Inside Track on Music Row: April 2020 Music News


Flying Buffaloes, East Nashville’s rock-leaning, alt-country band referred to as a “collective of rip-roaring Americana players” by Mother Church Pew and known for their high-energy live shows, have signed with Conway Entertainment Group (CEG) for exclusive booking representation. The news comes as Flying Buffaloes tour across the nation’s heartland for the spring leg of their ongoing national tour. The five-piece group has been steadily touring the US with a performance-packed 2019 that included headline dates throughout the Midwest as well as support dates for renowned rock veterans, Drivin’ N Cryin’ and acclaimed red-dirt country artist, Wade Bowen across the south. Flying Buffaloes also staked their claim as an Americana act on the rise at their 2019 Americanafest showcase performance. In October 2019, the group released their first full-length album, Loaded & Rollin’. Tour updates at  


Fresh off the announcement of his next album, Great American Saturday Night, Bobby Bare has released track eight, “The Day All The Yes Men Said No” exclusively premiered by Taste of Country. Written by the late Shel Silverstein, Bare tells the stories of folks from all walks of life standing up and saying no to societal rules and standards and the ripple effect that follows. Bare offers a little bit of humor in the midst of a serious message with “The Day All The Yes Men Said No.” Great American Saturday Night, releasing on April 17, is a Sony Legacy/BFD release in partnership with 117 Music. This album is one of the many critically-acclaimed albums between the Country Music Hall of Fame member and Silverstein. Born in Ohio, Grand Ole Opry member Bobby Bare is one of the most iconic country artists of our time with chart-topping songs like “Detroit City,” “500 Miles,” “Marie Laveau” and many more. Listen to the song here and preorder the forthcoming album at 


On March 30 (his 30th birthday) Thomas Rhett released “Be A Light” via The Valory Music Co., a never-before-heard song with the help of friends Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban. Rhett co-wrote the timeless message alongside Josh Miller, Josh Thompson and Matt Dragstrem. Listen to the song’s poignant lyrics and boundless message of encouragement at   “I wrote ‘Be A Light’ last year as a way to process negativity and sadness I was seeing in the world,” said Rhett. “Now we are in the middle of a world-wide pandemic affecting every single human on earth, all while our town of Nashville is still healing from devastating tornadoes that destroyed so much of our city less than one month ago. But, among the wreckage, I see us come together in ways I never dreamed possible. I knew in my heart this was the time to share this message with the world and our community. I hope this song serves as a reminder that we are all in this together.” Rhett and the song’s collaborators will donate all proceeds from “Be A Light” to the MusiCares® COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease.  


Just one week after Spring 2020 made its debut, Country crooner James Robert Webb is gearing up to release his newest and best work to date, a self-titled LP, James Robert Webb. Webb worked with GRAMMY award-winning, iconic producer Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire) for his self-titled album. Having seen success with multiple singles off this album already, including “Now We’re Gettin’ Somewhere,” “Tulsa Time,” “April May” and “Think About It,” Webb is ready for the rest to come to life. “Tulsa Time” has been in rotation on SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse since its release in November. “Now We’re Gettin’ Somewhere” peaked at No. 24 on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart and No. 43 on Billboard Indicator Chart. True to his blue-collar roots, Webb walks the line between traditional and contemporary country music. Raised on a small farm outside of Tulsa, he grew up listening to a wide variety of Oklahomans including Bob Wills, Garth Brooks and Leon Russell. Pre-save the album via  


The Nashville Songwriters Association International has announced that the organization’s Tin Pan Week has been rescheduled to take place October 20-24, 2020. On Monday and Tuesday (October 19-20, 2020), Tin Pan Week will kick-off with Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar, powered by Sweetwater, and then beginning on October 20th, the highly anticipated 28th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival presented by Regions Bank will fill venues with our favorite songwriters as they share the stories we’ve all been waiting to hear. Every effort will be made to bring as much of the originally scheduled programming back as possible and we look forward to announcing more details soon on venues, times, performers, and additional Tin Pan Week events. For the most up-to-date information, follow @tinpansouth on all social media platforms or visit  Established in 1967, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and has a membership of more than 5,000 spanning the United States and eight foreign countries. 


Thomas Rhett announced that his The Center Point Road Tour featuring special guests Cole Swindell and HARDY is rescheduled to now kick off this summer on July 9 in Charlotte, NC out of an abundance of caution for fans, band and crew members as well as venues nationwide. Tickets previously purchased will be honored for the rescheduled dates. For any further ticket inquiries, fans are advised to reach out to point of purchase. For more information visit:  


Hannah Bethel’s latest video “The House Is On Fire,” premiered in March on Ditty TV’s popular video show, ‘The Curve.’ The emotionally riveting clip was directed by Troy Jackson and features Bethel in pre-performance preparation, before leading the viewer into a heart-wrenching performance of the deeply personal self-penned song. Styled in a custom-made white dress and matching boots, she passionately emotes with her engaging expressions and through her powerful vocals supported by her beautiful Aspen Green electric Gretsch guitar. Ditty TV is a television network that celebrates the Americana and Roots styles of music, and is accessible on the web and on any connected device. See the video plus music and more at  


Aubrie Sellers joined Audra Mae, Alayna Rogers, and Nariah Francois on a soulful version of “With a Little Help from My Friends.” Says Aubrie: “The insanely talented Audra Mae asked me to come over to the legendary United Recording Studios on Sunset Blvd one day to do this classic song with her and I jumped at the chance,” said Sellers. “So lucky to be a part of the talented group of musicians Jammcard brought together, and now felt like the perfect time for them to put this video out. I hope people find inspiration and hope in this video, because we can get through this difficult time with a little help from our friends.” More about upcoming tour dates and music, visit Aubrie at and check out 

NOTE: Since the February release of Aubrie Sellers’ sophomore album Far From Home, she has been touring the U.S. with Americana titan Robert Earl Keen, as well as with Brandy Clark and the CMT Next Women of Country Tour, featuring Tanya Tucker and Clark. Sellers also kicked off a co-headlining tour with Lillie Mae.  



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By Preshias Harris

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