New Single "Fast Girl" released to radio 9/28. You guys...YOU GUYS!...have been so great with the responses to my message a while ago letting you know about the release of the new album. Many, many, many of you now have the CD, and are sending me amazing comments. I think we'll have to choose some and start putting them on www.thetractors.com. If we could get music critics to write reviews of that caliber, we would really have something.
Here's what's new. The video for "Can't Get Nowhere" starts airing on CMT on their show called Jammin' Country which airs every night at 11:00 PM CST; and on GAC (Great American Country) starting tomorrow--Thursday, May 3rd--at 8:30 CST. We don't want to get the cart before the horse--meaning wait until they've played the video--but then, we need to hit CMT and GAC with praise & requests. Your response to them will determine how much they play the video. Of course, I only want you to be honest. So here's hoping you love the video as much as we do. It shows us performing the song in our studio (The Church Studio) here in Tulsa, Oklahoma--home base for The Tractors for over 10 years.
Can't Get Nowhere features legendary guitar player and recent Rock and Roll inductee, James Burton. James has played for/with a staggering list of stars in Country and Pop and Rock and Roll--from Ricky Nelson to Frank Sinatra to Merle Haggard to Elvis Presley. If you've ever seen an old "Ozzie and Harriet" TV show, that's James standing next to Ricky Nelson. If you were lucky enough to see Elvis in concert from the 70's on, or any of the many movies and TV shows from that period of time showing Elvis in concert, that's James standing next to Elvis. He's played on all of the Tractors albums, and plays on 5 tunes on the new record, Fast Girl. I consider him an official member of the band, and hope to have him on the road for some live shows later this year. Also making a cameo appearance in the video, is Zac Hanson, drummer for the band Hanson. Pretty cool! Zac is seen driving a VW Bug picking up Jim Bates (acoustic bass) and David Teegarden (drums) who are hitchhiking their way to the studio for the session. In the car with Zac is my daughter, Angelene, and Leon Russell's daughter, Tina Rose. You should also watch for a shot of my son, Elvis, operating the mixing console. The video also features forever Tractors band members Fats Kaplin on fiddle and steel guitar, and Bud Deal and Mike Panno on saxophones. Bud and Mike travel by Train (do a lot of walking) and then hitch a ride with the Caney Valley School band in their band bus. Fats is seen being driven by his wife, Kristi Rose (an amazing singer), in a 1949 Mercury. Jay Spell (Steinway piano) is picked up in a 1959 Ford Fairlane convertible by a couple of girls who just wanna have fun...and who just happen to stop and hold up a liquor store on the way to the studio. Jay, of course, is completely oblivious to this and is just happy to get to the session. Last, but certainly not least, is my old friend Jim Pulte, who sings harmony with me on this song. I've know Jim for about 30 years. He wrote a song on our first album called "The Little Man". He's a great singer and songwriter and we were lucky to get him to help us on this tune.
So Uncle Steve once again asks for your help. Please watch for the video and then send in your requests to CMT or GAC (or both)--depending on which channel you get on your TV.
Here's how you can do it (I think):
You can make requests for CMT online or call them at 1-900-288-4CMT.
You can make requests online for GAC at http://www.countrystars.com or call them at 1-888-GAC-HITS.
You're the greatest. I don't know what I'm doing, but I'm having a pretty good time.
Our best to you all,
Steve Ripley & The Tractors