Author Archives: MIchael Rampa

Charles Kelley – The Driver

Many artists find inspiration from pain or life changing events. Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley got his out of sheer boredom and it resulted in a Grammy nomination. The title track off of his first solo album “The Driver,” is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. With Lady A on hiatus, Kelley thought, “It’s winter,” “I’m bored and I want to make some music.” He contacted…
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Chris Carmack – Pieces Of You

For a guy who is one of the stars on a show called “Nashville” one might expect its first cast member’s solo record produced by Dan Fowler and recorded at Blackbird studio to be a country album. But on Chris Carmack’s debut EP, “Pieces Of You” there is disproportionately less Music City influence than might be expected. Upon deeper investigation of his career, Carmack’s wide range …
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Bruce Springsteen in Concert

Few artists can successfully tour behind nearly 40 year-old material But when it’s in support of arguably the best double album of all time, it’s not an issue. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s “The River” tour kicked off at an overstuffed Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh Saturday night to a sold out crowd of around 22,000. The show features the full album peppered…
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Billy Currington – Summer Forever

Billy Currington is a prototypical bro country specimen with his boyish good looks, infectious charm and smooth voice. However, he has avoided being thrust into the negative stereotypes of that group. This is largely because his songs avoid the harder edges of the sub-genre. Though Currington has been known to drink a beer or two and chase the …
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Nashville Season 4 Soundtrack Vol. 1

As if to reinforce the notion that the music is still the centerpiece of the show, the Nashville Season 4 soundtrack features a generous helping of 17 songs. As Hayden Panettiere’s character Juliette Barnes falls further into destructive post-partum psychosis, her character’s storyline takes a back seat. Mirroring the situation, she has only one solo number on the album.
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Alabama – Southern Drawl

With all the belly aching about country music not staying true to its roots, maybe instead of a new entry into the landscape, it is time for a re-entry. Many hoped that Alabama’s latest, “Southern Drawl” would be the cure to what ails the traditionalists. But the iconic band tried to walk a very fine line on its first release since 2001’s “When It All Goes South.”
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Mormon Tabernacle Choir tix on sale

Tickets are on sale this week for the highly anticipated 2015 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Atlantic Coast tour. The Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will visit five cities on the Atlantic Coast next summer — their first visit to most …
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Taste of Chaos Festival at San Manuel Amphitheater in October

After a 5-year hiatus, the long-running worldwide phenomenon known as Taste of Chaos makes its triumphant return this fall as an annual SoCal destination festival, on Saturday, October 3rd, when it takes over the San Manuel Ampitheater Festival Grounds in …
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It’s Not Dead Festival Coming to San Bernardino in October

Proving once and for all that the spirit of punk rock is alive and well, co-founders Kevin Lyman, John Reese and Live Nation’s Rich Best have announced details for It’s Not Dead Festival, which will feature 35 bands on three stages, …
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George Jones Tops Charts

George Jones’s name is at the top of the charts again, but this time it’s not for music. The George Jones White Lightning signature brand of moonshine received highest honors in the 2015 SIP Awards. George Jones White Lightning Apple …
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Buffy Sainte Marie Releases Video

Fresh off the release of her new critically acclaimed album, iconic singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and multi-award winner Buffy Sainte-Marie revealed today the compelling fan-produced video for the title track available exclusively onBillboard.  The bold new LP, Power In The Blood, …
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Elephant Revival Releases DVD

After making their triumphant debut at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last summer, Colorado folk band Elephant Revival hired a full film crew to record their sold-out two-night stand at the venerable Boulder Theater. They’ve turned those homecoming shows into the CD/DVD …
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Beth Hart Burns Down the ‘Burgh

Beth Hart is one of those gifted singers that draws immediate comparisons to some of the greatest of all time like Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin. She is a Grammy nominee. And you’ve probably never heard of her. Such is the peril of truly gifted artists in today’s musical landscape. The notoriety she has garnered is from a very specific…
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Fallen Angels Premiere “Nightmare”

Seattle, WA thrashers FALLEN ANGELS has teamed with Bravewords.com for the premiere of their track ‘Nightmare’ as it marks the band’s return in 2015 with their third studio release ‘World In Decay’ produced by Grammy award winning metal producer/engineer Michael Rosen (Forbidden, Testament, Death …
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Black Veil Brides Voted Best Live Band

Congratulations to Black Veil Brides, who were voted “Best Live Band” at the Relentless! Kerrang 2015 Awards! Fans who want a taste of the live prowess that earned Black Veil Brides such accolades can not only catch the band on …
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Eric Church Celebrates with Fans

Even by Eric Church’s always-rising expectations, last week was a pretty damn good week. The acclaimed country rocker known for his blue-collar attitude put in extra work last week with some of his most memorable performances, partied with Church Choir members at …
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Kenny Chesney’s “Wild Child” Tops charts

Kenny Chesney knew he wanted to say some things that weren’t being said when he went in to make The Big Revival. One thing that was important to him was celebrating the potency of women’s spirits, hearts, and souls – …
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Runner of the Woods Release “Thirsty Valley”

Today, Guitar World Acoustic Nation premieres “Easy On Me,” a “trippy and laid back testament to a simpler time and place.” “‘Easy on Me’ best represents the vibe we were going for on this record, a sound I like to …
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Relapse Symphony Release “Born to Burn”

DC rockers The Relapse Symphony have released the single for the title track off their upcoming sophomore effort Born To Burn on iTunes. The track is also now streaming on Youtube. Front man Bret Von Dehl says, “Born To Burn …
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Holly Miranda Announces Fall Tour

On a trip intended to jumpstart the creative process for new material, Holly Miranda reflects, “I had a dream that I was going to rent a house in Joshua Tree and go write by myself for a month. I’d never …
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