SARAH LEETE INTERVIEW

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Just caught up with one of Australia’s most exciting new country music artist’s, Sarah Leete. Sarah has just released her debut single “SAFE“, has a new self-titled EP and is on tour in NSW right now.

 

A regional NSW girl who’s grew up listening to Cat Stevens/Fleetwood Mac, before hitting her young teens and began writing songs and learning the guitar. The current single “Safe” was written about her relationship, with now husband. A story about how relationships take work, but at the end of the day they are worth it. An ultimate love song that has also been the first dance song at a couple of weddings.

 

The self titled EP (which is out now) was produced by four-time Golden Guitar winner Catherine Britt who says …

“Sarah is different to all of the other current new acts coming onto the country music scene. She has strength and grit in her voice and songwriting that stands above the rest”

 

It has been an uphill journey for Sarah, not knowing the ins and outs of the music industry. She has  thrown herself into every opportunity that has come her way including winning the 2013 North West Battle of the Bands competition, 2015 Moree Superstar Competition and also a semi-finalist in the 2016 Gympie Music Muster Talent Search. Recently Sarah was also recognised and named a recipient of the 2016 Arts NSW $10,000 Young Regional Artist Scholarship. The money helping create the EP and video for “Safe”.

 

Great news if you are in NSW, Sarah is on tour with the promise of more dates in 2018 throughout Victoria and Queensland. Make sure you head out and see Sarah or show some support by following her on social media (Links Below).

 

EP TOUR DATES:

Friday Nov 10th – The Fox Den, Gloucester NSW

Saturday Nov 18th – EP Launch – The Art House, Wyong NSW

Friday Nov 24th – EP Launch – Sunset Studios, Newcastle NSW

Saturday Nov 25th – Country at The Camp Festival – Branxton NSW

Friday Dec 1st – Two Goats and Baa, Armidale NSW

Friday Dec 8th – Flow Bar, Old Bar NSW

Social Media Links:

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WEBSITE

 

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{NEW VIDEO} LITTLE BIG TOWN – When Someone Stops Loving You

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Little Big Town kicked off CMA Awards week yesterday with the release of the music video for their critically-acclaimed single, “When Someone Stops Loving You.”

Written by Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Chase McGill, Little Big Town first debuted their critically-acclaimed single “When Someone Stops Loving You” during Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. The band can be seen next performing on this week’s CMA Awards.

What I am loving about this song is that the dark hunk of a man Jimi Westbrook is the main singer. Not that I have anything against Karen’s singing. Recently I was watching a spotlight on Little Big Town and noticed in the beginning every member had a chance to sing lead vocals. I like that diversity in the band.

Set walking through a burnt out forrest pretty much sums up the feelings of when the love of your life stops loving you! So much of the lyrics in this are relatable like keeping your ex’s number on your phone incase they ring you when your drunk. Or in my case ringing them when I am drunk – hahaha.

 

Love ya work Jimi!

 

DYLAN SCOTT CELEBRATES FIRST PLATINUM SINGLE

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“MY GIRL” Goes Platinum

Riding an avalanche of breakthrough success, Curb Records’ DYLAN SCOTT celebrated his first career RIAA PLATINUM-certified single for his #1 debut smash “My Girl” reaching over 1 million combined sales and streams in the U.S. alone at an intimate soirée in Nashville yesterday (11/6). Guests, including his Curb Records’ team, family, friends and members of the music industry, gathered at the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum to toast the singer-songwriter and present him with the official plaque. Hot on the heels of “My Girl,” Scott’s follow-up single – propulsive, white-hot anthem “Hooked” is ascending the Country radio charts and has already surpassed 12 million Spotify streams.

Last month, Scott released his first holiday EP, MERRY CHRISTMAS, which includes brand new renditions of five traditional Christmas songs including “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “The Christmas Song,” “White Christmas” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” Wrapping up what he calls his “best year yet,” Scott and wife Blair will welcome their first child, a boy, in early December. He is currently touring with Justin Moore as the featured supporting artist on his HELL ON A HIGHWAY TOUR.

 

OUT NOW – KELSEA BALLERINI’S ALBUM “UNAPOLOGETICALLY”

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UNAPOLOGETICALLY is the long-awaited second chapter of Kelsea Ballerini’sremarkable artistic story, a still-unfolding saga that has seen the Knoxville, Tennessee, native break all-time records.

 

After the release of her 2015 debut, THE FIRST TIME, Ballerini placed her first three singles at #1 – the PLATINUM-certified ‘Love Me Like You Mean It’ and ‘Peter Pan,’ and the GOLD-certified ‘Dibs’ – a feat never achieved by a female (including duos or groups) in US Country music history. Her fourth single, ‘Yeah Boy,’ also achieved GOLD status and rose to the lofty perch of #3 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

 

Produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey – in addition to Shane McAnally, Lindsay Rimes, and Jimmy Robbins on select tracks – UNAPOLOGETICALLY spotlights 12 tunes written or co-written by Ballerini.

 

UNAPOLOGETICALLY means leading with your heart, trusting it, following it and not letting other people’s opinions sway it,” Ballerini reveals. “From heartbreak to finding the love of my life and embracing the ‘in between’ – this album is all in order, just like it happened. Loss, life, love… this is my story, unapologetically.”

 

Kelsea Ballerini is one of the headline acts for the 2018 CMC Rocks QLD festival, which sold out in 1 hour.

Awarded Billboard’s “Rising Star” title at the prestigious 2015 Women in Music event, Kelsea Ballerini has continued to gain recognition by scoring her first-ever ACM Award win for New Female Vocalist of the Year, iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist, multiple Radio Disney Music Awards, American Country Countdown Award (ACCA) for Breakthrough Female of the Year, ACM Honors’ Gene Weed Milestone Award and acknowledged as Artist of the Year by Nashville Business Journal.


Ballerini
is vying for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 51st annual CMA Awards in Nashville on November 9.

Tracklisting
1. ‘Graveyard’
2. ‘Miss Me More’
3. ‘Get Over Yourself’
4. ‘Roses’
5. ‘Machine Heart’
6. ‘In Between’
7. ‘High School’
8. ‘End of the World’
9. ‘I Hate Love Songs’
10. ‘Unapologetically’
11. ‘Music’
12. ‘Legends’

KENNY CHENSEY RELEASES LIVE IN NO SHOES NATION

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Featuring Special Guests Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Old Dominion & more!

When Kenny Chesney pulled out some tapes to listen to his last 10 years of shows, he was immediately struck by the fervour of No Shoes Nation. And the more he listened, the more he wanted to share all these moments with the people who inspire him – and took the songs to a whole other level out on the road.

 

“You record songs, you put’em on a record,” Chesney marvels. “You know, people think it stops there. Even when it’s on the radio, that’s really between the listener and their life. But when you have people in your life like No Shoes Nation, I’ve come to believe, we figure out what these songs really mean when we get out there on the road and sing’em together!

 

“So as I was listening to some of these tapes, I decided: they’re as much the people who’ve been coming out to the shows as anybody’s! I shouldn’t be the only one listening – and that sent me down a tube into all these summers out there rocking. When I told the record company how many songs, they thought I’d lost my mind… And that was before we added ‘Young,’ which really started and defined this chapter, to the list!”

 

Starting where Florida meets Alabama on the Gulf Coast, Live in No Shoes Nation kicks off with over 40,000 strong hearing ‘Flora-Bama’ for the first time, then proceeds through obscure gems, massive hits and intriguing collaborations. For Chesney, it became a sonic document of all the fun, the moments, the rising and falling action of a million+ citizen place without borders: No Shoes Nation.

 

“I’ve always said the energy that comes at us, it lifts us up – and really makes us take things even further. Listening, I realized we can’t take that intensity all the way in in the moment,” says the man Los Angeles Times called “the People’s Superstar” of what’s become his next project. “I wondered if everyone who’s come out to one of our shows realizes how incredible they sound; if like us, they’re so in the moment, they had no idea. They’re what makes this music special – and this, to me, was a great way to let them know it.”

 

With the first recording a medley with Dave Matthews from the close of 2007 Flip Flop Summer Tour, Live in No Shoes Nation pulls rarely played jewels including ‘I’m Alive,’ ‘Coastal’ and the deeply personal ‘Happy on the Hey Now,’ as well as locational homages to Guy Clark with ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ and Bruce Springsteen with ‘One Step Up.’ In these quieter moments, the 2016 BMI President’s and CMA Pinnacle Award winner shows his poet’s heart.

 

Beyond that, there’s the high velocity good feelings that have defined Chesney’s work. Stadium shows, pop-up bar gigs, amphitheaters and the occasional beach takeover; it’s all here. As well as appearances by his friends, co-writers and tour-mates, ranging from Eric Church, Mac McAnally, David Lee Murphy, Old Dominion, Grace Potter, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band.

 

“No Shoes Nation not only knows no boundaries, we love all kinds of music,” Chesney allows. “It’s why Grace Potter is as loved as Eric Church, why David Lee Murphy gets the same response as Zac Brown and his guys. We love life, we love music and we all really love each other!”

TRACKLISTING

  1. Flora–Bama
  2. Summertime
  3. Big Star (with Taylor Swift)
  4. Boston
  5. When I See This Bar (with Eric Church)
  6. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
  7. Anything But Mine
  8. Down The Road (with Mac McAnally)
  9. Guitars And Tiki Bars
  10. Hemingway’s Whiskey
  11. Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (with Zac Brown Band)
  12. I’m Alive
  13. Save It for a Rainy Day (with Old Dominion)
  14. Pirate Flag
  15. Somewhere With You
  16. I Go Back
  17. One Step Up
  18. American Kids
  19. You And Tequila (with Grace Potter)
  20. Young
  21. There Goes My Life
  22. Out Last Night
  23. Dust On The Bottle (with David Lee Murphy)
  24. Coastal
  25. The Boys of Fall
  26. Noise
  27. Old Blue Chair
  28. The Joker / Three Little Birds (with Dave Matthews)
  29. Happy on the Hey Now

 

DARIUS RUCKER IS TURNING HEADS EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK WITH NEW ALBUM

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WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME

Darius Rucker has always fearlessly followed his own musical muse while cultivating a huge following of people drawn to his uniquely seductive delivery. He makes it seem effortless, until you step back and take in the magnitude of the music and the far-reaching, lasting impact of songs that have become part of popular culture.

And he is doing it again with his fifth studio release on Capitol Records Nashville, When Was The Last Time, and the juggernaut current single “For the First Time.”

Rucker launched When Was The Last Time with two sold-out shows that speak to the heart of who he is as an artist – making history at the famed Apollo Theater and a stadium-sized hometown, throw down in Charleston, S.C. at Volvo Car Stadium.

He followed the shows with the appearances on the “Today Show” and “The View,” where he performed “For The First Time,” which is the second single from the new album. The song, which was co-written by Rucker with Derek George and Travis Hill, is already a Top 40 with a video premiere on People.com. First single from the project, “If I Told You,” garnered Rucker his eighth No. 1 Country single.

During his table talk with the ladies on “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg – echoing the chorus of the current song – asked the three-time GRAMMY winner what else he wants to do “for the first time?”

Rucker’s response that he wants to sing a hook on a big rap song shouldn’t come as a surprise for an artist who has made a Platinum-selling career out of defying expectations and genre boundaries. A quality that didn’t escape the attention of The New Yorker, which observed, “he has insisted on a path of his own.”

The album’s swift rise to the top of the iTunes Country charts indicates success will continue to build along with critical attention. USA Today wrote: “Rucker is seriously underrated singer. Blessed with a rugged but warm timbre, he has a rare ability to invite listeners into a song rather than keep them at a distance through extraneous, show-offy display”; and The New Yorker continued, “Rucker’s voice is extraordinary: rich, round, and full of nuance.”

When Was The Last Time is available now.
1. For The First Time
2. Bring It On
3. Life’s Too Short
4. If I Told You
5. Don’t
6. Twenty Something
7. Straight To Hell (feat. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan & Charles Kelley)
8. Count The Beers
9. Another Night With You
10. Hands On Me
11. She
12. Story To Tell

LUKE BRYAN PREMIERES ‘LIGHT IT UP’ VIDEO

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Plus Tour Announcement with Guests Kip Moore and The Cadillac Three

 

Four-time Entertainer of the Year and American Idol judge Luke Bryan premiered the new music video for single “Light It Up,” featuring NBA star Jimmy Butler, and announced the first leg of his 2018 “What Makes You Country Tour” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today.

 

The video for “Light It Up,” the lead single from Luke’s upcoming What Makes You Country album, was directed by Michael Monaco. The video was shot in Nashville last month and stars Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler who is a country music fan and has been a guest of Luke’s at several of his concerts.

 

The first leg of Luke’s 2018 “What Makes You Country Tour” will launch February 16 in Springfield, Missouri at the JQH Arena and will run through the Fall of next year with more dates to be announced soon. Kip Moore and The Cadillac Three are the guests on the first leg. Ticket on sales begin Friday, Nov. 3. Ellen will give away tickets for all the dates on Luke’s tour so go to her website for your chance to win https://www.ellentube.com

2018 “What Makes You Country Tour” first leg

2-16     Springfield, MO          JQH Arena

2-17     Evansville, IN             Ford Center

2-18     Louisville, KY            KFC Yum! Center

2-22     State College, PA       Bryce Jordan Center

2-23     Atlantic City, NJ         Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall

2-24     Charlottesville, VA     John Paul Jones Arena

Live Nation is the national tour promoter of the 2018 “What Makes You Country Tour.” Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is the sponsor. Citi® is the official presale credit card of Luke Bryan’s “What Makes You Country Tour.”  As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1 through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com

Pre-orders of What Makes You Country are available now at http://strm.to/whatmakesyoucountry and exclusive album packages available here:  https://LukeBryan.lnk.to/storePR

LEE BRICE TO RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM

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NEW ALBUM “LEE BRICE” ON NOVEMBER 3

US Country superstar Lee Brice, who will return to Australia next April to perform at Winton’s Way Out West festival in Winton Queensland, will release his new album Lee Brice via Curb Records/Sony Music Australia on November 3.  

At this point you might think country superstar Lee Brice needs no introduction.  A GRAMMY nominee and CMA and ACM award winner, Lee’s accolades and accomplishments since bursting onto the country scene in 2010 are numerous. They include 11 million in RIAA certified sales, with albums that spawned five platinum and double-platinum Number 1 singles on country radio.

 

Household names like Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney consider him a peer — each has recorded his songs. He’s performed for oceans of fans at festivals and packed arenas and has appeared on NBC’s Today, ABC’s The Bachelor and The Late Show with David Letterman. The New York Times called him an “evocative” vocalist, while USA Today named him, “one of the finest singer-songwriters country music has to offer.”

 

But those triumphs only tell a small fraction of Lee’s story. It’s the story of a businessman, who finds time to build a brand like American Born whiskey in between concert dates, hit-writing sessions and cutting soulful vocals in the studio.  It’s the story of a family man, dedicated to raising two young boys, 9-year-old Takoda and 3-year-old Ryker, and new daughter Trulee Nanette, born in June, with wife Sara. It’s the story he tells in vivid dimension on Lee Brice, his most personal record to date.

 

On Nov. 3, Lee unleashes the self-titled, self-co-produced fourth LP on Music Row flagship label Curb Records / Sony Music Australia. The album’s first single, “Boy” — a charming tribute to his sons, who also appear in its endearing music video — is one of the album’s 15 striking tracks that take the listener on journeys to church, school, home and out on a Saturday night.

 

They brim with wide-open emotional vocal performances, built atop a bedrock of thick grooves, squalling guitars, tumbling drums and sheets of steamy B-3 organ. The album’s big, bold, yet immediately accessible sound is sure to please fans of country gold like “Crazy Girl,” the 2011 country Number 1 Brice co-wrote with Liz Rose for the Eli Young Band. But Lee Brice also boasts a newfound simplicity to tracks like the real life “Songs In The Kitchen,” the soul-searching “What Keeps You Up At Night,” the loving reality check “Boy” and self-recognizing “I Don’t Smoke,” which scrapes Brice’s musical to the bone and features guitars by Warren Haynes.

 

“So, this album I wanted to be a real organic thing: I play 99% of the lead guitar, my band’s on it – and there’s even a Theremin, which I had to learn to play.  When I started, I wanted this record to be groovy, stripped down to the message and the feel.”

 

“There are no computer tricks, no artificial sounds. Songs that are pleasing to the heart — songs that make you feel something in your heart — they don’t need all that stuff,” Brice explains. “Even when it sounds like a computer, I promise, we figured out a way to make that sound. To me, being real was everything. I wanted to put a little piece of everything about me, everything I am on this record. No two songs are about the same things, but somehow it all hangs together.”

 

Music seems is genetically hard-wired into the father of three, the embodiment of that guy in the neighborhood everybody knows and loves. It’s what gives “The Locals” its sense of enjoying the ones who are happy right where they were born and raised – and captures the positive outlook in the face of adversity that tempers those facing life’s greatest challenges on the loping “Have a Good Day.”

 

That same positivity infuses the Bruce Hornsby-evoking “Stories to Tell” with a sense of how powerful every single person’s narrative is. Written with Edwin McCain who guests on the track, it taps into music’s ability to transform each of us – if we’ll let it.

 

“My hero came to my garage, and we wrote two songs,” he marvels. “Before I came to town, I knew Edwin McCain and his music; went to his concert every year at the House of Blues. Those records, I knew by heart growing up… and he has a lot of the same Southern influences. He knows those same things that matter to me, they’re in his music.”

Lee Brice Track Listing:

  1.   What Keeps You Up At Night (Lee Brice, Jessi Alexander, Ross Copperman, Pete Wilson)
  2.   Little Things (Lee Brice, Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason)
  3.  American Nights (Mike Walker, Austin Jenckes, Jeff Middleton)
  4.  Boy (Jon Nite, Nicolle Galyon)
  5. They Won’t Forget About Us (Lee Brice, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley)
  6. I Don’t Smoke (Lee Brice, Billy Montana, Jon Stone, John Bollinger) *Warren Haynes/Guitars
  7. You Can’t Help Who You Love (Lee Brice, Jon Stone, Ashley Gorley)
  8. Rumor (Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Ashley Gorley)
  9. The Locals (Lee Brice, Jon Stone, Brian Bunn)
  10. Songs In The Kitchen (Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, Lance Miller)
  11. Story To Tell (Little Bird) (Lee Brice, Phillip Lammonds, Edwin McCain)
  12. Have A Good Day (Lee Brice, Billy Montana, Randy Montana)
  13. Even With My Eyes Closed (Jaren Johnston, Michael Heeney, Neil Mason)
  14. Dixie Highway (Lee Brice, Jon Stone, Matraca Berg)
  15. Best Part Of Me (Phillip Lammonds, Chris Gelbuda)

 

Lee performed to a sold-out crowd in Los Angeles recently and performs in New York City on October 19th.  For an updated list of tour dates, please visit http://www.leebrice.com/tour. 

 

GRAEME CONNORS & BRAD BUTCHER RELEASE SINGLE “I’VE GOT YOUR BACK”

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ARTIST and RECORD COMPANY ROYALTIES TO BE DONATED TO ‘THE FLAGON & DRAGON FUND’, BENEFITING A RANGE OF CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS

 

Graeme Connors:

Having both spent a large part of our lives in Mackay Queensland, Brad and I had often talked about co-writing. However, for a variety of reasons, the right opportunity just didn’t occur.

Then along came the 2017 Flagon and Dragon fund raising appeal… for 25 years I have been the ‘musical ambassador’ for a group of incredibly generous people from Mackay who hold riotous luncheons every two years raising funds for a variety of Children’s Hospital needs. To date, just under $2,000,000 has been donated hospitals and various other organisations dedicated to assisting children in a myriad of ways.

Brad generously offered to be part of the afternoon’s mayhem and I thought what better way to do what we do and contribute to the cause than co-write a song with him, record it and direct the proceeds to the Flagon and Dragon Fund Inc.

‘I’ve Got Your Back’ seemed to come with its own positive energy from the outset and Brad and I spent the whole time writing with smiles on our faces. Matt Fell recorded, played and directed musical traffic in his inimitable way with various musicians adding their enthusiasm along the way. Josh Schuberth, Paul Berton, Brad and I, had a really memorable day with Matt and it is captured perfectly in this track.

Now available for purchase by download from your favourite site – all record company and artist royalties flow in perpetuity to The Flagon and Dragon Fund Inc to contribute to the great work this organisation continues to do for Children in need of assistance.

 

About Graeme Connors:
Graeme Connors is riding high on the success of his “60 Summers” album – a career-spanning collection which was ranked in the Top 5 best-selling Australian country albums of 2016 and gave GC the highest ARIA Album chart placing of his career. The singles from that album, “Mt Everest” and “60 Summers” have connected with fans and the industry alike, with the latter peaking at #1 on The Music Network Official Country Airplay chart and earning Graeme three Golden Guitar Awards finalists spots in Single of the Year, Video of the Year and APRA AMCOS Song of the Year.

Graeme’s outstanding 40-year career has yielded 16 top-selling studio albums, 14 Golden Guitar Awards, an ARIA Award, two APRA Awards, two MO Awards, 12 Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards and he is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters. Graeme shows no signs of slowing down and has begun work on his next studio album.

About Brad Butcher:
Brad Butcher is having a stella year following the release of “From The Bottom Of A Well” his third album. The album is his finest work to date cementing him at the forefront of a new generation of Australian story tellers. Recorded with highly acclaimed and multi award winning Australian producer Matt Fell, at Sydney’s Love Hz Studio. “From The Bottom Of A Well” encompasses Butchers take on Americana music, a great blending of genres, to create a sound that is uniquely his. It also showcases the further development and outstanding quality of Butchers songwriting and vocal prowess.

Butcher’s lyrics have a point to make rather than a box to tick, so at times you’ll find people struggling with mental health rather than the state of the crops, men who don’t know exactly how this works, women who matter but won’t necessarily be held, wrong decisions made and paid for, and moments when all that can be said is a call for clarity to help get to the next point in a life. Bernard Zuel

About Flagon & Dragon:
The ‘Flagon & Dragon’ fundraising luncheon is a biennial event initiated in 1992 when a small group of business leaders met and raised almost $2000 initially donated to the Variety Club of Queensland. The drive to fundraise was steered on by a personal experience by one of these businessmen and his son, and subsequent events raised funds that were donated to the Children’s Wards at both Mackay Base and Mackay Mater Hospitals. These funds allowed the Hospitals to purchase equipment allowing children to be treated at home rather than travelling afield.

25 years on, 13 luncheons later the Mackay region has benefited to the tune of just under  $2,000,000 due to the hard work of a few, and the tremendous support of many. The Flagon & Dragon organising committee are devoted to raising much needed funds for sick children and their families within the Mackay region. The 2017 Flagon & Dragon luncheon which featured Graeme and Brad’s premier performance of ‘I’ve Got Your Back’, raised over $200,000 to be distributed over the next few months.

ANDREW SWIFT SIGNS WITH SOCIAL FAMILY RECORDS

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Alt-country singer-songwriter, Andrew Swift has inked a deal with independent record label, Social Family Records, for his forthcoming album, set for release in early 2018, with the first single just around the corner and scheduled to drop on 13 November.  Swift joins the likes of Matt Scullion, Gretta Ziller, Jason Owen, The Buckleys, and more of Australia’s finest talent on the burgeoning indie label.
I’m stoked to be a part of the SFR family, I’ve seen how hard they work with their artists to achieve their goals. Now I’m proud to be one of them.” – Andrew Swift
Swift made a big first impression on the country music world when he became a Toyota Star Maker grand finalist.  Teaming up with respected label mate, Americana singer-songwriter, Gretta Ziller, the pair took off on an intimate show of songs and storytelling on tour to caravan parks along the East Coast of New South Wales and Victoria and have continued to perform regularly together. Swift has also supported the likes of Shane Nicholson, Catherine Britt, Amber Lawrence, Adam Eckersley, and Lachlan Bryan, to name a few.

With his second album set for release in March next year, it was recorded under the guidance of sought-after producer Matt Fell at Sydney’s Love HZ studio and the band included guitarist Glen Hannah, drummer Josh Schuberth, Fell himself on bass, guitars, keys and percussion, Hammond organist and Adam Eckersley Band member Dan Biederman and Sam Hawksley on lap steel. Guest vocalists include Britt, Ziller and Katie Brianna.

Andrew Swift is one of those artists who works his butt off day in, day out.  He’s certainly the type of artist that Social Family Records welcomes and we look forward to working with Andrew to help him continue on his country music journey.  And for those whom keep wondering, no, he’s not related to Taylor.” – Nardia Drayton, Label Manager & Head of PR & Publicity, Social Family Records
The first single lifted from the album, Reckless Desires, is out on 13 November, with the album, Call Out For The Cavalry, commencing pre-order at the same time, with a tour announce due in coming days.

LANCO HAS A GOLD OPRY DEBUT

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BREAKOUT BAND LANCO SURPRISED WITH GOLD FOR “GREATEST LOVE STORY” AFTER STANDING OVATION AT OPRY DEBUT LAST NIGHT.

 

Emerging Sony Music Nashville band LANCO made their Grand Ole Opry debut last night (10/24) during the ninth annual “Opry Goes Pink.” The five-man band received a standing ovation after offering up a performance of “Trouble Maker” off their self-titled EP, a medley of Alabama’s iconic hits “Dixieland Delight” and “Song of the South” along with their Top 10 single, “Greatest Love Story.” Adding to the band’s night of career firsts, LANCO was surprised with the news that “Greatest Love Story” has been certified GOLD by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 units, and it immediately shot to the No. One spot on the iTunes Country Chart as they walked offstage.
 
“It was an honor to make our Grand Ole Opry debut during such a special night and take the stage that is the original home to the entire country music genre,” said lead singer Brandon Lancaster. “Since I was six-years-old I remember sitting in those pews and seeing acts like Alabama so to have our families out there watching us was a full circle moment.”
 
LANCO has built a groundswell movement behind “Greatest Love Story,” with Lancaster as the sole songwriter. It has been 10 years since a country artist/writer has penned a chart topping hit alone as a look back in time to the early 2000’s reveals that the last artists able to make that claim are Taylor Swift (“Our Song”), Zac Brown (“Free”) and Jennifer Nettles’ (“Stay”). That success has propelled Lancaster to the No. One spot on the Top 60 Country Songwriters Chart for three consecutive weeks, based on streams, sales and airplay and he continues to serve as the only artist to earn that honor in 2017.
 
As a native to the Nashville area, Lancaster’s truly authentic style has resonated with fans through LANCO’s self-titled debut EP, which can now count more than 60 million streams. The band recently wrapped the recording process behind their debut album with award-winning producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant, Little Big Town), which is slated for release early next year. Named as “the band to watch” by Bobby Bones, CMT, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Spotify and more, LANCO gained their status from touring the country’s top festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Watershed, Faster Horses and more. They will head out on the road in November serving as direct support for Dustin Lynch. For more information on LANCO and upcoming tour dates, visit www.LANCOMusic.com.

Trade Photo (L-R): LANCO’s Eric Steedly (lead guitar), LANCO’s Tripp Howell (drums), LANCO’s Brandon Lancaster (lead vocals), Grand Ole Opry GM Sally Williams, LANCO’s Chandler Baldwin (bass), LANCO’s Jared Hampton (keyboards, banjo)

Photo Credit Courtesy of Grand Ole Opry’s Chris Hollo

EMILY MARKHAM ‘GOT ME FALLIN’

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‘Got Me Fallin’ the latest single from NSW South Coast artist Emily Markham is a self-penned track which is all about the beginning of a relationship. The single explores that time when you’re starting to develop feelings for someone but don’t want to have your heart broken, if it doesn’t work out. This is one of only a few love songs Emily has written. Emily believes, “This track is fun and a little flirty; I think people will be able to relate. It’s about that moment where everything stands still and you begin to think this could really be something special.”

‘Got Me Fallin’ follows ‘Collision’ to radio, another track to be found on Emily’s 2014 debut EP “Come On Over”, produced by Matt Fell. Since the release of ‘Collision’ in July, Emily has been promoting her music while performing locally every weekend. One of the highlights was opening the show for Amber Lawrence and Travis Collins on the “Our Backyard Tour” in Goulburn and Merimbula NSW.

The singer/songwriter, as well as an accomplished guitarist and keyboardist has recently completed a university degree and is now a fully qualified primary school teacher. Emily is currently working on new material which will be released in early 2018 and has entered the Toyota Star Maker competition which is held each January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival.