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How Deana Carter Recharged Her
Career With "You & Tequila"
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
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.
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."
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.
for more on what Deana's up to now,
pick up the July 28 issue of Country
Weekly, on newsstands now.
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
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:
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.
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
you are interested in airing this show
on your station or would like to
advertise on my show, shoot me an email
com God bless.
blues guitar legend Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter hit the scene back in the
'60s, he looked and sounded like nothing
else on the planet.
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.
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
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 andT-Bone
Walker toStevie Ray
Vaughan andEric 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.
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
Bloomfield had introduced him as
"the baddest (expletive),
man," saying, "this cat canplay."
Johnny Winter featured appearances by
blues greats Willie Dixon and
Walter Horton. Later that year, Winter
appeared at theWoodstock
festival, though he wasn't included 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.
packed arenas during the early and
mid-'70s, as he released albums such
asStill Alive and Well, Saints &
Sinners and John Dawson Winter III.
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
Music Group Formed, Inks Worldwide Deal With
Capitol Music Group
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.
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."
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.
Brooks likely to pass Elvis in digital world
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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
of America. (To date, he's sold 134
million to Elvis' 134.5 million.)
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
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
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
"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.
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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