Inside Track on Music Row: August 2022

Music News by Preshias Harris

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VERSE OF THE MONTH:

‘Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. –  Colossians (3:16)

ALBUM NEWS:

Callista Clark is a new face with an old soul, an impressive voice with a gift for writing insightful lyrics that both challenge and empower as reflected on her debut full-length album Real To Me: The Way I Feel, arriving October 14 via Big Machine Records. Expanding her Real To Me collection to 10 tracks, the 18-year-old exudes both strength and vulnerability in pointed lyrics that leave no doubt where she stands. Produced by Nathan Chapman, Callista’s debut album reveals a songwriter of considerable depth and wit and a gifted singer with confidence and an impressive presence unique to someone her age. It all adds up to a powerful launch for an artist whose music is poised to become the soundtrack for the heartbreaks and triumphs of her generation. Fans can pre-order the album here. “I couldn’t be more excited to share that my first album ever is coming out October 14! I have been waiting so long and trying my best to get all the new songs as perfect as I can. The ‘Real to Me’ era is not over yet! Can’t wait for y’all to hear it,” says Callista. Details at https://www.callistaclark.com https://www.facebook.com/CallistaClarkMusic/ and @callistaclark

ANNIVERSARY NEWS:

Grand Ole Opry celebrated Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell on her 50th Anniversary as a member of the Opry family with two shows Saturday, July 30. Opry member Carrie Underwood, who has lauded Mandrell as one of her musical and professional inspirations, was on hand as well as CeCe Winans, Suzy Bogguss, Linda Davis to help honor the music legend at both shows. The three-time ACM/CMA Entertainer and four-time ACM/CMA Female Vocalist of the Year was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on July 29, 1972. For more information and to buy tickets, visit https://www.opry.com/specials/opry-loves-the-90s. A one-hour portion of the night’s first show aired live at 9/8 pm CT and re-aired later, as Opry Live hosted by Bill Cody on Circle Television. The show livestreamed via Circle’s social channels and on SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel 59. Both shows aired in their entirety on WSM Radio and opry.com/wsmonline.com. More about Barbara Mandrell at https://barbaramandrell.com, https://www.facebook.com/barbaramandrellmusic and (@barbaramandrellmusic)

ARTIST NEWS:

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore is sharing his electrifying new track “Fire On Wheels” and an accompanying new music video today. Co-written and co-produced by Moore and Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three), the new track is a volume-up, groove-driven anthem available to listen at https://strm.to/FireOnWheelsPR. Moore also shared a new music video for the song which showcases some “Risky Business”-esque dance moves as he cuts loose in an almost-deserted bowling alley. Directed by PJ Brown, the video for “Fire On Wheels” watch here.

With “Fire On Wheels” embodying the energy of Moore’s life out on the road, he also revealed his multi-city Fire On Wheels Tour will kick off in Salt Lake City, UT on 9/8. Moore has invited special guests Boy Named Banjo to join him this fall, on the trek that will see Moore bring his renowned live show to cities across the country, as well as a stop in Canada. Fans can purchase tickets for Moore’s Fire on Wheels Tour at www.kipmoore.net.

BABY BUMP NEWS:

Singer/songwriter Jenny Tolman and her husband, Grammy-nominated producer Dave Brainard are expecting their first baby, as reported on People.com. The exciting news is revealed at the end of Tolman’s new music video for her song “Same Train As You,” a romantic track off her recent album Married in a Honky Tonk. “Dave and I are so thrilled to get to share the most exciting news of our lives!” Tolman tells People. “We wrote ‘Same Train as You’ during our second co-writing session together, before we were together as a couple, when we hardly even knew each other. It’s very special to now make this announcement with the song that foreshadowed so much of what was to come for the two of us,” she adds. The video includes footage from the couple’s March wedding in Jackson, Wyoming, where the pair tied the knot in a snowy ceremony in the mountains. At the end of the music video, Tolman reveals her baby bump under a flowy dress and cradles her stomach. Check out https://www.jennytolman.com, Twitter & Instagram (@jennytolman) and https://www.facebook.com/JennyTolmanMusic.

BAND NEWS:

The raucous and rowdy indie southern rock band, Six Gun Sally, releases its fifteenth studio recording “Redneck White & Badass Blue” available now via all digital retail outlets and streaming platforms. (Distribution by Ed Gertler/ Digital Retail Services.) The new release follows the momentum of the band’s previous single, “Drunk Text.” With a nod to the group’s musical heroes (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker Band), the make-no-bones-about-it original reveals the band’s 70s rock musical style and boisterous character. The revving opener, whammy electric guitar runs and gritty vocals (led by Allen Granus) set the pace for bold, take-it or leave-it lyrics (spotlighting “Freebird” and “Home Sweet Home”), while playful piano licks lighten the vibe as facetious humor. Written by Jeff Thurston, Anthony Smith, and Dave Barbe (band member and drummer), and produced by Thurston, Matt Muckle and Barbe, the “loud and proud” track was recorded at Hollywood Studios of Pittsburgh (engineered by Matt Vaughan) and features instrumental and vocal performances by all seven members. See more about Six Gun Sally and watch the video for “Redneck White & Badass Blue” at https://www.sixgunsallyband.com and (@sixgunsallyband)

BILLBOARD NEWS:

Michael Ray’s “Whiskey And Rain” reaches yet another milestone, earning RIAA Platinum certification after marking the Florida-native’s fourth chart topper and his first multi-week No. 1. “When I first heard ‘Whiskey And Rain,’ I connected with the idea of letting yourself really live in a moment where it can wash over you,” shares Ray. “To say I’m proud of this song would be an understatement. I’m very grateful that it’s found a home in the hearts of fans. I couldn’t do this without them or the team I have behind me.” “Whiskey And Rain” was written by Josh Thompson and Jesse Frasure and produced by Ross Copperman. Ray is set to perform a slew of festival and headlining dates this summer before re-joining Lee Brice on the Label Me Proud Tour. Dates, tickets and tour information at www.MichaelRayMusic.com.  In five short years, Ray has built an impressive foundation: four No. 1 songs – RIAA Platinum-certified “Think a Little Less,” RIAA Platinum-certified “Whiskey And Rain,” RIAA Gold-certified “Kiss You in the Morning,” RIAA Gold-certified “One That Got Away” – plus “Get to You” and “Her World or Mine,” brings his tally to four Gold-certified singles.

BREAKOUT ARTIST NEWS:

Rising songstress Mikayla Lane releases her newest single, “Ambush,” and the music video, which premiered on CMT.com July 29. Cowgirl Magazine exclusively premiered a first listen to the track noting, “Mikayla is bringing a vibrant, fresh sound to today’s country music scene…and we can’t get enough!” Stream and download “Ambush,” at https://onerpm.link/Ambush

Written by Mikayla and John Conrad and produced by Jimmy Ritchey (Jake Owen, Clay Walker, Mark Chesnutt), “Ambush” brings a spunky, cowgirl-themed tale of unexpected love on the range and offers up a western-esque vibe. “Ambush is your typical love story song but with a twist and some irony mixed in. Many have described it as ‘James Bond meets southwestern music’ and I couldn’t agree more! It’s about a girl who isn’t looking for love and along the way out of nowhere she gets ‘ambushed’ by love when she least expected it,” shared Mikayla. Recently, Mikayla performed at Troy Aikman’s Highway To Henryetta music headlined by country icon Blake Shelton with additional performances from Pat Green, Josh Abbott Band and Stoney LaRue among others.

CD NEWS:

Mercury Nashville recording artist Travis Denning’s forthcoming six-song EP, Might As Well Be Me, will be released on August 5 and is available to pre-order now here: https://strm.to/MightAsWellBeMePR.  The project is crafted for the stage with all of Denning’s hard-charging energy and mischief-making signatures intact, but it also captures an artist maturing. Denning also released a new track from the upcoming release, sharing “Buy A Girl A Drink,” available to listen now here: https://strm.to/BuyAGirlADrinkPR.  Co-written by Denning with Jeremy Stover, Paul DiGiovanni and Chase McGill, the candlelit confession features Denning’s most tender lyricism to date.  Might As Well Be Me will also include the previously released track “She’s On It,” plus “Red Round Here,” “River Named Mississippi,” “Don’t Give a Truck” and “If You Need Anything Down Here.”  A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, singer/songwriter and Mercury Nashville recording artist Travis Denning recently celebrated his first No. One and certified Platinum single, “After A Few.” visit www.travisdenning.com and @travisdenning.

CHRISTIAN MUSIC NEWS:

Christian music group Newsboys recently returned from a two-week European tour with Franklin Graham, playing arena shows in Sheffield, Liverpool, and Cardiff. Immediately following the UK run of shows, the group released their most recent single “Jesus Did” which is now available on all music streaming platforms. Currently on their Summer tour in the U.S., the “God’s Not Dead” singers are set to visit multiple fairs and festivals across the country over the summer before kicking off their Fall tour across the United States and New Zealand. Upcoming tour dates listed below, with Fall dates and lineup to be announced. View full schedule at https://www.newsboys.com/tour. Newsboys also recently attended the Momentum Conference 2022. The life-changing experience equipping Christian radio leaders occurred in Orlando in June.  Amidst a busy travel season, the band has not slowed down in the studio. The release of “Jesus Did” in May kicked off a series of music releases that the band has in store for the rest of the year, with the next release anticipated for the late July. See https://www.newsboys.com and on Twitter and Instagram (@newsboys)

CMA NEWS:

With just one week before “CMA Fest” airs on screens across America, the Country Music Association reveals the set list of top hits that will be performed during the Music Event of Summer Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 8/7c on ABC and available next day on Hulu. The primetime network special features Dierks Bentley and Elle King as first-time hosts. Catch a sneak peek of “CMA Fest” HERE. The television special was filmed during the 49th CMA Fest in June at Nissan Stadium in Nashville and features 30 performances of well-known hits performed by the most recognized names in music – all in one night. Viewers can expect performances of the below songs on Aug. 3: Performers; Jason Aldean – “She’s Country” and “Trouble With A Heartbreak” 
Kelsea Ballerini – “HEARTFIRST” and “half of my hometown” 
Dierks Bentley – “Drunk On A Plane”  
Brothers Osborne – “Skeletons” 
Kane Brown – “Like I Love Country Music” and “One Mississippi”  
Luke Bryan - “Kick The Dust Up” 
Luke Combs – “Beer Never Broke My Heart” and “The Kind Of Love We Make” 
Billy Ray Cyrus and Dierks Bentley – “Achy Breaky Heart” 
Russell Dickerson – “Love You Like I Used To” 
Wynonna Judd with Carly Pearce - “Why Not Me” 
Elle King – “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” 
Elle King with Ashley McBryde – “Ex’s & Oh’s”  
Lady A – “Summer State Of Mind” 
Lady A featuring BRELAND – “Need You Now” 
Dustin Lynch featuring MacKenzie Porter - “Thinking ‘Bout You” 
Parker McCollum – “To Be Loved By You” 
Old Dominion - “No Hard Feelings” 
Thomas Rhett – “Slow Down Summer” and medley of “Get Me Some Of That,” “It Goes Like This” and “Vacation” 
Darius Rucker - “Wagon Wheel” 
Cole Swindell - “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” 
Cole Swindell with Lainey Wilson – “Never Say Never” 
Carrie Underwood – “Ghost Story” and “Good Girl” 
Zac Brown Band – “Out In The Middle” 
Zac Brown Band with Darius Rucker - “Chicken Fried”  
“CMA Fest” is executive produced by Robert Deaton.  

About CMA Fest   — The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™ began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, which drew 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Now heading into its 50th year, the legendary festival has become the city’s signature Country Music event that hosts tens of thousands of fans from all 50 states and 39 international countries. CMA Fest is a one-of-a-kind festival with artists donating their time to perform so ticket proceeds can directly benefit high-quality music programs across the country through the CMA Foundation. 2022 marks the 19th consecutive year CMA has produced a summer music program to be broadcast as a network television special.  

DUO MUSIC NEWS:

The most legendary music duo the Everly Brothers paved the road for The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Rolling Stones. Combining Appalachian country with the all-new rock ‘n’ roll, Phil and Don Everly produced 15 top ten hits in only five years. Driven by their soaring harmonies and propelled by their matching Gibson acoustic guitars, the Everlys were among the original ten artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There was no one else like them. To celebrate their musical legacy, the Gibson Acoustic Custom Shop has a special limited-run Everly Brothers SJ-200 that features AA flame maple back and sides paired with a thermally aged Sitka spruce top, capped with the dual pickguards that the Everly Brothers made famous. This guitar also has essential SJ-200 cosmetic features, such as the classic mother of pearl graduated crown inlays on the rosewood fretboard, as well as a Moustache bridge with four-bar mother of pearl inlays. The bridge saddle, nut, and bridge pins are bone, while Gold Grover Rotomatic tuners ensure solid tuning stability. An SJ-200 hardshell case is also included. Details at https://www.gibson.com/en-US/.

EMERGING ARTIST NEWS:

Blaine Holcomb’s new single “Lessons” feat. Kinsey Rose aims to do what it says in the song’s title: remind of Life’s lessons and how it pays to heed them. Holcomb’s lyrics urge us to cling to the most valuable things in our lives and to understand that failure is inevitable for any normal person. The song serves as a reminder to not take anything in life for granted, and to “make the most of every day.” These moving lyrics explain how we all need to learn valuable lessons in life, good and bad, and at the end of the day “you can’t change the past” so the best thing you can do is live each day to the fullest.

Instrumentally inspired by ‘90s country, the steel mixed with the acoustic guitar adds a homely feel, and Kinsey Rose takes the song to another level, adding harmonies with her crystalline voice. Holcomb, a Hamilton, NY, native moved to Nashville to pursue his music career, opening for national acts such as Easton Corbin, Justin Moore, and Josh Thompson. More at https://www.blaineholcomb.com and (@blaineholcomb)

GARTH NEWS:

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has revealed that Garth Brooks will be honored as the next recipient of the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming 4th annual Nashville Songwriter Awards presented by City National Bank. The awards are scheduled for September 20, 2022 at the Ryman Auditorium, ticket on-sale information to be released at a later date. An award bestowed to an individual whose works have made a significant contribution to the American songbook and one who has inspired the careers of others, the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award has only been given to three other individuals since its inception, with those honorees being Loretta Lynn (2019 recipient), Bill Anderson (2018 recipient) and Willie Nelson (2013 recipient). Brooks has received nearly every industry accolade possible for an artist, but this pinnacle award directly speaks to the footprint he has left on the history of American music and to the inspiration that he has provided for thousands of other aspiring songwriters and artists throughout his illustrious career. Stay current with NSAI @nsaiofficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and www.nashvillesongwriters.com.

INDIE ARTIST NEWS:

Breakout indie pop recording artist Graciela (Gr8 Entertainment) has released her sixth studio recording, an original titled “Just Friends.” Written by Graciela (alongside Sean P. Jones and Aaron Kellim) and co-produced by six-time Grammy winner Jimmy Hoyson and award-winning composer Rob Deaner (v6 Music + Post) at The Vault Recording Studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the track is now available via all digital retail outlets and streaming platforms. The personal and honest musical introspective signifies the 14-year-old songwriter’s trademark to pen realistic and mature storylines that address difficult life experiences. The piano opener (performed by Graciela) lends a soft and poignant introduction to a tale of love and friendship lost– casual conversations that lead to hand-holding and unreciprocated budding affections detoured to the friend zone. Graciela’s tender vocal performance defines the difficult decision and emotional transition to remap the relationship. “This song is about the comfort level and trust established in a friendship,” Graciela introduced.  “…A comfort level that is threatened when feelings and intentions are misunderstood or grow far beyond the place you intended and wishing you could just go back to the place where the relationship began—as ‘Just Friends’.” More at https://www.gracielamusic.com and (@gracielamusicofficial)

INDUSTRY NEWS:

Music industry veterans Peter Strickland and Craig Campbell are joining forces under Marathon Talent. The company combines Marathon Talent Agency and Campbell Entertainment management clients under a new full-service management and artist development business. “Craig upholds the values of Marathon Talent, not only in his career but also in his daily lifestyle – being honest, dedicated, trustworthy resilient. His integrity is unshakable,” says Strickland. A Boston native, Strickland established Marathon Talent Agency in 2018 after rising to Chief Marketing Officer during his tenure at Warner Music Group.  Campbell spent nine years at AristoMedia and 14 representing artists like The Chicks, Miranda Lambert, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, and Patty Loveless at Sony Music/Sony BMG Nashville. He launched publicity and artist management company, Campbell Entertainment, in 2008.  Full details at https://marathontalent.com.

LABEL NEWS:

(Dawn Records)

Christian/Country, Gospel singer and recording artist Rhonda Towns (Dawn Records) celebrated a special honor at the 14th Annual Rhythm Of Gospel Music Awards held in Jacksonville, FL. The long-awaited highlight follows an eight-year hiatus and the motivated re-launch of her music career. Rhonda’s single, “Walking In Your Wonderful Light” (written by Teddy Hayes and produced by Billy Sherrill in collaboration with Towns) was nominated in seven categories and recognized with three 2022 Annual Rhythm Of Gospel Music Awards including: “CCM Christian Song Of The Year,” “Special/Event Instrumental Artist Of The Year” and “Praise & Worship Female Vocalist Of The Year.” “The welcoming response (by both the industry and the fans) has been overwhelming and encouraging,” said Towns. “The impact of this song is what I faithfully envisioned and hoped for. I am honored that ‘Walking In Your Wonderful Light’ was accepted on the Gospel stage. Being nominated and attending The Rhythm Of Gospel Awards proved my vision to be true, and being a part of this event brought me back to where I truly needed to be–to connect spiritually in my heart and soul.” Details at https://rhondatowns.com, Instagram & Twitter (@rhonda_towns)                                                                                                         

(Valory Music Co.)

Continuing to feed his growing fanbase with new music, Conner Smith has released “Summer On Your Lips,” via The Valory Music Co. Written by Smith alongside Josh Osborne and Daniel Ross, “Summer On Your Lips” captures the unforgettable flavor of young love in a nostalgic, heartland-rock anthem as the chorus recalls, “I was your rebel, you were all mine / Talkin’ ‘bout forever but livin’ for tonight.” Featuring casual-cool vocals that yearn for days gone by, it’s a heart-pumping tune built around teenaged freedom and us-against-the world optimism, dedicated to a moment of perfection that has never tasted better. Watch the lyric video at YouTube. “‘Summer On Your Lips’ is a continuation of what I did on my first EP, but also a transition into this new music that I can’t wait for people to hear,” said Smith. “This song is made for the summer, and I’m excited to be able to add it to our set on the Bring The Bar To You Tour!  Smith is the only Country act named to the Pandora’ prestigious all-genre accolade, Artists To Watch 2022: The Pandora Ten list. Tour dates at more at https://www.connersmithmusic.com.

MEDIA NEWS:

Brantley Gilbert and Opry member Carly Pearce will headline the special Grand Ole Prix show set for Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Nissan Stadium campus as part of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Fellow Big Machine Label Group artists Midland and Callista Clark will join Gilbert and Pearce during the special version of the esteemed show. Held outdoors in downtown Nashville as part of a second consecutive year merging racing and music, the live 90-minute show will begin at 5:45 p.m. CT on the ZYN Main Stage. The Grand Ole Prix follows the conclusion of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix NTT Indycar Series race and culminates the Aug. 5-7 festivities in the heart of Music City. Gilbert, who was previously named ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year (2012) and Top New Male Artist (2013), is a Multi-platinum-selling Georgia native with a grassroots following millions strong. Seven No. 1 hits punctuate his career. Reigning ACM/CMA Female Artist/Vocalist of the Year Pearce has enjoyed a recent wave of significant accolades as her “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” duet with Ashley McBryde became her second consecutive ACM Awards Music Event of the Year win. Ticket and event information at www.musiccitygp.com.

MUSIC NEWS:

CJ Solar’s first full length album, The Future’s Neon, set for release on August 5th.  The album includes nine songs, all co-written and co-produced by CJ.  Look for pre-sale & presave links coming soon. In the meantime, check out the title track, “The Future’s Neon” and 2 other album cuts including the radio single, “All I Can Think About Lately” and “Hungover Enough” on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2Tb4A6BOZgEeR7c6nyDlYy. An album release party is set for August 2 at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville. Doors open at 6pm, Brent Anderson opens at 7:30pm and CJ takes the stage at 8:30pm. Tickets on sale at https://www.3rdandlindsley.com. More about CJ Solar at https://www.cjsolar.com and @CJSolar. 

NSAI NEWS:

NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Assoc. Int’l) has announced the first round of performers appearing on September 20, 2022 at the Ryman Auditorium to take part in the 5th annual Nashville Songwriter Awards presented by City National Bank. These include: Pat Alger, Tony Arata, Babyface, Kent Blazy, Jacob Davis, Gayle, Hardy, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins, Matt McGinn, Thomas Rhett, Matt Rogers, Jenn Schott, Nathan Spicer and Matthew West, with additional appearances to be revealed soon. Tickets for the 5th annual Nashville Songwriter Awards are available now. and can be purchased at https://ryman.com.

NUMBER ONE NEWS:

BMI and ASCAP hosted a No. 1 party to celebrate the multi-platinum superstar Cole Swindell for his 11th career chart-topping single, “Never Say Never,” the duet with ACM New Female Artist of the Year Lainey Wilson. The powerhouse duet, written by Swindell, Jessi Alexander and Chase McGill, hit No. 1 on both Mediabase and Billboard country airplay charts in just 23 weeks. With “Never Say Never” and his previous hit “Single Saturday Night,” Swindell notched two back-to-back multi-week No. 1 singles. The two back-to-back multi-week No. 1 singles are on his recently released fourth album, Stereotype. The celebration was held at BMI in front of over a hundred friends, family, press, Music Row tastemakers, publishers and fellow songwriters. Swindell and Wilson will perform their now RIAA-certified Gold duet on the upcoming “CMA Fest” special on Wednesday, August 3 at 8/7c on ABC and available the next day on Hulu. Stereotype was produced by Zach Crowell, Chris LaCorte, Jordan Schmidt and Michael Carter. Swindell launches his headlining Back Down To The Bar Tour, featuring Ashley Cooke and Dylan Marlowe, on September 23. For tour dates and tickets go to www.ColeSwindell.com.

OPRY NEWS:

Grand Ole Opry will celebrate the influence and music of country music legend John Anderson on the Saturday, August 6 show. The Opry will bring to life a portion of the upcoming album release Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute To John Anderson, which is scheduled for release Friday, August 5 by Easy Eye Sound. Scheduled to perform are John Anderson with special guests Dan Auerbach and Tyler Childers, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Sierra Hull, Elizabeth Cook, and more. The celebration of the album will also air live that night as Opry Live on Circle Television and will livestream via Circle’s social channels, while the Opry show will air in their entirety on WSM Radio, opry.com/wsmonline.com, and SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel. The album includes a collection of Anderson songs by Tyler Childers, Eric Church, Brent Cobb, Luke Combs, Sierra Ferrell, Sierra Hull, Jamey Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Del McCoury, Brothers Osborne, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. The album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and David Ferguson, the same duo who produced Anderson’s 2020 album, Years. Tickets available now at (615) 871-OPRY and opry.com.

PARTNERSHIP NEWS:

Big Loud platinum recording artist and 2022 ACM Songwriter of the Year HARDY is teaming up and partnering up with Busch Light to bring country music fans together for three intimate performances in cities across the Midwest. Busch Country: One Night Only featuring HARDY will bring exclusive, win-your-way-in shows to Chicago, Madison, and Columbus, each featuring an unforgettable night of storytelling and electric live show performance from one of the hottest rising stars in the format.  “I’m extremely excited to partner with Busch Light for these three shows,” says HARDY. “They’re going to be loud and a lot of fun. See you out there!”  Busch Country: One Night Only featuring HARDY is just one of the ways Busch Light is going all in on country music in 2022.  Through a full roster of country artists and activations at music festivals all summer long, the brand is bringing Busch Light fans more of what they already love, cold beer with their country music. Enter to win tickets to one of these live performances at https://www.busch.com/campaigns/hardy/. More about HARDY at https://hardyofficial.com/ on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Hardy on Twitter (@HardyMusic) and Instagram (@hardy).

POSITIVE MUSIC NEWS:

Country music artist Wade Quick is sharing stories of how it is possible to maintain a positive outlook on life even when facing difficult moments in his latest radio single, “Stained Glass.” The lifelong music lover and talented musician genuinely pours his heart out to listeners of the song. “Stained Glass” is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music https://music.apple.com/us/album/stained-glass-single/1632288855 and is currently hitting mainstream country radio. Although hardships are inevitable in our lives, we tend to view life through a positive lens instilled by our faith and see the potential of a wonderful life. This is the story Wade Quick shares with “Stained Glass.” As a Christian who grew up in the church, Wade also knows that sometimes it is difficult to keep the faith in the midst of storms. “The most important thing is to maintain our faith and hope as Job did in the Bible,” he shares. While writing the song, he reflected on those around him and ultimately was inspired by people who were able to remain faithful and grateful through the difficult times. The song was written by Wade Quick and produced by Kenny Royster. More at  https://www.facebook.com/wade.quick1.

RADIO NEWS:

The Iowa-born, Nashville-based rising country star Hailey Whitters made her debut at country radio. Her breakout single “Everything She Ain’t,” which was just named one of Rolling Stone’s “Best Songs of 2022 So Far,” debuted as the 5th most-added song on 32 stations on the country radio charts.  “I’ve dreamt about being on country radio since I was a little girl growing up in the middle of nowhere Iowa,” Whitters reflects on this career milestone. “This year marks 15 years in a ‘ten year town’ for me and I’m feelin’ very lucky to get to see this dream become a reality.” “Everything She Ain’t” is the first single from Whitters’ critically-acclaimed third studio album Raised that was released earlier this year via Pigasus Records/Songs & Daughters/Big Loud Records. Billboard Country Update’s Tom Roland published an interview with Whitters and the song’s co-writers Bryan Simpson and Ryan Tyndell about the origins of the song in the “Makin’ Tracks” column. Whitters hits the road this summer with Jon Pardi and Lainey Wilson on his Ain’t Always The Cowboy Tour. Tour dates and more at https://haileywhitters.com.

SIGNING NEWS:

Big Loud Records has announced the signing of Platinum-selling recording artist and Grand Ole Opry member, Lauren Alaina. “We feel like Lauren is absolutely one of the best vocalists, male or female, in this town,” Big Loud CEO/Partner Seth England shares with Billboard exclusively. “Certainly, she’s had success, but we humbly think she has barely scratched the surface of what we think we can do together. Lauren Alaina deserves to be, in my opinion, on the same pedestal as Carrie Underwood, and it’s our job to help her find that mode.” With an arsenal of accolades and a fresh vision for what’s to come, Alaina’s next chapter aligns smoothly with Big Loud’s ethos – even down to the name. “I got a label that matches my personality: big, loud, and country,” Alaina shares with Billboard, calling her new partner her “dream label.” “I really want to tap into my country roots. I don’t think people remember like how Southern I am…I’m a country girl through and through.” More about Lauren at https://laurenalainaofficial.com, https://www.facebook.com/LaurenAlaina and (@Lauren_Alaina)

SINGLE NEWS:

Michelle Wright, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame icon, logs the mile markers of her career with her co-penned new release “Small Town” available now on all platforms. To stream or purchase this track produced by Bob Funk, visit: https://orcd.co/MichelleWrightSmallTown.  “Small Town” serves as the lead single from her forthcoming album Milestone on BFD / Audium Nashville dropping in August. Michelle debut the single she co-wrote with Danielle Boujeaurd and Rick Ferrell earlier this month at her Country Music Association of Ontario and CMA Music Festival performances. “It was my first time writing with Danielle and Rick. Danielle started asking me questions about my career,” recalls Michelle. “It was fun reminiscing, and it was suggested that we write my story. As the song started to present itself on the page, it unfolded very organically. Small Town says so much about the road I’ve been on in just three minutes. It makes me smile each time that I listen to it.”  While the song serves as snapshot of her journey, fans have been dancing to this summer country smash with a pavement pounding Motown beat that drives the single. More at https://www.michelle-wright.com and on Instagram (@michellewrightmusic) and Twitter (@thewrightmusic).

SINGLE RELEASE NEWS:

Dierks Bentley’s new release “Gold” is a single about gratitude, presence and the treasures to be found in the moment that you are in. The bright and banging record sets the stage for Bentley’s tenth LP, arriving early next year after an especially careful production process, one helmed by the artist himself for the first time. To listen, click here: https://strm.to/Gold.  “2020 was a chance for me to give my guitar and the road a little rest. It gave me the chance to spend a lot more time adventuring outdoors with family and friends, but also alone. It also gave me time to reset and rekindle my love of Country music and a lot of the types of songs and sounds that I fell in love with when I first got to Nashville,” explains Bentley. “I think you’ll hear that in this first track, but it carries across the whole album.” Working with trusted collaborators Ross Copperman, Reid Shippen and Jon Randall Stewart, he led an effort that mashes up several Nashville golden ages as well as homage to the Grand Ole Opry’s century of influence. More at www.Dierks.com and (@dierksbentley)

SONGWRITER NEWS:

Award-winning songwriter Nicolle Galyon has debuted her new song, “self care.,” Watch/share the official music video, directed by Claire Schaper, at YouTube.  Of the song, which was written with Sasha Slone and Caroline Baker, Galyon reflects, “This song is about buying in to who you already are instead of buying into a culture that says you have to continually become something better. And to me, I’d rather be someone to look TO than to look AT anyway.” “self care.” is the third song unveiled from Galyon’s debut album, firstborn, released July 22 on her own label, Songs & Daughters, via CmdShft (pre-save/pre-order at https://linktr.ee/nicatnitemusic).  Ahead of the release, Galyon has shared two additional album tracks: “boy crazy.” and “winner.”  firstborn is Galyon’s life story in song form. From her humble beginnings that lead her towards a life of overachieving, to grappling with knowing only half of her family tree, to the constant juggle between motherhood and career and everything in between. The project, which includes a complete visual component, is a musical memoir and fully realized artistic declaration from one of Nashville’s most successful and beloved songwriters.  More at https://nicollegalyon.com (@nicatnitemusic)

TOUR NEWS:

Reba McEntire has announced a fall arena tour Reba: Live In Concert, set to kick off October 13 in Lafayette, LA. With 35 No. 1 hits under her belt, the award-winning entertainer will deliver hit after hit during her live show. Presented by Live Nation, the 17-city tour will feature special guest Terri Clark across all shows.  “I can’t wait to see everyone out on the road again this fall,” said Reba. “We had so much fun in the spring and I’m ready to get back out there with my buddy Terri Clark!” Tickets for Reba: Live In Concert are on sale now. For tickets and additional information, including music and merch, visit https://www.reba.com. Reba McEntire has become a household name through a successful career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl member has won 16 ACM Awards, 15 American Music Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 6 CMA Awards, 3 GRAMMY® Awards, a GMA Dove Award and was a 2018 Kennedy Center Honors recipient, in addition to multiple philanthropic and leadership honors.

TRIO NEWS:

Following their July 19 performance of “You Can Have Him Jolene” on “America’s Got Talent,” Chapel Hart rose to the top of the iTunes Country downloads charts and received support from Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, amongst others.  Two days later, they were surprised with an invitation to make their Grand Ole Opry debut on September 17th, 2022. More was to come as the trio received an invitation to duet with Darius Rucker on his next album.  Chapel Hart consists of sisters Danica and Devynn Hart along with their cousin Trea Swindle, from the small town of Hart’s Chapel. MS. The trio received a deafening standing ovation from the AGT audience and a Group Golden Buzzer from the show’s judges. Prior to their performance, Chapel Hart expressed their love and admiration for their hero, Dolly Parton.  After the show, Dolly tweeted, “What a fun new take on my song, @ChapelHartBand!” Their AGT performance pushed “You Can Have Him Jolene” to the top of the iTunes Top Country Songs Chart and their album, The Girls Are back In Town, to the No. 1 spot on the Top Albums chart. More at https://www.chapelhart.com/.

TV NEWS:

Entertainer Jimmy Bowen has launched Season 5 of Jimmy Bowen & Friends, his live TV music series. With the extraordinary lineup just announced, Season 5 promises to be another stellar production – with artists spanning multiple genres and generations delivering something for everyone. The star-studded bill includes Buddy Jewell, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Darin & Brooke Aldredge, JD Shelburne, Jo-El Sonnier, John Berry, Keith Anderson, Radney Foster, Steve Dorff, Nashvillains, Ty Herndon, and Tyler Reese Tritt. Hosted by Jimmy Bowen, the series consists of thirteen half-hour episodes featuring Bowen performing live with his band and welcoming a featured guest artist each week. The series was recorded at Ridenour Rehearsal Studios in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Jimmy Bowen & Friends is syndicated nationwide and is produced by award-winning production company CJM Productions, whose shows are broadcast in over 200 million homes in the USA as well as the UK and New Zealand. Find more info on the shows at https://www.jimmybowen.com and https://www.facebook.com/Jimmybowenandfriends.

VIDEO NEWS:

Billboard No. 1 singer-songwriter Dustin Collins returns to Belize to capture new video content for his upcoming Workin’ Man album release.  Collins spotlighted the country’s beautiful scenery on a previous trip where he performed his own music and classic covers. Country Rebel exclusively debuted the video of Collins’ mashup of The Kentucky Headhunters’ “Dumas Walker” and Confederate Railroad’s “Queen of Memphis” to its over 8.6 million Facebook followers. Collins released his second single from Workin’ Man, “When She Had Georgia on Her Mind,” in June. Raised Rowdy exclusively premiered a first listen to the “callback to the classic country sound of the ’90s.” Workin’ Man was produced by industry veterans Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire) and Bill McDermott (Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley).  A portion of proceeds from the album will benefit GUMI (Glad You Made It) Camp USA. GUMI focuses on providing U.S. veterans with the tools they need to help them heal after deployment overseas and enable them to re-enter society.  For updates on Workin’ Man, see https://dustincollinsofficial.com, https://www.facebook.com/Dustincollinsmusic, on Instagram (@dustincollinsofficial) and Twitter (@Dustincollins88).

WWWEBSITES TO CHECK OUT: 

www.cmaworld.com  / www.nashvillesongwriters.com   www.furchguitars.com  / www.namm.org.

WHO’S LOOKING  *  WHO’S CUTTING: 

Chasity Bailey, Gary Allan, Trent Harmon, Brett Eldredge

Have a great day!!!!

Check out my music blog, Nashville Music Line. The music blog features news, information, helpful ideas and inspiration for singers and songwriters.  If you are an aspiring artist or songwriter just starting out on your career path, or if you are already on your way, I hope you’ll find it both useful and enjoyable. I intend to start adding ‘Music bits and extras’ to it on a regular basis. Let me know if there are any topics you would like me to address there. Please bookmark the URL and visit frequently. I’d love to read your comments. You can find it at www.nashvillemusicline.com.   

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