Inside Track on Music Row September 2020 Music News


Check out a cool online destination focused on artist-forward, first-person storytelling, called At the site, artist share personal thoughts and ideas about their music in a deeply personal way.  Now Luke Bryan is doing just that, sharing personal details about each track on his new album, Born Here Live Here Die Here. The post includes videos which feature Luke talking about the stories behind the songs. Here’s a link to Luke’s feature at the site:   One of the coolest features of is that fans are asked to share their own video reactions to the songs. launched in May with a “500 Artists Wanted” initiative, paying indie artists impacted by Covid-19 the cost of an average gig, when they posted the story behind one of their songs on the platform. They also exclusively debuted “Virginia,” a new song from The Neptunes that celebrated the frontline workers in Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo’s home state. Warning: is addictive! You’ll find yourself going from one story to the next, maybe about songs or artists that are new to you. 


American Rock & Soul artist Maggie Rose debuted two new tracks on August 30 as part of HeadCount’s Get Your Vote On concert, an online event promoting voter registration. The two new songs, “20/20” and “Only Human (I Wanna Get Out),” are featured on Rose’s upcoming Quarantine 45, written and produced entirely in isolation by Rose and her collaborative bandmates (Sarah Tomek, Alex Haddad, Larry Florman). After John Prine (one of Rose’s songwriting heroes) lost his battle to COVID-19, Rose — lauded by The New York Times for her “astute, aggrieved songwriting” — sat down at the piano to pay him tribute, penning the “20/20” chorus. Days later, she, along with Tomek, Haddad and Florman, finished the tune. “The vortex of this year had swallowed up the music and dreams for so many, which was something we deeply felt. The loss of legends like Bill Withers and Kenny Rogers felt like punches in the gut.” Says Maggie. “20/20” is slated for release via Soundly Music on Sept. 11 – pre-save here:  

“Only Human (I Wanna Get Out)” (Soundly Music) will drop on Sept. 18 — pre-save Quarantine 45 here:  

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Phil Vassar’s popular television show, Phil Vassar’s Songs from the Cellar, will return September 10 at 8 p.m. ET for a follow-up season on its new home, Circle Network, with new episodes airing every Thursday night. Viewers can catch-up on Vassar’s show with a first season marathon beginning at 3 p.m. ET leading up to the premiere.  In celebration of the new season, Vassar will announce a giveaway on his social media. Fans can enter to win exclusive merchandise from the show, previously only gifted to Songs from the Cellar guests. Vassar will also provide fans a chance to win a virtual one-on-one meet and greet with Vassar via Zoom.  The all-new episodes are filmed in the caverns of Vassar’s Nashville, Tenn. home wine cellar where the award-winning hit-maker delights viewers with intimate collaborations with fellow auspicious artists and songwriters, plus engaging conversations on music while uncorking bottles from Vassar’s collection.  Abby Anderson, Brothers Osborne, Kix Brooks, Kyle Daniel, Larry Gatlin, Vince Gill, Kellie Pickler, Dennis Quaid, Steve Wariner, Craig Wiseman and Chingy with Meg & Tyler are season two’s all-star celebrity guests. See show updates at   


Want to feature a great singer-songwriter for your virtual or In-person event?  Now you can make it happen. Both Singer-songwriters Don Schlitz and Richie McDonald are making that exact offer giving you the opportunity to enjoy live performances of some of their most famous songs. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2017) and the Songwriter Hall of Fame (2012), Don has won two GRAMMYs, three CMA Songs of the Year, and many other awards. His 24 #1s include “The Gambler” (Kenny Rogers), “On the Other Hand”, “Forever and Ever, Amen” (Randy Travis), “When You Say Nothing at All” (Keith Whitley, Alison Krauss), “I Feel Lucky” (Mary Chapin Carpenter), and hits for Garth Brooks and many more.  Richie is the voice behind songs like “Amazed,” “Smile” and “No News” and the pen behind songs like “Already There” “My Front Porch Looking In” and “Let Them Be Little.” He has earned six gold and platinum albums, several CMA and ACM awards as well as BMI awards for songwriting. More about Don Richie and booking them for a virtual or in-person event at 

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