Saturday, March 28, 2009

Remembering Dan Seals

March 25, 2009 marked an end of the life for one of the most down to earth people in the music industry.

One look at a picture of Dan Seals’ smiling face and you know he was genuine.
From way before his early career as part of England Dan and John Ford Coley to his days on the country music charts, Dan Seals’ heart never skipped a beat when it came to people. With a career spanning four decades in both the pop and country venues, Dan touched everyone he met with his music and his compassion. No one was a stranger.

My first memory of Dan Seals came in 1976. The lyrics for "I’d Really Love To See You Tonight" and their follow-up hit ‘Nights Are Forever Without You’ struck a chord with American teenagers in love. "It’s Sad To Belong to Someone Else" still rotates on my play list when I’m working on a romance novel.

In the 1980’s Dan moved onto the country charts as a solo artist (Bop and All That Glitters) and as a duo with Marie Osmond (Meet Me In Montana). These hits showed a cowboy side of Dan, the Texas born and bred man his family knew existed all along. In recent years, Dan was touring with his son, Jimmy.

Like any legendary cowboy, Dan was all about making the world a better place to live. On the links I visited in researching forgotten memories, one quote kept reappearing on the pages…
The earth is but one country and
mankind its citizens

Dan left behind a loving wife—Andi, their four children-- Jimmy, Jeremy, Holley, Jesse. Seven grandchildren-- Megan, Abby, Zachery, Ruby, Kathrine, Robert and Luca. His brothers Jimmy (of Seals & Croft), and Eddie (Eddie and Joe) and his sister, Renee are also among his close-knit family left to remember the tender soul who touched so many of us.

Please take a moment to visit his web page
and send a memory to his family.

Country Blessings, Dan, on your journey.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Added notes

I owe a heartfelt apology to John Evans and his crew. Aside from being nominated for TMA Entertainer of the Year, John is also up for Producer of the Year for Lucky 13, along with his co-producer, Steve Christensen. And Lucky 13 is up for Album of the Year.

Thanks John for letting me make the correction.
Country Blessings!

Kelly McGuire

This week we take a look at a music genre I'd never heard of before. But again, that's the beauty of what I do. I like to learn new things and Kelly McGuire has a fun sound to share. His music is categorized as Trop Rock. Okay. So why is this man nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the Texas Music Awards? Or better yet, why is a country blog talking about a Trop Rock performer?

As a writer, I've learned that regardless of what I write, I am influenced by all types of genres. I even find myself crossing into one of the sub-categories of romance from time to time. It doesn't mean I'm not a romance author. It says I am adaptable. Kelly McGuire is adaptable. Be it to what he loves to play, what his audience enjoys or a combination of the two, Kelly is playing good music.

The TMA blurb about Kelly McGuire compares him to Jimmy Buffet. Sitting here listening to 'Nautical Man' from his "Front Row Ticket" album , I'm hearing more of a 'cry-in-your-beer' tone with a lilt of Kenny Rogers' Lucille. Not the sound I anticipated when I read the term Trop Rock, but a good tune.

Whatever you call it, Kelly McGuire is nominated for being among the best in his field. He's here for good reason and I send him...

Country Blessings

Friday, March 6, 2009

John Evans Band

This week we continue our introductions of the nominees for Entertainer of the Year at the 2009 Texas Music Awards.

The John Evans Band showcases a mix of Rock-a-billy, swing and rock. If you dig Buddy Holly tunes or go all gooey remembering the King, you’ll be a quick-study fan of John Evans and his crew. Whether you’re ready to swing it or polish the belt buckle in a smooth groove, John Evans delivers with every song. Their talent and dedication makes JEB a tough contender for the 2009 TMA Entertainer of the Year.

Check out their website at:
Til next week..
Country Blessings!