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Tickets On Sale Now For Sam Hunt’s Inaugural 2-Day Music Festival, THE NASHIONAL, April 20-21



Multi-platinum-selling artist Sam Hunt announced that he will be curating his first-ever music festival The Nashional this spring at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, TN on April 20th and 21st. Hunt will be headlining the musically diverse line-up that includes Nashville genre-bending band Judah & The Lion, R&B rapper Fetty Wap, American country music duo Brothers Osborne, west coast rapper Kyle, indie-pop artist Quinn XCII, LA’s indie-rock band LANY, American country music band LANCO, electronica singer/songwriter/producer Chelsea Cutler, Nashville-based rapper Ernest K. and contemporary country duo Muscadine Bloodline, making it one of the most eclectic music events this spring. Tickets go on sale on February 9th at www.ticketmaster.com.

The Nashional is a unique two-day event that highlights the inclusive, diverse, and genre-blurring landscape of music today.  Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will be home to this inaugural event and will feature an experiential environment for fans to enjoy.  Hunt, whose own eclectic style owes its roots to country music with influences in pop, folk and R&B, was inspired to create this festival while out on his “15 In a 30” national tour this past summer.

“The sense of community in Nashville helps give it the character and personality that makes me proud to be a part of it,” says Hunt. “I wanted to create an experience at The Nashional that celebrates music, community, and everything they mean to each other and this city.”

Bud Light is the official beer sponsor of The Nashional.

Citi® is the official credit card of The Nashional.  Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning [day/date/time] through Citi® Private Pass, Citi’s Entertainment Access Program.  For complete presale details visit  www.citiprivatepass.com


General admission tickets start at $150.00 plus fees for a two day pass or $85.00 plus fees for a single day. Single day or 2-day VIP Passes will also be available including access to VIP viewing areas and a VIP Party with food vendors, comfortable lounge furniture, air-conditioned restrooms, private bars, and more. 

The specially priced General Admission tickets & VIP tickets will be available in limited quantities starting with the Sam Hunt fan  pre-sale on Monday, Feb. 5th at 10AM. Citi pre-sale Tues. Feb 6th at 10 AM. When the these limited quantities sell out prices for general admission tickets will go up without notice so join the Sam Hunt email list and buy early to lock in the lowest price. 


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Additional Cast Members Announced For CMT’s “Music City” Debuting March 1st

CMT announced yesterday the addition of 3 cast members to their new docu-series, “Music City”, set to debut on March 1st 10pm ET/PT on CMT.

Alexandra Harper

ALEXANDRA HARPER is a Nashville native and pageant queen who has her eyes on the title of Miss Tennessee USA. Obsessed with following in her mother’s footsteps and earning the crown, Alexandra has been training with her cousin Jackson and will stop at nothing to win.

Bryant Lowry

BRYANT LOWRY is a drummer in an up-and-coming Nashville band. Aside from drumming, Bryant is also a music producer and tv/film composer. He’s determined to put his career first and knows he’ll never love anyone as much as he loves music. Bryant admires Nashville greatly for its endless opportunities and all the musically-minded people who live here.
Instagram: @bryant_lowry

Sarah Thomas

SARAH THOMAS is a Texas native who followed her musical dreams to Nashville. After a bad breakup left her wounded, Sarah has struggled to find someone who won’t break her heart in a city where everyone is looking out for themselves. Worried she may have to relocate, Sarah is giving her career and her personal life a final push in the hopes that she will finally find what she is looking for.

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LANY Announce North American Headline Tour

Following a massive 2017, playing 135+ live shows across 28 countries, LANY announces new fan-demanded tour dates. The group will embark on another headline tour this spring, hitting 9 cities across the United States. In celebration of their upcoming festival appearances, the group will hold their own “mini-festival” in between Coachella weekends at the 6,500 capacity amphitheater, Great Saltair in Salt Lake City, UT on April 18th. The news follows their previously announced international dates in Russia, Australia and Asia, including their first-ever arena show in Manila, which sold out in less than 24 hours, prompting the group to add an additional date – which has also sold out. Their new North American dates are supplemented by a round of appearances across the U.S. festival circuit this summer, including sets at Coachella, BottleRock, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Bunbury and more. See below for full tour itinerary. Tickets for the tour are available to the general public today, Friday, February 9th at 10am local time.  Fans can check http://thisislany.com/tour for more details.

LANY (pronounced “Lay-nee”), the Los Angeles-based trio comprised of Paul Jason Klein, Les Priest & Jake Goss, crafts dreamy pop with an R&B spirit.  Releasing their first set of songs in 2014 with no social following, fans, or even photos, their take on modern alternative music immediately caught the attention of audiences, and within weeks their play counts were leaping exponentially.


Flash-forward to the summer of 2017 and the band’s debut album, LANY, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, with singles “ILYSB” and “Super Far” reaching nearly 100 million streams each.  In 2017 alone, the group racked up nearly 300 million streams on Spotify and played more than 135 live shows across 28 countries.


The band has thrived within the harsh parameters of their barebones musical setup: a copy of pretty much defunct production software on a worn old Dell computer, bolstered by drum and synth apps on their iPhones.  Their music reflects the spontaneity and impulsiveness of the love stories bursting out of every song without losing focus of a cohesive concept threaded through the entire record.


The group has a huge 2018 ahead of them as they continue to tour prolifically. They are set to embark on a European headline and festival tour in the spring, and play their first-ever arena show in Manila, which sold out in less than 24 hours, prompting the addition of a second date – which also sold out. They will also hit the U.S. festival circuit this summer with sets at Coachella, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and more to be announced, on top of headline shows across North America. They are currently in the studio working on new music.


LANY – 2018 Tour Dates

*All dates and venues subject to change

Date City Venue
April 15, 2018 Indio, CA Coachella
April 18, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT The Great Saltair
April 20, 2018 Nashville, TN The Nashional
April 22, 2018 Indio, CA Coachella
May 25, 2018 Napa, CA BottleRock Napa Valley
May 29, 2018 Oklahoma City, OK Jones Assembly
May 30, 2018 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
June 1-3, 2018 Cincinnati, OH Bunbury Music Festival
June 2, 2018 New York, NY Governors Ball
June 3, 2018 Providence, RI Fete Music Hall
June 5, 2018 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
June 6, 2018 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
June 7, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
June 9, 2018 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo
June 10, 2018 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
June 11, 2018 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
July 14, 2018 Birmingham, AL Sloss Music & Arts Festival
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Gavin Kennedy Shows Off New Music

The Back Corner was filled Tuesday with supporters of multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer, Gavin Kennedy. The lights were dimmed and Gavin’s logo blazed bright against the wall. This was all a part of a listening party in celebration of his upcoming debut album release this Friday, Sunchaser. People gathered inside The Back Corner to listen as Gavin told his story and played tracks from the album. He started from the beginning of the album and in between songs clips were played featuring people who had worked on the album. One of those clips was of Adam “Nolly” Getgood who was actually in attendance. Nolly co-produced Gavin’s debut album. According to Gavin, the album starts with a few “one off songs” then progressively leads into more story telling songs that feel more thematic and cinematic. The music was amazing and the visuals projected behind him perfectly represented the vibe of every song. We’re so excited to see where Gavin goes next and will be looking out for more of his shows! Be sure to check out his album when it drops this Friday.

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Song Review: Filmore | “Slower”

Aside from his unique look and style, Filmore continues to push boundaries within the country genre with his latest single, “Slower.” Released today, the catchy anthem integrates guitar twangs, R&B beats and his one-of-a-kind sound, capturing the innovative essence of the rising singer/songwriter himself. Listen up, Sam Hunt fans — Filmore is your next obsession. Catch this new hit on Spotify and iTunes.

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Song Review: Dillon Carmichael | “Made To Be A Country Boy

Dillon Carmichael brings out our favorite elements from classic country music in his newest single, “Made To Be A Country Boy.” Released today, the anthem is an ode to both southerners and Americans alike, reminding us to appreciate our heritage and remember where you come from. Dillon’s deep, soulful voice bring his touching lyrics to life, giving us a taste of the good ‘ole country music that we all miss. If you’re a Chris Stapleton or Jamey Johnson fan – Dillon’s traditional sound will be right up your alley. Check it out on Spotify and iTunes.

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Brantley Gilbert Partners With Pedigree & DAV For Veterans Initiative

Courtesy of the Valory Music Co.

Brantley Gilbert’s commitment to America’s service members has always been a driving force in a career that’s seen him play for the people instead of the music industry. Whether hitting No. 1 with the powerful “One Hell of an Amen” (The Valory Music Co.) to honor a fallen soldier and his friend who was there, or taking a string of motorcycles from his home in Georgia to Arlington National Cemetery to honor the men and women who’ve served our nation, the songwriter powerhouse has sought to give back and say thank you. For Gilbert, it wasn’t enough.

After multiple conversations on how to help servicemen and women returning home, coping with the challenges of the transition back to civilian life, he reached out to DAV (Disabled American Veterans) with the idea of pairing veterans in need with companion dogs to help normalize their re-acclimation. On Saturday,  February 3 Gilbert’s notion will become a reality. Jason Hassinger, 29, of Philadelphia, will travel to Albany, New York, to meet his new best friend.

“There is nothing like the loyalty, love and companionship of a dog,” says Gilbert. “For some people, a dog can connect unlike even a best friend and for those who gave beyond the call of duty to our nation,  I love the idea of matching them up with a trained companion dog to help them get their lives to a better place.”

Hassinger, who served from November 2006 until September 2011, saw three tours of combat as a Marine Infantryman overseas. He has received multiple awards, including the Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three (3) Bronze Service Stars, Iraq Campaign Service Medal with a Bronze Service Star, Presidential Citation-Navy Global War on Terrorism Medal and the, NATO Medal-International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan among many awards. Now a professional veterans benefits advocate for DAV, he helps other veterans access the benefits they have earned.

“’One Hell of an Amen’ makes me think very much of my times in the Marines,” Hassinger says. “More importantly than my service to this great nation, this song reminds me of all of our other brothers we lost over the course of my three deployments overseas. In one of his many interviews, Gilbert mentions he has late night phone calls where he talks with military vets who are battling demons. I, like Gilbert, have had late night phone calls with friends to lend a listening ear when they need it most. Both of us like providing service to others.”

Hassinger will be the first of eight Veterans who will receive a companion dog from Gilbert during his THE ONES THAT LIKE ME TOUR. The companion dogs are being recruited by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The PEDIGREE® Brand will cover the cost for all dog training and will provide a one-year supply of food to each of the eight dogs.

On Saturday afternoon the Country Music Association Song of the Year nominee for “Dirt Road Anthem” will introduce Hassinger to Charlie, a 3-to-4 year old Hound mix in Albany, NY. Hassinger will be Gilbert’s guest for the third show of his THE ONES THAT LIKE ME TOUR, before leaving with his new companion.

“In many ways, we’re taking a rescue animal and rescuing a returning hero,” Gilbert says.

“These dogs and people are all heroes, I am blessed the PEDIGREE® Brand is willing to help us get the dogs trained, certified and fed for that first year. The positive impact a companion dog can make is immeasurable, and I am humbled to be able to do this.”

“When we heard about what Brantley Gilbert wanted to do on his The Ones That Like Me Tour to honor veterans, we knew we had to help,” said Elizabeth Barrett, PEDIGREE® Brand Manager, Mars Petcare. “Gilbert has distinguished himself as an artist who goes to great lengths to give back to America’s Armed Forces and his efforts to provide companion dogs to veterans during this tour align perfectly with the PEDIGREE Brand’s Feed the Good campaign which is based on the insight that dogs and humans benefit each other. Knowing that the PEDIGREE® brand can play a part in finding loving homes for these dogs while giving back to those who have served our country is an incredible honor.”

Gilbert will be presenting a veteran with a companion dog every weekend of this spring’s The Ones That Like Me Tour. For him, giving healing to the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force members who represented our nation is the greatest gift his music has provided. Look for more stories, moments and; dogs over the coming months.

“We couldn’t have done this without the support of the PEDIGREE® Brand,” he explains. “They recognize the powerful difference a dog can make on someone’s life, and they stepped up and stepped in. This is going to make a lot of lives happier, lighter and renewed. If that’s not something we can be proud of, what is? Thanks, PEDIGREE®.”

ABOUT BRANTLEY GILBERT: One of only five Country artists to have back-to-back PLATINUM albums (The Valory Music Co.) this century, Brantley Gilbert’s made a pummeling kind of Country that consolidated the outsiders, outliers and full-tilt life livers in a collective known as the BG Nation. The Georgia-born-and-bred songwriter/rocker has six No. 1s – “Country Must Be Country Wide,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” the CMA Awards Song of the Year nominee “Dirt Road Anthem,” “My Kinda Party,” “Bottoms Up” and “One Hell of an Amen” – and the 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album for JUST AS I AM to his credit. What separates Gilbert from the rest is his deep commitment to real people, vets, anyone who needs a little help. His hard-charging performances define Country’s outlaw edge, what Entertainment Weekly hails for “his swaggering guitars, catchy hooks, and a DGAF attitude” and American Songwriter raves, “Gilbert never fails to deliver.” For a full list of tour dates and more, visit BrantleyGilbert.com.

About the PEDIGREE® Brand: The PEDIGREE® Brand is the number one brand of dog food and treats in the world, feeding more dogs than any other brand. The PEDIGREE® Brand offers a wide variety of products and formats for dogs at every life stage. The PEDIGREE® Brand is built on an unwavering love for all dogs and a commitment to dog adoption. For more information on visit www.Pedigree.com, Facebook.com/Pedigree and Twitter.com/PedigreeUS.

ABOUT DAV: DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; providing employment resources to veterans and their spouses; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a nonprofit organization with more than 1 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U. S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org

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5 Country Music Things To Do In Nashville Besides Honky Tonks

There are so many fun honky tonks in Music City – but Nashville also offers so much more than Broadway bars.  If you’re a country music fan, we’ve rounded up five great music-related things to do in the 615.  Whether you’re an out of town guest or a local, you’re sure to enjoy these activities which let you explore the city in new ways!

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards is a must-do Nashville winery because it’s owned by none other than Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn. The winery is open all year round and features wine all made right here in Tennessee. From their picnic style wine tastings to live music, Arrington is a nice change of pace from Broadway.

The Escape Game

The Escape Game is perfect for any family or friend groups in Music City who need a little reboot after a long night out. They have a fun “Nashville” themed room where you and your teammates are solving clues, working against the clock as you pretend you are an up-and-coming band – you must find a hidden contract in the “recording studio” in hopes of making it big. It’s a #1 rated activity on TripAdvisor, and with their convenient location downtown, it’s a great place to experience country music in a new way.

Country Music Hall Of Fame

It’s no secret that Music City is filled with tons of history, but it can be hard to keep up with all of it. All you need for a little refresher is a visit to the Country Music Hall Of Fame. From rotating exhibits like Loretta Lynn’s Blue Kentucky Girl and ones that you can see year round like the Taylor Swift Education Center, the museum offers something for every country fan.

Grand Ole Opry

This is something every Music City tourist needs to see! A tour of this historical spot will give fans chills as they stand on a circle where thousands of musical legends have sang before them. Along with a tour, you can also buy tickets to check out a performance from various country music acts in town. There is truly nothing like the Opry!

Grimey’s Record Store

Grimey’s is a must stop for any one passing through or moving to Nashville. This independent record store has everything from CDs to LPs to DVDs. They also have in-store performances from pretty awesome artists, like Kacey Musgraves and Jason Isbell. You won’t want to miss out on the chance to take home a great record, and possibly meet your favorite artist.

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CeCe Winans’ Musical Legacy Extends To The Next Generation — Alvin Love III

Alvin Love III is on top of the world after his first Grammy win, and what a big win!  Although this is not the songwriter and producer’s first time showcasing his writing skills, this is his debut as a producer overseeing the production details of an entire album.  After years of coaxing his 12-time Grammy award-winning mother, CeCe Winans, to let him spear-head her new project, he finally received the green light.  Love is the visionary behind the generation-bridging new album, Let Them Fall in Love, that took almost three years to complete.  It was worth the wait because the project recently won two awards, Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance/Song at the 60th Grammy Awards held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

When receiving the back-to-back awards Love was beyond thrilled saying, “What a night! Thanks to a team of the most talented musicians and engineers, Let Them Fall in Love scored two Grammys. Thank you, Mom. Thank you, Jesus!”

Love’s eclectic vision and foresight to bring together heavy-hitting mixers like Dae Bennett (Tony Bennett, Amy Winehouse, Olivia Newton John) , Jimmy Douglas  (Pharrell Williams, Michael Buble) and Phil Lassiter (Jill Scott, Roberta Flack, Kirk Franklin, Al Jarreau) was genius. Their combined experience spans over four decades of working with legendary talent added the special touch of retro Love was after. The entire album was recorded with live musicians in Nashville and New York studios.

Prior to his work on Let Them Fall In Love, Alvin penned the following songs for Winans:  “More” featured on  For Always: The Best of CeCe Winans,

“A Place Like This”, “Purified”, “Colorful World”,  from Purified, “The Coast Is Clearand a Co-Producer’s credit on Thy Kingdom Come.  He also composed the mid-tempo tune “Changed My World” on BeBe & CeCe’s Grammy winning release of Still.  The contemporary gospel duo, Mary Mary, featured Love’s “Homecoming Glory” on their fifth studio album Something Big in 2011.

In addition to building his chops working with family and friends, Love took a leap of faith, writing and co-producing his own seven track album released in 2010 entitled, The Strawberry Project.  Music lovers should keep their eyes on Alvin Love III because the best is yet to come!

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Home Free Celebrates “Timeless” Love With New Video

All-vocal Country sensation HOME FREE is ushering in Valentine’s Day and celebrating longtime love with their new music video for their original tune “Timeless.”

The group chose seven endearing couples to be featured in the touching clip that they felt embody “timeless” relationships. Each couple recounts their love story and fond memories as they recreate meaningful photos from their pasts together – going as far back as 1964.

“We didn’t warn anyone ahead of time that they would be interviewed, which we think lead to some really heartfelt moments,” says Austin Brown, the group’s high tenor. “These are pairs that have stood the test of time and that’s what we strive to do in our own relationships. Having everyone revisit their important moments really brought the song to life.”

Watch Home Free’s “Timeless” video, exclusively on PerezHilton.com here.

Written by Eric Arjes, Lizzy McAvoy, and Mark Nesler, “Timeless” is the title track from the quintet’s latest studio album, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and is available on all digital retailers. Home Free is currently prepping for the second leg of their wildly successful TIMELESS Tour, getting underway March 1 in Baton Rouge, LA and including a recently-announced hometown performance in Mankato, MN on May 13.

MARCH 2018
01 | Baton Rouge, LA – River Center
02 | Shreveport, LA – The Strand Theater
03 | Nederland, TX – Nederland Performing Arts Center
04 | Austin, TX – Paramount Theater
07 | Midland, TX – Wagner-Noel Performing Arts Center
08 | Lubbock, TX – Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
09 | Dallas, TX – Majestic Theater (NOT MANY TICKETS REMAIN!)
10 | Dallas, TX – Majestic Theater
11 | San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theater
13 | Conway, AR – Reynolds Performance Hall (LESS THAN 100 TICKETS REMAIN!)
16 | Tifton, GA – John Hunt Auditorium
17 | Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theater
18 | Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theater
21 | North Tonawanda, NY – Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center
22 | Staten Island, NY – St. George Theater
23 | Greensburg, PA – Palace Theater
24 | Reading, PA – Santander Performing Arts Center (LESS THAN 200 TICKETS REMAIN!)
25 | Columbus, OH – Southern Theatre (LESS THAN 20 TICKETS REMAIN!)
28 | Durham, NC – Fletcher Hall at Carolina Theatre (LESS THAN 100 TICKETS REMAIN!)
29 | Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall (NOT MANY TICKETS REMAIN!)
30 | Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
31 | Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre

APRIL 2018
03 | St. Louis, MO – Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall at Touhill Performing Arts Center
04 | Manitowoc, WI – Capitol Civic Centre (TICKETS ON SALE 2/1)
05 | Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian – Room – Old National Center (NOT MANY TICKETS REMAIN!)
06 | Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium (NOT MANY TICKETS REMAIN!)

MAY 2018
02 | Duluth, MN – Symphony Hall at Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (NOT MANY TICKETS REMAIN!)
03 | Joliet, IL – Rialto Square Theatre (NOT MANY TICKETS REMAIN!)
04 | Elkhart, IN – Lerner Theatre
05 | Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
06 | Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre (NOT MANY TICKETS REMAIN!)
08 | Manhattan, KS – McCain Auditorium
10 | Eau Claire, WI – State Theatre (SOLD OUT!)
11 | Brookings, SD – Swiftel Centre (NOT MANY TICKETS REMAIN!)
12 | Fargo, ND – Fargo Auditorium (LESS THAN 100 TICKETS REMAIN!)
13 | Mankato, MN – Mankato Civic Center (TICKETS ON SALE 2/2)

JUNE 2018
15 | Branson, MO – Mansion Theatre

For more information on Home Free, visit www.homefreemusic.com.

Follow Home Free on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

About Home Free:
Since being crowned NBC’s The Sing-Off victors, all-vocal quintet Home Free has made their mark on the music scene selling more than 350,000 copies combined of their popular albums, embarking on four major national tours and amassing over 205 million YouTube views. In 2016, FULL OF (EVEN MORE) CHEER – an expanded version of their popular holiday album, FULL OF CHEER – debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, cementing the band as Country music’s top all-vocal entertainers. The release of their third studio album, COUNTRY EVOLUTION, elevated the band “from auxiliary entertainment to headlining attraction” (Times Leader) and hit #4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Produced by Darren Rust, the deluxe version includes five originals and nine new renditions of hit songs that showcase the band’s undeniable talents, tight harmonies and intelligent arrangements that are uniquely their own. Home Free’s breakout debut album CRAZY LIFE (2014) hit #1 on iTunes Country chart and #4 overall. Their latest project TIMELESS hit shelves September 22, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Founded in 2000 during collegiate years, the five-man band from Minnesota has been electrifying crowds with their live show for nearly a decade, performing together for packed audiences at major festivals, fairs, colleges and theatres. Their extensive touring and reputation as extraordinary showmen has built a loyal fanbase while bringing their homegrown Country style into the national spotlight.

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