Friday, September 20, 2019

Lady Antebellum Dives Deep Into Next Studio Album Ocean- Available Nov. 15

Artist: Lady Antebellum
Album: Ocean
Label: BMLG
Release date: 11/15/19

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott say they are "embracing the power of vulnerability" with the release of Lady A's forthcoming album Ocean, set for release Nov. 15 on BMLG Records. According to the band, the new album "chronicles personal relationships and everyday responsibilities with a balance of growth and maturity that could only come from 13 years of creating together."

“There’s this theme of returning to the core of who we are—as writers, vocalists and people—that came out in each of these songs," Dave Haywood explains. “Our time in the studio with Dann had an excitement that felt like we were making our first album all over again."

Produced by first-time collaborator Dann Huff, Ocean is full of depth and despair.  "It's such a cinematic and theatrical melody with a message that became the cornerstone of this record for us," adds Scott. “Ocean is all of the things that we think and feel when we hear the word. This album is immersed in life stories about barely keeping your head above water all the way to those times that make you feel like everything is smooth sailing.”

The album allows Lady A to let loose too. "You Can Do You" is a swaying live-and-let-live anthem inspired by the hustle of Nashville's crowded streets, while "Boots" combines heartland-rock crunch with Celtic fiddles. On the swirling "The Thing That Wrecks You," the trio gets an assist from fellow Country music superstars Little Big Town, who supply background vocals; its dreamy coda features the two groups' vocals intermingling, weaving in and out of one another and occasionally hovering over the gauzy guitars.

Ocean Track Listing:

1. “What If I Never Get Over You”
(Sam Ellis, Jon Green, Ryan Hurd, Laura Veltz)

2. “Pictures”
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Sarah Buxton, Corey Crowder)

3. “Crazy Love”
(Charles Kelley, Nathan Chapman)

4. “You Can Do You”
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Corey Crowder, Jordan Schmidt)

5. “What I’m Leaving For”
(Sam Ellis, Micah Premnath, Laura Veltz)

6. “Be Patient With My Love”
(Charles Kelley, Dave Barnes, Ben West)

7. “Alright”
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Busbee, Justin Ebach)

8. “Let It Be Love”
(Hillary Scott, Jordan Reynolds, Amy Wadge)

9. “On A Night Like This”
(Dave Barnes)

10. “Boots”
(Charles Kelley, Ross Copperman)

11. “The Thing That Wrecks You” feat. Little Big Town
(Daniel Tashian, Tenille Townes, Kate York)

12. “Mansion”
(Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, Josh Miller)

13. “Ocean”
(Tofer Brown, Sarah Buxton, Abe Stoklasa)

New Music Video From Lady Antebellum - "Ocean"

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New Music Video From Mickey Guyton - "Sister"

Erin Enderlin To Release Faulkner County On November 1

Artist: Erin Enderlin
Album: Faulkner County
Label: Black Crow/Blaster Records
Release date: November 1, 2019

She's a writer for Nashville royalty, the kind that appreciate the depth and emotional power of a good classic country song. Among those she's written for include the likes of Reba McEntire, Joey+Rory, Terri Clark, Randy Travis, Lee Ann Womack, Rhonda Vincent, Alan Jackson and Bill Anderson.

She's also a storytelling artist- whose last project, Whiskeytown Crier, was a critically-acclaimed album filled with stories only further exemplify Enderlin’s fantastic ability to carve something out of the trials and tribulations of small-town America.

This time around on her next album coming out November 1 called Faulkner County, Enderlin receives storytelling help from some friends, as she is joined on a few 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.”

To know Erin a little bit is to know about Faulkner County. The proud Conway, Arkansas native might call Nashville home these days, but her Razorback roots run deep. In June, she took home three Arkansas Country Music Awards including Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

On the influence that her hometown had on her music, Enderlin says, "I think it was very influential. I brought a Conway Twitty record to show and tell when I was in kindergarten, and I am sure part of the reason I gravitated toward it because it was Conway. When you are little, you don’t know how to make different associations … plus there is a really strong music base in Arkansas: Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell. Growing up around all the other Arkansas writers, singer-songwriters, it definitely influenced the music I was making. Dan Clanton, for instance, an Arkansas singer-songwriter, he’s the one that showed me you don’t need the pick. Put the pick away and learn how to do the finger-pickin’ first. That’s been a huge influence on my playing, and my sound. I think there is a rich storytelling tradition in general in Arkansas. My grandparents were big into that, so I think that also really influenced me."

Track listing:

1 I Can Be Your Whiskey
2 Whatever Gets You Through the Night
3 The Queen of Marina Del Rey
4 Tonight I Don't Give a Damn
5 Use Me Again
6 Broken
7 Hell Comin' Down
8 A Man with 18 Wheels
9 Hometown Jersey
10 Till It's Gone
11 These Boots (Full Band Version)
12 Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You)
13 Sweet Emmylou
14 Run Baby Run

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New Music Video From The Mavericks - "Swingin'"

Monday, September 16, 2019

The SteelDrivers Announce Plans For Bad For You Album Release In Early 2020

Artist: The SteelDrivers
Album: Bad For You
Label: Rounder Records
Release date: Early Spring 2020

One of the most critically-acclaimed acoustic "bluegrass" groups on today's music scene, The SteelDrivers show no signs of slowing down as they announced a new tour called Bad For You that will coincide with timing and naming of their highly anticipated fifth release on Rounder Records. 

By now, the virtuosity of The SteelDrivers has so redefined conventional string instrumentation that one almost forgets that bluegrass roots sit at the heart of every sound the ensemble makes. The impetus, though, remains the music itself: a fluid string sound that combines chamber-like ambience, bluegrass construction and jazz phrasing. These world-class musicians have perfected the art of bringing a modern twist to a classic style of music.

It's clear to most music fans that original lead vocalist Chris Stapleton has left the band and gone on to super-stardom things in the country realm. He was replaced by former Mercury Records artist Gary Nichols on lead vocals and guitar. In 2017, Nichols left and now Kelvin Damrell has joined the band in the same role. Damrell first gained notoriety as the winner of a Chris Stapleton Cover Contest hosted online by Wide Open Country last year. It's clear he can carry that gritty torch and says that he has been a Stapleton and SteelDrivers fan for years. Here’s a listen to the track that won him the Stapleton competition.



The group emerged on the Americana and bluegrass scene over a decade ago and has amassed a legion of fans along the way, counting Bill Murray and Adele among them, while always keeping it about the music. ““We still have the same joy and enthusiasm that we did in the beginning. Even as the trajectory changes, the story continues to unfold,” admits SteelDrivers band member Tammy Rogers.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Wynonna Judd Starts New Duo With Cass McCombs Called The Frothy Pit

At this week's AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tennessee, The Mercy Lounge was the host of an event celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ANTI-Records.  Over the years, they've been the home to likes of Merle Haggard, Mavis Staples, Kate Bush and more. But on this special night, a new duo was born. Wynonna Judd, half of what will soon be the Country Music Hall of Fame group The Judds, and songwriter Cass McCombs unveiled their new duo called The Frothy Pit to the world.

“Like many people, I grew up listening to The Judds,” Cass McCombs explained. “Needless to say, it's been a real honor to collaborate with Wynonna, co-writing “The Child” together and stepping into the uncharted terrain of The Frothy Pit.”

“Getting to work with artists like Cass McCombs has broadened my musical horizons and made me even more grateful that even after 35 years I still love the creative process,” Wynonna said.

Nashville Scene's PJ Kinzer gave a inkling on what to expect to the duo from that night's performance, "Judd’s voice is as soulful and velvety as ever, and her charisma is as strong it’s ever been in her 36-year career. There’s something special about seeing a woman used to commanding an arena play to a small room, and Judd couldn’t have done it better. McCombs, normally the star of the show, made a great partner. They even pulled out a few unexpected tricks out of the bag, with a jovial cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Ramble on Rose” — Judd had a great deal to say about her appreciation for the Dead’s Bob Weir — and The Judds’ No. 1 hit “Why Not Me.” For a band just getting used to playing in public together, The Frothy Pit came across like well-groomed veterans."

The first collaboration of the two won't be a The Frothy Pit duo release, but a song the two wrote together that Wynonna will release as a solo artist. The song is a deeply personal autobiographical take on her musical journey called "The Child."  You can hear it below:

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New Music Video From The Avett Brothers - "Bang Bang"

New Music Video From Zac Brown Band - "Leaving Love Behind"

As part of the release of the “Leaving Love Behind” video, Zac Brown Band is encouraging fans to make a donation to Best Friends Animal Society's Disaster Relief Fund to support their efforts helping animals displaced by disasters like Hurricane Dorian. To donate, go to http://bit.ly/ZBBDorianHelp.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Little Big Town Unveil Plans For Nightfall Album Release In January 2020

Artist: Little Big Town
Album: Nightfall
Label: Capitol Nashville
Release date: January 17, 2020

Grammy Award-winning vocal group Little Big Town announced this morning, the release of their ninth studio album Nightfall, and accompanying headline tour, The Nightfall Tour. The foursomes’ new album will drop January 17, 2020 succeeding a once-in-a-lifetime performance at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 2020. This is the first mainstream country performance featured at Carnegie Hall since Alan Jackson in 2013.

The tour will continue the following two nights at The Apollo and will proceed all spring in over 30 of the most prestigious theaters in the country, closing with two nights at Denver’s art deco gem, The Paramount. Every show excluding Carnegie Hall will feature critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith.

Little Big Town also released new song, “Over Drinking” last night. The single, written by Jesse Frasure, Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley, and Steph Jones is the first official single off of Nightfall and features Fairchild on lead with the band’s signature vocal harmonies woven throughout. 

New Music Video From Luke Combs - "Even Though I'm Leaving"

Sunday, September 8, 2019

News On New Albums From Ronnie Dunn, Hailey Whitters, Maddie & Tae and Cody Jinks

Four high-profile projects were unveiled in the last couple days- here's the scoop on what we know on projects from the likes of Ronnie Dunn, Hailey Whitters, Maddie & Tae and Cody Jinks. 

Artist: Ronnie Dunn
Album: Re-Dunn
Label: Label: Little Will-E Records
Release date: January 10, 2020

This 24-song project will feature covers of country and rock songs that have influenced Dunn’s own music, such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “I Won’t Back Down,” and Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band’s “Against The Wind.”

In anticipation of the album, Dunn is releasing his versions of George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning” and the rock classic “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress),” originally recorded by British rock group The Hollies and covered by artists including Clint Black and T.G. Sheppard. Every four weeks, Dunn will release two new tracks from the album—one country and one rock.

“This is a passion project for me. If you put together a group of songs that define the soundtrack of my life, this is what it would look like,” Dunn says. 

The album was produced by Dunn. He says he’s not demanding as a producer and had fun with the project. “I just pick guys I know who can really do it. You get in there and get the right combination of players and know where their heads are. I’ve been around long enough to know these guys really well. It’s like a group of buddies in the studio. They hit it right off the bat,” he shares.


Artist: Hailey Whitters
Album: The Days
Label: Independent
Release date: September 10, 2019

Hailey Whitters will release The Days, the first half of her highly anticipated full-length album The Dream that will be released next year. The six song collection will feature three previously released tracks, including "The Days" and "Ten Year Town," and three new songs. Starting tomorrow, Whitters will hit the road supporting Maren Morris on her GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR which will make stops in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and more. Find a full list of tour dates below, including a run with Brent Cobb.

"This is where the record begins for me," explains Hailey Whitters about The Days. "I realized I had been so tunnel vision on attaining 'the dream' the last twelve years, that I was forgetting to appreciate and notice the days that were getting me there."

"We get so consumed with the next achievement and accomplishment that sometimes you forget that you're living right now. And that's what I want listeners to take away from this album and its two parts." Hailey says. "Be happy where you are in the present moment — because your dreams have to be worth it."



Artist: Maddie & Tae
Album: Everywhere I'm Goin'
Label: Mercury Nashville
Release date: October 18, 2019

Maddie & Tae will release Part Two of their album on October 18th titled Everywhere I’m Goin’. The new music produced by Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells is anchored by the swaggering stomper “Bathroom Floor. Written Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye along with Josh Kerr (Tae’s fiancĂ©), the fiery new track is a resilient response to the award-winning duo’s current single “Die From A Broken Heart.”

“We are so excited to keep telling our story through this next collection of songs,” shared Marlow. “We are so proud to have co-written all of these songs as well. This project as a whole is super personal, but these five songs in particular take you on an even deeper dive into our lives.”

“We were absolutely blown away by the reaction to the first part of the album,” added Dye. “Hearing our fans relate to our stories is something that will never get old. We can’t wait to continue to show more of our hearts and journey through this next chapter of music.”

Everywhere I’m Goin' Tracklist
1) "Everywhere I’m Goin’” Maddie Marlow/Taylor Dye/Josh Thompson/Jimmy Robbins
2) "Trying On Rings” Maddie Marlow/Taylor Dye/Laura Veltz/Jimmy Robbins
3) “Lay Here With Me” (feat. Dierks Bentley) Maddie Marlow/Taylor Dye/Josh Kerr/Dave Barnes
4) “Ain’t There Yet” Maddie Marlow/Taylor Dye/Dave Barnes/Ben West
5) “Bathroom Floor” Maddie Marlow/Taylor Dye/ Josh Kerr


Artist: Cody Jinks
Album: The Wanting
Label: Independent
Release date: October 18, 2019

By all indications, it appears that Cody Jinks is going to be releasing not one, but TWO different albums in October. We reported earlier about his album release on 10/11, After The Fire. But details are emerging about a whole second project that is being floated on the internet with an entirely new track listing called The Wanting.

There's been no official announcement on this project, but the album IS available for preorder on several music websites.

The wolves on the cover of The Wanting also match the wolf eyes on Cody’s Twitter header right now and the cover of the new song. “Same Kind Of Crazy As Me” is currently available on Spotify. It’s all very mysterious, but either way, we'll always be excited about more Cody Jinks music.