2011 July Issue - Country Entertainment USA


2011 July Issue - Country Entertainment USA

Bring the Audience to Their Feet!

Interview with Tim Daley

Program Director of the

Country Music Channel

in Australia

CMT Awards


Rascal Flatts

Music Video

Publicizing Entertainers & Entertaining Our Readers


Tim McGraw Bring the First Annual Show Me Music Fest

To a Close and the Audience to Their Feet!

Sunday night marked the end of the first annual Show Me Music and Arts Festival,

bringing to a close three full days of entertainment from top musical acts including Tim

McGraw, Trace Adkins, Train, OneRepublic, REO Speedwagon, Big & Rich and

Gretchen Wilson, and many more.

With 10 months of preparation, 11 days of on-site construction, and over 165 staff

working around the clock, Show Me Music Fest was the first event of its kind in the

area, and judging by the reaction of the three-day aggregate attendance of 34,000 fans

who traveled to the 350 acre Springfield Underground site, the festival was a great success!

Sunday drew the largest attendance, featuring rock band OneRepublic and international

country superstar Tim McGraw, who both kept the crowd on its feet through the

very end.

"As a first year festival, we couldn't be happier with the support we've received from the

city of Springfield and the surrounding areas," expressed Show Me Music Fest managing

partner Rex Winslow. "We were so thrilled with the talent that participated, and the

fan response was overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a huge


Additional entertainment throughout the festival included national HBO and Comedy Central comedians at the

Comedy Stage, regional and national musical acts at the Saloon Stage, and Celebrity Food Network chefs in the

Chef Pavilion including „Dinner: Impossible‟ star Robert Irvine who captivated the crowd with his direct and

charming personality.

Several fundraising efforts to benefit the community of Joplin, MO took place over the weekend as well, including

silent and live auctions featuring numerous donations from all around the nation with items from the

historic Ryman Auditorium, Little Big Town, Gloriana, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, George Jones, and many

more. The live auction also included three items, a pair of boots, a guitar, and a hat, all signed by every artist

who performed at the Show Me Music and Arts Festival.

Show Me Music and Arts Festival was produced by Conway Entertainment Group out of Nashville, TN and its

concert production company CEG LIVE. "This event has great potential," states Conway Entertainment Group

owner Tony Conway, " I foresee it growing into one of the finest music & camping festivals in the country."

With top musical acts, entertainment, vendors, charity auctions, camping and more, the Show Me Music and

Arts Festival had it all, proving that Show Me Music Fest was THE place to be this past weekend!


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Country Entertainment USA



Cindy Gordon

Associate Editor:

Holly Marie Tong

Managing Editor, Marketing, Sales

& Distribution Manager:

Roy Skropits


Scott V. Palmer

Doug Dyer

CD Reviews:

Brenda L. Madden


2 Tim McGraw Bring the

Audience to Their Feet!

4 Interview with Tim Daley

Program Director of the

Country Music Channel

in Australia

6 CD Reviews

7 News From

Holly Marie Tong

CMT Awards &

Rascal Flatts

Music Video







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Interview with Tim Daley • Program Director

of the Country Music Channel in Australia

by Scott V. Palmer

Have you ever wondered what

happens when you play Australian

country music backwards

Well, you get your sport „ute

back, your pet dingo comes

home and your Sheila comes

back to you. My apologies for

the sardonic, clichéd opener,

yet it‟s an entirely appropriate

and warmly delivered poke of fun in the direction

of our „down under‟ friend and program director at

the Country Music Channel near Sydney, Australia,

Tim Daley.

Tim and I got together recently at the beautifully

appointed and restored Union Station in downtown

Nashville a few days before the kick off of the

Country Fan Days festival. And, I have to say that

as soon as I spotted Tim strolling across the lobby

of that historic train station, we were going to have

a great interview. Tim, wearing long-board shorts,

and pair of Vans casuals and a broad smile met me

with a solid handshake and an infectious energy.

But, Tim wasn‟t alone in that lobby. The legendary

LeGarde Twins, Ted and Tom flanked him. The

Australian twins, after 50 years in the Australian

and US country music and television scene, produced

so much energy together in that station lobby before

the interview that I was convinced the light bulbs

across the first floor were going to blow. At one

point, Tom LeGarde clowned with 6‟ 7” country

rhythm artist Ben Stillwater for an unforgettable

photo-op that staff and hotel lobby guests stopped in

their tracks to witness.

I sat down with Tim

Daley in a comfortable

station enclave with posh

seats and carved marble

and we were off for a bit

of a chat. It must be

pointed out that Tim was

born and schooled here in

the state of Colorado. He

attended Mesa College in

Grand Junction, Colorado

where he himself admitted

to being more focused

on the, “…college radio

station” temptations than

standard, “…


After a three-year tour of

the hallowed halls of higher education, Tim left

school (much to his mother‟s dismay) for a career in

radio. He found himself at KQYL and then KREX

working the pop and country scene through the 1980s

and into the 1990s, laying the groundwork for his

eventual shift into full-on program director work. The

infection of broadcast media was spreading through

Tim‟s veins and would lead to a fever in program directing

and broadcasting that hasn‟t broke to this day.

Another fever to wash over Mr. Daley was his Australian

wife that swept him away to his new home in

1993. After settling in, Tim did his time in classic

rock radio and then Channel V. Tim then launched

„MusicMax‟ (a VH-1-esque production now known

as „Max‟) and shortly thereafter created Australia‟s

Country Music Channel (CMC) in 2002, much

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to the delight of many in the country willing to sign

up for the pay channel via FoxTel and AuStar...the

eventual backers of CMC. The channel features music

and programming from native Australian talent

and country music from around the globe. The idea of

true country music has always been present in Australia

as represented by „Bush Ballads‟ and traditional

genres, however, the volume of native music videos

and material is slow in coming. Tim pointed out that

the majority of the population of the country lives in

urban, city areas that dot the coastlines and city centers

just inland. Less than 30% of the residents live

farther inland and throughout the rugged, unforgiving

outback. Filling that ever-narrowing gap is the introduction

and representation of international influences

in their country music scene. Many stateside American

artists can be found touring throughout the country

and frequently along the southeast coastal region.

from within and grow in ever increasing popularity.

The day grew hot and muggy. It was time to say

goodbye to our new good friend Tim and get back to

the business of the music business. With a firm and

sincere handshake, we went our separate ways. Nashville

won‟t say „goodbye‟ Mr. Daley, rather…until

next time. Cheers mate!


Many of the performers native to Australia bring their

music and skills to performance competitions and talent

quests sponsored by a farm system that spotlights

and supports the region‟s ever-growing number of

fresh Australian performers and acts.

Tim and I also talked about a new production airing

on CMC that highlights the travels and experiences of

Mark and Jay O‟Shea as the Australian country music

performing couple traveling throughout the USA experiencing

American country music culture. The

O‟Sheas in the USA chronicles their journey in bitesized,

less than 6-minute video segments. These funsize

snippets offer a unique perspective of the American

music scene as witnessed and lived by this Australian

couple. The series (brought to CMC by Digital

Rodeo) airs every two weeks and the O‟Sheas already

have their first CD produced.

Mr. Daley is in town for the CMA Festival and a myriad

of other industry meetings. Tim brought along his

shopping bag, as well, as he seeks out new television

programming possibilities, acts and performers for his

CMC line-up. With any luck, Tim will be able to take

in a few acts at Nashville‟s Country Fan Days, as


In closing, it must be said that Mr. Daley is a truly

neat guy with a truly great career within a truly great

country. As country music blossoms down under with

the help of visiting international acts and performances,

Australia will continue to embrace the genre

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by Brenda L. Madden

Up To 7 Star Rating

Billy Henson - There Is A Time

Vine Street Records

Billy Henson‟s new CD, There Is A Time kicks off with the title track and immediately

gets toes to tappin‟. The “Fiddles of Tennessee” add a delightful flair to his

solid country vocals. Billy wrote six of the ten songs and all seem hauntingly familiar.

His past success with cuts by Ernest Tubb and other country music pioneers

plus his reverence for a traditional style are evident here. Songs like “In The Whispering

Pine” and “If Loneliness Can Kill Me” make this an inviting project for

those who want to take a new walk down memory lane.

Casey Dilworth - I Remember You

Pineview Studio Group - www.caseydilworth.com

Casey Dilworth is helping keep traditional country music alive with plenty of steel

guitar, fiddle and mandolin filling up the tracks on his album, I Remember You.

Ballads such as “Before I Get To Heaven” and “Old River” seem to highlight Casey‟s

vocals best. There is a variety of material from fun songs like “Wicked Little

Weasel” to songs with a more serious note such as “The Dash”; but no matter the

song, Casey‟s traditional country style is obvious.

East Coast Turnaround - Season In Hell


The Season In Hell CD cover and title leads to the assumption that this is an album

full of rockin‟ outlaw music; however, while there are some “outlaw” moments like

in ”Love, Life & Murder,” it‟s not so much outlaw as it is Americana. While the

group obviously works well together with the lead vocals familiarly wrapped with

the rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass and drums, they play it too safe. East Coast

Turnaround is a talented group that needs to add just a little more rowdiness to the


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Rascal Flatts/Natasha Bedingfield shoot video at Nashville Symphony

Monday, June 6th a group of excited extras lined the stairwells of the Nashville Symphony anticipating

the priceless opportunity to be a part of the Rascal Flatts/Natasha Bedingfield music

video for their collaboration of the moving ballad “Easy.” This emotional tune which is sure to

instantly grab listener‟s attention is showcased beautifully by the pairing of country music‟s

popular trio with one of the industry‟s most notable songbirds.

As an extra myself, I first hand was able to appreciate and thoroughly enjoy the making of a

music video. I was able to witness how much effort and careful work it takes to construct a successful video.

The work and cooperation of all is undoubtedly required as it is truly a team effort. So now you may be wondering

what GAC/CMT viewers can expect from this upcoming video release Well, I will tell you that there

were limos and formal wear involved but I certainly would not want to give away too many details beforehand.

However, I think the glamorous layout and overall presentation of this video will secure a very favorable spot

on the countdowns in the upcoming months. Stay tuned as Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield make success

look so “Easy.”

CMT Awards

Wednesday, June 13th I found myself at the CMT Music Awards. Having never been to this event, I was honored

to get the opportunity to be a part of the excitement. Fans packed the stands and the mosh area surrounding

the stages as their favorite acts gave foot-tapping, dance worthy performances all night long. As the night

kicked off, it was clear that the crowd was locked in as the high energy Kid Rock made his entrance as host of

the show. He was joined by Wynonna on the stage upon his entrance and the crowd went wild. A little humorous

prerecorded acting clip featuring Taylor Swift and Shania Twain as Thelma and Louise caused all eyes to be

on the screens around the arena.

It is safe to say the CMT Awards are one of the most energetic, lively award shows as this event is one of the

most acknowledging events of country music fan‟s, their voices and their choices. Some highlights of the evening

was the return of Shania Twain, along with the first country award show appearance of the latest American

idol winner Scotty Mccreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina. If that weren‟t enough for the strong fan base in attendance,

none other than young heartthrob Justin Bieber was also a part of this years event. Not only did he get

to present an award, he also got to accept one with Rascal Flatts for “Collaborative Video of the Year.” It is

safe that the camera of nearly every teenage girl in the arena was on Bieber and Flatts at that very moment.

The CMT Award Winners are as follows:

News From Holly Marie Tong

Video of the Year: Taylor Swift – “Mine”

Male Video of the Year: Blake Shelton “Who Are You When I‟m Not Looking”

Female Video of the Year: Miranda Lambert: “The House That Built Me”

Group Video of the Year: Lady Antebellum – “Hello World”

Duo Video of the Year: Sugarland – “Stuck Like Glue”

USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year: The Band Perry – “If I Die Young”

Collaborative Video of the Year: Justin Bieber Featuring Rascal Flatts: “That Should Be Me”

CMT Performance of the Year: Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett – “Margaritaville” from CMT Crossroads

Best Web Video of the Year: Blake Shelton

Video Director of the Year: Trey Fanjoy

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