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May 26, 2005

Hi All,

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend. This week's issue of news is featuring many things to do with Memorial Day and I hope you'll all find it informative and insightful.

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Joe Tinoco

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Greetings!

Watch for my new Album (CD) August 2005 Joe will Be touring to Lewisburg, Missouri this July. He also will be returning in July to Olathe,Kansas for a homecoming event at which time he will be appearing with Elija Chastine and band. Elija is an old stage buddy and #1 Great Fiddle Player. We are now making plans and want you to put these events dates on your calendar. Tell your friends and let us know if you need transportation. Come along with the fans. Rick (fans tour coordinator) will get a bus if need be. Just write (e-mail) and tell us if you will need transportation to any one of these events.


HONORING OUR VIETNAM VETERANS
   
    WELCOME HOME!

OPERATION HOMECOMING COMING JUNE 2005 ATTENTION: VIETNAM VETERANS Joe will open the Concert with his own tribute to Vietnam Veterans & All American Soldiers June 13-June 19, 2005 in Branson, Missouri. Stay Tuned...
Click To Listen "American Soldiers"


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AMONG THE BEST TALENT IN BRANSON .. MEET BRANSON'S YOUNGEST AWARD WINNING STAR "AMANDA"! SHE WILL STEAL YOUR HEART!

FAN CLUB ORGANIZATION "COUNTRY MUSIC"
Joe's fan club has been with IFCO since 1999. 12 Year Gold Star Membership.
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JoeTamGood.jpg (4915 bytes)We hope you enjoy the newsletters and sure hope you get to Branson soon. Thank You for all your support and do not forget to e-mail us. We love your letters and try to answer them all. God Bless and stay safe. Have a terrific summer!

Talya is growing like a little weed. We are so blessed!
We Love Ya and Hope To see you soon.

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web: http://www.joetinoco.com


JOE & TAMRA NOW STARRING AT THE WHITE HOUSE THEATRE MONDAYS THROUGH FRIDAYS. SHOW STARTS AT 7PM. RAVED ONE OF THE BEST HIGH TECH SHOWS IN BRANSON. LIGHTING AND SOUND EFFECTS SPECTACULAR AND HUNDREDS OF CUSTOM CHANGES THROUGH-OUT THE SHOW!!! FAST PACE! COUNTRY MUSIC .. BROADWAY .. JAZZ .. SWING .. GOSPEL .. PATRIOTIC .. COMEDY .. EVEN ELVIS SIGHTINGS!! ROCK .. RAP .. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. ENJOY DINNER BEFORE THE SHOW AT 5PM - 6:00PM. SHOW PRODUCED BY JOE TINOCO & TAMRA HOLDEN!

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More Country  News

Doug Dugger
Chaplain of Country Music

I'm very sorry to have to pass along the sad news that Doug Dugger passed away. I received the following news from Frank Dell, president of the Country Legends Association (CLA) and very good friend of Doug's. I'd also like to point out that Doug was very active in CLA.

"I learned the news on Doug's passing yesterday from his family and friend. I called for him yesterday as I would talk to him often, the last time was a couple weeks ago. He was having a rough time."

Doug will be missed by many... those within the music biz as well as fans.
Go rest high on that Mountain, Doug... We'll all be together by and by.


Billy Dean

Billy Dean: Country Music's Hottest Devoted Dad

Grammy winning Country Music Star Sings About
The Joys of Fatherhood On Top #10 single
“Let Them Be Little,” The Title Track
From New Curb Album
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Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Currently On “The Guys
Night Out Tour” with Craig Morgan


BillyDean.jpg (6674 bytes)True to the heartfelt lyrics of the hit title track on his hot new Curb Records release Let Them Be Little, Billy Dean will have a lot to celebrate when Father’s Day rolls around June 19. In May, he married Stephanie, his great love of five years, who has been a wonderful stepmom to his children, Eli (age 12) and Hannah (age 10). The singer/songwriter wrote the tune—which recently hit #8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart—as a reflection of his love for his kids and the challenges he faced being a single dad for many years. It’s a song that continues to resonate with both single and married fathers the world over.

The inspiration behind “This Is The Life,” Let Them Be Little’s second scheduled single, perfectly sums up his current optimism about his new family and, of course, his suddenly hot again career. Last year, after several years without a record deal, the Grammy winner took a grass roots plunge back onto the charts with a self-released version of “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” rekindling the industry’s interest and leading to a new deal with Curb.

“I woke up one day, looked over at Stephanie who I love, thought about Eli and Hannah and how well we were doing since my divorce, and about my small house in this little neighborhood of Nashville,” he says. “It’s so different from when I lived on the proverbial Ponderosa, but that was okay. Suddenly, I realized, it’s just great to be here. This is the life and I love it. I’ve arrived.

The 6’4” hitmaker is loving the fact that both kids are clearly following in his musical footsteps. Hannah sings and plays guitar, while Eli has been learning studio engineering while also playing electric guitar. As he teaches them the ropes of making and recording music, Dean has also come a long way on the domestic front. When he first got divorced eight years ago, he asked longtime nanny Willie to step aside so he could be more hands on.

“I acted all confident, but when the kids got sick, I wasn’t sure I could take care of them,” Dean recalls. “I mean, they saw me as a great playmate, but dealing with the nasty stuff like the flu? It sucked at first. I gave Eli too much of this one medication and he threw up all over the place. They still remember that. But it’s going great now. I say there’s two choices--you can have an awesome career and screw up your kids, or you can have your kids love and respect you even if you don’t make a dime.”

The success of Let Them Be Little finds Dean enjoying the best of both worlds, with the title track—a tune he originally wrote with Lonestar’s Richie McDonald for that band’s album Let’s Be Us Again—perfectly reflecting what he’s learned as a father over the years.

BillyDean-CD-LetLittle.jpg (4193 bytes)"That was the key thing," Dean says. "I’ve always had this big kid at heart thing going on with tunes like ‘Billy The Kid’ and ‘Young Man,’ but then I had to grow up. Part of the process involved the kids parenting me. Like, if I was fighting with my ex-wife, my little girl would go, 'Well, why don't you just not fight?' And I'm like, 'Uh … yeah! Why do I get suckered into fighting like this?' These kinds of things made me listen to my kids in a new way. That's where that line comes from in 'Let Them Be Little': 'And now you're teaching me how only a child can see.' I’m really having the time of my life with them now, and they’re excited that dad’s back playing and singing again.”

Putting his money where his lyrics are, he’s already back on the road, co-headlining with Craig Morgan as “The Guys Night Out Tour,” which will pick up steam this summer. Dean’s looking at three TV pilots, is writing music for a new musical based on the writings of “Yankee Jones, The Briefcase Poet,” and has big plans to stop at numerous Tower Records and Wal-marts throughout the U.S. in support of Let Them Be Little.

While his early career was highlighted with major hit ballads, Let Them Be Little, appropriately enough, finds Dean cutting loose and tearing it up with more raw energy than ever before. “The best part of coming back is doing it on my own terms, against the normal plans of the music business. My voice is better than ever, too. If I only get one moment back in the spotlight, I’m proud of being able to share my story, my great love of life and the investment I’ve made in my kids.”

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For more information on BILLY DEAN contact:
Steve Levesque or Guy McCain at Luck Media & Marketing, Inc. at (310) 860-9170
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Buglers Scarce for Veterans' Funerals

If you know of anyone who can play a horn, please let them know about,
www.buglesacrossamerica.org or www.echotaps.org

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Blake Maxson of Shinglehouse, Pa., plays taps on a bugle in Savona, N.Y. as part of the 41 mile...

Buglers Scarce for Veterans' Funerals
Saturday, May 21, 2005 7:05 PM EDT
The Associated Press
By BEN DOBBIN

It began with three haunting notes from a teenage girl. A second bugler, about 100 yards down the road, picked up the tune. And then a third.

More than 850 buglers, trumpeters and other horn players fanned out Saturday along 41 miles of roads in rural western New York and performed a cascading rendition of taps to highlight the scarcity of buglers at veterans' funerals.

The 24-note melody started up at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, overlapped from one instrument to the next as it reverberated through a string of small towns from Painted Post to Campbell to Savona, and closed out nearly three hours later at Bath National Cemetery.

The Armed Forces Day tribute, dubbed Echo Taps, took in at least 866 musicians from 30 states playing all varieties of brass horns, from trombones and tubas to flugelhorns and valveless bugles.

"This is just a way of paying tribute to our veterans and hopefully bringing more buglers into the fold," said organizer Les Hampton, a Corning Inc. engineer who served on a Navy destroyer in the Vietnam War. "If there's a selfish reason for doing this, I just hope that when my time comes that I have a live bugler."

Thousands of spectators lined the winding route, standing at rapt attention as the music came through. Some put their hands to their hearts, others dabbed at tears or saluted.

The dramatic musical tableau started with 15-year-old Hannah Sollecito, a descendant of Union Army Gen. Daniel Butterfield, who was credited with composing taps along with his brigade bugler, Oliver Norton, during the Civil War.

Sollecito, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., said being chosen to play first was overwhelming. "I could barely talk when they asked me, and then I started crying," she said.

Each musician, often separated by less than a hundred yards, performed a full rendition. The song rolled through the Chemung River Valley to Corning, before tilting northwest toward Bath, at about 20 miles an hour.

The final haunting chords were delivered by Fran Look, 80, a World War II paratrooper who performs taps at about a dozen funerals each year, and George Taylor, 74, a Korean War intelligence specialist who has played at almost 10,000 funerals since 1945.

"I belong to two honor guards and we do funerals almost daily," said Taylor, of Newark, Del. "We had three buglers and two of them died and it's down to me."

"So many people find it more comforting when you play taps," he added. "They wouldn't settle for anything less. Taps is a `Thank you' to the veteran."

An average of 1,800 U.S. veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam die per day. There are not nearly enough buglers to perform live renditions at military funerals.

Taps is usually delivered digitally, using either a compact disc player placed near the grave or, increasingly since 2003, a Pentagon-approved, push-button "ceremonial bugle" that anyone can mimic playing by raising it to their lips.

The armed forces have about 500 musicians who perform taps, but many of them have been dispatched to Iraq and Afghanistan. About 3,800 civilian volunteers in the four-year-old Bugles Across America group also fill in wherever they can.

The Echo Taps project aims to honor military service, enlist more volunteer buglers and raise the profile of America's 120 national cemeteries. Organizers hope to get a mention in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest line of brass instruments playing the same tune.

After Saturday's elongated performance, the entire symphony assembled on a parade field at a Veterans Administration's medical center here to play taps one more time together.

Gail Rodriguez snapped photographs to send to her son, Jesse, a Marine sergeant serving in Afghanistan.

"He thought it was an awesome thing for them to be doing," she said, standing next to his young son, Trevor.

Rodriguez prays every day that God will keep her son safe. "That's the only way you can cope," she said.
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D’Ramirez

To the Editor:

DRameriz.jpg (3849 bytes)I would like to offer an observation concerning Memorial Day and its significance. Too many of our younger generation don’t understand, or haven’t been taught, the meaning behind this holiday. Some of our older population seem no longer to remember or care.
I was not born in this country, but this day holds a special meaning to me. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those in uniform who have fallen in service to America. A day to remember those who passed in harms way, and gave all for our freedom.
I was born in The Philippines, the next to youngest daughter of Amado Palomaria, Sr. In his later years, he was a local politician and a well-respected man. His younger years molded the man he was to become.
He married young and had two children. He returned home one day after an attack by Japanese aircraft to find his home destroyed and his wife and two babies killed by a Japanese bomb. My father became a guerrilla fighter. He fought, ate and slept beside the American soldiers who were fighting the common enemy. He fought bravely, and felt honored by the Americans when he was presented a helmet to wear in battle, even though some soldier had to die for him to receive it. He still had the helmet, and it was one of his most prized possessions, at his death.
After the war, he remarried, and the union produced eleven children. In each one of us he instilled his respect and admiration for the American soldier. Many Americans died so my country could have its freedom. The Bataan Death March should never be forgotten, but ask your children about it, and they won’t have an answer.
Through out the history of this country, when duty called, young men lay down their plow lines, left the factories, the office work, the construction jobs, and answered the call. Too many were left lifeless on the battlefield, many in my own country.
Because of the American Soldier, my country experienced freedom. A freedom that allowed a young girl to leave a small village in The Philippines and come to America and enjoy a career in music.
One of the proudest moments in my life was on December 14, 2000, when I stood before Judge Henry Poliz, in Shreveport, Louisiana, raised my right hand, took the oath and became an American citizen.
Memorial Day is my day. My day of respect for those who have died preserving freedom in both my old country, and my new country. God bless every man and woman who dons the uniform and fights the brave fight. Without those whom we gather to remember on Memorial Day, we wouldn’t have a country. God bless you, G.I. Joe.

Sincerely,

D’Ramirez
Pigeon Forge, TN
http://www.dramirez.net/

D' was one of the performers among the many stars and Indie artists that appeared at The 1st Annual Rhythm in the Hills Music Festival in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains - May 27-29, 2005

 

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DON'T GET ME STARTED ABOUT LIFE.

I have some friends who send me deep stuff. Occasionally I get one that stops my brain in its tracks. I have to figure out whether I agree or not, and get my thoughts down on a page, and out of my head.

This came from Nancy:

"Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err. This is just as true of those who feel 'out of harmony' with their surroundings as of those who are contented with them."
...THE DAILY GURU.

* * *

My response:

It's comforting to think that if we are good, good things will happen, and maybe the very act of thinking that
has a positive physical influence.

I've read all the positive thinking books, so why isn't my life in better shape?

Mark Twain believed that we never have even one choice in our lives... that each decision is the only possible one, based upon external circumstances, combined with our past experiences. No decision can be wrong or right, so there is no resulting glory or guilt.

I believe there are other factors:
Chaos, for one.
Accidents will PROBABLY happen.

From a different angle:
Some of us walk the fine line between conformity and nonconformity, between making our own decisions and making the popular ones.

Sometimes by choosing the high road, we find ourselves with very few fellow travelers, and with little help available.

Time is also a contributor. Time has a direction. It flows from order to disorder. Where you happen to be along the time line is part of the mix.

Environment is another thing to look at... The situation you happen to be born into, or stuck in, helps to shape your character.

I also have a feeling that what goes around might not come back. I've spent a lot of time waiting for bad people to get their medicine. I'm still waiting.

I guess it's impossible to evaluate my life while I'm still in it. I think it will be up to somebody else.

It might be better than I think.

Jack Blanchard
© 2005.

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Ashley Robertson

CountryHome Magazine (Europe)

AshleyRobertson-cover.jpg (9917 bytes)International Office, Germany – May 29th, 2005 – CountryHome, Germany’s Premier Country Music Magazine, available in German, English and French, announced today that:

European CMA Favourite Female Vocalist of the Year, 2005 Ashley Robertson is ready for her Germany Tour 2005

Due to her success in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia. Japan and Europe, CountryHome – Germany’s Premier Country Music Magazine -, www.countryhome.de, Chrysler car dealer "AmeriCars", www.americars.chrysler.de, in Frankfurt, WECO, Bergerstr. 219 in D-60385 Frankfurt, Radio Megastar, www.radio-megastar.de, Mea-Event, www.mea-event.com, Steel Guitar Nashville, www.steelguitar.net and many others are presenting her Tour in Germany from June 17th through July 7th of 2005.

Ashley Robertson was recently selected by the European CMA as Favourite Female Vocalist of the Year, 2005. Ashley visited Germany during her promotional Radio Tour in 2004 and is pleased to return to perform in Germany as follows:

Date Place ZIP City Street Time
18.06.2005 Pullman City 1 94535 Eging am See Ruberting 30 19:00
19.06.2005 Pullman City 1 94535 Eging am See Ruberting 30 14:00
21.06.2005 Oklahoma 81371 München Schäftlarnstr. 156 20:30
22.06.2005 Hotel Golden Nugget 74589 Statteldorf Marco-Polo-Str. 3 19:00
23.06.2005 Sansibar 56068 Koblenz Münzplatz 21:00
24.06.2005 Texas American Saloon 60386 Frankfurt Am Erlenbruch 1 20:30
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28.06.2005 La Casa 03046 Cottbus Karl Liebknecht Str. 29 22:00
01.07.2005 Pullman City 2 38899 Hasselfelde Am Rosentale 1 19:00
02.07.2005 Pullman City 2 38899 Hasselfelde Am Rosentale 1 20:00
03.07.2005 Benefitz in Tierpark 32409 Herford Stadtholzstr. 14:00

Ashley will be available for interviews in Germany at the concerts. Please contact Master-Voice Promotions at master-voice@t-online.de

For more information about Ashley Robertson, please visit www.ashleyrobertson.com

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Ashley will be available to meet & greet fans and friends and autograph CDs at all the concerts & appearances.

CountryHome – Germany Premier Country Music Magazine –
Editor Christian Lamitschka
An der Pfingstweide 28
61118 Bad Vilbel
Germany
Phone: ++49 6101 544613
Mobil: ++49 171 6903352
E-Mail: info@countrymusic-magazin.de

 


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Ernie Ashworth

HI EVERYONE,
IT HAS BEEN QUITE AWHILE SINCE I HAVE WRITTEN BUT IT HAS BEEN A BUSY TIME AT THE ASHWORTH HOUSE HOLD. BETTYE WAS OPERATED ON FOR LUNG CANCER IN FEBRUARY AND HAS BEEN IN RECUPERATION SINCE THEN. I TOOK HER TO THE DR. TODAY TO GET THE RESULTS OF A BIOPSY THEY HAD TAKEN WHEN THERE WAS A SPOT THEY FOUND ON HER RIGHT LUNG DURING A RECENT SCAN. VERY HAPPY TO SAY IT WAS NOT CANCER,THE DR THOUGHT IT WAS CAUSED FROM ALL THE CHEMO AND RADIATION SHE HAS TAKEN.BETTYE AND I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THE PRAYERS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID FOR HER WORLD WIDE. I AM SURE THIS HELPED US TO GET THROUGH THESE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

MY MUSIC CAREER HAS BEEN ON HOLD AS I STAYED HOME TO BE WITH BETTYE IN CASE SHE NEEDED ME. THE DR SAID IT WOULD BE OK FOR HER TO TRAVEL WITH ME SO I AM HOPING MY PHONE WILL START RINGING REGARDING SOME SHOW DATES. I AM READY TO HIT THE ROAD AGAIN. I WANT TO THANK MY DEAR FRIEND RHONNIE SCHEURMAN FOR ALL THE HELP SHE HAS GIVEN ME DURING THESE HARD TIMES WITH BETTYE. SHE HAS KEPT THE WORLD WIDE DJS INFORMED ABOUT ME AND I SURE APPRECIATE IT.   ALSO I THANK MY DEAR FRIENDS SHERRY AND GARY BRADSHAW FOR ALL THEIR HELP AND SUPPORT. I THANK THE WORLD WIDE DJS WHO CONTINUE TO PLAY MY RECORDINGS AND I HOPE THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE I WILL FIND SOME GOOD SONGS AND GO INTO THE STUDIO AND RECORD AGAIN. MY FRIEND DON POWELL MOVED BACK TO HIS HOME STATE, OKLAHOMA AND WHEN HE LIVED IN THE NASHVILLE AREA HE HAD A RECORDING STUDIO AND THAT WAS WHERE I DID MY RECORDING. MY SON PAUL AND A FRIEND OF HIS ARE GOING TO PUT IN A RECORDING STUDIO IN THE TOWN I LIVE IN AND THAT IS WHERE I WILL DO MY RECORDINGS. SURE HOPE MY SONG WRITING WILL RETURN SINCE EVERYTHING IS STARTING TO GET BACK TO NORMAL. I HAVE NOT WRITTEN A SONG IN ALMOST A YEAR. I THINK SINCE BETTYE IS ABLE TO TRAVEL WE ARE THINKING OF TAKING A TRIP TO THE BEACHES OF FLORIDA AND GET SOME R&R. I THINK THIS WILL BE GOOD FOR BOTH OF US.WE WILL PROBABLY FLY AS THE LONG TRIP MAY NOT BE THE BEST FOR HER. I DO NOT WANT TO DO ANYTHING THAT MAY NOT BE THE BEST FOR HER.

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PETE SCHLEGEL RELEASES A GIRL LIKE YOU

PeteSchlegel-bw.jpg (4241 bytes)Country music artist Pete Schlegel has released a new single from his Strong Stuff CD titled "A Girl Like You". “A Girl Like You” was written by Ron Harbin, Aaron Baker, and Anthony Smith. It can be found on Mark Trail Music compilation #11.

Pete Schlegel has had a handful of national U.S. releases. He was chosen by Great American Country as the “Hot Pick” artist for November and December 2004 with the video for his third single, "It Takes A Whole Lotta Liquor To Like Her”. “Liquor to Like Her” has also been receiving airplay on VH1 Country.

Pete Schlegel’s music isn’t easily tagged, but a guitar-driven, up-tempo, honky-tonk sound describes it best. Reminiscent of his inspirations, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, and Brooks & Dunn, Schlegel’s sound is timeless. Schlegel’s vocals are delivered just the way they’re written: genuinely. No pretension or glossy over-production, just the range of human emotions and experience of one man.

Pete Schlegel will be hitting the road this summer on his “Pour Me One” Tour. The tour will hit cities across the Midwest in support of his new single, “A Girl Like You,” from his current CD Strong Stuff. He can also be found at various events and booths at the CMA Music Fest in Nashville.

For more information, please contact Laura Claffey at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net or 615-825-0019. Please add the show/s in your area to your events calendar. Photos, music, and interviews available by request.

June 4, 2005 Auburn, Indiana, American Truck Historical Society National Convention
June 24, 2005 London, Ohio, Strawberry Festival, 9:00pm
June 25, 2005 Sandusky, Ohio, Lyman Harbor, 8:30pm
July 4, 2005 Logan, Ohio, Jaycee's 4th Festival
July 10, 2005 Richmond, Indiana, Wayne County Fair, 5:00pm
July 28, 2005 Tiffin, Ohio, Seneca County Fair, 9:30pm
July 30, 2005 Maumee, Ohio, Lucas County Fair
August 6, 2005 Napoleon, Ohio, Harley Davidson, 1:00pm
August 7, 2005 Croton, Ohio, Hartford Fair
August 12, 2005 Celina, Ohio, Mercer County Fair, 8:00pm with Brooks Atwood
August 13, 2005 Gaston, Indiana, Gaston Lion Club Fair with Brooks Atwood
August 20, 2005 Painsville, Ohio, Lake County Fair
August 26, 2005 Randolph, Ohio, Portage County Randolph Fair
September 9, 2005 Grabill, Indiana, Grabill County Fair
September 10, 2005 Van Wert, Ohio, Festival Of Flight
September 17,2005 Montpelier, Ohio, Williams County Fair, 8:30pm
September 22, 2005 Dover, Ohio, Tuscarawas County Fair

Dates are still being added. To book Pete Schlegel, call 419-393-4433.

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www.PeteSchlegel.com

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Keith Urban is planning a European tour in November which will include some shows in Britain and at least one in Ireland. The following is a list of dates already agreed with hopefully more Irish dates to be added.

Wed 12/10/05
19:00
Keith Urban Carling Academy Birmingham
Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Thu 13/10/05
19:00
Keith Urban Carling Academy Glasgow
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, UK
Fri 14/10/05
19:00
Keith Urban Carling Apollo Hammersmith
London, UK
Sun 16/10/05
20:00
Keith Urban Waterfront Hall Auditorium
Belfast, NI


George Hamilton IV and former Nashville neighbours Barry & Holly Tashian are teaming up for a tour of Ireland in August. Also coming along is George Hamilton V, so it's going to be a real family affair.

The following is a list of dates already confirmed.

Aug.16th. Mellon Country Hotel, Omagh, Co.Tyrone. ( 048-81661224)
Aug.17th. Hillgrove Hotel,Monaghan Town, Co.Monaghan.
Aug.18th. The Royal Hotel, Roscommon Town, Co.Roscommon.
Aug.20th. Rockies Pavilion, Blackrock, Cork City. ( 087-2944821.)
Aug.21st. Colfers, Carrig-On-Bannow,Co.Wexford. ( 051 - 561159.).
Aug.22nd. Village Arts Centre,Kilworth, Co.Cork.


New Compilation Album From Brendan Quinn

Deep Cove Records are delighted to announce the release of a new compilation CD from one of Ireland’s best country singers Brendan Quinn. “Country And Irish’ is a compilation of Brendan’s best known songs and some that have never been released before, all digitally remastered and packaged in a four page booklet giving an account of Brendan’s thirty five career in the music business.
As you may know, Brendan is now back on the road playing guitar with his son James and is really enjoying life. ‘When James decided to pursue a career as a country singer, he asked me if I’d play with him and show him the ropes so to speak, and it just began to snowball. I began to meet people who danced to the Bluebirds all those years ago, and to be honest I’ve got a new lease of life and I’m really enjoying myself’ said Brendan.

THOMAS AND FHIONA GET IT TOGETHER

A brand new duetting partnership has evolved on the Irish Country Music Scene. Co Fermanagh’s Thomas Maguire and Wexford lass Fhiona Ennis have now teamed up on stage after the huge success of their first duet “Promised To John”.

After appearing as a special guest on Thomas’ band for the last two months to promote their single, Fhiona has now joined Thomas’ band as a permanent fixture.

Fhiona Ennis has enjoyed great success since her debut release “Lovin You, Lovin Me” and follow up “We All Get Lucky Sometimes”. She certainly struck it lucky with the opportunity to tour with USA singer/songwriter legend Leona Williams last year and more recently with Moe Bandy.

Leona Williams, Merle Haggard’s former wife and duetting partner has in fact invited Fhiona to perform with her in Nashville in June of this year at the annual C.M.A festival.

Thomas Maguire is now in his fifth year of fronting his own band and along the way has picked up numerous awards for his efforts and graced our television screens on four occasions. Thomas cut his teeth on the London entertainment scene before returning to Ireland in 2000 after being voted Best Act on the London Circuit at The Irish World Awards. Under the management of Henry Mc Mahon, Thomas has recorded songs which have identified his own unique vocal style, Leona, Kelly Ann & Take Me Home Johnny to name a few. He is set to release his third album very shortly.

With the coming together of Fhiona Ennis and Thomas Maguire now on stage, a great nights entertainment is assured at their live shows

Leona Williams.

The long awaited return visit from Leona williams will take place in September. Following her first tour last year Leona promised that she would return soon again, and true to her word she has arranged to be in Ireland from Sept 24 to Oct 4. This time 'round she is also bringing her son Ron Williams who is a singer in his own right, and the Barry Doyle Band will accompany her on all dates.
The tour kicks off at the T.F.Royal in Castlebar on Sept 24th, and other dates already confirmed are,
Royal Hotel, Roscommon, on Sept 25th; Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, on Sept 27th; Drummond Hotel, Derry, on Set 29th; Mellon Country Hotel, Omagh, on Sept 30th; Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, on Oct 2nd and Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan on Oct 4th.
Leona Williams has the unique distinction of being the only female artist to have recorded an album in a prison, a feat she achieved in San Quentin, with the backing of none other than Merle Haggard's band, The Strangers.The album is called "San Quentin's First Lady" and I have no doubt it will be on sale during her tour here. Of course the Merle haggard connection doesn't just end with his band because Leona was in fact married to the Hag for 8 years, and not only toured with him but also recorded a duet album with him.
The album, released on Mercury Records in 1983 ( 812183-1) is called Heart to Heart, but I'm not sure if it's still available.
Leona has recorded quite a few solo albums as well, and throughout her career has picked up quite a few awards such as Induction into the Iowa, Texas, and Missouiri Country Music Hall of Fame. She has also received the prestigious George D.Hay Award in Nashville and the Texas Living Legend Award in 2004.
Leona is also an accomplished songwriter and has songs recorded by Merle Haggard, and our own Daniel O'Donnell.
If the response to her tour last year is anything to go by, then this next visit by Leona should be a sell out.

Ros FM.

Congratulations to Mary Larkin and her hard working team in Ros FM, the new Community Radio Station which broadcasts on 94.6 in and around Roscommon Town. The station was acknowledged for promoting country music when Moe Bandy and his band visited the studio and performeda live set during his tour earlier this year. Country DJs at the station are Adrian Martin Murphy, Jimmy Fallon and Kieran Mc Dermott, who between them offer the listeners a wide variety of country music styles.

 


James Kilbane.


James Kilbane is a man with a mission. That mission is to establish himself as one of the leading entertainers on the Irish music scene, and he is certainly going the right way about it.

In the short time that he been on the scene he has gone from strength to strength and is now drawing huge crowds to each of his gigs throughout the country.

James was born in London in 1970, returning to Achill Island , Ireland, with his parents where he now resides with his wife, Christina, and teenage children ,daughter Diana and son Daniel.

I caught up with James recently in Salou, Spain, where he was performing as one of the stars of the first Irish Country Music and Dancing Festival, and asked him where it all began.

"Well , believe it or not I have been a long time learning my craft, and I actually did my first paid gig when I was 12 years old. Once I reached my late teens I was gigging practically every weekend. The past year, though , has really catapulted my career and all that has happened has been tremendous , and I am really grateful for it.

My success in 'You're a Star' was a defining period in my career, and introduced me to an audience who, fortunately, have stayed with me. The Country and Irish music scene is very strong here in Ireland and, thankfully , that's where my core audience is."

Are you happy in that niche?

"Oh yes I am. At the same time there is another side to me which loves Gospel, and one of my proudest moments was performing at Knock shrine before 5 or 6 thousand people.

Signing a management deal with the Billy Morrissey management has been hugely productive for me, and has given my career an ultimate sense of direction. It's great to be with people that you work well with as a team.

My future now lies in the music business , and together with my management team and the full support of my wife , Christina, and my family, it is full steam ahead from now on."

How do you see the business developing here in Ireland?

" There's an awful lot of talent , good talent, here in Ireland, but it needs support from the media to develop it. In that respect the emergence of the 'Stepping Out' supplement has given the whole industry a great boost, not only here in Ireland , but outside it as well, and we should not forget that a lot of our Irish artists are very successful outside of Ireland. The music business is an international market now, and we need to get the message out that we have tremendous talent in this country.

We have had a lot of success internationally, but to me the Clancy Brothers were the forerunners of the whole movement. A lot of other artists have followed in their footsteps, but to me the Clancys will remain the pioneers.

My focus is to meet as many people as I possibly can. If they get to hear what I do, hopefully they will enjoy it and come back for more. Most of my work at the moment is in Ireland , but I have done the odd tour of Britain, and there are plans to do more. I am also going to the States in July for an Irish festival, and while I am there I will be doing some other work as well.

My priority is to put on a good show wherever I am performing, and to make people feel special... because they are special. Spending that bit of time after the show with my fans is very important and helps to make each occasion that bit more memorable."

Do you prefer concerts or dances?

"Well, I have performed in a lot of concerts and cabaret venues, but from the feedback I get, the majority of people in Ireland still prefer the dancing, and that is where I do most of my work. After consultation with my manager we decided that this was the way to go, and I am delighted at the way things have turned out.

The Irish music industry is in a very healthy state at the moment. Each weekend you have hundreds of people attending dances all over Ireland, and long may it continue."

You have achieved a lot of success over the last year. Where would you like to see yourself at the end of another year?

"At the end of another year I hope to have built further on what I have achieved. To date I have another single coming on the market , and my first album 'King of the Road' continues to sell well. The home scene is really successful , and the American and British scenes hold a lot of promise. So all in all I am very optimistic for the future.

There is also the possibility of a second album on the way, and we are looking at some new material for this. I have written some songs in the past and hopefully I will have some new ones penned for inclusion in the future album.

But my main focus will be on stage shows . I am determined to put on as good and entertaining a show as I possibly can for my fans. If at the end of an evening show people can come to me and say 'Thanks James, we have had a fantastic evening' then I know I have done a good job, and that's what it's all about.

Regards,
Roger Ryan

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