Blake Shelton “If I’m Honest

Blake Shelton – “If I’m honest” review

Isabel Blanco for CMNI
Blake might be a giant country star in the US, known as The Voice coach who keeps winning but I never heard of him. In Europe we have no real clue about how good these artists are. If I’m honest is called his break up album. For me it’s the start of listening to great country music. I wonder why they don’t hit our charts here. 
Don’t get me wrong. I wrote a lot of reviews but intent to discover always something new. This album is more then good! 
Not knowing the tabloid news makes it better for me to open up to this music that Blake sings. I can image the big stages the he plays, see the crowd enjoying what he does. Feeling his music, singing along. It speaks for itself why he is big in Country. The album combines country and country pop in an easy way. Music that you want to listen to. 

I can either write down what I think of his songs by reviewing one after the other but I won’t. Every song is potential chart song in my opinion. 
“She has a way with words” is mentioned the most in other reviews because of the lyrics, I just like the sound of it. Break up album or not it doesn’t matter this is a musician who understands his job. As far as you can call it a job, playing music is a passion. Either you have it or not. He has it. Including those incredible eyes. 

If a rate has to come with this album it’s a 5 star for sure. Which is a pretty good rate for a European music and art writer. Music from the heart and soul and the best part of it is that you don’t even have to like country to grow fond of this album…. Let it dazzle and surprise you as it dit me.

The Story of Country Music, part 3 by Isabel Blanco

Picture those freed men and women bringing along there songs from the hart while meeting up others who also made their folk music creating yet another great new sound. Country.Jimmie Rodgers well known from his Country songs was also a Blues artist. Big Joe Turner could play for hours without repeating himself. Today we talk about Blues.

The Story of Country Music part 3, by Isabel Blanco

For CMNI

By Isabel Blanco

Let’s talk about the Blues. I do understand that most of you still have the blues about the passing of Rayna James in the hitseries “Nashville” or Mister Chuck Berry. Rayna James is country music as we like it and Chuck started as a Blues artist before he kinda invented the ROCK music as we know it. It is sad, it is a dark feeling, a loss. A deep feeling. A feeling which we know as the Blues is therefor the best kind of music there is to describe what we feel in pain. Blues music! The other opponent of our beloved Country Music.

Just like Hillbilly Blues also rised around the end of the 19th century. Combine Gospels and Spirituals, African and European music, chand it, shout it, feel it and we all know what we talk about.

Blues shuffles, bass walking, 4 chords and the groove is born. But where dit the term Blues come from? Is it the alcohol that many artist sing? Or dit it come from another origin. It is not really known. Some say it came from England around 1600, or that George Coleman used it in 1798 in his on act Bleu Devils. Or is it because of the first printed copyrighth in 1912 “Dallas Blues” by Hart Wand? I think it developed in the ages that the music and people developed.

“But I still got the blues in you…..”

Dit you know that the music played by the Toearegs tribe who live in the desert of Morocco sounds a lot like Blues? It gives an imagine of how Africa is rooted in this music. Inspiration is also found in the beloved spirituals of African Slaves and yes we do not want to talk about that horrific dark side of the history, fact is that this music inspired many many musicians who adapted the work songs as it should be! But without these work songs with the music from the tribes we would not have heard of Blues nor from Country. The gospels and spirituals arose at the end of slavery, when the freed slaves brought along the music. I cannot imagine any modern music form without it to be honest. Any form of poverty, including all sorts of labor slavery gave us folk and work songs. The songs written in those early day’s inspired many to sing, to make music or dance. A relief on hard labor or a change to tell the story. Great songs that still excist today and that gave us stars in the early day’s Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday.

The early start of recording around 1912 made Blues very popular. But it took some years before the first Afro Ameican made a recording, Mamie Smith was the first february 1920 she recorded “That thing called love” followed by Bessie, Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong. They where popular and loved.. Its hard to imagine these day’s but back then it gave huge problems. To stay in the gospel phrase thank God things have changed.

“Oh happy days……” “ Go tell it on the Mountains….”

Picture those freed men and women bringing along there songs from the hart while meeting up others who also made their folk music creating yet another great new sound. Country.

Jimmie Rodgers well known from his Country songs was also a Blues artist. Big Joe Turner could play for hours without repeating himself. And I must admit also that my first spoken words where not daddy or mom but “Blueberry Hill” must be genes I think.

There is so much to tell about Blues music but I am here to tell you the story of Country Music. Its a privilige to know that this music that may be simple in writing is part of it. And what sounds simple on paper is in fact a cry from the heart. And thats why many love it so much.

The story of country by Isabel Blanco

The story of Country Music

Author for CMNI, Isabel Blanco

Introduction to the amazing sory of country music, part 1

Most people are totally dedicated to country music. It’s a part of their life like breathing, as well as the artists who write and sing this music style. But do we also know where the roots of this music are? Its older then pop and rock yet it fusioned with both styles and made it even more popular then it ever was. Popular artists like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood gave the music a whole new crowd. In fact I dare to say to even folks who where never into country like country songs nowadays. Maybe it is about time that one of the most popular music sites starts to write about where it all began, almost 100 years ago.

100 years is a long time to last for a music style. Where most styles are popular f0r a decade or so like the 80ties pop or 60ties rock country stayed alive generation after generation. I am not saying that we forgot the influence of the Beatles, Bowie and the Stones, certainly not but be honest who are the new stars of the 60ties? There aren’t any, the music evolves and evolves and brings new styles like hiphop, dance, techno but country stayed. Sometimes raw like rock, mellow like pop and dance, but mostly plain as it was written over the century.

Country is emotion, it’s dedicated to life and maybe just maybe that is the reason why we still can listen to this music. Everywhere we want, on internet, in podcasts, spotify, I-tunes, cd, old fashion vinyl it is everywhere. In the all charts we find the songs not just in the specialized charts for country where we can find all the latest hits. 

Don’t you agree that it is pretty amazing that 1 music style stayed in tune for almost a century? That it is not the ghost from the past sung and danced to by our parents and grandparents?

So where dit it all begin? That is what I wanted to know and that is how this series of articles began to take you back and forth in this original beautifull music story. A story that could have written by you. 

Eileen Carey Best Country Female Artist Nationaal Radio Hits US

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She dit again! Congrats!!

Los Angeles, CA — National Radio Hits, America’s new music chart, has announced the winners for the very first National Radio Hits Artist Awards last evening, June 22. The new national music chart that is the first chart to include both radio spins and fan votes, honored artists and bands in their four music formats from Top40, Country, Hot AC to Christian. The announcement was made on their YouTube channel “live” at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. The winners in each category received a record number of fan votes on their website at http://www.nationalradiohits.com

In addition, artists had to have a certain amount of radio spins in order to qualify. NRH also announced that next year in addition to their artist awards, they will also honor their radio stations and programmers via a new National Radio Hits Artist & Radio Awards for 2017.

Below is the complete list of Winners for the first National Radio Hits Artist Awards.

To view the YouTube announcement, go to:

Country starts at 4:40 on the youtube announcement!!

Favorite Top40 Single
“Pillowtalk” Zayn

Favorite Top40 Male Artist
Mike Posner

Favorite Top40 Female Artist
Airy Jeanine

Favorite Top40 Impact Artist or Band
Mirage Box

Favorite AC40 Single
“Bye, Bye, Baby” Brandy Moss Scott

Favorite AC40 Male Artist
Jimmy White

Favorite AC40 Female Artist
Dianne Meinke

Favorite AC40 Impact Artist or Band
Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Country Single
Cole Swindell “You Should Be Here”

Favorite Country Male Artist
Joey Canyon

Favorite Country Female Artist
Eileen Carey

Favorite Country Impact Artist or Band
Chuck Murphy

Favorite Christian Single
“Tell Your Heart To Beat” Danny Gokey

Favorite Christian Male Artist
Colton Dixon

Favorite Christian Female Artist
Lauren Daigle

Favorite Christian Impact Artist or Band
Casting Crowns

Favorite Crossover Artist
John Ratliff

Favorite Video
Thadeus Project “Load the Wagon”

joey alkes 4 Eileen Carey
http://www.EileenCarey.com
626 296 0342
mobile 626 372 9599

From: Zac@canyonclub.net
Sent: ‎Thursday‎, ‎June‎ ‎23‎, ‎2016 ‎8‎:‎06‎ ‎AM
To: Joey Alkes
Cc: Eileen Carey

Let’s move on for now, as the show is getting too close. Let’s look at others shows because I have not heard back from Waites team

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, wrote:


Hi Zac,

Hope you are well.

Eileen is hoping to get a decision on that July 28th show at the Rose as soon as possible so we can put our promo and ticket buying campaign in motion. If that show, in your estimation is undoable then let’s move on to future shows. Thank you.

Warmly,

joey alkes 4 Eileen Carey
http://www.EileenCarey.com
626 296 0342
mobile 626 372 9599


The Saban Theatre (Beverly Hills, CA)
The Rose Theatre (Pasadena, CA)
The Canyon Theatre (Agoura Hills, CA)
The Libbey Bowl (Ojai, CA)

Omg this is AWSOME 😆😃

Drs Isabel Blanco
Staffmember IPA
LID NVJ
@believeartmusic
https://ibelieve70.wordpress.com

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joey alkes 4 Eileen Carey
http://www.EileenCarey.com
626 296 0342
mobile 626 372 9599

Los Angeles, CA — National Radio Hits, America’s new music chart, has announced the winners for the very first National Radio Hits Artist Awards last evening, June 22. The new national music chart that is the first chart to include both radio spins and fan votes, honored artists and bands in their four music formats from Top40, Country, Hot AC to Christian. The announcement was made on their YouTube channel “live” at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. The winners in each category received a record number of fan votes on their website at http://www.nationalradiohits.com

In addition, artists had to have a certain amount of radio spins in order to qualify. NRH also announced that next year in addition to their artist awards, they will also honor their radio stations and programmers via a new National Radio Hits Artist & Radio Awards for 2017.

Below is the complete list of Winners for the first National Radio Hits Artist Awards.

To view the YouTube announcement, go to:

Country starts at 4:40 on the youtube announcement!!

Favorite Top40 Single
“Pillowtalk” Zayn

Favorite Top40 Male Artist
Mike Posner

Favorite Top40 Female Artist
Airy Jeanine

Favorite Top40 Impact Artist or Band
Mirage Box

Favorite AC40 Single
“Bye, Bye, Baby” Brandy Moss Scott

Favorite AC40 Male Artist
Jimmy White

Favorite AC40 Female Artist
Dianne Meinke

Favorite AC40 Impact Artist or Band
Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Country Single
Cole Swindell “You Should Be Here”

Favorite Country Male Artist
Joey Canyon

Favorite Country Female Artist
Eileen Carey

Favorite Country Impact Artist or Band
Chuck Murphy

Favorite Christian Single
“Tell Your Heart To Beat” Danny Gokey

Favorite Christian Male Artist
Colton Dixon

Favorite Christian Female Artist
Lauren Daigle

Favorite Christian Impact Artist or Band
Casting Crowns

Favorite Crossover Artist
John Ratliff

Favorite Video
Thadeus Project “Load the Wagon”

joey alkes 4 Eileen Carey
http://www.EileenCarey.com
626 296 0342
mobile 626 372 9599

From: Zac@canyonclub.net
Sent: ‎Thursday‎, ‎June‎ ‎23‎, ‎2016 ‎8‎:‎06‎ ‎AM
To: Joey Alkes
Cc: Eileen Carey

Let’s move on for now, as the show is getting too close. Let’s look at others shows because I have not heard back from Waites team

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, wrote:


Hi Zac,

Hope you are well.

Eileen is hoping to get a decision on that July 28th show at the Rose as soon as possible so we can put our promo and ticket buying campaign in motion. If that show, in your estimation is undoable then let’s move on to future shows. Thank you.

Warmly,

joey alkes 4 Eileen Carey
http://www.EileenCarey.com
626 296 0342
mobile 626 372 9599


The Saban Theatre (Beverly Hills, CA)
The Rose Theatre (Pasadena, CA)
The Canyon Theatre (Agoura Hills, CA)
The Libbey Bowl (Ojai, CA)

EILEEN ROCKS AT CMA AND HITCHARTS!

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Eileen Carey Delights Fans New and Old at CMA Music Festival ’16
Tapes Promotional Video of Upcoming New Single, “In The Air” & Returns Home To Her “Bring on the big” Release Reaching the Top NMW Spot on Both Country and Hot AC Charts.

(Nashville, TN June 15, 2016) Back this past week for her third CMA Music Festival, California based singer-songwriter Eileen Carey who basked in the applause of both new and long-established fans, returned home this week to find her current charting single “Bring on the big” reach the #1 on both New Music Weekly’s Country Main Chart; and on it’s Hot AC Chart as well. This is the second straight cut that has reached that #1 spot on both charts this year. In January, her “Faith,” release also topped both charts.

Propelled by her hard-driving band, Carey rocked the crowds at Rippy’s on Broadway Friday and Saturday afternoon at the height of the Festival.  She fuelled the rising excitement by tossing personalized T-shirts, cd’s and wrist bands out into the packed house.
Each day of the Festival, she signed autographs at Honky Tonk Alley and held drawings for such prizes as wireless speakers, selfie sticks and gift bags filled with fun items.

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Carey taped an acoustic video of her upcoming single, “In The Air,” for the popular CDX website, where radio programmers can download new music.  The single, “In The Air,” which Carey co-wrote with Kathryn Grimm, Travis Allen, Odd Harold Jensen and Bjorn Charles Dreyer, will be released later this summer.

Rounding out her Music City pilgrimage on Saturday night Eileen attended the second annual “Country With A Heart” benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital held at Nashville Palace, and hosted by Nashville’s TV personality Jennifer Herron, and her husband, country music entertainer Bobby Marquez, where she ran into several of her fans as well as meeting & greeting with the artists on the line up. 

The single, “In The Air,” which Carey co-wrote with Kathryn Grimm, Travis Allen, Odd Harold Jensen and Bjorn Charles Dreyer, will be released later this summer.

Visit Eileen on the web at:
http://www.Eileencarey.com:
http://www.facebook.com/EileenCareyMusic
http://www.twitter.com/EileenCarey
http://www.reverbnation.com

For More Information Contact:  Susan Collier PR at (615) 356-0375 or e-mail at SusanScollier@gmail.com

About Eileen Carey:

Eileen Carey is a California based singer-songwriter-vocalist in the Pop-Country genre who has emerged over the last few years as both an accomplished storyteller and effective appealing stylist while making music that deftly combines country influences with pop arrangements. Her songs also offer distinct prominent messages about personal empowerment and emotional fulfillment.

                                                   

Eileen Carey rocks in Nashville

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Daily she performs with more fun then ever before in her super race for the best radio single Award. 2nd after Carie Underwood!

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Being in Nashville for the CMA’S is big. Everybody in Country is there. A huge crowd of fans is there AND Eileen!

EILEEN CAREY HAVING AS MUCH FUN AS THE FANS MEETING HER AT THE CMA FEST IN NASHVILLE!

Eileen Carey says that she might be having more fun this year at the Country Music Awards Festival than the fans. “I’ve always enjoyed the CMAs in Nashville that is why I return here every year.”

First day at the Gulch was packed with fans, and Carey’s performance at that street show was the highlight of the afternoon. This year the local honkytonks set up their meet and greet booths shop in the Honky Tonk Central Alley, and the move from Music City Center was well received by the fans themselves, turning out in record numbers.

“I gave out tons of CDs and swag on the very first day,” says Eileen.

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ESC2016 jury rel ‘Netherlands & Armenia on TV ( Russian Jury)’

Het filmpje gemaakt door een Russisch jurylid is DE rel. Het mag niet. Je filmt de generale niet en ook de jury niet. Maar ja elke editie heeft een schandaal. Toch? En juist daarom willen we het weten.

Waar het vroeger nog om het lied ging gaat het nu om de ‘act de presence’. Hoe wilder hoe beter. De presentie moet het doen. Ook de zangkwaliteit is niet meer belangrijk wel of je met een hoelahoep kunt bewegen.

Waarom kijken we nu? Wij willen geshockeerd worden toch? We willen twitteren #omg wat was dat! Alles hebben we gehad nu zelfs een home naakt akt.  Wit Rusland moest echter de wolf thuis laten en kleren aan. Gelukkig hebben wij 10 seconden Douwe…….

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Wat zie je? Jonge lui. Een hoop lol niet serieus. Een vakjury? Ik weet het niet. Als dit soort jury’s 18+ het moeten uitmaken (50%) kun je het op voorhand schudden. Gelukkig zien ze Douwe of.

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Nederland houdt zijn adem in immers we verwachten veel van onze ‘Douwe Bob’.

Hij doet het goed. Douwe heeft charisma. Ziet er goed uit en hij heeft er zin in. Maar is het genoeg?

Hoe meer we twijfelen hoe beter het gaat zal ik maar zeggen. Immers The Common Linnets werden 2de. Toch? En Ilse en Waylon werden verguisd. Gelukkig treedt Douwe op in een pak dus daar geen schandaal.

1 plus we kunnen eindelijk ‘de jurk’ vergeten.

Mijn top 5? Geen idee. Ik heb 2 kandidaten bij Carlo’s TV Cafe gezien. Wie weet krijgt Cornald Maas gelijk met Douwe als verassing. 1 ding staat vast. Over een paar uur weten we of Douwe inderdaad de finale haalt.

Toi toi toi Douwe. Enne wat betreft ‘Slow Down’ tsja het komt bij mij niet als ‘wow’ naar binnen hoe leuk je het ook doet. Sorry.