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Click here to go to the official site of country music singer Dave Jorgenson

   An award for WEB SITE OF THE FALL 2004 has been presented to the official web site of country music singer Dave Jorgenson. Ever so often the members of the board of directors of The Country Music Planet pick a country music web site that the board members think is deserving of special recognition. Until recently the winners were picked by tabulating votes of visitors to The Country Music Planet. The decision was made to have these web sites picked by the reviewing of members of our organization. The only web sites that are considered are those that we feel are web sites that country music fans would really enjoy visiting. The web sites must meet certain criteria. They must be easy to navigate & quick to download with content that has to do with country music. Dave's web site meets all the criteria of a real good country music web site deserving of this award.
   Dave Jorgenson's web site is really worth a visit by any and all country music lovers, and his webmaster deserves a big round of applause for a well done job. Dave's site is definitely navigated easily. It very easy to get from one part of the site to the other, and it's, also, easy to get back. It has a section where you can keep up with the latest news concerning Dave. There's a great picture of the band that you can get to by clicking on band at the home page. There is a section where you can listen to the music. If you want to know more about this site, you'll have to go there, and we suggest you do. Click on the banner at the top of this article to get there. CONGRATULATIONS DAVE.


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   The Country Music Planet creates and uploads the first music jukebox on the Internet dedicated to songwriters. It is the 3rd jukebox that The Country Click here to go to Songwriters Jukebox.Music Planet has made available to the visitors to the site. The name of the new site is appropriately named "Songwriters Jukebox". The other 2 jukeboxes located at The Country Music Planet are "Inside Nashville Jukebox" and "Gospel Music Jukebox". Both of these were, also, firsts on the Internet. "Inside Nashville Jukebox" was the first country music jukebox on the Internet, and "Gospel Music Jukebox" was the first gospel music jukebox on the Internet. The Country Music Planet is, also, the first to have a 30 minute radio show on the Internet, "Inside Nashville Country Music Radio Show".
  
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Shoot of Popular Country Music Video
Damaged Nashville Landmark



Shoot of Popular Country Music Video Damaged Nashville Landmark

   One of country music’s most popular videos resulted in damage to one of Nashville’s landmarks.
  
The video, Big and Rich’s “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” was shot entirely on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge.  Steve Lamar produced the video.
   “We've got the Pearl Cohn Marching Band.  Grechen Wilson is on the tractor.  The concept was really like a do da parade, a big party”, said Lamar.
   It quickly became one of country music's most popular videos, but this party had a cost.
   Metro Public Works says the shoot damaged the decorative painting on the newly opened bridge.  You can actually see the hoof marks from the horses.
   It left scuff marks and actually dents in the pavement that have to be repaired.  The repairs cost $23,000.  The Metro council is set to pass a resolution agreeing to accept the money.
  
It was a lot more expensive than I thought it was going to be, but that's what it is.  I'm glad the insurance was there.  That's what it's for,” said Lamar.
  
Other groups are allowed to use the bridge.  There was a wedding and there will be a wine tasting event this weekend.  Public Works always checks to see if there's damage.
   You may even see the bridge in a video again, but if you do, Steve Lamar bets there won’t be any horses.

The above story was originally published at the web site of WTVF Nashville, TN. located on the Internet at http://www.newschannel5.com.


In Brazil, Cowboys And Country Music Are Cool

By KEVIN G. HALL
Knight Ridder Newspapers

BARRETOS, Brazil - There's a well-kept secret in Brazil, a land best known for teeny bikinis and soccer prowess: It's cool to be country and cowboy.

So cool that buyers snap up country music - American and Brazilian - at a rate that ranks it just behind rock and religious in popularity among Brazil's musical styles. And that's just legitimate sales. Add in pirated copies - Brazil is the world leader in CD piracy - and sales soar.

They're so cool that Brazil's main television network next February will launch a primetime soap opera - the country's most popular form of television - with a cowboy theme. It'll be the tale of a Brazilian peon who becomes a famous American cowboy.

In the land of samba and some of the world's most populous cities, how did cowboy become so chic? Because outside megalopolises such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil is largely a land of agriculture. It's a continent-sized country, like the United States, of cattle raising and farm production.

Brazil's farm exports exceeded $26 billion through August this year, and the country jockeys with the United States as the global export leader in beef, soybeans, citrus and chicken.

And rodeo is a popular sport, with Brazilian cowboys wearing wide-brimmed hats and oversized belt buckles just like their American counterparts - though in humid Brazil, sometimes they also wear swim trunks and flip-flops.

More than 900,000 people attended the annual August rodeo at Barretos, in Sao Paulo state, Latin America's largest rodeo. Cowboys came from across Brazil and as far away as the United States and Australia for the 11-day event to ride bulls, brave bucking broncos and wrestle steers. Amazon Indians in body paint hawked handicrafts to the crowd.

"The Brazilian cowboys are good, and the women are beautiful," said Dan Yates, a steer wrestler from Red Lodge, Mont.

Brazilian cowboys are indeed good. Adriano Moraes of Sao Paulo state is leading the U.S. Professional Bull Riders tour this year, and his colleague Ednei Caminhas was the world bull riding champion in 2002.

"Most of these boys can hook them bulls just like Americans," said Terry Owens, 20, a pro bull rider from Welcome, N.C.

Wannabe cowboys, such as Gilberto Vitoria, 16, who had 12 bull-inflicted stitches in his head removed in time to ride in the Barretos junior competition, dream of following Caminhas to fame abroad.

"I want to go far," Vitoria says, shrugging off his shaved head and fresh scar that makes him look like a brain surgery patient.

A shy, handsome man who looks more an actor than someone who rides tractor-sized bulls for a living, Caminhas describes Brazil as "a `country' country." His U.S. success helped inspire the planned Globo soap opera titled "America."

"Television helps show rodeos and country culture around the world. Here, country music is just getting attention, and television will show the country culture to all of Brazil," Caminhas said.

"Brazil is very large and has many cultures, and we don't know about most of them, those of us who live in Rio or Sao Paulo," said actress Deborah Secco, Brazil's sultry soap star of the moment. In the upcoming Globo production, she'll portray a farm girl seeking to emigrate illegally to the United States to follow her rodeo hero.

Much of Brazil already is well acquainted with cowboy culture, however. In virtually every rural bus terminal or gas station, someone is hawking pirated country music CDs. Sometimes it's a copy of a CD by U.S. star Alan Jackson. More often it's a CD by a Brazilian duo, such as Cesar and Paulinho. Nashville's wittiest songwriters have nothing on the duo, whose songs include "I Love You, I Adore You, I Hate You" and "Tell them I am Him."

"Brazilian country music is similar to U.S. country music, down to the traditional festivals," said Cesar Franco, half of the popular brotherly duo that's made 21 recordings of Brazilian country music over 30 years.

Brazilian country music - today called country, caipira or Sertanejo - was first recorded in 1929, he said, but it differs from its American counterpart in that duos are the favored form. It has its roots in farm hands who traveled from one ranch to another, teaching songs to peons on the other ranch. The swapping of lyrics created a tradition of two distinct voices playing off each other.

The Brazilian Record Producers Association estimates that country music accounts for at least 11 percent of legitimate sales. Ranch hands who can't afford a $12 CD by Cesar and Paulinho snap up pirated versions for less than $2.

Country singers in Brazil traditionally played a viola, a small guitar with a distinct sound that originally was made from tree trunks. American country music and its electric sounds seeped in and overtook the rural sound in the 1980s, heavily influencing today's Brazilian stars.

"I really like that dude with the white beard, what's his name?" said Paulinho Franco. "Oh yeah, Willie Nelson."

The above story first published in The Mercury News located at http://www.mercurynews.com.

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