Florida Welcomes Josh Ward at Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL

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Aug 212019
 

By Joshua Wallace

Photography By Joshua Wallace

This past Thursday evening on August 15th, 2019, I had the pleasure of finally seeing Josh Ward live.  I have been a fan of his since his 2015 album Holding Me Together. I was a big fan of his 2018 release More Than I Deserve.  I have been waiting for a long time to see him come through Florida. He opened for Cody Johnson in the state before, but this was the first date of his first true headlining run in the state.  The crowd for the evening was somewhat small at around 50 – 75, but they showed up for some good Texas country music and that is what they got.

J.R. Ward opened the evening with a set of mostly original tunes.  This was my first time seeing J.R. Ward and I was impressed. He played some songs I recognized from Spotify such as “90 Proof Sunrise” and “Turn Your Eyes To Jesus”.  Tom Bennett backed him up on keys. J.R. mentioned that he’s not a usual feature in his live show but I thought Tom did a fine job on it. There were a couple of Waylon Jennings covers sprinkled in the originals.  All in all, it was a good set and a good first impression. I hope to see more of J.R. Ward in the future.

Josh Ward wasted no time in kicking off his own set shortly after J.R. left the stage and everything was swapped out.  He kicked the set off with a song from his Holding Me Together record “You Don’t Have To Be Lonely”. This track set the pace for a rockin’ night of good country music that did not disappoint.  He followed that up with one of my favorites “Home Away From Home” from his More Than I Deserve album. Up next was another favorite in “Whiskey and Whitley”. This was one of many ballads throughout the night.

A bit later in the set he got to a couple more favorite songs of mine back to back. Both are highlights from the More Than I Deserve album.  “All About Lovin’” was a rockin’ number for the ladies and he slowed it down a bit with “A Cowboy Can” which was well received by the live crowd.  I must point out the pedal steel player whose name I missed during band introductions. He was a highlight throughout the evening and a joy to watch play.


Another highlight of the evening was the band’s live rendition of “The Devil Don’t Scare Me”.  This is probably the best cut on the More Than I Deserve record and it’s chart performance shows that.  Josh mentioned how proud he was of this song and pointed out that the guy who wrote it, Jason Hursey was in the crowd.  This track is every bit as good live as it is on the record. This band does not disappoint.

The band closed out the night with two more favorites.  First up was a rocking rendition of “Highway” from the Holding Me Together album and finally the band closed the night out with my favorite Josh Ward tracks in “Promises”.  From the first song to the end, this band was on point and in the mood to bring some good Texas country tunes to this crowd. The crowd wasn’t as big as what they would expect in Texas, but they brought it and surely made the band feel like they were back in Texas with the responses they from the crowd.

Josh Ward is always on the road.  He just wrapped up his first headlining run through Florida and Josh is constantly on the road.  You can see his current tour dates at the band’s website.  However, if you can’t make it to a live show, he did just release  his own contribution to the Live At Billy Bob’s Texas series and I highly recommend you check it out.

Miss Kelsey Waldon Releases Second Single From Upcoming Album.

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Aug 212019
 

 

For Immediate Release
Kelsey Waldon Releases Second Single from White Noise/White Lines
“Sunday’s Children” available today, fall and winter tour announced
August 9, 2019 – Nashville, TN – Kelsey Waldon is no stranger to calling it as she sees it. Over the years, her songs have been honest observations of real-life, in the trenches issues; small-town woes, prescription drug addiction, and all manners of heartbreak have been on Waldon’s chopping block.  Yesterday, Nylon premiered what may be Waldon’s most matter-of-fact, hitting close to home composition to date, “Sunday’s Children.” “Essentially, that tune was inspired by how I felt about people using religion and God in the name of hate,” Waldon told Nylon. “I grew up in the Southern Baptist church, and I was really discouraged to hear so many people instill fear in the hearts of people, that just because somebody isn’t like them, they would be afraid of this person.” “Sunday’s Children” comes as the second single from White Noise/White Lines following the previously released “Anyhow,” which Garden & Gun called a “fitting first taste of an album that should firmly establish Waldon as one of classic country’s rising torchbearers.” White Noise/White Lines will be released October 4th on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.
“Sunday’s Children” can be heard here and White Noise/White Lines can be pre-ordered here. Visit https://www.ohboy.com/kelsey-waldon to snag the pre-order bundle which includes a digital download, cd, and vinyl—plus a limited edition 7” vinyl of The Kentucky Sessions, a collection of duets from Prine and Waldon. Head over to The Bitter Southerner to watch Waldon and Prine perform “Kentucky Means Paradise,” one of the tracks from The Kentucky Sessions.
In addition to the new single, Waldon just rolled out a number of previously unannounced tour dates. Waldon’s headlining tour will take place after a run of shows supporting John Prine on the west coast and includes stops in the midwest, a two-night stand in Waldon’s home state of Kentucky, a whirlwind week through the southeast, and a tour-ending run through Texas before she returns to Prine’s tour in December. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Waldon recently found herself honored by one of her biggest influences and songwriting heroes, John Prine. White Noise/White Lines will be her first release on Prine’s own independent label, Oh Boy Records. As their first new artist signing in 15 years, Waldon doesn’t take the relationship with Prine and Oh Boy lightly. “It’s hard for me to put into words what it truly means to me to be signed to Oh Boy Records,” says Waldon.  “To have someone like John, who I have looked up to my whole life, who I have set my songwriting standards after and my general music-making standards after, to have someone like him endorse my music and care enough about it to make sure it reaches a wider audience…that means everything.” In June, Waldon joined Prine on stage in Manchester, TN, for his set at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, dueting on “In Spite Of Ourselves” much to the delight of their Saturday evening crowd.
For more information, please visit kelseywaldon.com and www.ohboy.com.
Kelsey Waldon - Sunday's Children (Lyric Video)
On Tour:
Aug. 11 – Lexington, KY – Railbird Festival
Sept. 7 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival
Sept. 10-14 – Nashville, TN – AMERICANAFEST
Oct. 1 – Hollywood, CA – John Anson Ford Amphitheater (with John Prine)
Oct. 3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater (with John Prine)
Oct. 4 – Davis, CA – Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (with John Prine)
Oct. 6 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage
Oct. 12 – Springfield, MO – Juanita K. Hammons Hall (with John Prine)
Oct. 13 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre (with John Prine)
Oct. 15 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
Oct. 17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
Oct. 18 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Oct. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy
Oct. 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
Oct. 22 – Indianapolis, IN – LO-FI Lounge
Oct. 23 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
Oct. 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House
Oct. 25 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
Oct. 26 – Lexington, KY – The Burl
Nov. 1 – Nashville, TN – Station Inn
Nov. 2 – Knoxville, TN – Open Chord
Nov. 3 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Nov. 5 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
Nov. 6 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Nov. 7 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Nov. 8 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse
Nov. 11-15 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – All The Best Festival
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Nov. 22 – Austin, TX – Cactus Cafe
Nov. 23 – Dallas, TX – The Rustic
Nov 24 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz
Dec. 6 – Orlando, FL – Bob Carr Theater (with John Prine)
Dec. 7 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall (with John Prine)
About Kelsey Waldon:
On her new album, White Noise/White Lines, Kelsey Waldon captures the rugged country sound of her touring band without sacrificing the intimacy of her songwriting. Waldon is native of Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky, who took an interest in singing, songwriting and playing guitar as a child. After moving to Nashville,  she cultivated a loyal following through frequent touring across the U.S. and two critically acclaimed albums; the most recent of which made it onto NPR’s Fresh Air host Ken Tucker’s “Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2016,” while the album’s lead single, “All By Myself,” was featured on NPR’s list of “Top 100 Songs of 2016.”  Her persistence paid off when, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, John Prine invited Kelsey to join his Oh Boy Records family. White Noise/White Lines will be released October 4th on Oh Boy Records.
About Oh Boy Records:
Oh Boy Records is an independent American record label located in Nashville, Tennessee and founded in 1981 by Grammy Award-winning songwriter John Prine and his longtime manager Al Bunetta. The label has released almost 50 audio and video recordings by singer-songwriters Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel “Slick” Ballinger, Shawn Camp, Dan Reeder, and Todd Snider, along with a dozen reissues of classic country music artists.
In 1980, Prine finished his recording contract with Asylum and moved to Nashville. Rather than sign with another label, he decided to start one of his own, and was joined by Bunetta. The new Oh Boy label’s first release was a red vinyl Christmas single with Prine singing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” on the A-side and “Silver Bells” on the B-side. The first full-length release was Prine’s Aimless Love in 1984. Oh Boy is the second oldest artist-owned independent label in the country and the oldest in Nashville.
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Country Legend Miss Crystal Gayle Set To Release First New Album In Sixteen Years.

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Aug 212019
 

 

Crystal Gayle: You Don't Know Me
New album features classic country standards, plus a highly anticipated trio with sisters Loretta Lynn, and Peggy Sue Wright
Pre-sale & first single “Ribbon of Darkness” available Aug. 9
“She has had her share of success on the pop charts, but Crystal Gayle is, was and always has been a country-music artist. This new collection is a ringing declaration of her loyalty to the style and to the songs she was born to sing.”
— Robert K. Oermann
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy® award winning country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member Crystal Gayle is delighted to announce the release of her first new album in nearly 16 years, You Don’t Know Me. Available everywhere September 6, with a pre-sale beginning August 9, the new album is being released by Southpaw Musical Productions, and distributed by BFD in partnership with The Orchard.

Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Crystal’s son Christos Gatzimos, You Don’t Know Meis a collection that finds the acclaimed stylist exploring the songs of such country legends as George Jones, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens and Eddy Arnold.

The album might come as a surprise to those who associate Crystal with an uptown sound that made her a star on both country and adult-contemporary pop charts. But she has known this repertoire of hardcore country standards all her life.

“This wasn’t a stretch at all,” says Crystal. “This project is a labor of love that my son, Christos, and I produced together. It is filled with country classics that I grew up singing. They are very much a part of my history and I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. I feel very lucky to have known and worked with many of the artists who had the original hits.”

Each of the selections was chosen because it played a role in her musical development. Two of them point to the importance that her family had in bringing her to fame.

The album’s opening track is “Ribbon Of Darkness,” a song originally written by Gordon Lightfoot. Originally released in 1965 as a single by Marty Robbins, it became his eleventh #1 hit. The song holds a special place in Crystal’s heart because it was the first song she performed at her Grand Ole Opry debut.

“This was the first song I ever sang on the Grand Ole Opry. I was 16,” said Gayle. “Loretta was sick. Mooney [Lynn] did something; I don’t know what. But they let me sing in her place. In my early years in Nashville, when I was on Decca, I opened for Marty Robbins. So I’ve heard him sing this many times. Connie Smith also had a hit with it. So the night I was inducted into the Opry cast in 2017, I asked Connie if it was okay with her that I sing “Ribbon of Darkness.”

Another popular classic country hit on the album is “Crying Time,” a song originally written and recorded by Bakersfield sound pioneer Buck Owens. The song was also recorded by Ray Charles, who won two Grammy Awards in 1967 for his version.

“I do a medley of Buck Owens songs in my shows,” says Crystal. “When I was a kid, he worked Buck Lake Ranch in Indiana. I would go whenever he was playing there, and he’d let me sing on his show. When I was 16, he wanted me to become a regular on his TV show. He asked me, but it didn’t work out.”

The album’s closing track is “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” which brings Crystal together with her sisters Peggy Sue Wright, and legendary country music icon Loretta Lynn, for a highly anticipated first-ever recorded trio of them together. The song also just happens to be co-written by another country music legend, Dolly Parton.

“Loretta and Peggy made this album very special by singing “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” with me. It is a song that we have performed together throughout the years. This is the one and only trio performance on record. We’ve done the Boston Pops together. We performed together in Lake Tahoe and Reno and a few things like that. But we’ve never actually made a record together. Peggy Sue still comes out on the road with me, singing backup harmonies. I recorded the track, then Patsy, Loretta’s daughter, asked her to sing on my album. Loretta is such an incredible singer. She got through the song right away and then went, “What’s next?” We should have recorded the whole album together! Loretta had her stroke not long after we recorded this.”

Track Listing:
1. Ribbon Of Darkness (Gordon Lightfoot)
2. You Win Again (Hank Williams)
3. Please Help Me I’m Falling (Don Robertson, Hal Blair)
4. Am I That Easy To Forget (Carl Belew, W.S. Stevenson, Shelby Singleton)
5. Hello Walls (Willie Nelson)
6. You Never Were Mine (Jay Lee Webb)
7. Just One More (George Jones)
8. There Goes My Everything (Dallas Frazier)
9. That’s The Way Love Goes (Lefty Frizzell, Sanger D Shafer)
10. Cryin’ Time (Buck Owens)
11. I’ve Seen That Look On Me A Thousand Times (Harlan Howard, Shirl Milete)
12. Walkin’ After Midnight (Alan Block, Donn Hecht)
13. You Don’t Know Me (Eddie Arnold, Cindy Walker)
14. Put It Off Until Tomorrow featuring Loretta Lynn and Peggy Sue (Dolly Parton, Bill Owens)
      BONUS TRACK: I Cried The Blue (Right Out of My Eyes)

Album Name: You Don’t Know Me
Release date: September 6, 2019
Pre-sale date: August 9, 2019
Label: Southpaw Musical Productions / BFD
UPC: 8-19376-01872-0
DISC: BFD187
Produced by: Christos Gatzimos & Crystal Gayle

About Crystal Gayle:
Grammy®-winning singer Crystal Gayle is an award-winning country music icon whose reign in the music business includes 20 No. 1 country hits, six albums certified Gold by the RIAA and the first female artist in country music history to reach platinum sales with her 1977 album, We Must Believe in Magic. Her list of platinum and gold was to be matched only by her awards and accolades. CMA’s “Female Vocalist of the Year,” for two consecutive years, she became a Grammy® Award Winner for “Best Female Vocal Performance,” thanks to her beloved “Brown Eyes” – a song that she today admits she has never grown tired of singing. Crystal swept the Academy of Country Music Awards for three of their “Top Female Vocalist” statuettes. She is the recipient of three “American Music Awards,” voted by the nation as America’s “Favorite Female Artist.” Perhaps nothing sums up Crystal’s career achievements as well as being awarded with a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2009. Also famous for her nearly floor-length hair, she was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine in 1983. Gayle also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near Lynn’s star. In August 2016, the Academy of Country Music honored Crystal with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award during the 10th Annual ACM Honors. Gayle was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in January 2017 by her sister and Opry legend Loretta Lynn.

About BFD:
BFD was formed in 2013 as a boutique independent distributor with a global sub-distribution arrangement with The Orchard. BFD currently represents over fifty companies and artists. Visit www.bobfrankent.com for more information.