year.

The Awards event capped off the 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention that began October 20 at Two Rivers Fellowship at Opryland.  The week included the annual ICM Faith, Family and Country Talent ShowThe Power Source #1 Party, annual membership breakfast, seminars, incredible live music and much more.

In addition to winning their most-recent award, THE ROYS were honored to act as presenters during the show.  They shared those duties with American Idol’s Melinda Doolittle, The Voice’s Holly Tucker, Jim Ed Brown, Former NBA Player Mike Glenn, and Andy Griggs.

The show streamed live on http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1130775/icmaweek and will air on The TCT Network, GEB America, National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), The Worship Network and Total Living Network (TLN), reaching a record-breaking potential audience of over 1.6 billion around the world.  National television correspondent and host of Inside Edition Megan Alexander returned as host of the event.

In other news, the dynamic Bluegrass duo’s current CD, GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAINis riding high at the #1 spot on Sirius XMBluegrass Junction’s Most-Played Albums list for October.  GRT is the third Rural Rhythm Records’ project of Lee and Elaine’s to land in theTop 5 on BILLBOARD’s Bluegrass Album Chart.  The “Gypsy Runaway Train” single is #25 on this month’s BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song Chart.  ZUUS Country continues to play the “Gypsy Runaway Train” video on their Americana Currents show.

Stay social with Lee and Elaine at www.theroysonline Facebook andTwitter.

Rising Country Star Joanna Mosca To Open For LeAnn Rimes At The Paramount, November 21

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Rising Country Star Joanna Mosca To Open For LeAnn Rimes At The Paramount,November 21

“Joanna is an artist that can float from style to style and do so in a manner that sounds almost effortless … With music this good, I don’t see any reason why Mosca’s star won’t be on the rise.”

– Chuck Dauphin, Billboard.com/MNN


Nashville, TN (October 24, 2013) – Rising Country star Joanna Moscas voicehas been compared to those of Reba McEntire and Stevie Nicks, but her sound is truly unique – rich, warm, powerful, playful and inviting.  She’ll bring that immediately identifiable voice to The Paramount (370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY) on Thursday, November 21 when she opens for superstar LeAnn Rimes.  The prestigious Long Island venue will open its doors at 7 p.m.and the music starts at 8.  Additional information and ticketing options for the KJOY Radio / NASH FM-sponsored show can be obtained by calling (631) 673-7300 or by logging on to http://paramountny.com.

The versatile singer/songwriter is currently riding high with her EP, LET IT ALL BEGIN.  Produced by Grammy award-winning entertainer Bryan White, the disc’s release is a milestone in Joanna’s Country career.  Highlights abound and include a masterful duet with one of Country’s most-heralded vocalists, LONESTAR’S Richie McDonald.  The “country as dirt” “Where Does Good Love Go”is as sultry and seductive as a steamy summer night under the magnolias. Another stellar track is Joanna’s current chart-rising single,”I Guess That Says It All,” written by White, Travis Thibodaux and Steve Williams.  Resonating with honest emotion and a wealth of heartache, the track is earning Joanna new fans both here and abroad, leading to recent magazine profiles in Maverick(UK), Country Pulse, Le Cri du Coyote (France), Strictly Country, Up Country(UK), Rivetting Riffs, Kountry Korral (Sweden)Country Entertainment USA, The North East (UK), Nashville Music Guide, Country Music + Dance (Scotland),Country Music Attitude (France) and I Am Entertainment.

Her previous single/video, “Dream On Savannah,” wowed the crowds at this year’s CMA Music Festival and the clip has enjoyed nearly 200,000 YouTube views to date.  Directed by Steven Weaver (Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Jeff Bates) of Revolution Pictures, the video was filmed in Nashville and can be seen on ZUUS Country, CMT.com, GACtv.com and Yallwire.com.


Joanna’s music career began with the release of three consecutive Top Ten FMQB AC Radio Chart singles between 2006 and 2008.  In 2010 she released her first full-length album, JOANNA MOSCA, which contained six original tunes.  The album’s first single “Keep On Going” shot onto the Billboard Top 30 AC Chart and earned her a spot on Music Connection magazine’s Top 100 Independent recording artists’ list.  In 2012, Joanna was named “Who New To Watch” in CMA’s Close Up Magazine.  Mosca was born in Connecticut but currently resides in New York where she has studied acting at the prestigious HB Studio in NYC with teachers who included Uta Hagen and Sir Anthony Hopkins.  She has starred in a series of three one-woman shows in New York City that audiences and reviewers praised.

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Jay Jolley Makes Music City Debut At Mercy Lounge On Tuesday, November 12

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Jay Jolley Makes Music City Debut At Mercy Lounge On Tuesday, November 12

Vocalist Brings Country Soul Sound & Full Band To The Billy Block Show

 “This is one of the most powerful songs I have heard in a long time.  Jay’s vocals carry the strong message with class and emotion that tears at the very core of your being.” – Pam Stadel, Digital Rodeo

590Nashville, TN (October 21, 2013) – – Country up-and-comer Jay Jolley makes his Music City debut on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a five-song, full-band set on The Billy Block Show at Mercy Lounge’s High Watt Room (One Cannery Row).  The Show streams live online and is archived via USTREAM servers at www.billyblock.com.  For more information, call (615) 251-3020.

Jolley is creating a stir with his current single, the high-impact Charlie Daniels/Doug Johnson/Kim Williams composition, “God Save Us All From Religion.”  The track is moving up the national charts and the video, which premiered globally last month, is in rotation on ZUUS Country, Heartland (formerly TNN), CMT.com, CMT Mobile, GACTV.com and Zuus.com.  The mood-infused clip, produced by Sean Babas (Monster Energy Drink, Chevrolet’s Camaro, Dallas Lovato, Big Sean), is also streaming on-demand on Clear Channel, Buzz Net and Yallwire/Blastro/Roxwell.  Fans can watch it online by clicking HERE.

A pianist with a soulful touch and a singer with incredible range and passion, Jolley is a new name to local club-goers.  However, he’s honed his stage chops and made a name for himself playing State Fairs and Festivals across the Midwest, and overseas at the National Rodeo Association (Mexico), Piccadilly Circus (UK) and on the beach in Masalia (France).  Jay has opened shows (with his own band, as lead singer forThe Notorious Johnnys or as frontman and keyboardist for the band2XL) for top-tier acts The Black Crowes, Sass Jordan, Rick Springfield, Burton Cummings, John Alec Entwistle and UFO.

Jay knows that Nashville’s “rooms” are tougher than most, so he’s bringing along his own band of “name” entertainers and pickers.  Most of the audience should recognize: Ron Pirrone / Electric Guitar(songwriter who has opened for Rick Springfield, Burton Cummings) and Roy Caldwell / Acoustic Guitar (singer/songwriter who has opened for Mick Fleetwood, BTO The Cult, Shooting Star, Kim Mitchell).  Hot players include: John Howard / Bass Guitar (Faith Hill, Randy Owen, Randy Travis, Phil Vassar, Lee Greenwood, Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw) and Chuck Tilley / Drums (Dolly Parton, Lee Greenwood, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jewel, Al Jarreau, Delbert McClinton).

Get social with Jay at www.jjolley.comFacebookTwitterYouTube andMyspace.


A native of Michigan, Jolley is currently based in Rochester.  The singer/songwriter enjoyed chart success with his last single, the still radio-active “It’s a Friday Thing (A Little More Country).”  Jay finds joy in fishing, “fixing things,” flip-flops, ice hockey, NASCAR and spending time around the fire pit with his family.  A giving heart, he supports Michigan-based charities Grace Centers of Hope and Operation Injured Soldiers in honor of his late father who served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coastal Virginia Town Readies “Red Carpet” For 8th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest Performers

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Norfolk, VA (September 23, 2013) – The coastal Virginia town of Smithfield is readying its “red carpet” for the entertainers slated to perform during its 8th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest. The event, which runs October 4 & 5, offers music and educational workshops that benefit youth music education in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

“It’s certainly not a ‘red carpet’ type of event,” laughs Fest founder and noted singer/songwriter Mike Aiken.  “But this year’s entertainers are certainly celebrities in their own right, and we want to make them feel welcome.”

Mike AikenEver humble, Mike Aiken would never toot his own horn, but the Northwind Records’ artist is a Virginia-based singing and songwriting fixture who is cherished for his signature blend of Americana, Country and Roots music.  A performer loved by audiences, Mike Aiken is a teller of tales whose music makes you feel like you instantly know him.  With five Top 30 singles over the past four years in the U.S. and Europe, Aiken is a compelling performer.  His depth as a songwriter is a result of his wandering, adventurous lifestyle. His current (and sixth studio CD), CAPTAINS AND COWBOYS, is now in stores.

buzz casonBuzz Cason’s six-decade career has been spent living the Rock & Roll dream.  Cason formed Nashville’s first R & R band, THE CASUALS, in the mid-1950s, enjoyed a solo hit with “Look For A Star” under the name Garry Miles and produced Buddy Holly’s former band, The Crickets.  As a songwriter, Buzz has garnered cuts by The Beatles, Pearl Jam, U2, Mel Tillis, T.G. Sheppard and many more.  His best-known composition is “Everlasting Love,” which he co-wrote with Mac Gayden.  The tune has enjoyed chart success in every decade since its release by The Righteous Brothers.  An engaging entertainer, Buzz has performed before audiences both stateside and abroad.

austinTexas native Austin Cunningham made a name for himself as a songwriter early in his career with cuts by Hank Williams, Jr., Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Wynonna, Del McCoury and others.  His songs have been featured in film soundtracks for Ashley Judd’s Where The Heart Is and the Richard Gere/Winona Ryder film,Autumn In New York.  Cunningham has performed at the Sundance Film Festival for theBluebird Café On The Road series, and has been awarded the coveted Johnny Mercer Award for“Emerging American Songwriters.”  Austin’s strong voice and accomplished pickin’ continue to captivate audiences.


dannyLegendary guitarist, songwriter and recording artist Danny Flowers is best known for his songsTulsa Time (Don Williams and Eric Clapton),“Back In My Younger Days” (Don Williams),“Gulf Coast Highway” for Emmylou HarrisWillie Nelson, and Nanci Griffith (co-written with Griffith and James Hooker) and “Before Believing” from Harris’ PIECES OF THE SKY disc.  Flowers has also enjoyed a solo recording career that includes the 2007 album, TOOLS FOR THE SOUL.  A passionate and sought-after session musician, his licks can be heard on tracks by Williams, Griffith, Vince GillMarshall Chapman and Dobie Gray.

mojoMojo Collins is a Folk/Blues icon.  A revered performer known for captivating his fans, he has shared the stage with Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Steve Miller, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Ike and Tina Turner, Muddy Waters, Leon Redbone, Sly and the Family Stone, Blue Cheer, The Spinners, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Keith Shealy, and the incomparable Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Over the last 20 years, his music has received critical acclaim with airplay in the U.S. and nine other countries.  He is a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the North Carolina Arts Council’s Fellowship in Music.

The Fest kicks off on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. with a Songwriters in the Round Concert (featuring Aiken, Cason, Cunningham) at theSmithfield Little Theater (210 N. Church Street).  On Saturday, October 5, educational workshops and live performances run from noon until 9 p.m. at Windsor Castle Park (301 Jericho Road, Smithfield).  Offerings include a Songwriters’ workshop (Aiken, Cunningham), Guitar Seminar (Flowers) and Indie Music Promotion (Amy Aiken).

The live music line-up also features: LEA,The Hungry Monks and three local songwriters (Roy Moats, Scott Slay and Jacob Vanko) who earned their stage slots via Fest open-mic nights held throughout September.


Weekend Pass $35 – all events, concerts, workshops

Songwriters in the Round (Friday only) $25

Field Pass (Saturday only) $15 advance, $20 day of

Military Field Pass (Saturday only) $10 advance, $15 day of with military ID (active and dependent)

For more information on the Fest go to http://aikenandfriendsfest.com.

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Nashville, TN (September 16, 2013) — APA Nashville has signed acclaimed singer/songwriter Mallary Hope to its roster, it was announced today by Steve Hauser, the company’s Senior Vice President.   Hope’s duet “I Will Love You Still,”with superstar Darius Rucker, is a track on Rucker’s current Top 10 BILLBOARD Country album “True Believers”.  Hope is managed by McGhee Entertainment.

Signed to SONY/ATV Music Publishing, Hope is the powerhouse pen behind songs like “Georgia Peaches” (Lauren Alaina) and “King Of Apology” (Jana Kramer) and she has also enjoyed cuts by Faith Hill, Danny Gokey, Katie Armiger and others.


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Busy Bluegrassers THE ROYS Host Midnite Jamboree September 14; Talk Tracks On SiriusXM Beginning September 18

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Busy Bluegrassers THE ROYS Host Midnite Jamboree September 14; Talk Tracks On SiriusXM Beginning September 18

ICM Nominees Make National Radio Rounds and Will Present at IBMA Awards

TheRoys_2013_publicity_lrgNashville, TN (September 9, 2013) – Busy Bluegrassers THE ROYS return to host the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, one of the longest-running radio shows in the U.S., on September 14. They will bring along Country newcomers Branch & Dean (“The Dash”) as their special guests. Fans can listen to the world-famous show live online at 650AMwsm.com.

Beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, September 18, audiences can hear the duo talk tracks on SiriusXM / Bluegrass Junction’s Track-By-Track program. Hosted by Kyle Cantrell, the feature shines the spotlight on the duo’s current CD GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN (Rural Rhythm Records) and repeats (all times Eastern) Thursday at 9 p.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.

THE ROYS will be presenters for the first time at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Awards Show in Raleigh, NC on September 26. They are nominated for two 2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards (Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year and Vocal Duo & Performance of the Year) and winners will be announced in Nashville on October 24. THE ROYS were previously honored with these ICM Awards: 2012 Bluegrass Artist of the Year, No. 1 Inspirational Country Single (“I Wonder What God’s Thinking”), 2011 Bluegrass Artist of the Year and the 2009 & 2010 Duo of the Year.

The duo is currently on tour and upcoming dates include:

Sep 14 – Midnite Jamboree – Nashville, TN
Sep 20 – Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival – Morehead, KY
Sep 21 – Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival – Kodak, TN
Sep 24 – IBMA Raleigh, NC – Moonstruck Showcase
Sep 25 – IBMA Raleigh, NC
Sep 26 – IBMA Raleigh, NC – Awards Show
Sep 27 – IBMA Raleigh, NC
Sep 28 – Willies Locally Known – Lexington, KY
Sep 29 – Washington County High School – Sandersville, GA
Oct 04 – Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival – Manteo, NC
Oct 09 – Song of the Mountains – Blountville, TN
Oct 18 – The Listening Room – Nashville, TN
Oct 19 – Orange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale, FL
Oct 20 – Orange Park Fall Festival – Orange Park, FL
Oct 22 – ICM Conference
Oct 23 – ICM Conference
Oct 24 – The 5 Star Theater – Hot Springs, AR
Nov 22 – George Jones Tribute Concert at Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

Stay social with Lee and Elaine at www.theroysonline,Facebook and Twitter.

8th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest To Benefit Youth Music Education

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8th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest To Benefit Youth Music Education

$35,000 Raised To Date

Norfolk, VA (September 10, 2013) – The 8th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest offers more than just great music; the event also offers fun and informative workshops that benefit music education in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.  A much-touted Fest feature, the annual educational seminars offer a variety of topic choices for those who wish to learn more about the various aspects of the music industry.

  • Songwriters’ workshop – hosted by singer/songwriters Mike Aiken and Austin Cunningham.  Format governed by attendee questions.
  • Guitar seminar – taught by singer/songwriter and master guitarist Danny Flowers; open to players of any age and skill level.
  • Indie Music Promotion – insights from Northwind Records’ President Amy Aiken on the various methods the Indie artist can use to advance his career.

aiken  fest presenting flutes

To date, the Fest has raised over $35,000 in donations which has funded scholarships, tutors for gifted children and purchased band instruments.  SMITHFIELD MUSIC distributed 300 recorder flutes to Isle of Wight elementary school students.


Pictured from Left to Right:   Hardy Elementary School Music teacher Alison Chapman, Smithfield Music’s Jim Abicht and Principal Richard Crawford.


Businesses near and far are backing the expansion of youth music education with continued raffle items and a steady influx of sponsors.  “This is our biggest event of the year, and we can’t wait,” notes Smithfield Music’s Jim Abicht.  “Attendees get to hear great music in a friendly Southern town with the bonus of raising funds for an extremely worthy cause.”

Festival founder Mike Aiken says of the raffle items on hand, “I am really proud of my endorsers for supporting me, the Fest and the cause by donating such wonderful items – I’m actually envious I might not be going home with any of these.”  Recently donated raffle items include: a Takamine acoustic guitar, a Wildwood acoustic guitar, two TKL guitar cases and custom Aiken & Friends Fest case artwork by Cedar Creek Custom Case Shoppe.

Current Fest sponsors include heavy-hitting national businesses as well as faithful local supporters:

97.3 FM The Eagle
AirPlay Direct
Audio, Light and Musical
Crocker Farms
Hampton Inn & Suites, Smithfield
Isle of Wight Arts League
Newport News Shipbuilding
Northwind Records
Smithfield & Isle of Wight Tourism
Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Little Theater
Smithfield Music
Takamine Guitars
TKL / Cedar Creek Custom Cases
Wildwood Guitars
Performing this year in addition to Fest founder and critically-acclaimed songwriter Mike Aiken are legendary singer/songwriter/entertainer Buzz Cason  (“Everlasting Love”), Country hitmaker and guitarist extraordinaire Danny Flowers (“Tulsa Time”), Texas-born singer/songwriter Austin Cunningham (“I Love You This Much”), Folk/Blues icon Mojo Collins, talented traditionalists The Hungry Monks and Contemporary Folk phenomenon LEA.


Friday, Oct. 4 / Full Day Festival Experience

7:30 p.m. – Songwriters in the Round Concert (featuring Mike Aiken, Buzz Cason and Austin Cunningham)

Location: Smithfield Little Theater – 210 N. Church Street, Smithfield, VA 23430

Saturday, Oct. 5 / Noon – 9 p.m. – Live Performances

Location: Windsor Castle Park – 301 Jericho Road, Smithfield, VA 23430

Mojo Collins – solo (http://www.mojocollins.com)
LEA – trio (http://www.thisislea.com)
Austin Cunningham – solo (http://austincunningham.com)
The Hungry Monks – band (http:/thehungrymonks/.com)
Danny Flowers – solo (https://www.facebook.com/SoulfulDannyFlowers)
Mike Aiken Band – band (http://mikeaikenmusic.com)

Included in Saturday’s talent line-up will be a performance by elementary-aged school children from the Westside Advanced Guitar Club.


Weekend Pass $ 35 – all events, concerts, workshops
Songwriters in the Round (Friday only) $25
Field Pass (Saturday only) $15 advance, $20 day of
Military Field Pass (Saturday only) $10 advance, $15 day of with military ID (active and dependent)
Workshops $10


In 2005, the Isle of Wight Arts League entered into a partnership withSmithfield Music, a venture created by Jim and Elaine Abicht, to present performances by top tier professional musicians in the family-friendly venue, the Smithfield Little Theatre.  Net proceeds from Smithfield Music events are donated to the school music programs in Isle of Wight County.  As a program of the Isle of Wight Arts League, Smithfield Music is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and donations to Smithfield Music may be tax deductible.

Learn more about the Fest go HERE.

Get social with Mike Aiken at www.mikeaikenmusic.comFacebook and Twitter.

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