Saturday, March 28, 2009

Keith Urban Goes Into Promotional Overdrive For Next Week's Album Release

Keith Urban’s “No Frills” tour, part of Verizon’s VIP Tour and the live concert debut of music from his forthcoming March 31st CD release Defying Gravity, kicked off last week before a raucous crowd that ate up the Grammy Award winner’s gritty and intimate performance at the House of Blues in Dallas. What followed was another jaw-dropping performance at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore. But his “No Frills” tour isn’t the only place where Urban can be seen.

In fact, before this week concludes Urban will have performed six songs for an iTunes Originals, two songs for the Ellen DeGeneres Show, which airs on Wednesday, April 1st, as well as a Yahoo! Pepsi Smash, which will air next month. The week concluded in grand fashion Friday (March 27th), with Urban’s first solo performance at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

Next week, release week, will see Urban on the East Coast in New York City for an appearance on The Today Show (Wednesday, April 1st), ABC’s Nightline, and for a taping of AOL Sessions. On Wednesday night Urban will perform at New York City’s Webster Hall, his first concert appearance in New York since his sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden.

Reba Teases Us With New Song "Strange"- Listen To It Here

That Nashville Sound Wishes Reba McEntire A Very Happy Birthday Today

That Nashville Sound wishes the red-headed Oklahoman superstar Reba McEntire a very happy 54th birthday today.

She has issued 31 albums, with over 55 million records sold worldwide in her 33-year career. She ranks as the #7 best-selling female artist in all genres, and is the second best selling female country artist of all time.

McEntire is an enormously successful female recording artist in country music, scoring 22 Billboard #1 hits, during her three-decade career. McEntire recently became the female artist with the most top 10 hits when her collaboration with Brooks & Dunn on "Cowgirls Don't Cry" became her 57th top 10 hit.) and released five gold albums, six platinum albums, two double-platinum albums, four triple-platinum albums, a quadruple-platinum album, and a quintuple-platinum album, for certified album sales of 40.5 million over the 20-year period.

Celebrate her big day with a quick watch of her singing "Whoever's In New England" live at the 1985 CMA Awards...

Gloriana Featured by ACM Awards and CBS.com


Newcomers Gloriana have been chosen by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) to document their first trip to the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas for an exclusive web series at CBS.com. The group will give fans a special behind-the-scenes look at the days leading up to their first ACM experience. “Gloriana: Road to the ACM Awards” at CBS.com, will feature several three minute webisodes leading up to the “44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.” The Awards, produced by dick clark productions, will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. You can check out Gloriana’s webisodes now at http://www.cbs.com/specials/acma/.

“It’s an honor to join the list of artists the ACM has asked to do this web series,” said Mike Gossin. “Over the last two years Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum were a part of this and they did such a great job. We couldn’t have dreamed up a cooler way to celebrate our first time at the ACM Awards than this and we’re thrilled to be a part of it all.”

“Gloriana: Road to the ACM Awards” each week will give fans a special look at the band’s journey leading up to the “44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.” Footage that fans will get to see include the group performing on their radio tour, their first time at the Grand Ole Opry, picking out their first tour bus for when they hit the road with Taylor Swift this Summer, and much more.

“Gloriana’s web series is a great addition to the content we have on CBS.com around this year’s ACM Awards to build excitement and interest in the broadcast on April 5th,” said Bill Binenstock, Vice President of CBS.com. “We are always looking to create content that complements the TV experience, and this web series is a perfect example.”

Gloriana is set to perform at the ACM Fremont Street concert Saturday, April 4th at 6:45pm on the 1st Street Stage. The group’s half hour set will include a performance of their single “Wild At Heart” that is currently in the Top 35 on the Country music charts. Other artists set to perform that night include the Zac Brown Band, Kellie Pickler, and LeAnn Rimes. This is a free concert open to the public.

Friday, March 27, 2009

CD Review- Shooter Jennings- Bad Magick- The Best Of Shooter Jennings & The .357’s

The Background:
On Tuesday, March 24th, Universal Records South released Bad Magick: The Best of Shooter Jennings and the .357’s. It’s an all encompassing listening experience of 13 fan favorites from Shooter Jennings’ last four albums, plus two tracks never before released on CD. Ten of the album’s tracks were written or co-written by the singer. The collection offers a little bit of everything and represents what his music is all aboutBorn the son of a country outlaw, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter gravitated towards the rock n’ roll music scene at an early age, but after his father’s death realized the legendary Jennings had never heard him sing a country song apart from one home recording session at a young age. Shooter moved to Music City three years later with his band, the .357’s. Together, in just a few short years, they released four country albums with a signature rock flare that drew an immediate fan base of all ages. Combining a blend of country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll, Shooter Jennings has developed his own unique style of music, not shadowing in his famous father’s footsteps. “I sound like myself,” explains Shooter. “I guess that comes from finally doing what I want, even though I’m embracing my heritage, too. That’s important in country music.”

The Review:
Black Magick’s cover art- faint man-in-black photos behind the headline name- just about says it all. With a name everyone recognizes, Jennings has teased with the fringes of mainstream southern country rock success. Shooter Jennings plays country-rock that’s a whole lot more rock than country. “Bad Magick” is as blistering as anything Lynyrd Skynyrd or Molly Hatchet ever did, and “4th Of July” is as fun as Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long.” Jennings is as unapologetic and unrepentant about his hell raising as any of his outlaw-country ancestors (including his famous dad), but that that doesn’t mean his songs lack self-reflection. With Jamey Johnson and the aforementioned Kid Rock making outlaw country cool again, maybe Shooter can be a player. He has the support of old-school country icons as back-ups with names like George Jones, the Oak Ridge Boys & Doug Kershaw. And while some of his previous albums were a little on the uneven, this Best Of album is perfect- highlighting all of his best work (whether it hit charts or not.) The album is a rocking testament to generational greatness.

Sounds Like:
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, Kid Rock & Charlie Daniels- all with his Daddy Waylon’s voice.

Track Highlights (suggested iPod adds):
4th of July
Southern Comfort
Bad Magick
Slow Train
This Ol’ Wheel

The Verdict:
Four Out Of Five Stars

Dan Seals To Have Posthumous Album With Brother

We reported yesterday about the unfortunate loss of country-pop star Dan Seals (who had 9 straight chart-topping hits back in the the early 80's.) Now word comes out of an album that will be released by his older brother.

Until Dan Seals got sick, the brothers were working as a duo, Seals & Seals. They performed some shows and were recording an album but never finished it. The songs they did complete, about eight in all, will be released.

Seals' older brother, Jimmy, was the Seals in Seals & Crofts, who recorded the hits "Summer Breeze" and "Diamond Girl" in the 1970s.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

POCO To Perform At Stagecoach With Original Members- First Time Since 1989

Country-rock pioneers Poco continue to bear the torch of a proud tradition, and have been making music now for over forty years. Original members Jim Messina and Richie Furay will join Rusty Young (also a founding member), Paul Cotton, Jack Sundrud and George Lawrence on stage for the first time since 1989 with shows at STAGECOACH: California's Country Music Festival in Indio California April 26; as well as two recently added shows at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande on April 23 and The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on April 25.
"Poco has an unmistakable place in American music history," says Young. "It's a legacy that runs through Buffalo Springfield, Loggins and Messina, Souther-Hillman-Furay, and the Eagles. And that legacy lives on today." Pioneers of the country-rock sound that soared out of California in the late sixties and early seventies, Poco was the inspiration for bands like The Eagles, Firefall, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Pure Prairie League, Little River Band and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, as well as the new breed of country-rock acts.

After Poco's debut album in 1968, Pickin' Up The Pieces, received a perfect rating from Rolling Stone Magazine, the band went through several personnel changes including the departure of Messina and Furay, as well as when bassist Randy Meisner left to join The Eagles. Poco went on to chart several times with hits like "Crazy Love" and "Heart of the Night" (both from the critically acclaimed Legend album), as well as "Rose of Cimarron," "Good Feeling To Know" and "You'd Better Think Twice." In 1989, the band brought back both Messina and Furay to record Legacy, which spawned a few more of the band's most popular songs to date, "Call It Love" and "Nothing To Hide."

Country Music Loses Dan Seals

Pop singer turned country star Dan Seals has died of complications of cancer. He was 61. Seals died Wednesday at his daughter's home in Nashville, after a battle with lymphoma.

The brother of Jim Seals of Seals & Croft, Dan Seals sang under the name England Dan in the 1970s in a duo with John Ford Coley. They had several hits, including I'd Really Like to See You Tonight, Nights are Forever and Love is the Answer.

Seals and Coley met in Dallas in 1968, playing in a rock band before perfecting their soft pop sound. The duo disbanded in 1980. Seals then began a solo career, climbing the country charts with hits such as God Must Be a Cowboy, My Baby's Got Good Timing, Bop, and You Still Move Me. His duet with Marie Osmond, Meet Me in Montana, was a chart-topper in 1985 and earned the pair a Country Music Association Award for best vocal duo.

Seals enjoyed a successful country career throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, but his soft country sound fell out of fashion in the 1990s and his popularity waned. He continued to tour and released his last studio album, Make It Home, in 2002.

Watch Dan and Marie Osmond sing their 1985 hit, Meet Me in Montana here...

CD Reviews- Willie Nelson- Naked Willie

The Background:
After establishing himself as a major Nashville songwriter (he wrote "Crazy" for Patsy Cline, among others), Willie Nelson signed his first serious artist contract at RCA in 1964. At that time, the producers and A&R men like Chet Atkins were boss. Singers weren't allowed to select arrangements, musicians, studios - any of the key factors in making the records the artist has in mind. Willie was constantly frustrated by the syrupy strings, vocal group choruses and generally "slick" final product. Fast forward to 2008. Willie and long-time harmonica player Mickey Raphael are casually wondering what those records would or could sound like if only the multi-track tapes could be tracked down and the songs re-mixed with the original intent in mind. Gone are the strings and gangs of back-up singers. Gone, in fact is most of the production that always "ruined" the songs. Naked Willie is a new collection of 17 vintage RCA sides - spanning 1966-1970- done the Willie way.

The Review:
Willie Nelson is a national treasure. We don’t have a more prolific recorder in country music even as he approaches his 75th birthday. Naked Willie is compilation of some of his best work, but not at the same time. Its old recordings, but not ever done this way before. Stripped of all of the “Nashville Sound” of strings and background filler, the first thing you notice on Naked Willie is how much clearer and cleaner these new versions sound. Willie's voice takes on a much deeper timbre, and the guitar and piano are also that much crisper sounding. His distinct voice has never been argued to be the fullest and widest range, but it has been the point of distinction between he and other artists that have come and gone. The album allows it to shine here. "The Ghost" becomes something completely new here. Where the original finds Willie's voice drenched in reverb and strings, it becomes much more pronounced here when moved to the forefront of the mix. The classic song "Sunday Morning Coming Down" also benefits from the de-production. You can here the 1960’s shine right through- almost feeling Willie’s disposition after a rough night of beer, cigarettes, and song. In the movies, remakes rarely are as good as the original. Naked Willie is that unique case where an artist revisiting a past work works. It highlights the artist- with only pen, paper, guitar and voice in a way that’s unprotected and inviting. It’s a fantastic album deserving to be in your collection and our favorite thus far into 2009.

Sounds Like:
Fellow Highwaymen Waylon Jennings & Kris Kristofferson

Track Highlights (suggested iPod adds):
I Just Dropped By
Sunday Mornin’ Coming Down
The Ghost

The Verdict:
Four And A Half Stars Out Of Five

Happy Birthday To Kenny Chesney- 41 Today

That Nashville Sound wishes Kenny Chesney a very happy birthday today- he turns 41.

Since 1993, Chesney has recorded thirteen albums, eleven of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced more than thirty Top Ten singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, sixteen of which reached Number One. In addition, Chesney has received six ACM (including four consecutive Entertainer of the Year Awards), as well as six CMA awards. He was awarded his 4th consecutive ACM Entertainer of the Year award on May 18, 2008.

Celebrate his big day with a quick watch of his "Blue Chair" video- easily our favorite Kenny Chesney tune...

Watch Eric Church's New Music Video "Love Your Love The Most"

Eric Church has released his sophomore album "Carolina" (which That Nashville Sound will be posting an album review on next week) this week. He's just released his first video off the album with the single "Love Your Love The Most." You can watch it here...

New John Berry DVD's Released This Week


John Berry has released two new live concert DVD's this week from his website called Live Hits From Kalamazoo. Active as a recording artist since 1979, he has recorded more than fifteen studio albums, including one platinum album and two gold albums. In his career, Berry has also charted nineteen songs on the Billboard charts, including the Number One single "Your Love Amazes Me" from 1994 and six additional Top Ten hits: "What's In It for Me", "You and Only You", "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye", "I Think About It All the Time", "Change My Mind, and "She's Taken a Shine".

They're $20 each and can be purchased by clicking HERE.

Grand Ole Opry Releases New CD Set- Opry Country Classics Volumes 1 & 2

The Grand Ole Opry is reliving great Opry memories with their new Opry Country Classics, a new two-volume CD collection that, like the Opry's new live show, features country music's all-time best songs. Each of the classics included here was recorded live from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium-the Mother Church of Country Music and home to the Opry from 1943 to 1974. Order the new CDs at The Opry Shop for $11.99 each, or order the set for only $20!

Track Listing:

Volume 1
1. The Grand Tour- George Jones
2. Jolene- Dolly Parton
3. Blue Moon Of Kentucky- Bill Monroe
4. Oh Lonesome Me- Don Gibson
5. End Of The World- Skeeter Davis
6. Green Green Grass Of Home- Porter Wagoner
7. Hello Walls- Willie Nelson and Faron Young
8. Great Speckled Bird- Roy Acuff
9. May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose- Jimmy Dickens
10. Stand By Your Man- Tammy Wynette

Volume 2

1. Walking The Floor Over You- Ernest Tubb
2. You Ain't Woman Enough- Loretta Lynn
3. Keep On The Sunnyside- The Carter Family
4. El Paso- Marty Robbins
5. Second Fiddle To An Old Guitar- Jean Shepard
6. The Three Bells- The Browns
7. Still- Bill Anderson
8. Salty Dog Blues- Flatt & Scruggs
9. Once A Day- Connie Smith
10. Folsom Prison Blues- Johnny Cash

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

CD Review- Wynonna- Sing Chapter 1

The Background:
Celebrating 25 years in the music business, Wynonna's 7th solo album includes a stunning collection of multi-genre standards from musical legends that have impacted Wynonna's personal life. Wynonna explains, 'Every genre of music is represented on this record. It's all the different chapters of my life. These are the songs that represent snapshots or chapters of everyday life in the Judd family'. Produced by the Grammy Award winning Brent Maher (The Judds, Nickel Creek, Kenny Rogers) and lifelong Judd family friend Don Potter, Sing- Chapter 1 has become known as Wynonna's musical DNA.

The Review:
There is no doubting Wynonna’s vocal impeccability. Since she arrived on the scene in the early 80’s, she has always set the standard for her voice. Sing- Chapter 1 is a great showcase for a remarkable vocalist. It highlights her range from the throaty growl on Fats Domino's "I Hear You Knockin'" to the sorrow in her voice in her version of "Ain't No Sunshine.” Her gives a haunting rendition of Dusty Springfield's "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and showcases her sass and swagger on "I'm a Woman." It’s an interesting collection of songs- at once a collection of tunes that are and obvious passion to the artist but also an uneven group of songs that crisscross decades like a time machine. That being said, it’s easy to hear that there is an uninhibited sense of joy that comes across on the album's best performances like The Andrews Sisters “That’s How Rhythm Was Born.” Her record label, Curb Records, is the perfect setting for Wy. There are few labels that would allow her to bring this largely non-modern non-radio friendly group of songs out on a CD in 2009. (Curb is commended for being one of the few major labels to allow album’s like this to see the light of day.) Sing- Chapter 1 illustrates—again- that Wynonna continues to set the standard in class. And while not perfect with song selection, it’s a very enjoyable listen and a fresh change to what other artists are bringing forth to the record stores.

Sounds Like:
Ella Fitzgerald Meets Patsy Cline

Track Highlights (suggested iPod adds):
Till I Get it Right
That’s How Rhythm Was Born
Sing

The Verdict:
Four Stars Out Of Five

Remembering A Legend Of The Guitar- Jeff Healey

Here at That Nashville Sound, we stretch the boundaries of country music here and there. I came across a menancholy birthday note today that of the amazing blind guitarist Jeff Healey (born March 25, 1966) of the Jeff Healey Band. The world lost Jeff to cancer last year. I had the priviledge of seeing Jeff perform in concert and there was few music sights as cool as watching him play his guitar on his lap and ripping it up with the likes of BB King and Eric Clapton. To celebrate the birth of this musician, watch the single that made him a star, Angel Eyes, HERE...

Jamey Johnson & Shooter Jennings On CMT Crossroads

Catch country music's two modern outlaws on CMT Crossroads playing "It Ain't Easy" on this great video...

Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Hank Williams Jr. Among Early ACM Winners

Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton have been announced as the early winners at this year's 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards. Haggard, who is recovering from cancer surgery, and the late Harlan Howard will receive the Poets Award for their songwriting contributions to country music, while Parton will be honored with the Jim Reeves International Award when the ceremony takes place in Las Vegas on April 5th. Other early winners, announced on Tuesday include Randy Travis, Jerry Reed, Hank Williams Jr. and Kenny Rogers, who will all receive Cliffie Stone Pioneer Awards, while Toby Keith's movie Beer for My Horses will be the recipient of the Tex Ritter Award, which is given to a country music-oriented movie.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Day Elvis Tried To Steal From Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton has told the story of how Elvis Presley once tried to take her copyright for ‘I Will Only Love You’.

On the M&J Morning Show on Monday, Dolly told how Elvis was going to record her now classic but on the morning of the sessions she got a bizarre call from Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker. “He said you know Elvis doesn’t record anything unless he has the copyright,” Dolly said. “It broke my heart”.

It was also another lesson about the ridiculous antics of the music industry. Often when you see a songwriting credit, the listed songwriters may have had nothing to do with the song at all. It is a tactic to make more money off the talents of the songwriter. It is common with a lesser-known songwriter trying to get a song recorded by a better-known artist.

Dolly was already a big star at that time but not as big as Elvis. She originally released the song in 1973 on her ‘Jolene’ album. ‘I Will Always Love You’ was the second single from ‘Jolene’ and went on to become a number one country hit.
Saying “no” to Elvis was a good move.

In 1992, Whitney Houston recorded the song but didn’t try and steal her copyright. Houston’s version became one of the biggest selling singles of all time.

Tracy Lawrence Escapes Major Bus Crash Without Major Injuries

By the grace of God, country music superstar Tracy Lawrence (Rocky Comfort Records) and crew (Chuck Pursel, road manager, Raymond Hall, bus driver, and band members Joe Caverlee and Darrin Favorite) escaped a bus accident without serious injury, while en route to Nashville from a tour date in Jackpot, Nevada.

Without warning, the left front tire blew out while the bus was traveling along Interstate 80 through North Platt, Nebraska on Sunday, March 22, 2009 around 1 p.m. At the time, Chuck Pursel, who was relieving the driver in the midst of a 36-hour trip, unexpectedly lost control of the bus, cascaded down the embankment over the median, onto two wheels, and bounced into oncoming traffic. Faced with the choice of colliding into approaching vehicles or risking rolling the bus, Chuck chanced a flip, but fortunately regained control by turning the wheel hard to the right. Chuck safely brought the bus to a complete stop in the center of the median. The front of the bus and undercarriage endured minor damage. The tire was replaced onsite, resulting in the crew being delayed a few hours in their travels. All involved arrived home safely Monday afternoon, welcomed by overjoyed family and friends.

“By divine intervention, we were at the right place at the right time for a serious incident like this to happen and have everyone walk away unscathed,” said Tracy Lawrence. Tracy is shooting the video for his latest single “Up To Him” from his forthcoming inspirational country CD, THE ROCK, today

Darryl Worley Talks About "Sounds Like Life To Me"

One of our faithful readers, a self-confessed Darryl Worley fan, (a Worleybird), asked for more information on the longtime country music charter. Darryl has a brand new album forthcoming off of Stroudavarious Records and a song "Sounds Like Life To Me" that is currently at 42 and rising up the charts. Catch this video of Darryl talking about his brand new single...

A New Story From June Carter Cash- Told From Her Son

John Carter Cash, son of Johnny and June, releases a new book today called Momma Loves Her Little Son.

Grammy Award winning John Carter Cash creates a lyrical painting based on the intimate words his mother, June Carter Cash, shared with him as a child. Captured in the exquisite Americana art of illustrator Marc Burckhardt, an expression of love between mother and son comes to life in vibrant simplicity.

The book's description reads, "From the farthest shores to the deepest oceans, a mother's love for her child is without bounds. Little ones will be swept away on a magical adventure over mountains and sky scrapers and through forests and streams in this tender and joyful celebration of the enduring bond between mother and child."

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Road Named Johnny Cash

Dyess, Mississippi is paving the way to name a road after their prodigal son.

Mississippi County justices on Tuesday will discuss supporting local efforts to rename a state highway after Johnny Cash. The plan on the Quorum Court’s agenda would rename Arkansas 297 near Dyess after the legendary country music star. County Judge Steve McGuire said Sunday that under the proposed plan, the road south of Arkansas 14 to the Dyess city limits, then to County Road 139, would be called the Johnny Cash Highway. State highway officials have supported the change, McGuire said, but the city and county both must support the plan before a change can be made.

“The state sent it back to Dyess and asked for a resolution by the county,” McGuire said. “The city has already passed theirs. (Dyess) Mayor Larry Sims has been working on the process.”Sims said Sunday night the name change is important for people in his town. “We approved it in the city limits and the county has to approve the county road part of it,” Sims said. “The two — Johnny Cash and Dyess — go together, and it makes sense to do it.”

Sims said Dyess, a town of 515 people, has hosted visitors from around the world. “We had people from from Norway last week,” Sims said. “There was a man in a wheelchair who took a taxi from Memphis to Dyess.”

If justices approve the change, the information will be sent back to state highway officials for their review. Sims said a sign detailing the words “Johnny Cash Highway” was given to Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, during his visit there last year.

Up & Coming New Nashville- Marlee Scott

Born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Scott's family moved to St. Albert, Alberta, Canada when she was only 6 years old where she fell in love with music. It's that childhood love of music and the encouragement from her parents that fueled her interest in music from the very beginning. Upon arriving at her first music lesson at age 7 her teacher remembers, "Marlee's mom had called to schedule flute lessons for her. When it came time for Marlee's first lesson I asked her, 'So, you want to play the flute?' She smiled at me and pointed to a pink electric guitar that I had in corner and said, 'No, I want to play that.'"

"Country music has always been a part of me. When I was growing up my mom had a Honda Civic and the only station we could get on the radio was country," explains Scott. "When I turned 16 I was listening to pop music with my friends and one day a song we didn't like came on the pop station so we switched to the country station. 'Mountain Music' by Alabama was playing. We liked the groove so we left the radio tuned to country." Supergroup Alabama may have brought Scott back to her country roots, but it was songs like "Prayin' for Daylight" by Rascal Flatts and "I Should Be Sleeping" by Emerson Drive, that kept the teenager tuned to country music. "I spent several years when I was a preteen listening to pop music like The Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears," comments Scott. "My music has traces of those pop influences but it's the storytelling and honesty of country music that I hope people hear on my CD. Lyrically this album represents me."

The allure of that pink guitar from Scott's childhood set her on the path that lead to her first CD release, SOUVENIR, (distributed by 306 Records) in October 2005. Her first album introduced Scott to country music fans in her native Canada, but it's her self-titled sophomore album (released internationally by Big Ride Entertainment) that hopes to take her to the next level in her career.

Scott moved to Nashville permanently in the summer of 2007. She spent months writing music for an upcoming CD, unsure of where she would find a home for her music in Nashville. When Scott felt like she had the right songs for her sophomore release, she brought the music to Big Ride Entertainment President, Gerry Leiske. Leiske was intrigued by Scott's music and signed her to a management deal in February 2008. "The biggest highlight of my career so far has been signing with Big Ride," states Scott. "The entire team is behind me and that is such an amazing feeling. I feel like they have invested the necessary time and taken the proper steps with me as an artist, and for this project, to make it a success. I am looking forward to a long relationship with Gerry and the rest of his team."

MARLEE SCOTT (released November 11, 2008) contains 10 tracks, and 9 of them list Scott as a co-writer. Her second album is packed with emotion and showcases her vast influences. Country fans are sure to love the uptempo songs that show Scott's zest for fun, like "Five O'Clock Dance" and "You're So Sexy", and it's the relationship anthem "Fight With You" that will be her first introduction to country radio in the USA. Heartbreak is represented in the album's first track, "Reality" and touching ballads "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow" and "I Hold Your Hand" help round out the self-titled collection of songs guaranteeing that there truly is a song for everyone on this hit-packed CD. For a limited time, you can download Marlee’s single ‘Fight With You’ at her website HERE.

That Nashville Sound had a chance to sit down with the lovely Marlee for an interview about her rise through Nashville’s music scene…

That Nashville Sound- What brought you to Nashville?

Marlee Scott- I have actually been making trips to Nashville since February 2004 to write and have meetings to further my career. After 3 1/2 years of going back and forth, I finally decided to take the big step and move down here! By that point in time I had many good industry friends in Nashville who were willing to help me out with meeting people, co-writing etc. Soon after moving here I signed with my management company (Big Ride Management) and have been working hard ever since!TNS- Describe your music- what's the mission behind the music?

MS- I like to be creative with my writing and my music and to be able to express the way I am feeling through it. I also always have in mind that I want others to be able to relate to it, and feel what I was feeling when the song was recorded or written. I've got some feel good fun songs but also songs that are deep and full of meaning. TNS- What might people be surprised to find out about you?

MS- I took music lessons from 7 years old until I moved away to Nashville. I also really love baking, especially for other people, and I really enjoy cooking and creating interesting dishes.TNS- What kind of music are you listening to? What's in your iPod?

MS- I am one of those people who enjoys all different types of music. I always say “If it’s a good song, I’ll listen to it.” I really admire Keith Urban, he’s very passionate about his talent, and it’s very inspiring. I love singer/songwriters, I find anyone who writes seems to have a special way of delivering their songs on record. TNS- If you had a crystal ball and looked forward ten years, what do you see for yourself?

MS- In ten years, I would love to see myself as a successful, respected artist in the industry. I hope to have great supportive fans, and to be able to be play shows and meet interesting people along the way.

Dolly Parton Rockers & CD Hit Cracker Barrell Today

Beginning today, each of the 588 Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores will have two limited-edition Dolly Parton rocking chairs on their front porches. "They are Dolly Parton pink with Dolly's signature at the top and her signature butterfly," says Cracker Barrel vice president Peter Keiser. The pink rockers, numbered and limited to 1,350, will sell for $199. (The store's standard rocking chairs sell for $129.)

Also today, Cracker Barrel will begin offering a commemorative book and a deluxe edition of Parton's latest album, Backwoods Barbie, which includes three additional songs from Parton's catalog —Rose of My Heart, Hallelujah Holiday and Berry Pie— recorded specifically for the new version.

"It was very important to Dolly that she be very specific to what she felt the audience would be looking for," says Parton's creative director, Steve Summers. "These were the three songs she felt like were the best-suited match for a Cracker Barrel customer."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Toby Keith Gets Award From Marines For Work With Troops

On March 26 in New York City, the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation will present Keith with the Johnny "Mike" Spann Memorial Semper Fidelis Award. Named for the Marine Corps captain-turned CIA paramilitary professional who was the first casualty in the war on terror, the award recognizes Keith as "always faithful" in his loyalty to and support of America's troops."

Spending time with our soldiers around the world is something I've always regarded as a privilege and honor," says Keith. "I'm certainly happy to accept this award, but I won't forget for a second who's really doing the heavy lifting to keep this country safe. And that's why I'll keep going back and spending time with those good folks every chance I get."

Keith completed his seventh USO Tour in 2008, during which he visited multiple sites including Forward Operating Bases on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, formed in February 1995 by former Marines and federal law enforcement personnel, has distributed more than $38 million to the left-behind children of America's fallen heroes. Senator Joseph Lieberman was the award recipient in 2008.

New Jason Michael Carrol Album On 4/28

Country music baritone crooner Jason Michael Carrol has a sophomore album titled "Growing Up Is Getting Old" scheduled to be released on April 28th. 5 songs are currently being previewed on Jason's mySpace HERE!

After 17 weeks on the charts, his first single off the album "Where I'm From" has gone all the way to 21 and is still rising.