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JIM ED BROWN IS "BACK IN STYLE AGAIN”

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Styles change daily throughout an artists’ career, and sometimes they never come around again, but for Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown, he is back “In Style Again,” which is the title of this new single. He is a proven success story in country music, and this new song was especially written for the right artist to tell their story, and it laid in waiting for him to hear it, and when he did, he realized it was especially for him as he tells the cold hard facts of being left out for no other reason but time.

He is taking the message to country radio that he is still here, still viable in the country music, by putting the smooth Jim Ed Brown touch to his song. Once again you will hear how he puts the soulful meaning of what it feels like to be “Out of Style” because of changing times, and then to find a special song, and all of a sudden, he is singing his way back “In Style Again.” Jim Ed asked his friend Bobby Bare Sr. to produce this song, and together they have brought life to what is going to be another special chapter in Jim Ed Brown’s career. He is leading the way for many other artists in country music, as he carries the torch of what goes around always comes around, and Jim Ed Brown is back “IN STYLE AGAIN.”

 


 Bobby G. Rice

BOBBY G. RICE
 

Robert Gene Rice was born in Boscobel Wisconsin. He is an American country music singer-songwriter, known professionally as Bobby G. Rice.  Between 1970 and 1988, Rice released nine albums and charted thirty songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. His biggest hit, "You Lay So Easy On My Mind," went all the way to number 1 in 1973.

From the heartland of America, Bobby G. Rice first burst forth onto the music scene with a 1970 revival of the popular Jimmy Gilmore pop classic “Sugar Shack” and then Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby”.

Born into a musical family with its own radio show, Bobby began performing publicly at an early age. Later he decided to test his wings as a solo artist in his native Wisconsin.

He succeeded, however, beyond expectations: scoring nationally. As a stylist, he proved especially adept in adding country flavor to spicy standards like “Lover Please”, “Mountain of Love” and “Suspicion”

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It was in introducing his own song “You Lay So Easy On My Mind” in late 1972, that he found a lasting niche in country music. “You Lay so Easy On My Mind” went on to be his first number one national chart record and was later recorded by such artists as Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Pat Boone, Andy Williams, David Houston, Jerry Springer and others. Proving he was no “one-hit wonder”, he scored the next spring with another Top 10 tune “You Give Me You”.

He is that rare breed who shows us that, talent will win, by recording his initial hits on independent labels. With his career in high gear, he followed through with more Top 10 singles, among them, “Write Me A Letter” and “Freda Comes Freda Goes”. Country classics he has breathed new life into include, “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down”, “My Special Angel” and “Oh Baby Mine”.

Bobby G. Rice was the first major artist to record a song written by Teddy Gentry of “Alabama”. The song was “I May Never Be Your Lover (But I‘ll Always Be Your Friend)”.

Despite such accomplishments, he has always been among the first to volunteer his talents for a benefit or worthy cause. He remains the same, Bobby G. Rice, one step beyond ordinary entertainment. 


 Century II Records Allen Karl

 

ALLEN KARL 

"Hold on to your dreams with both hands and don’t let go. There’s no guarantee you’ll make it to the top, but I can promise you one hell of a ride. And sometimes that can be enough.”

--Allen Karl

County recording artist Allen Karl is much more than "The Good Guy in the Black Hat". He's a seasoned entertainer, international dignitary and preserver of the traditional country and western music genre that has defined a nation.

Allen's love affair with music dates back to the tender age of 12, gathering with family and friends in the kitchen of his Pottsville, Pennsylvania home and soaking up the playing techniques of his talented mother and grandfather. Combining raw talent and an insatiable appetite for learning, the young man progressed at an unbelievable rate. Recognizing his uncanny knack for picking, local radio station WPPA hired him for the “Willie Whistle” show, a half-hour program on Saturdays that offered Allen the rare opportunity to “cut his teeth” in a formal performing and recording medium.

Encouraged by the radio station, the 17 year-old entered a talent contest at the Santa Fe Ranch in nearby Reading. Hosted by Shorty and Dolly Long and the Santa Fe Rangers, Allen stole the show and was signed to a one-year recording contract with King Records. What followed was a whirlwind introduction to some of the biggest names in the business. For the next two and a half years, he opened shows for such trailblazers as Skeeter Davis, Jeanne Sheppard, Hawkshaw Hawkens, Eddy Arnold, Wanda Jackson and the inimitable Patsy Cline.

During Allen’s senior year in high school, he and three classmates put together a rock and roll band called the “Shuffles” and appeared throughout areas of Pennsylvania near his hometown. They played for school and street dances, fairs and clubs.

Serving with Honor and Starting a Band: Allen Entertains Abroad

Following his sense of duty, Allen joined the United States Air Force. But music was never far from his mind. He started his first country band while stationed in Japan--The Dixieland Playboys. The group played a string of hot spots in Tokyo, culminating in appearances at the second largest Grand Old Opry opening for Ferlin Husky, Hank Snow, The Young Jimmy Rogers and Johnny Cash. Allen also appeared one Saturday night a month at Tokyo’s “Little Copa Cabana.” On one occasion at the Little Copa, Allen had the distinct privilege of playing guitar on stage for Julie London.

That stage experience was invaluable--and the contacts he made would serve Allen well throughout his career. After a couple of tours in Vietnam, Allen found himself in Thailand leading an all-Thai band as a weekend headliner at the Miami Club in Udorn. He spent the next four years honing his technique and learning to read his audiences.

Taking the Show Back to the States, and to BiggerStages

Situating himself in Fort Worth, Allen began a string of premiere dates in Fort Worth, Dallas, Grand Prairie and Amarillo opening for the likes of Johnny Rodriquez, Willie Nelson Ray Price “The Cherokee Cowboy” at Panther Hall. The trail then led from Texas to Nashville, where he took up residence three nights a week at such storied halls as at the Opryland Hotel’s Staircase Lounge, The Stockyard, The Hall of Fame Hotel and Moxie’s Lounge. Recognizing a star in the making, Century Artist Records signed Allen to a contract in 1978 and released a record called “Gonna Buy Me a Camel”, Allen’s musical statement about the impending gasoline crisis.

In the late-80s, Allen appeared on the Grand Ole Opry Gospel Hour, by invitation of Hank Snow. About that time Allen was proclaimed an honorary member of the Cherokee nation in recognition of his unwavering support of the Cherokee people, followed by his induction into the Native American Hall of Fame by chief Black Eagle. In 1989 he was signed with Century II Records, LLC where he recorded ten singles, a twelve-song LP called “She loves My Troubles Away,” and shot a video for “Face of Love”.

Brief Burnout Gives Way to Victorious Comeback

Possibly feeling burned out, used up or whatever happens to artists who give their heart and soul to the business, Allen all but dropped out of country music in the mid-90s. But fortunately for fans, the hiatus didn’t last long. In 2001, he started writing and recording in Nashville again. 2006 marked the release of an 18-song CD titled “Rolling River,” sold wor­ld-wide including the U.S. and twenty-three countries.

In August of 2008, Allen was inducted into the Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame in La Mars, Iowa. Allen released two more CDs-- a gospel CD titled “No Place Like Home” as well as a Christmas collection entitled “It’s My Favorite Time Of The Year.” Both CDs have enjoyed international interest. A tour of Ireland and Northern England is scheduled for 2009

Influences, Advice to Young Stars, and Odds and Ends

You might say that much of Allen’s success is owed to a strong family upbringing, a stable home life and an appreciation for the traditional country trailblazers that have influenced his career. His younger brother Jerry is still a close contact. He married his hometown sweetheart, Darlene, and the two have four wonderful children--daughters Janelle, Rebec­ca, and Amanda and son Travis. Rounding out the clan is his grandson Mitchell, the apple of Allen’s eye and whom he describes as his very best friend.

Allen counts Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings as his biggest musical influences. And when it comes to young talents rising up in the business, Allen hopes to be the same positive influence that those legendary performers provided for him. His advice to aspiring singers and songwriters? Make sure that the music business is so­mething that you love passionately, then focus, make a plan and stick to it.

Even though Allen Karl has had a career most artists only dream of, his future is even brighter. He now does all of his recordings in Nashville and is gearing up for more releases and international tours. Allen tours with his band, “Canyon River,” and has opened several shows for Tom Grant and Ronnie Dove. Allen considers his band to be some of the greatest musicians that have ever picked up an instrument. But perhaps more than that, Allen feels close to his band members--like they were family.

How he’ll outdo nearly forty songs, LP releases, a music video and worldwide acclaim is tough to imagine. But you can bet that “The Good Guy in the Black Hat” has the personal drive and artistic talents to give it a go.


Amberly Baetty

AMBERLY BAETTY

Amberley Beatty was born in Kitchener, Ontario in the summer of 1978. Happily married with two children, she now resides in the town of Elmira. Raised by a single mom in the village of St. Jacobs, she was exposed to country music at an early age. As a child she loved riding horses on her aunt’s farm, and singing in the school choir. With diverse (some say “eclectic”) tastes, Amberley appreciates virtually all genres of music. Enjoying everything from blues to Broadway, to pop music and Patsy Cline, these various influences have helped shape her one - of - a – kind vocal style.

Amberley decided to start singing professionally in January of 2005 and she has spent the last several years perfecting her unique musical style. Amberley has released a duet album (with Allen Karl) and currently is working performing her tribute shows all around Ontario. We expect many more good things to follow in this young lady’s career.


Century II Records Donna Cunningham

DONNA CUNNINGHAM

Cunningham has just recently hit the music scene strongly in Europe with 5 charted singles, and she is now completing a new CD project for 2012. She has been voted The Buckeye Country Music Organization of America’s Female Vocalist and Female Entertainer of the Year Awards for 2006 through 2011 and has also won 5 North American Country Music Association International awards including Traditional Female Country Entertainer of the Year.