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

This week, News from Nashville remains in France and in Tours, presenting the great event that occurred from 5 to 7 July 2013. It was the American Festival Tours and its famous Canadian Country Music Night with exceptional artists recruited by Franck Boucheraud!

Franck Boucheraud

Franck Boucheraud

It is a festival that I highly recommend because there is something for everyone and every taste! There are shops – Western, Rock’n’Roll, or Biker – in all corners of the festival. There’s an Indian village, a rodeo, and a superb Custom Show worthy of the largest gatherings of Bikers USA. There’s even NASCAR for second consecutive year, in short, we did not know where to turn!

As its name suggests, the American Festival Tours is a huge American party. Two gigantic halls were devoted to U.S. music, including a special place for rock’n’roll where we had some nice surprises, including the discovery of Raffi very young age of only 11 years.

Raffi

Raffi

It is known to the French public for participating in the contest “France has an incredible talent,” broadcast on M6. Raffi did not win, but the program runs throughout France and Europe. Raffi gave a wonderful performance rock’n ‘roll good enough to give you goosebumps! He is young, but he does not lack professionalism, and most importantly, he is full of energy! Raffi sang songs from the repertoires of Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Carl Perkins and other big names. I would like to tell you that all these titles were interpreted with perfect English! Other European groups performed throughout the day, and to close the festival, a star of rock ‘n’ roll French made a special trip, the highly anticipated Mr. Dick Rivers!

Dick Rivers

Dick Rivers

Next country music, some European groups and French performers such as Pierre Lory, UK Tony Burrows, the great Canadian quartet Foster Martin Band and many more!

Pierre Lory

Pierre Lory

Tony Burrows

Tony Burrows

Foster Martin Band

Foster Martin Band

Then it came time to attend the Canadian Country Music Night Saturday night planned on the big stage. Two great stars on the program – No. 1 in Canada today – Brett Kissel and Bobby Wills! Two excellent showmen! We were able to meet and conduct an interview.

Brett Kissel and Alison

Brett Kissel and Alison

Alison interviewed Brett and asked about his impressions of a large festival in France on the occasion of the Canadian Country Music Night at the American Festival Tours and how it felt to be almost No.1 Country on the charts at home in Canada?

Brett: First, I’m still not No. 1, Bobby Wills is No. 1! I must be No. 6 or 5! But I feel very happy to be here! I came with my wife and my group and we love it! We spent a few days in Paris, then in Tours and this festival ….

Brett Kissel

Brett Kissel

Alison: We have already spoken in the News from Nashville about your last song “Started With a Song”, which arrived en masse on the country radio airwaves in Canada, surpassing even the winners of the superstar Taylor Swift how do you explain that?

Brett: We have a very good team for promotion and marketing. They focused their work on my latest single and every country radio staion in Canada. 93% is added the song to their programming from the first 24 hours! We were very lucky to have such support! Humbly, I feel very honored!

Alison: Success is waiting for you, so you’re going to follow the same path as Bobby Wills?

Brett: Yes, of course you know my good friend Bobby Wills has achieved something that had not happened for a long time in the middle of country music in Canada. He has the respect of the industry, everyone loves his music including me, and that is why I am honored to share the stage with him …

Alison: So you’re going to be a competitor?

Brett: The only competition that may exist between us lies in the fact that I come from the city of Edmonton, which has the best ice hockey team from Calgary and Bobby and his epic hockey is not very good! There is no competition between us when it’s about music. We’re friends and I want to see him succeed and I know he also wants to see me succeed. We used to work with the same people, so there is no competition in music, as it is with sports!

Alison: Now that you’ve signed on a major label: Warner Music Canada, under the tutelage of former producer Garth Brooks, Bob Doyle, what are your plans?

Brett: When you sign a contract with a record company you should release an album as soon as possible, so the album should be released shortly after the ceremony of the Canadian Country Music Awards will take place in my beautiful hometown of Edmonton. Once the album is out, we will go on tour and I’m very excited to be able to be with Dwight Yoakam fot the tour of the western part of Canada covering 15-20 dates. It will be a great opportunity. And then there will be more videos to come on YouTube and on CMT, Country Music Television and other songs on the radio, this is just the beginning but we hope to continue a long career.

Alison: When will the album be available?

Brett: We have not decided the date, but it will be released somewhere between late September and early October …

Brett Kissell, 23 years is a real showman. Very good with the public, Brett made the effort to speak in French and the extremely large audience that evening was immediately hooked. According to Franck Boucheraud, the programmer of the now famous Canadian Country Music Night, the 2013 audience hit a record audience! The artistic choice is for many. The show was the young Brett Kissel and included some classic high-level Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Creedence, mixed with his own compositions all delivered live by great musicians and artist boosted. Another highlight was the good old Rock’n’Roll 50s sung with the young and very talented Raffi. He was only 11 years old but he is incredibly talented as a singer. Raffi came on stage at the request of Brett Kissel, who had been captivated by his show on the Rock’n’Roll scene American Festival Tours.

Brett Kissel and Raffi

Brett Kissel and Raffi

A great moment for the delight of the public. Brett Kissell impressed the festival and it all started with a song “Started with a Song”, the most broadcast song in Canada.

Alison will now be interested Bobby Wills, a stalwart of Country Music in Canada that collects Hits! How did you get the title No. 1 in Canada.

Alison and Bobby Wills

Alison and Bobby Wills

Bobby: 3 No. 1 titles. My first two singles were certified No. 1 and the latest single is also very exciting. I was very lucky to have so much support

Alison: Bobby, your style is very traditional country music. For the public in Canada, you’re some kind of Canadian George Strait ?

Bobby: Oh, that’s a huge compliment to me. It would be really cool, we’ve had the opportunity to differentiate ourselves with our very unique style. We are part of the list of those who have had success in Canada, and what will be good is to put Brett Kissel on this list. I am not kidding! We found a unique recipe, and I believe in music based on traditional country Music is what I do, and that’s what I’m going to do, and I hope it will keep me at the top.

Bobby Wills

Bobby Wills

Alison: What are projects in the near future?

Bobby Wills : After my single, (“If It Was That Easy”), our next single will arrive on radios and in 2014. We will put out a new album on which I’m currently working. I think that the first single will be on radio in January, 2014.

Alison: Bobby I’ll ask you the same question I asked earlier to Brett. What do you think of huge event in France – the American Festival Tours and the Canadian Country Music Night?

Bobby: We had a wonderful time. Like Brett, I came with my wife. We do not often have the opportunity to travel like that together. Often our USES time do not sync and then we have young children. This is complicated, so it is really great to have this break and to visit Paris, this is fantastic! We took the TGV down at 150 km / hr! And when we arrived at Tours, we enjoyed the people! People is what is most important to me, especially here in Tours. People are smiling, courteous, very nice! This is simply a fantastic experience for us.

Bobby Wills, Johnny Da Piedade, Alison, Brett Kissel and Franck Boucheraud

Bobby Wills, Johnny Da Piedade, Alison, Brett Kissel and Franck Boucheraud

With the participation of the great photographer Dominique André http://www.fotozic.com/


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Hi all–
Cutting to the chase here, as I’m in the midst of a month-long writing challenge — a song a week and a novel by November 30th. Crazy huh? Yeah. I think so too. A few months back, I started the East Nashville Song Salon to create a good social workshopping hang for songwriters to share new songs for honest feedback, which has spurned me to write a new song each week. As if that wasn’t enough, I joined the Nanowrimo Novel-In-A-Month challenge to churn out a first draft of a piece I’ve been wanting to write, just to see what comes of it… Its pretty exciting, but daunting, so I’m gonna be as brief as possible, so I can back to pounding out words…
But mostly, as we are entering the darkest season, yet one of grace and thanksgiving, I want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of my community and world, for supporting my music, and for helping me along every fumbling step of this road. I literally could not do this work without you. I mean, I guess I could, but I wouldn’t be paying rent and eating, or I would but I’d be doing something I didn’t love as much. So thank YOU for allowing me to do what I love passionately and for being a part of it.
xoxox
Amy
Tuesday, November 8th. 11am, Nashville, TN

HOUSE CONCERT OFFER FOR FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18TH – Anywhere from Nashville to Michigan. I have a gig on Sat. November 19th in Ann Arbor with my extraordinarily talented sideman (and great singer/songwriter/producer as well) Thomm Jutz (who has worked with David Olney, Mary Gauthier, Nanci Griffith and now me!!!). We had a gig in Chicago fall through for Friday Nov. 18th and we’d LOVE to come to your home to play a House Concert. If you think you can gather 30 of your friends and neighbors (or more!!!) into your home, ask them for a ‘suggested donation of $15-$20’, we’ll bring you 2 sets of music unplugged (or plugged). I can walk you through it for first time house concert hosts. And its a rare rare thing for me to bring along Thomm, who has a wonderful CD he has produced and written the songs, called The 1861 Project, new songs about the Civil War, featuring Marty Stuart and other amazing Nashvillians singing these tunes. Please get in touch with me directly and immediately if you are anywhere within reasonable driving distance or en route. Email me at amy@amyspeace.com with “House Concert 11/18” in the subject line.
HOLIDAY BOX SET FOR $55! – We all know music makes a great gift in this season of giving, so for $55 (plus shipping–flat rate around $7 domestic), you’ll get Fable (2002), Songs for Bright Street (2006), The Killer In Me (2009), Into the New (2010) AND Land Like A Bird (2011), wrapped all holiday purty and signed! Email me at amy@amyspeace.com with “Box Set” in the subject line.

TOURDATES

Sat 11/19, 8pm. HOUSE CONCERT, Ann Arbor, MI. Email Sheryl Rose Marshall for rsvp: sheryl.rose.marshall@gmail.com
​Fri 11/25, 8pm. TUPELO MUSIC HALL, Londonderry, NH. With Judy Collins
​Sat 11/26, 8pm. TUPELO MUSIC HALL, White River Junction, VT. With Judy Collins
​Sun 11/27, 4pm. CONCERTS AT MARY’S PLACE, Bristol, RI. Email Mary Pittari for rsvp: marypittari@gmail.com
​Wed 11/30, 8pm. LAUREL BROOK CABIN CONCERT W/ DECEMBERSONGS, Frederick MD. Email me for rsvp. Space is limited!

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Hi all-

October already is in full swing, so I’ll cut to the chase and get to the dates. But first, I’ve got a few openings for House Concerts. If you’d like to host one in the following regions/dates, please email me asap at amy@amyspeace.com with House Concert in the subject line and we’ll get to talking…they are easy peasy and fun and I love doing them. If you can put at least 25-30 people in a room, ask them to bring some wine and snacks, sit on pillows, chairs and the floor, I can play (unplugged or plugged in, depending on room size).

SOUTHEAST HOUSE CONCERT: Friday October 21st (yes, that soon). I’ll be in Greenwood, SC on the 20th and Atlanta on the 22nd, so anywhere nearby. Asheville, Charlotte, Chatanooga, etc.

MIDWEST HOUSE CONCERT: I’m looking to put together a short midwest swing for the 2nd and/or 3rd weekend in November, heading towards Ann Arbor. So Thursday – Sunday, 11/10-13 and/or 11/18-20. I’d be driving, so preferably Thursday would be Indy/Ohio/Kentucky. Friday would be Chicago, Michigan, etc. Saturday Chicago/Michigan, etc. Sunday Ohio/Indy etc. Again I’m flexible, but I’m driving so its gotta route well.  🙂

TOURDATES

Its a fairly light month for touring. Just a few dates. I’m mostly laying low and writing in the next few months, so get out while I’m out there!

I’m playing twice during the Americana Music Association Festival with my full band this coming Saturday.  At NOON on Saturday I kick off Grimey’s Americanarama! show out in the parking lot behind The Basement, 1604 8th Avenue South. Then at 5pm I go on for the Thirty Tigers Party at Hard Rock Cafe. Neither of these shows mandate credentials. That is to say, they are FREE! Other artists on these bills: Nikki Lane, Chuck Mead, Raul Maolo…

Sat 10/15 @  — NASHVILLE, TN
Grimey’s @ 12:00pm – 12:20pm
Hard Rock Cafe 5:00-5:20pm

Thu 10/20 – Greenwood, SC  MUSIC ON MAXWELL w/ Shannon Whitworth. 146 Maxwell Avenue. 7:30pm start time.

Sat 10/22 — Decatur, GA EDDIE’S ATTIC . Cobill w/ Tommy Womack & The Rush To Judgement.

Sun 10/23 – Loudon TN, HOUSE CONCERT. Contact fleurdelismusic@yahoo.com for details.

Have a wonderful month!

Amy

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