Thursday, December 24, 2020

50 SONGS THAT GAVE ME A REFUGE IN 2020

Maya Angelou once said that music was her refuge, a space to crawl between the notes when she needed a place to get away from the darkness of the world and I don't think anyone can argue that in 2020, a year when negativity has been at the highest levels many of us have never seen until now, music has been one thing that we have been able to depend on. It's never let us down, it's been there 24 hours a day and will continue to be there to see us through to a brighter place. 

This year, I'm not doing my standard "Top 50 Songs" list like I normally do because it hasn't been a standard year. These 50 songs, in no particular order, style or date of release (some are older, some are new), have been my place to shut out the noise and tune into something good. They helped me cry when I needed to or just dance when I needed to. These were my places to "hide".

Thank you to the artists, songwriters, musicians, and everyone involved in creating my escape. You are so much appreciated and just know that even though it's been hard on you, your talent has made it easier for so many others so this year was a success in that regard. You are important, you are needed and you are "essential". 

1.) "A Better Man" - Jared Blake

2.) "Ballad of Me, Myself and I" - Boo Radley

3.) "Hole in the Bottle" - Kelsea Ballerini

4.) "Remember To Dance" - Jack Schneider, Vince Gill

5.) "Wyoming" - Skip Ewing

6.) "You Won't See Me Cry" - Cash Creek

7.) "Some People Do" - Old Dominion

8.) "Tough People Do" - Jason Matthews

9.) "I Know You Won't (Live)" - Wendell Mobley

10.) "Anywhere But Here" - Brice Long

11.) "Faith Like That" - Gordon Mote

12.) "Leave Something Behind" - Chris Wallin

13.) "Think of Me" - Jesse Keith Whitley, Lorrie Morgan

14.) "Humble and Kind" - Lori McKenna

15.) "God's Got This" - Frank Myers

16.) "I'm Not Going Anywhere" - Kelly Lang

17.) "More Hearts Than Mine"- Ingrid Andress

18.) "Nashville, TN" - Chris Stapleton

19.) "Song Don't Fail Me Now" - Gabe Dixon, Bonnie Bishop

20.) "Whiskey and Rain" - Michael Ray

21.) "Times Like These" - Jack Ingram

22.) "Girl Goin' Nowhere" - Ashley McBryde

23.) "Shine a Little Love" - Brian Collins

24.) "Hey World" - Lee Brice

25.) "You First" - Mac McAnally

26.) "Just the Way" - Parmalee, Blanco Brown

27.) "You Ain't Pretty" - Nate Barnes

28.) "Song In a Car" - Yesterday's Wine (Levi Lowrey, Wyatt Durrette)

29.) "No Stone Unturned” - Randy Houser

30.) "Boy With a Guitar" - Jason Blaine

31.) "Through My Ray-Bans" - Eric Church

32.) "Perfect to Me" - Clark Hill

33.) "Some People Piss Me Off" - Matt Kennon

34.) "Heart of a Hero" - Steve Holy

35.) "Heaven is a Small Town" - Dexter Roberts

36.) "Better Me" - Montgomery Gentry

37.) "Love Me When I'm Leaving" - Texas Hill

38.) "Things a Man Oughta Know" - Lainey Wilson

39.) "Sippin' on the Simple Life" - Craig Morgan

40.) "Mind on Fishin" - Trace Adkins

41.) "Where I Find God" - Larry Fleet

42.) "Whatcha Drinkin' 'Bout" - Stephanie Quayle

43.) "Nowhere Near Done" - Ray Scott

44.) "It Ain't My Fault" - Brothers Osborne

45.) "Back" - Mercy Shine

46.) "Jersey on the Wall" - Tenille Townes

47.) "On My Way to You" - Cody Johnson

48.) "Cold Bud" - George Ducas

49.) "Beers to Catch Up On" - LoCash

50.) "The Right Person" - Jackson Forrest

JAY DEMARCUS TO JOIN JASON CRABB AT GRAND OLE OPRY

Jason Crabb to Appear This Saturday at Grand Ole Opry
Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus to Join 2 time GRAMMY Winner for Special Duet Performance



Jason Crabb – two-time GRAMMY® and 22 GMA Dove Award winner, will once again take the stage of the Grand Ole Opry this Saturday, December 26, 2020. The beloved artist / songwriter / actor / author will perform alongside T. Graham Brown, Lindsay Ell, Charlie McCoy, Riders in the Sky, Connie Smith and Marty Stuart.

Jay DeMarcus – member of Rascal Flatts and owner of Jason's record label, Red Street Records – will joining Crabb during his set to perform "A Strange Way To Save The World," the Christmas single they released at the beginning of December. The song was debuted during an appearance on Fox & Friends.

A portion of the Opry will be broadcast live Saturday, December 26 at 9 PM ET / 8 PM CT on Circle, and on Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV and other TV affiliates in addition to a companion live stream on Circle All Access Facebook and YouTube channels. 

Fans around the world can also tune in to the broadcast on the Opry’s flagship radio home, 650 AM-WSM and several other outlets. 

For more details and to find out if Circle is available in your market, please visit www.CirclePlus.com For more information about Circle, please contact: info@circleplus.com

Sunday, December 20, 2020

GARY QUINN ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE - NOBODY SOMEBODY


Gary Quinn looks to hit 2021 running as he announces the release of his brand-new single Nobody Somebody, out January 8th. Music lovers will be able to pre-order from Dec 20th, 2020. 

The song is a co-write between Quinn, Kyle Schlienger (‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ – Brett Young) and John Gurney (NSAI Song Contest Winner, 2018).

“A mutual friend to all three of us suggested we work together whilst I was in town during a writing visit to Nashville. John and Kyle were both excited when I brought the idea of ‘Nobody Somebody’ to the table. It was a great writing session to be involved with”, explained the Northern Irish singer-songwriter.

To continue with a current mainstream sound Gary travelled to Sweden to once again enlist the production talents of Richard Alex, having previously collaborated together on ‘Tip Of My Tongue’ earlier in the year.

Quinn added, “I’m really excited about ‘Nobody Somebody’ and delighted that Richard agreed to get onboard again. We’ve worked well together before and this time I feel I’ve had more of a creative input in the production process than on anything I’ve put out before so I can’t wait to hear how it’s received.”

Nobody Somebody is the opening release of a three-single project that will be delivered through the first few months of 2021. Fans who pre-order will instantly receive a video link to the ‘Live Acoustic’ version of the single.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

SAVE THE DATE: MORGAN WALLEN LIVE FROM THE RYMAN (1/12)


Morgan Wallen announces today that he’ll take the celebration for his January 8th sophomore release – Dangerous: The Double Album – live from The Ryman on January 12, 2021 at 9pm ET / 8pm CT.

The one night only, full-band Nashville concert will be livestreamed worldwide on Wallen’s YouTube and Facebook pages, showcasing “one of the most exciting stars in the genre” (Forbes) who “walks the line from Waylon to Paisley” (HITS). Fans can tune in to see Wallen perform a selection of Dangerous’ expansive 30 tracks, as shared on his socials earlier today.

Rounding out his skyrocketing year, Wallen continues to break records, notching a second consecutive week atop Apple Music’s all genre pre-add chart with Dangerous. Meanwhile, his current single “7 Summers” climbs at Country radio, and adds short-list mentions as one of the best songs of 2020 from Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, TIME, and Rolling Stone.

Monday, December 14, 2020

EXILE’S CHRISTMAS VIDEO FOR “KID AT HEART” ADDED TO INTERNATIONAL, SYNDICATED AND NATIONAL VIDEO OUTLETS

Rooms To Go Adds Video to 200+ Locations For In Store Entertainment 


Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Members, Exile, recently released a new sentimental Christmas single, “Kid At Heart” and personal lyric video to accompany the release which included family photos of the band members. The reminiscing and timeless lyric video created by Jenny List at Pheasant Productions based in Nashville. 

The video was picked up by Rooms-To-Go for their in-store entertainment and aired on National, International, Syndicated and On Demand outlets for linear rotation to also include Roku and Apple TV. “Kid At Heart” is available for viewing on Heartland TV, DC Networks, Stryk TV, Country Music Channel, Nashville Country TV, My Jam Music and more. 


The song was penned by Exile member, JP Pennington and John Bizzack and distributed for radio airplay on the CDX 2020 Christmas Volume. The song is available for download and streaming on all digital music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music and more here.

"Kid At Heart” was inspired by the way I still feel at Christmas time. It's my hope that it makes others feel the same." shared JP Pennington of Exile. “It was an honor to write this song with John Bizzack, who I have been producing records on and writing with for over a decade.”

"It was both a privilege and a pleasure getting to create a visual interpretation of this beautifully nostalgic song. "Kid At Heart" is a wonderful reminder that childlike joy can be found at any age, and holiday traditions retain their magic throughout life,” expressed video producer, Jennie List. “Getting to illustrate the message of the song through snapshots of the band's own personal lives was such a special project of which to be a part." 

Due to Covid-19 and the song was recorded in three different locations. As the band described, “Files flying everywhere!” The only band member who left their respective town during the whole process was JP Pennington who made two trips to Nashville during the making of this project. “Kid At Heart” was the first recording they made where guitars, vocals and percussion were recorded first. Guitars, vocals, percussion were tracked at Tower Station Studio, Bourbon County, KY. Drums, bass and keyboards recorded and engineered at The DAWg Houze in Hendersonville, TN by Tony Cottrill and mixing and additional percussion was produced by Paul Scholton at County Q Productions in Nashville, TN. The music was mastered by Mike Purcell.

2020 celebrates the 57th anniversary for the band, which formed in Richmond, Ky. Since beginning in 1963 the band has had No. 1 hits on both the pop and country charts, achieving ten No. 1 hits on the country chart. Previous Christmas music released by the group includes their album Wrapped Up in Your Arms for Christmas in 2016 and “Happy Birthday, Jesus” released in 1995 and also recorded by Alabama in 1996. The song was written by JP Pennington along with Teddy Gentry at his farm in Ft. Payne, AL in early 1995.

Pop/country crossover hit-making band will continue to tour performing their greatest hits, fan-favorite on-the-road songs from over the years, and will continue to announce new dates for 2021.

    More information on Exile can be found at http://www.exile.biz/.