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Bromance Brilliance Is
All "Scrubs" fans together at once,
"now, that's what I'm talkin' about!" Just in case you missed it, John
Dorian, better known as JD and Turk Turkleton, aka Christopher Turk,
reteamed last month for a video performance of what has become a
holiday standard, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside," and the bromance vibes
were still very much in full force. A few things about this music video
reunion; First, the most obvious... since the sun is shining brightly,
the infinity pool is neither frozen or even frost bitten, and the guys
look super comfortable in their formal gear without overcoats or
mittens, ;) it seems probable, that filming took place in Los Angeles
(but that's just a guess, as we were unable to get confirmation).
Regardless of the location of the shoot, it quite obviously was not
"actually," all that cold outside. But still, the guys delivered an
incredible mid-winter gift to their fans. While I was most surprised
and a little impressed by the vocal talent of Zach Braff, one blogger
said of Donald Faison, "he can sing a little somethin’ I mean, I knew
that already based on Scrubs, but shit. Dude should make an album."
Apparently, Faison's brother, Olamide, is a professional musician who
is a member of the R&B boy band Imajin. Still, take a look (and
listen) to Newbie and C-Bear's rendition of the Frank Loesser song,
which was written as a duet, designed to be a conversation between two,
a "wolf and mouse."
Four The Record Goes Gold
NASHVILLE, TN –
Singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert starts the New Year with some shiny
new metal and high praise for her latest album Four The Record. The
album achieved Gold status faster than any of her three previous
albums, all of which have been certified Platinum. Released November 1,
2011 This really is deserved, and sometimes we
can't say that in the music industry today, but Miranda is blessed with
a gift, and you honestly won't find another female in any other genre
who has this thing, or comes close, Her strong southern drawl with
subtle voice breaks and soft sultry throws like some of the greats of
all time, not matched since. If you have any question, catch a live
acoustic or find video of Miranda covering Patsy Cline's "Crazy" This
is Miranda Lambert's gift, and it's brilliance brightens the music
industry, marks it forever with her unique style which has always been
characteristic of legends.
45th Annual CMA Awards
Photo Courtesy: Warner Bros
Lot's of surprises were broadcast live from Nashville's
Bridgestone Arena last night. The show opened with Blake Shelton
off his Sunday shoes, cutting footloose,
and with a special guest
appearance by Mr. Kenny Loggins.
In honor of the
1984 "Footloose" movie re-make, which is in theaters now, an incredible
Broadway-like presentation, minus Julianne Hough, but plus some
phenomenal back-up dancing, really got this Music City party
started. Then Blake Shelton rejoined the party when he proudly
accepted "Male Vocalist of the Year" alongside his "for better" half,
Miranda Lambert, who took home the award for "Female Vocalist of the
Year". Both were reigning country Homecoming King and Queen for a
second year in a row. Entertainer of the Year went to, 21 year old
singer songwriter, Taylor Swift. Strong performances by Keith Urban,
Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Lady
Antebellum, Martina McBride, and The Band Perry kept the momentum going
throughout the night. Then came a performance for which maybe too
much anticipation was built, a comeback of Faith Hill. Her first time
performing on the CMA Award show stage since 2006, with the song "Come
Home," the first new material she's offered up in six years. The song
from her upcoming album to be released next year, is a ballad of sorts,
with lyrics hard to follow. At times seemingly hard for the
artist to interpret herself. Delivered with great showmanship and
enthusiasm, quite clearly, Faith Hill was more than eager to be center
stage. This, however, didn't seem to be the song fitting such a
dramatic delivery. We'll be anxious to see what Faith's new album
offers in the new year. It was a great night in Nashville with more
performances than award's and chatter, which surely helped pull country
music fans from their computers to their televisions for the special
night. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley brought their incredible
tongue-in-cheek chemistry as hosts, and really made the show, proving
they are phenomenal entertainers all around.
(Keith Urban and the late 80s
Halfway to Heaven
is a country version of Nickelback with VanHalen style guitar riffs,
featuring songs co-written by Rhett Atkins and an interesting cover of
Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" which
features Colt Ford. The $14.00 deluxe CD is available at Walmart and Amazon online now.
"Halfway to Heaven" the CD, includes two music videos
and an "Up Close" interview with Brantley. This
artist is for the hard country rock listener. But for those loyal
to that old country sound, "Highway to Heaven" won't be your slice of
heaven or anything close. Definitely an offering for the younger,
barely country listener. - JT
Monday Morning... We Like How It Feels!
Story By: Sara Jo Anthony
Enrique Iglesias dropped us a note over the weekend
saying, "Hey guys, check out my new song, I Like How
It Feels Featuring PitBull. Looking forward to your comments,
Enrique" Yeah, we're on his mailing list too, but you have
to love the personal touch Enrique and his team have always managed to
provide. So here come the comments as per your request Mr.
Iglesias. We checked the new single out and despite our pleading with
your management to give us a break from the back to back
collaborations, this time, we kind of like how it feels.
Great song... which is, and actually should be described, as a "feel
good" song. Make no mistake, we stand by our original call, for
someone to STOP the soft marketing exploitation! Enrique Iglesias
was and is a solo artist, one of the very best! If he's off his
game for a bit, he'll be back, don't pimp him out to pitch every new
artist on the development deal assembly line, we miss the unaccompanied
genius that is, Enrique Iglesias, our musically gifted "Hero".
by Republic Nashville, on August 23, 2011, by singer/songwriter
SUNNY SWEENEY, a name some of you are probably already very
familiar with and those of you who are not, will be soon! Sunny
Sweeney is a name country music fans will be well acquainted with in
the future, because we're all
sure to hear so much more from her
for a long time to come. You may already have heard her big hit “From a Table Away”which was the highest charting
debut single for a female country artist in over four years.
She has that
Texas charm and twang, so reminiscent of
old time country singers that I personally have missed.
Sweeney is “country” without being brash or coarse. Her
songs have the old cheating theme, which include that melancholy "he done her wrong" hurtin' aura, withoutthe threats of shooting her
heartbreaker. I found that refreshing and it took
me back to the old cheatin' songs minus the violent endings heard in
some of what's put out in country today. The album has
heart and feeling with an upbeat sound that I really like. I give the
album and the singer a “thumbs up” and think you might want to add this
to your collection.
Aug 1, 2011
- In April of this year, multi-platinum country music artistMark Wills,in alliance withUSA Cares (a
non-profit national military assistance charity founded to assist
post-9/11 military families in emotional health and recovery, and
bearing the burdens of service with financial and advocacy support),
officially introduced theWarrior Treatment Today
“Crazy Being Home” campaign.
With the goal to elevate awareness nationwide
surrounding the severity of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and
traumatic brain injury (TBI), Wills launched the “Crazy Being Home”website
(www.crazybeinghome.com) with the multi-objective to reach out to, encourage and
support America’s post-9/11 veterans, assist in raising funds for the
PTSD and TBI programs, and to serve as a communicative outlet for those
who suffer, to share their mutual stories.
A number of personal accounts appear as postings on the
www.CrazyBeingHome.com site reinforcing the evident need for a public
discussion outlet. Adding a second tier to the Crazy Being Home
forum, Wills has added a video contest component, extending invitations
to visitors, friends, fans and filmmakers to bring their stories to
life in video format to demonstrate their support of our returning
soldiers and their families working through the issues of PTSD and TBI.
Wills is encouraging folks to create their own original,
visual story (music video) using the campaign theme song“Crazy Being Home”in the background.
Entrants will receive a free download of the single and the winning
video production will be featured on
Wills recorded the campaign theme song“Crazy Being Home”(written by Chris Lindsey,
Brad Warren, Bret Warren and Robin Lindsey) as a tribute to our
brothers and sisters of service. It appears on his new album LOOKING FOR AMERICA
which was released in June. The cut will be released to country
radio in October 2011.
In addition to blog discussions and the video contest on
www.crazybeinghome.com visitors may also
offer financial assistance.
Eight years ago, tucked away in one of the smallest
tents at the annual V, or (Virgin Music Festival) in London, was a shy
dark headed nineteen year old girl playing a white Fender guitar.
Listed at the very bottom of the roster, and set up quite far away from
the main stage where the large crowds were gathering for headliners
that year, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Dressed in a fifties style
attire, was a young Amy Winehouse. She was booked as an opening
act and making her first of many memorable performances. Later, it was
written of that performance by one music journalist who happened
through her tent, "she oozed class" and as critics were already
starting to take notice, another said "she was confident in her own
abilities and shows glimpses of talent that could one day, wow the
world." Wow us she did, and shocked us just as often. I was still
in highschool when Amy Winehouse was born, September 24, 1983, and
can't remember when I first heard her name, but by 2008, just about
everyone had heard the name Amy Winehouse, thanks to her triple Grammy
award winning hit "Rehab". The song became an eerie synopsis of
the star's life as a public persona. In fact, after 2008, she was
seen more publicly 'under the influence', than she was seen sober. Then
the tragic end came yesterday, July 23, 2011, when the Associated Press
and other news outlets broke the headline, "Amy Winehouse 27, Found
Dead at Her London Flat After Suspected Drug Overdose".
The Rhythm & Blues singer/songwriter, was born on
September 14, 1983, Amy Jade Winehouse, to a Jewish family in
Southgate, North London. Her father, Mitch, also a singer, often sang
Frank Sinatra songs to Amy when she was growing up. Heroin and alcohol
were vices that plagued the star, and ultimately derailed her career
and devoured her talent and potential. Now going down in musical
history, as one of the "27 Club" also referred to as "Forever 27", a
group of musicians who have all died at that age while battling
addictions and trying to cope with fame. Kurt Cobain, Jimi
Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Doors frontman, Jim Morrison, are all
club members. Amy Winehouse's life was short, especially when you
consider that in September of 1983, the year she was born, Ronald
Reagan announced GPS would be made available for civilian use, Vanessa
Williams became the first African American crowned Miss America, and
irony of all ironies, the group for which an "unknown" 19 year old girl
from the UK with a 'glimpse of talent', was opening for just eight
short years ago, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, launched their first
self-titled album on September 24, 1983, when Amy Winehouse was ten
As big as country music
is today, a lot of people still don't get it. Brad Paisley is not
one of those people. In fact, we fully expect to see his picture
in Webster's, next to Country Music, one day soon. When he sang
his recent hit, "This Is Country Music," at the 44th annual CMA
Award show, as a country fan, the song and lyrics resonated in your
core being with every note from his Telecaster. The lyrics, are the
purest definition of the genre, and make every country music fan proud
they've grown up, or into this huge family of dedicated American Music
lovers. On July 20th, Paisley took country music to New York
City's Central Park, and you'd of thought there was an actual rodeo in
the middle of NYC. Hundred's of cowboy hats strewn the crowd, who
gathered in Central Park that day, and a few "Yee Haws" were bellowed.
Brad wasn't the only country act to kick things up country style in NYC
this summer. Miranda Lambert, country music's hottest female,
brought Nashville's own Broadway Honky Tonk party-sphere to Central
Park on July 8th, in the way only she could. Other acts outside
of the country genre, who have played this year's popular GMA
(Good Morning America) Summer Concert Series, are Lady Gaga, Beyonce,
Florence and the Machine, and the Alternative Rock Band, The Goo Goo
Dolls who perform today, July 22, 2011, on ABC 7 to 9 a.m. CST
July 8, 2011 (Nashville, TN) --
Country Superstar and Blaster Records artist, Neal McCoy is known
for the excitement he creates on stage when he performs in
concert. Now the two-time entertainer of the year cannot contain the
excitement and pride he's radiating today with the arrival of his first
grandchild, born to his daughter, Miki and her husband, Trevor
Strong. First time grandparents, Neal & his wife, Melinda
were at their daughter's bedside on July 7th to welcome, Titan
McCoy Strong to the world. The newborn weighs 7 lbs 6
oz and is 21 inches long. Mother and baby Titan are both happy
and healthy in Texas.
If you're following us on Twitter, you might have
seen a tweet recently saying "I heard Nashville the first time it
played, it's not just a sound, it's compositional." A very accurate
description of a town that has given music lovers years of musical
magnificence. Flipping through music television channels a few weeks
back, a whimsical bit with a familiar and “gleeful” face, instantly
stopped my channel surf. The group, Hot Chelle Rae, was singing how
they keep the beat pumping by dancing on the edge of the Hollywood
sign. Strangely, this band really didn’t strike me as “Hollywood” at
all. In fact, my first and exact words were, “this band’s from
Nashville!” Instantly, I went into research mode to get to the bottom
of it all, and found a musical treasury. "Just don’t stop it,
keep the beat pumpin’, keep the beat up then drop the beat down. It’s
you and me, and we’re running this town”. Instantly catchy, Hot
Chelle Rae's second single “Tonight Tonight” will have you hooked and
tapping your toes, or maybe even out of your chair and busting a few
moves, upon first listen. Glee fans might also want to catch the music
video a few hundred times, for a glimpse of the shows character Sam
Evans. It was completely clear these kids were products of Music Row
and a town we’ve spent a lot of time getting acquainted with over the
years. Maybe the truth is, "that", Nashville sound isn’t just runnin’ a
town, but taking over the nation. A really great beat, playful lyrics,
a tambourine, a Ukulele and a lead guitarist named “Nash” Overstreet.
The name Nash, after country music’s hottest town, and his own hometown
of Nashville, Tennessee. Overstreet the son of country music
songwriter, Paul Overstreet and eldest brother to Chord Overstreet from
the hot musical theater type television show, Glee. Chord, who is a
whole lotta Nashville too, a singer songwriter in his own right, makes
an appearance in the "Tonight Tonight" music video, and gets a little
kinky on a photocopy machine. The Overstreet boys make this song and
video stand out among its Pop Rock counterparts, and the reason is
pretty clear, it's just a little bit country ;)
As you are probably more than well aware,17 year old Scott
McCreery and 16 year old Lauren Alaina were the last two left standing
on American Idol Thursday night
(May 19, 2011). The show reports 95 million
votes were cast on Wednesday, sending Haley Reinhart home in third
place. Haley being the only one of the three remaining contestants that
wasn't just "a little bit country" but maybe "a little bit pop rock and
roll." Shortly after the show aired, blogs and entertainment news sites
began spilling words like "country kid stars" "young country music
idols" or as one prominent website spun it; "if you're a fan of teenage
country singers, this year's Idol is just what you ordered." Scott even
started being referred to as Scotty, which has a more youthful ring to
it. So, how'd it all come down to this, a "Young Country"
showdown? Country music is afterall, known as the best liked music in
America, with 60% of the adult population favoriting the genre, it does
deliver to a quite large and exclusive audience. In fact, 25.4% of it's
listeners state they listen ONLY to country music. However, in a study
of the market back in 2005, 64% of the country music audience was found
to be in the 25 - 54 year age bracket. Nielsen studies reported that
American Idol is most watched by viewers in the 35 - 49 year old age
bracket. So, with the majority of country music listeners being adult
listeners and the majority of Idol viewers being over 35, it seems a
bit off-kilter that the show concludes with two country music kids.
We're not suggesting the show was staged, although technically some
planning has to go into every bit of programming, that is the business
of entertainment. We're just throwing out the facts and scratching our
heads along with the rest of you. Even the show's producers would have
to admit, it is ultimately about the bottom line. On the heels of the
Bieber craze with a movie that topped box office by grossing an
estimated $12.4 million on it's opening day, was a success, to say the
least. The film, a documentary titled "Never Say Never" played
out the building of a young super phenom or teen (idol), in a ten day
count down to his most prestigious career
performance in Madison Square Garden. Wouldn't that be a great plot to
have play out before the public on a reality TV show? The insanity
surrounding Justin Bieber was a whirlwind and extremely lucrative, as
well. Bieber's success changed the tide a bit, and suddenly everything
got "younger." While it may have been adults buying Bieber concert
tickets, they weren't buying them for themselves. When the question,
"What age are Justin Bieber fans" was posted on Yahoo, several answered
around the same age as fans of Barney the dinosaur, all the way up to
13 years of age. Not even close to American Idol demographics. But,
what industry professional wouldn't want to see the Justin Bieber kind
of success all over again. And so, the age to audition for AI was
lowered and the thought of building a country version of Bieber was
born? The power behind the machine, ain't never gonna say never, to a
repeat of the Bieber billions, but it's likely this youthful
trend is a passing fad. In the end, music sales depend highly on talent
and longevity, rather than fleeting overnight super stardom. What are your thoughts about this Season 10 of American
Idol, let us know.
Toby Keith Performing His Breakout Hit "Should've Been a
Cowboy" on Dancing With The Stars Earlier This Week!After his
appearance on DWTS Toby left for his 9th USO Tour. Be Careful
Toby and thanks for taking care of our troops :) Read More...
American Idol fans were shocked and the Judges were downright angry,
after it was announced that Pia Toscano didn't receive enough votes,
and would be leaving the Idol Season 10 stage, for good. Now, with just
8 standing, 3 of which should have been
before Toscano, the Idol world has been turned upside down. One news
outlet stated this morning "we still haven't recovered from Pia
You" but that he does identify with it more than a lot of the songs he
speak of a musician's life, a life on the road, "the travelin', the
singin' don't mean nothin' without you." Regardless of the
fact he didn't author this one, Urban owns every word and delivers
every heartfelt note, singing of his marriage to Nicole Kidman and
becoming a father to his... Read More...
By the time
you're reading this,Black"Friday" will probably be
nearing or have already passed fifty million views on You Tube.
Not surprising. However, before you finish this column, you may
actually be very surprised. When I first heard a snippet of the
latest Twitter Celeb, a teen named Rebecca Black singing a song called
"Friday" on one of the gossip television shows, I really never gave it
a second thought.
quite obviously clipped the worst part of the track's production they
girls all over the world, Introducing...
Mr. Bruno Mars
song "Grenade" which has spent 15 of its 18 charting weeks thus far, at
the top of Billboard and from everything we've seen and heard, this kid
with the perfect skin, killer brown eyes, drop dead smilewith just a hint of a
dimple on his left cheek, is completely unstoppable. And he didn't
just land on the music scene yesterday! Nope, he's been here for a
while in...Read More...
Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman were in Sydney
Australia last week, with 2 year old daughter, Sunday Rose.
Australian Paparazzi were on the scene as the Urban clan deboarded
their plane from Los Angeles in Sydney. The week before xmas spent
in their native homeland, turned into a very busy one, with Nicole back
in Australia to promote her movieRabbit
Hole, the couple also sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey
as part of Lady O's "Aussie" Season Finale Episode. While in his
homeland, Keith took the opportunity to surprise his...Read More..
Daughter To Idol
Crystal Bowersox New Video and the Missing Verse
Born in small town USA Northwestern
Ohio, Crystal Bowersox
home at the age of 17 and started playing local bars in the Toledo
along with open mic nights and even paid her dues busking on a
Subway Platform. But things had been hard for her at home,
writes in her debut single and title track off her first studio album,
Daughter". If it sounds like an angry song, that's because
is. Crystal admits she wrote it during an angry moment, and says
mother had a rough time as a single parent raising three children
self medicated. With that all behind her now, Crystal, who also
some time as a single parent herself, before marrying fellow
singer/songwriter, Brian Walker, says although her mother isn't fond of
song the two do have a relationship now. Bowersox and Walker wed
her stint on Season 9 of American Idol where she was a finalist in the
reality music television competition. Currently signed to Jive Records,
prepping for a tour to promote her new album, at just 25 years old,
young mother and new bride admits she feels like everything has
fallen into place. As a diabetic, "I'll never have to beg for
formula again." It is a new day for Bowersox, who says she
let any of it change who she is, other than the fact she wears a
more make-up now. From a long hard road as a farmer's daughter
grew up fighting a private battle at home, which will now
the Country and Rock anthem that kicks off her career.
plans to keep playing music no matter where life takes her.
out the video for her autobiographical debut above and the
at the right. Although, we noted that one verse has been
from the final studio version, "and now I'm stuck in this
room, your grandson and me. Tomorrow we're gonna find
out our destiny." Sounds as if this song could have been
Crystal's time on American Idol and at a pretty emotional point.
song exudes emotion and brings attention to abuse and addiction.
Crystal Performing in Huron Ohio at Age 13
long before the dreads and tats, still a Farmer's Daughter
Oh So sick and tired, of all your games...and All I
ever wanted was you to take care of me.
Honor thy mother, oh, and father too. But I know there
ain't no way in hell that God mentioned you...hmmmm
All I ever wanted was you to be there for me. Eww...
and all I ever needed was you to be here for me... This time is the
last time you're gonna see us around oh this was your last chance to
prove you wouldn't let me down. So go on get gone and get away from
here hey oh, all alone is how you're gonna spend the rest of your
years, hmm.. cause I'm no farmers daughter anymore mommy dear.
I remember back in high school my brothers and me...
Willie put his head through the door to find clarity.
And you'd come home with Bourbon breath, Jack in the air, and when you
broke my bones I told the school I fell down the stairs. Hmm...
All I ever wanted was you to be there for me, yeah
All I ever needed was you to be here for me. This time
is the last time you're gonna see us around,
oh this was your last chance to prove you wouldn't let
me down...Ohhh... So go on, get gone and get away from here. All alone
is how you're gonna spend the rest of your pathetic years. Cause, I'm
no farmer's daughter anymore.. I Ain't no farmer's daughter
anymore...No farmer's daughter anymore hmm....
of Sylviahave been
a part of the country music scene for a while. Appropriately named in
admiration of their mother Sylvia, they were known early on, as The
Clark Brothers, and most recently, notorious as a part of Carrie
highly-anticipated music video for "Playing the Part," directed by
Matthew McConaughey, premiered last week.
The video, shot in
Los Angeles in late September, marks two important firsts. It is the
first music video ever directed by McConaughey and the first video from
Johnson's critically acclaimed 25-song double album, The Guitar Song,
which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No.
4 on the Billboard 200.Read More...
The Big Night Went Straight To
His Head, and literally, since we're sure he was nursing one heck of a
hangover the morning after being inducted the newest member of the
Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, October 23rd in Nashville...Read More...
genre might have been the first to figure it out, when Scott Borchetta
found a young Taylor Swift to take under his wing, only for the teen
songstress to turn around and fly them both to the bank with huge
commercial success. Next it was Usher, who found a young Canadian
teen whom he polished a bit, then introduced to the world, the nextMega-Teen Star,
Justin Bieber, who incidentally, will reportedly be worth $100 million
by the end of 2010. Read More...
Adam Levine and his band mates have been Rockin'
Alternative style since 1995, first organized asKara's Flowers, but
well known since 2002 as Maroon 5. With a Rod Stewart voice and stage
presence, Levine's success is growing across the U.S. and especially
the Midwest, with the band's current collection and third studio
fans, Kansas City was "the" place to be on Saturday night. In
fact, we at New Country Star found ourselves running from one venue to
another to catch all of the action. And when we say venue, we're
not talking Uncle Joe's Chowder Shed, but the two largest entertainment
domains in all of the Midwest! First, just three years new, built in
Hang Out with Sara
Pop Rock Sensation, Ashlyne Huff
Her Father Played for
Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton and More!
might say music is in her blood. Ashlyne is the daughter
Nashville producer and session guitarist, Dann Huff
along with his brother, David, founded the 1980s
band, Giant. Ashlyne has toured with Disney artists;
Society, Emily Osment, and we caught up with her
Ashlyne Huff is just 24 years
old, but as far as honing her talent, she's already there. I
really believe that. I've met and interviewed so many artists at
various points in their music careers... some on their way, some who
were at the peak of stardom, and a few who once were. Ashlyne
Huff, definitely has the goods if she decides to stick with it.
I caught up with Ashlyne at the
end of her three week U.S. tour courtesy of Walmart and Kotex.
About His Father's Time In Prison
Sings Us Home!
prison, he got put in prison!"
of his father, Marty Haggard,
personal stories, triumphs and tragedies
Midwest crowd with his wife and young
While we were
being escorted to "Reserved Seating" provided compliments of the venue
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After three months in a
treatment center for her very private battle with an eating disorder