Friday, February 26, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: 56TH ANNUAL ACM AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED


The nominations for the 56th annual ACM Awards, which will air April 18 on CBS and on Paramount+, were announced this morning, Friday, February 26. Congratulations to all nominees and good luck!

GROUP OF THE YEAR


1.) Lady A
2.) Little Big Town
3.) Old Dominion
4.) The Cadillac Three
5.) The Highwomen


DUO OF THE YEAR


1.) Brooks & Dunn
2.) Brothers Osborne
3.) Dan + Shay
4.) Florida Georgia Line
5.) Maddie & Tae


FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR


1.) Kelsea Ballerini
2.) Miranda Lambert
3.) Ashley McBryde
4.) Maren Morris
5.) Carly Pearce

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR


1.) Dierks Bentley
2.) Eric Church
3.) Luke Combs
4.) Thomas Rhett
5.) Chris Stapleton

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR


1.) Luke Bryan
2.) Eric Church
3.) Luke Combs
4.) Thomas Rhett
5.) Chris Stapleton

SINGLE OF THE YEAR


Artist/Producer/Record Label

1.) “Bluebird”

– Artist: Miranda Lambert
– Producer: Jay Joyce
– Record Label: Vanner Records / RCA Records Nashville

2.) “I Hope”

- Artist: Gabby Barrett
- Producers: Ross Copperman & Zach Kale
- Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

3.) "I Hope You’re Happy Now” 

– Artists: Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
– Producer: busbee
– Record Label: Big Machine Records / Curb Records

4.) “More Hearts Than Mine”

– Artist: Ingrid Andress
– Producers: Ingrid Andress & Sam Ellis
– Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

5.) “The Bones”

- Artist:  Maren Morris
- Producer: Greg Kurstin
- Record Label: Columbia Nashville

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR


Ingrid Andress
Tenille Arts
Gabby Barrett
Mickey Guyton
Caylee Hammack

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR


Jimmie Allen
Travis Denning
HARDY
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum

SONG OF THE YEAR


Songwriter/Publisher/Artist

1.) “Bluebird”

– Artist; Miranda Lambert
– Songwriters: Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert & Natalie Hemby
– Publishers: Emileon Songs, Little Louder Songs, Pink Dog Publishing; Songs of Universal, INC, 
   Sony ATV Tree Publishing & Wrucke for You Publishing

2.) “One Night Standards”

– Artist: Ashley McBryde
– Songwriter(s): Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford & Shane McAnally
– Publishers: Canned Biscuit Songs, Smackworks Music, Smack Blue, LLC, Smackstreet Music,
   Tempo Investments, Warner Geo Met Ric Music & Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp

3.) “Some People Do”

– Artist: Old Dominion
– Songwriter(s): Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett & Shane McAnally
– Publishers: Carrot Seed Songs, EMI Blackwood Music INC, Smackville Music, Songs of ROC 
   Nation, Telemetry Rhythm House Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp, Smack Hits; Tempo 
    Investments & Warner Gro Met Ric Music

4.) “Starting Over”

– Chris Stapleton
– Songwriter(s): Chris Stapleton & Mike Henderson
– Publishers: I Wrote These Songs, Straight Six Music & WC Music Corp

5.) “The Bones” 

– Artist: Maren Morris
– Songwriter(s): Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris & Laura Veltz
– Publishers: Big Machine Music LLC, ExtraordinaryAlien Publishing, International Dog Music, Oh 
   Denise Publishing, Round Hill Songs, & Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR


Artist/Producer/Record Label

1.) “Born Here Live Here Die Here”

– Artist: Luke Bryan
– Producers: Jeff Stevens & Jody Stevens
– Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

2.) “Mixtape Vol. 1”

– Artist: Kane Brown
– Producers: Andrew Goldstein, Charlie Handsome,    
   Dann Huff & Lindsay Rimes
– Record Label: RCA Nashville

3.) “Never Will”

– Artist: Ashley McBryde
– Producer: Jay Joyce
– Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

4.) “Skeletons” 

– Artist: Brothers Osborne
– Producer: Jay Joyce
– Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

5.) “Starting Over” 

– Artist: Chris Stapleton
– Producers: Chris Stapleton & Dave Cobb
– Record Label: Mercury Nashville

VIDEO OF THE YEAR


Producer/Director/Artist

1.) “Better Than We Found It”

– Artist: Maren Morris
– Director: Gabrielle Woodland
– Producers: Sarah Kunin & Jennifer Pepke

2.) “Bluebird”

– Artist: Miranda Lambert
– Director: Trey Fanjoy
– Producer: Heather Levenstone

3.) “Gone”

– Artist: Dierks Bentley
– Directors: Wes Edwards, Ed Pryor, Travis Nicholson, Running Bear and Sam Sisk 
  & animation by Skylar Wilson
– Producer: David Garcia

4.) “Hallelujah” 

– Artist: Carrie Underwood and John Legend
– Director: Randee St. Nicholas
– Producer: Greg Wells

5.) “Worldwide Beautiful” 

– Artist: Kane Brown
– Director: Alex Alvga
– Producer: Christen Pinkston

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR


Artist/Producer/Record Label

PLEASE NOTE: Tie Within Category Increased Nominees

1.) “Be A Light”

– Artist: Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin & Keith Urban
– Producer: Dann Huff
– Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

2.) “Does To Me” 

– Artist: Luke Combs & Eric Church
– Producer: Scott Moffatt
– Record Label: River House Artists / Columbia Nashville

3.) “I Hope You’re Happy Now”

– Artist: Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
– Producer: busbee
– Record Label: Big Machine Records / Curb Records

4.) “Nobody But You”

– Artist: Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani
– Producer: Scott Hendricks
– Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

5.) “One Beer” 

– Artist: HARDY, Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson
– Producers: Derek Wells, Joey Moi
– Record Label: Big Loud Records

6.) “One Too Many”

– Artist: Keith Urban & P!nk
– Producers: Cutfather, Dan McCarroll, Keith Urban, PhD
– Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR


1.) Ashley Gorley
2.) Michael Hardy
3.) Hillary Lindsey
4.) Shane McAnally
5.) Josh Osborne


STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS


BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR


1.) Jarrod Travis Cure
2.) Mark Hill
3.) Tony Lucido
4.) Steve Mackey
5.) Glenn Worf

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR


1.) Fred Eltringham
2.) Evan Hutchings
3.) Derek Mixon
4.) Jerry Roe
5.) Aaron Sterling

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR


1.) J.T. Corenflos
2.) Kris Donegan
3.) Jedd Hughes
4.) Ilya Toshinskiy
5.) Derek Wells

PIANO/KEYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR


1.) Dave Cohen
2.) David Dorn
3.) Charlie Judge
4.) Mike Rojas
5.) Benmont Tench

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR


PLEASE NOTE: Tie Within Category Increased Nominees

1.) Alicia Enstrom
2.) Jim Hoke
3.) Danny Rader
4.) Mickey Raphael
5.) Ilya Toshinskiy
6.) Kristin Wilkinson

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR


1.) Spencer Cullum
2.) Dan Dugmore
3.) Mike Johnson
4.) Russ Pahl
5.) Justin Schipper

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR


1.) Jeff Balding
2.) Jason Hall
3.) Gena Johnson
4.) Vance Powell
5.) F. Reid Shippen

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR


1.) Buddy Cannon
2.) Dave Cobb
3.) Dann Huff
4.) Jay Joyce
5.) Joey Moi

Thursday, February 25, 2021

RONNIE MILSAP RETURNS WITH “A BETTER WORD FOR LOVE” ON 4/30

Classic Ronnie Milsap with Songs from Mike Reid, Gary Nicholson,
Al Anderson, Jim Weatherly, Allen Shamblin, David Ball, Thomas Cain & More...
featuring a duet with Vince Gill on Carl Perkins’ “Big Bertha”


Country Music Hall of Fame legend Ronnie Milsap follows up his all-star Duets, featuring Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Billy Gibbons, Luke Bryan and George Strait, with a 10-song slice of the soul country he’s inhabited for the last half century. A Better Word for Love explores the R&B-steeped sound that has long been the 6-time GRAMMY award-winner and 3-time Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year winner’s trademark.
Teaming with longtime co-producer Rob Galbraith, the pair sought to celebrate the genre-blurring kind of country that led him to an unprecedented four CMA Album of the Year Awards, as well as the coveted CMA Entertainer of the Year. Drawing on some much-loved songs that hadn’t fit prior projects, the pair built an homage to the 70s/80s/90s country Milsap defined.
Mike Reid (“Stranger In My House,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me”), Gary Nicholson (“One More Last Chance,” “The Trouble With The Truth”), Al Anderson (“All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “The Cowboy In Me”), Jim Weatherly (“Midnight Train To Georgia,” “Best Thing To Ever Happen To Me”), Brent Maher (“Why Not Me,” “Lesson In Leavin’”), Allen Shamblin (“The House That Built Me,” “Life’s A Dance”), and David Ball (“Drinkin’ Problem”) provide the top shelf songs people have come to expect from the legendary musician.
“I have been blessed to work with some of the very best songwriters in the world,” Milsap reflects. “Over the years, they’ve kept bringing me unbelievable songs, and in some cases, they’ve let me hang onto them because I loved them so much. When Rob and I started this project a few years ago, we decided some of those songs were so special... We wanted to build this album around them, so they wouldn’t be treasures only Joycee and I could hear.
 “We got to go back to Ronnie’s Place, the studio I built all those years ago, just dig in and cut them – and some songs that have the same kind of heart, the soul and that joy that I’ve always loved. You know, even a sad song when you do it sad enough’ll make you feel better.”
Along the way, Milsap received a special package from Carl Perkins’ widow. “Big Bertha” was the last song the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had written. She’d sent it to Milsap thinking he’d do it right. Not only did the Academy of Country Music Pioneer Award winner bring his signature slow burning blues to the song, he enlisted Vince Gill for the quick-hitting, fiddle-punctuated country portion of the paean to more than a woman, but a driver.
“Singing a song about a golf club without Vince Gill just didn’t feel right,” Milsap laughs. “And he was able to bring that thing he does like nobody else to Carl’s song. Somewhere I think he’s smiling.”
Whether the undulating “Wild Honey,” the cascading tavern country “Almost Mine,” the soft soul “Fool” or the vintage Milsap title track, every style of the Georgia and North Carolina Music Hall of Famer’s storied career is on display. To further honor these songs, Milsap enlisted some of Nashville’s finest to play with: guitarists Brent Mason, Steve Gibson, Mark Casstevens, and Chris Leuzinger, bass player Michael Rhodes, drummer Lonnie Wilson, double steel players Mike Johnson and Paul Franklin, and Milsap’s longtime musical director Jamie Brantley.
As a further homage to his longtime musical compatriots, Milsap includes “Civil War,” recorded live at Atlanta’s Chastain Park in 1993. Capturing his longtime touring band in their prime, the Cindy Richardson/Carol Chase song weaves Southern gospel into a song of marital dissolution – and demonstrates the vocal dynamics, keyboard stylings and drama onstage.
 “Music makes the world a better place,” Milsap says. “Love songs may not change everything, but they sure speak to the heart, give people joy and maybe starting there in these crazy times is a good thing.”
 Ronnie Milsap - “A Better Word for Love”
Track Listing
“Big Bertha” featuring Vince Gill
Randy Moore, Carl Perkins, DJ Perkins
 
“Wild Honey”
Jim Weatherly, Nigel Wright
  
“A Better Word for Love”
Al Anderson, Gary Nicholson

“Almost Mine”
David Ball, Randy Goodrum
 
“Fool”
Thomas Cain
 
“This Side of Heaven”
Brent Maher, Allen Shamblin, Mike Reid

“Civil War (Live)”
Cindy Richardson, Carol Chase
 
“Fireworks”
Steve Dean, Don Gatlin, Mike Ulvila
 
“Now”
Thomas Cain, Tim Nichols
 
“Too Bad for My Own Good”
Joe H. Hunter, Jim Whitehead, Jim Weatherly
 


 

THE CHARLIE DANIELS JOURNEY HOME PROJECT DONATES $25K TO VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS

THE CHARLIE DANIELS JOURNEY HOME PROJECT TRUDGES AHEAD
DONATES THOUSANDS TO VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS

Recent Charitable Contributions Aiding U.S Military Vets Totals $25,000


The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project (TCDJHP), a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting our nation's military veterans, is barreling ahead with its late founder’s mission to help our former men and women in uniform. Since the passing of Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels last year, co-founder David Corlew (and Daniels’ longtime manager) has donated $25,000 to various organizations that directly aid veterans and their families.
 
Recent contributions include $10,000 to A Soldier’s Child, which benefits children of veterans, and $5,000 to God’s Word for Warriors, a non-profit committed to serving spiritually wounded and emotionally distressed vets.
 
"Our mission is to continue our vision and commitment to the supporting of our veterans as they reintegrate from service to civilian life,” explains Corlew. "The loss of Charlie, combined with the impact of Covid, has made it even more difficult to do. But the need is there, and as you can see, we are unwavering in efforts to serve."
 
Additionally, last month, TCDJHP joined forces with country music superstar Chris Young to establish the Daniels/Young Veterans Scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. TCDJHP donated $10,000 to fund the new yearly scholarship that will be awarded to former servicemen and women pursuing a degree from the College of Media and Entertainment at the university. 
 
“Charlie was not only an influence on my music but was a mentor too,” says Young, who attended MTSU prior to signing with RCA Nashville. "I’m extremely honored to help continue his legacy through this new scholarship.”
 
MTSU also houses the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, an on-campus facility that provides transition services for veterans and their families as they return to civilian life after military service.
 
TCDJHP’s daily operations rely solely on public donations. To donate, visit  thecharliedanielsjourneyhomeproject.org


TCDJHP Donates 5k to God's Word for Warriors
Photo ID Left to Right: Jim Humphrey (God’s Word for Warriors), Dr. Tom Seals 
(God’s Word For Warriors), Angela Wheeler (TCDJHP),
 David Corlew (TCDJHP) 


CDJHP Donates 10k to MTSU for Daniels/Young Veterans Scholarship
Photo ID Left to Right: General Keith M. Huber, Angela Wheeler (TCDJHP), 
Chris Young, David Corlew (TCDJHP)


TCDJHP Donates 10k to A Soldier's Child 
Photo ID left to right: Trace Adkins, Carolyn Corlew (TCDJHP), 
W.D. Wheeler, Angela Wheeler (TCDJHP),  Joel Pruitt (TCDJHP), 
David Corlew (TCDJHP), Daryl Mackin (A Soldier's Child)

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS RAY FULCHER TO ARTIST ROSTER


Back Row: Terry Wakefield (Universal Music Publishing), Gordon Kerr (Black River), Abby Miller (Black River), Zebb Luster (River House), Doug Johnson (Black River), Neil Mason (Badlands Management), Lynn Oliver (River House Publishing), Ray Fulcher, Mike Wilson (Black River), Rick Froio (Black River), Austin Mullins (WME), Dawn Delvo (Black River), and Chris King (King Business and Financial Management).

Front Row: Tali Canterbury (50 Egg), Ron Stuve (Universal Music Publishing), Rebekah Gordon (Black River), Emily Hungate (Black River), Lauren Kilgore (Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP), Bill Macky (Black River), Tanya Schrage (Black River), Jordon Petty (270 Media Co), and Jonathan Singleton (Producer).

Black River Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of hit songwriter and artist Ray Fulcher to its artist roster today.

With more than 30 million streams as an artist in his own right and 3 billion streams as a songwriter, Fulcher has amassed a loyal fanbase. Today, Fulcher honored his fans' support on his musical journey thus far by sharing this special moment with them first.

"Fans are the reason I write songs," said Fulcher. "They are the lifeblood of our industry, and without them, this wouldn't be possible, so it's only right for them to know first."

Black River joins an accomplished team alongside WME, Universal Music Publishing, River House Publishing, and Badlands Management. They all look forward to a music-filled 2021, complete with a fall tour as Fulcher is set as support for Luke Combs for the third time.

"What a great day for all of us!" said Black River's President and CEO Gordon Kerr. "What an impressive team we are now partnered alongside. Most importantly, what an artist! We are honored to step into this already impressive journey and can't wait to see what is in store for Ray!"

Upon signing with Black River, Fulcher shared, "I always knew I didn't want to sign anywhere unless they really believed in our music and vision as much as we did ourselves. They had to really get the songs and what we wanted to do with them and believe that I was the guy to carry them to the masses. With Black River, we have gotten all that and more...and the more I've gotten to know the people, the more I see what a great group of not just professionals they are, but humans. Just felt like a real easy decision."



Black River Entertainment's President and CEO Gordon Kerr and Ray Fulcher

Born and raised in the small town of Harlem, Georgia, Ray Fulcher grew up on many of country music's best songwriters & storytellers, and it shows. Some of his biggest influences were Alan Jackson, Keith Whitley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church, and George Strait. Seeing Eric Church play at Athens' Georgia Theatre at 21 years old, Fulcher was filled with inspiration and immediately went out and bought his first guitar. Shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia in 2014, Fulcher moved to Nashville to pursue a songwriting and an artist career. Soon after, Fulcher signed his first publishing deal with River House Publishing, began getting cuts as a songwriter, and released his second EP, Here We Go Again, which debuted in the Top 10 of the country charts. This early success led to coveted support spots, including the Luke Combs Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour (2019) and the Matt Stell Everywhere But On Tour (2020), as well as extensive headlining and festival dates.

Songwriting ignited Fulcher's career as he's the co-writer of eight songs on Luke Combs' Platinum debut album, This One's For You, including the No.1 single "When It Rains It Pours," which has been certified triple platinum. Adding fuel to the fire, Fulcher co-wrote eight songs on Luke's follow-up album, What You See Is What You Get, including the No. 1 singles "Even Though I'm Leaving," "Does To Me" ft. Eric Church, and "Lovin' On You." Ray's latest EP, Somebody Like Me (2019), features the singles "Anything Like You Dance" and "Life After Your Leavin'." Signed to Black River Entertainment in 2021, Fulcher is writing and recording new music with producer Jonathan Singleton and is set to support Luke Combs this fall on the What You See Is What You Get Tour.

For more information on Ray Fulcher's upcoming music, tour dates, merchandise, and more, please visit rayfulchermusic.com.

Friday, February 12, 2021

CRAIG CAMPBELL RELEASES NEW SINGLE, "WHAT A GIRL WILL MAKE YOU DO" - AVAILABLE NOW


Craig Campbell didn’t have to look far for motivation for his new single “What A Girl Will Make You Do.” Whether it’s a wife, girlfriend, mom, or daughter, women can make you do crazy things because you love them. Written with Brian Davis and Blake Bollinger, the song is available today on Grindstone Records. Check out the new single HERE.

"When this idea was thrown out at our writing session, I knew right away I wanted to chase it down,” said Craig. “Having two daughters and an amazing wife has been very inspirational in my musical journey, and when we wrote this song I knew they had to be in it somehow. Recording it was a fun process, even with all the covid challenges, and I have been chomping at the bit to let the world hear this one."

“To catch a smile, you’d rope the moon.
Ain’t a mountain you wouldn’t move.
Ain’t nothin’ you wouldn’t go through.
It’s crazy, what a girl will make you do.”

The new single follows Craig’s popular thirst-quenching “All My Friends Drink Beer” release. The music video featured his notable friends like Jaren Johnson from The Cadillac 3, Randy Houser, Granger Smith and other familiar faces who recorded their own segments during last year’s quarantine.

Craig will host and perform an acoustic set during a virtual single release party on Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. Central. In addition to the performance, there will be a live Q&A about the single with Craig and surprise guest. Tickets are $10 and are available HERE.

Like all of his friends, Covid19 and the 2020 lockdown was and is a challenge for Craig as a touring artist. However, it has been a blessing in other ways. “I have been able to enjoy more time at home with my family, something that hasn't been the case for the past 10 years. It has also allowed me to focus on writing and producing new music. No touring schedule to work around. I feel like these past 12 months have given me the opportunity to write and record some of the best songs of my life."

Plans are in the works for Craig to hit the road beginning next month. Fans can catch him at Victory North in Savannah, GA on March 25 and at The Barn in Sanford, FL the following night. Check out CraigCampbell.TV for updates on touring.