Thursday, November 20, 2014

Oak Ridge Boys Celebrating 25th Year Holiday Tradition


Oak Ridge Boys Celebrating 25th Year Holiday Tradition
with Christmas Night Out Tour


Legendary Group Launching Concert Series
Wrapped with True Meaning of Christmas

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 20, 2014) The legendary Oak Ridge Boys are kicking off the holiday season with the Christmas Night Out Tour, and marking 25 years of one of the longest running Christmas tours in the music industry.  This year’s series of concerts will journey across the U.S. with an unforgettable show featuring yuletide classics blended with some of the group’s greatest hits.  The creative force and signature sound of the Oaks have become synonymous with Christmas music as the country legends continue to captivate multi-generational audiences around the globe.

Lead singer Duane Allen describes it as tradition that offers something for everyone, “It’s that time of year again…time for the jingle bells to be ringing around the world, and on the stage of The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas show.  There’ll be songs you already know, the traditional songs, Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas hits, and some new songs.  And I’ve heard that Santa Claus may be arriving on a Peterbilt Sleigh.  We begin our show with some major Oak Ridge Boys hits, then we take a break and when the snow starts falling, it’s a full-blown Christmas show….fireplace, rocking chairs (thank you, Cracker Barrel) and all of the exciting, fun, and spiritual songs that reflect the true meaning of Christmas.”

Tenor Joe Bonsall adds, “The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas tour has become a solid tradition all across America. This year’s tour will play 28 shows in 23 cities across 11 states.  It features 40 minutes of hits followed by a full production, 75 minute Christmas show that covers every aspect of this annual celebration from romance to presents, cookies and trees to Santa Claus, and the rocking chair conversations that are loved by all. We proudly end our show with 5 songs that reflect the true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

The Oak Ridge Boys are also currently working on a new album that’s expected to be released in 2015.  For the latest updates, including information on a concert near you, visit: oakridgeboys.com.

Christmas Night Out Tour Dates:

Nov. 21 – Golden Nugget, Biloxi, MS
Nov. 23 – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre, Branson, MO
Nov. 24 – Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY
Nov. 28 – Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines, IA
Nov. 29 – Five Flags Center, Dubuque, IA
Nov. 30 – Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, IN
Dec. 01 – Stranahan Theatre, Toledo, OH
Dec. 03 – Peoria Civic Center Theatre, Peoria, IL
Dec. 04 – Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Ctr., Bowling Green, KY
Dec. 05 – Carson Center, Paducah, KY
Dec. 06 – Blue Gate Theatre, Shipshewana, IN
Dec. 07 – The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
Dec. 08 – Meridian Centre, St. Catharines, Canada
Dec. 09 - Meridian Centre, St. Catharines, Canada
Dec. 10 – Vern Riffe Center, Portsmouth, OH
Dec. 11 – Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg, PA
Dec. 12 – Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield, OH
Dec. 13 – Meramec Music Theatre, Steeleville, MO
Dec. 14 – St Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, WI
Dec. 16 – Chester Fitz Auditorium, Grand Forks, ND
Dec .17 – DeVent Center, Norfolk, NE
Dec. 18 – Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD
Dec. 19 – Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel, Tama, IA
Dec. 20 – Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Dec. 21 – Weidner Center for Performing Arts, Green Bay, WI

BILLY DAWSON CONTINUES MOMENTUM

BILLY DAWSON CONTINUES MOMENTUM
WITH PERFORMANCE AT DALLAS COWBOY STADIUM 
DAWSON LAUNCHES SALVATION ARMY PRE-GAME SHOW FOR COWBOYS VERSUS EAGLES
WITH 45 MINUTE FULL BAND CONCERT ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 

Nashville, TN (November 20, 2014) -  Rising country star Billy Dawson always dreamed of playing the Dallas Cowboy stadium as a football player but little did he know after 25 years he would be playing the stadium as a musical artist.  His childhood dream will come true when he plays a 45 minute set in West Plaza’s Miller Lite Stage at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium on November 27th.  The full band performance will kick off Salvation Army’s pre-game show for the Thanksgiving day battled between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.  Other entertainment at the game includes LeeAnn Womack performing the national anthem and Pitbull entertaining during half-time. 
“My mom was praying the other day and the Lord reminded her of my desire to play for the Dallas Cowboys when I was a child.  She told me the story and it brought back memories of the time we went to a Cowboys game and I was able to play on the field.  It was so exhilarating running down the field and making a touchdown,” says Dawson.  “I am pumped and overwhelmed to be performing a concert at one of my favorite places. I’m so thankful and blessed for this incredible opportunity God has given me.” 
 Dallas Cowboys fans may be familiar with Dawson’s music as two of his songs have been blasted over the loud speakers at games this season.  “Go To Guy,” written by Amy Jack, Eddie Galan, Diana Williamson and Dawson and “Born To Lead,” the official theme song of the 2013 Lombardi awards, written by Amy Jack, Gannon Adams and Dawson, have became fan favorites at stadiums across the country including the world famous Cowboys Stadium, "Born To Lead" is availble now on iTunes. Thousands of  people are expected to be in attendance. Mega group Rascal Flatts recently graced the same stage for a concert. 
Lacy Leigh Photography and Saylor Productions will be onsite to document the concert.
About Billy Dawson
Billy Dawson is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, entertainer, author and motivational speaker.  He was recently named Nashville Independent Music Awards’ Artist of the Year, Best Country Male Vocalist and Best Country Live Performer.
He is currently in the studio working with Grammy award winning writer and producer Skidd Mills on a new album to be released in 2015. 
Last year Billy penned the theme song “Born to Lead” for the CBS Sports Network Lombardi Awards and has his songs playing in stadiums nationwide for the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.
Dawson has shared the stage with artists including Lee Brice, Aaron Lewis, Craig Morgan, Lady Antebellum, Thompson Square, One Republic, John Hiatt, Skillet, Five For Fighting, Colt Ford, Charlie Louvin and Cross Canadian Ragweed. 
Songwriting heavyweight Rivers Rutherford, who penned hits such as When I Get Where I'm Going (Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton), Real Good Man (Tim McGraw), These Are My People (Rodney Atkins) is a longtime supporter and mentor for Dawson. 
The last 2 years, Dawson was invited to be part of the Pat and Emmitt Smith charities celebrity golf tournament as a celebrity along with other celebs Darius Rucker, Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson, Alfonso Ribiero, Anthony Anderson, Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek, David Justice, Daryl Johnston, Trent Richardson amongst others.  He was also invited to be a celebrity softball player in the Roger Clemens Celebrity Slam for charity at Minute Maid Park home of the Houston Astros where he and Toby Keith entertained.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Dawson is the author of You Never Know, the first book in a series of children's books focusing bullying, racism and other societal issues involving children (which is now available here (www.amzn.com/069228610.) He brings his book to life when he speaks at schools about the importance of respect and love in everyday life.
He was the winner of the 2010 "Get Discovered" (iHeart Radio/Clear Channel) National Competition and was featured live on the iconic Jerry Lewis MDA telethon in Las Vegas and on the airwaves for over four million viewers. He was included in iTunes/Tunecore best of Country 2010 album featuring Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford. 

Ray Price With Backstage Pass Feature

Texas Music Scene Honors Country Music Icon Ray Price With Backstage Pass Feature

Nashville, TN (November 20, 2014) - Nationally-syndicated television show Texas Music Scene will air a special tribute to the late Ray Price billed as a "Backstage Pass on Ray Price's Final Album."  This special documentary-style edition will air November 21 through Sunday, November 23.  The episode includes interviews with Ray's widow, Janie, and SiriusXM personality Dallas Wayne.  The two discuss the late Country Music Hall of Famer's life, career and last CD, BEAUTY IS ... the final sessions, as well as share priceless memories.

Dallas Wayne, Janie Price, Tom Hoitsma (TMS Executive Producer), Tony Gates (TMS Producer & Director) and Kaden Gates (TMS Production Assistant)

Taped October 3 at Fort Worth's iconic Billy Bob's, this episode kicks off with an introduction by Ray Benson, who refers to Price as a "Texas Legend," and notes, "Ray's musical legacy will live on forever." 

Benson's prediction appears to be true:  The album debuted on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at #22, and features on Price have appeared in USA Today and numerous other major publications, including Country Weekly's 20th Anniversary "Legends of Country" Collector's Edition (on stands now).  Janie Price continues to share memories of her husband and his music with various media outlets, including RFD's Larry's Family Reunion, SiriusXM's Elvis Radio and Road Dog Trucking channels, Westwood One's Country Gold With Randy Owen and many others. 

Produced by Grammy award-winning hit maker and Price's longtime friend Fred Foster, BEAUTY IS ... highlights Ray's signature string and Shuffle sounds, and features duets with Vince Gill and Martina McBride.  Released on Amerimonte Records, this iconic project is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations as well as Hastings, Walmart and online retailers, including Amazon. 

 
View show times and channels here.

To stay updated on Ray Price, simply visit www.beautyisrayprice.com.

Lonestar Releases New Single "Pretty Good Day"

Lonestar Releases New Single "Pretty Good Day"

Impacting Country Radio Now!

 

 
(Nashville, TN)---  Multi-platinum recording group LONESTAR kicked off 2014 on a nationwide tour in support of their album, Life As We Know It, and now they are finishing it strong with the release of their latest single, “Pretty Good Day.” Written by frontman Richie McDonald, Marv Green & Tommy Lee James, the single launched on Play MPE in the Top 5 Downloads and Streaming charts.

CD: AL JONES - HARD CORE BLUEGRASS


AL JONES.
CD HARD CORE BLUEGRASS.

MUSICAS.
1)CALLING YOUR NAME. 2)CHEP LOVE OF AFFAIR.3)NANCY. 4)HOMESICK. 5)LOVE AND WEALTH. 6)RAINBOW7)I CAN NEVER MY DARLING. 8)AS LONG AS I LIVE.9)IVEN CURTAIN. 1O)STONE WALL.
11) MY FRIEND FRANK. 12) THIS WORLD MY HOME.


NÃO GOSTEI DA VOZ DE AL JONES! O CD E MAIS PARA SE ESTUDAR BLUEGRASS, FOL ROCK DO QUE ESSENCIALMENTE PARA PRAZER MUSICAL.
TEM UMA SEMELHANÇA COM NOSSO SERTANEJO DE TEMPOS IDOS. TALVEZ,MUSICAS PARA SE COLOCAR EM UM FARWEST, MAS NOS DIAS ATUAIS, SINCERAMENTE , NÃO HÁ MAIS LUGAR....CLARO QUE NO MEU PONTO DE VISTA...CONHEÇO GENTE QUE ADORA....
E UM CD PARA SE ENTENDER O BLUEGRASS , o FOLKS e o FOLKS ROCK....O QUE AL FAZIA BEM , PARA OS AMANTES DO GÊNERO. VIOLINOS, BANJOS ETC FAZENDO SUAS FUNÇÕES, PORÉM NÃO AGRADOU A MEUS OUVIDOS.
PARA NÃO SER INJUSTO, VI ALGUMA COISA EM THIS WORLD....MY HOME...O SOM e BOM , AS VOZES ENCAIXAM PARA O QUE PROPUSERAM E ATINGIU SEU OBJETIVO.
INSTRIMENTOS DE AL, GUITARRR e VOZ.
ATIVO DE 1960 A 2008.SEUS PRIMEIROS TRABALHOS FORAM REEDITADOS EM 2007 COM UM CD DUPLO. JONES MORREU INESPERADAMENTE DM 1 DE JUNHO2008. COM A IDADE DE 62 ANOS. Nasceu em :31 DE OUTUBRO DE 1945.GENEROS, FOLK, BLUES, FOLK ROCK.ERA GUITARRISTA, CANTOR E COMPOSITOR.
PARA FICAR CLARO, BLUEGRASS, SUB GÊNERO DO COUNTRY, DE RAIZ AMERICANA, INSPIRADO PELA MÚSICA DE APPALACHIA..
FOLK, MÚSICA FOLCLÓRICA, TRANSMITIDA VIA ORAL, MÚSICA TRADICIONAL
FOLK ROCK, UMA MISTURA DE FOLK E ROCK AND ROLL, COMB INA ELEMENTOS DE UM E OUTRO.
INICIOU NOS EUA NOS ANOS SESSENTA, FORAM PIONEIROS, LOS ANGELES BAND, THE BIRDS.
OUTROS, THE BEATLES E THE ANIMALS.


CONCLUSÃO.

NÃO PODEMOS DIZER QUE AL JONES ,NÃO FOI IMPORTANTE PARA A MÚSICA, POIS FOI...ELE CONTRIBUIU PARA A EVOLUÇÃO E PARA QUE ENTENDAMOS QUE OUTROS TIPOS DE SONS E MANIFESTAÇÕES MUSICAIS EXISTEM E HÁ QUEM GOSTE..NÃO FOI O MEU CASO.
RESPEITO PROFUNDAMENTE O TRABALHO DE AL, E UMA FONTE DE ESTUDO MUSICAL MUITO INTERESSANTE.
QUE DEUS POSSA TER ACOLHIDO AL JONES EM SEU REINO E TENHA LHE DADO PAZ!

DR. RONALDO BRANDÃO BROCHADO, DE CAMPOS DOS GOYTACAZES , BRASIL, PARA COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS INTERNATIONAL.


"Do They Know It's Christmas" erscheint am 21.11.2014


#BandAid30 Germany: Die deutsche Version der Benefiz Single 
"Do They Know It's Christmas" erscheint am 21.11.2014


BAND AID 30 GERMANY

#BandAid30 Germany: Die deutsche Version der Benefiz Single "Do They Know It's Christmas" erscheint am 21.11.2014

2014 jährt sich die Veröffentlichung von „Do They Know It’s Christmas“, dem legendären Hit, den Sir Bob Geldof und Midge Ure 1984 geschrieben haben, um Geld für die Opfer der Hungersnot in Äthiopien zu sammeln, zum dreißigsten Mal.

Leider ist auch 30 Jahre später die Not in Teilen des afrikanischen Kontinentes groß. Vor allem die derzeitige Ebola-Katastrophe gefährdet das Leben Zehntausender und droht hunderttausende Menschen noch weiter in Armut und Verzweiflung zu stürzen. Die Seuche übersteigt bei weitem die Möglichkeit der betroffenen Länder, die internationale Hilfe rollt nur langsam an.

Um die Seuche und ihre Folgen schneller, unbürokratisch und nachhaltig bekämpfen zu können, hat sich Bob Geldof zu einer Neuauflage von Band Aid entschlossen. In England ist am 17. November eine Neueinspielung der Benefiz-Single „Do They Know I’ts Christmas“ unter Mitwirkung vieler Stars erschienen. Um noch mehr Aufmerksamkeit auf die katastrophale Situation zu lenken, wird das Projekt erstmalig parallel auch in Deutschland und Frankreich stattfinden und von einer Großzahl namhafter nationaler Künstler unterstützt – von denen einige im Jahr 1984, als die Band Aid Single veröffentlicht wurde, noch nicht einmal geboren waren.

#BandAid30 Germany „Do They Know It’s Christmas“ wurde am vergangenen Montag in Berlin aufgenommen. Für die deutsche Version haben Campino, Marteria, Thees Uhlmann und der Textdichter Sebastian Wehlings einen neuen Text geschrieben. Als Sänger und Rapper wirken die folgenden Künstler daran mit:

2raumwohnung, Adel Tawil, Andreas Bourani, Anna Loos, CRO, Clueso, Die Toten Hosen, Donots, Gentleman, Ina Müller, Jan Delay, Jan-Josef Liefers, Jennifer Rostock, Joy Denalane, Marteria, Max Herre, Max Raabe, Michi Beck (Die Fantastische Vier), Milky Chance, Patrice, Peter Maffay, Philipp Poisel, Sammy Amara (Broilers), SEEED, Silbermond, Sportfreunde Stiller, Thees Uhlmann, Udo Lindenberg, Wolfgang Niedecken.

Produziert wurde die deutsche Version von Vincent Sorg (u.a. „Ballast der Republik“ von den Toten Hosen) und Tobias Kuhn. Das Video drehte der bekannte Musikfotograf und –regisseur Paul Ripke.

BandAid30 „Do They Know It’s Christmas“ in der deutschen Version erscheint in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz am 21.11.14 als Download. Die CD-Single erscheint wenige Tage später und wird neben der deutschen auch die aktuelle englische sowie die Originalversion von „Do They Know It’s Christmas“ enthalten. Die Betreuung der Veröffentlichung hat Universal Music übernommen, die wie alle Mitwirkenden unentgeltlich an dem Projekt arbeiten. Auch alle Künstler wirken unentgeltlich mit! Sämtliche Gewinne, die Universal Music mit dem Verkauf des Songs erzielt, kommen dem Band Aid Trust zur Bekämpfung der Ebola-Katastrophe in den betroffenen Ländern zu Gute. Das gilt auch für alle Einnahmen, die aus musikverlegerischer Sicht erzielt werden.

Über die Verwendung der Einnahmen aus dem Verkauf von Single und Downloads entscheidet, wie schon bisher bei solchen Aktionen, der Band Aid Trust. In der Vergangenheit arbeitete der Band Aid Trust mit und vergab Gelder an Organisationen wie Oxfam, UNICEF, Care International, World Food Programme, Wateraid und viele andere.

In den letzten Wochen waren die unten angegebenen Websites von UN, Oxfam und Ärzte ohne Grenzen zuverlässige Informationsquellen, weil diese Organisationen vor Ort am Kampf gegen Ebola und seine Folgen beteiligt sind.

Neben der Bekämpfung des akuten Ausbruchs der Krankheit ist ein Anliegen aller Beteiligten die Entwicklung eines Impfstoffes, der Aufbau einer besseren medizinischen Versorgung in den betroffenen Ländern und das Bemühen, das Thema in den Industrieländern auch auf der Tagesordnung zu halten, wenn die aktuelle Krise einmal überstanden sein sollte.


Facts:

More than 4,500 men, women and children have already died from Ebola. The World Health Organization has said that the outbreak is "unparalleled in modern times". Families travel for miles and end up sitting outside overwhelmed clinics, waiting to die, because there is no room inside.

Meanwhile, Ebola is spreading rapidly. Even to countries like Spain and the United States. By December, it has been predicted that there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week. African countries are especially at risk, with weaker health and tracking systems. But it’s not just about one disease and containing that, this has far reaching impacts.

The Ebola virus could become a health and economic disaster of astronomical proportions for the whole continent… Not only are thousands of people falling ill and dying, but farmers have not been able to work their fields, individuals have not been able to take their goods to market, and business to the region has been spiraling downwards.  Ebola threatens to unravel so much of the hard-earned, and incredible, progress that countries such as Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have built over the last decade.

Even if Ebola ends tomorrow the repercussions for the affected countries and the region will be lasting and the international community must step up.  Although some countries are being incredibly generous, others who really should be - the Brazils, Italys, South Koreas of the world - are not. Ebola is not a West African or even an African problem. It is a global problem requiring a global effort to combat and contain.

Latest Stats (as of 29 Oct)
- 13,567 cases/4951 deaths
- Liberia: 6535 cases/2413 deaths
- Guinea: 1667 cases/1018 deaths
- Sierra Leone: 5338 cases/1510 deaths
- US: 4 cases/1 death
- Spain: 1 case/0 deaths
- Mali: 1 case/1 death
- Nigeria: 20 cases/8 deaths
- Senegal: 1 case/0 deaths
- Among healthcare workers: 523 cases/269 deaths

SAINT MOTEL im Februar 2015 auf Tournee in Deutschland


SAINT MOTEL
SAINT MOTEL
Indie-Pop aus Los Angeles

SAINT MOTEL im Februar 2015 auf Tournee in Deutschland

In den Staaten haben sie das Publikum bereits im Vorprogramm von Größen wie den Artic Monkeys oder Imagine Dragons von den Sitzen gerissen. Mit der Single „My Type“ und Shows in Hamburg, Berlin, München und Köln, stellt sich das Quartett aus Los Angeles jetzt auch hierzulande vor.

Ihr erstes Album „Voyeur“ kam 2012 in Eigenregie auf den Markt und landete in den Lieblingslisten aller Trendblogs; so waren allein sechs der elf Albumsongs auf Platz 1 der Hype Machine Charts zu finden. Ihre eigenwillige Mischung aus großen Popmelodien und kritischen Texten, von britischer Lebensart und Ironie inspiriert, offenbaren ihre Botschaften oftmals erst auf den zweiten Blick. Um den Namen der Band ranken sich gleich mehrere Geschichten, einschließlich, aber nicht beschränkt auf den Ort, an dem sich alle Mitglieder trafen, einem Motel in Südkorea oder eine osteuropäische Biersorte, welche allen köstlich schmeckte aber die es schon längst nicht mehr gibt.

Mit ihrem neusten Track „My Type“ sorgen SAINT MOTEL für Sommerstimmung im grauen Herbstalltag: Trompeten, mitreißende Percussions, Klamotten und Frisuren, die an den glamourösen Spirit der späten 70ies erinnern. Die Fancommunity von SAINT MOTEL wächst und wächst, der Guardian lobt überschwänglich ihren „blühenden Elan und die sanften Karibikrhythmen“, während auch die renommierte Washington Post die bandeigene Mixtur aus „karibischer Beschwingtheit, einem packenden Rhythmus und ausgesuchten Jazz-Elementen“ feiert. Ihr unverwechselbarer Sound wandert zwischen Indie-Pop,- und Rock, gepaart mit der einmaligen Stimme von Frontmann A/J Jackson.

„My Type“ ist die erste Single aus der gleichnamigen EP, die SAINT MOTEL neben weiteren Songs im Februar live vorstellen und damit die kalifornische Sonne, in Form von unbeschwerter Popmusik, nach Deutschland bringen.

TICKETS für die Konzerte sind ab 21.11.2014 unter www.eventim.de sowie an allen bekannten VVK-Stellen erhältlich.

SAINT MOTEL LIVE 2015

 21.02.2015 KÖLN  STUDIO 672
 23.02.2015 MÜNCHEN AMPERE
 24.02.2015 BERLIN PRIVATCLUB
 26.02.2015 HAMBURG KNUST

Country Music News International Newsletter November 20. 2014

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November 20. 2014

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Sister Hazel Helps

Sister Hazel Helps Open New Feeding Center in Honduras 
 


(Nashville, Tennessee...) When Sister Hazel first visited the impoverished community of Los Laureles, Honduras two years ago, they connected with the residents in such a profound way that the band returned home fired up about doing something big to help. Partnering with Feed The Children, in 2012 the band challenged their dedicated fans - affectionately called "The Hazelnuts" - with two goals: to garner sponsorships for every child in Los Laureles, and help raise the $75,000 needed to build a feeding center for the community. With both goals reached, the band (joined by a few Hazelnuts) recently returned to Los Laureles to witness the transformation and celebrate the feeding center's grand opening.

"The Hazelnuts came through in a huge way," said the band's Drew Copeland. "It was a special day to be able to serve the first meal in their new feeding center and to share that experience with our fans! To see this community have a safe place to come for clean drinking water, hot meals and soap and water for basic hygiene is beyond gratifying. There's a lot more work to do, but this is a fantastic start."

Two years ago, Sister Hazel visited the community of their sponsored children. Los Laureles is situated at the base of a large dump, where young and old alike scour for plastic and metal items to sell for recycling. Most of the homes are built out of garbage: nylon, cardboard, tin sheets and any other material they can find, with none of them having indoor plumbing.

Before Feed the Children arrived in Los Laureles, food supplies were irregular with only two meals a week provided by a local Catholic Church. However, many of the children weren't able to go because they had to cross a dangerous road to get there, therefore leaving the kids malnourished, anemic, and riddled with parasites.

Prior to Sister Hazel adopting the community in 2012, Feed the Children had worked for several years with help from generous partners, including TOMS,  Vitamin Angels, and others, to provide nourishing food, medical care, vitamins, backpacks and school supplies, clothes and shoes, and improvements to the school facilities.

Sister Hazel recently released 20 STAGES, a 20-song DVD, double CD set and limited edition double vinyl LP recorded live at 20 of the band's favorite venues. The set includes hits and fan-favorites such as "All For You," "Champagne High," "Change Your Mind" and "Mandolin Moon" as well as three brand new, never released tracks. Additionally, the DVD release features the live performance of each track from stages as diverse as the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA, The 9:30 Club in DC and the main stage on Sister Hazel's Rock Boat cruise in the Caribbean. The DVD features commentary from the band about each song, the venues and the role fans played in choosing both. The limited-edition double vinyl LP is presented in an old-school gatefold sleeve and will include a digital download.

 
Photos Credit: Feed The Children

KIX BROOKS HUMANITARIAN AWARD



KIX BROOKS NAMED FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE CMA FOUNDATION HUMANITARIAN AWARD
NASHVILLE – Acclaimed artist, radio personality, entrepreneur, and esteemed member of the CMA Board of Directors Kix Brooks was named the first recipient of the CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award. The Award will be presented at an event in January, 2015.
"It's embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community," said Brooks. "It's easy to look around and be inspired by people who do more. I'll keep trying - this is very special."
The CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award was developed by the CMA Awards and Recognition Committee and approved by the CMA Foundation. The Award recognizes an individual who has served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism, and advocacy. Those recognized must be a Country Music professional who has evidenced commitment to worthwhile causes that are important to the Country Music Association and the Country Music community.
The Award can only be presented once a year. Candidates are submitted for consideration when a letter of recommendation by a CMA Board member is submitted to the CMA Foundation Board of Directors. The nominee's name is then to be submitted and approved by the CMA Board of Directors.
“Kix is a true ambassador, champion, and humanitarian for CMA and this industry as a whole,” said Rob Beckham, chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee. “His philanthropic efforts continue to make the world a better place.”
Brooks has been an active member of the CMA Board of Directors since 1998, serving and chairing numerous committees as well as presiding as President of the Board in 2004 and Chairman in 2005. During this 16-year period, Brooks contributed to the unprecedented growth of the organization, but was instrumental in creating and developing several initiatives that have touched the lives of countless members of the music community.
In 2006, CMA established an Artist Relations Committee with Brooks as the inaugural Chairman. Brooks noticed that schools in the Metro Nashville Public Schools system were cutting funds in music education and felt that CMA could step in and help fill the void needed to supply instruments and music. It was his leadership and vision that created CMA’s “Keep The Music Playing” program, which was the forerunner of the CMA Foundation. The program receives funding through CMA Music Festival with half of the net proceeds given as grants to support music education programs across the country on behalf of the artists who perform for free.
To date, the CMA Foundation has donated more than $10 million to this worthy cause.  
Brooks was also an early proponent of developing affordable health insurance options for CMA members, which resulted in the creation of CMA Instrumental Health Care.
In addition to being a true Humanitarian for CMA, Brooks also serves on the board of the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Monroe Harding Children’s Home, Tennessee Tourism Board, Nashville Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, Blue Ribbon Committee, Operation Finally Home, and Veterans Matter.
Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,400 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour TV special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics. All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.

 Photo Credit: CMA / Caitlin Harris

Morgan Riley Shares Songs and Charity Goals on Radio Tour




Morgan Riley Shares Songs and Charity Goals on Radio Tour


Skytome recording artist and Country singer-songwriter Morgan Riley has been touring radio stations, sharing her new songs and charitable involvement.
“Morgan Riley is a very talented person and passionate in her career,” said Mike Kelly of Kissin 99.3. “You can tell it as she tells you her story from where she came from to where she is going. She is focused on her dream and her music proves it. If you haven't listened to her album yet what are you waiting for?”
Riley has been performing live, on-air renditions of some of her favorite songs off the new album, “Collage,” including “Katie,” “It Wasn’t Me,” “Don’t Ask Me” and of course radio hit “Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboys.” 
She’s also opened up about her involvement with Bright Star International, a charity organization that connects celebrities with causes close to their hearts. For Riley, that cause is domestic violence.
Feeling the call to take a stand after the recent NFL and Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, Riley is doing all she can to educate the public and raise awareness in hopes of ending domestic violence everywhere.
Some of the radio stations that have been visited by the talented and down-to-earth star include Nash 96.5, Kissin 99.3, Dixie Country 106.7, WTHO 101.7 and Hit Kickin’ Country Z 94.5.
“I really like that song ‘Katie!’ Great song!” said Alan DuPriest of Hit Kickin’ Country Z 94.5.

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