Inside Track on Music Row: February 2024

inside track on music row by preshias Harris


“Songs write themselves, we just hold the pen.”

Garth Brooks on stage at the 2020 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, TN.


Multi-platinum, global entertainer Chris Young is readying his highly anticipated ninth studio album, Young Love & Saturday Nights, releasing March 22nd on Sony Music Nashville. Pre-save here. Led by the Billboard and Mediabase Top 40 and rising title track “Young Love & Saturday Nights,” written by Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Josh Thompson with a posthumous songwriting credit to David Bowie, the project is Young’s first new album since 2021’s Famous Friends. The forthcoming record also includes previously released sides, “Looking For You” and “All Dogs Go To Heaven.” At 18 songs, Young Love & Saturday Nights is Young’s most ambitious release yet, the result of countless writing and listening sessions. Young is a writer on 15 of the album’s 18 sides and is the sole producer on three songs. He shares co-producer credits with longtime creative partners, Chris DeStefano and Corey Crowder. “This is what this album felt like it needed to be for me,” he says. “It’s a little louder, a little more raw. Even the stripped-down songs are heavier. I love creating music and I love making it and the fact that I get to do that for a living is a pretty incredible thing.” Music, tour info and more about Chris young here: #ChrisYoung


Darci Lynne, the youngest contestant to ever win “America’s Got Talent” garnering over 67M views on the show’s YouTube and the most votes for a final performance in the history of the show, is pursuing another passion with the release of her debut single “Push Our Luck” on Feb. 5, 2024.  Pre-order “Push Our Luck” here:  “I’m just over the moon about debuting as a singer-songwriter and couldn’t be more thrilled for people to hear ‘Push Our Luck.’ I wrote this song about those first-time feelings when you’re out on a date. I think most of us have stayed out after curfew because we were having so much fun, so I really hope when people listen to this song they’re brought back to a moment, a person or a time where they pushed their luck,” shared Darci. In tandem with the announcement of “Push Our Luck,” Darci joined the cast of “America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League” on NBC. The spin-off series pits judge against judge to determine who can put together the best line-up of amazing acts. Episodes stream the next day on Peacock.  Recorded at Yackland Studios in Nashville, “Push Our Luck” was written by Darci with Maggie McClure and Shane Henry, a husband-and-wife duo known as The Imaginaries.  More at


Tracy Lawrence, Rodney Carrington and David Adam Byrnes have collaborated on the Country-Rock anthem, “Kick A Little,” a spirited anthem that encourages people to take chances, let loose and enjoy life. The new tribute single is the fourth release from the upcoming tribute album God Blessed Texas, which pays homage to the popular 1990’s country band Little Texas. The song was released January 26 on all digital outlets for streaming and download here:  “The Little Texas guys and I go way back over the last 30 years,” shares Lawrence. “They have released some staple hits and I’m excited to celebrate them by singing ‘Kick a Little’ on this tribute album. Here’s to 30 more years!” David Adam Byrnes goes on to share, “I remember jamming out to this song as a kid and Tracy Lawrence is one of my biggest influences. When you add in the fact that I’m a huge Rodney Carrington fan, being on this song is an absolute honor.” “Kick A Little” was co-written by Porter Howell, Dwayne O’Brien and Brady Seals. Brandyn Steen served as Executive Producer on the new tribute version and Duane Propes as Music Producer. It was recorded at ER Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, with mixing done by Bart Busch and engineering by David Spielberg. A-list session musicians included Duane Propes (bass guitar), Mark Matejka (lead and acoustic guitar) and Corey Wright (drums).


With an illustrious career spanning thirty-plus years encompassing sales of more than 16 million albums, 36 radio singles and numerous hits, including seven No. 1’s, Country music 90’s superstar John Michael Montgomery is officially announcing that he will be retiring from touring by the end of 2025. Montgomery broke the news to his fans first on his social media platforms on New Year’s Day. It’s been a great run. “I’ll never forget the first time I stepped foot on a tour bus for my first show back in 1992, with my first single ‘Life’s A Dance’ just coming out on radio,” said Montgomery. “It was so surreal to me. And, of course like any new artist would, I worried about how long it would last and hoped it would not be a ‘flash in the pan’ career. So every album, every song, and every year of being able to do what I love for so many years, and for the fans who have supported me and my music, I’ve cherished those moments very deeply. So, a BIG thank you to them all! I’m not saying I’m never gonna step on stage and perform again. So I’m sure there will be some situations where I just need to do a show here and there because I’ll miss that too much. But I just feel the time has come to say goodbye to the road life.” Tour dates and tickets at


After two decades as one of Texas Country’s definitive bands – a mantle they have carried proudly to a massive, nationwide audience – Randy Rogers Band stand on a career milestone as they enter the 20-year anniversary of their sophomore album, Rollercoaster (August 24, 2004). In celebration, RRB kicked off their anniversary year by performing to a sold-out crowd in Steamboat, CO, at The MusicFest’s The Big Tent. As a part of the festival’s headlining acts, RRB delivered a one-of-a-kind tailored setlist playing Rollercoaster front to back, while sprinkling in hits garnered over the past 20 years. Album collaborators Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, and Radney Foster also made guest special appearances. The rollercoaster of a celebration was complete with an exclusive set design photo booth, new re-worked anniversary logo and customized lighting to illuminate the packed-out tent. “One of the funny things about being around this long is we’ve got nine albums’ worth of songs, and you can only cram so many in a setlist.” Rogers shares. “We wanted to do something special as an ode to the feeling of those 24-year old’s who had no idea what we were doing, but somehow ended up making a record that changed everything. I hope I remember these jams. Happy Steamboat!” Listen to RRB’s new album Homecoming here:  #RandyRogersBand. 


Brit Taylor

Country music singer/songwriter Brit Taylor is returning to the sounds of her heart and home with the release of her newest single “Saint Anthony” and her upcoming bluegrass album, Kentucky Bluegrassed, slated for release on February 2. Listen/pre-order via  On the heels of a breakout 2023 with the release of her Sturgill Simpson-produced album Kentucky Blue and her Grand Ole Opry debut, Taylor’s new project will be available on the one year anniversary of the critically acclaimed project. Kentucky Bluegrassed is available for pre-save on all streaming platforms and vinyl / CD available exclusively through Taylor’s website here. Taylor is celebrating the release with live release shows on February 8 at the iconic Station Inn in Nashville and February 10 at The Burl in Lexington, KY. The eight-song album – featuring three original tunes and five songs reimagined from Kentucky Blue – pays homage to the sounds Taylor grew up hearing and creates a unique blend of traditionally based country music with a modern bluegrass twist. “I always knew that, at some point in my career, I’d make a bluegrass album,” Taylor said. “I grew up in the East Kentucky hills surrounded by incredible pickers and listening to bluegrass with my Papaw Hillard. He had an old 8-track player. Honestly, I was probably listening to bluegrass before I ever heard any other country song. Papaw introduced me to Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs, and that’s probably when I found country music.” #BritTaylor.


Cutter & Cash and the Kentucky Grass

Cutter & Cash and The Kentucky Grass emerge as a vibrant and captivating young bluegrass ensemble deeply rooted in their West Kentucky origins with Grand Ole Opry legend Jeannie Seely, a CMA and Grammy® award-winning artist and on-air host on Sirius XM Willie’s Roadhouse as producer on their new music project. The first single off the project, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” is a cover of the mega-hit with a bluegrass twist and has showcased the talent of the young aspiring artists. The sound that pays homage to the rich heritage of bluegrass while injecting fresh and dynamic energy. Stream and download the music now on all digital music platforms here:  Cutter & Cash and The Kentucky Grass shared, “The idea for a bluegrass cut of ‘Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys’ came from Jeannie Seely. We laughed amongst ourselves about recording it, but after we sat down and hit those first few notes, everything clicked.”  “From the moment I met this young group, I knew there was something special about them, and that was before I heard their music! Their talent alone may take them to the top, but with their personalities, dedication, work, and dress ethic, there’s no question they will make it,” exclaimed Seely. More here: #Cutter&Cash


BRELAND & Friends 2024 concert

Returning for his third year of star-studded community support, Platinum artist BRELAND has announced the details of his BRELAND & Friends 2024 concert.  Set for March 26, 2024, and once again taking place at the Mother Church of Country Music – Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium – the event will be another night of collaborative surprises from one of the most exciting new entertainers.  Well-known for its thrilling lineup, this year’s BRELAND & Friends will feature guest appearances by Avery Anna, Caitlyn Smith, Chase Rice, Dalton Dover, Drake White, Josh Groban, The War And Treaty, Walker Hayes, and more, with proceeds benefiting Middle Tennessee’s at-risk youth through the Oasis Center.  Selling out in each of its previous years, past events have featured the likes of Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Nelly, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, and beyond, raising over $300,000 to date.  Tickets for BRELAND & Friends 2024 here. To celebrate this year’s benefit, BRELAND is releasing BRELAND & Friends: Vol. 1 (Live), a must-hear throwback set of six electrifying live collaborations from the very first BRELAND & Friends (April 12, 2022). BRELAND & Friends: Vol. 1 (Live) will be available across all digital platforms. Pre-save/pre-add here: #BRELAND


Luke Bryan’s annual all-inclusive concert vacation, Crash My Playa, wrapped Jan 20 in Riviera Cancún, Mexico with its ninth annual event. The event took place at the incredible AAA Four Diamond Awarded Moon Palace Cancún, featuring four nights of country music on a private stretch of white sand beach. Fans were treated to headline sets by Jon Pardi and Jelly Roll as well as two headline concerts by Luke, with Dierks Bentley and Eddie Montgomery joining as special guests on Saturday night for the finale show “Luke & Friends.” Additional performances throughout the 4-day event included Dustin Lynch, who hosted his traditional all-day infamous pool party, Ernest, Jon Langston and Mitchell Tenpenny as well as Ashley Cooke, Avery Anna, Lily Rose, Zach Top, Bailey Zimmerman and DJ Rock.  “I can’t think of a better way to kick off the year,” said Luke. “Jon and Jelly Roll came out and just blew everyone away with their sets, and it was so fun to watch.  On Saturday night I’m pretty sure I was having more fun than anyone out there!  Being able to have a set list that is more off the cuff and spontaneous is one of my favorite nights on stage.” Luke Bryan tour updates at


Brooks & Dunn, announced today their forthcoming REBOOT 2024 Tour

The best-selling duo of all time, Brooks & Dunn, announced today their forthcoming REBOOT 2024 Tour produced by Live Nation. Kicking off in West Palm Beach, FL on May 3 the Country Music Hall of Famers will hit the road for more than 20 dates across the United States and Canada, bringing their indelible energy to the stage following their wildly “don’t miss” (Whiskey Riff) 2023 Tour. Tickets available now at The tour will also offer a variety of different VIP packages and experiences for fans to take their concert experience to the next level. Packages vary but include premium tickets, invitation to the Neon Lounge, exclusive signed poster, VIP merchandise gift & more. For additional information, visit  Adding to the excitement, renowned country rocker David Lee Murphy and country hitmaker ERNEST will accompany Brooks & Dunn on the REBOOT 2024 Tour.  With 20 No. 1 hits stretching back to 1991, two Grammy awards, dozens of ACM and CMA honors and a discography counting more album sales than any duo in history – regardless of genre – Brooks & Dunn’s influence on today’s country has never been in question. Hits like “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “My Maria” and “Believe” have propelled the duo to more than 30 million albums sold. #BrooksDunn


Conner Smith’s January 26 release of his long-anticipated full-length debut Smoky Mountains (The Valory Music Co.)

Ahead of rising singer/songwriter Conner Smith’s January 26 release of his long-anticipated full-length debut Smoky Mountains (The Valory Music Co.), he offered fans a final preview with standout track “Meanwhile In Carolina.” A masterstroke of intertwined Country storytelling, “Meanwhile In Carolina” connects the dots of two hearts destined for each other, who just don’t know it yet. Penned by Smith alongside Blake Pendergrass, the sweethearts ballad feels like leafing through a sonic photo album and reveals the genesis of Smith’s real life romance with fiancé Leah Thompson – one expertly-laid lyrical breadcrumb at a time. “Meanwhile in Carolina’ shows the heart of my debut album and is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written,” Smith shares. “You always imagine that person, you always think about ’em, wonder where they are, wonder what they’re doing. I was so proud of this song after we wrote it, because I knew it was one that mattered – it was a song that meant something.” Watch the lyric video for “Meanwhile In Carolina” here:  “It very much took 23 years to make these 12 songs,” Smith says. “I felt like I found my own lane I was able to drive down, and I’m really proud of what it has become.” Listen/order/add Smoky Mountains here:  #ConnerSmithMusic.


Dolly Rockstar Deluxe

Beloved global icon, Dolly Parton, is celebrating her birthday this year by surprising fans with a deluxe version of her genre-bending ROCKSTAR album—ROCKSTAR DELUXE is available now on all digital streaming platforms. Listen/play/download here: Parton’s first-ever Rock album, ROCKSTAR, became her highest performing album in sales during its debut week and accumulated six No. 1s on the Billboard charts. The 39-song collection features an all-star roster of some of music’s greatest artists revisiting 21 classic Rock songs alongside 13 of Parton’s own original tracks.  Now, in honor of her birthday, the legendary entertainer is giving fans even more Rock with the release of ROCKSTAR DELUXE which includes nine additional tracks—five previously exclusive retailer tracks and four which have never been released. Among the nine additional tracks are Dolly’s versions of  “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, “Two Tickets To Paradise”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “The Entertainer” and “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” among others.  Dolly posted: It’s my Birthday so I’m going to give you a present! I’m releasing four never released songs for my birthday, to go with the Rockstar album, and a few others that you may have heard before that were not on the album. I hope you enjoy them, and I hope you all have a happy birthday for me! LOL. Thanks for everything,” #DollyParton


Moe Bandy Thank You Lord

CMA and ACM award-winning country music legend Moe Bandy celebrates the 45th anniversary of his hit single “It’s A Cheating Situation” with Janie Fricke, which was released in January 1979. Serving as the lead track from his album of the same title, it peaked at #2 on Billboard and remained on the charts for a total of fifteen weeks. Written by Sonny Throckmorton and Curly Putman, “It’s A Cheating Situation” remains one of Bandy’s most requested songs at every show. Moe Bandy was recently presented with the first-ever “Moe Bandy Icon Award” at the Texas Country Music Awards at Billy Bob’s Texas.  Bandy’s current album, Thank You Lord, contains twelve heartfelt tracks and features special guests The Isaacs on “Family Bible,” and The Oak Ridge Boys with Nora Lee Allen on “The Lord Is My Shepherd.” The title track, written by Mo Pitney, Bobby Tomberlin, and Cheryl Riddle, offers a true reflection of where Bandy is in his life today, of which he is thankful for another mile, another day, and a life many could have only dreamed of. Thank You Lord features tunes from prominent Nashville songwriters, including Willie Nelson, Bill Anderson, Hank Williams, and more! The twelve-track project was produced by Michele Voan Capps and sponsored by Gus Arrendale and Springer Mountain Farms.  Stream/purchase Thank You Lord here: #MoeBandy


Two Texas natives — 6’4” guitar-wielding Level Two sommelier Brock Butler, and bona fide rocker with Warped Tour cred and a razor-sharp wit, Ryan Garrett — walked into Nashville’s Red Door Saloon. Several drinks later, Heartwreckers stumbled out. The new duo — refreshingly blunt singer-songwriters with an endless supply of hooks and melodies, but absolutely no filter — released its debut single, “Shut Up,” on January 19. Find “Shut Up” here:  “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been writing songs in Nashville and you throw out an idea and everyone in the room says, ‘Oh, that’s sick!’” Butler says. “But then they immediately follow it with, ‘But we can’t say that.’” Adds Garrett, “And I’m like, ‘We can say whatever the f*ck we want.” That credo informs the whole of Heartwreckers’ upcoming EP, Shut Up And Drink, a collection of five envelope-pushing country songs all written by Butler and Garrett, reflecting the unblinking lyrical and sonic approach the duo applies to country music. Produced by Andrew Baylis (Jelly Roll, Austin Snell, Pecos & The Rooftops), Garrett describes the project’s sound as “Country. Ass. Rock. With the periods!” Shut Up And Drink is set for release on May 24, supported by a run of live show dates beginning February 9 including performances at the 28th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival, Presented by BMI. Music & tour info:


“Airplane” is the title of the new single released Jan 19 by emerging artist Jordan James (Eclipse Music Group) who co-wrote the song with Michael Whitworth (Jelly Roll, Mitchell Tenpenny) and Dallas Wilson (of the Heart Wranglers).  James explains: “That day in the studio I had told them a story back when I was 17 years old. I had a moment to fall into something, but it was too good to be true, and I was too stubborn. In the end I was watching an airplane take off that I should have been on, but I wasn’t on it. This song has been in the works for a couple years now, and it’s time to share that story!”  Listen to “Airplane” here.  Jordan James is no stranger to writing hit songs and it shows. A seasoned songwriter from LA by way of Atlanta, James has been banging out pop hits for much of his career but a recent revival has brought this one-time / one-song / once-in-a-lifetime Kenny Rogers duet partner home to country music. With enough flannel in his voice to authenticate his dirt road country leanings laid over an ample amount of polish on his sound, James is the kind of artist that can appeal to country fans from nearly any era.  More at


Southern Dreams Entertainment flagship recording artist Andy Pursell has announced the release of his new single titled “I Need You Bad.” Penned by Terri Dennis and Jimmy Yeary, and produced by Mark Dreyer, the release is in keeping with the successful momentum of Pursell’s waterfall series introduced in 2023 (including “Right Amount Of Wrong” and “Last Load To Heaven” currently at country radio now). The storyline of the song features a lovestruck fool who falls head-over-heels beguiled by an entrancing woman whose irresistible allure fuels a lovesick aching desire and fires temptations much too strong to resist. A classic country arrangement complements simplistic, straightforward lyrics. Pursell’s vocal flips, spotlighted in the chorus, depict the infatuation while frolicking organ progressions enliven the playful, weak-in-the-knees admission. The rhythm section rocks steady weaving in wailing guitar solos that echo a desperate plea too honest to ignore. “This is the first love song I’ve ever recorded. It’s the typical love story of a heartsick guy who just can’t seem to lock down the girl of his dreams,” introduced the Florida-based Pursell. “The overall vibe of the song is what drew me and it just felt good when we recorded it. I love the guitar solo. The sound tells the story that I wanted to convey.” ”I Need You Bad” is the lead single as the launch of his 2024 waterfall series. Listen at and Instagram (@andypursellmusic)


Endurance Music Group (EMG) has elevated Lauren Funk to newly created position of Vice President of Publishing, effective immediately. Funk joined EMG from Big Yellow Dog Music, where she spent seven years on the creative team working with Grammy winners Maren Morris, Meghan Trainor, Josh Kear, Daniel Tashian and more Since joining EMG in 2021, she has been instrumental in the signing and/or retention of award-winning, multi-Platinum songwriter Jordan Schmidt, hit songwriter Scooter Carusoe and acclaimed singer-songwriter and producer Jake Rose. She will continue to manage the company’s relationships with its roster of hitmakers, including Records artist Matt Stell, songwriters and producers Seth Alley and Paul Sikes, among others, while identifying and signing promising new talent. “I’m so proud to work with Lauren. It has been incredible to witness her growth as a creative leader and experience the impact she has made on the writers and artists at Endurance over the past couple of years. Her passion for the song and the songwriter is vital for the health of our creative industry, and we are lucky to have her on our team,” says Michael Martin, EMG President. More about EMG here:



BMLG has signed singer-songwriter Chase McDaniel to its impressive roster of artists which includes Tim McGraw, Carly Pearce, Midland, The Cadillac Three, Jackson Dean, Brian Kelley, Danielle Bradbery, Mae Estes, LECADE and more. The announcement comes with the launch of McDaniel’s Blame It All On Country Music EP. Listen/stream here: Raised in the small town of Greensburg, Kentucky by his grandparents, McDaniel is one of Nashville’s most tenacious, overcoming all of the many obstacles that life has thrown at him and turning it into something valuable. A natural entertainer with an unmatched work ethic and disarming charisma, Chase’s true secret to his success lies within his genuine connection and open conversation with his fans. “Chase is not only talented and smart but is truly someone who makes his own luck. He has a determination that inspires our entire team to dig even deeper,” shares Big Machine Label Group CEO & Chairman, Scott Borchetta. “He has a clear vision, and we can’t wait help make that vision a reality.” “Scott and the team over at Big Machine Records have understood what fuels me and my dreams from the first meeting. It just clicked,” said Chase McDaniel. “I can’t express how grateful and excited I am to work with them, learn from them and grow this thing together. Tour info and more at

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Grammy-nominated duo The Secret Sisters, made up of siblings Laura Rogers and Lydia Slagle, will release their anticipated new album, Mind, Man, Medicine, March 29 via New West Records (pre-order/pre-save here:  Ahead of the release, the new song, “Same Water,” has debuted. Listen/share here:  Of the track, the sisters reflect, “Fresh off the stress of a worldwide pandemic and slowly entering into a more normal world, we wrote this song together on a wet afternoon in Nashville, trying to make sense of the ways we all choose to find healing, as a society and as individuals. It felt important to acknowledge the struggle over our own choices in this area, and the need for extending empathy to people who choose differently.” Produced by The Secret Sisters, John Paul White and Ben Tanner (St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Lera Lynn), and recorded mainly at Muscle Shoals’ historic FAME Studios, Mind, Man, Medicine provides an intimate look into the lives of Laura and Lydia these last few years. Across these 11 tracks, including a collaboration with Ray LaMontagne (“All The Ways”), the sisters gracefully detail where they are now—a place of peace and calm—and the personal growth and experiences that led them there. Tour and ticket info at


On March 22nd, Tony Orlando will bring an end to his long and illustrious sixty-two-year live concert performing career at Mohegan Sun’s 10,000-seat arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Amazingly, this will mark his sixty-fifth appearance over the course of twenty-three years at the venue. “I am so honored that my last concert will be at my favorite venue on Earth, Mohegan Sun Arena,” said Tony Orlando. “My relationship with Tom Cantone, the stage crews, and the staff at Mohegan Sun Arena has been flawless. I also want to thank all my friends within the Mohegan Tribe for making me feel like family and for the opportunity to say goodbye. Thank you for making my dreams come true.” Tickets are on sale now via and via Orlando’s website,  Throughout February and March, Tony Orlando will play a handful of farewell North American stops, hitting Niagara Falls, Ontario on February 27th and 28th, along with playing a pair of Illinois shows in Des Plaines on March 2nd and St. Charles on March 3rd — as well as a poignant East Coast date in Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 16th. Tony Orlando – a sixty-plus-year hitmaker and standing-room-only live draw — was recently honored as a New Jersey Hall Of Fame Inductee and remains a relentless supporter of American veterans. #TonyOrlando


The Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame is set to honor the 2024 inductee class with a ceremony and concert at the Muskogee Civic Center on Saturday, February 17, 2024. The class is made up of several genres or styles of music, including country hitmakers and touring musicians Ricochet and Bryan White, beloved Nashville songwriter Verlon Thompson, one of Oklahoma’s most well-respected music educators, Jerry Huffer, world-renowned conductor, composer, and concert pianist Timothy Long, long-time touring and featured fiddle player Shelby Eicher, and concert booker and promoter David Webb. “One of the hardest working and most beloved bands from Oklahoma is finally being recognized for their significant contributions to the world of music. Ask anyone in Oklahoma about music; Ricochet will be the first name mentioned. They entertain and inspire well above the rest and have been doing it at a very high level for a very long time,” said Tony L. Corbell, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. “Growing up in Oklahoma, one could only dream of such recognition,” said Ricochet’s Heath Wright. “We are honored to even be considered, much less be amongst so many Oklahoma icons in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Thank you to our fans, ENCORE Music Group, for new opportunities, and, of course, the Hall of Fame, for bestowing such an honor.” More at  #RicochetMusic.


A Nashville Wish – Official Trailer

Vision Films Inc. (“Vision”) has announced the theatrical run of coming-of-age and following one’s destiny story, A Nashville Wish [IMDb], on February 2, 2024, followed by transactional VOD across the US and Canada on February 27. Executive produced by Niraj Bhatia and Dan Burks of Om Films, with Robin Capehart, Stephen Emmett Jackson, Frank Thomas Parker, and Markus Niepraschk. During the month of February, the film will have a limited theatrical release in Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Virginia, Iowa, Utah, Arizona, and more. Visit and follow at for up-to-date information. The full-length feature, directed by Demetrius Navarro and written by Ty DeMartino stars Maxfield Camp (The Glee Project), Kaileigh Bullard (ABC’s Nashville), Alexis Gomez (American Idol finalist), Kevin Sizemore (Woodlawn, Into The Spotlight), Kourtney Hansen (ABC’s Nashville), Ryan O’Quinn (Believe, Paul’s Promise), Kate Orsini (NCIS), Molly Malady, Fletcher Olson, Caleb Shore (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2), Candace Randolph, Erlinda Navarro (Anything is Possible), Craig Shumaker (Parks and Recreation) and features country music stars T. Graham Brown, Waylon Payne (portrayed Jerry Lee Lewis in Walk The Line), and Lee Greenwood. The film is based on the award-winning stage musical ‘Ticket to Nashville,’ a family-friendly musical featuring many of country music’s most treasured songs.


Grammy® award-winning singer/songwriter John Berry has re-released three albums in partnership with StarVista Music, including Hits, I Give My Heart, and What I Love The Most. All three albums, an instant “go to” at Berry’s live shows, offer fans music from throughout his career. What I Love The Most contains ten tracks, including “You’re My Sunshine,” “What A Woman Wants,” “She Don’t Need Me,” “I’ve Seen It All,” and more. I Give My Heart includes eleven tunes in all, including “Time In A Bottle,” “Faithfully,” “I Give My Heart,” “Let’s Stay Together,” “Lady,” and more. Hits contains twelve of Berry’s biggest hits, including “Kiss Me In The Car,” “Your Love Amazes Me,” “A Mind Of Her Own,” “Change My Mind,” and “Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye,” just to name a few. “I am so excited to have my Hits album, along with I Give My Heart and What I Love The Most, re-released through StarVista,” shares Berry. “This will give some of my favorite songs a breath of new life, and to team up with such an esteemed partner is gratifying.” On January 20, John Berry was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ninth annual Carolina Country Music Awards held at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Music and tour info at  #JohnBerry.

Diamond-selling superstar Brian Kelley’s “talkin’ ‘bout ‘Trucks, Ducks, Bucks & Beer,’’’ in the sportsman’s anthem that shows appreciation for the outdoors lifestyle. Available now across all streaming platforms and digital retailers, listen to “Trucks, Ducks, Bucks & Beer” here:  “I’ve loved this song since the moment we wrote it. I had saved the title for this specific group of songwriters, and it turned out just as I envisioned… with all of my favorite things in one song,” shares Kelley. “Country music can evoke so many emotions, and with ‘Trucks, Ducks, Bucks & Beer’ I feel several at the same time.” Filmed back home in Tennessee, fans can watch the Michael Kessler-directed lyric video which captures the down-home views of Dickson. Co-written by Kelley and featuring a patient, well-aimed mix of Country, Pop, and Hip-Hop produced by Dann Huff, Kelley’s homespun vocal helps set a sonic hook of easy-rolling electric guitars, banjo riffs, and beats. “Trucks, Ducks, Bucks & Beer” marks the fourth release off his much-anticipated album, having already introduced the full-length project with “See You Next Summer,” “Dirt Cheap,” and “How We’re Livin’.” Tour updates, music and more here:!.  #BrianKelley


Long-time music industry executive Bob Reeves has announced the opening of his new multi-faceted firm, Excelsior Music. Excelsior Music is Reeves’ first solely-owned private venture and will focus on management, artist development, radio and tour marketing and promotion. Reeves’ first management client is independent country singer-songwriter, Orlando Mendez. Mendez, now based in Nashville, is a second-generation Cuban-American from South Florida. He had his first national exposure on NBC’s The Voice. He is currently working on his debut project with producer Nick Worley. Bob Reeves, an accomplished music industry veteran has held Vice President and National Director posts with Warner Music Nashville, Sony, Monument, and Epic Records, Reviver Records, Blaster Records, CORE Records and, most recently, Riser House Entertainment. He’s spent time as a programmer and air talent at Lightning 100 & Thunder 94 in Nashville as well as WFLY-FM and WPTR-AM in Albany, N.Y. Shortly after arriving in Nashville from Upstate New York, Reeves became the operations manager and talent buyer for the legendary nightclub and music venue, The Ace of Clubs. Orlando Mendez, originally from Miami, Fla. and a Florida Gator alumni. He began honing his stage skills as an actor in Florida and New York before taking up songwriting and performing and relocating to Tennessee. More at  #OrlandoMendez  


On Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, country music superstar Luke Bryan took his final bow on the Resorts World Theatre stage at Resorts World Las Vegas, concluding his record-breaking, two-year headlining production, “Luke Bryan VEGAS.” Bryan performed to a sold-out crowd of fans who sang along to his beloved hits like “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Play It Again,” and “Country Girl” as he performed across his one-of-a-kind moving catwalk 45 feet in the air, meeting eye-to-eye with the 5,000-person showroom one last time. Since debuting his headlining production on Feb. 11, 2022, the five-time Entertainer of the Year has performed 48 electrifying shows, captivating nearly 200,000 fans with his chart-topping hits, pyrotechnics and unparalleled top-end technology production. The production was developed in partnership with show designer/director Brian Burke and lighting/set designer Tom Sutherland to create visual magic onstage. “It is unbelievable that we’ve reached the end of our two-year run at Resorts World Theatre,” said Bryan. “Las Vegas has been a home away from home the last two years, and I am grateful to all the fans who have joined us night after night to experience this production. This has truly been an experience I’ll never forget.” More about Luke Bryan:  #LukeBryan.


16-year-old Appalachia native and rising talent Jake Kohn has shared “Hard As Stone,” marking his second-ever single release via Lockeland Springs/Atlantic Records – listen here: . “Hard As Stone” follows Jake’s debut track, “Frostbite” which arrived to instant critical acclaim and excitement in November.  “I wrote ‘Hard As Stone’ on my 15th birthday on May 9, 2022. I structured it differently than anything I’d done before and tried to create a song I viewed as somewhat of an anthem.” Jake shared. “I played it like I played all my other songs at the time – solo, acoustic, and slow – but I knew that it had the potential to be crafted into something greater. I’m very proud of this song and the work we put into recording and releasing it, and I’m also proud of the personal connection it evokes for the people who enjoy the lyrics.” Born in Winchester, VA – birthplace of Patsy Cline – Jake grew up influenced by country legends like Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. At age 11, after being gifted a guitar from his great-grandmother, he taught himself how to play chords from a poster on his wall. This spring, Jake will support 49 Winchester and Sierra Ferrell on select shows across the east coast and southeast. Tour info and music at  #JakeKohnMusic


Grammy® Award winner and 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sheryl Crow has released “Evolution,” the title track from her upcoming 11th full-length studio album, Evolution, out on March 29. Listen to the contemplative new track here . The song conveys Crow’s uneasiness about artificial intelligence, its impact on the planet and humanity. “As a mom, I want to leave a better world for my children, a healthier planet – is A.I. going to be a benevolent partner in these goals or not? It’s unsettling, and this song deals with those anxieties,” says Crow. “I wrote the song with just me on guitar and vocals, sent it to my producer, Mike Elizondo and said, ‘this is bigger than me, can you take a crack at it?’” Elizondo’s (Dr. Dre, Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Gary Clark Jr.) production on the track brings Crow into new sonic territory, delivering blockbuster cinematics and a monolithic guitar solo by Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello. “To me, Tom’s playing comes from some other planet,” says Crow. News, music, tour info and more at  #SherylCrow


Springer Mountain Farms “Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman” returns to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for its 30th year starting Thursday, June 13, and will continue on Thursday nights through July 25. The series kicks off with Del McCoury Band, followed by Steep Canyon Rangers with Lindsay Lou, The Earls of Leicester, Della Mae with Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and Dailey & Vincent, leading up to the final night with a performance from Country Music Hall of Fame Member and 14-time Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs. Season passes include all six shows and are on sale now for both renewing and new passholders. Single tickets are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be preceded by a 6 p.m. CT pre-show “Pickin’ on the Plaza” event sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms and Farm Bureau Health Plans on the Ryman’s PNC Plaza, featuring live music from local bluegrass artists and bands presented by WSM Radio. Full show and ticket info at ryman,com. “Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman” was first introduced in 1994, after the Ryman underwent renovation and reopened its doors after sitting vacant for nearly two decades after the Grand Ole Opry relocated to its new home.


Launching into 2024, PLA Media brings on a notable new client, the High Mountain Breezes. This group is made up of the behind-the-scenes heroes, the rarely recognized yet legendary songwriters, producers and players who tour, create and write for country music royalty. The HMB family has worked with the greats, including Alabama, Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire and many more. After years of dedication to the music of others, the creatives behind the High Mountain Breezes have set out to share their own music with the world. With over 400,000 Spotify streams on their first album, they’ve attracted the ear of music lovers everywhere. “As professional musicians, vocalists and songwriters in a very competitive field, we have been blessed beyond measure to play, produce and write on memorable projects with a ‘who’s who’ of high-profile artists spanning decades! Now with our band of long-time friends, High Mountain Breezes, we are excited to write and collaborate on our own projects. We are having a blast!” exclaimed HMB Founder and songwriter Bruce Tarletsky. “Bruce and his “HMB” band of troubadours bring years of musical magic creating the signature licks on music’s most iconic tracks. Now, they’re creating their own bucket list collection. PLA is proud to amplify their initiatives to the world,” said PLA Media CEO, Pamela Lewis. More here.


A whole lot of singles hitting the ether and the airwaves. Here are some new singles to tingle your ears:

Dynamic independent Country artist Spencer Crandall makes his highly-anticipated return with long-awaited new music. Announcing his most vulnerable song yet, Crandall’s new single “Worth The Wait,” is set to drop Friday, Feb. 9. The singer known for penning love songs that “leave a mark on the listener” (Forbes) will celebrate the swoon-worthy ballad’s release with a special appearance at the Grand Ole Opry that night (2/9). Written by Crandall, Spencer Jordan and Brett Truitt, “Worth The Wait” captures the feeling of finally finding your forever, acknowledging that the journey to discover true love was filled with ups and downs but ultimately worth every second. Pre-save “Worth the Wait” here:  After teasing the song to his 2.7M followers on TikTok, the heartfelt love song quickly had fans clamoring for the full version, accumulating over 20M views in the last month. Known for pouring his heart out in every lyric through mega-viral songs like “My Person” and “Made,” Crandall was moved by the overwhelming response and decided to release the song ahead of love’s favorite holiday.  “‘Worth The Wait’ is a song I’ve been in love with since the day we wrote it,” shares Crandall. “I still so vividly remember getting goosebumps when I was laying down the vocal for the first time.” More at  SpencerCrandall

Singer-songwriter and outlaw original, Lacy J. Dalton, has finally recorded one of her most personal and poignant songs, “Summerland,” which is available now on all major streaming services in association with StarVista Music. Originally written for Dalton’s mother to bring her comfort as she was dying, the track carries an emotional and inspirational message, brimming with her trademark grit and a stirring mandolin solo. Although Lacy has performed the song for more than 17 years, she has never released it until now. Stream/play “Summerland here. “I wrote this song for my mother when she was dying so she wouldn’t be afraid,” Lacy reveals, “and I got to sing it to her before she passed and again at her memorial. Since then, it has helped a number of people. Most recently we had a friend who was passing and she listened to it every day until she died, and it gave her comfort.”  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. More recently, she released the single “Devil By A Different Name,” addressing the many issues going on in the world and reminding us that we aren’t all that different.  Tour dates and more at #LacyJDalton

Waylon Hanel, the Michigan native who swiftly garnered early welcome from country radio and its listeners in 2023, with his recordings “New Old Outlaws,” “New Old Outlaws-Rewind” and “He Don’t Mind,” delivers a new tune of equal character. The new release, “Lighten That Load,” stands as a testament to Hanel’s growing artistry and versatility, and brilliantly encapsulates the twenty-one-year old’s deep southern roots enlivened by a hearty dose of bluesy southern charm and high-octane energy. “We wanted to write a ‘Boot Scootin’ Boogie’ type song; a tune with a 90s vibe (in the vein of Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson and Mark Chesnutt) that moves people to get out on the dance floor,” said Hanel. “The song is for every hard-working man or woman that wants to let loose, let their hair down and relieve some stress. …and I’m there to help ‘lighten their load’ – to play some of their all-time favorite songs so they can do just that. The banjo solo is one of my favorite instrumental parts; it kicks the track up a notch.” Listen to ”Lighten That Load” and more at  #WaylonHanel

Jessie G is back with another single called “Like My Whiskey (feat. Gretchen Wilson)”. Listen/stream and watch the music video at  Jessie moved to Nashville, Tenn., almost ten years ago and has been fortunate enough to tour all over the world and open for many of the biggest country stars like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cody Johnson, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels, Kid Rock and of course Gretchen Wilson. She has played at T-Mobile Arena, Billy Bob’s, Hard Rock Casino and so many more venues. “Like My Whiskey” has already garnered over 50,000 streams and has been featured on a few editorial playlists and added to the Country Collabs playlist on Pandora. Jessie G’s last single “Whatever This Is” reached the top 20s on the MusicRow chart. She has appeared on major platforms such as Rolling Stone, PEOPLE, Wide Open Country, UK’s Maverick Magazine, CMT and more. Over last couple of years she has been busy touring overseas and gaining a great fan base around the UK.  She has also sung the National Anthem twice at NFL games:  a Titans vs Packers game as well as the Washington Commanders vs Packers game.  #JessieG

Walker Montgomery starts the New Year with the release of an acoustic version of one of his favorite songs, “Time Stood Still,” from his current EP, Work To Do. Stream here:  Walker co-wrote the song with Cooper Bascom, Jack Hummel and Kaylin Roberson and his smooth baritone vocal fits perfectly with the track. “I think it is easier for me to relate to love songs just naturally because I love ‘Love,’ and I think they are easy to listen to.  I’m drawn to great melodies, especially when they are paired with nostalgia,” Walker comments.  Chosen as an “Artist to Watch” by Country Now, Music Mayhem Magazine, Sounds Like Nashville, The Boot and others, Walker Montgomery knows a thing or two about family tradition, but is also striving to build his own legacy. The son of John Michael Montgomery and nephew of Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery was raised away from the spotlight in Nicholasville, Kentucky, but moved to Nashville and is carving a path all his own on today’s country scene. Montgomery’s pedigree is matched only by his passion for real country music, and he’s already put his classically-inspired, honey-bourbon vocal to use on a self-penned debut hit (“Simple Town,” over 5.2 Million Spotify streams) and the romantic power-ballad, “She Don’t Know,” (featured on the 2022 Rust EP). More at #WalkerMontgomery

Platinum selling Riser House/Sony Music Nashville recording artist Mitchell Tenpenny is kicking off the new year with a new song and music video as he releases “Breaking My Heart” across all digital platforms. Listen here:  “Breaking My Heart,” written by Mitchell, Ashley Gorley, Chase McGill and Jordan Schmidt, is the follow up to his Top 10 radio smash “We Got History.” The video was filmed at various locations around Middle Tennessee and was directed by Zach Pigg.  The mid-tempo track spotlights Mitchell’s signature flawless whispered delivery as the song finds the male character lamenting over a breakup that won’t stop hurting in the face of an ex who is clearly moving on. “Breaking My Heart” is the first of more new music to be released in 2024. “‘Breaking My Heart’ was written about going through a break-up and trying to get your ex off your mind. You keep trying to do things and go different places but it seems like every single thing reminds you of them,” shared Mitchell.  Mitchell is hitting the road this year with Luke Combs on the “Growin’ Up and Getting’ Old Tour” and Jordan Davis’ “The Damn Good Time Tour.”  Tour updates and more at #MitchellTenpenny

Kicking down the door on his next chapter of music, Big Loud Records / Big Loud Rock heavy-hitter HARDY returns with “QUIT!!,” an autobiographical and referential spoken word track that recaps his journey to becoming “Nashville’s nü-metal king” (Los Angeles Times). Calling back to his infamous 2022 ACM Honors speech accepting his first-ever ACM Songwriter of the Year award, HARDY’s “QUIT!!” continues to push the boundaries wide on his bombastic, genre-less, and wide-reaching appeal. SPIN puts it simply: “For HARDY, a rock-loving country star, shocking his audience in this way is exactly the point.” Listen to “QUIT!!” here . “Thank you for inspiring me to be great,” HARDY says. “I guess sometimes holding a grudge is a good thing.” Taking “QUIT!!” and more new music to come directly to fans, HARDY also announces today his 15-date summer Quit!! tour produced by Live Nation, bringing Kip Moore, Travis Denning, Ella Langley, and Stephen Wilson Jr. with him to amphitheaters and arenas across North America, headlining the largest venues of his career. Tickets for the Quit!! tour are now available. Buy tickets here:


Standout Country star Kameron Marlowe charges into 2024 with the exciting announcement of the Strangers Tour. The tour will set out across the country for 13 dates and is named after his new release with Ella Langley, “Strangers,” released Jan. 26. The tour’s opening weekend will kick off in Nacogdoches, Texas (4/4), including a stop at the legendary Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth (4/5), and Stillwater, Okla. (4/6) as it spans across the U.S. before concluding on May 23 in Fort Myers, Fla.  Special guests for the tour will be announced soon. To purchase tickets, visit  The Strangers Tour will commence after the road warrior wraps his I Can Lie Tour on March 1. The “sterling vocalist” (MusicRow) played over 30 headline dates in 2023, 21 of which sold out 1500-2000 capacity rooms. Come spring, the North Carolina native will join CMA Entertainer of the Year Lainey Wilson for the Australian leg of her Country’s Cool Again Tour, gracing stages for multiple nights down under.  Last year, Marlowe supported Thomas Rhett before joining Country superstars Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis and Parker McCollum on dates throughout the year. His festival circuit included some of Country music’s most sought-after events such as Country 2 Country: C2C in London and more. #KameronMarlowe

Platinum selling artist Cody Johnson set out on The Leather Tour that will run through September 2024. Tour and ticket info here.  Johnson’s new tour comes on the heels of a banner year, closing out 2023 with multiple career firsts and highlights: a new hit single, two national television special/performances, a sold-out concert tour, a powerful new critically acclaimed album Leather and surpassing 6 Billion global career streams. Cody’s current Top 15 hit “The Painter” has become his biggest career single release with more than 95 million global streams and more than 4.2 million on demand weekly streams since its release. The song reigning two-weeks #1 on Sirius/XM’s Hot 30 Weekend Countdown and is included on the New York Times ‘Best Songs of 2023’ list.  In December, he debuted his first-ever television special with “CMT Presents: A Cody Johnson Christmas”.  Cody was joined by his wife Brandi, daughters Clara and Cori, mom Sheila and dad Carl, plus special guests Kevin Fowler and Roger Creager as the Johnson’s invited viewers to celebrate a Texas cowboy Christmas with an amazing night of sharing music, family traditions and memories. On Sunday, December 31, Cody joined the line up for “New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash.”  His stellar 2023 also included being named Best New Country Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, taking home the CMT Music Award for Performance of The Year and “’Til You Can’t” winning Country Song of The Year at the Grammy Awards. Watch the video for Cody’s Top 10 hit and debut single off the album Leather here.  #CodyJohnsonMusic


Season Two of Farmer Wants a Wife, the most successful dating show in the world, airing in 32 countries and resulting in 201 marriages and 514 children…and counting, returns Thursday, Feb. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. In a trend that continues to sweep America, there’s been a migration from city-centers to suburban and rural locales, and with that, love follows. Hosted by superstar entertainer and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Nettles, the anticipated season follows four farmers in search of real, lasting love. Season Two’s new crop of farmers—Ty Ferrell, Mitchell Kolinsky, Brandon Rogers and Nathan Smothers — host a group of single women who leave behind the comfort and convenience of city life for the charms and challenges of country living, as they embark on an adventure that could change the course of their lives forever. With diverse backgrounds in cattle ranching, citrus, potato and barley farming, horse training and more, the upcoming season promises an even more in-depth look at the pursuit of genuine love as each farmer and their group of hopeful singles meet and mutually select one another before the women are invited to experience life on their respective farm. #FarmerWantsAWife


Multi-talented Charles Esten’s independent debut album, Love Ain’t Pretty (, made its much-anticipated release January 26. Supercharging street week under the bright lights of New York City, Esten caught the CMT Premiere of his “Make You Happy” music video in person Jan 22, as it made its broadcast debut on CMT, CMT Music,, and the Paramount Times Square Billboard. Esten “Returns To His Improv Roots” hails, as the Whose Line Is It Anyway? star acts as lead entertainer while also serving as producer alongside director Erika Rock.  Esten, whose pen is credited on all 14 songs on Love Ain’t Pretty, co-wrote “Make You Happy” with Gary Burr, and Jon D’Agostino. Soaked in an irresistibly romantic and flirty desire, he offers a playful proposition with a hard to resist spirit. Produced by Marshall Altman with an upbeat mix of honky-tonk, beachy Doo-Wop and funky Soul, “Make You Happy” also features a bouncy Caribbean beat and a touch of whirring organ, plus Esten’s love-drunk vocal and spirit-lifting hook. Throughout, he promises that he doesn’t want much, he just wants to make you smile. And with this release, there’s a very good chance he will. Find all upcoming tour dates here: #CharlesEsten


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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