Raelynn releases “Lonely Call” To Radio!

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New Music from Raelynn now available to radio

Country music darling RaeLynn will be officially taking her empowering new single “Lonely Call” to country radio. The single is the latest from her number one debut album WILDHORSE“. 

The follow-up to “Love Triangle,” one of Rolling Stone’s Best Country Songs of 2016. When choosing the next single, Raelynn realized that the most important voice in that decision was her fans. A clear favorite kept raising its hand on social media since the day her album was made available, and that favorite was “Lonely Call.” Co-written with one of the album’s producers, Nicolle Galyon, and Rob Hawkins, “Lonely Call” is explained by NPR as rejecting “a wishy-washy ex without flinching, sending all of his calls to voicemail” while “steeling herself against the temptation to settle for his vacillating interest.”

The rising star has earned numerous award nominations including the Academy of Country Music Awards’ New Female Vocalist of the Year, Radio Disney Music Awards’ Favorite Country Song and The Freshest! – Best New Artist Country, and most recently CMT Music Awards’ Breakthrough Video of the Year, her second in that category in addition to a Female Video of the Year nod.

 

Introducing: Ashley McBryde

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Ashley McBryde

Love a story of someone successfully making their way in country music by doing what they love and not bending to the ‘trend’ or ‘expectations’.

Ashley McBryde is exactly where they said she’d never be: working as an independent singer/songwriter in Nashville. Opening for Chris Stapleton and Eric Church, recently making her Grand Ole Opry debut, and releasing music when and where she wants to.

Rolling Stone’s have named her as “Artists You Need To Know,” citing she’s “an Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert,” McBryde lays it all on the line, and it’s that honest approach that has led to Nashville critics dubbing her the next big thing since Chris Stapleton.

Her drive led The Grand Ole Opry to invite McBryde to make her Opry debut. Clad in a vintage Johnny Cash t-shirt she launched into “Dive Bar”. When her band exited and she asked the crowd who was having their first experience at the Opry. When the crowd warmly responded, McBryde added, “well don’t be nervous, you’re doing great.” Not batting an eye lid she just adjusted the capo on the neck of her Gibson and launched into a story about the inspiration behind her second selection, a song she specifically wrote for this moment, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere.”

 

“I was in high school and a teacher of mine asked what I wanted to do when I grew up,” shares the Mammoth Spring, Arkansas native. “I said I want to move to Nashville and write songs and sing them.” Her teacher responded with an abrupt, “that’s stupid.” McBryde continues, “She said I better have a really good back-up plan.” And with that, she stood in the spotlight within the circle and began, “Don’t waste your life, behind that guitar / you may get gone, but you won’t get far.”

Ashley McBryde is set to finish off summer with a packed schedule of festival performances across the country before joining Eric Church and The Brothers Osborne on the road for select dates in September.

 

Check out Lindsay Ell

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Lindsay Ell is GREAT!

I have just come across Lindsay Ell – I have gotta be honest – kinda girl crushing on her right now!

Lindsay is currently on tour with Brad Paisley’s WEEKEND WARRIOR WORLD TOUR  and recently made her debut appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live where she performed “Waiting on You”

The Huffington Post has names Lindsay Ell as “Top Country Artist to Watch”. An accomplished musician, unique vocalist, songwriter and pretty stunning, she certainly comes acrsoss as the complete package. To date she has toured with Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, The Band Perry and Keith Urban as well as playing as Carrie Underwood’s guitarist at the 50th Annual CMA Awards.

If you are looking to know more, I strongly suggest you look at her YouTube account, she has a heap of covers, behind the scenes and an ‘Ell Access’ series of videos.

I cam across this beautiful rendition of Break on Me cover of Keith Urban’s – SHE NAILS IT.

Are you loving her?

https://www.facebook.com/officiallindsayell/

https://twitter.com/lindsayell

https://www.instagram.com/lindsayell/

 

Dylan Scott goes GOLD with “My Girl”

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MY GIRL by Dylan Scott Goes GOLD

Breakout artist DYLAN SCOTT earned GOLD certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for his current hit single, “My Girl,” marking the first of his career.  Included on his self-titled debut album, he wrote the romantically charged song about his girlfriend – now wife – and all the little things he gets to see in his girl that no one else does. This month, he also checked another career milestone off by headlining a sold-out show at the world famous Troubadour in Los Angeles as part of his MY TOWN TOUR

After releasing his self-titled debut album, having landed in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, Scott has impressively garnered a total of 100 million radio plays on Pandora and surpassed 170 million on-demand streams on services such as Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. Sounds Like Nashvilleapplauded the album for being “well rounded and genre-bending,” while Taste of Country praised, “The 13-track album is versatile, combining Scott’s love of traditional country with distinct pop and urban influences.”
Scott is playing select dates throughout the U.S. and Canada the summer. Stay tuned for big news coming soon!

Chase Rice signs with BBR Music Group/BMG

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Chase Rice Signs new Label – New Music Coming …

Chase Rice has quickly gained a reputation as a bit of an outsider with a wide independent streak in the country music world. This comes as Chase prepares to release new music.  Rice has been assigned to the Broken Bow Records imprint, where he joins labelmates Jason Aldean and Dustin Lynch.

 

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to join the BBR family,” Rice said. “I knew from the moment we began talking that the people here understand where I’m coming from, and I can’t wait to share all the new songs we’re about to make together. In fact, we’re so excited, we promise we’ll have new music for you within a month.”

 

Chase has been one of country’s most exciting figures co-wroting Florida Georgia Line’s megahit Diamond certified “Cruise” and his 2014 major label debut album, Ignite the Night, opened at No. 1 and yielded two Top 5 hits with “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” in addition to over 900,000 in album sales. Rice initially released “Ready Set Roll” through his own Dack Janiels label and later partnered with Columbia Nashville for a wider release, though he never gave up control of his music to sign a long-term deal.

 

The 31-year-old singer-songwriter has had an eclectic life:

  • playing football at the University of North Carolina
  • serving as a NASCAR pit crew member
  • even a role on a season of Survivor

Before finding success as a singer/songwriter/entertainer. His unrivaled live show has led to numerous sold out tours, a slot performing on Kenny Chesney’s stadium tour stops in 2015, and to ESPN’s Marty Smith noting in that sense, “Rice is an anomaly.”

 

For news and upcoming tour dates, visit www.chaserice.com or follow on Twitter @ChaseRiceMusic and www.Facebook.com/ChaseRiceMusic.

 

Kip Moore New Album “SlowHeart” is coming!

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Kip Moore releases details about upcoming album

SLOWHEART

Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore shared more details about his upcoming third studio album on MCA Nashville SLOWHEART will be released on Sept. 8.  Having navigated the path from the staggering success of the release of his smash-hit debut album UP ALL NIGHT, to the resounding critical acclaim that followed with his sophomore offering, WILD ONES, has hit his stride with the upcoming release of SLOWHEART.  Moore co-wrote 11 out of 13 tracks, and was the sole producer on seven of the tracks, as well as co-producing five more on the collection that is “between the rough edges of Americana, rock and the evocative storytelling of country, produced to let every guitar lick ring true and every edge and wail of Moore’s voice reverberate raw but strong” (Rolling Stone).  He also played guitar throughout the recording, while singing the majority of the harmonies, giving him a new found respect for the talented background vocalists within the Nashville community and resulting in the impactful authenticity of this record.
“This is the record I’ve been waiting to make,” said Moore. “The one that leaves you with a peace in your heart, knowing you did it exactly the way you wanted to. The one that makes it okay if you fail, because it truly came from your soul and no other place. You can’t go wrong if you can lay your head on your pillow with no regrets.”
SLOWHEART Official Track List:

1.Plead The Fifth
Luke Dick, Josh Kear

2. Just Another Girl
Kip Moore, Westin Davis, Ben Helson

3. I’ve Been Around
Kip Moore, Dan Couch

4. Fast Women

Kip Moore, Blair Daly, Westin Davis and Troy Verges

5. Bittersweet Company
Kip Moore, Josh Miller, Troy Verges

6. Sunburn
Kip Moore, David Garcia, Josh Miller, Steven Olsen

7. More Girls Like You
Kip Moore, Steven Olsen, Josh Miller, David Garcia

8. The Bull
Jon Randall, Luke Dick

9. Blonde
Kip Moore, Steven Olsen, Josh Miller, David Garcia

10. Good Thing
Kip Moore, Josh Miller, Troy Verges

11. Last Shot
Kip Moore, Dan Couch, David Lee Murphy

12. Try Again
Kip Moore, David Garcia, Josh Miller

13. Guitar Man
Kip Moore, Dan Couch, Westin Davis

More Girls Like You is the first release from the album and is available now.
https://youtu.be/6-UHrVz1pR8

Lady Antebellum’s HeartBreak goes to no. 1

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New album from Lady Antebellum “Heartbreak”

straight to number 1

Lady Antebellum earns their fifth debut at the No. One position on Billboard’s Top Country Albums  and Australia’s ARIA Country Album chart this week with their critically acclaimed sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Records Nashville), after moving over 53,000 units upon release.

“Over the last 10 years, Lady A has helped redefine the reach and sound of Country Music,” said Cindy Mabe, President of Universal Music Group Nashville. “Their new album HEART BREAK sounds like nothing they’ve done before, yet those magical harmonies are instantly familiar. As HEART BREAK debuts at No. One this week, the band’s fifth No. One album, I am reminded how their music and touring has traveled the world and connected everywhere.

 

 

Natalie Pearson releases “Strangers”

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New Music from Upcoming Aussie Country Music Artist: NATALIE PEARSON

Natalie Pearson latest single “Strangers”, hit the radio airwaves earlier this month. The Official Music Video was released online via Facebook and racked up an impressive 23,000 views within two weeks.

The single follows on from the fan-favourite release “Don’t Ask Me This”, (one of my personal favourites). It saw the MusicOZ AIMA’s Best Country Artist gain traction on one of Spotify’s hottest playlists, ‘Fresh Country’.

 

“I think most people can relate to a situation where life gets in the way and you don’t make the effort to appreciate someone, be it a partner or a friendship. If you don’t work on it, the bond weakens and you drift apart. This song is a last call to desperately grasp whatever is left, or you might as well be “Strangers”.

 

 

Caitlyn Shatbolt stays at number 1

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“My Breakup Anthem” from Caitlyn Shadbolt

Sits at no. 1 for its Fifth Week!

Caitlyn Shadbolt celebrates 5 weeks at #1 on the National Australian Country Music Radio Chart, with her smash hit single ‘My Breakup Anthem’! Peaking this week at #1 on the CMC Top 30 Chart and follows on from her #1 album on the iTunes Country Albums chart, her #1 ARIA Country Album debut and her #1 spot on the Kix Hottest 20 Chart

“I know it has been a while since I released music so I thought people would be excited to hear new songs from me. However I had no idea it would be received this well! The support from country radio and CMC has been overwhelming. It’s so nice to have people appreciate a song I’ve written myself and respect the direction I want to take with my music.” Caitlyn Shadbolt

Songs On My Sleeve is an album that is personal for Caitlyn, who spent time in her hometown (Gympie, Queensland), Sydney, Nashville and Bali penning the songs. The album of love, friends and relationship breakups but ultimately delivers some very positive messages was produced with Andrew Cochrane (Veronicas).

 

Tamworth’s Hats Off To Country Music Festival 2017

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Tamworth’s Mid Year Country Music Festival

‘HATS OFF TO COUNTRY’

If you LOVE the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January, then this is a must see festival! Featuring more than 100 individual country starts and a whole heap of events all over 4 big days (and nights).

Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th of July, 2017

Join in:

  • Cowboy Crawl: Inaugural Cowboy Crawl encourages participants to wear their best cowboy/cowgirl gear and have a wild fun night out, travelling by bus to check out the best country music destinations in town!

Did I mention the music?

Cowboy crawlers can expect to see some of Australian country music’s greatest acts with Anthony Taylor & Jared Scott, Beau Hatch & Band, Brothers3, Simply Bushed, and The Viper Creek Band, all set to perform.

  • 2017 Singer/Songwriters Retreat: The DAG Seep Station will be hosting its fifth Winter Songwriters retreat during the festival. Participants will get the chance to learn from some of Australian Country Music’s finest and successful Award Winning, Singer Songwriters including; Luke O’Shea, Felicity Urquhart, Kevin Bennett, Aleyce Simmonds, Jeremy Edwards and Shane Nicholson.

Venues:

  • Tamworth Shopping World
  • South Tamworth Bowlo
  • West Tamworth Leagues Club
  • The Longyard Hotel
  • Cattlemans Steakhouse
  • The Albert Hotel
  • Moonshiners Honky Tonk Bar
  • Oasis Hotel
  • The Longyard Hotel
  • Southgate Inn
  • North Tamworth Bowlo
  • Post Office Hotel
  • The Pub
  • Tamworth Services Club
  • The Family Hotel
  • Manilla RSL
  • West Diggers

Artists:

Luke O’Shea, Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt

Shannon Noll, Viper Creek Band, Ashleigh Dallas,

Simply Bushed, Innocent Eve, Jen Mize, Brothers 3

Brad Butcher, Emma Beau, The Weeping Willows

Melinda Schneider, Rachael Fahim, The Hill Billy Goats,

Arley Black Duo, Michael Bryers, Beau Hatch Band

Don Costa, Marie Hodson & The Cartwheels, Laurie and Shelley Minson & Oasis Band, Anthony Taylor & Jared Scott, Christina George, Greg Bain, Lyn and Phill Manning

and a heap more …

While majority of the shows are Free, there are a few paid shows such as songwriters sessions, showcases, Amber Lawrence and Catherine Britt’s show, Luke O’Shea’s Dinner Show bigger events like that!

More information on the festival check out the Destination Tamworth website here

CMT Award Winners 2017

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Full List of the CMT Award Winners 2017

First up let’s just say, this night, belonged to Keith Urban. He went into the show being the top nominated artist and came out with a smile on his face! Winning a total of 4 awards!!!!

Full list of winners:

Video of the Year

WINNER: Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Nominees:
Artists of Then, Now & Forever – “Forever Country”
Brad Paisley – “Today”
Brett Eldredge – “Wanna Be That Song”
Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”
Cole Swindell – “Middle Of A Memory”
Dierks Bentley and Elle King – “Different For Girls”
Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.”
Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots”
Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”
Little Big Town – “Better Man”
Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”

Female Video of the Year

WINNER: Carrie Underwood –  “Church Bells”

Nominees:

Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”
Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”
Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes”
Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
Reba McEntire – “Back To God”

Male Video of the Year

WINNER: Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Nominees:
Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget”
Eric Church – “Record Year”
Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On”
Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”

Duo Video of the Year

Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.” — WINNER

Nominees:
Big & Rich feat. Tim McGraw – “Lovin’ Lately”
Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer”
Dan + Shay – “How Not To”
LoCash – “I Know Somebody”

Group Video of the Year

WINNER: Little Big Town – “Better Man”

Nominees:
Eli Young Band – “Saltwater Gospel”
Lady Antebellum – “You Look Good”
Midland – “Drinkin’ Problem”
Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time”

Collaborative Video of the Year

WINNER: Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – “The Fighter”

Nominees:

Artists of Then, Now & Forever – “Forever Country”
Chris Young feat. Vince Gill – “Sober Saturday Night”
Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King –  “Different For Girls”
Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw – “May We All”
Kenny Chesney with P!nk – “Setting The World On Fire”

Breakthrough Video of the Year

WINNER: Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”

Nominees:
Brett Young – “In Case You Didn’t Know”
Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots”
Kane Brown – “Used to Love You Sober”
Luke Combs – “Hurricane”
RaeLynn – “Love Triangle”

CMT Performance of the Year

WINNER: Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan – “Want To Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads)

Nominees:
Jason Aldean – “Hicktown” (From CMT Concert of the Summer)
John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker – “Pink Houses” (From CMT Crossroads)
Alicia Keys and Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” (From CMT Crossroads)
Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini – “You’re Still The One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like A Woman” (from CMT Artists of the Year)
Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett – “Close” (From CMT Crossroads)

Social Superstar of the Year

WINNER: Keith Urban

Nominees:

Brett Eldredge
Jake Owen
Kelsea Ballerini
Lauren Alaina
Thomas Rhett

 

Award Performances Here

Top Performances from the 2017 CMT Awards

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Top Performances from the 2017 CMT Awards

While I couldn’t watch the awards because I am based in Australia – here are the top performances from the 2017 CMT Awards …

1. Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood – “The Fighter”

Keith Urban and Carried Underwood really slowed this song down for this intimate performance of Fighter. When the song did speed up towards the end it is like nothing you have heard before …

2. Miranda Lambert “Pink Sunglasses”

WOW! Seemed to be a thing of the night, Miranda really mixed this song up to with a slower tempo. With key members throughout the crowd wearing Pink Sunglasses including Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Shay + Dan and the crowd down the front!

I have never really taken note of the lyrics for this song, but I think I need some Pink Sunglasses now =)

3. Thomas Rhett – Craving You

After seeing the film clip for this song, I have really changed my mind about this song – I know like it!

With Thomas singing up on stage with some dancers on really cool chairs (never miss one of them after a few drinks). While the song is a duet with Maren Morris, she was no where in sight for this one! There was also no appearance of his little baby girl Willa Grey who has been on tour with Thomas this past week!

4. Florida Georgia Line & The Chainsmokers “Last Day Alive”

What legends! Playing at their new restaurant “House” – haha love it! Great publicity boys! Well done.

5. Blake Shelton – “Every Time I Hear That Song”

I think this if the first time Blake has sung at the awards show in quiet a while (it feels like that for me anyway). He goes alright in a suit jacket and jeans combo!

It was really an outstanding performance – pretty same old, same old.

6. Celebrating Gregg Allman’s Life – “Midnight Rider”

Featuring Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Charles Kelley and Derek Trucks.

Oh I almost forgot – The Opening Skit: