Monday, November 24, 2014

Winners Announced For The 8th Annual British Country Music Awards

Winners Announced For The 8th Annual British Country Music Awards


Pictured above L to R: BCMA President, Lee Williams, CMA Director of International Relations, Bobbi Boyce, AristoMedia Group CEO, Jeff Walker, and CMA CEO, Sarah Trahern.
BCM Presents Four International Awards

(Nashville, Tenn. – Nov. 24, 2014) - The 8th Annual British Country Music Awards, known as the BCM Awards, were held at The Concorde Suite at Heathrow in London on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The Awards show was comprised of 16 British Awards and 4 International Awards, including awards for International Services and British Services to the Industry. In addition, 3 people were inducted into the British Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Lee Williams, President of the BCMA noted, “The British Country Music Awards celebrates eight years with an ever increasing credibility for the Country music we produce. The UK is a growing market for international artists to visit, perform and make radio and TV appearances. To acknowledge the Industry growth, the BCMA has designed awards specifically for International and European artists. Doing this has opened the door for the BCM Awards to be accepted on the worldwide awards calendar and encourages the global growth of Country music.”


Performers from the US include Steve Wariner, Katie Armiger, Holly May and Madeline Smith. UK performers include Luke & Mel, Raintown, Richard Palmer and Gary Quinn, as well as Ireland’s Lisa Stanley and Sweden Hicks.

The International Award winners were as follows:

International Act of the Year:                  Chris Young

International Album:                               Eric Church - Outsiders

International Song:                                  Brad Paisley – “Mona Lisa”

International Services:                             Jeff Walker - CEO, The AristoMedia Group


Jeff Walker was presented with his Award in advance at a special CMA International Event held during the recent CMA Awards week in Nashville.

Walker noted, "I am very appreciative to receive this prestigious Award from the British CMA. As a long-time fan and supporter of the International Country music scene, it has been very fulfilling to see the growth in these markets and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of that growth." 

Additional BCM Award Winners:


Entertainer of the Year:                                            Raintown


Male Vocalist of the Year:                                       Richard Palmer


Female Vocalist of the Year:                                    Claire McArthur Bain


Duo of the Year:                                                       Luke & Mel


Band of the Year:                                                      John Taylor Band


Solo Act of the Year:                                                Darren Busby


Horizon Act of the Year:                                           The Shires


Radio Act of the Year:                                               Sam Hollyman


Hotdisc Track of the Year:                                         Hayley Oliver Band – “The Hand That Rocked The Cradle”


Line Dance Act of the Year:                                       Richard Palmer


Musician of the Year:                                                 Lee Guyer (Drums)


UK Song of the Year:                                                 Gary Quinn - “The Power of Me and You” 


UK Album of the Year:                                              Ward Thomas – From Where We Stand


Songwriter of the Year:                                              Gary Quinn


Festival Event of the Year:                                         Northern Nashville (Caithness)


Irish Act of the Year:                                                  Nathan Stanley


European Act of the Year:                                          Jill Johnson


People’s Choice:                                                         Henry Smith Band

UK Services to Industry: (Selected by BCMA)         Lee Williams


2014 BCM Hall of Fame Inductees:


Stu Stevens

Vic Woodhouse

Alf Roberts

DALLAS SMITH GETS LIFTED

DALLAS SMITH GETS LIFTED WITH RELEASE OF NEW EP


New Music, Including Brand New Single “Wastin’ Gas” Available At Digital Retailers


LIFTED

Courtesy of Big Loud Mountain
Nashville, TN (November 24, 2014) - Breakout country rocker Dallas Smith is bringing new music to fans with the release of his EP LIFTED (Big Loud Mountain) today (11/24). Following an exclusive first-listen on ROLLING STONE COUNTRY, the 7-track project is now available at digital retailers. Fueled by the hot new single “Wastin’ Gas,” radio and music critics alike are already a buzz for this shout-along song that celebrates the no-particular-place-to-go mentality of young love on a full tank.

Music Row Magazine writes, "The churning production is terrifically exciting. Luckily, he’s got the vocal chops to keep up with it, and the driving song has hooks aplenty."

Currently spinning on SiriusXM’s The Highway, “Wastin’ Gas” follows Smith’s high-octane, American debut single “Tippin’ Point.” Piling on the accolades, “Tippin’ Point” reached No. 1 on SiriusXM’s The Highway Hot 45 Countdown, is the fastest Canadian country single to go GOLD, and has since been certified PLATINUM. The powerhouse vocalist gives a fresh spin to this fan-favorite, closing out LIFTED with a live version of the smash hit.

Smith teamed up again with prized producer Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen) for LIFTED, who also produced his award-winning Canadian country debut, JUMPED RIGHT IN. Moi captures Smith’s distinct wall-of-sound approach that combines the vocals of country with the crunch of rock on the new tracks, including “Cheap Seats,” “Thinkin’ Bout You,” and “Just Say When.”

Fresh off from performing on Florida Georgia Line’s "This Is How We Cruise" aboard the Norwegian Pearl, the talented showman, who fronted the successful international rock band Default, will embark next year on his headline TIPPIN’ POINT 2015 Tour across Canada featuring special guests Charlie Worsham and Sundy Best. Previously Smith was direct support for music legend Bob Seger.

The British Columbia native is quickly amassing widespread appeal, netting three 2014 CCMA Award nominations including Single, Album and Male Artist of the Year and is the first Canadian country artist to have 8 singles reach the Top 10 at radio in Canada.

LIFTED TRACK LISTING
1.) “Wastin’ Gas” (Adam Craig/Matt Dragstrem/Jon Nite)
2.) “Cheap Seats” (Sarah Buxton/Jesse Frasure/Tina Parol)
3.) “Lifted” (Jaren Johnston/Zac Maloy/Jeremy Stover)
4.) “Heat Rises” (Rodney Clawson/Ross Copperman/Jaren Johnston)
5.) “Thinkin’ Bout You” (Rhett Akins/Ashley Gorley/Jimmy Robbins)
6.) “Just Say When” (Rodney Clawson/Ross Copperman/Ben Hayslip)
7.) “Tippin’ Point” (Live) (Tyler Hubbard/Jaren Johnston/Brian Kelley)

Nashville ready to rock Holiday Season



Nashville Is Turning Up the Heat This Holiday Season with Holiday Events, Decorations and, Of Course, Music
Warm Up the Winter Months in Music City with Holiday Events to Entertain All Ages


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – November 24, 2014- Every year, bounteous holiday events set throughout Music City offer joyous celebrations and beautiful decorations for people of all ages. All the beauty, joy, and magic of the season are wrapped up in an incredible array of events ranging from concerts and theatrical performances, to decked-out historic homes and attractions. Be sure to stay and ring in the New Year at Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City. For a full list of holiday events, visit: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/holidayharmony.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center goes all out as it celebrates the holidays with A Country Christmas. With nearly 2 million twinkling lights, horse-drawn carriage rides, acres of stunning decorations, and exclusive holiday events and attractions, there is something for every member of the family. Gaylord Opryland holiday events include:

Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City
Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City has grown into one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in the world. It’s a free party where you can ring in the New Year with amazing music and thousands of your closest friends. Bring your party hats, make some noise, and count down to the fireworks and midnight "Music Note Drop®"!

With a star-packed lineup that includes Lady Antebellum, Gavin DeGraw, Kristen Capolino, and The Apache Relay – it’s sure to be the best New Year’s Eve celebration around. To top it all off, Nashville’s New Year’s Eve will go live to “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015.” Everyone who tunes in will see performances from Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum on stage in Music City on the ABC Network. For more information and to book your New Year’s Eve getaway, go to http://travel-musiccityusa.com/Nashville/fe/Contents/P_Details.cfm?id=818




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Check out other holiday happenings taking place around Music City:
  • “100 years of Christmas” at Belle Meade Plantation, Now-Jan. 12
  • Christmas at the Belmont Mansion, Now-Jan. 5
  • Holiday Cruises on the General Jackson, Now-Dec. 25
  • A Christmas Carol at the Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, Now-Dec. 28
  • “Deck the Hall” Festivities at Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Nov. 28-Dec. 20
  • Olde World Theatre presents A Christmas Carol at Belcourt Theatre, Nov. 29-Dec. 13 (Saturdays)
  • A Christmas Story presented by Nashville Repertory Theatre, Nov. 28-Dec. 21
  • “Holiday at Cheekwood” at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nov. 29-Dec. 21
  • Studio Tenn’s It’s a Wonderful Life, Dec. 4-21
  • The 61st Annual Nashville Christmas Parade, Dec. 5
  • Christmas in Hillsboro Village, Dec. 5
  • Nashville Ballet presents Nashville’s Nutcracker, Dec. 6-23
  • Home Alone in HD with the Nashville Symphony, Dec. 6
  • Porter Flea Holiday Market at the Track One Building, Dec. 6
  • “The 12 Days of Science” at the Adventure Science Center, Dec. 13-31
  • Holiday Evening Tours at the Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, Dec. 12
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at TPAC, Dec. 16-21
  • “All Through the House” at Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum, Dec. 19
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field, Dec. 30

Other Holiday Season Concerts:
  • Christmas at The Ryman with Amy Grant & Vince Gill, Dec. 3-18 (Every Wednesday & Thursday)
  • Michael W. Smith: Spirit of Christmas at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Dec. 4
  • The Manhattan Transfer Swings Christmas at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Dec. 5
  • Holiday Concert: The Blair School of Music’s Suzuki Strings at Frist Center, Dec. 6
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum presents: Deck the Hall Holiday Concert: Gene Watson, Dec. 6
  • Dave Barnes: A Very Merry Christmas at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Dec. 7
  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks Extravaganza at The Ryman, Dec. 8
  • Trace Adkins, The Christmas Show at TPAC, Dec. 11-12
  • Tony Bennett at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Dec. 11-12
  • Matt Wertz presents Snow Globe: A Christmas Tradition with Special Guests at City Winery, Dec. 14
  • Mark O’Connor and An Appalachian Christmas at 3rd and Lindsley, Dec. 17
  • Handel’s Messiah at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Dec. 18-20
  • Kelly Clarkson: Miracle on Broadway at Bridgestone Arena, Dec. 20
  • Old Crow Medicine Show at The Ryman, Dec. 30-31
  • Bassnectar at Bridgestone Arena, Dec. 31
  • Moon Taxi at War Memorial Auditorium, Dec. 31
  • A Nashville Symphony New Year’s Eve at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Dec. 31

For a full list of holiday events, visit: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/holidayharmony.




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Y’akoto: Erste Konzerte der Moody Blues Tournee ausverkauft!


Y'akoto
Y’akoto: Erste Konzerte der Moody Blues Tournee ausverkauft!

Heute: Videopremiere zur Single “Come Down To The River” bei stern.de

Im Dezember wird Sängerin Y’AKOTO ihr zweites Album „Moody Blues“ live in Deutschland und der Schweiz vorstellen. Die ersten Termine der Elf-Städte-Tournee sind bereits ausverkauft (Köln und Hamburg) und die Support-Acts für die Konzerte stehen fest: Bei vier Terminen wird Y’AKOTO von der Münsteraner Indie-Band ROBB unterstützt.
"Alleine wenn man seine Stimme hört, denkt man eher an Michigan als an Münster." (1LIVE über ROBB). Bei weiteren Konzerten werden BEN GALLIERS den Abend eröffnen, deren Sound sich zwischen Indie, Folk und Pop bewegt und die ebenso wie Y‘AKOTO selbst aus der norddeutschen Hansestadt stammen.

Anlässlich ihrer Tournee wird Y’AKOTO, gemeinsam mit Warner Music, die Organisation German Doctors e.V mit einer Projektspende unterstützen. German Doctors e.V. entsendet freiwillig und unentgeltlich arbeitende Ärztinnen und Ärzte in Regionen der Welt, wo sie bedürftigen Menschen helfen, die sich ansonsten keinen Arzt und keine Medikamente leisten können. Mehr Infos auf www.german-doctors.de

Nebenbei veröffentlicht Y’AKOTO das Video zur neuen Single „Come Down To The River“, das heute bei stern.de gemeinsam mit tape.tv >>HIER << Premiere feiert. Mit diesem Song als perfekte Einstimmung auf die gemütliche Jahreszeit und kalten Wintermonate präsentiert Y’AKOTO ihre gewohnt kraftvolle, unverkennbare Stimme und berührt ihre Zuhörer.

TICKETS für die Konzerte im Dezember sind unter www.eventim.de sowie an allen bekannten VVK-Stellen erhältlich.

Y’AKOTO | MOODY BLUES LIVE 2014
präsentiert von JUICE, kulturnews, tape.tv 





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BIG & RICH, COWBOY TROY AND SPECIAL GUESTS

 
BIG & RICH, COWBOY TROY AND SPECIAL GUESTS TAKE OVER BROOKLYN BOWL AS LAS VEGAS GOES COUNTRY FOR 2014 NFR

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The LINQ
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5-6, 2015 – 9:00 PM

 
LAS VEGAS, NV (November 24, 2014) – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is proud to present a totally unique entertainment experience to help kick-off the 2014 National Finals Rodeo. County superstars Big & Rich will be joined by country rap sensation Cowboy Troy to help take over the one-of-a-kind music venue on Friday & Saturday, December 5 - 6.

In addition to the live performances by some of country’s biggest names, both nights will feature special DJ sets by Country Fried Mix with DJ Sinister and Electro~Shine by DJ Triple XL and Chebacca, whose distinctive styles blend popular country music with club beats to keep the crowd dancing all night long, as well as circus-inspired aerial performances by The Flaunt Girls.

 
Show: NFR Takeover with Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy and special guests Country Fried Mix with DJ Sinister, Electro~Shine by DJ Triple XL, Chebacca and The Flaunt Girls
Show Dates: Friday & Saturday, December 5-6, 2014
Times: Doors 8:00 PM || Show 9:00 PM
Ages: 18+ with ID welcome
Ticket Prices: General admission tickets are $51.50 ADV // $55 DOS plus applicable service charges

KAYLA ADAMS Hosts Country Fix


Newcomer KAYLA ADAMS Hosts Country Fix Feature Episodes Beginning Tonight

 

Debut Single Rises To #20 On
MusicRow Chart


Nashville, TN (November 24, 2014) - As her debut single "Sober & Sorry" breaks into the Top 20 on the MusicRow chart, newcomer KAYLA ADAMS' Country Fix feature episodes begin airing tonight on the Heartland, Angel Two and AMG networks.  The program will continue to broadcast, as indicated below, through Sunday, December 14. 

Mondays - Heartland 8 p.m. ET (Nashville/Paducah markets  6 p.m. CT)
Tuesdays - Angel Two 3 a.m. ET
Sundays - Angel Two 5:30 p.m. ET and AMG 5 p.m. ET

The new 30-minute program, shot and edited in HD, premiered in August on New Zealand's Country TV network and Kayla's episodes ran there last month.  In total, the combined foreign and U.S. broadcast reach is over 60 million households.  Country Fix features music videos, "behind the scenes" footage and/or interviews with entertainers ranging from the up-and-coming to the legendary.  In each case, the shows are taped at various recording studios and hosted by the artists themselves.  Kayla was interviewed at SMS Recording Studios in Hendersonville, TN; "in the can" episodes feature the music of Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Willie Nelson, George Strait and others.  Plans are for an initial 52 episodes.

For Adams, the opportunity to showcase her debut music video, "Sober & Sorry," to the show's vast audience was "astounding."  The clip premiered globally on The Boot in September and generated enormous interest in the young star.  During the month of October, Virgin Airlines featured her "Sober & Sorry" video on flights to and from Australia, and on all domestic runs in the U.S.  The video remains in rotation on MTV.com, VH1.com, ZUUS Country, Yallwire and CMT.com. 

The Country rocker has just wrapped a five-month long radio promotion tour that will resume in 2015.  Kayla is currently writing songs with Nashville's top tunesmiths for her debut CD on SSM Entertainment. 

JESPER MUNK mit neuem Programm im April 2015 auf Tournee

JESPER MUNK
JESPER MUNK mit neuem Programm im April 2015 auf Tournee

Die Zeit vergeht wie im Flug mit JESPER MUNK! Hinter ihm liegen zwei erfolgreiche Headliner-Tourneen und Festivalsaisons. Mit unter anderem fünf Gigs beim diesjährigen Reeperbahn Festival, gilt der Songschreiber und Gitarrist als neuer Rekordhalter. „Einfach nur geil“ schreibt die Augsburger Allgemeine über sein jüngstes Konzert im Rahmen der November Tournee und die Musikwoche ist überzeigt, JESPER MUNK ist „Neuer Hoffnungsträger in Sachen Blues“. Einst als Wunderknabe gefeiert, legte der heute 22-jährige Deutsch-Däne eine überraschende Blitzkarriere hin und trat neben seinen eigenen Konzerten mit Legenden wie u.a. Michael Hurley, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Eric Burdon & The Animals sowie deutschen Top-Acts von Bosse bis Sportfreunde Stiller auf.

Sein Debüt „For In My Way It Lies“ (Redwinetunes/ Rough Trade) brachte ihm bereits Lob und Aufmerksamkeit der Medien und viel Gehör bei den Fans ein. Mit seinem archaischen Blues im Stil der 1930er und 1940er Jahre, wandelt JESPER MUNK auf den Pfaden von Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. und The Black Keys und zieht das Publikum reihenweise in seinen Bann.

Im April 2015 präsentiert JESPER MUNK bei 14 Terminen, in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, sein neues Programm live. Neben echten Bluesrock-Krachern, schlägt der Münchner auch ernstere Töne an, die einen Einblick in Seelenleben und Gefühlswelten geben und wiederrum von wilden Post-Punk Klängen der Achtziger Jahre abgelöst werden. Zusammengehalten wird das alles durch Jespers außergewöhnliche Stimme. Das Publikum darf gespannt sein.

Tickets sind ab 26.11. unter www.eventim.de sowie an allen bekannten VVK-Stellen erhältlich.
JESPER MUNK | LIVE 2015

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 11.04.2015 HAMBURG KNUST
 14.04.2015 DRESDEN GROOVE STATION
 15.04.2015 BREMEN TOWER
 16.04.2015 HANNOVER  LUX
 18.04.2015 OSNABRÜCK KLEINE FREIHEIT
 19.04.2015 KÖLN STADTGARTEN
 20.04.2015 BOCHUM ZECHE
 21.04.2015 FRANKFURT NACHTLEBEN
 23.04.2015 STUTTGART  DAS CANN
 24.04.2015 DINGOLFING REDBOX
 26.04.2015 ZÜRICH (CH) EXIL
 28.04.2015 WIEN (AT) CHELSEA
 29.04.2015  MÜNCHEN  MUFFATHALLE

Country Music News International Newsletter November 24. 2014

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November 24. 2014

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CD: JEREMIE RAY FAGA - Where Eagles Fly

JEREMIE RAY FAGA
Where Eagles Fly
You're Spending Too Much Time On My Mind - Broken - Drugged On Jesus - Your Lips Won't Be Lonely Long - Spread Your Wings And Fly - Iowa Storm - Bottle Of Wine - Long Road In Life - You're Never Too Far Gone - I Need You As A Friend Most Of All - Hope For Today - Fly Where The Eagles Fly
 
 I was very surprised to hear this album by Jeremie.  It's all his own originals, and that is very impressive.  We've been watching him develop over the past few years here in Iowa, and it's a real pleasure to see him step out on his own, just him and his guitar doing a very nice session at Dry Creek Studio in Omaha.  He was well liked at the LeMars Festival in 2014, and we expect him back, not only there, but at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita, which recently received a really nice story in the Iowa History Journal.  My favorite song on this project is "Iowa Storm," Jeremie seems to know what he's talking about, and a little bit of sound effect makes it interesting.  I like the sound of his guitar, and he plays it well.  Most of his songs are songs of hope, songs of love, songs of friendship.  That's all pretty positive stuff, so unlike modern composers who are lost in a sea of negativity.  He's kind of acoustic country, and needs no outrageous 'noise' to hide his voice.  I'd say he leans a little toward folk music, but not quite, and he definitely is not what I would label modern country.  Another of my favorite's on this nice work is "Hope For Today."  Jeremie knows the world seems insane at times, and "Hope For Today" does take some of the pain away.  Jeremie says  "That growing up on a farm in Iowa he learned the importance of faith.  We all struggle through life in various ways, some more than others.  Having gone through several valleys in my life, I know there's light at the end of the tunnel."  And, his closing song "Fly Where The Eagles Fly" gives certitude to this recorded effort, it brings the 'creative process' to it's rightful place.  Good going Jeremie, this one goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission.
 
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

CD: MATHEW JOHNSON - Carving Out A Tune

MATHEW JOHNSON
Carving Out A Tune
Down Yonder - Donegal Clog - Billy The Barber Shaved His Father - Reel de L'Aveugle - Concert Reel - Blindman's Reel - Jolly Fiddler's 2-Step - Olympic 2-Step - Walking up Town - Contessa Waltz - Frank Ryan's Hornpipe - Carelton County Hornpipe - Lightning Hornpipe - Listen To The Mockingbird - Screwdriver Rag - Mary Get Your Shoes - Frenchie's Reel - Golden Eagle Hornpipe - Dill Pickle Rag - Festival Waltz - Shingle The Roof - Back Up & Push - Rochester Schottische - Go To The Devil & Shake Yourself - East Tennessee Blues - Reel du Fogeron - Salute To Columbia - Yellow Rose Waltz - Allen's Reel - Don Messer's Breakdown - Ida Red - Robbie Dagenais Reel - Jim's Heartwarming Waltz - Four String Polka - Fiddle Strings - Four Mile Run - Spanish Two-Step - Territorial Days Reel - Gfatineau Reel - Lou Sullivan - Mansion Over The Hilltop
 
Wow, with the number of tunes on this album, you have to realize it took awhile to listen to it.  I'm not exactly sure how I came to receive this incredibly well recorded fiddler, but I'm glad I have the privilege of listening to this young man play his instrument so well.  He reminds me so very much of a young Mark O'Connor when Mark came to Omaha to participate in a fiddle contest with a $10,000 first prize paid for by the Brandeis Store when Laurier Birginal was still around and still promoting old-time fiddle.  What an amazing situation that was, and I have to say what an amazing gathering of incredibly good old-time fiddle tunes on this one album by Mathew Johnson.  I like Mathew's own composition "Screwdriver Rag" but I'm also a Kenny Baker fan, and Kenny's "Festival Waltz" is well represented on this gathering.  Some of the best backing musicians I have ever heard behind a good fiddler is on this project, and Mathew has 'combined' some of his songs into one compilation, meaning he modulates up and down the scale, seemingly effortlessly and without warning.  So, these musicians have to be really good, have as good an ear as Mathew has, and pay very close attention to what he is doing on the fiddle.  This particular CD is already pretty old, so I'm not sure what the status is with Mathew Johnson, but I do know there will be a nomination for induction of him into America's Old Time Fiddler's Hall of Fame.  I will send this particular CD along to the Rural Roots Music Commission to see their reaction to this piece of work.  I believe Mathew has a great love for hornpipes, these sound exceptionally well as he delves into the inner make-up of these kind of tunes.  There's a kind of gourd-tapper horse-clop sounding instrument that joins well  into some rags like "Dill Pickle," and enhances the old-time flavor of the songs, making them sound even vaudevillian.  With the fiddle forsaken in today's country music scene, it's such a pity they have sacrificed this most magnificent instrument that made country music such a very likable musical genre, its absence making it such an unlikable one today.  If you like fiddle music, played well, as much as I do, you need to find this CD.  It's out there somewhere, I have it, so it has to be.  "Back Up And Push" really has that Mark O'Connor touch and brings a million fond memories back to me of how tremendously great this kind of music is.  Five stars for this one.
 
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

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