Celebrated songwriters will serpentine from Columbia, Mo. (Rose Music Hall) through Charleston, S.C. (The Pour House) on 10-day tour through the region.
AUSTIN, Texas (Press Release) — Singer-songwriter enthusiasts take note: legendary songwriter James McMurtryand rapidly rising tunesmith John Moreland are teaming up for a nearly two-week tour throughout the Midwest and East Coast in March. The highly lauded troubadours will launch the run at Rose Music Hall in Columbia, Mo. and weave through Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia before wrapping at the Pour House in Charleston, S.C.
“I'm tired of the road, but I wouldn't want to be denied access to it,” McMurtry says. “I'm always writing new material one line at a time on the iPhone. I don't know when there will be a new record, but Ross Hogarth will produce it whenever it happens.”
McMurtry continues riding waves of universal acclaim for his last offering, Complicated Game. “At a stage where most veteran musicians fall into a groove or rut, McMurtry continues to surprise,” Texas Music magazine noted. “[Complicated Game] is a collection of narratives as sharply observed as any from McMurtry, but with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity.” Indeed, the Austin resident’s latest collection spotlights a singular craftsman as he turns inward (“These Things I've Come to Know,” “You Got to Me”). “The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry says. “It's also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman.”
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Nashville-based Kellen of Troy (aka Kellen Wenrich) has officially released his debut LP, Posthumous Release.
Early in his youth Wenrich realized he didn't have the physicality for sports. He decided music was just as good as baseball and took up violin in school. The instrument became his constant companion. He became a member of nationally successful band Apache Relay. It was through the dissolving of the band and some personal break-ups that he began formulating the material for his own band Kellen Of Troy.
Watch the video for "Not Too Far to Reach" HERE
Nashville, Tenn. – (Press Release February 21, 2018) – Country singer-songwriter, Jake Ward, is celebrating his 4th consecutive #1 single on Texas radio with “Not Too Far to Reach” as it tops Texas Regional Radio Report. “Not Too Far to Reach” was written by Jake Ward, Mark Addison Chandler, and Davis Corley and was produced by Mason Shirley (Sound Machine Studio, Corpus Christi, TX). The song was inspired by his wife and is the first single off the four-track EP of the same title, which was released in October 2017 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
Two years ago, the Texas Music Pickers called Jake Ward the "#1 best-kept secret on the Texas and red dirt music scene.” With four consecutive #1’s, over one million streams on Spotify, and his knack for blending classic country music with contemporary rock, Ward is quickly earning a name as one of the hottest rising stars in Texas.
Ward is currently spending time in Nashville writing new music. He is also actively touring in Texas with his band. The 25-year-old Corpus Christi-native and his young band are known for their high-energy live shows and have shared the bill with some of the biggest names in Texas including Aaron Watson, Chris Young, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Johnson, Kevin Fowler, Stoney Larue, Roger Creager, Reckless Kelly, Whiskey Myers, Kyle Park, and William Clark Green.
Ward’s next single off the same EP is titled, “Where the Wind Blows” and will be released in the spring of 2018.
New York, NY (February 21, 2018) – Caitlin Canty will release her new album, Motel Bouquet, on March 30 via Tone Tree Music and today shared a new track, "Scattershot."
“Scattershot” paints a soul at the mercy of a storm as floodwaters rise; “First it’s filling up the wells / And it’s rolling through the streets of this town / Over the steps of the motel / Lightning tore the sky from the clouds / Now it’s rising to the rafters / Climbing up the steeple / Ringing all the bells / Ringing all the bells.”
Produced by Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny and featuring a band of some of Nashville’s finest musicians, Motel Bouquet is an album written on the move — in airplanes, motels, backstage, and upon uprooting herself and leaving behind the hard concrete of New York City for the green edges of Nashville. Canty wrote these songs while looking back at loss, falling in love, and building a new life.
Motel Bouquet is available for pre-order, along with a wide variety of exclusive items and bundles at PledgeMusic. Tour dates start March 17 in Santa Monica and extend through the spring. A full list of tour dates can be found HERE
Watershed Festival Announces Brantley Gilbert, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton & More Lead 7th Year Lineup
Nashville, TN - Feb. 21, 2018 - Watershed Music And Camping Festival announced the highly-anticipated 2018 lineup today, sharing that Brantley Gilbert, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton will lead the festival’s seventh year. Established as one of the most exclusive festivals in the genre, the three-day, two-stage country music experience takes place at the world’s most breathtaking venue, The Gorge Amphitheater on Aug. 3-5. It was also revealed Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Big & Rich, Morgan Evans, Jillian Jacqueline, Chris Lane, LOCASH, Cassadee Pope, Granger Smith and Brett Young will also take the coveted stage, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. With a long-standing precedence for selling out in minutes, passes will go on sale Fri, March 2 at 10am PT at WatershedFest.com.
Nashville, TENN (Press Release) --- Multi-award-winning Country Music artist, David Frizzell, announces an expansion of his Nashville America Records label with a new distribution deal and the signing of new artist, Sarah Patrick.
For decades, Nashville America Records has been the label home for Frizzell’s individual projects as well as the renowned Frizzell & Friends collaborations produced by the Country Music icon. Frizzell & Friends collaborations have included Merle Haggard, Crystal Gayle, Johnny Lee, Gene Watson, Joe Stampley, Jeannie Seely, T. Graham Brown, Lacy J. Dalton, Bobby Bare, Helen Cornelius, Jimmy Fortune (Statler Brothers), John Cowan (New Grass Revival), Johnny Rodriguez, Amy Clawson, Marty Haggard, Rex Allen Jr., brother Allen Frizzell and niece Tess Frizzell. Now, Frizzell has opened the label to artists outside of his tight, creative circle of gifted family and friends, and for the first time, has signed a new talent to be welcomed into the Frizzell fold.
“I’ve always enjoyed producing, almost as much as performing,” Frizzell says. “My passion has always been traditional country music, and I discovered a talented young lady who impressed me so much that I signed her to the label. This is a first for Nashville America Records, and I’m very happy with the team we’ve assembled.”
'Battleground Korea— Songs and Sounds of America's Forgotten War' Presents a Musical Look at this Moment in American History
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) — There has never been a box set quite like Battleground Korea: Songs and Sounds of America’s Forgotten War, due out in the U.S. on March 23, 2018. The award-winning folks at Bear Family Records have assembled an impressive four-CD anthology that is part ’50s American soundtrack and part historical document, representing the most comprehensive examination ever assembled of songs inspired by the Korean War. While the music of the World War II and Vietnam War eras garnered a lot of attention, far less is known about the sounds of the Korea War period, even though it stands as a significant time in American society, from the post-WWII boom years to dawning of the ’60s.
The 121 tracks on these four discs incorporate a full range of American styles — country, blues, pop, folk, bluegrass, and gospel — and features big-time acts covering all of these genres. The selections include country stars like Ernest Tubb, Gene Autry, Jean Shepherd, Tex Ritter, Red Foley, and Merle Travis as well as blues legends John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Boy Crudup, andJimmy Witherspoon. There are songs by Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Dave Bartholomew, and 2018 inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe, with Delmore Brothers, Louvin Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and (individually) the Osborne Brothers among the bluegrass luminaries in this collection.
Been of fan of Elijah's for quite some time. Happy to see his music reaching more ears.
Los Angeles-based artist Elijah Ocean is a songwriter’s songwriter. Channeling the ghosts of Laurel Canyon as well as the Hudson Valley, his sensibilities for folklore and his ear for a hook are on full display with his latest single, “Down This Road.” Ocean penned the first verse on his couch after moving to Los Angeles in 2014, and it stopped there for a while. After multiple revisions and mental blocks over the next three years, the song was finished in November 2017 in a Las Vegas hotel room, where longtime friend and keyboardist Zach Jones helped bring it to life.
Nashville duo Whiskey Wolves of the West - Tim Jones (vocals, guitar) and Leroy Powell (vocals, guitar, bass, pedal steel, clavinet, keys, harmonica) - is set to unleash its debut album, Country Roots, on March 2. A sonic fusion of country, roots, rock, and blues Country Roots is a seven-track collection of genre-defying tunes that flow loosely over a base of solid, accessible songwriting.
Fully living up to its name, the album includes the analog-lovin' tone of “Lay That Needle Down,” the modernized down-home spirit of the title track, and the bright vibe of the album’s closer, “#1 (The Ballad of Dallas Davidson).” Today, TDC is incredibly honored and excited to bring you another of the album's cuts, "Sound of the South," which Powell says, “tries to cover the history of rock and roll in 2-3 minutes or less.” Led by a retro-soul instrumental introduction, "Sound of the South" is supported by Michael Webb's subtly dynanic organ-work and dominated by the duo's powerful and passionate vocals which pay respectful homage to the musical legends, and people, of the South.
"Scratchy old records spinning all night long, I begged to stay up late
With Charley Pride and Elvis
Bill Haley singing Rocket 88
It's a soul thing making you feel like the worlds a better place
Even up in Boston they be sharing those radio waves"
Powell explains the story behind the song below, then talks further about the track, the South, and the Muppets!
It came about after a four-hour Bub City gig, a wintry Chicago evening, and a black-out drunk. If it wasn't for iPhone voice memo, this would’ve turned out to be a hymn. Tim and I were so surprised that the song turned out as good as it did when we listened back the next morning. This song and "Drifting On" actually became the impetus to go into the studio for the first time. We felt like we had something worth laying down.
Sometimes magic can be captured immediately in the studio. What was the recording process for “Sound of the South” like?
Tim’s friend Bill Reynolds has a beautiful studio in Nashville off of Charlotte Pike called Fleetwood Shacks. We booked out the room for the afternoon and invited some friends over. "Sound of the South" was a blast to record. My bro Chris on drums. Willie Weeks on bass. Tom Bukovac and me on guitars. Michael Webb on organ. Tim and I sang it down in two takes.
(Press Release) Jackson, Mississippi’s Young Valley offers points of view from songwriters Zach Lovett, Dylan Lovett and Spencer Thomas with a trading of ideas and styles from traditional country to southern-tinged rock ‘n' roll. Since the release of their debut album No Filter in 2014, the boys have toured 34 states over the span of a couple years sharing the stage with Shooter Jennings, Lucero, American Aquarium, Phosphorescent and Futurebirds.
The band recorded their sophomore self-titled album early last year at Dial Back Sound in Water Valley, MS and this 10-track effort is set to be released this spring. “Well-rehearsed, well-refined, raw” they told Find It In Fondren (a popular Jackson neighborhood magazine) calling it a record that “falls off the bone.”
Young Valley's self-titled album will be available April 20th on vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats.
Click here to pre-order all formats.