Inside Track on Music Row – August 2019

OPRY NEWS: 

Country music royalty and soon to be fifty-two-year member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie Seely was recently invited back home to where her roots began in Titusville, PA. The 50th Townville Old Home Days were held July 12 and July 13 with the theme Throwback to the Summer of 1969. The festival featured Jeannie Seely as a special parade guest along with State Representative, Kathy Rapp. Seely also was honored to attend for the first time ever, her class reunion that was scheduled to take place the same weekend with approximately 20 of her classmates. Jeannie’s recordings have spanned six decades and provided enjoyment to country music fans all around the world. Many of the songs were recorded by Hall of Fame members. Jeannie earned a Grammy for her recording of “Don’t Touch Me” in 1967. Seely is a weekly on-air host on SiriusXM “Willie’s Roadhouse,” where she shares personal memories and fun stories about the songs she spins. More info at jeannieseely.com

PARTNERSHIP NEWS:

Lewis Brice is getting his waffle on and fans can win some Waffle House loot, too.  Lewis has partnered with Waffle House Restaurants and TouchTunes to spread his song “Summertime Vibes” across the U.S. The catchy, sunny, sing-along tune (Robert K. Oermann / MusicRow ) is now available to play on TouchTunes jukeboxes in more than 1,900 Waffle House locations nationwide. Fans can post a picture of them playing “Summertime Vibes” on a Waffle House jukebox to instagram with #WHvibes or #LewisWH to enter a chance to win an exclusive Waffle House prize, the contest will run through August. Additionally, Lewis’ previous singles “Blessed” and “Messing With My Mind” have also been added to TouchTunes jukeboxes in all Waffle House locations.  “Summertime Vibes” was co-written by Brice with buddies Nick Norman and Ben Simonetti. Music and tour updates at http://lewisbrice.com/ 

SINGER/SONGWRITER NEWS:

Four decades into his incredible career, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop, whose timeless hits include “On and On,” “Save it for a Rainy Day” and “It Might Be you,” and who wrote the Oscar-nominated song “Separate Lives,” will release his new studio album, We’ll Talk About It Later In The Car on August 30 through BMG.  The album will be available for pre-sale on August 9 with the first single “Like Mother Like Daughter” released on the same date. A new music video will accompany the single as well.  Bishop says that his new album contains “songs that should have been hits 40 years ago.” The record originally started as a demo project of tracks he wrote at the beginning of his career, but as he kept recording the idea of turning it into a proper album took shape. “There’s a little bit of country, pop, and a few tracks that are more broken-hearted love songs.”  More about the new album at stephenbishop.com

SINGLE NEWS: 

Breakout British country singer-songwriter Sasha McVeigh has released her new single “Rock Bottom” available on all streaming platforms. The poignant chronicle is the first track released from her upcoming, fan-financed EP. “Sasha’s latest release, ‘Rock Bottom’, is her strongest release to date. It’s a song I’m sure you will love,” said Global Head of Country Music at Spotify, John Marks.  It was recorded in Nashville and produced by the GRAMMY® award-winning, Mark Lambert.  The UK-bred musician captures not only her vulnerability, but her confidence and strength in this lyrical tale. “‘Rock Bottom’ isn’t strictly a song about heartbreak,” states McVeigh, “It’s about understanding that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom in life to realize what you have and that it’s those moments of utter despair that can shape us into the people we are.”  Drawing from country, pop and R&B influences Sasha McVeigh has been hailed as UK Country Music Award’s “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Music and tour updates at sashamcveighmusic.com and facebook.com/SashaMcVeigh

SONGWRITER NEWS: 

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has announced that its Nashville Songwriter Awards presented by City National Bank will return to the Ryman Auditorium in 2019.  The star-studded evening is set for September 17, 2019, and if initial award winner announcements are any indication, the event will be one not to miss. Loretta Lynn will receive the organization’s highest honor, the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award.  NSAI has also announced that it will bestow the White Hat Award on United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that evening. Additional honorees will include the 2019 “Song of the Year,” “Songwriter of the Year,” “Songwriter-Artist of the Year” and NSAI’s coveted “10 Songs I Wish I’d Written,” which are chosen by Nashville’s professional songwriters. This will be the second year that the Nashville Songwriters Association International will present its awards at the Ryman Auditorium boasting a sell-out event in 2018.