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Gene Watson '07
"Home Records" recording artist,
Ken Mellons, the "Jukebox Junkie" is back and as great as ever with two new
releases to grace the radio airwaves and thrill his fans!
"Mr. DJ" (Written by Ken
Mellons & John Northrup) is Ken's first release since "The Best of Ken
Mellons" was released in 2001. "Mr. DJ has had great acclaim and raves from
every DJ that's played it and every person that's heard it.
Ken now has
another new release, "Paint Me a Birmingham" and I consider it equal to his
major hit, "I Can Bring Her Back", which Ken recorded on his debut album in
1994. That song also had a hit video... a video so chilling and perfect for the song that
I can still see it in my mind's eye... so memorable that I, too, can bring it back when I
want to. I can already visualize a concept of a video for "Paint Me a
Birmingham" as the song itself literally paints a picture of the story. To put the
icing on the cake, Vince Gill is singing the background vocals on "Paint Me A
Birmingham". The song was released to radio on 8-7-03 and has already received
critical acclaim from DJs and radio execs!
his pure and solid traditional country sound. A sound that is FINALLY coming back after
the "pop quiz" failed. You see, Ken wasn't really "gone" these past
few years... he did tours and shows and wrote his songs and waited for the industry to
realize that his brand of music IS INDEED what the country music public wants. I doubt
that Ken would make such a statement so I'm saying it for him! I love "real"
country music and I thank God that Ken's music is once again going to grace the airwaves.
As a matter of fact, Ken was recently invited to do an interview with Country Legends Association President, Frank Dell,
which will be released to radio stations affiliated with CLA.
Ken has been
writing with some of the greatest songwriters to ever hit country music such as Hank
Cochran (I Fall to Pieces), Dean Dillon (A Lot of Things Different), Troy Seals (Who's
Gonna Fill Their Shoes), and Whitley Shaefer (All My Exes Live in Texas).
balance of the songs on this new, yet to be released CD are as good as "Mr. DJ"
and "Paint Me A Birmingham", I see a solid gold album on the horizon which can
only continue to rise to platinum! For all of you "Mellon-Heads" from the past,
you're going to love Ken's new material! For those of you just learning about Ken, get
ready for a great ride! This country boy is the real deal!
© Marlene Slater (Marli)
My Kind of Country
Hear the songs!
Paint Me A Birmingham
|Review from Bob
Paint Me a Birmingham
Writer: Buck Moore/ Gary Duffey; Producer: Ken Mellons/ John Northrup; Publisher: Mama's
House/ Brew Bear/ Songs of Nashville-DreamWorks/ Princetta, BMI; Home
-Simply terrific. The song tugs at your hillbilly heart. Ken sings with extraordinary
emotion and depth. The production is beautifully understated. And Vince Gill provides the
tenor harmony. This minor masterpiece made my day. I got my copy from PLA Media. Get one
Plus, Bob Oermann adds in his DISClaimer:
It's a week for surprises from veterans we thought we knew. Both Jimmy Fortune and Ken
Mellons have turned in new singles that are nothing like their previous musical images.
Mellons, in particular, stands out as a powerfully compelling ballad singer. "Paint
Me A Birmingham" is so strong it could be another of these indie breakout chart
successes we've been seeing lately (Craig Morgan, David Ball, Mark McGuinn). At least I
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Ken's CD, "Sweet" was released 8-24-04!
|For Immediate Release
September 23, 2003
"The Battle of the Birmingham's" Turns to Reality Radio
(Nashville, TN)- Dreamworks Records is releasing Ken
Mellons' new single, "Paint Me A Birmingham" on Tracy Lawrence next week.
Dreamworks has dug out of Warner Brothers' vault and dusted off Tracy's two-year-old cut
on the song, but only after Ken Mellons' released it garnering a compelling reaction to
the same song.
In the face of this formidable adversary, Ken Mellons and Home Records have decided to
make this battle fun. They have prompted radio to take a cue from television and make this
"Battle of the Birmingham's" a reality radio game. Radio is encouraged to play
both cuts of the song back-to-back and let the listeners decide which version does the
poignant songwriting of Buck Moore and Gary Duffey justice. To put it simply, the offer is
to pit the versions against each other and let the best rendition win. The prediction is,
it will be a win-win situation for radio and Ken Mellons as the reality radio will garner
instant phones, build an undeniable excitement, and answer the question that has been
plaguing the sagging music industry, is it about the music anymore? Dreamworks Records
senior executive of promotion and artist development, Scott Borchetta, would encourage the
spirit of the competition as he expressed in an interview during CRS (Country Radio
Seminar) '98: "Great music should have the opportunity to rise to the top like it
Taking on the powerhouse that is Dreamworks is a classic David vs. Goliath struggle, but
Home Records and Ken Mellons are poised for the "Battle of the Birmingham's".
They are ready to stand on the strength of Mellons' dynamic delivery of this hit song.
"Paint Me A Birmingham" is Ken's song; a song that Ken is living. His vocal
performance on this record is reminiscent of Vern Gosdin's performance on "Chiseled
In Stone." The sparse production, his emotive delivery and Gill's tasteful harmonies
mark this as a career record for Ken Mellons.
Industry tastemaker, Robert K. Oermann, calls Ken's song, "simply terrific . . .a
minor masterpiece." Country superstar Vince Gill, who sings background vocals on the
song said, "I'll sing on the song because Ken sings right." More critical
accolades are coming from every direction as radio, print media, fans, and a recent
performance of the single at the Grand Ole Opry are building a momentum that signals that
Ken won't be silenced by Dreamworks. All he can do is hope it really does come down to the
For more information or singles on Ken, visit www.kenmellons.com. Ken is available for
interviews in person or by phone by contacting P.L.A. Media at 615.327.0100.
P.L.A. Media - Nashville/Los Angeles
615-320-1061 - fax
615-438-3193 - cell
1303 16th Ave. S.
Ken Mellons Web Site
to learn more about Ken and his music