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Arista Nashville recording duo The Swon Brothers – Zach and Colton – are now climbing the country airplay Top 15 with their hit single, “Later On,” and fans anxious for more music from the Oklahoma natives and favorites from Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice have good news with word that the brothers will release their major-label debut album on October 14. 

In conjunction with the news, now and throughout the Labor Day weekend, PEOPLE.com is hosting an exclusive streaming preview of four tracks from the 11-song collection.  Online now at PEOPLE.com/swonbrothers, fans are invited to listen in and vote for their favorites from the songs “95,” “Pretty Beautiful,” “Pray for You” and “This Side of Heaven.” 

Co-produced by The Swon Brothers and Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans), the duo’s self-titled album is now available for pre-order here:  http://smarturl.it/swonbrothersamz

The Swon Brothers are currently keeping a busy tour schedule, playing clubs, fairs, and festivals all summer in support of “Later On,” which charts this week at #15 on both the Country Aircheck and Billboard country airplay charts.

For more information visit their official website www.swonbrothers.com
Twitter @TheSwonBrothers 
Facebook at www.Facebook.com/theswonbrothers.

 
 
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Country music maverick and viral superstar Granger Smith has announced plans for an extensive 65 city headlining fall tour. The YEE YEE NATION 2014 TOUR will officially kick off in Fargo, ND and will bring Granger to all corners of the U.S. throughout its run. Special guests Logan Mize and Jeff Allen will appear in various cities.

With a staggering two million+ rabid followers via social media and the best selling independent country album in digital sales of 2013 to his credit, Granger has also released a new full-length documentary providing a behind-the-scenes look at the Granger Smith experience. The documentary offers a look to the ins and outs of life on the road as he, his band and his crew travel the country selling out shows in brand new markets, set unprecedented attendance records, and bring fans the high-energy, unparalleled show they’ve come to expect. Click HERE to watch the trailer.

In addition to bringing his consistently sold-out, electrifying live show to fans nationwide this fall, Granger will return to primetime national TV once again as his country boy alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. appears for a new season of CBS Sports Network’s “Inside College Football.” By popular demand, Dibbles will deliver his personalized “Dip Em’ and Pick Em’” segments, making college football picks throughout the entirety of the season. Click HERE to get a taste of last season’s highlights.

Hosted by Adam Zucker and analysts Randy Cross, Brian Jones, Aaron Taylor and Christian Fauria, this season of “Inside College Football” airs each Tuesday from 8:00–10:00 p.m. EST.

Upcoming YEE YEE NATION 2014 TOUR dates:

8/27 – The Venue at The Hub – Fargo, ND
8/28 – The Original Bar & Nightclub – Minot, ND
8/29 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD
8/30 – Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
9/3 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
9/4 – The Single Barrel – Lincoln, NE
9/5 – Whiskey Tango – Omaha, NE
9/6 – Back Road Bash – Vail, IA
9/9 – Schmitt’s Saloon – Morgantown, WV
9/10 – Brick Street Bar – Oxford, OH
9/11 – Dusty Armadillo – Rootstown, OH
9/12 – 12 Levels Nightclub – State College, PA
9/13 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
9/14 – The Club at Stage A&E – Pittsburgh, PA
9/15 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
9/17 – Mavericks at the Landing – Jacksonville, FL
9/18 – Georgia Theater – Athens, GA
9/19 – Blind Horse Saloon – Greenville, SC
9/20 – Coyote Joes – Charlotte, NC

For a full list of YEE YEE NATION 2014 tour dates and updates please visit:

www.GrangerSmith.com
www.EarlDibbesJr.com
www.facebook.com/GrangerSmith
www.facebook.com/EarlDibblesJr
@GrangerSmith
@EarlDibblesJr


 
 
Singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves will be performing at Hill Country Live in Brooklyn on September 16th. His most recent release, Still Fighting The War (2013), earned a rave review from NPR Fresh Air for its "terse, clear and heartfelt" songwriting and was called "one of the year's best singer-songwriter albums" by American Songwriter.

A past winner of the New Folk Competition, an honor shared with the likes of Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith and Robert Earl Keen, Cleaves has been praised for his "keen insights into human nature and today's America" (American Songwriter) with the Austin Chronicle describing him as "a master craftsman on the order of Guy Clark and John Prine."

WHO: Slaid Cleaves
WHERE: Hill Country Live Brooklyn (345 Adams Street)
WHEN: Tuesday, September 16th at 9:00pm
LINK: http://music.hillcountrybk.com/event/586139-slaid-cleaves-brooklyn/

Watch him perform "Still Fighting the War" below.
 
 
The Josh Abbott Band's new single, "Hangin' Around," can be heard all over Texas radio and Sirius XM's The Highway as a Highway Find. Check out an acoustic performance of the song below. 
 
 
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The Americana Music Association revealed an initial presenter and performer lineup for its 13th Annual Honors & Awards Show today. As anticipated, the list reflects Americana’s “spirit of eclecticism” (New York Times) through its diverse production and curation.  

In addition to previously announced performances by Loretta Lynn, Flaco Jimenez, Taj Mahal and Jackson Browne, the tastemaker event will feature Buddy Miller, Cassandra Wilson, Flaco Jimenez, Hard Working Americans, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Parker Millsap, Patty Griffin, Robert Ellis, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, Sarah Jarosz, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sturgill Simpson, The Devil Makes Three, The McCrary Sisters, The Milk Carton Kids and Valerie June with presentations by Amy Ray, Carlene Carter, Elizabeth Cook, Emmylou Harris, JD Souther, Joe Henry, John Paul White, Josh Ritter, Keb' Mo', Rhett Miller, Shovels & Rope, Todd Snider and Vince Gill.

Americana Honors & Awards Spotify Playlist Here
 
The 13th Annual Honors & Awards Show, held at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, September 17, will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale and feature a house band led by Buddy Miller that includes Don Was, Joachim Cooder, Tim Lauer, The McCrary Sisters and legend Ry Cooder.   

Broadcast live with SiriusXM "Outlaw Country" and on line via NPR's Folk Alley, and edited for television for PBS that will air November 22 in the Austin City Limits time slot, the Americana Honors & Awards, for the first time, will also air on Australia's CMC (Country Music Channel). The show kicks off the 15th Annual Festival and Conference that runs Wednesday, September 17 through Sunday, September 21. The conference will deliver a range of panels, networking and seminars while the “finely-tuned festival” (Travel + Leisure) hosts a record 175 artist showcases across 11 Music City venues, including The Avett Brothers at Riverfront Park Saturday, September 20.  

For a full list of performers, panels, and ticket and registration information, please visit americanamusic.org.  

 
 
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Stoney LaRue has a new single for ya! "Golden Shackles" is available now on iTunes. The song can be found on Stoney's upcoming album, Aviator, which will be released October 28th. 
Join Stoney's street team and check out more from him on his official website www.StoneyLaRue.com
 



 
 
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Little Big Town will be embarking on a 13-day tour that starts in Youngstown, OH and wraps up in Rockford, IL. Special guests on the tour will be Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne.

Presale Tickets, Exclusive Meet & Greets & VIP Packages will be available for all dates. Presale will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd at 10am* (local venue time). VIP Packages will be also be available at that time. 

All presales will require the code: PAINKILLER (not case sensitive).

*Presale starts - 9/2
+Presale starts - 9/9
^Presale starts - 9/16

PAIN KILLER TOUR: 
11/8 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre*
11/9 - Highland Heights, KY - Bank of Kentucky Center+
11/13 - Salem, VA - Salem Civic Center*
11/14 - Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Civic Coliseum*
11/15 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre*
11/20 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center+
11/21 - Park City, KS - Hartman Arena*
11/22 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie+
12/4 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre^
12/5 - Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theatre
12/6 - Mt Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle^
12/12 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center Auditorium*
12/13 - Rockford, IL - BMO Harris Bank Center*

For more information visit their official website

 
 
This may be the best Ice Bucket Challenge yet. All three of the bands on the Livers Of Steel Tour 2014 (Micky and The Motorcars, Reckless KellyCody Canada and The Departed) just did the #icebucketchallenge-dedicated to #petefrates-to raise awareness for ALS. They also donated 20% of their merch sales at last night's show for the cause. 

They then called out lots of their friends on the Texas music scene including Tito's Handmade VodkaThe Turnpike TroubadoursJosh BeckettWade BowenStormy Cooper MediaJack IngramUncle Lucius,American AquariumStoney LaRue, Sal Perez, Adam Odor, Joseph Deeb, Chris Farrow, CTK EntertainmentThe Dirty River BoysAaron EinhouseRobert Earl KeenGeorge Devore, and Judy Dickerson. 

Watch their video below!
 
 
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Country music entertainer Chris Janson will join the legendary Merle Haggard next week, for two sold-out shows at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Recently named by Rolling Stone Country as one of the “Top 10 Artist You Need To Know,” Janson will light up the stage as the opening act for Haggard during both shows on Monday (8/25) and Tuesday (8/26).
 
"It's an incredible honor to play on this show and I'm humbled. It's hard to even find words to describe...this is a career milestone for me and I'm beyond grateful," shares Janson. "It's just a few shorts steps from the back door of Tootsie's where I had my first gig and a lot of hard work later to make it to the Ryman with Merle. A dream come true!"
 
Janson has garnered national attention for his energetic live performances, as he was noted byBillboard Magazine as “The New Wave of Country Music,” “Artist Worth Your Attention,” by The Boston Globe and “Best Live Show” by Rolling Stone Country. While playing more than 100 shows this past year, the singer has reached capacity crowds at multiple tour stops. This summer, he made his mark at major festivals such as Country Thunder, We Fest, Creekfest, as well as Deer Assic Classic, and has opened for some of the biggest names in music including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Williams Jr. and Haggard. Since his Grand Ole Opry debut last year, Janson has been asked to perform on the coveted stage over 50 times.
 
The talented songwriter began writing at 18-years-old, and has scored cuts with notable artists such as Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah”), Justin Moore (“Off The Beaten Path”) and Parmalee (“Back In The Day. The Perryville, Missouri, native first broke onto the Nashville music scene when he landed a year long, four show a day gig at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.

For more information on Chris Janson and tour dates, visit chrisjanson.com.
 
Get a taste of Janson’s life on the road here.  

 
 
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One of country music’s freshest faces, Joel Crouse is excited to announce the release of his debut studio album, EVEN THE RIVER RUNSEVEN THE RIVER RUNS highlights Crouse’s talent and craft for storytelling and is available for purchase on iTunes,Google Play and Amazon.
 
Produced by Jamie Houston, the Show Dog - Universal Music project includes lead single, “Don’t Tell Me,” which hit SiriusXM’s The Highway and was recently featured in the CW’s smash TV show Hart of Dixie.
 
EVEN THE RIVER RUNS is the story of Crouse’s personal journey – his joy, his struggles, his romances (for better or for worse).
 
“My songs will always be about honest experience,” said Crouse, who co-wrote each one of the ten tracks on the album. “I always want to be the one telling my story.”
 
Crouse collaborated with some of Nashville’s sought after tunesmiths to bring his story to life, including Craig Wiseman, James Dean Hicks, Luke Laird, and many others.
 
The new project spans the gamut of Crouse's musical lexicon, from thumping, honky-tonk barn-burners like "Don't Tell Me,” to the Top 35 breakout bluesy-twang romper, "If You Want Some" or Crouse's personal favorite, "Ruby Puts Her Red Dress On." Others, like the mid-tempo groove of "You Could Break A Heart Like That" showcase his own vulnerable side – and his vocal range, which can go from sultry lows to a stunning falsetto in one fell swoop.
 
Fan-favorite "Why God Made Love Songs," is the perfect grooving, clapping ode to summertime love, and on moments like the title track, "Even The River Runs," all of his sides – vintage rock, modern country and dusty blues – come together in one perfect, rollicking ride that puts his guitar chops on full display.
 
Crouse will be celebrating the release of his new album with a live performance and autograph signing at the Grand Ole Opry tonight. Fans can join Crouse backstage at the Opry with a live YouTube chat kicking off at 8p.m.CT. To join in on the live chat, click HERE
 
The 22-year old Massachusetts native has come a long way from playing Nashville's Lower Broadway - the street corners, to be exact, to making his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage. He has opened for some of country music’s biggest stars, including 16 dates on Taylor Swift’s RED Tour, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans, and even the Goo Goo Dolls.
 
Watch for more to come from Joel, who will be joining Love And Theft on the Night That You’ll Never Forget Tour, which kicks off in October.
 
For tour dates and more information, visit www.joelcrouse.com.