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Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Blake Shelton: out 2/4
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 26 January 2022 01:44:51
The lullaby maestros at Rockabye Baby are at it again for their first release of the new year: Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Blake Shelton, out February 4th. Made for the boys(and girls) ’round here with a craving for country, the album features gentle, sleepy-time renditions of Blake Shelton’s greatest hits, including “God’s Country”, “Nobody But You”, and “Honey Bee”. The music video for “God’s Country” is out now, watch it here: Using percussion, xylophones, glockenspiel, and more, each song has been transformed into the perfect, gentle lullaby to send you and your baby off to dreamland. Trust us: with a cozy pillow and these peaceful instrumental covers of Mr. Shelton, you’ll be happy anywhere. Lullaby Renditions of Blake Shelton Track Listing:1. God’s Country 2. Honey Bee 3. Boys ‘Round Here 4. Nobody But You 5. Austin 6. Some Beach 7. Happy Anywhere 8. Sangria 9. Ol’ Red 10. Sure Be Cool if You Did 11. Who Are You When I’m Not Looking? 12. God Gave Me You About Rockabye BabyRockabye Baby is the world’s leading lullaby brand! With over 100 releases to our name and over 2 billion streams since our humble beginnings, we continue to bring joy and rest to parents and babies the world over. Our independent, Los Angeles-based team of music lovers, parents, and creative individuals lovingly crafts instrumental lullaby renditions of your favorite artists. Some of our fan-favorites include: The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg, Coldplay, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Journey, Prince and Adele. With twinkling bells, childlike percussion and more, our instrumental lullabies bring your favorite songs to life in a whole new way, perfect for sharing your favorite musicwith your baby and easing sleepless nights. Think of us as a bridge connecting who you’ve always been with who you’re becoming in your beautiful new life as a parent. P.S. Not a baby? Not a parent? Not a problem. We won’t tell if you listen on your own…
Bobby Bare To Be Inducted Into the Music City Walk of Fame
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 26 January 2022 01:40:27
The historic Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. will induct country legend Bobby Bare on April 5, 2022, two days prior to his 87th birthday. Bare’s star will be revealed on the walkway at Music City Walk of Fame Park located in SoBro amongst fellow inductees Dierks Bentley, Keb’ Mo’ and Connie Smith. The park is located directly across from the Country Music Hall of Fame, where Bare has been a member since 2013. Bare’s career has spanned over seven decades, he received a GRAMMY in 1964 for “Detroit City” and earned nearly five dozen top 40 hits from 1962 to 1983. He has long been considered one of the most instrumental connectors in Country music having laid the foundation for contemporaries like Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver and influencing the styles of Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton and countless others who’ve followed in his footsteps. The Walk of Fame’s goal is to recognize artists for their outstanding contributions to the musical history of Nashville. The artists inducted this year will receive the 90th, 91st and 93rd stars on the Walk of Fame during the first ceremony in more than two years due to the pandemic. “We are proud to bring back a Music City Walk of Fame ceremony with such a distinguished and diverse group of inductees who span various genres and eras of music,” said Ed Hardy, a distinguished Music Row executive and chairman of Music City Inc., the NCVC foundation that oversees the Music City Walk of Fame. “The individuals in the Walk of Fame remind us of Nashville’s rich history as Music City, and we congratulate the newest four members.” This induction class will be joining fellow iconic musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix and Garth Brooks. The Music City Walk of Fame originated in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile where the permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of inductees are displayed in a star design. About Bobby Bare:Born in Ohio, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Bobby Bare is one of the most iconic country artists of our time with chart-topping songs like “Detroit City,” “500 Miles,” “Marie Laveau” and many more. From country legends like Little Jimmy Dickens and Hank Williams to big band acts like Phil Harris and the Dominoes, Bare’s style was molded and led him to nearly five dozen Top 40 hits from 1962 to 1983. The original “Outlaw” of country music, Bare was honored with many awards and accolades, multiple Grammy Award nominations and wins and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2017, Rolling Stone named him in the top 50 of the “100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time” and Pitchfork identifies him as an integral part of the Outlaw Country movement in the 1970’s. 2017 and 2018 marked his 60th anniversary in the music business and the release of his studio album, Things Change, and two new music videos. A pinnacle moment in his Continue reading Bobby Bare To Be Inducted Into the Music City Walk of Fame→
BRELAND Solidifies His Place in Country Music for 2022
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 26 January 2022 01:36:21
Bad Realm Records / Atlantic Records PLATINUM breakout artist BRELAND has hit the ground running this year with no signs of slowing down. According to The Tennessean, “As 2022 opens, BRELAND’s star is still on the rise,” and is gaining recognition with profiles in The Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles, plus coveted spots on Spotify’s Hot County 2022 Artists To Watch, American Songwriter’s 12 Artists to Watch in 2022, CMT Listen Up class of 2022, and more. Featured as The Tennessean’s portfolio cover on Sunday (1/23), BRELAND also premiered his brand-new mini documentary on Tennessean.com. The clip depicts BRELAND’s two-week whirlwind in November earning a “hat-trick” of Nashville breakout moments— making his Grand Ole Opry debut, performing on the CMA Awards, and singing on Ryman Auditorium stage for the first time. “[At the Opry], I sang ‘My Truck’ in the same three-foot by three-foot circle where Connie Smith performed,” BRELAND tells The Tennessean. “That’s an interesting juxtaposition, but it’s important to realize that there was space for both of us in the circle, metaphorically and in real life. I imagine when I perform ‘My Truck’ before some newcomer in 50 years, they’ll call that song ‘old school.’ It’s true what they say. Music, like all things, evolves.” Continuing the momentum, BRELAND has already commanded a few great stages in 2022 as he performed at the College Football Playoff National Championship in mid-January and opened the year performing LIVE on CBS’ New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash alongside Dierks Bentley and performing their hit collab “Beers On Me” as well as his breakthrough track “My Truck.” Up next, he’ll hit the road for Russell Dickerson’s ALL YOURS, ALL NIGHT TOUR, kicking off tonight (1/25) at Irving Plaza in New York City. The tour will wrap at the Ryman Auditorium on March 25. See full list of tour stops here.
Randy Travis Documentary “More Life” Set to Premiere on Feb. 10
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 26 January 2022 01:34:10
Award-winning Circle Network announced today that it is set to premiere “More Life,” a documentary on multi-award-winning artist Randy Travis featuring many of his last recorded performances, on Thursday, February 10 at 8:30 PM ET. Made available to viewers for the first time ever, More Life will air following the season two premiere of “Upstream with Elizabeth Cook,” where Elizabeth joins Randy and his wife Mary at their home in Texas for a day of fishing. In 2011, “More Life” started as an intimate concert special honoring the 25th anniversary of Randy’s iconic album Storms of Life. However many didn’t know how important this documentary would become. As the film was being finalized in 2013, Randy unexpectedly became ill and suffered a massive stroke, making him unable to perform and severely limiting his speech. “Though this documentary began as a 25th Anniversary special, it quickly pivoted into a chronicled celebration of life’s setups and setbacks, after my massive stroke in 2013. The planned few months of composing, turned into 10 years—Mary and I thank the perseverance and patience of the wonderful team that waited and believed in it until completion…the ones that care and protect the legacy of my music,” said Travis. He continues, “With the colorful life I’ve lived and four rollercoaster decades in the music and movie industry, there are infinite stories to tell in a finite timeframe. As I watch and listen to the cadence of kind words, special memories, and well-wishes from friends and colleagues, captured in the documentary, I am reminded of the blessed life God has given me. I appreciate those who gave ‘More Love’ along the way, and the fans that continue to shed ‘More Light’ along my path. There aren’t words that express the gratitude I have for the ones that came along when the day was dim, the future unknown…that gave me ‘More Life’.” With excitement, Travis closes with this, “Not feeling is final…and, I’m feeling great! Enjoy!” “More Life” has grown beyond its initial vision and has become a celebration of Randy’s legacy. The documentary will also feature a special duet performance with Travis and country artist Josh Turner who appeared on Travis’ 25th anniversary album. Teresa George, VP of Strategic Partnerships at Circle Network, adds “Randy Travis’ light has shined brightly over this town ever since he stepped into the music scene. We are honored to have a part in sharing this inspiring story of his courage, kindness and talent with the world.” “Randy Travis is the cornerstone of Warner Music Nashville, and we are both honored and humbled to share ‘More Life’ with the world,” said Shane Tarleton, EVP of Artist Development at Warner Music Nashville. “We’ve been in production for over a decade on this documentary which shines a light on the passion that still drives one of the most important voices in modern country music history.” Leading into the documentary will be the season two premiere of Circle’s original series “Upstream with Elizabeth Cook.” For this episode, Continue reading Randy Travis Documentary “More Life” Set to Premiere on Feb. 10→
ACM Announces First Round of 2022 Nominees
countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 24 January 2022 22:39:57
The Academy of Country Music announced today Radio Awards nominees for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards™, including double nominations for KCLR-FM in Columbia, MO; KHAY-FM in Ventura, CA; KXKT-FM in Omaha, NE; KYGO-FM in Denver, CO; WFMS-FM in Indianapolis, IN; WHKO-FM in Dayton, OH; WUBE-FM in Cincinnati, OH; WUSY-FM in Chattanooga, TN; WYCD-FM in Detroit, MI; and WYCT-FM in Pensacola, FL. Winners of the Radio Awards will be announced ahead of the 57th ACM Awards, with more information to follow in coming weeks. The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will take place Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and will stream live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, marking the first time a major awards show has livestreamed exclusively. The live show will give fans in Las Vegas and around the world a nonstop party to celebrate Country Music’s biggest stars. Tickets are available to purchase now at Ticketmaster.
Kelsea Ballerini’s Acclaimed Studio Album “kelsea” Now Certified Gold!
countrymusicnewsblog.com Saturday, 22 January 2022 00:21:59
Gearing up for a massive new year, two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum songwriter, producer, and author Kelsea Ballerini parlays the energy and success of a banner 2021 into what promises to be an even brighter 2022. Along the way, she has quietly emerged as one of the most impactful artists in country music and popular culture at large. Indicative of her impact, she notably closed out 2021 as the “#3 most-played female artist on country radio.” She notched her first two CMA Awards, taking home “Musical Event of the Year” and “Video of the Year” for “half of my hometown” with Kenny Chesney. Reaching many milestones, CMT crowned her “Artist of the Year,” and she appeared as a guest judge on The Voice. She graced the cover of Shape who christened her “a phenomenon in her own right.” Returning to the road, she performed in sold-out arenas and amphitheaters coast-to-coast as direct support to Jonas Brothers on The Remember This Tour. Not to mention, she picked up four RIAA certifications, bringing her total to 25 overall. Among those, her sixth #1 “hole in the bottle” with Shania Twain earned a platinum certification, while “half of my hometown,” her acclaimed kelsea album, and 2021 single “I QUIT DRINKING” with LANY all went gold. The latter just eclipsed 100 million streams and reached the Top 20 at Hot AC as well. Plus, her cumulative stream tally just surpassed 3 billion and counting. Additionally, she continues to garner unanimous tastemaker praise. When she teamed up with Chesney for a duet of “half of my hometown” at the 2021 ACM Awards, People raved, “What a lovely performance,” and described it as “soulful.” Examining the “strength of her artistry and songcraft” on kelsea and its companion album ballerini, The New York Times claimed, “Ballerini’s best songs often interrogate a private, particularly feminine space between image and reality.” Rolling Stone hailed kelsea as “cleverly crafted and deftly executed.” Of the latter, The FADER attested, “if you’ve been yearning for something comforting and entirely earnest, this is your ticket.” E! proclaimed, “Kelsea Ballerini’s Most Honest Confessions Prove She’s a Relatable Queen.” She also made her literary debut with an original book of poetry entitled Feel Your Way Through. Available at retailers and online now, the book is published as a Ballantine Hardcover by Ballantine—an imprint of Random House. The collection is available HERE. Feel Your Way Through climbed the bestsellers charts and has reached Top 50 overall on Amazon. Diving into the text, she sat down with Associated Press for an in-depth interview. Joining forces with another legend, she co-stars in the audiobook of Dolly Parton’s novel, Run, Rose, Run, co-written with best-selling author James Patterson. Arriving March 7, 2022, Kelsea takes on the role of protagonist AnnieLee Keyes. Stay tuned for more from Kelsea Ballerini very soon!
Carly Pearce Featured on Country Heat Weekly!
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 21 January 2022 23:45:35
It’s time for another HOT episode of the Amazon Music original podcast Country Heat Weekly drops today featuring one of today’s biggest country stars, Carly Pearce. Fresh off her win for Female Vocalist of the Year at last year’s CMAs, Carly sits down to chat (and drink wine!) with hosts Kelly Sutton and Amber Anderson. During the podcast interview, the two-time Country Music Awards winner opens up about her post-divorce album and recent CMA win for Female Vocalist of the Year. Check out the interview highlights where Carly talks about social media, pain and songwriting and winning big at last year’s CMAs. Listen to the full podcast episode HERE on Amazon Music. Recent guests on Country Heat Weekly’s podcast include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, and Lauren Alaina. Additionally, some exciting news from another Country Heat favorite – Walker Hayes and Amazon Music also announced that they will joined forces for “Live from Nashville: Country Stuff Album Release Show” Thursday nigh, a concert experience that featured the debut of new music from his upcoming album Country Stuff, out Friday. The concert experienceis hosted on the Amazon Music channel on Twitch and within the Amazon Music mobile app via Twitch and Amazon Music’s live streaming functionality. “I’m so jacked to not only be able to play songs from Country Stuff The Album for the first time, but to bring a whole new live show to an audience. It’s so cool to work with Amazon Music on this,” said Walker Hayes.
New Music From Presley & Taylor – “The Storm”
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 21 January 2022 23:41:16
Sister duo Presley & Taylor wrapped up 2021 with millions of streams, cross-country touring and a beautiful rendition of “Mary, Did You Know?” and are starting the new year with their most passionate song yet. Written by Amanda Colleen Williams, “The Storm” hits all streaming services today on White Mustang Records via One RPM. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to kick off 2022 with a song like ‘The Storm’,” said Presley & Taylor. “It has been a fan favorite since we added it to our live show, and we can’t believe the moment is finally here where we can share it with everyone. It’s powerful, energetic, and beautifully written by Amanda. We hope that everyone cranks it up in their headphones and car stereos and feels motivated to take 2022 by storm!” Listen to The Storm by Presley & Taylor HERE. Presley & Taylor continue as Country Rebel’s Featured Artists, recording music, interviews and more at the Rebel Ranch Sound Stage and their weekly “Thank God It’s Thursday with Presley & Taylor.” The first official release with the partnership was a beautiful a cappella rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” that received over a half million views over July 4th weekend. Their dog adoption awareness single “Choose Me” and “22 Red Flags” single followed the career-establishing “Everybody Sees It” and “Don’t Even Know Your Mama,” garnering millions of combined streams. Videos for “Everybody Sees It” and “Don’t Even Know Your Mama” hit the #1 and #2 spots respectively on the fan-voted CMT Music 12-Pack Countdown. Presley & Taylor are currently supporting PEDIGREE Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Franklin, TN, with proceeds from the streaming and downloads of “Choose Me” benefiting the organization. Proceeds from the single will support PEDIGREE Foundation’s annual grant program, which supports rescues and shelters across the country. Presley & Taylor are serving as PEDIGREE Foundation ambassadors encouraging their fans to adopt, volunteer or donate to help end pet homelessness. The single is available via OneRPM now and can be streamed and downloaded HERE. Follow Presley & Taylor at: presleyandtaylor.com facebook.com/presleyandtaylor instagram.com/presleyandtaylor/ twitter.com/presleyntaylor
CMT Reveals “Next Women of Country” Class of 2022
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 21 January 2022 23:36:05
Special CMT Hot 20 Countdown episode to feature exclusive NWOC interviews and performances on January 22nd & January 23rd at 9a/8c CMT today revealed the ten artists named to its prestigious “CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY” (NWOC) franchise, the brand’s long-running effort to support and expose developing female talent. For the second consecutive year, CMT Hot 20 Countdown will officially introduce the class of 2022 during a dedicated three-hour special episode this weekend on Saturday, January 22nd and Sunday, January 23rd beginning at 9AM ET on CMT. The special will feature exclusive interviews and performances with each new NWOC member, plus an exclusive interview with NWOC alumna (2015) Maren Morris who reflects on her experience with the program. The “CMT Next Women of Country” Class of 2022 is: Amythyst Kiah Callista Clark Camille Parker Jenna Paulette Julia Cole Laci Kaye Booth Lily Rose Madeline Edwards Miko Marks Morgan Wade “We are so excited to welcome our newest class of ultra-talented female artists into our beloved CMT Next Women of Country franchise,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music & Talent at CMT. “Each is boldly blazing their own spirited path on their own terms, destined to make a lasting impact on country music. We celebrate this diverse group of women and look forward to supporting their work and their careers in 2022 and beyond.” Over the next year, the new CMT NWOC class will receive cross-brand support for their music and videos across CMT, CMT Music, PlutoTV’s ‘CMT Equal Play’ channel, CMT Hot 20 Countdown, CMT.com and @CMT social channels, in addition to cross-promotional opportunities for ViacomCBS’ MTV Entertainment Group brands with live events, the ViacomCBS Times Square NYC Billboard and more. As part of the brand’s CMT Equal Play initiative, a dedicated effort to elevating all underrepresented voices in country music, CMT also provides its NWOC access to social impact and artist advocacy opportunities designed to assist them in supporting charitable causes and social issues. These resources will be provided by Nashville-based social impact firm, The Change Agent·cy. A staunch advocate for country music’s female artists, CMT first launched its “Next Women of Country” campaign in 2013 as a substantial, meaningful effort to support and expose developing female talent, both signed and unsigned, in a male-dominated format. The initiative has grown significantly since its inception, showcasing emerging female artists across all CMT screens, including CMT and CMT Music, various digital series, and six tours anchored by superstar acts including Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and Tanya Tucker. This year’s 2022 class marks a total of 95 female acts that have been named as part of the program, including notable alumni of the franchise who have achieved both commercial and critical acclaim: Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Brittney Spencer, Carly Pearce, Gabby Barrett, Ingrid Andress, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton and Tenille Arts, to name a few. For updates and more information, visit NextWomenCMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Continue reading CMT Reveals “Next Women of Country” Class of 2022→
Revealing Interview with Maren Morris on Audacy’s “Katie & Company” Podcast
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 20 January 2022 00:59:04
On the verge of a new album release this spring, Maren Morris sat down with the hosts of Katie & Company and gave possibly one of the most vulnerable interviews we’ve heard from her yet. Key Quotes:— How her family spent the holiday. “It was really nice. It was pretty low-key. We went to Texas for three days with our son to see our family. It was nice to see them. It had been too long.” —”I had to find other avenues to get inspired to make music again. Part of it was having all this one-on-one with my husband for the first time, being stuck in the house together. Really sitting down and listening to tons of new music that I’d never have the bandwidth to listen to before. Removing from your bubble for a second.” — Moment that almost made her leave Nashville. “With ‘My Church’, I knew how much I believed in that song. It was almost so confidently a belief in myself. I knew even if I failed, I’d still be so proud of myself. In the back of my mind I knew there was no second career option, it was always going to be this.” Listen to the rest of the Maren Morris Interview at Katie & Company on Audacy.