Kip Moore, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen will hit the road together for a limited run this December as part of a special solo acoustic stint dubbed "Tall Tales and the Truth Tour." The songwriters will take the stage together each night, performing and sharing the intimate stories behind their songs, for a one-of-a-kind experience. Kicking off in Denver, CO on Thurs., Dec. 7, they will stop in Lincoln, NE (12.8), Washington D.C. (12.13) and wrap in New York City on Thurs., Dec. 14.
"This is something Randy and I have been cooking up for a while," says Moore. "We've always had a great camaraderie, and a similar mantra, and so we thought it might be a cool way to share our stories in a more intimate setting with our fans. We did a show with Wade and mentioned the idea and then it all fell into place."
"This tour with Kip is long overdue," says Rogers. "We were label mates for years and have been talking about doing a tour together for a while. Adding lil' buddy Wade Bowen to the mix just seemed like a natural fit. Guaranteed good times -- both on stage and off."
Tickets will go on sale this Fri., Oct. 27.
The Contenders - Jay Nash and Josh Day - make music overflowing with both grit and heart; their songs, centered around two-part harmonies, guitar, and drums speak of wanderers and highways, lovers and losers, good times and missed chances. Their new album, Laughing with the Reckless, which friend and fellow troubadour Joey Ryan [The Milk Carton Kids] has called an album of “infectious rhythms and sublime two-part harmonies,” will be released on November 3rd and today, TDC is excited to premiere one of the album's tracks, "Not Enough." Penned by the duo, "Not Enough" is an honest, guitar-led, harmony-laden roots rocker that relates the ups and downs of road life, pulling from the duo's actual experience.
"The drive was long and no one spoke
Our nerves were shot to hell
But the bottle turned and the whiskey flowed
For a minute all was well"
Jay Nash relays the story behind the song,
This song was originally inspired by what was to be our last show of our inaugural tour back in 2014. Our second to last stop on the tour was in Seattle, and the venue that we played was probably a bit of a reach for us. We were a brand new band on our first tour and our show drew about 75 people... which was amazing. Except for the fact that we were playing a 400-capacity room. The last show of the tour was to be in Wenatchee, Washington, which is a quick 2.5-hour drive from Seattle in good weather.
Things were looking pretty good for that show, with 75 percent of the tickets sold out in advance. It was shaping up to be a great way to close out a tour. The catch was that there was this massive storm system descending onto the Northwest from the North Pacific. Josh and our support act, Javier Dunn, had been watching it for a few days and were a little nervous that it was going to bring snow to the mountain passes between Seattle and Wenatchee. I was probably a little headstrong, having never cancelled a gig under any circumstances. I was intent on trying to get there.
We set out from Seattle at 11 a.m. At 4 p.m., we called ahead to the venue to let them know that it was looking like we were going to be late for soundcheck. At 6 p.m., we were the proud owners of a new set of snow chains (for our rental minivan). Shortly after that, they closed the interstate. We returned to Seattle at about 10 p.m., tails between our legs, feeling shattered from a white-knuckle trip back down the mountain.
Heated words were exchanged on that trip, and it came damn close to being the end of The Contenders. In the end though, the experience provided the kernel of inspiration for this song. We used that as a jumping-off point and rolled in a few other road-worn experiences to paint a collage of the mentality of the touring life. We touched on this concept before in the first song that we ever wrote, "The Contenders" from Meet the Contenders. With all of its trials and hardship, we find the psychology, connection and mythology of life on the road to be endlessly inspiring and alluring.
With Day further noting, Jay's story is shockingly accurate of what happened. He can sometimes embellish or downplay situations, so I'm very proud of him for letting the truth be known! At the end of the day, it was a terrible idea... BUT, we did get this song out of it!
The duo further expand on the recording process for the song,
Jay Nash: Man... the biggest thing that sticks out to me was trying to find the tempo where it would make people want to move and sing along, without feeling rushed (or dogged). I had a lot of fun recording the guitar solo. Funny thing is that the solo on the record is actually the first or second pass. I played it another 27 times after that, but I was having so much fun with the part that I just kept playing it over and over again. Oddly enough, I actually captured that pass as a little Instagram video:
Josh Day: This was a fun one to record, but, as Jay said, the tempo was a bit of a bear. Most songs have a sweet spot tempo-wise, and sometimes it comes very easily in the writing/recording process. Other times, as with "Not Enough," it takes a minute to figure out where it "feels" best. We had to make sure it passed the "head nod" test. You know the one... the song comes on, and you can't help but nod your head to the groove. That's the goal.
For the past decade Nash has journeyed the U.S. and Europe solo, selling over 60,000 records without ever putting ink on a conventional record deal while Day could be found playing with the Kruger Brothers and John Oates, touring with Sara Bareilles, and drumming for Jennifer Nettles. With their individual experiences influencing their sound, Nash describe The Contenders music as "Americana, Harmony, Backbeat, Honesty, Narrative. Or... if I had to put five words in a sentence, I would just say, "It’s all about the songs," with Day adding, "Groove, Americana, Harmony, Grit, Soul."
Just for fun, we asked the duo if there was anything besides music that you could be contenders for, what would it be?
Jay Nash: Probably not anything. I used to be pretty aggressive about hucking myself off of cliffs and skiing crazy stuff in the back country when I lived in Wyoming, but I don’t think that I would have made a very respectable living doing it. Maybe I could be a competitive eater, if I really put my mind to it. I do have a voracious appetite. Josh makes fun of me a lot, because I’m so food driven that it often dictates our day schedule when we’re on tour.
Josh Day: Yeah, I would say probably not anything. At least not the two of us together. Jay and I are very different people in so many ways. For example, you would NEVER catch me throwing myself off a cliff, especially not on skis! I'll just hang at the bar, and relax. That's way more my vibe. For me, music has always been a huge part of my life, and I honestly have no clue what I would do without it. I even have an education degree... but, its to teach MUSIC.
As for what's next for The Contenders, Nash says, "We’re just excited about this album finally getting out. Laughing with the Reckless is available now for pre-order on iTunes and is out everywhere on November 3rd. We’re in Europe right now, for a string of dates in Germany, Holland, and France. Our U.S. tour kicks off on November 8th in Boston, and from there, we move on to New York, Philadelphia, DC, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Spring Lake, MI, Columbus, and finish in Nashville. We’ll pick up again in January in North Carolina, and we expect to stay fairly busy throughout 2018 touring this album and hopefully digging into writing and recording the next one when the schedule allows."
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Following Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards
Nashville, TN - The newly crowned 2017 Rocky Mountain CMA Entertainer of the Year, Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, announced today their Las Vegas return to perform the 9th round opening ceremony at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Friday, December 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The former saddle bronc rider turned singer-songwriter will be performing a song off his latest album, Rodeo Cold Beer, which debuted in theTop 10 on the iTunes Country Album chart and was most recently awarded Album of the Year at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards on October 13.
Earning the #1 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers Mountain chart, the ten song collection features tracks about love, endurance, brotherhood and soul searching, among other topics, includes the single “Down With That,” which won 2016 Rocky Mountain CMA Song of the Year. Also among Rodeo Cold Beer’s tracks is “Silhouette,” a seductive and sultry song, penned by Josh Thompson (“Any Old Barstool”), Josh Dorr and Andrew Paul Petroff.
Fans can purchase Rodeo Cold Beer here.
Other performance times in Vegas during Wrangler National Finals Rodeo are as follows:
Thursday, December 7: Smith Rodeo Party
Saturday, December 9: Gilley's Las Vegas
Sunday, December 10: Gilley's Las Vegas
Monday, December 11: Gilley's Las Vegas
Friday, December 15: Wrangler National Finals Rodeo - Ninth Round Performance - Thomas & Mack Center
The Wyoming native, who also performed at the opening ceremony of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2016, was recently chosen as one of five artists from around country the who identify with a specific region (LA, Detroit, Charleston Memphis and Wyoming) to represent his home state of Wyoming for the USA Through Music campaign that will air as a short film on BBC World News.
Nashville, Tenn. (Press Release) - The wait is over as rising country singer Ruthie Collins releases her long-awaited debut album, Get Drunk and Cry. The project is fueled by Collins’ visual project, “Get Drunk and Cry” The Short Film, which is inspired by her real-life experiences and heartbreak. The unique video concept includes five different album tracks from the new album, inspired by pop superstar Beyonce’s Lemonade. Watch the epic full video here. Fans can purchase Get Drunk and Cry on iTunes now.
The critically acclaimed vocalist has already began turning heads within the country music world, being selected as a CMT Next Women of Country artist. The title track has already began to create a stir, recently being added to the New Boots playlist on Spotify. Delivering fresh music with a traditional spin, the edgy singer/songwriter has performed with other country trendsetters like The Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann, Easton Corbin, Dwight Yoakam and more.
In addition to creating music, Collins is also the co-host of the A&E mini-series, “Home.Made.” where the crafty songstress displays quick do-it-yourself projects. The show inspires creativity with entertaining stories and experiences. The vignettes air Saturday mornings from 9:00am ET - 12:00pm ET.
Get Drunk and Cry Track Listing:
1. Getting Out There
2. Boys and Beaches
3. Great Wide Open
4. Get Drunk and Cry
5. All I Wanna Be
6. Pink Bic Lighter
7. You Don’t
9. What If You Fly
10. Me and Emmylou
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Purchase Get Drunk and Cry album HERE
Stream full album on Spotify HERE
Learn more at RuthieCollinsMusic.com
Tommy Emmanuel Announces 'Accomplice One' Duets Album Feat Jason Isbell, Rodney Crowell, Mark Knopfler and more - out January 19
Esteemed Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and performer TOMMY EMMANUEL recently announced a duets album, ACCOMPLICE ONE. The 16-track collaborative album features guest artists such as Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman and more with a release date set for Friday, January 19 via CGP Sounds and distributed by Thirty Tigers.
"It's been such an honor to work with some of the greatest artists I know, and some of the most inspiring people in music today," says EMMANUEL. "I wanted to record an album of duets that could showcase my love of many styles, the challenge of rearranging some classic songs, and share the fun of total improvisation with players who do it on a level that we all marvel at!"
Produced by EMMANUEL--whom is distinguished as one of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP)--ACCOMPLICE ONE opens with "Deep River Blues" featuring Grammy-winning Americana raconteur Jason Isbell who says, "If you like guitar playing, it simply doesn't get any better than Tommy." ACCOMPLICE ONE is a testament to EMMANUEL's musical diversity, the range of expression that stretches from authentic country-blues to face-melting rock shredding, by way of tender and devastating pure song playing. The songs are a mix of new takes on indelible classics and brand new originals from TOMMY and his collaborators.
Five time GRAMMY-winner Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives debut their music video for “Time Don’t Wait,” off their recent album Way Out West, which was shot in the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This piece, directed by Reid Long, explores the lands and people of the Lakota Sioux tribe, of which Stuart is an honorary member (his Lakota name is O Yate' o Chee Ya'ka Hopsila or "The man who helps the people") and which he has had a deep and personal connection to since he first visited the Lakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation on tour as a member of Johnny Cash’s band. Said Stuart about the video: “Reid and his crew followed us to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and the results are absolutely exquisite. I invite the viewer to come along with me and the Superlatives to Pine Ridge. By way of Reid Long's camera, we'll take you deep inside of a world filled with wonderful people, that most people don't even know exist.” Watch the video here.
Nashville, Tenn., (October 18, 2017) – On Monday, December 4, Shine for Susie ALS Benefit Concert will feature an acoustic filled evening with top of the line country artists at the Historic Ryman Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. to benefit The ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles Family to raise funds in the fight against ALS together.
The night will feature Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line, Jerrod Niemann, Craig Campbell, Canaan Smith, Trent Tomlinson, The Warren Brothers, and Stevie Monce. Hosted by SiriusXM The Highway's Storme Warren, Stephen Baker Lilies from Love and Theft and Dee Jay Silver.
Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, the Ryman box office, www.ryman.com and by phone 800.745.3000. Tickets are $125, $75 and $55.
Shine for Susie ALS Benefit Concert was formed as a partnership between The ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles Family to raise funds in the fight against ALS. Susie Burchett, wife and mother of Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft, was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2017.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn -- Dolly Parton will assist with the ongoing relief efforts around the United States and its territories by making a contribution to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief to assist with immediate life sustaining needs of those affected. The One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. This special appeal has been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Dolly recalled, “After the tremendous outpouring of support my hometown received last winter after the wildfires raged through the area, I want to do my part to help other areas affected by natural disasters. I admire and respect this effort led by our Presidents so it is an honor for me to contribute to their work.”
In addition to the financial contribution to the One America Appeal, Dolly will launch a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the nonprofit social enterprise First Book, and Penguin Young Readers to provide 500,000 books to hurricane-affected areas through the First Book National Book Bank.To kick off thecampaign, Dolly’s foundation donated 165,000 books and the $90,750 needed to cover the shipping and handling charges to make books available quickly and at no cost to educators affected by the storms. From Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy to last year's floods in Louisiana, First Book has distributed over 5 million books to families affected by disasters, in partnership with children’s book publishers, including a substantial book donation from Penguin Young Readers. Penguin Young Readers also partners with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and First Book to support their book gifting programs and other outreach efforts, with a special focus on getting books to children in times of natural disasters.
Blank Range Announce Tour Dates Supporting Margo Price, Touring with Tyler Childers and Jessica Lea Mayfield This Fall
This summer, Nashville's Blank Range released their debut album Marooned With The Treasure via Sturdy Girls Records distributed by Thirty Tigers (Sturgill Simpson / Jason Isbell). The band will hit the road for the rest of the year supporting Jessica Lea Mayfield and Tyler Childers and have just announced a run of dates in 2018 with Margo Price. Find a full list of tour dates below.
Last week, The Nashville Scene hosted their annual Best of Nashville awards where Blank Range was awarded the Writers' Choice for Best Rock Album. D. Patrick Rogers said, "Not only is Blank Range’s long-awaited debut LP Marooned With the Treasure one of the most evocatively named local releases of 2017, it’s also among the strongest. Somewhere between the charming garage rock of The Replacements, the striking power pop of Big Star and the rough-hewn Southern rock of Lucero, Marooned With the Treasure features nuanced, road-tested playing and vocal performances that are just the right amount of rugged."
(Nashville, Tennessee...Press Release) - October 18, 2017 - In the midst of celebrating its 35th anniversary, Nashville's iconic Bluebird Cafe is kicking off an ambitious Indiegogo campaign to fund Bluebird: The Movie, an in-depth documentary about the influence the tiny 90-seat venue has had on singers, songwriters and popular music in general. The campaign began Tuesday, October 17, 2017 here and will run through November 20.
Known for originating the songwriter "In The Round" concept, the careers of numerous artists and songwriters have been launched from the small stage. Budding songwriters view the Bluebird as a "field of dreams" of sorts, traveling from all over the world and waiting in line for hours to audition for the chance to perform one minute of one song on a Monday open mic night.
Garth Brooks, Kathy Mattea and Taylor Swift were discovered playing there, and producers, artists and A&R folks heard countless songs performed for the first time that became huge hits for many artists. The club still has the original audition applications filled out by Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and others.