Monday, 03 Aug 2015

Music News

The Kentucky Headhunters Announce 2015 Fall Schedule

headhuntersNASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 28, 2015) – GRAMMY® award-winning Southern blues-rockers, The Kentucky Headhunters, have announced 25 new tour dates to wrap up the summer and bring their rowdy, high-energy shows to fans nationwide well into fall. Long considered "Southern Rock Royalty" and credited for creating a hybrid of honky-tonk, blues, and southern rock that appeals to listeners of both rock and country music, The Kentucky Headhunters have tallied hits such as, "Dumas Walker," "Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine," and "Oh, Lonesome Me.”

The long-haired boys from Edmonton, Kentucky, (Richard Young, Fred Young, Greg Martin and Doug Phelps), hit the road August through December on the tails of their latest album release, Meet Me in Bluesland, which hit stores on June 2 and is a collaborative effort of previously unreleased, original material featuring late, great pianist Johnnie Johnson — a Rock N Roll Hall of Famer and keyboardist for Chuck Berry. Meet Me In Bluesland showcases The Kentucky Headhunters' familiar blues influence on a whole new level, and the album has created a momentum, fueled by its No. 1 Billboard Blues Album debut and top placement on the Billboard Americana Chart, that continues to carry the group into the upcoming dates.

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"Soul Man" Sam Moore Headed To Georgia Music Hall Of Fame

sammoreATLANTA, GA (July 30, 2015) – In honor of a career spanning more than 60 years, rock-and-soul great Sam Moore will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The voice behind such hits as “I Thank You” and “Hold On I'm Coming" joins singer/songwriter Gregg Allman, composer John Barbe and his wife, Jane, producer John Huie, and numerous others to be inducted in a ceremony Sept. 26 in Atlanta.

Moore catapulted to international fame as the lead voice of the 1960s duo “Sam and Dave,” a musical collaboration with long-time partner and fellow Georgia native Dave Prater. As Sam and Dave, the duo recorded and performed together for 20 years and produced a string of hit albums. But it was a tune written, arranged, and produced by Isaac Hayes that cemented Moore’s place in music history. In 1967, Moore and Hayes wrote “Soul Man,” which Sam and Dave would record later that year. The song became responsible for a resurgence in Moore’s popularity, when Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi assumed the characters of Elwood and Jake Blues, hopped into the Bluesmobile, and took up a career singing the blues as the Blues Brothers. The song the brothers chose as their signature: “Soul Man.”

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Rick Monroe Signs Deal With McPherson Guitars

rickmonroeNASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 28, 2015) -- World traveler, charity supporter and hard-rockin' country dynamo Rick Monroe has signed an endorsement agreement with McPherson Guitars.

Specializing in state-of-the-art, hand-crafted acoustic guitars, McPherson Guitars is headquartered in Sparta, Wisconsin. "We choose only a limited amount of artists per year to join our family," says Larry Klenc, General Manager/Artist Relations, McPherson Guitars. "Rick is a special talent with a long musical career ahead of him. We're proud to add this talented artist to our team."

Having clocked thousands of miles on stages around the world, Monroe insists on playing only the instruments that are best suited to his sizzling live shows. Now he has found what he was looking for. "It's an honor to be part of the McPherson family," Monroe says. "Some high-end guitars are compared to high-end cars like Maseratis or Bentleys. But McPhersons are in a completely different league -- I'd say it's more like a G5. The way it plays, the sustain and sound are unparalleled. I look forward to making music with my amazing guitar."

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Tanya Tucker To Perform Bojangles' Southern 500 National Anthem

tanyaDARLINGTON, SC (July 27, 2015) – Joining in Darlington Raceway’s celebration of the early 1970’s during its Labor Day weekend events, will be country music legend Tanya Tucker, who will perform the National Anthem for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sept. 6.

Tucker, a longtime Nashville recording artist, will sing the Star-Spangled Banner live on NBC.

“We are excited to have country music icon Tanya Tucker perform our National Anthem for the Bojangles’ Southern 500,” track President Chip Wile said. “Tanya Tucker has been a mainstay in Nashville since the early 1970’s. Her rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner will be a can’t-miss for our great race fans.”

For four decades, Tucker’s sultry voice and vivacious stage presence has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the country music genre.

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Little Texas Announces Tour Dates

littletexasNASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 27, 2015) – Country rockers Little Texas will hit the road in the coming months to support their latest studio album, Young For A Long Time. Since the album hit the streets in April, it's been creating a lot of buzz for the veteran group, and fans are excited about the tour.

"The songs on Young For A Long Time really reflect life in a lot of the places we visit,” said Little Texas member Duane Propes. "We're enjoying bringing this record to life onstage and listening to the reactions from both longtime fans and the new generation that are just discovering the band.”

Those journeys are what led the band to recently record “Slow Ride Home,” about the return of a fallen soldier to his Kansas hometown. The song—and the video that followed—were inspired when the band’s bus passed through miles of individuals lining the streets outside of Hayes, KS, where the soldier was from. “Slow Ride Home” was included on the band’s April 2015 release, Young For A Long Time.

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Ronnie McDowell Remembers The King

roddyNASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 24, 2015) – When Sunday, August 16 arrives this year, Elvis Presley fans around the world will pause to mark the 38 years that have passed since the King died. As you know, singer-songwriter Ronnie McDowell is one of the biggest Elvis fans of all time. He can trace much of his success to his 1977 blockbuster, “The King is Gone,” which catapulted Ronnie into the spotlight.

Early in his career, Ronnie was already a successful songwriter scoring hits for Porter Waggoner, Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Eddy Arnold, Tanya Tucker, Chet Atkins, George Jones and many others. He often describes that afternoon as when he wrote his own life story. With the huge reaction and requests made to radio stations from Elvis fans, Ronnie received a phone call from Dick Clark and the next day performed on American Bandstand. Since that day, multi-million copies of “The King is Gone” have been sold.

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Austin Rockers White Label Analog Gaining Notice

whitelabel1AUSTIN, Texas — Austin is a city well-known for supporting its local talent — but you have to earn it, and with their debut EP, A Little More Time, pop-rockers White Label Analog are doing just that. Reaching through decades of influences to create a timeless, yet oh-so-current sound, the band is gaining attention for the new EP and its first national single, “Turn to Dust,” which is already getting spins in Buffalo, Detroit and Tucson.

The band recently joined renowned Austin DJ Loris Lowe, host of KLBJ-FM’s “Local Licks” show, for a spin/talk segment, after which she offered this ringing endorsement: “White Label Analog play power-pop rock crafted by veteran musicians. If you’re not averse to having fun served with your rock ’n’ roll, then enjoy these sunny melodies and delicious hooks. Your head will be bopping!”

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