Inside Track on Music Row: October 2019

LABEL NEWS:

(FANTASY RECORDS)

Tanya Tucker’s celebrated new album While I’m Livin’,produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings, debuted at No. 9 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, marking her 10th Top 10 album overall and the first Top 10 debut of her illustrious career. With overall activity nearing 10,000 units, the album also entered Billboard’s Current Country Albums chart at No. 2 and marks her first-ever No. 1 album on Nielsen’s Americana/Folk chart. Additionally, While I’m Livin’ scored impressive debuts overseas landing at No. 2 on the UK Country chart, No. 3 on the UK Americana chart and No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart in Canada. The Fantasy Records release is the legendary country star’s first new material in 17 years. Videos, music and tour updates at https://www.tanyatucker.com

(MERCURY/UMG)

Artist/Songwriter Travis Denning has dropped more music, sharing the instantaneous new track “Heartbeat Of A Small Town.” Denning, who co-wrote the new song with Rhett Akins and Chris Stevens, continues to release more music to meet fan demand as his current Top 40 single “After A Few” ascends at Country radio. “Heartbeat Of A Small Town” taps into his roots and reflects on growing up in Warner Robins, Georgia. “’Heartbeat Of A Small Town’ is about football, hard work, young love and everything that goes into making a small town tick,” shared Denning. “My hometown means so much to me and is a big part of why I love Country music, and I think this song is one a lot of people can relate to.” Denning is currently out on the road this fall with Riley Green, with dates continuing through the end of the year. When he is not touring, he is in the studio working on his debut album. Videos, music and more at http://www.travisdenning.com/

MEDIA NEWS:

“Miss Country Soul,” Jeannie Seely, known for her husky voice and 1966 Grammy-winning hit “Don’t Touch Me,” celebrated 52 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry family in September, an achievement attained by only a handful of country artists. Seely recently has gotten back into songwriting with the recent #1, “Like I Could,” on the Bluegrass Charts recorded by Rhonda Vincent. The single was co-written with Erin Enderlin and Bobby Tomberlin. She has no plans of slowing down, in the Spring of 2020 she’ll be releasing a brand new album, An American Classic, and continues to host her weekly “Sundays With Seely” on Willie’s Roadhouse on SiriusXM. She also hosts Opry segments and perform each week as well as touring nationally. Tour updates at http://www.jeannieseely.com/schedule.cfm

MUSIC NEWS:

TG Sheppard released Midnight in Memphis on Friday, September 20. The new project is his first solo country album in more than 20 years. “Two years seems like a long time to spend on an album, but when you’ve had as much fun as I’ve had making this one, it goes quickly,” says Sheppard. “Hard for me to believe it’s been this long since my last solo country album. You might say, it was actually 22 years in the making.” Produced by Sheppard and co-produced by Buddy Hyatt, the 13-track compilation features tunes written by his wife, singer-songwriter Kelly Lang as well as by other well-known talents. The title track, “Midnight in Memphis,” was written by his dear friend, the iconic Sir Barry Gibb. Midnight in Memphis reminisces on Sheppard’s time spent in the “Home of the Blues,” where he met and became friends with the King of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley. Giving ode to his late friend, the album includes two tracks depicting the life and impact of Elvis. The album is available here: http://smarturl.it/TGMidnightinMemphis

NASHVEGA$ TO NYC NEWS:

A little piece of Music City in the Big Apple… The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. has teamed up with Showfields to bring Nashville to New York City with a pop-up vinyl store, Spin On: Nashville’s Vinyl Collection. Curated by beloved Nashville record store Grimey’s (started up by my friend Mike Grimes) in celebration of its 20-year anniversary, Spin On opens its doors on Oct. 1, and will offer a curated selection of vinyl by artists who live in Nashville or albums that were recorded in Nashville. In addition to the vinyl records, the pop-up will host personal appearances, signings and more, and host guest artists including John Hiatt, Ben Folds, Rayland Baxter, Andrew Combs, Jessy Wilson, and Sugar + The Hi-Lows.

NUMBER ONE NEWS:

Eric Church likes to be original and his latest Number One party was definitely original. Instead of being held at a bar or the office of a Performing Rights Organization, it took place in an airplane hangar and was hosted by BMI. The location was inspired by the airplane theme of Church’s Desperate Man album cover. The party celebrated two songs recorded by Church, both of which topped the Billboard Country Airplay charts. Number One parties honor the writers of a song, and Church was a co-writer on both songs being recognized at the event.

“Some Of It” was written by Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Bobby Pinson and Clint Daniels. “Round Here Buzz” was penned by Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Luke Dick. During the event, a video was shown featuring comments from other artists voicing their admiration for Church and his music.  Artists expressing their thoughts included Cole Swindell, Brothers Osborne, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Ashley McBride, Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Luke Combs, Jon Pardi, Morgan Wallen and Jason Aldean.  It was obvious that this tribute was a complete surprise to Church who was visibly emotional as he watched the video.  “That’s about the coolest thing I’ve been part of,” he said humbly after the video. Bobby Pinson, co-writer of “Some Of It,” had some profound words when it was his turn at the podium. “All songs come from God and we’re just down here trying to catch them,” he said. This was Pinson’s tenth number one, three of which topped the charts over the past year.

Church is currently on his Double Down Tour, playing to sold-out crowds in arenas across America. Tour updates at Eric Church’s official website https://www.ericchurch.com/  See the official music video for “Some Of It” at YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xym_XCfcnI”> and the music video for “Round Here Buzz” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_CksCHnooM”>

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