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Nashville, TN – Minneapolis-based brother duo The Cactus Blossoms will release You’re Dreaming (produced by JD McPherson) on January 22nd, via Red House Records. Inspired by fellow Minnesotan, Bob Dylan - Jack Torrey and Page Burkum began making something new out of classic forms and minimal instrumentation. By infusing elements of early rock’n’roll and classic country, The Cactus Blossoms have created a sound that is both timeless and contemporary, accompanied by thoughtful lyrics and soaring harmonies.

What immediately jumps out when listening to the ten originals on You're Dreaming, are the The Cactus Blossoms’ incredible, seamless vocals. The duo shines a spotlight on the time-honored tradition of blood harmony, best illustrated by artists such as The Everly Brothers or The Carpenters. Watch and listen to the brothers live performance on the rooftop at the Turf Club in St. Paul, MN. (Click HERE) The Cactus Blossoms’ style has grabbed the attention of both press and radio. The BBC’s Bob Harris has described their work as “completely stunning” and the brothers have already appeared as guests on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Originals like the danceable “Stoplight Kisses” with its shuffle rhythm and “Clown Collector” deliver what The Cactus Blossoms have become known for; writing and performing songs with infectious melodies that are guaranteed to stick in your head. The duo has penchant for heartfelt ballads such as beautiful “Queen Of Them All” and the introspective “If I Can’t Win”.

Jack and Page were raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Though they came from what they call a “musical family”, they didn't naturally inherit their deep understanding of early American music. By tracing their heroes’ footsteps back to the roots, they came into their style in a very genuine way. By absorbing these musical discoveries, a natural alchemy took place and what transpired is the tasteful rejuvenation and transformation of a classic sound by a modern duo.

The Cactus Blossoms will be taking their infectious blend of rock’n’roll and timeless country on the road in support of You’re Dreaming.  A full list of tour dates is below.

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NASHVILLE, TN (Oct. 5, 2015) – Country-soul songstress Morgan Myles performed for a packed house on Tuesday night (9/29) at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, TN for her first listen and viewing party. Making an entrance, Myles entered the room with a captivating performance of her song "Chains" also known by fans as the “Tambourine Song." She continued to deliver with self-penned song “Queen Of Hearts,” heartfelt ballad “Nobody Better Than You” and featured song, “Whiskey Dreaming,” from her forthcoming EP. Media, industry and fans crowded inside to hear the rising newcomer’s powerful, one-of-a-kind voice and to get a sneak peek of Myles’ new music video for “Whiskey Dreaming.” 

Fans can check out an exclusive video of Myles sharing the story behind her song “Whiskey Dreaming” atTasteOfCountry.com, here: http://tasteofcountry.com/morgan-myles-whiskey-dreaming-story/

With over 50,000 views on YouTube for her smashing cover of “Girl Crush,” the buzz-worthy vocalist, guitarist and performer has made an imprint on Nashville and fans across North America, performing for the Vancouver Winter Olympics and opening shows for Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr., Rick Springfield and more. With a head-turning live performance, a sultry and towering voice, and gifted songwriting skills, Myles has collaborated with top tunesmiths Richie Brown (Garth Brooks, Jerrod Niemann) and Rebecca Lynn Howard (Martina McBride, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood). The Williamsport, PA native has also teamed up on projects with legendary Producer Vance Powell (Neil Young, Buddy Guy, Alicia Keys). Currently, Myles is performing shows nationwide and gearing up for the independent release of her forthcoming six-song EP.

Watch the lyric video for “Whiskey Dreaming” here.

Connect with Myles on Twitter.comFacebook and YouTube
For more information, visit www.MorganMylesmusic.com

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Jonny Two Bags, Jesse Dayton and Scott H. Biram are a trio of Americanaluminaries whose hard-earned reputations have come from years of staying true to themselves and not following the crowd. Biram’s explanation of his own sound — “the bastard child of punk, blues, country, hillbilly, bluegrass, chain gang, metal, and classic rock" — can also serve to describe what Jesse Dayton and Jonny Two Bags do. All three draw upon the deep well of American music to create songs steeped in tradition yet reflecting modern life. Considering the common musical ground that they trample, it’s no surprise that these guys aren’t strangers. Biram and Dayton have toured together and both have opened for Social Distortion, the band Jonny Two Bags has played guitar in for over a dozen years. Now these kindred spirits have banded together to give audiences a night of untamed, uncompromised rock ’n’ roll.

Jonny Two Bags (a.k.a. Jonny Wickersham) came up through the Southern California punk rock scene, playing in local legends Cadillac Tramps, Youth Brigade and U.S. Bombs before joining the preeminent punkabilly group Social Distortion in 2000. After being Social Distortion guitarist and co-writing several songs on their acclaimed Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll and Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes CDs, Wickersham finally made his solo debut with 2014’s Salvation Town (Isotone/Thirty Tigers).

Produced by David Kalish (Rickie Lee Jones), Salvation Town featured guests like Jackson Browne, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello), Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams) and Grammy winner Gaby Moreno. Despite this star power, Wickersham drew critics’ attention with his gritty, blue-collar rock. Terry Roland, in NoDepression.com, raved that it was “easily one of the best Americana albums of 2014 … it's a record that should make Ry Cooder proud.” Jambands.com’s Brian Robbins described the CD as “a roots rock masterpiece” and Rolling Stone included it among the 26 Albums of 2014 You Probably Didn’t But Really Should Hear.

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Nashville, TN... (October 6th 2015)... Rising Star Jared Ashley has enlisted the help of chart topper John Michael Montgomery to entertain fans and troops alike at Operation Cherrybend (presented by R&L Carriers) in Wilmington, Ohio this weekend. Ashley and the "I Swear" and "Letters From Home" singer will take the stage Friday night at The Murphy Theater, with proceeds going to Flight Deck Veterans Group, a national fraternal non-profit organization started by Jared Ashley to benefit wounded war veterans and promote the camaraderie between U.S. Military Flight Deck veterans. 

The mission of Operation Cherrybend is to thank veterans for their courage, selflessness and sacrifice to our country. “The more we educate the general public about the trials and ongoing challenges of wounded veterans, and veterans in general, the better understanding the public will have in order to meet their needs,” explains Beth Ellis, co-owner of Cherrybend. Twenty-two American veterans commit suicide daily, which Ashley hopes to bring awareness to and help change. 

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Rapid-fire Flatpicking Guitar Combined with Melodious, Sultry and Wild Violin And Deep Groove Drums

ASHEVILLE -- Jon Stickley Trio independently releases Lost at Last, their 2nd album, on October 6, 2015. The originality and sheer energy of this genre-bending ensemble serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop, Jon Stickley Trio combinesJon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett (Futureman) on violin set over the deep groove ofPatrick Armitage (Atmosphere) on drums. The three have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting and innovative original music along with some captivating covers. The album is now available on CD Baby and  iTunes.

The New York Times Nate Chinen writes “... there’s hardy cohesion among the players — no less on the Gypsy standard ‘Valse de Wasso’ than on ‘Darth Radar’ a turbocharged original with a ska upbeat and a shredding melody. And when Mr. Stickley and friends turn to bluegrass, as on ‘The High Road,’ by Tim O’Brien, they sound both respectful and free.”

(l. to r.) John Ramey, songwriter and co-producer of Rainey's Turn Down The Lights EP; Larry Gatlin; Rainey Qualley
Rainey Qualley & Dierks Bentley backstage at the Opry

(Nashville, Tennessee) October 6, 2015 - Cingle Records flagship artist Rainey Qualley made her Grand Ole Opry® debut August 28 and was immediately invited back for her second appearance last Tuesday, September 29.

Rainey's debut single, "Me And Johnny Cash," was met with a rousing response, and she performed two other songs from herTurn Down The Lights EP.

Prior to the show, Grand Ole Opry® member Larry Gatlin interviewed Rainey on his live 650AM WSM radio program "The Gospel According To Gatlin." She and her guitarist and co-producer John Ramey performed her single, and she and Gatlin chatted about Rainey's background, music and their mutual admiration for Johnny Cash.

Saturday night, Rainey and her band performed two full sets on the plaza of the Grand Ole Opry® House to help kick off the celebration of the Opry's 90th anniversary.

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Johnston Celebrates Cut on ALABAMA’s New Album “Southern Drawl”

Nashville, TN-(October 6, 2015)-Last month on September 18th, just days before the one year anniversary of the release of his latest album “No Bad Days,” Ray Johnston felt like a kid on Christmas morning when he looked at the track list of “Southern Drawl,” the first new studio album in 14 years from country music’s most iconic and biggest selling supergroups, ALABAMA, and spied the title-track of his album “No Bad Days” among the list. Ray wrote this song with James Otto, James Slater, Patrick Davis, Django Walker, and ALABAMA’s own, Jeff Cook, who added a verse and stars as lead vocals on the track. This is a personal best for Ray and a huge compliment stamped on his “songwriter’s calling card.”  The song is significant, well-written, and is an inspirational serenade that even the Grinch couldn’t reject. It’s damn sure the motto of Ray’s life.

Ray Johnston first made his name widely known in 2004 when he got himself into the NBA as a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks.  He accomplished this as an undrafted free agent, the odds of which are equivalent to winning a Mega-Million lottery. In 2005 he was delivered a crushing blow when he was diagnosed with Leukemia and saw his newly realized dream of playing pro ball dashed.  Since then, Ray has won many battles with the disease, and most recently, has also won the battle of stepping out from under his own shadow as a pro athlete and establishing himself a genuine music artist. This year, Ray Johnston celebrates his successful evolution into a solid music career since the release of his latest album “No Bad Days.” 

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Though Colin Hay made an indelible mark on pop music back in the ‘80s, he’s been far from idle in the years since his unmistakable tenor and witty, ska-inflected songs sent Australian band Men at Work to the top of the charts. His second-chapter career includes 12 solo albums (his latest, Next Year People, was released in February on Compass Records) and a variety of acting gigs; multiple appearances in the TV show Scrubs alone endeared him to a new generation of fans.

Of course, he’s kept his nose to the touring grindstone, too, organically growing his audience the old-fashioned way — by putting on the kinds of shows people tell their friends about. Following the success of his Last Summer on Earth outing with Barenaked Ladies and Violent Femmes this past summer, Hay is embarking on a solo excursion across the Midwest and Northeast starting Oct. 29 in Cleveland. Naturally, he’ll showcase tracks from the new release, which Rhythms magazine called “his latest admirable installment,” adding, “there is more than enough to confirm that he has lost none of his ability to craft openhearted songs with insightful lyrics and catchy melodies.”

One of my favorites, Reckless Kelly, are currently on their annual East Coast run which began last week in Nashville and ends on October 13th in Georgia. The quintet, who are undeniably one of the best live bands you will see, bring their Roots Rock (locally) to New Jersey at Asbury Park's Wonder Bar and to Pennsylvania at the historic Sellersville Theatre. 

They definitely won't be back until next year, so unless you plan to head to Texas, make it a point to get out, listen to some story songs, see some top notch musicianship and have a good time.

Click the links below for more information and to purchase tickets.

10/5 Buffalo, NY, Sportsman's Tavern 
10/6 Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair 
10/7 Asbury Park, NJ, The Wonderbar 
10/9 Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theatre 
10/10 Winchester, VA, Brightbox Theatre 
10/11 Falls Church, VA, State Theatre 
10/12 Richmond, VA, The Tin Pan 
10/13 Decatur, GA, Eddie's Attic 

Nashville, TN…(October 5, 2015)… Country music entertainer, military veteran, award-winning TV host and philanthropist CRAIG MORGAN is putting the finishing touches on his 9th Annual Charity Event benefitting the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation and many of his famous friends are joining in on the festivities!
Taking place October 17 in Dickson, Tennessee, the morning will start with a golf tournament at Greystone Golf Course. MMA champion Dan Henderson and motocross pro Kevin Windham will be hitting the green with Morgan.  Gates will open at 2:30pm for the family-friendly music festival taking place at Dickson’s War Memorial Lawn with artists including former American Idol contestant Janelle Arthur, celebrated songwriter and Sirius XM Highway Find artist Adam Sanders and Kentucky rockers Halfway To Hazardentertaining the crowds before Craig’s full-band headlining set at 7pm. In between performances attendees can bid on exclusive items at the silent auction, shop for artist merchandise and dine with area food trucks.
Concert Festival Performance Schedule
3:00pm           Casi Joy
3:30pm           Aly
4:00pm           Janelle  Arthur
4:30pm           Adam Sanders
5:30pm           Halfway to Hazard
7:00pm           Craig Morgan
Tickets for the festival and golf tournament team registrations are available atCraigMorgan.com and Event Brite.
 All proceeds from Craig Morgan’s golf tournament and festival will benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation, supporting foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. The organization’s primary goal is to assist foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.