by Kristin M Hall The Associated Press Poste

first_img by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2017 8:17 am PDT Last Updated Dec 19, 2017 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email After Music Row rejection, Walker Hayes made a DIY studio In this Dec. 11, 2017 photo, country singer Walker Hayes poses for a portrait in New York to promote his latest album, “boom.” (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP) center_img NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Several years ago, producer and songwriter Shane McAnally met Walker Hayes, a country singer from Alabama who was struggling to find a hit while signed to Capitol Records Nashville.“He had a song or two that hadn’t worked and they were like, ‘We just need a hit,’” said McAnally, who has written No. 1 songs with Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney. “There’s nothing organic or honest about telling someone that you just need a hit.”Hayes, who had a wife and six kids, left Capitol after his record fizzled with no radio success and took a side job at Costco to pay the bills. He kept returning to a 160-square-foot storage shed behind his publisher’s Music Row office, where he set up a DIY studio with an old version of Pro Tools, a keyboard and a guitar.“You find yourself writing the truth, because it’s like, ‘Well, I ain’t writing for anyone but myself anyway,’” said Hayes, 37, as he sat in the storage shed known as The Shack. “The delivery, the style, the beats, I am going to make it all. I couldn’t hire a band. So I was making a lot of this stuff here in this shack. Beating on this table, shaking that shaker, whistling. And really just having fun making music ’cause I just loved it.”Hayes went back to McAnally two years ago with a batch of new songs that were conversational, highly personal and sung like an Ed Sheeran track. McAnally said no other country artist felt comfortable singing Hayes’ songs, which immediately raised a flag in his mind.“What I am always drawn to is an artist that has songs that nobody else can perform,” McAnally said.Now Hayes is signed to Monument Records, a historic country label dating back to the ’50s that was relaunched by Sony this year and led by McAnally and Jason Owen. His first single, “You Broke Up with Me,” has pushed into the Top 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, fueled by strong digital song sales. His new album “boom.” was released Dec. 8.The single isn’t too much different from the demo version he made in The Shack, complete with his co-writers chattering to each other in the background as he recorded a guitar riff and beatboxed the rhythm.Hayes doesn’t write with much bravado, preferring the humour and striking honesty of a dad of six kids who has another baby on the way. He sings about taking his children to shop at the dollar store and the time a man from his church gave his family a minivan. He writes about quitting drinking but keeping that one last beer bottle in the fridge.Country artists like Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett have opened the door to Hayes, who finds more inspiration in loops and beats than twangy guitars.“Growing up all I cared about in a song, before I really listened to lyrics, was that beat,” Hayes said. “I didn’t want a pickup with mud tires. I wanted an old blazer with as many speakers in the back as I could afford. I would even steal them out of my brother’s car and pack them in there. I remember sitting in a parking lot and turning my radio up and walking down the street to see how far you could feel it.”___Online:Home___Follow Kristin M. Hall at read more

No interim agreement on the cards

first_imgThere can be no interim agreement on the Cyprus problem, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Tuesday, responding to rumours that UN special adviser Espen Barth Eide intends to table one at the second leg of the international Conference on Cyprus, which starts on Wednesday at Crans-Montana, Switzerland.Speaking to the Greek News Agency, Christodoulides said the Greek Cypriot side’s goal is “a comprehensive settlement”.With regard to a statement on Monday by Turkey’s deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes, that the conference is being forced on the parties by the United Nations, the spokesman said the Greek Cypriot side is going to Switzerland “with the clear political will to create the prospects for optimism”.“[But] if Turkey continues to hold positions at Crans-Montana like the ones we heard in the last few days, there will not be a positive outcome, and Turkey will be responsible,” he said.On a contentious document proposed by Eide for a ‘Treaty of Implementation’ to govern post-solution arrangements, Christodoulides declined comment on “the details of a document that has no substance and cannot be used as a basis for discussions at the conference.”In a written statement on Monday, President Nicos Anastasiades rejected a draft ‘common’ document prepared by Eide – which included the treaty proposal – supposed to form a guide for discussion on the chapter of security and guarantees, saying it did not reflect the Greek Cypriot side’s views and was thus neither common nor binding.The Greek Cypriot delegation for the conference left for Switzerland on Tuesday morning.Meanwhile, various foreign diplomats voiced support for the upcoming conference, largely viewed as a final push for a comprehensive settlement.British Secretary of State, who will head the British delegation despite earlier reports that it would be headed by deputy secretary Sir Alan Duncan, said the conference is a “great opportunity” to find a solution.Following a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart in Paris, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France “supports the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem”.“All interested parties should work in favour of a solution which will respond to the common wish of Cypriots to find again a united and peaceful island,” a spokesman for the French foreign ministry said.US ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty told the Cyprus News Agency that the conference is the “best chance in decades” to solve the Cyprus problem.“The US’ role in the peace process entails support and readiness to act in the appropriate way at the appropriate time to assist the leaders and the UN,” she said.A bi-communal grassroots movement created to nudge the leaders toward a solution, #UniteCyprusNow, has announced that a delegation of its members will travel to Crans-Montana in a show of support for the talks.“At this critical juncture in the Cyprus negotiations, ten volunteers from #UniteCyprusNow will be travelling to Crans-Montana to raise awareness about the importance of a solution among the international media and community, to encourage the leaders and to call on the guarantor powers to be constructive,” a statement said.The delegation’s trip is funded by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, Sir Stelios Hadj-ioannou’s charity, which “has been supporting bi-communal projects and activities to promote lasting peace in Cyprus for many years”.The president and his entourage were  flown to Crans Montana with a helicopter. Video courtesy of Politis newspaperYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more