Friday, August 29, 2014

New Music Video From Jason Aldean- "Burnin' It Down"

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Old Dominion To Release Self-Titled EP On 10/7

Up-and-coming country music group Old Dominion announced the forthcoming release of their self-titled debut EP, set for Oct. 7. Their current single, “Shut Me Up,” has already been well received on SiriusXM’s The Highway and reached more than 1.5 million streams on Spotify in just 11 weeks. Old Dominion’s debut EP was produced by Shane McAnally and will be released through Thirty Tigers.

Comprised of Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi; Old Dominion has been writing and honing their sound as a band for 10 years. Many of their songs have been recorded and released by an impressive list of artists including The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Tyler Farr, Craig Morgan, Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Chris Young and more.

Old Dominion is currently performing at dates across the country and will join country music star Chase Rice for select dates on his Ignite the Night Tour this fall. For more information and the latest updates, visit www.olddominionband.com or follow on Twitter @OldDominion and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/olddominionband.

Old Dominion EP track listing:

1. "Shut Me Up" (Andrew Dorff, Matthew Ramsey and Brad Tursi)
2. "Break Up With Him" (Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi)
3. "Nowhere Fast" (Matthew Jenkins, Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen)
4. "Beer Can In A Truck Bed" (Matthew Jenkins, Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen)
5. "Wrong Turns" (Matthew Jenkins, Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen)
6. "Dirt On A Road" (Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bob Seger Set To Ride Out On 10/14


Bob Seger announced that he will release a brand new album entitled Ride Out on October 14 that will include a brand new single called "Detroit Made."

Produced by Seger, the new collection stays true to his legendary sound as he effortlessly marries rock, blues and country, yielding an album with all the hallmarks of the rocker’s deep catalog of hits. Seger began teasing tracks from the album during his 2013 tour, including “Detroit Made,” “All of The Roads” and “California Stars.”

“I feel really good about this record,” says Seger. “This album touches on how I think a lot of us feel about finding our place in a more complicated world – from how we appreciate things as simple and pure as love, to navigating through the corruption and violence that permeates the news. It sums up a lot of feelings I have about a variety of subjects.”

Ride Out is Seger’s first studio album since his 2006 platinum-certified Face The Promise and follows his 2011 platinum-certified release, Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets.

Seger told Billboard last year that this may be his final album. ”I don’t know how much more there is to prove,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind putting out one more record, one last swan song. … I don’t want to overstay my welcome.”

You can listen to the new single, "Detroit Made," below.
 

New Music Video From Chris Lane- "Broken Windshield View"


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chely Wright Looks To Kickstarter To Fund New Album

Chely Wright has announced that she'll be heading back into the studio to record a new album and has gone to the fans that have been supporters of hers to help her crowd-fund the project to get it recorded and then promoted- with a hopeful release date of summer 2015.
 
Says Wright:
"I’ve been writing a lot of songs in the past few years and I'm ready to start recording my next album. I need your help. We’re officially kicking off my Kickstarter Campaign. I will make a record in the same way I’ve always made records—using the best musicians, the best engineers and recording in the best studios available. The only difference this time around is that we are choosing to harness the “power of the people” to fund my album. For my past couple of releases, the budget for simply producing and manufacturing my records has been around $200,000. And then, the record label invests hundreds of thousands more in marketing and promotion. When I was on major labels, these dollar amounts were nearly doubled. So what I’m saying is that I want to make a great album of great songs and to do that, we need to reach our goal.
 This year marks my 20 year anniversary of making records. I have been really fortunate to have dedicated fans who’ve been with me since very early on in my career and together we’ve accomplished great things. I have always considered myself lucky to have been able to make records in Nashville with the best musicians, producers and record labels in the business and to have relationships with some of the greatest radio stations in the country. I cherish the hit records and triumphs that I was blessed to have. But the thing that I've always been most proud of is my relationship with the fans.  We accomplished so much together.  Let’s make some new memories!"
On the strength of her debut album in 1994, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) named Wright the Top New Female Vocalist in 1995. Wright's first Top 40 country hit came in 1997 with "Shut Up and Drive". Two years later, her fourth album yielded a number one single, the title track, "Single White Female". Overall, Wright has released seven studio albums on various labels, and has charted more than fifteen singles on the country charts, selling over a million total records in the process. Wright became one of the first major country music performers to publicly come out as lesbian. In television appearances and an autobiography, she cited among her reasons for publicizing her homosexuality a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by "lying and hiding".

As a songwriter she has written songs that have been recorded by Brad Paisley, Richard Marx, Indigo Girls, Mindy Smith and Clay Walker, among them Walker's top ten hit, "I Can't Sleep" that won her a BMI award. On May 4, 2010, Wright simultaneously released her memoir, Like Me, and her first album of new songs since 2005, Lifted Off the Ground.

 Here's a video of Wright explaining the genesis behind the project, which you can donate to by clicking HERE:
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

George Strait To Release The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium on 9/16


Country icon George Strait is offering fans a 20-track live album recorded at his momentous The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium commemorates a night of celebration for one of the most influential figures in country music.

Due in stores Sep. 16, the MCA Nashville release contains hits from throughout Strait’s remarkable 30+ year career, features special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and introduces George “Bubba” Strait, Jr.

The undisputed “King of Country Music” and reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year performed for over 1 million fans during his two-year, record-breaking, final U.S. tour. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium epitomizes the energy and shared emotion largely thanks to a Texas-sized crowd of nearly 105,000. Equally prevalent on the album is Strait’s sentimentality and immense gratitude for his legion of fans.

Strait fans will have an opportunity to relive the June 7, 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Dallas date with a two-hour “George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away” concert special airing Aug. 29 exclusively on CMT (check local listings).

Track Listing:
1. Check Yes Or No
2. The Love Bug (with Vince Gill)
3. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
4. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait)
5. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church)
6. That's What Breaking Heart Do
7. Marina Del Rey
8. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow)
9. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
10. Jackson (with Martina McBride)
11. A Showman's Life (with Faith Hill)
12. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson)
13. The Chair
14. Give It All We Got Tonight
15. Run (with Miranda Lambert)
16. I'll Always Remember You
17. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chensey)
18. Troubador
19. All My Ex's Live in Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)
20. The Cowboy Rides Away

New Music Video From Shooter Jennings- "Don't Wait Up (I'm Playing Possum)"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Trisha Yearwood Lands New Record Deal, Announces Upcoming Prizefighter Album

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Trisha Yearwood has signed with Sony Music Nashville and announced that her twelfth studio album will be titled PrizeFighter on RCA Nashville. The news was shared at an event tonight that gathered friends and colleagues for an evening of food and music that she performed with members of her long-time backing band, who will join her on the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood when it kicks off in Chicago, IL on Sept. 4.

"Trisha Yearwood is a tremendous recording artist who has enjoyed much success in everything she has done," commented Doug Morris, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment. "She is a talent like no other, and I am pleased to welcome her to the Sony Music family for the next chapter of her exciting music career."

 In revealing the title of her long-awaited upcoming album, she was joined in Nashville by Sony Music Nashville chairman & CEO, Gary Overton, who added "Trisha Yearwood is one of country music's brightest stars. Her versatility and passion have put her at the forefront of countless industries—she is a best-selling author, a culinary maven, and an-Emmy award winning television personality, but first and foremost, Trisha is an unparalleled recording artist who has sold millions of albums and is respected as one of the greatest female vocalists in country music. We're honored to welcome her to the RCA Nashville family, and look forward to her fans hearing her highly-anticipated new music."

"I can't even find the right words to express how excited I am to be releasing new music! I chose the title PrizeFighter because it feels like an anthem for all of us," said Trisha Yearwood. "It's about fighting for what you believe in, and never giving up, even when it's hard. It's a message we all need to hear. I'm so looking forward to working with the amazing staff at Sony. Music is what feeds my soul, and I'm grateful to them for giving me the chance to share what I love."

Trisha Yearwood's album, PrizeFighter, will have its release date announced soon.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tour Bus Covers By John Berry- Dave Loggins' "Please Come To Boston"


Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Acoustic Live Performance Video From Former Eden's Edge Singer Hannah Blaylock - "Don't Want You To Go"



Since leaving Eden's Edge, Hannah Blaylock has been pursing a solo career and been busy songwriting with some of the best names across Nashville as she prepares for a new album down the road. Yesterday, she posted this video of one of the new songs she's been working on. She has this to say about the track, "Both of my grandfathers and grandmothers, uncles, cousins and many other family members and friends of mine have given their service in the military. I am so thankful and lucky to be living in a country where I get to chase my dreams and do what I love for a living. I am in awe of the commitment, sacrifice and bravery it takes to be a soldier. Not only for the soldier, but for their families and especially their spouse. The women and men that hold down the fort here at home while their spouses are gone, for sometimes years at a time, are the strongest people I have ever met. I had the pleasure of writing this song with Jon Stone and Billy Montana. Its one of my favorite songs I have ever written. I hope you enjoy."

Crystal Shawanda, Wade Bowen, Daryle Singletary and Ray Wylie Hubbard All Ready New Projects

Crystal Shawanda
Crystal Shawanda, Wade Bowen, Daryle Singletary and Ray Wylie Hubbard all announced various stages of new projects this week.

I did an interview with Crystal Shawanda earlier this year where she announced that she'd be going a little different direction with her new album this year, veering from straight-up country to a little more blues inspired fare. This week, she announced on her Facebook wall that The Whole World's Got the Blues will be coming out on 9/30:  "So freakin happy we have an official release date for my new blues album "The Whole World's Got The Blues" it will be in stores September 30th! Yesterday I sat on my parent's porch, back on the Rez, writing my thank yous for the album, and it just made it for real! We've picked the single, video plans are in the works, and it's all really happening! I've been preparing for the release for months, performing the new songs, listening to mixes from the road, sneaking in a studio every chance, and now I'm rushing to Nashville to put the finishing touches! This has been such an amazing summer, beautiful friendships were born, and nurtured, and I was even blessed to have down time with my family! My nieces and nephews are growing too fast, and I can never spend enough time with my parents, who are literally my best friends! Being back home in Wikwemikong always feeds my soul, I love my community, and how we always just pick up here we left off! Have a beautiful day lovely people xoxo." Shawanda's debut album “Dawn of a New Day” was released in 2008, was Billboard’s highest charting album by a Native American, and sold 400,000 copies that year. A CMT six-part documentary also aired in Canada called “Crystal: Living the Dream”, giving fans an inside look at Crystal’s life in Nashville.  In 2009, after five hit singles in Canada including the title track, “Try”, and “My Roots are Showing”, and a massive tour with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, Crystal was named the Canadian Country Music Association’s Female Artist of the Year.

Texan Wade Bowen will be releasing a self-titled album on 10/28. Wade Bowen marks a new beginning, the turning of the page to a place where the music becomes a little bit freer, a little bit looser, and a lot more intimate. This is the sound of catharsis, of Bowen released from major label bonds to find himself on his own again. A staple of the Texas Music charts, and a notorious road warrior, Bowen has sold over half a million album in his short career, sung duets with the likes of Will Hoge and Brandy Clark, and been featured on compilations alongside the likes of Charlie Daniels, Old Crow Medicine Show, Eli Young Band and The Blind Boys from Alabama. His Wade Bowen Classic golf tournament has raised over 1 million dollars to benefit children’s charities across central Texas. “The focus was to talk about what I’ve been through. – to get personal,” Bowen says of writing these new tracks, “everything I’ve been through lead me to this.” Wade remarks, “I just started analyzing the road and my passion to put up with so much to “make a dream fly!” I’m still here! It’s like I tell people, the road has tried to get rid of me but I’m still here!”


It sounds as if traditional country will be alive and well as country veteran Daryle Singletary is back in the studio putting together a yet-to-be-named and yet-to-be-given-a-release-date project. This came from Wes Hightower, a musician friend of Singletary: "For my diehard country music friends... I just got to sing bgvs on a new record being recorded by Daryle Singletary. My thoughts???? Anyone who thinks country music is dead should search this record out the day it becomes available. One of the most gifted country singers alive today... #TooLateToSaveTheWorld."

Texan legend and near-philosopher and sage Ray Wylie Hubbard has been in the studio as of late and while he doesn't have a name or a release date as of yet, he does have this to say about the new forthcoming project, "Went in and listened to what we recorded a few weeks ago..it stands up on its hind legs and makes a fist. You may not like the singer or the songs but you will like the way it sounds... I really don't know where these gnawed off pieces of obscureness come from and sometimes I even wonder why I can't write somewhat remotely close to mainstream commercial popular type songs that maybe somebody else ...might record some day but then..I get a headache thinking about that and I quit and get grateful that as an old cat at least my songs aren't metaphor deficient and I still can lay down a groove that make the hip bones wanna do the shaka shaka boom boom ugha ugha whomp whomp. Hmmm...ego or self esteem talking there.. whatever. make no dif. its said and done. I believe it."