Thursday, October 6, 2011

Country Music News Round-Up- Sherrie Austin, Brad Paisley, Big Kenny & More

Sherrie Austin
  • In case you were completely living under a rock and hadn’t turned on the internet, read a paper or turned on the radio or the television, Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. And while Jobs wasn’t a musician, he had a bigger impact on the landscape of the music industry than perhaps the Beatles or Elvis. Good or bad, more music is sold through i-Tunes than any other format these days and Jobs ushered in the digital age of music.
  • Long time folk singer and guitarist Bert Jansch of the band Pentangle passed away at the age of 67 after a long battle with lung cancer.
  • Big Machine Records is hoping they can catch teenage lightning in a bottle a second time with their recent signing of Ella Mae Bowen, a 15-year-old from South Carolina.
    • According to BMLG, original music from Bowen will most likely surface sometime in 2012 but the young performer has already a remake of Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero” on the upcoming Footloose soundtrack. Bowen will be assigned to one of the label group’s three imprints in the future.
  • After seven years away from the recording world, Sherrie Austin has just completed work on her upcoming November release Circus Girl, a self written, self produced and self financed project.  With a return to her recording career also comes a surprise return to television for the former actress.  Austin has just finished shooting a docu-series for Sundance Channel called "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys" which could potentially shake up the traditionally conservative country music town of Nashville. The critically acclaimed show, now in its second season, celebrates and explores the relationships between straight women and their gay best friend and features Austin and her close friend and coll aborator Shane Stevens; writer of the Lady Antebellum #1 hit song "American Honey". 
  • On Tuesday, October 11th, Godfather of the MuzikMafia, the BIG of Big & Rich, the Ambassador of Love—Big Kenny—will release The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy: The Whole Experience Deluxe Edition, a brand new multimedia experience of his 2009 independent release. In addition to the original album, re-mastered with new transitions, The Whole Experience will contain an exclusive 15-page digital art booklet and a 40-minute sing-a-long video album.
  • October 9th is the premiere date of a brand new Sesame Street character that will be a homeless and hungry child. Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams- Paisley will star in the special episode.
  • Will Hoge has a brand new music video on CMT called “When I Get My Wings.” Check it out below.

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