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September 2015 Music Column

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VERSE OF THE MONTH: "Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and him and spiritual songs." - Colossians (3:16)

ALBUM NEWS: Singer-songwriter Jewel is returning to the deep, personal territory and folk sound that made her one of music's most exciting young voices when she released the transcendent "Pieces of You." Now, Jewel releases her new album "Picking Up the Pieces" on Sept. 11 through Sugar Hill Records, and available for pre-order via JewelJK.com. She self-produced the 14-track LP and hired a band comprised mostly of Neil Young collaborators to help her strip away the veneer she"d built up over two decades in the music business. Spending the past several years alternating between penning her memoir, "Never Broken" (in stores September 15th) and recording a pair of children"s albums, "Picking Up the Pieces" is Jewel"s first proper album of new music since 2010"s "Sweet and Wild."

AMERICANA MUSIC NEWS: The Americana Music Association has unveiled its first round of artists to perform during the 16th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 15 - 20, 2015. The early lineup, featuring icons, innovators and up-and-comers, underscores Americana's perennially formative place in the world's musical landscape. With more than 100 acts still to be announced, the event promises to live up to its critical acclaim where MOJO Magazine described it as the "roots alternative to the GRAMMYs and South by Southwest." The $60.00 AmericanaFest wristband allows admission into all showcase venues to experience four nights plus a weekend stocked with music and community events. Wristband wearers are invited to select sanctioned cocktail parties and special events. AmericanaFest wristbands may be purchased exclusively at mercylounge.com and are on sale now. AMA nominations for the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards are as follows: The Artist of the Year nominees are: Rhiannon Giddens, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Lucinda Williams and Lee Ann Womack. Duo/Group of the Year nominees are: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Lone Bellow, The Mavericks, Punch Brothers and Shovels & Rope. Nominees for Emerging Artist of the Year are: First Aid Kit, Houndmouth, Nikki Lane, Doug Seegers and Shakey Graves. For a full list of the 2015 nominations, including those for Album of the Year and Song of the Year, visit americanamusic.org. The Award show, presented by Nissan, will take place September 16 at Nashville"s Ryman Auditorium. More info at americanamusic.org.

ARTIST NEWS: Tyler Farr took a "stage dive" accidently. He missed the step and BAM onto the riser in front of him. He was singing during a performance of the Foo Fighters' "My Hero." Without a glitch he said, "Sh** that hurt, can somebody please get that on YouTube?". Farr finished the show like a trooper! View the Oospy daisy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL-_YP18kt4

BOOKING NEWS: One of the most-loved bands of the dance music age, and still one of the most-played bands today, KC and The Sunshine Band, has signed with Danny Nozell of CTK Management for management representation. Creative Artists Agency (CAA), with agents Rob Light, Rod Essig, Robert Norman and Emma Banks, will take over concert and appearance booking. Nashville's Webster Public Relations will continue to represent the band for publicity.T. Graham Brown has signed a booking agreement with Gladys Van Dyke. This came after Brown"s latest Grammy nominated album, "Forever Changed," was released earlier this year. In addition to charting 14 Top 40 Country singles, Brown has performed on the Grand Ole Opry countless times and is a regular on popular TV shows such as "Larry"s Country Diner" and "Country"s Family Reunion." "We're so excited to be touring to support our new project. We know we have a unique show and we can't wait to take our music and our message all over the country," said Brown. More at TGrahamBrown.net.

CD RELEASES: Platinum-selling rising star Thomas Rhett"s sophomore album TANGLED UP (Valory Music Co.) is slated for a Sept. 25 release. Lead single "Crash And Burn," already a top digital download and smoking up the country radio charts, sets the pace for his second album and sets Thomas Rhett apart from the rest of the pack. The CMA and ACM nominee established himself as one of country music"s elite new artists with his debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS (The Valory Music Co.), which spawned three consecutive No. one hits, making him Billboard"s first male country artist to do so from a debut album in over two decades. The most recent No. one, Gold-certified "Make Me Wanna," was named one of Billboard"s "Best Country Songs of 2014." More at www.thomasrhett.com. Knowing Rhett since he was a youngster this makes me so excited every time he brings out new music!

CHARITY NEWS: Dolly Parton has been a busy lady. First, she "returned home" to help raise money for her Imagination Library. Billed as "Dolly: Pure & Simple," 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." The project has mailed more than 71 million free books. Dolly Parton then wowed two sold out crowds at the Ryman, helping to raise money for both the Dustin Wells Foundation/W.O. Smith School of Music and the Opry Trust Fund. She said that the money raised by the shows will help get instruments into the hands of children wanting to learn music and will also help her friends at the Opry, in the event they need a little extra help.

CONCERT NEWS: With 54,000 fans in attendance at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO, in mid-August, Jason Aldean"s BURN IT DOWN TOUR officially surpassed two million in ticket sales. Capacity crowds have been a common denominator for RIAA"s top digital country male artist of all time. Aldean also sold out stops at MetLife Stadium and two nights at Boston"s Gillette Stadium. The tour continues through October with a special 10th Annual "Concert For The Cure" at his West Palm Beach tour date (10/24). Like years past, Aldean has set aside a portion of ticket sales throughout the year, which will be donated to Susan G. Komen South Florida to support the West Palm Beach Area. New this year, Aldean has also been honoring two brave survivors at tour stops nominated through fan submissions. More info and tour dates at www.jasonaldean.com.

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME NEWS: Eric Church, last year"s top selling country music artist, will be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum when he becomes the subject of their next cameo exhibition opening Sept. 18. "Eric Church: Inside the Outsider" runs through February 2016 and will spotlight the North Carolina native"s hard-hitting path from a kid with a dream to becoming a multi-Platinum-selling country rocker filling arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums. The display will include guitars, song manuscripts, stage wear, photos and more personally chosen from Church"s collection. Church"s album, "The Outsiders," is the follow-up to his Platinum-certified "Chief," named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album. Tour & ticket info at EricChurch.com.

FESTIVAL NEWS: What is "Red Dirt" music? The answers are limitless and everyone has their own take on it. Fans know it originated in Oklahoma, that it"s a brotherhood of musicians bound in the art of "song," that it"s a smorgasbord of sounds in which everyone adds their own particular flavor to the community stew. One way to experience it is at Medicine Stone, September 24 ñ 26. The 2015 lineup includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Canada & The Departed, Randy Rogers Band, Shinyribs, Reckless Kelly, Micky & The Motorcars, American Aquarium, The Old 97"s, The Great Divide, John Fullbright, Dirty River Boys and Jonny Burke. Tickets and details at medicinestoneok.com.


HALL OF FAME NEWS: Rock-and-soul great, and Nashville resident, Sam Moore will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The voice behind such hits as "Soul Man," "I Thank You" and "Hold On I'm Coming" joins singer/songwriter Gregg Allman, composer John Barbe and his wife, Jane and others in an induction ceremony Sept. 26 in Atlanta. Moore rose to 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. In 1967, Moore and Isaac 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 singing as the Blues Brothers. The song the brothers chose as their signature: "Soul Man." Moore turns 80 in October. Details at sammoore.net

INDUSTRY NEWS: Kelsea Ballerini has a lot to be proud of. Her single, "Love Me Like You Mean It," has the distinction of being the first debut single by a female artist to hit Number One on the Country Airplay charts in nine years. She is also the first female artist ever to do so on an independent label. The song is the lead off single from her debut album, "The First Time" (Black River Entertainment). It was certified Gold by the RIAA in July and sold more than 461,000 copies in the USA. She is also nominated for three CMA Awards. Ballerini co-wrote the song with Josh Kerr, Forest Glen Whitehead and Lance Carpenter. At their Number One party, the four writers were each awarded a custom ASCAP guitar courtesy of Boulder Creek Guitars. Boulder Creek presents a signature guitar to each ASCAP-affiliated writer on the occasion of attaining their first Number One hit. More info about Boulder Creek Guitars at www.bouldercreekguitars.com.

LABEL NEWS: (Mercury Records) Scotty McCreery debuted his new single "Southern Belle" on "FOX & Friends" All-American Summer Concert Series. The song goes to radio September 7. "Southern Belle" is the first single from McCreery"s upcoming new album due out in early 2016. During the show, "FOX & Friends" hosts presented McCreery with an RIAA-certified Gold Single plaque representing more than half a million sales and streams of his recent Top Ten Hit "Feelin" It." This is the singer/songwriter"s latest RIAA-certified single, having already earned three Platinum certifications for "I Love You This Big," "The Trouble with Girls," and "See You Tonight." Info and tour dates at scottymccreary.com.

MEDIA NEWS: Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks will receive the 64th and 65th stars on the Music City Walk of Fame in an induction ceremony on September 10 at 2 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park. "Trisha and Garth are two great artists who represent what makes Nashville special," Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. "They are musicians. They are entrepreneurs. And they are generous community advocates. Garth stood strong with the city during the 2010 flood recovery, and we will never forget that. The city of Nashville is proud to recognize their accomplishments as individuals through inducting them into the Walk of Fame, and we are thrilled they will be our first husband-wife team to receive this honor." Yearwood has sold more than 12 million albums and is a platinum-selling, multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning recording artist. Her number one hits include "She"s In Love With The Boy," "XXX"s and OOO"s" and "How Do I Live." Brooks is the number one selling solo artist in US history with more than 136 million albums sold, according to RIAA. The Music City Walk of Fame was created in the fall of 2006 on Nashville"s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row.

MILITARY NEWS: An amazing night of stars and a sold-out crowd of concert-goers who went wild at the 40th Anniversary celebration of the legendary Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam, presented by Copperweld, at Nashville"s Bridgestone Arena as seven-time GRAMMY-nominee Eric Church and many more stars made bombshell, unannounced appearances to honor U.S. military members and veterans. Blackberry Smoke was the first surprise of the night. Later, country mega-star Eric Church busted out on the stage in the midst of Daniels" crowd-pleasing performance of "In America," joining Daniels for an electrifying duet. Lynyrd Skynyrd closed out the night, following performances by Trace Adkins, Alabama, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ryan Weaver, Wynonna, Craig Morgan, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Dean, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry and more. Former Blackhawk pilot, U.S. veteran and rising country star, Ryan Weaver, evoked arguably the most emotional applause of the night with a performance and moving video tribute to his brother and brother-in-law, both lost in combat in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more on The Journey Home Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Daniels and his manager David Corlew to help meet the healthcare, education and career needs of veterans, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org. This year's Jam raised more than $300,000 for the worthy project!!!!!!!

MUSIC NEWS: Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton and Lee Brice will join artists including Sam Smith, The Who, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, The Weeknd, Duran Duran and Janet Jackson for the iHeartRadio Music Festival and concerts at Daytime Village September the 18th & 19th at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena. The event will be broadcast live on the company's radio stations, streamed live nightly on Yahoo Screen and air September 29th & 30th on The CW.

NUMBER ONE NEWS: Congrats and a BIG hug to Michael Ray. His debut single, "Kiss You In The Morning," has also become his first Number One hit! The song has topped both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts, making it the first Number One debut single by a male artist in 2015. The single is from Michael"s debut, self-titled album that was released in early August. I"ve known big things would happen for Michael since the first day I met him in Florida before he even came to Nashville. He went on to win the CW-TV network show, "The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep," mentored by John Rich, and then, with Rich, co-wrote the 2015 Big & Rich single, Run Away With You." More at michaelraymusic.com.

OPRY NEWS: When Grand Ole Opry member Bill Anderson co-wrote "The Guitar Song," eight years ago, he had no idea he was writing it about the future not the past. The story-song about a fictional guitar that hung unwanted and tattered in an old pawn shop went on to become the title track of Jamey Johnson"s fourth album and starts out with the words: "I'm just a guitar in the pawn shop on the corner." In an eerie twist of fate, those lyrics now reflect the true story of a guitar Bill Anderson played when he was first getting started in country music ñ and on Saturday, August 8, on the stage of the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the authentic Grammer guitar, given to Anderson personally by Billy Grammer fifty years ago, made its way back into the hands of its original owner. Mike Grauer, the owner of a Phoenix, AZ, pawn shop discovered a guitar which had the words, "This guitar belongs to Bill Anderson," in the sound hole. He called Anderson who paid for round-trip airfare to Nashville and backstage passes for Grauer and his wife, introducing them onstage and telling the story of his long-lost guitar that had now found its way home.

RFD-TV NEWS: Country music legends Gene Watson and Moe Bandy are set to perform hit after hit and teach one another a thing or two, in a one-hour primetime TV special on RFD-TV September 18. The Gene & Moe Show, in which Watson and Bandy battle it out for the show"s naming rights prior to each episode, periodically switches its name to The Moe & Gene Show illustrating an "all-in-good-fun" facetious on-screen competition between the two long-time friends. Watson and Bandy also interview various celebrities and humorously teach one another tricks of the trade when it comes to their non-musical hobbies. See RFD-TV schedules at rfdtv.com.

ROAD NEWS: Hank Williams Jr is on the road this fall. Hank is prepping for the fall leg of his 2015 tour while putting the final touches on his forthcoming Nash Icon Records album. Cities among the concert lineup stretch from upstate New York to southern Mississippi and nearly everywhere in between. Known for his prolific songwriting, show-stopping live performances and one-of-a-kind musical and personal style, Williams always takes the stage with a combination of classic hits and new tunes that showcase his legendary musical prowess. For a full list of tour dates, visit www.hankjr.com.

SINGLE NEWS: Take a listen to "Perfect Storm," the new single from Allie Louise"s self-titled EP. "Perfect Storm" is a fast-paced, up-tempo, sing-along hand clapper with an infectious beat. The sophomore single showcases her strong, sure voice that displays a maturity beyond her sixteen years. "Perfect Storm" (which forecasts the fate of a young love whirling with intoxicating temptations that cannot be denied), also celebrated another memorable lifetime occasion with "love in the air." Allie graciously accepted an invitation from Jennifer Willoughby and David Vogtmann to perform at their wedding ceremony. Over the course of the couple's engagement, they have followed Allie"s career. The couple married on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Inn the Garden Bed and Breakfast in Lexington, MI where Allie sang the Bridal Dance song "God Gave Me You." Allie, Doug Kahan and Kaci Bolls co-wrote the song that went to country radio in late June. Allie is currently songwriting and working on building her publishing repertoire. More about Allie Louise and her music at www.allielouiseofficial.com.

TOUR NEWS: The Kentucky Headhunters, have added 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, they 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 are hitting the road 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 ó a Rock N Roll Hall of Famer and keyboardist for Chuck Berry. See details and tour dates at kentuckyheadhunters.net

TV NEWS: TG Sheppard may be celebrating the 40th anniversary of his self-titled debut album, but the Country legend is showing no signs of slowing down. In addition to a four-page "At Home" spread in CLOSER Weekly, which hit stands in August, the 21-time chart-topping icon can be seen this September on NBC"s "Open House," where Sheppard and his wife, singer/songwriter Kelly Lang, along with some special guests, give viewers a look inside their stylish Nashville home. After the initial September 13-14 airing, the episode will air again in additional markets on October 4. Sheppard will also appear on Heartland-TV"s new show "Reflections" on September 14 (check your local listings). More at www.tgsheppard.com.

WWWEBSITES TO CHECK OUT: www.bouldercreekguitars.com / www.renegaderadio.com / www.cmaworld.com / www.nashvillesongwriters.com.

WHO'S LOOKING * WHO'S CUTTING: Allison Bray, Borrowed Blue, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Mike Short and xxxxxx .

Have a great day!!!!

Gala night at 14th Annual America Honors & Awards: Americana celebrated its 14th Annual Americana Honors & Awards September 17 at the Ryman Auditorium. This year's winners reflected the community's spirit of eclecticism with Shakey Graves as Emerging Artist of the Year; John Leventhal, Instrumentalist of the Year; The Mavericks, Group/Duo of the Year; Lucinda Williams, Album of the Year ('Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone'); and Sturgill Simpson claiming both Song of the Year (for "Turtles All The Way Down") and Artist of the Year†trophies.

Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, the show kicked off the 16th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, presented by Nissan, and featured an all-star house band led by Buddy Miller. Performances by Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Buffy Sainte-Marie, Don Henley, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Ricky Skaggs and Los Lobos brought the sold-out crowd to its feet, and in true Americana style, the evening was loaded with musical moments, including ovation-worthy performances by Ry Cooder with Sharon White; Shakey Graves with Esme Patterson and Rhiannon Giddens, John Hiatt, Houndmouth, Jason Isbell, Nikki Lane, Jim Lauderdale, The Lone Bellow, Mavericks, Buddy Miller with Marc Ribot, Keb Mo, Robert Randolph with The Fairfield Four and McCrary Sisters, Doug Seegers, Lucinda Williams and Lee Ann Womack.

This year's presenters included Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids; Rosanne Cash; Marc Ribot; Americana Chart Founding Fathers Rob Bleetstein and John Grimson; Abigail Washburn and Noam Pikelny; Mary Gauthier and Mike Farris; Ry Cooder; Rodney Crowell; Sara and Sean Watkins; John Kay and Ken Paulson; and Robyn Hitchcock.† The show was broadcast live on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country; terrestrial radio partner, WSM; and streamed live through a partnership with NPR Music (Live Audio/Video) and Folk Alley (Audio only). PBS will broadcast an edited version of the show as an Austin City Limits special later this year. For a full list of award recipients, visit americanamusic.org.