Always guaranteeing a GREAT time, Texas favorites Pat Green and Casey Donahew Band return to NYC at Irving Plaza on September 9th. TDC has ONE pair of tickets to giveaway to the show. And all you need to do is FOLLOW TDC on Twitter and RT to win.
Winner will be announced on or around September 1st. Good Luck!!
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Irving Plaza, NYC
With her foot-stomping, sass-filled, no-bones-attitude, Canadian-based singer-songwriter Melissa Plett is set to release her new full-length studio album, Ghost Town, on September 1. Recorded with musician-producer Pat Severs, the eight songs encapsulate Plett's energy, muscular vocals, and personal lyrics into stories that weave life experiences with a laugh and a tear.
Enriched by a lifetime of love and warmth, yet scarred by devastating losses (at the age of 13, she was involved in a vehicular accident that took the life of her cousin and almost cost her her own, and in 2013 she lost her mother to brain cancer), the timing of the release of Ghost Town was very carefully chosen. “In 2010, I released Outside the City on September 2nd, which was one day before my mother’s birthday,” says Plett. “In 2013, almost a year to the date of her diagnosis—and a few weeks after her birthday—my mom lost her battle with cancer. The reason I am releasing Ghost Town when I am is because of how full-circle my life has come in the past seven years. What I thought was the plan seven years ago with Outside the City was not the right time….what is happening now is I know I’m in the right spot. I feel there is a huge significance in celebrating this ‘full-circle’ by releasing my new album so close to the anniversary of my last release and just a few days before my mother’s birthday yet again… After all, my mom was the first one to encourage me to wail.”
TDC is honored to premiere one of the album's tracks, "Sunshine and Liquor." Written by Plett, who conveys the emotional force of the song with strength and confidence, "Sunshine and Liquor" is a dynamic roots rocker about the many facets of our individual selves and the ways in which we allow them to be seen. Plett explained the story behind the song,
"Oh gosh, this song is so important to me. I can totally remember the moment in which the first line came to me. The sun was beaming through the window as I turned off of New Shackle Island onto Long Hollow Pike in Gallatin, TN, and I randomly (or so it seemed at the time) thought, "She's sunshine and liquor, bourbon and lace." I legit shouted "GAH!," pulled the vehicle to the side of the road, and starting writing!
There are so many different ways we are perceived to be. How our friends see us, how our colleagues see us, our parents, family, strangers... they all see us in different ways. We show ourselves to them in different ways depending on the relationship and varied dynamics. Then there's the way we actually see ourselves. What our ongoing thoughts really, truly, are. And how, at the end of the day, after it's all said it done, we all (for the most part) want to be living pure and positive lives, although the reality is often a lot more messy along the way.
"Sunshine & Liquor" was both a fairly quick write and a labor of love... I personally connect with this song on so many different levels and want to do it justice when I perform it. Honestly, I wrote this song and didn't even do my usual live "test run" at a show. I still haven't. I wrote it and took it to the studio. The first time actually performing it will be at my pre-release party August 30th, and I can't wait!"
Recorded in Nashville at Omnisound Studio, the tune blends swelling harmonies, catchy hooks, and dare you not to join in hand claps and foot stomps. Plett described the process of recording the song in the studio,
"This was one of my favorite in-studio moments. Like I said, I wrote the song and hadn't played it live. So I was nervous to hear what would come out in the studio. I knew I was probably going to be the most "bossy" on this track too because I had this thought in mind and I wanted it just so. Oh man... did those musicians deliver!! Seriously! Not gonna lie, from the count in through the entire first take it was exactly, exactly what I heard in my head!
There was a point where I asked if I could just listen and not sing. And there, in my little vocal booth, I had my first Nashville studio solo dance party! It was fantastic!
Then, of course, the foot stomping and claps... I'll never forget that moment. Pat Severs and I huddled around one little mic tracking and layering our stomps and claps in the hallway of his studio at home. I love that memory, and I love the fact that he had to correct me on when to stomp and when to clap on my own song a few times! I think I was just so dang excited I kept losing focus!"
The song title is an interesting study in contrasts with sunshine implying the "light" sides of one's personalities and liquor the "dark." When asked whether that was the intent Melissa noted,
"Boom! You're exactly right! Dark and light sides to us all! Honestly, nothing in this song was intentional. It just naturally came out like this, and I'm so excited you verbalized it that way! It's perfect.
I'm not the kind of songwriter that goes, "Ok, trees... I want to write about trees..." and then goes and looks at one and tries to come up with some deep and meaningful scenario about trees (for example). Every song I write has been based on some feeling, some moment, or some thing I've observed, and then I try my best to express what's going on inside of me with words.
Melissa’s influences come from a musical immersion that began at birth, where she developed a personal relationship with the down-south storytelling of Johnny Cash, the pioneering tell-all nature of Kitty Wells, and the heart-wrenching tales of hardship from Etta James and Ray Charles. So....we asked Plett, if she could have any artist cover this song, who would it be?
Ooooh, that's a good question... I actually had to think about this one. I'm gonna have to say, Tina Turner or Aretha Franklin. I was thinking about this question and the power and energy of "Proud Mary" popped into my mind with the heart-wrenching soul of "Son of a Preacher" right behind. Gosh... can you imagine?!
With the record release rapidly approaching, what's next for Melissa Plett?
I'm getting set to shoot another music video and then hopefully tour my life away! Plus I'm already writing for my next album!!
But honestly, if I have learned anything over the years, it's that you can plan all you want but really you have to stay open to which way you're led. I felt led to get in my car, and head to Nashville, from there led to Pat Severs, led to this song, and so on and so on. I'm excited, on fire, and believe that as long as I keep focused on living a life filled with light, love, and inspiration (with music as my vessel), I'm the happiest Canadian foot-stomper out there and this is just the beginning!
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Gearing up for a sixth studio album, Randy Rogers Band has announced its fall touring plans, which includes 20 stops primarily in Texas as the six-piece wraps writing and preparation for new music. Cities include San Marcos, Waco, New Braunfels and College Station, and markets such as Denver, CO, Wichita, KS, and Randy Rogers acoustic with Miranda Lambert in Anchorage, AK also makes the list.
The hard-touring outfit plans to slow its pace on the road through December and January to return to the studio -- this time with GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Cobb. A new album is expected early 2018.
"Meet Me Tonight" is Randy Rogers Band's current single and can be heard here: open.spotify.com/track/3Z9fTlKxWULf6wXFkX94wo
For tickets and more info on the Randy Rogers Band, please visit randyrogersband.com
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NEW SINGLE “SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED” IMPACTS RADIO SEPT. 18
WATCH HER PERFORMANCE ON FALLON HERE
AUGUST 17, 2017 - LOS ANGELES, CA - In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2018, Global superstar Shania Twain has announced that she will hit the road next year in support of her new album, NOW. These dates mark Shania’s first tour since “Rock This Country” back in 2015. Produced by Live Nation, the tour kicks off May 3rd in Tacoma, WA and will run through the rest of the summer, culminating in Las Vegas on August 4th at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m. local time until Thursday, August 24 at 10:00 p.m. local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on August 25th. For more presale details and ticket information, please visit www.ticketmaster.com.
One of the most highly anticipated albums of 2017, NOW, will be released on September 29 via Mercury Nashville, and is offered as both a 12-track standard and 16-track deluxe album. Fans can pre-order the album HERE and instantly receive “Life’s About to Get Good,” “Poor Me”, and beginning tomorrow, Aug. 18, pre-orders also receive Shania’s brand new single impacting radio Sept. 18, “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed.” Shania debuted “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed” last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch the performance HERE.
Over the course of five albums, various EPs, and numerous prominent placements in such high-profile outlets as TV’s Sons of Anarchy and Californication, The White Buffalo (Jake Smith) has built a powerful body of work that marks him as a genuine original. The California-bred artist writes timeless, vividly detailed character studies, tapping into the emotional lives of various misfits, outsiders and troubled souls with insight and compassion. His songwriting is matched by his rough-hewn, deeply expressive voice, and by his distinctive instrumental arrangements, which are simultaneously intimate and epic. Stream "Avalon" below. For more information visit HERE
Nashville, TN — On September 29th, three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams will release This Sweet Old World (Highway 20/ThirtyTigers), a re-recording of her beloved 1992 album Sweet Old World to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release.
Produced by Williams and Tom Overby, This Sweet Old World features fresh updated interpretations of songs such as “Prove My Love”, “Sidewalks of the City”, “Memphis Pearl” and “Lines Around Your Eyes”. With her deeply soulful voice and wisdom gained over the last 25 years, Williams breathes new life into classics “Pineola”, “Sweet Old World”, “Something About What Happens When We Talk”, “Little Angel, Little Brother” and Nick Drake’s “Which Will".
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 16, 2017 Press Release) – Scooter Brown Band announced that they will release their first-ever nationally distributed album, American Son. The project will is being released by Red River / BFD / Sony Orchard on Friday, September 8 and is now available for presale at www.scooterbrownband.com.
“This album sets the tone for what fans can expect from us on the road and on their radios. True country and southern rock music, what we were born and raised on,” said lead singer Scooter Brown.
Dolly Parton To Release Children’s Album 'I Believe In You' with Proceeds to Benefit Imagination Library
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) – At a press conference today before media reps and their children as special guests, world renowned entertainer Dolly Parton announced the release of I Believe In You, her first album written and recorded for kids and those young at heart. A digital release of the new album on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville will be available September 29, whereas the physical album will street worldwide on October 13. All 14 tracks on I Believe In You were written and performed by Dolly Parton.
“My first album was released 50 years ago and it's been an amazing 50 years since then. I am very excited that now I'm coming out with my first children's album in all of those 50 years. I'm proudest of all that all of the proceeds from this CD will go to the Imagination Library,” Dolly said. “It's been 20 years since the Imagination Library was launched. We've seen 100million books get into the hands of children and hopefully there will be many more.”
Nashville, TN (Press Release) — Fiery roots-rock singer/songwriter Scott Miller will release Ladies Auxiliary, his first album in four years on November 3rd via F.A.Y. Recordings. Raised on a cattle farm in Virginia, and well versed in topics ranging from Greek mythology to modernist poetry, Miller’s smart songwriting has long been admired by his peers. A founding member of Knoxville-based band the V-Roys, Miller’s raucous style influenced the newer generation of Alt-Country revelry and what’s now known as Americana.
The album title Ladies Auxiliary recognizes that Miler’s backing band on this album is comprised solely of women, including Bryn Davies (bass), Rayna Gellert (fiddle/banjo), Jen Gunderman (keys) Deanie Richardson (fiddle), Megan Carchman (drums) and guitarist Anne McCue who also served as a producer on the album. Miller enlisted McCue as producer after being blown away by her playing in an early tracking session. What transpired reflects the fact that as he has grown away from performing with a full rock band, Miller enjoys collaborating with smart, thoughtful and like-minded musicians who in this case just happened to be women.
The themes running through much of Ladies Auxiliary illustrate Miller’s observations and appreciation for the common man (and woman), the music and characters of his native Appalachia, and his talent for clever storytelling. In an album and live show highlight, “Lo Siento”, Miller takes on the travails of Spanishburg, West Virginia, a dying town recently rejuvenated by the arrival of wealthy retirees streaming down from Northern Virginia. Another character-driven narrative is the haunting “Someday / Sometime”, which deals with the suicide of a young mother leaving behind two 8-year old twin girls. In true Scott Miller fashion, the album also humors us with “Mother In Law” (one of the only two covers on the album) and the original “Jacki With An Eye” about an Augusta County fairground romp.
In 2011 Miller returned to his family land to take care of his aging parents, and to keep the farm alive. When he’s not farming, Miller will be touring this fall with members of the Ladies Auxiliary in support of the new album.
Nashville, Tenn. (Press Release) – Award-winning country legend Janie Fricke has never performed a full concert in Music City, until now. The show-stopping CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year will deliver her chart-topping hits, including “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy,” “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby,” and many more August 18 at 7 p.m. at Nashville Palace (click here for tickets). She will be performing with Moe Bandyand his band all weekend as the pair make a stop at the world famous Grand Ole Opry the following night to perform their No.1 hit “It’s a Cheating Situation”.
“These past 40-plus years hold great memories for me in the recording industry in Nashville, including jingle/commercial solos, teaming up on No. 1 duets with many great singers and recording my own albums as a solo artist on Columbia Records, now known as Sony/BMG. It will be great to play my show in Music City, USA, and to sing at the Grand Ole Opry, all in 2 nights! Thank you, fans & friends!!" Fricke exclaimed.