Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Lady A's Dave Haywood Lends A Hand To Upcoming Post Monroe EP

Artist: Post Monroe
Album: Post Monroe EP
Label: KCH Entertainment
Release date: May 13, 2016

Ashlee Hewitt, Whitney Duncan and Shelby McLeod meld their distinct voices, backgrounds and life experiences together to create Post Monroe. “Our sound is our voices,” Ashlee explains. “They’re different. They’re unique. The blend of them together makes Post Monroe what it is.”

Their debut single and EP is produced by Grammy Award winning Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum and Chuck Ainlay.

"I have had such an amazing time being on the production side of the music-making process with Post Monroe. I truly believe that these girls are the real deal – from the writing room to the studio – they have a unique perspective and fresh sound that I can’t wait for people to hear," says Haywood.

The songs themselves are extremely important to the songwriting threesome. “Most the time when we’re writing it’s like a therapy sessions, where someone shares something that’s happened to them and it’s like, ‘Well, that’s the hook!'” Ashlee says. “We are strong women and we’re vulnerable,” Shelby adds. “There are many sides to every woman. We like writing songs that speak from all those sides.”

Each member can approach a song or idea from a different perspective. Ashlee is married with a three-year-old son, Tuff, while Whitney is newlywed and Shelby, the youngest, is still living the single life. “We’re all in different places but also similar at the same time,” Whitney explains.
 
Ashlee grew up on a farm in Lancaster, Minn. — “way up by Canada” — and started singing at the age of three. Between the ages of 13 and 18, she played nearly 150 shows a year across Minnesota and North Dakota. “I knew I wanted to do music so I just packed up and came to Nashville,” she recalls of the move she made at 18.
Whitney is a native of Scotts Hill, Tenn., and grew up visiting Nashville. She played the fairs and festivals circuit as well and began coming to Nashville at the age of 15 to write with the city’s elite songwriters. “I’d skip school and my dad would bring me to Nashville and then turn around and go to work,” Whitney remembers. “It was a two-hour drive and he’d drive again to get me after work.” Like Ashlee, Whitney pursued a career as a female solo artist before realizing their dream to start a band.

Shelby was raised in Madison, Ga., and spent her childhood singing and doing musical theatre. While she hoped to move to Nashville after high school, her father — who she admits is her “hero” — insisted she go to college. Four years later, after graduating with a degree in communications, Shelby moved to Music City and within two months she landed a job working for Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Entertainment. “I wanted to get a job in the industry to learn and go in the back door like everybody does,” Shelby admits. “Oh, I’ll slip through and someone will love me. I learned so much and I loved working there."

But her plan worked. It was that job that brought Shelby to her future bandmates. Whitney and Ashlee had met through a mutual friend and discovered their mutual love for songwriting and desire to start a trio. “I met Shelby at Starstruck and I didn’t know she could sing, I just thought she was gorgeous,” Whitney recalls. “Then a friend told me she could sing and we brought her in for a meeting and all sang together … it was magic.” “When we got the first demo back, everyone was in awe,” Ashlee adds.

The trio adopted a name that Ashlee had been holding on to for quite a while. “I was living in L.A. in 2008 and I heard someone describe a fashion style as Post Monroe … after Marilyn Monroe,” she explains. “Immediately, I was like that sounds like a band name! I went and got all the social media and websites and everything and blocked them.”

“I love Marilyn Monroe and her timeless beauty but I think it’s nice to leave it open for interpretation, too,” Whitney says. “In country music, we have Bill Monroe. There are some great Monroes.”

1. Half Hearted
2. Lucky One
3. Red Hot American Summer (Post Monroe, Blair Daly)
4. Dixie Dust (Post Monroe, Dave Haywood, Dave Thomson)
5. Hell on Me

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kristy Lee Cook To Deliver All Kinds of Crazy Early Next Month

Artist: Kristy Lee Cook
Album: All Kinds Of Crazy EP
Label: Broken Bow Records
Release Date: May 6, 2016

Kristy Lee Cook is set to release her first EP All Kinds Of Crazy on May 6, 2016 with Broken Bow Records. Cook is an authentic country girl whose passion for life, music, and love shine through in her music.

Cook was the seventh place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. In 2005, Cook released her first album called Devoted. In June 2008, Cook signed to 19 Recordings and Arista Nashville. She released her post-Idol album, Why Wait, in September 2008. producing her first chart single, "15 Minutes of Shame", a Top 30 hit on the Billboard country charts.

1.Everything
2. Ruined
3.What We Got
4.All Kinds Of Crazy

New Grand Ole Opry Music Video From Vince Gill & Paul Franklin- "A World Without Haggard"

Monday, April 25, 2016

Kris Kristofferson Has New Live Album Ready For June Release

Artist: Kris Kristofferson
Album: The Cedar Creek Sessions
Release date: June 17, 2016

In June 2014, legendary songwriter Kris Kristofferson hosted a three-day impromptu jam session at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin, Texas. It had been a while since Kris had recorded and here was a chance to lay down some of his favorite compositions with a live band. With Shawn Camp on lead guitar, Kevin Smith on bass, Michael Ramos on keyboard, and Mike Meadows on drums, the group ran through twenty-five of Kristofferson’s best-loved songs. On the final day, Kris’s dear friend Sheryl Crow came in to sing a duet of “The Loving Gift,” a song made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash that Kris had never recorded.

Two years later, Kristofferson will release The Cedar Creek Sessions just days before his 80th birthday, June 22, 2016.

At eighty years old, few songwriters can look back and see that they have transformed an entire American musical art form. In a single line, Kristofferson turned modern music into viable contemporary literature: “Freedom’s just another word,” he wrote, “for nothing left to lose.” For years, those words from his song “Me and Bobby McGee” served as the hippie generation’s most resonant mantra. Today, songwriters from Belfast to Belleville replay the classic when seeking inspiration. Kristofferson’s first recording of the song as a demo, while working as a janitor at Columbia Records in 1968, signaled only the beginning of his lasting contributions to the creative arts.

“Forty years ago, Kris single-handedly changed the way people write songs,” Don Was, who produced several Kristofferson albums, told the Austin American-Statesman in 2009. “He combined the simplicity and directness of Hank Williams with the emotional intelligence of a Rhodes Scholar. There isn’t a songwriter out there today who hasn’t been influenced by Kris. He’s a giant.”

By nature an outsider, Kristofferson frequently centers lyrical themes on better days for the down-and-out (“Shipwrecked in the Eighties”) and disenfranchised (“Sandinista”). In fact, he consistently has addressed social, political, cultural and personal issues largely taboo in country music at the time that he began writing professionally. That pioneering approach came at a price. For a time, Kristofferson was persona non grata in the music world for exploring political concerns in albums such as Repossessed (1986), which addressed widespread tragedy (“They Killed Him,” “Anthem ’84”) and turmoil specifically in that era’s war in El Salvador (“What About Me”).

As those songs show, Kristofferson speaks his mind. He always has, always will. His concern isn’t popular opinion – or who agrees with his. He seeks truths. He listens. He asks difficult questions. His album Third World Warrior (1990), which includes his song “The Eagle and the Bear,” alone proves that. “And I'll say until the day we free Mandela,” he wrote, “all the world will be in chains.” He later declared support for Nicaraguan rebels. “[Kris Kristofferson] and Jackson Browne were out there talking all of the s**t in the 1980s when the US was behaving really badly all over the Southern Hemisphere,” renegade songwriter Steve Earle recalls. “I admired that.”

Kristofferson realized a personal highlight while anchoring the Highwaymen, an all-star collective with fellow Outlaw Country legends Cash, Waylon Jennings and Nelson, throughout the 1980s. Many would have hung their hat after that run. Instead, Kristofferson barely has paused for breath since. He’s released several recent high watermarks including the increasingly intimate A Moment of Forever (1995), The Austin Sessions (1999) and This Old Road (2006), and he produced some of his finest work with the deeply personal Closer to the Bone (2009) and Feeling Mortal (2013). Now, at eighty years old, Kristofferson tours worldwide as a solo and acoustic troubadour, supplying singer-songwriters worldwide with a role model for legitimacy and longevity.

The Cedar Creek Sessions collection is a snapshot of the legendary songwriter in the twilight of his life.

Track Listing:
Volume One
1. Duvalier’s Dream
2. The Loving Gift (with special guest Sheryl Crow)
3. The Sabre and the Rose
4. The Law is for the Protection of the People
5. It No Longer Matters What I Do
6. Stagger Mountain Tragedy
7. The Wife You Save
8. Lay Me Down and Love the World Away
9. The Bigger the Fool (The Harder the Fall)
10. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
11. Spooky Lady’s Revenge
12. Forever In Your Love
13. Winter

Volume Two
1. Darby’s Castle
2. Me and Bobby McGee
3. Broken Freedom Song
4. Casey’s Last Ride
5. Billy Dee
6. Easter Island
7. For the Good Times
8. Help Me Make It Through the Night
9. Jody and the Kid
10. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
11. Risky Business
12. To Beat the Devil

New Music Video From Maggie Rose- "Same Sky"

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Updated Album Release Schedule for Spring & Summer 2016

There's lot of new music to look forward to in the coming weeks/months. What are you looking forward to the most?

April 29
Martina McBride - Reckless (Nash Icon)
Lonestar- Never Enders (Shanachie Entertainment)
Shenandoah - Good News Travels Fast

May 3
Kayla Calabrese - Glass Stiletto EP

May 6
Keith Urban - Ripcord (Capitol Records Nashville)
Cyndi Lauper- (Detour/Sire Records)
Cole Swindell - You Should Be Here (Warner Bros.-Warner Music Nashville)
Mary Chapin Carpenter- The Things That We Are Made Of (Lambent Light Records-Thirty Tigers)
Ryan Beaver - Rx - (St. Beaver-Parallel)

May 13
Jennifer Nettles - Playing With Fire (Big Machine Records)
Rob Baird - Wrong Side of the River (Hard Luck Recording Company)
Sammy Kershaw - The Blues Got Me (Big Hit Records-RED)
Michaela Anne - Bright Lights and the Fame

May 20
Blake Shelton - If I’m Honest (Warner Bros. Records-Warner Music Nashville)
The Highwaymen - The Highwaymen Live—American Outlaws - (Columbia-Legacy)

May 27
Dierks Bentley - Black (Capitol Records Nashville)
Bonnie Bishop - Ain’t Who I Was (Thirty Tigers)
Yarn - This Is The Year

June 3
Maren Morris - Hero (Columbia Nashville)
Dan + Shay - Obsessed (Warner Bros.-Warner Music Nashville)
Craig Morgan - A Whole Lot More To Me (Black River Entertainment)
John Berry - What I Love The Most (Mansion)

June 10
Brandy Clark - Big Day In A Small Town (Warner Bros. Records)
Frankie Ballard - El Rio (Warner Bros. Records-Warner Music Nashville)
Drew Baldridge - Dirt On Us (Cold River Records)

June 17
Jon Pardi - California Sunrise (Capitol Records Nashville)
Derik Hultquist - Southern Iron (Carnival Music-Thirty Tigers)
LoCash - The Fighters (Reviver)
k.d. lang, Neko Case & Laura Veirs - case/lang/veirs (ANTI)

June 24
Jack Ingram - Midnight Motel (Rounder)
Elizabeth Cook - Exodus of Venus (PledgeMusic)

July 1
Sara Watkins - Young in All The Wrong Ways (New West)

July 8
Kenny Chesney - Some Town Somewhere (Columbia Nashville-Blue Chair Records)
Sean McConnell - Sean McConnell (Rounder Records)

Summer
Kree Harrison - This Old Thing (Plaid Flag Records)
Kiefer Sutherland - Down In a Hole
Eric Paslay - Dressed in Black
Marc Broussard - SOS: Save Our Soul II: The Foundation Record
Dolly Parton - Pure and Simple

September
Chely Wright - I Am the Rain (Megaforce/Sony Red)

Albums with "to be announced" release dates:
David Lee Murphy - "No Zip Code" (independent)
Crystal Bowersox - "Promises" EP [Pledge Music]
Joy Williams - "Venus" (Sensibility Music/Columbia Records)
Sarah Darling - TBD (Kickstarter)
Hillary Scott - Love Remains
Damn Davidsons- TBD (GoFundMe)
Drew Kennedy - At Home In The Big Lonesome (Atlas Aurora)

 

Live Performance Music Video From Sturgill Simpson- "Brace For Impact (Live a Little)"

Friday, April 22, 2016

Jack Ingram's Long-Awaited Midnight Motel To Be Released In June

Artist: Jack Ingram
Album: Midnight Motel
Label: Rounder
Release date: June 24, 2016

Texan troubadour Jack Ingram's long-awaited Midnight Motel album now has a label (Rounder) and a release date (June 24). The album is produced by Jon Randall, and features contributions by guitarist Charlie Sexton, drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young and Dire Straits) as well as from members of Ingram’s long-standing Beat Up Ford Band.

“Jack Ingram speaks from his heart, whether on a stage or in the studio,” says Rounder Label Group COO Cliff O’Sullivan. “‘Midnight Motel‘ is a return to the kind of raw songs and performances that made Jack fans from the early days of his career in Ft. Worth and all over Texas before becoming a nationally known artist in the past decade. We’re thrilled to have him join the Rounder Label Group family.”

Ingram released his self-titled debut in 1995 but he didn't breakout until his fifth set, 2002's Electric. In 2005, he hit the top of the Country Singles with Wherever You Are. His last album was 2009's Big Dreams & High Hopes.

New Music Video From Sara Watkins - "Move Me"

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Chely Wright Sets September 2016 For Album Release Date For I Am The Rain

Artist: Chely Wright
Album: I Am The Rain
Label: Megaforce Records/Sony Red
Release date: September 2016

In a letter out to her Kickstarter supporters, "I wanted you all to be the first to hear the news... we have partnered with a spectacular record label for this album! New York City based Megaforce Records will be releasing OUR record, "I Am The Rain" in September of 2016 and I could not be more satisfied and thrilled. Sony/RED will be handling distribution and they're the best in the business. We've assembled a fantastic team who believes in this music and this moment."

"Joe Henry produced this album and I am still in awe of having worked with him and the brilliant crew of musicians and engineers that he assembled for this record. Thank you all again. I hope you'll be as proud of this album as I am."

The new project was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles featuring guest performances by Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and the Milk Carton Kids.

"This really feels like "old times again"-- when I could feel positive things happening in my career and it was all because of energy and momentum that only comes from fans.  It cannot be generated by industry hype (as much as I benefitted from those types of efforts on many occasions in my career), it cannot be synthesized by landing the right press piece... no, this kind of energy is something that is truly real.  It's as good as it gets."

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sammy Kershaw To Release New Blues Album In May 2016

Artist: Sammy Kershaw
Album: The Blues Got Me
Label: Big Hit Records
Release date: May 13, 2016

Multi-platinum selling Sammy Kershaw has finally recorded the Blues album he’s been hinting at for years. The Blues Got Me features eleven songs with strong ties and sounds to Kershaw’s Louisiana roots.

In the official press release, Kershaw says, “I guess you could call it a ‘Cajunie’ Blues-type record. Lotta Cajun, Swamp-Pop Music and maybe a little bit of Zydeco influenced into this type of Blues.  Just a fun project.  Something a little different!”
"This album has been in the works for a long time and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be able to record it and bring it to you," says Kershaw.  
 
This collection features Kershaw's take on timeless classics such as Chuck Berry's "No Money Down," the Allman Brothers' "It's Not My Cross To Bear" and the song made famous by Solomon Burke, "Where'd The Money Go."  This classic Blues album, produced by Kershaw himself, also contains seven originals written and co-written by the legend such as "I'm Going Crazy," "No Money Blues," "I'm Your Huckleberry" and others. 

1. The Blues Got Me
2. That Train
3. It's Not My Cross To Bear
4. Where'd The Money Go
5. Big Legged Woman
6. I'm Gone
7. No Money Down
8. I'm Your Huckleberry
9. I'm Goin' Crazy
10. Hot Night In Kaplan
11. No Money Blues

Monday, April 18, 2016

Shenandoah Releases First Album In A Decade This Week

Artist: Shenandoah
Album: Good News Travels Fast
Label: Daywind Roots
Release Date: April 29th

90's hit making group Shenandoah, known for the #1 Hit Singles "The Church on Cumberland Road", "Sunday in the South", "Two Dozen Roses", "Next to You, Next to Me", "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)", and many more hits, is set to release their first Gospel Album, the first album since Journeys released in 2006 and is also the first album since "Shenandoah Christmas" in 1996 to feature the original lead singer "Marty Raybon"

Daywind Roots, a new division of Daywind Records, will launch the album. The title track is acting as the first single and was written by Bud McGuire and Jerry Salley.

Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus is producing the project.

"It's been the thrill of a lifetime," DeMarcus said. "As someone who grew up in Ohio, it would be like tossing a football with Ken Anderson or Boomer Esiason. You never dream of it coming true. I would have Marty Raybon sing lines from some of my favorite Shenandoah songs. I'm sure I wore them out, but I followed them around asking, 'Can you sing this?' I was definitely like a kid in a candy store. It brought back so many memories of driving in my car to college listening to their Greatest Hits album and never once dreaming I would meet them and call them my friends, but also help them to discover some new music."
 
"I think that when you look back over their catalog at their history of songs, they were one of those bands that just got their hands on wonderful tunes -- songs that resonated years beyond when they were released," he said. 
 
"I think the strength of that material was what inspired us the most to keep the bar very high for the material that we picked for our own records," DeMarcus continued. "Marty has one of those distinctive voices. From the minute that he opened his mouth on the radio, you knew who was singing that song. While I wouldn't say that his and Gary's voices are kin to each other, he shares that characteristic of you knowing it's him when the record starts. I think those were some of the ways that we found a kindred spirit with them. We identified with some of the key components of the foundation of their group."
 
"With a band like Shenandoah, you don't want to take things and deconstruct them to a point where you don’t recognize them. You want to put a fresh spin and a different take on it, and I think we’ve done that. There’s just enough of the old familiar sound mixed with a new sound and direction that it’s fresh again.” DeMarcus said with a laugh, adding that the band's longtime fans can rest easy. “I didn’t make them a new Sam Hunt and I didn’t turn them into Rascal Flatts. It's definitely Shenandoah."

Track-listing
1. A Cross Between A Sinner And A Saint
2. Didn't It Rain
3. Good News Travels Fast
4. Hallelujah For The Cross
5. I Know He Knows
6. Seconds Count (Feat. Karen Peck)
7. Stained Glass
8. Sunday Morning Sermon
9. Just Wait, Be Still
10. Like Every Days A Sunday
11. If I'm Right