'She's Got What Gets Me' hits the waves
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[DEC. 20, 2005]
SPRINGFIELD -- The first single by country
singer Derik Schumacher, a Washburn native, is setting fire to radio airwaves
all across America this week. You can hear a clip of "She's Got What Gets Me" at
Schumacher was aired on Springfield's WFMB "Pass or Fail" segment on
Dec. 16 and 19 at 7:45 p.m. He passed both times, so he goes on
again tonight (Tuesday) at 7:45 p.m. Central time for a final round.
You can listen via http://www.wfmb.com
or listen live and call 1 (217) 525-WFMB  or No. 1045 on a
Cingular Wireless phone to vote.
Picture a large family living in a small house in a tiny town in
rural America. The supper table is cleared and a ready-made audience
gathers on the front lawn for the heavily promoted and much
anticipated Sunday evening performance.
Twelve-year-old Derik Schumacher takes the "porch" to thunderous
applause, and with much aplomb, kicks off the show with Merle
Haggard's "Mama Tried."
Early tour dates were often cut short by baths and bedtime, but
in a few years Schumacher would be performing to larger audiences at
weddings, parties and taverns in and around his native Washburn.
Encouraged by the enthusiasm of audiences, Schumacher began
making trips to Nashville, where he would meet and share songs with
his heroes Earl Thomas Conley and Marty Raybon of the country group
Shenandoah. Further encouraged by these legends and the attention he
received from more than one Nashville executive, Schumacher made the
move to Nashville in the fall of 2004.
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New album dedicated to veterans and posts
By the spring of 2005 he had met Eric Zanetis, publisher of Tim
McGraw's hit "Don't Take the Girl." The two shared the same vision
for a classic country record. Schumacher and Zanetis called upon the
top songwriters in Nashville to lend their best material to their
"I was looking for a singer who wasn't trying to sound like
everybody else -- a singer that put the song first," Zanetis
explains. "You can hear it in Derik's voice that he cares a lot
about the songs and his audiences."
The song "There're Still P.O.W.s at the V.F.W." was one that
particularly pulled at Schumacher's heartstrings. They commissioned
the song "The All-American Legion" to accompany it. As soon as the
album was completed, they began receiving requests from veterans for
They decided to dedicate the album to veterans and, in what
turned out to be a historic move, they have made the CDs available
to VFW and American Legion posts for fundraising purposes. When a
person buys a CD at their local post, all proceeds remain at that
post. You may request to hear the first single from the album "She's
Got What Gets Me" from your local radio station.
Buying the CD from your local post is a great way to say thank
you for the many great programs that veterans organizations support
in your community.
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[News release; LDN]