Band Plans To Begin Recording Next Album In December
Randy Rogers Band has been tapped to join Miranda Lambert on her fall “The Revolution Continues” tour. The band will begin touring with Lambert on Sept. 22 in Tupelo, Miss., and is scheduled to play the last 22 dates of the tour, which runs through Oct. 22 in Jonesboro, Ark.
“We’re big fans of Miranda and her band,” said front man Randy Rogers in a press release. “We’ve known [her] for years. This is going to be a blast.”
Being on the road is nothing new for this Texas band, which plays an average of 220 dates a year. In between tour dates, band members have spent the last several months writing songs for their next studio album, which they plan to begin recording in Nashville in December.
Singer Supplements Solo Career With New Band, Cordovas
Jaron and the Long Road to Love will hit the road this fall performing in more than 60 cities nationwide. The act’s Jaron Lowenstein is best know in the country music world for his tongue in cheek hit song “Pray For You,” which followed a pop career as half of the twin brother duo Evan & Jaron.
Joining him for the trek will be Joe Firstman, the former bandleader for “Last Call With Carson Daly.” Lowenstein, Firstman and Lowenstein’s new band member Jon Loyd (Spin Doctors) have formed a new group together called Cordovas. Firstman will also serve and the tour’s musical director.
The tour of smaller capacity venues kicks off Sept. 3 in Los Angeles with dates scheduled for now through Nov. 15. Additional tour stops will be added.
Jaron and the Long Road’s to Love’s current single is “Beautiful Lies,” featuring Big Kenny of Big & Rich.
October Ceremony Will Also Bring Inductions For Three Other Hit Writers
Two country superstars, Alan Jackson (left) and Garth Brooks (below), have been elected into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with three other writers responsible for many country hits: John Bettis, Thom Schuyler (also a former artist and record label executive) and Allen Shamblin.
Jackson has written or co-written 24 of his 35 No. 1 hit singles, including “Chattahoochee” and “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning),” an achievement that places him second only to Merle Haggard in country music history among artists who have written No. 1 songs they have also recorded. Jackson is also in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts.
Brooks, who is the top selling solo artist in U.S. history, popularized many of his own compositions such as “The Thunder Rolls” and “The River.” He has sold more than 128 million albums in his career. As a songwriter, his credits also include “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “Unanswered Prayers” and “We Shall Be Free.”
Bettis’ songwriting credits include such pop/country crossover hits such as “Top Of The World” (The Carpenters, Lynn Anderson) and “Slow Hand” (The Pointer Sisters, Conway Twitty). Schuyler is known for hits such as “Love Will Turn You Around” (Kenny Rogers) and “A Long Line Of Love” (Michael Martin Murphey). Schuyler’s recording career included both stints as a solo artist for Capitol Records and as a member of the trios S-K-O (Schuyler, Knobloch & Overstreet) and S-K-B (Schuyler, Knobloch & Bickhardt) on MTM Records. Shamblin is the writer behind “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Bonnie Raitt) and “The House That Built Me” (Miranda Lambert).
The inductions will take place Oct. 16 in Nashville. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame currently has 179 members, including Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Don & Phil Everly, Vince Gill, Roger Miller, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Hank Williams, and Hank Williams, Jr.
State Fair Stage Collapse Claimed A Sixth Life This Morning
Sugarland resumed its tour last night following Saturday night’s tragedy at the Indiana State Fair, which has now claimed a sixth life. Before the official start of last night’s show in Albuquerque, N.M., Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush and their entire band and crew came on stage, where Jennifer spoke for a few minutes about last weekend’s deadly stage collapse and explained why the show was going on without its set, gear and original instruments, which were all destroyed in the collapse. She asked the audience to join them in a moment of silence in honor of the victims, after which the band performed an acoustic version of Sugarland’s song “Love,” while their emotional crew looked on. Nettles then promised the band would put on their “professional faces” and “celebrate the joy and the healing power of music.” Watch it here.
Oct. 4 Release Returns The Duo To The Sound Of Previous Hits
Montgomery Gentry has set Oct. 4 as the release date for its new album, “Rebels On The Run.” It will be the duo’s seventh studio album, and first for its new record label home, Average Joe’s Entertainment, a venture partly owned by fellow artist Colt Ford.
The 11-song set reflects some of the recent personal and professional changes in the lives of the duo’s Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry.
“In a lot of ways the past year has been has been nothing but hell,” said Eddie Montgomery in a press statement, referring to both his battle with prostate cancer and his divorce. The cancer is now in remission.
“Man, without T-Roy and my family, this music, our fans and the man upstairs, I don’t know how I would’ve gotten through it,” he adds.
Says Gentry, “I don’t know if we would have made the same album if we hadn't been through everything we’ve been through in the last year. We’ve always tried to record songs about things we’ve lived or seen, but the depth of all of those experiences really comes out in this album.”
While they were signed to previous label home, Columbia Records, Montgomery Gentry notched 15 top 10 hits, a third of which went to No. 1. With the help of producer Michael Knox, best known for his work with Jason Aldean, the new album returns Montgomery Gentry to the sound for which they are primarily known.
In addition to continuing tour dates, Montgomery Gentry are scheduled to headline the 28th annual Love Ride motorcycle rally with Jay Leno outside Los Angeles on October 23.
Paisley’s European Tour Rolls On This Weekend
Last night in London, Brad Paisley played for a full house at the O2 Arena and was joined during the encore by surprise guest Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones. The two artists performed “Let The Good Times Roll,” then were joined by Paisley’s tour-mate, Darius Rucker, for a version of Paisley’s hit “Alcohol.”
Paisley’s European tour continues this weekend with three shows in Ireland, followed by four shows next week in Norway, Sweden and Denmark next week.
Clip Includes Cameos From Sheryl Crow, Katie Couric, Robin Roberts, Hoda Kotb
Martina McBride’s new single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” is about surviving breast cancer with the help of a supportive partner, so in her new video for the song, she enlisted the participation of some real-life cancer survivors, and those with a connection to the disease. Some are celebrities, some not. Among those making cameos in the emotional clip, and offering testimonials about how cancer has affected their lives, are Sheryl Crow, and journalists Katie Couric, Robin Roberts and Hoda Kotb.
The video was shot just outside of Nashville last month and features dozens more cancer survivors and their supporters.
“I knew it was a song I wanted to record because of the strong message of hope that it sends,” said McBride in a press statement. “I’ve heard so many stories about how music can change lives from songs I have recorded like ‘A Broken Wing,’ ‘Independence Day,’ and ‘Concrete Angel.’ I believe ‘I'm Gonna Love You Through It’ will offer hope and inspiration to so many people who are going through or have been through cancer and the people who love them through it. It takes a lot of strength and a lot of love to get through something like that. I think this song says what so many people want to express to their loved ones.”
The song is included on McBride’s upcoming album, “Eleven,” due out Oct 11. Watch the video here.
His 9/11 Song Proves Fitting In The Wake Of Norway Tragedies
Proving that music can be universal, Alan Jackson took a song he wrote in response to a national tragedy here in the United States and used it to offer comfort to fans in Norway, which recently experienced a national tragedy of its own.
Jackson just returned from a Scandinavian tour, which included three shows in Sweden and Norway. During the run, Jackson played to more than 30,000 fans.
In Norway, crowds were especially moved, as Jackson paid tribute to victims of recent bombing and shooting tragedies in the country during his performance of “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning),” a song he wrote in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks here at home. At both Norway shows, the names of those who lost their lives in the attacks were shown on the video screens against a backdrop of roses and the Norwegian flag.
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.