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Trans Siberian Orchestra Rocks Christmas Music

Christmas music brings out the holiday cheer. You can sing along in the car driving to your grandparent’s house, you play it when you decorate your home, and you are filled with memories from Christmas celebrations with your family. A lot of Christmas music can be repetitive or sound out of date. Modern musicians remake our favorite holiday classics and make them sound more pop or country sounding. One of my favorite bands that have remade my favorite Christmas songs is Trans Siberian Orchestra. They bring a whole new meaning to rockin’ around the Christmas tree.

Trans Siberian Orchestra eloquently keeps the holiday spirit alive by bringing together the sounds of rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, symphonic metal, and classical music. In 1996, Paul O’Neil had the idea to bring his musician friends Jon Oliva, Robert Kinkel, and Al Petrilli together to remake Christmas songs with a more up to date and new sound. They formed the group which has become a sensation for their music and live tours. Paul O’Neil knows his music and is the right man for producing rock and roll Christmas music. He managed rock bands such as Aerosmith, the Scorpions, and Humble Pie to name a few.

Their live tours are incredible and sell out all over the country. They have two casts for the east and the west sides of their touring schedules. This allows for their tours to be seen by more people around the nation. They tour during the holiday season and they wouldn’t be able to fit in as many cities in their schedule by Christmas if they didn’t have two casts. Their live performance is multi faceted with light shows, music, and pyrotechnics. The streams of light and fire are synchronized with the music so the performance stimulates more than your sense of hearing. The performance is long, but you don’t want them to end when you are at their concert. The first half is dedicated to Christmas songs, and the encore is filled with rock and roll music.

They have seven albums, and any one of them would make a great Christmas present. The new album is called Night Castle. The album took four years to produce and record, and Paul O’Neil said it was well worth the wait. They started in 2005, and in 2008 they released one song on the Internet so that their fans knew they were working on something new and they could listen to music online. Their other albums are titled: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven’s Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, and The Christmas Trilogy.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Garth Brooks: Best Selling American Artist

An American tradition that will never fade away is our love for music. It is timeless and brings our nation together. The United States of America even has their own national song which is rooted in folk/country music. When you think of country music you think of American traditions and people. Garth Brooks, a famous and very popular country music artist, is the best selling American artist of our time. He has sold almost as many records as the Beatles, but in America, he holds the record.

He has sold more than 200 million albums during his career, which is still going strong. He made his debut into the country scene in 1989 with the release of his first album that was self titled Garth Brooks. Right away his music was a success. You couldn’t tune into a country music radio station without hearing his songs being played. Even today you can hear his hit singles on Internet radio sites. His songs have won numerous awards including Grammy awards, Billboard Music awards, Academy of Country Music awards, American music awards, People’s Choice awards, a Golden Globe, and Recording Industry Association of America awards.

His unique country sound mixed with rock made him a successful crossover artist. His music charts both rock and country lists. He released hits from 1989 until 2001. He officially retired in 2004 and made a comeback in 2009. He had originally retired because he didn’t want to lose out on family life. He retired to spend more time with his family as it was rumored he and his wife were having marital problems.

In 1999, Garth Brooks took on an alter ego role as Chris Gaines. He was a fictional character that was supposed to star in a movie. The alter ego didn’t make a big impact and the movie was never made. Chris Gaines, however, did make an album which produced a number one hit. You can see the alter ego on a VH1 mockumentary and on a Saturday Night Live episode.

You can see him perform live in Las Vegas. He has a lot of shows scheduled in 2010 at the Encore Hotel and Casino. He agreed to the performances and making a comeback because he is keeping his schedule light. There are only a handful of concerts scheduled and he will get to fly back home to his family during performances.

Garth Brooks is an American legend, an unforgettable country music star, and the best selling American artist of our time.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

The Many Genres of Country Music

Country music, which was popularized in the Appalachian Mountains and the South, goes back as far to the 1920s. It is a blend of gospel, folk, Celtic, and old traditional music. The blends of the different sounds made it appealing to all types of people; old, young, southern, country, rock, and even Northerners liked the sound. The legendary Elvis Presley made his debut as a country singer and his fame and fortune can be accredited to not only his great voice and stage presence, but to the sounds and popularity of country music. Country music has been through many faces as would any type of music that has been around for so many years. There are a lot of different types, or genres, of country music. Which genre do you like to listen to?

County pop is perhaps the most listened to today as far as country music goes. It is a blend of country and hip hop and is the sound of many modern artists such as Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, and Shania Twain. Pop country artists are classified under this genre if their country songs cross over and make it onto the top 40 radio pop list. This genre first appeared in Nashville during the 1960s. Most songs include musical sounds from guitars (electric and acoustic), bass, drums, and amazing vocals.

During the 1940s, Bluegrass made its way onto the music scene. It is a fusion of country music, jazz, ragtime, and traditional music. Typical sounds and instruments unique to this genre are: fiddles, guitars, bass, drums, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, and vocals. If you’ve seen the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou” then you’ve heard bluegrass. Dolly Parton is a popular, iconic figure that sings Bluegrass Country music.

Rockabilly, also known as hillbilly music, became popular in the 1950s. Honky tonk, swing, country, and rhythm and blues heavily influenced the sounds that are known as rockabilly. Guitar, drums, double bass, and piano are instruments you will typically find in these types of songs, and they are what make the sound unique. Elvis Presley was a major influence in making this type of music popular and was given the nickname the “Hillbilly Cat.” Buddy Holly is another name that comes to mind when you think of rockabilly.

Other types of country music or sounds that aren’t main stream are categorized as alternative country. The term was coined in the 1990s, but can be attributed to any type of country music that was played during a time when it wasn’t popular according to main stream standards. It is a vague term used to describe different genres and sounds of country music.

There are many different genres of country. Other genres are: Bakersfield Sound, Texas Country, Red Dirt, Western Swing, and country rap to name a few. You can listen to country hits as well as other genres of music on free Internet radio 977music.com.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

ACL and other Big US Music Festivals

A few weeks ago, the Austin City Limits Music Festival took place in Austin, TX drawing in crowds of more than 65,000 people a day for the three day festival. The lineup included more than 130 bands that played nonstop for three days on eight different stages. The bands range from hip hop, to folk, to rock, to other types of music genres. It is a three day festival where music lovers meet up to enjoy the sounds of up and coming stars as well as classic bands. This year at ACL, Pearl Jam was the headlining band and they brought together people of all ages to rock out and enjoy the sounds of amazing music. Free Internet radio 977music.com was lucky to have had a presence at the festival and gave live Twitter updates and accounts from the day with micro blogging. Besides ACL, there are other big music festivals in the U.S. such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Coachella. The music festivals promote good music and showcase bands that have proven to be worthy of radio hits or have produced hits that have made them key players in the music industry.

Bonnaroo takes place every year in Manchester, TN at the 700 acre Great Stage Park. Similar to ACL, the festival has food and drink vendors, retailers, and other attractions at the festival. Bonnaroo first took place in 2002 to feature jam bands and has since expanded their horizons to include bands from all types of music genres. The festival can last between four and five days and goes nonstop. They have tents set up with bands and even comedy acts to entertain the crowd all day and night.

Lollapalooza is another annual music festival. The three day festival takes place in Chicago at Grant Park and features rock bands. What makes this festival different from others is that it acts as a platform for political and non-profit groups. Originally Lollapalooza was supposed to be a farewell tour for the band Jane’s Addiction until the lead singer Perry Farrell partnered with C3 to start a music festival. The festival almost didn’t make it and has had some ups and down. It was an annual festival from 1991 until 1997 and then didn’t start back up again until 2003. Lollapalooza was down for two years and then restarted as an annual festival in 2005 and has continued to go on strong every year. This festival features rock bands and caters more towards that music genre.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, another annual festival, takes place in California at the Empire Polo Fields located in Indio. Besides being a musical influence, the festival also showcases art. Coachella features all types of music genres but focuses on bands with alternative, hip hop, and electronic influences. What makes this festival unique is that it offers an area for attendees to camp out during the weekend. Like ACL, it has one main stage for headlining bands and a number of other stages for bands to perform on.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

ACL Day 3: Mud and Pearl Jam

The festival grounds at Austin City Limits Music Festival were completely destroyed by the rain on day 2 and the massive amounts of traffic walking through the park. The park looked like a giant mud pit. It was hard to walk, the smell from the fertilizer was gross, and the mud got all over the fans’ clothes and shoes. I’ve never seen anything like it before. You can see videos of the mud pit on 977music’s YouTube channel. Zilker Park is being forced to close for a month to try to repair the damages and allow the grass to grow back.

Despite the mud, the music was amazing! Pearl Jam was incredible live. Krystle said that seeing Pearl Jam was one of the best experiences of her life. Everyone at the festival crowded in to watch Pearl Jam give an amazing performance. It was great how they interacted with their fans and showed support to the American troops, police officers, and firefighters. The crowed cheered loudly in support of our nation’s helping forces. Pearl Jam was the only band playing during their time slot at ACL because they were the headliner of the entire weekend. So many people were cheering, singing along, and dancing with excitement. Pearl Jam brought people together of all ages.

Other bands that played live on the Livestrong stage that day were: The Dodos, Clutch, the Toadies, and The Dead Weather. All of the bands performing at ACL were great! If they didn’t have a big fan base before this weekend, playing at ACL will grow their fan base tenfold.

ACL Day 2: Rain and Music

“Rain rain go away, come and play another day.” I guess the rain couldn’t hear Krystle singing over the loud bands playing at Austin City Limits music festival today. There was a 100% chance of rain in the forecast today, and rain it did!

The festival grounds were filled with fans wearing ponchos and carrying umbrellas. There were also some brave souls toughing out the downpour wearing only a tank top and shorts. The rain would come down so hard at times that the ponchos and umbrellas lost the battle to keep Matt and Krystle dry. A lot of festival goers remarked that they would rather be in the rain than suffer in the hot Texas heat. Despite being wet and cold, the fans cheered loud, danced enthusiastically, and rocked out to the hits from the bands playing at the festival. Flogging Molly played drunken Irish lullabies and had everyone in the crowd dancing some sort of an Irish jig. It was hard to see the stage, however, because of everyone holding their umbrellas.

The festival grounds were covered with mud. The grass was completely saturated and you made puddles with every step you took. There were some folks sliding down a grassy hill acting as if it was a slip-n-slide and rolling around in the mud. Near the west entrance of the park, there was a huge mud pit. Krystle was surprised to see that there were hardly any fans rolling around in it. Matt said that the mud and rain reminded him of Woodstock.

ACL and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Rocking the Park

The band, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, totally stole the night away from Kings of Leon. Other people on Twitter agree that Kings of Leon were disappointing tonight. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs had a gorgeous set with a lot of beautiful red colored lighting. Their stage presence and energy was much better than Kings of Leon who seemed boring and yesterday. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs seemed to be filled with energy and excitement as they jumped around the stage. Many people were seen walking away from the Kings of Leon stage and towards the show being performed by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Additionally, when even the older folk sitting with their camping gear under the big oak tree on the grassy null facing the Livestrong stage decided it was time to get up and move cross park, well that about sums up the performance by Kings of Leon. They were not impressive and much overrated and had nothing to offer the crowd except for a light show that couldn’t be beat by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

I’m not saying that Kings of Leon aren’t worth seeing, however tonight they didn’t perform. Their music is better heard from an Internet radio station such as 977music.com which doesn’t have any admission or membership fees.

The weather today held out great and we didn’t have to break out our ponchos. It was warm with a slight breeze. The lines for the bathroom were long and the actual facilities were horrendous. If there is one thing that ACL needs to do, they need to take care of the bathrooms especially for the ladies. The food and drink lines weren’t too bad considering the amount of people eating. The prices on both were very reasonable. Unfortunately I ate at Hoffbrau steaks and didn’t enjoy the steak sandwich I ordered. It was literally a cheap piece of meat on a bun with no condiments provided. It was overpriced for what it was. However, overall the food at ACL seemed good. Tomorrow I will sample more of the food being sold such as pizza, skewers, gyros, wraps, smoothies, kettle corn, and tacos.

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    Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile.

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