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Nashville, TN --- July 31, 2015 --- The incomparable, GRAMMY® award winning band ALABAMA gave their fans a chance to listen to their new single “Wasn’t Through Lovin’ You Yet” last night at People.com.  This morning, the band reveals the complete track list for the highly anticipated release, SOUTHERN DRAWL, due in stores onSeptember 18th on BMG.  Fans can pre-order Southern Drawl now on iTunes, Amazon or from the ALABAMA store.

People.com Magazine proclaimed “the iconic country band will release their first album of original material in over 14 years” and calls their new single “an emotional tune that caught (Randy) Owen’s ear right away.”  Lead singer Owen added  "It got my attention the first time I heard it, and I asked to hear it again two and three times and knew it was powerful.  It can be a guy talking to his girlfriend or wife or it can be the three of us talking to our fans. Either way it is a wonderful song and we got to put the magic Alabama harmony on it." 


 
 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (July 31, 2015) – Even by Eric Church’s ever-expanding definition, Thursday night’s show under a full moon to open Nashville’s brand new Ascend Amphitheater was different. Maybe even a little weird, country music’s road warrior told fans.

“The thing about tonight is you get to see something you’ll never see again,” Church told the crowd, which pushed against the lip of the new venue’s stage and stretched up to the top of the new shed's back walls. “Because after tonight we’re never doing this (bleep) again.”

Full of deep cuts, improvisational arrangements, a few lyric slips, a never-before-heard new song and lots of laughs, the set was reminiscent of the solo outing Church played earlier this year in Salt Lake City when most of his band fell ill due to a virus on The Outsiders World Tour.


 
 
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Lynn Anderson, the country music legend who held the "Top Grossing Song by a Female Artist" for 27 years with the signature tune Rose Garden, passed on Thursday, July 30th at the age of 67 at the Vanderbilt Medical Center.  She is survived by her father Casey Anderson, loving partner and songwriter Mentor Williams, three children, Lisa Sutton, Melissa Hempel and Gray Stream and four grandchildren.
 
Ms. Anderson was truly a trailblazer on the country music scene and her voice is recognized across Tennessee as the vocalist behind one of the iconic state songs Rocky Top.  She's charted three #1 and 15 Top-20 albums, as well as 12 #1, 18 Top-10, and over 50 Top-40 singles throughout her career. As one of the first to be launched via television, Lynn's featured performances on The Lawrence Welk Show served as the only country music on network television at the time. Billboard would recognized her as “Artist of the Decade” for 1970-1980.  In addition, she was the first female country singer to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden in 1974. Her signature single, (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden in addition to other top hits like Ride, Ride, Ride (written by her mother the late Liz Anderson), CryTop of the World andSomeday Soon, spring boarded Lynn into a career with over 30 million albums sold worldwide.


 
 
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NASHVILLE, TN - Dubbed one of 2015 CMT Awards' "Dapper Country Gents," JT Hodges exclusively premiered his new sizzling summertime music video "Ray Bans" across all CMT platforms Wednesday, July 29. The first single off Hodges' highly anticipated EP, "Locks on Doors,"  "Ray Bans,"  continues to blaze up Sirius XM's The Highway Chart following the exclusive streaming release on People.com and its premiere on Sirius XM's The Highway this past spring.

The infectious single was inspired by Hodges' wife of ten years during their vacation in Cozumel, Mexico. "... My wife was just feeling the music and took my Ray-Bans and went off on the dance floor with them on,” the esteemed country artist tells People.com. “I just remember watching her and thinking, 'Wow, what a cool image.' "

Directed by Marcel and self produced by Hodges, with the help of Ryan O'Nan of 21 Guns Management, the reminiscent music video tells the story of a lost summer love with flashback visions of the girl that got away.


 
 
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NASHVILLE, TN (July 30, 2015) –  CMT is unveiling the music video for Craig Campbell’s RED BOW Records’ debut single “Tomorrow Tonight” exclusively on CMT Pure today (7/30). Fans can also view the video on-demand at CraigCampbell.cmt.com and on the CMT Artists App. 

Filmed in Nashville, TN and directed by Chris Hickey, the accompanying music video brings the flirtatious lyrics to life. Playful texting shown on split screens precedes a romantic rendezvous between Campbell and actress, Sulivan Mellencamp.

“I had to break out my acting skills for this one,” said Campbell. “It definitely shows a side of me that has not been on camera yet. I’m excited for everyone to finally see it!”

Media is already abuzz about this steamy, envelope-pushing hit.  Artist Direct lauds “Country crooner Craig Campbell has a hit on his hands.” All Access adds, “Take my advice and don’t wait till tomorrow to add this song, it’s a hit, add it now.” Meanwhile Music Row suggests “Play this...He soars vocally on this one. Supporting harmony singing and screaming guitars adds to the undeniable excitement.” Taste of Country concurs, “It’s a strong vocal performance for a man who slips under the radar all too often…songs like this are built for radio success.” 

“Tomorrow Tonight” is currently climbing the Country radio charts and marked the singer’s biggest first-week add date ever (6/8). Produced by Jeremy Stover (Justin Moore) and co-written by Campbell, Justin Wilson and Vicky McGehee, “Tomorrow Tonight” is the lead track for his third studio album and forthcoming debut project on RED BOW Records.

 
 
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Texas troubadour, Pat Waters, is garnering great feedback from radio for the second single from his latest EP, Like A Radio. The title track from this project is following the success of his first single, “Crazy That Way.” "Like A Radio" recently landed the #17 spot on the New Music Weekly Chart. Pat has a style that his sound can back up. Whether he’s two stepping with his fans during a packed show or serenading you with an acoustic ballad, Pat Waters showcases his southern values and classic charm to sold out venues every weekend. Radio stations across the country couldn’t get enough of, “Crazy That Way” and the same will hold true for, “Like A Radio.” 




 
 
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Nashville, TN - Acclaimed Oklahoma quintet Turnpike Troubadours have announced an East Coast tour with special guests The Black Lillies.  Both bands will be touring in support of Fall albums being released via Thirty Tigers.  The new run of dates comes in addition to Turnpike Troubadours already packed tour schedule in support of their upcoming self-titled release, which will hit streets on September 18th. One of the most overlooked, yet wildly popular roots rock bands today, Turnpike Troubadours have sold over 200,000 records worldwide, built a rabid and steadily growing fan-base and pack venues across the country.

Turnpike Troubadours’ fans have long been drawn to their fiery live performances, however the true strength of the band has always been their songwriting.  The 12 songs on the new album are a testament to this, with the lyrics being the center of attention, and vocalist Evan Felker spinning stories so compelling that you’re immediately drawn in.  Songs such as “The Mercury” and “Bossier City” showcase the band’s raucous energy, while the bands more poignant and melodic side shines on “Down Here”, and “How Do You Fall Out Of Love”.

Turnpike Troubadour’s acclaimed 2012 album Goodbye Normal Street was covered by publications including The Wall Street JournalCMT EdgePlayboy Magazine, and The Washington Post who called it “the most unjustly overlooked Americana album of 2012”.  Based on how much they’ve grown since then, you’ll want to pay attention to Turnpike Troubadours this year.  

Click HERE to listen to an exclusive premiere of the song “Down Here” via Rolling Stone Country.


 
 
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Nashville underground favorite Charlie Bonnet III has released his eighth solo album, titled A Hotel In Valdosta, through Dammit Boy Entertainment, and is preparing for a summer run of concerts in support.  Hailed as a cross between Skynyrd and Waylon, but with a modern flair, Bonnet is a working man's guitar hero who began cutting his teeth as a songwriter nearly three decades ago.  "I've always had the knack for finding a melody line and the guitar chords that go with it" he states.  "My approach to songwriting is a simple one.  Do not force a song.  Tell a story based on something you have gone through, and you will find an audience that relates to it."  

A Hotel In Valdosta has no shortage of stories.  The album's first single and video is 'Borrowed Minutes,' a 70's rock inspired tune telling the dangers of getting caught up in life's rat race.  "That song is about people spending all their time chasing money, and missing out on way more important things, like making memories with their kids while they are little.  You can have all the cash in the world and you will die like everybody else, so get your priorities together." 

Making his home base in Nashville, Charlie Bonnet III has flirted with mainstream success in the past, having had a stint as lead guitarist for A&E reality star Big Smo, as well as a four year run as co-founder, singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of minor league rock favorites, Moccasin Creek.  It was during this time that he caught the eye of major label producer Jon Conner, whose newly launched Dammit Boy imprint was seeking talent.  When the original Moccasin Creek dried up in late 2014, Conner was quick to scoop up Bonnet from the ruins, and put him in the studio.  The result is A Hotel In Valdosta, a solid slab of country rock glory that showcases Bonnet's well-honed songwriting and delivery.  "I think people in this day and age still love music, but they are sick of being force fed a bunch of corporate fodder" he states.  "It's my goal to bring back real stories to the songs, the way rock and country both did back in the 70's era.  Ronnie Van Zant was a master of that in his time.  I want to bring that same feeling back to music today.  I don't care if it sells one copy or one million, as long as it's real."

For more information on Charlie Bonnet III, please visit www.CB3music.com 

Watch the 'Borrowed Minutes' video here:  CHARLIE BONNET III - Borrowed Minutes - OFFICIAL VIDEO

 
 
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Lance Carpenter, a co-writer on Kelsea Ballerini’s recent #1 smash single “Love Me Like You Mean It,” follows up his songwriting success with the Hay Days EP, hitting online retailers on August 5th. The project contains six heartfelt tracks, five of which were co-written by Lance, that reflect upon his humble small town beginnings. Songs range from the inspirational title track to “Behind This Guitar,” which emphasizes the importance of not forgetting the good people along life’s perilous journey. 

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to share this new project with everyone,” says Lance. “I’ve had the privilege of working with some great songwriters in town and the EP turned out better that I ever could have expected.”


 
 
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Vibrant country artist Hannah Bethel brings her sass to country radio, and now lights up the screen with the release of her official music video to her current single, You Wanna Be My Man.

“This video was so much fun to make,” smiles the country singer. “I love being hands-on in my career and I’m constantly trying to think of creative new ways to do things. I never want my videos to be predictable or normal.” Fans can watch the video which premiered this week exclusively on her YouTube page. With several hundred views within just 24 hours, cable channels ZUUS Country and Young Country TV will be adding it to their playlist right away.

This song, which was co-written by Hannah and David Myhre, is off her newest album Never Ending Sky and is getting great recognition from radio and media. Nashville’s renowned music critic Robert K. Oermann said “[You Wanna Be My Man is] pert and perky, with a girlish sweetness. The track bops with nifty precision and perfect crunch. Well sung and well produced.” Billboard said “Bethel proves herself to be quite the dynamic vocalist… Nashville better make a seat for her at the table, because she’s going to be front and center very soon!” 

Hannah’s newest album includes 8 songs which were written/co-written by Hannah, produced by Brennin Hunt and features top-notch musicians on the record including Adam Ollendorff (pedal steel for Kacey Musgraves) and Tim Horsley (drums for Keith Urban, Gary Allen, Jamie O’Neal, etc). 

Hailing from Northern Michigan, Hannah took part in this year’s CMA Music Festival by signings autographs and performing at various Music City hot spots. She has spent the last year touring the United States, performing shows from Alaska to New Jersey and everywhere in between. She has shared the stage with such artists as Trisha Yearwood, Frankie Ballard, Canaan Smith, Charlie Worsham, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, and Buddy Jewell. She also recently wrapped up her 6th year instructing and giving back to the PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp, a two-week music educational camp in her hometown of Michigan. She donates her time teaching campers (ages 11-19) the real-world process of becoming a musician which includes self-exploration, talent development, musical collaboration, relentless rehearsals, and live performances. To stay updated on Hannah, visit www.HannahBethel.com and like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HannahBethelArtist

 
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