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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


We’re reaching way, way back this Wednesday… Digging through and dusting off the cassettes back. Although a song everyone’s familiar with, it’s been covered by many great artists over the decades. My personal favorite cover is Kenny Chesney’s live version off his 2004 “When the Sun Goes Down” deluxe album. Indeed, it is Dave Loggins’ “Please Come to Boston.”

Penned by Dave Loggins as well as sung by him, “Please Come to Boston” has been a nomadic anthem since its mid-70’s arrival. Unlike many of those who have covered it, the original has more of an old rock and roll hippie sound combined with country ... a John Denver and Lennon combined sort of sound perhaps. It’s always so interesting to hear how influenced by their surroundings the eras of music have been. The original 1974 version of “Please Come to Boston” has always sounded the best, as nobody sings it like Loggins does. Perhaps because it’s the version many grew up with and are most familiar with. Perhaps because listening to the original, you can see why so many have chosen to cover it. A few famous names that are “The number one fan of the man from TN” are: Reba, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell and Kenny Chesney. 

"Please Come To Boston" ... a song to remind us of the less-sung about but all too real parts of travel, and one that always inspires such interesting stories.

Contributor: Alyse Smith
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


 "Offstage, he was just the guy I love. When that red light went on in the studio, or when he stepped onto the stage and they handed him that microphone, something happened. It was a higher power. This transformation took place in him. He turned into RAY PRICE." – Janie Price


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 16, 2014) – Beauty Is…the final sessions, the last recordings of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price, debuted on the Billboard Country Album chart at #22 in April 2014 marking his highest album debut week since the 1981 release of Town & Country (which entered at #17).  Produced by Grammy award winning hit maker and friend Fred Foster, Ray Price’s, Beauty Is… highlights the timeless, signature string and shuffle sound of Price and features duets with Vince Gill and Martina McBride.  Released on AmeriMonte Records, this iconic project is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations as well as Hastings, Walmart, and online retailers including Amazon.

“Graceful to the end, Price takes a final bow with an elegant collection that nicely caps a great musical legacy.” 
 Michael McCall, Associated Press

“Beauty Is… is the sound of a man in full, looking back on the life and love that fulfilled him.  It is the most graceful of exits.”
Peter Cooper, Tennessean

“After one listen of this remarkable album, you will note that Price’s flawless phrasing, vocal resonance and burnished warmth of tone create a glow that lingers long after the final notes have sounded.” 
Robert K. Oermann,  Music Row 

“Price recorded this 12-track farewell that eschews self-pity for warmth, compassion and a vibrancy of spirit that reverberated until his last days. With a voice that lost none of its luster and a full complement of strings and big melodies on tracks like An Affair to Remember with Martina McBride and No More Songs to Sing, Price crafted a final love letter to his wife, Janie, that will leave fans loving and missing him even more.” 
Erik Ernst, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“We are extremely delighted and honored to have released Beauty Is…,” says AmeriMonte Records President Steve Popovich, Jr. “This album falls nothing short of a true masterpiece and you'll understand why he believed this to be of his best work. He captured true perfection and left a huge void not only in Country music, but in music in general. There will only be one Ray Price and through Beauty Is...his legacy will live on forever.”

Track Listing:

Beauty Is…the final sessions
Beauty Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder (with Vince Gill)
This Thing of Ours
I Can See You
It Will Always Be
No More Songs to Sing
An Affair to Remember (with Martina McBride)
Until Then (with Vince Gill)
Beautiful Dreamer
I Wish I Was 18 Again
Among My Souvenirs
I Believe


Carrie Underwood and Ace.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Carrie Underwood

By Crystal Caviness

© 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

After a show in Indianapolis, Carrie Underwood walked off stage and straight to her dressing room, where she had left her beloved rat terrier, Ace. But when she opened the door, Ace wasn’t there … or so she thought.

In the absence of his “mom,” the agile and energetic little dog had jumped onto a folding chair, which of course folded right up, trapping him inside. “He didn’t make a sound, but eventually he was rescued,” Underwood recalled.

So goes life on the road with pets in tow.

Underwood is among a growing number of Country artists who can’t bear to leave their pets behind while traveling to gigs.

“They pretty much go everywhere with me,” said Underwood, referring to Ace and her second dog, a rescued dachshund mix named Penny. “I only leave them home if I’m just going to be gone for a few days. I just want to do what’s best for them. I know traveling is hard on them too. If they can stay at home with their dad (Underwood’s husband and Nashville Predators centerman Mike Fisher) or with a sitter, sometimes that’s the better option.”

Rodi and Chelsea Bain.
Photo Credit: Craig Campbell

Rodi, the 9-pound, long-haired dachshund that belongs to Country up-and-comer Chelsea Bain, knows no other life than by her mom’s side.

“When I first got Rodi, she was 8 weeks old,” Bain recalled. “Two days later, she was on the road. The best thing you can do is get a puppy and throw them into it. This is the life and this is normal. She’s going to know this is what we do. As long as she’s with me, she’s content.”

Bain totes Rodi on planes and the bus as she travels the United States, including shows at many NASCAR events. On planes, Rodi rides in her carrier, which slides beneath the seat. Though she gets nervous at the beginning of the flight, the puppy usually calms down after takeoff. But Bain suspects that anxiety could be sympathy fear.

“I am petrified to fly. When I’m scared, I feel like she’s scared. So I try to comfort her. Rodi is probably an emotional support dog and I don’t even know it,” Bain said, laughing.

Gwen Sebastian and Angel. 
Photo Credit: Michael Gomez

Flying Island Entertainment artist Gwen Sebastian’s dog, Angel, a rescued pit bull mix whose owner calls her “a pretty little mutt,” even has her own bunk on the bus. Unlike Rodi, Angel is usually calm and even works as a navigator of sorts.

“One of my favorite things on the road is when we’re driving on the bus,” Sebastian says. “She rarely hangs out with me. She sits next to the driver in the jump seat, watching out the window.”

All three artists admit that it can be challenging to travel with pets. But they also agree that it’s worth it.

“She just makes it feel like home because she is part of the family,” Sebastian said about Angel. “A dog wagging her tail or licking you is really cool at the end of the day. I guess it’s selfish in some ways, but it makes the end of the day really rewarding and it just feels good!”

Underwood agreed. “Ace and Penny are my little bits of home,” she said. “I love them so much and love having them waiting for me on the bus after every show. I love cuddling with them in whatever random hotel room I’m staying in. They are something that is constant in my life. They don’t care that I’m ‘Carrie Underwood.’ To them, I’m just Mom.”