VERSE OF THE MONTH:
My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. – Psalm 108:1
Grammy-Award-winning artist Chris Tomlin released a final track ahead of the launch of his new worship project Always, out on September 9. “O Lord, You’re Beautiful” feat. Steffany Gretzinger is available now with the album pre-order at https://christomlin.lnk.to/AlwaysAlbum. The album contains 13-tracks, all of which were co-written by Chris except for the beloved classic “O Lord, You’re Beautiful” written by Keith Green. Chris’ enthusiasm for the craftmanship of the song runs deep. “This project is all about helping people have an encounter with God through worship and this next song we are releasing, “O Lord, You’re Beautiful” with my dear friend Steffany Gretzinger, is a song that for me personally, does just that…” shared Chris. “During the pandemic I started to do church at home with my girls, and each Sunday we would gather around the piano and worship as a family. Very quickly this song, written decades ago by the legendary Keith Green, became an anthem for us and soon became the catalyst for this record. I don’t often record covers, but I am so excited to come behind and champion a song as powerful as this one is for the church.” (@christomlin)
The Americana Music Association has announced this year’s slate of Lifetime Achievement Award honorees for its 21st Annual Americana Honors & Awards show on Wednesday, September 14. This group of top-honor recipients includes the Fairfield Four (Legacy Award, co-presented by the National Museum of African American Music), Al Bell (Executive), Chris Isaak (Performance), Indigo Girls (Spirit of Americana Award, co-presented by the First Amendment Center), and Don Williams (President’s Award, posthumous). This year’s honorees will be celebrated during the prestigious ceremony held at the Ryman Auditorium, which serves as the hallmark event of the association’s annual AmericanaFest, taking place Sept. 13-17 in Nashville. “This year’s Lifetime Achievement honorees represent the diverse sounds that contribute to American roots music,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “Our honorees have inspired this community individually and have collectively changed the landscape of the music industry. I can’t wait for this show!” Additionally, the Americana Music Association has selected the state of Arkansas as the regional music focus during the 22nd AmericanaFest in partnership with Arkansas Tourism and Visit Bentonville. For more information on the association or to purchase passes to AmericanaFest, please visit www.americanamusic.org. A generation-bridging group of musical innovators garnered coveted awards, See the full report at https://americanamusic.org.
Leading women’s fashion retailer Maurices has announced an exclusive t-shirt collection with its first-ever celebrity brand ambassador and multi-Platinum selling country music artist Lauren Alaina, available at its stores and online at maurices.com. The upcoming collection is the first fashion collaboration for Lauren Alaina, who co-designed the collection, and will feature styles for the upcoming Fall and Holiday seasons. The Fall t-shirt collection will include shirts donning puns and lyrics made famous by Alaina. Maurices offers a warm welcoming experience in its 900 stores and is guided by a greater purpose of making a positive difference in the lives of women who are the heart of its hometowns. “I am a good pair of jeans and t-shirt type of southern girl at heart,” says Lauren Alaina. “I love casual comfort with a fashionable twist, which is why I’m so excited to launch my first-ever exclusive t-shirt collection with Maurices for the upcoming fall and holiday seasons! This collaboration with Maurices has allowed me to express myself in a whole new way for my fans.” Shop the Lauren Alaina x Maurices t-shirt collection at www.maurices.com/laurenalaina. More about Lauren Alaina at https://laurenalainaofficial.com (@laurenalaina)
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McEuen has authored a new book titled Will The Circle Be Unbroken: The Making of a Landmark Album, published by Backbeat. McEuen sought comments from Dirt Band members as well as other members of the music community including Jim Messina, Sam Bush, Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky, Rhonda Vincent and Steve Martin, who had high praise for the new book. The book is illustrated with photos (some never before seen) taken by McEuen and his brother, the late Bill McEuen, who produced the project. McEuen provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the landmark album, discussing each of the 38 songs that were recorded. The iconic album “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and other Nashville elite artists including the late Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, and Merle Travis, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Other books by McEuen include The Life I’ve Picked: A Banjo Player’s Nitty Gritty Journey. More about McEuen and the book and where to buy it at https://www.johnmceuen.com/index.html.
BOOK TOUR NEWS:
Country music star and Army veteran Craig Morgan will embark on a six-city in-person national book tour in September, personally signing copies of his memoir – God, Family, Country. Fans across the country will have the chance to have the book signed as they learn touching, thrilling and unflinchingly honest, never-before-heard stories from Craig, like his time as an undercover agent fighting sex traffickers in Thailand, his paratrooper training in the Army and combat experiences, or his adventures competing in the survival TV series Beyond the Edge. Find details on how to attend at https://mandol.ink/cmbooktour. Releasing September 27 in partnership with Blackstone Publishing and available for pre-order at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/god-family-country-craig-morgan/1140827153?ean=9798212194334, God, Family, Country, which Craig wrote with Jim DeFelice, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of American Sniper, details Craig’s road to success, from his humble childhood in Tennessee to his years as an elite military operative to his country music stardom with 25 Billboard charting hits. Country music fans and thrill seekers alike will love this intimate look at Craig’s remarkable life. More at https://www.craigmorgan.com/.
BOYS WILL BE BOYS NEWS:
Craig Campbell released his rowdy “Things You Do In A Truck” single featuring Trea Landon in August, and now leading music and lifestyle brand Country Rebel has premiered the action-packed video for the song. Shot on a farm in Claxton, Georgia, between Craig’s hometown of Lyons and Trea’s nearby home of Daisy, the clip was produced by Zach Manning and directed by Mark Manning.
“Fun doesn’t even begin to describe what that day was like shooting this video,” said Craig. “The Manning brothers did an incredible job capturing what we authentically love doing, and I really appreciate Country Rebel for premiering it.” The video features Campbell, Landon and a host of their family and friends arriving at the farm in multiple pickup trucks ready for a day of mud boggin’, skeet shooting, archery, and maybe a little beer drinkin’ around a bonfire. Craig and Trea wrote “Things You Do In A Truck” with Blake Bollinger, who also co-produced the track with Campbell and Cooper Bascom. The song is available on Grindstone Records and can be saved/added at https://ffm.to/thingsyoudoinatruck. News and tour updates at https://www.craigcampbell.tv/.
CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS:
Sixteen-time Canadian Country Music Association award winner and BFD/ Audium Nashville recording artist Michelle Wright premiered her tenth studio album Milestone to streaming services everywhere on August 26. Purchase or stream at https://orcd.co/MichelleWrightMilestone. This album features her most recent releases, “Small Town,” an autobiographical track she co-penned with Danielle Bourjeaurd and Rick Ferrell, and “Heartbreak Song,” a smoky, pensive tune she wrote with Adam Wakefield of Texas Hill. “Small Town” debuted on the Official Academy of Country Music’s New Music Friday and Spotify’s New Music Friday Playlist on its release day. Michelle recently took over Durango Boots Instagram and Facebook on Monday as she gave their audiences a sneak peek behind the music video for Heartbreak Song, where she was joined on screen with Wakefield. “Making this record, I drew on all of my country influences and those R&B/Motown sounds. Blending these influences is a natural, authentic way to express me in my music. It always has been that way and always will be,” says Michelle. More at https://www.michelle-wright.com. Instagram: (@michellewrightmusic), Twitter: (@thewrightmusic)
The release of CJ Solar’s first full-length album, The Future’s Neon, is something that CJ has been waiting his entire career – maybe his entire life – for. Produced by CJ with Nick Gibbens, the nine-song collection on Raining Bacon Records includes the current radio hit, “All I Can Think About Lately,” which was recently featured in Billboard. Save/Add the new album at https://music.empi.re/futuresneonalbum “After releasing three EPs, I’m so excited for my first full-length album,” said CJ of The Future’s Neon. “Most of these songs were written during 2020, but a few have been favorites that were on hold in the past and slipped through cracks, so I’m glad to give them a voice. The project feels like a mixture of all of my influences, and I’m really proud of the whole thing!” CJ co-wrote all nine tracks and partnered with Devon Barker, Kenton Bryant, Bart Butler, Frankie Courtney, Corey Crowder, Jackson Dean, Bob DiPiero, Aaron Eshius, Jeff Garrison, Blake Griffith, Michael Hardy (HARDY), Joey Hyde, Lynn Hutton, Jason Lehning, Jim McCormick, Billy Montana, and Lydia Vaughan on the songs. More at https://www.cjsolar.com, at Twitter (@CJSolar) and Instagram (@cjsolar).
On the heels of three straight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with his hit song “Damn Strait,” Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery celebrated that track along with his two previous No. 1s “You Time” and “In Between.” In addition to being recognized for the number one tracks, McCreery also received plaques to signify Gold Certification by the RIAA for each single as well and a Music Row Gold Coin. “With Covid and not being able to gather during the last couple years, we had some lost celebrations to make up for,” shared McCreery. “I never take a number one for granted… it takes a village and every one feels like the first. I was so happy to finally be able to raise a glass with the team and the songwriters to say thanks for all the hard work.” The celebration follows the announcement that McCreery had partnered with Dr Pepper to give fans the chance to win “The Flyaway Experience You Deserve.” The grand prize includes travel, meet and greet, and tickets to one of McCreery’s shows later this year. More info at https://drpeppermusic.com/scotty-mccreery/.
CHARITY CONCERT NEWS:
Pedigree Foundation will host The Love of Dogs Benefit Concert featuring country artists Runaway June on October 5th, 2022 at The Factory at Franklin (230 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064). The event, hosted by Storme Warren (SiriusXM The Highway) and Larissa Wohl (Great American Media & WKRN News 2), will feature a cocktail reception, delicious BBQ buffet dinner, a silent and LIVE auction with a chance to win fabulous trips and autographed celebrity memorabilia. After dinner, attendees will enjoy a special night of music with country artists Runaway June. Runaway June is comprised of Stevie Woodward (lead vocals/guitar/harmonica/ piano), Natalie Stovall (vocals/fiddle/guitar), and Jennifer Wayne (vocals/guitar). The trio’s “inescapable talent” (AXS.com) is multiplied by their seamlessly rich, organic harmonies and fiery, western-rooted bluegrass sound, earning them recognition as Billboard’s “Next Hot Trend in Country Music” and CMT’s “Next Women of Country” just to name a few. The event will raise much-needed funds for PEDIGREE Foundation grants program that supports organizations across the country that help dogs in need find loving homes, a cause near to their hearts. See https://www.runawayjune.com and ticket info at donate.pedigreefoundation.org.
Both the country and rock genres have deep rooted storytelling traditions, tackling every part of the human experience; good, bad, and ugly. Big Loud juggernaut and 2022 ACM Songwriter of the Year HARDY and ACM New Female Artist of the Year winner Lainey Wilson notch a game-changing duet into the history books of country’s rich story song catalog with “wait in the truck.” https://hardy.lnk.to/WaitInTheTruck A dark country fable at its core, the back-and-forth ballad written by HARDY, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, and Renee Blair, and produced by Joey Moi with co-production from HARDY, Derek Wells, and Jordan Schmidt, employs a barren acoustic guitar pluck, a brazen gospel choir, and a devastating tone, launching HARDY’s next chapter of hits. “’wait in the truck,’ my next single, is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written – probably the best song I’ve ever written to be honest,” HARDY admits. “Thank you to Lainey Wilson for doing this song with me – she crushed it, she crushed the music video, I just can’t wait for the world to see this and I can’t wait to play it live.” More at https://hardyofficial.com, Twitter (@HardyMusic) and Instagram (@hardy).
Indie singer/songwriter and country recording artist, Emily Pyscher (pronounced Pie-shure) is set to release her debut EP titled Memory Lane. Recorded in Nashville, the recording project spotlights six self-penned originals, produced by Ken Royster (Luke Combs/Cowboy Troy/Tom O’Connor), and is set for release via all digital retail and streaming platforms on Friday, September 30, 2022. (Presale/pre-save begins Friday, September 16). With a knack for creating rhythmic cadences as a signature to the young storyteller’s unique vocal delivery and style, Emily incorporates a dynamic ebb and flow between the verses and choruses in each track. The nineteen-year-old songstress (who draws from the textures of her favorite song crafters—Bob Dylan, Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert) weaves poetically abstract lyrics seamlessly within simplistic production to create a crystal clear imagery of the storylines that map the road beneath her. “Memory Lane” was inspired by a Tennessee backroads drive through a quiet rural country town. The ballad (and title track) plays like a captivating movie scene that recalls favorite hometown pastimes fueling bittersweet emotions. More at https://www.emilypyscher.com on Instagram (@emilypyscher) and https://www.facebook.com/emily.pyscher.90/
Inside Music Publishing Nashville President Kory Caudill and Executive Craig Campbell announce a worldwide publishing partnership with Kobalt Music. Marc Costanzo and Matt Williams will serve as Co-Heads of creative, writer/producer development, and talent signing under the new global partnership. “We’re so excited to work with the whole team at Inside Music Publishing Nashville,” said Morgan Brasfield, Kobalt Creative Manager. “From the first meeting we were drawn in and can’t wait to show Music Row what they’re up to.” The Inside Music Publishing creative team includes multi-platinum production/writing team Bucky & Marc, Nashville based producer, engineer, and mixer Nick Gibbens, songwriter and producer Steen, producer and engineer Adam Newcomb, producer, mixer and engineer Semaj Forman, engineer, mixer and producer Sean Truskowski, songwriter Craig Brooks, and songwriter Camm Hunter. Details at https://insidemusicpublishing.com.
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It’s turning into a busy, busy summer for Alex Miller (Billy Jam Records), the American Idol Season 19 fan favorite. He is in the middle of a string of gigs at State and County Fairs, and a new single drops in September. A young torch-bearer for traditional country music, he wowed audiences from around the world with his performance on the Hard Rock Concert Stage during the CMA Music Fest. Since then, he’s been on the road with a bunch of dates that included the Ohio State Fair, the Wisconsin State Fair, the Milan, MI, Music Festival and more. On August 12, Miller was the opening act for his favorite country duo, Brooks & Dunn, performing for 15,000 fans at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA. From there, it was on to the Kentucky State Fair, opening for Nico Moon, the Oklahoma State Fair and more. While Alex Miller continues on his cross-country ‘road warrior’ touring, he is also getting ready to release a new single – title as-yet unrevealed – in September. Check out updates on upcoming performances here https://alexmillercountry.com/home
Luke Combs, the 2021 CMA Entertainer of the Year will be showcased on lottery tickets, in partnership with Atlas and North American Lotteries. Luke’s iconic song “When It Rains It Pours,” is centered around winning a hundred bucks on a lottery scratch-off ticket. “Luke’s song makes the perfect connection to the multi-state lottery offer where lottery players have the opportunity to enter for a second chance prize. The prize will take place in Nashville, TN on February 6, 2024, and will be centered around an intimate, exclusive concert at the iconic Ryman Auditorium, where one lucky winner will win $500,000,” stated Derek Gwaltney, Founder & CEO of Atlas Experiences. The Wisconsin Lottery will kick off ticket sales and will be followed by 14 other state lotteries (Texas Lottery, Maine Lottery, Vermont Lottery, Ohio Lottery, North Carolina Education Lottery, South Carolina Education Lottery, Arizona Lottery, Kentucky Lottery, Iowa Lottery, Kansas Lottery, Hoosier Lottery, Minnesota Lottery, Missouri Lottery, Nebraska Lottery) over the next 12 months. Details at https://www.livingluckywithlukecombs.com.
Luke Bryan and AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO), a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology, have introduced Fendt & Luke Bryan’s Boldly Grown Popcorn, a limited-edition packaged snack made with the help of a few farmer friends from Merritt Pop Co. When he isn’t performing sold-out concert tours, recording chart-topping anthems, or judging the longest-running music talent show on television, Luke Bryan can be found in the cab of his Fendt® 724 Vario® tractor on his Tennessee farm. As the summer winds down and autumn harvest nears, Fendt and Bryan are dropping this surprise collaboration that promises to be a major hit in its own right. Available in Bold Butter and Chart Toppin’ Churro flavors, Boldly Grown Popcorn will be available for sale exclusively on https://boldlygrowngoods.com for $5.00 per bag (plus shipping) while supplies last. “I’ve sung about farming my entire career, so having the chance to work with Fendt to grow my favorite snack for my fans is pretty special,” Bryan said. For more information about Fendt, visit https://www.fendt.com/us/ (@fendt.global)
Multi-Platinum Quartz Hill Records artist Joe Nichols returned to “Fox & Friends All American Summer Concert Series” in August to share music from his recently released album, Good Day For Living, as the title track is rising inside the Top 40 on the Mediabase/ Country Aircheck chart. Nichols performed “Good Day For Living” on the live broadcast and talked with hosts Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy about his new music and making his big screen debut in the film Murder at Yellowstone City. Nichols’ inaugural project with new label home and tenth studio album, Good Day For Living ushers in a new era of classic-influenced country music from one of the format’s most-lauded 21st-century traditionalists. His first new full-length project in four years, the 13-song collection reunites Nichols with acclaimed music producers Mickey Jack Cones and Derek George, who helmed his 2013 album Crickets containing back-to-back No. 1 Gold-certified hits “Sunny and 75” and “Yeah.” For tickets and information for the Good Day For Living 2022 Tour visit https://joenichols.com and (@JoeNichols)
MUSIC ROW NEWS:
Clay Bradley, BMI Foundation Board Member and BMI’s VP, Creative, has announced that the Foundation’s annual Nashville Songwriting Scholarship will be revised and renamed The Dolly Parton Songwriters Award in honor of the legendary artist. Additionally, the new program will establish The Dolly Parton Music Fund, which will underwrite the annual awards to emerging songwriters as well as initiatives to provide or supplement music programs in public schools, ensuring a new generation of music creators, and a well-rounded education for all. The awards can be used as a career grant for study, instrument purchase, recording costs, or other professional expenses and are not restricted to tuition costs. Founding endowments include a lead gift from Sony Music Publishing’s Rusty Gaston as well as a contribution from country superstar Luke Combs, who donated proceeds from the recent BMI Parking Lot Party, celebrating his nine #1 hit songs. The revised program offers $20,000 for up to two of the best original song entries in any of the following genres: Americana, blues, bluegrass, contemporary Christian, country, folk, and roots. More about the BMI Foundation at https://bmifoundation.org.
MUSIC VIDEO NEWS:
The official music video for the up-and-coming female Country artist, Leah Justine’s single, “Run Home” is out now. The video, a pink vintage vision was directed by Hayley Gjertsen and was filmed in the House of Adora in Nashville, TN. The video is available on YouTube, as well as CMT.com. The track is being released on Washington-based label, 419 Records, where Leah is the flagship artist. The label launched in late 2019 and was created to present a new music culture designed around wellness and hemp awareness for the greater good of mankind.
Given the strong female theme, Leah felt it was important to surround herself with an all-female creative team to put the project together. She wrote the storyline with her co-writer, Kallista Frost, and enlisted the help of Hayley Gjertsen to direct the video, Christel Rahman for styling, and Alexa Slaymaker for set decoration. More on Leah at https://www.leahjustinemusicepk.com on Instagram (@leahjustinemusic) and Facebook.
NUMBER ONE NEWS:
Who loves country music? Well, now we know for sure that Kane Brown does as his single “Like I Love Country Music” scored his eighth No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for the tally dated August 20. Multi-Platinum entertainer Brown who has garnered nearly 12 billion career streams to date, also marks his fastest rising single with the track. It was written by Brown alongside Matt McGinn, Taylor Phillips and Jordan Schmidt and produced by Dann Huff. The track is the second single release (following his previous No. 1 hit “One Mississippi”) from the album Different Man, set for release September 9. The song also reached No. 1 on radio airplay charts in Canada and Australia. “Like I Love Country Music” is the follow-up to Brown’s previous No. 1 hit “One Mississippi,” and is the second No. 1 single to come from his upcoming album, Different Man, out Sept. 9. Brown is taking his Drunk or Dreaming International Tour to stops in Australia and continuing on to New Zealand, Canada, UK, and Europe. More at https://www.kanebrownmusic.com. (@kanebrown_music)
ONErpm has introduce ONE Publishing, its new publishing administration service, that allows songwriters and publishers (copyright owners) to administer catalogs and collect publishing royalties from around the world in an easy and transparent way. Over the last three years, ONErpm has developed the necessary technology to register, identify and manage compositions in compliance with international standards. Throughout the process, ONErpm has directly partnered with collection societies all over the world, and in doing so, has minimized intermediaries which puts more money in the pockets of songwriters. ONErpm has partnered with Performance Rights Organizations (PROs), Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) and Digital Service Providers (DSPs). Of note are all the U.S. PROs and CMOs such as BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, HFA, MLC, MusicReports; regional partners like UBC in Brazil, SACM in Mexico, SAYCO in Colombia, LatinAutor in Latin America, Unison in Europe and direct deals with DSPs such as YouTube, Spotify, Apple, Deezer, Lyricfind and MusixMatch. ONErpm is now present in 33 cities and 29 countries, with ONE Publishing rolling out in all of its territories. The service is available to both ONErpm’s premium distributed artists and labels as well as DIY accounts that meet certain criteria. Details at www.onerpm.com.
RISING STAR NEWS:
Play It Again Entertainment’s rising artist Dylan Marlowe released his new song “Why’d We Break Up Again” across all digital service providers (https://ffm.to/wwbua). The song, written by Marlowe, Joe Fox, and Brett Tyler, follows on the heels of his most recent “GTB,” “When I Look Back”, and his hit “I’ll Keep The Country” which has been streamed over 8 million times. “Why’d We Break Up Again” will be the first track released this Fall before Dylan heads out on the road with Cole Swindell for his Back Down To The Bar Tour. Marlowe has built a solid engaged fan base city-by-city resulting in him having accumulated over 14 million streams just in the last three months. “Why’d We Break Up Again” is Marlowe’s fresh take on the familiar breakup songs which are typically about drinking and partying. Instead, the Georgia native tells the story of a toxic relationship that draws him back in every time he tries to end the relationship. “This track is a mix of country and rock, like the songs that I grew up listening to. The story behind the song is a situation that almost everyone’s been in before.” Tour info at www.DylanMarloweMusic.com.
Porchlight Music and Paul Brown’s Doosey Co. LLC have announced the signing of songwriter Taylor Davis. Davis, a native of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, had aspirations of playing college football, however, those dreams were cut short by related injuries and he made the move to Nashville to pursue his musical dreams at 18 years of age. Davis was previously signed at Magic Mustang Music and BMG. He is known for his soulful voice, heartfelt lyrics, and ear-grabbing melodies. He has had cuts by Big & Rich, Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Nate Barnes, and Tom O’Connor. Porchlight Music is a Nashville-based music publishing and artist development company that is quickly becoming one of country music’s leading independent music publishers. More at https://porchlightmusic.com/taylor-davis.html (thetaylordavis)
Road-tested artist Clayton Anderson will release Made In The USA, his first full-length album since signing to Visionary Media Group in 2021, on September 16. His new fan track and midwestern anthem “Indiana,” an uptempo ode to his home state at the crossroads of America, dropped August 12 (8.12) as an instant grat track. 812 is the area code for Southern Indiana, where Anderson grew up. “Every song on this album has a special meaning to me,” says Anderson. “It’s my most vulnerable body of work and I’m thrilled to have worked alongside Dave [Audé], Brandon [Hood], Anastasia [Brown] and the entire team at Visionary Media Group. Performing my songs live on the Lake Tour has been a blast. People know every word to ‘Show Me Your Fish,’ thanks to our friends at Hook & Barrel, and our most recent track ‘Made In The USA’ has people raising their hands and singing along. There’s no better feeling than to know that you can bring thousands of people together through music. I’m truly blessed.” Pre-Save / Add / Order the Made In The USA album at https://claytonanderson.ffm.to/mitusaa.OPR.
SONGWRITER /SINGER NEWS:
ERNEST has announced his first-ever headlining Sucker For Small Towns Tour. Kicking off in Birmingham, Ala. on October 6 and continuing through mid-November, the singer/songwriter brings Flower Shops (The Album) – one of 2022’s best Nashville albums (so far) – and more selects from his catalog to the road. Country up and comers Jake Worthington, Lauren Watkins, and Noah Hicks join as support across the fall run. Tickets are available now for all tour dates. Exclusive pre-show VIP Experience Packages are available for all shows at point of purchase, including: one general admission ticket, VIP early entry into the venue, a Q&A and photo with ERNEST, a pre-show performance, signed merchandise, and more. “I’m stoked to get out there and take the ERN show on the road,” ERNEST shares. “Gonna be playin to rooms I think we can pack! It’s an experience we put together specifically for the fans and I think it’s going to be special for them to be able to say they were there for it!” Tour and ticket info at https://ernestofficial.com. More at Twitter (@ernest615) and Instagram (@ernest).
TEXAS MUSIC NEWS:
2022 has been a whirlwind year for country music artist David Adam Byrnes. A consistent flow of song releases along with a tour schedule that has nearly doubled has kept the young artist in an uninterrupted state of “ready, set, go.” In preparation for his new album release, DAB started releasing songs off the album nearly every month in an effort to bring his fans along in his evolution through a steady unfolding of his life’s story song-by-song. When he left Nashville and moved to Texas, Byrnes spent years fighting his way back to himself as an artist by rewiring his brain to write the songs he lived and felt instead of the formulaic scramble to pen the next “big thing.” Ironically, every single he has released have all hit #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart making DAB the only artist to ever accomplish such a feat in the chart’s 18-year history. Byrnes has now celebrated his seventh straight #1 hit single “One Honky Tonk Town.” Byrnes has 10 million total streams and over 100,000 social media followers. More at www.davidadambyrnes.com. Click to pre-save the album here: https://orcd.co/0boqxep
Multi-Platinum selling superstar Cole Swindell garnered his fastest-rising single to date with “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” landing in the Top 10 on the country airplay chart in just eight weeks.
The 11-time chart-topper, currently on the road throughout the summer, launches his headlining Back Down To The Bar Tour, featuring Ashley Cooke and Dylan Marlowe, on September 23. The Georgia native’s first headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on November 3 has sold out and he is adding a second show on November 2. Tickets for the second show (Nov. 2) of the Back Down To The Bar are on sale now. “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” is the followup to his two back-to-back recent multi-week No. 1 hits, “Never Say Never,” a duet with friend and BBR Music Group’s fast-rising new artist Lainey Wilson, and “Single Saturday Night,” the debut single from his new album Stereotype. “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” is available now across all digital platforms. For tour dates and to purchase tickets go to www.ColeSwindell.com.
Warner Music Nashville platinum selling artist Michael Ray is a self-confessed bootlegger. But in a good way, you’ll be pleased to know. In a tweet about “Time Marches On” (The Bootlegger Sessions, Ray writes: “As long as I’m blessed enough to do what I love and write and sing my music, I plan to do everything I can to honor this genre and all the legends who have come before me. That’s what The Bootleggers Sessions are all about to me! Getting things started with my version of Tracy Lawrence’s “Time Marches On.” Can’t wait for you to hear it!!” Play/download “Time Marches On” from all major music services via https://michaelray.lnk.to/timemarcheson-bootlegger?eml=2022August26/5802073/6218755&etsubid=192140035. More about Michael at https://www.michaelraymusic.com/ and (@Michaelraymusic)
Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore has dropped another new track, sharing his yearning new song “If I Was Your Lover”, available to listen at https://strm.to/IfIWasYourLoverPR. Co-written by Moore with Matt Bubel, and the pair co-producing the song with Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three), the track sees Moore envision how it would be if the object of his desire was in fact his. Directed by his longtime collaborator, PJ Brown, Moore welcomes co-star and red-hot fellow artist Morgan Wade in the music video. Shot in Charleston, SC the cinematic and sultry video imagines a dream-like world in which Moore and Wade are together.
“A close friend and incredible musician Matt Bubel came over one day during the initial lockdown,” shared Moore. “We started playing music late into the night and that’s when he played the opening keys riff. I woke up with the whole lyric in my head one morning and I’ve been waiting to release this song ever since then. Filming the video with Morgan took the song to a whole new place. I’m excited for fans to hear this, along with seeing this video.” More at https://www.kipmoore.net.
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