NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (September 29, 2016 Press Release) – On the eve of the release of his debut album, VINYL, Rolling Stone Country Artist You Need To Know singer/songwriter WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN is ramping up for a big week! Riding high on the momentum of lead single, “I Met A Girl,” which is approaching No. 1 on the radio charts, Morgan will be hanging with fans on the road, at radio, and in person to celebrate the career milestone.
On Friday, September 30, Morgan will be performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, followed by a hometown in-store appearance at the Vicksburg, Mississippi Wal-Mart onSaturday, October 1. He will head to New York City afterwards for a special Opry in the Park performance on Monday, October 3 at Bryant Park and other media in support of album launch. He’ll round out the week with an Opry Classics show at the mother church, the Ryman, in Nashville on October 6.
New Single “Goin’ Goin’ Gone” Playing Now on Country Radio
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) – George Strait will release Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 exclusively with Walmart on Nov. 18. This impressive three-disc, 56-track collection features 36 hit singles including 26 No. 1s plus two brand new songs, his latest radio single “Goin’ Goin’ Gone” and 18 choice album cuts, all personally selected by the King of Country Music.
Nashville, Tenn. (September 29, 2016 Press Release) - The Christmas 4 Kids organization has announced the lineup for its 2016 Ryman Auditorium concert, set for Monday, November 21 at 7:00 PM inNashville. For the second year, legendary southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band will headline the show with Ray Stevens, Aaron Tippin and Montgomery Gentry also scheduled to perform. Singer/songwriter James Robert Webb will open the show. Country singer Ty Bates is also scheduled to perform.
"This year's show at the Ryman is shaping up to be huge," says Christmas 4 Kids President,Linda O'Connell. "Last year, we set a record for money raised for Christmas 4 Kids. With this great lineup, I think we can do it again!"
Doug Gray, lead singer of The Marshall Tucker Band adds, "We had so much fun at last year's show at the Ryman. We're grateful that Christmas 4 Kids asked us to come back for a second year. We love being able to help an amazing organization that does so much to bring a memorable Christmas to the children who need it most. See you in November, Nashville!"
"I'm so glad to be a part of this great show," notes Stevens. "I'll be debuting a brand new Christmas song at the show and I'm sure it's one the kids will love."
Tickets are $36.50 and $60.00 and are available for purchase now at Ryman.com. All proceeds generated from the concert go to the Christmas 4 Kids organization. For more information on Christmas 4 Kids, visit www.christmas4kids.org.
Angie and the Deserters Gear Up For Their Second Americana and Alt-Country EP ‘You’- Available October 7th
Los Angeles, California — September 28, 2016 (Press Release) -- Southern California based Angie and the Deserters introduce their highly anticipated EP, You, which will be available on October 7, 2016through Topanga Canyon Records. The six-song collection includes the first released single and the title-track “You”. The EP is a follow-up to this year’s Blood Like Wine record, which featured hit lead singles, “Country Radio” and “The Gift” and represents the second half of their recent Nashville recordings.
Angie and the Deserters consistently displays a high sense of quality and professionalism throughout their brand from their music, to their music videos and to their artwork. The cover photo on the You record features lead vocalist, Angie Bruyere which was taken by the legendary rock n’ roll photographer, Henry Diltz. Diltz has worked with legendary artists such as The Eagles, Neil Young, Linda Rondstadt, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and so many more.
Independent singer-songwriter Alex Stern is premiering the brand new video for her song, “Runaways,” today, September 27th. The song, which chronicles a day of escape between two lovers who are enjoying one another and their freedom, was shot in Stern’s native New Mexico, in Tucumcari, two hours north of Albuquerque. Filmed over the course of one weekend, Stern says, “We gave ourselves a weekend and everything came together so flawlessly. Working on the video reminded me why I do what I do and how alive I feel creating things I believe in.”
Of making the video Stern says, “It was such a full circle, and life changing, moment for me as a person, and as an artist, to be able to travel back home and embrace my roots, celebrate my heritage and show people what New Mexico is all about.” Further adding, “It was really important for me to make a video that was truly handmade, and was a complete expression of who I am and where I’ve come from.”
The song, from her 2016 EP Midnight Bandits, was an easy choice for a video. “For me, this song was the one I had the visual idea for the day I was writing it, so when I was deciding to make a video, this song was the obvious choice.” “Runaways” is the love story of two people living in the moment and for me it was a dead giveaway to go to New Mexico and Route 66 to make a video that was not only unique, but authentic to who I am.”
Featuring Stern and longtime friend EJ, the cinematic video was shot by videographer Randy Shaffer, who captured the undeniable beauty of New Mexico whether it is in the angle of the sun coming over the mesa, the open highway or the feel of a small town. Shaffer, says Stern, “captured the uniqueness of the landscape and the people” and in doing so makes you long for a runaway of your own. The video, which truly is a labor of love, can be viewed HERE.
As for what’s next, Stern says, “I don’t know what comes next, but this is only the beginning. I’m so excited for what’s to come and know that whatever I do I am going to strive to be the best version of myself. I don’t expect anyone to give me anything. I’m not entitled to opportunity or people loving what I do. The only thing I have control over is my attitude, how I prepare myself and the type of people I surround myself with. I’m not a perfect person, but every day I try to wake up and ask what the one thing is that I can improve on to move forward. Life is all about progression, learning and putting yourself in uncomfortable situations. I went into making this video with an openness for new experiences, and I have never been more touched by the experience I had while filming this video.”
(Nashville, Tennessee...Press Release) - September 27, 2016 -- Shooter Jennings recently announced the newly packaged and remastered version of his critically acclaimed groundbreaking album Black Ribbons: The Ultimate Edition to hit stores on Election Day, November 8, 2016. Pre-orders are available now at BRCMedia.com, and the amazing bundle will include double vinyl LP and CD copies of the remastered record, an extras CD of previously unreleased tracks, a digital download including over six hours of additional content and a collectible card.
The genre-breaking, dystopian concept album is narrated by famed horror author Stephen King and is set in the near future, when the U.S. Government has control over the airwaves and a lone radio DJ vows to play the one band the authorities forbid him to play. The album takes the listener on an incredible multi-genre, anti-establishment infused journey that brings you right back where the album was conceptualized - truth and awakening.
Nashville, Tenn. (September 27, 2016; Press Release) – Last night (9/26), the Emmy-nominated, groundbreaking online music series Skyville Live showcased some of Nashville’s most respected artists for another unforgettable evening. Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Brothers Osborne, Colter Wall and surprise guest Margo Price captivated the audience with spirited performances.
Earle set the tone for the night performing his classic song “Copperhead Road.” Later, Price took the stage with one of her musical heroes, Harris, and stunned the crowd singing “Two More Bottles of Wine.” Earle and Miller joined Harris to raise awareness about this fall’s Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees series, benefiting Jesuit Refugee Service. The incredible artists all came together to close the show with an impassioned rendition of Earle's song “Pilgrim.”
Check out highlights from the show below:
Margo Price and Emmylou Harris singing "Two More Bottles of Wine"
Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Brothers Osborne, Margo Price and Colter Wall perform "Pilgrim"
(Press Release) Kalamazoo, Michigan quintet Greensky Bluegrass' sixth studio album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is out now on Big Blue Zoo/Thirty Tigers, with Denver Magazine calling it "their best work to date."
Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, it's the follow-up to 2014’s If Sorrows Swim, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart, and comes on the heels of sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Ryman Auditorium, and a headlining performance at this year's New England Festy. In recent months,Billboard, American Songwriter and Relix all premiered songs from the album, and Pandora debuted the album a week before its release date.
Like the band's name, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is a collection of opposites, full of dark psychedelic swirls, bright bursts of acoustic guitar, soundscapes, solos, freethinking improvisation, and plenty of sharp, focused songwriting. It's wild and wide-ranging, showing off the diversity Greensky Bluegrass brings to every live show. At the same time, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is unmistakably a studio album, recorded during two different sessions — one at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, North Carolina; the other at the Mountain House Recording Studio in Nederland, Colorado — that comprise the band's longest block of recording time ever. The result is an 11-track album whose songs cast a wide net, mixing the full-throttle energy of a Greensky Bluegrass concert with the nuanced approach of a band that's still eager to explore.
"You can call us an acoustic ensemble, or a drum-less rock band, or a rock & roll bluegrass band," says mandolin player Paul Hoffman, who, along with guitarist Dave Bruzza, handles most of the album's writing duties. "All of that shifting identity has taught us to cover a lot of ground. There's a flow to this album, just like there's a flow to our setlists. There are some aggressive, rocking moments. Some bouncy, funky moments. An acoustic think piece or two. It's a balance of moods and textures that we create as a band, almost like a mix tape."
Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is avialable for purchase at Amazon and iTunes.
The highly-anticipated new double disc album inspired by REK’s acclaimed No. 2 Live Dinner originally recorded live and once again captured at America’s legendary dancehall, John T. Floore’s Country Store, in the beautiful hill country of Helotes, Texas, is now available for pre-order.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of No. 2 Live Dinner, Live Dinner Reunion features a collection of Keen’s biggest hits and buddy collaborations including Joe Ely, Cory Morrow, Cody Canada, Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly, Bruce Robison and former college room-mate and touring compadre, Lyle Lovett.
This album is currently available for pre-order on limited edition red double LP or double disc by themselves or bundled with a limited edition t-shirt commemorating this historic event. Pre-order here.
Nashville, TN (Press Release) – Jeff White has released a new single to radio from his highly acclaimed album Right Beside You. The gifted musician, songwriter, producer and singer co-wrote “The Cold Hard Facts” with Ronnie McCoury, and the song is the title track from Del McCoury’s 1996 album.
Right Beside You is an exquisite collection from White, who over the years has himself stood beside so many greats. An ace flat-picker, White has performed on an unbelievable roster of albums with artists including Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, and The Chieftains, to name a stellar few.
White’s early influences included Doc Watson, Norman Blake and Tony Rice. He developed his own flatpicking guitar style with Alison Krauss and Union Station. He has played for more than 20 years with Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, and toured with Irish music legends The Chieftains. He helped to produce The Chieftain’s two Down the Old Plank Road projects. He currently tours with both Gill and The Earls of Leicester.
White has produced six albums for acclaimed fiddler, Michael Cleveland. As a writer, his songs have been recorded by The Del McCoury Band, Alison Krauss, Dale Ann Bradley, Dan Tyminski, and The Infamous Stringdusters. His prior solo recordings are The Broken Road in 1999, and The White Album in 1996. Right Beside You was released in April 2016.
The list of guests lending talents to Right Beside You reads like a Who’s Who of acoustic music legends. Eager to share their vocal and musical talents and stand beside White on the project are Charlie Cushman, Alison Krauss, Barry Bales, Shawn Camp, Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Vince Gill, Ronnie McCoury, Michael Cleveland, Del McCoury, Bekka Bramlett, Cheryl White, Laura Weber Cash, and The Chieftains. White is joined by Dan Tyminski on tenor vocal and mandolin on “The Cold Hard Facts.” For more information, visit www.jeffwhitebluegrass.com