Craig Gerdes gets you in the holiday spirit with his new single "Christmas Eve At Our House." The upbeat, boot-tappin' country Christmas number finds Gerdes weaving some dysfunction - whiskey, cigarettes, and fightin', - into an autobiographical tale of a holiday family gathering. Led by pedal steel, bouncy bass, and plenty of guitar licks, "Christmas At Our House" is a humorous holiday keeper.
Gerdes' forthcoming record, Smokin', Drinkin' & Gamblin' is out February 16 and features production work and contributions from Jim Vest (Johnny Paycheck, Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe), as well as pedal steel from Robby Turner (Waylon Jennings, Chris Stapleton). Smokin' Drinkin' & Gamblin' is full of outlaw-country rug cutters and ballads about strong heads and weak hearts. Fueled by nostalgia, Gerdes' songwriting talent turns old habits into dependable crutches, nursing the phantom pain of distant love. The nine-track album is full old-school four-to-the-floor honky tonk that calls to mind country legends like George Strait, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. For more information, visit HERE.
Nashville, Tenn. December 7, 2018 (Press Release)—Blackbird Presents and Charlie Daniels are proud to announce “Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie,” an all-star concert event at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7 PM CT. Since its inception in 1974, Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam has brought together some of music’s greatest legends. Now, 43 years later, friends, fans, and an extraordinary lineup of musicians will come together for a very special Volunteer Jam honoring the southern rock pioneer Charlie Daniels – the man who started it all.
This unforgettable concert event will feature performances by Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band, Alison Krauss, Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, Bobby Bare, Chris Janson, Chuck Leavell, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Ricky Skaggs with many more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks. Storme Warren will be returning as host. For the first time ever, rock great Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top will honor Daniels at the Jam. Country music legend Eddie Montgomery will make a heroic return to the stage after the tragic passing of his partner, Troy Gentry.
Veteran singer/songwriter Matthew Mayfield has released the lyric video for his song “Warfare on Repeat” from his latest LP RECOIL. The namesake for his recent fifteen-city tour is one of the more upbeat tunes from the project but is one of the hardest hitting lyrically highlighting the subject of addiction and the struggle that accompanies it. “Can’t recall an evening that I didn’t end up drowning at the bar. Yeah…loneliness is crippling and memory is frankly just too hard. Do I fear that I will change if I empty all the booze down the drain,” sings Mayfield to cheerful melody.
“Addiction is a hell of a thing as we all know. It could be anything: drugs, booze, sex, gambling, cutting, food...the list goes on forever. I never intended to write this song - it wrote itself," says Matthew. "I have had so many fans tell me how this song and other songs in my catalog have helped them gain some perspective on those issues and for some, they’ve told me it saved their life. There’s no higher honor than that. THAT will bring you to tears. It’s why I do this in the first place...to make a difference."
RECOIL is a sonic and lyrical departure from Mayfield’s previous release, Wild Eyes. Wild Eyes was a collection of songs created over time that reflected different periods in Matthew’s life. RECOIL, by contrast, was born quickly and violently, the fruit of an intense effort by Mayfield to depict the good, the bad, and the ugly in the present world he inhabits. According to Mayfield, “making RECOIL was extremely hard—I had to drag the songs out of me and stick with them until they said exactly what I needed them to say.”
Watch the video for "The Boy" HERE
(Press Release) Shannon & The Clams will release their fifth studio album, Onion, via Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label on February 16th. Today, the band debuts their music video for Onion’s lead single, “The Boy,” directed by Ryan Daniel Browne via Noisey who calls the song “a sparkling, hook-laden track that immediately gets under your skin with its wall-of-sound chorus, rife with crisp guitar strums, cascading riffs, and raw harmonies led by vocalist-guitarist Cody Blanchard.” Watch “The Boy” here. Onion is available for pre-order on CD, vinyl, and digitally here.
Onion, produced by The Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach at his Nashville studio, finds a finely tuned and tour-tested band stretching out from the 60s-inspired, surf inflected rock that has defined their previous releases, and delves into genres including soul and psychedelic pop. On their new LP, the band explores themes of origin and self-determination, loss and recovery, and the power of community to heal after tragedy. “It’s okay for people to interpret the songs,” Shannon Shaw says. “You can put your own story into it if that helps you heal. I just want people to feel something, whatever it is.”
(Nashville, Tennessee...Press Release) - December 8, 2017 -- The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has announced April 3-7, 2018 as the dates for the 26th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. The popular event features hit songwriters from all genres of music performing at some of Nashville's hottest music venues. Regions Bank returns for the 11th year as the presenting sponsor of the event.
Tin Pan South reigns as the world's largest all-songwriter festival, and thousands of music fans attend the event annually to hear songwriters tell stories behind hit songs they have written and perform the songs as they were originally composed. The 2017 festival featured over 400 talented songwriters performing 100 shows during the five-day event.
For the 11th consecutive year, NSAI invited a select group of students at the Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film to present artwork concepts to be used on all marketing materials for the upcoming Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. Students are given full creative license on how to best capture the sense of community, diversity and energy the festival embodies. Of the 13 participating students, the chosen design was created by María Sol Mancini. Currently an Illustration major at Watkins, Mancini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, raised in Sunrise, Florida and studied at the Dillard Center for the Arts.
Stay tuned to tinpansouth.com in the coming months for information about venues, lineups, the popular Fast Access Passes and more.
Listen to the title track HERE
December 8, 2017 - Jamie McLean Band has just announced the Feb. 23 release of its new LP, One and Only, produced by ex-Wilco drummer Ken Coomer (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris) at Nashville's legendary Sound Emporium, and featuring contributions from an impressive list of guest artists, from Americana mainstay Sam Bush to reed man extraordinaire Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck, Dave Matthews Band) and mesmerizing British singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas.
Jamie McLean Band also released the album's title track and lead single today. The song premiered this week at Glide Magazine, who called it McLean's "strongest songwriting to date—straightforward, no frills American guitar rock that brings to mind Americana and alt-country favorites like Jason Isbell, Whiskeytown and The Jayhawks."When Jamie McLean and his band get cooking, signature Gibson Les Paul slung over his shoulder, jangling downhome American rock & roll blaring from the speakers—damn the torpedoes, it’s like 1976 all over again. With the depth and honesty of his songs, and the effortless showmanship of his live performances, you can trace a clean lineage straight back from McLean to the legends whose influence he’s proudly stitched on his sleeve.
“I’ve been working at this long enough now that I know what’s going to be a great song and what feels extra,” McLean says. “Tom Petty had the line, ‘Don’t bore us, get to the chorus.’ That always resonated with me.”
Nashville, TN (Press Release)--Nashville-based Americana artist Lynn Taylor has an uncanny knack for composing narratives that detail a two-edged razor, tackling — and even celebrating — both life’s angels and devils in one swoop.
On his third release with band the BarFlies, Staggered (set to drop January 30), Taylor continues to flex this talent, this time revealing a staggeringly personal side. The majority of the record was written by Taylor, with his favorite songwriting pal Larry O’Brien — who teamed for what developed out to be a narrative of the emotions surrounding deep grief.
Taylor lost his wife, Kim, last year after an ongoing struggle with cancer, and much of the album examines his difficult journey. The set’s "If You're Gone” and “Crumble Away” deal directly with the loss, while others such as the title track, “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” and “Lean Into Me” continue the narrative of healing, as life for those left behind must go on.
Co-founder of the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and Souther-Hillman-Furay Band took a solo flight on Asylum Records with Slippin’ Away and Clear Sailin’, available together on CD for the first time.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) — Chris Hillman co-founded some of the most classic, seminal, groundbreaking acts of the ’60s and ’70s including the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. But, in the mid 1970s, he decided it was time to try things on his own.
The 20-track The Asylum Years compilation, to be released on February 9, 2018 by Omnivore Recordings, combines Hillman’s two Asylum LPs on one CD for the first time.
1976 brought Slippin’ Away, the musical journeyman’s first solo release. Produced by renowned engineers Ron and Howard Albert (Derek and the Dominos, Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix), it was a star-studded affair, featuring members of Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Poco, Buffalo Springfield, the Turtles, and ace studio musicians. Hillman took his place as frontman, and the results were the epitome of the classic ’70s L.A. sound.
Red-Hot Collaboration Shatters Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart History Track Is The Third Debut To Ever Top The Chart
Nashville, Tenn. (December 8, 2017 Press Release) – Global superstars BEBE REXHA and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINEare making Country music history with the debut of their red-hot collaboration, “Meant to Be,” dominating the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at #1.
Immediately skyrocketing to the chart’s top position, the vibey romantic anthem marks the first #1 Hot County Songs debut in FGL’s already-groundbreaking career, and only the third #1 debut in the chart’s modern history. The track also makes Rexha the first solo female to debut at the chart’s top spot, which according to Billboard gathered 10.4 million U.S. streams in its first week of release while simultaneously landing inside the Top 10 of the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart.
“Meant to Be” is now FGL’s sixth #1 on the chart – which measures a combination of radio airplay, sales and streams – and includes their record-breaking 18-week run of “H.O.L.Y.” in 2016 and 24-week reign of “Cruise” in 2012.
Featuring a laid-back beat and sultry vocal harmonies, “Meant to Be” was co-written by FGL’s Tyler Hubbard with Rexha, Josh Miller and David Garcia, and appears on Rexha’s new EP, ALL YOUR FAULT: PT. 2. Although not originally envisioned as a Country single, fan demand caused radio stations to begin spinning the track organically, and it was officially released in late November.
Its unexpected success highlights FGL’s undeniable dominance as Country continues to evolve, with fans embracing their anything-goes mindset and commitment to staying fresh.
The duo is currently back in the studio working on a new album, the follow-up to 2016’s DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG Records). Pushing the duo into a bold new stylistic territory and helping them achieve stadium-headliner status, the project included the 3X PLATINUM-certified lead single “H.O.L.Y.” and PLATINUM-certified hits “May We All” (featuring Tim McGraw) and “God, Your Mama, And Me” (featuring Backstreet Boys).
SUSTO released their new Christmas single, "R.I.P. Santa," a tune Baeble calls "so calming and warm, we'll probably be listening to this song way after the holiday season." Read about the story behind the song HERE.
SUSTO is comprised of Justin Osborne (vocals, guitar), Dries Vandenberg (guitar), Marshall Hudson (drums), Jenna Desmond (bass) and Corey Campbell (guitar, keys). The band name derives from a medical syndrome specific to Latin American culture that roughly translates as “panic attack.”
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