Friday, November 21, 2014

New Music Video From Radney Foster- "California"

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Randy Montana Releases New EP Put Me In A Box

Former Mercury Records artist and current Sony/ATV songwriter Randy Montana has released a brand new 5 song EP entitled Put Me In A Box this week via i-Tunes. Montana says, “Put Me In A Box speaks from a wiser, more mature place.”

Track Listing:

1. "Put Me In A Box" (Randy Montana, E. Dylan)
2. "Young In This Town" (Randy Montana, T. Reeves, J. Hoge)
3. "Practice Swing" (Randy Montana, B. Chaffin)
4. "Train Wreck" (Randy Montana, C. Wilson)
5. "Creepin' Up On Me" (Randy Montana, B. Chaffin)

Montana is a songwriter’s son who has found his own voice and quickly earned respect as a tunesmith on Music Row. He co-wrote nine songs on his eponymous album, and Montgomery Gentry recorded the Montana-penned “Can’t Feel the Pain.” Emmylou Harris was so impressed by Montana’s talent that she harmonizes with him on “Last Horse.”

His father is Billy Montana, whose hits include Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory,” Sara Evans’ “Suds in the Bucket” and the Grammy-nominated Jo Dee Messina hit “Bring on the Rain.” “Growing up around it, it took me awhile to come into my own,” he says. “I never worried about being in a shadow or anything like that. But I also wanted to achieve that same kind of songwriting level that my dad achieved.”

He signed with Sony Music Publishing in 2008 and began writing with its team of established writers. His burgeoning catalog caught the attention of Universal Music Group Nashville’s Joe Fisher, and he soon signed with Universal’s Mercury Nashville and began creating his debut album. That debut album spawned the two charted hits, “1,000 Faces” and the debut single, “Ain’t Much Left Of Lovin’ You.”

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver To Release New Album On 1/20

Mountain Home Music Company has announced a January 20, 2015 release date for In Session from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson is well known for high standards in every aspect of his musical career. For exquisite precision in vocals, harmony and musicianship, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s live shows and recorded projects are unmatched. Some of the most accomplished and respected names in Bluegrass honed their craft under the tutelage of Lawson’s mastery.

Now, the ‘School of Bluegrass’ is back In Session, with a masterful collection that promises to educate, once again, just how Bluegrass is done. In Session begins with “Roll Big River,” a driving banjo tune that sets the course for the outstanding Bluegrass for which Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have become renowned. Up next is a lesson in history with the old-fashioned courting number, “Wilma Walker” and the sentimental Southern ballad, “Calling All Her Children Home.” In Session also explores a grassy update of the 1950’s hit song, “You, You, You” as well as a rendition of Bill Monroe’s classic instrumental “Evening Prayer Blues.”

The album wraps with pleasingly contemporary version of Moe Bandy’s “Americana,” completing the course of “reading, ‘riting, and rhythm.” Not only is each song spectacular, but In Session is a perfect example of Lawson’s knack for the progression of tunes on an album. It is not just a collection, but a satisfying experience from its energetic opener to mellow ballads and the final, nostalgic closing number. The flow from song to song takes the listener through a path of music-inspired emotion. 

Lawson’s current lineup is stronger than ever with lead vocals handled by Dustin Pyrtle, Eli Johnston and Lawson himself. The harmony work on In Session makes it clear why the group has won multiple IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Awards. A noted mandolin master, Lawson always surrounds himself with top-flight players. In Session also boasts the phenomenal Dobro playing and vocals of Josh Swift, the impeccable Joe Dean on banjo and vocals and newcomer Stephen Burwell on fiddle. 

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have nearly forty albums to their credit, are seven-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners, with enough Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA, and SPBGMA nominations and awards to fill a chalkboard. Lawson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Country Icon Loretta Lynn Signs New Multi-Album Deal with Legacy Recordings

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has inked an historic multi-album deal with American music legend Loretta Lynn.  The new agreement covers several albums of new material, produced by Patsy L Russell and John Carter Cash, recorded over the past seven years at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

The first title in Legacy's new Loretta Lynn album series is slated for release in 2015 and will be the artist's first collection of new recordings since Van Lear Rose, her 2004 collaboration with Jack White, took home a pair of Grammys including Best Country Album of the Year.

Since 2007, Loretta Lynn, her daughter Patsy L Russell and John Carter Cash have been working together at the Cash Cabin Studio on a project that travels back and explores Loretta's musical history, from the Appalachian folk songs and gospel music she learned as a child, to new interpretations of her classic hits and country standards, to songs newly-written for the project.  Drawing inspiration from personal memories and deep connections to American music, Lynn's new recordings capture the essence of these songs in intimate new performances, the way they might've sounded growing up in the 1930's and 40's in Butchers Hollow, Kentucky.

One of the all-time legends of American country music, Loretta Lynn has received numerous awards in country and American music, including induction into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1988, and the Song Writers Hall Of Fame in 2008. She was honored in 2010 at the Country Music Awards. Lynn has been a member of The Grand Ole Opry for 51 years since joining on September 25, 1962. Her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry was on October 15, 1960. In a press conference she said, "I've played in a million places, but the Grand Ole Opry is different."  Lynn has recorded 60 albums and has sold over 48 million albums worldwide in her career.

In announcing that Loretta Lynn would be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House stated: "Loretta Lynn is a country music legend. Raised in rural Kentucky, she emerged as one of the first successful female country music vocalists in the early 1960s, courageously breaking barriers in an industry long dominated by men. Ms. Lynn's numerous accolades include the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010."

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Henningsens To Release Our Family Christmas On 11/17

The Henningsens announced that they will release their first holiday album, Our Family Christmas, on Nov. 17. The trio, made up of siblings Clara and Aaron Henningsen, along with their father, Brian, have developed a collection of eight Christmas favorites, like “White Christmas,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and more. The family worked with brothers Preston and Spencer Dalton to record the project. Additionally, the 10-track album includes two Henningsen originals, “Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Baby Jesus” and “Christmas Kissin’,” which features guest vocals by Jerrod Niemann.

“We really wanted to make it very traditional in the songs and the melodies, but a lot of our arrangements are new, modern, cool arrangements,” said Brian Henningsen.

The Henningsens previously scored on the country charts with their debut single “American Beautiful” and released their self-titled EP in 2013.

Our Family Christmas track list
1.“Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Baby Jesus”
Aaron Henningsen/Dave Brainard/Tim Jackson (BMI)
2.“Carol of the Bells” (Medley)
Peter J. Wilhousky/Traditional (ASCAP)/(Public Domain)
Carol of the Bells/ O Come All Ye Faithful /Hark the Herald Angels Sing
3.“Holly Jolly Christmas”
Johnny Marks (ASCAP)
4.“Christmas Kissin’” (feat. Jerrod Niemann)
Aaron Henningsen (BMI)
5.“O Holy Night”
Traditional (Public Domain)
6.“The Christmas Story”
Traditional (Public Domain)
7.“White Christmas”
Irving Berlin (ASCAP)
8.“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
Traditional (Public Domain)
9.“Silent Night” (feat. Janelle Arthur)
Franz Gruber/John Freeman Young/Joseph Mohr (Public Domain)
10.“Auld Lang Syne”
Traditional (Public Domain)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cole Swindell To Release Down Home Sessions On 11/17

While CMA Awards' “New Artist of the Year” nominee, Cole Swindell, is gearing up to launch his "Down Home Tour" next month, the breakout artist will also release a special fan EP, called the Down Home Sessions on November 17th via Warner Bros Records. Comprised of five songs (track listing below), the digital album will be released in connection with his first solo run of tour dates this winter, which follows up his nationwide arena and stadium trek with Luke Bryan.

“I'm always writing and I have lots of songs that I want my fans to hear. As a songwriter that's what you want, but everything can't always make it onto your album so I decided the best way to release this music was to put together the Down Home Session EP,” explains Swindell. “The start of my ‘Down Home Tour’ seemed like the perfect time to put this collection together for the fans, not that I need an excuse to thank them for all the support they have given me over the past year.”

1) Ready
2) The Way You’re Lovin’ Me Now
3) Kiss
4) Workin’ On Me
5) Boomerang