Inside Track on Music Row – March 2018

inside track on music row by preshias Harris


“If I am chasing your dream faster than you, then I am in the wrong dream.” – Preshias © (TM)


Shenandoah is solidified as a Country music mainstay, with their timeless catalog of No. 1 hits and harmonies led by frontman Marty Raybon, and founding member Mike McGuire. And now, back together and on the road, they’re RELOADED with new music on a new album released by BMG packed with their iconic hits recorded live last year on tour, along with 3 brand new songs produced by Jay DeMarcus. The album can be pre-ordered at iTunes and is available everywhere March 16.  Over the last 30 years, the band has recorded 9 studio albums, 13 No. 1 records and charted 26 singles on the Billboard country charts. Music and tour updates at See my exclusive interview with Mike and Marty at 


Can it really be 35 years?! Legendary country music group Restless Heart are setting out on the first round of live concert dates for its “35th Anniversary Tour,” a year-long celebration that will take the band across the country performing the hit songs that launched them into stardom more than three decades ago. Over a dozen of performances have been announced with stops in Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky, with more to come. Restless Heart, have enjoyed one of the most successful group careers in country music history. The band has placed over 25 singles on the charts with six consecutive #1 hits, four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations including the Academy of Country Music’s “Top Vocal Group.” Just think I was interning down the hall at their sister label (BNA) when they got their deal! Tour updates and music info at


Eric Church’s album MR MISUNDERSTOOD has received RIAA Platinum certification, while the fourth single from the album, “Round Here Buzz,” reached Number One paving the way for Church to appear at the televised 2018 Grammy Awards. The album was feted as the 2016 CMA Album of the Year. Church is a six-time ACM Award and three-time CMA Award winner. Announced last year, Church’s 100+-song collection of live recordings from his 60+-city Holdin’ My Own Tour of 2017, titled 61 Days In Church has been releasing in batches exclusively with Apple Music for two weeks before releasing on all streaming platforms. The full collection will also be released as a vinyl box set, including a road case, tour book and poster, shipped in increments every month of 2018. Music & tour dates at


Lady A’s Hillary Scott and husband Chris Tyrrell, welcomed identical twin girls. Betsy Mack and Emory JoAnn join big sister, four-year-old Eisele Kaye. On the music side, longtime friends Lady A and Darius Rucker announced that they will head out on the road together for their co-headlining SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR, kicking off on July 19 in Toronto, ON. The trio and Rucker share a long-time friendship and touring history, setting the tone for a fun-filled stint across the country and Canada. Lady A is a Seven-time GRAMMY award-winners and Darius is a three-time GRAMMY award-winner.


Supergroup Exile, the crossover hit-making band (and my Kentucky buds) are kicking off their 55th anniversary in 2018. That distinguished career makes them the longest running self-contained vocal group in popular music. They kicked off the year with an appearance on the TBN TV show Huckabee. Guests at the Grand Ole Opry enjoyed a special vocal event when friend and Opry member, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson joined Exile for a 40th Anniversary performance of “Kiss You All Over” on the Opry stage. The iconic song spent four weeks at the top of Billboard’s pop chart for Exile in 1978 and was recorded by Anderson 1979 on his “Ladies’ Choice” album.  Exile has sold over 8 million records, including three Gold records and eleven number one hit songs, along with numerous hits on the pop and country charts. They are known for major hits including “Kiss You All Over,” “Give Me One More Chance,” and “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory,” to name a few. Exile music is available on all digital platforms.


Craig Wayne Boyd has officially signed with The Kinkead Entertainment Agency for exclusive live performance bookings. Bob Kinkead said, “We here at The Kinkead Entertainment Agency are excited to be in the Craig Wayne Boyd business and look forward to a great future with him and his team at Copperline Music.” Boyd came to the attention of America as the winner of Season 7 of the hit NBC television program, “The Voice.”  More at


Ashley McBryde is set to release her album, GIRL GOING NOWHERE, March 30. She says she was motivated to find her path to success when she received ‘reverse motivation’ from an Arkansas algebra teacher who told her she would never achieve her dreams. The album was produced and mixed by award-winning producer Jay Joyce. It pulls from every corner of McBryde’s life – a happenstance love on “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega,” a neighbor with a heavy past on “Livin’ Next to LeRoy,” and the autobiographical “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” which McBryde wrote the morning that Guy Clark passed away. She made her TV debut earlier this year on NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers.’


CDX Nashville has formed a new sanctioned strategic partnership with The Americana Music Association to implement their unique monitored airplay system to the Americana format. Utilizing their own patent-pending song recognition technology, the service will monitor terrestrial broadcast station signals that are being streamed over the internet as well as take into account internet-based radio streams. Song detection will be tracked in real-time and then reported to paid subscribers through the CDX TRACtion web-based interface. Monitored airplay charts provide an accurate and transparent representation of all Americana albums and song tracks played by CDXTraction radio reporters. Detailed information on TRACtion Americana is available by visiting


Country music’s biggest stars will be taking a swing at cancer when the City of Hope 28th Annual Celebrity Softball Game returns to First Tennessee Park on Saturday, June 9. This year’s artist lineup will be announced soon. A highlight of the event each year is the “meeting on the mound,” where a City of Hope patient and donor meet for the first time. Last year, leukemia survivor, Nicole Schulz met her life-saving donor, Rian Lawrence at the pitcher’s mound. There wasn’t a dry eye in the stands. Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster. Last year’s event included Reba McEntire, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, HGTV’s Scott Brothers, Sara Evans, Billy Ray Cyrus and many more.


The Bellamy Brothers, who were recently inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, are opening up their lives to television audiences with their new reality show, “Honky Tonk Ranch,” premiering Sunday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT on The Cowboy Channel. Each episode will feature the unpredictable misadventures that the Bellamys face balancing their globe-trotting touring schedule while running their sprawling family ranch in south Florida. David and Howard Bellamy open their doors to cameras as their family balances ranching, recording, world touring, running a record label and guiding the careers of the next generation of Bellamy music aspirations. For show info, check out Additionally, the brothers have a new book on the way. Their autobiography, titled “Let Your Love Flow: Life and Times of the Bellamy Brothers,” has an official release date is April 17. Fans can pre-order at


Garth Brooks has been named the first inductee to the just-announced Live Hall of Fame at a keynote Q&A session at Pollstar Live! In Los. The session also included co-panelists Ticketmaster president Jared Smith and David Kells from Bridgestone Arena. “I don’t think an entertainer is anything without other people who allow him to do this,” said Brooks before thanking his co-manager Bob Doyle and Ben Farrell his longtime promoter. “They have made my career possible.” The honor follows Brooks’ record-setting, three-year tour in which he sold over 6.3 million tickets making it the biggest North American tour and biggest ever by a solo artist.  and


After a career that has spanned more than 40 years and includes a catalog of more than 60 albums, Southern Rock icons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, will embark on its final Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour presented by SiriusXM. The first leg of the career-concluding tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off Friday, May 4 in West Palm Beach, FL at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre and will wrap Saturday, September 1 in Atlanta, GA at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood. The tour will cross the country throughout the summer over Fridays and Saturdays to give fans one last memorable night of classic American Rock-and-Roll. Tickets for the tour are now on sale at Citi® is the official presale credit card for the Tour. Some of the special guests expected to perform at select dates include Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Bad Company, Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke and Blackfoot. More info at
“The Frontmen” were in town on February 22 for a showcase at the Country Music Association (CMA) and the presentation was amazing. Aptly named The Frontmen, they are known for fronting top super groups over the past three decades. They are Richie McDonald (Lonestar) Larry Stewart (Restless Heart) and Tim Rushlow (formerly Little Texas) who now fronts Tim Rushlow & His 21-piece big band.  “We are just moonlighting!” said Richie during the showcase.  The trio bring the respective talents to a new single, “If It Wasn’t For The Radio,” written by Dave Fenley, Austin Cunningham, and Kellys Collins.  Although they have busy schedules with their separate careers, they will be playing select dates together as The Frontmen in 2018. Details at


Tenille Arts has released a deluxe edition of her Rebel Child album. The new version of the album will include the radio edit and an acoustic version of “Moment of Weakness” and a soulful cover of the Alannah Myles smash “Black Velvet.” Rebel Child – Deluxe Edition will also include “Wildfire and Whiskey,” which has received over 1.5 million streams.  ”Moment of Weakness,” which Tenille wrote with Adam Wheeler and Rick Huckaby, was featured during an episode of ABC-TV’s The Bachelor in February. Tenille co-wrote 13 of the 15 songs on Rebel Child – Deluxe Edition with the likes of Chris Caminiti, Lydia Dall, Mark Narmore, Buddy Owens, Holly Stewart, Adam Wheeler and Doug Wilhite. Wheeler produced the album with Matt Rovey for 19th & Grand Records. More at


117 Entertainment President and CEO, Zach Farnum has announced the addition of Heather Trotter as Publicity Manager. A recent graduate of Baylor University, Trotter was born and raised around the music industry in Franklin, Tenn. Moving back to Nashville after school, she worked her way into the music world interning for top music publicity firms. 117 Entertainment Group is a multi-faceted entertainment firm specializing in publicity and marketing campaigns for musicians, events and brands as well as artist management and development.


Kip Moore announced that the second leg of his headlining Plead the Fifth Tour will kick off in Kingston, Ontario, on March 22. The new dates follow the fall leg of the tour which wrapped with a sold-out stint and praise from critics. Moore has invited Drake White to rejoin him on the trek following a fun-filled fall run, and has also enlisted Fairground Saints to join. Meanwhile, Kip will be playing arena gigs in Dublin, Ireland, London, England and Glasgow, Scotland in early March. Tickets on sale now. Tour updates and music at


(Arista Records) When LANCO claimed the No. One spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with HALLELUJAH NIGHTS (Arista Nashville), it marked the first Country band to open at No. One with a debut album since Lady Antebellum in 2008. Featuring their two-week No. One hit “Greatest Love Story” and their new single “Born to Love You” the album has dominated the top of the iTunes Country chart since its release. “Over the past five years we wanted to ride this dream as far as it would go and it’s hard to find the words to describe our debut record at the top of the chart,” said lead singer Brandon Lancaster. “We couldn’t be more grateful to see people gravitating towards these new songs that represent who we are, and it’s been wild to see these crowds sing every line back to us.” Upcoming tour dates at
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(Broken Bow Records) BBR’s Jason Aldean announced that he will switch on his headlining HIGH NOON NEON TOUR this summer, kicking off in Kansas City, MO on May 10.  Aldean, two-time and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, along with special guests Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina, will take the energy-charged tour to 34 cities across the country. Fans can purchase tickets now for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at Live Nation is the national tour promoter. Additional on-sales will continue to rollout over the coming weeks. “We named this tour after a song that’ll be on my next record,” said Aldean. “It reminds me of the bars I grew up playing in Georgia when I was getting started. We’re going to bring some of that raw energy out this summer with Luke and Lauren – I know we’re all ready.” More at


What do country singer Aaron Tippin, and acting legends Harrison Ford, and John Travolta have in common? They all love flying airplanes! In January, Tippin attended the 15th Annual “Living Legends of Aviation Awards” in Los Angeles, where he spent some time talking airplanes with two of Hollywood’s biggest film stars. “What an honor to get to hang out with Harrison Ford and John Travolta,” said Tippin. “The coolest thing about both of them is that they love aviation as much as I do, so, of course, that’s what we talked about all night.” More on Aaron at

Ronnie McDowell is traveling the country with his new television show, Painting America. He is spreading the word on this exciting adventure which ties together two of his talents to capture special moments in time, while benefiting area charities. He kicked off the tour at the Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi. That evening, McDowell unveiled his original painting, “That Magic Moment,” depicting a young Elvis getting his first guitar at the Tupelo Hardware Store. For more about the Painting America Media Tour visit


Music Biz 2018 will commemorate its 60th year when it comes to Nashville May 14 – 17. Over the last six decades, Music Biz has cemented its position as the central hub for the commerce, content and creative communities. The annual event is recognized as a must-attend for decision-makers as well as newcomers and has doubled its attendance over the past three years to reach 2,000 delegates. The schedule balances popular sessions such as Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out, Metadata Summit and Digital Music Workshops with fresh new events including the Fund Your Future Summit, Podcasting Summit, NEXT GEN NOW, the Indie Artist & Songwriter Forum, and more. Early bird rates are in effect until March 2. Details and registration at


Ashley Gorley has received yet another honor. At the MusicRow Magazine’s 16th annual Country Breakout Awards on February 5th, Gorley received the Songwriter of the Year Award.  The award goes annually to the songwriter with “the most songs that commanded country radio in … secondary markets,” according to MusicRow Publisher and Owner, Sherod Robertson. It was Gorley’s second consecutive win. Gorley racked up seven Number Ones on MusicRow’s charts in 2017. Those songs are part of 36 Number One hits that Gorley has written or co-written. The Male Artist of the Year Award went to Blake Shelton, and Kelsea Ballerini was recognized as Female Artist of the Year. Florida Georgia Line won Group/Duo o0f the Year, Luke Combs received the Breakout Artist of the Year Award, and Shane Owens took home the Independent Artist of the Year Award. Details and more at


Jacob Bryant’s video for his current single, “Pour Whiskey On My Grave,” has garnered over three million views and generated more than 90,000 shares from his Facebook page. Released on February 2 exclusively on the social media platform, the clip can now also be viewed on YouTube, where clicks continue to rise.
“Pour Whiskey On My Grave” is the second single release from Jacob’s upcoming summer album.  The single is available at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Spotify. The song was produced by Jesse Triplett, lead guitar player for multi-platinum Alt. Rockers Collective Soul. Check out for tour info and to watch the new video.

Country newcomer, Derek Norsworthy is set to make impact with his latest song, “Raised By The Radio,” recalling the role music played in his life growing up. The song is available on iTunes and all digital music outlets. Hailing from southern Mississippi, Norsworthy has toured the US and opened for number of national acts such as Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Aaron Lewis, Corey Smith, Frankie Ballard, Miranda Lambert, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Dustin Lynch, Brantley Gilbert, Charlie Daniels, David Nail, 3 Doors Down and Alabama – just to name a few. More at and on Facebook


Number one parties WOW!! We had 5 in a one week (Jon Pardi/Maren Morris/Kane Brown/Brett Young, etc). Please refer to to see all the exclusive photos and stories courtesy of yours truly.


Brett Young’s newest single “Mercy” attained ‘most added’ status at Country radio on the day of its release, making it his best first-day-showing to date. “Mercy” follows three consecutive No. 1 hits from Young’s debut self-titled album.  – His lead single Platinum-certified “Sleep Without You” climbed to the top of the charts and was quickly followed by his smash hit “In Case You Didn’t Know.” Young’s most recent single “Like I Loved You” also topped the charts, holding the No. 1 spot for three weeks. “’Mercy’ is the new single because of the amazing fan response,” Young said. “It’s the feeling you get when someone breaks your heart but won’t let you move on.” More at


Dierks Bentley is getting set to hit the “Road” for his 2018 MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR, sponsored by Twisted Tea, that will kick off on May 17th in Columbia, MD, with special guests Brothers Osborne and LANCO. The tour will hit more than 40 cities and the first tickets to select cities are available at Live Nation’s Country Megaticket. Citi® cardmembers have access to presale tickets through Citi® Private Pass, Citi’s Entertainment Access Program. For tour dates and more about Dierk’s 9th studio album, THE MOUNTAIN (and the lead single “Woman Amen”) go to


Known for his impeccable and raw vocals, Big Machine’s Trent Harmon has released his new single “You Got ‘Em All,” available now at digital retailers. “This past year has been tough,” said Harmon. “I have had a few highs and many lows. The reaction to this song has made it all worth it, and I am so excited to get out there and share it with fans.” Trent performed as part of the BMLG CRS Luncheon during the 2018 Country Radio Broadcaster’s convention and knocked it OUT of the ballpark with his acoustic set. Exclusive videos about the making of the song at
 Zach Stone, one of country music’s fresh faces, sparked interest from radio and music industry professionals during his second year of participation at the annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville. The Texas native was shaking hands and making introductions with radio personalities and PDs as part of an aggressive schedule. Stone participated in multiple interviews and performed at various industry showcases throughout the three-day event. He took the stage at the “Music City Hootenanny” held at The Valentine, sharing the bill with EmiSunshine.  Keith Burns (Trick Pony) and Kaptain Jack (Renegade Radio) served as hosts. Zach also appeared at the New Music Weekly Showcase at Nashville Crossroads. His new single, “Four Letter Word,” is due March 9. Updates at

Josh Gallagher released his debut single, ‘How Bout You,’ in late February and it is now at Country radio. Written by Gallagher with Will Duvall & Mark Addison Chandler, the new track is currently available at iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon Music. “How Bout You’ is all about a breakup that everyone has gone through,” said Gallagher. “It’s that face, that front you put on during a breakup where you have to act like you’re perfectly fine but on the inside, you’re losing your mind over it.”  Gallagher gained national notoriety on season 11 of “The Voice,” being coached by both Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, becoming a fan favorite every week. Music and more at and on social media.


In 2017, Louisa Branscomb received an IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award. This year, she will be inducted into the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. The multi-award winning artist and songwriter has been busy in the studio for months, working on a new recording of songs she has written or co-written.  Set for a spring 2018 release on Compass Records, the new album features nearly 30 special guest artists, including Sierra Hull, Rob Ickes, Molly Tuttle, Dale Ann Bradley, Tina Adair, Becky Buller, Jim Hurst, Mike Compton, Shad Cobb, Stuart Duncan, Claire Lynch, Russell Moore, Kristin Scott Benson, and others. Branscomb has had more than 175 cuts by artists in Americana, Bluegrass and Country music and has also recorded 11 albums of her own. Her Woodsong Farm, located in Alabama, is home to retreats and workshops attended by new and seasoned songwriters from around the world. More at


Southern country rockers Jägertown have refueled a break-up tune into an explosive new track for country radio.  The single, “Rearview,” is at radio now and is available for download on iTunes and all digital retailers. Coming off the last chart-topping single, “Small Town Superstars” (peaked #29 on Music Row Country Breakout Chart and #50 on Billboard Indicator), this tune was produced by Matt McClure at Ocean Way Studios. The song chronicles a classic country heartbreak with a rockin’ twist. This song is off their new EP “Rearview.” Music and video at


Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour kicks off April 21 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, but more intimate amphitheater shows will begin May 10 at Virginia Beach’s Farm Bureau Live, May 11 at Charlotte, NC’s PNC Music Pavilion and May 12 at Raleigh, NC’s Coastal Credit Union Music Park. The 2018 tour will thread between massive stadium shows and the more streamlined concerts throughout the summer – and see Chesney create two very different kinds of concert experiences. “Part of the fun of mixing the venues is riding the energy, letting the music breathe in different ways and really giving the audience dynamics that are so intense without being the same show across America,” Chesney explained. The tour will hit Nashville’s Nissan Stadium August 11. Tour info at


The 51st Anniversary of The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival just bumped the scheduled show count up to triple digits. For the first time in the event’s 26-year history, fans will have the opportunity to choose between over 250 plus songwriters performing at a record 100 plus shows at ten of Nashville’s top venues April 3rd through April 7th, 2018. Produced by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Tin Pan South reigns as the world’s largest all-songwriter festival. Regions Bank returns for the eleventh year as the presenting sponsor of the Festival.  Tin Pan South passes will go on sale Tuesday, March 6 at 10:00 am CST. Show updates at


On the heels of two No. 1 records, with current single “Get To You” top 25 and climbing, Michael Ray continues giving more to fans while raising money for animals in need with the third leg of his Get To You Tour, adding more dates starting in March. Kicking off on Thursday, March 22 at Madison, Wisconsin’s Majestic Theatre, Ray’s 2018 tour will wrap Thursday, May 3 at Virginia Beach, Virginia’s Eagles Nest with stops in Indianapolis, San Diego, and Chicago among the newly announced dates. The continued 2018 Tour will continue collecting food and pet supplies for shelter dogs as part of his charitable effort Wrigley Cares: Helping Animals In Need. Named for Ray’s rescue dog, Wrigley, the endeavor teams up with Zappos For Good and local animal shelters to collect donated pet supplies at designated drops at each venue on Get To You Tour dates. Music and tour info at 
Country music star Trace Adkins will embark on his own How Did We Get Here Tour in 2018, kicking off on April 6 in Biloxi, MS with dates across the U.S. and Canada into the fall currently announced. Check tour updates at Tickets are now sale to the general public for select dates. To join the free Trace Adkins Community at


Country legends Johnny Lee and Mickey Gilley have joined forces to co-headline the “Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour.” The two friends are reuniting for a series of live concert dates throughout 2018. The tour kicked off in Stafford, Texas and will visit cities all across the country, including Nevada, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. After working together for over 50 years, Gilley and Lee have a friendship and stage chemistry that goes unmatched. The tour reunites two of the stars of the 1980 iconic ‘Urban Cowboy’ film.  The duo can be seen throughout the year in their hometown of Branson, Mo. at Mickey Gilley’s Shanghai Theater.


Country newcomer Kalie Shorr has released a new music video for her hit single “Two Hands.” Shorr gave a sneak peek to a sold-out crowd of industry and media VIPS, fans and friends during her launch party for her new EP, Awake, at The Back Corner in Nashville.
The video premiered on CMT and and has since been added to GAC and to the top of Vevo’s DSCVR playlist. She wrote her first song at age 6, and picked up the guitar for the first time at age 13. She visited Nashville for the first time when she was sixteen, and when she was 19, she moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. More at



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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

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