Inside Track on Music Row: June 2020 Music News

CMA FEST UPDATES:

We are ALL sad about the 2020 CMA Music Fest being postponed till June 2021. Please go to www.cmaworld.com to see all info pertaining to reschedules, updates and ticket refunds.

CMT AWARDS:

The CMT Awards has also been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

COWBOY MUSIC NEWS:

Barbed Wire Entertainment flagship recording artist Kolt Barber, has announced the launch of the 2020 American Cowboy Showdown. In conjunction with Tony Keeton and Rockin’ K Rodeo (Lawenceburg, TN), the American country music traditionalist, “AG architect” and music business vet is the teaming with the professional stock contractor (Keeton) to take rodeo action and LIVE country music entertainment on the road. Combining his heartfelt passions, Barber marries his devotion to the land with his love for music. The American Cowboy Showdown (sanctioned by the IPRA) embraces, and caters to, the blue collar, AG, farming, ranching and trucking communities and lifestyle. With 10 events contracted to date (and more being secured throughout the remainder of the year), the Southeast leg of the tour is set to launch on Saturday, June 13, 2020 in Shelbyville, TN. “We were scheduled to launch in April; being sensitive to COVID-19 and the necessity for ‘safe distancing,’ we postponed,” Barber said. More about Kolt Barber and American Cowboy Showdown tour dates at https://www.koltbarber.com/

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:

Copy That, the first solo studio album in three years from multi-platinum star Sara Evans, opened at #1 on the iTunes Country Chart. Co-produced by Sara and Jarrad K (Ruston Kelly, Weezer, Goo Goo Dolls), and released on her own Born To Fly Records, the 13-song collection spans six decades. Featuring collaborations with Old Crow Medicine Show and Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet, Copy That showcases Evans’ creative take on some of the most iconic songs in country and pop music, songs that have inspired her life and career, as well as shines a spotlight on some little-known gems. Sara pays tribute to her early days fronting her family band.

Sara has been passing the time every Monday and Thursday with her wildly popular “Closet Chaos” Instagram Live series that she has been doing alongside daughter Oliva Barker since April 2nd. The hilarious series has welcomed guests such as Tony Dovolani, Clinton Kelly, Martina McBride, Melissa Peterman, and Phillip Sweet. Details at https://www.saraevans.com/

EP NEWS:

In mere weeks, The Desert City Ramblers have made significant waves on the music scene with the release of their “Hillbilly Rollin’ Stone” single. The six-man band will release their self-titled debut EP on Crane Kick Records on June 5, 2020. “These five songs best represent who we are as a band,” said lead singer and principal songwriter Brian McComas. “Anyone hearing this music will immediately have a sense of where we come from and where we’re going, and we hope there will be a lot of people along for the ride with us.” The songs on The Desert City Ramblers EP are hard to pin a label on. Each one combines a gritty Southern rock edge and blistering musicianship with the kind of compelling storytelling that is the foundation of old school country music. Joining McComas on the record and on stage are guitarist Scotty Bratcher, keyboard player Andy Smith, bassist Kieran Cronley, drummer Matt Salvo and guitarist Bart Walker (who also plays in Hank Williams Jr.’s band.) Info, tour updates and more at https://www.thedesertcityramblers.com/

FAN MUSIC NEWS:

Kree Harrison, the Season 12 “American Idol” finalist, has launched her new Patreon platform to develop further connections with her fans during the nationwide quarantine orders. With rewards that include everything from exclusive previews and video content to house concerts and personal phone calls with the celebrated vocalist and songwriter, fans can select the membership level that fits their budget at www.patreon.com/kreeharrison Kree, a Texas native now residing in Music City, first stepped into the role of a singer and performer in her childhood church and at area rodeos and competitions across the Lone Star State. Even before she reached her teens, she had amassed a deal with Lyric Street Records and had become a regular on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” Moving to Nashville, Kree honed her craft as a singer/songwriter even landing performances on iconic stages like the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe’. The hit TV phenomenon “American Idol” parlayed Kree onto a national platform where she would rise to become a finalist on the show’s 12th Season. More at www.kreeharrisonofficial.com

GARTH NEWS:

Garth Brooks has rescheduled his upcoming concert at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The concert was scheduled for June 13th but has now been rescheduled to October 10th, 2020. All tickets will be honored. During the on sale he sold 74,000 tickets in 90 minutes. It’s the largest paid crowd in the history of Bank of America Stadium. This will be the only North Carolina and South Carolina stop on The Stadium Tour. Updates at https://www.garthbrooks.com/

GRAMMY NEWS:

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit’s highly anticipated new album, Reunions (Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers), was released a week earlier than scheduled and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Vinyl Albums and Tastemakers charts. (The Tastemaker chart ranks bestselling albums at indie and small-chain retailers.) Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, Reunions features 10 new songs written by Isbell and is already receiving overwhelming attention. Of the release, Isbell shares, “There are a lot of ghosts on this album. Sometimes the songs are about the ghosts of people who aren’t around anymore, but they’re also about who I used to be, the ghost of myself. I found myself writing songs that I wanted to write fifteen years ago, but in those days, I hadn’t written enough songs to know how to do it yet. In that sense it’s a reunion with the me I was back then.” Listen/purchase Reunions at https://orcd.co/reunions More details at https://www.jasonisbell.com/

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