Inside Track on Music Row – August 2019

DUO MUSIC NEWS: 

Fresh off the first leg of Carrie Underwood’s The Cry Pretty Tour 360, PLATINUM-selling duo Maddie & Tae continue to rack up wide-spread praise and accolades for their current single “Die From A Broken Heart.”  Quickly mounting over 50 MILLION streams, the award-winning duo are sharing a stripped-back acoustic version of the song. Find a link to the song at maddieandtae.com.  Recently releasing their EP One Heart To Another, serving as a snapshot of more music to come from the duo later this year, Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant take down of bro-country, “Girl In A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going PLATINUM. The duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the Country Airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations. 

ENDORSEMENT NEWS:

Country starlets Presley & Taylor (Mercy Music City) have teamed up with Dan Post Boot Company. The Clarksville, Tennessee-based western, casual and work footwear company will outfit the sister duo in product from its Dan Post, Dingo 1969 and Laredo lines. “We are so pleased in our newly-formed relationship with the Dan Post family of brands, and its western and casual products; it’s a perfect mutual fit and we’re proud to sport their boots,” Presley and Taylor said. Dingo 1969 is a brand new collection that follows current fashion trends with a western and boho influence.  This alliance comes on the cusp of the imminent release of Presley & Taylor’s forthcoming single titled “Everybody Wanna Be Us” anticipated in late August 2019. The track sets the stage for the launch of their 2020 EP (produced by James Stroud and Keith Burns) due in February.  Follow Presley and Taylor at facebook.com/presleyandtaylor

GARTH NEWS:

Even stars can get ‘star struck.’  Blake Shelton was at his Oklahoma farm with a hunting buddy when he got a text from his manager asking for his permission to give his phone number to Garth Brooks. Of course, Blake said “Yes.” In an interview with the Tennessean, Blake said that about thirty minutes later he got a call from Garth who wanted to send him a song and see if he was interested in singing a duet with him.  The result: “Dive Bar” written by Brooks, Mitch Rossell and Bryan Kennedy.  Brooks and Shelton made the song’s live debut together at Brooks’ stadium tour stop in Boise, ID on June 19. “Dive Bar” will be featured on Brooks’ upcoming album Fun. Blake told the Tennessean: “Can you believe this? I’m going to record with Garth Brooks. It’s Garth Brooks!” Find the full story at www.tennessean.com … 

EXTRA MEDIA NEWS: Garth Brooks had a beautiful surprise for his fans attending the show at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR. A stunning choir of 800 singers! The choir made their entrance down the aisles of the floor and from high up on the concourse.  They joined Garth for “We Shall Be Free” and the classic R&B song “Shout.” The choir was led by Brooks’ longtime singer and Oregon native, Robert Bailey. In the introduction, Garth shared that Robert Bailey is actually featured in the iconic scene in Animal House singing “Shout.”  Garth also revealed that the songs were recorded for a live album.   It seems Garth just can’t stop breaking records along the way. It was the largest paid attendance in the history of Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR, a stop on his current Stadium Tour.  Garth also has Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series. It airs every Monday on Garth’s Facebook page (facebook.com/GarthBrooks) at 7:00 PM EST. 

HALL OF FAME NEWS:

Brooks & Dunn are set to sit down at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and talk about their career. The event, titled Proud of the House We Built: A Conversation with Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, and Clarence Spalding is scheduled for Saturday, August 24 at 2:00 pm. Brooks & Dunn are having a banner 2019: Reboot, their first studio album in twelve years, went to #1; they performed to enthusiastic arena crowds on their first national tour since 2010; and in October, the duo will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. This victory lap serves as a reminder of the quality and consistency of the music Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn made in the 1990s and 2000s. To commemorate their new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition, Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon, the two performers and their manager, Clarence Spalding, will discuss their careers in a program that will include archival photographs, videos, and recordings. Reserve tickets at countrymusichalloffame.org