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Caanan Smith Releases New Single, “Like You That Way”

Mercury Nashville’s Canaan Smith spent the last few months on the road touring throughout the US and Europe, bringing his energetic live show to crowds across the globe. Noted for his “vocals… charisma and the performance ability to be one of the biggest stars in Country music” (Entertainment Focus), Canaan’s new single “Like You That Way,” goes for adds today at Country radio, following Friday’s world premiere of the song on People.com. 


The upbeat Summer anthem has already garnered attention for its catchy lyrics, which include a lyrical nod to one of country’s leading ladies. As revealed to People.com, Canaan credits “my wife [Christy] and Miranda Lambert. I live with one and I listen to the other,” as part of the inspiration for the song.


“Like You That Way” follows Canaan Smith’s debut album, Bronco, which debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart and features the RIAA Platinum-Certified # 1 hit “Love You Like That.” The breakout smash “Love You Like That” marked one of the top streaming tracks from all new artists in country music, besting many songs from the genre’s superstars. After his own headlining tour of the US in the fall of 2016, Canaan embarked on an extensive sold-out tour of the U.K. with London based breakout country duo, The Shires.  While there, his album skyrocketed to #3 on the U.K Charts. He recently returned to the UK in March 2017 for the C2C Festival, where he was consistently ranked as one of the festival’s best live acts. Canaan’s reputation as a road warrior and one of the top live performers in country music has earned him touring slots with Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore, where he played well over 400 shows for more than a million fans. Named a “One to Watch” by The Huffington Post, Spotify, Yahoo Music and USA Today, Canaan continues his run with a full list of US and European headlining tour dates. Visit www.CanaanSmith.com  for more information. “Like You That Way” is available to purchase or stream now.

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April Showers Brings May Flowers as Powerhouse Country Duo Williams Honor Prepares for Next Single Release With No Umbrella

Asbury Park, NJ’s first ever country duo continues to build the WHArmy nationally as Gordon Brown and Reagan Richards gear up for a busy summer ahead. No Umbrella, the next single from the duo’s self-titled debut album, has officially been released to country radio today (Tuesday, April 18) and fans can download it on all digital platforms.

Once again, Williams Honor is showing the world that Asbury Park isn’t too far from Nashville. “We’re really excited about the release of this song,” says Richards. “It was a song that seemed to resonate with our fans since day one. We wrote this in Nashville right on Music Row with (Billboard hot country artist) Cyndi Thomson and we knew right away that we stumbled on something special.”

This talented duo is gearing up for exclusive private events in New Jersey for the next few months to promote No Umbrella and will be doing a media tour in Nashville the week of the release with appearances all over town. They just wrapped up their very first music video for their previous release, Send It To Me (#55 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart). This video showcases their favorite places, streets and venues on the Jersey Shore and Nashville. Shot during last year’s CMA Music Festival by Nashville’s Over The Cumberland production team, the scenes filmed along downtown Broadway showcases prominent venues like The Ryman Auditorium, Tootsie’s, and Bridgestone Arena. While in Asbury Park, the duo shot with Cinecall filmaker George McMorrow along Cookman Ave and at classic Jersey Shore venues like The Saint, McLoones on the Asbury Boardwalk, The Wonderbar, and The Stone Pony. The official video will be released next month and sneak peaks were already shown on the NJNews12 broadcast which was aired April 15th and 16th.

ABOUT WILLIAMS HONOR: Straight from Asbury Park, NJ’s legendary music scene, comes an unstoppable collision of likeminded influence, chemistry and a true love for country music. The duo consists of powerhouse singer and performer Reagan Richards and producer/multi-instrumentalist Gordon Brown. After spending years separately in Nashville and never running into each other, they both were writing, recording and touring for other projects and artists. The two met while doing a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims in NJ and fueled by the memory of their fathers, who were both lost way too soon, Williams Honor was born the summer of 2014.

This duo wrapped up an extensive national radio tour last year, visiting close to 40 stations and performing shows in many of the cities they traveled to. They had their first live network feature interview and performance on NBC’s Today in Nashville and participated in Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar earlier this year doing endless media interviews, appearances and performances. Their debut album is available wherever digital music is sold, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, etc. and signed physical CD’s are available on their website.

Website: www.williamshonor.com
Facebook: @WilliamsHonor 
Instagram: @WilliamsHonor
Twitter: @WilliamsHonorX
About Reagan Richards:  Country music artist and vocalist for many national acts including Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, David Gray, Social Distortion, Lisa Loeb, Bobby Bandiera, Cheap Trick, Glen Burtnik, Michael Des Barres among others. Reagan starred as the legendary Patsy Cline at Monmouth University’s production of “Always, Patsy Cline,” where she sang 27 songs from her catalogue to a ten-night sold out run which gained critical acclaim. https://www.facebook.com/reaganrichards
About Gordon Brown: Gordon built his career as the main songwriter and guitarist for Asbury Park national label and touring acts mR.rEALITY, Samhill, and HWY9. He’s been hired to write, produce, tour and help develop careers with emerging artists like Jessie James Decker, Natalie Stovall, Jackson Harris, Corey Wagar, ABC show Rising Star’s Audrey Kate, NBC show The Voice’s Audra McLaughlin and New Jersey’s very own Lo Kloza. Gordon has also continued his role as lead guitarist with Epic recording artist Jessie James Decker as she sells out shows around the nation, performing with some of country music’s biggest names. https://www.facebook.com/gordon1brown

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“Springsteen Of The South” Rick Brantley Releases Today His Newest EP, Starts Tour With Kiefer Sutherland

0Rock-infused Rick Brantley releases today his newest EP ‘Hi-Fi,’ a six-song project that delves deep into his thoughtful lyrics and rocking energy. ‘Hi-Fi’ is a record of hope: the release features a warm optimism that’s the perfect soul food for our crazy world.



Rick has been compared to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp by Rolling Stone, and was recently referred to as the “Springsteen of the South.”



‘Hi-Fi’ is available on iTunes and Spotify. Media can listen here.



Watch the video for thought-provoking lead single “Hurt People”:





Rick also announces today that he’ll be joining Kiefer Sutherland’s national Not Enough Whiskey Tour beginning May 2 in Solana Beach, CA and wrapping in Asbury Park, NJ. The Georgia native has recently toured opening for Shawn Mullins and John Hiatt.



Dates for the Not Enough Whiskey Tour with special guest Rick Brantley:


May 2 – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA


May 3 – Roxy Theatre – Hollywood, CA


May 4 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA


May 6 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR


May 7 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA


May 9 – The Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT


May 10 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO


May 12 – Choctaw Event Center – Hugo, OK


May 13 – 3TEN – Austin, TX


May 14 – Gruene Hall – New Braunfels, TX


May 17 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA


May 18 – Singin’ River Live – Florence, AL


May 19 – Exit / In – Nashville, TN

May 20 – Fubar – Saint Louis, MO


May 21 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL


May 23 – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA


May 25 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY


May 26 – The Stephen Talkhouse – Amagansett, NY


May 27 – The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ




About Rick Brantley:


Rick is a Macon, Georgia native that’s one part introspection and one part rock and roll. His influences include Bruce Springsteen and Guy Clark, and he’s been compared to both Springsteen and John Mellencamp by Rolling Stone. Rick has recently impressed crowds opening for the likes of Shawn Mullins and John Hiatt, and continues to tour with both in 2017.



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“Next Big Thing” Bailey Bryan’s Debut EP “So Far” Available Today

Since “next big thing” (Perez Hilton) Bailey Bryan first arrived on the scene with her debut single “Own It,” critics have prepared the world to “fall in love” (People) with the singer/songwriter. Touted by Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly as an “artist you need to know,” Bryan is “ready to show the world her confident side” (Taste Of Country) with her EP SO FAR (300 Entertainment/Warner Music Nashville) that “runs the emotional gamut” (Billboard), available digitally now.

Produced by GRAMMY award-winner Dennis Matkosky, Bryan co-wrote each of the songs on the “deliciously infectious” (Building Our Own Nashville) collection, packed with “relatable songs that instantly grab the listener’s attention” (Sounds Like Nashville). The EP features four brand new tracks along with lead single “Own It,” which has been featured on Apple’s “Hot Tracks” and the “Breaking Country” and “Cool Country” playlists. “Hard Drive Home” has been hand-picked to be featured on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. Click here to watch a live performance video for the track, which premiered exclusively on Billboard today as the first of five installments of her “SO FAR Sessions.”

“All of the songs represent something I’ve learned and something that has impacted me and made me who I am thus far,” Bryan said of the EP. “I’m so excited to finally get to share these songs with everyone. Seriously, somebody pinch me.”

Bryan was recently selected as one of 15 artists to take part in “Next Wave April” through Musical.ly. Fans can tune in to catch her on a Live.ly stream this Sunday, April 16 at 2:00P CT.

Bryan is continuing to introduce her new music to live audiences across the country, currently on tour with Kane Brown after wrapping up a run earlier this year with Dan + Shay. On May 6, Bryan will take to the world-famous Grand Ole Opry stage to make her Opry debut. She has also been added to the MainStage lineup for several festivals this spring and summer, including Stagecoach (4/28) and Watershed (6/28). For additional information and a full list of tour dates, visit baileybryan.com.

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Exclusive Video Premiere: “Battle Lines” By Marcum Stewart

Singer-songwriter Marcum Stewart has celebrated several amazing feats as a songwriter and producer over the course of his career. The West Virginia native has had songs featured in hit network TV shows such as the CW’s Hart of Dixie, the 2013 film “Storm Rider”, multiple independent artist cuts and several major label song holds.

Since Moving to Nashville, Stewart has had the chance to work and collaborate with powerhouse names including hit producer Luke Wooten (Brad Paisely, Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch, etc…), singer-songwriter Rachel Proctor (Martina McBride, Jessica Simpson, Jesse Lee) and Keith Burns (of Trick Pony), to name a few.

Through years of building a catalog of songs and producing projects, Stewart has released a brand new seven track EP entitled “Battle Lines” and we are bringing you the exclusive video premiere for the title track! Written by Stewart, the driving ballad tells the story of a couple trying to hold on against all odds. The raw and honest delivery of Stewart’s vocals shine throughout.

Click here to watch the official video premiere for “Battle Lines” exclusively on Focus on the 615!


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Show Review: LANco & Ryan Kinder At 3rd & Lindsley


Recently got to attend a show at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville with Warner Music’s Ryan Kinder and Sony’s LANco.

With a standing room only crowd, Ryan Kinder opened the show.  Enjoyed his performance and songs very much.  Great stage presence and very comfortable in front of a crowd.  Definitely hope to hear more of his music in the near future.

Be sure to check out his new single, “Close”, available now on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Ryan Kinder


From the very instant that headlining act LANco came onstage, they brought such an energy to the room, and the crowd seemed to feel it that singing along with them &  dancing.  Absolutely loved their stage presence and whole performance.   There was such energy and enthusiasm.   Great songs with a few covers thrown in was the perfect blend for the evening.

You can find LANco’s debut EP at iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon now featuring the single, “Greatest Love Story”.

Hope to catch both of these acts very soon again. Cool vibes and great music.  Highly-recommend.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.



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[Video] CRS 2017 | Re-Living The Highlights & A Wrap-Up

CRS 2017 wrapped up after 3 days of music-filled fun in downtown Nashville on Feb. 22-24, 2017.

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Video Premiere Of “Shattered Glass” By Brett Sheroky

Watch this video premiere from new country artist Brett Sheroky with the debut of his song & video “Shattered Glass” here on FOCUS on the 615.  We think you’ll like his music as much as we do!

About Brett Sheroky 

Originally from a small suburb just across the water from St. Louis, Missouri, Brett Sheroky made the move to Nashville the day after his wedding in 2009 at the request of his wife to pursue his dreams.

Leaving his past of playing in pop/rock bands behind, Brett knew the Nashville scene wasn’t going to be easy, but some unexpected news made things a bit harder for Brett throughout his early years in town. Brett was diagnosed with Cancer in November of 2009, just a few short months before making his move to Nashville. Seemingly putting his music on hold to some and spending his months undergoing chemotherapy, Brett was doing anything but resting. With any energy he had left from treatment and the frustrations of trying to start a family with his wife (which doctors said they would never be able to do), Brett devoted his time to perfecting his craft. “I take a lot of pride in my songwriting. I want to be known as a guy that writes a song. Not a guy that puts words to music.” And boy can this guy write a song. His talent has been recognized by songwriters throughout Nashville, as well as some “higher ups.” Despite Brett’s sole focus on being strictly a writer in town for the last seven years, he has recently signed a production deal with Torrez Music Group and has been working tirelessly to finish the project. It’s not easy when you’re working two jobs trying to provide for a family at home while simultaneously attempting to make a splash in the music industry. That’s right, I said family.”

Brett Sheroky lives cancer-free out in Bellevue with his three little girls and his wife, Christy, and makes daily trips to Nashville to write, work, and record. His self-titled debut album is due out Summer 2017, and with songs like “Alcoholiday,” it’s bound to not leave your speaker system.

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The Swon Brothers Release Their New EP “Pretty Cool Scars”

Zach and Colton, The Swon Brothers deliver their new EP PRETTY COOL SCARS yesterday. Click HERE to download.


Zach and Colton will perform tonight at The Grand Ole Opry and sign autographs for fans at the Opry Store immediately following the show.  Tomorrow they will celebrate the new release with a FREE show for fans at Nashville’s ACME Feed and Seed.


The brothers spent the majority of 2016 on Carrie Underwood’s STORYTELLER Tour and had the opportunity to showcase new music to fans all over the United States, before going into the studio to record their new EP with producer Brad Hill. (Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne).




“Pretty Cool Scars unveils a brand-new side to the Swon Brothers.” says THE BOOT


“The Swon Brothers are one of our favorite country music duos.  We’ve seen them on stage; we’ve listened to their music; we’ve written about them; we’ve talked about them; we’ve met them; we talked to them … and we just can’t get enough of these guys.”  COUNTRYS CHATTER


“The Voice alums from Team Blake can expect their coach to be proud of his fellow Okies.” COUNTRY COMMON



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Delta Rae Debuts “A Long And Happy Life” At Radio Today

Pictured (L-R): Brittany Hölljes, Grant Emerson, Ian Hölljes, Liz Hopkins, Mike McKee, Eric Hölljes Single Image Courtesy of The Valory Music Co.  

Fueled with a passionate melodic delivery of honest lyrics, DELTA RAE debuts “A Long And Happy Life” today. The new single is available now and marks the six-piece Durham, NC-based band’s first release on Big Machine Label Group’s imprint The Valory Music Co.

Brothers Eric and Ian Hölljes penned the buoyant “A Long And Happy Life,” offering fans a soundtrack to jumpstart their summer with an earnest hope that the best seasons are still to come. The song name comes from a book of the same title written by Ian’s dear friend, the late Reynolds Price. Lyrics from three other literary works – William Styron’s Lie Down In Darkness, Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides and The Water Is Wide – are woven throughout as homage to the Southern storytelling they admire.

With roots firmly planted in the South, Liz Hopkins and Brittany Hölljes front the robust group with their sultry harmonies rounded out by Eric (vocals, piano) and Ian (vocals, guitar) as well as Mike McKee (drums) and Grant Emerson (bass). Delta Rae chose their moniker from a mythical story the Hölljes siblings’ mother crafted about a Southern girl of the same name who summons the Greek gods to earth. The band’s sound defies parameters – a little bit Americana and Gospel combined with equal parts Country, Rock and Bluegrass – being most influenced by their geographical location as they’ve traversed the globe and experienced life.

Since forming in 2009, Delta Rae has graced stages at esteemed festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and more with their larger-than-life live show. The band will headline several dates throughout their A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE SUMMER TOUR 2017, which kicks off in May. Tickets go on sale at DeltaRae.com beginning this Friday, March 17.

May 19 – Harvest Theatre | Rocky Mount, VA
May 20 – Soundstage | Baltimore, MD
May 22 – Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY
May 24 – Playhouse | Ridgefield, CT
May 25 – Center for Arts | Natick, MA
May 26 – Tupelo Music Hall | Londonderry, NH
May 28 – Avalon Theatre | Easton, MD
June 1 – Throne Theatre | Wilmington, NC
June 2 – The Underground @ Fillmore | Charlotte, NC
June 3 – Cat’s Cradle | Carrboro, NC
June 12 – Hi Fi | Indianapolis, IN
June 16 – Shank Hall | Milwaukee, WI
June 17 – Joe’s Bar | Chicago, IL
June 20 – Wooly’s | Des Moines, IA
June 21 – Old Rock House | St. Louis, MO
June 23 – Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival | Okmulgee, OK
July 17 – The Parish – House Of Blues New Orleans | New Orleans, LA
July 18 – White Oak Music Hall | Houston, TX
July 19 – Sam’s Burger Joint | San Antonio, TX
July 21 – The Parish | Austin, TX
July 22 – Club Dada | Dallas, TX
July 25 – Belly Up | Solana Beach, CA
July 26 – The Troubadour | West Hollywood, CA
July 28 – Great American Music Hall | San Francisco, CA
July 29 – Opera House Ballroom | Napa, CA
July 30 – Harlow’s | Sacramento, CA
August 1 – Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR
August 2 – The Crocodile | Seattle, WA
August 5 – Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO
August 6 – Moxi Theater | Greeley, CO
August 8 – The Waiting Room | Omaha, NE
August 9 – PBR Big Sky | Kansas City, MO
August 11 – Fountain Square | Cincinnati, PH
August 12 – The Ark | Ann Arbor, MI
August 14 – Rex Theater | Pittsburgh, PA
August 16 – Shalin Liu Performance Center | Rockport, MA
August 18 – Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA
August 19 – Port City Music Hall | Portland, ME
August 20 – Blue Ocean Music Hall | Salisbury, MA
August 22 – World Café Live | Philadelphia, PA
August 249:30 Club | Washington, DC
August 25 – The Jefferson Theater | Charlottesville, VA
August 31 – Epcot | Orlando, FL
September 1 – Epcot | Orlando, FL
September 3 – Capitol Theatre | Clearwater, FL

Alongside producer Dann Huff, Delta Rae is putting the finishing touches on their A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE EP, which is slated for release this Spring.

Get to know Delta Rae: http://deltarae.com/introduction.

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