Monday, December 22, 2014

RICK MONROE SCORES TOP 40

RICK MONROE SCORES TOP 40 MUSIC ROW SINGLE
HEADING INTO HOLIDAYS

 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 22, 2014) – January is always a time for cold and brisk temperatures, but Country singer Rick Monroe has the perfect way to battle those chills – with his current single and video “Fire’s Out.” The steamy video clip for the song has been posted to Monroe’s CMT Artist Page, and can be viewed by going to www.cmt.com/artists/rick-monroe/music-videos/

The sensual track is the latest release from Monroe’s EP It’s A Love Thing, and will be featured on participating Music Row reporting stations "Test Drive" feature starting Jan 1st. Monroe has had quite the varied career so far along, headlining his own shows – in addition to opening shows for CMA winners such as Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Dwight Yoakam, and Charlie Daniels. He has tasted success with previous singles such as “Just The Same,” and “Crazy Not To,” which in addition to it’s peak at the top of the New Music Weekly chart, also hit the Top-40 on Music Row, and earned Monroe a ranking of No. 4 on the European Country Charts.

The latest EP from Monroe has been hailed by fans and critics alike for its’ step in musical direction. “I was inspired by trying to mix a different flavor into country. Recently there's a lot of country rap going on and I wanted to see if we could take from the groove/pop side of à la Maroon 5/Bruno Mars. I know it's pretty different, but I think it’s like a good gumbo you need to add a little kick of spice sometimes and not be afraid to try something new.”

Monroe has taken his music all over the United States – and part of the globe, as well. He has performed in such locales as Bosnia, China, Macedonia, Vietnam, the Bahamas, and Switzerland. He was also invited at the request of Pete Peterson, US Ambassador to Vietnam , to perform at the week-long 4th of July celebrations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Mihn City. Monroe was honored to sing the US National anthem for the 5-year anniversary of the re-opening of diplomatic relations between the countries. This marked the first time the anthem had been sung at a public event in Vietnam in over 25 years. He has also given a Command Performance for former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev on the USS Sequoia Presidential Yacht, Washington, DC. This lead to a trip to Russia where Monroe performed at several orphanages and was a featured performer on REN TV's Bulat Okudzhava Festival in Moscow.

Monroe most recently spent quite a bit of 2014 opening for ACM-award winning The Eli Young Band as part of the successful Jagermeister’s Ultimate Summer of Music Tour. He has been associated with the tour since 2009.

Watch for more exciting developments concerning Rick Monroe soon!

CD: LEX K - Well Traveled Road

LEX K
Well Traveled Road
Namitjira's Land - They Don't Play My Kinda Music - Walk Away - Down Memory Lane - Country Way of Life - I Like A Little Boogie - Bushman's TV - I Always Get The Blues - Well Traveled Road - Sound of Soaking Rain - Tools Of My Trade - Thanks To A Few Good Mates
 
Both Australia and New Zealand seem to have a very 'close' relationship with what we now term 'real' country music.  Very unlike the Nashville sound today, Australia in particular seems to hold on to the traditional sound of classic country music more than most locations on planet earth.  For one thing, Lex K is a vocalist who isn't afraid to express his feelings, especially in a song like "They Don't Play My Kinda Music" with a line that specifically states....'they don't play my kind of country anymore,' one of the ten original songs Lex has on this very nice 'country' CD.  Lex is also not afraid to 'talk about' his own memories of Australia, whether it be a geographical location like Namitjira's Land, or the lead song "Well Traveled Road," which reminds all of us that 'rural' is still alive and well in places other than Nashville, Tennessee.  Lex works closely with Kross Kut Records, located in Queensland.  I like the way Lex describes his own musical endeavors, much better stated than I could do...."I write and record most of my own songs and they are 99% bush ballads or traditional Australian country.  I love writing and a lot of my songs relate to my life as a man of the land.  I have been a cattle man all my life as my father before me, so that kind of life and the songs I write are sort of in my blood."  Yes indeed, the very 'nature' of country music is in Lex's blood.  He's not the next Kenny Rogers on the top of the hit parade as a vocalist, but he definitely has a 'hook' on what country music is, what it should be, and what it should continue to be, and he's doing his very best in his own Australian way to keep 'real' country music alive.  He used some great instrumentation throughout this great CD: on guitar Lindsay Waddington, Hugh Curtis, Jamie Davis, and himself, along with Hugh Curtis and Lindsay Waddington on bass.  Add Neil Butler and Lindsay on the drums, and on the steel/dobro/banjo/ harp none other than Lawrie Minson.  Hugh Curtis is on fiddle and mandolin, and the piano and keyboard additions were done by Tony Wagner.  A good job well done, I hear the 'compositions' and 'original music' more than the voice, and I must say, it's all darn good.  This CD will find it's way to the Rural Roots Music Commission for some International Country CD recognition. 
MUSIC REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

CD: TAMRA ROSANES - Country Roots

TAMRA ROSANES
Country Roots
I Just Want Dance With You - Ready For The Times To Get Better - What's A Nice Boy Like You - Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness - Too Late To Turn Back Now - Memories Ain't What They Used To Be - Dreaming My Dreams With You - Be My Friend Tonight - Lost In Love - Baby Is Gone - Coming To The Dance
 
It was a remarkable experience to not only review Tamra's latest CD earlier this year, but to also see her take "CD of the Year" awards at the LeMars Festival, which was especially pleasing for me.  This remarkable woman makes her home in Denmark, and after her presence at LeMars, Iowa, she sent me some of her previous albums.  I've been pretty busy with quite a few artists that I hadn't reviewed, but today is a beautiful day in California, I'm writing on my lap-top, and I'm listening to the beautiful Tamra Rosanes take me back to my own 'country roots.'  This is the kind of country music I really like, it's so very very different from so-called commercial country these days, and it's so very very much better than anything on country music's top-ten anywhere on this planet.  The very first song just simply blew me away, Tamra duets this song with John Prine.  Wow, talk about that 'country' feel, accent and all, it's right there where it needs to be.  There are three John Prine songs on this album, including "I Just Want To Dance With You."  What an incredible experience to hear this for the first time, and then follow it with one of my favorite 'message' songs, "Ready For The Times To Get Better" with Marty Stuart on guitar.  Granted, he's playing electric, but it is absolutely stunning.  This song itself, should perhaps be a banner song describing the 'times' we live in.  Cowboy Jack Clement produced this remarkable work of music.  He's no longer with us, but isn't it wonderful that we can still hear the wonderful ability he had working with such a stunning vocalist as Tamra Rosanes in the studio.  This CD alone gives us a little look at what he was capable of, especially when working with a gifted artist.  Here's what I would hope for.... Tamra would nominate John Prine for induction into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.  I'll pass this CD along to the Rural Roots Music Commission who was well pleased with her work in 2014.  She'll have to not only nominate John, she'll have to convince him to let us honor him, and then they both need to show up at the same time, so we can hear some of these songs 'live' 'acoustic' 'down-home' 'real' 'full of love.' No question, I like the first two songs best, but ALL of these songs are just superbly done.  I normally try to recognize the participating musicians, but there's a ton of them on this CD, and they are all wonderfully represented with their individual talent.  Thank you Tamra Rosanes for making an already beautiful California day, even more so.  OK, no passes, until it's passing time.
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

Rhonda Vincent Wraps 2014 in Top 10 of Billboard


Rhonda Vincent Wraps 2014 in Top 10 of Billboard's Year End Bluegrass Albums Chart


Critically-Acclaimed #1 Album Only Me Nominated for Best Bluegrass Album at The 57th Grammys

Nashville, Tenn. (December 22, 2014) - The numbers are in, and "The New Queen of Bluegrass" Rhonda Vincent has finished in the top 10 of the Billboard Year End Charts for 2014 with her Grammy nominated album Only Me, which has remained on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart since its #1 debut. Billboard calculated the top Bluegrass Albums based on sales, ranking Only Me in the top 10.

This is a great way to close out a record setting year for Vincent. Since the release of Only Me earlier this year, Rhonda has reached the top spot on the national bluegrass airplay chart on two separate occasions. The lead single from the album "Busy City" was the first to do so, with the Willie Nelson duet title-track also hitting the top spot for the month of December. The album also contains a duet with frequent collaborator Daryle Singletary on the George Jones / Melba Montgomery duet classic "We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds." Vincent also covered songs by Country Music Hall of Fame members Emmylou Harris ("Beneath Still Waters"), Bill Anderson ("Bright Lights and Country Music"), and Connie Smith ("Once A Day").

In addition to its' strong sales, Only Me has garnered some of the strongest ink of Vincent's career, with write-ups from such outlets as Country Weekly, All Music, Bluegrass Today, as well as Billboard. As is always the case with Rhonda Vincent, the Bluegrass queen has taken to the road in a major way to promote the release, boarding up on the Martha White Bluegrass Express for a busy slate of dates this year - a trend that will continue into 2015.  

The poem, the song, and the place to honor their sacrifice.

The poem, the song, and the place to honor their sacrifice.
Twang Thang Country announces that multi-award winning country music artist Richard Lynch, (www.richardlynchband.com) of Waynesville, Ohio has recently established the non-profit Love Tattoo Foundation to raise awareness and financial assistance for wounded veterans. The singer of, “The Last of A Dying Breed” believes that as we enjoy our freedoms we must always remember those who have sacrificed so much. Through their service, dedication and valor, our Veterans have earned our respect and support. Many Veterans bare the marks of their service with physical and emotional scars and we have an obligation to assist them wherever possible.
The name Love Tattoo was inspired by a poem written by law enforcement officer Chuck Brisbin to honor a Veteran who returned home from Afghanistan severely disfigured. Chuck brought his heartfelt poem to Richard and asked if it could be put to music and perhaps used in a way as to assist our wounded heroes. After working on the song and feeling the emotion it generated, Richard knew it was destined to take on a life of its own, and the Love Tattoo Foundation was born, (www.lovetattoofoundation.org). This foundation recognizes that the horror of war and military service do not end with a tour of duty. Countless Veterans tell stories of ostracism and further wounding when they return home. Many feel they have nowhere to turn, and that is unacceptable.
A primary beneficiary from the Foundations activities will be the unique WilWin Lodge in Trout Lake, Michigan (www.wilwin.org). Previously used as a lumbering operation, WilWin sits on 600 beautiful, wooded acres with over ten miles of groomed trails for hiking, riding, four wheeling, and biking. The property consist of a lodge, which will accommodate fifteen guests, a pavilion and caretakers cabin. A full commercial kitchen is also available in the conference/recreation center. Veterans with physical and emotional disabilities along with their families will be warmly welcomed for rest, relaxation and some quiet rehabilitation.
The official launch of The Foundation comes with the world wide radio release of “Love Tattoo”, which is available for download at all major digital stores. The release will be followed by a major Michigan Legion Riders ride in and Richard Lynch concert in July 2015 at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to benefit The WilWin Lodge.
Promotional and other considerations provided by Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan and The American Legion Department of Michigan.
LOVE TATTOO is a 501(C)(3) charity, gifts are tax-deductable as allowed by state and federal law.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

CD: ANDY ROSS - COLD DEAD HAND

                            

 REVISAO DO CD DE ANDY ROSS - COLD DEAD HAND

MUSICAS:

1)REBEL. 2) COLD DEAD HAND. 3) CONTRY GIRLS GOT GAMES.4) HUNT ME DOWN. 5)BLOOD TRAIL ON A WHITE TAIL 6) WHAT WE DO AROUND HERE. 7)DEAL,WITH THE DEVIL. 8)BUCK OF A LIFE TIME 9)YOU AINT SEE CRAZY YET.10)OUTLAW WOMEN AND WHYSKEY(LIVE) 11)THREE LEGGED DOG. (LIVE)

ANÁLISE DAS MUSICAS:

-REBEL.TODAS AS MUSICAS DE ANDY ROSS TEEM UMA CARACTERÍSTICA EM COMUM.... UMA GRANDE ENERGIA ...SENTIMOS EM CADA ACORDE, EM CADA FRASE. REBEL NÃO FICA ATRÁS E SE MOSTRA UMA EXCELENTE MUSICA, SEU INSTRUMENTAL E DE UM POTENCIAL MUITO BOM. O SOM MONÓTONO,MAS BOM DE OUVIR, COMO DISSE,  ANDY TEM UM MODO DE TOCAR QUE SE REPETE EM TODAS AS MUSICAS.EM ALGUMAS ELE COMSEGUE SUPERAR AS EXPECTATIVAS E OUTRAS SIMPLESMENTE TOCA...QUANDO RESOLVE , DA CONTA MUITO BEM...DEIXOU EM MIM A IMPRESSÃO DE QUE FALTA TRABALHAR MAIS AS MUSICAS, COMO FEZ COM HUNT ME DOWN E DEAL WITH THE DEVIL.

-COLD DEAD HAND.MUSICA TÍTULO DESTE CD, A USA DO SOM DA GUITARRA, COM SOLOS EXCELENTES...PORÉM DIFERENTE....O SOM DA GUITARRA TEM UMA DIFERENÇA AO OUVIR....NÃO CONSEGUI DEFINIR O QUE EXATAMENTE....MAS NADA DE RUIM....BOM SOM...DIFERENTE DE HUNT ME DOWN....MAIS INSTRUMENTAL...

-COUNTRY GIRLS GOT GAMES.BOA, SEGUINDO A TRILHA DAS OUTRAS...NORMAL.

-HUNT ME DOWN.JUNTO COM DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, MUSI CAS EXCELENTES!O SOM DA GUITARRA,BATERIA, PERMEADO SOM A VOZ DE ANDY, FAZ DESTA MÚSICA A MELHOR DESTE CD.ANDY. CANTA COM FOCO É FAZ UM TRABALHO EXCELENTE!INTERESSANTE OBSERVAR COMO ELE FAZ SEUS SONS...SUA VOZ  E A GUITARRA COM UM CUIDADO PRIMOROSO.

-WHAT WE  DO AROUND HERE.BOA,SEM MAIS COMENTÁRIOS.

-DEAL WITH THE DEVIL.TAMBEM EXCELENTE MÚSICA,EXCELENTE PIANO, EXCELENTE VOZ, EXCELENTE RITMO,GRANDE MUSICA!ELE SABE,QUANDO QUER ,FAZER UMA GRANDE MUSICA E UMA EXCELENTE PERFORMANCE....EXPLORA MUITO BEM O SOM DOS INSTRUMENTOS, CRIANDO UMA ATMOSFERA MUSICAL MUITO AGRADÁVEL.

-BUCK OF A LIFE TIME.SOMENTE PARA OUVIR E SENTIR BEM ESTAR....

-YOU AINT SEE CRAZY YET.SEGUINDO A LINHAGEM DE ANDY, EXPLORANDO OS INSTRUMENTOS E COLOCANDO BEM A VOZ.

-OUTLAW WOMEN AND WHISKEY.(LIVE). BOA.

-THREE LEGGED DOG (LIVE). BOA , COM VOZES EXCELENGES, GUITARRA, COMO DISSE ANTES, COM UM SOM DIFERENTE, MAS MUITO BOA DE SE OUVIR.ANDY EXPLORA A  GUITARRA COM MUITA SABEDORIA , IDEM PARA A SUA VOZ.

-BLOOD TRAIL ON A WHITE TAIL.BOA MÚSICA, DESTAQUE PARA A BATERIA MUITO BEM TOCADA, SOM AGRADÁVEL!

GRANDE OPORTUNIDADE DE REVER ESTE CD DE ANDY ROSS, CHAMADO COLD DEAD HAND,SENDO QUE AQUI IREMOS CONCLUIR COM NOSSOS PENSAMENTOS , O QUE SENTIMOS AO OUVIR E TAMBÉM FAZER RECOMENDAÇÕES A NOSSOS LEITORES. CASO QUEIRAM ,DEVEM IR ATÉ AO CD BABY E LÁ MUITOS ARTISTAS COLOCAM SUAS MUSICAS , DE MODO QUE PODERÃO, OUVIR O CD E EVIDENTEMENTE COMPRAR, POIS QUEM GOSTA DE COUNTRY, NÃO TEM PACIÊNCIA DE FICAR ESPERANDO.....QUER  LOGO O CD EM MÃOS!!!!!

SOBRE ESTE CD , TEMOS A DIZER E ORIENTAR:EXCELENTE CD , PARA SE TER E OUVIR COM TODA A  ATENÇÃO....TEMOS SONS EXCELENTES, A VOZ DE ANDY TAMBÉM É MUITO BOA, MUSICAS DE QUALIDADE....PORTANTO VALE A PENA TER ESTE CD EM NOSSO ACERVO. COMPREM, POIS NÃO IRÃO FICAR DECEPCIONADOS....MUITO PELO CONTRÁRIO.... IRÃO FICAR FELIZES!

REVISOR: DR.RONALDO BRANDÃO BROCHADO
















Saturday, December 20, 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter December 20. 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter

December 20. 2014

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7 Wochen unterwegs in Sachen Country Music


Wie immer begleitete uns auch dieses Jahr im Urlaub Musik verschiedener Genres. Zum Auftakt, und da es so schön am Weg zu unserem geplanten Urlaubsziel lag, besuchten wir am 06.09.2014 den Countryabend im Ghost City Saloon in Haag/Hausruck (www.country-freunde-haag.at). Eröffnet wurde er von der Band Dado Eldorado aus Wien/NÖ (www.dado-eldorado.at). An der Fiddle Wolfgang Schanik, Drums Harald Annerl, Bass Gerald Jelesitz und natürlich der Bandleader und Leadsänger Dado. Gemeinsam spielten sie als Vorgruppe viele bekannte Coversongs und gute Musik für die Linedancer, z. B. Pinã Colada, Mercury Blues, Don’t Rock The Jukebox usw.

In der Umbaupause wurde ein interessantes Musikvideo gezeigt welches Jimmy Hirsch zur Verfügung gestellt hatte. Anschließend dann der sehnlichst erwartete Hauptakt, Willie Jones & Band (www.williejonesband.com). 7 Musiker drängten sich auf der fast zu kleinen Bühne. Willie Jones stammt aus den USA, lebt aber derzeit in Deutschland, seine Band kommt aus der Slowakei. Mit Bass, Akustikgitarre, Drums, Banjo, E-Gitarre und Gesang von Willie und den beiden Mädchen, Tatiana und Soňa, boten sie uns bis Mitternacht eine gute Mischung von Bluegrass, Traditionals und sehr vielen Eigenkompositionen. Sogar Jodeln konnten die Mädchen. Willie Jones hatte auch zwei verschiedene CDs im Gepäck die weg gingen wie warme Semmeln („Take Me As I Am“ und „River Road“).

    Last but not least – die anschließende Jam-Session in kleiner Runde ließ die Nacht lang werden. Für uns jedoch kein Problem, denn wir hatten nun einige Tage Zeit das nächste Fest zu erreichen. Gemütlich fuhren Franz und ich mit unserem Wohnmobil nach Norden und kamen am Donnerstag in Grafhorst, in der Nähe von Wolfsburg in Deutschland, an. Das Veranstaltungszelt wurde gerade noch fleißig aufgebaut und innen dekoriert. Auf der Campwiese dahinter standen bereits etliche Wohnwagen und dort trafen wir Bekannte vom letzten Jahr, die >Despe Valley Dancers<.
    Von Freitag, 12.09. bis Sonntag, 14.09.2014 fand in Grafhorst das jährliche Country-Festival (www.country-festival-grafhorst.de) statt. Westernstände, Kinderprogramm, Westernreiten, Linedance Workshop sowie Livebands an allen drei Tagen wurde geboten. Bisher fand das Fest immer in Danndorf, 3 km entfernt, statt. Da der Verein sich aufgelöst bzw. von der Organisation des Festes zurückgezogen hatte, übernahm das nun ein professioneller Veranstalter und Zeltverleiher. Lediglich die Musik wurde von Mitarbeitern eines anderen Country Vereins ausgesucht.
    Freitag, 12.09., begann also um 20 h die Veranstaltung mit einer Band aus Berlin die bereits 30 Jahre Bühnenerfahrung aufweisen kann: The Mountaineers (www.mountaineers.de) standen mit 5 Mann auf der Bühne mit Pedal Steel, E-Gitarre, Bass, Akust. Git., Drums und Gesang und unterhielten uns bis Mitternacht mit bekannten ( >Good hearted woman<, >San Antonio Rose<, >Lukenbach Texas<, >Sweet Home Alabama< usw.) und auch selten gespielten Songs (>Mamas don’t let your Babys grow up to be cowboys<). Die Linedancer hatten ihre Freude, zwei Zugaben waren auch noch drin und >My Rifle, My Pony and Me< war ein wohltuender Ausklang. Die Akustik im Zelt war jedenfalls sehr gut denn man hatte genügend Stoff-Dekorationen angebracht.
    Samstag, 13.09., fand bereits um 11:30 h der Linedance Workshop im Zelt statt, anschließend gab es Kaffee und Kuchen und im Freien unterhielt das Duo Country Road Boys aus Halle (www.countryroadboys.de) in erster Linie wieder die Linedancer. Vor dem Abendprogramm marschierten die Hobbyisten in schöner Kleidung und einer Menge Fahnenträger ein, sogar mit den Pferden ritten sie in das Zelt. Das Duo Walkin’ Shoes (www.walkin-shoes.de) machte danach 2 Stunden den Vorspann – es wäre besser gewesen, deren Darbietung zu kürzen und dafür die anschließende Band aus den Niederlanden viel früher auf die Bühne zu lassen. Viele Besucher verließen in diesen überlangen zwei Stunden das Zelt. Echt schade.
Hauptakt war dann Jannet Bodewes & Countryline (www.jannetmusic.nl). Jannet sang und wurde von 5 Musikern begleitet an Keyboard, Drum, Bass, E-Gitarre und Steelgitarre. Ausgereift und harmonisch brachten sie u. a. >Wagon Wheel<, >I feel lucky<, >Redneck Girl< u. a., Jannet hatte auch genau die richtige Stimme für Songs wie >Rosegarden< und >Calm after the storm<. Bei Jannet gefiel mir das Lied „Calm after the storm“ obwohl es ein wenig gewöhnungsbedürftig ist. Der Vortrag desselben vom Duo gefiel mir jedoch nicht. Die CD „Hank and Patsy’s Ghost“ mitzunehmen war für mich Pflicht.
    Sonntag, 14.09. haben wir die Zelte abgebrochen ohne den Frühschoppen zu besuchen. Diese Veranstaltung war für unseren Geschmack zu kommerziell ausgerichtet, wie ein Zeltfest. Die Gastronomie ließ ebenfalls sehr zu wünschen übrig, sowohl geschmacklich als auch vom Angebot. Nicht nur wir, auch viele andere Besucher fuhren enttäuscht weiter.
    Nach einigen Stopps in Frankreich bestiegen wir am 18.09. in der Früh die Fähre Calais-Dover. In England ging es mit Musik ungeplanterweise und zufällig gleich wieder weiter denn am nächsten Tag besuchten wir das Pub The Hope Inn in Newhaven, wo Crooked Rooks (http://thecrookedrooks.com), ein Acoustic Trio, mit Gesang, Gitarre und Cajon auftrat. Zu hören gab es Coversongs von Nirvana, Metallica, Kylie Minogue u. a. Das Pub war gut besucht und die Gäste sangen fleißig mit.
    Samstag verließen wir die Küste und das schöne Sommerwetter (32° im Schatten) denn der Hochnebel begleitete uns nun bis zu unserem nächstes Ziel in Southampton (http://solentmodelrailwaygroup.webs.com) zur EUROTRACK-Modellbaumesse. Wir waren hierher eingeladen als Repräsentanten des österreichischen Modellbahnvereins BK1951 (www.bk1951wien.at). Hier verbrachten wir zwei schöne Tage unter lieben Freunden, gekrönt von einem tollen Gala Dinner Samstag Abend.
    Auf der Weiterfahrt besuchten wir die wunderschöne Kathedrale von Salesbury, White Horses on the Hills, Steinkreise in den Midlands, fuhren durch den Peak District National Park. Inzwischen hatten wir uns auch an die Super-Single-Roads gewöhnt und das LINKS-Fahren.
    Das Hauptziel unserer Reise hieß ja Schottland. Und dort kamen wir am Donnerstag, den 25.09. in Moniaive (in der Nähe von Dumfries) an. Vom 26. – 28.09. fand hier in The Glencairn Memorial Institute das 6. Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival (www.moniaivebluegrass.co.uk) statt. Mit dieser Veranstaltung hatte ich nicht gerechnet, das war eine Überraschung meines Mannes für mich. Wir wurden auf der Campingwiese sehr herzlich empfangen und hilfreich unterstützt, damit wir wenigstens für den Freitag noch Tickets bekamen, denn das Festival war schon seit Monaten ausverkauft. Wir hatten wirklich großes Glück.
    Donnerstagabend war bereits Jam-Session im Pub. Freitag, 26.09. begann das Konzert um 19:30 h, vier Bands waren angesagt und trotzdem dauerte es nur bis 23:30 h.
  1. Dalebilly (www.167124.mrsite.com/index.htm) aus England: 5 Musiker mit Banjo, Gitarren, Kontrabass, Mandoline, Dobro und abwechselndem Gesang. Zehn Titel, schöne langsame Lieder mit sehr guten Stimmen und dann wieder rasend schnelle traditionelle Stücke mit vielen Solis (>Walking after midnight<, >Oh Carolina<, usw.).
  2. The Mairs Family Band (www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mairs-Family-Band/436234686394917?sk=timeline) aus Schottland: 4 Musiker mit Dobro, Kontrabass, Gitarre, Banjo, Mandoline und abwechselndem Gesang. Sehr flott und traditionell (>Last night my memory was burning<, >Jimmy Brown<, >Rocktop<), einige schöne Gospelsongs, dreistimmig und auch a capella (>Hey John<) und ein mit sehr hoher Stimme vom Bandleader vorgetragener Jodler.
  3. The Carpenter & May Band (www.carpenterandmay.com) aus Tennessee: 4 Musiker mit Mandoline, Banjo, Fiddle, Gitarre, Kontrabass und abwechselndem Gesang: >Sitting on top of the world<, dann etwas Swing und irische Töne, >Banks of the Ohio<, >If You’re ever in Oklahoma<, >Nine pound hammer<, >Devils Dream<, alles in einem Wahnsinnstempo. Der Mandolinspieler sang mit der genau passenden Stimme >Little Birdie<. Die Band bekam während des Spiels Szenenapplaus, beim letzten Fiddle-Traditional klatschten alle begeistert mit und zum ersten Mal an dem Abend wurde Zugabe gefordert.
  4. The Whitetop Mountain Band(http://whitetopmountainband.tripod.com)
    aus Virginia: 5 Musiker mit Mandoline, Gitarre, Kontrabass, Fiddle, Banjo (das spielte die Mutter). Sie sind eine der bekanntesten Tanzbands der Appalachian Mountains und das bekamen unsere Füße zu spüren. Da ging die Post ab und das Publikum tobte und tanzte, ich natürlich auch. Wer konnte denn da noch still sitzen oder stehen bleiben! Sie sangen auch ein sehr schönes Duett (>Echoes of the Blue Ridge<) und Blues und Jodler (>Roosters Crowing lues<) doch die meisten Stücke waren einfach mitreißend schnell, auch die Zugabe.
    Ein wunderschöner Abend war vorbei, nein, noch nicht ganz, denn anschließend
    wurde fleißig weiter gejammt im Pub nebenan. Das war das Richtige, um die Nacht ausklingen zu lassen. Schade jedoch, dass ich keine CDs mitnehmen konnte, da der offizielle Verkauf – aus welchem Grund auch immer – erst am nächsten Abend stattfinden sollte und da waren wir ja schon wieder auf Achse.
    Nach diesen vielen verschiedenen musikalischen Eindrücken und guten Erfahrungen mit lieben und freundlichen Menschen hatten wir nun Zeit und Muße, die geplante Urlaubsreise durch Schottland zu genießen. Wunderschöne Landschaften, Ruhe und viel Natur in den Highlands, ausgedehnte Gewässer wie z. B. Loch Lomond. Eine Fahrt auf den Ben Nevis mit der Seilbahn wurde mit einem phantastischen Rundblick belohnt. In der Glen Grant Distillery erlebten wir eine sehr persönliche Führung. Firma Baxters, ein Spezialist für Suppen, wurde aufgesucht. Auch ein für seine Haggis (schottische Spezialität!) berühmter Fleischhauer in Fochabers durfte nicht fehlen sowie WALKERS Shortbread. Zurück ging es über Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Peterborough, großräumig vorbei an London und am 07.10. bestiegen wir wieder die Fähre in Dover und haben uns bei Blitz, Donner und Hagel von England verabschiedet.
    Nächste Station in Frankreich hieß St. Amand-les-Eaux. Hier steht in wunderschöner Belfried, verschnörkelt und weiß. Nach den Wetterkapriolen der letzten Tage, wobei unser Auto ganz schön durchgeschüttelt worden war, hatten wir hier nun totale Windstille. In Binche (Belgien) sahen wir das Internationale Karnevalmuseum. In Belgien wurden wir auch wieder durchgerüttelt, allerdings diesmal von den schlechten Straßen. Wieder in Frankreich wurde es immer wärmer, daher blieben wir vier Nächte in Stenay, ein Ort wo wir schon richtig zuhause sind, so oft haben wir den bereits aufgesucht auf unseren Reisen. Stenay ist bekannt für sein Internationales Biermuseum.
    Da wir noch ein wenig Zeit hatten für die Heimreise, besuchten wir auch in Deutschland einige Städte die schon lange auf unserem Plan standen. Als erstes kam Trier an die Reihe, wir übernachteten in einem Weingut und waren total überrascht, ausgerechnet hier schottische Hochlandrinder anzutreffen – in Schottland selbst haben wir sie vergeblich gesucht. Was wir hier jedoch vermißten das war die kommunikative offene und echte Freundlichkeit der Schotten und Franzosen, denn in Deutschland begegneten uns durchwegs mürrische und schlechtgelaunte Menschen. Trier selbst gefiel uns jedoch sehr gut, eine interessante Stadt mit vielen Bauten aus der Römerzeit.
    Nächster Stopp: Bendorf-Sayn – eine Stadt die von ihrem Schmetterlings-Zoo lebt, auf allen Häusern wird man auch durch Malereien darauf hingewiesen.
    Danach kam Wuppertal – hier gab es wieder etwas Interessantes, nämlich die Schwebebahn, sie ist auf den Schienen aufgehängt und fährt über unseren Köpfen durch die Stadt, genau oberhalb des Fußlaufs. Lustig!
    Nördlingen und Neuburg/Donau – das waren zwei Kirtagsfeste an einem Tag. Doch danach ging es Richtung Heimat, wo wir am 21.10. wohlbehalten in Wien eintrafen.
    Text + Fotos: Elisabeth und Franz Kölbl für Country Music News International













Music City Offers Multiple Days of Entertainment for New Year’s Eve Visitors

Music City Offers Multiple Days of
Entertainment for New Year’s Eve Visitors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A city that loves a good party, Nashville will once again offer visitors one of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the country with great live music and Nashville’s own midnight “Music Note Drop®.” Seven-time GRAMMY®-winning country trio Lady Antebellum will headline the sixth annual Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City. The music-filled evening will also feature performances by GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw, local Americana group The Apache Relay, and electric guitar phenom Kristen Capolino.

The show, which is FREE to the public, will take place downtown on Lower Broadway beginning at 6:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Revelers attending the festivities will count down to the New Year as a 15-foot-tall red “Music Note Drop®,” drops slowly from a 125-foot structure. The “Music Note Drop®” will trigger a fireworks display and confetti cannons as it reaches the midnight mark. Families can mark the holiday with the raising of the music note and fireworks at 6:30 p.m.

Visitors can be a part of history as “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015” will air live performances by Lady Antebellum and Gavin DeGraw from Nashville’s New Year’s Eve festivities for the first time; Charles Esten, who plays Deacon on ABC’s “Nashville”, will emcee this portion of the evening. This year’s broadcast will be the biggest music celebration in show history featuring over 38 performances and 5½ hours of music. The bi-coastal celebration will be broadcast live in the United States, Canada, and China.

In addition to free live music, Nashville will ring in the New Year with several days of entertainment offerings for visitors:

  • The NHL Nashville Predators play the Philadelphia Flyers at Bridgestone Arena on Dec. 27. Get tickets.
  • Watch the NFL Tennessee Titans fight the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field on Dec. 28. Book a Titans Gameday Ticket/Hotel Package.
  • Visitors can enjoy the Music City Bowl’s MusicFest and Battle of the Bands at the corner of Second and Broadway, featuring the LSU Tigers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Dec. 29.
  • Notre Dame and LSU square off in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl @ LP Field on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. CST. Complete event details.


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  • Jason Eskridge will perform during the free Music City Bowl Pre-Game Concert on the Main Stage at First and Broadway.
  • The NHL Nashville Predators play the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena on Dec. 30. Get tickets.
  • Join Lady Antebellum for Cheers for Charity before they hit Broadway to ring in the New Year for dinner, drinks, and an intimate performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Dec. 31. All proceeds from the event will benefit LadyAID, a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Get tickets.

Visitors attending Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City will have a variety of safe transportation options to and from their hotels. A downtown taxi stand will be available, as well as the Sober Ride program, black car services, and the Music City Star New Year’s Eve Excursion Train.

  • Parking at LP Field (lots A-D) will be available for $10, as well as at the Music City Center for $10. The Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean Veterans Bridge will both be open to walk across to and from the event.

  • Sober Ride, a program managed through the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department, will offer safe and direct rides home in Davidson County from the intersection of Second Avenue North & Gay Street on the north side of the Ben West Building from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

  • Those wishing to take a taxi at the end of the night will find a dedicated taxi stand located on Broadway at Seventh Avenue beginning at 10 p.m.

  • Party goers can ride the Music City Star New Year’s Eve Excursion Train into Nashville from Wilson County for only $12 roundtrip.

  • Those wishing to take their own cars and park downtown can find a comprehensive listing of parking lots and garages at www.parkitdowntown.com.

  • Arrive to the "Bash on Broadway" safely and in style with Grand Avenue. The perfect transportation for a wonderful and worry-free New Year's Eve. Contact Grand Avenue at 615-714-5466 or visit www.grandavenueworldwide.com.

The Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office reminds everyone to drive safely this New Year’s Eve. If you will be drinking, please plan ahead to have a sober ride home. Our law enforcement partners will be out in full force during the Booze It and Lose It campaign keeping impaired drivers off the roadways.
Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville and presented by Jack Daniel’s. The celebration partners include Advance Financial, Anderson Benson Insurance, Carl Black Chevrolet, McDonald’s, Durango Boot,

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Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting, Governor’s Highway Safety Office: Booze It & Lose It, Grand Avenue, Peg Leg Porker, Twice Daily, Korbel, Fetzer Vineyard, Coors Light, and Miller Lite.
Please visit www.visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve for the most up-to-date information about the event. Hotel and attraction packages are available by calling the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp at (800) 657-6910 or online at www.visitmusiccity.com. Music City Bowl packages are available for purchase at www.visitmusiccity.com/musiccitybowl. Follow Nashville on Twitter at @visitmusiccity and use hashtag #NashvilleNYE to follow the conversation.

The Promise of Nashville, where the music is inspired, created, recorded and performed, is to provide the ultimate musical entertainment experience, celebrated throughout our diverse cultural and entertainment offerings, and presented in an authentic, unique, friendly and unpretentious atmosphere.

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