Tag Archive: Big Cactus Country Radio


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler

The singer Kellie Pickler is well and making her return.

After a long hiatus linked to problem with her record label, BNA Records, Kellie has made her big comeback last May with the famous song “Someone Somewhere Tonight”.

This title was already known, because two legends of country interpreted it before: not only Kenny Rogers, but also by the daughter of famous Mel Tillis, Pam Tillis.

Kenney Rogers and Pam Tillis

Kenney Rogers and Pam Tillis

Kellie introduces us a new unpublished single called “Little Bit Gipsy” which should come into the world before end-of-year, and it will appear on a new quality-label, “Black River Entertainment”, an independent label which has been in business since 2011. Besides preparing for us her fourth studio album, she is currently on tour across the United States!!

Black River


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

Left to Right: Jeffrey Steel, Randy Owen, Will Jennings, Layng Martine

Left to Right: Jeffrey Steel, Randy Owen, Will Jennings, Layng Martine

Songwriters, Will Jennings, Randy Owen of the group Alabama, Jeffrey Steele or else Layng Martine get ready to make their entrance as new members of Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame!

These four big names known in the world of Country Music will be officially enthroned on October 13th of this year. The event marks the occasion of the 43rd birthday of this famous institution based in Nashville which rewards the most gifted songwriters. Jeffrey Steele and Will Jennings are going to be rewarded for their talent as songwriters, Randy Owen will be in the category of songwriter, but also recognized for his career as an artist! The fans know the classics as “Feels So Right” or else “Fallin’ Again”, composed for the group Alabama.

Finally, Layng Martine is recognized as an author and composer veteran. Here is a small example of what they accomplished throughout their career: Will Jennings is especially known to have written «My Heart Will Go One» interpreted by the singer Céline Dion for the film Titanic,

Jeffrey Steele has an incredible honours list of certified megas-hits that he composed for big stars of the country as Tim McGraw: “The Cowboy in Me”, Diamond Rio: “Unbelievable”, Lean Ann Rimes: ” Big Deal”, but also for Rascal Flats, Billy Ray Cyrus, in short, the list is very long!

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts

Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus

Layng Martine has been recognized since the middle of the seventies, and more recently, for having co-written the superb song of Reba McEntire: “The Greatest Man I Never Knew”.

Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire

All of these elite contributors will become members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame on October 13!


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.


The Delta Country Jam is a huge festival which takes place in the USA on October 4th and 5th in the Hollywood Casino at Tunica, Mississippi.

You haven’t do more than to get your plane ticket, because a superb programming waits for you! With: On Friday, 4: Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, Josh Thompson, the duet husband and wife Steel Magnolia, without forgetting the other duet Thomson Square, and as in everything good at a festival there is going to be headliner Billy Currington!

Randy Houser

Randy Houser

Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann

Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson

Steel Magnolia

Steel Magnolia

Thompson Square

Thompson Square

Billy Currington

Billy Currington

For Saturday, October 5th: singer Kelly Pickler, Maggie Rose, Drake White and Big Fire, BlackBerry Smoke, the songwriter Brantley Gilbert and mega superstar Tim McGraw will be the headliner of the festival!

Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler

Maggie Rose

Maggie Rose

Drake White

Drake White

BlackBerry Smoke

BlackBerry Smoke

Alison and Brantley Gilbert

Alison and Brantley Gilbert

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw

For more information on this mega event, go directly on their site www.deltacountryjam.com.



Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

This year’s CMT Awards celebrate their 12th anniversary!

On June 5 the awards will be held in the famous arena Bridgeston Arena in Nashville. It will be broadcast live on the CMT channel. For the second consecutive year, the event will be hosted by singer Kristen Bell and bad boy Jason Aldean.

Kristin Bell and Jason Aldean

Kristin Bell and Jason Aldean

If you want to vote, just go to the site and www.cmt.com. You have until June 2 to elect your favorite artists! To help you, here are a few names of the most frequently nominated artists. Jason Aldean has three nominations: one for video of the year titled in tribute to his idol Joe Diffie “1994”, another for male video for the song “Take A Little Ride” and for the best video in collaboration with Eric Church and Luke Bryan for the excellent “The Only Way I Know”! The country pop trio Rascal Flatts, also gets three nominations: best video for the beautiful song “Come Wake Me Up” and for their excellent collaboration with rock band 70/80 Journey. Rascal Flatt/Journey jointly interpreted a medley made from the from Rascal Flatts “Changed” and mega hit “Do not Stop Believin ‘” from the legendary band Journey.

Rascal Flatts and Journey

Rascal Flatts and Journey

Kenny Chesney, is making a comeback! For some time, the superstar hasn’t appeared on the lists of nominations for country ceremonies. This year, Kenny Chesney to happy to have been nominated three times; first to video of the year and male video with “Come Over” song, and finally, best collaboration with the title “Feel Like A Rock Star” with Tim McGraw.

Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean

Nominees for the 2013 12th CMT Awards!

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Brad Paisley – “Southern Comfort Zone”
Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
Eric Church – “Springsteen”
Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
Jason Aldean – “1994”
Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”
Little Big Town – “Tornado”
Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Tim McGraw – “One of Those Nights”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Blake Shelton – “Sure Be Cool If You Did”
Eric Church – “Creepin’”
Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
Jason Aldean – “Take a Little Ride”
Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”
Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Carrie Underwood – “Two Black Cadillacs”
Faith Hill – “American Heart”
Jana Kramer – “Why Ya Wanna”
Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Taylor Swift – “Begin Again”

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum – “Downtown”
Little Big Town – “Pontoon”
Pistol Annies – “Takin’ Pills”
Rascal Flatts – “Come Wake Me Up”
The Band Perry – “Better Dig Two”
Zac Brown Band – “Goodbye in Her Eyes”

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Big & Rich – “That’s Why I Pray”
Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
Love and Theft – “Runnin’ Out Of Air”
Thompson Square – “If I Didn’t Have You”

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Dustin Lynch – “Cowboys and Angels”
Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
Jana Kramer – “Why Ya Wanna”
Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”
Kip Moore – “Beer Money”
Randy Houser – “How Country Feels”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Brad Paisley and Joe Walsh – “Rocky Mountain Way,” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS
Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church – “The Only Way I Know,” from 2012 CMA Awards
Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill – “Don’t Rush,” from 2012 CMA Awards
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw – “Feel Like A Rockstar”
Rascal Flatts and Journey – “Changed,” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOURNEY AND RASCAL FLATTS
The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis – “Three Wooden Crosses” from CMT CROSSROADS: THE AVETT BROTHERS AND RANDY TRAVIS

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Dierks Bentley – “5-1-5-0” from CMT UNPLUGGED
Eric Church – “Homeboy” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Luke Bryan and Ryan Tedder – “Drunk On You/Feel Again” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Miranda Lambert – “Over You” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Rascal Flatts and Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin’” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOURNEY AND RASCAL FLATTS
Toby Keith – “Beers Ago” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

Actress Georgia Holt whose real name is Jannie Jean Crouch is known to be the mother of the queen of pop music Cher, and she has decided to sing about it in the country style. At the age of 86 years, there is no right age, you say?

Her first country album, entitled “Honky Tonk Woman”, finds her daughter Cher on a track called “I’m Just Your Yesterday”. For the record, this album was not recorded recently. According to the press in Nashville, the disc was recorded in Los Angeles studios in 1980 and was recorded with the oustanding musicians who worked with the “King of Rock’n’Roll”, Elivis Presley, but never released. The decision to release the album has taken 30 years. It will definitely arouse your curiosity. Remember her name, Georgia Holt, and the album is called “Honky Tonk Woman.”


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

This week Blake Shelton won the first place in the standings mediabase! Indeed it is the 13th title is No. 1 Country charts in the U.S. since the beginning of his career in 2001. The title in question is the last single “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” from the brand new album “Based On A True Story ‘seventh studio album coming out this week on his label always” Warner Bros. Nashville. ” Despite all the fuss that Blake Shelton had caused the last time in the American press, on the one hand because of his outspoken and secondly for his caustic criticism against old artists of traditional country music. Blake Shelton always seems like the American public! Blake is touring the United States, until the end of the year. So if starting to take a turn in the U.S. you may be able to see him live, to learn more about his tour dates please visit the website www.blakeshelton.com

Albums to come!

This week’s album release from the husband and wife duo Thompson Square entitled “Just Feels Good” on the label Stoney Creek Records, is an album unsurprisingly categorized as Pop Country.

Important issue for all fans of Alan Jackson, and many are in France. The mythical cowboy gives us the second volume of “Precious Memories.” Seven years after the release of volume one, he dedicated to his mother, Alan Jackson revisits here the hymns of the country-tinged gospel. Do not miss the excellent first installment of the talented Maggie Rose called “Cut To Impress”, an album strongly advised by the News of Nashville.

-On April 2, the family trio The Band Perry released her second album entitled “Pioneer”, which also promises to be superb! Besides, you could discover the new single from The Band Perry, “Done” in the the Big Cactus Country preview with Johnny Da Piedade.

– Also for April 2, the redneck woman, Gretchen Wilson will give us the first of three albums she has planned to introduce in 2013! It is “Right On Time” to be released on her own label Redneck Records. I remember that Gretchen is a headliner of the festival “Country Night Gstaad” in Switzerland from 20 to 22 September. Please note this date in your diaries! The Nashville News team will be on site! April 9 is the release date of the eighth studio album by the great songwriter, virtuoso guitarist and talented singer Brad Paisley called WheelHouse! The album takes on news items chronicled in the press of Nashville. Titles or terms used through new songs like “slavery, Accidental racist, crazy Christians, death of a married man or death seem to create a controversy in the politically correct world of Nashville. Stay tuned. We go straight to the month of May, with the release of an exceptional album, it will not miss that Mister George Strait! “Love Is Everything” The new album’s king of country music will be released on May 14th. I remind you that George Strait announced he wanted to retire, once he completes his U.S. tour that will last two years and finish in 2016.

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David Allan Coe

David Allan Coe

David Allan Coe emergencies. The crazy Redneck David Allan Coe, famous songwriter and performer Outlaw movement, almost left us for good last week because he was involved in a serious car accident in the city of Ocala, Florida. The 4×4 that is totally unrecognizable caused the violent accident. David Allan Coe ran a red light causing the collision between two vehicles. Fortunately, everyone is alive. David Allan Coe with serious injuries and a the couple in the other vehicle was also seriously wounded. Because of his injuries, his manager Bruce Smith, had to cancel her tour dates in the cities of St. Louis and Louisville. At 73, David Allan Coe is known to be one of the pioneers of the outlaws movement in the 1970s alongside Waylon Jennings, legendary Willie Nelson’s and Johnny Paycheck. He also composed many classics such as titles: “You never Even Called Me By My Name,” “The Ride,” “Would You Lay With Me” for the man in black, Johnny Cash, and the famous song ” Take This Job And Shove It “which was made the subject of a film of the same name and made for a hit for Johnny Paycheck.


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

I spent a few minutes talking about the biggest festival Rock’n ‘Roll in the world based in Las Vegas, USA. Well, now it is the turn of the largest country music festival in France, which will take place the last weekend of July 26, 27 and 28 at Craponne Sur Arzon in Haute Loire.

I am, of course, talking about the Country Rendez-Vous Festival. It’s back for the 26th consecutive year with a very diverse range of artists during these three days. This year the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary! So to celebrate, the various scenes located in the city will offer free concerts, not only during the three days of the Festival, but throughout the week, as well as demonstrations of country dancing.

Johnny Da Piedade

Johnny Da Piedade

On the main stage at the Country Rendez Vous, Johnny Da Piedade, the official master of ceremonies of the Festival for 15 consecutive years, will have the pleasure to present a multitude of great artists come from the USA, France, and the UK. So I’m sure you’re impatient to know the list of artists? Here it is now! Program: Stephanie Urbina Jones; the Texas quartet “The Pear Ratz” promising a mix of country rock show and Southern Rock with its muscular, traditional country; the talented and highly anticipated Will Banister; another young American country talent John David Kent; and the Swing Commanders; the more modern, great Texan, JB & The Moonshine Band will be headlining Saturday night; French artist Norfolk A.C.; upscale bluegrass with Audie Blaylock; and the exceptional headliner, the legendary “The Mavericks”!

Stéphanie Urbina Jones and Will Banister

Stéphanie Urbina Jones and Will Banister

The Pear Rats, John David Kent and Swing Commanders

The Pear Rats, John David Kent and Swing Commanders

JB and The Moonshine Band

JB and The Moonshine Band

 Norfolk A.C. and Audie Blaylock

Norfolk A.C. and Audie Blaylock

The Mavericks

The Mavericks

Yes, you heard that The Mavericks will be playing Craponne Arzon On Sunday, July 28th! To find out more about the artsts that will be playing, visit the website www.bigcactuscountry.fr or directly on the website of the event www.festivaldecraponne.com . If you like camping, land is provided for this purpose along with a snack bar to enjoy your breakfast. On the site, several stalls selling western wear, boots, and jewelry will be present, as well as booths for dining.

Festival Country, Craponne

Festival Country, Craponne

Now that you know all about the dates for Country Festival 2013 to come, you just need to book!

Festival Country, Craponne

Festival Country, Craponne


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

If you have not yet booked the weekend of 24, 25 and 26 May next, it is time to do so, because the thirteenth edition of the American Journey of Cambrai awaits you at the palais des grottes.

If you do not know this beautiful festival, this is the time to come and discover the many stalls of Western clothes and boots as well as Indian jewelry embellished with multiple eating points with the all the service and the unique hospitality of the North. So that you or your family do not miss anything, a mini carnival for the kids is on the outside as well as Indian teepees, not to mention cars, motorcycles and American trucks. You’ll enjoy the concerts and events.

One end of it all is covered in case of rain. On site, you will find various booths, Country dance acts, and of course, a multitude of concerts scheduled throughout the three-day festival. This year the organizers Naima Ayache, Jean Marc Lobjeois and their team have worked hard to give us a program consisting of 13 groups from Europe, France and even the United States. There will be something for everyone. Then on Friday 24, if you like the mix of country, rock and southern rock, do not miss the show of great quintet The Bootleggers whose lead singer is Mr. Didier Céré!

The Bootleggers

The Bootleggers

Miss Ruby Ann will give you a show that’s all Rock’n’Roll and to end the evening we will stay in the spirit with the rockabilly group Jake Calypso and His Red Hot!

Jake Calypso

Jake Calypso

Sarah White and The Mountain Band will open the Saturday show with Country, followed by a a superb concert with Morand Cajun Band. For lovers of country blues roots with crazy Dobro and Harmonica galore, do not miss the quintet, Cotton Belly’s! Back to Old Time and Country style with traditional group’s Wheels Fargo and the Nightingale came specially from Italy to American Journey’s festival to take us to the heart of the music from the 30s to 50. The fifth group is Saturday Baskery female trio, consisting of three sisters from Sweden whose repertoire is quite varied, ranging from a cleaner to a Country Blues Country style alternative. To end the evening of Saturday, stay until the end, because the artist is following American from Detroit, Michigan, it is called: Marcus Malone. It will put the fire with his style tinged with blues and rock should not miss!

Wheels Fargo and the Nightingale

Wheels Fargo and the Nightingale

For Sunday, a large and beautiful parade will take place as every year in the beautiful city of Cambrai with American trucks, cars, motorcycles, ending at the Palace of the caves! Yes! The celebration continues with the French Union Spirit

Union Spirit

Union Spirit

immediately followed by Acoustic five!

Acoustic five

Acoustic five

A group that bears his name, with a mixture Folk and bluegrass concert that will make you tap your feet! Training other country made ​​in France, the Dreamliners will also close the festival and the festival’s American Journey of Cambrai in 2013 Beauty is the group of 6 boys Larry And His Flask that will shake the palace of caves with their musical cocktail explosive mixture of folk and bluegrass to punk-vitamin, you’ll love it!

Dreamliners

Dreamliners

Larry and His Flask

Larry and His Flask

So now that you know the programming and superb American Journey’s 13th festival of Cambrai, it remains for you to book your last weekend of May for this appointment at www.american-journeys.com.


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.


On April 7, the beautiful ceremony held this 48 th ACM Awards at MGM Grand Casino Arena in Las Vegas!

Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan

Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan

A lively evening with a new presenter duo top level, I named: Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan! ACM Awards for 2013, know that it is the fans who vote and they can make their vote from March 25 on the site www.acm.com . This event will be broadcast live on CBS. We have a list of artists nominated for the Academy Of Country Music Awards 2013 and to our surprise, it is the bad boy Eric Church who won the most nominations with Texan Miranda Lambert.

Miranda Lambert and Eric Church

Miranda Lambert and Eric Church

Eric Church passes visibly gear, as we find named six times! Male artist, best album with her album “Chief”, single and song of the year with the wonderful title “Springsteen” not to mention a nomination for Video of the Year for his latest single “Creepin ‘!

Unfortunately Eric is not named for the ultimate prize of Entertainer Of The Year, but why not next year! All goes well for Miranda Lambert who also hangs when her four nominations but not least, the female singer of the year, best single and song with the wonderful title “Over You” co-written with her husband Blake Shelton.

Miranda is also known for the mega prize, the artist of the year. Other artists nominated for the price Entertainer Of The Year are: Jason Aldean, one of the hosts of the evening Luke Bryan, as I proclaim to you Miranda Lambert, but her husband Blake Shelton and singer Country Pop Taylor Swift. Necessarily in the great ceremonies annual country, there are often the same artists, but the wheel turns slowly and new names are emerging as one of the young Kacey Musgraves, who had come to France to accompany the Josh Abbott Band scene Country Rendez-Vous Festival Craponne in July 2011, but Brantley Gilbert and his fiancé Jana Kramer, the now famous Hunter Hayes, pop singer Kelly Clarkson for her duet with Vince Gill with the title “Do not Rush” and many more! To give you an idea of the artists for whom you vote, please visit the website www.bigcactuscountry.fr

Entertainer of the Year

· Jason Aldean
· Luke Bryan
· Miranda Lambert
· Blake Shelton
· Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year

· Jason Aldean
· Luke Bryan
· Eric Church
· Toby Keith
· Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year

· Miranda Lambert
· Martina McBride
· Kacey Musgraves
· Taylor Swift
· Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

· Big & Rich
· Florida Georgia Line
· Love and Theft
· Sugarland
· Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year

· The Band Perry
· Eli Young Band
· Lady Antebellum
· Little Big Town
· Zac Brown Band

New Artist of the Year

· Florida Georgia Line
· Brantley Gilbert
· Jana Kramer Album of the Year

[Award goes to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

· Blown Away – Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville)
Produced by: Mark Bright
· Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
Produced by: Jay Joyce
· Red – Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)
Produced by: Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, Dan Wilson
· tailgates & tanlines – Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville)
Produced by: Mark Bright, Jeff Stevens
· Tornado – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)
Produced by: Jay Joyce

Single Record of the Year

[Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
· “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)
Produced by: Mike Wrucke
· “Over You” – Miranda Lambert (RCA)
Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
· “Pontoon” – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)
Produced by: Jay Joyce
· “Springsteen” – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
Produced by: Jay Joyce
· “Wanted” – Hunter Hayes (Atlantic/WMN)
Produced by: Hunter Hayes, Dann Huff

Song of the Year

[Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
· “A Woman Like You” – Lee Brice
Composers: Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford, Jon Stone
Publishers: 3JB Music (BMI), Adios Pantalones (SESAC), Hears That Skyline Music (SESAC), Sixteen Stars Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
· “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Eli Young Band
Composers: Will Hoge, Eric Paslay
Publishers: Cal IV Songs (ASCAP), Will Hoge Music (BMI)
· “Over You” – Miranda Lambert
Composers: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton
Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)
· “Springsteen” – Eric Church
Composers: Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell
Publishers: Bug Music (BMI), Ole Purple Cape Music (BMI), Sinnerlina (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)
· “Wanted” – Hunter Hayes
Composers: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges
Publishers: Happy Little Man Publishing (BMI), Songs From The Engine Room (BMI), Songs Of Universal Inc. (BMI)

Songwriter of the Year

· Rodney Clawson
· Dallas Davidson
· Josh Kear
· Luke Laird
· Shane McAnally

Video of the Year

[Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award) [TIE]
·” Creepin'” – Eric Church
Producer: Iris Baker Director: Peter Zavadil · Merry Go ‘Round – Kacey Musgraves
Producers: Perry Bean, Kacey Musgraves Director: Perry Bean
· “Tornado” – Little Big Town
Producer: Iris Baker Director: Shane Drake
· “Wanted” – Hunter Hayes Producers: Stephanie Reeves, Eric Williams Directors: Traci Goudie, Patrick Hubik
· “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift Producer: John Nguyen Director: Declan Whitebloom
· “The Wind” – Zac Brown Band Producer: Ben Kalina Director: Mike Judge

Vocal Event of the Year

[Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] *(Off Camera Award)
· “Don’t Rush” – Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill (19/RCA/Columbia Nashville) Produced by: Dann Huff
· “Easy” – Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield (Big Machine Records) Produced by: Dann Huff, Brian Kennedy, Rascal Flatts
·”Feel Like a Rock Star” – Kenny Chesney (Duet With Tim McGraw) (Blue Chair/BNA) Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
· “Let It Rain” – David Nail Featuring Sarah Buxton (MCA Nashville) Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell
· “The Only Way I Know” – Jason Aldean With Luke Bryan & Eric Church (Broken Bow) Produced by: Michael Knox


Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! Beginning this week, we’re proud to announce that Alison’s weekly news will be posted on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert (“News from Nashville”) broadcasted weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

1 March, CMA held the first summit dedicated to the study of the Country music market in Europe. An event for professionals, media, radio, journalists and team “News Nashville” was on site.

   Gilbert Rouit

Steve Moore (left);  Rouit (right)

Alison and Bobbi Boyce
Bobbi Boyce with Alison

This seminar was made possible thanks to the work and collaboration between Gilbert Rouit division show Disneyland Paris and Steve Moore President of the CMA supported by Bobbi Boyce, CMA Director of International.

Hotel Newport Bay

Hotel Newport Bay

Disneyland Paris and its beautiful hotel facilities, hotel New Port Bay Club with its convention halls, restaurants and the Disney Village with its famous Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon & was the perfect place to organize the first seminar dedicated to Country European market. Very interested in a seminar which allowed us to measure differences between country markets 7 countries Europeans. A survey was even conducted in February 2013 among 1000 persons aged 18-65 years in each country concerned. The percentage of adults who listen to country music regularly through YouTube and Spotify is 43% in Norway, 41% in Ireland, 32% in the UK, 24% in Sweden, 29% in Germany, 25% in France and 18% in Finland!

CMA Marketing

CMA Marketing

You noticed the countries with the strongest results in terms of public interest in country music in Europe are the United Kingdom and Norway. Our Scandinavian neighbors and British luckier than us in France, because Country music going on television. Multiple shows in Nashville as CMA Awards CMA Music Fest or are regularly retransmit. Not to mention the series Nashville who is also a hit. Well then in his country there, spend a lot more country music on the radio and in particular the public service radios.

This is absolutely not the case here. In France, apart from a country radio FM in Paris, they are mostly radio stations, commercial or very late hours and some independent facilitators who are passionate about the work that should provide the public service Radio France who always wanted to banish it genre of its network or other Blue France. Fortunately there are some programs that country spend on local radio or regional here and there, everywhere in France, as we do every week through our network of 120 partner stations BCC.

Otherwise it is sure there would be little to Country Radio France. The CMA seminar allowed us to measure the level difference, the gulf that exists between the media Country of Americans, Canadians, Australians and English and the rest of old Europe. Debates and discussions were held in order to find solutions to improve our weaknesses. The purpose of the CMA is implementing a new network to promote Country music today outside the U.S. and especially in Europe. We have done many meetings with journalists, DJ’s, festival organizers, Media, Radio, Television, Artists, developers from around the world. Short day business really successful!

Bob DiPiero, Dallas Davidson, Kristian Bush, Brett James

Bob DiPiero, Dallas Davidson, Kristian Bush, Brett James

And of course from 20H we enjoyed the first French edition of the CMA Songwriter’s series on the site of Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon – and entry was free for all! First, there was a 100% acoustic show with the best singers and songwriters in Nashville, I met Bob Dipiero, Dallas Davidson, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and not to forget Brett James who have obviously interpreted Live hits they have written for stars such as Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, of course the duo Sugarland or Trace Adkins and many more!

Alison and Kristian Bush  Alison and Bob DiPiero  Alison and Dallas Davidson

Alison with Kristian Bush (left); Bob Dipiero (center); and Dallas Davidson (right)

Brett James and Alison

Brett James and Alison

This show was followed by another great concert featuring the very talented group, the Carlton Moody Franco-American Detour Band. Unforgettable. We hope that this very successful first seminar of the CMA will be the first of a long series to build a real bridge between Nashville and Europe enabling us to applaud even more Country artists!


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