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After Lots of tears and aggravation, and huge problems with hosting / domain / etc etc etc over the last couple of years…

I am glad to inform you that Afreshentertainmentmagazine,com IS BACK!

I have Missed you ALL and look forward to getting this site ROCKING!


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The past is simply the past. Cherish those great times, magical moments, fond memories, precious photos, and the beating of the heart! But dwelling on some incident from 5, 10, or 20 years can leave you nothing but grudge holding– wasting away good living on a daily basis! There is too much pain and suffering in the world to let something eat at you for decades but you never tell the person until years later when they tell you how much they love you so you just slap them in the face with the mere “acquaintance saga”. You may have tears, you may be hurt beyond the normal. But it’s better the truth has finally surfaced and you know who you friends really are, or who may be a sheep in wolves clothing; so don’t throw your pearls before swine anymore–time to let it go!

Would you want to strengthen a friendship when there is so much bitterness hidden in the cracks? Where would you try to begin again and would it really be wise? Would you be able to form a mutual trust after being told you are really nothing to them so to speak? How do you feel after you poured your heart and soul from your feelings to them? Where do you go from there. Reality just set in–it is Not beautiful like you hoped for. It hurts even worse when they were once family to you, now doesn’t it?

In today’s world when you see an old friend who you haven’t seen in years and you hug them with tears forming in your eyes, you know you have found a true everlasting friendship!. When you can pick up the pieces where you last saw each other, and talk about everything in between there’s a closeness that’s so remarkable you embrace it. love it, feel it deeply within and you know that’s what real love and friendship is really all about. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed– the feelings of love rise above all. No words even have to exchange when the smiles or tears say it all. It’s called living life to the fullest. We all get busy with our daily routine, working, taking care of others, being a parent, having a family, taking care of our pets, etc. Yet still–we are able to love with all of our heart. We are able to trust! We have a glorious bond within our hearts. That my friend, it true friends.

In my life I have family and friends who I may not see for many years, for some, even decades but when we are together for one minute in that instant those feelings of trust, loyalty, sincerity, family ties, our roots, and everlasting friendship grow even more and the bond of friendship will always be there for our eternity on this earth. Thus the present forms a new exciting chapter of keeping in touch more frequently, living and loving life, caring and sharing, allowing love to nurture into something so beautiful words alone can’t describe the feelings inside.

What does the future hold for love and friendship? Well, when it’s time to move on–you will know. Someone who refers to you as a mere acquaintance really has no passion of becoming involved with you again, there’s absolutely no trust left, and what was– has died– because of a form of being stubborn, not communicating, not telling the truth! It’s their dear John letter to the grave, it’s finality that hurts you deeply because you still love and care for the person. It’s time to forget, even if you have forgiven–even if you have loved when it hurt, even if you did try once, twice, etc. but there was always something there you just couldn’t put your finger on until now, don’t waste any more time–move on.

Let love grow and bonds form where there is true and meaningful LOVE. In the end, those types of friends will be the ones who may be lonely because if they do it to you, it may be a pattern of how they treat others unless they are dying. Then, it may really be too late!

Let LOVE guide you to everlasting friendship, eternal peace, and the gift of embracing life. Move on with grace and God’s light, and pray for those who still don’t understand the beauty of a true friend!

Anne Shiever

Many thanks to the friend who taught me to move on with my head held high!

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We’re Up and Running Again! Look Out America–We Are Back and Better!

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Just a note for all of our very dear fans and friends to let you know why we have been out of touch for the past several months with articles and interviews. Due to family health issues, Darlene Mattas who was one of the editing assistants had a stroke in July of 2011 and still resides in a Nursing home about an hour away from us now. Also, during that same time frame a group of magazine stalkers “haters” decided to literally rob us blind at Rock Band events we were covering, and also try to steal our identity, make threats, etc. After the mind blowing events that took place the next few years, we had to back off a bit for financial reasons. We really can handle the stress of seeing scum–however, the wise choice is to be above that and avoid it whenever possible.

You see Afresh Entertainment Magazine has always been established with honesty, integrity, and professionalism! Unfortunately since we were never established as a profitable organization at first and we did everything for free to help the industry, competitors who are deceitful individuals thought by stealing, harassing, stalking, cyber-bullying, and slandering us they would weed out the weak. But once record labels, clients, musicians, artists, and society in general found out the real truth from their own terrible judgement and ridiculous actions, well then you can eventually put one step forward a little at a time and relax again.

Due to these chaotic nightmares we have had to do a little housecleaning, pulling out some of the weeds, and planting new flowers so to speak. Some of the volunteer staff members have moved to other states thus covering other stories of interest now too. We are in the process of writing different types of articles of entertainment–still focusing on music but venturing out more into all of the arts; thus we will still be covering events from time to time in different areas of the world as well as doing written, video and podcast interviews, photo montages, etc. while we are finishing up the perfect novel too!

{We will be charging a small fee for ads and written materials now and then to help pay for programming and expenses, but overall we will still try to give something wonderful back to those who bring entertainment to the world.}

So happily we’re up and running again, and look out because we are back, and better than ever before! We have a few bugs to work through with the updates on the program side of the site so bear with us while we get things tweaked! We hope those of you who support Afresh Entertainment Magazine will keep on reading and spreading the word as we are celebrating our 7th year as an entertainment resource for all ages. We love you all! From the heart!

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Adult Coloring Books “Therapy, Relaxation, and Inner Child” All In One

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Adult Coloring Books “Therapy, Relaxation, and Inner Child” All In One

Adult Coloring Books are the newest form of therapy and relaxation that is rapidly sweeping the nation. Men and women are finding their artistic side and releasing their inner child by coloring. The art of coloring for adults is rapidly becoming part of the daily routine to relax, decompress, and unleash the freedom to express yourself in an array of colors. With everything from easy stress relieving patterns to difficult drawings you can think outside the box to create something beautiful.

For some, the adult coloring book is similar to searching for the right tattoo art, extravagant bold art deco designs, Venetian Masks, Floral Patterns, Aerial Cities from around the world, Birds, Animals, and so much more to fulfill an artistic desire or fantasy world. The chance to release the imaginary mind, express yourself, and then share a masterpiece on a social site encourages the growth of this remarkable form of stress relief.

The new Mandalas found in many of the books take us back to the time of the spirograph and the popularity of the Etch-a-Sketch. Many hospitals and doctors offices are finding these books are a calming aid for their patients as well.

So if you haven’t joined the Adult Coloring Craze, what are you waiting for? Check out some of the Adult Coloring Books on-line or at a book store near you. Happy Coloring.

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Kansas Author’s Club Convention to be held in Topeka Kansas October 2015

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The 2015 Kansas Author’s Club Convention will be held in Topeka, Kansas this year on October 2-4 2015 at the Ramada Inn.  The guest speaker for the banquet Elle Lothlorien author of “Kissing Frogs and Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole: The Topsy-Turvy State of Publishing” will share some of her own insight to the Convention Guests.  Elle’s first self-published romantic comedy, The Frog Prince, became an Amazon bestseller in December 2010, and peaked at #1 on Amazon’s Top 100 List for Humor in 2012. She was one of the first self-published authors to take advantage of Amazon’s“ free promo days,” and gave away 45,000 copies of her books on Valentine’s Day, 2012 —catapulting her second novel,  Sleeping Beauty, to Amazon’s bestseller list.  You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear or see this wonderful woman!

The KAC convention features a Youth Contest night on Friday evening for the youth members and non-members who have entered the yearly contest.  The youth have the opportunity to read their work to the adults that evening.  It is a wonderful way for youth and adults to interact.  Even if you haven’t entered the contest for 2015 but have written a piece of poetry or prose, youth guests are highly encouraged to read to the public audience and share their work.

The Book Room featuring books written by Kansas Author’s Club members is also open to the General Public so it is a fantastic opportunity to meet and greet author’s and have your book signed. Interesting and educational workshops scheduled for this year’s convention are:

2015 Convention Speakers and Topics:
  Know What You’re Doing: Craft, structure, genre, story in fiction writing

Mark Bouton

  Tips for Writing a Novel

Elle Lothlorien

  Dating Your Book: Understanding the Amazon Algorithm Through Online Dating

Esther Luttrell

  Creating Dynamic Dialogue and Believable Characters
  Writing and Publishing an Autobiography That’s More Than A Memoir

Max McCoy

  The Three Keys of Effective Research

Kevin Rabas

  Writing Mediatative Poetry

Kevin Rabas

  Using Decription and Imagery in Poetry and Prose

T. Dawn Richard

  Using Screenwriting Techniques to Plot Your Novel

T. Dawn Richard

  The Butler Did It! Tackling the unique challenges of writing a mystery

Dennis Smirl

  A Century of Science Fiction

Kansas Author’s Club was established in 1904.  You don’t have to be from Kansas to belong to one of the oldest organizations for writers in the world today!  People from other parts of the USA have joined the organization especially for the fantastic encouragement and growth in youth writing, and the KAC Outreach Project called “Writer’s in the Community”.

There is more information about the convention on the Kansas Author’s Club website, but if you want to learn more or join KAC, then here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions?

What is a super benefit of joining the Kansas Author’s Club?  You have the wonderful opportunity to meet and connect with real people just like yourself who have loved to read or write but just needed a little encouragement to keep moving forward.  KAC is a great way to learn new techniques in writing, share ideas and stories, get input from some of the experts in the field, find amazing resources for writers you won’t find anywhere else, learn about self-publishing or going through a Publisher, marketing tips from people who have already been through book tours, signings, etc.  The members of KAC are more than just club members.  They are willing to help each other and it is more like belonging to a family of writers and great friends.  KAC is also on the social site–facebook now so you can go to Kansas Author’s Club and simply like the page to keep updated.  Kansas Author’s Club also has a connection with the Spencer Library and Museum as a part of Kansas History so if you have published a book, you can have your own book placed into the Spencer library too.

Who qualifies for membership? Anyone who is interested in writing. Kansans and any writers with a connection to the state are welcome to join.  So if you lived in Kansas before, or have family ties in Kansas then this may be an organization for you.  If you haven’t ever lived in Kansas but have a Connection to the state in some manner, then join us!  Many photographers and media hosts have also become writers or written blogs before and joined.  People who frequently travel through Kansas and feel a connection should think about the rare opportunity to be a part of a family of writers who love to share and encourage others.

When may new members join? The Kansas Authors Club accepts new members throughout the year. Those who join after October 1 will be credited as paying for the coming year’s membership. Current members must renew their membership by March 31 of each year in order to remain an active member in good standing. Those who allow their membership to lapse may apply to the Financial Secretary for reinstatement before December 31 of the year in which membership has lapsed. Membership year is from Jan 1 to Dec. 31.

ANNUAL DUES Adult: $25.00* Junior (Student through 12th grade): $10.00 —25% of the state dues are returned to the Districts for local expenses

*Members may now pay dues for more than one year, up to a maximum of five years. The dues scale is as follows: One Year: $ 25.00 Two years: $ 47.00 (Savings of $ 3.00) Three years: $ 67.00 (Savings of $ 8.00) Four years $ 85.00 (Savings of $15.00) Five years $101.00 (Savings of $ 24.00)

The best and easiest part is you can now join on-line with payment through Paypal for your convenience so what are you waiting for?  It also makes a wonderful gift too!  As a parent, if you have a writer in your home–then encourage them to join and buy a membership for your child, niece, or young relative today.


For more information, please visit our website at  Kansas Author’s Club is a public charity under IRS code 501(c)(3).  Read about the History of KAC, a downloadable PDF file book.  See you at the convention!!!!!


Anne Shiever–KAC Publicity Chair

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Traveling tips

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10 Tips to make traveling by airplane easier

1.  SIT AND POWER YOURSELF AND THE CHILDREN DOWN! Yes, we know you are excited about traveling to your destination; but keep the talking to a minimum once you have sat down in your seat after boarding the aircraft.  Excessive noise is annoying to others around you.  Turn off all power equipment including the cell phones!  Listen to the flight attendants and follow their instructions.  If you have small children, bring something small they can do on the plane like a search a word book, or book they love to read.  Keep them occupied and talk with them about staying seated before you board the airplane so they are aware of what is going to be expected of them. Nobody wants to be embarrassed by a screaming child or be reprimanded by the flight attendant.


2.  BRING A SMALL PORTABLE DVD PLAYER When you have children, it’s best to keep them busy or sleeping during the flight if possible.  If you have a small portable dvd player, you will be able to let them watch a movie during the flight.  Headphones or earplugs are another great idea to help block out the noise too.  Remind them of the quiet time and keep their voice to a tiny whisper!


3.  TAKE HEALTHY SNACKS Times have changed and the airlines don’t always give out snacks so pack something that will not make you over thirsty.  Small carrots are a great snack to have with you but not always available.  Pack light snacks, not sweets and you will feel better on your trip.  Some people say if they chew on gum it keep the ears from popping.  Just make sure you don’t toss gum anywhere except the trash can once you are finished chewing on it.


4.  HAND SANITIZER Lets face it, there are lots of germs out there and who wants to be sick when traveling.  Pack a very small container of hand sanitizer and be sure to use it.  Make sure to visit the restroom before your trip to help you so you don’t have to use the facilities on the plane.  if you have small children, this is a must as they can’t always hold their bladder like an adult.  This is also true with the elderly people.


5.  DRINK WATER Stay hydrated!  Pop and alcohol are not going to hydrate you.  They do just the opposite.  You can pack a small empty bottle to fill with water once you are past the check in stage; however you may want to plan to purchase water on the plane.  Keep yourself hydrated and if you can drink plenty of water before boarding the plane.


6.  PAY FOR INFLIGHT WIFI If you need the internet services while on the airplane, pay for this service in advance to save you time and headache.  Many business people use this service so be sure to ask when checking in.


7.  CHECK RECENT REGULATIONS If you haven’t traveled in awhile be sure to check the recent regulations for all carry on luggage.  Be sure to check the sizes of luggage and weight restrictions for carry on and check in luggage!  Each airline may be different and you don’t want to have problems before boarding the airplane.


8.   CHECK CARRY ON AT THE GATE The airlines have an area to check the baggage size so make sure the weight restrictions aren’t going to stop you from boarding the plane.  Check your luggage at the gate.  Follow the guidelines to prevent problems.


9.  KEEP YOUR CARRY ON ITEMS SMALL AND LIGHT! Most airlines want you to check in your luggage and they allow the purse, laptop, small container, etc as one of the bags.  This means only one other bag will be allowed in the overhead compartment, so if you don’t need it with you; check it in before boarding the plane.


10.  SLEEP KIT Take a sweater, shawl or small light weight blanket!  Keep it light.  You may be cold on the airplane and they don’t always hand out blankets or pillows anymore.  Although each flight is different, your comfort is all up to you!   Have a happy and safe trip to your destination!


Contributed by: Anne Shiever

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Orlando Florida or Bust!

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Orlando or Bust!

Yes, it’s true we’re off to Orlando Florida to visit with the staff at Sea World, and hopefully speak to other agents who run Walt Disney World theme parks as well to include Sea World, Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Center, Epcot Center, Magic Kingdom, the two water parks and more.  After speaking with a member of the news media on-line via a blog post yesterday, I was told they treat members of media both freelance photographers and writers with great prestige!  So far,  I have had a very difficult time reaching a member of the publicity department as of yet; but I’m not giving up hope.  It is our goal to write stories of events that happen at Walt Disney World both as a travel experience and a dream come true.  I’m praying for a miracle and we haven’t stepped on the plane just yet so there’s always still hope!


Last winter my sister and I saw the movie with Tom Hanks playing the part of Walt Disney as the story of Mary Poppins unfolded.  As we watch the actress visit Walt Disney world, I said…wouldn’t it be wonderful if someday we could go there.  My sister told me how she was there years ago while on a honeymoon and how breathtaking the trip was, the memories, and not being able to see everything and do everything.  Then she made a promise to her two children that someday they could see a real live dolphin.  Instead of driving to Texas this trip, we chose Orlando Florida to make a dream come true.


A little girl asked to see a live dolphin, and now that dream of hers is going to come true along with a very wonderful surprise in store for everyone on the trip!  I am excited to be a part of this trip of a lifetime and hope to be able to photograph some of the most wonderful events there to bring you some astonishing news and reviews about one of America’s favorite and greatest theme parks.  It is our hope to visit with the people at Walt Disney World, Kennedy Space Center, Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom,visit Epcot Center, see all the animals in Sea World, visit the water parks and More to share exciting stories from both children and adult view points.


We are encouraging youth to write at Afresh Entertainment magazine, so drop us a line or comment about your dream vacation or someplace special you have visited in the past and how your dream came true!  We want to hear from you as you are the reason for entertainment news.

So Orlando or we come! Off to Walt Disneyworld we will go……







Story by Anne Shiever   Contributing Magazine Freelance Photographer and Review Writer

Fax number is temporarily unavailable–please call us first before sending faxes!  You may also text Anne Shiever at: 785-577-2995


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How does a Stroke affect you!

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I never knew how much I loved my own mother until she had a right side stroke on July 26th 2011.  It changed her life and mine.  Mother never fully recovered from the stroke although the specialists were very hopeful.  She now resides in a Nursing Home in Wilson Kansas called the Golden Living Center.

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Mom was one of the hardest working women I knew.  I, the oldest of three girls had more responsibility than I ever imagined while growing up; and it continued as I got older.  I was the Power of Attorney of Medical for both my Step-father Ernest J Mattas and my mother Darlene for ten years before my step-father died.  On the day of mother’s stroke, she baked over 14 dozen Kolaches (Czech pastry) to get ready for the Wilson Czech festival event.  My mother-in-law Jacqueline Shiever and I stopped at the farmhouse in Wilson where I grew up to visit with mother on the way back from our trip to Longpine Nebraska.  My mother and Jackie are the same age–6 months apart!   I knew my mother looked very tired that evening but as she stood on the porch with her dog Buddy to wave good-bye I never in my life imagined it would be the last time my mother would remember everything from the past or ever be able to walk again.


My sister and I thought we made the best decision when we chose Golden Living Center in Wilson Kansas because she was only 6 miles away from the farm she lived on and raised us three girls.  If I had know what I do now; she would have been moved to Salina Kansas where I could see her everyday instead of driving an hour to see her while visiting in a little room or in a day-room surrounded by other elderly people.  it’s difficult reassuring her things “will be better” as she sits there day after day with nothing but time to think about things the way they were.  She can’t go on little outside events unless the Nursing Home takes her there and they only have enough people to support transportation to and from doctor visits.


The results of the stroke have been horrible for her because she was always a get up and go person; even with a cane.  But I encourage people to enforce using a walker in the home instead of a three post cane for support to prevent falls.  Mother is handicapped now because her legs and knees are very weak.  She is non-transferrable unless a hydraulic lift is used.  She can’t stand for a very long time, and she can’t walk.  The health care doesn’t allow for extensive therapy unless there is a life changing event and then there is a 30 day window.  You learn so much and even then, you aren’t told everything you should know when you are a family member.  In her dreams she sees herself walking around on the farm doing things like planting roses, gardens, and baking!  She’s told me stories about things she can remember; however sometimes she doesn’t remember when my step-dad died 7 years ago or that my biological father died when I was four.  She remembers the present very briefly, too.


I have devoted my life to making sure I never miss any of her doctor appointments, and whenever she is in the hospital I am there with her as her POA over medical; yet I still don’t have all the answers to questions.  But I can tell you that some of the stories you hear about in Nursing Homes are very true.  There isn’t always enough staff to make sure everything is done in a timely manner.  Communications are terrible, and sometimes the family is still the last to know what may be very important.

In my own lifestyle; I gave up writing for a brief time, and taking photos of what I love because I didn’t want to miss anything regarding mom.  My mother wants me to do a book of photos from travels and write stories about the places I see, things I do, and memories to pass on to my own son.  She said “I wish we would have written down more things”.


Our mother gets extremely lonely and very depressed.  She’s stuck in a situation I can’t change.  Her stroke has affected me and all the family members who were close to her.  Twice she has been hospitalized for becoming severely dehydrated and she’s had close calls where I thought we were losing her.  I made a promise to her I would continue to write and take photos so now I tell her where I am going and what I am doing via phone.  I encourage other family members to please go see her, and write to her.  I just wish that employees who worked in the homes would stay with her long enough to make sure she can read her letters and cards as sometimes she has mail she has not opened for a month.  When her eyeglasses were lost in the Nursing Home and they had not ordered any like they said they would; my sister and I knew mom couldn’t see anything without those glasses.  When I got them ordered and drove them to her; she said “my gosh daughter, now I can see what I am doing.”  Your five senses mean so much, and without them things are difficult.  Make sure your loved one has their glasses, their teeth, and their hearing aids when they need them.  They are too embarrassed and upset to complain and it’s up to you to make things happen.


So please, look around you; and learn a valuable lesson before it’s too late.  Tell those you love how much you mean to them.  Cherish all those family moments, for once they change–they don’t come back.  The signs are not always there for us to see; but when your body tells you to rest awhile make sure you do.  Follow up with your doctor and don’t be stubborn.  It may cost you more than you think.


It’s difficult to have someone you love so much live in a Nursing Home; however unless you are quite wealthy it costs so much to have in-home health care round the clock.  File complaints when you need to and stand up for those you love because they lose their rights when you aren’t always there to protect them since someone else decides what is the best for them without your knowledge.  You may be treated like an outcast once you file the complaint; and the main offices only want to hear a part of your side until you threaten to take it to the news media.  Document everything from day one!  Protect your loved one and yourself.


It’s true–these nightmares happen!  Don’t let them become yours too.



Written By Anne Shiever

Salina KS Freelance Writer

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Dreams Come True

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DREAMS COME TRUE   A little girl’s dream comes true…   When my sister told her two children ages 9 & 6 she would take them to see a real live dolphin once she sold her houses, Lauren never thought her dream would come true!  Lauren was always fascinated with dolphins.  She loved watching movies with dolphins, collecting them, and even did a science project concerning Echo Location which she received a Bronze Metal for all because of the fascination and love of dolphins.

Lauren has a very unique collection of dolphin items that she adds items to frequently.  Her mother designed “the treasure box system” as a way to accomplish simple tasks for the children while growing up.  Positive actions are rewarded by collecting marbles and negative reactions cause the removal of the marbles from the children’s jar.  Once a specific number of marbles are collected an item may be purchased from the “Treasure Box”!  The remarkable reaction is children are taught the value of money using the marbles as well as the importance of helping their parents, positive behavior, doing their best in school, and showing concern and consideration of one another (no fighting).  Many of the treasure box items have been dolphin figures.

Once the movie Dolphin Tale was written about a true story–the dolphin named Winter, Lauren became even more interested in learning about dolphins.  The children love the movie and hope to meet Winter in person while they are in Florida.  Winter resides at “Clearwater Marine Aquarium” in Florida.  A surprise for the children has been added to the trip!  Lauren also did a project on Conservation using the Tree as a focal point in building a strong foundation in the family as well as conservation and the roots of where it all began.  Her poster won first place in Russell Kansas and has been submitted for Kansas State contest.  Lauren loves to do projects and she is a very talented little girl.  Now, she has been learning to mimic the sounds of a dolphin.  Lauren has several books on Sea Life, but the Dolphins are her favorite!

Lauren will be headed to Orlando Florida soon with her brother Jonathan, her mother, and her Aunt.  Once in Orlando, Lauren will be writing about her experience seeing a live dolphin for the first time as well as what it is like to have a dream come true.  I will be writing articles of interest from the land of Florida.  Make your dreams come true this summer!  Keep your family roots strong and conserve the love and blessings in your family.


Keep reading Afresh Entertainment Magazine as we bring you updates from Orlando Florida.


Written By: Anne Shiever Freelance Writer, Photographer, and Publicity Chair of Kansas Author’s Club

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KAC Contest–Enter NOW!

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For all Kansas Adult Writers Contest opens April 1, 2014 and closes June 16, 2014, postmarked

2014 THEME CONTEST: “Salt of the Earth”

(Be creative in capturing the spirit of the theme!)

Theme contest pays $100, $50 and $35, with two unpaid honorable mentions. All other categories will be awarded three places: $25, $15, and $10, with two unpaid honorable mentions. Awards for best poet and best prose writer will be selected by the contest chairs.

Categories Note: There will be a variation in categories from year to year based on quantity of entries and input from judges and club members.

PROSE CATEGORIES (word limit on all prose categories, 2000 words)

  1. Theme Contest: Salt of the Earth
  2. Short Fiction
  3. Memoir/Autobiography
  4. Inspiration
  5. Story for Children, preschool to Grade 5
  6. SciFi/Fantasy
  7. Erotica/Romance

POETRY CATEGORIES (limit poems to one page)

  1. Theme Contest: Salt of the Earth.  40-line limit, any form.
  2. Classic Forms:  Sonnet (14 lines), Blank Verse (iambic pentameter, unrhymed, 40-line limit), Sestina (39-line as per structure), all other forms (40-line limit).
  3. Free Verse: 40-line limit, no rhythm, no rhyme.
  4. Narrative Verse: (40-line limit, tells a story, may be rhymed or not).
  5. Whimsy: 20-line limit. Light, humorous, limerick, shaped, or nonsense.<
  6. Japanese Form: Haiku (3-lines, 17-syllables with 5, 7, 5 per line), Tanka (5-lines, 31-syllables with 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 per line) or Renga (restricted to ten sentences/lines and need not rhyme).
  7. Song Lyric: Three or four verses, one chorus/refrain, 40-line limit.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING (Please read and follow all instructions prior to submitting your entries to the contest. Entries that do not follow guidelines may be disqualified from the contest.)

  1. This contest is open to non-member writers residing in Kansas and to all members of the Kansas Authors Club, regardless of residence.
  2. All entries must be original and not published in print or electronically in any format including web-based or individual blogs, websites or other electronic means, or publicly broadcast in any media before the 2014 State Convention.
  3. Entries that have won first, second, or third place in previous KAC State contests are not eligible to be entered again. District awards or Honorable Mentions in State Contests may be entered.
  4. No more than five entries per category may be entered. An entry may not be entered in multiple categories.
  5. FEES: $4.00 per entry for KAC members. $6.00 per entry for non-members. Check or money order must be made out to Kansas Authors Club and included with entries.
  6. Entries to the Prose and Poetry divisions of the contest (and payments) must be made separately to the contest chairs designated below. All entries within each division (prose and poetry) should come in one submission, however. Do not send single entries if you are making multiple submissions to one division of the contest.
  7. Manuscripts must be typed on 8-1/2” by 11” paper, double-spaced, except for poetry which should be single spaced to keep it on one page. Font size of 12 is recommended. At the top of the page give the following information: KAC contest, category, total number of words (for prose) or number of lines (for poetry). If a manuscript is more than one page, number the pages. Put the title on each page. Submit only ONE copy of each manuscript. Each poem must be typed on a separate sheet. DO NOT put contestant’s name on entries.
  8. Include separate 8-1/2” by 11” cover sheet (download, above, or look for a copy in your spring newsletter) for PROSE and POETRY with your name, address, district number (members) or NON-MEMBER KAC. List entries by category and title, first line of Haiku or other untitled entries. All prose entries must be listed on one cover sheet and all poetry entries must be listed on one cover sheet. All entries should be mailed FLAT to the appropriate contest manager in one 9”x12” envelope.
  9. Enclose a 9”x12” self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for return of manuscripts. If you believe you will be attending convention to pick up entries, please paperclip appropriate postage to enclosed envelope just in case your plans change. Prizes awarded will be mailed by KAC, but manuscripts (which may include judge’s comments) will not be returned without SASE.
  10. Judges will not be members of KAC. Prizes will be awarded only if judges find entries of sufficient merit. Judges decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning manuscripts. Keep a copy of your original manuscript. KAC cannot be responsible for lost manuscripts.
  11. Manuscripts will not be accepted with postage due.
  12. Entries will be accepted April 1 to June 16, 2014,postmarked no later than June 16.

Mail Prose Entries to: Alan D’Souza, KAC Prose Contest Manager 652 North Poplar St. Wichita, KS 67214

Mail Poetry Entires to: Ronda Miller, KAC Poetry Contest Manager 214 Lawrence Ave. Lawrence, KS 66049-1900

NOTE: All 2014 Adult Contest prizes will be awarded to members and non-members at the 2014 Kansas Authors Club Convention inHutchinson on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Prizes will be mailed after the convention to those unable to attend. Manuscripts will be returned to those unable to attend the convention ONLY if a SASE is enclosed.

Categories Note: There will be a variation in categories from year to year based on quantity of entries and input from judges and club members.

kids grow as they practice writing skills 2014 Youth Writing Contest  Contest deadline is June 30, 2014 Send along the 2014 Youth Writing Contest Entry Form [PDF Download] —Get Adobe PDF Reader FREE—

PRIZES: Medals and certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age division and each category. Certificates for Honorable Mentions (awarded at judges’ discretion). Publication in book format of entries winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and Honorable Mentions, with each winner receiving a copy of the book.

(KAC retains the right to edit the published entries but the entries themselves will remain the property of the individual authors.)

Prizes will be awarded Friday, October 4, 2013, at the 2013 KAC Convention in Wichita, Kansas, or mailed if the winner is not present.

Print your own 2014 Youth Writing Contest Guidelines [Below & PDF Download] —Get Adobe PDF Reader FREE—

2014 Youth Writing Contest Guidelines: Contest open between April 1, 2014, and June 16, 2014 Five Age Divisions: Grades 1-2Grades 3-4Grades 5-6Grades 7-8Grades 9-12.

Three Categories (any subject):

  • Poetry (to 40 lines; any form, including rhymed verse, free verse, haiku, classical form, song lyric)
  • Fiction (to 800 words; short story, chapter of a novel, drama)
  • Nonfiction (to 800 words; essay, research paper, factual narrative or drama based on real events and people).

Official Rules:

  1. Contest open to all youth, grades 1-12, residing in Kansas and to student members of the Kansas Authors Club (KAC) regardless of residence.
  2. All entries must be the youth’s original work and unpublished.
  3. No manuscript may be entered in more than one category.
  4. Only one author per submission (no co-authors allowed).
  5. All entries must be typed on 8 1⁄2 x 11 white paper. Fiction and nonfiction must be double-spaced. Poetry may be single-spaced.
  6. The contestant’s name should appear only on the contest entry form for the entry and NOT on the entry itself. If an entry is more than one page, each page should be numbered and the title of the entry should appear on each page.
  7. A contestant may submit up to two entries per category. The contestant must use a separate contest entry form for each entry, listing the following:
    • Contestant’s name
    • Home address, including zip code (Please do NOT use school address.)
    • Parent’s home and/or cell phone number, including area code
    • Parent’s e-mail address, if available. No school e-mails, please.
    • Grade level of the contestant as of April 1, 20143
    • Title of the entry
    • Contest Category of the entry (Poetry, Fiction, or Nonfiction)
  8. Submit entries postmarked between April 1, 2014, and June 15, 2014.
  9. Multiple entries may be mailed in a single 9 x 12 envelope. Enclose: contest entry form (or coversheet) for each entry, manuscript(s), and, for each contestant, a self-addressed stamped envelope with a first class stamp. (The envelopes are for notifications to winners and/or copies of next year’s rules.) Manuscripts will not be returned. Entries with postage due will be disqualified.
  10. By entering the contest, youth writers and their parents give KAC permission to use their names and submissions in print form.
  11. Mail entries to:  Youth Contest Manager Susan Kinney-Riordan, District 4 2037 Roach, Salina, KS 67401785-825-9163, send email to Susan

PRIZES: Medals and certifcates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age division and each category, and Certificates for Honorable Mentions (awarded at judges’ discretion). Publication in book format of entries winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and Honorable Mentions, with each winner receiving a copy of the book. (KAC retains the right to edit the published entries but the entries themselves will remain the property of the individual authors.) Prizes will be awarded Friday, October 10, 2014, at the KAC Convention in Hutchinson, Kansas, or mailed if the winner is not present.

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See also: William J. Karnowski

2013 William J. Karnowski Youth Poetry Contest  —Funded by William J. Karnowski for Youth ages 5-18 (Note: Separate from KAC youth contest, above. Students are encouraged to enter both contests. Entry deadline is June 16, 2014 Print your own 2014 Karnowski Contest Rules [PDF Download] —GetAdobe PDF Reader FREE—


  1. Send submissions to your KAC district Vice-President by June 16, 2014. (Mailing address are below, #9.)
  2. Vice-Presidents may submit their three choices for consideration to Bill Karnowski by August 15, 2014.
  3. Poetry may be on any subject, in any style, with any structure, and any length.
  4. On the back of each entry write the contestant’s name, address, phone or email contact, district number, age on August 15, 2014, and grade level for the 2013/2014 school year.
  5. All poems will be returned to the poets if a self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed. Otherwise entries will not be returned. If possible, keep a copy of your original poem as a back-up.
  6. Three prizes will be awarded: First $100.00, Second$50.00, and Third $25.00.
  7. The awards will be presented at the 2014 Annual Convention and Writers Conference in Hutchinson, Kansas on Friday evening, October 10, 2014.
  8. By entering the contest, youth writers and their parents give KAC permission to use their names and submission in print form.
  9. Mail entries to the Vice President of the Kansas Authors Club District in which you live. (See your 2014 KAC Yearbook or visit our Districts page to find your district, determined by Kansas county.)

District 1 Vice President Evie Green, 4741 SW Twilight DrivE, Topeka KS 66614 District 2 Vice President Jack Kline, 34461 Rockville, Louisburg, KS 66053 District 3 Vice President Louise Click, 503 Spruce Street, Coffeyville, KS 67337 District 4 Treasurer Kristine Polansky, 1925 Bluestem Terrace, Manhattan, KS 66502 District 5 Vice President Louise Z. Pelzl, 10147 SE 80th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124 District 6 Vice President Doris Schroeder, 2521 E. 44th St., Hutchinson, KS 67502 District 7 Vice President Millie Horlacher, 750 W. Pine Street, Colby, KS 67701

These represntatives will submit up to five entries from each district for consideration by August 15, 2014 to: William Karnowski, 20500 Pauling Run Rd., Wamego, KS 66547

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Tom Astor – Leben Pur  Sony Music / Ariola  88697 68661 2

1. Du bist der positivste Schock in meinem Leben 2. Strohblumen (Sunflower) 3. Du hast mich vor mir gerettet 4. Jenseits der Zeit (O Waly, Waly) Tom Astor & Michael Hirte 5. Ich brauch’ das Leben pur (Only The Lonely Know) 6. Ein Leben langTom Astor & Agnetha Bräutigam 7. Sehnsucht 8. Oh, Susanna 9. Dieser Typ 10. Diese Zeit mit dir (Du) 11. Ring aus Feuer (Ring Of Fire) 12. Wenn ich bete 13. When It Comes Down To Us (It’s All Up To You) 14. Auf der Autobahn (On The Road Again) 15. Wer hat ein Herz, das nie bricht (Some Broken Hearts Never Mend) Tom Astor & Günter Wewel

Tom Astor, the winner when it comes to country music. Germany has published “Living Pure”, another new album. The question of whether country music should be sung any better in english, will not be questioned, but the fact is that well-produced albums are country music from Nashville, TN. Where as Tom Astor breaks forth again and again, his albums being mostly played. From the 15 songs on the album project as a whole “Oh Susanna”, “On the Highway”, and the duet “When It Comes Down To Us (It’s All Up To You)” show.

The Special Consensus – 35  Compass Records  7 4541 2

1. Dusk ‘Til Dawn 3:31 2. Used To These Old Blues 3:18 3. Danny’s Dance 2:58 4. Land Up In The Air 1:57 5. That’s Tennessee 3:38 6. Working On A Railroad 3:04 7. Fourteen Carat Mind 2:59 8. I Cried Myself Awake 3:00 9. I’m a Little Bit Lonely 3:00 10. Have I Loved You Too Late 2:41 11. Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight 2:25 12. Country Boy 3:16

The Special Consensus are celebrating their 35th anniversary with a bluegrass album that the significant title “35”. Home to the band in Chicago, where more is suggested that there comes a completely different style of music. They mark their 25th band anniversary, they released the album “25th Anniversary”, which is the most successful of the band’s history to date. In 1975, they formed the band, and is still has a loyal fan base.

The Halyards – Fortune Smiles Cheshire Records  CT 108

1. Welcome Home 4:21 2. Marley’s Lament 3:16 3. Earthbound 4:03 4. Lost in Mexico 3:54 5. Another Night’s Distraction 3:16 6. Best Kept Secret 3:31 7. He’s Walking By 4:11 8. The Streets of Laredo 3:15 9. Delicate Touch 3:12 10. It’s Over Now 3:05 11. Fortune Smiles 3:41 12. Heron Cove 3:48

A compilation of different styles one expects to hear from the album of the band The Halyards. With “Forun Smiles”, the band wanted to put an exclamation point. For an album that claims to be successful in the field of Americana to do that is also very good. Especially the song “Earthbound” and “He’s Walking By” and “Lost in Mexico” reflect the skill of the band.


Smoke That Cigarette –

Pleasure To Burn

Bear Family  BCD 16800 AR

1. I Can’t Quit Cigarettes – Martin, Jimmy 2. Cigarettes And Coffee Blues – Robbins, Marty 3. Smoke Rings – Paul, Les & Mary Ford 4. Another Puff – Reed, Jerry 5. One Cup Of Coffee And A Cigarette – Glenn, Glen 6. Smoke From Your Cigarette – Leach, Lillian & Mellows 7. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music – Maphis, Joe & Rose Lee 8. Smoking Woman In The Street – Gates, Rev. J. M. 9. While A Cigarette Was Burning – Page, Patti 10. Dad Blame Anything A Man Can’t Quit – Miller, Roger 11. Does Your Sweetheart Seem Different Lately – Inman, Autry 12. Coffee And Cigarettes (Thinking It Over) – Ray, Johnnie 13. Sad Cigarette – Dusty, Slim 14. You’re The Reason – Edwards, Bobby 15. Nicotine Fits – Dolan, Jimmy 16. Don’t Smoke In Bed – Lee, Peggy with Dave Barbour 17. Smoke – Knight, Baker 18. Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray – Cline, Patsy 19. My Last Cigarette – Clayton, Paul 20. Are You Kissing More Now (But Enjoying It Les – Homer & Jethro 21. Down To My Last Cigarette – Walker , Billy 22. These Foolish Things – Sinatra, Frank 23. Cigareetes, Whusky And Wild Women – Sons Of The Pioneers, The 24. Three On A Match – Guitar, Bonnie 25. Caffeine And Nicotine – Gordon, Curtis 26. What Cigarette Is Best – Carter, Wilf 27. The Smoke, The Bottle And The Wine – Mack, Bill 28. Cigarette Milner – Collins, Tommy 29. Twenty Cigarettes – Dickens, Little Jimmie 30. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) – Williams, Tex and His Western 31. Dragnet Advertisement (March 20, 1952) 32. Richard Diamond Advertisement (February 2, 1951)

30 classic songs from the 40s and 50s on the Title “Cigarettes” is an unprecedented coupling with hillbilly and pop music with some extremely rare titles with original cigarette ads from the golden era of broadcasting and with illustrated information on how the social attitude to smoking compared has changed – since people smoke, they have also written songs about it. Few things have changed so dramatically since then, as our attitude towards smoking and smokers. These changes are in the unique combination of smoke or smoker songs. It is an amazing cross-section, the music comes mostly from the 40s and 50s, with an emphasis on hillbilly and pop. For the first time we meet Frank Sinatra, Rev. JM Gates and Little Jimmy Dickens on the same compilation. And not without reason, Patsy Cline and Homer and Jethro. And what they could combine all light cigarettes as from enjoy it to learn, such as smoking cigarettes and first as a sexy, sophistication, but were now considered somewhat less desirable. Only half a century ago was a cigarette the man into a cool, tough guy, and this attracted the ladies magnetically. And the women themselves smoking made them beautiful, mysterious creatures, if they smoke around her. Cigarettes once were lean times, romantic phallic symbols and are now seen as toxic, even lethal and they are often referred to as cancer stick. All this happened really fast, and there are still a lot of songs that were written. Of the 30 wonderful tracks, we have added classic cigarette ads from the golden age of radio. Not to forget 9 out of 10 doctors agree that smoking once is good …! After all, who wants to be super cool as John Wayne, Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, creates the fastest with a pack of cigarettes in his hand. And the selected songs to prove this, many of the tracks are relatively rare, such as Peggy Lees original version of their classic “Do not Smoke In Bed” or the extraordinary 1939 recording of Rev. JM Gates sermon on the evils of women in the public puffing. This remarkable coupling also contains humorous and informative comments by the music historian Hank Davis about how the attitude has changed towards smoking, supplemented by carefully selected classic illustrations.

Roland Heinrich – Warten auf den Zug

Bear Family  BCD 17037 AF

1. Vorsätzlich 2. Es ist nicht gut 3. Treib mir die Trübsal aus 4. 400 Kilometer bis nach Essen 5. Für alles was mal war 6. Warten auf den Zug 7. Das Lied vom armen Tropf 8. Betrübter Jodler # 6 9. Ich lauf mir ‘nen Wolf 10. In ferne Länder zieh’n

Bear Family Records released the first CD compilation of Roland Heinrich: “Waiting for the Train” The album closes for the artist, a circle that began with his solo work in 2003. — Roland had sent a demo to the Bear Family – as the artist for a live performance at the 30th Anniversary 2005. Richard Weize liked what he heard and suggested that Roland was to translate the yodeling Jimmie Rodgers-songs into German. This idea led to the Bear Family Album ” Lonely and Blue”. Songs of Jimmie Rodgers and for the concert at the Bear’s birthday party was also a green light. – At the same time sought the American director James Lyons, a musician who was capable in his new play ‘Johnny Cash: “The Beast In Me” to play the role of Jimmie Rodgers. They knew him to the Bear Family, and Richard Weize put you in touch with Roland Heinrich. The play ran successfully from 2004 to 2010 in Berlin and Bielefeld. Since August 2008, also as a musical guest performances of theater management Landgraf – with Roland as a musical director – under the title Johnny Cash “The Man In Black” in Germany and in German-speaking neighbors. That version won the 2009 Prize of the crossover INTHEGA. Overall, Roland has since 2004 in more than 200 performances the Jimmie Rodgers played and helped make the Blue Yodeler in Germany again known. – The cover of “Waiting for the train” Roland shows as ‘brakeman; in “The Man In Black”. The focus of the publication is on danceable grooves and entertainment. It presents some songs of the previous CD “Lonely and Blue” honky-tonk songs of Roland’s Lichterloh” CD (agro berlin) and an unreleased song by Jimmie-Rodgers session, for all that time was (For The Sake Of Days Gone By). There are also two popular cover songs from Henry’s current live show “Cowboy Jazz and tears” I run me a Wolf because of you (Walking The Floor Over You) and it is not good (Right or Wrong). – The impact on Texas “Waiting for the train” is remarkable: In addition to the Jimmie Rodgers-songs are musical tracks by the likes of Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb and Milton Brown recognizable. The laconic word games often resemble Eddie Noack, who is also mentioned in a song by name. All these musicians have passed through the Jimmie Rodgers-school. The circle would be without the influence of Johnny Cash, another admirer of the ‘Singing Brakeman’not quite closed. So on the CD and the previously unreleased trumpets boom-chicka-boom version of 400 kilometers. The CD is available exclusively through Bear Family Mail-order and after the performances of ‘Johnny Cash: The Man In Black’.

Lathan Moore – Love In Your Life Blue Steel Records  BSR0002

1. It’s a Feel Thing 3:53 2. Beautiful Girl 3:27 3. You Can’t Leave Me Like This 3:57 4. Shot Down 4:04 5. Cornfield Cadillac 3:41 6. Angel Fire 3:58 7. Love In Your Life 4:06 8. I’d Rather Be Lucky Than Good 3:13 9. That’s the News 3:23 10. Even Angels Have Bad Days 3:31

He looks great! He has an excellent voice! He is a great personality! We are talking about Lathan Moore! At Blue Steel Records, has released his latest album “Love In Your Life”. There are 10 great country songs. He grew up in Harrisburg, Illinois. His musical journey took him from Illinois to Texas and from there he moved to Tennessee, where he found a new home. Each of the songs tells a little story. We asked his producer Norro Wilson, then Lathan Moore, what it takes to leave really big tracks in the music business.

Kellie Rucker – Blues Is Blues Blues Boulevard Records 250256

1. Mississippi Rain 2. Wild wild West 3. Blues is blues 4. Nothin’ to lose 5. You’re leavin’ me 6. In the meantime 7. Life of crime 8. Love and war 9. Church of Texas 10. Talk to me 11. Kiss me 12. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ 13. Had we not

Kellie Rucker has a raspy voice like Bonny Taylor. In addition to the distinctive voice is also the fact that the woman is an excellent harmonica player. On the album, which is home to a total of 13 songs, she presents a mix of rock, Zydeco, swing and Americana. A very daring blend, which clearly shows how changeable Kellie Rucker and her music is.

Doug Adkins – Waltz Across Montana Lyric Mountain Inc

Ain’t Gonna Play, Loved You More, Mary Jane Riley, Why Not, Playin’ To Win, Bismark, One Fine Mamma, Ropin The Wind, Yippee II Yippee AA, Waltz Across Montana, Nothin’ Left, To Santefe

Doug Adkins is one of the artists who made the big leap, but have a loyal and large fan base in Germany and overseas. His latest album, “Waltz Across Montana” is country music from the heart of Montana. Dancers will certainly have their very great pleasure in each song, as Doug Adkins has ensured that almost invite all to dance.

Audie Blaylock And Redline

– Cryin’ Heart Blues Rural Rhythm Records  RHY-1060

1. Cryin’ Heart Blues,  2. All I Can Do Is Pretend,  3. Matches,  4. Can’t Keep Runnin’,  5. You Can Keep Your Nine Pound Hammer,  6. Stay Away from Me,  7. Drink Up And Go Home,  8. Troubles,  9. Pray The Clouds Away, 10. Let’s Part The Best Of Friends, 11. Talk To Your Heart, 12. He Is Near, 13. Rummie’s Run

“Cryin’ Heart Blues” is already a somewhat confusing title for an album that is pure Bluegrass. But Audie Blaylock And Redline halted, as so many bands before them simply uses a track from the album as an album title. And honestly, it’s one we really care but in the end is like the title of an album, as long as the music is good. And the music is good on the album by Audie Blaylock And Redline, easily said. Bluegrass Music is one of the few genres where it depends on the quality of the singers and musicians. The quality is reflected in all 13 songs.

Anna Garrott – Only Time Will Tell Blue Steel Records  AGJV-4808-CD

1. What a Way to Go 3:13 2. Two More Bottles of Wine 3:21 3. Silver Wings 3:20 4. Trouble is a Woman 3:21 5. As Soon as I’m Over You 3:27 6. Pink Roses 4:19 7. To My Heart From Me 3:36 8. Only Time Will Tell 4:18 9. Where We Wanna Go 3:17 10. Get The Hell Outta Dodge 3:22

Anna Garrott, in a fire ignite the passion when on stage. With her passion for country music, she draws rally the people in their spell. With the album “The Only Time Will Tell” her potential shows everything. If you would like to receive more information about Anna Garrott;

Bobby Charles – See You Later Alligator

Bear Family Records  BCD 17207 AH

1. Later Alligator (See You Later, Alligator) 2. On Bended Knee 3. Don’t You Know I Love You (You Know I Love You) 4. Why Did You Leave 5. Watch It, Sprocket 6. Why Can’t You 7. Take It Easy Greasy 8. Time Will Tell 9. Ain’t Got No Home 10. No Use Knocking 11. You Can Suit Yourself 12. Laura Lee 13. I’m A Fool To Care 14. Mr. Moon 15. I’ll Turn Square For You 16. Lonely Street 17. Over Yonder 18. Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey 19. One Eyed Jack 20. Yea Yea Baby (Yeah Yeah) 21. Good Lovin’ 22. Your Picture 23. No More (I Ain’t Gonna Do It No More) 24. I’d Like To Know 25. Teenagers 26. Tell Me Baby 27. Hey Good Lookin’ 28. Lovesick Blues

Bobby Charles’ death means New Orleans has lost a legend! Bear Family, found a true Star honors with a complete edition of his Chess recordings. With its original Hits “See You Later Alligator” and “Do not You Know I Love You (You Know I Love You”), which can also be heard in the movie Forrest Gump. Many rare photos and liner notes by journalist Rick Coleman of New Orleans. – Bobby Charles was a true original. A young white Cajun, who sang entirely straight forward R&B. He was a gifted songwriter with writing the notes of the songs, and could not even play an instrument. After a club gig, he wrote “See You Later, Alligator” and a record store owner played the song Len Chess of Chess Records before, gave the Charles contractwith the thought he was a black man. Although Bill Haley did Alligator and therefore had a bigger hit. They helped Charles in the title of his long career in which he also sang original version of “Do not You Know I Love You (You Know I Love You)”, for the Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, was a success and in Tom Hanks film Forrest Gump. – First published all Bear Family Chess Recordings by Bobby Charles. Besides the hits, a New Orleans classic follows the other, for instance, “A Fool To Care” (a hit for Joe Barry) and “On Bended Knee”, call only two. – This CD is a fitting tribute to one of the always underrated heroes of the music from New Orleans. Fittingly, Bobby Charles, Fats Domino, and the classic “Walkin’ To New Orleans” composed it. Bobby Charles is gone, his music will always be remembered.

Daniel Christian – Hold Your Breath

1. California Song 4:12 2. Deep Breath 5:22 3. Corners 3:38 4. Other Side of the Ground 3:56 5. Flowers & Song 4:47 6. Lover Like Me 3:46 7. Baby Cry 4:06 8. Worse 3:03 9. The Consumer 4:46 10. Summer’s Gonna Roll You 3:48 11. Hymn of the Scarecrow (Peace in this Field) 1:38 12. Neon River 4:00 13. Happy Guy 3:33 14. Autumn Coming Down 3:55 15. California Song (Reprise) 6:01

Singer and songwriter Daniel Christian released the album “Hold Your Breath”, 15 songs into the category of Country – folk. A record set on the fact that he committed a total of 30 guest musicians for the album.

Flynnville Train – Redemption Next Evolution Records

1. Home 3:59 2. Preachin’ To the Choir 3:41 3. On Our Way 3:54 4. 33 Steps 3:42 5. Alright 3:43 6. Friend of Sinners 4:07 7. The One You Love 4:13 8. Tip A Can 2:53 9. Turn Left 3:12 10. Scratch Me Where I’m Itchin’ 3:07 11. Sandman 5:18

The band members of Flynnville Train, are Brian and Brent Flynn, Damon Michael and Tommy Bales. They are proud of their current work. But invested a lot of time and work into this current album “Redemption”. With good reason cannot be argued this is the best album in the band’s history. All 11 songs reveals musical reveals the band entirely. The big question is, can Flynnville Train beat their current album “Redemption”?

Gina Dalmas – Yee-Haw ETC.

1.Live Fast Love Hard Die Young 2:26 2. Honky Tonk Song 2:43 3. Each Night I Try 3:03 4. I’m Ready If You’re Willin’ 3:08 5. Brain Cloudy Blues 3:09 6. I Shouldn’t Have 2:54 7. Smoke That Cigarette 2:42

An album with just 7 songs, few songs you thing. But why should the album appear in a CD rack? Because Gina Dalmas has an unusual voice and the songs are expressive and melodic! A wonderful picture of Gina Dalmas can be found at and more information about them.

Hedy West And Bill Clfton

– Getting Folk Out Of The Country

Bear Family Records  BCD 16754 AH

1. Free Little Bird 2. Maid On The Shore 3. Whitehouse Blues 4. Little Sadie 5. Blow Ye Gentle Winds 6. Curley Headed Baby 7. S-A V-E D 8. Mary Of The Wildmoor 9. Mississippi Sawyer 10. Pictures From Life’s Other Side 11. Pity Me All Day 12. Angel Band

In the 70 years I have booked several American artists in the German folk clubs. Now for the 35th anniversary of Bear Family, I am sentimental and looking back on this days. The artists have included Bill Clifton, Hedy West, Bonnie Dobson, The Strange Creek Singers, Tracy and Eloise Schwarz, Bill Monroe, Ed McCurdy and more. Over the years, Bear Family’s Various productions of Hedy, Bill, Tracy &amp; Eloise Schwarz has been published. Hedy produced for Bear Family LP by Ed McCurdy, which included his first composition, “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream” sung by him.

In the years before the present anti-war song were interpreted by many other artists, including Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash. They was sung even in 1989 when during Berlin Wall. Ed, who observed the scene on television in Canada, called me and was very excited. In addition to the concerts of the German Bill Monroe (4-CD/1 DVD box), we published the complete studio recordings by Bill Monroe on CD. Several boxes including a fascinating hour of country music star, Walter Fuchs expresses. “Now it is to witness once again, of that memorable meeting of two legends: Hedy West and Bill Clifton, Hedy West, who died in 2005 and Bill Clifton, the 2008 was recorded in Nashville in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, had 1972 in a studio in London taken to produce an album together. These photographs published in Folk Variety Richard Weize first and shortly afterwards on Bear Family”. The LP caused quite a stir in the scene. Yes, there was even talk of an extraordinary triumph for Country Music. Finally, both artists from every diverse walks of life and different music scenes, Bill Clifton came from the upper class, rather Hedy West from the working class. Both had enjoyed college education, and both are committed to the folklore of the underprivileged.

Hedy West composer, singer, banjo and guitar virtuoso was moving in the field of American folk songs. Bill Clifton a composer, singer and guitar and Autoharp virtuose for many years with great success led many a bluegrass band, such as the Dixie Mountain Boys. He also organized the first bluegrass festival”.

“In hindsight, it would combine the music of both under the name Singer/Songwriter or under Americana. This legendary album from 1974, two years previously recorded by a happy coincidence, now published with the original layout on a CD again. The voices and the instruments of the two actors are charming blend into a timeless work of art. The songs are mostly traditional such as “White House Blues”, “Curley Headed Baby” and “Pictures From Life’s Other Side”. The title ‘Angel Band’ both accompanied by Bill Clifton’s family. The music forces you to listen, it is simply “cool” the album is a must!”

Pat Boone – The Drugstores Rockin

Bear Family RecordsBCD 16498 AH

1. Don’t Forbid Me 2. I’ll Be Home 3. Gee Whittakers 4. I Almost Lost My Mind 5. Love Letters In The Sand 6. Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love) 7. Without My Love 8. Why Baby Why 9. Bernadine 10. There’s A Goldmine In The Sky 11. From A Jack To A King 12. A Wonderful Time Up There 13. Remember You’re Mine 14. Beg Your Pardon 15. April Love 16. Johnny Will 17. Keep Your Heart 18. For My Good Fortune (mono) 19. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano 20. Moody River 21. Two Little Kisses 22. Jimmie Brown The Newsboy 23. Gee But It’s Lonely 24. Speedy Gonzales 25. Lover’s Lane 26. Delia Gone 27. Rock Boll Weevil 28. For A Penny 29. Walking The Floor Over You 30. Twixt, Twelve And Twenty 31. To The Center Of The Earth 32. A Thousand Years 33. Tonight You’re Mine 34. The Locket 35. July, You’re A Woman

The pop side of Pat Boone! With some of his immortal hits, like “Do not Forbid Me”, “Love Letters In The Sand”, “I’ll Be Home, Speedy Gonzales”, etc. – all in excellent re-mastered sound! The CD also contains rarities. 35 Songs, plus a lavish booklet with many unseen photographs, a meticulous biography and disco graphic information! During his 56 years Pat Boone’s recorded career in the U.S., and 60 Top 100 Hits 1955-1969. In Britain, he succeeded in 1955-1962 over two dozen chart hits. In most of these years, only Elvis Presley fronted him! – Is his best Rock & Roll title is now on a CD with 34 songs in Bear Family’s prestigious Rocks series.

This entire CD – with the emphasis on the ballads and teen favorites and hits. It was an appealing and great listenable compilation of hit singles and rare LP tracks, of which there are many so far only on the two Bear Family box set “The Complete Fifties” and was “The Sixties (1960-1962).

Among the highlights on this CD are “I’ll Be Home”, “Do not Forbid Me”, “Love Letters In The Sand”, “A Wonderful Time Up There” (also known as Gospel Boogie), “Bernadine”, “I Almost Lost My Mind”, “Gee Whittakers”, “Gee”, “But It’s Lonely” , April Love”, “Lover’s Lane”, “Speedy Gonzales”, Johnny and Will Moody River. – With the “Rocks” edition, this CD appears in the fold digi-pack format – as usual with all, for Bear Family obvious marks of quality products, for example with rare photos and all the disco graphic detail about these individual songs.

Ray Taylor Sounds

– Country Birthday Song Album

1. What Can I Do?Rachael Williams 2:59 2. Country Birthday Song (Male)Cal Baker 3:58 3. Loving BevCal Baker 4:07 4. My Sweet Texas BedCal Baker 3:55 5. Designer GirlCal Baker 2:43 6. Country Birthday Song (Female)Rachael Williams

An album with 6 songs. The songs are perfect for a a birthday gift. This CD provides a all-good feel, because who can say to themselves that he has ever received a birthday album titled “Country Birthday Song” Album. No drawback there that the album has only 6 songs.

Teeny Tucker – Keep The Blues Alive TeBo Records

1. Ain’t That the Blues 4:13 2. Make Room For Teeny 3:39 3. Daughter To the Blues 4:56 4. Old Man Magnet 4:23 5. I Wish We Could Go Back 6:57 6. Keep the Blues Alive 3:56 7. I Live Alone 3:16 8. John Cephas 4:07 9. Heartbreak 3:36 10. I Got My Mojo Workin’ 4:00 11. Respect Me and the Blues 4:21

No Country but great blues! That’s for sure. And who of blues music can actually do something with the album “Keep The Blues Alive” from Teeny Tucker. Strong voice, very good songs, and the certainty that this album does not stay on the shelf too long before on the way into the CD player creates.

The Big Bopper – Hellooo Baby

Bear Family Records  BCD 17209 AH

1. Chantilly Lace 2. Little Red Riding Hood 3. Big Bopper’s Wedding 4. Pink Petticoats 5. Strange Kisses 6. Preacher And The Bear 7. It’s The Truth Ruth (version 2) 8. Walking Through My Dreams (version 2) 9. Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor 10. White Lightning 11. The Clock 12. Old Maid 13. One More Chance 14. It’s The Truth Ruth (version 1) 15. Walking Through My Dreams (version 1) 16. That’s What I’m Talking About 17. Someone Watching Over You 18. Monkey Song (You Made A Monkey Out Of Me) 19. A Teen-Age Moon 20. Beggar To A King 21. Crazy Blues 22. Someone Watching Over You 23. Bopper’s Boogie Woogie 24. Gordon Ritter: Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor 25. Donna Dameron: Bopper 486009 26. Ray Campi: The Man I Met (A Tribute To The Big Bopper) 27. Eddie Cochran: Three Stars 28. Jayne Mansfield: That Makes It 29. Don Terry: She Giggles 30. Bill Kimbrough: Egg Head and Chantilly Lace Cha Cha 31. Gordon Ritter: Sweet Lips

The best tribute to the artist, who perished with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens’ on “The Day The Music Died” With the unforgettable giant hit “Chantilly Lace”. With Big Boppers original version of “White Lightning”, hit by George Jones made a hit! The CD also contains extremely rare Big Bopper titles and Tribute and response songs by Eddie Cochran, the rockabilly legend Ray Campi and Jayne Mansfield (yes, from the Jayne Mansfield!) The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in the same plane crash, post up to, then only, two hits. His tragic death on the day the music died provided both for his artistic immortality. And in fact, his career was much more interesting than the comparable one or two hit wonder. For example, he composed many hits. His own version of ‘White Lightning’ is included here (he wrote the track, which became the # 1 country hit for George Jones), also Johnny Preston’s # 1 pop hit “Running Bear” for never taking the credit.

Unfortunately, he has not seen how these songs were great successes. Of course, this well-featured CD “Bopper Satt” sent to him as his very first recording from 1954 (which was at that time unpublished). It is extremely rare early Rock n roll singles for Mercury. His original recording of “Chantilly Lace” and its original LP , but the offer is even greater: The Tribute and response songs including Eddie Cochran’s “Three Stars”, Ray Campi “The Man I Met” (A Tribute To The Big Bopper), Donna Dameron’s Bopper “486009” and even makes ‘Chantilly Lace’ derived by Jayne Mansfield. There are also rare in the booklet; unreleased photos from the estate of Big Boppers Family and the first comprehensive biography, written by Johnette Duff.

Urbain Lambert – La Nuit Nava Jo Caroline Productions  UP2LOR8/6

1. Le prix d’Amérique 3:53 2. L’impossible 3:49 3. La nuit Navajo 4:11 4. Juste mariés 2:43 5. L’orang-outang du zoo de Vincennes 3:35 6. Madeleine 3:33 7. La cité des fleurs 3:46 8. Rendez-vous 2:16 9. Sens dessus dessous 3:02 10. Le café de l’univers 3:33

The name Urbain Lambert is in many of country music not as well known, but he does have a influences of pop and rock music. “Unforgettable” is his double live album “Up” from 2003, which shows his enthusiasm and ability. he answers back now impressively. With 10 songs, all sung in French, instrumental backed vocally very good by Urbain Lambert.

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Katsy Redstar Artist

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Experience a new degree of acoustic relaxation!

10 songs of very mellow songwriter tunes, played on acoustic guitar with awesome melodic background. Katsy Redstar is perfect for your dusk till dawn highway-drive.

…Katsy makes young and old people enthusiastic with his voice. The audience is positive surprised. Because the music from Katsy Redstar sounds different than a lot of his songwriter pals…‘ Quote about Katsy’s first CD form Mannheimer Citymagazine “Maier”, September 2009

Katsy Redstar CD Beautiful Life, 15.08.2010

About the Beautiful Life CD

The new Katsy Redstar CD ‘Beautiful Life’ contains a wonderful mix of 10 mellow- relaxing songwriter tunes. Modern Americana/Alt.Country meets European Singer/Songwriter style. Steel-string acoustic guitar are in the foreground. Katsy is supported on guitar by Marc Dehnke (Solara, Radiodick) and Olli Seuser (Move On). Harmony and background vocals are added by Tanja Wingerter (Radio DJane) and Alex Goeppert (Rip Torn). Beautiful Life, which is Katsy’s second CD, is produced without any commercial sponsor at Landlord Landliebe Studios in Heidelberg, Germany.

Katsy Redstar is supporting HelpCharity with 20% donation from each Beautiful Life CD sale. HelpCharity is an organization that pay attention to the needs of handicapped children in America and Germany.

About Katsy Redstar
Katsy Redstar was born and raised in Cologne, Germany. He has spent years of his life traveling all over North America visiting important music spots in Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans.
Originally Katsy learned to play Spanish Flamenco guitar during the 80ties and did joint concerts and television broadcasts together with his guitar-master Armin Backer, e.g. on SWF TV.

During the 90ties, Katsy played electric guitar for semi-professional independent and alternative rock bands, like In Fear Of Fear, Tusk, Granny Smith and Rip Torn. Starting in 2004 Katsy turned back to acoustic guitar and introspective songwriter music. Initially influenced by classic country and songwriter stuff, like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, Katsy was fascinated by the alternative country & songwriter music movement. He would see himself influenced by Larry Jon Wilson, David Allen Coe, Guy Clark, Towns van Zandt and Steve Earle.

Today Katsy lives in Hoffenheim, Germany, with his wife Suse, his two kids Elvis & Merlin and Gati the cat.  Watch for an exclusive interview in the future.

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96.5 The Buzz Presents an AEG LIVE event

Rise Against

With special guests:

Bad Religion and Your Year Strong

May 11 7:00pm

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Tickets on-sale beginning February 11 @ 10am

Tickets available at The Midland Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Part of the Bud Light Concert Series–Don’t miss it!

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The Harvey Boys Present

Red State, U.S.A. Tour

Movie SCREENING and Kevin Smith Q&A

Ever since Clerks (co-winner of the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival), Kevin Smith has been known for his sharp, subversive, comedic writing. He shifts from comedy to horror with Red State and aptly demonstrates that good writing transcends genre.
Red State begins by following three horny high school boys who come across an online ad from an older woman looking for a gang bang. Boys being boys, they hit the road to satisfy their libidinal urges. But what begins as a fantasy takes a dark turn as they come face-to-face with a terrifying “holy” force with a fatal agenda.  Instead of relying on archetypes and predictable formulas, Smith meticulously fashions all-too-real characters, utilizing exceptional performances (notably by Michael Parks) and an intelligent script. His realistic style gives the film an intimate feeling, heightening the terror to biblical proportions. Red State is a shocking new kind of horror film that aggressively confronts higher powers and extreme doctrines with a vengeance.  (Credit, the Sundance Film Festival)
See the trailer and tour information at

MARCH 12 8:00PM

for mature audiences

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AT 10AM!

Tickets available at The Midland Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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