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Indie Bible 2007 - Get Your Music Heard!

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Jan. 14, 2007

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Attention DJs!

Sergeant First Class, Sean Bennett - Currently Serving In Iraq
Sean recorded one song just one day before being shipped out to Iraq. I just love the song and his style and I want to be able to help him get his song heard. Hopefully some of you DJs out there will give it airplay. Visit Sean's page on MKOC to hear the song and find out more about this soldier and his music Just click the pic!.

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Artists, be sure to check out the "Info" section as it's been updated with even more info.. web links, sheet music, instruments and more.

MKOC Official Artists
Song Clips Added.. Just Click a Song Title to hear music in Real Audio - Songs are rotated with each newsletter.
Debbie Miles
Debbie Miles
You Ain't Been Worth A Dime
Harold Hill
Harold Hill
San Antonio Sweetheart
Hoyt Hughes
Hoyt Hughes
Joe Tinoco
Joe Tinoco
Five Cards on the Mantle
Narvel Felts
Narvel Felts
Until The End of Time
Red Johnson
Red Johnson
Veteran's Day
Tecia McKenna
Tecia McKenna
Goodbye's What You Got
Tony Oliphant
Tony Oliphant
Can't Change Your Mind
The song collection above are some of my favorites of the MKOC Official Artists. Please take time to visit their web sites to hear all the music and choose your favorites. Write me, and maybe your favorite will be the next song showcased.

Narvel Felts

Be sure to check out "News From Narvel" to see his reports of each month of the year about his 50th Anniversary Tour!
New show dates have been added to Narvel's site. Check the schedule so you won't miss the next show nearest you!


Red Johnson

Red JohnsonGreat things in store for Red's fans! TWO NEW CDs are now available for purchase.

"Oh, What a Beautiful World" and "Yesteryears" contain 12 tracks each.

The following song is from the CD, "Yesteryears" and I pray that each and everyone of you will not only listen to it, but send your friends to listen to it as well. When I was recording the song file for Red's site, I got chills and started crying. I teased Red that he shouldn't make his webmaster cry if he wanted me to get any work done but the truth is, this song, while written long ago is so poinient to today's tragedies.

Listen to, "A Soldier Died Today" then visit Red's site to find out how you can own it!

Note: I've repeated this for the new subscribers to the MKOC News. :)

Red Johnson

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Locals who happened to be at "The Stage" in Nashville TN on Friday night got a special suprised when Joe took the stage a performed a 3 song set with the house band. more

Check out Sony CONNECT's exclusive recording session with the young country music singer/songwriter Joe Nichols, including his a version of his number-one hit "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off." Find this and more on Sony CONNECT. more

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LucindaWIlliams.jpg (13036 bytes)With a new Lucinda Williams album this fall, her most rapturously acclaimed and best-selling album to date receives the expanded Deluxe Edition treatment. The two-CD Car Wheels On A Gravel Road - Deluxe Edition (Mercury/Lost Highway/UMe), released October 24, 2006, adds a pair of previously unreleased studio tracks plus an alternate version of "Still I Long For Your Kiss" heard in The Horse Whisperer and an entire previously unreleased 1998 live performance to a newly remastered edition of the singer-songwriter's most celebrated and beloved album.

Six years since her previous album, 1998's long-anticipated Car Wheels On A Gravel Road was worth the wait. The 13-song collection's passionate, sharply detailed accounts of love, loss and longing were matched by the deceptively laid-back intensity of Williams' performances and those of guest artists that included Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Sexton, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and the E Street Band's Roy Bittan. Topping many year-end critics polls and landing Williams her first gold record, the album also won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album, despite being her least folkish work. A masterwork of roots rock woven through with folk, honky-tonk country and blues, the album (her fifth) marked her artistic and commercial breakthrough after a near 20-year recording career.

Augmenting the original album on Disc One are two outtakes from the album's initial 1995 Austin sessions--the Williams original "Out Of Touch" (which she would re-record for 2001's Essence) and a stripped-down reading of the 1920s blues classic "Down The Big Road Blues"--and the alternate "Still I Long For Your Kiss."

LucindaWilliams-CarWheelsCD.jpg (3217 bytes)Disc Two captures a spirited live performance, recorded July 11, 1998 at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia for WXPN's "Live At The World Café" radio show. Featuring Williams' then-current touring band, the set encompasses nine numbers from Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (the title track, "Metal Firecracker," "Right In Time," "Drunken Angel," "Greenville" "Still I Long For Your Kiss," "2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten," "Can't Let Go" and "Changed The Locks") and four earlier favorites ("Pineola," "Something About What Happens When We Talk," "Joy" and "Hot Blood"). The concert as well as the Disc One bonus tracks have also been newly digitally remastered.

What was said of Car Wheels On A Gravel Road in 1998 is still true today: "In a world inundated with cookie-cutter, Lilith-ready wimps," wrote Entertainment Weekly, "there's enough gravel on Williams' wheels to fill a West Texas dump truck."

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Kenny Chesney - Flip Flop Summer Tour 2007 Announced!

KennyChesney-FlipFlopTour.jpg (20278 bytes)He had the most attended North American Tour last year, and now Kenny Chesney gets ready to kick-off his Flip Flop Summer 2007 Tour by announcing six stadium shows across the country. With an all-star line-up that includes 3-time Entertainers of the Year hailed as “the Rolling Stones of Country” Brooks & Dunn, triple platinum new country sensation Sugarland, current Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist Sara Evans and triple Grammy-nominee Pat Green, Chesney will play his first stadium show June 9 at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, home of the Steelers.

“There is a whole other kind of energy, other kind of dynamic. We're talking the firepower of one of country music's most hardcore, hard-rocking duos,” the reining Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year says of his stadium shows. “All the acts really… it's a pretty intense line-up, in what we've found to be a very exciting place to do concerts!”

In addition to Pittsburgh, Chesney will bring the same line-up to Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, home to the Eagles on June 23; Seattle's Qwest Field, home of the Seahawks on July 7; Cleveland, Ohio's Browns Stadium on July 14; Foxboro's Gillette Stadium, home to the Patriots -- where he sold out last year's play in less than a week -- on July 28; and Detroit's Ford Field. Home of the Lions on August 18.

The onsale date is set for Feb. 10 -- with Philadelphia and Seattle hitting one month later on March 10. Fans can buy their tickets through the normal channels to the Flip Flop Summer Tour, brought to you by Cruzan Rum. Given the response to Chesney's previous stadium plays, each with the stage customized to the field, the all-day shows are a once-in-a-summer experience.

“There's nothing like it,” Chesney allows. “You know, getting all those people together for a little party… they start tail-gating, cooking out early, and then we rock straight through the night. Anyone who's ever been knows it's a helluva good time.”

Having sold out Boston well in advance the past two years, Seattle and Detroit last year and Pittsburgh the year before, sales are anticipated to be so brisk, some of the markets are putting on extra operators to handle demand. This year's new stadium markets are Cleveland and Philadelphia, traditionally strong markets for the man who spent 6 weeks at #1 last year with “Summertime” from his well-past triple platinum The Road & The Radio when it comes to bringing the summer alive.

As the season heats up and rehearsals for Flip Flop Summer kick into gear, the man who spends his time living in fast forward is gearing up for his biggest year ever. “We've got a few surprises, some new tricks, a few different songs -- and we're gonna be making it the summer of our lives. We’re ready to join the fans in having a good time…because we believe, and we always have, the more the merrier with shows like this.”
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Country music Having A Tough Row-To-Hoe In Foreign Markets

The Tennessean reports today (1/11) that Country music is having a tough time find it's niche in foreign markets. The exceptions are acts such as Alison Krauss and Rascal Flatts. As it relates to global sales, Country represents only a small segment of the $33B in annual music sales.

In 2000, the Country Music Association (CMA) took action to help increase the Country music visibility overseas by creating the Global Markets Task. This will make year three that the group will take the New From Nashville concert series overseas.

According to the report, Music City booking agent Judy Seale says that it isn't that there is not a demand for Country music overseas, but filing the demand is not easy. "For example in China, you can't sell CDs for more than $1, maybe $2, if you're lucky. I don't think that's going to get many Nashville labels too excited."

In Shanghai, Cathy Chen, host a Country music show, says that labels can only export about 30 music titles per year. If Country is not the label's top priority, few of those CDs will hit foreign shelves. You can get it the full story from The Tennessean .

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I wrote:
"It makes sense, to a point, that the labels consider money above all else but it also limits the reach of their artists. As long as they continue to think like they do, it leaves more room, a higher demand and well deserved paychecks for the independant artists who are glorified overseas and held in as high esteem as any US star. Not only the indies that are new to the business, but the ones the bigger labels have forgotten; like Dale Watson who is a hero in Malta or Don Williams who is a giant in Africa. Then there's Narvel Felts who is booked every summer to tour Europe.. fans come out by the thousands and buy the CDs by the tons. So, big stars will make more money staying in the US, but the "unlabeled" will make many more fans across the world and they're happy doing so."

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Opry Sued For Age Discrimination

From WTVF-TV Channel 5 - Nashville
Jan 11, 2007 07:59 PM CST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Grand Ole Opry singer Stonewall Jackson has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the long-running country music show.

The 74-year-old Jackson claims age discrimination, breach of contract and retaliation.

In the lawsuit in federal court in Nashville, Jackson said his appearances on the show have declined since 1998.

An Opry spokesman denied allegations of age discrimination, and said the show has always strived to represent all generations of country music and its fans.

Jackson has been a member of the show since 1956. He had a string of hits in the 1950s and '60s, including the Number 1 hit "Waterloo."

Jackson told The Associated Press today that he lost his health insurance coverage through the Opry, and suffered humiliation and embarrassment. He said the hardships led to heart problems.

The suit seeks punitive and compensatory damages of $10 million.

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Stonewall Jackson Bio
Biography     by Sandra Brennan & James Manheim

StonewallJackson2.jpg (7432 bytes)Stonewall Jackson was one of the most popular country stars of the early '60s, scoring a string of Top Ten country hits and becoming a fixture at the Grand Ole Opry with a pleading voice that seemed to reflect his hard, often abusive upbringing on a south Georgia dirt farm. He was named after the Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, to whom he was related according to family legend. When he was ten he traded his bike for a guitar and began making up songs. Some of his later hits, such as "Don't Be Angry," were written very early in his creative life. Jackson began singing professionally in the mid-'50s, moving to Nashville in 1956. Within a few days of his arrival he delivered an unsolicited demonstration recording to the offices of the Acuff-Rose publishing house, and executive Wesley Rose heard his recorded singing and set up an audition for Jackson at the Grand Ole Opry. He became the first entertainer to join the Opry without a recording contract, performing first on the Opry's Friday Night Frolics before his official debut. Backed by Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours, he proved so popular that the audience demanded four encores. Eventually Jackson hit the road with Tubb, who became a mentor to the young singer and songwriter. By early 1957, Jackson had signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and cut his first record, "Don't Be Angry." Jackson followed up with a cover of George Jones' "Life to Go," which peaked at number two in early 1959. The upbeat "Waterloo," with its mixture of novelty and melancholy, did even better, spending five weeks at the top of the country charts, hitting number four on the pop charts, and garnering Jackson some national television exposure. Through the early '60s Jackson was a consistent hitmaker with such country standards as "Why I'm Walkin'" (number six, 1960), "A Wound Time Can't Erase" (number three, 1962), and "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water" (number eight, 1965). Jackson's second number one hit, "B.J. the D.J.," arrived in early 1964. During the second half of the '60s, he reached Top 40 less often, scoring only one Top Ten hit: 1967's "Stamp Out Loneliness". His Columbia albums of this period contained ornate wordplay from the pens of well-established Nashville writers like Vic McAlpin; songs such as "Ship in a Bottle" and "Nevermore Quote the Raven" applied literary virtuosity to traditional country themes. By 1970, however, Jackson wasn't even hitting the Top 40. He bounced back briefly in 1971 with a cover of Lobo's "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo." In 1973, he had his last hit with "Herman Schwartz," which reached number 41. After that, Jackson continued to appear regularly on the Opry and to record occasionally, releasing albums like the inspirational Make Me Like a Child Again. He also re-recorded versions of his old hits, and he privately published his autobiography, From the Bottom Up, in 1991.

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Grand Ole Opry Legend, Del Reeves Passed Away
January 2, 2007

DelReeves.jpg (5241 bytes)Marty Martel wrote:

Grand Ole Opry Legend, Del Reeves passed away last night after a long battle with health issues. He is a dear friend of mine and millions of fans in our music industry and he will be missed sadly by all of us.

Please keep his family in your prayers in this their time of sorrow, and ask the Good Lord to reach out and touch them with his blessings and comfort.



Franklin Delano Reeves on Jul 14, 1933 in Sparta, NC
Died 01 January 2007 - Nashville

Dell's History:
Nearly 40 years after joining the Opry, Del Reeves remains one of the show’s most entertaining regulars. He’s loved as much for his comic timing and impressions of other country singers as for twangy, truck-driver hits like “Girl on the Billboard” and “Looking at the World Through a Windshield.”

Born Franklin Delano Reeves in Sparta, North Carolina, the youngest of 11 children, he was playing a regular gig on a local Saturday radio show by age 12. As Del tells it: “I had four brothers in World War II and when they left home they left their old guitars lying around. I got to playing around with them, and little by little, learned to play. My mother used to tune the guitar for me.”

Del attended Appalachian State College in Boone, North Carolina, and then served four years in the Air Force. While stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California, he began writing songs, singing on country music television shows, and recording with Capitol Records. After his military discharge, he stayed in California, where he was building a strong reputation as a singer-songwriter-performer with songs recorded by Carl Smith and Roy Drusky. Friend and fellow songwriter Hank Cochran talked Del Reeves into moving to Nashville from California in 1962. And he’s still here.

Three years after moving to Music City, Del’s 1965 United Artists recording of “Girl on the Billboard” went to No. 1, sold a million copies, and earned Del the nickname of The Doodle-Oo-Doo-Doo Kid for the nonsense syllables that he sang with the song’s guitar intro. That same year, “The Belles of Southern Bell” went Top 5. In 1966, “Women Do Funny Things to Me” hit the Top 10, and Del hit the Opry stage as a full-fledged member. After Porter Wagoner introduced him as an Opry member, Del—whose parents were in the audience to witness the night’s events—burst into tears and could only sing the chorus and the end of his song.

Del’s other top singles include: “Good Time Charlie’s,” “Be Glad,” and “The Philadelphia Fillies.” He has had more than 25 hits.

The tall, thin performer has appeared in eight movies, including the 1969 film Sam Whiskey with Burt Reynolds and Angie Dickinson, as well as cult classics like Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar and Forty-Acre Feud. He also hosted his own television show, Del Reeves Country Carnival.

These days, Del can be found on stage pleasing audiences with one of his signature hits or one of his engaging impersonations of any number of other country acts. Off stage, Del leads a quiet, rural life with his wife and family, raising horses and cattle.


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Ken Overcast

KenOvercast.jpg (8959 bytes)It's sure turned winter at our place. We worked some cattle yesterday, and that old north wind made a fella wonder what he did with his summer's wages. This IS the middle of January, and we ARE only about a frozen turd's throw from the North Pole, so I guess that's what we can expect.

We finally got around to our December Drawing and George Bouch of Evansville, Indiana is the name that came out of the hat. Here's what we're sending George.

1. A years subscription to American Cowboy Magazine, compliments of the fine folks, (and new owners) of the voice of the American cowboy at www.americancowboy.com .

2. An autographed copy of "Honky Tonk Town" by noted historian, Gary A. Wilson. The real story of the wild wooly West in Havre, Montana.

3. A brand new CD by my old pards, The Yampa Valley Boys entitled "Tales of the Trail". Visit their website at

4. A carton of Fresh Cab, the world's best mouse proofer from our faithful friends at www.crancreekgardens.com

5. An autographed copy of our latest recording project, "Montana In My Soul".

If you haven't signed up for the drawing for a while, you need to get that done. The next name that comes out just
might be yours. Here's the address: http://www.kenovercast.com/CDSignUp/cdform.html

We're headed out to the Ag Tech Trade Show in Billings this weekend for a book signing at the Prairie Star booth. We've had a great relationship with those folks for many years, and it's always fun to see all our old friends that come to town for the big doin's.

Later on this month we've got another book signing at the MAGIE Show in Great Falls, a couple of in state shows later in the month, and then we're off to do the Saturday night show at the big Cowboy Gathering in Sheridan, Wyoming on February 10th.

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but don't forget to check yer cinch.

Ken Overcast is a recording cowboy singer that ranches on Lodge Creek in North Central Montana where he raises and dispenses B.S. www.kenovercast.com

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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
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"You stink" is not constructive criticism. I know I've used that line before. YOU DON'T HAVE TO TELL ME!

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to yell, but I'm a sensitive person, you know. If somebody shoots me a bird in traffic, I have to pull over and cry it out.

I yelled at a Walmart cashier today. I said: "WHERE'S MY 'HAVE A NICE DAY'? YOU GAVE ONE TO THE IDIOT AHEAD OF ME! DON'T I MATTER ANYMORE?!" She said: "Have a nice day". I said: "Too late. I'm hurt."

On my birthday last year an ex-friend told me I look ten years younger than my age. I said, "Thank you". I thought, "Only ten, you jerk?'

So you can see why it bothers me when someone criticizes our music.

We once had a promotion man who reported to us every snotty little thing that was said about our recordings. We fired him. He asked why, and we told him this: "Everybody says you're a lousy promoter."

I'm always anxious to hear how much you love our latest song, but please stop there. Don't say "I like your record, but the rhythm ought to approximate the beat of the human heart.", or... "It's too fast for nude leap frog".

We know our music is good. That may not sound humble, but it's "what we do". I'm not handy around the house, so don't ask me to fix your fly zipper... please. I don't play golf, I don't jog, and I never could hold a day job. What's wrong with doing one thing well? Like music.

There are record promoters who feature DJ feedback. That might be okay for you, but I'd go nuts! Don't tell me who hates my work and why. I have never in my life publicly criticized a DJ show, or a record promoter. Why should the artists get the unsanitary end of the stick?

It's not like I've ever gotten much bad feedback. We get wonderful reviews, and the DJ's are almost always very warm toward us.
I wonder why I keep thinking a "You stink" is just around the corner? Is it paranoia? Is it low self-esteem? Is it lunch time?

I know I've used that line before, too.

Jack Blanchard
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Brandie Frampton Full Steam Ahead In 2007

BrandiFrampton.jpg (8136 bytes)Los Angeles, CA, January 13, 2007 - 2006 was an incredible year for Utah Native, Brandie Frampton! This young, energetic artist has managed to hit the Country, Top 100, Hot AC/AC, College and Top 40 stations on the New Music Weekly Music Charts. Not to mention Brandie ended the year by taking home the 2006 New Music Weekly Crossover Artist of the Year award. Not a bad accomplishment for a new artist and Independent label D&Lf Records.

“I can't believe what a fun 2006 I had,” commented Brandie from her Utah home. “ I never dreamed Day by Day would do so well, and when I won the Crossover Artist of the Year award for that song I just couldn't believe it! What a fun experience to walk on the red carpet, meet other great artists and then going up on stage to give an acceptance speech was just so fun!”

Deston Rogers of Rogers Entertainment comments on Brandie. “It has been great to watch Brandie grow over the last year. She has made tremendous strides in solidifying her musical career. And knowing she has the ability and appeal to multiple genres of music is truly amazing!”

“I am so excited for 2007! The band & I are ready to hit the road. My great team has a lot of fun things in store, so I'm just going to be ready for anything!” Brandie says

Rumors are circulating about a possible duet with Buck McCoy, including some concert appearances together. And, Buck isn’t the only one looking to Brandie to help record a duet. Who is the other one? Well, that remains a secret for now…..

Brandie Frampton’s new single “Colours” has just been released and appears to be on track to make a huge impact on radio. Paul Loggins, of Loggins Promotion had two words for this single, “Hot Song!”.

For more information on Brandie Frampton visit her website: www.brandieframpton.com
Interviews are available by contacting Loggins Promotion 888-325-2901 or email staff@logginspromotion.com

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Hot Country News has been given a sneak preview of a new promotional tool which has already begun to be used by music acts and it's likely that country music acts will soon be jumping on the bandwagon to use the new idea designed and produced by Kelpie Design in Scotland run by musician and entrepreneur Bob Lawson.

The innovative songbooks are an ideal way to promote your music with a beautifully designed turning pages presentation for web sites or for distribution on CD. It's perfect for selling at gigs or as a quality promotional tool, suitable for anyone involved in the music business.

If you want to take a look at a sample edition currently on view at the website of popular singer/songwriter Kieran Halpin it can be viewed at http://www.kieranhalpin.com/html/flipbook/frames.htm and contains sample tracks from his current CD catalogue.

The beauty of it is that the software can be adapted to include lyrics, photos, audio clips, biographies or just about anything needed to sell yourself and I was so impressed with what I saw I immediately wanted to talk about it in this week's column.

You can contact Bob Lawson direct at bob@kelpiebooks.co.uk who will be delighted to send you samples of his work. His website is at www.kelpiebooks.co.uk

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January Program Schedule:
Updated January 10th, 2007
Next update: February, 2007!

Hour #1     Big Al's Country Homestead     NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #2     Rhythm Roundup with Jim Gough     NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #3     Sunday Down South Gospel with Don Powell      NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #4     Curtis Potter Live     March 2003
Hour #5     Country Nights with Dave Spurlock      NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #6     Graham Wilson "Highland Country" {Scotland}      NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #7     Mike Mikels' Country Trax Indie Countdown Top 40      NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #8     Mike Mikels' Country Trax Indie Countdown Top 40      NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #9     Mike Mikels' Country Trax Indie Countdown Top 40      NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #10   Honky Tonks and Heart Aches     NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #11   The Don Powell Show     NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #12   Hermann Lammers Meyer - Town & Country      NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #13   The Western Hour     NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #14   Mike Gross "Swingin' West"      NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #15   Cowboys & Outlaws with Wayne Hockings      NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #16   Classic Country with Lin Butler      December 2006
Hour #17   Christian Country with Lin Butler      December 2006
Hour #18   Country Gospel Connection Top 20 Countdown      NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #19   Country Gospel Connection Radio Hour      November 2006
Hour #20   Gospel Classics with host Wayne Graham      NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #21   Bob Will's Texas Playboys      February 2003
Hour #22   Jake Hooker"Live"     March 2003
Hour #23   Cowboy Campmeeting     NEW THIS MONTH!
Hour #24   Twang-Grass     NEW THIS MONTH!

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Skyla Spencer

Armed Forces Entertainment takes country crooner on 1st overseas tour

SkylaSpencer-troopsstage.jpg (6302 bytes)Country Artist, Skyla Spencer, recently returned to Nashville from an Armed Forces Entertainment tour. Skyla was selected from hundreds of singers to be the sole headline performer on this tour in the Pacific. Skyla and her band, The Nashville Navigate-hers, traveled to Guam, Japan, Singapore, and Diego Garcia during the month of December.

Performing a total of 13 two hour shows, Skyla lit up the stage with her high energy shows, incorporating dance with her singing. Skyla met many men and women serving in the military. She performed at Navy, Army, Marine, and Air Force bases. Many soldiers, when off duty, came and watched the shows and were very excited about having a country artist from home. Skyla spent hours after each show autographing pictures and meeting and talking with the soldiers. She also hung out with some of the men and women in the military and was able to hear the stories and see what all they do. She visited some of the radio stations on the bases where she did live interviews and talked about her career and the tour. “I had much to cheer about on this tour", says Skyla. “Everyone was amazing and made me feel so welcome.” Speaking of cheer, Skyla also met the Indianapolis Colt Cheerleaders at Camp Zama, one of the military bases in Japan. The Cheerleaders attended one of Skyla’s shows. Skyla, a former high school and college cheerleader herself, was excited to meet and talk with the squad.

Skyla says, “This tour was an experience of a lifetime and was truly amazing. To give something back to the troops and show them how much I appreciate what they do was so gratifying. Words cannot really explain the feeling I had when I stepped on stage for the first time. The audiences were great, and they were so appreciative of us being there. Bringing a little home to them was my main goal for this tour. Opening every show with the National Anthem and then kicking off with Sweet Home Alabama really pumped up the crowd. Throughout each show I would mix in my original material from my first album, "You Said You’d Call Me", as well as all time country favorites and even some rock. Each country I visited had something unique to offer. All the people I met were so kind and made us feel welcome. I loved learning about the different cultures. While in Singapore, I visited the Hard Rock Cafe, where I was asked to join the musicians on the stage for a couple of songs. It was a wonderful time and the audience at the Hard Rock was great!”

Returning a few days later than expected, Skyla arrived at the Nashville airport on Dec. 23rd, just in time for Christmas. Skyla says, “I could have kept going and going. The soldiers were so amazing and I will never forget the love & gratitude they showed me. I would do this again in a heartbeat.”

For more information, MP3s, the "You Said You’d Call Me" album, print quality photos, her EPK, or to schedule an interview, contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at Laura@wildfirepublicity.net or 615-825-0019. MP3s are also available to radio on our download page or through Airplay Direct.

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Skyla Spencer's You Said You'd Call Me


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