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Billy Jam Records Announces Alex Miller’s Debut Album, MILLER TIME, To Drop April 29
 
American Idol Season 19 Alum Offers Up Ballads, Barn Burners And A Few Surprises
 
 
Nashville, TN (March 28, 2022) – Billy Jam Records has set an April 29 release date for Alex Miller’s debut album, MILLER TIME. The Season 19 American Idol alum offers up a 10-track kick in the pants breath of fresh air with ballads, barn burners … and a few surprises. This well-paced project is helmed by award-winning songwriter and respected industry veteran Jerry Salley. It’s a party trick of an album - bold, occasionally irreverent and fun, mixed with moments of reflection and sadness - offered in Miller’s timeless and emotive voice. MILLER TIME is available for pre-order now.
 
The collection opens with a tale of the dead-broke and broken-hearted in “Breaking The Bank,” which is offered as a “grat track” with album pre-order. Miller then steals your breath away with the gently rolling ballad and current single, “Through With You,” deftly transitioning from heartache to acceptance to moving on in three minutes and thirty-seven seconds. Alex takes a turn to the lighter side with the hilarious Western Swing (and first single release) “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya,” and keeps the humor going with the twangy, toe-tappin’ fiddle and steel of “Girls Must Be Clumsy.” The achingly sweet, slow swinging “Kentucky’s Never Been This Far From Tennessee” offers a nice mood shift, but the attitude’s back with the sassy “I’m Over You, So Get Over Me.” Things gets serious with “Boys In Uniform,” a beautifully written and poignant patriotic ballad that offers an understated but powerful vocal performance. “I’m Done” is a mid-tempo story of determined walkin’ away, then the tempo moves into high gear with the amped-up, barn burning ode to the travellin’ kind that is “Freeborn Man.” The album closes with a rafter-raising rendition of Hank Williams’ Gospel song, “I’m Gonna Sing,” that finds Alex joined by the ever-amazing Oak Ridge Boys. Throughout, top-tier musicians bring their A-game. The project boasts Brent Mason on electric guitar, Mike Johnson on steel, Jason Roller on acoustic guitar and fiddle, Robb Tripp on drums, Kevin Grantt on bass and Dirk Johnson on keyboard.
 
“Going into this I wanted to make an album that showcased all the different sides of me - Swing, Bluegrass, Country and Gospel,” says Alex. “MILLER TIME gives me the chance to show folks all the music I love and enjoy.”
 
Track Listing
1. Breaking The Bank (A. Miller / J. Salley) 
2. Through With You (A. Miller / J. Salley) 
3. Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya (B. Whyte / P. Bogart / D. S. Wilson) 
4. Girls Must Be Clumsy (A. Miller / J. Salley) 
5. Kentucky’s Never Been This Far From Tennessee (J. Salley / C.A. Wilburn / K. Miller) 
6. I’m Over You, So Get Over Me (A. Miller) 
7. Boys In Uniform (J. McBride / M. Findley / D. Ruttan) 
8. I’m Done (A Miller. / J. Salley) 
9. Freeborn Man (M. Lindsay / K. Allison) 
10. I’m Gonna Sing (H. Williams) 
 
Fresh from Country Radio Seminar and hosting duties for Country Fix, Alex is busy gearing up for the launch of MILLER TIME. His current single, “Through With You” dropped last month and is already generating positive feedback from fans, the media and radio programmers. For the 18-year-old, it sometimes still feels slightly surreal.
 
“I always knew making music was what I wanted,” Alex admits. “To actually be doing it is really me living the dream.” His days begin early: there are band rehearsals, interviews with outlets from around the world, songs to write, travel to gigs and performances. In between, Alex still manages to find time to curate his Weekly Wednesday Facebook Video, post on socials and, when he’s home - which is less and less often these days, he helps his Grandpa around the family cattle farm. “I do miss Lancaster sometimes,” Alex admits. “But this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance that I can’t ignore. I’m lovin’ it, I’m working hard … doing my part to make ‘em all proud of me.” MILLER TIME should do just that.
 
Fans can keep up with Alex on his website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok
 
ABOUT ALEX
At 18, Miller might still be “a work in progress,” but what a piece of work he is. Standing 6’ 6” and engaging for one so young, Alex first found national fame as a competitor on American Idol Season 19. It was a massive change for this Kentucky-born singer/songwriter - who was still working on the family’s farm when he was accepted for the show. Alex is an outlier in other ways, too: he is a true, torch-carrying champion of traditional Country music and he is proud of it. His career began at the age of seven with shows in and around his hometown of Lancaster before moving on to larger venues, including the Dolby Theatre, Lucas Oil Stadium, Renfro Valley, and more. Since departing Idol, Alex has performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, five state Fairs (KY, MO, NY, WA, WI) and at additional venues around the country. He has headlined his own shows, and opened for Hank Williams, Jr., Josh Turner, Lee Brice, and more. In October of last year, Miller was named the Texas Roadhouse Artist of the Month and he performed a duet with Rhonda Vincent at the Lee Greenwood All-Star Salute the following month. MILLER TIME is his debut album. 
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All Creatures Safe and Sound
The Social Landscape of Pets in Disasters
Sarah E. DeYoung and Ashely K. Farmer

 

Publication Date: August 31, 2021
224 pages, 1 table, 10 halftones, 6 x 9"
Paper: 978-1-4399-1975-0 $34.95


Lessons from recent disasters on accounting for the safety of animals and humans alike


Some of the most striking news stories from natural disasters are of animals tied to trees or cats swimming through murky flood waters. Although the issue of evacuating pets has gained more attention in recent disasters, there are still many failures throughout local and national systems of managing pets and accommodating animals in emergencies.

 

All Creatures Safe and Sound: The Social Landscape of Pets in Disasters (Publication Date: August 31, 2021) is a comprehensive study of what goes wrong in our disaster response that shows how people can better manage pets in emergencies—from the household level to the large-scale, national level. Authors Sarah DeYoung and Ashley Farmer offer practical disaster preparedness tips while they address the social complexities that affect disaster management and animal rescue. They track the developments in the management of pets since Hurricane Katrina, including an analysis of the 2006 PETS Act, which dictates that animals should be included in hazard and disaster planning. Other chapters focus on policies in place for sheltering and evacuation, coalitions for animal welfare and the prevention of animal cruelty, organizational coordination, decision-making, preparedness, the role of social media in animal rescue and response, and how privilege and power shape disaster experiences and outcomes.

 

Using data they collected from seven major recent American disasters, ranging from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Florence to the Camp, Tubbs, and Carr Fires in California and the Hawaii Lava Flow, the authors provide insights about the successes and failures of animal care. All Creatures Safe and Sound also outlines what still needs to change to best prepare for the safety and welfare of pets, livestock, and other companion animals in times of crisis.

 

Sarah E. DeYoung is an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware as a Core Faculty member for the Disaster Research Center and the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration.

Ashley K. Farmer is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Sciences at Illinois State University.

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Taylor Rae Drops New Music Video, “Window,” To Commemorate Discovery of LSD
On Bicycle Day 
 
Mad Twenties #9 On Americana Music Album Chart This Week
 
Nashville, TN (April 19, 2022) Taylor Rae drops her fourth music video, “Window,” today on Bicycle Day, in commemoration of Albert Hofmann’s discovery of lysergic acid diethylamide 71 years ago. On this day in 1943, Hofmann ingested a minute amount of the compound, rode his bicycle home, and consequently underwent significant shifts of consciousness. Rae is hopeful that renewed interest and recent medical research into the drug as a therapeutic will provide more opportunities for individuals to explore additional perspectives and gain new insights on their personal soul journeys. 
 
Taylor was inspired to write “Window” following a personal, positive psychedelic experience. “I hope it encourages people not to be so quick to judge another’s spiritual path,” Rae states. “Each person should determine – in their own time - the best way to connect to their inner self or source energy.” 
 
Taylor’s “story behind the song” is available on her Instagram.
 
Are you willing to search 
Outside of yourself
Or what you think you might be?
Are you willing to go
Step into the zone
Cross over the line you've been dreaming? (T. Rae)
 
The video, directed by William Gawley and produced by Michelle Robertson for Charlotte Avenue Pictures, premiered today on Americana Highways. The song is from Taylor’s Top 10 Americana Music Chart album, MAD TWENTIES
 
Filmed in a warehouse in Nashville, the clip opens with images of old windows floating in an endless black space. “We simulated an acid trip to create a visual experience,” Rae recalls. “It’s a mirage that reflects the lyrics.” Throughout the video, Taylor walks among the windows, many of which portray “trippy” images that range from organic, nature vistas to geometrics and Woodstock-era swirls of kaleidoscopic color. Gawley recalls, “Taylor and I agreed that we didn’t want a ‘typical’ music video. With green screen technology, specialized lighting and animation, combined with the windows and imagery, we made the perfect marriage of cutting-edge and old school technology. It was a joy to direct.” For Robertson, who helped choose everything from props to wardrobe to the color scheme, the effort was a labor of love. “The 60s era really resonates for me and for Taylor,” she says.
 
Learn more about Taylor at taylorraemusic.com, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, Instagram or YouTube.
ABOUT TAYLOR RAE
At the age of two, Taylor learned Carole King’s ‘It’s Too Late’ and sang it to anyone who would listen. By the age of seven, she was taking private vocal and piano lessons. When she was eight, her parents took her to see Jewel in concert. “She was alone on stage with her guitar, singing her songs – I already knew that’s what I wanted to do, but seeing Jewel do it was a real moment for me.” At the age of 10, Taylor started to write her own material and taught herself guitar at 12. She performed in musical theatre productions throughout high school and focused on her craft. Taylor’s eclectic style was influenced by Grace Potter, Janis Joplin, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jewel, Simon & Garfunkel, and Steely Dan. She has performed at Kuumbwa Jazz, the Catalyst, the Hotel Café in Hollywood, The Rustic in Houston, the second stage at the legendary Stubb’s in Austin, Santa Cruz’s Moe’s Alley, Nashville’s renowned Bluebird Café, Lexington’s The Lyric Theatre and the Asheville, NC Isis Music Hall. She has also played popular Northern California festivals, including DIO Fest (Boulder Creek) and Redwood Mountain Faire (Felton). Taylor has opened for artists including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Brandy Clark, Kristian Bush, Reggae musician Mike Love, Natalie Brady and The Stone Foxes. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Taylor currently resides in Austin, Texas. She recently signed an exclusive worldwide booking deal with The Kurland Agency. Her debut album, MAD TWENTIES, hit Top 10 this week. Taylor enjoys reading, practicing yoga and spending time with her long-haired Dachshund, Winnie.
 
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Bunnies Spring Into Action to Boost Little Girl’s Confidence in Tender Children’s Tale
 
Denver, CO, March 7, 2022 — A colony of cottontails breakdance, bebop and hip hop their way across the pages of It's Just a Bunnypalooza to teach lovable protagonist Lizzy some new dance moves just in time for the school talent show.
 
It's Just a Bunnypalooza is the third book in the It’s Just So… series from the award-winning team of Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco. As with all “Lizzy” books, (including the recent, fun-filled romp, Now What?) It's Just a Bunnypalooza springs to life with adventure-in-rhyme, fantastical humor and playful made-up words that pop into Lizzy’s mind.
 
When the contagiously enthusiastic Lizzy tells her classmates that she's learning jump-jivin’ moves from bunnies, the children giggle at her over-active imagination. Feeling embarrassed and self-conscious, Lizzy decides she no longer wants to be laughed at.
 
Lizzy becomes an avid "non-believer" and ceases any further communication with animals. Naturally, the bunnies organize an intervention. These furry little creatures will not allow Lizzy’s fandango to falter, and they sure don’t want to lose a good friend.
 
Written with young children ages 4 to 8 in mind, It's Just a Bunnypalooza provides multiple social-emotional-learning moments with subtle yet effective messaging about living out loud and staying true to yourself.
 
It's Just a Bunnypalooza has been praised by Kirkus Reviews as “Infectiously enthusiastic about dance and imagination. The bouncy, vibrant verbs make this an excellent read-aloud tale … full-color, whimsical illustrations nicely capture the story’s kinetic joy.”
 
Brenda Faatz has an undeniable connection with children. Some say it’s because they instinctively know “one of their own.” A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Musical Theatre, Brenda is a professional singer, dancer, actor, writer and director. Having established herself as a critically-acclaimed actor while performing on stages from Minneapolis to Aspen, Boulder and Denver, Brenda has turned her talents to creating fresh content for youngsters. She has penned music, lyrics and scripts for original musical theatre works for children, and is the founder and director of the Notable Kids Arts Center in Denver. While collaborating with her husband and illustrator Peter Trimarco, Brenda has authored the award-winning It’s Just So … children’s book series because, as she likes to say, “no one ever told me I couldn’t.” 
 
Peter Trimarco started his professional doodling career as an editorial cartoonist before turning to commercial art and designing packaging for both the film and music industries. Along the way, he also established himself on the business side of music as an executive producer and creative director on over 40 productions, with two going on to win Grammy nominations. While staying in the entertainment field, he published a trade magazine for the film industry and ultimately brought his creative juices and publishing expertise to the printed page for youngsters. Peter is a graduate of Lake Forest College, where he studied Literature and Fine Arts. In addition to designing album covers and book covers, he is the illustrator of Ella McBella In The Dark by Laura Pells, and the It’s Just So … book series, which he co-created with his wife, Brenda Faatz.
 
For more information, visit http://www.notablekidspublishing.com,
http://www.lizzysworld.com, or follow the publisher on Instagram and Facebook at @Notablekidspublishing.
 
It's Just a Bunnypalooza
Publisher: Notable Kids Publishing
ISBN-10: ‎ 0997085177
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0997085174
Available from Amazon.com, BN.com, Indiebond.org and anywhere books are sold
 
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April 16, 2022

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services - Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Devin Leech

Network Producer - Ben BoQuist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Peter Trimarco and Brenda Faatz authors of "It's Just a Bunnypalooza" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets at 630pm ET to discuss and give away their childrens book.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Warner Bros. Pictures and Heyday Films present a PG-13, 142-minute, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, directed by David Yates and written by J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves with a theater release of April 15, 2022.

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April 9, 2022

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Karen Vance - Dog Trainer and Agility expert - Tampa, FL

Producer - Matt Matera

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Dr. Staci Scolavino, Medical Communications Manager for Nutrition at Virbac, to discuss pets dietary needs after Spay or Neuter - 636pm ET

Friday, 08 April 2022 01:15

Ambulance Featured

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Ambulance

Universal Pictures, Bay Films, Endeavor Content, New Republic Pictures and Project X Entertainment present an R rated, 136-minute, Action, Crime, Drama, directed by Michael Bay, screenplay by Chris Fedak and based on the film Ambulance written by Laurits Munch-Petersen and Lars Andreas Pedersen with a theater release date of April 8, 2022.

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Everything Everywhere All at Once Featured

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Everything Everywhere All at Once

A24, AGBO, Hotdog Hands, Ley Line Entertainment and Year of the Rat present an R rated, 132-minute, Action, Adventure, Comedy, directed and written by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert with a theater release date of April 8, 2022.

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The Lost City

Paramount Pictures, 3dot productions, Exhibit A and Fortis Films present a PG-13, 112-minute, Action, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Aaron Nee and Adam Nee, screenplay by Oren Uziel, Dana Fox and Adam Nee with a theater release of March 25, 2022.

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