Hardy On The Loud-And-Proud Genesis Of His Debut Single
Country newcomer Hardy isn’t afraid of the word “redneck.” In fact, he wears it as a badge of honor in his chest-thumping new single, “Rednecker.”
Full of twangy, distorted guitars, foot-stomping drums and the Mississippi native’s down-and-dirty vocal drawl, the country rock anthem is all about about establishing his “county-line cred” – so don’t bother arguing over who’s “rednecker” than who. Hardy’s pretty much guaranteed to win.
“I’ve killed catfish with shotguns,” he says with a wry laugh, speaking with Sounds Like Nashville while hopping airports on a promotional tour of radio stations. “We used to trap wild hogs and take ‘em up to this guy who would keep ‘em to train his dogs with, and I’ve got the arm band that gets you into the county fair in my hometown tattooed on my wrist. There are so many things …”
Hardy – the stage name of singer-songwriter Michael Hardy – got his start as a Music Row tunesmith, honing his tightly-coiled brand of backwoods badassery with platinum-certified No.1s like Morgan Wallen’s “Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line (he can even been seen in the beginning of Wallen’s “Up Down” video) and FGL’s “Simple.” But with “Rednecker” and two new EPs – This Ole Boy and Where to Find Me – he’s forging his own path.
“It’s where I came from and the language I know to speak,” he says about of single’s middle-of-nowhere grit. “I feel like that, more than any other way of writing, is what I know to do the best. I’ve never gotten heavy into writing love songs, and the truest thing I can say is what I come from. I’m from the country. I’m just a good ole boy.”
“Rednecker” was written a little over a year ago with Jordan Schmidt and Andy Albert while the buddies were visiting Colorado. One of them, he’s not sure who, said “I’m rednecker than you,” and all three busted out laughing. That’s where the song got its start.
“We were in Colorado, so you can take a guess [about why we were laughing] from that,” he says. “It’s always this thing like ‘Is that a song? You think we can pull that off?’ So we walked upstairs and wrote the whole song. It started off just being funny, but we also knew it was good.”
A few weeks later the trio met up in Schmidt’s studio and fleshed out the song’s hard-driving sound, and the rest is history. “It just took on this cool vibe like ‘Man, this is funny, and it’s tough. But I bet it can appeal to a lot of people,’” Hardy says.
“My town’s smaller than your town, and I got a bigger buck and bass on my wall,” goes the chorus. “I’ve got a little more kick in my drawl, y’all, I’ve got a little more spit in my chaw.”
Soon enough Hardy signed a record deal with Big Loud Records and “Rednecker” became his first radio single. He’s been taking it out on the road with Wallen’s If I Know Me Tour – playing to rowdy, sold-out crowds all across the country – and Hardy says one thing’s for sure. He finds proud rednecks everywhere he goes.
“I’m not gonna lie, I think there might be just as many rednecks – if not more – up north than there are in the south,” he admits. “One time I drove from Buffalo, New York, to Albany, and I had no idea it was like Texas. There are signs on the road saying ‘Next gas station 40 miles.’ There’s a whole lot of nothing up there.”
Hardy’s certainly drawing attention with his own tunes, but he’s also still collaborating with his superstar pals. He’s featured as an artist and a co-writer on Florida Georgia Line’s “Y’all Boys” from their new album Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, and says part of the reason they work so well together is the duo’s willingness to stand out from the crowd
“I’m all about just really going for it, and being fearless about what you’re going to say,” he says about his songwriting approach. “Weird lines will always stand out over time, but I feel like country has gotten away from being ‘not safe,’ and I just don’t understand why somebody wouldn’t want to go for it and say something cool. There’s a lane that’s wide open for that.”
With more tracks like “Rednecker” on his This Ole Boy and Where to Find Me EPs – which are out now – Hardy will do his best to keep filling that lane. Fans can check him out on Florida Georgia Line’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour this summer.
Rest In Peace Raymond Greenberg We Will Never Forget You
Raymond Greenberg has been inducted into the Independent Superstars “Disc Jockey” Hall of Fame. Frans Maritz (Wildhorse Entertainment) signed the official certificate placing Raymond into this prestigious organization located in South Africa. Raymond has the distinct honor of being inducted into the IDSS Hall of Fame for his life-time contribution to the Independent Music Industry as a Disk Jockey.
“ I am humbled and honored by the award, I was totally surprised when mine arrived, thank you, en baie dankie….” Raymond Greenberg
Raymond seen holding his award, confirming his induction into the HALL OF FAME
Biography of Raymond Greenberg:
Raymond Greenberg is a South African song writer, singer, radio presenter and was a manager for various South African artists. Of his works recorded by other artists, including songs like the Boererap , Platberg is nie Plat Nie, and Drome van Mense. Raymond owns an Internet radio station called “Uitsaaines”. Raymond has been in the music industry most of his life and for the past 20 years been a successful radio announcer for various radio stations in South Africa. He is also credited for having created the first Afrikaans Internet radio station in Africa, namely Uitsaaines. During the years he has done a lot for upcoming artists and is a firm believer in independent music artists and producers. He says “The commercialized recording companies of today feeds the public with utter rubbish that boosts sales, and that is all the general public hears and believe to be good music, but there are numerous independent artists out there with real music and art in them, that never gets any opportunity, or airtime, and therefore unknown to the majority of the public, and those are the guys and gals that should be heard” Ray is living on the East Coast of South Africa today, with his wife, as he calls it, on his dune by the sea.
RAYMOND GREENBERG HALL OF FAME AWARD
George Strait Among First Round Of Performers Announced For 2019 ACM Awards
Country music royalty will take the stage at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards as George Strait is slated to perform. The King of Country is one of a round of can’t miss performances scheduled for Country Music’s Party of the Year. In addition to Strait’s live performance, artists including Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton will all take the stage. More performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
This year’s ACM Awards is already scheduled to be one of the best yet. The Academy will present Jason Aldean with the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award. The “Girl Like You” singer will also perform live on the show. Tickets for the 2019 ACM Awards are available at axs.com. For more information about the big show and all ACM events, including ACM Party for A Cause, visit acmcountry.com. Hosted by Reba McEntire, this year’s ACM Awards will air live on CBS from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena April 7.
Country Songwriters Revolt Against Spotify And Amazon
Hit makers speaking out about controversy impacting all your favorite country tunes
Some of country’s biggest hitmakers are outraged and taking a stand against Spotify and Amazon Music. Songwriters like Ross Copperman, busbee, Chris Destefano and more are speaking out about controversy which impacts all your favorite country tunes
Who cares about songwriters? Not Spotify or Amazon
The fight surrounds the newly approved Music Modernization Act, a bill which was signed into law in October of 2018. Because the previous law was written long before digital technology existed, it sought to increase payments to songwriters from digital streaming services like Spotify and Amazon.
Fees were set to rise from a paltry .003 cents per play to the still-tiny rate of .004 cents per play – but that was apparently too much for Spotify and Amazon. Last week the tech giants (along with Pandora and Google, but notably without Apple music) filed an appeal to prevent the rate hike, a move the National Music Publishers Association saysis effectively like “suing songwriters.”
As you can imagine, the songwriters are not happy. It’s a years-long fight which most assumed they had already won. And now they’re asking fans to help out by canceling subscriptions to Spotify and Amazon.
Come on your song only needs to play 4 times to earn a penny how much more do you want?
Busbee, the producer and writer behind hits by Maren Morris (“My Church,” “’80s Mercedes”), Keith Urban (“The Fighter”) and more, summed up the feelings of many of his colleagues. Posting on Instagram, he wrote simply “This is maddening. It’s time to battle again, sadly. Here we go.”
Likewise, Chris DeStefano – the Grammy winner whose credits include Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break,” Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up” and more – expressed his disbelief at the move. “I’m beyond disappointed in Amazon and Spotify for continuing their efforts in destroying the record business and the career of songwriting,” he wrote. “Just making music more easily accessible does NOT mean it will be sustainable. They have destroyed our mechanical royalties and record sales. This will not stand. We must fight with everything and all resources possible.”
Tunesmiths from every genre have joined in the call, hoping to pressure the streaming services into withdrawing their appeal. But in the meantime, country songwriter/producer Ross Copperman (Dierks Bentley’s “Woman, Amen,” Kenny Chesney’s “Get Along” and more) may have best captured the mood of many in Nashville. All he had to say about the situation was “Bye.”
19 Insanely Cool Gadgets That Are Going To Sell Out Soon
Theses Products Are Going To Be Selling Like Hot Cakes Well Into The New Year
We’ve been keeping track of gadget sales through all 2018, and the following 19 products are going to be selling like hot cakes well into the new year (each with at least an average user rating of 4.5 stars). Before the offers run out, snag one of these as a gift or save it for another occasion while the price is right! Now here’s the catch with these sweet, sweet gadgets… they’re only available ONLINE. You won’t find these in-stores. It’s expensive to sell retail, so the most innovative gadget-makers are now going straight-to-online. And as a thank you to Prime readers, we’ve negotiated with these gadget-makers to get special deals for first time buyers! Most of our finds are under $60. They make perfect gifts and are perfect for those that want to splurge a little on themselves. Come back often because we’re always updating the list!
Fixd was one of the biggest Kickstarter campaigns ever. It’s a revolutionary device that allows YOU to know what’s wrong with your car before taking it in to a mechanic so they can’t take advantage of you ever again. Just plug it into your car, pair the Fixd device with your smart phone, and viola! It tells you EXACTLY what’s wrong with your car, no mechanic needed! It’s one of our favorite devices we’ve seen and all of us here at the office got one for our cars.
If you store your photos and videos on your computer or ‘the cloud’ then you know the risks that come with it: Computer crashes, viruses, and power surges that could wipe out 1,000’s of your digital memories in seconds. And that’s why The Photostick is one of the most in-demand gadgets of 2018, selling over 1,000 units per day. The Photostick is a clever new device designed to protect your photo and video memories and be super easy to use.
Using the Photosick is easy, just connect this small thumb-sized drive to your PC or Mac, press ‘Go’ and it will automatically sync your pictures and videos into the stick. It even finds and removes duplicates so you don’t spend hours deleting them manually.
No technical knowledge or computer expertise is required and all your photos are stored safely offline where only you have access to them. The PhotoStick is perfect for anyone who wants to safeguard their digital memories and doesn’t trust “the cloud”.
Like Photostick, Photostick Mobile can be used to back everything up very easily, except it’s for mobile devices. This is also a perfect and thoughtful gift for a person who cherishes their memories. With the push of a button, it instantly finds, organizes, and secures all photos on any mobile device so you will never lose any of your memories. It’s the best way to “organize your life” for anyone who has hundreds or thousands of scattered photos on their phones they want to save will love this.
Is there anyone on your gift list who likes movies, sports, and TV? There is? Great, because we’ve got the best gift ever! The Bluewire Antenna allows for an awesome selection of movies, TV, and sports programming, without monthly subscriptions.
The Bluewire Antenna is simple to install (it can go right on a window near the tv), and can receive up to 100 High Definition stations for free. No other devices needed –no USB sticks or smart TV’s or converters or anything else. Just the Bluewire TV Antenna and some free time to watch all of the awesome TV it delivers (an estimated 85% of the most popular stations are here for free–all of your favorites.)
This is a unique and gadget that can save you a ton of money, plus it also makes for a great gift.
Do you or someone you know wear glasses? If so, chances are you’re tired of how often they get smudged, and having to use your shirt to try and rub off the smudges, which only ends up rubbing them around and not truly clearing your lenses. That’s why we love Peeps! They are one of the best designed glasses cleaners in the world and use NASA carbon lens cleaning technology to give you the most crystal clear view through your lenses. They’re small and portable and on sale now through our exclusive link!
Unlike other sleep remedies that provide temporary solutions, Dodow light metronome actually RETRAINS YOUR BRAIN to fall asleep – while it mesmerizes you to sleep! Dodow’s slow rhythmic light is scientifically designed to quickly quiet your busy mind, slow your breathing, and relax your body – swiftly lulling you into a deep, peaceful slumber.
This simple keychain can save your life. Fitting in the size of your palm, this extra layer of security roars an ear-splitting alarm (130 dB) that scares off attackers and calls for help. Even if you’re walking to your car in an empty dimly lit parking lot, you’re never really alone. Stop fearing for your personal safety and experience why 93,000+ women are calling this simple device their “invisible bodyguard.” Order today and get up to 75% off while supplies last.
Say goodbye to neck pain! Neck Hammock quickly relieves neck pain from the comfort of your own home. It’s patented technology combines resistance bands and gravity to give you a controlled stretch, helping with improved posture, increased circulation, and fewer pinched nerves. It pulls the tension out of those tight, inflamed muscles in your neck while you rest! Dr. Oz calls it “one of the best health finds of 2018!”
Inspired by fighter jet technology, Vizr is truly the GPS of the 21st century. It’s the first GPS of it’s kind that allows you to drive without having to take your eyes off the road, utilizing Air Force heads up display technology. Because of this, you’re much more likely to avoid dangerous and potentially fatal car accidents because you had to glance down at your phone and take your eyes off the road. This is our editor’s pick for coolest gift this year, not only because it’s awesome, but because it will help you avoid more accidents on the road.
According to the National Safety Council, nighttime driving is 3x more dangerous than driving during the daylight hours. Reduced vision, bright lights, and glare from oncoming traffic affect millions of drivers each night. Wearing NightGuide HD glasses dramatically reduces the risk involved in driving under low light or foggy conditions.
In fact, NightGuide was voted the #1 solution for safe driving at night. The specialized yellow tint provides 100% UV protection while enhancing contrast and clarity. This leads to less strain on your eyes which can cause drowsiness and migraines. NightGuide HD glasses are also lightweight and designed to fit easily over prescription glasses.
Try these high-definition lenses today and you will notice an increase in your vision the second you put them on.
Whenever you buy a new computer, everything feels fast and it is fun to use. A few months later, the computer starts slowing down, and eventually, you wonder how was this the same computer you bought when it was brand new? This new Gadget called Xtra PC works with any computer (Mac or Windows) made after 2004, and it is FAST (and will never slow down).
You can plug this little USB device into your computer, restart your computer and start using Xtra PC immediately. This will bypass your older/slow computer and operating system while STILL having access to all of your files and it comes with the programs you need to browse the web, send/receieve emails, listen to music, etc.
Get this amazing brand new computer on a memory stick now–before special offers run out!
Imagine getting home after an 8-hour shift and you’ve been looking forward to your favorite time of the day. Post-work bathroom break in the comforts of your home. Just you, your phone, and the internet. Nothing is more annoying when you’re finally comfortable on your porcelain throne and the WiFi doesn’t quite reach your upstairs bathroom.
Why We Love Super Boost WiFi: With the Wi-Fi booster, you can make sure your home is covered from corner to corner. Don’t let this simple problem get in the way if your ‘Me-time’. You’ll thank me later. Click Here To Learn More About Super Boost WiFi »
This incredibly useful and fun toilet gadget makes your toilet safer, cleaner and a much better time!
Glow Bowl was invented to address safety, hygiene and our never-ending desire to have fun and unique stuff. It’s the coolest way to safely navigate the bathroom at night, while eliminating those messy toilet misses…forever. Plus, it comes with a replacable air freshener! Glow Bowl will make your toilet the coolest, cleanest and freshest smelling toilet around. Let’s be clear. Glow Bowl is no joke. Millions have sold, and it’s been featured on NBC news and received rave reviews from Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington. So what are you waiting for? Make potty time, party time!
If you’re like me and don’t upgrade your phone every year, this charger has been my saving grace. Before I would charge my phone the entire night only for it to drain back to 0% after a few hours. Without getting the latest ($1100) iPhone; I purchased this thin adapter that turned my phone into a wireless charging device. It feels like I got a new phone with the way that I’m watching Netflix on the train Today! Try this first before committing to a new phone.
You want to give the ultimate James Bond, 007 spy device to someone? This is it. It’s a portable tracker that you can put on anything from your keys to your dog to your luggage to your bike. It allows you to see EXACTLY where things are on a map so you never lose anything ever again. A lot of people are putting them on their keychains and purses so they don’t lose their keys or purses. It’s just an overall cool device. It’s also just a beautiful design, and we love things that are designed well.
This is a gift for anyone in your life who likes practical, space-saving items. KeySmart eliminates the need for a bulky keyring. The patented “S” design allows you to organize up to 14 keys and a car key fob, and fits just about every size, shape, and type of key. KeySmart protects your keys, and also protects other items in your purse or pocket from getting scratched by your keys. In less than a minute, you can attach your keys and any accessories. KeySmart also comes with a handy clip so you can easily attach it to a bag or belt loop. Make KeySmart the perfect gift by customizing it: KeySmart comes in a variety of colors, and a variety of attachments like a USB stick or bottle opener can be added on at checkout.
The magic of activated charcoal continues to amaze even scientists. Discover new ways to use its already-proven purifying power. Imagine never having to spray a bottle again. New Charcoal bags are a simple trick to remove foul smells around your apartment or house. BreatheGreen is now having a package deal: the more you get, the more you can save.
When you’re in high heels all day, whether it’s at work or at the club it’s eventually going to take it’s toll on your feet. It’s going to show in the form of blisters, sore muscles, or just overall aching, and when you’re trying to look hot, or doing your job the last thing you want is to display your discomfort to the world. That’s why we’re so excited about a new product made just for women who wear high heels. It actually makes wearing high heels so incredibly comfortable that it becomes much easier for you to look and walk gracefully through your day! They’re called Vivian Lou.
Bondic has gained an incredible 1500+ 5-star reviews because it’s just that much better than super glue. If there’s anything around the house that you need to fix, from glasses to door hinges Bondic can fix it. It’s really an incredible technology that you can now have in the palm of your hand to not only get things fixed fast, but fixed STRONG. It’s the perfect gift for a college student, a homeowner, dad, or someone who just likes to be able to fix things and feel like James Bond doing it. We love this one.
Watch Runaway June’s Feisty ‘Buy My Own Drinks’ Video
Country trio offer a feisty message full of can-do spirit in the cute new video
ACM nominated trio Runaway June offer an empowering, can-do message in the video for “Buy My Own Drinks.” The feisty clip highlights each band members’ self-made spirit and how all three are unique. Using adorable flashbacks to their childhood, three pint-sized actresses wait for no one to chase their dreams. Lead singer Naomi Cooke was a musical junkie, busking on street corners. Vocalist/guitarist Jennifer Wayne loved animals and sets up shop grooming dogs. And vocalist/mandolin player Hannah Mulholland couldn’t get enough of her paint brush. “The ‘Little Junes’ were the perfect way to capture that carefree feeling of returning to your inner child and getting a little wild,” said Cooke in a press release.”In doing that we can find true liberation.”
It all comes together in the upbeat track’s chorus, set up as a barroom kiss-off but actually telling a smiling story of self reliance. “I can buy my own drinks / I can pay my own tab / And at the end of the night, when they cut on the lights / I can call my own cab,” the Junes croon. “Buy My Own Drinks” appears on Runaway June’s self-titled 2018 EP. The trio are nominated for New Duo or Group of the Year at the April 7 ACM Awards. And they’ll support Carrie Underwood on her Cry Pretty Tour 360 starting in May.
American Idol Big Debut March 2019
The highly anticipated 17th season of ABC’s American Idol made its big debut on March 3, and it seems that the only people more excited than the viewers are judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie, and host Ryan Seacrest.
They grow them big in Florien, Louisiana, and it seems that they might grow them talented, too. It was hard not to be intimidated by 26-year-old Tyler Mitchell’s 6’4” frame, but whenever as he sang Vince Gill’s tender ballad, “Whenever You Come Around,” he seemed less imposing or more like a gentle giant. Although he admitted he hadn’t performed much before because of fear, his performance was solid enough to earn the humble country boy a shot in Hollywood.
Not everyone went through, but unlike the early seasons of the shows when those rougher auditions became fodder for the internet, most of those who didn’t make it through to Hollywood weren’t shown.
Leave it to a Texas girl to whip out some hardcore country, which is what Laci Kaye Booth did. Hailing from Livingston, Texas, the 23-year-old sang “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard, but it was her Tammy Wynette-esque tone that won the judges over. “I think you’re the first voice we’ve heard that is really a diamond in the rough,” Katy told the beauty. “I don’t know if you believe that about yourself, but you really have something different.” Luke continued, “You have a timbre in your voice that we didn’t seen from any girl in your lane last year. I think you are very, very close to being a world class.” Lionel also had some sound advice for the young lady: “If you understand how to hone in on your thing and don’t get psyched out by everybody else’s thing, you’re going to be OK.”
In his introductory package, we learned that 25-year-old Nick Townsend was one of four children in his very close Nebraska family. However, in a relatively short amount of both his older and younger brothers committed suicide. As heartbreaking as his story was for anyone to hear, it hit Luke the hardest. The country superstar’s brother passed away before Luke had originally planned to move to Nashville, and his sister died unexpectedly after he made his Opry debut. “The simplicity of how you are able to sell your voice is very understated and nice,” Luke said before also telling him, “I’ve lost both of my siblings and I applaud you.”
It seemed especially poignant that as American Idol was rolling closing credits, they also shared the Suicide Prevention Hotline number.
Auditions for season 17 of American Idol continue on March 6.
AirplayExpress Launches New Traditional Country Chart
Traditional Country Lives on as AirplayExpress keeps rolling on the Traditional Tracks
Twenty Five years ago the writer of American Heritage, Tony Scherman declared traditional country music dead and done with, asking, “How far from its social origins can an art form grow before it loses meaning?” It is now 2019 and it seems Traditional Country is dead on the Terrestrial FM/AM air waves and now only lives on Internet kept alive by an army of Online DJ’s. After listening to fans of Traditional Country Music complain for years about the slow disappearance of Traditional Country music, AirplayExpress has decided to try and do something about the situation.
Starting this weekend a dedicated Top 20 chart will be send out which will include only the latest Traditional country songs recorded by Independent Artists who have allowed AirplayExpress to promote them to Radio Worldwide. This new chart has been supported so well by new and current AirplayExpress artists that they can safely say that all 20 entries will be performed by Traditional AirplayExpress artists who care and support the survival and the future of Traditional Country Music. If this will help support or perhaps even save Traditional Country music amongst the Independent Country artists is not known but time will surely tell as the first Chart goes out this weekend. AirplayExpress hopes to send the chart out weekly and if the interest continues to grow the Top 20 will grow to a Top 40.
Ironically enough, critics who focus on how far country music has moved away from what it was when first recorded nearly a century ago are in a real sense simply affirming how remarkably attuned it has remained to its ever-evolving base, yet to day there seems to be no place for Traditional Country in the so called ever evolving musical sound of New Country.
In protest, fed-up neo-traditionalists Alan Jackson and George Strait took center stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards Ceremony in 1999 for a duet be moaning the “murder” of real country music down on Nashville’s “Music Row.” Alan and George tried but music row still ignored the musical protest and still buried the tradition.
AirplayExpress would like to thank the following artists and songwriters for supporting Traditional Country on AirplayExpress : Bobby G Rice, Allen Karl, Donna Cunningham, Keith Bradford, Larry M Clark, Mike Contoni, Luanne Hunt, Barbara Blevins, Steve Hunt, Todd Souhrada, Eddie Cunningham, Tammy Kendrick, Rita Faye, Kent Gill and Terry Crabtree
The forth compilation is almost ready to be sent out which also includes Terry Crabtree plus extra songs by Keith Bradford, Eddie Cunningham and Larry M Clark.
“AirplayExpress would be proud to be called “The Home Of Traditional Country Music’ from this day on forever and ever, but then I know there are more deserving people than me. But then maybe just one of the homes.” Frans Maritz
AirplayExpress will do its best to keep Traditional Country Music alive no matter how small their contribution may seem to be, look or sound.