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Interview with Heidi Newfield 2009

Exclusive InterviewsInterview with Heidi Newfield 2009
By Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you? What were the highlights?

H.N.: This past year was absolutely wonderful! Lots of hard work getting my first solo album finished and out there in the world....but extremely rewarding! I had a blast writing for this album and the creative process was total joy for me!

Ch.L.: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you thing is specail about this song that makes people what to hear it?

H.N.: I think Johnny and June was such a special record...a song that really connected with the hearts of people. So we wanted to follow it up with something that had some tempo and had a really great sing along message to it. Cry Cry Till the Sun Shines, though a totally different kind of song then its predecessor, seemed like the perfect choice! It just makes you want to crank it up...it makes you feel good!

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song among all the songs you've recorded and what's the story behind it?

I love this whole album! I love every song on it....so it's very hard to choose a favorite. But Johnny and June is a song that I will be honored to sing for many years to come...and it is really responsible for kicking the doors down for me as a solo female artist....so it would probably be at the top. the album title track is my anthem though....
It's pretty special as well...and I know so many people all around the world will be able to relate to it....It's about taking chances...and not letting anyone tell you what you can or can't do or achieve...but I think it does this without being cheesy. It's the story of my life right now!

Ch.L.: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

H.N.: I would change the bullshit politics that often times take over the soul of our art. It should always be about THE MUSIC and how it makes you feel....It should be about believing in real artists and their creations....not about the freakin bottom line! It is a shame...do you realize that if Elvis Presely or Bruce Springsteen or Fleetwood Mac (among many others who took a bit to find themselves) were starting out today, they might not have been given a real chance to become the legends they are. We don't champion real singer songwriters as much anymore..I hate that so many people are spoon fed "celebrity" instead of TALENT and passion.
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"Akin'" to Please: "Tailgate" Tour Starter Packs On Truckload of Songs

     Frankly, Rhett Akins does give a damn – especially for his music fans. Though some of his songs are sweet ones, a certain kissy-kissy composition of late sure to get a crowd reaction isn’t one of those: it’s called “Kiss My Country Ass.” And if anyone has a problem with that, well…let’s just say they best not voice it.

     “It’s my favorite song to perform,” he fires up. “I just love to get out there in front of people. I love the whole live thing. And in my opinion, there’s no authority in the world who can tell you when you are a singer and when you are not.”

     “Ass,” by the way, can be found on his 2007 release People Like Me, which also includes plenty of sentimentality in “If Heaven (Weren’t So Far Away). Currently, it’s available on his website and at shows only. And speaking of shows - in 2001, he took his enthusiasm for entertainment to the road at an impressive new level, starting the Honky Tonk Tailgate Party tour, where he joined with three other (sometimes rotating) artists.

     Many a fan’s been riding in trucks with the Georgia-bred Rhett since (the career high-gear of) “That Ain’t My Truck” and “I Brake for Brunettes,” but what they may not know is...

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The AngryCountry Interview: Shannon Brown

Exclusive InterviewsThe AngryCountry Interview: Shannon Brown
By Christine Bohorfoush - AngryCountry Staff Writer

Shannon Brown - a new artist on Warner Brothers Nashville - is anxiously awaiting the release of her debut album "Corn Fed" which hits store shelves this Tuesday February 28th. Shannon took some time out of her very busy schedule to answer a few questions for us by email.

AC: I understand that you are good friends with Big and Rich's John Rich... could you tell our readers more about this friendship?

SB: John and I have been friends for several years. We were former label mates and I sang demos for him in the past. But, it wasn’t until the 2004 Flame Worthy Awards that we ever thought of really working together. I call it "Divine Intervention". We both were sat in seats that were not initially ours and they happened to be right next to one another. We hadn’t seen each other in over 2 years. It was there that we started catching up. One thing led to another in our conversation and by the end of the night, we had made a commitment to go into the studio and record some songs together. He produced 3 sides that Mother’s Day Sunday thanks to my management funding the project. We took it to Warner Brothers and the rest as they say is History.
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The AngryCountry Interview: Ray Scott

Exclusive InterviewsThe AngryCountry Interview: Ray Scott
By: Thomas Rhodes - AngryCountry.com Staff Writer

When the voice rumbles out of the speakers like rolling thunder, it is obvious there is a different kind of cowboy on the scene, one who writes songs with the plainspoken poetry and emotional directness that turned the songs of Kristofferson, Jennings, and Nelson into a movement. And if you want to call Ray Scott an outlaw, well, he is alright with that...

It is his attitude. He does it his way. He says it his way. His way takes aim at the heart scoring a direct hit by chronicling the beauty and the tragedy of everyday life. He knows where country music has been and he knows that he is taking it someplace new. His way is the way of the steel guitar. It is recitation and gospel, with a little blues and rock thrown in for seasoning. But when it simmers to a boil and he serves it up in that deep Carolina drawl, you cannot call it anything but country music.

That is because Ray Scott was raised in the rural farming community of Semora, North Carolina and grew up among the blue collar folks who populate his songs. He also grew up the son of a country singer. In fact, he credits his father, Ray Senior, as his biggest musical influence. The father's dream of musical success was soon passed down to the son; and after a youth spent soaking up his father's music, Scott began to find himself drawn to the authority and gritty realism of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard.
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The AngryCountry Interview: Cowboy Troy

Exclusive InterviewsBy: Christie Bohorfoush - AngryCountry.com Staff Writer

There is nothing ordinary in Muzik Mafia's Cowboy Troy Coleman, or in his music. While his most recent single release, "If You Don't Wanna Love Me" has raised more than a few eyebrows, Troy continues to make those around him think, and he pushes for Muzik Mafia's message: LOVE EVERYONE!

What I personally so admire about Troy Coleman is his courage in pushing the Nashville Country music scene's envelope. Not only is he an African American trying to bring his own brand of "hick hop" into a very tight knit woven country music industry (in fact, no one has done this since Charlie Pride arrived on the scene), but he also is trying to bring a strong message about love (sometimes of the lack of it in our world) and tolerance for other people who may not be like us. Tall order, one may think. Maybe... but one has to admire a man who is willing to stick his neck out there.
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The AngryCountry Interview: Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky)

Exclusive InterviewsBy: Christine Bohorfoush - AngryCountry.com Staff Writer

With twenty-seven plus years and well over 4,800 performances and counting under their collective belt, Riders In The Sky, the Grammy-winning Western music group whose music is firmly grounded in the rich American music traditions of such legendary cowboy singers as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and the Sons of the Pioneers... and whose fun-filled performances have enchanted audiences of all ages... are themselves the stuff of legend.

Indeed, the Riders... Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth), Woody Paul (King of the Cowboy Fiddlers), Too Slim ("a Righteous Tater”), and Joey (the CowPolka King)... have single-handedly revived and revitalized an entire music genre since they formed in 1977. With their recent induction into the prestigious Walk of Western Stars in Newhall, California, they have only added more luster to an extraordinary career that long ago placed them rightfully alongside the all-time greats as the world's premiere Western recording and touring band.
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The AngryCountry Interview: Con Hunley

By: Christine Bohorfoush - AngryCountry.com Staff Writer

For those of our readers who are younger and new to country music, the name Con Hunley may not be familiar. But Con is no stranger to the country music scene. In the 70s and 80s, he had numerous hit singles including his biggest "Oh Girl" recorded in 1982. During that time, he was touring with various artists including George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Alabama, The Gatlin Brothers, The Oak Ridge Boys and others. In 1984, Con went with Capital Records. One of his recordings for them, "What Am I Going to Do About You," was a hit and one of twenty of his songs that made the top ten on the charts. It stayed on the charts for fifty-eight consecutive weeks. It was during these years that Con was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and Newcomer of the Year by ACM and CMA.
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The Determination of Sage Keffer

By. Christine Bohorfoush - AngryCountry.com Staff Writer Nashville Star hopeful, Sage Keffer, is determined to prove that he has the right stuff to make it as a country singer/songwriter in Nashville. Sage first came to the attention of AngryCountry when we saw him audition for Nashville Star in Birmingham. On that day, Sage performed a very animated version of the Georgia Satellite's "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" as well as an original song that he wrote entitled "Happiness." I was very impressed with Sage, as I could immediately recognize the raw talent and personality that he brought to the stage. In fact, he was chosen among the thousands on this day by the judges, as well, to move on to the Regionals with Matt Lindahl; losing to Matt at the region level, but nonetheless determined to continue to prove himself.
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John Conlee: Just a Farmer at Heart

For those of us who have loved country music for years, the name John Conlee means legend and Grand Ole Opry star. For new younger audiences, they may not be familiar with just who John Conlee is. He will tell you that he is first and foremost just a farmer; but to those who love his music (as I do), John is so much more.
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Th AngryCountry Interview: Rushlow

Exclusive Interviews Following a concert performance in June, Rushlow invited me on their bus for an unscripted, unplanned interview. After they spent a few minutes interviewing me about Angry Country; we got down to what I was there to know: Who is Rushlow?

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