Archives: November 2009

….Back in the saddle again…..

  • Well, Duck returns after a couple well-deserved days off….No Cake, No Icing, NO VENISON!! NO BEERS?!?!?…..well, I guess he REALLY did need the rest!! For everyone else going out for the final day of Firearm Deer Season 2009, be careful out there

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

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO JUSTIN MOORE’S SPOTLIGHT ARTIST INTERVIEW WITH “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

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.

Zhu Zhu Hamster Pets Black Friday Madness – Where to Find Zhu Zhu Pets

Zhu Zhu Hamster PetsWondering where to find Zhu Zhu Pets? Is Toys R Us sold out yet? As was expected for Christmas 2009 and Black Friday this year, the Zhu Zhu Hamster pets have Black Friday shoppers going crazy and wondering where they can find Zhu Zhu Pets. These adorable little hamsters are listed as one of the hottest Christmas gifts for 2009 and shoppers are beginning to find stores are selling out fast.

Thank goodness stores like Amazon.com are stocked full of Zhu Zhu Hamster Pets Mr. Squiggles, Pipsqueek, Num Nums and Chunk. The Zhu Zhu Pets Funhouse and accessories are selling fast and furious, so get your fill of hamster pets while they still last. There’s no need to stand in long lines at Target, Walmart or Toys R Us stores, especially since Christmas shoppers can easily buy Zhu Zhu Hamster Pets online at Amazon.

Toys R Us press release ensures the Zhu Zhu Hamster Pets would be in stock and fully available, but many shoppers are already finding stores reported to be offering these toys are already out of stock.

“Zhu Zhu Pets ALERT! Toys”R”Us Stocks Stores for Black Friday
Determined to make one of the biggest shopping days of the year enjoyable for customers, Toys”R”Us has big plans for Black Friday shoppers seeking a Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster, one of the hottest toys of 2009. The first 100 customers in line at their local Toys”R”Us store on Black Friday will each be given a ticket for the opportunity to purchase a Zhu Zhu Pet (with a limit of one per household).* With thousands of additional Zhu Zhu Pets being made available in Toys”R”Us stores throughout the day on Friday, and thousands more of the highly coveted Zhu Zhu Pets arriving regularly throughout December, gift-givers will have the best chance of finding the precocious little hamsters at Toys”R”Us.”

A lot of people are having trouble finding Zhu Zhu Hamster Pets because they’re spelling these toys as “zuzu pets” instead of Zhu Zhu Pets. Buy the Zhu Zhu Hamster Pets at Amazon before they’re all sold out there too!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY

Birthdays for Monday, 11/30/09

Music:

Roger Glover 64/bass, Deep Purple, Whitesnake

Jeannie Kendall 55/country singer, The Kendalls

Billy Idol 54/singer, “White Wedding”

Mindy McCready 34/country singer, “Ten Thousand Angels,” “Guys Do it All The Time”

And the late:

Luther Ingram–1937-2007/singer, “If Loving You is Wrong”

General:

Robert Guillaume 82/actor, TV’s Benson

Dick Clark 80/broadcasting legend

G. Gordon Liddy 79/talk show host, Watergate burglar

Ben Stiller 44/actor-director, There’s Something About Mary, Night at the Museum, Meet the Parents

Sandra Oh 39/actress, TV’s Grey’s Anatomy

Elisha Cuthbert 27/actress, TV’s 24

And the late:

Mark Twain–1835-1910/born Samuel Clemens, he loved to write in bed, which is where he penned Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.  He was born under Haley’s Comet and he said he planned to die under it. He died on April 21, 1910, the day after the comet appeared again.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT MARK WILL'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESTUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: MARK WILLS

CLICK HERE TO WATCH MARK PERFORM “19 SOMETHING” DURING HIS STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Mark Wills found both personal and professional success in Georgia’s capital city. He met his wife Kelly there. They married in 1996, the same year “Jacob’s Ladder” jump-started his country career on Mercury Records. That single was followed by a string of Top 10 smashes: “Places I’ve Never Been” (1997), “I Do (Cherish You)” (1998), “Don’t Laugh at Me” (1998), “Wish You Were Here” (1999), “She’s in Love” (1999) and “Back at One” (2000).

With its heartfelt message of tolerance and charity, “Don’t Laugh at Me” garnered nominations from the Country Music Association for single, song and video of the year in 1998. Again, career success dovetailed with personal happiness. His daughter Mally was born, bringing a deeper joy and depth to the words of the songs he sings as an artist.

In 2001, Wills released his fourth CD, Loving Every Minute, which included a duet with labelmate Jamie O’Neal. His Greatest Hits followed in 2002, featuring the huge radio hit “19 Somethin’.” He released the album And the Crowd Goes Wild in 2003.

…just get thru today, then on the road for turkey

  • ALL LOT OF FOLKS ARE GOING TO BE ON THE ROAD TODAY AS WE HEAD OUT TO VISIT FAMILY AND FRIENDS, FILL OUR STOMACHS WITH TURKEY AND THEN TAKE AN EARLY NAP AS WE PREPARE FOR “BLACK FRIDAY”, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “SHOPPERS HUNTING SEASON”. BOTH DOC~N~DUCK WILL BE OFF THURSDAY FOR THANKSGIVING, AND DUCK IS TAKING A LONG WEEKEND TO TRY TO GET THAT “30 POINT BUCK” SO FROM BOTH DOC~N~DUCK & WALT….HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM EVERYONE HERE AT FOX 103….NOW PASS THE GRAVY AND GIVE ME A DRUMSTICK

chrisyoung06-x365SPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: CHRIS YOUNG

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO CHRIS YOUNG’S SPOTLIGHT ARTIST INTERVIEW WITH “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

A native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Chris Young grew up performing in children’s theater where his family and friends discovered his singing talent. The youngster enjoyed the full support of his parents from the start. Whenever he asked for help, they came through without hesitation, whether it meant paying for vocal lessons or buying his first guitar. In high school, rather than playing sports, Young focused on getting better at music. With help from his family, he and his friends rented out a storage unit and, despite a lack of air conditioning, practiced daily, giving up summer afternoons to rehearse. Young went to college, taking music business classes first at Belmont University in Nashville, then at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. After two years of studying, he was performing more than 150 shows a year. He soon gained the attention of talent scouts from leading Nashville record labels and top music publishing companies. When a Texas nightclub agent invited him to front the house band at the Cowboy’s honky-tonk in Arlington, Texas, Young accepted. One of his more faithful fans insisted he audition for the TV talent competition, Nashville Star. Young at first balked, until the friend told him that this year’s winner would, for the first time, get a recording contract with RCA Records. The friend paid for Young’s ticket to audition in Houston. Young won the competition in 2006 and released his single, “Drinkin’ Me Lonely,” a few months later. His RCA label debut was produced by Buddy Cannon.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!

Birthdays for Wednesday, 11/25/09

Music:

Percy Sledge 69/singer, “When a Man Loves a Woman”

Amy Grant 49/singer, “Baby Baby”

Mark Lanegan 45/singer, Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Tress

Stacy Lattisaw 43/singer, “Let Me Be Your Angel”

And the late:

Etta Jones–1928-2001/jazz singer

General:

Ben Stein 65/actor-game show host, TV’s Win Ben Stein’s Money

John Larroquette 62/actor, TV’s Night Court, Boston Legal

Christina Applegate 38/actress, TV’s Samantha Who?, Married…With Children

And the late:

John F. Kennedy, Jr.–1961-1999/lawyer, son of JFK

Ricardo Montalban–1920-2009/actor, TV’s Fantasy Island, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

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

WATCH THE VIDEO FROM GLORIANA’S STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM


PSA: Smoking is so bad it voids your computer warranty

Heads up, schmokers: Lighting up near your computer is heresy enough that Apple says it voids your warranty should you need to bring a smoke-exposed computer in for repair.

Specifically, in at least two instances in different parts of the country, Apple has voided the warranty and refused to provide repair service on Macintosh computers exposed to environments where cigarette smoke has been present. Calling cigarette smoke residue (tar and whatnot) inside a computer a health risk and a “biohazard,” in both cases Apple customers have been denied service despite having time left on a valid warranty.

Apple is standing by the decisions, saying that repair centers have the authority to make decisions like this on their own, citing OSHA rules that include nicotine in a list of hazardous substances that could damage the health of someone exposed to it. (Consumerist, which digests the issue with its typical aplomb, adds that sucrose, talc, and calcium carbonate are all also on the OSHA hazardous materials list.)

Apple isn’t formally commenting on the issue or responding to media requests for comment, namely regarding whether there’s a threshold for cigarette smoke exposure beyond which a computer won’t be serviced. Is one cigarette too much? 200? The answer is probably far less scientific than that: If a technician doesn’t like cigarette smoke and your computer smells a bit smoky, it probably won’t get serviced.

I can understand the policy here, but Apple’s failure to mention this issue in its warranty materials is out of line. To leave consumers on the hook for repairing their multi-thousand dollar machine by themselves, without notifying them in advance that cigarette smoke exposure could void their warranty, well… sounds a lot like typical Apple behavior, to be honest.

No word on whether other computer vendors have the same or similar policies. If you’ve encountered this issue in the past, please let us know about it here.


Doc~N~Duck in the Morning

CLICK HERE TO VISIT KEITH URBAN'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: KEITH URBAN

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS MALE COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR

COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION “EVENT OF THE YEAR” WINNER (WITH BRAD PAISLEY FOR “START A BAND”)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SPOTLIGHT ARTIST KEITH URBAN WITH “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

Although born in New Zealand and raised in nearby Australia, Keith Urban made his biggest splash in Nashville, where he helped rewrite the rules of contemporary county music. By embracing drum loops and elements of Top 40 pop, Urban wrote songs that appealed to a wide audience, effectively satisfying his Nashville fans without alienating those more accustomed to pop music. He also became a genuine celebrity, known for his good looks, marriage to Nicole Kidman, and outspoken battle with alcoholism. Even so, it was the music that maintained Urban’s career, from his work with the Ranch during the late ’90s to the acclaimed solo albums that followed.

Keith Urban began learning guitar as a six year-old. His father, the owner of a local convenience store, agreed to hang a guitar teacher’s flyer in his shop window in exchange for free lessons. The lessons went to his son, who demonstrated natural talent on the instrument and won several talent competitions while still in elementary school.

Released in 1999, the self-titled Keith Urban spawned four hit singles and helped paved the way for his successful solo career in America. A tour in support of that album saw Keith Urban opening for such major acts as Dwight Yoakam, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw, as well as headlining his own shows. Urban found increased success with 2002’s Golden Road, which sent three singles to the top of the country charts and went triple platinum in the U.S., as well as 2004’s Be Here, which bested the feats of its predecessor by selling over four million copies. Keith Urban was now a contemporary country superstar, replete with Grammy nominations and paparazzi attention, and his label capitalized on that attention by reissuing the Ranch’s debut album later that year. An anthology of Urban’s work, Days Go By, followed in 2005.

The next year, Urban continued to attract media attention with his highly publicized engagement (and June marriage) to fellow Australian Nicole Kidman, plus his voluntary entry into a rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse. He temporarily postponed all his upcoming promotional appearances, although the album Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was released that November as scheduled. It failed to produce a number one hit (the first of Urban’s solo albums to do so), but Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing nevertheless went double platinum in America, aided in part by a successful tour with Carrie Underwood. Urban returned to the top of the charts in 2008 with a re-recorded version of “You Look Good in My Shirt,” which had originally appeared on 2002’s Golden Road. The new version appeared on his latest compilation record, Greatest Hits: 18 Kids, and its success helped pave the way for Urban’s next solo album. Released in 2009, Defying Gravity found the artist ruminating on life with Nicole Kidman during chart-topping tracks like “Sweet Thing” and “Kiss a Girl.” ~ Andrew Leahey, All Music Guide


2.1 million drop-side cribs recalled

In the largest crib recall in U.S. history, more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs by Stork Craft Manufacturing are being voluntarily withdrawn because hardware failures have trapped 15 children and suffocated four.

Nearly 150,000 cribs carry the Fisher-Price logo.

The crib sides slide up and down to make it easier to lift infants. Hardware can break, deform or get lost over the years. Some cribs failed because parents did not assemble them properly.

The cribs were sold from January 1993 through last month at major retailers including BJ’s Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby and Walmart stores, and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com. More than 1.2 million cribs were sold in the United States and almost 1 million in Canada, where Stork Craft is based.

The recall does not affect fixed-side cribs.

Read the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new release for details about the problems, where to call for more information and how to get a free repair kit.


BLACK FRIDAY IS COMING…ARE YOU READY TO SHOP?



HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Birthdays for Tuesday, 11/24/09

Music:

Pete Best 68/drummer, lost his Beatles job to Ringo Starr

Donald “Duck” Dunn 68/bassist, Booker T. & the MG’s

Lee Michaels 64/singer, “Do You Know What I Mean”

Clem Burke 54/drummer, Blondie

General:

Billy Connolly 67/Scottish actor-comedian

Dwight Schultz 62/actor, Murdock on TV’s The A-Team

Denise Crosby 52/actress, TV’s Star Trek: The Next Generation

And the late:

William F. Buckley–1924-2008/author, columnist


THE EUROPEAN UNION HAS ELECTED A NEW PRESIDENT. LISTEN TO HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH


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

CLICK HERE TO WATCH PHIL PERFORM “LOVE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING” ON THE STUDIO 330 SESSION AT CMT.COM

Phil Vassar was born on May 28, 1964, in Lynchburg, Va., a picturesque college town that hugs the Blue Ridge Mountains. His mother stayed at home caring for him and his two younger sisters, and his father was a singer who enjoyed local and regional success, performing in a restaurant he owned and at outside venues. Although intrigued by music as a child, Vassar’s interests began leaning more towards playing ball than playing scales. In high school, he began running track, which helped him land an athletic scholarship at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. To appease his father, who was trying to steer him towards a more conventional career, he majored in business. Ironically, it was in college that he started on a path that mirrored his father’s. Indulging his love for music, he took courses in music theory, history and business.

Vassar arrived in Nashville in 1987. He found a furnished apartment outside of town, got a job bartending at night to pay the rent and began knocking on the doors of Music Row during the day. Digging deep in the discipline and focus he developed playing sports, he learned to play the piano, sang in clubs and focused more on songwriting. He saved his money and, in 1995, bought the restaurant and club where he had been performing. A patron of the club asked Vassar to send him a tape of a couple of his songs. He sent a demo that included “Once in a While,” which he had written with another bartender. The song became his first cut when the patron’s father, Engelbert Humperdinck, recorded it.

Suddenly, things began to surge for Vassar. He wrote a song with noted Nashville writer Skip Ewing (“Mary Go Round”) and began writing with other well-known Nashville songwriters that would frequent his club to perform. That attracted music industry professionals, including publishing executive Greg Hill. Hill eventually signed Vassar to a publishing deal with EMI. Penning hits for Alan Jackson (“Right on the Money”), Collin Raye (“Little Red Rodeo”), Tim McGraw (“For a Little While” and “My Next Thirty Years”) and Jo Dee Messina (“I’m Alright” and “Bye, Bye”), Vassar was named ASCAP’s songwriter of the year in 1999.

After years of honing his energetic act in Nashville nightclubs (including one that he owned), Vassar landed a solo deal with Arista Records and released his self-titled debut album in 2000. The album’s first single, the up-tempo “Carlene,” broke into the Top 5 on the Billboard country singles chart. The follow-up, Just Another Day in Paradise, became Vassar’s first No. 1 hit as a performer. Just three weeks later, McGraw’s “My Next Thirty Years” claimed the top spot. Vassar’s second album, American Child, arrived in 2002. His third, Shaken Not Stirred, led to the No. 1 hit, “In a Real Love,” in 2004.

In 2006, Vassar released Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, which offered his own hits as well as his renditions of hit songs he wrote for other artists. The first single, “Last Day of My Life,” reached No. 2 at country radio.


Redfella’s Pick of the Day

John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band is the name of an American rock band of the 1970s and 1980s, from Narragansett, Rhode Island. Originally known as simply Beaver Brown, the group (consisting of John Cafferty (born ca. 1950) on vocals and rhythm guitar, Gary Gramolini on guitar, Patrick Lupo on bass, Kenny Jo Silva on drums, Bobby Cotoia on piano, and Michael “Tunes” Antunes on saxophone) started out as a New England bar band and initially established a popular following throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

They achieved their greatest fame when they performed the music of a “Springsteen-esque” fictional band in the hit 1983 movie Eddie and the Cruisers. The soundtrack album from the film reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and produced a #7 hit single (“On the Dark Side”) on the Billboard Hot 100. “On the Dark Side” also reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for five weeks.

John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band – “On the Dark Side”

…..it’s the 2nd week of deer camp, but still no deer at Duck’s camp

  • Duck took Friday off to go “Deer-Slaying”….Way Too Warm….he didn’t kill anything, not even Liver Cells!! No luck for the Duck, but he’ll be back out in the woods this Thursday and Friday….looks like it’s gonna be the wild turkey (not the liquor), not venison, on the Duck’s dinner table for Thanksgiving…And the KID got that too!!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT GLORIANA'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: American Music Award T-Mobile Breakthrough Award Winners GLORIANA

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO GLORIANA’S SPOTLIGHT ARTIST INTERVIEW WITH “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

Gloriana is a four-member vocal group featuring brothers Tom and Mike Gossin along with Rachel Reinert and Cheyenne Kimball. The Gossin brothers grew up in Utica, N.Y., and moved to Nashville in 2007 after performing extensively in clubs in North Carolina. Both took classical piano lessons by the time they were 5 years old. At age 10, Tom began studying with a local jazz musician at 10 and picked up the guitar at 12. He had his own band in high school and moved to Wilmington, N.C., with two bandmates after graduation. He was a guitar major at the University of North Carolina Wilmington until a teacher encouraged his dream of songwriting and performing. He dropped out and began playing music 200-250 nights a year, making independent records to sell at gigs. Mike, who began playing drums at 8 and guitar at 12, had his own group in high school, too, and later moved to Wilmington to join Tom. He fronted his own band, then joined a group with Tom and their older brother Steve, filming a short-lived reality series. When Steve went his own way, Tom and Mike formed a duo and eventually decided to relocate to Nashville, where they met Reinert through her MySpace page.

Born in Sarasota, Fla., Reinert spent her early years in Marietta, Ga., and attended high school in Santa Ana, Calif. She went to a performing arts school beginning in seventh grade, then began playing the guitar and turning her poetry into songs. A teacher who recognized her potential helped her record demos, and a friend with a Nashville connection opened doors that led to a publishing deal when she was just 15. After commuting back and forth to Nashville, she finally moved to Nashville and began honing her skills as a songwriter while performing at writers’ nights until joining forces with the Gossins.

Kimball was born in Jacksonville, N.C., but spent much of her childhood in Frisco, Texas. She was performing in the Dallas area at age 10 and entered NBC’s America’s Most Talented Kid when she was 12, winning the national competition. She signed a record deal at 13, released an album, toured nationally and had her own MTV reality show. During an early trip to Nashville, she met and wrote songs with John Rich. She moved to Nashville permanently at 17. Kimball approached the Gossin brothers and Reinert following a gig at a Nashville nightclub. Once the four musicians decided to start working together, they embarked on an intense period of songwriting and live performances.

The band sent a demo to Emblem Music Group, a new label founded by Matt Serletic, known for his work with Willie Nelson and Matchbox Twenty, among many others. Emblem is described as an evolution of Melisma Records, Serletic’s award-winning label which has sold more than 50 million albums.

To prepare for Gloriana’s first album, Serletic began writing with one of Nashville’s finest songwriters, Jeffrey Steele, who has written hits for Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw, Diamond Rio and others. At the same time, Gloriana was writing with and being pitched songs by such noteworthy songwriters as Brett James, Trey Bruce, Stephanie Bentley, Aimee Mayo, Wayne Kirkparick, Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear, Chris Lindsley, Danny Myrick, Chuck Jones, Kevin Kadish, Kyle Cook and Ben Glover.

The band members moved in together and secluded themselves to begin working on the songs and musical arrangements. To test the material and their performance abilities, Gloriana took a weekly gig at Buck Owens‘ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif. By the time they began recording their album, they had formed a strong musical identity based on powerful four-part vocal harmonies.

Gloriana’s self-titled debut album for Emblem was mixed by Justin Niebank at John and Martina McBride‘s Blackbird Studios in Nashville. They released their first single, “Wild at Heart, in early 2009.

SARAH PALIN HAS A NEW JOB FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!

2009 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

TAYLOR SWIFT won five American Music Awards Sunday night, including Artist of the Year. She checked in from London for all three of her on-air wins and gave a nod to the legacy of her fellow nominee MICHAEL JACKSON while accepting the night’s top prize. Taylor also won Favorite Pop/Rock Female, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and Favorite Country Female. Taylor’s multi-platinum project Fearless won Favorite Country Album.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD performed her latest hit “Cowboy Casanova” with a few more dancers than she had on the CMA Awards earlier this month. KEITH URBAN rocked the crowd with his recent number-one hit “Kiss a Girl” after walking the red carpet with wife NICOLE KIDMAN. ZAC BROWN BAND presented Keith with his Country Male trophy, which is Keith’s first American Music Award.

JASON ALDEAN presented RASCAL FLATTS with their Country Band, Duo or Group trophy. REBA introduced her pal KELLY CLARKSON’s performance, and new group GLORIANA won the T-Mobile Breakthrough Award in a surprise win over pop sensation LADY GAGA.

Here are the country winners from Sunday night’s American Music Awards:

Artist of the Year
Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop/Rock Female
Taylor Swift

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Country Album
Taylor Swift — Fearless

Favorite Country Female
Taylor Swift

Favorite Country Male
Keith Urban

Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group
Rascal Flatts

T-Mobile Breakthrough Award
Gloriana

TURKEY'S FOR DRIVERS THAT AREN'T TURKEY'SDUI Checkpoint Includes Breathalyzer and Free Turkey

Most drivers would rather not deal with a police DUI checkpoint, but some folks in Salinas, California like their local department’s set-up so much, they drive through it more than once.  The Salinas Police Department’s annual DUI checkpoint during Thanksgiving week includes a turkey giveaway.  Officers select drivers at random who successfully pass the check to receive free turkeys.  The birds are donated by local businesses and anyone else in Salinas who wants to participate.  This Tuesday marks the seventh year Salinas police have added a turkey giveaway to their Thanksgiving week DUI checkpoint.  By the way, police discourage motorists from driving up to the checkpoint more than once just for a shot at a turkey.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT HEIDI NEWFIELD'S FFICIAL WEBSITE

STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: HEIDI NEWFIELD

CLICK HERE TO WATCH HEIDI PERFORM “CRY CRY” ON THE STUDIO 330 SESSIONS ON CMT.COM

Already having made a name for herself as the highly energetic front-woman of new country trio Trick Pony, Heidi Newfield decided upon a solo career, and in November of 2006 announced that she was leaving the group and going it alone. The Heldsburg, California raised Newfield was exposed to the music she would make a career out of at an early age. With her love of country, blues, and rock in tow, Heidi made her first attempts at stardom at the very young age of 13, taking a trip to Nashville to cut a demo. In 1996, she joined up with Keith Burns and Ira Dean to form Trick Pony. The group would go on to release a handful of top twenty singles, and won an ACM Best New Artist Award. After announcing that she was to leave the aforementioned band, Newfield went into the studio to begin work on her debut solo album, a collection of work that was to touch on a number of moods and styles. The lead off single and track from the eventual full length, “Johnny & June,” was a top forty hit on the Billboard Hot Country charts in the spring of 2008. ~ Chris True, All Music Guide

TGIF on a Duckless Friday Morning

  • DUCK TAKES THE DAY OFF TO TRY AND FILL THE FREEZER WITH FRESH VENISON….THEN THE COMPUTER CRASHES….THEN WALT AND I FIND THAT NEITHER OF US CAN TALK WELL ENOUGH TO EVEN RECITE THE ALPHABET…MISS YOU DUCK, GO LUCK OUT THEIR BRO…..AND SAVE A COLD BUDWEISER FOR ME!!!


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

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY INTERVIEW ON “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

Phil Vassar was born on May 28, 1964, in Lynchburg, Va., a picturesque college town that hugs the Blue Ridge Mountains. His mother stayed at home caring for him and his two younger sisters, and his father was a singer who enjoyed local and regional success, performing in a restaurant he owned and at outside venues. Although intrigued by music as a child, Vassar’s interests began leaning more towards playing ball than playing scales. In high school, he began running track, which helped him land an athletic scholarship at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. To appease his father, who was trying to steer him towards a more conventional career, he majored in business. Ironically, it was in college that he started on a path that mirrored his father’s. Indulging his love for music, he took courses in music theory, history and business.

Vassar arrived in Nashville in 1987. He found a furnished apartment outside of town, got a job bartending at night to pay the rent and began knocking on the doors of Music Row during the day. Digging deep in the discipline and focus he developed playing sports, he learned to play the piano, sang in clubs and focused more on songwriting. He saved his money and, in 1995, bought the restaurant and club where he had been performing. A patron of the club asked Vassar to send him a tape of a couple of his songs. He sent a demo that included “Once in a While,” which he had written with another bartender. The song became his first cut when the patron’s father, Engelbert Humperdinck, recorded it.

Suddenly, things began to surge for Vassar. He wrote a song with noted Nashville writer Skip Ewing (“Mary Go Round”) and began writing with other well-known Nashville songwriters that would frequent his club to perform. That attracted music industry professionals, including publishing executive Greg Hill. Hill eventually signed Vassar to a publishing deal with EMI. Penning hits for Alan Jackson (“Right on the Money”), Collin Raye (“Little Red Rodeo”), Tim McGraw (“For a Little While” and “My Next Thirty Years”) and Jo Dee Messina (“I’m Alright” and “Bye, Bye”), Vassar was named ASCAP’s songwriter of the year in 1999.

After years of honing his energetic act in Nashville nightclubs (including one that he owned), Vassar landed a solo deal with Arista Records and released his self-titled debut album in 2000. The album’s first single, the up-tempo “Carlene,” broke into the Top 5 on the Billboard country singles chart. The follow-up, “Just Another Day in Paradise,” became Vassar’s first No. 1 hit as a performer. Just three weeks later, McGraw’s “My Next Thirty Years” claimed the top spot. Vassar’s second album, American Child, arrived in 2002. His third, Shaken Not Stirred, led to the No. 1 hit, “In a Real Love,” in 2004.

In 2006, Vassar released Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, which offered his own hits as well as his renditions of hit songs he wrote for other artists. The first single, “Last Day of My Life,” reached No. 2 at country radio.


“NEW MOON HONEYMOONERS”


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Birthdays for 11/20/09

Music:

Norman Greenbaum 67/singer, “Spirit In The Sky”

Joe Walsh 62/singer-guitarist, The Eagles, James Gang and solo

Dierks Bentley 34/country singer, “What Was I Thinkin’,” “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes”

Josh Turner 32/country singer, “Long Black Train,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance”

And the late:

Duane Allman–1946-1971/lead guitar, Allman Brothers Band

General:

Richard Dawson 77/actor, TV’s Hogan’s Heroes, former host of Family Feud

Dick Smothers 71/actor-comedian-musician, The Smothers Brothers

Bo Derek 53/actress, 10

Ming-Na 46/actress, TV’s ER


NEW SONG FOR THIS WEEKENDS PREMIERE OF “NEW MOON”… “REDNECK VAMPIRE”


“DOC~N~DUCK’S VIDEO OF THE WEEK” – JOE NICHOLS “GIMME THAT GIRL”


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STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: JAMEY JOHNSON

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Jamey Johnson was raised in Montgomery, Ala., and grew up influenced by that state’s famous country musicians such as Hank Williams Jr., Vern Gosdin and the band, . He first picked up the guitar when he was around 10 years old when his uncle taught him to play Alabama’s “My Home’s in Alabama.” As a teenager, he saved enough money to buy an Epiphone guitar he dubbed Old Maple. On Saturday nights, he and his friends would go to the grave of Hank Williams on the hill above Montgomery to drink beer and sing the legend’s songs. One night he dropped Old Maple on the tombstone and splintered its bottom. The instrument bears that scar to this day.

He began his singing career in the clubs of Montgomery. His father thought his son might become a music teacher or a band director. But after two years of college, Jamey abruptly quit school in 1994. For the next eight years he served in the Marine Corps Reserve and perfected his country singing style. The same week he was discharged, the rest of his unit was ordered to Iraq.

Having paid his dues in the honky-tonks of Alabama, Johnson gave Nashville a try. He arrived on Jan. 1, 2000, and took a job as a salesman for a sign company. Then he worked for an industrial pumping company. From 2001 until 2004, he helped run a construction firm, restoring buildings devastated by fires, hurricanes or tornados.

In time, he started singing at songwriter nights and met other songwriters. When those writers got publishing deals, they hired Johnson to sing demos. (His first one was a duet with Gretchen Wilson, also a demo singer at the time.) One of those writers, Randy Hardison, praised his talent to producer Buddy Cannon. They decided to co-produce some demos for Johnson, but Hardison was murdered in 2002. The sudden loss brought Johnson and Cannon closer together.

Proceeding with their goals, Cannon produced some demos for Johnson and helped secure him a publishing deal. (He co-wrote the Trace Adkins hit, Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.) Johnson struggled to find a record deal, though, until his seventh audition for RCA Records in April 2005. The label released his debut album, The Dollar, in early 2006. In 2007, he won a CMA Award for co-writing George Strait‘s “Give It Away.” His 2008 follow-up album is on Mercury Nashville.


Chocolay Children’s Center Creative Kids Idea

Corny Cookies

 From FamilyFun Magazine

These candy-topped treats are a blast for kids to help decorate for your feast — or a Thanksgiving school party. You can use our sugar cookie recipe here or store-bought dough.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Green fruit leather
  • M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces candies

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Instructions
  1. Using an electric beater, cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix in the flour a little at a time until the ingredients are well combined. Chill the dough for several hours or overnight.

  2. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Divide the dough into 3 parts. Working on a floured surface with one part at a time, roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using a knife, cut out corncob shapes about 4 inches long. Place the cookies on ungreased baking sheets and bake for 9 minutes or just until the edges brown. Let the cookies set on the sheets for about 2 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

  3. Frost the cooled cookies. Next, use kitchen shears to cut husks from the fruit leather to fit the sides of each cookie. Press the husks in place atop the frosting, with the tips down a bit. Now fill in the middle with candy kernels gently pressed into place. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies.

THIRSTY THURSDAY…..SHOOT, DRINK AND PARTY

  • DAY 5 OF 2009 FIREARM DEER SEASON FINDS WET WEATHER…HOPEFULLY THAT WILL MAKE IT A LITTLE LESS NOISY WHILE WALKING IN THE WOODS…..TAKE CARE OUT THERE, AND IF THE HUNTING IS SLOW, GO HAVE SOME FUN!!! THAT’S WHY YOU BRING BEER TO DEER CAMP


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Before forming the band Sugarland, each individual career of this Atlanta-based trio seemed headed in an opposite direction. Jennifer Nettles, a powerhouse singer with some serious twang, was working steadily on the local club circuit. Kristen Hall, a singer-songwriter specializing in searing heartache, had released two well-received solo albums. Kristian Bush, a local folk-rock hero, is one half of Billy Pilgrim, a duo with a major record label deal.

It all began with a phone call. Hall contacted Bush to see if he was interested in writing together. At the time, Bush felt that Billy Pilgrim had become more work than fun. He found himself at a crossroads in his life when his wife became pregnant, and his mother died unexpectedly. Hall, also at a crossroads, had built a name for herself with two albums for High Street/Windham Hill, with soul-baring songs that split her open every time she performed them. “They were driving me into the ground,” she says. “Every night I sang them, and every night they kept me in that place, and I just wanted out.”

From the start, Bush and Hall felt their creative energies build on each other. Realizing they might be on to something, they figured that they would need a singer. They approached Nettles. As it turns out, she was looking to try something new, too.

The three of them decided to form a pact. They weren’t looking for a club-level career. That’s something they all had been enjoying for years. Instead, they opted to dream big from the start. Four months after getting together, Sugarland played their first gig and were astounded by the audience reaction. By their fourth gig, they were selling out 1,000 seat venues. Two weeks later, they signed a contract with Mercury Records.

Their major label debut, Twice the Speed of Life, was released in October 2004. After major radio hits like “Baby Girl” and Something More,” the trio landed a Grammy nomination for best new artist, as well as several CMA nominations. The album went on to sell two million copies. Hall parted ways with the band in early 2006; she also wrote the band’s hit, “Just Might (Make Me Believe).”

The duo toured with Kenny Chesney in 2006 and Nettles also scored a No. 1 duet on the country charts with Bon Jovi, titled “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” Sugarland released the album Enjoy the Ride at the end of the year. They followed it with Love on the Inside in 2008.


IS YOUR THANKSGIVING FULL OF BOLOGNA?


HAPPY BIRTHDAY GANG!

Birthdays for Thursday, 11/19/09

Music:

Billy Currington 36/country singer, “Must Be Doing Something Right,” “People Are Crazy”

Jason Albert 36/member of Heartland, “I Loved Her First”

General:

Larry King 76/CNN talk show host

Ted Turner 71/media mogul

Dan Haggerty 68/actor, TV’s Grizzly Adams

Ahmad Rashad 60/sportscaster

Robert Beltran 56/actor, TV’s Star Trek: Voyager

Meg Ryan 48/actress, When Harry Met Sally

Jodie Foster 47/actress, The Silence of the Lambs, The Accused


.......SHE'S GOT LEGS!.......

IS IT A CHILDREN’S STORY…IS IT AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY? YOU DECIDE!!


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Billy Currington was raised in Rincon, Ga., about 30 minutes outside of Savannah, Ga. His mother married a man named Larry Currington when Billy was a year-and-a-half old. Through the next few years, Billy experienced the turmoil that alcohol abuse can do to a family.

Currington auditioned at Opryland USA theme park as a junior in high school but didn’t make it. However, he moved to Nashville after high school to pursue a career in music. In Nashville, he worked for a concrete company and then part-time as a personal trainer. One of his clients led him to demo work and then writing songs. Shortly after his publisher chose not to renew his contract, he signed to Mercury Records.

In 2004, he memorably swung from a chandelier in the music video for his duet with Shania Twain, “Party For Two.” He parlayed his exposure into a successful second album, Doin’ Somethin’ Right, in 2005. The first single, “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” reached No. 1 at country radio at the end of 2005.


Wednesday Morning…1/2 the week is gone already?!?

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Samuel Timothy McGraw was born in Delhi, LA, on May 1, 1967. Though he didn’t know it until years later, his father was baseball player Tug McGraw, a star relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets who’d had a brief affair with McGraw’s mother. He was raised mostly in the small town of Start, LA, near Monroe, and grew up listening to a variety of music: country, pop, rock, and R&B. He attended Northeast Louisiana University on a baseball scholarship, studying sports medicine, and it was only then that he started playing guitar to accompany his singing. He played the local club circuit and dropped out of school in 1989, heading to Nashville on the same day his hero Keith Whitley passed away. He sang in Nashville clubs for a couple of years and landed a deal with Curb in 1992. His debut single, the minor hit “Welcome to the Club,” was released later that year, and his self-titled debut album appeared in 1993 but failed to even make the charts.

McGraw’s fortunes changed with the lead single from his 1994 sophomore effort, Not a Moment Too Soon. “Indian Outlaw” was embraced as a light-hearted, old-fashioned novelty song by fans but was heavily criticized for what some regarded as patronizing caricatures of Native Americans. Despite some radio stations’ refusal to air the song, it reached the country Top Ten and even crossed over to the pop Top 20. All the publicity helped send McGraw’s next single, the ballad “Don’t Take the Girl,” all the way to the top of the country charts; it too made the pop Top 20. The album kept spinning off hits: “Down on the Farm” hit number two, the title track went to number one in 1995, and the novelty tune “Refried Dreams” also reached the Top Five. Not a Moment Too Soon was a genuine blockbuster hit, eventually selling over five million copies and topping both the country and pop album charts; it was also the best-selling country album of the year.

For the follow-up album, McGraw defied country convention by entering the studio not with session musicians, but with his road band, the Dancehall Doctors, a unit that had been together since 1996 (with some members around even before that). Tim McGraw was released in late 2002 and produced Top Ten hits in “Red Rag Top” and “She’s My Kind of Rain”; it also featured a startlingly faithful cover of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” McGraw kept the formula the same on 2004’s chart-topping Live Like You Were Dying, utilizing his road band, as well as co-mixing/producing the record himself. Let It Go followed in 2007, with Southern Voice arriving in 2009. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE NASCAR FAN

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!

Birthdays for Wednesday, 11/18/09

Music:

Graham Parker 59/singer-guitarist, “Local Girls”

Kim Wilde 49/singer, “Kids in America”

Kirk Hammett 47/guitarist, Metallica

And the late:

Johnny Mercer–1909-1976/singer, founder of Capitol Records

Hank Ballard–1927-2003/singer-songwriter, wrote “The Twist”

General:

Brenda Vaccaro 70/actress with the deep voice, Midnight Cowboy

Linda Evans 67/actress, TV’s Dynasty, Yanni’s ex-girlfriend

Jameson Parker 62/actor, TV’s Simon & Simon

Kevin Nealon 56/comedian, former Saturday Night Live cast member

Owen Wilson 41/actor, Wedding Crashers, Cars, Luke’s brother

Peta Wilson 39/actress, TV’s La Femme Nikita

DEEP-FRIED TURDUCKEN MAKES ME WANT TO SING

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Blake Shelton was born on June 18, 1976, in Ada, Okla. He wrote songs as a teenager and honed his performing style as he played honky-tonk bars and became a regular on a local country music show.

At 17, Shelton met songwriter Mae Boren Axton (“Heartbreak Hotel”). She had returned to her Oklahoma roots for a tribute show honoring her in Ada. Shelton was part of the entertainment lineup and Axton told him to move to Nashville if he wanted a successful country music singing career. Two weeks out of high school in 1994, he packed his guitar and headed there.

In 2004, he released the studio album Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill, which included the hits “Some Beach,” “Goodbye Time” and “Nobody But Me.”