Category: The WFXD Morning Show Archive

HOPE YOU MISSED ME, I’M BAAAACK

OWWWEEE!!!

WELL AFTER A TOOTHACHE THAT KEPT ME UP FOR NEARLY 50 STRAIGHT HOURS, I DID FINALLY SEE A DENTIST….2 GREATEST FEARS: DENTISTS AND NEEDLES. SO I PUT THOSE FEARS ASIDE, ON ANTIBIOTICS AND PAIN KILLERS. FINALLY SLEPT LAST NIGHT. NOT 100% BUT DAMN GLAD TO BE BACK ON THE AIR

CARRIE UNDERWOOD RECENTLY GOT ENGAGED..HOW THE NEW MAN IN HER LIFE DOESN’T TURN OUT TO BE LIKE ONE OF HER LATEST HIT SONGS…

CLICK HERE TO VISIT JUSTIN MOORE'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: JUSTIN MOORE

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY JUSTIN MOORE TALK ABOUT HOW HIS LIFE HAS CHANGED WITH HIS 1ST #1 HIT DURING THE MORNING SHOW ON FOX 103

Justin Moore was born and raised in Poyen, Ark. One set of his grandparents raised cattle and he helped with the chores. The other grandparents taught him how to hunt and fish. Although he was a star athlete in high school, he moved to Nashville after graduation to pursue a music career. He teamed with songwriter-producer Jeremy Stover to record some demos of original songs, which eventually found their way to Alan Jackson‘s producer, Keith Stegall. Moore will release his debut album on the Valory Music label in 2008.


CLICK HERE TO VISIT JASON ALDEAN'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE

STUDIO 330 ARTIST OF THE DAY: JASON ALDEAN

CLICK HERE TO HEAR JASON PERFORM “DO YOU WISH IT WAS ME” DURING HIS STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Jason Aldean was born Feb. 28, 1977, and raised by his mother in Macon, Ga., with summers spent with his father in Homestead, Fla. In addition to taking him to concerts by Kenny Rogers, the Gatlin Brothers and Alabama, Aldean’s father also wrote out guitar chords on notebook paper to teach him how to play. Eventually, Aldean taught himself songs from listening to the radio. Early favorites included George Strait‘s “The Cowboy Rides Away,” Hank Williams Jr.‘s “The Blues Man” and Alabama’s “My Home’s in Alabama.”

Inspired by a country music awards show on TV, 14-year-old Aldean decided to try performing, so his mother arranged for him to sing two songs at the VFW Hall in Macon. After that, he began performing at area talent contests and local fairs. At 15, he joined the house band at the Macon nightspot Nashville South. A year later, he bought his first vehicle with money he’d earned singing, a 1985 Toyota pickup with a rusted-out tailgate. By the time of his high school graduation, he decided to pursue music full-time.

Aldean’s father booked his son’s band into college towns in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, then farther up the eastern seaboard. One of the band members was Justin Weaver, with whom Jason began writing songs. Aldean recorded an eight-song album in Nashville in 1996 to sell at his shows.

In 1998, he performed his original songs at a showcase staged by the Atlanta nightclub The Buckboard. None of the record company talent scouts who were there approached him, but Michael Knox, then of the Warner-Chappell publishing company, did. Aldean didn’t even know what a song publisher was. Nevertheless, signed to write songs for the company, he moved to Music City on Nov. 1, 1998, at age 21. A month later, he was offered a recording contract. When that didn’t pan out, he signed with another label immediately afterward.

However, after postponing his recording sessions repeatedly, the second label dropped him in 2000. The next three years brought a marriage and a daughter but no career progress. But after a showcase at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville in early 2004, manager Lawrence Mathis approached him, impressed with his talent. Aldean said he had six months to make something happen or else he’d be leaving Nashville. Within five weeks, Mathis secured him a record deal with independent label Broken Bow Records.

Aldean released his self-titled debut album for the label in 2005. Hits included “Hicktown,” “Why” and “Amarillo Sky.”

NORAD TRACKS SANTA…WATCH HIS FLIGHT HERE

CLICK HERE TO COUNTDOWN SANTA TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AND SEE WHICH OF SANTA WORKSHOPS IS THE BUSIEST For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to Christmas Eve phone calls and emails from children. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Last year, millions of people who wanted to know Santa’s whereabouts visited the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide Christmas Eve updates on Santa’s journey



KEEP YOUR RADIO TUNED TO FOX 103  THROUGH 4AM DECEMBER 25TH AS NORAD AND FOX 103 BRING YOU HOURLY UPDATES AS WE TRACK SANTA’S ANNUAL RIDE AROUND THE WORLD.

YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW SANTA TRIP BY BOOKMARKING THE MORNING SHOW BLOG AND FOLLOWING SANTA USING NORAD’S STATE OF THE ART TRACKING SYSTEM


STAY FIT THE TIGER WOODS WAY!!!


CLICK HERE TO VISIT DAVID NAIL'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: DAVID NAIL.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DAVID NAIL TALK ABOUT HIS WORST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER

David Nail grew up in a small town in Missouri, the son of a former high school band director whose musical collection included Stevie Wonder, Elton John and the Beatles. Nail turned to country in the 1990s, then started going back into its history and became a big fan of Glen Campbell. He moved to Nashville right after high school but returned to Missouri after a year. Two years later, he gave Nashville another try. He completed an album for Mercury Records, but it was not released. After taking a break from the music business to help coach a baseball team, he was introduced to music publisher and producer Frank Liddell. Their musical partnership led Nail to sign another record deal with MCA Nashville. His MCA album, I’m About to Come Alive, is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2009.

DON’T GET LOST THIS NEW YEARS EVE……

CLICK HERE TO VISIT CROSSING DIXON'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESTUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING ARTIST OF THE DAY: CROSSING DIXON

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO CROSSING DIXON PERFORM “GUITAR SLINGER” DURING THEIR STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Comprised of equal parts Southern rock and harmony-rich contemporary country, Crossin’ Dixon rose to Nashville’s attention in the mid-2000s on the strength of their live act. The four Mississippi natives — vocalist Jason Miller, drummer Michael Bole, and guitarists/vocalists Brandon Hyde and Charlie Grantham — first performed in 2002 as Kyote Wylde, but a relentless tour ethic (often resulting in 100 shows per year) resulted in a name change that could reflect their interstate travels. In 2006, a mutual friend introduced the band to the influential producer Michael Knox, who had helped launch Jason Aldean’s self-titled debut to platinum status the previous year. Knox took note of Crossin’ Dixon’s vocal harmonies, likening them to those of country legends Alabama, and a deal with Broken Bow Records was inked that September. With Knox handling production duties, Crossin’ Dixon entered the studio to record their boisterous debut single, “Guitar Slinger.” After its release in the summer of 2007, the band hit the road once again in support of the new single. ~ Andrew Leahey, All Music Guide

…AND THE WEEKLY DOSE OF LIES’ GOSSIP AND DIRT WITH PATSY J. KREBS FROM THE CUT~N~CURL IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE

LESS THAN 48 HOURS TO CHRISTMAS…HOPE YOUR SHOPPING IS DONE

CLICK HERE TO COUNTDOWN SANTA TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AND SEE WHICH OF SANTA WORKSHOPS IS THE BUSIEST For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.



KEEP YOUR RADIO TUNED TO FOX 103 BEGINNING 4AM E.T. DECEMBER 24TH THROUGH 4AM DECEMBER 25TH AS NORAD AND FOX 103 BRING YOU HOURLY UPDATES AS WE TRACK SANTA’S ANNUAL RIDE AROUND THE WORLD. YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW SANTA TRIP BY BOOKMARKING THE MORNING SHOW BLOG AND FOLLOWING SANTA USING NORAD’S STATE OF THE ART TRACKING SYSTEM

THINKING OF QUITTING SMOKING FOR THE NEW YEAR? THINK AGAIN FRIEND..


CLICK HERE TO VISIT FAITH HILL'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: FAITH HILL

CLICK HEAR TO LISTEN TO FAITH TALK ABOUT HER TV SPECIAL TONIGHT WITH “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

Faith Hill (Audrey Faith Perry) was born on Sept. 21, 1967, in Jackson, Miss. Adopted at only a week old, she grew up in the small town of Star. She sang in church growing up and moved to Nashville at 19 to pursue a country music career. Hill’s first Music City job was selling T-shirts at Fan Fair. She later landed an office job with singer-songwriter Gary Morris‘ Nashville company. Morris heard her singing along with the radio and asked her to perform on demo tapes. Hill’s first professional gig was singing backup for songwriter-musician Gary Burr, who would later become her co-producer. She was discovered by a Warner Bros. executive while singing with Burr at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe. Warner Bros. Nashville released Hill’s debut album, Take Me as I Am, in 1993. She made country music history in January 1994 when her debut single “Wild One” held the No. 1 position for four consecutive weeks on Billboard‘s country singles chart. Hill was the first female country singer to accomplish the feat with a debut single since Connie Smith‘s “Once a Day” in 1964.

She earned three Grammy awards in 2000 — for female country vocal performance, best country album and for country collaboration with vocals, for the McGraw duet, “Let’s Make Love.” The couple embarked on the co-headlining Soul 2 Soul tour in 2000. The outing raked in $49.6 million, making it the top country tour of the year. Hill was named female vocalist of the year at the CMA Awards in 2000.

The Faith Hill Family Literacy Project, designed to help combat illiteracy worldwide, launched in 1996. Hill’s concern for family literacy is a result of her own family’s firsthand experience with the issue. Her father, one of 14 children, never learned to read after being forced to quit school in order to help support his family. Hill’s dream is that “someday every person will be able to read.”

DRUNK ON NEW YEARS EVE BUT NEED A FAST RIDE? THEN CALL THESE GUYS

CLICK HERE TO VISIT ZAK BROWN BAND'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESTUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING ARTIST OF THE DAY: ZAK BROWN BAND

CLICK HERE TO WATCH ZAK BROWN BAND PERFORM HIS LATEST HIT “HIGHWAY 20 RIDE” DURING HIS STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Zac Brown was raised in Dahlonega, Ga. The former restaurant owner started his music career as a solo artist, but in 2004, he formed the Zac Brown Band with bassist John Hopkins and fiddler Jimmy De Martini; more recent additions are guitarist/organist Coy Bowles and drummer Chris Fryar. They average more than 200 shows a year and have sold more than 20,000 CDs independently. The Zac Brown Band has already landed support slots with Sugarland, ZZ Top, Travis Tritt, Etta James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, Willie Nelson and BB King. Their third album, The Foundation (2008), is on the Live Nation label.

CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE……

CLICK HERE TO COUNTDOWN SANTA TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AND SEE WHICH OF SANTA WORKSHOPS IS THE BUSIEST For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.


KEEP YOUR RADIO TUNED TO FOX 103 BEGINNING 4AM E.T. DECEMBER 24TH THROUGH 4AM DECEMBER 25TH AS NORAD AND FOX 103 BRING YOU HOURLY UPDATES AS WE TRACK SANTA’S ANNUAL RIDE AROUND THE WORLD. YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW SANTA TRIP BY BOOKMARKING THE MORNING SHOW BLOG AND FOLLOWING SANTA USING NORAD’S STATE OF THE ART TRACKING SYSTEM

CLICK HERE TO VISIT BRAD PAISLEY'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: BRAD PAISLEY

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO BRAD PAISLEY TALK ABOUT HIS IDEA OF CHRISTMAS WEATHER AND CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WITH “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

Contemporary country singer/songwriter Brad Paisley was born October 28, 1972, in Glen Dale, WV; given his first guitar at age eight, he delivered his first public performance at church two years later. With his 50-something guitar teacher Clarence “Hank” Goddard and two of the older man’s seasoned musician buddies, the teenaged Paisley formed his first band, the C-Notes, and at age 12 began writing his own material. After performing in front of the local Rotary Club, he was invited to appear on Wheeling station WWVA’s famed Saturday night broadcast Jamboree USA. Paisley’s debut was so well received that he was invited to join the program full-time, and in the years to follow he opened for the likes of the Judds, Roy Clark, and Little Jimmy Dickens. He later attended Nashville’s Belmont University, serving an internship with ASCAP; the contacts Paisley made there helped him land a songwriting deal with EMI, and he also appeared on countless demos. Signing to Arista, he issued his debut solo album, Who Needs Pictures, in 1999. The record produced two chart-topping singles in “He Didn’t Have to Be,” an ode to loving stepfathers, and “We Danced” and also earned generally positive reviews for its diversity of country styles. In the meantime, Paisley recorded a duet with Chely Wright, “Hard to Be a Husband, Hard to Be a Wife,” for the Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry compilation; the two later collaborated on several songs for Wright’s Never Love You Enough album. The sequel to Paisley’s debut, Part II, was released in 2001 and promptly returned him to the Top Five with “Two People Fell in Love.” “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” gave Paisley his third chart-topper, and “Wrapped Around” fell one spot short of becoming his fourth. “I Wish You’d Stay” became the fourth Top Ten hit from the record in early 2003. At the beginning of August 2005, Paisley put together a short “director’s commentary” preview of his next album for his fan base to download. The full album, Time Well Wasted, appeared two weeks later and narrowly missed the top of the album charts, though it did hit number one on the country charts. In 2006 Brad Paisley Christmas, a collection of both originals and covers, came out, followed by 5th Gear in 2007. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

SAY GOOD NIGHT GRANDPA!…..

CLICK HERE TO VISIT DOLLY PARTON OFFICIAL WEBSITE

STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION ARTIST OF THE DAY: DOLLY PARTON

CLICK HERE TO WATCH DOLLY PERFORM A REAL COOL “MERLE HAGGARD MEETS JERRY REED” SOUNDING VERSION OF HER HIT SONG “9 TO 5” DURING HER STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Born on Jan. 19, 1946, in Locust Ridge, Tenn., into a poor family that would eventually include 12 children, Dolly Parton learned early to escape the hardships of life through her vivid and far-ranging imagination. Before she learned to read and write, she was “making up” her own songs. She got her first guitar when she was 8 and began singing on a Knoxville, Tenn., radio station at age 11. That same year, she made her first recording on Gold Band Records, a tiny independent label. She made a name for herself locally while still in high school, but she dreamed of a bigger stage. The day after she graduated in 1964, she moved to Nashville.

Her first charting records on Monument Records included “Dumb Blonde” and “Something Fishy,” both in 1967. At about this time, Porter Wagoner was looking for a new “girl singer” for his syndicated television show. Parton accepted the job in 1967, signed with RCA Records in 1968 and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1969. However, she left Wagoner’s show in 1974, as her solo releases — such as “Joshua,” “Coat of Many Colors” and “Jolene” — were out-charting their collaborations. After their split, Parton wrote the song “I Will Always Love You” for Wagoner, and it reached No. 1 for the first time in 1974.

As a solo artist, Parton also snared the CMA’s female vocalist award in 1975 and 1976 and won the entertainer trophy in 1978. Still, her TV variety series lasted only one season, in 1976. Her musical style grew closer to pop music, but fans responded as “Here You Come Again” spent five weeks at No. 1 in 1978.

She also grew more interested in movies, starring in 1980’s 9 to 5 — the title song earned her an Oscar nomination — and 1982’s Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Taken from the Whorehouse soundtrack, “I Will Always Love You” reached No. 1 again in 1982. A Bee Gees-written duet with Kenny Rogers, “Islands in the Stream,” topped the country charts in 1983.

Parton re-recorded “I Will Always Love You” with Vince Gill, and they won a CMA award for vocal event in 1996. Taken from the album Trio II, a cover of “After the Gold Rush” won a Grammy for best country collaboration with vocals in 1999, and Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later that year.

In 2006, she earned her second Oscar nomination for “Travelin’ Thru,” which she wrote specifically for the film Transamerica. She also returned to No. 1 on the country charts later that year by lending her distinctive harmonies to the Brad Paisley ballad, “When I Get Where I’m Going.”

Parton also changed the landscape of her Tennessee stomping grounds when she opened the Dollywood theme park in 1985. It remains among the most popular vacation destinations in the South. She has also donated more than 1 million books to pre-school children across the United States and provides scholarships to high school students in Sevier County, Tenn. In return, the county honored her with a life-size statue in front of the courthouse.


IT’S THE 1ST DAY OF WINTER….YEE-HAW!!

  • WELL EVEN THOUGH WE’VE HAD SNOW FOR ABOUT A MONTH NOW, TODAY MARKS THE OFFICIAL 1ST DAY OF WINTER….AND ONLY 4 MORE SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS; BETTER GET IT DONE BY WEDNESDAY, SO YOU HAVE TIME THURSDAY TO WRAP THE GIFTS

CLICK HERE TO COUNTDOWN SANTA TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AND SEE WHICH OF SANTA WORKSHOPS IS THE BUSIEST

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to Christmas Eve phone calls and emails from children. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Last year, millions of people who wanted to know Santa’s whereabouts visited the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide Christmas Eve updates on Santa’s journey.

KEEP YOUR RADIO TUNED TO FOX 103 BEGINNING 4AM E.T. DECEMBER 24TH THROUGH 4AM DECEMBER 25TH AS NORAD AND FOX 103 BRING YOU HOURLY UPDATES AS WE TRACK SANTA’S ANNUAL RIDE AROUND THE WORLD. YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW SANTA TRIP BY BOOKMARKING THE MORNING SHOW BLOG AND FOLLOWING SANTA USING NORAD’S STATE OF THE ART TRACKING SYSTEM

CLICK HERE TO VISIT CARRIE UNDERWOOD'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: CARRIE UNDERWOOD

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO CARRIE TALK ABOUT HER PAST CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCES ON “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING

Carrie Underwood was born March 10, 1983. Her family already owned the farm in Checotah, Okla., though Underwood was born in the next town over, the one made famous in Merle Haggard‘s song, “Okie From Muskogee.” Her father, Stephen, worked at a paper mill, and her mother, Carole, was an elementary school teacher. Underwood is the youngest of three sisters. Shanna is 13 years older and Stephanie is 10 years older. Underwood was just 4 years old when Shanna moved out on her own but says her siblings have always been there for her.  She released the single “Jesus, Take the Wheel” to country radio later that year; her debut album Some Hearts followed in November, less than six months following her Idol win.

Some Hearts proved to be a huge hit, leading to the No. 1 hits “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” and “Before He Cheats.” She toured with Kenny Chesney as well as Brad Paisley in 2006. She also won her first CMA Awards in 2006, in the Horizon and female vocalist categories.

HERE’S JEFFREY THE GIRAFFE WITH TOYS FOR COUNTY GIRLS AND BOYS

SANTA WALT REMINDS LISTENERS TO SHOP EARLY, AND HIDE YOUR PRESENTS WELL!!!

PROOF THAT SANTA IS OVER 21


CLICK HERE TO VISIT JULIANNE HOUGH'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESTUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION ARTIST OF THE DAY: JULIANNE HOUGH

CLICK HERE TO WATCH JULIANNE PERFORM “HIDE YOUR MATCHES” DURING HER STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Julianne Hough (pronounced “Huff”) came to national prominence as the two-time professional dance champion on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, but the 19 year-old says her ultimate goal is a career in country music. Growing up one of five Utah-born siblings, Hough says her family was sometimes referred to as the “blonde Osmonds.” At age 10, she immersed herself in dancing after her parents separated. After spending five years studying performing arts in London, she moved to Los Angeles to earn a living as a dancer while pursuing her musical dreams. She started making regular trips to Nashville while working on Dancing With the Stars and performing on the show’s tour. Her connections in Los Angeles and Nashville resulted in Hough being introduced to producer David Malloy, a Nashville producer who has worked with Eddie Rabbitt and Reba McEntire, among others. Hough’s self-titled debut album is scheduled to be released in May 2008. It contains the single, “That Song in My Head.”

NICE BRISK THURSDAY MORNING

CLICK HERE TO VISIT TRAILER CHOIR'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: TRAILER CHOIR

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO TRAILER CHOIR TALK ABOUT THEIR HIT SONG “ROCKIN’ THE BEER GUT” WITH “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

With titles like “Rockin’ the Beer Gut” and “In My Next Five Beers,” it shouldn’t take long to figure out the Nashville-based trio Trailer Choir sing of good times, better whiskey, and the best American nightlife has to offer. With members Crystal, Butter, and Vinny — the 400 pound man who is known to dance the worm in the middle of their shows — Trailer Choir started out as a cover band, playing everything from the barroom standard “Friends in Low Places” to the disco favorite “I Will Survive.” As they began adding original songs to the mix, their audience grew. One night, impressed by their whimsical tunes and energetic stage show, country music superstar Toby Keith introduced himself to the band. A showcase for Keith and his label Show Dog Nashville in the spring of 2007 found Trailer Choir leaving with a signed contract. Then, the band — who listed their influences as Garth Brooks, Tammy Wynette, Oprah, Elvis, and the Sonic chain of fast food restaurants — began recording their debut album with Keith as producer. They previewed the album in the spring of 2008 with the single “Off the Hillbilly Hook,” which was also the title of a six-song EP that appeared in 2009. ~ David Jeffries, All Music Guide

THE PERFECT SNACK FOR UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE THIS YEAR

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Birthdays for Thursday, 12/17/09

Music:

Art Neville 72/singer, The Neville Brothers

Paul Rodgers 60/singer, Bad Company, Free

Sharon White 56/member of The Whites, “Pins & Needles”

Sarah Dallin 48/singer, Bananarama

Duane Propes 42/member of Little Texas, “God Blessed Texas”

General:

Bob Guccione 79/Penthouse publisher

George Lindsey 74/actor, TV’s Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D.

Eugene Levy 63/actor-comedian, SCTV, American Pie movies

Bill Pullman 56/actor, Independence Day

Barry Livingston 56/actor, TV’s My Three Sons

Milla Jovovich 34/model-actress, Resident Evil movies

…AHHH THE ANNUAL COMPANY CHRISTMAS PARTY

STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: GRETCHEN WILSON

CLICK HERE TO VISIT GRETCHEN WILSON'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE

In this brand new Studio 330 Sessions performance, catch Gretchen Wilson perform latest single, “Work Hard, Play Harder,” and Top 5 hit, “When I Think About Cheatin’.”

SHOPPING SHOW WEDNESDAY…GET THOSE CHRISTMAS GIFTS TODAY!!!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT PHIL VASSAR'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: PHIL VASSAR

CLICK HERE TO HEAR PHIL VASSAR TALK ABOUT HIS LATEST ALBUM’S ARTWORK WITH “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

Phil Vassar released Traveling Circus, on Tuesday on Universal South Records. The project includes his new single, “Everywhere I Go. In addition, Vassar is offering a free Christmas digital EP, An Acoustic Christmas, through his Web site. The project includes his renditions of “Silent Night, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “O Holy Night” and “What Child Is This,” as well as a collaboration with daughter Haley Vassar on “Away in a Manger.”

“THINK I NEED A BRACER BEFORE I HIT THE STORES SHOPPING”

THEY SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY....

Birthdays for Wednesday, 12/16/09

Music:

Tony Hicks 64/lead guitar, The Hollies

Benny Andersson 63/singer-musician, ABBA

Billy Gibbons 60/vocals-guitar, ZZ Top

And the late:
Ludwig van Beethoven
–1770-1827/German composer, he achieved his fame despite a hearing ailment which left him virtually deaf. He developed the classical style to its fullest, especially in sonata, concerto and symphony forms.

General:

Joyce Bulifant 72/actress, TV’s Mary Tyler Moore Show

Lesley Stahl 68/journalist, TV’s 60 Minutes

Steven Bochco 66/TV producer, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue

Sam Robards 48/actor, TV’s Gossip Girl

Benjamin Bratt 46/actor, ex-TV’s Law & Order, TV’s The Cleaner

And the late:
Arthur C. Clarke
–1917-2008/sci-fi author, 2001: A Space Odyssey

A CHRISTMAS SONG FOR THE NASCAR FAN

CLICK HERE TO VISIT ASHTON SHEPPARD'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESTUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: ASHTON SHEPPARD

CLICK HERE TO WATCH ASHTON PERFORM ONE OF HER FAVORITE SONGS BY HER CHILDHOOD IDOL PASTY CLINE ON THE STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Ashton Shepherd was born Aug. 16, 1986, and is a native of Leroy, Ala. Her father worked in a paper mill, and her mother stayed home with their four children. She started singing country music in local talent shows as a child, began writing songs and playing guitar as a teenager and recorded an independent CD to sell at appearances. She won a contest in her home state to open for Lorrie Morgan in June 2006. By the end of the summer, after being heard by a record producer, she came to Nashville in an effort to make connections within the music industry. An unsolicited phone call to a lawyer’s office connected her to famed producer-guitarist Jerry Kennedy, who introduced her to his son, Shelby Kennedy. With their help, Shepherd signed to MCA Nashville. Her first album is due in 2008.

GRANDPA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER, BUT TIGER WOOD’S GOT RUN OVER BY SOMETIME ELSE

TUESDAY…COLD, COLDER….FRIGID BABY

  • VERY COLD THIS MORNING…WIND CHILLS WERE EXPECTED AS LOW AS -18 BELOW ZERO. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU AND THE KIDS DRESS IN LAYERS TODAY, ‘CAUSE THEY CAN TAKE IT OFF IF IT’S TOO WARM, BUT THEY CAN’T PUT IT ON IF THEY DON’T HAVE IT!!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT GARTH BROOK'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: GARTH BROOKS

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO GARTH TALK ABOUT HIS 4TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER WITH WIFE TRISHA YEARWOOD WITH “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

LAS VEGAS — The first thing to realize on Saturday evening (Dec. 12) at the Encore Theater in the Wynn Hotel is that it’s not a Garth Brooks concert. It actually is a one-man stage show with a guitar as his only prop.

One man in unprepossessing street clothes on a bare stage. No band or taped music, no special lighting, no special effects. No support of any kind. Brooks last performed in Vegas in 1991, when he and Carlene Carter played a country concert at the Desert Inn. Now, his new show is as far removed as can be from any previous Vegas musical spectacles.

As Brooks said during the show, he’s naked up there with only a guitar to hide behind, and the older he gets, the smaller the guitar gets. He last performed regularly almost 10 years ago before his retirement, and these weekend shows amount to a slow re-emergence into the mainstream.

What he’s doing here is essentially a monologue interspersed with songs (few) and musical snippets (many) that lasted, at this show, exactly 100 minutes.

He remarked onstage, he’s doing this to get back into music and to learn from his audiences. But it’s still only one weekend old, out of a projected five-year run, so it’s impossible to say what it will evolve into. And, his boss/partner here, Wynn/Encore chairman Steve Wynn, was already making noises this weekend about re-evaluating the ticket pricing structure. Currently, all of the 1,500 seats in the theater are $125 each, regardless of location.

After the performance, many Garth fans were sharply divided about the show. Some were greatly disappointed by their evening and with what they got for their $125 ticket and the cost of their flight to Vegas and the hotel room. Their complaints? His dress and appearance. They felt his jeans and hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap weren’t suited to a big Vegas show. The other big complaint was that many fans came expecting to see and hear a traditional Garth Brooks concert, not the unexpected monologue-with-music-bits that they got.

But many more showgoers liked what they experienced and were delighted to see Garth again. And they said that they will continue to support his efforts.

He opened the evening by talking about jet-commuting to and from Memphis all weekend for his daughter’s playoff soccer matches and what the evening ahead might hold.

His wife Trisha Yearwood brightened the stage with “She’s in Love With the Boy” and “Walkaway Joe” with Brooks playing guitar and adding harmonies and a bit of repartee.

And it’s still very obvious that no one in popular music can work a crowd better than Brooks, and he’s still doing it with sometimes breathtaking efficiency. His confidence is obviously still there. After Yearwood left the stage with two standing ovations, Brooks waited a moment and then quipped, “For most people, that would be impossible to follow!”

I think it’s apparent that Brooks is determined to not turn into a touring dinosaur, like all the old rock groups that are still playing concerts and doing their hits for audiences who don’t want new music from the old geezers. What they want is a reminder of their youth. This is Garth’s way to figure out an alternative to that path.

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Randy Travis was born with the name Randy Traywick in Marshville, N.C., on May 4, 1959. He grew up a hellraiser, by drinking, fighting, dabbling in drugs and committing petty crimes on a path heading straight toward prison. But the rebel ninth-grade dropout “found himself” in the spotlight of a Charlotte, N.C., nightclub, where he won a talent show. With the help and direction of the club’s owner, Lib Hatcher, the teenager underwent a startling transformation.

He purified his mind, turning his back on substance abuse and focusing on music. At the time, Nashville was deep in the Urban Cowboy, pop-country phase of the early 1980s. Travis was intent on bringing back fiddles, steel guitars and honky-tonk lyrics. He recorded for a tiny label, Paula Records, and, in classic country fashion, drove from radio station to radio station throughout the South to promote his work.

After five years of paying dues in North Carolina, he and Hatcher (who had become his manager) moved to Music City in 1981 with little more than dreams and determination to sustain them. Hatcher took a job managing a nightclub called The Nashville Palace. Travis became its dishwasher and short-order cook. Occasionally, he’d take off his grease-stained apron and emerge from the kitchen to sing a song, which would invariably make the hard-core country patrons go wild. While at The Nashville Palace, Travis recorded an independent album under the name Randy Ray. Randy Ray Live was enough for Hatcher to secure Travis a deal with Warner Bros. Records.

In 1985, the label released the single “On the Other Hand,” which only made it to No. 67 on the Billboard country singles chart. Travis’ second single, “1982,” was a Top 10 hit that kicked his career into high gear. The label then re-released “On the Other Hand” in 1986, and the song went to No. 1. Travis followed it up with charttopping hits “Diggin’ Up Bones” and “Forever and Ever, Amen,” which won the Country Music Association’s single of the year award in 1987. Travis won the CMA’s prestigious Horizon Award in 1986, won album of the year honors in 1987 for Always and Forever and took home male vocalist of the year trophies in 1987 and 1988.

Travis’ major label debut album, Storms of Life, was released in 1986 and went on to sell more than 4 million copies. Always and Forever, his second collection, was No. 1 for 10 solid months and won a Grammy Award. Old 8×10, his third set, also won a Grammy. To be sure, the first boom in the “new country” movement had sounded. In 1986, Travis was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry. By the time he turned 30 in 1989, he’d sold more than 13 million records, paving the way for a new generation of country stars like Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Travis Tritt.

Travis and Hatcher married in 1991, and, in 1992, Travis became the first country artist to release two albums simultaneously. Both volumes of his Greatest Hits became sales blockbusters.  In 1994, Travis launched his film career with a variety of roles. He also has been a guest star on several top-rated TV dramas, including Touched by an AngelMatlock. and

In 1997, Travis left Warner Bros. Records and signed with new label DreamWorks Nashville. His first album for the label, 1998’s You and You Alone, put Travis back in the spotlight with Top 5 singles “Out of My Bones,” and “Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man,” and the Top 10 single “The Hole.” Travis managed to record the album while filming roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s big-screen treatment of John Grisham’s The Rainmaker and the Patrick Swayze feature Black Dog.

In 2000, he followed with Inspirational Journey, a contemporary Gospel album on Warner Bros. Travis released a second Christian-themed album, Rise and Shine, in 2002. Its first single, “Three Wooden Crosses,” unexpectedly reached No. 1 at country radio and won the CMA song of the year in 2003. The album won a Grammy in 2004. After this surprising career boost, he contined to release inspirational albums, including Worship & Faith (2003), Passing Through (2004) and Glory Train (2005).

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CLICK HERE TO VISIT JOSH TURNERS OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: JOSH TURNER

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Josh Turner was born Nov. 20, 1977, and was raised in Hannah, S.C. Growing up in the church, he found himself singing the bass and baritone parts in numerous choirs. After high school, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music and enrolled in Belmont University. After college, his fledgling career got a boost on Dec. 21, 2001, during his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, when he debuted a song he wrote titled “Long Black Train.” He received a standing ovation in the middle of the song, then sang it again for an encore.

One month after his Opry debut, Turner signed to MCA Nashville. He released his debut album, Long Black Train in 2003, and thanks to the hit title track, it was certified platinum (for shipments of a million copies) by the end of 2004.

In 2006, Turner released his sophomore album, Your Man, and the title track reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart, as did its follow-up, “Would You Go With Me.” The album was certified double platinum.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY GANG

Birthdays for Monday, 12/14/09

Music:

Clark Terry 89/jazz trumpeter

Cliff Williams 60/bassist, AC/DC

And the late:

Charlie Rich–1932-1995/country singer, “Behind Closed Doors,” “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”

General:

Patty Duke 63/actress, TV’s Patty Duke Show

Dee Wallace 61/actress, ET

Vanessa Hudgens 21/actress, High School Musical

And the late:

Nostradamus–1503-1566/French guy who correctly predicted the 1666 great fire in London, the civil war in Spain, Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, and his own death on July 2, 1566.

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Jason Michael Carroll grew up in North Carolina, the son of a preacher who did not allow secular music in the household. But when Carroll took a job at a motor shop, he got his musical education, with country speaking the loudest to him. He won a karaoke contest sponsored by a pop radio station and was promptly hired by a country band losing its singer. When Carroll was offered a performance slot at the popular country music venue Longbranch Saloon in Raleigh, N.C., and the rest of the band couldn’t make it, Carroll parted ways with the band. He later won the Raleigh/Durham market for a televised talent contest, Gimme the Mic, which led to a trip to New York City. His music attracted the ear of Rusty Harmon, who had managed Hootie & the Blowfish. Harmon paired him with producer Don Gehman, who had produced the Hootie & the Blowfish album, Cracked Rear View, and many of John Mellencamp’s classic rock albums. Carroll signed a record deal with Arista Nashville and released his first single, “Alyssa Lies,” in late 2006.

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Most teenagers are glad when they can leave those years behind them, but we’d understand if TAYLOR SWIFT, who’s turning 20 this Sunday, is reluctant to let them go.  After all, during her teens, she’s accomplished pretty much everything an artist can accomplish — except for maybe winning a Grammy. The newly-crowned Billboard Artist of the Year just marked the best year of her career with a sold-out tour, a shelf full of awards and through-the-roof album sales.  Still, she tells Billboard that she’s not slowing down at all in the New Year.

Taylor says, “I’m well into writing my next album…I want to continue to write about the things that I’m going through. My biggest hope for the next record is that the feelings I’m feeling right now will be accurately portrayed.”  Taylor says she likes having two years between albums, so the next record may possibly be out in 2010.  Other than that, Taylor adds, “My next goals are to continue on with the Fearless tour [and] I’d love to be able to perform on the Grammys again.”

Taylor tells Billboard her single favorite moment from the past year was every night of her Fearless tour.  She says, “Every night…felt like a celebration.”  As far as the low point, she only says, “I’ve had a few days…where you feel humiliated or you’re shocked by something or something knocks you down a few pegs.  But in those moments I’ve been very quick to realize and remind myself that there are people out there with real problems.”

Taylor has been spending the days leading up to her birthday in New York City, where she enjoyed shopping and having dinner with with pal EMMA STONE Wednesday night. She’s also been sporting a straight hairstyle that almost makes her look like a different person. Taylor’s set to perform at the Jingle Ball concert in Manhattan tonight as well, but she points to another performance in New York City as the moment she’ll remember most from her teenage years — hosting Saturday Night Live. Taylor says, quote, “Honestly, that was the coolest week of my life. I felt like I was part of such a tradition..That was something I’m never, ever going to forget.” For now, Taylor’s birthday plans for Sunday are under wraps, but we’ll let you know about them as soon as we get the details.

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In 2005, Louisiana-born and North Carolina-raised singer Kellie Pickler landed a spot in the fifth season of American Idol. Though she finished sixth, the former waitress and Miss North Carolina contestant charmed American audiences with her Southern twang and blonde ambition, resulting in a contract with BNA Records that yielded her debut album, Small Town Girl, in the fall of 2006 and an eponymous sophomore release in 2008. ~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide


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Charlie Daniels was born on Oct. 28, 1936, in Wilmington, N.C., and raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands and the rhythm & blues and country music from Nashville’s 50,000-watt radio stations WLAC and WSM. He graduated from high school in 1955. Already skilled on guitar, fiddle and mandolin, Daniels formed a rock ‘n’ roll band and hit the road.

While en route to California in 1959, the group paused in Texas to record “Jaguar,” an instrumental produced by the legendary Bob Johnston, which was picked up for national distribution by Epic. It was also the beginning of a long association with Johnston. The two wrote “It Hurts Me,” which became the B-side of a 1964 Presley hit. In 1969, at the urging of Johnston, Daniels moved to Nashville to find work as a session guitarist.

Among his more notable sessions were the Bob Dylan albums of 1969-70 Nashville Skyline, New Morning and Self Portrait. Daniels produced the Youngbloods’ albums of 1969-70 Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind, toured Europe with Leonard Cohen and performed on records with artists as diverse as Al Kooper and Marty Robbins.

Daniels broke through as a record maker himself with 1973’s hit hippie song “Uneasy Rider.” His rebel anthems “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It” propelled his 1975 collection Fire on the Mountain to double-platinum status.

After recording for the Capitol and Kama Sutra labels, Epic Records signed him to its rock roster in New York in 1976. The contract, reportedly worth $3 million, was the largest ever given to a Nashville act up to that time. In the summer of 1979, Daniels rewarded the company’s faith by delivering “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which became a platinum single, topped both country and pop charts, won a Grammy Award, earned three CMA trophies, became a cornerstone of the Urban Cowboy movie soundtrack and propelled Daniel’s Million Mile Reflections album to triple- platinum sales levels.

The album’s title was a reference to a milestone in the Charlie Daniels Band’s legendary coast-to-coast tours, which including two drummers, twin guitars and a flamenco dancer. The CDB often toured more than 250 days a year and by this time had logged more than a million miles on the road. Transported in a convoy of buses and gleaming black tractor-trailer rigs, the band now included a full horn section, backup singers, a troupe of clog dancers and sometimes a gospel choir. By 1981, the Charlie Daniels Band had twice been voted the Academy of Country Music’s touring band of the year.

Daniels’ annual Volunteer Jam concerts, world famous musical extravaganzas that served as a prototype for many of today’s annual day-long music marathons, always featured a variety of current stars and heritage artists and are considered by historians as his most impressive contribution to Southern music.

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