NASHVILLE, Tenn.(Press Release) – After a string of successful releases on SiriusXM’s “The Highway,” Steve Moakler will headline The Highway Finds Tour this spring, with special guests Drew Baldridge and Smithfield. The singer-songwriter, who launched as a Highway Find in 2016 and has since climbed the chart on “The Highway” with two successful singles, will headline the 26-city tour, crisscrossing the country beginning March 16.
The Highway Finds Tour is the first ever country tour initiative by SiriusXM’s “The Highway” and will include stops in Boston, New York, Nashville, Chicago and more.
“This will be our fourth consecutive spring headline tour, but I can already tell this one is going to be on another level,” said Moakler. “Between 'The Highway'’s support, a brand new album, and two great opening acts, I think these are going to be our most exciting shows to date. I can’t wait to get out and connect with all of our listeners, both new and old!”
NASHVILLE, TN – January, 2017 (Press Release) – Recording artist Ned LeDoux made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the Ryman Auditorium Friday night. The son of the late great Chris LeDoux performed his new single “Brother Highway” from his EP Forever a Cowboy.
“What an honor it is to be here tonight,” said Ned LeDoux on making his debut at the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman. “My Dad never had the opportunity to play the Ryman stage, but I know he’s standing right here next to me tonight having that chance now.”
Nashville, Tenn. (January 31, 2017 Press Release) --Aaron Tippin, "The Hardest Workin' Man in Country Music" is living up to his name as he reveals his 2017 tour schedule. Today, Tippin announced 50 live concert dates with many additional dates to be added throughout the year.
"Wow, looks like I'm going to be busy this year!" says Tippin. "I'm so thankful that the fans still come out and spend their hard earned money to see me. I know there's a million other things they could be doing so it's very humbling and much appreciated that they let me keep doing what I love. We're going to have a blast in 2017!"
(Press Release) Sam Outlaw - one of Los Angeles’s only modern country artists – has shared details for his anticipated sophomore LP, entitled ‘Tenderheart,’ out April 14th on Six Shooter Records. Outlaw spoke with Rolling Stone Country about the new album and shared an album trailer this morning with a preview of some new music. Read/watch here: http://rol.st/2jQZeGF
On ‘Tenderheart,’ Outlaw offers an extraordinary refinement of the artistic identity laid out on ‘Angeleno’. Sonically, the album elaborates on his “SoCal Country” sound: a sun-bleached, Baja-influenced twang that deftly points to country’s neo-traditionalists and LA’s legendary singer-songwriters. Thematically, ‘Tenderheart’ is a thesis on self-discovery and the power of love – from the cinematic mariachi-laced climax on opener “Everyone’s Looking For Home,” to the determined swagger on side-A highlight “Trouble,” to torch song showstopper “Diamond Ring” - Outlaw meditates on his own conflicted quest for peace amidst the chaos of his chosen path.
The 13-track collection of originals was recorded in the San Fernando Valley and co-produced by Outlaw alongside Martin Pradler. Outlaw enlisted many of the same musicians that made his first album, 2015’s ‘Angeleno,’ an undisputed breakthrough and one of the best-reviewed debuts of that year: harmony singer Molly Jenson, pedal steel pro Jeremy Long and guitarist Danny Garcia, along with Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket). In addition, ‘Tenderheart’ features local mariachi group Erwin Vasquez and Mariachi Teocuitatlan.
‘Angeleno’ earned raves NPR Music, Rolling Stone Country, New Yorker, LA Times, Wall Street Journal + many more. LA weekly called him “contender to be the biggest country star L.A. has produced since Dwight Yoakam,” he landed tours with Kacey Musgraves and Yoakam, and made his TV debut on CBS Saturday Morning with a performance and interview with Anthony Mason: http://bit.ly/1UnXDWm
New York-based recording artist Phil Gammage’s latest music video from his new album Used Man For Sale is for his song “Maybe Tomorrow”. The tune is a departure from Phil’s usual blues-based songwriting style and captures the vibe of the 1960’s era Nashville "countrypolitan sound”. It features a Floyd Cramer influenced piano along Gammage’s powerful baritone lead vocals.
Filmed in Miami Beach, Florida, Gammage had this to say of the song,
“When we went into the studio to record 'Maybe Tomorrow' my producer Kevin Tooley and I wanted to capture the vibe of the 1960’s-era Nashville "countrypolitan sound”. The song is a bit of a departure from my usual blues-based songwriting style but it fits in nicely with the rest of the songs on the Used Man For Sale album. We filmed it in Miami Beach and like almost all of my music videos it’s in black and white. I love the retro feel it gives video.”
Used Man For Sale is available digitally and in CD format HERE
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release)— Cindy Lee Berryhill marks an affecting, intimate, and dazzling return to record-making with The Adventurist, an ambitious song cycle set for release by Omnivore Recordings on March 10, 2017.
Encinitas, Calif.-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Berryhill describes her elegantly crafted set of new original compositions — her first release since 2007’s Beloved Stranger — as a collection of “tone poems about the experiential feeling of enlovement.”
Written and recorded over the course of the last five years and funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign, The Adventurist was co-produced by Berryhill with David Schwartz, Sheldon Gomberg, Ben Moore, and Lee Ray. Contributing musicians include singer-songwriter Syd Straw, Probyn Gregory and Nelson Bragg of Brian Wilson’s band, DJ Bonebrake of X, and David J Carpenter of Dead Rock West.
Beth Bombara – the Americana artist who’s opened for Pokey LaFarge, Waxahatchee, Madisen Ward & Mama Bear, and Joe Pug – has found her way with new album ‘Map & No Direction,’ out March 3. After servicing as a side-woman for many years with Samantha Crain and she’s found her voice as a frontwoman on the new album. And after battling depression – as Beth puts it “a couple months of a can’t-quite-get-out-of-bed, always-tired-but-can’t-sleep kind of depression” – she’s found her clarity as a songwriter. The result is equal parts George Harrison-influenced hooky Americana and rock & roll and "like a bourbon-warmed Neko Case" as her hometown Riverfront Times put it in naming her best Americana artist in St. Louis, MO. She’s also drawn comparisons to Kathleen Edwards.
Minneapolis, MN. January, 2017 (Press Release) – Devon Worley, 18 year old Minnesota native and popular country music entertainer, announces the release of The Devon Worley Band’s second full-length album, The Sunrise Resistance. The album, produced by multi-platinum, Grammy nominated producer, Matt McClure (Lee Brice, Kelly Pickler) will drop on January 28th, when the band hosts a special concert at Le Musique Room, located inside the in St. Michael Cinema.
The Sunrise Resistance was tracked by the band at the iconic Pachyderm Studio (Nirvana, Soul Asylum) in Canon Falls, MN. Additional overdubs, mixing and mastering were performed at The Roost, McClure’s Nashville, TN studio.
Written and performed entirely by Worley and her band, the album is full of the unexpected. Worley describes the band’s signature sound as, “If Led Zeppelin and Willie Nelson had a baby and that baby’s best friend was Eric Church (laughs.) Some say It’s like we’re creating a whole new genre”, she added. McClure commented on the uniqueness of the project, “With this project, I really had to think outside the box because Devon and her band are doing something much different than what I typically produce. It took me out of my comfort zone and that was a good thing. In the end, I think we did something great. It’s truly a fantastic album.”
Bruce Robison’s The Next Waltz Brings The Classic Country Cover Song Challenge To Fans With The Release Of Randy Rogers’ Rendition Of Merle Haggard’s 1980 Hit "Misery And Gin"
Watch "Misery & Gin" HERE
Nashville, TN --- January, 2017 --- The Classic Country Cover Song Challenge is a dare you want to take: An opportunity to explore a fresh approach to country gold on award-winning, singer/songwriter Bruce Robinson’s site, The Next Waltz.
First up, Randy Rogers shares a poignant rendition of the classic mid-career Merle Haggard classic song “Misery and Gin” available this Friday, January 27 as the first installment in this must-listen series. Haggard was a seminal influence for both Rogers and Robison.
“I got a call from Bruce inviting me to challenge my fans to request a solid gold country cover,” said Rogers. “I was thankful when I saw a Hag tune get requested and thrilled it was ‘Misery and Gin.’ Likely one of Hag's tunes I've listened to most through the years."
Walt Wilkins inarguably personifies the idea of a true Texas troubadour. It was specifically Walt’s talent, mystique, and even the sense of spirituality in his music that inspired Dan Johnson, of the Salt Cedar Rebels, to become a songwriter.
Dan recounts, "I was in Red River, New Mexico, attending the Texas Red’s Songwriter Festival the first time I saw Walt play. He was singing “If it Weren’t for You” to a silent, spellbound crowd, with just him and his guitar on stage. I knew that was what I wanted to do with my life. After the show, I told him it was the prettiest song I’d ever heard, and I wanted to go into music full-time. He wished me lots of luck, because it’s a difficult path. A year later, I was playing this Thursday night, solo gig in Amarillo. It started off absolutely depressing. I mean it was seriously just me, the sound guy, and the bartender! I was sitting there on stage, really doubting myself. I kept thinking ‘nobody is listening, and nobody cares. This was a mistake.’
But while I was singing, I thought about that night in Red River and what Walt’s inspiration meant to me. I wondered how many times he had played to an empty room when he started and no one knew his name. So I made up my mind that I’d play for those two people like they were a thousand. I poured my heart out. And the most amazing thing happened. Before I even finished that same song, the door flew open and the bar literally filled up with people. It was like an answer to a prayer. That night I sat down and wrote ‘Troubadour’s Prayer.’”