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Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Can’t Say I Ain’t Country’

Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Can’t Say I Ain’t Country’ Is Ambitious, If Overwhelming

There should be a whiplash warning on Florida Georgia Line’s new Can’t Say I Ain’t Country album. Between the guest artists, sonic variances, skits, emotions and impulses the new project keeps your head on a swivel. So we’ll parse this project, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley’s fourth since debuting with “Cruise” in 2012. Once organized the album becomes (as promised) their most country. It’s arguably their best, but like good whiskey, songs need time to age before being distilled.

Musically three of the album’s first five songs are progressively organic, honest country songs with no filter. Paul Franklin adds steel guitar to “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country,” a song that could have been born in any era. Banjo and mandolin dominate “Simple” and for what it’s worth, you’ll find ganjo on “Talk You Out of It,” the odd duck in this opening chapter. “Speed of Love” is a two-and-a-half minute long twanger with rapid-fire lyrics that’d make Garth Brooks and John Michael Montgomery proud. It’s all good stuff shug.

From there the album adheres to the provocative, cross-genre formula this duo created with Joey Moi a half-decade ago. Florida Georgia Line call in all their contemporary influences, at times recalling the Backstreet Boys (“Told You”) Luke Bryan (“People Are Different”) and Jason Aldean. The country-rocker actually opens with “Can’t Hide Red,” the better of two sister songs to “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” (the other being “Small Town”). Hubbard, Kelley, Rob Hatch, James McNair and Ben Stennis find a new way to package a country boy’s code. “The way we walk, the way we talk / It’s the down-home way we raised / Don’t ever wanna, ain’t ever gonna change / You can’t hide red,” they sing at the chorus. If it’s not a single sometime, it’s a missed opportunity.

Big Machine Records

With four skits Can’t Say I Ain’t Country checks in at 19 tracks, far too many to ensure no single consumer avoids skipping through one or two. This is the nature of variety. However, Florida Georgia Line don’t build albums in the traditional sense. They stack songs and aim those at specific audiences. This explains how Jason Derulo can appear on a sentimental R&B track called “Women” immediately after Hubbard finishes doing his best Big & Rich. And it explains how a tender ballad called “Blessings,” the most biographical song on the album, can follow “Swerve,” a song that warns “Yeah, I’mma two-step up to you with that booty in them pants.” 

It’s whiplash, but whiplash is en vogue if you haven’t noticed. What Florida Georgia Line continue to do better than any other modern country artist is create art for the Twitter and Instagram economy. They’re not your granddad’s brand of country music because they don’t live in your granddad’s society. That is an innovator’s secret.

 – TasteOfCountry

Brooks & Dunn ‘Reboot’ Biggest Hits For Album

Brooks & Dunn ‘Reboot’ Biggest Hits For Duets Album

Luke Combs, Kane Brown and Kacey Musgraves just three of the artists featured on the new duets album

12 years after their last studio album, Brooks & Dunn are gearing up to revisit the hits with their forthcoming collaboration album, Reboot.

Set for release on April 5, the album will feature 12 timeless Brooks & Dunn songs to new arrangements with some of country music’s best rising talent. Lending their voices to the updated songs will be Kacey Musgraves, Jon Pardi, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Midland, Ashley McBryde, Cody Johnson, Brothers Osborne and Tyler Booth.

“This whole experience has been humbling to say the least. What a cool rush to hear somebody do one of your tunes in a unique way, and it still holds up,” said the duo’s Ronnie Dunn in a press release. “That’s the greatest compliment you can get as an artist. People used to ask us all the time about the legacy we wanted to leave, and it’s honestly just that – you hope the music stands up over time. This is the first opportunity we’ve had to run it up a new flagpole…and it really flies.”

“They’re making their own music,” added B&D’s other half, Kix Brooks. “But just like we did, they still remember and respect the music they grew up with. It makes you feel good that these acts were inspired by us in some small way.”

The project was partly inspired by a cover video Luke Combs posted several years back singing the hit “Brand New Man.” After seeing his cover, along with several others, Brooks & Dunn realized it might make for a good excuse to get back in the studio with the best Nashville has to offer.

On Friday, Feb. 8, the duo revealed the first two tracks from Reboot, Luke Combs’ cover of “Brand New Man” and Kane Brown’s cover of “Believe.” Getting into the studio with their biggest inspirations was a milestone moment for both of the rising superstars.

“Brooks & Dunn’s music absolutely had a tremendous impact on me,” said Combs. “To me, they invented that foot stomping, driving sound. And it’s so cool that this has turned into such an awesome album, with artists that actually grew up listening to Brooks & Dunn. Their music was so influential to us that having the chance to come in and bounce ideas off the guys and sing with them in the studio was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“I’ve never really sung in the studio with someone else, especially not with someone whose voice is as good as Ronnie’s,” shared Brown. “For him to be looking at me on the other side of the glass, and both of us singing, it was just awesome. It felt like we just got comfortable around each other, so we were really able to kill it.”

Brooks & Dunn’s new album Reboot will be available beginning April 5. Take a behind-the-scenes look at their time in the studio with Combs and Brown in the videos above.

 

10 Songs You May Want To Listen To Now

10 Songs You Should Be Listening To Right Now – February 2019

February playlist features songs from country hitmakers Eric Church & Chris Young, plus the debut from Caylee Hammack

At Sounds Like Nashville, we pride ourselves on bringing our readers updates about the latest and greatest songs coming out of Music City. Whether it’s a new single from the biggest superstar or the debut track from a new artist, we hope to bring fans a wide range of what’s hot in country music.

At the top of each month, our staff selects their personal favorite new songs and updates SLN’s ongoing 10 Songs You Should Be Listening To playlist. This month, Sounds Like Nashville has a slew of new tunes from some of Nashville’s best and brightest acts. While our list includes country music hitmakers Eric Church, Toby Keith and Chris Young, the list also features several new acts hoping to cement themselves among the stars. One of those new performers includes the sassy and spirited Caylee Hammack and her debut release “Family Tree.” Caylee isn’t the only female appearing on our February list, as songs from RaeLynn, Maren Morris and Cassadee Pope also landed among the tunes.

Take a listen to this month’s 10 Songs You Should Be Listening To playlist below (in no particular order) and subscribe HERE for monthly updates.

Aaron Watson – “Kiss That Girl Goodbye”

Maren Morris – “Girl”

Chris Young – “Raised On Country”

RaeLynn – “Rowdy”

Toby Keith – “Don’t Let The Old Man In”

George Strait – ” Codigo”

Russell Dickerson – “Every Little Thing”

Caylee Hammack – “Family Tree”

Eric Church – “Some Of It”

Cassadee Pope – “If My Heart Had A Heart”

– Based on SoundsLikeNashville Article

George Strait Plots Release For 30th Studio Album

George Strait to Release 30th Album ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine’

Singer George Strait is ready to release a slew of new music on his 30th studio album

With nearly four decades of music under his belt, George Strait shows no signs of slowing down as the singer has announced a brand-new album. Comprised of 13 songs, Honky Tonk Time Machine marks the legendary singer’s 30th release.

The project is filled with original songs written by the Texas native himself, alongside his longtime collaborators Dean Dillon, Bubba Strait and Jeff Hyde. Honky Tonk Time Machine also holds two special collaborations: one with Strait and fellow icon Willie Nelson and another with Strait’s grandson Harvey.

Fans can get their hands on Honky Tonk Time Machine, featuring Strait’s latest single “Código,” beginning Friday, March 29. “I’m really excited to have some new music coming out,” shares Strait. “It’s been about two years since I’ve released a record.

It was great writing with Bubba and Dean again and creating such a beautiful song with Bubba and Jeff Hyde. Also, it was a very special thing for me to be able to write and sing one with the legend Willie Nelson. I hope everyone enjoys listening to Honky Tonk Time Machine as much as I enjoyed making it.”

Honky Tonk Time Machine track listing:

1. “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
2. “Two More Wishes”
Written by Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon
3. “Some Nights”
Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Phillip White
4. “God and Country Music” (with Harvey Strait)
Written by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna
5. “Blue Water”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
6. “Sometimes Love”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
7. “Código”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
8. “Old Violin”
Written by Johnny Paycheck
9. “Take Me Away”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
10. “The Weight of the Badge”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
11. “Honky Tonk Time Machine”
Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Bart Butler
12. “What Goes Up”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Jeff Hyde
13. “Sing One with Willie” (featuring Willie Nelson)
Written by George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bubba Strait and Buddy Cannon

Robert Earl Keen Inducted Into Texas Cowboy HOF

Robert Earl Keen Inducted Into The Texas Cowboy Hall Of Fame

Joining Willie Nelson, George Strait, and more in the Lone Star State institution

Congratulation to Robert Earl Keen, who was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame recently. Robert Earl Keen now joins Willie Nelson, George Strait, Lyle Lovett and many more Legends in the Lone Star State institution.

Singer, songwriter, and entertainer Robert Earl Keen has recorded 19 albums and performed thousands of shows, first as a folk singer and now as a country star. He is an avid reader who majored in English at Texas A&M University. His first album was No Kinda Dancer (1984) and most recent is Live Dinner Reunion (2016). His work ranges from country to bluegrass to rock. His songs have been recorded by artists including: George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Joe Ely, Montgomery Gentry, Dixie Chicks, The Highwaymen, Gillian Welch, Todd Snider and Shawn Colvin.

In 2012, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame along with his college friend, Lyle Lovett and the late Townes Van Zandt. In March 2015, BMI honored him as the first recipient of the Troubadour Award. Keen is currently on tour performing shows in 2019 with George Strait, and Lyle Lovett, and will embark on his annual Christmas tour in December. Keen’s signature song is “The Road Goes On Forever.”

Carrie Underwood & Husband Welcome Baby Boy

Carrie Underwood & Husband Welcome Baby Boy

Our hearts are full, our eyes are tired and our lives are forever changed. Life is good

Carrie Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher welcomed baby boy Jacob Bryan Fisher into the world on January 21. Carrie revealed the news via Instagram with three pics of baby Jacob Bryan, saying:

“Jacob Bryan Fisher entered the world in the wee hours of the morning on Monday…his mom, dad and big brother couldn’t be happier for God to trust them with taking care of this little miracle!

Our hearts are full, our eyes are tired and our lives are forever changed. Life is good…” Jacob Bryan joins older brother Isaiah, 3, in the Underwood/Fisher household.

 

 

40th Anniversary of Dukes of Hazzard to be Celebrated

40th Anniversary of The Dukes of Hazzard to be celebrated

Appearance and live music performances by John Schneider and Tom Wopat also known as Bo & Luke Duke

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – MuscleKingz will transform the Kern County Raceway on Saturday, April 13 into a car show & concert venue fit for a great experience for car enthusiasts and music fans alike featuring classic and modern American muscle cars, custom trucks, hot rods, rat rods and more. The MuscleKingz Car Show & Concert series are a modern twist to the classic culture of a traditional car show with the addition of great live music. Previous shows have been headlined by Dan+Shay, Rodney Atkins, .38 Special, Night Ranger, and more! To register your vehicle and learn more visit www.musclekingz.com.

The MuscleKingz Car Show & Concert will be hosted by Brad Deberti, who was born and raised in Bakersfield, and co hosted by his father Doug Deberti who together entertain fans on their Discovery Channel TV show ‘Twin Turbos’. They build outrageous state-of-the-art cars and trucks and each have won multipleSEMA Best of Show Awards. Brad is currently NASCAR’s State Rookie of the Year. “I have been working with MuscleKingz for the past few years and I am excited to bring a gnarly car and truck show to my hometown of Bakersfield! And Bo and Luke Duke are coming!,” exclaims Brad Deberti.

“We are bringing Hazzard County to Kern County! In addition to an amazing show of cars and trucks from Bakersfield, the Valley and beyond both John Schneiderand Tom Wopat will each take the stage to perform their music at the Muscle Kingz Car Show & Concert,” said John Oakes – Freeze Management CEO, MuscleKingz co-founder and co-producer.

The Bakersfield event will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Dukes of Hazzardfeaturing Hazzard County’s famous ‘cousins’ – John Schneider (Bo Duke) and Tom Wopat (Luke Duke) – as well as one of the legendary 1969 Dodge Chargers – “General Lee” – owned by Chrome Cars and used in the original filming of the Dukes of Hazzard TV series.

John Schneider has celebrated several hits at country radio including “Country Girls” and “Love, You Ain’t Seen the Last of Me,” and in 2018 he released a new song each week throughout year with his ambitious 52-song project, The Odyssey. John Schneider and his band will be performing on stage for the crowd in attendance at the MuscleKingz Car Show & Concert.

Separately, Tom Wopat will be performing songs from his catalog of music and anticipated new album entitled WOPAT.

John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Christian Davis are the first wave of artist announcements for the concert. Headliners and more to round out the lineup of live music will be announced soon.

“I love to play music. Tom Loves to play music and we both love cars, so it’s a great combination I’m excited about,” said Schneider. “I haven’t played anywhere in [that area] in probably 25 or 30 years, so I’m very excited. The last time I played at the Crystal Palace with Buck Owens 25 or 30 years ago. So I’m looking forward to it.”

“We saw an opportunity with the 40th anniversary to put it together musically, with some car shows,” said Wopat. “It’s been done before on a limited basis, but this is the first time that it’s going to be done with this much breadth. We’ve got three booked so far – all in California, but [we’ll] have at least 10 booked here shortly, so it’s going to be all across the country! There’ll be a car show during the day and then in the evening there’ll be a music show – with special guests. I’ll do a set with the band and then John will do his set afterwards.”

To register your car or truck, get your tickets and all information about the Muscle Kingz Car Show & Concert at the Kern County Raceway on Saturday, April 13, visitwww.musclekingz.com.

Follow MuscleKingz on Instagram: @MuscleKingz_Show
Like MuscleKingz on Facebook: Facebook.com/MuscleKingz

WHO: John SchneiderTom WopatDoug & Brad Deberti, and special guests to be announced!
WHAT: The day combines hundreds of custom high performance classic & modern American Muscle cars, lifted and lowered trucks with a concert featuring premier artists. This is a family friendly car and music festival with games and activities throughout the day.
WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 2019, Event Times: 12 pm – 10 pm
WHERE: Kern County Raceway 13500 Raceway Blvd Interstate 5 and Enos Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93311
TICKETS: Early Bird General Admission Car Show & Concert tickets starting at $20 +fees, Early Bird Car Registration starting at $45 +fees, with Premium and VIP options available. FREE for children 5 and under, discounted tickets for 6-12 with paid adult admission. To purchase tickets, visit musclekingz.com or call 888-512-7469.

About MuscleKingz:
MuscleKingz is a brand and social media powerhouse featuring both modern and classic American muscle cars with over 1.6 million followers on Facebook, 450k+ on Instagram and thousands of attendees at each car show and concert series. Partnering with the automotive industry’s most respected brands, MuscleKingz produces the Car Show and Concert Series with a modern twist to a classic culture.www.MuscleKingz.com

About Doug and Brad Deberti:
For father-son duo Doug and Brad DeBerti, custom car building isn’t just a hobby, it’s their life. From creating a truck modeled after a fighter jet to developing the first ever drift racing truck, the DeBerti’s have been building one-of-a-kind cars and trucks for more than two decades, winning over twenty awards, and turning the family business into a household name. Watch them on Discovery Channel’s TV show TWIN TURBOS creating outrageous, state-of-the-art builds – pushing the boundaries being featured SEMA, the largest car event in the world! See them host the MuscleKingz Car Show & Concert on April 13 at the Kern County Raceway. Brad will be exhibiting and showcasing his favorite builds for all to see and enjoy the true craftsmanship and fabrication they took to create! For more information, visitdeberti.com.

About John Schneider:
John Schneider’s extensive acting career includes the iconic roles of “Bo Duke” on The Dukes of Hazzard, “Jonathan Kent” on Smallville, and currently stars as “Jim Cryer” on the hit series, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots – the #1 primetime series on cable on Tuesday nights. In addition, he is a celebrated country music artist with 10 albums to his credits and 4 #1 singles on the Billboard Country chart. He recently launched an ambitious 52-song project, The Odyssey, releasing a song a week throughout 2018, as well as three additional albums, Ruffled Skirts, Greatest Hits…Still! and Merry Christmas Baby, totaling 72 songs for the year. John co-founded the Children’s Miracle Network – a non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues. Founded in 1983, they have raised more than $4.7 billion dollars which is distributed directly to a network of 170 hospitals. For more information, visit JohnSchneiderStudios.com.

About Tom Wopat:
Tom Wopat has a diverse program of material as a performer who may be best known for his starring role in the ’80s hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard. Tom is a Two-Time Tony Award Nominee, his extensive career from his television work in the ‘70s and ‘80s to high visibility Broadway roles in 1999’s Annie Get Your Gun and 2008’s Catered Affair (he received Tony Award nominations for both), as well as Chicago, Forty-Second St., Sondheim on Sondheim and more. Tom is an acclaimed recording artist, with a warm, engaging baritone voice. And the more one listens, the better it gets — from the way he finds the heart of a song’s story to his lyrical phrasing and his gently swinging, jazz-infused rhythms. For more information, visit tomwopat.com.

About John Oakes:
John Oakes is an entertainment entrepreneur, executive, and marketer based in Southern California. Oakes founded his music, entertainment, event, and marketing consulting company, Freeze Management, in 2002, while managing rock band Story of the Year. He specializes in producing music festivals, concerts, car shows, motorcycle shows and events, and developing marketing programs benefiting live events, brands, artists, partners, and fans. Oakes has spent 20 years as an entrepreneur in the music industry, representing a diverse group of musicians selling millions of records and tickets worldwide. Oakes, with his company Freeze Management, has also developed effective strategies and implemented successful marketing programs for an assorted group of well-known companies, including Rockstar Energy Drink, Ram Trucks, AT&T Wireless, Samsung Mobile, Ford, Jagermeister, Lucas Oil, Coors Light, Harley-Davidson and many more.

– 2911 Media USA

Morgan Evans CD Review Things That We Drink To

Morgan Evans’ CD Review ‘Things That We Drink To’

Stories from his personal experiences to comprise the 11 songs on his U.S. debut.

Morgan Evans was already a star in his native Australia when he crossed two oceans to bring his talents to America. He begins a new life chapter by taking his life experience and turning it into 11 personal songs on his new album, Things That We Drink To.

There’s a youthful, vibrant spirit that runs throughout album in a way that feels celebratory. You feel this on the opening track “American,” a song that turns his coast-to-coast exploration of the place he calls his new home into lyrics, from the red sunset in California to the streets of New Orleans, all expressed over a sunny pop-country melody. This same energy is present on “We Dream” where Evans calls on a chorus of singers to help him share the message that no matter what corner of the world you live in, we all use our dreams to break out of the constrictions placed upon us. “When we look at the world and we don’t like what we see, we close our eyes and we dream,” he chants.

On the title track, “Things That We Drink To,” Evans digs deeper, co-penning a reflective track that was inspired in part by the sudden death of his friend and manager Rob Potts, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2017. Evans uses the song as a way to raise a tall glass to his friend, the memories he’s looking back on and all the life he’s lived in between, offering enough conviction to drive home the emotion. Another pristine track comes in the form of “Dance With Me,” which features gentle background vocals from his wife, Kelsea Ballerini and feels like the most personal moment on the album. Evans doesn’t add any flash to the sweet song, letting the honesty in their voices tell the story. “Feel my heart beat through your body to your feet, if you dance with me, hold me in the dark now until both your eyes can see,” they sing beautifully in harmony.

He rounds out the album with the equally romantic “I Do” and career-establishing hit single, “Kiss Somebody.”

Though Evans constructs Things That We Drink To with common topics frequently used in country songs, he does a sound job of taking these notions and making them feel like his own. From the earnest title track to the thoughtfulness of “Dance With Me,” Evans uses the project as a way to show his growing fanbase what he’s capable of achieving – and they’re bound to want to continue growing alongside him.

Dierks Bentley’s Best Tour Announcement Videos

Dierks Bentley’s Best Tour Announcement Videos

Dierks Bentley is a marking genius putting out hilarious parody videos to spoof his upcoming headlining tours

Dierks Bentley is nothing short of a marketing genius when it comes to gearing up for a new headlining tour. For his past several headlining tours, the Arizona native has put out hilarious spoof videos to showcase what fans can expect from him and his openers.

On Thursday morning, Jan. 10, Bentley took to the ice for a parody of his 2019 tour, calling it the Burning Man Tour (On Ice). Bentley took to a skating rink, showing off his best figure skating moves. Openers Jon Pardi and Tenille Townes joined the “Burning Man” singer in a clip that promised a tour of magic and majesty.

But this wasn’t the first time Bentley has had his tourmates put their best comedic foot forward. Last year, the singer enlisted Brothers Osborne and LANCO for a trippy man of the woods style clip, where the spent a hazy few days out in the wilderness with a shaman in honor of their Mountain High Tour.

But his first spoof video came in 2015 when Bentley invited Kip MooreCanaan Smithand Maddie & Tae out on the road. The singer is known for partaking in polar plunges, often bathing in ice baths while out on tour. But this time, he had his tourmates take the jump with him…right off the side of the boat into icy cold water. The prospect of jumping into an ice bath had Moore reconsidering his spot on the Sounds of Summer Tour altogether.

Check out Bentley’s past tour promos above and don’t miss out on his 2019 Burning Man Tour this winter!

Byrd To Team Up with Chesnutt as Beaumont Boys

Byrd To Team Up with Mark Chesnutt for Select Dates Billed as The Beaumont Boys

I have missed seeing the legion of fans that we had gained over the years.

BEAUMONT, Texas – With an amazing 34 singles and ten studio albums – four of which are certified gold, one platinum, and double platinum by the RIAA – Tracy Byrd is celebrating 25 years as a recording artist! The tall Texan first hit #1 in 1993 with “Holdin’ Heaven” and has continued releasing hits “Watermelon Crawl,” “Big Love,” “I’m From The Country,” “Ten Rounds of Jose Cuervo,” “Drinkin’ Bone,” and “The Keeper of the Stars,” which went on to win the CMA Song of the Year honor.

Now circa 2019, Tracy Byrd is back at it. After taking a few years off from touring outside of Texas, Tracy is hitting to road to bring his hits to country fans across North America. In addition, Byrd will team up with fellow Beaumont native Mark Chesnutt for select dates billed as The Beaumont Boys. The Beaumont Boys package is being co-booked by Deric Brown of artistLIVE and Risha Rodgers of William Morris Endeavor (WME).

“I am really enjoying getting back out on the road,” says Tracy Byrd. “I loved spending time off watching the kids grow, but I have missed seeing the legion of fans that we had gained over the years. I look forward to reconnecting with them on the road!”

Tracy Byrd has always been something of a maverick. In an industry where careers are often decided in committee, Byrd has always held fast to his own creative vision and has never been afraid to take the road less traveled. That unbridled spirit again prevails on his newest release, “Different Things.” Not only does Tracy continue to deliver no-holds-barred country music, he does so while embarking on a new business model that is setting the standard for artists in today’s competitive music industry.

 

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