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Austin City Limits has just announced plans to celebrate the life of country music legend Johnny Cash on Friday, April 20th in Austin, Texas. The special, “We Walk The Line: A Celebration Of The Music of Johnny Cash,” will feature a superstar line-up including Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Chris Cornell, Brandi Carlile, Ronnie Dunn, Amy Lee, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ray Lamontagne, Lucinda Williams and Shooter Jennings.
Tickets for the event go on-sale tomorrow, February 29th at 10 am CST. More superstars are expected to be announced as the date comes closer. For ticket information, or to check out the full line-up, visit ACLlive.com.
Mayor Karl Dean, the Cash family, and friends and founders Bill and Shannon Miller gathered today at the future home of the Johnny Cash Museum located at 119 Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway in Nashville. The museum will be located between the famous Broadway strip and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to showcase Johnny Cash’s life and career in a world-class exhibit for all his fans from around the world to enjoy,” says found Bill Miller. “Today we take the first step in making that dream a reality by announcing the birth of the Johnny Cash Museum, a world-class attraction opening in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. This venue will feature the world’s largest, most comprehensive and important collection of Cash artifacts and memorabilia anywhere in the world. I am honored that Johnny’s children and family have joined us in enthusiastically supporting our project by sharing their precious artifacts with his fans.”
Houston-based recording company Compadre Records is facing a lawsuit from Sun Entertainment Corporation over their use of Johnny Cash’s music in a movie trailer. According to the Tennesssean, the company used a remixed version of “Country Boy” in a preview for their movie “Zombieland.”
The lawsuit claims that Compadre breached their agreement with Sun Entertainment and copyright infringement. The Sun accuses Compadre of avoiding making the payments that they had agreed to in 2007, which allowed the label to remix Cash songs for an album. The Sun says they have not received their share of $40,000 that movie producers had paid Compadre to use the song for the movie.
The lawsuit is sitting in front of the U.S. District Court in Nashville. Compadre has not yet responded to the lawsuit.
CJ Field is a 25 year old singer/songwriter hailing from Massachusetts with a classic country/rock feel. His music is 100% original and his raspy voice makes it also unique in today’s world of mainstream country. He has been compared to artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, and Johnny Cash. Fittingly enough – his debut album is titled “Modern Day Cash”…how about that!
CJ’s voice is rugged, but soothing – which is where the rock and classic country feel comes in. While listening to “Modern Day Cash”, I found that it kind of took me back to my childhood. I grew up on country, loving some of the huge artists from back then, and CJ’s work reminds me of that time. Definitely real and relatable.
Sarah Davidson is setting herself up to be a breakout artist of 2014 with the release of her self-titled EP.
The EP, recorded in Nashville under the helm of producers Brian Kolb (Jerrod Niemann) and Dino Paredes (The Avett Brothers and Johnny Cash), is a 5-reflection of Davidson’s personal and professional growth over the last several years. “I want to put out music through my albums that tells a story, that is authentic to what my life is. Just basically living my life open and putting out music that parallels that.” says Davidson. The EP showcases Davidson’s broad range of musical style: from the audio come on of the debut single “Drink You Up”, to the poignant ballad “Get Out” and the breezy ode to youth “Ride Around”; there is sure to be something to appeal to every fan of country music.
Backed by the Suretone label and bolstered by being featured on TNT’s new unscripted drama Private Lives of Nashville Wives (debuting Feb 24 at 10/9 CT), as not only one of the stories they follow through the drama, but also penning and singing the series theme song “Bright Lights, Big City”, Davidson is sure to be poised for stardom.
Hannah and Abby Herrold, collectively The Herrold Sisters, are a sibling singer-songwriter duo from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fifteen-year-old Hannah and twelve-year-old Abby may be young, but they certainly have big dreams and they are determined to make those dreams a reality.
We recently had the pleasure of getting to interview the girls, and they seem well on their way to achieving their goal of making a name for themselves as country artists.
While Abby has had a life-long love for music and performing that rubbed off on her sister, their quest for a career as a duo commenced a couple of years ago. Abby had received a guitar as a birthday gift, and began taking lessons. In true sister fashion, Hannah started stealing the guitar. In no time, however, Hannah got her own and the girls began singing, playing, and harmonizing together. As Abby told us, “the rest is history.”
The girls have been traveling to Nashville for the past several months in order to further the pursuit of their dream, and they both agree that it has been their favorite part of their journey thus far. They are very thankful for the opportunity, and know that this business takes an immense amount of hard work. “We have been going to meet with an artist development manager to work on our playlist, guitar lessons and we do some song writing. It’s really a great opportunity!” shared Hannah. “We have really learned what the music business is like – it’s hard work! When we go there, we get to do what we love doing – playing music.” added Abby.
While the siblings admit that it is not always easy spending so much time together practicing and honing their craft, they truly love performing together and happily find their sisterly bond growing stronger. Abby said, “I feel like we’ve become really close to each other because of the time we spend together.”
The girls have videos ranging from original to cover songs on YouTube and their website. With inspirations including The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, they really enjoy performing other artists’ material and trying to make a song their own. Their favorite song to cover is “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash, and Hannah thinks that it is their best one yet.
The sisters are currently co-writing new songs and getting ready for the album they will be recording and producing this summer. “We’ve been working with Johnny Garcia (Swat Music Group) in Nashville and are really excited about the next CD!” said Hannah. As they continue to work towards their goal, they are “going to keep working on getting better!” noted Abby.
These talented girls certainly do not let their age hinder them in any way. “Just because we’re young doesn’t mean we can’t dream big! We have big dreams and we want them to happen soon!” shared Hannah. “What Hannah said!” Abby adorably added.
With The Herrold Sisters’ drive and passion, we think the dream is right within reach!
When Austin Webb first visited Nashville in 2010, he drove from his hometown of Williamston, South Carolina in the middle of the night and arrived at Johnny Cash’s grave. There, he sat and played a mix of his own songs and those by the famous “Man in Black,” in what he tells us was a “spiritual moment where I truly found out who I was and who I was to become.”
The next morning, he “walked into the Waffle House, put on a Patsy Cline 45 and sat down for breakfast.” Almost immediately, he struck up a conversation with an older gentleman.
He may not have known it when he sat down at Waffle House, but that day would change his life. The man he started talking to was Charlie Louvin, a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. “He told me I reminded him of Kris Kristofferson. He didn’t realize Kris was my biggest influence, and that’s still the biggest compliment of my life.” After that fateful meeting, Louvin invited Austin to see him play that night, where he invited him on stage and the two remained friends until Louvin’s death in 2011.
Although he had been writing poems since age 9 and performing since 15, it was another event in 2011 that would change his life. It was then that he won a local songwriting competition and headed to Music City. “I immediately quit my job and moved to Nashville the next day.”
When we interviewed Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves earlier this year, they were emphatic about their love for all things Johnny Cash. The band, who was recently featured on Billboard.com, released their video for a rockin’ cover of Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” which was directed by the Man-In-Black’s son, John Carter Cash. The song was also recorded at Cash Cabin and features a guitar solo from Rob Caggiano, formerly of the band Anthrax.
Watch the video here:
Jason Aldean fans across America will have the chance to experience his historic “Night Train” Tour as it rode into Georgia earlier this year. The majority of the DVD was filmed in April at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium. It will feature 18 songs, personal interviews and special guest performances from Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan & Ludacris. The DVD will be in stores on October 15th.
Long before The Swon Brothers and Danielle Bradbery brought country music to NBC’s The Voice, country-rocker Jared Blake was representing country music for “Team Blake” on Season 1. During his time on the show, he worked closely with Blake Shelton, was mentored by Reba and won fans over with his own unique spin on songs like “Use Somebody” and “Not Ready to Make Nice.”
Since appearing on The Voice, Jared has been featured in magazines, touring, and releasing music, with his new single “Countryfied” recently hitting radio. We had a chance to chat with Jared and catch up on what he’s been up to and what the future hold.
KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing?
JB: I started in church. Sang my 1st country song in the 8th grade for the school talent show. “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” by Alan Jackson. The girls screamed and I was hooked.
KIC: You appeared on the first season of The Voice and were a member of “Team Blake.” What was the best thing about that experience and what did you learn from the show?
JB: Reba told me I was exactly what she looked for in a artist and not to change a thing “You’re perfect” she said. It doesn’t get much better than that.