Larry Cordle Releases New AlbumTales From East Kentucky

Nashville, Tenn.  (July 6, 2018) –  Kentucky Music Hall of Famer, three-time Grammy Nominee and multi-IBMA award-winner LARRY CORDLE is back with another strong collection of original tunes titled TALES FROM EAST KENTUCKY. The album is now available for purchase at major retail outlets. Radio programmers can download the album at AirPlay.com.

Cordle takes listeners down a Kentucky road as he co-wrote all tracks on the album including six songs with his good buddy Larry Shell. Other co-writers include: Donna Ulisse, Trey Hensley, Connie Leigh, Jenee Fleenor, Brandon Rickman, Jim Rushing, and Donnie Clark.

Musicians include Cordle’s band members from Lonesome Standard Time: Mike Anglin, Chris Davis, Kim Gardner and Jody King along with guests Ron Block, Mike Bub, Aubrey Haynie, Jenee Fleenor, Clay Hess, Chris Latham, Clay Hess, and Rob Ickes.  Guest vocalists include: Don Rigsby, Jerry Salley, Val Storey, Jenee Fleenor, Val Storey, Donna Ulisse, Angie Prim, Brandon Rickman, Josh Swift, and LST member Chris Davis.

TRACK LISTING

01 – Yardbird (2:52) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
02 – Where The Mountain Lilies Grow (3:31), Donna Ulisse, Larry Cordle
03 – Bluegrass Junction (2:15) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell, Trey Hensley
04 – Lawrence County Seat (2:51) Connie. Leigh, Larry Cordle
05 – Old Men (2:48), Larry Shell, Larry Cordle
06 – We Blame The Devil (3:58) Larry Cordle, Jenee Fleenor, Brandon Rickman
07 – A Large Detroit American Automobile (2:35) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
08 – Scared The Hell Out Of Me (4:10) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
09 – Back When (3:01) Larry Cordle, Larry Shell
10 – Anything Worth Doing (3:02) Jim Rushing, Larry Cordle
11 – Bandit (3:31) Larry Cordle, Donnie Clark

The album was produced:   Larry Cordle for Wandachord Productions.  Please visit Larry Cordle at LarryCordle.com, facebook.com/LarryCordleFan, and twitter.com/larry_cordle.

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Radio programmers can download TALES FROM EAST KENTUCKY at airplaydirect.com/music/talesfromeastkentucky/

Bria Kelly (The Voice) Records and Films Powerful New Music Video for Anti-Dog Chaining Song “Why Me?”

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Bria Kelly, famous for top 10 finish on The Voice last year, and top 20 stint on America’s Got Talent, the year before, was the obvious choice to record the vocals for the new song “Why Me?” When asked what this song means to Bria, she replied, “I am humbled by the opportunity to support such an amazing cause. Written by Amy Havens Hines and Donna Hughes, this song should be an eye opening reality check to those who turn a blind eye to animal cruelty.”

Amy Hines reached out to Donna Hughes, an Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights activist. Hughes has recorded a series of anti-chaining songs including the first, “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain,” that appears on her album From The Heart, and the follow-up “One Less Dog In The Cold.”

“When Amy Hines sent me her haunting lyrics, I immediately had a vision for the melody, and after reading her haunting lyrics, I knew the title had to be what all dogs on chains are thinking, ‘Why Me?’ Dog chaining is legal in my area, so after many sleepless nights, tossing and turning, worrying about all the dogs who live all around me on chains, I knew we had to get this song recorded by someone special! I am honored and sincerely grateful Amy chose me as her partner to complete this song. I have true admiration for her and all the happy hearts and helping hands at Dogs Deserve Better, as they rehabilitate dogs from a lifetime of suffering,” said Hughes.

The song “Why Me?” came together in one day. They then reached out to Bria Kelly to perform it knowing that her powerful vocals and huge fan following would certainly help bring global attention to this powerful tune.

The lyrics then traveled to Nashville where it was professionally recorded and mixed by musician Scott Vestal who also played acoustic guitar and bass on the recording. Vestal’s impressive career includes stints with Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Donny and Marie Osmond, Sam Bush, David Lee Roth, Ricky Skaggs, and many other high profile artists. He has also appeared on numerous national TV shows.

Other musicians on “Why Me?” include the amazing talents of: Jenee Fleenor, (currently performing with Blake Shelton) on Violin; Josh Shilling (lead vocalist with Mountain Heart) on Piano and Harmony; Chris Brown (Belmont University, Sam Bush, Linda Rondstadt) on Drums; and Bob Williams (has played Rhythm and Blues with the Peptonz, American folk music with Carey Creed, Bluegrass with the Grass Menagerie, and classic Rock and dance music with Scott Young and Steppin’ Out) on Guitar.

Cetre Peques (Music Video Director) and the entire Who’s Johnny Creative production team immediately jumped on board to produce the music video for “Why Me?” in hopes of raising awareness and showing the correlation between animal abuse and crimes against humanity. Dr. Sheri Bias, Liquid Talent Agency joined the team by providing over 50 professional actors.

On July 25, 2015, the actors, writers, producers, and Bria Kelly showed up on 1915 Moonlight Rd. in Smithfield, Virginia. Once the home of Michael Vick’s “Bad Newz” dog fighting compound, it is now home of Dogs Deserve Better that operates the Good Newz Rehabilitation Center for Chained & Penned Dogs. After what can only be described as a “surreal” experience, the 22 hours of filming took place on the very property where dozens of dogs had been fought and died. No one left without having a life altering experience.

The “Why Me?” video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/byoPuFK5wNE

The song can be purchased for download on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and all major distribution sites. A portion of every song will benefit the dogs at the Good Newz Rehabilitation Center for Chained & Penned Dogs (dogsdeservebetter.org).
More information about “Why Me?” can be found at whymemusic.com

Radio programmers worldwide can download “Why Me?” at Airplay Direct:
airplaydirect.com/music/unchaindogs/

More on Donna Hughes:
donna-hughes-400wDonna Hughes, an award-winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights activist, is using her voice to help un-chain dogs. She started a petition, which has now grown to 35k signatures, and has also set up a page a “Dogs Without Chains” Facebook page where she posts all the new tethering ordinances being passed around the nation.

She also set up a page called “Flying Hound Fences,” aptly named after her Publishing Company, (Flying Hound Publishing) to organize volunteers to build fences in her area, for those who need help.

Due to her efforts and many other organizations, more and more people have begun filing into their Local County Courtrooms, to argue a ban on chaining dogs. Both “One Less Dog In The Cold” and “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” have extremely sad videos on YouTube, difficult to watch, but necessary to educate. Both songs have been shared by celebrities such as Wynonna Judd, some of The Real Housewives in Hollywood, Broadway Stars, Pulitzer Prize Winners, and more.

Donna’s songs and efforts have been covered widely in the media in global publications and high profile social sites like “The Little Things,” with 3+ million fans.

For more information on Donna Hughes, please visit www.donnahughes.com.

Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time feat Garth Brooks

Fresh off in his induction in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Larry Cordle has received an Award Nomination by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Recorded Event of the Year for “Against The Grain” by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time featuring Garth Brooks. The song was produced by Cordle on his MightyCord Records label.

“Against the Grain” features Lead Vocals by Garth Brooks & Larry Cordle; Back Vocals – Carl Jackson & Larry Cordle; Banjo – Kristin Scott Benson; Bass – Mike Anglin; Dobro – Kim Gardner; Fiddle – Jenee Fleenor; Guitar – Bryan Sutton; and Mandolin – Chris Davis; and Songwriters – Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Bruce Bouton.

In the Track by Track video for “Against the Grain,” Cordle goes into great detail on how the song came to life and Garth Brooks recording it on his multi-million selling album, Ropin The Wind. Fans can watch the video in its entirety at www.larrycordle.com or YouTube.

“Against The Grain” appears on Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time’s ALL-STAR DUETS album that includes Nashville superstars: Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, Trisha Yearwood, Diamond Rio, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Kathy Mattea, Daryle Singletary, Kevin Denny, Terri Clark, and Travis Tritt. ALL-STAR DUETS is available at iTunes, Amazon, and more fine retail outlets. Radio programmers can download the album at AirPlayDirect.com.

The 2015 IBMA Awards will be presented Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the IBMA Awards Show to be held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. For tickets on the Awards show and the IBMA World of Bluegrass, please visit www.ibma.org.

Cordle has received numerous other IBMA Awards during his remarkable career including his 2000 IBMA Award for Song of the Year for “Murder On Music Row” with Lonesome Standard Time and written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell.

For more information on Larry Cordle, please visit www.larrycordle.com, like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

New Songwriting Contest Announced

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Judges Include Award-Winning Songwriters:
Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Donna Hughes, Brink Brinkman and Jenee Fleenor

The popular Dogs Deserve Better organization has launched a new songwriting contest on behalf of chained dogs. Songwriters who believe that dogs deserve a better life other than living at the end of a chain, are encouraged to submit their original tunes at DogsDeserveBetter.org before June 30, 2015.

An estimated 4-5 million dogs are still living outside 24/7/365 on chains and in pens all across the nation. In most areas of the country chaining is not banned or even limited.
The contest will be judged by some definite music and shakers in the music biz including the award-winning and chart topping writers Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Donna Hughes, Brink Brinkman, and Jenee Fleenor.  Applicants should inspire with their songs about freedom from chains, love for your best friend, or how a dog can change the world.

More on the Judges:

• Carl Jackson, Grammy-winning Producer & Songwriter of many hits in Nashville
• Jenee Fleenor, band member of the Blake Shelton band, (co-writer of Blake’s latest single “Bringing Back the Sunshine) formerly with Martina McBride, and & played on recordings by Rascal Flatts, & many other superstars.
• Brink Brinkman, writer of countless Bluegrass hits.
• Donna Hughes, writer of “My Poor Old Heart” by Alison Krauss & Union Station, a song from her Grammy-winning album “Lonely Runs Both Ways,” a song she performed at the CMA Awards. Donna’s songs have also been recorded by artists around the world, including Grammy nominated Seldom Scene. She currently has written over 500 songs, with 189 of them on iTunes.
• Larry Cordle, most famous for his song “Murder on Music Row”, which was recorded by George Strait and Alan Jackson and received the CMA Award for Song of the Year in 2000. He has written songs for Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks, and many other giants in Country & Bluegrass.

Confirmed Prizes (more to come):
• Celeb-Signed Guitar
• Guitar Lover’s Gift Box: Includes Guitar Strings, Picks, Guitar Strap, Tuner
• Winning Song will be uploaded to Airplay Direct for global distribution to Radio Programmers.
• Photo shoot with Steve Routh Photography or Rashell Wright Photography, if willing to travel to, or near the NC area.
• $25 Gift Card to Musicians’ Friend
• Autographed copy of Donna Hughes latest CD, and Free Songwriting Consultation
• Free Consultation with Brink Brinkman
• Dogs Deserve Better swag
For more information on Dogs Deserve Better and the Freedom Songwriting Contest, please visit dogsdeservebetter.org/2015songcontest.html.

Donna Hughes Wins 2015 Canine Freedom Musician Award from Dogs Deserve Better

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cfawardslogo-winners2015Multi-award winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights Activist, Donna Hughes has won the 2015 Canine Freedom Award in the Musician category from Dogs Deserve Better – a nonprofit organization that has been freeing chained dogs since 2002. For a complete list of winners of the 2015 Canine Freedom Awards, please visit www.dogsdeservebetter.org.

Dogs Deserve Better announced, “Each year, more laws are made limiting or banning chaining, and more groups get involved in making a difference for chained dogs. These formerly forgotten dogs’ plights are written about, their rescues applauded. While we spend so much time focusing on the negative and harsh realities involved in the fight to free Man’s Best Friends from chains, we realized we need to take a moment to CELEBRATE the good, too. There are so many people who HAVE stepped up to make a difference on behalf of chained dogs, who have come together to fight for them and say “No More.”

Donna Hughes’ original song, “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” has certainly caught the attention of people around the world as she brings important awareness to dogs being kept on chains and living a life of suffering. The heart-wrenching tune appears in different two versions on her current albums, From the Heart and Fly. The song has received significant airplay, charting on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs and on AirPlay Direct’s Global Radio Indicator Chart’s Top 50 Bluegrass / Folk Singles. Due to the heart-wrenching lyrics and video for “Dog On A 10’ Chain”, Hughes has since penned a happy follow up song, “One Less Dog In the Cold” that can be viewed on YouTube.

The Animal Rights Advocate continues her passionate mission to change tethering laws around the country. Hughes recently launched a Change.org petition to change tethering laws around the country and in her home state of North Carolina. Her grassroots efforts through social media have also made an impact and caught the attention of high profile celebrities, especially on Twitter, who are now lending their support.

Donna Hughes, along with the award-winning talents of Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Brink Brinkman, and Jenee Fleenor, will be judging a new Songwriting Contest hosted by Dogs Deserve Better. For more information including prizes to be award, please visit dogsdeservebetter.org/2015songcontest.html. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2015.

For more information on Donna Hughes’ impressive catalog of music including lyrics, please visit www.donnahughes.com.

Newton & Thomas to Host Pick & Stomp Concert Series at the Nashville Palace

PickStomp350hNashville’s Mark Newton & Steve Thomas will host the new weekly Pick & Stomp Concert Series at the Nashville Palace presented by Robert’s Western World. The first concert takes place Thursday, October 9 with opening act, Casey Campbell. Doors open at 6:30pm and the fun will continue until 11:00pm. Attendees will certainly enjoy the tasty food, great music, authentic barn dance and pickin’ party!

Newton & Thomas are pleased to welcome the following entertainment with more to be announced soon.

Thursday, October 16 – Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass Band, Greg Garing
Thursday, October 23 – Richard Smith, Thom Bresh
Thursday, October 30 – Larry Cordle, Jenee Fleenor
Thursday, November 6 – Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

“Steve and I are honored to host this new concert series and welcome fans of bluegrass and roots music. We think they will enjoy the laid back atmosphere and feel like they are part of the family. Pickers are welcome,” said Newton.

Pick & Stomp tickets are only $10 and can be purchased in advance or online at nashville-palace.com.

Newton and Thomas received significant chart success with their latest album, REBORN on Pinecastle Records. The project includes numerous Top 5 singles like “Old McDonald Sold the Farm” that reached #1 numerous times on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart. The lively and popular tune was also released as a music video that can be viewed on YouTube. For more information on Newton & Thomas, please visit NewtonandThomas.com and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

New Single by Donna Hughes – “The Way I Am” Now Avail to Radio and For Digital Purchase

Donna HughesDonna Hughes is proud to announce the first single release, “The Way I Am” from her upcoming new bluegrass album, FROM THE HEART is now available to radio and for digital purchase.  Donna provides lead vocals on her original song that is a perfect summertime tune with a fun and lively Cajun feel.

She is joined on “The Way I Am” by Scott Vestal (Banjo), Tim Stafford (Lead Guitar), Rob Ickes (Reso Guitar), Cory Piatt (Mandolin), Zak McLamb (Bass), Lucas White (Rhythm Guitar), and Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle and Harmony Vocals).

FROM THE HEART was recorded at Hilltop Studio in Nashville, TN with Engineer Steve Chandler. This highly anticipated new project, set for release later this year on her label, Running Dog Records, includes 16 original songs plus 1 cover. She will also release an Americana album, FLY, this fall featuring 8 originals plus 4 covers.

Donna recently launched an Indiegogo campaign where her fans have been pre-ordering both of these new albums.  As promised, fans who have already participated were the first to receive the new song, “The Way I Am” last week.  Fans can still pre-order these albums and find other levels of supporting her music by visiting Indigogo.com. The single is now available for purchase at DonnaHughes.com.

Radio stations can download “The Way I Am” at AirPlayDirect.com or request a WAV file. Lyrics and additional information can be found at her website.

Please visit DonnaHughes.com and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, and Pandora.

“Always Have, Always Will” by Brandon Rickman

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Rural Rhythm Records will unveil the first single, “Always Have, Always Will” by BRANDON RICKMAN next week on “Fresh Cuts and Key Tracks” serviced to radio stations.  This fiery, captivating new single was co-written by Brandon Rickman and Chris Stapleton (The Steeldrivers).  The song is enhanced by Brandon’s signature lead vocals, matched with the beautifully blended harmony vocals by Terry Eldridge (The Grascals), and incredible intro and reprise by fellow Rural Rhythm artist, Randy Kohrs on resonator guitar.  Other musicians on the single include: Aaron McDaris (Rhonda Vincent & The Rage) on banjo, Jenee’ Fleenor (Terri Clark) on fiddle, and Brandon performing guitar, bass, mandolin.

The song is from Brandon’s upcoming first solo album, “YOUNG MAN, OLD SOUL, set for a June 30, 2009 release where he co-wrote 10 out of the 12 tracks.  Along with Stapleton, Brandon recruited many of his other talented songwriting friends including, Tammy Rogers (The Steeldrivers); Jerry Salley, Kevin Denney, and Charley Stefl.  Other musicians on the album include: Jamie Johnson (The Grascals); and fellow Lonesome River Band members, Andy Ball and Mike Anglin.

Brandon can also be heard on the Lonesome River Band’s current #1 chart album, “NO TURNING BACK,” (Rural Rhythm) where he serves as lead vocalist and guitarist with the group.  The Lonesome River Band is also celebrating two current chart singles, “Them Blues” with lead vocals provided by Brandon, and “Like A Train Needs a Track” with lead vocals provided by Andy Ball.  Other band members include critically acclaimed banjoist and band leader, Sammy Shelor, along with Mike Hartgrove on fiddle and Mike Anglin on bass.

For more information on Brandon Rickman, please visit www.lonesomeriverband.com, www.ruralrhythm.com – Media, please visit www.hoperiverentertainment.com