Inside Track on Music Row: November 2019

INDIE ARTIST NEWS:

Bailey Callahan (Pink Mustang Music, LLC), who is swiftly ranking among the list of the hottest rising starlets in Nashville and the country music format today, is set to release her new original tune, “Sweet Tea,” in early December. Co-written alongside J.C. Anderson and Justin Dukes, and produced by Shuffle Brother Music, the track will be available Friday, Dec 6, 2019 via all major digital retail and streaming outlets (Amazon/iTunes/Pandora/Rhapsody/Spotify).

NOTE: Bailey Callahan has been named as a Southwest® “Artist on the Rise.” The nineteen-year-old songstress and country recording artist was selected from three finalists who participated in the airline’s program that supports up-and-coming talent. The recognition is a precursor to Bailey’s upcoming single, “Sweet Tea,” slated for release Friday, December 6, 2019 via all major digital retail and streaming outlets. More at https://www.baileycallahan.com/

INDIE SONGWRITER NEWS:

Indie singer-songwriter Hannah Bethel has released the deeply personal and emotionally riveting single, “The House Is On Fire.” Bethel penned “The House Is On Fire” and co-produced the song. The single is a heart wrenching ballad that showcases Bethel’s plaintive vocal and intensely deep story-telling lyrics set to the simple musical accompaniment of electric and steel guitars. The song tells the story of a relationship gone bad, with one person seeing everything as being okay while the other equates the situation with an all-consuming flame that is destroying the union.

Bethel is currently writing and recording music for her forthcoming EP. She recently wrapped her very successful spring/summer “Rhinestone Rodeo Tour” which took her and her band to seven states across America and included a sold-out show at Nashville’s City Winery Lounge. Bethel also recently garnered a Featured Artist endorsement from Gretsch® Guitars, and “The House Is On Fire” is underpinned with the signature electric Gretsch sound. Tour info and music at https://www.hannahbethel.com/

INDUSTRY NEWS:

Phil Perkins is stepping down as president of Music Services, Inc., the label and publishing Administration Company he founded. He retains his position as chairman and owner. Along with this decision, the following promotions and changes will take effect: Long-tenured industry veteran Lynn Lowe has been elevated to the position of president, while Alex Morris is promoted to vice president, Label & Publishing Services. Mark Hauth rises to vice president of Publishing Services. Don Cason, who joined Music Services in 2008 after previously serving as president of Word Music for 28 years, retires as vice president of Operations and Finance. The company manages the catalogs, licensing and royalty accounting for more than 250 companies of all sizes and musical genres, involving over 18,000 music publishers, 34,000 writers, 450,000 songs, 210,000 products, 275,000 individual recordings, 6,700 artists, producers and arrangers and has issued over 262,000 licenses involving 18,685,000 royalty transactions. Details at www.musicservices.org

LABEL NEWS:

(Big LOUD Records)

Morgan Wallen, the platinum-selling Big Loud Records Country star and CMA New Artist of the Year nominee, is surging into 2020 with plans for a new headlining tour – with maybe next year’s longest tour title: Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Presents: Morgan Wallen’s Whiskey Glasses Roadshow.

“This year so far, I’ve mostly played shows as the opening act. While I love that, and appreciate everyone who’s made that possible, I’m ready to get into rooms where I know the energy will all be directed towards our music and our production,” shares Wallen. “It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to headline, so I can’t wait to see some of the same faces I’ve gotten to know from before and get to know a bunch of new ones.”

Set to kick off January 2 in Grand Rapids, MI, and roll through May 1 in Denver, CO, the coast-to-coast run will feature special guests Jon Langston and Ashland Craft, stopping in 19 cities nationwide. Tour dates and ticket info at https://morganwallen.com

(UMG)

UMG’S Chris Stapleton will host a special performance that will benefit his newly-created Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund, and tickets are now available. It will be held at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field in Lexington, KY on April 25, 2020. The performance is the first concert ever held at UK’s Kroger Field and will feature very special guests Willie Nelson & Family, Sheryl Crow and Yola. 100% of the concert’s net proceeds will go toward Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund. Established in partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation, the fund will specifically support local and national organizations directly impacting Kentucky, with initial grant distributions focusing on music and arts education. For more information visit www.stapletonfanclub.com Stapleton will continue his extensive, sold-out All-American Road Show through 2019.

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