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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014) – Country music newcomer Sandra Lynn will make her SiriusXM’s "The Highway" debut on Nov. 26 with the premiere of her single “Afterparty.” Heralded by The Wall Street Journal as "Nashville's newest hit maker," programmer John Marks has helped break careers of many budding songwriters like Lynn.  The upbeat yet soulful party tune, produced by Ross Copperman (Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban), is available now at digital retail.

“Afterparty,” co-written by Copperman, Nicole Gallyon and Jana Kramer, showcases Lynn’s smooth, timeless voice and is just the right amount of party and sultry to get a crowd dancing while maintaining a romantic message meant for the person you love. 

Lynn’s single is the first she’s brought to SiriusXM, but you can find her self-titled debut EP on iTunes that she released earlier this year with Rascal Flatt’s Jay DeMarcus at the helm. The music video for her song “You Belong,” directed by Trey Fanjoy (Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood), has garnered more than 100,000 views on Youtube and reached No. 6 on CMT Pure’s 12 Pack earlier this year.  

Lynn has opened for acts such as Cole Swindell and Kenny Rogers as well as performed at CMA Music Fest, OshKosh Air Show and Summerfest in 2014. 

For more information visit www.sandralynnmusic.com

 
 
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The Americana Music Association announced today its first annual fundraising drive, which is now open and will run through December 20. Proceeds will go towards meeting the increased demands of the Association's growth and to lay the groundwork for an endowment to continue the work of advocating for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world.

The Americana Music Association's Charitybuzz auction can be found at https://www.charitybuzz.com/support/2893.
Current featured experiences include:
  • Private tour of the Grammy Museum with Executive Director Bob Santelli
  • Private tour of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum by President & CEO Greg Harris
  • Lunch with Jonathan Levine of Paradigm Talent Agency
  • Dinner with legendary radio promoter Al Moss
  • VIP access for two to Americanafest 2015
  • Two tickets to Sturgill Simpson's Austin City Limits taping and a private tour for two of Moody Theater in Austin, TX by ACL and GRAMMY producer Terry Lickona
  • A day in the studio with nine-time GRAMMY-winning producer and engineer Gary Paczosa

New unique items will be added each week through December 15th, so continue checking back. Upcoming lots include a cruise, autographed guitars, executive one-on-ones, and more!
The Americana Music Association relies on the financial support of the community to sustain its various projects throughout the year. Described by Emmylou Harris as a group "living on the fringe of the mainstream," the feisty not-for-profit has spearheaded numerous initiatives to fight for artist rights and to raise the profile of the Americana community.

This past year, the Americana Music Association was busy supporting new GRAMMY categories for American roots music artists; lobbying for a seat at a congressional debate, where Rosanne Cash spoke eloquently in support of fair pay for artists and songwriters; producing the first tribute to honor the Everly Brothers after the passing of Phil Everly; and curating a prestigious weeklong event in New York City, Americanafest NYC, in partnership with Lincoln Center. All of these efforts served to further highlight Americana artists and the community, as it very quietly has become one of the fastest growing music genres today.

The organization's primary fundraiser is the annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, in Nashville, TN. The event brings together fans, artists, and music industry executives alike offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery-recharging showcases each night. The Association's Honors & Awards show, the festival's capstone event, was filmed at the Ryman Auditorium this past September for a program entitled ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2014 which is airing this week on PBS stations nationwide (check your local listings).

 
 
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Nashville, TN (November 25, 2014) – Participants who have donated their time and efforts to No Shave Novemberbenefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® will come together in Music City to celebrate their accomplishments during the Fourth annual Beard Bash onMonday, Dec. 1. Hosted by WUSY/Chattanooga’s Gator Harrison and Styckman, awards will be given for best beard, worst beard and many more from 5PM to 7PM CST, at The Row Kitchen & Pub.

Many music industry and radio station professionals, along with some of today’s hottest country stars put down their razors for the month of November, and let their facial hair grow. Donations raised will help St. Jude continue to find cures and save children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Supporters are still encouraged to help the children of St. Jude by donating atwww.nsn4sjk.com or by texting LIFE to 50333, to donate $10. All proceeds benefit No Shave November for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Awards to be presented during the 2014 Beard Bash include, Radio Fundrazors (Top Radio Fundraisers), Label Fundrazors (Top Label Fundraisers), Ofurall Fundrazor (Top Fundraising Individual), Herd It On The Radio  (Largest Radio Station Team), Look For The Label Union  (Largest Record Label Team), The Beard Al Yankovic Award (Best Beard Parody), MVB - Most Valuable Beard (Individual Who Does The Most For NSN) and Scraggle Rock (Worst Beard). The event will also recognize ladies choice, best social media advocate, Beard of The Year and many more.

This year, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood, was appointed as 2014 Chairman of the Beard. In 2013, NSN raised an impressive $220,000 for the organization, with $396,000 raised over the past three years to support St. Jude.

For more information on the cause, visit www.nsn4sjk.com

 
 
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Nashville, TN (November 24, 2014) - Breakout country rocker Dallas Smith is bringing new music to fans with the release of his EP LIFTED (Big Loud Mountain). Following an exclusive first-listen on ROLLING STONE COUNTRY, the 7-track project is now available at digital retailers. Fueled by the hot new single “Wastin’ Gas,” radio and music critics alike are already a buzz for this shout-along song that celebrates the no-particular-place-to-go mentality of young love on a full tank.
 
Music Row Magazine writes, "The churning production is terrifically exciting. Luckily, he’s got the vocal chops to keep up with it, and the driving song has hooks aplenty."

Currently spinning on SiriusXM’s The Highway, “Wastin’ Gas” follows Smith’s high-octane, American debut single “Tippin’ Point.” Piling on the accolades, “Tippin’ Point” reached No. 1 on SiriusXM’s The Highway Hot 45 Countdown, is the fastest Canadian country single to go GOLD, and has since been certified PLATINUM. The powerhouse vocalist gives a fresh spin to this fan-favorite, closing out LIFTED with a live version of the smash hit.

Smith teamed up again with prized producer Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen) forLIFTED, who also produced his award-winning Canadian country debut, JUMPED RIGHT IN. Moi captures Smith’s distinct wall-of-sound approach that combines the vocals of country with the crunch of rock on the new tracks, including “Cheap Seats,” “Thinkin’ Bout You,” and “Just Say When.”

Fresh off from performing on Florida Georgia Line’s "This Is How We Cruise" aboard the Norwegian Pearl, the talented showman, who fronted the successful international rock band Default, will embark next year on his headline TIPPIN’ POINT 2015 Tour across Canada featuring special guests Charlie Worsham and Sundy Best. Previously Smith was direct support for music legend Bob Seger.

The British Columbia native is quickly amassing widespread appeal, netting three 2014 CCMA Award nominations including Single, Album and Male Artist of the Year and is the first Canadian country artist to have 8 singles reach the Top 10 at radio in Canada.

LIFTED TRACK LISTING
1.) “Wastin’ Gas” (Adam Craig/Matt Dragstrem/Jon Nite)
2.) “Cheap Seats” (Sarah Buxton/Jesse Frasure/Tina Parol)
3.) “Lifted” (Jaren Johnston/Zac Maloy/Jeremy Stover)
4.) “Heat Rises” (Rodney Clawson/Ross Copperman/Jaren Johnston)
5.) “Thinkin’ Bout You” (Rhett Akins/Ashley Gorley/Jimmy Robbins)
6.) “Just Say When” (Rodney Clawson/Ross Copperman/Ben Hayslip)
7.) “Tippin’ Point” (Live) (Tyler Hubbard/Jaren Johnston/Brian Kelley)

For more information on Dallas Smith and tour dates, visit www.dallassmithmusic.com

LIFTED EP is now available here.

 
 
 
 
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Nashville, TN - (November 24, 2014) – Jake Owen will debut the brand new music video for his emotionally charged single “What We Ain’t Got” across multiple media platforms this week with the first look exclusively on Entertainment Tonight Online today, 11/24. Following the premiere, the impactful video will be available across CMT, VEVO and all other digital partners beginningtomorrow, 11/25.

Known for his laid-back vibe and beach party anthems, Owen showcases a much different side with his latest offering penned by Travis Jerome Goff and recovering addict Travis Meadows. “I was immediately taken by this song and Travis' [Meadows] raw honesty,” shares Owen. “This is an anthem for people living real life which is what country music is – telling stories about real life. There’s a line that goes 'I wanted the world 'till my whole world stopped’ and I really feel what Travis meant by that. Everything halted when my dad went through cancer last year. It was difficult to see the man that I looked up to the most and was the pillar of strength in our family going through this. As difficult a time as it was, he is now cancer free and I’m so thankful.”

Filmed in Nashville, TN, the video for “What We Ain’t Got” features simple snapshots of real people who have struggled, experienced loss and provide inspiration to others, including songwriter Travis Meadows. Director Mason Dixon reinforces the visceral scenes with flashes of Owen performing the powerful song solo.
 
Highlighting his authoritative voice, the song was recorded at the revered Ocean Way studios and is featured on his current album DAYS OF GOLD. Fans, music critics and radio alike are embracing Owen’s fresh sound:

“A plaintive piano and steel guitar ballad about unchecked desire, is all Owen's voice … sounds as if it were cut in a pitch-black room, with all of Owen's fears closing in.” – ROLLING STONE

“…Jake delivers this message-driven song with authority and confidence, harboring no qualms about revealing his tender, more emotional side of his personality.” – COUNTRY WEEKLY
 
“…you can really hear what an incredible voice Owen has.” – CMT
 
For tour dates and more, visit www.jakeowen.net, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jakeowen, and follow him on Twitter @jakeowen.

 
 
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The Americana Music Association is excited to announce that the 2015 Americanafest dates have been set for September 15-20 in Nashville, TN. The conference will once again be held at the Hutton Hotel with events scattered throughout Nashville. This announcement comes on the heels of the not-for-profit association's most successful and critically acclaimed event ever. For more information including pricing, visit here.

 
 
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Joseph Osborne Music has announced the release of Tom Monahan's new
studio EP titled Could It BeYou which was made available on November 21, 2014 on ITUNES. Tom and his co-writer brother Mike have earned respect from there peers and a far-flung, passionately-devoted fan-base.

Could It Be You, described by Tom's brother Mike as “Songs that dig deep into mine and Tom's past and brings out the worst and best of times maybe even a little dark”. Could It Be You is the brothers first real attempt at alternative country with dark Americana. The EP's backing cast varies with different musicians at sessions separated by weeks of time, the two constant is Tom's disarmingly warm, inviting voice and Mike's brilliant lyrical melancholy, the album contains observations on spirituality, love and the ever present hope that the beauty of life can overcome the world’s harshness.

"The songs on Could It Be You are all about life, love, death, loss, justice, faith, doubt, family and friendship. The usual stuff," said Mike. "Mortality has been an issue on my mind ever since the loss of Tom's wife and most recently my own wife and soul mate Mitzi to cancer, that weighed on me for 4 years and there's been a lot of convincing to get my brother Tom on board but in the end I thought he enjoyed it as much as I did and we really captured the true essence of each song and it takes you to the very heart of the matter, even though it could have been a
full blown album we thought this would be a good start”. 

Mike has not only written all the songs on Could It Be You for the first time, he sings, plays guitar and has produced it with his brother Tom. The project originally launched in Mike's home studio and written at the cabin in Utah, where he recorded the basic tracks direct-to-digital (for the first time ever) and then Flying to the UK to record Tom's vocal delivery and guitar in his studio whilst Tom finished performing two dates in Dublin, Ireland. It resulted in capturing a seamless alternative country, folk, Americana with old time balladry, delving into the singers and songwriter's recurring themes of the challenges, pitfalls and rewards of marriage and family pitted against grimmer, outward-looking explorations of such crushing loss, relationships and lifestyle and a blind, headlong surrender to modernization at all costs.

Tom‟s performances, whether solo or within a band is as honest as his lyrics and music, you can‟t help but believe each word sung and even harder to resist is when you are drawn into beautifully crafted lyrics, guaranteed to melt both your heart and your soul. His passionate delivery and charmingly engaging, between-song banter compels you to fall under his spell. He commands the stage with ease and communicates his urban parables to a
dedicated and growing following. Tom and Mike Monahan has the potential to be one of the most engaging of the current crop of singer/songwriters, with a sound that is worthy of anyone‟s attention. He is currently planning performances at venues throughout UK and USA, with a tour planned later in the Spring of 2015.

 
 
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Corey Smith will be releasing a new acoustic album and an accompanying forty-five minute DVD about the album on December 2, 2014!

Maysville in the Meantime will be available for pre-order on Monday, November 10th. To pre-order the album visit here

For more information about the album watch the video below and visit his official website


 
 
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Nashville, TN (November 20, 2014) - Nationally-syndicated television show Texas Music Scene will air a special tribute to the late Ray Price billed as a "Backstage Pass on Ray Price's Final Album."  This special documentary-style edition will air November 21 through Sunday, November 23.  The episode includes interviews with Ray's widow, Janie, and SiriusXM personality Dallas Wayne.  The two discuss the lateCountry Music Hall of Famer's life, career and last CD, BEAUTY IS ... the final sessions, as well as share priceless memories.

Taped October 3 at Fort Worth's iconic Billy Bob's, this episode kicks off with an introduction by Ray Benson, who refers to Price as a "Texas Legend," and notes, "Ray's musical legacy will live on forever." 

Benson's prediction appears to be true:  The album debuted on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at #22, and features on Price have appeared in USA Today and numerous other major publications, including Country Weekly's 20th Anniversary "Legends of Country" Collector's Edition (on stands now).  Janie Price continues to share memories of her husband and his musicwith various media outlets, including RFD's Larry's Family Reunion, SiriusXM'sElvis Radio and Road Dog Truckingchannels, Westwood One's Country Gold With Randy Owen and many others. 

Produced by Grammy award-winning hit maker and Price's longtime friend Fred Foster, BEAUTY IS ... highlights Ray's signature string and Shuffle sounds, and features duets with Vince Gill and Martina McBride.  Released on Amerimonte Records, this iconic project is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations as well as Hastings, Walmart and online retailers, including Amazon. 

View show times and channels here.

To stay updated on Ray Price, simply visit www.beautyisrayprice.com.

Photo Above: Dallas Wayne, Janie Price, Tom Hoitsma (TMS Executive Producer), Tony Gates (TMS producer and Director), and Kaden Gates (TMS Production Asst.). Courtesy So Much Moore Media