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Codie Prevost
Kicks Off “MY DREAMS” Program

Codie-sm.jpg (2280 bytes)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.

PorcupinePlainSchool.jpg (5898 bytes)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, Prevost’s down to earth charm and genuine interest in children and youth made him everyone’s “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 prizes.

PorcupinePlainSchool2.jpg (4118 bytes)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.

PorcupinePlainSchool3.jpg (5052 bytes)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 student’s 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 future.

Anyone interested in learning more about the MY DREAMS program can contact Al at 306-862-6919.

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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".
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MP3s of "Don’t 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.

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Skyla Spencer recently stopped by to visit and perform for local veterans at the Veteran’s 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 4–6p.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 You’d 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.

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Music Fest.

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.

Roger Ryan

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4th Annual Fox Mountain Country Music Festival, Aug. 2-5, 2007
May 29th, 2007

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Hello Friends:

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 doesn’t start until Aug. 2-5, 2007.

In previous emails I mentioned the open mike, L & A Cloggers Dance Team, comedian- Laurent D’Entrement, 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 Ryan’s 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 don’t know by now, I’ll 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 new cd.

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 it’s 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 I’m on stage I try and focus on the “here and now”. It’s like I’m 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

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