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06/17/2015 7:20 AM
Robby Johnson Gets 'Shady' This Summer With New Single

Johnson To Open for Keith Urban On July 10

After months in the studio, country singer Robby Johnson returns with a new single, "Shady," which will be released on June 30, which could end up the Summer Anthem of 2015. The song is expected to be included on his debut album, 
Don't Look Back, which is produced by James Stroud and due out later this year.
 
Johnson mixes up modern Country with an upbeat poppy song about summer lovin'. Co-written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Luke Laird, the song's lyrics are the perfect backdrop to a day at the beach or poolside party:  "In the sunshine being shady/Big umbrella with my baby/Kiss me two times drive me crazy/In the sunshine being shady/Ooh, come on, come on, come on, come on, yeah yeah yeah."
 
 
 "The song is about a guy, deeply in love, taking his girlfriend on a road trip for her to have the best of times. I've always been a rebel and I believe everybody needs to getaway from this fast and crazy world, not being serious and just enjoying the simple things in life," says Johnson.
 
Johnson spent this January through April recording Don't Look Back, which features a guest appearance by Country great Vince Gill. Gill play's guitar on the track "I Ain't the Guy," which Johnson co-wrote. He also co-wrote four other tracks and had the privilege to cut songs from Nashville's Hit songwriters including McAnally, Laird, Ashley Gorley, Josh Osborne, Chris DeStefano, and Rhett Akins. "It was such an honor to have Vince perform on my record. I've been a fan of his for some time and always loved his guitar playing," says Johnson.
 
While in the studio, Stroud noticed a music school just across the street cross and the two decided to enlist their help for the album's song, "1, 2, 3, 4." Nine students joined them to give the song an extra boost of energy for the catchy lyrics.

 On July 10, Johnson will head to Canada to open for Keith Urban at the biggest venue of the festival, the Stage of the Plains of Abraham, at the 48th Festival d'ete de Quebec. This year marks the first time the event organizers have included a Country night on the main stage of the festival. The festival, which runs from July 9-19, is one of North America's largest outdoor music events having drawn crowds of up to 120, 000 fans of all genres of music. The eclectic lineup includes 300 shows in 10 venues across 11 days, with performances by the Rolling Stones, Nickelback, the Doobie Brothers, Deep Purple, and Jack U, DJs  Diplo Skrillex , Boston, De La Soul, Icona Pop, and more.

06/11/2015 1:02 PM
Little Big Town Returns To Host The'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock'

Capitol Nashville group and reigning CMA Vocal Group Of The Year Little Big Town return to host ABC-TV's "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock" for a third year. The special will be filmed at LP Field in Nashville during the four-night concert series that is the highlight of this week's  CMA Music Festival . "We are honored to host this incredible party for another year," said LBT's Jimi Westbrook. "We look forward to this week all year long, and being able to spend all four days with the fans is just incredible. Big thanks to ABC and CMT for having us back!"

Artists who will appear in the television special have yet to be named, but with CMA Music festival boasting performances by some of the format's biggest stars, the show is certain to be packed with hits. "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock" will air on ABC-TV on Tuesday, August 4th from 8pm to 11pm (ET).

06/11/2015 7:00 AM
Outlaw Country Legends Nelson & Haggard Rockin' America's Charts with 1st Week's Sales of Django and Jimmie

Django and Jimmie on Legacy Recordings, the new album collaboration from legendary American artists Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, is emerging a crossover sensation, entering the Billboard Country Albums chart at #1 while going Top 10 (#7) on the Billboard 200 Bestselling Albums chart.
 
Willie and Merle, two of the original architects of American outlaw country music, last shared a #1 Country album together with the release of their classic Pancho & Lefty in January 1983.
 
Willie Nelson's last #1 Country album was 2014's Band of Brothers, his fourth release for Legacy.Django and Jimmie is Willie's fourth Legacy release to go Top 5 Country and third to break into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.
 
"The chart-topping success of Django and Jimmie is another milestone in the remarkable journeys of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard'," said Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings.  "Their latest achievement is a testimony to the ongoing vitality of their careers, the timeless quality of their music, and, most importantly, the enduring bond of their friendship."
 
Helmed by Nelson's longtime producer Buddy Cannon, Django and Jimmie finds Willie joining forces with friend and collaborator Merle Haggard  for 14 brand-new studio recordings including "Django and Jimmie," a dual tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, "Missing Ol' Johnny Cash," an homage to country music's original Man in Black featuring guest vocals from Bobby Bare; the future outlaw country classic "Unfair Weather Friend," written by rising songsmiths Marla Cannon-Goodman (Buddy Cannon's daughter) and Ward Davis, and "It's All Going to Pot" (a rollicking anthem for the emerging 21st century cannabis culture).
 
Fans are invited to go behind-the-scenes at Arlyn Studios for The Making of Django and Jimmie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFaJL5X7cu8  
 
 Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's new outlaw country masterpiece has been garnering rave review alongside its burgeoning popular success.
 
According to NPR, "...nearly any track on Django and Jimmie will likely lift the spirits of even the gloomiest listener," while American Songwriter noted that "...it's still a joy to hear the two of them trade vocals on a thoroughly enjoyable set of 14 songs."
 
Rolling Stone called out the album's single, "It's All Going To Pot," as "...two masters nailing the right song at the right time."
 
Yahoo! summed up Django and Jimmie as "...remarkable..." while the Los Angeles Times observed that while "...both men are widely regarded as two of the greatest living country songwriters, whose music has shaped the sound of the genre for six decades.... it's the spirit of their voices that registers."
 
"Veracity makes Django and Jimmie a marvel," wrote Paste, "mixing novelty, pathos and classics. What emerges is a core sample of what made these men...endure for half a century.... Just hearing them make the music they want is plenty."
 
"Me and Merle got a new album called Django and Jimmie and the title track is about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers," said Willie Nelson prior to the record release on June 2. "Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers."
 
Merle Haggard added that there's "new songs, a couple of classics and Willie sang like he was a teenager."
 
Willie summed up the duo's new collaboration simply saying, "It's good music, I got a good feeling about it."
 
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
 
Django and Jimmie
 
1.         Django and Jimmie - written by Jimmy Melton and Jeff Prince
2.         It's All Going To Pot - written by Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson and Larry Shell
3.         Unfair Weather Friend - written by Marla Cannon-Goodman and Ward Davis
4.         Missing OlJohnny Cash - written by Merle Haggard
5.         Live This Long - written by Shawn Camp and Marv Green
6.         Alice In Hulaland - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
7.         Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - written by Bob Dylan
8.         Family Bible - written by Walter M. Breeland, Paul F. Buskirk, and Claude Gray
9.         It's Only Money - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
10.       Swinging Doors - written by Merle Haggard
11.       Where Dreams Come To Die - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
12.       Somewhere Between - written by Merle Haggard
13.       Driving The Herd - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
14.       The Only Man Wilder Than Me - written by Merle Haggard
 

06/03/2015 4:34 PM
Kellie Pickler Releases New Single to XM's The Highway

Kellie Pickler debuted her new single "Feeling Tonight" on Sirius XM "The Highway" this morning.  The song is the first new music from her since she released her "The Woman I Am" album in 2013.

"I'm really excited about this song, and I'm looking forward to performing it on tour this summer," said Pickler.  
  
CMA music attendees will hear "Feeling Toniht" when she performs at Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on Friday, June 12 from 12:45-1:15 p.m. On Saturday night she will sing the National Anthem to kick off the nightly concerts at LP Field.  She will then be presented with the 2015 Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot AWard for her support and contributions to the US Armed Forces and their families.  


CMA Music Festival also marks the first week of filming on Pickler’s new reality show, “I Love Kellie Pickler,” which will air on CMT later this year. 



 

05/29/2015 7:00 AM
Country Icon Lynn Anderson BRIDGES THE GAP To Gospel Charts With New Release

 
Center Sound Records is proud to announce the release of Grammy, Billboard, CMA and ACM award winner Lynn Anderson’s first internationally distributed album in a decade with BRIDGES on June 9, 2015. BRIDGES, featuring collaborations with The Oak Ridge Boys and The Martins, marks the return of Bil VornDick to the producer’s chair on Lynn’s project. The partnership previously received a Grammy nomination for her 2005 release BLUEGRASS SESSIONS.
 
“This is a project that Bil and I first started discussing three years ago,” says Lynn.  “My life has seen many changes, both positive and negative, throughout this period and this project reflects those emotions. I hope it will connect with fans on all levels.  It’s been a decade since I have made a full promotional run on an album and, given the recent spotlight on the role of a woman’s voice in the music industry, there couldn’t be a better time to release this project.  If a single soul is renewed by finding comfort and inspiration in these songs, then I have accomplished my goal.”
 
BRIDGES tackles topics of salvation, redemption, forgiveness, faith, love and acceptance in this twelve song selection. This project took on a uniquely special connection as it developed into a family affair. “We selected my mother Liz Anderson’s song My Guardian Angel for the album and my other half Mentor Williams rewrote one of his top hits Drift Away so that we could impact a whole new audience with this gospel version.  Even my daughter Lisa Sutton became involved with Bridges designing the packaging and promotional materials.” 
 
“There is heartfelt sincerity in Lynn Anderson's album BRIDGES,” says Grammy award winning producer Bil VornDick. “You can hear those inflections in every word she sings. I invite the listener to enjoy these songs of faith that Lynn has recorded to share with them.”
 
Fans can currently preorder on  iTunes now by clicking here  and receive an immediate download of the first single Drift Away (Gospel) and The Oak Ridge Boys featured track Get Up Joseph.
 
 
Center Sound Records is also offering several pre-sale options including a Limited Release 45 RPM red vinyl featuring the two singles mentioned above and complimentary digital downloads of the songs as well.  Those and several other options are available at this link: http://centersoundproductions.com/lynn/  .
 
“Center Sound Records is extremely fortunate to have an artist like Lynn Anderson on our label,” says Craig Brandwynne, VP of Center Sound Records.  “Lynn is an icon in the country music industry and a pleasure to work with. The album BRIDGES is an inspiring musical journey.”
 
To stay updated on Lynn Anderson, visit the following links:
 
Facebook:  Official Lynn Anderson
Twitter:  @LynnAShow
Website:  www.lynnandersonshow.com
 
Lynn Anderson is truly a trailblazer on the country music scene and her voice is recognized across Tennessee as the vocalist behind one of the iconic state songs Rocky Top .  Billboard also recognized her as “Artist of the Decade” for 1970-1980.  In addition, she was the first female country singer to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden in 1974. Her signature single, (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden , earned the title “Top Grossing Country Song by a Female Artist” for more than 27 years, spring boarding Lynn into a career with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. She has seen three #1 and 15 Top 20 albums, and 12 #1 and 18 Top 10 singles throughout her recording artist career

04/23/2015 4:53 PM
David De Busk Joins Sun Broadcast Group

David De Busk, former Shazam VP/Strategic Objectives has joined Sun Broadcast Group.  He will be working as their Digital Development Advisor and will be working on its Shazam for Radio project.  His resume includes BMI and Landmark Digital Services. 

 "He truly understands the power of Shazam and all that it can offer radio," says Sun CEO Jason Bailey. "Not to mention, he's a data nut, and in our world today the ability to use data to personalize our terrestrial messages is the holy grail." 

Get in touch with him here

 

04/23/2015 12:20 PM
Elizabethany To Track KWNR/Las Vegas

Elizabethany, iHeartMedia Top 40 WIHT/Washington DC/evening personality will now voice-track for evenings for KWNR, 95.5 The Bull/Las Vegas.  She takes the place of Big D.  Get in touch with her here .  

Big D is moving to mornings on Top 40clustermate KPVL.  He's been with the station for more than two years.  Get in touch with him here

02/20/2015 12:28 PM
CRS Futuri Tech Breakfast Scheduled

Country Radio Seminar (CRS) will hold a "CRS Futuri Tech Breakfast" on Friday, February 27 at 8 a.m. (CT) at the Nashville Convention Center. This is a new agenda item.

It will be hosted by Futuri Media and will be an open breakfast discussion with the industry's tech thought leaders.  They will discuss your most important digital goals for your brand this year.  Get answers to questions such as," How will you eausre your revenue and engagement success on social and mobile in 2015?" "How do you know you're 'moving the needle' on social and mobile in a meaningful way for your company?"  Goal setting and compensation for sellers, brand managers and the digital team will also be discussed.

“This session is designed to create an open forum for broadcasters and marketers to compare notes on social and mobile strategy, discuss the future of digital for Country music fans, and gather new ideas for their local markets,” said CRS Exec. Dir. Bill Mayne.

For more information go to www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

 

01/19/2015 12:33 PM
St. Jude Welcomes Country Radio and Record Pros

Over the past weekend nearly 800 Country radio and records professionals visited St. Jude for a seminar to kick off the 26th annual "Country Cares for St. Jude Kids" program.  The event was held in Memphis, TN, home of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"There are some really special people here," stated MCA Nashville recording artist Sam Hunt.  "I had heard a lot of good things about St. Jude, but coming her far exceeded anything I'd heard.  Immediately, although you know there is a huge struggle going on here with children fighting for their lives, there's a happiness here.  St. Jude has done a great job of creating an environment that exudes happiness and joy.  Country music is an extension of country culture, and it's all about family.  Family is a huge when someone's sick, you pull together.  The Country family, while not blood, is still family, and when asked to help St. Jude, the family joined the fight."

The event was held January 15-18 and many new artists attended including Chase Bryant, Logan Mize, Kelsea Ballerini, Jackie Lee, Sam Hunt, Mickey Guyton, Steven Lee Olsen, Seth Alley, Mo Pitney, Craig Wayne Boyd, Native Run and many more. Veteran artists included Craig Campbell, Randy Owen, Gloriana, the Band Perry and others. 

The "Country Care For St. Jude Kids" seminar allows St. Jude patients to interact with artists and radio and recrods partners. Country radio, recrods and artists have raised more the $500 million over the past 26 years to help St. Jude fight childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  For more information visit www.stjudeorg/countrycares .

 



 

01/13/2015 12:08 PM
Carolyn Dawn Johnson Signs with Little Extra Music

Singer/Songwriter/Producer Carolyn Dawn Johnson has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Little Extra Music. "I met with Carolyn Dawn not long after she came to Nashville and was an instant fan," said Little Extra Music President Lisa Ramsey Perkins.  "She's not only an amazing singer and songwriter, she's one of the first women I met who produced her own records.  I always wanted to work with her and am thrilled she's now a part of the Little Extra Music family!"

Johnson wrote Chely Wright's #1 "Single White Female."  That success paved the way to other opportunities including publishing deals with artists including Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Pam Tillis, Jo Dee Messina and others.  
She signed a record deal with Arista Nashville in 2000.  She was named "Top New Femal Vocalist" in 2002 by The ACM and the American Music Awards named her "Favorite New Country Artist" in 2003.

She is currently on the road with Miranda Lambert singing backup vocals. 
 

 


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