Len Snow Jr.'s New Album Honors Hall Of Fame Hero Hank Snow With New Single Release

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Country star Len Snow, Jr.'s new album, produced by veteran hit maker Robert Metzgar, honors Country Music Hall Of Fame legend, Hank Snow with a new single to be released to radio entitled, "Country's What I Choose."

In the early 50’s, Hank Snow discovered a young singer by the name of Elvis Presley and took him on as an opening act. He later invited Elvis to join him at the Grand Ole Opry and helped him find his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. If Country Music Hall Of Fame member Hank Snow were alive today, he would take great pride in introducing his living prodigy, Len Snow, Jr. to the audience of the Grand Ole Opry. He might even introduce him to a manager and take him on as an opening act in country music.

One thing’s for sure, Len Snow loves the history and the career of his hero Hank Snow, so often referred to as “The Singing Ranger” and the man who still holds the record for the song “I’m Moving On” with more consecutive weeks at number one in country music than any other song in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Singles Charts.

“Len Snow is one of those very special artists, that you meet in country music who reminds you of the country greats in our business. I first saw Len perform at a little country music venue in Lewisburg, Tennessee. The only other two acts that I saw perform there successfully were Garth Brooks and the Kentucky Headhunters. Len Snow had that crowd begging for more. The owner told me that after Len took his coat off and got down to his T-shirt that the club did more business that night than in the history of the venue. Len Snow will make you want to line dance all night, fall in love and miss work the next day. He’s one of the most dynamic performers you will ever see in person. If you are looking for a country artist that will fill your venue and leave your customers satisfied, then Len Snow is the man to hire,” says Legends Hall Of Fame Producer Robert Metzgar. *See http://www.robertmetzgar.com

Mikel Gore of Entertainment Headline News in Nashville caught up with Len on his way to his CD Release party in Toledo, Ohio and interviewed him for Clear Channel Radio’s “New Artist’s Who Have Hit It Big At Country Radio” program.

Q: How did you get started in country music?

A: I grew up with eight kids in my family. My mom was finished having all those kids by the time she was 34. I didn’t have any money growing up, so our big highlight was watching Dallas on television, eating pizza and drinking Pepsi. What a life we had. My life parallels the life of my hero Hank Snow. I started playing at the Michigan Tavern in Temperance, Michigan. Herb Score sold me my first guitar and my career just started working “live” dates anywhere I could find them. I went from way up north, to California just like Hank and finally wound up in Nashville at the advice of Grammy winning Producer Dennis Kahn. He told me to go talk to Robert Metzgar and see if Mr. Metzgar would help me get started.

It costs a lot of money to record an album, get it manufactured and then do a video, promote it and get yourself started in country music today. Somehow my friend in California, Dennis Kahn knew that Robert was just golden to the bone. He said Robert would help me get my career off the ground. Mr. Metzgar agreed to produce my first album, “Country’s What I Choose.” I dedicated that song to my hero Hank Snow. With the average country album today costing over a hundred and fifty thousand dollars, you have to have label support and Platinum Plus Universal Records has helped me more than I can say.

Q: Are you a songwriter yourself?

A: Yes, I am the sole writer of all the songs on my current album. I look back on my influences and so many artists influenced my songwriting. Elvis Presley, John Denver, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, James Taylor, The Beatles, Alabama, Lone Star, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and my all time favorite of course, Hank Snow. Hank continued to delve back into his repertoire to resurrect old songs for new audiences. To him repertoire was a living thing, and his sense of tradition was as sharp and keen as that of any artist today. Hank Snow was elected into the country music hall of fame in 1979 and that is exactly where I’d like to be when I finish my career. Hank Snow had 85 Billboard singles, 65 Top-40 Billboard hits, 43 Top-10 hits and seven times the angel touched his shoulder with #1 Billboard hits. *See http://www.hanksnow.com

I love the careers of Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Clint Black, Vince Gill, Dave Dudley, Carl Smith, The Bellamy Brothers, Johnny Paycheck, T. G. Sheppard, Ricky Skaggs, John Conlee, Mel Tillis, Roy Clark, Steve Wariner, Don Williams, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakum, Rodney Crowell, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Gene Watson, Earl Thomas Conley, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Anderson, Tom T. Hall, Vern Gosdin, Porter Wagoner, Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff, and Bill Monroe as well. All of these great entertainers have influenced me in one way or the other.

Q: Who are some of your favorite female entertainers that have influenced your career?

A: I love Lori Morgan, Shania Twain, Reba, Nora Jones, Trisha Yearwood, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Wynonna, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Carol Lee and The Carol Lee Singers, Dolly Parton, Suzy Bogus, Deana Carter, Terri Clark, Crystal Gayle, Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, Kathy Mattea, LeAnn Rimes, Pam Tillis, Lee Ann Womack, Alison Krauss and Chely Wright. I have always listened to June Carter Cash, and some of the best country music today comes from Carrie Underwood, Lila McCann, Jamie O’Neal, Miranda Lambert, Shelly Fairchild and Jenny True. You have to love a woman who can take command of 145,000 screaming cowboys at Fan Fair. These are very strong women who deserve our respect and admiration.

Q: How would you feel about entertaining the troops abroad?

A: I am ready to go on the next USO tour tomorrow. I would like to follow in my hero’s footsteps. Hank Snow sang for the troops in Korea, Vietnam, and performed in Germany, Norway and all across Europe for the American soldier. I have supported the men and women of our Armed Forces since I was old enough to remember. I can remember listening to Hank’s song, “Hello Love,” when I was just a kid. He was 61 years old when he recorded that song and he is the oldest country performer to ever have a #1 Billboard hit in country music.

Q: Where is your CD Release concert going to be held in Toledo?

A: My album will be out on the street in just a few days, and it will be available for my CD Release party. The party and concert will be held as follows:

Tuesday March 21st, 2006

Nashville's Saloon

1260 W. Alexis Road

Toledo, OH 43619

Call: 419-869-0303

Time: 8:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight

Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com

Q: Is the concert open to the public?

A: Yes, and I’m inviting all my hometown friends to come join me and the band for some of the greatest toe-tapping, boot scooting, line dancing country music you will ever hear. I have a picture in my mind of the man I want to be in the future. I try and catch up to that image every day with the way I lead my life. My goals are set very high and all my fans are what makes each and every night’s performance the kind of night it ought to be for me. I look forward to seeing all of them at my concert in Toledo, Ohio.

For further information contact:

Program Director

WKKO FM Radio Station

3225 Arlington Avenue

Toledo, OH 43614-2427

419-725-5700 (main)

419-385-2902 (fax)

http://www.k100country.com

Len Snow, Jr.

Capitol Management Group

1214 16th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37212-2902

800-767-4984 (toll free)

615-321-0600 (wk)

615-321-0182 (fax)

http://www.capitolmanagement.com

Or: Robert Metzgar, GM

Platinum Plus Universal Records

1214 16th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37212-2902

http://www.platinumplusuniversal.com

Len Snow Fan Club

1214 16th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37212-2902

http://www.lensnowjr.com

This article written by: Mikel Gore

Entertainment Headline News Editor

Nashville, Tennessee

http://www.entertainmentheadlinenews.com

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