ASHEVILLE, NC (Press Release)-- The Honeycutters are excited to announce they will be back in the studio in January to record their 5th studio album to be released later in the year as the band’s third release on Organic Records. Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst says of principal songwriter and frontwoman Amanda Anne Platt, “She’s soothing (even in the hurtin’ songs) and sobering (except for the drinkin’ songs) and nuanced in a way that I think tops even those rather famous ladies of the moment named Margo and Kacey… I’d be hard pressed to find a finer string of recordings from any band working in the classic country/mountain tradition in these last five years.” Along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Rick Cooper (electric and upright bass), Josh Milligan (drums and vocal harmonies), Matt Smith (pedal steel and electric guitar), and T al Taylor (mandolin).
They have been touring with their latest album On The Ropes which came in at #35 on the Top 100 Albums played on Americana Radio in 2016, spending nineteen weeks on the Americana Radio Chart peaking at #10 and remaining in the top twenty for 11 weeks. The album debuted at #39 on iTunes Top 40 Country Chart on Release day, #12 on Amazon's Hot New Releases on Folk, #11 on the EuroAmericana Chart and landed in the #1 position on the Roots Music Report Country Chart.
Helping to carry them into the new year, The Honeycutters have signed on with The WNS Group, a music management, promotion and publishing company headed by 50 year industry veteran Brad Hunt. The management division proudly represents Steve Forbert, Sonny Landreth, Tim O'Brien, Martha Scanlan and now The Honeycutters.
The Journey Home Project Donates $100,000 To Nashville Veterans Virtual Welcome Center Through Nashville Serving Veterans And Operation Stand Down
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 19, 2016 Press Release) – The Journey Home Project, co-founded by Charlie Daniels, presented a check for $100,000 to Operation Stand Down Tennessee on behalf of Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board. The gift will be used to staff the Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board’s Virtual Welcome Center in partnership with Operation Stand Down Tennessee. DevDigital, a local full service digital development firm that specializes in custom web development, enterprise and mobile application development, and web hosting will provide the design and hosting of the site at no cost.
“The true measure of growth in supporting our military community, is when like-minded Americans realize a need, and then take action. Charlie, along with DevDigital, Lt. General Keith Huber, Operation Stand Down and the board of The Journey Home Project are joining forces to create a Nashville resource center that will serve our military families in the way they so deserve. We are experiencing the incredible success of a center such as this at the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center on the MTSU campus. I feel honored to be a part of this amazing process,” said David Corlew, co-founder of The Journey Home Project and Daniels’ manager.
Nashville, Tenn. (December 19, 2016 Press Release) — On December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will celebrate 40 years as members of the Grand Ole Opry. Brothers Larry, Steve and Rudy will perform on the Opry stage that night, live from Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.
"Well, I could hardly believe it when it happened that night 40 years ago, and I can hardly believe it 40 years later, that Steve and Rudy and I are members of the greatest family in country music, in all of music for that matter, the Grand Ole Opry," says Larry. "Thank you fans, thank you Grand Ole Opry. Thank you God."
The Christmas Eve Opry starts at 7 PM with tickets available for purchase at the Ryman box office or Opry.com. The show can be heard on 650AM WSM as well as SiriusXM (Channel 59).
The brothers recently released We Say Merry Christmas, their first Christmas album in more than 10 years and are currently in-residence at Gaylord Opryland performing dinner shows at the hotel's A Country Christmas.
For more information on Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, visit www.gatlinbrothers.com.
Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Whitney Rose has announced the release of new EP South Texas Suite on January 27th 2017, plus a UK tour including headlining London’s Green Note on May 27th . The six song EP follows Rose’s 2015 critically acclaimed record Heartbreaker of the Year, produced by Raul Malo of the Mavericks; which was awarded Country Recording Of The Year in 2016 at the East Coast Music Awards in Canada. The breakout album presented Rose’s vintage countrypop influences, converting critics with its beguiling blend of then and now. South Texas Suite, however, sees Rose go it alone.
A recent move from her native Canada to Texas for a two month residency at Austin’s famed Americana bastion, the Continental Club, Rose describes as ‘lighting a fire in her’ and she felt compelled to stay. Quickly becoming smitten with Texas and fascinated by the two-step dance culture, Rose found herself writing non-stop leading to the creation of the self-produced EP. South Texas Suite became a good old fashioned love letter to the Lone Star State; a touch nostalgic, deeply romantic and defiantly personal. South Texas Suite is a meticulous study of sound and place; the work of an artist who is both an insider and an outsider, an observer and a maker, a listener and a storyteller. The year also saw Rose tour extensively throughout North America, make her European debut, plus tour with Sam Outlaw. A UK tour awaits for spring of 2017 (full tour dates below).
Whitney Rose South Texas Suite 2017 UK Tour
Tuesday 23rd May The Maze, Nottingham www.themazerocks.com
Wednesday 24th May The Greystones, Sheffield www.mygreystones.co.uk
Friday 26th May Cluny 2, Newcastle www.thecluny.com
Saturday 27th May Green Note, London www.greennote.co.uk whitneyrosemusic.com Facebook
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release)— Singer/songwriter Vivian Cook will release her debut album, The Long Shot, produced by R. Walt Vincent (Pete Yorn, Liz Phair, Tommy Keene) on Omnivore Recordings, on January 27, 2017.
Vivian Cook is blessed with a powerful voice backed by an equally powerful rock ’n’ roll band. Her lyrics and melodies make one believe she’s twice her age of 25. That’s because she’s lived a lot of life in those short years. Cook grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., and graduated from Georgetown University with degrees in theater and theology. She then moved to Los Angeles to record The Long Shot, named after the subject of the e-mail Vivian sent to producer R. Walt Vincent asking if he would like to work with her on it.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 19, 2016 Press Release) – The Recording Academy will honor three-time GRAMMY® award-winning country music icon Charley Pride with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Three-time GRAMMY winner Charley Pride taught himself to play guitar in his early teens, but he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. After playing in the Negro American League, he was signed by RCA Victor and in 1967 he became the first African-American singer to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. (Later, in 1993, Pride became the Grande Ole Opry's first
African-American member.) "Just Between You And Me" launched Pride to stardom, earning him his first GRAMMY nomination for 1966. In 1969, Pride scored his first No. 1 country hit with "All I Have To Offer You (Is Me)." The recognition led to a long and auspicious career for Pride, who is considered the first African-American superstar in country music
For many, the holidays are simply not as merry and bright of a time as they are for others - especially if you’re still getting over someone. Chris Stalcup and The Grange capture this sadly relatable sentiment in their new tune, the appropriately titled, “I Hate Christmas.” Written by Stalcup, the shuffling melody of the track (with a nice touch of accordion and sleigh bells) pairs well with Stalcup’s raspy delivery in which he’s resigned to be alone, and lonely, while at the same time being fully aware that he’s partly to blame for his situation.
It may not be filled with holly jolly, but it’s loaded with truth, honesty - and maybe even a little hope. Listen to "I Hate Christmas" in full below. Purchase the track here.
"You know I can't complain
I'm pretty sure I am to blame
'Cause I hate everything
And I hate Christmas
And I hate New Years Eve
And I ain't got a reason to put up a Christmas Tree
It all just reminds me how lonely this life can be
And I'll hate Christmas - until you come back to me"
As we have done for the past few years, Kasey (who runs Hitting All The Right Notes) and I put our Top 5 albums side-by-side so you can get a glimpse at two differing lists. Take a look-see and let us know what you think!
Tara: As always, for me, a great album is one that stirs something deep and moves me emotionally; reaching in and drawing out feelings whether it's pure joy, big crocodile tears or something in between. Like last year, I listened to my fair share of albums, both for review and pleasure; so in order to narrow down the pool, there were no live albums, EPs, reissues, or compilations included in this list. The albums you find below all had that special something that drew me to listen to them consistently and repeatedly.
1. Sean McConnell (Self-Titled)
The accomplished tunesmith (who has written too-numerous-to-count songs which others recorded) released his self-titled Rounder debut in July. The immaculately produced ten-song collection immerses the listener in McConnell’s honest, emotional songwriting and understated, flawless vocals on an album replete with poignant lyrics and unforgettable melodies that leave you with a palpable sense of McConnell’s gratefulness for the past, happiness with the present, and anticipation for the future. Although the incredibly moving stories are his, they are utterly identifiable and absolutely resonate. Fave tracks: "Running Under Water", "Beautiful Rose"
2. Ryan Beaver 'Rx'
Another accomplished songwriter, Beaver's May release, anchored by the hopeful resilience of “Dark” and the melancholy nostalgia and idealism of “If I Had A Horse,” is a collection of songs that are lyrically and sonically compelling, interesting, effective, and universally relatable. Beaver, who co-wrote nine of the twelve tracks, brings insight to a myriad of emotions including sentimentality, innocence, and longing and merges them with a welcome, edgy frankness; successfully conveying sentiments to either male or female in “a-ha” moments that have you realizing he nailed it. Fave tracks: "Rum and Roses", "Gravedigger"
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) - In a live announcement made from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD) announced all but one of the names for the Frontier Nights® entertainment series and premiered a montage of all things western on the famous Viva Vision Light Show on Fremont Street. In addition to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo event, the CINCH Rodeo Shoot-Out and the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) World Finals event will return to the Cheyenne arena in 2017.
Tickets are now available at www.cfdrodeo.com, the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Ticket Office, and by calling (307) 778-7222.
Brantley Gilbert, Little Big Town, Sawyer Brown, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, and Jason Aldean with special guests Tyler Farr, David Nail, Joe Diffie,and The Bellamy Brothers were announced by Mark Miller, the lead singer of Sawyer Brown, from Las Vegas and live-streamed on the Wrangler Network. The artists will perform on the Frontier Nights' stage, which is one of the largest portable stages in the festival industry, featuring a 50' by 80' permanent roof that allows greater production capability than the prior 40' by 60' stage which was created in 1988.
December 16th - Nashville, TN (Press Release) - Singer-songwriter, Sarah Darling, will be releasing her forthcoming new album, Dream Country, on 2/10, and fans can now pre-order the LP, here: http://found.ee/SDdreamcountry.
Serving as a follow up to 2012's Home To Me EP, Dream Country showcases Darling's smooth, escapist songwriting style that crosses country, Americana and contemporary pop. Darling explains, "This has been an opportunity to make a record with everything I've ever imagined, top to bottom". A teaser of the album's lead single, "Halley's Comet", which is due for release next month, can be streamed here: http://found.ee/HCteaser. Watch a sneak peek of the video HERE.
Sarah Ann Darling is an American country music singer and songwriter based out of Nashville, Tennessee. After making her name known to the public in 2003 as a top-three finalist on E! Network reality show, The Entertainer, Darling went on to release two successful full-length albums, including Every Monday Morning and Something to Do With Your Hands, which featured popular singles like "Whenever It Rains" and "Something to Do With Your Hands".