Sarah Turner, the budding country singer from Boardman, released a six-song CD this week that shows she means business.
The release of “No Hard Feelings” shows off Turner’s newfound Music City polish, right down to a photo portrait that calls to mind Carrie Underwood.
The 20-year-old Boardman High School graduate has been living in Nashville, where she co-wrote with some top songwriters, including Connie Harrington (“Girls Lie Too” by Terry Clark) and Bill Shore (“Wild Horses” by Garth Brooks).
The songs are a mix that range from traditional country (“Tramp Alene”) to pop. The title cut, “No Hard Feelings,” definitely could get airplay as a crossover tune.
Another track, the ballad “Fight for You,” is a tribute to her friend, former boxing champion and Youngstown native Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.
Turner first hit the scene two years ago with an EP that included “Youngstown” — a tip of the cap to her hometown that got airplay on dozens of stations nationwide.
Summit music director to speak at SXSW fest
Liz Mozzocco, music director at The Summit radio (WKTL-90.7 FM in Struthers; and WAPS-91.3 FM in Akron), is a speaker on the Adult Rock Music Meeting panel at the South by Southwest Music Conference this week in Austin, Texas.
Panelists will hear unreleas-ed music and discuss its potential for airplay on their radio stations. The event is today.
“I’m excited to hear unreleas-ed songs and talk about the way we choose music at an independent public radio station,” Mozzocco said. “We’ll be giving attendees an inside look into how radio stations make music decisions.”
Other panelists include programmers for satellite radio, stations in Chicago, Minneapolis and Philadelphia, as well as the host of the nationally syndicated Acoustic Cafe radio program.
THE OLD AND NEW MIX AT CEDARS WEST END
The most obvious difference at the new Cedars Lounge, which opened this month at 702 Steel St. on the West Side, is the stage. At the old place downtown, the stage was just one step up from the floor. But at the new club, dubbed Cedars West End, it is several feet high and visible as soon as you walk in the door.
So the focus on live music is obvious as soon as you walk in. The band dominates the room, and there is much better visibility for those in the audience.
The art-bedecked back wall of the bar at the old room has been installed at the new site. And that short section of colored tile on the bar top also was brought over. It’s a subtle and permanent reminder of the old place, which closed in January after 37 years, and a sign of continuity.
NILES MAN’S APPAREL USED IN SLASHER FILM
Several shirts created by Justin Haines of Niles, who owns and operates Dead Ink Apparel, were used in the low-budget slasher film “Axeman at Cutter’s Creek.”
The film, an ’80s-style indie slasher flick, was written and directed by Joston Theney and filmed in California. It was released in February. A bunch of twentysomethings on vacation are hunted down by an ax-wielding madman.
Haines is a 2008 graduate of Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a focus in graphic design. His horror/punk streetwear can be viewed and purchased at deadinkapparel.com.
Haines and Theney will both be present at the HorrorHound Weekend convention in Cincinnati the weekend of March 22-24 and will show clips from the film. Go to horrorhoundweekend.com for information.
YSU MUSICAL-THEATER STUDENTS AT THE BUTLER
Youngstown State University music students perform hour-long concerts most Wednesdays at the Butler Institute of American Art.
But next week’s performance will be a little different. Students in the musical-theater program will sing tunes from a dozen Broadway shows, with full accompaniment.
Included in the program will be songs from “Les Miserables,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” “1776,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Book of Mormon” and several others.
The free performance begins at 12:15 p.m.