Press Release: Friend of the Podcast Brady Novotny Climbs the Charts

Christian guitar virtuoso Brady Novotny reached #3 on the iTunes Rock Song chart in Canada with the title track to his album, “Passions Collide.” Novotny will open for David Leonard from All Sons & Daughters.

Press Release from:  MTS Management Group

PITTSBURGH, PA, UNITED STATES, June 24, 2019  —

“Nothing short of phenomenally top-notch!” – Jamsphere

“A true master of the six string like the guitar gods of old” – NeuFutur

“He plays like a living legend” – IndieBandGuru

2019 is shaping up as a highlight reel-type year for Christian guitar virtuoso Brady Novotny. His debut album was released in February, and it’s won the praises of critics around the globe. His first single, “Redemption’s Cry” was a staple on AC and rock stations this spring, charting both nationally and internationally. He appeared on Fox and ABC TV, as well as taking up a half page in Guitar Player Magazine. Brady also opened for one of his guitar heroes, Paul Gilbert, and he will be opening for All Sons & Daughters member, David Leonard on September 19th.  At only 6 months into the year, what more could the mild-mannered guitarist from Pittsburgh ask for?

It was awesome to see ‘Passions’ charting!”

— Brady Novotny

This past Saturday, that question was answered when Brady’s latest single and video, “Passions Collide” reached #3 on the iTunes Rock Songs chart in Canada. The flamenco-influenced track was beat out only by the new Freddie Mercury single and Queen’s classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Novotny came in ahead of time-tested favorites by Journey, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac and a host of household names.

A man of few words, Novotny said, “It was awesome to see ‘Passions’ charting!’

“Passions Collide” was produced by Pittsburgh favorite son, David Granati of the Granati Bros and G-Force.

Watch “Passions Collide”

ABOUT BRADY NOVOTNY: Pittsburgh native Brady Novotny is no stranger to the stage, or the world of music performance. In fact, as a nationally-touring musician, the guitar virtuoso has been heard by thousands of people. This past Christmas season, Novotny performed to more than 20,000 attendees as a member of the Victory mega-church worship team. He was featured in the April 2019 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.

Citing Randy Rhoads as his muse, Brady began playing guitar at age 10. An attendee of Berklee College of Music, he has taught summer guitar workshops at renowned Duquesne School of Music. His experience ranges from the Pittsburgh rock scene to national tours. He has worked as a Pittsburgh session guitarist, Worship leader, and guitarist at several mega-churches. Brady is also a licensed therapist, with a Master’s Degree in Psychology.

http://www.bradynovotny.com/
https://www.facebook.com/bradynovotnymusic
http://www.twitter.com/bradyanovotny
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4DPpHy1OgmjF5rCrOcjTTo?si=FTOfT2IPQrOKovryXJIPfQ

Interview: Hoyt And Suzy Tidwell

Hoyt & Suzy Tidwell Have A New Cookbook And Discuss The Importance of Families Having Dinner at the Table

Pastor Ed interviews Hoyt and Suzy Tidwell and they discuss several topics including Hoyt’s new cookbook and the importance of having the family eating together at the dinner table.

https://anchor.fm/ed-boston-podcast-network/episodes/Hoyt–Suzy-Tidwell-Have-A-New-Cookbook-And-Discuss-The-Importance-of-Families-Having-Dinner-at-the-Table-e4be1j

In late 2017, Suzy Tidwell taped her husband, Hoyt, making his chicken and dumplings in his trademark overalls and posted it on Facebook. There were no expectations for the 28-minute video, which quickly went viral. To date, 71 year-old Hoyt Tidwell’s chicken and dumplings video  has been viewed over 5 MILLION times on Facebook alone. Hoyt and Suzy started posting additional recipe videos, and before long, an unlikely celebrity was born. From their home kitchen south of Nashville, Tennessee, Hoyt and Suzy now post a weekly video offering viewers some country cookin’ and a dose of inspiration.

Hoyt Tidwell

The videos have developed an international fanbase, with over 20 million views to date. The videos typically feature Suzy behind the camera, admonishing Hoyt if he doesn’t wash his hands, and instructing him to get a bigger bowl because he just can’t seem to make small batches of anything. Much like his old-fashioned southern recipes, Hoyt’s videos themselves are comfort food, reminding us of a simpler time and the magic that can be found around the family dinner table.

Hoyt and Suzy (who once “won big” on the Newlywed Game) just celebrated their 50th anniversary. If you ask the happy couple about their long term goals, they are quick to point out that Hoyt’s Kitchen isn’t about cookbooks or view counts… but about bringing people together.

New this month… Hoyt’s Kitchen, Volume 2: Favorite Recipes from Hoyt, Family & Friends (The Cookbook Specialists). The all-new collection of recipes follows 2018’s Hoyt’s Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Hoyt and Family. Both books are available now at HoytsKitchen.com.

Hoyt's Kitchen

 

Huge News About Friend of the Podcast Michael Behenna

It’s been a long, long time coming but today, President Trump gave an Executive Grant of Clemency for friend of the podcast, Michael Behanna. I, along with numerous other members of the then called “Cyber Crew” worked hard to defend Michael from nearly the very beginning of this horrible ordeal to a true Military Hero.

A trip to DC in support of Micheal, walking the halls of the Congressional Office Building to speak with Congressmen and their staffs about the grave injustices that were placed on our friend, having Michael’s parents on the podcast more than once to keep us updated (once Michael himself got on the line to thank us for our support), and regular prayers are some of the things we’ve done on behalf of this amazing former Military Officer.  We once had former Congressman and retired LTC Allen West on the podcast just to talk about Michael.

This grant of clemency serves as a complete pardon for Michael. While he can never get back the years of pain and suffering he has endured because of this disgrace of a miscarriage of justice, I am so pleased that he can now have this part of his life behind him.

May God’s blessing always be with Michael, Vicki, Scott along with the rest of the family, friends, and fellow soldiers that were so affected by this ordeal.

Pastor Ed Boston

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Clemency for Michael Behenna

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for former Army First Lieutenant Michael Behenna of Oklahoma.

In 2009, a military court sentenced Mr. Behenna to 25 years in prison for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. After judgment, however, the U.S. Army’s highest appellate court noted concern about how the trial court had handled Mr. Behenna’s claim of self-defense. Additionally, the Army Clemency and Parole Board reduced his sentence to 15 years and paroled him as soon as he was eligible in 2014—just 5 years into his sentence. Upon his release, dozens of Patriot Guard motorcycle riders met Mr. Behenna to escort him back to his home in Oklahoma.

Mr. Behenna’s case has attracted broad support from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public. Thirty-seven generals and admirals, along with a former Inspector General of the Department of Defense, signed a brief in support of Mr. Behenna’s self-defense claim. Numerous members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation, Oklahoma’s then-Governor Mary Fallin, and current Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter have also expressed support for Mr. Behenna. Further, while serving his sentence, Mr. Behenna was a model prisoner. In light of these facts, Mr. Behenna is entirely deserving of this Grant of Executive Clemency.

Another post about this topic can be found here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-pardons-the-former-soldier-who-was-convicted-of-murdering-an-iraqi-prisoner/2019/05/06/158765f8-705e-11e9-9f06-5fc2ee80027a_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e7a271341b53

Here is the Facebook page dedicated to this cause: https://www.facebook.com/Free-Michael-Behenna-286735434685704/

Friend of the Podcast Celebrates Birthday in a Big Way

John Schneider’s 2nd Annual Bo’s Extravaganza Draws Nearly 10,000 Fans to Rural Louisiana for Ultimate Fan Weekend

Fans celebrated the 40th anniversary of The Dukes of Hazzard and John “Bo Duke” Schneider’s birthday with celebrity appearances, live concerts, carnival rides, car stunts and explosions, bonfires, helicopter rides, a hood slide contest, food vendors, fireworks and more.

Nearly 10,000 fans descended on rural Holden, Louisiana over the weekend for John Schneider’s 2nd annual Bo’s Extravaganza. The 2-day fan event was held April 6-7 at John Schneider Studios, celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Dukes of Hazzard and John “Bo Duke” Schneider’s birthday with live music on 3 stages, carnival rides, car stunts and explosions, celebrity appearances, bonfires, helicopter rides, a hood slide contest, incredible food vendors, a fireworks show to end each day and so much more.

Without a doubt, a major highlight of the weekend was a series of live car stunts coordinated by veteran stunt coordinator Jack Gill (Fast & Furious series, The Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider and more), including an incredible moment when John Schneider arrived by helicopter and thrilled fans by jumping the General Lee on Saturday afternoon.

Additional highlights included a special performance by multi-platinum recording artist Kid Rock, and two concert appearances by John Schneider and the Hazzard Nation Band, with skydivers diving into the event while Schneider performed his popular tribute to veterans, “Can I Buy You A Beer.” Schneider and his partner Alicia Allain bought event tickets for all veterans and first responders, as well as their families.

Bo’s Extravaganza also featured performances by Schneider’s The Dukes of Hazzard co-star Tom Wopat, Whey Jennings, American Idol favorite Bo Bice,Trick Pony’s Keith Burns, Thom Bresh, JoEl Sonnier, Beau Young,Confederate Railroad’s Cody McCarver, Smith & Wesley, Christian Davis and more. Additional special guests included actor Butch Patrick (The Munsters), Lulu Roman (Hee Haw), and several of Schneider’s co-stars on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Notsincluding Peter Parros, Gavin Houston and Angela Robinson.

The ultimate fan weekend also featured the Hazzard County Car Show & Parade — the largest car parade in the south featuring cars from The Dukes of Hazzard, Smokey & the Bandit, Knight Rider, The Munsters, The Love Bug, Scooby Doo and more.

A portion of the proceeds from Bo’s Extravaganza will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

While plans are already underway for next year’s event, Schneider will keep busy with an upcoming Christmas movie, a new album project and extensive touring of new music throughout 2019. Download the free John Schneider app to keep updated on live events, new projects and more.

John Schneider Studios sits on a 58-acre property in Holden, Louisiana that offers camping, lodging, trails, ponds, bamboo forest, a 200,000 gallon swimming pool and more.

ABOUT JOHN SCHNEIDER: John Schneider’s extensive acting career includes the iconic roles of “Bo Duke” on The Dukes of Hazzard, “Jonathan Kent” on Smallville and “Jim Cryer” on his current series, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots – the #1 primetime series on cable on Tuesday nights. John is also a celebrated country music artist with 19 albums to his credit and 4 #1 singles on the Billboard Country chart. In 2018, he launched an ambitious 52-song project, The Odyssey, as well as the album projects Greatest Hits…Still and Merry Christmas Baby. In addition to his entertainment career, John co-founded the Children’s Miracle Network – a non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues. Founded in 1983, they have raised more than $4.7 billion dollars which is distributed directly to a network of 170 hospitals. For more information, visit the official website at JohnSchneiderStudios.com.

Palm Sunday Concert and Pastor Ed Preaches

On Sunday, April 14 at 3 pm, Pastor Ed Boston will be bringing the sermon at the Palm Sunday Concert featuring: Night Owl Country Band, Chapman Ministries and Melissa Ann/Out of the Box. This event will be at The Edinburgh Pixy Theatre.

NOCB at the Pixy

Below is the Facebook Event Link which has all the details.

https://nightowlcb.com/event/2574913/487757011/palm-sunday-gospel-concert-with-night-owl-and-friends — at The Edinburgh Pixy Theatre

 

Why Has The PureFlix Movie”Unplanned” Been Given An R-Rating?

On March 29, Pure Flix is releasing the movie “Unplanned”. We’ve had Pure Flix co-founder David A.R. White on the podcast more than once, and never has any Pure Flix film been rated higher than PG-13.  However, “Unplanned” tells the true story of Abby Johnson, who defected from Planned Parenthood to become a pro-life activist. This movie does NOT have any of the following in it.: no profane language, nudity, violence, drug abuse or anything else that moviegoers typically associate with the R rating.

If we as Christians want to make sure our voices are heard it’s imperative that we support this movie by going to the theaters the very first weekend the movie opens. The numbers from that opening weekend determine whether or not additional locations are added which is needed for the movie to be a big hit or not.

The following quote really says all the is needed about the R-rating: “A 15-year old girl can get an abortion without her parent’s permission but she can’t see this movie without adult supervision? That’s sad,” said Ken Rather, the Executive VP of distribution for Pure Flix.

About Pure Flix:

Pure Flix is a Christian movie studio that produces, distributes, and acquires Christ-centered movies. Our VISION is to influence the global culture for Christ through media. Our MISSION is to be the world leader in producing and distributing faith and family media. Since day one, we continue to strive to make a difference for His name.

Here is the movie trailer:

Text “baby” to 53445 for a sneak peek video.

The following article is from The Hollywood Reporter.

MPAA’s R-Rating for Anti-Abortion Film Disputed by Distributor Pure Flix

The organization says the R-rating on ‘Unplanned’ was for “some disturbing/bloody images” and was in no way politically motivated.

Pure Flix Entertainment, the family-friendly label known for distributing God’s Not Dead and a few dozen other movies aimed at Christians, will release its first R-rated film next month, and it is none too happy about having to do so.

The film, Unplanned, tells the true story of Abby Johnson, who defected from Planned Parenthood to become a pro-life activist. While the filmmakers were certain they were making a PG-13 film, the MPAA has informed them that it will, in fact, be rated R unless all scenes of abortions are removed or altered.

The filmmakers are refusing to change anything, putting Pure Flix in the awkward position of having to open an R-rated movie on March 29. The company’s other releases, roughly two dozen movies, were all rated G, PG or PG-13.

“A 15-year old girl can get an abortion without her parent’s permission but she can’t see this movie without adult supervision? That’s sad,” said Ken Rather, the executive vp of distribution for Pure Flix.

The situation prompted the filmmakers to fire off a letter of complaint to MPAA CEO Charles Rivkin.

“We consider the MPAA’s current standards to be deeply flawed, insofar as they allow scenes of remarkably graphic sex, violence, degradation, murder and mayhem to have a PG-13 rating, whereas our film, highlighting the grave dangers of abortion in a straightforward manner, is considered dangerous for the American people to view,” wrote Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the co-writers and co-directors of Unplanned.

Pure Flix says not only will it not alter the film to get a PG-13 rating, but it also won’t officially appeal the decision, as it worries it would delay their distribution efforts to have the movie’s rating up in limbo. Also, appeals are historically a longshot. In 2017, for example, the MPAA rated 563 movies, five were appealed and only one was changed — that being Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris, which originally was an R before the appeal brought it down to PG-13.

The MPAA says the R-rating on Unplanned was for “some disturbing/bloody images” and was in no way politically motivated. It’s process involves a ratings board of about 10 people from all walks of life — all of whom have children — voting and debating until they come to a majority agreement.

“Any film submitter who objects to the given rating can choose to go through the appeals process. To date, the distributor has chosen not to,” an MPAA spokesperson said about Unplanned. “Our rules provide a detailed timeline for the appeals process. There was sufficient time for it to be completed in advance of the film’s March 29 release.”

The MPAA told Pure Flix that the most problematic scene featured a doctor gazing at a computer screen that shows the image of a fetus as the abortion is completed. The doctor in the scene is real-life Dr. Anthony Levatino, who says he has performed about 1,200 abortions over the years.

“The portrayal of a live, moving fetus disappearing is very accurate,” Levatino said. “You’re watching an abortion. It’s an accurate view of what’s happening. It’s disturbing if you recognize it’s a human life.”

“We have three scenes in the film which directly address abortion, and the MPAA objected to all three,” added Solomon. “They specifically made mention of objection to grainy, black and white sonogram images that were part of one of the scenes. It was clear that any meaningful treatment of the issue was going to be objectionable.”

The MPAA’s ratings board changes often, making it tough to predict its sensibilities on controversial social issues. In 1996, for example, it gave an R rating to If These Walls Could Talk due to “realistic depiction of abortions, a graphic shooting and some language.”

But for Unplanned the MPAA doesn’t mention “realistic depiction of abortions” as being a cause for the restrictive rating, and there is no profane language, nudity, violence, drug abuse or anything else that moviegoers typically associate with the R rating, says Pure Flix and the filmmakers.

“This story needs to be told and the message needed to be delivered,” says PureFlix president Michael Scott. “It is our calling as Christians to tell the story about the moral implications of abortion that the mainstream media refuses to acknowledge.”

Big News About Angelica Hale

Friend of the podcast Angelica Hale is having a big week. Here are two posts about our friend.

Angelica Hale took the AGT stage one last time during the airing of Monday night’s final of NBC’s America’s Got Talent the Champions. Delivering an incredible inspiring performance. Angelica performed the song “Impossible”.

Read more https://trevordecker.com/2019/02/11/angelica-hale-delivers-inspirational-performance-agt-champions-final/

America’s Got Talent favorite Angelica Hale has released a new music video in support of Sepsis survivors week. The music video “No Time To Waste” was released following Angelica’s appearance on NBC’s AGT the champions in the final of the competition featuring popular acts from the Got Talent franchise around the world. Angelica Hale’s health struggles have been well-documented throughout her time on America’s Got Talent. She has been an inspiration to so many of overcoming life’s difficulties and being able to achieve her dreams.

“As a Sepsis survivor, I am grateful to be able to use my talent to raise awareness of Sepsis which will hopefully save many lives. I wrote this song, “No Time To Waste” in partnership with Sepsis Alliance with that message in mind. I hope you all enjoy and to learn more, please go to sepsis.org today.” Angelica said about the original song.


Read more
 https://trevordecker.com/2019/02/12/angelica-hale-drops-no-time-waste-music-video/

Friend of the Podcast Brennley Brown Shares “I Wish We’d All Been Ready”

The lyrics to this song (shown at the bottom of this post), covered by friend of the podcast, Brennley Brown should speak to each person alive today.

 

Click this link to go to TrevorDecker.com where you can find this story.

Listen To Brennley Brown Cover Christian Classic “I Wish We’d All Been Ready”

Pastor Greg Laurie has been in a  message series about the 1970s Jesus Revolution based on his latest book of the same name. In the sermon series Pastor Laurie has talked about many different aspects of the last great religious movement in America including the music from that era. Last week former Voice contestant Brennley Brown performed a cover of a popular song by legendary contemporary Christian artist Larry Norman called “I wish we’d all Been Ready”. The song has been covered by many artists over the years but we’re sure you’ve never heard of a version with such conviction as Brennley Brown’s. The lyrics to the song are based on the Christian belief of the rapture.

Lyrics

Life was filled with guns and war
And everyone got trampled on the floor
I wish we’d all been ready
Children died, the days grew cold
A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold
I wish we’d all been ready
There’s no time to change your mind
The Son has come and you’ve been left behind

A man and wife asleep in bed
She hears a noise and turns her head, he’s gone
I wish we’d all be ready
Two men walking up a hill
One disappears and one’s left standing still
I wish we’d all been ready
There’s no time to change your mind
The Son has come and you’ve been left behind

Life was filled with guns and war
And everyone got trampled on the floor
I wish we’d all been ready
Children died, the days grew cold
A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold
I wish we’d all been ready
There’s no time to change your mind
How could you have been so blind
The Father spoke, the demons dined
The Son has come and you’ve been left behind

https://trevordecker.com/2019/01/26/listen-brennley-brown-cover-christian-classic-wish-wed-ready/

Friend of the Podcast – Angelica Hale Is Going To The AGT The Champions Final

Over the weekend, we posted a rebroadcast of our 2017 interview with Angelica Hale. Click here to listen to that interview.

Tonight, Angelica received the Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent – The Champions. Our “friend of the podcast” will be in the Finals once again! You can see tonight’s performance in this video.

 

Story courteous of  Trevor Decker.com

America’s Got Talent season 12 runner-up Angelica Hale returned to the stage on Monday night’s episode of America’s Got Talent the Champions it was the third week for the competition series featuring some of the most popular acts from the Got Talent franchise around the world. Angelica performed in front of the judges including Simon Cowell Howie Mandel Heidi Klum and Mel B.

The series has been a source of controversy in recent weeks as some of the most popular acts have not made it through to the finals. And this week proved to be no different as viewers were left wondering would Angelica make it to the finals as she was up against Britain’s Got Talent season 1 Champion Paul Potts among others.

Angelica Hale amazed everyone with an incredible performance of fight song which led Howie Mandel to give her his golden buzzer!

Read more https://trevordecker.com/2019/01/21/watch-angelica-hale-get-golden-buzzer-agt-champions/