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Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road on Country Music News International Radio Show!

February 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th interviewed by Big Al Weekley!

Rapidly rising on the bluegrass scene, Billboard-charting artists Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road perform internationally and stateside winning both industry awards and the hearts of fans who turn out to see them at some of the industry’s most iconic venues.

Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Liam Purcell leads Cane Mill Road as they rock the traditional bluegrass standards they were raised on, yet boldly write original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time, and Americana. Their powerful arrangements and dynamic stage presence have landed them main stage slots at legendary festivals across the country.

Named Momentum Band of the Year by IBMA in 2019, Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road have been recognized as one of the fastest growing bands in the industry. Their latest release “Roots” debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Charts, joining their three previous albums for a total of 12 weeks in the Top 10.

In 2022, bandleader Liam Purcell turned heads by sweeping the Rockygrass Instrumental Championships on Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo, becoming the first person in history to do so.

You’ve seen Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road on national TV with PBS appearances on David Holt’s State of Music and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Other performance highlights include Merlefest, Grey Fox, The Berklee Performance Center, and Wide Open Bluegrass.

“Cane Mill Road, based less than six miles from Deep Gap, North Carolina, the home of Doc Watson, draws its inspiration from the late singer/guitarist whose musical imagination gathered inspiration from the deepest Appalachian roots while courageously finding connections to almost all elements of American music…the band has quickly ignited a spark that has led to a recording contract with Patuxent Music and early recognition from the International Bluegrass Music Association” No Depression

Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road on Country Music News International Radio Show https://countrymusicnewsinternational.com/liam-purcell-cane-mill-road-on-country-music-news-international-radio-show/

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Country Music News International Radio Live Show Playlist January 31st, 2024

4 pm – 7 pm (GMT) UK, 5 pm – 8 pm (CET) GER, 10 am – 1 pm (CST) USA

Rolling Away – Bluegrass Cardinals
Crazy Train – Ronnie Bowman
Love Reunited – Dalton Harper
Could You Lie – Alison Krauss
Life’s Highway – Dave Adkins
Nightbird – Wilson Banjo Co
I’d Like To Be A Train – Blue Mafia
Panhandle Country – Missy Rains
No Love Around – Willie Nelson
Life Ain’t Fair & the World is Mean – Sturgill Simpson

Complete Country Music News International Radio Live Show Playlist January 31st, 2024 at Country Music News International Magazine https://countrymusicnewsinternational.com/radio-live-show-playlist-january-31st/

Paulina Jayne Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Paulina Jayne is a joyful, high-energy, people-loving entertainer, artist, songwriter and actress. She is often referred to as the “millennial Dolly Parton,” both on and off stage! “God blessed me on the lower half though!” says a smiling Paulina. Raised in Detroit and a Nashville resident, Paulina’s music is an urban country marriage of the storytelling elements of country, the edge of rock and roll, the danceability of pop and the introspection of folk.

Paulina oozes personality on stage. She is a moment-making performer, and her musicians are ready to fly off-the-cuff in a second’s notice. Paulina has opened for heavy-hitters like Sheryl Crow, Sam Hunt and Rascal Flatts and has shared Live Nation festival marquees all over the country with Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan. She has written with several #1 writers, including JT Harding, Shane McAnally, Bonnie Baker, Danny Orton and the list goes on.

 

Paulina Jayne Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pZy3-kKjOS/

Paige King Johnson Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

With her Harnett County roots, Paige is now the voice of Got to Be NC through her North
Carolina middle and high school visits, NC Ag Star Talent Search and her single “Homes in the
Hometowns.”

After spreading her wings with her debut single “Water Down The Whiskey,” climbing to the
#29 spot on Music Row charts, Paige moved on to her next projects with the release of singles
“Just Like You,” “She Holds This House Together,” “Baby Don’t” and more that completed her
debut album Honky Tonk Heart. Working alongside country-legend Pam Tillis, Johnson created
multiple music videos which premiered on Country Music Television (CMT), RFD-TV,
Heartland & Newsmax. Her current radio single, “Why God Made Small Towns,” draws on her
life growing up in Angier, and Paige is excited to share it with her fans.

 

Paige King Johnson Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pZxB8awt7l/

Olivia Lynn Interview By Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Throughout the course of her young musical career, OLIVIA LYNN has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. Performing from a young age, Olivia was born to sing and over the past years has been earning the admiration and affection of fans. Her love for country started at a very young age with a love for Dolly Parton, who she used to sing along to with her Nana. Yet, in teenage years Olivia found ‘POP Music’. So, always wanting to become an influential singer, she threw the boundaries aside and merged her music loves into one mix, with her unique Country Pop Sound.

This is Olivia’s Road to Nashville!

 

Olivia Lynn Interview By Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pZvCOvE_89/

Marty Falle Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Marty Falle is an American Country/Bluegrass Singer-Songwriter and Nashville recording artist. Falle’s critically acclaimed music has drawn an international following through the years. Marty has released four LPs including the beautifully remastered “Ohio”, “Long, Long Road”, “Bloody Coal” and “Virgin on the Bluegrass” whose title track delivers with his storytelling, soulful style and takes us to the hollers of Eastern Kentucky with a melodic yet haunting and progressive Country – Bluegrass sound.

Marty performed live in Nashville for a special event that was taped for European TV on February 1st, 2020. Marty and band performed his originals – “Bloody Coal”, “Rio Grande”, “Palmetto Moonshine” and the unreleased “Make it to Macon”.

In October 2021, John Lawless, Editor and Founder of the largest Bluegrass Magazine globally, “Bluegrass Today”, writes this – South Carolina-based singer/songwriter Marty Falle is another example of an artist who has made their way back to bluegrass after working several years in the country music world. After knocking around fronting cover bands for some time, Marty decided to give it a shot as himself, and released an album, Ohio, that did well on CMT in 2010, especially his video for Hoochie Coochie Gal from the Buckeye State, which received over three millions views online.

He says that he discovered the music fresh out of school when a new job took him to Kentucky’s coal region. “Country and bluegrass music hit me like a lightning bolt shortly after I was transferred to Eastern Kentucky Coal Country after graduating from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. I was a traveling salesman and the locals took me in and turned me on to Makers Mark Bourbon, Bluegrass at Renfro Valley, and Dwight Yoakum. I wore out my CDs of Steve Earle, Keith Whitley, and Bill Monroe as I drove my pick-up to places like Harlan, Pikeville, and Pineville. It was strange and beautiful at the same time.”

 

Marty Falle Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pYdjdeun97/

Country Music News International Radio Live Show Playlist January 29th, 2024

7 pm – 9 pm (GMT) UK, 8 pm – 10 pm (CET) GER, 1 pm – 3 pm (CST) USA

Doug Atkins & One More Ride – Doug Atkins – One More Ride – Ropin’ The Wind
Jerrod Niemann – Old School New Again
Adam Fisher – Cotton Town
Hayes Carll – Willing to Love Again
Billy Yates – Margarita Meltdown
Tc Taylor – Cowboy Hat
Ilse de Lange – Tap dancing on the highwire
Hal Ketchum – Livin’ Life Lovin’ You
Lonestar – Two Bottles of Beer
Jana Kramer – I Hope It Rains

Complete Country Music News International Radio Live Show Playlist January 29th, 2024 at Country Music News International Magazine https://countrymusicnewsinternational.com/radio-live-show-playlist-january-29th/

McBride & The Ride Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

“Right place, right time-mullets and tight jeans!” Get ready to ride. Everybody loves a comeback and the resurgence of the 90’s country would not be complete without McBride & The Ride triumphantly bursting back onto the scene. The original line up of Ray Herndon (vocals/guitar), Terry McBride (vocals/bass) and Billy Thomas (vocals/drums) have been in the studio recording new music and will take the stage to introduce fans to the new songs as well as delight them with the classics.

The band has reunited for an EP featuring four brand new originals and a remake of the Webb Pierce classic, “Honky Tonk Song,” for Marlboros & Avon, which will be released in 2023. Fans can expect the same tight-knit harmonies with a modernized sound and storytelling lyrics that is undeniably country. With nearly 30 years of collective touring between them, the trio has come together and are sounding better than ever. “Honestly we are having a blast. It feels like we haven’t missed a beat,” McBride shares. “Our harmonies are locked in, our musicianship is elevated, and we are just having so much fun. Our new music has a hint of that 90s sound along with our signature three-part harmonies that McBride & The Ride is known for. We kept it simple and recorded everything as a four-piece band, which allows us to perform these songs live with the same sound and instrumentation that was used on the record.”

McBride & The Ride Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pYeaajptJi/

Mark Blomsteel Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Nashville recording artist Mark Blomsteel was born and raised in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. At an early age he was diagnosed with a genetic eye disease that would leave him legally blind. Limited vision never stopped him from chasing his goals and dreams. Mark, always busy with his musical passion, started writing songs at the age of 11.

After graduating high school Mark decided to go to university. By that time he already had his own radio show and worked for MTV Networks. It was during the last year of college when he met British producer Paul ‘Tubbs’ Williams.

Williams, who previously worked with The Spice Girls and Boyzone, invited Mark to the UK after listening to some of his demo recordings. Together they recorded ‘Leaving it all behind’ a song written by Mark. This song was to be Williams’ last work. Shortly after mixing the track he sadly died from a heart attack.

In 2008 a former producer of the legendary Beach Boys came across Mark’s songs and wanted him to come work on a couple of tracks in his Treasure Isle Recorders, the Nashville based studio where the likes of Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow and Dolly Parton used to record as well as Jason Aldean, who to date recorded all his platinum albums there. They brought together a team of the best studio musicians including bandleader Chris Leuzinger, who played on every Garth Brooks album. In the years to come Mark recorded numerous times at Treasure Isle Recorders and released different albums in Europe, rapidly getting airplay on Dutch and European radio and performing on various television shows. This caught the interest of Warner Music Benelux who were very interested in working together with their Nashville office to make Mark an international star. A deal however never materialized.

Mark has won multiple CMA Awards:

2012: Song of the year (What’s that Cowgirl See in me)

2014: Male vocalist of the year 2014

2014: Most promising act 2014

2017: Song of the year (Lived & Gone To Heaven)

2017: Album of The Year “#Dutchboy”

 

Mark Blomsteel Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pYbQtsYckw/

The Relentless Bluegrass of Marty Falle By Vickie McIntyre for Country Music News International Magazine

Horse racing has the Triple Crown, and baseball has its prestigious “batting the cycle,” but the music industry has yet to coin a phrase that captures the improbability of releasing three original chart-topping albums in a single year. If they did, Marty Falle, Bluegrass singer/ songwriter would wear the badge of honor for 2023.

It all started with the release of Kentucky Blue Star in March of 2023, an album that showcases backing vocalists Marty Slayton (George Strait) and Kim Parent (Brooks and Dunn) as well as a diversity of songs ranging from the up-tempo, swing-your-partner melody of the single “Kentucky Blue Star” to the mournful ballad “Cherokee” and the double-time, rock-a-billy tune, “Daytona.”

The Relentless Bluegrass of Marty Falle By Vickie McIntyre at Country Music News International Magazine https://countrymusicnewsinternational.com/the-relentless-bluegrass-of-marty-falle/

Makenzie Phipps Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

A small-town girl raised in beautiful southwest Virginia, Miss Makenzie Phipps has been making her way around the music scene for quite some time now. Growing up, Makenzie began performing at a young age. From singing the National Anthem at local sporting events to now paving her way in country music. From playing fairs, festivals, honky-tonks to the Grand Ole Opry House, she is blazing a trail with her music and spreading her love for country music everywhere she goes.

 

Makenzie Phipps Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pWT9IaWUhI/

Lynn Anderson Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

In 1970, Anderson signed with Columbia Records, where she was produced by her first husband, Glenn Sutton. She had her biggest commercial success with “Rose Garden”. The song reached positions on the Billboard country, pop, and adult contemporary charts, also charting in other countries and earning her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Throughout the decade, Anderson also had number-one hits with “You’re My Man“, “How Can I Unlove You“, “Keep Me in Mind“, and “What a Man My Man Is“. She also became a television personality, with appearances on The Tonight Show, specials with Bob Hope and Dean Martin, and her own prime-time specials.

After a brief hiatus, Anderson returned with the studio album Back (1983). The album spawned three singles, including the top ten hit “You’re Welcome to Tonight“, with Gary Morris. She continued recording sporadically throughout the 1980s.

 

Lynn Anderson Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pWSinwc3lR/

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Known as the “Lady of Tradition” in the Bluegrass community, Lorraine has made an indelible mark not only on North Carolina music culture, but within the greater Bluegrass culture. To say Lorraine is an original would be the understatement of the decade. She not only thinks outside of the box, she builds new boxes.

Lorraine’s handpicked Carolina Road band is comprised of well-known musicians Ben Greene, Warren Blair, Wayne Morris, Kevin Lamm and Allen Dyer, who have played with a “Who’s Who” in the industry, including Charlie Moore, The Bluegrass Cardinals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, James King, Lost & Found, David Parmley & Continental Divide, and Don Rigsby, to name just a few. Their stellar musicianship and versatility ensure award-winning powerhouse performances of every song, be it “True” or “Country” Grass, or a specialty project, recorded live or in-studio.

 

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pWQR3s-Vze/

Country Music News International Radio Live Show Playlist January 27th, 2024

3 pm – 5 pm (GMT) UK, 4 pm – 6 pm (CET) GER, 9 am – 11 am (CST) USA

Hillside Outlaws – Ring On Her Hand
Jake Worthington – State You Left Me In
Presley & Taylor – Limited Edition
Matt Stell – Breakin’ in Boots
Tim McGraw – Been Around Awhile
Randall King – I Could Be That Rain
Tebey – Hold Your Horses
Chase Bryant – She’s Just Like That
Robyn Ottolini – House I Grew Up In
Niko Moon – WEIGHTLESS

Complete Country Music News International Radio Live Show Playlist January 27th, 2024 at Country Music News International Magazine https://countrymusicnewsinternational.com/radio-live-show-playlist-january-27th/

Lonnie Spiker Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

This writer/artist has a real talent for entertaining. He is a favorite of Air Personalities from Willies Place on XM Rado to stations from Austin TX to the UK. His personality captures an audience in his first few words. He lights up the stage as well as the room whether he is performing as a single, duo or with his entire band BOTH BARRELS.

Lonnie has had over 30 songs recorded by other artists including his composition “Keystone Coal” which was recorded by Bobby Osborne on Bobbys 2009 “Bluegrass and Beyond” CD. Lonnie has three of his own CD’s to his credit and counting.

Lonnie is definitely “Unapologetically Honky Tonk” which is the title of his 2nd CD. One of his greatest honors was having Johnny Bush sing a duet with him on “Close Up The Honky Tonks”. Robert K Orrman, a Nashville music critic, gave the CD a “Must Listen” in his Music Row Magazine column. He stated “It’s my kind of record”.

Between his 1st CD “My Future Ain’t What It Use To Be” and his 2nd CD “Unapologetically Honky Tonk” he charted 6 times on the Best In Texas chart and is a staple on the European CMA Chart having scored 5 #1’s off of his second CD. He recentlyd id a tour in England and Wales which was a huge success. Maverick Magazine, the Country Music Magazine of the UK, did an exteded article on him as did The Best In Texas magazine.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Lonnie perform live then put on your boots; get ready to laugh, dance and hear what Texas Honky Tonk sounds like because LONNIE SPIKER is “COMING TO A HONKY TONK NEAR YOU”…OH and by the way, that is the title of his 3rd CD which includes duets with Amber Digby and Justin Trevino.

 

Lonnie Spiker Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pVB1b-tPxd/

Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Rapidly rising on the bluegrass scene, Billboard-charting artists Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road perform internationally and stateside winning both industry awards and the hearts of fans who turn out to see them at some of the industry’s most iconic venues.

Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Liam Purcell leads Cane Mill Road as they rock the traditional bluegrass standards they were raised on, yet boldly write original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time, and Americana. Their powerful arrangements and dynamic stage presence have landed them main stage slots at legendary festivals across the country.

Named Momentum Band of the Year by IBMA in 2019, Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road have been recognized as one of the fastest growing bands in the industry. Their latest release “Roots” debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Charts, joining their three previous albums for a total of 12 weeks in the Top 10.

In 2022, bandleader Liam Purcell turned heads by sweeping the Rockygrass Instrumental Championships on Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo, becoming the first person in history to do so.

You’ve seen Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road on national TV with PBS appearances on David Holt’s State of Music and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Other performance highlights include Merlefest, Grey Fox, The Berklee Performance Center, and Wide Open Bluegrass.

 

Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pVA2cOP_WT/

Kendall Tucker Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Kendall Tucker is a Nashville Recording Country Rap Artist from Ocala, FL. Growing up in the Horse Capitol of the World you can’t help but grow some country roots. From Eminem to Randy Travis Kendall has always had a love for all Genres which has helped him combine Country and Rap to make some of the most unique music you’ve ever heard. Kendall has recorded/worked with names such as Colt Ford, Jelly Roll, Project Pat, Bubba Sparxxx, Craig Campbell & many more! Not only does Kendall give people good music, He also knows how to light up the stage with his full band performance. His electrifying stage performance is sure to have you moving and singing along almost immediately. There’s no doubt that he’ll be a name that soon everyone will recognize!

 

Kendall Tucker Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pVyT3lnMNm/

Trinity Woodhouse Interview By Phill Doring for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

For emerging young singer/ songwriter Trinity Woodhouse, life on the Country Music road is just beginning. Growing up on a small piece of land in the NSW Hunter Valley, Trinity is no stranger to the life of a down to earth, real living Country girl. Singing around the campfire, and learning to love the connection to both people and the land, have fostered a strong belief in the power and passion that music provides.

Trinity Woodhouse Interview By Phill Doring at Country Music News International Magazine https://countrymusicnewsinternational.com/trinity-woodhouse-interview/

Kelly Lang Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Singer, songwriter, and producer Kelly Lang has had a stellar career in the music industry with cuts by artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, George Jones, B.J. Thomas, Jimmy Fortune, T.G. Sheppard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Lee, just to name a few.

She has recorded duets with iconic artists, Dame Olivia Newton-John, Paul Shaffer, and Lee Greenwood. As an artist, Lang has released several albums including 11:11, Shades of K, Throwback, Obsession, and Iconic Duets with her husband, TG Sheppard. In the spring of 2020, Lang re-released her classic children’s album Lullaby Country, which was originally sold at Cracker Barrel.

As part of a regional campaign, her voice and writing skills can be heard on television throughout Tennessee and the surrounding areas as the official song for Ascension St. Thomas Hospital’s commercial titled “I’m Not Going Anywhere.

 

Kelly Lang Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pUiL_wm-hc/

Karen Lee Batten Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

With her next two singles – 2020’s “Too Strong” and 2021’s “Drinkin’ Song” – Karen Lee added a forceful modern edge to her distinguished country soul through a new collaboration with CCMA-winning producer Jeff Johnson. The positive response earned Karen Lee her 8th BC Country Music Association Award for Female Artist of the Year, along with Music Video of the Year and Fan’s Choice (for the second time in a row). She topped it off by winning Country Artist of the Year at the 2022 Jim Bean Indies Awards at CMW.

After picking up three 2023 BCCMA Awards for her music industry activities through KLB Entertainment (Business Professional of the Year, Don Adams Industry Supporter of the Year, and Country Event of the Year), Karen is releasing 2023’s “The Trouble with Friends”, the title track from her upcoming 2024 album.

As she continues her enriching and fulfilling musical journey, Karen Lee Batten’s voice remains as timeless as it is relevant – commanding an adoring spotlight wherever a song might take her.

 

Karen Lee Batten Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pUhyUVyQCT/

Justine Blanchet Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

From performing at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Cafe and Dollywood to taking the stage at Festival Country de Lotbinière in Quebec, Justine Blanchet is proving to the world that country music can embody both intelligence and badassery.

With a sound reminiscent of Shania Twain and Maren Morris, the talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist views music as a vessel for telling down-to-earth, relatable, and inspirational stories.

Since 2017, Justine independently released 9 singles, which have garnered spins on country radio stations throughout Canada. In addition to accumulating more than 300,000 streams on Spotify, Justine’s official music videos and covers have exploded to over 1 million views on YouTube.

Her debut EP, produced by Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive, Tebey, Tyler Joe Miller, Matt Lang)!

 

Justine Blanchet Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pUgr7CKG7k/

The Country Music Awards of Australia (the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards) By Phill Doring for Country Music News International Magazine

Recognise, celebrate and honour excellence and outstanding achievement in Australian country music.

The Awards presentations are accompanied by a star-studded gala concert featuring outstanding Australian country music and some of our newest rising stars.

 The Country Music Awards of Australia is the nation’s longest running music awards concert and the pinnacle event of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

The Awards were first held in 1973, around the same time that the city of Tamworth became known as Australia’s Home of Country Music. Since they began the Awards have played the key role in developing and promoting Australian country music. Under the guidance of the CMAA, the awards continue to grow and develop, reflecting the current country music scene in Australia.

The Country Music Awards of Australia (the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards) By Phill Doring at Country Music News International Magazine https://countrymusicnewsinternational.com/the-country-music-awards-of-australia/

Juna N Joey Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Juna N Joey are a singer/songwriter, brother/sister, Country Duo (think Lady A harmonies). The duo’s popularity exploded organically by posting covers on YouTube with almost 8.5 million collective views and a viral Tik Tok of 10 million views. In 2022 they achieved Instagram’s Best Covers Of The Year distinction with Juna’s rendition of iconic holiday standard “All I Want For Christmas Is You” originally by Mariah Carey. They are officially influencers.

Juna at 18, is an attractive and charismatic singer/songwriter with the confidence of a seasoned pro. She is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist in the band. Joey at 20, is also a singer/songwriter, with heartthrob looks and power baritone vocals. He is also a multi-instrumentalist with the band. The duo’s harmonies resonate with the familiar perfection that only exists by their natural bond.

Juna N Joey are currently producing their second EP in Nashville, TN following the remarkable success of their first and Self Titled EP. Highlights include the single “Something Good To Miss” which charted in the top forties at radio and playlisted on many Spotify, Apple, Pandora playlists and earned a place on Spotify’s Top 100 Artists of 2021. Followed by their power ballad “Til Your Heart Breaks” which also charted Billboard Indicator, Music Row, College Radio and the National and Regional Chart in the UK and number one on UK’s Hot Disc. BBC East said “I’m adding this, love this song”. Juna N Joey co-write with hit songwriters in Nashville, NYC and LA. The press also has taken notice of this talented duo from Forbes exec said “Perhaps the most endearing act to break into the country space today”, Hollywood Life, Celebmix, Broadway World and Fox, NBC to CBS, please follow Juna N Joey to learn more.

 

Juna N Joey Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pSXWKDrcqv/

Josiah Siska Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Josiah was a popular contestant on the Farewell Season of American Idol, with his audition clip receiving over 6 million views on Facebook and YouTube, in addition to the millions of viewers who watched his performance live on TV. He recently signed a record and publishing deal with Black River Entertainment, and “World Gone Mad” is his debut single from the label.

Hailing from Gwinnette, Georgia, Josiah is a self-proclaimed “Rhinestone Redneck” whose voice blends the feel of classic country with the sound of today. He does full justice to the warm and comforting lyrics of “World Gone Mad”.

 

Josiah Siska Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show https://fb.watch/pSWYiKGYFa/

Jordan Rainer Interview by Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Once in a while an artist comes along with a story too good not to tell. An artist with personality, heart, moral character and conviction. And an even more rare occasion… a triple threat.

She sings. She plays. She writes.

Her name is Jordan Rainer. She is a tiny little lady with a big huge voice, a multi-instrumentalist and chart topping songwriter from Nashville, TN. Jordan has recently become an International household name for her explosive success as a member of ‘team Reba’ on the NBC reality singing competition, “The Voice.”

At risk of sounding cliche’, just a small town girl, Atoka, Oklahoma’s Jordan Rainer set her sights on a professional music career and never turned back. Coming from meager beginnings and a series of challenges in her young adult life that would have made the strongest of strong turn tail and run, only served as more fuel to her fire for Rainer to charge onward to greatness.

 

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