VERSE OF THE MONTH:
My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. – Psalm 108:1
Opening up a new era of anything-goes energy and expression, Florida Georgia Line spent 10 years as one of Country’s most daring and influential acts – and their first-ever Greatest Hits package shows how. Over 18 tracks (including three previously unreleased tunes), tailgate-dropping party anthems meet tender romantic ballads and heartfelt contemplations on life’s biggest questions, all offering style and substance in equal parts. From Country’s first Diamond-certified single (“Cruise”) to redefined sonic boundaries, the introduction of collab-culture and more, a dynamic legacy emerges – one that still refuses to be contained. The previously unreleased track “Life” is available now at https://fgl.lnk.to/Life_PR. The digital album of Greatest Hits will; be released November 9. Pre-order at https://fgl.lnk.to/GreatestHitsPOPR. More about FGL at https://floridageorgialine.com on Instagram (@floridageorgialine) and Twitter (@FLAGALine).
Monument Records powerhouse duo Tigirlily debuted new music to a packed room recently at The Local Nashville. Sisters Kendra and Krista moved from their native North Dakota to Nashville five years ago and honed their live show playing four-hour sets, three to four nights a week performing in bars on lower Broadway. They have achieved their goals of inspiring others. You can hear the passion and the country pop influences in their distinct style. They sibling harmonies that will define their sound as they head around the curve with their new music, new tour dates to be announce in the coming months. For more info at www.tigirlily.com – https://www.instagram.com/tigirlily https://lnk.to/tigirlily_ep
Reigning Southern Gospel Artist of the Year Ernie Haase & Signature Sound’s Keeping On won the 2022 GMA Dove® Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year. Produced by Wayne Haun, Kris Crunk and Brian Eads, Keeping On was released in July 2021 from StowTown Records. “I’m thrilled that Keeping On won the Dove® Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year! I’m delighted for my teammates, for our amazing production team and, most of all, that this recording has impacted so many people,” exclaimed Haase. “It’s not our job to remind people how bad the culture is today. It’s our job to remind them that ‘God can be trusted, and there is nothing that takes Him by surprise. You aren’t forsaken, so don’t be shaken. Just lift up your eyes… and Keep On Keeping On!'” Ernie Haase & Signature Sound followed Keeping On with Decades of Love. From the Beatles to the Bee Gees to Bublé, the group serenades listeners on the 29-song, two-CD recording. they recently embarked on the Decades of Love Tour, featuring a two-hour, two-act musical revue. Tickets and information at https://www.erniehaase.com.
Porter Howell, frontman, lead guitarist, principal songwriter and a founding member of multi-Grammy-nominated ’90s country vocal band, Little Texas, has announced the release of his debut side project as a singer-songwriter, This Town Was, available Nov. 11. Pre-order is available now via ONErpm at https://onerpm.link/thistownwas. Howell will perform at an album release party at 6pm CT Tuesday, Nov. 15 at The Local in Nashville. After 30 years in the business, it took a pandemic and the ensuing forced downtime from touring to compel Howell to compile this 10-track album of mostly self-penned songs. The title track and accompanying music video were released in April and garnered favorable reviews from Billboard and MusicRow. “This album was recorded in my basement studio as honestly as possible,” Howell says. “No production tricks necessary—guitars, steel guitar, bass, drums and keys were all tracked with players in the room, the old school way. It’s almost strange to feel this vulnerable by putting something out in the world that is so personal. I just hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.” Music and more at https://porterhowell.com. (@porterhowellmusic)
Christmas 4 Kids, a non-profit organization that benefits hundreds of underprivileged children in Middle Tennessee, has announced its concert fund raiser. Please visit via a link at http://christmas4kids.org. Christmas 4 Kids has been in existence for over three decades. Each year, the organization provides hundreds of underprivileged children in Middle Tennessee with their very own Christmas shopping spree. The funds generated by the Ryman concert and Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet and Greet event, are used to give over 400 children from 29 different schools, a day-long shopping excursion. Upcoming events for 2022 are C4K Benefit Concert is November 21st at the Ryman Auditorium. The bus show is December 12th from 5pm to 9pm at the Hendersonville Walmart. Our shopping event is December 13th – Please visit www.christmas4kids.org for all the updates!
The 56th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC and available next day on Hulu. “Country Music’s Biggest Night” will be hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning. Offering a mix of first-time nominees, along with reigning CMA Awards winners, artists taking the stage for performances this year include Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, HARDY, Marcus King, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson, and Zac Brown Band. The broadcast will open with a star-studded tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame legend Loretta Lynn and Bryan will deliver a moving performance of his latest single “Country On.” The most nominated female artist of all time, with three nominations this year including CMA Entertainer of the Year, Lambert will perform her song “Geraldene” from her CMA Album of the Year-nominated Palomino. Reigning CMA Female Vocalist and five-time nominee this year Pearce will perform a special song from her most recent album. More details at the 2022 CMA Awards at https://cmaawards.com.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME NEWS:
Longtime Nashville record company executive Joe Galant, incendiary pianist and singer Jerry Lee Lewis, and influential country vocal stylist Keith Whitley officially joined the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 16, during a private Medallion Ceremony held in the Museum’s CMA Theater. The class of 2022 was honored with heartfelt testimonials and once-in-a-lifetime musical tributes over the three-hour ceremony. Artists who performed included Country Music Hall of Fame members Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen of Alabama, Bill Anderson, Garth Brooks, and Ricky Skaggs, as well as Kenny Chesney, Mickey Guyton, Chris Isaak, Miranda Lambert, the McCrary Sisters, Justin Moses, Molly Tuttle, and Lee Ann Womack, with backing by the Medallion All-Star Band. Each inductee was honored and their career achievements highlighted, with support and performances from family and friends, contemporaries, and forebears. More about the Country Music Hall of Fame at https://www.countrymusichalloffame.org/.
DOVE AWARDS NEWS:
Chris Tomlin, who TIME magazine heralded as the “most often sung artist in the world” as 20-30 million people around the globe sing his songs in church every week, co-hosted the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards earlier this week and was honored with the 28th Dove award of his career. Tomlin received his Dove award in the Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year category for his 2021 Christmas album, Emmanuel: Christmas Songs of Worship. Tomlin hosted the Dove Awards, for the first time, with multi-platinum selling artist Erica Campbell, half of the Gospel duo Mary Mary. In November Tomlin will launch the first of two headline concert tours out before the end of this year: the third leg of the Tomlin UNITED Tour, named by Pollstar as a ‘Top 10 Worldwide Tour,’ kicking off November 3 and the Chris Tomlin X MercyMe: A Winter Tour scheduled for Dec. 1-13. In September Tomlin released, ALWAYS, a new full-length worship album. The project contains 13-tracks all of which were co-written by Tomlin except for the historical and beloved hymn “Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful” which features Steffany Gretzinger. More at www.christomlin.com and Twitter and Instagram (@christomlin). Watch the full 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards on TBN https://watch.tbn.org/m/xr0VL3Ts/the-53rd-annual-gma-dove-awards
Rising Country duo Southerland has released a classic southern break-up anthem “Ice Cold Country Music,” available now at https://vere.lnk.to/SoutherlandIceCold. The duo’s traditional and “unapologetically Country” (MusicRow) musical style pours through the upbeat track as they light-heartedly admit the only way they’ll get through the pain is with a cold beer and old friends like Merle Haggard, George Strait and Keith Whitley blasting through their stereo. The official music video set to accompany the track features former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Troy Aikman’s own beer brand, “Eight Beer.” “’Ice Cold Country Music’ is about a guy going through a breakup and reaching for two things that can help him get over the hill… cold beer and Country music! What else do you need,” joke Matt Chase and Chris Rogers of Southerland. “It’s one of our favorite songs we’ve written and we always open our live shows with it to set the tone for the rest of the night!” Written by the duo along with Jeff Middleton and Greg Bates, “Ice Cold Country Music” follows their September release, “Underpaid and Overserved.” More at https://southerlandmusic.com, https://www.facebook.com/wearesoutherland/ (@southerlandmusic)
GRAND OLE OPRY NEWS:
Rising country artist Ashley Cooke recently stepped into the historic circle for her Grand Ole Opry debut. Cooke’s striking performance at the famed institution saw the emerging artist showcasing her sound in performances of “getting into” and her newly charting single at country radio, “Never Til Now” feat. Brett Young. After receiving a roaring standing ovation, the milestone moment turned full circle when Cooke was invited by Rascal Flatts’ lead singer, Gary LeVox, to join in on a duet of “What Hurts The Most.” “Making my Opry debut was one of the most surreal moments I’ve ever experienced. I got into country music because I fell in love with and found comfort in the storytelling of Rascal Flatts,” shared Cooke. “Having Gary LeVox invite me into the circle and ask me to sing one of the songs that got me into music in the first place was completely full circle. I’m so thankful to have stood where every country great has before me and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the tradition.” Tour dates and more at https://www.ashleycooke.com and Twitter and Instagram (@ashleycooke)