Monday, June 27, 2022

STRICKLAND AND CAMPBELL LAUNCH "MARATHON TALENT"


Craig Campbell (l.), Peter Strickland (r.)
Credit: James Isaac Jones Photography

Music industry veterans Peter Strickland and Craig Campbell are joining forces under Marathon Talent, the pair announced jointly today. The company combines Marathon Talent Agency and Campbell Entertainment management clients under a new full-service management and artist development business.

“Craig upholds the values of Marathon Talent, not only in his career but also in his daily lifestyle - being honest, dedicated, trustworthy resilient. His integrity is unshakable,” says Strickland.

A Boston native, Strickland established Marathon Talent Agency in 2018 after rising to Chief Marketing Officer during his tenure at Warner Music Group. A multi-genre management company, the Marathon roster includes Jon Wolfe, comedian Byron Kennedy, and pop artist Maeve Steele, among others. He helped launch the careers of Blake Shelton, Dan+Shay, Faith Hill, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry The Cable Guy, and others. He was recognized as a “Top 50 Power Player” by Billboard Magazine in 2015 and 2017, and is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Music.

“I admired Peter’s career from down the street, while he was at Warner and I was at Sony,” said Campbell. “I really got to know him after he launched Marathon Talent Agency and was drawn to his passion for artists and their music. When he brought up the idea of combining our strengths, it was an easy and enthusiastic ‘yes’.”

Campbell spent nine years at AristoMedia and 14 representing artists like The Chicks, Miranda Lambert, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, and Patty Loveless at Sony Music/Sony BMG Nashville. He launched publicity and artist management company, Campbell Entertainment, in 2008. He brings pianist Kory Caudill and traditionalist Tommy Townsend (with Space Colonel Management) to Marathon Talent and will maintain a select group of publicity clients at Campbell Entertainment. A native of Cincinnati, he is a graduate of MTSU’s Recording Industry Management Program and a 2013 alumnus of Leadership Music.


Thursday, June 16, 2022

"SPRAY PAINTED LINE", THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM FROM COUNTRY MUSIC HITMAKER RAY FULCHER, IS AVAILABLE NOW

On the Eve of the Album Release, Fulcher Had a Message for Listeners


Stream and Download Spray Painted Line HERE

The highly anticipated debut album, "Spray Painted Line". from CMA Triple Play Award winner Ray Fulcher is available now. With over 21 million streams, the fan-favorite "Anything Like You Dance" is at Country radio now. Hours before the album came out, Fulcher took to Instagram to speak to fans and friends directly with this heartfelt and inspiring post HERE

Taken from the opening lines of the album's "All Gas No Brakes," a spray painted line is a starting point, and for this artist's debut record, it's the perfect first chapter that sets the foundation for what Ray Fulcher wants to do moving forward.

"I think there's a lot of real-life in this album," said Fulcher. "Spray Painted Line is so uniquely me, and I'm really excited because it leaves us room for growth, to keep going, and to keep evolving. It sets the foundation for the rest of my artist career."

The new track "John Wayne" is a venture out of the comfort zone for Fulcher, and fans at CMA Music Fest seemed to be embracing the cowboy love song. "It's kind of the first time that we've done something in this lane which makes me excited to see what the fans and new listeners think about it," said Fulcher. "I remember when we were writing it, Paul DiGiovanni played this guitar line, and I fell in love with it because it opened up so many melodies for me. We actually pulled that exact guitar line from the demo into the studio session."

Tracks from Spray Painted Line, including "John Wayne," are now playing on top playlists like Apple Music's New In Country; Amazon Music's Breakthrough Country; Spotify's Breakout Country, New Music Friday Country, New Boots, Next From Nashville, Notable Releases; Tidal's Country Waves and Country Airwaves; and YouTube's Country's New Crop.

Release week came with a packed CMA Music Fest schedule for Fulcher. He supported the album's release with multiple performances, including the Maui Jim Reverb Stage at Bridgestone Plaza, the Crown Royal Lounge, meeting fans at the CMA booth in Fan Fair X, two album release shows at Barlines inside the Omni, and The Valentine. Additionally, Fulcher made his 4th performance at the Grand Ole Opry, a plaza performance in the "Opry Loves The '90s" series, and more.

"I think Spray Painted Line has a lot of stuff in there for people to grab onto as their own," said Fulcher. "Which for me is the most important thing."




Produced by Jonathan Singleton, the 17-track album is released on Larkin Hill Records under an exclusive license to Black River Entertainment.

Spray Painted Line Track Listing:

1. “All Gas No Brakes” (Ray Fulcher, Jordan Walker, Zach Abend)
2. "Sellin' Cars" (Ray Fulcher, Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Lance Miller)
3. "Anything Like You Dance" (Ray Fulcher, Jonathan Singleton, Thom McHugh)
4. "Girl In It" (Ray Fulcher, Erik Dylan, James McNair)
5. "If You Like Your Boys Like That" (Ray Fulcher, Cole Taylor)
6. "John Wayne" (Ray Fulcher, John Pierce, Paul DiGiovanni)
7. “Compliment” (Ray Fulcher, Jacob Durrett)
8. "After The Rain" (Ray Fulcher, Matt Jenkins, Aj Pruis)
9. "Life Changing Money" (Ray Fulcher, Cole Taylor, Paul DiGiovanni, Jamie Paulin)
10."So Far So Bad" (Ray Fulcher, Jonathan Singleton, Matt Roy)
11. "Bucket List Beers" (Ray Fulcher, Luke Combs, Tim Nichols, Chris Yarber)
12. "The Battle of Betty's Love" (Eric Church, Jon Stone)
13 "Damn If It Didn't Hurt" (Ray Fulcher, Jordan Walker, Drew Parker)
14. "Love Ya Son, Go Dawgs" (Jordan Walker, Ben Hayslip)
15. "Hearts To Break" (Ray Fulcher, Jonathan Singleton)
16. "Way Out" (Ray Fulcher, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite, Michael Ray, Taylor Phillips, Andrew DeRoberts)
17. "Sorry, Heart" (Ray Fulcher, Jameson Rodgers, Dan Isbell)


Fulcher continues to tour this summer in support of the new album and "Anything Like You Dance" at Country radio.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

6/24/22 – Country Fest - Cadott, WI

6/25/22 – Shore Side Pub & Grub with Chris Janson - Manson, IA

7/10/22 – Log Still Distillery with Ashley McBryde - New Haven, KY

7/23/22 – Faster Horses - Brooklyn, MI

8/05/22 – WE Fest - Detroit Lakes, MN

8/12/22 – Tidalwave Music Festival - Atlantic City, NJ

9/03/22 – Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater with Jake Owen - Farmingville, NY

10/19/22 – Meyer Theatre - Green Bay, WI *

10/21/22 – Crystal Grand Music Theatre - Wisconsin Dells, WI *

10/22/22 – The Des Plaines Theatre - Des Plaines, IL *

10/27/22 – Thrasher-Horne Center - Orange Park, FL *

10/29/22 – The Cameo Theater - Bristol, VA *

11/03/22 – Hoyt Sherman Place - Des Moines, IA *

11/11/22 – Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN *

* Craig Morgan's God, Family, Country, Tour dates (more here)

JON WOLFE ANNOUNCES GRAND OLD OPRY DEBUT

 


Midway through the best touring year of his career - making stops from Texas to Iowa and Tennessee to Washington - country recording artist Jon Wolfe has been invited to make his debut on the legendary Grand Ole Opry Friday, September 9, 2022. The Oklahoma native began his country music career over a decade ago, and as with most singer/songwriters, this is a moment he has dreamed of every step of the way.

“The thought of standing on the same stage as the legends that have paved the way for me to do what I do is almost beyond words for me,” says Wolfe. “From Hank Williams to George Jones to Garth Brooks and every legend in between that has sculpted Country Music, it’s hard to believe I’ll be stepping on the most historic and respected stage that they once have. I take this moment in my career with the ultimate gratitude and awe – I just hope I can make them proud! This is definitely one of those moments that I know I will remember for the rest of my life.”

From small town Oklahoma to the bustling city of commodities trading floor to the dance halls and honky-tonks of Texas to Music Row, Jon Wolfe has been known for his traditional voice and unique storytelling abilities. His current single, A Cowgirl Like You, from his highly acclaimed Dos Corazones album produced by GRAMMY nominated producer Dave Brainard, lives among the Top 5 songs across the Texas radio charts.

Tickets are now available at Opry.com.

For tour dates and to learn more about Jon Wolfe, visit jonwolfecountry.com.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

DEAR DADS, THIS "MIXTAPE" IS FOR YOU: SPOTIFY PLAYLIST FOR FATHER'S DAY


Father's Day is coming up quickly, this Sunday, June 19. Thank you to the fathers out there and to those who have stepped up to the role in the absence of biological fathers. Thank you for the love, the shelter, the trust, the warnings, the "loans" we never could afford to repay, the lessons, the "how to drive a stick shift" experience, the singing in the car, the whippings when we needed them, the late night pacing when we didn't come home on time, the comfort after having our hearts broken and the struggles you endured so your families wouldn't have to. Sunday is your day. We love you and appreciate all of you. These songs are for you.

You might wanna grab some Kleenex.

THESE SONGS ARE FOR YOU, DADS!



Rodney Atkins - "Watching You"

Jeff Carson - "The Car"

Conway Twitty - "That's My Job"

Gary Allan - "Tough Little Boys"

Trace Adkins - "Just Fishin"

Trace Adkins - "You're Gonna Miss This"

Randy Travis - "He Walked on Water"

Chuck Wicks - "Stealing Cinderella"

Tim McGraw - "My Little Girl"

Lee Brice - "Boy"

Heartland - "I Loved Her First"

Luke Combs - "Even Though I'm Leaving"

Confederate Railroad - "Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind"

Bob Carlisle - "Butterfly Kisses"

Brad Paisley - "He Didn't Have To Be"

Brad Paisley - "Anything Like Me"

Alan Jackson - "Drive (For Daddy Gene)"

Holly Dunn - "Daddy's Hands"

The Oak Ridge Boys - "Thank God for Kids"

Kellie Coffey - "Dance with My Father"

Sawyer Brown - "The Walk"

Tammy Graham - "A Dozen Red Roses"

Larry Boone - "Don't Give Candy to a Stranger" (Not Available For Streaming)

Paul Overstreet - "Seein' My Father in Me"

Thomas Rhett - "Things Dads Do"

Jason Blaine - "Dance With My Daughter"

Billy Dean - "Let Them Be Little"

Ashley McBryde - "Bible and a .44"

Lady A - "Things He Handed Down"

Elvie Shane - "My Boy"

Matt Stillwell - "Hey Dad"

William Michael Morgan - "I Know Who He Is"

The Shires - "Daddy's Little Girl"

Ashley Monroe - "Daddy I Told You"

Keith Anderson - "I Still Miss You"

Kane Brown - "For My Daughter"

Carrie Underwood - "All-American Girl"

Lonestar - "Mr. Mom"

Ricky Van Shelton - "Keep it Between The Lines"

George Strait - "Love Without End, Amen"

George Strait - "The Best Day"

Craig Campbell - "Family Man"

Craig Campbell - "When She Grows Up"

Loretta Lynn - "They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore"

Kenny Chesney - "There Goes My Life"

Dolly Parton - "Daddy Come and Get Me"

Luke Bryan - "Build Me a Daddy"

Keith Urban - "Song For Dad"

Cole Swindell - "You Should Be Here"

Billy Ray Cyrus - "Ready, Set, Don't Go"

Darius Rucker - "It Won't Be Like This For Long"

Zac Brown Band - "My Old Man"

Doug Supernaw - "I Don't Call Him Daddy"

Reba McEntire - "The Greatest Man I Never Knew"

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

MIRANDA LAMBERT BRINGS SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY TO FANS WITH WALMART EXCLUSIVE WANDA JUNE HOME COLLECTION

A Warm and Sassy Assortment of Stylish, Approachable and Affordable Entertaining Essentials and Home Décor Inspired by the Most Influential Women in Lambert’s Life


Photo Credit: Emily Dorio /  Courtesy of Walmart

Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and three-time GRAMMY Award winner Miranda Lambert continues to find new ways to connect with fans, as evidenced by today’s launch of her Wanda June Home collection available now exclusively at Walmart.com.

Inspired by three generations of warm and sassy Southern hospitality, Wanda June Home by Miranda Lambert is designed to help create a warm, comfortable, casual gathering place where everyone can feel at home – at the incredible prices Walmart customers can count on.

“Wanda June Home is named after the two most influential women in my life, my mom Beverly June Lambert and my grandma Wanda Louise Coker, a.k.a. Nonny. They both taught me everything I know about being a woman and how to make a warm home full of laughter, love and memories. That's really the heart of my Wanda June Home brand,” shares Lambert. “The products are a physical representation of a long line of beautiful memories with amazing women. I am thrilled to launch Wanda June Home with Walmart where my grandpa was a greeter back in the day and where I’ve shopped all my life.”

Starting today, Wanda June Home will offer more than 80 kitchen, bar, tabletop and home décor items priced from $12.97-$170, with most pieces under $30. The inaugural collection is designed to mix, match and collect, with tabletop essentials inspired by Lambert’s own Southwestern retro farm kitchen, like the Vintage Stripe Porcelain Dish Set ($39.97), fun and feisty barware, including the Saucy Sippers Stainless Steel Stemless Set ($20.98), and home décor that features Lambert’s take on Southern charm – the Jersey Knit Fringe Pillows ($20.88) are a great example. Shop Wanda June Home now at Walmart.com/wandajunehome.

“The Wanda June Home line is a truly authentic collaboration that’s only available to Walmart customers, and we know they are going to love Miranda’s approachable, warm and charming take on entertaining essentials and home décor at fantastic values,” said Anthony Soohoo, EVP, Home at Walmart. “It’s our mission to build the easiest place to shop for home design by allowing our customers to save time, effort and money. The Wanda June collection is the latest example of how Walmart is continuing to expand and elevate our assortment to democratize style for our customers.”

Wanda June Home joins Walmart’s portfolio of popular exclusive product lines, including Beautiful by Drew Barrymore, Gap Home, The Home Edit, The Pioneer Woman, Queer Eye and My Texas House. Following this inaugural collection, new Wanda June Home items and collections will drop seasonally.

The Wanda June Home line adds to an already exciting season for Lambert, whose new album Palomino arrived as the highest debuting Country album of 2022 shortly after she was awarded the Academy of Country Music’s top honor, Entertainer of the Year. She also celebrated the finale of The Bandwagon Tour this past weekend with a performance of her Palomino album cut “Actin’ Up” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and reprised the song on ABC’s broadcast of “TIME100: The World’s Most Influential People” in celebration of her inclusion on the distinguished list of honorees. Lambert will once again take the stage this fall as her Velvet Rodeo residency takes over the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas starting in September. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit MirandaLambert.com.