Inside Track on Music Row – August 2019

BAND NEWS: 

For a long time, lead singer Mark Wystrach has been the bachelor of the group Midland. But recently he got engaged to his girlfriend Ty Haney.  Fellow Midlander Cameron Duddy said the couple are such a great match. He says, “Mark and Ty are the perfect fit. She’s athletic, Mark’s athletic.  She’s hardworking, Mark’s hardworking. She has a youthful spirit, as does Mark. And she accepts the band as the extra baggage, as all of our wives have had to do in the last couple of years.  And that can really scare a lot of people, I feel like.  And this is Mark’s life and she has her own incredible entrepreneurship and company to deal with.”  In response, Mark joked that he felt like he was listening to Cameron‘s best man speech for his wedding. Midland will be out on the road all summer as they prepare to release their sophomore album, Let It Roll, featuring their latest single “Mr. Lonely,” on August 23rd. Tour updates at midlandofficial.com

BILLBOARD NEWS:

Singer/songwriter and worldwide entertainment icon Billy Ray Cyrus continued to rule the Billboard Hot 100 through July with Lil Nas X as “Old Town Road” featuring Cyrus, ties the record for the No. 1 position in the chart’s six-decade history. “Old Town Road” (Columbia Records) also leads Streaming Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs for 16 weeks each, according to Billboard. “This song has been a uniter not a divider. I’m giving God the glory now for allowing me the gift to be part of such a special song. It’s a unique moment in time where people from all over the world and all walks of life find they have more in common than they do different. It’s a moment we’ve all shared and I’m grateful for it,” said Cyrus. Tour updates at billyraycyrus.com

BOOK NEWS:

Make room on your coffee table: Kenny Chesney: Living in Fast Forward is the title of a new book about the man who created the No Shoes Nation.  Weighing at just under nine-and-a-half pounds with 456 pages and 571 photographs, this is a hefty volume with art-quality paper and cowhide binding.  It is available in a limited signed & numbered edition of only 3,500 copies.  The book showcases his many years on tour that captures everything about the music, the fans, the show onstage and behind the scenes. Members of the No Shoes Nation have already received an email about the book, so you’d need to move fast to snag your own copy. Details at https://www.livinginfastforwardbook.com/   Meanwhile, Kenny’s latest single “Tip of My Tongue,” co-written with Ed Sheeran was released July 12.