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This is Eli Young Band

September 6, 2008

PressBand2900They have the No. 35 song on Bob Kingsley’s Top 40 Countdown, and the video for that single, “When It Rains,” is being aired on both CMT and GAC. They are the Eli Young Band.

Eight years in the making, the group has put together a 12-song CD that “paints even the difficult times in life with an underlying optimism,” a recent press release read.

EliYoungCoverArt900 The debut album, Jet Black and Jealous, will be available Sept. 16, and of course includes the current single, “When It Rains.” The members of the group are Mike Eli, vocalist; James Young, guitar; Jon Jones, bass, and Chris Thompson on drums.

The four weren’t sure initially what they had or where they were bound, the release said. But they knew they needed to keep pushing forward, that there was something special in their boundless mix of modern country and solid roots-rock inspirations.

PressBandSitting900 Without the help of a major recording label, the group sold 40,000 albums and got their video aired on CMT and GAC. Now, with the manpower of Universal Republic and Universal Records South behind the band, their single is on its way to becoming the longest running single in chart history.
(Professional photographs courtesy of Universal Records South)

“We live in the American Idol age,” the age of instant celebrity,” Young said. “But we grew up listening to bands that did the same thing we eventually did. That was all we knew; Go out and start playing.”

Eli adds, “we can stand up with our heads held high because we have a history and we’ve gone out there for eight years and worked really hard. Everything we’ve done so far, we’ve built ourselves. I think there’s something to be said for that, being able to have our story and being able to have a history as a band.

Be sure to visit the group’s MySpace page, by clicking on their name in blue above. There you will find now only “When  It Rains,” but other Eli Young music you can listen to as well. I think you guys are really going to like this group. I really like them – and I think you guys will, too.

The Washington County Fair starts Monday, Sept. 8 – and I will definitely get that lineup and other fair information here for you all tomorrow. Have a great weekend – and remember to check out Eli Young Band – maybe we’ll see them at a fair in our area next fall!



Randy Houser’s national TV debut

July 29, 2008

031_31 I got some great news yesterday, and of course I wanted to share it with all of you. That’s Randy Houser from his June concert at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City, TN… you know Randy, he sings that absolutely fabulous song “Anything Goes”… Well, Randy is about to make his national television debut.

015_15 You’ll be able to catch Randy on Late Night with David Letterman on Thursday, Aug. 28, on CBS. It airs here at 11:30 p.m., but be sure to check your local listings because I know you won’t want to miss this! I can’t wait.

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I’m really anxious for Randy to get back to Northeast Tennessee, and I hope all of you will look for him in your area, too. He puts on a great show – and I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t love that single he has out now!

I’ll be back tomorrow night with more news, but I hope you will all mark your calendars for Thursday, Aug. 28 — and stay up to watch David Letterman.

Drop me a line soon, let me know how you’re spending the remaining few weeks of your summer vacation… and hopefully,  I’ll see YOU at the Fairs!


Meet Lea Marie – Musician, Songwriter, Singer

July 22, 2008

I told you Saturday night, that1979-11-30 001 1979-11-30 050 I was in Nashville for a few days, and that was the reason I didn’t get to Fun Fest in Kingsport. And I also said I would tell you why I didn’t get to the concert – and here is the reason. I went to the annual Tennessee Press Association awards luncheon, with our publisher and several co-workers.  The event was held this year at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel.

The Erwin Record won 17 awards that day, quite an accomplishment. Among the awards was being named the best weekly newspaper in the state for the sixth consecutive year!

Just had to share that with all of you – now, let me tell you about Lea Marie. She was in the lobby of the hotel playing piano, and singing. I talked briefly with her, and the people she was with, and learned quite a bit about this very talented young lady.

1979-11-30 001 1979-11-30 046 Lea Marie is 16 years old, and lives in Los Angeles. She is originally form Manhattan, NY, and spent her teen years in Connecticut. She has written more than 100 songs on piano and guitar, and her first single is currently at the No. 83 spot on the top 100 in Europe.

She writes and sings pop, country, R&B and Broadway, and loves all music. Her self-titled debut album is scheduled for release on Sept. 16. Lea Marie wrote all of the song on the CD. In addition to the 11 songs, there is a DVD with six of her music videos, and a 12 page booklet of lyrics and photos.

1979-11-30 001 1979-11-30 049 You can hear some of her music at her home page, as well as on YouTube.

She’s young, talented, and has some big plans for her future.  It will be interesting to see where she’s headed. Go listen to her music, and let me know what you guys think of Lea Marie.

That’s all for now – I have a few errands to run, and it’s already getting late. And, to those of you who are waiting for an e-mail reply from me … just give me another day or two, and I’ll get you answered then. When you go out of town for a couple of days, everything seems to get behind.

Take care! More Later! Love you guys!

One Flew South to make national television debut

July 10, 2008

OFS_03  On June 23, I introduced you all to a new group, One Flew South. They will make their national television debut July 12th on the CBS Saturday Early Show. Fans can tune in to hear the trio made up of Chris Roberts, Eddie Bush, and Royal Reed, perform their debut single “My Kind of Beautiful” at 8:45am EST (check local listings). The guys will also answer a few questions about their life since releasing their debut album Last of the Good Guys on Decca Records in May.

“To get the chance to perform on the CBS Saturday Early Show is amazing and we are thankful for the opportunity to get our music heard by such a wide audience,” said Eddie Bush. “The last few months have been incredible but I think this takes the cake as far as unforgettable moments are concerned. We cannot wait.”  

One Flew South teamed up with Nashville songwriter Marcus Hummon to produce their debut album Last of the Good Guys. A Nashville-based songwriter whose catalog contains six No. 1 hits from the likes of The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, and Rascal Flatts’. Marcus bought out the best in all three members of the group from singing to songwriting.   The guys also teamed up with legendary songwriter J.D. Souther, to write several of the tracks on the album. J.D.’s notable lyrical ability is prominent on the album and the result is nothing less than an amazing album of trio harmonies and sound that the music industry has not heard in quite some time.

For more information on One Flew South go to

Talk to you all soon!

Beer For My Horses soundtrack

July 9, 2008

toby cover I got an e-mail from Brian Robillard today, manager of online marketing at Universal Music Group / NetReach. He said he’s working on the soundtrack for the new Toby Keith / CMT theatrical release of Beer for My Horses. The album features Toby, Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Trailer Choir, and Carter’s Chord.

Brian said the focus track of the soundtrack, “Off the Hillbilly Hook,” is from a very unique country group called Trailer Choir, and is being featured in all 30 major league baseball stadiums this year.  Check out the video on You Tube.

TrailerChoirPress900 This is Trailer Choir. Be sure to check out their MySpace page.  You can hear clips from several of their songs, as well as read a short bio from each of the group members. The group is made up of Big Vinny,from Linden, TN, Crystal, from Cheyneyville, La.; and Butter, from Ashtabula, Ohio.

They are recording for Toby’s label, Show Dog Nashville, and are currently on tour with Toby. And, while you’re out there surfing the net, remember to visit the movie’s web site, too. I’ll be anxious to hear from whoever is first to see Beer For My Horses when it is released to theaters Aug. 8.

Take care! More tomorrow! Write when you have time. Love you guys!

One Flew South – One talented trio!

June 23, 2008

One Flew South They’re called One Flew South, but Royal Reed, Chris Roberts and Eddie Bush, whose debut album is appropriately titled “Last of the Good Guys”, actually had to fly north to launch their career. A Decca Records conference room, three voices and 20 minutes were all that was required to land the group a recording deal, a press release said. Now, nearly eight months later, the vocal group, who worked with some of music’s most prominent songwriters, including Marcus Hummon and J.D. Souther, have released their debut album on May 27.

“With beautiful echoes of the great harmony groups like Poco, Eagles, and even the Beach Boys; One Flew South are the new kids in town,” said legendary songwriter J.D. Souther, who contributed his collaborative songwriting talents to One Flew South’s debut album.

One Flew South 2 Regardless of the time it took for One Flew South to land their recording and publishing contract, they are no overnight success. Rather, the three Nashville based vocalist-songwriters have been involved in the music business for years prior to hitting upon a perfect combination and bringing back to life a band starring three superbly matched vocalists whose harmonies are unparalleled.

“From the first moment the three of us sang together, it felt like home,” said Chris Roberts. “We jelled musically inside the studio and personally outside the studio.” Royal Reed added, “There was something about the way that we all came together, it feels as though we’ve found musical collaborators that were always out there waiting for us to come together.” The third member of the group, Eddie Bush, said, “Sometimes things just come together, I’m not saying that it was an easy road to get to where we are, but now that we’re here, working together has been seemingly effortless.”

To hear some of their music, click on any of the blue, underlined words in this post. And be sure to check out their MySpace page! They have a list of upcoming tour dates there, too. Nothing close to northeast Tennessee yet, but we’ll keep our eyes open for that.  If you haven’t heard this group on the radio yet, I’ve no doubt you will very soon.

Talk to you all soon. Leave me a comment, or send me an e-mail. Love hearing from you all!

Daniel Lee Martin – A Real Outdoorsman!

June 19, 2008

Copy of 560291-R1-05-19A_006 I’m sure all of you remember me telling you about Daniel Lee Martin, (a recording artist with ChinMusic Records), and I hope you’ve taken the time to run over to his MySpace page and listen to a little of Daniel Lee’s music. He’s really great. I love his songs, “On My Way” and “It’s Already Been Said.” I’m sure you’ll love them, too.

Back when Daniel Lee opened for Joe Diffie (the end of May) at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, I made the comment that he was an entertainer who could put on a great show with nothing but a guitar and a microphone. And, he is. (More recently, I said that about Randy Houser, he is, too! Can you imagine Daniel Lee and Randy doing a show together?)

Tonight’s post, however, is not about Daniel Lee’s music. And it’s not about Randy Houser, it’s about something Daniel Lee did, that is so cool. He recently competed in the Field & Stream Celebrity Total Outdoorsman Challenge, presented by Mobil 1 at The 2008 CMA Fest.

Bryan White, Mark Wills, and several other country artists participated in the outdoor skills event. They competed in archery, air rifle, bait casting and fly casting. And the winner is …..

Copy of DanielLee Field and Stream Yep, Daniel Lee won the competition, beating out two-time Total Outdoorsman Challenge Champion Paul Thompson. Daniel Lee will be featured in an upcoming issue of Field & Stream, and now holds the title as County Music’s reigning Total Outdoorsman. He also won a hunting trip with Keith Warren’s Hunting and Outdoor Adventures. The trip will be filmed for broadcast on Outcoor Channel and Versus networks during the fourth quarter of 2008, and will appear on “Backstage & Backroads with Daniel Lee Martin” on The Sportsman Channel.

I need to say Thanks to Kristina Martin, who took this picture of Daniel Lee with Anthony Licata (left) and John Davis of Field and Stream (right).

That’s all for now. You guys take care and have a great Friday! And remember, if you hear something good about someone great in the wonderful world of country music … stick it in an e-mail and let me know about it so we can share it with everybody!

I’ll talk to you all soon.

Randy Houser at Winged Deer Park … Part 2

June 18, 2008

004_4 As I told you all last night, I wanted to get a little more about Randy Houser up for you tonight. I really enjoyed the concert, and we could not have been blessed with a a better evening! We had total cooperation from Mother Nature, with a sunny evening, and almost cool breeze coming off the lake. Pictured at the left are Reggie Neel, WXBQ 10 a.m.-3 p.m. radio personality; Randy; and Bill Hagy, WXBQ Program Director.

047_47 As promised, here are a few photos of Randy with some of the fans who went out to Winged Deer Park to enjoy the concert. This little guy was so cute, I just couldn’t resist snapping a photo.


The picture below on the left is three of Randy’s newest fans. They enjoyed the show, getting autographs and posing for pictures. I got several shots of these girls with Randy.

055_55 And, we have Lisa from Johnson City. Lisa is a great country music fan, one of Bucky Covington’s biggest fans. And, she’s a really nice person, who I got the opportunity to meet through this blog.

And, I’m very glad I did! I’ll be looking for you at all the upcoming summer concerts, Lisa! At right is the WXBQ Rabbit, who just had to get on stage at the beginning of the concert to help welcome the crowd to the show … cause that’s what rabbits do. We love you, Rabbit!

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What a perfect setting. Even the boaters were coming close in so they could hear the music, too.
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Please remember to check out Randy’s MySpace page, listen to his music, and call your favorite radio station to request his current single, “Anything Goes.” Randy has a little biographical information there, as well as the music you can listen to, photos, and other information. Hope you’ll visit soon.

Drop me a note, or leave a comment. Remember, to let me know what you’d like to read about on Country’s Chatter, and I’ll do my best to find some information for you.

More later – have a great night, and a fun tomorrow! Talk to you guys soon.

Randy Houser at Winged Deer Park … Part 1

June 17, 2008

 Copy of 038_38 Tonight I went to Winged Deer Park and saw Randy Houser’s concert. And it was wonderful. He is wonderful. I haven’t seen too many people who can entertain well with only a guitar and a mic – but Randy is definitely one of those who can do it! And do it very well.

You’ll notice the “Part 1” in the title of this post, that’s because it’s late… and because most of the good photos are on the other camera … and I have to get them on a CD so I can put them in here… I know, I know… “Too much information, Country.” But you get the idea.

Copy of Randy Houser 010I’m sure most of you who listen to country music have heard “Anything Goes.” It’s really a great song. Randy told me tonight that his CD will be released sometime in the fall. And, his video should be airing on Country Music Television in the next few weeks.

He’s a great kid, a super performer, and a very talented songwriter, too. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more form Randy Houser.

Randy Houser 001 And, you’ll be hearing more from me – tomorrow night, or perhaps the night after that … when I get the rest of the photos into the computer and on here for all of you to enjoy. I have a lot of photos of some of the fans with Randy, and a lot of on-stage and candid shots of Randy… so be looking for those real soon.

We all know you can’t have a country concert in Northeast Tennessee or Southwest Virginia without a visit from our WXBQ Rabbit. Thanks to all the folks at WXBQ for their part in bringing Randy’s concert to Winged Deer Park.

Thanks, Randy! I really enjoyed meeting you, and hope YOU will check back to Country’s Chatter often. And to the rest of you, thanks so much for all the support you’ve given me. Write when you have time… or post a comment. Talk to you all soon.


Randy Houser to present Free Concert at Winged Deer Park, Johnson City

June 11, 2008

Randy Houser On June 2, I put up a blog post telling you about Randy Houser, upcoming recording artist for Universal Records. His first single, “Anything Goes,” is currently playing on WXBQ (as well as country stations all across the nation).

And now, everyone in the northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia area will have an opportunity to see Randy in concert – and it’s free! Randy will be appearing at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City, at the Goulding Amphitheatre, on Tuesday, June 17. The concert is scheduled for 7-9 p.m.

RandyHouser Randy has several songs you can listen to on his MySpace page. I like “Anything Goes,” but I also like “Back to God.” You can learn more about Randy on his Myspace page, or check back to my June 2 post here.

I hope to see a lot of you at the concert. And please remember to pass any information on to me that you might have about new artists; upcoming concert dates; regional Fair entertainment… or if you just have something you’d like to talk about. That’s why I’m here!

You guys have a great night and a great rest of your week… and I’ll see you next Tuesday at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City.