Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Family Reunion is on Sound Machine Country

We'd like to give a special "Howdy" and "Thanks" to DJ Bear over at Sound Machine Country Radio for adding Family Reunion to their awesome and extensive playlist (and for helping us overcome our own technical issues!)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Get Fit with Family Reunion!

Thanks to Dale, Jay and all our friends at American Family Fitness for including our song, A Hard Man (Is Good to Find) in their guided fitness workouts! Hopefully, there'll be a few more "hard men" in the near future!

-Cousin Carrie

Monday, April 16, 2012

Song of the Week: Bread on the Table by Exile

Before we get to this week's song of the week, please remember to vote for our 3 ICMA Award nominations for
Album of the Year, Family Album
Song of the Year, YES
and Best Country Band, Family Reunion
Thanks to all who have voted so far! We appreciate every single vote!

For this week's featured song, we were excited to learn that Exile had released their first studio work in 15 years! So of course, that made our decision easy. "Bread on the Table" is the lead song on their new EP, People Get Ready. It is a cajun influenced uptempo country rocker that brings to mind "Shake Me Up" era Little Feat. It's a working man tribute to all of us who are working hard each day just to put a little "bread on the table." Singing from the heart of middle America, they declare, "Momma needs a break, baby's got the flu, trying to stretch a paycheck just to make due. Gotta pay the rent, forget about the cable, it's hard enough putting bread on the table." So if we have to work hard to make ends meet, we may as well have a happy song to sing while we're at it, "Bread on the Table" is the perfect "whistle while you work" song to help get you through.
Ordinarily we don't review EPs here; however, we feel the need to point out that the rest of this EP is very good. The remainder of songs slide into that easy, soulful, yet firmly country groove that they made famous with "Kiss You All Over." In fact, this EP was released in response to the positive reaction they got from their re-release of "Kiss You All Over" with Trace Adkins late last year. I hope this EP continues the positive reaction from the single. I'd love to see Exile come out of exile and grace us with another full length album!

Album of the Week: Rocketbuster by Wylie and the Wild West

Sorry for the light blogging around here lately. We've been doing interviews and sending out TONS of emails (how much does an email weigh anyway?) to help promote voting for our 3 ICMA Award nominations for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Country Band. But we haven't forgotten about y'all. We'll start getting back to normal around here soon. To help get us back on track, here's an album we'd like to share with y'all..

Wylie and the Wild West saddle up for another Western-inspired rockabilly rodeo on Rocketbuster. Wylie and company mix it up with rockin' country, texas swing, campfire ballads and of course, Wylie's trademark yodel. The album sprinkles in touches of humor with "Yo Yo Ma" and the sad-but-true "Ugly Girl Blues" (Here I sit devasted, my libido derailed and my ego deflated. I got no where to go, an ugly girl told me no.) The track "Willing Horse" is the best of the slower tempo songs; a gentle, cautionary tale for those who want everything and want it now, and perhaps for those who love them as well (You're asking too much, you're pushing too hard, you're never satisfied. Baby you're gonna ride that willin' horse to death.)But Wylie and the talented Wild West really shine when they kick it into high gear, as on the album's first two tracks. "Buck Up and Huck It" is a high octane rockabilly number that recalls the best of Webb Wilder. The song (and title) are a reminder to "man up" and face your troubles head on. A lesson we all need to hear from time to time. "5 Days to Friday" is another get up out of your seat and dance tune. With a steady blues backbeat and rollicking piano, it will help you count down the days til the weekend in style. But no matter where you are on your weekend countdown, Rocketbuster is sure to give you a little lift to help you "Buck Up and Huck It" and make it through the week.

Friday, April 13, 2012

ICMA Update

Hey Y'all, sorry we've been a little light on the blogging lately. We're still chasing our tails here trying to round up votes for our 3 ICMA Nominations. In case you missed our subtle requests earlier,

Song of the Year: Yes
Album of the Year: Family Album
Best Country Band: Family Reunion

Please visit the ICMA voting page and show us some love!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Song of the Week: He's Alive by Dolly Parton

Family Reunion has had a lot to be thankful for this week in the wake of our THREE ICMA Award nominations. But this Good Friday, we pause to remember something to truly be thankful for (and we're not just talking about Dolly Parton!) Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It's A Major Award!

Music Industry News Network has just posted an article about our 3 ICMA nominations! Check out the article here.
And don't forget to vote for Family Reunion at the ICMA site here.

Song of the Year: YES
Album of the Year: Family Album
Best Country Band: Family Reunion

Monday, April 2, 2012

Vote Early, Vote Often!

We were all set to blog today about the great time we had down at Tin Pan South in Nashville last week. But when we checked our email this morning, we learned that we had made the finalist list for the ICMA Awards in three different categories!
We are nominated for:

Song of the Year: YES

Album of the Year: Family Album

Best Country Band: Family Reunion

So, we'll have to tell you about Tin Pan South later in the week. In the meantime, PLEASE visit the ICMA site and vote for FAMILY REUNION!
Thanks so much. We love you guys and couldn't do this without you!