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:
Rising singer/songwriter Conner Smith has enlisted co-writer Ryan Hurd for a fresh acoustic take on his new single “Take It Slow” (The Valory Music Co.), available now. The pair penned the earnest track alongside Mark Trussell which has quickly amassed over 40 million global streams to date before officially hitting Country radio airwaves. Listen to “Take It Slow (acoustic)” featuring Ryan Hurd at Conner Smith – Take It Slow (Acoustic) (lnk.to). “What I love about this song is that it sounds just as cool produced up as it does just me sitting there with a guitar,” shares Smith. “I’ve been wanting to put out an acoustic version of ‘Take It Slow’ from day one and was glad my co-writer and friend Ryan Hurd could join me on it.” Named one of Spotify’s Hot Country Artist to Watch for 2022 and Amazon Music’s 2022 Amazon Artist ToWatch, Smith is the only Country act named to the Pandora’ prestigious all-genre accolade, Artists To Watch 2022: The Pandora Ten list. Tour dates at Conner Smith | Home (connersmithmusic.com) on Instagram (@connersmithmusic) Twitter (@ConnerVSmith) and TikTok (@connersmith)
Ashley McBryde set out with a group of her favorite collaborators to work up a project they had no intention of ever recording or releasing. What came from that weeklong songwriting exercise in a rural cabin outside Nashville is Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville, a distilled version of everything that listeners have come to appreciate from McBryde: raw, honest, specific portraits of small-town America, and the many characters that you may encounter in any one of them. The project tips its hat to the writing methods of legendary Nashville songwriter Dennis Linde (“Goodbye Earl,” “Burning Love,” “Bubba Shot the Jukebox”). It was released in full on Friday, Sept. 30 via Warner Music Nashville, pre-order for Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville is available now at Lindeville(lnk.to). “I just hope that when a few, even just a handful, of people listen to the record and it ends with the line ‘Nothing but stars over Lindeville,’ they put their hands over their heart and say, ‘What a nice trip that was,’” offers McBryde. More info at Ashley McBryde Official Website and Ashley McBryde | Facebook and on Instgram and Twitter (@AshleyMcBryde) #ashleymcbryde.
Powerhouse UMG Nashville duo The War And Treaty took home the “Duo/Group of the Year” award during the 21st Annual Americana Honors & Awards held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. This marks their second award from the Americana Music Association after their previous win for “Emerging Act of the Year” in 2019. Prior to their accomplishment, the husband and wife team took the stage to perform their new romantic stunner “That’s How Love Is Made,” which was immediately met with a standing ovation. Continuing the momentum, The War And Treaty hosted their own showcase at Nashville’s City Winery where the packed house was on their feet for floor-rattling performances of fan-favorites like “Five More Minutes” and new songs from their highly-anticipated album, produced by Grammy award-winner Dave Cobb. “That’s How Love Is Made” is available at all digital retailers at The War and Treaty – That’s How Love Is Made (strm.to) and fans can watch the 2022 Americana Honors & Awards in its entirety through its official livestream at target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Americana Honors & Awards Livestream 2022 – YouTube.
Big Loud mold breaker HARDY is ready to headline his Wall to Wall Tour launching December 1 in Athens, Ga. Joined by gravel-voiced newcomer Jackson Dean for the entirety of the winter run, the hard hitting double shot of country rockers will pack out famed venues across the southeast. In Columbia, S.C., “Blurry” originators Puddle of Mudd join the tour for one night only. Tickets are on sale now. Full tour dates through the end of 2022 at https://hardyofficial.com/#tour. “I’m stoked to take this Wall to Wall Tour on the road,” HARDY says. “We’re hitting some cities and venues that I absolutely love; I’m happy to have Jackson out with me and honored that the guys from Puddle of Mudd are joining us in Columbia. It’s going to be a great time – a loud time – every night, and it’s just the beginning of what we have in store. See you out there.” Big Loud Records’ HARDY broke out with critically acclaimed 2020 debut album, A Rock. More info at https://hardyofficial.com/ on Instagram (@hardy) and Twitter (@HardyMusic). #hardymusic.
Country Group / Songwriters Essex County released their new self-titled EP available now on all streaming platforms. The five-track EP was produced by Brad Hill and showcases the British brothers soaring melodies, impressive guitars, and the one-of-a-kind family harmonies as well as their abilities as songwriters. The band, comprised of Nate, Mark and Kieran Bass, continues to establish a global fan base as this trio is easily one of country music’s most artful and nuanced groups. “Our new Essex County EP is very close to our hearts, and we’re so excited for everyone to hear it,” said the Bass brothers. “We co-wrote these five songs that really capture our personal story and inspirations. From heavy rock to stripped-back acoustic, this EP shows a broad insight into who we are as brothers, songwriters and performers.” The EP was released on the heels of their successful singles “Fire It Up” (Sept. 2022) and “Next To Me” (Feb. 2022) before they spent time in the studio to record the EP. Listen to the EP and discover more about Essex County at https://www.essexcountyband.com on Instagram (@essexcountyofficial) and Twitter ((@essex_countyUK)
Julien’s Auctions announced today the third annual online charity auction event Handwritten Song Lyrics Benefitting Music Health Alliance to take place exclusively at juliensauctions.com for advance bidding. The auction opens on Saturday October 1, 2022 and start closing in real time and in lot order for live bidding at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, October 24, 2022. Proceeds will benefit Music Health Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides 100% free advocacy, support, and access to life-saving healthcare and financial resources for the music industry. Highlighted handwritten song lyrics signed by the songwriter and/or recording artist include Kelsea Ballerini, Michael Martin Murphey, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, Pat Monahan of Train, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Walker Hayes, Peter Frampton and more. Registration is required to bid in this online auction and can be done online before the sale at the JuliensLive.com to bid live online. For inquiries, email email@example.com or call 310-836-1818. Bid through Julien’s Auctions online live in advance and in real time during the closing of the auction starting at 11:00 am Pacific Time in lot order at www.JuliensLive.com.
Fans at the Inaugural Pigeon Forge Bluegrass Festival enjoyed the sounds of some of Bluegrass’s best during an event at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. Kyle Cantrell, Host and Program Director of SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, emceed the night filled with music featuring Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, the Junior Sisk Band, Authentic Unlimited, the Grascals, and the Po’ RamblinBoys. During the evening, fans were delighted to see iconic bluegrass legend, Doyle Lawson, return to the stage. Fans leapt to their feet as it was announced that September 24 would be named as Doyle Lawson day in Pigeon Forge, TN. The proclamation was announced by Earlene Teaster, Pigeon Forge City Manager. With the success of the inaugural event, organizers have announced the festival will expand to two days in 2023. The 2023 Pigeon Forge Bluegrass Festival will feature the Grascals, Junior Sisk, Po’ Ramblin Boys, Rhonda Vincent, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbriar, Balsam Ridge, Dale Ann Bradley and Joe Mullins. Tickets for the 2023 Pigeon Forge Bluegrass Festival will go on sale towards the end of October. More information at www.PFBluegrass.com.
BOOK TOUR NEWS:
Country music star and Army veteran Craig Morgan has set a number of personal appearances surrounding the release of his thrilling and emotional memoir – God, Family, Country. Written with Jim DeFelice, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of American Sniper, and previewed in a recent interview on Good Morning America, the memoir details Craig’s road to success, from his humble childhood in Tennessee to his years as an elite military operative to his country music stardom with over 25 Billboard charting hits. Touching, thrilling, and unflinchingly honest, Craig shares never-before-heard stories, like his covert operations with the CIA, his time as an undercover agent fighting sex traffickers in Thailand or his experiences competing in the survival TV series Beyond the Edge. Country music fans and thrill seekers alike will love this intimate look at Craig’s remarkable life. Order God, Family, Country via Craig Morgan :: Craig Morgan | God, Family Country – A Memoir. Craig will embark on a six-city in-person national book tour, personally signing copies of his book. Find details on how to attend at Craig Morgan Book Tour (mandol.ink). #craigmorgan.
Riser House/Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville artist Mitchell Tenpenny released his new 20-track album, This Is The Heavy, in mid-September. Mitchell co-wrote every song on the record with some of Nashville’s finest including Thomas Archer, Brad Clawson, Rodney Clawson, Devin Dawson, Chris DeStefano, Seth Ennis, Kyle Fishman, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Josh Kear, Laura Veltz, and more. He produced the project with Jordan M. Schmidt. Listen to This Is The Heavy at Mitchell Tenpenny – This Is The Heavy (lnk.to). Mitchell also made chart history with his #1 single “Truth About You.” The gold-selling song’s top of the chart success is the shortest span between #1 songs in the modern chart era with just three weeks since his last chart topper. On August 22, Tenpenny’s co-penned collaboration with labelmate Chris Young, “At The End Of A Bar,” reached #1. Music and tour details at Home – Mitchell Tenpenny (mitchell10penny.com) (@m10penny) #TruthAboutYou.
Clayton Anderson released Made In The USA in mid-September — his first full-length album since signing to Visionary Media Group in 2021. The Southern Indiana native, who just wrapped a summer-long lake tour, celebrated the new album with a release-day CMT World Premiere of the heart wrenching video for his latest single “Let Me Go,” written by Anderson, Jimmy Ritchey, Robert Counts, Brian Pruitt (and produced by Brandon Hood). “Let Me Go” was mixed in Dolby Atmos and will be available on DSPs that support spatial audio.“I’ve been so excited about releasing this album for months now. I can’t believe its debut is finally here! Made In The USA has been a labor of love; every note on every song I poured my heart into and I can’t wait for the world to hear it,” says Anderson. Made IN The USA features 12 tracks (eight co-written by Anderson) and is his most introspective album yet. Keep up at Clayton Anderson | Facebook (@ClaytonAnderson) #claytonanderson.
The Nonprofit Fundraising Initiative, in partnership with Aerial Recovery, an international disaster response nonprofit organization, will host A Veterans Tribute: An Evening with Brett James & Friends on November 10, 2022 at 6:30pm at The Bell Tower (400 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201). The event will include a Cocktail Reception, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Auction, Dessert Station and a Special Songwriters Performance by Brett James & Friends — all to benefit Aerial Recovery, whose mission is to save lives, eliminate confusion, maximize support and accelerate recovery during international disasters. Grammy Award winning songwriter Brett James will host the songwriters as he’s had more than 500 songs recorded by some of the biggest artists in the world, appearing on albums with combined sales of over 110 million copies, and numerous hit singles including 27 #1 hits. Info and tickets for the event at A Veterans Day Tribute Benefiting Aerial Recovery Group (aerialrecoveryevent.com) Aerial Recovery employs the most qualified, trained, and elite military veterans to deploy as Humanitarian Operators to man-made and natural disasters all over the world.
CHRISTIAN MUSIC NEWS:
Newsboys’ album, Stand (Deluxe) is available now. In this edition, the beloved Christian music group serves up three new recordings, elevating the album to a full 14 tracks. “King of Kings,” which features Mercy Me frontman, Bart Millard, adds a moment of praise and adoration to the collection. Lead singer, Michael Tait, who co-penned all ten songs on the original release, has added two more originals here on the extended release, “Jesus Did,” and “All Things Are Possible”. Additionally, Stand (Deluxe) includes an acoustic version of “I Still Believe You’re Good” and a fresh take on the title-cut that features Tait’s former dcTalk bandmate, TobyMac. Band members Michael Tait, Duncan Phillips, Jeff Frankenstein, and Jody Davis, began to assemble the album in 2020, with the intention of leaving no doubt as to who they are and what they believe. The result is Stand, one of the most thoughtfully-craftedreleases of their career and a project that marks the band’s return to their original label home, Capitol CMG. The Newsboys’ “Stand Together Tour” with special guests Cochren & Co., Adam Agee, and Jeremy Rosado kicks off October 6th. Ticket info at https://www.newsboys.com/. #newsboys.
CHRISTMAS ALBUM NEWS:
Chris Isaak, known for his smoldering vocals, will release Everybody Knows It’s Christmas(Sun Records/Virgin UMG) on October 14th with a vinyl edition coming on November 19th. The album will feature an original track “Almost Christmas”. Everybody Knows It’s Christmas is Isaak’s second career Christmas album since his chart-topping 2004 Christmas on Warner Bros. Records. The album will feature 13 tracks of originals and covers, all paying tribute to the iconic Sun Records’ aesthetic. The album will be supported by in-store vinyl signings and a tour, all to be announced in coming weeks. To pre-order the album, visit https://SunRecords.lnk.to/AlmostChristmas
After seven consecutive sold-out events, five-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan has announced the return of Crash My Playa, Luke’s annual concert vacation. The event will take place January 19 – 22, 2023 at the AAA Four Diamond Awarded Moon Palace Cancún, featuring four nights of country music on a private stretch of white sand beach. Luke will headline two of the four nights with fellow American Idol judge Lionel Richie making his debut appearance at the event, joining Luke on stage for his final performance. Chris Stapleton and Cole Swindell will return to the beach this year as headliners and Dustin Lynch will once again host and perform a very special pool party. Additional performers during the four-day event include Ashley McBryde, Brian Kelley, Carly Pearce, Chase Rice, Dylan Scott and DJ Rock. Kendell Marvel will return with his special “Honky Tonk Experience” late-night performance. More performers will be announced later this fall. An extremely limited amount of all-inclusive Crash My Playa 2023 event packages will be available to the public on Tuesday, September 13th at 1 PM ET at www.crashmyplaya.com. #lukebyran
Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore is sharing a new version of his recently-released track “If I Was Your Lover” with vocals from acclaimed new artist Morgan Wade, available to listen at https://strm.to/KMIfIWasYourLover. Wade initially co-starred in the music video for the track alongside Moore, and following fervent fan requests for Wade to feature vocally, the pair hit the studio together to re-record the song. Co-written by Moore with Matt Bubel, and co-produced with Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three) “If I Was Your Lover” garnered immediate attention from fans and critics for its ear worm qualities and accompanying sultry music video. Moore recently shared his electrifying new track “Fire On Wheels.” The song is a volume-up, groove-driven anthem that embodies the energy of Moore’s life out on the road as Moore currently undertakes his multi-city headlining Fire On Wheels Tour. Moore has invited special guests Boy Named Banjo to join him this fall to cities across the country, as well as a stop in Canada. Tour and ticket info at https://www.kipmoore.net. #kipmoore
DOVE AWARDS NEWS:
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced the first round of performing artists for the 53nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. Performers include Erica Campbell, Jekalyn Carr, Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Phil Wickham, and Gateway Worship Español ft. Daniel Calveti, Becky Collazos, Christine D’Clario and Josh Morales. The GMA Dove Awards will air exclusively on TBN and the TBN app, Friday, October 21st at 8:00 p.m. ET and 10:00 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation on October 28th, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. ET and 10:00 p.m. ET. Tickets have sold out for the in-person GMA Dove Awards Nashville event happening October 18th at the Allen Arena. Key partners for this year’s Dove Awards include Christian non-profit Cantinas Arts Foundation, whose mission is to support artists who share their talent and faith through Arts and Media, WieRok Entertainment, dedicated to creating great content for the masses, and Lipscomb University, who is now in its 8th year as venue host for the Dove Awards. For ways to watch TBN, visit TBN’s Channel Finder here: http://bit.ly/FIND_TBN Multi-chart toppers and award-winning superstars Erica Campbell and Chris Tomlin were recently announced as co-hosts for this year’s awards.
Western lifestyle enthusiast and rising artist Mikayla Lane joins forces with the authentic western wear trendsetters of Alamo Saddlery as a brand ambassador to design and launch her exclusive line of high-end leather handbags, which will be available later this year. “My enthusiasm and passion for the western industry and lifestyle is what drives my music and style. Partnering with Alamo is extremely exciting not only for me but for the music industry. This partnership keeps authentic western wear and the authentic way of life alive in country music. I can’t wait to tell a story with this collaboration and tell it through my music,” Mikayla shared. This partnership follows the recent release of Mikayla’s single, “Ambush,” along with her Song Suffragettes showcase debut at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville this past August. The emerging singer-songwriter also secured a spot among the Top 10 finalists for the Texas Country Music Awards Songwriter Contest, which will be held in November. Stream/download “Ambush” at https://onerpm.link/Ambush. Follow Mikayla on Instagram (@mikaylalanemusic), on Twitter (@mikaylalaneband),and #mikaylalanemusic https://www.facebook.com/mikaylalanemusic/.
GRAND OLE OPRY NEWS:
The Grand Ole Opry® once again joins together with Susan G. Komen® in the fight against breast cancer with Opry Goes Pink on Friday, October 14, presented by Humana. Grammy Award winning Opry member Trisha Yearwood will flip the switch on the Opry’s signature barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night. “We all have friends and family members who are battling, have won, and those who have lost their fights against breast cancer. Everyone who knows me knows how important this cause is to me, in particular prevention, yearly screenings, early detection, and research for effective treatments and cures. I’m honored to flip the switch and join the Grand Ole Opry in spreading information and love during Breast Cancer Awareness month.” $5.00 from every ticket sold will be donated to Susan G. Komen® for the fight against breast cancer. Tickets are available at https://www.opry.com/ and at (800) SEE-OPRY. Additional artists scheduled to perform include Opry members The Oak Ridge Boys and Mandy Barnett as well as Easton Corbin, and making her Opry debut, Miko Marks.
HALL OF FAME NEWS:
My friend Marty Brown is being inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame on Friday, October 28th. There will be a private induction ceremony and a concert at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center with all of the inductees including Norah Lee Allen, Carly Pearce and Marty Brown among others. Marty Brown and Deborah Allen are currently featured as Guest Hosts and Artists on Heartland TV and The Family Channel on Country Classics. Marty is performing at several key events in Kentucky during the month of October including: 10/7 Hartford Fall Festival, Hartford , Ky; 10/22 I’mfromthecountryfest featuring Ashton Shepherd and Marty Brown in Greenville, Ky; 10/27 Louisville Halloween Balloon Glow at Lynn Family Stadium featuring the Marty Brown Band; and 10/28 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Mt. Vernon, Ky, featuring Carly Pearce and Marty Brown. This is a special time for Marty and he is looking forward to celebrating with all of his family, friends, and longtime fans who helped to make this lifetime achievement of being inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame possible. More about Marty at https://www.facebook.com/martybrownusa/ and on Instagram and Twitter (@martybrownusa). I judged Marty in a talent competition in 1991 and the rest is history! #martybrownusa
Iconic vocalist Gene Watson ventures ‘Outside the Box’ with friends Willie Nelson and Rhonda Vincent on his new album, now available everywhere. The project features Watson’s first-ever collaboration with country legend and fellow Texan, Nelson on “Wonderful Future.” The album also features a duet with Grand Ole Opry peer Rhonda Vincent on “I’ve Got One of Those Too.” Click Outside the Box (onerpm.link) to stream Outside the Box. Nelson, like so many of Watson’s peers, is a longtime fan of the ‘singer’s singer’ and welcomed Watson to his own SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59) for an Outside the Box album release special hosted by Grand Ole Opry legend and Sundays with host Jeannie Seely. The album release special was recorded with a live audience of subscribers at SiriusXM’s Music City Theatre in Nashville, the one-hour special features performances of new and classic songs from Watson and his Farewell Party Band, as well as conversation and never-told-before stories from their years in the music industry. For Gene Watson info and tour dates, visit Gene Watson | The official website of Country Singer Gene Watson (genewatsonmusic.com) #genewatsonmusic
Breakout, indie pop recording artist, Graciela (Gr8 Entertainment), is set to release her sophomore EP titled Live Like This. The personal and honest musical introspective spotlights five reflective and contemplative original recordings signifying the 15-year-old songwriter/ pianist’s talent to pen and perform musical portraits of realistic, mature storylines that touch on difficult personal life experiences. Simplistic, airy vocal performances make room for the emotional translation of poetic lyrics complimented by a melancholy vibe throughout. The recording project was co-produced by six-time Grammy winner Jimmy Hoyson and award-winning composer Rob Deaner at The Vault Recording Studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The EP will be available via all digital retail outlets and streaming platforms Friday, October 21, 2022. (Pre-sale/Presave event begins Friday, October 7, 2022. “I’ve grown since my original EP release, both in my songwriting and performance style—vocally and on piano,” said the Pennsylvania native, Graciela. “I learned it takes hard work to record music that you believe in to get it right. I do believe we got it right! I hope the listeners agree.” See Instagram (@gracielamusicofficial), Tik Tok (@gracielamusic) and https://www.facebook.com/gracielamusicofficial/.
Big Machine Label Group today announces the signing of Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Chris Janson to BMLG Records in partnership with Janson’s Harpeth 60 Records. The acclaimed entertainer joins the imprint alongside other respected artists such as Lady A, Brett Young, Riley Green and his young new protégé, Shane Profitt. The powerhouse Country artist broke onto the scene with his No. 1 debut single, “Buy Me A Boat” which claimed iHeartRadio Music Awards’ “Country Song of the Year” and was certified 3X Platinum. The multi-instrumentalist followed that success with a string of GOLD-certified No. 1 hits including “Fix A Drink,” “Good Vibes” and “Done” as well as his award-winning “Drunk Girl” (MusicRow Magazine Award Song of the Year, ACM Video of the Year). Janson has earned more than 7.4 Billion airplay impressions to date and more than 1.7 Billion global career streams. In addition to his unique wit and raw talent, Janson is also a skilled and avid outdoorsman who dedicates his time to environmental efforts. The Tennessee Wildlife Federation, a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of the state’s wildlife and natural resources, presented him with the “Dan and Cherie Hammond Sharing the Harvest Award” for outstanding volunteer service. Janson also has a partnership with Bass Pro Shops where the two continually find new ways to team up and give back to meaningful causes. This month, Chris plans to hit the road again on the high-energy Can’t Miss tour with Travis Tritt. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.chrisjanson.com. #chrisjanson
INT’L TOUR NEWS:
Cultivating a global following of both Country and Rock loyalists, The Cadillac Three brought their bold live show across the pond for a UK run on their The Hillbilly Hypnotized Tour. Bringing fans genre-fusion tracks rooted in Country storytelling, Rock grooves and psychedelic jams they grew up on in Nashville, Grammy-nominated frontman Jaren Johnston, drummer Neil Mason and lapsteel/bassist Kelby Ray checked UK festival headliner off their bucket list when they took the stage at The Long Road before concluding the trek with a celebratory show at London’s legendary The Roundhouse. The trio also partnered with pubs along the way to bring official pre-show meetups to every stop as documented on Instagram. TC3’s The Hillbilly Hypnotized Tour continues through December following their run earlier this year amplifying Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town’s TheBandwagon Tour. Seamlessly touring alongside A-listers like Eric Church and Dierks Bentley to iconic Rockers Metallica and Aerosmith, audiences on all sides of the world relish in TC3’s uninhibited sets. Visit https://www.thecadillacthree.com and (@the cadillac3) for tour updates and the latest happenings.
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Mitchell Tenpenny has announced his new headline tour, This Is The Heavy Tour, and celebrating reaching #1 with label mate Chris Young on the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase country radio charts with their collaboration “At The End Of A Bar.” The song was written by Young, Tenpenny and Chris DeStefano in February 2021 during a Nashville snowstorm where most of the city was shut down. “I’m just so excited to have a number one with this song. It’s a special song and a great story about how it was written. Even cooler to have it with some of my best buddies,” shared Tenpenny. “Chris has become one of my best friends, so to get to celebrate this together is special in itself. And I can’t express enough how amazing Chris DeStefano is. His talent and his energy in the room is unmatched. We’ve written some of my favorite songs together and I’m just honored to share a #1 with these incredible men.” Tour and ticket info at https://www.mitchell10penny.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/mitchell.tenpenny. #mitchelltenpenny.
The fifth annual “Heal The Music Day” will be October 21, 2022 and music makers across all genres are invited to join Chris & Morgan Stapleton, Lauren Daigle, Keith Urban, Rodney Crowell, Ronnie Dunn, Tina Parol, Vince Gill, Wiatr & Associates, and many more to raise awareness and funding to support Music Health Alliance (MHA). In just nine years, MHA has provided free healthcare advocacy and access to life-saving health and financial resources to more than 18,000 working music professionals nationwide and is entirely funded through individual and corporate donations and grants. To participate, members of the music community can pledge a percentage of a single day earnings or event to support MHA’s life-saving services and help their fellow music makers who are in need. Become a Heal The Music Day partner and make a pledge at: www.healthemusic.com. Through an anonymous matching donor, all donations made October 1-21 will be matched up to $25,000, doubling the impact of donations by music makers and music supporters alike. To learn more about Music Health Alliance’s free services and how you can take part in “Heal TheMusic Day,” contact MHA at 615-200-6896 or firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more at https://musicalliance.com.
MUSIC ROW NEWS:
Dreamcatcher Entertainment Group encompasses Dreamcatcher Management and newly founded full service record company Dreamcatcher Artists. Management client Tenille Arts will be the debut artist for the record company arm. Hereby announcing worldwide distribution through Stem, Dreamcatcher will release the next single from Arts entitled “Jealous of Myself” in the near future. Dreamcatcher has acquired the entire Tenille Arts catalog, which will also be housed through Stem. The new song is produced by Nathan Chapman and written by Emily Weisband, Trevor Rosen, and John Byron. Dreamcatcher Artists continues their partnership with Girlilla Marketing to oversee digital marketing for Tenille Arts, along with long time publicists Craig Campbell and Jill Fritzo. Carole Ann Mobley continues to be on board in an A & R capacity. The company also adds Jim Dandy as VP/Promotion, Kellie Longworth as National Director/Promotion, Charlie Dean as Promotion Manager and Rick Young as Promotion Manager. Powell Hedley will serve as the CEO of Dreamcatcher Entertainment Group, overseeing both the management and record company. Jim Mazza will be on board as Co-Founder. Debbye Scroggins will be promoted to Director of Operations for the Entertainment Group. #tenillearts
NUMBER ONE NEWS:
Cole Swindell remained at the top of the Billboard country airplay chart for Oct 1 with his fastest-rising to date, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina.” The song is now the third consecutive multi-week No. 1 single from his fourth album, Stereotype, following “Single Saturday Night” and “Never Say Never” (with Lainey Wilson). Additionally, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” Swindell’s 12th career No. 1, has over 182 million global streams to date. “She Had Me AtHeads Carolina,” produced by Zach Crowell and co-written with Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett and the original writers on “Heads Carolina, Tails California” Mark D. Sanders and Tim Nichols, also hit No. 1 on Sirius XM’s The Highway Hot 30 Weekend Countdown last month. Swindell has launched his headlining Back Down To The Bar Tour with Ashley Cooke and Dylan. For tour dates and to purchase tickets go to www.ColeSwindell.com. Follow on Twitter and Instagram (@coleswindell) #coleswindell
Country music icon and philanthropist, Tracy Lawrence, is launching his first-ever podcast show, “TL’s Road House.” The decorated Country singer calls upon genre-bending, record breaker Jelly Roll for the pilot episode, now available everywhere. The season will continue with special guest stars including Jason Aldean, Lainey Wilson, Michael Ray, Dustin Lynch, Tracy Byrd, Alexandra Kay and Dee Jay Silver with more to be announced. Taking place on the Country star’s tour bus, this honest and unrestricted series leaves no question off the table as Lawrence sits down with the biggest names across all genres. Watch the pilot episode with Jelly Roll above and the sizzle reel below.
“I’m really excited to launch ‘TL’s Road House,’” shares Lawrence. “There are so many artists and people in the industry that I’ve wanted to sit down with— ultimately, I just wanted the chance to get to know my peers.” The podcast will premiere every Wednesday morning via Anchor and is available on Lawrence’s YouTube Channel. For dates and tickets to see Lawrence on the road, visit www.tracylawrence.com…..**
ON ANOTHER NEWS WORTHY NOTE
Tracy story, Tracy Lawrence is hosting his 17th annual Mission:Possible Turkey Fry and Benefit Concert at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Fans can also expect performances by multi-Platinum artist Gary Allan and rising star Travis Denning. Since its inception, Lawrence’s Mission: Possible has fried over 8,000 turkeys, provided more than 90,000 meals to the homeless across Middle Tennessee and raised over $600,000 to Nashville Rescue Mission. This year’s event aims to fry a record breaking 1,200 turkeys. Buy tickets at https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B005D22A01E7923. “When we first started frying a few turkeys, I never thought we’d fry more than a dozen or two, let alone be raising hundreds of thousands of dollars while doing it,” shares Lawrence reflecting on the event throughout the years. In 2021, the annual Thanksgiving week concert raised $175,000 – the largest sum raised through the Turkey Fry event to date. Following on the success of the Turkey Fry and Benefit Concert series, Mission:Possible launched an annual Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament in 2020. More about at Tracey at https://www.tracylawrence.com/#!/, https://www.facebook.com/therealtracylawrence, on Twitter (@tracy_lawrence) and Instagram (@therealtracylawrence) #tracylawrence.
Endurance Music Group (EMG) has signed hit songwriter and producer Jordan Schmidt to an exclusive global publishing agreement and acquired a significant stake in his existing catalog. Schmidt’s roster of chart-toppers includes Kane Brown’s “Like I Love Country Music” and the 5-time platinum-certified “What Ifs” (feat. Lauren Alaina), the ACM and CMA Single of the Year and Grammy Award-nominated “God’s Country” (Blake Shelton), Mitchell Tenpenny’s “Drunk Me,” and Jason Aldean’s “You Make It Easy” and “Lights Come On.” The deal includes hundreds of songs written by Schmidt, including recent and upcoming releases by Brown, fellow EMG songwriter Jimmie Allen, Cole Swindell, Nelly, Ernest, and others, as well as cuts that he also produced on albums from Tenpenny, Tyler Hubbard, The Band CAMINO, and more. See also at www.endurancemg.com and on Instagram @endurancemg_nash.
Justin Champagne is back with new music featuring cultural icon Snoop Dogg. The “If She Ain’t Country” remix available now. Champagne’s musical goal was to tastefully combine the energy of hip hop with the storytelling of country music. This track not only blends genres but has the ability to bring diverse fan bases together. Play/download at https://onerpm.link/-ifsheaintcountry. Champagne, a genre-bending artist with countless viral moments dating all the way back to 2016, is accelerating the track to success since joining cultural icon Snoop Dogg on the road with an opening stint on the rapper’s 420 tour. “I’m amped to have this song out with Snoop Dogg,” exclaims Champagne. “He’s such a cultural icon and it’s such an honor to have him remix one of my songs.” The living legend is featured in the music video slated for release soon. The video, directed by award-winning director Ed Pryor and shot at Snoop’s compound in California, is a high energy production filled with girls, gambling and an insanely jacked up truck. More about Justin at https://www.facebook.com/champagneitis/ on Instagram (@iamjustinchampagne) and Twitter (@justchampmusic).
RISING STAR NEWS:
Majestic Ape Music singer/songwriter and country recording artist Lauren Reno celebrates the long-awaited release of her sophomore album Gold Rush. The 11-song recording project (produced by husband/manager/co-writer Ben Reno) is available now via all digital retail and streaming platforms. Recorded at Majestic Ape Studios, Soul Train Studios and Pentavarit Studios in Berry Hill, TN, the truthful album (with track titles such as “Me And The Neon,” “White Lies” and “Crooked Smile”) serves up spirited vocal performances driven by emotional electricity and a punchy edge. The original musical compositions are nostalgic recollections that resemble romantic chapters of an old west story—with the heart-centered in a Midwest desert and hints of scenic southern backdrops scattered throughout. Live, raw and organic instrumental moments spotlight guitar and percussion vintage tones, haunting steel guitar, western twang electrics, and a chamber string section reminiscent of Roy Orbison. “These songs are my personal stories cultivated over time,” Lauren Reno said. “This album is my treasure box; I hope every listener can discover a little nugget they feel akin to.” More at https://laurenrenomusic.com/, https://www.facebook.com/LaurenRenoMusic/ and Instagram (@laurenrenomusic)
Big Machine Music (BMM), a subsidiary of HYBE America, has announced the signing of singer/songwriter Matt Roy to an exclusive co-publishing agreement. Roy officially joins BMM’s roster of hitmakers including Brett Young, Ryan Hurd, Laura Veltz, Matt Dragstrem, Jessie Jo Dillon and Eric Paslay, among others. Since graduating from Belmont University, his songs have been recorded by superstars Kane Brown and Chris Young as well as newcomers Ashley Cooke and Adam Doleac. In 2020, Roy notched his first chart-topper with the multi-week No. 1, Gold-certified hit “Done” (co-written and recorded by Chris Janson). “Matt has a natural instinct of both craft and commerciality beyond what can be taught or learned. I believe he will be one of the great songwriters of his generation,” said Big Machine Music’s General Manager Mike Molinar. Earlier this year, Roy released his debut EP titled Wildflower featuring five self-penned songs including standout “Morning In New Orleans.” Most recently, Roy has been on the road opening for Jason and Morgan Wade, among others. More about Matt at https://www.mattroyofficial.com/ and (@MattRoyLive). #mattroyofficial
Outlaw country rocker Jacob Bryant and country gospel singer-songwriter Tyson Leamon have released their collaborative new single, “High Road,” available everywhere. The song was written by No. 1 hit songwriter Tia Sellers, who co-wrote Lee Ann Womack’s iconic hit “I Hope You Dance,” and Pete Sallis (Maddie & Tae, Phillip Phillips, Keb’ Mo’). Stream and download “High Road” at Tyson Leamon & Jacob Bryant – High Road (Single) (ffm.to). Bryant’s latest radio single, “Amen,” reached No. 1 on the Power Source Christian Country Chart in September and was the first single released from Bryant’s highly praised album, Bar Stool Preacher. Bryant continues breaking the mold as a new artist. With Bar Stool Preacher, Bryant has already amassed more than 2 million streams across all streaming platforms. Bryant is a true road warrior and spent hundreds of thousands of miles on the road playing in honky tonks, fairs and even the Mother Church of Country Music, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Bryant is currently on his Bar Stool Preacher tour. See full list of tour dates below and purchase tickets at Jacob Bryant Music Country & Southern Rock. (@jacobbryantmusic) #tysonleamonmusic
SONGWRITER FESTIVAL NEWS:
The second annual Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival 2022 was a tremendous success doubling attendance, adding stages, and providing new and exciting panels and professional writing sessions. The festival takes place each year during the 3rd weekend of August. This year, the event was held August 18th-21st. Events were hosted throughout the area by some of the most prominent venues including Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, Ober Gatlinburg, Ole Smoky Distillery, Ole Red, Gatlinburg Brewing Company, Shine Shack, The Historic Gatlinburg Inn, The Listening Room Cafe, and The Park Vista Hotel. Nestled in the heart of The Great Smoky Mountains, the illustrious three-day conference and live music event featured a variety of musical talent spanning multiple genres and included more than 25 #1 hit songwriters and 60 selected songwriters. “This year far exceeded our expectations,” commented Cara Hogan, Executive Director of The Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival. “We’ve already received a tremendous amount of positive feedback including repeated compliments from attendees. We expect 2023 to be even bigger and better!” Dates for the 2023 Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival are set for August 17th-20th. Details at https://www.gatlinburgsongwriters.com/
Breland will bring his signature Cross Country sound nationwide with his fall headline Here For It Tour. Kicking off in Oxford, OH, at Brick Street on November 16, and continuing through December with more dates to be announced soon, tickets are available now at www.brelandmusic.com. This tour announcement comes on the heels of the September 9 release of Breland’s debut album Cross Country via Bad Realm Records/Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville. With the firsts continuing to stack up, Breland’s debut single “For What It’s Worth” will hit Country radio airwaves on October 17. This release follows his feature on Dierks Bentley’s #1, Gold-certified collaboration “Beers OnMe” with HARDY and is nominated for CMA Awards Musical Event of the Year. Revealing another side of the joyful, Platinum-selling artist, “For What It’s Worth” (written by Breland, Rocky Block, Jacob Durrett, Greylan James) is a break-up song that shows vulnerability and comes from the perspective of looking at what happened – and what he wished. Watch the music video at target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>BRELAND – For What It’s Worth (Music Video) – YouTube. #brelandmusic
Arista Records/Monument Records and FOX Entertainment released the latest EP for Monarch – a drama about America’s leading family of country music which reeled in over 10 million viewers across four linear telecasts during its premiere week. Listen to the EP at https://monarch.lnk.to/EP103. The upcoming EP for the hit show includes: the original track “God Knows,” performed by the Monarch cast, plus, an acoustic version of “God Knows” featuring Beth Ditto; a cover of sensational rapper Lizzo’s “Juice,” performed by the show’s cast and featuring Ditto; covers of Faith Hill’s “Breathe” and Miranda Lambert’s “Kerosene,” both performed by the Monarch cast and featuring Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”); a cover of Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind,” performed by the cast featuring Ditto and three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award winner Trace Adkins (“Old Henry”). The songs were produced by three-time Grammy Award nominee and series executive music producer Adam Anders and co-produced by Peer Åström. More about Monarch at https://www.fox.com/monarch/.
River House Artists’ Country rocker, Kasey Tyndall’s, redneck roots shine in the music video for “Nothin’ Wrong With Being Country,” available everywhere now. The North Carolina native called upon artist friends Meghan Patrick and Jenna LaMaster for the four-wheeling outback Country video shoot. This fishing, muddy, camouflage-filled video is an anthemic salute to the small town life below the Mason-Dixon line from the “hard-rock Country badass” (Rolling Stone). Watch the “Nothin’ Wrong With Bein’ Country” video above. “For this video, I just wanted to capture what my friends and I do best and show ourselves in our element. Country,” Tyndall shares about her inspiration behind the video. The fiery track follows Tyndall’s earlier releases this year, “Babies” and “Jesus and Joan Jett.” Tyndall has spent a majority of the year on the road. She kicked off 2022 on the 20-stop Optimystic Tour with Drake White, followed by a summer full of festival performances. Currently, Tyndall is supporting select dates for Bailey Zimmerman alongside Corey Kent. Tour and ticket info at https://www.kaseytyndallofficial.com/tour. See also Instagram (@kaseytyndall) and Twitter (@KaseyTyndall).
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