I wasn't able to get you the news as early as I thought but I had a
great reason.. I was reviewing Collin Raye's new CD! Yehaw.. and it's a good-un! So,
you've got a new review to enjoy and all of news is posted below as promised. Enjoy!
MKOC Reviews Collin Raye and his
new CD, "Selected Hits"
Aside from receiving a fantastic new CD, I have had
the great honor of reviewing one of my idols, Collin Raye who has released a new CD on his
own label, " StarPointe Records". The album
contains 2 new wonderful songs, some of his most requested hits and a big surprise.. a
personal message from Collin himself. I encourage everyone to check out the review... I'll
admit, it's a long one to read so if you get tired of reading my thoughts, just play the
music and you'll be hooked! Collin Raye on MKOC
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high prices you find in the stores. I've researched the links posted to give everyone an
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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.
Song Clips Added..
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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's news about his gigs in August has
been posted on the site along with 2 photos of him with Grand Ole Opry star, Connie Smith
who shared the stage with Narvel in one of those shows. Check it out at News From Narvel.
Narvel also reports, "I'll be singing on
a show for the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH November 11th honoring Jerry Lee
Lewis. Kris Kristoferson will host." That date is also Narvel's birthday!
The details about this show will be posted as
soon as I get all the details. Sad part for me... before I moved, I lived only 30 miles
from Cleveland and could have been there to share another birthday with Narvel, see a
great show and hey... meet Kris Kristoferson! Ugh! I miss being home more than ever!
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Elvis Presleys I Forgot To Remember to Forget Chosen as
Official Song of the Internacional Country Music Day 2007
I Forgot To Remember to Forget has been chosen by the readers of http://internationalcountrymusicday.blogspot.com
as the song that brings together country music artists and fans all over the world, as
well as representing the values that our music stands for during the International Country
Music Day, which is held every year on September 17.
This year, the associations and websites that are taking part in the event: Country Music
Association of Spain -CMA-Spain-, Country Music Association of Uruguay AMCU-, country2.com Argentina-, Country CD
France- (fomerly FACM), Country Music Association of Greece CMA-Greece-,
United States Hispanic Country Music Association and Dímelo Country DCWR-.have
decided to pay tribute to Elvis Presley on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his
passing, thereby honoring his outstanding contributions to the country music field.
Country fans all over the world have made their choice among a list that includes
Elvis 11 best country numbers. The winning song, I Forgot To Remember to
Forget got 32 % of the votes, just in front of Always On My Mind, which
came out second with 20 % of the votes, and Blue Moon Of Kentucky, which came
out third with 16 % of the votes. All the final results of the poll are available at http://internationalcountrymusicday.blogspot.com
Jessi Colter on the Internacional Country Music Day
Country singer Jessi Colter, wife of the late country great Waylon Jennings, has praised
the celebration of the Country Music Day: I think its a very good idea.
Country music fans all over the world are always very kind and really appreciate the
music. They deserve something like this!
International Country Music Day Keeps Growing
New associations and websites such as TISBA (The International Singing Brakeman
Association, devoted to the promotion of the memory of the father of country music, Jimmie
Rodgers) and the Hispanic country website latonky.com have decided to support this
non-profit celebration starting next year. The organizers of the International Country
Music Day invite everyone interested in promoting cooperation between country artists,
professionals, and fans worldwide to join the celebration.
The International Country Music Day is held every year on September 17, commemorating the
birthday of Hank Williams.
Montgomery Gentry Hits the Strip in the Las Vegas
(Nashville, TN)- Country music super duo MONTGOMERY
GENTRY will appear on NBC's smash hit television series "Las Vegas." The two
hour season premiere will air September 28th at 9PM EST on NBC starring Josh Duhamel,
Molly Sims, James Lesure, Vanessa Marcil and Tom Selleck.
Now entering its fifth season, this fast-paced, sexy drama follows the elite Las Vegas
surveillance team charged with maintaining the security of one of Sin City's largest
resorts and casinos.
You can check out Eddie and Troy performing their Top 5 mega hit, "Hell Yeah"
for the episode.
For more information about the show, visit www.nbc.com/las_vegas.
Fresh off their latest CMA nomination for Duo of the Year, Montgomery Gentry is currently
touring throughout the country and promoting their latest album, Some People Change. Their
new single, "What Do Ya Think About That" is currently climbing the country
music charts. For more information on Montgomery Gentry, please visit www.montgomerygentry.com
In honor of Gibson's enduring commitment to
excellence, this month Guitar Center is offering Special No Payment/No Interest Financing
on all Gibson and Epiphone Guitars and Basses! That means you have a full year to enjoy
your gear without paying a single penny. Plus, you can add more gear to your
Gibson/Epiphone purchase and get the same great financing deal.
Biggest Little News Sheet In Country Music (Since 1963) Volume 45 Issue 12
Loudilla, Loretta & Kay Johnson P.O. Box 40328 Nashville, TN 37204
Rarely seen performances by Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell and
more have been unearthed for "The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show, a
two-disc DVD set due in stores Sept, 18. Cash's series ran on ABC Television from
the summer of 1969 to March 1971, and provided an invaluable national showcase for an
astonishing array of singer/songwriters of all genres. Among performers on the Sony
release are Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Linda Ronstadt,
Ray Charles, Glen Campbell, Derek and the Dominos, Pete Seeger, Louis Armstrong, Tammy
Wynette, George Jones, James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride, and Creedence
Clearwater Revival. The package features a total of 66 performances.
Rhino Records will release Emmylou Harris Songbird Rare Tracks &
Forgotten Gems on Sept. 24. The 4 CD edition of the 12-time Grammy Award-winner
in which she retraces the back roads of her remarkable musical journey that spans more
than three decades. Rhino lets one of the most instantly recognizable voices of any genre
call the tunes for this four-disc collection of career favorites, difficult-to-find
material and live performances from her days with Gram Parsons and later, the Hot
Band to her bluegrass material and her fascinating concept album to her more recent
solo albums and her most recent work Mark Knopfler.
Charlie Daniels will release his 17th Blue Hat Records, collection Deuces
on Oct. 9th. Daniels teamed up with some of Nashville's most recognizable names,
performing duets of Country, Pop, R&B and some of CDB's biggest hits. Guests
include: Brad Paisley, The Del McCoury Band, Gretchen Wilson, Earl, Gary and
Randy Scruggs, Bonnie Bramlett, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Marty
Stuart. Darius Rucker, Brenda Lee, Vince Gill and Montgomery Gentry.
Daniels will be promoting the release making with a series of appearances in New York
and touring the country starting Oct. 5.
NEWS BRIEFS:Porter Wagoner will receive the Pioneer Award
during the iebaLIVE! Banquet on Oct. 16. +++ Billy Ray Cyrus will not be
attending the Canadian Country Music Awards as previously announced due to a
change in the filming schedule for Hannah Montana. +++ Bucky Covington
and Jason Michael Carroll have set the Raisin' the Bar Tour starting Oct. 25
in Corpus Christi, TX and winding-up Dec. 8 in Baltimore. Cole Deggs & the Lonesome
will open the shows. Willie Nelson has joined the cast of Swing Vote, a Tourchstone pictures
political comedy. The film is being produced by Kevin Costner'sTreehouse
production company and will also feature Dennis Hopper, Kelsey Grammer,George
Lopez and Costner. No release date has been announced.
Songwriter, Billy Montana, has re-signed an exclusive long-term songwriter
agree-ment with Curb Music Publishing and Moraine Music Group. Among
Montanas hits are Jo Dee Messinas smash, "Bring on the
Rain", Sara Evans #1 chart topper, "Suds in the
Bucket", and the record-breaking Garth Brooks single, "More
Than a Memory", which debuted at #1 on the charts last week. "More
Than a Memory" was co-written with Lee Brice and Kyle Jacobs.
Kellie Pickler is one of several celebrity contestants scheduled to compete on Fox
TV's Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? hosted by Jeff Foxworthy.
The all-star cast will also include American Idol's Clay Aiken, television
host Regis Philbin, skateboarder Tony Hawk, Miss AmericaLauren
Nelson and Billie Bush of Access Hollywood. Each celebrity will
compete for a possible one million dollars with winnings going to the charity of their
choice and is scheduled to air during November sweeps week.
NEWS BRIEFS: Reba McEntire will bring along recent duet partner, Kelly
Clarkson and Justin Timberlake when she visits with Oprah, airing
the week of Sept 18 - when Reba Duets is released. +++ The CMA
Songwriters Series on Sept. 20 will be part of "Joe's Pub in the
Park," a two week musical festival held at the Delacorte Theater in Central
Park. The series will include performances from Bob DiPiero, Gretchen Peters,
Rivers Rutherford and Victoria Shaw .+++ Montgomery Gentry will
headline the 2008 Country in the Rockies in Steamboat Springs, CO. The
annual event scheduled for Jan. 23-27, is a fundraiser for the T.J. Martell Foundation
to support leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.
Clay Walker has enlisted some of country music's biggest stars to help battle
against Multiple Sclerosis. Walker's non-profit charity, Band Against MS
has partnered with the Washington D.C. metropolitan area Chapter of the National MS
Society by offering an autographed guitar for auction at the Society's Annual
Ambassadors Ball on Sept. 19 in the nation's capital. The Taylor model
210-E guitar bedecked with the authentic signatures of Walker, Alan Jackson, Kix
Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and George Strait is one of several items included in the
auction. Proceeds from the sale of the instrument will be divided between the
National Capital Chapter of the National MS Society and Band Against MS
Organizers of Darryl Worleys Tennessee River Runpresented by West
Tennessee Healthcare predict record crowds for this years event on Sept. 14-15
at Pickwick Landing State Park Resort in Hardin County. Charlie Daniels is
among entertainers joining Worley at the centerpiece concert . The Tennessee River Run
benefits the Darryl Worley Foundation, Inc. , organized as a 501(c)(3) public
benefit corporation, to help serve the needs of Hardin and McNairy Counties and
surrounding areas of West Tennessee, Northeastern Mississippi and Northwestern Alabama, St.
Jude Children's Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Childrens Medical Center, Ayers
Childrens Medical Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation .
EVENTS Calendar -2007-2008:
Sept. 18 - Dream Concert, Radio City Music Hall, New York City
Sept. 21-22 - 19th Annual Gstaad Festival, Switzerland
Sept. 26 - Bluebird On The Bridge, Nashville, TN
Oct. 1-7 - IBMA World of Bluegrass, Nashville, TN
Oct. 14-16 - IEBA Conference, Hilton Suites, Nashville, TN
Oct. 6-7 - Dottie West Music Fest, McMinnville, TN
Nov. 7 - 41st Annual CMA Awards Show, Nashville, TN
Dec. 17 - Tour Bus Tour, Hendersonville, TN
Dec. 19 - Christmas For Kids, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Jan. 5-7 - Country In The Rockies, Steamboat Springs, CO
Mar. 7-16 - SXSW 2008, Austin, TX
Mar. 13-16- 18th Annual Festival Of The West, Phoenix, AZ
Mar. 5-7 - Country Radio Seminar (CRS-38), Nashville,
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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
Musicians often have a hard time getting paid, especially when they're on the road. If you
get a 50% deposit with the contract, you at least have half of your pay, if the check
If you don't get the other half before the first show, you have a better chance playing
the state lottery. If you give them the music before they give you the money, they are
prone to get buyers remorse, and decide the cash means more to them than your friendship.
Some money guys have a way of disappearing into thin air, when you go looking for them.
I've even checked the toilet tank. Others just get the bouncers to throw you out. I prefer
getting stiffed by the disappearing kind.
One dumpy nightclub called The Comic Book in Jacksonville Beach staged a phony robbery to
get out of paying us.
They ran around in a false panic, like a chicken with its hat off. (Thanks to Misty for
that line.) They showed us the empty safe with the door wide open, and promised to meet us
the next afternoon with the money. We waited, we called, and waited some more. We went
home wanting to stomp a bunny.
The next time we saw these scumbags, they walked into an Orlando club where we were
playing, sat in the back row, and laughed about not paying us. I couldn't kill them. Too
Up in the Midwest corn country, we were booked into a small county fair. There were no
dressing rooms on the fairgrounds, and they had a room across the street for us to change,
in a small Mom and Pop Motel. They said we should relax and when the fiddle contest was
over, they'd send somebody to get us. They came for us twenty minutes later than the
contracted starting time.
When we arrived, they said the fiddle contest ran overtime, and seeing that we were not
there exactly at the assigned 7PM, they felt they were entitled to a discount. They
suggested 50%. Our rough looking band closed in on them, and we proposed that we get 100%
and they get to keep their teeth.
There were many times we didn't get paid, but I like to talk about the times we did.
It was at the huge Citrus Bowl in Orlando. On the show with is were Jerry Reed, B. J.
Thomas, The Flying Wallendas (a famous high wire act), and T. G. Sheppard. I said this to
Misty: "If the Wallendas fall just before we go on, it'll take some of the fun out of
Behind us on stage was a 35 foot high wall of speakers, and the sound was operated from a
tower built for the occasion
in the center of the football field. The lighting and stage crew were first class. They
had spared no expense.
We went on right after the Wallendas, and before Jerry Reed and his band. During Jerry's
show I made a bee line for the office, and got our money. I had checked out its location
beforehand. A few minutes later T. G. Sheppard came up to us,
and asked us if we knew where the guy with the money was. We didn't. He had that lost
look. I know it because I've worn it a lot.
A number of years later a young man came up to us, and told us that his father had put on
that Citrus Bowl show, and that we were the only act that got paid. He sort of apologized
for his dad, who apparently had a habit of going underground with the payroll. He said he
didn't know where the old man was. Hadn't heard from him in years.
We had gotten lucky that day, but there are many dozens of times we got the silly end of
the stick. Some time I'll tell you about them.
I write a lot of songs and stories, so I often get asked
where my ideas come from.
Ideas are easier to find when you're looking for them. I keep an eye out all the time.
Everything in my life, every conversation, and event, is filed somewhere in my head under
Possible Song or Story Ideas.
Ideas are easier to find if you're looking for them. I write down a million little notes
and lose most of them, like a crazed squirrel hiding nuts.
Then at a later date, when I've completely forgotten about them, my crazed squirrel nuts
show up unexpectedly
in an old loose leaf, or in the back of a drawer. Sometimes they're better, or worse,
after staying away from them for a while.
I had writer's block for a long time. It was terrible! I even went to a hypnotist. I read
all the self-help books, and finally found one thing that helped me out of it. This is
what it said: "Inspiration comes AFTER action."
It took a while for that to soak in. What it means to me is this: Don't wait for an
inspiration. Start writing first and the inspiration will follow.
At first I had to write pages and pages of crappy stuff, but then it started to come
together, if I let it. I may have to dump my original idea, and let myself get sidetracked
onto something else. Usually I don't know how the story will end until it does.
I almost always write the title last, because I find that sticking to a title idea is
confining. The original "great phrase" often stays somewhere in the song or
story, but it loses top billing along the way.
I heard that writing every day makes it easier, and I like easier. This one turned out to
be true. It helps me.
Back to the original question about where my ideas come from. Other than having a habit of
looking for them, I have no idea. (The puns are always intended.)
Every single time I finish a story or a song, I think it's going to be the last one I'll
ever write. That's because I don't know HOW I do it. Not a clue.
One of our SongU.com family members, John Wesley Coutts (United Kingdom), is
very ill with a brain tumor. For those of you who dont know John Wesley, he is a
great guy and a talented writer who has collaborated with several other SU members. Like
any songwriter, Johns wish was that his songs were heard and enjoyed by other
people. His sister, Anne, and wife, Angela, have said that it will lift Johns
spirits to receive emails from people who have listened to his songs. His member website
at SongU.com contains his songs including what will likely be Johns last song,
Ill Tell God You Said Hi (written before he was diagnosed).
Im calling this campaign The Song Heard Round The World and its
very simple. Please take a moment as soon as possible to listen to one of Johns
songs on his member website and send a quick email to let him know you heard it along with
your state and country. Im including a sample email below my signature in case you
need an idea of what to write (obviously feel free to write what you want).
You can listen to John Wesleys songs on his website at www.songu.com/members/johnwesley Please
do not complete a guestbook entry on Johns member website as John will not see it.
Instead, please send all emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
His sister and wife will be checking this email account and are looking forward to reading
those emails to John.
We would like John to know that his music was heard around the world. So please forward
this note to fellow songwriters, friends, family and those on your mailing lists. Yes, I
know this is one of those things that you might want to wait until next week to do when
your inbox is less cluttered and you have more time. But unfortunately, John Wesley does
not have the luxury of time. So wed like to harness the power of the Internet to see
if we can make a difference for John Wesley.
Thank you in advance for making a difference.
Danny Arena www.SongU.com
Courses, Coaching, Connections
Sample email if you need it:
Hi John Wesley,
I just wanted to let you know that your song, Ill Tell God You Said Hi
was heard over here in Nashville, TN. Thanks for sharing your music with us.
Marty Martel Reports: Sad News
I just rcv'd a call from my longtime friend Bobby Lewis. Bobby asked
me if I would let everyone in our business know that his brother, who so many of us knew,
Jack "Cornsilk" Lewis, passed away several days ago.
Our prayers and condolences go out to Bobby and his family in this time of their great
MAY JACK'S SOUL REST IN THE LOVING ARMS OF OUR BLESSED LORD.
Bobby is one of our great country music artists who was tutored by the legendary Ernest
Tubb, and Bobby blessed us all with so many great hits, and now he and his family need our
prayers at this time.
The original steel player on George Morgan's "Candy
Kisses", Billy Robinson is in the hospital. He was going to have a stint put in and
the Docs found a place in the back of the heart that needs repair....so they are doing
"open-heart" today at Centennial Hospital. Billy was a prominent steeler
working for George Morgan, Marty Robbins, Red Foley, and many Opry players in the early
'50s. Billy is 76 years old and looks 40.
but don't forget to check yer cinch.
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Vin Lamar Participates in Triathlon
Vin Lamar recently participated in the Venice Triathlon, his
first attempt at a triathlon, where he did a 1/4 mile swim, a 10 mile bike ride, and
a 3.1 mile run. While he did not finish in the lead, he did finish! "I
wasn't the last guy out of the water, but I think there may have been some women out of
the water before me," jokes Vin. "That plus the fact that I was on a
slower bike, I was seeing and chasing women all morning!"
Vin Lamar's current single is "Parchment
Paper". "Parchment Paper" is about inner love and how it keeps you
going forward when nothing else will. Vin chose to release "Parchment
Paper" as a single because "it comes from my very core. I want to put out
to the world the essence of who I am and see what happens," he says.
"Parchment Paper has helped me release the pain of the past and move forward."
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 joined forces with legendary music producer, Neal James, to produce his debut
self-titled cd. The Vin Lamar CD was released on Aladdin Recordings and is
currently available on CDBaby.
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 "Parchment Paper", 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. "Parchment Paper" is available for download on the Media
Page at www.WildfirePublicity.net
Publicity was started by Laura Claffey as LC*PR. Laura is a freelance publicist and does
publicity for things music related: artists/bands, books, auctions, etc. Laura is a
Belmont University graduate (2002), who interned for a year with an independent country
music label and for a short period of time with a public relations firm. She has been
doing full publicity since 2001.
TracFone has just released two brand new
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The Kyocera 126 is an amazing phone that has a monochrome display with a color filter and
offers a multitude of additional benefits that include call waiting, caller ID and text
messaging. The phone is priced at $14.99.
The LG200C is a stylish color flip phone that comes standard with text messaging a hands
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That's all Folks!
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