Thursday, 08 Oct 2015

Music News

The Oak Ridge Boys Receive Prestigious U.S. Military Award

oakridgeboysNASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 11, 2015) – After five GRAMMY Awards, nine GMA Dove Awards, an induction into The Grand Ole Opry and a forthcoming induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Oak Ridge Boys have been presented with yet another distinction -- theBob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society – recognizing their work with The American Legion. The group accepted the award on August 8 at the Nashville Salutes Gala surrounded by 25 Medal of Honor recipients.
In September 2014, The Oak Ridge Boys joined forces with The American Legion to help raise awareness and support for better detection and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder among U.S. military servicemen and women, and veterans. Through the partnership, The Oak Ridge Boys have also assisted with improving the VA benefits process, as well as the education and career opportunities that are available to veterans once they return to civilian life.


Dolly Parton Raises Over 500,000.00 For The Imagination Library

dolly1PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 10, 2015) — Dolly Parton returned home, this past weekend, to help raise money for her Imagination Library and although the performances were billedDolly: Pure & Simple, in simple Dolly fashion she shined brighter than the stars in the sky. The four sold-out shows, which took place at Dollywood’s D.P. Celebrity Theatre raised over $500,000.00.

When welcoming the audience, Dolly said,“Thank you from all the kids and me! We give books to children all over the world now, and the Imagination Library started right here in Sevier County, right up here in these hills. So thank you all for coming. I truly believe that you can never get enough books into the hands of enough children.”

Currently in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, the
Imagination Libraryhas mailed more than 71 million free books!

FromBlue Smoke toBackwoods Barbie,9 to 5 andCoat Of Many Colors, Dolly captivated the audience show after show performing her latest and greatest hits. During her performances, Dolly also shared her excitement for her new resort,“I am so proud of all the things we are doing here. Of course, it’s our 30th Anniversary, and we’ve been longing for our own hotel ever since we started Dollywood. Yesterday, I had a chance to go over to the resort and do some videos and things in my suite, and I got to see the resort up and breathin’ with real people in it. We are just so proud of it!”


Gene Watson Joins Webster Public Relations Roster


genewatsonNASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 11, 2015) – Webster Public Relations is honored to announce that country music great Gene Watson joins the firm’s long roster of legendary clients. "Gene Watson's voice is as smooth as it ever was," says Webster PR President Kirt Webster. "We are excited to begin working with Gene and help continue to build his brand awareness."

Watson was working as an auto body repairman in Houston, Texas when, in 1974, major label Capitol Records picked up distribution rights for his song, “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” which became the first of dozens of hit songs from Watson in a career that has spanned more than 50 years. During that time, Watson has defied expectations and convention as he has endured as a staunchly country artist. Watson frequently calls his success in the music industry “an accidental career,” saying he never planned on becoming a professional musician.

“I am excited to work with Kirt Webster and the excellent team at Webster PR,” said Watson. “The company Kirt has built has done so much to preserve the legacy of real country music that I could not think of a better home.”


Parker McCollum Releases Debut Album

parkerAUSTIN, Texas — It doesn’t take Texans long to catch on to an artist who expresses authenticity through engaging melodies and compelling lyrics. That would explain why Austin singer-songwriter Parker McCollum found his name at the top of Spotify airplay lists in two major Texas markets, and at No. 3 in a third, with “Meet You in the Middle,” the first single from his debut album, The Limestone Kid (February 2015, PYM Music). His just-released follow-up, “High Above the Water,” is already gaining airplay on stations throughout the state.

Justin Frazell, program director of Fort Worth’s 95.9 the Ranch and host of the nationally syndicated “Texas Red Dirt Roads” radio show, was one of the first to jump on McCollum’s increasingly crowded bandwagon. “Twenty seconds into ‘Meet You In the Middle,’ I was hooked,” Frazell reports. “I knew that if this was a sign of what was to come from this new artist, decisions on his future singles would not be hard to make. What an incredible talent!”


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.


"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.”


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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