<![CDATA[My Site - News]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:17:38 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[The Bluebird Cafe to Host Intimate Performances at The Studio at Opry City Stage]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:11:45 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/the-bluebird-cafe-to-host-intimate-performances-at-the-studio-at-opry-city-stagePicture
NASHVILLE, TENN -- (Press Release) After 35 years with its iconic Nashville location as a home base, The Bluebird Cafe is launching a series of shows in New York City. The series will take place at the Grand Ole Opry’s first “home away from home,” a four-level entertainment complex in the heart of Times Square – Opry City Stage.  
The Bluebird Cafe Songwriter Series at Opry City Stage will kick off in March with four shows.  The first two shows are March 16 (7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) with Chris DeStefano (“Something in the Water”, Carrie Underwood),  Nicolle Galyon (“Automatic”, Miranda Lambert),  JT Harding (“Sangria”, Blake Shelton) and will follow with two shows on March 30 (7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) with Dylan Altman (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”, Jake Owen), Marshall Altman (“Young & Crazy”, Marshall Altman), and Gabe Dixon (Keyboardist, Paul McCartney). The Bluebird’s intimate performances will take place on the venue’s fourth floor, known as The Studio at Opry City Stage.
Tickets for March 16 and 30 are $30.00 and are on sale now via oprycitystage.com. Additional upcoming Bluebird shows are slated for March16March 30April 13April 27, May 11 and May 25.   With seating for 195, the intimate club on the venue’s fourth floor will feature “in the round” style nights in partnership with Nashville’s famed songwriting haven, The Bluebird Cafe. The space boasts state-of-the-art production capabilities, making it one of New York City’s premiere listening rooms. Additionally, the space is specially equipped for artist media events and music releases.

​During Grammy® week, The Bluebird Cafe, NMPA and NSAI held a special brunch show at the Studio at Opry City Stage on January 26 to celebrate Grammy nominated songwriters Josh Osborne and Shane McAnnally (“Drinkin’ Problem”, Midland), Ben Glover (“Even If”, MercyMe) and Scott Sharrard (“My Only True Friend”, Greg Allman). Grammy-award winnng songwriter, Brett James (“Jesus, Take The Wheel”, Carrie Underwood) hosted the event which included a surprise performance by twenty-one time Grammy winner, Vince Gill.
“We are tremendously excited that two of the most compelling and iconic entertainment brands in Nashville—the Grand Ole Opry and The Bluebird Cafe-- are embarking on this partnership to share our unique styles of entertainment in New York City and beyond,” said Erika Wollam Nichols, President and General Manager, Bluebird Cafe, Inc. “The Opry and The Bluebird have each developed a wide base of loyal fans who are wildly passionate about and respectful of the music, both in our longtime homes of Nashville as well as when we have stepped outside Music City for special shows on the road. Our songwriting community is part of what makes Nashville so great, and we can’t wait to bring the intimacy of hearing the songs and the stories behind the songs to the  New York City audience, introducing them to Nashville and New York-based writers alike.”
<![CDATA[Ian Moore Readies 'Toronto' due May 25th]]>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:06:23 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/ian-moore-readies-toronto-due-may-25thPictureCourtesy: Western Publicity
(Press Release) Ian Moore, the Seattle-based, Austin, TX-born guitar player, singer and songwriter makes the proverbial renaissance man look lazy. Toronto comes on the heels of Strange Days, his most successful record since his eponymous debut and despite a never-ending cycle of touring, Moore offers a new release of bright, blazing rock-n-roll that combines his legendary guitar prowess with radio-friendly songs that showcase his elastic, soul-inflected vocals. “It’s a very different climate right now.

When we hit a city, it doesn’t matter that I have 14 records, radio hits, etc. The only thing that matters is if we can really show up and leave the people feeling they saw something amazing. Its keeps me hungry, and I like the challenge” says Moore. Toronto releases May 25, 2018, on Last Chance Records in the US and on Rough Trade in Europe. Moore will be touring in support of the record in the U.S. and Europe for all of 2018.

Watch Ian perform "Lords of the Levee" from Toronto, Solo Acoustic at City Winery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqdZECyRaxU&feature=youtu.be

For years, Ian has had his eyes on the challenges faced by musicians of every stripe, having experienced the spectrum of artist successes and tribulations over a nearly 30-year career. In response, he founded the artist’s healthcare alliance SMASH (Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare) and has joined the board of NARAS for the Pacific Northwest as governor and head of the advocacy committee.

You might have been surprised to hear Moore’s songs popping up on major network shows on prime time television this past year; selections have been prominently featured in performances on both American Idol and The Voice (“Satisfied” and “Blue Sky”).

Moore’s story is often told and probably familiar to most critics; his initial record on Capricorn propelled him to national tours with the Rolling StonesZZ Topand Bob Dylan, acting in the Academy Award-winning indie feature Sling Blade and having Ice Cube direct the video for his track “Harlem.”
Moore deviated from his initial blues-oriented guitar sound on subsequent records, touching on graceful pop songs and the psychedelic as well as British pub rock and deep Americana. Toronto and its 6 tracks represents those influences in such a way that they have informed his songwriting, but is likely more recognizable as a strong collection of the kind of guitar rock his core fan base would respond to immediately.

On the triumphant “You Gotta Know My Name,” Moore lampoons rich, entitled hipster kids. “They get their marching orders from Pitchfork and fill their brains with coke and MDMA, looking for soul and depth,” Moore explains. “The chorus is a way of claiming my space as a person that has been slogging it out, in and out of fashion for most of my career, with a deeper sense of music, style and substance than the people that might quickly write me off.”

The anthemic “Lords of the Levee” is a contemporary, relevant take on the atmosphere of the U.S. right now. “It’s an attack on group thought,” Moore says, “which is most typically shrouded in God and country, that allows people to do some really terrible things. I wrote it about the Alabama voters rights act, and how the people that opposed it used both God and country to justify their abhorrent behavior.” It captures Ian’s blistering live sound probably better than any recording he’s released in recent memory.

The catchy, propulsive “Looking for the Sound” is a play on the record title “El Sonido Nuevo,” which he wrote with his last group, the Lossy Coils. “It comes from a Mighty Boosh skit, but the gist of the song is about what it is to be a touring musician, trying to build soul and culture, still believing the same things I believed when I was 18, and looking for open hearts and minds to feel it.”

On other tracks on the record, “Satellite” and the slightly outrageous “Rock N Roll,” Moore explores the underbelly of rock, the bright side and the dangers of living your life in the magic of midnight.

2/28 Amarillo, TX Hoots Pub 
3/1 Denver, CO Herman’s Hideaway 
3/2 Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad 
3/3 Phoenix, AZ The Rhythm Room 
3/5 Tucson, AZ Club Congress 
3/6 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Cafe 
3/7 Napa, CA Blue Note Napa 
3/8 Petaluma, CA Speakeasy 
3/9 San Francisco, CA Brick & Mortar Music Hall 
3/10 Sacramento, CA The Torch Club 
3/13-19 Austin, TX SXSW Shows TBA 
4/12 Wichita Falls, TX Iron Horse Pub 
4/13 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads 
4/14 Lincoln, NE Zoo Bar 
4/15 Minneapolis, MN Uptown VFW 
4/17 Sturgeon Bay, WI Holiday Music Motel 
4/18 St Louis, MO The Monicle 
4/19 Little Rock, AR Whitewater Tavern 
4/20 Tulsa, OK The Shrine 
4/21 Dallas, TX Kessler Theater 
4/22 Houston, TX Heights Theater

Find Ian Here: 
Website: www.ianmoore.com
<![CDATA[Willie Nelson Premieres Powerhouse Studio Album Of 11 Newly-Penned Songs on Latest Album, Last Man Standing]]>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:04:18 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/willie-nelson-premieres-powerhouse-studio-album-of-11-newly-penned-songs-on-latest-album-last-man-standingPicture
Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Last Man Standing, Willie Nelson's new studio album (and 11th for the label), on Friday, April 27.
Arriving just in time for Willie's 85th birthday (April 29), Last Man Standing will be available on CD, 12" vinyl LP and digital formats.
The first single from the project is the title track from the album "Last Man Standing" and Willie shared a music video capturing the making of the track today. The album is available for pre-order now and the single is available at all digital outlets.

​Pre-order the album and listen to the single now at 
https://WillieNelson.lnk.to/lmsFA!1 and view the video for "Last Man Standing" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk55FA6_xkM

Last Man Standing, comprised entirely of songs newly-penned by Willie Nelson (and longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon), is the worthy successor to Willie's God's Problem Child, which showcased seven Nelson-Cannon compositions and debuted at #1 on the Country charts. Willie and Buddy have been working together since 2008 with Cannon producing more than a dozen of Willie's albums.
The songwriting duo deploys a unique strategy of shared composition, beginning with back-and-forth text messaging of lyrics with the melodies. On Last Man Standing, Nelson and Cannon's unorthodox approach generated eleven original songs, "Willie's a jazz singer and jazz player. He's an improvisational musician. It's different every time. Get a good take and go with it," says Cannon,
With Last Man Standing, Nelson has added 11 essential new songs to his classic catalog. One of Willie's most personal and introspective albums to-date, Last Man Standing reveals the emotional range of Willie's concerns, from the deeply reflective ("Something You Get Through,"  to the rollicking and playful ("Me and You," "Ready to Roar")
An album that acknowledges the transience of time while marveling at the joy, beauty and surprise the world has to offer, Last Man Standing finds Willie Nelson rolling at a creative peak, writing and singing and playing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that comes from the road.
Willie Nelson
Last Man Standing
1.       Last Man Standing
2.       Don't Tell Noah
3.       Bad Breath
4.       Me And You
5.       Something You Get Through
6.       Ready To Roar   
7.       Heaven Is Closed 
8.       I Ain't Got Nothin'
9.       She Made My Day
10.     I'll Try To Do Better Next Time
11.   Very Far To Crawl 

<![CDATA[Greyhounds Announce New Album; Share "No Other Woman"]]>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:55:39 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/greyhounds-announce-new-album-share-no-other-woman
Austin-based trio Greyhounds has announced the upcoming release of their new LP Cheyenne Valley Drive on April 6th. They've also shared the first single from the record, "No Other Woman", a swirling dose of driving bluesy rock, which you can stream above.

Greyhounds are the Austin trio of Anthony Farrell (vocals, keyboards), Andrew Trube (vocals and guitar) and Ed Miles (drums). Many music fans remember Farrell and Trube as key members of JJ Grey's band MOFRO for many years. After parting with Grey in 2016 to focus full-time on Greyhounds, the band has only left the road to record and release two full-length records.

The seeds of Cheyenne Valley Drive were planted in 2016 when Greyhounds met acclaimed engineer and Memphis native Matt Ross-Spang. Soon afterwards, Matt moved his operation to the newly refurbished Sam Phillips Recording studio. Greyhounds had always wanted to record in the historic studio, considering it the perfect place to make the type of album they wanted: a less produced, more spontaneous style of recording, all straight to tape like many of the classic records that were made there in its heyday. And Ross-Spang was the perfect engineer, steeped in the old-school style of making records.
Drawing from 17 years of songwriting, Trube and Farrell had plenty of material to choose from. "It was a chance to look back at some of our favorite tunes that we had never recorded" says Trube. Because there were only 3 days in which to record and mix the record, Greyhounds knew they would have to be ready to perform these songs seamlessly, just like they would at a live show. "When recording to tape you have to make commitments. It is a lesson in letting go and not getting hung up on things. Its liberating." 

13 songs were recorded and mixed over the course of those three days, along with guest appearances by Dante Schwebel, Will Sexton, Amy LaVere, and Art Edmaiston. "When you are going at that pace, you don't get a lot of time to second guess yourself. You learn to trust your instincts and be more present in the moment," says Farrell of the breakneck pace of recording. 

Cheyenne Valley Drive is a product of a band at the height of their game, making music in a studio that has been virtually untouched by time, recording in the style of their musical heroes.
Greyhounds Tour Dates:
2/24 - Clearwater FL - Clearwater Sea Blue Festival
2/25 - Miami FL - The Fillmore
2/26 - Keeping the Blues alive at sea
3/22 - Birmingham AL - The Nick
3/23 - Macon GA - The Creek Stage
3/24 - Atlanta GA - Terminal West
3/30 - Fort Worth, TX - Shipping and Receiving
4/05 - San Antonio, TX - Sam's Burger Joint
5/10 - Saint Louis, MO - Bootleg @Atomic Cowboy
<![CDATA[Julia Capogrossi Tapped as Official Spokesperson for Global Children’s Rescue in the Pursuit to End Human Trafficking]]>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:59:46 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/julia-capogrossi-tapped-as-official-spokesperson-for-global-childrens-rescue-in-the-pursuit-to-end-human-traffickingPictureCourtesy: Brickshore Media
​(Press Release) Amid her current single Morganclimbing the charts, country artist Julia Capogrossi has just been named the official spokesperson for Global Children’s Rescue (GCR)a non-profit that works to put a stop to human trafficking. Capogrossi jumped at the chance to work with them, citing human trafficking as an issue close to her heart.

In describing the announcement, Capogrossi said, “This is so important to me, and something that people aren’t talking about enough. People think ‘this could never happen to me, this could never happen to my children,’ but it can, it is, and it’s happening every day. I think people need to be aware of potential threatening situations as it could mean the difference between life and death.”

Global Children’s Rescue focuses on missing children and human trafficked victims as well as human trafficking prevention. In working with them, she hopes to bring more awareness to this issue, as well as bringing awareness and support in their pursuit of ending human trafficking in our local communities.

Christine Gillman, the Vice President and Co-Founder of GCR is excited about the collaboration. She said, “[We are] proud to announce this partnership. We are so honored to be an organization she proudly supports. Human trafficking is a problem that exists in every town, every state and every nation worldwide. It includes sex trafficking, forced labor, indentured servitude and is often misunderstood or ignored. What many people don’t realize is that this crime is happening right in their own neighborhood. GCR is excited to partner with Capogrossi to raise awareness in local communities, to be a voice to women and children, and to provide unlimited resources to those affected by this heinous crime. GCR is here for you and we’re lucky to have her go on this journey with us.”

This announcement adds to an already packed year for Capogrossi. Amid her ongoing radio tour in support of her current single Morgan that is climbing the Music Row Country Breakout Chartshe recently attended Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in downtown Nashville earlier this month participating in endless media interviews and interacting with radio stations alongside her other team members, radio promotors GrassRoots Promotion and Radio Promotion Nashville.

While Capogrossi may still be a fresh face and sound on the country music scene, she is on her way to becoming a household name. With a debut single already under her belt, an official music video that was played on TV networks including The Country Network, endless media coverage secured, and her first artist experience at CMA Music Festival, these opportunities elevated her career to an overwhelming lifetime opportunity last Fall. She traveled out of the country for the first time to San Pedro, Argentina, to headline South America’s largest country music festival. With musical influences ranging from Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert to Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen, this Stamford, Connecticut native’s passion for music can easily be seen with her upbeat personality, warm smile and dynamic stage presence.

For more information, visit Julia Capogrossi at the following:
Website: www.JuliaCapogrossi.com
Facebook: @juliacapogrossimusic
Twitter: @juliacapogrossi
Instagram: @juliacapogrossi

About Global Children’s Rescue: This is a non-profit organization that focuses on missing children and human trafficked victims. The organization conducts undercover investigations to help infiltrate sex trafficking, exploitation of minors and illegal prostitution organizations. Global Children’s Rescue also focuses strongly on awareness and they are very involved in the community. The organization provides an ample amount of resources specifically for women and children, and focus on being a support system for women all around the world that have experienced the tragedy of being involved in human trafficking of any sort.

Website: globalchildrensrescue.org
Facebook: @GlobalChildrensRescue
Instagram: @globalchildrensrescue
Twitter: @paytoninvest and @GlobalCR17
<![CDATA[Craig Gerdes releases highly-anticipated LP, Smokin' Drinkin' & Gamblin']]>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:56:51 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/craig-gerdes-releases-highly-anticipated-lp-smokin-drinkin-gamblinPicture
February 16th, 2018 - Outlaw country revivalist Craig Gerdes has released his highly-anticipated LP Smokin' Drinkin' & Gamblin'. Gerdes celebrated the release with a performance at the legendary Nashville Palace as well as several live sessions via WSMV's Today In Nashville, ACME's Vinyl Lunch & RFD-TV. Gerdes has also been featured at Guitar World, The Boot, Glide Magazine & many more.

Smokin' Drinkin' & Gamblin' is out now via Sol Records.

Craig Gerdes is a singer whose voice is steadied by the legion of angels he believes watch over him. He tells stories at a Southern pace, with a soft voice and slow drawl. His new album Smokin' Drinkin' and Gamblin' is full of outlaw-country rug cutters and ballads about strong heads and weak hearts. Fueled by nostalgia, his songwriting talent turns old habits into dependable crutches nursing the phantom pain of distant love. 

Though he hails from rural Illinois, his sound is old-school, four-to-the-floor, Texas-style honky tonk, reminiscent of greats like Waylon Jennings, Leon Payne, George Strait, Jim Lauderdale and James McMurtry. As great songwriters often do, he spent time as a writer in Nashville, where he had some success, and learned that his songs were too country for the cosmopolitan elite. 

"Redneck Sonsabitches" eloquently details the story of his Nashville experience, one that put him in front of great outlaw songwriter Billie Joe Shaver. Shaver laughed with him about the difficult road honest songwriters sometimes face on Music Row, and asked him if he'd ever been to Texas. Another man of faith, Shaver ensured Gerdes they'd meet again, and three years later Gerdes opened a show for him outside La Grange. The song he penned about it is a swaggerin' chicken-pickin' electric two stepper. The band careens through a tempo change where he namechecks Shaver, who told him "Son, I know just how you feel," before he remembers what record companies remarked about his work—"You long haired redneck sonsabitches are not wanted here in Nashville, Tennessee."

Gerdes began playing country music at the age of 10 in the band of his father, who, as a child, would crowd around the radio with his family waiting for the wind to blow in just the right direction so they could pick up the faint signal from the Grand Ole Opry. The songs his father loved—by country icons like George Jones, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash—provided the foundation for Craig's work. By age 12, he was already a capable songwriter and musician. And by 16, he'd wandered from the narrow path. "In the same summer," he recalls, "I totaled my car, broke my best friend's neck, dropped out of high school, got arrested and got married."

A few years later, after a chance meeting with a Nashville band, Gerdes wound up living on Music Row. For a time, he literally slept on the floor of a studio where greats like George Jones and Jerry Reed had recorded, a place that's now a one bedroom apartment. "I was hoping to soak up some of that mojo," he jokes about harder times. While Gerdes was able to gain traction with a publishing company and even do some co-writing, his traditional songs just didn't fit in. After years of the seven-hour commute back and forth from his family in unincorporated Pattonsburg, Illinois. (pop. 348), every weekend, he decided to go his own way, leaving Nashville behind and returning full-time to rural life. During this point in his life, while Gerdes was on a hiatus from songwriting to concentrate on raising his kids, his 16-year-old cousin was killed in a car wreck. He was compelled to write again by an angel he believes is her. 

Many of Gerdes' songs embody the life of the traveler. While listening to the radio on a trip, he heard the story of a man found cut up in a box and was inspired to write the murder ballad "Dead In A Box In Kentucky." There's a Spanish guitar solo during the bridge that dances into a climactic finish that concludes with a Hitchcockian fratricidal twist. Gerdes' voice is at its strongest on "Almost To Alabama," where he's joined by dobro, imagining the end of the road, and distant lovers. The title track, "Smokin' Drinkin' Gamblin'" is another song only a road-weary rambler could write. It's the apex of country music, where the rhythm section leads in a thudding backbeat, and steel guitar has room to wander all over the beat, while Gerdes moans about "ramblin' my young life away."

Gerdes sings a mean cheatin' song as well. His ribald song "Learned From The Best" and his cover of Johnny Paycheck’s  "Slide Off Of Your Satin Sheets" bookend the album, the latter a fitting choice—on the surface, Paycheck’s lyrics are about an illicit affair, but under the covers it's about class distinction; the sleek countrypolitan image the music industry creates, and the actual people they use to make the music they desire. 

While Gerdes' songs about smokin', drinkin' and gamblin' aren't necessarily gospel fare he is for certain "spreading the gospel of country music." His experiences and his angels guard him from writing songs "with no heart or soul." Rarely has classic barroom country been so crossover capable. Give it a listen and you, too, will believe.
<![CDATA[Tom Eure releases The Coin, The Prayer & The Crow: Celtic-Infused Folk Music]]>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:53:44 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/tom-eure-releases-the-coin-the-prayer-the-crow-celtic-infused-folk-musicPicture
Nashville, TENN (Press Release) --- Tom Eure has released The Coin, The Prayer & The Crow, his 6th original album. The singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist creates music that is at once robust, and the next moment lilting. It is a heartfelt fusion of Folk, Celtic, and Appalachian influences.

Tom grew up in Roanoke Rapids, attended Appalachian State University, and resides near Charlotte. With its rich musical history and traditions, Eure's home state of North Carolina provides endless inspiration.

As a sought-after studio musician, Eure has appeared on over 45 albums, smoothly transitioning between genres. He’s the fiddler for 2015 CMA award winners Flatland Tourist, spent seven years with the Cajun band Carolina Gator Gumbo, and is part of the Celtic music group Thistledown Tinkers. Experiences with such varied acts have served to enhance Tom’s “folk process” of absorbing musical traditions and allowing them to shape his own unique sound.

“Because I play several instruments, I’ve been lucky enough to work with bands from all types of genres,” Eure says. “I've worked with acts in Celtic, Cajun, Americana, Rock and more, and every one of those experiences influences my playing and my writing.”  

The Coin, The Prayer & The Crow finds Tom Eure joined by a new musical partner, Amelia Osborne, who is equally skilled at fiddle, banjo, bodhrán, mandolin, and as a vocalist. The two multi-instrumentalists swirl together fiddles, banjos, drums, mandolins, guitars, and rousing vocal harmonies, painting a musical picture that is fresh and uplifting. 

The new album features Eure on vocals, banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and bass. His various influences weave tastefully, and in almost imperceptible ways, like sweet memories.  

“I feel like my music career has not been unlike a world traveler,” Eure notes. “I’ve been visiting all these wonderful places and am able to bring my favorite parts back with me. Picking up on something and passing it along, sharing it, that’s what folk music is all about. The new album is a celebration of life, love and music that is the next logical step in what I call my ‘folk process’."

Eure has performed at top venues including The Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville and the iconic CBGB’s Gallery in New York City, as well as theaters, festivals and Highland Games throughout the states. Tom has opened for some of the best in the business, including James McMurtry, Chris Smither, and the late Warren Zevon. In concert with Osborne, the duo moves seamlessly from one instrument to another, keeping the performance fun, fresh, and engaging. They draw on their many musical influences to create a sound that is new yet familiar, risky yet comfortable, and always with a focus on the integrity of the song.

The Coin, The Prayer & The Crow is available now. The collection of 13 songs is a joyful retrospective of Tom’s Celtic and Appalachian influences with an eye set on the future.

<![CDATA[On The Radar]]>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/on-the-radarSo far, 2018 has seen some damn fine releases. There's so much good music out there, that it's kinda overwhelming. Helping you sort through it all, the tunes on this playlist feature artists that you need to keep on your radar and serve as a jumping off point to discover new music from artists familiar and fresh faced. Dig in.
<![CDATA[Western Music Legends and America's Favorite Cowboys, Riders In The Sky Release New Album April 13]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:20:19 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/western-music-legends-and-americas-favorite-cowboys-riders-in-the-sky-release-new-album-april-13PictureCourtesy: Marushka Media
February 15, 2018 — GRAMMY-winning Western icons, Riders In The Sky  — Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody Paul and Joey the CowPolka King — celebrated 40 years of performing music together this year. To mark the anniversary, the band will release its 41st album on April 13. The 15-track collection is called 40 Years The Cowboy Way and will release through the band's own Riders Radio Records label.

2018 brings more milestone events in partnership with The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Grand Ole Opry and The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, plus numerous celebratory concerts. For updated touring and event information please follow Riders In The Sky, here: http://www.ridersinthesky.com.

40 Years The Cowboy Way track listing: 

1. Cimarron
2. Old New Mexico
3. I’ve Cooked Everything
4. Brazos River
5. Mule Train
6. Old Showboat
7. Big Iron
8. Clarinet Polka
9. I’ve Got No Use for the Women
10. The Blue Juniata
11. Buffalo Gals/Bear Creek Hop
12. We’re Burning Moonlight
13. Mollie Darling
14. Pigeon On the Gatepost/The Coleraine Jig
15. Press Along to the Big Corral

40 years ago, Ranger Doug, Too Slim and the late Windy Bill Collins played that first date on the bitter cold evening of November 11th, 1977 at Herr Harry's Frank N' Stein Rathskeller in Nashville, and small listening room dates followed. By August of the following year demand was building, and while Windy Bill left, Woody Paul joined, and the true professional beginnings of the band began at the Kentucky State Fair, where the trio played 10 days for $2,500 - and bought their own rooms and meals out of that!

A first wave followed, including appearances on Austin City Limits; recording contracts with Rounder, then MCA, then Columbia; guest appearances on the Grand Ole Opry leading to membership in 1982; and a three-year run on The Nashville Network with a TV show called “Tumbleweed Theater,” which yet in turn led to a seven-year run on public radio with “Riders Radio Theater," still going strong as a podcast.  People Magazine, interested in the Riders phenomenon, ran a story, which caught the eye of a Hollywood producer. And so the second wave broke, sending the boys to Hollywood to star in “Riders In The Sky” on CBS for a year on Saturday mornings, introducing them to yet another generation. 

More recordings, endless show dates, and television appearances followed for a decade before the fine folks at Pixar called and asked the quartet – by this time they had been joined by Joey the CowPolka King – to sing a tune called “Woody’s Roundup” in the movie “Toy Story 2.”  Thus, the third wave began, highlighted by a number of projects for Disney, including two albums, both of which won GRAMMY Awards.

The creation of satellite radio gave them a new platform, as they continue to produce episodes of the award-winning “Classic Cowboy Corral” on Sirius/XM.

Still more road dates and recordings (several on their own Riders Radio Records label) and 
other film and television projects have filled the days and weeks and years, and since the quartet has slowed up very little, the numbers begin to add up: an astonishing 7,100 + concerts, 35 years as Grand Ole Opry members, 40 albums (well, now CDs,) and tours of all 50 states and all over the world.

Honors accumulated as well.  In addition to the two GRAMMY Awards, Riders received numerous awards from the Western Music Association, including the highest — membership in the Western Music Hall of Fame; numerous Wrangler awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum; awards from the Academy of Western Artists; enshrinement in the Walkway of Western Stars, and more.  What began as a celebration of classic Western Music and an evening of hilarity has become a career, and that career has become a legend, one which, 40 years on, shows no signs of stopping or even slowing down much.

Follow Riders In The Sky on social media, here: 
<![CDATA[Clark Hill to Release Debut Album 'People Like Me']]>Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:58:30 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/clark-hill-to-release-debut-album-people-like-mePicture
(Nashville, Tenn. -- February 14, 2018 Press Release) Country singer-songwriter and recording artist,Clark Hill, will release his debut album People Like Me after two years of blood, sweat, and tears on March 23rd. The album will be available for pre-order on all digital platforms on February 23 with three instant track downloads: "I Hate That Car", "Pecan Pie", and Music Row's Top 100 charting single "Perfect To Me". 

A tour in promotion of People Like Me will take place from May-October of this year with dates and locations to be announced.

"I'm beyond grateful to be surrounded by a team of explosive talent and generosity," said Hill."Kudos to their patience and commitment, this project finally meets my artistic vision and details pieces of my journey. I could not be more ready to introduce fans to the music that defines 'People Like Me'."

“Perfect To Me” was the first single from Hill released to Country Radio last summer which earned a variety of praise from outlets including an A letter grade from Digital Journal and exclusive music video premiere via Celeb Secrets Country. The love ballad was co-written by Grammy-nominated artist Chris Young and Rogers. 

Produced by Mike Rogers, esteemed songwriter and drummer for Craig Morgan, People Like Mewas partially recorded at CTM Studios' (Catch This Music) state-of-the-art facility in Nashville as well as Rivergate Studios in Hendersonville. Hill has previously described his sound as "country with a twist" because of his Southern-Rock influence. .38 Special's keyboardist (and co-owner of Rivergate Studios) Bobby Capps can be heard on multiple tracks throughout People Like Me.

An album release party will take place in Hill's hometown of Starke, FL at The Downtown Grill (301 East Call Street) on 3/23 at 7 p.m. featuring a live performance of the entire project. Tickets range from $20-40 depending on the chosen package and are available online here.

People Like Me Track Listing:
1. We Were That Song
2. Rolling Home
3. Pecan Pie
4. I Don't Know How to Love You Anymore
5. Stage Song
6. Don't Worry 'bout Me
7. Always Be Mine
8. How Great Thou Art
9. Swerve
10. I Hate That Car
11. Perfect to Me
12. Midnight Saturday Night
13. Those Were The Days

For more information on Clark Hill, please visit www.ClarkHillMusic.com or follow on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Spotify.