Sunday, 8 January 2017

Hunter Hayes Kicks off the New Year on Good Morning America

Photo Credit: Robby Klein
Befitting of his own creative odyssey and a fresh start to the year, five-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes debuted “All For You,” an original song featured in Paramount Pictures’ forthcoming feature film Monster Trucks, on ABC’s “Good Morning America”  on Jan. 5. Hayes penned the upbeat tune with fellow Nashville songsmiths Jon Nite and Emily Weisband and performed the song live for the first time in support of the family-friendly film, which hits theaters nationwide on Friday, Jan. 13.

While in New York, Hayes also performed new music from his highly anticipated third studio album - including his current single, “Yesterday’s Song” – via Billboard’s live stream.

“This past year has been such an incredible journey for me, both personally and creatively, and I can’t wait to share new music with everybody,” said Hayes. “You never know where a song will take you or how it might affect somebody, and while we work on finishing the new album and putting out more songs, it’s really cool to have this one I wrote a while back come to life with a film and be able to share it in its own unique way.”


Saturday, 7 January 2017

William Michael Morgan Performs on NBC's Today Show

(L to R) Hoda Kotb, William Michael Morgan, Jenna Bush Hager
Photo Courtesy Warner Music Nashville

William Michael Morgan kicked off the new year with Hoda and Jenna on NBC’s TODAY, making his national TV debut on January 4 performing his No. 1 hit “I Met A Girl."  The poignant song, along with his newest single, “Missing,” are featured on his recently released critically acclaimed debut album VINYL.

Morgan’s debut effort lands him on many year-end best albums lists, including Rolling Stone, iTunes, Saving Country Music, and top song of the year nods for “I Met A Girl” from Billboard and NPR.  The New York Times declares “…in the emergent field of gentleman country — an antidote to the bros of the last few years — William Michael Morgan stands tall.”  The praise continues, referring to “Vinyl” as a “sturdy, reflective debut album….  a throwback to the temperate wisdom of midcareer George Strait.”

The 23-year-old Vicksburg, MS native will join country music stars Lee Brice and Justin Moore on the “American Made” Tour with dates starting in January.  His breakout mega-hit “I Met A Girl,” which topped Country Radio charts and SiriusXM’s “The Highway” Top 45 Countdown chart, has garnered over half a billion audience impressions, including over 20 million on-demand streams. His critically acclaimed album VINYL debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart.

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.williammichaelmorgan.com

1 NIGHT. 1 PLACE. 1 TIME.: A HEROES & FRIENDS TRIBUTE TO RANDY TRAVIS

Photo by Robert Trachtenberg
Joining the star-studded tribute to Randy Travis on February 8, 2017, will be Travis Tritt, Kane Brown, James Dupre, Scotty McCreery, Joe Nichols, Collin Raye, The Bellamy Brothers and Ricky Traywick. 
Tanya Tucker
The event, titled 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis, will also feature performances from Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Rodney Atkins, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Michael Ray, Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, The Randy Travis Band, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner with more still to be announced. Tickets for the highly anticipated event are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office.

Alabama: Photo by Alan Messer
In October, Randy Travis was officially inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame. The multi-platinum country giant suffered a massive stroke in 2013 and has made miraculous strides towards recovery since, recently singing “Amazing Grace” at his Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony as well as the tagline to his iconic “Forever and Ever, Amen” at the 2016 CMA Awards in November alongside numerous country legends and stars.

Travis Tritt
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Randy Travis Foundation; a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises money for stroke research and rehabilitation.

Kenny Rogers: Photo by Piper Ferguson


"Nashville is coming together on February 8 for one night in one place and at one time to give back to their friend and musical hero, Randy Travis. It’s amazing to see the support that Randy has received from the music industry since his stroke. We’re thrilled to have all of these artists come out and pay tribute to him," said producer of the event and Travis’ manager, Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group.


Scotty McCreery: Photo by Jeremy Ryan


1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time.: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis is produced by Mary Travis along with Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group, Mike Smardak of Outback Concerts of Tennessee, Inc. who is also the promoter of the event and Kirt Webster of Webster and Associates.



Friday, 6 January 2017

LOCASH Wraps up 2016 with Billboard & Country Aircheck Milestones



Reviver Records hot country duo LOCASH continues to build momentum for their banner year as Country Aircheck’s No. 1 New Artist for 2016 and one of Billboard’s Top Country Artists. Their smash No. 1 single, “I Know Somebody,” ranked No. 43 in the Top 50 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs of 2016, No. 21 in the Top 50 of Billboard Country Airplay Songs of 2016 and No. 44 in Country Aircheck’s Songs of 2016. Country Aircheck also ranked LOCASH’s Chris Lucas and Preston Brust as 2016’s Top Radio Performers as Duo/Group (No. 3).

The duo’s chart-topping “I Love This Life” also ranked No. 5 on Country Aircheck’s Songs of 2016.

2016 also marked the duo’s first RIAA Gold-Certified single with “I Love This Life,” one of the 11 tracks on THE FIGHTERS.


Another highlight this year for LOCASH included performing the National Anthem prior to Game Two of the 2016 World Series and appearing on “The Talk,” “Today Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and more.

The nonstop duo continues their North American tour, which includes headlining Live Nation’s ‘Ones To Watch’ Tour with Reviver Records labelmate and hot newcomer Michael Tyler. BMLG Records Ryan Follese will also join LOCASH for select shows.

The duo is also featured in Comcast Built Ford Tough® dealer advertising campaigns across the country. LOCASH’s Chris Lucas and Preston Brust deliver infectious energy in the self-penned promotional song “Tough,” exclusively written and utilized for Ford dealer promotional spots and advertisements.

For more information on LOCASH, visit locashmusic.com

Photo by: Jake Harsh

ICYMI: High Valley appear on CBS This Morning


Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville duo HIGH VALLEY appeared on CBS This Morning in a special segment taped at home in middle Tennessee. CBS correspondent Jan Crawford sits down with the sibling duo – brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel – visiting the restored farmhouse where they wrote music for their just-released album Dear Life and sharing the inspiring story of their journey to Nashville and finding success by remaining true to yourself. View the segment at: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/high-valley-brothers-take-their-style-to-nashville/.

The duo continue to catch the attention of critics, being named an “Artist To Watch” by Rolling Stone Country, Taste of Country, CMT, Spotify, and Pandora. High Valley recently joined songstress Martina McBride on her “Love Unleashed Tour” and will take their headlining tour to Europe in 2017. They are also slated to perform their hit single “Make You Mine” on NBC’s Today Show on January 10. The song, named a “Country Song of the Summer” by Billboard, has accumulated more than 12 million streams and can be found on their major label debut album Dear Life, available now at http://smarturl.it/hvdearlife.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Dolly Parton's My People Fund Serves Nearly 900 Families in First Distribution


In a little more than two weeks after the wildfires that spread across Dolly Parton’s home area of Sevier County, Tennessee, Parton and the Dollywood Foundation launched the distribution of assistance from the My People Fund. During the four day cash distribution, 884 families received their initial support payments.

“It’s a blessing during this holiday season that we are able to help as many families as we have so far,” Parton said. “We know there are more families out there who need our help and we encourage them to be in contact with us before our January distribution.”


The Dollywood Foundation My People Fund provides $1,000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County will be eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at dollywoodfoundation.org.

Millions of people watched Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon on Tuesday, December 13 on Great American Country, AXS-TV, RFD-TV and The Heartland Network and during several rebroadcasts throughout the last week. As a result, donations continued to roll in and thanks to generous people from coast to coast and Parton’s friends, the total amount raised has climbed to $9.3 million.

“As, Dolly said, the response has been overwhelming,” David Dotson, Dollywood Foundation President said. “We will distribute all $9.3 million to the families affected. That will insure all of the money raised will go to where Dolly promised it would go.”

The next distribution is January 26 and 27, 2017 at the LeConte Events Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

P.S. One of the She's Gone Country girls made a stop in Sevierville to visit the Dolly statue a couple months ago.. our thoughts and prayers are with everyone effected by the destruction <3