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(Nashville, Tenn. – May 26, 2015) – One of Country music’s finest, John Anderson, has released his new album, Goldmine, today, May 26. The highly anticipated new album, which features songs of faith, family, loss, the love of life and more, marks Anderson’s first studio album release in nine years. Track by track, the lyrics are reflective to Anderson’s life and experiences.

Of the new music, MusicRow Magazine’s Robert K. Oermann commented,“Warmth. That’s what it is: The voice of John Anderson is the sound of warmth. This remarkable instrument is capable of conjuring emotions ranging from soul-piercing sadness to uplifting celebration, from empty resignation to goofy hilarity. To this day, John Anderson’s singing is so original that he stands alone in his genre. Indeed, he defines it. For if nothing else, the voice of John Anderson is the sound of country music. Amen.”

Released on his own record label, Bayou Boys Music, and co-produced by Anderson and his long-time friend, Joe Spivey, the 13-track collection of original material features Anderson’s signature sound. The award-winning and hall of fame songwriter wrote or co-wrote 12 of the album’s 13 tracks. 

“With Goldmine, I thought, first off, I’m going to take my songs into the studio and make a record like I think it ought to be made, without all those other influences,” Anderson says, I’m more pleased with the sound of this record than I have been in a long time.”

John Anderson shares why he wrote and or recorded each track in a detailed cut x cut, available here.  

The new album is now available for download on iTunesAmazon and other major digital retailers. Included on the album is leadoff single “I Work a Lot Better,” which hit radio in mid-May. The rocking mid-tempo track is in the style of previous chart-topping hits, such as “Money in the Bank.”

Fellow artist Marty Stuart also commented on Anderson’s new album, saying, “Every time John Anderson makes a record, I consider it to be a gift.  His voice and his very presence are to be considered treasures among the remnants of authentic country music in the twenty first century. John stands as one of the true greats. His new project, Goldmine, proves that point.”

This past weekend, Anderson was the featured act on Artist Confidential, which aired on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country (Ch. 60)Hosted by Outlaw Country’s Elizabeth Cook, the concert showcased Anderson performing new music off his new album as well as some of his greatest hits. Jamey Johnson also made a special appearance and joined Anderson for his classic, “Swingin’.” The show is set to re-air on Prime Country. 

Raised in Apopka, Fla., John Anderson grew up listening to both rock and traditional country. In the end, Anderson resisted the call of rock ‘n roll and chose to pursue his country music dreams, and is recognized as one of the greatest country singers to ever step up to the microphone and possesses one of the most instantly identifiable vocal instruments in the history of the genre.

Anderson is currently touring heavily throughout the United States. For a complete list of upcoming tour dates, please visit JohnAnderson.com/tour

(Nashville, TN) — May 26, 2015 — Kasey Chambers, the singer, songwriter and storyteller from Australia will release her tenth studio album and first solo record in four years, Bittersweet, on July 24 in the US. Produced by Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers) at Studios 301 in Byron Bay, Australia, Bittersweet is something of a departure for Kasey. 

Signifying a new phase in her exciting and expansive career, Bittersweet sees Kasey enter the studio without her producer/manager/brother and good luck charm Nash Chambers for the first time. Although that collaboration has yielded sales of 1.2 million albums in Australia alone, Chambers says, “I wanted to have an experience making a record that I had never had before. I wanted to challenge myself and I wanted to be excited.”

Pulling together a superb studio band to record the album, Bittersweet features Bernard Fanning on acoustic guitar, keyboard, piano, background vocals and lead vocals on the title track; Ashleigh Dallas on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and background vocals; Dan Kelly on electric and acoustic guitar and background vocals; Matthew Engelbrecht on bass and flugelhorn and Declan Kelly on drums, percussion and vibes, Bill Chambers contributes background vocals. Sticking to her trademark no-nonsense live recording style, Kasey and the band recorded the album in just 7 days in April 2014.

Acclaimed Folk singer Jonathan Edwards will release his new album Tomorrow's Child on June 23rd - the latest in a career that spans over 4 decades of musical inspiration, beginning with his Vietnam-era cross-over pop hit "Sunshine" in 1971. Edwards has shared the album's title track, which is currently streaming at Allmusic. On Alison Krauss' contribution of vocals to the song, Edwards notes "Alison’s angelic voice alongside mine has now transcended my dream state to become one of the biggest gifts I've ever been given."
Produced by celebrated acoustic master Darrell Scott, Edwards’ performances on the album are backed by such noted names as Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas and Kenny Malone among others. Ultimately it is Edwards’ own heart-on-the-sleeve delivery that makes Tomorrow’s Child so compelling. 
Edwards reveals on the haunting “Jonny's Come Home” that not only was he adopted as an infant, but before his music career took off, he was forced to put his own child up for adoption as well. “I was adopted at the age of 9 months, and the cover photo of this album was taken by my adoptive mother on that very day,” Edwards said. “‘Jonny's Come Home’ was born out of my efforts to deal with the myriad of emotions that come with these separations and the instant comfort I felt after reuniting with both my mother and my daughter, Brenda.”
In a particularly poignant moment on Tomorrow's Child, Jonathan Edwards asks “Why is it that I love to sing / Glued to my guitar?” Throughout what is arguably his most personal album to date, Edwards examines the pivotal moments of his life as he seeks an answer. “Edwards is still remarkably relevant,” wrote Nate Dow in TheBoston Herald, while the London Republic echoed that Edwards’ work remains “constant, engaging and typically classy.”
“Bringing Tomorrow’s Child full circle was our intent,” Edwards says. “It was our hope and dream to put a lot of love in this album."
Tomorrow's Child

1. Down in the Woods
2. Tomorrow's Child
3. Sandy Girl
4. Mole in the Ground
5. The Girl From the Canyon
6. This Old Guitar
7. Mamaw
8. Hard Times
9. Gracie
10. Ain't Got Time
11. Jonny's Come Home

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Nashville, TN (May 20, 2015) -  The family of Country Music Hall of Fame member and award-winning singer/songwriter Hank Cochran has launched The Pen Fund in his honor.  In conjunction with the Nashville-based non-profit organization, The Nikki Mitchell Foundation, Hank's widow Suzi Cochran and daughter Booth Calder hope The Pen Fund will aid songwriters with Pancreatic Cancer, support awareness, and further cutting-edge breakthroughs in research and development for the early detection and treatment of the disease.  To donate to The Pen Fund, go to www.thepenfund.org or log on your PayPal Account.

"Hank loved songwriting, and he loved other songwriters," recalls his daughter Booth, Co-Founder of The Pen Fund.  "He passed that love on to me, and that gave me an incredible drive to help others.  Writers give up so much, and we believe that they deserve help, especially when facing a life-changing illness such as this."  

During his long and prolific songwriting career, Cochran penned thousands of songs and earned over 40 B.M.I. awards in both the Pop & Country categories.  In 1975, Hank was the sole writer to be inducted, by unanimous vote, into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  In the '60s, he had five songs in Billboard's Top 10.  In 2003, three of his compositions ("I Fall To Pieces," "The Chair," "Make The World Go Away") were included in CMT's "100 Greatest Songs of Country Music" list.  In 2007, Hank was honored as the first songwriter invited to perform in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum'sPOETS And PROPHETS songwriter series.  In 2012, acclaimed singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson released LIVIN' FOR A SONG: A TRIBUTE TO HANK COCHRAN (Mercury Nashville). 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — “I believe you should allow the songs to be boss,” said Lloyd Cole in discussing the muse behind his new album Standards. “And the songs were saying, ‘You need to make a rock record.’”

It’s been 30 years since Lloyd Cole appeared on the radar of music fans around the world with his band, The Commotions, and their stunning debut, Rattlesnakes. Cole has kept busy, releasing solo albums since 1990, and Omnivore Recordings will release to present his latest, Standards, in the U.S. on September 30, 2014.

Though he’d never be so gauche as to suggest it himself, Cole has enjoyed something of a renaissance with Standards (see raves below), a gloriously electric rock ’n’ roll record that fans and critics alike have hailed as his best work since Rattlesnakes. However, Standards was originally only available overseas. Now Omnivore is correcting that by offering the title here on CD and LP (with download card). A Limited Edition album will be available on clear vinyl, with black to follow.

Recorded in late 2012 to early 2013 in Los Angeles, New York and at his home in Massachusetts, the album is produced by Lloyd and mixed by maverick German producer Olaf Opal. All songs are by Lloyd Cole apart from “California Earthquake,” which was written by American folk artist John Hartford.

Inspired in part by the vitality he found in septuagenarian Bob Dylan’s acclaimed 2012 album Tempest, says Cole: I took it as a kick up the backside . . . I had spent much of the 2000’s focused on making age appropriate music, and I’m happy with those albums, but listening to Bob — I don’t think he knows how old he is. And I wondered what might happen if I didn’t worry about it. Well, this is what happened. 

The band Lloyd assembled for Standards comprises Fred Maher (Lou Reed, Material, Scritti Politti) on drums and Matthew Sweet on bass reforming the rhythm section from Lloyd’s debut solo album, 1990’s Lloyd Cole and its follow-up Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe.  

With Joan (As Police Woman) Wasser on piano/backing vocals, and Cole not only singing but playing synths amidst some of the crispest, stormiest, most stinging electric guitar, it’s a tight ship with a tight sound that tautens and relaxes according to the temper of the song. Augmenting the basic band are Lloyd’s son Will, Mark Schwaber and Matt Cullen on guitars, Commotions keyboardist Blair Cowan, percussionist Michael Wyzik and, from Cole’s post-Commotions band the Negatives, backing vocalist Dave Derby.
Says Lloyd“I wanted to make an album with a small fixed palette of sounds, like a Van Gogh, like Highway 61. The album format is supposedly dead, but I still want to make them. Not bunches of songs — albums. For the last 10 years I’ve been primarily an acoustic musician but this is an album for electric guitars, electric bass and loud drums, with piano and synthesizer. Not quite monochrome, then, but not ever-changing either: it has a unique identity — a sound.”

When: Sat., May 30th 
Where: Bell House 149 7th St. Brooklyn, NY
Showtime:7 p.m. 
Tickets: $25

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Josh Abbott Band kicks off their biggest tour to date this summer, performing in 24 states where they'll headline their own bills, support artists including Lee Brice, Sara Evans and Toby Keith and perform in 11 markets they've never before played in. Pairing "deft melodies (Billboard)" with raucous fiddle and banjo, the band's infectious live show is known for driving audiences into an impassioned sing along and frenzied two-step.

2015 opened with the band selling out the world's largest honky tonk, Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, TX and has seen the band perform 39 shows to date, including the ACM Awards' Party for a Cause in Dallas. The tour includes 35 headlining shows and stops at the third annual Taste of Country Festival, Country 102.5's Street Party in Boston and a return performance at the world's largest truck stop on Iowa 80.

TThe band will be performing a selection of songs off their past three releases, including 2014's 'Tuesday Night' (a #12 Billboard Country Album Chart debut) and critically-acclaimed EP 'She's Like Texas', with single "Oh, Tonight" (feat. Kacey Musgraves) climbing to #44 on Billboard's Hot 200 Chart and currently featured in the film 'The Longest Ride'.

NEW YORK, NY -- For years, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen hit the highway as solo artists, both songwriters carving out their own brands of melody-driven country music. It was the "Hold My Beer and Watch This" tour -- an acoustic, collaborative tour that kicked off more than eight years ago -- that officially brought the two together, quickly growing from a handful of shows into an annual touring event.

This year, that long-running tour has spawned a 10-song album, 'Hold My Beer, Vol. 1,' produced by legendary producer Lloyd Maines. Starting on May 21st, Rogers and Bowen will play songs from that album, along with hits from their own catalogs, during the newest leg of the "Holy My Beer and Watch This" trek.

Starting on May 21st, Rogers and Bowen will visit theaters across the U.S. with a 90-minute set that includes acoustic songs as well as full-band performances. The tour kicks off at the Nutty Brown Amphitheater in Austin and stretches across most of the country, including stops at the 2015 AmericanaFest in Nashville and a handful of home state performances across Texas.

"I'm ready to tour this record, we both have lived these songs and continue to do so," says Rogers.

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What would you do if someone STOLE your most
valuable possessions? Zane Williams wrote them a song and shared it on social media!

Nashville, TN  (May 20, 2015) -- Country music singer/songwriter Zane Williams and his band fell prey to a random act of “unkindness” this weekend when they stopped for lunch just outside of Houston, TX.  The musicians’ van and the trailer full of equipment and instruments were stolen from the parking lot of the restaurant where they had stopped for a bite to eat.  In true Zane Williams fashion, the prolific songwriter penned a tune speaking directly to the thieves and posted his calm, yet stern, acoustic delivery on his social media pages.  We have been informed that the trailer has been located and recovered, but the van containing some heirloom instruments remains stolen.   

You can see and hear Zane’s performance here:  https://youtu.be/2DicXacaBtI

Nashville, Tenn. (May 20, 2015) -The new video for Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan's “Be My Husband” directed by Watkins' husband, Todd Cooper, is now available now on Vevo.

Filmed in March on the deck of the A Prairie Home Companion cruise in the Carribean, the intimate stripped down performance showcases the vocal prowess of these three singers, complemented only by foot stomps and claps. "Be My Husband" is the B-side off their 7" single release Crossing Muddy Watersavailable now. "Be My Husband" will be digitally available on May 26.

The 7 inch, which showcases the distinctly beautiful vocal collaboration of all three women, is recorded by Grammy-winning producer Alex Venguer (Sting, John Legend, Loudon Wainwright) at 2nd Story in New York and mixed by Sugar Hill's VP of A&R, Grammy-winning engineer and producer Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton). All fine instrumentalists, "Crossing Muddy Waters" features Watkins on fiddle, Jarosz on banjo and O’Donovan on guitar. 

Fittingly the connection with A Prairie Home Companion will continue as the girls will be appearing on the May 22nd show and May 23rd broadcast in Vienna, VA to launch their US "I'm With Her Tour" dates. 

The 7 inch vinyl can be found here.

Tour Dates
2015-05-22        Vienna, VA - A Prairie Home Companion 
2015-05-23        Vienna, VA - A Prairie Home Companion
2015-07-10        Katonah, NY - Caramoor 
2015-07-11        Mt. Solon, VA - Red Wing Roots
2015-07-18        Vancouver, Cananda - Vancouver Folk Music Festival
2015-07-25        Lyons, CO - Rockygrass
2015-08-29        Fayetteville, AR - Fayetteville Town Center
2015-09-05        Pagosa Springs, CO - Four Corners Folk Festival
2015-09-19        North Adams, MA - FreshGrass

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Nashville, TN (May 20, 2015) – Platinum-selling country star and Streamsound recording artist Kristian Bush is teaming up with Armed Forces Entertainment, MWR, and Stars for Stripes for a special two-week long military tour of U.S. military bases in Japan. Bush will kick off the tour by headlining a special Memorial Day Concert on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 25. 
“I am excited and honored to spend time with and perform for our fine men and women of the Armed Forces, and completely humbled to be playing Pearl Harbor on Memorial Day,” says Bush. “My father was an officer in the Army and my grandfather served in World War II, and I am so proud of their service. I’ll always do whatever I can to support our troops."
During his performance at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Bush will also participate in a Grand Ole Opry “Circle Throwdown,” honoring both the Opry’s 90th Anniversary and “Salute the Troops” month in their year-long “Cause for Applause” celebration. He will then travel to Japan to perform seven shows for the troops stationed in that country.
Kristian Bush Armed Forces Entertainment Tour Dates:
5/25 – Oahu, HI – Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickman
5/28 – Sasebo, JP – Sasebo Naval Base
5/29 – Iwakuni, JP – Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni
5/30 – Fussa, Tokyo, JP – Yokata Air Base
6/2 – Yokosuka, JP – Yokosuka Naval Base (Commander Fleet)
6/3 – Yamato and Ayase, JP – Naval Air Station Atsugi (NAS)
6/5 – Okinawa, JP – Kadena Air Base
6/6 – Okinawa, JP – Futenma Flightline Festival
Following the tour, Bush will return to Nashville, TN for the CMA Music Festival, making several appearances throughout the week including the Bluebird Cafe (6/9), the CMA Close-Up Stage (6/11), the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman (6/13), the Chevy Riverfront stage (6/13), and the HGTV Lodge (6/14). In the evenings, he will sit in as the on-air host for BBC2 Radio/Bob Harris Country’s coverage of the LP Field concerts for the third consecutive year.
For a complete list of tour dates and for more information, visit www.kristianbush.com

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