Sunday, February 17, 2019

Write You a Song Podcast Episode II - An Interview With Songwriter Jeffrey Steele

This morning we share another new podcast from host Tom Mailey from Bonneville radio station New Country 105.1 KNCI in Sacramento. Tom is a country radio veteran with over 30 years of experience in Seattle and Sacramento and a key partner in our Golf & Guitars Children's Charity Music Festival, a little event in our twelfth year that has raised well north of a million bucks for kids and individuals with disabilities. It highlights the songwriters in our industry and is entitled Write You a Song.

It's his hope that this podcast will shine a little overdue spotlight on the talented men and women who, mostly behind the scenes, write the songs that become part of our lives. You know their words and music, but maybe not their names: Write You a Song will feature some of country music’s biggest songwriters--like Jeffrey Steele, Brett Warren, Tim Nichols and more.


In this week's podcast, Country Songwriting Hall Of Famer Jeffrey Steele talks about his craft and how some of his biggest hits came to be. He also discusses how he really became a songwriter after nearly losing his voice, and shares a few of the things he thinks are important for every aspiring songwriter to know.

Along with recording his own material, Steele has become a prolific Nashville songwriter, having co-written more than sixty hit songs for such artists as Montgomery Gentry, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, and others. Among his co-writes are the Number One Hot Country Songs hits "Brand New Girlfriend" by Steve Holy, "The Cowboy in Me" by Tim McGraw, "These Days," "What Hurts the Most," "Here" and "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Marc Broussard To Release Home (The Dockside Sessions) In April


Artist: Marc Broussard
Album: Home (The Dockside Sessions)
Label: G-Man
Release date: April 5, 2019

Louisiana native and multi-genre soul singer Marc Broussard announced that he will have a new project out in April featuring mostly live versions of some of his most-famous releases over his long career.

Says Broussard on the project, "We've been releasing a whole lot of video content as of late, and people have been asking for the audio to be released on iTunes and Spotify - so we went ahead and released it for y'all! The new album “Home (The Dockside Sessions)” is available everywhere on 4/5."

His style is best described as "Bayou Soul", a mix of funk, blues, R&B, rock, and pop, matched with distinct Southern roots. In his career, he has released eight studio albums, one live album, three EPs, and has charted twice on Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks.

Track listing:

1. French Café (Live at Dockside Studio)
2. The Wanderer (Live at Dockside Studio)
3. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know (Live at Dockside Studio)
4. Lonely Night in Georgia (Live at Dockside Studio)
5. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (Live at Dockside Studio)
6. The Beauty of Who You Are (Live at Dockside Studio)
7. Gavin's Song (Live at Dockside Studio)
8. Let Me Leave (Live at Dockside Studio)
9. Send Me a Sign (Live at Dockside Studio)
10. Don't Be Afraid to Call Me (Live at Dockside Studio)
11. Come in from the Cold (Live at Dockside Studio)
12. Lucky (Live at Dockside Studio)
13. Cry to Me (Acoustic)
14. These Arms of Mine (Live Acoustic)
15. Home Anthology


New Music Video From Brothers Osborne - "I Don't Remember Me (Before You)"

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Live Performance Music Video - Dolly Parton's Grammy Awards Tribute

During Sunday night’s Grammy awards, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Little Big Town all took the stage to honor the one and only country superstar Dolly Parton in a tribute performance to the eight-time Grammy winner.

Musgraves and Perry kicked off the tribute with Parton’s hit “Here You Come Again.” Moments into the song, Parton herself took the stage to join Musgraves and Perry, standing out between the two scarlet-clad singers in her sheer, spangled white dress. Next up, Cyrus performed her well-known cover of Parton’s smash “Jolene.”  Morris appeared next onstage, joining Cyrus and Parton to sing “After the Gold Rush.” Parton then performed “Red Shoes Girl” with Little Big Town, a new song from the motion picture soundtrack to Netflix’s Dumplin‘, which tells the story of a small-town girl who turns to Parton’s music for inspiration. Parton was then joined again by Perry, Cyrus, Musgraves, Morris and Little Big Town as they performed her hit “9 to 5.”

Friday, February 8, 2019

Brooks and Dunn Collaborating With 12 Current Artists On Upcoming Reboot Album


Artist: Brooks and Dunn
Album: Reboot
Label: Arista/Sony Music Nashville
Release date: April 5, 2019

Word came out yesterday that Brooks and Dunn have been back into the recording studio- this time with friends- and will be releasing a new project titled Reboot in the coming months.

Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Ashley McBryde, Midland, Luke Combs, Brothers Osborne, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi and Tyler Booth are among the artists taking part in the project.

"This whole experience has been humbling to say the least. What a cool rush to hear somebody do one of your tunes in a unique way, and it still holds up,” said Ronnie Dunn in a statement. “That’s the greatest compliment you can get as an artist. People used to ask us all the time about the legacy we wanted to leave, and it’s honestly just that – you hope the music stands up over time. This is the first opportunity we’ve had to run it up a new flagpole...and it really flies.”

“They’re making their own music,” Kix Brooks added about the Reboot guest list. “But just like we did, they still remember and respect the music they grew up with. It makes you feel good that these acts were inspired by us in some small way.”

“Brooks & Dunn’s music absolutely had a tremendous impact on me,” said Luke Combs. “To me, they invented that foot stomping, driving sound. And it’s so cool that this has turned into such an awesome album, with artists that actually grew up listening to Brooks & Dunn. Their music was so influential to us that having the chance to come in and bounce ideas off the guys and sing with them in the studio was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“I’ve never really sung in the studio with someone else, especially not with someone whose voice is as good as Ronnie’s,” said Kane Brown. “For him to be looking at me on the other side of the glass, and both of us singing, it was just awesome. It felt like we just got comfortable around each other, so we were really able to kill it.”

A preview of the album on iTunes shows Combs collaborating with the duo on "Brand New Man," while Brown joins them for "Believe." Reboot will be Brooks & Dunn’s first studio album since Cowboy Town in 2007. Since parting ways in 2009, Brooks and Dunn have embarked on solo projects. In 2011, Dunn released his self-titled solo album, which included the singles "Let the Cowboy Rock," "Bleed Red," and "Cost of Livin'." Brooks released his solo album New to This Town in 2012. Since 2014, the duo has performed a series of Las Vegas shows with Reba McEntire.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Newly Uncovered 1988 Concert Recording Being Turned Into New Live Guy Clark Album

Artist: Guy Clark
Album: Great American Radio - Volume 1: Live From San Francisco, 1988
Label: Retroworld
Release date: March 8, 2019

Despite his passing a couple years ago, fans of Guy Clark have a new live project to look forward to in the form of a live album- a brilliant performance at the Great American Music Hall.  The album includes the entire concert broadcast and it has been digitally remastered for enhanced sound quality.  The project was recorded in October of 1988. 

Although he was never a prolific recording artist, the legendary Guy Clark was one of the most esteemed singer-songwriters of his generation. He released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by many other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Jack Ingram and Rodney Crowell. Originally broadcast on KSAN-FM, this superb live set includes material that spans the length of his career, including several songs from his recently released Old Friends album. It contains a selection of songs from the five studio albums recorded prior to that date, including "Indian Cowboy" written by Joe Ely.

TRACKLISTING

1. LA Freeway
2. Homegrown Tomatoes
3. Texas 1941
4. The Carpenter
5. Anyhow I Love You
6. New Cut Road
7. Old Friends
8. All Through Throwin' Good Love After Bad
9. Comes From The Heart
10. The Indian Cowboy
11. Desperados Waiting For The Train
12. Heavy Metal
13. Let Him Roll