The Best Christmas Album In Decades!
Tim Rushlow & his Big Band Classic Christmas
by Bruce J Maier
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There was once a time of glory in the music industry and a time of class that only the likes of producer-engineers like Frank Laico of Columbia Records in New York would create on a regular basis. Mr. Sinatra recorded most of his albums there with Laico and it was an environment fine-tuned for the best musicians in the industry. The songs were well crafted and the musicianship the highest available. The music was rich in texture and tone of the vocals smooth as velvet, largely due to a great singer for starters and followed by the best microphones and acoustics and the best analog tape on the planet. But as music aficionados we came to expect great sound, great songs and incredible entertainment. As time went on the industry and accepted forms of popular music presentation changed greatly. But one thing has never changed; the world loves Christmas music. Even though there have been hundreds of Christmas albums produced since the nineteen-fifties there is certainly a void between “ this year’s flavor “ and records that are made to last, until now.
Tim Rushlow, the former lead singer of the super group Little Texas ventured out on his own in the late nineties and has been making great records and performing to sold out shows around the world without ever having to look back. For some though, moving past the success of four top albums, a greatest hits collection and charting fifteen singles on Billboard’s Top 100 – would be hard to part with. Rushlow has proven time after time that he is a progressive man who continues to write, sing and evolve.
Coming from humble roots and being born on a US Air Force base Tim would grow up with an early interest in music and honing his vocal skills in the High School choir. Although he would later earn many accolades and awards in modern Country, he has always had a profound passion for Jazz and Big Band music. Now for the first time in his life, everything he has learned in the music business – every note and scale, every stage he’s performed on has led him to this exciting new adventure – Tim Rushlow and his Big Band Classic Christmas!
With a nice mixture of time honored classics such as Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells and Oh Holy Night, Tim Rushlow shows us an amazing range of a softer style of singing to an all out Swing-King, finger-snapping swagger throughout this entire CD! When I do a review there is, invariably one or maybe two songs that will stand out or slap me right in the face with “ Hit “ written all over it, and that is the case with “ What Do I Do With The Blue “ and “ A Soldier’s Gift “. The latter is a song that you can’t help but have feelings for, as the lyric evokes how we long to see our loved ones and friends who are serving in the military, protecting the rest of us and it says thank you in a beautiful and convincing, respectable way. It’s such a well-crafted song featuring Bradford Marsalis and penned by Tim Rushlow, Don Poythress and the album’s co-producer Jimmy Ritchey who has done a splendid job with Jeff Huskins to make a great record, one that this writer believes would have made Frank and Frank very proud indeed, as they prove that outstanding recordings and total class have made a triumphant return! Look for Tim Rushlow to be at the top of the charts in the coming years and for this wonderful Christmas album being a cherished classic for decades to come!
Classic Christmas, is Tim’s first offering in a new genre for him. As a lifelong fan of Jazz and Big Band, he went into the studio with legendary side men who worked with Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Tower of Power and also some members of the Nashville Symphony. The results are superb, giving a timeless and authentic sound to great Christmas classics.
NORTHFIELD, Ohio – Say this for Tim Rushlow: The former lead singer for the country group Little Texas doesn’t do anything halfway. “Tim Rushlow & His Big Band: Classic Christmas,” a collection of Christmas standards all done in the Big Band-era style, comes out on Nov. 24, and true to the genre, his press photos even have him in a sharkskin suit, the likes of which would make Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra or Perry Como green with envy.
Do you remember Tim Rushlow? I think we all do! He was that awesome lead singer for the great country group Little Texas. Keeping that in mind, Tim’s new holiday CD might surprise a few of his fans. The title is Tim Rushlow & His Big Band Classic Christmas, and that’s just what it is! We listened to it, we love it, and we aren’t the only ones. Clay Hunnicutt, Exec VP & GM NPP-IHeartMedia said, “If you’re looking for some Holiday cheer, look no further! Tim Rushlow brings it in a BIG way with his BIG band. All your holiday favorites and a few NEW classics that will definitely make you smile, tap your toes, and stir great memories from the first note to the last. An instant classic Holiday record!!”
In the style of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller, and other great Big Band era artists, Tim gives us the following songs on this great, gotta-have-it holiday CD: Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Sleigh Ride, A Soldiers Gift, Rudolph, Jingle Bells, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Most Wonderful Time of the Year, O Holy Night, What Do I Do With the Blue, Christmas Song, Home For the Holidays, and Edelweiss.
I love this new album. This is going to end up in a lot of homes this holiday season. Below is the press release about the new CD.
Tim Rushlow was the lead vocalist of the Country Supergroup Little Texas which recorded five albums and a greatest hits package on Warner Bros. Records. Tim went on to 3 other major record labels including Atlantic Records, Lyric Street Records, and Show Dog Universal and garnered chart topping hits as a solo artist. Tim has been involved in record sales of over 11 million units and has won CMA awards, ACM awards, and has amassed many various industry award nominations including multiple Grammy award nominations.
Having been a lifetime fan of Jazz and Big Band music, Tim has just completed his first record in the genre with a wide array of legendary side men who have worked with the likes of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Tower Of Power as well as members of the Nashville Symphony. There is also a very special appearance with Grammy award-winning Saxophonist Branford Marsalis. This new Christmas record is sure to become a household classic for the holidays this year and for years to come. Tim is poised to have great success in this new genre and continued success on his new musical journey.
If you would like a little preview of what you can expect on the new album, head over to Tim’s web site, and click on ‘View the Video’ on the first page. There are several short video clips there, and you can hear a little of what you are going to get in this album. It’s awesome.
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Heading out of town for a few days – back with more soon!
These three men have been the lead voices on hit songs including “Mountain Music,” “Feels So Right,” “God Blessed Texas” and “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right).” Tuesday night, fans can spend two hours hearing Alabama’s Randy Owen, Little Texas’ former lead singer Tim Rushlow and Restless Heart’s Larry Stewart sing those songs and more.
Proceeds from the evening benefit Fisher House Foundation, which provides lodging to the military and veterans while they are seeking treatment at a military hospital. A facility is located in Murfreesboro.
“I was like, ‘Holy smokes,” Rushlow recalls of when both men agreed to play the show. Rushlow hosts monthly writers’ nights at Hard Rock Café, which he calls Rushlow in the Round. “These two singers helped shape me into the singer I wanted to be. I have the ‘Feels So Right’ album on the wall in my house that I wore out listening to when I was growing up. And they are super guys. They are so kind and have no ego about them.”
In addition, the evening also will include wine tastings, food pairings, Yazoo brewery’s new fall ale and Rock Patel Premium Cigars on the Hard Rock Café’s Reverb room’s deck.
Admission is $10 but Rushlow hopes given the charity, that guests will offer $20. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Nashville downtown.
Nashville, TN (June 24, 2013)—Singer/songwriter and former Little Texas front man Tim Rushlow recently ventured to Afghanistan where he spent time with our troops, visiting with and performing for them, alongside fellow front man Larry Stewart of Restless Heart. The trip was not the first for Rushlow, who is a big supporter of bringing a little bit of “home” to our servicemen and women overseas.
“It is always an honor to go overseas to play for our troops. This visit was a bit more intense as we were truly in a theater of war. These brave men and women are our heroes and deserve the best we can offer. I am just humbled that I was asked to be a part. I made friends and memories there that I will never forget,” commented Rushlow.
Following his trip to Afghanistan, Rushlow returned to Nashville for CMA Music Fest where he participated in a CMA Panel on Country Music in the 90’s, alongside fellow artists Ty Herndon, Bryan White and John Berry. The event drew a huge amount of fans into the Fan Fair X Hall at CMA Music Festival.
Rushlow then headed to east Tennessee where he performed a stint at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge as part of the theme park’s partnership with GAC TV to present the “Great American Country Show.” The show series, which lasts through October 26, is a 40-minute show featuring six singers, a six-piece band and stars one of Country music’s legendary performers. The show was a wonderful chance for Tim to perform and share the experience with his family, including his children.
“It was a blast to be a part of this first class show and to have my kids watch me perform songs that were hits before they were even around. They never go on the road with me, so to see their reaction out in the crowd was absolutely priceless!” said Rushlow.
Rushlow returned home to Nashville just in time for the June installment of his songwriter series “Rushlow in the Round,” happening Tuesday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. The intimate in-the-round will feature Rushlow, Heidi Newfield, Keith Anderson and some very special guests that folks will not want to miss!
Also on June 25th, fans can tune into WSM AM from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CDT when Rushlow will put his DJ hat on and program an entire hour of music, playing some of his favorite songs and sharing stories about each one.
Additionally, Tim is ready to return to the studio to work on his first Country album in six years!
For more info and news updates, be sure to visit www.timrushlow.com.
Tim Rushlow, former lead singer of Little Texas who is the voice behind hits including “God Blessed Texas” and “What Might Have Been,” has started a monthly writers’ night at Hard Rock Café. His goal is to bring Nashville’s writers/artists into a relaxed living room setting where they tell the stories behind their hits, play songs that were influential to them, interact with the crowd and provide networking opportunities for those involved in the music business.