Friday, March 20, 2020

CHEVEL SHEPHERD’S “EVERYBODY’S GOT A STORY” & “MAMA GOT THE CHAIR” OUT TODAY

First Two Songs Off Her Forthcoming EP Available Today

 “Everybody’s Got A Story” Penned by Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark

“Mama Got the Chair” Shares the Other Side of “The Chair,” George Strait’s 1985 No. 1 Hit


Listen to both new songs Here

After winning over the hearts of America and taking home the proverbial crown on Season 15 of NBC’s “The Voice,” what comes next? For 17-year-old, powerhouse vocalist Chevel Shepherd it means becoming a quick study, not just in the course work she is completing to graduate high school this May, but also of the music industry itself.

Part of that industry education included a first-ever stop at last month’s Country Radio Seminar (CRS) where Shepherd revealed to The Washington Post she’d be independently releasing new music. Two of those new songs are available now. The reflective “Everybody’s Got A Story,” penned by Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark and clever “Mama Got the Chair,” which explores the other side of “The Chair,” George Strait’s 1985 No. 1 hit, are the first of several releases leading up to Shepherd’s debut EP later this summer.

“I grew up listening to country music,” shares Shepherd. “I’ve always loved the classics like Loretta Lynn, Reba, Tanya Tucker and the Dixie Chicks. These new songs really embrace that kind of traditional country sound, but I’ve put my own twist on them. I hope you guys love them as much as I do!”

Part of Shepherd’s continuing education at CRS included a panel discussion hosted by CMT regarding the challenges facing women and airplay on country radio. The statistics for a new female artist could be daunting for some, but Shepherd is undeterred, sharing with Rolling Stone, “This data doesn’t deter me. It can’t. I’m proud to be a female country singer and am proud of the music the women in this format continue to create…Country is who I am.”

During her run on “The Voice,” Cowboys & Indians declared that Shepherd “stands poised to become Generation Z’s newest country music star.” But the young dynamo wasn’t interested in overnight success. So, the wise-beyond-her-years vocalist walked away from the recording contract that comes with winning “The Voice” in order to maintain creative control of her sound. While fans have been patiently awaiting new music, the Farmington, N.M. native has been traveling between her home and Nashville carefully selecting songs by acclaimed songwriters and scoring studio time with the help of “Voice” coach turned mentor, Kelly Clarkson.

Raised on country music and the outdoors, Shepherd grew up feeding animals on the farm, barrel racing in the rodeo, fixing up cars with her dad and singing almost before she could walk, certainly well before walking onto “The Voice” stage and onto team Kelly. When it comes to the new songs and her forthcoming EP, Shepherd knows how invaluable Clarkson’s support was to her creative process sharing with The Post, “I got to pick the songs and I got to record it here in Nashville. Kelly just being a part of it, it’s been a blessing.”

In addition to the songwriting prowess of award-winners Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark on “Everybody’s Got A Story,” new track “Mama Got the Chair” was written by Nora Collins, Nick Donley and Shepherd’s fellow “Voice” contestant Dave Fenley. Both tracks, produced by Todd Tidwell (Kelly Clarkson, Cody Johnson, Reba, Ashley Monroe) and recorded with an in-studio band, solidify Shepherd’s commitment to a more traditional country sound. The honesty of “Everybody’s Got A Story” coupled with what PEOPLE calls “a larger than life voice,” creates a memorable ode to small town life while “Mama Got the Chair,” coated in Shepherd’s rich vocals, shares the rest of the story from Strait’s romantic tale of a chance bar room encounter. Stay tuned on details for more new music from Shepherd soon.

For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit chevelshepherd.com

#NOWPLAYING: SONGS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO - FRIDAY, MARCH 20 (#QUARANTUNES EDITION)


While we're all stuck in this situation, now is a great time to check out new music and increase your music collection and add to your playlists. Support the independent artists and songwriters right now, they truly need it. If you can afford to right now, please go to their websites and purchase music and merchandise. Purchasing directly from an independent artist or songwriter puts the most money directly in their pocket.

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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 like these, great, if you don't, that's ok too - at least give them a listen.

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 stream or 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.

#SHARETHEMUSIC

THIS WEEK'S ARTISTS

"BETTER OFF"



"CAN'T NOT"



BIGG VINNY MACK
"THE GOOD LIFE"



GRETCHEN PETERS
"WHY YOU BEEN GONE SO LONG"



TEDDY ROBB
"ME ON YOU"



EMILY ANN ROBERTS
"HOW THE CAR'S RUNNING"



CHEVEL SHEPHERD
"EVERYBODY'S GOT A STORY"



JOHN ANDERSON
"I'M STILL HANGIN' ON"



ADAM BRAND
"FLY"



MATT KENNON
"THAT'S EVERYTHING"



BENTON BLOUNT
"WRONG SIDE"





Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COMPILATION CD - "LOVE LIVES ON" - FEATURING BILLY RAY CYRUS, VINCE GILL, JOHN RICH, LONESTAR, ALL-4-ONE, GATLIN BROTHERS AND MORE AVAILABLE FRIDAY, MAY 22

LOVE LIVES ON

A ONE-OF-A-KIND MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN OF SERVICE
FEATURING VOCAL PERFORMANCES BY BILLY RAY CYRUS, VINCE GILL,
JOHN RICH, LONESTAR, ALL-4-ONE, GATLIN BROTHERS AND MORE
AVAILABLE FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020

10 Tracks Co-written By TAPS Military Families And Notable Songwriters
Proceeds To Benefit TAPS And Its Families


 Roots & American Music Society (RAMS), a not-for-profit record label based in Memphis, Tennessee, has teamed with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to orchestrate and create a meaningful recording project titled LOVE LIVES ON.

The combined creative endeavor aligned TAPS military families, who have endured the loss of a loved one, with some of the music industry’s most gifted and renowned songwriters to pen the family members’ intimate and personal stories in music and song.

Featuring special guest vocal performances by award-winning recording artists Vince Gill, Billy Ray Cyrus, John Rich, All-4-One, Lonestar, Gatlin Brothers and more, complemented by A-list studio and touring musicianship [including Vinnie Colaiuta, Eric Darken, Dann Huff,  David Hungate (Toto) and David Pack (Ambrosia) among many others], the 10-track collaboration will be available via all major digital retail and streaming outlets (Amazon/iTunes/Pandora/Spotify/Tidal) on Friday, May 22, 2020.*                                                 

The LOVE LIVES ON pre-sale event begins Friday, April 3, 2020.

Produced by Frank Myers (Richie McDonald/Kenny Loggins/Michael Burrows/Eddy Raven/Andy Griggs) and Jimmy Nichols (Reba/Faith Hill/Andy Griggs/Mindy McCready), the inspiration behind the project was spawned by TAPS Founder and President, Bonnie Carroll who lost her husband, Brig. Gen. Thomas C. Carroll, a lifelong Alaskan and commander of the Alaska Army National Guard, in a military plane crash along with seven other soldiers. The embracing musical dedication offers intimate insight from the survivors’ perspective, life experiences and their courageous journey to live on.

The title track, “Love Lives On,” slated for a March 20, 2020 digital and streaming release, is signatured by Richie McDonald (Lonestar), who performs lead vocals, with a special appearance by Grammy®-winning artist Vince Gill. Symbolic of the entire project, the tune shares hope as a “light at the end of the tunnel” for those who carry the burden of grief.

Other tracks are as similarly touching and emotional. The tune “K9 Brother” (performed by Andy Griggs) recalls the relation, dedication and loyalty between two heroic soldiers, “Joshua 1:9” (Dave Fenley) and “People Need To Know” (The Gatlin Brothers/Paul Overstreet) depict fun-loving, youthful and brave character; while the tunes “Isn’t It Amazing” (All-4-One) and “New Set Of Wings” (Pam Tillis) offer an uplifting, spiritual sentiment heightened by spine-chilling harmonies.

“The entire project…with these incredible artists, gifted songwriters and beautiful families, is our chance to tell the story of service and sacrifice in our military, and among our military families,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS Founder and President. “I am so very proud of, and grateful for, all those who offered their hand, talent and heart to bring it to life.”

“My very first performance for TAPS was one of the most moving and rewarding experiences of my career; I immediately felt compelled to share the organization's passion,” added co-producer Jimmy Nichols. “My hope is that this project helps make that happen—that the TAPS' mission is on the minds, lips and in the hearts of folks across the country. For all those we’ve lost, and for those who have suffered for our freedom, we dedicate this magical musical tribute to you."

“Our hope with LOVE LIVES ON was to create a meaningful avenue to share the stories of military heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice as seen through the eyes of the beautiful people who knew them well--their families and battle buddies,” said Steve Dunavant, Roots & American Music Society. “What we experienced in making this album was spiritual, humbling and life-changing. These 10 inspirational songs truly capture the passion of our encounter, the intimacy and courage of the TAPS family members, and are a testament to the aspirational message that ‘love lives on.’  When you hear them, we believe you will feel the same way.”

Follow LOVE LIVES ON on Instagram and Facebook or visit LoveLivesOnMusic.com.

TONIGHT! SHENANDOAH. T.GRAHAM BROWN, AARON TIPPIN. MICHAEL RAY AND MORE VOW TO "KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING" WITH SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE CONCERT

Live Broadcast Featuring Special Guests Michael Ray, Aaron Tippin, Austin Merrill,
T. Graham Brown and Katie Austin Set for Tonight, Wednesday, March 18, at 7 PM CT

Concert to be Hosted by Inside Edition's Megan Alexander;
Sponsored by Foundry Records


During a time of national uncertainty, GRAMMY® Award-winning country music group Shenandoah is looking to brighten spirits with a special Facebook Live performance event that will bring music to the masses. Today the legendary country band announced "Keep the Music Playing," a free live-streamed concert set for tonight, Wednesday, March 18, at 7 PM / CT. Amid concert postponements nationwide, the event will provide a unique opportunity for fans to enjoy live performances from the comfort of their living rooms.

Shenandoah has enlisted Michael Ray, Aaron Tippin, Austin Merrill, T. Graham Brown, and Katie Austin to join them during the live web broadcast. The event, sponsored by Foundry Records and hosted by Inside Edition's Megan Alexander, will take place at Nashville's SIR Rehearsal Studios with no live audience and minimal staff.

"The main mission here is to hopefully, with music as only music can, bring some sunshine to the gloom," says Shenandoah frontman Marty Raybon. "We'll be taking all of the recommended precautions to ensure everyone's safety."

Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, is thrilled about the event. "We are happy to see artists doing everything they can to 'Keep the Music Playing' during these challenging times as we try to keep the virus from spreading," he says. "Seeing all the ways that live music is still being shared is part of the creative spirit in Music City."

Though the event is free to view online, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp Foundation / Music City, Inc will be accepting donations throughout the live broadcast. All donations will aid Middle Tennesseans who have been affected by COVID-19 and the recent tornadoes that ravaged the area.

"It has taken an army of people to put this event together in less than 24 hours," notes Foundry Records/Johnstone Entertainment's Cole Johnstone. "I want to give special thanks to SIR Nashville, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, 2911 Media, TNDV and Nic Dugger, Mama Sue, Absolute Publicity, Shenandoah's band and crew, all of our guest artists, and the Foundry Records staff for making this possible."

"Keep the Music Playing" will be live streamed on each artist's Facebook page and can also be viewed at www.smarturl.it/KeepTheMusicPlaying

How to donate:

Donate online at visitmusiccity.com/nashvillestrong/donate

Text NASHSTRONG to 615-551-5122

Check: payable to Music City Inc. at 150 4th Avenue North, Ste. G-250, Nashville, TN 37219
*Music City Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization

Friday, March 6, 2020

#NOWPLAYING: SONGS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO - FRIDAY, MARCH 6


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 like these, great, if you don't, that's ok too - at least give them a listen.

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 stream or 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.

#SHARETHEMUSIC

THIS WEEK'S ARTISTS

"SPARROW"



"IN MY VEINS"

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"YOU'RE PROBABLY DRUNK RIGHT NOW"



"MORE PROBLEMS" (ACOUSTIC)



"JUST LET GO"



"WHAT ARE YOU GONNA TELL HER"



"SLOW DOWN"



"KILL THE BOTTLE"



"TELL ME"



"TRACTOR TOWN"