Inside Track on Music Row: April 2024


Country singer-songwriter Wade Bowen announced his new album, Flyin, to be released on Friday, May 10th. The 12-track record features a curated track listing of diverse songs ranging from old fashioned honky-tonk country to gut-wrenching ballads, classic rock and even a love song to Texas that highlights how his home state shaped who he is today. Stream/play Flyin here. Flyin will be Bowen’s tenth studio album, and it marks the next phase of his career, stating “I feel like I’m flying into this chapter where I’m the best version of myself that I’ve ever been. Y’all better catch up or you’re getting left behind. I’m on fire!”  Alongside this announcement, Bowen also released the first single from the album, “Rainin On Me,” with an accompanying music video. Watch the video here. Written alongside good friend Randy Montana, “Rainin on Me” is an up-tempo, Eagles-inspired track that takes Bowen back to the music he listened to growing up. The video brings the lyrics to life from Bowen embracing complete sadness in the rain to drowning his sorrows in a bar and contemplating while driving down the Texas roads. #WadeBowen


Houston’s own Will Carter Band has diligently cultivated their pathway through the thick Texas music soil over the last year as they ready for their forthcoming album release in summer 2024.  Already trailing four successful radio singles in full bloom including most recently the harmony rich “Amarillo Rain” and the steadfast battler “Just Wait And See,” WCB plows ahead with their next new single release. “Had Me At Goodbye” that hit radio March 22nd and is the ultimate breakup anthem welcoming the end before it even begins. Listen to “Just Wait And See” here. The music video followed fast on its heels. Watch the video here. “‘Had Me At Goodbye’ was the first song that was written entirely by the band as a group,” said Carter.  “After an all-day recording session with producer Chad Mauldin at KJIS studio in Gladewater, TX, we chose to stay up all night and write rather than sleep. We’ve all dealt with the internal struggle of being pulled toward what we know we’re better off without. The common ground of each of our similar, while also different, experiences of being caught in a loop fighting what we think we want versus what we know we need ultimately gave life to ‘Had Me At Goodbye’ in a studio apartment at 4 AM.” Tour update here


Walker Montgomery kicked off the first show of his PBR Bar – Start Your Legacy Tour in Nashville, TN in March with a rockin’ show which included a guest appearance from his dad John Michael Montgomery.  Walker performed his original music as well as some traditional covers to an excited crowd who were all there to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some great country music. Montgomery’s most recent single release “Never Again One More Time” is a collaboration with Texas staple Randy Rogers and is an uptempo track sure to please cowboys and girls everywhere. Play/pre-save the song here. The Start Your Legacy Tour powers through April with stops in Greenburg, PA, Baltimore, MD, Norfolk, VA, Cary, NC, Louisville, KY, and Kansas City, MO.  Find dates and tickets for all of Walker’s upcoming shows here. Walker Montgomery is a rising singer/songwriter who knows a thing or two about family tradition, but he’s an artist making his own legacy. The 21-year-old son of John Michael Montgomery and nephew of Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery, the emerging star was raised away from the spotlight in Nicholasville, Kentucky. But now that he’s found that spotlight on his own, Montgomery’s pedigree is matched only by his country passion.


Dierks Bentley has released a music video for his spirited cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl” with CMT. The video for the lead single from Big Machine Records’ forthcoming tribute album, Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty, opens with Bentley strapping on Petty’s own signature Rickenbacker guitar that was flown in from his archives in California for the shoot. Watch the video here.  Shot at Nashville venue Clementine, the performance-forward video focuses on musicianship as Bentley and his band (which includes Charlie Worsham) circle up at golden hour with light pouring into the room, offering up a sense of sanctification and celebrating the fellowship, joy of playing and spirit that defined Tom Petty and his seminal band the Heartbreakers. Directed by Wes Edwards, the clip focuses on Bentley’s rugged features, the appropriate solos and chemistry between road-honed musicians. Their seemingly clubhouse jam is interpolated with Americana images, forward travel and other articles from Petty’s archive, including cases and concert memorabilia. “Holding an instrument that carries so much musical history and significance was surreal, you could almost feel the stories resonate from it as I played it,” Bentley shared. “Tom Petty’s lyrics and delivery were a huge part of what made his music so impactful.”  The official track list and release date for the album will be announced in the coming weeks. More about Dierks here


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 Preshias Harris is a music journalist and music career development consultant with the emphasis on new and aspiring artists and songwriters. Her book, ‘The College of Songology: The Singer/Songwriter’s Need to Know Reference Handbook’ is available at  Follow her blog at #PreshiasHarris

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