By now maybe you've already heard talk about the Randy Travis memoir, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life released in May. And how he bravely made some CMA Fest rounds and meet-and-greets. What you may not know about the legendary true-life tale, though; is that it's available on audiobook - and told by a wordsmith who's seen his own share of battles. Touchingly narrated by award-winning songwriter Rory Feek, the Forever and Ever, Amen audiobook version exclusively features Feek's memories and personal reflections of Randy. (SIGN UP for a free 30-day Audible trial with Amazon; including two free downloads here). There is an Audible preview clip of the book on Amazon also.
“We all have mountains to climb and battles to fight—I’m no different. It’s my hope that someone may read my story, and either be inspired to keep up the fight and/or detour off the roads that are dead-ends,” he says. “I have always been transparent in the mistakes I’ve made—the book is no different.” - Randy Travis in Billboard
With the help of New York Times Best-Selling Author, Ken Abraham, and Travis’ wife Mary, this memoir recounts the singer’s journey of perseverance and redemption from his early childhood memories up until the book was penned, recovering from a life-changing stroke and painful divorce, enjoying the life he was given and learning to “sing a new song.”
PS: Speaking of new songs - don't believe the hype that there's a "new" single from Randy Travis out there. Yes, "One in a Row" is new to the public; however, it's previously recorded. -TCC
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THE MAVERICKS CELEBRATE THREE DECADES OF MUSIC WITH 30th ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR
Tour to run from June to November 2019.
Will include stops at noted venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the U.K.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In 2019, multi-platinum, Grammy-winning, rock ’n’ roll-country-Tejano phenomenon The Mavericks celebrate 30 years of entertaining millions of people around the world with a whirlwind of new activity.
The Miami-born band — back and better than ever since its reunion in 2012 — will mark three decades of uniting great Latino and American music traditions with a series of special events that celebrate a great past and look forward to the future. Over the summer and fall, the Mavericks will perform a unique version of their renowned live show that has won over crowds internationally, including appearances at some of the finest venues in Europe, Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. With special staging and a unique narrative, this anniversary show will reimagine the group’s catalog, from their early days in Miami’s punk and alternative scene through their chart-topping years in the ’90s and 2000s and right up to their reunion and creative rebirth. As well as telling storyof the Mavericks, the shows will chart the many ways in which they have intertwined traditional Tex-Mex, Latino, Norteño and Tejano music with country, rock ’n’ roll and the great American songbook — a true American story of cross-cultural inspiration.
“We’re going to be bringing stuff out from the very early material right up to the most current,” explains guitarist and long-time Maverick Eddie Perez.“ And we’re going to present that in a way that’s a little special. A real production, shall we say!”
When they reunited in 2012, the Mavericks promised one another that they would never become a nostalgia act and they’ve been as good as their word.
“I’m not one to look back, I never have been,” says co-founder, singer and key songwriter Raul Malo. “I always want to move forward with our music and look to the future, and our fans want that too — they always respond really well to every new album.
“But if you can’t celebrate 30 years in such a tough business as the music industry, what can you celebrate? I’m proud that we’ve made our mark and it’s good to celebrate that. I think we’ve found the perfect way to mark these 30 years without thinking only about the past and I’m really excited to get out and play these shows.”
Now releasing music and developing artists for their own Mono Mundo Recordings label, running their own live shows and controlling every aspect of their career, the Mavericks are in charge of their own destiny — and they’re enjoying it.
“The reason for our longevity is that we’ve been able to take control of the music we play, how we play it, and where and when we play it,” says drummer and co-founder Paul Deakin. “We’ve made enough mistakes once, twice or three times, but now we run the show. We can keep the creative spark that’s so central to what we do.”
Few bands get to see even ten years in this business, let alone thirty. With a past to be proud of and a future still to be written, it’s time to celebrate the Mavericks once more.
*Click "read more" for a complete tour schedule.* And speaking of the (recent) past -- Click here to buy The Mavericks 2017 album Brand New Day.
#Bonnaroo #GOOattheROO #RidersInTheSky #Lit
It's a Pardi: Jon Pardi Sells Out Opening Nights at the Ryman of His Headlining Heartache Medication Tour with New Project On the Way
Platinum-selling artist Jon Pardi has already sold out five shows on his headlining Heartache Medication Tour--including his two career-first, opening nights at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Due to high demand, Pardi will add a second night in Helotes, TX (10/13) and Bakersfield, CA (11/3), with both markets selling out in advance, in addition to also selling out Boise, ID (10/25). Tickets for the added concert dates are available to the general public today at 10 a.m. local time and can be purchased HERE. The ACM- and CMA- Award winner’s headlining Heartache Medication Tour features direct support Riley Green and kicks off on Oct. 1 and 2 (see the full list of tour dates below).
Pardi is touring in support of his highly-anticipated album Heartache Medication, set for release on Sept. 27. Every online ticket purchase for the Heartache Medication Tour will come with one CD copy of Pardi’s Heartache Medication album. By the way, this latest project from Pardi's musical pillbox boasts creations from the hands of hit country writers including Natalie Hemby, Jeffrey Steele, and Dean Dillon to name a few. Pardi himself lent pen to 7 of the album's 14 tracks including the title track. Ticket purchasers will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem the CD. Pre-order the album Heartache Medication here, and purchase tickets to the upcoming Heartache Medication Tour here.
Pardi again serves as a co-producer on the upcoming album. Heartache Medication is the follow-up to Pardi’s co-produced Platinum-selling breakthrough #1 album California Sunrise, which featured Multi-Platinum, chart-topping hits including “Dirt on My Boots,” “Head Over Boots,” “Heartache on the Dancefloor” and “Night Shift." The title track and first taste of new music, “Heartache Medication,” hit the radio airwaves on June 3rd and is currently climbing the Billboard Country Airplay charts. For more information, visit www.jonpardi.com.
HEARTACHE MEDICATION TRACK LISTING
1. “Old Hat” (Jeff Hyde, Matt Jenkins and Ryan Tyndell)
2. “ Heartache Medication” (Jon Pardi, Barry Dean and Natalie Hemby)
3. “Nobody Leaves A Girl Like That” (Bart Butler, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary)
4. “Ain't Always The Cowboy” (Brandon Kinney and Josh Thompson)
5. “Me And Jack” (Jon Pardi, Rhett Akins, Bart Butler and Luke Laird)
6. “Don't Blame It On Whiskey (Featuring Lauren Alaina)” (Eric Church, Michael Heeney, Luke Laird and Miranda Lambert)
7. “Tied One On” (Bart Butler, Chase McGill and Jamie Paulin)
8. “Oughta Know That” (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Luke Laird)
9. “Tequila Little Time” (Jon Pardi, Rhett Akins and Luke Laird)
10. “Buy That Man A Beer” (Clint Daniels, Justin Lantz and John Pierce)
11. “Call Me Country” (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Driver Williams)
12. “Just Like Old Times” (Jon Pardi, Jeff Hyde and Michael Heeney)
13. “Love Her Like She's Leaving” (Bart Butler, Dean Dillon and Jessie Jo Dillon)
14. “Starlight” (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Jeffrey Steele)
Produced by Jon Pardi, Bart Butler & Ryan Gore
#NatalieHemby #JeffreySteele #DeanDillon #Medication #NightShift #ComingSoon #OvertimeHours #SelfMedicating
For a complete list of current dates read on after "read more."
Charles "Chip" Esten’s “Light the Summer Night” Benefit Concert Raises $27,000 for Leukemia Research
"Break Down Here" Singer Julie Roberts is BACK (full speed ahead) with Beautiful New Music; Surpasses Music Milestone
There's a rumor going 'round that Music Row wheels turn pretty slow(ly) -- now if only the city can keep the wheels on their cranes from going 'round and 'round the row then it will be well on its way to keeping what paved for the way for it in tune. Music Row is officially now named one of America's 11 most endangered places by The National Trust for Historic Preservation. But according to the nonprofit there IS a solution.
"It's a good bad news day" says songwriter Trey Bruce to reporter Linda Ong of News 2 WKRN.
View the full report from News 2 here.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation claims since 2013, there have been 50 demolitions on Music Row—many of which have pushed out small, independently owned music businesses within low-rise historic buildings—to make room for new high-rise luxury apartments and offices that have no provisions or set-asides to serve the music industry.
Learn more: https://savingplaces.org/stories/11-most-endangered-historic-places-2019#.XO_PGxZKiUk
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