Don McLean Recently Announced Feature Documentary, ‘The Day The Music Died: The Story Behind Don McLean’s American Pie’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriters 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) as a top 5 song of the 20th Century. On Monday, September 28 at 5pm ET / 4pm CT McLean will take the stage and perform his classic hits and fan favorites such as “Botanical Gardens,” “And I Love You So,” “Greenback Dollar,” “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” and more.
“A few weeks ago I was able to get out of the house for the first time since the pandemic and appear on a few television programs and I was glad I remembered the words to my songs,” jokes McLean. “I think that time out of the house inspired me to do it again, so I am excited to be doing this live stream show with some of my band members. I hope people are going to enjoy watching it as much as I am going to be enjoying playing again.”
Don McLean recently 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’s producer, Spencer Proffer, is also working on the 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.
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 has 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.
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Suggested Tweet: Tune-in Alert: @DonMcLean to appear on @The615Hideaway & @OfficialRFDTV Monday, September 28th at 5pm ET / 4pm CT
‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’ Airs on RFD-TV and American Forces Network
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – CMA and ACM award-winning and Grammy-nominated hitmaker, David Frizzell will host WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour starting Saturday, September 26. This special episode is ‘A Country Tribute to Buddy Holly’ featuring David Frizzell and Helen Cornelius, paying homage to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and benefiting the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation. WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour airs around the world, on RFD-TV and on American Forces Network, among others. Check your local listings or visit www.woodsongs.com for airing information. Additional airings will be Friday, October 30 at 6pm ET and Wednesday, November 4 at 3:30pm ET.
“One of my favorite projects was ‘The Frizzell & Friends Buddy Holly Country Tribute,’” says Frizzell. “Thanks to Helen Cornelius, Eddie and Stacy Houston, and ‘WoodSongs’ for helping promote this exciting project. Also in the show, Helen joins in on my song “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma.” What a treat as we celebrate the 40th anniversary this year!” Watch the full episode: youtu.be/E98cRu1TrtU
Frizzell is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Shelly West which was released in 1980 and reached number one in 1981. Although turned down by countless labels, it was featured in Clint Eastwood’s film “Any Which Way You Can,” providing the boost needed to be heard. Once released, it shot to number one and secured a contract for the duo with Warner Brother Records. The duet was even ranked in CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets in country music, reaching number six.
About David Frizzell: David Frizzell was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, in 1941. He began touring with his legendary brother, Lefty Frizzell at the age of 12 throughout the 1950s and 60s. After serving in the Air Force, Frizzell signed with Columbia Records in 1970 and charted his first Billboard single with “L.A. International Airport” and then a Top 40 with “I Just Can’t Help Believing.”
During the 1970s, Frizzell appeared regularly on Buck Owens’ All American TV Show and began recording for Capitol Records. In 1981, he recorded his first number-one country hit, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Shelly West. The song won the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year and Vocal Duet of the Year awards in 1981, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and was featured in Clint Eastwood’s film ‘Any Which Way You Can.’ Frizzell and West also won the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Duo of the Year in 1981 and 1982.
In 1982, Frizzell released “I’m Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home,” which made its way to number one.
In recent years, Frizzell created his own label Nashville America Records, and has released several albums including Frizzell & Friends: This Is Our Time which includes a bonus track, written in honor of Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, and traditional music in general. “Lefty, Merle & Me” features David with Marty Haggard.
David Frizzell is a timeless and tireless entertainer who continues to share his many gifts to the delight of fans old and new across the US and throughout the world. In 2020, Frizzell signed a distribution deal with Time Life/Warner Music Group to release his catalog of recordings.
About WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour: The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is an ALL VOLUNTEER live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. The show airs on 515 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland. It also airs on American Forces Network twice each weekend in 175 nations, every military base, and US Naval ship in the world. The shows air coast-to-coast in millions of TV homes as a public television series. Now Friday’s on RFD-TV.
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Suggested Tweet: Tune In Alert: @FrizzellMusic on @WoodSongs begins airing September 26. Airing on @OfficialRFDTV & @AFNtelevision Find your station at woodsongs.com/affiliates #DavidFrizzell
Order Fricke’s New Album ‘A Cowgirl Country Christmas,’ Available September 25
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke proves that there is no place like home for the holidays with the release of her first-ever Christmas album, ‘A Cowgirl Country Christmas.’ Fricke’s voice has been a staple in country music for decades and now fans across the globe can add this album to their holiday favorites. Singles that evoke visions of sugar plums and snow such as, “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bells,” and “The Christmas Song,” will be featured on the album along with the original single, “The Followers” written by Fricke and Jeff Steele. ‘A Cowgirl Country Christmas’ is now available exclusively at JanieFricke.com or facebook.com/janiefricke.
“Christmas is my favorite time of year,” says Fricke. “It is a chance for family and loved ones to gather while having great food, fellowship, and sharing the love, while celebrating our savior, Jesus Christ’s birth. It is a way to bring the year to an end and celebrate such a joyous occasion. I had never recorded a Christmas album before. It was exciting to research my favorite Christmas songs and remember my mom playing piano and teaching me how to sing.”
‘A Cowgirl Country Christmas’ was produced by Fricke, Jeff Steele, and assistant producer Sonny Morris. Fans of Fricke will be whisked away in comfort and joy after reveling in her signature sound crafted with a whole new sentiment. Fricke’s vocals are perfect for the soothing ballads and cheerful jingles that are nostalgic for the Christmas season. Listeners anticipate classic stories displayed in a unique light, leaving hearts merry and bright. ‘A Cowgirl Country Christmas’ is available to buy in physical copy at the links above!
A Cowgirl Country Christmas track listing: 1. Winter Wonderland 2. The Christmas Song 3. Jingle Bells 4. The Followers 5. Once in Royal David’s City 6. What Child Is This? 7. Let It Snow 8. O Holy Night 9. Twas the Night Before Christmas
Visit HERE to keep up with everything Janie Fricke.
About Janie Fricke: A two-time CMA & ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, Fricke has hit the #1 spot on the Country charts an astounding 18 times. She was named Billboard Magazine Top Female Vocalist, was the First Female Voice on the Moon, and was named the UK’s Country Music Round Up’s Most Popular International Female Solo Act. Her music has reached Gold and Platinum sales status worldwide, and the talented and personable Indiana native has recorded numerous jingles for Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut, and United Airlines. Janie has released 25 albums and 36 hit singles, and she remains one of the most beloved entertainers in the Country field. For more information, go to www.janiefricke.com.
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Suggested Tweet: #JanieFricke releases new album #ACowgirlCountryChristmas Sept 25. Available now at JanieFricke.com.
Founding Member Andrew Farriss Recalls Massive Success of Album
TAMWORTH, Australia – Singer/Songwriter Andrew Farriss celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the multi-platinum selling album ‘X,’ released on this day 30 years ago from the world-renowned band, INXS. Farriss, a founding member of the band, played keyboard and provided backing vocals and other instrumentation. With INXS, he has sold over 60 million records, received multiple Grammy nominations, and an induction into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2001. ‘X,’ INXS’s 7th studio album, was released on September 25th in 1990.
“I can’t believe it’s been 30 years since the release of the ‘X’ album,” shares Farriss. “As INXS, we knew we had to have the right songs to follow up on the massive success of our previous album ‘KICK’. I love the energy of the ‘X’ album. My favorite songs are still “Suicide Blonde,” “Disappear,” “Bitter Tears,” “Who Pays The Price,” and “Hear That Sound,” plus having blues music legend Charlie Musselwhite playing on the ‘X’ album with us was awesome!”
‘X’ served to further the tremendous success achieved by the band with singles such as “Suicide Blonde” and “Disappear”. Mystify, a documentary released in March of 2019 details the life and untimely death of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence in a one-night U.S theatre showing. The documentary remembers Hutchence at his most vulnerable and artistic states. For more information and to view the ‘Mystify’ trailer visit YouTube and Rolling Stone.
Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS, released in 2014, gives fans an inside look at what unique star qualities carried INXS from Australian pubs to sold-out stadium tours around the world. In July of 1991, the band sold out Wembley Stadium in the UK, playing the show of their lives to over 74,000 fans. The concert was captured by over a dozen film cameras and the original audio and video were simultaneously remastered from the original 35mm film and re-released in 4K UHD and other digital and disc formats earlier this year. For more on this release, read Jon Blistein’s coverage in Rolling Stone.
Click HERE to watch the trailer for Never Tear Us Apart. Click HERE to watch “New Sensation” from INXS Live Baby Live at Wembley Stadium.
About Andrew Farriss: Andrew Farriss is a creative, versatile, award-winning artist embarking on an adventure to present his individual talents to the world. Not only did Farriss co-found the iconic INXS mentioned above, he was also the main songwriter, played the keyboard and guitar, and sang backup vocals for the band. His hard work has paid off as the group went on to be nominated for Grammy, Brit, MTV Music, and ARIA Awards. He alone won producer of the year at the ARIA Awards and has written songs for various albums that have gone triple platinum. Native to Tamworth Australia, Farriss now splits his time between his home country and Nashville, Tennessee. Among many shows, Farriss frequents the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and makes a highly anticipated yearly appearance at Tamworth’s Country Music Festival in Australia. He has toured the globe for over 50 years, impacting the world with his Americana arrangements. Nothing can stop Farriss’s creativity and his recent work serves as a roadmap of the numerous feats he has achieved.
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Suggested Tweet: Founding member @andrewfarriss celebrates #30yearanniversary of multi-platinum selling @INXS album ‘X’ #SuicideBlonde #Disappear #BitterTears
Stephen Brush, PAA Founder, Brings Back Exclusive Concert Experience While Following Social Distancing Guidelines
BRENTWOOD, Tennessee – Redefining the ideals of a world affected by COVID-19, Patriot Artists Agency took a leap of faith in the right direction to bring fans in Middle Tennessee to ‘Ladies of the ’80s,’ a live, socially-distanced concert event held on the beautiful estate of The Governors Club in Brentwood, Tennessee, Friday, September 18th.
The show featured ’80s powerhouse headliner Taylor Dayne, delivering her smash hits “Tell It To My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back”, and “Prove Your Love.” Tiffany and Lisa Lisa transported fans back to tubular times in true social distancing style with “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Head To Toe,” “Lost In Emotion,” and “Let The Beat Hit ‘Em.” The night was emceed by a DJ who weaved other throwback favorites into the mix between sets and on into the night.
Under the light of the stars and tucked in between rolling hills, the stage was set with temperature check stations and food trucks lining the venue. VIP pods lined the hills with safe distance and passageways between each row. Each entertainer performed their hit singles as fans sang along under face masks and grooved to the beat of the night in their designated areas, separated 8 feet apart.
“I decided it was time to create and adapt and get on with living! I want artists, crew, and of course, my colleagues working again,” shares Patriot Artists Agency Owner, Stephen Brush. Ladies of the ’80s has offered that feel-good social distanced experience that brings people to a happy place safely. Based on this proof of concept being so successful, we are looking to produce 15-20 of these driving range concerts throughout the US for the remainder of the year and then look to produce 50-75 of them next year.”
“When Stephen approached me about the event, I saw an opportunity to demonstrate that live events can return in a safe manner,” said production manager Mark Kocourek. “We were able to implement the CDC guidelines and Event Safety Alliance best practices. We brought in a COVID Compliance Officer to oversee the implementation of temp checks, mandatory masks, and social distancing. Our detailed plan allowed the audience to safely enjoy a high-quality performance for the first time since March. It was a pleasure to have a great event and prove that our industry can evolve during these trying times.”
This blast from the past experience, masterfully presented by Patriot Artists Agency, stands as a light at the end of the tunnel for the music and entertainment industry. ‘Ladies of the 80s,’ allowed fans to relive simpler times and was designed with strict but easily adhered safety precautions, making future events possible in a similar fashion. As a key industry provider, Patriot Artists Agency continues to present live entertainment as it used to be, bringing fans one stellar show at a time.
The next ‘Ladies Of The ’80s’ event is set for Houston, Texas on November 14, 2020.
About Patriot Artists Agency: Patriot Artists Agency is a full-service talent agency priding itself on big agency representation with a boutique approach, offering artists a full scope of representation with a concentration on live touring and events. Our talent buying services for brands, corporates, and events have secured top name talent for top name companies. Keeping our clients, partners and team is paramount at PAA. We take a very personal approach to all of the clients we represent as booking agents. You will get personalized and on-demand service regularly. Whether routing or creating grand world tours, we handpick events and venues which suit the artist’s needs and schedule with maximum return. PAA can help make your corporate entertainment the talk of the meetings. We will source the perfect client to entertain for your meetings, cocktail hour, or signature event. PAA will liaise with your internal team or produce the event for you to make sure all goes fabulously. Because of the boutique nature of PAA, we are in a unique position for talent management. It is a very hands-on environment in the office and the artist and their team would be well taken care of. We are very selective in the artists we represent so they are top of mind all the time, not just a small percentage vying for attention. For more information and to keep up with future events, please visit patriotartistsagency.com.
About Stephen Brush: Stephen Brush has over 20 years of experience in the music industry initially working at record companies such as Polygram and Elektra. Later he moved into a role at ICM (International Creative Management) and started as an agent in the contemporary music department representing such notable acts as Nas, India.arie, Laura Branigan, Rick James, Tracy Morgan, and countless others. After a 6 year run at ICM, Stephen moved on to start his own agency (International Artists Agency) and ran that for 10 years until a former ICM colleague and he developed Patriot Artists Agency.
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Suggested Tweet: .@patriotartists brings #LadiesOfThe80s to the Governors Club in Brentwood, Tennessee on Friday, September 18th