Inside Track on Music Row: June 2020 Music News


Americana/country artist, Hannah Bethel, is featured in a recent edition of ‘Surviving the Music Industry’ podcast. Other well-known guests on the podcast have included Brandy Clark, Natalie Hemby, Hailey Whitters and many others. In the free-wheeling, serious, and sometimes hilarious interview, host Brandon Harrington digs deep into the history-to-date of the eclectic, prolific and rising indie star. The top-rated musical podcast reveals the many sides of the multi-faceted gypsy singer-songwriter. Find Episode 162 of Hannah Bethel ‘Surviving the Music Industry’ on Spotify, Apple and Google podcasts at – Listen to Hannah’s new single, “The House Is On Fire,” at and follow and connect with her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Rising country trio Temecula Road has signed a co-publishing deal with JRM Publishing and Disney Music Publishing. Signed to Buena Vista Records, the newly-minted Nashville residents have been named a CMT Discovery Artist and have been called out by Huffington Post, CMT, Sounds Like Nashville, and Taste of Country as one of the top new country artists to watch. “The talent and work ethic of Temecula Road is undeniable. We are so excited to get to work with Temecula Road and Disney Music Publishing,” says JRM Publishing’s Jimmy and Sarah Robbins. Named after the town they grew up in, Temecula Road (Sisters Emma and Maddie Salute and friend Dawson Anderson) is known for their trademark harmonies. With over 13 million streams and counting, the trio is releasing a third new acoustic track, “Maybe Not,” on June 19. Music and info at


CDX proprietor and industry veteran, Joe Kelly, has great news for radio stations. It is a FREE offering of CDX Country News featuring Shannon McCombs (My BFF from High School) to all country radio stations. Each Wednesday, a quick, 90 second, music news segment is offered, complete with sound bites. It is written with the option to intro Shannon to sound live and part of radio staff, or it can stand alone in a commercial break or between songs to give each station flexible programming. No additional commercials are required of the stations. “We are pleased that Shannon McCombs has joined our team in providing news to country radio stations,” says Joe Kelly. “Stations are loving it so we decided to offer it up to all stations as a bonus for all their support over the years.” Radio execs can find details at


Following “Cigarettes and Jesus,” Noah Smith’s latest single, “Shoulda Seen Me Yesterday” was released mid-May 15, and the Ohio native knows this song will only continue the progress he’s made since finding his place in Nashville and country music. Country music has always held the championship gold for “leaving songs,” and this can claim its spot among many other great songs in that playlist. Though Smith notes it was written with divorce in mind, every time he plays it on a stage, people relate to it differently. “I learned a while back that I can’t tell people what songs are about because what it meant to me in the beginning may not be what it means to someone else in the crowd,” Smith said. “After I played this song in a show, people would come up to me and tell me how they relate it to something totally different, and after a while the songs will even fill that for me too.” The single is now available on all streaming platforms. See


Honey County’s three-part harmonies shine in their newest single “Woke Up Tired.” New members Sofie Lynn and Tracy Lambertucci’s voices blend nicely with founding member Dani Rose’s in this relatable song written with acclaimed singer-songwriter, Kalie Shorr. Who hasn’t woken up tired lately? Listen to the song at “We’ve been wanting to release this song for a while and I’m so excited for the world to finally hear it!” says Honey County’s Dani Rose. “Woke Up Tired” has been featured in multiple playlists including Spotify’s New Music Nashville, NYCountry Swag’s New Country Music and Whiskey Riff’s New Music Friday. Multiple Honey County songs have been featured in the television series “Yellowstone,” most recently in “Roswell, New Mexico,” and this year they participated in Stagecoach’s livestream “Stagecouch.” Videos, music and news at


Multi-hit singer-songwriter Easton Corbin’s latest single “Turn Up,” is now available digitally. Co-written with Wade Kirby and Jessi Alexander, the track marks Corbin’s first release since celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his debut No. 1 single “A Little More Country Than That” earlier last month. Listen to “Turn Up” via Corbin’s website

“Right now, there are a lot of negatives in the world and people are clinging to their tv and phone more than ever,” said Corbin. “This song is all about shutting out all of the noise, stepping away to unplug and learning to turn up the music for a good time.” Boasting two No. 1 singles in “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It,” seven top 10 singles, and a slew of awards and nominations, Corbin has been wooing country music fans with his timeless story telling since 2009. In 2010, Corbin was named the ‘Top New Country Artist’ by Billboard, and his self-titled debut album was named ‘Country Breakthrough Album of the Year’ by iTunes Rewind Best of 2010.


Lewis Brice’s inspiriting love song, “It’s You” continues to resonate with fans across the globe with the song being added to the Global Viral 50 Spotify playlist, where it is charting ahead of universal sensation Drake’s “Toosie Slide,” along with US Viral 50, Country Songs 2020, Best Country Music Playlists 2020, May 2020 Monthly Country Music Hits and Country Top Tracks. “It’s You” has already amassed 3.4 million all time streams and 2.2 million streams on Spotify alone. The single’s streams are booming in Canada and Australia/ New Zealand, landing at the No. 1 spot. In May, “It’s You” ascended to No. 1 on the Radio Disney Country Chart. song was co-written by Brice with Ben Simonetti and Niko Moon. Simonetti also produced the track, which has been featured on numerous pivotal playlists. Listen to the new single at


More cancelations and postponements…

Tim McGraw’s Here On Earth Tour 2020 has now been canceled. “We’re working with our teams to figure out when and how we can get back out on the road and see you all safely,” shared McGraw. See

Two-time 2020 GRAMMY winner Tanya Tucker announced on social media to her loyal fans that she’s made the unfortunate decision to postpone her highly-anticipated summer leg of her CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour through August.

Jason Aldean’s 2020 We Back Tour has been rescheduled to start up in 2021. In a release, Aldean said, “The health and safety of my fans, my band and crew and all the local workers in your town who help pull off our shows each night is something we’re not going to gamble on.” More at

Other world and major tour cancellations include: Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, and Thomas Rhett.


Runaway June: A trio, a duo, a trio again. On May 14, Hannah Mulholland announced she was leaving the trio Runaway June. Naomi Cooke and Jennifer Wayne – the other two members of Runaway June – then announced that they would continue as a duo. That changed a couple of days later when they revealed they had recruited Natalie Stovall to replace Mulholland and are once again a trio. Runaway June were featured at this year’s CRS New Faces of Country Music during the 2020 Country Radio Seminar. Their current single, “Head Over Heels,” is currently rising on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. More at


Kip Moore has made a documentary about the weeks leading up to the release of his new album, Wild World, that was released May 29. The documentary, titled 7 Days At The Rock, shows Moore in self isolation in Gorge, Kentucky. In the documentary, Moore plays music and reflects on how the current pandemic affected him and the recording of his In The Wild Sessions  acoustic series. 7 Days At The Rock is available to watch on Outside TV, on all major streaming platforms and devices including The Roku Channel and Samsung TV Plus. Moore has also released a single, titled “Red White Blue Jean American Dream,” from the album. Moore is set to join Sam Hunt on the Southside Summer Tour, when touring resumes. Tour dates and details about various Wild World packages at


Capitol Records Nashville’s Caylee Hammack is the next artist to be tapped as part of the highly-coveted Vevo DSCVR series, with an intimate performance from her home. Hammack, who joins the company of some of the most buzzed about artists in all genres, has shared performances as part of the program with a spine-tingling rendition of “Small Town Hypocrite,” and the brand-new and unreleased track “Forged In The Fire,” both viewable at YouTube. Past alumni of Vevo’s DSCVR series include Billie Eilish, Jack Garratt, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, Sam Smith, Jorja Smith, Maggie Rogers and Alessia Cara. Hammack is also hosting CMT’s Next Women of Country Goes Live series inviting special guests each week, with previous guests including Ashley McBryde, Cassadee Pope, Tenille Townes, Sara Evans, Lindsay Ell and Cole Swindell as a medium to connect with audiences through music and conversation. Fans can tune in each Tuesday at 5pm CT on CMT’s Facebook page to watch. More at Busy Caylee also joined fellow Georgian Trisha Yearwood as a guest on “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” that premiered on 5/30) on Food Network. Hammack and Yearwood shared stories of their roots and indulged in a menu that takes them back to their days in Georgia.


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