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Jimmy Wayne Crosses Into
Oklahoma On Walk For The Homeless
began his walk halfway across America on January 1,
2010, and last night at 7:12 pm CT, crossed the state
line from Arkansas into Oklahoma. The Country star has
logged 530 miles of the approximately 1700-mile walk
for the initiative he named Meet Me Halfway. Wayne’s
Meet Me Halfway campaign is designed to raise awareness
of homeless teens and young adults who age out of the
foster care system.
has taken some interesting twists and turns along the
way, including the unusually high number of snow and
ice storms the artist has encountered, as well as temperatures
that have been the coldest in decades. But according
to Wayne, the people he has met along the way have more
than made up for the unpleasant weather conditions.
through the small towns and farmlands in Tennessee and
Arkansas has been one of the greatest experiences of
my life,” Wayne said. “I have met some incredible
and generous people who have offered me meals, a warm
and dry place to sleep and companionship. When I started
this walk, I really had no expectations. I thought I
would be alone, sleeping in a tent at night. But as
the saying goes, man makes plans and God laughs. There
have been many times I’ve slept outside, but even
more times that because of a kind and generous soul,
I have had a roof over my head.”
decision to begin the walk during the winter was designed
to bring attention to the plight of the homeless and
the challenges they face all year, and especially during
the cold weather months. He has been able to do this
through his live broadcasts from the road, Twitter and
one on one conversation with the people he meets along
the way. Additionally, the donation of an RV as a support
vehicle, wrapped with an image of Wayne and the Meet
Me Halfway website address points those who see the
unmistakable vehicle traveling down the highway to the
website, where they can learn more about the initiative.
The RV has served as a much needed safety vehicle on
the long stretches of often-vacant highway.
pledged to walk to Phoenix, and that is still my plan,”
Wayne said. “I am truly grateful for all of the
support I have found along the way. The RV donated by
Gary Luffman and HisCall has been a real blessing. The
visual on the wrap gets people’s attention about
Meet Me Halfway—and that’s what I am doing
this for. It’s been one of the most exhilarating
experiences of my life.”
now logging about 20 miles a day. Phoenix is still quite
a distance, but with every step Wayne takes, he continues
to raise awareness and start conversation about the
plight of these young people.
Wayne walking in Jackson, Tenn.
Jimmy Wayne will perform at the KCQ Country Music
Fest on Saturday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m.
performs at The Whiting; releases new Christmas album
Mich. -- Many people
know Richie McDonald as the former lead singer of Lonestar.
He left the group in 2007 to continue as a solo artist.
I met up with the singer after his performance at the
Whiting Auditorium in Flint on Oct. 29.
Lonestar, we were regulars up here,” McDonald
said. “The great thing about Flint and this area
in Michigan is there is a huge country fan base. So
just really, really loyal fan base.”
made the decision to leave the group two years ago after
releasing seven studio albums with Keech, Dean and Michael.
just wanted to slow down a little bit, spend more time
with my family, watch my children grow up, and just
take a break and do things at my own pace. I made a
lot of memories, music with Michael, Dean and Keech
and I do miss them. This is just another chapter in
country singer has also co-written songs of Billy Dean,
Clay Walker and The Wilkinsons. Which do you enjoy more
– writing or performing?
love both – but I think it all starts with a song.
I think writing is a little above performing but it
does start with a song. They work hand in hand. Once
you write a song, then you get to go out and perform
is working on a new studio album called, Slow Down.
It is expected to include 12 songs.
hopefully it will be out the first of the year.”
just finished up a Christmas album that is now in stores.
we don’t have a single right now in country radio.
We actually have a Christmas CD that’s coming
out right now called, If Everyday Could Be Christmas.
We’ll start to work a single off that to promote
country singer has been touring with Tracy Lawrence
and Tracy Byrd as the Country Rat Pack. They’ve
been playing shows all over the country.
a blast, these guys are fun. You never know what to
expect out there night after night. I really enjoy doing
the shows with them. They’re good guys.”
for Richie McDonald’s Christmas album in stores
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
McDonald performed at The Whiting Auditorium in Flint,
Richie McDonald will perform at the KCQ Country Music
Fest on Saturday, June 19 at 1:15 p.m.
New Artist Spotlight: Randy Houser
2008 CMA Close Up News Service
his mother in Lake, Miss., Randy Houser learned about
taking responsibility long before he neared adulthood.
He and his sister picked up other lessons during summer
visits to their dad, including how important music can
be in negotiating the hurdles of life.
13 through his years of study - and playing honky-tonk
gigs - at East Central Community College, Houser nurtured
strong skills as a singer and songwriter. Inevitably,
his ambitions led him to Nashville, where he scored
by co-writing the Trace Adkins smash "Honky Tonk
Badonkadonk" with Jamey Johnson. Signed to Universal
Records South, Houser debuts with Anything Goes, produced
by Mark Wright and Cliff Audretch III.
track, written by Brice Long and John Wayne Wiggins
and the album's first single, makes one thing immediately
clear: Houser knows how to convey the emotion of a song.
Backed by churchy piano as the first verse begins, he
interprets the lyric with unusual intensity and subtlety,
so that by the time the chorus hits, the listener feels
the full force of Houser's heartbreak and defiance.
just the beginning. He captures the weariness of a long
week's work as well as the promise of the weekend throughout
"Boots On," projects his fury over a world
that's lost its way on "Back to God" and ambles
wryly through the humorous self-deprecation of "Lie."
Every track on Anything Goes introduces Houser as a
remarkably expressive artist. No doubt about it, he
was born to perform.
HIS OWN WORDS
"My dad Randy Houser, Elvis, Conway Twitty, Hank
Jr., Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton
MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
"Yacht . or the beaming thingy from 'Star Trek.'"
YOU SAY OVER AND OVER
"What am I saying and why can't I shut up?"
"Taking out the trash for Mrs. Meadows. It sucked,
but hey, it was 16 cents more than I had."
WOULD YOU TITLE YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY
"My Life: A short lesson in Good Times, Bad Choices."
IN YOUR PERSONAL TIME CAPSULE
"Music by Robert Johnson and Jimmie Rodgers - at
least rock 'n' roll and Country would be born again."
the Web: www.randyhouser.com
by Kristin Barlowe
South recording artist Randy Houser
Randy Houser will perform at the KCQ Country Music Fest
on Saturday, June 19 at 3:00 p.m.
New Artist Spotlight: Jason Michael Carroll
Peter Cronin and Kristen Sherer
CMA Close Up News Service
Carroll is a 28-year-old North Carolinian who's not
afraid to dream big. As a preacher's son, Carroll grew
up not being allowed to listen to "secular"
music, but like any resourceful young man, he eventually
found his dream emanating from the radio.
obsessed with Country Music and quickly got his first
break, winning a local radio station's karaoke contest.
As a result of that triumph, he was asked to join a
local band. His appearance on "Gimme the Mic,"
an "American Idol"-style show for local FOX
television affiliates, led Carroll to a national competition
in New York City where he caught the attention of manager
Rusty Harmon, who had helped Hootie & the Blowfish
to multi-Platinum success. A subsequent meeting with
producer Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, REM) led Carroll
to a deal with Arista Nashville.
falling into place when he was given the opportunity
to write with Jewel, a singer/songwriter he had long
admired. They collaborated (with Shaye Smith) on the
ballad "No Good in Goodbye," which they recorded
as a duet on Carroll's Gehman-produced debut album Waitin'
in the Country, released Feb. 6. An unflinching look
at the life and death of an abused child, first single
"Alyssa Lies" is one of five songs written
or co-written by Carroll on the album, and is quickly
climbing the charts. The single has already set multiple
records, and it's massive airplay success has now made
Carroll the first new male Country artist in two and
a half years to take a debut single into the Country
airplay Top 5.
HIS OWN WORDS:
your musical hero?
Brooks, George Strait, Steven Tyler. Do I have to pick
book is on your nightstand?
This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith."
moment in your life would you relive if you could?
day I left North Carolina and moved to Texas. That was
my last day with both of my grandparents."
word or phrase do you find yourself saying over and
sleep when I'm dead."
have a lucky charm?
four of them: My kids, Gavin Michael, Savanna Nicole,
Stori Paige and J.W. They're all the luck I'll ever
wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?
Try This at Home: The Jason Michael Carroll Story."
the Web: www.myspace.com/jasonmichaelcarroll
BY DAVID JOHNSON
Nashville recording artist Jason Michael Carroll.
Jason Michael Carroll will perform at the KCQ Country
Music Fest on Saturday, June 19 at 12:00 p.m.
Cold is a five member band that has been performing music
in the Mid-Michigan area since 1996. The versatility and background
of each individual member allows them to play a variety of
music, ranging from classic Country to Classic Rock, with
a focus on the new Driving Country . Members of Stone Cold
reside in the Flint/Clio area. Stone Cold has opened for various
acts, such as Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins, Sugarland, Confederate
Railroad, Whiskey Falls, Bomshel, Tracy Lawrence, The Lost
Trailers, Jypsi, Joe Nichols and Emerson Drive. Members of
Stone Cold have opened for acts such as Deana Carter, Alison
Kraus, Sammy Kershaw, Jett Williams and Rick Trevino to name
a few, at concert venues including the Flint IMA, Clio Ampitheater,
Russelville Ballroom, Flint Art Fair, The Westown, The Whiskey
Barrel Saloon, KCQ Country Music Festival, Chesaning Showboat,
and Lapeer Days main stage. Currently, you can find Stone
Cold playing in the Mid-Michigan area, occasionally venturing
out to the West side of Michigan!! Hope to see you at a show!!
you all know, Sugarland got rained out at the Chesaning Showboat.
They also cut the power to the stage that Stone Cold played
on. You all came out for music, and we wanted to give you
something. We brought our acoustic instruments into the beer
tent, and the party commenced. We had a blast with all of
you!! You guys are the reason we all love playing music!!
The Showboat was rockin all the way from the Beer Tent. You
made it an unforgettable night for all of us!! Thank-You!!!
Stone Cold will perform at the KCQ Country Music Fest on Saturday,
June 19 at 11:00 a.m. and in between each of the national
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