QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
“People will judge you by your actions not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold but so does a hard-boiled egg.”Maya Angelou
The Academy of Country Music® has announced the first round of talent participating in the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors™. Set to be hosted by two-time ACM Award winner Carly Pearce; artists confirmed to perform include Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson, Sara Evans, HARDY, Chris Janson, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, RaeLynn and Lee Ann Womack, with more talent to be announced in the coming weeks. The ACM Honors, considered one of the industry’s favorite nights, is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and winners from the 55th and 56th Academy of Country Music Awards™. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and will be livestreamed on Circle Network’s social channels – Circle All Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Circle Network will also air a television special around the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors at a later date this year. Tickets are available to the public now at Ticketmaster. Updates as more guests are added at https://www.acmcountry.com/honors.
The Isaacs, a multi-Grammy nominated family group with roots dating back to 1971, releases “The American Face” to radio. Composed of vocalists, siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman and mother Lily Isaacs, The Isaacs found inspiration for the uplifting, patriotic anthem from the many genres that have influenced their musical style, including country, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel. Written by Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Jimmy Yeary and Tom Douglas, “The American Face” is the lead single and title track from the group’s forthcoming album, available August 13, via their House of Isaacs label. The American Face is a 12-song collection split between new material like the title track and classics covers. Through The Isaacs Foundation, the group will donate a portion of proceeds from the album to The Bridge Ministry, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Nashville, which exists to alleviate the suffering of underprivileged children, the homeless and the working poor by providing life-sustaining resources and a message of hope. More about The Isaacs at https://www.theisaacs.com.
AMERICANA MUSIC NEWS:
Nashville-based singer/songwriter Samuel Herb’s new single, “It’s Been a Year,” is a reflection of his experiences the last 18 months. He explains, “it’s a collection of my inner thoughts and how I feel about them. A lot can happen in a year, and this is what happened in mine. I’ve been playing this new song on the road, and I am absolutely blown away at the amount of folks that felt the same way.”
“It’s Been a Year” features Herb’s award-winning Americana sound that first found success in his singles, “Dirty.” and “Someone Else’s Dream.” Through his music, Herb gives back by planting a tree for every 1,000 streams received. One Tree Planted is an organization whose mission is to aid in global reforestation efforts. Learn more at https://onetreeplanted.org.
Herb is originally from Jacksonville, FL. After placing second in American Songwriter Magazine’s Lyric Contest, Herb moved to Nashville in 2016 and quickly fell in love with Americana music. He released his debut single, “Dirty.” which wound-up in the Top 10 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Videos, music, tour dates at http://samuelherbmusic.com/about.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of “She’s In Love With The Boy,” Trisha Yearwood has re-recorded this acoustic version of her breakout 1991 debut single. She made history when the original vaulted to #1 and cemented her as the first female country artist to have a debut single reach the top of the country charts.
It will be on the upcoming release of the Every Girl Deluxe Edition album, available everywhere music is sold on August 13th. Trisha – a.k.a. Mrs. Garth Brooks – is a cookbook author, actress and television personality in addition to her singing career. She has sold more than 15 million records worldwide and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1999. The Every Girl Deluxe Edition honors Trisha’s 30 year career and will feature three bonus tracks.
The moments and momentum are heating up for Carly Pearce. With gratitude for all of the career milestones her new chapter has brought, the multiple ACM and CMA Awards winner has released a special live version of “Next Girl” as the original officially earns RIAA GOLD certification. “Next Girl (Live)” is out now via Big Machine Records – listen at https://carlypearce.lnk.to/NextGirlLivePR.
“I don’t know how to keep saying thank you enough for everything that is happening in my world, that I dreamt of since I was a little girl listening to Country music with my grandparents! I’m so grateful for all of the fans coming along the journey with me and can’t wait to see you out on the road. Until we’re singing together, I hope you enjoy this live version of ‘Next Girl,” shares Carly.
Recently Carly was invited to become the next member of the Grand Ole Opry by one of her biggest inspirations, Dolly Parton. Having performed 85 times, the Kentucky native will be formally inducted into the Opry on Tuesday, August 3. More about Carly at https://www.carlypearce.com.
Platinum-selling band, Parmalee released their new album, For You, July 30 via Stoney Creek Records/BBR Music Group. In celebration, the band released two new tracks, a fun collaboration “Greatest Hits (Feat. Fitz),” as well as the wildly romantic ode “Take My Name,” which fans have been clamoring to get their hands on for months. Fans who pre-add/pre-save the album will be immediately treated to the two new tracks in addition to the international chart-topping smash, “Just the Way” with Blanco Brown, which laid the foundation for the album.
For You is latest chapter in the southern hitmakers’ journey in expanding the boundaries of Country music. Produced by David Fanning, the album mixes a contemporary sound with classic ingredients and is filled with larger-than-life Pop hooks, southern storytelling, and the amplified attitude of Rock ‘n Roll. Primarily written by Parmalee lead singer Matt Thomas, For Youdraws from personal experiences to speak directly to the heart of their fans, honing in on that connection to make for their most harmonious project yet. Music, info and more at https://www.parmaleemusic.com.
In July 2019, Gibson re-launched its philanthropic arm Gibson Gives–and upon its two-year anniversary, Gibson Gives announced it has raised over $2.5 million dollars worldwide through its mission of creating, developing, and supporting non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance musicians, as well as youth-focused education and wellness initiatives.
Leveraging the success of Gibson Gives, the brand partnered with KRK Kares, and has announced the launch of Epiphone Empowered, Kramer Kares, and Mesa Mission.
Under the umbrella of Gibson Gives–a 501(c)(3) organization–the above programs will follow the same success path and bring awareness to the charitable spirit of all the brands of Gibson. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives go towards giving the gift of music.
Details at https://www.gibsonfoundation.org/home.
Friends and RCA Records Nashville labelmates Chris Young and Kane Brown spent a second consecutive week at the top of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase country radio chart with their hit song, “Famous Friends,” which also took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country radio chart. The single is only the 5th to spend multiple weeks at No. 1 in 2021 and marks the 12th career No. 1 for Chris and the 6th for Kane. “Famous Friends” is also Chris’s 10th chart-topper as a songwriter. Written by Chris with Cary Barlowe and Corey Crowder from a headline tour stop in 2018, the autobiographical song mentions Rutherford County, where Chris grew up in Tennessee, and Kane’s hometown of Hamilton County along with Nashville’s Davidson County – a.k.a. Music City. “Famous Friends” is Chris and Kane’s first collaboration since working together on Kane’s 2017 song “Setting the Night On Fire.” Pre-add/pre-save Chris Young’s upcoming Famous Friends album at https://CY.lnk.to/FamousFriends. More information about Chris at https://www.chrisyoungcountry.com and about Kane at https://www.kanebrownmusic.com.
Over the years, hitmaker Daryl Mosley has become one of the most critically acclaimed artists in Bluegrass and American Roots genres. In addition to receiving two Songwriter of the Year awards, performing on the Grand Ole Opry numerous times, and penning six different #1 hits, Daryl debuted as a solo artist with his 2020 album, The Secret of Life (Pinecastle Records). The Waverly, Tennessee native is excited to reveal his latest single, “Transistor Radio,” available now. Download and stream it at https://sc.lnk.to/DMtr-s.
“Transistor Radio” is the lead single from Daryl’s sophomore album for Pinecastle, Small Town Dreamer, releasing this fall. The single showcases Mosley’s signature vocals, accompanied by the highly relatable lyrics. Its nostalgic vibe is sure to take listeners back to a time when things seemed a little simpler. The lyrics pay tribute to the Opry, Elvis, Bill Monroe, Aretha Franklin, Motown and other music heroes. The single was produced by Danny Roberts and Mosley. Rising Bluegrass star Jaelee Roberts handles the harmony vocals. Tour dates and more at https://darylmosley.com.
BOOK RELEASES (SHAMELESS SELF-PROMO NEWS):
My e-book “I Know Country!” is celebrating our 5th anniversary and I am so happy! It features 365 daily country music Q&As plus lots of nuggets of knowledge about the songs, the artists and the songwriters. It’s a great road trip book, family trivia game night or campfire games. It’s available for instant download. Check out www.iknowcountry.com.