Saturday, November 11, 2017

New Music Video From Dillon Carmichael - "Old Songs Like That"

Georgia Native Faren Rachels Drops Debut Project This Week

Artist: Faren Rachels
Album: Faren Rachels
Label: River House
Release date: November 10, 2017

Faren Rachels has a full calendar this week as she releases her self-titled debut EP and joins Luke Combs for the second half of his Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time Tour. Recently named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need To Know, Rachels is excited to share her new music with fans as she opens a string of 14 sold out dates, hitting markets like Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Charlotte before wrapping December 16th in Luke’s hometown of Asheville, NC at the US Cellular Center Arena. The Georgia native also had the honour of opening for Dwight Yoakam several times this year, including stops in North Carolina last week.

The self-titled EP features her first two singles "Free Drinks" and "If It Ain’t Fixed", which were released simultaneously last month. Within a couple weeks, Free Drinks reached over 105k streams and was featured on Taste of Country, which praised the tune as ‘An anthem for every woman.’ Having penned four of the five songs, Rachels is proud to share her long awaited debut project, produced by Aaron Goodvin and Sammy Mitchell.

Faren Rachels track listing:

Nowhere Tonight (Bart Butler, Aaron Goodvin, Faren Rachels)
Free Drinks (Bart Butler, Aaron Goodvin, Faren Rachels)
If It Ain’t Fixed (Tommy Cecil, Jaida Dreyer, Jared Mullins, Cole Taylor)
If I’m Being Honest (Bart Butler, Aaron Goodvin, Faren Rachels)
When Smoking Was Cool (Faren Rachels, Lainey Wilson)

Friday, November 10, 2017

That Nashville Sound Friday Newsbytes: CMA Awards, Sugarland & New Music Videos

The CMA Awards were held this week and Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne and Miranda Lambert all were winners, continuing a definitive shift in the country music landscape. What was your favorite part of the performance?

-  Here's a master list of who took home hardware from the event in case you missed it:

WINNER: Garth Brooks
WINNER: "Blue Ain't Your Color" – Keith Urban
WINNER: From A Room: Volume 1Chris Stapleton
WINNER: "Better Man" - Songwriter: Taylor Swift
WINNER: Miranda Lambert
WINNER: Chris Stapleton
WINNER: Little Big Town
WINNER: Brothers Osborne
WINNER: "Funny How Time Slips Away" - Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
WINNER: Mac McAnally (Guitar)
WINNER: "It Ain't My Fault" – Brothers Osborne
WINNER: Jon Pardi

- Marc Broussard has a new music video for his song "Easy To Love."
- Cody Canada & The Departed performed "Betty Was Black (& Willie Was White)" on the Texas Music Scene.
- Becky Warren has a new music video for her song "I'm Leaving."
- Sugarland is reuniting and will be releasing new music and going out on tour.
- The final album of Montgomery Gentry will be titled Here's To You and will come out on February 2, 2018.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hear It Here: The Texas Red Dirt Choir's "Faith In The Water"

For the writers and singers of “Faith in the Water” this new song is more than a song, it’s a statement. A statement of resolve that’s as big as the State from which it hails. Written by singer-songwriters Roger Creager and Kyle Hutton, the song paints a picture of the despair, hope, and determination on the faces of their friends and neighbors in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and accomplishes a feat possibly unmatched in Texas Music history.... Twenty-five of the Texas's most accomplished artists have joined their hearts and voices to form The Texas Red Dirt Choir in a quest to raise money for those affected by the $190 billion dollar storm.
“Faith in the Water” reflects more than just the generosity of the front-men and women that sing on the project. The song, recorded in famed Bismeaux Studios (Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel), features an incredible list of artists that make up the Texas Red Dirt Choir:
Josh Abbott, Bri Bagwell, Ray Benson, Jason Boland, Wade Bowen, Roger Creager, Deryl Dodd, Kevin Fowler, Susan Gibson, Pat Green, Josh Grider, Kristi Grider, Matt Hillyer, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kyle Hutton, Jack Ingram, Cody Johnson, Micky and Gary Braun of Micky & The Motorcars, Mike Harmeier of Mike & The Moonpies, Cory Morrow, Kyle Park, Dave Perez, Willy and Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly, Heather Stalling, Max Stalling, Larry Joe Taylor, Koe Wetzel, and Jamie Lin Wilson. Also featuring - Curtis Lee, Sheree Smith, Demetrius D-Soul Davis, Ange Kogutz
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Friday, November 3, 2017

New Music Video From Drew Kennedy - "Open Road"

This expansive and breathtaking new music video from Drew Kennedy just might be our favorite of the year... it's just stunning.


That Nashville Sound Friday Newsbytes: Sarah Silverman, Lee Brice, Sarah Darling, Alan Jackson & More

There's lots of news on the table this morning including several new album announcements and a surprise country music performance from one of America's leading comics.

- Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman headed down to Nashville, TN to write and perform a country song with Grammy nominated country songwriter Lee Thomas Miller at The Bluebird Café for her Hulu show, I Love You, America.

- Lee Brice has a new music video for "Rumor".

- Miranda Lambert had a couple performances on Austin City Limits pop up worth watching for "Automatic" and "Tin Man".

- Chris Stapleton released another new song off his upcoming album From A Room: Volume 2 entitled "Scarecrow in the Garden".

- Anderson East will be releasing his next Elektra Records album Encore on January 12, 2018.  East also released a music video for "King for a Day".

- The self-released Winter Wonderland will come out on November 17 from Sarah Darling.

- Josh Kelley will release an album of covers appropriately titled Under the Covers, Vol. 1 on November 17.

- Kelsea Ballerini released a music video for "Roses".

- Donna Ulisse performed "It Could Have Been The Mandolin" over at Music City Roots.

- And my favorite music video of the day, a new music video from Alan Jackson - "The Older I Get".

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Coolest Music T-Shirt Project Around Involves Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Eady, Charlie Robison, Randy Rogers & Special Needs Kids

This site and I don't normally stump for merchandise for artists, but something really unique and special came across my newsfeed and I wanted to share it with folks that might be like-minded. If you like your music, you like promoting good artists and you like doing a good deed for a group of wonderful special needs kids, this might really intrigue you.

It started with a note from Texan Jamie Lin Wilson. If you haven't heard her sing with The Trishas or heard her incredible solo record Holidays and Wedding Rings, write it down right now and add it to your must have list. Jamie went on to reveal:
Y'all, Paper Clouds Apparel is doing a GREAT THING.
They've teamed up artists (the musical kind & the visual kind) to create one-of-a-kind apparel to raise money for special needs kids. Each musician chooses a charity, then one of the Paper Clouds designers (a child with special needs) creates a design according to our suggestions.
When I was approached about being a part of this campaign, I immediately thought of my cousin Carrie, who has had two special needs kids. She suggested that my campaign benefit Camp For All, a barrier-free camp in Brenham, Texas.
While trying to think of a design idea, her daughter Lily passed away. I contacted Paper Clouds and asked them to create a design in Lily's honor. A couple weeks later, they brought me this design, made by a 14-year-old with Asberger's named Griffin.
I think it's perfect. And to top it off, Griffin is our maiden name.
Please check out and all the great artists that have designed shirts and their causes!
Paper Clouds Apparel was formed to showcase the creative minds and artistic abilities of individuals with special needs while raising funds to provide financial support for special needs schools and organizations. We achieve this goal by selling t-shirts, hats and totes featuring artwork designed by individuals with special needs. Paper Clouds Apparel also hires individuals with special needs to package all of our sensory-friendly clothing. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the sale of all merchandise is given to the cause we are promoting in each campaign.

This campaign only runs through November 5th before they do another battery of artists, but this one not only includes Jamie Lin, but this campaign is featuring artwork for Jason Eady, Dalton Domino, Charlie Robison, and Randy Rogers Band as well.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Up & Coming New Nashville - Meet Avalon Kali

It's hard to remember when Avalon Kali didn't have a guitar in her hands.  From early on in the second grade, the Northern California girl from Folsom (not far from Sacramento) would learn new chords on her flat top and pour over lyrics, first creating melodies and then writing poetic songs that went far beyond her years.

On a trip to Nashville with her parents while late in high school, Kali toured the campus of Belmont University and received a Music Row tour from artist/songwriter Chris Roberts (One Flew South). She immediately knew what her future would hold and that was a move to Music City. Her grades were great and acceptance to the illustrious music institution wasn't far behind.

While at Belmont, Kali became an Entertainment Industry Studies major.  Extremely driven, she was a member of various organizations on Belmont University's campus while also volunteering over the last three and a half years in the Nashville community. But the music business called as well and she spent a year interning first at Catch This Music (a small collective of songwriters, producers and musicians that are skilled in providing a new song one day, record a demo the next, produce an independent album the following day as a recording studio) and then later rubbing elbows with Paul Williams at ASCAP (where nearly ever song that gets paid a royalty travels through).  With her education and work history, Kali has analyzed the industry from the outside in and has gained a full understanding of how the business part of it works.

But while studying the business side of things, Kali was also perfecting her songwriting. In June of 2012, 10 Belmont University juniors and seniors set out, joining professor and legendary musician Mark Volman, a founding member of the band The Turtles, on the road for an East Coast run of the “Happy Together Tour.” The tour’s “classroom” and schedule looks something like this: one tour bus, a precious few hotel rooms, long hours and many stages—for two and a half weeks and a grade. Kali was only a freshman, but immersing herself with all of the other aspiring musicians was an inspiration.

With graduation in her immediate future, Kali has been actively playing songwriter's rooms in and around Nashville, perfecting her craft. Summer of 2017 was spent in the music studio, recording her very first EP and on November 17, she drops her very first single on the world called "Speechless."

Below is a sample of another track off of the EP entitled "Heartbeat" where Kali's voice shows off her soaring versatility and range. Big things are coming from this young lady. She has a unique ability at a very young age to tell deep and profound emotional storytelling through her songwriting.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Barnes & Noble Quietly Developing Unique Vinyl Exclusive Projects

The largest brick and mortar book retailer in the country has been expanding past their core business for some time- adding cafe's into their stores and having a push to rebrand Barnes & Noble as more than just a bookstore by expanding its offerings of toys, games, gadgets and other gifts and reshaping the nation’s largest bookstore chain into a “lifestyle brand.” 

This includes a vast collection of exclusive vinyl projects including reissues as well as exclusive distributions of new album introductions as well. This isn't just some fad. According to a recent Billboard story, "The comeback of vinyl records, covered just a half-decade ago as a wacky trend, is now a bona fide business story: vinyl accounted for $182 million in sales in the first half of 2017, according to the RIAA. And although the format represents a small percentage of unit sales, revenue from deluxe packages means that it accounts for 29 percent of revenue from physical retail."  Yep- you read that right: 29 percent of revenue from store music sales are coming from vinyl. Sony Records announced earlier this year that they were getting back into the vinyl business after a 28-year break.

As a result, Barnes and Noble has made exclusive agreements with several of the labels and music distributors and developed unique projects that only their stores will be selling this holiday season. What can music aficionados add to their Christmas lists from exclusive vinyl offerings from this retailer?  Here's just a sampling of some of the ones that caught this reader's eye.

- Johnny Cash - Greatest!  This Sun Records classic record has been reissued and has been pressed on a unique distinctive white vinyl.

- Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis- Sunday Down South - This collaborative album was originally released in 1970 and will be re-released exclusively on vinyl from B&N.

-  Willie Nelson - Willie and the Boys - Willie's upcoming release featuring a collaboration with his two sons will be released exclusively through the retailer.

- Alison Krauss - Windy City
- Robert Plant - Carry Fire
- Margo Price - All-American Made
- John Mellencamp - Sad Clowns and Hillbillies
- Urban Cowboy Soundtrack
- Marty Stuart - Way Out West