Inside Track on Music Row: Summer Edition

June/July 2021


CCB Nashville introduces the latest recording from its flagship act Cash Creek. The band will release “Hard Time” featuring a special vocal performance by Larry Stewart (former lead singer of Restless Heart). The trio’s fourth release since its reformation in 2012, the “Hard Time” (Radio Mix) will be distributed to country radio on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 (PlayMPE) and available via all digital retail and streaming platforms on Friday, August 6. (Radio Promotion spearheaded by Jennifer Blair/Distribution by CD Baby).  With a genuine admiration for modern country of yesterday, Cash Creek demonstrates its appreciation for Restless Heart as 80s country music trendsetters and hitmakers. The remix recreates the magic of the original tune as featured on the Restless Heart Wheels album.  

“When Kimo told me Cash Creek was cutting ‘Hard Time,’ I smiled big,” said Larry Stewart. “While a fan favorite ‘by request’ at our shows, it was never a spotlight track; so to put it in the forefront as a fresh new and contemporary recording, and single, is a thrill. I look forward to rocking it with this band in live performances.” More at


Brett Young’s first-ever “Caliville Weekend” in Palm Springs, CA, has moved to September 3-6, 2021 in an effort to host the safest and most special experience possible for fans. The inaugural event presented by Pollen and curated by 7x consecutive chart-topper Young, announced that Chase Rice, Maddie & Tae, Devin Dawson, Seaforth, Filmore, Keaton Simons, Noah Needleman, Matt Ferranti, DJ Hish & DJ Coral will join the musical lineup across the long weekend. The resort takeover will also feature a wide-range of activities including pool parties, BBQs, golfing with Young and much more. Click the link at, while anyone who has already purchased a package will be reserved for the new dates and protected by Pollen’s COVID-19 money-back guarantee. Young has captured the hearts of fans everywhere through his honest lyrics and West Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed “Caliville” style. While touring is paused, he has been tapped for several high-profile, all-genre livestreams in an effort to bring music and relief to fans across the world.


Between the two of them, Megan and Shane Baskerville have played just about every kind of American music you can imagine.  Defined by Megan’s force-of-nature vocals and Shane’s inventive guitar playing, their full-length debut, Daughter of Country, set for a Sept 3 release, is a memoir set to music, every word the God’s honest truth, as the husband-wife duo re-create the sounds pioneered by their heroes, while putting their own personal spin on the genre.  “I’m a daughter of country, raised my whole life,” Megan sings on the barn-burning title track. As her husband provides a hand-on-shoulder guitar solo, she recounts a rough childhood and a broken family, but the song also conveys the solace and wisdom that country music offered her.  

“It’s a sad album,” says Megan, “but it needed to happen.” Shane agrees: “I don’t think we even had a choice. It all just came out. We had to bare our souls to put those things to bed and move on with our lives.” Videos, music and more at


Rock & Roll is at its best live, and that’s where the nine-time Grammy Awards® winner Sheryl Crow really shines. At a time when concerts have been suspended, Crow delivers Live From the Ryman & More.  The guitar-forward concepts that defined almost three decades of the most indelible songs for driving hard, chilling out and making one’s mark on the world bristles with the kind of brio that translates those performances no matter the space consumed. A new track will be available every two weeks leading up to Live From the Ryman & More’s August 13 release via The Valory Music Co. Pre-order now for instant access to “Everyday Is A Winding Road” at   Recorded over five nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, Los Angeles’ cutting edge Ace Theatre and the legendary Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, the songwriting superstar delivers a masterclass in Roots music — from Rock, Pop, Gospel, Blues that is psychedelic in places and Country in others. Sheryl is joined by friends such as Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Lucius, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby, Amanda Shires and Stevie Nicks.


Born from his experience touring through and spending time in small towns all across America, Ben Gallaher’s Every Small Town EP is a collection of songs built on an indisputable window-down, radio-cranked country sound. Released June 25, the Quartz Hill Records’ debut EP is a five-song collection produced by seasoned music producers Mickey Jack Cones and Derek George.  Listen to the EP at  

“To me, country music is the soundtrack to everyday life. That’s what these songs are about: the American spirit, family, community, love, loss, God, hard work, and being proud of who you are and where you’re from,” says Gallaher of his EP.

Gallaher co-wrote each of the five songs, delivering a cohesive, yet diverse set of heartfelt storytelling. Tracks like the guitar-driven love song “Get On One,” to the sobering “Town Ain’t Dry,” to the anthemic EP title track which American Songwriter describes as, “the very definition of the American spirit,” the Pennsylvania native successfully captures a musical snapshot of everyday life throughout the entire collection.  Videos, music and more at



Dailey & Vincent will be recognized at the 50th Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival on Saturday, July 3 in Downtown Smithville, Tenn. for their contributions as one of the most popular bands in contemporary American music, embracing bluegrass, country and gospel.  Darrin Vincent will be celebrated by the State of Tennessee with an unveiling of his “Tennessee Music Pathways” marker on the square in his hometown during the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree at 5 p.m. CT.  Tennessee Music Pathways stretches across all 95 counties and features hundreds of landmarks from the seven genres of music that call Tennessee home. Jamie Dailey will also be honored at the event as the recipient of the Fiddlers’ Jamboree’s 2021 Blue Blaze Award, an award designed to honor an individual or group that keeps the embers of bluegrass music burning for future generations. Following the presentations, Dailey & Vincent will perform a mini-concert on the main stage. Tour updates, tickets and music at


Summer NAMM will be held July 15-16 at the Music City Center here in Nashville. A few highlights from this year’s event that should be noted are listed below.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, ONLINE MARKETING SUMMIT  A great additional to this years event and happening before the official kick off from 9am-12 Noon Summit presented by Larry Bailin. He’ll give an in-depth view of what’s changed in online marketing and how every music business can shift to meet the post-pandemic consumer. This event takes place in Music City Center, Level 2, 202 ABC. Pre-registration required.

SWIM RECEPTION – Join SWIM (Smart Women In Music) for a reception kicking off the start of Summer NAMM 2021. 5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Music City Center, Level 2 Room 202 ABC.

OPENING DAY, THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY ADDRESS – Summer NAMM will feature an all-out innovation fest of new ideas, and it starts with this kickoff event. Hosted by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, this special session will look forward by looking back at a year we’ll never forget. In a series of one-on-one interviews, Lamond and a group of industry thought leaders will explore the state of business, the future and lessons learned from a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. They’ll also weigh in on new innovations to emerge in a post-pandemic world. Expect insights and inspiration you won’t hear anywhere else at this not-to-miss opening session. Located in the Summer NAMMEvent Center. 

TEC TRACKS – How Recording Studios Can Thrive Through Disruption; Live Sound Post-COVID: Interview with Blackbird’s John McBride; The Future of Livestreaming and other TEC Tracks are available on this day. TEC Tracks happen in the Event Center. 

37TH ANNUAL AMERICAN EAGLE AWARDS –  The National Music Council will honor iconic a cappella group Take 6 and pay tribute to music educators across America for their extraordinary service during the pandemic at the 37th Annual American Eagle Awards. Time is 4PM Awards begin at 4PM in the Event Center. 

NAMM’S TOP 100 DEALER AWARDS  An excellent opportunity to support Top Dealers! This event spotlights the industry’s very best music product retailers and shares their strategies for success. An independent panel of judges also picks winners in seven “Best of” categories, from which the prestigious “Dealer of the Year” is selected. Time is 6PM in the Event Center. 

FRIDAY JULY 16, NAMM U – BEST IN SHOW  For the day’s opening session, join Music Inc./UpBeat Daily’s Frank Alkyer for a moderated panel of top retail judges who reveal their winning picks of products, services and technologies presented at the show. Time is 9AM in the Event Center. 

TEC TRACKS  Technologies That Will Revolutionize the Music Industry; Commercial Recording Studios Get Ready in a Post-COVID World, and other TEC Tracks are available on this day. Tracks happen in the Event Center. 

NAMM YOUNG PROFESSIONALS KEYNOTE WITH ANDY ZILDJIAN  Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned veteran, NAMM Young Professionals (YP) welcomes all to its annual Summer NAMM keynote. Expect an insightful discussion with Andy Zildjian, president of Sabian, on leadership, career development and the role of mentorship in the music industry. He’ll also look at how Sabian navigated the pandemic and lessons learned along the way. NAMM YP is a group of young music products industry professionals focused on the future of the business by providing opportunities to connect, learn and grow. EVENT CENTER 4:00 P.M. 

THROUGHOUT THE SHOW – EXPERIENCE TOP BRANDS and the men and women behind the latest in music gear and technologies. Get news from Yamaha, Taylor Guitars, Martin & Co., Gibson, D’Addario, AudioScope, Gretsch, Delicious Audio and much more. Need to find an EXHIBITOR? Easily navigate by accessing the show map HERE.

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