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Nashville, TENN. (September 1, 2015) – BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records artist Granger Smith returns to national TV as his ‘country boy’ alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. will appear on CBS Sports Network’s Inside College Football Live. A fan-favorite for two consecutive seasons, Dibbles will once again provide his hilarious, yet surprisingly accurate and informative commentary, aka “Dibbleisms,” to the week’s most anticipated games ahead via his very own “Dip Em and Pick Em” segment. Inside College Football premieres TONIGHT from 7pm – 9pm EST and will air from 9pm-11pm EST for the remainder of the season. 

Inside College Football host Adam Zucker will once again be joined by analysts Aaron Taylor (two-time All-America offensive linemen at Notre Dame), Randy Cross (UCLA All-American offensive linemen at UCLA and 3-time Super Bowl Champion with the 49ers), and Brian Jones (Freshman All-American at UCLA and All-Southwest Conference linebacker at Texas).  New to the show and rounding out the panel this season is Rick Neuheisel (Rose Bowl MVP as a quarterback at UCLA and former Head Coach at UCLA).  

In addition to appearing regularly on CBS Sports Network this season, Granger will continue to tour throughout the fall, rounding out his nationwide tour and supporting his current single at country radio, “Backroad Song.”  


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September 1 - Two-time Grammy-winning singer and master songwriter Jim Lauderdale is both a "songwriter's songwriter," who's written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman, who's enhanced the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. As a solo artist, since 1986 up until now, he's created a body work spanning 28 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock.  Along the way he's won awards, garnered critical acclaim, and earned himself an engaged fan base. Now, on September 25th, Jim treats his fans to a new adventure, exploring the redemptive traditional sounds of Memphis and Nashville with his double album, Soul Searching: Vol. 1 Memphis/Vol. 2. Nashville (Sky Crunch Records).

This profound entry in Jim's artistic continuum represents an immersive journey into the heart of Americana music different than any of Jim's previous work. Jim recorded each album in hallowed halls with some of the finest and most respected purveyors of these soulfully indigenous sounds. Both albums feature roots savants Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars playing. Vol. 1 Memphis was tracked at the legendary Royal Studios, home base for producer Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, and where classic Al Green songs such as "Tired Of Being Alone" and "Let's Stay Together" were cut, along with R&B smashes from Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, and Bobby "Blue" Bland. Jim produced the album with Luther and Boo Mitchell, calling on some of Memphis' finest musicians including Charles and Leroy Hodges, Alvin Youngblood Hart and others, to capture the city's unique sound. Vol. 2 Nashville, produced by Jim and Luther, was tracked at the historic Nashville Victor Studio A, a treasure of recording history; the site of iconic sessions by such artists as Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, George Jones, among many others. Jim's recording was a celebration of the studio being saved after a prolonged fight to keep its doors open. Soul Searching: Vol. 1 Memphis/Vol. 2. Nashville (Sky Crunch Records) is a 26-song release available as a double album, and, conveniently, as individual albums.

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NASHVILLE, TN (Sept. 1, 2015) – GRAMMY Award-winning Streamsound recording artist Kristian Bush will debut his love-struck music video for the infectious single “Light Me Up” on CMT Pure and KristianBush.CMT.com today (9/1). Following the exclusive debut, the video will also be available on iTunes and VEVO. Watch the video here.

Filmed in the historic Ocean Way Nashville recording studio and on the streets in Ann Arbor, MI, and Nashville, TN, the music video for “Light Me Up” features real-life couples expressing their love. Produced by the brother and sister team Cy Abdelnour and Maria Abdelnour alongside Nashville-based filmmakers Dace and Mohr, the video lines up Bush’s live, full-band performance with vignettes of couples interacting.

The anthemic love song was co-written by Bush and Jesse Rice (“Cruise") and shows a different side of the multi-faceted artist. 

"'Light Me Up’ is about what it’s like, as a man, to be loved by a woman,” Bush explained to People. “You can’t unlearn it. You can’t go back and forget it. This love changes us forever, and I wanted the song and the video to celebrate what that feels like.”  

Named by ETOnline as “begging to be a first dance wedding staple,” the easy-to-embrace love song has warmed the hearts of media critics and fans. “Light Me Up” has already been spotlighted as a favorite track on APPLE MUSICPEOPLE and BILLBOARD.COM.

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ASHEVILLE, NC --  Magnolia Fest is excited to announce the schedule for this Fall’s event from October 15-18, 2015 at the majestic Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. 

Thursday night headliners include are The Motet followed by Lake Street Dive, Others set to play Thursday include a festival opening set by The Lee Boys followed by Band of Heathens and The Congress along with another full stage of music throughout the day. 

Friday night’s main headliner is Tedeschi Trucks Band and other main acts include The Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Col. Bruce Hampton, Roosevelt Collier & The Travelin McCourys, a late night set from The Motet, The Lost Bayou Ramblers and others on all 4 stages. 

Saturday sees The Avett Brothers headlining and 4 stages of music including Jeff Austin Band, New Orleans Suspects, Rebirth Brass Band, Jim Lauderdale, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, another set with Col. Bruce, and a late night show by Donna the Buffalo. DtB also closes out the night Sunday with their traditional Suwannee music revue of musicians guesting with them to close out the festivities. Others playing Sunday are Keller Williams Grateful Gospel, a second set by Jim Lauderdale, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, and Big Cosmo.

For the full schedule and more: www.MagnoliaFest.com, www.facebook.com/MagnoliaFestflwww.twitter.com/MagnoliaFest, and www.instagram.com/magnoliafest.

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ATLANTA, August 31, 2015 – Cumulus (NASDAQ: CMLS) today announces that Scooter Braun, one of the entertainment industry’s most influential music executives, will serve as a guest judge during the NASH Next Challenge, which will discover and release music from the most promising Country musicians. 

The NASH Next Challenge grand prizewinner will be signed to the new NASH Next record label, and all of the top 10 finalists will participate in a national NASH Next concert tour next year. Winners will be decided based on a combination of the music industry judges, an original “Spin Index” of social media activity and online fan voting.

Braun, the founder of the diversified entertainment and media company SB Projects, has broken more new music acts than any other music executive in the past decade. Braun has discovered some of today’s biggest stars, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Cody Simpson, each of whom he continues to manage. Braun’s chart-topping roster also includes Country music duo Dan + Shay, singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen and this year’s breakout star Tori Kelly. 

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Singer-songwriter Whitney Rose, whose latest album, Hearbreaker Of The Year, was released on August 21st, will be playing Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on September 26th. The album, produced by Raul Malo of The Mavericks, has been receving accolades all across Canada and the U.S.

For more information on Whitney, visit her official website.
Watch her sing "Lasso" here.
Read TDC interview with Whitney here. 

When: Saturday, September 26th
Where: Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen St.
Showtime: 7pm
Tickets: TBA

Nashville, TN - The Spirit Moves, Langhorne Slim’s most personal and introspective album yet, has resonated deeply with fans, as well as the press. An artistic career milestone for Langhorne Slim, The Spirit Moves explores themes that include transition, growth, new beginnings, and most importantly finding strength in vulnerability.  The album has received coverage via Entertainment WeeklyRolling Stone CountryOnion A.V. ClubAcoustic GuitarBlurtRelixUncutSouthern Living and The Boston Globe.  One week after the album was released, Langhorne Slim & The Law appeared on both CONAN (click HERE) & CBS Saturday Morning (click HERE) and have been packing venues across the country including their first sold out show at The Troubadour Theatre in LA.

“A mix of soul-shout revival, Americana introspection and the Fifties-evoking jams . . . The Spirit Moves is an artist looking forward through a fresh set of eyes.” – Rolling Stone Country 

“With his trembling lonesome quiver of a voice, Slim has always possessed the ability to explore the lines separating faith and hope, optimism and cynicism, and emotional carnage.  The Spirit Moves zeroes in on these in bare existential terms. . . .” - Uncut 

Upon its August 7th release, The Spirit Moves became Langhorne Slim & The Law’s highest charting record to date on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart, also debuting at #15 on the Independent chart, #8 on the Folk Chart and #3 on the New Artist chart. The album has quickly moved into the Top 25 on the Americana Radio Chart and Top 10 at the FMQB Non-Com chart; and the single “Strangers” is currently Top 30 on the Triple A BDS Chart.  

Langhorne Slim & The Law have been touring heavily in support of the new album and will be hitting the road again on September 10th.  For the band’s current tour dates please see below.  

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Nashville, TN (August 28, 2015) – Columbia Records’ country quintet Home Free is set to make a splash with the world premiere of their new track and music video, “Fishin’ in the Dark / Down in the Boondocks."  The mashup combines Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s classic #1 hit “Fishin’ in the Dark” with Platinum-selling country group Little Big Town’s contemporary “Boondocks.” The song is featured on Home Free’s third studio album, COUNTRY EVOLUTION, due out on September 18. 

“When we started brainstorming about what songs evoke the spirit we want to convey on our new album, we thought, what are some of country’s biggest hits? Why not ‘Fishin’ In The Dark’ with something more recent? Little Big Town’s ‘Boondocks’! You wouldn’t think the styles would really mesh, but they do,” said the band’s high tenor, Austin Brown. “We messed around with them for a few weeks and they’re great together. The video is a blast too! We can’t wait for everyone to check it out!” 

Directed by FifGen Film’s Reilly Zamber, McKenzie Zamber and Jimmy Bates, the music video splices both thematic and vintage-looking graphics creating a visually exciting pairing of the two hits. For Home Free it is important to reach out and interact with their fans through music videos. 

“It’s the biggest factor in reaching the fans,” said Brown in a recent interview with Roughstock. “It’s such a massive platform to be able to showcase what Home Free is all about.” 

COUNTRY EVOLUTION is now available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon and all other major digital retailers. Fans can receive an autographed copy by pre-ordering through their website here.For tour dates and more information on Home Free, visit http://homefreemusic.com/.

2012's Burn.Flickr.Die was supposed to be American Aquarium's final album, but when that album (full of songs about failure and disillusionment) became their most successful to date, the band, reinvigorated, had no choice but to return with a new project. This past February, BJ Barham and company (Ryan Johnson, Bill Corbin, Whit Wright, Kevin McClain and the newest addition, Colin Dimeo) returned with their fan funded, Wolves, which has been a critic and fan favorite since its release. Wolves is raw, honest rock and roll; almost a coming of age record with Barham personal, reflective and more positive than previous releases. 

True road dogs, the band was named "most active" band, in all genres, by Bandsintown for 2014, playing over 200 dates last year alone. Having seen them in NYC, both as support for Justin Townes Earle and Turnpike Troubadours, as well as headlining their own shows at Mercury Lounge, I can attest they are one of the best live bands around. This trip to the Big Apple finds them prepping to play for an even larger audience headlining the Gramercy Theatre. It's a show you definitely don't want to miss.

When: October 22nd
Where: Gramercy Theatre
Tickets: $15
Showtime: Doors 7pm

Watch the video for "Losing Side of Twenty-Five" here

I first saw Aaron Einhouse live at the Saxon Pub in Austin, playing a 10pm show for maybe thirty-five people...and his music just grabbed me. A singer songwriter, Aaron is a true storyteller (as well as a really good mandolin player!). For one week, he is giving his entire collection, three full albums, away for free on NoiseTrade. It's a generous thing to do and a brilliant way for you to get to know the music. Just remember to leave a tip!

From the email announcing the availability of the music:
I first heard Townes Van Zandt's "To Live Is To Fly" at my uncle's funeral in Arlington, TX. That song percolated within me and sent me searching for more music, and eventually searching for words to say the things I had to say. I bought my first guitar when I was in high school, but didn't play it much until I was in college. Music was generally appreciated in my family, but there were no musicians, so performing was something completely unnatural to me. When I did finally work up the courage to get onstage it was terrifying, but I had written songs, and I wanted people to hear them. There was no other way that I could see.

Now, you might say, I'm addicted to being onstage, but the song has always been the most important part of it to me. Writing doesn't always come easy, but for some reason I am compelled to do it. This force eventually drove me to Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, where I attended songwriter night every Wednesday night for a few years straight.

Cheatham Street on Wednesday nights was church for aspiring songwriters, and the late Kent Finlay led the congregation. On a night I will never forget, Kent pulled me aside and told me that he thought I wrote good songs, and I should think about putting a band together. It's the best compliment I've ever received. It blew me away, and confirmed what I had already been thinking.

The Collection is a retrospective of all these years since those Wednesday nights which now seem so long ago. This collection is so many things. It's a looking back to all that I've accomplished. It's a looking forward to what I hope for. It's a nod to everyone who has helped me along the way. Like Kent Finlay telling me I should share my music with others, there's no greater compliment to me than you enjoying it enough to share it with your friends. So, for one week, here's my whole catalogue, all in one place, all for free.

Read my interview with him here
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