Lady A released their new album, What A Song Can Do (Chapter One) collection June 25 on BMLG Records. After spending last year in rediscovery mode while recommitting themselves to their original intention, the trio emerged with a new, refined vision. The seven-track ensemble, produced by Dann Huff and with each track penned by at least one member, reinvigorates their signature rich vocal harmony, vivid emotional writing and a smooth fusion of Country, rock and pop. The new music is not dedicated to the struggles of 2020, but it was born alongside them and adds a layer of uplifting depth to Lady A’s catalog. Find the gentle and wise new track “Things He Handed Down” at https://la.lnk.to/ThingsHeHandedDownPR. “There’s an interdependence that we have with each other, and music is at the center of that to me,” Hillary Scott said. “We are all living in the now together…we’re all a work in progress, and that is what we wanted to share with these songs on the first chapter.” Music and more at https://www.ladyamusic.com.
Time Life has reissued another fan-favorite album from David Frizzell, Frizzell & Friends: Roundup Live in Concert, featuring 16 songs originally recorded for an RFD-TV special with Rex Allen, Jr., Lacy J. Dalton, Marty Haggard, Stacy Houston, and Larry Woods. Roundup Live in Concert is now available on all major streaming platforms and is the latest release to come from Frizzell’s eight album digital distribution deal with Time Life. It arrives on the heels of his newly recorded version of “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Mary Sarah (The Voice Season 10 finalist) that was released in April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic hit. Frizzell began his career touring with his brother, Lefty, when he was just 12 years old and since then his work has been nominated for GRAMMY Awards, won the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award and the ACM Vocal Duet of the Year for two years in a row as well as an ACM Award for Song of the Year. More about David and his music at https://davidfrizzell.com.
Music lovers across the country are invited to celebrate the Fourth of July in true Ole Red fashion with fun planned at all four Ole Red locations, including live music from some of America’s favorite artists from NBC’s “The Voice,” special activities, food and signature drink specials curated exclusively for each location. Ole Red Nashville will host Jake Hoot, Season 17 winner; The Swon Brothers (Season 4); Ricky Duran, Season 17 runner up; Todd Tilghman, Season 18 winner; Emily Ann Roberts, Season 9 runner up and more. Sarah Collins (Season 18), Todd Tilghman, Gracee Shriver (Season 17) and Brennley Brown (Season 12) will take the stage at Ole Red Gatlinburg. Jordan Chase (Season 17), Kirk Jay (Season 15) and Worth The Wait (Season 19) will perform at Ole Red Orlando; additionally, Ole Red Tishomingo will present a special concert event featuring Todd Tilghman. Full details abouts shows at each Ole Red location at https://olered.com/olered-white-and-blue/.
VETERAN MUSIC NEWS:
CreatiVets and BMLG have released the single “Just Like It was Yesterday” featuring Martin McDaniel, written by James Brookman, Mark Little, Richard Casper, Brian White and Jason Sever. Listen at https://creativets.lnk.to/yesterdayPR. CreatiVets is a veterans organization dedicated to helping wounded veterans heal through the arts and music. The organization was inspired by executive director Richard Casper, who discovered firsthand just how transformative the arts can be to veterans after military service as a Marine, including a 2006 tour in Iraq where he watched his close friend and comrade, Luke Yepsen, fall to enemy snipers. His experiences in art classes revealed to him the power of art and music to transform the “warrior brain.” Casper’s vision for CreatiVets was to give veterans a way to talk about their experiences in combat. Founded in 2013, the organization hosts a number of free songwriting and visual arts programs through its sites in Dallas, Chicago, Nashville and partnerships with the Grand Ole Opry and the Chicago Art Institute. Amazon partnered with CreatiVets and Big Machine Label Group last July to release the album Veteran Songs.
Following a tumultuous 2020, East Nashville-based, alt-country/roots rockers Flying Buffaloes emerge to deliver a message of hope for brighter days ahead with their latest single, “A New Day is Gonna Dawn,” released May 21 and available through most online retail music outlets. Listen/stream via https://www.flyingbuffaloes.com. Co-written collectively by Flying Buffaloes and produced by Donnie Reis (Home Free, Lewis Brice, John McLaughlin, Emma Zander, Caroline Glaser, and more) at Twelve 3 South Recording, the track features the group’s trademark tight harmonies and soaring instrumental solos and echoes the group’s sanguine approach to times of trouble–to fight through the darkness with positivity and light.
The group released the official music video for the single May 28. Produced by Nashville-based video production company, The Abundant Media, the video recalls many troubling times in our world’s history and suggests an optimistic viewpoint for a better future through the eyes of 13-year-old Kerén Rose (a naturalized citizen from Congo, Africa). Updates and music at www.flyingbuffaloes.com.
Multi-Platinum rockers Foghat celebrate 50 years of Rock n’ Roll with 8 Days On The Road, a 14-track live performance that will be released as a double CD/DVD package on July 16, 2021 on their own Foghat Records label, distributed by Select-O-Hits (which is part of the Sun Records family and is owned by Sam Philips’ son and nephew). The album is also available on the Foghat online store, www.foghat.biz. It will also be available on 180 Gram Vinyl later this summer. Recorded on November 17, 2019 at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling, NY, the collection features the band’s biggest and most legendary hits, including “Slow Ride,” “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” “Fool For The City,” and so many others. Pre-orders are available on digital outlets including Spotify, and iTunes includes an instant download of “Road Fever” with purchase. A video for “Road Fever” can be seen on the band’s official YouTube page. The band has already started to work on a new Blues/Rock studio album to be released in 2022.
WOMEN IN MUSIC NEWS:
The Women Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted country music icon and GRAMMY® winning songwriter Naomi Judd during its first ceremony at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The event paid homage to women whose body of work represents the best of heritage and legacy of modern American music. “It’s always gratifying when someone acknowledges your best efforts. I love expressing my deepest feelings as I did in writing ‘Love Can Build A Bridge.’ Not only was I being celebrated at this auspicious event in Washington, D.C., I was among other accomplished songwriters. It was fun to reconnect with Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson fame. We met years ago. A good time was had by all!” Naomi Judd shared. Judd joined other inaugural inductees, including Valerie Simpson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Roberta Flack, Tawatha Agee, Klymaxx, Deniece Williams, Jeri Keever “Bunny” Hull and Veryl Howard. Naomi Judd is a six-time GRAMMY®, nine-time CMA and seven-time ACM Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, philanthropist, author and public speaker. Keep up with Naomi Judd on social media and https://www.naomijudd.com.
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