Matt Rollings is an Grammy Award winning American composer and record producer. He plays piano and keyboards. Known for playing in Lyle Lovett's Large Band, he has worked with many artists, not all country. Matt won the'Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album' Grammy Award in 2016 for producing the Willie Nelson studio album Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin. Other artists Matt has worked with include Billy Joel, Peter Wolf, Clint Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Larry Carlton, Kathy Mattea, Mark Knopfler, Reba McEntire, Suzy Bogguss, Mark Schultz, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Martin Taylor, Richie Sambora, Blues Traveler, Johnny Hallyday. Rollings released the jazz album Balconies in 1990 on MCA Masters, featuring John Pattituci and Carlos Vega. Matt Rollings was featured on Mark Knopfler's 2004-2005 Shangri-La world tour as a keyboardist, toured with him again starting in 2006, 2008 and 2010. In 2008, Rollings participated in the production of the album Psalngs, the debut release of Canadian musician John Lefebvre.
2018 represented further evolution for Matt. In addition to touring with Alison Krauss and producing Blues Traveler’s thirteenth studio album Hurry Up & Hang Around, Rollings snagged two more GRAMMY nominations for his work producing Willie Nelson’s My Way: Willie Nelson Sings Sinatra. Authorized biography Media related to Matt Rollings at Wikimedia Commons Official website
Michael Peterson (singer)
Michael James Peterson is an American country music artist. He made his debut on the country music scene in 1997 with his self-titled debut album, which produced five Top 40 hits on Billboards Hot Country Singles & Tracks, including the Number One hit "From Here to Eternity". Peterson's second album, 1999's Being Human, produced two more chart singles, a third album, 2004's Modern Man, was issued only in Europe. Peterson made a cameo appearance on an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger. Michael Peterson was born in Tucson, Arizona on August 7, 1959. At an early age, he was influenced by the music that his grandmother listened to, such as Cole Porter and Roger Miller. After attending high school at Richland High School in Richland, WA, Peterson earned a football scholarship to Pacific Lutheran University, where he won a national championship. One of his teammates, Brad Westering, was working as a producer for Deniece Williams at the time. Through Westering, Peterson got the opportunity to write songs for Williams, as well as gospel headliners The Imperials.
This all led to the production of Peterson’s first release, "Michael Peterson", a collection of contemporary Christian songs, on Sparrow Records in 1986. Peterson traveled to Nashville, Tennessee where he started working as a professional songwriter, collaborating with other writers such as Josh Leo and Robert Ellis Orrall. Orrall suggested that Peterson sign to a recording contract, in December 1996, Peterson was signed to Reprise Records, a division of the Warner Music Group, his debut single, "Drink, Steal & Lie", was released that year, charting at No. 3 on the Billboard country charts and No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the lead-off single to Peterson's self-titled debut album, which produced four more chart singles; the second one, "From Here to Eternity", became Peterson's first and only Number One hit, while "Too Good to Be True" reached No. 8. Following it were "When the Bartender Cries" at No. 37 and "By the Book" at No. 19. The album was certified gold by the RIAA for shipping 500,000 copies in the U.
S. In 1997, Peterson was named Male Artist of the Year by Billboard. In 1998, Peterson appeared on Jenny Simpson's 1998 self-titled album, singing duet vocals on "Grow Young with You". Peterson made a guest appearance on a 1998 episode of Walker, Texas Ranger called "Eyes of a Ranger." Peterson released his second album, Being Human, in 1999. Its lead-off single, "Somethin"bout a Sunday", failed to reach top 40, "Sure Feels Real Good" peaked at No. 39. In 1999, Peterson co-wrote the title track to Travis Tritt's album No More Looking over My Shoulder, released as a single. After a Super Hits album for the label, Peterson exited Warner Music Group. After his departure from Warner, Peterson signed to Monument Records Nashville, his third studio album, Modern Man, was to have been released in 2002 for the label. Although its title track and "Lesson in Goodbye" both entered the country charts, the album itself was not issued in the US due to a restructuring of the label's parent company. AGR, a European record label, acquired the album and issued it in Europe in 2004.
Six singles were released from it in Europe, including Peterson's own rendition of "No More Looking over My Shoulder." Included on the album was the track "Right About Now", which Ty Herndon released from his 2007 album of the same name. Peterson's songs have been covered by a number of artists. Though his last charting song was in 2002, he continues to release albums and performs at military benefits. A"By the Book" did not enter the Hot 100, but peaked at number 1 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-song extension of the Hot 100. Michael Peterson Music
Where the Heart Is (2000 film)
Where the Heart Is is a 2000 American romantic drama film directed by Matt Williams and starring Natalie Portman, Stockard Channing, Ashley Judd, Joan Cusack, James Frain, Dylan Bruno, Keith David, Sally Field. The screenplay, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, is based on the best-selling 1995 novel of the same name by Billie Letts; the film follows five years in the life of Novalee Nation, a pregnant 17-year-old, abandoned by her boyfriend at a Walmart in a small Oklahoma town. She secretly moves into the store, where she gives birth to her baby, which attracts media attention. With the help of friends, she makes a new life for herself in the town. After 17-year-old and seven months pregnant Novalee Nation is abandoned by boyfriend Willy Jack Pickens at the local Walmart in Sequoyah when she uses the restroom and buys new shoes, she meets Thelma "Sister" Husband who presents her with a buckeye tree, Moses Whitecotton, a local photographer who advises her to give her baby a strong name.
A sickly and homeless Novalee is forced to live in the Walmart, undetected. Novalee is acquainted with surly librarian Forney Hull who looks after his alcoholic sister Mary Elizabeth. During a thunderstorm Novalee, alone at Walmart, goes into labor. Forney, now in awe of Novalee, smashes through the Walmart window to help deliver her child whom she names Americus. Novalee becomes a media darling, in hospital is befriended by Nurse Lexie Coop, her estranged mother Mama Lil, visits after seeing her daughter on television, but disappears with the money donated by well-wishers. Sister Husband offers to take in Novalee and Americus. Three years Novalee becomes a photographer with the help of Moses. After a spell in prison and traveling to Nashville, Willy Jack becomes a one-hit-wonder after a slow start with "Beat Of A Heart," a song he wrote in jail, he teams with cranky music agent Ruth Meyers, who gives him a makeover and the stage name "Billy Shadow." When a tornado blows through Sequoyah, Sister Husband is killed.
In her memory, Novalee shoots a picture of Americus and the still-standing buckeye tree amidst the damage from the storm. After the funeral, Novalee finds out that she is the beneficiary of Sister's estate, totaling around $40,000. Novalee builds Americus on Sister's land. Novalee arrives in Las Vegas to accept an award for a photo contest she has won, narrowly missing Willy Jack who happens to be in the same hotel. Ruth breaks into his hotel room to inform Willy Jack that his old cellmate Tommy Reynolds is suing him claiming that he wrote the song and not Willy. Ruth drops him as a client. Upon her return to Sequoyah, Novalee discovers Lexie has been attacked by a new love interest who molested her two eldest children, nearly beating her to death as she attempted to protect them. Lexie's injuries hinder her nursing job, she and her children have to move in with Novalee and Americus. Lexie breaks down, feeling angry, tearfully regretting her choice in men. Mary Elizabeth passes away and when Forney does not appear at the funeral, Novalee finds him in a hotel and comforts him.
They spend the night together. Forney confesses his love for her, but Novalee confides in Lexie she has never considered herself good enough for Forney and is confused about her feelings for him, her continued feelings of unworthiness become overwhelming when he says that he intends to stay with her rather than resume his studies at Bowdoin College in Maine. Believing his life would be a dead end with her in Sequoyah, Novalee struggles to lie to Forney saying she does not love him. Heartbroken and rejected by Novalee, Forney returns to college in Maine. Novalee learns that Lexie is seeing Ernie, an exterminator who does not possess the physical attributes that have in the past attracted her interest, but she falls in love with him after learning he gave his ex-wife his restored 1967 Chevy Camaro in exchange for custody of his step-daughter whom he adopted as his own; the couple marry, Lexie tells Novalee that she's pregnant. Depressed at his ruined career following the lawsuit, Willy Jack becomes a depressed alcoholic while driving with a woman across country.
He wanders off drunk and collapses on a railroad track where he is unable to move as a train approaches. On Americus's 5th birthday, Novalee picks up a newspaper and sees an article about Willy Jack having lost his legs some months before and being robbed of his wheelchair. Novalee visits Willy Jack in the hospital and he confesses his whole life would've been different if he hadn't left her, she sees how Willy Jack is a changed man and is able to forgive and let go of him, but she warns him never to contact Americus. Novalee realizes, she continues to Maine to find Forney at Bowdoin. Novalee tells him she does love him and they return to Oklahoma and marry; the final scene is of their wedding. Natalie Portman as Novalee Nation Ashley Judd as Lexie Coop Stockard Channing as Thelma "Sister" Husband Joan Cusack as Ruth Meyers James Frain as Forney Hull Dylan Bruno as Willy Jack Pickens Keith David as Moses Whitecotton Richard Andrew Jones as Mr. Sprock Sally Field as Mama Lil Angee Hughes as Religious woman Margaret Hoard as Mary Elizabeth Hull Mackenzie Fitzgerald as Americus Nation David Alvarado as Cellmate Richard Nance as Johnny DeSotto Bob Coonrod as Ernie Cody Linley as Brownie Coop Heather Kafka as Delphia Adrian Garza as Young Brownie Novalee finds the number 5
Kieran Kane is an American country music artist, as well as the owner of Dead Reckoning Records, an independent record label. Between 1986 and 1990, he and Jamie O'Hara comprised The O'Kanes, a duo which charted seven singles on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, including the Number One single "Can't Stop My Heart from Loving You". In addition, Kieran charted a string of solo singles on Asylum Records in 1982. After The O'Kanes disbanded in 1990, both O'Hara and Kane recorded solo albums of their own. Kieran Kane was born October 1949 in Queens, New York, his first musical experience was at age nine. Kane shifted his focus to bluegrass, before relocating to Los Angeles, California where he found work as a session guitarist and songwriter. Kieran moved to Nashville, Tennessee by the 1980s signing to a publishing contract, he was signed to a recording contract with Asylum Records, releasing his self-titled album in 1982. This album included two Top 20 country hits. Jamie O'Hara, another songwriter who worked for the same publishing company, first collaborated with Kane on a song entitled "Bluegrass Blues" recorded by The Judds.
Afterwards, the two began writing more songs together, by 1986, they decided to form a duo known as The O'Kanes. Signed to Columbia Records in 1986, The O'Kanes recorded three studio albums for the label, in addition to charting seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, their third album failed to produce any singles, by 1990, the duo parted ways. In 1993, Kieran returned to his career as a solo performer, he signed to Atlantic Records that year. Due to poor sales of this album, he was soon dropped from Atlantic's roster. Two years Kane, along with three other Nashville singer-songwriters, founded Dead Reckoning Records, an independent record label specializing in country music; the label's first release was his second studio album titled Dead Reckoning. Dead Reckoning Records official website
Dave Pomeroy is an American musician, known as a Nashville vocalist and producer, but is best known as a bassist. He has played electric and acoustic bass for many world renowned artists, both in the studio and in concert; as a solo artist and producer, he has released 2 DVDs on his own label, Earwave Music. He has written numerous articles and columns for Bass Player magazine and other music publications, has contributed as a writer to a number of books about the music business. In December 2008, Pomeroy was elected as president of the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257 of the American Federation of Musicians and in June 2010, he was elected to the AFM's International Executive Board and was re-elected in 2013 and 2016. Pomeroy was re-elected without opposition to three more 3-year terms as Local 257 president in November 2011, 2014, 2017. Pomeroy was born in Italy, the son of an American soldier, spent his childhood and youth in various places, he credits a four-year-long stay in England in the early 1960s as an early musical influence and returned to the country in the mid-70s, when he moved to London to play in numerous local bands.
In 1977 Pomeroy settled in Nashville. He was hired by rockabilly musician Sleepy LaBeef within a couple of weeks and went on tour with him for a year. In 1980 he joined Don Williams' touring band and stayed with him until 1994, when he stopped touring to concentrate on studio work and producing in Nashville, he founded his own label Earwave Music is 1989 and has released 12 CDs and 2 DVDs, available at www.davepomeroy.com. He returned to Williams' band for his comeback tour in September/October 2010, filled in with Williams through the end of 2014; as a session musician Pomeroy contributed to albums not only by Williams and LaBeef, but by such diverse artists as Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, Toby Keith, Neil Diamond, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom Paxton, George Jones, Billy Joe Shaver, Shelby Lynne, Jon Randall, Brenda Lee, Gretchen Peters, Alan Jackson, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Duane Eddy, Allison Moorer, Steve Wariner, Asleep At The Wheel, Matraca Berg, Kathy Mattea, Larry Knechtel, Keith Whitley, Jesse Winchester and Alison Krauss.
He is a featured artist on the "Nashville Acoustic Sessions" CD project, with Raul Malo, Rob Ickes and Pat Flynn, released by CMH Records in 2004. In addition to his long tenure with Don Williams, Pomeroy has performed in concert with artists such as Steve Winwood, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, John Hiatt, Ricky Skaggs, Adrian Belew, Peter Frampton, Lee Ann Womack, Patty Loveless, Reeves Gabrels, Duane Eddy, many more, his label, Earwave has released 12 albums and 2 DVDs of his own projects as solo artist and producer. In the 1990s Pomeroy created The All-Bass Orchestra, with personnel ranging from 12 to 22 bassists playing the roles of an entire ensemble; the concert video "The Day The Bass Players Took Over The World," featuring special guests Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Oteil Burbridge and Bill Dickens, brought attention to Pomeroy's concept of "all-bass music" as demonstrated on his solo projects "Basses Loaded" and "Tomorrow Never Knows." He has written dozens of articles for Bass Player magazine and has contributed to a number of books about music, including writing the forward for Jim Robert's book "American Basses."
Among his most recent projects are Three Ring Circle, an "acoustic jam band powergrass trio" with Rob Ickes and Andy Leftwich, The Taproom Tapes, a live recording of collective improvisations featuring 14 of Nashville's musicians, including Jeff Coffin, Pat Bergeson, Johnny Neel and others. Three Ring Circle's second CD, "Brothership" was released on ResoRevolution Records in April 2011, he produced Restless, the first album of new material by Sweethearts of the Rodeo in over ten years, released in 2012. His third solo album, "Angel in the Ashes" was released in 2017 to positive reviews. Pomeroy has been active in the Nashville community, raising over $300,000 for Nashville's Room In The Inn Homeless program with his annual "Nashville Unlimited Christmas" concerts over the past 20 years. Over the years, Pomeroy has become more and more involved in the musicians union as an advocate for working musicians. In December 2008, he was elected president of the Nashville-based Local 257 of the American Federation of Musicians, succeeding longtime president Harold Bradley.
In June 2010, he was elected to the International Executive Board of the AFM for a three-year term and re-elected in 2013 and 2016. In November 2011, Pomeroy was re-elected without opposition to a second three-year term as President of Local 257 and to third and fourth term in 2014 and 2017, he was one of the AFM leaders in the forefront of the effort to reform airline carry on policies for musical instruments, a process completed in December 2014. In addition to his AFM responsibilities, Pomeroy continues to record and perform in a variety of musical settings, including a new band with guitarist/songwriter Ricky Ray and drummer Rick Lonow called The Keemosabees. Recordings under his own name: Dave Pomeroy "Angel in the Ashes" released May 2017 Dave Pomeroy and the All-Bass Orchestra: "The Day The Bass Players Took Over The World" concert DVD with guests Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Oteil Burbridge, Bill Dickens, Duane Eddy, Bob Babbitt Tone Patrol: Thin Air, with guests Sam Bush, Bill Miller and Wayne Roland Brown Dave Pomeroy: Basses Loaded Dave Pomeroy: Tomorrow Never Knows Three Ring Circle: Three Ring Circle, with Rob Ickes and Andy Leftwich Dave Pomeroy And Friends: The Taproom Tapes (
Hillary Lee Lindsey is an American singer-songwriter born in Washington, Georgia. She has written songs with or for several artists including Michelle Branch, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan. In 2006 and 2016 Lindsey won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song for Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and for Little Big Town's "Girl Crush". In 2011, Lindsey received an Academy Award nomination for "Coming Home", recorded by Gwyneth Paltrow for the soundtrack of Country Strong, in the Best Original Song category. "Coming Home" received a Golden Globe nomination that same year for Best Original Song along with "There's a Place for Us", making Lindsey a double nominee in 2011. As of 2018, she has had 20 number-one singles as a writer, she has been nominated twice for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for her work on "Jesus Take the Wheel" and "Girl Crush". In 1994, Lindsey moved from Washington, Ga. to Nashville to enroll in Belmont University's music business school.
She tells the story of a roommate who had an internship at a record label and took one of her tapes into work with her. The tape was passed around to publishers, Lindsey was signed to Famous Music Publishing. In her first year as a writer she had eight cuts, she had her first number one song as a writer in 2002 with Martina McBride's "Blessed". Eleven of her number ones as a writer are Carrie Underwood tracks including "Jesus Take The Wheel", "Wasted", "So Small", "Just A Dream", "Last Name" and "Two Black Cadillacs". Thirty million records have been sold featuring her compositions, she has had two songs featured on the ABC television series Nashville: "Telescope" performed by Hayden Panettiere and "Change Your Mind" performed by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio
Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk blues. Country music consists of ballads and dance tunes with simple forms, folk lyrics, harmonies accompanied by string instruments such as banjos and acoustic guitars, steel guitars, fiddles as well as harmonicas. Blues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history. According to Lindsey Starnes, the term country music gained popularity in the 1940s in preference to the earlier term hillbilly music. In 2009 in the United States, country music was the most listened to rush hour radio genre during the evening commute, second most popular in the morning commute; the term country music is used today to describe many subgenres. The origins of country music are found in the folk music of working class Americans, who blended popular songs and Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional English ballads, cowboy songs, the musical traditions of various groups of European immigrants.
Immigrants to the southern Appalachian Mountains of eastern North America brought the music and instruments of Europe along with them for nearly 300 years. Country music was "introduced to the world as a Southern phenomenon." The U. S. Congress has formally recognized Bristol, Tennessee as the "Birthplace of Country Music", based on the historic Bristol recording sessions of 1927. Since 2014, the city has been home to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Historians have noted the influence of the less-known Johnson City sessions of 1928 and 1929, the Knoxville sessions of 1929 and 1930. In addition, the Mountain City Fiddlers Convention, held in 1925, helped to inspire modern country music. Before these, pioneer settlers, in the Great Smoky Mountains region, had developed a rich musical heritage; the first generation emerged in the early 1920s, with Atlanta's music scene playing a major role in launching country's earliest recording artists. New York City record label Okeh Records began issuing hillbilly music records by Fiddlin' John Carson as early as 1923, followed by Columbia Records in 1924, RCA Victor Records in 1927 with the first famous pioneers of the genre Jimmie Rodgers and the first family of country music The Carter Family.
Many "hillbilly" musicians, such as Cliff Carlisle, recorded blues songs throughout the 1920s. During the second generation, radio became a popular source of entertainment, "barn dance" shows featuring country music were started all over the South, as far north as Chicago, as far west as California; the most important was the Grand Ole Opry, aired starting in 1925 by WSM in Nashville and continuing to the present day. During the 1930s and 1940s, cowboy songs, or Western music, recorded since the 1920s, were popularized by films made in Hollywood. Bob Wills was another country musician from the Lower Great Plains who had become popular as the leader of a "hot string band," and who appeared in Hollywood westerns, his mix of country and jazz, which started out as dance hall music, would become known as Western swing. Wills was one of the first country musicians known to have added an electric guitar to his band, in 1938. Country musicians began recording boogie in 1939, shortly after it had been played at Carnegie Hall, when Johnny Barfield recorded "Boogie Woogie".
The third generation started at the end of World War II with "mountaineer" string band music known as bluegrass, which emerged when Bill Monroe, along with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs were introduced by Roy Acuff at the Grand Ole Opry. Gospel music remained a popular component of country music. Another type of stripped-down and raw music with a variety of moods and a basic ensemble of guitar, dobro or steel guitar became popular among poor whites in Texas and Oklahoma, it became known as honky tonk, had its roots in Western swing and the ranchera music of Mexico and the border states. By the early 1950s a blend of Western swing, country boogie, honky tonk was played by most country bands. Rockabilly was most popular with country fans in the 1950s, 1956 could be called the year of rockabilly in country music, with Johnny Cash emerging as one of the most popular and enduring representatives of the rockabilly genre. Beginning in the mid-1950s, reaching its peak during the early 1960s, the Nashville sound turned country music into a multimillion-dollar industry centered in Nashville, Tennessee.
The late 1960s in American music produced a unique blend as a result of traditionalist backlash within separate genres. In the aftermath of the British Invasion, many desired a return to the "old values" of rock n' roll. At the same time there was a lack of enthusiasm in the country sector for Nashville-produced music. What resulted was a crossbred genre known as country rock. Fourth generation music included outlaw country with roots in the Bakersfield sound, country pop with roots in the countrypolitan, folk music and soft rock. Between 1972 and 1975 singer/guitarist John Denver released a se