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“No Shave November” Raises over $35,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

No Shave November

The first annual “No Shave November” competition to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital officially drew to a close yesterday, November 30. “No Shave November” gained tremendous response surpassing several goals set for $2500, $5000, $10,000 and $20,000. The contest ended, raising over $35,000 for the children’s hospital.

Yesterday, The Moose Music Row ( in Nashville threw a “Beard Bash” in honor of the participants. Prizes were awarded to the finalists and “The Beard of the Year” award was selected by a panel of celebrity judges: A Rocket to the Moon (Fueled by Ramen recording group – Andrew Cook, Eric Halvorsen, Justin Richards, Nick Santino), Duane Allen and Joe Bonsall from The Oak Ridge Boys, Matt and Ryan Fleener from The Dirt Drifters, Tom Gossin from Gloriana, Casey James, Neal McCoy, The McClymonts (Mollie and Samantha McClymont), John Rich and Blake Shelton.

“No Shave November” Winners

The Whisker Reward (to the beard that raised the most money)
Billy Greenwood ($3,185)

The MVP award (to the person who did the most to spread the word about the event)
Chuck Aly

The More Salt Than Pepper award (to the beard with the most gray)
Damon Moberly

The Shoulda Shaved November award (to the worst beard)
Bob Reeves

The Lindsay Lohan award (to the best mug shot)
Andy Woods

The Hairy Potter award (to the person who looks the most like Harry Potter with a beard)
John Flint

The Beard of the Year award
Brian Bowling

Photo Caption: Warner Music Nashville participants, event organizers and the winners who were present at the No Shave November “Beard Bash”
Peter Strickland (Warner Music Nashville SVP of Brand Management & Sales), Tyler Wall (WMN), Bob Reeves (WMN VP of Promotion), April Johnson (WMN), George Meeker (WMN), Brian Bowling (“The Beard of the Year”), WSIX’s Billy Greenwood (“The Whisker Award”), Lou Ramirez (WMN), Country Aircheck’s Chuck Aly (“The MVP Award”)

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NEW VIDEO- The Dirt Drifters “Always a Reason”

Take a look at the new video by The Dirt Drifters for “Always a Reason.” What do you think??? The video was directed by Andi Zack and features a behind the scenes glimpse of life on and off the road for Dirt Drifter band members Matt Fleener, Ryan Fleener, Jeff Middleton, Jeremy Little and Nick Diamond.

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The Dirt Drifters Celebrate Album Release

On Tuesday night, country music’s hottest new band The Dirt Drifters had yet another reason to celebrate as their debut album entitled This Is My Blood was released to all physical retailers and they topped the day off with a packed out concert at local hot spot 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN. The critically-acclaimed band played the new album from top to bottom, including their current single “Always A Reason” and fan-favorites “Something Better” and “I’ll Shut Up Now.” This multi-talented group of five musicians wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 11 tracks and played on every song on This Is My Blood (produced by Justin Neibank). The overflowing crowd of industry insiders, family and friends, just could not get enough of the band’s signature well-crafted tunes that speak to the working man and left the evening bleeding for more.

The Dirt Drifters met in Nashville, five musicians from four states with backgrounds from across the spectrum and a hunger to make music that matters. Their growing suspicion that they had something special was confirmed over and over as they took to the road. Fans in one club after another reacted as they always do in the presence of the real thing, and The Dirt Drifters began attracting a rabid and loyal following. By name and position they are lead singer/guitarist Matt Fleener, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Fleener, vocalist/guitarist Jeff Middleton, bassist Jeremy Little and drummer Nick Diamond. They bring resumes that embrace country, rock, funk and R&B to bear on a gritty, lyrical roadhouse country that offers something substantial to the heart, the mind and the dance floor.

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New Music From The Dirt Drifters: “This Is My Blood”

The Dirt Drifters are drifting onto the radar with 11 brand new tunes on their soon-to-be released record, “This Is My Blood.” The Nashville-based band consists of Matt Fleener (lead vocals, guitar), Ryan Fleener (vocals, guitar), Jeff Middleton (vocals, guitar), Jeremy Little (bass), and Nick Diamond (drums). Their sound is reminiscent of ’90s country rockers Confederate Railroad. Add a pinch of Diamond Rio and a dash of Dwight Yoakam and you’ve got The Dirt Drifters.

The album’s leadoff single, “Something Better,” is a song about holding out for something better in every aspect of your life — your job, your relationships, etc. It’s a fairly strong first single, but I think there may be one or two tracks on the album that may have been a better choice, the first being their collaboration with Willie Nelson on “I’ll Shut Up Now.” The guys always dreamed of working with Willie, so it makes the song that much more special knowing that it was a dream come true for them. The song samples one of Willie’s biggest hits, “On The Road Again.” The pounding beat of the drums really drives the song and makes it one of those tunes that you can’t help but clap and sing along to.

The other single-worthy song is a track called “Sun Goes Down.” I could hear this on mainstream country radio. It’s definitely one of the highlights for me. “Hurt Somebody” is a beautiful ballad about falling for a heartbreaker and, even though he knows he’ll probably wind up getting hurt, he’s willing to take that risk — “Girl, you’re gonna hurt somebody…and, God, I hope it’s me.”

Overall, it’s a good record. It’s not mind-blowing, but it’s very well done and I would recommend it. “This Is My Blood” could very well be the album that puts The Dirt Drifters on the map. If you want to learn more about the guys, check them out online.

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Kristi Olson
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