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How Deana Carter Recharged Her Career With "You & Tequila"

Deana Carter has bounced back to the writing and recording scene with her latest album, Southern Way of Life. She has released the first single from the album, "Do or Die," with an accompanying music video that she directed.

As Deana notes in the July 28 issue of Country weekly, she put more intense focus on her songwriting after the success of Kenny Chesney's "You and Tequila," which she wrote with Matraca Berg.


"It's like I went from zero to 60 all of a sudden," Deana says. "I was writing more and traveling more. So I had all these songs laying around and I thought that I needed to do something with them. We decided to put them on this record."


Deana wrote several tunes for her acclaimed 1996 debut album, Did I Shave My Legs for This?, including the No. 1 single "How Do I Get There." Her most famous hit, the award-winning "Strawberry Wine," came from the team of Deana's friend Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison. The song is still beloved by fans.

And for more on what Deana's up to now, pick up the July 28 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands now.

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Tim McGraw Speaks Out About Fan-Slapping Incident

After video footage of a female fan grabbing Tim McGraw's pant leg at his Atlanta show on July 13 - and him slapping back in response - made headlines last week, the singer is speaking out and sharing his side of the story.

"Sometimes things can lose context and perspective. I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on," McGraw tells ET Canada. I think it was an unfortunate situation, I think all the way around."

"But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on," he says. "It is one of those things that happen, nobody feels good about it, but there's nothing that could be done about it. You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There's nothing to be said about it."

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Sunday Morning Gospel Hour News

Hello once again folks. I'm very excited about some possible future things happening with the show. I can't say yet where, but I'm in talks for a station (or couple of stations) that might be picking the show up. Praying God's will in this situation and hopefully my show will reach a new market or couple of markets in the very near future. Here are a few headlines from the world of Southern Gospel Music:


*After three months and 36 candidates for the position, Mark Trammell has announced today that Randy Byrd will be the new bass vocalist for the Mark Trammell Quartet. Mark shares, "We are thrilled with the overwhelming inquiry about this position. And after much prayer and consideration, the group collectively feels that Randy is the man for this season of our ministry." To read the rest of this article, go to www.singingnews.com.


*The 11th Annual Gospel Extravaganza in Bourbonnais, Illinois will be held July 31st - August 2nd. Many greats artists will be there including The Perrys, Red Roots, and the Kingsmen just to name a few. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.mcproductionsonline.com .


If you are interested in airing this show on your station or would like to advertise on my show, shoot me an email to sunmorninggospelhour@gmail. com God bless.

Remembering blues guitar legend Johnny Winter

When Johnny Winter hit the scene back in the '60s, he looked and sounded like nothing else on the planet.

A ferocious blues guitar player with a snarling voice to match, Winter, who died Wednesday in a hotel room near Zurich, also cut a striking figure on stage with his thin, pale frame and long, white hair.

A 1968 Rolling Stone article described him as "a cross-eyed albino with long, fleecy hair, who plays some of the gutsiest, fluid blues you've ever heard."

If, as its mythology suggests, the blues comes from the crossroads, Winter, 70, found himself at a heavily trafficked intersection. Hailing from Beaumont, Texas, he was part of a lineage of Lone Star blues guitarists that stretches from Lightnin' Hopkins and T-Bone Walker to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson and beyond. Winter also arrived at a time when British rock guitarists were hearing the blues, then feeding it back to American audiences in new forms. Winter found himself right in the middle of all that, earning the admiration, even the awe, of those who heard him.

Winter released his self-titled major-label debut on Columbia Records, a deal he got after executives heard him sitting in with guitarist Michael Bloomfield and keyboardistAl Kooper at New York's Fillmore East. Bloomfield had introduced him as "the baddest (expletive), man," saying, "this cat can play."

1969's Johnny Winter featured appearances by blues greats Willie Dixon and Walter Horton. Later that year, Winter appeared at the Woodstock festival, though he wasn't included in the movie.

In the early '70s, Winter formed a band with members of The McCoys, known for their 1965 hit Hang On Sloopy. That group featured a guitarist named Rick Derringer, who wrote Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo. That song, recorded by Winter in 1970 and Derringer in 1973, became a staple of album-rock radio and a must-cover song for any high-school band worth its salt throughout the '70s.

Winter packed arenas during the early and mid-'70s, as he released albums such asStill Alive and Well, Saints & Sinners and John Dawson Winter III.

Even at the height of his rock stardom, his music never strayed far from the blues. As he got older, he returned to those roots more and more frequently. He produced four albums for pioneering bluesman Muddy Waters, beginning with 1977's Hard Again. That year also saw the release of his own album Nothin' But the Blues, which lived up to its name. Winter continued to focus on blues-oriented material on subsequent albums released on Alligator, Pointblank and Virgin.

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Evolve Music Group Formed, Inks Worldwide Deal With Capitol Music Group

CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP (CMG) has signed a multi-year, worldwide agreement with the newly-formed EVOLVE MUSIC GROUP (EMG) that establishes a partnership between the companies to create, market and promote a slate of releases overseen by EMG Chairman/CEO RODNEY JERKINS and his executive team. EVOLVE's operations will base at CMG's iconic CAPITOL RECORDS TOWER in HOLLYWOOD.


BARNETT commented, "RODNEY is a highly-respected and multi-faceted talent; he's a great producer and songwriter, of course, but he also possesses a keen eye for talent and a great vision for what he wants to accomplish with EVOLVE. Everyone within CMG is excited about RODNEY and his team joining our family, and we're all going to accomplish great things together."

JERKINS added, "I'm excited for this partnership, and am confident that EVOLVE MUSIC GROUP will play a major role in the future of our industry. STEVE BARNETT is a great visionary and has incredible instincts for our business and culture. I'm looking forward to evolving musically and creatively here at CAPITOL."

Initial EVOLVE artists include soul chanteuse KETA, R&B/Pop artist EVAN ROSS and YOUTUBE sensation SARA FORSBERG. EVOLVE will also sign and develop artists in the spiritual music genres through its EVOLVE INSPIRATIONAL imprint that will be distributed through CMG's NASHVILLE-based CAPITOL CHRISTIAN MUSIC GROUP. The first artists signed to EVOLVE INSPIRATIONAL include JOY ENRIQUEZ and TIM BOWMAN, JR.


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Garth Brooks likely to pass Elvis in digital world

Garth Brooks announced his retirement in 2000, three months before the launch of iTunes. But when the 52-year-old country superstar begins selling his catalog digitally, perhaps as early as this week, he could set records even while bypassing Apple's music service entirely.


Already the top-selling artist in the USA since 1991 (when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales), Brooks stands to dramatically increase his total album sales with downloads, which he'll offer exclusively through garthbrooks.com. He'll likely become the best-selling solo act in history almost immediately - even before he releases his first comeback single.


"People are going to mistake (what I'm doing) for giving it away, but I'm not," he told reporters when he announced his digital intentions earlier this month, saying sales would begin in the next several weeks. He promised an opportunity for fans "to get it all at a stupid price," suggesting he'll offer a bargain to those who download the entire catalog.

"It's probably going to make a big, big splash," says David Bakula, a senior vice president for Nielsen Entertainment, which operates SoundScan. "The closer you get to free, the more you'll probably have a bunch of people who weren't really big fans and wouldn't have gone out and bought a new album (think), 'My, gosh, for that price I can have the whole thing? Yeah.' "


The singer released eight studio albums between 1989 and 2001, plus his Double Live album, two Christmas sets and one disc released under the Chris Gainespseudonym. Subsequent box sets contained five discs of new recordings.

Brooks won't give Katy Perry competition as the top-selling digital singles artist, because he almost certainly won't make any of his tracks available for individual purchase, a sticking point in his negotiations with iTunes.


But if he sells a million downloads of his 18-disc catalog - a possibility, considering that he sold almost a million copies last year of Blame It All On My Roots, a Walmart-exclusive box set containing four discs of cover songs - he'll blow past Elvis Presleyin gold and platinum album certifications from the Recording Industry


Association of America. (To date, he's sold 134 million to Elvis' 134.5 million.)

If Brooks finds a way to sell a second million of his catalog, catching up to The Beatles (177 million) would look like a very reachable goal, and just in time for him to release a promised studio album this fall.


To meet the RIAA's pricing requirements for certification, Brooks would need to charge only $2 for the equivalent of each disc. Making the Billboard charts could be a little trickier.


If Brooks packaged his catalog as a digital box set, it would qualify as a new release. To make it eligible to appear on Billboard's sales charts, he'd have to set a price of at least $3.49 per disc, according to the trade publication's pricing policy.


However, "if he's just reissuing his old albums, he can sell them for basically whatever he wants and still have them count" toward chart positions, says Keith Caulfield,Billboard's associate director of charts/sales.


"His history with selling music and charting with music has always been really fascinating and really interesting," says Caulfield. "I look forward to finding out what Garth will be doing, just like everybody else is."

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