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March 6, 2007
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Once again, I'm behind on getting the news out to y'all but I have a
very good reason. I spent nearly all of 2 weeks researching laptop PCs and then combing
the net to find the one that gave me the most within my limited price range. I'm happy to
report, I found one and it's due to arrive tomorrow! YEHAW! Of course, I'll make myself
sick till I figure it all out and get all my programs loaded, etc. but hopefully not as
ill as I felt while shopping for it. I'll tell ya, it's quite nerve racking to shop for
something so important and costly. I tried to buy one in a regular store but there aren't
many stores here in the sticks that carry PCs and what they do have is limited, so I looked at what they had, figured out
what I wanted/needed and went to work online. Hopefully, by time I send out the next
newsletter I'll be able to tell you if I love it or I'm "just learning to living with
The MKOC Store has been updated with new store pages
and tons of new places to shop!
Here's a list of all the categories:
*Music *Musical Products *Books *DVDs / Videos *CDs, DVDs in UK *Communications *Computer Software
*Computer Hardware *Electronics *Entertainment *Financial *Freebies *Ink & Toner *Photo Services *Travel
*Web Hosting Services *Website Tools *MP3 to FTP *Web & Graphic Programs
Don't pay the high prices you find in the stores. I've
researched the links posted to give everyone an opportunity to buy great things at the
best prices. I'll continue to post special sales in the news as always.
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.
New and rescheduled show dates have been added to
Narvel's site and the time for his Las Vegas show has been changed... yes, again. Check
the schedule so you won't miss the next show nearest you!
Also, Narvel's montly report has been posted
in "News from Narvel" on his site so drop in and see what Narvel had to say
about his touring in February.
GREATEST HITS ENTERS THE BILLBOARD TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART AT #1
MARKING BACK-TO-BACK #1 ALBUMS FOR THE COUNTRY SUPERSTAR
Nashville, TN --- March 15, 2007 --- MCA Nashville recording artist Gary Allan sits at #1
on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart this week. With sales of over 69,600 units its
first week in stores, GREATEST HITS is Allans second #1 album in less than two
years; the first being TOUGH ALL OVER, the critically acclaimed masterpiece released in
October of 2005. With a decade of radio hits and two new tracks including the current hit
single A Feelin Like That, GREATEST HITS is a sampling of the work that
has made Allan famous and a taste of whats to come.
"LIFE AIN'T ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL" NOMINATED FOR CMT MUSIC AWARD
Congratulations Gary! Final-round nominees for the 2007 CMT Music Awards have been
announced, and voting is underway. Gary and Paul Boyd (video director) have been nominated
for Video Director of the Year for "Life Ain't Always Beautiful". Videos in this
category best capture the mood, tempo, and intensity of the song. Remember you can only
vote once per CMT.com account. LET
YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! VOTE NOW!
VOTE GARY COUNTRY'S SEXIEST MAN!
It is that time of year again! Time to take a good long look at the hubba-hubba hotties in
Country Weekly's March 26, 2007, issue and then cast your vote for Country's Sexiest Man.
You can even write in the name of a desirable dude you think Country Weekly overlooked.
Voting ends April 9, and well publish the results in our July 2 issue, on sale June
VOTE FOR GARY NOW!
Gary Allan Does What He Sings
A line in the current Top 15 Gary Allan single, "A Feelin' Like That" references
skydiving, which Gary has actually done - but just once. He says, "Skydiving is
something that somebody took me to do for my birthday for a few years back. I did a tandem
jump where someone is strapped to your back. That was pretty cool. It was 40 seconds of
rush and I don't think I ever need to do that again!"
Gary Allan Fan Club Update (GAFC)
As a fan club member of the Gary Allan Fan Club, you have the advantage of getting tickets
to see Gary Allan LIVE! Often before they go on sale to the general public! Not a member
yet? Why miss all the fun? JOIN
SAVE THE DATE!
Please put June 6th on your calendar for the Gary Allan Fan Club Party! We will have more
details and the on-sale information coming shortly. Gary has a very special afternoon
planned and we know you won't want to miss it! Thanks for being a member and we look
forward to seeing you in June!
WHAT: Gary Allan Fan Club Party
WHERE: Nashville Palace - Nashville, TN
WHEN: Wednesday, June 6, 2007
TIME: 11 am
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March 5, 2007
ACM Top Male Vocalist Nominee
Brad Paisley received a nomination for Top Male Vocalist at this years ACM Awards!!
This year's ACM Awards show takes place May 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The show
will be telecast on CBS. Good luck, Brad!!
February 22, 2007
IT'S A BOY!!
Kimberly and Brad Paisley announced the birth of their first child on February 22 -
William Huckleberry Paisley!! Their healthy baby boy was born at 5:00am Central at a
Nashville area hospital. Mother and baby are resting comfortably.
(Note from Marli: Why do I get the feeling this little guy
is gonna be nicknamed "Huck"?... )
January 9, 2007
Brad Announces 2007 Tour: Hersheys Presents Bonfires & Amplifiers
Brad announces his 2007 tour, Hersheys Presents Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour with
special guests Jack Ingram, Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift. Kick-off date is scheduled
for April 26 in Chattanooga, TN. The Hershey Company and its Hersheys Milk Chocolate
brand are proud to sponsor Brad Paisley and his upcoming national tour. Brad Paisley and
Hersheys Milk Chocolate have the ability to put smiles on the faces of their fans,
making this the perfect partnership!
John Berry Clear Sky recording artist, John Berry has just
re-released his Greatest Hits cd. The collection includes all the John Berry classics you
know and love, plus an amazing version of Percy Sledges "When a Man Loves a
Woman" as only John can deliver. Keeping with the re-release theme, Johns
website has been completely re-designed with an all-new look.
In the past, the Grammy Association, Country Music Association (CMA), and the Academy of
Country Music (ACM) have all recognized Berrys extraordinary voice with several
awards and nominations. John had his first #1 single in 1994 with Your Love Amazes
Me, and followed up with several more Top 10 releases, such as Kiss Me in the
Car, You and Only You, Change My Mind, and Standing on
the Edge of Goodbye.
1. Kiss Me in the Car
2. You and Only You
3. Your Love Amazes Me
4. A Mind of Her Own
5. She's Taken a Shine
6. Change My Mind
7. Standing On the Edge Of Goodbye
8. I Will, If You Will
9. What's In It For Me
10. I Think About It All the Time
11. If I Had Any Pride Left At All
12. When a Man Loves a Woman
The Greatest Hits cd, on Clear Sky Records, is available on
Berrys upcoming studio album, Those Were the Days, is scheduled for May 2007
For more information, to request a review copy, or to schedule an interview, please
contact Publicity House. Print and online media should contact Laura Claffey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-825-0019.
Radio should contact Sharon Eaves at 615-297-7002. To book a show, please contact Circle T
Management at 229-395-9673.
Wildfire Publicity / Publicity House
PO Box 558, Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 615-825-0019; Fax: 760-437-4633
News from Roger Ryan
Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood were among
the many celebs from the music world who attended promoter Jim Aiken's funeral in Belfast
this week. Jim was resonsible for staging some of Garth's biggest shows, in particular 4
sell-out shows at Croke Park in Dublin, attracting a total of 160,000 people overall for
the 4 days. Jim also promoted Garth for 8 sell-out shows at The Point, in Dublin. Dolly
Parton, Charley Pride, Johnny Cash, Reba Mc Entire, Geo Hamilton IV, Willie Nelson and
Boxcar Willie, were just some of the other country acts he brought to Ireland. We will be
forever grateful to Jim Aiken for giving us the opportunity of seeing some of the top
entertainers in the world performing here in Ireland.
This year's Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival will take place from 13th to 16th September 2007
at Longford and some of the American acts lined up are The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Guy
Clark,Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell, Carter Brothers Band, Rough Deal String Band, Jeff &
Vida, and Ranch House Favourites.
Among the Irish acts already signed are Niall Toner Band, Four Men & A Dog, Dervish,
Gerry O'Connor, Arty McGlynn, Unwanted (Cathy Jordan, Rick Epping, Seamie O'Dowd), Niamh
Parsons. Other artists are to be added.
Corbin & Hanner
We have some great news to share with you!
If you haven't updated your CD collection with all of the Corbin/Hanner releases, now is
the time to do it! Thanks to an agreement with a new CD manufacturer, we are able to offer
our CDs to you at lower prices! The CDs available on our website www.corbinhanner.com are now available for $5
cheaper! Check out the site today to take advantage of the new prices.
Some other recent additions to our website include a cool new Corbin/Hanner Band T-Shirt
for sale and updated photos from the 2006 shows!
Coming soon to www.corbinhanner.com will be the 2007 show schedule. Keep checking the site
Thanks for your continued support and can't wait to see you at our 2007 shows! (You can
also get the new reduced prices at the Corbin/Hanner shows this year.)
Bob and Dave
hear Corbin and Hanner on MKOC
Johnny Napp, a tall, dark and handsome Virginia-boy
is ready to Cowboy Up! Whether working the hardwood or the stage, the
extraordinary talents of this athlete and country music phenomenon guarantee to electrify
any crowd who sees him play. Recently, NCAA regulations forced Johnny to choose between
his two loves, music and basketball. Overwhelmed by aspirations of music stardom he
decided to forfeit his basketball scholarship at James Madison University. Undeterred, he
has charged after his dream with both guns blazing. It all started when famed record
producer, Doc Holiday, saw the potential in the young artist. Doc Holiday says this about
Johnny Napp, This kid stands alone carrying the most potential I have ever come in
contact with throughout my 45 year career. He's electrifying on stage, his ability to
learn in the studio is uncanny and his quickness to adapt to any situation dealing with
the public is mystifying to anyone that comes in contact with him. Johnny Napp truly is
THE FUTURE OF COUNTRY MUSIC. Johnnys debut CD is a rockin good time that
showcases his musical versatility. The title track and first single, Cowboy Up and Party
Down, is a boot-slapping party song that is sure to whip concert-goers into frenzy.
There are certain songs that show your appreciation to the fans that are having fun
and are willing to sing along; this is one of those songs, Johnny said. Johnny is
currently working on a new album which features some of Nashvilles hottest session
players like the legendary Charlie McCoy, who has recorded with Roy Orbison, Elvis
Presley, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings and hundreds of others. The new album showcases his
musical versatility with songs like Delta Dawn, Tanya Tuckers first hit from 1972
that was eventually recorded by Helen Reddy and 76 other artists over the years.
Dawns writer, Alex Harvey, for the first time ever added a new bridge to the song
especially for Johnny. Harvey even lends background vocals to the track. Johnnys
flexibility on the album may be a reflection of the musical influences from his childhood.
My parents always listened to oldies or classic rock and my sisters listened to
country and hip-hop. Im glad I was exposed to such a variety of music at a young age
because it has enabled me to appreciate more forms of music today. I still listen to all
kinds of music and try to incorporate them into my own. Johnny has since embraced
artists like Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Hank Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tim
McGraw and Toby Keith. There is a commonality with all of these performers; all of
them were pioneers with their style. This is something I aspire to achieve. He may
be young, but this isnt his first rodeo. This fast-rising country singer has already
shared the stage with some big names in country music such as Billy Currington, Jason
Aldean and David Allen Coe. Once onstage his true persona comes alive with a scorching,
red-hot live show that enthralls his audience and leaves them screaming for more.
The major thing that drives me to be an entertainer is the fans. Music has always
touched me deep inside; a single song can easily change the mood for the day. Being an
entertainer gives me the opportunity to pass this onto other listeners. I can lighten the
load of life for a while by offering people a break from their usual day. If people
honestly get this satisfaction out of my music, then things are alright.
Thank you for all of the support with the new single. Please continue to call your radio
stations and request Meat On Her Bones
Johnny Napps single, Meat On Her Bones, has been shipped to radio. Johnny is
scheduled to open up for Blake Shelton and Rodney Atkins. He is also going back to James
Madison University to play The PUB on March 15th.
Listen to: Meat On
Jonny's Last Previous Here
Brandie Frampton To Headline Baseball Benefit
Los Angeles, CA, February 28, 2007 - 2006 New Music Awards Crossover
Artist of the Year, Brandie Frampton, is busy gearing up for what is expected to be a busy
2007. This Saturday, March 3rd, Brandie Frampton is set to headline a benefit concert in
Pleasant Grove, Utah.
The proceeds from the baseball concert are going straight to the Pleasant Grove High
School Baseball team. The money will pay for everything associated with the running of the
team including tournaments, uniforms, field equipment, fees, umpires etc., according
to DLF Records.
Fans will have double the opportunity to catch Brandie in concert which will
be held at the Pleasant Grove High School Auditorium. Two shows are scheduled; a matinee
performance at 3pm and an evening show starting at 7pm. Advance tickets are $10 or $12 at
Brandie Framptons current single, Colours is currently charting at #35
on NMW AC/Hot AC Charts, #10 on the NMW AC/Hot AC Top 30 Indie Chart, #58 on the NMW Top
100, #24 on the NMW Top 40 Top 30 Indie Chart, Chart Bound on Country Chart and #26 on the
NMW Country Top 30 Indie Chart. Plus, her previous single, What You See is #16
on the NMW Top College Chart. Talk about a TRUE Crossover artist!
For more information on Brandie Frampton visit her website: www.brandieframpton.com
Interviews are available by contacting Loggins Promotion 888-325-2901 or email email@example.com
Shows and concerts can be arranged through Rogers Entertainment Promotions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Media - Publicity - Promotion
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
A PICTURE OF GINNY.
It's hard to believe it's been almost five years
since she left us.
Our sister Val just sent us this picture,
which we've never seen before.
Ginny's beauty shines through,
so I'm sending it to our friends today,
along with an article I wrote during a dark time.
"A ROUGH DAY.
(Written April 1st, 2002.)
Please forgive me if I make a few typos, double mail,
and if I cry a little.
My kid sister passed away today, and I'm having a few beers.
I'm not much of a drinker, but today is different.
"Her name was Virginia. We called her Ginny.
She was the closest thing to a saint I've ever encountered.
She never said a mean word or hurt anybody in her entire life.
I'm telling you this because that's what friends are for.
"Ginny had a great sense of humor.
When she fell and broke the largest bone in her body,
The paramedics in the ambulance asked her how she was.
You know what she said?
She said: "I can't kick."
"She was weak and sick all her life.
Sometimes I feel guilty because I got all the health and strength.
She had an eye operation at the age of about six.
They took the eye out while they worked, with no anesthetic.
That was in the old days, before lasers.
"I was her protector, but I couldn't protect her this time.
She's been in and out of hospitals for the past several years,
and this time her heart stopped.
"I truly hope there is a life after death,
and that she can walk and run, and see, and sing...
all the things she couldn't do here.
"She was afraid to die. Aren't we all?
She loved life, even though it had treated her cruelly.
Easter weekend is a perfect time for her to leave this world.
She was as pure as Easter.
"We are having her memorial service on April fourth, her birthday.
Misty will be playing "Someday My Prince Will Come",
and other of Ginny's favorites, which include a few hymns.
"I have to try and dwell on how lucky I am to have known her.
Time is getting away from us, so, pray for us all, my friends.
We need it.
"Jack Blanchard, 2002."
We miss you, Ginny.
Jack Blanchard, 2007.
GRANDMA WAS A GIBSON GIR
Did you ever find yourself visiting friends, and you get cornered
into looking at their family pictures? And yet, when guests come to your house, you drag
out your family album, even though you know it drives them nuts. You can't help it. Today
I'm sending you a picture of my grandmother. I can't help it.
My grandmother dressed in the Gibson girl style when she was young. That was before torn
jeans, before hip hop styles, before hippies, before bobby soxers, and before flappers.
I think Gibson Girls wore corsets to hold things together. The flappers later tossed all
that restrictive armor away. Maybe that's how they got to be flappers.
I think the Gibson style was prettier and had more dignity, but the flappers of the
Roaring Twenties, like my mother, were wilder and maybe more exciting. It depends upon
your idea of "exciting".
The bobby soxers of the 1940's screamed at Frank Sinatra. I don't know why. He hadn't even
slapped them around yet.
The hippies were the relaxed crew who invented "laid back". They protested for
peace, rock and roll, and smoking pot. They were speakers for freedom, and against
expensive material things. Unfortunately, they grew up to be yuppies.
Today the boys wear clothes eight sizes too big, and the girls wear very little. If they
enjoy it, more power to them. Life for them is not going to be easy unless their parents
are rich. For what it costs to go to college now you used to be able to buy a medium-sized
Anyway, my sister Val has been creating family web sites, and the photographs are
fascinating to me. There was much more to my grandmother than meets your eye in the pretty
picture. If you'd like to visit her website, it's here: http://tinyurl.com/2fp84z.
That wasn't so bad, was it?
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out all of the Newest Released CDs in Country Music!
Paul and Helen
Mateki hit the #1 spot on the Roots Gospel Chart on Thursday 01st of March 2007!
Congratulations Paul and Helen!
Intuition is the sophomore album from Norwegian-born singer/songwriter
Ann-Marita. Intuition continues to push the boundaries of modern country music where
Ann-Marita's 2004 self-titled debut left off. Backed up by some of Australia's top
musicians, and produced by guitar virtuoso Brett Garsed, Ann-Marita delivers an album rich
in diversity and creativity. From growing up in a Norwegian mining community north of the
Arctic Circle, to coming of age as a foreign exchange student in the American Midwest, to
singing party tunes on Swedish cruise ships, to being broke but hopeful pounding the Los
Angeles pavement, to building a new life and career in Melbourne, Australia, this girl has
lived to tell all, and every little bit of experience has added its share to the heartfelt
stories and soaring melodies on Intuition.
"As I was writing these songs, I realized there was a theme starting to form,"
Ann-Marita says. "There was a thread running through everything, tying the songs
together: listening to your instincts and following your heart and your gut. The title
"Intuition" seemed to fall naturally into place, especially after I wrote what
was to become the opening track and first single: "A Woman's Intuition"."
"A Woman's Intuition" kicks off the album with a very non-country distorted
guitar riff, moving into a knock-down rock'n'roll anthem reminiscent of The Eagles or
early Linda Ronstadt, with Ann-Marita's powerhouse voice tearing through the chorus:
"I ain't puttin' it down to superstition/ You can't mess with a woman's
"Intuition, to me, isn't about being psychic," Ann-Marita explains. "Women
often tend to spend more time listening to other people than to what their own gut is
trying to tell them. I've been accused of writing a lot of girl-power songs, and as you
can see, I'm not about to stop anytime soon!"
Intuition is not your mainstream modern country album. It is, however, proof that an indie
artist on a shoestring budget can absolutely make a record that can compete with the
majors on every level. All it takes is outstanding musicianship, a producer who can cut to
the core of what the artist is truly about, a lot of guts, drive and a healthy sense of
humor, and last but definitely not least, some damn great songs and a big, big voice.
For more information on Ann-Marita, to schedule an interview or book a show while she is
in the States or Canada, please contact Laura at email@example.com or
615-825-0019. Photos, CDs, & MP3s are available to radio and the media by request.
1 A Woman's Intuition (click
song to listen)
2 What the Hell (Goes On In There)
3 Under the Iowa Sky
4 Three Magic Words
5 Company Town
6 State Line
7 Wish I Was More Like That
8 Gettin' On That Bus
10 Mrs. You
11 Done Doin' Time
Wildfire Publicity / Publicity House
PO Box 558, Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 615-825-0019; Fax: 760-437-4633
VIN LAMAR'S DEBUT CD OFFICIALLY RELEASED
Vin Lamar has joined forces with legendary music producer, Neal
James, to produce Vin's debut self-titled cd. The Vin Lamar CD was released on Aladdin
Recordings today, February 27. The debut single, "Fittin' In," is currently
being aired on radio worldwide.
I got into music by going to church, says Vin. It's where I first heard
music being sung and where I learned about harmony and song structure. Vin plays
both piano and guitar, both from professional & self-teaching. He began writing in
college and played in a Top 40 cover band, but really became serious about performing over
the last 4 years, compiling hundreds of original songs.
The Vin Lamar musical style is considered to be somewhere between Americana, Alternative,
Country and Pop. As a singer/songwriter, Vin has the ability to express and define certain
chosen moments when life hands you challenges and obstacles. Yet, without missing a beat,
Vin can cleaverly embrace the amusing and lighter side of life in lighthearted and
humorous offerings of the pen. Vin addresses the full gambit of life's emotions filled
with painful decisions as well as moments when you are able to laugh at yourself.
Vin Lamar's self-titled cd is currently available on CDBaby.
|Vin Lamar Track Listing
1 Parchment Paper
2 Stoke the Fire
3 In the Love
4 Fittin' In
5 The Eyewitness
6 We Have Joined Together
7 In the Basement
8 Love Speaks
9 House of Fire
10 Beauty is the Art
12 Spread Your Wings
For an MP3 of "Fittin' In", the Vin Lamar
self-titled album, photos, or to schedule an interview, contact Laura Claffey with
Wildfire Publicity at Laura@wildfirepublicity.net or 615-825-0019.
Wildfire Publicity / Publicity House
PO Box 558, Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 615-825-0019; Fax: 760-437-4633
Rustie Blue IFCO Give-A-Way!
Two winners will each receive a 1 year Membership to the IFCO, a Chip Chip CD, a Rustie
Blue quartz clock and poster, and, an advanced copy of Born Again Country, once completed
and before it's release date! (all items signed). To enter, go to Rustie's website at
www.rustieblue.com and sign the guestbook, mentioning "IFCO" (the International
Fan Club Organization www.ifco.org) in your commnents. You will automatically be entered
in the Give-a-way drawing; WINNERS to be announced on March 15th via Rustie's website.
Thanks so much!
Center Stage Productions
Robert D. Keister
512 West Sixth Ave.
Lancaster, OH 43130