Saturday, November 21, 2020

LOVIN’ LYRICS MUSICAL MISTLE-TOAST TO THE END OF 2020 - A CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST


This is the season of gratitude. It’s a season to tune in to what we are most thankful for and express appreciation for the gifts we’ve been given. One of the gifts we should be most thankful for is music. It affects us in so many ways we don’t even recognize or know about. So get rid of your resting Grinch face because here is our musical mistle-toast to a Christmas of peace, love and a Santa-mental reminder of the connection between all of us. Have your elf a merry little Christmas and thank you for another year of friendship and support!

Love, 
Jenn

Track Listing:


1.) "Tennessee Christmas" - Home Free featuring Rachel Wammack

2.) "Christmas in Dixie" - Home Free featuring Alabama

3.) "It Wasn't His Child" - Lucas Hoge

4.) " Go Tell It on the Mountain" - Lee Brice

5.) "We Need Christmas" - Maddie and Tae

6.) "Jingle Bell Rock" - Dylan Scott

7.) "Step Into Christmas" - Clare Dunn

8.) "Sleigh Ride" - Runaway June

9.) "I'll Be Home for Christmas" - Cam

10.) "Christmas Always Finds Me" - Ingrid Andress

11.) "Christmas With You" - Gabrielle Metz

12.) "What Does Christmas Mean to Me" - Jimmie Allen, Louis York and The Shindellas

13.) "My Christmas Lights" - Taylon Hope

14.) "Mary Did You Know?" - Juna & Joey

15.) "Classic" - Dallas Smith

16.) "O Holy Night" - Emily Ann Roberts

17.) "The Christmas Song" - Maggie Rose

18.) "Jingle Bells" - Johnny Reid

19.) "All I Want for Christmas is You" - Patrick Droney

20.) "Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas" - Dolly Parton and Michael Buble

21.) "The First Noel" - Gabby Barrett

22.) "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" - Hunter Brothers

23.) "Frosty the Snowman" - Brett Kissell

24.) "Family for Christmas" - Jason Blaine

25.) "Jingle My Bells" - Cory Marks

26.) "Christmas Don't Be Late" - Kacey Musgraves

27.) "Merry Christmas Darling" - Brandy Clark and Charlie Worsham

28.) "Christmas Cookies" - George Strait

29.) "Down Home Christmas" - The Oak Ridge Boys

30.) "Happier New Year (Christmas is Cancelled)" - Maggie Rose


Friday, November 20, 2020

COLLIN RAYE DROPS FIRST NEW ALBUM IN OVER A DECADE, “SCARS”


Fans have been waiting over a decade for multi-platinum selling country music artist Collin Raye to release all-new original material. Today marks the global release of his new album, SCARS (BFD / Audium Nashville).
 
CMT.com hails Raye as “one of the most consistent stars of the '90s,” best known for his sentimental, emotive ballads (“Love, Me,” “Little Rock”), but he has never been known as a songwriter in the industry. However, SCARS changes that persona as Raye wrote twelve tracks alongside his brother, Scotty Wray, who wrote four. 
 
Wray is the reason Raye was able to recruit Miranda Lambert for the title track, “Scars,” so easily. Not only did Wray write “Scars,” but he has been a member of Lambert’s backing band, since she was 17 years old. 
 
People calls the new tune “melancholic, yet empowering,” while Taste of Country applauds its “powerful harmonies” and CMT.com recognizes its “poignant” and “emotional” complexity. 
 
“Miranda has always loved the song and has performed it herself during some acoustic writers nights," explains Raye. "She has often talked of recording it but wasn't sure she was old enough to 'sell it,' as the subject matter has to do with a person looking back on their life and learning to appreciate and embrace the emotional scars they have developed. I personally think she sang it beautifully and poignantly. However, it landed on me and having her sweet, sincere, unmistakable voice singing harmony with me is truly a blessing and simply anoints the song."    
 
Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill also makes an appearance on the project, lending his voice to the western swing-inspired “Rodeo Girl.” Reuniting the two friends, Gill was featured on Raye’s debut label single in the '90s, “All I Can Be (Is a Sweet Memory).” 
 
SCARS is filled with full-circle moments for Raye from collaborating with Gill to catching up with Lambert, Raye started his musical career with his brother. The two went separate ways musically in the '90s but 30 years later came back together to write and sing with each other again on this record. 
 
Raye's new compilation was produced by David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, Charley Pride) and features The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach on electric guitar.
 
“This is the most eclectic and personal album I’ve ever recorded," continues Raye. "I’ve never had a label say, ‘we only want to release songs that you’ve written, and you can have total freedom in the studio.' I’ve always wanted to do an Americana album and when I think Americana, to me it combines all genres — a little bit folk, bluegrass, country, jazz, R&B, rock-n-roll — it’s a little bit of everything, so I was immediately on board. I’m so proud of this album and excited for it to be out!” 
 
Listen to SiriusXM’s Prime Country this Sunday, November 22 at 1:00 p.m. / ET to hear Raye share the intimate details behind making the album. 

For more, watch Raye’s in-studio visit with Bobby Bones on iHeartRadio’s The Bobby Bones Show here. 
 
SCARS is out now and available everywhere music is sold or streamed. Download now here: https://orcd.co/CollinRayeScars 
 
SCARS Track Listing:

1. Ghost Story (Scotty Wray) 
2. Scars (w/ Miranda Lambert) (Scotty Wray, Tony Ramey) 
3. Bad Storm Coming Tonight (Pat McLaughlin, Joe Allen, Collin Raye)
4. Dancing Alone in the Street (Collin Raye) 
5. Never Going Back There Again (Collin Raye, Britanny Raye, Michael Curtis, Troy Powers)
6. Loved By An Angel (Pat McLaughlin, David Ferguson, Collin Raye) 
7. Rodeo Girl (w/ Vince Gill) (Pat McLaughlin, David Ferguson, Collin Raye) 
8. Chasing Renee (Collin Raye, Jacob Wray) 
9. I’ve Got A Lot to Drink About (Collin Raye, Shaunna Larkin) 
10. Ever Making Up Time (Collin Raye, Gene Lasage) 
11. Let It Go Away (Joe Allen, Collin Raye, David Ferguson) 
12. Rock ’n’ Roll Bone (Collin Raye) 
13. Young As We’re Ever Gonna Be (Scotty Wray, Collin Raye) 
14. Mama Sure Could Sing (Scotty Wray, Collin Raye) 
 
Produced by David Ferguson
Mixed by David Ferguson and Sean Sullivan
Mastered by Richard Dodd
Recorded at The Butcher Shoppe Studio in Nashville, Tennessee



OUTLAW COUNTRY ROCKER WARD DAVIS RELEASES NEW FULL LENGTH ALBUM “BLACK CATS AND CROWS”


“Call it real, call it authentic, call it actual country music with an actual soul. Whatever you want to call it, know this, they don’t make guys like Ward Davis on today’s Music Row.”
 - American Songwriter
 
“It’s an outstanding country-rock album that will leave fans wanting more from this songwriter coming into his own.” 
- Farce The Music

Kicking off with a blaze of harmonized electric guitars sounding like when the Allman’s Elizabeth Reed checked into the Eagles’ Hotel California, Ward Davis’ new album Black Cats and Crows doesn’t waste a second on formalities. Out today on Thirty Tigers, Black Cats and Crows is triumph on all fronts. A muscly country-rock record filled with murderous story songs, heartbreaking vulnerability, and that unmistakable voice—Davis’s weathered croon, barrel-aged then left out in the sun—are all brought to life through Davis’s and producer Jim “Moose” Brown’s care for their craft and disdain for sterility. Ahead of its release, Black Cats and Crows garnered praise from No Depression who said “Davis’ skills as a songwriter were defined long before this record through his work with others, but his soulful vocals and multi-instrumental capabilities allow him to shine as a performer as well,” and Rolling Stone, who noted that the new album “highlights Davis’ introspective songwriting and his evocative piano stylings.”

Without listening to a note of Black Cats and Crows, the company kept in the liner notes alone—co-writers Cody Jinks, Kendell Marvel, and Shawn Camp—will tip off any discerning music fan on how respected Davis is as a songwriter. Of course, his own songwriting history precedes him too, having written tunes for the likes of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Trace Adkins. “This is my coping mechanism. I know music is a coping mechanism for a lot of people,” Davis says. “It’s important that it’s crafted well, but it’s also important that it’s honest so that people can relate to it and get something out of it.” But it’s not just songwriters that have taken notice. Among the world-class musicians who took part in the recording of Black Cats and Crows, a name not too often thrown around in the world of country music appears; Anthrax’s Scott Ian, who guested on the ominous murder ballad, “Sounds of Chains.”


In addition to the guitar-driven tunes, several songs on Black Cats and Crows also remedy the often-overlooked role of the piano in outlaw music. A fine pianist who shrugs off any praise of his own playing, Davis looks up to the slip-note stylings of master Floyd Cramer. “He would do these little flickers with the keys that aren’t complicated but really create a sound,” Davis says. “I mimic him a lot.” Kicking off with piano and fiddle, “Threads” lays a weary heart bare, while the beautifully written “Good to Say Goodbye” traces the push and pull that ensues when it’s time to go. “Good and Drunk” is a lesson in songwriting, heartbreaking and real. “That was a hard one to write,” Davis says. “It was a bad day. I came home from a tour with Sunny Sweeney, and my ex-wife had packed up everything and put the boxes in the garage. I was sitting there alone, hungover, wanting a whiskey drink, and I realized I didn’t know where the whiskey was. But I had my legal pad out. So, I started writing this song.”


Davis mines his own worries and pain for a song without ever forgetting the other person who will eventually listen to it. “I want people to know these songs mean something to me,” he says. “I hope they mean something to them. Maybe they’ll hear something that’ll make them feel better.”


Black Cats and Crows Track Listing:


Ain’t Gonna Be Today
Black Cats and Crows
Threads
Sounds of Chains
Get To Work Whiskey
Colorado
Book Of Matches
Heaven Had A Hand
Where I Learned To Live
Papa And Mama
Lay Down On Love
Nobody
Good To Say Goodbye
Good And Drunk







Tuesday, November 17, 2020

BILLY GILMAN MAKES HIS 'COMING HOME TO COUNTRY' LIVESTREAM EVENT AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND THROUGH MYSONGBIRD.COM

Launches New Merchandise In Time For The Holidays


Four-time Billboard Music award winner and American Music Award winner Billy Gilman performed a one-hour special livestream last month, 'Coming Home To Country,' in Nashville, Tennessee, where his career started 20 years ago with the release of his debut single “One Voice”. As a recent (2016) runner-up on NBC’s The Voice, on Adam Levine’s team, Gilman has proven that his vocal style and technique can cross genres, yet, he remains loyal to Country music!

“I had so much fun performing back in Nashville and catching up with old friends,” says Billy Gilman. “It’s so hard to believe it’s been twenty years since my first release. I am really excited about this new music and to offer up this opportunity for fans to watch a concert during these crazy times we are living in.”

Fans can purchase access to the livestream event for $4.99 at: shop.mysongbird.com/collections/billy-gilman

Fans can get a free sampling of Gilman’s performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” as well as check out the new merchandise offerings.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

KAMERON MARLOWE DEBUT EP AVAILABLE NOW


Rising star Kameron Marlowe’s self-titled EP is available now.

“Never in a million years did I think I would be releasing my debut EP under Columbia Nashville,” said Marlowe. “These songs are my journey from heartbreak to starting over and chasing a dream. I thought I would be the guy selling car parts for the rest of my life and now I’m here.”

The exciting new talent is quickly establishing himself as one to watch, as Entertainment Focus declared “With his self-titled EP Kameron Marlowe is making a bold statement.” NY Country Swag echoed “Kameron Marlowe is the real deal, and it is only just the beginning for the budding star,” and MusicRow touted Marlowe as “Super promising.” EverythingNash praised “If country music had a missing link, it might have just been found with Kameron Marlowe.”

Kameron Marlowe EP

1. Giving You Up (Kameron Marlowe)
2. Sober as a Drunk (Marv Green, J.T. Harding, Justin Wilson)
3. Goin’ There Today (Dan Isbell, Reid Isbell, Drew Parker)
4. Burn ‘Em All (Kameron Marlowe, Brinley Addington, Aaron Eshuis, Joey Hyde)
5. Hungover (Kameron Marlowe, Joe Clemmons, Aaron Eshuis, Matthew Gatewood)
6. Leavin’ to Me (Kameron Marlowe, Kyle James)




Photo credit: Matthew Berinato