Inside Track on Music Row: October 2021

Monthly Music News Column by Preshias Harris


RCA Records Nashville multi-platinum, global entertainer Chris Young and Riser House/Columbia Nashville’s multi-platinum No. 1 hitmaker Mitchell Tenpenny scored the 2nd most-added single at country radio as “At The End Of A Bar” tallied a total 44 stations on board at impact.

“At The End Of A Bar,” from Chris’s new album, Famous Friends, is the follow-up to the chart-topping title track, which has accumulated an impressive 14 weeks in the Top 5 on Billboard’s country radio chart.

Chris Young and Kane Brown’s “Famous Friends” – the 12th No. 1 single for Chris and 6th for Kane – also just added to its extraordinary list of accomplishments, earning three Country Music Association 2021 nominations for the artists and song – Single of the Year, Musical Event of the Year, and Music Video of the Year.  

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“1, 2 Many”, “Beautiful Crazy”, “Beer Never Broke My Heart”, “Better Together”, “Cold As You”, “Does to Me”, “Even Though I’m Leaving”, “Forever After All”, “Hurricane”, “Joe”, “Let’s Just Be Friends”, “Lovin’ On You”, “Nothing Like You”, “One Number Away”, “She Got the Best of Me”, “Six Feet Apart”, “The Great Divide”, “The Other Guy”, “What You See Is What You Get”, “When It Rains It Pours” and “Without You.” – WHEW!! Are we tired yet? What do all these songs have in common?

One songwriter is listed as a co-writer on every one of them. It’s … Reigning Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year award-winner LUKE COMBS.

Luke is nominated in three categories at the 55th Annual CMA Awards: Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year (“Forever After All”).

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC from Nashville on Wednesday, November 10 at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT. The nominations add to a monumental year for Combs, who recently earned his eleventh-consecutive #1 single with the platinum-certified “Forever After All,” a first on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

“Forever After All” was also his tenth single to spend multiple weeks atop the chart and his eighth consecutive, multi-week #1 single. The song, which debuted at #2 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart this past November is also the sixth-consecutive #1 from Combs’ deluxe album, What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, tying the record for most #1 singles to come from the same album.

Combs recently new song, “South On Ya,” is the official theme song for the SEC Network’s 2021 football season. Tour updates and more at


Tall Texan Cody Jinks will release two new albums on November 12: Mercy, a solo country record, and None The Wiser, a metal record created with his band Caned By Nod. Both albums will be released via his own independent label, Late August Records, and are now available for pre-order.

Pre-order Mercy at and None The Wiser at  

Ahead of the releases, Jinks has debuted a new track from each album: “All It Cost Me Was Everything” from Mercy and “Middle Finger” from None The Wiser.   Both produced and engineered by Edward Spear (Blackberry Smoke, Devon Gilfillian, Rival Sons) and recorded simultaneously at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, the two records represent Jinks’ uniqueness as an artist, demonstrating his rare ability to successfully create across genres.

More about both albums plus tour info at  


Nashville hometown boys, The Cadillac Three, are setting out on their 10th Anniversary Tour,which traverses the globe through December, following a two-night set at the Ryman Auditorium in early September. TC3 has remained resolute in their BILLvity, releasing two albums in 2020 – February’s Country Fuzz and October’s surprise Tabasco and Sweet Tea – hosting Country Fuzz Radio and serving the music community. “The Cadillac Three’s contribution to a year like no other can be measured in albums released, songs released (28), live-streamed shows recorded, donations collected, venues supported, mouths fed, and positive messages sent. Landing a spot on the revered list [ACM Awards], among their friends, collaborators, and peers, feels like a victory for the trio who has never stopped putting in the work,” observes American Songwriter. For tour dates and more, visit  


CreatiVets delivers another veteran-written song in partnership with Big Machine Label Group, this time touching on veterans’ experience coming home after combat. “Bringing Me Home” was written by veteran Bret McCauley, Richard Casper of CreatiVets, and songwriters Robert Arthur and Jesse Murphy. It details several small acts of kindness McCauley experienced upon returning home from duty. McCauley deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 as part of the Marine Corps. In September of that year, he and the 14 other men on his team were subject to a suicide bombing, left massively injured and their lives “completely changed.” McCauley was one of only five men that survived the attack. He was inspired to express his gratitude in song to all those who had unknowingly helped him heal; as the chorus of the song reads, “So many have carried me so far/and I hope you know who you are/Thank you for bringing me home.” Listen to “Bringing Me Home” featuring Jesse Murphy at


Daryl Mosley dials up treasured memories with his new music video, “Transistor Radio.”

The appealing clip is a companion piece to Mosley’s latest single and is the first from his upcoming album, Small Town Dreamer (Pinecastle Records), due out this fall.  Produced by Ethan Burkhardt and directed/edited by videographer Brian Smith, the video was filmed at two South Carolina locations: an old warehouse in Taylors and a private home in Easley. The clip features seven-year-old Axel Dean as a young Daryl, and acoustic performance footage of the star. Finding the old radio in the family garage leads the character to a new world filled with music and eventually to a guitar of his own.  

“My co-writer, Grammy-nominated songwriter Rick Lang and I both had radios nearly identical to the prop used in the video – that’s how we listened to music back then,” says Mosley. The single was produced by Danny Roberts and Mosley and rising Bluegrass star Jaelee Roberts handled the harmony vocals.

Listen/download “Transistor Radio” at   News and tour dates at


Preshias Harris provides this exclusive monthly column with Nashville Music Guide to keep artists, musicians, writers and more up to date on the news that is coming from music row and beyond. It includes music industry news from labels, publishers, writers, singers and more.

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