Inside Track on Music Row: October 2019

DUO NEWS:

Maddie & Tae will unveil Part Two of their album on October 18 titled Everywhere I’m Goin’ (Mercury Nashville). The new music produced by Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells is anchored by the swaggering stomper “Bathroom Floor,” available now. Written by Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye along with Josh Kerr, the fiery new track is a resilient response to the award-winning duo’s current single “Die From A Broken Heart,” which continues to strike a deep connection, tallying over 75 million global streams, helping to propel the pair as the Best Streaming Country Female Duo of all time with 686 million streams worldwide. Meanwhile, “Die From A Broken Heart’s” (I LOVE THIS!!!) videos have mounted over 17.4 million views total, catapulting Maddie & Tae as the top video streaming female artist(s) on Billboard’s Top 200 Streaming Chart for current tracks for multiple weeks. Music and more at https://www.maddieandtae.com/

ENDORSEMENT NEWS:

Independent Country/Americana singer-songwriter, Hannah Bethel, has been named as a Featured Artist endorsee of the legendary Gretsch Guitars brand. Bethel caught the attention of Gretsch with her burgeoning national profile which includes two recent breakout videos – “Train” and her latest, “Rhinestone Rodeo.” Both have received airplay on CMT Music and TCN as well as national coverage in Billboard, The Boot, CMT.com and dozens of other media outlets. In addition, Bethel’s 2019 “Rhinestone Rodeo Tour” exposed her to thousands of fans across the country, solidifying Gretsch’s already piqued interest. Bethel, like Gretsch, appeals to a diverse range of musical tastes and styles, including country, Americana, and rock. Her forthcoming single, “The House Is On Fire,” showcases Bethel’s unique story-telling songwriting skills and emotionally riveting vocals, underpinned with the signature Gretsch hollow body guitar sound. Bethel added additional dates for the fall/winter “Rhinestone Rodeo Tour,” including a run of shows in her home state of Michigan. News and tour updates at https://www.hannahbethel.com/

GMA NEWS:

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced another round of performances for the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards, including a tribute celebrating Bill and Gloria Gaither. Bill Gaither along with the Gaither Vocal Band, Matt Maher, Mark Lowry, Bart Millard, Michael English, Russ Taff, and David Phelps will collaborate for this special segment. There will be performances from all New Artist of the Year nominees, including Riley Clemmons, Aaron Cole, Austin French, Josh Baldwin and Kelontae Gavin. The awards show will be held ‘live’ on October 15 in Nashville and will air on TBN October 20 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. Previously announced performers include MercyMe, Lecrae, Phil Wickham, Brian Johnson and the Bethel Music Band, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Cece Winans, TobyMac, Hillsong Worship and Kirk Franklin. More peformer and presenter announcements are forthcoming. Lauren Daigle leads artist nominations with six, followed by for King and Country and Kirk Franklin with five nods each. Top nominated writer/producer Wayne Haun scored 10 nominations. View the full list of nominees at http://doveawards.com/awards/2019-nominees/

GRAND OLE OPRY NEWS:

Grand Ole Opry member and Multi-platinum entertainer Chris Young closed the summer run of his Raised On Country World Tour 2019, in Florida headlining venues in Jacksonville, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. Since launching the North American leg in May, Chris has played to over 300,000 fans this summer, with headlining shows across the USA. Chris kicked-off the fall leg of his current tour on September 26 in Erie, PA, joined by special guests Eli Young Band and Matt Stell, with 19 new shows through November. The tour resumed days after “Drowning,” penned in memory of a close friend, was released to country radio. “Drowning,” along with “Raised On Country” and “Town Ain’t Big Enough,” featuring Lauren Alaina, are available now and will be included on his upcoming studio album. More at https://www.chrisyoungcountry.com/

INDIE NEWS:

“Along The Way,” a new single co-written with Stephen McMorran and Belmont University graduate, Allie Colleen, is now available for streaming and download on all digital platforms. “This song was inspired by my best friend, Emily, and was inspired by our distance and what it is like to love someone who you know needs to leave and grow up and explore,” shared Allie Colleen. “Along the Way” 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. A Belmont University graduate from Owasso, Oklahoma with a style that is truly her own, Allie Colleen is no stranger to the music industry. A passion for singing and songwriting since a young age has garnered her a reputation of being a notable songwriter with an iconic-sounding voice. More at https://www.alliecolleenmusic.com/

INDUSTRY NEWS:

Singer/songwriter/storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, Steve Wariner, joins Adkins Publicity for PR/publicity representation. Wariner continues to be recognized by his peers in the industry. Recently, Gretsch Guitars celebrated the incredible talents of the revered musician with the newly released G6120T-SW Steve Wariner Signature Nashville® Gentleman model. In October 2019, he’ll be inducted into the prestigious Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. More at https://www.stevewariner.com/

INT’L MUSIC NEWS:

The Bellamy Brothers are back in the USA after a whirlwind European tour, visiting five countries in less than two weeks. Performing to sold-out crowds, all while filming season 3 of their hit reality show, “Honky Tonk Ranch,” the non-stop duo are returning to Europe in October for additional performances. Cameras were rolling for Season 3 of “Honky Tonk Ranch” as the brothers were honored in Germany with Sign of Fame handprints, featured amongst world leaders and celebrities, including the Dalai Lama and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Bellamys’ performed in Belgium, Norway, Germany, Switzerland and the historical Kimbolton Castle in the United Kingdom, where King Henry VlIl’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon lived until her death. Between filming and touring, the duo found time to record fourteen all-new tracks for their album, Over The Moon. The album was produced by David and Howard Bellamy along with Randy Hiebert, and recorded at Bellamy Brothers Studio in Darby, Florida. Tour dates and more at https://bellamybrothers.com. My friends are the hardest working guys in Europe!

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