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Craig Morgan Single Added To That’s Why Album

Posted on 27 June 2009 by Bill West

Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan

NASHVILLE, TN – Craig Morgan has been heating up concert stages across the country this summer with his high-energy, hit-packed shows, electrifying capacity-level crowds with his unique dynamic of presenting the high energy of an arena rock show, yet maintaining a sense of intimacy with his audience. Craig’s signature hits always bring the crowds to their feet, but lately a new song has been a fan favorite at his shows. “Bonfire” is a newly-written song Craig decided to test out in concert a couple of months ago, and the response to the song was intense and instantaneous. Craig soon added the song to his regular set list, and ultimately decided to give the fans what they want….he went into the studio and recorded the song.

Craig’s record label, BNA, had the same reaction to the song that the fans did, and rather than wait for a new album, decided to add “Bonfire” to Craig’s That’s Why CD. BNA reissued the album this month, with another Morgan-penned new tune, “This Ain’t Nothin’,” also added to the record. The album also includes the Top 10 hit, “Love Remembers.”

“Bonfire” hit radio last month, and is proving to be one of the fastest rising songs of Craig’s career.

“I love writing and singing about the simplest pleasures of life’s little things, and the fans always react to that. I think that’s why ‘Bonfire’ has struck such a chord with everybody,” says Craig of his latest hit. “Whether you’re camping, at the beach or just cooking out, bonfires lots of times are the highlights of a summer party. We’re just bringing a little bit of that party to life in this song!”

To see and hear more about the song, click on the links below:

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SnjksZSEl4
Or you can use: http://www.youtube.com/Craigmorgan

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Montgomery Gentry Join Opry

Posted on 25 June 2009 by Bill West

Eddie Montgomery / Troy Gentry

Eddie Montgomery / Troy Gentry

Montgomery Gentry became the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night (June 23) in front of a packed house that was filled with family, friends and fans. “Dreams do come true–you’re seeing that here tonight!” Eddie told the crowd as he and Troy launched into their hit song, “Something to Be Proud Of.” A few minutes later, Opry veterans Marty Stuart and Little Jimmy Dickens did the honors, officially inducting the duo as the newest members of the venerable institution.

“You guys have worked so hard for so many years,” Marty noted, while Jimmy told the audience, “I know these two men onstage and offstage, and they are gentlemen in every respect.” Eddie and Troy hugged, then struggled to keep their emotions in check. “All day I’ve been trying to conjure up the words…but there aren’t enough words to describe what this night means to us,” Troy told the crowd. Eddie choked back tears, recalling times spent listening to the Grand Ole Opry as a kid with his musical mentor–his father, Harold. “He used to say, ‘It don’t matter what you do in country music–if you don’t become a member of the Grand Ole Opry, you ain’t got there yet.” Backstage, Eddie told us that memories of his father’s unrealized musical dreams had kept him awake much of the night…and he said he was more nervous than he could ever remember being before a performance. (AUDIO INFO BELOW)

Montgomery Gentry’s Opry induction comes as the duo is entering their second decade of chart success. They just released “Long Line of Losers,” the fourth hit song from their Back When I Knew It All album. They released their first album–Tattoos & Scars–ten years ago…and are currently sitting in the Top 10 on the country album chart with For Our Heroes, a special compilation album being sold at Cracker Barrel with proceeds going toward the Wounded Warrior Project.

“Eddie and I have gone through a lot together—good and bad,” Troy said backstage as he reflected on their friendship, which goes back more than 20 years. “I would not be standing here today being ready to be inducted had he not been on my side.” Eddie was quick to echo the sentiment, saying simply, “It’s just the way it’s supposed to be.”

Eddie and Troy made their Opry debut in March 2000. Last night, they opened the Opry show with their hits “My Town” and “Roll With Me”…then returned to the stage later to sing “Something to Be Proud Of” and “Long Line of Losers.” After their formal induction, they kicked into their debut hit, “Hillbilly Shoes,” with Marty and Little Jimmy joining them on the song.

Eddie and Troy were surprised with an invitation to join the Opry a few weeks ago — good friend and Opry member Charlie Daniels interrupted an Opry performance by the duo to extend the invitation. Famous friends on-hand last night included Eddie’s brother, John Michael, and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.
–story from sony nashville

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Lost Trailers: Revealed

Posted on 24 June 2009 by Bill West

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Dead On Arrival – Miranda’s New CD

Posted on 17 June 2009 by Bill West

Miranda Lambert on Country Weekly

Miranda Lambert on Country Weekly

NASHVILLE, TN – With her new song, “Dead Flowers” taking root in Country radio’s Top 40, Miranda Lambert will unleash her third album, Revolution on September 29. The rave reviews continue to pour in on her self-penned, debut single including a “Hot Download” review in the current issue of People Magazine that proclaims Miranda “gets to the heart of the matter on the break up ballad, ‘Dead Flowers.’”

On the new album Miranda said, “I think this record is truly the most artistic project I have ever done. I really put my entire being into the making of it. From the writing to the recording to finding the perfect mixture of things I wanted to say. The inspiration was easy to come by, because it’s a compilation of everything I have ever listened to and fell in love with. It’s not an album where you listen from song to song, it’s a state of mind, a way of life. I hope people have as much fun getting to know me through listening as I did getting to know myself in recording it. And maybe it will do just as its title says….start a REVOLUTION.”

Revolution, the follow-up to Miranda’s sophomore album Crazy Ex- Girlfriend which won the 2008 ACM Album of the Year Award, continues her evolution as an artist. She alone wrote three songs on the album and co-wrote a majority of the balance with a cross-section of writers including Blake Shelton, Ashley Monroe, Allen Shamblin and Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley who lends background vocals on “Love Song.”

A cornerstone of Miranda’s music is her independence and diversity and that is further illustrated with song credits by the legendary and Grammy winning John Prine and the highly revered Julie Miller. And, as always, the breadth of the album ranges from love and contentment to crime and transgression.

Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke return to produce Revolution and final touches are being made in preparation of the September 29 release date. The two-time Grammy nominee has seen both of her previous albums debut at Number One on the Country Album Chart. Miranda continues to tour the country with superstar Kenny Chesney and will help closeout The CMA Music Festival on Sunday night with a performance at LP Field.

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Shania’s Letter To Fans

Posted on 15 June 2009 by Bill West

Shania Twain came out of hiding a few days ago… at least via her website. In an open letter to fans she explained what she’s been up to… hinted at a comeback attempt… and basically says “not now”. Below is the open letter in her own words.


Dear Friends,

I am so excited to be writing to you personally again after so long.

First I want to apologize for the delay in releasing new music. Music is the basis of our relationship, after all, and I realize I’m not holding up very well on my end of the relationship! But music has a mind of it’s own, and is ruled by a writer’s emotions and state of mind, not by a time frame or wishful thinking. I wish like crazy that I had new music by now since I dream of how fun it would be to see you all again out on tour with new songs to sing, but as most of you know, I have been side-tracked slightly over this past year.

Poised for a Comeback?

Poised for a Comeback?

The personal issues that took place just over a year ago have been well documented, and there’s no need to go into more detail here. Since then, I’ve been inspired by my pain to write and use writing as a therapy through the suffering. I truly wouldn’t wish this on anybody as a means to get inspired, but it’s been a productive period with so much emotion trying to find it’s way out. However, there is no telling how long it will take me to actually finish these songs and record them so they can get out to you.

As many things as there have been to write about through this difficult time in my life, healing is serious business and has taken a lot of the wind out of my sails, slowing me down at times. As you know, I am a mom and all my energy goes to making sure my little man is healthy and happy in every way. This is a full time job, as any parent understands, but especially difficult when you are battling your own personal crisis at the same time while trying to spare your child of being affected by your own suffering.

One time when I was having a weak moment listening to some sad music and sobbing and slobbering over my computer’s keyboard, Eja walked up behind me and asked me why I was crying. He wasn’t sad at first–just totally surprised to see his mom crying (he is seven and never saw me cry before), and didn’t know what to make of it. During this intense period, I was managing to hide my devastation from Eja and cried only when I was alone; but this one time was just too hard for me to control and I broke down. I was quick on my feet to answer him though and told Eja that music was very powerful and can make people quite emotional. It can make you want to dance, feel angry, happy or sad and that THIS this song was sad and made me cry. He accepted this, hugged me and went back to what he was doing. Phew, that was tough!

The energy it has taken me to deal with my personal life and managing to still be a responsible parent has been challenging, and while I have been putting what energy I have left at the end of each day into my writing, it’s been hard to put it all together into song format.

Please be patient and I will do my best to continue working on a finished album!
Each morning I put my son on the school bus, feed our two dogs Sony and Dolly, drink my orange juice and sit down at the computer to write. I spend most of my time working with lyrics right now, sorting thoughts, expressions and concepts. It often comes out in the form of poetry, diary notes or e-mails to friends. My friends are great listeners and are very patient and generous about it. I often go back to my e-mails for song ideas. When I write in letter form, I don’t hold back. I just write it as it comes without considering format, topic, manners, etc. Some of my best songwriting ideas are coming this way.

Time has a way of making everything right, and it is my hope that good music will eventually come out of it. I say “good music” since I don’t want to just throw anything at you, just for the sake of hurrying up to get it out. I want my new music to be something I’m personally satisfied with and proud to share with you.

I have friends and family around constantly coaxing me to focus on my music. “Your fans miss you. They want new music. It’s been too long.” They’re all dying for something new too, so they are pretty relentless about it! I know you certainly all do deserve new music and tour dates; not only because it’s been so long, but also because of the HUGE support you’ve all given me during this period. The many blogs and e-mails have warmed my heart, strengthened my confidence, given me courage, and have often even made me laugh out loud…in a good way! I know I am not alone and realize through your support that you are all rooting for Eja and I, and our well-being. Thank you!

The other day I started writing a few pages about being hungry as a kid. Some of it was painful to think about but it also made me laugh at the funny times. Reflecting on that period of my life, I realize how true it really is to learn to take the good with the bad. To appreciate that you can’t have one without the other. The trick is to give the “good” at least as much of your energy as the “bad” and not to get stuck focusing more on the “bad”. I decided to start writing about other stages of my life to help take my focus off the current phase I’m going through. When I’m feeling down, I figured changing my focus to write about other periods of my PAST would help pull me out of the sadness and on to new chapters in my life. It works.

I will sign off now but I look forward to my next letter/blog to you. I just wanted to fill you in a bit on what’s going on with me and music, as well as extend my thanks for all of the support that you have given me over this last year and for all these years; and to assure you that I’m fine and managing very well, in fact. I’m enjoying my child, friends and family like I haven’t in years, and it’s great. I’ve been experiencing and seeing new things every day, living life with a different and more optimistic attitude. I’ve jumped out of an airplane at 10,000 feet, I’m riding Spanish and Arabian horses, traveling to exotic places, I’ve been deep sea diving for the first time! I pull the odd all-nighter, read more books, listen to Eja’s favourite music with him, LOUD [ironically his favourite band is AC/DC] and basically I’m enjoying life.

Till next time, my friends. Be well, and peace and happiness to all of you.




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Chesney takes EW behind the Tour

Posted on 15 June 2009 by Bill West

 “We wouldn’t do this for just anyone,” says the man who runs his Sun City tour like a finely calibrated machine – and knows that ultimately, the only thing that matters is rocking those fans. “When you’re in the momentum of bringing the show together, you’re gathering that energy, you’re getting that focus… people see onstage and it’s a whole lot of fun, but don’t kid yourselves: we put a lot of thought and a lot of intensity to bringing something that’s as strong as what the fans give us.

Chesney's Second Greatest Hits CD Is a best seller

Chesney's Second Greatest Hits CD Is a best seller


Last year at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Stadium, there were so many boats docked on the river near the stadium, Kenny Chesney found himself commandeering a runner and getting out amongst the fans on the water – and with that sort of high spirits seeming to always be a by-product of Kenny Chesney in the Iron City, it seemed the perfect place to embed Entertainment Weekly to capture a day in the life of the biggest North American ticket-seller in any genre this century. Especially with his # 1 debuting Greatest Hits II, mirroring many of the songs in his set, available in stores and on-line.



“Entertainment Weekly is the kind of publication that wants to see how it comes together, what makes it work. They weren’t just coming at this as a ‘What time is meet & greet…’ sort of thing. And I think as much as I try to make it more for my fans, and also to give them a reason to forget about anything that might be bother them, they do want to know what it is we’re doing all day while they’re out in the parking lot. So, this was the perfect way to make that happen.”


Chesney opened his Corona Extra presents Sun City Carnival Tour to EW Senior Writer Whitney Pastorek, fresh from a piece about Pearl Jam and heading to the Bonnaroo Festival, and her photographer for complete access during their Heinz Stadium day. On the bus, in the off-guarded moments, gearing up, making the move and – obviously – taking the stage. Not only did Pastorek get to be part of Chesney’s entrance, but her photographer was able to shoot from the swing Chesney often enters on.


“This was a chance for me to give the fans a sense of how this happens,” Chesney explains. “To put it in a place and with a writer who gets the energy and the intensity of the biggest shows out there. If the people come and they throw it at us as hard as they do… If we’re going to show what it takes to be ready, to be enough to give them as good as we get, I wanted someone who would understand the difference… Not just think ‘oh, this is big, that’s a lot of trucks,’ but who would get how big the heart of every one of the people out here with me is, who would feel that intensity we try to bring to what we do – and also the fun. We play as hard as we work. We take the show and the music serious and not much else. – and it was obvious Whitney understood both sides of that.”


With his Sun City Carnival rolling into Chicago’s Soldier Field stadium on Saturday, a CMA Fan Festival appearance on Sunday and “Out Last Night” pushing towards #1, the man the LA Times’ called “the People’s Entertainer” is rocking hard. Friday, the fans, the frenzied and the just plain curious can pick up the new Entertainment Weekly and see just how the man who’s sold over a million tickets each of the past 7 years does it.


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Alan Jackson Hits Through Another Decade

Posted on 07 June 2009 by Bill West

Arista Record's Alan Jackson

Arista Record's Alan Jackson

A Brief History of Country Music Legend Alan Jackson
By Brandon Jonson

Many consider him one of the kings of country music and others consider him a living legend in music period. Born in Newnan, Georgia in 1968, Alan Eugene Jackson would go on to sell over fifty million albums and growing as his career has spanned over three decades now.

Beginning in the 1980’s when influenced by the new type of country music that was considered new traditional at the time and now is considered just traditional country as the new modern country music is a more pop influenced sound. During the 80’s Alan Jackson influenced the whole country music scene being known for playing some of the top country dance music and being able to turn the next song into a slow story telling ballad. This is what has made Alan Jackson so versatile in his career and having the longevity that many never see. Even though Alan Jackson was always a very popular figure in country music he didn’t reach huge mainstream success until his song “Remember When” in which the music video for the song featured his wife, Denise, and their two daughters. As well Alan Jackson has named George Jones as a huge influence on his career.

During the 90’s Alan Jackson continued his success blending in modern country with his traditional style of honky-tonk. Through this time and into the 2000’s he has charted over fifty number one hits. In his career he has received or been nominated for numerous awards such as CMA, ASCAP, and won a Grammy Award for his song “When the World Stopped Turning” which was about the events on September, 11th. In a career that has spanned over twenty years with number one hits starting in 1990 and continuing with his latest number one hits in 2008 with “Country Boy” and the dance hit “Good Time.” Already a member of the country music hall of fame, Alan Jackson shows no sign of slowing down in his legendary career.

Alan Jackson of course still plays today with his last album charting just as many singles as those past. As well the song “Good Time” from his newest record not only set the world record for the longest line dance but also was named one of the top dance tracks of the year. Alan Jackson will go down as a legend in music history and shows no sign of stopping.

Brandon Jonson is a writer for the country music publication Nashville4U as well as freelances for various regional publications.

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