Thomas Rhett Teases Fans with Cover Art of New Single From Upcoming Third Album
Multi-PLATINUM artist Thomas Rhett has unveiled the single cover for “Craving You” featuring GRAMMY award-winner Maren Morris today (3/24), teasing it as the lead track from his upcoming third studio album.
“I remember hearing ‘Craving You’ and was immediately blown away by the story behind the longing of this guy who can’t wait to see his girl again,” said Thomas Rhett. “There’s this 80s vibe that’s rocking throughout this track that makes it really euphoric. It was so nice to be able to work with Maren whose voice is undeniably powerful and soulful, and just really adds a lot of intensity to the song.”
“Craving You” will make its world premiere on 3/31.
As “2017 is already shaping up to be a banner year” (Entertainment Tonight) for Thomas Rhett, the new music follows his PLATINUM certified sophomore album TANGLED UP DELUXE (The Valory Music Co.), which includes his recent seventh career No. One and the fastest-rising single of his career “Star Of The Show,” along with the 3X PLATINUM six-week chart-topping smash “Die A Happy Man.” As he has “catapulted to superstar status” (The Daily Chronicle), Thomas Rhett has garnered major trophies from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, iHeart Radio Music Awards and the CMT Music Awards. While surprising fans with a taste of new music throughout sold-out stops on his 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR, he continues to usher in capacity crowds with “one of the best Country concerts of the year” (Peoria Journal Star). For more information about new music and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.thomasrhett.com.
State of Tennessee Honors Opry Star Jeannie Seely
The State of Tennessee recognized GRAMMY award-winning songstress Jeannie Seely with a House Joint Resolution as the country music legend celebrates her 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.
Pictured L-R: Gus Arrendale, Gene Ward, Jeannie Seely, Rep. Beth Harwell, Rep. Bill Black
“This is such an honor to be recognized by the great state of Tennessee and the House of Representatives. I’ve always been proud to be a Opry member and champion for country music,” Seely said.
Seely recently released her new album WRITTEN IN SONG, which topped the list of CMT’s ‘New Albums in the New Year,’ The Boot’s ‘Most Anticipated Albums’ and continues to receive lovely reviews:
She is “Miss Country Soul,” a beloved member of the Grand Ole Opry, a country icon and a Pennsylvania hit-maker well before Taylor Swift was born… Seely’s latest album WRITTEN IN SONG features 14 updated timeless classics she has written and co-written.
-CMT.com, Lauren Tingle.
Jeannie Seely proves that her songs and her voice are as great as they ever were on this fantastic new album. – Roughstock, Matt Bjorke
Seely was joined by her husband Gene Ward, Rep. Bill Black, Rep. Beth Harwell and Gus Arrendale, president of Springer Mountain Farms. Be sure to LIKE Jeannie Seely on Facebook or visit jeannieseely.com.
WRITTEN IN SONG Track Listing
1. Sometimes I Do
2. He’s All I Need
3. I’m Never Gonna See You
5. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
6. You Don’t Need Me
7. My Love For You
8. Leavin’ And Sayin’ Goodbye
9. The Pain Once You’re Gone
10. He Always Got What He Wanted
11. Life Of A Rodeo Cowboy
12. Enough To Lie
13. Who Needs You
14. We’re Still Hangin’ In There Ain’t We Jessi
Restless Heart Announces 2017 North American Tour
Legendary country music group Restless Heart has announced the first leg of tour dates for its 2017 North American tour. Entering their 34th year on the tour trail, the men of Restless Heart will again travel the country coast-to-coast with scheduled tour dates in Oregon, Texas, Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and more.
“My favorite part about touring each year is seeing the familiar faces of our incredible fans in every crowd,” says Restless Heart keyboardist/vocalist Dave Innis. “After all these years, it’s more like family, especially since so many are raising a new generation of Restless Heart fans to keep us ‘rollin’ down the highway!’”
“It’s a great feeling going into each touring season knowing that we get to once again hit the stage every night with the original five guys still on top of our game,” adds Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart. “Time to get the show on the road!”
Larry Stewart, John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Paul Gregg and Dave Innis, the men who make up Restless Heart, have enjoyed one of the most successful group careers in country music history. The band has placed over 25 singles on the charts with six consecutive #1 hits, four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations including the Academy of Country Music’s “Top Vocal Group.”
Jon Wolfe Announces New Album “Any Night in Texas”
“It’s a record that, top to bottom, is your summer album,” and he couldn’t be more right
Country music torchbearer Jon Wolfe just announced he’s releasing a new album, Any Night In Texas on June 16th!
The first taste of the album “Boots on a Dance Floor” was release late last year and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Texas Regional Radio Report with nearly a million spins on Spotify!
You can check it out here & here. Jon’s forthcoming single “Baby This and Baby That” is coming soon.
And if that’s not enough, you can catch Jon in concert.
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Release New Duet
“Speak to a Girl” a Special Song About Truth Honesty & Respect
For fans who have been clamoring for years for Tim McGraw & Faith Hill to collaborate on a duets album, the wait’s over. Country’s hottest couple has announced they’ll be joining forces for their first-ever duets album, which is due out later this year.
To hold us over until then, today (March 23) the happy couple released the upcoming album’s first single, “Speak to a Girl.”
“It’s one of our favorite songs that we’ve ever done,” Tim tells Nash Country Daily. “It’s just a really special, special song. I think it says so much. When songs can be timely and really move you and really have a message, then you know that you have something special. I think that this song really is a special song. It’s special for us, having three daughters—me being a husband and Faith being a mom of three daughters and growing up in a world of all women like I did, I think it’s just a really special song.”
The tune, about the proper way a man should speak to a woman, is timely in today’s culture, when name-calling and divisiveness seem to be the norm.
“It kind of gives you a landscape of how to speak to a girl, and what the important parts of language are when it comes to communicating with one another—with a woman,” Faith reveals to Nash Country Daily. “It’s about truth and honesty and respect. The biggest one being respect.”
“Uplifting and confirmation and validation and being true with what you say,” adds Tim. “One of my favorite lines in the song is, ‘She just wants you to say what you mean and mean everything that you’re saying.’ That to me is what’s really important. Children, in general, they grow up expecting to be treated the way they were treated when they were young, especially women. You want women and your daughters to grow up expecting a certain amount of respect in their lives and not settling for anything less than that. I think that starts at home and I think that starts in the way you speak to them and speak to one another and the confidence you give them to go out in life, and I think this song really puts a spotlight on it.”
“That’s how you talk to a woman / That’s how you speak to a girl / that’s how you get with a lady whose worth more than anything in your whole world / You gotta respect your mama / respect the hell out of her / ’Cause that’s how you talk to a woman / that’s how you speak to a girl,” the couple sings in the chorus
“Speak to a Girl,” written by Shy Carter, Dave Gibson and Joe Spargur, marks Faith’s first return to radio since 2014’s “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” also a duet with Tim. Being back in the studio together meant the world to the couple.
“It was like my soul exploded,” said Faith. “It was so much fun.”
“You can hear that on the record too, you can hear it in her voice,” adds Tim.
“First of all, we all know it begins and ends with a song,” continues Faith. “Without that—I don’t care how you sing, where you record—it doesn’t matter, it really is about the song. I was just inspired by the lyrics and the music of ‘Speak to a Girl’ and the power. I followed [the song] and was inspired by the band.”
“Us being in a booth together—recording it—was really cool,” recalls Tim. “What you hear on the record is pretty much what she did on the day we recorded the record. She was just so inspiring and just laid into the song and it was magic the first day.”
After 20 years of marriage, Tim and Faith agree that they are willing to discuss ideas with each other when heading into the studio. However, the husband and wife team are completely different when it comes to the recording process.
“You think you have an idea when you go in, but sometimes it morphs into something else. So we talk it out while we are doing it,” explains Tim. “We both are really musically inspired and we both have a production side to us, so we like to get involved in the building of the record and what it’s going to sound like and all those kinds of things. For me, most of the time, I think of the scene and everything else secondary. I’m more into how the record is developing in the beginning than I am the singing.”
“I’m just the opposite, I like to sing with the band and let that be the record,” says Faith with a laugh.
“I think that’s what is so much fun about going on the road together, as artists we approach things so differently and our musical influences are so different. Faith comes from more of an R&B sort of soul singer perspective and I’m more from a 70s country and 70s rock perspective—the way I approach things. What the fun is and what makes it so cool for our record is when we find a place that really puts those two worlds together and really creates something different and special.”
Two worlds will come together again when Tim and Faith perform “Speak to a Girl” at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2, marking the song’s television world premiere. Then the duo heads to New Orleans on April 7 to kick off their highly-anticipated Soul2Soul Tour.
That should hold us over until the yet-to-be titled album is released later this year.
Listen on YouTube:
– by Lisa Konicki | NashCountryDaily
Jamey Johnson Signs with SESAC
Eleven-time Grammy-nominated songwriter and recording artist Jamey Johnson, known for writing hits for the likes of George Strait, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and others, has signed with SESAC, the nation’s most progressive PRO and the only Music Rights Organization in the country, for representation.
“There is no doubt that Jamey Johnson is one of the most successful and well-respected songwriters in the industry,” says John Josephson, SESAC’s Chairman and CEO. “Jamey is a storyteller, crafting lyrics and music that transport listeners to another time and place, whether that place is a war zone or a night out with friends. SESAC is proud to welcome him to our affiliate family.”
“There is an old set of laws on the books where the courts decide how much songwriters get paid,” Johnson says. “It isn’t fair the courts are adhering to these archaic laws that were written before streaming music was even conceptualized. SESAC isn’t bound by those restrictions, so it made perfect sense to join the organization and eventually move my catalog there.”
In addition, Johnson has great relationships with several SESAC staff members, including Shannan Hatch, who is well respected in the industry and known for her passion of protecting songwriters. “Shannan is like family to me, which is another reason it makes perfect sense,” he says.
“The energy at SESAC is something I haven’t experienced in my professional career, and it’s great,” Johnson adds. “I need to be surrounded by people who are motivating me to write. One of those motivators is knowing that I have someone looking after the money generated from my writing, and that I am actually going to get the royalties that I feel like I have earned.”
Johnson is one of only a few songwriters who have won two Song of the Year awards from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. George Strait recorded Johnson’s song, Give It Away,” in 2006 and garnered a number one record, which also won both the CMA and ACM Song of the Year awards. (Strait has recorded several other Johnson compositions, and the two co-wrote “Kicked Outta Country” for Strait’s recently released box set, Strait Out of the Box: Part 3.)
In addition, Johnson took his song “In Color” to the top of the charts and garnered Song of the Year honors from both the CMA and ACM in 2009. Johnson is a prolific songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, James Otto, Joe Nichols, Jessie James Decker and others.
An Alabama native, Johnson moved to Nashville in 2000 after serving eight years in the Marine Corps. Trace Adkin’s hit song, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” was among Johnson’s first cuts as a newcomer to Music Row. That same year, Johnson released his debut single, “The Dollar” from the album of the same name.
Called “one of the greatest country singers of our time” by The Washington Post, he has received tremendous praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and other publications, many of which have hailed his albums as masterpieces. The Nashville Scene has twice named Johnson’s albums as the year’s best album in its annual Country Music Critics’ Poll. (In 2011, it also named him artist of the year, best male vocalist and best songwriter.)
His influential 2008 album, That Lonesome Song, was certified platinum for 1 million in sales, and his innovative 2010 double album, The Guitar Song, which debuted at No. 1 on the country album charts, received a gold certification. In 2012, he released a Grammy-nominated project honoring one of his heroes, Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, that paired him with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Vince Gill and Merle Haggard.
In addition to writing and recording his own music, Johnson’s upcoming projects include co-writes with John Carter Cash of unfinished works of Cash’s late father, Johnny Cash, that were recently found in archives. Johnson also is collaborating on projects with Sammy Kershaw and Willie Nelson.
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter toured the United States earlier this year with “The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz” in tribute to The Band’s historic farewell concert. This spring, he launches an eight-city tour billed as the Stagecoach Spotlight Tour: Jamey Johnson, featuring special guests Margo Price and Brent Cobb.
Johnson’s affiliation is the latest in a string of prominent signings, which include Rosanne Cash, Kings of Leon, Randy Newman, Axl Rose, Green Day, George Clinton, REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielson, recently joining the SESAC roster.
Lauren Alaina Scores First Top 5 Hit With “Road Less Traveled”
Lauren Alaina has scored the first Top 5 hit of her career with her current single, “Road Less Traveled,” which is currently No. 4 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The anthemic tune, which was penned by Lauren, Jesse Frasure and Meghan Trainor, was released in June and explores topics of self-acceptance—a message that’s especially personal to Lauren, 22, who has been in the spotlight since her teen years on American Idol and has dealt with bulimia, the divorce of her parents and online bullying.
Lauren spoke to Nash Country Daily about her sixth career single and why she won’t be bullied on social media ever again: “I’ve had quite the journey with insecurities and self-worth and self-acceptance,” said Lauren to NCD. “I think a lot of people have the same problem. I wanted to write a song that addresses that, because it’s a real thing. It can be really horrible if it’s severe. I struggled with an eating disorder for about five years, and so I was really sick. I had to get a lot of help and get better.”
As a teenager on American Idol in 2011, Lauren was thrust into the spotlight during a formative period in her life. An unfortunates side effect of her Idol notoriety came in the form of online bullying. “I am obsessed with social media,” said Lauren. “I love it. I will never bash it, but it was one of the biggest things that affected my health at that time [I had bulimia], because people are not always nice. They’re just not. Usually, that stems from their own insecurities and their own issues that they’re dealing with. Yeah, and they can say things, and they think you don’t read them. I think that honestly some of the things that are said aren’t meant to hurt your feelings. I think people put things on my pages, and they don’t think that I actually run those pages. I run all of my social media. Occasionally, my team will post for me, but they put on there that they’ve posted for me. That is really, really rare. I do all of it myself, so I see all the comments. When I was a 16-year-old girl, someone saying that ‘She looks fat in that dress’ as just a statement, they weren’t saying, ‘Lauren, you’re fat and ugly,’ but that’s what I heard when I saw that.
“Girls in high school and guys in high school who are being bullied online, and it’s just so easy for people to have access to that now. Social media is a beautiful thing if it’s used correctly, and it’s not always. I love it. I love the direct connection I have with my fans and how I get to share what I want to share of my life with them. They get to share with me as well. It’s a really cool thing, but it can be a bad thing as well. It’s like everything.” “Any kind of small comment, when you’re insecure about something, it’s a direct hit to that. I think that we all need to be more aware of that. I’ve learned to ignore it. I laugh at those things now, or I just delete them and move on.”
Brandon Lay Opens Up About His Biggest Influences + More
Brandon Lay’s hometown of Jackson, Tennessee, falls halfway between Memphis and Nashville, and musically so does he. His influences include artists that revolutionized country music in the ’90s, and Elvis Presley.
The 2017 Taste of Country RISER reaches further than that when he needs inspiration for a song, but for him it all begins right there, at home. His father is a pastor at a Baptist church, so hymns and congregations play a role. But it was his mother’s love of the King that stuck.
“Yeah, we’ve got a few of those,” Lay says, smiling when asked if home video of him impersonating Presley exists. “I’ve got one, in particular, doing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ by Elvis. That was pretty much my childhood, was mimicking whatever I saw. It wasn’t just music. If I saw a Pistol Pete basketball movie I’d be out shooting hoops, or if I saw Indiana Jones I’d be cracking a whip, so music was no different in that regard.”
The “Back on the Wagon” singer will kick a hole in any box you try to put him in. Hip-hop mix tapes out of Memphis left a mark. So did Guns N’ Roses for a few years, and later stories of life on the road with Carl Perkins from a local guitar picker named Charlie Baker. That’s who first encouraged him to try Nashville. Until that point a career singing songs was just a hobby.
“My very first live performance was an open mic night at a Tennessee River bar, a Highway 412 block building bar where I sang three songs,” Lay recalls, a smile on his face. “There were eight people there, two of them were bartenders. But I just remember the feeling on the way home. I felt like it was something I wanted to keep doing.”
Now married and signed to UMG Nashville, Lay is preparing to release his debut single this spring or summer. He paid his dues in a self-financed RV, playing colleges across the Southeast. Characters from both home and the road populate his songs.
“My most personal song is one called ‘You Don’t Want Me Loving You,’” Lay says. “I wrote that after a pretty rough label showcase a few years ago. The highs and lows of music can pull out some pretty good stuff. That’s where that song came from. Luckily for me my wife does love me, but that song for me is the most personal.”
Look for Lay on the road playing fairs and festivals this spring and summer, including a stop at Tortuga Music Festival in April
Lindsay Ell Reveals Debut EP “Worth the Wait”
Currently performing nationally on superstar and fellow guitar shredder Brad Paisley’s Life Amplified World Tour
The ‘wait’ is almost over as rising star Lindsay Ell revealed today her highly-anticipated debut EP WORTH THE WAIT will be released on Friday, March 24 via Stoney Creek Records.Produced by celebrated GRAMMY-winning musician Kristian Bush (of Sugarland), fans and critics alike are buzzing over the budding star’s debut project.
The six-song compilation is stacked with vulnerability and is deliberate in its sequence, giving listeners a front row seat to a deeply personal narrative. Opening with the flirtatious “Waiting on You,” Ell breezily croons, “I’m a July sky / You’re a bottle rocket / I’m waiting on you…”
“Criminal” then marks a cascading mood shift in an undefined relationship, capturing Ell’s tantalizing vocals over punchy guitar lines. “Space” and “Standing Here” are instantly relatable emotional stand-outs, featuring contributions from heavy-hitting songwriters including Caitlyn Smith and Ryan Hurd, respectively.
The EP’s title track “Worth The Wait” begins to break down walls and sees a relationship come full-circle with its heartfelt lyrics and sweeping melody. Finally, Ell digs into John Mayer’s “Stop This Train,” which not only concludes the project thematically, but also reconfirms the young talent’s capacity for guitar riffs knows no boundaries.
Ell, who PerezHilton.com praised as having “all the makings to be a superstar” and The Calgary Herald lauded as “the complete package” thrives in a lane of her own as the youngest female lead guitar player in the mainstream Country music landscape. The Stoney Creek Records artist is currently performing nationally on superstar and fellow guitar shredder Brad Paisley’s Life Amplified World Tour.
WORTH THE WAIT TRACK LISTING:
1) “Waiting on You” (Lindsay Ell, Adam Hambrick, Andrew DeRoberts)
2) “Criminal” (Lindsay Ell, Chris Stevens, Fred Wilhelm)
3) “Space” (Caitlyn Smith, Heather Morgan, Maggie Chapman)
4) “Standing Here” (Melissa Peirce, Ryan Hurd, Chase McGill)
5) “Worth The Wait” (Lindsay Ell, Travis Meadows)
6) “Stop This Train” (John Mayer, Pino Palladion)
Swon Brothers Release New EP “Pretty Cool Scars”
Zach and Colton, deliver their new EP Pretty Cool Scars today. Tonight they will celebrate the new release with a Free show for fans at Nashville’s ACME Feed and Seed. The brothers spent the majority of 2016 on Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller Tour and had the opportunity to showcase new music to fans all over the United States, before going into the studio to record their new EP with producer Brad Hill. (Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne).
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