INDIE ARTIST NEWS:
Country singer/songwriter and recording artist, Michael McCall (MDM Entertainment), released his debut single, “He Looks Good On Her,” in mid-October. Produced by Buddy Hyatt (George Jones/Lee Greenwood/Mickey Gilley/ Tracy Lawrence) and co-written by McCall (BMI) and Scott Randall Rhodes (BMI), the original track is available now via all major digital retail and streaming outlets. A resurge onto the country music scene, following the release of his self-titled CD release in 2017, the track dabbles in the murk of unrequited past love from the reserved seat of a barstool. The storyline is that of a happily-ever-after breakup and the realization that a former lover wears the new “look of love” well. McCall’s tenacious vocals portray an aging heartbreak and pining love to spin the familiar tale about the one that got away; simplistic production spotlights trademarked iconic country-western guitar twang performances that do-si-do with piano and pedal steel counterparts. “After sifting through a number of recordings, we kept going back to ‘He Looks Good On Her.’ The entire team voted hands-down that this was the single to come out of the gate with,” said Michael McCall. More at https://www.michaelmccallmusic.com/
INDIE SONGWRITER NEWS:
Singer/songwriter Brecken Miles continues his alliance with Generations Against Bullying (GAB) during National Bully Prevention Month and beyond with a series of weekly online shows (Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. CT) running now through November 17. The acoustic performances, originally designed to bring fans some much-needed entertainment and help offset Brecken’s lost touring income, have become a way for this talented singer to help others as well. “My fans are incredible,” notes Brecken. “The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has impacted everyone, and it’s just not possible to keep folks safe at indoor gigs. These performances provide a way for me to keep making music and now, to further my partnership with GAB.” Brecken’s team at Rhyme Partners has provided a COVID-19 link right on his Spotify page so that fans can easily donate to Miles and to this campaign. GAB will receive 50% of all funds collected. Anyone who donates to the charity via Brecken’s https://www.facebook.com/BreckenMiles, https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/rhymepartners or https://www.gabnow.org/ will receive a free download of “God Loves,” an unreleased song Brecken co-wrote with Melissa Bollea and Bill DiLuigi just for the organization.
White Mustang Records has launched in Nashville. The announcement was made by James Stroud, who will serve as President for the label, and Dewayne Brown of CMG. The full-service label will be based in Nashville and distributed by CMG via The Orchard. Stroud’s name has been attached to 133 No. 1 records, over 52 million albums sold, four Album of the Year and six Producer of the Year awards. James Stroud also announced sister duo Presley & Taylor as the imprint’s first signing. Their first single, “Everybody Sees It,” will be released October 30 with an album to follow in the spring. “The staff and myself here at White Mustang could not be more happy with the future of our new label and the rest of the soon to be announced roster,” said Stroud. More at http://whitemustangrecords.com
KY MUSIC NEWS:
In lieu of the annual Christmas tour for 2020, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Members, Exile, have announced the release of a new sentimental Christmas single, “Kid At Heart” penned by Exile member, JP Pennington and John Bizzack. The tune is accompanied by a reminiscing and timeless lyric video created by Jenny List at Pheasant Productions based in Nashville.
The song is available for download and streaming on all digital music platforms. “’Kid At Heart’ was inspired by the way I still feel at Christmas time. It’s my hope that it makes others feel the same.” shared JP Pennington of Exile. “It was an honor to write this song with John Bizzack, who I have been producing records on and writing with for over a decade.” 2020 celebrates the 57th anniversary for the band, which formed in Richmond, Ky. Since beginning in 1963 the band has had No. 1 hits on both the pop and country charts, achieving ten No. 1 hits on the country chart. Band info at https://www.exile.biz/.
(Broken Bow Records)
ACM “Artist of the Decade” for 2019 Jason Aldean is celebrating his 24th career number one. The song “Got What I Got” is the latest single from his 9 album. With Jason showing up on the industry “Pitch Sheet” it usually means he’s moving past that record. Also Jason shared on social media platforms that he was back in the studio, he says he’s got about eight songs tracked, with vocals to come in November. Exactly one year since his 9 album was released.
(Country Rewind Records)
A treat for ‘singing cowboy’ fans: a new release from one of the best. Tex Ritter, The Songs Of The West is available now from Country Rewind Records, best known for bringing unreleased traditional Country music into the contemporary era. Tex Ritter was well suited to the role of singing cowboy. He looked and acted the part and was singing the type of songs he loved best. He became one of the first artists signed by the newly formed Capitol Records. Tex Ritter, The Songs Of The West was produced by Jim Farrell and Co-Produced by Rex Allen Jr. The Executive Producer on the project was Tom Gramuglia. The new release is being distributed by Select-O-Hits and is available to order at http://www.countryrewindrecords.com/ and streaming and download platforms. “Tex recorded these tracks for broadcast on the radio and these versions of the songs were never commercially released,” noted project producer Jim Farrell. Farrell took on the project of producing this collection after Country Rewind Records president Thomas Gramuglia rescued the ‘lost’ master tapes that required expert forensic recovery to bring them to twenty-first century audio quality.