Janie Fricke, “Country Side of Bluegrass,” New Music Deals. 13 tracks.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 00:00

The surest way to tell if a musical genre is becoming more popular is to watch artists from other genres beginning to move in.

In the past decade, Rickey Skaggs and Rhonda Vincent returned from country music for instant stardom in bluegrass.

Marty Raybon, Joe Diffie, Merle Haggard and Tommy Shaw, guitarist for the rock band Styx, among others have all made bluegrass albums in recent years.

Now, Janie Fricke, the Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year in 1982 and 1983, is trying her hand at bluegrass.

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Janie Fricke – The Country Side Of Bluegrass

Saturday, 24 December 2011 03:26

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In the 1980s, there were few female vocalists on Country radio any more dependable than Janie Fricke. Songs like “If The Fall Don’t Get You” and “She’s Single Again” helped her to carve out a very successful career – and also win a pair of CMA Female Vocalist of the Year trophies.

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Country Queen Janie Fricke Talks "Country Side of Bluegrass"

Monday, 19 December 2011 21:34

Broken Records Magazine's Markos Papadatos chatted with veteran country songstress Janie Fricke about her newest CD Country Side of Bluegrass.

In 1982 and 1983, Janie Fricke was crowned "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the Country Music Association (CMA); furthermore, she garnered the Academy of Country Music’s "Top Female Vocalist" honor in 1983. Throughout her illustrious career in country, Janie received two Grammy nominations, recorded twenty-three studio albums, and had 36 hit singles on country radio.

According to Janie Fricke, she states, "I started out as a studio musician, being a backup singer on other singer’s records." Her backing vocals appear on albums of such legendary artists as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Elvis Presley. "We were a full-time working vocal group and we got a lot of work," she acknowledges.

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