Monthly Archives: November 2012

Interview With Don Mancuso

Legendary Guitarist Don Mancuso Returns With His First Holiday CD

Don Mancuso (DDrive, Black Sheep, Lou Gramm Band) returns with a brand new release, a two track Holiday CD single featuring a beautiful rendition of the classic Blue Christmas made famous by Elvis and written by Billy Hays & Jay W. Johnson.

Mancuso also captures the spirit of Christmas with a brand new song “Its Christmas” that is sure to become a holiday classic, featuring the extraordinary talents of long time friend and musical companion Lou Gramm (Foreigner, Black Sheep, Shadow King).

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The Latin Recording Academy Statement Re: Juan Carlos Calderón

“Juan Carlos Calderón was a composer, producer, performer, and arranger whose impressive career lasted more than four decades. He collaborated with a wide range of artists and was one of the first musical visionaries to cross Latin music over to mainstream radio in the United States, thus paving the way for many of Latin music’s emerging artists. Among his numerous songs was the international hit “Eres Tú,” which he composed for the group Mocedades. In 2010, we were honored to present him with The Latin Recording Academy® Trustees Award for his contributions to and excellence in the field of recorded music. The world of music has lost one of its most important songwriting pioneers, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
President/CEO
The Latin Recording Academy®

FCEA: Christmas Toy Drive

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RCSMG: GOTTA MAKE MOVES

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Carl Black Keeps It Country

That Chevy Silverado in Kip Moore’s “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” video didn’t just happen to be out in that field when the cameras started rolling. No, it was borrowed from the Carl Black Chevrolet Automotive Group, whose support has helped shift more than a few young Country artists’ careers into high gear.

The dealer’s ties to Country reflect the musical preference of its president, Mike Bowsher. Even before the Nashville store opened in June 2003, Bowsher had built Carl Black’s business in Atlanta (Kennesaw and Roswell, Ga.) by advertising year-round on partner Country radio stations and offering live performances, hot dogs, burgers and other snacks, all for free, via its “Live on the Lot” events.

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How Country Stars Build Their Road Crews

Country Music wouldn’t be where it is today without great artists. But those stars couldn’t grow their audiences without virtuoso road crews.

In many ways, the road crew is just as important a part of the tour as the performer. As Chris Cagle put it, “Everyone is pretty much part of the band. We’re all in it together. If the front-house guy has a bad day, no matter how well the band plays, we suck. If the monitor engineer is off, we can’t hear ourselves play and we’re off. Everybody is vital. We’re all part of the team.

“My most important guy is my road manager, Mike Nash,” he continued. “He knows how to handle me. He takes care of the band and all the logistics. He deals with people in a kind fashion. What you leave in your wake is just as important as what you accomplish. If the guy who represents you treats people with kindness yet sometimes has to be firm, but that firmness is still polite, that goes a long, long way and is one reason promoters have you back.”

Road managers for smaller acts handle everything, while larger tours include both a road manager and a production manager, whose purviews are stage lighting and sound. “Rascal Flatts is a tour with lots of moving parts,” said Mike McGrath, the band’s former Tour Manager. “We have elevators, a video screen and complex lighting. We have departments that handle audio, lighting, sound, video and rigging. The crew has to be able to fix things and fix them quickly.”

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Buffets Restaurants Cook with Country

Charlie Daniels is among many who are already nostalgic for the days when you could explore new releases in a CD store. “Of course, I hated to see vinyl go away first,” he noted, smiling.

Plenty of fans feel the same, which is one reason why Daniels’ partnership with Buffets Inc. feels right. With more than 350 restaurants operating in 35 states under a variety of names (HomeTown Buffet, Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s and others), Buffets serves around 100 million customers each year, many of whom are already fans of Country Music.

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The Latin Recording Academy Statement Re: Miliki

“Two-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Miliki was a singer, musician, actor, television host and writer who entertained audiences for more than seven decades. Born Emilio Aragón Bermúdez, he and his family have been renowned entertainers throughout Spain for generations. Beginning his career in 1939 with his brothers and forming the trio Gaby, Fofó and Miliki, his vaudevillian roots would lead him to become one of the most beloved children’s characters of all time throughout the Spanish-speaking world. He will forever be remembered in the hearts of young and old along with his trademark phrase, ‘¿Cómo están ustedeeeeeessss?.’ Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and to all those who have been touched by his humor.”

Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
President/CEO
The Latin Recording Academy®

It’s a “White Christmas” at Academy’s Oscars® Outdoors

In celebration of actor Danny Kaye’s centennial, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen the holiday classic “White Christmas” (1954) at Oscars Outdoors in Hollywood on Thursday, December 6, and Friday, December 7, at 7 p.m. Special guests include Dena Kaye, Mary Crosby and Monsita Ferrer Botwick, the daughters of Kaye, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, respectively. Hollywood special effects wizards are predicting a 100 percent chance of snow at the open-air theater on the Academy Hollywood campus, bringing the evening to a dramatic conclusion. December marks the start of the celebration of Danny Kaye’s centennial, a year of festivities across the country spotlighting the legendary entertainer and humanitarian.

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LINCOLN: Movie Review

With bits of humor, this film is profound and incredibly compelling!

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You can’t watch this film without visiting several emotions and being drawn into the battle this country faced during that time. Thanks to the incredible onscreen performances and the magnificent portrayal of Lincoln by Daniel Day-Lewis, you’re injected in their era and will find yourself making comparisons to the current day.

Tommy Lee Jones (Thaddeus Stevens) is brilliant as a powerful US House Representative, known as the dictator of Congress, and isn’t afraid to say what it takes, commanding attention and causing disruption.

“The House” still represents a lot of the same issues depicted in this film today and perhaps, even more so.

Great storyteller and leader, Abraham Lincoln was loved by many and yet, hated by those who feared change, the unknown and others for mere selfish reasons.

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