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New Music From Dan + Shay: “Lying”
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 30 July 2021 20:27:55
GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING SUPERSTARS DAN + SHAY RELEASE NEW SONG “LYING” TODAY FROM HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM GOOD THINGS, OUT 8/13 Duo to Perform Concert Event at The Great Lawn in Centennial Park to Celebrate Album Release on 8/13 First Major Event After Years-Long Centennial Park Restoration Project Has Been Completed Watch the Official Music Video for “Lying” HERE 3x GRAMMY winners Dan + Shay were telling the truth when they stated their upcoming album Good Things is their best one yet. Today, they are giving fans another taste of the highly anticipated LP with the brand-new track “Lying” (LISTEN HERE). The duo’s Dan Smyers produced the jazzy piano-driven tune, providing another glimpse into the breathtaking sound of the unreleased collection. To accompany the song release, Dan + Shay have dropped the official music video for the brand-new track, directed by Dani Vitale and Patrick Tracy (WATCH HERE). “Lying” follows the release of the album’s title track as well, as the official music video, also directed by Tracy (WATCH HERE). To coincide with release day on August 13, the duo will celebrate the 12-song LP with the Good Things Album Release Concert at The Great Lawn in Centennial Park, marking the first time a major concert has happened at the venue (DETAILS HERE). Leading up to the 13th, fans can pre-order the album HERE. Good Things has already made a significant impact, starting with the album’s first single “10,000 Hours” featuring Justin Bieber. Released in October 2019, the multi-week No.1 had the biggest first-week streaming total in country music history and was the fastest country song to reach one million U.S. track equivalents in 2019. The 4x Platinum smash spent 21 weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart (5th longest run in chart history) and landed the duo their third GRAMMY Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, making them the first artist to do so 3x consecutively since the category’s inception. Dan + Shay followed with Platinum-certified “I Should Probably Go To Bed,” which quickly became their fifth consecutive and eighth career No.1, has surpassed 300 million global streams and has garnered over 1.6 million track equivalents. Their current Top 5 and climbing single, “Glad You Exist,” recently became RIAA Gold-certified and is quickly nearing one million track equivalents. Good Things serves as the follow-up to Dan + Shay, the duo’s third album that launched them to massive success. The Platinum-certified record features global hit “Tequila” (6x Platinum and more than 1.2 billion global streams), multi-format hit “Speechless” (5x Platinum and more than 1.1 billion global streams), and No.1 country song “All To Myself” (2x Platinum). The album has aided in countless wins and honors including GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, CMT, American Music, Billboard and iHeartRadio Music Awards, among others. It also added to the duo’s more than eight billion streams globally, 39 RIAA Platinum and Gold certifications and eight No.1 singles at country radio. Their massive headlining Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour will resume this fall with new 2021 dates. The Continue reading New Music From Dan + Shay: “Lying”→
New Music Alert: Americana Trailblazers The Delevantes Return With A Thousand Turns
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 30 July 2021 15:55:00
Americana Trailblazers The Delevantes Return With A Thousand Turns Their first album of new music in 20 years, out September 17th on Moon River Records; First single “Little By Little” out now July 29, 2021 – Nashville, TN – On the precipice of brothers Bob and Mike Delevante helping define a new collective genre of music, Rolling Stone once said “The Delevantes deliver a broad view of the American musical crossroad where country and rock meet and, in this case, become one.” To put it simply, The Delevantes—along with contemporaries like Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Son Volt, the Jayhawks, and Whiskeytown—were right in the middle of it all when the term “Americana” started getting thrown around in regards to music. Now, after two decades since their last album, The Delevantes find themselves releasing new music into a thriving international scene of the roots-meets-rock-meets-country sound they helped pioneer. On September 17th, Bob and Mike are releasing The Delevantes’ A Thousand Turns,a full-length album produced by The Delevantes, long-term production partner and founding member of E Street Band, Garry Tallent, and multi-instrumentalist, Dave Coleman. Fans can hear the album’s first single, “Little By Little,” right now and pre-order or pre-save A Thousand Turns right here. “Sometimes in your life you feel like you’re getting nowhere, maybe even going backwards,” the Delevantes say in regards to their new single “Little By Little.” “But over the course of time, looking back you can see how far you have in fact come…little by little, I got all the way there.” Opening with a jungle-y drum beat and jangle-y guitars, “Little By Little” is a feel good tune, celebrating life’s perseverance—purposeful or not. Born and raised in a working-class New Jersey family, the brothers’ dynamic harmonies evoke classic duos like The Everly Brothers and The Louvin Brothers before them, and The Avett Brothers and Fleet Foxes after. The Delevantes debut album, Long About That Time, was released by Rounder Records to considerable critical acclaim in 1995. Garry Tallent, long-time bass player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, co-produced the record. Entertainment Weekly gave the album an “A” and called it “big-city toughness with bluegrass twang.” Original music videos for outstanding singles “Driving at Night,” and “Pocketful of Diamonds” played in regular rotation on VH1, CMT and other music channels, and the Delevantes performed live on The Conan O’Brien Show. A growing fanbase creating a buzz, hits on the new Gavin Americana radio chart, and a memorable roots-rockin’ performance at SXSW in Austin helped the Delevantes seal a major label deal with Capitol Records. Their second album and major label debut Postcards From Along The Way, was again co-produced by Tallent. Tallent is back yet again as co-producer on A Thousand Turns. In 2019, Bob and Mike Delevante returned to New Jersey to open for Southside Johnny, joined by Bruce Springsteen and Tallent, at the legendary Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Performing together again sparked new creative energy. With an invitation from Nashville’s Blackbird Academy Continue reading New Music Alert: Americana Trailblazers The Delevantes Return With A Thousand Turns→
Umphrey’s McGee Participates In Ten Bands One Cause Benefitting Red Door Community
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 30 July 2021 15:51:00
Limited edition pink vinyl of 2009 studio album Mantis avail on Nov. 5 “We feel truly fortunate to do what we do. To support the cause and help out those fighting cancer just by rereleasing an album… that’s a no brainer.” -Andy Farag July 29, 2021 – Chicago, IL –Umphrey’s McGee is pleased to announce their participation in Ten Bands One Cause which is a limited edition vinyl rollout benefiting Red Door Community. Red Door’s mission is to provide welcoming communities for people who are diagnosed with cancer, as well as for caregivers and people who have lost someone to cancer. The limited edition pink vinyl of Umphrey’s Mantis (releasing via Nothing Too Fancy) will be available on Nov. 5, 2021. Mantis, first released in 2009, is the band’s sixth studio album and is not currently available on vinyl. Please visit https://www.10bands1cause.com/ for more information on this release and the other limited edition vinyls. The band is pleased to join a whole host of other musicians teaming up to support Red Door Community’s mission—Bush, Grandaddy, Less Than Jake, Minus The Bear, Plain White T’s, Primal Scream, Allman Brothers Band, The Hold Steady, and Tom Tom Club are all participating in addition to Umphrey’s. This vinyl announcement comes hot on the heels of Umphrey’s new album called YOU WALKED UP SHAKING IN YOUR BOOTS BUT YOU STOOD TALL AND LEFT A RAGING BULL which was released earlier this month—check out the name’s incredible origin story, animated by Pete Herzog, right here—which is comprised of Umphrey’s McGee’s original, instrumental “walk-on music” compositions. About YOU WALKED UP SHAKING IN YOUR BOOTS BUT YOU STOOD TALL AND LEFT A RAGING BULL: Since 2009, the Chicago-based improv-rock outfit has been using these intro pieces as a jumping-off point in their live shows, but with the studio development of these compositions, the band landed on something much broader than their original walk-on music concept. There’s an ultra-thematic, driving energy in each song that reaches beyond just pre-show excitement; it’s a balls to the wall, fist-pumping peak with every new track. Fans can stream or purchase the new album right now at this link. Catch Umphrey’s McGee On Tour: August 5 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater August 6 – Beech Mountain, NC – Beech Mountain Summer Series August 7 – Beech Mountain, NC – Beech Mountain Summer Series August 8 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company August 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park August 13 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater August 14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue August 15 – Des Moines, IA – Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park August 20-22 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival September 2 – San Rafael, CA – Terrapin Crossroads September 3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater September 4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern September 5 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park September 9 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ September Continue reading Umphrey’s McGee Participates In Ten Bands One Cause Benefitting Red Door Community→
Tune-In Alert: CMA Summer Jam is coming to your TV Sept. 2!
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 30 July 2021 03:50:39
Save the date! “CMA Summer Jam,” a three hour, star-studded Country Music concert event is coming Thursday, Sept. 2 at 8|7c on ABC. Filmed at open-air Ascend Amphitheater and multiple other locations around downtown Nashville, the special features a setlist of performances and collaborations curated by the artists themselves. See Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, BRELAND, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, HARDY, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Lainey Wilson and Dwight Yoakam – it’s Country’s Hottest Night! CMA Summer Jam Will Air on ABC Beginning At The Following Local Times: Eastern: 8pm Central: 7pm Mountain: 7pm Pacific: 8pm Alaska: 7pm Hawaii: 7pm Visit https://cmasummerjam.com/ for more ways to watch!
Chase Bryant on second chances, success, & his long-awaited debut for GRAMMY Museum’s Spotlight Session
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 30 July 2021 03:29:10
ICYMI: Chase Bryant was featured on the GRAMMY Museum’s Spotlight Session exclusively on COLLECTION:live. In the 35-minute program, Bryant opens up to moderator Scott Goldman on his miraculous second chance story, the keys to success, and his “triumphant debut album” Upbringing. Plus, he performs an incredible, stripped-down rendition of “High, Drunk, and Heartbroke.” Watch his full interview and performance here: https://watch.grammymuseum.org/spotlight/videos/chase-bryant Released on July 16th, Upbringing is a searing, honest portrait of struggle and resilience. Produced by Jon Randall (Miranda Lambert, Jake Ingram) and recorded at Austin’s famed Arlyn Studios,the album is incredible and Bryants most visceral to date, “built with the kind of creative abandon that accompanies soul-level renewal and a focus on living in the moment” (Billboard). Listen for yourself here. Bryant’s Spotlight Session follows his recent interviews with NPR Weekend Edition, Tamron Hall Show, and Good Morning America Digital.
Roy Clark Display to Open at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore, OK
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 23 July 2021 20:56:09
The Life of Roy Clark, an exhibit with over 75 photographs, awards, plaques, musical instruments, rifles, costumes, and records from Roy Clark’s 50-year show business career, is set to open August 5 at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in downtown Claremore. “Clark had an exciting life,” said Davis Museum’s executive director, Wayne McCombs. “Most of us know about his music and TV career, but how many know that he was also a pilot, a drag car racer, or antique rifle collector? He was a remarkable man. “The idea for the display came from a conversation I had with Clark’s long-time manager, Jim Halsey,” McCombs continued. “I asked if Roy had any firearms we could display in the museum. Halsey said that he had several rifles, but there was a lot more to Clark’s story. When Halsey showed Clark’s collection to our curator Jason Schubert and myself, we couldn’t believe the number of awards and artifacts. We kept asking him, ‘How about this trophy or that award. May we display those too?’ We are grateful to Mr. Halsey and Clark’s widow, Barbara, for the opportunity to share these parts of Roy’s life with the public.” Halsey commented, “Roy was a top entertainer of his era. He was often a guest host on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, he appeared on Broadway, played the largest venues in Las Vegas, had a 20-year run on the TV show Hee-Haw, and won numerous awards from the music industry.” Among the artifacts are many musical instruments, including the banjo and guitar Clark played on Hee-Haw. The collection also contains Clark’s platinum record Yesterday, When I Was Young, a book depicting his landmark visit to Russia in 1976, and several rifles including an antique from the Civil War. Roy Clark moved to Tulsa in 1974 donated time and money to charitable causes. From 1976 to 1983 he hosted the Roy Clark Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Children’s Medical Center. Prominent names such as Bob Hope, Glen Campbell, Jimmy Dean, Mickey Mantle, The Oak Ridge Boys and former President Gerald Ford came to Tulsa to help “Roy’s Kids” at the Medical Center. In 1976, Clark became the ‘first Country Music performer’ to perform in the Soviet Union. His showmanship helped pave the way for future peace talks between the Americans and Russians. A documentary was produced during Clark’s tour and the film will be shown later in the fall at the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore. Clark also helped save professional baseball in Tulsa. The Tulsa Oilers had moved out of the city due to inadequate facilities, so in 1977, Clark and Tulsa businessman Bill Rollings purchased a double-A team and moved it to Tulsa. Then he sponsored a telethon in 1979 to raise money to build a new Tulsa baseball facility. The J.M. Davis Museum is the largest privately-held arms collection in the world. It contains 11,000 weapons and has over 50,000 on display. The museum is located in downtown Claremore at 5th Continue reading Roy Clark Display to Open at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore, OK→
Jason Aldean tells Apple Music about his new duet with Carrie Underwood “If I Didn’t Love You” and 25th No. 1 Song
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 23 July 2021 20:53:30
Jason Aldean joins Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen to talk about his new duet with Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You.” He give props to members of his band who wrote not only this new single, but also his 25th No. 1, “Blame It On You.” Kelleigh also sits down with songwriter Josh Jenkins who wrote Jordan Davis’s “Buy Dirt” and the viral TikTok hit “Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes. Jason Aldean on achieving his 25th #1 song with “Blame It On You”I just got the memo on that yesterday morning and it’s really cool. What to me is really cool about that song is a couple of the guys that are in my band who have been with me for over 20 years were co-writers on that song. They had written some things that we had recorded before and we had had singles and album cuts and things like that, but never had a number one together that they wrote, that I recorded. This was our first one. Even though we’ve been playing music together for 20 plus years, this was the first time they had written a number one for me, so it was just pretty special. Jason Aldean on choosing powerhouse vocalists like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson as duet partnersI remember with “Don’t You Want to Stay?” Kelly was actually my first choice for that song and I’ve just always been a fan of her voice. And then when you get on stage or in the studio and start trading vocals with them, it’s like, man, you realize really quick that who the better singer in the room is, you know what I mean? Those guys are amazing singers and really powerful and just a lot of range. It’s really cool for me to get to work with people like that and sort of find my spot in the song to make my voice work with theirs and it’s been great. I mean, obviously Kelly, the song we did with her got us a Grammy nomination and just was a really big song for us, single of the year at CMA’s. Hopefully, we can replicate that with this song. Jason Aldean on his 3-year-old son Memphis showing a love for music and a photo Jason recently posted on InstagramTrying to kind of break him in slow, but he loves being around it. I mean, he likes being on stage and watching my show, watching other people’s shows. I took him out the day you’re talking about and Hardy was playing in front of us, so I took him out and watched him. I think last night he got to see Tracy Lawrence for a little bit and he’s watched our show. He just seems to love to be around it. Obviously, he’s a little too young to tell. He’s three right now, but for me, I just think it’s cool to have him out and have him be around it versus seeing it in pictures and videos when he gets older. I Continue reading Jason Aldean tells Apple Music about his new duet with Carrie Underwood “If I Didn’t Love You” and 25th No. 1 Song→
iHeart Country Festival Taps Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, and Toby Keith as Headliners
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 20 July 2021 21:10:05
iHeart Radio has announced the details of their end-of-summer country concert festival! The event will be held on October 30th in Austin, TX at the Frank Erwin Center, and will featured a star-studded lineup that includes: Blake SheltonToby KeithLittle Big TownJake OwenCarly PearceCole Swindelland Chase Rice The festival will be hosted by radio DJ Bobby Bones. “The IHEARTCOUNTRY FESTIVAL is one of Country music’s most-anticipated nights, and this year is especially exciting,” said iHEARTCOUNTRY EVP/Programming ROD PHILLIPS. “Live music is back, and we can’t wait to return to the FRANK ERWIN CENTER with this iconic lineup.” LIVEXLIVE will exclusively stream the main stage celebration for fans globally on livexlive.com, and iHEARTMEDIA’s more than 150 Country stations will broadcast the event live in their local markets and on iHeartRadio.com. CAPITAL ONE cardholders have exclusive access to special pre-sale tickets before the general public for 48 hours only beginning TUESDAY, JULY 27th from 10a (CT) through THURSDAY, JULY 29th at 10a (CT).
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 20 July 2021 19:33:00
Chase Bryant joined NPR Weekend Edition Sunday for a candid conversation about his journey in making his long-awaited debut album, Upbringing(available everywhere now).In his conversation with host Lulu Garcia-Navarro, Bryant shares how he overcame an attempted suicide and returned to the stage as a confident, self-assured artist.Listen to the conversation here Created in the aftermath of this season of depression and self-discovery, Upbringing is a searing, honest portrait of struggle and resilience that Bryant could only create once he left the Nashville machine and returned to his Texas roots. It’s an that rejects the voices telling Bryant who he should be and finds Bryant embracing his musical and personal truth. Upbringing was recorded at Austin’s Arlyn Studios and produced by Jon Randall (Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley). The album features a top-shelf band that alongside Bryant includes drummer J.J. Johnson (Gary Clark, Jr., Tedeschi Trucks Band) and guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams).If you have yet to hear Upbringing, listen here and below.
Ashland Craft Releases New Album – To Tour with Zac Brown Band
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 20 July 2021 03:32:46
Big Loud Records spitfire Ashland Craft reclaims the open road as her own in debut album, TRAVELIN’ KIND, out September 3. Announcing exclusively today (7/19) with American Songwriter, read the feature here. “I think it was important for me to start the story from the beginning, until now. And so it was only appropriate to name it Travelin’ Kind. In my head, that was an ideal title because that’s me right now. It’s what I’m doing and what I will be [doing] for a while,” Craft shared exclusively with American Songwriter. “I’m proud of the fact that it’s organic and a little more old school than the modern Country in the way we produced it. We didn’t use any tracks or extra things. We just let the music speak for itself. And, I feel like it turned out to represent me very well and who I am, and I’m excited for people to get to hear it and connect to it.” Capturing the true heart-and-hustle of a 17 miles-per-gallon lifestyle, TRAVELIN’ KIND is an 11-track introduction to Craft and her ramblin’ way of life with “surefooted styling and brazen vocals” (American Songwriter). Roaming free and easy with all songs intersecting, the anticipated project represents Craft’s one-way ticket to Nashville and all the tour stops, truck stops, and broken hearts in-between, after relocating from her hometown of Piedmont, SC, in 2019. Fresh off a Top 10 stint on NBC’s The Voice and signing a record deal smack-dab in the middle of a pandemic, she’s spent the last year counting down the days until touring again. “I wasn’t made for the settlin’ down / In a white picket fence water tank town / I got a soul like a black crow flyin’ / I guess I always been the travelin’ kind,” she sings in the bold title track and wild-at-heart manifesto. As one of nine songs all co-penned by Craft, the Jonathan Singleton-produced collection features a heavy-hitting, GRAMMY-nominated songwriting crew including Singleton, Jessi Alexander, Jessie Jo Dillon, Rodney Clawson, and Wyatt Beasley Durrette, III, alongside her close friends and rising talents like Faren Rachels, Rob Snyder, Lee Starr, Willie Morrison, Reid Isbell, and Jenna LaMaster. “In sharing her innermost vulnerabilities, Craft puts forth something universally resonant as an ambassador of country music,” hails American Songwriter. Ashland Craft’s TRAVELIN’ KIND Track List: 1. “Travelin’ Kind” (Ashland Craft, Erik Dylan)2. “Your Momma Still Does” (Jenna LaMaster, Jonathan Singleton)3. “Leavin’ You Again” (Ashland Craft, Jenna LaMaster, Faren Rachels)4. “Make It Past Georgia” (Ashland Craft, Reid Isbell, Willie Morrison)5. “Last 20 Dollars” (Ashland Craft, Wyatt Beasley Durrette, III, Jonathan Singleton)6. “Highway Like Me (feat. Marcus King)” (Ashland Craft, Jessi Alexander, Reid Isbell)7. “Mimosas In The Morning” (Ashland Craft, Jessie Jo Dillon, Jonathan Singleton)8. “Day By Day” (Tori Allen, Corey Grogan)9. “Letcha Fly” (Ashland Craft, Willie Morrison, Lee Starr)10. “Come Down” (Ashland Craft, Adam Hood, Rob Snyder)11. “That’s The Kinda Place” (Ashland Craft, Rodney Clawson, Jonathan Singleton) All Songs Produced by Jonathan Singleton Stopping critics dead in Continue reading Ashland Craft Releases New Album – To Tour with Zac Brown Band→