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UMG Nashville Releases 19 Song Original Soundtrack For The Feature Film FOREVER MY GIRL

UMG Nashville releases the highly anticipated 19 song soundtrack to the feature film Forever My Girl today. Assembled by executive music producer Brett Boyett, the star-studded soundtrack includes brand new original songs along with classics from some of the most respected names in country music. Artists include reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town performing their harmony soaked “Can’t Go Back,” premier American acoustic vocalist Dan Tyminski with his new track “Can’t Tame A Fire,” and critical darling Lauren Alaina and her original song “Wings Of An Angel.” Alaina also performs a duet with Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet titled “Enough.” Additionally, Josh Turner, Travis Tritt, Canaan Smith, Mickey Guyton, Alex Roe, Destin Bennett, Brett Boyett, and Abby Ryder Fortson have all recorded original songs for the soundtrack.

 

The digital-only soundtrack is available worldwide, and Forever My Girl releases wide in theatres today. Fans can listen to the entire soundtrack HERE. Written and directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf based upon the novel by Heidi McLaughlin, the film stars Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, Abby Ryder Fortson, Travis Tritt and John Benjamin Hickey The official trailer for the movie can be viewed HERE and the full track listing to the soundtrack is as follows:

 

FOREVER MY GIRL SOUNDTRACK:

  1.  Little White Church – Little Big Town
    2.  Don’t Water Down My Whiskey – Alex Roe – Original Song
    3.  Enough – Alex Roe – Original Song
    4.  Can’t Tame A Fire – Dan Tyminski – Original Song
    5.  Can’t Go Back – Little Big Town
    6.  Back From Gone – Josh Turner  – Original Song
    7.  Who Needs Mexico – Canaan Smith – Original Song
    8.  Silver and Gold – Little Big Town
    9.  Wings Of An Angel – Lauren Alaina – Original Song
    10. Live Forever – Little Big Town
    11. Little Red Wagon – Miranda Lambert
  2. Caught Up In Your Storm – Mickey Guyton – Original Song
    13. Slowing Down – Travis Tritt – Original Song
    14. Wild And Free – Destin Bennett – Original Song
    15. Solid Ground – Brett Boyett – Original Song
    16. Smokin’ and Cryin’ – Alex Roe – Original Song
    17. Finally Home – Alex Roe and Abby Ryder Fortson – Original Song
    18. Always and Forever – Canaan Smith – Original Song
    19. Enough (reprise) – Lauren Alaina and Phillip Sweet – Original Song

 

ABOUT UMG NASHVILLE

Universal Music Group Nashville consists of Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville. Reading like a “who’s who” of Music Row, the combined rosters include Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Canaan Smith, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Gary Allan, George Strait, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Kassi Ashton, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Travis Denning, Tyminski and Vince Gill.

 

ABOUT ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Since its founding in 2003, ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS films have grossed over $300M and garnered nineteen Academy Award® nominations.  Roadside has released such critical and commercial hits as Manchester by the Sea, Beatriz at Dinner, Stronger, Love & Friendship, Hello My Name is Doris, Mr. Holmes, Love & Mercy, A Most Wanted Man, Dear White People, The Skeleton Twins, All Is Lost, Mud, Winter’s Bone, The Cove, Arbitrage, Margin Call and Super-Size Me. Its upcoming slate includes Forever My Girl, starring Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, Abby Ryder Fortson, Travis Tritt, Judith Hoag and John Benjamin Hickey; Sally Potter’s The Party, starring Cillian Murphy, Patricia Clarkson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall; Jon and Andrew Erwin’s I Can Only Imagine, starring Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, and Broadway’s J. Michael Finley and Richard Loncraine’s Finding Your Feet starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, David Hayman, John Sessions and Joanna Lumley, among others.

 

ABOUT LD ENTERTAINMENT

LD Entertainment is an independent film studio that finances the development, production and distribution of elevated and thoughtful films and television. Founded in 2007 by veteran television and film executive Mickey Liddell, LD Entertainment has produced numerous award winning films covering all genres.

 

LD’s recent films include the Academy Award nominated Jackie, starring Natalie Portman and directed by Pablo Larrain, The Zookeeper’s Wife starring Jessica Chastain and directed by Niki Caro and Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara and directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Past films include Anthropoid with Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, The Grey starring Liam Neeson and Risen starring Joseph Fiennes and Cliff Curtis. LD has also produced and received Oscar nominations for the poignant and complex films Biutiful starring Javier Bardem and Albert Nobbs starring Glen Close.

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LANCO’s Debut Album HALLELUJAH NIGHTS Available Everywhere Today

“LANCO is on a roll not even a month into the new year” (Taste of Country) as the PLATINUM selling breakthrough band unleashes their debut album HALLELUJAH NIGHTS (Arista Nashville) today, January 19th. As the hype continues, LANCO will perform their multi-week PLATINUM No. One hit “Greatest Love Story” on The Bachelor (1/22 at 7:00P CT on ABC) on Monday, before taking their anthemic single “Born To Love You” to TODAY (1/25 at 7:00A ET/CT on NBC) and Jimmy Kimmel Live!  on Thursday (1/25 at 10:35P CT on ABC). Additionally, fans can join the band for two intimate record signings, as they kick things off at Nashville’s legendary Ernest Tubb Record Store this Sunday (1/21 1:00pm CT) and the new Opry City Stage in New York City (1/24 at 2:00pm ET.) Listen to HALLELUJAH NIGHTS now at all digital and streaming outlets.

In case you missed it, LANCO made their debut on The Ellen Degeneres Show this week and the renowned host claims, “you have to watch this”: http://bit.ly/2DktQrw

Heralded as “one of the most-anticipated albums of 2018” (Rolling Stone), HALLELUJAH NIGHTS features 11 tracks co-written by the band’s lead singer and namesake, Brandon Lancaster. To capture the electric energy of their live performance, producer Jay Joyce maintained LANCO’s signature organic sound which continues to be applauded by critics and fans alike.

“With drummer Tripp Howell leading the percussive charge, its tracks dance and pulse with quasi-anthemic tendencies behind Brandon Lancaster’s relatable, every-man vocals. The band weaves playful gang vocals into several titles — particularly the good-timin’ “Trouble Maker” — helping them generate audience involvement in their live shows.” – Billboard

“11-song collection that puts an anthemic spin on young love and small-town life..many of the songs are interwoven with repeating themes and characters.” – The Tennessean

“The human connection and deliberation truly makes Hallelujah Nights stand out among its modern peers. There’s an actual song cycle, with the end of one track bleeding into the next. It’s possible to discern that each story is happening in the same town to the same characters.” – Rolling Stone

“Blends fresh sonic sounds to make an ear-pleasing blend of instrumentals backing up the lyrics of frontman Brandon Lancaster. Roots Rock, Country/Pop and Alternative/Folk are all blended into an interesting stew on LANCO’s debut album.” – Roughstock

“Sense of nostalgia….underlines the album’s theme of living in the present, but celebrating and cherishing the past.” – ABC News Radio

Rooted in the southern storytelling of Country music with the modern punch of rock & roll, HALLELUJAH NIGHTS (Arista Nashville) is LANCO’s coming-of-age debut album. Equal parts nostalgic and forward-thinking, the record breathes new life into universal themes with their two-week No. ONE PLATINUM hit “Greatest Love Story” and its follow-up anthemic current single “Born To Love You.” They are now the only Country band to achieve a PLATINUM single prior to a debut album release. LANCO’s story begins in the small towns where all five bandmates — Lancaster, bassist Chandler Baldwin, multi-instrumentalist Jared Hampton, drummer Tripp Howell and lead guitarist Eric Steedly — were raised. After they crossed paths in Nashville during their early 20s, LANCO bonded over that shared southern adolescence, while hoping to build a new life in a bigger city. “Few bands have have generated as much buzz as LANCO” (Pop Culture) as their self-titled debut EP, has gained more than 100 million streams. Named “the band to watch” by Bobby Bones, CMT, Entertainment Weekly, Hits Magazine, Pandora, Rolling Stone, Pandora, Spotify, SIRUIS XM and more, LANCO gained their status from touring the country’s top festivals with their “twangy rock, blistering guitars and chugging rhythms” (Nashville Scene) at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Watershed, Faster Horses and more. For more information on LANCO and upcoming tour dates, visit www.LANCOMusic.com

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Kane Brown’s Gold-Certified Debut Album Returns To #1 On Billboard Top Country Albums Chart For Fourth Week

Photo credit: Brian Jamie

Kane Brown’s Gold-Certified self-titled debut album remains #1 on Billboard Top Country Albums Chart this week, marking the breakthrough singer/songwriters fourth week to top the Country Albums chart. With his return to #1, the breakthrough star becomes 2018’s first artist to achieve consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.

Remaining country’s best-selling new-artist debut of the past three years, the 24-year-old entertainer first topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart when Kane Brown debuted #1 and concurrently entered the Top 10 all-genre Billboard 200 chart in December 2006.

In October 2017, Brown made history as he revisited the top Country Album position when he released the Deluxe Edition of his self-titled album which debuted 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top 5 on Billboard 200 Charts. This same week, The singer/songwriter became the first artist ever to top all 5 Billboard  Country Charts with his breakthrough #1 Top Country Album; #1 debuting Country Digital Song, “Heaven”; and #1 Country Airplay, Hot Country Song and Country Streaming Song, the Platinum-certified “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina.  The 24-year-old entertainer also made history in 2015 when his country EP made the highest debut in the Nielsen SoundScan era.

His current single, “Heaven,” is currently #3 on Billboard’s Country Digital Song Chart, #8 On Demand Country Audio Streams and Top 30-and-climbing at country radio

Less than a month ago, on Friday, December 15, the breakthrough vocalist sold out his first-ever headline arena concert at Landers Center, outside of Memphis, TN. Before 7,000-plus fans, the 24-year-old entertainer was surprised by his management, label, producer and music publishing team members who presented with a Gold RIAA certification for his self-titled debut album (and Deluxe Edition) which has accumulated over 500,000 physical sales and downloads including on-demand streams and track equivalents. Additionally, he received a plaque commemorating the history-making feat of being the first artist ever to score #1 on all 5 Billboard country charts simultaneously.

In addition to wrapping his sold-out headlining tour, Brown ended 2017 with several television appearances, including the national debut of “Heaven” on Good Morning America (December 6) as well as a performances of his #1 hit, “What Ifs” on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018” on New Year’s Eve and the CBS Special “A Home for the Holidays” (December 19), and an encore performance of “Heaven” on Good Morning America on New Year’s Day. Brown is currently opening as direct support for Chris Young’s Losing Sleep tour. For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.kanebrownmusic.com.

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Sister Hazel Announces New EP “Water” Releasing Feb. 9th

Platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel, will kick off the New Year with a new EP, “Water,” set for release February 9, 2018. The six-track EP is Volume I of a collectible compilation series titled, “Elements,” and includes a bonus seventh track that will continue throughout the series. “Water” was produced by Sister Hazel and includes writer contributions from Billy Montana, Michael Logen, Neil Carpenter, and more. Fans can pre-order the EP through PledgeMusic HERE and get the instant grat track “Roll on Bye.” In addition to the digital download and CD, this release offers exclusive limited-edition bundles including an Instagram takeover from the band and the opportunity to donate to Lyrics for Life.  

The water element is symbolically often viewed as the source of life and reflection. In the powerful track “You Won’t See Me Again,” co-written by Andrew Copeland, singer and guitarist for the band, he addresses heartbreaking emotions and distress about his own brother-in-law’s fight with alcohol addiction. The emotional delivery of the lyrics by lead vocalist Ken Block came easily and honestly as he is in his 15th year of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. The loss of his own younger brother-in-law law earlier this year, after a lifelong struggle with this horrible disease, added to the sense of desperation, urgency, and finally hope that this powerful track holds. 

“Creatively, we are firing on all cylinders right now. I’m 100% sure that people will hear that excitement and energy instantly on this new EP,”
expressed Ken. “We had a blast shaping these songs in the studio and we couldn’t be prouder of the songwriting and the way it all came together! The fact that this is the first in a series of upcoming EP’s that will be released, has us riding a wave of huge momentum and in a really sweet groove musically. We’re pumped about what we’re rolling out on this record. The Hazelnuts asked for it, and we’re responding with more music more frequently. Hold on tight!” 


“Water” Track List:

1. “Roll On Bye”
2. “First Time”
3. “You Won’t See Me Again”
4. “Shelter”
5. “I Stayed For The Girl”
6. “More Than I Want To”
7. “Elements” Part 1 (Abilene)

To celebrate the release of their new EP, Sister Hazel, have announced additional 2018 dates and VIP packages, which include The Rock Boat in January followed by more headlining shows and the Tortuga Music Festival. Please see below for full tour details.

 

Upcoming Tour Dates: 

01.30.18 -02.04.18 – Hosts of The Rock Boat Cruise
02.23.18 -Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts – Bloomington, IL
02.24.18 -The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
02.25.18 -City Winery – Nashville, TN
03.09.18 -The Country Club – Augusta, GA
04.07.18 -Tortuga Music Festival – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Anderson East’s “Encore” Out Today

Anderson East’s highly anticipated new album, Encore, is out today on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records (stream/purchase HERE).

In celebration of the release, East performed his #1 single, “All On My Mind,” on this morning’s “TODAY” show (watch HERE), while, earlier this week, he performed “Girlfriend” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (watch HERE).

Last night, East kicked off his “Encore World Tour 2018” with a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. The extensive tour will span throughout the year and includes a sold out show tonight at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg and two sold out shows next weekend at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley among many others. All tickets are on sale now. See below for complete details.

Widespread critical praise for Encore

“…an often lustrous revisiting of raucous Southern soul, rousingly delivered and pinpoint precise. He has a voice full of extremely careful scrape and crunch, but his howls never feel unhinged.”—The New York Times

“…drawing inspiration from the sophistication of Donny Hathaway’s compositions and arrangements, the grandness of Van Morrison’s Caledonia Soul Orchestra and the dashing song interpretation of Joe Cocker.”—NPR Music

“…highlights an exciting singer-songwriter effortlessly able to blend elements of rock, blues, country and soul. East sounds both deeply classic and yet fresh…East’s voice is a thing of wonder, marbled like a slab of beef that’s been drenched in bourbon.”—Associated Press

“…this remains a sharp, soul-drenched, organically based set that solidifies the R&B roots at the heart of East’s talents…The songs are terrific, East sells them with his gritty, committed vocals and Encore is poised to push the talented singer-songwriter over the top and into the mainstream.”—American Songwriter

“One of Nashville’s most promising new talents.”—Billboard

Encore was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio along with additional production at House of Blues and Farmland Studio. The album features eleven songs, including “All On My Mind,” “King For A Day” and “Girlfriend” as well as renditions of songs by Ted Hawkins and Willie Nelson.

photo credit: Joshua Black Wilkins

The release of Encore culminates a breakout series of years for East following his widely praised debut album, Delilah. In addition to the “TODAY” show and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, East has previously performed on “Ellen,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “CBS This Morning Saturday” and Daryl Hall’s “Live from Daryl’s House” and has lent his talents to several notable projects. He’s been featured on Dave Cobb’s Southern Family compilation, contributed a song to Brandi Carlile’s Cover Stories LP and crafted the original song “What Would It Take” for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

ENCORE TRACK LIST:

1. King For A Day (Anderson East, Chris Stapleton, Morgane Stapleton)

2. This Too Shall Last (Anderson East, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Raitiere)

3. House Is A Building (Anderson East, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Raitiere)

4. Sorry You’re Sick (Ted Hawkins)

5. If You Keep Leaving Me (Anderson East, Chris Stapleton, Aaron Raitiere)

6. Girlfriend (Anderson East, Dave Cobb, Aaron Raitiere, Tim Bergling)

7. Surrender (Anderson East, Aaron Raitiere, Adam Hood)

8. All On My Mind (Anderson East, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Aaron Raitiere)

9. Without You (Anderson East, Steve McEwan)

10. Somebody Pick Up My Pieces (Willie Nelson)

11. Cabinet Door (Anderson East, Jillia Jackson)

ENCORE WORLD TOUR 2018

January 12—Brooklyn, NY—Music Hall of Williamsburg (SOLD OUT)

January 19—Nashville, TN—3rd & Lindsley (SOLD OUT)

January 20—Nashville, TN—3rd & Lindsley (SOLD OUT)

January 24—London, U.K.—Omera (SOLD OUT)

January 26—Berlin, Germany—Musik & Frieden (Schwarzes Zimmer)

January 27—Hamburg, Germany—Nochtspeicher

January 28—Worpswede, Germany—Music Hall

January 30—Stockholm, Sweden—Kägelbanan Södra Teatern

February 8—Dallas, TX—Trees

February 9—Austin, TX—The Parish (SOLD OUT)

February 10—Houston, TX—Studio at Warehouse Live

February 13—Jackson, MS—Duling Hall

February 15—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West

February 16—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre

February 17—Birmingham, AL—Iron City Birmingham (SOLD OUT)

March 1—Los Angeles, CA—El Rey Theatre

March 2—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore

March 2-4—Phoenix, AZ—M3F Fest 2018

March 3—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up

March 6—Crystal Bay, NV—Crystal Bay Club Casino

March 7—Sacramento, CA—Harlow’s

March 9—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall

March 10—Seattle, WA—Neumos

March 11—Vancouver, BC—Imperial

March 13—Boise, ID—The Olympic

March 14—Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room

March 16—Denver, CO—Gothic Theatre

March 17—Fort Collins, CO—Washington’s

March 18—Mountain Village, CO—Club Red, Telluride Conference Center

March 20—Kansas City, MO—The Madrid Theatre

March 21—Columbia, MO—The Blue Note

April 3—South Burlington, VT—Higher Ground

April 5—Boston, MA—Paradise Rock Club

April 6—Washington, DC—9:30 Club

April 7—Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts

April 10—Toronto, ON—Horseshoe Tavern

April 11—Syracuse, NY—Westcott Theater

April 13—Columbus, OH—A&R Music Bar

April 14—Cleveland, OH—Beachland Ballroom

April 15—Cincinnati, OH—20th Century Theater

April 17—Lexington, KY—Manchester Music Hall

April 18—Asheville, NC—Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall

April 20—Charleston, SC—Charleston Music Hall

April 21—Charlotte, NC—The Underground

April 22—Raleigh, NC—Lincoln Theatre

April 24—Charlottesville, VA—Jefferson Theater

April 26—Macon, GA—Cox Capitol Theatre

April 27—Knoxville, TN—Bijou Theater

April 28—Chattanooga, TN—Revelry Room

May 11—Louisville, KY—Headliner’s Music Hall

May 12—Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue

May 13—Detroit, MI—The Shelter

May 15—Madison, WI—Majestic Theatre

May 17—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line Music Café

May 18—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall

May 20—Gulf Shores, AL—Hangout Festival 2018

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ENTER TO WIN: An Autographed Copy Of Chris Stapleton’s FROM A ROOM: Volume 2

Chris Stapleton’s FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 2 is out in stores now, but you can win a signed copy by filling out this form below from Universal Music Group in Nashville.

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on Sunday, Dec. 10th at 12noon central.

Click on the link below to fill out the form to enter.  Good luck!

https://forms.umusic.com/7501/form/8321

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Danielle Bradbery’s Sold-Out Nashville Show Kicks Off I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET Release Week

DANIELLE BRADBERY KICKS OFF RELEASE OF
SOPHOMORE ALBUM,  I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET, WITH INTIMATE NASHVILLE SHOW TUESDAY, NOV. 28

Danielle Bradbery Live at ONE Cannery Row  | Photo Credit: BMLG Records

Kicking off the release of her highly-anticipated sophomore BMLG Records album,
I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET, Danielle Bradbery played the first of a four-show run at ONE at Cannery Row in Nashville, Tenn. last night. The Texas-native performed six songs from the new project and chatted with host Kelly Sutton throughout the sold-out set, allowing fans and industry to get a sneak peek at the re-introductory record due this Friday, December 1.

With the “Sway” video debuting No. 1 on the iTunes All-Genre and Country charts and the tune accruing more than 9 million streams to date, I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET has already made an impression on fans and critics alike, with NPR calling it, “a significant, and successful, reinvention captured in a taut 10 tracks.”

L to R: BMLG’s Allison Jones, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Bradbery, BMLG’s Jimmy Harnen and BMLG’s Matthew Hargis  | Photo Credit: BMLG

Bradbery will appear on NBC’s TODAY Show (9:00A hour) on December 1 to perform her song “Worth It” in celebration of I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET’s release.

Fans will receive “Worth It” along with lead single “Sway,” “Human Diary,” “Hello Summer” and “Potential” instantly when they pre-order I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET HERE.

Learn more about Danielle at DanielleBradbery.com or follow her on Facebook and Instagram @daniellebradbery and Twitter at @DBradbery.

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Album Review: Danielle Bradbery | I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET

Photo credit: Cameron Powell

Danielle Bradbery’s sophomore album, I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET, releases December 1st.

This album shows growth and introspection from the powerful vocalist who up until this point following THE VOICE has been highly-underated, in my opinion.  There is no reason she should not be garnering #1 hits and award nominations.

This album could be her game-changer as emotional songs fill this stellar release.

Standouts for me off this album are “Potential” and the vibey “What Are We Doing”.  Lots to love here!

Buy it on December 1st, it’s a must have from this incredible songstress.

 

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Brantley Gilbert Debuts “FANDOM: FULLY COMMITTED” Today  

Courtesy of the Valory Music Co.

With Rolling Stone calling THE DEVIL DON’T SLEEP (The Valory Music Co.) one of the year’s Best of Country and Americana so far this year, alongside Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Alison Krauss, Nikki Lane and Jason Isbell, it feels like the critics are recognizing the lived-in truth of the Georgia born, raised and living songwriter thoroughly inhabits. But to understand the back-to-back PLATINUM success of HALFWAY TO HEAVEN and JUST WHO I AM, it comes down to understanding the bond between BRANTLEY GILBERT and his fans, known as the BG Nation.

With a tireless hard-ticket touring schedule that focuses on the Rust Belt, Northeast, West and entire South, it’s tricky being in the right place at the right time to catch him. So when the Opry Entertainment Group wanted to kick-off a new series dedicated to the fans, they knew exactly who the right artist to set their tone was: Brantley Gilbert and the always zealous BG Nation.

“When the Opry people came to us about kicking off their series Fandom,” recalls the man who won the American Music Awards Best Country Album for Just Who I Am, “I was all about it. We didn’t quite know how it was going to work, but I knew wherever they went, they were going to find the very best people in the world.

“When we got into taping, it was so much about Marc and Tina (Schardan) — I loved that! Loved the idea viewers would get a sense how blessed I am, because they were going to get to see what I see: the kind of soul I see every night when I go out and meet the people who love this music.”

With Rolling Stone calling Gilbert’s latest single “the soundtrack to Friday night in small towns everywhere,” it’s that ability to tap into how people between the coasts, the ones who work hard 60 hour weeks, that’s given the man whose penned six No. 1 singles, including Jason Aldean’s CMA Awards Song of the Year nominated “Dirt Road Anthem,” such a passion point with the BG Nation.

“Even before we had a record label, there were people who believed in this music. They believed in the things I was writing about, and they came to the shows, because my songs were their life.  When you talk to the BG Nation, that’s what they say.  But when you hear their stories, listen to them talk about their lives, that’s when what we do out on the road and in the studio gets real.”

Saying and seeing are two different things. To check out what “Fandom: Fully Committed” is all about, go to People.com (link live at 10:00A ET) – and meet one of the diehard fans who believe in Gilbert’s full-throttle way of life.

“What I love is they make it about Marc! I mean, there’s a little of us in there, but it’s really about one of so many awesome people who believe – and live – this music,” Gilbert says. “The BG Nation are friends. They don’t get enough credit in what we do, for how they inspire us – and the way they share their lives with us through how the music is part of their life.  So, I love everything about this show. And having just done our baby announcement with People, well, they understand why friends and family are so important. So where else would we debut this?”

“Fandom: Fully Committed” is dedicated – like Gilbert – to showing people the essence of what makes Country music lovers special. They set a high bar with BG Nation, who begin coming together again as THE ONE’S THAT LIKE ME 2018 TOUR kicks off February 1 at Worcester, MA’s DCU Center.

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John Oates Announces New Album

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates has teamed with an amazing group of accomplished and rising stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, Arkansas, to life. Scheduled for release on February 2, the project is his first for Thirty Tigers.  Arkansas is available for advance order through e-retailers and a Pledge Music campaign including autographed vinyl, limited edition exclusives, hats, shirts, and more.

The project originally began as a tribute to Oates’ idol, Mississippi John Hurt. During a series of Nashville recording sessions, it evolved organically to become a unique collection drawing from a wide range of Oates’ musical influences. Asked about the style and sound of Arkansas, John says, “It’s like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues.”

The album was recorded at Addiction Studios in Nashville and produced by Oates and David Kalmusky who also engineered and mixed it. The sonic glue that cements the project is “The Good Road Band”. The impressive lineup consists of Sam Bush on mandolin, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, Guthrie Trapp on electric guitar, Steve Mackey on bass, Nathaniel Smith on cello, and Josh Day on drums and percussion.

With this incredible band, Oates shines a light on music from America’s past long before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Fresh interpretations include the Emmett Miller classic “Anytime” from 1924 as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, “Miss the Mississippi and You,” from 1932. Reimagined traditional Delta, country blues and ragtime selections salute legendary artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake.

Two new original songs by Oates blend seamlessly with the traditional roots material, as well as John’s deep catalog of Hall and Oates hits. Taken together, Oates’ music becomes a retrospective of American popular song.

ABOUT JOHN OATES

John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Oates embarked on a long-awaited solo career in 1999. He has recorded six solo albums and the 2015 DVD docu-concert Another Good Road. His seventh project, Arkansas, will be released by Thirty Tigers in February..

Influenced by R&B and folk music while growing up near Philadelphia, Oates was honored as a BMI Icon in 2008. In 2016, Hall & Oates received a star on the Hollywood of Fame. In addition to his solo shows, Oates continues to tour with Daryl Hall, playing sold-out concerts around the world. St. Martin’s Press released the hardcover of Oates’ memoir, Change of Seasons, in March 2017; the paperback will be released in 2018. Oates resides in Nashville.

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