Thursday, December 15, 2011



Created as a home for established artists who want to control their own futures apart from the major label system, three Nashville-based industry veterans have announced the formation of WRINKLED RECORDS. The label launches this week with the unveiling of their website:

WRINKLED RECORDS is helmed by Grammy-nominated songwriter SANDY KNOX (Reba McEntire, Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond) and multi-talented label executives KATIE GILLON (MCA Records, two-term NARAS/Nashville President) and STEPHEN McCORD (RCA Records, MCA Records). The founders say, “Wrinkled Records is a stimulating and nurturing home for unique artists who defy classification, catering to listeners with discerning taste, curious minds and adventurous spirits.” The label’s initial signings are BJ THOMAS, BUFFY LAWSON, ETTA BRITT and JIMBEAU HINSON (see information below).

WRINKLED RECORDS is a privately held, innovative record label that strives to create and distribute high quality music with a heartbeat, providing a creative outlet for a diverse group of independent songwriters and artists. Just as the name suggests, WRINKLED RECORDS represents the latest wrinkle in an ever-evolving music business paradigm. Unlike other labels, they champion the song before the single, art before commerce and unabashed artistic idealism in all its magnificent glory. Their goals are not bound by shareholder interests, music genre or age restrictions and they’re committed to artistic development, professional excellence, fan satisfaction, playing fair, community service and enriching lives through music.

Here’s some info on the label’s initial artist signings, with news on specific album release dates forthcoming in the new year:

BJ THOMAS: The legendary icon’s hits include his million-selling covers of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song from the film Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. He also had a #1 pop hit in 1975 with “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” and went on to release four platinum Gospel albums as well as the theme--“As Long As We Got Each Other”--to the TV show “Growing Pains.”

BUFFY LAWSON: Her first recording was a duet with Neil Diamond, “Marry Me,” which was followed by a run as back-up singer for Lorrie Morgan. That brought her to a successful run as half of the duo BOMSHEL (Curb Records) who toured extensively with the likes of Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley and Trace Adkins. After stepping away from the music business, LAWSON was recruited by her longtime friend SANDY KNOX to record a new album. “I would say over the years, I am less about sparkles and more about fine soft suede.” says Lawson. “The songs on this Walt Aldridge-produced album, entitled Naked, are honest depictions of my journey thus far. I will always love Dolly and Cher, but the beauty of getting older is truly knowing who I am. Flaws, sparkles and all.”

ETTA BRITT: Etta broke into the music scene as part of the country music trio DAVE & SUGAR, who received nominations for CMA “Vocal Group Of The Year” five consecutive times. Her new album titled Out of the Shadows, produced by iconic guitarist Bob Britt, features collaborations with songwriters Rebecca Lynn Howard and Rachel Thibodeau and two songs by Michael McDonald. She also teams up with Delbert McClinton on his popular “Leap Of Faith.” "With some of the more uptempo things, I can picture someone sweeping their floor or groovin' along sitting in their car," says ETTA. "But with ‘The Chokin’ Kind,’ (a Harlan Howard classic), I want a big knot to come into their stomach. I just want to be able to touch people."

JIMBEAU HINSON: Co-writer (with David Lee Murphy) of the “Most Played Country Song” of 1995 “Party Crowd,” HINSON signed his first publishing deal at 16 and won his first ASCAP writing award a year later. Moving to Nashville after high school, he snagged a job managing The Oak Ridge Boys’ publishing companies, wrote songs and worked clubs. In the early 70's he made the brave choice to come out of the closet. “I was the first out and open bisexual singer/songwriter in Nashville,” says HINSON, who has been HIV-positive for 26 years but, with the help of modern medicine, is healthy now. Though it hurt his aspirations to be a recording artist, it didn’t stop his impressive career as a songwriter. His eclectic catalogue includes The Oak Ridge Boys #1 smash “(I’m Settin’) Fancy Free,” Steve Earle’s classic “Hillbilly Highway,” Patty Loveless’ first country single “After All” and Brenda Lee’s last, “Broken Trust.”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Schools Fans with Guitar Prodigy

Heavy Metal legend revolutionizes music lessons with new interactive app

LOS ANGELES, CA - December 14, 2011 - Ranked No. 1 by Joel McIver in “The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists,” Dave Mustaine godfathered fast-heavy-metal guitar generations, first as the original lead guitarist for Metallica, and then as the founder of legendary Megadeth.
Now, Mustaine has teamed with the creators of Rock Prodigy to give his legions of fans an entirely new way to experience and learn his music. Available today on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch,
Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy is an interactive application that teaches fans how to play Megadeth songs on ANY guitar.

Mustaine and his pro guitar team coach fans through each lesson. The application uses real master tracks and listens to every note played, providing instant feedback on your performance; it’s like taking private lessons with Dave.

There is truly no better way to appreciate music than to actually play it and Mustaine wants you to start shredding on guitar, saying, “If you have a guitar, if you can run an app, you will soon be playing classic Megadeth songs, like ‘Holy Wars’ and ‘Tornado of Souls,’ and also our new hit single, 'Public Enemy No.1!' I personally reviewed all of these songs, so no more bunk transcriptions and bad tabs; it's just like having a private guitar lesson from me. Also with
my app, you can actually slow the parts down to make sure they are perfect!!”

Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy includes several Megadeth mega-shredding hits like “Tornado of Souls,” “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due,” and “Public Enemy No. 1” from Megadeth’s new album TH1RT3EN. Also included are a number of progressive bite-sized “Micro Lessons” created by Mustaine himself covering areas like rhythm, technique and theory revealing the true genius behind his music.

The app comes with multiple skill levels from beginner to advanced, and even features a leader board to show off top scores. Never before has there been an affordable way for a fan to get a one-on-one connection with the artist, to experience the music – by playing the music.
Download your copy of Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy now at:

About Dave Mustaine and Megadeth
Dave Mustaine, widely regarded as one of the greatest metal guitarist in the world, is the founder and front man of Megadeth. With ten Grammy nominations under their bullet belts and having enjoyed five consecutive Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications, as well as seven Gold certifications during their career, Megadeth is easily one of the most recognized and culturally significant names in hard rock music for the past three decades. They’ve essentially written the book on heavy metal and hard rock, gaining momentum with each critically lauded release.
For more information, visit

About Music Prodigy
Based in Los Angeles, California, Music Prodigy is disrupting music education with a patent-pending technology that makes learning real instruments interactive, rewarding and fun. Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy is the premiere application in the company’s Rock Prodigy line. The company’s investors and advisors include some of the most successful music industry executives, producers, managers, artists, promoters and educators. For more information, visit




Online-Only Webisode to Premiere on

‘Steve Niles’ Remains’ Premieres Friday, December 16 @ 10pm on Chiller

A week before the premiere of its first original movie, Steve Niles’ Remains, Chiller.Com wet viewers’ appetites for zombies with the debut of a special online-only prequel, Remains: Road to Reno. This eleven-minute webisode, produced exclusively for It premiered Friday, December 9 and gave viewers a glimpse at the origins of Remains’ post-apocalyptic zombie invasion.

At the outset of the film (premiering Friday, Dec 16 @ 10pm on Chiller), a radioactive blast transforms every tourist and local in Reno, Nevada into mindless, ravenous zombies. But before the action begins in Reno, somewhere just outside the city a lone mechanic (Morgan West) is learning first-hand what’s required to survive the undead.

With Remains: Road to Reno, Chiller’s official prequel to Steve Niles’s Remains, viewers can head back before the blast to watch as the virus descends upon an isolated gas station. Imagined by writer Steve Niles, this exclusive online event reveals the origins of Remains characters - both alive and undead - and pits zombie against zombie on the blood-soaked road to Reno. Remains: Road to Reno is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys (who wrote and directed, respectively, the film).

About Remains

Based on the IDW Publishing graphic novel written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and illustrated by Kieron Dwyer, Remains is set in a chilling post-apocalyptic Reno, Nevada, and follows the survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the world’s population to zombies. The group takes refuge in a vacant casino and fights a losing battle against the undead, who grow steadily stronger, smarter and more aggressive by the minute.  The movie stars Grant Bowler (True Blood, Ugly Betty), Lance Reddick (Fringe, Lost, The Wire), Miko Hughes (Pet Cemetery) and Tawny Cypress (Rescue Me, Heroes). Remains is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys; Andrew Gernhard and Zach O'Brien will serve as producers for Synthetic Cinema International. Remains premieres Friday, December 16 @ 10pm.

Chiller is the only cable channel devoted to delivering viewers round-the-clock scares. Chiller’s eclectic slate of adrenaline-fueled, soul-stirring entertainment includes original specials (including the successful Chiller 13 franchise), a broad offering of films, including feature-length premieres every Friday, international programming (Afterlife, Apparitions), documentary and reality shows (Fear Factor), anthology series (Masters of Horror) and some of the most thought-provoking and suspenseful series ever on television (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Darkside, Outer Limits). Chiller is currently available in over 40 million homes. To learn more, visit: Chiller. Scary Good.

Remains Poker Gift Set Contest

In connection with Syfy and Chiller TV, we are offering a giveaway of an exclusive branded Poker Card, Chips and Dice Set in a Fantastic Remains Gift Box.


To enter this contest, send your name, address and email to us at or email address:, we will select winners at random from the first 20 entries and the Remains Poker Gift set will be sent directly to you via shipping service.

All entries must be received by January 1st, 2012.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Album Review: Celtic Christmas


Putumayo_CelticChristmas__77356_zoomCeltic Christmas

Presented by Putumayo World Music


This is a fabulous collection of holiday favorites presented in the Celtic Song tradition, sung in the warm and loving spirit of the Emerald Isles. Putumayo World Music gathered the best artists of the Celtic Music world to create a holiday album that warms the spirit and heart as would a cup of hot cider and the love of family and friends. This collection of Christmas music truly brings this joyous day into a home and will become your holiday soundscape, rich music and soft vocals shine and sparkle in your ears like the decorations on your tree and the snow falling from the sky.



What I found as delightful in this album was that there were some very interesting and playful takes on the old traditional favorites as they were interpreted by the artists that performed on this album. Some like Nollaig Bhán (White Christmas) were sung in Gaelic, the traditional language of the Celtic Isles, as well as loving interpretations from personal perspective like Little Drummer Girl. The songs that were sung in the original form, like Here We Come A-Wassailing, O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Joy to the World were so easy to follow along with, I and my kids listened to this album and began to sing along without even noticing. Other tracks on the album include Manx Jezebel Carol, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Auld Lang Syne, Noel Nouvelet, Angels We Have Heard on High and Good King Wenceslas.

I feel once you have heard Celtic Christmas from Putumayo World Music; it will become a holiday classic in your home and would be enjoyed year after year, resounding through your home and hearts as fresh ad when you first hear its enchanting rhythms and melodies. This album is available in many fine retailers, but if you want to get it as soon as possible, it is available on disc and instant download from Amazon.Com, I would also suggest you take a moment to look at the other fantastic albums from Putumayo World Music.

May you and yours have a wonderful holiday, and all the blessings of the season be yours!

Joseph Timmons

Xombiewoof.Com Online Music Magazine

Canyon Records will live stream Nakai, Eaton & Clipman live concert via ustream, 7pm MST

Tomorrow, December 13th, Canyon Records will live stream Nakai, Eaton & Clipman live concert via ustream, 7pm MST. for details.

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U.S. High Schools in the
Running for Grants for Music Excellence

Supported in part by Best Buy,
Campbell's Labels For Education Program,
the Ford Motor Company Fund, and Gibson Foundation

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2011)— The GRAMMY Foundation® ( today announced that 125 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature Schools semifinalists ( for 2012. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. GRAMMY Signature Schools are made possible in part through the generous support of Best Buy, Campbell's Labels For Education program, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and Gibson Foundation. Applications for the 2013GRAMMY Signature Schools program are online at and the deadline to apply is Oct. 22, 2012.

"The GRAMMY Signature Schools program sustains excellence in music education by granting awards to public high school music programs in communities across the country," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "Each of these semifinalist schools should be commended for their commitment to keeping the arts in their curriculum for the long term benefits of their students."

In mid-March 2012, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to benefit their music program.The top schools are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is named the National GRAMMY Signature School. The remaining schools are designated GRAMMY Signature Schools.

The List of 2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools Semifinalists:

Academy of Music at Hamilton High School — Los Angeles
Adlai E. Stevenson High School — Lincolnshire, Ill.
Air Academy — USAF Academy, Colo.
Albany High School — Albany, Calif.
Allen High School — Allen, Texas
Arizona School for the Arts — Phoenix
Arsenal Technical High School — Indianapolis
Ballard High School — Seattle
Bay Shore High School — Bay Shore, N.Y.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School — Bethesda, Md.
Billings Senior High School — Billings, Mont.
Billings West High School — Billings, Mont.
Boston Arts Academy — Boston
Brownsburg High School — Brownsburg, Ind.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School — Burnt Hills, N.Y.
Carlsbad High School — Carlsbad, Calif.
Central Dauphin East High School — Harrisburg, Penn.
Central Dauphin High School — Harrisburg, Penn.
Central High School — Philadelphia
Central York High School — York, Penn.
Champs Charter High School of the Arts — Van Nuys, Calif.
Chittenango High School — Chittenango, N.Y.
Clear Lake High School — Houston
Commack High School — Commack, N.Y.
Comsewogue High School — Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.
Crown Point High School — Crown Point, Ind.
Darien High School — Darien, Conn.
David Douglas High School — Portland, Ore.
Davis Senior High School — Davis, Calif.
Detroit School of Arts — Detroit
Diamond Bar High School — Diamond Bar, Calif.
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts — Jacksonville, Fla.
Dover Area High School — Dover, Penn.
Dover Eyota High School — Eyota, Minn.
Duxbury High School — Duxbury, Mass.
East Anchorage High School — Anchorage, Alaska
East Meadow High School — East Meadow, N.Y.
Edina High School — Edina, Minn.
Edward R. Murrow High School — Brooklyn, N.Y.
Elk Grove High School — Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Emerald Ridge High School — South Hill, Wash.
Esperanza High School — Anaheim, Calif.
Evanston Township High School — Evanston, Ill.
Fairview High School — Boulder, Colo.
Flower Mound High School — Flower Mound, Texas
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center — Columbus, Ohio
Freeport High School — Freeport, Ill.
Garden City High School — Garden City, N.Y.
George W. Hewlett High School — Hewlett, N.Y.
Glenbard West High School — Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Governor Thomas Johnson High School — Frederick, Md.
Granada Hills Charter High School — Granada Hills, Calif.
Grand Haven High School — Grand Haven, Mich.
Green Valley High School — Henderson, Nev.
Groton High School — Groton, N.Y.
Guilderland High School — Guilderland Center, N.Y.
Harker Heights High School — Harker Heights, Texas
Hopewell Valley Central High School — Pennington, N.J.
Howard W. Blake School of the Arts — Tampa, Fla.
Irvine High School — Irvine, Calif.
Jasper High School — Plano, Texas
Jeffersonville High School — Jeffersonville, Ind.
Jenison High School — Jenison, Mich.
John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School — Great Neck, N.Y.
John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School — Augusta, Ga.
Johnson City High School — Johnson City, N.Y.
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School — Philadelphia
Kettering Fairmont High School — Kettering, Ohio
Klein Collins High School — Spring, Texas
La Cueva High School — Albuquerque, N.M.
Lancaster High School — Lancaster, N.Y.
Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing & Visual Arts — Las Vegas
Linn-Mar High School — Marion, Iowa
Long Beach Polytechnic High School — Long Beach, Calif.
Marcus High School — Flower Mound, Texas
Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School — Novato, Calif.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — Parkland, Fla.
Metea Valley High School — Aurora, Ill.
Mira Costa High School — Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Monroe-Woodbury High School — Central Valley, N.Y.
Montgomery Blair High School — Silver Spring, Md.
Morton High School — Morton, Ill.
Mount Zion High School — Jonesboro, Ga.
Mountain View High School — Vancouver, Wash.
Nanuet Senior High School — Nanuet, N.Y.
Nauset Regional High School — North Eastham, Mass.
Nederland Middle/Senior High School — Nederland, Colo.
Neuqua Valley High School — Naperville, Ill.
North Allegheny Senior High School — Wexford, Penn.
Northwest School of the Arts — Charlotte, N.C.
Northwood High School — Irvine, Calif.
O’Fallon Township High School — O’Fallon, Ill.
Penn High School — Mishawaka, Ind.
Poteet High School — Mesquite, Texas
Prospect High School — Mt. Prospect, Ill.
Quaker Valley High School — Leetsdale, Penn.
Red River High School — Grand Forks, N.D.
Richland Center High School — Richland Center, Wisc.
River Hill High School — Clarksville, Md.
Rocky Mountain High School — Fort Collins, Colo.
Roosevelt High School — Seattle
Saline High School — Saline, Mich.
South Orange County School of the Arts-Dana Hills High School — Dana Point, Calif.
Spruce Creek High School — Port Orange, Fla.
Thomas Jefferson High School — San Antonio, Texas
Tri-Cities High School — East Point, Ga.
Tuscarora High School — Frederick, Md.
Union High School — Camas, Wash.
W.T. Clarke High School — Westbury, N.Y.
Walnut High School — Walnut, Calif.
Walt Whitman High School — Huntington Station, N.Y.
Walter Johnson High School — Bethesda, Md.
Warren Central High School — Indianapolis
Warwick Valley High School — Warwick, N.Y.
Waubonsie Valley High School — Aurora, Ill.
West Port High School — Ocala, Fla.
West Salem High School — Salem, Ore.
Western High School — Anaheim, Calif.
Westwood High School — Austin, Texas
White Station High School — Memphis, Tenn.
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School — Chicago
William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School — Great Neck, N.Y.
Williamsport Area High School — Williamsport, Penn.
Winston Churchill High School — Potomac, Md.
York Community High School — Elmhurst, Ill.

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large and small, urban, suburban and rural, requesting information about each school's music program. Applications are completed and submitted online in October at After the applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. Campbell's Labels For Education program is proud to be the official education partner of the GRAMMY In The Schools® programs. For more information, please visit

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