August 2012 Country Music Column

August 2012 Country Music Column 

Send me music stuff, I love to get it! /  TN/USA.  Google “Preshias”  
PERSONAL QUOTE: If I am Chasing Your Dream Faster Than You, Then I am IN THE Wrong Dream.   –  Preshias
in favor of the “most recognizable voice in country music” get ready
for one of the best contemporary country artist. Josh Turner the
multi-platinum selling hit-maker and recent No. 1 Country Billboard Album beholder (His album PUNCHING BAG Debut, at No# 1), returns to late night on The Late Show with David Letterman on August 23. In July Turner received RIAA certification plaque commemorating career sales of 12 million overall units including singles, albums and videos.
ARTIST NEWS: As part of a program called Operation HomeFront , Tim McGraw has
the honor of presenting the keys to a mortgage free home to a wounded
warrior or service member in need at each stop of the Brothers of the
Sun Tour. It was a no-brainer for him to get involved as soon as they
asked him because he says the recipients of the homes, “They put their
life on the line, they put everything on the line. You can’t help
every-body, but everybody that you do help it makes a difference.” Tim’s
latest single, “Truck Yeah,” just became the highest debuting single of
his career, and is continuing to move quickly up the charts.
BABY NEWS:  Rascal Flatts bassist
and vocalist Jay DeMarcus and his wife Allison, welcomed their second
child last month. The little boy is named, Dylan Jay DeMarcus. Dylan was
born in Nashville, Tenn., at 4:02pm, weighing in at 7 pounds and 11
ounces at 20 ½ inches long. Dylan joins sister Madeline Leigh who was
born December 17, 2010.
BENEFIT NEWS: Arista’s Brad Paisley has partnered with Dollar General and Pepsi for the Tune In To Giving promotion, supporting the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Through Aug. 19, a $1 donation (up to $75,000) will be made to the
Foundation when shoppers buy a 10-ounce or larger bag of Lay’s chips
with a two-liter Pepsi product and enter their receipt code at The promotion also offers chances to win Paisley swag and concert tickets. Visit for info. Blake Shelton has been named the ambassador of J.C. Penney’s new charity initiative, JCP Cares. The campaign supports a different charity each month beginning with July’s pick, the USO.
BUSINESS BUZZ: Show Dog-Universal VP/Strategic Planning & Promotion Jimmy Rector will join EMI Nashville
as Midwest Dir./Promotion. The move to EMI brings him full-circle,
having started his career in 1990 as Capitol’s Coor./Promotion. Rector
remains at SDU through July.
CD RELEASES: Music City-based trio The Farm has planted the musical seeds that its members hope will blossom into an album that country fans
adore. Released July 17 on the All In Records/Elektra Nashville label,
the self-titled debut features 11 songs, including the act’s hit,
“Home Sweet Home,” which was co-produced by The Farm‘s Nick Hoffman with acclaimed songwriter, Danny Myrick….New releases coming from Kix Brooks, Darius Rucker and Radney Foster… It’s been 20 years since Clinton Gregory last touched the Top 30, itself a rare feat for an independent label artist. His new CD – TOO MUCH AIN’T ENOUGH, is Clinton at his best. The CD echoes potently
old-school pity party and a respectable, long-overdue return from an
acclaimed hard-country prodigal—somewhere between the two, there’s a
reason to raise a glass.
Clinton is gearing up with the title track single. He just shot his video and is hitting the road with full steam. More info at
DEEPEST SYMPATHY: Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to family, friends and fans of country music legend Kitty Wells,
who recently passed away at her home in Nashville. Wells was 92. In
1952, she was the first female singer to top the Country charts with “It
Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.
WELL WISHES: To my friend Brian Mansfield. Brian is a freelance
journalist for America’s Opry Weekend and USA Today. He recently went
through colon cancer surgery and is working his way back to health.
LABEL NEWS: (BIG MACHINE LABEL GRPRepublic Nashville break-out-group, the ELI YOUNG Band tops
both Country radio charts today with their second consecutive #1 ‘Even
If It Breaks Your Heart” the hit off their critically acclaimed album LIFE AT BEST….
RHETT hit single “Something to Do with My Hands” has entered the top 15
country charts. It’s a wonderful thing to watch him grow up and become a
rising country star
(Broken Bow) Here we go again. ASCAP Nashville help celebrate Jason Aldean’s the number one status for “Fly Over States.” It is the latest single to add to the growning  count for the number ones, for
the multi-platinum entertainer. The latest release is the driving lead
single “Take A Little Ride” from his upcoming fifth studio album. The
track is available for purchase at iTunes, and physical singles will be
sold at Walmart stores nationwide beginning Aug. 7.
His recent kudos, include album DIRT ROAD ANTHEM has been Certified Triple Platinum and his
ascent to stadium headliner, selling out his first stadium show for the
2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR’s August 5 date at Columbus, Ohio’s Crew
MUSIC NEWS: Edens Edge is
busy promoting their latest single, “Too Good to Be True,” off of their
self-titled debut album, which is available now. Their Edens Edge – DELUXE EDITION
, which is through the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive
music program and features three additional tracks – “Roots,” “Little
Bird” and ”Wherever I Go.” They are currently on tour with the Rascal
Flatts’ CHANGED TOUR, which makes stops across the country throughout
October. To check out the on the talented musicians versatility, visit  for tour dates.
SONGWRITERS NEWS: The Nashville Songwriters Association International
(NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriter’s trade
association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000
active and pro members spans the US and six other countries. Stay tuned for more details on the NEXT Song Contest coming soon. They will begin accepting submissions Aug 1, 2012. Details at
NEWS NOTE: Check out Shannon McCombs’ webisode at  Then you will know why they call her the radio princess!
RIAA NEWS: Billy Currington‘s “Good Directions” was awarded platinum certification, (+ 1,000,000) making the song Currington’s third platinum track. Penned by Luke Bryan and Rachel Thibodeau, the former No. 1 tune is contained on Currington’s 2006 album, “Doin’ Something Right.” The Georgia-born singer-songwriter, who also recently contributed to Lionel Richie’s hot-selling “Tukeegee” duets album, is currently in the studio working on his next album for Mercury Records.
TOUR NEWS: Valory’s Brantley Gilbert launches the ‘Hell On Wheels’ Tour Sept. 27 in Lafayette, IN with Greg Bates, Brian Davis and Uncle Kracker supporting on various dates. The fall trek is Gilbert’s first headlining tour.
TV NEWS: Chart-topping country music star Dierks Bentley has recorded the ‘Weeds’ theme
song “Little Boxes” for the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning
Showtime series’ eighth and final season. Bentley’s rendition of the
1962 folk song will open an episode later this season. For a sneak peek
visit: Bentley’s
current single “5-1-5-0” is quickly climbing the Top 5 on the country
radio charts and is the third single off Bentley’s No. one disc HOME,
which has already delivered two No. one hits “Am I The Only One” and
“Home.” The 10-time GRAMMY nominee is currently out on the road for his
summer tour.  For a list of upcoming appearances and tour dates, visit
WHO’S LOOKING  *  WHO’S CUTTING:  Gary Allan, Andy Griggs, Samantha Landrum, Heidi Newfield and Blake Shelton.

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