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New Music From Shania Twain: Waking Up Dreaming – Official Video
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 23 September 2022 19:56:00
Today, five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning legend and the best-selling female artist in country music history Shania Twain has unveiled her first new single since 2017, “Waking Up Dreaming”. The single serves as her first release with her new label partner Republic Nashville, a division of Republic Records. Shania also released a video for the single, which was directed by Isaac Rentz. Listen HERE. Watch the video HERE. Of the release and new partnership Shania commented “I couldn’t think of a better partner than Republic Nashville. I’m honored and excited to be the label’s first artist and lead the charge of this new and exciting chapter. In this respect, it feels like a new beginning all around, and I’m embracing it wholeheartedly.” Republic Records co-founder and CEO Monte Lipman commented “Shania is one of the most influential and impactful artists of this generation. She’s a rare talent whose legacy continues to resonate throughout the world. We feel a tremendous amount of gratitude to support her new body of work, which is spectacular.” “Waking Up Dreaming” marks her first release in five years since 2017’s critically acclaimed, Now, which bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Top Country Albums Chart upon arrival. It also arrives on the heels of her blockbuster career-spanning documentary Not Just A Girl—streaming on NETFLIX now. It was notably produced by Mercury Studios and directed by Joss Crowley. To accompany the film, she also presented the compilation album Not Just A Girl (The Highlights) available HERE.
Is TikTok Reviving the Honky Tonk Culture?
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 23 September 2022 00:26:40
It’s no doubt that TikTok is having a HUGE impact on artist discovery and what drives the country music charts, but it would appear that the impact of the app is doing a whole lot more to drive country music culture on the dance floor. Of course, for an app that thrives on celebrating music and dancing, this shouldn’t surprise anyone, and I for one, am here for it! The vertical video dancing trends are jumping off the screen and right onto dance hall floors as honky tonks all across the nation see an increased interest in boot-scootin in real life. Honky tonk culture has always ridden waves of popularity, usually driven by the silver screen with movies like Urban Cowboy and Footloose in the 80’s. In the 90’s this rose to a whole new level as mainstream country artists started releasing dance hall versions of tracks like Reba’s “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” and “Watermelon Crawl” from Tracy Byrd, adding an upbeat spin to songs we already knew and loved. These days we’ve got TikTok creators choreographing dances to songs before they’re even released to radio, so that by the time we get to Gilley‘s or Billy Bob’s we’ve all taken our lessons at home and can hit the floor in perfect synchronization. And like all things country music, they may start in Nashville, but the interest is only getting hotter all across the nation. If you really want to see how high the honky tonk star is rising, check out Summer in Knoxville, TN who broadcasts live from the dance floor at Cotton Eyed Joes several nights a week, or Taylor Parish who shares clips from the best western swing dance instructors in Arizona. So what do the folks at TikTok have to say about all of this? Well here’s a direct quote from T’Keyah Hayes who works in TikTok’s music division: Country is one of the more popular genres on TikTok, with its share of trending songs such as Keith Whitley’s 1985 hit “Miami, My Amy” (251.8K+ creations) and Zach Bryan’s “Oklahoma Smokeshow,” and artists like Honey County and David Morris who found massive audiences on the platform. TikTok has become the focal point for Nashville’s line dancing scene, as patrons, dance instructors, and venues share videos of Nashvillians cutting a rug at places like Nashville Palace and Cahoots Lebanon. For local line dancing instructor Dakota Lackey, the growing popularity of the dance on the platform helped him promote his services and meet other line-dancing enthusiasts, such as Alana Andrews. Spurred on by the line dancing community on TikTok, the duo met up at Cahoots Lebanon for a night of group fun. The TikTok line dance craze first surfaced on the platform earlier this year, and continues to grow from an unlikely source: Ed Sheeran’s 2021 song “Shivers” (312K+ creations). In addition to driving traffic to local businesses in Nashville, the popularity of country music on TikTok is also building niche communities for creators to connect. Continue reading Is TikTok Reviving the Honky Tonk Culture?→
New Music From Colter Wall
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 22 September 2022 00:06:12
Colter Wall Releases Two New Singles with La Honda Records Wall’s original “Cypress Hills and the Big Country” and his cover of Cowboy Jack Clement’s “Let’s All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues)” out now. Battle Creek, Saskatchewan – As much of the world turns a romantic eye to the West—with television shows like Yellowstone driving popular culture toward a fictional depiction of life on the ranch—singer and songwriter Colter Wall continues to deliver a realistic lens into the West and cowboying, with his distinguished, authentic voice. Today, Wall surprised his fans with the release of two new songs on La Honda Records; a Wall original called “Cypress Hills and the Big Country” and a cover of “Let’s All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues)” written by country music titan Cowboy Jack Clement. Audiences saw Wall’s performances at the Stagecoach Music Festival and legendary Canadian rodeo, the Ponoka Stampede, in June, and glimpses here and there on social media of his work on the ranch, but these new releases reveal that he’s also been writing and recording new music this summer, much to the delight of Colter’s dedicated followers. “Cypress Hills and the Big Country” was written by Wall about his native country of southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada. With images of the regional landscape decorating the song’s narrative, Wall revels in the expansiveness of the prairie that he upholds, and he calls for the solitude and comfort afforded by the hard work of cowboy life. Wall is joined by Patrick Lyons on mandolin, dobro, and guitar for this sweet, easygoing ode to where he calls home, singing, “You can duck underneath all your trials and troubles for a time, like a pronghorn underneath a bottom wire.” With “Let’s All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues),” Wall performs a stripped-down version of the song once popularized by Waylon Jennings. In his version of the song, Wall presents a vocal range yet to be heard. The whimsical, smooth nature of the lyrics breaks as Wall leads the chorus with a wail, his voice almost breaking itself. Backed up again by Lyons on mandolin and dobro and Jake Groves on harmonica, Wall’s brawny guitar playing is matched only by his obvious love for the song in its execution. “Let’s All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues)” and “Cypress Hill and the Big Country” can both be streamed or purchased now at this link. This release of new music follows Wall’s 2020 LP Western Swings & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs—which Associated Press called “raw as the prairie wind”—and Colter Wall and the Scary Prairie Boys’ Live In Front Of Nobody, a 2021 livestream, full-band show turned indie record store, vinyl-only release–a coveted and limited release. Information on both albums can be found at colterwall.com. More About Colter Wall: Colter Wall and his music are from the prairies of southern Saskatchewan, where he lives and works. He is a La Honda Records recording artist and has appeared abroad, including Austin City Limits and most recently at the Ponoka Stampede.
Listen Now: Kelsea Ballerini “If You Go Down (I’m Goin Down Too)”
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 20 September 2022 21:49:24
Today, two-time GRAMMY® Award nominated and multiple ACM and CMA Award winning multiplatinum songwriter, producer and author Kelsea Ballerini debuts her new song and video “IF YOU GO DOWN (I’M GOIN’ DOWN TOO)” from her highly anticipated fourth studio album, SUBJECT TO CHANGE, out September 23rd. Watch the video for “IF YOU GO DOWN (I’M GOIN’ DOWN TOO)” HERE. Kelsea has also revealed the complete tracklisting for the album which is set to include the epic collaboration “YOU’RE DRUNK, GO HOME” with fellow superstars Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce. Set to debut on September 23, 2022, SUBJECT TO CHANGE is available for pre-order/pre-save/pre-add HERE. The album marks her first full-length since 2020 when she unveiled the gold-selling kelsea and its acclaimed stripped-down companion ballerini. Kelsea is credited as a songwriter for every song on the album and solo wrote track 14, “MARILYN.” She collaborated with co-producers Julian Bunetta [Harry Styles, Maroon 5] and Shane McAnally [Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Chesney] as well as Alysa Vanderheym [Lady A, Gone West] and Jesse Frasure [Kane Brown, Little Big Town] on select tracks. The lead single off the album, “HEARTFIRST,” continues to make waves as it is Top 25 and climbing at Country Radio. Kelsea is also set to embark on the intimate HEARTFIRST TOUR for 10 Nights Only this fall. This exclusive headline jaunt launches on September 24th when she tops the marquee at the iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY. As part of this exclusive run, she’ll grace the stage of the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on October 6th and visit major markets coast-to-coast. Experience SUBJECT TO CHANGE and more from Kelsea Ballerini this year. TRACKLISTING: 1. “SUBJECT TO CHANGE” 2. “THE LITTLE THINGS” 3. “I CAN’T HELP MYSELF” 4. “IF YOU GO DOWN” (I’M GOIN’ DOWN TOO) 5. “LOVE IS A COWBOY” 6. “MUSCLE MEMORY” 7. “I GUESS THEY CALL IT FALLIN’” 8. “WEATHER” 9. “UNIVERSE” 10. “WALK IN THE PARK” 11. “HEARTFIRST” 12. “YOU’RE DRUNK, GO HOME” (feat. Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce) 13. “DOIN’ MY BEST” 14. “MARILYN” 15. “WHAT I HAVE”
Carrie Underwood Joins iHeartMedia For Virtual Reality Show On September 29th
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 20 September 2022 21:44:25
iHEARTMEDIA is teaming up with CAPITOL NASHVILLE’s CARRIE UNDERWOOD to present a virtual reality show on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th at 9p (ET). “iHEARTRADIO Live With CARRIE UNDERWOOD” will allow fans with a META QUEST 2 headset to view the performance in META Horizon Worlds, and on iHEARTRADIO’s FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM pages, where the Country star will perform songs from her JUNE album release, DENIM & RHINESTONES. This is the first show in a new partnership between iHEARTRADIO and META, with more to be announced in the fall. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with iHEARTRADIO to celebrate my album, DENIM & RHINESTONES, and bring these new songs to my fans in VR with Meta Horizon Worlds,” said UNDERWOOD. “This is one of my favorite albums to perform live, and it’s so fun to bring this new music to life in such an exciting way.” “This new partnership is a continuation of our commitment at iHEARTMEDIA to connect artists to their fans on the most exciting new entertainment platforms,” said iHEARTMEDIA Pres./Entertainment Enterprises JOHN SYKES. “We are excited to be able to kick this off with a performance from CARRIE UNDERWOOD. More to come on this new partnership with META.”
John Micheal Montgomery Injured in Tour Bus Rollover
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 13 September 2022 23:04:50
Country legend John Michael Montgomery is optimistic after suffering injuries in a rollover accident on the road from Tennessee to North Carolina. “Despite some cuts and broken ribs, I am doing well,” the singer said in a statement. Montgomery said he was on his way to a concert in North Carolina at the time of the crash. The 57-year-old country musician was a passenger on a 2001 Prevost Featherlite bus traveling south on I-75 just south of Jellico when it veered off the interstate, hit an embankment and overturned, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report. He and two others reported non-life-threatening injuries after the accident. Montgomery, who hails from Nicholasville, Kentucky, has released 10 studio albums and had more than 30 singles on the Billboard country charts, including “I Love the Way You Love Me,” “Life’s a Dance,” and “I Swear.” He is the father of country singer Walker Montgomery and brother to Eddie Montgomery, with whom he performed as part of the band Montgomery Gentry. “Thanks to everyone for your concern,” Montgomery said.
Tune-In Alert: ACM Honors to Air on Fox Tuesday 8/7c
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 13 September 2022 02:14:39
ACM Honors, frequently dubbed “the Country Music industry’s favorite night,” is returning to television for the first time in five years and coming to FOX for the first time as a two-hour primetime special premiering this Tuesday, September 13 at 8/7c. Hosted by 4-time ACM Award winner and reigning ACM Female Artist of the Year Carly Pearce, ACM Honors celebrates the biggest names in Country Music, including Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Shania Twain, Morgan Wallen, TV series Yellowstone, ACM Songwriter of the Year winner HARDY, and more with tribute performances you’ll only see here from Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Lainey Wilson, and many more. Honorees: Miranda Lambert, ACM Triple Crown Award Chris Stapleton, ACM Spirit Award Shania Twain, ACM Poet’s Award Morgan Wallen, ACM Milestone Award Yellowstone, ACM Film Award HARDY, ACM Songwriter of the Year Sonny Throckmorton, ACM Poet’s Award Connie Bradley, ACM Icon Award Duane Clark, ACM Service Award Paul Barnabee, ACM Lifting Lives Award Dwight Wiles, ACM Lifting Lives Award Hosted by: Carly Pearce Performers: Trace Adkins Kelsea Ballerini Dierks Bentley Brooks & Dunn Dan + Shay Jordan Davis ERNEST Vince Gill HARDY Wynonna Judd Tiera Kennedy Avril Lavigne Little Big Town Carly Pearce Morgan Wallen Lainey Wilson Presenters: Beth Ditto of FOX’s original series MONARCH Eric Church Jesse Frasure Ashley Gorley Mickey Guyton Frank Liddell
Shania Twain Wraps Up Vegas Residency with $150k Check For ‘Shania Kids Can’
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 13 September 2022 01:17:38
SHANIA TWAIN wraps up her LAS VEGAS Residency at ZAPPOS THEATER at PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO this weekend, but before she does that, she along with LIVE NATION LAS VEGAS and CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT, presented SHANIA KIDS CAN (SKC) with a final donation of $150,000. Since opening in DECEMBER of 2019, $1 of every ticket purchased to SHANIA TWAIN “Let’s Go!” has been donated to the organization. Established in 2010 by Twain, SKC provides programs and support services to ensure children are learning the skills to cope with and overcome family hardships which, in turn, improves their ability to succeed in school and to succeed in life. SKC has recently partnered with COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA (CIS) to meet the needs of underserved students at MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in LAS VEGAS for the 2022-2023 school year. Over the past several years, LIVE NATION LAS VEGAS and CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT have raised more than $1 million for local non-profit organizations by partnering with several of their LAS VEGAS resident headliners to donate $1 of every ticket sold to those shows.
2023 Stagecoach Festival Tickets and LineUp Released
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 13 September 2022 01:09:37
STAGECOACH FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MOMENTOUS 15th ANNIVERSARY LINE-UP Superstars Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, and Chris Stapleton Will Headline California’s Country Music Festival Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2023 at Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA Stagecoach is garnering massive early excitement with the announcement that country music’s biggest festival will be back in the saddle April 28 – 30, 2023. The 15th anniversary of Stagecoach will feature headline performances from superstars Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, and Chris Stapleton. Passes go on sale starting this Friday, September 16 at 10 am PT at stagecoachfestival.com. The 3-day event will also feature performances by Jon Pardi, Old Dominion, Brooks & Dunn, Riley Green, Gabby Barrett, Parker McCollum, Tyler Childers, ZZ Top, BRELAND, Turnpike Troubadours, Bryan Adams, Elle King, Morgan Wade and more. Fan-favorite Guy Fieri’s Stagecoach Smokehouse is back again for its fourth year to reveal new chefs, pit bosses and BBQ vendors. Guy and friends will be showcasing their pits and rigs and offering taste tests to fans throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for the full food line- up and to find out which artists Guy will be doing cooking demos with this year. Returning to the festival for a second consecutive year are California’s homegrown, Compton Cowboys. They are a crew of ten Black horseback riders whose ranch is one of the very last in a semirural town in Compton called Richland Farms — and they are bringing their horses to Stagecoach to tell their compelling story of community engagement and share in the experience. Also located in the YeeHaw tent is High Class Hillbilly owner and singer Nikki Lane’s exclusive Stage Stop Marketplace and Horseshoe Stage which features alt-country burgeoning artists. The Honky Tonk Dance Hall too makes a comeback but this year with an exciting new twist – DJ, producer and songwriter Diplo will curate the Honky Tonk’s DJ sets bringing the party to a whole new level. “Stagecoach is one of my favorite places to play on earth,” said Diplo. “There’s nothing quite like it — what started as an experiment has become some of the most fun I have all year. I really wanted to go all out this year, so we’re taking over the Honky Tonk and making my party bigger than ever. Stoked to see y’all.” SiriusXM Spotlight Sessions now moves to the T-Mobile Mane Stage in 2023 with a full line-up including many Highway Finds to be revealed.
Randy Travis’ More Life Documentary Wins 6 Telly Awards
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 8 September 2022 22:11:24
Country Music Hall of Fame icon Randy Travis was recently presented six Telly Awards won by his critically-acclaimed documentary, “More Life,” released early this year. “More Life” is directed and produced by Shaun Silva. Warner Music Nashville’s Shane Tarleton and Mike Dupree serve as executive producers along with Tacklebox Films. The statues presented to Travis include: – Gold Winner in Non-Broadcast – Editing– Gold Winner in Non-Broadcast – Biography– Silver Winner in Non-Broadcast – Directing– Silver Winner in Non-Broadcast – Use of Archival Footage– Silver Winner in Non-Broadcast – Documentary: Individual– Silver Winner in Non-Broadcast – Music/Concert 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. “More Life” has grown beyond its initial vision and has become a celebration of Randy’s legacy. “Producing ‘More Life’ has been a labor of love for the past eleven years. Having the documentary released to the world, and received with such accolades, feels so right. Randy Travis is the cornerstone of Warner Music Nashville and we are honored and thrilled to help tell his story with ‘More Life,'” said Shane Tarleton, EVP, Artist Development, Warner Music Nashville. Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. About Randy TravisWith lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time and a recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and five Country Music Association honors. In addition, three of his performances earned CMA Song of the Year honors: “On the Other Hand” (1986), “Forever and Ever Amen” (1987) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2002). To date, he has 23 No. 1 singles, 31 Top-10 smashes and more than 40 appearances in feature films and television shows to his credit. Four of his albums are Gold Records. Four are Platinum. One has gone Double Platinum. One is Triple Platinum and another is Quintuple Platinum. In 2004, Randy was honored with his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is honored on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986. Since his near fatal stroke in 2013, with the help of his wife Mary and rigorous physical therapy, Randy continues to make improvements in his speaking, walking, and yes, singing. With Continue reading Randy Travis’ More Life Documentary Wins 6 Telly Awards→