What would you do if someone STOLE your most
valuable possessions? Zane Williams wrote them a song and shared it on social media!
Nashville, TN (May 20, 2015) -- Country music singer/songwriter Zane Williams and his band fell prey to a random act of “unkindness” this weekend when they stopped for lunch just outside of Houston, TX. The musicians’ van and the trailer full of equipment and instruments were stolen from the parking lot of the restaurant where they had stopped for a bite to eat. In true Zane Williams fashion, the prolific songwriter penned a tune speaking directly to the thieves and posted his calm, yet stern, acoustic delivery on his social media pages. We have been informed that the trailer has been located and recovered, but the van containing some heirloom instruments remains stolen.
You can see and hear Zane’s performance here: https://youtu.be/2DicXacaBtI
Nashville, Tenn. (May 20, 2015) -The new video for Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan's “Be My Husband” directed by Watkins' husband, Todd Cooper, is now available now on Vevo.
Filmed in March on the deck of the A Prairie Home Companion cruise in the Carribean, the intimate stripped down performance showcases the vocal prowess of these three singers, complemented only by foot stomps and claps. "Be My Husband" is the B-side off their 7" single release Crossing Muddy Waters, available now. "Be My Husband" will be digitally available on May 26.
The 7 inch, which showcases the distinctly beautiful vocal collaboration of all three women, is recorded by Grammy-winning producer Alex Venguer (Sting, John Legend, Loudon Wainwright) at 2nd Story in New York and mixed by Sugar Hill's VP of A&R, Grammy-winning engineer and producer Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton). All fine instrumentalists, "Crossing Muddy Waters" features Watkins on fiddle, Jarosz on banjo and O’Donovan on guitar.
Fittingly the connection with A Prairie Home Companion will continue as the girls will be appearing on the May 22nd show and May 23rd broadcast in Vienna, VA to launch their US "I'm With Her Tour" dates.
The 7 inch vinyl can be found here.
2015-05-22 Vienna, VA - A Prairie Home Companion
2015-05-23 Vienna, VA - A Prairie Home Companion
2015-07-10 Katonah, NY - Caramoor
2015-07-11 Mt. Solon, VA - Red Wing Roots
2015-07-18 Vancouver, Cananda - Vancouver Folk Music Festival
2015-07-25 Lyons, CO - Rockygrass
2015-08-29 Fayetteville, AR - Fayetteville Town Center
2015-09-05 Pagosa Springs, CO - Four Corners Folk Festival
2015-09-19 North Adams, MA - FreshGrass
Kristian Bush Kicks Off International Military Tour with Headlining Appearance at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Memorial Day (5/25)
Nashville, TN (May 20, 2015) – Platinum-selling country star and Streamsound recording artist Kristian Bush is teaming up with Armed Forces Entertainment, MWR, and Stars for Stripes for a special two-week long military tour of U.S. military bases in Japan. Bush will kick off the tour by headlining a special Memorial Day Concert on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 25.
“I am excited and honored to spend time with and perform for our fine men and women of the Armed Forces, and completely humbled to be playing Pearl Harbor on Memorial Day,” says Bush. “My father was an officer in the Army and my grandfather served in World War II, and I am so proud of their service. I’ll always do whatever I can to support our troops."
During his performance at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Bush will also participate in a Grand Ole Opry “Circle Throwdown,” honoring both the Opry’s 90th Anniversary and “Salute the Troops” month in their year-long “Cause for Applause” celebration. He will then travel to Japan to perform seven shows for the troops stationed in that country.
Kristian Bush Armed Forces Entertainment Tour Dates:
5/25 – Oahu, HI – Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickman
5/28 – Sasebo, JP – Sasebo Naval Base
5/29 – Iwakuni, JP – Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni
5/30 – Fussa, Tokyo, JP – Yokata Air Base
6/2 – Yokosuka, JP – Yokosuka Naval Base (Commander Fleet)
6/3 – Yamato and Ayase, JP – Naval Air Station Atsugi (NAS)
6/5 – Okinawa, JP – Kadena Air Base
6/6 – Okinawa, JP – Futenma Flightline Festival
Following the tour, Bush will return to Nashville, TN for the CMA Music Festival, making several appearances throughout the week including the Bluebird Cafe (6/9), the CMA Close-Up Stage (6/11), the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman (6/13), the Chevy Riverfront stage (6/13), and the HGTV Lodge (6/14). In the evenings, he will sit in as the on-air host for BBC2 Radio/Bob Harris Country’s coverage of the LP Field concerts for the third consecutive year.
For a complete list of tour dates and for more information, visit www.kristianbush.com
NASHVILLE, TN (May 19, 2015) – BBR Music Group/RED BOW Records' Craig Campbell joined forces with The Bobby Bones Show this morning (5/19), for the exclusive world premiere of his highly-anticipated new single, “Tomorrow Tonight.” Released just in time for summer, the up-tempo love tune was written by Campbell, along with Justin Wilson and Vicky McGehee.
"It encompasses all of what I love about Country music right now," Campbell says of the track. "It has a balance of what you think of as more traditional, and also more modern sounds. I really believe in finding a way to meet in the middle – it lets me be proud of the music I make and am writing."
The sing-a-long melody captures a fire burning between two people who keep their love alive all night long, without regrets or consequences. “Tomorrow Tonight” marks Campbell’s first release under BBR Music Group’s RED BOW Records and is now available on iTunes. The talented singer-songwriter is currently at work on his third album and will be touring the U.S. throughout the summer, including performances at the upcoming annual CMA Music Festival. Fans attending will get the chance to hear the new song live at his Riverfront Stage performance and special acoustic show at AT&T U-verse® Fan Fair X Showcase Stage on 6/11. Previously Campbell has opened for Alan Jackson, The Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann and Justin Moore as well as regular performances at the Grand Ole Opry.
Campbell launched on to the Country music scene with the release of his self-titled debut album (2011) delivering the hits “Family Man,” “Fish,” and “When I Get It.” To date, he has logged four consecutive charted hits with over a billion radio airplay audience impressions and over a half million downloads. Acclaimed as one of the genre's most neo-traditionalist singers, his Top 15 breakout debut “Family Man” was featured on HBO’s True Blood and the top-selling fan-favorite “Fish” has tallied nearly 400,000 digital copies sold. Most recently, Campbell earned his first Top 10 smash with the infectious “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” from his sophomore album NEVER REGRET (2013) produced by Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) and Matt Rovey (CCMA Album Of The Year Producer). The gifted songwriter co-penned six of the tracks on the twelve-song project as well as Garth Brooks "All American Kid" on MAN AGAINST THE MACHINE. Prior to landing his first record deal, the Lyons, GA native spent time on the road playing keyboard for both Tracy Byrd and Luke Bryan - shows that inspired him nightly. He was soon discovered while playing a regular gig at the downtown Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage.
For more information and tour dates, visit www.craigcampbell.tv.
“Tomorrow Tonight” is now available here.
(Nashville, TN…May 19, 2015) Eight years in the making, Gloriana is a band forged by hard work and perseverance. Enduring circumstances that would have torn many artists apart, Gloriana has not only survived; they’ve thrived. On June 2, Gloriana will release their first new album in three years. THREE is a reflection of their triumphs and challenges along their journey as a band.
Gloriana’s Rachel Reinert and Mike and Tom Gossin returned to the studio with Grammy Award winning producer Matt Serletic to create their highly-anticipated new album, THREE, featuring the Top 25 and climbing lead single, “Trouble.” To celebrate the release of THREE, starting today fans who pre-order the new record at iTunes will have instant access to three songs from the album, followed by another three tracks May 26.
Gloriana - THREE - track listing:
1.“Trouble”* (Rachel Reinert/Mike Gossin/Jon Nite/Ross Copperman)
2. “Ain’t Runnin’ Outta Summer”** (Tom Gossin/Mike Gossin/Ross Copperman)
3. “Are You Ready” (Tom Gossin/Josh Kear)
4. “Nobody But You”** (Eric Paslay/Dylan Altman/Will Hoge)
5. “It’s On Tonight”* (Tom Gossin/Mike Gossin/Danny Myrick/Rachel Proctor)
6. “Fight” (Catt Gravitt/Gerald O'Brien/John King)
7. “Wanna Get To Know You”* (Rachel Reinert/Tom Gossin/Ross Copperman)
8. “Let’s Take A Shot “(Mike Gossin/Rachel Reinert/Danny Myrick)
9. “Get Back That Goodbye” (Rachel Reinert/Mike Gossin/Jon Nite/Jimmy Robbins)
10. “Lighters”** (Tom Gossin/Rachel Reinert/Ross Copperman)
11. “It Won’t Let Go” (Mike Gossin/Tom Gossin/Danny Myrick)
12. “My Somebody” (Lucie Silvas/Jon Green/Jeremy Spillman)
*May 19 tracks available with pre-order
**May 26 tracks available with pre-order
May 19th is an amazing release day for good music, so much so that there really is something for everyone. There's everything from Kansas singer songwriter Logan Mize's Sony debut, Pawn Shop Guitar to Whitey Morgan's hefty dose of outlaw country on Sonic Ranch. Jon Pardi releases The B Sides and The Milk Carton Kids put forth their third disc, Monterey. Finally, the two "must" releases of the day belong to duo (in life and music) The Graham's incredible Glory Bound and Jamie Lin Wilson's wonderfully heartfelt and real Holidays and Wedding Rings.
Annnd, almost forgot! Christian Lopez Band releases their new album, Onward, as well.
(Nashville, Tenn. – May 13, 2015) – Country group JB and the Moonshine Band will release their new album, Mixtape, on June 30, 2015. The release will mark the follow-up to the band’s previous albums Ain’t Goin’ Back To Jail and Beer for Breakfast.
Leadoff single “Shotgun, Rifle, and a .45” will hit Texas radio on May 26, and will also be available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers the same day. In its first week on Play MPE®, the single is currently the second most streamed single on the platform. The self-produced track was recorded at Red Wasp Studios, housed in Patterson's 100-year-old log cabin near Tyler, TX.
Of the new album, band frontman JB Patterson comments, “Although ‘Mixtape’ is the title of one of the songs on the album, it also describes the varied styles on the album. I would say that the album is indeed Country, but more specifically, it’s traditional Country, outlaw/alternative Country, pop Country, rock, and Americana all at the same time. The fact that every song has a different feel just reinforced that the album should be called ‘Mixtape’. All in all, Mixtape offers of a wide variety of styles, themes and subject matter while maintaining the sonic characteristics and authenticity that our fans are used to.”
No stranger to album success, JB and the Moonshine Band’s 2012 release, Beer for Breakfast, was named one of the Top 5 ‘Country Albums of the Year’ by Rolling Stone Magazine. The band’s previous releases produced six Top 10 singles and three consecutive No.1’s on the Texas Billboard Chart. Additionally, JB and the Moonshine Band continue to tour heavily and are slated to play the 1000th live performance of their career this year. The past two years, the band averaged 175 live tour dates per year in over 40 states, all while writing and producing the new album.
JB and the Moonshine Band formed in 2009 when singer-songwriter JB Patterson decided to give up his advertising career and start a band. When JB coordinated an open-call audition in Tyler, TX, only three people showed up. Coincidentally once he heard them play, he realized that he could not have hand picked a better band himself. The four-piece band is comprised of drummer Gabe Guevara, guitarist Hayden McMullen, bassist Chris Floresand lead singer JB Patterson, who also plays guitar. The newly formed ensemble wasted no time and threw together a PA, rented a U-Haul van and started taking any gigs they could find throughout East Texas.
Now in their sixth year together, JB and the Moonshine Band have gained national attention from their partnership with the nation’s largest legal moonshine company, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, who is the band's biggest sponsor and provided the group with a co-branded tour bus wrap, hence the bus’s clever name, “Ole Smoky.”
For more information on JB and The Moonshine Band and a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit their official website at www.JBandtheMoonshineBand.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Mixtape Track Listing and Songwriters:
1. Shotgun, Rifle, and a .45 (JB Patterson)
2. You Can't Take My Backroads (JB Patterson / Kyle Jacobs / Randy Montana)
3. Mixtape (JB Patterson)
4. How Can I Miss You (JB Patterson)
5. Light It Up (JB Patterson / Lex Lipsitz)
6. Close Enough To Heaven (JB Patterson)
7. Wagon (Jeff Middleton / Ben Stennis / JB Patterson)
8. Keep a Couple Beers Cold (Jeff Jones)
9. Good Lord's Grace (JB Patterson)
10. Mess Outta Me (JB Patterson)
11. Where's Woody Guthrie (Allen Shamblin / Rob Crosby)
12. Back When We Were Kids (JB Patterson)
13. Shotgun, Rifle, and a .45 (Remix) (JB Patterson)
Nashville, Tenn. May 14, 2015 - The Americana Music Association announced today its nominations for the 2015 Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, during a press conference held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater and streamed live via Music City Roots. 2014 Americana Music Award for Duo/Group of the Year winners the Milk Carton Kids hosted the event and revealed the nominees of the six categories - Album, Artist, Duo/Group, Emerging Artist, Instrumentalist and Song.
The celebration also featured stripped down, acoustic performances from the Milk Carton Kids, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, and John Hiatt preceding the nominees reveal. Nikki Lane closed out the one-hour program with a high energy, full band performance of "Right Time."
2015 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees
Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer)
And The War Came - Shakey Graves; Produced by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Chris Boosahda
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone - Lucinda Williams; Produced by Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music - Sturgill Simpson; Produced by Dave Cobb
The Way I'm Livin' - Lee Ann Womack; Produced by Frank Liddell
Tomorrow Is My Turn - Rhiannon Giddens; Produced by T-Bone Burnett
(Nashville, Tenn. – May 14, 2015) – Country artist Jon Wolfe has released a brand new music video for current single, “Smile On Mine.” The video is now playing on CMT Pure and ZUUS, and will debut on GAC today, May 14, at 9:40 a.m. EST and will re-air on Friday, May 15 at 11:15 a.m. EST. The “Smile On Mine” music video can also be viewed on Wolfe’s YouTube channel, here.
“Smile On Mine” is currently perched at the No. 8 spot on the Texas Music Chart, and No. 6 on the Texas Regional Radio Report.
No stranger to radio success, “Smile On Mine” marks Wolfe’s seventh consecutive Top Ten single on the Texas Music Chart.
The single is Wolfe’s lead-off radio release from his current album, Natural Man, which debuted on the Billboard Top Current Country Albums Chart at No. 25 and the Nielson SoundScan Top New Artist Albums Chart at No. 8 - an impressive feat for an independent artist.
In addition to a successful single and album release, Wolfe’s Natural Man Album Release Tour has been well-received by fans and is packing out major venues in the major markets across Texas and Oklahoma. The Natural Man Album Release Tour is schedule to make additional stops through mid-May, and Wolfe’s touring schedule is packed with shows well into the fall. A full list of tour dates can be found at www.JonWolfeCountry.com/Shows.
Surrounding the release of Natural Man, Wolfe was featured in the Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX), Austin-American Statesman (Austin, TX), San Antonio Express-News (San Antonio, TX), Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, TX) and Amarillo Globe-News (Amarillo, TX).
For more information on Jon Wolfe, visit his official website at www.JonWolfeCountry.com, and follow him on Instagram, Twitter andFacebook.
(Chicago, IL) — May 13, 2015 — Lee Ann Womack, who’s spent most of the spring moving into summer on the road, started today like every day: looking for somewhere to walk her dogs. But when she looked down at her cell phone, she was surprised to see a flurry of congratulations for her CMT Video Music Awards nomination for Female Video of the Year.
“I just didn’t think about it,” she marvels. “My little video... with the snakes? But I’m fired up that CMT liked it enough to recognize it. I wanted to take my music somewhere else with this album, and I felt the same way about the video! We were worried how people would respond; this says ‘Lead with your heart, trust your gut and the people will be there.’”
Directed by Roger Pistole and shot in an abandoned cabin on a 2300 acre working ranch, it captured the duality of good and evil in people – as well as showcasing a sweltering performance from the Grammy-winning vocalist. World premiered on CMT – with the track debuting at the Wall Street Journal – it kicked off Womack’s first album in over six years with a fervor.
It would have been enough for the woman who co-hosted the International Bluegrass Music Awards with Jerry Douglas, took part in PBS’ fund-raising “Rock My Soul” with the Fairfield Four, the McCrary Sisters, Lucinda Williams and Amos Lee and was part of The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration in Washington, DC, but it seems her CMT “Crossroads” with John Legend turned enough heads. It earned her a second nomination, not announced on “The Today Show.”
“John sent me the sweetest text,” she picks up laughing. “He was so amazing on ‘Crossroads,’ it made me really happy that something for our show got nominated! He’s a singer’s singer, I’m telling you – and he kinda took me to school a little. When you listen to 'You and I,' it's beyond a genre! Sometimes you get a collaboration like that, out of the blue, and it makes no sense on paper... but when you sing.”
With a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album for The Way I’m Livin’, this has been a year of music rising for the East Texan. By stripping back to her roots and seeking songs that dig a little deeper, the response has been unprecedented for a little record that could.
Esquire made it the only country album on their Best of 2014, calling it “a late-night honky-tonk full of broken bottles and shattered dreams,” while The New York Times proclaimed, “Ms Womack is an exceptional singer with a plangent voice designed for lingering on the notes and words, especially plaintive ones... when Ms. Womack is allowed to luxuriate in her anguish, she is entrancing,” USA Today gave her a rare **** out of **** review – and the Associated Press offered, “Womack is one of American music's most powerful interpreters of good material, whatever the genre.”
And now CMT: Country Music Television gives the diminutive blonde a pair of nominations for their Awards telecast, June 10, live on CMT. Tonight at City Winery Chicago, Womack might just raise a glass for unlikely notions and making the music you feel fiercest about.