Hi, I'm Dave Marsh-Program Director and host of "The Ride" home weekday afternoons 3-7p on 104.5 WFMB.
Here's just a little bit about me. I grew up in a tiny little town in Central Wisconsin. Got my degree in Broadcast Journalism at UW-River Falls and have been doing radio in some way shape or form since 1977. I've lived in a variety of locations including Colorado Springs, Lincoln, NE and near Madison, WI. I love radio as a career and the contact we have with the artists. Hobbies include: Fishing, motorcycles (when I can borrow one), outdoor activities, gardening, landscaping and yard work. Musical choices: Everything from George Strait to Pink Floyd. Love most kinds of music. TV: 24, Fringe, House, SciFi-Star Trek and a steady diet of NatGeo, History, Discovery and Science Channels Sports: Packers, Brewers, Bucks--but I have a healthy respect for the Cardinals
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Minglehood Hall: An all-star cast of Nashville-based Grammy nominees mixed genres over mixed drinks during Tuesday night's 2011 Grammy Nominee Party (1/18). Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Gretchen Wilson, Chris Young, the Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, David Nail were among those hob-noming with the Del McCoury Band, Daily & Vincent and Ricky Skaggs, as well as Paramore, the Black Keys' Patrick Carney and the Kings of Leon's Nathan and Jared Followill. "All the great music that's coming out of Nashville in every kind of genre is really exciting," LBT's Jimi Westbrook said. "It's about time that everybody notices what's going on here." While on the red carpet, the Band Perry's Kimberly Perry thanked Country radio for popularizing their nominated hit "If I Die Young." "To actually say 'Grammy-nominated' and the 'Band Perry' in the same sentence is a dream come true," Kimberly said. "We never thought we would hear that." See pics from the event here.
Following the soirée, news broke that Lady A are also the latest country stars to join the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards lineup. Justin Bieber, Usher and Jaden Smith are among those who will also perform. Previously announced performers are Miranda Lambert, Eminem, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. The Grammys air live Feb. 13 at 8pm ET on CBS-TV.
» Camaro To Firebird: As if the Grammy party wasn't incendiary enough, Dierks Bentley stopped by a bar to meet Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and the two watched Bentley's '67 Camaro catch fire. "Every time I hang out with Charles Kelley, disaster strikes," Bentley reports roadside. "First floods, now fires. Thanks, dude." Watch the footage here. In other Bentley news, Jägermeister is fueling his 30-city run, which kicks off March 17 in Wallingford, CT. Josh Thompson and the duo Miss Willie Brown will support Bentley on the Jägermeister Country Tour, which will also feature a local artist at each stop. "It’s a good thing we've got a video crew on the road with us, capturing everything that goes down," Bentley says. "Putting my band, Josh Thompson, the Miss Willie Brown girls and a few thousand fans in a Jägermeister-sponsored room with loud country music sounds like a pretty solid recipe for a great night." Complete itinerary here.
» Jackson Moves On: After 22 years and more than 43 million albums sold, Alan Jackson is parting ways with the only label he's ever known – Arista/Nashville. Statements Thursday (1/20) from the label and Jackson's management confirm the split. "Sony Music Nashville wishes to thank Alan Jackson for their long association and the many hit records achieved as a result of that association," Sony's statement reads. "Alan has delivered his final recordings to the company, and [Sony] wishes him well." Says Jackson, "I've had a great run with Arista, going all the way back to the beginning of my career ... I've gotten to work with some real great people along the way, and we accomplished a lot. It just seems to me like the time may be right to change things up a bit and see what comes next." The first artist signed to Arista in 1989, Jackson is preparing for his 2011 tour and working on an upcoming album.
» Old Hat: It's Chris Young's first time as a Grammy nominee, but the upcoming Awards won't be his first rodeo. Nominated for "Gettin' You Home," Young's Grammy debut actually came quite some time ago. "I went as a kid," Young says. "[The Recording Academy] does a Grammy jazz choir every year, and I was one of six people they picked to perform. So I did the CBS morning show [and] I got to perform the pre-party for the nominees. Now I'll be at the pre-party as a nominee."
» Hell Hath No Fury ... like Ashton Shepherd in her latest video "Look It Up." Shepherd stars in the piece as the cheated woman who sells off all her man's stuff during a seriously cheap yard sale (speedboat for $1, anyone?). The part was a natural fit for Shepherd, who claims she has a radar for women who are up to no good. "My husband and I have been married for six years and we're social people," Shepherd says. "[So] I'm wary and watchful of other women. It's not that I'm not a woman fan, but we can sense vibes and know when other women are going to stir strife, and I'm not about stirring strife ... [So I thought] about how angry I would be if it happened to me. It's like acting [in that] I can put myself in that position." Watch the finished product here.
» Round Two: The people behind the Vans Warped Tour are back for another Throwdown, this time with a Country Music Hall of Famer. Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour 2011 kicks off May 27 and stars Nelson as himself. Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell and Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real are also on the bill. Last year's inaugural Country Throwdown trek featured Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson and many more. Details on the new tour here.
Toby Keith will release the music video collection 10 March 8. "Should've Been A Cowboy," "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)," "I Love This Bar" and "American Ride" are among the, you guessed it, 10 videos featured on the DVD.
Keith Urban will play on the FOX-TV televised Super Bowl XLV pregame show Feb. 6.
Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Jimmy Buffett, Ricky Skaggsand Willie Nelson are among the artists booked for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in late April and early May. Complete lineup and ticket info here.
Marty Stuart will embark on a six-date UK run to support his current album Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions) Jan. 28. Full dates here.