New concept video for “Blue Christmas” coming soon!
MacDuffie working on new music for 2020 along with a spring tour through the US & UK
AUSTIN, Texas – Veteran indie singer songwriter Carrington MacDuffie introduces her punk rock-infused rendition of a classic holiday hit, “Blue Christmas” today. She’s also planning to release a new concept video for her take on the vintage holiday tune, which will visually portray her unique approach to music and art, thus breathing new creative expression into a nostalgic recorded work.
“Christmas is actually a tougher time for many people than the classic holiday hits infer,” said MacDuffie. “I thought there was room for some sentiment opposite to the norm, while still being driving and upbeat and offering a rowdy toast to the shortest and darkest days of the year.”
It was in 1948 when Doye O’Dell first recorded “Blue Christmas,” a song about thankless love during the holidays. Shortly thereafter it was popularized by country western singer Ernest Tubb, who turned the song into a #1 Billboard hit in 1950. Later that year jazz singer and composer Billy Eckstein, with a Russ Case led orchestra, also recorded the song. But it was Elvis Presley who cemented the status of “Blue Christmas” as a rock-and-roll holiday classic, releasing it for his 1957 LP Elvis’ Christmas Album. The Beach Boys also recorded their version of the song for their seventh studio album, The Beach Boys Christmas Album.
MacDuffie’s stamp on the song brings a more upbeat and aggressive spin on a song that has historically been recorded with a much slower tempo by its diverse musical predecessors.
As MacDuffie explains it herself, “I wanted to do a version of this holiday classic where the singer is not feeling forlorn about the fact her lover won’t be with her for Christmas, but rather is heartily displeased, in fact is feeling a little bratty and demented about it.”
About Carrington MacDuffie: In life and in art, Carrington MacDuffie is an adventurer. A New York native who now splits her time between Austin and Seattle – after a decade beachside in Los Angeles – she travels the globe and joyfully explores diverse universes of thought and practice. Whether making music, writing poetry, voicing works of literature, piloting a fixed-wing airplane, or savoring the Zen-like concentration of target shooting, she is led by her passion for creativity, and her endless fascination with exploring both the world outside and her inner muses.
As a singer-songwriter, Carrington first released work in 2014. Her love for music was sparked in early childhood while listening to the records that her dad, a huge music aficionado, was spinning — Teddy Wilson, Beethoven, Herb Alpert, Hudson River folk, Scottish marches, the Mamas and the Papas, Arlo Guthrie, classic rock, and the Beatles, among many other artists and genres. Those far-reaching influences weave through her entire body of work, and stand out in her newest singles and her most recent LP Kiss Make Better.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Country rock songwriter and musician Bryan Fox recently premiered a brand new song called “Rise” by way of a powerful concept video [click to watch] aimed at drawing awareness about an ever-growing societal problem: domestic abuse. “Rise” was co-written by former Uncle Kracker guitarist and personal friend, Kevin McCreery, whom Fox has performed and written songs with since 2005. The message behind the song is as powerful as the guitar riff McCreery wrote, yet pretty straightforward to those who feel trapped in abusive relationships: “Rise” up and get out.
“The song started off as an idea from Kevin,” Fox explains. “He told me about a guitar riff he came up with, and how he thought I would be perfect to collaborate with to finish it up. One day I received a voicemail of him playing what he had written, and explaining some ideas that he had for the vocal melody.”
Sadly, Kevin McCreery passed away in September of 2017 after enduring a battle with cancer, and before Fox was able to lay the formal ground work on developing his idea for the song.
“This made my job even harder,” said Fox. “I didn’t want to let my friend down, and have our last song together be a dud.”
So Fox went to Nashville’s House of Blues Studios to record the song with veteran studio producer Malcolm Springer (Collective Soul, Matchbox Twenty, Boz Skaggs) at the helm of production, someone Fox has recruited for many of his recorded projects over the years.
“Rise” marks the third recorded collaboration together between Bryan Fox & Kevin McCreery, although they played together far more often. Their first song they wrote together, “Gasoline,” released in 2016, is another country-tinged, southern rock song whose video became quite popular on YouTube, garnering over 500,000 views. Their second song became the title track of Fox’s second album as a country artist, “It’s Gonna Be That Kind of Night.”
“Some of my favorite country songs ever are the ones with very strong female heroines,” Fox explains. “The kind that don’t take shit from anyone! Both Kevin and I were both fathers to daughters, and I loved the idea of lyrically creating a storyline that would provide a very strong message. Together, the song and video creates a powerful awareness of the reality of domestic violence. I look forward to the possibility of bringing attention to this widespread problem, and inspiring abuse victims to ‘rise’ up and make a change!”
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New Movie “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” Starring Tom Hanks Hits Theaters November 22
Nashville, Tenn. — As a new generation is discovering Mister Rogers and his famed neighborhood, another generation of artists are celebrating his tremendous talent, career, and humanity in a newly released album project – Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories.
Lee Greenwood joins an award-winning cast which includes Kellie Pickler, Vanessa Williams, Rita Wilson, Jim Brickman, Jon Secada, Jaci Velasquez, Micky Dolenz, Tom Bergeron, Sandi Patty, The Cowsills, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
“Mister Rogers was a mainstay in so many households, including my own with my children,” says Grammy award winner Lee Greenwood. “To be included in such a great project that honors a piece of history is wonderful. I can’t wait to see the movie as Tom Hanks is the perfect guy for that role.”
The video for “Thank You for Being You” can be viewed HERE, premiered today by Sounds Like Nashville. The song is the finale from the album, which embodies unforgettable performances by artists performing re-imagined renditions of Fred Rogers classics, as well as uncovered gems from his 200-plus catalog of songs.
The album coincides with “Thank You, Mister Rogers Month” – a time set aside to honor Fred’s legacy by encouraging people to act on his simple but eloquent message, “Be kind.” Nashville, Tennessee, where much of the album was recorded, is the first city to proclaim November as a time to ”Be Like Fred.”
Two-time Grammy winner Dennis Scott produced the album and wrote the tribute song reflecting the feelings of generations who were touched by Fred’s music and message. Dennis, who was asked to participate in several workshops, heard people share their special memories about Mister Rogers. He reflects, “I understand their desire to reach out in gratitude to Fred because I feel it, too. I hope the song customized for Fred, as well as these new recordings of his songs, bring a smile to Fred’s fans.”
Thank You Mister Rogers: Music & Memories track listing: 1. “WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR” — THE COWSILLS 2. “YOU CAN NEVER GO DOWN THE DRAIN” — JACI VELASQUEZ 3. “SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE GOOD” — RITA WILSON 4. “PERFECTLY BEAUTIFUL DAY” — MICKY DOLENZ 5. “MANY WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU” — VANESSA WILLIAMS 6. “SOME THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND” — TOM BERGERON 7. “THIS IS MY HOME” — JIM BRICKMAN 8. “LET’S BE TOGETHER” — MARILYN MCCOO AND BILLY DAVIS, JR. 9. “PLEASE DON’T THINK IT’S FUNNY” — SANDI PATTY 10. “IT’S SUCH A GOOD FEELING” — KELLIE PICKLER 11. “WHEN THE DAY TURNS INTO NIGHT” — LEE GREENWOOD 12. “PODEMOS SER AMIGOS” — JON SECADA 13. “THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU” — THE ENSEMBLE
Lee Greenwood on Tour: Nov 30 Hiawassee, GA Anderson Music Hall Dec 03 Guntersville, Ala. / Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge Dec 04 Branson, Mo. / Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater Dec 05 Cedar Park, Texas / HEB Center Dec 06 Lubbock, Texas / The Cactus Theater Dec 07 Greenville, Texas / Texan Theater Dec 13 Immokalee, Fla. / Seminole Casino Dec 15 Dubuque, Iowa / Diamond Jo Casino For a complete tour schedule, click here.
About Lee Greenwood: Throughout his expansive career, international country music icon Lee Greenwood has earned multiple CMA and ACM Awards, a Grammy Award for Top Male Vocal Performance on “I.O.U,” in 1985, and a multitude of other prestigious award nominations. His discography includes twenty-two studio albums, seven compilation albums, seven No. 1 hits and thirty-eight singles including songs like “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands,” “She’s Lyin’,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going Going Gone,” “You Got A Good Love Comin’,” among others. His stand-out hit “God Bless the U.S.A.” has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart shortly after 9/11. Known for his stand-out patriotism and support of the U.S. Military, Greenwood has been honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s National Patriot’s Award, and entertained troops on more than 30 USO Tours. Greenwood was appointed to the council of the National Endowment for the Arts in 2008 by President George W. Bush, confirmed by the United States Senate, and continues to serve on the NEA at the pleasure of the President. His latest book release is a children’s book called Proud To Be An American, which is currently available in stores, on Amazon and leegreenwood.com.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Tommy Roe is a multifaceted international artist who wrote, co-wrote, and recorded, six top ten hits between 1962 and 1969, more than any other single artist/songwriter during this period of the 60’s, with four RIAA certified gold records, and two of his hits, “SHEILA” and “DIZZY,” topping the Billboard chart at #1. Now, in 2019, Tommy has released a new 4-song EP 2020 Vision in the digital era of music.
“I love making music,” says Tommy. “There is something special about getting in the studio and being surrounded by great musicians that just brings an electricity of creativity. I just can’t get away from that! Even after all these years, I get excited knowing that I will be making new music.”
Tommy had a total of eleven records reach the Billboard top forty, and twenty three Billboard top 100 chart records. With similar chart success in England, and throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, Tommy is considered one of the early pioneers of American pop culture. Born Thomas David Roe, on May 9, 1942, in Atlanta, Georgia, Roe, who is sometimes known as the “father of bubble-gum music,” has sold more than 60 million records.
Don McLean presented with Star on Las Vegas Walk of Stars (L-R): Pablo Antonio Castro Zabala, President of Public Relations and Hispanic affairs; Don McLean; Bob Alexander, President and Founder; Juan Carlos Valdes, Nomination Committee Director. Photo by: Jeremy Westby / 2911 Media / high res
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Today, “The American Troubadour” singer/songwriter Don McLean was enshrined into the Las Vegas Walk of Stars joining other illustrious celebrities and musicians such as Mr. Las Vegas himself Wayne Newton, Donnie & Marie, Liberace, Rich Little, Siegfried & Roy, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Gloria Estefan, Engelbert Humperdinck, and more. The star unveiling ceremony, which took place in front of the Paris Hotel and Casino on Las Vegas Blvd, was conducted by Las Vegas Walk of Stars president Bob Alexander.
“We are extremely excited and privileged to honor Don McLean into the Las Vegas Walk of Stars,” says president and founder Bob Alexander. “Don’s contributions to the entertainment business as a singer and songwriter have been written about in history books, therefore, it is also only fitting for Don to have his name enshrined within a star on Las Vegas Boulevard.”
Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. In 2004, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by country superstar Garth Brooks. In 2000, “American Pie” was named one of the Top 5 Songs of the 20th Century by the RIAA and in 2002 was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. In 2015, one of McLean’s four handwritten manuscripts of the lyrics to “American Pie” was auctioned by Christies, selling for just over $1.2 Million. 2017 brought a huge honor when his iconic song was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, joining less than 500 works including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
“I have performed in Las Vegas so many times over the past 45 years,” says Don McLean. “I have seen Vegas change so much over the years, but the people who live here and visit are always ready for a good time. I hope that I can continue to bring my music to the venues all around Vegas so I can stop and visit my new star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. To receive such an honor that will live on forever is so great.”
With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, McLean’s prowess for writing timeless songs was again captured on his 2018 album, Botanical Gardens, as he artfully weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot stomping rock for an eclectic, yet American sound that he is known for.
Don McLean On Tour: NOV 21 – City Winery / Chicago, Ill. NOV 22 – The Newton Theater / Newton, N.J. DEC 13 – Capitol Theatre Clearwater / Clearwater, Fla. DEC 14 – The Clubhouse at Valencia Shores / Lake Worth, Fla.
2020 JAN 19 – 30A Songwriters Festival / Miramar Beach, Fla. FEB 29 – Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center / Sugar Loaf, N.Y. MAR 28 – Union Colony Civic Center / Greeley, Colo. APR 17 – Kirkland Performance Center / Kirkland, Wash. MAY 01 – Walt Disney World Resort / Orlando, Fla. MAY 02 – Walt Disney World Resort / Orlando, Fla. MAY 06 – Living Arts Center / Mississauga, Canada MAY 09 – Keswick Theater / Glenside, Pa. MAY 15 – The Suffolk Theatre / Riverhead, N.Y. MAY 16 – City Winery / Boston, Ma. AUG 15 – The Birchmere / Alexandria, Va. AUG 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Arena with Alabama / Savannah, Ga. AUG 22 – Hertz Arena with Alabama / Estero, Fla. **Click here for Don’s most updated tour calendar
About Don McLean: A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. In 2004, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by country superstar Garth Brooks. In 2000, “American Pie” was named one of the Top 5 Songs of the 20th Century by the RIAA and in 2002 was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. In 2015, one of McLean’s four handwritten manuscripts of the lyrics to “American Pie” was auctioned by Christies, selling for just over $1.2 Million. 2017 brought a huge honor when his iconic song was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, joining less than 500 works including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, McLean’s prowess for writing timeless songs was again captured on his 2018 album, Botanical Gardens, as he artfully weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot stomping rock for an eclectic, yet American sound that he is known for.