Saturday, November 28, 2020

Erin Enderlin Releases Exclusive Campfire Covers Album

Artist: Erin Enderlin
Album: Campfire Covers
Label: Black Crow Records
Release date: November 29, 2020

That Nashville Sound's 2019 Album of the Year winner Erin Enderlin has unveiled her newest project that she's been working on during the Covid-19 shutdown and it's a covers album of some of her favorite songs. Campfire Covers is a collection of acoustic guitar & vocal recordings of some of Erin's favorite cover songs done in the style you might hear sung around a campfire. The project is limited edition numbered copy CD, only 250 copies will be available and once they are gone no more will be made. 

The project is a unique way of Enderlin fundraising to raise money to get back into the studio to record her next full album. 

Fans wanting to purchase the album can do so HERE

The project also follows her guest appearance at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s ”Songwriters Sessions” where she spoke about writing hits for the likes of Lee Ann Womack (“Last Call”) , Alan Jackson (“Monday Morning Church”) and Luke Bryan (“You Don’t Know Jack”). It also follows Enderlin getting recent album cuts for Reba McEntire, who’s most recent album incidentally includes a cut of Erin’s, “The Bar’s Getting Lower," Terri Clark’s new song“Cowboy Christmas," and Sunny Sweeny’s divine “Poet’s Prayer” and “I Drink Well With Others."

The Track list includes: 
1. L.A. Freeway 
2. Tennessee Whiskey 
3. Delta Dawn 
4. Why Me Lord 
5. Easy From Now On 
6. I'm Not Lisa 
7. Sing Me Back Home 
8. For The Good Times 
9. Live Forever 
10. Pancho & Lefty

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Beloved Singer/Songwriter Hal Ketchum Passes Away At Age 67

Beloved singer/songwriter of “Small Town Saturday Night,” Hal Ketchum, passed away on Monday night as a result of complications from dementia. His wife Andrea confirmed the news on Facebook Tuesday.

Through his father, Hal knew the music of country legends Marty Robbins and Patsy Cline. As a youth, he even joined Buck Owens’ fan club. Hal started playing drums at age 15, though he later switched to guitar. Although he enjoyed music, he spent nearly 20 years as a carpenter and furniture builder before getting his break in the music business.

In 1981, Hal left New York for Austin, Texas, and honed his songwriting skills in that town’s clubs. He released 10 of his songs on a 1986 album called Threadbare Alibis. At the same time, he began making trips from Austin to Nashville.

Hal eventually signed a publishing contract that led to a record deal with Curb Records. In 1991, the single “Small Town Saturday Night” launched him to stardom. Radio & Records magazine named it the No. 1 Single of the Year, and Music Row magazine called it the year’s breakthrough video. The song also helped Hal’s debut album, Past the Point of Rescue, achieve gold status.

By the time Hal joined the Opry, he had an impressive catalog of hits, including “Past the Point of Rescue,” “Sure Love,” “Mama Knows the Highway,” and “Hearts Are Gonna Roll.” Hal also had a hit with a cover of “Five O’Clock World,” a 1965 pop hit for the Vogues that had been written by Hal’s producer, Allen Reynolds.

An established painter, Hal’s work has been shown in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s esteemed Pena Gallery, where he had a successful art show opening in 2002. He was also a master carpenter who liked to make toys. He was a true artisan and a musician’s musician. 

Hal's wife announced the dementia diagnosis in April of 2019.

“Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it’s time for Hal to stay home with loved ones,” Andrea said. “Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends. We all deeply appreciate how much love that you all have for Hal and how much his music means to you! Also, a heartfelt thank you to all the incredible musicians that have joined him on this journey, with more than special love to Kenny Grimes, without whom, this last year of shows would not have been possible.”

Ketchum was 67.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Swon Brothers Drop Sophomore Album Nashlahoma With A Little Help From Vince Gill

Artist: Swon Brothers
Album: Nashlahoma
Label: TSB Records
Release date: November 20, 2020

The Swon Brothers gained national notoriety as finalists on NBC’s “The Voice,” and released their major-label debut The Swon Brothers, the following year, putting their stamp on the 11-song collection by co-producing with award-winning producer Mark Bright. Now six years later, the brothers will release their self-produced full-length album, Nashlahoma on their own TSB Records

The new music is a labor of love for the brothers who started the bulk of the recording just a couple of weeks before the pandemic hit.  

“We just got in there and let our hearts take the reins and our country roots showed on this record,” The Swon Brothers comment.

The album is packed with 11 songs (and a reprise) written by and co-written with an impressive array of some of Nashville’s most notable, including Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley,  Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook and Philip Sweet, and Lady A's Charles Kelley. 

A bucket list moment for the brothers was having country music legend Vince Gill appear on "Travelin' On."  The fellow "Okie" lent his pristine velvet vocals and signature guitar licks to the track. New artist Lewis Brice co-wrote "Southern Draw" with The Swon Brothers and is also featured on the recording.
One of the last productions that is sandwiched between two presented versions of “Travelin’ On” is as organic as it gets.  Colton and Zach Swon wrote, produced, and performed “Get On Down The Road” without the hands or notions of outside sources. With a heavy handful of country twang and gentle instrumental elements, the indirect closing song provides listeners with a sense of The Swon Brothers’ individuality and musicianship.  

Nashlahoma Track Listing:

Written by Corey Crowder, Tyler Hubbard, Philip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook

Written by Corey Crowder, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Charles Kelley and Jordan Schmidt

Written by Adam Hambrick, Jared Mullins and Jordan Schmidt

Written by Colton Swon and Zach Swon

Written by Jason Massey, Matt Rogers, Colton Swon and Zach Swon

Written by Lewis Brice, Colton Swon and Zach Swon

Written by Nicholas Baum, Robyn Collins, Quint Collins, Seth Costner, Colton Swon and Zach Swon

Written by Rodney Clawson, Corey Crowder, Tyler Hubbard and Chris Tompkins

Written by Colton Swon and Zach Swon

Written by Jonathan Dean, Stephen Hunley, Colton Swon and Zach Swon

Written by Colton Swon and Zach Swon

TRAVELIN’ ON (Extended Version)
Written by Jonathan Dean, Stephen Hunley, Colton Swon and Zach Swon

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Canadian Country Best-Seller Dean Brody Drops New Album and Single/Duet With Mickey Guyton on "Boys"

Artist: Dean Brody
Album: Boys
Label: Scurvy Dog Music
Release date: November 18, 2020

Canada’s most celebrated country artist Dean Brody continued his improbable and historic run with the release of his 8th album Boys, his first full release on his own Scurvy Dog Music record label. The album dropped last week with the debut of Brody’s new single by the same name, a duet with country upstart Mickey Guyton. You can listen to and hear the new single below. 

“My fans and I have created so many happy memories together with music as the soundtrack and I wanted to be able to keep that going, particularly during these unprecedented times,” said Brody of today’s release. “I love sharing my experiences through song and am so appreciative of everyone who has joined my musical journey this year, which is why I’m excited to share the next step with you today – especially as this single features the incredible vocals of Mickey Guyton.” 

Staying true to Brody’s deep storytelling roots, the new album brings to life the passage of a boy growing into a man through life’s most notable moments. The title track and new single “Boys,” brings this theme to the forefront, comparing the mindset of being a boy vs. a man and what Brody himself has learned so far through this journey.

Though created during the pandemic, Brody was still able to collaborate and work with fellow Canadians such as Donovan Woods (“Stay Up”) and Travis Wood/Emily Reid (“Boys”). Produced by Todd Clark (Phillip Phillips, James Barker Band, the Reklaws) and Matt Rovey (Alan Jackson, Billy Currington)   the album keeps one foot planted in Brody’s traditional country music sound, all while pressing forward into new territory, a further nod to the album’s growth narrative.

Earlier this fall, Brody hit one of his biggest career milestones when “Canadian Summer” was crowned Canada’s most played track ever at Canadian country radio in a one-week period, landing the #1 position on the Nielsen BDS Country Airplay chart and the Mediabase chart. The single pulled in a record 1,817 spins, setting the record for the highest one-week spin total on the BDS Country airplay chart and surpassed the record he previously held on his duet with The Reklaws on the GOLD-certified “Can’t Help Myself.” Both tracks can be found on Boys.

Boys Tracklist:
Lightning Bug
Can’t Help Myself
I’d Go To Jail
Stay Up
Canadian Summer
Bucket List
Always You 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Courtney Patton, Jamie Lin Wilson, Reckless Kelly, Parker McCollum, Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Bruce Robison, William Clark Green, Bri Bagwell, Stoney LaRue Among Artists On Cross Canadian Ragweed Tribute Album

Album: The Years: A Musicfest Tribute to Cody Canada and the Music of Cross Canadian Ragweed
Label: Right Ave
Release date: January 22, 2021

At one of America's longest-running music festivals earlier this year, some of Texas music's best paid tribute to Cody Canada and the music of Cross Canadian Ragweed and that music has now been culled into an album and released this week. This past January (and pre-covid), artists gathered together in Steamboat to honor the many incredible accomplishments of the Texas/Red Dirt Legend Cody Canada.

Included in the projected are artists such as Courtney Patton, Jamie Lin Wilson, Reckless Kelly, Parker McCollum, Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Bruce Robison, William Clark Green, Bri Bagwell, Stoney LaRue and many more. 

This tribute concert gave Texas and beyond top artists the unique opportunity to express how Canada’s music has influenced them personally and professionally as they performed their own renditions of his music. Those tributes were recorded live and captured each artist's renditions of Cody Canada's Red Dirt songs. 

1. Constantly - Parker McCollum
2. Bang My Head (feat. Cody Canada) - Copper Chief
3. Don't Need You - Read Southall Band
4. Fightin' For - Reckless Kelly
5. 17 - Jamie Lin Wilson
6. This Time Around - Randy Rogers
7. 42 Miles - Casey Donahew
8. Sick and Tired (feat. Jamie Lin Wilson) - Wade Bowen
9. Carney Man - Mike McClure
10. Breakdown - Bruce Robison
11. Alabama - Courtney Patton
12. Johnny's Song - William Clark Green
13. On a Cloud - Doug Moreland
14. Run to Me - Bri Bagwell 
15. Broken (feat. Cody Canada) - Stoney LaRue
16. Dead Man - Jade Marie Patek
17. The Years - BJ Barham

Monday, November 16, 2020

90's Star Doug Supernaw Passes Away At The Age Of 60

Country music hitmaker Doug Supernaw has passed away at his home in Texas at the age of 60.

Born in Bryan, Texas, Doug Supernaw moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1987, where he found work as a session songwriter. After four years in Nashville, he moved back to Texas, where he founded a band called Texas Steel. In 1993, Supernaw signed with BNA Entertainment. After releasing his debut album, Red And Rio Grande, Supernaw gained recognition with singles “Honky Tonk Foolin’”, “Reno” and “I Don’t Call Him Daddy”, which became his signature song and securing a gold record. In total, Supernaw recorded four studio albums in total with two additional greatest hit projects showcasing his career.

Supernaw was diagnosed in February 2019 with Advanced Stage IV lung and bladder cancer and after aggressive treatment, the cancer spread to his brain and spine and placed in Hospice care in October of 2020. He passed away peacefully at his home in Texas last week.

A mainstay in Country music in the 90’s, Doug Supernaw, charted eleven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Track charts with three number one singles.

Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by Doug Supernaw.

"So sorry to hear of the passing of Doug Supernaw. Although I didn't know him real well, he was always so friendly and nice when I did have the opportunity to be around him, and would like to have known him better. He was a great talent and very supportive of our Dottie West birthday bash.  Thank you and RIP Doug." –Jeannie Seely

“Doug was a great guy and a good entertainer ,and a Texan no doubt! We extend our sympathies to his family and fans and the country music community. RIP Doug.." –Exile

“After moving to East Texas, we got to know him and his lovely wife Cissy over the last few years. Keeping the family in our prayers. "Reno," what a song!” –David Ball

"I met Doug Supernaw thanks to Kim Williams who had written "Not Enough Hours In The Night," and he wanted the three of us to write together. He was a genuine gentleman. He went out on the road to promote that single and we did hook up to write." –Kent Blazy

"We have lost another member of the country music family. Fellow Texan, Doug Supernaw was a very talented man and he leaves such great music and memories for his many friends and fans. My deepest condolences go to Doug's wife and family." –Linda Davis

“Doug Supernaw’s voice was a mainstay during the 90s in country music and I am sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” – Charley Pride

“I never really knew Doug all that well, but I have always respected him. He has been in my prayers since I heard he was down. Heaven’s gained another great one. Prayers for his family.” - Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys

"Praying for Doug Supernaw and his family during this difficult time. Thank you for your contributions to country music.” - Lee Greenwood

“My heartfelt condolences to the family of Doug Supernaw. You will be missed.” - B.J. Thomas

“Doug had a broad smile, great spirit, and firm handshake. He always left me feeling better with his natural sense of humor. Blessings and condolences to his immediate and extended family. R.I.P., dude.” - T. Graham Brown

"My thoughts and prayers are with Doug and his family during this time. He was one of the good guys in our business and he gave us some great music during his career that will always be remembered." - T.G. Sheppard

“Your career in country music spanned for nearly 3 decades. My thoughts are with you, your family and friends during this difficult time.” - Kelly Lang

“The last time I performed alongside Doug Supernaw was during a Country For A Cause charity event. It had been years since I had seen him work a stage, and it was great to see him wow the Nashville crowd that night. I remembered what a great entertainer he was. Over the past year, Doug fought a good fight, but he is in pain no more. My prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.” - Tim Atwood

“My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Doug Supernaw and his family during this very difficult time. Have always loved his songs and he will be greatly missed.” - Shane Owens

"My heart aches for the family of Doug Supernaw. Getting introduced to country music in the early 90s, he had one of the biggest songs I can remember in “I Don’t Call Him Daddy” - still to this day I know every single word. Country music will miss him and that last name will never be forgotten." - J.D. Shelburne

“Doug Supernaw was always such a welcomed sight when our paths would cross out on the road! I loved his big smile and warm heart! He was super sweet to me and a super talent! Doug had a great love for country music and for all of his friends and fans! And the feelings were mutual in return. Doug Supernaw will be loved, missed and remembered forever by all who knew him.” - Deborah Allen

“I am really sad to hear about the passing of Doug Supernaw. The loss of another great talent. I am going to miss you, Doug.” - Johnny Lee

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Eric Church, Luke Combs and Maren Morris Among The 54th Annual CMA Awards Big Winners

It was a celebration of country music during The 54th Annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee. 

The Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker hosted ceremony kicked off with an emotional tribute to country great Charlie Daniels, who unexpectedly died in July of a hemorrhagic stroke. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde delivered a show-stopping medley of Daniels’ songs including “Trudy,” “Texas,” “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” 

This year’s CMA Awards presented a mix of in-person and pre-recorded performances in front of a social-distanced audience filled with the biggest names in country music. 

Not only did the night feature performances from country heavyweights like Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, and Eric Church, pop artists took the stage as well. Charlie Puth joined Gabby Barrett to perform “I Hope” and Justin Bieber joined Dan + Shay to deliver vocals from their collaboration “10,000 Hours.”

Hosts McEntire and Rucker also took the stage to honor the late Mac Davis who died in September 2020 following heart surgery. Together, the duo debuted their take on Davis’ timeless piece “In The Ghetto,” which he famously penned for Elvis Presley. Country singer and songwriter Joe Diffie, who died this year of COVID-19 complications, was also honored with a performance of his song “Pickup Man” sung by Jon Pardi. 

Other notable performances included an homage to the 1980’s Western film Urban Cowboy from Old Dominion. The group performed “Looking For Love” from the movie’s soundtrack, which Rucker credited with changing the world by suddenly having “everybody, everywhere wearing cowboy hats and learning to line dance.”

When it came to awards, Maren Morris started off on fire, snagging the first two awards back-to-back for Single of the Year and Song of the Year for her record “The Bones,” which she later performed. She also won Female Vocalist of the Year and, during her acceptance speech, she shouted out the “amazing Black women” in country music, including Linda Martell, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, Brittney Spencer and Rhiannon Giddens.

“There are so many amazing Black women that pioneered and continue to pioneer this genre,” she said. “You have made this genre so, so beautiful. I hope you know that we see you. Thank you for making me so inspired as a singer in this genre.”

Luke Combs followed closely behind Morris, taking home two CMA Awards for Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. 

Charley Pride was presented with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award by Jimmie Allen, who first serenaded the crowd with a snippet of his song “Best Shot” and attributed a lot of his success to the country music hall of famer.

The last award of the night was the highly coveted Entertainer of the Year Award, which Eric Church took home — much to his own surprise. 

“I didn’t think I was going to win this,” he said before exiting the stage. “Thank you guys very much.”
He also touched on the current state of the world and shared his belief that music will bring “us out of this.”

“That is the one thing that is gonna save the entire world,” the singer declared.

Entertainer of the Year
Eric Church 

Male Vocalist of the Year
Luke Combs 

Female Vocalist of the Year
Maren Morris 

Album of the Year
“What You See Is What You Get” Luke Combs — winner

Single of the Year
“The Bones” Maren Morris

Song of the Year
“The Bones” Maren Morris (written by Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz) — winner

Vocal Group of the Year
Old Dominion 

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay 

New Artist of the Year
Morgan Wallen

Musical Event of the Year
“I Hope You’re Happy Now” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice 

Music Video of the Year
“Bluebird” Miranda Lambert 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

New Music Video From Ashley McBryde - "You're Lookin' At Country" (Loretta Lynn Cover)

For the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Big Night (At the Museum) last week, Ashley McBryde sang in tribute to Loretta Lynn, playing “You’re Lookin’ at Country” on the 1956 J-50 Gibson guitar that Lynn’s husband, Doolittle Lynn, purchased for his wife in 1961, and that resides in the Country Music Hall of Fame's historic collection.