Thursday, 20 October 2016

Gift Ideas for Country Music Lovers This Holiday Season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 19, 2016) 
The holiday season is just around the corner and we’ve compiled a list of the perfect stocking stuffers for your Holiday Gift Guide. From Dolly Parton’s new album to Kiefer Sutherland’s country music debut, and The Oak Ridge Boys new line of pickled peppers, there is something for everyone.


Bill Anderson: Songwriting icon and legendary performer “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson pens the lyrics to his life in a new revealing autobiography titled “Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music”. 

The 360-page representation of Anderson’s journey includes rare, never-before-seen photos and eye-opening personal stories from his career – from early days of radio broadcasting in Georgia, to standing alongside the greatest country music stars in the world onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, to being named BMI’s first ICON Award winner in the country music genre. 

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Lee Greenwood: From GRAMMY-winning and seven time No. 1 hit making country music star Lee Greenwood comes the best-selling children's book, “Proud To Be An American.” Written by Greenwood in the words of "God Bless The U.S.A.," and fully illustrated with colorful, vibrant images by Amanda Sekulow, “Proud To Be An American” follows a man and his grandson across the U.S. to various national landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Arlington Cemetery and more. Click here to order: Amazon UK | 

Tommy Roe: In 2016, Tommy released his autobiography, “From Cabbagetown To Tinseltown…”. In his own words he says quite candidly that it isn’t just his story. It’s history. Throughout the book, Tommy parallels his early days growing up in Atlanta as well as his successful career in the music business with the many cultural and political changes in America during those quite tumultuous times. He paints a vivid picture of how the music and the artists of the 1950s and 60s played a major role in this upheaval and what it was like to be in the middle of it all. Click here to order:

The Oak Ridge Boys: The country music legends are proud to introduce their first brand of
pickled peppers : The Oak Ridge Boys Favorite Southern Style Bread N Butter Jalapeños.

Available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, the pickles are made with a combination of jalapenos and onions that – just like the music of the Oaks – will leave fans wanting more. 
Continuing with the Oaks’ love of all things Red, White, and Blue, The Oak Ridge Boys Favorite Southern Style Bread N Butter Jalapeños are made in the U.S.A. with no artificial ingredients, colors, flavors, or preservatives. Visit Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® for purchase.

Holiday Albums

Exile: Multi-platinum-selling crossover group EXILE has been topping the pop and country charts for more than 50 years, but the band is treading new ground in 2016 with their first-ever Christmas album, Wrapped Up In Your Arms For Christmas
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Release Date 21 Oct 2016 

Click here to order: Amazon UK |

Aaron Lewis: The momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down for Aaron Lewis who’s new
album SINNER (released 15 July 2016 ) debuted at the top position on the Top 200 Albums, Top Country Albums and Top Digital Albums Charts as well as No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Consumption Chart. 
Produced by Country legend Buddy Cannon (George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones), and recorded over 16 intense hours at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios, SINNER captures Lewis’ mindset, a laid back soundtrack that is reminiscent of the genre’s most honest and musically adventurous artists.
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Click here to order: Amazon UK |

The Charlie Daniels Band: Charlie Daniels has never fit into any certain label, purposely creating a sound and blend of music all his own. The new album, NIGHT HAWK, (released 26 Aug 2016) stays true to that tradition with Daniels putting a unique spin on cowboy songs both well-known and uncovered from through the years.
Click here to order: Amazon UK | 

Cyndi Lauper: Known best for her legendary pop icon status, Lauper is reigning in a new legion of fans with her new country-tinged albumDetour featuring a collection of country covers from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. 
DETOUR (Released May 5, 2016) features duets with several special guests, including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss.
One of the best albums of country classics I’ve heard in a very long time” 5 STARS - Country Music People Click here to order: Amazon UK |

Confederate Railroad: Multi-platinum recording artist Confederate Railroad is back with their latest album, LUCKY TO BE ALIVE (released 15 July 2016). The project marks the first release by the chart-topping band in nine years, and showcases their unique style, bringing their southern–rock-meets-country-conscience front and center. A key highlight on the album includes a special 20th Anniversary edition of the signature hit, “Trashy Women.” The new, revamped version features vocal appearances by Willie Nelson, John Anderson, Colt Ford and Jerry Glanville.
Click here to order: Amazon UK | 

Dolly Parton: Three decades ago, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt made musical history with the release of the Grammy-winning Trio album. Fans of all three of the iconic female vocalists can now celebrate one final release in the Trio series. THE COMPLETE TRIO COLLECTION (released 9 Sept 2016), a three-disc set that ties together remastered versions of the 1987 and 1999 albums, but also includes another disc of rarities and unreleased takes on many of the songs that fans have come to know over the past thirty years.
Click here to order: Amazon UK | 

Justin Moore: Matching his no-nonsense attitude, multi-platinum-selling star Justin Moore returns with the aptly-titled project, KINDA DON’T CARE (released 12 Aug 2016). 
The album gives longtime fans a full dose of what they’ve come to love about the chart-topping singer/songwriter…a slow Southern drawl and candid charm.
Click here to order: Amazon UK | 

The Kentucky Headhunters: With nearly 50 years of success spanning multiple genres, The Kentucky Headhunters are back with their latest release ON SAFARI (out 4 Nov 2016). The southern rock, soon-to-be classic project tips the hat to family and the southern way of life.
Click here to order: Amazon UK | 

Kiefer Sutherland: The debut album from the star of the new hit drama Designated Survivor is called DOWN IN A HOLE (released June 10, 2016). This is considered a passion project chock-full of 11 tracks co-written by Sutherland. A special edition vinyl LP is also available exclusively at Barnes & Noble.
Click here to order: Amazon UK |

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: For five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has remained one of the most iconic names in American roots music. The group continues to tour and release music, influencing multiple generations of audiences and artists along the way. Nearly a dozen of those artists join the group on this year's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends - Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years concert album (released 30 Sept 2016), available as a CD or as a CD/DVD combo.
Click here to order: Amazon UK | 
Sylvia: Country chart-topper Sylvia released her new CD IT’S ALL IN THE FAMILY on Oct 7, 2016. This recording marks the ACM “Female Vocalist of the Year” winner’s first album release in 14 years. The 12-song album was produced by Sylvia and her longtime collaborator John Mock.
Just a stunning CD…could be one of my albums of the year if not my Album of the Year” – Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire
Click here to order: Amazon UK | iTunes | | CD Baby   

Sweden pop/country lovelies Miss Winter release video & single for “Devils Heart”

Pop that flirts with country music 
but it’s Devilishly Good!
Would you marry someone with a devils heart?

Discover more about this lovely female Swedish Pop/Country Trio!

Just in time for Halloween!

Watch their new Official video “Devils Heart” published Oct 12, 2016
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Performed Live at a charity event in Stigtomta church 2015-09-20
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“Devils Heart” Available for streaming:
The Devils Heart (Timeland)
Release Date: 3 Oct. 2016
Duration: 3:19 minutes
Genres: Pop
It’s available for purchase at:

Devil's Heart Lyrics
(writers: J.Wik/J.Rabenius/A.Edman/L.Pröjtz-­Ålund/J.Hillman)

Heavy drops of rain landing on the window pane
Little drops of tears drowning in the pouring rain
Left with what has been, shivers on my skinwon´t fade

I've just seen the Devil's Heart, Devil's Heart in you.

You wrapped me around your little finger
It was your story from the start
You never mentioned while you lingered
That you carry the Devil's heart
You may hope I will surrender
Now that we will be apart
But I will never play pretender

And marry the Devil's Heart.....

Miss Winter will soon release their debut album MAKING STORIES on October 28th!.
The tracks are written by Miss Winter and Timeland Songs, a collaboration that started in spring 2015. - ”We are all creators by nature and being able to work together with Timeland Songs in this project has really been inspiring and made us think outside the box. The new inputs, thoughts and melodies has given us a nice push out of our comfort zone and really helped us going the extra mile”, says Anna.

- ”We are putting our experiences and influences to good use, working to create the sound we’re looking for. We really like it when we find that right balance in the music where our voices gets to be in the center”, says Jenny.

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Miss Winters music is influenced by country with a soft spot towards Nashville where the stories told in the lyrics are important. Together with the love of acoustic instruments as resonator- and pedal steel guitar, the sound tends to strive towards what we like to describe as country influenced pop.

-  ”We always wanted our music to feel true and pure, that the music should be built by the instruments we hold to our hearts and that the musicians should be able to bring their own touch to the sound of the tracks. We really want the album to sound acoustic and warm”, says Linda.
-” Our stories are important. They should be honest, straight forward and with very little rendition. It’s important to the three of us that the lyrics has a true meaning and that they tell something interesting and maybe a little bit exiting to the audience.”, says Anna

The first song that Miss Winter brought to the public was ”The Road”. -”The response we got from The Road was amazing. It felt like we quickly got a receipt of the fact that this was something that the audience wanted to hear more of, which of course gave us an incredible energy boost.”, says Jenny
-”We’ve been longing so much to finally be able to share these fantastic new songs we’ve been working on. We love each track from the first note and we really hope and believe that the audience will feel the same.” said Linda

ABOUT Miss Winter
Genre: country pop/rock
Band Members: Linda Pröjtz-Ålund, Anna Edman, Jenny Hillman, Lars Borg, Johan Blomgren
Home Town: Nyköping, Sweden
Artists they like: Jill Johnsson, First aid kit, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris

Miss Winter Performing at a festval in May 2015
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Anna Edman, Linda Pröjz-Ålund and Jenny Hillman who together form the country trio Miss Winter have all been professional musicians for more than two decades. Sometimes working as individuals and sometimes as a group.

They share: We have been working in the music business for several years and occasionally our path has crossed. We´ve glanced at each other, sometimes even done shows together, but never in this way. Finally we are working on our debut album where we take our three voices, our different backgrounds and pour it into the music we love, country influenced pop.
Their fabulous airy, harmonic and catchy first single, The Road, aired on radio for the first time on May 5, 2015 and it released digitally on 21 Sept 2015 and made the Swedish charts. 
It's available for download:
Amazon UK  - UK iTunes - 

They worked hard together with co-writers and producers and were very proud of the result which was slated as a good sample of what was to come. So until Oct 28, 2016 when their debut album drops kiss, hug, and snuggle tight!

Watch the video for “The Road
Credits: MissWinter, Sång: Jenny Hillman, Anna Edman, Linda Prötjz-Ålund
Gitarr: Johan Blomgren, Kontrabas: Lars Borg, Trummor: Sigbjörn Fant, Mats Wahlqvist
Stylist: Emma Jernberg, Foto/Video: Henrik Elsberg @henrikelsbergphotography, Ljud: Timeland Songs

The trio who hail from Nyköping (Wiki) describe their sound as “country music with a pinch of pop”.

After winning a Swedish Radio P4 Sörmlandsleden - radio channel local contest (see Website) they were one of 8 artists to fight it out at Liseberg in Gothenburg in the Svensktoppen Nästa contest.
Photo: Miss Winter with Jenny Hillman, Anna Edman & Linda Pröjtz-Ålund.
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One of the eight eventually found themselves at the Eurovision final, and the winner would appear at Sweden’s national final Melodifestivalen. 845 artists / groups entered during the spring and summer. 25 local winners were chosen by juries and votes.

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Buck Owens’ The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957-1966 & Don Rich and the Buckaroos’ out in December

A “BUCKAROO” Moment at Omnivore Recordings:
coming in December

Owens package contains 56 A- and B-sides on two discs, out December 9th,
while Buckaroos bandleader Don Rich’s guitar and vocal work from 1963-70 is spotlighted in 18-track collection, out December 16th.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — From the radio to jukeboxes to turntables to television, country legend Buck Owens and the “Bakersfield Sound” he pioneered became part of American music’s fabric.

For the first time, Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with the Buck Owens Estate, is proud to present Buck Owens and the Buckaroos The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957-1966.

Taken from the original mono single reels, The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957-1966 collects all 56 sides from that period, including 13 #1 hits, in their original and chronological form. Street date for the collection available on CD and digitally — is December 9, 2016 (Omnivore  or at  Buy 2-CD $26.98 | Buy Digital $16.98), a week ahead of Buckaroos bandleader Don Rich’s own collection, Guitar Pickin’ Man, coming from Omnivore on December 16, 2016.

Newly remastered, and featuring liner notes from Buck’s autobiography (written with Randy Poe), plus an introduction by musical disciple Dwight Yoakam, The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957-1966 presents the golden age of Buck Owens in an entirely new way. Featured are such hits as “Above and Beyond,” “Foolin’ Around,” “Under the Influence of Love,” “Act Naturally” and “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” — among many other chart-toppers.

According to Yoakam, “To say that Buck Owens was a singularly unique figure in country music would be light years beyond cliché. There have been four, maybe five, other artists in the history of the entire genre who have left as indelible a sonic imprint on so many millions of listeners’ ears. This collection of music should introduce new listeners and reacquaint old fans with just how cool country music can be.”

There are many reasons Buck Owens and his Buckarooswere the hottest band in the world in the 1960s and 1970s, but one is certainly the work of multi-instrumentalist Don Rich. As evidenced on the 2013 reissue of That Fiddlin’ Man, Don certainly knew his way around four strings (he began as the band’s violinist), but his twangin’ guitar work was his calling card.

Guitar Pickin’ Man showcases Rich’s skill and innovative playing by collecting 17 tracks from 10 releases from Buck and the Buckaroos, and adding the previously unissued title track recorded in 1973 for and during their time on the television classic, Hee Haw. Sadly, Rich was killed in a 1974 motorcycle accident.

Not just an ideal primer for the uninitiated but also a fantastic aural journey for fans, Guitar Pickin’ Man features notes from Don’s sons Vance and Vic Ulrich as well as photos from their personal family collection.
Owens once said of his right-hand man: “The reason my Capitol records sounded the way they did — real heavy on the treble — was because I knew most people were going to be listening to ’em on their AM car radios. At the time, nobody else was doing anything like that, but it just seemed like common sense to me. And it was one more reason that you knew it was a Buck Owens record as soon as it came on the radio — because it just didn’t sound like those other records.”
Experience the work of Buck Owens’ bandleader, friend and musical trailblazer, Don Rich — theGuitar Pickin’ Man.
Both collections compiled by Grammy® nominated producer Patrick Milligan (in full cooperation with the Buck Owens Estate) and mastered by multiple Grammy® winner Michael Graves.

Buck Owens and the Buckaroos: The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957-1966

Track Listing: Omnivore  or at  

Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers to release all-new Holiday Album, WE SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS


Digital Pre-sales Start Oct. 28; Album Available for 
Purchase on Black Friday, Nov. 25 

Nashville, Tenn. (October 19, 2016) - This holiday season, country legends Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will deck the halls with an all-new Christmas album.  
On Black Friday, November 25, brothers Larry, Rudyand Steve will release WE SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS (Sony RED), the group's first holiday album in more than 10 years.

"There is no better music than the sweet sounds of Christmas songs not only about the great season, but of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," says Steve Gatlin.

The 2-disc album contains 19 songs and is chock full of classic Christmas standards including, "Silver Bells," "Silent Night," "Winter Wonderland," "Joy To The World" and more. The collection also includes several original holiday songs penned by Larry Gatlin.

Larry adds, "We Say Merry Christmas. Any questions?"

Digital pre-sales on iTunes and Amazon start on October 28.  Early bird shoppers who participate in the pre-sale will immediately be able to download two songs ahead of the release date ("Joy To The World" and "Winter Wonderland").

Fans will also be able to purchase the new album at the brothers' live concerts at Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas in Nashville, Tennessee.  The daily performances kick-off on November 11 with the Gatlin Brothers performing 38 live dinner shows leading up to Christmas.  Held in the iconic 2,882-room hotel's Tennessee Ballroom, each show will include a four-course meal prepared by Gaylord Opryland's award-winning chefs. Tickets are on-sale now and may be purchased online at

We Say Merry Christmas Track Listing:
1. Joy To The World
2. O Holy Night
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Carol Of The Bells
5. What Child Is This
6. Heaven's Child
7. Silver Bells
8. White Christmas The Christmas Song (Medley)
9. Bring A Torch Janette Isabella
10. The Little Drummer Boy
11. No Star Tonite In Bethlehem
12. All We Like Sheep
13. Mary Did You Know
14. Christmas Medley (with The Lennon Sisters)
15. Do You Hear What I Hear
16. Silent Night
17. I Have Seen The Light
18. Christmas All Year 'Round
19. Alleluia

About Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
The close family harmonies of Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have given the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like "All The Gold In California" and "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer To You)."  The brothers won a GRAMMY® for their 1976 breakthrough hit, "Broken Lady," and reached #1 with "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love" soon after.  Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies – Single of the Year ("All The Gold In California"), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin.  Larry Gatlin has written songs that were later recorded by Elvis PresleyGlen CampbellBarbra StreisandJohnny CashKris KristoffersonCharlie RichDottie West and more.  The brothers' latest album, The Gospel According to Gatlin, is available now from Curb Records.

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