Friday, August 23, 2019


If you're looking for new artists and you're getting tired of the same old Top 40 repetition on today's country radio, check out these names you may or may not be familiar with. Some songs listed are new, some may have been out for quite awhile, and all are of various styles because one taste doesn't suit all palates. Some may also be veteran artists that you might already love or some of country's most talented songwriters.

I'm simply introducing you to artists you might enjoy and music you might connect with. There's such a wide world of artists and songs out there to broaden your listening base and beyond what radio is telling us is good music. Don't limit yourself to radio when there are so many other outlets where truly good music can be found.

If you find yourself liking any of these artists, please follow them on social media and let them know you enjoy their music. Please be sure to talk about and share any of the songs and artists you like on this list. I'm sure they'd appreciate it! One more thing, if you purchase and download a song, please be sure to leave a review. These help the artists and their teams more than you realize. If you like the song, let them know why you love it. If not, be constructive and honest (not mean) about why you don't like it so much.















Wednesday, August 21, 2019


Country Music Hall of Fame group ALABAMA is postponing the remainder of its "50th Anniversary Tour" due to lead singer Randy Owen's ongoing complications with cluster migraines and vertigo. The group had hoped to continue its record-breaking 50-city tour, however, doctors have advised more time is needed for Owen to fully recover.

Today, ALABAMA bass player and vocalist Teddy Gentry released the following statement:

"The '50th Anniversary Tour' has been very special to us. The support of the fans and their energy at all of our shows has led to some of the most fun we've ever had onstage. As disappointed as myself, Randy, and Jeff are to have to postpone this tour for all of our incredible fans, we know that Randy's recovery is what is most important for everyone at this time. We would like to thank our fans, promoters, and venues and we look forward to seeing you all soon."

Rescheduled dates for the tour will be announced in the coming weeks.


90s Country Music Revival, Fan Enthusiasm Bolsters Tour's Success

Genre-defining 90s country music bands Shenandoah, Restless Heart and BlackHawk wrapped up their "Triple Threat Tour" last week, concluding the popular trek at the Brown County Fair in Aberdeen, SD.

With the demand for 90s country music making a resurgence within country music's fanbase, the "Triple Threat Tour" brought together three of the most iconic bands from that decade. Organized by Romeo Entertainment Group, the bands performed to packed out audiences across the nation, most recently in Sioux Falls, SD, Billings, MT, Sterling, CO, and Aberdeen, SD.

"Our office was so excited in having a hand in putting together the 'Triple Threat Tour,'" says Romeo Entertainment Group's Bob Romeo. "It's been something we've looked forward to at multiple fairs and festivals this summer, and the artists did not disappoint. The response from both the clients and the patrons was awesome!"

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Dream to Enter the Famous Circle Comes True September 7

CJ Solar has seen many dreams come true since he started writing, recording and touring, but few dreams compare to the call he received from the Grand Ole Opry inviting him to make his debut appearance on the hallowed stage. On September 7, 2019, the MusicRow “Independent Artist of the Year” will perform in the famous circle for the first time.

“It’s been a dream of mine to stand on the circle, since I attended my first Opry performance with my parents on a trip to Nashville when I was 12 . . . it inspired me to move to Nashville and want to make Country music,” said CJ. “Always said this was the biggest bucket list moment for me in Nashville, and I can’t believe it’s happening!!”

CJ was in seventh grade during that family trip to Music City. The visit included many of the traditional Nashville destinations, but the Opry was highest on everyone’s list. Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton performed on the show that night, and CJ distinctly remembers making a quality decision to follow in their footsteps.

Ironically, CJ interned for and was later signed as a staff writer at Sea Gayle Music, a Nashville music publishing company co-owned by Brad Paisley. CJ co-wrote every song on his Get Away With It and Hard One To Turn Down EPs and his upcoming EP, and he celebrated his first #1 Country single as a songwriter with Morgan Wallen’s “Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line.

Last week, fans received news of the release of CJ’s new single, “Coming My Way,” to Country radio on August 27, 2019. The single will be the title track to his upcoming third EP. Listen to the new single on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube and Amazon now.

This weekend, CJ will open for one of his musical heroes Hank Williams, Jr. in Morgantown, WV on Friday and Corbin, KY on Saturday. The following weekend he will open for 38 Special, and he will be back out opening for Gary Allan through September.

CJ will join Dailey & Vincent, Williams & Ree, Sylvia and his buddy and frequent co-writer Travis Denning the night he makes his Opry debut. A large crowd is expected from his hometown of Baton Rouge, and fans from as far as New York have indicated they will make the trek to Nashville. Tickets can be purchased here.

CJ Solar Tour Dates:

Aug 23, 2019
Morgantown, WV
Mylan Park w/ Hank Jr 

Aug 24, 2019 - Corbin, KY
Southeastern KY Agricultural and Expo Complex w/ Hank Jr 

Aug 30, 2019 - Belton, TX
Bell County Expo Center w/ 38 Special 

Sep 12, 2019 - Birmingham, AL
BJCC Concert Hall W/ Gary Allan 

Sep 13, 2019 - Seaside Heights, NJ
Seaside Heights Festival 

Sep 19, 2019 - Augusta, GA
Bell Auditorium w/ Gary Allan 

Sep 20, 2019 - Glen Allen, VA
Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series w/ Gary Allan 

Sep 21, 2019
Jim Thorpe, PA
Penn's Peak w/ Gary Allan 

Sep 27, 2019
South Charleston, SC
North Charleston Performing Arts Center w/ Gary Allan 

Sep 28, 2019
Raleigh, NC
Memorial Auditorium w/ Gary Allan


CMT to Air Country Powerhouse’s Film on Channel 

Randy Houser's film, inspired by his critically-acclaimed album, Magnolia is now available. Drawing from the heartbreak, grit and working-class rawness of his latest album and the life stories he’s collected along the way,  Houser created a film of the same name as both a visual representation his heavily-lauded work, and a narrative film thematically based on the music. Magnolia (the film) can be found on digital platforms including iTunes here —the film will also soon air on CMT.

In celebration of the release of the film, Houser hosted several VIP screenings over the past week at the Grand Ole Opry and in Los Angeles. Houser continued his adventures to New York City where he made several media stops and treated Billboard Live and Paste Live fans to incredible stripped down performances of some of Magnolia’s stand-out tracks.

“After the album was complete, we were discussing plans for music videos and I wanted to make sure to visually tell the story of each song while keeping the feel of Magnolia still intact—because it has a mood to it,” said Houser. “We created a film instead of dicing up the album into fragmented music videos so people could take in the music of the album in one sitting and digest it as one body of work, as it was intended.”

Directed by Justin Nolan Key, the film was authentically shot in Houser's home state of Mississippi, providing the perfect backdrop to highlight his rootsy melodies and swampy guitar licks. Mirroring the blue-collar sentiments of Magnolia’s lyrics, the film follows Noah, an oil pipeline/rig worker as he returns home to the Gulf Coast and must confront his past while also determining his future. In the film, Houser plays a local bartender/singer at the town dive and performs several live acoustic versions select songs off the album, including his latest single, “No Stone Unturned.” See the trailer for Magnolia here.

Houser's fingerprints can be found on every inch of the project, serving as executive producer for the film and having co-wrote every song on the album. This body of music began as a passion project and a way to recalibrate to become Houser's most authentic and gutsiest project to date. He spent nearly two years on a journey of self-exploration through music, pulling from his Mississippi roots to cultivate an organic, un-polished work of art that NPR calls “some of the most expressive performances of his career.” Despite this new season of life, Randy’s unshakable, wailing vocals (that earned him four #1 hits, a slew of award nominations and critical acclaim), remain constant.
Critical praise for Magnolia:

“He’s in his element, and truly going for it” –NPR

“It’s a spine-tingling performance that puts him neck and neck with Chris Stapleton.” - Rolling Stone

“It’s a showstopper that puts Houser’s career on a whole new level, a sign that his artistry is now more important than success.”

- Newsday

“Houser is known for having one of the most soulful and expressive voices in country music. He’s at his best on ‘No Good Place to Cry’” 

– USA Today

“We put out a list of our favorite country albums of 2019 (so far), and in my own personal opinion, Randy Houser’s Magnolia is the best of them. And the best song, from the best album of 2019 so far… his new single, ‘No Stone Unturned.’” 

–Whiskey Riff

“Randy Houser may have put out one of the best Country records you’ll hear from a major label all year.”

 –Saving Country Music

“An excellent entry into a sturdy catalog that finds the Mississippi native seamlessly layering rock, blues, and soul onto his vintage country foundation like a master craftsman." 

–Entertainment Weekly

“The best country songs create a visual without help from a music video or stage performance. "No Stone Unturned" is a song you can hear, feel and see in vivid color … Houser is among country music's most dynamic vocalists, capable of hushing a room with the power of — or vulnerability in — his voice.” 

–Taste of Country

“Magnolia further cements why Houser is deemed one of country music’s most esteemed vocalists.” 

– Sounds Like Nashville

“It's a stunning country vocal that feels effortless…. he's a dead-serious storyteller. When he leans into those talents as he does during ‘What Whiskey Does,’ he's without comparison.”

 - Taste of Country
Randy Houser, who has earned a reputation over the years for filling every nook and cranny of the room with his thick, commanding vocals, will take the music of Magnolia out on the road this fall on his headlining tour. Kicking off in October, the tour will go through the end of the year and embody the spirit of Houser’s new single, “No Stone Unturned,” which is an “addictive” (Whiskey Riff), “vocal gem” (Nash Country Daily), “galloping grove” (NPR) of a traveling song that tells the tale of  "a restless wanderer who can 'always find one hell of a time' while he’s searching for himself” (Rolling Stone).

Dates can be found below, for additional information and to buy tickets, visit

Photo Credit:  Grand Ole Opry LLC.
(Chris Hollo, photographer)

Photo Credit: Billboard 

Photo Credit: Paste