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


Following multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley’s set at the 48th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, he is releasing Live From Telluride, available now. Dierks tapped The War And Treaty for their powerhouse vocals throughout, had multi-instrumentalist sisters Larkin Poe join the band for the entire set and enlisted legendary grasser Sam Bush.

The Live From Telluride EP is now available at all digital platforms at   

See a backstage clip of “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” 

“This really was a once in a lifetime show for me. Getting to play at my favorite festival…with some of my favorite musicians and performers…in one of my favorite places in the world…felt like a dream,” Bentley said. “Luckily this dream was captured on tape and I can go back and relive the way it felt that night whenever I want.”

Find info about Dierks current tour at   


Wanda Jackson, Rock & Roll, International Gospel and Rockabilly Hall of Famer, teams with fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna to conceptualize Encore (out August 20 via Big Machine Records/Blackheart Records). Pre-order Encore at  

Encore is rooted in the belief that the pure Rock & Roll that Wanda pioneered, has lived in Jett’s modern version of agency, independence and audacious self-expression that has been taboo for women in music. Jackson’s 32nd album is a final chapter amplifying a career that’s ignited others too, from the Cramps to Amy Winehouse, Adele to Jack White, who produced her 2009 critic’s favorite The Party Ain’t Over. “Right around the time I retired from performing and what I thought was the end of my career, I found myself back to writing songs with some of the great writers in Nashville. The songs you hear are truly my life story. This is the first time I have ever inserted so much of my personal life into my music,” shared Jackson.

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Tayla Lynn, granddaughter of the Queen of Country, Loretta Lynn, is officially releasing her first solo project Tayla Lynn Sings Loretta Lynn after a soft release via her website.

A tribute to her illustrious grandmother, Tayla Lynn Sings Loretta Lynn features Tayla Lynn singing 13 of her favorite Loretta Lynn hits, including “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “Fist City” and “The Pill,” as well as duets on “Sweet Thing” with special guest Tony Booth (singing the part made famous by Ernest Tubb) and the song that defined her grandmother’s career, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” with her Aunt Patsy Lynn Russell.

Loretta Lynn is listed as a co-writer on the project and a 14th track will thrill fans with her recorded greeting. “I love working and writing with Memaw [as she affectionately calls her grandmother],” Tayla Lynn gushes.

“Early in my career, she took me out on the road for a year and taught me how to walk the stage, sing a sad song, be funny and treat the audience like you are in their living room.” Listen/purchase via


Midland’s Mark Wystrach, Cam Duddy, and Jess Carson like their music straight-up. Hardcore country, the kind you find in forgotten bars in Arizona, New Mexico, parts of Texas, Bakersfield, Reno, wherever the neon’s buzzing, but not quite dead. The Grammy®-nominated trio plots a resurgence of their thick harmonies, sad melodies, tart lyrics and steel guitar with The Last Resort, released July 16 via Big Machine Records. Listen to the lead track “Sunrise Tells The Story” at   Midland’s vocal chemistry and overlapping musical influences have forged an alliance that’s created an oasis of Wurlitzer country for icehouses, taverns, beer joints, out of the way honky-tonks and other hole in the walls.  Whether it’s a cheating song, a heartbreak ballad or a shoot-out-the-lights romper, they savor the notion and the emotions with a gusto unseen for decades and The Last Resort is all about it.  The band will road test the new tracks and their signature hits with The Last Resort Tour, kicking off October 7 in Phoenix, AZ with special guest Hailey Whitters. For more on Midland and tour updates, visit  


The winners of the 2021 MusicRow Awards will be announced Thursday, August 19, and the announcement will be made virtually, presented by City National Bank. Nominations are based on projects that were active between the period of June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. MusicRow Magazine stated that the final nominees are determined by a committee comprised of critics and tastemakers. For the categories of Breakthrough Songwriter and Breakthrough Artist-Writer, outside nominations are also taken into consideration. For the Male and Female Songwriter of the Year categories, nominees are based on data from MusicRow’s Top Songwriter Chart. MusicRow subscribers vote to determine the Award winners. The Top 10 Album All-Star Musician Awards will be presented in conjunction with the MusicRow Awards, saluting Nashville’s most in-demand studio players who performed on the most albums reaching the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart during the eligibility period.  For full details about the categories and all nominees, see  


Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Maggie Baugh is considered one of the most promising new country artists on the rise.  Originally from Florida, Maggie made the move to live in Nashville full time to perfect her craft and at twenty-one years old has created a buzz with her insightful lyrics, earnest delivery, and high-energy live shows. “Think About Me” (available on all streaming platforms) is by far one of Maggie’s favorite songs to be born as a result of her quarantine days.  

On the surface, “Think About Me” is portrayed as a break-up song, but underneath, there is a much deeper meaning. Like all other touring artists, Maggie was impacted by the Covid pandemic due to the lack of live performances, however, she used the time wisely to dive deep into becoming an even stronger songwriter and artist. Maggie is excited to get back on the road and perform for her fans and will continue to announce more live dates.

See the music video for “Think About Me,” listen to her music and find tour dates at  

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