Campers spent last week in Nashville with several country artists, writing, recording, and performing their song "Bright Eyes." They rounded out the week with a special acoustic performance from singer-songwriter JT Hodges.
Hodges is so grateful for the experience sharing, "This has been an amazing experience for me... I want to say, more so than them 'cause this is such an incredible thing and those kids have so much love in them...I'm kind of overwhelmed right now, this was an amazing experience."
JT played a few songs for the campers before leading them into a rousing rendition of "Lean on Me". Campers made the most of this fun opportunity by singing and dancing along! This heart warming moment was captured on camera for fans to enjoy!
You can watch the "Lean on Me" Sing-a-long HERE.
"Already High" on iTunes
Casey Donahew revs up the engine on a vintage Mustang and lets those horses run in the brand new clip for his latest single, “Lovin’ Out Of Control,” which is already rapidly making its way up the Texas country charts. The tune is a fun-filled romp down memory lane as a man fondly recalls the one who got away with his heart in this modern-day love song.
The band has been hard at work on a brand new live CD, due out later this year, and continues to tour heavily throughout the Mid-west and Southwest. Casey will hit the road in September for a Fall tour with Josh Abbott and joins Kevin Fowler in November and December.
You can watch the video for "Lovin' Out of Control" here.
Whiskey Myers premiered their new video for their current single, "Dogwood," today. A little nostalgic and a little sad, the video looks at young love and it's unhappy ending.
You can watch the video here.
Will Hoge is currently on tour in support of his latest album Never Give In (while already hard at work on his next one). He and his band will be making stops in over 25 cities, including NYC, until November.
Will has had a busy year performing on David Letterman and at CMA Fest, where crowds of people spilled out of the seating area into the adjacent streets of downtown Nashville for his set.
Seriously, don't miss seeing him live if he is in a city near you.
See below for tour dates and for more information visit his official website.
Will Hoge Tour Dates:
Jun 28 Kicker Country Stampede 2014 - Manhattan, KS
Jun 29 Country Fest - Cadott, WI
Jul 06 2014 RGV Summer Jam - Mercedes, TX
Jul 09 The Rathskeller - Indianapolis, IN
Jul 10 Country Concert 14 - Fort Loramie, OH
Jul 24 Odawa Casino Resort - O Zone Lounge - Petoskey, MI
Jul 25 The Summit County Fair - Tallmadge, OH
Jul 27 Country Thunder - Twin Lakes, WI
Aug 01 Williamson County Fair - Franklin, TN
Aug 08 Creek Music Festival Grounds - Cherokee, IA
Aug 09 Boondocks - Springfield, IL
Aug 15 Cypress Saloon - Cypress, TX
Aug 16 North Texas Fair And Rodeo - Denton, TX
Aug 20 World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Aug 21 Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
Aug 22 Cellardoor Winery - Lincolnville, ME
Aug 29 Minnesota State Fair - St Paul, MN
Sep 06 Johnson County Old Settlers - Olathe, KS
Sep 19 Joe's on Weed Street - Chicago, IL
Sep 20 Royal Rock Americana - Des Moines, IA
Sep 27 Cattle Baron's Ball - Detroit, MI
Oct 25 White Hall Founder's Day Festival - White Hall, AR
Nov 08 Old City Music Festival - St Augustine, FL
Jan 24 The Rock Boat 2015 Cruise - Miami, FL
Meghan Linsey is recording her new project as a solo artist and is asking her fans for assistance on this journey. She writes on her Pledge Page:
I am so excited that you made it to my Pledge page! As you probably heard I am launching my solo career and I am sooooo excited about it. But I’m most excited that I am launching it with you guys and PledgeMusic. You guys have been so supportive of me throughout my career and with Steel Magnolia and I hope you will support me on this new journey and pledge. Your continued support means the world to me so I really hope you will join me on this journey. I need your help to finish my new music and get on the road to come see you!
You know how it works. By pledging you’ll get the download of my new EP and some great exclusive items. Plus, during the next few months I’ll be posting content exclusively for Pledgers from the studio, at shows, from all over the place. You’ll have exclusive access to behind the scenes videos and pictures of me completing this EP. I can’t wait to share this experience and music with you!
So, let’s get started and I can’t thank you enough for pledging to the amazing journey that led me here! Love you all so much!
As of June 26th, there are eleven days left to pledge. Click the link to learn more!
Photo Credit: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/meghanlinsey
Sunny Sweeney is ready to talk, or rather sing, about it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly—on her new album PROVOKED, a 13-song sampling from the songstress American Songwriter raves as “a modern country music singer with a retro streak.” After her first two albums, Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame and Concrete, this critically acclaimed Texas honky-tonker isn’t about to play coy now. Sweeney has teamed up with Thirty Tigers to release her third album on August 5, 2014 with SiriusXM’s “The Highway” already championing the lead single “Bad Girl Phase.”
The album, produced by Luke Wooten, (Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler and more), tracks Sweeney’s coming to terms with the mistakes she has made and the recovery that the last few years have brought her.
“The album is a journey from nearly hitting bottom and losing everything personally to regaining my footing and being able to find not only my true self again, but real happiness,” Sweeney reveals.
The Texas native who is known for her honest, first-hand accounts comes to this album with new perspectives yet the same honest grit, resulting in new refreshing and vulnerable stories to tell. “My fans recognize that this is something different, and they recognize that I’m writing about the truth. They’ve been through a lot with me, and they’ve seen me in both good places and bad, and the feedback I’m getting from them now is that they feel like this is the real me again.
The album embodies the same mix of toughness and vulnerability that appealed to so many fans of Sweeney’s first two albums, but with an added level of tested-by-fire resilience that deepens the music’s emotional resonance. The songs range from the heart-on-sleeve honesty of “My Bed,” “Uninvited” and “Sunday Dress” to the raucous barroom rave-ups of “You Don’t Know Your Husband” and “Everybody Else Can,” and follow Sweeney’s turbulent and unabashedly personal roller coaster ride from reckless abandon (“Bad Girl Phase”; co-written by Brandy Clark) to yearning (“Find Me”) to candid self-reflection (“Second Guessing”) to the bittersweet defeat (“Carolina on the Line”) to, finally, the healing embrace of happiness (“Used Cars”).
Having self-funded the album with the help of her fans via PledgeMusic, Sweeney is also excited to introduce a charitable element with the new release. A portion of the album’s sales will go to one of Sweeney’s most adored non-profits, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
“I have been unbelievably blessed in my life, and I know that I owe a lot of that to my upbringing to the Northeast Texas community—a place I’m proud to call home. I hope that others will be inspired, or rather invoked, to also pay it forward.”
PROVOKED track listing and songwriter information:
1. "You Don't Know your Husband" (Sunny Sweeney/Angaleena Presley/Mark D. Sanders)
2. "Bad Girl Phase" (Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillion/Shannon Wright)
3. "Second Guessing" (Sunny Sweeney/Natalie Hemby)
4. "Carolina on the Line" (Sunny Sweeney/Brett Warren/Brad Warren/Lance Miller)
5. "Find Me" (Sunny Sweeney/Buddy Owens/Jay Clementi)
6. "Can't Let Go" (Randy Weeks)
7. "Front Row Seats" (Sunny Sweeney/Lance Miller/Brett Warren/Brad Warren)
8. "My Bed" (Sunny Sweeney/Angaleena Presley/Ashley Monroe)
9. "Uninvited" (Sunny Sweeney/Natalie Hemby)
10. "Sunday Dress" (Sunny Sweeney/Monty Holmes/Buddy Owens)
11. "Used Cars” (Sunny Sweeney/Natalie Hemby)
12. "Backhanded Compliment" (Sunny Sweeney/Natalie Hemby)
13. "Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass" (Sunny Sweeney/Brett Beavers/Connie Harrington)
For more information, visit SunnySweeney.com
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @GettinSweenered
Find her on Facebook @OfficialSunnySweeney
Up and coming country singer Clark Manson released his new EP, I’m On It, today, June 26th. The EP features the singles, “I’m On It” and “Drinkin’.” I'm On It reached #16 on the iTunes country charts when it was released for pre-order alone; so there’s no telling how high it will climb now that the official release date is here. Showing promise with song writing and in his live performances across the country, catch Clark when he performs at a city near you and pick up the EP.
Purchase I'm On It here https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/im-on-it-ep/id881892125
Single “I’m On It” Official Lyric Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmntfY3vHwc
Single “Drinkin’” Official Live Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qf_EmvYZ5M
For more information visit http://www.clarkmanson.com/
Follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/clarkmanson
Find Clark on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ClarkMansonOfficial
Rosanne Cash testified today, June 25th, before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Music Licensing Under Title 17 – Part 2 on behalf of the Americana Music Association. The testimony pertained to illegal music downloading and music licensing.
In a statement she said, “I am honored to have been asked by the Americana Music Association to represent musicians, songwriters and recording artists in these hearings. As a singer-songwriter who has been in the music business for 35 years, I look forward to sharing with Washington leaders some of the deep concerns all musicians share in the new digital economy. Creative people deserve fair compensation when their work is used by others.”
You can read a transcript of her testimony here.
Little Big Town released the video for their new single "Day Drinking" exclusively to PEOPLE Country today, June 25th.
"We had a lot of fun shooting the video," singer Phillip Sweet tells PEOPLE. "It captured the spirit and energy of the song."
You can watch the video here.
Little Big Town's album, Painkiller, will be released this fall.
Scotland born folk singer-songwriter Colin Clyne, a versatile acoustic artist as comfortable spinning off an upbeat folk ditty as a heartrending dose of roots melancholy, returns this summer with excellent single "Merry Go Round," taken from album The Never Ending Pageant.
The single, a straight, driving example of how to write an acoustic folk track with true momentum and subtle harmonies, mixes Clyne’s Scottish folk heritage with a touch of Americana in the vocal arrangements – thanks perhaps to 10 years spent living in California.
It’s the first song from the new LP, both released through Colin’s hometown label Fat Hippy Records, a burgeoning independent label.
The album was produced & Engineered by Grammy Award Winning Engineer Alan Sanderson (The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Burt Bacharach). You can hear the first single here:
It’s not difficult to see why his fans include influential new music tastemakers such as Jim Gellatly, John McRuvie, STV and Chris Hawkins of BBC 6 Music – the reflection of an impressive independent career that has seen Clyne support The Red Hot Chilli Pipers (internationally acclaimed Scottish touring band) at a Hogmanay gig in front of 6,000 people, as well as appearing at Belladrum Festival, Edinburgh Festival, The Viper Room in L.A, and the Sacramento Highland Games which boasts over 20,000 people.
Another highlight saw him crowned ‘Best Acoustic Act’ at the San Diego Music Awards in 2011 and 2012 (previously winners include Jewel and Jason Mraz), as well as being named by NBC San Diego as one of San Diego’s top 12 Singer songwriters. That particular list contained an elite list of names, including Jewel, Tom Waits and the late Jim Croce.
It marks an incredible career trajectory for an artist whose first cd was rehearsed and written in the cold store of a ship that he used to work in many years ago. In fact, the lifelong ship worker still does stints at sea from time to time, enjoying the time and space as good song writing inspiration.
All very impressive from an artist who, having severed his fingers in his teens having hardly learned a chord, didn’t touch a guitar again until he was 23.
The single "Merry Go Round" will be released June 30th and the album, The Never Ending Pageant, will be out July 21st.