QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.”Keith Richards
VERSE OF THE MONTH:
‘Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.Colossians (3:16)
Three-time Grammy Award winning Country superstar Tim McGraw is set to release his highly anticipated new album Standing Room Only on August 25, 2023 via Big Machine Records, with a new song “Hey Whiskey” available now here: https://tim-mcgraw.lnk.to/HeyWhiskeyPR. Standing Room Only will feature 13 brand new tracks and was produced by McGraw and his longtime producing partner Byron Gallimore. Pre-save the album now here: https://tim-mcgraw.lnk.to/SROAlbumPR. In tandem with the pre-save going live, fans can purchase a collector’s bundle with their vinyl or CD, featuring a new t-shirt, collectible trading card and poster. For all details and tiers, visit https://store.timmcgraw.com. The new album marks McGraw’s first new record since 2020’s Here On Earth, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart. On Standing Room Only, fans can expect an album full of McGraw’s enduring Country sound, distinguished vocals and meaningful songs. Throughout his career, McGraw has amassed 68 Top 10s and holds the Mediabase record for the most weeks at No. 1 with all titles, totaling 73 weeks, and holds the record for second-most No.1 albums in the U.S. just behind George Strait. #TimMcGraw
Grammy® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the four members, Duane Allen (1966), Joe Bonsall (1973), William Lee Golden (1965), and Richard Sterban (1972) coming together to form the group as known today. They have achieved seventeen #1 hits including “Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Trying To Love Two Women,” “(I’m Settin’) Fancy Free,” “American Made,” and the unforgettable “Elvira.” With an astounding thirty-seven Top 20 country hits, with twelve gold, three platinum, and one double-platinum album, The Oak Ridge Boys have made their mark in every facet of the gospel, pop, and country music industry. The Oak Ridge Boys have received four Academy of Country Music, two American Music, five Billboard, four Country Music Association, five Grammy, and twelve Dove Awards, just to name a few. They are members of the Grand Ole Opry, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. “To be anywhere with anyone for 50 years is an accomplishment, and we are celebrating!!” said Duane Allen. “Come out to one of our shows and sing along with us!” Tour info at https://www.oakridgeboys.com/. #OakRidgeBoys
ANTHEM MUSIC NEWS:
Chris Young has just released the ultimate weekend anthem — “Young Love & Saturday Nights” — stream/watch now at https://CY.lnk.to/YLSN. Co-produced by Young with Corey Crowder and Chris DeStefano, the song leans into David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” signature guitar lick, making the legendary rocker a writer on the song alongside Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure and Josh Thompson. Also released is the steamy music video for “Young Love & Saturday Nights,” directed by Running Bear’s Alexia Stone and Stephen Kinigopoulos and filmed at Old Hickory Beach in Hendersonville, Tenn., north of Nashville. Chris performs the song beachside as we witness the flirtatious fun of young love and the freedom of Saturday nights.
While “Young Love & Saturday Nights” mark Bowie’s first official foray into country music, it is also the first co-producer collaboration for Young, Crowder and DeStefano. “When I first heard this song, I immediately connected with the groove and the lyrics with nods to so many things I can personally relate to,” says Young of the new song. “It made me think back to when I first got started playing country dive bars and it was the same kind of thing.” Tour info and more at http://www.chrisyoungcountry.com and @ChrisYoungMusic on TikTok,Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
APPLE MUSIC NEWS:
On the latest episode of Home Now Radio on Apple Music Hits, Shania catches up with the dynamic DJ, Diplo, who has just released ‘Chapter 2’ of his country-leaning project, ‘Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley.’ They discuss Diplo being controversial in country music, making “weird” music, and unlocking artist’s superpowers, as well as tease a possible collaboration. Listen to the episode in-full anytime on-demand at http://apple.co/_HomeNowRadio. During the show, Shania told Diplo, “My idea behind chatting with you today was to hijack you so that we do our own collaboration together,” to which Diplo replied, “Let’s do it.” “I was always the guy that you would get to make the weird record,” he added. “It was Usher’s weird record or Beyonce’s weird record. And because they needed that, everybody needs something that’s like makes your head turn. Because so many people just chasing for the number ones, you got to have something that’s like, ‘Whoa, where did this come from?’ And now a lot of producers do that really well, so it’s not that crazy anymore.” (Quotes courtesy of Home Now Radio with Shania Twain on Apple Music Hits. More about Shania at https://www.shaniatwain.com/#/. #ShaniaTwian #Diplo
Currently celebrating their 60-year anniversary together, legendary band Exile, has announced the release of a new single, “Rough Around the Edges.” High-energy, with heavy guitar and upbeat piano work, the new music is sure to get fans moving. The song is available for download and streaming. “Rough Around the Edges” is about a man’s plea to be taken seriously by a woman that’s above his social standing. Simply, Exile’s greatest hope is that people like the song and can relate to it. “The song was written several years ago by Les Taylor, Larry Cordle and myself,” shared JP Pennington. “We always thought it would work for the band and we’re glad it’s finally seeing the light.” “Rough Around the Edges” was produced by Pennington and Sonny LeMaire. Recording was done at Tower Station Studio, Lexington, Kentucky, The DAWg Houze Studio and Country Q Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Session musicians were Exile band members Steve Goetzman (drums), Marlon Hargis (keyboards), Sonny LeMaire (bass, DADGAD acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals), J.P. Pennington (electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, ukulele, keyboards, percussion, lead and backing vocals) and Les Taylor (acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals). More at http://www.exile.biz/.
ARTIST TO WATCH NEWS:
Country-rocker Lewis Brice has released his first studio album, Product Of, available everywhere. Lewis is a co-writer on every track of the 10-song collection, which is produced by Ben Simonetti. Stream/download here: https://ingrv.es/product-of-dbd-z. Recently, Lewis released the sentimental music video for the title-track, “Product Of,” featuring brother Lee Brice, which was exclusively premiered by People.com. Lewis enlists the inspiration behind the song, their parents, for the video that also features the brothers performing together. Filmed in Lewis’ hometown of Sumter, S.C., the video perfectly captures the small town love he’s a “Product Of.” Since its release, “Product Of” has amassed millions of streams and has been featured on key playlists including Spotify’s New Music Friday Country, Next From Nashville, Heartland Country and All About Country, Apple Music’s Fresh From Nashville and New in Country and Amazon Music’s Breakthrough Country. To date, Lewis has garnered more than 50 million streams, has been named by both Rolling Stone Country and Billboard as an ‘Artist to Watch’ and is celebrated for his high-octane live show. Music & tour updates at https://www.lewisbrice.com. #LewisBrice
Renowned Grammy-nominated band Gov’t Mule, led by guitar legend, vocalist, songwriter, and producer Warren Haynes, has released their new studio album Peace…Like A River via Fantasy Records / Concord. The 12-song (+ 5-songs from their deluxe CD edition) rock journey is already being hailed as “perfection” and “captivating.” The collection features guest appearances from Billy F Gibbons, Billy Bob Thornton, and Celisse. Peace…Like A River, the band’s 12th studio album and follow-up to their chart-topping, Grammy-nominated blues album Heavy Load Blues, is available now digitally, on vinyl, and in a Deluxe Edition (on CD only and in this PlayMPE delivery for programming use). The Deluxe CD includes four brand-new tracks and an alternate version of the album track “The River Only Flows One Way” with Warren taking lead vocals. Watch a behind-the-song video for “Just Across The River”
Gov’t Mule will be out on the road all year in support of Peace…Like A River bringing their acclaimed live show across the U.S. See upcoming tour dates at https://mule.net/ and https://www.facebook.com/govtmule. Follow on Twitter (@govtmuleband) and Instagram (@govtmule).
BREAKOUT ARTIST NEWS:
Breakout country artist and showstopping performer Reyna Roberts has released her newest single, “One Way Street” from her upcoming debut album, Bad Girl Bible: Vol.1 (via Empire Nashville), set to release on September 8, 2023. Written by Roberts, Natalie Stovall, and Aaron Wagner, “One Way Street” is a powerful and haunting ballad that showcases Roberts’ powerhouse vocals and unique sound, defying the confines of traditional genre rules. Listen here: https://music.empi.re/onewaystreet. The buzzworthy star is partnering with The General Insurance as it supports rising artists. The Nashville-based company is unveiling The General Sound Studio™ and is collaborating with Epic Records to provide national exposure to give up-and-coming artists their big break. Roberts decided this song was perfect for her venture with The General. “Recording ‘One Way Street’ in the The General Sound Studio was such an incredible experience because it’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before,” said Roberts. “The recording process was one of a kind! The single is about unrequited love, being in a one-sided relationship, getting mixed signals, and not knowing which direction to go in.” More about Reyna on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheReynaRoberts/, on Twitter (@TheReynaRoberts) and Instagram (@thereynaroberts).
CANADIAN MUSIC NEWS:
Multi-CCMA award-winning country singer Brett Kissel presents “Never Have I Ever,” a fun, upbeat track telling the nostalgic story of being young and carefree with his lover who he never thought he would get to call his now wife. The song is from the South Album of “The Compass Project,” a four-part album experience that showcases various themes, and Kissel’s versatility as a musician and songwriter. The track currently has over seven million global streams and was the most added single on Canadian Country radio during its first week. Kissel has become a household name with his three-time Platinum-certified albums, 10 Gold singles, and 16 top-10 radio hits since his first single back in 2012. He has won 24 CCMA awards and three JUNO awards (equivalent to the American Grammy), and accumulated over 150 million global streams. Kissel is also well known for his outside-the-box collaborations, which have led to some extremely unique duets featuring Grammy winners: Charley Pride, Dave Mustaine, Nelly, and legendary R&B group — 98 Degrees. Kissel has become one of Canada’s most beloved entertainers. More at https://brettkissel.com. #BrettKissel
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME NEWS:
A new exhibit opened in July at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul, presented by Gibson, opened July 13. This new exhibit traces Church’s life and career—from his North Carolina roots to his place as one of country music’s revered rule-breakers. The exhibit encompasses personal stories and significant career events, illustrated by musical instruments, song manuscripts, stage wear, tour memorabilia, awards, photographs, and more. Music and tour updates here: https://www.ericchurch.com. #EricChurch
EMERGING ARTIST NEWS:
The official music video for new country artist Mark Taylor’s critically-acclaimed single “Dust Off That Dirt” was released July 24. He teamed up with cable, streaming and broadcast TV network The Country Network for the premiere. The song is also available to stream everywhere digitally. You can view this on your local TV station or stream online here: https://watch.tcncountry.net. “Dust Off That Dirt,” which was written by Mark and fellow artist Dan Harrison, is a fan-favorite. Already reaching almost a quarter of a million streams just on Spotify and achieving success on Spotify curated playlists, “Dust Off That Dirt” has also been added to terrestrial AM/FM radio across the Northeast and Southeast and has received international airplay as well in Australia, Ireland, London UK and Switzerland.
Video produced by Lauren Hayes Media, this video brings a sense of real and authenticity to the limelight. “It’s about driving to the middle of nowhere and raising ‘a little hell’ with friends, and that’s exactly what we did with this video,” says Mark. “It’s about kicking the dust of the dirt ‘literally’ and not being afraid to let loose and have a great time.” More at https://www.marktaylorcountry.com
Hailey Whitters, the Iowa-born, Nashville-based country star and ACM New Female Artist of the Year, has released her six-song EP I’m In Love via Pigasus / Songs & Daughters / Big Loud. The EP follows the release of “Tie’r Down” and the title track “I’m In Love” that was named one of the best songs of the week last week by Billboard and Stereogum. Today, Whitters released lyric videos for all six songs on the EP. Stream/play/watch: https://haileywhitters.lnk.to/ImInLove_EP. About the EP, Whitters explains: “My last two LPs were concept records - The Dream being about my Nashville experience, and Raised was a love letter to the heartland I’m from. Both of these records are foundational to who I am. Along the way I’ve lived a lot of life and learned a lot about myself, and I’m excited to get more personal and straight from the heart with this next chapter. If you’ve made it this far, you know where I’m coming from. Now I’m ready to share where I’ve been and who I am.” The new EP was produced by Jake Gear and Hailey Whitters. More at https://haileywhitters.com.
FALL MUSIC TOUR:
Multi-Platinum-selling and five-time ACM Award nominee Cole Swindell will launch his fall headlining Twelve Tour on October 12 in Fargo, ND. Joining Swindell on his Twelve Tour are special guests Nate Smith, Conner Smith, Avery Anna and Greylan James. “My fans know 12 is my number… so, here we go… 12 SHOWS. 12 DIFFERENT SETS. We are kicking this off October 12th and I can’t wait to be out on the road with Nate, Conner, Avery Anna and Greylan!” said Swindell. On the heels of winning the prestigious “Country Song of the Year” award for his multi-week No. 1 single “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” at iHeartRadio Music Awards and being a two-time nominee at the recent CMT Music Awards, multi-Platinum selling superstar Cole Swindell received five nominations with “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” for the upcoming 58th Academy of Country Music Awards. “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” as well as the “She Had Me At Carolina [Remix]” are both included on his new deluxe album Stereotype Broken, available now at https://coleswindell.lnk.to/preorder-stereotypebroken. #ColeSwindell
Big Loud’s Country songstress Ashley Cooke impressed audiences with her morning television debut on the fourth hour of NBC’s Today just one week after dropping her debut album, shot in the dark. Listen to “shot in the dark” here: https://ashleycooke.ffm.to/shotinthedark. Taking center stage in New York City, Cooke delivered a mesmerizing performance of “tastes like,” the first track on her new record. To make the milestone moment even more unforgettable, hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager surprised Cooke with a plaque celebrating her first-ever RIAA Gold certification for heartfelt love song “Never Til Now (with Brett Young).” “I grew up watching the Today show every morning, so when I started chasing my dreams, performing on this show was one of the first big picture moments I said out loud. Being invited to make my morning show debut with Hoda and Jenna was hard to wrap my mind around, but when they surprised me with a gold plaque… I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Cooke shares. Cooke’s freshman record has already been making its mark, securing the No. 6 position in the Top 10 of Spotify’s Top Debut Albums USA. Tour updates at https://ashleycooke.com and Instagram, Twitter and TikTok (@theashleycooke).
GOSPEL MUSIC NEWS:
Grammy and IBMA Award winners The SteelDrivers will release a new Gospel album, Tougher Than Nails, September 8 via Gaither Music Group, available for pre-order now at https://gaithermusic.lnk.to/TougherThanNails. “Just a Little Talk with Jesus,” the 11-song record’s debut track, is out now. Download/stream here: https://gaithermusic.lnk.to/JustALittleTalkWithJesus-TSD. “The sacred and the secular have always gone hand in hand in Bluegrass music… just like Saturday nights and Sunday mornings,” stated group member Tammy Rogers. “The SteelDrivers have waited a long time to do a full Gospel album, but I believe the time is just perfect for our new release, Tougher Than Nails, on Gaither Music. We couldn’t be more excited to share our version of some classics along with six brand new songs written by members of the band, past and present.” The group — Richard Bailey on banjo, Tammy Rogers on fiddle, Mike Fleming on bass, Brent Truitt on mandolin, and Matt Dame on guitar — continues to redefine Bluegrass music, showcasing seasoned musicianship and seamless, vocal harmonies that are familiar yet fresh. Accomplished veterans individually, the quintet combines country, soul, and blues stylings for Tougher Than Nails. Tour info, music and more at https://www.thesteeldrivers.com. #TheSteeldrivers
INDIE ARTIST NEWS:
Florida-based singer-songwriter and indie country recording artist Andy Pursell (Southern Dreams Entertainment) celebrates the release of his new single “Me Myself & The Tide.” Written by Victoria Banks, Joe Hanson and Judy Klass, and produced by Mark Dreyer, the track is the second in Pursell’s 2023 waterfall series of releases and is available now (https://ffm.to/memyselfthetide) via all digital retail outlets and streaming platforms. Recorded at Studio 23 Lakeside Recording in Nashville, the track features instrumental performances by award-winning, A-list musicians, including four-time ACM “Steel Guitarist of the Year,” Mike Johnson (Jason Aldean/Carrie Underwood/Jon Pardi/George Strait/Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard), Kevin Grantt (Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard/Colt Ford/Josh Turner) and Mike Rojas (George Strait/Tim McGraw/Brett Eldredge). The pedal steel opener sets the mood for the easy-does-it Caribbean vibe and storyline. Appropriately dressed with “hey-ohs,” the beachy tune is a sunset postcard of solo seclusion where the beach and the breeze chase the blues away, and heartache is swept out with the tide. ‘Me Myself & The Tide’ is a break-up song, with a first-class, one-way ticket to ‘goodbye’,” said Andy Pursell. Tour updates, music and more at https://www.andypursellmusic.com. #AndyPursell
Brickshore Media partners with one of the world’s most recognizable brands, Hard Rock Cafe, for a new monthly show Mimosas & Music, to highlight their special brunch hours. This event kicks off Sunday, August 13, 2023 from 11AM-2PM CT. It will then be held the first Sunday of every month thereafter (September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3, etc). Fans can come enjoy a delicious meal and listen to live music, featuring selected Brickshore Media artists every month. This show is open to all ages and will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe Reverb Room in Nashville, TN, located on the second floor offering classic American meal paired with a choice of beverages. The first show will feature country artists Noelle Toland (11AM), Andrea Vasquez (12PM) and Molly Lovette (1PM). “We’re excited to be working with Brickshore Media to create something for everyone in Nashville to come and enjoy,” said Wes Brand, General Manager for Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe. “We’re always looking for creative ways to incorporate our two favorite things: food and music.” Though reservations are not required, you can reserve your spot by visiting www.HardRockCafe.com or by calling 615-742-9900.
KENTUCKY MUSIC NEWS:
Rustin’ In The Rain, the new album from Kentucky renowned singer, songwriter and musician Tyler Childers, will be released September 8 on Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records (pre-order/pre-save at https://tchilders.lnk.to/rustinintherain). Of the album, Childers shares, “This is a collection of songs I playfully pieced together as if I was pitching a group of songs to Elvis. Some covers, one co-write, and some I even wrote in my best (terrible) Elvis impersonation, as I worked around the farm and kicked around the house. I hope you enjoy listening to this album as much as I enjoyed creating it. Thank you. Thank you very much.” In advance of the release, the first single, “In Your Love,” is out now (Listen stream at https://tchilders.lnk.to/inyourlove). Written and creative directed by Silas House (with a story idea by House and Jason Kyle Howard), the video was directed by Bryan Schlam and stars Colton Haynes and James Scully and depicts a timeless love story of two men set in rural Appalachia in the 1950s. House is a New York Times bestselling author, current Poet Laureate of Kentucky and recipient of the 2022 Duggins Prize—the largest award for an LGBTQ writer in the nation. More at www.tylerchildersmusic.com
Announcing his third studio album Earned It, Big Loud Records’ working man Larry Fleet is giving fans a first taste of the 21-track record, dropping four new songs available now. “Earned It,” “Lucky Dog,” “Ain’t Mad At Jesus,” and “Much To Talk About” join previously released tracks “Try Texas,” “Daddy Don’t Drink,” “Young Buck,” and “Layaway,” carving out the architecture of the anticipated third studio album, out in full September 1. “Massive in voice and fluid in style” (The Bristol Herald Courier), Fleet’s distinct delivery serves as a through line across the nearly two dozen songs, paying tribute to working people and sweat equity. Pre-add / pre-save Earned It here: https://larryfleet.lnk.to/EarnedIt.
Adding a fitting visualizer to pair with the album’s title track, Fleet also released “Earned It (Hometown Video),” directed by Josh Gicker. Earlier, Fleet loaded up a truck bed’s worth of custom stocked coolers and drove back to his hometown of White Bluff, Tenn., dropping them off as a surprise to folks hard at work in the community. More about Larry’s music and upcoming shows at https://larryfleet.com, on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok (@larryfleet). #LarryFleet …
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“You Are To Me” is the debut single as a solo artist from Pryor Baird. The track was written by Nate Smith, Trannie Anderson, and Jonathan Smith. Listen/stream here: https://orcd.co/yatm. “Now is the time” is more than a mantra for Baird, whose first musical memory revolves around seeing his uncle playing the guitar when he was only a toddler. Paired with his personal philosophy that if you “Work hard, dream big, and be a good human,” anything is possible if you go for it. Nashville is a 10-year town, and this man has put in the time and worked hard. The grit and determination that sprouted during his first guitar lessons at age five led to years of practice, playing out, and honing Baird’s skilled musicianship. That experience breaks through the darkness and smoothly lands in the ears of the listener as Baird’s vocal soars out of the light piano intro and into a soulful confession of true love and admiration in “You Are To Me,” available everywhere now. Music, tour dates at https://pryorbaird.com. #PryorBaird
LEGEND MUSIC NEWS:
Country Music Hall of Fame member, Songwriters Hall of Fame member and entertainment titan, Bill Anderson, has been recognized for his indelible 62 years as the longest-serving member in Grand Ole Opry history. Many of Anderson’s Opry family and friends including Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson and Jeannie Seely paid tribute to him throughout the show, including a Seely/Anderson collaboration on “When Two World’s Collide,” a Johnson/Anderson collaboration on “Everybody Wants To Be 21,” and Gill’s performance of his hit “Which Bridge To Cross, Which Bridge To Burn,” co-written with Anderson. Anderson was also presented with a plaque by Gill and Seely to commemorate the historic achievement. Anderson, one of the most awarded songwriters in the history of country music and a highly successful performer in his own right, was inducted into the Opry family on July 15, 1961. His membership has not lapsed in those 62 years, eclipsing the membership run of past Opry member Herman Crook, who joined the Opry in 1926 and remained with the show until his death in 1988. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum currently features Anderson in the exhibition, Bill Anderson: As Far as I Can See. More at https://billanderson.com/wired/.
Gracing the latest cover of People, Emmy®️ Award winner and two-time Golden Globe®️ nominee Dennis Quaid released his debut gospel album, Fallen: A Gospel Record for Sinners, July 28 from Gaither Music Group. Stream and download the album here: https://gaithermusic.lnk.to/Fallen-DennisQuaid. Combining soul-stirring renditions of seven hymns and classics with five original songs, Quaid delivers honest, inspiring lyrics sung with unmistakable tones that reflect heartfelt gratitude and eternal hope. He previewed Fallen through the early release of “Why Me Lord” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” American Songwriter notes Quaid “shows off his rugged vocals” on “Why Me Lord” and “honors the humble nature of the song with his soft delivery” on “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” In his People cover story, Quaid takes readers inside The Clement House recording studio and his Nashville home, where he opens up about faith, love and second chances. “I’m grateful to still be here, I’m grateful to be alive really every day. It’s important to really enjoy your ride in life as much as you can, because there’s a lot of challenges and stuff to knock it down,” shares Quaid. More at https://www.dennisquaidishere.com. #DennisQuaid
MUSIC CITY NEWS:
The Third Annual Big Machine Music City Grand Prix has announced the lineup for the Freedom Friday Tribute Concert presented by Wesley Mortgage. The All-Star lineup will feature artists Brian Kelley (Florida-Georgia Line), Chris Janson, Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Gavin DeGraw, and other special guests along with Sixwire on Friday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m. on the Zyn Main Stage on the Nissan Stadium campus. Local media personality Kelly Sutton will serve as the event emcee. Other artists slated to perform during the day are American Blonde, Jillian Cardarelli, Connor McCutcheon, Ryan Griffin, and Zoee on the iHeart Music Stage located in the Fan Zone. The Freedom Friday concert will honor members of the military, police, fire, first responders and frontline heroes on the opening day of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix’s three-day festival of motorsports and music in downtown Nashville. The military community is invited to visit the Patriots’ Outpost, a hospitality venue for veterans hosted by the G. Harbaugh Foundation during race weekend. Located in the Bridge Building. Patriots’ Outpost will be open all three days of the race. The Patriots’ Outpost will have free food and drinks as well as resources provided by charity partners. Details and ticket info: https://www.musiccitygp.com.
NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Assoc. Int’l) has announced the first round of performers appearing on September 26th, 2023 at the Ryman Auditorium to take part in the 6th annual Nashville Songwriter Awards presented by City National Bank. The performance-filled ceremony will include performances by Trannie Anderson, Renee Blair, Ben Johnson, Tracy Lawrence, Megan Moroney, Hunter Phelps, Emily Shackelton, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Dallas Wilson and more! The NSAI ‘Songwriter’ and ‘Songwriter-Artist of the Year’ will be revealed, and the peer-voted ‘Song of the Year’ and ’10 Songs I Wish I’d Written’ awards, one of the most cherished honors in the songwriting industry, will be celebrated! Join us for an evening filled with performances to celebrate the ’10 Songs I Wish I’d Written’ awards, NSAI’s Song, Songwriter, and Songwriter-Artist of the Year, and will include special segments to honor three organizational award recipients – Bobby Braddock, David Israelite, and Tim McGraw. The organization’s highest honor, the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award, will be presented to legendary songwriter and producer Bobby Braddock. The NSAI Advocacy Award, given to an individual who has significantly served the American songwriting community, will be awarded to the well-deserving David Israelite, President & CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association. The final organizational award of the evening will be presented to Tim McGraw who was personally selected by NSAI’s Board President, Steve Bogard, to receive the President’s Keystone Award in honor of his significant contributions to the industry for the betterment of all songwriters. The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 spans the United States and 10 foreign countries. For over 55 years, NSAI has been dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music. For more information, visit nashvillesongwriters.com. Tickets for the 6th annual Nashville Songwriter Awards are available now. and can be purchased at https://ryman.com.
2023 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Tanya Tucker made Grand Ole Opry history in June when she rode a horse onto the Opry stage after having been introduced to the Opry audience. Opry historians believe it’s the first time a horse has been ridden on stage during an Opry broadcast in the show’s 97-year history. Tucker, celebrating the release of her new album Sweet Western Sound, went on to perform “Kindness,” “The List” and “When The Rodeo Is Over” from the new album as well as her hits “Delta Dawn,” “Texas When I Die,” and “Strong Enough To Bend,” on which she was joined by Dailey & Vincent and Pam Tillis. The historical Opry moment and performance, which brought the Opry crowd to its feet, was live streamed to Times Square in New York City. Sweet Western Sound is Tanya’s 26th solo studio album. Released by Fantasy Records, the album was produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings. More about Tanya Tucker here: https://www.tanyatucker.com. #TanyaTucker #SweetWesternSound
POSITIVE MUSIC NEWS:
God, family and country are the values that country music hit-maker, author and Army veteran Craig Morgan reflects in his heart and actions every day. And he lived out those priorities on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry when he surprised the sold-out audience, enlisting and being sworn into the U.S. Army Reserve during the live show on Saturday, July 29. “I’m excited to once again serve my country and be all I can be in hopes of encouraging others to be a part of something greater than ourselves,” shares Morgan. “I love being an artist but I consider it a true privilege and honor to work with what I believe are the greatest of Americans, my fellow soldiers. God Bless America. Go Army.” Morgan previously served seventeen years in the Army and Army Reserve with the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions as an E-6 Staff Sergeant and Fire Support Specialist and including Airborne, Air Assault and Rappel Master among his certifications. The newly sworn in Staff Sergeant and Warrant Officer candidate will continue touring and releasing new music in his civilian career while simultaneously serving our country in the Army Reserve. Tour info, music and more at https://www.craigmorgan.com/. #CraigMorgan
Laura Bryna is bringing a candy confection to Country radio with her latest single, “Jawbreaker,” and since its release, “Jawbreaker” is quickly approaching 1 million streams on Spotify, with the accompanying music video garnering over 2 million views on YouTube.
Written by Bryna with Damon Sharpe and Eric Sanicola and produced by Damon Sharpe, Eric Sanicola and Michael Carey, “Jawbreaker” is a slinky and sultry declaration of strength as Bryna warns a serial heartbreaker that she won’t be swayed so easily. She’s “been there, done that,” using the candy metaphor to describe the Lothario in question and her own tough spirit. Guitar Girl Magazine declared Bryna “on a roll” with the song, and All Country News hailed it as “the perfect new power anthem.” Listen/stream here: https://laurabryna.com/jawbreaker/. “Ain’t no breaking me / I’m a real tough one to crack,” she sings over a hard-hitting guitar line. “Honey’s super sweet / But it don’t come out like that.” Bringing a fresh and innovative hybrid Country/New Wave/Electronica vibe to her music, Laura Bryna has earned Country success and acclaim on the Dance charts, infusing her unique musical style into whatever she creates. Music, news and more at https://laurabryna.com. #LauraBryna.
ROW MUSIC NEWS:
Capitol Records Nashville’s Caylee Hammack has released a charming new music video for breakup anthem “That Dog,” available to watch at https://umgn.us/ThatDogOfficialVideoPR. The new video shot on a farm near Nashville shows Hammack reminiscing on a relationship and love lost with a former partner’s dog. Hammack builds from the narrative following her recently released tracks “All Or Nothing” and “History Of Repeating” in “That Dog,” mourning her breakup with a furry friend, available to listen here: https://strm.to/ThatDogPR. In August Hammack will open for three California dates of Dierks Bentley’s GRAVEL & GOLD TOUR in Mountain View (8/17), Chula Vista (8/18) and Palm Desert (8/19). Leading up to her Long Road Festival slot, Hammack will also join Tenille Arts to co-headline three UK shows in Glasgow (8/22), London (8/23), and Manchester (8/24), tickets available here: https://www.cayleehammack.com/tour/#/. Hammack recently performed at the C2C Festival with shows in London, Dublin and Glasgow and is currently gearing up for an opening stint on Dierks Bentley’s Gravel & Gold Tour. Hammack’s released her debut record If It Wasn’t For You to high praise from critics. More at https://www.cayleehammack.com. #CayleeHammack
Quebec-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Robby Johnson picked the perfect time of year to send his current single to country radio. Titled “June In July” the song seems made for early summer listening, boosted by a June 11 appearance at the CMA Fest Spotlight Stage in Fan Fair X. The song is already making its impact on listeners with the video playing on both CMT and The Country Network.
It has quickly chalked up over 100,000 views, adding to his 9 million total views. Remarkably, English is a second language for Robby who grew up in a French-speaking family in rural Quebec, Canada. But, recognizing at an early age that he was fascinated by “all things American” he immersed himself in American TV shows and music and taught himself to speak – and sing – in English with an American accent! Following his dream to Music City in 2013, his song “South of Me” received more than three million plays, leading to an appearance on David Letterman. In 2015, Robby released his debut album, Don’t Look Back, produced by the legendary James Stroud. Now comes Robby’s hit-bound “June In July”. Listen/stream here: https://songwhip.com/robbyjohnson/juneinjuly. #Robby Johnson
SINGLE RELEASE NEWS:
BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records singer/songwriter Elvie Shane, champion of the next blue-collar generation with “backwoods growl and heartland rock sound” (Billboard), drops the soulful anthem “Jonesin’,” available to listen here: https://elvieshane.lnk.to/jonesinPR. With chills-evoking vocals and a driving bassline, the track finds Shane with a hell too hot and a heaven too high, unsatisfied by a life spent stagnant in the same rhythm. Written by Shane, Oscar Charles, Ryan Tyndall and Jeremy Spillman and produced by Oscar Charles, “Jonesin’” bears the passion of those born to chase the fire, those who burn for taking life by the scruff of its neck. “’Jonesin’’ is all about our vices and failures in the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness,” said Shane. “It came with the realization that you could have everything you’ve ever dreamed of and still be left feeling empty at times. That’s just life. But that void can be a beautiful thing when used as fuel. It can piss you off enough to quit the bad habits or fire you up enough to chase the seemingly unattainable.” “Jonesin’” follows up Shane’s recently released tracks “Baptized” and “Forgotten Man.” Music, tour info and more: https://www.elvieshane.com. #ElvieShane
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) along with presenting sponsors The Bluebird Cafe and CMT have announced additional details for the 24th annual NSAI Song Contest. Launching August 1 at 12:00pm Central, this year’s contest will award over $20,000 worth of prizes including: two cash prizes ($5,000 and $2,500), $1,500 towards a Guitar Center purchase, two 417e guitars from Taylor Guitar, a mentor session with either Ingrid Andress or David Hodges, a one-year single-song publishing contract with Anthem Entertainment, a tour of the CMT Headquarters and 2 pairs of tickets to 2024 CMT Music Awards, an experience at The Bluebird Cafe and more. Songwriters of all genres are invited to submit their songs and/or lyrics at www.nsaisongcontest.com to be evaluated by industry professionals for valuable feedback and for their chance to win big! Up to 22 entries will place in the contest after several phases of judging, including a live final judging where the Lyric Category winner will be announced and the Song Category Top 10 finalists will be judged once more before revealing the Grand Prize Song Category Winner. Judging will take place no later than January 2024. For more information, visit www.nashvillesongwriters.com.
SUMMER SONG NEWS:
Kristian Bush is back with summertime music for the soundtrack 0f summer. Kristian, beloved for hot weather bops including “Bar With A Pool In It” and “Flip Flops,” has released his newest sunshiny smash, “Little Umbrellas”. The song is the first from his current summer-themed seven-song EP, Drink Happy Thoughts, available now. Listen/play Drink Happy Thoughts here: https://cmdshft.ffm.to/drinkhappythoughts and listen to “Little Umbrellas” here: https://cmdshft.ffm.to/littleumbrellas. Kristian wrote the song alone, starting it on the voice memo function on his phone during a drive between Nashville and Atlanta. When he arrived in Atlanta, he wrote and recorded “Little Umbrellas” in one hour. “I recall being confused about which part was the chorus and which was the verse but decided not to pay too much attention because it felt so good,” he says. “I love the tightrope I imagine this guy walking, knowing that if he starts thinking of his old love, he will fall apart and that the little umbrellas he is collecting as he keeps drinking to forget her will never stop his tears or a storm if it rolls in.” More at https://kristianbush.com and https://www.facebook.com/KristianBushOfficial/. #KristianBush
Old Dominion has been tearing it up on tour as July turned into August. Having made their bones doing their own bookings and driving their own van, this hit-factory band of brothers not only topped 14,000 in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the iconic Frontier Days celebration, they took July 26-28 to make up concerts that needed to be postponed – and took their brand of positive energy country to Reading, PA’s Santander Arena, Albany, NY’s MVP Arena and Bangor, ME’s Cross Insurance Center. Not only was the run completely sold-out, the three rescheduled shows saw fans hold their tickets instead of seeking refunds. “There is nothing like the sound of a sold-out crowd singing these songs back to us,” says Matthew Ramsey, who’s well on the mend. “Even if I’m a little stiff or achy from the therapy, those voices just take us all to a place that absolutely has the most positive vibes – and you forget whatever it is. People have told me that’s what our music does for them; I’m here to tell you it’s also absolutely doing it for me.” Checkout their EP Memory Lane and find tour info at https://tour.weareolddominion.com. #OldDominion
TRIBUTE MUSIC NEWS:
Gospel music icons and ASCAP’s Christian Songwriters of the Century Bill & Gloria Gaither have been writing masterpieces since they met over 60 years ago. Their songs have been recorded by countless performers, inspiring people around the world. Now, award-winning artists including Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire, CeCe Winans, Hillary Scott, Alabama, Lee Ann Womack and more have created an incomparable album of timeless hits honoring the Gaither legacy with signature reimaginings of their favorite songs: Gaither Tribute, Honoring the Songs of Bill & Gloria Gaither, out August 25 via Gaither Music Group (distributed by Capitol Christian Music Group and Universal Music). Pre-order/save/add Gaither Tribute here: https://gaithermusic.lnk.to/GaitherTribute. The album’s debut track, Ronnie Dunn’s take on “Because He Lives,” was released Friday, May 26. Alabama’s rendition of “Jesus and John Wayne,” featuring The Oak Ridge Boys, was released on June 23. Josh Turner put his spin on “Going Home,” which became available on July 14. Bill and Gloria were the first musical artists to be inducted into the Christian Booksellers Association’s Hall of Honor, and they recorded the first inspirational album to achieve gold status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Gaither tour/ticket info: https://gaither.com/tour_dates/
Luke Bryan has debuted a new music video for his smash hit “But I Got A Beer In My Hand.” The video was shot in Springfield, Tennessee on Free Dreaming Farm by music, fashion, lifestyle and celebrity photographer Jim Wright. It flows as a one take video beginning with Luke getting a flat tire, catching a ride to a bar, joining his band on stage, then moving through scenes in and around the bar and wraps as he goes back to join the band. Watch it here: https://umgn.us/BIGABIMHVideoPR. “But I Got A Beer In My Hand” was written by Chase McGill, Matt Dragstrem, and Geoff Warburton, and was produced by Jeff Stevens and co-produced by Jody Stevens. It’s one of the fastest rising singles of Luke’s career catapulting into the Top 15 within 11 weeks of its launch. This single comes on the heels of Luke’s 30th #1 single “Country On” which closed out the 2022 charts as the final #1 of the year. Luke recently announced an additional tour stop on his FARM TOUR 2023 now set to take place in six cities this fall from September 14-23 and he continues his “Country On Tour” through October 28. Go to https://www.lukebryan.com/country-on-tour for tickets.
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