I received this press release yesterday, and wanted to pass it on to all of you. Anyone out there ever doubt the fact that I think Randy Houser is just about the best singer in country music right now? I’ve thought that since the first time I heard him sing – and I continue to think that. Vocally, he can’t be beat. And he puts so much of himself into his music.
Well, it looks as though the folks at Country Aircheck agree with me. They recently released their 2009 Airplay Stats list, and Randy Houser ranked No. 1 in the New Artist category. He also had two songs in the Top 100 of 2009 – “Boots On” ranked No. 17, while “Anything Goes” ranked No. 75. Also of note, the press release said, “Boots On” reached Top 2 on Billboard and Mediabase charts and spent two weeks at No. 1 on Music Row charts.
Earning New Artist and Video of the Year nominations for the 43rd Annual CMA Awards, Houser, along with Good Morning America host, Robin Roberts, presented the Album of the Year award to Taylor Swift.
In fall of 2009, Houser co-headlined CMT on Tour 2009: Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser making stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and St. Louis, among 26 other markets. Tourmate Jamey Johnson is quoted as exclaiming: "I watched a blind man jump to his feet and drop his crutches the first time he heard Randy Houser sing." Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis also noted Houser as one of 2009’s “notable breakthroughs” in country music while CMT dubbed 2009 “ a whirlwind year” for the bright new country star.
Houser’s current single, “Whistlin’ Dixie,” debuted with 36 first-week stations on board and is No. 35 on Billboard/BDS and quickly ascending on the charts. The recording will appear on Houser’s sophomore album scheduled for release this spring. Most recently, CMT.com named him one of 2009’s Top 10 New Artists.
Have you got plays for New Year’s Eve yet? If you don’t, and you’re anywhere near Duluth, Ga., you just might want to party with Randy at Wild Bills. The doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $20; Seat at a table, $35; VIP side stage seats at a table, $75, and VIP side stage theater seats are $125. You can order tickets at ticketmaster. I have never been to Wild Bills in Duluth, Ga., but I just checked out ticket availability, which included this seating chart – and I was impressed.
So there you have it – an honor for Randy, and a New Year’s Eve party for any one close enough to go!
I will talk to all of you real soon – keep the mail coming. I know Christmas is just about here, and like most of you – I’ll be doing some relaxing over the Christmas holiday … but I’ll be back to my e-mail real soon! Definitely don’t want to find that mailbox empty!