Inside Track on Music Row: August 2021 Music News with Preshias Harris


Born of Cuban-American roots in Miami, and then long based in Nashville where they perfected their distinctive and eclectic Americana / Roots fusion of Country, Rock and Tejano/Tex-Mex influences, The Mavericks expanded their musical palette even further last year with the release of their first All-Spanish language album in celebration of the Latin cultural roots of co-founder/singer Raul Malo and guitarist Eddie Perez. Comprised of a collection of their own Spanish language originals, and classic Latin tracks from which they drew inspiration, The Mavericks’ En Español proved to be a groundbreaking project, uniting fans across cultures, genres and languages. A new track that is sure to have audiences up and dancing out on the road, and a perfect summertime single “Por Ti (Yo Quiero Ser)” – a Mavericks’ original, is an uptempo and horn heavy dancefloor magnet that describes a forbidden romance between two star-crossed lovers as it builds to an explosive and anthemic finale.  Now, The Mavericks are returning to concert stages with a growing list of scheduled appearances including a very special two-Nights at the Ryman Auditorium in December. Tour info and tickets at


Travis Denning (Mercury Nashville) is releasing more music as he gears up to hit the road this summer. He will release his sophomore six-song set Dirt Road Down on 8/6, available to pre-order now at   

Denning also shared a new track, “Jack And Coke” taken from the collection, which mixes the dark, buzzy flavor of Denning’s favorite cocktail with a nursery-rhyme setup for an epic heartbreaker on the rocks.

The forthcoming release also includes previously released tracks “Call It Country” and Denning’s current single “ABBY” that continues to rack up streaming milestones, with over 27 million streams to date. Dirt Down Road also includes three additional new tracks co-written by Denning and produced by Jeremy Stover. “Grew Up With a Truck” hitches feel-good country nostalgia to a diesel-powered hook, “I Went Fishing,” allows listeners to get to know the guy behind the guitar and the title track explores his love of a twisted, pure-country lyric, taking multiple routes to the same romantic destination. Denning is currently on the road as support on Brothers Osborne’s “We’re Not For Everyone Tour.”  Updates at


CMT has announced the August 25th debut of CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride, an all-new special celebrating the extraordinary life and legacy of trailblazing country music titan Charley Pride. The episode premieres on the 25th at 9p/8c exclusively on CMT. CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride is a star-packed, 90-minute event featuring the groundbreaking performer’s superstar friends and some of the biggest names in music today to celebrate his most legendary hits, including Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Charley’s son Dion Pride, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Combs featuring Robert Randolph + Reyna Roberts, Mickey Guyton and Wynonna. Other special guests include Neal McCoy, Nolan Ryan, Reba, Ronnie Milsap, and Charley’s wife, Rozene Pride. They will also appear to share their personal memories and reflect on Charley’s lasting legacy, blended alongside rare archival photos, interviews, and performances, with clips and commentary from Charley Pride himself. Launched in 2006, the CMT GIANTS franchise is CMT’s elite honor celebrating the careers of country music’s most legendary artists. More at and more about Charley (including the recently-announced Texas Rangers Charley Pride Fellowship Program at  


The Bellamy Brothers are eager to announce rescheduled dates for their European tour. The iconic duo is set to perform multiple shows in Norway and Sweden in January of 2022 before returning in June of 2022 for additional dates in Norway, Faroe Islands, Austria and Switzerland.

When the stay-at-home orders took effect in March of 2020, the Bellamy Brothers were on the road with Blake Shelton for his Friends And Heroes Tour. They returned to their Florida homestead where their hit reality series “Honky Tonk Ranch” is filmed and stayed busy through a partnership with the Florida-based medical marijuana company Trulieve as well as the release of their Bucket List EP.  Earlier this year, the Bellamys released the video for their “No Country Music For Old Men” collaboration with John Anderson, which has amassed over two million views.  To keep up with this on-the-move-duo, follow the Bellamy Brothers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and visit


The Gospel Music Association & Foundation will announce the nominees for the 52nd Dove Awards on Wednesday, August 11. The Awards will be live taped on Tuesday, October 19 at Allen Arena on the Lipscomb University campus in Nashville. The show will be broadcast worldwide on TBN, premiering Friday, October 22. Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting, and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, The GMA Hall of Fame Induction and Honors Ceremony, and the IMMERSE Conference. For more information on the GMA, visit  and follow @gmadoveawards on Facebook, Twitter, and @gospelmusicassoc on Instagram.

Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is the world’s largest and most-watched faith-and-family broadcaster, reaching over 175 nations across the earth with inspirational and entertaining programming 24 hours a day in 14 languages and on 32 global networks. Visit  


Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Charlie Worsham has released his new EP, Sugarcane, via Warner Music Nashville. Stream/purchase at  

Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town), Sugarcane is an emotional homecoming for Worsham. What began as personal reflections from a daily writing exercise, grew into something much more universal—six new songs that celebrate the love, perseverance, struggle and joy experienced through life and the people who are there through it all. 

Sugarcane follows Worsham’s 2017 album, Beginning of Things, and furthers his reputation as an artist with “undeniable musical talent” (NPR Music). Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, Beginning of Things landed on several “Best of 2017” lists including Rolling Stone, Variety, PopMatters, Nashville Scene and Vulture.

Since the release of his 2013 debut, Rubberband, Worsham has established himself as one of Nashville’s most beloved and well-respected artists. In addition to his own music, he’s a frequent collaborator including work with Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Luke Combs, Vince Gill, Kacey Musgraves, Marty Stuart, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban among several others. More at   


Currently making news as he breaks attendance records on his stadium tour, Garth Brooks still enjoys getting up close and personal with his fans in more intimate settings. Garth rocked the The Westerner in Salt Lake City, UT, on July 16, the first Dive Bar Tour stop since February 2020, where he played the Six String in Foxborough, MA. With nearly 900 people in attendance, the only way in was to win through local country radio station KSOP, which normally goes by Z104 but this week went as G104 in celebration of all things Garth. Proof of vaccination and masks were required for entry. Just before taking the stage, Garth went live on Inside Studio G, his regular spot on Facebook. The Dive Bar Tour was inspired by his single, “Dive Bar,” with Blake Shelton, which is on Garth’s most recent album, Fun. The Dive Bar Tour will continue on to dive bars in country music capitals around the country through 2022. FThe day after his appearance at the Westerner, the Garth Brooks Stadium Tour played Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Tour info at  

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