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Kicks Off MY DREAMS Program
Porcupine Plain, SK: The energy was amazing, the passion apparent as
country singer, songwriter, Codie Prevost, kicked off a new and innovative support and
mentorship program for youth interested in making their dreams a reality. MY
DREAMS, an acronym for Making Your Dreams Real, Enjoyable (&) Attainable (with)
Mentorship (&) Support is a youth wellness initiative created by Betty Rudachyk,
Community Wellness Coordinator, for Kelsey Trail Health Region and financially supported
by Porcupine Plain Interagency Group. The program is intended to help students from grades
5 12, realize and work toward their dreams. Many barriers prevent students from
believing in themselves and believing in their ability to become what they envision for
themselves and their future.
Elementary school aged students might think they are so small and
their dreams are so big, it could never happen. High school students, especially from
small towns, often get hung up on the notion that being from a small town limits your
possibilities for big dreams. Many students, whether urban or rural, struggle with low
self esteem and a lack of confident belief in themselves, their talents, abilities or
interests. When Ms Rudachyk approached Prevost about being involved in this project, he
was extremely enthusiastic and indicated that, although, he has, for some time now, done
inspirational concerts in schools, he was particularly interested in supporting this
program because it provides sustaining guidance and encouragement.
On Wednesday, May 16, Prevosts down to earth charm
and genuine interest in children and youth made him everyones new hero
as he engaged his audiences with ballads and reflections from his own personal journey of
making his dream, his reality. Prevost masterfully wove his experiences about growing up
in rural Saskatchewan, formulating his dream of becoming a singer, at age 12 years, and
describing the steps and mentors he had along the way in between songs and participation
He made them laugh, he made them cry, he had them dancing, he had
them singing, on and off stage! He made them think and most of all, he made everyone feel
inspired and hopeful about what their future can look like. Without preaching or sounding
condescending, Prevost spoke about commitment, dedication, courage, perseverance and
willingness to step out of comfort zones and grow toward your dream. He spoke,
realistically, about hurdles and the need to view them as opportunities for learning and
evaluating. With seeming ease, he created an awesome rhythm of energy and reflection for
his youthful audiences. As high school principal, Brian Foster said, Having an
exciting young man like Codie Prevost in our school was the perfect way to launch the MY
DREAMS program. He is a wonderful example of how one can make their dreams come true.
Prevost stressed the importance of hard work in making your dreams a
reality and also how important it is to find other people who can help you to succeed. The
students related well and were positively responsive in registering for voluntary
involvement in the MY DREAMS program. Following this Kick Off concert,
students will begin meeting on a monthly basis with Wellness Coordinator, Betty Rudachyk
and a teacher volunteer. The group will be structured yet fun and students will, after
naming their goal/dream, be guided and supported in formulating personal plans
for working toward their dream. They will also be partnered with an adult mentor who works
in the field of the students dream. The mentors will be carefully chosen by the
group facilitators with a goal of accessing Saskatchewan home grown
celebrities or professionals. With the success achieved in Porcupine Plain Rudachyk plans
on approaching other schools with the program which would involve Prevost in the near
Anyone interested in learning more about the MY DREAMS program can contact Al at
Codie's CD Here!
RUSTIE BLUE PERFORMS
DURING CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEK
Rustie Blue performed at the 2007 M-T-M Showcase at Douglas Corner in Nashville, TN,
during CMA Music Festival Week. Among those in the crowd was Larry Holden from Country
Weekly magazine. Rustie performed songs from her upcoming cd, Born Again Country, with her
producer, Willie Mack, including their duet, "Stronger Than Steel".
Also attached is a Rustie Blue with Larry Holden.
MP3s of "Dont Come Cryin", a copy of the Chip Chip album,
interviews, and print quality photos available to media by request. Rustie Blue's music is
also available on our media only download page and Airplay Direct.
Don't Come Cryin' clip
Electronic Press Kit
Entertains Nashville Veterans
Skyla Spencer recently stopped by to visit and perform for local veterans at the
Veterans Administration in Nashville. I hold so much admiration and respect
for the men and women who have served and are presently serving our country. My father is
a veteran and has shared many stories with me over the years about his time in the
military. It was an honor to take part in this benefit.
Skyla will be performing at the Full Moon Saloon in a free concert from 46p.m. on
Thursday, June 7th during the CMA Music Festival. For other performances and
appearances visit www.SkylaSpencer.com.
For more information, MP3s, the You Said Youd Call Me album, print quality photos,
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 through Airplay Direct.
Wildfire Publicity / Publicity House
PO Box 558, Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 615-825-0019; Fax: 760-437-4633
Country Cuts by Roger Ryan
The old saying "You serve the best wine last" certainly did not apply at this
year's CMA Music Fest (Fan Fair) which was staged in Nashville from June 7th to 11th.
When you consider the opening night's lineup of Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Brooks &
Dunn and Reba Mc Entire, plus The Wreckers and Dierks Bentley, you have to ask yourself
how do you top that.
And of course the answer is, you don't. This had to be one of the strongest lineups for an
opening night that I have ever seen, and it went down a treat with the huge crowd present.
The fact that it was a beautiful Summer's night also helped to make this a memorable night
for the fans, who availed of the opportunity to dance on the pitch especially during Alan
Jackson's set. There was a real carnival atmosphere to the whole event, and looking around
the huge stadium it appeared to me that the attendance was way up on last year's record
figure of 160,000.
What appealed to me a lot about the Thursday night show was the nice mixture of modern and
traditional country.The opening acts Trace Adkins, The Wreckers, and Brooks & Dunn
really got the festival off to a country rocking start, and this was nicely balanced by
the more traditional sound of Alan Jackson, and closing act, the fabulous Reba Mc Entire.
Reba was making a welcome return to the festival after an 11 year absence, and she had the
crowd on their feet from the moment she stepped on stage until she brought the first night
to a close. The show kicked off at around 7.30 and ended close to midnight, but I didn't
see anybody leave early.
Some rain during the day threatened to put a damper on the Friday night show, but
thankfully it cleared up in the evening and the carnival atmosphere continued during the
performance of Sugarland, Sara Evans,
Montgomery Gentry, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Carrie Underwood.As I write these
notes I have yet to attend the Saturday show which promises to be really good also and
stars Martina M Bride, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jo Dee Messina, Josh Turner and LeAnn Rimes. The
outdoor portion of the festival will come to a close on Sunday with the following lineup
of artists, Billy Currington, Taylor Swift, Rodney Atkins, Miranda Lambert, Big &
Rich, Kellie Pickler, Grethen Wilson and the man of the moment Brad Paisley. That's some
lineup to go out on, but I don't think it will top Thursday night's show for me.
And of course these four shows are only part of the many activities and events that take
place during the week in Nashville. The Greased Lightning daytime stage presents an
outstanding array of talent each day from 10.00am 'til 6.00pm. The stage is erected on the
river and you sit out in the sun and enjoy the music all day long and work on your tan at
the same time. There's also plenty of indoor activity going on. The Convention Centre is
open every day and houses the Fan Fair, where fans can browse through the many exhibition
stands and get their picture taken with some of the artists and also collect autographs.
For any of the bigger stars who show up, you may have to stand in line for at least an
hour before you get to them.All the bars in Downtown Nashville become involved in the
festival and lay on live bands or the week and stay open until the wee hours of the
morning.There are so many other events going on at the same time here, that's it's
difficult to attend them all.You have to pace yourself and be selective, but one thing is
certain, you won't be bored.
Irish singer John Mc Nicholl, had a short but very busy time in Nashville last week. While
he was here primarilly to perform and represent Ireland at the Global Artists Showcase, he
also managed to put in an appearance at the Cowboy Church in Opryland, and he attended an
International Reception in Brentwood.While here he also met up with songwriters Barry
& Holly Tashian with a view to picking out some songs for a forthcoming album.John was
one of 6 artists chosen to perform at the Global Artists Show. The other 5 were from U.K.
2 from Australia and 2 from Canada. Jace Everett hosted the show which served as an
unoficial kickoff to the week's events.
Gary Gamble and his band have delved into the past to come up with a song for their latest
release. The Tyrone outfit have just released 'The Melody Aces Tribute' a lively upbeat
number that recaptures the flavour and atmosphere of the Showband era. Coupled with
'Freckles', this double A side cd is certain to set feet tapping and evoke a wave of
nostalgia throughout the country.
4th Annual Fox Mountain Country Music Festival, Aug. 2-5, 2007
May 29th, 2007
6128 Aylesford Road, Nova Scotia, Canada, B0P 1C0
(Near Berwick, in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada)
How much better can it get! As of now we have over 350 sites booked for the 4th Annual Fox
Mountain Country Music Festival and it doesnt start until Aug. 2-5, 2007.
In previous emails I mentioned the open mike, L & A Cloggers Dance Team, comedian-
Laurent DEntrement, the Bowes Brothers(Ontario), Har-Money Made(NS), Chelsea Nesbitt
(NS), Tumbleweed(NS), Valley Gospel Ramblers(NS), Berard Family Band(Louisiana, USA), the
Hardcore Troubadours(New Brunswick), Triple Time(NS), Joyce Seamone and Total Country(NS),
and Rough Edges(NS).
We are pleased to announce that Ryan Cook and Sunny Acres (NS) will also be part of the
weekend. Unfortunately Ryans name is not on any of the yellow flyers that are in
circulation. I am excited to also present Mark Cameron, Jon Cyr (winner of the 780 KIXX
country contest), Gary Halliday, Rachel Mattie, Audra Raulyns, and Matthew Stanton. These
performers are top notch and will be backed by my band, Total Country.
Over the years I have listened to some of the greatest duos in country music, such as
Porter and Dolly and Conway and Loretta. I have invited my friends, Joyce & Keith
DeLong, Floyd & Jo-Ann Spicer (Newman), and Graham Moorehead & Nora Stacey to dish
up some duets for your listening pleasure. They too will be backed by Total Country.
If you dont know by now, Ill tell you that I am very partial to listening to
original songs. Joining me as I host Saturday mornings Songwriters
Circle, is Mark Cameron, Kevin Davison (from the band Har-Money Made) Audra Raulyns and
Carol Penney who does some co-writing with me. As a matter of fact, Carol and I are very
pleased that the Valley Gospel Ramblers included a song that we co-wrote on their brand
I would like to give you the opportunity of sending me an email, describing in 25 words or
less, what you like about the festival. You must sign your name as I might just use some
of your quotes in the next newsletter.
If by some chance you booked your site, sometime between the last festival and now and
its just sitting there but not paid for, you must pay for it before June 1.
Otherwise it comes up for grabs, so to speak. Last year, we had quite a few sites that
were booked, but people neglected to call and tell us that they were in fact not going to
make it. Had we known, we could have put someone else on those sites. We are trying to
eliminate that scenario this year. Call 902 847 3747.
Until next time, my personal thought for today is: When Im on stage I try and focus
on the here and now. Its like Im plugged in when I hit the stage
and if my heart could be opened, it might look just like a musical note.
Keeping It Country: Joyce Seamone, Music Coordinator
|That's all Folks!
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