ASHEVILLE, NC --The Honeycutters, an Asheville, NC-based original country roots band, released their third studio album, Me Oh My, on April 21, 2015 with Organic Records® and is thrilled to announce their 2015 summer tour.
They kick off the tour in the south and have an appearance on WDVX’s Tennessee Shines in Knoxville on July 1st, airing worldwide at 7pm CT at WDVX.com, followed by a show on the 3rd at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC with Greensky Bluegrass. They travel west for a several shows with stops in Kansas City, Colorado’s Front Range, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Kansas and Arkansas. After a short break, picking back up again for further shows in the southern region including a performance at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, TN in mid August.
Fueled by the powerful songwriting and vocals of founder Amanda Anne Platt,Me Oh My moves her into the spotlight as producer, band leader, and principal creative force behind the band. With songs that are honest and relatable, part chagrin and part hope, Platt’s voice carries a timeless appeal.
Along with Amanda Platt, The Honeycutters include Tal Taylor on mandolin,Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums, and Matt Smith rounds out the band on pedal steel, electric guitar, and dobro to create a sound that carries just as well across the bar room as in a church or a theater. Platt’s songs are shaped by a raw honesty that comes straight from the heart and emits a sort of melancholy happiness.
Nashville, TN --- He may well be America’s newest “poet laureate.”
With his latest release, Tinderbox, Aaron Burdett writes what he knows and in the process, reveals the soul of a working-class poet.
With his dynamic road band, Aaron has created an emotion-charged recording in Tinderbox. It is the work of an artist who has refined his craft through several independent recordings, live performances and award-winning songwriting efforts.
Burdett’s writing reflects the struggles of an underdog whose journey to the top is ongoing. “Tinderbox Heart,” the source of the album’s title, brims with Burdett’s warm vocal textures. Tinderbox is a mix of stripped-down tunes, combined with high energy songs, and Burdett’s vocal power and songwriting prowess shine throughout.
The message of Tinderbox is largely focused on triumph over adversity and hardship, tinged with a sense of defiance and conviction. Heavily acoustic, the album shows a lot of grit, a word that just as easily describes the artist himself. Burdett, like the working class folk he writes about, is a builder, or rather, a craftsman. His tools are voice, pen and guitar.
Reviewers have noted Burdett’s authentic singing voice, drawing comparisons to Van Morrison, John Hiatt, and even Jack Johnson. The combination of his prolific writing, arranging, and delivery proves him a significant artist on every level.
This is Burdett’s sixth studio release and his second on Organic Records.
Burdett is featured in a pilot episode of WNCW’s Southern Songs and Stories which gives insight into Aaron Burdett’s sensibility.
Nashville, TN (June 24, 2015)-- After losing his childhood home in a house fire at the age of 15, Streamsound Records’ singer/songwriter Dakota Bradley has a personal connection to those who know all too well what the fire takes from people. This life-changing experience is the inspiration behind Bradley’s passion to partner with the American Red Cross and to serve as a Global Ambassador for their fire mission to reduce fire deaths and injuries by 25%.
“Losing my home in a fire was devastating. I am honored to partner with the American Red Cross in hopes to prevent similar tragedies, as well as a way to help fire victims,” says Bradley.
To kick off the yearlong giving campaign, Bradley will donate $0.50 to the American Red Cross for every digital purchase of “Name On It” sold between June 23, 2015 and September 30, 2015. To purchase, click HERE.
“After hearing Dakota’s story, we are delighted to have him serve as a global ambassador of the fire mission. We feel he will be a powerful voice for this mission as someone who has experienced it personally,” said Jackie Nelson, Director of Celebrity and Entertainment Outreach for the American Red Cross.
To purchase “Name On It” and help raise money for the American Red Cross, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/name-on-it-single/id1002239320. Your gift to Home Fire Relief enables the Red Cross to provide critical services to people impacted by home fires along with the lifesaving tools and information to support home fire prevention efforts.
This isn't Roots Rock/Red Dirt/Americana or things I typically cover here, but gosh it's good music! Check out the press release below and give them a listen.
Nashville rock trio Colony House will perform on CONAN next week on Monday, June 29th. The appearance will kick off the band's third single "Waiting For My Time To Come" from their debut full length album When I Was Younger (Descendant Records) which charted #3 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #7 on iTunes Alternative Rock Charts.
As a special preview, today Wall Street Journal debuted the new revamped version of the song which they will perform on CONAN.
LISTEN: Colony House - "Waiting For My Time To Come" via Wall Street Journal:
"When we originally wrote and recorded 'Waiting For My Time To Come,' we took a slow-building, raw, cinematic approach," explained frontman Caleb Chapman to Journal. "With the reworked version, we took a more energetic approach. Live, this song has always been a highlight for both the crowd and the band. We thought that perhaps we could capture a little bit of that live energy."
Explaining the song's history, Chapman continued "About two years ago we had no idea what was happening with our band. At that point, a bunch of opportunities kept falling apart last minute. The peak of our disappointment came in October 2013. We had booked a slot on the Austin City Limits festival and were meant to play the last Sunday of the second weekend. We woke up that rainy morning to a phone call telling us that we would not be playing because the park had been flooded, so we packed our bags and had to make the 15 hour journey home. On that drive home, we decided to write and record an EP over the next month. We were just thinking of anything we could do to help inspire ourselves in a season that was otherwise uninspiring. 'Waiting For My Time To Come' was the first song I wrote for that EP. It deals with the subject of 'things not going your way' and quickly turned into our theme song."
Colony House first captured attention with their lead single "Silhouettes" which became the #1 most played track on SiriusXM's Alt Nation with 50 spins per week and made their national television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers. They'll hit the road again in early July on the second leg of the Tour De Compadres featuring Drew Holcomb, Switchfoot, and NeedtoBreathe.
The band of four sisters SHEL have announced a summer tour including stops at a handful of festivals including the Escape The Lake Music Festival and theColorado Music Festival. They will also travel to London as July's "Artist in Residence" at The Hospital Club beginning on July 7. For one week, SHEL will host workshops on their unique creative process and perform intimate showcases at The Hospital Club.
Find a full list of tour dates at www.shelmusic.com/shows.
Recently, SHEL released a live, one-take videofor a new song called "You Can Be My Baby" with The Huffington Post. The song will appear on the band's forthcoming sophomore release that is being produced by Dave Stewart, co-founder ofEurythmics. Stewart has written with and produced many legendary artists such asStevie Nicks, Mick Jagger, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry and Joss Stone.
"I have never come across such talented siblings that play and work together as on cohesive unit," said Dave Stewart in a coversation with The Huffington Post. "SHEL are all exceptionally gifted musicians, singers and outstanding individuals. They blow my mind with their creativity, they are the best example of DIY I've ever come across with their songwriting, sound production, homemade videos and original costume designs. I can truly say these 'sisters are doing it for themselves.'"
SHEL is the acronym of four classically trained sisters: Sarah on violin, Hannah on keyboards, Eva on mandolin, and Liza on drums, djembe and beatboxing. The band released their 2012 debut to great acclaim, and were embraced by MTV Buzzworthy, USA Today, CMT and many more.
IndieShuffle said, “(SHEL) is all about folk revival…I wouldn’t be surprised if we have another HAIM on our hands," while M Music & Musicians Magazine praised the quartet for their "ethereal harmonies, out-of-the-box melodies and remarkable musicianship."
June 25, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) unveiled today that Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, and Dallas Smith will perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, as will special international guests,Florida Georgia Line. These are the first acts announced to take the stage as part of the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, which will broadcast on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Sunday, September 13.
Taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the first time in over 30 years, the CCMA is thrilled to be bringing both Country Music Week and the 2015 CCMA Awards Show to Atlantic Canada this fall. “This year’s CCMA Awards Show will have a whole new look and feel compared to years passed,” said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “Awards shows, just like country music, are constantly evolving. We think country music fans new and old, and viewers both at home and in the stands will all take memorable moments away from this year’s big event. For fans who plan on attending the 2015 CCMA Awards Show in-person: get your tickets now! We anticipate a sold-out crowd for this unforgettable event.”
Two time JUNO Award nominee and 2014 CCMA Award winner for Rising Star, Tim Hicks has cemented his status as one of the biggest breakout Canadian country music acts seen this decade. Hicks boasts five Top 10 singles, nearly 4 million YouTube hits, two JUNO Award nominations, and a fourth Gold-certified single fueled by the anthem, “Here Comes The Thunder”. In 2013, Hicks became the highest selling digital Canadian Country Artist of the Year for his debut album Throw Down, as well as the Most Played Debut Artist overall at Country radio. Hicks’ sophomore album, 5:01, debuted at #1 on the SoundScan Country Album sales chart last August (2014), making this his first #1 country album and paving the way for an undeniably huge year in 2015.
Alberta’s Brett Kissel took home the 2014 CCMA Awards for CMT Video of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year. He also won the 2014 Canadian Radio Music Award for Country Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and was the first country artist to be awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2014 JUNO Awards in 17 years. With countless sold out shows across North America, Kissel was primed for his major label debut album through Warner Music Canada,Started With A Song, which saw a total of five Billboard Canada Top 10 singles, including “Raise Your Glass”, “3-2-1”, “Tough People Do” and “Something You Just Don’t Forget”. Kissel’s current single, “Airwaves”, was released earlier this month, and is the first single from his forthcoming second album.
Hot on the heels of a successful 2014, Dallas Smith is showing no signs of slowing down this year. Smith won the 2015 JUNO Award for Country Album of the Year, and was chosen by SiriusXM as Country Artist of the Year at the 2015 Indie Awards. Named by Mediabase as 2014’s most played Canadian country artist at radio, Smith is the only male Canadian artist to spend multiple weeks at the top of the Country Airplay Chart in the Nielsen BDS era for his single “Wastin’ Gas”. Additionally, the Gold-certified #1 track broke the record for the highest one-week spin total at country radio in Canada ever. His latest album, Lifted, reunited Smith with prized producer Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen) and was followed by the sold out 2015 headline Tippin’ Point Tour.
The CCMA could not be happier to be welcoming special guests, the supremely popular Florida Georgia Line (FGL), to the CCMA Awards Show this year. Fueled with three scorching consecutive #1 hits – Gold-certified “Sippin’ On Fire”, “Sun Daze” and 2X Platinum-certified “Dirt” – FGL radiates with their Gold-certified sophomore album, Anything Goes. This latest album soared to a #1 debut on the all-genre Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts with music critics and fans alike embracing the superstar duo’s fresh sound. FGL has skyrocketed to stardom becoming the only artists in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles; breaking the record for the longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and selling over 21 million tracks worldwide off their 2X Platinum debut Here’s to the Good Times, and Anything Goes. The talented duo is currently taking their signature show across North America with their headline Anything Goes Tour 2015, making a special stop in Halifax for the 2015 CCMA Awards Show.
The 2015 CCMA Awards Show will see eight CCMA Awards presented, will highlight a number of special performances and will include appearances by a collection of Canadian personalities and country music acts. This year’s show will be produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. Tickets are available at all Ticket Atlantic locations, by phone at 1-877-451-1221 or online at ticketatlantic.com, with prices ranging from $60.00 to $106.00, plus service charges and fees. Additional CCMA Award Show performers and presenters will be announced throughout the month of August.
Acclaimed folk singer Jonathan Edwards has released Tomorrow's Child, the latest album in a career that spans over four decades of musical inspiration. Produced by celebrated acoustic master Darrell Scott, Edwards’ performances on the album are backed by noted names including Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin, Darrell Scott, Jerry Douglas, John Cowan and Kenny Malone among others. Tomorrow's Childfirst premiered on Guitar World's Acoustic Nation, who heralds the album's "magnificently crafted lyrics and melodies" and remarks that "lovely harmonies, and smartly placed instrumentation do their best to complement the tidbits of wisdom generously delivered throughout."
Edwards first premiered the album's title track, which features vocal contributions from Alison Krauss, on Allmusic. Also recently released was Edwards' version of the classic American traditional "Mole In The Ground," now streaming on The Bluegrass Situation.
Edwards has also announced the "In The Round" tour with Marshall Crenshaw andGarland Jeffreys from September 9th-18th, an exciting series of shows uniting the three renowned songwriters. The tour tops off Edwards' extensive 2015 touring schedule. See below for a full list of dates.
Ultimately it is Edwards’ own heart-on-the-sleeve delivery that makes Tomorrow’sChild 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.”
Nashville, Tenn. – June 24, 2015 – Country music entertainer, military veteran and award-winning TV host CRAIG MORGAN is setting the stage for the return of his hit television show, “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors.” The sixth season will premiere on Sunday, July 5th at 11 pm EST/8 pm PST on Outdoor Channel. Check local listings or visit www.OutdoorChannel.com/ChannelFinder to find out how to get the network in your area.
Morgan’s dynamic personality, lifelong love of the outdoors and considerable television experience make “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” a must-see for outdoorsmen and country music fans alike. Adventures in the sixth season include king salmon fishing and rafting while on tour in Alaska, taking part in the annual Opry hunt with fellow country music stars and even an African safari!
To celebrate the upcoming sixth season, Craig will be hosting a chat on his Facebook page TODAY at 4pm EST / 3pm CST. Starting July 5, 2015, viewers can catch Morgan everySunday night on Outdoor Channel. The Black River Entertainment recording artist has spent the last six months focused in the studio, recording a new album with producer Byron Gallimore. The first single is expected to release this summer with an album due in 2016.
For more information on Craig Morgan, visit www.craigmorgan.com and engage with him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 23, 2015) – Sixteen-year-old country newcomer
Allie Louise is set to release her sophomore single, “Perfect Storm,”* from her self-titled EP (ALLIE LOUISE/Sixth Beat Productions/Rochester Hills, MI). Co-written alongside Doug Kahan and Kaci Bolls, and produced by Eddie Gore, the track is scheduled to hit radio June 29, 2015.
A good girl look at bad boy warning signs, “Perfect Storm” forecasts the fate of young love whirling with intoxicating temptations. Allie’s fluttering timbre captures immediate “WOW” attention while the rapid, clap-happy lyrics fire-up the visionary storyline of an explosive chemistry that cannot be denied.
“I feel like this is a song that any girl can relate to. At some point, every girl is attracted to the ‘bad boy’ (think Fonzie or James Dean) and it strikes a match to ignite a natural passion that runs wild,” stated Allie Louise. “The storyline is about exhilarating love; the infectious beat makes me want to dance—it’s a lot of fun to sing and perform.”
Following the success of her debut single “It’s Gettin’ Old” (which recently entered the Music Row Breakout Chart at No. 79 and hit No. 1 on the HotDisc UK charts), Allie’s extraordinary talents continue to heighten within the industry, among her peers and country music fans alike. Most recently, Allie was named the winning contestant in The Omni Studios 2015 Music City Indie Showcase (presented by Susan Gabrielle). She will record at the esteemed Omni Sound Studios where fellow entertainers Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and many more have recorded.
Born Allie Louise Shermetaro (pronounced: sher-meh-terro), this young singer/songwriter has an unwavering, natural vocal texture complimented by a knack for “hold onto your hat” performances. Allie Louise has opened for national recording artists Austin Webb, Justin Moore, Josh Turner and David Shelby. She’s a regular on the stage at venues throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. She just concluded her debut appearance at country music’s biggest party, CMA Music Festival 2015. Allie has also been involved with various charity events supporting Autism, Downs Syndrome, St. Jude and Relay for Life.
“Perfect Storm” will be available for download via all major digital outlets (iTunes/Rhapsody/ Amazon). For more on Allie Louise, please visit.www.allielouiseofficial.com.
Acclaimed Oklahoma band Turnpike Troubadours have announced the September 18th release of their third album, The Turnpike Troubadours (Bossier City Records/Thirty Tigers). The self-titled album contains twelve songs featuring the quintet’s signature blend of roots rock, folk and raw country played with grit, passion and conviction. Word of their fiery live performances has spread throughout the U.S. making them a “must-see” act. However, the true strength at the core of the Turnpike Troubadours has always been their songwriting. The new album is a testament to that point. Songs such as “The Mercury” and “Bossier City” showcase the bands raucous energy and proficiency as musicians, while their more poignant and melodic side shines on “Down Here”, “How Do You Fall Out Of Love” and “A Little Song”.
In the April 2015 issue of Playboy Magazine, Turnpike Troubadours were part of a five-page feature focused on three song-oriented, tour driven bands who fly under the radar yet maintain large, loyal followings. The article stated that they are one of the bands who, “…are wrenching country music out of a staid rut and turning it into something else entirely.” Read the story HERE.
Turnpike Troubadours epitomize terms such as “DIY”, “blue collar” and “indie”. Formed in 2007, the group has built a rabid and loyal fan base that is ever expanding. Turnpike Troubadours went from playing small bars to headlining venues of 10,000+. On any given night, they will pack venues of 1000 – 4000 from Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado to Chicago, St Louis and Washington, DC. They have sold out The Troubadour in Los Angeles and venues in New York City. Turnpike Troubadours have become somewhat of a phenomenon for those in the know.
The Turnpike Troubadours is the follow up to the band’s 2012 sophomore release Goodbye Normal Street, which debuted at #57 on the Billboard Top 200 and #14 on the Billboard Country Chart. Based on what this band from the Sooner State has built since then, with honest songwriting, great live performances and hard work,The Turnpike Troubadours is not likely to be overlooked in 2015.