SINGER-SONGWRITER ROBBY JOHNSON

untitled (2).pngNASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 17, 2016) – CMR recording artist Robby Johnson has a big reason to celebrate these days. The singer-songwriter is watching as his current single, “Hate Me Tonight,” moves into the Top-30 on the MUSIC ROW Country Breakout chart this week.

“Radio has been so supportive of my music – going back to my first single,” said Johnson. “I have made so many unforgettable memories and friendships with the many Program and Music Directors throughout the United States since going out on my first radio tour. I am so humbled and thankful for their support.”

Johnson’s previous single, “South Of Me,” helped net him exposure on a wide variety of television programs – including Huckabee and a much-coveted performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as mentions in magazines such as TV Guide, USA Today, and The Tennessean.

The critically acclaimed country artist, which serves as a commercial spokesperson for McDonalds Canada has been in Nashville since 2012 and is currently on the road promoting his debut album, Don’t Look Back, which was released in January 2016. Critics have raved about the set, with People describing it as “refreshing and as seductive as … his brooding good looks,” while Billboard lauded his “neighborly tone” and Music Connection praised his “rugged good looks, appealing tenor and top-notch material.”

For more information on Johnson, visit his website at www.Robby-Johnson.com.

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CYNDI LAUPER’S ‘DETOUR’ CHARTS NO. 4

bef863f7-1f1d-43c1-813f-7b4acfea167bNASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 16, 2016) – Known best for her legendary pop icon status, Cyndi Lauper is reigning in a new legion of fans with her new country-tinged album DETOUR (available here), which just debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

“These songs had a profound impact on me when I was a little girl listening to my Aunt Gracie’s kitchen radio in Queens. I grew up listening and admiring Patsy Cline, Patsy Montana, Hank Williams – all the greats from the Golden Age of country. It was an honor to record those beautiful songs for DETOUR and I am so thankful for the fans and the country music community for welcoming me with open arms,” Lauper said.

DETOUR marks the Grammy®, Emmy® and Tony®-winning singer-songwriter’s foray into the country music arena, with a sweeping collection of country covers from the 40s, 50s and 60s, and media are already buzzing about the pop star’s unique approach:

“Cyndi Lauper tackles the genre with characteristically daring eccentricity.”Keith Harris, Rolling Stone

“Once again […] Cyndi Lauper has dauntlessly created a triumphantly amazing new release.” – Eileen Shapiro, Huffington Post

“…(Lauper) proves herself not only a competent country vocalist […] but also a masterful interpreter in the classic tradition of the best female country vocalists of the late-‘60s.”John Paul, Pop Matters

“[…] like Prince, the Grammy-winning vocalist is also constantly reinventing herself.” Megan Seling, Nashville Scene

“DETOUR makes all the right turns, never missing an opportunity to surprise the listener or stretch Cyndi’s style just far enough to keep things interesting.”Jonathan Riggs, Idolator

Her latest release and first splash onto the country music scene also reached No. 29 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and No. 12 on the Top Current Albums chart. DETOUR features duets with several special guests, including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss.

Lauper is back on the road after a DETOUR media blitz that included, “CBS This Morning,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” CMT Online, CMT’s Hot Twenty Countdown, GAC and “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” with additional features in Associated Press, USA Today, Rolling Stone Country, Maverick Magazine, NASH Country Weekly, Billboard and syndicated radio programs “Big D & Bubba,” “Kickin’ It with Kix,” “America’s Morning Show,” “Nash Nights Live,” CMT Radio and more.

While the 19-city first leg of the DETOUR tour kicked off May 9 at the “Mother Church of Country Music,” Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the 16-city second leg will return Sept. 10 at Austin’s ACL Live and traverse the west coast before wrapping up October 8 at the The Joint in Las Vegas. Click here to purchase tickets.

DETOUR Track Listing:

  1. “Funnel Of Love”
  2. “Detour” – Featuring Emmylou Harris
  3. “Misty Blue”
  4. “Walkin’ After Midnight”
  5. “Heartaches By The Number”
  6. “The End Of The World”
  7. “Night Life” – Featuring Willie Nelson
  8. “Begging To You”
  9. “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” – Featuring Vince Gill
  10. “I Fall To Pieces”
  11. “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” – Featuring Jewel
  12. “Hard Candy Christmas” – Featuring Alison Krauss

DETOUR Tour:
*denotes dates with Boy George

May 17 Hard Rock Live – Cleveland, Ohio
May 20 Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, Conn.*
May 21 Wang Theater – Boston, Mass.*
May 25 Beacon Theater – New York, Ny.*
May 28 Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, Pa.*
May 29 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Atlantic City, N.J.*
June 1 Wolf Trap – Vienna, Va.*
June 2 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, S.C.
June 4 Duke Energy Center Raleigh, N.C.
June 5 Symphony Hall – Atlanta, Ga.
June 8 Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, Fla.
June 9 Dr. Phillips Center – Orlando, Fla.
June 11 Mizner Park Amphitheatre – Boca Raton, Fla.
June 12 St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, Fla.
Sept. 10 ACL Live at Moody Theater – Austin, Texas
Sept. 11 Revention Music Center – Houston, Texas
Sept. 13 Civic Center Music Hall – Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sept. 15 Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, Mo.
Sept. 18 Paramount Theatre – Denver, Colo.
Sept. 20 The Depot – Salt Lake City, Utah
Sept. 21 Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical – Boise, Idaho
Sept. 23 Thunder Valley Casino Resort – Lincoln, Calif.
Sept. 24 Agua Caliente Casino – Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Sept. 27 Vina Robles Amphitheatre – Paso Robles, Calif.
Sept. 28 Arlington Theatre – Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sept. 30 The Mountain Winery – Saratoga, Calif.
Oct. 3 Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay – San Diego, Calif.
Oct. 5 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 7 Talking Stick Resort Ballroom – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Oct. 8 The Joint – Las Vegas, Nev.

Ray Stevens, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and a touching tribute to Joey Feek featured in the latest The Pickup.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 18, 2016)The Pickup, classic country music’s only syndicated video news program, continues to grow with the latest episode being added to The Heartland Network, as well as on the websites of such stations affiliated with the Nash Icon, HankFM and DukeFM brands.

As always, The Pickup has put together a winning lineup of news items and your favorite Country stars, including:

  • Dolly Parton’s exciting announcement that she would be hitting the road for an extensive tour in America for the first time in twenty-five years. The singer also talks about her upcoming double album set.
  • Comedian Ray Stevens breaking ground on a new musical theatre just outside of Nashville that he plans to be very hands-on with concerning his involvement.
  • Kenny Rogers’ legendary career is celebrated in an exclusive Music City event to raise funds for the T.J. Martell Foundation.
  • Don Williams decides to call it a career, after a successful five-decade run – and well over fifty charted records.
  • Actor Kiefer Sutherland announces plans for his first-ever album and tour this summer.
  • Cyndi Lauper, Pop icon, is still having fun – as she premieres the cover for her next album, a collection of classic Country songs!

And, headlining The Pickup is a touching farewell to Joey Feek of the duo Joey+Rory, who lost her long battle with cancer on March 4. Clips from a tribute video made by several of Country’s biggest stars prior to her passing were shared, featuring Tanya Tucker, Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, Marty Stuart, and Connie Smith.

Check out the current episode here:
http://www.viewbix.com/v/The-Pickup–29/a60b8c22-b8e6-4df1-8249-ddd1bc0a2a65

ABOUT THE PICKUP:
Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today’s stars and classic country artists making news today. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup can be seen on the websites of broadcasters across the country (Nash Icon, HankFM, Midwest Communications, Zimmer Communications’ 94.3 KAT Country, etc.), online media blogs, the U.K.’s SKY Television, Heartland Network, and Sandy Zimmerman’s Las Vegas Television Network.

Katie’s Korner – Spotlight on Braeden Counts

Katie’s Korner showcases primarily new talent. Talent that is unsigned, undiscovered and raw. We search through facebook, vine, YouTube and submissions for tips on some hot new singers out there. This week, we have stumbled upon Braeden Counts who recently covered Florida Georgia Lines “Anything Goes” and posted it on twitter, with awesome feedback from the guys! Check out his twitter page and post.

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Braeden is from Sutherlin, Oregon – a town that hasn’t changed much over the years and one where everyone knows everyone. Even his mom went to the same high school. An accomplished athlete in high school, Braeden soon realized after graduation that he had other talents to be proud of. He picked up the guitar, started teaching himself to play and ended up writing songs. He is currently working with a vocal coach. We had the pleasure of listening to his first song “Shot of You” via YouTube and we have to say we love it! It’s still a work in progress, but this guy definitely has some talent!

Check out his original song below on YouTube and support his journey. We are hoping to see very big things from him in the future.

You can also visit his website for more information

THE MAVERICKS, ROBERT EARL KEEN, RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, SAM BUSH
 TOP SCHEDULE FOR 28TH ANNUAL OLD SETTLER’S MUSIC FESTIVAL

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28th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival

Thursday-Sunday, April 16-19, 2015

Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, FM 1826 south of Austin

Discounted camping packages and wristbands are still available until April 4th

Tickets/information: http://www.oldsettlersmusicfest.org
April 16-19 roots music fest also features Chuck Prophet, Sam Bush, McCrary Sisters,

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Hot Rize, Jake Shimabukuro and 20 other acts;
AUSTIN, Texas — The Old Settler’s Music Festival, now in its 28th year, has finalized another outstanding schedule of roots, bluegrass and Americana artists for the four-day event. The festival takes place Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19, at the Salt Lick Barbecue Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, in the Texas hill country south of Austin on FM 1826. Performers include the Mavericks, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, Sam Bush, JD McPherson, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Hot Rize, Jake Shimabukuro and the McCrary Sisters. (See full schedule below.)

Tickets are available at oldsettlersmusicfest.org. Discounted single-day and camping and non-camping multiple-day wristbands are still available, but prices go up April 4 — if any are left by then. Discounted platinum camping packages have sold out already, but the four-day packages are still available at full price.

In addition to “real music done right” on four stages, Old Settler’s offers workshops, sing-alongs, campground jam sessions, kids’ activities, a market area full of unique arts and crafts, specialty foods and brews and of course, the Youth Talent Competition, where the headliners of tomorrow earn early recognition. Workshops will be announced soon. Check the website for updates.

Our free app, downloadable via iTunes or Google Play, allows festivalgoers to create custom schedules, watch videos, obtain artist info and more. Also check out DeliRadio.com to preview this year’s artists, and click here to listen to our Spotify playlist. And please support our festival sponsors: Alaskan Amber, American Dream Vacations RV Sales & Rentals, the Austin Chronicle, Austin Voice Data, Cabin 10, Collings Guitars, Curl’s RV Rentals, Do512, Duchman Family Winery, Event Production Services, JuiceLand, KGSR-FM, KUTX-FM, Level Best Foundation Repair, Real Ale Brewing Co., Shiftboard, Shweiki Media, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., SouthStar Bank, Sun Radio, Swan Percussion, TexasOutside.com and Willthing.

2015 OLD SETTLER’S MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

(artists and times subject to change)

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

Camp Ben McCulloch Stage

4-5:15 p.m. Darlingside

5:35-6:50 p.m. Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line

7:10-8:25 p.m. Jitterbug Vipers

8:50-10:10 p.m. Bill Kirchen

10:40 p.m. to midnight The Infamous Stringdusters

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

South Star Stage

4-4:45 p.m. 2014 Youth Competition Winner Alexander Nobles

5:05-6:15 p.m. Darlingside

6:45-7:55 p.m. Langhorne Slim & the Law

8:15-9:45 p.m. Sam Bush

10:30 p.m. to midnight The Mavericks

Bluebonnet Stage

4:15-5:30 p.m. MilkDrive

5:50-7:05 p.m. The Infamous Stringdusters

7:25-8:40 p.m. JOHNNYSWIM

9:10-10:25 p.m. Roxy Roca

10:45 p.m. to midnight Ray Wylie Hubbard

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

South Star Stage

11-11:50 a.m. The Black Lillies

12:10-1:05 p.m. Israel Nash

1:25-2:25 p.m. Pokey LaFarge

2:45-3:45 p.m. Rising Appalachia

4:10-5:25 p.m. The McCrary Sisters

5:45-7 p.m. Hot Rize

7:15-8:15 p.m. Jake Shimabukuro

8:45-10 p.m. JD McPherson

10:30 p.m. to midnight Robert Earl Keen

Bluebonnet Stage

11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Youth Talent Competition

1:30-2:20 p.m. Lauren Shera

2:30-2:50 p.m. Youth Talent Competition winner

3:10-4:20 p.m. Jeff Austin Band

4:40-5:50 p.m. Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

6:10-7:25 p.m. Lost Bayou Ramblers

7:45-9 p.m. Dailey & Vincent

9:20-10:30 p.m. Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

10:50 p.m. to midnight Shinyribs

Discovery Stage

1-5:45 p.m. Workshops to be announced

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

Camp Ben McCulloch Stage

10-10:45 a.m. Sunday service

11-11:45 a.m. Dailey & Vincent

noon to 12:50 p.m. Wood & Wire

1:10-2:10 p.m. The Defibulators

2:30-3:30 p.m. Pokey LaFarge

4-5 p.m. Shinyribs

About Old Settler’s Music Festival

Old Settler’s Music Festival offers bluegrass, folk and Americana acts performing on four stages over four days, along with camping in the beautiful Texas hill country. Many music fans return annually for amazing performances by award-winning artists such as Richard Thompson, the Del McCoury Band, Bruce Hornsby, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck and favorite locals such as Patty Griffin, Bob Schneider and Sarah Jarosz. For more information, visit oldsettlersmusicfest.org.

Media contacts

Jill McGuckin, 512.217.9404, jill@mcguckinpr.com

Heidi Labensart, 512.698.2621, heidi@mcguckinpr.com

Spotlight on Precision Videos in Nashville!

logo_only_white_backgroundWe recently had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Ray of Precision Videos when we had a request for photo and video work. Kevin was professional, punctual and delivered quality work.

Kevin describes his company as “Precision Videos is a special event video and editing service with professional quality at prices that won’t stress you out.” We couldn’t agree more. Working with Kevin was a simple process and he delivered in a timely manner.

Take a look at his website for some sample videos and contact information.

 

Interview with Nashville Musician Jon Q!

Cre8tive Reviews recently had the pleasure of meeting Nashville based musician Jon Q. Not only is Jon a super cool guy, he is also extremely talented. We love being able to meet artists like this and help promote them on our blog, but we also love to hear about new artists and be introduced to amazing new songs!

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So who is Jon Q?

Mixing the energy and feel of groove oriented rhythms with the deeper threads of country writing, Jon Q has been Performing roughly 230+ shows a year for the past 3 years both in Nashville, TN and across the country. Paying dues as an instrumentalist and singer he has, in his career, played both the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium (Mother Church Of Country Music) stages as well as every major and minor club in the Nashville Area. In the last 18 months he has performed with:
Scott Holt Tour
Cowboy Troy
Bucky Covington
Lee Brice
Jesse Keith Whitley
BeulahFest (Pensacola Fl) sharing the stage with Charlie Daniels and Lynyrd Skynyrd
Rhythm & Roots Festival, Bristol TN
Belle Chere Festival, North Carolina
CRS (Country Radio Seminar) Nashville TN
Multiple appearances for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN.
Country Fest (Wisconsin Dells)

As a writer he been very fortunate to have had a couple of small cuts on compilation albums as well as written and performed with a handful of contestants that have appeared on
American Idol: Kayla Nettles, Kaleb Hensley,
The Voice: Craig Wayne Boyd, Nicole Johnsin, Megan Ruger
The Biggest Loser: “Big Vinny” Vincent Van Zant (Trailer Choir)
Extreme Makeover, Weight loss Edition: Jayce Hein

Jon was gracious enough to spend some time answering some of our questions in an interview.

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
 Ugh…where to start?  Coonhounds, Deep-fried Twinkies, Fireball, Jesus, Sweet Tea and the SEC!
2. We noticed on your website that you at one time played and taught 8 different instruments. What were they?
Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn and Tuba.  I also tutored in  Ear Training and Theory…that’s 7 + 2 halves I guess.  I saw a life ahead of me as a music instructor in small music stores.  I made a decision, cut it down to 3 (eventually just Guitar & Bass) and focused on my craft.
Sometimes I feel I chose the wrong two instruments….(haha)
3. As a singer/songwriter how do you come up with the inspiration for your songs?
A good amount of it is feelings based, that’s where I start.  from there I find a context.  I don’t usually start with a context first (like “my wife pissed me off so I’m gonna write a song about that”) mostly because that limits the scope. Feeling good, bad, angry, lonely, determined….those base emotions are where we go.  I try to match a feeling with a musical tone as I’m fishing for lyrics.
4. What is your best experience in playing a show – location, with what band, etc?
Getting a chance to play at the Ryman auditorium was probably towards the top.  i still have a lot of “firsts” to get through.  they all are special
5. What is your worst experience with a band – local/national, where and with who?
Well, any time you get on stage with unprepared or inexperienced people it’s a drag.  Theres a good many of those in the memory file as well.  sometimes though, its more about the ride there or back that becomes the REAL drag.  musical ability doesn’t always translate to people skills or proper hygiene or stress management.  I wouldn’t really be able to say which one stands out the most.  Every now and then its just root canal but this is the life we’ve chosen… 
6. What is your role with RP Management in Nashville? 
RP Entertainment Nashville isn’t really a management company, although we do some management type things.  I helped co-found the company as VP of Music Promotion and Music Director) along with Heidi (CEO Promo-Internet) and Charlie Woods (VP – Business Manager).  I, using my ties to the live music community, help get some of these new artists off the ground and running with their live show and musical lineup.  
  
7. What artists have you worked with through them?
A lot of young guns you may be hearing about.  Matt Van Fossen (Ohio), Chris Allen, Andrea Nicole(Kentucky), Shaun Abbott(East TN), Derek Herndon (Arkansas), The All Worked Up Band (Nashville) and a few others like The Lost Trailers with Jeff Dane.  Nashville is really more of a starting place for artists.  
8. At RP Nashville what do you do for artists and how do you pick artist to represent?
 Well, it’s a combination.  Talent doesn’t always win the race as much as hard work and determination, you need to have all three wrapped up with enough confidence and humility to be teachable and relentless.   If we see someone we like and they agree to sign with us we then start “digging the ditch” so to speak.   Image branding, audience demographic targeting, social media footprint, Press Kit making, even Logo and artwork and a business plan and strategy.   Different philosophy than a lot of other companies, I think. 
9. When was the company founded?
 What time is it?   
10. As an artist yourself where do you see yourself in five years?
 God willing?   Out of debt.  Thats really my goal.   
 
11. Any relationships with major labels or PR. Firms?
 I’m currently recording my EP at Curb Records.  I’m not signed with them but I have relationships with their engineer David Bates whom ive known for years.  He’s really helping me shape the sounds and direction of these songs.  Cant say enough good things about him.
12. Tell us something that makes you unique?
Well, I feel everyone feels they are unique, probably all might say the same things too,  I know that I’ve had to work for every last thing in my life.  no family support, no financial support so I completely understand the workin mans dollar.  If they’re willing to throw a couple bucks in my tip jug or buy the band a round or dance and sing along then I feel I’m doing something right.  If the bartenders are singing along then im REALLY doing something right.  I always write, perform and interact with that in mind.  I don’t know if I relate completely to any one group of people but I know we all go out to be entertained, even if we don’t know it.  We go to dinner or a bar with the same desire as a movie or a game.  we want to lose ourselves for a little while…life is waitin back home.  I want people to forget themselves and step into the time machine and have a good time.  
To learn more about Jon Q please visit his Official Website