Thursday, August 22, 2019

Stoney LaRue Announces New 11/1 Album Release, Onward

Artist: Stoney LaRue
Album: Onward
Label: One Chord Song/Smith Entertainment
Release date: 11/1/19

For nearly two decades Stoney LaRue has sustained a seminal music career that was dug straight out of the red dirt in Oklahoma. His rock infused country “tude” coupled with a dominating set of vocal pipes quickly identified him as a rising star with his 2002 debut album Downtown.

Sold out shows in a continuous 200 plus dates a year tour schedule, high charting albums on Billboard, iTunes and the Texas Regional Radio Chart, featured videos on CMT, over 1 million albums and singles sold, guest vocal performances on songs by Lee Ann Womack and Miranda Lambert, shared stages with some of the biggest names in country music and a most coveted debut performance at Nashville’s renowned Grand Ole Opry, one could say his bucket list grows shorter by the year. But for LaRue, there is only onward movement, and that sentiment is the compass point of his new album Onward set to be released on November 1st on One Chord Song/Smith Entertainment.

Much like LaRue’s humble beginnings, Onward is purely organic both in its raw disposition and in the recording of it. LaRue teamed up with GRANMMY Award-winning producer and hit songwriter Gary Nicholson who also co-wrote the songs on the album and recorded it at his studio in Nashville.

“I’m now getting back to being happy,” LaRue cites. “I’ve been writing a lot and figuring out what direction I am going in. That’s why this album is called ‘Onward.’ It’s a more mature album written about myself, humanity and the truth. The writing of it turned out to be medicine that didn’t have to be prescribed.” 

The album dives head-first into the opener "Fallin' and Flyin'," one of 10 songs co-written by Gary Nicholson. The track was famously performed by Jeff Bridges in the 2009 country music drama Crazy Heart. In LaRue's hands, it's a humble admission, part of his journey toward self-improvement. "I never meant to hurt no one/I just had to have my way/if there's such a thing as too much fun/this must be the price you pay," he sings. Likewise, he lays bare his soul in "You Oughta Know Me by Now," a song that Nicholson and his co-writer Shawn Camp wrote especially for LaRue. While it's framed around a man's shortcomings and bad habits, it also conveys a precious honesty, like much of the vulnerable album does.

LaRue further explores that idea on "Meet Me in the Middle," a gritty duet about compromise with the legendary Tanya Tucker. "It's about the idea of reciprocity in a relationship, of yin and yang. You want to think that everything's supposed to be equal and find the balance, but it never turns out that way, does it? It's always a shift of power," he says.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Erin Enderlin To Release Chapter Three: Whatever Gets You Through The Night This Friday

Artist: Erin Enderlin
Album: Chapter Three: Whatever Gets You Through The Night
Label: Black Crow/Blaster Records
Release date: 8/23/19

Nashville troubadour Erin Enderlin will soon reveal the third chapter of her four-installment 2019 digital EP series with the eagerly-awaited release of Chapter Three: Whatever Gets You Through The Night on August 23. As did its predecessors, the new EP focuses on character-driven lyrical storytelling on matters of love, loss, struggle and hope.

This time around, Enderlin receives storytelling help from some friends, as she is joined on its three tracks by Dillon Carmichael (“Whatever Gets You Through The Night”), Vince Gill and Alison Krauss (“Sweet Emmylou”) and Ronnie Bowman on a gorgeous and faithful rendering of the Gene Watson’s “Use Me Again.”

Enderlin is already enjoying a successful 2019, with roughly a hundred shows on the touring calendar and her songs included on new releases by personal heroes Reba McEntire, Rhonda Vincent and Rodney Crowell. In June, she took home three Arkansas Country Music Awards including Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Shortly thereafter, the title track from Chapter Two: I Can Be Your Whiskey, was featured in Rolling Stone’s “10 Best Country Songs To Hear Now.”

Enderlin puts that authenticity on full display throughout Chapter Three: Whatever Gets You Through The Night. While the theme of Chapter Two: I Can Be Your Whiskey is the eternal pursuit of love, the thread that runs across Chapter Three: Whatever Gets You Through The Night is of the bitter heartbreak that comes from losing it. The Arkansas native croons mournfully about the travails of despair and loneliness on the EP’s title track while “Sweet Emmylou,” is a plea from the song’s broken-hearted main character to Emmylou Harris for help getting them through their heartbreak. Enderlin chooses the perspective of the “other woman” in Watson’s “Use Me Again,” written by Curly Putnam, Dale Dodson and Billy Lawson, to round out this chapter’s reflections on the desolation of love lost.

The fourth and final chapter in Enderlin’s storytelling tour de force is slated for release later this year.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

That Nashville Sound Saturday Newsbytes: New Projects From Phil Vassar, Miranda Lambert, Hunter Hayes, Old Dominion and Midland

Welcome to the weekend- we've got a number of new album announcements out in the last day or two, so without further ado...

- Phil Vassar will be releasing a new EP right after the first of the year called Stripped Down. It will feature new material as well as a cover of “Postmarked Birmingham,” which was recorded by Blackhawk, and was co-written by Vassar along with Don Sampson.  “We’re peeling back the music to the core with just a piano and guitar, so we can give fans an intimate evening of conversation and music. It’s how these songs were written and I think it will be a fun, unique experience,” Vassar shared.

- Miranda Lambert’s hotly anticipated seventh studio album Wildcard will arrive Nov. 1 on Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville. “When people listen to this record, I want them to know that I see them and hear them,” said Lambert. “I feel you, because I’m just a girl from East Texas, writing about all the things that go on in my world and in the worlds of people around me. I want people to get along, you know, just be who you are, own it and move on from the moments you couldn’t live in.” The track listing includes a who's-who of amazing songwriters. 
01. White Trash (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Laura Veltz)
02. Mess With My Head (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby)
03. It All Comes Out in the Wash (Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose)
04. Settling Down (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby)
05. Holy Water (Miranda Lambert, Brent Cobb, Mike Harris, Joshua Taylor)
06. Way Too Pretty for Prison [feat. Maren Morris] (Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose)
07. Locomotive (Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, K.S. Rhoads)
08. Bluebird (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby)
09. How Dare You Love (Miranda Lambert, Jamie Kinney, Ashley Monroe)
10. Fire Escape (Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose)
11. Pretty Bitchin’ (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Jon Randall)
12. Tequila Does (Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall)
13. Track Record (Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose)
14. Dark Bars (Miranda Lambert, Liz Rose)
-  Multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes revealed his new album Wild Blue would be released immediately to the fans months earlier than expected, and was released yesterday. Released on longtime label Warner Music  Nashville, his brand new 10-song album, Wild Blue, featuring the current single “Heartbreak,” is available on digital platforms everywhere and is already number one on the iTunes Country Chart. “I wanted Wild Blue to be a place for people to go, not just a series of songs but a world to dive into, but not so specific that you cannot finish the story yourself,” Hayes revealed to USA Today. “I knew that I wanted it to be about flying, or simply the feeling of flying, turbulence included…I was going through a lot of shifts in my life and I knew that the letting go of those things was the only way that I was going to grow and learn how to be human again.”

1. Madness (Hunter Hayes, Sam Ellis, Sara Haze)
2. Wild Blue (Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges, Gordie Sampson)
3. Heartbreak (Hunter Hayes, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter, Gordie Sampson, Simon Wilcox)
4. One Good Reason (Hunter Hayes, Sam Ellis)
5. Dear God (Hunter Hayes, Andy Grammer, Dave Spencer)*
6. Loving You (Hunter Hayes, Jordan Reynolds, Dave Barnes)
7. My Song Too (Hunter Hayes, Jordan Reynolds, Dave Barnes)
8. One Shot (Hunter Hayes)**
9. Night and Day (Hunter Hayes, Derrick Southerland, Sam Ellis)
10. Still (Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges, Tommee Profitt)
Old Dominion have announced the details for their long awaited and highly anticipated new album. The album will be self-titled and will be released on October 25th. Lead singer Matt Ramsey has this to say about the new project, "It’s a self-titled album, so we’ve been kind of slowly releasing some songs off of it so everybody can get a little bit of a taste of what it’s gonna sound like. It sounds like us, but it’s definitely gone a little bit of a different direction than it has in the past. But we still love the craft of writing songs and take great care in that, so we’re very proud of all of these songs. I think they just expand who we are as a band, at least we think that way. I think it’s just a natural evolution of who we are as a band and who we are as men, and the period of our lives that we’re in. I think we’ve just become that way – a little bit more introspective and a little bit more honest in our writing. And those were the songs that spoke to us a little bit more. Because we’ve certainly written our fair share of catchy ditties too. So I think those were just the songs that spoke to us a little bit more as we were recording this album.

1. Make It Sweet
2. Smooth Sailing
3. One Man Band
4. Never Be Sorry
5. My Heart Is a Bar
6. Midnight Mess Around
7. Do It With Me
8. Hear You Now
9. I’ll Roll
10. American Style
11. Paint the Grass Green
12. Some People Do

And last, but certainly not least, Midland has a new music video for their new song, "Fast Hearts and Slow Towns":

Thursday, August 15, 2019

New Music Video From Josh Ward - "The Devil Don't Scare Me" (Live at Billy Bob's Texas)

Josh Ward, one of the leading names on the Texas music scene, has just scored his first Top 40 hit with "The Devil Don't Scare Me Anymore." This song also hit #1 on the Texas Music Charts, making it his 12th consecutive #1 hit single there. His current full length album More Than I Deserve (May 2018) debuted at #15 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart and debuted at #5 on the iTunes country albums chart. His song "Together" off of that album was featured on a recent episode of the Netflix series "The Ranch" with Debra Winger and Sam Elliott. Josh is also the 50th artist to record the legendary "Live At Billy Bob's Texas" album, that came out on June 21st. Here is that new single filmed at the legendary roadhouse honkytonk for the project. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Brothers Osborne To Release Live Album In October

Artist: Brothers Osborne
Album: Live at the Ryman
Label: EMI Music Nashville
Release date: 10/11/19

Brothers Osborne are set to release their new album, Live At The Ryman, digitally on Oct. 11. Recorded during their three-night, sold-out run at the famed auditorium earlier this year, the album will feature the band’s Platinum-certified hits such as “Stay A Little Longer” and “It Ain’t My Fault” as well as fan favorites like “Weed, Whiskey And Willie” and “Love The Lonely Out Of You.”

“The Live at the Ryman album highlights who we really are,” John Osborne says in a video clip announcing the release. “To play this place one night is a gift and an accomplishment that everyone should remember but the fact that we did it three, I can’t even wrap my mind around it.”

Adds brother TJ, “Recording at the Ryman is an incredible experience. This place never loses its charm or luster. I hope it never does for me. It’s always a special spot. This room just has a way about it … it has this comforting soul about it.”

John and TJ Osborne’s current Top 40 single “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” will be included on the new live record, and the duo recently released a sentimental video for the track. The Maryland natives are set to reunite with Chris Stapleton on tour later this Fall, and will also open select dates for Willie Nelson, including Farm Aid on Sept. 21.

Live At The Ryman Track Listing:

Drank Like Hank
Shoot Me Straight
I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)
Weed, Whiskey and Willie
Down Home
Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)
Tequila Again
21 Summer
Love The Lonely Out Of You
Stay A Little Longer
It Ain’t My Fault

Friday, August 9, 2019

That Nashville Sound Friday Newsbytes: Cam, Rodney Crowell, Miranda Lambert, Lady A, Jude Cole & More

Lots of new music news today- here's the latest you should know...

- Cam ("Burning Bed") released a new Christine and the Queens cover of “La Marcheuse” that's truly intriguing. You can watch it HERE.

- Rodney Crowell has a new music video for his song "56 Fury" with a big assist from ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.

- Miranda Lambert unveiled another new song from her forthcoming album called "Mess With My Head."

- Lady Antebellum unveiled a new track called "Pictures" from their album out later this year.

- The Zac Brown Band will be releasing their new album, The Owl, on 9/20- and gave us a new tease of the project with a new song called "Warrior" yesterday.

- Maddie and Tae released a new music video for their song "Die From a Broken Heart."

- Brantley Gilbert will be releasing a new Valory Music project on October 4 entitled Fire & Brimstone. It includes collaborations with Lindsey Ell, Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson.

- Former pop/AC artist Jude Cole has traded his producer keys (Clay Davidson/Kiefer Sutherland) for some new music that he's unveiled on Soundcloud including this cool little country number called "Border To Your Heart."

Thursday, August 8, 2019

New Music Video From Aubrie Sellers - "Drag You Down"

Hootie & The Blowfish To Release Imperfect Circle On Nov. 1

Artist: Hootie and the Blowfish
Album: Imperfect Circle
Label: Universal Music/Capitol Nashville
Release date: November 1, 2019

After a summer of sold-out shows, the band Billboard praises as “back and better than ever”  continue the excitement into the fall with today’s announcement of Imperfect Circle, the first new album from Hootie & the Blowfish in nearly 15 years.

“There’s something timeless about their sound,” proclaimed USA Today in a story breaking the news of the album. “From their stupendous 1994 debut Cracked Rear View, which is certified 21x Platinum (equivalent to 21 million certified units sold), to their anticipated reunion album, Imperfect Circle... Hootie & the Blowfish appear ready to pick up where they left off as a pop music phenomenon. Yet they haven’t forgotten where they began because, really, they never left that place.”

“Whatever the descriptive shorthand used — roots rock, alt-country, jangle-pop or country-rock — Hootie and the Blowfish’s material has aged extraordinarily well, fond remembrances aside,” noted the Dallas Observer at a recent show, proclaiming that “the honey-voiced Rucker is still, 25 years on, one of the best singers in any genre, full stop.”

“Rucker has — no exaggeration — one of the great voices in contemporary pop music, a dynamic and sophisticated baritone that’s full of gravity,” agreed the New York Times in a June Arts & Leisure cover story after sitting in on the recording process for Imperfect Circle. “The rest of the band makes spry work of otherwise staid idioms. Bryan is a patient decorator with guitar, never overpowering an arrangement, and as a rhythm section, Felber and Sonefeld are insistent but amiable.”

Following the nostalgic summer tour, fans now eager to hear new music by the iconic band can get early access to a first track called “Rollin’” available exclusively at, before it becomes available for purchase and streaming on September 6.