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Amy Rose releases new single, Country Crazy
Amy Rose is poised to release a new single on April 7. ‘Country Crazy made its worldwide debut at 7pm Eastern Time on March 27, 2014, during Amy’s live interview on CMAO columnist Dave Woods show, In The Country with Dave Woods. For a full story follow this link: http://cashboxcanada.ca/4898/amy-rose-goes-‘country-crazy’
Maddy Rodriguez heads to Nashville for NSAI’s Spring Training Workshops
Maddy Rodriguez a young singer/songwriter based in the GTA is heading to Nashville shortly to take part in the NSAI’s songwriting workshops. They bring in seasoned hit writers like Shane McAnally, Craig Wiseman, Desmond Child and others for a series of seminars and song writing lessons to a limited group of participants. Also take this chance to give Maddy a listen and vote for her in this round of CBC Musc Searchlight. But hurry, the voting closes April 6.
To vote: http://music.cbc.ca/#/Searchlight
To visit Maddy’s website go to: http://www.maddyrodriguez.com/my-story/
Purple Hill Stages Bluegrass Show April 6
The Purple Hill Country hall holds a fresh and differently themed country based show the first Sunday of every month. If you live in the London area, or even if you don’t, it’s definitely worth the drive to experience both a talent filled show and a great roast beef dinner. This month it’s a bluegrass themed show and features Randy Morrison, the 4 time Bluegrass Fiddler of the Year Champ, Country Singer, Pam Miller, a tribute to George Jones by Bill Murray, The Commercial Bluegrass Band, plus Canadian icon and Hee-Haw star, Gordie Tapp. Gordie never fails to deliver a side-splitting set. The show gets started at 2:00PM and for details and tickets go to: http://www.purplehillcountryhall.com
International Songwriting Competition 2014 Submissions Now Open, 2013 Finalists Announced
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.
Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have now been announced. Recognized as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world, ISC awards excellence in the field of songwriting. Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were selected from 124 countries worldwide. To view the list, go here.
Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo
Blue Rodeo Receive GG Award
On Wednesday April 2nd, as part of the current crop of honourees of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Toronto’s Blue Rodeo.
Since their debut 30 years ago, Blue Rodeo has been a bright thread in the fabric of the Canadian music scene. Mixing the genres of country, pop, rock and Americana, it could be argued that they are one of the definitive ingredients of Canadiana. At the very least, they have influenced a lot of mainstream fans to take a closer look at country music.
Because much of the media’s attention has historically focused on Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, Cuddy expressed appreciation that the honour was bestowed on the entire band: “It’s for a lifetime of work, so it really takes in all the members that have played in Blue Rodeo.”