Sunday, December 27, 2009

Charlie Daniels To Be Featured In Geico Commercial

Tune in beginning Monday, Dec 28th

On Monday, 12/28 GEICO will launch four TV spots as part of a new campaign, called “Rhetorical Questions.” The new creative joins their on-air rotation as the fifth current storyline, in addition to the Gecko, Cavemen, “Talking Accidents” and googly-eyed “Kash.”

During the last 15 years, everyone’s heard GEICO’s famous tagline: “15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.”

With that in mind, GEICO’s savings message has a refreshed twist. The idea: people know this tagline so well, we could phrase it as a rhetorical question.

Each spot begins with an investigative reporter-type host, played by Mike McGlone (from The Brothers McMullen,) asking the question: “Could switching to GEICO really save you 15% or more on car insurance?”


“Is Ed “Too Tall” Jones too tall?”

“Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?”

“Does Elmer Fudd have trouble with the letter R?”

“Did The Waltons take way too long to say goodnight?”

Obviously, GEICO’s answer is a resounding “yes.”

(Charlie's GEICO commercial will be posted on 12/28)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"He Stopped Lovin' Her Today" To Go In Library Of Congress Historical Archives

George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” to be featured in Library of Congress historical archives
“The Sounds of American Culture” radio special to air nationwide this weekend on Public Radio International’s Studio 360 program

Nashville, TN – George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” was selected by the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board and will be featured on this weekend’s “The Sounds of American Culture” program on PRI’s Studio360. The award winning radio series continues to draw attention to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. This weekend show's featured guests include George Jones and Bobby Braddock, the song’s co-author and country columnist Hazel Smith who will discuss the history of the song, its recording and the impact it has had on music throughout the years.

"He Stopped Loving Her Today” George Jones (1980)
George Jones has said that he initially thought “He Stopped Loving Her Today” was too sad to be very popular, but, at one of the lowest points of his career and personal life, he made it one of country music’s defining and most enduring songs. Billy Sherrill’s restrained production highlighted the plaintive yet highly nuanced vocals that were the hallmark of Jones’ mature style, a style that stretched back to his days singing for tips in the streets of his hometown, Beaumont, Texas, in the 1940s.

Since 2002, the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, with advice from the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, has named a limited number of recordings each year to the National Recording Registry for preservation. These recordings are considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” This is the fourth year of the series, where the first three years won the Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals at the International Radio Programming Festival.

Selections from the seventh annual registry exemplify the rich diversity of the nation's aural history. The series began the weekend of December 5/6, 2009 and will be available as podcasts at a later date.

George Jones – a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame – is a country music icon, frequently referred to as "the greatest living country singer". A native of Beaumont, Texas, Jones began his career as a radio host and has successfully scored over 150 hits during his fifty-plus year career. In 2008, Jones received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor. Now in 2009, Jones continues to tour extensively in North America and overseas promoting his latest album, A Collection of My Best Recollection, exclusively through Cracker Barrel Music.

For more information on George Jones, please visit

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, which bring to bear the world’s knowledge in almost all of the world’s languages and America’s private-sector intellectual and cultural creativity in almost all formats. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s award-winning Web site at and via interactive exhibitions on a new, personalized Web site at

Studio 360 delve deep into the ever-changing cultural landscape with novelist and co-founder of legendary "Spy" magazine, Kurt Andersen. "Studio 360" is public radio's only national program devoted to arts and culture, co-produced by PRI and WNYC. Streaming audio, podcasts, and airtimes are available at

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Country Weekly Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Special Issue sale Dec. 21


America’s only weekly country entertainment magazine
has been bringing fans un-matched coverage since
Taylor Swift was 5 years old!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Garth Brooks was on the cover and Faith Hill was just launching her career on April 12, 1994, when Country Weekly magazine hit the streets for the first time. Since then, the Nashville-based publication has seen and covered pretty much anything worth seeing and covering in the country music world—from the highs of hit records, major award shows and stadium concerts to the sad stories of divorces, lost record deals and the deaths of beloved stars.

Along the way Country Weekly has earned the rabid loyalty of fans throughout the U.S., as well as in several other countries, and has acquired a reputation as the “go to” source for country radio personalities who want the latest scoop on stars ranging from legendary icons to newcomers.

In a special Dec. 28 collector’s edition of Country Weekly, on stands Dec. 21, the publication takes a look back at how far the magazine and the industry have come since 1994. It includes a timeline of major industry happenings over the past 15 years, plus often-funny photos of how current stars looked way back when. FYI, Taylor Swift was as cute as a 5-year-old as she is now, having just turned 20 on Dec. 13.

Also in the special issue are memorable covers throughout the years, selected photos from visits to artists’ homes and a great selection of more than 50 comments from country stars—from the biggest superstars to the newest newcomers—wishing Country Weekly well and congratulating the publication for leading the way in covering country music for so many years.

“It’s hard to believe 15 years have passed since Country Weekly was launched,” says Editor in Chief Larry Holden. “Covering the industry and the music we love has been a labor of love for all of us on staff, and we couldn’t be more grateful to our loyal readers and to the artists who’ve been so cooperative through the years as we’ve endeavored to tell their stories.

“Our goal is always to take our readers places they’d like to go—whether backstage at a concert, on an artist’s tour bus, in a star’s living room or inside the recording studio. We look forward to doing that and much more for at least another 15 years.”

Check out Country Weekly’s website for the latest in country music news. And you can see every cover of CW for the past 15 years at

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Performers Announced for CRS 2010 New Faces of Country Show

Performers Announced For CRS 2010 New Faces of Country Music Show®

CRB-Country Aircheck Awards To Be Presented Between Performances

(Nashville, TN – Dec. 14, 2009) Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® has announced the performers for the CRS 2010 New Faces of Country Music Show® to be held Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.

This year’s performers are:

Gloriana (Emblem Records)
Randy Houser (Universal South)
Love and Theft (Lyric Street)
Justin Moore (Valory Music Co.)
Chris Young (RCA)

The New Faces of Country Music Show (co-sponsored by the Country Music Association) is one of the most anticipated events of the annual Country Radio Seminar. Five emerging artists that have achieved significant success at Country radio during the qualification period are selected to perform at the event, held in the CMA Performance Hall. Each act plays a 20-minute set during the show, which officially closes CRS every year.

“The CRS New Faces show is a great way to stay ahead of the curve and see tomorrow’s stars today,” says CRB President Becky Brenner. “Artists like Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban were all New Faces performers at one time, and that’s only in the last decade!”

The inaugural CRB-Country Aircheck Awards will also be presented at this year’s New Faces show. The awards recognize those individuals that have demonstrated outstanding efforts in the Country radio and music industries in the past year. A total of 28 awards will be presented between performances.

Country radio registrants who attended the previous year’s Country Radio Seminar select the New Faces of Country Music Show artists. The Nashville-based firm of Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc. validates the voting process.

About CRS:
The Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas in the country music industry. Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. CRS 2010 will be held Feb. 24-26, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. Advance Rate registration expires Dec. 18 and is currently available online at or by contacting the Country Radio Broadcasters at 615-327-4487. Follow CRS 2010 on Facebook, or on Twitter at

About CRB:

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Zona Jones along many Country Artists hit Small Screen with music available on new DVD

ZONA JONES along with BO BICE, PAM TILLIS, TRACY BYRD, MARK CHESNUTT, TRACY LAWRENCE and others hit the small screen with their music on new DVD hitting stores on Dec 22nd

Los Angeles, California - After a successful 4-week theatrical run, the independent feature film “Noble Things” will be made available on DVD at and other major retail outlets on December 22nd. Bonus features include “The Making of”, 5.1 Dolby Surround Mix.

About Noble Things:
Noble Things features the big screen debuts of country music stars Lee Ann Womack and Tracy Byrd in a supporting role.

Hollywood icon Michael Parks (Grindhouse, Kill Bill, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn) delivers a must-see performance along with Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy, Remember The Titans, Saving Private Ryan) Dominique Swain (Alpha Dog, Face/Off, Lolita) and Wes Brown (True Blood, We Are Marshall).

The movie introduces up-and-coming talent Brett Moses (Beautiful Dreamer, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) in a powerful and touching performance as rising country singer “Jimmy Wayne Collins”.

Noble Things features never before heard original songs produced by Clay Walker's E L Music. Soundtrack now available on iTunes, & Rhapsody.

Mark Chesnutt
Bo Bice
Pam Tillis
Tracy Byrd
The Drew Davis Band
Blaine Larsen
Nikki Williams
Tracy Lawrence
Dobie Gray
Lane Turner
Zona Jones
The Rachels
Brock Goodwin with Jenny Gill

For more information please visit: or

Monday, December 07, 2009

Grammy Nomination for Michael Martin Murphey

Grammy Nomination for Michael Martin Murphey
"Buckaroo Blue Grass" Nominated for Best Bluegrass Album

Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce Michael Martin Murphey’s GRAMMY® nomination for BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM, “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS” released last February. "We are so happy for Murph on his Grammy® Album Nomination! He has worked so hard to get his bluegrass album done right in a way that honors, respects and maintains the integrity of bluegrass music and at the same time presents his classic songs in a new and fresh Buckaroo Blue Grass style. Certainly having some of today's top bluegrass artists performing on the album has helped accomplish Murph's vision for the Buckaroo Blue Grass album,” said Rural Rhythm Records President, Sam Passamano, Jr.

This Billboard™ TOP 50 BLUEGRASS chart album (retail sales) album has received other impressive attention this year including holding the #1 spot on the Roots Music Bluegrass Report (airplay) for three weeks in a row last month. recently posted a feature article “Michael Martin Murphey Embraced by Bluegrass”, plus named the album in their Top 10 Independent Releases Worth Checking Out article earlier this year.

“BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS” includes numerous fan favorites including, “Carolina in the Pines,” “Lone Cowboy,” and many more. Another track from the album, “Close to the Land (America’s Heartland),” is now in its fourth year as the theme song for the national hit television show America’s Heartland, and also includes a VIDEO RELEASE. This music video includes images from Paul Mobley’s book, THE AMERICAN FARMER - a recent winner of the Book of the Year Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Murphey was extremely grateful for the nomination and said, “It’s wonderful to be mentioned as a Grammy® nominee in the company of people like Steve Martin who has done so much for the bluegrass genre this year. I am so thankful to the Producer, my son, Ryan Murphey and Patt Flynn who organized the players (Sam Bush, Rob Ickes, Charlie Cushman, Andy Leftwich, Ronnie McCoury, Ryan Murphey, Craig Nelson, Pat Flynn, Tim Stidolph, Clay Riness, Matt Wilkes, David Davidson), Keith Compton (Engineer), and Rhonda Vincent who provided vocals and is also a Grammy® nominee in the same category.”

“I’m very grateful to all of the bluegrass bands that have recorded my songs over the years. I’m so blessed to have the support of my real family including my wife Karen, plus my new adopted family, Rural Rhythm Records that includes all the Passamano family and Penni McDaniel. I’m thankful for my Agent, Mike Drudge who introduced me to the Rural Rhythm family. He keeps us very busy on the road and I appreciate the support from PLA Media as well," he continued.

Murphey's performances were extremely well received during the recent International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass convention held in Nashville. Fans were thrilled when he appeared on stage with #1 bluegrass artist, Carrie Hassler, to perform a duet of “WILDFIRE,” and also “RUNNING GUN” with bluegrass veteran, Audie Blaylock & Redline. Both of these new single releases will appear on “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II (Riding Song) set for a February 9, 2010 release.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Rural Rhytmn Releases First Single by Brand New Strings "Merry Go Round"

Rural Rhythm Releases First Single by Brand New Strings
"Merry Go Round" Now Available
From Upcoming Album: "No Strings Attached"

Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce the new single, “Merry Go Round” by BRAND NEW STRINGS. The song is from their upcoming album, “NO STRINGS ATTACHED” set for release Feb 9, 2010. “Real bluegrass from the real deal”, says album producer and top bluegrass artist, Steve Gulley. "Merry Go Round" is now available to radio via Airplay Direct and also next week's Fresh Cuts and Key Tracks #6 radio compilation CD.

BRAND NEW STRINGS bring the sounds of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains to their music - combining hard drivin’ traditional bluegrass with gospel mountain music as well. Their fine instrumentals and harmony vocals combined with two strong lead vocalists make up this exciting new band. Band members include: Randall Massengill (lead vocals and guitar), Mike Ramsey (lead vocals and mandolin), Tim Tipton (bass), Stuart Wyrick (banjo) and Matt Leadbetter (Resonator Guitar) who also deliver incredible original songs to the complete their fresh new sound.

"This is a band that demands national attention before the release of their debut CD. They embody all the best traits of a modern day bluegrass band with their masterful musicianship and flawless harmonies built from a lifetime of loving and respecting the fathers while reaching to the future with an anticipation that shows in the freshness of their music. You can't go wrong with BRAND NEW STRINGS,” said radio host, Charlie Hansen of CFCY FM 95.1 radio in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada.

The members have all worked together in many other band configurations during the years, including Ramsey and Wyrick touring over 10 years with the gospel bluegrass band, New Road, and Massengill also part of that group for a time. Tipton was a founding and long-time member of the popular group, Blue Moon Rising, which Massengill and Leadbetter were also previous members of as well. These friends came together to form BRAND NEW STRINGS late in 2008 and by February of 2009, they won numerous honors including the Society and Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America’s (SPBGMA) Band Competition plus went on to have a very successful tour season this year despite the tough economic times.

For more information on BRAND NEW STRINGS, please visit their site, Rural Rhythm Records, or Hope River Entertainment.

WWE Diva Mickie James Signs recording contract with Acclaimed Nashville Producer Kent Wells


(Nashville, TN) – Today WWE® Diva Mickie James announced the signing of an exclusive personal recording contract with famed Nashville music producer Kent Wells.

Wells has produced projects for country artists Dolly Parton, Michael Peterson, and Neal McCoy among others. He also played guitar on and co-produced Dolly Parton’s GRAMMY-nominated album, “Halos And Horns” and the GRAMMY and Oscar-nominated song “Travelin’ Through.” He also produced Parton’s most recent album, “Backwoods Barbie,” which was the highest debuting Billboard Chart album release of her historic career.

James and Wells are currently in the studio working on her first recording project. A spring 2010 debut release is anticipated.

Last month, James announced signings with Sherry Massaro’s Nashville-based Skyline Management Group, Inc., as well as Don Grubbs’ Absolute Publicity, Inc. for public relations representation.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Martina Mcbride Delivers Country Music Like a "Rock Star" On Opening Weekend Of Shine All Night Tour


Nashville, Tenn. (December 1, 2009) – The SunnyD Presents Shine All Night Tour Starring Martina McBride & Trace Adkins kicked off before the Thanksgiving holiday and night after night, McBride commanded legions of fans and critics to take note - The powerhouse vocalist can rock an arena with an all-out, swing-for-the-fences, no-holds-barred high energy production the size and scale of a rock star. Enthusiastic crowd reaction and highly animated audience participation proved McBride shattered all illusions of a sit-in-your-seat-and-clap-politely evening as the superstar entertainer unveiled surprise after surprise during her impressive 90 minute set of hit country music, costume changes, and elaborate production and staging.

View Martina performance highlights at:

“Opening night in Moline was nothing short of magic,” said McBride. It was not coincidence that this was the location of her Great Performances tv special and subsequent live DVD. The entertainer knew her enthusiastic Quad City audience was the perfect “home” to share such a special night.

“I wish I could describe how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of all that love and positive energy,” McBride added.

She explained the first show is always electric and much of the excitement is due to the thrill of the unknown but a return to Moline heightened that experience. After countless hours of planning and rehearsing for the Shine All Night Tour, the moment to step onstage in front of thousands of anticipating fans arrived and McBride was anxious to see how well the new show would be received.

“We just had to cross our fingers, say a prayer, and go out there and rock," said Martina. “Luckily, it was a nearly flawless of the best shows I have ever done...and the crowd was truly unbelievable!”

The Quad City Times couldn’t agree more and noted “The mutual love affair between Martina McBride and the Quad-Cities continued and grew stronger Friday night.”

That was just the beginning. After St. Paul on Saturday, the Pioneer Press headline read “Martina McBride earns major country-star status Saturday” and went on to include whole-hearted praise from beginning to end with statements “Striding about a stage as large as what remained of the main floor at the Xcel, she exuded the air of a rock star. Her 18-song set was filled with spectacular singing, the emotion she poured out clearly transfixing most of the audience," and “If this tour is intended to reassert McBride's status as a major country star, then Saturday's show certainly made her case well.

Milwaukee’s performance capped off the weekend and reinforced what fans from the previous night were already saying about the unique pairing of Martina McBride and Trace Adkins as Shine All Night headliners - this is an exceptionally fun-filled evening of superstar entertainment.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote “The two musicians brought together opposite ends of popular country music spectrum to create a cohesive package” and further explained, “McBride was comfortable straddling the lines between pop star and country girl” and for Adkins “With a deep baritone voice and a hulking frame, the former oil rig worker performed a hit-filled set that traveled from rowdy fun to emotionally gripping nostalgia and romance.”

For the nearly 40 dates through Spring 2010, the Shine All Night Tour will run the gamut of emotional release combining countless radio hits and award-winning music of McBride and Adkins. Songs flavored with boisterous revelry, sexy romance and honest reflection leave fans no choice but to dance in the aisles, fist wave and chant and hold on tight to loved ones while remembering what matters most.

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Visit for dates, ticket links, exclusive content, contests and to sign up for updates. For fans engrossed in the Twitter phenomenon, follow the official Twitter feed at ShineAllNight for the latest news, photos and contests. Also, Martina’s newly redesigned website ( offers more interactivity and features content as well as ticket presales exclusively for fan club members. In addition, eager fans can access ticket presales and other offers through, and several other online outlets.

In addition to new content on and artist websites, CNN will feature McBride online in a new segment that reinvents the postcard “Wish You Were Here.” will post short video clips, snapshots and text from McBride as she describes her activities in the various towns and cities she travels while on tour. The first McBride postcards will begin this week.

About Martina McBride
One of the most spectacular voices in any genre of music, Martina McBride is a four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and GRAMMY winning recording artist with more than 18 million in album sales and 23 Top 10 singles, including six that hit #1.

The breadth of her talents - as recording artist, producer, songwriter, and concert entertainer - has made her an in-demand performer and personality, appearing on such high-profile programs as VH1 Divas (singing with Jordin Sparks), Dancing with the Stars, the Today show's "Today Throws a Wedding," American Idol, The Bachelorette, Private Sessions, a 20/20 special, The Oprah Winfrey Show, In The Spotlight With Robin Roberts: Bright Lights. Big Stars. All Access Nashville, In Performance At The White House - Celebrating The Music Of Stevie Wonder and much more.

Celebrated for her beauty and sense of fashion, as well as her everywoman perspective in life and music, Martina is a wife and mother of three who has been featured on the covers of publications like Redbook and Shape.

Among her hits are such anthemic and empowering songs as "Independence Day," "This One's for the Girls," "Anyway" and "Ride," all of which have underscored her incredible popularity as one of music's preeminent female vocalists. Her latest album is the chart-topping Shine, which includes her beautiful current single, "I Just Call You Mine."

About Trace Adkins
Since Trace Adkins broke onto the country music scene more than a decade ago, he has become an undeniable musical force and has evolved into a bona fide country music superstar.

An esteemed member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2003, Adkins has built a strong legion of fans by recording songs that possess insightful lyrics and cover a wide range of interests--many from his own life experiences. With his unmistakable basement-deep voice, he has had twenty-seven charted hit singles, 14 of which broke Billboard's Top 10. His albums have achieved gold or multi-platinum certification and three have made their debut at #1.

In 2008, Adkins received a string of nominations from multiple music award shows including the CMA's, and the Grammy's for his beautiful ballad "You're Gonna Miss This." That same year he also picked up the ACM Single of the Year Award for the chart-topping song. Adkins gained a new fan base when he became a semi-finalist on Donald Trump's first season of The Celebrity Apprentice and brought national recognition to his charity.

Adkins has performed for millions of fans worldwide and consistently sells out venues across the nation. His hard-driving stage show is chock-full of hits, making him one of today's top headlining country artists. Adkins' latest hit single climbing the charts is "All I Ask For Anymore," the tender ballad from "X," his tenth album on Capitol Records Nashville.

About SunnyD
Sunny Delight Beverages Company, based in Cincinnati, OH, is a leading producer of juice-based drinks in North America and Europe. The company is dedicated to helping Moms improve the vitality of their families by creating and marketing delicious, more wholesome beverages. Privately held, the company's brands include SunnyD citrus punch, Elations ® dietary supplement for healthier joints, FruitSimple ® 100% natural fruit smoothies, Fruit2O ® flavored waters, VeryFine ® fruit beverages, and Bossa Nova ® superfruit beverages.

About BC Powder
BC Powder®, which was first introduced in 1906 by Bernard and Commodore Council, offers temporary relief for discomfort associated with headaches, minor body aches and fever. Because BC is a powder, it gets into your bloodstream fast to provide fast, effective relief.

About Great American Country (GAC)
Great American Country is the leader in country music entertainment. GAC delivers to viewers the widest variety of country music, its artists and the lifestyles they influence. GAC broadcasts original country music programming, country music performance specials, live concerts and music videos. GAC is available in more than 58 million households and online at GAC is owned by Scripps Networks, the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, including HGTV (, Food Network (, DIY Network ( and Fine Living Network ( Scripps Networks is based in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Nashville, and is a unit of Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE:SNI).

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