TOMMY STEELE BAND ''SOUNDS LIKE A DOUBLE SHOT OF SOUTHERN BOURBON WITH A DASH OF DETROIT GRIT.''
With a distinctive and immediately identifiable sound, Tommy Steele Band is a blend of influences that brings together the edgy musicianship and rocked-out passion of early Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, with the raw, sparse, lyrical sense of Springsteen.
Tommy carries with him life lessons learned in his youth, and they give instant credence to his down-home manner and strong work ethic. With family roots in Detroit’s auto factories and Georgia’s clay soils, “blue collar” and “country strong” are descriptive terms for this entertainer.
“Family is everything to me, and fatherhood? Well, that’s the reward! I am humbled to create music with a vision but life experiences and my family are my inspirations.”
The background of the song relates to my son (the little kid in the pumpkin suit in the video), who was born with Down Syndrome and Autism and never developed the ability to talk. When he was a baby and for many years after, he had difficulty sleeping so I would sing him to sleep (which is how I started signing). He liked "Home on the Range" and then I started making up my own songs to sing to him.
Unfortunately, because of the extent of his disabilities, he has never developed the ability to talk or use sign language. He also requires a great deal of care. Like other parents, we always wanted him to say mom or dad or I love you, and one night I was thinking about that, and he inspired me to write this song, "Baby I Try For You" which is really him trying to tell his mom how much he loves her for all the care she gives him. It also was a promise from me to him that I would try for him - so Baby I try for You has two meanings in the song.
Now sometimes songs take days or weeks to write, but I literally just sang this song to him and it took less than 30 minutes. I never even wrote it down for years but sang it to him every night. Then I wrote it down and threw it in a drawer with other songs I had written down.
When I decided to record the song and do the video, I had been watching American Sign Language videos on Youtube and really loved the interpretation and beauty of that language. So the sign language adds an element of beauty and artistic expression. It also imparts a greater meaning to the video that I came to understand about people and life - too often people look at people for what they can't do, and he has taught me that the only important thing is to focus on what people can do. People have different abilities not necessarily disabilities and success is not necessarily how much you accomplish in life but how and what you can inspire others to accomplish.
With this song and video, I am trying to get that message out and at the same time show people that my son can have great success, not in only what he does but what he can inspire in others.
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This is a modern Pop/Country video about being with someone special and taking that epic road trip across the country. It is about so many freedoms we may take for granted.
SeaWaveMusic's inspirational country artist Holly Lynn's new music video, "JOYRIDE" (Storie/Weeks/White) Wonderfully uplifting video about being thankful for your life and that celebrating all that has been given to you.
http://www.jimmywhitemusic.com - New Video from Jimmy White - If you love animals, you need to see this video.
His name was Smoke, but I often called him Smokerboy. I didn't want a cat,
in fact I was pretty annoyed when my wife brought him home that October evening in 1983. I only liked dogs, I said, and big dogs at that. I held this tiny 6 week old kitten in my hands for the first time, and had no idea what to do with him, so I put him down, maybe even a little roughly I am ashamed to say, and went upstairs to watch TV. I fell asleep, and when I woke up, there he was firmly attached to my beard, a half circle outlining my chin, fast asleep. I was amused, and a little surprised, and peeled him off and placed him on a blanket, this time gently. I went to bed. I woke the next morning and felt something a bit odd on my head. I reached my hand to my head and there he was, attached to my hair, fast asleep. There began my love affair with cats, and with this cat in particular.
Smoke was one of those once in a lifetime, unique animals, but I didn't know because I had never had a cat before.
A few years later, My wife and I split up and she couldn't take him at all, even for visits, where she moved. He was all mine. A few months later, I began my own business and was working out of my house full time. Smoke was my full time, and only, companion. In 1991, he developed diabetes and I began giving him 2 insulin shots a day for the next 4 and a half years. Caring for him this way brought my love for him to a deeper and more profound level than I could have ever imagined possible.
In 1993, I began to realize that I would lose him one day, the diabetes was affecting his health, even though I was able most of the time to keep his sugar levels totally normal, I was maniacal about that. So I began to write about him, because I knew I could never do it once I lost him. And I didn't want the song to be about loss. I wanted the song to be about love. And so was born, "Good Friends Are Hard To Find". Anyone who has ever had this kind of friendship and love with one of these special friends understands the song immediately. They always know exactly what I mean.
I lost him on September 24, 1995. He was in my arms, looking into my face. He wasn't put to sleep, that wasn't necessary. He wasn't in pain. I brought him to my vet on a Sunday night, but they could do no more for him. They wanted me to leave him but, of course, that wasn't happening. They finally relented and locked me in the hospital with him, just the two of us.
And I held him until he had to go.
Today is September 24, 2010. I am crying as I write this, on the 15th anniversary of his death. Sometimes, I forget how much it hurts. But I don't mind the pain, he was so worth it. I'll always love you, my Smokerboy.
Http://www.waynewarner.com / http://www.melodicalhearts.org - Featuring Artists: Wayne Warner & Friends featuring Mark Collie, Bryan White, Kevin Sharp, Mila Mason, Linda Davis, John Berry, and Jimmy Fortune.
A Fun Positive song with a great message with a clan of well known country artists displaying their respect and admiration for each other and the power of music.
http://www.Tommysteeleband.com - Tommy Steele is just as comfortable playing before 50 people as he is performing in front of 50,000, and he's done quite a bit of both over the last few years. In 2011 the Michigan native opened for Big & Rich at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan and performed at CMA Music Festival in Nashville. He's shared stages with megastars like Leann Rimes, Gretchen Wilson and Dwight Yoakam, and entertained at venues ranging from intimate nightclubs to large festivals.
With a distinctive and immediately identifiable sound, Steele's music is a blend of influences that brings together the edgy musicianship and rocked-out passion of early Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, with the raw, sparse, lyrical sense of Springsteen.
Tommy's newest single perfectly reflects the complicated dichotomy of his music. Written by hitmakers Travis Meadows and Jack Williams, "My Side of the Street" puts Steele's emotive voice front and center on this story of a love destined to live only in dreams. BELL-JARBOE Films tailored the new video to Tommy's unique style and brought a new interpretation of cultural and social divides to the song. "My Side of the Street" is the first of the "new music" that Tommy has been busy recording in Nashville with respected veteran singer songwriter, producer Dave Gibson (Gibson Miller Band).
Http://www.soulcircuscowboys.com - After years of being a local crowd-pleasing favorite, Soul Circus Cowboys are offering their flavor of bold southern rock to audiences everywhere.
Lead singer and songwriter Billy McKnight is no stranger to the music industry, having had national success as an independent artist. In search of a new project, he teamed up with producer Henry Paul, best known for his roles in southern rock bands Blackhawk and The Outlaws. McKnight made frequent trips to Nashville from his home in the Tampa Bay area for songwriting sessions with Paul.
Armed with new material from these sessions, McKnight brought together the best musicians Florida had to offer: lead guitarist Johnny Chromatic, bassist Jason Gaines, and drummer Jason Alfano. "I love the camaraderie I've got working with this band," McKnight says, "Their varied influences and years of experience create a sound and energy all their own."
The band's debut album, "Love's Like A Rodeo," is a larger-than-life country-rock compilation that demonstrates the band's energy and dynamic range perfectly. But SCC also connects with their audience on a deeper level. "We are a musical band with real stories," McKnight states, "Those experiences are reflected in every lyric, from their up-tempo songs to deeply personal ballads."
Soul Circus Cowboys will be releasing their debut Single "Lay it Down", produced by Henry Paul and Dale Oliver, in the first quarter of 2012. Along with the audio release, the band has also shot their first official video produced by Chuck Jones and Keech Rainwater.
In the meantime, they have a jam-packed tour schedule. McKnight and the band look forward to bringing their music to fans all over the country. "What I'm most excited about is knowing SCC will bring the masses together," says McKnight. Their electrifying performances and onstage charisma and are sure to do just that.
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www.billychernoff.com - The recently released single, "Circle of Grace," by Billy Chernoff is a wonderful Country Gospel song that will leave you feeling energized to believe in your faith.
This song instantly introduces you to the colorful flavors of Country music with sweet guitar riffs and crisp piano chords. Chernoff's kind and caring voice gently glides over these instruments with a charming yet delicate style. As Chernoff sings his voice is sweet and silky and you can actually feel his emotive lyrics rising up within yourself. The message he sings is worthy of the heavens above.
So let the spiritual magnitudes on the single, "Circle of Grace," hold you to your faith and all that you believe in.
Official Music Video, Used with full permission of the artist
Buy his music here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/BillyChernoff1