VERSE OF THE MONTH:
“I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise” – Psalm 101:1
After almost 15 years at the top of his format, reigning ACM “Artist of the Decade” Jason Aldean has seen trends come and go. But after all that time, he continues to hold his ground making modern albums with an old-school soul. Jason’s much anticipated album 9, released Nov. 22nd on Broken Bow Records.
Jason says, “Early on I always thought if we ever got to make nine albums, I’m going to call it 9. It was my baseball number growing up, and it’s just kind of always been my lucky number.”
To celebrate, Aldean offers fans an immediate preview of the new album with the release of four of its tracks. “Blame It On You” sways with a half-drunk realization that we make our own problems, “I Don’t Drink Anymore” serves a 100-proof hook, “Keep It Small Town” reminds that well-lived lives don’t have to be complicated and the album’s fiery lead single “We Back” rounds out the first-released songs, all out now at all digital partners, with “We Back” also available at radio.
Aldean has scored 23 Number Ones and is the only Country act in history to top the all-genre Billboard 200 four times (in a row, no less), racking up 15 billion streams and more than 18 million albums sold along the way. His 2019 Ride All Night Tour wrapped in October and he returns to Las Vegas, December 6-8 for Jason Aldean: Ride All Night Vegas at Park Theater at Park MGM. More info on new music and tour dates at www.JasonAldean.com
Known for a remarkable aptitude at crafting music with character-driven storylines, singer/songwriter Erin Enderlin unveiled her first new full-length album since 2017 with the release of Faulkner County Nov. 1. Faulkner County arrives amidst mounting anticipation generated through a series of digital EPs Enderlin released earlier this year. Those EPs, released roughly in eight-week intervals, garnered significant traction in the digital music space and led to Enderlin’s first significant playlisting on Spotify (Nashville Stripped, Next From Nashville, Wild Country), Apple Music (Country Roads, Speaking Easy) and Amazon Music (Fresh Folk & Americana). Enderlin’s fall has been defined by exciting career firsts and incredible momentum. After sold-out shows in her first-ever UK tour, she returned to Nashville to showcase at AmericanaFest. She’ll close out 2019 having played more than 100 shows. Tour dates, music and more at http://erinenderlin.com/
Chris Young made his directorial debut with the music video for his newest hit, “Drowning.” Co-directed with Native 31 Films Producer and Director Jeff Johnson, the video opens with Young holding a photo of Adam Carnes, his longtime friend whose loss is memorialized in the song’s lyrics. With a universal message that gives voice to the often-overwhelming emotions of grief, interspersed throughout the “Drowning” music video are moving tributes to spouses, children, parents, siblings and friends from concertgoers at the Richmond, VA date of his Raised On Country World Tour 2019. “I’ve been so amazed at the reaction to this song,” shared Young. “I wrote it with two friends as a moment of healing and had no idea it would touch so many people before it was even chosen as a single. The video, combining so many personal moments alongside a live performance, totally embodies that and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.” More at https://www.chrisyoungcountry.com
Country superstar Darryl Worley, veteran Country entertainer Jim Brown, and multiple award-winning Christian singer-songwriter and producer Gary Chapman hosted “Stomping Out Cancer,” an unforgettable night of music at 3rd and Lindsley on October 23. All proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center for continued research of cures to fight against cancer. The lineup also included Curb recording artist Mo Pitney and the talents of rising singer-songwriters Allie Colleen, Ashlyn Grayce, and Charly Reynolds. The show finale had the packed venue on their feet as all the artists were invited back onstage to sing “Friends in Low Places,” which was dedicated to everyone with cancer; the song also served as a special tribute to Brown’s daughter who personally requested the song and was recently diagnosed with cancer herself. More about the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center at http://darrylworleyfoundation.org/cancer-center/
Steven Curtis Chapman, Gospel music’s most awarded artist, continued bringing home the hardware with his 59th Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Bluegrass / Country / Roots Album of the Year, Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows. The Dove Awards were held October 15 in Nashville. Co-produced by Chapman and Brent Milligan, Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows, landed at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Albums chart and is Chapman’s second No. 1 Billboard Bluegrass Album. Recently, Chapman celebrated his 49th No. 1 single with “Dive” featuring Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs. The album serves as the sequel to Chapman’s 2013 Billboard No. 1 Bluegrass Album Deep Roots, released exclusively with Cracker Barrel. Tour info and more at http://stevencurtischapman.com
The Agency for Performing Arts (APA) including President and CEO, Jim Gosnell as well as Co-Head of Worldwide Music at APA, Steve Lassiter celebrated the 25th anniversary of their Nashville office on Monday, October 28. The celebration took place at their office in downtown Nashville which hosted special guests including David Nail, Jim Messina and the Scooter Brown Band. More about APA at https://touring.apa-agency.com