Friday, October 18, 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, October 16, 2019


“What The Health” and “Medicare 101” workshops offered this month ahead of open enrollment

Immediately following this week’s “Heal The Music Day,” led by Dierks Bentley, Music Health Alliance’s (MHA) 9-member team is readying for individual and group benefit health insurance open enrollment, providing FREE healthcare assistance to the nationwide music community. In 2018 alone, MHA saw a 40% increase in clients served during insurance and Medicare open enrollment, totaling 3,100 members of the music community and more than $7.6 Million in insurance premiums and out-of-pocket cost savings. Expectations for 2020’s enrollment period exceed the prior year.

“The actual FACTS about health insurance are vital and they change every year,” said MHA Founder and CEO, Tatum Allsep. “Music Health Alliance does the research and we know these facts so we can translate them with no gimmicks. This enables our music industry community to accurately compare all of their options and make the best healthcare choice for themselves and their families. We are here to serve our music community and Heal The Music.”

Open enrollment dates for 2020 are as follows:
Medicare: October 15 - December 7, 2019
Insurance Enrollment: November 1 - December 15, 2019

During the open enrollment dates, Music Health Alliance advocates will meet one-on-one to advise and enroll members of the music industry and their families in the best plans to meet their medical needs.

Music Health Alliance, in partnership with MusiCares, will offer two free seminars to inform and empower members of the music community to enroll for new health insurance for the new year. The “What The Health” and “Medicare 101” workshops will be offered this month to educate the music industry on their individual healthcare options during open enrollment. Please RSVP to Erin Lancaster, Manager of Office and Client Services, at the main desk - 615-200-6896 to attend.


Date: Thursday, October 24
Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm
Location: BMI - 10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN 37203

RSVP required: Erin Lancaster, Music Health Alliance Manager of Office and Client Services, 615-200-6896

Description: Music Health Alliance COO and and Certified Senior Advisor® Shelia Shipley-Biddy will provide information about senior aging needs, answer questions about Medicare, and explain other healthcare options for music professionals 65 or older.


Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location: BMI - 10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN 37203

RSVP required: Erin Lancaster, Music Health Alliance Manager of Office and Client Services, 615-200-6896

Description: What are my options for health insurance in 2020? Will there be subsidy to reduce my premiums? What if I can’t afford insurance? Get your questions answered by Music Health Alliance CEO/Founder Tatum Allsep as she explains open enrollment and options for 2020.

The free health insurance workshops follow “Heal The Music Day,” an effort to raise awareness and support for the emergency and ongoing medical needs of our country’s creative community, 76% of whom are self-employed or part of a small business. The majority don’t have access to group health benefits and, in many instances, have limited and unpredictable resources. Music Health Alliance’s free services range from access to doctors and hospitals, diagnostic services, medicine, health insurance and finding financial assistance during times of illness.

The only non-profit named to Billboard’s 2019 Nashville Power Players, MHA Founder and CEO Tatum Allsep and Shelia Shipley Biddy, COO and Certified Senior Advisor®, along with the entire MHA team, remove obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Entirely funded through grants and individual and corporate donations, since founding in 2013, MHA has:

Supported over 10,000 members of our creative community across 39 states and every genre of music
Spared 541 families from bankruptcy due to a medical crisis
Provided 8 patients with access to transplants including heart, lung, kidney and liver
Facilitated access to over 200 trauma counseling sessions for Las Vegas shooting survivors and their families
Saved over $47,000,000 in healthcare costs including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions and discounted medications

The nine-person team at Music Health Alliance remove obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Music Health Alliance’s free services range from access to doctors and hospitals, medicine, health insurance and finding financial assistance during times of illness. As advocates, Music Health Alliance fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis. Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, members of the music community across the country have gained access to lifesaving cancer treatment, transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other crucial services. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years, or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life.

To learn more about Music Health Alliance’s free services, contact MHA at 615-200-6896 or

Donate to Music Health Alliance at:


Blake Shelton championed his friends and heroes like The Bellamy Brothers this year more than ever, from sharing singles to sharing stages – and he’s not done yet! The arena-selling, multi-media entertainer will hit the road once again for “Friends and Heroes 2020” beginning Thursday, February 13 in Portland, Oregon. The 16-date run will hit major cities throughout the Midwest and West Coast, including a stop at The Forum in Los Angeles (full list below). Joining him is very special guest Lauren Alaina as well as The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins.

“The Friends and Heroes Tour was so exciting and successful last year that I couldn’t imagine not trying something like that again,” said Shelton. “Even though every night when the show wrapped, I would tell the audience that they might never see something like this again, with these legends, my plan all along was to at least try to make that happen. I didn’t know if I’d be able to get the same artists, but we were able to work it out where we have the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, Trace Adkins and Lauren Alaina all coming back to do the exact same tour. We were only able to do a handful of shows last year, so we’re going to take the tour to different areas so that fans will get a chance to see what we did. I feel like it was the best concert experience that I’ve ever been involved in, and I’m ready to get fired up again.”

Tickets in all cities, apart from Los Angeles, Wichita and Detroit, will go on sale October 25 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The three remaining shows will go on sale at the same time the following week on November 1. Visit for links to buy. A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will be available. These exclusive offers can include an amazing selection of tickets, backstage tours, access to VIP hospitality lounge, preferred parking, custom merchandise and much more.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets for select markets before the general public beginning Monday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Thursday, October 24 at 10:00 p.m. local time. For Los Angeles, Wichita and Detroit, American Express Card Members can purchase tickets beginning Monday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Thursday, October 31 at 10:00 p.m. local time.

In addition to announcing the tour, Shelton is reminding the world that “Jesus Got a Tight Grip” in his brand new song (listen HERE). The seasoned songwriter penned the track alongside frequent collaborators Chase McGill, Jessi Alexander and Rhett Akins. The upbeat tune celebrates the goodness in everyone, even those who might “have a little rust on [their] halo[s].” “Jesus” is available today and comes accompanied with a live video that features his touring band, including CMA Musician of the Year nominee Jenee Fleenor (watch HERE). 

“Jesus Got a Tight Grip” is one of five new songs on Shelton’s upcoming December 13 album Fully Loaded: God’s Country. The 12-song collection will feature seven hits from previous albums and five new tracks, including current single “Hell Right” (listen HERE) featuring friend and tour-mate Trace Adkins. The “surefire hit” with a “swampy, loping groove” (The Oklahoman) is nearing Top 20 at country radio and continues to climb.

The project’s title track, three-time CMA-nominated smash “God’s Country,” is the fastest country single in the past year to reach one million track equivalents. It is nominated for Video, Single and Song of the Year. The smash hit became Shelton’s 26th No. 1 on country radio, where it remained for a multi-week run, in addition to his 16th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Shelton also earned a Musical Event of the Year nomination for “Dive Bar,” his collaboration with music icon Garth Brooks.

Between putting the finishing touches on Fully Loaded: God’s Country, Shelton has a few select tour dates and is currently filming for the next season of The Voice. Live shows begin November 11.


2/13 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
2/14 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
2/15 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
2/20 – Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Arena
2/21 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
2/22 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
2/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
3/5 – Glendale, CA – Gila River Arena
3/6 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
3/7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum*
3/11 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena*
3/12 – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
3/14 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
3/19 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
3/20 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
3/21 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena*

All tickets except where noted are on sale at 10:00 a.m. local time on 10/25.
*On sale at 10:00 a.m. local on 11/1.

Photo Credit: Derrek Kupish / dkupish productions


Accomplished multi-genre artist Tim Rushlow, announces the return of his highly-acclaimed “Home For The Holidays” with Tim Rushlow & His Big Band show to the Franklin Theatre for three timeless Christmas classics performances on Dec 2, 3 and 4. Purchase tickets here.

These shows will mark his first back in his home town of Franklin since his two big sold out shows there in 2016.

Rushlow and his Big Band carry on the musical romance and swagger of an earlier era and will transport guests back to a time when Christmas was “Classic.” Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin are the names that made Christmas music special and timeless. Relive the romance of this Christmas music tradition in the intimate setting of the historic Franklin Theater with Tim Rushlow & His Big Band “Home for The Holidays” with a heart-warming, and soul-stirring concert event led by multi-platinum recording artist, Tim Rushlow. Tickets are on sale and available for purchase here.

"I am so excited to bring my big band back to the Franklin Theater, " exclaims Rushlow! "There is not a better venue  to swing in the holidays in classic big band music! Come kick off the season in style with me and the boys in the band!"

"Tim Rushlow is an accomplished artist who is not afraid to work hard, especially for his audience," states Paul T. Couch,  Executive Director, The Franklin Theatre. "Our audiences can expect to see an expertly crafted show that will leave them dazzled by Tim’s big band sound and warmed by the sounds of their Christmas favorites, all expertly delivered by a superb showman."

Keep up with Tim Rushlow at (Please note website is currently under maintenance.)


Country crooner Paul Bogart brings us back to Summer with his new official music video for “I’m Just Sayin’.” CMT's Next Up Now debuted this feel-good, breezy video on Wednesday, taking viewers on to the water with Bogart, prolonging the warmer months as long as possible. Written and produced by Trent Willmon with Jenee Fleanor and Buddy Owens, Bogart sings a lighthearted love song about wooing a woman with a tropical getaway and it can be streamed here. The music video was directed by Nashville’s Quinton Cook.

“Quinton Cook did a fantastic job of capturing everything that this song is about; highlighting a perfect day on the water, in the sun, with your girl and loving life. The video fits the song to a T and I am extremely proud of it and excited for the world to see it,” said Paul Bogart.

The single premiered on has already received support from playlists including Apple Music’s The Sand Bar, Spotify’s New Music Nashville and Pandora’s New Country Now and Spring Break. Paul's previous single, “Mothers and Sons,” gained support from Spotify on their New Music Nashville playlist and Taste of Country called his song “When the Cowboys are Gone,” “nothing but authentic.”