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Chris Young Delivers New Single, “Losing Sleep”

After earning multiple ACM, BBMA, CMA, Grammy and RDMA nominations and scoring three consecutive chart-topping singles – including his ninth No. 1 “Sober Saturday Night” with Vince Gill – from his “excellent” (New York Times) album I’m Comin’ Over, CHRIS YOUNG has set the bar even higher with the release of his brand new single, “Losing Sleep.”  Delivered overnight to country radio and retailers, the song shot immediately to the No. 2 spot on the iTunes Country chart within hours of release.

“I continue to be blown away by the response to my last record and it makes me push myself even harder in the studio and onstage,” said Chris. “With every new album I think I want to try and write something easier and not so high in my register, but of course, on ‘Losing Sleep’ we push the boundaries even further and layer in some fun, new grooves too.”

With bare, flawless vocals that lead into a bold, explosive chorus, “Losing Sleep” is the lead single from the RCA Records Nashville artist’s hotly anticipated seventh album due later this year. The song is written by Young with Josh Hoge and Chris DeStefano and marks the Grammy-nominated singer’s third time co-producing with Corey Crowder. Named “one of his era’s finest traditionalists” by the Associated Press, Young’s upcoming record will be his third project in less than two years, including 2015’s critically acclaimed I’m Comin’ Over and 2016’s It Must Be Christmas.

With a hit-packed set that highlights his nine chart-toppers — including “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think Of You,” — and fifteen Gold/Platinum certified projects, Chris has joined reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean as special guest on his They Don’t Know Tour through October before resuming his own headlining dates later this year.

 

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Country Star Kane Brown Releases “What Ifs” Music Video Featuring Lauren Alaina

Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina are shown here filming the “What Ifs” music video on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean at The Inn at Newport Ranch in Northern California.  Photo credit: P.R. Brown

Academy of Country Music and CMT Music Awards nominated breakthrough artist Kane Brown reveals his highly-anticipated new music video “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina streaming now exclusively on Amazon Music. “What Ifs” is included on Brown’s #1 self-titled album which remains country’s best-selling new-artist debut of the past 2 ½ years.

Kane Brown’s co-star in the new clip is Lauren Alaina, his good friend and middle-school classmate turned duet partner. Announced earlier this week, both artists are nominated for the 2017 CMT Music Awards “Breakthrough Video of the Year” – Brown for the clip of his Gold-certified “Used to Love You Sober,” and Alaina for “The Road Less Traveled.”
Directed by P. R. Brown and produced by Steve Lamar, “What Ifs” is the first music video to be filmed at The Inn at Newport Ranch on the breathtaking North California coastline. Prior to the world premiere of the clip on Amazon Music, the “What Ifs” lyric video and an interview with Brown and Alaina about the music video shoot were previewed last week on People.com.
“What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina is Kane Brown’s current single at country radio. It was produced by 9-time ACM Award-winning producer/musician Dann Huff and co-written by Brown, Matthew McGinn, and Jordan Schmidt. “What Ifs” is one of 11 songs, 7 of which he co-wrote, on the Kane Brown debut RCA Nashville/Zone 4 album which fans can purchase here.
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Country Group Levon Releases Self-Titled Debut EP, Available To Download And Stream Now

Available to Download and Stream Now
 
Watch the New Trio’s Video Biography and
 

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New country group Levon, dually signed to Sony Music’s Columbia Nashville and Epic Records, have released their self-titled debut EP. Produced and arranged by Jamie Houston for GB Productions, the five-song EP is available now for fans to download and stream.

Levon consists of three best friends: Northbrook, Illinois, native Michael David Hall (on guitar and lead vocals, with a soaring five-octave range); Sumter, South Carolina’s Jake Singleton (on harmonies, bass, and percussion); and Camden, Tennessee, native Ryan Holladay (on guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonies). View a Levon brief video biography HERE.
Showcasing the band’s compelling song craft and harmonies, as well as their genre-transcending performance style and sound, their Levon EP features the following selections and songwriters:
1. “Why Oh Why”
Michael David Hall/James Dean Hicks/Jamie Houston
2. “Runaway Love”
Michael David Hall/Chris Lindsey/Jamie Houston
3. “Wired”
Michael David Hall/Marc Beeson/Jamie Houston
4. “Give Up Your Heart”
Jamie Houston/Craig Wiseman
5. “Ms. Marianne”
Michael David Hall/James Dean Hicks/Jamie Houston
 
Currently on a nationwide country radio tour to promote their new EP, Levon took yesterday off to fly to Pittsburgh, PA for a concert performance. While in flight, the band surprised Southwest Airlines passengers with an a cappella rendition of “Give Up Your Heart” HERE.
A debut single from the Levon EP will impact country radio this summer.
A few of the trio’s musical roots are suggested by their name, an homage to the talents of The Band’s Levon Helm, as well as Elton John and his song, “Levon.”  All in their twenties, Levon’s members nonetheless share a collective musical passion for the 1970s “Laurel Canyon Sound” generation whose lyrics and melodies have remained relevant long after their time on the charts.
Playing such Music City-area venues as Puckett’s in nearby Leiper’s Fork and gigging for tips outside Nashville fave, the Pancake Pantry, contributed to the early buzz on Levon.  To date, the band has expanded its résumé to include festival dates and opening slots for such artists as Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Kelsea Ballerini, Alabama and many others.
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A Thousand Horses Charge Ahead With Their New Album, “Bridges”

After making Country Aircheck history in 2015 as the highest debut for a new artist, A Thousand Horses boosts the momentum with their highly-anticipated sophomore effort, BRIDGES (BMLG Records).  Available for pre-order on May 26, the 13-song project will be released digitally June 2 and features their current chart-rising single “Preachin’ to the Choir” as well as an acoustic version of the critically-acclaimed track. Entertainment Weekly previewed the lead tune teasing, “The first taste of their upcoming second album bursts with attitude and saucy wordplay.”

The new collection follows SOUTHERNALITY, which solidified the band (with at least three members) as the first this decade to score a No. 1 with their debut single on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. Produced by Dann Huff, Corey Crowder and the band itself, BRIDGES highlights the perfect mix of their signature Rock-infused Country sound with “Burn Like Willie,” familiar Gospel influence on “One Man Army” and a live version of their chart-topper “Smoke.” Featuring seven acoustic tracks, six of which were recorded live in the U.K. at the famed Metropolis Studios, fans will get to hear firsthand the raw magic that happens when this band comes together.

All four A Thousand Horses’ members contributed in writing this album alongside some of their accomplished peers:

BRIDGES TRACK LIST
1.    “Blaze Of Somethin’” | Michael Hobby, Bill Satcher, Aaron Eshuis, Ryan Hurd*
2.    “Burn Like Willie” | Zach Brown, Graham DeLoach, Michael Hobby, Bill Satcher, Corey Crowder*
3.    “Preachin’ To The Choir” Heather Morgan, Morgan Wallen, Brad Warren, Brett Warren**
4.    “One Man Army” | Michael Hobby, Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne**
5.    “Bridges” | Zach Brown, Graham DeLoach, Michael Hobby, Bill Satcher, Corey Crowder*
6.    “Weekends In A Small Town” | Michael Hobby, Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason*
7.    “Travelin’ Man” (Live from Metropolis Studios, London) | Michael Hobby, Bill Satcher,
Jaren Johnston***

8.    “Preachin’ To The Choir” (Live from Metropolis Studios, London) | Heather Morgan, Morgan Wallen,
Brad Warren, Brett Warren***

9.    “Sunday Morning” (Live from Metropolis Studios, London) | Zach Brown, Graham DeLoach,
Michael Hobby, Bill Satcher, Rich Robinson***

10.   “One Man Army” (Live from Metropolis Studios, London) | Michael Hobby, Ross Copperman,
Josh Osborne***

11.   “Bridges” (Live from Metropolis Studios, London) | Zach Brown, Graham DeLoach, Michael Hobby,
Bill Satcher, Corey Crowder***

12.  First Time” (Live from Metropolis Studios, London) | Michael Hobby, Bill Satcher, Patrick Davis***
13.   “Smoke” (Live from Printer’s Alley, Nashville) | Michael Hobby, Jon Nite, Ross Copperman***

*Produced by Corey Crowder
**Produced by Dann Huff
***Produced by A Thousand Horses

A Thousand Horses has scored multiple award nominations, most recently a 2017 ACM Awards nod. The talented foursome, comprised of Michael Hobby (lead vocals), Bill Satcher, (lead guitar) Zach Brown (guitar) and Graham Deloach (bass), has already been earning rave reviews of the new single with AXS saying, “Heavy on the rock-country overtones with a gospel choir (literally) takin’ the listener to church in the background…with a healthy dose of old soul.” Fans who purchase the album on iTunes May 26 will instantly receive “Preachin’ to the Choir.” Get the single here – http://smarturl.it/ATHPreachinChoir.

A Thousand Horses is out on the road this summer on headline dates as well as major festival stops such as Nashville’s CMA Music Fest on June 10. For additional dates, please visit AThousandHorses.com.

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Per Rolling Stone Country: “Midland Are Bridging The Country-Pop Divide”

Photo credit: Harper Smith

“There’s never been a better time for what’s next than right now,” commands Rolling Stone Country writer Joe Gugala in a new article out today. Gugala’s statement is in reference to the seeming sonic shift in Country music and the rise of MIDLAND, a new trio from Dripping Springs, TX whose music encompasses, “Eagles-era Seventies country, a smoky honky-tonk soundtrack for couples spinning around the dance floor, the smell of spilled beer thick in the air. But like a vintage car with a rebuilt engine, Midland’s classic sound has a thoroughly modern heart.”

The profile captures Midland on the road promoting their debut single “Drinkin’ Problem.” Read extended feature here.

Produced by Dann Huff and Shane McAnally, “Drinkin’ Problem” is within the Top 20 on Country radio charts and has no signs of slowing down. The single’s chart momentum has made it the fastest rising debut single ever released to Country radio by Big Machine Label Group – the record label that also launched the careers of Superstars Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line.

Just yesterday, the music video for “Drinkin’ Problem” was nominated for a CMT Music Award in the Group Video of the Year category. Click here to vote now. Midland is spotlighted alongside established acts like Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Eli Young Band and Old Dominion.

The trio joins Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at the end of the month for Canadian dates of their acclaimed SOUL2SOUL WORLD TOUR and heads out with Kenny Chesney for shows in August. Midland will also perform at select fairs and festivals this summer leading into the September release of their full length debut album. Full details and more information available at MidlandOfficial.com.

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Country Music Superstar Billy Ray Cyrus Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of “Achy Breaky Heart” With A Reissue Available Now

It started out as a simple two-chord song with one verse and chorus, and ended up becoming a worldwide phenomenon that topped charts around the globe and made a superstar out of a boy from Flatwoods, Kentucky. “Achy Breaky Heart,” the multi-million selling country single that pretty much launched the 90’s line dance craze, is undoubtedly one of the most history-making songs in all of country music history. The song created a sensation upon its release 25 years ago, and now the artist who made it a smash, Billy Ray Cyrus, is releasing a brand new version of the song with a host of different versions and guest artist appearances, including Ronnie Milsap on keyboard, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of the original.  The new cut, which is available now,  was recorded in Muscle Shoals and co-produced by Cyrus and Don Von Tress, the writer of the quintessential hit.

 

Cyrus sees plenty of parallels in the world at that time and now, and felt like it would be a good time to go back in and re-record the feel-good smash that had everybody’s hips shaking and feet moving to its groove.

 

“When the song was released in the spring of ‘92 the world, believe it or not, felt much like it does right now,” said Cyrus. “There were wars and rumors of wars. Famine and darkness was revealing itself much around the globe. People were divided. And politically it felt as crazy across America as it does now. Basically, it felt like a good time for a happy song. Something simple that everyone could sing and yes, even dance to. Take your mind off all the heavy stuff for 3 minutes and 27 seconds!”

 

The new version of “Achy Breaky” is actually a little closer to writer Don Von Tress’ original vision and sound for the song that he penned over a quarter decade ago. “We went back to my original demo which was a little more back in the pocket, and Billy really loved the demo all those years ago and he said ‘Yeah, let’s try to emulate this thing,” recalls Von Tress of recording the new version. “So we kind of did that, but with some new twists. The song is so simple…it’s two chords and some nursery rhyme verses really, so we created something again we both just really love, and it’s just fun to have the opportunity to put this song out again for people to really enjoy again. I really hope they love it as much as the first time!”

 

For Cyrus, revisiting the hit that made him a worldwide superstar and laying down the track provided a real full circle moment in a career that has no doubt had plenty of memorable highlights.

 

“For me personally it completed the body of work known as Some Gave All and a decade of persistence, dedication, failure, successes and a will to strive for purpose through the music,” said Cyrus. “A journey which led to a moment in time that just fit. Not to mention a friendship and musical soul mate that would last a lifetime. For you see, I had written “Some Gave All” about a Vietnam Veteran I met in 1989. Don Von Tress, himself a Vietnam Vet, walks into my life with what will become the cornerstone and launch pad for an album that represents a singer/songwriter from the Appalachian foothills of Eastern KY who had a dream and vision of touching peoples’ lives through music. Nothing more…nothing less. Full circle if you will.”

 

 

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The Voice Star Jake Worthington’s Upcoming EP, “Hell Of A Highway”, Available For Pre-Order Now

Most well-known as a member of Team Blake on The Voice, country singer-songwriter, Jake Worthington’s sophomore EP, Hell of a Highway is available now.  The project, which is set for release on Friday, May 19, follows his self-titled EP, which was released in October of 2015 and debuted at #16 on Billboard Heat Seekers.

 

The native Texan will join Texas Country mainstay Cody Johnson in his hometown of La Porte to celebrate his new release at the San Jacinto Monument on Friday, May 12.

 

Worthington gained national media attention after winning the title of runner-up on Season 6 of the NBC hit series, where he reached Top 20 on Billboard Heat Seekers for his renditions of Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting” and Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” His first single off of his debut EP, “Just Keep Falling in Love,” reached Top 50 on the Music Row Chart and Top 30 on the Texas Regional Radio Report, with the music video premiering on GAC and CMT, among others.

 

Fans can preorder Hell of a Highway EP here.

 

About Jake Worthington:

 

Growing up in the small town of La Porte, TX, Country singer-songwriter and recent NBC The Voice star Jake Worthington spent his days fishing, mudding, and playing sports. Now most well-known from Season 6 of NBC’s The Voice, Worthington gained the title of runner-up while under the guidance of Country music superstar Blake Shelton in 2014. While on the show, Worthington quickly became a fan favorite, with his renditions of “Right Here Waiting” and “Don’t Close Your Eyes” reaching the Top 20 on Billboard Heatseekers. In October of 2015, Worthington released his first EP, debuting at #16 on Billboard Heat Seekers and #44 on Billboard Country Albums. His first single off the EP, “Just Keep Falling in Love,” reached Top 50 on the Music Row Chart and Top 30 on the Texas Regional Radio Report, with a video that debuted on GAC, CMT, among others. The Texas-native released his follow-up single, “How Do You Honky Tonk,” in the summer of 2016 and hit the road on the How Do You Honky Tonk Summer Tour, which was sponsored by Amspec, Cinch Jeans, and Ernie Ball. As he continues his tour on the road, Worthington is gearing up for the release of his sophomore EP,  Hell of a Highway, on May 19, 2017, which is currently available for preorder.

 

 

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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”:

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Iw_PHibOY0

 

 

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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Merch Cat Makes Merchandise Management Affordable For Every Artist

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At $7.99 a Month, MERCH Cat app MAKES MERCHANDISE MANAGEMENT AFFORDABLE FOR EVERY ARTIST

The new app, Merch Cat, launches today as a one stop solution to merchandise (“merch”) sales and inventory management. Designed for the live performing artist, the app enables users to turn their stagefront into a successful storefront. Recognizing the importance of merch sales to an artist’s business, Merch Cat founder Vanessa Ferrer developed the app as a solution to her own challenges managing merch as an artist manager.

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