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Can't wait for this one folks.

Holy Smokes is a rockin', groove-laden follow up to the rock opus Pardon Me, which put Tyler and his band The Northern Lights on the map when released in 2010. The new album reveals a more pensive and sophisticated Tyler who’s learned his lessons while navigating the rollercoaster of life on the road, major festivals, major labels, drugs, booze, great love, great loss and the heartbreak of mistakes you can’t change and time lost that you can’t take back. The album was co-produced by Tyler and Thom Monahan (Chris Robinson, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) in both Tyler’s native Dallas, Texas and his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, California.

“It's time for the band and I to get back on the road and play,” said Tyler. He added, “It's what we love to do more than anything else. We spent the past 3 years tangled up in contractual webs (leading us to part ways with our label and drop the name The Northern Lights). Brandon, Jordan and I can’t wait to get back on the road, and we’re bringing a few new faces with us, a rotating cast of players if you will.   We’re looking forward to sharing the new music with the fans we've come to love over the years.  We also look forward to making news fans out of people that are hearing our music for the first time. “

Holy Smokes delivers a solid dose of the sexy swagger, blistering rock guitars and rebellion that fans have come to expect from Tyler and his band. Also present is an older and wiser Tyler who tips his hat to the Gram Parsons style of country that set the Hollywood Rock scene ablaze in the late 60’s.  Tyler wrote or co-wrote the bulk of the tracks on the album including the infectious groove of “Honey Pie,” the gorgeous duet “To Love Is To Fly,” featuring Nashville’s up and coming Nikki Lane, and “Hallelujah,” in which Tyler sings his praise for rock-n-roll, how it changed and ultimately saved him. Added in for good measure is a co-write with renowned Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard “My Time Ain't Long.”

More info and tour dates at http://jonathantylermusic.com/
Get the album HERE on iTUNES

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NEW YORK, N.Y. — In the midst of a busy summer schedule of recording and touring across the pond, J.D. & the Straight Shot are offering fans a taste of what’s to come with a new song debuting Tuesday, June 30, on WNYW-TV’s Good Day New York morning show. Titled “Better Find a Church,” the track drips with slinky swamp-blues and soul — the kind that might be right at home on the soundtrack of a supernatural show. JD and his band features guitarists Marc Copely and Aidan Dolan and violinist Erin Slaver, with contributions by bassist Byron House.

All contribute to writing the acoustic band’s Americana-rooted songs. The alluring melody of “Better Find a Church,” sung as a beguiling duet on which Dolan’s baritone snakes under Slaver’s soprano, is filled with tasty touches — from House’s slapped upright bass to Copely’s Spanish guitar interlude — making for a worthy addition to any Americana playlist. “Erin came in with the original concept then we all worked on it,” says Dolan, noting his admiration for the rising Nashville singer/fiddler. “This song is a story of penance. It is one of the first that is produced by Rodney Crowell. He did a great job capturing our new sound.”

As for the album, Dolan promises more luscious harmonies woven around rich stories and the same organic sound permeating “Better Find a Church.” Get ready to be converted.

JD & the Straight Shot tour dates
Mon., July 6 AMAGANSETT, NY Stephen Talkhouse
Sun., July 12 NASHVILLE, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Thurs., July 16 NEW YORK, NY Rockwood Music Hall
Sun., July 19 GATESHEAD QUAYS Saint Mary’s Square
Tues., July 21 LONDON The Half Moon
Wed., July 22 NOTTINGHAM The Maze
Thurs., July 23 SOUTHAMPTON The Brook
Fri., July 24 LONDON Soho House
Sat., July 25 TUNBRIDGE WELLS Rambling Man
Tues., July 28 STUTTGART Winterbach tent spectacle
Fri.-Sat., July 31-Aug. 1 NORWAY Notodden Blues Festival
Sun., Aug. 2 PERTH Southern Fried Festival
Mon., Aug. 3 COPENHAGEN Amager Bio
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/better-find-a-church-single/id1012809848 
More info:  jdandthestraightshot.com

(Nashville, Tennessee) -- Rainey Qualley recently staged a ZUUS Country takeover, and her "On The Rise" segment is scheduled to air Monday, June 29 at 7:00pm, Tuesday, June 30 at 10:00am and 10:00pm and Friday, July 2 at 8:00pm- all times Eastern. 

Her "Live From The Couch" performance of select songs from her Turn Down The Lights EP will air on the ZUUS.com channel of the same name. Fans can catch a sneak peek of her performance of her new single,"Me And Johnny Cash," on ZUUS.com here.

"We had an absolute blast at ZUUS, and I can't thank them enough for their support," said Rainey. "I hope everyone will check out my #OnTheRise segment." Rainey opened for one of her childhood heroes, Loretta Lynn, Friday night at Kirby Theater in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She will be visiting radio stations throughout the south this week and heading out west for station visits next week.

Rainey's debut EP, Turn Down The Lights, was released earlier this month. The Asheville, NC native co-wrote all seven songs on the collection, which was produced by Russ Zavitson and John Ramey. Her debut single, "Me And Johnny Cash," is receiving significant airplay at country radio.

Born in New York, NY, Rainey's family moved to Missoula, Montana when she was two and then to Asheville, North Carolina seven years later. Rainey always loved the performing arts and was a passionate participant in school plays, dance competitions, and choirs throughout her childhood. She credits dance for giving her an appreciation for a wide variety of music genres and styles. Between dance, the music her father listened to at home and in his own bands and her own eclectic tastes, she lists Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Sam Hunt, Hozier, Otis Redding, Etta James, The Temptations and others among her diverse music taste.

Pictured Above: (l. to r.) ZUUS Country PD Kent Bailey, Rainey Qualley, ZUUS Country VP of Program Development & Artist Relations Cary Rolfe. Photo Courtesy: The POD

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Nashville, Tenn. (June 26, 2015) – While The Gettin’ Is Good, from singer/songwriter, producer and guitarist Corey Smith, is available now on Sugar Hill Records. The album premiered in the Top 10 on the iTunes country chart this week.

Smith has partnered with several outlets to unveil important elements of this release. Rolling Stone Country exclusively announced the album, while Roughstock premiered the album art and track list, and Country Weekly took the exclusive on the “Feet Wet” lyric video. Now, CMT Pure has added the official video for “Feet Wet” into rotation, it will also premiere on CMT.com.

Rolling Stone Country named his CMA Fest performance the show with the Best Capacity Crowd, and continues, “A perennial favorite on college campuses, the rural-life troubadour excels at detailing the rites of passage his listeners all go through, from spring break trips as kids to soaking at the pool with their own children. While the Gettin' Is Good furthers those themes of growing up — via the sports metaphor of ‘The Baseball Song’ and the home-on-the-couch admission of ‘Ain't Going Out Tonight’ — but through the polished prism of Stegall's focused production.”
The State offers, “The gettin’ has gotten more than good this month for Corey Smith.”

Victoria Advocate says, “Smith is a storyteller in a genre full of buzzwords.” Smith just wrapped a week of special events in Nashville surrounding the album’s release. He performed a sold-out benefit concert for the Seva Foundation on June 24 at Bluebird Café, and he celebrated release day on the revered Grand Ole Opry stage, complete with an album signing. He will continue his tour throughout the summer with stops in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC and more.

While The Gettin’ Is Good is available now on Sugar Hill Records.

While The Gettin' Is Good Tracklisting:
1.  Don't Mind
2.  Ain't Going Out Tonight
3.  Flip-flop
4.  My Kinda Lady
5.  Feet Wet
6.  Taking the Edge Off
7.  Dahlonega
8.  Blow Me Away
10. The Baseball Song
11. Drinkin' on My Mind
12. Bend

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Bart Crow, from tiny little Maypearl, TX, received the invitation of his career – the invitation to make his debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, August 21 – in the midst of its nine-month 90th Anniversary celebration. Crow’s current single “Life Comes At You Fast,” sums up the opportunity as it tells of life, love and holding on for the ride. Crow will be holding on tight as he steps in to the famed “Circle” of where many of his heroes like John Conlee and George Jones have stood.

“Honestly, I believe I am still in shock being invited to play the Grand Ole Opry,” said Bart Crow. “It is the shrine of country music and every song I was raised on, from both of my grandfathers to my own Dad. To think that I will be standing on the very hallowed circle of wood that so many legends and heroes who blurred the boundaries of music performed, it is quite overwhelming. It is a great honor and dream I never imagined possible. And this year is the Opry’s 90th anniversary … take a moment to let that sink in.”

The road-toughened troubadour and Army veteran has already put together an admirable track record as a recording artist releasing five albums in over a decade with money pulled from his own pockets. He has sold over 40,000 albums and lofted six No. 1 singles onto the Texas Music Chart without major record label assistance – one of which, “Wear My Ring,” sold over 165,000 copies. His last album, Dandelion, recorded with producer (and Pat Green drummer/co-producer/co-writer) Justin Pollard, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers South Central chart. Crow has been cheered in Country Weekly, on CMT, AOL, Music Connection and in other national media outlets. His YouTube videos and concert footage have drawn more than 2.5 million views.

Now signed to the famed Thirty Tigers (who has fostered success stories for artists including Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Bingham, Flogging Molly, Aaron Watson, Jason Isbell to name a few), Crow kicks it up several notches for his upcoming Fall album release –The Parade reuniting with producer Justin Pollard. “Life Comes At You Fast,” the debut single from his upcoming new album The Parade, has officially been added at radio and is available now at iTunes. The single tells of life, love and holding on for the ride as life comes and changes do fast.

The blue-collar balladeer, plays 130+ dates a year in front of loyal rowdy crowds at far-flung, late-night clubs and concert halls all over Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Montana and beyond. It’s his music that draws them — a tangle of roots in blues, country and down-home rock ‘n’ roll, branded with his unique imprint. A myriad of influences haunt his music including a choir of real American country in the fashion of Merle and Waylon, John Conlee, George Jones and Jerry Jeff Walker, razor-edged rock from Metallica, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, deep-fried Southern soul from Otis Redding and more.

To find out more about Bart Crow go to BartCrowMusic.com: or follow him on TWITTER,INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK. Check out all of his music at iTunes.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On the heels of the History Channels' "Texas Rising" mini series finale, Texas native Rich O'Toole embarks in a new era of history with the launch of Texas themed custom emoticons: TeXMoji. Ranking #2 on the Top Paid Apps, following strong behind the popular app "Minecraft," the highly anticipated app is now available on all software-updated iPhones through the App Store, with an Android version in the works. The new app can be purchased here

Putting the "Tex" in "Texing," O'Toole sent the first text of the Lone Star State flag custom emoticon followed by his favorite Texas inspired cuisine, a taco. O'Toole's brainchild finally came to life with the help of his partner and social media mecca "Sorry, I'm Texan" and app developer Rock Sauce.  CEO of Rock Sauce, Q Manning was beyond excited to get started on the project. "For us, TexMoji was one of those applications we couldn't wait to work on! We're a team of Texans, so getting the chance to show our pride by making something everyone could use was beyond exciting. The TexMojis are big & beautiful, each showcasing what makes Texas such a wonderful place," he said.

The app will feature Lone Star staples such as the state flag, some of Texas' beloved beverages, tacos, and famous landmarks. "If you enjoy using emojis and you're Texan by birth or by heart, then you'll love using TexMojis," says O'Toole. "So let's get to TEXtin' ya'll!" 

To celebrate the highly anticipated release of the new TexMoji App there will be a release party held at the Holy Mountain in Austin, Texas on Friday, June 26. The launch party will be offer fans a raffle of Texas themed prizes by many recognizable state icons to show Lone Star State pride.

For user-friendly information such as privacy policy, cutting and pasting and other general custom TexMoji questions, please click here.

Photos Courtesy Lone Star PR

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ASHEVILLE, NC --The Honeycutters, an Asheville, NC-based original country roots band, released their third studio album, Me Oh My, on April 21, 2015 with Organic Records® and is thrilled to announce their 2015 summer tour.

They kick off the tour in the south and have an appearance on WDVX’s Tennessee Shines in Knoxville on July 1st, airing worldwide at 7pm CT at WDVX.com, followed by a show on the 3rd at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC with Greensky Bluegrass. They travel west for a several shows with stops in Kansas City, Colorado’s Front Range, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Kansas and Arkansas. After a short break, picking back up again for further shows in the southern region including a performance at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, TN in mid August.

Fueled by the powerful songwriting and vocals of founder Amanda Anne Platt,Me Oh My moves her into the spotlight as producer, band leader, and principal creative force behind the band. With songs that are honest and relatable, part chagrin and part hope, Platt’s voice carries a timeless appeal.

Along with Amanda Platt, The Honeycutters include Tal Taylor on mandolin,Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums, and Matt Smith rounds out the band on pedal steel, electric guitar, and dobro to create a sound that carries just as well across the bar room as in a church or a theater. Platt’s songs are shaped by a raw honesty that comes straight from the heart and emits a sort of melancholy happiness.

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Nashville, TN --- He may well be America’s newest “poet laureate.”

With his latest release, Tinderbox, Aaron Burdett writes what he knows and in the process, reveals the soul of a working-class poet.

With his dynamic road band, Aaron has created an emotion-charged recording in Tinderbox. It is the work of an artist who has refined his craft through several independent recordings, live performances and award-winning songwriting efforts. 

Burdett’s writing reflects the struggles of an underdog whose journey to the top is ongoing. “Tinderbox Heart,” the source of the album’s title, brims with Burdett’s warm vocal textures. Tinderbox is a mix of stripped-down tunes, combined with high energy songs, and Burdett’s vocal power and songwriting prowess shine throughout.

The message of Tinderbox is largely focused on triumph over adversity and hardship, tinged with a sense of defiance and conviction. Heavily acoustic, the album shows a lot of grit, a word that just as easily describes the artist himself. Burdett, like the working class folk he writes about, is a builder, or rather, a craftsman. His tools are voice, pen and guitar.

Reviewers have noted Burdett’s authentic singing voice, drawing comparisons to Van Morrison, John Hiatt, and even Jack Johnson. The combination of his prolific writing, arranging, and delivery proves him a significant artist on every level.

This is Burdett’s sixth studio release and his second on Organic Records.

Burdett is featured in a pilot episode of WNCW’s Southern Songs and Stories which gives insight into Aaron Burdett’s sensibility.

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Nashville, TN (June 24, 2015)-- After losing his childhood home in a house fire at the age of 15, Streamsound Records’ singer/songwriter Dakota Bradley has a personal connection to those who know all too well what the fire takes from people.  This life-changing experience is the inspiration behind Bradley’s passion to partner with the American Red Cross and to serve as a Global Ambassador for their fire mission to reduce fire deaths and injuries by 25%.  

“Losing my home in a fire was devastating. I am honored to partner with the American Red Cross in hopes to prevent similar tragedies, as well as a way to help fire victims,” says Bradley. 

To kick off the yearlong giving campaign, Bradley will donate $0.50 to the American Red Cross for every digital purchase of “Name On It” sold between June 23, 2015 and September 30, 2015. To purchase, click HERE.

“After hearing Dakota’s story, we are delighted to have him serve as a global ambassador of the fire mission.  We feel he will be a powerful voice for this mission as someone who has experienced it personally,” said Jackie Nelson, Director of Celebrity and Entertainment Outreach for the American Red Cross. 

To purchase “Name On It” and help raise money for the American Red Cross, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/name-on-it-single/id1002239320.  Your gift to Home Fire Relief enables the Red Cross to provide critical services to people impacted by home fires along with the lifesaving tools and information to support home fire prevention efforts. 

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This isn't Roots Rock/Red Dirt/Americana or things I typically cover here, but gosh it's good music! Check out the press release below and give them a listen.

Nashville rock trio Colony House will perform on CONAN next week on Monday, June 29th.  The appearance will kick off the band's third single "Waiting For My Time To Come" from their debut full length album When I Was Younger (Descendant Records) which charted #3 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #7 on iTunes Alternative Rock Charts.
As a special preview, today Wall Street Journal debuted the new revamped version of the song which they will perform on CONAN.
LISTEN: Colony House - "Waiting For My Time To Come" via Wall Street Journal:
"When we originally wrote and recorded 'Waiting For My Time To Come,' we took a slow-building, raw, cinematic approach," explained frontman Caleb Chapman to Journal.  "With the reworked version, we took a more energetic approach.  Live, this song has always been a highlight for both the crowd and the band.  We thought that perhaps we could capture a little bit of that live energy."
Explaining the song's history, Chapman continued "About two years ago we had no idea what was happening with our band.  At that point, a bunch of opportunities kept falling apart last minute.  The peak of our disappointment came in October 2013.  We had booked a slot on the Austin City Limits festival and were meant to play the last Sunday of the second weekend.  We woke up that rainy morning to a phone call telling us that we would not be playing because the park had been flooded, so we packed our bags and had to make the 15 hour journey home.  On that drive home, we decided to write and record an EP over the next month.  We were just thinking of anything we could do to help inspire ourselves in a season that was otherwise uninspiring.  'Waiting For My Time To Come' was the first song I wrote for that EP.  It deals with the subject of 'things not going your way' and quickly turned into our theme song."
Colony House first captured attention with their lead single "Silhouettes" which became the #1 most played track on SiriusXM's Alt Nation with 50 spins per week and made their national television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers. They'll hit the road again in early July on the second leg of the Tour De Compadres featuring Drew Holcomb, Switchfoot, and NeedtoBreathe.

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