John Burke releases new album, Orogen – Review

41-WpyeFhJL._SS280The team at Cre8tive Reviews is always glad to hear when an artist we’ve reviewed before has a new release out. Pianist, John Burke, just recently released “Orogen,” a solo piano album on May 1, 2016. John Burke challenges common preconceptions of piano music with his rich, cinematic, and powerful style.

John Burke is an award-winning pianist with a prolific musical career. Inspired by pianist George Winston and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, John has created an intelligent, rich, and cinematic sound that challenges common preconceptions of solo piano music.

A native of Atlanta, GA, John began studying piano in high school after being inspired by his musical father. John played sporadically for a few years, but once he started at Oglethorpe University, John’s musical life flourished as he joined a band, studied with remarkable artists, and started composing.

Since 2011, John has composed multiple acclaimed solo piano albums, two of which were finalists for Album of the Year at John has also composed film scores, directed musical theatre, and collaborated with a wide variety of instrumentalists, singers, and writers.

Beyond his solo works, John plays jazz, performs at weddings, accompanies choirs and orchestras, and discusses Muggle affairs with his cat, Dobby.

Not only is his style unique, but so are his albums. All named accordingly to flow with the music he composes. Take for example Orogen [or-oh-jen] (n): A region of the Earth’s crust where mountains are formed. Within each composition, an underlying melody gradually reveals itself. Forged by musical forces and shifts throughout the album, this subterranean melody ascends to unveil a symphonic mountain range.

We had a chance to listen to the album in it’s entirety and here are our thoughts:

Kimberley Patterson: Orogen is beautifully done. From the first track on the album Arise, to the final title track Orogen his music takes you on a journey. This piece is different from his other album’s and yet similar as the influences of George Winston come through in a subtle fashion. The order of the songs gives yet another look at how music can make you feel. Arise is a very light, but powerful piece that makes me think of being in Hawaii or a really bright beach house. Perhaps even a lighthouse on the coast in Maine, with the sun coming through the windows and that crisp, cool ocean air drifting in. Skip ahead to the Autumn Blaze, and it’s a bit faster now – with John doing some amazing key work on the piano. Reminding me of being on that same hill, this time maybe flying a kite or sailing really fast on the ocean with dolphins jetting by. In Earthbreaker, John delivers a solid performance with some unique style at the very end of the song. But, this album doesn’t just speed through the senses, rather it builds you up to this wonderful, happy place and then gently carries you off to this beautiful and soft resting place. Windflower, does just that with it’s soft, gentle and sensual sounds. It’s another album that is truly a masterpiece and I am honored to review!

Michael Harris :Good morning sunshine! The new album release, “Orogen,” by John Burke is the perfect soundtrack to a productive Saturday morning – one of those mornings where you can kind of take your time waking up and not have to gulp down your coffee quite as fast. Arise, the first track, sets the scene – you can imagine the first light of day just cresting over the mountains to the East (just google “orogen” to see how it’s related to the mountain reference) and peaking through your curtains. The rest of the album takes you on a journey – ebbing and flowing to energetic heights of fast-moving, technically-impressive, and piano-prepared tunes like Earth Breaker and down into calming and peace-inducing numbers like Wildflower. Overall, the 53 minute collection of gorgeous solo piano music is a wonderful way to start your day with some inspiration and positive movement.

To listen to Orogen or find out more information about John Burke please visit his OFFICIAL WEBSITE.




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


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

*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.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 10, 2016) – Row Entertainment, an exciting new label in Nashville, is excited to announce the signing of country music superstar Mark Chesnutt to its roster. “Without a doubt, Mark is an artist that continues to stand for the best in the format,” said Row’s Jimmy Ritchey. “Everyone here is so excited to be working along with him to bring his music to the masses.”

Chesnutt, one of the most iconic voices in the business, thanks to hits such as “I’ll Think Of Something” and “Your Love Is A Miracle,” will release Tradition Lives for Row later this year. It is his first studio release of all new music since 2008.

“Country music is what I’ve always been about, and that’s what I’ll always be,” Chesnutt said. “It’s all I know, and I think people will love the new music as much as I am going to love playing it for them.”

He’s also excited about his association with Row. “Jimmy Ritchey and I have been making music for years. He understands what I do, and has always been behind me. I needed somebody like Jimmy who really believed in country music. I have complete confidence in what he and everyone at Row will bring to the table,” Chesnutt added. Ritchey also produced Tradition Lives.

Row Entertainment is a partnership with Ritchey, Kyle Waites, and recording artist Tim Rushlow.

Row Entertainment’s offices are located at 2818 Azalea Place Nashville, TN 37204.

Chesnutt is booked by WME. To inquire about a booking opportunity, please call 615-963-3000.

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


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:–29/a60b8c22-b8e6-4df1-8249-ddd1bc0a2a65

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.


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


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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

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 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 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, and Willthing.


(artists and times subject to change)


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


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


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


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

Media contacts

Jill McGuckin, 512.217.9404,

Heidi Labensart, 512.698.2621,