Inside Track on Music Row: October 2021

Monthly Music News Column by Preshias Harris



Chart-topping singer/songwriter Riley Green’s We Out Here Tour will kick off November 3 in Athens, GA and run through February 2022 with special guests Corey Smith, Kameron Marlowe & Mike Ryan on select dates. Tickets for the We Out Here Tour are available now. For more information visit   

“It’s been a great summer getting’ back to playing to shows and being in front of fans again,” says Green. “Now I’m lookin’ forward to going into arenas this fall with Corey Smith, Mike Ryan and Kameron Marlowe. It’s gonna be an awesome tour.”

Fans attending the tour dates can expect Green to showcase his fan favorites such as Platinum-certified “I Wish Grandpas Never Died,” No. 1 Gold-certified “There Was This Girl” as well as his latest music from Behind The Bar (BMLG Records). In addition to his own successful headlining tours, Green is currently on the road with Dierks Bentley for his Beers On Me Tour and has opened for acts such as Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and Jon Pardi.


Two powerful songstresses – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde – have combined forces, and the ravaged country tradition of the ‘hard truth cheating song’ is reignited with the brand-new single “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.”    

Written by Pearce, McBryde and co-producer Shane McAnally, the clarity bomb is sung from the perspective of two women – the single girl thanking the guy who helped change her flat tire and the wife at home – discovering the man they’re involved with has someone else. The shattering truth in a text – for McBryde – and the reality of where he’s been when he gets home – for Pearce – finds the two women reeling as they consider their own blind spots in a painfully sobering moment.

“Nobody ever thinks it will happen to them,” Pearce explains. “You never see it coming, but there’s always an explanation. You know, who’d ever want to think that way about someone they love. Why would you? And so, that’s where this song started: the things you don’t see, because you’d never look.


Ryan Weaver is many things: a U.S. Army Combat Veteran, Two-Time Gold Star Family Member and a Country Music Singer/Songwriter.  With the somber 20th Anniversary of 9/11, Ryan is re-releasing his incredibly inspirational music video his single for “Never Forgotten” to honor those we lost in 9/11. See the video at Ryan’s website,   

Ryan’s personal story is like no other artist in country music today.  He’s a former Black Hawk Aviator who lost a brother and brother-in-law in service, making them a two-time Gold Star family. His brother Aaron was killed in Iraq on January 8, 2004 and his brother-in-law Randy was killed in Afghanistan on December 17, 2013.  Ryan used his heartache as determination to succeed.  Both of his brothers’ ultimate sacrifices continue to fuel his fire to accomplish his dreams in music.  In the music video, 24-Year NYPD Detective & Emergency Service Unit – Rich Miller relays the behind-the-scenes story of how he helped raise the flag amidst the rubble of the downed World Trade Center buildings after 9/11 – an iconic moment and photo in American history.


GRAMMY®-nominated songstress Ashley Monroe unearths and subtly rearranges five of the most recognizable songs of all-time with producer Tyler Cain on their new EP, The Covers, available everywhere now. Monroe and Cain’s collaborative project began before she was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, and the pair finished the project just as Monroe started chemo treatment earlier this year.

Go to  to stream and download The Covers that captures Monroe and Cain performing live in the studio with delicate acoustic and stripped-down arrangements, along with featured artists Ruston Kelly on “Love Hurts” and Brittney Spencer on “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.”

“Tyler and I were just hanging at his studio and talking about our favorite songs and I said we should just film ourselves recording some of our favorite songs on Earth. The ones that make us FEEL better. Maybe it will help other people too, Tyler knows me and exactly the way I create and envision songs. It just seemed natural to collaborate on something that is so personal and raw in a way,” Monroe said. 


Multi-award-winning hit-songwriter and producer, Anthony Smith was recently elevated to Vice President, Creative/A&R, Porchlight Music. Smith joined the company in 2019. Over the years, he has achieved success spanning multiple genres of music including Country, Pop, R&B, and Jazz. Smith’s impressive list of writer credits includes cuts by artists Reba, Donna Summer, Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill, Chris Young, Lauren Alaina, Lonestar, Clay Walker, Rodney Atkins, and Jo Dee Messina. His songs have also appeared in a National Toyota campaign as well as the films Almost An Angel, Earth Force, and Graveyard Shift. Additionally, Freeman Wizer has joined the team as Senior Creative Director, and Sarah Morey has been promoted to Catalog Manager/Creative Coordinator. More at


Multi-Platinum entertainer and current CMA Awards nominee Thomas Rhett earned his 18th No. 1 single with “Country Again” as the song topped both the Billboard Country and Mediabase/Country Aircheck Charts, while previously earning the top spot at Canadian Country Radio for two consecutive weeks. Serving as the defining title track for his latest album and featuring “the kind of songwriting brawn Rhett always possessed” (American Songwriter), the song also marks the superstar’s 12th consecutive No. 1 hit — the longest current active streak in the format (Mediabase/Country Aircheck Chart).

“This song is so special to me, because every line really is autobiographical,” Thomas Rhett said. “But it’s also a song about centering yourself and reconnecting with the things that are truly important to you; which is different for all of us. Being able to share this song with fans each night on the road finally and seeing how it’s resonating with them is something I will never take for granted.” Check out upcoming dates for Rhett’s The Center Point Road Tour at  


John Berry and his wife Robin continue to entertain and inspire with their popular twice-monthly podcast series titled Faith, Family & Friends with their ‘sitting around the kitchen table’ approach to talking with their guests. The conversation with previous lead singer of the hit country band, Restless Heart, Larry Stewart, is available now to subscribers of the Faith, Family & Friends podcast at  

“I enjoyed talking to John and Robin Berry about life, music and career. It was so much fun recalling the years and songs from Restless Heart and solo projects over the decades,” shared Larry Stewart. “I want to thank them for the great discussion and hope everyone enjoys the episode.” “It was a joy to get to visit with Larr na side of him beyond his time spent behind a microphone.”

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