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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 network is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

On February 18, 2014, CRB Country Radio Broadcasters will present its “Career Achievement Award.” There will be a soirée organized by radio broadcasters of Country who have decided to reward Country artists for their entire careers, their talent and their personality.

Singer songwriter Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell were both recruited to deliver this award to Vince Gill, who has already collected some awards – Grammys Awards, 18 CMA and ACM awards.



This priceless CRB will complement his collection and it is is well deserved as it is awarded only to recognize the creativity of great artists, their performance, and thereby, recognize their contribution to the promotion of Country music. Previous country artists who have been awarded the CRB are: Merle Haggard, the legendary Dolly Parton, the duo Brooks & Dunn, and the king of Country music, George Strait!

Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait

Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait

Vince Gill joins the superstars. Vince Gill has completed more than 17 studio albums, with a little more than 26 million albums sold worldwide, Vince did not steal his prize CRB Award!!

Vince Gill and Alison Photo: Johnny Da Piedade

Vince Gill and Alison Photo: Johnny Da Piedade


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 network is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

This week don’t miss the release of the fourth studio album by singer Kellie Pickler entitled “The Woman I Am” including her latest single “Little Bit Gypsy” and “Someone Somewhere Tonight.”

Regarding the top 3 best-selling albums in USA,the latest installment of the cowboy and business man, Toby Keith, came in third with ” Drinks After Work” released on October 29.

In the second position is the young singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett, with his excellent debut album “It Goes Like This” which also appeared on October 29.

Thomas Rhett

In first place, we have the redneck Duck Dynasty, i.e., the real stars of the show American reality with their first Christmas album “Duck the Halls A Robertson Family Christmas” in which we find the king George Strait, as well as Luke Bryan, Josh Turner and singer Alison Krauss!

Duck Dynasty appeared at the CMA Awards ceremony, alongside Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley – total success!

Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Duck Dynasty

Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Duck Dynasty


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 nominations for the CMA Awards 2013 are here!

This year and for the sixth consecutive year, the humorous Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be the duo presenting the 47th Annual CMA Awards, i.e., Awards presented annually by the Country Music Association. This event will take place on November 6th in the famous arena in Nashville, Bridgeston Arena, and will be broadcast live on the ABC television network.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood

From the list of nominated artists, Sheryl Crow and the duo Florida Georgia Line have released albums last week. There are three superstars that stand out winning the most nominations;

Seryl Crow and Georgia Florida Line

Sheryl Crow and Georgia Florida Line

The singer who became 100% Pop, Taylor Swift, the newcomer Kacey Musgraves and Blake Shelton. Taylor was nominated six times in the categories: Singer of the Year, Album with “Red”, single, music event and video of the year with “Do not Care Highway”, the song she sings with Tim McGraw, and we can’t forget the supreme prize, Entertainer of Year, i.e., Artist of the Year!



It’s a nice surprise for Kacey Musgraves who happens to prevail in the categories of Female Vocalist of the Year, New Artist, Album of the Year for “Same Trailer different Park” and add to that two award nominations for single and song of the year with “Merry Go Round”.

As for the men, it is the redneck Blake Shelton who takes 5 nominations: Best singer, album of the year with his latest album “Based On A true Story” and two nominations for the single, which was also considered an event of the year “Boys Round Here” as performed with the Pistol Annies.



Pistol Annies

Pistol Annies

Blake Shelton is nominated for Entertainer of the Year competing with Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and unbelievable, but true, Mister George Strait.

Left to Right: Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan

Left to Right: Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan



George Strait

George Strait

Members of the CMA, have finally managed to vote en masse for a true superstar of country Music: George Strait, who has just signed a contract extension at MCA, the label with five key new albums coming .

Even if The King of Country Music will be retiring, we did not stop listening to the radio. Does he win the CMA Artist of 2013 just before getting his retirement money? To find out, stay tuned!

The Nominees!

Entertainer Of The Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist Of The Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist Of The Year
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

New Artist Award
Lee Brice
Brett Eldredge
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves

Vocal Duo Of The Year
Big & Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Sugarland
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

Vocal Group Of The Year
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
Lady Antebellum
Zac Brown Band

Album Of The Year
“Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood
“Red” – Taylor Swift
“Tornado” – Little Big Town
“Based On A True Story” – Blake Shelton
“Same Trailer Different Park” – Kacey Musgraves


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.


Kelly Tillotson

Kelly Tillotson

We have the pleasure of visiting with Kelly Tillotson. We first got to know Kelly when she was a student at Belmont University and working at The Recording Academy. Born and raised in Maryland, Kelly grew up listening to 90′s country in the car with her grandmother, a native Tennessean herself, and she became hooked to iconic artists like Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, George Strait, Lonestar, Reba, Faith Hill, Alison Krauss, and the Dixie Chicks…among many others. She sings and writes music that aims to inspire others and empower them to be themselves, chase their dreams, change the world, laugh, cry, dance, forgive, sing, and dare to love. She’s released her music video “Betting On You” and she will be releasing her first album next month!

Kelly, thanks so much for joining us. We’ve been following your career for a while now, but let’s bring everybody up to speed and and start out by finding out a bit more about you and your background. Tell us how you got into music and some details about the road to your upcoming self-titled album.

KT: Of course, I’m so excited to be able to talk to you guys! Okay, well I have always been musically driven, taking piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons, participating in school choirs, musicals, and things like that, but I didn’t become serious about my music or realize I could make a career out of it until I was a senior in high school. I had a wonderful music teacher and a fabulous voice coach at the time who were both instrumental in encouraging me to chase my dreams. With their support I decided to put aside my plans of going to medical school and pursue my one true passion: music. Figuring I had to go big or go home, I only applied to one college, Belmont University, because I knew I had to be in Nashville, and wanted to study commercial music. Thankfully, I was accepted as a Vocal major and spent the next four years growing as an artist, performing, songwriting, and working in the industry. My senior year, I knew I wanted to put together an EP to officially “launch” myself as an artist and kick start my career. A year and a half of hard work later, I am now preparing to release the album on Valentine’s Day and could not be more excited to share my new music with my friends, family, and fans! All you lovebirds out there, there’s no better way to say “I love you” than with a couple of love songs, right?

Absolutely! So what drew you to music and country music in particular?

KT: Not unlike most people, there was something about music I always connected with. Being able to relate to an emotion through a song is an irreplaceable feeling. Not only that, singing along to my favorite songs has always been an incredibly fun, liberating experience! Much to my sister’s dismay, I would spend hours and hours with a microphone hooked up to our stereo system, belting out every song on the Shania Twain album. After that, I’d whip out my other favorites…Celine Dion, Britney Spears, the Spice Girls, and on and on. My poor family probably regrets the day they purchased that microphone…quiet afternoons or evenings around the house became a distant memory. In regards to my particular love of country music, as I mentioned, my grandmother was always blasting country music in her car, and she would drive us around a good amount, so there must have been something about it that stuck with me. I loved the emotion behind country songs, and I loved the stories. It was as if every song was a three-minute movie, or a brief glimpse into someone else’s life.

In listening to your music, it seems pretty clear that in addition to your love of country, you’re drawn to love songs. For example, you’ve performed “Marry You”, “Your Love Feels Like Home” and your latest single, “Betting On You”. Is there anything in particular that makes you want to sing about love or is love just one of several themes?

KT: That’s definitely true! I’m pretty much your typical girl…in love with love, and not only in a romantic sense. Most things people do or don’t do are from either an overflow or lack of love…it’s such a powerful experience and emotion, so it’s understandable why so many songs in the world are written about love. My songs are usually an outpouring of experiences and emotions in my life, so I can only hope there’s a lot more love songs to come, because that means there will be lots of love in my life! Through my songs, I hope to be able to spread that love around to everyone else. I guess since I have so many love songs, Valentine’s Day was the perfect day to release my EP!

We mentioned that you were drawn to Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba and other country greats. When you get right down to it, is there one, or maybe two, of these stars that really captured your spirit and really influenced your career? Is there that special song that you played over-and-over?

KT: That’s a great question. There are too many to count!! There have been so many songs I have played repeatedly over the years that have meant to so much to me. I have always been incredibly inspired by Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, and Martina McBride. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack was the first song that I would play and sing over and over. The message of the song was incredible….”and when you get the choice, to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance”. Simple, but brilliant! Living my life to the fullest, and encouraging others to do the same is an integral part of who I am as an artist. As much as I love inspirational and empowering songs, I also love songs that are sassy and fun…that make people want to get up and dance! Shania was my go-to for those kinds of songs.

Turning to your current work, you’ve just released a super video for the single “Betting On You”. Give us a little background on the video. How did it come to be? Who worked with you and how do you see the video in partnership with the music?

KT:Yes, I am so excited about it! I worked with an amazingly talented videographer named Thomas Gentry, who went to Belmont with me and is a good friend. He did such a stellar job and deserves absolutely all of the credit for this video. The actual process of shooting the video was relatively short. I organized the band and the extras in the span of a week (while I was on vacation in Minnesota with no cell reception – minor detail!) and we shot the entire video a week later in just one day. It was probably the most thrilling, exhausting day of my life. Although we actually had one big scare…the concert scene was at an outdoor venue and naturally; the weather forecast was predicting a huge storm that night. Fortunately, by the grace of God, the rain held off the entire night until the exact time we started packing up…around 10:30pm, when it started to pour! The video was also really special because everyone in the video is a dear friend of mine. It meant so much to have them all be a part of it, and share in the excitement of seeing the video for the first time.

Great! I thinks it’s time to take a look and listen…”Betting On You”!

Bravo! That’s fantastic…well done! Your self-titled album is coming out in February. Tell us about the release. What’s the story or message you want us to take away?

KT: It is, only a couple days away now…on February 14th, Valentine’s Day! Hooray! The EP will be available on my iTunes, my website(http://kellytillotson.com/), Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify, and more! I will also be doing a release show, the night before, on February 13th, at The Listening Room in Nashville…which will be so much fun. I’ve been working on this project for the last year and a half, so I could not be more excited to finally be able to share what I’ve been working on. Not only do I want people to be able to relate to the songs, enjoy them, blast them in their car, be entertained and encouraged, but I also want people to be inspired to chase their dreams, in the same way that I chased mine. When I started this process, I felt like there was no way in the world I could undertake such a huge project, but here I am today my own CD, website, and music video! It took a ton of hard work and faith, as well as a lot of help from family, friends, musicians, designers, and photographers, but it happened! I feel so blessed, and I really hope this can be an encouragement to others to do all those things they thought were never possible!

Do you have one or two favorite tracks?

KT: Probably “Betting On You” and “Coming Home.” It was an awesome experience to have written both of them, because I saw them go from a simple idea to a fully produced song. With the help of a talented producer, engineer and skilled musicians, they changed a lot musically, and turned out better than I could have ever imagined! I’m really excited to get the album out and see what everyone’s favorite songs are.

Okay. Looking out onto the horizon, what’s next for Kelly? Any special projects you’d like to pursue?

KT: I would love to do a bunch of shows outside of Nashville and really begin to connect with, and grow my fan base. I am also really excited about co-writing more and getting ready to record another EP! I also have a couple of side projects that include an online craft show called Kelly’s Krafts (on my YouTube channel), and have actually started singing and performing in a trio with two other guys, which has been a really fun experience. I’m just going to keep working hard, singing, writing, enjoying this amazing journey, and seeing where it takes me!

And my last (and my favorite) question. Do you have any superheros? What’s the story?

KT: My number one superhero would be God; I truly could not embark on this crazy journey without faith and trust in Him. My Mom and Dad are two of my superheroes…my Mom runs a non-profit for homeless youth in Orange County, CA called Build Futures and is a wonderful woman, and my Dad is one of the most loving, patient people I have ever met. I look up to them so much!!
Other super-heroes would probably be…my songwriting heroes Natalie Hemby, Lori McKenna, and Melissa Pierce. They are all awesome women and unbelievably talented. If you haven’t heard their music, you will want to check it out! I work part time at a music publishing/management company called Creative Nation, run by a woman named Beth Laird and her husband (a songwriter), Luke Laird. They are both brilliant, talented, and some of the kindest, most generous people I know, so they would definitely fall under the category of super-heroes as well!

Thanks very much, Kelly Tillotson. It’s been fabulous visiting with you and we wish you all the best for success. We hope to see you back with HorizonVU Music!

KT: Thank YOU so much!! Thank you for all your support over the last couple months, it has meant so much. Thank you for all you do for independent artists!!

Visit Kelly at www.kellytillotson.com and “Like” her Facebook page at Facebook.com/kellytillotson
Follower her on Twitter: @KellyTillotson


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