Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Muscle Shoals Music Association Newsletter

Sheffield Unveils The First Singing River Sculpture

History will be made in Alabama on September 23, and the City of Sheffield invites you to join in this wonderful celebration.  An 18-foot tall semi-abstract Singing River Sculpture honoring Sheffield's legendary music heritage will be unveiled at Love Plaza in downtown Sheffield at 2:00 PM on September 23.

Local sculptor Audwin McGee designed and crafted this dramatic work of civic art out of recycled aluminum generously donated by Wise Alloys of Muscle Shoals.  The city is immensely proud that Sheffield is the first of the four largest Shoals cities to unveil its tribute to the sound that transformed popular music world-wide in the '50s, '60s and '70s: the renowned Muscle Shoals sound.  That legacy continues today with many new local bands forging their own unique sounds for new generations.

In the coming years, similar-sized Singing River Sculptures will arise in its sister cities, followed by a grouping of even larger music-related sculptures in a Sculpture Garden overlooking our Singing River, the Tennessee.

Sheffield's Singing River Sculpture will quickly become an iconic image of the city, and a lasting reminder to visitors and its citizens of the creative juices that flowed from Sheffield to change popular music forever.  The sculpture will be erected in the very heart of downtown, drawing people from everywhere and helping stimulate activities and businesses there.  Sheffield envisions the sculpture as a wonderful gathering place for entertainment and an anchor for its efforts for a lively downtown entertainment district.

So join the fine people of Sheffield for this event, in many ways signifying new life to this great and historic city.  We hope to see you at Love Plaza on Sunday afternoon, September 23, 2012.
Bring your family and friends.

Photo of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit 

Americana Music Awards 2012  

Your are, I am, we all are............Americana.  I was reminded of that while watching  the 11th Annual Americana Music Awards. No fluff, no fuss, just pure storytelling through song.  From Bonnie Raitt and Booker T. Jones to our own Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Alabama Shakes, and the Civil Wars.   Hello "America," Alabama musicians shouted depth and soul that made me stand up, wipe a tear and truly say "Amen" to our fellow musicians.

They praised their predecessors who penetrated their soulful veins by fabulous storytelling through award-winning lyrics, vocals, and impeccable playing.  Jason Isbell thanked Rodney Hall and Jimmy Nutt for his last great album, "Here We Rest."  Patterson Hood praised his father, bassist David Hood, for his lifetime accomplishments when introducing Booker T. Jones, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist. Our little area is beaming again with a new wind of musicians, and taking music by storm.

My little "soap box" is this:  We need to stand up, dig deep, go back and think of our roots.  Family and friends, laughter and love;  music is the beat of our American hearts.  True Americana music runs deep and heavy in all genres.  It reassures great talent with true grit that naturally leaps from their being.  Thank you to all the Mommas and Daddies for giving them to us.  Thanks to all of you for supporting these musicians.  I can't wait for another great year of listening, can you?

Just a thought from one music fan,
Angi Nutt

Congratulations to...

Alabama Shakes, Emerging New Artist of the Year

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Song of the Year, "Alabama Pines"

The Civil Wars, Duo/Group of the Year



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

Photo of Alabama Shakes at The Shoals Theater

Big Deal

-Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit winSong of the Year at the Americana Music Awards.

-The Civil Wars win Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards.

-The Alabama Shakes winEmerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Awards.


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Monday, September 24, 2012

USA Songwriting Competition Newsletter

The World's Leading International Songwriting Competition
"In songwriting I search for believability, simplicity, and emotional impact" ~ Hal David, legendary lyricist/songwriter

USA Songwriting Competition Newsletter 


** IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) ACCEPTING ENTRIES
The 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is now accepting entries. IAMA promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, AirplayAccess.com, Acoustica, SongU, Acoustic Cafe Radio Show, NoisyPlanet, Sonicbids, Broadjam and XM Satellite Radio.

IAMA is open to all independent artists and labels. Unlike other music industry competitions, IAMA focuses on developing new markets for Acoustic artists, labels and with or without CD releases. Past years' winners include David Francey (Canada), Liz Longley, The Refugees (USA), Kate Lush (Australia), Wayne Southards (USA), Larry Pattis (USA), Omega (Uganda), El McMeen, etc.

Win prizes in 8 different categories: Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth over US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada.  Winning songs will be heard on radio! Winners and runner-ups will be featured on our CD compilation. Also, we feature up to 10 different artists get featured and promoted on IAMA website every month, which provides a review, ratings, CD information and more. The sooner, you enter, the sooner you get featured!

Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition/song choice, Music Production and originality. (Please note that IAMA is a different competition from USA Songwriting Competition).

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*Lorraine Ferro (2000 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Winner) appeared last week on the hit TV show "The Voice".

*Aaron Tap (1998 USA Songwriting Competition First Prize Winner, Pop) plays with hit artist Matt Nathanson's band. His guitar work can be heard in Matt Nathanson's hit song "Come On Get Higher".

*Lindy Robbins (1999 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Winner) co-wrote  Demi Lovato's hit song "Skyscraper", the song hit #10 on the Billboard Charts. She aslo wrote the Top 5 hit song "Incomplete" by the Backstreet Boys. She has also written songs for Hot Chelle Rae, Jason Derulo,  Selena Gomes, Leona Lewis and many more.

*The Wailin Jennys (8th Annual IAMA, Best Group, First Prize Winner) had their winning song "Bird Song" aired on NPR radio's "A Prairie Home Companion".

*Dave Berg (2003 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Winner) has signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with Los Angeles and New York-based Downtown Music Publishing, and his upcoming full length album Not Quite So Alone will be released by Downtown imprint Mercer Street Records. Berg’s credits as a country songwriter include the No. 1 hits “Somebody” by Reba McEntire, “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” and “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins, and “Moments” by Emerson Drive.

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"NEW MUSIC NOW Vol 9" - THE USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION COMPILATION CD. USA Songwriting Competition's CD Compilation. This CD is out and features winners such as Nenna Yvonne, Alexander Cardinale, Molly Hunt, etc. 

"New ACOUSTIC MUSIC Vol 8" - featuring winners and runner-ups of the 8th Annual IAMA will be out later this month. Artists includes; Maddy Rodriguez, Doug Young, The Wailin Jennys, etc.

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~WOMEX 2012: October 17 - 21, 2012, Thessaloniki, GREECE

~AES 2012: October 26 - 29, 2012, San Francisco, USA

~Winter NAMM: January 24 - 27, 2013. Anaheim, CA, USA

~25th annual International Folk Alliance Conference: February 20-24, 2013; Toronto, CANADA

~SXSW Music Conference: March 12 - 17, 2013, Austin, TX
~Franfurt Musikmesse 2013: April 10 - 13, 2013, Frankfurt, GERMANY

~2013 ASCAP EXPO: April 18-20, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Christine Ohlman with Rockers in Recovery (RIR) Band

Christine Ohlman with Rockers in Recovery (RIR) Band: Saturday, Nov. 3  @7 pm (approx. stage time)  RIR MUSIC FESTIVAL (Fest runs Nov. 2-4-) /   Pembroke Pines, FL  CB Smith Park  ORDER TIX HERE    Christine Ohlman joins her RIR Band-mates Ricky Byrd, Richie Supa (Aerosmith), Kasim Sultan (Todd Rundgren), Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge), Woody Geissman (Del Fuegos), David Uosikkinen (Hooters) and Liberty DeVitto to headline the concert portion of this great fest---it's Recovery Palooza, minus the drugs and alcohol, but add meetings and fellowship plus music and comedy! RIR Music Fest is the campout for ALL people in recovery or supporters of recovery.  CB Smith Park, at 299 acres, is one of Broward County's most diverse parks, as well as its most popular. It features a large campground, a tennis complex, a family golfing center, and many other amenities.More info at: www.rockersinrecovery.com

Marshall Chapman Newsletter

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September 2012
Much has happened since the last Skinny. Mainly, I've started recording a new CD! Last week, Mike Utley, Will Kimbrough, Casey Wood, Jim Mayer and I went in the studio and laid down eleven killer tracks! This is the same crew that played on Big Lonesomeso if you liked that one, you're gonna LOVE this one! (Yes, I am stoked!) Click here for an inside look at what really goes on while making a record. A spring 2013 release is in the works.

On August 18, I got to meet one of my idols, James Burton. 
Burton and Chips Moman were on successive programs at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. In the audience at the program for Chips were Reggie Young and Scotty Moore. As far as anyone knows, this was the first time Young, Moore, and Burton had been in the same building at the same time. A historic moment for sure. The three represent three of only four guitarists—the fourth being the late Hank Garlandever to play with Elvis. For all you Trivia buffs, Burton played guitar on the last track of my Jaded Virgin album.

As for literary news, I have essays in two new publications—the anthologies Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality and Literary Dogs and Their South Carolina WritersSo ... for that special truth seeker or dog lover in your life, these books would make a nice gift! (Christmas is coming, y'all.)
Okay. This weekend, I'll be at the Southern Womens Writers Conference in Mount Berry, GA. Then Clarksdale, MS, where I'll be performing at Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Bar. (This event is being sponsored by the Carnegie Public Library.) After that, it's Birmingham and Auburn before heading back to Nashville where I'll be joined by Silas House, Matraca Berg and George Singleton for my annual "Literary In-The-Round" at the Bluebird Cafe! Click here for details on these and other dates.
See you on the road!
James Burton
Country Music Hall of Fame & MuseumAug. 18, 2012
Scotty Moore, Marshall, James Burton, Reggie Young
... riding with the King!
Ford Theater at CMHOF, Nashville, TN
Will Kimbrough Casey Wood, Marshall, Mike Utley, Uncle Jim Mayer
The Insanery Studio - Far East Nashville, TN
September 11, 2012
(photo: Mick Utley)
Laying it down
(photo: Will Kimbrough)

Marshall & Will
share a moment
(photo: Mick Utley)
Magic at the P. O.
What did Marshall see while in line at the Post Office?  
Click here to find out.
(Marshall's September column from Nashville Arts Magazine)
Joe South
(February 28, 1940 - September 5, 2012) 
 Joe South died September 5 at his home in Flowery Branch, GA. "It's a sad day for people who love music," said Marshall upon hearing the news. "Joe and I ran hard together from 1980-1984. I was crazy about him. We were like Bonnie and Cyde ... without the guns."
The above photo ran in the Nashville Banner on November 18, 1982.
(Photo credit: Bob Mack)
Pearl Drop

   Housework can't kill you, 
      but why take a chance?
                ~Phyllis Diller
Hummingbird Hall of Fame
Current inductees (those who shared August newsletter) are:

Cherie Bailey, Laura Hogan Bailey, Carter Baker, Wilson Bonner, Paola Burgi, Henry Carrigan, Lacy Chapman, Scarlette Cox, Dale Critz Jr, Steven Effinger, Sandra Erickson, Carol Golemon, Tom Gould, Deloris Green, Cynthia Henry, 
Jim Hoehn, Brent Inman, Rik James, Kim Jameson, Ann Kelly, Lisa Knight, Bette Lorenzen, Billie McConnell, Kevin Parrish, Dorace Peters, Peaches Rankin, Diana Revell, Kelson Slayman, Jane Smith-Stage, Debby Solomon, Hope Stringer, Ann Love Suttle, Dona Tapp, Kathleen Tolleson, Anne Tracy, James Warren, Mary Chapman Webster, Tommy Webster, Elise & Bill Weston, Joni Wheeler, Mike Williams, Elizabeth Chapman Young, Margaret Zibart.
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Marshall recommends ...

The following songs featuring James Burton on lead guitar! 

  1. Suzie-QDale Hawkins
    (Burton was 15 when he played on this.)

  2. Hello Mary LouRicky Nelson

  3. Mama TriedMerle Haggard
  4. Ooh Las VegasGram Parsons (with Emmylou)
  5. You Ask Me ToMarshall Chapman

Belgium breakfast! 

Variations of this spread were provided each morning in our hotel dining room (with lovely view of nearby lake) in Genk, Belgium. The Love Slaves and I were there for the 2003 Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival.
A simple, high-protein, delicious breakfast that's easy to prepare!
Sliced dry salami
Fresh mango or kiwi, peeled and sliced
Hard-boiled egg, peeled and served warm
salt and pepper to taste
Mild soft cheeses
(You can go fancy, but Mini Babybels® work for me!)
Fresh sliced bread, toasted ever-so-slightly. Spread soft cheese on the bread.
Assemble on plate and serve.
Det smager godt!
Preparation time: 10 minutes (the time it takes to boil an egg!)

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