"What I liked about the 18th annual Northeast CMA Awards show"
March 30th 2003
By: JIMMY STIX
March 31, 2003
I arrived at the show, with my guest, about 2:15pm, Sunday afternoon,
on March 30th, 2003, and we headed for the Left side Balcony (Seats
8) inside the marvelous "Grand Ole " Proctors Theatre, in
Schenectady, New York.
I have been attending this great Award Show for 15 years now. And my
only regret is, that I did not start sooner. For I missed about 3, or
4 shows since the Northeast CMA began the Show 18 years ago.
Everytime I go, however, I thoroughly enjoy it! This Show was no
Mr. Rick Anderson is truely a very funny guy.......and I don't mean
that in a bad way Gang. He was the Host of the show this year, and
he did a very exceptional "Comedian-style" job............if I might
say! I think I'm a fair judge of this gang, for I have
been "Master-of-ceremony" for many years now, for my own country
music concerts, and festivals, and others as well, accross this
great "Country" of ours, and knowing a good entertainer "Host" is
something I could comment on don't you think? And Mr. Rick Anderson
is blessed with this talent. I did hear a few complaints about his
way, but, you can not please everyone in this business can you?
Kenton Holsapple, a musician with character, who loves his music,
and obviously loves his Country, to the point of being President of
the Northeast CMA. Even though I am a professional member of the
Northeast CMA, I make these comments out of professional observation,
without any worry of political threat, they may come appond such
review of talent. For those who really know me, I'm not afriad to
voice may opinoin about something in our Country, even if the
majority may think I'm wrong. After all, I have been in the forefront
(Since 1988) of an issue that has the majority of country music Radio
professionals wishing I'd stop wasting my time on. I want any radio
station calling themselves COUNTRY to give the Legendary Stars prime
time "AIR" time, because they are still releasing Brand New
Recordings! I get a lot of e-mail, and Postal mail that tell me I'm
wasting my time, and that they will never do business with me. So,
when I praise Kenton Holsapple, I'm not doing this to gain some kind
of points with the president of a great association I happen to
belong to, for I know it's a human tendency to think that maybe why
I am praising Kenton, but, it's not! My "cow-boy" hat is off to
Kenton Holsapple, for spending his time directing the Northeast CMA
in a good direction!
Dixie Road...............the crowd was right to yell out excitment
and applause for such a newly formed country group. Because they play
together as if they were already a well seasoned country music band!
Like Blue Creek is! Railway is! North 40 band is! Back 40 band is!
Country Music Bands of the Northeast that have been together for many
seasons! And they all sound great! I'm sure that "Dixie Road " will
continue to be a vital country music entertaining feature of the
Northeast. And if they send me their first country CD, I will see to
it, they will get exposure around this World of Country Music, in the
USA, and accross the pond!
Aged In The Hills, has always been a favorite country group of mine,
and they are being promoted on my main website (www.jimmystix.com)
and will always be there. I play them often on my country music show
(STIX-MIX) and the listenership enjoys their hometown music.
Darcy Schacher, the little nine year old Country Girl, who has a
future in country music. My wife, Pamela, and my thirteen year old
son, John, who was also watching, thought Darcy was a cute and
refreshing act, and we want to add that we thought her preformance
brought a family "Air" to the award show. Something that seems to be
missing in the corporate country music radio, and entertainment
profession today. Country Music has always been a family oriented
music business, and it's still alive at our Northeast CMA Awards Show!
Country Bluegrass bands here in the Northeast are all wonderful, and
when I listened to these groups play Bluegrass, it reminds me of
sitting on the porch in Williamsport, PA .........listening to my
Father, and Uncles playing their Bluegrass/Country style music, at
the age of about four years old! I can not help but feel "Home-
sick", and tears begin to appear in my eyes a little, for you see,
my "Dad" left town for good, the same day as my good friend Waylon
Jennings did, a short time ago. Thanks Guys, and gals of the
following Bluegrass bands, for bringing me back home, even just a
for a passing moment when you all preformed at our 18th annual awards
show! Cabin Fever ! Sweet Cider ! Blue Moon !
Thank you again, and I look forward to experiencing "me-goin'-back-
home" next year !
Valerie DeLaCruz ! Wow! As usual, this Lady of Country Music is
stunning! No other word could give her justice! Singing her newest
song, and for all of you who would like to hear it
(www.valeriedelacruz) just go to her web-site and listen! I will say
this, the Northeast CMA is honored to have her as a professional
member. I just wish I had the time to spend with the association as
much as she does. Where do you find such time Valerie, I belong to
other Great Country Music associations, and my personal life is
important to me too, not to mention, that I'm already 51 years of
age, where do you find the time, and energy to do what you do?
Now, I love the Blues, especailly the Country Blues gang! I have
listened to many Blues Bands in my day, and I can not help but wish
there was some other way to comment on this Blues band in a better
way. But here it goes. Blues Noir, was not making the country scene
with me. I did not like the choices on blues songs. I do think the
musicians were very talented in their ability to play their blues
instruments, however, the songs did not make me happy. Maybe other
Blues songs would have made my opinion of their band in a more
positive way? I'd truely invite them back next year, to try it
again, with songs that would reflect their real talent hidden behind
those choice of songs. Of course, it's only my opinion and taste
saying this, and maybe most of the listeners did like the songs, I
know my guest, and I did not, sorry.
Brahma ! Entertaining for sure! They rocked the top out of this
theatre for sure! Of course, I for one would like to hear myself
think when listening to a country music group.......LOL!! Maybe it's
because I'm 51 years old gang! Old people don't like the band being
too load. However! Brahma, is a unique country band, with a unique
style, that is appealing! But, personally, it's too load for me, the
old man! LOL!
Now, intermission, after two wonderful hours! Of course, my wife,
Pamela, wanted to go home now. Not because she did not like the show
so far, but, she likes to enjoy a two hour show, not a four to five
hour show. Too much of a good think is not good she believes. Not me,
I think the show is great being over four hours!! After all, you only
pay at the door, $15, and less if you pay in advance! You get your
monies worth, that's for sure gang! Right?
Well, my wife stayed anyway, cause she wanted to please her "Honey"!
We strolled to the back, at the bar, and I had a beer, and my wife
had a white wine, it's her favorite! And my son John, well, his
friends, and he, bought every candy at the counter, and I still had
money left over, for I think the prices there, were pretty
reasonable, compared to the many other places I have attended in this
World of Country Music over the 30 years in this profession.
Justin Carey, for those of you who do not know, he's blind. He's
the most humble, and senitive, country music performer in the
Northeast CMA. His love for the legendary stars, and their country
music, of yesteryear, and of the records still being released today,
is what makes this performer very special in my eyes. I'd love to
see Justin carey get the international country music assocation
attention soon, and I'd love to start promoting Justin in that way,
however, all his CDs disappeared from the promotional table at this
event, and I could not get his latest CD! Everyone bought his CDs and
they did not have any left. Will someone get me a copy, so I could
promote Justin ? LOL!! However, all joking aside... ........I do mean
it when I say, Justin Carey deserves the best!
Now the second half of the show was starting. Lakota Creek ! Heather
Richards & Kathi Brooks ! WOW! Here's two young country music
singers that deserve a big WOW!!!!! But, not too big of a wow, cause
I would find myself in a divorce, for my wife is proff -reading this
article, LOL!!!! Heather Richards had an "Intimate Portrait" song in
the first half of the show, and I then realized what a
beautiful ...............................song that was! LOL!!! Both
these country music women have what it takes, believe me!! OK! That's
enough about these two..........before something happens to me, that
I will regret! LOL!! Oh! almost forgot, Lakota Creek band was great
Blue Creek! I mentioned this band in the outset of my review article,
but, they are truely worth mentioning again! Being that they
performed after the girls..............and I must say, I have them on
my STIX-MIX radio shows around the World of Country and the listeners
love them! Stay together guys!! You have what it takes to be on top
too!! Keep creating your own demand, and things will start to click
for you Nationally! Mark my words, and never me affraid to venture
outside of the Northeast to get heard live!
The County Line Rebels, performance, as always, brings joy to my
ears! The volume of their performance is very practical, and
enjoyable. Never too load! Legendary country music style, that even
my guest at the "Awards Show" commented on their fine country music
sound! "Home-made" country music style that I hope never dies!!!
Great Job gang! Your group is one I always look foreward in hearing!
The String Dusters!! WOW! wow in the sense that you guys make those
strings sing! Great sound! again, I am not just saying that, I mean
Railway! I know most in the audience loved this group Railway! And I
know you guys are going to hate me. But, I am not super crasy over
your pick of songs being that sounds like all the other country music
pop, and rock country bands, on the New Country Radio Stations
accross this USA! The legendary stars have their own, unique styles
to put them on top, and make people know who they are when radio is
palying their music.........you are a talented group! If you want
people to pick you out of the common crowd on radio, be unique! If
radio was to play your music without saying who they were playing,
would any listener in this area really be able to say; "Hey! That's
Railway on radio!" ...............would they? I don't think so? Not
as many as you may think? Maybe your hard core fans would, but, the
country music people in the region would not. New Country radio plays
stars that are not really unique. I could not pick out the names of
many country music bands on radio today! Many country listeners
can't, they all sound the same! Be unique with your own songs, and
don't sound like the "carbon-copy" pop/rock country bands out there!
They will not stay alive in country! They will go, almost as fast as
they came in to country! "Constructive criticism" is what I'm trying
to give you guys here. For if I did not like you, as a country music
group, I would not bother trying to help you see what a great
potential you have as a country music band! The National scene is
changing continuely yes! However, one thing you need to notice in
this business, and to survive it, is anyone who stands out from the
crowd, will be country music history in the making. Our Country Music
History will never die, and the sounds of unique, will live forever!
Well, Gang! The 18th annual Northeast CMA Award has ended. My son
John is now sick, sick of all the candy his Dad let him eat, and my
wife is not happy with me for two reasons, I let him eat that candy,
and I "WOW"ed' ....................about the ladies of country music
in this review article too................BIG! LOL!!!
We totally enjoyed all the performers really! Thanks Northeast CMA
for putting on, as always, a fantastic Awards Show, and
congradulations to all the winners! If you did not win this year,
well you will just have to win next year, right Gang!
If I forgot to mention any of the performers, please except my
apology! And for those that I gave somewhat of a negative review,
please consider it just some "constructive critisim" from an old man
of 51 , who has been in this professional business for over thirty
years. You might say it's, just a little "Food-for-thought".
I really look forward to next year !
Sincerely yours gang!
www.the-world-of-country-music.com (Yahoo CMA)
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