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Country Music News International Newsletter August 23. 2016

Country Music News International Newsletter August 23. 2016

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CD Review: Kenny Chesney - THE BIG REVIVAL

CD Review: Kenny Chesney - THE BIG REVIVAL

 

It's Saturday, August 20, 2016, and what a way to start the weekend off than with some Kenny Chesney! I chose Kenny's latest album with the mindset of comparing his music to the dearly departed, Elvis Presley, “The King of Rock and Roll”. This week marks the 39th anniversary of The King's passing. In the past many have concluded that Kenny Chesney isn't country, isn't rock and roll, isn't raggae, but is many times compared to Jimmy Buffet with his Caribbean island songs and his love of the beach.. Elvis was a little Rock and Roll, a little Blues, a little Rockabilly, gospel, and Pop. Like Elvis, Kenny has invented his own genre and his own style, just as Elvis did many years ago.

At the end of his 2013 tour, Kenny announced he would take a year off from touring to “reconnect, revive, rekindle, and reclaim” himself, as well as “his soul”. He wanted to give his fans something MORE; something different. Something to rattle their cages; make them think and feel on a different level. Not like today's artists or any of his past albums, and no repeat conveyor belt music cranked out just for record sales. He's always in competition with himself to find a balance between life, and as a writer, artist, and musician. Kenny felt he wasn't pushing the envelope enough, and wanted to recharge those batteries of his: to rewind and revive, to find himself. Take time to find something different than party songs, beach songs, and drinking songs, which have all racked up gold and platinum status for him in the past, by the way, but different; with more feeling and more personal songs that get to the heart of the matter. Setting the tone on this album was to lift his audience up, give them new songs they can relate to in everyday life, and in most everyday circumstances. Songs that touch his fans deep inside their souls, and to have the depth to connect by laughing, crying, giving hope and understanding, and celebrating life through each lyric and every song. With the debut of this album, it seems his year off has certainly paid off!

Kenny's latest album entitled, THE BIG REVIVAL, is just that; a huge revival of his soul where he and his No Shoes Nation fans come together to celebrate life and love to the fullest. He found a “common thread' that runs through each of the songs on this CD, which basically tells us all, that he understands and has been there in those situations too. 'The Big Revival is about picking yourself up, up off the bottom. It's about reclaiming your soul, in a way. It's about revival. It's about restarting. It's about reclaiming what was yours. It's about living life with passion.”- Kenny. It's about having a voice in your head that tells you not to give up; to keep moving, and that everything is going to be alright even though your life might suck right now.

On the title track, The Big Revival, the lyrics transport us to a mountainside tent revival full of lost souls. A soul revival; a soul searching experience. Even though Kenny admits he isn't religious to the extreme of testing fate with a snake, but more spiritual in nature than the religious tent revival practice of “Praise the Lord, and pass me a copperhead'. The Big Revival brought back fond memories of days long ago when a tent revival is just what the preacher ordered to revive and give rebirth to a fading and lost soul. I think Kenny captured all this and more on this song and latest album.

Drink It Up, the second track, isn't what you think it is. Most would think it's just another drinking song, like Kenny and all the other country songwriter's seem to have a penchant for these days. Instead, it's a song about enjoying your life, living in the moment, and celebrating life to the fullest! Don't waste your time on the things that don't matter, but instead focus on the good things in life; to catch that moment, to fill your cup with all those good things, then drink all that goodness up.

Til It's Gone, the third track, is about letting the fans know that LIFE has a way of moving you on, whether you want to move on or not. Enjoy the day, enjoy life, enjoy what makes you HAPPY. Not to take anything or anyone for granted, but not waste even one precious drop of the good stuff that keeps us all happy and content in life also. When Kenny was asked what he hoped to say to his fans with this song, he said, “We only have one life, one chance, one ticket to the big dance, it's you and me holding on, right down to the last song.”-Kenny. It's a high energy victory song that resonates goodness in every day life, right down to the last song of every concert he performs. Kenny encourages us to grab all life's goodness and savor every moment, Til It's Gone.

American Kids, the fourth track, transports us to back in the day; to bell bottom jeans, hippies, the groovy 70's, and living life in a small town. This song is a little slice of the American Pie that's revisited and gives us that warm, fuzzy, feel good, and in the moment feeling, that transports us to happy days long gone. American Kids is a fun, upbeat, picture postcard song that anyone who grew up in the 60's and 70's can relate to. This song gives credence to us all being “A little messed up, but we're all alright”. Ain't that the truth?

Wild Child, just WOW! I think this is my single most, and all time favorite song of Kenny's, and Grace Potter seals the deal, once again with her amazing vocals. With all the new country “Bromances” going on these days, and songs about women in Daisy Duke shorts and bikini tops sitting on a tailgate while drinking beer has made many quite a bit of cash, Wild Child, does not shed a pale light on women, nor does it objectify women like most country songs do these days. Instead, Wild Child, elicits the dreams, hopes, and desires of a free spirit, with a gypsy soul that loves to love everything in her path, that roams about and dreams for happiness in the simplest of things on a daily basis. It is a very empowering and uplifting song for women, “seen not through the eyes in her head, but seen and lead from the eyes of her heart: to feel useful, needed, worthy, to have a chance, and not be looked down upon as a tramp, or God forbid, worse.... a country song cliché. She may be a little crazy, a little wild, a tad innocent, but not to be confused with being irresponsible or eliciting tawdry actions. She can be an Executive, a nurse, a teacher, a doctor, a student, a Mom, a sister, a wife; she's all of these things and more because she has the freedom to just BE and BE HAPPY! At the end of the video, Grace Potter and Kenny's message is simply stated: “You were born to dance to the beat of your own heart. To roam without cages, with the innocence of a child, and the free spirit of untamed horses. I hope you laugh without stopping. Live with abandon, and love like it's all there is. Stay wild, my wild, wild child.”

Beer Can Chicken, Rock Bottom, Don't It. Save It For A Rainy Day, FloraBama, and If This Bus Could Talk all have the same “common thread” of living life to the fullest, and sets the tone of grabbing life by the horns, having fun, being happy, and living in the moment: whether hitting Rock Bottom or going through a breakup, LIFE is going to come at you full throttle whether you want it to or not, so why not Save It For A Rainy Day, instead of wallowing in self pity? It's about making mistakes and wondering if you “should've taken a right turn instead of a left turn”-Kenny. These songs encourage us all to keep moving on in the face of adversity, troubles, and woes. “Life has a way of making you strong. Life has a way of moving you on.....Don't It?”-Kenny. FloraBama is the only Kenny Chesney concert I've attended, and let me tell you, it was quite the experience, and an awesome, fun filled day with my NO SHOES NATION family on a Florida beach! Kenny is explosive, dynamic, and can put on one heck of a concert for his fans up on stage! If This Bus Could Talk is always, and in the spirit of Kenny Chesney, is to Spread the Love and work hard, but play even harder! Five out of five stars for this awesome, feel good album!

Cc: Penney Holley for Country Music News International, Saturday, August 20, 2016

Country Rocker Tim Charron and the Washington County Fair

About Tim Charron
“Country Rock with a Twist of Lime.” That’s the best way to describe the concoction of musical styles served up by Rhode Island native, Tim Charron.
The beach and ocean lifestyle has permeated itself into the singer’s sound propelling him to a career that has led to sharing the stage with Bret Michaels (Poison), Willie Nelson, the Charlie Daniels Band, Clint Black, Sara Evans, Dustin Lynch, Rodney Atkins, Darryl Worley, Frankie Ballard, Randy Travis and many other artists who have reached the peak of the musical mountain.
While promoting his album Chasing The Sun, which features country mega star Jason Aldean’s band, Tim has become a champion and warrior of the road, taking his ‘Trop Rock’ sound up and down the East Coast, to the West Coast (opening up for Frankie Ballard and Justin Moore in California) and even Internationally with stops in the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Costa Rica and Germany. The Nashville resident will be teaming up with Jason Aldean’s band again for his next album and will also be working with #1 hit songwriters Clay Mills (“Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” – Darius Rucker, “Beautiful Mess” – Diamond Rio, “Fall” – Kimberley Locke) and Marty Dodson (“Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” – Billy Currington, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” – Kenny Chesney, “Let Me Down Easy” – Billy Currington) to write the songs for the album (along with writers from Clay and Marty’s songwriter coaching forum, SongTown).
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Dan + Shay Celebrate From The Ground Up Fall Headlining Tour

Dan + Shay Celebrate No. 1 Single, “From The Ground Up” by Announcing Fall Headlining Tour

Obsessed Tour to hit 15 cities across the U.S. and Canada this November and December

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 2016) – Earlier today, “From The Ground Up,” the impactful first song released from Dan + Shay’s critically acclaimed sophomore album, Obsessed, hit No. 1 on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Charts. So what better way to celebrate than for the Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville Platinum-selling recording duo to announce the Obsessed Tour. Earning its name from the title of their hit album and its title track, which was directly inspired by fans, the headlining tour will also feature special guest singer/songwriter Walker Hayes. The Obsessed Tour kicks off Nov. 10 in Denver, Colorado and will hit 15 cities across the U.S. and Canada through Dec. 17, including their first ever tour stop in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“We have been so humbled by the response to our new album, and can’t wait to perform live for our fans this fall,” said Dan Smyers. “Our fans inspired the title of the Obsessed album, so it was only fitting to name the tour after the album.”

“We are also so grateful to everyone for help making ‘From The Ground Up’ No. 1,” added Shay Mooney. “This is such a personal song for both of us, and we are thrilled that people have loved the song as much as we do.”

The tour is the perfect ending to what has been a monumental year for Dan + Shay. Earlier this year, the duo released their second album, Obsessed, whose first single,  “From The Ground Up,” was an immediate hit. The pair debuted the song on Good Morning America and has since performed it on Live With Kelly, Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelorette and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The song marks the second No. 1 for the duo in less than a year, and also the first No. 1 song produced by Smyers, along with Scott Hendricks.

Tickets for Dan + Shay’s Obsessed Tour go on sale Friday, Aug. 26 with the exception of the Salt Lake City, Flagstaff and New York City shows, which goes on sale Friday, Sept. 9. The dates for the tour are as follows:

Nov. 10 – Ogden Theatre, Denver, Colorado
Nov. 11 – The Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov. 12 – Prochnow Auditorium, Flagstaff, Arizona
Nov. 15 – The Novo, Los Angeles, California
Nov. 18 – The Republik, Honolulu, Hawaii*
Dec. 1 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Dec. 2 – The Blue Note, Columbia, Missouri
Dec. 4 – House of Blues, Dallas, Texas
Dec. 9 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, Ohio
Dec. 10 – London Music Hall, London, Ontario
Dec. 11 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Ontario
Dec. 13 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, New York
Dec. 15 – Rams Head Live, Baltimore, Maryland
Dec. 16 – Playstation Theater, New York, New York
Dec. 17 – House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts

* Special guest Walker Hayes will not play this date.

For more information on VIP packages and tour dates, please visit DanAndShay.com and follow @DanandShay on Twitter and Instagram.

Obsessed follows Dan + Shay’s 2014 debut Where It All Began, which made them the first new country duo in SoundScan recorded history to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart. The album included the debut single, “19 You + Me” which earned RIAA Platinum certification, and their first No. 1 single, “Nothin’ Like You,” which earned RIAA Gold certification. Racking up more than 42 million YouTube views, the pair has impressively sold more than two million digital tracks and more than 500,000 album equivalents to date, including 200 million streams. They have previously earned three consecutive nominations for ACM “Vocal Duo of the Year” and two nominations for CMA’s Vocal Duo of the Year award as well as nods for an American Country Countdown Awards, CMT Awards, and Radio Disney Music Awards. The pair finished up 2015 with their sold-out headlining Just the Right Kind of Crazy Tour and is currently on the road with Darius Rucker this summer on the Good for a Good Time Tour.

Released on May 3, 2016, Walker Hayes' 8 Tracks (Vol. 1): Good S**t pooled together some of the Alabama native's best work tapes from songwriting sessions. These raw productions exploded online, quickly garnering placement on Spotify’s Viral Chart and catching the ear of syndicated radio host Bobby Bones, who played the song "Shades" — declaring it the
song of the summer — and the powerful "Beer in the Fridge." On Aug. 19, 2016, Hayes released 8 Tracks (Vol. 2): Break The Internet, and features poignant tracks like "Comedian" and "Halloween." Hayes is currently in the studio working on his full-length album with songwriter/producer Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves).
 
 Photo Credit: Rob Norris

Justin Moore Celebrate #1 Waffle House

JUSTIN MOORE SCORES THIRD #1 ALBUM DEBUT WITH KINDA DON'T CARE

Smothers Charts with #4 Billboard Top 200 Debut and Top 5 Single with
"You Look Like I Need A Drink"

Celebrates Release Week with Waffle House®


 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 22, 2016) – After a whirlwind release week filled with sold-out shows, once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences and late night adventures, JUSTIN MOORE has much to celebrate as his fourth studio album KINDA DON’T CARE (The Valory Music Co.) notches the #1 spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The project features his newly minted Top 5 single “You Look Like I Need A Drink” and also earned the singer his fourth Top 10 All Genre debut, landing at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The Poyen, AR native showed no signs of slowing down with a packed show in his home state before continuing to Nashville, TN, Charlotte, NC, Harrisonburg, VA and Indianapolis, IN for intimate performances of his new music as well as his most popular hits. The platinum-selling singer then celebrated post-show by cooking up some of his favorite dishes at Waffle House® locations in each market.

During his last show of the week on the TAKE IT OUTSIDE TOUR in Indianapolis on Friday night, Moore was joined on-stage by label mate and good friend Brantley Gilbert for “More Middle Fingers,” which is just one of the 16 tracks on KINDA DON’T CARE. He also belted out #1 hits like “Point At You” and “Small Town USA” before heading to Waffle House® where Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta greeted the singer with celebratory #1 Waffles to commemorate the successful week. Moore will continue the momentum this week on the TAKE IT OUTSIDE TOUR in Bonner Springs, KS (8/25) and Atlanta, GA (8/26). For tour dates and more visit, JustinMooreMusic.com.
 
  Photo Credit: Sandra Wallbank

OLD DOMINION UNVEILS FALL 2016 MEAT AND CANDY TOUR

 
OLD DOMINION UNVEILS FALL 2016 MEAT AND CANDY TOUR 

World-renown Stagecoach Festival launches inaugural Stagecoach Spotlight Tour; taps Old Dominion

Band kicks-off week on ABC’s Good Morning America
 
NEW YORK, N.Y. (Aug. 22, 2016) – Old Dominion, a road-built band who has performed more than 200 dates over the last calendar year, surprised fans this morning with the announcement of 30+ new shows coast-to-coast on their fall Meat and Candy Tour with special guest Steve MoaklerFifteen of the 2016 dates will be billed as the Stagecoach Spotlight: Old Dominion Meat and Candy Tour, as the five-piece band is the first act selected by producers of the world-famous Stagecoach Festival for the inaugural Stagecoach Spotlight Tour. For more information, visit  olddominionband.com/tour.

“It's a huge deal for us to have our own headlining tour and our name on the ticket,” evoked lead singer Matthew Ramsey. “Our fans have shown up in ways we never imagined and we can't wait to see what these shows will be like.  We've gotten a little taste of that energy this summer, so we are very excited for this fall!”

During this morning’s performance on ABC’s Good Morning America, the band talked about this unprecedented tour and performed current Top 30-and-climbing single, “Song For Another Time,” and fan favorite album cut, “Said Nobody.” Both songs are from their critically acclaimed RCA Nashville debut album, Meat and Candy, which NPR hailed for its “first-rate craftsmanship” and Entertainment Weekly called “deceptively smart” and “infectious.”

Watch Old Dominion’s performance of “Song For Another Time” on Good Morning America here.

Upcoming dates for the fall 2016 Meat and Candy Tour are as follows:


Sept. 22, 2016 - House of Blues - Cleveland, Ohio ~
Sept. 24, 2016 - Kegs Canalside - Jordan, N.Y. ~
Oct. 1, 2016 - Ballpark Village – St. Louis, Mo. ~
Oct. 14, 2016 - Fourth Street Live - Louisville, Ken. ~
Oct. 20, 2016 - The Ritz - Raleigh, N.C. ~
Oct. 21, 2016 - The Trocadero Theatre - Philadelphia, Pa.* ~
Oct. 22, 2016 - PlayStation Theater - New York, N.Y.* ~
Oct. 26, 2016 – Brewhouse - Rome, Ga. ~
Oct. 27, 2016 - Orange Peel - Asheville, N.C. ~
Oct. 28, 2016 - The Stone Pony - Asbury Park, N.J. ~
Oct. 29, 2016 - The National - Richmond, Va.* ~
Nov. 4, 2016 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, S.C. ~
Nov. 10, 2016 - Track 29 - Chattanooga, Tenn. ~
Nov. 11, 2016 – Naval Air Station- Jacksonville, Fla. ~
Nov. 12, 2016 - FSU Stadium - Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov. 16, 2016 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, Mich. ~
Nov. 17, 2016 - The Bluestone - Columbus, Ohio ~
Nov. 18, 2016 - The Rave - Milwaukee, Wisc. ~
Nov. 19, 2016 – Joe’s Rosemont - Chicago, Ill. ~
Nov. 20, 2016 – Joe’s Rosemont - Chicago, Ill. ~
Dec. 1, 2016 - Livewire - Scottsdale, Ariz.* ~
Dec. 2, 2016 - Moonshine Beach - San Diego, Calif.* ~
Dec. 3, 2016 - The Novo by Microsoft - Los Angeles, Calif.* ~
Dec. 8, 2016 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, Calif.* ~
Dec. 9, 2016 - McDonald Theatre - Eugene, Ore.* ~
Dec. 10, 2016 - Knitting Factory Concert House - Spokane, Wash.* ~
Dec. 14, 2016 - Revolution Concert House - Garden City, Idaho*~
Dec. 15, 2016 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, Utah*~
Dec. 16, 2016 - Grizzly Rose - Denver, Colo.* ~
Dec. 17, 2016 - Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Sioux City, Mo.* ~
Dec. 18, 2016 - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland - Kansas City, Mo.* ~


* Denotes Stagecoach Spotlight Tour dates
~ Denotes dates with Steve Moakler as special guest

For more information, visit www.olddominionband.com  and  www.facebook.com/olddominionband or follow @OldDominion on Twitter and @OldDominionMusic on Instagram.

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