Inside Track on Music Row: April 2022

OPRY NEWS:

The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate one of country music’s most influential artists, Merle Haggard, on the anniversary of both his birth and his death, Wednesday, April 6. Haggard was born on April 6, 1937 and passed away April 6, 2016. The special Wednesday Night Opry will feature performances by just a few of the countless artists who have been influenced by the legend including Suzy Bogguss, his son Marty Haggard, Cody Johnson, Joe Nichols, Eli Paperboy Reed, and ACM New Female Artist winner Lainey Wilson, among others. Artists will perform Haggard classics as well as their own hits influenced by the Country Music Hall of Famer.  Tickets for the “Opry Salutes Merle Haggard” Wednesday Night Opry are on sale at (615) 871-OPRY and https://www.opry.com.   The special Wednesday night show is part of a special three-week run of Wednesday Night Opry shows during the spring break period. Wednesday shows are scheduled to return for an extended run this summer. The special Wednesday Night Opry can be heard on opry.com and https://wsmradio.com,  SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse, and the show’s flagship radio home, WSM Radio. 

PODCAST NEWS:

Grammy Award-winning entertainer Kristian Bush and CMA Award-winning Country music journalist Cindy Watts have teamed to present “52 – The Podcast.” The pair will explore the parallel between one of the popular songs from Kristian’s back catalog and a new track from his four-volume release 52, whose first installment 52 – ATL X BNA landed March 25.

The multi-instrumentalist offers insight into the songwriting process, his day-to-day life and the musical journey that took Kristian from his hometown of Sevierville, TN to Atlanta, Nashville and around the world as part of his various bands, including Multi-Platinum-selling super duo Sugarland.  “The only thing better than listening to music is listening to music with someone else,” Kristian said. “I met Cindy years ago — me writing songs and her writing about songs. Somewhere along the way, we discovered we were both from the same tiny hometown and have been friends ever since. This podcast is like the liner notes I always wish I had, with the person that I always wished had written them.” More at https://kristianbush.com/#!/.  @kristianbush

PR NEWS:

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has announced details behind the Live Nation produced summer leg of his Beers On Me Tour. Bentley will host over 31-cities to an “all-night sing-along party” (Fresno Bee) as the trek launches June 3rd in Wilmington, NC, with special guests Ashley McBryde and Travis Denning. Following fan club presales, tickets are on sale to the public at www.dierks.com where you can find a full list of tour dates. Fans can get a taste of what to expect from Bentley’s Beers on Me Tour here:

“A bunch of friends, ice cold beer and good Country music is just about all you need for a perfect summer,” said Bentley. “Every year when we plan a tour, I think this summer is going to the best yet…and this year is no different! I’m excited to have Ashley and Travis jump on this leg of the Beers On Me Tour…now just counting the days ’til June!”

RADIO NEWS:

Country music legend and soon-to-be fifty-six year member of the Grand Ole Opry®, Jeannie Seely, has announced the release to radio of her collaborative single, “So Far, So Good.” Longtime friends, The Whites (Sharon and Cheryl White) join Seely on the recording which is being promoted to radio by PCL Music Promotions, Lynne Connelly and Jan Woods. The Texas Swing tune is the latest single off Ms. Seely’s highly-acclaimed album An American Classic on Curb Records. “So Far, So Good” was co-written by Penn Pennington and Mitch Ballard and was produced by Don Cusic.  Download and listen to “So Far, So Good” at https://smarturl.it/Sofarsogoodjs.   

“This song has been in the back of my mind since Penn Penington played it for me about eight years ago,” expressed Jeannie Seely. “I cannot tell you how happy I am to finally record it, and even more excited to hear it on the air, thanks to Curb Records and my great promotion team!” Keep up with all things Jeannie Seely at www.jeannieseely.com.

RED DIRT NEWS:

Red Dirt Country Entertainer Jimmy Bowen has released his new single, “Don’t Drink The Water.” The upbeat classic country tune was written by veteran award-winning songwriters J.P. Pennington (Exile) and Jeff Stevens. It was produced by Donnie Clark (Pure Prairie League) and Craig Fletcher and was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Tony Cottrill. The song is already garnering attention from industry professionals and fans alike, being named one of CD TEX’s Top 10 Most Popular Broadcast Downloads, and it is currently in rotation with Radio SoBro, Texas Music Radio Show, and True Texas Radio.

“The song talks about a guy that is drawn to a bar he comes across because of a bright neon sign; he just has to go in to check it out. He orders a shot and a glass of water. The bartender tells him that the water is not good for his mental state and that liquor is the answer. Basically, if you want to have fun, ‘Don’t Drink The Water!’ It’s a feel-good, two-steppin,’ sing-a-long kinda song,” commented Bowen. New music, tour dates and more at https://www.jimmybowen.com.  

ROW NEWS:

Leading independent record label Big Machine Label Group, a subsidiary of HYBE America, has signed LA-based band Starcrawler to its Big Machine Records rock music roster. Starcrawler joins the label that is also home to superstar Sheryl Crow, Ray Wylie Hubbard, John 5, Badflower and Ayron Jones.  Comprised of lead singer Arrow de Wilde, guitarist Henri Cash, bassist Tim Franco, pedal steel/guitar player Bill Cash and drummer Seth Carolina, Starcrawler is finishing up their first album with Big Machine Records and will take their high-octane show on the road later this year. Already a sync favorite for shows like Netflix’s Lucifer, films such as Paramount’s Pet Sematary, and publisher DC Comics, the band has a growing international fanbase on streaming platforms from LA to Mexico City to Sydney. Starcrawler was also featured in Dave Grohl’s 2021 film What Drives Us.

“As Big Machine continues to expand its reach, great young rock bands greatly align with our future vision,” said BMLG Chairman and CEO Scott Borchetta. “When I look into our crystal ball, I see Starcrawler.  Soon, you will too…”

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