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Headlines From November 2006




The Thanksgiving Day Reviews are In !

If there's a live performance, chances are New Country Star is

there... and we were!


While most of America feasted with family this past Thanksgiving Day,

 New Country Star staff members were making it their job to catch

 some pretty special country artists performing the National Anthem

 at two different NFL Games.  In Kansas City, Jessica Harp, a

 member of the country duo "The Wreckers" performed prior

 to the Broncos-Chiefs game.  Staff members attending that

 performance say "It was cold, but Harp had the privilege of opening

 for a sell-out crowd, the biggest since 1967 in Kansas City."

 Further up North, some New Country Star columnists had the pleasure

of seeing and hearing 16-year-old country music

 sensation Taylor Swift sing in Detroit for the Miami Dolphins/

 Detroit Lions game, broadcast on CBS. 

 "It was by far the most original and memorable rendition I've heard. "

"I think everyone in attendance,  including the players and

 the crowd were blown away.  It got so quiet in that arena,

 quieter  than I've ever heard during the Anthem opening

  of any other sports event.  I don't think most expected such

 powerful vocals to come from someone so young and so

 small."  Although small framed, one thing is for certain,

 Swift's talent is huge.  Known for her writing abilities and

 skills on the guitar, she gave a one-of-a-kind rendition of

 the National Anthem, by coming to the mic with her guitar and

 playing an acoustic type version of America's most popular

patriotic hymn.






  Performing her new song,

  "Crazy Ex Girlfriend" on  the CMA

  Awards Show Monday night,

  Miranda Lambert did not disappoint.

  After setting things on fire at last

  years awards show, this year Lambert

  left nothing standing but the crowd.

  Ending her performance by

  throwing her mic stand and

  smashing her guitar, a perfect

  follow-up to her stage stomping

  performance in 2005.  It's hard to

  believe so much attitude comes

  from a small town in Lindale, Texas.

   “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” will start going

  out to country radio stations later this

  week, and by what we heard tonight

  it looks like Lambert's new single

  could be another hit, which means

  big things for her sophomore album. 

Photo Courtesy of

Front Page Publicity







When You Think Taylor Swift


 Catch Taylor on CBS November 23 Live from Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan at 12:00 p.m. Eastern

When you think "Tim McGraw,"

you might think of amazingly talented 16 year-old Taylor Swift.

Signed with Big Machine Records, not only has Taylor been invited to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" before one of the largest television audiences in professional sports on Thanksgiving Day, but she has also been invited by Mega-platinum artist and recent CMA Hall of Fame inductee, George Strait, to perform as the opening act on his 2007 Arena Tour.   Big things have been  happening for this country music newcomer since the release of her hit single "Tim McGraw." 


The Strait tour kicks off at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana on January 11th. 




  The Wreckers ... My Oh My

    Check Out The New Video

Video Courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville


New Country Star

reported that Warner Bros.

Recording Artists Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp otherwise known as

The Wreckers

had released yet

another hit.

Well, that was our prediction

and now, see for yourself !

 ( ( Watch Video  ) ))




         Welcome Back Clay________________

Clay Walker is back and we are so

glad he is.  Monday, Clay's new single

"Fore She Was Mama "

was officially added to radio,

so start calling your local

stations with your requests.

It's a fun and funny little song

about Mama before she was Mama,

and her children

finding some pictures of her

before the aprons,

minivans, church and skirts.

The lyrics aren't your usual CW

style, but the voice is

incredibly classic Clay.

What we can only describe as

a voice that has held fans for

over a decade and is as pure

as traditional country can get.


((( Listen )))

New Country Star

Wants You To Hear Clay Walker's

 New Single



T-Shirt Turns Air Guitar Into Music

Scientists announced Monday that they have developed a high-tech

T-shirt that turns the strumming of an air guitar into music.


The T-shirt has motion sensors built into its elbows that pick up the wearer's

arm motions and relay them wirelessly to a computer which interprets them as guitar rifts, said Richard Helmer, an engineer who leads the research team from the government's Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.


One arm is interpreted as picking chords while the other strums.

The "wearable instrument shirt" is adaptable to both right and left-handed would-be rock stars.


It's an easy-to-use, virtual instrument that allows real-time music making even by players without significant musical or computing skills," Helmer said in a statement.

It allows you to jump around and the sound generated is just like an original MP3," he added, referring to the digital audio file format.

The shift is a collaboration between CSIRO researchers in computing, chemistry, electronics, music composition and textile manufacture.

Helmer said sensors could be used in the future to reproduce a person in the virtual world so they could get feedback on their actions and improve their sporting techniques.


    Carrie Dazzling in Diamond Duds

        Goes Home with Two CMAs


Carrie Underwood

Female Vocalist of the Year


Carrie Underwood wore a

one-of-a-kind Diamond Dress to the CMA Awards.   The gown was custom-designed and created exclusively for her  by Kwiat Diamonds and David Rodriguez, and is valued at approximately $850,000.


The dress complimented

Carrie's style perfectly, and will

be auctioned off for charity.


Carrie came dressed in winning

fashion, and win she did.  Leaving with The Horizon Award, and Female Vocalist of the Year.




 Baby News at the Paisleys ?

Could it be?   Paisley fans have waited patiently for Brad and his beautiful wife, actress Kimberly Williams Paisley, to start a family.

CMT's Hazel Smith reported that the couple is expecting their first child in February.   

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Nashville Star


 Warner Bros. Nashville


The USA Network’s Famed Country Music Show Nashville Star,

announces that the winner of the fifth season will be signed with

Warner Bros. Records Nashville.


 Executive Producer for the show, H.T. Owens said, "We look forward to working closely with their label's immensely talented A&R department to ensure that this year's finalists are the most talented to date, and that this season's winner has all of the resources and support to succeed in the highly competitive country music market,"

This fifth season will be co-hosted by Jewel and Cowboy Troy, in addition to being judged by Randy Owens of Alabama, Anastasia and Blake Shelton.



      Blake Shelton and Randy Owen to be

         Nashville Star Judges



For its fifth season premiere, "Nashville Star" will become the longest-running competition series on cable television.  

 As previously announced, Jewel will serve as host and Cowboy Troy as co-host. "Nashville Star" will continue to be broadcast live from the Acuff Theatre in Nashville.

Jeff Wachtel, Executive VP/Original

 Programming for USA Network

 announced this week, that Randy

 Owen, lead singer from the legendary

 country band Alabama, and Warner

 Bros. recording artist Blake Shelton,

 would replace two of last season's

 judges, Phil Vassar, and Larry "The

 Cable Guy." 


 "We've created the perfect panel of

 judges for season five," says Wachtel.

 Anastasia brings continuity from the

 previous seasons and is the hot

 industry insider who isn't afraid to

 speak her mind.   Blake is the young,

 witty country newcomer who has

 amassed tremendous success in a

 short period of time, and Randy is

 Country royalty with credibility,

 knowledge, and experience."


Don't miss the season premiere of Nashville Star,

on Thursday, January 11th (10PM et/pt).


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