May 4, 2005
I hope you're all doing well and gettin' ready for a great weekend.
Can't believe it's almost here.. .I've been so busy, this week has literally flown by me.
The only way I know it's been a long week is that my tailbone feels like I've been sittin'
on a bed of rocks! This ol' PC chair is about to get the best of me... even with a piece
of foam on it. LOL
You should really enjoy the news today. There's some new
artists to introduce you to and as well as some "old MKOC favorites". As most of
you know, I haven't been able to accomplish reviews for quite some time and there were
still quite a few emails in my mailbox of those seeking reviews. Even though some of them
had been laying here for a long time, I kept them so that I could eventually reply to them
in one way or another. Since I still am not caught up enough to accept new reviews, I
invited them to send me their information to put in the news. So, there's two artists with
previous reviews on MKOC, and two who are brand new to MKOC. While I can't review them, I
can introduce you to them and give y'all a chance to hear them. I sent out a lot of emails
yesterday, so there may be more coming soon. At any rate, give all these folks a hearty
welcome and lend them your country ears!
Soon to Branson, Missouri
"Welcome Home" - America's Tribute To Vietnam Veterans
Joe Opens .. June 13th in the "Starting Ceremony" with his tribute song "American Soldiers"
(click to play)
As you may or may not know I will be Inducted into the "Minnesota Rock-Country Hall
Of Fame" on May 6th and 7th, 2005. The event will be held at The Medina Entertainment
Center in Medina, Minnesota.
The flyer is on my web site http://www.mkoc.com/RedJohnson
Thanks for your interest,
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Top Twenty Sweden May1st.
15..........Al & Brenda Hooper
20..........Big Bull Band
Hunter Payne Releases NAILED And It All Goes To Charity!
How do you release a new album and do the right thing
at the same time? Well, singer-songwriter Hunter Payne has an answer. All profits from
Paynes new CD, NAILED, will go to aid the victims of last Decembers tsunami.
Why? Ive never been in this for the money in the first place, says
Hunter, whose last release, ONE LAST CHANCE, garnered tremendous success throughout the
internet and on network television. Its always been important to me to give
to charity, so I thought why not eliminate the middle man?
NAILED features some of Paynes signature ballads but also steps farther into the
rock realm than his previous work. The tracks somehow manage to highlight both his
evocative vocals as well as the talents of some of LAs finest musicians, including
members of The Wallflowers and Warrant. Like the best of the Beatles albums, no
track sounds like another, though they all fit into a cohesive whole.
This was the most fun and rewarding project Ive ever been involved with,
adds Hunter. It was almost like the songs tracked themselves. Throughout the
sessions it was obvious to everyone what needed to be done - and that something very good
was happening. It was effortless in that regard. And a true pleasure.
Hunters also spearheading another project to benefit the tsunami victims - a series of
AllStar Compilation CDs. This isnt brain surgery. Its very simple.
Were asking major musical artists to donate tracks maybe the demo of a hit,
or an alternate studio version, or a live version, or a rarity track. To date songs have
been donated by Ray Charles, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Alanis Morissette, Elvis
Costello, Jackson Browne, John Sebastian, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Spinal Tap, Phantom Planet
and The Blind Boys of Alabama
.., is Hunter all right working for free this year? Are you kidding? It
See the MKOC Review and hear the song clips of Hunter's last CD, "One Last Chance"
Here's my favorite song from that CD: When the Night Leaves Her Lonely
Country Recording Artist Jaime Beaver
Last year Country Recording Artist signed a three-year contract with a record label out of
Canada and began working on a new CD Album. The album was close to being completed and a
video was scheduled next. Then came the bad news, the record label went bankrupt and the
young artist could not believe what had happen.
For the past year she has been attending Indiana University and will complete her first
year of college on May 6, 2005. Since, she misses her music so much she has decided to put
her education on hold and concentrate 110% on her music. She says, "someday I will
complete my education, but for now I want my music."
Over the past six weeks, working with Gary Bradshaw and his company, "Western Heart
Promotions" Jaime released three of her songs off her new album, "The Best Of
Jaime Beaver." Results were just unbelievable said Jaime, after not releasing any
songs over the past three years I was in shock with the results. On the Independent
Mainstream Country Charts for the period of April 16-May 1st, 2005 Jaime was at # 23 in
the world which includes both Major & Indie Artists. In the country of Australia she
was at # 10. Jaime is well know by the DJ's & radio stations overseas thanks to Gary
Bradshaw, but because of limited airplay in the U.S.A. she is only known on a local level.
All Indie artists get little radio airplay in the U.S.A., but in the Foreign Market they
care less if you are a Major Artist or an Indie Artist as long as they like your music
they will play your songs! If the DJ's & radio stations did that in the U.S.A. you
would hear a lot more about some great Indie artists.
Jaime will be performing at the Jamboree
On The Mountain in Monteagle, TN being held on May 6-8, 2005 along with over 200 Indie
Artists. Nothing as big as this has ever been done for the Independent Country Artists and
thanks to Buster Doss it's taking place in the U.S.A. with both cable TV & radio
In the months ahead Jaime plans to tour in the US & Overseas and will begin working on
a new album. Look for this young talented artist to make a name for herself in the Country
Be sure to visit the site listed above to
hear Jaime now that's she's all grown up. I have no doubt that her talent has blossomed as
beautifully as she has so you won't want to miss this gal!
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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
See Jack and Misty's MKOC Reviews for 2 of their many
- CD Review- "A Little
Out of Sync", 2001, song clip: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
- CD Review, "Back From
the Dead, Vol. 2", 2000, song clip, You Come So Easy To Me
Hear more songs on their review pages listed above!
THE ANIMAL CIRCUIT
We dropped out of the Country Music Industry
in 1979 due to health problems.
A couple of years later we both felt great,
but wed lost our place in Nashville,
and our manager had died.
After recording on a half dozen major labels
we were without a recording contract.
We went to work anyway.
playing a wide variety of gigs
from country shows to a string of New York jazz clubs.
Some of the most ornery groups were in The Animal Circuit:
Moose, Elks, Eagles, senior clubs, Condos, RV Parks,
and on and on.
You cater to the guy who books the bands
like youre competing for the Brownie Award.
You just get him to like you
when they vote in a new bunch.
The new Entertainment Chairman hates you
because the other guy liked you.
If there is one loudmouth who complains about you
it can kill return bookings.
Contracts mean nothing to these people.
At one club
the Entertainment Geezer came up to us and grumbled this:
They arent dancing as much as
when we have the 17 piece band!
There were three of us on stage,
which is all they were paying for.
There is always one couple
who has been taking ballroom dancing lessons
and demands a tango.
If you play it, everybody else sits and sulks
while the tango nerds stalk each other around the floor.
It can kill a set and spoil your lunch.
A rose should never be carried in any body cavity.
The oldest guy in the place always wants Rock & Roll.
He says things like:
We aint dead yet!,
and Lets get down!
I whisper to Misty:
I didnt think he could get up.
They like their fast songs medium,
and there slow songs medium.
Set your metronome at 147 and leave it.
A club owner once told Count Basie:
Our crowd likes to dance at 120.
The Count said:
Thats too bad. We start at 9.
People tell me what singer they think Im imitating:
Hoyt Axton, Leon Redbone, Willie Nelson,
and Shirley Temple.
I had to stop singing The Good Ship Lollipop.
They dont understand
or want anything original.
It makes them walk funny.
If you can fake a rhythm guitar
and have prerecorded background tapes,
that will work.
Talent is not required.
We only go out for the bigger country shows now,
but the Animal Circuit has taught me this:
The less musicians get paid
the less respect they get.
Weve never been able to compete in the small time,
and its not that we havent tried.
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IFCO Announces MORE ARTISTS for 38th Annual IFCO Fun Fest Show
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The International Fan Club Organization¹s (IFCO) 38th Annual IFCO Fun
Fest Show will be held at 7:30 p.m. on June 7th at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
Headliner Craig Morgan will be joined by special guest Trick Pony. Other great artists
include Jason Aldean, Con Hunley, Aaron Lines, Connie Smith, Chalee Tennison, Jimmy Wayne,
Bryan White, Mark Wills and the IFCO Center Stage "Star Search" Winners. More to
be announced. Robert K. Oermann will be the night¹s host.
On top of the evening¹s other festivities, IFCO will present Bill Anderson with the
prestigious IFCO Tex Ritter Award. The award, established in 1974 to honor Country legend
Tex Ritter, recognizes recipients for their contributions to Country music and its
community. Past winners include Mother Maybelle Carter, Loretta Lynn, Ernest Tubb, Charlie
Daniels, Robert K. Oermann, RCA Records and The Oak Ridge Boys.
Since 1995, IFCO has staged its annual show in the historic Ryman Auditorium. The show has
consistently played to a sold out house. Sales for this year¹s IFCO Fun Fest Show will
benefit St. Jude Children¹s Research Hospital. This is the third straight year IFCO has
worked with "Fans Care" for St. Jude Kids.
"We are grateful to the Johnson sisters and IFCO for including St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital in their fund-raising efforts again this year." Teri Watson,
Director, Radio & Entertainment Marketing ALSAC, St. Jude, said. "We appreciate
the opportunity to be part of this wonderful evening and thank the fans for their
participation and desire to help the kids!"
Scheduled performer Bryan White noted, "I am extremely excited about doing this
year¹s IFCO show! It has been too long since I last performed on the show and I know it
is going to be a lot of fun. More importantly, I am grateful to be a part of drawing
awareness to and raising money for St. Jude¹s Children Research Hospital."
IFCO is widely regarded as the foremost authority on establishing and operating fan clubs.
Founded in 1967 by Loudilla, Loretta and Kay Johnson, IFCO has become a respected force in
the entertainment industry acting as a clearing house for fan clubs and a consumer
watchdog for Country music fans.
For more information about purchasing tickets for the event, please visit www.ifco.org or call 615.371.9596. Ticket costs are $38 for
Platinum seating; $32 for Gold seating. There is a special $5 Military Discount.
Visit the website for more information. All seats are
IFCO Shindig Party & Show
What: Great artists + Great food + Great fans = IFCO Shindig
When: Friday, June 10th Time: doors open at 6:00pm
Where: Texas Troubadour Theater (Music Valley Dr.) Nashville, TN
Who: Everybody Welcome! Seating (capacity) is limited! Free Parking
Order Tickets NOW: (Visa and MasterCard) $20
Phone: 615-371-9596 Online: www.ifco.org
Performances By ~
John Arthur Martinez - New Dualtone CD "Lone Starry Night" and latest
single "Home Made of Stone"
(Song of the Year winner at the Texas Music Awards in Feb. 2005). He first gained national
2003... when he finished second on the USA Network's national talent competition Nashville
Star (also performed at the IFCO "Fun Fest" Show that year).
Kelly Lang - Latest CD "It's About Time." 3 time winner on Ed McMahon's
Star Search; regular on Ralph
Emery's Morning Show; Nashville Now; Church Street Station, Music City Tonight, finalist
on USA Network
Nashville Star... Singer, songwriter, artist (original oil paintings).
Billy Yates- New CD "Harmony Man" (set for release May 17, fourth release
on Billy's own M.O.D. Record
label. Appearances during CMA Music Festival include his fan club booth at the Convention
fan club party (8th), IFCO Shindig (10th), and Sports Zone stage (11th).
Center Stage Star Search Contestants: Austin Cody, Leah Durelle, Tresa Street,
(Visit the Center Stage Star Search page for information.)
.. And more to be announced!
The Shindig event is FOR the fans and is a great opportunity for the artists to show their
appreciation TO the fans.
The evening will include ~
* Refreshments: Assorted light snacks and cold beverages (water, soda...)
* Show: Performers listed above... and more!
* Meet-N-Greets: All performers will be available for meet-n-greets. Additional artists
will ALSO be
there to join the fun: The 4Guys, Skyla Spencer and more!
* Souvenir Merchandise... CDs, photos, fan club memberships, etc. available for each
Come, Join Us For An Evening of Fun, Food and Entertainment!
International Fan Club Organization (IFCO)
Loudilla, Loretta & Kay Johnson, Presidents
Mail: P.O. Box 40328, Nashville, TN 37204-0328
Ph: 615-371-9596 * Fax: 615-371-9597
eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org * Website: http://www.ifco.org
a Ringtone of Your Favorite Song
Paul Larson- Through the Window
Paul Larsons country/folk-rock album, Through the
Window, tells many positive stories of life in the Utah mountains and canyons through
acoustical, finger-picking ballads. His voice and guitar playing soars through the songs
comparing life to his gloriously-described outdoor environment around him. These songs and
imagery remind the listener of what artists like John Denver were creating and Paul
Larsons music is carrying it forward into the future.
The opening song, Through the Window, immediately hooks the listener into the
rest of the album, followed by Captains Son and Perfect Day
where Paul channels Gordon Lightfoot and James Taylor, which should get any fan of folk
music something to look forward to.
The complete album is a musical treat to anyone who has an appreciation for earth-rooted
songs and this side of the music world will hear much more of Paul Larson to come. More
about Paul can be found at: www.paullarsonmusic.com
By Chris Armogida
Paul Larson, whose home state is also known as the
Mormon state, is Utah. The reason thats important is because it so carefully
characterizes his music. His voice is gentle and never over-extended while the guitar
plucking is equally enjoyable and laid-back, but the space is vast.
The music is as diverse as Utahs landscape and offers something you dont find
too often in singer/songwriters in the folk roots rock genre
true genuine spirit. The
musicianship is tight and the songs are well written. He might just be able to make a good
decent living as a songwriter.
By Smother.Net Webzine
If the album Through the
Window aims to reach beyond our time of contemporary pop/rock and sugar coated
teenybopper fluff, then Paul Larson has done just that. Like song-writing icons from the
early 70s, i.e., James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and John Denver, Paul brings forth
nocturnal and earth-toned sounds of acoustic folk.
Paul begins with the ethereal saga of Captains Son, floating along an
atmospheric rhythm of nighttime waves and ambient guitars. California Evening
is rollicking fun, with the twang from 90s country music before recalling an early
Billy Joel (Travelin Prayer from Piano Man). In the mannered
Through the Window Paul finishes with embracing vocals (traces of Taylor pops
to mind), while plucking a lonely, solo guitar. Meanwhile, it feels as if hes made
himself at home, causally conversing in a comfortable chair complete with an aromatic
offer of black, steaming coffee. And speak of steaming, the whimsical When It Comes
To Trains, rolls by (with images of a young Denver conducting) a reflective and
bittersweet Perfect Day.
Through the ups and downs, Paul Larsons themes of comfort, solitude, and nature has
a gentle and direct way of relaying honest, folk music.
By Cory Graham
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' Forever Young' the second single released from the new album 'Forever Young' entered the
Hotdisc Independent British Top 10 at #9 and the Country Hotdisc International Top 40 at
#40 this week.
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CD Review - GENE BROWN 'COUNTRY' - Breakin' Wild Horses
GENE BROWN COUNTRY
Breakin Wild Horses
Caribou Records CRCD 020
Produced by: Bob Hamilton and Gene Brown
(10 Selections Playing Time 30:06)
Breakin Wild Horses / When It Comes To You / Round The World / Funky
Rock And Roll / Takin Life Easy / Harveys / Lady From The Night / The Kind Of
Man / Youve Got What It Takes / The Truest Kind Of Woman
Hobert Eugene (Gene) Brown has made his home in Whitehorse (Yukon), for the past four
where he has toiled as a songwriter (with Nashville cuts by Red Simpson,
Jerry Naylor,etc.), and as a musician (steel player) working shows behind Bobby Bare, Dave
Dudley, Canadas Family Brown and Dallas Harms
and even working with Susan Raye
for a two-year stint on a weekly TV show out of Portland, Oregon. In light of this solid
list of credits, its hardly necessary for him to now add the term
Country after his name. Gene Brown is most definitely country, and
this much overdue album of his work, certainly proves the point.
Gene Brown 'Country' delivers the kind of album that country traditionalists will devour.
Gene Brown writes em and sings em country, with a vocal style that
will remind you at times of Johnny Paycheck and at other times of Faron Young. He supports
his singing and songwriting here with his own tasty steel, dobro and bass guitar licks and
its all wrapped up with some straight-ahead country arrangements and production
touches by Bob Hamilton (of Undertakin Daddies fame).
There are several highlight moments here, but nothing compares to the hurtin country
tune The Kind Of Man. This is a killer song penned by Brown (worthy of a
Haggard or Jones cut), and on this particular effort, Gene Brown sounds eerily close to
the late Mel Street. If Canadian country radio is looking for the real thang,
theyd better click into this one.
Also of special interest here is Funky Rock And Roll, and although the song is somewhat
dated in its message, the tongue-in-cheek lyrics, the ballsy delivery and the sincerity of
it all, makes this one of the better cuts on the package.
Other entries of note include the whimsical Round The World, with its Marty Robbins
island flavor; Takin Life Easy (which Faron Young devotees will be
especially fond of); and The Truest Kind Of Woman, on which Gene Brown is able to evoke
memories of the late Johnny Darrrell. A novelty tune, Harveys (about a jewelry
salesman) is also notable. In fact theres really not a miss among the
ten selections presented here.
Breakin Wild Horses was produced and recorded at Bob Hamiltons Old Crow
Studios in Whitehorse, Yukon; and features in addition to Browns own guitar work,
some truly remarkable lead guitar stylings by Real Fagnan (remembered for his days as a
member of Terry Carisses Tracks unit); and some fiddle magic by Calvin Volrath
all of which makes the album a country delight.
Through the years Whitehorse (Yukon) has given us such balladeers as Al Oster and Hank
Karr, and more recently the Juno nominated Undertakin Daddies
you can now add
Gene Brown 'Country' to that list of northern stars.
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