Stars Join A Large Cast For October Benefit Concert
A group of stars from all genres of music, including country artists Dierks Bentley and Eric Church, will come together Oct. 3 to honor the late Levon Helm (left) and his music. The “Love For Levon” benefit concert, to be staged at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., will help support Helm’s legacy by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue the Midnight Ramble sessions.
Also on the bill are Gregg Allman, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Ray LaMontagne, John Mayer, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket, The Levon Helm Band and others.
Says Church in a media statement, “I can’t possibly overstate what Levon Helm meant to my music or my life. He was a giant. A man among boys. I miss him personally, but that pales in comparison to how much music will miss his presence.”
Tickets go on sale Aug. 29. More information at LoveforLevon.com.
New Album Includes A 3D Concert
Mark Chesnutt’s new album, “Your Room,” will be issued in an innovative new format: Blu-Ray 3D. In collaboration with California-based AIX Records, Chesnutt will release the project on Aug. 28.
AIX Records filmed a live performance by Chesnutt and his band in Los Angeles using 3D cameras and HD-audio recording techniques. The 15 songs on the album include such Chesnutt hits as “It’s A Little Too Late,” “Too Cold At Home,” “Bubba Shot The Jukebox,” and “Going Through The Big D.” Chesnutt is best known for his string of hits in the 1990s, including eight No. 1 singles.
“Country music fans are a group unlike any other, and my fans are the reason I’ve had such longstanding success in this industry,” says Chesnutt in a prepared statement. “We’re always looking for new ways to bring music to the fans and in these hard economic times, it isn’t always possible for them to make it out to a show. I hope this [album] will fill the gap and bring the live performance from the road straight into the living rooms where folks can kick back, eat some peanuts, drink a beer, enjoy the show—just like being there!”
Will Be Joined By Three More Country Hitmakers At October Induction
Mary Chapin Carpenter will be among this year’s four inductees into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. She will be joined by fellow hit writers Tony Arata, Larry Henley and Kim Williams. The four new inductees will be welcomed into the elite songwriters’ community at a dinner in Nashville Oct. 7.
Carpenter (left) popularized many of her own compositions such as “Down At The Twist And Shout,” “I Feel Lucky,” “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” “I Take My Chances” and “The Hard Way.” Her songs have also been recorded by Joan Baez, Wynonna Judd, Cyndi Lauper, Terri Clark, The Dixie Chicks, Art Garfunkel, Maura O’Connell and Trisha Yearwood.
Arata’s songwriter credits include hits such as “The Dance” (Garth Brooks) and “Here I Am” (Patty Loveless). Williams is known for hits such as “Three Wooden Crosses” (Randy Travis), “Fall In Love” (Kenny Chesney), “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” (Reba McEntire), and the Brooks hits “Ain’t Goin’ Down (’Til The Sun Comes Up),” “It’s Midnight Cinderella” and “Papa Loved Mama.” Country and pop hit maker Henley is the tunesmith behind “The Wind Beneath My Wings” (Gary Morris, Bette Midler) and “’Til I Get It Right” (Tammy Wynette), and “Is It Still Over” (Randy Travis), among numerous others.
Established in 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame currently has 184 members, including Brooks, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Bob Dylan, Don & Phil Everly, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr.
Phoenix Announced As First Location For New Restaurant Chain
Following in the footsteps of successful restaurant chain owner Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts is launching its own a chain of themed restaurants around the U.S. and Canada, with the first location planned for Phoenix. The restaurants will bear the band’s name.
The 14,000 square foot Phoenix restaurant will feature a state-of-the-art sound stage for live entertainment, two bars—including an elevated bar and an indoor/outdoor bar—plus retail space, big screen TVs, and the Flatts Lounge. An opening date has not been announced, but the venue’s specific location in the city has been.
Additional locations planned for 2013 are in Tysons Corner, Va. (just outside of Washington, D.C.); Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, N.C.; Minneapolis; and Long Island, N.Y. Planned expansion for 2014 calls for new restaurants to open in Charlotte, N.C.; Tampa, Fla.; Boston/Cambridge, Mass.; and Madison, Wis.
The band is currently on its’ all-band summer “Changed Tour” with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge.
Singer To Be Joined On The Road By Two Hot Duos
New Album To Be Released Oct. 16
Jason Aldean is gearing up for a busy fall since he’ll be promoting a new album, “Night Train,” set to hit stores Oct. 16. The set—Aldean’s fifth—includes his current hit single, “Take A Little Ride,” plus a track Aldean recorded with touring partners and fellow country stars Eric Church and Luke Bryan. That collaboration is titled “The Only Way I Know.”
Like all of Aldean’s previous albums, the new set was produced by his longtime collaborator, Michael Knox, and recorded with Aldean’s road band, an unusual move in Nashville where most artists favor studio musicians for their recording sessions.
“There’s no formula to music,” Aldean says in a press release. “It’s meant to be experimented with. You’re supposed to try things. So I love getting in there with my guys and coming up with sounds that nobody else really uses.
“I feel really great about the songs we recorded for this album,” says Aldean. “There are some surprises on there that might raise a few eyebrows, and there’s also some more traditional stuff too. I don’t like being put in a box, and I think with every record, we’ve had a lot of variety. ‘Night Train’ is no different. I got to do a cool up-tempo song with Luke and Eric, who’ve both been out with me over the last two years. I love collaborations like that, and I think the fans dig it when artists get together. It keeps it interesting.”
Here’s the full track listing, including songwriter credits:
1. This Nothin’ Town
(busbee / Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley)
2. When She Says Baby
(Rhett Akins / Ben Hayslip)
3. Feel That Again
(Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley / Vicky McGehee)
4. Wheels Rollin’
(Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley / Hillary Lindsey)
(Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley)
6. The Only Way I Know (with Luke Bryan and Eric Church)
(David Lee Murphy / Ben Hayslip)
7. Take A Little Ride
(Dylan Altman / Rodney Clawson / Jim McCormick)
8. I Don’t Do Lonely Well
(Neil Thrasher / Tom Shapiro / Chuck Wicks)
9. Night Train
(Neil Thrasher / Michael Dulaney)
(Thomas Rhett / Luke Laird / Barry Dean)
11. Staring At The Sun
(Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley / Tony Martin)
12. Drink One For Me
(Neil Thrasher / Wendell Mobley / Tony Martin)
13. Black Tears
(Canaan Smith / Tyler Hubbard)
14. Walking Away
(David Lee Murphy / Rodney Clawson)
15. Water Tower
(Jason Sellers / Paul Jenkins / Michael Dulaney)
Singer Cancels Shows To Be By Her New Husband’s Side
Wynonna Judd has postponed her four scheduled concerts in Canada this week after her new husband, Michael Scott “Cactus” Moser, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident he caused on Saturday. Moser is also the drummer in Judd’s band, The Big Noise. The couple married in June.
Also cancelled was Judd’s show in Deadwood, S.D., Saturday night. Moser and Judd had gone for a ride together on separate bikes before that show, when Moser collided with an oncoming vehicle and was transported to a local hospital. He is being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. Judd was not involved in the accident.
According to the Associated Press, the couple was riding north on U.S. Highway 16 in the Black Hills when Moser, 55, crossed the center line and hit a car. He was airlifted to Rapid City Regional Hospital. Judd was riding ahead of her husband and was not involved in the crash. The car’s driver was not injured.
Moser was reportedly cited by police for crossing the center line and not having a motorcycle license.
Said Judd in a prepared statement, “The outpouring of prayer and support from friends, family and fans has been a blessing to both Cactus and [me]. Cactus is a champion. I love him deeply and I will not leave his side.”
Four of the postponed Canadian shows had been sold out. Her next scheduled concert date is Aug. 30; another sold out show in Peshawbestown, Mich.
UPDATE: Judd's Web site reports the sad news that Moser's left leg was severed at the scene of the accident and doctors in Rapid City, S.D. amputated the leg above the knee. He has also undergone surgery to his hand. A statement says, "Judd and Moser appreciate all of the quick medical and police responders as well as the hospital staff and well-wishes from family, friends and fans."
Both Acts Weathered The Loss Of A Band Member, And Emerged Stronger
The top two positions on the current country radio charts are noteworthy for two reasons. First, the relatively new acts occupying the No. 1 and No. 2 positions are both enjoying their biggest hits to date. Second, both acts have undergone significant upheaval in their lineups, each losing a key member. Yet both acts emerged from the turmoil stronger, and have been on remarkably similar tracks to success.
The duo Love and Theft (right) landed in the No. 1 spot on the most recent chart with “Angel Eyes.” It’s their first No. 1, and also their first gold certified single, signifying sales of 500,000 copies. The act’s only previous hit was “Runaway,” which peaked at No. 10 in 2009 when Love and Theft was a trio.
While peaking at No. 2 on the current chart, the trio Gloriana’s “(Kissed You) Good Night” is still a winner, selling more than 750,000 copies to date. Like Love and Theft, the band’s only previous hit came in 2009. “Wild At Heart” peaked at No. 15 that year, when the group had four members.
After the closure of their first record label home—Disney’s Carolwood Records—left Love and Theft up in the air, original member Brian Bandas amicably parted from the group in 2011. Restructured as a duo, they changed management and signed to their current label, RCA Records, where they are enjoying their current hit.
Less amicable was the departure of former Gloriana member Cheyenne Kimball, also in 20111. She bailed on the band at a tour stop in July of that year, informing the group’s other three members of her departure via Twitter. They continued recording their second album without her, an album that includes “(Kissed You) Good Night.”
Conceding the top spot to Love and Theft this week, Gloriana (pictured above) took out an ad in a radio industry publication congratulating the duo on its first No. 1 “with heartfelt excitement of great things to come for both bands in the future.”
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