Country Music News
From New Zealand
Country music fans have fire in their bellies
Friday, 4-June 2004
Country Music Club is not about to let a devastating fire at its
headquarters put a dampener on its biggest weekend of the year. The
town known as the home of New Zealand country music is already well
into celebrating the 31st New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards and nothing
is going to spoil the party.
Clutha reporter GLENN CONWAY previews Gore's big
You can already sense that Gore is in the mood to
party this weekend.
After being held to ransom for most of last month at the
hands of a serial arsonist, the home of New Zealand country music is
breathing easy again.
fires came at a great social and personal cost. The town was on edge
for weeks as police tried to catch the person behind a series of
suspicious fires that claimed motor vehicles, a second-hand store, the
home of an elderly woman and the Gore Country Music Club rooms, just
weeks out from its biggest weekend of the year.
Gone the building may be but the fighting spirit and
positive attitude of club members remains as strong as ever.
The New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards is their show and they
are not about to let some firebug ruin it.
The six-day program is already well under way with the
Hands of Fame induction show on Tuesday night and the 2004 Miss Gold
Guitar Queen crowned on Wednesday night.
Last night, the MLT Songwriting Awards were dished out
but tonight is what many regard as the start of the weekend for real.
Country music lovers are spoilt for choice with two
massive shows at two different venues on at the same time.
The Gore Town and Country Club stadium - host to the two
big weekend shows - will host The Wolverines from Australia while the
New Zealand Country Music Tui Awards blast out of the St James
The Tuis have got everyone talking, it seems.
A joint venture between the Gold Guitar organizing
committee and the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand aim to
raise the profile of New Zealand country music while fostering the
talent out there.
It will create a valuable platform for recording artists
to showcase and get important recognition for their work.
Tonight, 16 CDs will compete for best country music album
and 12 singles will vie for best country music song.
Country music's best Kenny Rogers-look-alike, Gary Morris
from Southern Colorado, will be the guest artist at the Tuis and his
performance in Gore will be his New Zealand debut.
Boasting 12 albums which have produced 16 top 10 singles,
including five that went to the top of the charts, Morris has also
made his mark on Broadway and the Grand Ol' Opry.
This man is not just a country music star. He turned his
talents to opera and starred opposite Linda Ronstadt in Puccini's La
Boheme, which sparked a flurry of offers. He became the first
American to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
That performance snared him a Best Actor nomination and
one of the singles, Bring Me Home , is just one of several
popular tracks on the musical's platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning
A multitalented performer, Morris' list of achievements
even stretches to television, where he had recurring roles in programs
such as The Colbys , Designing Women and Mike Hammer.
The two-hour show will be a lavish occasion with pre-show
drinks, performances from the finalists, Morris' performance and the
presentation of the awards themselves.
Hot on the heels of this big night is the junior and
intermediate finals tomorrow night with the showcase event - the
senior final - set down for Sunday night.
Country music fans everywhere will tell you there is a
reason for their annual pilgrimage to Gore.
This weekend, the town lays out the welcome mat.
But deep down, organizing committee members will be
thinking about what the future holds for the Tamworth Lane site that
was their home for the past three decades.
What will happen there? There will be thoughts of
rebuilding and what else can be done to repair the heartache, anger
and despair many in the world of country music are still feeling.
But the emotions will be set to one side for the next few
Gore is in party mode and nothing is going to ruin these celebrations.
"Sound Of The Rain"
Issues on Today’s CDX
COUNTRY MUSIC TODAY MAGAZINE - "Pulsating,
cut-to-the-chase tales of love, regret and moving on, delivered with
grit, swagger and a touch of class."
WASHINGTON POST – "Superb disc."
NASHVILLE CITY PAPER –"Thompson's writing
has an honesty and directness that makes his compositions fresh and
appealing. ..Whether you consider it traditional country, roots or
Americana, there's no question his work has a singular sensibility
Nashville, TN (June 1, 2004) - - Pulsing with
primal energy, Randy Thompson’s "Sound Of The Rain" is a
pounding up tempo with fierce power. From the lanky Virginian’s
third album, THAT’S NOT ME, the single will ship to radio via the
A 15-week European chart sensation, debuting at the
#1 spot, "Sound Of The Rain" is driven by an outlaw feel and
Thompson’s towering vocal. Reminiscent of early Waylon Jennings
tunes, the record is gritty, real and moving. Thompson says,
"This song is about the feeling that you get driving down the
road to somewhere new. It’s about leaving the past behind –
leaving the pain behind and moving on with eyes wide open."
A compelling vocalist who wields razor-sharp lyrics
along with a lethal Telecaster, Thompson is a force with which to be
reckoned. Critical acclaim and impressive sales have focused the
spotlight on this talented singer/songwriter – and the spotlight is
right where it belongs.
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Star Clay Walker
Goes To Washington To Support Battle Against Multiple Sclerosis
Will Rally Delegates at National MS Society's 2004 Public Policy
WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/04/2004 --
Multi-platinum country music star and National MS Society's
Ambassador of the Year Clay Walker will be in Washington, D.C.
June 4th to support the National MS Society's 2004 Public
Policy Conference and heighten awareness about multiple
sclerosis (MS) -- a disease that strikes someone new virtually
"We know that Clay's presence will help rally and
inspire our more than 200 delegates to tackle the tough
advocacy issues they face when they return home as advocacy
reform typically starts at the grass roots level," said
Susan Sanabria, vice president Advocacy Programs, National MS
Last year, Walker revealed for the first time publicly his
eight-year journey with relapsing-remitting MS and made it his
mission to help others living with the disease. His upcoming
appearance is not the first time Walker has come to
Washington, D.C. to lend his support to the MS cause. He also
spoke to members of Congress last year about the need for
Medicare coverage of all approved MS therapies.
"Though I certainly never sought recognition for my
efforts to raise awareness about MS, being named Ambassador of
the Year by the National MS Society was a great honor and made
me realize the impact I can have on the MS community,"
said Walker. "I was shocked last year to learn almost
half the people living with MS aren't on therapy. I want to do
whatever I can to help people with MS have access to the
therapies available because these treatments are the best
weapon we have until we find a cure."
Since coming forward last year, Walker has connected with
thousands of individuals living with MS by speaking at MS
educational seminars, doing TV and radio PSAs to support the
MS cause and work of the Society, and helping to raise funds
to end the devastating effects of MS.
"Increased funding for MS research is crucial because
it not only can help improve the level of wellness for people
with MS, but also provides additional inroads to unraveling
the mysteries of MS," said Gen. Mike Dugan, president and
CEO of the Society. "The more we understand MS, the more
opportunity there is to reduce the $20 billion annual economic
impact of the disease. The National MS Society and Clay are
both dedicated to helping make a difference on those
Walker has sold more than 8 million albums and recently
released his seventh studio album, "A Few
Questions." The album was Walker's first for RCA Records
and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard country music charts --
the highest debut of his career. With 11 No. 1 singles, five
No. 1 videos, and his current single, "I Can't
Sleep," in the Top 10 on the country music charts, Walker
is a major force in the country music field.
"When I was diagnosed, I didn't know if I would be
able to perform or play with my children and eight years
later, I still do those things," said Walker. "I
never let MS stop me from fulfilling my dream of performing.
I'm living proof if you take responsibility, MS doesn't have
to take away what you love. Maintaining a healthy diet,
exercise, and taking a daily injection has worked for me. It's
important for others with MS to work with their neurologist to
find what works for them. The worst thing you can do is
Clay Walker began his life in Beaumont, TX, and was
surrounded by music growing up. He landed his first record
deal at 23. Now, he holds the distinction of being the only
artist to have one of his songs included five years
consecutively in Billboard's year-end Top 10 country list.
He's also been one of country's Top 10 grossing touring acts.
Note to Editors: For further information about multiple
sclerosis and the programs of the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, please contact the Society through its 24-hour
information line, 1-800-FIGHT-MS or visit its Web site at www.nationalmssociety.org.
The National MS Society is dedicated to ending the devastating
effects of multiple sclerosis. It funds more MS research,
offers more services for people with MS, provides more
professional education programs and furthers more MS advocacy
efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Multiple
sclerosis is an unpredictable, chronic, and often disabling
disease of the central nervous system. For more details on
Clay Walker's upcoming tours and albums, visit www.claywalker.com.
Cell: 917 613-5711
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