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(Nashville, Tenn. – Sept. 19, 2014) – J. Michael Harter is set to release his new EP, Ride On, on Sept. 30 on Anozira Records/GMV Nashville. The release follows Harter's launch of his current single, titled “Holy Cowgirl,” which is receiving positive feedback and airplay at Country radio across the United States. 

The album, which is produced by J. Michael’s brother, Scott Harter, and Matt McClure will be available on iTunes and other major digital retailers. Harter commented that Ride On contains some of the most special and refreshing music he’s ever written, including bonus tracks “Another Trip,” and a dance remix to single “Holy Cowgirl.” He is currently in the midst of an extended radio tour in support of the single and album.

Harter, a former member of brother-sister trio, The Harters, commented on the development of the EP, “For the past three years I have attended the Bristol Bay Nashville Songwriters Retreat in Alaska. In fact, several of the songs on the EP were written on these retreats. Myself, my brother Scott, Earl Bud Lee (“Friends in Low Places,” “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”), Bruce Wallace, and Scott Laurent are the writers that make up what we call ‘The Fighting Chums.’ Our track “The Only One” was the starting point for this whole project, and it was the first song ‘The Fighting Chums’ wrote in Alaska. Bruce Wallace started strumming his Gibson acoustic then my brother and I joined in. Before I could say, "damn that’s kind of cool," Scott Laurent and Bud Lee were already spitting out lyrics. It turned out to be a killer power ballad that I had to record!” 

A Tempe, Ariz. native, Harter’s music blends up-beat Country melodies with profound lyrics and a unique Western flair. Of the new music, Harter says, “I am striving to be part of the pendulum swinging the other way to lyrically driven songs that would make you cry, laugh, or make you remember something that touches your heart.”

Ride On track listing and songwriter information:
1. "Holy Cowgirl" (J. Michael Harter/Scott Harter/Earl Bud Lee/Scott Laurent/Bruce Wallace)
2. "No Plans" (J. Michael Harter/Earl Bud Lee/John Wiggins)
3. "The Only One" (J. Michael Harter/Scott Harter/Earl Bud Lee/Scott Laurent/Bruce Wallace)
4. "I Live To Love You" (J. Michael Harter/Trey Matthews/Earl Bud Lee)
5. "Mama Look Out Yonder" (Earl Bud Lee)
6. "Nobody Knows My Name" (J. Michael Harter/Scott Harter)
7. "Holy Cowgirl" (Dance Remix)
8. "Another Trip" (J. Michael Harter/Mark Narmore/Scott Harter/Leslie Harter)

For more information view his website at www.JMichaelHarter.com

 
 
The Band of Heathen's new single "Carry Your Love," comes a year after the release of their most recent album Sunday Morning Songs. The band's co-front man Gordy Quist says of the song, "This is the first time we've gone into the studio not thinking about the song in the context of a whole album. We booked one day in the studio to track just this one song, mixed it the next day, and mastered it the day after that. It feels fresh being able to finish a song, record it quickly, and then set it free."

Take a listen to the song below.

For tour dates and more information visit their official website
 
 
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Nicolas Beaudoing of Runner of the Woods Photo by Bostic Photography
ASHEVILLE -- Good things will come – and not a moment too soon. For Nick Beaudoing, the front man of Nashville, Tennessee’s Runner of the Woods, much of 2014 was spent in the shadow of a serious family illness. Between visits to his hometown of Dallas, Texas, he stayed busy in the studio. One night while listening to rough mixes of his work on the drive home, he had a gut feeling that things would somehow work out. “I’ve never had the experience of listening to my own music and being cheered up,” Beaudoing says. “It felt like a pat on the back at just the right time.”
Countrygaze that’s road trip-ready, Runner of the Woods' debut album, Thirsty Valley, is set for release in January of 2015 on CD and vinyl. With punchy guitars and odes to wide open spaces, the record is dedicated to the proposition that the key to the good life is time spent in the great outdoors.

Beaudoing previously led NYC’s Cajun honky-tonkers, the Doc Marshalls. Over the course of three releases, the band evolved from Bakersfield-style shuffles and Acadian barnburners to jagged, glimmering folk. The pedal steel was still king, but now it blared from a low-watt amp with a brash fuzz tone. 

This new direction, combined with his relocation to Nashville, conspired to lead him away from a project he loved, in favor of a less traditional sound. The Doc Marshalls, as a band, had run its course. “If he’s being honest,” says Beaudoing, “even a dyed-in-the wool country singer can’t pretend his record collection is pure. For every George Jones LP on the shelf, there’s another by Big Star, Phosphorescent, or A.A. Bondy. And that’s a beautiful thing.” To celebrate the debut track, Runner of the Woods released a music video for the song and is offering it as a free download available at bit.ly/GoodThingsWillCome.

Joining Beaudoing (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars) in Runner of the Woods are Jonathan Gregg on pedal steel, Joe Giotta on drums and Vanessa McGowan on bass. In a live setting, the band has the country chops to pack the dance hall floor whenever duty calls. A train shuffle beat or Gary Stewart-style weeper is never far away. But they also love it when people lay back and listen. Either way, you’re going to feel better.

Runner of the Woods October “Good Things Will Come” Tour Dates:
10/2 Thu - Blue Moon Saloon,  Lafayette, LA
10/3 Fri - White Horse, Austin, TX
10/4 Sat - Goode's Armadillo Palace, Houston, TX
10/5 Sun - Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, TX
10/16 Thu - Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY
10/17 Fri - Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
10/21 Tue - Five Spot (Two Dollar Tuesdays), Nashville, TN
10/22 Wed - Boyd’s Jig & Reel, Knoxville, TN
10/23 Thu - Hill Country Live, Washington, DC
10/24 Fri - Hardywood Brewery, Richmond, VA
10/25 Sat - Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC

For more information please visitwww.runnerofthewoodsmusic.com
twitter.com/RunnerOTheWoods
facebook.com/runnerofthewoods.
 
 
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Stoney LaRue's Aviator, due to be released on October 28th, is now available for pre-order from various retailers. 

Two songs from the project are doing well at different outlets. The video for "First One To Know" is currently up for voting on CMT's Pure 12-Pack Countdown while "Golden Shackles" is making it's way up the Texas Music Charts.

Pre-Order "Aviator" on iTunes and get instant downloads of "First One To Know" and "Golden Shackles"  CLICK HERE
Pre-order the physical CD on Amazon.com, to get it shipped to you on the release date CLICK HERE
To purchase Aviator on vinyl CLICK HERE

 
 
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Darius Rucker will release his first Christmas album on October 27th. The album, Home For The Holidays, will be produced by Frank Rogers and will be released on Capitol Records

The album will include holiday classics and two original songs, “Candy Cane Christmas” and “What God Wants For Christmas." Sheryl Crow will provide assistance on the standard “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

Rucker is prepping his fourth country album to be released in 2015. The album’s debut single “Homegrown Honey” is currently at country radio.





Home For The Holidays Track Listing:
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
White Christmas
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Winter Wonderland
Please Come Home For Christmas
What God Wants For Christmas
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (featuring Sheryl Crow)
O Come, All Ye Faithful
You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Candy Cane Christmas


 
 
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“Chatham County Line is much more than your average banjo-playing, fiddle-fueled combo... they infuse their music with a seemingly effortless accessibility capable of connecting them with a broader Americana audience.” --Blurt Magazine, Lee Zimmerman

ASHEVILLE, NC -- Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County elegantly reconcile the past and future, tradition and innovation, on the fittingly titled Tightrope, released May 20, 2014 on Yep Roc Records. The sixth studio album from the Raleigh-based four-piece follows 2010's winsome, soulful Wildwood and the career-spanning concert album and film undertaking Sight & Sound, which was released in 2012. "With anything you've done for a while," Wilson explains, "a period of reflection helps you identify your strengths. Doing the live album did that, and in a way, we do that every night with the songs we choose to play at a live show. We usually don't use set lists, we just play the songs that come to mind. That really helped us prepare for this record."

Chatham County Line is currently on tour with Tightrope and will be performing at Steep Canyon Rangers’ Mountain Song Festival this weekend before embarking on the Fall 2014 later in September. The Fall tour kicks off on the East Coast with shows at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (Wilmington, NC) and Charleston Music Hall (SC). In early October they perform in their hometown of Raleigh, NC for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass before shows at Neighborhood Theatre (Charlotte, NC) and Terminal West (Atlanta, GA). In mid-October they travel North to Rockwood Music Hall (New York City) and The Parlor Room Northampton, MA. The tour finale is at Brighton Music Hall (Boston, MA). In November Chatham County Line flies overseas for a two week European Tour.

As part of the band’s unbridled excitement for year two of IBMA in their hometown of Raleigh, they have made a video for their song "Living in Raleigh Now." The song will be available September 23rd on all digital platforms and they will have a special Cassette/Download package available at upcoming shows.

Stirring, provocative, and disarmingly poignant, Tightrope was born out of a year's worth of intense focus, during which the band examined their own legacy while carefully honing new material. All the while, the band's four members –Dave Wilson (guitar), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano) – welcomed spontaneity and the sometimes palpable will of the songs themselves into the process.

"There's a lot of growing up in this record," muses Dave Wilson, Chatham County Line's vocalist and guitarist. "The next generation is coming. We're maturing in this world and seeing things through a different set of eyes – and that materializes in a lot of these songs…"

Produced by Wilson and Chatham County Line, Tightrope benefits from an unusually rich, resonant sound that blends each member's contributions into a powerful, dynamic whole. The  poetic insight of the album's eleven original songs is grounded by Chatham County Line's ongoing commitment to classic stringband instrumentation.

Chatham County Line allowed some songs to emerge out of informal jams or nascent fragments of melody. "Songs like 'Should Have Known Better' and 'Ships at Sea' were based on ideas that Teer had," Wilson explains. "We'd have instruments and mics set up, record the idea, and people would take the recording home and dissect it. We recorded them informally three or four times until we got something that could fit and make sense with what we do. It's those songs that we listen to the most now, because they were such spur-of-the-moment creations.”

Above all, Tightrope reinforces the deep bond shared by the members of Chatham County Line. The lineup has consisted of the same four men for ten years now, giving them an unusually solid foundation. They have grown up together, weathered storms together, and performed around the world – resulting in a vital, instinctive collaborative sensibility and deep reserves of trust. "This band really started out of a couple of friendships," Wilson concludes. "I was buddies with Greg, and John and Chandler were really tight. We came together by chance. You can't just rotate a guy out and replace him when you have these friendships and do this kind of original material. It's become something larger than that. It's a big train we're riding on and everybody's enjoying the ride."

Chatham County Line on Tour:
9/13 Sat - Mountain Song Festival - Brevard, NC
9/26 - Fri - Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre - Wilmington, NC
9/27 Sat - Charleston Music Hall -  Charleston, SC
10/1-3 Wed-Fri - IBMA World of Bluegrass - Raleigh, NC
10/10 Fri - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC
10/11 Sat - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
10/14 Tue - Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY
10/15 Wed - The Parlor Room -  Northampton, MA
10/16 Thu - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT
10/17 Fri - The Press Room - Portsmouth, NH
10/18 Sat - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
11/14-23 European Tour

For more information and updates from the road, please visit  www.chathamcountyline.com.

 
 
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Sons of Bill, Virginia's roots rockers (and yes, three members of the band are brothers and their father's name is William), will release their newest (and Pledge funded) album Love and Logic on September 30th via Thirty Tigers. The new record "takes me back to some of the creative heights we achieved in Wilco,” says producer Ken Coomer. “I’m only interested in making records that are still going to be relevant ten years from now, and this is one of them. It’s unmistakably the real thing.”

Sons of Bill will be playing the early show at Mercury Lounge in NYC on October 4th. Get information and tickets here.

For more information on Sons of Bill visit their official website.

 
 
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Gord Bamford accepts 2014 CCMA Award For Single Of The Year. (photographer: Grant W. Martin)
On Sunday, top Canadian country singer, songwriter and entertainer Gord Bamford took home three 2014 Canadian Country Music Awards including Male Artist of the Year and the all important Single of the Year for his Canadian Billboard Chart topping hit "When Your Lips Are So Close," which will soon be released as a radio single in the U.S.

In addition to the two top coveted categories, he took home the award for Country Music Program or Special of the Year for "Gord Bamford: Christmas in Canada" (CMT). Bamford was also honored with the Country Music Association's Global Artist of the Year, of which he said, "we're now ready to take our music to our friends in the U.S."

Reflecting on his overall success of the 2014 Canadian Country Music Week, Gord notes, "It never gets old to win an award. It makes you realize that the fans, country radio and the industry are watching what you're doing, and that they approve. I am having the time of my life and feel that my music is just getting started. Once again, I'm humbled by this recognition."

Country Junkie, the sixth studio album from the Alberta-based musician, was launched in Canada last fall and received a 2014 Juno award nomination for Country Album of the Year. It garnered Bamford his first ever number one single, "When Your Lips Are So Close." The album debuted in the number one spot on the 

Gord Bamford accepts 2014 CCMA Award For Single Of The Year. (photographer: Grant W. Martin)Nielsen Soundscan Top Country Albums Chart. Bamford co-wrote 13 of the 14 songs on the album, and produced it with legendary Nashville-based songwriter Byron Hill.

"Gord Bamford is an amazingly astute example of an artist who sets creative goals, fully understands how much work is involved, and then goes for it", said Hill. "He leads the way with boundless energy, enthusiasm, and creativity in every aspect of his career as an artist and as a person."

Gord Bamford performing at the 2014 CCMA AwardsBamford's band was nominated in every category of the CCMA All Star Band awards with drummer Chad Melchert taking home the award in the Drum category.

Bamford and his team were nominated in a total of 14 CCMA award categories. Bamford has amassed an amazing 19 CCMA Awards since blasting onto the scene back in 2008 when he won Top New Male Talent of the Year.

This year, Bamford bounced back and forth across the border on his summer tour, filling different roles depending on location. A bona fide superstar in Canada - as the award wins attest, he commands legions of fans and the established respect of the press. To the south, he's the surprisingly polished newcomer fans and media are thrilled to discover. And he wouldn't have it any other way.

On the U.S. side, Bamford's introduction won over fans throughout the summer, with shows in Arizona and Colorado earning raves. He played the massive Country Thunder festival in Twin Lakes, WI and Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI both in July. Recent press hits include the Lansing State Journal, the Denver Post and a video interview with Taste Of Country. The Phoenix New Times raved that Bamford "put on one hell of a show."

More information on Bamford is available at www.gordbamford.com
Facebook at www.facebook.com/GordBamford1
Twitter @gordbamford and Instagram at Thegordbamford.

 
 
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Rich O'Toole announced the Jaded Tour and happily New York is one of the stops. The taco loving singer will perform at Hill Country Brooklyn on Thursday, November 6th. The Novel Ideas will be joining him as support on this date. It's sure to be a good time, so get your tickets now.
He is also offering Tacos with O'Toole. Yes, for $20 extra, you will get to hang out at soundcheck, take pics, get stuff signed and hear an acoustic set from Rich. Each VIP is limited to 20 attendees. 

Tickets are $10 
Doors 9/Show 930
For more information visit his official website
Watch "Too Good To Call" video here

 
 
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The 17th Annual Buds-n-Suds Charity Concert, Presented by NASH 103.3 is excited to announce this year’s action-packed line-up. The indoor concert will feature full band performances from country favorites Craig Campbell, Chuck Wicks, Jana Kramer, along with nine-year-old musical prodigy Emi Sunshine and the Rain. The event takes place on Wednesday, Sept 17 at 5:30pm located atAnthem Nashville with proceeds to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Tennessee Chapter. Early bird tickets are available now at www.budsnsuds.com 

In addition to the great line-up, a silent auction will be available throughout the evening to include autographed memorabilia from Taylor Swift, Eric Church, George Strait, Garth Brooks and more.  Other specialty items available will include CMA dress rehearsal passes, Southwest Airlines voucher, Titans and Predator tickets and a private tequila home tasting party, plus much more.  
The 17th Annual Buds-n-Suds Charity Concert is sponsored in part by:NASH FM, Janssen, County Cup, FreshPoint, Streaming Music City, UpperCut Box, National Certified Alarms, Susan Briley, MD, SESAC, Rodan & Fields, Gianikis Properties. All proceeds benefit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

DETAILS: 
What: The 17th Annual Buds-n-Suds Charity Concert Presented by NASH 103.3 
When: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 
Where: Anthem Nashville | 125 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203 | Doors open at 5:30pm
Tickets: VIP tickets are $50 in advance/$75 at the door and include special seating area, drink tickets and appetizers. General Admission tickets are$10 in advance/ $20 at the door.  Purchase your tickets now atwww.budsnsuds.com 
Featuring: Craig Campbell, Chuck Wicks, Jana Kramer, Emi Sunshine and the Rain, The Mann Sisters and Miss Nashville 2014, Kaleigh Bullard. 

About Buds-n-Suds: 
Buds-n-Suds is the creation of friends Cory Gierman and Jason Krupek.  The event began back in 1997 as a tribute to a friend who suffered from Crohn's disease with a canoe trip and a kick-off concert.  Gierman and Krupek have both served on the CCFA Tennessee’s chapter board of directors and could not be prouder of its beginnings and continued success over the past 16 years- raising over $450,000.  In that time there have always been plenty of surprises in store at this event, you never know who will hit the stage. The roster of past participants includes acts such as Joe Diffie, Lee Brice, Love & Theft, Heidi Newfield, Big & Rich, Darryl Worley, Keith Anderson, Montgomery Gentry, Colt Ford, Randy Houser, James Otto, Jerrod Neiman, Kylie Sackley, Jamey Johnsonand many others.

About Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American (CCFA): 
Founded in 1967, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of life for people affected by these diseases.  Today, the organization has grown with more than $150 million raised and invested in research for a cure.  This funding has enabled many groundbreaking treatments, improved the quality of care for individuals with these conditions and brought hope to countless lives. www.ccfa.com.