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victoria-shaw-concertARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH VICTORIA SHAW'S RECENT UNDER THE COVERS CONCERT?

The multi-trillion selling singer/songwriter/producer once again brought a bevy of Nashville talent to our stage (left, by Stephen Sorokoff) , telling the stories behind the famous songs they’ve written, and singing spectacularly gorgeous acoustic renditions! Between Gary Burr, who wrote my all-time favorite Wynonna song, “To Be Loved By You,” Julie Gold, who performed a touching “From A Distance,” Mark Hudson, who did his best Steve Tyler on “Livin’ On The Edge,” and the extraordinary Bryan White who played and sang with great humor through an allergy attack - the show was a crazy hit. Of course, Ms. Shaw sang some new songs, along with her biggest hit, “The River.” We’re thrilled that she’s up for yet another ACM Award for her work on Lady Antebellum’s debut CD. The place was packed with music fans, including one Lance Bass, who knows a little something about selling records! (‘N Sync sold more than 56 million records worldwide!) The Under The Covers series has been one of our favorites for seven years, and you know Vic will make a return visit soon! Be there, or be all kinds of square!


On Monday, April 5, 2010, I had the distinct privilege of interviewing Award winning country music artist Bryan White after seeing him perform with Victoria Shaw and Gary Burr at New York City’s legendary jazz club Birdland as part of Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland series. Right before I interviewed him, Bryan took the time to meet with fans, take pictures, and sign cds. Gracious, personable, and down to earth, Bryan White is proud of his success, but hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Since the age of 14, he has been entertaining audiences. He’s won a Grammy award, CMA Horizon Award, ACM Top Male Vocalist Award, had six #1 singles, two platinum records, two gold records and joined forces with Shania Twain for “From This Moment on” which they took to #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. Bryan just released his eighth studio album entitled “Dustbowl Dreams” and is currently touring the country. For tour dates and much more on Bryan, be sure to visit: http://www.bryanwhite.com.

The Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga Area and 107.9 The Duke are hosting the 8th annual Six Strings at Sunset on April 7. This acoustic concert showcases country music artists that are not only performers, but songwriters as well.

This year, the Tivoli Theatre again will house the award-winning singers and songwriters, which include Richie McDonald, formally with Lonestar, Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, Bryan White, Katie Armiger and Jeremy McComb.

Review for Richie McDonald:
Richie McDonald has long been one of music's most accomplished and wide-ranging talents. Recognized as one of country's best singers, he was the face and voice of Lonestar, ranked among the genre's preeminent groups. A polished and engaging entertainer, he was the focal point of the group's storied touring career. As one of the industry's most successful songwriters, he has penned some of the era's most memorable songs and earned a mantle full of awards and nominations. Hits include I’m Already There, Amazed, Mr. Mom, Coming Home, My Front Porch Looking, and many more.

Review for Larry Stewart:

Larry Stewart is best known for his role as lead singer of country band Restless Heart. Restless Heart charted 18 Top 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart including six Number Ones. Hits include The Bluest Eyes In Texas, That Rock Won’t Roll, Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right), I'll Still Be Loving You, among others.

Review for Bryan White:

Bryan White has been a strong force within the country music industry for over two decades. He has charted 17 singles on Billboard's Country Charts, had six number one singles, two platinum records, two gold records, he joined forces with Shania Twain and together they took From This Moment On all the way up to number four on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. He has garnered several awards for himself, including a Grammy, a CMA Horizon Award, and an ACM Top Male Vocalist award among them. And, with his songwriting, he helped several other artists climb the charts; Sawyer Brown and Diamond Rio both got in the top five with songs co-written by White and Wynonna, Joe Diffie, LeAnn Rimes and Lila McCann all recorded songs he co-wrote. However, despite all of his music successes, it is an award from outside of the music arena that is probably the best indicator of who White really is; People Magazine named him one of their “50 most beautiful people” in the world and everyone who knows him finds it easy to understand why.

Review for Katie Arminger:
Newcomer Katie Armiger's powerful vocals and skillful songwriting are clearly showcased on her new music. At the ripe age of 18, Katie does not hold back and has an inspiring combination of determination and passion that shines through in her music. Her current breakthrough album was created by Katie along with some of Nashville’s elite songwriters that have written songs for Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood and many more.

Review for Jeremy McComb:

Singer/Songwriter, Jeremy McComb got his start as a writer and tour manager for Larry The Cable Guy. With that start, doors opened up for Jeremy to pursue his passion for music and gain radio play for his music. His most recognized songs include This Town Needs A Bar, Wagon Wheel, and Cold. Jeremy continues to have a powerful, yet humorous, presence on stage and will deliver a performance that guarantees fun.

Six Strings at Sunset will be April 7 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets are $30 for priority seating and $25 all other seats. Reserve tickets now by calling 642-TIXS. VIP Packages are available by calling 265-4397. All money raised will go directly to benefit kidney patients in the greater Chattanooga area.


dr.comDigitalRodeo.com and Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® celebrated the official conclusion of CRS 2010 with their second annual “Guilty Pleasures” show at Cadillac Ranch in Nashville on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.

The evening featured nearly two-dozen artists delivering versions of their favorite “Guilty Pleasures” cover songs.  The show included performances by: Steve Azar, Bomshel, Laura Bell Bundy, Burns & Poe, Coldwater Jane, Due West, Chelsea Field, Adam Gregory, Andy Griggs, Mallary Hope, Buddy Jewell, Sammy Kershaw, LoCash Cowboys, Love & Theft, One Night Rodeo, Marty Raybon, Julie Roberts, Emily West, Bryan White and Mark Wills. AfterMidNite host and popular radio personality Blair Garner hosted the show, which ended with an all-star jam and Johnny Cash birthday tribute performance.

time.jpgRecorded live at the historic Ryman in Nashville, Songs 4 Worship Country Live at the Ryman brings together an amazing array of country stars performing today's top Worship songs including Above All, Holy Is the Lord, Heart of Worship, Indescribable. These are once-in-a-lifetime performances recorded in the perfect setting, the Ryman Auditorium, the mother church of country music.

Songs 4 Worship Country Live features contemporary and traditional country stars such as Ricky Skaggs, Bryan White, Richie McDonald,   Collin Raye, Susan Ashton, and Rebecca Lynn Howard delivering powerful, uplifting performances in this intimate setting. The live show is enhanced with additional performances from Alabama, Randy Travis, Diamond Rio and Alison Krauss, all lending their voices to the greatest worship songs of all time. Additionally, the Songs 4 Worship Country Live DVD captures the power these great performances have to inspire and uplift at the historic Ryman theater. Songs 4 Worship Country: Live at the Ryman is an uplifting, one-of-a-kind collection that celebrates the powerful bond between country artists and their faith.

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bryanwhite-shaniatwain-boot-200-120909Bryan White, who has charted 17 singles on the country charts, including No. 1 hits 'Someone Else's Star,' and 'Rebecca Lynn,' was asleep on his tour bus in 1997 when he got a phone call that shocked him beyond his wildest imagination.

"I was asleep on the tour bus in Chicago, Ill. -- it was the era of no cell phones. We had this analog phone on our bus that we only used for emergencies. We got a call on it, and my tour manager came and woke me up, and said, 'You need to get up.' 'I said, 'What for?' He said, 'Just get up, you need to get up ... Mutt Lange and Shania Twain are on the phone.' I was clearing my throat and trying to wrap my mind around why I was talking to Shania Twain and Mutt Lange at 9 o'clock in the morning because, for me, back then, 9 o'clock in the morning was an ungodly early!

Shania was calling, of course, to ask Bryan to duet with her on 'From This Moment On' -- the love song that is now a country classic.

"They asked me just point blank, 'We have a song on our next project that we think you would be great on. (She said) How would you feel about being my duet partner?' I said, 'Absolutely.'

"Typically I'll make a joke when I'm in a scenario like that when I'm shocked. But I was just very business like, and I said, 'Absolutely, I'd love to do it. Tell me when to be there.'

"Of course, after I hung up, I was turning cartwheels. They were writing the song – I think they were in the process of finishing it. So they sang the chorus to me, and they wanted me to sing it back to them so they could make sure that they tracked the song in the right key so I ended up singing with them a little bit on the phone to figure out the right key. Then I hung up, said 'Thanks,' and a month or two later I was in Lake Placid, N.Y., singing a duet with her. It was a great experience. I had so much fun, and it's one of those surreal, storybook, fairytale kind of feeling that you kind of wish it would have lasted longer."

So why does Bryan think they picked him?

"I don't know," he confesses. "I've heard her ... I'm just quoting what she has said, so I'm not tooting my own horn, but I have heard her say that I am her favorite male singer in country music ... I guess through seeing me on CMT or hearing me on the radio or whatever, she just was drawn to what I do. She just said she loved my voice and thought I would be great for the song. I'm so proud of it. The thing about records is: once they're down, they're down. They're just etched in stone. It's like carving your name on a tree. It'll always be there. People will always be able to listen to that. My kids will always be able to listen to that, and go, 'Wow, that's my dad.' I'm so grateful for that opportunity."

Bryan says he'd love to work with Shania and has faith that she'll make a huge comeback.

"If I know her, she's a songwriter and a singer. I think at some point, you've got to start making music again. And, the thing I hate for her is that what she does, I don't see any way she won't feel an immense pressure because of all the phenomenal things she's done. But I hope she approaches it in a way where she can just be honest with herself and write songs that mean something to her fully not thinking about whether it's going to be a major success. I just hope she does something really honest and doesn't let the pressure of the world and the industry get in the way of that creativity."

Bryan's latest album is titled 'Dustbowl Dreams.' He is currently on a radio tour promoting the single from that album, 'The Little Things.'

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