Friday, November 25, 2022

GIVE THE GIFT OF SONG THIS YEAR ...

We love this time of year - it's full of love, family, friendship, sharing, eating so much amazing food that makes you believe that those Walmart $5.00 stretchy pants are the best thing ever, opening presents, and of course, the music. 

Get into the Christmas spirit and turn down the noise around you and turn up the music. This season, give the gift that gives back, the gift of music. Put some new music into your new year. The gift of a song gives back more than you realize.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

SKIP EWING CHRISTMAS TOUR DATES

 


ASHLEY McBRYDE EARNS TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS FROM THE RECORDING ACADEMY

Nods for Best Country Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance Mark Her Fifth and Sixth GRAMMY Nominations

With Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville, Arkansas Native Receives Third Consecutive Nomination for Best Country Album

Grand Ole Opry Induction Set for December 10

“Artists laboring in isolation devising complex ways to present precise little songs of innocence and experience...Welcome to Lindeville.” 
– NPR


Set to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry next month and praised by the Los Angeles Times as “one of Nashville’s most emotionally incisive songwriters with a voice that can channel pain as vividly as defiance,” Ashley McBryde continues adding triumphs to her milestone year as she earns her fifth and sixth GRAMMY nominations with Best Country Duo/Group Performance for her chart-topping duet “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” with Carly Pearce and her third nomination for Best Country Album for her critically acclaimed project Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville, which marked her third major label studio release via Warner Music Nashville.

“I’m so proud to be able to share these nominations with so many friends and collaborators – for a duet we wrote and took to No. 1 with Carly and the entire cast of Lindeville, where we gave ourselves the opportunity to change the approach and make decisions based solely on serving the songs,” shares McBryde. “I’ve always said that recognition from the Recording Academy and joining the Grand Ole Opry are the two best things that could ever happen to you as an artist, so here I stand just in awe of this moment. It’s such an honor to be right here right now. And especially in such good company.”

Cited by NPR as “a mischievous, and mightily pleasing, departure from the prescribed progression of a mainstream country career,” Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville was produced by John Osborne and features performances from Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, Aaron Raitiere, Pillbox Patti, Caylee Hammack and Benjy Davis, as AP observes, “McBryde and crew created detail-rich storylines with a John Prine level of empathy and compassion.”

“The very existence of an album like Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville is enough to restore your faith in Nashville, however far afield it might have wandered,” Variety boasts, making it “Country music’s most ambitious and oddball album in recent memory,” emphasizes Esquire.

Celebrated by Rolling Stone as “one of Nashville’s most exciting new exports, an ace songwriter who is also an ace singer and performer,” McBryde “has made abundantly clear over the course of her short but fruitful career, she is principally interested in peeling back the layers and speaking the truth,” asserts Vulture.

Summed up by Stereogum, “There’s a whole lot of beautiful writerly vision at work on Lindeville, but it wouldn’t matter if the songs weren’t great. Guess what? The songs are great… A lot of people put a lot of work into this record, and they made something that resonates on a deep, emotional level. Give it up for them.”

“When it comes out,” McBryde shared with Esquire, “I hope everybody laughs a little bit and I hope everybody says ‘What the f*ck?’ a little bit. Sometimes you look and realize, this town is such a mess, everybody here is a disaster. And in the same breath, in that same three minutes, everybody’s okay. And I love those times. Sometimes I wish I could make that stand still a little bit longer—we’re all a disaster, and it’s beautiful. And that’s true whether it’s a small town or a big city.”

Last week, McBryde was joined by Clark, Hammack, Patti and Osborne on the CMA stage for a rousing rendition of “When Will I Be Loved” after winning Musical Event of the Year for her No. 1 duet with Pearce “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.” Watch the “When Will I Be Loved” performance HERE.

In 2023, McBryde invites you to the revered Ryman Auditorium to experience Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville Live, featuring the cast of collaborators and special guests performing songs from her critically acclaimed album, February 15 and 16. Tickets are available at AshleyMcBryde.com.

Paying homage to the radio programs of yesteryear, McBryde confirms Stereogum’s observation of the ringleader: “Here’s someone who loves and respects the age-old storytelling traditions of country music and who wants to find strange new ways to honor those traditions.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR'S GRAMMY NOMINATED COUNTRY ARTISTS, SONGWRITERS AND PRODUCERS


Huge congratulations to these artists representing the country music genre as nominees for this year's Grammy Awards!


BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE


“Heartfirst” – Kelsea Ballerini

“Something in the Orange” – Zach Bryan

“In His Arms” – Miranda Lambert

“Circles Around This Town” – Maren Morris

“Live Forever” – Willie Nelson


BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE


“Wishful Drinking” – Ingrid Andress & Sam Hunt

“Midnight Rider’s Prayer” – Brothers Osborne

“Outrunnin’ Your Memory” – Luke Combs  & Miranda Lambert

“Does He Love You – Revisited” – Reba & Dolly Parton

“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde

“Going Where The Lonely Go” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss


BEST COUNTRY ALBUM


Growin’ Up – Luke Combs

Palomino – Miranda Lambert

Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville – Ashley McBryde

Humble Quest – Maren Morris

A Beautiful Time – Willie Nelson


BEST COUNTRY SONG


“Circles Around This Town” (Maren Morris) – Ryan Hurd, Julia Michaels, Maren Morris & Jimmy Robbins, songwriters

“Doin’ This” (Luke Combs) – Luke Combs, Drew Parker & Robert Williford, songwriters

“I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” (Taylor Swift) – Lori McKenna & Taylor Swift, songwriters

“If I Was a Cowboy” (Miranda Lambert) – Jesse Frasure & Miranda Lambert, songwriters

“I’ll Love You Till The Day I Die” (Willie Nelson) – Rodney Crowell & Chris Stapleton, songwriters

“‘Til You Can’t” (Cody Johnson) – Matt Rogers & Ben Stennis, songwriters


Congratulations also goes to Laura Veltz for her Songwriter nomination and to Dan Auerbach for his Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nomination

Friday, November 11, 2022

JO DEE MESSINA DUETS WITH COLE SWINDELL ON "SHE HAD ME AT HEADS CAROLINA [REMIX]"

Messina Joined Swindell for a Performance of “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” on Wednesday night’s Nationally-Televised 56th CMA Awards on ABC


CMA-Award winning multi-Platinum selling country star Jo Dee Messina joined two-time CMA Nominee Cole Swindell to release a duet remix of his multi-week No. 1 "She Had Me At Heads Carolina," out everywhere now! Wednesday night at the 56th CMA Awards, Messina and Swindell gave one of the buzziest performances of the night performing the duet remix inspired by her massive 1996 debut song, "Heads Carolina, Tails California." Click HERE to watch the pair's stellar CMA Awards performance. Listen to "She Had Me At Heads Carolina - Remix" featuring Jo Dee Messina.

iHeartCountry called the performance the "CMA Awards Collab of the Century."

Country Now claims “Cole Swindell pulled off the biggest surprise of the CMA Awards when he shocked viewers with a very special guest during his performance: Jo Dee Messina,” and “the audience inside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena went wild at the sight of the country hitmaker.”

Taste of Country said Swindell “transported the 2022 CMA Awards back to the '90s with an energetic performance of his nostalgic track...” and the “crowd let out a joyful cheer as Messina joined Swindell to power through the infectious chorus of her beloved 90s hit.”

Watch the evening’s biggest performances from The 56th CMA Awards at YouTube and the full show is available on Hulu.

Jo Dee Messina Tour Dates:
Dec. 9 - Jackson, Mich. - Michigan Theatre of Jackson
Feb. 18 - N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Alabama Theatre
April 15 - Georgetown, Texas - Two Step Inn 2023
June 9 - Clinton, Iowa - Tailgate N’ Tallboys
June 17 - Winsted, Minn. - Winstock Country Music Festival
July 14 - Chicago, Ill. - Windy City Smokeout
July 22 - Cullman, Ala. - Rock The South
Aug. 4 - Detroit Lakes, Minn. - WE Fest
Aug. 12 - Butler County, Ohio - Voice of America Country Music Fest