Inside Track on Music Row: July 2019

VERSE OF THE MONTH:  

“I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.” – Psalm 6 – 13.

 

ALBUM NEWS: 

A little over forty years have passed and over 8 million records have been sold, including three Gold records and eleven number one hit songs, along with numerous hits on the pop and country chart since Exile band members, Steve Goetzman, Marlon Hargis, J.P. Pennington, Sonny LeMaire and Les Taylor began making music in a small garage in Lexington, Kentucky making demos of their songs. Until now these recordings have remained unheard by anyone outside the small circle of the band. These particular garage tapes, were recorded between 1979 and 1982 at LEMCO studio in Lexington, Kentucky. Exile will now share their most current CD project, “Exile – The Garage Tapes.” The 30 song, two CD compilation is set for release by Big Horse Records in the upcoming weeks for purchase online and on all digital music platforms.  Industry and fans are invited to celebrate at a VIP CD release event to take place in the cave at The Caverns in Pelham, TN on July 13. More information on tickets at facebook.com/ExileOfficial.

 

ARTIST NEWS: 

Brett Young will release THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS EP on September 13. The fresh, stripped-down collection features five tracks co-written by Young from his chart-topping album TICKET TO L.A. (BMLG Records).  Released (6/21), Young delivers the acoustic treatment to his multi-week No. One smash “Here Tonight,” which has surpassed over 130 million streams, as well as his brand new single “Catch.” New tracks and accompanying videos will continue to be unveiled monthly, culminating with the EP’s full release on September 13 as it approaches the album’s one-year anniversary.  Find tour dates and watch an intimate performance of “Catch” from the recording session at Blackbird Studios in Nashville at brettyoungmusic.com.

 

BENEFIT NEWS: 

Last month’s torrential downpour of rain in Middle Tennessee didn’t stop Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels from raising money for our nation’s military veterans. The second Veteran Impact Celebration generated more than $150,000 for MTSU’s (Middle Tennessee State University) Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center (Daniels Center).

“Nobody has a bigger heart for the veterans and the folks at the Center,” says Daniels. “It’s where our veterans can be together. It’s state-of-the-art, hands-on, active, it’s a wonderful thing. I’d like to see it at all the colleges. There’s a lot that goes on there. I’m amazed.”

The fundraiser held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at The Grove at Williamson Place featured live performances by student veterans as well as several guest speakers including Daniels and retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber, MTSU Senior Adviser for Veterans and Leadership Initiatives. Rising country artist Rachel Lipsky also performed. During the event, the legendary singer, his manager David Corlew, and retired Major General Terry “Max” Haston (on behalf of their veterans non-profit The Journey Home Project) presented a $100,000 check to the Daniels Center. Later in the evening, Daniels delivered remarks and performed “Long Haired Country Boy,” and gospel classic “How Great Thou Art.” Daniels was also awarded a Key to the City by Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland. The Daniels Center is the largest and most comprehensive veterans center on any Tennessee higher education campus. It enables the campus’ 1000-plus student-veteran population to have a one-stop shop to meet a variety of academic needs. The 3,200-square-foot center is located in the Keathley University Center, right in the heart of the MTSU campus. The center is a place for MTSU’s student veterans to study, to gather and to get help from fellow veterans, who serve as peer advisers and sponsors. The Transitioning Home Office assists student veterans — or any student — in making the transition from being a college student to getting their career underway.

 

CD RELEASE NEWS:

 Thomas Rhett, the reigning ACM Awards Male Artist of the Year, has earned his second consecutive No. One on Billboard 200 Albums Chart in less than two years with Center Point Road (The Valory Music Co). It also makes history with a first-week 33.59 million on-demand audio streams for its songs, claiming the biggest streaming debut week ever for a country album.  “The reception for this new music has been mind-blowing from the start,” said Rhett. “In these last two years of life, a lot has happened that gave me a lot to write about. When I didn’t think I could get more personal, I did. And I attribute so much of that to the songwriters that really went with me into deeper territory and to the producers that had a great vision for the sound of this album.”  Additionally, Rhett has notched his 13th career chart-topper with “Look What God Gave Her.”  His next single, “Remember You Young,” (co-written by Rhett, Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure) will be available at Country radio July 15.  Tour updates at ThomasRhett.com.

 

CHARITY NEWS:

The 5th Annual Country With Heart benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital generated donations totaling five thousand dollars this year. The money was raised through ticket sales for the annual music event during CMA Fest week in Nashville, along with a silent auction and donations. The proceeds will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee to help in their mission of “Saving Children. Finding Cures.”  Host and organizer, hit singer/songwriter Bobby Marquez shared, “One of my fans, Petey Northrup was a St. Jude kid. He has motivated all of us to gather each year and celebrate the miracle of St. Jude’s research, while raising more for them to continue their great work. I just can’t thank everyone enough who donated their talents, their time and money for this event.” Among those participating in the event: Crystal Gayle, Barbara Fairchild, Riders In The Sky, T. Graham Brown, Chuck Mead, Tony Jackson, Carlton Anderson, Gary Chapman and Wade Landry. See BobbyMarquez.com. 

 

CHRISTIAN MUSIC NEWS:

Celebrated vocal group Avalon inspired LifeWay WorshipLife attendees in Gatlinburg, TN. The award-winning band premiered new songs – including their new radio single, “Keeper of My Heart” – from their forthcoming Red Street Records project, Called, as well as beloved songs “Adonai,” “Testify to Love,” and more.  Jay DeMarcus – CEO/Owner of Red Street Records, producer and member of Rascal Flatts – accompanied the group along with Jason Scheff, formerly of the band, Chicago. The crowd was surprised when Scheff took to the mic, delivering an impromptu set of some classic songs followed by the hymn, “It Is Well.”  Avalon is gearing up for the release of their first project in 10 years and a new tour. Avalon will headline “THE CALLED TOUR” along with special guest 14-year-old Reagan Strange, from NBC’s hit show, “The Voice.” The 10-city tour will feature some of Avalon’s most-loved hits including “Adonai,” “Can’t Live A Day,” “Testify to Love” along with new music from CALLED. The group started in 1995 and released 13 records to date, with six Dove Awards and an American Music Award among their industry and fan nods.  

Tour info at avalonlive.org

 

CMT NEWS:

CMT Music is hosting the “Exclusive Broadcast Premiere” of “Rhinestone Rodeo,” the emotionally charged new music video from Hannah Bethel. In the visually engaging clip directed by Dawson Waters, Bethel is showcased dressed in all-white Western-inspired attire and backed by her band in a live performance setting at the historic Springwater Lounge in Nashville. Having literally grown up on stages across America, Bethel is completely at home there as she intimately connects with the viewer and tells the compelling story of her highly personal and autobiographical song “Rhinestone Rodeo.” The song was co-written by Bethel, Tiffany Goss and Nicole Witt of Farewell Angelina, and released at the end of May.  Her soothing, yet powerful vocal is mixed with personal flashbacks from her life in music, and when combined, they make for a heart-tugging and powerful statement about the depth of her artistry and passion for her music. Music and tour dates at hannahbethel.com.

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DUET NEWS: 

Garth Brooks has a new duet with Blake Shelton on the track “Dive Bar.” Brooks also shared that fans will get to hear the song for the first time live when he and Shelton perform the track at Brooks’ Boise, ID’s Albertsons Stadium show on July 19. Co-written by Mitch Rossell/Bryan Kennedy/Garth Brooks, “Dive Bar” is taken from his forthcoming studio album Fun and is now at country radio. Brooks’ upcoming show in Boise, ID is a stop on his THE GARTH BROOKS STADIUM TOUR. Since launching the tour, Brooks has played consecutive sell-outs, breaking attendance records in numerous venues.  Garth also has Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series. It airs every Monday on Garth’s Facebook page at 7:00 PM EST. You can follow him at facebook.com/Garth Brooks.

 

INDIE NEWS: 

LA-based singer-songwriter Leslie Stevens is set to release her new LP, Sinner, on August 23 via Thirty Tigers.  “I have always written songs to help me heal and to help me cry and laugh,” Stevens explains, “Many people don’t like tears – they are afraid of pain – they want to walk away… When after I play someone says ‘You are the most vulnerable,’ I consider it the biggest compliment. Still, it means cracking my heart open like an egg at every show.” Sinner marks Stevens’ third full-length album.  She has recorded and toured with a wide variety of acclaimed musicians, including Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Father John Misty and Jenny O.  Music and tour dates at lesliestevensmusic.com.

 

INDUSTRY NEWS: 

My old friends, The Kentucky Headhunters, are celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of their Grammy-winning debut album, Pickin’ On Nashville. Following its original release on October 17, 1989 on Mercury Records, the album went on to sell over two million copies, earning the band multi-platinum selling status.  They kicked off the celebrations with a special concert on June 28 at The Basement East in Nashville. “The Heads have traveled the universe musically, starting as Itchy Brother in 1968, on the family farm in the infamous Practice House, then morphing into The Kentucky Headhunters in 1986,” says founding member Richard Young. “We have lived a blessed and charmed life with family, friends and music.”  By the way, the band recorded all the songs heard on that album simply as demos.  When they signed a record deal in 1989, the label (Mercury) liked the sound so much, they released the demos ‘as-is’ – as a complete album!  Music and more at kentuckyheadhunters.com.

 

KENTUCKY MUSIC NEWS:

My longtime friend from KY, (since 1991) Marty Brown has a new album, AMERICAN HIGHWAY, is out and available for purchase now.  AMERICAN HIGHWAY is Marty’s first album release in over 20 years, and listeners agree that his new music proves he is writing – and singing – better than ever. This is a righteous, joyful foray featuring stylistic growth and gentle genre bending. Marty shares production credits with the revered Jon Tiven (B.B. King, Wilson Pickett, Waylon Jennings) with whom he co-wrote all of the disc’s 10 songs.  Marty was recently interviewed by NSAI’s Bart Herbison for the weekly ‘Story Behind The Song’ feature in The Tennessesan in which he discussed the origin of “I’m From the Country” that he co-wrote for Tracy Byrd.  Music and tour dates at martybrownmusic.com.

 

LABEL NEWS:

(Big Label Records) 

Aaron Watson released his new album, Red Bandana at the end of June.  The 20-song collection, all written solely by Watson who co-produced the project with Jordan Lehning, marks his 20th year in music and is now available on all platforms. Watson releases Red Bandana on the heels of the widely recognized commercial hit Vaquero with his most defining project yet via his own BIG Label Records (distributed by ADA Worldwide).  “Kiss That Girl Goodbye.” The album’s first single, “Kiss That Girl Goodbye,” has already hit #1 in Texas and breaking out at radio nationwide. Watson’s last studio album Vaquero launched into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with his biggest career sales debut to date, and at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart.  Twenty years, over a dozen recorded albums, more than 2,500 shows in the U.S. and Europe, the Texas native is determined to stay true to his roots and deliver music directly to his fans. Tour info and more at aaronwatson.com. 

(Valory Music Co.) 

Thomas Rhett shared the story behind “Beer Can’t Fix,” the second collaboration from his latest album CENTER POINT ROAD (The Valory Music Co.).  “I was playing golf with one of my producers, Julian Bunetta, in Knoxville and we were both playing terribly, so we decided to drink a beer and suddenly we both started playing much better,” Thomas Rhett shared. “Julian looked at me and said ‘Well, ain’t nothing a beer can’t fix’ and we both were like, ‘We have to write that.’ As soon as it was done I knew I wanted Jon on it. It’s basically about not taking life too seriously, and I just knew Jon’s voice would be the perfect addition to the song.”  More information on music and tour dates at ThomasRhett.com. Songwriters are: Julian Bunetta, Ryan Tedder, Thomas Rhett and Zachary Philip Skelton.

 

LEGEND NEWS: 

In the midst of promoting his memoir, Forever and Ever, Amen, Randy Travis gives fans a reason to celebrate with his first music release in six years. “One In A Row” is a song about missing someone as much as the world has missed the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s one-of-a-kind baritone since a massive stroke in 2013 affected his ability to perform. The song, penned by Buddy Jewell and Thom McHugh, was recorded years before the stroke but never widely released to audiences. It showcases Travis’ deep, velvety smooth, signature tone with the traditional country sound that has been a cornerstone of his career since 1986.  Randy’s memoir takes readers behind the music, with candid, never-before-told details, of his troubled youth full of drinking and stealing cars, a tense relationship with his father and the roller coaster ride of more than 40 years in the music and acting industry. More at RandyTravis.com.

 

MEDIA NEWS: 

John Rich’s Redneck Riviera Whiskey continues to celebrate the “work hard, play hard” slogan as the Queen of the Working Class, Granny Rich, set a new record during CMA Music Fest week at Frugal MacDoogal’s, Nashville’s favorite liquor store. With over 200 bottles sold, her debut bottle signing event for the recently launched Granny Rich Reserve whiskey, created quite a bottle neck in the store as fans lined up out the door to have a shot of whiskey and an autograph with Granny and her famous grandson, John Rich. Granny Rich Reserve is touted as being “aged a little longer yet more refined, just like Granny Rich.”  More information at redneckriviera.com. “What a day! I have never met anyone like my Granny Rich,” said John.  “At 87 years old, she continues to work a 40 hour week at her alterations shop and is the epitome of ‘work hard, play hard.'”  Folds of Honor receives 10 percent from every bottle sold.  See FoldsOfHonor.org.

 

MUSIC ROW NEWS: 

Matt Kennon released his emotional and raw single, “Love Is Stronger” to radio in June and has announced exclusive representation with Matthew Stevens, President of Stevens Management Group (SMG-Nashville). “I sure am glad things came around full circle and I am honored to be working with Matthew again,” stated Matt Kennon. “His knowledge, resume and experience speaks for itself. Having worked with him when I had “The Call” out, it just made sense.”

“I’m excited to be working with Matt Kennon again. I’ve always been a fan of his songs, his musical vision, and his work ethic,” said Stevens Management Group President, Matthew Stevens. “He’s a true artist that understands this business and always puts his heart in everything he does. I believe that his music can touch the hearts of everyone.” Kennon is best known for his emotional, heart wrenching and true to life songs that tug at listeners heart strings, and the fact he is not afraid to bring attention to subjects that are uncomfortable. Follow Matt Kennon on mattkennon.com and on his social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and on YouTube. 

 

NAMM NEWS: 

The 2019 Summer NAMM hits Nashville’s Music City Center, July 18 – 20.  The Summer NAMM Show is the mid-year global gathering of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and its many member companies, representing the global music products industry, including music instruments and pro audio products.  During NAMM, the National Music Council (NMC) will honor iconic funk visionary George Clinton and beloved “Peanuts” composer and jazz piano giant Vince Guaraldi at the organization’s 36th annual American Eagle Awards on Thursday, July 18th at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The honors are presented each year in recognition of long-term contributions to American musical culture. NMC regularly advocates for the ideal music education for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights both locally and internationally.  

On the final day, July 20, NAMM is open to the public and welcomes and invites musicians, songwriters, sound and recording professionals, music educators and students to experience Music Industry Day. There will be a chance to attend workshops, check out the new gear and enjoy artist performances. Music Industry Day offers a once-a-year opportunity to demo new music instruments and products, attend workshops, enjoy live performances, and network with industry leaders at Summer NAMM, an exclusive, trade-only event.  You may pick up your Summer NAMM Music Industry Day passes at Badge Will Call beginning at 9 am on Saturday, July 20. Passes are $10 in advance; $20 on the day of the event. Get Tix here:  (All sales are final)

https://www.namm.org/summer/2017/music-industry-day. Updates at namm.org.

 

NEW KIDS ON THE ROW NEWS: 

16-Year-old award-winning singer-songwriter, Kylie Trout has released her new single “Can’t Remember Growing Up.” Co-written by Jason Hamor (and produced in Nashville by Bill McDermott), the somber yet powerful tone of the song stems from Trout’s personal experience being raised by a single father, due to abuse and abandonment by her mother. The intro of the song blends powerful lyrics flanked with ethereal guitars but builds into a strong chorus with heart-pounding drumbeats, smooth guitar licks, and perfect harmonies. Trouts vocal delivery showcases emotion and maturity for her age, as does her songwriting. “Can’t Remember Growing Up”, tells a story that is far too relatable to some, but focuses on finding the positive side to a negative situation.  In July, Trout is scheduled to release the official music video and hopes it will continue to help others who are suffering from child abuse or abandonment. The single is available via major digital retail and streaming outlets.  More at kylietrout.com. 

Belmont University graduate, Allie Colleen, has announced her debut single “Work In Progress,” co-written with hit songwriter Marcus Hummon and well-known studio engineer Greg Beick, will be released to radio and distributed by MC1 Nashville. The new music will be available on all online digital platforms July 10 and can be pre-ordered now on Apple Music/iTunes. The single is a self-reflective of the journey she is on as an individual which showcases her impeccably strong voice with hints of timeless tradition that falls between classic country and the emerging country sound.  Allie Colleen is no stranger to the music industry. A passion for singing and songwriting since a young age has garnered her a reputation of being a notable songwriter with an iconic-sounding voice. Keep up with her at facebook.com/alliecolleenmusic.

 

 

NUMBER ONE NEWS: 

Country Radio’s most played artist of 2018, Thomas Rhett, racked up his 12th career No. One with “Sixteen”, summiting both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase Airplay charts after already spending four weeks in the position in Canada. Co-written by Rhett, the nostalgic song is the fifth consecutive chart-topper from the PLATINUM-certified smash LIFE CHANGES which has now surpassed one billion on-demand streams, a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album, as well as CMA and ACM Awards nominations. Thomas Rhett was named iHeartRadio’s Country Artist of the Year for the second year in a row and was recently honored with his second CMA Triple Play award for penning three No. One songs within a 12-month period (“Unforgettable, “Marry Me” and “Life Changes”). Details at thomasrhett.com.

 

PR NEWS: 

Just days after The Hollywood Walk of Fame announced Tanya Tucker will be one of their newest stars, the country legend premieres the video for “Hard Luck,” the first official single from her new album, ‘While I’m Livin’ (due out August 23rd, 2019  via Fantasy Records and Produced by Shooter Jennings and Brandy Carlile) A 1978 chestnut from country rockers Josefus, “Hard Luck” was chosen for the new album by Jennings and personalized lyrically by Tucker. Tucker made a resounding return at the recent CMT Awards with her performance of “Delta Dawn,” where she was joined on stage by Brandi Carlile and six of country’s top female vocalists including Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride. Rolling Stone noted, “Upon hearing Tucker’s still strong, gritty voice, the crowd cheered with excitement.” She was met with equal enthusiasm for her performance at CMA Fest. NOTE:  Tucker’s first album of all new material in 17 years, While I’m Livin’ is her first release for Fantasy Records and her first new material since 2002’s Tanya.  More at www.tanyatucker.com.

 

RADIO NEWS: 

The new country trio Lockeland (Michael Boris, Kyndon Oakes and Mark Vikingstad), is set to release its sophomore single “Drive to radio. Penned by the band’s lead singer Oakes, guitar player, Vikingstad and Susie Brown (formerly of the JaneDear girls), and co-produced by Lockeland alongside Sean Spence, the track is slated to impact country radio on Monday, July 8,  and will be available via all major digital retail and streaming outlets on Friday, August 30, 2019. Marco Promotions and Jerry Duncan Promotions will spearhead the “Drive” country radio promotion campaign. (Pre-Sale begins August 19, 2019.) Digital retail distribution services will be provided by Ed Gertler/Digital Delivery Services. The corresponding “Drive” music video was shot in Lebanon, Tennessee and at Redneck Riviera in downtown Nashville; a worldwide release is anticipated in late July 2019. NOTE: Revved by a four-on-the-floor groove, geared with driving guitars, shredding fiddle and shimmering steel, and steered by trademarked Lockeland signature harmonies, the storyline paints an imagery of a young love on board for an adventurous zero-to-one-hundred getaway. More at lockelandband.com

 

RECORDING NEWS: 

Gretchen Wilson, the GRAMMY Awarding winning multi-platinum singer, songwriter, producer and label president, has hit the studio to produce Jessie G. Gretchen met Jessie G, who is supporting her debut single ‘Army Ranger,’ in Portland, Oregon several years ago. Jessie was in a battle of the bands competition, where she won the opportunity to open for the Redneck Woman herself. Gretchen could hear the performance from her bus and knew she was listening to someone special. Fast Forward — Gretchen Wilson signed Jessie G to her Redneck Records label for the Oregon native’s grit, heart and tenacity, and her four-song self-titled EP was released June 28.

“I can’t wait to share this new music with the world,” said Jessie. “I poured my heart and soul into every line of every song. I couldn’t have had a better producer on this album.”

Produced by Gretchen, Jessie co-wrote all of the songs with the likes of Rob Hatch, Davis Branch, Cathy Majeski, Sarah Beth Terry, Justin Biltonen, Melanie Meriney, Christian Santangelo and Gretchen. “Blue Collar Bayou” is the most autobiographical of the four songs, making reference to Jessie’s commercial fishing background. A bad relationship faces the inevitable in “What Are We Waiting For.” “Whatever This Is” revels in finding the perfect match. “Jessie G has something that you don’t see very often…the kind of grit that shows you what the next generation of real women in Country music looks and sounds like,” said Gretchen. Updated tour info at www.jessiegmusic.com. NOTE: Jessie G is a former client and I am so proud to have worked with her.

 

RIAA NEWS: 

Chris Young doubles down on the Nielsen and radio airplay charts as “Drowning” and “Raised On Country” set new milestones for the multi-platinum entertainer.  “Drowning,” penned in memory of a close friend, debuted on the Nielsen chart with over 1.2 Million streams. Chris was overcome with emotion when he sang “Drowning” during a recent Opry appearance, and thousands of others have gone online to share their own journey with grief in response to the song.  “Raised On Country,” also the title of his 2019 headlining tour, becomes his 15th Top 10 single.  Both songs are available now and will be included on his upcoming studio album.  By his 34th birthday, Young has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments, including membership in the iconic Grand Ole Opry, 2 Billion on-demand streams, 12 Million singles sold, 11 career No. 1 singles, 17 R.I.A.A. Gold/Platinum/Multi-Platinum certified projects, 2 Grammy nominations, 3 Country Music Association nominations and 4 Academy of Country Music nominations. Tour dates and more at chrisyoungcountry.com.

 

SINGLE NEWS: 

When Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini topped the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart in June with her fifth career No. 1, “Miss Me More,” she notched the first chart-topping single for a female artist in Country music in 15 months. Ballerini was also the last woman in the genre to hit No. 1 with “Legends” in February 2018. “Whether it’s a partner, friend, colleague, situation, or chapter of life, sometimes we lose a piece of ourselves to someone,” said Ballerini. “This song is all about choosing to spend our energy in a way that lets us be the best version of ourselves for the right people – when they come along.  Thank you so much for this No. 1!”  Additionally, Ballerini is the only female artist in Country music, including female duos and groups, to achieve No. 1 with her first three consecutive singles – “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs,” and “Peter Pan” – from a debut album The First Time. Tour updates and more at KelseaBallerini.com.

 

SONGWRITER’S NEWS: 

It’s never too early to plan ahead. Tin Pan South 2020 has now been officially set for Tuesday March 24 through Saturday March 28, 2020. As the largest songwriters-only festival of its kind, you will once again be able to expect nearly 100 shows filling numerous venues throughout Nashville, TN so mark your calendars and plan on joining us next year!  The 28th annual festival will feature some of the best up-and-coming songwriters and the world’s largest hitmakers as they take the stage to perform and tell the stories behind all of our favorite songs. The 2019 festival had quite a few surprises so you never know what is in store for 2020.  Updated info will be posted at tinpansouth.com or by following @tinpansouth on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

STAGE NEWS: 

Country Stampede, known for bringing country music’s biggest stars to Manhattan, Kansas for over two decades, has permanently relocated to Topeka, Kansas to partner with Heartland Motorsports Park.  The Heartland Stampede and the 2020 music festival is set to take place June 25-27, 2020 at the Heartland Motorsports Park with country superstar Luke Combs revealed as its first headliner.  Annually drawing thousands of music fans to the city and bringing in an estimated eight million dollars to the economy each year, the move to Topeka brings much excitement to the community.  Country Stampede was created in 1995 to expand the country music experience in Kansas, where fans could experience the performances top headliners and discover future stars.  Special early bird ticket pricing is available for the First Annual Heartland Stampede.  For tickets and info visit, HeartlandStampede. 

 

TV MUSIC NEWS: 

“Larry’s Country Diner,” the popular, down-home, nationally-syndicated Country music television show, continues its summer series with more live television tapings at Ray Stevens’ CabaRay Showroom (5724 River Road) in Nashville. July’s hot lineup will feature Crystal Gayle and Gene Watson (July 10); and The Malpass Brothers and Ray Stevens (July 24). Audience members will be treated to TWO episode tapings per evening, each with an appearance and performance by a world-class Country music entertainer. Pricing for the show is tiered, so even fans on a modest budget can afford to take in a show. Tickets start at $59 for balcony seating (does not include dinner, but drinks and snacks are available for purchase). Tickets for floor seating and dinner service are $79. Additionally, and as with any “Larry’s Country Diner” taping, there are a limited number of seats available in the Diner (on set/on stage) for $99 (which also includes the meal and friendly service by Renae, the waitress). Doors open at 5 p.m. with a social hour and pre-show entertainment in the lobby areas; dinner will be seated from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.; show will begin at 6:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please visit raystevenscabaray.showare.com.

 

WWWEBSITES TO CHECK OUT:  

www.ascap.com  / www.bmi.com / www.soundexchange.com / www.nashvillesongwriters.com / www.collegeofsongolgy.com. / www.nashvillemusicguide.com

 

 

Have a great July!!!!

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