Saluting the Saviors of Studio A


On Ot. 16, Pul McCartney made a plea to a capacity crowd of 14,498 at Bridgestone Arena. "You gotta save these old studios, man," Sir Paul said. "The history!"

Thousands roared their approval. Since summer, they'd followed the ongoing flap over 30 Music Square West, the building that housed one of Music Row's most hallowed rooms, RCA Studio A. Just weeks earlier, on sept. 28, the outcry over a Brentwood developer's plans to raze Studio A -- a space where the voices of everyone from Waylon Jennings to Dolly Parton once reverberated - had made the front page of The New York Times.

But McCartney wasn't talking about Studio A. At least not directly.

Nor was he lamenting the loss of the 135 year old Pilcher-Hamilton House, demolished as if overnight for a multimillion dollar Virgin Hotel not eh Music Row Roundabout. He wasn't specifically talking about the McGavock Street building where Elvis Presley cut "Heartbreak Hotel," razed in 2006.

Or the Hillsboro Village building that housed Bradley Studio, where Kitty Wells but "it Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" in 1952, leveled earlier this year. Or the former home of Combine Music, which fell to the wrecking ball in June.

No, more than any of Nashville's endangered or rubble-reduce studios, McCartney was mostly talking about a comparatively obscure Music Row property; SoundShop Studio. Located at 1307 Division St., formerly onward and operated by the late Buddy Killen, the studio hosted the likes of Buck Owens, Neil Young, N'Sync and be McEntire.



You Tube


Pray With Me, written by Bobby Adams and Penny Menze, is rising fast with views on YouTube. Within 3 weeks the video has received 8,156 views.


Indie International Songwriting Contest


Carol Anne, Written by Penny Menze, Michael Shipley and Alan O'Bryant, takes honorable mention at #7, in the Folk/Acoustic category.  The Indie International Songwriting Contest is an annual song competition to give recognition to some of the best emerging songwriters in the world.  Each category allows only 150 entries.


Sierra Guitar Endorsement



Penny Menze Endorses Sierra Guitars!

Charleston, SC, April 12, 2010–

Sierra Guitars is happy to announce guitarist and singer-songwriter Penny Menze as the newest endorser of Sierra Guitars!  Penny plays the Sierra Alpine SDS55CETS Acoustic-Electric in Vintage Sunburst.

After officially signing an agreement with Sierra Guitars earlier this month Penny Menze stated, “My Sierra Guitar has become a constant companion. I love the consistent bright resonate sound. In regards to the action, I’m impressed with how easy it is to play. I keep two guitars with me for shows. My Alpine Sunburst is one. It has also become my writing companion. This guitar has been a gift and it produces gifts. Thank you Sierra!!!!!”

Growing up in Arizona, Penny spent most of her time outside; camping, hiking, mountain climbing, and riding dirt bikes all over the State. When she was 7 years old, her Mom made her take piano lessons. At age 9 she switched to guitar. Her Father gave her a Johnny Cash cassette tape and a radio shack tabletop cassette player. Penny found a Lynn Anderson album, and listened to it over and over. She knew she wanted to be a country singer. By the time she was 15, Penny landed her first “gig”. So she went home and used that cassette recorder and learned as many songs as she could. By 16 she was penning her own songs.

Penny eventually formed her own band, Penny and the Loose Change Band and after 15 years of steady work in Arizona, and two marriages, she decided in 1998 to make the move to Nashville. She sang on the Ryman Stage (home of the Grand Ole Opry) while auditioning for the Tammy Wynette Story. She’s raised her son, been married a couple times, and made a living playing music. In 2006, she connected with producer Alan

O’Bryant of the Nashville Bluegrass Band and put together an acoustic roots sound with a bluegrass blend with some of the finest musicians in Nashville.

In January 2010, Penny finished up her latest project, an album called “Planes, Trains, Trucks…Lovin’ and Leavin’”. A grassroots/country effort, this record features worldclass bluegrass musicians.

For information about Penny Menze visit her websites at: and

Sierra Guitars are exclusively distributed by Musicorp. For more information or to become a Sierra dealer, please call 800-845-1922 or visit


About Sierra Guitars:

Sierra Guitars brings an organic approach to acoustic guitar design, producing captivating sound across all ranges.

Inspired by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the naturalistic guitar line is designed to motivate musicians, encourage

imagination and move audiences. Sierra Guitars offers unique, signature features that characterize natural elements in

each of its six acoustic guitar series: The Sequoia, The Alpine, The Northstar, The Sunrise, The Tahoe and The

Palisades. Sierra musicians are the creators, the discoverers, and the inventors of music. Sierra Guitars are designed with

the passionate and discerning musician in mind, utilizing high-quality materials and original, cutting-edge design

techniques, resulting in a clean, earthy acoustic tone. Sierra is an environmentally conscious manufacturer using recycled

paper products for its packaging and promotional materials. Each Sierra guitar is carefully checked and fine-tuned before

shipping out by a dedicated quality control team. Sierra Guitars is exclusively distributed in North America through

Musicorp, LLC. To become a Sierra dealer or find out more, please contact us at 1-800-845-1922 or visit

Media Contact:

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Musicorp Marketing Manager

843-745-8501, ext. 3084




Netherlands Radio Station Play List!!

    1 Cross Country Can't Be Bothered – Independent
    2 Gord Bamford – We're All Cowboys – Royalty
    3 Bluegrass Solution – Take me Home – Independent  
    4 Craig Moritz – Gimme Last Night – Royalty
    5 Claude King – Would You Care – Columbia
    6 Tracy Millar – When I Touch You – Royalty
    7 Alan Jackson – Freight Train – Arista
    8 Root'n Toot'n – Teenage Boogie – Skip
    9 Mark Everett – Guardians Of The Grain – Daffy Dane
   10 Ted Martin^& The Cowboy Heroes – Welcome To My Home – Von Prod,.
   11 Alan Jackson – After17
   12 Bryan Cole – I'm Coming Home – Perfect Vision
   13 Ron Elliott – Born To Loose – Step One
   14 Penny Menze – L.A.Airport – Independent
   15 Tony Fisher – Old Fasioned Passion – River Wind
   16 Bird & Tines – Where Have All The Cowboys Gone – Triplestrand
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Penny Menze Performing at Duane Ellsworth Extravaganza


Nashville Recording Artist, Penny Menze to perform at the Duane Ellsworth Extravaganza Saturday, March 13th, 2010 at 10pm.   Penny and her guitar bring warm rich vocals and an acoustic americana feel to her country sound.   Penny will be debuting songs from her latest CD just released in January 2010:  Planes, Trains, Trucks, Lovin' and Leavin'.  She will be accompanied by Arizona's own accomplished talent, Billy Parker on mandolin.  Their melodic blend of musical talent will surely be a crowd pleaser.

Penny's performance will follow Nashville Recording Star,  Michael Peterson... Michael  is loved for million selling country music chart topper  “Drink Swear Steal & Lie”.  He was recognized by Billboard magazine as the top selling new male artist and top new airplay artist in 1997 -1998 in country music, he burst on the scene with 5 consecutive Billboard and R & R top 20 hits between 1997 and 2001. Three top five singles and three number one CMT music videos including “From Here To Eternity” recently chosen as one of G.A.C’s top 100 greatest love song videos of all time.

The entire weekend extravaganza is a fundraising event for Duane Ellsworth American Legion Post 129.  There is an full event schedule at:


Podcast on Arizona Music Cafe


The Arizona Music Cafe spotlights Arizona Artist's each Sunday, at KKNT 960 AM, from 3:00 to 5:00pm  The host Erich Sielaff then uploads the show into a podcast format, available on the show website.  Penny Menze was on the show January 17, 2010 with 2 other Artists, Riley Arron and Brian DeMarco.  Joining Penny, were Mark Miracle on the mandolin and John Burton on the guitar and banjo. After Penny's portion, Mark and John joined Brian for his segment.  A good time had by all.  Check out the show on  Go to the podcast tab.  On 1/17/2001, click on the 1st hour, Penny's portion starts about 3/4's of the way through, and goes into the 2nd hour.  Erich does a great job spotlighting Artists, and this is a great avenue for the Artist. Thank you Erich!


Arizona Music Cafe


Penny joins Erich Sielaff, on his radio show "Arizona Music Cafe", this Sunday January 17, 2010, on KKNT 960 AM.  The show starts at 3:00pm and showcases Arizona Artist's.  Their will be 3 artists showcased in this hour, at 20 minutes each.  Penny will perform 3 or 4 songs off her new album "Planes, Trains, Trucks...Lovin' and Leavin'.  Accompanying Penny will be friends John Burton, playing flat pick guitar and Mark Miracle on Mandolin.  John and Mark are some of Arizona's finest.  If you are unable to tune into the show via radio, you can hear it live on , or download a podcast at a later date on the same website.  The new C.D. "Planes, Trains, Trucks...Lovin' and Leavin' is available.  Please see if you are interested in purchasing this album (C.D.).


Planes, Trains, Trucks .....Lovin' and Leavin'

Penny's latest C.D., is set to be released January 15, 2010. Entitled "Planes, Trains, Trucks Lovin' & Leavin'. This C.D. is made up of 12 songs; 5 original songs, 6 songs written by some of Penny's favorite songwriter's, and one 70's cover. This acoustic album is country meets grass roots. There are guest appearances from Marty Raybon, Jonell Mosser and Claire Lynch. Veteran Producer Alan O'Bryant of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, showcases Penny with premier musicianship. Recorded in Nashville at OBanyon's Terrace Studio.

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