Big Country Records forms
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
– A new record label was announced today in Nashville.
Glen Blaschke and hit songwriter Tammy Hyler formed Big Country Records and Big Country Entertainment, they announced at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Singer/songwriter Morgan Tobias was the first act signed to the label with her debut single due at country radio this spring.
Blaschke and Hyler will serve as president and vice president of creative, respectively, and additional staff hirings will be announced shortly.
"The mission and purpose for Big Country Records are uniquely simple: to bring extraordinary artists and their music to the public," said Blaschke, who has a business background in healthcare. "We believe that by focusing on an efficient process that places creative control in the artist's hands, we can create an independent music label that throws off the yoke of the traditional music industry. When we place emphasis on the artist, we involve them in every facet of their career, and focus on that artist - one at a time - until their success is achieved."
A songwriter in Nashville for more than 13 years, Hyler has penned several number 1 songs and top 40 hits, including I Love You and It's My Time for Martina McBride, I Can Still Feel You for Collin Raye and Shoes for Shania Twain. Her extensive writing career includes cuts with such artists as George Strait, Journey, Jamie O'Neil, Sara Evans and Wynonna. Her years of demo producing skills translated her talent into writing and producing tracks for major motion soundtracks including "The Runaway Bride" starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" starring Lindsay Lohan, "New In Town" starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr., and the single release Shoes from the television soundtrack for "Desperate Housewives."
"Meeting Morgan for the first time, you could swear you see bluebirds flying around her head and little forest animals gathering at her feet," said Hyler, who brought Morgan to the label. "Her completely enchanting personality is beautifully paired with a smooth as satin vocal tone that grabs the listener and takes them to a place they don't ever want to leave. She has a dream...to hopefully make the world just a little bit better place with her music, and we plan to help her do just that."
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lowe gets on with tour
Nick Lowe made reference to the downer that's been a most unfortunate part of his Quality Holiday Revenue, not exactly the time of year when music, particularly of the holiday variety, should be sad.
But veteran British keyboardist Ian McLagan, who was slated to open the tour, died of a stroke as the tour was opening two weeks ago.... »»»
Concert Review: Romano makes sad songs sound good
Daniel Romano perhaps couldn't help himself in commanding the stage. After all, he was only up on the small stage accompanied by his backing band, The Trilliums, consisting of a fellow acoustic guitarist and a pedal steel player.
So, you knew this was not going to be an ear splitting gig unless the band was pounding it - and they did not.... »»»
Country News Digest
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
John Fullbright didn' grow up around musicians or like-minded songwriters in his little hometown of Bearden, Okla. You'd never know it, though, from his raw, stark, pure and honest songwriting that's drawn comparisons to Townes Van Zandt. His debut album, "From the Ground Up," was nominated for a 2013 Grammy as the Best Americana Album, catapulting him into the company of Bonnie Raitt, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and The Avett Brothers.... »»»
Jake Brown can't stop writing about music. Over the past 10 years, he's published 35 books, ranging from "Rick Rubin: In the Studio" and "Suge Knight: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Death Row Records" to "Heart: In the Studio." In 2012, he won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards in the category of Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.... »»»
Perhaps there are few more beloved names in the world of country and bluegrass music than Ricky Skaggs and his wife Sharon of the country music family act The Whites. The two have been close friends since their teenage years through music, first meeting at a festival where White was performing with her father Buck White and sister Cheryl, and Skaggs was playing with Keith Whitley.... »»»
The Music Of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 3 Volume 1
As the winter finale of ABC's "Nashville" draws closer, the plot lines grow thinner and this scant 10-song soundtrack follows suit. Domestic turmoil is the major theme this season as diva Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) becomes unexpectedly pregnant before the filming of a Patsy Cline biopic. Unfortunately, Panettiere's excellent rendition of "Crazy" is omitted on the album. »»»