- 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!!
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!!!
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
Favorite Pop/Rock Female
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
Favorite Country Album
Taylor Swift — Fearless
Favorite Country Female
Favorite Country Male
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group
T-Mobile Breakthrough Award
DUI 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.
STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: HEIDI NEWFIELD
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
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