Friday, September 24, 2021

CHUCK WICKS TEAMS WITH JIMMIE ALLEN ON COVER OF CLASSIC STEPHEN BISHOP TRACK “ON AND ON” - AVAILABLE TODAY


Listen to “On and On” HERE

Today singer/songwriter and country music personality Chuck Wicks releases his latest, a cover of the classic Stephen Bishop track “On and On,” featuring multi-Platinum recording artist Jimmie Allen. Following “Old with You,” dubbed by MusicRow as an “ultra-romantic ballad” that “swoons with images of lasting love, tempered by tenderness, gratitude and joy,” today’s release on Verge Records is a perfect companion song empathizing with people who have had trouble finding that forever love which “Old with You” celebrates.

Written and originally recorded by Stephen Bishop in 1977, “On and On” has been covered several times over the years including versions by Kenny Rankin, British reggae group Aswad and most recently Jonathan Coulton. However, this is the first cover of the hit song by a country artist. And the track is tailor made for the genre, weaving a forlorn country tale of heartbreak and cheatin’ as old as time.

“‘On and On’ was one of the first songs I learned on a guitar. Because of that I always thought it would be awesome to put it on one of my records and now is the right time,” shares Wicks. “It’s never been covered in Country music which amazes me because the original has always struck me as a crossover record with country roots. Having Jimmie Allen featured on this song takes it next level and gives it new life for today’s sound while staying true to its classic form.”

Earlier this month Circle Network launched its first animated series “Road Stories.” Hosted by Wicks, the innovative series features the multihyphenate entertainment personality interviewing country artists including Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Brett Young, Jon Pardi and more who have been transformed into animated characters to relive their greatest stories from being on the road. The 30-minute, weekly primetime series airs Friday at 10 p.m. ET on Circle. In addition to “Road Stories,” Wicks can be heard every Monday and Thursday with fresh episodes of his iHeart podcast “Talk to Chuck.”


RANDY TRAVIS RELEASES REMASTER OF HISTORIC MULTI-PLATINUM DEBUT ALBUM STORMS OF LIFE (35TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION) WITH NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD SONGS


Seven-time GRAMMY-winner and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Randy Travis, is bringing true country music back again with the remastered version of his multi-platinum debut album Storms Of Life (35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition). 35 years after he turned the genre around with his authentic story-telling and unique baritone, the country music legend brings fans these iconic songs better than ever. Along with “Diggin’ Up Bones” and “On The Other Hand”, which originally catapulted to No. 1 on the charts in 1986, this remastering of one of the all-time great debut albums also includes three previously unreleased songs from The Vault. 

Listen to “Storms Of Life (35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)” here.

The masterful Bernie Taupin, Songwriters Hall of Fame member and lyricist on nearly all of Elton John's catalog of hits, penned the liner notes for the re-issue with a summation only a fellow gifted creative could so fittingly put into words:

"It’s an anomaly in any genre of music to create the perfect album. Oh, it happens, but inevitably it can be marred by that one track that makes you think ‘Dang, if only they’d left that one out.' Hank Williams didn’t make long players per se, but over the decades since Luke the Drifter cranked out cuts of genuine genius, there has been an illustrious handful who have not only carved out country classics, but have been driven to greatness by voices hand picked by God. They are few and far between, but Randy Travis and his perfect gem Storms of Life stands on the shoulders of giants."

"Ain't No Use," "The Wall" and "Carryin’ Fire" were recorded 1985, but never found a place on the original 10-song album. Now, Travis' signature sound rings as true and clear as ever on these never-before-released songs, finally finding their place among his chart-topping hits. Country music fans originally embraced this now historic album 35 years ago, and fans around the world are still captivated with Travis as one of the genre’s kings. His presence on social media continues to flourish, with his TikTok following climbing past 2 million, while his one-of-a-kind voice still garners millions of streams weekly around the world - even while still silenced by his massive 2013 stroke.

Storms of Life (35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) Track Listing:

1. “On the Other Hand (2021 Remaster)” [Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz]
2. “The Storms of Life (2021 Remaster)” [Max D. Barnes, Troy Seals]
3. “My Heart Cracked (But It Did Not Break) [2021 Remaster]” (Ronny Scaife, Don Singleton, Phil Thomas)
4. “Diggin’ Up Bones (2021 Remaster)” [Al Gore, Paul Overstreet, Nat Stuckey]
5. “No Place Like Home (2021 Remaster)” [Paul Overstreet]
6. “1982 (2021 Remaster)” [Buddy Blackmon, Vip Vipperman]
7. “Send My Body (2021 Remaster)” [Randy Travis]
8. “Messin’ With My Mind (2021 Remaster)” [Joseph Allen, Charlie Williams]
9. “Reasons I Cheat (2021 Remaster)” [Randy Travis]
10. “There’ll Always Be a Honky Tonk Somewhere (2021 Remaster)” [Steve Clark, Johnny MacRae]
11. “Carryin’ Fire (From The Vault)” [Red Lane, Jim Ray, Sam Beck]
12. “Ain’t No Use (From The Vault)” [Randy Travis, John Lindley]
13. “The Wall (From The Vault)” [Lee Fry, Jim Sales, Phil Thomas]


*All tracks produced by Kyle Lehning, except “On The Other Hand” and “Reasons I Cheat” produced by Lehning and Keith Stegall.

SONGS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2021


Some good stuff released to digital outlets everywhere this week - check 'em out and please #sharethemusic!

If you are able to leave a review on the outlet you use, please do so and let them know how you like the song. These reviews are so helpful to an artist and their team. If you don't like the song, be constructive in your review, not rude. The point is to help these artists, not discourage. And yes, I know there are LOTS of good songs that have been released the past week or two and they're not all listed here. I choose the ones that stand out to me and those might not always stand out to you but at least you've heard about them. Most of the time they won't be by artists who saturate today's country radio but there might be one or two in there if the song hits me right.

Be sure to check out the artist's websites and find out more about them and the latest tour dates. Connect with them on social media.

#SHARETHEMUSIC

THIS WEEK'S ARTISTS

Cody Jinks - "I Don't Trust My Memories"

The Kentucky Headhunters - "How Could I"

David Adam Byrnes - "Too Much Texas"

Breland - "Strawberry Wine"

Tenille Arts - "Wide Open Spaces"

Parker McCollum - "Carrying Your Love With Me"

Nate Haller, Brett Kissel, and The Reklaws - "Somewhere to Drink"

Pryor & Lee - "Right Now"

Cody Hibbard - "Trouble with Angels"

Casey Barnes - "Gone Gone Gone"

Larry Fleet, HIXTAPE & Jon Pardi - "In Love With My Problems"

Maggie Baugh - "Drinking to the Broken Hearts"

Chuck Wicks & Jimmie Allen - "On and On"

David Nail - "St. Louis"

Emily Scott Robinson - "Let 'Em Burn"

Aaron Goodvin - "You Ain't"

William Lee Golden and The Goldens - "Come and Dine"

Thursday, September 23, 2021

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: LARRY FLEET EARNS STANDING OVATION DURING OPRY DEBUT LAST FRIDAY (9/17)

PHOTOS FROM SOME OF FRIDAY NIGHT'S SPECIAL MOMENTS 
AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY

FLEET'S DEBUT LP STACK OF RECORDS OUT THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Last week, Big Loud Records emerging artist Larry Fleet brought the Friday night crowd to their feet for a standing ovation during his Grand Ole Opry debut. Performing three songs, with the final being his soulful breakout track "Where I Find God," Fleet and his band filled the room with the honest tropes of Larry's skillfully penned tracks off his brand-new record STACK OF RECORDS, out this Friday (9/24).




KEEP UP WITH LARRY FLEET

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

RAY SCOTT TO PREMIERE NEW VIDEO "8 BALL" TOMORROW, THURSDAY 9/23 ON YOUTUBE

NEW ALBUM "COVER THE EARTH" GARNERING RAVE REVIEWS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY MUSIC COMMUNITY - AVAILABLE NOW AT RAYSCOTT.COM AND ON DIGITAL STREAMING OUTLETS.

"In recent years, I have gone through the exercise of what country music truly is. This song is my truth. It's tailor-made to me and my life."

- Ray Scott


Y'all be sure to tune in tomorrow, Thursday 9/23 at 12:45pm CT for the premiere of Ray Scott's brand new "8 Ball" music video


The reviews keep rolling in ...

"The kind of country that reaches inside your heart and gives it a two fisted squeeze."
- American Songwriter

"His dark, rich baritone is a voice to get lost in. This mid-tempo tune rolls along with hearty energy and charisma, punctuated with semi-spoken accents. A winner." 
- MusicRow Magazine

"Fathoms-deep singing voice and wicked songwriting wit"
- Rolling Stone