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Country Music News International Newsletter February 24. 2016

Country Music News International Newsletter February 24. 2016

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Addictive Single “Fix” Flying Up The Country Radio Charts, Already Top 25

Wrapped Opening For Dustin Lynch’s HELL OF A NIGHT TOUR Sunday Night (2/21)

Pictured: Chris Lane is welcomed to the Grand Ole Opry stage for his debut by country music icon Bill Anderson last Saturday night 2/20

Photo Credit: ©2016 Grand Ole Opry/Chris Hollo 

NASHVILLE, TN – (February 23, 2016) – Big Loud Records’ fast-rising recording artist Chris Lane took “Fix” to a new level with his Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night (2/20). The newcomer was welcomed into the famous circle by country music icon Bill Anderson before launching into performing his Top 25-and-climbing single “Fix,” which accumulated the most first week single adds from a debut male artist in Country Aircheck history and has notched 4,652,352 plus streams on Spotify. He closed his set with fan-favorite “For Her” and had the sold out crowd waving their hands in the air.

Lane’s debut also featured Big Loud Shirt hit songwriter Sarah Buxton, who co-wrote “Fix” with Jesse Frasure and Abe Stoklasa, as a special guest on background vocals.

Immediately following the big night, Lane traveled to Minneapolis, MN, for the last stop (2/21) on Dustin Lynch’s heavily pre-sold out HELL OF A NIGHT Tour. Continuing to play shows nationwide this spring, Lane is gearing up for another tour to be announced soon.

Since releasing the buzzy “Fix,” Lane racked up shout-outs from celebrities such as Daughtry, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Lucy Hale, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, and more. He landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Twitter Real-Time Emerging Artist chart the day of release, making the irresistible song one of the most shared tracks on Twitter in the U.S. from an up-and-coming artist. “Fix” shaped Lane’s sonic direction and is the title track of his newly released EP produced by the award-winning Joey Moi. Media have applauded his bold, fresh sound and standout falsetto; with early raves including ROLLING STONE’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” YOUNG HOLLYWOOD's “Artist To Watch” list, HELLO! Magazine's “People You Will Be Talking About” and GLAMOUR’s “Music We Love.” Lane was also chosen for the select CMT 2016 LISTEN UP campaign. The talented newcomer started his career selling out club shows in his hometown of Kernersville, NC, and previously toured with heavy-hitters Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice and more.

Dave Adkins Heads to Nashville with New Album

Dave Adkins Heads to Nashville with New Album
Appearances at WSM Radio's Coffee, Country, and Cody
and a return to the Station Inn
Nashville, Tenn. (February 23, 2016) --  Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Dave Adkins will kick off his self-titled new Mountain Fever Records album this Friday, February 26 at 9:15 AM on WSM Radio’s Coffee, Country and Cody show. Fans can tune-in to 650 AM WSM, listen online at, via the free iPhone app, or watch live on the Heartland TV network. Heartland is live from 6-10 a.m. every day, and can be seen locally at WSMV 4.2 or Comcast/Xfinity #230.
Friday evening, Adkins’ returns for his highly anticipated return performance at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the 9:00 p.m. concert.
Known for his high energy live stage performances displaying his powerful vocals, Adkins will then take the show to his home state of Kentucky on Saturday, February 27 to perform at the Lady Lions Bluegrass Show in Vanceburg and later that evening at Simply the Best in Grayson.
Other release concerts include: Thursday, March 3 at the WDVX Radio’s Blue Plate Special live show at the Knoxville Visitor's Center in Knoxville, Tenn.; Saturday, March 5 at Dixie Station in Elsmere, Ky.; and Friday, March 18 at the Branch House Theater in Fall Branch, Tenn.
Radio stations have been extremely supportive of the new Dave Adkins album. They are spinning numerous tracks including “Foolosophy” co-written by Larry Cordle and Chris Stapleton, his killer cover of “Sold” originally made famous by John Michael Montgomery, the Adkins’ original and first single release, “Change Her Mind,” and many more from this stellar album.
Fans can expect Adkins and his band to perform all tracks from the album which include:
  1. Change Her Mind (2:22) David Ervin Adkins
  2. Emmaline (2:43) Michael Huffman, Richard Williams, Alan Laney
  3. Foolosophy (3:03) Larry Cordle, Chris Stapleton
  4. A Whole Lot More To Tell (2:55) David Ervin Adkins
  5. Russell Fork River (3:51) David Ervin Adkins, Dawn Kenny, David Morris
  6. Sold (2:25) Rich Fagan, Rob Royer
  7. You Don’t Have To Go To Be Gone (2:42) David Ervin Adkins, Paula Breedlove,  Brink Brinkman
  8. It’s Not Over (Til I Get Over You) (3:06) Terry Foust, Ray Edwards, Tom T. Hall
  9. Turn and Burn (2:46) David Ervin Adkins, Dawn Kenny, David Morris
  10. Angel Song (4:17) Corey Lee Barker, Chris Laffey
  11. Wasting Away (2:10) Randall Hylton
  12. One and Only (2:51) David Ervin Adkins



ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Slated For March 16
NEW YORK, NY (February 23, 2016) – The time has come for Reviver Records recording duo LOCASH. They will make their national morning show debut on NBC’s Today Show Wednesday, Feb. 24 to perform their smash hit single, “I Love This Life,” which rose all the way to No. 2 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. Moreover, on Thursday, Feb. 25 they are slated to debut their brand new single “I Know Somebody” on FOX & Friends. As previously announced, they will make their late-night television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday, March 16.

Currently in New York City for the jam-packed media blitz, Chris Lucas and Preston Brust of the duo couldn’t be happier to be experiencing so much success.

“Hard work is really starting to pay off for us,” said Lucas. “It’s an amazing feeling for sure. We’re just so blessed and grateful for everything that’s going on right now with our career, and our team who has gotten us where we are. I think if you talked to Preston [Brust] or me, either one of us would definitely say… ‘I Love This Life.’”

The upbeat, feel-good vibe of “I Love This Life,” is followed by poignant storytelling in the new single, “I Know Somebody,” which impacted country radio this week.

Written by Ross Copperman, Jeremy Stover and Rhett Akins, “I Know Somebody,” has proven its potential to be a hit through positive fan reaction on the road, and is a salute to all of those who have helped Chris and Preston along the way.

REVIVER RECORDS' country music duo LOCASH is made up of Baltimore, Maryland native Chris Lucas and Indianapolis, Indiana's Preston Brust, and in 2016, the duo has proven to be unstoppable. Their upbeat, contagious single “I Love This Life” climbed all the way to No. 2 on the Country Billboard radio chart, and they are celebrating the release of their new single called, "I Know Somebody." Formerly as the LoCash Cowboys, the duo enjoyed hits with songs such as “Keep In Mind” and “The Best Seat In The House,” and wrote such hits as the chart-topping “You Gonna Fly” for Keith Urban and “Truck Yeah” for Tim McGraw. With a new name, new look, and new record deal with Reviver Records, LOCASH continues to build their brand through live performances– performing over 150 dates per year -- with appearances on some of the most prestigious stages in the world with acts ranging from Tim McGraw, Hank Williams, Jr., Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert to KISS. Their music has received over ten million views on YouTube, and they are known as one of the hardest working acts in the music business today. Their current E.P. I Love This Life is now available in stores nationwide.

Vassar Pairs Music, Wine and Stories in Video Series

Vassar Pairs Music, Wine and Stories in Video Series on
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 23, 2016) – Phil Vassar is back with an all-new episode of “Songs from the Cellar” as the award-winning singer/songwriter opens the doors to his personal cellar to showcase wine and spirits, share unforgettable stories and collaborate with special guests, including Sarah Darling who’s featured in the latest episode. Darling is a talented singer-songwriter who has played numerous times at the Opry and has had recent radio success with songs such as “Home to Me,” and “Little Umbrellas.”

In the first of a two-part episode, Vassar sampled Darling’s irresistible macaroons, paired with a 2011 St Urban-Hof Splatise Riesling before they collaborated on her new tune titled, “Cowboy Ride,” featured on Darling’s upcoming album. The second part will be released in the coming weeks.

Future episodes will incorporate artists, songwriters and wine connoisseurs as featured “Songs from the Cellar” guests. Each episode will intertwine storytelling and music with wine and food pairings. The wine, beer, bourbons and other cocktail favorites featured during the shows are inspired by the guests themselves.

“We have so much fun filming Songs from the Cellar”, says Vassar. “It’s really special to sit down and chat with some of the best artists in the industry and hear their stories. It also doesn’t hurt you get to drink some wine while doing it!”

Vassar plans to incorporate several wineries and vineyards in his 2016 American Soul tour, as well as multiple wine-themed events.

Follow Phil Vassar on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Feb 27- Omni Nashville Hotel- Nashville, Tenn.
March 03 - Jergel’s Rhythm Grille - Warrendale, Pa.
March 04 - Madison Theater- Covington. KY
March 11 - C2C Brooklyn Bowl - London, United Kingdom
March 12 - C2C Brooklyn Bowl - London, United Kingdom
March 18 - Sherman Theatre - Stroudsburg. Pa.
March 19 - Mainstage - Morgantown, W.Va.
June 19 - Country Fest - Cadott, Wis.
June 24 - Four Corners Music Hall - Untermeitengen, Germany
June 25 - Cowboys Guest Ranch - Voghera, Italy
June 26 - Toad Hall - Stockport, United Kingdom
July 08 - Summerfest - Milwaukee, Wis.
July 15 - Windy City Smokeout - Chicago, Ill.
July 22 - A Night in the Country - Yerington, Nev.
July 24 - Cedar County Fair - Fordyce, Neb.

Country music hitmaker Phil Vassar is a piano-pounding powerhouse on stage who taps into his audiences via social media for song requests throughout his more than 135 shows a year. Phil’s reign of signature songs include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including "Carlene," "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Six-Pack Summer," "That's When I Love You" and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and sold-out shows across the country. Vassar's songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye ("Little Red Rodeo"), Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money"), Tim McGraw ("For a Little While"), Jo Dee Messina ("Bye Bye," "I'm Alright"), and Blackhawk ("Postmarked Birmingham"). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999. Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can. For more information, visit



NASHVILLE, TN - Feb. 23, 2016 - After solidifying two back-to-back No. Ones off the ACM nominated Album of the Year TANGLED UP (The Valory Music Co.), multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett along with Producer Dann Huff, Producer/Songwriter Jesse Frasure, Songwriters Sean Douglas and Joe London gathered with close family and friends yesterday (2/22) at Nashville's BarTaco, to celebrate the chart-toppers "Crash And Burn" and "Die A Happy Man." Both PLATINUM hits continue to break milestones as "Crash And Burn" serves as Thomas Rhett's first overseas release, making its way onto the BBC A-List in advance of his C2C MainStage performance in March (3/11). The ACM "Single of the Year" nominated "Die a Happy Man" continues to be a record-breaking smash as it led the Billboard Country Airplay chart for six weeks while also earning its 14th frame atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and 15 weeks as the top Country Digital Song.

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Photo Caption (L-R): Producer Dann Huff, “Die A Happy Man” Songwriter Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man” Songwriter Joe London, Producer/”Crash And Burn” Songwriter Jesse Frasure

Photo Credit: Erika Goldring

Joey + Rory Land #1

GRAMMY-Nominated Country Music Couple Joey+Rory Land #1 Position on This Week’s Billboard Country Music Sales Chart

All-New Hymns Recording from GRAMMY-nominated Duo Tops the Billboard Music Video Chart, Contemporary Christian Album Chart and Christian Video Chart

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—February 23rd, 2016— GRAMMY®-nominated, husband-and-wife country music duo Joey+Rory garnered the No. 1 position on this week’s Country Music chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan, with their all-new recording, Hymns That Are Important To Us (Gaither Music Group).
The 13-song recording, produced by Rory and Joe West (except “When I’m Gone,” which was produced by Gary Paczosa), also topped the Contemporary Christian Album chart, while the Hymns That Are Important To Us video landed in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Music Video chart and on the Christian Video chart.  In addition, the audio recording took the No. 4 spot on this week’s Billboard Top 200 chart.

Rory stated, “When the label called to give us the news I immediately took the phone in to Joey.  This recording was ‘hers’ from the beginning.  This is one that she has always wanted to make, and she’s worked so hard to make it happen, in spite of the difficult circumstances she is facing.  As I congratulated her, she responded through tears, ‘No, Honey, this is God’s record….’”

President of Gaither Music Group Barry Jennings stated, “When we first started working with Joey+Rory a few years ago Rory said, ‘I want to live a story.’  Well, what a ‘story’ he and Joey have lived, perhaps not the one they wanted, but a story that has touched countless lives around the world.  We have all been changed by their ‘story’ and are so honored to have been a small part of this project.”
“Gaither Music Group is honored to work alongside Joey+Rory and to represent their brand,” said Paul Sizelove, vice president of Gaither Music Group.  “Like so many people, not only are we proud of the art they create, we are inspired by the lives they live and the messages they share through their words and actions.  This unique project is one that Joey has held dear from the outset, and we are humbled to be a part of it.  We are even more grateful to call them friends.”

The new recording holds the February Spotlight for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and is available there as a deluxe edition including never-before-seen photos of Joey+Rory and their family, a magnet, lyrics, excerpts and stories from Rory’s blog This Life I Live and a closer look into the couple’s journey creating this album together during a life-changing year.
Hymns That Are Important To Us is featured regularly on TV networks including RFD-TV, PBS, DISH TV, TBN, Family Net, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel.  The DVD will be featured on Gaither TV, available on DISH TV--Channel 276, Roku, Google and the Internet.
The CD and DVD are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and are available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon,, and
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CD Song List:  Hymns That Are Important To Us
1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
2. I Surrender All
3. He Touched Me
4. Softly and Tenderly
5. Jesus Loves Me
6. It Is Well with My Soul
7. The Old Rugged Cross
8. I Need Thee Every Hour
9. How Great Thou Art
10. I'll Fly Away
11. Jesus Paid It All
12. Suppertime
13. When I'm Gone

Produced by Rory Feek and Joe West
“When I’m Gone” produced by Gary Paczosa
Joey+Rory, a country music duo featuring husband-and-wife vocalists Rory Feek and Joey Martin Feek, spent years focusing on their individual careers; but they both realized they were stronger together which laid the groundwork for a collaborative songwriting and performing career. The new formation resulted in their debut on the CMT series “Can You Duet” in 2008, where they placed third and released their debut album, The Life of a Song, which won the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Duo. 
The GRAMMY®-nominated couple are known for their simple, authentic, country lifestyle of homegrown food, family and faith in Jesus.  They have completed four seasons of their RFD-TV series, “The Joey+Rory Show,” filmed in their community on their own soundstage built in the barn on their farm.  The Kansas-born Rory Feek and Alexandria, Indiana-born Joey Martin Feek host an annual “Bib & Buckle Fest” held on their farm in Pottsville, Tennessee.  They welcome approximately 2,000 music fans each year to their homestead for this event.  The award-winning duo also holds a Farmhouse Concert Series at their home.  They are long-term partners with Overstock, KRAFT Foods, Roper, Crosley and others.

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