NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Prominent entertainment promoters, Rocklands Entertainment celebrates 40 successful years of entertainment management and concert promotion in Canada and 25 years in the U.S.A. Featuring concert management and promotion of legendary acts such as Red Green, Tommy Hunter, Charley Pride, Frank Mills (Mr. Music Box dancer”, Carroll Baker, Kitty Wells, Johnny and Bobby Wright, Mickey Gilley, Roger Whittaker, the late ‘Stompin’’ Tom Connors, Rita MacNeil, George Jones, Tammy Wynette and many more. Rocklands Entertainment ranks with the best on the top 100 promoters in the world chart as reported by Pollstar Magazine in Los Angeles, California. Rocklands Entertainment has delivered one-of-a-kind shows, placing unforgettable memories in the hearts of all audiences along with forming lasting connections with music industry legends.
The story begins in August 1980 when a 17-year-old Peterborough Ontario, Canada native became the youngest licensed entertainment booking agent ever in North America.
“It all started by working in Peterborough back when I was an assistant to local Peterborough disc jockey, “Sunshine” Sean Eyre. I started working with Sean when I was 15. One thing led to another and it soon became apparent that working with live entertainment was my calling. The odds at 17 were all stacked against me getting a booking license, but the right people pulled all the right strings and made it happen,” shares Brian Edwards, Owner and Founder of Rocklands Entertainment.
The rest is history.
Over 5,000 shows and 100+ different entertainers later, Rocklands continues to arrange show stopping performances all over North America. Rocklands has made their mark around the world and has produced shows all over North America, Australia and Scotland. A recent Red Green tour across the United states placed Rocklands in the top 100 tours of the week, three weeks in a row. “Not bad for a couple of Canadian lads from small town Ontario.”
A book is in the process of being released later this year, sharing 40 years of memories with Rockland Entertainment and friends. Ed Arnold, a writer from Peterborough Ontario and Brian Edwards have been in the process of writing for almost a year and are excited to share the stellar charisma and defining voice that Rocklands Entertainment has provided so many over the years.
Like all other entertainment promoters, venues and artists around the world, Rocklands Entertainment promotional events have been halted due to COVID-19. Proving a monumental force to be reckoned with, Rocklands holds an optimistic attitude and considers alternatives instead of accepting defeat. They are adapting and considering putting on smaller shows that follow social distancing standards very soon. Rocklands Entertainment assures that they will be ready to hit the road and put on shows the second it is safe to do so! Stay tuned for future tour announcements via the Rocklands Entertainment website.
What respected music industry figures and friends are saying about Rocklands Entertainment and Brian Edwards:
“Congratulations to Brian and all the Rocklands crew for 40 great years. Brian and I have been friends for most of those years and I have always enjoyed working with the Rocklands folks.” – Charley Pride (Country Music Pioneer and Hall of Fame Member)
“Our association goes back for over 40 years. We have done over 500 shows together and it was all on a handshake.Rocklands, you are the reason for my success… Thank you!” – Tommy Hunter (Canada’s Country Gentleman)
“The kindest, most considerate, most decent and most relentlessly honest person to ever work in the field of entertainment.” – Red Green (Comedian)
“Brian Edwards ably assisted by John Lester and staff operate a very tidy no BS business where getting things done is a way of life. Brian’s motto is simple, and I quote ” Get off your arse and let ‘er rip ” reaffirming his no nonsense approach to making every step of the way right and taking care of things when not right. We have had a wonderful and profitable relationship for most of Rocklands 40 years.” – Frank Mills (“Mr. Music Box Dancer”)
“This I can say without hesitation… I have “not” met many Promoters/Agents/ Managers, who have maintained such long-lasting relationships with their clients as Brian Edwards has managed to do. I have total respect for Brian Edwards and his work ethic. As a person, I feel so fortunate to call him my friend. Congratulations Brian Edwards, and to everyone at Rocklands Entertainment. I am looking forward to working with you in the future and many more years of our friendship. Your friend always!” – Carroll Baker CM (Canada’s first lady of country Music)
“As a young artist, I was able to cut my teeth and learn so many important lessons in country music thanks to the opportunities Brian Edwards and Rocklands Entertainment provided me. Some of my greatest memories were sharing the stage as an opening act for the greatest legends in our genre, and I will be forever grateful for those moments. As I matured as an entertainer, started winning awards, and enjoyed having hits of my own, I looked back fondly on the experiences I had with Brian, and still take a moment today to acknowledge how lucky I was to learn from the icons — Brian being one of them. You do not thrive for 40 years in this extremely difficult business unless you are the best of the best. Rocklands Entertainment, and my friend, Brian Edwards are the best. Congratulations on this incredible milestone, and I look forward to celebrating many more!”-Brett Kissel (JUNO & CCMA Award Winner • Canada’s Male Artist & Entertainer of the Year)
“I had the pleasure of working with Brain Edwards in Canada. The tour was successful for us yours truly and I hope it was successful for him. I would like to congratulate Brian and his beautiful wife for their success and to many more years with Rocklands Entertainment.” – Mickey Gilley (Country Music Artist)
“Brian Edwards enlisted me to create, direct, and perform in the Live Lawrence Welk Show for a decade of tours throughout the U.S. and Canada. I have NEVER felt more supported or valued as an artist than during those years with Rocklands Entertainment. No one worked harder than Brian to “take care of business” and still show us a great time. We were treated like family every step of the way and gratefully, that relationship continues to this day. Happy Anniversary, Brian & Rocklands! You rock!”–Mary Lou Metzger (The “Live” Lawrence Welk show)
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About Rocklands Entertainment: Rocklands Entertainment Inc., established in 1980 by Brian Edwards, is an entertainment management and concert promotions company focusing predominantly on entertainers with well-established careers in the business, many of whom having reached “legendary” status through the eyes of both their fans and their peers.
Long associations with such entertainers as Kitty Wells, Tommy Hunter, Charley Pride, Frank Mills and the legendary Canadian Icon Stompin’ Tom Connors helped establish Rocklands as one with a strong reputation for honesty, integrity and quality of product and service in the industry.
Through their association with “Rocklands”, these entertainers were able to extend their careers leading to lengthy concert tours (at times 6 months non-stop in length) from Coast to Coast in Canada and the United States.
To this day, Rocklands brings entertainment to an audience that has been often left out, yet the demand to see their stable of legends proves that Rocklands has learned that fans still want good family entertainment from performers they have adored over the years.
The reputation of Rocklands has remained steadfast. The company’s versatility has also been greatly enhanced and promoting with such shows as, Anne Murray, k.d. lang, Wayne Newton, The Von Trapp Children, “Oh What A Night”, Weird Al Yankovic, Alice Cooper and “The Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show”.
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Don McLean performs at the ‘C’Ya On The Flipside II’ concert, benefitting The Troy Gentry Foundation, at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. (February 5, 2020) // Photo by Jeremy Westby
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 50 years after he wrote the song, Don McLean is ready to tell the story of “American Pie.”
The singer-songwriter has announced plans for a feature documentary, “The Day The Music Died: The Story Behind Don McLean’s American Pie,” set for release at the end of 2021.
The project will also inform a new stage play that will revolve around McLean’s deep catalog (which includes “Vincent,” “Castles in the Air” and “Wonderful Baby”), as well as a children’s book based on his most famous song.
There’s good reason for all of this activity. Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of “American Pie,” an eight-and-a-half-minute epic that chronicled – somewhat cryptically – the politics, youth culture and defining events of the ’50s and ’60s.
“I was looking for a big idea to write a big song, about a big country,” McLean tells The Tennessean. “And I didn’t want to write ‘This Land is Your Land’ or ‘America the Beautiful’ or something like that. So I came up with this idea that politics and music influence one another and flow parallel together, forward.”
But even as the documentary aims to tell “the story behind” the song, it won’t crack the codes of its six dense verses – though the public generally agrees on many of its allusions, touching on everything from Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan to Altamont and Charles Manson.
At 74, McLean says he doesn’t want to turn analyzing the song into “a board game.”
“It’s not poetic, and I don’t want to do it. That’s been the reason why. But I am going to get behind the song, and I’m sure that I’ll reveal a whole lot about just how it was created, and what was going on in my life. It’ll be my story, also.”
“Don has a brilliant spiritual and practical view of what it meant to him, but everyone across the globe has made their own interpretation of what the words mean to them,” says Spencer Proffer, the documentary’s producer.
“And I think that’s kind of magical.”
Proffer also produced a 2015 documentary on Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance,” speaking to the likes of Maya Angelou, Brian Wilson and Vince Gill about the song’s impact. He anticipates a similar approach with “The Day The Music Died,” and points to the many prominent artists who have covered “American Pie” over the years, including Madonna and Garth Brooks.
Through interviews, they’ll explore “what (the song) meant to them then, what it means to them now, and what it will mean to generations in the future,” Proffer says.
“I think that’s really provocative, and I think you can only do it with a song this great and this deep, with an artist that’s this sensitive, like Don McLean.”
Development on the stage play will be helmed by Broadway producers Corey Brunish (“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”) and Russell Miller, who’ve formed a joint venture with Proffer’s company. Proffer says they’re aiming for a 2022 debut.
“It’s going to be a story pretty much like my life has been,” McLean says. “And it’s going to be using many of my songs, as well as (“American Pie”) being the touchstone. So it’s got to be something that the average person is going to feel good about seeing, like ‘Jersey Boys’ or the Temptations show that’s out there now. But I hope it’ll be a little bit better than that…not too obvious and not too easy.”
He’s also continued to deny allegations of abuse made by his ex-wife, Patrisha McLean, whom he divorced in 2016. Patrisha has talked about their relationship in a traveling exhibit about domestic violence, “Finding Our Voices,” and has established a non-profit of the same name.
For now, McLean says he’s enjoying the break that the coronavirus has imposed.
“I can’t believe I got to see a pandemic. It’s one more thing in my long life that I’ve experienced.”
He was 24 when he wrote “American Pie,” looking back on a decade defined by revolution and upheaval.
Asked about those who are that age now, in the midst of a momentous year, McLean says, “I think they need music very much right now.”
“We need songs that people can cling to, and get emotional security from. They’re not like buildings. Buildings can get knocked down. Statues get turned over. But songs live forever. You can ban my song if you want to, but there will be a million people that know it by heart.”
SOURCE: The Tennessean / by Dave Paulson
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About Don McLean: Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a top 5 song of the 20th Century. 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 “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. His catalog of songs have been recorded by Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, Weird “Al” Yankovic, and countless others. 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. 2019 honored Don with a star on the Las Vegas Walkway of Stars and his song “And I Love You So” was the theme for Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding. Now in 2020, Don signed a recording contract with Time Life to release his catalog of recordings as well as the much anticipated new album Still Playin’ Favorites, which will be released in the Fall. “American Pie” will be featured in the Avengers Black Widow and the Tom Hanks movie BIOS and much more to be announced. And when you think things are slowing down, not so for Don McLean! 2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of American Pie with a World Tour to follow.
Pride, co-owner of the Texas Rangers and former Negro American League pitcher and outfielder, helped pave the way for black entertainers in country music
ARLINGTON, Texas. – Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Charley Pride performed the National Anthem Friday night at the Texas Rangers season opener vs. the Colorado Rockies. The game was a wildly different take on America’s favorite past-time, with cardboard fans in the stands, players in masks and roar of the crowd produced by Memorex, but nonetheless, it was still baseball. Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivered the first pitch, albeit virtually, from Austin, followed by Pride’s performance. The game was the team’s first in the new Globe Life Field ballpark.
“I was in the left field from where I was singing the anthem and I thought everything went fine,” said Pride. “I would have loved to been down there with the players — to have been one of the players, but I love the game! I couldn’t be down there — I was like a whole field away from them, doing the anthem. With the virus, and with my age, that’s the way it had to be!”
“When I go to spring training I dress with all the coaches – before I get in the club they always ask me ‘when are you gonna sing for us’ and I just tell them ‘well, set it up!'”
“I think it was a fine game. It was the first time I saw the park and it’s a beautiful! I enjoyed everything I did today.”
The Rangers beat the Rockies 1-0 with a three-hit shutout.
Charley Pride came from humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Mississippi to landing a career as a Negro League baseball player and then commenced a meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. Pride’s love for music led him from the Delta to a larger, grander world. In the 1940s, radio transcended racial barriers, making it possible for Pride to grow up listening to and emulating Grand Ole Opry stars like Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff. The singer arrived in Nashville in 1963 while the city roiled with sit-ins and racial violence. But with boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, he managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with music industry insiders into a legacy of hit singles, a Recording Academy “Lifetime Achievement Award” and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. “There’s always been a handful of people with global appeal that goes beyond the face value of the culture of Country music. Mr. Pride is absolutely one of those folks.” – MARTY STUART
“Charley deserves every accolade he can get. And, we’ll make up some new ones if we need to. He’ll deserve them too!” – WILLIE NELSON
“He’s one of America’s great country stars. He is Americana personified.” – WHOOPI GOLDBERG Read more about Pride’s baseball career here, here and here.
About Charley Pride: Charley Pride is celebrating more than 50 years as a recording artist. He has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first black superstar within the genre. A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time GRAMMY® award and Recording Academy “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner, Pride has garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand over the last several years. Pride received the Crossroads Of American Music Award At 2019 GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi Gala in November of 2019, and has plans to release a new album soon.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Delicately crafted with extensive passion, singer/songwriter Kelly Lang takes fans on a soulful journey to deliver an unforgettable rendition of “Drive” leading up to a highly anticipated fall release of her new album ‘Old Soul’ on September 18. Originally made famous by 70’s rock legends, The Cars, this cover boasts powerful blends of harmonic heat and signature sultry flame, illuminating the airwaves. The single exclusively premiered on Country Rebel. “Drive” is available to download and stream on all digital platforms.
Visit HERE to view the exclusive “Drive” acoustic video on Country Rebel.
“While looking for songs to record for my new project I kept hearing the song “Drive” everywhere! It played when I was getting my nails done and while grocery shopping, almost like it was whispering ‘psst’… you need to record me! This song is the perfect way to start the album and set the mood for the eclectic tracks that lie ahead,” shares Lang.
Defining class and musical excellence, Lang serves up the perfect dose of melodic healing to help untangle tired hearts. Her upcoming cover album, ‘Old Soul’ features 14 covers of critically acclaimed songs and highlights her rare love and appreciation for the timeless classics. The album is sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms Chicken.
From writing and performing to producing her own music, Lang remains bold in her pursuit to deliver positive charisma to listeners and spread hope in times of need. Audiences of all ages come to witness the museum of musical charm that is Kelly Lang; featuring her upcoming album ‘Old Soul’ as the latest exhibit.
Visit HERE to view the ‘Drive’ lyric video on YouTube.
What music legends are saying about ‘Drive’ and ‘Old Soul’:
“Kelly Lang is one of those artists who believes totally in the music she makes. Her new album entitled ‘Old Soul’ is a fine selection of songs that have meant something in her life and in her heart. Sentimental and romantic, two words missing in popular music today. As always she delivers with class and purity! This is one of the best!!!”– Sir Barry Gibb
“From the moment I put on Kelly’s CD, I smiled! You know when you hear a song on the radio and you have to turn it up so you can hear it properly? That’s what I felt about this whole CD! From the first song to the last, I kept smiling! A wonderful selection of popular songs perfectly suited to Kelly’s beautiful and unique voice. She can sing anything from country to jazz to rock! I love how she switched Mrs. to Mr. Jones in the song, ‘Me and Mr. Jones.’
Kelly’s voice is warm and inviting, sharing her heart in every song, and I love that she sang the only duet, ‘Quando, Quando, Quando’ with her talented husband TG Sheppard!”– Dame Olivia Newton-John
To keep up with future releases and everything Kelly Lang, visit HERE and follow her social channels linked below.
About Kelly Lang: Kelly Lang is a prolific singer/songwriter from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who has called Hendersonville, Tennessee home since moving there as a child. Growing up in country music, her father, Velton Lang was the long time road manager for super star, Conway Twitty. Being around great legends in the music business gave Kelly the burning desire to pursue her own personal music career.
As a songwriter, Lang has had a stellar career with her songs being recorded by artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, George Jones, B.J. Thomas, Jimmy Fortune, Jerry Lee Lewis, TG Sheppard and Johnny Lee, just to name a few.
She has also performed/recorded duets with iconic artists, Sir Barry Gibb, Dame Olivia Newton-John, Paul Shaffer and Lee Greenwood.
As an artist, Lang has released several albums including ‘11:11,’ ‘Shades of K,’ ‘Throwback,’ ‘Obsession’ and ‘Iconic Duets’ with husband, TG Sheppard. In the spring of 2020, Lang re-released her classic children’s album ‘Lullaby Country,’ which was originally sold at Cracker Barrel.
As part of a regional campaign, her voice and writing skills can be heard on television with her song “I’m Not Going Anywhere” throughout Tennessee and the surrounding areas as the official anthem for the Ascension St. Thomas Hospital commercial.
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Lyric Video Exclusively Premiered by Rolling Stone Country
Roberts Signs With Paradigm Talent Agency For Exclusive Representation
“I discovered Reyna on instagram and her voice completely blew me away. It’s so beautiful to see other girls that look like me feel encouraged to sing country music. I have no doubt that her work ethic, heart, and voice will take her straight to the top.” – Mickey Guyton (Country music artist)
“I was immediately grabbed by Reyna’s voice and writing in the demos I heard. After meeting her it doesn’t take long to realize she’s a magnetic force with a true vision.” – Jeffrey Hasson (Paradigm Talent Agency)
“A beautiful soul, fireball and power all wrapped up in one girl. One of the most naturally gifted artists I’ve worked with. There’s no doubt this girl was born to sing.” – Adam Box (Brothers Osborne drummer)
“The minute Reyna walked into my studio and we started creating together, it reminded me so much of when I started producing Kane Brown, and I just knew she was gonna be a force to be reckoned with! A real Superstar!!” – Noah Henson (Brantley Gilbert’s guitarist, produced and helped develop Kane Brown)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Rising Country singer/ songwriter Reyna Roberts is blazing a trail toward success with the release of her latest single, “Stompin’ Grounds.” This hard-hitting Alabama anthem is lively and energetic. The song invites fans to join Roberts as she gets wild and kicks up dust. She invites us to take a look at her southern roots. Reyna’s rare voice and universal lyrics remind us that we all have “Stompin’ Grounds,” and her song allows fans to remember their origins too. “Stompin’ Grounds” dares listeners to get rowdy, raise a little hell, and still find a way to church on Sunday. Roberts’ single propels her forward on a relentless rise to stardom. An exclusive lyric video premiered on Rolling Stone Country. The single is now available to download and stream on all digital platforms.
“Roberts is a black woman singing bangers like “Stompin’ Grounds” that could fit right in on country radio. Carrie Underwood is already a fan.” – Marissa R. Moss, Rolling Stone Country
To view the “Stompin’ Grounds” exclusive lyric video on Rolling Stone Country click HERE.
When asked about the story behind the song, Roberts shared, “I remember when me and Noah Henson (my producer and co-writer), first started writing “Stompin’ Grounds.” He and his family (I think of them as my family, too) had just moved into their new house. We were sitting on the floor because his studio wasn’t set up yet. There was nothing in the room – just me, him, and his acoustic guitar. Noah was playing a riff, and I immediately loved it. So, we began to write. We laugh about it now because we didn’t even have chairs. So, we recorded a voice memo of the session, and he put parts of the voice memo in the song. We took my influences of Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Brantley Gilbert, and Brothers Osborne, and put it in a song.”
Roberts recently performed with the Song Suffragettes at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. She performed some of her original material, and has multiple projects that fans all over the world can’t wait to hear and will not want to miss.
“Stompin’ Grounds’ captures everything that represents me,” shares Roberts. “I think the song resonates with anyone who’s ever wanted to kick down doors. I’m incredibly grateful to have a team that believes in me, the song, and my vision. I can’t wait for everyone to hear what Reyna Roberts sounds like.”
The sky’s the limit for country flame Reyna Roberts… “and don’t you forget it!”
To keep up with future events and everything Reyna Roberts, follow the social channels linked below.
About Reyna Roberts: From a young age, Reyna’s parents (both Army veterans) exposed her to many artists across various genres of music: Aretha Franklin, The Chicks, Led Zeppelin, Christina Aguilera, Gretchen Wilson, Destiny’s Child, and Journey to name a few. This early exposure to music created the soundtrack of her life. Reyna’s first performance was at three years old at a bar in Fairbanks, Alaska where she sang “Lady Marmalade.” In 2014, Reyna recorded her first song, “Lying to Myself,” illustrating a crush on the captain of her high school wrestling team. In addition to her athletic abilities and undying passion for music, Reyna is also an active volunteer within the community. She has performed to assist in fundraising efforts for organizations such as Rett Syndrome Awareness, The Wounded Warrior Project, Teen Impact Affiliates, and the Empowerment Project. Because of family experiences with PTSD and other mental health disorders, Reyna is a committed advocate in supporting military service members and veterans. Reyna is gearing up to release her first single, “Stompin’ Grounds,” produced by Noah Henson, with Oath Management and represented by 2911 Media. With undeniable charisma, the possibilities are endless for groundbreaking entertainer, Reyna Roberts.
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