"Broke in Two" at No Depression
"Remember the Old School" at Verbicide
“7-Year Sentence (Going to Hell)” at Vents Magazine
May 31, 2017 (Press Release)- Indie-folk/Alt-Country collective The Good Graces has officially announced the release of their new LP, Set Your Sights, out July 7. Along with the announcement, the group shared their singles "Broke in Two," "Remember the Old School," and "7-Year Sentence (Going to Hell)" at No Depression, Verbicide, and Vents Magazine, respectively.
Mining the same rich vein as ’90s alt-country favorites like Freakwater and Whiskeytown, the Good Graces unspool delicate, warbling indie-folk and jangling roots pop. The project originated in 2007 but really started gaining momentum when it was handpicked by the Indigo Girls to open their 2015 summer tour. More of a community musical collaboration than a band, the Good Graces are the brainchild of singer, songwriter and guitarist Kim Ware and include a rotating cast of a dozen musicians playing the typical four-piece accouterments, as well as piano, harmonica, mandolin, wind chimes, cello, violin and more.
“I’ve never really called it a band,” Ware says. “I'm kind of weird about that term, which is a little silly, but I’ve always liked to mix it up depending on what I'm doing at the moment. I'm super fortunate to have a lot of really talented friends, but many of them have their own thing going on, and it's hard to expect the same group to be available all the time. I’ve always called on different people."
But Ware’s attitude has evolved on this point recently, given her deepening connection with the core members of the Good Graces’ latest iteration—pedal-steel and electric-guitar player Jonny Daly, and Uncle Green drummer Pete McDade, who were a key part of the sound and creative process on new record Set Your Sights (out July 7 via Pretty New Songs / Potluck Foundation). “Making this record did help me settle on a solid lineup that I'm going to at least be using for shows—Jonny, Pete, Lee Kennedy, Chad Mason and John McNicholas. I can’t overstate the importance of their contributions to the Good Graces.”
Stream "Still Summer" HERE
(Press Release) On August 11, matt pond PA will release Still Summer, their twelfth full-length album and the second Pond is releasing under his in dependent label, 131 Records. Still Summer is available to pre-order now on LP and CD at the band's online store.
Today matt pond PA has shared the track "Still Summer." About the song, Matt Pond told NPR, "My first job was at a snack bar in northern New Hampshire. My first girlfriend was an ice-cream-slinging associate. After work, we'd split for the river on rusty bikes, resisting curfews and looking for something dangerous to do. Gasoline and matches never failed. I remember yellow-line tightrope-walking in traffic for no good reason. Even though our crimes were humble, every second felt like a serious thrill. Each glance and grazing fingertip meant something."
(Press Release) Just over a year ago, Ryan Beaver independently released his breakthrough album Rx to great acclaim. Today, CMT premiered a video for his most recent release, "You Were The Rain," which premiered on the Amazon Music Original Playlist Love Me, which was one of two playlists (Love Me/Love Me Not) released for Valentine's. The playlists are now available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Music—both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.
Watch the video for "You Were The Rain" via CMT:
"For this video we wanted to come up with a cool concept that helped express the song in a great and simple way," explains Beaver. "It’s been a blast bringing this song to life with Amazon Music."
So far in 2017, Beaver has stayed busy on the road with Dan Layus and announced a show at Chicago's Windy City Smokeout’s main stage on July 15. He was also nominated for AIMP's Rising Independent Artist-Writer of the Year award.
Country Music Hall of Famer and GRAMMY® winning legend Bobby Bare released his new album (and first studio project in five years), Things Change, on May 26th. The album features ten tracks written by Bare, Mary Gauthier, Guy Clark and the producer of the project, hit singer/songwriter Max T. Barnes.
“This is a special collection of songs to me, not just another record. Great songs from Mary Gauthier, a song I co-wrote with Guy Clark that turned out to be his last and a song that my buddy Hoyt Axton inspired me to write called ‘Things Change.’ That’s the title of the album and the first single. Things do change but my love for songwriters and the fans never, ever will!” said Bobby Bare.
One of the tracks, "Trophy Girl", is a mid-tempo toe tapper about the coming storm of your "trophy" gal moving onto a bigger fish - and the bitterness that occurs even though you knew it wouldn't last forever. Listen as Bare discusses the tune below.
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(Nashville, Tennessee...) - May 30, 2017 -- Singer/songwriter Wade Hayes has never been shy about letting his traditional music roots show, and he is going full-on old school with his new Old Country Song album, due out June 9, 2017. The 11 cut collection of old and new songs was produced by Dave McAfee and Hayes and will be released on conabar records.
"I grew up listening to Haggard, Waylon and Willie - classic country artists - and they've all had a huge influence on my writing and my music," said Hayes. "I wanted to make a record that honored them, and I'm really proud of what we came up with."
Wade wrote or co-wrote four of the 11 tracks. He partnered with Clint Ingersoll and Mark Collie on two of the cuts. Roger Springer wrote the title cut, Jon Randall and Jessi Alexander contributed "What You Need From Me," and Chris Stapleton penned "We Needed The Rain." Springer also wrote "All I Know" with Tim Menzies for the album, and Wade's first producer, Don Cook, wrote the Conway Twitty hit "Julia" with John Jarvis. The Merle Haggard/Dean Holloway tune, "Going Where the Lonely Go," rounds out the album.
ERIC CHURCH ‘SETS THE BAR FOR COUNTRY CONCERTS’ AS HE WRAPS COMPLETELY SOLD-OUT HOLDIN’ MY OWN TOUR (DE FORCE)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) – To really understand how Eric Church feels about the Holdin’ My Own Tour, you have to see things from his perspective standing at the mic. For the last five months, country music’s most electric performer has stood face-to-face with nearly 1 million people and truly connected.
“This tour has been my career’s biggest challenge physically, but I can honestly say I'm gonna miss it,” shared Church after a record-setting, 42-song set at Saturday’s show (that went well into Sunday morning). “Seeing what happens between us and the crowd for over three hours a night is awe inspiring. I'm gonna miss seeing those faces and freezing that moment in time night after night.”
The No. 1 most-attended music tour in the world in 2017 (Pollstar) included 62 sold-out shows across North America, each unique in its own way with just Church and his band relentlessly grinding out memorable moment after memorable moment with over three dozen or more songs each night. That’s the way it’s always been for Church, from his first shows in front of a few dozen to the record-setting, two-night stand at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena that drew 38,016 fans (18,996 on Friday and 19,020 on Saturday, setting the new attendance record for the venue) to close the tour.
“The first time we played in Nashville, we played for - I’m not kidding - 30, 40 people, and when they left that show they told 10 or 20 people about what they’d seen,” Church told the crowd Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. “And the next time we played this town, 200 people showed up. Here’s the thing I can say for myself and this band: We’ve never gone out on stage and played for 20 or 30 people. Every night we played, we played it because there were 50,000 people in front of us. It was never about how many, it was about the music. It was about the heart of the music.”
And that’s something that everyone is picking up on, not just Church’s fervent fans. His peers and the critics have been paying tribute all along the way.
(Press Release) Five-time GRAMMY-winner, Marty Stuart, is pleased to announce that Booker T Jones and Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise are joining the lineup for his 16th annual “Late Night Jam”. The two artist will join previously announced country music greats Connie Smith and The Sundowners, The Wild Feathers, Rhiannon Giddens, Ashley McBryde, Tommy Emmanuel, The Grand Ole Opry Squaredancers, and comedian Gary Mule Deer at the Ryman Auditorium on June 7th at 10:00PM CT. Tickets for Stuart’s “Late Night Jam” are on sale now and can be purchased here.
This year, Marty is also offering a special VIP meet & greet experience for fans to meet him and the band before the show. The VIP package, available for $99, also includes a choice of signed "Day" or “Night” Way Out West poster, and a signed copy of Marty’s new album on CD. All proceeds from the VIP package benefit MusiCares®. Please note, this upgrade does not include a ticket to the show. For more information about the VIP package, visit here.
Stream "I'd Love Another Saturday Night" via Soundcloud
"Wilber's gentle, beseeching twang drives home the lyrics, imbuing them with a sense of wistful melancholy." - Elmore Magazine
May 30, 2017 (Press Release) - Bloomington, IN-based indie-folk/Americana artist and longtime John Prine guitarist Jason Wilber has officially announced his new LP, Reaction Time, out August 11. Along with the announcement, Wilber shared his new single "I'd Love Another Saturday Night" at The Boot. As Prine's guitarist and co-executive producer, Wilber helped the legendary singer/songwriter to a #2 debut on Billboard's Country Album Chart for his offering, Better or Worse, a Grammy win for Fair & Square, and Grammy nominations for Live On Tour and In Spite of Ourselves (which spent 32 weeks on the Billboard Country Charts).
Jason Wilber’s new record, Reaction Time, plays like a solitary tour bus rolling steadfastly through the countryside under mysterious skies. It’s the sound of long, hushed hours spent scribbling in notebooks, dreaming up gorgeously mournful melodies and cascading harmonies set against jangling guitars, the searching songs underpinned by a persistent longing. Which all makes perfect sense. Wilber has spent the better part of the last 20 years gazing out at the world through the windows of planes, busses, cars and trains while on tour with country/folk icon John Prine.
“I was 26 when I started playing in John’s band, and I’m 47 now—it’s been my entire adult life,” Wilber says. “At this point, John and his family, and the guys in the band, they’re like family to me. I love them all, and I love working with them. When I look at what happens between John and an audience, I can’t deconstruct it for you and explain exactly why it’s so brilliant. But I can tell you that something amazing is happening. There’s something about his music that touches people deeply. It’s a special thing, and it’s been a pleasure and a joy to get to be a part of it for so long.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 30, 2017 Press Release) – Max T. Barnes and Marty Haggard, both accomplished singer/songwriters in their own right, have released a music video tribute (LINK) to their legendary fathers, Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Max D. Barnes. The sons have continued the friendship their fathers started and recorded the co-penned Merle/Max D. tune “Way Back In The Mountains”. The song can be found on Max T. Barnes’ latest album I Can Sleep When I’m Dead on iTunes or MaxTBarnes.com.
The father duo wrote the song in the ‘90s among others such as the Haggard hit “In My Next Life” and various album cuts. The fathers and sons have been close friends for years, sharing many songwriting credits together. Max D. and Merle spoke most nights on the phone and the two were known to hang around the Haggard ranch writing songs, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. The pair even formed a publishing company together; Jack Hurst chronicled their story in The Chicago Tribune.
Watch the Arthur Alexander trailer HERE
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) — When the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Dusty Springfield, George Jones & Johnny Paycheck, Bob Dylan, the Bee Gees and countless other artists cover your songs, you must be on to something.
Arthur Alexander was a songwriter and song stylist whose first records in the early 1960s — such as “Anna (Go to Him)” and “You Better Move On” — were some of the earliest hits recorded at Rick Hall’s Fame Studios and to feature the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. After a short break at the end of the decade, Alexander released the second of only three albums that he made in his lifetime — a self-titled “comeback” album in 1972.