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Donna Hughes Wins "Beyond the Song" AirPlay Direct Contest

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:44am

Donna Hughes 2 CDsCongratulations to Donna Hughes, the winner of the “Beyond The Song” contest. Donna has won a consulting and advertising package with Beyond The Song and AirPlay Direct worth $2,250! The price includes a $750 10 hour Beyond the Song Consultation Package plus $1,500 AirPlay Direct "Marketing & Awareness" Campaign.

“I was impressed not only with Donna’s talent and art, but just as importantly with how she is running her career… like a business. I look forward to working with her.”
  - Gary Bradshaw, Executive Director – Beyond The Song

Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes has written over 500 songs during her impressive career. She has albums produced by Tony Rice (Gaining Wisdom) and J.D. Crowe (Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies) both on the Rounder Records label. Her songs have been recorded by numerous artists throughout the years including “My Poor Old Heart” recorded by Alison Krauss & Union Station and performed during the CMA Awards Show in 2005.

Numerous other artists have recorded Donna’s original songs such as: The Seldom Scene, (“Sad Old Train” from the album Scenechronized), Kati Penn, (“Never Gonna Change” from the album My Turn To Cry), Nu Blu (“Nights” from their album Nights), Darren Beachley (“Scattered To The Wind” from his album I Love You To The Moon & Back), and The Snyder Family Band (“Little Bluebird” from their Comin’ On Strong album).

“Whatever moves me, moves me to write,” she explains. For Hughes, songwriting is an all-consuming endeavor, encompassing all that goes on around her. “My songs are always about something I have seen, done, or felt – or something that I saw someone else do or go through. There is always truth to every song I write, even if it isn’t my truth.”

In 2014, Donna embarked on her biggest endeavor yet by producing and releasing not one, but two new albums in 2014. From the Heart is her bluegrass album and includes 19 original songs plus two cover songs. The album includes the talents of Scott Vestal (Banjo), Tim Stafford (Lead Guitar), Rob Ickes (Reso Guitar), Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle), Cory Piatt (Fiddle), Zak McLamb (Bass) and Lucas White (Rhythm Guitar).

The second album, Fly, has certainly delighted Donna’s fans that love her piano music, with 8 original tunes, plus 4 cover songs. Donna is joined by Jenee Fleenor (Violin), John Catchings (Cello) and Mark Fain (Bass Violin).

Categories: Music Industry

Hot Rize's 1st LP In 24 Years Debuts At #1 at Billboard

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:43am

 When I'm FreeDecades since its 80s reign as “one of the most important bluegrass bands ever,”(Chris Thile, Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) — Hot Rize is back on top, with its first studio album since 1990 going right to #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass chart in its first week. The impressive debut adds commercial heft to critical acclaim: "Classic" (The Wall Street Journal), “historic” (Music City Roots), “clearly measures up to the best the band had to offer in their heyday” (The Bluegrass Situation), with Garden & Gun praising the band for still “pushing boundaries.”

Between their inception in 1978 and their amicable dissolution at the height of their powers in 1990, Hot Rize were, in the words of Garrison Keillor, "the Lamborghini of bluegrass." Twenty-four years after the members parted ways to pursue acclaimed solo careers, the quartet returned to release 'When I'm Free' (Thirty Tigers) on September 30 and embark on their biggest tour since their heyday.

Featuring early members Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien and Pete Wernick plus Bryan Sutton, who replaced founding member Charles Sawtelle after his death in 1999, 'When I'm Free' is, in the words of Nick Forster, "a testament to this new formation of Hot Rize, to ongoing creativity, and to a contemporary approach that still sounds like us."

For the first time ever, the band recorded the album sitting in a circle - "the way people have always played music," Wernick says - ending up with more jointly-written songs than ever before, alongside two traditional tracks, a Los Lobos cover, and a new song given to them by Mark Knopfler. Original "Come Away" is vintage Hot Rize through and through, while "Blue Is Fallin'" swings with a bluesy swagger. And on Bryan Sutton's first Hot Rize writing contribution "I Am The Road," the four members blend in reverent gospel-style harmony.

Their admirers range across disciplines and generations. "Hot Rize is the great modern bluegrass band. They're the connective tissue that links the great founders of bluegrass with the modern tradition," says Steve Martin. Chris Thile of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers calls them "one of the most important bluegrass bands ever." And Dierks Bentley adds, "I've been in love with Hot Rize ever since I heard Tim O'Brien's mandolin kickoff to 'Blue Night.' Individually, Tim, Pete, Nick and Bryan are unique stylists and some of the best at their respective craft. Combined, they make up one of the greatest bands in any genre of music."

Hot Rize will promote "When I'm Free" with a full touring schedule well into 2015, including stops this fall at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium (10/17), City Wineries in New York and Chicago, Philadelphia's Keswick Theater, and The Hamilton in Washington DC.

Categories: Music Industry

Yale to Host 'Exploring The Rise And Fall Of Paramount Records'

CyberGrass.com - Internet Blue Grass News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:41am

Exploring The Rise And Fall Of Paramount RecordsNext Tuesday October 28th, Yale University’s Dept. of African American Studies will host a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Exploring the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records,’ featuring Jack White, Greil Marcus, Dean Blackwood, Scott Blackwood, Adia Victoria, and Daphne Brooks. Together, they’ll unpack Paramount’s curious tale and celebrate the release of Volumes 1 & 2 of ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,’ an epic omnibus jointly released by White’s Third Man Records and Revenant Records.

The program will feature a dynamic conversation between roundtable participants and highlight a profound listening experience as each participant plays a selected song in its entirety and discusses its deeper implications and dimensions. This is a free event, and seating will be first come, first serve. More info attached.

America’s greatest label, Paramount put to wax some of the most important recordings from artists like Son House, Louis Armstrong, Charley Patton + hundreds more. Vol I of ‘The Rise & Fall’ came out last year and was hailed as "spectacular" (New York Times) and "unprecedented" (Rolling Stone). Vol II is out Nov 18th.

Roundtable discussion featuring:

  • Jack White (Third Man Records, 'Lazaretto')
  • Greil Marcus (Rolling Stone, The Believer, The History of Rock ‘n Roll in Ten Songs)
  • Dean Blackwood (Revenant Records)
  • Scott Blackwood (Revenant Records)
  • Adia Victoria (Oh Wow Dang Records)
  • Daphne Brooks (Professor, African American Studies & Theater, Yale University)
Categories: Music Industry

Taylor Swift Shuts Down Hollywood Boulevard for Electrifying 'Jimmy Kimmel' Performance

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:28am
Nearly 15,000 screaming fans lined Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday night to see Taylor Swift light up Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s outdoor concert stage. The...
Categories: Music Industry

Taylor Swift to the Haters: 'If You’re Upset That I’m Just Being Myself, I’m Going to Be Myself More'

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:28am
Taylor Swift named her fifth album after her birth year, 1989, but 2014 is the year of her rebirth. After wooing the mainstream with four albums of...
Categories: Music Industry

Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Pop Curveball Pays Off With ‘1989’

Billboard.com - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:28am
Any Nashville insider will tell you that Taylor Swift started breaking up with country music long before she first stepped out with hitmakers Max...
Categories: Music Industry

Giving Good Blog

ASMP's Strictly Business - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:01am

[by Kat Dalager]

Okay, I’m going to name names: Chris Buck gives great blog.

His posts are witty and fun and they make me want to read the whole thing. His stories are interesting and his photos help tell the story. Sure, not everyone will be able to blog about a shoot with comedian Steve Martin, but the basics should be the same even if it’s a shoot with Mr. Corporate Executive.

  1. Don’t try to sell. Blogs should be about human interest stories. People are voyeurs by nature so they enjoy a glimpse into someone else’s world.
  2. Keep it brief. You’ve got me for about 30-60 seconds – and I’m a fast reader/viewer.
  3. Shoot behind the scenes whenever possible, either video or stills. Make sure you have the client’s permission to post the imagery beforehand.
  4. Photos and video, yes, but what’s the story? If you don’t write or tell the story well, enlist/hire/beg someone else to write or shoot it for you.
  5. Have a point of view, but a rule of thumb is to be cautious in approaching any topic that might start an argument at the dinner table with your in-laws – unless you are prepared for the backlash. You risk alienating potential clients if you take a strong point of view on a controversial topic.
  6. Your blog should reflect your personality. They’re just one more facet to showing potential clients how you see the world (see #4 above).

Kat Dalager has been an Art Producer and voyeur for companies such as Life Time Fitness, Campbell Mithun, Target, Carmichael Lynch and The Martin Agency.

Categories: Business, Photo Industry

Mick Jagger Talks James Brown, Elvis & Making Movies

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:27pm
Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name. Instead, look to upcoming films and TV shows. The Rolling Stones frontman has...
Categories: Music Industry

Chris Brown Has Been Following Probation Rules, Judge Says

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:27pm
A judge says Chris Brown has been doing well and following his probation rules since his last hearing in August. The Grammy-winning R&B singer...
Categories: Music Industry

New York Ebola Patient Visited Bowling Alley Music Venue Before Being Hospitalized

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:27pm
A doctor in New York City who has tested positive for Ebola visited Brooklyn bowling alley The Gutter before he was hospitalized Wednesday night, the...
Categories: Music Industry

Paul McCartney’s Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting…)

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:27pm
Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S....
Categories: Music Industry

Grateful Dead Documentary in the Works With Martin Scorsese

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:27pm
In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, the Grateful Dead have announced plans for a career-spanning retrospective documentary...
Categories: Music Industry

Billboard Cover Sneak Peak: 5 People (and Things) That Inspire Usher -- From Picasso to Puff Daddy

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:27pm
Usher's career stats are astounding. He's sold close to 24 million records in the United States and taken home eight Grammys. His 2004 album...
Categories: Music Industry

The Game Wins Sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:27pm
Rapper The Game collects his sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as his latest release, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf, opens atop the chart....
Categories: Music Industry

DeJ Loaf's 'Try Me' Debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:27pm
23-year old rising hip-hop star DeJ Loaf — who recently signed with Columbia Records — has arrived on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Try...
Categories: Music Industry

Canon EOS 7D Mark II studio samples added to first impressions

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:48pm

The Canon EOS 7D II is the long-awaited follow up to the 7D, offering a 20.2MP APS-C sensor, dual-pixel AF with a 65-point phase detect system and continuous shooting at 10 fps. It's also equipped with 1080/60p HD video capture and a number of compression options, as well as microphone and headphone ports. We put the 7D II through its paces in our studio and have updated our first impressions review with the results. Read more

Categories: Equipment

Enrique Iglesias Ties Record for Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:27pm
Enrique Iglesias ties the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart (which launched in the Oct. 4, 1986, issue),...
Categories: Music Industry

Bette Midler Sings TLC's 'Waterfalls': Listen

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:27pm
Bette Midler released her cover of TLC's hit “Waterfalls,” which slows the track’s tempo and strips down its famous production in favor of a piano...
Categories: Music Industry

Pandora Revenue Up 40 Percent, Listening Growth Softens

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:27pm
Pandora, the world's biggest Internet radio company, achieved big revenue gains in the third quarter in spite of a softening in its listener metrics...
Categories: Music Industry

Latin Grammy Watch: Ricky Martin, Camila & J Balvin to Perform

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:26pm
Pop star Ricky Martin, Spanish crooner Pablo Alborán, Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin, Latin pop band Camila and Mexican sibling act Jesse &...
Categories: Music Industry