DOTHAN, Ala. (Press Release) – The festival, in its fifth year, has hosted some of the world’s most famous country singers including Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Jake Owen, Chris Young and this year will be even more epic as with Kid Rock, Alabama, and Justin Moore bring the party to the National Peanut Festival June 2-4, 2016. Thousands of music fans have attended Toadlick over the years and the festival was recently awarded Dothan’s Largest Event by the Dothan Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (read more here). The festival is proud to announce the addition of Eli Young Band, Luke Combs, Riley Green and Anthony Orio to the 2016 lineup.
Artists Previously Announced: Kid Rock, Alabama, Justin Moore, Daughtry, Charlie Daniels Band, Aaron Lewis, JB and The Moonshine Band, Ashley Monroe, and Clare Dunn.
Tickets for the three-day event are $109 for general admission are available at www.Toadlick.com or by calling (334) 790-0337. A limited number of TIP Tickets are available for festival-goers to upgrade their festival experience with tickets ranging from $300-$500 for reserved seating in front of the stage.
Ravenwood Sporting Clays Proudly Sponsors Toadlick’s TIP Tower. TIP Tower patrons will enjoy a premium view variety of beverage options, light fare in the evening, preferred parking and private bathrooms. Grab a drink and watch the show from above or enjoy it from your reserved seat directly in front of the stage in the TIP section (included with TIP Tower pass). TIP Tower patrons must be 21 and up. Tickets are $1000 per person and corporate packages are also available. Call to reserve your TIP tickets! (334) 790-0337
Full hook-up and primitive camping sites can also be booked starting at $100 for 3 days. RV sites are almost sold out.
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Nashville (Press Release) --- Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre.
Now, 25 years later, this award-winning band is again set to build on the familiar while adding bold progressiveness to its legend with this latest release, Bridging the Tradition (Mountain Home Music Company).
The new album contains the familiar LRB groove but offers Grass versions of Country songs. The band covers the popular Waylon Jennings hit, "Rose In Paradise," making the tune all its own. A progressive and spooky rendition of the Old Time ballad, "Boats Up The River," is rendered with the familiar sound that LRB has perfected over the past quarter century, as is the working class anthem, "Real People,"
NASHVILLE, TN (January 29, 2016 Press Release) – Catapulting to stardom with over 64 million views on YouTube, Columbia Records’ country quintet Home Free is turning up the heat West Coast style with their latest video, “California Country,” exclusively premiering on Sounds Like Nashville. The original song, co-written by the band’s high tenor Austin Brown, producer Darren Rust and Melissa Polinar, is featured on their latest release COUNTRY EVOLUTION.
“I was just as excited filming this video as when we were writing ‘California Country.’ The song really embodies a new dimension of the Home Free sound and what is to come for our style of country music,” said Brown. “We hope to see you out on the road this spring!”
Produced and directed by Landon Donoho, the video was filmed throughout Los Angeles at some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, the historic El Rey Theatre, the grand Dolby Theatre (home to the Oscars), the world-famous Santa Monica Pier and the surrounding beaches. Bringing Home Free’s signature harmonies and smooth vocals to life, the video shows off the band’s personalities as they explore the City of Angels from sunrise to sunset.
On February 10, they embark on their largely pre-sold out DON'T IT FEEL GOOD: SPRING TOUR 2016 kicking off in Ames, IA. Tickets are on sale now at www.homefreemusic.com/tour.
Jan. 29, 2015 (Press Release)-- Official Charts Company, in conjunction with the UK Americana Music Association, has launched the UK’s first chart dedicated to Americana music.
The Official Americana Albums Chart, which was revealed last night on Bob Harris’ BBC Radio 2 Country broadcast and published today on OfficialCharts.com, will highlight the UK’s thriving Americana scene. Providing a UK-relevant twist to the new albums rundown, based on sales and streams, the chart will also feature artists whose work is influenced by Americana.
“I am so pleased to see the founding of a new Americana chart,” says BBC Radio 2 Country show presenter Bob Harris. “It is important and appropriate that the popularity of this wonderful, vibrant and creative genre is acknowledged in this way."
“We are always looking for ways to spotlight specific areas of music consumption in the UK,” adds Official Charts Company Chief Executive Martin Talbot, “and Americana is a genre that is thriving in terms of new artists and events across the country. The launch of the Americana Albums Chart will provide a fresh and official insight into yet another fascinating genre.”
Brother Jimmy’s will be hosting a NYC Guitar Pull on February 8th, 2016 at their Union Square location. The “Pull” will feature upcoming singer-songwriters Brian Falduto, Molly Adele Brown, and Adam Melchor, with special guest: Leanne Weiss. The "guitar pull" is a tradition unique to country music, and it most likely originated in a living room or out on a back porch. Typically, several would-be singer-songwriters gathered at a friend's house and took turns singing songs they wrote or playing old favorites. This concept has developed into an artistic trend, primarily in Nashville, that allows artists a relaxed and fun environment in which to play their tunes. This tradition is being brought to NYC for the first time as a unique way for Brother Jimmy’s to begin presenting new artists to NYC whose artistic styles match its’ Southern BBQ feel.
For more information on the event, visit the following: https://www.facebook.com/events/828652577252330/
KENT FINLAY, DREAMER TELLS STORY BEHIND TEXAS’ MOST CELEBRATED HONKYTONK AND SONGWRITING COMMUNITY
Cheatham Street Warehouse book, due out March 2, marks one-year anniversary of iconic musical mentor, songwriter and venue owner's death
AUSTIN, Texas (Press Release) — The highly anticipated book about an influential music man and his venue, Kent Finlay, Dreamer: The Musical Legacy Behind Cheatham Street Warehouse, hits shelves March 2, 2016 through Texas A&M University Press. “To have been able to listen to Dad unravel his yarns and capture his wisdom, wit and words like fireflies in a jar has been one of the greatest joys of my life,” says Jenni Finlay, who wrote the book with Brian T. Atkinson (author of I'll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt). “Kent Finlay, Dreamer will help keep him alive and with us forever.”
Finlay, who passed away last year on Texas Independence Day at the age of 77, gained fame by developing aspiring artists for more than four decades. You know the names: George Strait. Stevie Ray Vaughan. Todd Snider. James McMurtry. Eric Johnson. Randy Rogers. The list goes on forever. Each songwriter is an unmatched talent with one common thread: Finlay launched their careers from the stage at his legendary Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas. Finlay simply was the most respected lyrical editor and talent scouter in the Lone Star State and a singular songwriter himself.
“I wanted to make it with integrity.”
Nashville, TENN (Press Release)--- Country music singer/songwriter, Katie Armiger has broken her silence about the ongoing rift with her former record label.
“I never quit country music. I haven’t spoken because I wasn’t able to,” the Texas native says. “My label filed suit against me, but I kept hoping for an amicable solution. Now, everyone can see my response. The answer I filed with the federal court speaks for itself.”
Armiger released four albums, charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, made national TV appearances, toured internationally, and saw her videos repeatedly voted by fans onto the GAC “Top 20 Countdown.” In mid-2015, the Texas native spoke enthusiastically about a forthcoming fifth album and a songwriting competition for female writers.
Then, in what has been called one of the most curious events in recent country music history, Pete O’Heeron, the President of Cold River Records asserted that the young star had “decided to take a breather” from music. The label continued to release similar statements on Katie’s behalf through her social media accounts. She quickly disputed the announcement on Instagram, and also noted that she no longer had control of her Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“I’ve worked hard and I’m proud of what I’ve done musically and personally,” Armiger says. “My label had expectations for how I should behave to get ahead, particularly how I should interact with influential men in the industry. I just wasn’t willing to take that approach. I wanted to make it with integrity and I still do. I know that there are good people in this business and particularly in country radio, and I’m so grateful to those who support my career and play my music.”
The Traveller and The Trucker: Chris Stapleton & Jason Isbell Dominate The Nashville Scene's 16th Annual Country Music Critics Poll
Honored to have been asked to participate in this poll.
(Press Release) Today the Nashville Scene publishes the 16th annual Country Music Critics Poll, the genre’s most respected measure of critical consensus. The 82 voting journalists from all over North America and beyond ranked Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell #1 and #2 respectively in the categories of Best Album, Best Male Vocalist, Best Songwriter and Artist of the Year categories. The two men also placed three songs between them in the Best Singles top 10. And they did it with little support from country radio till the bandwagon was already rolling.
Other big winners include Little Big Town (Best Single and Best Duo or Group), Cam (Best New Artist), Bob Dylan (#1 and #2 Best Reissue), Ashley Monroe (Best Female Vocalist) and the Mavericks (Best Live Act). Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church and Willie Nelson also got a lot of support in the voting.
The Nashville Scene’s coverage of the poll includes all the results, an exclusive interview with Stapleton, an essay on the results by poll editor Geoffrey Himes, an analysis of the numbers and comments from many of the voters.
The voters included writers from for big coastal newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal as well as smaller heartland dailies such as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Woonsocket Call and Lincoln Journal Star. They wrote for big magazines like Rolling Stone, Billboard and the Smithsonian and for music websites such as Pitchfork.com, CountryUniverse.net and PopMatters.com.
See the results & read the essays here:
The results: http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/results-of-the-2015-nashville-scene-country-music-critics-poll/Content?oid=6325160
The essay: http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/how-chris-stapleton-and-jason-isbell-triumphed-without-country-radio/Content?oid=6325119
The interview: http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/a-conversation-with-chris-stapleton/Content?oid=6325131
The data analysis: http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/selected-factoids-from-the-2015-country-music-critics-poll/Content?oid=6325128
The comments: http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/the-comments-cmcp-2016/Content?oid=6325121
American music icon and five-time GRAMMY Award-winner WYNONNA JUDD and her band The Big Noise previewed new music from their self-titled album WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE today Wednesday, January 27 with a live performance on Nashville's WRLT Lightning 100. The performance was recorded live from the WRLT studio and live-streamed via YouTube. Listeners experienced the album's eclectic spirit--cuts written by the band, as well as Americana innovator Julie Miller to R&B's Raphael Saadiq to Music Row legend John Scott Sherrill and multiple CMA Awards-winner Chris Stapleton--coupled with WYNONNA's commanding and incomparable voice. WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE is due out Friday, February 12 via Curb Records in digital and physical formats including vinyl. The CD and vinyl versions of the album--which feature special guests Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi and Timothy B Schmit--is available now for pre-order at Amazon and iTunes.
(Press Release) The WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour episode featuring Billboard breakthrough Americana and Country act Jericho Woods and blues legend Bobby Rush premieres on the American Forces Network at10 AM on Saturday, January 30th. The American Forces Network is a service of the Department of Defense providing programs to military members and their families stationed overseas, on contingency operations, and onboard Navy ships around the world. The WoodSongs radio broadcast is part of the program offerings for “The Voice” station.
“We take great pride in our Kentucky heritage and the Commonwealth’s culture so to be featured on Michael Johnathon’s celebrated program filmed in Lexington was a milestone for the group,” recalls lead vocalist Josh Mitcham. “We got to share the stage with blues legend Bobby Rush and now to get in front of the brave service men and women and their families is a true honor. We hope this is a stepping stone to more perform opportunities and further engagement with the military community and ultimately we hope they like what they hear.”
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