Friday, September 29, 2006

Timberrrrr!



I haven't a whole lot to say about this, except it was taken with a disposable camera on a trip to Maine in 2003.

Oh, and my teeth hurt.

Lord knows what I was thinking.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

AUDIO>> Last Night

...was the premiere broadcast of Daniel Britt & Friends on XM 34, enLighten.

I'm working on a page here at danielbritt.com devoted to the show, where you can find upcoming programming info and other program-related details. I'll let you know as soon as it's available. Don't forget you can also sign-up for the Daniel Britt & Friends email newsletter to stay abreast of upcoming guests and promotions.

I'm also thinking about a way to better categorize the interviews - alphabetically comes to mind. I may try and also categorize them by subject matter (separating the musicians from the authors, etc...). Let me know your thoughts on that (you can email me or comment on this post below).

Back to last night: we listened to the show with some friends, my wife took a picture of my XM Radio display, then we went to eat with some friends.

Afterwards, Dan Dixon from XM called and we went on AMERICA channel 10, live, to talk about my new program. He asked me for a good Southern Gospel selection to introduce the non-SG world to the music and "Shoutin' Time" by the Hoppers came to mind.

Here's the audio from the live bit on America 10 last night with Dan Dixon and me.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Today is the day

Daniel Britt & Friends debuts this evening at 7 Eastern on enLighten 34. I'm excited about it...just a little bit ;) I will then be on America 10 a little later this evening to talk with Dan Dixon about the show.

PR has been good leading up to tonight's launch... Griffin Daily News (Griffin, GA) did a front page article on it; AllAccess had a write-up, as well as the Singing News and SouthernGospelLovers. XM promoted it in their weekly email newsletter, right under Oprah and Amy Grant.

Not only has "Oprah & Friends" (I like the name) debuted as well, but I found out something interesting about today's date: Today is the 5 year anniversary of XM Satellite Radio. Originally, XM was scheduled to launch its inaugural services on September 12, 2001. Because of the terrorist attacks, the date was moved back. Here's the XM press release from 9/25/01:

XM USHERS IN NEXT GENERATION OF RADIO WITH 71 GREAT SONGS

Washington D.C., September 25, 2001 -- XM Satellite Radio ushered in the next generation of radio with 71 great songs representing the spirit and passion of each of its music channels.

"Twenty years ago MTV launched its service with one song, 'Video Killed the Radio Star' by the Buggles. Today's, launch of XM Radio with 71 great songs from modern Rock to Classical, Blues to Hip Hop, Heavy Metal to Country shows that radio is very much alive and well with each of our channels a celebration of the music and the artists they are dedicated to serve."

Tuesday, September 25, 2001 is not only the launch date of XM but is also the birthday for 71 great XM music channels. Thus, each disc jockey and music director was tasked with identifying that one song that summarized the spirit and passion of their respective channel. The list is as follows:

Channel Song Artist
The 40s Sunny Side of the Street Tommy Dorsey
The 50s Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley
The 60s Revolution Beatles
The 70s Space Oddity David Bowie
The 80s Radio GAGA Queen
The 90s O.P.P. Naughty By Nature
America God Bless the U.S.A. Lee Greenwood
WSIX XM It's A Great Day to Be Alive Travis Tritt
X Country I'm Country Trent Summar
Hank's Place Honky Tonkin' Hank Williams
Bluegrass Junction Steam Powered Aeroplane John Hartford
Highway 15 Only In America Brooks & Dunn
20 on 20 I'm Real Jennifer Lopez
KISS Drive Incubus
MIX Follow Me Uncle Kracker
Heart Power of Love Celine Dion
LITE Against All Odds Collins/Carey
MTV Radio Music Madonna
VHI Radio Beautiful Day U2
Cinemagic Over The Rainbow Judy Garland
On Broadway Circle of Life Lion King
U-POP Rock DJ Robbie Williams
Special X The Adventures of Greggery Peccary Frank Zappa
The Torch Minuteman Stavescare
The Fish Gather at the River Point of Grace
On the Rocks That Old Black Magic Louis Prima & Keeley Smith
Ethel History Repeating Propellerhead w/ Shirley Bassey
Deep Tracks Brave New World Steve Miller
Boneyard Hello America Def Leppard
XMLM Liberate Slipknot
XMU The Mind KRS-1
Fred Radio Clash The Clash
XM Café Satellite Dave Matthews Band
Top Tracks Born In the USA Bruce Springsteen
The Loft World in Changes Dave Mason
XM Music Lab The Return of Sathington Willoughby Primus
Unsigned You're Electric Marnie Ann
Soul Street National Anthem (NBA Performance) Marvin Gaye
Flow Rock the Boat Aaliyah
BET Uptown Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now McFaddin & Whitehead
Spirit Purpose Jeff Major
Groove Shining Star Earth, Wind & Fire
The Rhyme Beats to the Rhyme Run-DMC
RAW All-Cities Mix of Petey Pablo's Raise Up
Real Jazz What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
Watercolors Can You Hear Me? The Jazzmasters
Beyond Jazz Here to Stay Pat Metheney
Frank's Place I've Got the World on a String Frank Sinatra
Bluesville Why I Sing the Blues BB King
Luna Luna de Fiesta Jose Luis Encinas
The Move Blackout Lil' Louis & The World
BPM Music Sounds Better Stardust
Club 82 Hot Music Pal Joey
Chrome Get Down Tonight KC & The Sunshine Band
Aguila El Ray Vicente Fernandez
Caricia Abrazame Muy Fuerte Juan Gabriel
Vibra Nostalgia El Tria
Tejano Las Nubas Little Joey y La Familia
Caliente Guatanemero Perez Prado
World Zone Field of Gold Daughters of the Celtic Moon
The Joint One Love Bob Marley
Ngoma Magic System Premier Grou
Audiovisions Within You Without You Angels of Venice
Radio Taj Mitwa Lagaan
C-Wave I Believe Art Rene Lau
XM Classics Consecration of the House Overture Beethoven
Fine Tuning Turn Me On Rotary Connection
Vox An Die Musik (To Music) Schubert
XM Pops Jupiter Holst
XM Kids Small People Ziggy Marley
Radio Disney Pop 'N Sync
XM Comedy Seven Dirty Words Carlin
Laugh USA Who's on First Abbot & Costello

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Friday, September 22, 2006

AUDIO>> Kelly McRae / The McRae's announcement

UPDATE: Here's the audio excerpt from my interview with Annie and Kelly McRae about the group re-formation that was made at NQC '06. After reviewing the audio, I also caught the fact that her husband, Ricky Free, will be coming off the road to do more studio work. So, two personnel deletions to make note of.

For the Kelly McRae audio announcement...click here.

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AUDIO>> American Gospel Music Press Conference


Pictured (l-r) following the press conference last week are Clarke Beasley, Executive Vice President, National Quartet Convention; Dr Roy Hayes, President, CMP; Eric Dale Knapp, Conductor-in-Residence, MidAmerica Productions; Dr Randall Bayne, CEO, CMP; and Brian Brown, Associate Director, Lifeway Worship Group.

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I attended the press conference at NQC where the convention announced the partnership between CMP, NQC, LifeWay and MidAmerica Productions (management for Carnegie Hall). I rolled tape on the whole conference and have it here for you to hear. CLICK HERE to download the mp3 file that starts with Clarke Beasley's introduction. Then, each member is introduced as they come up to speak.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

New NQC Pictures Added

See new pictures from the National Quartet Convention (2006) where I did a TON of artist interviews for the new XM show.

It includes pictures of:
Legacy Five
Janet Paschal
Hemphills
Weatherfords
Ben Speer
Mike Allen
Crabb Family
Greater Vision
and The Isaacs

More pics to come soon...

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Guy Penrod Faints On Stage...?

Daniel Mount's blog is reporting that an audience member attending a Gaither concert in South Africa last week witnessed Guy Penrod fainting at the end of a song when Guy hit a high note. I hear Guy is ok ... which is quite a relief to hear! No more dramatic moments, please!

- Daniel Britt

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Annie & Kelly McRae: group changes

As a result of an interview I had with Annie and Kelly McRae during this year's NQC, I found out that Kelly (the younger of "Annie and Kelly" fame) will be coming off the road soon. She recently married Ricky Free (son of Brian Free) and will cease traveling to be at home more.

Annie will remain on the road and will add two members to evolve the duo into a trio and undoubtedly announce a new name for the group.

As soon as I have the audio from my interview, I will post the clip that includes their announcement so you can hear first-hand as I heard it. As far as the rumor that Ricky Free will be leaving Brian Free & Assurance, I don't think anything specific was said - so at this point, it's still just a rumor.

UPDATE: I have the audio up in Kelly's own words announcing her departure from "The McRaes." After reviewing the audio, I also caught the fact that her husband, Ricky Free, will be coming off the road to do more studio work. So, two personnel deletions to make note of.

For the Kelly McRae audio announcement...click here.

-Daniel Britt

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Daniel Britt Joins XM Satellite Radio!

The news is out: I will be producing and hosting a new weekly radio show for XM Satellite Radio, on Channel 34, enLighten!

I really can't tell you how excited I am about this opportunity.

The show is called "Daniel Britt & Friends" and will focus a large part on artists interviews and documentaries, as well as including other fun features like flashbacks, did you know?, and concert happenings around the country.

The program debuts on Monday, September 25, 2006 at 7PM Eastern (4PM Pacific). Each week, you will have three opportunities to catch the show. Here are the scheduled broadcast times:

- Mondays at 7 PM Eastern/4 PM Pacific
- Thursdays at 10 PM Eastern/7 PM Pacific
- Saturdays at 12 Noon Eastern/9 AM Pacific


The first program is a tribute to the late Anthony Burger, and for the program, I talked to LuAnn Burger, Lori, Sonya and Lily Isaacs, and Buddy Greene. The week of the show's debut, enLighten will also be paying a week-long tribute to Anthony, including some great contest.

As you might expect, you can keep up to date with future programming notes and details, as well as download more extensive versions of the interviews, here at danielbritt.com.

I'm also putting together an email newsletter that will keep you abreast of program notes. You can subscribe here.

"Daniel Britt & Friends" will be heard on XM Satellite Radio's channel 34, enLighten. You can also hear it online at xmradio.com, at AOL Radio, or with DirecTV on channel 828.

- Learn more about XM at xmradio.com
- Learn more about enLighten
- Check out enlighten34.com
- Sign up for the Daniel Britt & Friends email newsletter
- Read press release here
- See newspaper article

(note: nothing changes with the affiliation with NewLife.FM in Atlanta. Daniel will still be heard each weekday afternoon at 4:30 and on Saturday nights at 7. See updated schedule page)

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NQC T-Shirt


Over at averyfineline, there's been a suggestion to create a t-shirt (in fun) that reads "Spiritually Certified by NQC" ... It kept staring me in the face when I would read it... so, I couldn't resist.

It's been designed, you can buy it and maybe even have it shipped by NQC time. Who knows.

Here's the link: https://www.spreadshirt.com/shop.php?sid=49585

(note: really, this is just for fun. no disrespect is meant. hey, and it's free press for CMP!)

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