Nashville, TN (May 29, 2015) – Be Entertainment recording artist, Zane Williams, will premiere tonight on ZUUS TV’s “On The Rise.” Williams will talk about his new album TEXAS LIKE THAT, share some of his favorite videos with viewers and even do special acoustic solo performance of a couple of his favorite songs from the new record.
“Jayton and Jill,” Zane’s debut single from TEXAS LIKE THAT, hit the #1 spot across all Texas Music radio charts this week!!
Please visit http://www.zuus.com/videos/country_otr_zanewilliams to watch Zane’s channel on ZUUS TV!! May 29th, 8pmCST.
Center Sound Records is proud to announce the release of Grammy, Billboard, CMA and ACM award winner Lynn Anderson’s first internationally distributed album in a decade with Bridges on June 9, 2015. Bridges, featuring collaborations with The Oak Ridge Boys and The Martins, marks the return of Bil VornDick to the producer’s chair on Lynn’s project. The partnership previously received a Grammy nomination for her 2005 release Bluegrass Sessions.
“This is a project that Bil and I first started discussing three years ago,” says Lynn. “My life has seen many changes, both positive and negative, throughout this period and this project reflects those emotions. I hope it will connect with fans on all levels. It’s been a decade since I have made a full promotional run on an album and, given the recent spotlight on the role of a woman’s voice in the music industry, there couldn’t be a better time to release this project. If a single soul is renewed by finding comfort and inspiration in these songs, then I have accomplished my goal.”
Bridges tackles topics of salvation, redemption, forgiveness, faith, love and acceptance in this twelve song selection. This project took on a uniquely special connection as it developed into a family affair. “We selected my mother Liz Anderson’s song My Guardian Angel for the album and my other half Mentor Williams rewrote one of his top hits Drift Away so that we could impact a whole new audience with this gospel version. Even my daughter Lisa Sutton became involved with Bridges designing the packaging and promotional materials.”
“There is heartfelt sincerity in Lynn Anderson's album Bridges,” says Grammy award winning producer Bil VornDick. “You can hear those inflections in every word she sings. I invite the listener to enjoy these songs of faith that Lynn has recorded to share with them.”
Fans can currently preorder on iTunes now by clicking here and receive an immediate download of the first single Drift Away (Gospel) and The Oak Ridge Boys featured track Get Up Joseph. Reggie Young, the Country Music Hall of Fame guitarist on the Dobie Gray version of Drift Away, returned to the studio with the original guitar and amp that was used on that session when he rerecorded this special version of the song for Lynn.
Center Sound Records is also offering several pre-sale options including a Limited Release 45 RPM red vinyl featuring the two singles mentioned above and complimentary digital downloads of the songs as well. Those and several other options are available at this link: http://centersoundproductions.com/lynn/.
“Center Sound Records is extremely fortunate to have an artist like Lynn Anderson on our label,” says Craig Brandwynne, VP of Center Sound Records. “Lynn is an icon in the country music industry and a pleasure to work with. The album Bridges is an inspiring musical journey.”
To stay updated on Lynn Anderson, visit the following links:
Facebook: Official Lynn Anderson
Record Label: www.centersoundproductions.com
Sasha McVeigh is a country singer from England who has taken the US country music scene by storm.
Two and a half years ago, Sasha took a two week trip to Nashville with a plan to perform a handful of shows. What resulted was two weeks of solid bookings at venues such as Tootsies Orchid Lounge, The Rutledge, The Bluebird and various others up and down Broadway. The reception she received found Sasha returning to Nashville numerous times for extended periods in 2012 to 2014. During one of the trips, Sasha recorded her first EP made up solely of original material. Music from the acoustic EP has received airplay in the US and UK and on June 8th, Sasha will be releasing her debut album, I Stand Alone, the money for which was raised using Kickstarter.
“This is an album I’ve been waiting my whole life to make and I can’t believe it’s finally here,” says Sasha. I Stand Alone chronicles the stories of my life so far and compiles them into one, big rhyming diary.”
The album is undoubtedly personal. A collection of songs detailing the life of a young singer/ songwriter who has hit the big time in a country not her own. A fresh voice which encapsulates the meaning of ‘country music’ in every way.
The catchy ‘Someone To Break My Heart’ speaks of needing a muse in the form of a heartbreaker to use as inspiration to write a decent song. The seductively rocky ‘Hot Mess’ describes the dual personalties of each person and having the urge to do something crazy and unexpected. The delightfully trademark-country ‘Time Of My Life’ describes a fond memory of a young love which oozes happiness.
I Stand Alone is home to a selection of endearing and charming tunes that will warm the heart of any country music fan. Sasha McVeigh is on the up and this year she’s out to prove it.
"These past few years have been part of a journey, a journey that's far from over,” says Sasha. “I feel incredibly blessed for all the opportunities that continue to present themselves and for the support of my fans, friends and family. There's a lot to look forward to in 2015 and I just can't wait to get started!"
For tour dates and more information, visit here
Sasha will have a Stage-It Pre Album Release Show live from Nashville on June 7th. Tix & Info here
(Nashville, Tenn. – May 26, 2015) – One of Country music’s finest, John Anderson, has released his new album, Goldmine, today, May 26. The highly anticipated new album, which features songs of faith, family, loss, the love of life and more, marks Anderson’s first studio album release in nine years. Track by track, the lyrics are reflective to Anderson’s life and experiences.
Of the new music, MusicRow Magazine’s Robert K. Oermann commented,“Warmth. That’s what it is: The voice of John Anderson is the sound of warmth. This remarkable instrument is capable of conjuring emotions ranging from soul-piercing sadness to uplifting celebration, from empty resignation to goofy hilarity. To this day, John Anderson’s singing is so original that he stands alone in his genre. Indeed, he defines it. For if nothing else, the voice of John Anderson is the sound of country music. Amen.”
Released on his own record label, Bayou Boys Music, and co-produced by Anderson and his long-time friend, Joe Spivey, the 13-track collection of original material features Anderson’s signature sound. The award-winning and hall of fame songwriter wrote or co-wrote 12 of the album’s 13 tracks.
“With Goldmine, I thought, first off, I’m going to take my songs into the studio and make a record like I think it ought to be made, without all those other influences,” Anderson says, “I’m more pleased with the sound of this record than I have been in a long time.”
John Anderson shares why he wrote and or recorded each track in a detailed cut x cut, available here.
The new album is now available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers. Included on the album is leadoff single “I Work a Lot Better,” which hit radio in mid-May. The rocking mid-tempo track is in the style of previous chart-topping hits, such as “Money in the Bank.”
Fellow artist Marty Stuart also commented on Anderson’s new album, saying, “Every time John Anderson makes a record, I consider it to be a gift. His voice and his very presence are to be considered treasures among the remnants of authentic country music in the twenty first century. John stands as one of the true greats. His new project, Goldmine, proves that point.”
This past weekend, Anderson was the featured act on Artist Confidential, which aired on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country (Ch. 60). Hosted by Outlaw Country’s Elizabeth Cook, the concert showcased Anderson performing new music off his new album as well as some of his greatest hits. Jamey Johnson also made a special appearance and joined Anderson for his classic, “Swingin’.” The show is set to re-air on Prime Country.
Raised in Apopka, Fla., John Anderson grew up listening to both rock and traditional country. In the end, Anderson resisted the call of rock ‘n roll and chose to pursue his country music dreams, and is recognized as one of the greatest country singers to ever step up to the microphone and possesses one of the most instantly identifiable vocal instruments in the history of the genre.
Anderson is currently touring heavily throughout the United States. For a complete list of upcoming tour dates, please visit JohnAnderson.com/tour.
(Nashville, TN) — May 26, 2015 — Kasey Chambers, the singer, songwriter and storyteller from Australia will release her tenth studio album and first solo record in four years, Bittersweet, on July 24 in the US. Produced by Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers) at Studios 301 in Byron Bay, Australia, Bittersweet is something of a departure for Kasey.
Signifying a new phase in her exciting and expansive career, Bittersweet sees Kasey enter the studio without her producer/manager/brother and good luck charm Nash Chambers for the first time. Although that collaboration has yielded sales of 1.2 million albums in Australia alone, Chambers says, “I wanted to have an experience making a record that I had never had before. I wanted to challenge myself and I wanted to be excited.”
Pulling together a superb studio band to record the album, Bittersweet features Bernard Fanning on acoustic guitar, keyboard, piano, background vocals and lead vocals on the title track; Ashleigh Dallas on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and background vocals; Dan Kelly on electric and acoustic guitar and background vocals; Matthew Engelbrecht on bass and flugelhorn and Declan Kelly on drums, percussion and vibes, Bill Chambers contributes background vocals. Sticking to her trademark no-nonsense live recording style, Kasey and the band recorded the album in just 7 days in April 2014.
Acclaimed Folk singer Jonathan Edwards will release his new album Tomorrow's Child on June 23rd - the latest in a career that spans over 4 decades of musical inspiration, beginning with his Vietnam-era cross-over pop hit "Sunshine" in 1971. Edwards has shared the album's title track, which is currently streaming at Allmusic. On Alison Krauss' contribution of vocals to the song, Edwards notes "Alison’s angelic voice alongside mine has now transcended my dream state to become one of the biggest gifts I've ever been given."
Produced by celebrated acoustic master Darrell Scott, Edwards’ performances on the album are backed by such noted names as Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas and Kenny Malone among others. Ultimately it is Edwards’ own heart-on-the-sleeve delivery that makes Tomorrow’s Child so compelling.
Edwards reveals on the haunting “Jonny's Come Home” that not only was he adopted as an infant, but before his music career took off, he was forced to put his own child up for adoption as well. “I was adopted at the age of 9 months, and the cover photo of this album was taken by my adoptive mother on that very day,” Edwards said. “‘Jonny's Come Home’ was born out of my efforts to deal with the myriad of emotions that come with these separations and the instant comfort I felt after reuniting with both my mother and my daughter, Brenda.”
In a particularly poignant moment on Tomorrow's Child, Jonathan Edwards asks “Why is it that I love to sing / Glued to my guitar?” Throughout what is arguably his most personal album to date, Edwards examines the pivotal moments of his life as he seeks an answer. “Edwards is still remarkably relevant,” wrote Nate Dow in TheBoston Herald, while the London Republic echoed that Edwards’ work remains “constant, engaging and typically classy.”
“Bringing Tomorrow’s Child full circle was our intent,” Edwards says. “It was our hope and dream to put a lot of love in this album."
1. Down in the Woods
2. Tomorrow's Child
3. Sandy Girl
4. Mole in the Ground
5. The Girl From the Canyon
6. This Old Guitar
8. Hard Times
10. Ain't Got Time
11. Jonny's Come Home
Nashville, TN (May 20, 2015) - The family of Country Music Hall of Fame member and award-winning singer/songwriter Hank Cochran has launched The Pen Fund in his honor. In conjunction with the Nashville-based non-profit organization, The Nikki Mitchell Foundation, Hank's widow Suzi Cochran and daughter Booth Calder hope The Pen Fund will aid songwriters with Pancreatic Cancer, support awareness, and further cutting-edge breakthroughs in research and development for the early detection and treatment of the disease. To donate to The Pen Fund, go to www.thepenfund.org or log on your PayPal Account.
"Hank loved songwriting, and he loved other songwriters," recalls his daughter Booth, Co-Founder of The Pen Fund. "He passed that love on to me, and that gave me an incredible drive to help others. Writers give up so much, and we believe that they deserve help, especially when facing a life-changing illness such as this."
During his long and prolific songwriting career, Cochran penned thousands of songs and earned over 40 B.M.I. awards in both the Pop & Country categories. In 1975, Hank was the sole writer to be inducted, by unanimous vote, into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In the '60s, he had five songs in Billboard's Top 10. In 2003, three of his compositions ("I Fall To Pieces," "The Chair," "Make The World Go Away") were included in CMT's "100 Greatest Songs of Country Music" list. In 2007, Hank was honored as the first songwriter invited to perform in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum'sPOETS And PROPHETS songwriter series. In 2012, acclaimed singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson released LIVIN' FOR A SONG: A TRIBUTE TO HANK COCHRAN (Mercury Nashville).
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — “I believe you should allow the songs to be boss,” said Lloyd Cole in discussing the muse behind his new album Standards. “And the songs were saying, ‘You need to make a rock record.’”
It’s been 30 years since Lloyd Cole appeared on the radar of music fans around the world with his band, The Commotions, and their stunning debut, Rattlesnakes. Cole has kept busy, releasing solo albums since 1990, and Omnivore Recordings will release to present his latest, Standards, in the U.S. on September 30, 2014.
Though he’d never be so gauche as to suggest it himself, Cole has enjoyed something of a renaissance with Standards (see raves below), a gloriously electric rock ’n’ roll record that fans and critics alike have hailed as his best work since Rattlesnakes. However, Standards was originally only available overseas. Now Omnivore is correcting that by offering the title here on CD and LP (with download card). A Limited Edition album will be available on clear vinyl, with black to follow.
Recorded in late 2012 to early 2013 in Los Angeles, New York and at his home in Massachusetts, the album is produced by Lloyd and mixed by maverick German producer Olaf Opal. All songs are by Lloyd Cole apart from “California Earthquake,” which was written by American folk artist John Hartford.
Inspired in part by the vitality he found in septuagenarian Bob Dylan’s acclaimed 2012 album Tempest, says Cole: “I took it as a kick up the backside . . . I had spent much of the 2000’s focused on making age appropriate music, and I’m happy with those albums, but listening to Bob — I don’t think he knows how old he is. And I wondered what might happen if I didn’t worry about it. Well, this is what happened.
The band Lloyd assembled for Standards comprises Fred Maher (Lou Reed, Material, Scritti Politti) on drums and Matthew Sweet on bass reforming the rhythm section from Lloyd’s debut solo album, 1990’s Lloyd Cole and its follow-up Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe.
With Joan (As Police Woman) Wasser on piano/backing vocals, and Cole not only singing but playing synths amidst some of the crispest, stormiest, most stinging electric guitar, it’s a tight ship with a tight sound that tautens and relaxes according to the temper of the song. Augmenting the basic band are Lloyd’s son Will, Mark Schwaber and Matt Cullen on guitars, Commotions keyboardist Blair Cowan, percussionist Michael Wyzik and, from Cole’s post-Commotions band the Negatives, backing vocalist Dave Derby.
Says Lloyd: “I wanted to make an album with a small fixed palette of sounds, like a Van Gogh, like Highway 61. The album format is supposedly dead, but I still want to make them. Not bunches of songs — albums. For the last 10 years I’ve been primarily an acoustic musician but this is an album for electric guitars, electric bass and loud drums, with piano and synthesizer. Not quite monochrome, then, but not ever-changing either: it has a unique identity — a sound.”
When: Sat., May 30th
Where: Bell House 149 7th St. Brooklyn, NY
Josh Abbott Band kicks off their biggest tour to date this summer, performing in 24 states where they'll headline their own bills, support artists including Lee Brice, Sara Evans and Toby Keith and perform in 11 markets they've never before played in. Pairing "deft melodies (Billboard)" with raucous fiddle and banjo, the band's infectious live show is known for driving audiences into an impassioned sing along and frenzied two-step.
2015 opened with the band selling out the world's largest honky tonk, Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, TX and has seen the band perform 39 shows to date, including the ACM Awards' Party for a Cause in Dallas. The tour includes 35 headlining shows and stops at the third annual Taste of Country Festival, Country 102.5's Street Party in Boston and a return performance at the world's largest truck stop on Iowa 80.
TThe band will be performing a selection of songs off their past three releases, including 2014's 'Tuesday Night' (a #12 Billboard Country Album Chart debut) and critically-acclaimed EP 'She's Like Texas', with single "Oh, Tonight" (feat. Kacey Musgraves) climbing to #44 on Billboard's Hot 200 Chart and currently featured in the film 'The Longest Ride'.
NEW YORK, NY -- For years, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen hit the highway as solo artists, both songwriters carving out their own brands of melody-driven country music. It was the "Hold My Beer and Watch This" tour -- an acoustic, collaborative tour that kicked off more than eight years ago -- that officially brought the two together, quickly growing from a handful of shows into an annual touring event.
This year, that long-running tour has spawned a 10-song album, 'Hold My Beer, Vol. 1,' produced by legendary producer Lloyd Maines. Starting on May 21st, Rogers and Bowen will play songs from that album, along with hits from their own catalogs, during the newest leg of the "Holy My Beer and Watch This" trek.
Starting on May 21st, Rogers and Bowen will visit theaters across the U.S. with a 90-minute set that includes acoustic songs as well as full-band performances. The tour kicks off at the Nutty Brown Amphitheater in Austin and stretches across most of the country, including stops at the 2015 AmericanaFest in Nashville and a handful of home state performances across Texas.
"I'm ready to tour this record, we both have lived these songs and continue to do so," says Rogers.