December Music Column 2011
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Happy Anniversary to me and the NMG! We celebrate 17 years of my column in Dec. 2011. Sounds like a record to me!! 😀
QUOTE OF THE MONTH: “May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.” – Saint Theresa
ANIMAL NEWS: Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Mike Farris and Buddy Miller are set to perform at the 2nd annual Miracle On Music Row Holiday Pet Adoption. The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and goes to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 at O.Liv Body Bar at 1200 Villa Place #404 in Edgehill Village. Admission is free, but a suggested donation is $10. Come out and enjoy the Pet Parade, pet photos with Santa, and wonderful music performances.
ARTIST NEWS: The American Music Awards was very good to Music Row. Taylor Swift took home country female album and all genre artist (THE TOP HONOR), Lady A carried Band, duo or group, and Country Male vocalist goes to Blake Shelton. Whoo hoo!
BABY NEWS: Justin Moore and his wife Kate, gave “Thanks” a little early. They welcomed Kennedy Faye Moore on November 21st. The happy couple is thankful for a healthy girl. She joins sister Ella Kole.
BENEFIT NEWS: Christmas 4 Kids rocks again on Dec. 12. The bus tour kicks off at 5 p.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot, in Hendersonville. The proceeds from the annual tour will join funds from the SOLD OUT concert at the Ryman last month with Charlie Daniels, Sawyer Brown, Colt Ford and Joe Nichols.
BOOK NEWS: Two country stars have books out this season, just in time for Christmas. Last month, Brad Paisley released Diary Of A Player and it has been on the NY Times bestseller’s list. Jimmy Wayne’s long awaited inspirational novel Paper Angels to raise awareness of the Salvation Army’s angel tree is on the shelves. Due to his 2004 song of the same title, there wasn’t one “angel” left in his hometown of Gaston, NC. More info at: www.salarmy-nashville.org or call 615-416-3175.
CD RELEASES: Josh Gracin’s new CD Redemption is on the shelves! Featuring the hit song ” “>Can’t Say Goodbye,” critics are saying Redemption is “a result of the freedom he’s acquired through the support of his new label,” Average Joe’s, and “an album which finds Josh entering an exciting new phase in his career.”
CRACKER BARREL NEWS: Bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent are adding the finishing touches to their next CD titled The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent. The project will be the duo’s first-ever Gospel album and their second CD with the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store exclusive music program. The new album will be available for purchase Jan. 9. Three-time Int’l Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainers of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent describe the CD as an inspiring collection of long-time favorites along with new offerings including “Living in the Kingdom of God” written by Jamie Dailey and “Until At Last I’m Home” written by Darrin Vincent, Jim Britton and Brad Price. This inspirational CD will be available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel® locations. Info and information at www.daileyandvincent.com.
LABEL NEWS: (Black River Music Grp) Craig Morgan showed us his acting talent. He recently guest starred on The Army Wives. His album is due to hit shelves in late January. He finished filming the video for “This Ole Boy” with Angie Harmon (former Law & Order star). She played his love interest. It’s also the titled track of his current EP.
(Capitol) After a record-breaking debut, Grammy winning trio Lady Antebellum’s third disc, Own The Night, has been certified platinum for sales in excess of 1 million by the RIAA for sales just four weeks after its release. The group has now sold a career total of seven million albums worldwide. They also carried home their third consecutive CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophy.
MUSIC NEWS: The CMT Artists Of The Year special adds a slew of performers and presenters. Here we go: Miranda Lambert, Hank Williams, Jr., The All-American Rejects, The Avett Brothers, Ellen DeGeneres, Gavin DeGraw, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, chef Stephanie Izard, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, actor Matthew McConaughey, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, Lionel Richie and Joe Walsh. The Rob-Lowe hosted event celebrating Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift will air December 13 at 8pm CST on the CMT network.
NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INT’L: Don’t forget to check your list to make sure NSAI membership is on there for your favorite songwriter. NSAI is the number one organization in the world for songwriters. Check the special pay plan at www.nashvillesongwriters.com.
STOCKING STUFFERS: My favorite stocking stuffers are CDs! Here are some from Jeff Bates (One Day Closer), Vince Gill (Guitar Slinger), Jason Aldean (My Kind Of Party), Miranda Lambert (Four The Record), Lady A (Own The Night), Taylor Swift (Speak Now) Montgomery Gentry (Rebels On The Run), Blake Shelton (Red River Blue), Martina McBride (Eleven), George Strait (Here For A Good Time), Scotty McCreery (Clear As Day), Lauren Alaina (Wildflower), Trace Adkins (Proud To Be Here), Willie Nelson (Remember Me, Vol. 1), and Chris Young (Neon) to name a few to put on your Santa list!
TOUR NEWS: Multi-Platinum artist/songwriter Dierks Bentley recently wrapped the first leg of his 2011 Country & Cold Cans Tour with sold out shows in Boise, Ida., Bozeman, Mon. and Denver, Colo. The tour will pick up in Feb. 2012 with first dates scheduled internationally in Canada and Australia. For more information and a full list of appearances, visit www.dierks.com.
Platinum-selling country star Billy Currington is set to kick off 2012 in a big way with his first headlining tour across the country. Billy, who received rave reviews out on the road on Kenny Chesney’s “Goin Coastal” tour throughout this year, will perform his No. 1 hits, including “People Are Crazy,” “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” “Good Directions,” ‘That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “Don’t,” “Let Me Down Easy,” and his current single climbing the charts, “Like My Dog.” Billy has invited label mates David Nail and Kip Moore to go out on the road with him.
VINYL NEWS: In November, Southern Rock Legends Marshall Tucker Band released The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits on vinyl. The 17-track record contains 14 classic Marshall Tucker hits as well as three previously unreleased live recordings. MTB has sold more than 15 million albums to date and celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2011. The Marshall Tucker Band is keeping busy throughout the remainder of the year. Next month, the band joins ZZ Top, John Kay and Steppenwolf, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and others on the inaugural Rock Legends Cruise to the Bahamas, with proceeds benefiting the Native American Heritage Association. Info on MTB at www.marshalltucker.com. PS: They performed on the Opry last month and received a standing ovation!
WHO’S LOOKING * WHO’S CUTTING: Andy Griggs, Borrowed Blue, Amber Shalene, Samantha Landrum, Neal McCoy, Toby Keith and Matt Gary.