Saturday, 23 Aug 2014

Music News

2014 Heart Of Texas Blues Challenge

austinbluesAustin, TX- Austin Blues Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich tradition of blues music in Austin will host the 2014 "Heart of Texas Blues Challenge" at Brass House Tavern, July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st, at 8 p.m.

This annual battle of blues genre bands also serves as a regional preliminary competition for the Blues Foundation, International Blues Challenge.

Winners chosen in the Heart of Texas Blues Challenge will receive $500 and advance to the International Blues Challenge finals in Memphis.

Austin Blues Society holds fundraisers throughout the year and the funds go towards the winners expenses in Memphis.


Austin Joins 800 Cities Worldwide To Celebrate Summer Solstice

solsticeAUSTIN, Texas — On June 21, the summer solstice, Austin will join 800 cities worldwide in a singular celebration of music as our universal language — and everyone’s invited to participate.

Solstice Austin, the local version of the ever-spreading Solstice celebration, is a citywide festival in which any place from a porch to a palace can become a venue and any person can become a player. More than 50 venues, both traditional and non-traditional, already have signed up, along with more than 130 acts. And local organizer Special Events Live wants more to join the party. Performers and hosts may sign up until June 5 to help plug the “Live Music Capital of the World” into a planetwide celebration.

The Solstice concept was born 32 years ago in France as “Fete de la Musique” and it has since spread organically to take place in more than 800 cities in 108 countries. New York City was the site of the first stateside celebration eight years ago; that city now hosts over 1,000 performances each summer solstice. This year, 19 U.S. cities including Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Chicago are among North American participants.


Hall Of Fame Member Jean Shepard Releases Long-Awaited Autobiography

jeansheppardNashville, Tenn. (June 4, 2014) – Country Music Hall of Fame® member, the legendary Jean Shepard has had quite a story to tell about her life and career, but never had the right opportunity. Understanding its potential historic significance, Gus Arrendale, President of Springer Mountain Farms Chicken and Larry Black, Executive Producer of "Country’s Family Reunion" put their heads together to help her publish and distribute her long-awaited autobiography. "Down Through the Years" will to be released this week as CMA Music Festival fans descend upon Nashville.


OilPatch Festival Announces 2014 July 4th Celebration

oilpatchNashville, TN (June 9, 2014) - Legendary Oklahoma "Red Dirt" music band, Cody Canada and The Departed, are scheduled to headline the annual OilPatch Festival at the Sellers Ranch in Drumright, OK, on Friday, July 4, 2014. Oklahoma's premier entertainment and lifestyle event will get underway at 11:00 a.m. A great lineup of musical talent will be performing all day with a huge fireworks display at dusk followed by Canada's show. Admission is free to the public, who are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

This year's OilPatch Festival promises a "one-of-a-kind" July 4 Celebration and "Red Dirt Reunion" and will showcase some of the founding members and second generation stars of the Red Dirt musical genre which first exploded out of Stillwater, Oklahoma over 25 years ago and now claims fans around the world. Along with Cody Canada and The Departed, featured artists include the Red Dirt Rangers, Chuck Dunlap, the Tuesday Night Music Club featuring the Dust Bowl Brothers and Bo Phillips, who will light up the main stage along with popular Country recording artists LiveWire, Amber Hayes and the George Brothers. Special guests Monica Taylor, Tom Skinner and Jeffrey Parker (all major contributors to Red Dirt movement) will perform on the main and second stages.


Country Band LiveWire Announces "Drivin' You Outta My Mind" Tour

livewiretourNashville, TN (June 3, 2014) - Hard-rockin' Country band, LiveWire, announces its "Drivin' You Outta My Mind Tour" as the Way Out West Records' single by the same name climbs the Texas/Red Dirt airplay charts and counts early believers at mainstream Country radio where it impacts MusicRow stations this week.

Early critical acclaim for the single is strong, including praise from Music News Nashville, MusicRow, GotCountryOnline, One Stop Country and Roughstock, who raves, "'Drivin' You Outta My Mind' showcases LiveWire's potential for stardom even more than any of their earlier hits. The capacity to follow in Zac Brown Band's indie band success is there for the taking." (The Weekly Single Recap: May 30, 2014


Big And Rich Set To Kick-Off CMA Music Fest On June 5th

bigandrichNASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 2, 2014) – Big & Rich – Big Kenny and John Rich – will be celebrating CMA Music Festival unlike any other artists. Watch the streets of Nashville on Thursday, June 5th as the electrifying duo bring the party to downtown Music City and unlock the gates to Riverfront Park before taking the stage and officially kicking-off CMA Music Festival. Be sure to catch Big & Rich’s performance, which will include a live rendition of their latest hit single, “Look At You.” Fans will be able to look at them, while they “Look At You”!!!!

"Can't wait to rock the stage with CMA Fest!,” says John Rich. “After show party is at Club Redneck Riviera! See y'all there!" Big Kenny adds, “Bring on the Clydesdales!! Looks like we're gonna be kicking off the greatest music celebration in true Big & Rich style.”


Dolly Parton Scores Her Highest Charting Album Ever With Blue Smoke

DollyParton Blue Smoke cvr 300pxNashville, Tenn. (May 21, 2014) – The most celebrated female in country music history, Dolly Parton, adds another career milestone to her long list of accomplishments!!! With the release of her 42nd studio album, BLUE SMOKE, Parton scores her highest charting solo album ever. Parton, amazingly, has only visited the top 10 of the Billboard 200 once: with the collaborative set "Trio," with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. It peaked at No. 6 on May 2, 1987, after earlier debuting at No. 38 on March 28, 1987.

“I am glad that people are enjoying the music from my new Blue Smoke album. It feels great to be in the Top 10,” says Dolly Parton. “It’s always an honor to know the fans spend their hard earned money on my music. Thanks everybody!”

In terms of Parton's solo efforts, she's gone as high as No. 11 on the Billboard 200 with "9 to 5 and Odd Jobs," on March 21, 1981. That album of course featured her No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single "9 to 5", as well as the No. 41 hit "But You Know I Love You" and the No. 77-peaking "The House of the Rising Sun."


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