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Kacey Musgraves Teases New Album “Same Trailer Different Park”

Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park

Nashville singer-songwriter and NPR ‘Best New Artist’ pick Kacey Musgraves has just shared a new teaser video for her upcoming album, Same Trailer Different Park (due March 19th on Mercury Records). The clip features samples of music from the album, including Kacey’s breakthrough single, “Merry Go ‘Round”. The album is also streaming and available for pre-order now on iTunes.

Kacey Musgraves Gives A Little Insight Into Making Her Debut Album

Kacey was born and raised in the small town of Golden, Texas, and started performing at Opry houses when she was still a child. She started out in Nashville as a demo singer, and quickly earned a publishing deal with Warner/Chappel. She has toured with the likes of Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, and Lady Antebellum, and her song, “Merry Go ‘Round” was named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Singles of 2012.

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Ashley Monroe Releases “Like A Rose”

Ashley Monroe makes her Warner Nashville debut with her first solo album Like A Rose, available now on iTunes.

Like A Rose has been a long time coming. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life—attracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.

2013 Artists to Watch

Ashley will visit The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, March 11th at 11:35/10:35c on NBC to perform her new single “Like A Rose”.

Download Like A Rose now:

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Jaida Dreyer Streams New Single “Half Broke Horses”

Jaida Dreyer

Country singer-songwriter and Streamsound Records recording artist Jaida Dreyer is set to release her debut album, I Am Jaida Dreyer, on February 26th. The album will be available on all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon. The single, “Half Broke Horses,” is streaming now on Jaida’s YouTube.

The breakout release features 10 original songs written or co-written by the singer and is produced by Grammy award-winning record producer Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sugarland). The album features a special guest appearance by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush on the track, “Boy Who Cried Love,” which she also co-wrote.

Country Artist Jaida Dreyer To Release Debut Album, “I Am Jaida Dreyer,” Feb. 26

“Jaida’s music is so personal and authentic,” said Gallimore. “Not only is Jaida a great performer, but she is also a gifted writer and musician. Her charisma and soul completely shine right through on this album.”

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Kiernan McMullan Set To Release New EP April 1st

American Cadence Records Artist Kiernan McMullan releases New EP During UK Tour

Kiernan McMullan

Irish-Australian artist Kiernan McMullan recently finished recording his second EP titled Company, and is set to release on April 1st. Company will precede his third full-length record to be released later this year.

As a touring veteran averaging about 250 dates per year, the majority of McMullan’s songs were written about the road.  This next release offers a fresh take on an old subject.  “I don’t write love songs. But looking at it from a different perspective, Company is a collection of anti-love songs expressing themes that aren’t really present in popular music,” says McMullan.  The five song EP features his intricate songwriting, and includes songs covering anti-love, complacency, loneliness, and love gone wrong, with an underlying love for a great hook.  This record picks up where he left off on his last full-length album, Two Years, and is sure satisfy his loyal fan base as well as new listeners looking for music across the singer-songwriter, soul and acoustic genres.

This EP marks his fourth release and can be heard live starting February 23rd at War Memorial, where he will be opening for Dave Mason.  McMullan will embark on his next tour through the United Kingdom, starting in Ireland and coinciding with his April 1st EP release.

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Pistol Annies’ Ashley Monroe releases solo CD “Like A Rose” March 5th

Produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank, All Songs On The Album Were Co-Written by Monroe

Ashley Monroe, Like A Rose

Ashley Monroe, a member of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, will release her first Warner Nashville solo album, Like A Rose, on March 5, 2013.

Most folks, as soon as they hear Ashley Monroe, instantly recognize one thing: she’s the real deal. Her songs resonate so profoundly because they reflect the experiences of an artist who, although she is just 26, has already seen both the best and worst that life has to offer.

Like A Rose has been a long time coming. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life—attracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.

We named her one of 2013’s artists to watch! Read that article here!

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Country Music Blog Rodeo: 2013 Artists to Watch

Names You Know Will Transform Into Superstars, and Names You May Not Know… You Will in 2013

Blog Rodeo2012 was full of excitement in country music, especially for new and emerging artists. We watched artists such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church emerge as the next wave of superstars. We also saw new artists such as Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, and Jana Kramer become household names.

So who will it be in 2013? We’ve got some ideas, some very obvious, and some that you really need to pay attention to.

Here we go… the artists to watch in 2013:

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Announcing First Ever Country Music Blog Rodeo

FOCUS on the 615 will join several independent blogs to discuss country music!

FOCUS has been invited to participate in the first ever Country Music Blog Rodeo! Thanks to Country Music News Blog, several independent country music blogs will come together to chat about country music! We’d like to thank them for this opportunity and for such a great idea! Read more from CMNB below:

Next week, a group of some of the top independent country music blogs across the U.S., and even a couple across the pond, will be getting together to launch the first ever Country Music Blog Rodeo! Through individual posts, links and social sharing, we’re coming together to chat about what we all love the most…country music! For this inaugural Blog Rodeo, we’ll be discussing what’s to come in 2013 for the country music scene. With brand new tours, lots of new music, newcomers and seasoned artists on the rise, and so much more already happening, this year promises to be a BIG one for country music artists, fans, bloggers, industry folks and everyone in between, and all THAT is exactly what we’re going to be talking about!

So, be looking for posts featuring a unique perspective from each of the sites on the list below onTuesday, January 22nd! After you’ve checked out our thoughts for what will be happening in 2013, you can join in with our live Twitter Chat and share what you’re looking forward to in 2013, and we’ll even be giving away some fun country music prizes to fans! Get ready to rodeo!

Blog Rodeo Twitter Chat:

  • Date: Thursday, January 24th
  • Time: TBD
  • Find us: #BlogRodeo #CountryMusic

Country Music Blog Rodeo Participants:

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Check Out The New Video From Gloriana – “Can’t Shake You”

One of our favorite groups in country here at FOCUS is Gloriana. Please check out their newest video right here! We think it’s a good one!

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First Listen: Nikki Williams New Single, “Glowing”

I know it’s been less than a month since the debut single Kill, F***, Marry from Nikki Williams, but she hasn’t slowed down a bit! Her upcoming single Glowing (slightly more radio friendly) is already available, and sure to be a pop smash. If KFM was a brilliant introduction to Nikki as a vocalist and edgy pop rock star, Glowing will solidify her on the top of the charts, and put her in the conversation with the biggest names out there.

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Grand Opening Of SEEN: The New Place In Nashville To Be Seen And Make A Scene!

There is only one word that can adequately describe Nashville’s newest nightclub and event venue, SEEN“WOW”.  Ok, maybe there are a few more that I can think of: , “sophisticated”, “hip”, “modern”, and “chic”.  Those are just a few of the adjectives that I’d use to describe what is sure to become a hit with the local Nashville community.

Spotlights outside, lights with clouds inside shooting across the room, screens with people moving at the entrance, live models in metallic body paint on stage, private party areas with comfortable, stylish couches throughout, large screens at the huge bar area showing various images, music that is non-stop and drives you to move on the dance floor.   How could you ask for more? Owner, Doug Green, sure knows how to create a nightclub that is sure to please even the most discriminating club goer looking to dance the night away to dance, pop, rock, and hip hop tunes.

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