VERSE OF THE MONTH:
My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. – Psalm 108:1
ACOUSTIC MUSIC NEWS:
Following the release of his latest single, “Miss Taken,” David Tucker is delivering an acoustic version alongside an accompanying video. Tucker’s catchy lyrics paired with the sounds of an acoustic guitar will have you falling in love with this single all over again. Listen to “Miss Taken – Acoustic” at https://orcd.co/misstakenacoustic.
“I think when I’m able to break songs down acoustically, it really gives the listener a chance to be in the story. A lot of times I feel full production can take listeners away from what the heart of the story is about. There’s no better way to tell a story than with just me and my guitar!” says David Tucker.
With more than 68,000 total streams on Spotify and additions to multiple popular playlists, Tucker’s popularity continues to grow. “Miss Taken – Acoustic” will only further increase listeners’ interest and excitement to hear more from the talented rising star. Drawing from influences from 90’s country and gospel, to rap to rock & roll, his diverse background makes this his most authentic music yet.
Human The Double Album, the sophomore major-label release from COJO Music/Warner Music Nashville Platinum recording artist Cody Johnson, is available to stream and download on all digital music platforms at https://codyjohnson.lnk.to/humanthedoublealbum. Physical copies can be purchased now by visiting www.codyjohnsonmusic.com. Fans can also look forward to the vinyl launch of Human The Double Album coming this Fall. Johnson shared a preview of the new songs with music industry friends and partners where he also announced that his very first holiday album, A Cody Johnson Christmas, will be available everywhere November 19. During the event Warner Nashville’s Ben Kline (EVP/GM Warner Nashville) described the album as, “An artistic statement, it’s a personal statement, and we think it’s also going to take Cody to the next level.” The lead single from Human, “‘Til You Can’t,” impacted country radio in October and was penned by Ben Stennis and Matt Rogers. The infectious, up-tempo track has Johnson advising listeners to take the chances, chase the dreams, bait those lines, put that diamond on her hand, and take those calls from your mama as long as you can, until you can’t.
Lady A continues to emerge with a new refined vision, as the full release of their eighth studio album What A Song Can Do (BMLG Records) is out now. The 14 tracks produced by Dann Huff, capture the band’s signature sound and serves as a love letter to fans. What A Song Can Do is available at all digital retailers at https://la.lnk.to/WASCDPR.
Steeped in music’s power to get us through, What a Song Can Do feels like a reawakening for Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott. Haywood steps to the mic for his first-ever lead vocal on the devoted
“Working On This Love” while “Friends Don’t Let Friends” brings together the band with Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker and Carly Pearce for the trio’s twang-rocking first true collaboration. They recently wrapped their 34-city Lady A: What A Song Can Do Tour with special guests Carly Pearce, Niko Moon and Tenille Arts, as a portion of the ticket sales went towards LadyAID, the group’s philanthropic fund. For more information visit www.ladyamusic.com.
Reba McEntire’s celebratory three-part box set Revived Remixed Revisited is now available to purchase and stream at https://strm.to/RebaRevivedRemixedRevisitedPR. To mark the special release Reba shared the instantly-iconic new music video for one of the tracks from the collection, “Does He Love You,” from Revisited, with Dolly Parton. The two powerhouses offer a twist on the differing perspectives tackled in the new version of the track and embody those characters in the stunning music video shot in Nashville and directed by Dano Cerny.
“Getting to go back to these songs has been such a special experience,” shared Reba. “Each collection shows a different side of my personality, and I can’t wait to hear what the fans think of the new takes on some of the songs. Of course, getting to work with Dolly was just a dream come true and bringing this new version of ‘Does He Love You’ to life with the music video was an experience I will never forget.“
Details about the box set at https://www.reba.com or follow @Reba on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Allie Colleen, an on-the-rise singer/songwriter, has announced the release of “Stones,” the final single and title track off her high demand debut album of the same name. The stand-your-ground lyrics were co-written by Sara Brice, De’Leah Shane, Tony McVaney and Allie Colleen. The new music was produced by Joe Costa and Ben Watts, engineered by Matt “Buster” Allen. “Stones” is available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms at http://smarturl.it/stonesalliecolleen.
“I saw a quote ‘build an empire out of the stones they’ve thrown at you’ and it started a fire in my stomach. My whole life, everything and anything I’ve ever accomplished, was diminished because it was assumed everything was always handed to me. I work my ass off, I love what I do, and there is nothing anyone could ever say to make me question my purpose on this planet,” expressed Allie Colleen. “I used to fight really hard and activate for myself, but I’ve learned bullies always have something to say and a keyboard to hide behind, so now I simply don’t give a ___!”
More at https://www.alliecolleenmusic.com/.
Christmas 4 Kids, a non-profit organization that benefits hundreds of underprivileged children in Middle Tennessee, has announced its concert fund raiser. http://christmas4kids.org.
Christmas 4 Kids has been in existence for over three decades. Each year, the organization provides hundreds of underprivileged children in Middle Tennessee with their very own Christmas shopping spree. The funds generated by the Ryman concert and Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet and Greet event, are used to give over 400 children from 29 different schools, a day-long shopping excursion.
CHRISTMAS ALBUM NEWS:
It’s never too early to think about Christmas and Steve Wariner is already doing just that with his new Christmas album, Feels Like Christmas Time, now available.
The album is a mix of familiar Christmas classics and six original Holiday songs penned by Wariner. The ‘classics’ – including “Silent Night,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” and “The First Noel” – get a fresh sound with new arrangements by Wariner.
A few other note-worthy songs include “It Won’t Be Christmas” and “On Christmas Morning.” Six original songs all written by Wariner are on the album as well.
A limited-edition white vinyl version of the album with a bunch of goodies including a signed poster, a playable vinyl postcard, a Christmas ornament and shirt are also available for pre-order.
For more information, Visit SteveWariner.com.
It’s that time of year again! The CMA awards. I am so happy to see all the nominees. For a full list of nominees for the 55th Annual CMA Awards, set for Nov 10, at 7pm CST. Visit my Nashville Music Line blog at https://www.nashvillemusicline.com! FOR THE FULL LIST AND THE STORY. BTW, if you want to post a link on social media direct to the story, here it is: https://www.nashvillemusicline.com/2021/09/18/cma-awards-nominees-announced/
DOVE AWARDS NEWS:
The 52nd Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out October 19th, and aired the following night exclusively on TBN, simulcast on SiriusXM The Message. CeCe Winans and Jason Ingram led the night with the 4 awards each with Winans winning Gospel Artist of the Year and Ingram winning Songwriter of the Year (Non-Artist). for KING & COUNTRY took home three awards including Artist of the Year, the top honor of the night. Chris Brown of Elevation Worship and Steven Furtick also each won three awards including Song of the Year for “The Blessing.” Dynamic performers Maverick City Music claimed New Artist of the Year with Contemporary Artist of the Year going to We The Kingdom. See the full list of winners at https://doveawards.com/. One of the night’s highlights was Chairman of the GMA Board, Roy Morgan, presenting Jackie Patillo with the first-time Dove Award for Distinguished Leadership that beginning next year, will be named The Jackie Patillo Leadership Award. Watch the 52nd Dove Awards on demand on the TBN app at The 52nd Annual GMA Dove Awards – Watch TBN – Trinity Broadcasting Network.
The Bellamy Brothers are already gearing up for their 2022 European Tour that will take them to Norway, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland following a string of dates in the USA. Meanwhile, after releasing more than 50 albums over the past 40-plus years, the Bellamy Brothers’ first-ever, covers-only album, Covers From The Brothers, is available now. The iconic duo transcends genres on the project, which includes everything from some of their favorites by Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder to the songs they performed countless times in their early bands like “Games People Play.” To stream or download Covers From The Brothers, visit https://smarturl.it/BBrosCoversBrothers.
“We tried to cover a variety of great songs in our style. A lot of them were chosen because they were big world hits we would hear in our travels. And what a song title — who doesn’t want to hear someone say, ‘I just called to say I love you?'” David Bellamy explained. Covers From The Brothers also includes the lead single, the Bellamys’ cover of Billy Swan’s smash-hit “I Can Help” featuring Dennis Quaid. More about the Bellamys at https://bellamybrothers.com/.
Garth Brooks is set for an intimate evening at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, November 19th & 20th, at 7:00 PM when fans can hear the stories behind the songs. A limited number of seats will be available as the concert is not being sold to capacity. Any remaining are on sale now at $250.00 all inclusive available from ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks. All Covid rules apply. Details at https://garthbrooks.com/.
Country music icon Randy Travis has released the official music video for his 1987 hit “No Place Like Home” for the first time. Along with the recently released remastered version of his debut album, Storms of Life (35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition), Travis continues to breathe new life into projects from the vault. “No Place Like Home” was the song made into a music video from his genre-shifting debut album and was never before made available to the public. CMT world premiered the uncovered gem on CMT, CMT Music, CMT.com and the ViacomCBS Billboard in Times Square. Watch the “No Place Like Home” music video and stream download the album at https://www.randytravis.com/.
The music video was directed by Michele Mahrer in the mid-1980s but was recently digitally enhanced to be released in high definition. Travis’ signature smooth vocals accompany visuals that embody the sentimental lyrics of “No Place Like Home” and the vintage footage adds to the overall nostalgic feeling.
“I hope the message that the viewer takes with them is that when things in life appear hopeless… find a way,” said Travis.
“Kid in Trouble,” (BFD / Orchard Distribution) Cledus T. Judd’s new song and accompanying video, fulfills a 17-year-old pledge that he made, after the birth of his daughter, to conquer his addiction and use his platform and testimony to inspire other addicts.
Available now, “Kid in Trouble” is a powerful account of life as an addict’s child told from the perspective of a 10-year-old boy. The video, shot in Judd’s home, opens with jarring footage of a man jamming a syringe in his arm as his son gently knocks on the other side of the bathroom door. It resonated. On Facebook, in less than one week, the video for “Kid in Trouble” accumulated more than 1 million views, 15,000 shares and 1,300 comments from people who relate to the story. Since then, video views swelled to well over 1.3 million.
“I wanted to do this video to bring attention to addiction and mental illness,” Judd says
“You Got Gold: Celebrating the Life & Songs of John Prine” has been postponed and will now take place October 7-12, 2022. Ticketing and refund information is available at www.yougotgold.johnprine.com.
Of their decision to reschedule the event, the Prine family shares: Our sincerest wish was to gather safely this October to celebrate the life and music of our beloved John. Given the ongoing situation with Covid-19 Delta variant, in Nashville and beyond, we’ve made the very difficult decision to postpone “You Got Gold” until October 2022. This decision to reschedule was not made lightly. We worked tirelessly to find a way to move forward in a safe and responsible manner, while also keeping in mind the intended joyful spirit of this long-awaited celebration and remembrance. This event is extraordinary in the sheer number of artists, crews, and fans that are planning to travel and gather together. In light of how John died, we just could not reconcile pushing forward and adding any undue stress and anxiety during an already fraught season.
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Artist and multi-platinum #1 hit-maker Mitchell Tenpenny fulfilled a lifelong dream as he headlined a sold-out hometown show at the Ryman Auditorium. The concert was a part of his To Us It Did Tour which runs through December. The tour features opening guest Drew Green.
Surprise appearances at the Ryman included RCA Records Nashville multi-platinum, global entertainer Chris Young who performed their new collaboration “At The End Of A Bar” from his Famous Friends album, country duo Seaforth who joined for their duet with Mitchell on “Anything She Says,” and Mitchell’s longtime girlfriend two-time CCMA Female Artist of the Year Meghan Patrick played “Wild As Me” with Mitchell singing harmony.
Fans attending the pre-show VIP event were treated to a surprise duet performance of “Get That All The Time” with platinum country star RaeLynn off her latest release, Baytown.
Singer/songwriter Elvie Shane’s debut full length album Backslider is out! Shane co-wrote the set that embodies the crunchy hooks of classic rock with the everyday poetry and nostalgia of country music. And the emotional electricity of Gospel and R&B – all with that punchy “edge” Shane knows so well. Backslider’s release follow Shane’s recent celebration of a huge milestone that saw his debut smash-hit single “My Boy” hit the No. One spot at Country Radio, and the lump-in-your-throat anthem to step-fatherhood continues to resonate with so many. A native of small-town Kentucky, early touchstones like Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle and John Fogerty joined Wheelhouse Records’ Elvie Shane’s Gospel roots to form the bedrock of his taste – along with R&B classics like The Temptations and modern superstars like Eminem. And after a fateful Baptist revival came through town, he joined a band as a front man full of wild-eyed charisma. Shane initially captured attention with a viral social media moment with “My Boy,” that has since become his signature smash and debut No. One single. Shane’s debut EP, “County Roads” was released earlier this year. His picture-based lyrics and knack for storytelling lead to his signing with UTA. More info at www.elvieshane.com. #myboy #elvieshane
LiveOne is partnering with Big Machine Label Group for the newest installment of its LiveXLive Presents: Rooftop Series franchise. CMA and ACM Award-winning singer/songwriter Carly Pearce will perform her critically acclaimed album 29: Written In Stone in its 15-track entirety for the first time. Fellow Big Machine Label Group artists Danielle Bradbery and Laci Kaye Booth will begin the evening with acoustic sets. This intimate, invite-only performance will be held at The Summit in Austin, Texas and streamed in 200 countries on Tuesday, November 2 on www.LiveXLive.com.
Pearce followed her heart and embraced her roots, emerging from a year of great disappointment with 29. Stirred by the loss of her longtime champion, producer and friend Busbee and the abrupt end of her marriage, the emotionally charged vocalist wrote her truth and finished this chapter with 29: Written In Stone. LiveOne is a global platform for livestream and on-demand audio, video and podcast/vodcast content in music, comedy and pop culture, and owner of LiveXLive, PodcastOne, Slacker Radio, React Presents, Gramophone Media and Custom Personalization Solutions.
Dennis Quaid will return to the road this fall and take his high energy show to such prestigious venues as Sony Hall in New York, N.Y., Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville, Pa., The Sheldon in St. Louis, Mo. and many more during a 12-city jaunt. The tour kicks off in Frederick, Md. and concludes in Nashville, Tenn. Purchase tickets at https://www.dennisquaidishere.com/tour.
Audiences will experience the musicality and passion for playing live that have earned Quaid rave reviews. A riveting performer, Quaid captivates the audiences with engaging stories about his illustrious film career and stories behind the highly personal songs that will populate his forthcoming inspirational album set for release in 2022 via Gaither/Primary Wave. Musically, his shows encompass country and rock driven by his distinct vocals and anchored by his gift for telling compelling stories in his songwriting. Though he loves writing, recording and making movies, the stage holds a special place in Quaid’s heart, and for the last four decades, he’s toured extensively earning the acclaimed actor a reputation as a respected touring artist.
MUSIC ROW NEWS:
Streaming companies have proposed the lowest mechanical royalty rates in years. The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) are in the middle of the latest Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) mechanical royalty rate proceeding, giant streaming corporations such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Pandora and Spotify who do not value songwriters. “Streaming companies have tried to spin their proposals like they believe songwriters are stupid,” said Bart Herbison, Exec. Director, NSAI. “It is clear they want to pay less. Companies worth billions don’t want to treat songwriters fairly, even though they create the products that make them rich. It’s David vs Goliath!” In a release NSAI state: The services claim they are NOT asking for lower rates, but that is a lie. They ask for new definitions of revenue that chop away at the already ridiculously low rates that writers receive. Songwriters currently get the greater of three tiers of rate payments. Some of the services ask for the top-tier rate to be cut out completely and propose changes that could actually mean zero revenue from some subscribers. More at https://www.nashvillesongwriters.com.
NUMBER ONE NEWS:
Best friends Chris Young and Kane Brown together celebrated their duet single, “Famous Friends,” at a Number One party held at the Dawg House Saloon in Nashville, October 18. The party honored Cary Barlowe and Corey Crowder who co-wrote “Famous Friends” alongside Chris Young.
The uptempo single was released in November 2020 and began its multi-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart on July 17, 2021. It marked Young’s tenth No. 1 and Brown’s sixth and is the third single from Young’s seventh studio album – also named Famous Friends (RCA Nashville).
This wasn’t the first time that they have recorded a duet: Young’s voice was previously heard on “Setting the Night on Fire,” a track on the Deluxe version of Brown’s 2017 self-titled album.
Endurance Music Group (EMG) has added longtime songwriter advocate and experienced publishing pro Lauren Funk to the role of Senior Creative Director, effective immediately. Funk will be responsible for managing Endurance’s relationships with its roster of hit songwriters and artists while identifying new and promising talent. She joins EMG from Big Yellow Dog Music, where she spent seven years on the creative team and worked with Grammy Award-winning artist/writers Maren Morris, Meghan Trainor and more. Endurance President Michael Martin said, “Lauren’s passion for songs, songwriters, and artists is what makes her truly stand out as a creative director. She was fortunate to work closely with Carla Wallace, and to experience her leadership and the tremendous success of Big Yellow Dog. We are excited to welcome Lauren to the EMG family and kickstart her new creative journey together.” Funk joined Big Yellow Dog as an intern in 2014 and was immediately hired in the role of Creative Manager upon her graduation from Belmont University.
Five-Time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, fresh off a West Coast run on his “Proud To Be Right Here Tour” celebrated with his UMG Nashville team as his latest single “Up” debuted mid-October as the most-added song in the nation at country radio. “Up” is the sixth single from Luke’s #1 debuting Born Here Live Here Die Here album that already contains five consecutive #1 singles. The song was written by Jeremy Bussey, Taylor Phillips and Bobby Pinson.
Last month, Luke debuted a new music video for his song “Bill Dance,” another track from the album, in honor of Dance’s 81st birthday. The song was written by Luke, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. Since his debut, Luke Bryan has garnered 27 #1 hits and has more RIAA certified digital singles than any other country artist with 68.5 million, has 15.6 billion streams worldwide, and has sold nearly 13 million albums.
Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook.
RISING STAR NEWS:
Breakout, indie country recording artist Mikayla Lane, dubbed “Today’s Traditional Country Trendsetter,” celebrates the season with a dual rollout of Christmas classics. Lane will introduce her vocal and musical interpretations of “O Holy Night” (due Friday, Nov 26, 2021 (https://onerpm.link/408230620729) followed by “Amazing Grace” on Friday, Dec 10 (https://onerpm.link/895997782912).
The holiday package keeps the momentum of her success with the September 2021 reveal of her sophomore EP, titled Miles From Nowhere. “Christmas time is my favorite time of year; for so many reasons,” said sixteen-year-old Mikayla. “…and these two songs are both meaningful and magical. They paint a moving imagery of the birth of baby Jesus and convey the true meaning of Christmas. I chose to record these songs for those very reasons.” Co-produced by Lane (alongside John Conrad), the holiday will be distributed by ONErpm; Brown Lee Entertainment will oversee the campaign. In celebration of her EP she recently took the stage as the headliner at Ole Red, Tishomingo, performing before a sold-out crowd. Mikayla will conclude her tour season with various performances scheduled in Florida and Las Vegas. More at https://www.mikaylalanemusic.com/ and Mikayla Lane – Home | Facebook.
After amassing more than 17 million streams with previous single “It’s You,” Lewis Brice releases a continuation of his love story with new single “That’s A Given” which was co-written by Brice with Davey Arnold and Will Garret.
“This song is a statement about me being there for my girl, come what may,” said Brice. “Just as there are a lot of things out there that are a ‘given,’ so is my love for my fiancé. With a little bit of southern imagery, I feel like we mashed together quite the southern rock love song.”
Brice proposed to his girlfriend Denelle Manzer while on a fishing trip to Alaska earlier this year. Brice’s fiancé, Manzer, is part of the inspiration behind his hit single “It’s You” and starred in the video which People.com exclusively premiered in February. The endearing single was co-written by Brice with Ben Simonetti and Niko Moon and co-produced by Lee Brice and Simonetti. The single has been one of Brice’s most successful to date, amassing more than 15 million streams since its release. More info at http://www.lewisbrice.com.
Country singer, songwriter and performer Jessie G is known for hard-driving songs like “Timeless,” “Army Ranger,” and “Whatever This Is,” but her newest release dives deep into hurt, longing, pain and joy with a taboo topic. “Rainbow Lullaby” was born out of multiple miscarriages and dealing with the mental, emotional and physical struggles that followed.
The single is available now in honor of Miscarriage Awareness Month on Redneck Bayou, a division of Redneck Records, via ONErpm and can be heard at https://onerpm.link/RainbowLullaby. “This song saved me,” said Jessie of “Rainbow Lullaby.”
“Writing this song enabled me to heal, and I hope it brings healing and hope to anyone going through a similar situation. After losing two angels, my husband and I are now almost full term with our very healthy Rainbow Baby. I am living proof that there is hope to start a family even if you’ve been struggling and if you are going through this traumat`ic experience, you are not alone.”
More at https://jessiegmusic.com/.
With many #1 award-winning songs to his credit, Grammy award winning songwriter, artist and producer, Frank Myers, will release “If Every Day Could Be Christmas,” tagged as a new Christmas Classic, on all digital music platforms on Nov. 5. The feel good tune was written by Myers, Gary Baker and Anthony Little, Produced by Jimmy Nichols and Frank Myers in Nashville at Horse Tracks and Starstruck studios with mastering by Andrew Mendelson at Georgetown Masters. Pre-save “If Every Day Could Be Christmas” on Spotify https://orcd.co/dj0y1x0. The official video in support of the project was filmed on location at Roberts Christmas Wonderland and Clear Tracks Studio in Clearwater, Florida and produced by Dave Geralds for Mandalay Video Productions. Watch the video and subscribe to Frank Myers official YouTube channel at ” target=”_blank”>https://. “To me, there is not a more magical time of the year than at Christmas! People are more loving, caring and giving than any other time. If we could just carry that feeling “all through the year” I think the world would be a much better place,” expressed Frank Myers.
Brad Paisley wrapped his Tour 2021 with a final run of shows on the West Coast. Special guests on the tour included multi-platinum selling and current ACM New Male Artist Jimmie Allen and Columbia Nashville rising star Kameron Marlowe. Live Nation was the official promoter of the tour. The tour played 30+ stops across the nation playing major markets like Tampa, Dallas, Houston, Charlotte, Raleigh, Chicago, Phoenix and more. Tour 2021 kicked off in Nashville, Tenn. on July 4 for Music City’s Let Freedom Sing! concert breaking attendance records as 350,000 people gathered into downtown for the show. A portion of all ticket Tour 2021 sales are going to The Store – a nonprofit free-referral based grocery store co-founded by Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. The Store opened for in-store clients in March 2020, following the March 3 tornado that devastated parts of Nashville. The Store was open for only four days when the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread, and it was obvious in-store shopping was not going to be feasible. The Store, now reopened, serves 450 families a month. More information on The Store at www.thestore.org.
Rhonda Towns (Dawn Records) has released the “Walking In Your Wonderful Light” official music video. Corresponding with the April 2021 single release, the long-awaited visual is an uplifting and inspiring complement to the tune. Shot in Phoenix, Arizona at Telegraph Pass Trailhead, Ahwatukee, Foothills, the clip was produced by Brett Nelson and Marc Hamill under the direction of Towns (SFF Productions). Written by Teddy Hayes and produced by Billy Sherrill in collaboration with Towns, the song serves as a preview to the Christian, country and gospel music entertainer’s forthcoming six-track EP (Walking In Your Wonderful Light) anticipated later this year. “This was my first experience directing a film project. As a modeling talent and performer, I’m customarily in front of the camera on photo, commercial or video shoots.” Rhonda Towns said. “I think what I’ve learned from my previous experiences in front of the camera, combined with my instincts, enabled me insight and a vision to bring the clip to life—as I truly saw it.” See the video at target=”_blank”>https://.
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