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The Band Perry

For this last day of a very strange year, I wanted to publish a little souvenir of The Band Perry Pioneer World Tour. I had the opportunity to meet them in Paris for a short interview and a photo call. I decided to revisit my best pictures and these are some of them. Hope they all feel well and to see them in the future back on stage.

To end, I wanted to warmly thank them for their kindness, patience and availability I will never forget ! Meeting them will be one of my best professional souvenir ever! Wish them the best for the rest of their future life and career !!!

Country Music Mag, THE only french magazine dedicated to Country Music, bimonthly published since 2008 and 74 issues

 

I discovered this unbelievable artist, these morning (it's never too late!) and thanks Web's Gods to put my way on him. Since then, I cannot do nothing else but listening and viewing any videos he did to better know this great dutch singer songwriter and guitar player! So, because of him, it became easy to find our Golden album of the month, even putting him on a Country Music Web site is much to reduce his multiface talent. He can sing and play anything from Americana to Rock, Rock'n'Roll, Rockabilly, Blues, Jazz and, of course Country... Anything I told you!!!


 

 

 

Paul Bogart - Won't Have Far To Go

Paul Bogart is a true and raw artist I had the pleasure to meet and talk with, a few years ago, when he made french Country fans, the big pleasure to come to France at Equiblues Country Music Festival & Rodeo in 2016.

Since then, I had the pleasure to follow and admire his career and after an already very good album in 2017 (''Leather''), he did even better with ''Won't Have far To Go''.

A pure traditional Country album, following the steps, with the same class of another gentleman: King George himself!

A what a good surprise to learn that this great album is produce by Trent Willmon, another talended (and so kind !) guy I had the pleasure to meet several time in France


 

 

Chris Stapleton - Starting OIver

November 13th, 2020

ANOTHER GREAT ALBUM FROM A GREAT GUY

First time I heard Chris Stapleton, back in december 2015, I went so impress, I decided to put him on the cover of my 44th printed issue. Five year later I will do the same with a big pleasure !!!

 

Once again, ''Starting Over'', the brand new album from Chris Stapleton revealed that beyond his talent as singer songwriter, this guy is beautifully full of soul ! He captured your spirit by his words, being able to sing songs about little moments of everybody's life but making with these ''little nothing'' a big something !... Hope my english will translate the deep admiration and respect I got for this unbelievable talented artist !?!...


 

Mickey Lamantia, on the cover of Country Music Mag, France

Mickey Lamantia could be on the cover - with his exclusive interview - of the next issue of my printed magazine !

A message from France.

Hi Mickey,

Here is what I wrote about you on Country Music Mag Facebook page :

« Country Music Mag's readers are great ! They sometimes make me discover exceptional artists. Mickey Lamantia is one of that kind. A great american Country Music artist, somewhere between Jamey Johnson and Chris Stapleton. Hope we could see him one of these future days live on stage in France !!! »

 

INTERVIEW - November 6th , 2020 (this interview will be translate into french and publish next month in Country Music Mag #74, THE only french bimonthly published magazine dedicated to USA Country Music).

You are a native of the Rhode Island (a state North East of New York City, located on the East Coast) and not especialy a Country Music state (if we compare to southern states and more specialy as Tennessee and Texas).

So what bring you to appreciate this kind of music in spite of Rock music? Could you talk as of some of musical heroes of your youth? And what bring you to choose to listen them rather than others ?

The list of musics Hero’s is long!! Waylon, George Jones, Haggard, Willie and Cash are the obvious. But Randy Travis and Hank JR shaped me as an Artist in my late teens. Jamey Johnson has influenced me the most as an adult. He actually made me realize I can do this for a living. If not for him I would have been content with my everyday job and would not have pursued my dream.

You talk about that subject in your song ‘‘Take Our Country Back’’ so could you develop what you think about this ‘‘contempory country music’’ that mix Country Music sounds with Pop, Rock and even Hip-Hop and Rap?

''Take Our Country back'' was a combination of Country Music and the political landscape of our great Country. I believed real Country Music was getting lost with the popularity of Pop and Country Rap. I knew there was an audience craving real Country Music. Hence came “Take Our Country Back”!! I believe in the constitution of the United States and believe in the 2nd Amendment. I also believe that there should be two separate genres of Country Music. I’m not against people making music of any kind. I do take aim at calling it Country and just want to see real country music get it’s equal play. Like Merle Haggard before me I try to stand up for my country and do not shy away from doing so through my music.

Is there any young artists in this category that you appreciate ? And, if ‘‘yes’’ why?

Eric Church would be my go to. He is an exceptional songwriter and performer. I think he keeps it real and is on the edge. He respects those that came before him. He’s had a hard road to get to where he is at!!

Outlaw Country is still (and probably will always stay) alive. You are clearly one of this kind, following the foot steps of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings or, more recently, an artist I appreciate and had the pleasure to see and interviewed in France: Ray Scott.

I love Ray Scott and consider him to be one of the true Country Artist of my era. We’ve talked several times and he’s always been kind and has given me solid advice. I think we both believe it’s all about the music. We need our creative freedom. Jamey Johnson to me made it possible for guys like us. Outlaw Country ain’t going anywhere as long as I have a voice. But I don’t consider myself to be an Outlaw specifically. Just a style I embrace!!

In these modern days, some young american artists made this music stay great again (if I can use these slogan?): Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton, Whitey Morgan and many others. And it is not only a way to wear long beard and long hair but to make true, raw, country music. In an interview you gave to The Boston Globe, you said you are since more than 20 ya-ear a corrections officer for the Rhode Island Maximum Security Prison in Cranston, Rhode Island. Did some of the prisoners you met, gave you ideas for your songs? And if ‘‘yes’’ what song(s)?

No never have I received song ideas from inmates. But I do take some of the experiences and use them as inspiration for my music. I’ve lived and experienced 98% of what I write about. Life experience is one of the keys to writing. Locked and Loaded has some of the circumstances and inspiration from my line of work.

In what circumstances did you met Bill McDermott and then Buddy Cannon? What was your feelings about working with such legendary producers?

I met Bill back in 2016 when we cut Outlaw Life. I wanted to meet Bill and sit and talk and see if he was a good fit for me and vice versa. We’ve been making music ever since. Buddy Cannon I met this past year. Having done a duet with his awesome daughter Melonie Cannon, Buddy came in to the studio with Mel and sang on some of my songs. I ended up cutting some of his songs and writing with Buddy. That opened the door to write with Marla Cannon Goodman who is also Buddy’s Daughter. We have co written Chapter for Buddy Marla and myself. I’m very fortunate to have these great folks in my life and never take them for granted.

So if you split your life between to very different life, what were your passed occasions to sing in front of a public? where? (Tumblewed Music festival, Kansas) and, I suppose, may be a few occasions to tour...

I’ve played several big shows including Tumbleweed and The Kid Rock Cruise. I’ve shared the stage with Jamey Johnson and Billy Joe Shaver. I’ve opened for Willie Nelson and Tanya Tucker. Mickey Gilley and several other greats. I balance both lives I live. Working a full time job and choosing which shows to take. Recording and releasing music as I go. It’s tough to balance and hope to lean more towards Music in the very near future

Who were the artists you met or saw live on stage and made a strong impression on you and why?

Randy Travis and Jamey Johnson have had the greatest impact on me. Randy came into the studio when we cut his song Promises. Myself and Melonie Cannon were super excited and nervous lol. He’s a legend!! Jamey sand on the song Ladies Love Outlaws set for release later this month. He’s showed me I can do this for a living and I watch and learn from him. How he conducts himself and try’s not to cause division amongst people.

I am glad to see that on your facebook page, you recently published a message of peace about what could happen after the election. It is sad to see how deep your country is broken in two pieces and all these madness and violence happened these last months.

I’m not where I wanna be but I’m learning to be better. That’s why I made that post about peace and staying peaceful through this ugly process this country is going through. Let’s stay United not Divided is my message. Don’t hiring another.

So, to end, what do you expect as artist and as american, when world will be back in a normal way?

I expect to stay true to myself as an artist. I do believe I’ve grown enough to do this full time. But I’ll never risk my Family’s future on chasing my dream. So we will see how it goes when this pandemic ends. But as the late greasy Billy Joe Shaver said,” my sounds will Live Forever. Long after I’m gone. Ty so much brother!!! -ml

I would like Mickey, to thank you a lot to take time to answer these questions. I hope to see you live on stage one of these futur days... This magazine and interview will be send to any french Country Music Festival president and , sure they and the idea to listen to your songs and, may be (I hope) to book you when world will be out of this f... pandemy. I would be glad to send you this issue, that will be printed late december to a postal adress.

 

Gretchen Peters - The Night You Wrote This Songs

Once again, one more beautiful album! As I wrote on its review on my last Country Music Mag (France), THE only french bimonthly printed magazine dedicated to Country Music and Americana from USA (since 12 years and 72 printed issues) : « They are rare number of artists that I can only count on my ten fingers that will never disappoint you. That's mysterious alchemy between the artist and you is never easy to explain. In the case of Gretchen Peters does it come from the humanity and soul you can feel in any note she sing? From the melancholy and sadness of most of his words? Mystery! Anyway this album and songs goes, as usual, straight to your heart and soul. Thank you Gretchen just to be as you are: a precious artist we cherish to have the opportunity to put in my personal pantheon (to the side of Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Hannah Aldridge and Lori McKenna)...»


 
Midland on the cover of our september/october 2017, 55th issue, first magazine to put them on a cover ever!!!
 
I love you Midland and put you on the cover of my magazine COUNTRY MUSIC MAG (France) as soon as your early beginning (2017), finding you really got something special but, as we all know, as talented as you are, CMA Awards winners are ''nothing but'' big sell level so, this time, you got a good chance to win! Love you guys!!!
 

Lauren Mascitti - God Made A Woman

At last, I discovered her !

An independant artist I discovered, only a few minutes ago. Unknown child of Emmylou Harris (it's a joke but a good image she inspired me!). Talented, beautiful songs, words and music. What could we ask for more?... She get the success she deserve! 


 

After a 3 year iatus, Tim McGraw is back with a f... good album !

A real pleasure to confirm that after a 30 year career and 16 studio albums, like a old Bordeaux wine, Tim McGraw taste better and better (if it is possible!?!). The cover figure it all: head in the stars but feet deep on the floor. An album with songs and words full of humanity on marvelous melodies. What should we ask more? : not waiting 3 more years for the next one! it is good to be here on earth with such a great album to listen and listen and listen again.


 

Cayleee Hammack - If It Wasn't For You

No, she is not another new face in Country Music landscape...

She is much more than that!!!

Caylee Hammack is one of the reason I love Country Music: the opportunity, like no other musical format, to discover new talented artists. With a fascinating voice, mix between Kate Bush and Celine Dion (great references, don't you think?). Singer, songwriter, co-producer of her first album, she seems to have it all for a success coming soon.


 
Colter Wall

MORE AUTHENTIC ?... IMPOSSIBLE !!!

I had the chance to discovered Colter as soon as his last record company sent me demo in 2017 and as we say in France : "I fall on my ass''. Was he the unknown son of Johnny Cash? More authentic it is impossible. So far from what Nashville, Tennessee produced, he can stand proudly by the side of Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson and other raw artists that did not sold their soul to money. My deepest congratulations Colter to offer us such brilliant songs and words. I will be honor to review your last album in my magazine. 

Congratulations to Lori McKenna & Mary Chapin Carpenter

(July and August) on COUNTRY MUSIC MAG, France


Lori McKenna - Ballader
JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Dirt and The Dust
AUGUST ALBUM OF THE MONTH

 

Tim Mc Graw will be on the cover of our 72th issue (publish late august).

This issue will mark the 12 years birthday of our magazine!!!

12 years ago, when I was fool enough to launch the first french magazine dedicated to USA Country music and bimonthly printed in colour, some said: ''It will never work!''...

12 years later, Country Music Mag (France) is proudly still alive and well!

Thanks to all our readers to be faithfull, year after year, to our magazine.

And thanks also to our american visitors, more and more present on our web site to have a french point of view about this music genre we love so much!!!



Jonny Houlihan Dig

Always a pleasure for me to discover such talented artist !

I did not knew him only two days ago, then a reader of the magazine gave me the information it could be good I discover this guy! So thanks Renato and thanks Jonny to be one of the new Country Music artist I add to my long list of great discoveries.


Kip Moore - Wild World

Kip Moore is back... At Last and it worse to wait so long!

Discovering Kip Moore, back ''Up All Night'' his 2012 album, was a big blast! Loved this broken voice and great words, rythm and melodies. Then I did not refind that first feeling in his two next albums... So it is great to find all the things that shake me first.


Mike And The Moonpies - The Lost Songs Of Gary Stewart

Texan Country Music at his best !...

What a pleasure to discover in my own country in 2018 at ''The Green Espace Festival'' Mike and The Moonpies! Since that, I followed these guys with a always renew pleasure! The album will not broke that circle!


 

James Robert Webb

MAY

Traditional Country Music will always still alive and well!

James Robert Web is another example that shows you can be young but decide to turn the back to new tendances to create your own style. A talented new traditionalist singer-songwriter with a beautiful voice and (I hope !) a big futur bright star under Nashville, Tennessee skies !

JAMES WEBB's INTERVIEW (2020, June 1st)


 

Ashley McBryde - Never Will

APRIL

She is not another new girl singing country music and probably will never be!

I had the pleasure to see her live on stage last september at Country Night Festival, Gstaad (Switzerland) and could, at last, understand why she received son many rewards!


 

MARCH

Unbelievable songs, sophisticated and catchy. The first time you hear this album, you only have one wish: to listen it again and again! My deepest congratulations Ingrid!!! An album I will review with a deep pleasure in my 70th printed issue. You are one of the good reason I make this job: (sometime) discover jewell like this album!!!


 

 

Ray Scott  - Nowhere Near Done EP

I had the big pleasure to meet Ray (february 2015) at Billy Bob's saloon, Disneyland Paris for a video interveiw. I was already a big fan since so many year I cannot tell ;-). Ray Scott is this kind of rare artist who do not compromise and it is just what we can confirm in the great EP he launched these last days. I rated this album four stars as ''excellent album''. A pure Country without all these actual artificial sounds (and voices ?), we heard too many time those last years... Hope to see you again on (and out) of stage Ray. One of your faithfull fan from France


 

 

A third Summer US tour in a row! What a pleasure to see them, once again, on the road!!! See the dates


 

The Cadillac Three - Country fuzz

21st Century Country!

These guys do not respect anything... And it is good like that ! Why will they propose us a gentle Country Music?... Have they the look of people doing that!?!.. So no surprise, once again they mixed it with a good proportion of Rock and Blues... So gooood!! Cheers to Country Music rebels!


 
Billy Ray Cyrus ''Singin' Hill Sessions Vol.1

What a big pleasure to see Billy Ray Cyrus's back with a great 3 songs EP: The Singin' Hills Sessions Vol.1

1992, he made me discover what Country Music was so I am from a generation who considere Miley as Billy Ray's daughter and not Billy as Miley' father ;-)

I am glad to announce I will dedicace him a full page in Country music Mag, France 69th issue


Fire't Up Brantley Glbert 2020 Tour
Brantley Gilbert begin a new tour: 34 cities from january 30th to may 8th. To buy your tickets click on the picture above

Lauren Jenkins on Bruce Springsteen's covers

Covering Bruce Springsteen can be intimidating. No one can do Bruce like Bruce can. So instead of trying to copy Bruce, I brought my own truth to these two songs. I got to record these tracks with my friends as I hear them in my head when I’m tumbling down the highway or falling asleep at night. I chose not to change any of the lyrics, but instead brought a woman’s voice to a man’s story. To me, that approach brings a different layer to the song and a different perspective. I think the stripped down recordings show just how powerful these two songs are… even when they’re bare-boned.

"Stolen Car" and "Hungry Heart" are just that. They’ve been part of the soundtrack to my life and I’m so excited to share my take on them with you.

Lauren Jenkins

As a long time Bruce Springsteen's fan (1981) I wanted to express you my deepest congratulations for the great covers you made of these 2 iconic songs! more informations on: laurenjenkins.com

Another good news: Lauren will be in Europe from january 22nd to february 7th

 

Dustin Lynch - Tullahoma

January, 17th

A little desapointed by this album that will not be his best and definitively fed up with this mettalic voice effect so many artists used (and abused) now. Go back to your roots and raw voice Dustin, it was so good then!


 

Little Big Town - Nightfall

January, 17th

The return of this great vocal harmony quartet is always a big pleasure! And, may be more than ever with this master piece album. So soft voices we only have a need: to listen to them again and again!


 

January, 10th

Ronnie Dunn is back with a 24 tracks made of wich music influenced him the most. A collection of great songs and wonderfull covers that remind us how much he took an important part in Country Music History!

Country Music Mag, issue 68th

We are proud to present you the cover of our 68th printed issue!

  • Blake Shelton and ''Fully loaded God Country'', his brand new album are on the cover of our 68th issue a good way too to focus the attention of our readers on this great Country megastar.
  • 12 new country albums rewiewed
  • Luke Combs: return on this musical phenomenon.
  • Good ol' Time: dedicated to Bill Monroe
  • Country festival made in USA
  • What did they became: Jason Michael Carroll
  • Nashville's nights: the rooftops
  • Guitar: Eric Church's Gibson
  • Video documentary: BLUEBIRD
  • Musical press: Taylor Swift on cover of Billboard magazine
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