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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
DON'T MESS WITH
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.
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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
had released yet
Well, that was our prediction
and now, see for yourself !
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.
New Country Star
Wants You To Hear Clay Walker's
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
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 ?
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
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
"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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