Saturday, January 20, 2018

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan Featured Musical Duo

Jack Blanchard And Misty Morgan

The country duo of songwriter/saxophonist/keyboardist Jack Blanchard and his wife, keyboardist Misty Morgan, placed 15 singles on the country charts between 1969-1975. The two were born (three years apart) in the same hospital in Buffalo, NY, and both moved to Ohio during childhood. But it wasn't until they both found work in the Florida club circuit that they finally met and fell in love. Misty was a piano player; Jack was scraping by as a musician and comedian. The two were married in 1967, and began writing and performing together soon after. 1969 saw their first charting hit, "Big Black Bird," which made its way into the Top 60. But it was 1970's "Tennessee Bird Walk" that would be their biggest and most memorable hit. The song hit the top of the country charts, did well on the pop charts, and even garnered a Grammy nomination. The duo went on to release country-tinged, lighthearted singles like "Humphrey the Camel," "Fire Hydrant 79," and "The Legendary Chicken Fairy." Another Top 30 hit followed with "You've Got Your Troubles (I've Got Mine)." Jack and Misty moved to Mega in 1971 and scored such hits as "There Must Be More to Life (Than Growing Old)" and "The Legendary Chicken Fairy." In 1973, the two moved to Epic and had their last major hit, "Just One More Song," before moving on to subsequent record companies. Their career slowed in the 1980s and '90s, but Jack and Misty returned with a vengeance in the new millennium, establishing their own label to release such albums as Jack and Misty Are Crazy!, Back From the Dead, and Masters of the Keyboards.

Their Music

Genre: Country music
Origin: Florida (1970)
Members: Misty Morgan, Jack Blanchard

Record labels: Columbia Records, Mercury Records, United Artists Records, Mega Records, Epic/Sony Records

Thursday, January 18, 2018

"Thirsty Thursday" Here's a Cocktail for Your Next Party...January 18, 2018 (Make Flavored Vodkas)

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"Thirsty Thursday"

To Lift your Spirits at Your next Party

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Today's Suggestion

Flavored Vodkas

 Flavored Vodkas

The gift of alcohol is the most appreciated gift

Total Time:
Level: Easy
Yield: 4


  • 6 pickle spears
  • 3 sprigs fresh dill
  • red peper flakes
  • 1 1/2 c. vodka
  • 1/2 c. pickle juice
Red Hot
  • 1/2 c. red hots
  • 1 1/2 c. vodka
Cranberry Lime
  • 1/2 c. cranberries
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 1/2 c. vodka
  • 1/4 c. cranberry juice
  • 1/2 c. chopped caramels
  • 1 1/2 c. vodka


  1. Pickle Vodka: In a large jar, add pickles, dill, and red pepper flakes. Pour vodka and pickle juice on top. Shake jar and refrigerate overnight. Serve cold.
  2. Red Hot: In a large jar, add Red Hots. Pour vodka over. Shake jar and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Cranberry Lime: In a large jar, add cranberries and lime slices. Pour vodka and cranberry juice over. Shake jar and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Caramel: In a large jar, add caramels. Pour vodka over. Shake jar and refrigerate overnight.

Today in Country Music History...January 18, 2018

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Singer/songwriter Glenn Frey dies in New York with multiple ailments, including colitis. His band The Eagles earned a country hit with "Lyin' Eyes," while Frey co-wrote such hits as "Desperado," "Take It To The Limit" and "Heartache Tonight"

George Strait launches the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, his last official concert trek, at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas, with opener Martina McBride. Strait's set includes "Here For A Good Time," "The Chair" and "Folsom Prison Blues"

Garth Brooks sings "We Shall Be Free" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural event for president-elect Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. Also appearing: James Taylor, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow

Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby tape a new edition of "CMT Crossroads" in Nashville. The set list includes "Mandolin Rain" and "Don't Get Above Your Raising." They're also joined by John Anderson for a surprise rendition of "Super Freak"

Keith Urban's album "Be Here" goes triple-platinum

Inaugural celebrations for president George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., include performances by Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Lee Ann Womack and Brooks & Dunn, who sing "Only In America"

Lee Greenwood sings "God Bless The U.S.A." at the opening inaugural ceremonies for president George Bush

Dan Seals' nostalgic "Bop" goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

Mark Collie is born in Waynesboro, Tennessee. He scores two Top 10 singles, "Even The Man In The Moon Is Crying" and "Born To Love You," during the 1990s and becomes a spokesman for diabetes. In 2015, Collie takes a recurring role as a bar owner on the ABC drama "Nashville"

Bobby Goldsboro is born in Marianna, Florida. His sentimental "Honey" sells a million copies in 1968. He also earns a Top 10 country hit with his 1971 single "Watching Scotty Grow" and writes Johnny Darrell's "With Pen In Hand" and Brenda Lee's "The Cowgirl And The Dandy"

Daily Inspiration for Today... January 18, 2018...(Food for Thought)

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Inspiration for Today


 Today's Verse:

             ( John 6:48 )

Jesus the Bread of Life

      Jesus said, "I am the bread of life."

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spiritual experience every Sunday

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country ....January 17, 2018 (LANCO - Debut LP)

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Why LANCO Will Have A Mainstream Breakthrough With Debut LP 'Hallelujah Nights'


LANCO bassist Chandler Baldwin realized his life was about to change this past Labor Day, at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. The rising country quintet was closing out its set opening for Sam Hunt with its single “Greatest Love Story,” which was beginning to climb the country charts at that point. “I swear, all 13,000 people in the crowd started singing it,” recalls Baldwin. “My wife was at that show and she got it on video. [During] that first chorus, I looked over at her like, ‘Oh, man, this is working.’”

“Greatest Love Story” reached the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart three months later, thanks in part to the midtempo ballad’s affecting imagery and story construction. Frontman Brandon Lancaster says he aspired to not just score a hit when he started songwriting, but to deliver something that was stop-you-in-your-tracks memorable, and ultimately timeless. “I remember hearing [Randy Travis’ song] ‘Three Wooden Crosses’ when I was 18 and being really moved by it,” says Lancaster, now 28. “It’s one of those songs I had heard before, and for some reason I stayed in my car in a parking lot and listened to the whole thing. I remember thinking, ‘If I could ever do that, it’d be so cool.’” Four years after forming LANCO in Nashville along with Baldwin, 25; drummer Tripp Howell, 28; guitarist Eric Steedly, 27; and multi-instrumentalist Jared Hampton, 26, Lancaster (the band’s name is short for “Lancaster and Co.”) has done just that as the leader of a collective.
LANCO’s combination of boy-band looks, Music Row songwriting chops and classic-rock musicianship establishes the group as a country act built for more than one single. The mainstream arrival may come this month with debut album Hallelujah Nights, out Jan. 19 on Arista Nashville, along with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Hallelujah Nights is a sprawling collection of stadium rock, bluesy country and intimate singer-songwriter pop that showcases the band’s disparate musical influences, all tied together by Lancaster’s voice. LANCO workshopped its melting-pot sound with producer Jay Joyce (Little Big Town, Eric Church) and by playing sparsely attended, covers-heavy shows in Nashville. “Every guy in the band has something they listen to that they’ve exposed me to and vice versa,” says Lancaster. Baldwin grew up listening to AC/DC and the Eagles, and Howell says he’s influenced by drummers like John Bonham and Dave Grohl; meanwhile, Lancaster possesses more of a pop sensibility and has led the group through renditions of songs by Whitney Houston and Walk the Moon.

As LANCO preps its first album release -- the band will soon push Hallelujah Nights’ second single, “Born to Love You,” to radio and embark on its first arena tour, opening for Chris Young -- its members acknowledge that it has been a few years since a country group has reached the mainstream. They believe they can be the ones to end that drought. “You have five guys, and we have five different lifetimes of music taste to bring to the table,” says Baldwin. “I think that’s what most people like about us, honestly.”

This article originally appeared in the Jan. 13 issue of Billboard.

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country ....January 17, 2018 (Brett Young - Country Airplay)

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A Lot To 'Like': Brett Young Scores Longest Command On Country Airplay, Easton Corbin Hits Top 10

Brett Young

Brett Young leads Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Jan. 13) for a career-best third week, as "Like I Loved You" (BMLG) remains in the penthouse. In its 25th frame, the song boasts an increase of 13 percent to 46.3 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 7, according to Nielsen Music.
(Most titles on the chart show significant gains, reflecting the first full week of regular programming after the holidays.)
"Loved," co-written by Young with Jesse Lee, is the second total and consecutive Country Airplay leader for Young, and the 36-year-old native Californian's first to reign for three weeks. After his first single, "Sleep Without You," peaked at No. 2 on Dec. 10, 2016, "In Case You Didn't Know" led for two weeks beginning June 10, 2017.
"For an artist and songwriter, there's nothing more exciting than a No. 1," Young tells Billboard. "Now having two multi-week No. 1 singles, those are accolades I will forever cherish. I'm very thankful for the support that country radio and the fans have given my music."
As with "Sleep" and "Case," Young's third single is from his self-titled debut full-length, which arrived and peaked at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums survey dated March 2, 2017. It has sold 178,000 copies to date.

SIX STRAIGHT On Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, pop singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha and country duo Florida Georgia Line (consisting of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley) top the list for a sixth week with "Meant to Be" (Warner Bros./BMLG).
"Meant" is being driven in part by multi-format support at both pop and country radio, where it's being dually promoted. The track tops Country Digital Song Sales for a fifth week, although down 19 percent to 42,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 4. It rules Country Streaming Songs for a second week, up 14 percent to 14.5 million U.S. streams in the same tracking period.
On Country Airplay, "Meant" pushes 33-30, increasing by 12 percent to 4.7 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 7. (It rises 22-21 on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay tally.)
"Meant" is Rexha's first Hot Country Songs entry. It's FGL's sixth No. 1 and first since "H.O.L.Y.," which dominated for 18 weeks beginning May 21, 2016.
RECORD RISE Easton Corbin achieves his sixth Country Airplay top 10, as "A Girl Like You" (Mercury) climbs 11-10 in its 50th week, increasing 20 percent to 24.4 million impressions. Corbin earns his first Country Airplay top 10 since "Baby Be My Love Song," which peaked at No. 3 on July 18, 2015.
The current single's 50-week trip to the top 10 matches the longest in the chart's 28-year history, tying Aaron Watson's "Outta Style," which rose 11-10 (its peak) in its 50th frame on Dec. 30. The previous record-holder for the longest journey to the Country Airplay top 10: Chris Lane's "For Her," which reached its No. 10 peak on Sept. 16 in its 48th frame.
HAPPY BIRTHDAYS (Belated) Jan. 8 marks the 74th anniversary of the earliest origins of a Billboard country chart. On this date in 1944, the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records" ranking premiered, topped by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters' "Pistol Packin' Mama." (Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart launched as an all-encompassing genre survey on Oct. 20, 1958.)
Jan. 8 also marks the date that Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss., in 1935. Presley rolled up 87 appearances on Billboard country song charts between 1955 and 2009, including 11 No. 1s, from "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" in 1956 to "Guitar Man" in 1981. The King died at his Graceland home in Memphis, Tenn., on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country ....January 17, 2018 (LOCASH - New Release)

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Takeover Tuesday: Country Duo LOCASH Share Their Pop-Infused Workout Playlist 


Country duo LOCASH have just released the infectious single “Don’t Get Better Than That”  and are gearing up to release their second album in 2018. In addition to their new tune, the duo have decided to share an exclusive workout playlist, just in time for your New Year’s resolutions.
"New year. New album. New song and New Year resolutions! 'Tis the Season to get pumped up, even in the gym! So here's a playlist we made of some of our favorite gym jams we rock while we're workin’ out,” the duo told Billboard.
The playlist includes an eclectic collection of brand-new pop hits like “Filthy” by Justin Timberlake, to old classics like “Miami” by Will Smith. They even gave country-turned-pop star Taylor Swift a shout-out by adding “Ready For it?” to the list. According to the witty duo, it’s perfect for “after you’ve eaten too many Taylor tots.” Nice.
In addition to the pop hits, the duo also added some of their favorite country jams. they included “Make Me Wanna” by Thomas Rhett, calling it “one of our favorite country songs. Makes us wanna get ‘Rhetty’ for summer.” They also added Liam Payne’s iconic jam “Strip That Down.” “What can we say,” LOCASH said, “no Payne, no gain!”
After noting that Shawn Mendes "hit it outta the park" with their playlist pick "Treat You Better," the duo declared, "Now get your butt to the gym & Treat YOU Better!"