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 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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Living the dream – Eileen Carey tells her story

LIVING THE DREAM
by Isabel Blanco and Eileen Carey

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Eileen Carey’s ascendency to the top of independent country music, and arguably to the top of the adult contemporary/Top 40 radio markets as well, is characterized by her amazing fortitude, which she generously shares with all. Time and again her songs suggest alternative options to what holds people up in their lives. They do so with her magical ability to make a chorus melody and hook sink deep into the better part of the listener’s consciousness.

And, the onetime actress has done so while raising two daughters and navigating a successful marriage as well. In pop culture today, that in itself is notable.

I have been a fan of her music for some years now, having ran into her on Twitter, and was literally floored by her strong voice and positive message. This is a recent interview I have conducted with Eileen. She always has something to say.

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Eileen in 2013 we had our last long interview. You told me about your acting career which was pretty impressive. I guess you’re co actors are pretty proud of what you achieved?

Hard to tell Isabel. The U.S. is a big place and I have only kept up with a small few since those days; but of course some of my old friends have expressed their pride. Been a long time now since I worked as an actress outside of my music videos though. I think that many of the people in Southern California and Nashville that I have worked with as a singer and songwriter in the past, root for me now.

You know Isabel, it was never my intention to be an actress. I wanted to be a filmmaker so I got involved with the movie industry when I came to Los Angeles to learn the business. I felt that you needed to learn the movie business from the bottom up.

Just like any business, the restaurant business for example, if you can’t cook yourself it is hard to communicate what needs to be done to others. As for the actress, I just kept getting picked out of the crowd for roles. Acting was a conduit to my wanting to direct, but music was always first.

How many are dazzled by this big career move?

Music was my first love so really not many folks were surprised anyway. My film friends, music friends, friends and family are not so much dazzled as happy for me. I have been making music for a long time, and my music fans have long expected my success.

In 2014 the real challenge began. Nominations all over and awards besides Tammy Wynette not 1 country singer achieved that. Not even Dolly Parton or Patsy Cline. How does it feel?

I am not ready to put myself in that lofty group. It does feels great though! Awesome to be doing what I love with my life. The nominations and the awards are great, but not nearly as great as watching people jumping and dancing and loving my music when I am on stage. I cherish my friends like yourself Isabel who continue to support me and let their fans know of me and my music. That is what matters to me most.

In 2015 you were on the New Music Weekly radio charts all year. “Bottle Your Crazy Up’ and “Faith” were number one for several weeks, on both country and AC/Top 40. Can you tell us how it feels to walk into the studio again to record your next CD? Let It Go was so successful, are you concerned by the high bar you have set for yourself?

I am a perfectionist, so yes of course I am concerned. I am also excited and confident that my next CD will be even better, and lead me to new opportunities to sharing my music with folks worldwide. As for the writing over these past couple years, I have been jotting down notes and ideas so I am going into the next album with a good idea of what I want to say.

Many journalists hardly ask about you’re charity. I know you do a lot. Somehow it’s a sideline that few know. I know you want to tell so much more about it.

I am glad to have the opportunity to reach people through my notoriety about causes I believe in. One of the blessings of having an artist footprint in the world is that people tend to pay attention to you.

I have a thing about homelessness, whether people or animals; and that young people should not hinge their self-worth on romance and dysfunctional relationships. I have a thing about people creating the life they want to create. My songs are all about self-determination and courage; male or female. Country music is so full of broken-hearts, but my subject matter is what separates me from many of the other country artists. My positive message.

What inspired you to take music as a career over acting?

I was always into music. Played drums at 13 years of age. Sort of fell into acting out here in Los Angeles. As for taking up music as a profession I was working for a hotel chain booking the entertainment, and I kept thinking I could write and sing as good as any of them. I was fortunate that I had the support of my family from day one! My husband and children are still my biggest fans.

You seem to have a lot of good people around you. Obviously I know Joey Alkes, and I am impressed at the quality of your art work, shows you play and continuous online footprint. Who are some of the people that have helped you emerge into a star?

Well again, “star” is a big word. I have had the good fortune to have some great people in my corner. My producer Travis Allen Childress and my music director and lead guitarist John “groover” McDuffie have been essential in my career. John is the legendary Rita Coolidge’s music director and lead guitarist as well, and on occasion I lose him to her for a show (lol). 

My songwriting partners especially my good friend Kathryn Grimm. My Nashville publicist Susan Collier and my radio team; Alan Young and Paul Loggins have been amazing. Jennifer Blair, and as you know Joey has been with me for the past few years. You mention the art and design and that is the great work of Christine Caracciolo.

You know I could take up your whole page commenting on all of the really cool people around me. (NB go ahead)

Al Bonhomme my rhythm guitarist in Los Angeles, and Dan Hagen the same in Nashville.

Recently, a marketing person whom has had an impact on my career, a young women from Canada just passed away from lung cancer. Her name is Nadine Gelineau. Her company Musebox led to the CBS LA Weekend Morning Show, and the last two music videos (“Faith” and “Party at the Beach”) came out of her company and a filmmaker named Taner Tumkaya. The photos I am going to be using for the next CD was shot by another member of the Musebox team, Kharen Hill of Public Pictures. I am currently retaining an off-shoot of the MuseBox for marketing, Erik Koral of the Koral Young Group.

My husband, Joe Federico, did quite well in business in the past and we use to go to certain business seminars. One of the things that impressed us was the idea that you have to have good people around you and working for you, or with you, if you want to succeed.

When can we expect a new a new album?

I am not sure. As I said earlier, I am a perfectionist so “when” is hard question to answer. Thankfully I run my own music business and don’t have a label pressuring me for a half-baked release to fit their timetable. I will release a new single that will be on the next album release, in time for, or just after the CMAs.

What message do you have for all for 2016?

Follow your dreams! I cannot emphasis that enough! If you want things in life you have to work for them, yes. But, if you follow your dreams the work will not deter you.   

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Thank you Eileen!

Country music intern “Eileen Carey future of country”

This site had a wonderful interview with Eileen Carey explaining why she is THE ULTIMINATE STAR IN COUNTRY

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
THE TRUTH ABOUT EILEEN CAREY IS THAT…

(Back in the Studio With Producer Travis Allen Childress / New Single In Time for the CMA Fest in June)

The truth about Eileen Carey is that there is no one like her in country music today. She is truly an original. And as her final single release from the Let It Go album “Bring on the big” co-written by Angela Kaset (“Something In Red”) and Amy Dalley, declares she is ready for the big time. After 14 career music nominations and five trophies; and having topped all of the country and AC/Top 40 charts , there is little doubt that Eileen has arrived.

She is this year’s New Music Weekly, Breakthrough Country Artist of the Year, but in fact has been mentioned with the A-list of Country Music women for years. Her positive life reaffirming subject matter and bright danceable grooves continually find homes in line dance groups and clubs worldwide.
“Country. Pop. Rock. Eileen Carey’s music blends all three styles together in a way that feels uniquely hers. I’ve just been trying to think if there’s any other artists out there like her right now and I can’t think of any. “ Nashville’s Country Music According to Kim, Kim Alexander, April 2016.

“I grew up in Cleveland into The Beatles, Pretenders, Motels…pop music. People are talking about how I crossed over with my recent re-mix release of “Faith”, but I charted AC and Top 40 from the beginning of my career,” Carey says. “I see my songs as little films. Stories with a point of view,” the ex-actress says.
 
Featured on KCAL 9/CBS LA’s The Weekend Morning Show this past January, the longtime Supercuts Ambassador’s music video views of Bottle Your Crazy Up, Party at the Beach and Faith, are racking up major label numbers, with plenty of summer and fall performances ahead for her growing fanbase to enjoy. Eileen will be playing Rippy’s two consecutive nights, Friday and Saturday the 6th and the 7th at the Country Music Festival in June.

Currently in the studio working on new material for a fifth career album with her stallworth producer Travis Allen Childress of Nashville Tracks, and writing with hit songwriting partner Kathrine Grimm, Carey has set a caracteristically high bar to reach,“This past year has been a whirlwind,” says Carey. “But a whirlwind’s my kind of weather. My fans have made all the achievements possible, and I intend to match their enthusiasm with equal musical energy.”
Like her music Eileen Carey is a lot of things, but impossible to pidgeon-hole. She is an animal rescuing, kick-boxing, wisdom and good sense “Music Mom” (featured as such on trhe Nick Jr. docu-comedy ‘Take Me To Your Mother’), darling of the Venice Beach California homeless community, and a no holds barred women’s advocate country-pop singer -songwriter. If that seems far-fetched, you don’t know Eileen Carey.

“There are two ecstatic moments for a woman,” says Carey.  “One is when she falls madly in love, and the other is when she realizes she has all the skill and strength needed to captain her own life.  A lot of my songs are about the latter ecstasy.  I see the songs as representing a kind of sweet militancy.”
She is also, one of the most “pay-it-forward” artists in any genre of music today. She puts her considerable influence in California to good use for the communities she lives in. For years Eileen donated her performances to the Annual Summerfest on Venice Beach, California for the Homeless, and the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, in 2014 she was honored at the event as it’s Spotlight Artist. Last July she co-produced and co-headlined a fundraiser at for the non-profit called FixNation, which provides free medical services to the homeless animal community in Los Angeles, primarily the cat population, at the legendary Autry (Gene Autry) Musuem.

Eileen’s fanbase though, has recognized her for a long time, for beinjg just that, being that eclectic country based musician that charts top country at the same time topping her share of AC/Top40 charts as well; and with the same track. Actually no surprise about this Ohio girl who has spent the last twenty years creating her brand of California Country, out of Altadena, CA, in the foothills of Pasadena. Like a Keith Urban or Daruis Ruckers, she is that kind of artist that is a true crossover, adding new dimensions to both. She rocks country as good as anyone, while taking the subject matter to a different place then country usually goes to.

“Eileen Carey is a 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.” – Ron Wynn, Nashville Music Guide., 2014.

Nick Vucinovich, April 25, 2016 for Country Music News International
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