Saturday, May 23, 2020

HEAR US: THE UNSUNG HEROES OF LIVE ENTERTAINMENT


Saw this posted on a friend's page today, the author is unknown, but it was perfect. Thank you Reda!

Those who work behind the scenes of your favorite music are every bit as important as those who take the stage and sing.

Hear Us…The Unsung Heroes of Live Entertainment

We are the touring crew:

Production managers, tour managers, merchandise managers, accountants, lighting designers, pyro technicians, videographers, FOH engineers, monitor engineers, guitar techs, drum techs, keyboard techs, carpenters, riggers, props managers, wardrobe managers, truck drivers, bus drivers, caterers, head of security, body guards, musicians, athletes, wrestlers, actors, etc.

We are the local crew:

Production managers, promoters, accountants, stage hands, riggers, caterers, backstage managers, steel workers, specialty techs that you need there by law to run your fire, lasers and cannons, house technicians, local provider technicians, venue managers, venue staff, runners, security, the tent providers, food trucks, etc.

We are the organizational crew:

Managers, booking agents, festival owners and operators, bus companies, back line companies, sound companies, lighting companies, trucking companies, shipping companies, travel agencies, ticketing agents, etc.

We are the people who need all of you because you need us:

Screen and merchandise printing companies, backdrop providers, artists, graphics designers, live music journalists, photographers, venue owners, etc.

We are the people you wouldn’t think are effected by the loss of live events, but are:

Restaurants, taxi drivers, bars, airlines, trains, buses, hotels, hosting cities, food and beverage suppliers, shipping companies, etc. and the hundreds of thousands of staff members involved in all of these things.

From the head honcho local promoter to the venue cleaning staff to the band themselves, and to the person who sold you that sweet t-shirt.

We all have an important role to play. Without us, there is no show.

WE ARE THE CREW

And this just barely touched the surface of the countless key roles of those whose lives just flipped upside down.

We are some of the people who play a key role in making your dream show come true, and you never even knew we were there.
You are the people who need us to bring you the experience of a lifetime. If it’s live and you are going to be entertained, we are behind it. We need you as much as you need us. And right now, those of us behind bringing you the shows, are hurting.

Please spread the word. This is strictly from the US market perspective. The rest of the world is suffering equally as hard.

We were the first to close.
We will be the last to open.
We need help, and we need you to use your voices to let the world know about it.

Friday, April 24, 2020

#NOWPLAYING: SONGS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO - FRIDAY, APRIL 24 (#QUARANTUNES EDITION)


While we're all stuck in this situation, now is a great time to check out new music and increase your music collection and add to your playlists. Support the independent artists and songwriters right now, they truly need it. If you can afford to right now, please go to their websites and purchase music and merchandise. Purchasing directly from an independent artist or songwriter puts the most money directly in their pocket. Also be sure to add them on any streaming playlists you might have!

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If you're looking for new artists and you're getting tired of the same old Top 40 repetition on today's country radio, check out these names you may or may not be familiar with. Some songs listed are new, some may have been out for quite awhile, and all are of various styles because one taste doesn't suit all palates. Some may also be veteran artists that you might already love or some of country's most talented songwriters.

I'm simply introducing you to artists you might enjoy and music you might connect with. There's such a wide world of artists and songs out there to broaden your listening base and beyond what radio is telling us is good music. Don't limit yourself to radio when there are so many other outlets where truly good music can be found. If you like these, great, if you don't, that's ok too - at least give them a listen.

If you find yourself liking any of these artists, please follow them on social media and let them know you enjoy their music. Please be sure to talk about and share any of the songs and artists you like on this list. I'm sure they'd appreciate it! One more thing, if you stream or download a song, please be sure to leave a review. These help the artists and their teams more than you realize. If you like the song, let them know why you love it. If not, be constructive and honest (not mean) about why you don't like it so much.

#SHARETHEMUSIC

THIS WEEK'S ARTISTS

"SIPPIN' ON THE SIMPLE LIFE"



"AMERICA(STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU)"



"EAT, DRINK AND DREAM"



"ROLLING STONE"



"DRIVE"



"REBEL WINGS(SONG FOR NICK)"



"EASY GOIN"



"PERFECT CHILD"
(NEW CHILDREN'S ALBUM "LULLABY COUNTRY")



"I'M ALL IN -(STRIPPED)"



"WAR WITH MY MIND"



"HELLUVA BAND IN HEAVEN"



"AFTER ALL THESE BEERS"



"THE PRIZE"



"WHITE OAK CATHEDRAL"




Monday, April 20, 2020

CHARLIE DANIELS AND THE JOURNEY HOME PROJECT JOIN FORCES WITH CODE OF VETS TO AID VETERANS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC


Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels and his veterans non-profit The Journey Home Project (TJHP) are joining forces with another non-profit group, Code of Vets, to aid former U.S. servicemen and women who are suffering amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the country music and southern rock icon announced the partnership between the two organizations. Their collective mission is a call to action to seek public donations for vets suffering from economic hardships as well as those who have contracted the virus.

"Gretchen Smith and the folks at Code of Vets cover the guys below the radar, the ones with immediate needs and no place to turn, with a rapid deployment type response to veterans in desperate circumstances," says Daniels. "These are the same veterans who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. Our nation is pretty distracted by the coronavirus pandemic we’re all dealing with, but the need in the veterans world goes on, and the urgent need for funds is truly critical. I would ask you to join The Journey Home Project in supporting Code of Vets in providing for the needs of our most worthy citizens."

There are many stories from Americans during the COVID-19 crisis, but for weeks there has been a group suffering in silence: our veterans. Most days, these men and women battle PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), hunger, homelessness and unemployment but do their best to stay afloat. Code of Vets, a 501c3, has been on the front lines assisting a large number of veterans and their families, finding those in need of even the most basic items such as food, running water and electricity. Some have been infected with the virus itself.

“We are operating under emergency conditions with this alarming spike of veterans in crisis," explains Code of Vets Founder Gretchen Smith. "Please donate to assist with basic needs like food, housing and utilities. Our veterans matter. Every dollar matters. It is on us to take care of our own.”

“I've watched the amazing work that Gretchen and her team have done over the past year," notes TJHP co-founder and Daniels' manager David Corlew. "It's a natural fit for us to team with Code of Vets during a critical time such as this. Our veterans need us. They fought for us, so it's time for us to return the service. We can do this."

In pre-COVID-19 times, Code of Vets assisted veterans with mental health crisis, unemployment, housing and transportation, among others, but they are now encountering dire situations that they never expected.

Pressing issues for vets include:

Unable to pay bills due to layoffs
Spike in food assistance requests
Unable to afford basic needs such as: water, electricity, gas
Increase in veteran suicides
Unable to afford room or board due to job loss 
No access to rent, mortgage, car payment relief or deferred payment programs
Unable to reach the VA (by phone/in-person) for necessary mental health appointments

This is only a glimpse into COVID-19’s affect on the veteran community.

“It is no longer business as usual. The urgency of these needs require all of our resources all of the time, and we need more Americans to step up for our veterans as they did for them,” adds Smith.

Daniels and The Journey Home Project urge the public to donate to Code of Vets during this trying time for our nation’s military heroes. Donations can be made at codeofvets.com.

AMERICAN IDOL'S LAUREN MASCITTI ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE - "GOD MADE A WOMAN"

60,000 STREAMS ON SPOTIFY
4.2M VIEWS ON FACEBOOK
750K VIEWS ON YOUTUBE
NO. 18 ON ITUNES COUNTRY SINGLES
NO. 8 ON ITUNES COUNTRY ALBUM


Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lauren Mascitti has released her fan-favorite original song “God Made A Woman”. Performed live during American Idol’s Hollywood Week, the performance earned a standing ovation from all three Idol judges: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.
 
“Thank you to all who watched me on American Idol, voted for me, and cheered me on,” says Mascitti. “The love and support from you all is unlike anything I have ever experienced. I will never stop writing and performing music. I know that the safest, most promising place for my future is in the Hands of God, so I’m trusting that this outcome is just part of the journey. Onward and upward!”

“I’m a sucker for a good songwriter. What I love the most is [Lauren’s] silky quality as a storyteller, and that’s the part I really fell in love with. I’ve melted already.” 
Lionel Richie, American Idol

“Gorgeous, classic, and classy.”  
Katy Perry, American Idol
 
A registered nurse in Nashville, Mascitti is praying for the health and safety of her colleagues and healthcare workers across the country. While she’s currently on a break following her stint on Idol, Lauren is looking forward to helping out as soon as she can. In addition to her nursing career, Lauren is committed to her songwriting and performing. Since moving to Nashville, she is grateful to have had the opportunity to write and perform with country music legends Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, Larry Gatlin, Pam Tillis, Shawn Camp, Matraca Berg, Delbert McClinton, Gary Nicholson, and more.
 
Fans can find Lauren live on socials in the next few weeks. On Wednesday, April 22 she will be taking over BMI’s Instagram Stories to share about her time on Idol and what’s next for her. Then on Thursday, May 7 at 7pm EDT, she will join the Martin Guitar “Jam In Place” live stream series on Facebook with fiancĂ©, songwriter, and producer, Shawn Camp. Event donations for that live stream will benefit the MusiCares® Covid-19 Relief Fund.



Friday, April 10, 2020

#NOWPLAYING: SONGS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO - FRIDAY, APRIL 10 (#QUARANTUNES EDITION)



While we're all stuck in this situation, now is a great time to check out new music and increase your music collection and add to your playlists. Support the independent artists and songwriters right now, they truly need it. If you can afford to right now, please go to their websites and purchase music and merchandise. Purchasing directly from an independent artist or songwriter puts the most money directly in their pocket.

************

If you're looking for new artists and you're getting tired of the same old Top 40 repetition on today's country radio, check out these names you may or may not be familiar with. Some songs listed are new, some may have been out for quite awhile, and all are of various styles because one taste doesn't suit all palates. Some may also be veteran artists that you might already love or some of country's most talented songwriters.

I'm simply introducing you to artists you might enjoy and music you might connect with. There's such a wide world of artists and songs out there to broaden your listening base and beyond what radio is telling us is good music. Don't limit yourself to radio when there are so many other outlets where truly good music can be found. If you like these, great, if you don't, that's ok too - at least give them a listen.

If you find yourself liking any of these artists, please follow them on social media and let them know you enjoy their music. Please be sure to talk about and share any of the songs and artists you like on this list. I'm sure they'd appreciate it! One more thing, if you stream or download a song, please be sure to leave a review. These help the artists and their teams more than you realize. If you like the song, let them know why you love it. If not, be constructive and honest (not mean) about why you don't like it so much.

#SHARETHEMUSIC

THIS WEEK'S ARTISTS

"GROUND I GREW UP ON"



JACOB BRYANT
"WHISKEY DOWN THE DRAIN"



BUCKY COVINGTON
"DRIVING IN THE DARK"



"DON'T FOLLOW"



"LOVE WILL TURN YOU AROUND"



"NEON TOWN"



LAUREN MASCITTI
"GOD MADE A WOMAN"




THE WASHBOARD UNION
"DOCK ROCK"




MADDIE AND TAE
"I DON'T NEED TO KNOW"