The Real Kyle Busch and His Quest to Help Children Across the Country

As the season calms down and the major figures of NASCAR return to their ‘off-season’ activities, which in many cases means charity work. Many of the biggest fans in NASCAR lend time, money and resources to their own foundations or the charities closest to their heart. NASCAR heavyweight, Kyle Busch is no exception.  When he’s not competing with NASCAR’s elite, Kyle Busch is focused on improving the lives of neglected, abandoned, abused or orphaned children across the country. After an emotional visit to a children’s home in 2006, Busch vowed to help provide living and learning environments where less fortunate children can pursue their dreams, and thus came The Kyle Busch Foundation.

The Kyle Busch Foundation concentrates its efforts on assisting organizations in fostering a safe environment for children to live, learn and challenge themselves as well as providing assistance for day-to-day needs. The foundation supports a number of charities including St. Johns Home (Grand Rapids, MI), Carolina’s Children Center (Concord, NC), Girls and Boys Town of Nevada (Las Vegas, NV) and Carrie Steele-Pitts Home (Atlanta, GA) and many more.

This holiday season many NASCAR families can help their favorite drivers and many more by giving to these charities. Find your favorite athlete and their charity below.

Kyle Busch
Jeff Gordon
Jim McMurray
Ward Burton
Danny Hamlin

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Jason Boland Back on the Road!

From “Texas Music News”
Fans of Jason Boland won’t have to wait too much longer to catch their honky-tonk hero in action again. The Texas country circuit mainstay has been sidelined since early July after being diagnosed with a blood-filled polyp on his vocal chord, a setback that unfortunately coincided with the release of his most recent album. On the upside, the medical treatments were a success and Boland’s voice has made a full recovery. The tour will kick off in Oklahoma in late November, with shows at Gruene Hall and Billy Bob’s booked shortly thereafter. Boland may be returning to larger audiences than ever; the title track from Comal County Blue hit No. 1 on the Texas Music Chart during his convalescence, and his new single (fittingly titled “The Party’s Not Over”) features a duet with Boland’s friend and influence Robert Earl Keen.

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Josh Ward’s Upcoming Tour Dates

11/12/2008 Old Town Spring, TX       Puffabelly’s
11/16/2008 Spring, TX     Big Texas Dancehall – Spring
11/26/2008 Houston, TX     Tumbleweed Texas
11/28/2008 Houston, TX     Firehouse Saloon
11/29/2008 Monavile, TX     Thirsty Parrot
12/05/2008 Conroe, TX     The Corner Pub
12/06/2008 Shepherd, TX     Reno’s Dancehall & Saloon
12/12/2008 Tomball, TX     Main Street Crossing
12/13/2008 Conroe, TX     Tut’s Bar
12/18/2008 Houston, TX     Armadillo Palace
12/19/2008 Waller, TX     Cedar Creek Saloon
12/27/2008 Monavile, TX     Thirsty Parrot
12/31/2008 Onalaska, TX     Rockin’ Ranch

Josh Ward @

See you at the shows!

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Brandon Rhyder’s Upcoming Tour Dates

11/13/2008 Midland, TX     The Ranch
11/14/2008 Amarillo, TX     Midnight Rodeo
11/15/2008 Lubbock, TX     Wild West
11/16/2008 Denton, TX     Rockin’ Rodeo
11/20/2008 Huntsville, TX     Jolly Fox
11/21/2008 Helotes, TX     Josabi’s
11/26/2008 Houston, TX     Firehouse Saloon
11/29/2008 Coupland, TX     Coupland Dance Hall
12/04/2008 Manhattan, KS     Longhorn’s Saloon
12/06/2008 Oklahoma City, OK     Wormy Dog Saloon
12/08/2008 San Marcos, TX     Cheatham Street Warehouse
12/10/2008 College Station, TX     Hurricane Harry’s
12/12/2008 Gun Barrel City, TX     Gaters Bar & Grill
12/13/2008 Paris, TX     Crosswire
12/31/2008 Austin, TX     Midnight Rodeo
02/12/2009 San Antonio, TX     San Antonio Livestock and Rodeo
05/01/2009 Holliday, TX     Private Show: Private Show
05/16/2009 Spring, TX     Private Show: Private Ranch
05/23/2009 Downtown, TX     Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
06/06/2009 Waco, TX     Private Show: Roosevelt Room
09/12/2009 Kyle, TX     Private Show: Texas Old Town

See you at the show!

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Overdrawn Over Christmas

“Overdrawn Over Christmas” set to light up phone lines like a Christmas tree

It’s the perfect novelty holiday song for these trying times, and this week Bill Hennes of is beginning to work “Overdrawn Over Christmas” to Radio. The tempo song is timely, it’s hooky, it’s funny, and as Bill wrote last week, “Wow….this is a SMASH… it!” Tommy Joe Wilson, who many on the Row believe is poised to become the next breakout star from the Lone Star State, sings the heck out of this very danceable song. The veteran Country programmer Jay Phillips said, “I’ve been picking hits for 30 years. THIS is a hit!” The writers include veteran hitmakers Duane Hitchings (he wrote four of Rod Stewart’s biggest, including “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”) and Don Goodman (writer of Blake Shelton’s “Ol’ Red,” Alabama’s “Angels Among Us” and many more), and the lovely Oklahoma singer/songwriter and veteran Radio sales star Amy Jack. “Overdrawn Over Christmas” will also be serviced to Radio via cdTEX in San Antonio.

“Overdrawn” is perfectly timed for this holiday season, when it seems that everybody, including major banks and Fortune 500 corporations – and even the U.S. Government – are overdrawn themselves. Companies big and small are laying off employees and shutting their doors, so your listeners will certainly relate to “Overdrawn Over Christmas,” which is far stronger musically and more relatable lyrically than “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” which has gotten holiday spins every year since 1984. “Overdrawn Over Christmas” is guaranteed to give your listeners 3 minutes of smiling relief from the challenges this holiday season. –

By Phil Sweetland, Publisher, Country Insider weekly Enewsletter for Country Radio



Broadcast companies, for your free copy send contact info to

For more information about Tommy Joe Wilson, check out

HoldFast Entertainment
38 Music Sq. East
Nashville, Tn. 37203

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Texas charttopper Wade Bowen raised over $84,000 for Postpartum Support International (PSI) this weekend in his 11th annual “Wade Bowen Classic” celebrity concert and golf tournament in Waco, TX.  The successful two-day event saw a record turnout and raised more money than the last two years combined.

Bowen, with the help of friends Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Rogers and Stoney LaRue, played to a crowd of over 1400 Sunday night in Waco.  The next morning 135 golfers, including fellow musicians Kyle Park, Doug Moreland and Darren Kozelsky as well as members of the Texas Rangers baseball team, joined him at beautiful Cottonwood Creek Golf Course for a round of golf and dinner to cap off the record-breaking event.  Other notable Texas musicians that showed up to support the cause and play golf were Ryan Beaver, South First Band, Bo Cox, Bobby Duncan and Texas Renegade.

Bowen’s critically acclaimed third studio effort IF WE EVER MAKE IT HOME was released Sept. 30 and includes the moving track “Turn on the Lights,” written by Bowen about his family’s struggle with postpartum depression.

Postpartum Support International (PSI) is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing. PSI works tirelessly to support, educate, research and advocate for women who experience emotional changes and mental illness during pregnancy and postpartum.

To learn more about Postpartum Support International, click HERE

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North Texas Earthquakes


Thursday Night Oct. 30 and Friday Morning Oct. 31 2008 two earthquakes were reported in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area of North Texas an d one in Oklahoma.

The first one, centered in Grand Prairie, Texas, measured 2.5 on the ricter scale and was reported at 11:25 pm Thursday night. The second, centered in Irving, Texas, measured 3.0. and at 11:30am Thursday morning a 3.1 magnitude quake shook McCloud, Oklahoma 180 miles to the north of Dallas. These quakes appeared to be centered 3 miles deep in the earth. Aftershocks are expected to be felt for several days according to the US Geological Survey.

As of this post no signifacant damage was reported.

From what I have gathered the earthquake was caused by a shift in the Barnett Shale, a natural gas deposit found in the 1950’s


Saturday morning at 6:54am another 2.7 magnitude quake hit the DFW area centered in North Irving, Texas (The Las Colinas area). Again no damage was reported!

We are now up to 8 small quakes to hit the DFW area this past week. Here is a breakdown of Time, locations and strengths.

Time GPS City Mag.
10/30/08 10:25pm 32.800N 97.016W Irving, Texas 2.6
10/30/08 11:01pm 32.836N 97.029W Irving, Texas 3.0
10/30/08 11:33pm 32.871N 96.971W Irving, Texas 2.6
10/31/08 1:58am 32.832N 97.012W Irving, Texas 2.9
10/31/08 2:54pm 32.831N 97.028W Irving, Texas 2.9
10/31/08 3:01pm 32.788N 97.028W Grand Prairie, Texas 2.9
11/01/08 5:53am 32.766N 97.035W Grand Prairie, Texas 2.5
11/01/08 5:54am 32.873N 96.968W Irving, Texas 2.7

I have also uploaded this info to Google Earth and Google maps.

You can view these locations online with Google maps at this link:

If any more news comes from this story, I’ll update you!

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Randy Rogers Band Self Titled CD on Sale now

The Randy Rogers Band has a new CD out as of 9/23/08 simply titled “Randy Rogers Band” You can pick one up at Red River Marketplace for $13.99 Check it out!

1     Wicked Ways
2     Better Than I Ought To Be
3     Lonely Too Long
4     One Woman
5     Never Be That High
6     Didn’t Know You Could
7     In My Arms Instead
8     When The Circus Leaves Town
9     Buy Myself A Chance
10     Break Even
11     Let It Go
12     This Is Goodbye
The Randy Rogers Band: Randy Rogers (vocals, acoustic guitar); Geoffrey Hill (vocals, electric guitar); Jon Richardson (bass guitar); Les Lawless (drums); Brady Black.
Personnel: Brady Black (vocals, fiddle); Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, Todd Cooper, Sean McConnell (vocals); Eric Borash (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, baritone guitar, dobro, mandolin); Radney Foster (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Clayton E. Corn (Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboard); Craig Krampf (percussion).
Recording information: Dockside Studios, Maurice, LA.
A honky-tonk good time from one of country’s most dependable acts, this self-titled set by the Randy Rogers Band shows the group at their best. Produced by new traditionalist country mainstay Radney Foster, RANDY ROGERS BAND features 12 tough, scrappy country-rock songs that eschew formulaic “all my rowdy friends” type cliches. As a result, songs like “Never Be That High,” “When The Circus Leaves Town,” and “Wicked Ways” at times sound like nothing quite so much as contemporary country’s version of the early albums by Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty.
The Randy Rogers Band built its audience by combining forces: It’s a dynamic live act centered around songs that fit the rowdy, party vibe of the concert circuit, but their songs also say something. That’s particularly true in the new album, RANDY ROGERS BAND, in which a dozen persuasive tracks give the listener plenty of reasons to want to down a celebratory brewski. But the songs also maintain a depth that makes them powerful and provocative.

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Real Life – Real Music Season 4

WOW season 4 of the Real Life-Real Music Songwriter series held at Dosey Doe in the Woodlands is underway. Kyle Hutton does a fabulous job hosting the show!  This season’s lineup is:

Oct 28 – Rick Trevino
Nov 11 – Sisters Morales
Nov 18  – Bryan White
Dec 2  – Rodney Hayden
Dec 16 – Shelly King
Georgia Middleman
Idgy Vaughn
Jan 13 – Dale Watson
Jan 27 – Sunny Sweeney
Feb 10 – Perfect Stranger
Feb 24 – John Evans
Jamie Richards
Mar 10 – Billy Dean
Mar 24 – Jesse Dayton &
Brennen Leigh

This is a free dinner show so remember to call 281-367-3774 for reservations. $12.50 per seat deposit now required which will be credited towards your bill.

For more details, go to

Thanks to Katie Key from Texas Music for the Country for this news story!

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Wade Bowen returns to host his 11th annual “Wade Bowen Classic” concert and celebrity golf tournament to benefit Postpartum Support International (PSI) on November 2-3 in Waco.

The all-star concert kicks off the two-day event at the Heart of Texas Fairground GE Building at 7:00pm on November 2 featuring Bowen and friends, including Cross Canadian Ragweed with more guest announcements in the coming weeks. The golf tournament the next day is a two-man scramble and will take place at beautiful Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco.

“I’m so proud of how this event has grown and how everyone has come together to raise so much money,” said Bowen. “This year we are partnering with PSI, which hits really close to home for me because my wife battled postpartum depression after the birth of our first child, and I know how severely it can affect families. Believe me when I tell you that it is a cause that needs more awareness.”

Tickets for the both portions of the weekend are available through and start at $15. In the two previous years, the “Wade Bowen Classic” has raised almost $60,000.

For additional information for more information about sponsorships or group ticket discounts please visit

Thanks to Katie Key from Texas Music for the Country for this news story!

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