Following his triumphant return to Country radio with “What Whiskey Does,” powerhouse Randy Houser announced his new full-length album, Magnolia, will be released November 2 via Stoney Creek Records Continue reading
The highly-anticipated release of Carrie Underwood’s new album, “Cry Pretty” is almost upon us and we’ve got your advanced tracks right here at Country Music News Blog dot com! Continue reading
Country traditionalist James Carothershas released the music video to accompany his single “Sinners and Saints” from his upcoming album Still Country, Still King: A Tribute To George Jones. The music video was exclusively premiered by The Boot yesterday. “Sinners and Saints” is available for streaming and download, and the album is available for preorder here. “If you have half as much fun watching this video as we did making it you might get thrown in the jailhouse!” Carothers said. “A special thanks to the good folks at “The Jailer’s Inn” up in Bardstown, KY, for allowing us to shoot some scenes in the old Nelson County Jail. Also, a shout out to our friends at Music City Light for donating a few beers to the project and one of their finest for the role of “Johnny”. Good times with good friends. Hope y’all enjoy it!” “A rollicking, rowdy time, Carothers’ “Sinners & Saints” video flashes between party time at a honky-tonk and prayer time in church pews. Those scenes are interspersed with shots of Carothers bringing in a scruffy, modern version of some eternal and classic Jones wisdom,” said Amy McCarthy, The Boot. Carothers will host an album listening party at The George Jones rooftop in Nashville on Aug. 6. You can RSVP here. Still Country, Still King: A Tribute To George Jones will officially be released Sept. 7. Keep up with James on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and on his website at www.jamescarothers.com. About James Carothers Mixing together Tennessee twang and southern storytelling, James Carothersmakes throwback country music for modern times. His first full-length album,Relapse, released in May 2017, bears similarities to classic releases by George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. Carothers wrote most of the songs between daily gigs at The George Jones in Nashville. Since its opening in 2015, he’s performed hundreds of shows at the venue. George Jones’ own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig, giving him the opportunity to make a living playing music. James now plays several shows at venues in downtown Nashville each week when he’s not on the road. In 2018, James was nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in the “Outlaw Male” category. His hit song “Back to Hank” has received over four million views on Facebook and his Spotify and Apple Music artist profiles have been streamed over one million times combined. This September, James will be releasing his newest album, Still Country, Still King: A Tribute to George Jones. James will also be making his Grand Ole Opry debut this year. For more information about James Carothers, visit www.jamescarothers.com.
Southern California-based Country trio Honey County has released a music video for their new single “Sale of the Summer,” which premiered yesterday on Radio Disney Country. The music video can be viewed here, and the single, along with all of Honey County’s music, can be found on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Pandora. “We had a blast filming this music video,” said Dani Rose of Honey County. “It was definitely a challenge to film on separate days since Devon, our third member and lead guitarist, was still touring with Katy Perry during our first full day of shooting, but I think it only speaks to how hard-working of a band we are to overcome the roadblocks we face when we’re not all in the same room. And we couldn’t be more thrilled that Radio Disney Country is premiering our video!” “Combine three-part harmonies, hooks, and intense girl power and you have one of today’s most dynamic and unique Country Music acts, Honey County,” said Phil Guerini, VP, Music Strategy DCWW & GM, Radio Disney Network The trio has opened for Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Easton Corbin, LANCO, and Morgan Wallen, and played festivals Stagecoach 2017 and Country Summer 2018 alongside Maren Morris, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town and more. You can read about their recent success in this article from KFRG-FM. Follow Honey County on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Keep up with their tour dates on their website at www.honeycounty.com. Honey County Tour Dates Aug. 19 – Temecula, Calif. – Wilson Creek Winery (w/Thompson Square) Aug. 30 – Fort Riley, Kan. – Fort Riley (w/Thompson Square) Sept. 15 – Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. – Remember The Music Oct. 2 – Houston, Texas – Sam Houston State University Oct. 3 – Aberdeen, Md. – Proving Ground (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 4 – Port St. Lucie, Fla. – Chillin’ on the Lucie festival Oct. 5 – Fort Stewart, Ga. – Club Stewart (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 13 – Columbia, S.C. – Solomon Center (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 21 – New Orleans, La. – Country Smooth Festival (w/ Justin Moore) Oct. 22 – Natchitoches, La. – Northwestern State University Oct. 25 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – NACA Mid America Showcase Nov. 1 – Rock Hill, S.C. – Winthrop University Nov. 3 – Fort Rucker, Ala. – Aviators Landing (w/Thompson Square) Nov. 16 – Fort Knox, Ky. – Godman Airfield (w/Thompson Square) About Honey County Rooted in three-part vocal harmonies, southern twang, and pop hooks, Honey County is a female country trio formed by singer/songwriter Dani Rose, featuring the stacked voices, songwriting and layered guitar work of bandmates Devon Jane and Katie Stump. As one of Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Artists You Need To Know, the band has maintained a busy schedule both onstage and in the studio, sharing shows with artists like Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen and Easton Corbin while also crafting modern, melody-based country songs. With a prestigious placement of their song ‘Love Someone’ featured in an episode of CMT’s ‘Nashville’ Continue reading
Tulsa Red Dirt Artist Jake Flint Releases Poignant Up Tempo Single “Long Road Back Home” Oklahoma Red Dirt artist Jake Flint has released his sophomore single “Long Road Back Home,” the highly anticipated follow-up to his successful debut release, “Cowtown,” which was well-received by radio and fans alike. “Long Road Back Home,” co-produced by Flint with Red Dirt hit-maker Mike McClure is a lively up tempo song about the excitement of returning to beloved family and friends, and vividly captures the emotional anticipation of going back to your roots. Tulsa-based singer-songwriter Jake Flint is deeply entrenched in the Red Dirt music scene. Following the release of “Cowtown” in late-2017, Flint’s career took a sharp upward swing as his easy going style, quick wit and exceptional performance talents were embraced by the Texas/Red Dirt community of radio programmers and earned him a coveted slot as a featured performer at the recent TRRMA ‘Future Faces Show.’ The recognition and support of radio in building his awareness has given Flint the opportunity to greatly expand his touring base to reach a growing legion of fans. “I am super excited about and very proud of ‘Long Road Back Home,’ Flint states“It is a veritable testimony of the bittersweet conflict of feelings I personally get when leaving the gratifying hard work we put in on the road meeting people and performing and returning to my family and friends, home cookin’ and soft bed that I miss so dearly while away. I can imagine that many different types of people could relate to this feeling. From coming home from a semester away at college, a soldier from a tour of duty, or just someone who lives far away from their childhood home. It’s that feeling you get when you can see the finish line and you just know a big hug from mom and dad, a hot, home cooked meal and an impatient dog at the end of the driveway is eagerly awaiting your arrival.” Watch the Official music video for “Long Road Back Home” at this link: https://youtu.be/-j0LA-i0VDE Radio programmers can download “Long Road Back Home” at CD Tex: http://www.cdtex.com/broadcast_downloads.html “Long Road Home” is available for purchase at iTunes at this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/long-road-back-home-single/1410540134 For more information about Jake Flint, connect with him online: Website: www.jakeflintmusic.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JakeFlintMusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/JacobDFlint
Low Country Sound and Elektra Records are proud to announce the eagerly awaited new LP from Shooter Jennings. SHOOTER arrives at all music retailers and streaming services on Friday, August 10th. Heralded by Rolling Stone as one of 2018’s “30 Most Anticipated Albums,” SHOOTER is available for pre-order now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE. All pre-orders are joined by an instant grat download of the project’s first single, “Fast Horses & Good Hideouts,” also available today for individual purchase at all DSPs and streaming services HERE. “Fast Horses & Good Hideouts” – which sees Jennings and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell) sharing songwriting credit with iconoclastic character actor Randy Quaid – is debuting today at radio on SiriusXM Outlaw Country, home since 2005 of the hugely popular “Shooter Jennings’ Electric Rodeo” radio show. In addition, the single is joined by a new companion visual – directed by TK – that sees Jennings hosting his own variety show, entitled “Hey Shooter!” “Fast Horses & Good Hideouts” is streaming now at the official Shooter Jennings YouTube channel following today’s exclusive video premiere via Rolling Stone Country. TRACK LISTING Bound Ta Git Down Do You Love Texas? Living In A Minor Key D.R.U.N.K. Shades & Hues I’m Wild & My Woman Is Crazy Fast Horses & Good Hideouts Rhinestone Eyes Denim & Diamonds PRE-ORDER SHOOTER DOWNLOAD/STREAM “FAST HORSES & GOOD HIDEOUTS”
Introducing Christopher Austin, a 21 year old U.S. Army veteran and former Infantryman, born and raised in Soddy-Daisy, TN right outside of Chattanooga. Christopher has worked his way up from the local bars and stages as a self-taught musician with his sites set on writing tomorrow’s biggest country hits. Give him a listen and let us know if you want to hear more in the comments below! You can find out more about Christopher Austin On Twitter On YouTube
Charismatic entertainer, innovative entrepreneur and country singer/songwriter Karen Waldrup released her full length debut album in partnership with The Fuel Music on Friday, July 13 and a week later she’s officially “justified” thanks to four Billboard charts. Justified, the album she’s always wanted to make, landed at #26 on the Country Albums Sales chart, #44 on Independent Albums chart, #14 on Heatseekers and #7 on Heatseekers South Central. The album, produced by Garth Fundis and completely funded by fans all over the world via an Indiegogo campaign, is an eleven song album featuring a fresh new country sound meshed with the soulful nostalgia of Waldrup’s home state of Louisiana. “I can’t believe it and I couldn’t be more thankful to my Waldrup Worldwide Family,” exclaims Waldrup. “I always dreamed my debut album would land on the Billboard chart and I’m beyond ecstatic.” Waldrup wrote or co-wrote 9 of the 11 tracks with Nashville friends and fellow songwriters including Julia Cole, Anthony Smith, Donnie Skaggs, Ed Hill, Brian Kolb and others. The album features title track “Justified,” that Music Row magazine calls “a soul-rock tune that showcases potent, wailing and penetrating vocalist with moxie and fire,” the catchy party anthem “What Goes On In This Bar (Stays In This Bar),” Waldrup’s viral version of “I Hope You Dance,” the Lori McKenna penned love song “Sometimes He Does” and the vibey and sultry “Slow and Easy.” Throwback to November 2016, Waldrup launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a new project that award-winning producer Garth Fundis agreed to produce. The life of the campaign was a roller coaster ride, with very low lows and even higher highs for independent artist Waldrup. During the campaign, she heard a preacher say “the moment you take the burden off of yourself to be important is the moment you start living your true potential,” and she committed to living that mindset. Shortly after, by request from a 16 year old fan, Waldrup recorded an unedited, one-take cover of Lee Ann Womack’s massive hit “I Hope You Dance” in her living room. After sending it to that fan, she also shared the video with her friends at lifestyle brand Country Rebel. They were blown away by the heartfelt cover and posted it immediately on their socials. After millions of views and thousands of interactions on social media, her Indiegogo campaign was over 100% funded and she began recording that dream album. To date, the video has been viewed over 28 million times. Listen to Justified here. Check out “behind the scenes” from the album here. Autographed copies available at www.karenwaldrup.com/store. Track Listing: Colorado Kiss – Julia Cole, Karen Waldrup Nobody’s Running Away – Ed Hill, Donnie Skaggs, Karen Waldrup Parker Presley – Parker Pressley, Karen Waldrup Justified – Brian Kolb, Karen Waldrup Slow & Easy – Anthony Smith, Karen Waldrup What Goes On In This Bar (Stays In This Bar) – Ed Hill, Donnie Skaggs, Karen Waldrup Sometimes He Does – Lori McKenna Praying For My Cowboy – Continue reading
The award-winning Grascals are well-known for their fun-loving approach to music-making as well as a tendency to record and perform out-of-the-box songs for their fans. To follow up the band’s highly successful Before Breakfast, they are releasing their new single, “Happy Together,” a classic song by The Turtles that’s so well-known as a happily-ever-after love anthem. Unison melodies played by the award-winning instrumentalists, Danny Roberts, Kristen Scott Benson and Adam Haynes bring a clever grassy new life to this rock track. Pulsing bass from Terry Smith and the harmonies and guitar of Terry Eldridge all backing the lead vocal of John Bryan make for a well-done cover that captures both the power of The Grascals and the joy of “Happy Together.” “The Grascals have done other tunes like this in the past from ‘Viva Las Vegas’ to‘Last Train to Clarksville’ and had good success so we figured we would try some more,” says Danny Roberts. “‘Happy Together’ has such a great message and an awesome melody that we felt like we had to do it, we hope everybody likes it like we do.” Listen to “Happy Together” HERE. About The Grascals Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years. Their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. All the while, stages that represent the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, as evidenced by the over 150 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian. As their records prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or a pop standard. Take for instance, fan favorite, “Last Train to Clarksville.” Non-bluegrass listeners enjoy a new take on a familiar song, while diehard bluegrass audiences who may have never heard the Continue reading
Desperate Man, Church’s First Album in Nearly Three Years, Set for Release Friday, October 5, 2018 Church Choir to Get Album Direct from Church “Desperate Man” is First Single, Co-Written with Ray Wylie Hubbard. In a video message speaking directly to his fans, 2-time CMA Album of the Year winner Eric Church told his faithful Church Choir [Church’s official fan club] earlier this morning: “It’s been a while; I just want to say I have missed you. I have good news…the album is done, and we are back. It’s called Desperate Man and the first single is called ‘Desperate Man,’” with the Choir having access to listen first through their login. Church continues, “Just like last time – just like Mr. Misunderstood – if you’re in the Church Choir, on October 5thyou’re going to get the album,” as Church renegotiated his record deal with EMI Nashville leading into Desperate Man to include his fans. “Desperate Man,” Church’s first single off the new album, is available everywhere now. Co-written by Church with Texas musician Ray Wylie Hubbard (who Church namechecks in his 2015 “Mr. Misunderstood”), “Desperate Man” sees Church again collaborating with producer Jay Joyce. Many may recall in 2015, Church stunned industry and fans alike with the surprise release of Mr. Misunderstood,giving it away to his fans first without interviews, hype or promotion. Church Choir members spoke directly to local television on how they received the record, being the first to confirm its existence. Church said then, “Everyone is so focused on your first week. But I am more concerned with week 80 than week one.” Mr. Misunderstood went on to win CMA Awards’ Album of the Year in 2016 and reached RIAA-Platinum certification earlier this year. Never satisfied with the status quo, Church constantly challenges himself as an artist and is applying that same philosophy to the Choir changing it to make it better and even more inclusive. Membership tiers are simplified to two options: paid and free. Members of the Choir will also be in control of what music and bundles they receive upon signing up and at renewal. Members who annual renew or auto-renew, and new fans who sign up will now receive an album of their choice from Church’s catalog – in addition to all the benefits paid members currently receive including access to purchase pre-sale tickets, chances for meet and greets, opportunities to attend Church Choir events and much more. The free tier of Church Choir membership includes access to the online community, email updates and special offers. By-passing the gatekeepers and speaking directly to the fans is fundamental to Church’s success and he is proving it once again with reconfiguring the Church Choir in advance of the release of Desperate Man. Church concludes the video message saying, “I look forward to seeing you on the road… I’m very proud of this album. See you soon.” Stay tuned to EricChurch.com for more information.