NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) – Country Music Icon Kenny Rogers set the tone during The Nation We Build Together gala opening at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History last night. Performing in front of the gallery that houses The Star-Spangled Banner, the actual flag that inspired what is now the national anthem, Rogers sang his song “’Merica” illustrated with his photo images of the landscapes and people of “the land that I love…America.”
The Nation We Build Together is a presentation of four exhibitions and interactive experiences that invite audiences to immerse themselves in the fundamental American stories, from the founding of the country, through today. The newly transformed second floor of the museum’s west wing opens June 28th.
Following the six-song set, which also included “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” “Lucille,” “The Gambler,” “Islands In The Stream,” and “You Can’t Make Old Friends” to a capacity crowd of 600 guests, the museum acknowledged Rogers’ “unique contribution to American music.” The honor was presented by the museum’s director John Gray and Ambassador Nicholas Taubman, chairman of the museum’s board.
Craig Campbell Contributes Powerful Rendition of "American Anthem" to the 41ST Annual MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS® Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 21, 2017 Press Release) –Critically-acclaimed country artist-songwriter CRAIG CAMPBELL is lending a breathtaking rendition of “American Anthem” to the 41st annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®. The country ballad saluting our veterans will be featured in the patriotic musical score, which is synchronized to a dazzling 25-minute pyrotechnic display over the East River in New York City.
A USO tour participant and longtime supporter of troops, Campbell was honored when Macy’s invited him to record “American Anthem” for the treasured 4th of July Fireworks spectacular.
"It’s a privilege to have been chosen by Macy’s to sing this amazing song for their 4th of Julycelebration,” shared Campbell. “I hope my performance of ‘American Anthem’ shows our love and appreciation of America and those who risked their lives for this country.”
Listen to "Nothing To Escape" HERE
June 21, 2017 (Press Release) - Austin, TX-based folk/Americana group Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light have officially announced their new LP, Nothing to Escape, out August 25. Along with the announcement, the band shared the title track off their new record at No Depression, who called the single, "Certainly a stunner ... the pair has transformed hard-hitting prose into song."
Erik Flores and Amelia Rose Logan's songs as Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light are like modern dime westerns—gritty exegeses that float elegantly on pedal steel as driven, electric, rocking country. Sometimes the detached hero and the despicable outlaw in their songs are one and the same.
Looking back, principal songwriter Flores realized many of the songs on their new LP, Nothing To Escape, are about his old drinking habits. "I quit drinking a couple years ago,” he says, “right around the time we started making this record. That seems to be a big undercurrent." While Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light’s new album isn't overtly about sobriety, it’s often about the excesses that come along with addiction.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) – Ashley McBryde is exactly where they said she’d never be-- working as an independent singer/songwriter in Nashville, opening for Chris Stapleton and Eric Church, making her Grand Ole Opry debut (6/16), and releasing music when and where she wants to.
McBryde fearlessly lays it all on the line, and it's that honest all-in approach that has led to NPR critic Ann Powers to ask if McBryde could be "among the first post-Stapleton country stars?"
Her drive and perseverance certainly led The Grand Ole Opry to invite McBryde to make her Opry debut Friday, June 16, as her SiriusXM The Highway’s “Highway Find,” "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega," makes its way into the homes and hearts of Country fans the world over.
Watch the video for "I'm The One" HERE
Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are New York’s premier roots rock n’ roll, rockabilly, rhythm & blues outfit. The Ark-Tones are releasing their 2nd full length album, entitled Love You to Life, out August 11th, and they will hit the road in support on August 16th, spreading the gospel of American music wherever they go. Describing their sound, Hope explained to Rockabilly Online “I would say we are a new take on an old sound. It’s been described as ‘pan-americana’ which means we use many areas of early rock and roots music as a creative launchpad. Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess, because while we appreciate old music, we don’t want to write songs that have already been written.” The album will be available initially on CD and digital, with vinyl coming from Germany's Crazy Love Records in late summer. Pre-orders begin August 11th through Bandcamp, Itunes and Amazon.
Bob Seger’s iconic catalog makes its streaming debut today. The debut includes twelve platinum/multi-platinum albums as well as Seger’s debut album, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man. Fans can stream their Seger favorites via services including Amazon Music, Apple Music, iHeart Media, Napster, Slacker Radio and Spotify. Listen HERE
Today’s debut offers one of the most sought-after catalogues for digital music distribution uniting Seger fans around the world. Ten of Seger’s albums included in today’s launch are now available via digital download for the first time.
AUSTIN, Texas (Press Release) — Chris Fullerton sings country music bold and brave beyond compare. Epilepsy Blues, the Central Texas singer-songwriter's debut on Austin-based Eight 30 Records (out August 11, 2017), delivers hard truths both elegantly (“Bad Winds”) and effortlessly (“Come to Texas”), and simply stun with candor (“I Feel Nothing,” the title track). “The songs are about my depression and struggle to cope with a medical crisis,” Fullerton says. “A lot are very hopeful about being in a dark place but knowing there’s light at the end of the tunnel and I'm gonna survive.”
The road for an artist living with epilepsy has been paved with dark holes; Fullerton survived with tales to tell. Sharp storytelling guides the journey throughout the new album (“Seven Roman Candles,” “Motel Blues”). “Songs such as ‘Bad Winds’ are just kinda hopeless,” Fullerton says. “The chorus of ‘Motel Blues’ is, ‘I’m taking a westbound train and I won’t be home again.’ ‘Westbound Train’ is a freight-train-hopping saying that means you’re dying. There’s a lot of death in [the release]. There’s also a lot of strange things that are just in my brain on a daily basis like ‘El Paso Spacedance.’”
Beginning 7/17/17 Songsalive & The Sound Connector invite songwriters to participate in a seven-day songwriting challenge. A seven-day songwriting challenge is an excellent way to supercharge your songwriting skills, engage with a wider community, and showcase the songwriting skills you’ve been working on.
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NASHVILLE, TN (Press Release) – Road-warrior brothers ELI YOUNG BAND have been performing together across the globe, and today release their 11-track album FINGERPRINTS as a return to sonic roots and celebration of those who have had a hand in their successes along the way. Out now, the new music is the MULTI-PLATINUM-selling band’s first on The Valory Music Co. imprint and features songwriting credits from namesake members lead singer Mike Eli and guitarist James Young. They recorded the album in Nashville alongside co-producers Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover, showcasing a mix of heartfelt lyrics over driving rhythms.
While the band just last week launched “Never Land” on SiriusXM’s The Highway and exclusively premiered music video with ETOnline.com, they are surprising fans today with another cinematic creation for “Skin & Bones.” Watch now: http://smarturl.it/SkinandBonesVEVO. Eli Young Band has always maintained a strong connection with their fans and the bonus music video is a reminder with several scenes filmed during a run of their live shows with videographer Lance Goodman.
Los Angeles, CA (Press Release) --Songwriting and playing music has been a consuming passion for Gerry Spehar since he picked up his first guitar at age 14. “I never went on a date in high-school without my guitar,” he admits. If you look at the album artwork on I Hold Gravity, you’ll notice that there’s not one image of Spehar without a guitar except for the one in which he has his arm around his wife, Susan. “Ever since I can remember, I have always had one or the other –usually both –with me.” Susan was Spehar’s college sweetheart and his other consuming passion--and this album is a love letter to her.
I Hold Gravity is a collection of 10 songs on which he collaborated with Susan as they chronicled their final cross-country drives, their mountain heritage, and an L.A. to Texas landscape filled with shrimpers, dynamiters and wildcatters, wrestlers, roughnecks, overambitious farmers, and Monsanto lawyers. Spehar spent the past year producing and finishing this album and taking care of Susan, who passed from cancer in September, just as they were finishing the recordings.
Born and raised in Grand Junction, CO, during the 1970’s and 1980’s Spehar was based in Colorado and had a thriving musical career. He played as a duo with his brother George in the 70’s and in the Spehar Brothers Band with both George and brother Tom. He then performed solo until meeting Bobby Allison whom he began writing and performing with in 1981. During all this, Spehar opened shows for Merle Haggard, Boz Scaggs, Townes Van Zandt, John Fahey and others.