NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 17, 2014) – Country music sensation Granger Smith swept the nation and reached hundreds of thousands this fall with his headlining tour “YEE YEE NATION 2014.” Smith moves into the second leg of the tour with the launch of “YEE YEE NATION: PART II,” bringing his high-energy and raved about live shows to the west coast in early 2015. Smith, the hottest independent act in country music, officially kicks off the tour Thursday, Feb. 5 in Tucson, AZ and routes through numerous cities in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montanta, Idaho, Utah and Colorado throughout its run. Several stops on the tour have already sold out.
In addition to touring news, VEVO premieres Smith’s music video today for the prolific and poignant final single from Dirt Road Driveway, “Bury Me In Blue Jeans.” Click HERE to watch the premiere on VEVO.
The songsmith shares, “It’s an important song to me. I wrote it about who I am, my family and what we stand for.” The video was filmed by director Paul De La Cerda.
Dates for Granger Smith’s YEE YEE NATION: PART II:
2/5 – Denim & Diamonds - Tucson, AZ
2/6 – Denim & Diamonds – Mesa, AZ
2/7 – Museum Club – Flagstaff, AZ
2/10 – Belly Up Tavern – Solano Tavern, CA
2/11 – The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
2/12 – Davis Graduate – Davis, CA
2/13 – El Rey Theater – Chico, CA
2/14 – Chargo in CommRow – Reno, NV
2/17 – Dantes – Portland, OR
2/18 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
2/19 – Palomino – Spokane, WA
2/20 - The Wilma Theater – Missoula, MT
2/21 – The Butte Depot – Butte, MT
2/22 – The Pub Station – Billings, MT
2/25 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
2/26 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
2/27 – Grizzly Rose – Denver, CO
For more information on “YEE YEE NATION: PART II” and other presale information please visit:
Nashville, TN – December 17, 2014 – Reigning ACM Vocal Group of the Year, THE BAND PERRY, has unveiled the new video for their Grammy-nominated rendition of “Gentle On My Mind,” their current single and the lead track from the soundtrack to the James Keach-directed documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.
The video stars Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, Alexander Ludwig (Vikings, The Hunger Games, Lone Survivor) and Shelley Hennig (Justified, Teen Wolf, Ouija) and was directed by The Band Perry’s creative director Owen Thomas. The Republic Nashville clip features some intimate live footage of the trio at Union Station in Indianapolis, IN as well as stunning narrative footage shot against the rugged terrain of Death Valley, CA.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
One of the most dynamic acts in music today, The Band Perry has both achieved massive mainstream success and gained major critical acclaim since delivering their platinum self-titled debut. Introducing the sibling trio as a powerful new force on the country scene, 2010’s The Band Perry offered up five hit singles, including the quintuple-platinum chart-topper “If I Die Young” and other platinum hits – the #1 “All Your Life” and “You Lie” – as well as “Hip to My Heart” and “Postcard from Paris.” For the band’s gold-certified second album Pioneer, frontwoman Kimberly Perry and her younger brothers Reid and Neil delved deeper into an edgy, rock-and-roll-inspired sound while staying true to their Southern roots. Featuring the platinum #1 single “Better Dig Two” and the gold #1 “DONE.” (plus smash hits “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and “Chainsaw”), Pioneer found The Band Perry widening their appeal and continuing to showcase their breathtaking three-part harmonies. The group kicked off their first headline tour - the WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR - in late 2013 and quickly established themselves as a global powerhouse, playing hundreds of venues from Seattle to Sweden.
The Band Perry recently released a spirited rendition of Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind,” which also appears on the soundtrack for the James Keach-directed documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, about the country legend. On December 5, superstar trio received a nomination for the 57th Annual Grammy® Awards in the category of Best Country Duo/Group Performance for this song. They have earned multiple awards from the likes of The Academy of Country Music, The Country Music Association, CMT Music Awards, and The American Country Awards, and have received multiple nominations from the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Grammy® Awards, Teen Choice Awards and The American Country Countdown Awards. They were also recently nominated in the category of “Favorite Country Group” for the People’s Choice Awards, airing on CBS on January 7, 2015.
The Band Perry recently wrapped the WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR and are currently working on new music for their upcoming third studio album. On December 31st they will perform as part of Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution airing on Fox. For tour dates and more on TBP, visit www.thebandperry.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn (December 17, 2014) – Country singer/songwriter Jordyn Stoddard is set to release her debut album Southern Tide on March 9, 2015. The lead-off single for the project, “Like Me ‘Til You Love Me,” co-written by Eric Paslay, Chris Wallin, & Matt Nolen, will be released to country radio on February 12th and to all digital music outlets on February 16, 2015.
16-year old Jordyn Stoddard from Jacksonville Beach, FL has received notable interest from the country music media as “one to watch” in 2015. The album, which was produced by David Hall and recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN, includes several co-writes as well as songs from many of Nashville’s top songwriters. The 11-track project is one of the most anticipated independent country music releases of 2015.
“I wanted to make an album that reflects how I’m feeling as a teenager and the mixed emotions that come with growing up. I think there are many people that have gone through or are currently going through the same experiences I’ve had. From a first love and heartbreak to the feeling of freedom and opportunity, I think people will be able to relate to the songs on this album.”
Stoddard will be following up the release of her album with a radio promo tour as well as a series of concerts and appearances.
For the latest updates visit: http://www.jordynstoddard.com
Southern Tide Track Listing:
Church scores four GRAMMY nominations and his Platinum Certified album The Outsiders, remains the highest selling of any country album in 2014
Nashville, Tenn. (Dec. 16, 2014) – Eric Church is set to finish 2014 as country music’s top-selling artist with the highest debut and sales of any release in the format for 2014 as the critical and commercial success The Outsiders reaches Platinum status, marking more than 1 million in sales.
The Outsiders was one of the year’s top albums regardless of genre as verified by Billboard. Released Feb. 11, the album sold more than 288,000 copies in its first week. That stood up as 2014’s fourth biggest debut (only behind Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Coldplay). The sales earned Church inclusion a prestigious list of international pop stars as 2014’s top-selling artists including Swift, Beyonce, Sam Smith, and Lorde. The Outsiders also won the Album of the Year Award at last night’s inaugural American Country Countdown Awards.
The EMI Records Nashville release was a hit with critics and tastemakers as well and is popping up on many best-of year-end lists. Rolling Stone says the album “is full of future classics” and American Songwriter lauds Church’s previous work and says, “‘The Outsiders’ dwarfs all of it in sheer scale and grandiosity.”
The album was strong enough to garner Church four GRAMMY nominations bringing Church’s career total to seven. Church received nominations in all four genre categories: Country Album of the Year for “The Outsiders,” Country Song of the Year and Country Solo Performance of the year for “Give Me Back My Hometown,” written by Church and Luke Laird, and Country Group/Duo Performance of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.
Church received the news of his Grammy nominations while on his critically acclaimed The Outsiders World Tour that currently features Dwight Yoakam and Halestorm and, according to Pollstar, has already sold 382,112 tickets over 33 shows. "At the center of the spectacle was the Chief himself,” Rolling Stone wrote of Church’s Louisville, Kentucky, stop. “The guy doesn't just sing -- he shouts, cackles, croons and generally freaks the hell out. Is it all a performance? Maybe. But it's believable, too.”
American Songwriter raves, “Above all, Church unfurls a mythology of artistic rebellion against the commercial establishment, complete with an anthem, a creed, a hymn to survival and an origin story, each delivered with the gravitas, bluster or poetic delicacy that they deserve.”
To learn more about Eric Church, visit www.ericchurch.com and www.facebook.com/ericchurch
One of Nashville’s top emerging singer/songwriters, Mitchell Tenpenny has just completed his debut album set for release in early 2015 and includes eleven songs written and co-written by Mitchell.
The first single is “Black Crow” and it included some pretty cool musicians playing on it. “This is my favorite song on the album by far. It was a blast to have Ace Frehley from KISS and Brian Welch from Korn playing guitar on this cut,” Mitchell enthused.
Mitchell is no stranger to the music business being the grandson of the late music Publishing executive Donna Hilley.
“Black Crow” is currently available on iTunes.
Little Big Town recently announced that fan favorite tune, “Girl Crush” would be their new single at country radio. In addition, they announced that they will be adding a spring leg to The Pain Killer Tour. Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton will join the group as they play in over twelve cities. They kick off the tour March 5th in Savannah and conclude March 28th in Oklahoma.
THE PAIN KILLER TOUR – SPRING 2015:
March 5 Savannah, Ga., Johnny Mercer Theatre
March 6 Birmingham, Ala., BJCC Concert Hall
March 8 Chattanooga, Tenn., Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
March 12 Evansville, Ind., Aiken Theatre
March 13 Louisville, Ky., Louisville Palace Theater
March 14 Muncie, Ind., Emens Auditorium
March 19 Davenport, Ia., Adler Theatre
March 20 St. Louis, Fabulous Fox Theatre
March 27 Sioux City, Ia., Orpheum Theatre
March 28 Enid, Okla., Enid Event Center
Nashville, TN (December, 15) – Renowned songwriter Dean Dillon has gathered an impressive lineup of talent for the exciting new Mountain High Music Festival, which kicks off January 14th-18th 2015 in Crested Butte, CO.
Country hitmakers Lee Brice, Thompson Square, and Robert Earl Keen have all signed on to hit the slopes guitars in hand and bring some “music with an altitude” to the inaugural year of the Colorado festival. BMI Icon and ACM Poet Award honoree Dillon has partnered with LMG, BMI, Elevation Hotel and Spa and Crested Butte Mountain Resort for the brand new music event, which has just announced that individual day tickets will be available for the Jan. 15th, 16th, and 17th shows. Lodging partners are offering special rates for Mountain High Music Festival attendees, which can be found on the festival's website.
A special VIP sponsor reception hosted by Storme Warren on Wednesday, January 14th will kick things off for the exciting week of performances at various stages and venues around town featuring numerous hit songwriters and artists and local acts as well. A portion of the proceeds from Mountain High will go to support two local charities; Tough Enough To Wear Pink and Adaptive Sports Center.
For more information on the festival or to purchase tickets, go towww.mountainhighmusicfest.com or www.eventbrite.com.
If you're out in Idaho, or feel like taking a road trip, then make sure you see Chris Knight play in beautiful Stanley on January 10th. He's one of the most honest singer songwriters you'll hear, guaranteed.
His first album of new material since 2008, Little Victories is a record of blunt honesty, elegiac truths and the raw rural poetry of an artist who’s come into his own and intends to stay. Knight now stands alone as a singer/songwriter that has carved his own idiosyncratic sound and sensibility out of the dirt road American dream. Little Victories not only sounds like a Chris Knight album, but the best Chris Knight album yet.
“I don’t ever get in a big rush about things,” Knight says. “I can tour pretty good on what I got. I took my time, like I always do. Write a song every now and then. I don’t like to talk about politics, but I do write what I’m thinking about.” And if many of the songs on Little Victories seem to take a hard-eyed look at the current socio-economic climate, Knight – the former strip-mine inspector who still lives in the backcountry coal town of Slaughters, Kentucky (population 200) where he was raised – is upfront about their origins. “About 2 years ago, we had a big ice storm here in Slaughters that just devastated the whole area,” he says. “We were out of power for close to a month, cooking in the fireplace and living by candlelight to survive. Things slowed down to nothing. When we were finally able to head into town, we saw lines of cars for miles outside the gas station. There were hundreds of people outside the hardware store who had nothing even before the storm hit. They weren’t prepared for the situation or for each other. I watched their behavior and reactions, and that’s when I started writing a bunch of songs I knew would be a part of this record.”
The album’s 11 songs purely rank among Knight’s finest. There’s busted luck in “Lowdown Ramblin’ Blues”, hardcore tenacity in “Nothing On Me” and badtempered love in “You Lie When You Call My Name” (co-written with two-time Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack). Buddy Miller provides guest vocals on the ominous commentary of “In The Mean Time” and the ornery regret of “Missing You”. “Jack Loved Jesse” is a raging tale of criminal destiny co-written and featuring blistering electric guitar and vocals by former Georgia Satellite and frequent Knight producer Dan Baird. “You Can’t Trust No One” emerges as an unsettling paean to small-town American cynicism and anger, and “The Lonesome Way” is a gut-punch of slide-guitar, violin (courtesy Tammy Rogers of The Steeldrivers, who appears throughout the album) and bullheaded regret. The humble acoustic remorse of “Out Of This Hole” is Knight at his most plaintive, and the crushed dreams of “Hard Edges” carry a banjo-tinged melancholy. And if the title track not only finds Knight at his most cheerily optimistic (for Chris, at least), it also features vocals from his lifelong musical hero John Prine. “When I was 16, I got a John Prine songbook and learned about 40 of his songs,” Knight explains. “Used to play them for the kids in study hall at school every day. About 20 years later, I finally got to meet him when I opened a few shows for him. He asked me to come out and sing “Paradise” as part of his encore, and I got to play the blonde Martin guitar that was on the cover of his first album. I sent him “Little Victories” and he liked the song enough to be on it.” Chris treasures the moment when the two first listened to the playback of their distinctive twangs rasping joyfully together on the chorus. “‘Prine turned to me and said, ‘We sound pretty good together. Just like Phil and Don Everly.’”
So after 15 years, 8 albums and a still uncompromised reputation as one of the best singer/songwriters in America, what has Chris Knight learned from it all? “I’ve learned that I’m pretty lucky to do what I do and make a living at it,” he says. “I’m really proud of this record, and it’ll be fun to play these songs live. For people who like my music and maybe even for someone hearing me for the first time, I think they’ll find songs on here that mean something to them and they can hang on to. I don’t want to talk about it too much, but I think people are gonna be surprised.” And for Chris Knight, that’s victory enough.
Who: Chris Knight
Where: Mountain Village Saloon ~ Stanley, ID
When: January 10
Emerging artist SaraBeth has recorded the Christmas classic “Silent Night” which is available on iTunes and other digital retailers. She will be donating a portion of all sales of the single to City of Hope which she supports through StageIt concerts and social media awareness.
“Recording Christmas music is always a blast but this year it’s really special. My Christmas single is ‘Silent Night,’ and 69 cents of every download will go to City of Hope and it will help their quest to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life threatening illnesses,” SaraBeth said.
The Texas singer/songwriter has been touring in support of her sophomore EP Obsessive and has opened for Brantley Gilbert, Lonestar, Craig Morgan and others. The single “Nowhere with You” is in the top 40 on Music Row.
It may only be December, but it's not too early to start planning for next summer's music festivals. June 26th – 28th, 2015 marks the second year for the Thunder on the Mountain Festival. Thunder on the Mountain is set to take place on Mulberry Mountain which is situated on 650 acres of rolling hills and beautiful national forest in Arkansas. The three day event will feature three stages of music, over 40 musical acts, premiere vending, outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and, of course, a good time. The line up includes a nice mix of artists including Reckless Kelly, Bart Crow, Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band, Mike Ryan, and Stoney La Rue as well as many Top 40 Country radio favorites and newer artists.
For ticketing and more information please visit the official website