Inside Track on Music Row: October 2019

VERSE OF THE MONTH:

My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. – Psalm 108:1

ACOUSTIC MUSIC NEWS:

Singer-songwriter, Phil Vassar, is bringing his 20 years of hits to venues across the country with Stripped Down, an intimate, acoustic show in 14 cities from coast to coast with more dates to be added. Brett Sheroky will be supporting Vassar on select shows throughout the tour. The Stripped Down tour coincides with an EP launch by the same name, and features new material, exciting artists collaborations, and “Postmarked Birmingham” (written by Vassar with Don Sampson & originally recorded by BlackHawk). Tickets on sale now at https://www.philvassar.com/ and the EP will be available January 2020.

“We’re peeling back the music to the core with just a piano and guitar, so we can give fans an intimate evening of conversation and music. It’s how these songs were written and I think it will be a fun, unique experience,” Vassar shared.

ALBUM NEWS:

Jason Aldean has revealed more details behind his next effort 9 (Macon Music/Broken Bow Records), to be released Nov. 22. ACM “Artist of the Decade” Aldean offers 16 interwoven tracks in an era of stand-alone singles and superstar EPs, holding his ground for the modern album with an old-school soul. It includes blistering stadium anthems and cross-pollinated convention busters his audience has come to know and love, all rooted in the obvious traditional influence Aldean has carried throughout his career. Available now for pre-order at all digital retailers, fans can access another new track “Dirt We Were Raised On,” along with the four previously released songs off the upcoming album here, including its lead single “We Back.”

“People buy albums with eight songs for 10 bucks now, but with 9 it’s like you’re getting two whole albums at once,” Aldean said. “I want fans to feel like they’re getting more than they bargained for.” Pre-order the album via https://www.jasonaldean.com

ANNIVERSARY NEWS:

Grammy winning singer/songwriter, John Berry, celebrated his 60th birthday performing in Panama City Beach and the 40th Anniversary of his first album, Humble Beginnings which he self-released on vinyl in September 1979. He wrote all of the songs himself. The musicians that joined Berry on Humble Beginnings were some of Berry’s dearest friends. His band consisted of Dick Falcone on bass guitar, Mark Ensley on drums, and Perry Barton played piano and background vocals. The album was recorded and re-mixed at The Basement, Chamblee, Georgia with piano tracks recorded at Landmark Christian Church, Doraville, Georgia. A limited number of the collector’s edition of the original vinyl is available at https://johnberrystore.bigcartel.com/ Catch John Berry on tour as he wraps up his 2019 tour and prepares for his 23rd Annual John Berry Songs and Stories Christmas Tour. More at https://www.johnberry.com

ARTIST NEWS:

After a wave of change, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott have watched the tides rise and fall, and are embracing the power of vulnerability with the release of Lady A’s forthcoming album Ocean, set for release Nov. 15 on BMLG Records. It marks a new beginning that brings the multi-Platinum trio back to their roots, showcasing their familiar vocal interplay and individual instruments on the emotionally resonant 13-track project. Lady A chronicles personal relationships and everyday responsibilities with a balance of growth and maturity that could only come from 13 years of creating together. The CMA-nominated trio’s upcoming release is available now for pre-order at all digital retailers. Fans will also immediately receive a download of the title-track along with previously released songs “Pictures” and their Top 15 and climbing single “What If I Never Get Over You.” The album was produced by first-time collaborator Dann Huff. More info at https://www.ladyantebellum.com/

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Watch a performance of the albums title-track for Ocean here: https://LadyAntebellum.lnk.to/OceanVideo NOTE: Youtube views are nearing 2,000,000 views since 9/19/19.

AWARD NEWS:

The late Ralph Murphy will be honored with the Frances Williams Preston Mentor Award during the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Monday, Oct. 14. “Ralph Murphy lived his life in service to songwriters; sharing his time and his expertise to help them achieve their potential,” said Sarah Cates, Chair of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation. “He personified the qualities that this award strives to recognize, and it is our privilege to honor him and his legacy in this way.” NaSHOF Board member/Hall of Fame songwriter Pat Alger added, “Although he was unfortunately still unaware of it, the nominating committee and board of directors had already voted to present this award to Ralph in honor of the many years of service and stewardship he brought to the songwriting community. Ralph was the epitome of what this award is all about – a man who was generous with his time and resources with no personal agenda attached as well as a personal friend to so many of us.” See also www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com

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