Following the release of the TexMoji app, O'Toole continues to make waves throughout Texas with the release of a theme song for the Corpus Christi Hooks baseball team, "I'm Hooked." Not many baseball teams have a theme song, but the Corpus Christi Hooks now do, thanks to Rich O'Toole. "It was such an honor to write the theme song for The Hooks, I'm a giant fan and love the game of Baseball. I was hooked before they ever asked," says O'Toole of the experience. The song was released on June 19 through iTunes.
About Rich O'Toole:
Having garnered fourteen top ten hits on Texas radio, over one million plays on Spotify, 100,000 downloads on iTunes and over half a million views on YouTube, Red Dirt Rocker Rich O'Toole is taking the country music scene by storm and making waves across the nation with his new single "Talk About the Weather." Rich O’Toole has captivated fans with his sweet southern charm and Springsteen-flavored sound while performing with country music heavyweights Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Lee Brice, Randy Rogers Band, The Josh Abbott Band, Kevin Costner and more.
After receiving sterling reviews from Country Weekly, The Boot, Taste of Country, and Texas Music Times, it's obvious this Texas Titan has more to talk about than just the weather. O'Toole is expanding his brand and reaching new heights with his latest album "Jaded" and the launch of his new clothing line 17 Army, with a portion of proceeds benefitting entrepreneurial artists. This spring, O'Toole can be found kicking up dust on his Spring Mid-West Acoustic tour.
For more information on Rich, visit www.richotoole.com.
Award-winning Nova Scotian singer/songwriter David Myles has always been attracted to another time. Even as a young kid he felt the pull of history finding solace with artists such as Miles Davis and Sam Cooke rather than Nirvana and Pearl Jam like his peers. Today, Myles has made a living traversing musical time periods and genres, crisscrossing from folk, roots, jazz, and country while swinging between the forties, fifties, and sixties to 2015, with the flick of a wrist and the strum of a guitar. On September 25, he'll release his official US debut So Far via Little Tiny Records. The album's first single "Need A Break" premiered earlier today exclusively on Diffuser.
LISTEN: David Myles - "Need A Break" via Diffuser:
So Far is a collection of David's songs over the years, re-recorded and re-imagined in an acoustic stripped down format evocative of the late '50's folk/roots/swing era with an energy that somehow combines the cool of Chet Baker with the ruckus of Chuck Berry. His smooth timbre anchors each hook-filled ditty, taking the listener from plaintive and introspective songs, to upbeat and urgent tunes, and soulful and lovelorn tales wrapped inside three minutes.
"As you can instantly tell with 'Need a Break,' the stripped down environment that So Far lives in is essentially little more than Myles and his acoustic guitar; that doesn't mean it lacks energy, though," said Diffuser's Chuck Armstrong. "In fact, when listening to the record, it's obvious Myles is sinking his whole heart into the reimaginging of his music."
The youngest of four brothers, Myles grew up in a musical household on the east coast of Canada. Even though his parents were avid music lovers - the entire family played an instrument, working their way through the Royal Conservatory repertoire - they insisted that he seek higher education which landed him on the path to a political science degree. When studying Chinese in China with plans to go to law school, he began writing songs with a $30 red and green plywood guitar and started deviating from his education. He broke the news to his family that he'll be pursuing music full-time upon his return home and promised his disappointed father that he'd wear a suit to work every single day (hence why David wears suits when he performs).
Amber Hayes Releases New Song, "Hero's Heart," in Honor of Her Uncle and Medal of Honor Recipient, Bennie G. Adkins
(Nashville, Tenn. – June 30, 2015) - Country artist Amber Hayes has written and recorded a new song titled, "Hero's Heart" in honor of her uncle, Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014. Hayes was in attendance at the White House with her uncle when he was presented with the award, which is the United States of America’s highest military honor.
Hayes commented of her inspiration to write the song, saying, “Watching my Uncle Bennie, who is so humble, receive the Medal of Honor at the White House and be recognized for his bravery and service to our country was very emotional, and my entire family is just so, so proud of him. When I got back to Nashville, I wanted to pay tribute to him in some way and writing a song was the best way I knew how to do that. I found myself tearing up several times writing ‘Hero's Heart’ just thinking about the sacrifice that he and all of our other service men and women make to keep this great country safe. I just want my Uncle Bennie to know we will be forever thankful for his service.” The special song recently premiered on CountryWeekly.com and can be heard here. Hayes is also featured as the "Who's New" artist in the 7/6 issue of the publication, which is on stands now.
President Barack Obama awarded Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins with the Medal of Honor in September 2014 for his bravery at the battle of Camp “A Shau” in the Republic of Vietnam.
From March 9-12, 1966, Adkins, who is now among some of the most highly decorated soliders in the United States of America, distingushed himself during a 38-hour close-combat battle, and 48-hour escape and evasion, in which a large North Vietnamese force attacked the US military base. Adkins fought with mortars, machine guns, recoilless rifles, small arms and hand grenades expending an estimated 135-175 enemy troops and sustaing over 18 different wounds during the conflict, in which he vailently protected and rescued many fellow US troops. For an extended version of the account please visit, http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/adkins/.
“Hero’s Heart” is now available for download on Hayes’ offical website,www.AmberHayesMusic.com, as well as iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers.
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Country came to NYC in its varied forms this past weekend when FarmBorough, NYC’s inaugural country music festival, was held on beautiful Randall’s Island Park from June 26-28th. There was something for everyone and then some: pop country, traditional country and even some “country fuzz.”
The first day of the festival, Friday was a glorious one. Beautiful sunshine and temperatures in the 80's brought out attendees wanting to hear and see everyone from Courtney Cole to headliner Dierks Bentley. Prior to being open to the public, Brian O’Connell talked to some of the media about how FarmBorough came together and why having a country festival in NYC was so important. He worked on the event with Tom Russell who is in charge of another incredibly popular festival on the island, Governor’s Ball. They wanted FarmBorough to be the “sixth borough” of New York City, even holding the festival on a site that was once the last working farm in NYC (hence the name and horse in the logo). He also mentioned how everything was set up in straight lines to catch people’s eye, be inviting and make it a fun experience. There were two stages, the main and the Next From Nashville stage, which O’Connell said would highlight in a small environment those artists with critical acclaim. Additionally there had to be a “hillbilly” ride (the swings and slide) and vendors selling everything from cowboy hats to wine in cans and lobster rolls! There was also liquor in the form of a Malibu Beach House (Malibu Rum) and a Tito’s (vodka) airstream.
Can't wait for this one folks.
Holy Smokes is a rockin', groove-laden follow up to the rock opus Pardon Me, which put Tyler and his band The Northern Lights on the map when released in 2010. The new album reveals a more pensive and sophisticated Tyler who’s learned his lessons while navigating the rollercoaster of life on the road, major festivals, major labels, drugs, booze, great love, great loss and the heartbreak of mistakes you can’t change and time lost that you can’t take back. The album was co-produced by Tyler and Thom Monahan (Chris Robinson, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) in both Tyler’s native Dallas, Texas and his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, California.
“It's time for the band and I to get back on the road and play,” said Tyler. He added, “It's what we love to do more than anything else. We spent the past 3 years tangled up in contractual webs (leading us to part ways with our label and drop the name The Northern Lights). Brandon, Jordan and I can’t wait to get back on the road, and we’re bringing a few new faces with us, a rotating cast of players if you will. We’re looking forward to sharing the new music with the fans we've come to love over the years. We also look forward to making news fans out of people that are hearing our music for the first time. “
Holy Smokes delivers a solid dose of the sexy swagger, blistering rock guitars and rebellion that fans have come to expect from Tyler and his band. Also present is an older and wiser Tyler who tips his hat to the Gram Parsons style of country that set the Hollywood Rock scene ablaze in the late 60’s. Tyler wrote or co-wrote the bulk of the tracks on the album including the infectious groove of “Honey Pie,” the gorgeous duet “To Love Is To Fly,” featuring Nashville’s up and coming Nikki Lane, and “Hallelujah,” in which Tyler sings his praise for rock-n-roll, how it changed and ultimately saved him. Added in for good measure is a co-write with renowned Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard “My Time Ain't Long.”
More info and tour dates at http://jonathantylermusic.com/
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NEW YORK, N.Y. — In the midst of a busy summer schedule of recording and touring across the pond, J.D. & the Straight Shot are offering fans a taste of what’s to come with a new song debuting Tuesday, June 30, on WNYW-TV’s Good Day New York morning show. Titled “Better Find a Church,” the track drips with slinky swamp-blues and soul — the kind that might be right at home on the soundtrack of a supernatural show. JD and his band features guitarists Marc Copely and Aidan Dolan and violinist Erin Slaver, with contributions by bassist Byron House.
All contribute to writing the acoustic band’s Americana-rooted songs. The alluring melody of “Better Find a Church,” sung as a beguiling duet on which Dolan’s baritone snakes under Slaver’s soprano, is filled with tasty touches — from House’s slapped upright bass to Copely’s Spanish guitar interlude — making for a worthy addition to any Americana playlist. “Erin came in with the original concept then we all worked on it,” says Dolan, noting his admiration for the rising Nashville singer/fiddler. “This song is a story of penance. It is one of the first that is produced by Rodney Crowell. He did a great job capturing our new sound.”
As for the album, Dolan promises more luscious harmonies woven around rich stories and the same organic sound permeating “Better Find a Church.” Get ready to be converted.
JD & the Straight Shot tour dates
Mon., July 6 AMAGANSETT, NY Stephen Talkhouse
Sun., July 12 NASHVILLE, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Thurs., July 16 NEW YORK, NY Rockwood Music Hall
Sun., July 19 GATESHEAD QUAYS Saint Mary’s Square
Tues., July 21 LONDON The Half Moon
Wed., July 22 NOTTINGHAM The Maze
Thurs., July 23 SOUTHAMPTON The Brook
Fri., July 24 LONDON Soho House
Sat., July 25 TUNBRIDGE WELLS Rambling Man
Tues., July 28 STUTTGART Winterbach tent spectacle
Fri.-Sat., July 31-Aug. 1 NORWAY Notodden Blues Festival
Sun., Aug. 2 PERTH Southern Fried Festival
Mon., Aug. 3 COPENHAGEN Amager Bio
More info: jdandthestraightshot.com
(Nashville, Tennessee) -- Rainey Qualley recently staged a ZUUS Country takeover, and her "On The Rise" segment is scheduled to air Monday, June 29 at 7:00pm, Tuesday, June 30 at 10:00am and 10:00pm and Friday, July 2 at 8:00pm- all times Eastern.
Her "Live From The Couch" performance of select songs from her Turn Down The Lights EP will air on the ZUUS.com channel of the same name. Fans can catch a sneak peek of her performance of her new single,"Me And Johnny Cash," on ZUUS.com here.
"We had an absolute blast at ZUUS, and I can't thank them enough for their support," said Rainey. "I hope everyone will check out my #OnTheRise segment." Rainey opened for one of her childhood heroes, Loretta Lynn, Friday night at Kirby Theater in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She will be visiting radio stations throughout the south this week and heading out west for station visits next week.
Rainey's debut EP, Turn Down The Lights, was released earlier this month. The Asheville, NC native co-wrote all seven songs on the collection, which was produced by Russ Zavitson and John Ramey. Her debut single, "Me And Johnny Cash," is receiving significant airplay at country radio.
Born in New York, NY, Rainey's family moved to Missoula, Montana when she was two and then to Asheville, North Carolina seven years later. Rainey always loved the performing arts and was a passionate participant in school plays, dance competitions, and choirs throughout her childhood. She credits dance for giving her an appreciation for a wide variety of music genres and styles. Between dance, the music her father listened to at home and in his own bands and her own eclectic tastes, she lists Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Sam Hunt, Hozier, Otis Redding, Etta James, The Temptations and others among her diverse music taste.
Pictured Above: (l. to r.) ZUUS Country PD Kent Bailey, Rainey Qualley, ZUUS Country VP of Program Development & Artist Relations Cary Rolfe. Photo Courtesy: The POD
Nashville, Tenn. (June 26, 2015) – While The Gettin’ Is Good, from singer/songwriter, producer and guitarist Corey Smith, is available now on Sugar Hill Records. The album premiered in the Top 10 on the iTunes country chart this week.
Smith has partnered with several outlets to unveil important elements of this release. Rolling Stone Country exclusively announced the album, while Roughstock premiered the album art and track list, and Country Weekly took the exclusive on the “Feet Wet” lyric video. Now, CMT Pure has added the official video for “Feet Wet” into rotation, it will also premiere on CMT.com.
Rolling Stone Country named his CMA Fest performance the show with the Best Capacity Crowd, and continues, “A perennial favorite on college campuses, the rural-life troubadour excels at detailing the rites of passage his listeners all go through, from spring break trips as kids to soaking at the pool with their own children. While the Gettin' Is Good furthers those themes of growing up — via the sports metaphor of ‘The Baseball Song’ and the home-on-the-couch admission of ‘Ain't Going Out Tonight’ — but through the polished prism of Stegall's focused production.”
The State offers, “The gettin’ has gotten more than good this month for Corey Smith.”
Victoria Advocate says, “Smith is a storyteller in a genre full of buzzwords.” Smith just wrapped a week of special events in Nashville surrounding the album’s release. He performed a sold-out benefit concert for the Seva Foundation on June 24 at Bluebird Café, and he celebrated release day on the revered Grand Ole Opry stage, complete with an album signing. He will continue his tour throughout the summer with stops in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC and more.
While The Gettin’ Is Good is available now on Sugar Hill Records.
While The Gettin' Is Good Tracklisting:
1. Don't Mind
2. Ain't Going Out Tonight
4. My Kinda Lady
5. Feet Wet
6. Taking the Edge Off
8. Blow Me Away
10. The Baseball Song
11. Drinkin' on My Mind
Bart Crow, from tiny little Maypearl, TX, received the invitation of his career – the invitation to make his debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, August 21 – in the midst of its nine-month 90th Anniversary celebration. Crow’s current single “Life Comes At You Fast,” sums up the opportunity as it tells of life, love and holding on for the ride. Crow will be holding on tight as he steps in to the famed “Circle” of where many of his heroes like John Conlee and George Jones have stood.
“Honestly, I believe I am still in shock being invited to play the Grand Ole Opry,” said Bart Crow. “It is the shrine of country music and every song I was raised on, from both of my grandfathers to my own Dad. To think that I will be standing on the very hallowed circle of wood that so many legends and heroes who blurred the boundaries of music performed, it is quite overwhelming. It is a great honor and dream I never imagined possible. And this year is the Opry’s 90th anniversary … take a moment to let that sink in.”
The road-toughened troubadour and Army veteran has already put together an admirable track record as a recording artist releasing five albums in over a decade with money pulled from his own pockets. He has sold over 40,000 albums and lofted six No. 1 singles onto the Texas Music Chart without major record label assistance – one of which, “Wear My Ring,” sold over 165,000 copies. His last album, Dandelion, recorded with producer (and Pat Green drummer/co-producer/co-writer) Justin Pollard, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers South Central chart. Crow has been cheered in Country Weekly, on CMT, AOL, Music Connection and in other national media outlets. His YouTube videos and concert footage have drawn more than 2.5 million views.
Now signed to the famed Thirty Tigers (who has fostered success stories for artists including Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Bingham, Flogging Molly, Aaron Watson, Jason Isbell to name a few), Crow kicks it up several notches for his upcoming Fall album release –The Parade reuniting with producer Justin Pollard. “Life Comes At You Fast,” the debut single from his upcoming new album The Parade, has officially been added at radio and is available now at iTunes. The single tells of life, love and holding on for the ride as life comes and changes do fast.
The blue-collar balladeer, plays 130+ dates a year in front of loyal rowdy crowds at far-flung, late-night clubs and concert halls all over Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Montana and beyond. It’s his music that draws them — a tangle of roots in blues, country and down-home rock ‘n’ roll, branded with his unique imprint. A myriad of influences haunt his music including a choir of real American country in the fashion of Merle and Waylon, John Conlee, George Jones and Jerry Jeff Walker, razor-edged rock from Metallica, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, deep-fried Southern soul from Otis Redding and more.
To find out more about Bart Crow go to BartCrowMusic.com: or follow him on TWITTER,INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK. Check out all of his music at iTunes.
Red Dirt Rocker Rich O'Toole Makes Texas History with Release of First Ever Texas Themed Custom Emoticons
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On the heels of the History Channels' "Texas Rising" mini series finale, Texas native Rich O'Toole embarks in a new era of history with the launch of Texas themed custom emoticons: TeXMoji. Ranking #2 on the Top Paid Apps, following strong behind the popular app "Minecraft," the highly anticipated app is now available on all software-updated iPhones through the App Store, with an Android version in the works. The new app can be purchased here.
Putting the "Tex" in "Texing," O'Toole sent the first text of the Lone Star State flag custom emoticon followed by his favorite Texas inspired cuisine, a taco. O'Toole's brainchild finally came to life with the help of his partner and social media mecca "Sorry, I'm Texan" and app developer Rock Sauce. CEO of Rock Sauce, Q Manning was beyond excited to get started on the project. "For us, TexMoji was one of those applications we couldn't wait to work on! We're a team of Texans, so getting the chance to show our pride by making something everyone could use was beyond exciting. The TexMojis are big & beautiful, each showcasing what makes Texas such a wonderful place," he said.
The app will feature Lone Star staples such as the state flag, some of Texas' beloved beverages, tacos, and famous landmarks. "If you enjoy using emojis and you're Texan by birth or by heart, then you'll love using TexMojis," says O'Toole. "So let's get to TEXtin' ya'll!"
To celebrate the highly anticipated release of the new TexMoji App there will be a release party held at the Holy Mountain in Austin, Texas on Friday, June 26. The launch party will be offer fans a raffle of Texas themed prizes by many recognizable state icons to show Lone Star State pride.
Photos Courtesy Lone Star PR