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Three "Deep" Traditional Country Voices

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Randy Travis

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Josh Turner

Keeping The Traditional Sound Alive

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By: Jerry Mac

Randy Travis

   For those of you that think, traditional country music is going by the way of the 8 track or the Edsel, consider this. Randy Travis just had two very successful traditional sounding songs hit the the billboard country music single charts off his Gospel CD. "Rise And Shine", the album,  hit the country music album charts. The songs were "Three Wooden Crosses" & "Pray For The Fish". Pray For The fish" went into the top 50 as a single on the country charts even though it came off of a traditional gospel music album. "Three Wooden Crosses", from the same album, went all the way to number 1.

Read These 3 Inserts Before You Tell Me Traditional Country Music Is Dead!

Randy Travis' #1 hit song, "Three Wooden Crosses" has won the ABC Radio Network's Real Country Listeners Choice Award for Song of the Year.

November 5th, 2003 at The 37th Annual CMA Awards Randy's #1 hit song, "Three Wooden Crosses" won a CMA Award for Song Of The Year. The Song of the Year Award goes to the songwriters, Doug Johnson and Kim Williams, and to the publishers, Mike Curb Music/Sweet Radical Music/Sony/ATV Tunes.

Randy's been nominated for the "Favorite Song" award in Country Weekly's 2003 Fan Favorite Awards for his #1 hit song, "Three Wooden Crosses". The September 30th, 2003 issue of Country Weekly is on sale now, and it has an official ballot you can mail-in by the September 30th deadline. The winners will be announced in the December 23rd issue of Country Weekly.

   What's happened with Randy's recent success tells this writer that traditional country music is here to stay, and the country music fans want more of it. Sooner or later the big country music stations are going to be forced by pure pressure to pay attention to this, and, by the looks of what is happening, many of them have already started listening to what the fans want.
   I first met Randy in the early 80's when I was working for Paul Scoggins. Paul owned The Palomino Club in Charlotte, NC, a real big country music club that was billed as the World's Largest "Private" Country Music Club. All night clubs in North Carolina had to be private in order to get certain licenses at that time. The Palomino Club held a thousand people or more, and we were really packing them in, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when we had the touring Nashville acts appearing there. A lot of time has passed since then, so a club that holds only a thousand folks isn't considered such a big thing any more, but back then that was a real big club. There was a club across town from The Palomino owned by Lib Hatcher who was Randy's manager and "later-to-be" his wife. If I am not mistaken, and it's possible I could be, I think Randy had already moved to Nashville with Lib by the time I met him, but he was coming back to Charlotte to do shows in Lib's club. I use to go to Lib's club on nights The Palomino had name acts there, like John Anderson, Lee Greenwood, Ed Bruce, Michael Martin Murphy, and others. I would do this to see how this young man was doing holding a crowd against such heavy competition across town. Well! I am here to tell you that there was no shortage of Randy Travis Fans at Lib's club that held hundreds of folks. It proved to me personally that even the name acts at The Palomino couldn't even pull Randy's fans away. Keep in mind that many years would pass before the rest of the world knew who Randy Travis was, As a matter of fact, his name wasn't even Randy Travis, yet. I was impressed by this young mans ability to maintain such a loyal following of the country music lovers in Charlotte, but I was more impressed with what a nice young man he was. As a matter of fact, I was so impressed that I became a fan myself, and still am to this day. I think that after hearing Randy sing for the first time that I knew he had what it took talent wise to make it in country music, but I didn't know if he had the perseverance to make it or not. How can someone know that? Lib Hatcher may not have known that, but she believed it enough to concentrate all her efforts on promoting Randy. It paid off for sure. We all know that now. Yep! I sure am glad to see Randy doing so good. I can say, "I remember when".
Jerry Mac

Scott Hisey

The following, except for the small insertion by Jerry Mac, was taken from Scott's web site at We encourage you to visit his web site, so you can listen to the pure, rich, country voice of this young man.

A dedicated singer/songwriter, described by country music legend George Jones as "the real deal", Scott has spent his life developing a sound and style of his own. His music, while unique, has a traditional country quality and his dynamic stage presence; rich alluring voice and heartfelt delivery make Scott appealing to a broad range of country music listeners. His musical influences include Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley, John Anderson, Vern Gosdin and Hank Williams Sr.

Scott grew up in the close-knit farming community of South Charleston Ohio. He lived with his grandparents early in his life learning to sing and perform Pentecostal church hymns. Scott's attraction to music led to his first entertainment-oriented job; at 14 he began Disc Jockeying at local clubs and radio stations finding immediate success. As a freshman in High School Scott became a percussionist with the marching band and also began playing drums for local bands. During this time he began writing lyrics and at the age of 17 Scott bought his first guitar with the money he earned cutting grass and began writing and playing music.

Moving to Nashville in 1991 Scott played the lower Broad clubs including World Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Robert's Western Wear, and Legends Corner on a daily basis. While in Nashville his writing matured and improved dramatically. Increasing his original song library enabled him to then play songwriter venues such as Douglas Corner, The Bluebird Cafe, and The Broken Spoke where he co-wrote with many other Nashville writers.

A little insertion here by Jerry Mac

At the time Scott started performing in the above mentioned clubs in Nashville, I was the entertainment director at "World Famous Gilley's Music Row", and I remember seeing Scott a lot around town. I always knew he had what it took, and I am glad to see he's doing so good. Later on, before Scott moved back home, I was doing shows in Printers Alley at Barbara's. I use to go down on Broadway a lot in those days, and I would usually see Scott performing somewhere. Yea! I remember telling a friend of mine one time, "If you go down on Broadway and don't see Jimmy Snyder, or Scott Hisey performing then you can bet something is wrong".
Jerry Mac

In 1999 Scott moved back to his home state of Ohio. His writing continued and upon meeting his current songwriting collaborator Ron Vincent in early 2002, Luculent Music was formed.

Luculent, "Clear In Thought Or Expression" defines Scott Hisey's Music perfectly

Scott came to public prominence in 2002 with the launch of his debut album, “What Will The Good Times Do”. Internationally he quickly established recognizable success and strong critical reviews for his first single “The Nashville Way”, which charted at No. 48 within a few weeks of it’s release. He continues to win the support of fans at home and internationally. “The support my fans give me is truly incredible, I would be nowhere without them. I am so grateful to be doing what I love to do, so few get the opportunity to truly follow their dream”

The talent Scott radiates is magnetic when he performs. His lyrics are so personally honest and distinctive they speak directly to the heart with pure feeling. You’ll find he is equally comfortable playing an impromptu acoustic set as he is performing with the backing of his own K.I.C. band.

The latest chapter in Scott’s career recently begun with the release of his highly anticipated second album “Dead Man Walkin' ”. Again on this album he continues to stay true to his music instincts. Already, music industry sources are using words like “colossal” to describe the predicted success of this album. This young man has never lost focus of his dreams and 2004 will firmly see Scott establish himself without question as the next major success story in country music.

Josh Turner
MCA Nashville Artist
"Long Black Train"
Certified Gold!

Nashville, TN --- January 8, 2004 --- This week Josh Turner's LONG BLACK TRAIN became the only record from a debut country artist in 2003 to be certified Gold.  With sales of over 36,000 units the week before Christmas, and now # 8 on the Soundscan Country Album Chart, Turner went Gold after being in stores for just 12 short weeks.  That's the fastest rise to Gold Nashville has seen by a debut artist in years.

MCA attributes Josh's success to a great voice, a great song and a grass roots marketing strategy followed by word of mouth.  Josh has earned fans the old fashion way; by getting out and playing in front of them.  He's performed on The Grand Ole Opry (nearly 40 times), and has gone out on tour across the country playing to crowds in even the smallest of non-reporting markets in an effort to reach fans face to face rather than depending simply on radio spins.    

"Beyond all of the hard work by everyone involved in the creation of the record and delivery to the marketplace is the reminder that there is magic in music when a great song, performance and production come together.  All of us at Universal Music Group Nashville are proud to be associated with an artist of Josh's caliber," said MCA, Mercury, Lost Highway Chairman, Luke Lewis.

It seems like everyone is talking about young Josh Turner and comparing his voice to the greats of country music.  "Nobody will ever replace Jennings or Cash... but Train puts Turner on the right track," said People Magazine.  While USA Today wrote, "The young singer has a drawling Carolina baritone that makes him sound like Randy Travis the way Randy Travis once sounded like George Jones." Turner has not only caught the eye of fans and critics, he's also gained the respect of his peers.  Brooks and Dunn have asked Josh to join them on tour beginning this February.

Josh's hit single "Long Black Train" is currently Top 20 at country radio and climbing.  His video is approaching the Top 10 on CMT and will land at number one on GAC January 9th.

Reading, Writing & Rhythm Benefit Announced
Martina McBride confirmed to perform

The fourth annual Chely Wright and Friends benefit concert and celebrity auction for the Reading, Writing & Rhythm Foundation will take place Tuesday, June 8, 8:00 PM at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville. CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Martina McBride has been confirmed to perform at the event. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks including a multiple Grammy nominee. With the announcement of McBride, this is sure to be the fastest selling series to date.

In addition to the concert, a silent and live auction of music and sports celeb memorabilia will be offered.
One hundred percent of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Reading, Writing & Rhythm Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Chely Wright to raise funds and awareness of public school music education. Already schools in Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee, Arkansas and Georgia have had their musical "wish lists" of instruments, PA equipment and sheet music granted. Westside Elementary School in Searcy, Arkansas was the most recent recipient school. Upon receiving the instruments, music teacher Rhonda Ellis commented, "This is a dream come true - a real answer to prayer. The children are so excited to begin to learn to play these instruments, most of whom have never seen an actual musical instrument."

Reading, Writing & Rhythm is partnered with MENC, the National Association of Music Education, a group of 85,000 public school music teachers. MENC is directly involved in the school selection process. R, W & R is also partnered with Yamaha.

Tickets for Chely Wright & Friends are $25. Pre-sale tickets are available on Chely's web site General admission tickets go on sale February 1 on the Wildhorse web site (, and will be available by calling the Wildhorse, 615-902-8200. Last year's event raised $100,000 and was a complete sellout. This year's event will take the amount raised to date since the event's inception to well over the $1 million dollar mark.

For additional information, checkout and on the web.

This press release submitted by:
Aristo Media Group
PO Box 22765
Nashville, TN 37202
For Information: Katie Gillon (615)664-1657

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