Inside Track on Music Row: November 2019

ROAD NEWS:

Photo Credit: The Tennessean

Out on the road, Thomas Rhett checked off another milestone as he concluded his Very Hot Summer Tour with a sold out hometown show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in October. Headlining Bridgestone for the first time, Rhett welcomed Little Big Town onstage for their collaboration “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time,” followed by HARDY joining for the newly-released “Nothing Out Here” and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard for the Thomas Rhett co-written Florida Georgia Line hit “Round Here.” This year marked the release of Thomas Rhett’s fourth studio album Center Point Road that connects fans to his past, weaving together autobiographical stories with familiar sounds that have propelled his meteoric career. The follow up to his Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling No. 1 album Life Changes that has surpassed one billion streams, Center Point Road is a return to Thomas Rhett’s roots. “Remember You Young,” Rhett’s latest single from the album, looks set to be his next No. 1. Tour dates and more at https://centerpointroad.thomasrhett.com/

SINGER-SONGWRITER NEWS:

15-year-old singer-songwriter Ava Paige was voted Best Singer-Songwriter by readers’ poll in Nashville Scene’s 31st Annual Best of Nashville issue with Jason Isbell as runner up, and Matt Ramsey in third place. This came as quite a surprise and shock but was also perfect timing as the brave young songstress has been battling cancer and related health issues since her July 1st diagnosis. During the summer, and ironically, while Paige was on the road entertaining kids at a children’s hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas, she became ill. Following a diagnosis of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), Ava underwent 30 days of inpatient chemo and was blessed with good news confirming she was in remission although the road to recovery was far from over. Thankfully, Paige is back home but remains on an eight-month chemo infusion program where she has weekly hospital visits for an infusion and does the rest of the treatments at home. Once this phase is completed, she will then begin a maintenance program. Paige’s current inspirational single, “Hope Comes In,” was released in October and is very near and dear to her heart. More at https://avapaigemusic.com/

SINGLE RELEASE NEWS:

Allie Colleen with her father, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

Allie Colleen has released a personal and reflective insight to her behind-the-music video released in support of her current single, “Along The Way.”

“I wanted to share with listeners a few of the reasons why I chose to release “Along The Way” and why the song means so much to me,” expressed Allie Colleen.

“Along The Way” is available to stream and download on all digital music platforms on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music. The tune was co-written with Allie and Steven McMorran. This song is all about loving a traveler, someone with an old soul, and a love for explanation. It is saying yes to the unknowns and focusing on the one thing that brings you together (love) as opposed to the hundreds of things that could tear you apart. Stay current with everything Allie Colleen on her website: www.alliecolleenmusic.com Follow Allie Colleen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to her YouTube Channel for the latest videos.

STREAMING MUSIC NEWS:

Earning over 7 million plays (and counting) in just a few months on Spotify’s largest editorial country playlists, as well as their “Artist Discovery” in May, Cody Purvis’ single, “Drinkin’ Terms,” heads to radio with strong momentum. Also featured on Sirius/XM’s “The Highway,” with the companion music video airing on CMT’s “Next Up Now” last month, the mid-tempo song, written by Jesse Rise, Leah Turner, and Abram Dean, is a brash message directed at a cheating lover who wants to reconnect and reignite the old flame over drinks.

“We’ve all had that ex that tried to come back when all we wanted to do was move on,” states Cody. “It’s typically painful and awkward, but there is also something very healing and self-empowering to distance yourself from a bad relationship, especially when the person did you really dirty,” he affirms. “Drinkin’ Terms” is one of five tracks on Purvis’ latest EP, Boots on the Ground, released earlier this year. More at www.codypurvis.com

TOUR NEWS:

THE VOICE — Season: 17 — Pictured: Blake Shelton — (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC)

Blake Shelton championed his friends and heroes like The Bellamy Brothers this year more than ever, from sharing singles to sharing stages – and he’s not done yet. Shelton will hit the road once again for Friends and Heroes 2020, beginning Thursday, February 13 in Portland, Oregon. The 16-date run will hit major cities throughout the Midwest and West Coast. Joining him is very special guest Lauren Alaina as well as The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins.

“The Friends and Heroes Tour was so exciting and successful last year that I couldn’t imagine not trying something like that again,” said Shelton.

Shelton’s new single, “Jesus Got a Tight Grip,” was penned alongside frequent collaborators Chase McGill, Jessi Alexander and Rhett Akins. The song is one of five new songs on Shelton’s upcoming December 13 album Fully Loaded: God’s Country. The 12-song collection will feature seven hits from previous albums and five new tracks, including current single “Hell Right” featuring friend and tour-mate Trace Adkins. Tour updates at https://www.blakeshelton.com/

VIDEO NEWS:

A touching video in support of his most recent single, “You Should Be Here With Me,” has been released by traditional Country music performer and songwriter, James Wesley. The song, penned by Rodney Clawson, Andrew Dorff and Jon McElroy, was recorded previously but never released. Watch the behind-the-song video on YouTube and Facebook or via his website https://www.jameswesleymusic.com/ The new music can be streamed and downloaded on all online streaming platforms.

“I have always loved this song and it is the only one I did not write from my current project,” said James Wesley. “Andrew Dorff had an incredible way of writing and this song has held a special place in my heart ever since I recorded it.” The song reflects on seeing more than the physical image of another person, encouraging love, trust and the desire to show someone how much you see that others over-look.

WWWEBSITES TO CHECK OUT:

www.lukebryan.com | www.cmaworld.com | www.nashvillesongwriters.com | www.globalsongwriters.com

WHO’S LOOKING * WHO’S CUTTING:

Elvie Shane Payton, Caylee Hammack, Dustin Lynch, and Billy Currington.

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