"Rootsy as it gets" (The Deli Nashville) rock 'n' roll band Laurel & the Love-in released their debut record, Don't Love Nobody. Featuring the singles, "Gonna Do" and "Got A Light", Don't Love Nobody is a Nashville throwback rock and roll blend of bad attitude and Southern spunk, powered by Laurel Sorenson's bold, smoky vocals. Fans can stream the entire album and read an exclusive 'First Date' feature with the band on The Vinyl District. The album is now available for free download on NoiseTrade, here.
New Album Sean McConnell Due July 8th
June 27, 2016 - Nashville, TN (Press Release) – CMT Music and CMT.com will world premiere the video for Sean McConnell’s single “Holy Days” tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. ET in advance of his self-titled album release next Friday, July 8th.
Directed by Becky Fluke (Little Big Town, Pistol Annies) the video features live performance footage of McConnell on tour with his band in Lafayette, Louisiana. It also features locals sharing their “holy days.”
McConnell says, “I feel like this video truly captures what it looks like when my band and I are on the road. Everything from intense musical moments to us just acting like a bunch of idiots. It was so fun and natural to drive down and shoot on location in Lafayette, Louisiana. It’s a place that means a lot to me personally and where the band and I have a lot of history and can just be ourselves, put on a concert, have a crawfish boil, have a few drinks, and have fun. My favorite part of this video is all the footage of other people holding up their hands ‘in the shape of a camera’ and showing us their ‘Holy Days’. In the end, this song and video are more than a specific story, they are everyone's story and you can insert yourself in it however you wish. That’s what I love so much about music.”
(WISE COUNTY, VA) – It may be more country than bluegrass, but a new song about Southwest Virginia has just enough twang to convince Larry Cordle to help produce the record and perform background vocals on it. Now, Kaitlyn Baker’s “Heart of Appalachia” is the official theme song for tourism in the region, with an accompanying music video that features cameo appearances by Cordle and Ralph Stanley II, along with Alex Leach and Stanley Efaw. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/h2BfWyiYvrg
Baker, a country singer/songwriter from Wise County, Virginia, wrote “Heart of Appalachia” with Scott Arnold, an East Tennessee-based songwriter. When Cordle heard the demo, he liked it so much that he agreed to help produce the record and sing background vocals, along with Val Storey, a prolific session singer in Nashville, with whom he has worked on other projects.
“My dad introduced me to Larry Cordle’s music when I was a young girl, but I never dreamed I would work with him on a song,” Baker said. “I met him a few months ago through Carl Jackson, and he has been so helpful.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) - This summer, Outdoor Channel is premiering the highly-anticipated, new travel and outdoor adventure TV series, Nick's Wild Ride, starring award-winning fiddle player and country artist, Nick Hoffman. The half-hour, 13-episode series will make it's debut on the network Friday, July 1 at 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT.
Hoffman, a former member of Kenny Chesney's band, is a member of the country music trio THE FARM. He has also performed with music superstars Sara Evans, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, John Mellencamp, Trace Adkins, Steve Miller, James Otto, and more.
Produced by Watermarc Productions and Ugly Duckling Entertainment, Nick's Wild Ride is unlike other hunting or fishing shows. The Nowthen, Minnesota native and Nashville transplant goes beyond hunting and fishing to explore the music, food, culture, history and heartbeat of each stop he makes along his journey. The show's aim is to reveal fascinating places and captivating people around the world.
Thursday, July 21st
Rockwood Music Hall, NYC
In just a handful of years, Chamomile and Whiskey have gone from being one of the hottest bands in central Virginia to making serious waves up and down the east coast to touring nationally.
Having released two albums on County Wide Records and having played hundreds of shows on the east coast, Chamomile and Whiskey is carving out a unique place for themselves on the Americana scene. Much of their success can be attributed to their passionate and energetic live performance. A Chamomile and Whiskey show is a rowdy affair, often sending the sounds of whiskey being spilled, boots stomping, and fans howling towards the Blue Ridge Mountains. The strong connection with the audience has given them a number of great opportunities... including shows with Railroad Earth, Rusted Root, fellow Charlottesville natives The Hackensaw Boys, STEEP CANYON RANGERS and CARBON LEAF and performing at high profile festivals such as Floydfest, Tilted Earth and THE FESTY.
While Chamomile and Whiskey have all the talent and songwriting to make a successful project...they also possess something more - an infectious energy that sweeps across the stage when they perform. The love they share for each other and the music quickly and emphatically reaches the audience. Chamomile and Whiskey are currently putting the final touches on a new album set to release fall of 2016....but new music is sure to be heard at every live show.
(Press Release) Armed with rocket launchers and a flying muscle car, The Quaker City Night Hawks battle an super-sized, villainous vulture in the video for "Mockingbird." Directed by Charlie Terrell and illustrated by Charlo Nocete, the "Mockingbird" video adds its own inspiration to the mix, nodding to the 1981 film Heavy Metal along the way.
"I'm really into the Sci-Fi Network show Firefly," singer David Matsler says. "I was watching it the day I wrote the song, just digging into the idea of a futuristic, dystopian world as viewed by some southern-type character. That's where 'Mockingbird' came from. Those high harmonies in the chorus almost gives it a bluegrass feel, but that guitar riff is pure hard rock. We really like having all of those influences involved."
"I'm a big fan of Harper Lee," says Terrell, who named his daughter after the author. "I immediately thought of To Kill a Mockingbird when I heard the song title, but once I saw the album cover, I started thinking about Heavy Metal, too. I came up with this futuristic storyline that combined the two, mixed into a pot with a Sergio Leone western-type thing."
"Mockingbird" is the lead single from the band's 'El Astronauta' album, which released May 20 via Lightning Rod Records. The four-piece is currently on tour playing Pemberton Festival, LouFest and Viva Big Bend Festival and opening for The Sheepdogs and Chris Stapleton.
For more on The Quaker City Night Hawks, please visit quakercitynighthawks.com.
(Press Release) For 70 years, Fender has inspired countless musicians to pick up its electric guitars, from Stratocaster players like Mark Knopfler to Telecaster pickers like Laur Joamets. This week, Fender's Nashville-based A&R team hand-picked American rock & roll songwriter and guitar player Andrew Leahey -- frontman of Andrew Leahey & the Homestead -- to receive the FIRST in a new line of “Deluxe Nashville Telecaster” guitars.
"The first guitar I ever bought was a Fender Squire Strat," Andrew remembers. "I was 10 years old, and I mowed my neighbor's lawn for an entire summer to save up enough money. Years later, it's an honor to be working with some of the guys behind this company. They're true music fans, willing to invest in some of the newer faces in Nashville's music scene. To say that I’m honored to be the first to receive one of these new guitars is an understatement."
Andrew recovered from a risky brain surgery in 2014 and responded to his new lease on life by writing and recording an 11-track album, 'Skyline In Central Time,' due out August 5th on Thirty Tigers. Ken Coomer, Wilco's drummer and co-founder, produced the project.
Tour Dates Here: http://andrewleaheymusic.com/#tour-section
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NASHVILLE (June 27, 2016 PR) – Hazel Smith is a storyteller – she has thousands of them. That’s because she witnessed so many, played a role in so many...and ultimately chronicled and shared so many. Hazel is one of Music Row’s “Storytellers,” a journalist who has been a constant force and source in country music as long as many can remember. That is why she’s being honored as the initial subject of Music Row Storytellers.
Music Row Storytellers is a special event series designed to honor those that stand the test of time in telling the stories that make the music industry so fascinating – the journalists, interviewers, reporters, show hosts and others who chronicle and share the stories of Music Row and its musicmakers. The first annual event will be held onMonday, August 15 at Well Placed Smile (907 Gleaves St., Nashville, TN 37203). A6:00pm cocktail reception will be followed by a 6:30pm program honoring Smith and benefiting Music Health Alliance. The evening will be filled with smiles, laughter and stories from Hazel and surprise guests who’ve been part of her career.
New York, NY (June 24, 2016 Press Release) – Castro, a new pop/folk trio featuring siblings Jason, Jackie and Michael Castro, release their debut track, “Diamond Dreams” today at all digital retail outlets. The song premiered exclusively on Yahoo Music yesterday and can be heard here. Fans can find the track now at iTunes, Amazon.com and Spotify.
Castro has been performing in various cities across the US this year including recent dates with Delta Rae, as well as a headlining show in New York City at Hill Country earlier this week. The band will again open for Delta Rae on 8/26 in Indianapolis, IN (The Vogue Theatre) and 8/27 in Cleveland, OH (Beachland Ballroom). Additional Castro dates to be announced soon.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) — The Mavericks, one of the most independent-minded bands in the history of American music, have gone full indie, launching their own record label and announcing two new releases in the year ahead. Mono Mundo Recordings is a partnership that brings together the Mavericks, Nashville distribution and marketing innovators Thirty Tigers and the band’s trusted Ventura, Calif.-based co-producer Niko Bolas. It’s the first time since signing to MCA Records in 1991 that the Mavericks have opted out of the traditional label system.
A live album (All Night Live, Vol. 1) is set for release in October 2016, and a studio project set for spring of 2017. All this follows the Mavericks’ renewal in 2011 after a hiatus, which led to the most fruitful creative period in their career: The band came blazing back with 2013’s In Time and 2015’s Mono, earning two Grammy nominations and winning the AMA’s Americana Group/Duo of the Year award in 2015. The new label, which puts the Mavericks entirely in charge of their own artistic and business destiny, finds the veteran group as dedicated as ever to its work, its fans and its renowned live shows.