Wednesday, March 5, 2014

TIM MCGRAW, LADY ANTEBELLUM AND JAKE OWEN LEADING THE LINEUP




WATERSHED MUSIC AND CAMPING FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR THIRD YEAR WITH COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTARS TIM MCGRAW, LADY ANTEBELLUM AND JAKE OWEN LEADING THE LINEUP

Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Kip Moore And Cassadee Pope Also Set For The Three-Day Festival And Camping Event August 1, 2 & 3

Nashville, TN – March 5, 2014 – Watershed Music Festival is returning August 1, 2 and 3 after two hugely successful runs with a heavy hitting lineup including Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, along with Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Joe Diffie, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope, Eli Young Band, Chase Rice, Dallas Smith and many more taking part in what is promising to be the festival’s best year yet. 

COREY SMITH TO HIT THE ROAD WITH DARIUS RUCKER THIS SPRING

COREY SMITH TO HIT THE ROAD WITH
DARIUS RUCKER THIS SPRING
 
SXSW Performance Announced for 3/12 – Rowdy’s Saloon

Corey Smith







Photo Credit: Hodges Usry
 
NASHVILLE, TN (March 5th, 2014) – Touring sensation Corey Smith will join forces with Darius Rucker beginning April 10th in Morgantown, WV, as he will open select dates for the singer’s 2014 True Believers Tour. Before the run, Smith will stop through Austin, TX, to perform during the famed annual SXSW festival on March 12th, at Rowdy’s Saloon.
 
“Darius’ authentic voice, sincere writing and work ethic are things I've tried to emulate in my career, so this means a lot to me personally,” shares Smith. “I'm very grateful for Darius and his team for taking a chance on me and I’m committed to bringing my very best every night.”
 
With an ever-expanding fan-base and hundreds of sold-out performances to date, Smith is making his mark on the country music scene. The rising singer-songwriter has logged more than 1000 plus shows, sold over 1 million tickets and brought Zac Brown Band, Brantley Gilbert and Florida Georgia Line along for the ride as openers. Amassing acclaim as an independent artist, Smith has sold over 1.5 million digital singles and more than 220,000 albums. He has been recognized as one of country music's hottest new artists by Country Weekly and Music Row Magazine and featured on the cover of Pollstar as a Hotstar Top Artist.
 
Currently, Smith is in the studio working on his ninth album with renowned producer Keith Stegall (Zac Brown Band/Alan Jackson).

JEFF BRIDGES JOINS 27TH ANNUAL OLD SETTLER’S MUSIC FESTIVAL





 
OSCAR WINNER JEFF BRIDGES JOINS 
27TH ANNUAL OLD SETTLER’S MUSIC FESTIVAL

30 Acts to Appear on Four Stages at Four-Day Texas Hill Country Event

AUSTIN, Texas — Oscar-winning actor and musician Jeff Bridges and his band, the Abiders, will join a red carpet-worthy lineup of talent performing at the 27th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival, April 10-13 at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas. Bridges and his band — named, of course, after the phrase uttered by his iconic Dude character in “The Big Lebowski” — joins the list of 30 top-notch performers slated to appear on four stages in this beautiful hill country setting south of Austin. 

Bridges, who earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of musician Bad Blake in the film “Crazy Heart” — which featured a Grammy-winning soundtrack co-produced by Texans T Bone Burnett and the late Stephen Bruton — released his self-titled, Burnett-produced solo album on Blue Note Records in 2011. 

Old Settler’s Music Festival 2014 Lineup
(Times to be announced)

Thursday, April 10
Donna the Buffalo
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Wood & Wire
Parker Millsap
Front Country

Friday, April 11
Jeff Bridges & The Abiders
Shovels & Rope
Bob Schneider
North Mississippi Allstars
Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys
Donna the Buffalo
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
The Deadly Gentlemen
Humming House
Red Wine
Katy Kirby

Saturday, April 12
Big Head Todd & The Monsters
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
The Del McCoury Band
Sarah Jarosz
The Devil Makes Three
Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
Lake Street Dive
Gaelic Storm
The Gibson Brothers
Elephant Revival
John Fullbright
Shinyribs
Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove
Della Mae
The Deadly Gentlemen
Lily & Madeleine

Sunday, April 13
The Gibson Brothers
Elephant Revival
Shinyribs
The Black Lillies
Della Mae

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NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: North 40


NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: North 40

By Bob Doerschuk
© 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
It’s been a while since Paige Logan and Heather Looney chased their dreams to Nashville. Logan came from Safford, Ariz., where she studied piano, taught herself guitar and mandolin and soaked up the sounds of her dad’s LP and 8-track collection. In 1993, she and her sister hit the road for Music City; a year later, Paige was there alone, beginning a long stretch of day jobs and determination.
Meanwhile, Looney and her dad had been performing around Shreveport, La. Going solo, she relocated frequently before settling in Nashville with her husband a year after Logan’s arrival. Eventually the two crossed paths, and their 20-year friendship culminated in their debut album, Whole Lot Of Livin’, produced by Paige’s husband Mills Logan and Leigh Reynolds. Rhymetown Entertainment released the debut album in January.
Vocal blends distinguish this duo. They embrace vibrato as an expressive device. When they drop it for a few beats, as in the higher passages of “Far Too Long” (written by Logan and Looney), the impact is dramatic. They also avoid the upper register, concentrating on the contralto range; the result is a honeyed, rich quality that draws listeners in as if to a whisper. And they sing almost exclusively in harmony; when one breaks into a solo line and the other improvises some churchy backup on “Don’t Make Me The Reason” (Logan and Looney), the moment seems to spark from the speakers.
Is there life over 40 in Country Music? You betcha.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS
SONG YOU’D LOVE TO COVER
“Heather would love to cover ‘Stand By Your Man’ and Paige would cover ‘El Paso.’”
ALBUM ON YOUR PLAYLIST
“Heather has Train and Chris Knight. Paige has Tom Petty’s Greatest Hits and Simon & Garfunkle.”
DREAM DUET PARTNER
“Heather’s is Michael Bublé and Paige’s is Freddie Mercury.”
PET PEEVE
“Heather’s is rude people. Paige’s is people who take more than they need or don’t give back more than they take.”
SOMETHING WE’D NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU
“Heather was adopted at 2 weeks old through the Volunteers of America and believes that her parents chose her because she could scream on key! Paige has been on a vegan diet for 22 years and she likes coffee and water at room temperature.”

John Oates Releases Good Road To Follow

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee John Oates Releases Good Road To Follow
 
3 Disc - 15 Song Musical Journey out March 18
 
March 4, 2014, Nashville, TNRock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, John Oates, will release his latest solo project Good Road To Follow (PS Records / Elektra Records) on March 18, 2014. What started as a yearlong series of digital singles has culminated in a three-disc set of genre-specific EPs aptly named Route 1Route 2, and Route 3. Unrestricted by musical barriers, Oates has collaborated with some of the world’s brightest music makers on the cross-genre musical trip, ranging from Grammy winning songwriter/producer/rocker Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, to pop band Hot Chelle Rae, to country music icon Vince Gill, to Americana legends Jerry Douglas and Jim Lauderdale.
 
The lead single “Stone Cold Love” was written, performed and produced with OneRepublic front man, Ryan Tedder, at his studio in Denver, CO. 
 
"This project has been a labor of love," Oates explains. "Almost every song was recorded with a different producer and a different co-writer, so I got to step into the worlds of so many creative and inspiring people. Some of whom I have worked with in the past and some folks that I’d never met. I reached out to the songwriters, musicians and producers that I respect and asked them if they would work with me on one individual song. Each song became an intense and focused creative experience...it was a pure collaboration from beginning to end.”
 
In addition to releasing a new album, Oates will be inducted with Daryl Hall into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April and will be touring throughout 2014.

Brandon Chase Releases Debut Single "One"

Rising Star Brandon Chase Releases Debut Single
"One" To Country Radio
 
"One" Available Digitally Now 
 
Nashville, TN (March 4, 2014) - Rising star and The Voice Season 5 contestant Brandon Chase officially releases his debut single, "One," to country radio today.  The single, written by Zach Crowell (Cop Car), Randy Montana and Jaron Boyer, scored an early spin on 99.5 The Wolf in Dallas last week and many other stations are slated to follow suit.  Brandon Chase has been working on developing his sound and style for many years and "One," the catchy sing-along song with infectious beats, is the perfect introduction to his artistic abilities. 
 
"I’ve been waiting for this day for so long.  I can’t believe it’s already here," exclaims Brandon Chase.  "This song is the product of many long hours of hard work and I couldn’t be more proud of it.  I hope the fans love it." 
 
Early approval for Brandon Chase and his debut single is rolling in from media across the country. 

"Brandon Chase is going to be an artist to watch that didn't NEED a "Voice" win... his first single, "One," keeps us on the road of country musics' ever-evolving sound, while giving us a song we LOVE to sing along to on the radio.  We here at the Wolf in Dallas consider him a hometown hero as we've watched his journey so far, thrilled to be the first station to play, "ONE!"  A true Gentleman for Country Music, too!" - Lisa Taylor, 99.5 The Wolf Dallas
 
"A breezy slice of folk and rock-tinged country, the sweet, engaging 'One' marks Brandon Chase as not only a hopeless romantic, but an impressive Nashville talent worth keeping an eye on." - Preston Jones, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
"I've seen Brandon's inestimable talents in action on stage and in the studio.  He exemplifies country music TODAY with his authenticity, attitude and style.  In the studio his work-ethic and skill-set are prodigious.  When the world experiences his debut single 'ONE,' these qualities will be undeniable.  I can't wait to see Brandon Chase's continued personal and professional accomplishments.  Country Music's historic momentum continues and artists like Brandon Chase keep it flourishing!" - Ryan Drean, TM Studios/Westwood One 
 
"Brandon Chase is one of the most grounded artists to hit the scene in the past decade.  He possesses a unique magnetism that shines through his music.  His new single, 'One,' shows off his clear vocals coupled with a catchy hook and a relatable message.  Brandon is definitely one to watch in 2014." - Kim Hooker, CMChat/Hooked Up Country
 
"Brandon Chase was the new star of CRS 2014 for me.  Top priority is breaking him in my market!" - Ryan McCall, WGLR 
 
"Brandon Chase is a talented vocalist who delivered a brilliant debut single.  Definitely one to watch." - Matt Bjorke, Roughstock

Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass

Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass
to Premiere on RFD-TV March 7

Biggest Legends and Award-Winning Artists
Brought Together for Historic Series Release

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 4, 2014) – Country’s Family Reunion (the DVD/Television series that brings America’s most-treasured artists together to reunite and reminisce) will premiere episodes of its latest offering “Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass” beginning Friday, March 7 at 8 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central on RFD-TV and FamilyNet. Hosted by Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Anderson and 14-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs, this reunion features a cross-section of award-winning and legendary Bluegrass artists, from “finger-pickers,” to “purists,” to “New-Grass” contemporaries. The series includes performances by Dierks BentleyDailey & Vincent, The WhitesDel McCourySam Bush, Rhonda VincentThe Roys (Lee & Elaine), Jerry DouglasThe Grascals (Jamie Johnson, Terry Eldredge, Terry Smith), Mac Wiseman, Ramona Jones, Bobby Osborne, Paul Brewster, Ronnie Reno, Doyle Lawson, Sierra Hull, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, The Gibson Brothers and Jesse McReynolds, backed by the genre’s foremost musicians Barry Bales (Bass), Bryan Sutton (Acoustic Guitar), Adam Steffey (Mandolin), Stuart Duncan (Fiddle) and Ron Stewart (Banjo).

PREMIERE WEEKEND SHOWTIMES:

  • Friday, March 7:      7 PM Central / 8 PM Eastern*
  • Saturday, March 8: 5 AM Central / 6 AM Eastern*
  • Saturday, March 8: 11 PM Central / 12 Midnight Eastern*
*Check local listings for exact show times

Gabriel Communications is also pleased to announce the highly anticipated release of the entire five-DVD video series "Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass," which documents all the stories, music and magic of one of biggest gatherings of Bluegrass’ biggest and best artists ever assembled on one sound stage. With over 6 hours of awe-inspiring content guaranteed to delight music fans everywhere, this 5-disc series is now available online at cfrvideos.com, or by calling 800-820-5405.

“The moments we have captured have been unbelievable,” explains Larry Black, creator of the series. “At this reunion, there’s a true reverence by everyone in the room—it is a celebration of sorts for the legendary artists who have built the foundation of the genre and those who will move it forward in the years to come.”

For a limited time, Gabriel Communications is offering fans $40 off when fans purchase both “Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass” and the soon-to-be released “Country’s Family Reunion: God Bless America Again,” a series celebrating God, country, family, friends and faith. During this SPECIAL PRESALE, fans can enjoy never-before-aired Gospel and patriotic performances by Lee Greenwood, Bobby Bare, John Conlee, Ray Stevens, Jimmy Fortune, Jan Howard, David Ball, Riders in the Sky, Gary Morris, John Anderson, The Gatlin Brothers, Mark Wills, Daryle Singletary, Jim Ed Brown, George Hamilton, IV, The Whites and many others.  

SISTER TRIO MICHAELIS SIGNS WITH APA

SISTER TRIO MICHAELIS SIGNS WITH APA

Steve Lassiter (APA), Cass Scripps (APA), Madeline Michaelis, Meagan Michae
Pictured at APA Nashville's 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Hard Rock Cafe are (L-R): Steve Lassiter (APA), Cass Scripps (APA), Madeline Michaelis, Meagan Michaelis, Mallory Michaelis and Pete Olson (AMP)  
Photo Credit: Jeremy Westby
  

Nashville, TN (March 4, 2014) - APA has signed the sister trio MICHAELIS.  The Michaelis sisters - Meagan (25), Mallory (21) and Madeline (18) have been winning over audiences with their soulful, sultry harmonies for more than a decade throughout their native Texas.  Meagan sings lead vocals, with Mallory providing the low harmony and rhythm guitar, while Madeline offers high harmony and multi-instrumental talents.  The trio is currently featured in Season 3 of the popular national syndicated documentary series, "Troubadour, TX," where they appear along with Kris Kristofferson, Wade Bowen, Roger Creager, Randy Rogers and others. 
 
"These young ladies are a breath of fresh air," notes their agent Cass Scripps at APA Nashville.  "Incredible harmonies, stand-out songwriting and a vibrant stage presence are the trio's calling cards, and we're excited to be on board so early in their career."

"We're in a good place right now," notes Meagan Michaelis.  "We're thrilled to be partnered with APA Nashville and excited to get back out on the road."

Over the past two years the trio collaborated with visionary producer Dave Brainard (Jerrod Niemann, Brandy Clark) before releasing their well-received single, "Shoot Straight," last July.  The single was featured as a Highway Find track on SiriusXM Radio's The Highway Channel, which inspired the video that aired on CMT, MTV and VH1.  

The Michaelis sisters are managed by Artist Management Partners (AMP), headed by Tim DuBois in Nashville, TN.  Pete Olson handles day-to-day management for the siblings, who join a roster that boasts Charlie Worsham, Wade Bowen, Neal McCoy and Roger Creager.

KAYLEE BELL 34TH TOYOTA STAR MAKER WINNER

KAYLEE BELL
34TH TOYOTA STAR MAKER WINNER

INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION FINALIST NOMINATION FOR 
KAYLEE BELL AND MIKE CARR
Last year’s Toyota Star Maker winner Kaylee Bell and ARIA award winner, singer songwriter Mike Carr have been announced as finalists in the country category of the International Songwriting Competition 2013 with Little Bit Small Town, the second single Kaylee’s Star Maker album Heart First.
In 2013, Kaylee launched her Toyota Star Maker album Heart First which received her first nomination in the 42nd CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia.  She performed at all the major festivals throughout Australia, was a guest of AristoMedia Nashville at the Global Artist Showcase in Nashville during the annual CMA Festival, released two singles and two video clips and won the hearts of her country music colleagues and fans in Australia and her home country New Zealand.
In January, Tom Inglis (HSF Artist Services) began management of Kaylee Bell following her year as the 2013 Toyota Star Maker winner.  Tom began working with Kaylee whilst part of the Star Maker team in his role of consultant, publicist and radio plugger.  Tom said; “Kaylee is an incredible natural talent with a real honest passion for country music. Her work ethic and drive is outstanding and to make the move away from family and friends at such a young age to another country to follow her dream is just so cool. The big bonus is that Kaylee is just one of the nicest and sweetest people around.” 
Kaylee said; “I am really excited to be working with Tom.  He has so much knowledge and passion for the country music industry and has big sights and goals for me to continue building my career.  I feel very lucky that he’s on this journey with me.”
With 14 finalists in the country category Kaylee Bell, together with Mike Carr, has a good chance to be one of 68 winners across all genres to share in the cash and prizes.  Submissions will now be sent to the celebrity judges of artists and industry and will judge the songs on creativity, originality, lyrics, melody, arrangement and overall likeability.

Josh Thompson Video Cold Beer With Your Name On It


 
Josh Thompson Premieres New Video For “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” Exclusively On Taste Of Country And The Boot Today
 Forthcoming Sophomore Album Turn It Up Now Available For Pre-Order

Nashville, TN—Show Dog-Universal Music recording artist Josh Thompson has released a brand-new video for his current single “Cold Beer With Your Name On It,” exclusively on Taste Of Country and The Boot today.  Directed by Chris Hicky, the video tells the love story of a guy missing a girl who has left their small town to try to make it as an actress in Hollywood.  Does she choose to stay in the glitz of big-city life, or does she eventually return home to him?  Tune in to find out!  The video was filmed in Los Angeles as well as Mickey's Tavern in East Nashville.

"Cold Beer With Your Name On It” is the lead single from his highly anticipated sophomore album Turn It Up, due out April 1st.   Josh Thompson fans anxiously awaiting the release can now pre-order the album on iTunes. The album pre-order is available for $7.99 and fans will automatically receive a download of “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” as well as the album’s title track “Turn It Up.”  “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” has sold over 120,000 downloads since its release.

Thompson has also unveiled a brand-new online store which currently offers 100 packages for purchase that include a t-shirt, autographed Turn It Up CD, an autographed wireless speaker, camouflage earphones, and two meet & greet passes.  Quantities are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis here.

Turn It Up hits stores everywhere on April 1st and features ten brand-new tracks, nine of which were co-written by Thompson.  Josh is currently on the road with his buddies Justin Moore and Randy Houser on the Off The Beaten Path Tour, which wraps at the end of this month.

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