Thursday, April 26, 2012

BamaJam 2012


Latest Additions Read Like a Grammy Nomination List
Enterprise, AL (April 25, 2012) – BamaJam 2012 is excited to reveal the latest additions to its exceptional and ever-growing line-up. Country veteran and Grammy-winner Ronnie MilsapGrammy-nominated and Alabama native Jamey Johnson and Grammy-winners Third Day are the latest to join the upcoming BamaJam 2012 festival to be held Thursday, June 14 through Saturday, June 16 in Enterprise, Alabama.Ronnie MilsapActs previously announced include Kid RockTim McGrawZac Brown BandAlan JacksonEric Church, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, NEEDTOBREATHE, Casey James, Gov’t Mule, Uncle Kracker, Yelawolf and more, with more to be announced in upcoming weeks.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit, or, or charge by phone at (877) 4FLYTIX or (877-435-9849).

“We’re really proud of the level and variety of talent we’ve assembled for BamaJam 2012,” said Rendy Lovelady, executive producer of this year’s festival. “We’ve worked extremely hard to secure BamaJam 2012’s place as the premier entertainment and lifestyles event of the South.”

BamaJam 2012 is pleased to offer the VIP Artist Area ticket for only$399The VIP Artist Area ticket will grant you access to get up close and personal with the stars themselves while they are performing! There are a limited number of VIP Artist Area Tickets, so act fast. VIP Artist Area Tickets do not have to be purchased in addition to General Admission Tickets. Lawn chairs are permitted in the VIP Artist Area.

Born in the mountain town of Robbinsville, NC, Ronnie Milsap was raised by his bluegrass-loving father and by his grandparents in the unincorporated Meadow Branch community in western North Carolina. Each weekend, the struggling family gathered around a battery powered radio and tuned in to the Grand Ole Opry on WSM, listening to Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb and other greats. He attended a school for the blind in Raleigh, enduring abusive treatment from some staff members and emerging with enhanced musical knowledge and a love of rock, pop and other non-Appalachian forms of music.

One of country music’s most influential and accomplished performers, Ronnie Milsap has a career that spansover 40 years and is known as one of the most successful country cross-over artists of all time. He is credited with 6 Grammy Awards40 #1 country hits, and has sold over 35 million records.

Jamey JohnsonAcclaimed singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson has been showered with plaques, trophies and award statuettes, but they aren’t the answer to his dreams. "My dream already came true," says the Alabama native who has rocketed to Nashville stardom. "All I ever wanted was to get to just ride around and sing country music. It’s cool when things happen along the way, because those are things I never thought I could achieve. But whatever happens, I’ll just keep on doing what I do. I wake up every day and go play some more country music."

The things that have happened along the way includesongwriter awards for 2005’s "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," which Jamey co-wrote for Trace Adkins. In the spring of 2007, the Academy of Country Music gave Jamey a Song of the Year award for co-writing the George Strait hit "Give It Away," and the Country Music Association did the same later that year.During 2009 and 2010, Jamey collected five Grammy Awardnominations.

From their extensive work with World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, the One Campaign and Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, which aids farmers in Rwanda, to its own Come Together Fund, the Grammy award-winning Third Day has long been about putting its faith in action. Sharing hope and truth through music has always been Third Day’s mission.

Third DayThe band has earned 27 #1 singles and sold more than 7 million albums which reflect 2 RIAA Platinum and 9 Gold Certifications.  A recent Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee (2009), Third Day has garnered 24 career GMA Dove Awards from 42 nominations, 4 Grammy Awards (with 11 career nominations), an American Music Award(11/24/2008 - during itsRevelation promotional window),3 American Music Award nominations and multiple ASCAP honors for songwriting.  Third Day’s memorable “Call My Name,” off its Revelation project (7/29/08), was even selected by Keith Urban as a bonus track on his Defying Gravity project.

Fans of all music genres will experience non-stop entertainment by today’s most popular acts from dual headline stages set at the pristine 1600-acreBamaJam Farms, “Where God and Country Coincide.” Come for the music, cool down in the new water park (opening spring 2012), explore the ATV trails, tailgate at the camping sites, park the RV with full service amenities or swing a club or two at the par 3 executive golf course onsite. Country star and BamaJam Farms spokesman Darryl Worley will perform and host the opening night of what promises to be one of the grandest outdoor entertainment extravaganzas.

BamaJam 2012 is a production of BamaJam Productions, LLC.  For more information about BamaJam 2012artists, tickets, camping, directions, parking, sponsors, jobs and vendors, please

The TomBigBee River Jam

The TomBigBee River Jam Announces Sammy Kershaw as Co-Headliner for 2012 Festival in Silas, AL October 12-13
Silas, AL (Wednesday, April 25, 2010) -- The TomBigBee River Jam is thrilled to announce Country music heavy-hitter, Sammy Kershaw, as the first co-headliner for the festival to be held in Silas, AL October 12-13. This marks the second year for the country celebration in Southwest Alabama where hundreds of River Jammers enjoyed food and festivities while enjoying last year's headliners Randy Houser, Justin Moore and Jamey Johnson. 
This year's event promises fan-friendly entertainment from regional to national touring bands that will be announced at a later date.  Sammy Kershaw is a multi platinum-selling artist with six gold and three platinum albums that have scanned in excess of 5 million records.  The Cajun crooner brings his exciting live show to the Big River Jam stage where he will perform some of his greatest hits including "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "Cadillac Style," "Queen of My Double-Wide Trailer," "Third Rate Romance," "Vidalia," and "Love of My Life".  Fans may also recognize Kershaw's recent hit "Better Than I Used to Be" also performed by Tim McGraw.
The TomBigBee River Jam Music & Arts Festival
October 12-13, 2012

20069 Highway 84
Silas, AL 36919

Early Bird General Admission:  $20   Early Bird: VIP: $75
Private cabins are available please visit to purchase tickets or call (251) 589-9431
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

17th Annual USA Songwriting Competition Kicks Off
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Entries are currently being accepted for the 17th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Winning songs of the 17th Annual USA Songwriting Competition will receive airplay on a nationally syndicated radio program “Acoustic CafĂ©” as well as Sirius XM Satellite Radio. This is the first Songwriting Competition that gives airplay to the winning songs, giving deserving bands, songwriters the recognition and exposure they deserve. Entrants stand to win a grand prize of over US$50,000 in cash and music gear from sponsors such as Sony, D’Addario Strings, Audio-Technica, Presonus, IK Multimedia, and more, making this the largest prize package for any annual songwriting competition. Other sponsors include: New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion,, Onboard Research, Acoustica, Livewire Musician, Sonoma Wireworks, Livewire Musician, Sonicbids, Broadjam, Reverbnation and Soundcloud.

Los Angeles based songwriters Nenna Yvonne and Alexander Cardinale swept the top two positions of the 16th Annual USA Songwriting Competition (2011).

Nigerian born Nenna Yvonne won Overall Grand Prize as well as the first prize of the Pop category with her song “Go Around”. This marks the first time in 6 years that the top song was written by a solo songwriter. Alexander Cardinale and co-writer Morgan Taylor Reid of Los Angeles, CA won first prize in the Pop category as well as Overall Second Prize with their song “Traffic Lights”. Alexander Cardinale is professional Hollywood actor as well as a singe songwriter. 

Molly Hunt became the youngest winner in the history of the USA Songwriting Competition at just 15 years old along with co-writers Troy Johnson & Jack Williams from Nashville, TN won first prize in the country category as well as Overall Third Prize with their song “Go There”. For the first time all 10 finalists in the Country category are all collaborations, marking the importance and significance of collaboration in recent years of songwriting. Molly Hunt also made it to the "Hollywood Round" and "Las Vegas" round on the current season of American Idol.

Helle Hansen, from Denmark is a 10-time consecutive year honorable mention winner, making her the most consecutive year winner so far. Other winners came from Peru, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Africa, and Austria

USA Songwriting Competition has a long history of having winners getting recording and publishing contracts, have their songs placed on the charts as well as having their songs placed on film and television. 2009 First Prize winner (country) was signed to Universal Records. 2005 First Prize winner (Pop) Kate Voegele was signed to Interscope Records the year after she won and had her winning song hit top 40 on the Billboard Charts, her latest album hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album charts this summer. 2007 Overall Grand Prize Winner Ari Gold had his winning song “Where The Music Takes You” hit #10 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Darrell Scott, winner of the country category of the 2005 USA Song writing Competition had his winning song cut by award winning country singer Faith Hill. Last year's winner in the instrumental category, Christopher Tinn won two Grammy awards in 2011. Judges include A&R managers from record labels such as Warner, Capitol Records, Universal, BMG/SONY Music.

Songs may be entered in 15 different categories including Pop, Rock/Alternative, R&B and Country. Entries are accepted from now through May 31, 2012.

Entries may be entered with MP3 files, Youtube videos, Myspace, Reverbnation or Soundcloud files. It only takes seconds to upload your songs from your Youtube, Soundcloud, Reverbnation and Myspace account. For more information, visit:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Muscle Shoals Music Association Newsletter

The Muscle Shoals Music Association Newsletter

Welcome to the MSMA Newsletter!

The winner of our drawing for a one night stay at the Shoals Marriott is..................BRAD OSBORN!!!!!!
Congratulations Brad!  Please contact us at for details.

Thanks to all of you for your help in spreading the word about our newsletter.  Our subscription list is growing steadily.

Please continue to spread the word by clicking the "forward to a friend" link in this newsletter.

MSMA joins with UNA for local concert

The Muscle Shoals Music Association is co-sponsoring a special "Singing River Presents" performance this week featuring Dylan LeBlanc as well as Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil. 

Creating, managing and promoting the event is all being done by UNA students enrolled in the Entertainment Industry program at the college.

The MSMA will have a table at the show for new membership sign up and t-shirt sales.

Be there and experience for yourself an exciting new era in the "Muscle Shoals sound" tradition! 


SXSW and the MSMA

An Abstract Theory

We were honored to be a part of the Alabama Music Showcase during Austin's South by Southwest festival last month.  The show featured  The Pollies, An Abstract Theory, Nightmare Boyzz, Glossary, Shelly Colvin, Some Dark Holler, Chase Davidson Project & The Bear.  Thanks to Clayton Colvin at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar for including us!

Colt Ford on stage at The Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Photo by Teddy Doyle Butler

This show was a cooperative effort between Big River Broadcasting and The Alabama Music Hall of Fame.  Additional shows will be announced in the future.

David's Diary
Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section Bassist David Hood has kept all of his work diaries from the mid-sixties to the present. Because they contain information that spotlights the rich history of Muscle Shoals Music, he will share one segment of his diary in this column each month.

by David Hood
On April 20th, 1969, Cher came to the newly opened Muscle Shoals Sound Studio to record her first solo album. This was also the first album to be recorded at the studio. The album's title "3614 Jackson Highway" was the street address of the studio. The cover photo was the first of many taken in front of the studio, showing the artist and musicians . This album was produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin for ATCO (Atlantic Records). The musicians pictured included studio owners Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins, Barry Beckett and David Hood and also Eddie Hinton on lead guitar and Jeannie Greene and Donna Thatcher on background vocals. Although it was not to be a hit record, it was a significant milestone in Muscle Shoals musical history. 

MSMA 2012 Board
of Directors

Jimmy Nutt - President
Rodney Hall - Vice President
Larry Bowser - Sec/Treasurer
David Hood - Past President

Wiley Barnard
Dick Cooper
Nick Martin
Suzanne Bolton
Terry Pace
Secret Sisters

Big Deal

Secret Sisters appear on Jay Leno

Secret Sisters song "Tomorrow Will Be Kinder" on Hunger Games Soundtrack
Hunger Games Movie

The Civil Wars to play Bonnaroo

Local musicians Kelvin Holly and Spooner Oldham appear on Jimmy Fallon with Pegi Young & the Survivors
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Drive-By Truckers sell out two nights at Workplay in Birmingham

Alabama Shakes to play Letterman on April 12th

Joe Chiccarelli mentions Muscle Shoals in the March edition of Mix Magazine
Mix Magazine

Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil

In The Studio 

Candi Staton
Alicia Keys

@MSMM - Donnie Gullett
Percy Sledge

@The NuttHouse
Aaron Blades
Melissa Bain
Gary Nichols
Amanda Emerson
The Fiddleworms

@Studio 144 - Jay Burgess/John Springer
Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil
Josh Folmar 

@G-Legacy Recording Studio and Productions
Cookie Mane
Dynomite Kid

Songwriter demos for Bud McGuire, Mike McGuire, Rusty Moody, Marty Lewis, Larry Butler, Dean Dillon, Johnny Holland, Randy Bruce.
Jingles for KISS 102.7..Florence, AL, Delta Media..Lafayette, LA, Cumulus Radio..Tuscaloosa, AL, WBDC Radio..Jasper, IN.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tallassee Jazz Fest at Southside Middle School in Tallassee

We are very excited to announce the lineup for the second annual Tallassee Jazz Fest at Southside Middle School in Tallassee!

This year, we are featuring the University of Alabama and Auburn University bands, as well as Troy University; Saraland High School (Mobile); Minor High School (Birmingham); the Phenix City Big Band from Central High School; Elmore County High School (Eclectic); and professional ensembles The Montgomery Recreators and The Auburn Knights.

Our performance lineup is as follows:

Saturday, April 14

5:00 - Southside Middle School 7th Grade Jazz Band

5:30 - University Of Alabama Two O'clock Jazz Band

6:00 - Saraland High School Jazz Band

6:30 - Southside Middle School 8th Grade Jazz Band

7:00 - University Of Alabama Crimson Faculty Quintet

7:30 - Troy University Show Band

8:00 - University Of Alabama Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, April 15

1:00 - Southside Middle School 7th Grade Jazz Band

1:30 - Auburn Knights Jazz Orchestra

2:00 - Southside Middle School 8th Grade Jazz Band

2:30 - Phenix City/Columbus Big Band

3:00 - Elmore County High School Jazz Band

3:30 - Montgomery Recreators

4:00 - Minor High School Jazz Band

4:30 - Tallassee High School Jazz Band

5:00 - Auburn University Jazz Ensemble

Admission is a donation to Southside Middle School. Concessions will be sold in the gymnasium lobby.

Judge Dale Segrest and The Tallassee Community Development Corporation are pre-selling their famous barbecue items, also. Make checks payable to the Tallassee CDC. A portion of the sales of these concessions will go to the Tallassee Music Department. You may purchase the tickets from Segrestlaw, Mr. Don Bryant Or Mr. Robby Glasscock (Ths), or Mr. Michael Bird (Sms). Boston butts-$30; brisket-$50; camp stew-$12; ribs-$25 for one rack, $45 for two, $20 each for three or more.

Tripp Storm and the Tallassee Farmers Market will be in action, also.  They will be selling arts and crafts, as well as fresh locally grown  fruits and vegetables, throughout the Jazz Fest weekend near City Hall  and Veterans Park in east Tallassee.

April is jazz education month in the United States. We look forward to celebrating it with you in Tallassee, the “Treasure on the Tallapoosa,” April 14 and 15!

Michael Bird
Tallassee City Schools