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Country Strong Soundtrack Details

Posted on 29 September 2010 by Bill West


Paltrow Country

Nashville, TN – The original motion picture soundtrack to the feature film, Country Strong, is set to release on October 26, and the complete list of artists and songs has been announced today. Film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester all contribute tracks to the collection, with one song each from Hedlund and Meester and four songs featuring Paltrow, including the title track single – at country radio now – and “Me and Tennessee,” a duet with McGraw, written by Paltrow’s husband, Chris Martin.

In addition to the film stars, the participating artists include (in alphabetical order) Trace Adkins; Ronnie Dunn; Sara Evans; Faith Hill; Patty Loveless; Hank Williams, Jr.; Lee Ann Womack; and Chris Young.

With the soundtrack album produced by Randall Poster and Shana Feste, the collection also benefits from the work of some of Nashville’s finest producers behind each song, including Chuck Ainlay, Kenny Beard, Tony Brown, Nathan Chapman, Byron Gallimore, Jay Joyce, Michael Knox, Frank Liddell, James Stroud, and Luke Wooten, with a self-produced track by Ronnie Dunn. Tim McGraw, who serves as album executive producer, also teamed with Gallimore and A. Martin to co-produce “Me and Tennessee.”

Along with the release of the full album on October 26, fans can now own the digital single for Paltrow’s “Country Strong,” which released today, and features background vocals by Vince Gill and Patty Griffin.

The motion picture will be released in theatres in Los Angeles and Nashville on December 22 and nationwide on January 7.

In album sequence, below is a complete list of songs, artists, songwriters, and producers featured on the soundtrack:

Gwyneth Paltrow – “Country Strong”
(Jennifer Hanson/Tony Martin/Mark Nesler)
Produced by Byron Gallimore

Chris Young & Patty Loveless – “Love Don’t Let Me Down”
(Marv Green/Troy Olsen)
Produced by James Stroud

Sara Evans – “A Little Bit Stronger”
(Luke Laird/Hillary Lindsey/Hillary Scott)
Produced by Tony Brown

Garrett Hedlund – “Chances Are”
(Nathan Chapman/Lori McKenna/Liz Rose)
Produced by Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten for Carnival Productions

Lee Ann Womack – “Liars Lie”
(Sally Barris/Morgane Hayes/Liz Rose)
Produced by Frank Liddell and Chuck Ainlay for Carnival Productions

Ronnie Dunn – “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Double)”
(Wayne Carson Thompson)
Produced by Ronnie Dunn

Gwyneth Paltrow – “Shake That Thing”
(Mark Irwin/Josh Kear/Chris Tompkins)
Produced by Byron Gallimore

Hank Williams, Jr. – “Thirsty”
(Dallas Davidson/Rhett Akins/Brett Eldredge)
Produced by Michael Knox

Faith Hill – “Give in to Me”
(Billy Falcon/Rose Falcon/Elisha Hoffman)
Produced by Jay Joyce

Trace Adkins – “Timing Is Everything”
(Natalie Hemby/Troy Jones)
Produced by Kenny Beard

Leighton Meester – “Words I Couldn’t Say”
(Gregory Becker/Tammi Kidd/Steve Robson)
Produced by Nathan Chapman

Gwyneth Paltrow – “Coming Home”
(Bob DiPiero/Tom Douglas/Hillary Lindsey/Troy Verges)
Produced by Byron Gallimore

Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow – “Me and Tennessee”
(Chris Martin)
Produced by Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw, and A. Martin

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Chesney’s Whiskey Bent to Please

Posted on 28 September 2010 by Bill West

Kenny Chesney -Hemingway's Whiskey

Whiskey's Cover

Kenny Chesney Scores His 20th # 1 Single With “The Boys of Fall” a country song that has personal appeal to the singer.

The New country album Hemingway’s Whiskey is On Sale Everywhere Today 9/28/10.

iTunes has listed an exclusive package called Hemingway’s Whiskey (Deluxe Edition) – Kenny Chesney

In a review of Kenny Chesney’s current single, “The Boys of Fall,” Billboard Magazine said, “When one of a musician’s passions collides with his full-time pursuit, the results are generally something special, and with his latest hit, Chesney scores big time.” That statement is undeniable this week, as “The Boys of Fall” sits atop both the Mediabase and BDS charts and Kenny Chesney is celebrating the 20th #1 single of his career. The song captures the heart of something Chesney loves so much – the moments and life lessons that high school football represents.

Though it’s been 14 years since Chesney achieved his first #1, the veteran star admits that the excitement of a having a hit single never goes away. “I was on a photo shoot in Puerto Rico when I had my first #1 record with ‘When I Close My Eyes,’” Chesney remembers. “When I heard today that ‘The Boys of Fall’ became my 20th #1, it made me very happy to know the feeling is the same.” “The Boys of Fall” is the first single from his new album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, which will be available for purchase everywhere tomorrow. Chesney will make numerous national television appearances this week in support of the new album, including tomorrow morning’s performance on Good Morning America.

Today on ESPN, Chesney will appear live on SportsCenter, Sports Nation, ESPNU, and many other shows, will tape appearances on NFL Live and CFB Live, and will do a live chat on He’s always happy to talk football because, he says, “Growing up in East Tennessee, football was a way of life. In Knoxville, at the University of Tennessee, the whole town just wraps its arms around them.” Chesney, a wide receiver in high school who is now country music’s top-drawing live act and still a Volunteers fan, says, “That’s where I first learned how to work really hard – on the football field.”

Watch Kenny Chesney’s extended video for ‘”The Boys of Fall” here:< <>

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Speak Now Sneek Peek

Posted on 28 September 2010 by Bill West

Taylor Swift

Speak Now

Big Machine Records is releasing one song per week from Taylor Swift’s Oct. 25  “Speak Now” through iTunes’ countdown program beginning next Tuesday (10/5) with the title track.

Subsequent pre-releases are “Back To December” (10/12) and “Mean” (10/19). Comcast On Demand and will also preview 30 seconds of the songs in the same order each Monday beginning next week (10/4). “Story Of Us” will be available Oct. 22 through Comcast and previews, along with accompanying Swift interviews.

More Taylor Swift on iTunes

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You Get What You Give – Zacs New CD

Posted on 19 September 2010 by editor

It’s been about three years since there’s been new music from Zac Brow.  In that time he’s banged out five breathtaking country songs that all went to number one.   He’s won a New Artist Grammy and most importantly he’s still selling a ton of copies of the Foundation.  In a market where album sales keep shrinking Zac Brown (with Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum) is about the only one in country selling anything.

This week  Zac Brown (he’s adamant about wanting the Band part in there) The Zac Brown Band releases it’s second studio album called “You Get What You Give” – named after one of Zac’s tattoos – not a song title.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Let It Go” Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette 4:37
2. “Knee Deep” (featuring Jimmy Buffett) 3:23
3. “No Hurry” 3:46
4. “I Play the Road” 4:19
5. “Cold Hearted” 3:47
6. “Whiskey’s Gone” Brown, Durrette 2:46
7. “Quiet Your Mind” 3:40
8. “Colder Weather” Brown, Durrette 4:33
9. “Settle Me Down” 3:21
10. “As She’s Walking Away” with Alan Jackson Coy Bowles, Brown, Durrette, Levi Lowery 3:43
11. “Keep Me In Mind” 3:34
12. “Who Knows” Brown, Joel Williams 10:02
13. “Martin” 5:06
14. “Make This Day” Brown, Nic Cowan, Durrette, Cee-Lo Green 4:02

The new songs are another blend of songs that remind some of Garth Brook’s soaring lyrics and hard core regular guy-ness.  It’s worth the price of the cd just to hear him change lines on the fun “Knee Deep” with Jimmy Buffett or with felow Georgia hero Alan Jackson on the hit lead single “As She’s Walking Away” – a slam dunk at country radio where it may just revive Jackson’s fading stature.

In the past months Brown has touted the thisnks the new collection is even BETTER thann the Foundation – a tall order – but at first listen he may be right.

“You Get What You Give” is sure to satisfy fans that have been starving for something NEW from the newest of the music superstars and this album gives them lots to chew on.  Expect jaw dropping first week sales number achieved the old fasion way.

Lets just hope we don’thave to wait another three years for more.

Grade: A

Download: I Play The Road – a raucos yet bittersweet

Link to Zac on iTunes

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Jamey Johnson The Guitar Song

Posted on 13 September 2010 by editor

Guitar Song Jamey Johnson

The Guitar Song Albums

Although the title of his latest effort – The Guitar Song- refers to one song Jamey Johnson’s “The Guitar Song” is far more ambitious. In this new age of need it now instant play bite sized media Johnson tackles an expansive double concept album in the uptight world of country music. It’s just what the doctor ordered.

Jamey Johnson is already the hottest thing on iTunes.

Country music and it’s new – younger – army of fans have been yearning for a more real experience compared to the processed pop of Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift.

The Guitar Song showcases Jamey Johnson’s deep songwriting along with his distinctive delivery in two deliberately separate albums. A black album (darker stuff) and a white album (lighter stuff… but still kinda dark).

The two disks cover a wild ride through L.A. to Lower Alabama, over to a southern fried Macon and a visit to his lonely daughter’s heart. A few are reminiscent of Willie and Waylon (Willie on Even the Skies are Blue). He also stops to cover a few all time greats like Set em Up Joe and For The Good Times (Kristofferson).

Many are already calling the set a masterpiece.  There’s nothing quite like The Guitar Song on the music landscape and there likely never will be again. Get it before it drifts away.

Grade A
Don’t Miss: That’s Why I Write Songs (with Bill Anderson recorded on the stark stage of the Ryman).

Song Title
1. Lonely At The Top
2. Cover Your Eyes
3. Poor Man Blues
4. Set ‘Em Up Joe
5. Playing The Part
6. Baby Don’t Cry
7. Heaven Bound
8. Can’t Cash My Checks
9. That’s How I Don’t Love You
10. Heartache
11. Mental Revenge
12. Even The Skies Are Blue

1. By The Seat Of Your Pants
2. California Riots
3. Dog In The Yard
4. The Guitar Song
5. That’s Why I Write Songs
6. Macon
7. Thankful For The Rain
8. Good Morning Sunrise
9. Front Porch Swing Afternoon
10. I Remember You
11. Good Times Ain’t What They Used To Be
12. For The Good Times
13. My Way To You


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Zac and Alan New Video

Posted on 12 September 2010 by editor

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Girl For Otto

Posted on 03 September 2010 by editor


James Otto

Nashville, TN / August 25, 2010 – Country Music breakout star James Otto and his beautiful wife Amy are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Katherine Otto. Born Tuesday night at 9:23pm at a Nashville-area hospital, Ava Katherine came into this world weighing 8 lbs., 2 oz. and is 19 1/2 inches long.

“We can’t believe Ava is finally here! She is beautiful like her Mama and I am already wrapped around her tiny finger. I am so grateful I made it home in time to be here for her arrival–it has truly already changed our lives,” said Otto.

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