Inside Track on Music Row: April 2024


The time has come to secure a spot at this year’s hotly-anticipated Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, set for September 28 & 29 at The Park At Harlinsdale, Franklin, TN, with tickets officially on sale now for the 2024 weekend. Available options include 2-day General Admission, 2-day VIP, Single-day GA, Single-day VIP, and parking passes. As a nod to the 10th anniversary, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is offering payment plans on tickets for just $10 down (plus fees), if purchased before June 7. Find more information on the checkout page here.  Tickets will be tiered with limited quantities available at each price level, so fans are encouraged to buy early to lock in the best price. 

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is also offering travel packages to those coming in from out of town. The bundle options include a two-night stay at a nearby hotel, roundtrip transportation, two VIP -or- GA festival tickets, and merchandise. Travel packages are available for purchase here.  The lineup will include Dave Matthews Band, Noah Kahan, Hozier and NEEDTOBREATHE as the announced headliners. The event will also welcome stars like Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Lukas Nelson, The Brook & The Bluff, Allison Russell and Chance Peña on Saturday (9/28) and COIN, Stephen Sanchez, Better Than Ezra, Myles Smith, The Cadillac Three, and Sierra Hull on Sunday (9/29). 


HARDY’s runaway hit “Truck Bed” tops Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, reaching #1 in the final week of March. Taken from his widely acclaimed 2023 album the mockingbird & THE CROW, the song was written with Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson and Hunter Phelps and produced by Big Loud’s own Diamond hitmaker Joey Moi. The chart topper marks HARDY’s first solo Country Airplay #1, third as an artist and 14th as a songwriter—plus his Rock radio #1 “Jack” last year. Furthermore, HARDY is set to embark on his QUIT!! Tour of North America this spring and summer. Dates include headline sets at festivals including Stagecoach and CMA Fest, plus his own shows across the country. See his website for more info.  More news from HARDY is imminent. Two tracks —“Rockstar” and “Quit!!” — from his forthcoming rock album are out now. “Truck Bed” is nominated for 2024 CMT Awards for Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year. Big Loud Records’ HARDY soared to new heights in 2023 with the release of critically acclaimed half-country, half-rock sophomore album the mockingbird & THE CROW, adding to four billion career streams. The 17-track effort debuted top five all-genre on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and topped seven additional Billboard charts in its first week, including Top Country Albums, Top Rock Albums, and Top Album Sales. #HARDY


The Songwriters’ Round and Silent Auction will take place Monday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. It is your opportunity to support Life Literacy Education (LLE), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing career development and financial literacy education to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. At LLE, our goal is to provide you with the tools to become what you want to be, not tell you what you should be. This event will feature Willie Carver, former Kentucky Teacher of the Year and an advocate for LGBTQ+ and diversity. The event will be at Riverside Revival, 1600 Riverside Drive, Nashville TN 37216.  More information here.  The night will also showcase talented artists such as Rachael Sage, Veronica Stanton, Sarah Rudy, Will Payne Harrison, and J. Dewveall, Mark Robert Cash, and Austin Mayse. Your attendance at the Songwriters’ Round and Silent Auction will help us achieve our mission of empowering individuals through education. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference!  General Admission Tickets (including fees) available here


Listen to the Wind, a 10-song anthology of recordings by singer-songwriter and outlaw original Lacy J. Dalton, is now available for streaming. The collection features songs throughout Dalton’s groundbreaking career, including her 1982 hit “16th Avenue” and a brand newtrack, “Bonny Doon.” Stream Listen to the Wind via StarVistaMusic here.   Listen to the Wind also includes “Wild Pony Lullaby” and “Let ‘em Run,” reflecting her devotion to protecting and preserving wild horses and burros. In 1999, Lacy founded the Let ‘em Run Foundation, which raises funds for rescues and advocates for habitat protection and improvements.  The country icon continues to tour year-round and has just been added to the 2025 Country Music Cruise lineup, which sails from January 19-26, 2025, with Dalton, John Michael Montgomery, Deana Carter, The Bellamy Brothers, and many more.  Dalton signed with CBS Records in 1979 as an outlaw country artist. She hit the Top 20 that year with “Crazy Blue Eyes” and amassed a total of 16 Top 20 songs. Dalton has received several notable awards over the years, including a certified Platinum record as the only female duet on Willie Nelson’s album, Half Nelson. Tour dates and more about Dalton here. #LacyJDalton


Legendary folk singer-songwriter Jesse Colin Young announces the first digital re-release single “Fire on the Water,” off his 1982 solo album The Perfect Stranger. “Fire On The Water” features an epic collaboration with Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan). This dynamic collaboration set ablaze the music scene with its soulful melodies and powerful vocals which is now coming to all digital platforms for the first time since the 80’s. “Fire On The Water” is a timeless blend of Young’s signature folk-rock sound and McDonald’s iconic piano. The single is a poignant reflection on life’s challenges and the resilience of the human spirit. “What can I say… Michael McDonald is a genius…” said Young as he reminisced about his time spent recording with McDonald, “What a pleasure it was to work with him.” Listen/stream “Fire on the Water” here and watch the lyric video here.  This track is a much larger part of his soon to be re-released album, The Perfect Stranger, featuring a duet with pop icon Carly Simon (best known for hits such as “You’re So Vain” and “Nobody Does it Better”). The full album will arrive on all digital platforms on May 3. Music and more about Young here. #JesseColinYoung


In collaboration with Tin Roof, rising country artist Tyler Reese Tritt is set to travel cross country for her highly anticipated Raisin’ The Roof Tour in April. Purchase tour tickets tour here. Tritt launches the Raisin’ the Roof Tour in Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 4th, traveling through the heart of the United States with stops in major cities such as Kansas City, Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, before her final stop in Nashville, Tennessee on May 23rd. From a young age, Tritt has harbored a deep passion for music and the stage. At just 14 years old, she had the remarkable opportunity to record the timeless Don Henley and Patty Smyth duet, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’tEnough,” alongside her father, Travis Tritt. This pivotal moment ignited Tyler’s career and set her on a path of success. Throughout her musical journey, Tyler Reese has captivated audiences with her electrifying performances at renowned venues and festivals nationwide. She has had the privilege of opening for esteemed acts such as Sheryl Crow, Travis Tritt, and Runaway June, solidifying her reputation as a talented and versatile entertainer. Tyler Reese recently released her highly anticipated new single, “Texas Hold Him,” available on all major streaming platforms. Written by Jaida Dreyer and Melissa Peirce, and produced by Alex Kline, “Texas Hold Him” showcases Tyler Reese’s extraordinary talent and her ability to convey a compelling story through her music. #TylerReeseTritt


Country, bluegrass, and Americana legend John McEuen will release his latest album, The Newsman – A Man Of Record, on April 12 through Compass Records. In a groundbreaking project for McEuen, the album consists of ten spoken word tracks and one instrumental, each creating a theatrical masterpiece that no listener will forget, featuring John’s distinctive musical style throughout. Starting with the title track, recounting the real-life tale of a newspaper vendor who profoundly impacted the young musician in Los Angeles, and concluding with “Jules’ Theme,” inspired by Jules Verne sharing the story of his recently departed young wife in a French cemetery to a friend, the album leaves no stone unturned. Premiered by Bluegrass Today, the first track available, “Fly Trouble,” is a talking blues number originally from Luke the Drifter, better known as Hank Williams. Pre-save The Newsman: A Man Of Record here.  The album features a mix of tracks from different eras and genres. The collection spans various literary themes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Civil War-era poem “Killed at the Ford” to Robert Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee” about a Yukon prospector. Tour dates and ticket info here


Country superstar Luke Combs will once again hold the “Bootleggers Tailgate Party” as part of his massive Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old stadium tour this year. Presented by Jack Daniel’s and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails and powered by Whiskey Jam, the parties will take place ahead of each of Combs’ Saturday night shows throughout the tour, starting at 3:00pm local time each weekend.  Each event will have food and drink options, pre-show merch stands and live performances, with the first three weekends featuring Ryan Larkins and Graham Barham (April 13 in Milwaukee, WI), Shaylen and Greylan James (April 20 in Orchard Park, NY) and Redferrin and Alex Lambert (April 27 in University Park, PA). Remaining lineups to be announced soon.  Additional dates on Combs’ extensive 2024 run include sold-out, back-to-back nights at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium, East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium, Santa Clara’s Levi’s® Stadium, Phoenix’s State Farm Stadium, Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium and Cincinnati’s Paycor Stadium among others. Combs continues to break records with the tour, becoming the highest-selling country artist and the first ever to play back-to-back shows at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium, the highest-selling male country artist at Santa Clara’s Levi’s® Stadium and Phoenix’s State Farm Stadium and the fastest-selling two-day run in the region of Cincinnati’s Paycor Stadium. See Luke’s website for complete tour itinerary and details.

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