Inside Track on Music Row: June 2020 Music News


Urban country artist Paulina Jayne’s effusive new single, “Credit,” which was virtually created during the COVID-19 quarantine, is now available on all platforms for downloading or streaming. The entertaining video, released a month ago, unveiled the novel production process, amassing nearly 40,000 views in the first few days alone and generating radio and television attention nationwide. “Credit,” co-written with Analisa Rotella, features Paulina’s Detroit band members and three renowned Nashville musicians who self-recorded their parts in their home studios. Paulina actually performed her vocals in her own closet amid stacks of boots and bling, making for a unique sound booth and film set for the video. Grammy Award winning producer, Mills Logan, then mixed and mastered the musical components in Nashville. The sound and message perfectly capture the personal pleasure of making music that stays in your head for hours with a humble message acknowledging that life’s positives are Heaven-sent. Find the song and video at

After committing to fulfill demand from fans who were requesting more music from her, soulful teen country artist Bailey James is releasing a brand-new single titled “Train Wreck,” after receiving great feedback on her last single “Beck & Call,” which was released in April. “Train Wreck” is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other digital retailers now. The new single written by Bailey and Justin Addis, was crafted back in December of 2019. “Justin had a sound that fit the situation I was going through. I had just separated with someone I really loved, and my emotions were a mess,” Bailey recalls of where she was at in life upon penning the emotional single. “I hadn’t been alone in so long and the breakup was messy. It really felt just like a train derailing, but it was therapeutic to write my pain. It gave me a lot of closure.” More about Bailey James at


A star athlete and class president, Abby Bannon and signed a publishing deal with Nashville-based Fourward Music. The 18-year-old graduated from high school and her song “Here’s To You,” which she co-wrote with two friends earlier this year after learning that her high school in Crawfordsville, Indiana would keep its doors closed through the remainder of the school year. The song has earned more than one million digital streams. Shannan Hatch, President of Fourward Music said “We are excited to have Abby Bannon signed to our publishing roster! She is a perfect fit to our diverse team and we can’t wait for the world to hear and recognize her talent.” Bannon, who finished high school in the Top 10 of her class, will enroll at Nashville’s Belmont University, where she will study business and music.


Organizers of the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam announced the headliners of the 8th annual Country On The Coast festival in Panama City Beach September 4-6, 2020. The headliners will be Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Lynyrd Skynyrd, according to the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Facebook page. Tickets for the three-day event are now available at General Admission tickets will begin at $129, and Military tickets and the recently-announced First Responder passes are only $109 for all three days. VIP Pit tickets are $409, Golden Circle are $699 and Side Stage tickets are currently $1,150. Early entry passes will be available for $75. The popular and very limited three-day General Parking and Platinum Parking passes are $50 and $75, respectively. Shuttles offer transportation to the festival grounds from convenient locations throughout Panama City Beach.



Justin Moore (Valory Music Co.) has launched a 15-episode podcast series titled appropriately, “The Justin Moore Podcast.” The project launched May 15 and is co-hosted by Moore and his tour manager J.R. and features a behind-the-scenes look into Moore’s life at home, on the farm and on tour. The episodes can be heard at with new episodes debuting on Tuesdays. The free podcast is produced by Sport & Story and is available on all platforms. It also broadcasts each week on Moore’s YouTube channel, and on his social accounts. More about Justin and his Late Nights and Longnecks album at


Craig Morgan’s new album, God, Family, Country, dropped May 22nd. Craig, a 17-year Army and Army Reserves veteran, has a long history of supporting and paying tribute to our military and their families—and his ninth studio album is no exception. Among the ten tracks is a moving cover of Gavin DeGraw’s smash, “Soldier,” and the summer-y “Sippin’ On The Simple Life,” which he co-wrote with active duty Army Airborne Rangers Justin Wright and Andrew Yacovone. Released on Broken Bow Records, God, Family, Country is Craig’s first album in nearly four years, and combines five new songs with remastered versions of past hits mixed with future signatures, including his faith-filled tribute to his son Jerry, “The Father, My Son, and The Holy Ghost,” which topped the iTunes all-genre sales chart last September. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. More info at


“Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine” will premiere June 11 at 7:30pm ET/6:30pm CT/4:30pm PT across multiple platforms including Prine’s YouTube channel and Facebook channel Produced by the Prine family and Oh Boy Records, the tribute will feature family and friends sharing memories and songs while raising money for several charitable organizations including NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Alive, whose Grief Center is providing free counseling sessions to anyone in Middle Tennessee who has had a family member die of COVID-19.