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Glen Campbell Documentary in Theaters Tomorrow

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Glen Campbell’s wife says he’s at stage six of the seven stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Kim Campbell says he’s lost most of his language skills and he rarely understands anything that’s said to him. However, she says Campbell still communicates with hugs and smiles, and he’s healthy and is “a delight to be around.”

A documentary about him called “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” opens in theaters tomorrow. Director James Keach says the opening scene shows Campbell watching the film and not recognizing himself. Keach says once Campbell was told it’s him, he loved listening to his own music.

“We need to let people know about this disease, we need to do something about it,” she remembers her husband telling her at the time. “He really made himself vulnerable, because he wanted to make a difference.”

Campbell has not performed in public since November of 2012.   Glen’s  record label released his final studio recording: a heart-breaking ballad, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”  The single was recorded in January 2013 — just months after Campbell stopped performing in public.


Get Your Hands on Some of Willie Nelson’s Stash!

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Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie’s December Day, the first installment of the Willie’s Stash archival recordings series, on Tuesday, December 2.

An eclectic album collaboration from outlaw country legend Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Nelson, December Day debuts intimate new recordings of the siblings performing 18 songs they love.

As brother and sister growing up in Abbott, Texas, Willie and Bobbie Nelson learned to read music and play instruments as pre-teens under the tutelage of their grandparents, who raised them. They played together in Texas bands early in their careers and Bobbie has been an essential member of Willie’s Family Band since its official formation in 1973. Willie and Bobbie’s deeply intuitive musical bond, formed and developed through of decades of practice and spontaneity, can be felt throughout December Day.

With songs personally selected by Willie and Bobbie, December Day includes new versions of gems from Willie’s extensive songwriting catalog (“Permanently Lonely,” “My Old Peculiar Way”) alongside some surprising cover tunes (Al Jolson’s “The Anniversary Song,” Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “What’ll I Do” and “Always”).

The album’s sound is augmented by contributions from other Family Band members, including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee Spears on bass on “What’ll I Do,” recorded during his poignant last session with Willie.

In his first-hand observer liner notes for December Day, Family Band member Mickey Raphael provides fascinating details of the album’s performances and insights into the artists’ creative process.

“As long as I can remember, Willie and Bobbie, who ride together on Willie’s bus, spend some of their traveling time jamming on their favorite songs,” Raphael writes. “Bobbie has a travel size keyboard on the bus and Willie’s guitar, Trigger is always by his side. This is where the idea for December Day was born. ‘Why not record our favorite songs like we play them for ourselves?,’ Bobbie asked….

“….When it comes to a brother-sister collaboration with the longevity of Willie and Bobbie, there is beauty in keeping things simple. ‘Less is more’ is the underlying theme. We’ve heard these songs before but not like this. The spontaneity born out of familiarity is what this record, December Day, is all about.

“It’s not rocket science, it’s alchemy.”

The Willie’s Stash series will present a variety of releases, personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, a singular career that’s established Willie Nelson as an American musical icon.

December Day is Willie’s fifth release since signing to Legacy Recordings in 2012. His last Legacy release, Band Of Brothers, was released in June 2014 and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.

Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (Trigger) and Bobbie Nelson (piano, B-3 organ) with Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin Smith (bass), Bee Spears (bass), Billy English (drums, percussion) and David Zettner (acoustic guitar).

Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie
December Day
(Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1)

1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)
2. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson)
3. What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin)
4. Summer of Roses / December Day (Willie Nelson)
5. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
6. Mona Lisa (Ray Evans & Jay Livingston)
7. I Don’t Know Where I Am Today (Willie Nelson)
8. Amnesia (Willie Nelson)
9. Who’ll Buy My Memories (Willie Nelson)
10. The Anniversary Song (Al Jolson & Saul Chaplin)
11. Laws of Nature (Willie Nelson)
12. Walkin’ (Willie Nelson)
13. Always (Irving Berlin)
14. I Let My Mind Wander (Willie Nelson)
15. Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson)
16. My Own Peculiar Way (Willie Nelson)
17. Sad Songs and Waltzes (Willie Nelson)
18. Ou-es tu, mon amour (Emile Stern & Henri LeMarchand) / I Never Cared for You (Willie Nelson)

Florida Georgia Line Taking Over the Charts

Cover Art Courtesy of Republic Nashville

Cover Art Courtesy of Republic Nashville

Florida Georgia Line is proving to be unstoppable with the release of their second album Anything Goes (Republic Nashville). The highly anticipated project sold a monstrous 197,105 copies in its first week, earning the superstar duo their first debut at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts.

Produced by Joey Moi, who was also at the helm of the 2X Platinum debut Here’s to the Good Times, music critics nationwide are raving about FGL’s progressive sound along with the talented twosome’s impact on the genre and beyond.

Currently on the road as direct support for Jason Aldean’s Burn it Down Tour, FGL will take their signature high-octane show worldwide on their headline Anything Goes 2015.

The reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year will vie for the title again at the forthcoming awards on November 5, airing on ABC. FGL also scored an American Music Awards nomination for Favorite Band Duo or Group, Country and fans can vote now at http://ama.votenow.tv.

 

Princess Kellie Pickler Meets Queen Latifah this Week

Photo Courtesy "The Queen Latifah Show

Photo Courtesy “The Queen Latifah Show

Kellie Pickler makes her debut appearance on “The Queen Latifah Show” this Thursday, Oct. 23. Click here to search where the syndicated daytime talk show airs in each local market.

During the show, Pickler talks with Queen Latifah about how much fun she had voicing the lead character of Mirabelle in the new animated VeggieTales movie “Beauty and the Beet” distributed by DreamWorks Animation. Both the DVD and the companion CD, which features Pickler performing eight songs, are available in-stores now.

As part of the show, Pickler challenges Queen Latifah to the bean bag toss game known as “cornhole,” which she plays often with her band members while on the road. In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Queen Latifah pledged a donation for each bean bag that hits the target to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which funds research and awareness for breast cancer.

After taping “The Queen Latifah Show,” Pickler travelled to Washington, DC to perform at the 2014 USO Gala. “It was a great night honoring our service men and women,” said the singer/songwriter, who is strong supporter of the U.S. military and has performed on seven USO Tours overseas thus far.

Pickler returns to the road on Nov. 1 in Alpharetta, GA in support of her current album, The Woman I Am.   For tour dates and more information, visit KelliePickler.com. Follow her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KelliePickler and on Twitter @KelliePickler.

Luke Bryan Celebrates End of Tour and Releases New Music

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan will celebrate the wrap of his critically acclaimed “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and the release of a new single from his CMA nominated album Crash My Party in the next ten days. Luke’s 2014 10-month tour will come to a close this weekend wrapping with four sold-out shows including the Hollywood Bowl and The Forum in Los Angeles. On November 3, a sixth single, “I See You,” from Crash My Party will go to country radio. The song was written by Luke, Luke Laird and Ashley Gorley.

In additional tour news, ABC’s Nightline was on hand for Luke’s stadium show at Chicago’s Soldier Field in August and in Knoxville earlier this month for his “Farm Tour” concert. In the episode, Nightline correspondent Gloria Riviera takes an in depth look on Luke as an entertainer. The story airs Thursday, Oct. 23.

Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has sold just over 6.6 million albums, 26.4 million digital tracks from his four studio albums and placed 11 singles at No. 1. Luke’s recent No. 1 single “Roller Coaster” is the from his Crash My Party album, which has sold over two million copies with 8.1 million digital downloads and was the best-selling country album in 2013. The album contains four additional No. 1 hits including “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Crash My Party,” “Drink A Beer,” and “Play It Again.” Luke made Billboard chart history earlier this year by reaching the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Play It Again” and “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line claiming the No. 2 spot. Luke becomes the first artist to ever hold the two top positions since the chart began in 1990.

Luke will perform on the upcoming “48th Annual CMA Awards” on Wed., Nov. 5 and is nominated for three CMA Awards, Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Crash My Party¬.

The 2015 winter leg of Luke’s “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” launches in February with guests Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch. Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the 2015 “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is sponsoring the tour. Citi is the official credit card of the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” with Citi cardmembers having access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

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