CHICAGO - Farm Aid today announced that it will host its 30th anniversary music and food festival at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in downtown Chicago on Sept. 19.
"We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis," said Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson. "Thirty years later, in Chicago, we'll bring together so many of the people - farmers, eaters, advocates and activists - who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible. At Farm Aid 30, we'll celebrate the impact we've had and rally our supporters for the work ahead."
Farm Aid 30, an all-day music and food festival, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews - with Tim Reynolds - as well as Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots and Blackwood Quartet.
In addition to a diverse lineup of music, Farm Aid 30 festivalgoers will be able to experience family farm agriculture firsthand.
NASHVILLE, TN – Jason Isbell’s highly acclaimed new album Something More Than Free (Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers) has debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, selling 45,785 copies following its July 17 release. Something More Than Free made its debut at #1 on the Rock, Country, Folk charts and #2 on the Independent chart. Since its release, the album has remained in the #1 position on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.
Something More Than Free features Isbell’s poetic lyrics filled with honesty and authenticity that run throughout his observational vignettes of working class characters that reflect on all of us. Much like his award winning 2013 album Southeastern, Something More Than Free has received overwhelming media support, from The Wall Street Journal and New York Times to NPR’s Fresh Air and The Oxford American to Stereogum and Absolute Punk, the new album has garnered high praise from an even wider range of press than its predecessor. See highlights HERE and full reviews and features HERE. Catch Isbell on Conan and CBS Saturday Morning in August.
"...he has developed into one of the great American songwriters...in a world where most pop songs are lies, Isbell is determined to find truth." 4 STARS - USA Today
"This is a record designed for close listening and intense dissection, as Isbell casts himself as a woeful troubadour possessing an immeasurable level of depth.” 4 STARS - ABC News
"...another career definer from one of America's most unsung voices" Grade: A - Entertainment Weekly
"Each song is chock-full of sharp lyrics, wry observations, and effortless turns of phrase, solidifying Isbell and one of today's most gifted songwriters." - Garden & Gun
“There's no better songwriter on the planet at this moment, no one operating with the same depth, eloquence or feeling." - American Songwriter
Iconic Group Alabama to Release 'Southern Drawl' on Sept 18th Marking Band's First Album of Originals Since 2001
Nashville, TN --- July 28, 2015 --- The iconic, GRAMMY® award winning group ALABAMA is scheduled to release SOUTHERN DRAWL on BMG, due in stores Sept 18. The news was announced over the weekend on the cover of USA Today’s Sunday edition. The album will be the band’s first collection of new music in well over a decade.
USA Today claims, “It’s a brawny, good-humored country stomper, the sound of ALABAMA picking up a few tricks from fans such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney.” Guitarist Jeff Cook agrees adding “country music when we took our ‘vacation’ is not the same country it is today. For people who knew the original ALABAMA, it’s going to be a little different to their ears.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (July 28, 2015) – Musical road warrior Eric Church, last year’s top selling country music artist, will be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum when he becomes the subject of their next cameo exhibition opening Sept. 18. “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider” runs through February 2016 and will spotlight the North Carolina native’s hard-hitting path from a kid with a dream to becoming a multi-Platinum-selling country rocker filling arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums. The display will include guitars, song manuscripts, stage wear, photos and more personally chosen from Church’s collection.
For those fans wanting to see and purchase unique Church memorabilia before September arrives, the acclaimed singer/songwriter will reopen his pop-up store, The Outsider’s Joint, on July 30-Aug. 1 in East Nashville. The Outsider’s Joint will also offer These Boots by Lucchese, Church’s custom boot line usually only available to VIP ticketholders. In addition, there will be a limited number of special edition posters commemorating the first Ascend Amphitheater show and Church’s regular line of tour merchandise, most available with concierge service to ship items to your home for free. Proceeds, excluding the Lucchese boots, will benefit the Chief Cares Fund, a 501c3 non-profit organized by Church and his wife Katherine that serves more than 2.5 million people around the world. The Outsider’s Joint’s first appearance during CMA Music Festival was a smash success that raised more than $20,000 for Church’s Chief Cares Fund.
The Outsider’s Joint will be located at 218 South 11thStreet in the 5 Points area of East Nashville across from the Bill Martin Grocery Store. Park at LP Field and receive a free ride to 5 Points (excluding tip) from JoyRide by calling (615) 285-9835, or use Uber code OUTSIDERS for $20 off your first ride. While there, a handful of local restaurants have special food and drink offers for those with Ascend Amphitheater tickets. The pop-up store hours are 12:00 PM-6:00 PM Thursday and Friday, and 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Saturday.
Church will christen Nashville’s new outdoor Ascend Amphitheater on July 30-31, making a rare second stop in Music City this year to perform two sold-out acoustic solo sets. He set a venue record in January when 18,411 fans crammed into Bridgestone Arena to catchThe Outsiders World Tour, which is nearing one million tickets sold, has set five venue attendance records, and was ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Tours recap in April.
For more information on the tour or tickets, visit www.EricChurch.com.
On July 31, Amazon Music will release Amazon Acoustics, a playlist of cover songs and original music from more than 30 artists.
Today, Amazon Music has shared a new song from Deer Tick called "Grandfather Song." Listen to the song here: https://soundcloud.com/amazon-music/deer-tick-grandfather-song
"'Grandfather Song' was originally a demo for our album Negativity," said John McCauley in an email to Entertainment Weekly. "It didn't wind up on the record, so I decided to revisit it recently and I finished the song in my spare time at home in Nashville."
Recently, Consequence of Sound shared The Districts' cover of David Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes" and said "The band's harrowing arrangement makes the recollections of Major Tom possibly even more bleak than Bowie's original, and shows their adoration and respect for the source material."
Pitchfork shared the first song to be released from the playlist, a cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya" from Surfer Blood.
This afternoon, Amazon Music will also be launching a unique fan-chosen song premiere. Fans will vote to either hear The Griswolds' cover of Maroon 5's "Sugar," Joshua Radin's cover of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," or Peter Matthew Bauer's cover of St. Vincent's "Prince Johnny."
Voting will begin at 3PM ET on 7/28 at facebook.com/amazonmusic, and will run for 24 hours.
Amazon Acoustics will be a playlist available only on Amazon Music—in addition to MP3 download, Prime Music will be the only streaming service to have the original songs available for unlimited listening.
Partial Track List:
Hey Marseilles - "Absolutes" (original song)
Deer Tick - "Grandfather Song" (original song)
Ron Sexsmith - "Circling Round The Drain" (original song)
Nick Lowe - "I Read A Lot" (original song)
Peter Matthew Bauer (of the Walkmen) - "Prince Johnny" (St. Vincent cover)
Hamilton Leithauser (of the Walkmen) - "Astronaut" (Beach House cover)
The Districts - "Ashes to Ashes" (David Bowie cover)
Jessie Baylin - "He Needs Me" (written by Harry Nilsson for the soundtrack to "Popeye", and originally performed by Shelley Duvall and Robin Williams)
On October 2, singer/songwriter Brooke Annibale will release her fourth full-length studio album The Simple Fear. A former Nashville resident now based in her hometown Pittsburgh, Annibale questions apprehension of the unknown future, basic life expectations, and the fear that those expectations might not be met. Today,Earmilk debuted the album's first single "Remind Me," calling it "one of Annibale's best. Evident, is her ability to build momentum and fully develop the sound while also keeping two feet on the ground, which is an especially rare encounter within her genre."
LISTEN: Brooke Annibale - "Remind Me" via Earmilk:
(Nashville, Tenn. – July 28, 2015) – Sibling harmony band, The Cains, have released a new music video for their single, “Journey's End.” Produced and directed by Fresh Films' Glenn Sweitzer, the music video is now available for viewing on The Cains' Youtube channel, here.
Written by Taylor Cain, Madison Cain and Becki Devries, “Journey's End” is a sentimental ballad about love, family and hope. The track is currently playing On The Horizon on Sirius XM's The Highway, and is now available on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers.
On Sept. 18, the world will be reminded why Mac McAnally enjoys unparalleled respect among the country music elite in Nashville.
Set to release on Mailboat Records, A.K.A Nobody is McAnally's latest solo album, sung, performed and produced by the much beloved session ace. All but one of its songs were written by McAnally, either on his own or with illustrious co-writers including Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Sonny Landreth, Chris Stapleton, Al Anderson, and others.
Working with an all-star assembly of friends and studio colleagues, McAnally achieves a rare blend of deep soul and polished technique on each track. His expressive range is on full display -- swampy blues on "Place Where You Belong," some exotic Parisian-style swing on "Zanzibar," a saucy Cajun swagger on "Loser Gumbo" with McAnally rocking the piano as Sonny Landreth wails on slide guitar, complex but catchy pop reminiscent of Steely Dan's best on "Someday," straight-ahead, steel-sweetened country with Southern rock seasoning on "Coast of Carolina."
Shotgun Holler Get Fired Up For 'Loaded,' Their Dry Lightning Records Debut, With First National Television Appearance
BOONEVILLE, Ky. - The guys in Shotgun Holler aren't given to sporting retro-rustic looks featuring suspenders, vests or bowler derbys. They feel no need to dress a part. That's for actors. As soon as these five players start plucking their instruments and merging their voices in close harmony, they provide all the evidence necessary to establish their bluegrass bona-fides.
Besides, as they make clear on their debut album, Loaded, they like to go where tradition meets authenticity - and jump right over that intersection to head in their own direction. Releasing Sept. 18 on Lonesome Day Records' new Dry Lightning imprint (with Sony RED distribution), the album is already earning serious attention. SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction has been spinning Shotgun Holler's version of the Guy Clark/Darrell Scott tune "Out in the Parkin' Lot," an ode to what goes on outside those honky-tonks, in heavy rotation since June. In August, the band will join program director/host Kyle Cantrell in the studio for a "track by track" discussion, which will air several times a week starting in September.
"Shotgun Holler is bringing bluegrass a freshness I haven't heard in a long time," says Cantrell. "This is the sound that will help take the music to the next level."
Shotgun Holler's Shawn Brock and Matt JonesIn July, they appeared on CMT's Josh Wolf Show, where they delivered a masterful rendition of the "guilty pleasure" song: Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." The fact that their version of the pop hit brought a totally new dynamic to the original speaks to the depth of this band's talent - not to mention their propensity for tweaking conventional notions of bluegrass while having a little fun.
With 8 critically-acclaimed albums, 10 Number 1s, 15 Top 10s and 26 Top 40s, Phil's incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies capture the heart and soul of fans of all ages, all over the world. He has 200K+ Facebook fans and 65K+ Twitter followers spanning 15+ countries. His fans love his energetic shows as they are a reflection of their social media requests and his personal interaction during performances. The personal interaction ensures no two shows are ever alike.
Phil hails from Lynchburg, VA but has called Nashville home since his music scene debut in the late '90s. Since arriving in Nashville, he has been signed to Artista and Universal South and then successfully created his own label, Rodeowave, which has churned out numerous hits.www.PhilVassar.com
Photo Credit: Jay Levin
(L-R): Tom Green (Award-winning comedian), Phil Vassar and Mark Viera (Comedy Central Stand-Up Comedian) shared the stage together the evening of Friday, July 24th at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in Jacksonville, NC