Nashville, TN – The first annual Mountain High Music Festival, hosted by Dean Dillon and LMG, at Elevation Hotel and Spa in beautiful Crested Butte, CO kicked off last week to a thrilled crowd of fans who enjoyed amazing music from top artists and singer/songwriters as well as some great powder on the slopes during the five-day festival. Country music stars Lee Brice, Thompson Square, Robert Earl Keen and Dean Dillon, along with many other talented artists performed at various venues around town during the fun-filled event, which will donate more than $65,000 in its inaugural year for charities like Tough Enough To Wear Pink and the Adaptive Sports Center.
“Wow! What a festival! We promised up close and personal and boy was it ever. Robert Earl was amazing. Heard a lot of comments of him putting on the best show he's ever done and I tend to agree. We've been friends for years and I think he just went all out for us. Thank you Robert! And Thompson Square in that kind of setting, well you’ve got to see and hear just how great they really are. And, Lee Brice left everything on our stage. Now you see why he's so hot right now. And then there were the girls, Sonia Leigh and Brook Eden. Man they got everybody's attention. Sonia with her edgy voice just slayed everybody and Brook answered any and all questions about her vocal abilities. Kendal Marvel picked up where he left off last year, and he absolutely smoked. Due West just gets better and better. I’m chomping at the bit to produce an album on those guys. A little R&B swamp music doesn't hurt anything, and Collin Lake ripped through some of the best stuff ever. The Crowlin Ferlies showed us all how to play Scottish bluegrass and locals Chris Coady, Evelyn Roper, Bill Dowell and Lizzy and Craig reminded us how great all of them are. A big THANK YOU to all the sponsors and attendees and a special nod to ELEVATION HOTEL and SPA for hosting the FEST. I hope you walked away from it just like I did. Chomping at the bit for next year. Blessings!” says Dean Dillon
Sirius/XM personality Storme Warren was on hand to emcee the week’s events, which included VIP parties, intimate acoustic performance, and in-the-rounds with songwriters like Sonia Leigh, Chris Coady, and Colin Lake, as well as concerts by Brice and Keen. Fans were treated to plenty of “Music With An Altitude” during the week-long event, which returns next year with a promising exciting lineup of new shows and premiere winter activities.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Jan. 26, 2015) – Add another accolade to the tally for Eric Church’s The Outsiders.
The album continues to deliver hits nearly a year after its release as “Talladega” reaches No. 1 on the Billboard and Mediabase country songs charts this week. It’s the second chart-topping single from the career-defining, GRAMMY Award-nominated album for Church.
“Talladega” joins previous No. 1 “Give Me Back My Hometown,” which is nominated for Country Song of the Year at the GRAMMYs. Church also is up for three other GRAMMYs, including Country Album of the Year. Church will perform on the Feb. 8 CBS broadcast.
The Outsiders ruled 2014 with country music’s biggest debut week, the genre’s first platinum-selling release of the year and an appearance on many critics’ best-of lists. Church was lauded for his fearlessness and embraced by fans, and that enthusiasm has already spilled over into 2015. Church set the Bridgestone Arena event attendance record with more than 18,000 fans spilling into the aisles at his recent hometown show in Nashville and has a number of dates ahead on his 2015 THE OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR that could break records as well.
And now he’s got his first No. 1 of 2015, just shy of the Feb. 11 anniversary of the release of The Outsiders. “Talladega” is one of a handful of wistful songs on the album that have resonated deeply with fans. A story of youthful days viewed through the memory of a trip to the iconic Alabama race track, “Talladega” builds from an easy-going acoustic sway to towering electric guitar as the song races to the finish line. “Here’s to turning up, slowing down and cars that go real fast,” Church sings in the song’s chorus.
To learn more about Eric Church, visit www.ericchurch.com and www.facebook.com/ericchurch, or follow @EricChurch on Twitter.
Born in South Dakota, Sam Outlaw (yes, that's his mother's maiden name) is a country singer living in Los Angeles who writes original songs that seek to capture the spirit of the traditional country music he learned from his favorite singers: George Jones, Merle Haggard, Don Williams, Gene Watson, and Keith Whitley, among others.
Currently Outlaw is working on his new Pledge funded album, Angeleno, produced by Ry Cooder. Before we can get our hands on the new music, take a listen to his previous self titled EP above. You'll instantly love it.
Chris Stapleton's solo debut album, Traveller, will be released May 5 on Mercury Records Nashville. Of his inspiration behind the record, Stapleton comments, “This record was made standing on the shoulders of friends, family, and heroes. I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I've enjoyed making it.”
In celebration of the release, Stapleton will join Little Big Town on their Pain Killer Tour in March followed by a series of The Outsiders World Tour shows with Eric Church in May.
CHRIS STAPLETON CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
March 5—Savannah, GA—Johnny Mercer Theatre*
March 6—Birmingham, AL—BJCC Concert Hall*
March 8—Chattanooga, TN—Soldiers and Sailors Mem. Auditorium*
March 12—Evansville, IL—Aiken Theatre*
March 13—Louisville, KY—Louisville Palace Theater*
March 14—Muncie, IN—Emens Auditorium*
March 19—Davenport, IA—Adler Theatre*
March 20—St. Louis, MO—Fabulous Fox Theatre*
March 21- Tulsa, OK- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino*
March 26- Duluth, MN- AMSOIL Arena*
March 27—Sioux City, IA—Orpheum Theatre*
March 28—Enid, OK—Enid Events Center*
May 20—Lincoln, NE—Pinnacle Bank Arena†
May 22—Rapid City, SD—Rushmore Plaza Civic Center†
June 26-28- Dover, DE- Big Barrel Music Festival
*with Little Big Town
†with Eric Church
For more information visit his official website
As a special preview, a behind-the-scenes album trailer can now be viewed below
The upcoming Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors album, Medicine, will be released on January 27th. Billboard.com is exclusively streaming the entire album a week prior to the release. In addition to the album, the first leg of the forthcoming Medicine World Tour has been announced-with dates all over the US and beyond.
Listen to one of the tracks, "Shine Like Lightning," below
For more information visit the official website
Country music newcomer April Kry has been making quite a name for herself with the release of her latest single "Fireflies". Good news for music lovers, you can now hear the song on SiriusXM The Highway!
Starting January 22nd, fans can request the fun, heartfelt song on The Highway by calling in, tweeting their request or posting to The Highway's Facebook wall!
Written by Jennifer Pappas, JP Rende and Kathryn Rende the song transports listeners back to the days of their first love and the feelings that came with it.
Fans can request to hear "Fireflies" on Twitter by tweeting to @SXMTheHighway or posting to their Facebook wall HERE.
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(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 22, 2015) – Country artist Jon Wolfe will release his much anticipated album, Natural Man, on March 31.
Natural Man, produced by Wolfe, Lex Lipsitz and Billy Decker and recorded at Nashville’s Westwood Studios and Ronnie’s Place, is a 13-track collection of songs that merges Wolfe’s signature traditional sound, influenced by some of Country music’s greatest legends, including George Strait, Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Dwight Yoakam, with an edgy, modern energy.
Wolfe describes the album as a personal journey, saying, “Natural Man is a concept that I have wanted to record for a few years. This album stretches me as an artist and as a vocalist, while staying true to who I am. I have known how I wanted it to sound, and how I wanted it to look for some time now. I’ve been visualizing this album for such a long time, and it feels great to finally bring it to life!”
Fans can preview Natural Man on its pre-sale date of March 3 throughiTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers.
Natural Man Track Listing and Songwriters:
1. If You’re Lonely Too (Jimmy Yeary / Ben Hayslip / Wyatt Durrette)
2. That’s What I’m Talkin’ About (Tom Shapiro / Jacob Powell / Michael Carter)
3. Smile On Mine (Dallas Davidson / Ben Hayslip / Rhett Akins)
4. It Just Feels Right (Jon Pardi / Bart Butler / Jeremy Spillman)
5. What Are You Doin’ Right Now (Ashley Gorley / Rodney Clawson / Wade Kirby)
6. Don’t It Feel Good (Deric Ruttan / Jonathan Singleton)
7. She Beats All I’ve Ever Seen (James Dean Hicks / Brett Jones / Jason Allen)
8. Singin’ Thing (Jon Wolfe / Tim Johnson / James Dean Hicks)
9. Natural Man (Brett Jones)
10. Outrun Her Memory (Jayce Hein / Thomas Tillman / Stephen Pasch / Kim Tribble)
11. I’m Doin’ Alright (Jon Wolfe / Billy Crain / Adrienne Follese)
12. Married to Nothin’ (Casey Beathard / Kenneth Wright / Shane Minor)
13. When I Get To Heaven (Pat Alger / Chris Cavanaugh)
Leadoff single, “Smile On Mine” hits radio in late January and be available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers on Feb. 3, 2015. The up-beat tune features Wolfe’s familiar traditional sound while showcasing a new modern flair. With its catchy hook and foot-tapping melody, “Smile On Mine” tells the story of budding romance on a first date.
Of the new single, Wolfe comments, “My new single “Smile On Mine” really clicked with me the first time I heard it. It represents this important bridge between traditional country and the more edgy, modern melodies we're hearing on the radio these days. That's what I feel like my whole new album is doing - I'm staying true to my roots and my traditional voice, but also growing and adapting with the times. I think my fans are going to love it!”
From his native small town in Miami, Oklahoma to the bustling Texas dancehalls and honky-tonks; Wolfe’s music has been burning up the Texas Charts where he garnered six consecutive Top Ten singles (“Let A Country Boy Love You,” “That Girl In Texas,” “I Don’t Dance,” “It All Happened In A Honky Tonk,” “The Only Time You Call” and “What Are You Doin’ Right Now”), making Wolfe a “must see” act in the Texas touring scene.
His 2010 release, It All Happened In A Honky Tonk, became such a regional success that it was re-released as a Deluxe Edition by Warner Music Nashville in 2013. The album debuted at #34 on the Billboard Album Chart and has collectively sold 25,000 units.
A seasoned performer, Wolfe has opened for some of Country’s biggest stars and has played more than 400 live shows over the past four years. He has a busy 2015 tour schedule on the horizon. Details surrounding the forthcoming tour will be released in the coming weeks.
For more information on Jon Wolfe, visit his official website atwww.JonWolfeCountry.com, and follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Canada's top male country artist Gord Bamford teased a US launch throughout 2014, whetting the appetite of fans and media alike in limited appearances south of the border. And now comes the main course as Bamford commences a full-scale push into the U.S. market with a showcase for top media and radio tastemakers as well as a presence at Country Radio Seminar.
First up is February's CRS in Nashville. The annual event that brings hundreds of station program directors and music directors together with record labels and artists will offer the 2014 CCMA Male Artist of the Year a chance to start his introductions.
The following month, Bamford will have the chance to show U.S. tastemakers how he earned all those Canadian hits, trophies and sales certifications. Gord will host a showcase in Banff, Alberta in mid-March, offering radio and media gatekeepers an up-close look at his singing, songwriting and performing abilities, proving that he's no unseasoned newcomer. After the showcase, look for a single to impact at radio in spring 2015.
This past September, Gord was honored with the Country Music Association's prestigious Global Country Artist Award - the organization's highest award for an artist signed outside the U.S. The recognition followed a handful of excursions into the U.S. during 2014. Bamford got the attention of audiences and critics, scoring major press hits in, among others, the Lansing State Journal, the Denver Post and the Phoenix New Times. The latter raved that Bamford "put on one hell of a show."
That momentum is just the logical extension of what Canadian country market has experienced over the last few years as Bamford has quickly ascended to the industry's pinnacle. In addition to his Male crown, Gord also received the 2014 CCMA trophy for Single of the Year for, of course, "When Your Lips Are So Close," bringing his career CCMA trophy count to 19. Bamford's current album Country Junkie debuted at No. 1 on the country album chart last June, propelled by the gold-certified "Lips."
“I find myself back in a more hopeful place,” the American singer-songwriter says of a collection that was crafted while he was holed up in an airstream trailer in the mountains of California. Being in such a solitary spot afforded him “the time and space to tap into myself”.
Bingham explains, “Up there, it was totally isolated. No phones, no noise, no lights. At night the only thing you'd hear is the bugs and the coyotes. It's lonely when you get back up in there and there's nobody around, but for me, I kind of grew up that way in the middle of nowhere. Since I've started touring, I'm surrounded by people all the time, so getting back to the roots of everything, that’s really where I seem to find stuff that's meaningful when I'm writing songs."
While the songs – recorded live on the studio floor with a new backing band and under the guidance of producer and engineer Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty) - still emerge from the darkness in Bingham’s soul, they are illuminated by a potent sense of desire to alchemise a sometimes grim narrative into an aspirational one. It’s a marked contrast to the suffering, economic strife and downright despair that characterized his last outing, Tomorrowland, itself a direct reaction the emotional mire Bingham was in at the time.
"My mother drank herself to death, and my father shot himself. I was also going through a huge transition with the band — we were breaking up — and I felt so lost playing with different musicians for the first time in years."
This time out he deals with his demons more assertively, a philosophical shift encapsulated on the tracks 'Radio’, and ‘Hands of Time’, both of which find Bingham resolving to stay strong. ‘Broken-Hearted Tattoos’ is a wistful waltz for an unborn child, the singer imagining what kind of parent he’ll become, while on the title track he declares, “I don’t fear nothin’ except for myself/So I’m gonna go out and raise me some hell”.
"Certain things aren't going to change. You can't run away or hide from the past. You have to live in it and deal with stuff and find your own way to overcome. The way I grew up, you had to develop a certain kind of toughness. But if you're smart enough to stay out of situations where other people can hurt you, you're the only one who can really hurt yourself. That's something I had to learn on my own."
Sonically, Fear and Saturday Night has pure Rock ‘n’ Roll attitude and a folkie heart coursing through its veins. Flanked by crack players like Daniel Sproul and Jedd Hughes on guitars, and Chris Joyner on Hammond organ, piano and Wurlitzer, it makes a mighty noise, its spiritual uplift and Bingham’s grainy vocal delivery resonating with the ghosts of Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle, touchstones and kindreds whose sincerity and everyman poeticism he shares.
Bingham, a native of New Mexico, grew up in Texas and, as a teenager, juggled playing guitar with riding bulls on the rodeo circuit. Writing became a cathartic conduit for the torment of his wretched upbringing. Those who heard his songs were deeply affected by them, and pretty soon he was trading the peripatetic life of a cowboy for the peripatetic life of a musician.
His first albums were the self-released Wishbone Saloon and Dead Horses, after which Lost Highway Records (Universal) signed him up. Former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford produced his major label debut, Mescalito, which slayed the critics. Texas Music Magazine reckoned he talked and sang “with a whisky-and-cigarette throat that screams hard living”.
Roadhouse Sun followed, before Bingham collaborated with T Bone Burnett on the soundtrack for the 2009 movie, Crazy Heart, co-penning and performing the Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winning ‘The Weary Kind’. He was feted with an Americana Music Association accolade as artist of the year in 2010, and in the same year issued Junky Star – his most successful record yet - with his group, The Dead Horses.
“A lot of peopled didn't realize when that Oscar stuff was going on and Junky Star was released, I was dealing with the loss of my parents.”
It’s a loss that still haunts Bingham, but rather than be defined by it, he wants to defeat it, to emerge form it a better and more blessed man and artist - something he does with grit, grace and considerable beauty on Fear and Saturday Night.
Ryan Bingham will play:
31 January 2015 Whelan’s – Dublin, Ireland
1 February 2015 King Tut’s – Glasgow, UK
2 February 2015 Borderline – London, UK (SOLD OUT)
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Circle S Records artist SaraBeth will be a featured performer at Super Bowl MVP Bash.
Rising country star SaraBeth has been selected to perform at The 2nd Annual MVP Bash at Sundown on Friday, January 30th. The fun filled Super Bowl party is in downtown Phoenix, Arizona and will include special NFL guest appearances, photo opportunities with the players, live and silent auctions, musical guests SaraBeth as well as Rappers Delight. Proceeds from the event will benefit Larry Fitzgerald's First Down Fund, The Kevin Turner Foundation, Mike Ditka's Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, and Richard Sherman's Blanket Coverage Foundation.
SaraBeth’s current single “Nowhere with You” went top 40 on the Music Row chart. The Texas native has shared the stage with Brantley Gilbert, Lonestar and others and is finishing up new music to be released in the Spring.
Presented by Whip Fundraising, tickets are on sale here: https://event.attendstar.com/event/show/mvp-bash-super-bowl-event/
For more information on SaraBeth visit her website www.sarabethmusic.com