Monday, November 11, 2019
JAMES WESLEY PRESENTED PRESTIGIOUS WILLIAM AND ALLENE GUTHRIE VAN METER OUTSTANDING ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Mound Valley, Kansas native and Traditional Country music performer and James Wesley, was recognized by Labette Community College, in Parsons, KS, during the 22nd Annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, November 1st and presented the William and Allene Guthrie Van Meter Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award by President Mark Watkins. The award recognized his achievements, service and many contributions to the music industry. The award is named in memory of the Van Meters for their generous estate gift that funded renovation of Thiebaud Theatre at LCC.
“It was an honor and a privilege to be presented the William and Allene Guthrie Van Meter Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award by President Dr. Mark Watkins and the Board of Directors of the Labette Community College Foundation and Alumi Association,” shared James Wesley. “It was great to come back home and accept this award with my friends, high school principal Mr. Ken Swender and my FFA teacher Mr. Dan Peterson and his lovely wife Kathy. I also want to thank all the Donors who make it possible for students to be able to receive grant money to attend college at LCC. Thank you all again for this amazing award. God Bless.”
“It is an honor that I have been given the opportunity to recognize a deserving LCC alumnus for this prestigious award. LCC alumni success stories are as diverse as our students themselves,” stated President Mark Watkins Van Meter. “In the past we’ve honored doctors, lawyers, business executives and educators. It was our pleasure to recognize, James Wesley, a successful alumnus who has made his mark in the country music industry.”
Wesley, a Mound Valley native attended Labette County High School before moving on to Labette Community College. He first discovered country music through his grandmother’s record collection, which included plenty of classics like Marty Robbins, George Jones and Ray Price.
In 2011 his hometown, Mound Valley, declared May 29th as James Wesley Day and presented him with a key to the City. He is the first person to ever receive a key from the city of Mound Valley.
James still continues touring and playing corporate events across the country. One of the highlights of his career was being asked to be a part of the Merle Haggard tribute album titled "Working Man's Poet." The two Haggard songs he got to perform were "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" and "The Fightin' Side of me.”
Catch James and his band on the road performing at a venue near you soon!
Keep current with James Wesley on his website jameswesleymusic.com
Friday, November 8, 2019
If you're looking for new artists or new songs that aren't being played to death on top 40 corporate owned country radio, check these out that 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 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 purchase and 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.
THIS WEEK'S ARTISTS
"DANCE FLOOR ROMANCE"
"DAMN SMALL TOWN"
"JUST LIKE YOU"
"HELL OR HIGH WATER"
"LONG COMES A GIRL"
"KEEP COMING BACK"
"LIED ABOUT LOVE"
"PUT THIS DRINK DOWN"
"GOD GIVE ME A MOMENT"
"ME AND JESUS"
"IF I'M BEING HONEST"
"TO GET TO YOU"
"COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY"
"IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH DECEMBER"
Thursday, November 7, 2019
DOLLY PARTON OPENS UP ABOUT THE HISTORY BEHIND HER HIT SINGLE "I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU" ON "BRIAN JOHNSON'S A LIFE ON THE ROAD" NOVEMBER 10 ON AXS TV
Brian Johnson heads to the country music capital of the world, Nashville, TN, to talk with genre trailblazer Dolly Parton on an all-new episode of AXS TV’s globetrotting music series Brian Johnson’s A Life On The Road—airing Sunday, November 10 at 9:00 pm ET.
In this exclusive first-look, Parton sheds some light on the history behind her enduring hit single “I Will Always Love You”— which Parton wrote following a heated fight with her longtime professional partner and mentor, the late Country icon Porter Wagoner. “I went home with a heavy heart, and I wrote ‘I Will Always Love You’,” Parton explains. “I went back to Porter and said, ‘You won’t listen to what I’m saying, please sit down and listen to this song.’ He started to listen to it and I started playing it with my guitar, and he started to cry. He said, ‘Ok, you can go, if I can produce that song.’” The single ultimately made its way to the top of the Country charts, and attracted the attention of the The King himself, Elvis Presley, who wanted to record it.
Unfortunately, the cost would be too great for Parton, who would have been forced to concede half of the publishing rights to Presley’s team. “I grieved over that,” she continues. “I just cried my heart out, ‘cause I was just picturing Elvis singing that. Can you imagine?” The decision would prove to be the correct one, however, after the single was turned into an international sensation by one of music’s most powerful voices. Parton concludes, “After Whitney Houston recorded it, I was so glad I kept the full publishing! I wrote ‘Jolene’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ the same night, and I thought, ‘Buddy, that was a good night!’”
Brian Johnson’s A Life On The Road airs every Sunday at 9:00pm ET only on AXS TV.
STEPHANIE QUAYLE IS YOUR BAR-SIDE BEST FRIEND IN THE RELEASE OF HER NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR "WHATCHA DRINKIN' 'BOUT"
Stephanie Quayle, has released the lyric video for her latest single, “Whatcha Drink ‘Bout,” available now on all video streaming services.
"No matter what you’re drinkin’, we’re all drinking ‘bout something. It’s that common denominator. You walk into a bar... and everyone’s drinkin ‘bout something," says Quayle.
During its first week of release, the single was among the Top 10 most added at country radio with 19 stations playing the record.
The official video for “Whatcha Drinkin ‘Bout” will be released later this month.
Stephanie is currently on the road hitting stops all across the U.S.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
11/7/19 Jacksonville, FL 99.9 Gator Country Five Man Jam
11/14/19 Louisville, KY iHeart Country Concert Series with Morgan Evans
12/5/19 Oklahoma City, OK Jake’s Jingle Jam with JAKE FM
12/12/19 Uncasville, CT Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun
12/13/19 Burlington, VT WOKO Christmas Show
For more information on tickets, upcoming shows and all things Stephanie, please visit her website at https://www.stephaniequayle.com or connect with her on social media.
HIT SONGWRITER BRYAN WAYNE FEATURED ON SIRIUSXM THE HIGHWAY BRINGING AWARENESS TO ALS THROUGH ALBUM “WHILE YOU WAIT”
Hit singer/songwriter, Bryan Wayne, best known for penning the debut hit single by Tommy Shane Steiner, “What If She's An Angel,” was recently featured on SiriusXM The Highway in an interview with on air host Storme Warren bringing awareness to ALS through his album, “While You Wait.”
Watch the video of the interview on demand here.
Bryan Wayne had to quickly learn to live out the lyrics from his single, “Simplify,” when he was diagnosed with terminal ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in 2017 and faced with the possibility of losing his ability to speak or sing, opted to keep a positive outlook and recorded his first ever full-length album, “While You Wait” dedicated to shed light and increase awareness to ALS. "I wanted to put my own voice on songs I have written, so that my wife and two boys, friends and family and who knows maybe even the world could hear me forever no matter what.”
“While You Wait” is available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms here.
“I have decided that instead of being angry and bitter about my diagnosis, I am going to take this opportunity to remind my friends and family how fleeting life is, and how important it is to appreciate every second,” stated Bryan Wayne. He shares inspiration and positive messages online at www.thegoodstuff.org “...a place where people can go when they just need to restore their faith in humanity…”
Bryan still fears what lies ahead, but he’s facing it with an omnipresent smile and an unparalleled grace that touches everyone he comes in contact with.
When Bryan began selecting songs from his catalog for his album, “While You Wait”, he took a different approach than most. He wasn't looking for a three minute up-tempo smash that everyone can party and dance to, although he has those in his catalog. He was looking for songs that connect, songs that would allow him to interact with those who face their own challenges and with those who love a song with a deeper, positive meaning. Mostly, he wanted to provide his family with an eternal piece of his heart, and the sound of his voice.
For more information on Bryan Wayne visit his website www.bryanwaynemusic.com and also his website "Find The Good Stuff" at www.thegoodstuff.org
Connect with Bryan socially:
Facebook - www.facebook.com/bryanwaynemusic
Twitter - www.twitter.com/BryanWayneMusic
Instagram - www.instagram.com/bryanwaynemusic