Special Guest On Radio Show
Maggie Austin's new Interview now playing on Inside Nashville
Country Music Radio Show! Listen to the show as you read the news by
clicking on the sound button.
Why are so many people
across the world so intrigued with Maggie Austin? That question may
sound a little staged, but it isn't. There are a lot
of people tuning into Maggie Austin in different cities all over the
planet! She’s on the radio in England, Holland, New Zealand,
Australia, Belgium, Yugoslavia and France (where she was a Featured
Artists of the Week). Recently, a culture-focused web site in Germany
asked her if they could publish a review about her. How many new
artists do you know that have reviewers chasing them rather than the
other way around? The answer, of course, is not many. Maggie Austin is
generating an exceptional buzz on an international scale.
To learn more about Maggie click
We are the same folks that
had the very first 30 minute country music radio show on the Internet.
Wins Entertainer Of Year Award
Everyone connected with
The Country Music Planet sends our congratulations to CoCo LeVan for
being the recipient of The 2005 Siouxland
Entertainer Of The Year Award.
CoCo LeVan was born the youngest of six children in
Detroit Michigan. She caught the performing bug at a very young age.
Her first flirtation with performing was for her family on the living
room table. Then she hit the big time performing in bands in the
Detroit area while still in high school. She entered talent contests
in and around Detroit. She was a finalist on Star Search in the
Detroit audition. This gave her the drive to see what else was out
there for her to explore. She took a big step in 1990 by moving to
Nashville, Tennessee. She landed on her feet in Nashville, working
almost immediately at the craft she loved. She placed herself in many
talent competitions. She caught the ear of Grand Ole Opry legend,
Porter Wagoner. He was so impressed by her vocal talents that he hired
her for his show on The Grand Ole Opry. She toured with Porter for a
number of years. She, also, performed and toured with the late great
Johnny Russell. She now makes her home in Iowa.
For more about CoCo, click
success one rung at a time
Instructor climbs country music "Ladder"
First Class Jacque Lickteig
The last time
his name graced the Sheppard Senator's pages, he had already laid a
sturdy foundation to start a steady climb to the country music
In less than six months, Staff Sgt. Chris Brade has scaled the rungs
that could hoist him to stardom, recording his second self-titled
album, including his new single, "Ladder of Love," and
finding a label, BonTex Records,
along the way.
The 363rd Training Squadron instructor said in the July article that
he planned to lay down the "Ladder of Love" track, penned by
Country & Western greats Rodney Crowell and Lee Roy Parnell. But,
Sergeant Brade said he wanted to sway the head honchos of Sin-Drome
Records with the demo version in a meeting in November.
Happenstance changed those plans in August when Jerry Mac, president
and founder of the BonTex Records, stumbled upon Sergeant Brade's Web
and listened to some of the tracks on the site.
"I was very impressed with the quality of his music," the
48-year music industry veteran said, commenting on the traditional
style of Sergeant Brade's music and its appeal to the label. "The
young man is so talented, and he's a good-looking kid. That's
important these days." But according to Mr. Mac, talent and looks aren't the only traits that
can make or break a musician's career. He said good work ethics,
dependability and ambition are key qualities to have. So, he contacted Sergeant Brade to learn more about him. After finding
out about his military career and the zealous moves he and his
manager, Tech. Sgt. Jeff Daws at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have
taken to further his music career, Mr. Mac offered him a home with the
Pennsylvania-based independent label.
When September rolled around, Sergeant Brade and Mr. Mac hadn't
finalized the deal, but the singer/songwriter was still making
breakthroughs. His voice carried him through the 2004 Falls Fest Idol
competition and won him a gig as the opening act for country star Josh
Turner at Falls Fest, in which he sang Rhett Akins' "She Said
Yes" and Brian McKomas' "99.9 Percent Sure" to a
"He did have stiff competition," said Kande Brown, 92.9 NIN
on-air personality and Idol judge. "He just [sang] a little
better, and he was a little more polished than the rest."
Sergeant Brade became an official member of BonTex Records and www.countrymusicplanet.com
in October. Since then, he's been sprinting toward success. In the beginning of December, he spent 22 hours in Awesome Works
Recording studio in Holland, Texas, where Texas band Cross Canadian
Ragweed recorded, recording "Ladder of Love" and the rhythm
section for his second album.
The new CD, which is taking out $7,200 of lining from his manager's
pockets, has 10 tracks. Only two of the songs were composed by other
musicians, "Hell Only Knows" by Donald Wagner and the
much-promoted single. Sergeants Daws and Brade authored the rest. His first album features
four of the songs that are on the second, but the songs are shaped
differently and take on different sounds for the currently unreleased
album. Brian Meadors lent his finger picking, strumming and vocals, Danny
Theile laid the bass line, Chad Brade, Sergeant Brade's cousin,
provided the taps, crashes and bangs of the drum and Steve Palousek
twanged the steel guitar for the album. The master copies are finished and tweaked. Now, Sergeant Brade is
perfecting the artwork and design with the help of his wife, Karen. As
soon as they submit everything to Disc Makers, a distribution company
based out of California, the company will manufacture the CDs. Sergeant Brade said he hopes they will be ready for release by the end
of this month. He's already submitted copies of the single to several radio stations
across Texas. KTEX 106.1, a country station that reaches Sergeant
Brade's hometown of Giddings, held an interview with him in December,
which featured "Ladder of Love" and "In the Name of
Love," a song from his first album.
KTEX listeners now make a total of three to five requests a week to
hear one of Sergeant Brade's music, Mike Austin, the station's imaging
"I really like his music," Mr. Austin said. "He's an
excellent artist, he's got original stuff and he sounds good, so we
He also did a radio interview with KRXT 98.5 in Rockdale, Texas.
Sergeant Brade said he plans to market himself, along with Jerry Mac's
help, to as many Texas stations as possible. His goal is to make the
Texas Music Chart, a goal that requires 250 spins, or songs played,
throughout Texas a week. "I think he'll fare well," Mr. Austin said.
With a growing music career comes growing demands. Sergeant Brade said
he performs about once a weekend, whether it's a solo performance with
just his guitar, a radio interview, or a full set with his new band,
Highway South, a band that hopes to open for Merle Haggard in
He said he understands it's demanding more of him, and his output in
the pursuit of his dream has caused a decrease of energy toward other
aspects of his life. His energy shift hasn't affected his military
day-to-day job, but he admitted that he hasn't studied for his
promotion test. He also took a semester off of school.
However, he said his wife, Karen, and two daughters, Taylor and
Makenzie, are paying the highest toll.
"I'm hardly at home, and when I am home, I'm returning phone
calls I missed during the day until about 11:30 p.m.," the singer
said, averting his eyes, seemingly hiding tension's tinge. "It's
getting a little tough."
But, he said he'll strive for balance and work to include his family
as much as possible, even though sometimes they can't make
As for his military career, he still has four years left in his
current enlistment. He said if he becomes successful in music, he'd
like to transfer into a Reserve unit, but until then, he'll keep
practicing his skills at another unexpected talent he needs to have a
music career: juggling.
For more on
Chris, click here.
Hello visitors. I'm
Jerry Mac, the editor.
I invite everyone to visit the web sites of all the
country entertainers that are highlighted in Jerry Mac's News.
Click here to go to
Jerry Mac's Web Site to listen to his music and get to know him.
Entertainers, submit your press
releases by e-mail.
All submissions will be considered for inclusion, but the articles
that appear here must be approved by the owners and publishers of
"Jerry Mac's News".
this web page or any other web page into any language by clicking
here! / ¡Traduzca este Web page o cualquier otro Web page a
cualquier lengua chascando
aquí ! / Traduisez ce page Web ou n'importe quel autre page Web
en n'importe quelle langue en
cliquetant ici !
"Independent Country Entertainer"
Sell your CDs & cassettes
The CD Planet
We will show you how to backup any DVD
or VHS cassette using a CD-R burner! We will go further, and show you
how to backup a DVD using a DVD-R, or DVD-RW burner as well. CLICK