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McGraw Is Back Two Lanes of Freedom Review

Posted on 05 February 2013 by Bill West

Two Lanes Album CoverTime to break out those iTunes Gift cards you got for Christmas.  Tim McGraw is back in stores.  Two Lanes of Freedom is not a comeback album for Tim McGraw. He hasn’t really been gone. It is a kind of re-birth for the artist who has over 13 albums under his big buckled belt, and three Grammys.

McGraw’s been tussling with his original label home for the last several years so album releases have been slow to come.  Two Lanes of Freedom (out now) gives him a bit of a career reboot.  He has a new deal with Big Machine Records and now his biggest challenge is to keep up with his track record of being one of the biggest album sellers of the past fifteen years.

The album takes the opportunity to be very radio friendly and very commercial country.  Songs like Truck Yeah, Mexicoma, and Southern Girl have a whiff of cheese but they work.  It’s just enough.  Nashville without You sounds like it may have been commissioned by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce with inspiration from Paisley’s This Is Country Music; but , again, it works.   There are very familiar country blue-print songs here too.   Book Of John is a photographic journey into the life of a deceased

Tim McGraw

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loved one. Annie I Owe You a Dance is like Garth Brooks Unanswered Prayers part two but with unique flavor that will touch his many female fans.  Familiar themes in country but McGraw keeps them fresh.

There are only a few slight artistic stretches on this album for McGraw.  There’s some trombone in Mexicoma and Tpain-esque vocal effects on Southern Girl, and a Phillip Phillips “Home” chant on the uplifting title track.  No ventures into rapping thankfully (although some would argue Truck Yeah is leaning that way).

All in all the album is easy to listen to from beginning to end and sounds even better the second and third listen.  The single One of Those Nights is a proven hit on the radio and songs like Dear John and “Annie” will become favorites for many.

One of the most talked about tunes on the album features a collaboration with Taylor Swift and the guitar licks of Keith Urban.    Highway Don’t Care is a fantastic superstar mash-up that uses Swift’s charm and Urban’s punch to really make a special tune.  Let’s hope all parties agree to give it a go as a radio single.

Tim McGraw will have some fun new material from Two Lanes of Freedom to perform live on tour too.    The title track will get the arena chanting.

The Grade: B+ ( Two Lanes is a solid project fans will love more than critics)

Don’t Miss: Book of John and Highway Don’t Care

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Tim McGraw Partners Up with a New Blonde

Posted on 14 December 2012 by Bill West


tim_mcgrawTim McGraw has been experimenting lately.  It’s not that McGraw needed to reinvent himself.  He’s the biggest country star of the last fifteen years.  But he has had some legal tussles with the record label that brought him to the table so he has branched out recently with unique collaborations that allowed him to record under different umbrellas.   His last full studio album on Curb records was a long time in the making and it was released as Emotional Traffic in 2012 to solid acceptance despite McGraw feeling it was long overdue for release.

Next up for McGraw is a new studio album on a new home, Big Machine Records.  Big Machine is also the home to superstar Taylor Swift so it may be no surprise to some that she appears on a special new cut on the album along with Keith Urban called Highway Don’t Care.

The new album, along with a “deluxe” version that includes a live performance of his recent hit “Truck Yeah” is set for a February 5th 2013 release.

Tim McGraw ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’ Track Listing:

Tim Mcgraw album1. ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’
2. ‘One of Those Nights’
3. ‘Friend of a Friend’
4. ‘Southern Girl’
5. ‘Truck Yeah’
6. ‘Nashville Without You’
7. ‘Book of John’
8. ‘Mexicoma’
9. ‘Number 37405′
10. ‘It’s Your World’
13. ‘Highway Don’t Care’ (Feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban)

Deluxe Version Includes:

14. ‘Annie I Owe You a Dance’
15. ‘Tinted Windows’
16. ‘Let Me Love It Out of You’
17. ‘Truck Yeah’ Live

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Red Means GO for Taylor Swift

Posted on 22 October 2012 by Bill West

Taylor Swift

This is a big day for Taylor Swift fans.  Her highly anticipated fourth studio album is released Today and Taylor has a huge lineup of appearances:

First she takes her Facebook and Twitter ‘followers’ and allows a few to literally ‘follow’ her around New York during release week. In exchange, the lucky fans will post live updates to their social sites.

Also watch for her live on ABC’s Good Morning America. Then she’s BACK at GMA on October 23 and will also be the first guest and perform on David Letterman. The next day she visits The View and on the 25, Taylor returns to the always hysterical Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The roadshow continues on October 26 Taylor will be a guest on Katie with Katie Couric and that same night at 8p|7c, fans can catch part two of Taylor’s interview withGreat American Country. One hour later at 9p|8c, Taylor, and other stars, will appear on ABC’s All Access Nashville with Katie Couric.

There’s more…. it will also be “Taylor Swift Week” on Entertainment Tonight. Access Hollywood, E! News and Extra will air interviews with Taylor during release week as well.

Plus, she’ll sit down for a live Q&A session with an audience at the SiriusXM studios in New York City on October 22 at 2p|1c for SiriusXM’s “Town Hall with Taylor Swift.” She’ll also visit Scholastic’s New York headquarters to take part in a special literacy event for the company’s “Read Every Day” campaign.

Once Taylor wraps her New York media events, she’ll return to Nashville for the “Taylor Swift Worldwide Radio Remote” presented by Papa John’s on October 26 with 72 stations broadcasting live from Music City, including stations from South Africa and New Zealand.

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New Taylor Never Ever Ever Video

Posted on 31 August 2012 by editor

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Edens Edge New Album Is Too Good To Be True

Posted on 17 May 2012 by editor



You may have heard Hannah Blaylock’s stellar vocals on the hit country song “Amen” and now – her trio – Eden’s Edge is set to give you more including a dynamic new tune called “Too Good To Be True” and more on the groups forthcoming debut album.   edens EdgeBig Machine Records’ rising stars, Edens Edge, have revealed the official tracklist for their self-titled, debut album. The project will be released on June 12, showcasing their rootsy signature style, which is evident on the sassy new single, “Too Good To Be True,” and their Top 20 debut single, “Amen.”

Award-winning producers Mark Bright and Dann Huff each worked on individual tracks with the Arkansas-bred trio, who penned half of the songs. The album displays Edens Edge’s unique musical blend that is deeply rooted in Country music, acoustic instrumentation and pure vocal harmonies.

TRACKLIST:

1.     Amen (Skip Black, Hannah Blaylock, Catt Gravitt, Gerald O’Brien)

2.     Swingin’ Door (Terry Clayton, Brett James, Ashley Monroe)

3.     Skinny Dippin’ (Dean Berner, Laura Veltz, Vince Melamed)

4.     Too Good To Be True (Gordie Sampson, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges)

5.     Last Supper (Hannah Blaylock, Catt Gravitt, Danny Myrick)

6.     Feels So Real (Angelo, Hillary Lindsey, Tia Sillers)

7.     Who Am I Drinking Tonight (Hannah Blaylock, Laura Veltz)

8.     Liar (Andy Stochansky, Laura Veltz)

9.     Cherry Pie (Dean Berner, Vince Melamed, Laura Veltz)

10.   Christ Alone (Steve Smith)

This summer, Edens Edge has been selected for an opening slot on Rascal Flatts “CHANGED TOUR.” They will share another national platform with their labelmates called Outnumber Hunger, which helps to secure meals for the 1 in 6 Americans struggling. The partnership between Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and Feeding America engages consumers across the country while encouraging local outreach. Previously, they were profiled as one of Billboard’s “Artists to Watch,”  joined three major Country tours – Reba, Lady Antebellum & Brad Paisley.

For tour dates and everything Edens Edge, visit edensedge.com.

 

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Mean – Taylor Swift

Posted on 07 May 2011 by editor

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BIG KENNY JUDD AND BIG MACHINE JUDGE DUETS

Posted on 28 May 2009 by Bill West


NASHVILLE – May 28, 2009 – Music superstar Big Kenny¸ of the multi-platinum duo Big & Rich, and Big Machine Records’ President and CEO Scott Borchetta will join Naomi Judd as judges on the second season of CMT’s, CAN YOU DUET.  Hosted by Lance Smith, the weekly music competition series from “American Idol” producers FremantleMedia North America is looking to find country music’s next great duo and award them a record deal with Big Machine Records.

Borchetta, Kenny (top), Smith, and Judd Host new "Duet"

Borchetta, Kenny (top), Smith, and Judd Host new "Duet"

Best known as one half of country megastars Big & Rich, Big Kenny was a solo artist before joining John Rich to create Big & Rich in 2003 and together they signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. From their first studio album, came the duo’s signature song “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” as well as three other top 40 singles. In 2005, the duo released “Comin’ To Your City” and added another top-20 single and two other top-40 songs to their roster. The duo’s third studio album, “Between Hell and Amazing Grace,” produced their first Number One single, the wedding ballad “Lost in This Moment.” Big Kenny recently took time away from music to document his visit to Sudan, which debuted at the Nashville Film Festival last year.

 

 

Scott Borchetta recently accepted the 2009 Academy of Country Music Award for executive producing “Fearless,” the ACM Album of the Year from Taylor Swift.  For years, Borchetta has been the driving force behind the some of music’s most successful careers.  He is currently known for his position as the founder and CEO of Big Machine Records, which he opened in 2005.   In three short years the label has accomplished unprecedented success.  Under Borchetta’s leadership, Big Machine Records has become the #1 selling country music label, with artist Taylor Swift ending 2008 as the highest selling artist across all genres.

Prior to starting Big Machine Records, Borchetta was Senior Vice President of Promotion & Artist Development for all three of Universal Music Group’s country imprints: DreamWorks, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville. During his tenure at UMG, Borchetta was instrumental in the careers of George Strait, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna, Toby Keith, Darryl Worley, Jimmy Wayne, Jessica Andrews and Randy Travis. 

In addition to Swift, Big Machine Records’ current artist roster includes Trisha Yearwood, Jack Ingram, Sunny Sweeney, Adam Gregory and season one CAN YOU DUET finalists Kate & Kacey. In 2007, Big Machine Records became the exclusive radio promoter for Garth Brooks’ new music and the two made history with his new single “More Than a Memory,” when Brooks became the first artist in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, making him the highest Country debut leader of all time.

Unlike other talent competition shows, each contestant on CAN YOU DUET will compete as part of a duo, sometimes working with different partners as the competition progresses.  As a result, viewers will witness first-hand all the on and off-stage drama to be had in creating a dynamic musical duo.  In addition critiquing each performance, the three judges will decide who will advance to the next round, be sent home, and ultimately be crowned country music’s next great duo.

CAN YOU DUET is produced by FremantleMedia North America.  Jeff Boggs (Nashville Star, Spy TV) and Borchetta are executive producers.  Bob Kusbit, John Hamlin and Melanie Moreau serve as executive producers for CMT.

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