A Midwest boy searching for the music that once was and that could be once again, Bradley Wik is an outspoken realist and earnest romantic who sings of everyday men and women stumbling through life together. Today, Wik and his band The Charlatans share a brand new track from their upcoming album, In My Youth, I'm Getting Old..." entitled "Let's Go Out Tonight."
An unpretentious heartland roots rocker that would make Mellencamp or Westerberg proud, "Let's Go Out Tonight," with its undeniably infectious melody and sweet harmonies, tells the real, relatable story of two people simply trying to figure things out. Wik gives some insight into the tune which TDC is proud to premiere below,
"This song really set the tone for the whole album. “Lookin' at Lucky” was the first song written for the album, but I knew that was a context- specific story I wanted to tell. “Let’s Go Out Tonight” was the compass by which I wrote the bulk of the album. From a musical standpoint, it’s about as straight- forward a Rock N’ Roll song as you can get, but the story is about the struggle of two people trying to figure out what the hell went wrong with their relationship and what they should do, culminating in a decision to just say “fuck it” and go out and have a fun night, is really at the heart of this album."
Wanda Jackson To Release Autobiography "Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey To The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame" On November 14
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) – BMG has announced it will release legendary rockabilly and country music pioneer Wanda Jackson’s autobiography Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on November 14, 2017. The iconic performer known as the “Queen of Rockabilly” and the “First Lady of Rock & Roll” landed more than thirty singles on the country and pop charts between 1954 and 1974. Featuring over eighty photographs from her personal collection and a foreword by Elvis Costello,Every Night is Saturday Night is the rockin’ great-grandmother’s chance to finally share the story of her fascinating life and career in her own words.
Jackson's debut single, "You Can't Have My Love," reached the Top 10 while she was still a sixteen-year-old high school student. She hit the road after graduation, playing package shows with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley, who gave Wanda his ring and asked her to be "his girl." With Presley's encouragement, the Oklahoma native began recording rock music, often releasing singles with country on one side and rock on the other during her decade-and-a-half tenure on Capitol Records.
BENTON, Ky (Press Release) – Country legend and Kentucky native John Conlee was recently awarded the first ever Legends Award by the Kentucky Country Music Association during his performance at the Kentucky Opry. The award was created to honor an artist who is not only from Kentucky, but has also promoted Kentucky throughout their career in both music and interviews.
“It is always gratifying to be recognized by those from my home state of Kentucky. My profound thanks to the Kentucky Country Music Association and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin for their very kind honors,” said Conlee.
Along with his award, Conlee received a letter from Kentucky Governor Matthew Bevin recognizing not only his successful career but his dedication to country music, the “Common Man” and the state of Kentucky as well. Bevin noted that this award was a “perfectly fitting tribute.”
“John Conlee is a perfect fit for our first Legend Award," said Kenneth Reynold, President and Founder of the Kentucky Country Music Association. "He has never forgotten where he came from and has been a great promoter of not only country music but of Kentucky.”
For more information visit johnconlee.com.
August 30, 2017 (Press Release) - Queer Country pioneers Karen & the Sorrows have officially released their new albumThe Narrow Place. Along with the release, Karen & the Sorrows shared a handful of tour dates that will take them down the East Coast before their official album release party in Brooklyn with Patrick Haggerty opening. Haggerty put out what is widely considered the first openly gay country album back in 1973.
Like any roots band, The Sorrows sing about heartbreak and loss. They just take the back roads less traveled to get there. From a queer reimagining of the bro-country pickup truck ode to a Jewish family story about immigration and race, these songs are both unexpected and entirely country.
The Sorrows’ sound centers around singer-songwriter Karen Pittelman’s high, lilting vocals and Elana Redfield’s lonesome pedal steel guitar mixed with the dark twang and steady beat of the 1970s country-rock the band grew up on. Pittelman, Redfield, and drummer Tami Johnson formed the Brooklyn-based band in 2011. In 2012 they released the EP Ocean Born Mary about a ghost story from Redfield’s New Hampshire hometown. In 2014, they put out their first full-length record, The Names of Things, which was voted one of the Freeform American Roots Chart’s best debut albums of the year. A constant fixture in New York’s clubs and bars, the Sorrows have continued to build a strong local following as well as touring throughout the east coast from New England to New Orleans
Nashville, Tenn. (August 30, 2017 Press Release) – As excitement and buzz continues to build for the release of their upcoming album TIMELESS on September 22, all-vocal Country entertainers Home Free are giving fans a taste of the project with their latest stunning cover – this time putting their trademark twist on John Mayer’s “In the Blood.”
The minimalistic arrangement – punctuated by the quintet’s stoic interludes, somber harmonies, and restrained vocals – reflects the song’s contemplative poetry, at times both introspective and searching.
iHeartCountry exclusively premiered the reflective video across their station sites this morning. Watch here.
Upon its release, “In the Blood” was championed by popular Country radio personality Bobby Bones, inspiring Home Free to put their distinct symphonic spin on Mayer’s first Country crossover.
NASHVILLE (August 30, 2017 Press Release) – Music Row is lined with stories…but few people have witnessed as many – and have as many to tell – as Charlie Monk. Since arriving in Nashville almost 50 years ago…and through his many roles as disc jockey, publisher, industry leader and satellite radio personality…the “Mayor of Music Row” has lived and chronicled years of country music memories. That’s why he’s being honored as this year’s subject of Music Row Storytellers.
Music Row Storytellers is an event 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 second annual event will be held Monday, October 9 at the Wellspire Center (907 Gleaves St., Nashville TN 37203 – valet parking provided). A 6:00pm cocktail reception will be followed by a 6:30pm program honoring Monk and benefiting Music Health Alliance. The evening will be filled with laughs and stories from Charlie and surprise guests who’ve been part of his career.
Tickets are available for purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-row-storytellers-2017-tickets-37362290617 for $75.00 (fees included).
Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi to Hold Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert on Saturday 8/2 Featuring The Statesboro Revue
(Press Release) Austin, TX- In the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas-based band The Statesboro Revue has teamed up with the water amusement park Schlitterbahn in Corpus Christi to raise money for hurricane victims. The all-ages event will donate 100% of the profits from the concert to charitable organizations assisting in the relief efforts.
"Growing up in South Texas (Corpus Christi) and having family in Corpus Christi, Rockport, and Aransas Pass, Hurricane Harvey's impact has weighed on me mentally and emotionally since early last week. Thank God my family evacuated and are all safe and accounted for, and so far their homes are for the most part intact. However, my family's well being is not where the impact stops. My heart aches for all of those affected by this catastrophic natural disaster, but I'm also overjoyed by the outpour of love, support, and care that Texans, and other states for that matter, are showing those in need” said Stewart Mann from The Statesboro Revue.
In addition to donating their time to the benefit concert on Saturday, The Statesboro Revue have also created a charitable t-shirt that is available for sale now on their website. 100% of the profits from the t-shirt will go to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.
LA-based roots-rock band Jason Heath And The Greedy Souls is set to release its new album, But There’s Nowhere To Go, on October 13, 2017 via Industrial Amusement. It is the band’s second album for Wayne Kramer’s label. The record is a cry from the broken belly of the American Dream, where time, neglect, and corruption have taken their toll on this grand experiment called the U.S. of A. Seems like there’s nothing left to do but howl at the moon, and set out through the wilderness of the unknown in search of a new direction.
The new songs were mostly written as the band was on tour after the U.S. Presidential election last November. Traveling the country in its aftermath, Heath saw and heard from all walks of American life and put those observations into his new work. “It couldn’t be helped,” says Heath. “We are losing our national identity. Everyone is looking for someone else to blame. Faith in the status quo has been lost. There is a general feeling of confusion and misrepresentation, no matter who one voted for. There is a national ambience of panic, a fear of the unknown, and an overall distrust of any institution.”
This morning, eight-time GRAMMY–winner Dan Auerbach debuts the music video for “Stand By My Girl” via Stereogum. The video, about a femme fatale and the men who love her, was directed by Allister Ann, who said of the process, “Sometimes you just get lucky. A song, an artist and a vision come together and seem to align perfectly, and when that happens, it's pure magic.” Watch the music video below.
Dan Auerbach will open for John Prine, with whom he wrote the title track off Waiting On A Song, in September and November in Charleston, Charlotte, Washington D.C., and Richmond. Additionally, Auerbach will perform at The Growlers Six festival in San Pedro, CA on Saturday, October 28th. Tickets for these performances on sale now and are available here.
ASHEVILLE (Press Release) -- Jon Stickley Trio is on tour with Maybe Believe, their 3rd independently released full length album [May 12, 2017]. Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums.
Jon Stickley Trio has been touring the States extensively this year and kicks off September at the Jackpine Jamboree in Wisconsin and then they’ll spend a week at Sisters Folk Fest in Oregon with workshops and performances in early September. Mid-month brings them around to the northeast before playing out the rest of September back in midwest. After a quick break in their hometown of Asheville, NC, they head west with a stop in Colorado before a handful of shows in California, including the Joshua Tree Music Festival. Then the road brings them up through Utah and Wyoming before a few more Colorado shows. They close out October by joining in on the Halloween fun at String Cheese Incident’s Suwannee Hulaween down in northern Florida at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park.