Inside Track on Music Row July 2022

July 2022 Nashville Music News

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I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me – Psalm 6 – 13.


Kristian Bush has a decades-long love affair with summer, so when it came time for volume two from his four-album layered release, 52, it only made sense to heat up playlists with the seasonal theme. “I feel like I stumbled into a relationship with listeners as the person who provides smiles,” Kristian says. “It happened early in the Sugarland world; then it happened again when I became a solo artist. If I could go out and just play summer songs every summer, I would. This is me doing that.” As anticipation rises for 52 – In The Key of Summer, fans can preorder and listen to “Everybody Needs A Somebody” and “When This Shirt Was New” in advance of the album release via Big Machine Records, here  Leading up to the album’s release, the multi-faceted entertainer stepped into another role – presenter. Kristian returned for the fourth year to host the BBC’s coverage of CMA Fest, chatting with his artist friends about the questions he knows they want to answer.  More about Kristian at!/. @kristianbush


AmericanaFest NYC returns for the seventh year after a two-year Covid hiatus. Presented by the Americana Music Association in partnership with Lincoln Center and its Summer for the City series, AmericanaFest NYC will bring the sounds of roots, folk, soul and more to the Lincoln Center campus on Saturday, August 6 at 7:15 PM EST. This is the seventh edition of AmericanaFest NYC at Lincoln Center, where it has been a staple of free summer programming for many years. The War And Treaty (Michael and Tanya Trotter) will kick off the night with a set of their own music, then lead a special musical salute to Ray Charles, joined by special guests to be announced at a later date. The event will be free; no tickets required. Limited Free Advance Reservations will be available as well starting Monday, August 1 at noon on More information on The War and Treaty at


Powerhouse vocalist Danielle Bradbery has become the latest Big Machine Label Group artist to create a series of NFTs (non-fungible token). The NFTs will offer fans access to limited edition content and unreleased material from her put-up-or-shut-up honky tonk shuffle “Stop Draggin’ Your Boots.” The NFT series features the infamous boots she wore in the official music video, an animated photo and behind-the-scenes video. Fans will also have the option to add on her highly coveted signature to their digital collection. A total of 400 digital collectibles are available. Visit to instantly collect these NFTs. Bradbery shares, “the NFT world is super intriguing to me and I’m excited to have my own collection within the space!” Thanks to the inherent simplicity of the Sweet platform, Bradbery’s fans will be delighted by a seamless and intuitive collection process devoid of any crypto confusion. The Sweet marketplace reduces the complexity that often accompanies NFT collections by making it easy for fans to create a blockchain wallet to hold all of their digital collectibles and by making the purchase collection process familiar with fiat and crypto payment options. More at


Folds of Honor Tennessee raised over $65,000.00 at the 2nd Annual Rock N’ Jock Celebrity Softball Game at Nashville Sounds’ First Horizon Park. Popular singer/songwriter HARDY took home MVP honors, while several first-time players displayed their athleticism during the 9-inning game that featured artist, pro and Olympic athletes. The game was extended to 9 innings after Lunchbox from The Bobby Bones Show asked the crowd to use the QR code on the screen to donate for players to play 9 innings. Team Budweiser (the white team) won 24-18. “On behalf of myself and the Folds of Honor Tennessee board of directors, we cannot thank the talent, volunteers, media, and fans enough for helping us make Rock ‘N Jock 2022 a huge success! It’s truly humbling to see the Nashville community embrace the Folds of Honor mission. We can’t wait to see what year three brings for this event,” states Folds of Honor Tennessee Executive Director Jenner Kreifels. Scholarship recipient Christian Meza gave a heartfelt and passionate speech to the crowd prior to the first ball. More about Folds of Honor at


Grammy-and Oscar-winner T Bone Burnett, Jay Bellerose and Keefus Ciancia have confirmed the second installment of The Invisible Light trilogy is set for release August 5. Pre-order The Invisible Light: Spells at The trilogy’s first installment — The Invisible Light: Acoustic Space — was released in 2019 to critical praise.  The Invisible Light is a fusion of trance, electronic, folk, tribal and global music. At the heart of this trilogy is technology and how it has advanced significantly throughout the course of the last century, with radio, film, television and the internet serving as central parts of our lives. In acoustic space, people hear from every direction at once, the center is everywhere, and there is no border. Burnett also composed and produced the music for critically acclaimed HBO series True Detective, and his film work includes the five-time Grammy winning soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, Cold Mountain, The Hunger Games, Crazy Heart and Walk The Line, among others.  See also @tboneburnettofficial.


Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) celebrated the extraordinary and inspirational career of Steven Curtis Chapman by presenting him with the BMI Icon Award at the Company’s annual BMI Christian Awards, held at BMI’s Nashville office on June 14. Chapman will be the first Christian music artist to be honored with the prestigious BMI Icon Award. BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill hosted the ceremony with Leslie Roberts, BMI AVP, Creative, Nashville. The BMI Icon Award is presented to songwriters who have distinctly and profoundly influenced the music industry, leaving an indelible and unique influence on generations of music makers. In receiving this accolade, Chapman joins an elite group of songwriters who have received BMI’s highest honor. Previous recipients include Barry Manilow, Brian Wilson, Carole King, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Sting, and Nile Rodgers.  Steven Curtis Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music history. With a career that has spanned over thirty years. he has received 59 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs®, and an American Music Award. Tour info and music at @stevencurtischapman.


Leading music and lifestyle brand Country Rebel recently gathered together artists with last names like Frizzell, Whitley, Nelson, Tritt, and most importantly, Jennings, to record a series of performances paying tribute to Waylon Jennings and celebrating what would have been his 85th birthday. After months of combing through interviews and songs shot at the Country Rebel Ranch in Ashland City, TN, the exciting and compelling long form video is now airing on the Country Rebel YouTube page and marks 20 years since Waylon’s passing in February 2002. Artists who paid respect to Waylon’s legacy included: Whey Jennings, Jenni Eddy Jennings, Travis Tritt, Creed Fisher, Jesse Keith Whitley, Tyler Booth, Billy Don Burns, Raelyn Nelson Band, Tommy Townsend, Cagney Frizzell, Justin Jeansonne, Tom Wopat, Struggle Jennings and Brianna Harness. Additional storytelling and commentary is provided by Waylon Jennings’ son Buddy Jennings and his wife Kathy Jennings. There is also a great album by Country Rewind Records titled “Waylon Jennings – THE LOST SESSIONS”.


Fresh off an action-packed week at Nashville’s CMA Fest, platinum country talents Chris Lane and Lauren Alaina are combining for the very first time on all new duet “Dancin’ In The Moonlight,” available everywhere now. Listen here:  The new tune, written by Jesse Frasure, Sherman Kelly, and Brett Tyler, and produced by Joey Moi, is a riff on the uber popular King Harvest song released in 1972 with a country pop twist. “I’m so excited to have new music to share today alongside one of the most talented, fun people to work with, Lauren Alaina,” Lane says. “The first time I heard this take on ‘Dancin’ In The Moonlight,’ it was a demo I kept listening to on repeat. It sounds like summer to me and feels like the kind of song you want to put on when you’re on the boat, at a bonfire, grilling, or hanging with the people you love. “I am beyond honored to be a part of ‘Dancin’ In The Moonlight’ for so many reasons,” Alaina shares. “Everyone knows the original. I am excited to be a part of a new take on such an impactful and iconic song.


The best-selling duo of all time, Brooks & Dunn brought their wildly-successful Reboot 2022 Tour to a sold-out show at Nashville, TN’s Bridgestone Arena on June 18. Marking the first time the duo has played the arena since the final show of their “The Last Rodeo Tour” in 2010, and filled with “feel-good moments and euphoric sing-alongs,” the evening saw Brooks & Dunn “bring heartfelt, honky-tonk energy to Bridgestone Arena” (Tennessean).  Three-time Grammy winner Darius Rucker and American Song Contest finalist Tyler Braden kicking off the evening, Brooks & Dunn took to the stage to a deafening applause as the duo executed a hit-stacked show from start to finish, with highlights ranging from the crowd roaring during “Brand New Man,” to the palpable emotion during “Believe.” Fans were also surprised when Brooks & Dunn spontaneously invited Miranda Lambert to the stage from the audience, and she subsequently joined the duo for “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” and “Neon Moon” to the crowd’s delight.  The nationwide tour sees the duo hitting some cities and venues for the first time in over a decade, and some in over 20 years.  See for tour updates.


BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) hosted its first-ever Block Party on the PNC Plaza at the historic Ryman auditorium. The concert series ran June 9-11 during CMA Fest and highlighted 15 BMI songwriters. There were performances each day covering country, hip hop, and pop.  The 3-day lineup consisted of Kenton Bryant, Camille Parker, Madeline Edwards, Preston James, Boy Named Banjo, Grace Leer, Julia Cole, Alex Hall, Track45, Conner Smith, and Jenna Paulette, HomeGrown Trio, Alexandra Kay, Restless Road, and Justin Champagne. These aspiring performers garnered the attention of hundreds of fans throughout the weekend, performing covers of classic hits and giving country fans a taste of what’s to come with their own new songs before the nightly headliners of the festival at Nissan Stadium. More about BMI at


“Y’all SEE her? I – want – to – BE – her!” exclaims country newcomer Maddye Trew, beaming as she holds up a magazine featuring her hero, Loretta Lynn, on the cover. She’s celebrating the release of her new single, “Dear Loretta,” written by Josh Helms, Faren and Matt Willis and produced by Luke Buishas. The song made its debut on Radio SoBro’s NuMu Friday (an all-streaming radio platform allowing listeners to enjoy Nashville’s songwriters worldwide) just in time for Trew to take it onstage as a featured performer at the Tennessee River Jam. Trew found this song some years ago while working as an intern for a Nashville publishing company, before beginning to make her own footprints as an artist; she has held it close to her heart ever since … and was thrilled when she had the chance to record it herself.  “Dear Loretta” follows Trew’s debut release, “Only Sometimes.”  More about Maddye Trew at and


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MaRynn Taylor’s nostalgic summer bop “Every Single Summer” off her debut EP Something I Would Do is now officially at country radio.  Written by MaRynn Taylor, Jason Earley, and Jonathan Gamble, “Every Single Summer” was produced by Grammy Award-winner Josh Kerr. The official music video for the song is directed by none other than Kristin Barlowe and premiered with Digitally available now, tracks from Something I Would Do, including “Every Single Summer,” are available and featured on top playlists, including Apple Music’s New in Country, Amazon Music’s Breakthrough Country; Spotify’s New Music Country, Next From Nashville, and Young Nashville; Pandora’s Rising Women in Country; and YouTube Music’s Country’s New Crop, and Teen Country Playlist.  Stream and download Something I Would Do at  Always a big month for country music’s tiny new powerhouse, MaRynn Taylor was first discovered during CMA Fest in June of 2019 at the close of Black River’s 60 Second Spotlight event in the Music City Center. More about MaRynn at and @marynntaylor.


For the first time in their 30-year career, award-winning country rock act Little Texas performed at the largest and oldest competitive hot air balloon event in the Lone Star State. The Great Texas Balloon Race takes place annually in Longview, hometown to two of the group’s founding members, Porter Howell and Duane Propes. This past Saturday, more than 5,000 fans at the Longview Convention Complex were treated to a spectacular show featuring surprise special guests the Kilgore College Rangerettes joining the band on stage for a blazing routine to “God Blessed Texas.”  “When I was growing up in Longview, the Kilgore College Rangerettes were as well known as the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders,” Howell remembers. “Having them perform during our recent Great Texas Balloon Race show was awesome! There is nothing like feeling the air from a white boot whizzing near your head while singing and playing for over five thousand people!” “God Blessed Texas,” written by Howell and former Little Texas member Brady Seals, is often referred to as the second Texas State Anthem. Tour updates, music and more at and @littletexasband.


A new version of legendary country artist John Anderson’s song, “Wild and Blue,” performed by Grammy-nominated artist Brent Cobb, is out now. “Wild and Blue”—Anderson’s longest-running #1 hit and one of only three singles to spend multiple weeks at #1 in 1983—is the second song unveiled from Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson, the anticipated tribute record celebrating Anderson’s songs and career, set for release August 5 via Easy Eye Sound (pre-order here:  Produced by Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson, the record features new versions of some of Anderson’s most beloved songs, performed by Cobb, Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Sierra Ferrell, Sierra Hull, Jamey Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Del McCoury, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.  Of the record, Anderson shares, “Listening to everybody do their own takes on the songs shows how the songs really come through. And I thought to myself, ‘You might have been young and foolish back then, but you sure did pick some good songs.’”


On the cusp of her 55th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry®, Jeannie Seely, the third female country artist to win a Grammy®, has announced an expansion to her team. Seely has added Adkins Publicity’s Scott Adkins, Kelli Wasilauski and Makenzie Clayburg for public relations representation and promoted B! Noticed Public Relations & Management’s Bev Moser to a management position. Additionally, Third Coast Talent’s Carrie Moore-Reed and Debbie Moore will continue their 26-year career as Seely’s booking agents, while Ron Harman will also continue his role as creative director and website manager. “My birthday present to myself this year is to expand my organization! I have never really had ‘a team’ in my career, so I thought it was time!” said Seely. More at


Rising singer/songwriter Mikayla Lane is partnering with Red River Publishing and Brown Lee Entertainment ahead of her upcoming single, “Ambush,” set for release on July 29. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with Brown Lee Entertainment and Red River Publishing! Dewayne has played such an important role in the development of many artists’ careers and I am honored to be next in line to learn and benefit from his industry expertise,” Mikayla shared. “We at Brown Lee Entertainment are very excited to join forces with Red River Publishing as we embark on releasing new material by Mikayla Lane. When we first saw her perform at The Local, we knew right then and there she was exceptional. Her writing and performance skills swept me off my feet,” said Dewayne Brown. The song was produced by Jimmy Ritchey. Pre-save “Ambush” at  Mikayla Lane also visited with the CMT team to share her new music, which included her forthcoming single, “Ambush,” set for release on July 29. In attendance were Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President of Music and Talent, Shanna Strassberg, Vice President of Music and Talent, along with several other members of the CMT Music and Talent team. More at Instagram (@mikaylalanemusic), Twitter (@mikaylalaneband), Facebook (mikaylalanemusic) and YouTube.


The Grand Ole Opry®, in the midst of its celebration of the influential artists and music of the ‘90s, will host one of the most legendary songwriters in music, Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated Tom Douglas, for a 6-show residency of his popular one-man show Love, Tom, where he shares stories of some of his famed songs. Love, Tom marks the first ticketed show/residency in the intimate, 80-seat Circle Room at the Grand Ole Opry House. Love, Tom, the show that inspired the critically-acclaimed motion picture streaming on Paramount+, kicks off July 14 at 7 PM. Other show dates are July 21, July 25, July 28, August 3, and August 10. Tickets are available now at  Douglas’ hit-making career began with his 1994’s Collin Raye hit “Little Rock,” a 1994 CMA Song of the Year nominee.  Douglas was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014. His acceptance speech grew to such popularity that Douglas began writing a one-man show and then a film based off the speech. The film, Love, Tom is now featured on Paramount+.


Five-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan kicked off his Raised Up Right Tour in Charleston, West Virginia with a sold-out show. The tour includes special guests Riley Green, Mitchell Tenpenny and DJ Rock and will play 30+ cities before wrapping in late October.  After tour opening night Luke played a Festival in South Carolina before coming back to Nashville to participate in CMA Fest 2022 on Saturday, June 11, performing at Nissan Stadium. His schedule began with Luke as “Artist of The Day” at the CMA Close Up stage in Music City Center where he shared stories about past his CMA Fest appearances and discussed the making of his “Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary” (available to stream on Amazon Freevee -formerly IMDb TV) with manager Kerri Edwards and Michael Monaco who both served as Executive Producers on the docuseries.   Raised Up Right Tour schedule and tickets at  Due to an overwhelming ticket demand for Luke Bryan’s headlining engagement “Luke Bryan: Vegas” at Resorts World Theatre, the country music superstar has added six more show dates in November and December 2022, including performances coinciding with National Finals Rodeo.  Ticket info:



Iowa-born, Nashville-based rising country star Hailey Whitters made her debut at country radio in late June. Her breakout single “Everything She Ain’t,” which was just named one of Rolling Stone’s “Best Songs of 2022 So Far,” debuted as the 5th most-added song on 32 stations on the country radio charts.   “I’ve dreamt about being on country radio since I was a little girl growing up in the middle of nowhere Iowa,” Whitters reflects on this career milestone. “This year marks 15 years in a ‘ten year town’ for me and I’m feelin’ very lucky to get to see this dream become a reality.”  “Everything She Ain’t” is the first single from Whitters’ critically-acclaimed third studio album Raised that was released earlier this year via Pigasus Records/Songs & Daughters/Big Loud Records.  Following her debut headline tour and performances at Tortuga Music Festival and Stagecoach earlier this year, Whitters will hit the road this summer with Jon Pardi and Lainey Wilson on Pardi’s Ain’t Always The Cowboy Tour. Find a full list of tour dates at and @haileywhitters.


Big Machine Label Group President, CEO, and Founder Scott Borchetta announced today that Diamond-selling superstar Brian Kelley is returning to BMLG for the release of his future solo projects. Signed to the Big Machine Records imprint – also home to Tim McGraw, Carly Pearce, and Midland – Kelley debuts “American Spirit” on July 1. The anthem offers a tribute to one of the nation’s sacred symbols and brave defenders who honor it with their service. Pre-save/order at  “Everyone at Big Machine gives a giant and warm welcome-back to Brian Kelley,” shares Borchetta. “Our results together are historic, and we look forward to building on this incredible foundation as BK enters an extremely creative season with us.”  “It feels good to be home at Big Machine with Scott Borchetta and the team! Their work ethic, heart, creativity, and commitment to winning is what led me back,” adds Kelley. “We’ve worked so well together on many successful projects in the past, and I couldn’t be more excited about this next chapter.”  Kelley produced and wrote “American Spirit” alongside Jake Rose with Blake Redferrin and Canaan Smith also credited as songwriters.


Alex Miller’s summer is turning into a numbers game. The young Country star’s current single, “Through With You,” rose to #39 on Billboard Indicator Chart during CMA Fest, and he’s topped 15 MILLION TikTok views to date. Bookings continue to roll in, including the Hard Rock Outdoor Concert Stage and Sunday Mornin’ Country’s 40th anniversary show at the Grand Ole Opry House during CMA Fest week. Additionally, Miller will be performing at state fairs and major festivals, opening for Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Niko Moon and others, and headlining his own shows at venues ranging from intimate club settings to casinos. Alex is touring in support of his debut album, Miller Time (Billy Jam Records), a 10-track mix of traditional Country barn burners, heartfelt ballads – and a few surprises, produced by Jerry Salley. Play/download at  Alex first found national fame as a competitor on American Idol Season 19. He was still working on the family’s farm when he was accepted for the show. Alex is an outlier in other ways, too: he is a true, torch-carrying champion of traditional Country music and he is proud of it. More at


The Grand Ole Opry®, in the midst of its celebration of the influential artists and music of the ‘90s. Entertainment icon Billy Ray Cyrus, who’s celebrating the 30th anniversary of his iconic debut album, Some Gave All and global smash, “Achy Breaky Heart,” is scheduled to throw an “Opry Loves The 90s Party” on Saturday, July 15. Some Gave All and “Achy Breaky Heart” catapulted the Kentucky native into superstar status as the No. 1 best-selling album in all genres in 1992 and produced chart-toppers “Could’ve Been Me”, “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and “She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore.”  Artists scheduled to appear include Opry member Lauren Alaina, who has often cited many female artists from that decade as mentors and the reason she pursued a music career. The decade was lauded in her single “Ladies of the 90s,” a popular hit in 2020. An “Opry Loves The 90’s” Plaza Party before the show is set to celebrate 30 years of “Achy Breaky Heart.” Tickets for the “Opry Loves The ‘90s” exhibit, Grand Ole Opry and backstage tours are sale now at (615) 871-OPRY and


Multi-Platinum selling superstar Cole Swindell will launch his headlining Back Down To The Bar Tour on Sept. 23, 2022 at Floores Country Store in Helotes, TX. Joining Swindell on his Back Down To The Bar Tour are special guests Ashley Cooke and Dylan Marlowe. “We had so much fun on the Down To The Bar Tour in the spring that I decided we just needed to go Back Down To The Bar in the fall!” laughed Cole Swindell. “I couldn’t NOT take Ashley Cooke back out with us on this tour because she is just incredible and fans love her. I’ve also been watching what Dylan [Marlowe] has been doing for a while now so I’m so excited he is going to join us. Touring has just had a new meaning this past year and I can’t wait to show the fans what we have in store for them on the Back Down To The Bar Tour!”  Swindell’s current single, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” is available now across all digital service providers impacting radio on Monday, June 21. Tour ticket info at

COJO Music / Warner Music Nashville Platinum recording artist Cody Johnson released the title track off his sophomore major-label release Human The Double Album to country radio in June. “Human,” written by Tony Lane and Travis Meadow, was triumphed by Bob Oermann in MusicRow. “One thing we all have in common not just in the U.S. but across the world; no matter how you feel about politics, no matter how you feel about religion, no matter what race you are, no matter how much money you have in your bank account, whether you dress like me or like you do, one thing we all have in common is the fact we’re Human. We are all the same. We’ve gone through a lot in this country the last two years. We are all doing this together. We all have struggles even though they are different,” said Johnson. “This is why I chose this song to be the next single.”  Johnson has added additional headline shows to his calendar this fall. Since launching his touring schedule in January, he has tallied 17 sold out dates.  Music and tour info at


Laura Bryna, the multi-talented performer, singer/songwriter, radio host and children’s book author, has announced the release of the “Body First” American sign language (ASL) music video. The music video complements her latest single, “Body First” which is available now via all digital retail and streaming platforms (UMG/BUNGALO Records) and serves as an introduction to her forthcoming EP due later late summer/early fall. Penned alongside Grammy award-winner Damon Sharpe (J Lo, Ariana Grande, Nelly, Pitbull and Anastacia), Emmy winning arranger-composer Christopher McDonald (Carrie Underwood, Amy Grant, Luis Fonsi) and Janelle Rodriguez, and produced by Sharpe (supported by Michael Carey), the soulful, saucy track is an uninhibited suggestive invitation that only two lovers can embrace with words unspoken. “‘Body First,’ while sensual, really speaks to a relationship and that sparking chemistry that only lovers feel through their senses,” Bryna said. “I have been actively involved to support the ASL initiatives and felt that creating this version of the music video would enliven the recollection of the intimate experience for even those who suffer with a hearing disability” More at and @LauraBryna



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Have a great July!!!!

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Column By: Preshias Harris

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