Inside Track on Music Row: Sept 2021


Pelago, the debut album from rising country powerhouse Ryan Hurd, is set for release October 15 via Arista Nashville. A new track, “June, July, August,” is available now — listen and pre-add/pre-save Pelago.  “June, July, August” follows the recently released “Coast” and “Chasing After You.” Hurd’s first official duet with his wife, Maren Morris, “Chasing After You” is currently in the top 15 and climbing at country radio. Hurd and Morris debuted the song on the 56th ACM Awards. Pelago, inspired by Hurd’s upbringing on the shores of Lake Michigan, was produced with childhood friend and longtime creative partner Aaron Eshuis, with further contributions from Jesse Frasure (Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Little Big Town) and Teddy Reimer. Hurd got his start in Nashville as a songwriter, penning Platinum hits and #1s for Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Lady A and Tim McGraw, among others. As an artist he’s released a series of EPs, spawning hits like the Platinum-certified “To a T” and earning more than 700 million streams to date. Details at


The Amazon Music original podcast Set it Straight: Myths and Legends from country trendsetters Midland premiered August 25. Country Music is full of tall tales and legends. Fortunately, the boys from GRAMMY nominated band Midland will separate fact from fiction, every Wednesday on their new podcast as they attempt to uncover the truth behind infamous stories of country music history. The season premiere featured Garth Brooks, as he joined Midland to unpack what really happened at the 1996 Fan Fair during his marathon meet-and-greet. Midland lead vocalist Mark Wystrach said, “Set It Straight: Myths and Legends is a chance for us to dive into the fascinating folklore and fables in and around country music and gives us an excuse to hang and informally chat with some of our biggest musical and artistic heroes.” Midland will debut their newest tracks on The Last Resort Tour, kicking off October 7 in Phoenix, AZ with special guest Hailey Whitters. More about Midland at


Circle Network, the award-winning music and lifestyle network dedicated to celebrating everything country, has announced a new collaboration with Gibson TV—the iconic American instrument brand’s first-ever award-winning, worldwide online network featuring original series about music and culture from the world’s best storytellers. The new series titled “Gibson: The Scene,” will showcase historic music venues and locations across America. Hosted by Mark Agnesi, Director of Brand Experience for Gibson Brands, “Gibson: The Scene” premiered on August 19. The series features Agnesi travelling to different hot spots across the U.S. to discover important music landmarks that help shape that city’s music scene. Additionally, viewers will get special behind-the-scenes tours of notable record stores, venues and recording studios.  The show will also include a tour of Gibson’s Nashville-based factory, Gibson USA, as well as the all-new Gibson Garage. The Gibson: The Scene programming schedule–airing on Thursdays, from August 19 through October 21. More info at and


The official music video for ACM, CMA and CMT Award-winning artist Luke Combs’ “Cold As You” is out now. Directed by TA Films, the new video ties together storylines from Combs’ past music videos with special easter eggs incorporated throughout. Of the video, Combs shares, “The team at TA Films did an incredible job on this one. My team and I are always keeping the fans in mind with everything we do and the fact that we were able to implement so many ‘easter eggs,’ including characters from my past music videos, was really cool. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as we do.”  “Cold As You” is the seventh single from Combs’ #1 deluxe album, What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, and is currently top 20 at country radio and rising. The song furthers a triumphant run at radio for Combs, who recently achieved his eleventh-consecutive #1 single, his tenth multi-week #1 and his eighth-consecutive, multi-week #1 with the Platinum-certified, “Forever After All.” 



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