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Christmas Morning

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Christmas Morning

What an incredible year for Modern West.  We started out in Europe for 39 amazing shows ; released our new CD Turn It On then ; had a great run through Canada playing festivals throughout the summer ; ended the year in Kazakstan, Russia and Slovenia. Then we launched a new website where you can now download any part of our new Cd and also get involved more with the band. We all feel SO lucky to have these opportunities – to be performing, writing and recording.

None of this would be possible without you – our dear friends and fans who have supported us and believed in us. It’s been a little more than five years now since John, Blair, and Kevin started the band up again…..and there is no end in sight.

Happy Holidays Everyone

Thanks for writing

See You Around….Sometime

Modern Westerners


$2 Coupon at AmazonMp3.com

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St. Petersburg / Pianist Putin

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I stood on the bridge ever the Neva River in St Petersburg, Russia in the frozen sunrise wondering if I would actually get back to the hotel without freezing to death. A man passed by me on the way to work carrying a lunch pail. He didn’t even have gloves on. A young woman jogged by breathing smoke and listening to music. The sun was just above  The Hermitage and other ornate Czarist Russian buildings and the time of day was 10AM Saturday morning. Actually it just looked like sunrise. When the sun did shine (which was only a few hours while we were there) it bathed the city in a golden light – in perpetual twilight – which was beautiful, ancient – almost put you back in time to another era in which life was really cheap and some of the most beautiful structures on earth were built by the incredible wealth of the ones who ruled.

At the Ice Palace where we played that night, security was really tight. President Putin would be in attendance along with other dignitaries and wealthy business men and women.  They were all there to help raise money for children with cancer. It was a noble event. It took the band about two hours to clear security. No chances were taken.

We only played three songs as part of a much larger event. Sharon Stone was there as were Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. Kevin sang with a wild enthusiasm with The Modern Westerners playing with our usual firepower. We hadn’t even gotten warmed up when we stopped. There were a lot of performers who held the stage that night but my favorite part of the show was the little troupe of young ballerinas who danced elegantly together.

President Putin, in a spontaneous act ( I think), got up and played “Blueberry Hill” on the piano. He’s not bad.

Later that night at the hotel, some of the band and crew closed down the bar at 4AM with Kurt and Goldie. Those two were just fabulous.

We all want to go back to magical St. Petersburg…..spend a little time…..walk the streets….see the art…….drink the vodka………..

See You Around……..Sometime

The Modern Westerners


“Turn It On” Now Available on iTunes in The United States

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We’re pleased to announce that Kevin Costner & Modern West’s most recent album, Turn It On, is now officially available in the United States iTunes Store!

Visit the iTunes Store now to pick up your copy, and leave us a comment with your favorite song off of the album.


Kevin on CMT Radio Live

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Be sure to tune into CMT Radio Live tonight! Cody Alan will doing an interview with Kevin. Visit http://www.cmtradiolive.com/ to get more information and to find out where you can listen!


SP Online Festival, Bauru, Brazil

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Midnight Show

Sp Online Festival

Bauru, Brazil

It was a  l – o – n – g day last Saturday but well worth the trip down to Brasil. In fact it still amazes each of us Modern Westerners that we get to make these kinds of memorable trips all over the world just to play our music.

We landed in Sao Paolo, the 3rd largest city in the world, on Friday morning after flying all night. (Does anyone know the two largest cities in the world?) I don’t (at least not for sure) – and it’s debatable………..according to our sources.

Late in the afternoon that day, we went to the rooftop of the fabulous Unique Hotel and played for several hours while the sun went down over the massive landscape of  skyscrapers surrounding us. Our hotel sat in a bowl of greenery – trees and parks and older residential houses. But 360 degrees around is a city of unbelievable proportions. It’s almost like the city is computer generated – like what you might see in a movie nowadays – New York City times ten.

We got up early on Saturday to leave by bus for Bauru, which is a 4 hour trip. It was raining as we pulled into the festival gate around noon. They had some wonderful food for us at the catering tent –beans, rice, fish, squash, powerful coffee with tons of sugar already in it, salads and chicken and it kept us out of the rain until our soundcheck. Our part of the show wasn’t until midnight so after sound check we all went to a “day” hotel to wait until 9:30 when we departed back to the festival.

To make another long story short – we had a great/fun show that night. Even though most of the people there didn’t understand English, it didn’t matter to anyone.  They just rocked out with us – 20,000 people – Rock and Roll has no language.

We drove back to Sao Paolo that night leaving at 2AM and arriving back in Sao Paolo at 7Am. We left the next night for the airport at 8PM and flew all night back to the States.

We want to come back!!!!!!!!!!

Next stop St. Petersburg………

See You Around…..Sometime


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SP Online Festival, Bauru, Brazil

Posted by John Coinman

Midnight Show

Sp Online Festival

Bauru, Brazil

It was a l – o – n – g day last Saturday but well worth the trip down to Brasil. In fact it still amazes each of us Modern Westerners that we get to make these kinds of memorable trips all over the world just to play our music.

We landed in Sao Paolo, the 3rd largest city in the world, on Friday morning after flying all night. (Does anyone know the two largest cities in the world?) I don’t (at least not for sure) – and it’s debatable………..according to our sources.

Late in the afternoon that day, we went to the rooftop of the fabulous Unique Hotel and played for several hours while the sun went down over the massive landscape of  skyscrapers surrounding us. Our hotel sat in a bowl of greenery – trees and parks and older residential houses. But 360 degrees around is a city of unbelievable proportions. It’s almost like the city is computer generated – like what you might see in a movie nowadays – New York City times ten.

We got up early on Saturday to leave by bus for Bauru, which is a 4 hour trip. It was raining as we pulled into the festival gate around noon. They had some wonderful food for us at the catering tent –beans, rice, fish, squash, powerful coffee with tons of sugar already in it, salads and chicken and it kept us out of the rain until our soundcheck. Our part of the show wasn’t until midnight so after sound check we all went to a “day” hotel to wait until 9:30 when we departed back to the festival.

To make another long story short – we had a great/fun show that night. Even though most of the people there didn’t understand English, it didn’t matter to anyone.  They just rocked out with us – 20,000 people – Rock and Roll has no language.

We drove back to Sao Paolo that night leaving at 2AM and arriving back in Sao Paolo at 7Am. We left the next night for the airport at 8PM and flew all night back to the States.

We want to come back!!!!!!!!!!

Next stop St. Petersburg………

See You Around…..Sometime

The Modern Westerners


Voice Of The Wetlands

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Voice Of The Wetlands is a non profit group dedicated to preserving the wetlands along the coastline states in the Gulf of Mexico. If you want to support them AND hear one of our new songs – “Gulf Of Mexico” go to the link below and download the song.  The money you pay for the download goes to help Voice Of The Wetlands.

http://www.voiceofthewetlands.org/home

We’re headed to Brazil to play a festival on November 20th then we go to St. Petersburg Russia on the 10th of December to play a charity show for a hospital – then on to Slovenia – the 13th of December to do a private show.

Starting on January 20th we will be playing some shows in the USA.  We’ll keep you informed……..

See You Around…….sometime

The Modern Westerners


Nashville Floodline and Two At The Opry

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Nashville Floodline And Two At The Opry

As we stood on the stage of the Grand Old Opry for sound check on Saturday afternoon, one of the stage guys came over and drew a line across his chest.  I asked him what that was about.  He said, “That’s the floodline. If you were here 4 1/2 months ago you would barely be holding your head up out of muddy water.”  The stage was easily 4 feet above the first row of seats. Outside, the Cumberland River was flowing lazily along its path several hundred yards to the West and about 20 feet down from ground level. Now we were in a totally revamped and refurbished Opry – AMAZING!

That night we did two shows to two wonderful audiences. Each show was only two songs long because of the rapid-fire pace of the Opry. The 1st set we did “ Moon So High” and “The Angels Came Down”.  The 2nd set we did “Turn It On” and “Angels”. Even though the sets were not televised, they did go out on several radio networks. We found out a  day later that the Opry’s e-mail and phone lines were filled with calls from people who wanted to know more about the band and the song about the Civil War and All Wars. That made us feel pretty good. We also got to hear some great music from other musicians:  The Band Perry, Craig Morgan, George Hamilton IV, Whispering Bill Andersen, Charlie Pride, Jimmy Dickens, Jean Shepard and many other great artists.

The Crew at the Opry is the best – great people – great sound.

Thanks to everyone involved in bringing us back to the Opry.  We look forward to coming back soon!


Kazakhstan Return Alive

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Kazakhstan Alive

We’re back from our whirlwind show in Almaty, Kazakhstan. After arriving at the Royal Tulip Hotel at 4AM on Thursday, we all decided to get a little rest. It was a long flight over half way across the world – almost exactly. For John and Larry in Tucson – a 3 hour flight to Houston – layover; 9 hours to Frankfurt – layover; then 6 more hours to Almaty.  and crossing so many time zones that our day was completely flipped. Kevin had to go testify again in Washington on his way over – this time to Homeland Security to try and convince people in charge that his plan for first response to an oil spill is the best most promising approach. There is no real first response plan with any detail from the government or the oil industry that exists right now even after the Deep Horizon disaster. So Kevin didn’t get to Kazakhstan until early Friday morning.  After sleeping for a while, he was up and working – interviews, press conferences, meet and greets, lunches, dinners, rehearsals, proposals, entertainment etc etc……. He never stops when he’s on the road. He rarely is given the chance.

For those of you unfamiliar with Kazakhstan, as we were, let me say first that “Borat” is about as far away from the truth as you can get. In fact it’s embarrassing to think about how Kazakhs were portrayed in that film and how much attention the film got in this country and the world….and how false and (in the name of comedy) how belittling to a country with a vital art  and intellectual community.

Kazakhstan is the first country in the world to unilaterally get rid of all nuclear weaponry.

It is hosting the Asian Winter Olympics next year in  state of the art facilities. It has a vital film industry. Many of it’s citizens attend universities around the world. It is one of the richest countries in Asia……….

Well….we had a great time – played about 1 ½ hours Saturday night to a standing room only crowd.  Kazakhs love R&R. After the show we went to a reception then arrived back at the hotel in time to pack and head for the airport.  We left Almaty at 4AM on Sunday morning with no sleep but with a lot of great memories….. We’ll be back.

See You Around

The Modern Westerners