Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Crimson, White and Indigo" -July 7,1989 - Grateful Dead In Concert

This DVD took me by surprise, got to listen to it last night without any distractions, It seems like 89 was the year of Concert Videos and possibly the hottest year of the Dead, Being a Seventies Dead Fan, I have listened and watched all of the Others like "Down Hill From Here" and "Truckin' Up to Buffalo", the companion to this one, recorded three days earlier, Which was good, but nothing to jump up and down about. As soon as I put on my headphones and put in the DVD, I was captivated by the quality of sound, the excellent camera work, You spend the show on the stage with The Grateful Dead, You see some very neat and candid things that you normally would not see. I was totally transported by the DVD to like being there, it is just incredible, best camera work I have ever seen on a concert film. I had my Oppodigital DVD player set on 5.1 instead of stereo for the Phones and I must say , the sound was out of this world. As usual, it would take the Dead a few songs to get everything tweaked just right. The first set was a bit unusual, putting "Iko Iko" as their second song. "Little Red Rooster was third song". They were destined to rock out that night. Their vocals were stellar that night. Brent Mydland turning i some great performance, especially on "Blow Away", where he started this like talk part of the song that put the huge crowd in his hands, The rest of the band kinda backed off and let Brent shine. It was quite an emotional moment where Brent had the crowd in his hands. It was the set ender and after Brent was done, you could see Jerry smile at Brent with a big proud papa type smile, they always had a good musical relationship, feeding off of each other.

The DVD goes right into the second set, in the fully packed JFK Stadium, which held close to 100,000 and it looked packed. "Box Of Rain" started out the next set and Phil plain nailed it and there was some great vocal harmony at the end, Weir, Garcia and Lesh. A great version of "Scarlett Begonias" was next, by this time the band was firing on all cylinders. The drummers were hot, Bobby was doing his Bobby thing , backing away from the mike and then sort of attacking it again. Phil's bass is playing in his very all over the place, but right where he was supposed to be mode. There were smiles all around, it just was so cool, being up so close to the action, you could hear lots of little comments, it showed a shot of the Drummers from the back once where they were watching Jerry and talking to each other. In the seventies , The Dead used to take a long time between songs, Their show in the late 80s was tight, I did not notice words being forgotten, and as usual, Jerry was phenomenal in his playing, you would hear a lull, and then Jerry would rip out a solo that was so tight and hot, and Brent was so hot in his responses to Jerry's playing.

There was a very good selection of material from all over there career, From "Turn On Your Lovelight" to newer material like "Standing On The Moon". This is a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, but this is the Dead at the peak of their game. A Great show for older Dead Heads and newbies too, wished I had seen one of the rare screenings, There was one very close to my house, the week before the package was released. Rhino got this one right, wish that the DVD could have been sold separately, because I am not going to be listening to the CDs, I'm going to listen to The DVD thru my Oppodigital universal Disc player, great sound. A plug for it too.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Saguaro Road Records Posts Outlaw


A Mark Chesnutt-Brand Of All-American Music History

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (April 27, 2010)—Saguaro Road Records is pleased to un-cinch Mark Chesnutt’s new collection of all-American, all-time favorite, whiskey-soaked standards—OUTLAW.* From the distinguished specialty label that has brought country music enthusiasts unrivaled recordings from artists such as Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker and Lonestar, OUTLAW follows in the same vein; with grit, spit-polished and shined, and delivered by one of country music’s finest music stylists.

Set to be released on June 22, 2010, OUTLAW features re-recordings of some of Chesnutt’s personal heroes and life-long friends such as Billy Joe Shaver, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings (for whom Mark’s eldest son is named.) The product of producer Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam/Michelle Shocked/Tanya Tucker), OUTLAW is a true-denim-blue Mark Chesnutt-branded musical composition.

“When I was first approached to record this CD, my reaction wasn’t just ‘yes,’ but ‘hell, yeah,’” Chesnutt said. “I cut my teeth on this kind of music and it’s an opportunity [that might not have otherwise presented itself] for me to pay tribute to some of my biggest heroes in country music.”

OUTLAW quivers with the neo-traditional country style Chesnutt has been known for over his 20-year career. With traces of black flowers, Bloody Marys, easy lovin’, country livin’, sober Sundays, freedoms, desperados and bad behavior, the new, timeless project is Mark Chesnutt at his best. With an invigorating feel reminiscent of the music that brought him to the forefront as a country music traditionalist, and in keeping with the musical trends that make him a mainstay in the format today, OUTLAW, delivered in quintessential Chesnutt style, warrants attention.

“Mark Chesnutt put on a vocal display like I’ve never before seen in the studio. He stood in front of the mic and sang the whole record, from beginning to end, flawlessly [and in less than three hours]. We are all amazed at the results,” introduced producer Pete Anderson. “There may be singers out there as good as Mark, but there are none better and, at this point in my career, I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with this caliber of talent.”

Carrying the torch in the footsteps of George Jones and Waylon Jennings, Chesnutt plays nearly 100 dates a year. He has four platinum albums, five gold albums, 14 No. 1 singles and 23 Top 10 singles to his name; his trademarked voice has shaped the music of today’s country music newcomers and the new country music generation. OUTLAW is Chesnutt’s fourteenth studio recording and the first project of work from L.A.

Up-to-date information surrounding the list of OUTLAW cuts will be released via Mark’s social community sites:;; The CD will be available via all major retail and digital outlets.

For more information on Mark Chesnutt visit

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About Saguaro Road Records and Direct Holdings:
Saguaro Road is an imprint launched by Direct Holdings Americas Inc in 2008, the company that markets and sells audio and video entertainment products under the Time Life brand, using it under license from Time Warner Inc. The label focuses on artists that have a uniquely American, roots oriented sound and has recently released albums from the Blind Boys of Alabama, Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker, Lonestar, Joan Osborne, and Edwin McCain.

Time Life and the Time Life logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies, used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc. Headquartered in Fairfax VA, Direct Holdings Americas Inc.'s history began in 1961 as a direct marketing division of Time Incorporated specializing in music and books. The business has been operated as a separate company since the mid-1970s when it relocated to Virginia, and has since grown to become one of the world’s largest direct marketers of audio and video products throughout North America, Europe and Australia. The Company has set the standard in the direct response industry by pioneering direct marketing techniques and building one of the most trusted and recognized brands in commerce. The Company now also sells its products through major traditional and non-traditional retailers around the world as well as via the Internet. The Company was sold in 2003 to private investors. Saguaro Road Records is a trademark of Direct Holdings Americas Inc.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Wynonna's Next Release a Cracker Barrel Exclusive

New CD will benefit Wounded Warrior Project
LEBANON, TENN (April 26, 2010) – Multi-platinum Curb Records recording artist and five-time GRAMMY® Award winner Wynonna Judd has joined Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® in its support of Wounded Warrior Project with the release of Love Heals, a collection of Wynonna’s top singles and three other tracks not available for sale until now. The new CD can be pre-ordered beginning today and will arrive in all Cracker Barrel locations on May 24th.
In addition to sharing new music with her fans, Wynonna is honored and humbled to support Wounded Warrior Project and its efforts to assist wounded service men and women and their families. Cracker Barrel will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every Love Heals CD to Wounded Warrior Project. In 2008, Wounded Warrior Project started coordinating retreats for caregivers who help their wounded loved ones facing a range of physical and mental challenges. The retreats provide the caregivers with rest, rejuvenation and a place to connect with other caregivers.
“I am deeply moved by the caregivers who take on the responsibility of caring for our wounded warriors,” said Wynonna. “I appreciate Cracker Barrel for their continued support of Wounded Warrior Project and its mission to honor and empower wounded warriors as they continue life beyond the injury.”
Beginning today, fans can pre-order the Love Heals CD by visiting the Cracker Barrel website ( The exclusive CD features many of Wynonna’s biggest hits (No One Else On Earth, Only Love and She Is His Only Need) along with three tracks that have not been available for sale, including Let Your Light Shine, a new song never before released.

“We’re very excited to provide our guests with this collection of Wynonna’s most popular songs,” said Peter Keiser, Vice President of Marketing at Cracker Barrel. “Wynonna welcomed the idea of producing a project that would benefit our nation’s service men and women. Her appreciation of veterans is very sincere, and we’re honored to have Wynonna by our side as Cracker Barrel continues its support of Wounded Warrior Project.”

During the pre-order process, fans can also register to win A Weekend with Wynonna in Music City Sweepstakes. The grand prize package includes a trip to Nashville to meet Wynonna and see her perform at the Grand Ole Opry®. The lucky winner will also get to visit many of Nashville’s top attractions. Other prizes including autographed Wynonna Love Heals CDs and complimentary meals at Cracker Barrel. Pre-order and contest information can be found on the Cracker Barrel website (

About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its signature biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 594 company-owned locations in 41 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit

Friday, April 23, 2010

Time Running Out For Discounted Tickets to Verizon Bama Jam Festival

Time is Running Out for Discounted Tickets to Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival

Newly Expanded Festival Set for June 3-5, 2010

ENTERPRISE, AL– Only a few days remain to purchase 3-day tickets at the discounted rate of $130 for the 3rd annual Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival, slated for Thursday, June 3 through Saturday, June 5, 2010 in Enterprise. On May 1st the price for 3-day tickets increases to $160.
For the first time, promoters are offering an enclosed seating area called “The Peanut Gallery” with reserved seats up close to Stage A; drink service included. After the festival, fans may take the logo chair home.
Through a relationship with Relix Magazine, fans may enjoy an upgrade to the air conditioned Relix tent near Stage B providing interactive displays and subscriptions to the magazine. Anyone with a 3-day ticket may purchase an upgrade to enter the tent.
The Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival is the south’s premier outdoor entertainment extravaganza, offering 3 jam-packed days of music and entertainment with performances by today’s’ most popular and compelling acts from Country and Rock to Americana and Alternative. The event will include more than 40 Grammy, CMA, ACM, American Music Award winners and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members.

Event promoter, Ronnie Gilley, has pulled out all the stops for an even grander fan experience for the 2010 event. It’s over 600 acres of rip-roaring fun and non-stop music with many upgrades from previous years including a broader range of musical acts, more vendors, additional parking and lighting, comedy, contests and more!
Verizon and Ronnie Gilley Entertainment have announced 4-time and current CMA, and 4-consecutive ACM Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney will headline the event. This will be one of the only 2010 concert appearances by Chesney, who’s had 19 #1 songs, including “Out Last Night,” “When The Sun Goes Down,” “Living In Fast Forward,” “Never Wanted Nothing More,” and the ACM Single of the Year, “The Good Stuff.”

The festival boasts dozens of award-winning, platinum-selling artists; all in one place, all at one music-filled 3-day event. In addition to Chesney, performers set to entertain in June include: Hank Williams Jr., whose appearance at the festival marks the artist’s only Alabama performance in 2010; Blackberry Smoke, Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, The Grascals, Jake Owen, Wayne Mills Band, Lucero, Stoney Larue, Danny Gokey, Rodney Atkins, Buddy Guy, Gretchen Wilson, Citizen Cope, Travis Tritt, Train, Disco Biscuits, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band, Gregg Allman, Robert Earl Keen, LoCash Cowboys, Alexa Carter, Chris Carpenter, Tyler Bryant, Chris Young, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Rio Grand, Colt Ford, Houston County, Led Zeppelin 2, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Edgar Winter, Stuckey & Murray, Tyler Bryant, ASCAP songwriters, Miss Willie Brown, Larry Frick, Bill Gentry, Beth Hart, The Difibulators, Duece Poppi, Lewis Copeland, Chris Hurt, Chad Hall and The Cleverly’s. Also appearing will be the 6 finalists in the Jim Beam Battle of the Bands competition.
For more information, visit

Ronnie Gilley Entertainment, a division of Ronnie Gilley Properties, is a full service entertainment company located in Enterprise, Alabama. RGE is active in all facets of the entertainment industry, including recording/engineering, music publishing and artist management/promotion. RGE’s music interests include Stroudavarious Records, BamaJam Records and Country Crossing Records. The company also produces the annual Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival. For more information, visit

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wade Hayes To release A New CD

On April 21, Wade Hayes will officially release Place To Turn Around, a well-crafted collection of eleven songs, nine penned by Hayes, that is guaranteed to make the wait worthwhile. The new album includes some outstanding musical arrangements with edgy undertones and, luckily for the listener, it is not without the tender touch that helped send Hayes to the top of the charts on previous projects.

Hayes, an accomplished singer, songwriter, and musician, has spent the last ten years preparing for the release of this album and he is extremely proud of the end result. It will come as no surprise to his longtime fans that, he says, staying true to his country roots was not something he had to work hard to do. After the first listen, the nights spent in honky tonks, and the countless hours on the road, are evident in the composition and delivery of each song. Like every great songwriter, song content was drawn from personal life experiences
and incorporated with what was witnessed while touring across the country, so the album is filled with an immeasurable variety of life lessons.

Fans will find it difficult to choose one stand out track on the album but Hayes says "What's A Broken Heart For You," which he wrote with Michael White, is at the top of his favorite list. "I really love this song. I was talking to my mom; she's a very religious person, she was talking to me about a way she prayed. Her words knocked around in my brain for almost a year and a half before I finally wrote the song and I'm really proud of the way it turned out."

Hayes is certainly no stranger to country radio or country music charts. When your debut single goes to number one and the Country Music Association names you "Top New Male Vocalist," well, your destiny is predetermined. It doesn't hurt that he has managed to rack up an impressive amount of solid hits in the years since. Most recently, when he isn't busy promoting the new album, Hayes has
been touring as the lead guitarist with Randy Owens, former lead singer for Alabama.

After a brief hiatus, Wade Hayes is back and better than ever! He says "It's really good to be back out playing on my own again. I am really excited about this project, and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me."

Place to Turn Around, which had a limited release last year, is now available via, iTunes and at Wade's live shows.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Hell Still Ain't Frozen Over" - Susan Hickman - Single Review

This country ballad from Susan Hickman's self titled CD has a haunting Quality to it. The pedal steel and sweet textured rhythm guitar accompany her very emotive vocals. This is an excellent composition and production by Doug Deforest.

This gal has a very strong voice and sings with confidence. I do not find the term "Hell Still Ain't Frozen Over" used in a trite way. It is part of the emotion of the song which is carefully constructed with a great melodic melody full of strong hooks. This gal knows how to get inside of a song. This song deserves a lot of airplay.
Jim Moulton
-from album "Susan Hickman"

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Alabama Founding Member Jeff Cook Mixes it UP!!


New Album Brings Fans Musical Variety, Features Guest Appearances From Danielle Peck & Alabama’s Teddy Gentry

NASHVILLE, TN - April 15, 2010 – Though country music powerhouse ALABAMA retired in 2004, lead guitarist and fiddle player Jeff Cook can't bring himself to stop pickin' and doing what he does best. On May 11, 2010, Cook and his Allstar Goodtime Band release Shaken, Not Stirred. The album’s multi-genre material showcases the Country Music Hall of Famer’s love for not only country music, but also other genres that had an impact on his 30+ year career.

“Sure, country music got me to where I am but there are a lot of other formats and musicians out there who had major impacts on me as a music man” says Cook. “You’ll hear some original country songs on this album but also some classic multi-genre hits that I think lots of folks will remember… Jackie Wilson’s ‘Lonely Teardrops,’ Dave Clark Five’s ‘Because’ and the Beatles’ ‘She’s A Woman’ to name a few!”

Cook also brings in some recognizable country voices to compliment the album’s eclectic material. Alabama bass player Teddy Gentry joins Cook for some familiar harmonizing and Nashville recording artist Danielle Peck brings her smoky satin vocals for a rockin’ duet of the Pointer Sisters’ classic hit “Fire.”

Quest Records releases Shaken, Not Stirred through digital retailers May 11, 2010.

Track Listing:

1. Waitin’ On Willie to Sing
2. Because
3. Misery Loves Company
4. I’ll Give You That
5. I’ve Been Around Enough To Know
6. Lonely Teardrops
7. Dreamer Gone Blind
8. She’s A Woman
9. Don’t Fish And Drive
10. Fire
11. Looking For A Love
12. AGB Medley

About Jeff Cook:

Born in Fort Payne, Alabama, Jeff Cook has played lead guitar and keyboard since the age of 13. In addition to his rich vocals Cook has just about done it all. Alabama signed a recording contract with RCA records in 1980, launching a career that to date has resulted in 42#1 Hits, 2 GRAMMY Awards, 21 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums and more than 78 million records sold. In November of 2005, Jeff and his band mates received country music's highest honor, as they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Alabama is one of the Top 20 best-selling acts of all time.

In 2001, Cook was named "Guitarist of the Year" by the Gibson Guitar Company.

Shortly after Alabama’s final farewell to the country music scene, Cook formed the Allstar Goodtime Band and has continued to release music, delivering those signature guitar licks that made Alabama one of the most successful bands in the history of country music.



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Lonestar Kicks off Their "Party Heard Round The World CD Release" with lots Of Appearances!!!!


New Album In Stores April 27th

Nashville, TN - Country superstar group Lonestar will make good on their promise to have a Party Heard Around The World celebrating the release of their new album by performing on no less that six national television shows following the CD’s April 27th release date.

Starting with the nationally syndicated television show Daytime and the ever so popular Wendy Williams Show on April 28th, the show What’s The Buzz on April 30th, the Fox News Channel shows Huckabee on May 1st and Fox & Friends on May 3rd, Better TV on May 10th, and the new Emeril Lagasse Show on May 23rd. In addition to the performances, Lonestar will be featured in GAC’s “On The Streets” segment beginning in late April and will be interviewed for the Fox Entertainment feed on May 3rd. The band will also make a very special appearance on PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert, airing nationwide on May 31st.

Party Heard Around The World is Lonestar’s 10th album. Known both for strong country roots as well as multi-genre crossover appeal that has led to a history of success on the country and the pop/rock charts, Lonestar has sold over 10 million album units since its 1995 debut. The Texas bred band has built an impressive list of hit singles on the country charts, including 10 #1s, while at the same time landing 9 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their 1999 album release, Lonely Grill, produced Lonestar’s biggest crossover smash to date, the ballad “Amazed,” which spent eight weeks at the #1 spot on the country charts as well as reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The dual win made Lonestar the first country act since Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton’s “Islands In the Stream” in 1983 to accomplish this career milestone. Lonestar consists of original members Dean Sams, Keech Rainwater, and Michael Britt, as well as lead vocalist Cody Collins who joined the group in 2007.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

George Strait, 82 ACM Nominations

I Gotta Get to You” Makes 82nd Billboard Top 10 Hit
for the “King of Country”

Nashville, Tenn. (April 13, 2010) – Billboard announced today that superstar George Strait has accomplished what no other artist in the history of Billboard charts has – 30 years of consecutive Top 10 hits. With his current single “I Gotta Get to You” jumping from No. 12 to No. 9 on Billboard’s radio airplay list, Strait’s number of Top 10 hits totals 82 and marks 2010 as the historic 30th year milestone.

Billboard writes, “30 years into his unparalleled career, the 'King of Country' shows no signs of abdicating the throne.”

“It just continues to be one heck of a ride that I'm enjoying every minute of,” responds Strait. “Time does fly when you’re having fun. Thanks to all of my fans for their support. Long live country music!”

Strait landed his first Top 10 in 1981 with his first charting single, "Unwound."

"It is truly a privilege for all of us at Universal to be associated with George Strait," says Luke Lewis, Chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville. "He has recorded music for MCA Records his entire career and we are very proud to be part of this achievement."

With a career spanning more than 30 years, George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 To Date inclusive of all charts). He has sold more than 68.5 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Strait’s CD Twang debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart and the Top Country Albums chart. This is the fourth time in Strait's career that a new release has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the 13th time debuting at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

Named the Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Decade last year, George Strait is nominated this year for ACM Entertainer of the Year for the 12th time and Top Male Vocalist for the 20th time, bringing his all-time record to 81 ACM nominations.


Thursday, April 08, 2010

Bo Bice Returns With NEW ALBUM, 3


Southern Rocker Explores Roots, Country and Gospel On His Third Solo Album

Due May 18th on Saguaro Road Records

Nashville, TN – American Idol alum Bo Bice will release his third album, aptly titled 3, on May 18th (Saguaro Road Records in association with Bo’s own Sugar Money Records). Soulful southern blues and rock, gospel-like choruses, Americana and a touch of country, the new album is much like Bice himself; irresistibly likeable, filled with easygoing charm and undeniable talent.

“I feel the new CD, 3, is my strongest to date,” says Bo, “filled with a plethora of sounds that show people who the real Bo Bice is.” “There's something for everyone; country, soul, rock &'s like your favorite pair of jeans; it just feels right.” “Bo Bice is an enormously talented singer, songwriter and musician that has forged incredible relationships with the fans,” adds Mike Jason, Senior VP of Audio and Video Retail at Saguaro Road Records, home to Patty Loveless, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Tanya Tucker and Lonestar. “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with him for the release of 3."

On 3, Bo wrote half of the songs himself and collaborated with other writers on the remainder, playing both acoustic and electric guitar during the recording sessions in his adopted hometown of Nashville. He was joined by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman and keyboardist AJ Croce, whose father Jim has long been one of Bo’s greatest songwriting influences. Bo also produced five of the album’s songs, with an additional six co-produced with D. Scott Miller.

Bice’s Southern sensibility, earthy vocals and decidedly non-pop performances won over a nation of fans during the fourth season of American Idol, where he landed as the runner-up to Carrie Underwood. His first single, “Inside Your Heaven,” reached #1 on the pop chart when it was released in 2005 and was certified gold after it became the second-highest debuting song of the year. His album (The Real Thing) debuted at #4 shortly afterward and was also certified gold, his 2007 follow-up (See The Light) was ranked #1 by VH-1, and he later sung lead on Santana’s single “Brown Skinned Girl” (certified gold). 3 is Bice’s third album and first for Saguaro Road Records.

About Saguaro Road Records and Direct Holdings:
Saguaro Road is an imprint launched by Direct Holdings Americas Inc, the company that markets and sells audio and video entertainment products under the Time Life brand, using it under license from Time Warner Inc. The label focuses on artists that have a uniquely American roots oriented sound.

Tiffany Johnson Announces Portion of CD Release To Benefit Soles4Souls, The Shoe Charity

Recording Artist Tiffany Johnson Announces Portion of CD Release Scuffed and Simple to Benefit Soles4Souls®, the Shoe Charity

The South Carolina Native draws song inspiration from her simple beginnings

Nashville TN – April 7, 2010--With the release of Tiffany Johnson’s debut CD Scuffed and Simple, the artist with deep southern roots has come a long way since her musical debut at the tender age of six. Recalling her first time singing in public, Johnson fondly describes sitting on an upright piano with her braided pigtails, wearing her ‘Dorothy Shoes’—Buster Brown Mary Janes her mother had rolled in glue and red glitter. She sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and that became the moment she fell in love with music and performing.

She brought childhood memories like those into the creative process for the song selection on Scuffed and Simple, even co-writing with producer Lionel Cartwright on ‘My Dorothy Shoes’—an inspirational and poignant ballad about her small-town start and the impact it had on her life’s direction. Johnson chose a line from the second verse of the song as her album title. “That title reminds me a lot of myself,” said Johnson. “I’m pretty simple and I’ve had some bumps and bruises but, just like the shoes, there’s a lot of potential there.”

And shoes has continued to be a theme for Johnson’s life as a full-time spokesperson for Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity dedicated to providing shoes to people in need. Once Johnson learned about the organization’s mission, she took it on wholeheartedly and has since traveled in and out of the country, singing, speaking, and lacing up shoes as a representative of Soles4Souls.

“There’s something about fitting somebody with a pair of shoes,” she explained. “You get down on the ground and you physically touch someone, and it‘s not so much about the shoes but about spending that moment with them and helping them know that they matter, right then and there.”

The cause is so close to her heart that a portion of the proceeds from each copy sold of Scuffed and Simple will go to the organization she says has taught her what God’s work is all about.

“Through Soles4Souls, I am continually learning that it is so not about me; there’s this big world full of hurting people. We just have no idea what people are going through, internationally, and even next door, until we reach out and address their needs,” she said.

Soles4Souls is proud to have the support of Johnson and her unique music. "Tiffany's inspiration in music and towards the OUTREACH of Soles4Souls further communicates our commitment to change the world one pair at a time," said Elsey. "Our goal is to offer HOPE with the gift of shoes and now with Tiffany's ‘My Dorothy Shoes’ hit, we can impact with music," he added.

Scuffed and Simple can be purchased on her website and digitally through iTunes, LaLa, Rhapsody, Napster, and

Miraculous Surgery Saves Life Of Hank Cochran

Search for hank cochranMiraculous Surgery Saves Life Of Hank Cochran
Legendary Songwriter Recovering At Nashville Hospital
Nashville, TN (April 7, 2010) -- NSAI Hall of Famer Hank Cochran has often said that "God smiles" upon him, and it was obviously true last Wednesday, March 31, when Cochran's doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm the size of a grapefruit. Thanks to the quick intervention of Doctors Karl Vandevender, Johanna Bendell and Chad Swan (Surgeon), Hank was rushed into surgery and the aneurysm was repaired before it burst - an outcome that would have proved fatal for the 74-year old legend of song.
Cochran is in good spirits, although a bit "tired," according to his wife Suzi. She asks friends to understand that Hank is only able to see very limited visitors at this time, however emails are welcome. They may be sent to: .
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Nashville, TN – Leave it to the fan-friendly Judds to find another unique way to share the love with their fan faithful “Judd Heads” and country music fans across the country! In preparation for their highly anticipated 2010 final tour, the legendary Country Music duo, winner of 9 CMA Awards, are inviting the fans to name their upcoming tour! It’s The Judds “Name That Tour’ Contest!”

As Naomi and Wynonna put it, “We have shared so many memorable moments with our fans over the last 26 years and we know that we would not be here without their love and support. They are our family of choice and this tour is truly a family affair. So, it just felt right to ask them to help us name the tour. After all, they are the reason we are embarking on this journey together one last time.”

In addition to becoming a part of Judds history, the prize winner, to be judged by Wynonna and Naomi, will take home some major “thank you” gifts from The Judds. Come up with the tour name that befits the reunion of The Judds and you’ll win a once-in-a-lifetime prize package that includes:
• Mention in the 2010 Commemorative Judds Tour Book
• A personal “thank you” video message from The Judds
• $500 in Tour Merchandise

HOW TO ENTER: During the Contest Period, visit and follow the directions provided to complete the entry form and submit a single tour name for the Judds’ upcoming tour (collectively, with entry form, “Entry”). All Entries must be received by 11:59 PM CT on 4/23/10 to be considered. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means and Entries made by any means which subvert the entry process are void. Limit one (1) Entry per person. Entries received from any person or email address in excess of the limitation will be void. In the event more than one entrant submits the same tour name, the entrant who submitted that tour name first will receive an Entry and all subsequently received Entries with the same tour name will be void. All Entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.

All entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and the ability to capture the scope of this history-making event! A pointer: Keep it authentic!

The tour will be a long-anticipated, shining moment for The Judds and their fans – blow our minds with the perfect name!

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Grascals at The Grand Ole Opry House for April 6,2010

Search for kristin scott bensonThe Grascals At The Grand Ole Opry House For April 6th's Tuesday Night Opry
Charlie Daniels Band, Jim Ed Brown & Jeannie Seely Also To Perform

Nashville, TN (April 5, 2010) -- Bluegrass wunderkinds and two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year, The Grascals, join the Charlie Daniels Band, Jim Ed Brown, Jeannie Seely, James Otto and more for the Tuesday Night Opry, live from the Grand Old Opry House from 7 - 9:15 p.m. CDT on April 6.

This special Opry performance falls in the midst of a major media campaign celebrating the release of the The Grascals' latest CD, THE FAMOUS LEFTY FLYNN'S (March 30). The Grascals hit the Opry stage at 9:30 p.m. EDT/ 8:30 p.m. CDT, and fans can listen to a live, online stream at
Upcoming coverage includes RFD-TV's Larry's Country Diner (Thursday, April 8 at 6 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. CDT with repeats Saturday, April 10 at 11p.m. EDT / 10 p.m. CDT); Sirius Satellite Radio's Bluegrass Junction On Stage ( on Tuesday, April 6 at 9 p.m. EDT, Thursday, April 8 at noon and Saturday, April 10 at midnight EDT) and National Public Radio's Mountain Stage (Wednesday, April 14).

The band joined Hank Williams, Jr., Jamey Johnson and Eric Church on Hank's Rowdy Friends Tour this past weekend, and reigning IBMA Banjo Player of the Year (2008-2009) Kristin Scott Benson discusses the group in COUNTRY WEEKLY's April 12 issue, on newsstands now.
Fans can learn more about The Grascals at

Sunday, April 04, 2010

"The Famous Lefty Flynn's" - The Grascals - A Review

This is the fourth album of this much celebrated Bluegrass group, as they grow into their ever evolving sound. Not traditional in sound, but traditional in spirit with a modern sound to the Sweet recording in the twelve great songs featured here.

Whether they are cooking on a fast song or harmonizing on a slow ballad, The Grascals have a sound that is theirs. New to this CD is the award winning young Kristin Scott Benson, who adds her highly Skilled Banjo playing to the mix. This gal has two CDs of her own, before joining up with The Grascals, great fit.

I reviewed their last disc "Keep Walking On" and I find a much more empowered group here. Everything fits together well in a great mix. They start out doing a fast driving bluegrass version of "Last Train To Clarksville", originally recorded by the Monkees.
A song written by Jamie Johnson of the group "My Baby's waiting On The Other Side" really takes off, nice lyrics and some great banjo and mandolin.

A song by Steve Earle "My Old Friend, The Blues" has an old time country side to it with some pedal steel by Lloyd Green. A very good version with lots of emotion.

Another midtempo song "Up This Hill and Down" has some great hooks, just love Kristin's banjo interplay with the mandolin. They play together like they have been playing for years together.

Similar to this is "I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome" (Monroe, Williams) A classic old time country song done with a bluegrass twist.

The Twelveth song is a beautiful (public domain) gospel song. "Give Me Jesus" The instruments are more in the background on this track, while the sweet vocals take the front of the mix. Both country music and Bluegrass fans should love this great effort.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Oklahoma History Center to Honor Music Industry Legend

Oklahoma History Center to Honor Music Industry Legend

Nashville, TN – Oklahoma’s own Jim Halsey, legendary music manager/agent, impresario, teacher and now author, will be featured at an exhibit opening and reception in his honor at the Oklahoma History Center, on Wednesday, April 7.

The 1800-square-foot “Starmaker: Jim Halsey and the Legends of Country Music” exhibit will begin with a public signing event for Halsey’s book, “Starmaker,” from 3-5 p.m. on April 7. Halsey has been the agent for more than 40 top music stars over the past 60 years and built the largest country music agency in the world. In Halsey’s honored career, he has guided – and in many cases discovered– stellar names like Roy Clark, The Oak Ridge Boys, Merle Haggard, the Judds and many more.

On display will be many items and memorabilia highlighting key events in Halsey's momentous career, from gold and platinum albums marking his clients’ (Hank Thompson, Roy Clark, The Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, The Judds, Mel Tillis, Merle Haggard, Clint Black, Tammy Wynette, Freddy Fender, Don Williams) incredible achievements to awards and citations presented to Halsey for his stellar contributions to the music industry. Also shown will be posters from events worldwide where Halsey worked his promotional magic, pictures from first of their kind Las Vegas events and items from the landmark 1976 Soviet Tour, where Halsey clients Roy Clark and The Oak Ridge Boys tore a wide hole in the Iron Curtain with just their warm enthusiasm and immense musical talents. From the Halsey Archives there will be never-before-seen contracts to the stars, and guitars signed by such luminaries as Roy Clark, Wanda Jackson, The Oak Ridge Boys and even rock and roll giants such as Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and The Doobie Brothers.

Historic Halsey Company posters, artist rosters, contracts and artist development plans will reveal the depth to which Mr. Halsey was dedicated to his clients and the music industry, which could never be the same without him.

When Halsey sold his company to The William Morris Agency, he founded the Jim Halsey Institute, which focuses on helping others pursue their dreams in the music industry. In his new book “Starmaker,” released by Tate Publishing nationwide this month, Halsey continues that mission by sharing the secrets he learned while shepherding the careers of entertainment giants.

Sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, The Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Mustang Fuel Corporation, Tate Publishing, BluBlocker Corporation, and The Oklahoma History Center.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, “Starmaker” digs deep into the fundamentals: how to develop an act, how to get an agent, how to use the press to build your audience, how to play the biggest and best forums. His incisive advice will help readers find their place on the team—the position that provides the most successful and most fulfilling career. The book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Since 1990, The Jim Halsey Institute has been helping artists’ dreams come true every day. Halsey continues his active management of the supergroup, The Oak Ridge Boys. When he is not traveling, teaching, or writing, he lives near Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife, Minisa.

About the Oklahoma History Center - The Oklahoma History Center is the new, state-of-the-art home for the Oklahoma Historical Society. The History Center’s 35,000 sqft of interactive museum exhibits, combined with over 7 acres of outdoor exhibits, celebrate and explore all areas of Oklahoma’s rich history and serve as the basis for education programs that reach over 85,000 students each year. The History Center is also the home of the Historical Society’s Research Library and Archives hosting extensive collections of manuscripts, films, photographs and maps.
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